BrightBytes™: MobilePro 900, AT&T Smartphone, Pocketop and More

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According to reports, NEC plans to release a handheld that runs the H/PC 2000 OS. The MobilePro 900 uses a StrongARM processor and includes a built-in serial port, USB port, VGA port, modem, IrDa, CompactFlash slot and PC Card slot. It will be a clamshell, with a keyboard on one side and the screen on the other. The MobilePro 900 is expected to be available later this quarter. Some pictures of this device are available in the Brighthand forums.

AT&T has placed an order with High Tech Computer (HTC) for handsets running Microsoft’s Smartphone 2002 operating system, according to DigiTimes. No other details are available. HTC already makes Smartphone devices for Orange, a European mobile service provider.

Pocketop has again pushed back the estimated release date for drivers for several Pocket PC models. Drivers for the HP iPAQ h1900 and h5400 series are expected by March 31. h1910 users are especially anxious for these as there are no keyboards that work with this model. Drivers for the T-Mobile/O2 XDA and the Toshiba e330/e335 are expected by April 15. The company doesn’t know when, or even if, there will be drivers for the Palm Tungsten T and other Palm OS 5 models. The Pocketop wireless keyboard is an external keyboard that connects to the handheld via infrared.

Fossil’s Wrist PDA, which runs Palm OS 4.1, is going to come with CIC’s JotComplete software. This will allow alpha-numeric text entry anywhere on the device’s screen and simplifies the entry process by automatically suggesting the most likely word after entry of the first few characters. The Wrist PDA should be released this Summer.

dotPocket 2.0 is now available from Novosoft. This allows users to control a Pocket PC from the desktop. It can also enhance the visual capabilities of the handheld, including any screen orientation and custom screen resolution up to 2000 by 2000. The new version features new AVI recording options, WYSIWUG printing, button mapping, a new user interface, and a number of other small enhancements. It costs $30.

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