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Wednesday, 24.05.06
COOPERATION: Chunghwa Telecom teams with Microsoft, HTC and Dopod to launch a 3G Windows Mobile device
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As DigiTimes reports today, Taiwanese Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) yesterday signed an agreement with Microsoft, HTC and Dopod International to launch a high-end 3G PDA phone in Taiwan in June. Unfortunately it wasn't mentioned, which device the high-end 3G PDA might be but it can be expected, that it is HTC's Hermes device (also known as T-Mobile MDA Vario II and O2 Xda trion).
While the 3G PDA phone will be manufactured by HTC and marketed by Dopod, it will run on Microsoft's Window Mobile OS but the even more interesting part of the new is the fact, that beside it will features push E-Mail (MSFP) it will also supports RSS functionalities and a Chinese interface made to CHT's specifications, according to sources at CHT.

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UPDATE: Is ETEN to update its E-Ten M600 to E-Ten M600+ with enhanced features?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to French mobility site Mobinaute.com, E-Ten plans to re-release its Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition M600 as M600+ which is expected to arrive in the same design and form factor but should includes enhanced features.
While the E-Ten M600 is a quad-band GSM device already, featuring GPRS as well, this WAN functionality will stays untouched, so no EDGE enhancement here. Also the integrated W-LAN standard is expected to stay 802.11b only. But Bluetooth is rumored to get an update to faster Bluetooth 2.0 and also the camera should get an update from today's 1.3 megapixel camera to a new and state of the art 2.0 megapixel camera.

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Tuesday, 23.05.06
LIMITED: O2 Germany releases the Xda neo as Xda neo BMW Sauber F1 Race Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And another O2 exclusive one. Together with the white limited edition of the Xda neo, O2 Germany also announced today the release of the Xda neo BMW Sauber F1 Team Edition which is a mix of the Xda neo (HTC Prophet) with Windows Mobile 5.0, quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, etc and the white Limited Edition which was announced today as well.
However, the Xda neo Race Edition features a special BMW Sauber F1 design, because since this season O2 Germany is partner of the Bavarian F1 team and includes a white leather case, a 1 GB SD card and a content pack with F1 videos, a special ringtone (which is basically the sound of the BMW Sauber F1 car) and a Formula 1 game:

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LIMITED: O2 Germany gives the Xda neo a second stylish life
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As O2 Germany announced today, the German operator has released its best-selling Pocket PC - the Xda neo - in a limited white edition.
Because of the previous Xda mini Limited Edition success, now the Xda neo is also "re-released" as a limited edition, this time in a kind of "white piano finishing".
Feature-wise, the Xda neo Limited Edition stays the same since it comes with Windows Mobile 5.0 (with AKU 2 as far as I've heard), sporting the original quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE radio, featuring Bluetooth and W-LAN/WiFi g and its 2 megapixel camera:

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UNVEILED: O2 Germany to release the HTC Hermes as O2 Xda trion [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While it's neither official released yet nor O2 Germany has given a press release, the device, formerly known as "O2 Xda Hermes", appeared now in O2's own web shop as "O2 Xda trion".

So what's the hard facts now? It's coming with a Samsung ARM CPU with 400 MHz (instead the previously by T-Mobile announced 300 MHz only), it's quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS (with a later upgrade option to HSDPA). It's sporting a 2 megapixel camera on the back (with photo light) and a QCIF camera on the front for UMTS video telephony and for sure it comes with Windows Mobile 5.0 including AKU 2 which supports the Microsoft Messaging and Security Feature Pack (push E-Mail with Exchange) and - as far as the::unwired heard - A2DP Bluetooth stereo! Also it is expected to support the SIM Access Profile. Talking about Bluetooth, the O2 trion will supports Bluetooth 2.0 and W-LAN/WiFi g. Last but not least, it has 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended with microSD memory cards.

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Monday, 22.05.06
OFFICIAL: Verizon and Motorola finally announce the launch of the highly anticipated Motorola Q
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Verizon Wireless and Motorola today announced that the highly anticipated Motorola Q will be available starting on May 31. The Motorola Q is exclusively available through Verizon Wireless and customers can purchase it online on May 31 or at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store on June 5.

Perfect for customers who multi-task and want flexibility in today's fast- paced business environment, the Moto Q's style and phone-first mantra builds upon the design revolution created by the Motorola RAZR - the best- selling clamshell handset in the world. The Moto Q - which runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 software - delivers an uncompromising mobile experience in an all-in-one handheld device that combines the reliability of a great phone, personal productivity capabilities, powerful enterprise connectivity and entertainment in a thin and stylish form factor. The Moto Q also utilizes Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess network - the nation's most award-winning wireless broadband network - to send and receive data.

