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Mobile Round-Up: Weekend Update Edition

Here's a collection of newsy nuggets that have hit the wires over the last couple of days. Inside you'll read about a new click-to-call feature for Google Voice, a new Windows Mobile SDK, the final death of the Palm Treo Pro, and hacking multitouch onto the Nexus One.

Here's a collection of newsy nuggets that have hit the wires over the last couple of days. Inside you'll read about a new click-to-call feature for Google Voice, a new Windows Mobile SDK, the final death of the Palm Treo Pro, and hacking multitouch onto the Nexus One.Google Voice Gets Click-to-Call

Google has made a new extension available for its Chrome browser. The extension works with the Windows version of Chrome, as well as the developer Chromium for Macs builds. The full beta version of Chrome for Macs isn't supported yet.

Why is this extension such a big deal?

1. Adds a button to the toolbar, which displays the number of unread messages in your Google Voice inbox. 2. Gives you quick access to your most recent messages with transcripts. 3. Lets you initiate calls and send free text messages by just typing any number or contact name. 4. Makes phone numbers on websites callable via Google Voice by just clicking on them.

You can snag the extension here.

WinMo 6.5 SDK

Microsoft has published a new software development kit for Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional and Standard. The Windows Mobile 6.5 SDK provides documentation, sample code, header and library files, emulator images, and tools to Visual Studio that developers build applications for Windows Mobile 6.5.

You can find it here.

The Treo Pro Dies

Palm has removed reference to the Palm Treo Pro from its web site. What does this mean? Well, the phone will still be available here and there across the web, but Palm is no longer marketing it , nor selling it directly. For those dying for a Windows Mobile-based Palm device, the Treo Pro was/is your only bet. Good luck finding one, gadget collectors. From now on, Palm is pushing its webOS and Pre and Pixi devices.

Multitouch On The Nexus One

If you're into tinkering with code and don't mind rooting your Nexus One, the fellas over at XDA-Developers have figured out how to enable multitouch in the Nexus One's browser. Once you've rooted the Nexus One -- which is hacker talk for breaking open the phone's system for full access -- the XA-Developers have a patch that will grant the Nexus One multitouch powers. Here's a video of it in action.

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