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Tuesday, 26.10.04
LAUNCH: O2 Asia to launch the HTC Feeler Windows Mobile Smartphone as O2 Xphone II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to CNet Asia, O2 Asia, a subsidiary of mmO2 is ready to launch the HTC Feeler (also known as i-mate SP3i) soon as O2 Xphone II:

O2 Xphone II sets a new standard for Smartphones
Like the O2 Xda IIs, the O2 Xphone II is an icon of intelligent architecture with a striking black design. At only 102 grams, the O2 Xphone II is the slimmest Smartphone in the market. Even as its size rivals those of regular mobile phones, information displayed on the O2 Xphone II is showcased on a comparatively larger 2.2-inch, 65K-colour TFT-LCD screen that is now brighter and with higher contrast. A graphite-colored, ridged keyboard further provides handsome accompaniment to the phone's black casing, and completes its beautiful looks.

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Saturday, 23.10.04
UTILITY: xBar 2.4 Beta released with new features and several bug fixes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

My all-time favorite Smartphone application xBar (okay, that's not 100 % objective but true) got a refresh and is available as Beta 2.4 now.
David, the developer, tried hard to fix some minor bugs but also to better support the new HTC Typhoon as well as he added some new handy features.

xBar enables you to exploit the best windows features in your Smartphone such as easy switching between applications, clipboard management and task management.

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UTILITY: SmartMonitor Home Screen plug-in for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SmartPhinger recently released SmartMonitor Homescreen Plug-in for Windows Mobile Smartphone which is a plug-in to display different parameters of your phone such as battery life, temperature, storage space and available memory. You can also add icons representing any of these things as you see fit. The plug-in is extremely configurable in that it allows you to place as many or as few bits on information on the screen, wherever you want with just a minor tweak of the XML file.

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INPUT: Blimkeys multi-tap Input Panel for Pocket PC and Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 09:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Blimkeys is another one handed text input system which Pocket PC Phone Edition users will surely appreciate. It is a standard SIP which means that it will reside in the SIP menu for easy access. This current version is already working but be warned that this is still in the development stage.

Blimkeys is a standard Software Input Panel for PocketPC 2002 and WM2003 based PDAs and you can input text just like tapping in text on a regular mobile phone. Predictive text input and word completion function under development and support for several layouts for other languages is being planned.

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Friday, 22.10.04
UPDATE: o2 Germany released another Xda II ROM update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, o2 Germany released the latest ROM update for the o2 Xda II which is available for download now. It includes Bluetooth and battery life enhancements, the latest fixes from Microsoft and an improved radio stack version.

The upgrade will erase all existing information on your device. It is strongly recommended that you synchronies your Contacts, Calendar, Mail and Tasks to your PC before upgrading your device.

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BETA: SmartphoneNotes ActiveSync provider update BETA 5 RC available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are such a heavy user of SyncData's SmartphoneNotes like I'm, I'm sure you know the Outlook security feature, which asks you every time if you are sure to allow Outlook access. While I appreciated improved security, this pop-up becomes a little bit annoying, especially if you have forgotten to accept the access for x minutes because ActiveSync is on hold until you allow/deny access.

Now SyncData, provides a free solution (currently available as Beta only) for its SmartphoneNotes customers:

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Wednesday, 20.10.04
UPDATE: Orange released ROM update for the SPV C500
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

UPDATE: Orange released ROM update for the SPV C500

Paul over at MoDaCo announced that Orange has recently released a ROM update for their SPV C500/HTC Typhoon. Seems he was beta testing is already and he confirms to be a stable update.

You can improve the performance of your SPV C500 by downloading the new ROM update. This will give you the following benefits: Videos can be sent via MMS, flickering issue in games has now been fixed, packet video full screen mode and backlight fix, improved memory management of the camera and video applications, improved browsing/upload speed (changed from GPRS class 8 to class 10).

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REVEALED: More information and details about the O2 Xda IIi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Since the previous announcements from O2 UK and o2 Germany, we haven't heard that much anymore about their next coming Xda IIi; however, I got the following information confirmed by O2 now.

All we saw before were rumors and speculations only but it's confirmed now that the Xda IIi isn't based on the "HTC Magician" but based on the new "HTC Alpine".

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Tuesday, 19.10.04
NAVIGATION: Destinator enters the Smartphone GPS-navigation market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to German mobile site mobile2day, tomorrow, Destinator Europe will publicly show their latest product "Destinator for Smartphone", first time at "Systems" convention in Munich.
Destinator is already well known for Pocket PC on-board navigation and one of the top 5 navigation systems for Windows Mobile, now they will also enter the Smartphone market.

