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Wednesday, 29.03.06
REVEALED: O2 UK to launch the HTC Tornado as Xda IQ
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Paul over at MoDaCo posted, O2 UK is preparing to launch their version of the HTC Tornado in the same ID as used by i-mate as the SP5 and Qtek 8310 as "Xda IQ".
Interesting, since the same device was announced by O2 Asia as "O2 Orion" end of last year but was never released there.

Nevertheless, Paul got the word that the Xda IQ, which is set to ship with AKU2 already installed, will be offered as part of a forthcoming Push E-Mail package and will also includes W-LAN, unlike the German Tornado version called Xda Phone (again, three names for the same device from O2).

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SYNCHRONIZATION: AvantGo released Beta client for Windows Mobile Smartphones [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It took years that it happened but finally AvantGo released a public Beta client of an AvantGo browser for Windows Mobile Smartphones.
According to the download page, it supports Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphones or above but no word about the supported screen resolutions (176x220 vs. 240x320).

Anyway, if you are a Smartphone user and AvantGo user, you can get the Beta free of charge now from the downloads section, after you've logged into your account:

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Friday, 24.03.06
DESIGN: The ultra-stylish Mago Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

"Form follows Function" but in this case it might be the opposite? The Mago Smartphone designed by Evgueni Maslov and engineering by Tancher looks like a phone which came out of the B&O labs but it comes from the UK. It features Quad-band GSM and GPRS, class 2 Bluetooth ver. 1.2, Wi-Fi 802.11b, Embedded antennas and Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition.
The 240x320 2.8'' LTPS transflective TFT LCD touch screen supports 262,000 colors and it's powered by an Intel xScale PXA27X CPU with 624MHz. 128MB SDRAM. 128MB nand Flash provides enough memory. Additionally it's featuring a 1950mAh Li-Ion battery, a 2.5mm stereo audio jack for handsfree headset, USB 2.0 interface.

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Thursday, 23.03.06
MULTIMEDIA: Sling Media releases SlingPlayer Mobile Beta for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've written about the upcoming SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile devices back in December and finally Sling Media released the public beta of its SlingPlayer Mobile for Pocket PCs which is now available as an open beta for Slingbox customers. SlingPlayer Mobile gives Slingbox owners the most powerful option available in mobile television, combining their unique personal home TV experience with their mobile phones or PDAs.

Beginning April 26th, the retail SlingPlayer Mobile software will be available for US$ 29.99 and includes a free 30-day trial. Slingbox owners who purchase and register their Slingbox prior to April 26th will receive a free license for SlingPlayer Mobile. There are no monthly or recurring charges for the use of SlingPlayer Mobile.

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Wednesday, 22.03.06
UPDATE: E-TEN released another ROM update for the E-TEN M600 but still without MSFP
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Another ROM update for the M600 Pocket PC Phone Edition was recently released by E-TEN. ROM 0213 isn't based on AKU 2 but still based on AKU 1.1 and therefore isn't including the Microsoft Feature Pack for push E-Mail. Nevertheless, E-TEN already supports other parts of AKU 2 - the Bluetooth A2DP and AVRX profiles for wireless stereo streaming and remote control which is still part of the new ROM update.
In addition, E-TEN added a a new Skype speaker switch and native Skype support as announced earlier as well as  a phone dialer skin manager, improved system performance, improved audio over Bluetooth functionalities and a new backup utility.

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UPDATE: i-mate released the long awaited AKU 2 ROM update for the i-mate SP5 and SP5m
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, i-mate released the long awaited ROM update for the i-mate SP5 and SP5m Windows Mobile Smartphone which is based on Microsoft's AKU 2 and therefore contains the MSFP (Microsoft Feature Pack which is the E-Mail push functionality with Exchange 2003 and SP2) but unfortunately not the A2DP Bluetooth stereo protocol yet as previewed earlier.

Nevertheless, the ROM update also contains other important fixes and feature updates and is available in several language pack versions.

