Archive for March 31st, 2009

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Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast No 30

image Our latest podcast is now available to download, in episode 30 we discuss the Windows Mobile Marketplace updated information, Windows Mobile 7, Skype beta 3.0 with a live test, iPaq Data Messenger review, iPhone sin unlocked now available, Pocket God controversial review and a test of Skype for iPhone plus loads more. You can subscribe via iTunes, RSS or download the mp3 file here. Full show notes after the break.

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Windows Marketplace video

image Want to find out how and what the Windows Phone marketplace is all about. Well Microsoft have posted a video with all the details, telling us how the system works, how to pay, Carrier included content and a guarantee that the app will actually run on your model of phone. Pretty impressive stuff, also if your not satisfied with a particular app you can get a refund too. Check out the video after the break and make sure you have Silverlight installed first.

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AT&T Announce 6 New QWERTY Handsets

AT&T announced 6 new entries to its mobile phones portfolio yesterday. The emphasis is quite obviously on texting with all 6 of their new offerings featuring full QWERTY keyboard. The leader of the pack is Nokia E71x, followed by three Samsung handsets – Propel Pro, Impression and Magnet and two LG devices – Neon and Xenon.

The Nokia E71x isn’t really any different from its European sibling, save for the new paintjob. The bar is the slimmest smartphone to date and sports a 2.36" 16M color QVGA display.

Nokia E71x

It will also feature a GPS receiver a 3 megapixel auto focus camera and of course – HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity. A built-in microSD card slot will allow expanding the internal memory with up to 16GB worth of additional storage.

E71x 2
Nokia E71x

The Nokia E71x will be available in the following weeks across AT&T stores for 150 US dollars on a 2 year contract.

The Samsung Propel Pro comes as a direct successor of the Samsung A767 Propel, extending its functionality quite extensively. Running on the Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard it packs Wi-Fi, GPS and a 2.55" square display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels.

Samsung Propel Pro 1
Samsung Propel Pro

The Samsung Propel Pro has a 528 MHz CPU and 128 MB of RAM. Its other important features include 3G with HSDPA support, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, USB and a 3 megapixel autofocus camera.

Samsung Propel Pro 2 
Samsung Propel Pro

You can find the Propel Pro in the AT&T stores starting from April 14. In order to walk out with it you will have to part with 150 US dollars and sign a two-year contract.

Next in line is the side-slider Samsung Impression. Its highlight feature is the 3.2" AMOLED touchscreen of WQVGA resolution, which according to AT&T is a first for the US. In addition to it the handset comes with quad-band GSM and dual-band UMTS with HSDPA support.

Samsung Impression
Samsung Impression

The other key features of Samsung Impression are Bluetooth with A2DP, microSD card slot and a 3 megapixel camera with video recording capabilities.

Samsung Impression 2
Samsung Impression

The Samsung Impression will be available from April 7 for 200 US dollars on a two-year contract.

Samsung Magnet
Samsung Impression

The Samsung Magnet is a simple offering, targeted at the younger audience. Sporting great messaging capabilities thanks to the full QWERTY keyboard it will be the most affordable of the bunch. However AT&T haven’t yet published the full specifications of the device so all we can tell you is that it will be an entry-level offering.

The Samsung Magnet will hit the shelves in the coming weeks.

LG Neon is an exact replica of the LG KS360, which we reviewed not too long ago. It is a mid-ranger that catches the eye with bold colours and quirky controls. Its main features include a 2.4" display, a 2 megapixel snapper and Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support.

LG Neon
Samsung Impression

FM radio is also onboard and so are stereo Bluetooth, microSD card slot and FM radio.

LG Neon 2
Samsung Impression

The Neon will be available quite shortly for 100 US dollars on a two-year contract.

The LG Xenon comes with haptic feedback for improving the touchscreen experience. The quad-band GSM and dual-band UMTS (with HSDPA support) handset sports a 2.8" 65K colour WQVGA display.

LG Xenon
Samsung Impression

Its other features include 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, USB and a microSD card slot.

LG Xenon 2
Samsung Impression

The LG Xenon will be available shortly across AT&T stores but its pricing still remains to be disclosed.

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Windows Mobile Marketplace, free application updates

image We have criticised the way in which Microsoft was proposing to deal with developers in the new Marketplace mainly because of the structure of charging developers to submit updates to their applications as we felt that it would stifle improvements to apps. Well the good news is The Marketplace team have just announced some more details around the ‘Windows Marketplace for Mobile’ which has put to rest the fears of this happening. This is what they have to say:-

Q: Do I need to pay the $99 fee again to submit an application update?

A: No, if your application has been previously certified and published in the catalog, you can submit subsequent updates without incurring any additional fees. The application update will be made available through Windows Marketplace to all customers that have downloaded your application in the past.

Q: I previously heard that you only had 7 days to submit a free update. Has this changed?

A: Yes, we originally communicated that only application updates submitted within 7 days of their publish date would benefit from a free submission. After talking to the developer community and better understanding the dynamics and frequency of application updates, we have decided to extend the original 7-day window and make it permanent. This means that if an application has been previously approved in the marketplace the developer can submit updates to it without incurring any additional fees.

via blogs.msdn and msmobiles

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