Destinator for Smartphone is based on what you might know from the Pocket PC but also includes some new, Smartphone optimized features like:

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Thursday, 14.10.04
BROWSING: Opera Technical Preview for Microsoft Smartphone 2003 released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Opera released its previously announced web browser as a technical preview for the Microsoft Smartphone platform:

Users must be aware that a TP is not a final product and does not contain all features that are expected with a final release. Furthermore, users cannot register a TP and it should be regarded for preview purposes only.

The TP is free for all users, but will expire Dec 31, 2004.

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Tuesday, 12.10.04
RELEASE: AT&T Wireless offers Audiovox SMT5600 with Windows Mobile Software
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

LOS ANGELES - Oct. 12, 2004 - Today at the Windows XP Experience More event, Microsoft Corp. and Audiovox Communications Corp., a majority-owned subsidiary of Audiovox Corp., and AT&T Wireless introduced the smallest Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Smartphone in North America - the Audiovox SMT5600 (better known as Orange SPV C500/HTC Typhoon). The Audiovox SMT5600 includes the Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software for Smartphones and is the first Windows-Mobile-based Smartphone featuring Windows Media Player 10 Mobile, providing a rich new media experience that enables the seamless transfer of media from a PC running Windows XP.

AT&T Wireless is offering the Audiovox SMT5600 starting today for 199.99 US$ after rebates with a two-year voice and data service contract.

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Monday, 11.10.04
RELEASED: T-Mobile SDA Smartphone available for Business Customers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Previously I've written about the announced T-Mobile SDA at the T-Mobile consumer shop - now the same SDA with Windows Mobile 2003 SE is available to order for business customers already.
With a 24 month T-Mobile contract it costs 99,95 Euro - without any subscriptions it's available for 369,95 Euro.
No delivery dates given nor you can order it online but have to call the call center but anyway, it's starting - now!

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Friday, 08.10.04
RELEASE: T-Mobile SDA Smartphone appears at T-Mobile Online Shop
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile's recently announced SDA Smartphone (based on the same reference design as the Orange SPV C500 and i-mate SP3 and SP3i) finally reached T-Mobiles German Online Shop.

Right now, it's not available for order yet but announced only; however, this is a good indication that it shouldn't takes too long anymore to see it on sale there as well.

According the provided information there, it's expected to become available mid October (7 days from now ?).

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AVAILABILITY: Motorola MPx220 appears at Best Buy
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Mike from Smartphone Thoughts, the Motorola MPx recently appeared at Best Buy:

We just received word that the Motorola MPx220 is officially in stores now. Best Buy is selling Cingular branded version for $349.99 with a contract or $499.99 without a contract. It is also worth mentioning that they are unlocked devices.

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WARNING: Better don't buy 'pre-production' MPx220 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Recently I had a longer talk with Motorola about their MPx220 Smartphone and some problems I've figured out with the engineering sample I got. For instance the stand-by time became dramatically shorter with the last ROM versions and also the external display was too dark in my humble opinion.

The reason, why the battery drained that fast - compared with earlier ROMs I've tested - is because the latest ROM builds (and the one which will be  commercially released) are designed and optimized for the final hardware, which isn't the same which was used for the pre-production engineering samples. While I had around 1 day stand-by at first, it went down to around 6 hours only. Now, with the final hardware, the current stand-by is up to around 2 - 3 days while the ROM still contains some debugger software which reduces the stand-by as well and which is - for sure - removed in the commercial version.

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Monday, 04.10.04
VIEWER: Adobe released Acrobat Reader 2.0 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As seen on Pocket PC Thoughts, Adobe recently released an updated version of its Acrobat Reader for Pocket PC as version 2.0.
Like the previous Reader versions, it is free and still large. The English version is 13.5 MB. 8O Beside English, Reader for Pocket PC is also available in other languages like German but not all the desktop language-versions are available for the Pocket PC platform.

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Saturday, 02.10.04
NEWS FEED: Mobile News 1.0.1 for Pocket PC released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you use NewsGator you know how convenient it is to have all news and messages in one convenient place. Now you can get something similar for your Pocket PC:

Mobile News is a tool to synchronize XML news (RSS, RDF, Atom) to your Pocket PC Inbox. Features includes:

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