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Wednesday, 28.02.07
REVIEW: Using ASCII Express WebGuide4 with Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:46 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following my previous WebGuide4 review, in this review I will to focus on the mobile components of WebGuide4, which is best used with Windows Mobile Pocket PCs or Smartphones. WebGuide4 is a client/server solution which is installed on Windows XP Media Center or Vista PCs and allows you to remotely stream live and recorded TV programs as well as to remotely schedule and manage your recorded television programs and music. With WebGuide4 installed on your Media Center PC, you can access it virtually from any Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone as well as from any PC that has a web browser.

Like the desktop browser version, the mobile browser version of WebGuide4 works on the web server, which is installed on your Media Center first and right after the initial setup, the mobile version of WebGuide4 is ready to use from your Windows Mobile device.

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Tuesday, 27.02.07
LAUNCHED: Orange adds SPV M700 to its range of Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today Orange announced the launch of the high performance and sleek SPV M700 (aka HTC Trinity), perfect if you're in search of a phone to help you work faster and more efficiently when you're away from your desk. The SPV M700 offers Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 applications and incorporates Satellite Navigation so that you can always find your meeting venue in time. This follows the launch of the HTC S310 last week - the first Orange Pay As You Go smartphone.

The SPV M700 offers push email and enables high speed connectivity to information with 3G, which gives download speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps where network support is available. The SPV M700 supports Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word and PowerPoint, helping you to create and make last minute updates to documents whether you're on the train or at home. The SPV M700 also supports EDGE networks as well as UMTS, GPRS and WiFi.

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DEVELOPMENT: Run Windows Vista Gadgets on Windows Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:53 CET under 01 - General News

Brilliant, in a video, Mel Sampat from Microsoft's Windows Mobile team shows how Windows Vista Gadget could work in future on Microsoft Windows Mobile devices and that's definitely something interesting.
Windows Vista Gadgets are mini applications with a variety of possible uses. They can connect to web services to deliver business data, weather information, news updates, traffic maps, Internet radio streams, and even slide shows of online photo albums or - like the WebGuide4 Gadget I've recently previewed at the::placeshift - connect to your Media Center to get a live stream back to your PC.

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SERVICE: ROK Entertainment Group launches Public Beta of ROK Media Store
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:30 CET under 01 - General News

The ROK Media Store, which is about to launch in a public Beta mode, is designed to turn every mobile phone with a removable memory card into a video "iPod". According to ROK Entertainment Group, it's designed to become the ultimate management tool and resource for people's mobile entertainment needs.
98% of all content stored on iPods, it is reported, is uploaded personal music collections. 2% is specifically purchased from sites such as iTunes or is gifted to the user. In exactly the same way - but not limited to audio only and not limited to music videos only - ROK Media Store will offer consumers the ability to upload their entire personal music and movie collections to their PC's, protected by ROK's patented DRM solution, and side-load the content to their memory cards for play on their mobile phones.

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Monday, 26.02.07
THOUGHT: If WMDC asks for an upgrade to AS 4.x or how the WMDC continues to fail
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:45 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Something seems to be weird with Microsoft's Windows Mobile Device Center for Windows Vista. Yesterday, after I've finally updated the ROM of my Xda trion (but not via Windows Vista but via Windows XP), I had to install my most important applications again and one of them is - for sure - the SlingPlayer Mobile.
However, during the installation I got an error I haven't seen so far with any applications I've installed via the Vista Windows Mobile Device Center: ActiveSync 6.0 (which is the internal name of Windows Mobile Device Center) asked me to "upgrade" to ActiveSync 4.1:

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Sunday, 25.02.07
UTILITY: Teksoft Airwizard for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 01 - General News

Gone is the time, where Windows Mobile PDAs performed a hardreset, when they ran out of battery power but with the introduction of Windows Mobile 5, Microsoft introduced the persistent storage for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs as well, as introduced before with the launch of the Windows Mobile Smartphone.
However, from time to time it can happens, that the device either needs a hard reset or, because or a malfunction, the device performs a hardreset of itself. Also, after a ROM update, all data and installed applications are gone and reinstalling all the favorite applications can take some time.

