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Tuesday, 31.10.06
SURVEY: Spb Software House announces the 3rd Annual Spb Pocket PC Survey
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today announced the 3rd Annual Spb Pocket PC Survey. Every year it helps to gather and process the information about the current Pocket PC community's status and compare it to the previous survey results.
The first two surveys, conducted in 2004 and 2005, provided priceless information about the whole Pocket PC community and had a great response. This year the survey should show even more quantitative and qualitative changes in the community concerning rapid Pocket PC market growth, which will define the subsequent condition of the branch. According to the figures of the year 2005 the Pocket PC market increased by 75.1% and continues to grow.

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UTILITY: Smaato Cost 2.0 tracks Call, Data and SMS costs on Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Smaato recently released Smaato Cost for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs. Smaato Cost is is a new useful tool, which helps you to stay up to date about your current mobile phone bill - right from your device.
Smaato Cost allows in-depth tracking of your accumulated minutes, your transferred data volume and sent & received SMS.
Besides the capability of tracking international roaming Smaato Cost also allows you to create multiple profiles for different SIM-cards and shows graphical statistics.

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Monday, 30.10.06
ANNOUNCED: E-TEN introduced the glofiish X500 Pocket PC Phone Edition with GPS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Together with E-TEN's announcement to establish glofiish as the company's consumer brand, the Taiwanese ODM has also released details of the company's upcoming plans for the Pocket PC Phone market. Highlights of the announcement include an all new case design that is considerably thinner than current products; upgraded communications with support for faster protocols and standards; and the ability to combine both GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities in a single device.
E-TEN has developed a reputation for creating high-performance, full-featured Pocket PC Phones that have proven popular in both consumer and business markets. Its two most recent releases, the G500+ with built-in GPS and the M600+ supporting Wi-Fi, currently set the standard for Pocket PC Phone specifications with their fast 400 MHz Samsung processor and huge 256 MB of flash storage.

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Friday, 27.10.06
UNVEILED: O2 Xda Zinc by AsusTek received FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Three FCC approvals for AsusTek within less than one week, not too bad. Looks like AsusTek finally takes the Windows Mobile business serious and - for AsusTek even more important - the Taiwanese ODM got some interesting customers, namely Vodafone and O2.
After Vodafone's VDA IV and O2's Xda Graphite, now the O2 Xda Zinc received the FCC approval. The Xda Zinc is the Pocket PC Phone Edition, we've seen before already under the code name "Mars II".
Basically, the Xda Zinc seems to compete with HTC's Hermes (which is also available from O2 as Xda trion but from O2 Germany only) but the Zinc's specs are are slightly different with strengths and weaknesses. For instance it's a single band UMTS (without HSDPA) and triband GSM/GPRS device only but sporting W-LAN b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 as well. On the other hand, the Xda Zinc is featuring a 2 megapixel auto focus camera and is powered by a 520 MHz Intel PXA270 CPU. Both, the Hermes as well as the Mars II are featuring a slide-out thumb-keyboard:

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ANNOUNCED: T-Mobile Germany announced the MDA compact III aka HTC Artemis
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile Germany today announced the T-Mobile MDA compact III, better known as HTC Artemis.
The MDA compact III is a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition supporting Bluetooth as well. However, unlike the original HTC Artemis reference design (an unlike O2 Germany's version of the HTC Artemis), the MDA compact III lacks W-LAN indeed, as confirmed before.
Powered by a TI OMAP 850 CPU at 201 MHz, the MDA compact III sports 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended through microSD flash cards. The MDA compact III features a 2 megapixel camera for photos and videos as well as a SiRF III GPS receiver and FM radio for navigation purpose (with support of TMC).
The device isn't featuring a D-Pad or joystick anymore but featuring HTC's new RollR concept, a Trackball and Track Wheel in one:

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Wednesday, 25.10.06
UNVEILED: O2 Xda Graphite Windows Mobile Smartphone by AsusTek received FCC approval [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

AsusTek recently got an FCC approval for a new device, the Taiwanese ODM is manufacturing for O2. A new device? Not really because if you compare the O2 Xda Graphite to the recently FCC approved Vodafone VDA IV you will notice both devices looks like twins.
However, while Vodafone left the camera in favor of addressing the business market, O2 has added a 2 megapixel camera to its AsusTek version (but lacks a front facing video telephony camera).
Other features are Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, single UMTS and triband GSM/GPRS support as well as Bluetooth 2.0 but lacks and W-LAN b/g. Featuring an Intel PXA270 CPU at 416 MHz the O2 Xda Graphite includes 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM which can be extended via microSD card.
According to the manual, the Xda Graphite measures 109.5x46x18mm and weights 100 grams only. It's announced to has ha standby time of 275 hours sporting a talk time of 5 hours!

