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Saturday, 30.09.06
NEWS: izenMobile Releasing Pocket PC Device in Smartphone Form Factor
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 20:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

A company I've never heard of before, izenMobile, is releasing the first of what they say will be several Windows Mobile devices. Their first device, the Krma (and where have we seen something like that before), sports the full Pocket PC Phone Edition OS, but in a more traditional Smartphone Edition form factor.

The Krma sports tri-band support (sorry North Americans), 2 megapixel camera, FM Radio, and Bluetooth.

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Friday, 29.09.06
BANKRUPT: BenQ German mobile phone subsidiary files for insolvency
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:04 CET under 01 - General News

The German mobile phone arm of Taiwanese group BenQ (formerly known as Siemens Mobile) has filed for insolvency as unions and politicians protested at the company's treatment of 3000 employees who are set to lose their jobs. BenQ had said on Thursday it was withdrawing funding from the unit, just a year after acquiring it from German group Siemens.
A spokeswoman for the Munich district court confirmed that BenQ had filed for insolvency.The jobs are spread around former Siemens production sites in Munich and in western Germany.

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STEREO: Parrot launches the first A2DP enabled Bluetooth Car Kit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:43 CET under 01 - General News

A dream come true - finally! The Parrot MK6000 is the first professionally installed Bluetooth hands-free kit dedicated to music. It combines the very latest generation of signal processing with the capability of playing MP3 music files via Bluetooth's A2DP and AVRC profiles. In addition, it incorporates the very latest "Parrot Beamforming" signal processing technology by means of a pair of twin microphones. As a result, the kit picks up the driver's voice more clearly, while effectively reducing surrounding noise.
The Parrot MK6000 captures the music sent by your Bluetooth stereo mobile phone or MP3 player and redirects it to the vehicle’s speakers which mute automatically so your own music comes through loud and clear.

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Thursday, 28.09.06
RELEASE: T-Mobile USA to Launch HTC Excalibur
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 19:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile USA will be launching the HTC Excalibur next month. According to Engadget the device will be called the T-Mobile Dash, and will be released October 16. It features Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone Edition, a full QWERTY Keyboard, quad-band GSM/Edge, Wi-Fi, and a 1.3 megapixel camera. No word yet on whether the Dash will have the "joggr", there are rumors of an Excalibur version with a more traditional jog wheel.

No information yet on pricing, click ahead for leaked materials from Engadget.

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LAUNCH: Palm and MobileOne introduce Asia's first Windows Mobile Treo Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Palm, MobileOne and Microsoft today announced the first Asian availability of the new Palm Treo 750v smartphone, bringing for the first time to Asia the hallmark Palm experience on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 over a wireless 3G/UMTS network. The new Treo 750v will be available next month through M1, Vodafone's network partner in Singapore.

Today, only an estimated 3 percent of business E-Mail inboxes worldwide are accessed via mobile, according to market research firm The Radicati Group. The new Treo 750v will allow Palm to target this large, untapped market with push E-Mail platforms such as Microsoft's Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP), which includes Direct Push Technology and enhanced security features free out of the box. This business-ready solution addresses the need for a robust push-E-Mail platform that can be deployed easily by small businesses to global enterprises. In June this year, M1 was the first network in Singapore to offer the Windows Mobile E-Mail solution.

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COMPARISON: How does the Palm Treo 750v compares to its competitors
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

As good as the Palm Treo 750v might be, it's neither alone nor is it the first of its kind. We have the HTC Hermes (also known as O2 Xda trion/T-Mobile MDA Vario II) in the market already, which is also sporting UMTS and even supports HSDPA out of the box without a ROM update but also featuring a 2 megapixel camera on the back and a front-facing camera for video telephony. And, the Hermes is featuring W-LAN, something the Treo 750v left.
On the other hand, if you prefer a keyboard right on the front of the device, we have the HTC Excalibur (better known as O2 Xda cosmo) which is also sporting W-LAN, features the same 1.3 megapixel camera only but hasn't have a touch screen like the Treo. At the end, it's a question of size and design (if you can live without W-LAN):

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UTILITY: Microsoft to release new Power Toys for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

How Microsoft admitted itself - during the Möbius conference - it's a while already that the last (free) Power Toys for Windows Mobile were released, in fact it was the Homescreen Designer (or whatever) which is a couple of years old now but so far, there wasn't anything dedicated for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices. While Microsoft isn't releasing another Homescreen designer (yet), they plan to launch something even better - a couple of free Power Toys for your Windows Mobile device itself - namely a Homescreen photo browser and a Homescreen photo dialer.
Inspired by Palm's implementation of the Todayscreen photo dialer, something similar will come soon for Windows Mobile based Smartphones:

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LAUNCH: HTC introduces SoftBank X01HT Windows Mobile HSDPA Pocket PC in Japan
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following High HTC's (Tech Computer Corp.) and Vodafone KK/SoftBank's earlier announcement to jointly release Windows Mobile devices to the Japanese market, the world's leading provider of Windows Mobile portable devices today announced, that it has started supplying HSDPA devices to SoftBank in Japan.
The smart phone, which has been named the SoftBank X01HT and is based on HTC's Hermes reference design and HTC's TyTN device design, features HSDPA technology that will deliver a faster mobile broadband experience to Japanese customers (data transfer rates of up to 1.8 Mbps on downlink and 384 Kbps on uplink). This technology enables mobile phone users to rapidly download video clips, music tracks, images etc. The SoftBank X01HT is also equipped with wireless LAN functionality, allowing users to connect to the Internet at high speeds in wireless LAN environments at home, at work, and in public.

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Wednesday, 27.09.06
MÖBIUS: i-mate to launch 15 Windows Mobile devices within the next 12 months (and more news)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:32 CET under 01 - General News

Can we believe it? Well, we have to (or not) since it comes from Jim Morrison himself - founder and CEO of Dubai based i-mate - who recently held a presentation during the 2006 Möbius conference in Boston and according to him, the i-mate JAQ isn't accidentally that ugly but "by design". According to Mr. Morrison, it was a request from corporate i-mate customers to have a device they can get to their employees. Feature-rich (which it is since it is based on Windows Mobile) to seriously support mobile workers but ugly enough not to be stolen ("Who is steeling an ugly phone? Nobody, as much as nobody is steeling an ugly car" said Jim Morrison). Another fact, Jim Morrison cleared up, that i-mate's contract with HTC isn't finished yet, as it was reported recently. In fact it's in place for a couple more months but from now, i-mate is looking to release exclusive devices only, exclusive to i-mate and its customers. i-mate isn't interested anymore in selling rebranded devices only but the device (design) has to be exclusive to i-mate.