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Saturday, 13.05.06
AVAILABLE: Vodafone Germany has the Vodafone VPA compact s aka HTC Prophet in stock
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

First time, I wrote about Vodafone Germany's plans to carry the HTC Prophet as VPA compact s back in March, when I spotted the Prophet at Vodafone's CeBIT stand and now it's available from the German operator.
The Vodafone VPA compact s is based on HTC's Prophet Pocket PC Phone Edition and features Windows Mobile 5.0, quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, Bluetooth, W-LAN and a 2 megapixel camera.
However, unlike it was previewed at the CeBIT, the Vodafone version of the Prophet will not comes in dark anthracite but in silver (basically the same color most HTC Magicians were sold before as well):

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Wednesday, 10.05.06
RELEASE: Motorola's Q Smartphone appears on Microsoft's Windows Mobile site
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like the release of the Motorola Q is close, really close. Otherwise neither Microsoft would publish more information on its own Windows Mobile website nor Motorola has agreed to this.
So here we go, Microsoft has released some official information over at microsoft.com which reads as following:

As of today, the Motorola Q is the thinnest (soon to be released), full-function Windows Mobile powered device offered by Motorola. Wherever business takes you, your Microsoft Outlook E-Mail, contacts, and calendars are with you and up-to-date. And all the responsiveness you require is tucked stylishly in to your pocket (and no, it's not a Pocket PC but a Smartphone).

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REVEALED: Dutch Orange and Spanish Amena to carry the the HTC Star Trek
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As HTC revealed in its Qtek 8500 FAQ, at least two European operators are expected to release the Qtek 8500 (aka HTC Star Trek/STRTrk) during this Spring as well: Orange NL and Amena in Spain.
According to the FAQ, Amena will provide its own SKU from week four of May while Orange will ship its own SKU from week four of June (more than one months later).
At the moment it's not clear if Orange NL will be the only Orange subsidiary which will take the Star Trek or if other Orange subsidiaries will follow as well. Also it's unknown yet, if Orange will take it as Qtek 8500 or if the operator (who was the first who introduced a Windows Mobile Smartphone) will rebrand it as SPV:

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Monday, 08.05.06
RELEASE: The Qtek 8500 aka HTC Star Trek Windows Mobile Smartphone debuts in Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, HTC has announced that it will release its HTC Star Trek (which is the same device which was announced last week in Far East as Dopod S300) under its Qtek brand in Europe first. HTC's first clamshell Windows Mobile Smartphone is sporting quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, communicates in short-range via Bluetooth (but misses IrDA), weights only 99 grams with battery and touts a breath-taking 16mm with a build-in 1.3-megapixel camera and dedicated music control buttons.
But the Qtek 8500 is not an ordinary clamshell phone only. It's powered by Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 and running with a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz. It has 64 MB RAM and 64 MB ROM. The main 2.2" TFT LCD with LED backlight gives you crystal clear, crisp and vibrant image and colors. The secondary 1.2" TFT LCD on the front cover keeps you always informed of the time and date, identity of callers and what music is playing.

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Friday, 05.05.06
EXCLUSIVE: O2 Germany to release the HTC Hermes Pocket PC Phone Edition also
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've just received an interesting anonymous E-Mail with some even more (unfortunately grainy) the::unwired exclusive (as the mailer said) photos inside which shows an O2 Xda labeled HTC Hermes!
I mean it was - more or less - clear that O2 is also going to launch this UMTS beauty but it wasn't confirmed as of today. Since the keyboard shows a QWERTZ layout, I expect it's an O2 Germany Hermes (and the E-Mail hasn't mentioned anything about O2 UK).
Also it shows the two extra Hermes buttons, the Start and OK button, I already photographed back on CeBIT:

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APPROVED: The Pantech PC-8200N Windows Mobile Smartphone got the FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Is Pantech, the second largest Korean mobile phone manufacture (behind Samsung but before LG) entering the Windows Mobile Smartphone market as well now?
According to the FCC it looks like. The Pantech PC-8200N just received the FCC approval which is required to release a device in the U.S. And it looks like Pantech already found a customer for the device - Verizon. At least the test-sample's, the FCC used, are Verizon branded.
If it is a Verizon phone, it's not a GSM phone, that's clear and also the antenna doesn't looks GSM'ish anymore:

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UPDATE: O2 Asia released AKU 2 ROM update for the Xda Atom
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Now also O2 Asia and its exclusive Xda Atom. This ROM update consolidates all the new/previous enhancements and fixes into a single ROM update image which provides improvements to overall performance and quality in system software, application software and GSM radio firmware.
The most important enhancements are the support of Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2 including Messaging & Security Feature Pack (MSFP) supporting direct push technology as well as general browser performance improvements and a new Wireless Manager application to provide easy configuration of wireless LAN, Bluetooth and GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone for users.
While the A2DP Bluetooth stereo support isn't mentioned explicit, I expect it's still there, since it was part of the previous ROM versions alreay.