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Thursday, 16.03.06
PUBLISHING: Create podcasts with your Pocket PC using AcroDesign's AudioBay podcasting solution
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you own a Pocket PC and you are producing podcasts already - or you want to give it a try, AcroDesign's AudioBay Podcasting application for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs, which was released today, might be interesting for you. AudioBay provides everything needed to publish a podcast from a Pocket PC. Within a few minutes, users can record a podcast episode using the Pocket PC's built-in recorder and upload it to the Web over a wireless Internet connection for immediate access by the public.

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Wednesday, 15.03.06
NAVIGATION: Destinator Technologies unveiled Destinator 6 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Destinator Technologies unveiled it's latest navigation software for Windows Mobile at this year's CeBIT: "Destinator 6". Destinator 6 is the latest in a long line of solid product releases, building on the award winning "Destinator PN", "ND" and "SP" software. Numerous enhancements make Destinator 6 faster and easier to use than ever. With more ingenious functions, features and a completely redesigned user interface, Destinator 6 delivers power and innovation that's accessible by all.

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Tuesday, 14.03.06
FEED READER: NewsGator announced NewsGator Online support for Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

NewsGator Technologies, Inc. today announced that it has expanded its mobile portfolio with new RSS aggregators for Windows Mobile and J2ME-enabled devices. The new products accompany the NewsGator Mobile reader for HTML-enabled devices as part of the industry's most complete mobile RSS catalog. All three mobile products synchronize with the NewsGator family of products, anchored by NewsGator Online, the company's Web-based aggregator, allowing customers to read content and manage their subscriptions seamlessly from any device.

NewsGator recently acquired the Windows Mobile reader (formerly called SmartRead) and SmartFeed, a mobile podcatching application. Kevin Cawley, creator of the products, has joined the NewsGator team to oversee the company's mobile product development.

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Monday, 13.03.06
CEBIT LIVE: Vodafone Germany previews the HTC Star Trek as Qtek 8500
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Beside the Vodafone VPA Compact s aka HTC Prophet Pocket PC Phone Edition, Vodafone also previews the HTC Star Trek Windows Mobile Smartphone, HTC's first clamshell Smartphone which was unveiled first time during the 3GSM Congress four weeks ago.
Vodafone hasn't announced a launch of the Star Trek yet and is showing it in the Qtek version only but in red, a Star Trek color I haven't seen so far:

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CEBIT LIVE: Vodafone Germany to introduce the HTC Prophet as VPA Compact s
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At this week's CeBIT, Vodafone Germany is previewing the HTC Prophet (aka HTC Prophet) at its stand. The HTC Prophet, which Vodafone will call "Vodafone VPA Compact s", isn't anything new at all since it is the well known HTC Prophet with quad-band GSM and GPRS, 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 1.2, W-LAN b and g using a TI OMAP CPU.
Unlike over at the O2 stand, the VPA Compact s was still not branded and behind glass only:

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Friday, 10.03.06
CEBIT LIVE: Tatung discontinues the M1 Windows Mobile Smartphone but announced the Tatung M1A
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During the CeBIT 2006, Tatung, another Taiwanese manufacture of Windows Mobile devices, unveiled its Tatung M1A, the follower of the Tatung M1 Windows Mobile Smartphone I've posted about during last month's 3GSM Congress in Barcelona.
However, unlike it was announced in Barcelona, the Tatung M1 will not be released anymore, due to the customer feedback Tatung got. Please keep in mind, Tatung is a pure ODM for Windows Mobile Smartphones, therefore we will never see devices, sold under the brand name Tatung but only under operators or resellers brand names.
Nevertheless, the M1A, the follower of the M1, got some important feature-updates which makes the device even better, and IMHO the M1 was a nice device already.

