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
It seems T-Mobile has pushed out a ROM upgrade for their T-Mobile Shadow owners. Those of you who are trying to get the multiple alarms issue resolved of their Shadow can finally breathe a sigh oof releif since the ROM upgrade takes care of that, impoves SureType functionality, and a few other bugs and adding Audio Postcards (MMS messages with Audio).
T-Mobile did not stop there though. They put together a whole website and added a whole lot of free stuff as well for upgrading your ROM. They're giving away music, ring tones, and a whole lot more. I think other carriers should take notice of how T-Mobile has handled this ROM upgrade. A dedicated website is maybe a bit over the top, but at least this way you can find it rather than searching for an hour or two on a carriers website. You can check out the site here http://www.t-mobileshadow.com/
HTC is hoping to silence a lot of critics with their latest announcement that they are working on a fix for a handful of devices that are suffering from poor video rendering performance. HTC’s European VP recently went on record and stated that they are working on a fix for some of the affected devices. Unfortunately it sounds like there will be no driver fix, but rather some performance enhancements on the current software stocks of the HTC handsets. It seems like we will not have to wait too long as HTC is planning on releasing the update by March.
Full news on www.htcclassaction.org
This may not come as a surprisee to anyone, but Sony Ericsson's new Xperia X1 (built by our good old friends at HTC) will be running on WM 6.1 It seems like the fold over at mobilevilag.hu got a little more hands on treatment with the new Xperia X1 and got a few shorts of the settings screens. I'm sure we would all love it if the Xperia X1 was actually running on WM7, but I guess we'll just have to wait a bit longer for that.
HTC Tilt owners can head over to HTC and At&T's websites to download the latest ROM upgrade for the Tilt handsets. The ROm upgrade includes increase bluetooth functionality, improved performance and stability, a Microsoft AKU upgrade and DTMF tones for the Tilt's QWERTY keyboard. Some will be disappointed though at this ROM upgrade does not feature any driver changes for better video playback on the HTC Tilt.
The ROM upgrade for the Tilt should take less than ten minutes, but be sure to do a device backup in case somethign goes wrong.
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