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PHOTOVIEW: PALM Treo 750v Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:46 CET under 08 - Reviews

Exclusive to Vodafone, the Palm Treo 750v combines phone, E-Mail, messaging, web and Windows Mobile with Palm enhancements in one easy-to-use device that makes it easier than ever to stay productive. Receive E-Mail from multiple business or personal accounts. Access the web right from where you’re standing on fast, 3G networks (which is software upgradeable to HSDPA later as well). Use Microsoft Office Mobile applications to review and edit business documents wherever you happen to be2. Or relax and listen to your favorite music, play video clips, or shoot and send photos right on your device.
While I haven't managed yet, to get a Palm Treo 750v for a review, during the Microsoft Möbius conference, I had the chance to make a couple of photos:

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OPTIMIZED: Washington Post Websites Mobile Versions Available
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 18:12 CET under 01 - General News

For those who enjoy reading the Washington Post and, like me, have been frustrated at how unfriendly it is to small screens, I hope you enjoy the new mobile version of the website. The mobile version of The Washington Post is joined by mobile versions of Newsweek and Slate, all owned by the same company.

In a quick test of the mobile Washington Post website, it loaded quickly, displayed the top stories and links to the different sections, including numbered shortcuts for those who have a keypad on their phone. This comes just a couple of weeks after the launch of the New York Times mobile website.

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Monday, 25.09.06
UNVEILED: Cingular is testing the Samsung SGH-i607 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Over at HowardForums, a user has posted some photos of a Samsung SGH-i607, the US version of Samsung's recently announced SGH-i600 Windows Mobile UMTS/HSDPA Smartphone.
While the US i607 looks - generally - identical to the European i600, it lacks the front facing camera for video telephony (which makes sense since Cingular isn't supporting UMTS video telephony at the moment).
All the other features looks unchanged, including quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and most likely dual- to triband UMTS and HSDPA, Bluetooth and microSD expansion and - that's interesting - a jog wheel on the right side:

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Friday, 22.09.06
FOLLOW-UP: Bloglines' Skweezer implementation ignores handheld friendly sites
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:20 CET under 07 - Follow-Ups

Ouch, bad news! In my previous posting about Bloglines cooperation with Skweezer, I just wrote: "I hope, Skweezer isn't trying to skweeze the::unwired since we are serving a mobile device optimized version already which doesn't needs to be skweezed again." and indeed, links from Bloglines to the::unwired articles are skweezed.
Even worse, not the mobile optimized page is skweezed but the desktop version which results in a completely broken experience.

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OPTIMIZATION: Bloglines is using Skweezer technology to mobilize off-portal Web content
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:48 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Greenlight Wireless Corporation announced that its Skweezer technology, which optimizes Web content for mobile devices, has been integrated into the mobile version of Bloglines (www.bloglines.com), a free online RSS aggregator/feed reader.
Bloglines Mobile (mobile.bloglines.com) users now view "skweezed" versions of the Web pages they access through their favorite RSS feeds. This allows Bloglines to both accelerate download speeds and present content that is easier to view and navigate on the small displays found on cell phones and PDAs. With the Skweezer technology, Bloglines also provides mobile access to more content than ever before by using Skweezer's paging feature, which allows Web pages to load that would otherwise be too memory-intensive for most devices.

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VENDING MACHINE: Motorola to test INSTANTMOTO mobile device vending machine
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:06 CET under 01 - General News

Motorola yesterday announced it is the first mobile device manufacturer to offer its products to consumers through robotic retail stores in a pilot program providing automated, on-demand retail solutions in key markets.
Moving beyond the traditional retail experience, Motorola is testing this new automated vending format as a way to directly connect with consumers in places and at times where convenience is needed most. Leveraging small format robotic stores operated by Zoom Systems, the new retail option will be placed in high traffic locations giving consumers the immediate satisfaction of getting the products they need and want on demand.

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Wednesday, 20.09.06
THOUGHT: Are we ready to say goodbye to the IrDA port?
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 19:44 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Some may find it funny. Some may find it sad. Some may not care at all. But now that we are faced with the reality that the IrDA port's life is nearing its end, should we just go with the flow and let the device manufacturer dictate what we should have or shouldn't have?

The closest rival of the IrDA port is Bluetooth. But even Bluetooth doesn't come close enough to the simplicity and robustness of the Infrared system of connecting devices. I'm sure a lot of you out there have experienced connecting two devices over both systems - Infrared and Bluetooth. While Bluetooth is definitely the more advanced of the two systems, it still pales in comparison in the ease of use and practicality of Infrared.

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RELEASE: Windows Vista RC1 excludes Windows Mobile Device Center (yet)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:48 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft has recently released its RC1 (Release Candidate 1) of Windows Vista, another major step on the way to the final release and as I've heard, another major improvement to the previously released Windows Vista Beta 2 which was good already. And yes, as before for the Betas - Microsoft again accepts users who want to test out Windows Vista as early as possible (you can either download Windows Vista RC1 or you can order a DVD). However, if you are a Windows Mobile user, you should better be aware, that - at this stage - the Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) application isn't part of the Windows Vista RC1 because it is a separate component from Windows Vista.

While Windows Vista RC1 includes the WMDC Driver which enables you to sync music, acquire pictures and browse the contents of your device. The full WMDC application - enabling you to synchronize your Outlook E-Mail, contacts, calendar appointments and more - is ships separately (later; most likely via Windows Update).

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FEED READER: NewsGator releases NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:39 CET under 01 - General News

After being publicly Beta tested for some months now, NewsGator Technologies, Inc. today announced the public release of NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile, a product that allows users to read content and manage their RSS subscriptions seamlessly from any Windows-mobile capable device. Articles and subscriptions are synchronized between NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile and NewsGator's other applications, including NewsGator Online, Inbox, NetNewsWire and FeedDemon.

