The sliding keyboard has a lot of fans, but every sliding phone seems to have its own rules. It seems HTC has take the game to a whole new level with their new pattent which would allow a device to slide in horizontally and vertically to reveal the dialpad in one direction and then the keyboard in the other. the idea is nice, but implementation may be a bit tricky. The mock up image above saw photoshopped based on the sketches which HTC used to file their pattent. You can see what no matter which way the keyboard slides (even when closed) some part of the keyboard is exposed.
Lets just hope that HTC created this awkward sketch simply to keep us guessing about what they are really planning to use this pattent on. There are currently a few devices on the market with sldie two directions, but they have a distinctly seperate dialpad and keyboard.
It seems Microsoft has finally chosen to add support for Adobe Flash Lite in Windows Mobile Devices by licensing the software. Silverlight 1.0 for Windows Mobile 6 won’t be available until the second quarter, Microsoft has said. Microsoft introduced Silverlight last year as an alternative for flash, but developers are still opting to use Flash in their web development since silver lite is still new and unproven. "Bringing Flash Lite and Reader LE to the Windows Mobile experience will give consumers more of their favorite Web sites on the go," said John O’Rourke, general manager for Microsoft’s Mobile Communications business unit, in a statement.
Flash Lite will give WM devices access to dynamic content on the web for the IE web browser and also could be used to enhance user interfaces in applications installed on WM devices.
Melding the power of Windows Mobile 6 with an innovative touchscreen navigation interface, HTC's Touch is a deceptively small and stylish mobile phone that brings together email and other essential business applications with Sprint's exclusive multimedia content including over-the-air music downloads, live TV and more. Leveraging the broad functionality of Windows Mobile 6 Professional (for touchscreens), the HTC Touch includes Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile and the capabilities to run thousands of third-party applications. It also allows you to surf the web with Internet Explorer, send and receive emails, chat on Messenger, and send files to your own web space through Windows Live. Nicely compact at just 0.6 inches thin and 4 ounces, the HTC Touch also features a 2.0-megapixel camera/camcorder, fast Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR with stereo music streaming profile, MicroSD expansion, digital audio and video player, and speedy downloads via Sprint's EV-DO network.
Leave the laptop behind and stay connected and productive wherever you roam with the HTC Mogul PPC-6800 Smartphone, the newest Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition device from Sprint. The successor to the popular Sprint PPC-6700, the HTC Mogul has a surprise waiting up its sleeve: just slide the top of the phone sideways to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. And the new Windows Mobile 6 operating system enables you to view and edit Word and Excel documents as well as provides instant message capabilities via Windows Live Messenger. (See more details about Windows Mobile 6 below.) The included Outlook Mobile software offers up-to-date e-mail, calendar and contact information.
The slim, pocket-sized HTC P4550 TYTN II smartphone is bursting at the seams with a full-menu of wireless capabilities to keep you connected wherever you roam on this globe–quad-band GSM for global roaming, Wi-Fi, EDGE, and speedy data connectivity via a tri-mode 3G UMTS network. Practical and versatile, the phone's face slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard while the screen tilts for optimal viewing of email, spreadsheets, and web videos. It also adds the power of the Windows Mobile 6 operating system (Professional Edition), which provides push email for immediate send and receive as well as editing of Microsoft Office documents. (See more details about Windows Mobile 6 below.)
The T-Mobile slides open sideways to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, and the screen reorients itself depending on how you hold the phone.
Key features at a glance:
Slide-out screen exposing full QWERTY keypad
Soft-touch exterior with deep blue color
Wi-Fi and EDGE-enabled high-speed Internet access
Full HTML Web browsing
Support for Microsoft Office Mobile enables document viewing and editing
Windows Live for Windows Mobile including Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Hotmail, Live Search, and Windows Live Spaces
Direct Push e-mail available with Exchange Server 2003 SP2 and later; Windows Live Hotmail also supports push mail
Voice dialing, voice commands and voice recorder
2.0 megapixel camera with 8x digital zoom
Video capture and playback music and video player
Micro SD memory card slot