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LINK: Unboxing the HTC Artemis
Posted by Thomas Chan - at 10:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MobilityToday released some good First Look photos on HTC Artemis, aka HTC P3300. This is the first navigation Pocket PC Phone Edition for HTC. It has the highly sensitive SiRFStarIII receiver built in, along with the latest TomTom Navigator 6, best in class for both GPS hardware and software. It has a built in FM radio, 2MP camera, jog dial with trackball for screen navigation, quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth, W-LAN (although this is not offered in the T-Mobile MDA Compact III version), running Windows Mobile 5, with a 200MHz TI OMAP CPU and a MicroSD expansion slot.

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Sunday, 22.10.06
UNVEILED: Vodafone's new VDA IV Windows Mobile Smartphone passes FCC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We have heard the rumors of a new Windows Mobile based Smartphone coming from Vodafone already and now, the good pals over at the FCC have uploaded the specs and some photos of Vodafone's latest Windows Mobile VPA.
Following other carriers like O2 Asia, it looks like also Vodafone is looking after some other manufactures since this device isn't an HTC Smartphone but coming from AsusTek. According to the FCC, the VPA IV is sporting Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphone, featuring UMTS and triband GSM/GPRS, 128 MB ROM and 64 MB SDARM which can be extended through microSD memory cards, a 2.2-inch QVGA display, Bluetooth 1.2, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 1100mAh battery. However, since it is addressing the business market, Vodafone left the photo camera as well as a video telephony camera on the front:

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Friday, 20.10.06
UTILITY: V2R Vision To Realty announced the availability of Photo Dialer beta for Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

V2R's Photo Dialer shows you a "list" of configurable contacts with the assigned photo's in the Windows Mobile Smartphone Home screen. In order to use this feature simply assign in Outlook photos to your contacts and synchronize this contacts to your Windows Mobile Smartphone.
Right from the Home screen you can navigate through the contact photos using the Smartphone's joystick or D-Pad. In the sleep mode the application shows small thumb nails of your favorite people photos. Photo Dialer is based on V2R's i2i technology which gives you the most advanced and fastest animated applications on Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket Pc's.

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BROADCAST: GIGABYTE unveils GSmart i200 DVB-H enabled Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After GIGABYTE Communications released a couple of analogue TV devices, today, at the 3GSM World Congress Asia 2006, the Taiwanese mobile device specialist unveils the GSmart i200, the first DVB-H Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 3.0 VGA Pocket PC Phone Edition. In fact, a major highlight of the event is the preview of the new GSmart DVB-H digital mobile TV device, GSmart i200. To demonstrate this live DVB-H mobile broadcast solution, GIGABYTE Communications has invited Innoxius Technologies and Penthera to participate in this event.

This mobile broadcast demonstration will utilize Penthera's end-to-end, mobile broadcast software suite, Innoxius' mobile broadcast head-end and transmission solution, and GIGABYTE's GSmart i200. At the head-end, Innoxius Technologies' hardware is integrated with Penthera's Broadcast Services Platform, a DVB-IPDC-compliant control and services solution which enables such unique services as media casting, interactivity, targeted advertising, and usage tracking. Broadcasters and mobile operators can use this system to develop a range of transaction-based revenue opportunities.

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Wednesday, 11.10.06
REVEALED: E-TEN X500 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition surfaced
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

E-TEN's next device has just been revealed - the X500 including plenty of photos.
As Darius over at Pocket PC Thoughts said: "First impressions would have me say that the design leans a little toward the ugly side" and I tempted to agree.
On to specs it becomes way better since it is powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 and Samsung S3C2442 CPU with 400 MHz. Backed up by 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM which can be extended microSD cards, the X500 is sporting a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (but lacks UMTS and HSDPA), Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g, GPS including TMC, thanks to the inbuilt FM radio tuner and a 2.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus.

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CONFIRMED: T-Mobile USA announced the HTC Excalibur as T-Mobile Dash [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Well, that's pretty unusual but today T-Mobile USA indeed announced the T-Mobile Dash (which is just a rebranded HTC Excalibur) before any other European T-Mobile subsidiary incl. T-Mobile Germany have announced it. In the past, T-Mobile USA only followed but now they are leading.
So what's the T-Mobile Dash about? The Dash is based on High Tech Computer's (HTC) Excalibur reference design (also used by O2 Germany for the O2 Xda cosmo) and is Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone with QWERTY keyboard. Beside the support for quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, the Dash also includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi which makes it such a unique BlackBerry-like Smartphone (yet because the Samsung SGH-i600 will also include W-LAN).
In addition, the device is sporting a 1.3 megapixel camera and supports T-Mobile's new myFaves service with a dedicated Homescreen plugin:

