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Thursday, 31.08.06
RSS: MaximumSoft released NewsCopier - another free RSS Newsreader for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MaximumSoft today announced the release of its latest product - NewsCopier for Windows Mobile Pocket PC. This Free RSS newsreader puts the latest headlines, weather, sports, business, and entertainment news right in your hands. It keeps you up-to-date on blogs, bargains, stocks and other news.

You have instant access to the news you are interested in. The program can use your wireless connection or update headlines when your Pocket PC is cradled. NewsCopier can either automatically refresh its information on a regular basis, or let you do the refresh manually.

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UNVEILED: Cingular 8525 aka HTC Hermes caught in the wild
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember Alfredo's earlier posting about the Cingular 8525? It seems like everything was right - at least if you check the fuzzy photos bellow, a user called "Hayswj" posted yesterday over at HowardForums.
No front facing camera but all the rest looks pretty identical to the O2 Xda trion/Orange SPV M31000 since all three Pocket PC Phone Editions shares the same ID.
No word yet about the expected/rumored PTT button (Push to Talk) and functionality as well as no word about an estimated launch date or retail price but hey - at least it seems to be confirmed, that the Cingular 8525 is definitely coming to the U.S. and Cingular:

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OFFICE: CNetX released Pocket SlideShow Smartphone Edition 1.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

CNetX is recently announced the release of version 1.5 of Pocket SlideShow Smartphone Edition, the popular PowerPoint viewer for Windows Mobile powered Smartphones, which was bundled with the very first Orange SPV Smartphone. Pocket SlideShow lets you keep your favorite Microsoft PowerPoint presentations right in your pocket, so you can review presentations on the go or keep important PowerPoint contents always at hand for quick reference.
With Pocket SlideShow you can browse slides quickly in preview mode, read notes and comments in your presentation, find any slide at a glance using thumbnail view, and display presentations full screen, with optimized display and animations.

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UTILITY: Franson GpsGate 2.0 - adds virtual GPS ports to Pocket PCs and Windows PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are using a Windows Mobile Pocket PC and GPS, this utility might become handy if you want to use more than just one GPS application in parallel. Franson Technology recently released Franson GpsGate 2.0, a Windows and Pocket PC utility that lets you run many GPS applications using a single GPS receiver. New features in GpsGate 2.0 are the ability to share a GPS over ActiveSync or Bluetooth. Support for Garmin software and GPS receivers. And GpsGate 2.0 will let you connect Google Earth to a normal GPS, something that otherwise isn't possible.

GPS users often have several applications that they want to run simultaneously. Without Franson GpsGate, it's necessary to shut down one application before beginning another. With Franson GpsGate, you can share one GPS among several applications. Simply create additional virtual serial ports, and any GPS applications can connect to them.

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UNVEILED: High Resolution Photos of Vodafone's Treo 750
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 04:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As the release date for Vodafone's new Treo 750 approaches we have some nice high resolution pictures available. Some important points include mini-sd expansion slot and 64 mb of RAM.
Now if only they would trash that 240x240 resolution screen and give us something that's up to snuff I might be interested. For those who don't care about a high res screen, see the high res pictures after the jump.

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Wednesday, 30.08.06
UPDATE: Motorola released the long awaited Motorola Q ROM update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally! It appeared, it disappeared but now it's back - Motorola's ROM update for the Motorola Q Windows Mobile Smartphone.
This ROM update is focused on enhancing enterprise functionality like adding the Microsoft Security Feature Pack (MSFP) which, together with Microsoft Exchange 2003 (SP2), includes Direct Push Technology, global address book lookup and enhanced mobile device management and security, including the ability to remotely wipe data from devices and options for stronger encryption of data.
Other features contains the long time missing Dial-up Networking (DUN) connectivity which is now added and part of the Q. Users can have broadband-like EVDO download speeds on their laptop by using their Motorola Q as a wireless modem via USB or Bluetooth for an additional fee. The software update also enables improved browser navigation as well as other improvements since it is based on Microsoft's AKU 2.

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UPGRADE: WebIS released Pocket Informant 2007 for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Another great product got an upgrade to make the good even better. WebIS, well known for it's Pocket Informant Outlook Mobile replacement for Pocket PCs, recently released Pocket Informant 2007.
Pocket Informant vastly improves upon the functionality of Outlook Mobile to match and exceed what's available even with the desktop Outlook while keeping complete and uncompromising compatibility with Outlook. 5 Calendar Views, Notes, Tasks, Contacts, Journal and so much more with an awesome to use interface.
Despite its robust features, Pocket Informant is naturally easy to use. Features are designed to be quickly accessible, without being in the way. WebIS is constantly improving the features that already exist making them faster, more intuitive and more efficient.

