PDA News – Windows Mobile 2005, Industrial PocketPC, Treo 650 sighting

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New details about Windows Mobile 2005

A PowerPoint presentation has been discovered on Microsoft Germany’s website that offers details about the next version of Windows Mobile. The presentation is both very technical and written in German, two characteristics that you never want to combine, but a few details are discernable. The 2005 version of Windows Mobile will be based on the Windows CE 5.0 core that was completed earlier this year, and will feature improved versions of Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, and Pocket Internet Explorer, as well as ‘under the hood’ system upgrades. WM2005, code-named ‘Magneto,’ will include Direct3D, camera, and GPS application interfaces for greater standardization and cross-compatibility between high-end features. Last but not least is support for NAND flash, the same technology PalmSource will be offering support for in Palm OS Cobalt 6.1. Devices that use NAND flash in place of RAM for data Storage retain all their information when their battery dies, rather than reverting to factory defaults. There is no hard information about when the new OS will be released.

It should be noted that the original article on the subject, from enthusiast site PocketPC Thoughts, has now vanished without a trace. According to site owner Jason Dunn, the long arm of Microsoft reached out for it. In any event, at the time of this writing the PowerPoint presentation is still available for download from Microsoft’s own site, though at a hefty 4.3 MB.

http://www.microsoft.com/germany/ms/msdnevents/techtalk/themen.htm#55

 

Industrial PocketPC by HHP

And now for something completely different. FCC filings reveal a new industrial PocketPC designed by company Hand Held Products.

The closest I can come to describing the Dolphin 7900 is that it looks like an antique phone mated with a high-end calculator of some kind. Of course, a machine designed for industrial and inventory tracking purposes doesn’t exactly have to be pretty. The model of the Dolphin approved by the FCC comes with an 802.11b wireless radio.


Treo 650 again sighted on PalmOne website

PalmOne has again revealed the upcoming Treo 650 on a page of their website. This time, the page contains full specifications for the Treo 650, as well as a description of some features. From the site:

  • Size: 4.4  x 2.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Weight: 6.3 oz
  • Battery Type: Removable rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
  • Display: 320×320 Transflective TFT color
  • Expansion Card slot: Yes
  • Multi-connector for add-on peripherals: Yes
  • Integrated wireless access: Bluetooth
  • 5-Way Navigator: Yes
  • Memory: 23MB user-available stored non-volatile memory (22MB multi-lingual)
  • Operating System: Palm OS 5.4
  • Processor: Intel PXA270 312 MHz processor
  • One-year manufacturer s warranty

http://mobile.palmone.com/pda/treo650/index.epl

 

New games from Ballshooter, Astraware

Ballshooter is giving away a free Halloween edition of their game Fast Swapper. The limited-availability release contains new art and music to complement the theme.

http://www.ballshooter.com/

Meanwhile, Astraware is offering a new ‘forest themed matching puzzle’ called Hedgehog, as well as an upgraded version of their game Bounce Out, entitled Super Bounce Out, that claims to support higher resolution screens. Super Bounce Out is free to registered users of Bounce Out.

http://www.astraware.com/

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