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CEBIT LIVE: Gigabyte released the g-Smart i Pocket PC Phone Edition with analogue TV
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember my earlier posting from the 3GSM Congress last month, where the::unwired was the first showing you a new Gigabyte Pocket PC Phone Edition device? Now, during CeBIT in Hannover, Gigabyte Communications from Taiwan released the second Pocket PC Phone Edition, also equipped with analogue TV and FM radio.
The g-Smart i follows its forerunner, the g-Smart but unlike the g-Smart, the g-Smart i is a typical candybar Pocket PC, running Windows Mobile 5.0 with AKU 2, featuring a 2.1 megapixel camera, supporting triband GSM and GPRS class 10, W-LAN b and Bluetooth 1.2 and is powered by a Intel PXA272 Bulverde CPU with 416 MHz.

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Thursday, 09.03.06
CEBIT LIVE: Samsung unveiled the world's first 8GB Hard Disk embedded Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Samsung again breaks the storage limit in mobile phones by introducing the world's first mobile phone, the SGH-i310, equipped with a 8GB hard disk drive. With the large storage of 8GB, SGH-i310 will change the way people manage and use the mobile phone.

The i310 works as a perfect platform for users by combining a phone, a digital camera, and a MP3 player with its immense storage capacity. It enables users to carry around 2,000 songs (4MB/song) wherever they go.

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CEBIT LIVE: BenQ-Siemens officially announced the P51 Pocket PC Phone Edition with GPS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

BenQ Mobile, the new business division of the BenQ Corporation, presents at CeBIT 2006 in Hannover the new Windows Mobile 5.0 powered Pocket PC Phone Edition P51, the follower of the P50 which is a high-performance, versatile and compact Pocket PC Phone Edition based on the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system that integrates the latest high-end technology.
With comprehensive modern business features, the BenQ-Siemens P51 is the ideal communication tool for the professional user. Whether on the plane, on the train platform or at a business meeting – if you are on the road a great deal you will always have your office with you in the BenQ-Siemens P51.

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CEBIT LIVE: T-Mobile Germany to launch the  MDA Vario II aka HTC Hermes in June time-frame
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During CeBIT 2006 in Hannover Germany, T-Mobile Germany first time publicly showed their latest Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, the T-Mobile MDA Vario II.
As expected, the Vario II is based on the HTC Hermes and features quad-bang GSM, GPRS and EDGE as well as WCDMA/UMTS.
Addiitonaly it's sporting W-LAN b/g as well as Bluetooth 1.2. As the forerunner, the MDA Vario, the MDA Vario II will has a QWERTZ slide-out keyboard (for the German market). Enhanced is the camera which is a 2.1 megapixel one on the backside and a CIF on the frontside for UMTS video calls. The MDA Vario II will be powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 with (at least) AKU 2 supporting Bluetooth Stereo and Microsoft Push E-Mail via Exchange 2003 SP2.
Also it's confirmed now, that the wheel on the left side is a real scroll wheel with action functionality:

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Tuesday, 07.03.06
CONFIRMED: T-Mobile Germany's MDA Vario II is the HTC Hermes.
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

All right, another T-Mobile press release is confirming (more or less) that the T-Mobile MDA Vario II is the HTC Hermes: "For fast and easy input of URLs and E-Mails, the MDA Vario II offers a full keyboard as well as a 'trackwheel' for a comfortable navigation. Also it offers a large color-screen which can be also used in landscape. The color-screen also can be used as a view-finder for the 2.1 megapixel camera. As a PDA it also supports many organizer functions" (please note, this is my translation of the original German T-Mobile press release, unfortunately T-Mobile isn't offering this press release in English yet).
So no question, according this specifications the MDA Vario II is the earlier surfaced HTC Hermes and I'm sure T-Mobile will present it on its stand at CeBIT.

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RUMOR: T-Mobile Germany to launch the HTC Hermes early this summer
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC Hermes surfaced the first time publicly during 3GSM Congress in February but so far, no operators has publicly committed a launch of the device or a release date. Now it looks like T-Mobile will be the first one who will launch it, at least it looks like they have announced it today in its German press release. There, T-Mobile Germany, announced a new Windows Mobile device called "MDA Vario II" to be available early summer 2006! If you follow T-Mobile's naming scheme, the MDA Vario II must hava a keyboard (like the Vario I which is the HTC Wizard) and the only device I'm aware of which supports both, a keyboard and UMTS with HSDPA seems to be the HTC Hermes.