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Tuesday, 29.08.06
UPGRADE: Spb Software House released Spb Diary 2.0 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The good becomes even better. Today Spb Software House announced the release of Spb Diary 2.0, a major update to the award winning Pocket PC PIM Today plug-in.
For the 16 months that Spb Diary has been on the market it has become a "must have" application and now holds a firm place among the top-selling Pocket PC applications. For many users, Spb Diary is the first application they install on a brand new device. In 2005, this application was the finalist in Microsoft's Mobile2Market contest and in 2006, Spb Diary won one of the most recognized prizes: the Shareware Industry Award for "Best Program for PDA's".

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LAUNCH: Gigabyte Communications launches GSmart brand in Russia
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Gigabyte Communications today announced the launch of GSmart brand in Russia. During the GSmart Launch Event in Moscow, Russia, Mr. Tony Mestres, Senior Director of Microsoft WW Field & Sales/Mobile & Embedded Devices Marketing, has briefed the general situation in the world of Windows Mobile devices and has emphasized the important contribution that Gigabyte Communications has advanced in this field. Gigabyte has launched GSmart brand with GSmart i128 as the first TV-enabled mobile PDA phone in the World.

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Monday, 28.08.06
REVEALED: More HTC Artemis and HTC Trinity photos hits the web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the earlier leaks of the HTC Artemis and HTC Trinity, this "BengalBoy" has published a bunch of new high resolution photos of both devices now.
The HTC Artemis is a GPS enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and a FM radio (which means the device could also support the TMC-service for GPS navigation), W-LAN and a 2 megapixel camera. It's expected to run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and is powered by a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz. In addition, it seems to feature a kind of "track ball" (right, the thing we had with our Laptops in the early day of mobile computing).

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Sunday, 27.08.06
UNVEILED: O2 Germany to release the HTC Excalibur Smartphone as O2 Xda cosmo [UPDATE]
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 19:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

German consumer telecommunication magazine "connect" got a working prototype of the HTC Excalibur in their hands and has published some further information about it in its latest issue. Although its previously been seen with T-Mobile themes, connect indicates that it will be carried by O2 Germany, with XDA branding.

According to connect, the O2 Xda cosmo the Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone will be available during September or October of this year. Of course what this means is that European carriers can expect to see it in the next couple of months, while American carriers will probably take another month or two. The Excalibur is HTC's answer to the Motorola Q. With a QWERTY keyboard (the German version will has most likely a QWERTZ keyboard), jog strip/pad, GSM/GPRS/EDGE quadband and Wi-Fi, about the only thing this phone is missing is 3G connectivity.

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BETA: Sling Media released SlingPlayer Mobile for Pocket PC BETA 1.1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Sling Media's latest Windows XP SlingPlayer releases, Sling Media released another SlingPlayer Mobile for Pocket PC Beta, which is now available to all registered (US) Slingbox owners at SlingMedia.com.
This Beta version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Pocket PC provides a preview on feature enhancements over the current v1.0, as well as to obtain users' valuable feedback. As always, also this Beta version will expire after an evaluation period.

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Thursday, 24.08.06
MESSAGING: WebIS released FlexMail 2007 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

For me, E-Mail is one of the most used Windows Mobile features and there might be many reasons, why we are not satisfied with Microsoft's current inbuilt E-Mail application. Maybe WebIS latest FlexMail release is something you was looking for for a long time too. FlexMail is a full fledged E-Mail client for your Pocket PC which supports reading and replying to ActiveSynch E-Mail for basic operations or through its infinitely more powerful POP3/IMAP4 services to your E-Mail server. With support for industry standard SSL and SOCKS proxies, you can connect to almost any E-Mail provider including Google's GMail service!
With FlexMail's many options you can customize your E-Mail usage much more than any the Pocket PC Inbox allows. Receive your E-Mail via ActiveSync and respond via your POP3/IMAP4 SMTP account. Have FlexMail only hold the last 5 days of your IMAP folders. Create local folders and server folders. Synchronize by age, size, and synchronizations status on a per folder basis allowing you to get only the last 5 day's worth of E-Mail in your Inbox but the last months in your Personal folder, for example.

