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Friday, 28.04.06
AVAILABLE: Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile leaves the Beta and is available now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Some weeks ago, Sling Media announced the public Beta availability of its SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and now, Sling Media announced the first official release of SlingPlayer Mobile for Slingbox owners. SlingPlayer Mobile is a new software package that gives Slingbox owners the ability to watch and control their home TV from any network-enabled mobile phone or handheld computer (PDA) powered by Windows Mobile. The SlingPlayer Mobile software available today is compatible with devices that run Windows Mobile Pocket PC 5.0 and 2003 Second Edition. Sling Media will deliver a version for non-touchscreen devices based on Windows Mobile Smartphone later this quarter.

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Tuesday, 25.04.06
CODING: Get started developing for Motorola Q today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like the (North American) launch of the Motorola Q comes seriously closer! After it appeared on Verizon Wireless' web server some days ago, Motorola provides you now everything you need to begin developing for Motorola Q, the impossibly thin QWERTY Smartphone on its Motocoder developer site.
Built on the Windows Mobile 5.0 software platform, the Motorola Q offers familiar features and a cutting edge design that opens up a world of opportunities for developer innovation. Download the Motorola Q Developer Guide today and discover everything you need to create and test applications for Motorola Q.

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Monday, 24.04.06
UTILITY: Birdsoft Contact-ing Today Screen contact management solution
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Birdsoft today announced Contact-ing for Pocket PC Phone Edition, an advanced and efficient way to organize, view and call contacts using your Windows Mobile device. This powerful, yet easy-to-use application runs directly from your Today Screen.

Contact-ing is the ultimate contact management solution for your Today Screen. Do all of your essential contact lookups and editing in one convenient location, no need for a bulky application to load up for every interaction. Quickly lookup your contacts using one of two interface modes, using Contact Photos or using the intuitive List Mode. Filter by Category or Company and use Alpha Search to quickly find the contacts you are looking for. Directly access their website, email or phone numbers. Display upcoming Birthdays and Anniversaries without the need for a dedicated today plug-in. All this from the convenience of your Today Screen.

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Saturday, 22.04.06
ALIVE: The Samsung SGH-i320 is not dead but further developed
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ok, sometimes it might help to rant, like my latest rant about the Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphone, the GSM competitor to the Motorola Q (which will be initially launched in a ECDO version only). I was wondering what happened with it during the CeBIT since it wasn't at the Samsung stand and already had the fear that it might disappears like the Motorola MPx and MPx100 before but no - it's still alive!
This week I had the chance to spend another 20 minutes with a well working prototype (unfortunately I hadn't had my camera with me - note to myself: always carry the camera with you). Also I got confirmed, the SGH-i320 will be released (at least in Europe, haven't heard anything yet about North America) and as I said, it was a further development of what we have seen the first time during the 3GSM Congress back in February.

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Friday, 21.04.06
SURFACED: More HTC Breeze aka Qtek 8600 live photos available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, we have learned more about the HTC Breeze, HTC's first Windows Mobile 5.0 UMTS Smartphone, since Expansys accidentally published some tech-specs but so far we hadn't had too many live or even comparison photos available.
Now the first live comparison photos appeared over at at MoDaCo and JW2 - compared with the HTC Magician and HTC Star Trek:

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Thursday, 20.04.06
UPDATE: Palm released the AKU 2 ROM update for the Treo 700w
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Palm recently released the long awaited AKU 2 ROM update for its Windows Mobile 5.0 Treo 700w Pocket PC Phone Edition.
As expected, it includes the Microsoft's Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) with Direct Push Technology for automatic wireless synchronization of E-Mail, Calendar, Contacts and Tasks with compatible Microsoft Exchange 2003 SP2 servers.
Additionally it enhances E-Mail capabilities for more support of push E-Mail solutions, such as WirelessSync and GoodLink and of synchronization capabilities, such as the ability to maintain an "always on" data connection after POP or IMAP email synchronization and the ability to auto-synchronize all E-Mail accounts based on user setting.

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RSS READER: A•Times - a Newspaper like you've never seen before
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Introducing A•Times, a user friendly electronic newspaper for your Windows Mobile device that gives you news updates in real time. Discover a newspaper like you've never seen before.

