Dell: Axim Line not dead
Earlier this week there were reports that Dell was exiting the handheld market. Well, Chris Leckness, the guy who runs AximSite, has extracted an answer from Dell about the recent spate of rumors predicting the demise of their device line. According to Dell, they are not abandoning the Axims after all--they just see no need to release anything new at the moment. From AximSite:
OK, this is not a rebuttal of my post from yesterday exactly, but I have talked with some folks today and the word on the Future of the Axim line is this:
Dell will continue to sell and support the Dell Axim X51v. The lack of new development of the Axim Line is because there is no reason to introduce new models since the X51v is already well ahead of the competition.
I guess they are right, there is not much out there that can be improved on other than OS issues. The Dell Axim X51v hardware is pretty amazing and I see their point.
Given that they usually operate on a yearly release cycle, and they just debuted the X51/X51v models about six months ago, it was a bit early to be expecting anything out of them anyway. But it's always good to have confirmation that they haven't yet succumbed to the smartphone hysteria.
Sketchy picture of Microsoft's next two versions of Windows Mobile
We're pretty diligent around here, but every so often something slips by us. In this case, it's a presentation given during a Microsoft "Tech Days" event held a few weeks ago in Switzerland. During this presentation, Microsoft outlined their plans for future generations of Windows Mobile. Thanks to LocutusBorgMan for finding and highlighting the relevant information.
While details of the next upgrades are obviously scant due to the fact that they haven't been built yet, we do know a rough development timeline. Later this year Microsoft intends to supply manufacturers with a second edition of Windows Mobile 5, code-named Crossbow. Crossbow supposedly will have a "strengthened phone experience" along with other minor updates.
This will be followed by the next full revision of the OS, code-named Photon, which is slated for delivery at the end of 2007. Photon is planned to have a customizable user interface, and "unified" platform, presumably referring to the Smartphone and Pocket PC branches of the current OS.
Motorola Q smartphone sighted on Verizon website
There's a parallel to be drawn between the long-awaited Motorola Q smartphone and Bigfoot sightings: you can see the thing all over the place, but you can never actually get your hands on it. That may be soon to change, as the latest sighting of the beast was in a test image found on the Verizon Wireless website. This may indicate that the company is finally preparing to launch the device in the near future.
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