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Wednesday, 23.08.06
UNVEILED: i-mate announced the HTC Breeze as i-mate SP JAS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Another "JAS" device from i-mate - this time the SP JAS. Basically, the i-mate SP JAS is based on HTC's Breeze Windows Mobile Smartphone reference design and therefore it features Windows Mobile 5.0 and - even more important - WCDMA/UMTS (single band 2100 MHz only). Furthermore it's supporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well as Bluetooth 1.2 and is powered by a 300 MHz Samsung CPU, sporting 128 MB RAM and 64 MB ROM. And for sure it has the 1.3 megapixel camera (without photo light) on the back side.
So far, the specs are identically to HTC's own retail version - the HTC MTeoR (read my HTC MTeoR review here). However, while HTC has removed the front facing video telephony camera from its MTeoR, i-mate has decided to add it (as Dopod did as well for the Dopod 595) and therefore the SP JAS includes a second front facing CIF camera for video telephony:

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RELEASED: i-mate finally launched the HTC Hermes as i-mate JASJAM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ok, now it's out and i-mate finally followed Dopod and even many carriers which released the HTC Hermes before already. i-mate is calling its HTC Hermes version "i-mate JASJAM" (a mix between JASJAR = 3G and K-JAM = keyboard) but basically, the JASJAM doesn't adds anything new - we haven't seen before already. Therefore it features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband WCDMA (UMTS) connectivity plus 802.11b/g W-LAN and Bluetooth 1.2. It's sporting a 400 MHz Samsung CPU, is backed-up by 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM and features a 2.0-megapixel camera on the backside and a second QVGA camera on the front for video telephony. For sure it's running Windows Mobile 5.0 featuring Microsoft's MSFP for Push E-Mail. Oh, and as expected, it features the HERM100 ID as used by O2, T-Mobile and Orange also:

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Tuesday, 22.08.06
PLACE SHIFT: Sling Media released final version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sling Media, Inc. today announced that its SlingPlayer Mobile TV software is free, for a limited time, to new Slingbox owners who buy and register their Slingbox between August 15, 2006 and September 16, 2006. A US$ 29.99 value, SlingPlayer Mobile is a software package that gives Slingbox owners the ability to watch and control their home TV from any network-enabled mobile phone or handheld computer powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system.
In addition, Sling Media today also released its final version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Smartphone software furthering the company's commitment to extending the living room TV experience on a broad range of the most popular devices on the market. The limited time free SlingPlayer Mobile offer is valid for both versions of Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile software.

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MESSENGER: UBiQUiO 501 Pocket PC Phone Edition with QWERTY keyboard [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Have you ever heard of UBiQUiO? Me neither but maybe the company is worth to watch. At least their latest ultra slim Pocket PC Phone Edition with QWERTY keyboard, the UBiQUiO 501, is an interesting devices for all non-Smartphone users since it also features the traditional Pocket PC input through the 2.5" QVGA touch screen, allowing stylus control of menus and programs.
The UBiQUiO 501 has a host of connectivity options to choose from. Bluetooth 1.2 with A2DP, it either connects to the internet using WiFi 802.11b or 802.11g or via GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz networks (sorry - no EDGE or GSM 850 MHz).
The 2 megapixel camera should provides a crisp and colorful imaging and the the 64 MB internal storage is extendable through miniSD cards:

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HACK: Get your HTC MTeoR Application unlocked
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported before, the current HTC MTeoR (the HTC sales version of the HTC Breeze) ROM has some serious problems including an application lock, which also keeps you away from installing your own certificates on the device, you need to use Microsoft's MSFP.
However - while we still waiting for a new ROM build from HTC which hopefully fixes the problem - the guys over at MoDaCo have found a way to get the device unlocked anyway.
Basically, it includes the installation of two files on the device and some changes in the device registry. However, if you follow the instructions (read the first 4 postings), you should get your MTeoR application unlocked as well:

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SPOTTED: Another unknown O2 UMTS Pocket PC Phone Edition hits the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Prototype or preproduction device? Who knows but the guys over at Slashphone found a photo of a so far unknown Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, running Windows Mobile 5. Maybe most interesting is the front facing cam which makes it most likely a UMTS/3G Pocket PC Phone Edition and the fact that it is O2 branded. However, no further information available yet if it is just another prototype or even a preproduction device already, which might hits the market later (this year)?
As far as I can see, it isn't looking anything HTC-like we have seen so far so for me it is a completely unknown device:

