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Telecom New Zealand Apache Pocket PC gets AKU2.2

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-May-2006 15:23

It is official now: the Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2.2 update for the Telecom New Zealand Apache Pocket PC Phone Edition (a.k.a. Audiovox PPC6700, Verizon XV6700) is coming to the public very soon.

I don't know the details yet (date and URL for download), but it should be out very soon, since I just got an e-mail with links to the final version and a document with all the information about this new release.

I have been using a previous beta version for about 45 days now, and it comes with lots of features and fixes. It's hard to categorise these, but I will list in the same order they are in the document:

1.Today screen: an updated today screen now brings a "Lock Device" plugin so you can lock the device while not in use.

2.Connection Manager (image below): You can now turn on/off all the wireless features from a single program: CDMA cellular data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. You can also turn on/off ActiveSync, Direct Push (more on this later) and disconnect from the CDMA data session:


3.Network Time Sync: the Apache now offers an option to synchronise its internal clock with the cellular network.

4.Smart Dial: entering a few numbers in the dialpad (Phone Application) will lookup contact information using predictive input.

5.Voice Speed Dial and ZIP Manager: you can train the Apache to dial with voice commands, and it also comes with a ZIP program so you can zip/unzip downloaded files and e-mail attachments.

6.MSFP: If your organisation runs Microsoft Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2 then the MSFP (Messaging Security Feature Pack) built-in this AKU2.2 release will allow many new functions:

a) Direct Push E-mail: e-mails can be sent to your Apache Pocket PC automatically, without the need of manually initiating an e-mail checking;

b) Global Address Lookup: find a contact on-line in the Exchange GAL (Global Address List);

c) E-mail security: you can now sign, encrypt, decrypt e-mails directly on the Pocket PC, when using Digital Certificates;

Not listed in the document is the Security Policies: through the Exchange administration interface it is possible to force the Pocket PC to require PIN, specify a limit of failed attempts, and even remotely erase the contents of the main memory in case the device is lost.

You can read a lot more about the AKU2 in this article.

Not all is fixed though: a problem I found existed in the original Apache release (the device sometimes fails to turn on when there's a miniSD card in the slot) is recognised by HTC (the manufacturer) as a fault, but the fix is not scheduled until the next release.







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