We’ve been watching Skyfire for what seems like ages. And, today, we’re happy to report that the Windows Mobile version of the browser is no longer in beta; v1.0 is ready to roll (and download).
For those who don’t know, Skyfire is a mobile web browser that works with its own servers to do the heavy lifting – Ajax, Flash, Silverlight, etc. – off-device, then the server sends the finished product to your smartphone. This model has several advantages, chief among them the ability to interact with Web 2.0 sites like Hulu, Twitter and Facebook.
Skyfire works with smartphones running Windows Mobile 5 & 6, and both non-touchscreen and touchscreen interfaces. It’s also free, so head over to http://get.skyfire.com and give it a try.
Engadget Mobile was gifted a long list of product slides representing most (if not all) of the Windows Mobile Smartphones AT&T will be offering throughout the second-half of 2009. We’ve already told you about the iPAQ K3, so we wanted to fill you in on some of the other WinMo goodness AT&T will be carrying later in the year.
First, and foremost: the HTC Touch Pro2 and Touch Diamond2. The leaked slides list these smartphones as the HTC Warhawk (Touch Diamond2) and the HTC Fortress T7377 / T7378 (Touch Pro2). The Warhawk is listed as running Windows Mobile 6.5 at release, while the Fortress shows WM6.1. The documents’ release dates are a bit suspect, but you can probably expect to see these Windows Phones around August or September.
Next, the LG HQ. This is also listed as a Windows Mobile 6.1 handset. It has no touchscreen, and features a love-it-or-hate-it SureType keyboard. Other features include HSDPA, aGPS, a microSDHC card slot and a 2MP camera.
Last, but not least, the Samsung Pivot, a Messenger-class touchscreen Windows Mobile handset powered by WM6.1 (at least on release). Features include a full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, HSDPA, a 3MP camera, microSDHC, 4GB of onboard flash storage and aGPS. Release may be sometime around October.
We’ve added the slides for each product to the jump page.
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It’s been a long time since we’ve had any rock-solid, exciting iPAQ news to bring you. You can judge for yourself how exciting this is, but we think it’s pretty cool.
HP will release a new iPAQ smartphone later this year, the iPAQ K3 “Obsidian,” and unlike its most recent devices, the K3 will be sold directly by a U.S. wireless carrier: AT&T Mobility.
The iPAQ K3 will also run Windows Mobile 6.5, which is due out later this year. It has a flush QVGA touchscreen display, 512MB of onboard flash memory, a microSDHC memory card slot, onboard GPS, and Wi-Fi. With the inclusion of Windows Mobile 6.5, there’s little need for a stylus, and HP has decided to leave one out.
No word yet on pricing, but according to the product slide obtained by Engadget (which is the source for all of our current K3 information), the iPAQ K3 will be released by AT&T in November.
If you’ve been eying the new Samsung Jack i637 Windows Mobile Smartphone, this is for you.
LetsTalk.com now offers the Jack free at purchase with a new AT&T service plan. That’s pretty cool in itself since AT&T sells the Jack for $200 up front, followed by a $100 mail-in rebate. But LetsTalk is doing one better: They’re also tacking on a mail-in rebate of their own, good for $50.
To get the Samsung Jack FREE click this link, then scroll all the way down the page. There you’ll find the Jack and the details on this deal.
UPDATE: If you’re already an AT&T customer and want to upgrade to the Samsung Jack, LetsTalk offers an upgrade with contract extension deal that puts the final price of the Jack at $0.99 with no mail-in rebate. Some restrictions apply. Find details by following the instructions above.
UPDATE 5/26: The $50 rebate has been pulled, however the Jack is still free at LetsTalk.com.
The Pocket PC Central Accessories Center has been updated and now includes accessories for the Samsung Jack SGH-i637 Windows Mobile smartphone. Here you can find batteries, cases, sync cables, and more for the new smartphone.
NOTE: The Samsung Jack was released only a few days ago. Model-specific accessories are currently limited. We will continue to update the new accessories center with new products over the coming weeks.
Visit the Pocket PC Central Samsung Jack i637 Accessories Center…