As RSS continues to reach mainstream adoption among both consumers and enterprises, mobile workers need easy access to their customized news and information. NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile synchronizes with NewsGator's entire product suite - users can specify which RSS subscriptions to access from their mobile device, ensuring a streamlined and tailored RSS experience.

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Tuesday, 19.09.06
BETA: Microsoft released public Beta of ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:38 CET under 01 - General News

It's neither final nor fully tested yet but Microsoft recently released another ActiveSync Beta - this time for ActiveSync 4.5. With the introduction of Windows Mobile 5.0, ActiveSync 4 is the only way to get the latest Windows Mobile devices synced with Windows-powered PCs and Microsoft Outlook - right out of the box. ActiveSync acts as the gateway between your Windows-powered PC and Windows Mobile-powered device, enabling the transfer of Outlook information, Office documents, pictures, music, videos and applications to and from your device. In addition to synchronizing with a desktop PC, ActiveSync can synchronize directly with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 so that you can keep your E-Mail, calendar data, tasks and contact information updated wirelessly when you're away from your PC.

Changes in ActiveSync 4.5 Beta 2 help resolve issues related to setup, partnerships, and connectivity with the PC and Microsoft Exchange. In addition, it includes a troubleshooter utility that scans your computer and device to identify problems and offers information and corrective actions to solve them.

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TAKEOVER: Motorola to buy Symbol Technologies for US$ 3.9 billion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:19 CET under 01 - General News

Motorola today confirmed, it will acquire Symbol Technologies Inc. for about US$ 3.9 billion in a deal that expands the world's second-largest cellphone maker's presence in the market for business-oriented mobile devices.
The deal for Symbol, which makes portable bar-code scanners and customized (mostly Windows Mobile-based) handheld computers, is expected to close in late 2006 or early 2007, pending regulator clearance and approval by Symbol shareholders, company officials said.

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DUAL-MODE: Paragon Wireless introduces the world's first SIP-based Windows Mobile handset
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During last weeks VON Boston in Boston, Paragon Wireless, a leading dual-mode (Cellular/VoW-LAN) technology provider to global wireless OEMs, cellular design houses, ISP operators, IP-PBX vendors and VoIP operators alike, announced the launch of the world's first SIP-based Windows mobile dual-mode handset.

The hipi-2200 is the next generation in integrated dual-mode handsets. Utilizing Paragon Wireless' proven VoW-LAN/GSM dual-mode voice technology, the hipi-2200 adds the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system to further expand the usability and functionality of this extremely versatile handset. With the built in support for E-Mail, web browsing, the MP3/MP4 player and the camcorder/recorder on a Windows Mobile platform, users can access the Internet, listen to music and take and review pictures all from one easily carried handset, that also serves as their mobile phone. The 1100mAh Li-ion battery offers users up to 4 hours of talk time or 100 hours of standby time, with both GSM and WiFi radios simultaneously active, making the hipi-2200 the only handset users need to carry.

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CLONE: TechFaith Wireless UBiQUiO 601 pictures and information hits the Web [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And while we are talking about TechFaith Wireless' Pocket PCs, the guys from Pocket PC Hong Kong got another device from the Chinese ODM into their hands - the UBiQUiO 601 which have have seen before as well.
Basically, it's a HTC Universal clone, this might describe it best but unlike HTC's Universal, the UBiQUiO 601 isn't a UMTS device at all (not to think about HSDPA) but just a triband GSM/GPRS device, sporting Bluetooth 1.2 (with support for A2DP Bluetooth stereo) and W-LAN 802.11 b/g.
Powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and a TI OMAP 750 CPU, the UBiQUiO 601 features 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which is extendable through miniSD cards. The 2.8" touch screen supports QVGA and the camera is a 2.0 megapixel CMOS:

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UNVEILED: i-mate to release the JAQ3 Pocket PC Phone Edition from TechFaith Wireless [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember the UBiQUiO 501 from TechFaith Wireless (TFW) which earned some respect when it was previewed first time? Looks like also i-mate felt in love with this device and it looks like the Dubai based Windows Mobile devices reseller is going to launch it, with a little bit updated ID, under its own i-mate brand as "i-mate JAQ3". At least that's what Pocket PC Hong Kong wrote and proves with some interesting and very detailed photos.
All the rest looks quite similar to the original TechFaith Wireless reference design: Equipped with a QWERTY thumb-keyboard and based on Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition, the JAQ3 supports GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 without support for GSM 850 and EDGE, Bluetooth 1.2 with A2DP and WiFi 802.11b/g. In addition, the JAQ3 includes a 2 megapixel camera and 64 MB internal storage which is extendable through miniSD cards.

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Monday, 18.09.06
LINK: First O2 Stealth review appeared on the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Well, it's not too long ago, that the first information of a previously totally unknown Pocket PC Phone Edition from O2 Asia called "O2 Stealth" made it to the web and now, the first review followed already.
The guys over at MrPalm.com managed to get a O2 Stealth into their hands and published and impressive first review of O2 Asia's latest Pocket PC Phone Edition, with tons of stand-alone and comparison photos.
As expected, the O2 Stealth is a Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition and yes, IMHO it's looking damn good:

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ANNOUNCED: O2 Germany launched the HTC Artemis as O2 Xda orbit Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Germany today announced the launch of it O2 Xda orbit, better known as HTC Artemis (also known as HTC P3300 now). While O2 previewed the Xda cosmo at this month IFA exhibition, it hasn't lost a single word about the Xda orbit (which was previewed by T-Mobile as MDA compact III instead).
The O2 Xda orbit, which is based on the HTC Artemis, comes nevertheless in a different ID which is called "HTC Cruiser". As the HTC Artemis reference design, the Xda orbit is also sporting GPS as the highlight (together with a FM radio, which is also used for dynamic traffic information) but also, unlike it is expected from T-Mobile, O2's version will definitely featuring W-LAN b and g:

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UPDATE: Pre-Release Version of Core Player Being Distributed
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 05:42 CET under 01 - General News

Anyone out there use TCPMP as their main media player? Me too, so you'll be excited to hear that the Core Code project has announced that they are inviting individuals to participate in a pre-release of the CorePlayer project.

