HTC profits up sharply
High Tech Computer of Taiwan, the company that manufactures nearly every Pocket PC phone on the market, plus the Treos, Dell’s Axims, and various other handhelds, has had a very good year so far. The company has raked in the equivalent of about US$750 million dollars in just the first three months of the year. That’s up 82% from last year’s $405 million for the same period. If the company continues at this level, it could see sales top the $4 billion dollar mark this year.
Reports: Axim ROM upgrade coming soon
Two different reports attributed to Dell employees indicate that the company is working on a major ROM update for the Axim X51 and X51v models. The update, designated A07, reportedly includes the Messaging & Security Features Pack that enables push email from Microsoft Exchange servers. Other enhancements reportedly present in the current build include A2DP profile support for Bluetooth headphones, a patch for disappearing SanDisk CF cards, and small performance and connectivity fixes. No solid indication of when the ROM update might be publicly available, but one report says “very shortly.”
iPAQ hx2790 may get 320 MB flash
Shortly after introducing new iPAQ hx2100 and hx2400 models with an upgrade 192 MB of flash memory, HP may be preparing to refresh their hx2790 with a whopping 320 MB of flash. Websites for HP’s international divisions have begun to show specifications for the hx2790 as including 320 MB of flash instead of the usual 192.
Dell to Microsoft: Fix Bluetooth
Take this for what you will. An email, attributed to a Dell corporate service representative, and posted on enthusiast website AximSite, hints at contention between the handheld maker and the software giant over the latter’s Bluetooth implementation for Windows Mobile 5.0.
In the email the Dell rep states that Dell has asked Microsoft to add Bluetooth headset support to the available profiles for non-phone Pocket PCs, but that Microsoft has “refuse[d] to see the need” for it. The Microsoft Bluetooth stack used by Dell under Windows Mobile 5.0 has been a point of complaint for many long-time Axim users, since it is generally regarded to be less robust and less user-friendly than the Widcomm stack used for Windows Mobile 2003.