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Tuesday, 10.10.06
UNVEILED: Samsung SGH-i760 slider Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like Samsung is working on an upgrade of it's slightly outdated SGH-i750 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition which turns out to be called SGH-i760.
According to MobilMania.sk, the Samsung SGH-i760 will be thinner (154 x 57 x 19 mm), Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition powered and is expected to be a triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA device with inbuilt W-LAN b/g and Bluetooth and features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
It's expected to sport a 2 megapixel camera as well as a front facing video telephony camera:

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Saturday, 07.10.06
UNVEILED: First HTC Herald Pocket PC Phone Edition photos leaked to the Web [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Italian website SoloPalmari got its hand on the HTC Herald and has published some blurry photos of the device, which could will become the smaller, lighter and thinner brother of the HTC Hermes follower of the HTC Wizard.
According to SoloPalmari, the Herald features basically the same HTC Hermes specs (including GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA) but in a (measured) 18 mm-thick form factor only!
Other features are Mobile Windows 5.0, TI OMAP 850 CPU with 200 MHz, 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM, sporting a 2.8'' QVGA screen, a 2 megapixel camera on the back and - since it is expected to become the lighter brother of the HTC Hermes be the follower of the HTC Wizard - a slide-out keyboard:

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Thursday, 05.10.06
RELEASE: Samsung to launch the SGH-i320N Smartphone across Asia next week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, at a press even in Singapore, Samsung showed off its latest Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone, the SGH-i320N, and confirmed, that the 11.5mm thin and one of the lightest and slimmest smart phones in the market will be launched next Friday the 13th.
Like the SGH-i320, the Motorola Q and the O2 Xda cosmo, the i320N is equipped with a 1.3-megapixel CMOS camera, QWERTY keypad, Windows Mobile 5.0 OS, speakerphone, Bluetooth as well as a QVGA screen but lacks WiFi, like the SGH-i320 and the Motorola Q.

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APPROVAL: FCC approved Samsung SGH-i607 Windows Mobile UMTS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Now it shouldn't take too long anymore, that Cingular customers might get their hands on Samsung's latest (and maybe hottest) Windows Mobile Smartphone - the SGH-i607 (in Europe known as SGH-i600).
It has just received the necessary FCC approval and and can be expected from Cingular for a Q4 release.
Just a quick refresher, this Windows Mobile 5.0 powered Smartphone features UMTS and HSDPA a QVGA display and 1.3 megapixel camera (only) and Bluetooth. Wi-Fi isn't confirmed yet (for the i607 while the European i600 has confirmed WiFi b/g). Also, the U.S. version is lacking the front-facing camera for video telephony:

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Wednesday, 04.10.06
HELPER: Alien6 Technologies announced A6.Shopping for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Alien6 Technologies, the maker of A6.Times today announced the launch of A6.Shopping for Pocket PC. An application that was created to be the perfect shopping companion in your pocket. With A6.Shopping, the little pieces of paper on which you would write down items to buy are now a thing of the past. Your next visit to the grocery store - or any other store - can now be quickly planned.

A6.Shopping has a very appealing look and a user interface that automatically adapts to your handheld's current Today theme. A6.Shopping is also compatible with Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition and Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs.

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AVAILABLE: Vodafone Europe released the Palm Treo 750v Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced earlier by Vodafone, the Palm Treo 750v indeed went on sale today and is available for immediate delivery.
Featuring Windows Mobile 5.0 with AKU 2 and MSFP, the Treo 750v is Palm's first Windows Mobile based Treo for the European markets. In addition to its quadband GSM/GPRS capabilities, the 750v is also supporting triband UMTS which makes the device a real world-traveler. Also on board are Bluetooth 1.2 and a 1.3 megapixel camera. W-LAN and a front facing camera for videotelephony are left - unfortunately. However, according to several sources, the Treo 750v is expected to be HSDPA upgradeable by a simple ROM update only.

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UTILITY: Orneta Scissors Mobile adds Cut/Copy/Paste to Outlook Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As good as the Windows Mobile Smartphone platform is, it lacks some features like Office Mobile (to create and edit documents) as well as the availability to copy/cut/paste texts from one to another application. This is where Orneta's Scissors Mobile jumps in by adding the missing editing capabilities to Outlook Mobile. Edit documents easier while managing E-Mail productively. You can copy a section of one E-Mail message to forward to a colleague; copy information between your tasks, contacts, and messaging with ease; even move information between Outlook Mobile and third party applications. Enhance Outlook Mobile by adding the missing editing capabilities with Scissors Mobile.

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