CorePlayer will support even more standards that TCPMP currently does, plus it will include a whole host of goodies for developers and device manufacturers. This is great news for those who have media in a wide range of standards, no more re-encoding everything so you can use Windows Media Player. Plus, CorePlayer will be mult-platform software, so you will also be able to use it on your computer, or if you prefer Symbian or Palm.

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Friday, 15.09.06
THOUGHT: Palm OS is Dead [unwired::cast]
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 22:52 CET under 09 - Thoughts

This week we saw the release of the new Palm Treo device, the Treo 750v. This article isn’t going to be about this phone in particular, but I did want to mention that despite some flaws I think it looks like a great device and is definitely on my radar for when I upgrade. What I did want to speak about is the operating system that isn’t on the device, Palm OS.

Because I was excited about the 750v I’ve been reading some Treo centric web sites recently to get the scoop and because I enjoy hearing other peoples’ thoughts. I must say that I wasn’t expecting the amount of hand wringing and consternation that I encountered. Now, I understand that forums are generally places that people go to complain or to rave about something, but I frankly did not expect the number of complaints.

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RUMOR: Zune Phone Next?
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 18:50 CET under 01 - General News

As Arne reported yesterday Microsoft has finally announced the long awaited Zune media player, which competes with Apple's iPod devices. Interestingly enough though it seems that the Zune won't stop at multimedia. According to Zune GM Chris Stephenson "A Zune phone is definitely part of the future of this brand."

This brings up a host of questions about the future of Windows Mobile and how the Zune phone will fit into it. Jason Dunn over at Smartphone Thoughts has some initial questions, find the link and my thoughts after the jump.

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REVIEW: CodeWallet Pro 2006 from Developer One
Posted by Daniel Simnacher - at 14:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

In August Developer One released a new version of it's award winning software CodeWallet Pro, which is now available in the version 2006 / v6.1. In my opinion this program belongs to the "must have" of PocketPC software, so I have to take a closer look on the new version.
CodeWallet is not only available for PocketPC and Smatphone, there is another version for Windows based Desktops, which gives you the ability to manage your Wallets on your PC and synchronise it with your mobile devices. But what’s new in the version 2006? Develeoper One added some really nice features like a comfortable Desktop printing of your Wallets, an optimized Data Synchronisation, an enhanced card formatting, a improved navigation and so on. So you see it's worth to have a closer look at it.

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UPDATE: Alien6 released A6.Times 1.1 RSS Feed Reader for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:45 CET under 01 - General News

All right, time for another update - this time from Alien6. Sometimes a .1 update can provide way more, than a version number can say and if you see all the new features and improvements bellow, you can wonder why it is released as such a minor update only. Anyway, during the past weeks, Alien6 publicly Beta tested A6.Times 1.1 and the Beta reached the release now. A6.Times is a RSS feed reader which shows you the feeds in a quite different way as most other RSS feed readers do. Discover an RSS reader like you've never seen before.

Here's a list a new features/fixes found in this new version:

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Thursday, 14.09.06
ANNOUNCED: Microsoft's Zune Connected Entertainment System gets official
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:29 CET under 01 - General News

Zune is Microsoft's music and entertainment platform that provides an end-to-end solution for Connected Entertainment. The Zune experience includes a 30 GB digital media player, the Zune Marketplace music service, and a foundation for an online community that will enable music fans to discover new music. Inspired by the vast and varied community of music fans, Zune focuses on helping emerging artists shape the digital canvas. Zune is part of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division and supports the company's software-based services vision to help drive innovation in the digital entertainment space.

Marking the next big milestone for its Connected Entertainment vision, Microsoft today unveiled details of the first products to be released under its Zune brand. Designed around the principles of sharing, discovery and community, Zune will create new ways for consumers to connect and share entertainment experiences. The Zune experience centers around connection - connection to your library, connection to friends, connection to community and connection to other devices.

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UNVEILED: HTC's new HTC Libra Windows Mobile Pocket PC PE/Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported by Phone Scoop, HTC is working on a new Windows Mobile-powered Pocket PC Phone Edition, code named "HTC Libra". The device, which was revealed first time during this weeks CTIA show in LA, was confirmed by HTC executives which also given several key details about the device. HTC's latest Pocket PC Phone Edition will have both - a traditional numeric keypad and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and the phone is significantly smaller than current HTC devices with a slide-out keyboard. According to Phone Scoop it's even closer in size to a typical bar-style feature phone. The QWERTY keyboard has only three rows of keys, to accommodate the smaller device size:

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ANNOUNCED: HTC brings the world's thinnest Smartphone to the U.S market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Alfredo's earlier posting, that the HTC Star Trek is available now from Cingular, HTC (High Tech Computer Corp.) also officially announced the company's most innovative and smallest Smartphone for the U.S. market: the Cingular 3125.
Announced at the fall Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment conference, the Cingular 3125 Smartphone from HTC features the latest Windows Mobile technology, enabling people to access all Mobile Office applications, send and receive push E-Mail, and browse the Internet - all on a device that fits comfortably in a pocket.

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COOPERATION: HTC and Vodafone KK sign strategic collaboration agreement for Japan
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:14 CET under 01 - General News

HTC's (High Tech Computer Corp.) CEO Peter Chou and Vodafone KK President and Representative Executive Officer Masayoshi Son today signed a strategic collaboration agreement under which both parties will collaborate to develop and sell 3G PDA Phones in Japan.
With this partnership, HTC, the world's leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile devices, will utilize its global experience to expand both companies' customer base and market share in Japan. By selling highly advanced 3G PDA Phones manufactured by HTC, Vodafone will gain a stronger foothold in the Japanese market.