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Monday, 06.03.06
FOLLOWER: Samsung to release the SGH-i310 Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Samsung today announced to unveil its latest Windows Mobile Smartphone during CeBIT this week. As the name of the new device mentions, the SGH-i310 is the successor of the Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition Smartphone but this time it looks like Samsung did everything right. Beside the extended memory (8 GB HDD instead of 3 GB HDD only), the i310 is announced to use Windows Mobile 5.0 (instead of Windows Mobile 2003 SE).
Other features are 2 megapixel camera with flash, TV-output, audio support for MP3, WMA, AAC, stereo speakers, support for A2DP and AVRC Bluetooth profiles, USB 2.0 and microSD memory card storage. The press release isn't saying anything about the supported wireless standards but it can be expected, that the i310 will support at least GSM and GPRS, UMTS isn't expected yet.

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Friday, 03.03.06
UTILITY: Spb Software House releases Spb Pocket Plus 3.1 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House has released a new update for Spb Pocket Plus, the award winning application that was also the best selling Pocket PC program world-wide in 2004 and 2005.
Spb Pocket Plus version 3.1 performs better than the previous version and uses less memory. Now the user has the freedom to choose which particular features of Spb Pocket Plus he or she wants to have installed to the device. And the most exciting new feature of Spb Pocket Plus 3.1 is the improved appearance of the Today plug-in icons, giving the device today screen a beautiful new design.

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UPDATE: i-mate released ROM update for the i-mate K-Jam Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

i-mate yesterday released the long awaited AKU 2 ROM update for its K-Jam Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition (aka HTC Wizard).
The new ROM includes the Microsoft Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) which provides Direct Push E-Mail, remote device wiping, security policy enforcement and Global Address List Lookup for customers using a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2.
In addition the Communication Manager has been updated to allow current data services to be stopped, Direct Push E-mail to be started/stopped using a single button press and flight mode to be switched on/off.

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Thursday, 02.03.06
BROWSER: Opera released Opera 8.5 beta 2 for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Opera announced today, the Norwegian browser specialist released Beta 2 of its Windows Mobile Pocket PC browser today.
Opera 8.5 Pocket PC beta version is based on the same core as the Opera 8.5 desktop browser and brings the full internet to mobile Pocket PCs.

Opera 8.5 beta 2 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC is available for both Windows Mobile 2003 (Second Edition) and Windows Mobile 5.0.

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Wednesday, 01.03.06
UNVEILED: Gigabyte to release the g-Smart i at CeBIT 2006
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember the mysterious Gigabyte Pocket PC Phone Edition I caught at the 3GSM Congress two weeks ago? Looks like it wasn't announced that official at all but will become Gigabyte's new star for the CeBIT as the Taiwanese company announced today in its latest press release.
At CeBIT 2006, Gigabyte is proudly presenting products from both its PDA phone and feature phone families. From the PDA phone family, g-Smart was the world's first PPC phone with Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU2 as its operating system. g-Smart combined PDA and phone into one compact slide design and offers Direct Push and analog TV as well as Office tools, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

g-Smart i (the new one from the 3GSM Congress) is the second generation to g-Smart and is smaller and lighter with a pure PDA look for the all-PDA lovers.

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APPROVED: E-TEN M600 Pocket PC Phone Edition certified for Skype 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

E-TEN Information Systems today announced that its M600 Pocket PC Phone Edition now has the latest version of Skype 2.0 pre-installed on the device. Existing M600 users are invited to download Skype 2.0 from the link given below. E-TEN also confirmed that the company is scheduled to release an OS upgrade for the device soon and that Skype 2.0 will be one of the new features included in this package.

With built-in support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Quad-band GSM and GPRS, the M600 Pocket PC Phone delivers a complete communications package in one compact device. And with Skype 2.0 for the Pocket PC, these capabilities extend even further allowing users to share the same Skype account with their PCs and M600 and to enjoy free/low rate internet calls even while on the move.

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