A•Times is an enhanced news feed aggregator of surprising power. What sets it apart from conventional news aggregators is that it formats and displays news in a traditional newspaper format, adapted to the small screen of your Windows Mobile device.

Synchronize it anytime and then bring it with you wherever you go. And, unlike ordinary newspapers, it fits in your pocket.

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STYLISH: O2 Asia presents the Xda Atom Pure in seductive white
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Asia yesterday announced the official launch of the Xda Atom Pure, a white limited edition version of the popular Xda Atom. Sporting the same sleek profile, the Xda Atom Pure is just as smart, just as sexy and just as mighty. It contains all of the powerful features you’ve come to know and love from the original.

Like its predecessor, the Xda Atom Pure measures only 58x102x18.5 mm and weighs just 140g. Housed within the seductive, pearly-white exterior is a galore of multimedia functions. Like O2 MediaPlus, the first – and still the only – media centre designed for PDA-phones that gives you easy-to-use, single screen access to music, video and photo files and functionality; a built-in 2.0 mega pixel camera with strobe flash that ensures clarity day and night on the large 2.7" 262K-colour TFT-LCD QVGA touchscreen; and an FM radio with built-in speakers that let you tune in to the latest chart hits and news. Thanks to A2DP and AVRCP technology, you can even enjoy and control all these multimedia experience wirelessly via Bluetooth headsets.
The Xda Atom Pure is powered by an Intel 416MHz processor, and comes with 128MB Flash ROM and 64MB RAM of on-board memory.

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STYLISH: E-Ten M550 - a new white Pocket PC Phone Edition for the Asian market only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like white is the new black, at least it looks like Pocket PC manufactures are looking after other colors than black and gray also. According to PocketPCItalia.com, E-Ten will be ready soon to launch a new Pocket PC Phone Edition - but this time exclusively for the Asian market: the M550. The M550 might replace theM500, basically with the same major specifications but with a different keypad layout, with Mobile Windows 5 and as said before, it will be available in white:

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SERVICE: SRN launches NOMAD Media Hub BETA: Free RSS Aggregator for PPC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SRN recently announced its new NOMAD Media Hub BETA which empowers Windows Mobile Pocket PC users from around the world to create personalized media channels to go! Entirely multimedia-enabled, NOMAD Media Hub allows web feed aggregation, multiple channel subscription, channel creation by keyword or topic watch, playback and support for rich contents formats such as Podcasts, Videocasts and aggregate feed channels powered by Google News, Flickr, Webjay, Podzinger, Fotolia, Blinkx and many other popular social media providers:

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Wednesday, 19.04.06
UPDATE: Spb Software House released Spb Diary 1.7.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today announced an updated release of Spb Diary, now available in version 1.7.5. Spb Diary is a feature-rich Pocket PC Today-screen plug-in for your Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Notes and Messages. It enhances Pocket Outlook by gathering all of your PIM information in one place.

Spb Software House is constantly listening to customers' feedback to find out the most important users' needs. And therefore, in the new 1.7.5 version, the most requested features have been implemented:

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SURFACED: Verizon-branded Motorola Q appeared on the Verizon Wireless server
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

However "Qusers" managed to find this image, it's on the Verizon Wireless server. And since my fellow MVP Mike from Smartphone Thoughts already "spent the last hour tooling around the site and he couldn't find a single hint of the Q", I will not try the same just to get the same result.
Nevertheless, this seems to be the first real indication that Verizon Wireless might be getting ready to finally release Motorola Q I had the chance to play with the first time back in December last year (and see some comparison-photos to its strongest competitor - the Samsung SGH-i320 here).

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AVAILABILITY: Samsung SGH-i300x on sale now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like the Samsung SGH-i300x wasn't just a marketing fake but real, at least one company is selling and shipping it worldwide now: Singapore-based doml.com.
It's selling the "International English Version" of the i300x (you remember - the i300 refresh with a 4GB HDD which surfaced back in January) for around US$ 699.99 plus shipping costs. Unfortunately doml.com isn't saying which Windows Mobile version the i300x is about (Windows Mobile 2003SE vs. Windows Mobile 5.0) nor they are saying a word about the user interface languages (English can be expected but is it US or UK English and what's with the other languages like German, French, Spanish, etc).