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VIEWER: Picsel releases its document Proviewer to consumers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 01 - General News

Picsel Technologies, a dynamic mobile platform provider that brings mobile content to life, today announced it is making Picsel's Proviewer application available direct to consumers. So far, available to ODMs only (for instance the Motorola MPx220 and the Samsung SGH-i300 Windows Mobile Smartphones were equipped with the Picsel Proviewer), the launch follows substantial prosumer demand for direct access to the application. Picsel have shipped over 40 million units of the attachment viewer worldwide and are bringing this fantastic solution direct to consumers, thus allowing mobile users to take full advantage of the best attachment viewing experience on the market.

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Wednesday, 13.09.06
RELEASE: Cingular 3125/3120 (HTC Star Trek) Available for Business Customers
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 18:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We've known it was coming for quite awhile and according to Mobile Gadget News the Cingular version of the Star Trek will be available for business customers starting tomorrow. This means that a general release is not long off. Apparently it will be available either with (3125) or without(3120) the 1.3mp camera, a nice option for business customers. Cingular is the first U.S. carrier to pick up the device.

The HTC Star Trek is the first Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition device to sport a "slim" flip phone design a la the Motorola Razr. In terms of specs its a very standard smartphone edition device including a 200mhz processor, 2.2" QVGA screen, 64mb Rom, 64mb RAM, 1.3mp Camera and Bluetooth (including A2DP). It also sports a very nice exterior screen and has keys for controlling your music playback on the exterior of the pohone.

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MOBILITY: Mobility Electronics' released new Think Outside portable Bluetooth keyboard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:29 CET under 01 - General News

Mobility Electronics today announced the launch of the Stowaway Sierra, a next generation portable Bluetooth keyboard designed specifically for smartphone and PDA users. The Stowaway Sierra portable keyboard includes five rows and full-size keys, providing the closest replication of a traditional desktop keyboard available on the market.
The Stowaway Sierra is the latest addition to Mobility Electronics' Think Outside family of portable keyboards. Having shipped more than three million portable keyboards since 2000, Think Outside is the market leader in this growing category of mobile accessories.

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APPROVAL: O2 Xda Stealth Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition approved by the FCC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Well, that's indeed unusual since O2 hasn't have any operations in the U.S. but the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently approved a GSM Windows Mobile 5.0 powered Pocket PC Phone Edition which is called "O2 Xda Stealth".
The Xda Stealth is the first Windows Mobile device, the Taiwanese ODM Gigabyte Communications is manufacturing for O2. So far, only HTC and lately Quanta manufactured devices for O2.
The Xda Stealth is a slider Pocket PC Phone Edition (similar to the previous Xda III/IIs aka HTC Blue Angel) but unlike the HTC Blue Angel, the Stealth is sporting a mobile phone look-alike keypad instead of a QWERTY/Z thumb keyboard:

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LAUNCH: i-mate introduces two Windows Mobile 5.0 devices for the Americas market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:50 CET under 01 - General News

i-mate, the specialist in Microsoft Windows Mobile powered devices and software applications, today announced it has launched two new devices for distribution in the U.S., Latin America and Canada. The announcement was made at CTIA Wireless IT 2006, a leading wireless industry tradeshow being held in Los Angeles Sept. 12-14.

The i-mate JAQ has everything the busy professional needs to do business on the move in a Windows Mobile powered heavy-duty device. The i-mate JAQ is a quad-band device that operates on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0. The device features a full QWERTY keyboard, 128 MB ROM/64MB RAM, 64k 2.8" color LCD screen, MiniSD memory card expansion, integrated antenna, Bluetooth compatibility.

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GPS: Navigon launches MobileNavigator|6 Wireless Edition for Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:43 CET under 01 - General News

Navigon, one of the world's leading suppliers of software for personal navigation devices, today announced the launch of new navigation software specially designed for use on smartphones. With MobileNavigator|6 Wireless Edition, carriers and handset makers can offer consumers the same rich, user-friendly navigation experience seen in today's high-end personal navigation devices.

MobileNavigator|6 Wireless Edition supports more smartphone platforms than any other navigation software provider, among them J2ME, Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone, Windows 2003 Phone Edition, Palm OS, and Symbian operating systems. Significantly, the software accommodates both onboard (media-based) and off-board (server-based) models. Onboard models place software and map on the smartphone whereas off-board lets users call into a remote server to download dynamic turn-by-turn directions and maps onto their smartphones.

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Tuesday, 12.09.06
ANNOUNCED: Palm official introduced Windows Mobile-Based Treo 750v Smartphone for Vodafone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally! Palm today announced in London the new Palm Treo 750v Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, the first Treo Pocket PC Phone Edition to take advantage of Vodafone's 3G/UMTS networks. The Treo 750v brings the Palm experience on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 to Europe for the first time. The new Treo 750v will be available first to Vodafone customers in the following countries: Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and other regions by the end of the calendar year.

The Treo 750v combines the hallmark Palm experience of a multifeatured mobile phone with E-Mail, messaging, web browsing and organization software all in a new compact design. The new smartphone comes with Microsoft's Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) for Windows Mobile 5.0, which includes Direct Push Technology and enhanced security features free and out of the box. It is also fully compatible with Vodafone Business E-Mail, giving remote access to enterprise and Internet-based E-Mail accounts. These business-ready solutions address the need for a robust push-E-Mail solution that can be deployed easily by small businesses to global enterprises.

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ANNOUNCED: i-mate introduced the i-mate JAQ Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Leaked before already, yesterday, during the CTIA Wireless IT 2006, i-mate officially announced its latest Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition and i-mate's first non-HTC Pocket PC Phone Edition - the i-mate JAQ.
The i-mate JAQ is a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE device, also supporting Bluetooth, that is powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC and - as seen before - it's sporting a QWERTY thumb keyboard, features 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended with miniSD memory cards and includes 65k 2.8" color touch screen. Unfortunately, i-mate has left W-LAN, even if Inventec's original Mercury reference design included it, which might makes the device less interesting for business users. Also the design might be - discussable:

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SYNC: DataViz' RoadSync adds MSFP features to Windows Mobile 2003 devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

DataViz, Inc., announced yesterday that RoadSync, its Exchange ActiveSync client, is now available for mobile devices with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software as well. In addition to wirelessly synchronizing E-Mail, attachments, calendar and contacts, this edition of RoadSync supports new mobility features added in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) such as: Direct Push Technology, Remote Wipe, Global Address List Lookup and IT Policy Enforcement. As Microsoft Exchange added these new mobility features in SP2, a corresponding Messaging and Security Feature Pack (MSFP) was added to Windows Mobile 5.0 software, but there was still a need for comparable MSFP features for Windows Mobile 2003-based devices. DataViz has stepped in to fill this need with RoadSync by effectively delivering a similar feature pack for devices with Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition software. This provides IT departments the ability to further maximize their existing device investments while offering mobility in a more secure and managed way.