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Monday, 21.08.06
APPROVED: HTC Excalibur received the FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Everything we heard about the HTC Wizard Windows Mobile 5.0 QWERTY thumb-keyboard Smartphone before seems to turn out to be true. It recently received the necessary FCC approval and according to the FCC documents, it's quadband (at least it supports GSM 850 and 1900 MHz), it supports W-LAN as well as Bluetooth.
Interesting enough also the rumor, that there is a jog-strip less version (which was rumored to be launched by Dopod which is operating in Asia only) seems to become true, at least that's the device the FCC got for testing and approval and the FCC documents (even without photos because of confidentially) are talking about the "Exec100 without Jog Bar":

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CONFIRMED: Palm Treo 700wx coming to Sprint
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When the Treo 700w was released by Verizon Wireless back in January, many confidently predicted that Palm's first Windows Mobile based Pocket PC would soon be available from a wide variety of carriers but so far, Palm is only offering the EVDO version through Sprint, while the UMTS-follower for Europe (the Palm Treo 750v) will be announced next month anyway.
Nevertheless, the latest version of Sprint's connection manager had a reference to a so far unknown "Palm Treo 700wx" which was the first time that there was hint of this model and now an anonymous tipster over at TreoCentral.com has posted the first photos of the Palm Treo 700wx sales box:

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NEWS: Hermes Coming to Cingular as the 8525
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 06:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As expected, the HTC Hermes will be coming to U.S. carrier Cingular soon as the Cingular 8525. Billed as the successor to the Cingular 8125 (HTC Wizard), the Hermes adds Start/OK buttons, a scroll wheel, faster processor, redesigned keyboard and UMTS/HSDPA support. The 8125 has been a successful phone for Cingular and I expect the 8525 will be as well.

One item of note is that the 8525 will not include a front facing VGA camera as seen on other versions of the Hermes. The camera is normally used for video calling, and as Cingular is not ready to deploy this service yet they have apparently asked that it be removed. No information is available about cost yet.

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Sunday, 20.08.06
RUMOR: Is i-mate working on its own Moto Q/Samsung i320 competitor called i-mate JAQ?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

So far, i-mate was selling HTC based Windows Mobile devices only but this possibly ends now, with a so far - by i-mate itself - not announced device called i-mate JAQ.
While the i-mate JAQ looks at the first sight like a redesigned HTC Excalibur, on the second sight it becomes clear, that it isn't a Windows Mobile powered Smartphone but Pocket PC Phone Edition.
According to Hungarian online shop "PDAMania" the device is sporting a 2.8" QVGA touch screen, QWERTY keyboard, is powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and a TI OMAP 850 CPU with 200 MHz, has inbuilt 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM and features a mini SD card slot.
The i-mate JAQ is announced to support GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and Bluetooth 1.2. The camera should be a 1.3 megapixel camera only:

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Friday, 18.08.06
ANNOUNCEMENT: Palm to officially unveil its new Windows Mobile Treo next month
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Reuters, Palm is expected to unveil the latest version of its Windows Mobile based UMTS Treo next month as it attempts to revive sales hit by tough competition and problems with previous models.
"The announcement is going to be made in the UK on September 12, and we will give all the details then but at the moment all we are saying is that it will be out before the end of the year," said a Palm spokeswoman.
A September or October release is seen by analysts as vital for any firm hoping to cash in on the all-important Christmas period as they vie for shelf space with rivals' products.

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SMARTPHONE: More HTC Excalibur photos hits the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ok, now it gets clearer. After the first renderings and the first fuzzy photo of the HTC Excalibur, Geek.com has managed to get the first real "high resolution" photos of the Excalibur.
According to Geek.com's sources the Excalibur is definitely smaller than the Motorola Q (and the compared BlackBerry) and features quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as Wi-Fi.
Interesting is the previously mentioned jog-strip since it doesn't looks like a jog-strip anymore but more like a kind of up/down rocker with Back and Start keys above and bellow the jog-strip/rocker.
Maybe here we see the previously by Smartphone Thoughts mentioned Dopod version which is rumored to be released without the jog-strip; on the other hand it was rumored to be a jog dial, not a rocker:

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Wednesday, 16.08.06
LEAKED: Fuzzy Pictures of HTC Artemis & Trinity
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 20:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following on the heels of recent news about the HTC Artemis (you remember - HTC's first GPS Pocket PC Phone Edition with quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and a FM radio (which means the device could also support the TMC-service for GPS navigation), W-LAN and a 2 megapixel camera) & HTC Trinity (the Pocket PC Phone Edition which is expected to feature triband UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) and even HSDPA as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), Bluetooth 2.0 and W-LAN IEE802.11 b/g) we wrote about two days ago we have some "live" photos of the devices.
These photos are so blurry as to be almost worthless, but I know some of you out there crave any information so here they are.

