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Some Pointui eye candy for Windows Mobile

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 20-Feb-2008 17:24

Only today I spent some time downloading and installing Pointui for Windows Mobile. What a revelation!

Guys, this is what Windows Mobile should have by now. It's a nice clean interface, with beautiful slide visual effects when moving between menu options, very easy to read fonts and very finger friendly.

Try using Pointui on a Touch device (such as the HTC Touch, HTC Touch Dual, Okta Touch) and you will see it shine. The flush touchscreen on these devices makes it easier to browse the menus with your finger.

Of course it still lacks some feature, since it replaces the shell but not the programs themselves. So I'd like to see a more finger friendly Contacts and Calendar lists, and a better UI for the phone application. But what they offer now is really nice.

I am using this in replacement of Spb Shell, because it really makes things easier to use. Just check the screenshots from my device:


The irony on a BlackBerry outage

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Feb-2008 19:03

Apparently another BlackBerry outage affected North American customers again. The irony is the ad placed in the page where the outage was being reported:

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Windows Mobile pictures and video

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Feb-2008 09:55

Sony Ericsson has announced the XPERIA X1 Windows Mobile-based devices. Interesting news, since the company is a long time supporter of Symbian UIQ.

Very exciting news too because we all know how popular the Sony Ericsson handsets are and how well made they are.

The XPERIA X1 comes with GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA - and look at this user interface (video from Sony Ericsson, uploaded by Engadget):

Below are some pictures of this new device:

Opera 9.5 demo video

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 6-Feb-2008 09:16

Opera Software has announced Opera 9.5, its new web browser version for smartphones. The software is not available yet, but it will be hosted at Opera Mobile sometime after the Mobile World Congress 2008.

In the meantime, there's a demo video available and shared below.

I am looking forward to having this installed on my Windows Mobile device.

Is just me or does it show all the features Internet Explorer Mobile should have had for the last few years already?

Microsoft Mobile Notebook Initiative Solutions

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 2-Feb-2008 09:42

A couple of days ago I received a press release from one of the companies exhibiting at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona... In the middle of the text there was this:

"Including Microsoft's new mobile notebook initiative solutions."

Believe me or not, I haven no idea what they are talking about - and I haven't got a reply through my channels.

So exactly what is this new thing?

Any ideas?

Palm releases Windows Mobile 6 update for Treo 750v New Zealand

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 18-Jan-2008 09:41


It took sometime but it's here now: Windows Mobile 6 update for Treo 750v Vodafone New Zealand.

I don't know why it took so long but this is a must have update for your Palm Treo 750v (New Zealand only!). I haven't tested it yet (a friend is using my Treo 750v at the moment), but I am told it provides improved Calendar management, Voice Commande over Bluetooth, USB cable charging and the much expected HSDPA update!

You can only download it once and you must be running a Vodafone-branded Windows Mobile on your Palm to update it.

Data synchronisation on Windows Mobile

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 13-Dec-2007 09:32

Last year I participated in a project where the IT department for this large company (sorry if I can't disclose the company's name) wanted to select a mobile platform.

The upper management wanted BlackBerry devices because they wanted whatever the guy sitting next to them in the airplane had.

The people working in the front wanted a device that could actually be used for something else than just e-mail.

My suggestion was Windows Mobile - mainly because it was the platform that could easily access their private network through a HTTPS VPN proxy they already had in place, and because it would be much easier to deploy e-mail synchronisation with their Exchange Servers through SSL, without having to invest in additional hardware for a BES server.

One year later I still consider this solution the best option. Take in consideration that now Microsoft is coming out with tools that allow Windows Mobile devices to join a domain and IT administrators have the ability to manage those mobile devices as they would manage any other computer on their network.

The recently announced Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 is looking like a great tool for IT administrators to keep an eye on mobile devices inside the organisation.

Now I read this interesting post about database synchronisation betwen mobile devices and server. The platform runs on SQL Server and SQL Server Compact 3.1 using Merger Replication technologies:

I decided to double the number of concurrent Subscribers to 600.  Keep in mind that each Subscriber is equivalant to a Windows Mobile device.  I used 6 servers running 100 Subscribers each to create client load, 3 load-balanced IIS servers, and a separate SQL Server Distributor and Publisher.  With 600 concurrent Subscribers contending for resources, I managed to perform 22,401 syncs per hour which is slightly fewer syncs than I saw when running only 300 Subscribers back in Vegas.  The important story here is that I almost doubled the number of rows I changed and replicated per hour:
  • Rows changed:  13,440,600 per hour  |  322,574,400 per day
  • Data replicated:  1.45 GB per hour  |  34.8 GB per day

Database is a very cool technology and having the ability to "mobilise" data is one of the most important parts of mobility in my view.

Help test Sprite Archie for Windows Mobile

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 11-Dec-2007 09:46

In the last couple of weeks I have been using Sprite Archie for Windows Mobile, the new software coming out of the Sprint Software labs - and now they are looking for more beta testers.

Sprite Archie is a SMS and call log archiver - and it's really good at that, yet very simple.

After you install it you set Sprite Archie to monitor your communications (SMS, voice calls) and the software will log every incoming and outgoing activity as an e-mail sent to a nominated account with timestamp information and the message (for SMS). You can set Sprite Archie to send out a message for every activity or a daily digest.

Mind you this is not a SMS backup solution, but a communications archiver - it will not copy your SMS, although the message is sent as part of the e-mail.

If you are interested, check the Sprite beta tester discussion to download the software.

Mobius 2007: The swag

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Nov-2007 06:06

The first day of Mobius 2007 is almost finished: no more sessions now, only dinner ahead. We received a few goodies and for full disclosure I will list them here:

- A Sandisk 8GB Micro SDHC
- A Scooba backpack
- A Qualcomm 1GB USB memory key
- and at the end of the last session we all received a HTC Touch Dual

Thanks to all sponsors who provided this to the group!

Mobius 2007: Windows Mobile update coming soon

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Nov-2007 00:19

Just hot out of one of the Mobius 2007 sessions: Microsoft has shown us an update for the current Windows Mobile 6 software platform. We saw a demo of an early version, running on current hardware, planned for release to manufacturers by Q1 2008. As usual we don't have specifics such as which devices will be receiving this update, or which manufacturers will be releasing it. But it certainly run on hardware currently available to consumers. More details will come at a later time - but it is not Windows Mobile 7.

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