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PIM: Developer One released Agenda Fusion 8 for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Developer One just announced the new releases of Agenda Fusion 8 for Pocket PC. Making mobile information management even better, this releas includes some of smartest new features yet.

Agenda Fusion 8 builds on it's reputation of delivering powerful and easy to use time management features and now includes:

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Thursday, 13.04.06
UPDATE: O2 UK released AKU 2 ROM Update for the Xda Mini S - Germany to follow soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

More and more AKU 2 Windows Mobile 5 ROM updates popping-up now and the latest release came from O2 UK who released a ROM update for the O2 Xda Mini S (HTC Wizard). Apart from the push E-Mail benefits, this ROM update includes an updated communications manager (which HTC developed to make the Push E-Mail setup easier), an updated radio-stack and an updated O2 Active User Interface (O2's Today screen replacement).

The download is available from O2 UK's relaunched Xda site but available for O2 customers only. Nevertheless, A2DP is absent yet.

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Monday, 10.04.06
OFFICE: TextMaker 2006 for Pocket PCs goes to public Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

German software vendor SoftMaker announced today the start of public beta testing of its new word processor for Pocket PCs, TextMaker 2006.

When TextMaker was first introduced for the Pocket PC three years ago, it was an overnight sensation: Finally it was possible to do real word processing on these mobile devices. Finally it was possible to open a Microsoft Word file, work on it, and save it back, with formatting and content intact.

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Friday, 07.04.06
UPDATE: Qtek released AKU 2 ROM update for HTC Universal aka Qtek 9000
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Qtek recently released the long awaited AKU 2 ROM for their version of the HTC Universal. This ROM update offers both Messaging & Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 and new applications that you may find in the AKU 2 upgrade for your device - including the A2DP and AVRC Bluetooth profiles for wireless stereo streaming of audio files.
The new Messaging & Security Feature Pack enables business users to easily stay connected to their Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile information while on the go and helps businesses to better protect E-Mails.
It works well with Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) to deliver a direct, scalable and cost-effective mobile messaging solution.

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Thursday, 06.04.06
ANNOUNCED: HTC introduces new DVB-H enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone for the US
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following its earlier introduction of a mobile TV enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone at the 3GSM Congress earlier this year, at CTI Wireless HTC is showing a DVB-H enabled Windows Mobile Smartphones, together with Modeo, a leading company in the mobile television industry which will also host live demonstrations of this production-ready Smartphone. This innovative handset is designed around the high performance DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld) standard, the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 platform and Microsoft Windows Media platform to supply mobile users with a feature-packed mobile entertainment and productivity solution.

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Monday, 03.04.06
UNVEILED: Expansys reveled information about the so far unannounced Qtek 8600 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And while we are talking about Expansys' leaks, here comes another one: the Qtek 8600 Windows Mobile Smartphone which is expected to be the first UMTS-enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone.

Not sure if either Qtek or HTC is so happy that Expansys also revealed more information about the HTC Breeze but Expansys describes the Qtek 8600 as following:

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UNVEILED: Expansys reveled information about the so far unannounced Qtek S300 Media PDA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember our previous article about Expansys' HTC Muse leak? Well, after we've published it here, Expansys removed the HTC Muse information from the website for good reasons: the devices isn't announced so far - neither by HTC nor by its partners.
But it looks like one of the potential partners could be Qtek, at least the Muse is back at Expansys, this time as the "Qtek S300 Media PDA" which Expansys describes as the following:

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Sunday, 02.04.06
REVEALED: More HP iPAQ rw6800 Multimedia Messenger Series information available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HP's plans to work with Quanta (the Taiwanese ODM which also makes the O2 Xda Atom) leaked first time back in January and while it was never officially confirmed, now more information about the "Xda Atom clone" appeared on HP's own website.
According to the information there, the "HP iPAQ rw6800 Multimedia Messenger" is indeed a revised version of the O2 Xda Atom but interesting enough, it doesn't looks like HP plans a worldwide launch but will focus on some regions only, according to the models product numbers:

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