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HTC is still planning more WM6.5 devices


This is still connected to my previous post from last week, from the Motorola developers meeting.

I have just finished reading the news item posted some days ago at TheUnwired.net which tells us about a presentation at CTIA made by HTC's CEO Mr. Peter Chou, in which he tells some rather interesting news:

  1. The first interesting statement is that Google's Nexus One is seen by Google as a great success, since with this phone Google wanted to prove that one can make very interesting phones based on the Android platform.
  2. He tells that despite HTC's position as the number one supplier of Android phones, the company has no intention to stop or slow down its joint activity with Microsoft.
  3. He also tells that an HTC made WP7S phone should be expected for before the end of this year.
  4. Last, he says that HTC will continue to design new phones using WM6.5.x, and that this OS will coexist side-by-side with WP7S.

While items 2 and 3 are no surprise to anyone, items 1 and 4 deserve some comments.

Is 6.5 to stay as Microsoft's enterprise mobile platform?


I am currently on a developer meeting by Motorola here in Tel Aviv and one of the messages brought by the key speakers is a very interestibg one: while Windows Phone 7 is a new product that will focus in the consumer market and compete directly with the iPhone, MS is totally committed to the continuatiom of Windows Mobile 6.5 as their enterprise platform, and Motorola/Symbol is buildimg its plans on that.

My thoughts on this option just after the break.

Windows Phone 7 Series: the "won't have" week


This has been MIX 10 developer's conference week at Microsoft, but for many of us it has been the "this is another thing you won't have" week.

Reports are all around the network, but I will use as the basis for my articles two posts by Jason Dunn on WindowsPhone Thoughts.com on these subjects, and the discussions they have generated. The first post is on Copy-and-Paste, and the second one is on Memory Cards.

(thanks to WindowsPhoneThoughts.com for the graphics)

Well, in January we were told that the Windows Phone 7 Series would be lacking multitasking, one of the only things that kept Windows Mobile superiority over other Operating Systems. We are all still in hope that Microsoft is talking only about the Media Edition of the phone, and this will be returned for the Business Edition on 2011, but at this point there is no confirmation or denial from the part of MS.

Next, we received this week the other two (or even three) hits: The OS won't support Copy-and-Paste on its initial version, and there will be no support for memory cards, as a result of the fact that there will be no file system in the phone.

What does this all mean for the users? My pick on this after the break.

Samsung new technology for flexible screens looks promising

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Found this today on WIndowsPhoneThoughts.com, and looked very interesting to me.

Samsung has presented its new technology for flexible screens:

While the screen in the demo doesn't seem like a touch screen, I share the wishes of the writer at the original writeup that we will soon see this in a touch version that will lead our phones to be more durable without loosing their functionality.

Let's wait and see.

"Maximize your ROMI", a congress on multi-channel marketing

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Yesterday I spent half a day (or a little more than that) on the "Maximize your ROMI" congress organized by Matrix.

ROMI (Return On Marketing Investment) is a hot word around here, and this study-day focused on multi-channel marketing and the new marketing channels that are now open to companies to work with.

As a part of this focus, much has been said about the new Internet channels like Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and others, and the new characteristics of these channels, which are interactive and many times loose from the control of the organization that is using it. Customers can easily create both positive and negative buzz, and the company must be both very proactive on its marketing work and very able to react quickly when something negative is happening, acting with creativity and much attention and care, in order to turn the negative into positive by its actions.

I won't be telling about the whole congress, but mainly about two presentations.

Blogging from the road with Pocket Sharpmt

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I am testing the option of bogging from the road using Pocket Sharpmt.

More after the break.

Windows Phone 7 Series announced


MWC 2010 is happening in Barcelona and, during the show, Microsoft has announced their new phone OS.

Windows Phone 7 Series is a new product, developed without any connection to the previous WIndows Mobile. While Windows Mobile was mainly based on the business user, the new version focuses on the consumer and his needs - User Interface, Social Networking, and Media. There will be a business edition later, with additional features, but we will talk about that then.

Windows Phone 7 Series will require specific hardware features. Microsoft has released a chassis design some months ago that show that. Minimum requirements will be a strong CPU, capacitive screens with big sizes (3.5'' or higher), GPS, haptic feedback, movement sensors, good cameras, and more.

Microsoft has learned something from the past, and specially from the anonimity of Windows Mobile. Their idea this time is to have all phones by all makers looking the same in terms of UI, and tagged as Windows Phone, so that the consumer that goes to buy a phone looks for a Windows Phone, and not for a specific maker.

More after the break, including 3 demonstration videos.

So, how was my GPSed experience? The story, link to the map.


In the last post I have told that I was going into a tour to the Negev desert with the Israel Burgman Club, and that I was going to record the whole trip using my phone camera and GPSed.

First of all, the trip was a beautiful trip. It was nice to go back to a region of Israel in which I have lived for 6 years and left 20 years ago. Specially in such a year in which we are having good rains, the Negev, though a little muddy, is showing its whole life and greatness, with beautiful green and charming flowers.

The track recording with the photos is ready as well. You can find it at this link.

But things were not as easy as they look.

Google and China: a cyberspace saga

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The world has been looking eagerly to understand what is happening between Google and China, after the company has announced it will close its servers in this country and stop the censorship to the search results in this country.

So what is happening there?

First thing that we have is the Blog post by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, telling that Google's servers and the servers of at least 20 other companies have been the target of a "heavy and very sophisticated attack" of hackers. The objective of the attack to the Google servers was mainly to access the GMail accounts of Chinese Human Rights activists.

The new airport security measures - making flying unbearable

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Today I bumped into an interesting writeup at Gizmodo.

The guys there are so outraged with the new in-flight security rules that they have decided to make a table on how real are the chances that you become a victim of in-flight terror.

 To tell you the truth, I believe that part of the rules are pretty absurd, like prohibiting any kind of electronics in flight and even turning off all entertainment systems in the plane. For people doing flights that can take from 7-12 hours, this is almost impossible to bear with. As well, the body-check at 100% of the passenger will from one side make the experience of going into a flight terrible, and on the other side make the security teams so busy trying to do these checks in an acceptable time that they will never check properly those that they should really be carefully checking.

 Well as an Israeli, I am already used to the lines at the airport for checking luggage. This exists since I first came to the country. As well, the 1-hour sitting before landing is already being used here for around one year. People protested in the beginning, but at the end got used to it and it is quite acceptable. But 11 hours without any kind of entertainment? Come on!!! Next someone will try to explode his meals and you will cut meals as well, right? OK, now it is clear, it is just a plot for lowering airline expenses.

Well, having made it all clear, all that is left is to direct you to the table from Gizmodo which is presented after the break. And please don't forget to see their original report right here.

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