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UTILITY: fit4cat Hermes Tweaker for HTC Hermes Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Most of us advanced Windows Mobile users are tweaking the registries of our devices to get more out of it. Sometimes because the ODMs and OEMs either have disabled some of the features or because you want something different than Microsoft or the ODM has predefined. However, tweaking the registry always causes the risk to damage the device which can result in having a hard-resetting to get it back alive again. Easier and more convenient is the way to use an application which does the changes for you - like fit4cat Hermes Tweaker which was recently released for the HTC Hermes (aka O2 Xda trion, T-Mobile MDA Vario II, Orange SPV M3100 or HTC TyTN).
Basically it's a compilation of known registry hacks as you can find it over at Xda-developers.com but as I said, it's all together in one handy application and you don't have to fire up your Registry Editor.

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Tuesday, 15.08.06
PUBLIC BETA: Skype releases Skype for Pocket PC 2.1 Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Skype released a new Skype Windows Mobile version Beta - Skype for Pocket PC 2.1 Beta.
Skype for Pocket PC provides customers the freedom to enjoy Skype 'on the go' at home, the office or outdoors - wherever a Wi-Fi, EDGE or 3G network is that a Pocket PC can connect to. So find your favorite Wi-Fi hot spot and Skype away. If you get an EDGE or 3G enabled Pocket PC with broadband data plan, you can really start going places with your buddies always nearby.
Beside fixing a lot of Skype for Pocket PC 2.0 bugs, the 2.1 Beta also adds a lot of cool new features. Some are handy, some are useful, others just increase the compatibility to Skype 2.5 for PCs.

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NAVIGATION: Palm's new GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition uses TomTom NAVIGATOR
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Thomas' recent TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 review, Palm today announced the Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition, featuring new TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 software. Drivers using the new GPS Navigator with their Treo smartphones can rely on voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions to easily find their destinations as well as millions of points of interest, including gas stations, restaurants, parks, airports and more. TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 is available today exclusively for Palm's GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition.

Palm's new Bluetooth enabled SiRFstarIII GPS receiver, which features a sleek design and easier-to-see LED lights, seamlessly pairs with Palm Treo 650, Treo 700w and Treo 700p smartphones. The product is simple to set up, thanks to a 1 GB memory card preloaded with maps. Travelers simply pop the memory card into their Treo smartphone and pair the GPS receiver to access highway and street-level maps covering the United States and Canada. No desktop syncing or downloading of maps is required. Using the smartphone's high-resolution screen, TomTom's NAVIGATOR 6 software automatically shows the receiver's (and hence, the car's) current location.

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LAUNCH: T-Mobile to roll-out the MDA Vario II aka HTC Hermes across Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the earlier announcement to launch the T-Mobile Vario II in Germany, T-Mobile today also announced to roll-out its HTC Hermes version in other European countries as well.
The MDA Vario II, which is already available in Germany and the UK since yesterday; followed by Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary and Slovakia soon, is the first device to support HSPDA alongside W-LAN, GPRS, EDGE and UMTS mobile broadband technologies. The compact high-performance device is already in the shops in Germany and the United Kingdom and will be available in Austria and the Netherlands in a few days time. In the next few weeks, T-Mobile will also introduce the Vario II in Hungary and Slovakia. Vario II is available in a smart exclusive design colored in anthracite, black and bordeaux. This design is exclusively available to T-Mobile.

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Monday, 14.08.06
RUMOR: Does the HTC Trinity returns UMTS-enabled? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've posted about the Trinity before and it looks like the HTC Trinity is now known as HTC Artemis but I've just received an E-Mail with further information about a kind of Trinity "refresh" (or however you want to call this device).
According to the anonymous tipster, the news Trinity is a kind of HTC Magician/Prophet follower but that one is UMTS-enabled which would make it the smallest UMTS-enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition at the moment. And yes, it's even expected to support triband UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz) and even HSDPA as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), Bluetooth 2.0 and W-LAN IEE802.11 b/g. On the back, it should has a 2 megpixel camera while on front it should either has a QCIF+ or a QVGA camera for video telephony.
Powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 it's expected to sport a Samsung S3C2442 CPU with 400 MHz (the TI OMAP 850 CPU is not strong enough for UMTS and video telephony) and it should looks similar to this:

