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After years of using HTC devices, I was accustomed to being able to install applications on my Windows Mobile devices from my PC through ActiveSync and also from my handset with a .cab file. When Android launched, Google was kind enough to allow users to install applications as they pleased, as long as you did it from your Android phone. The first problem was that Google didn’t include a file manager in Android, so it was impossible to locate the .apk file even if you had one on your sd card. Eventually, developers came to the rescue with multiple file managers and app installers. But there was still a something missing. You still had to download the .apk file to your desktop, transfer the file to your phone, disconnect your phone from your PC, locate the file, and then install.
Fortunately, all those steps are a thing of the past. Paul, one of the admins over at MoDaCo has releases a small desktop application that allows you to install .apk files directly from your PC, simply by double clicking the file. “installAPK is currently for Windows only. After installation on your machine, you can double click APK files to install them on your USB attached android device. Simple as that!”
I’m sure most Android users get the majority of the apps from the Market, but there’s always the exception. Just last night, Scott from AndroidGuys emailed me an app to test out. If I would have known about installAPK 24 hours ago, I could have saved myself a minute or two.
A company spokesperson for T-Mobile let loose that there will be an announcement next week with details regarding T-Mobile’s next Android powered phone. I’m not sure, but this simply sounds like an attempt by T-Mobile to get some attention while everyone else on the planet is playing with their new Palm Pre, downloading their new firmware to their iPhone, or waiting for their new iphone 3G S to arrive on their door step.
"Next week, T-Mobile will share more details about its next Android-powered phone, the follow-on device to the T-Mobile G1 with Google."
Lets just hope that the news they have for us next week is not another "We’ll be launching another Android phone this summer" announcement.
Source: Engadget Mobile
It is our pleasure to present to you the all new T-Mobile Dash 3G! T-Mobile has finally sent out their official press release, letting us know that they will be launching the Dash 3G (aka the HTC Snap) some time in July. the T-Mobile Dash 3G will be replacing the original HTC made T-Mobile Dash. The new handset will feature Windows Mobile 6.1, a 3G chipset, GPS, Wifi (802.11 b/g), and a fancy little trackball to replace the D-Pad.
The press release references some research by the Yankee Group that states that nearly 41 percent of phone buyers are inclined to opt for a smartphone. I’d imagine that T-Mobile is looking to capitalize on these customers, especially since most smartphone users are more likely to sign up for 3G data packages.
Like always, we’re still waiting on a price for the T-Mobile Dash 3G and an exact date, but word on the street is that it is still slated to hit stores on July 1.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that they were going to eliminate nearly 5,000 jobs in an effort to cut costs. At the time, they also noted that many employee perks would be cut back as well. This week, Microsoft has announced that their employees will no longer be reimbursed for their data charges on phones that do not run Windows Mobile.
Employees at Microsoft have been enjoying their free data perks for quite some time. But now that the Palm Pre, Apple iPhone, BlackBerry Storm, and T-Mobile G1 have invaded their smartphone turf, the company is fighting back. I’d imagine that most Microsoft employees are using their data privileges for work purpose, but I’m not sure that those using other smartphones will be too enthusiastic to pick up a new Windows Mobile handset just to keep their free data.
Would you be willing to switch phone or mobile OS if someone told you they would take care of the data charges for you?
Source: Mobile Burn
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working on some changes around the site that we hope will improve your experience on htcsource.com
The biggest change comes to the way we are now organizing news. Before, we simply lumped everything as news and simple sub categories like "Windows Mobile", "Android", or "HTC". Now, all news is divided up by the specific phone, OS, or topic that the news story covers. If there’s news on a specific HTC Windows Mobile handset, you’ll find it under Windows Mobile > Windows Mobile Phones > Phone Name. We hope this will help people track down news a bit easier.
Thanks to Google’s new web elements, we’ve also added a new search box. We’ve had search in the past, but its been clunky and never worked right. The nicest thing about the new search box is that it doesn’t even load up a new page. I love Web 2.0!
The last thing you will notice is Google’s friend Connect chat box on the right hand side. We’ve been trying to make the site more interactive, but since there’s a lot of HTC forums already on the net, we thought a small HTC Chat box would be the best thing for the site. Feel free to leave us a message or share any tips, tricks, or apps that you think the community might enjoy. Just be sure to keep everything on topic.
I’m always looking for new ways to make the site better for you guys, so please leave me a comment if you have any ideas you think might help. Thanks for all the support.
If you’re a Sprint customer, looking for a new Windows Mobile phone, the HTC S511 Snap might be just what you need. As you can tell from the image, the handset has gotten a bit of a facelift compared to the Snap (Dash 3G) that will be hitting the T-Mobile network in a few weeks. If you need to get your phone now, Best Buy is selling it for $520. The price might seem a bit steep, but you won’t be signing you life away. But if you don’t mind waiting another week, Sprint will be selling the handset in their stores on June 21st for only $149 with a new two year agreement. That price is only available for new customers or if you’re a current Sprint customer with a contract that has expired.
T-Mobile customers will still need to wait until July 1st to get their hands on the T-Mobile Dash 3G.
Source: Best Buy
It’s not like this is a surprise to anyone, but we’re getting shots of the HTC Magic sporting the T-Mobile logo front and center. And for all those skeptics out there, you will notice that it is the T-Mobile USA logo on the top. The only thing that we’re still waiting to hear from T-Mobile is when they will be launching the HTC made MyTouch 3G. We’ve seen the box art, the phone, and now we want a date to mark on our calendar!