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PODCAST: First unwired::cast Round Table Discussion!
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 09:45 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well folks, we told you it was coming, and here it is. This week Thomas Chan and I walk you through the latest news in the Windows Mobile world in the::unwired's first unwired::cast Round Table. I hope you enjoy the next 30 or so minutes of audio goodness!

I know this podcast is probably a little rough around the edges, we hope to get better as we move forward. You will continue to get an unwired::cast from me on a weekly basis, and we will try to get a round table discussion out to you once a month. Feedback in the comments would be much appreciated.

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ANNOUNCED: i-mate introduced the i-mate SPL Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During CTIA Wireless IT 2006, Dubai based i-mate has announced a new Windows Mobile Smartphone, the i-mate SPL, which  - as you can see bellow - is a rebranded TechFaith Wireless device.
Nevertheless, the i-mate SPL is a great-looking Motorola SLVR-like device that will attract buyers that want a stylish device plus the benefits of the Windows Mobile platform. For business or pleasure, it’s got what it takes for users who want the functionality and features of an affordable Windows Mobile powered device. The i-mate SPL is a GSM/GPRS tri-band device featuring 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM, 65k 2.2" color LCD screen, miniSD memory card expansion, integrated antenna and Bluetooth compatibility but neither W-LAN nor UMTS:

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Sunday, 10.09.06
COMPARISON: How does the HTC Excalibur compares to other mobile phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:40 CET under 08 - Reviews

The soon to be released HTC Excalibur (aka O2 Xda cosmo and HTC S620) is a completely new kind of device for HTC since it's sporting a QWERTY thumb keyboard while it is based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile for Smartphone, not on Windows Mobile for Pocket PC.
Therefore it's not a PDA at all but a mobile phone and competes with standard (Windows Mobile) mobile phones as well as with PDAs.
Bellow you will find comparisons to the i-mate SP5m and HTC MTeoR Windows Mobile Smartphones as well as a comparison to an O2 Xda mini and a Sony Ericsson P800:

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REVIEW: O2 Xda cosmo Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:39 CET under 08 - Reviews

Soon to be released by O2 Germany and recently announced by HTC, the O2 Xda cosmo (previously known as HTC Excalibur and now, also known as HTC S620) is something completely new for HTC since it follows the BlackBerry idea - a mobile phone with a QWERTY keyboard as also available by Motorola as the Motorola Q and Samsung as the Samsung SGH-i320.
Feature-wise, the Xda cosmo includes everything you might expect from a state of the art Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone. It's powered by TI OMAP 850 CPU with 201 MHz, features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 with stereo support, WiFi b and g connectivity (but excludes UMTS and IrDA), 128 MB ROM, 64 MB RAM which is extendable through microSD cards and a 1.3 megapixel camera for photos and videos. It's sporting a 2.4 inch QVGA landscape display supporting 65k colors. The Xda cosmo measures 111.5 x 62.5 x 12.8 mm which makes it pretty flat. As introduced before, with the HTC TyTN and HTC MTeoR, also the Excalibur isn't sporting a separate headset jack anymore but the HTC's slightly different looking mini USB jack is used instead - which HTC is calling now "HTC ExtUSB" and which is even trademarked now.

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Saturday, 09.09.06
NEWS: HP Releases the iPAQ hw6940 in the U.S.
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 01:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This device has been available in other places for awhile now, but HP has now made it available on their U.S. website. The hw6940 is a Pocket PC device with built in QWERTY keyboard, EGPRS, Wi-Fi and GPS. It's probably one of the most complete mobiles out there today in terms of features, but unfortunately it does not support 3G and it has a terrible 240x240 resolution screen. Still, for those who don't care about such things it's a very nice device, just expect for your wallet to feel a tad lighter as it weighs in at a pricetag of $599.

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Friday, 08.09.06
MULTIMEDIA: Amazon Launches Movie Store with Windows Mobile Support
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 18:40 CET under 01 - General News

Amazon.com has launched its new Video Store, which sells TV shows & movies. Prices are industry standard, $1.99 for TV shows with a discount if you buy a whole season. Movies start at $9.99 with newer and popular titles at $14.99. One great feature of the store for Windows Mobile users is that if you buy a movie you also get a smaller version that can be used on your Windows Mobile device. I expect you will need to use Windows Media Player to transfer it over since it's DRM protected, but this is a nice alternative for those of use who prefer to use their Windows Mobile device for media rather than carry around an iPod. Now if I can just get Activesync working on parallels on my Mac.

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PREVIEW: How the HTC Excalibur JOGGR works
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

One of the technical highlights of HTC's recently announced HTC Excalibur Windows Mobile Smartphone might be HTC's JOGGR concept; basically a virtual wheel/rocker which replaces the mechanical wheel and rocker type navigation by keeping its functionalities and even adding new functionalities.
However, while the HTC JOGGR concept is new for HTC, the overall idea isn't that new anymore since it is based on the touchpad idea, which is used in most Notebooks today which also replaced the trackball some years ago.
Even Apple switched from a mechanical wheel of it's first iPod  to a touch sensitive wheel for following iPod generations.
Therefore you can say, that the JOGGR is working pretty similar to these concepts and HTC hasn't invented anything new here but has reinvented the use.

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Thursday, 07.09.06
MOBILE TV: Virgin Mobile announced its UK launch of Virgin Mobile TV
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:19 CET under 01 - General News

Virgin Mobile today announced the launch of its new mobile TV service, Virgin Mobile TV, and confirmed the that it will be offering a selection of much-loved premium channels and programming to Virgin Mobile TV viewers, starting on October 1st 2006.