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RUMOR: Is the HTC Artemis HTC's first GPS Pocket PC Phone Edition? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Some weeks ago, I wrote here about a DigiTimes article which was mentioning a GPS enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition, HTC is currently working on and here we go with some further news bits from NaviGadget.
According to a posting from August 3rd, the GPS enabled Pocket PC Phone Edition is called "HTC Artemis" and indeed it's featuring GPS, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and a FM radio (which means the device could also support the TMC-service for GPS navigation), W-LAN and a 2 megapixel camera.
It's expected to run Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and is powered by a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz. Interesting enough, the specs and button layout looks pretty much like the HTC Trinity, Engadget Mobile wrote about before. However, the code name is a different now as well as image:

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Thursday, 10.08.06
RELEASED: Orange officially announced the Orange SPV M3100 Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

No, the Orange SPV M3100 (aka HTC Hermes) isn't new to you anymore, it appeared some time back on Orange UK's website already but now Orange officially announced it for the UK as well as for other Orange countries like Switzerland, France, Romania, Slovakia and Spain.
However, Orange isn't marketing the device to the consumer market but to its business customers since it is Orange Business Services who has expanded its Signature devices for business range with the SPV M3100 which is definitely combining powerful functionality and sleek design with the ability to connect with 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi and HSDPA networks (where available). Available across a number of Orange's European markets soon, the SPV M3100 ensures the best-possible mobile experience for users who frequently need to access business applications and edit their work documents from outside the office.

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LEAKED: Further real Palm Treo 750 Windows Mobile photos made it to the web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The guys over Engadget Mobile are definitely well connected. After they have received some more information about the upcoming HTC Excalibur yesterday, today they have received some new photos of the upcoming Windows Mobile 5 powered Palm Treo 750 aka the Palm Lennon (which was officially announced by Palm and Vodafone UK last month as Palm Treo 750v as well).
However, according to Engadget Mobile and its information, these shots shows the Cingular version of the same device - also rumored for some time now.
According to Engadget Mobile's tipster, the device is sporting indeed UMTS and HSPDA and like the HTC MTeoR (which is a UMTS Smartphone nevertheless, not a Pocket PC Phone Edition), it's also not having a front face camera for video telephony:

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LOCKED: The HTC MTeoR only supports Signed Root Certificates at the moment
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, we got another information about the Root Certificate problem I was mentioning yesterday in my HTC MTeoR review. The problem is, that the HTC MTeoR only accepts signed Microsoft Root Certificates at the moment which means, you can not "application unlock" your device at the moment.
As a result, you are not allowed to install your own certificates to enable Push Mail over https (while Push Mail via http is working) but it also disallows the installation of some non-signed applications as well as changing some device settings (like reordering the Start menu shortcuts which I'm usually do).
According to HTC, the problem is known now and HTC is working on a fix. Nevertheless, at the moment there is neither a workaround nor a release date for the fix (a new ROM) known:

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Wednesday, 09.08.06
LEAKED: Further HTC Excalibur drawings and information makes it to the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Now it's definitely going wild with HTC Excalibur information since both - Engadget Mobile and Smartphone Thoughts have received further information about HTC's first QWERTY BlackBerry look-alike Windows Mobile Smartphone, the HTC Excalibur.
First of all, Engadget Mobile has received a, well looks official, every angle CAD drawing of the Excalibur, showing the device from all sides (front, back, left, right, top, bottom) and it looks nearly the same as what we have seen before from Smartphone Thoughts. Engadet Mobile has even measured the device and confirmed that it is 13.5mm thick:

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NEWS: HTC MTeoR frequencies (may) have been misrepresented [UPDATE]
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 05:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Initial reviews coming out of Howard Forums seem to indicate that the HTC MTeoR only supports the 2100mhz frequency for UMTS and is a tri-band (900/1800/1900) phone otherwise, this despite being marketed as a tri-band UMTS and quad-band Edge phone. If true, this means that the MTeoR will not support the U.S. flavor of UMTS and misses out on the important 850 band, which means spotty coverage and bad reception for American users. These reports are not yet confirmed, but for those in the U.S. who are thinking of purchasing this device you may want to wait until matters have been settled.