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Thursday, 04.05.06
UPDATE: Dopod introduces AKU 2 updates for its Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And the next one. Dopod International recently introduced its AKU 2 push-mail updates for the entire range of Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone Edition models, currently available from Dopod. This includes the Dopod 900, 838 and 818 Pro.
Push mail technology is set to further enhance Outlook efficiency, cut down clutter and greatly improve mobility. Dopod users can now receive an E-Mail simultaneously on their PCs and Dopod PDA phones with little or no delays. Users can check their latest E-Mails and update their schedules, stay contactable while on the go and manage workloads effortlessly.
However, as with most AKU 2 updates, it seems that also the Dopod ROM updates misses the A2DP Bluetooth stereo profile, originally introduced by Microsoft for AKU 2.

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Wednesday, 03.05.06
UPDATES: Orange and O2 released AKU 2 updates for their SPV M5000 and Xda Mini S
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sometimes it took a little bit longer but finally Orange Switzerland and O2 Germany have released their AKU 2 ROM updates.
Orange Swiss released an AKU 2 update for its SPV M5000 Pocket PC Phone Edition (aka HTC Universal) which includes the Microsoft Messaging & Security Feature Pack as well as M5000 users get back the manual network selection. The ROM update is available in German and French.
After O2 UK, also O2 Germany finally released its AKU 2 ROM update for their version of the HTC Wizard (called Xda Mini S) which also includes the Microsoft Messaging & Security Feature Pack as well as a better support for O2's Genion service (the Homezone indication should be available now).

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SOCCER: World Cup Mobile 2006 - Your Guide to the FIFA World Cup 2006
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the Football World Cup in Germany around the corner (and yes, I'm still excited even if I haven't had the chance to get a single ticket for the Munich Football Stadium aka Allianz Arena), Envi.con and Resco have teamed up and recently released "World Cup Mobile" for handhelds and smartphones.

"World Cup Mobile" offers up to the minute match results, standings, and news 24 hours a day. Football fans can view current team rosters, game occurrences, spectator numbers, penalty cards, goals scored, and more via online update. A detailed game description will also follow each match.

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RELEASE: Dopod officially launched the Dopod S300 Smartphone aka HTC Star Trek
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like Dopod is the first again. After its early launch of the HTC Prophet as Dopod 818 late last year, the Chinese reseller of HTC manufactured devices now officially introduced the Dopop S300 (aka HTC Star Trek) Windows Mobile Smartphone (not to be confused with the Qtek S300 Pocket PC Phone Edition).
At least Dopod held a press event/launch party today, PhoneDaily is reporting about.
The Dopod S300 is a Windows Mobile 5.0 powered Smartphone, HTC's first clamshell Smartphone, and is only 15.8 mm thick, weighs 99 g and has a 2.2" QVGA screen. Bellow the 1.3 megapixel camera the device also features a second color display. Unfortunately, the HTC Star Trek misses W-LAN like the previous HTC Smartphone, based on the Tornado platform had.

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Tuesday, 02.05.06
UPDATE: Mozilla's Minimo Browser for Pocket PCs released in Version 0.015
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

All right you Mozilla junkies, the Windows Mobile Mozilla browser called Minimo just got another refresh for you to download and test now. The Minimo developers has been focused on code-size and runtime footprint reduction, small screen usability and porting to small consumer devices. The developers of the Minimo browser hope to make Minimo the browser of choice on small devices or machines with limited system resources; taking advantage of Mozilla's support for a broad and comprehensive set of standards and the variety of content on the web, proven security, international support, and cross platform capability.

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LAUNCH: HTC to speed up Qtek S300 HSDPA Phone Edition launch
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Taiwanese DigiTimes, HTC (High Tech Computer) is speeding up the respective launch of its HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access aka 3.5G) device, the HTC Muse, to Qtek (as Qtek S300) in the third quarter, according to market sources.
HTC will promote this HSDPA device (together with BenQ, which is going to launch the EF91, a non-Windows Mobile device in July/second quarter) as first in the European market, the sources indicated.

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Monday, 01.05.06
CRYPTOGRAPHY: SecureGSM launches next generation Crypto Smartphone solution
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SecureGSM, world leader in software based crypto phone solutions, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of SecureGSM SP for Windows Mobile Smartphone.
Following on from the launch of the revolutionary SecureGSM Pro, this latest release represents the next generation cryptographic phone application for Windows Mobile Smartphone devices. SecureGSM SP's advanced architecture, combined with exceptional integration with Windows Mobile Smartphone, provides truly unparalleled ease of use and convenience in a traditional phone form factor.

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