i-mate back from the dead with Intelegent Windows 8 smartphone concept
Former Windows Mobile maker i-mate has apparently sparked back into life after looking as though it was all over just a few years ago. The troubled company is planning on returning to the market with a new 4.7-inch smartphone running the full Windows 8 desktop and tablet operating system – not to be confused with Windows Phone 8, which runs on Nokia, HTC and Samsung handsets. The company, now based in Redmond Washington, is developing the Intelegent smartphone to work in combination with a dock and a wireless tablet display to create comprehensive workstation with full mobile capabilities.
Acer next to use Android over Win Mobile
Acer is the next smartphone maker to move much of its attention away from Windows Mobile, sources within the field hinted today. Even though as recently as February it promised mostly Windows Mobile phones, DigiTimes has heard the company is now switching its attention to Google's Android and should ship "at least half" of its 2010 phones with the mostly open-source OS. The first Acer-made Android phone, the A1, is now estimated to ship in November.
Denies permanent closure rumors
i-mate has not disappeared, claims the smartphone maker's CEO, Jim Morrison. The company recently shut down its Dubai offices, also disappearing from phone contact. Prior to the closure, workers had been forced to take unpaid leaves; Morrison elaborates by saying that 30 out of 40 workers have been laid off.
i-mate likely closed
Windows Mobile may have been dealt a blow through a quiet shutdown of i-mate, an investigation has found. The company is said to have abruptly closed its offices one week ago and cut off communication with the media and resellers other than unverified statements that the company has stopped running. Its website is still active, but the company reportedly didn't launch a promised updated phone line in August and hasn't done more this year than release the ruggedized 810F.
i-mate intros rugged phone
i-mate today said it will release one of its first hardened devices. The i-mate 810-F is named after the US military specification, MIL-810-F, which the handset meets. The company has tested the phone to withstand temperature extremes ranging from 14°F to 140°F, as well as being able to withstand various levels of exposure to water, dust, humidity and shock resistance. It also includes a QWERTY keyboard and an impact-resistant touchscreen.
i-mate MWC Teaser
Smartphone maker i-mate today sparked attention in its lineup by claiming that it will use Mobile World Congress next month to introduce a "revolutionary mobile device" in its lineup. The company has little extra information in its teaser but suggests it will be "unlike anything else." The company has historically produced only Windows Mobile smartphones, however, and so may use Windows Mobile 6.5 and its improved interface as a centerpiece of the design.
i-mate intros Go for WinMo
i-mate, maker of the Ultimate brand of smartphones, has recently announced it is launching the i-mate Go interface for its Windows Mobile 6.1-powered offerings. Based on the VITO Winterface, i-mate Go brings Windows Mobile users with touch-screen devices an iPhone-like interface, with large, square virtual buttons acting as shortcuts to launch popular applications. Users can customize the icons, selecting the most-often used applications to pop up on the main screen.
i-Mate closes US office
i-Mate's office in Redmond, Washington has been almost completely dissolved, with the company laying off almost its entire workforce, while others left on their own volition. According to Engadget, the Dubai-based company ran into problems with US distribution of its Ultimate line of communication devices. This led to i-Mate laying off almost its entire US operations team, including the engineering, quality assurance, and technical writing departments.
i-mate Ultimate 9502 8502
Cellphone designer i-mate today included itself in the round of announcements at Mobile World Congress by finally launching its two highest-end Ultimate smartphones. Originally announced for the end of last year, the range-topping Ultimate 9502 is now set to launch with HSUPA Internet access rather than the original HSDPA; on supporting networks, the new technology will allow it to upload videos and other data much faster than possible with the older format. The Windows Mobile 6 phone is dominated by its touchscreen and continues to support GPS navigation, Wi-Fi, and a rare video-out feature for presentations or other large-screen functions.
HTC Taking Palm Production
Increasingly larger cellphone producer HTC is taking control of making smartphones for a few of its larger challengers, a report in Taiwan's Commercial Times says. Without naming specific models, the trade paper says that Palm, MWG, and Dubai-based i-mate are all pushing their assembly orders back to HTC after previously turning to other contractors or their own factories. The reversal is not explained but should help HTC's manufacturing for others account for over 10 percent of the firm's bottom line, representing a significant boost for a company increasingly known for its own devices.