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Tuesday, 08.08.06
WIRELESS: Socket Communications released Go Wi-Fi! P300 802.11g SDIO W-LAN card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, not too many Windows Mobile devices comes without wireless LAN connectivity but if your Pocket PC is still missing W-LAN connectivity (either because it is an older one or your latest one still lacks it for which reason ever), the latest Socket Communications card might be interesting for you as well. Socket Communications today announced the availability of the Go Wi-Fi! P300 - 802.11g SDIO card. Designed for Pocket PCs or other mobile devices running Windows Mobile 2003/2003SE or Windows Mobile 5.0 software, the Go Wi-Fi! P300 provides a secure wireless connection that is five times faster than previous versions.

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RELEASE: T-Mobile Germany launches the T-Mobile MDA Vario II on August 14th
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The time has come - also for T-Mobile Germany (after O2 Germany and Vodafone Germany which introduced the HTC Hermes already): T-Mobile is launching MDA Vario II which will support, right from the start HSDPA. T-Mobile Germany's HSDPA networks offers at the moment bandwidths of up to 1.8 megabits/second and that's across the whole T-Mobile UMTS network! Users of this Windows Mobile 5.0 features Pocket PC Phone Edition can surf the Internet via web'n'walk at an ultrafast speed and access the information and entertainment services they need from anywhere. Those using the device for business will appreciate the high speed when downloading E-Mails with large attachments or researching online for example. Besides HSDPA, the integrated EDGE and W-LAN technologies in MDA Vario II also enable high-speed experience whilst on the move.

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Saturday, 05.08.06
APPROVED: Samsung's 8 GB SGH-i310 Windows Mobile Smartphone received the FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Engadget Mobile found out, Samsung's SGH-i310 (the 8 GB follower of the SGH-i300) Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone got the approval by the FCC.
However, the initial specifications indicated, that the i310 is a triband GSM device only, which makes a US release unlikely (since it misses the GSM 850 MHz band). Not sure if Samsung either changed this in the last minute to quadband or why Samsung is filling a FCC approval? The SAR report indicates at least a GSM 1900 MHz and Bluetooth 2400 MHz tests only, not a single word about GSM 850 MHz.
Nevertheless, no word yet which carrier (doesn't matter if US, Europe or Asia) is going to pick it up, after just a few carrier picked up the i310's forerunner, the SGH-i300, which - unfortunately - came with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition the same time, Windows Mobile 5.0 was released.

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AVAILABLE: Vodafone Germany released the Vodafone VPA compact III Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And the last one for today. After talking about T-Mobile Germany and Orange UK, this item is about Vodafone Germany and the latest HTC Hermes developments over there. From now, the HTC Hermes is available as Vodafone VPA compact III from Vodafone Germany and usually ships - according to Vodafone - within 48 hours.
Vodafone has decided to use the Herm200 ID which is the same as used by HTC for their TyTN.
With a contract, it retails for 369,49 Euro - 449,50 Euro (depending on the plan you take); without a contract it is on sale for heavy 899,50 Euro:

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RELEASE: Orange UK close to release the SPV M3100 UMTS Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Talking about soon to be released HTC Hermes versions - also Orange UK seems to be ready to launch its HTC Hermes as Orange SPV M3100 soon. At least the device finally appeared on Oranges web shop as well, after it took pretty long for Orange to confirm the release of the previously rumored only device. But here we go with the final confirmation.
As O2 Germany, also Orange UK has chosen the Herm100 ID which looks slightly different to HTC's TyTN Herm200 ID:

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RELEASE: The T-Mobile MDA Vario II appears at T-Mobile Germany's Online Shop [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While T-Mobile was the first carrier who announced and showed the HTC Hermes back in March this year, it took a little bit longer for T-Mobile to get the device launch-ready. In the meantime, O2 German, HTC and Dopod has released their versions of the Hermes already.
Nevertheless, since this week, the T-Mobile MDA Vario II also appeared on T-Mobile Germany's web shop with an information, that the device will be available during August.
Interesting enough is the fact, that even if the device looks on the first sight like the O2 Xda trion, the button layout around the d-pad is slightly different from the O2 Xda trion. Therefore I'm not sure yet if this is a third ID (after O2's Xda trion Herm100 ID and HTC's TyTN Herm200 ID) or if it is just the Herm100 with a different button layout:

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UPDATE: Microsoft adds a File Explorer and new Start Menu navigation to its Smartphone OS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the latest Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 2.3 release for Smartphones, Microsoft added some useful features to its Smartphone platform, including a file explorer and a slightly modified Start menu.
Microsoft always uses these AKU releases to either fix bugs or to add new features and while most stuff and changes are under the hood, these two new features can be seen and used by the users and both adds more convenience to the Smartphone use.

