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ASUS has just reveaded the ASUS ZXI Lamborghini running their new WinMo6.1 UI. It seems as though HTC no longer is the only developer to offer a 3D Cude interface for Windows Mobile devices. The ASUS ZXI Lamborghini takes the 3D cube concept to a whole new level with advanced interface transitions, 3D animation, and a whole new interface for Windows Mobile 6.1.
Along with the 3D cube interface, ASUS has given the ASUS ZXI Lamborghini a complete interface redesign thank in part to the new WM6.1 operating system. The media player even bosts a “CoverFlow” style interface for browsing through music albums. ASUS is calling their new interface the ASUS Multi-Home UI. Check out the video.
It seems as though not everyone these days is as keen as we are with HTC's TouchFlo interface or the iPhone. Larry Magid over at mercurynews.com has just written up and article on how devices with touch interfaces are great for daily tasks, but not quite as good when it comde to making phone calls.
Larry Magid did a quick comparison with the iPhone, HTC Touch and the LG Voyager and gave them good marks on dail tasks, but it seems he would rather trade them in for your standard flip or candy bar phone when it comes to actually dialing numbers and making calls. I do have to agree that there is no replacement for tactile feedback on your fingers when dialing numbers on your mobile phone, but lets be honest here. When was the last time you actually dialed a new number on your phone, besides adding a new number to your contact list?
With HTC's touch screen phones there are numerous ways to access your contact in or two taps on the the screen. Or you would always use the "send" button to pull up the dialer and then hold down a numebr for speed dial like a regualar phone. granted to do this you will have to glance at your screen for a half a second to see where the numers are.
Though I don't agree with everything Larry wrote, his article is a good indication on why a lot of people holf back on buying touch devices like the phones TC make or even the iPhone.
I know we promised our own "hands on" review of Skyfire, but like most of you we still have not gotten our invitation text message or e-mail from them. In order to hold us all over for a bit longer, we were able to find a skyfire hands on review which takes us through the twists and turns of the browser and shows what skyfire really has to offer.
The good people at pocketnet.com had some good things to say about the browser, but also did mention some shortcomings that Skyfire has as well. I’ve created a quick list to give you an idea of what we are missing (at least those of us who do not yet have Skyfire)
- renders full web pages
- plays flash animation and videos
- full page zooming capabilities
- text alignment for better mobile viewing
- frustrating installation process
- start menu and minimize buttons are hidden
- all notification icons are hidden (e-mail, sms, calendar, battery)
- over rides system screen timer and power button
- mobile optimized sites display as they would through a desktop browser
It seems the major issues they have with Skyfire are not really browser related, but how Skyfire interacts with the mobile device. Since Skyfire is still in beta testing, there are probably a lot of tweaks they are planning on rolling out before it is released to the general public. I hope this information helps hold you over till we get a chance to write our own personal review or until you get Skyfire for yourself. For the full review of Skyfire please click here.
A lot of HTC owners can now enjoy what others have been enjoying since the launch of the HTC Touch. Many early adopteds of the latest HTC devices have been left in the dark with their weather screen on HTC’s Home widget. the problem was that the weather application would not pull data over WAP or Proxy connections (I’ve been suffering this curse since last July since I’m on T-Mobiles T-Zones plan).
Fortunately, the good peple over at XDA-Developers.com has come up with a fix in the form of a small cab insall and a quick registry edit. Keep in mind, it’s always risky when you play around in your devices registry files, but I just tried this out a few minutes ago and can say I’m one happy customer.
T-Mobile is well on their way to launching their UMTS 3G network some time this year. With T-Mobiles new network launch, there is a rumor circulating that T-Mobile will be releasing a new HTC Shadow handset to take advantage of the UMTS network. It has been reported since the launch of the Shadow that T-Mobile had plans that it would be the first in a new family of HTC powered smartphones.
It is expected that the first t-Mobile UMTS regions will launch in July or August of 2008. Could a new 3G HTC Shadow be T-Mobile's device of choice for the launch?
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We finally have official confirmation from HTC on their plans to upgrade drivers for select devices which are experiencing poor video performance even though they have an advanced ATI Imageon hardware. HTC will NOT be upgrading the drivers for the ATI Imageon hardware, but wil be making changes that will help the devices have better screen refresh rates (notably when changing from portrait view to landscape).
The reason HTC will not be adding driver support for ATI Imageon is due to the cost involved (HTC does not want to pay ATI additional licence fees required to activate the enhanced graphics capabilities on devices they have already sold). HTC has confirmed though that they are planning on supporting the ATI Imageon hardware in many future phone releases.
Click the read more link to read the official quotes from Eric Lin (official HTC spokesman)
It seems as though Microsoft is starting to catch on and realizing that people want an all-in-one device. Reportedly, Microsoft is pondering the idea of integrating some of the Zune features into Windows Mobile (the operating system which powers a whole lot of smart phones) and allow the devices to work together. Mel Sampat, program manager for Microsoft wrote ""I’m certainly not hinting or speculating about a converged device. I’m wondering if there are any opportunities for us to improve the experience for people who use both devices. For example, viewing your Zune Social network in Internet Explorer Mobile, converting a Zune playlist into .WMA ringtones, [or] converting Zune’s artwork to Windows Mobile themes."
Personally I don’t see why Microsoft wants to be in the media player business when they already have a comanding lead over Apple in the smart phone arena. The Zune is thought to already be running on a version of Windows CE so it would not be hard at all to simply replace Windows Media player with the Zune’s software. There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the right hardware to make a good media player, but if Microsoft Launched a third version of windows mobile (they could call it WMM for Windows Mobile Media) they would be able to control things a bit more and give the public what they really want.
Zune on Windows Mobile devices!
You can read the Microsoft blog here