Archive for October 20th, 2008

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New writer on Mobile Tech Addicts

image We want to welcome a new writer to Mobile Tech Addicts, Russ will be joining us and bringing a massive amount of experience in the field of notebooks, netbooks and Blackberry’s. He is currently using an HTC Diamond and awaiting delivery of the Xperia X1. Look out for some great articles coming soon from Russ and we are very happy to have his knowledge, another Windows Mobile user as well.

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NY Times Explains Why Windows Mobile Is In Trouble

1224518738.gif Om Malik of the has written an article explaining why he thinks that Windows Mobile is in trouble. Treo Central’s sister site WMExperts reported back in September that Windows Mobile 7.0 would be delayed. According to the NYTimes, VentureBeat reported that WM 7 could be delayed as late as 2010. Malik says that WM 7, which was aimed at giving Microsoft a bigger presence on the mobile stage, wouldn’t have been enough, delayed or not. He says that Windows Mobile is facing its toughest environment yet with competition from RIM’s BlackBerry, Apple’s iPhone, and mainly the new Google Phone platform.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia reviewed – In German

200802102137X1_front_1 have nicely summarised a German review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia (X1). Everything looks to be above board and worth getting excited about. Aside from the lack of the acceloremeter.

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Video look at the Xperia X1

image This is an absolutely fantastic 12 minute video look at the Xperia X1. In the video, the guys at the USEB are covering the design and feel of the phone, boot-up, the XPERIA panels, camera and briefly the two web browsers, Opera Mobile and Mobile Internet Explorer. The whole video is set to music and gives you a great feel for the device. If you are awaiting delivery watch this to build the anticipation. Video after the break.

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Opera Mobile v9.5 beta2 released

image Opera Mobile have just announced the availability of 9.5 beta2. The major new feature in Windows Mobile is the Widget Manager, but they have also added a Zoom slider and done some user interface and usability improvements in addition to many under-the-hood fixes in the browser core. You can grab it here Windows Mobile 5/6 Pocket PC, version 9.51b2.

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IMOVIO Launches iKIT – New Mobile Messaging Device

imageA device that offers consumers an alternative to a smartphone or mini-PC has today been launched by IMOVIO. The iKIT is a Pocket Mobile Companion that at 95mm by 65mm and only 15.5mm high is as portable as a mobile phone. Yet the WiFi and  HSDPA enabled device comes with a full QWERTY/AZERTY keyboard, an 8GB SD card slot and a 2.8 inch QVGA display, making it a fully functional communicating and browsing device and a viable substitute for a laptop. Full details and specs after the break.

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Features to look forward to in Fennec

A while ago I posted a review of Google Chrome and have to admit I was and still am rather impressed with it as a browser but in my heart and mind I know that Mozilla still come number one for browsers which is why when I seen the comments below posted by Tyler Earman on Tilt Mobility my excitement level rose.

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One of the wonderful things about open source software, is that even though there aren’t any binaries available to install the software with, the product is still available.  Mozilla in and of itself is a foundation dedicated to open source software (Firefox, Camino, Thunderbird, and the like are distributed under the Mozilla Public License), meaning that Mozilla releases the source code for current projects, one of which is Fennec, the open source browser for Mobile (looks to be available for Windows Mobile and Google Android, there are DEB packages available on their FTP site).

So I recently got into their SVN server (SVN = Subversion, a popular program used to aid in collaboration and version tracking of software, very important for open source projects, they typically all have a SVN server or it’s predecessor CVS, or one of the other available packages like GIT) to have a look around at things to see if I could figure anything out.

And it seems I have stumbled upon a nice list of extensions in the SVN server.  Keep in mind that a lot of these extensions may not be sent with Fennec from the get go (they may be early development), but here are a few things to get excited about.

  • Gecko/Trident rendering options (I found Manticore, a .Net plugin to allow Fennec to interface with the Trident rendering engine, which is used by IE, essentially allowing you to choose Firefox style rendering or IE style)
  • Canvas3D support (hardware rendering support for the <canvas> html tag, a speed enhancement, now if only we could get the Tilt’s driver issue fixed)
  • Java support (at least basic, it seems as if there’s a Java interpreter built directly into the system)
  • IRC (seems to be an IRC client as well)
  • SSH (looks to be support for a Java based SSH client)
  • WebDAV support (very nice, WebDAV is essentially allows you to interact with files over HTTP, meaning you can send files from your Tilt to your desktop or elsewhere, possibly wireless sync options?)
  • Venkman (Javascript debugger, not really a surprise but still kind of nice for debugging support for mobile systems)
  • Wallet (not clearly sure on what this is, but looking at the source code, this seems to be something related to password storage, could be a password application but also could just be a source library to hold passwords whenever you hit the “remember my login” on Fennec)
  • Spellcheck (like it’s older brother, Fennec apparently has spell checking capabilities as well)
  • Calendar (there seems to be a ground foundation laid for a calendar application, but it doesn’t look like it’ll be included with the first couple versions)

Again, this is basic extrapolation of things I saw within the server.  None of these or only parts of these may come to fruition, but it’s a least a little look into things we have to look forward to in Fennec.

You may wonder why I get excited over a browser well let me just explain a little. Everyone who uses the internet uses a browser of some sort and everyone who surfs from their mobile also needs one of these so given that we use it so much it needs to be robust, look good and come with lots of features starting from the basic user use right up to programmer, app developers and super techy people. For the past god knows how many years Microsoft Internet Explorer was the choice of so many and the hatred of all others. There are other browsers out there like Opera and Safari but none have even come close to Firefox in my eyes either on a mobile or desktop solution.

Like the desktop and laptop markets there has been a great choice of browser out there and to my knowledge (I can be stood corrected) there is only Mobile Internet Explorer, Opera and manufacturers own browsers out there just now so wanting something new with funky stuff isn’t always easy. The features seen above will give you everything the current browsers have to offer and a whole lot more.

I am looking forward to the day when I can download this browser straight onto my Windows Mobile device and get rid of Internet Explorer once and for all.

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