Virgin Mobile TV will broadcast BBC One, ITV1, Channel 4 and E4, offering consumers a wide range of high-profile channels and TV programs (BBC One will be available on a trial basis for 12 months and will be provided free to consumers.
Channel 4 will initially broadcast Channel 4 Short Cuts, its made-for-mobile TV channel and expects Channel 4 simulcast will follow). Customers who have a Virgin Mobile 'Tellyphone' will be able to watch their favorite TV programs and listen to DAB digital radio wherever they are. Wherever you need to watch TV, whether it's Eastenders on the bus, or Coronation Street in a cab, Virgin Mobile TV will make sure you never have to miss an episode of your favorite program again.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC officially launched the HTC S310 aka HTC Oxygen
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ideal for business and consumer users the HTC S310 is a small yet powerful candy bar-style messaging device.
Itoffers affordable access to Windows Mobile 5.0 and high specification multimedia functionality.
The stylish HTC S620 makes light work of hand-held E-Mail and document management on the go. This slim and compact messaging Smartphone is one of the sharpest tools for business and busy people. Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone with Direct Push technology gives you instant access to your E-Mails, calendar and contacts anytime.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC officially launched the HTC P3600 aka HTC Trinity
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC P3600 is HTC's next generation PDA, building on its successful predecessors the Prophet and Magician.
Packed with technology, the HTC P3600 is the perfect companion for work and play. Windows Mobile 5.0 keeps you up to date with E-Mails, calendar and documents; it features 3G connectivity and is HSDPA-ready, delivering Worldwide high-speed internet connectivity wherever and whenever it's needed.
With serious multi media capabilities and a 2.0 megapixel camera built in, this feature rich PDA is ideal for messaging, video, pictures and music on the go.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC officially launched the HTC P3300 aka HTC Artemis
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When it comes to personal navigation, devices don't come smarter than the HTC P3300. This is HTC's first dedicated navigation Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition with built-in GPS and features the latest TomTom software, NAVIGATOR 6.
The HTC P3300, with NAVIGATOR 6 is the ideal solution for customers who need their PDA and navigation device integrated into one personal device. 2D and 3D maps are easy to install and view using HTC's RollR (Trackball and
Track Wheel) and optimized 2.8 inch sharp color screen.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC officially launched the HTC S620 aka HTC Excalibur
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC S620 (better known as HTC Excalibur) Windows Mobile Smartphone is a break-through form factor for HTC. Super sleek - just 12.8mm thin and weighing 130g with battery - this device makes light work of E-Mail and document management on the go.
It is the first device to feature HTC's JOGGR touch sensitive navigation bar, ensuring easy access to a wealth of applications including: Outlook Mobile via direct Push functionality available with Windows Mobile 5.0), Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile and PDF viewer, literally at your fingertips. Combined with a 2.4 inch, color, landscape screen and fully integrated QWERTY keyboard this is truly a smart messaging device.

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INTRODUCED: HTC announced 4 new Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:10 CET under 01 - General News

HTC (High Tech Computer), the world's leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile devices, today launched its Q4 product portfolio.
The four new additions to the HTC range are each specifically designed to appeal to new market segments, bringing the benefits of Microsoft's smart mobility to new audiences.
The innovative form factors and new designs showcase the latest mobile applications - from E-Mail to navigation:

  • HTC S620 (HTC Excalibur) - HTC's new, super slim form factor with integrated QWERTY keyboard: perfect for email and messaging
  • HTC P3300 (HTC Artemis) - HTC's first dedicated navigation PDA with in-built GPS and complete with TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 software
  • HTC P3600 (HTC Trinity) - HTC's next generation multimedia compact PDA with 3G connectivity and HSDPA-ready
  • HTC S310 (HTC Oxygen) - a small yet powerful messaging and internet Smartphone for both business and consumer use
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Wednesday, 06.09.06
ANNOUNCED: Samsung officially announced the SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Samsung has officially announced the Samsung SGH-i600 (code named BlackJack II), the UMTS follower of the SGH-i320, which was also previewed during this week's IFA exhibition in Berlin. Like at the i320, the highlight of the i600 is its BlackBerry-styled thumb-keyboard which mostly addresses business customers. Nevertheless, it might also appeal consumers since the device is way feature-richer than BlackBerrys are.
Sporting Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, the i600 supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, single band UMTS and HSDPA, W-LAN b and g and Bluetooth 2.0 with support for A2DP, and printing protocols. It includes 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended using microSD memory cards. It measures 113x59 x11.8 mm and has a 2.3" QVGA landscape TFT screen, supporting 65k colors. On the backside, the device features a 1.3 megapixel camera and on the front it has a second QCIF+ camera for UMTS video telephony:

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CONFIRMED: T-Mobile leaves W-LAN out of the T-Mobile MDA compact III
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to the::unwired information, the recently previewed T-Mobile compact III (also known as HTC Artemis) will definitely lack W-LAN support, even if the original HTC reference design of the HTC Artemis has W-LAN b and g onboard.
Yesterday I've spoken with some folks and they've confirmed what we have already seen during T-Mobile's MDA compact III presentation at the IFA.
It's not clear yet, why T-Mobile decided to leave W-LAN (maybe in favor of reduced battery drain, price or weight) but it's definitely a bad decision, if it turns out to be seriously true.

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UNVEILED: Palm's Treo 750v available for preorder from Vodafone UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

All right, looks like we are coming closer to the Palm Treo 750v launch, Palms first UMTS Treo device which Vodafone plans to sell across Europe.
While neither Palm nor Vodafone has revealed too much information yet, except that there is an announcement planned for September 12, the Palm Treo 750v appeared now at Vodafone UK's business customer web shop.

The new Palm Treo smartphone is an industry first, using Vodafone's high-speed 3G network and delivering Palm's ease of use on top of the Microsoft Window's Mobile operating system – all backed up by Vodafone's dedicated service for business.