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Wednesday, 02.08.06
CONFIRMED: Samsung will release the SGH-i320 in Germany as SGH-i320n
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced earlier by Samsung, since last week the long awaited messaging Windows Mobile Smartphone SGH-i320 is available commercially in some parts of Europe while other countries still waits for its release.
At least for the German customers I've received some good news: Samsung Germany has confirmed plans to launch the device in Germany as well, next month (September) and, as I've heard before, in Germany the SGH-i320n version will be launched, instead of the regular i320 design.
While both devices are expected to sport the same features (like the OS which is Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, CPU, etc), the i320n has a slightly different overall shape as well as a completely different (and in my humble opinion a nicer/better workable) keyboard layout:

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LEAKED: Blurry real live photo of the HTC Excalibur appeared on the web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Two days ago, Daniel posted about HTC's latest Windows Mobile Smartphone called "HTC Excalibur". The Excalibur is a Motorola Q look-alike QWERTY Smartphone, featuring quadband GSM and W-LAN and Smartphone Thoughts got anonymously sent a picture of the device.
Today Engadget Mobile has received a real live photo of the same device, even if it is a "little bit blurry" you can definitely see it's the same device and even more interesting, it's sporting a T-Mobile Homescreen:

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RELEASE: Dopod introduces the Dopod 838Pro 3G Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unlike HTC's own HTC Hermes version, the Dopod 838Pro (which is also based on the HTC's Hermes reference design) is using the rounder ID as used by O2 for the Xda trion as well. Nevertheless, all the other features stays unchanged. Therefore it's also fitted with a 360-degree jog wheel which enables users to check their E-Mail and browse the Internet for important updates effortlessly with one hand. Its user-friendly QWERTY keypad makes data input a breeze for those who are used to typing on keyboards.
However, the power of the Dopod 838Pro lies in its connectivity features. This compact model not only brings wireless data connection via 3G and WiFi to its users, it also supports GPRS, EDGE and Bluetooth v2.0. The higher WiFi speed of 802.11g brings Internet surfing and loading of E-Mail to another level. Users can manage wireless settings easily with the Comm Manager. Quadband GSM and Triband UMTS support in the Dopod 838Pro enables seamless connectivity, regardless of their locations in the world. This 3G device is also equipped with HSDPA, a 3.5G wireless network with up to 10 times more bandwidth than current 3G networks.

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Tuesday, 01.08.06
REMOTE: NoviiMedia announces release of NoviiRemote Deluxe 4.1 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

NoviiMedia, software developers for mobile computers, has expanded the performance of its NoviiRemote Deluxe Pocket PC with the release of its new 4.1 version. The NoviiRemote Deluxe, a best-selling remote control software program, offers a convenient way to operate your entire home entertainment system right from your Windows Mobile device.
The new version of NoviiRemote Deluxe supports almost all modern Pocket PC devices, including those with the OMAP 850 processor! Now users of Cingular 8125, Dopod 818, Dopod 838, i-mate JAMin, i-mate K-JAM, O2 Xda Neo, Orange SPV M-600, Qtek 9100, Qtek S200, T-Mobile MDA, T-Mobile MDA Vario and T-Mobile MDA Compact II will also appreciate a relatively inexpensive way of getting a high-resolution color touch screen remote universal remote control for their home theaters.

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UPDATE: E-TEN relaunches the G500 as G500+ with doubled memory and other goodies
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

E-TEN Information Systems recently introduced the G500+ Pocket PC Phone Edition with built-in GPS, which is and updated version of the previously introduced G500 and so far still the only Pocket PC Phone Edition that integrates all the functions needed by mobile professionals or frequent travelers in one convenient device. Quadband GSM and GPRS support allows G500+ owners to send and receive voice, text and data calls from almost anywhere in the world and with the newly added Direct Push technology functions the G500+ even allows businesses to set up 'Push E-Mail' services so that mobile workers are always in touch with the office.
The G500+ includes an increased 256MB of flash memory (double the previous capacity) enabling users to store information such as contacts and files, additional applications or extra GPS maps directly on the device without the need for additional memory cards. The newly integrated FM radio supports advanced RDS functionality and boasts an intuitive interface which makes it easy to search for broadcasts in the area, providing useful access to local news and updates or for providing entertainment on long journeys.

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