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Tuesday, 05.09.06
UNVEILED: T-Mobile USA to release the HTC Excalibur as T-Mobile Dash
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While it's not official yet (and T-Mobile Germany hasn't previewed the HTC Excalibur during the IFA but has previewed the HTC Artemis only), it looks like T-Mobile USA will indeed release its own version of the HTC Excalibur and will call it "T-Mobile Dash" (maybe without MDA or SDA).
At least that's one member over at MoDaCo has reported and what he proved with a photo/screenshot of the T-Mobile Dash.
All the rest is known already (even if he hasn't mentioned yet, if the T-Mobile Dash will also includes W-LAN or not, like the O2 cosmo which will includes W-LAN for sure): Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, TH OMAP 850 CPU with 200 MHz, 128 MB ROM, 64 MB RAM and the QVGA landscape display. However, no words yet about its wireless connectivity like bands and supported technologies.

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OFFICIAL: Palm introduces the Treo 700wx Windows Mobile Pocket PC on the Sprint Network
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Building on the Treo 700 family, Palm today announced the availability of the Palm Treo 700wx Pocket PC Phone Edition running Windows Mobile 5.0.
The Treo 700wx builds on its forerunner, the Treo 700w and combines a great mobile phone, comprising all the functionality and ease of use for which Treo smartphones are known, with the power and security of Windows Mobile favored by many businesses. Today's announcement marks the availability of Sprint's first Windows Mobile Treo smartphone on the Sprint Power Vision Network, giving its customer base more choices and complementing the Treo 700p smartphone running on the Palm OS platform.

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Monday, 04.09.06
LEAKED: O2 Jupiter UMTS Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And while we are talking about the O2 Mars - there seems to be another device in the pipeline - the "O2 Jupiter". The Jupiter is another brand new, so far unknown and unannounced Windows Mobile device but unlike the Mars, the Jupiter seems to be a Windows Mobile Smartphone.
The same user which has posted some blurry photos of the O2 Mars has also posted, over at MyPDACafe.com some blurry photos of the O2 Jupiter.
Unfortunately, he hasn't given any further information yet but the device itself as well as the comparison to other Windows Mobile devices looks interesting enough and with the front facing camera, it seems to be a UMTS device as well:

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LEAKED: O2 Mars UMTS Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, now it's getting clearer or fuzzier, however you like. Nevertheless, do you remember my last posting about a so far announced and unknown O2 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition?
Well, someone over at MyPDACafe.com has gotten his hands on exactly this device he calls the "O2 Mars".
Looks like the O2 Mars is real and looks like it's a similar device to the O2 Xda trion (aka HTC Hermes) since it's also a UMTS Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition with a slide out keyboard but it seems to be a different device, not a HTC Hermes:

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ANNOUNCED: HP released the iPAQ rx4000 - a media centric Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HP recently unveiled its latest Windows Mobile Pocket PC, the HP iPAQ rx4000, realizing its vision of mobile freedom where consumers stay in touch at work and at play through seamless connectivity. At a recent event in China, HP showcased a breadth of easy-to-use mobility solutions with innovative designs, which reflect consumers' personal design preferences, enabling consumers to be entertained and productive on the go.
While the iPAQ rx4000 isn't a Phone Edition device at all, it's worth enough to be mentioned here since it is a new kind of device, HP is going to release. Before, HP always had the business user in mind, when they released their iPAQ or Jornada Pocket PCs. Now, with the iPAQ rx4000, HP has the consumer in mind.

Breaking new ground in design for handheld devices, HP launched the HP iPAQ rx4000 Mobile Media Companion series. Its compact, palm-sized smart design will enhance consumers' entertainment experience for fun on the go virtually anywhere and anytime they desire.

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Sunday, 03.09.06
UNVEILED: T-Mobile Germany to release the HTC Artemis as T-Mobile MDA compact III
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During this weeks Internationale Funkausstellung/IFA (the international consumer electronics fair) in Berlin, T-Mobile Germany previewed on its own stand the first time it's own (yet unbranded) version of the HTC Artemis which T-Mobile will call T-Mobile MDA compact III.
You remember, the HTC Artemis is a Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition with quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and Bluetooth and it's HTC's first Pocket PC Phone Edition which is also sporting an inbuilt GPS receiver. In addition it has a 2 megapixel camera and the T-Mobile version is indeed powered by a 200 MHz TI OMAP CPU (only).
Interesting enough - even if the original reference design is sporting Wi-Fi - no word about W-LAN from T-Mobile (yet).
Unfortunately, I hadn't have the time to visit the IFA this year, but a user over at the German PPCW-Welt Community forum has posted a couple of photos of the compact III.

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Saturday, 02.09.06
UPDATE: fit4cat Hermes Tweaker for HTC Hermes Pocket PC Phone Edition released in v1.1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As BongUser announced yesterday evening, he has updated his fit4cat Registry Tweaker for the HTC Hermes Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, also known as O2 Xda trion/Orange SPV M3100/HTC TyTN/and others.
fit4cat Hermes Tweaker helps you to fine tune your HTC Hermes by changing some parameters or enabling/disabling features, which are part of the OS but enabled/disabled either by HTC or by your carrier.

Version 1.1 mostly added new features/registry changes and also fixed one minor bug.

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THOUGHT: My Perfect Device [unwired::cast]
Posted by Alfredo Padilla - at 01:18 CET under 09 - Thoughts

One of the nice things about having a forum like this to write in is that you can go on about your random thoughts and people will pay attention (or at least you hope they do). So today I’m going to expand on a topic I touched on in my introduction, my perfect device. (As always download the unwired::cast at the bottom of the article)

Now like all cell phone geeks, of course I would like to have the ultimate device with every possible technology built into a small and portable handset. Since that won’t result in much of a column I instead will take a different approach. I am going to organize the features I want into three categories and then analyze the devices available to see which ones most closely fit my requirements. I will also be asking all of you to share your opinion.

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Friday, 01.09.06
LOCALIZATION: Deutsche Telekom Laboratories launches Qiro mobile information service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:41 CET under 01 - General News

Today, at Internationale Funkausstellung (international consumer electronics fair in Berlin, Germany) Deutsche Telekom Laboratories launched a new mobile information service called Qiro. With Qiro users can receive individualized information about their surroundings via their cell phones. Qiro displays current events, cinema listings, restaurants around the corner as well as the location of friends who are currently in the neighborhood. With Qiro for the first time dynamic information such as the locations of the railway’s call-a-bike service or the friend-finder service are linked with localization and city information.

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