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SITE: i-mate launches official i-mate Ultimate Website
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the official announcement during the 3GSM World Congress two weeks ago, i-mate launched the official website of its new i-mate Ultimate Windows Mobile devices-line.
Ultimate is a new and exciting range of devices from i-mate, the specialists in Windows Mobile devices. The devices are designed with the latest in mobile technology to help you get the most from Windows Mobile and i-mate solutions.
The i-mate philosophy of "Innovation by Design" has been used in every sense to create a product range of devices that aims to re-define the category of Windows Mobile devices which includes, at the moment, 5 Windows Mobile Pocket PCs aka Windows Mobile Professional devices:

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Thursday, 22.02.07
UTILITY: V2R announced the availability of proTone for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 01 - General News

Following the previous public Beta, this week, V2R (Vision to Reality) released the final version of proTone for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs (Windows Mobile 6 Professional) and Smartphones (Windows Mobile Standard).
proTone allows you to assign different ringtones, volumes and profiles for different numbers within one contact.
While most of the features above are supported in Windows Mobile 5 already, with proTone you can tweak your settings even more detailed.

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Wednesday, 21.02.07
REVIEW: Eleksen ElexTek Bluetooth Wireless Fabric Keyboard by G-Tech
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:39 CET under 08 - Reviews

Some years ago, Eleksen amazed the mobile users the first time with its ElekTex fabric keyboard for the original Orange SPV Windows Mobile Smartphone (see the::unwired's review here) but this keyboard had a major problem - it came with a dedicated connector and stand for the HTC Canary which means it wasn't possible to be used with any other mobile phone, for instance after an upgrade, anymore. However, some time ago, Eleksen announced a Bluetooth version of its fabric keyboard which became available now - the Wireless Bluetooth Fabric Keyboard.

In work and leisure time, users want the flexibility and portability of small, lightweight technology products, but still have a fundamental need to enter, control and edit information quickly and easily - which iis one reason for the success of BlackBerrys and BlackBerry-styled Windows Mobile smartphones but what happens if such a thumb-keyboard isn't good enough for your needs? You need something more "full-size" and that's the point where Eleksen's ElekTex fabric keyboard jumps in to provide the perfect solution to this dilemma. It gives all of the capabilities of a full-size keyboard but rolls up to fit in your pocket! So for frequent travelers with smartphones the ElekTex keyboard is an indispensable tool.

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THOUGHT: Who removed the Windows Mobile ROM Update capability from Windows Vista?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:12 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If you regularly read MoDaCo or Xda-developers, this is nothing new but I have to rant about this topic now as well, since I just went into the same trap: "How to update a Windows Mobile ROM under Windows Vista"?
I've just received a new test ROM for one of my HTC devices (no, not Windows Mobile 6 but just an ordinary Windows Mobile 5 ROM) and tried to update my beloved HTC Hermes.
And so far, ROM updates were a no-brainer most of us experienced users have done dozens of time but even for regular users it's (or better was) an easy task. Even digital cameras have ROM updates today (just updated the ROM of my Nikon D80 two weeks ago as well).

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Tuesday, 20.02.07
LAUNCHED: Verizon Wireless and Palm announces Treo 700wx Smartphone availability
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Verizon Wireless and Palm, Inc. today announced the availability of the Palm Treo 700wx smartphone running Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 with Direct Push Technology, adding another choice to Palm's current EV-DO product offerings for Verizon Wireless customers.
The Treo 700wx smartphone combines broadband-like speeds on Verizon Wireless' high-speed network with wireless e-mail and rich media capabilities all in one - bringing Palm's world-class ease of use to the Windows Mobile platform. The Treo 700wx has a full QWERTY keyboard for easy messaging, a 1.3 megapixel camera, a bright 240 x 240 touch screen and support for Bluetooth stereo headsets. The built-in 64 MB of RAM allows the use of a more robust set of applications, while storage can be enhanced by using the SD slot to add memory cards of up to 2GB, which are great for storing data, photos, music and video.

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Monday, 19.02.07
ROADMAP: Dopod's upcoming devices to support Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:42 CET under 01 - General News

Not that this is anything spectacular, basically most of us expected it anyway but Dopod International Corp, a share of HTC selling HTC devices under its own brand in Far- and South East Asia, recently announced its support of Windows Mobile 6 as a software platform in its new products. Dopod International plans to launch its first device running on Windows Mobile 6 in April 2007. All new products launched after that will also be equipped to run on this new mobile software platform.
This announcement is in line with Microsoft's recent launch of Windows Mobile 6, the newest version of its mobile software platform which features new messaging tools, tighter security and improved productivity.

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PROCESSORS: Marvell announces support for Windows Mobile 6 on new Marvell PXA CPUs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:17 CET under 01 - General News

Following the mobile chip business takeover from Intel last year, Marvell, the leader in storage, communications and consumer silicon solutions, announced during last week's 3GSM World Congress its extended collaboration with Microsoft to support developers working with Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6 operating system, with the recently introduced Marvell PXA3xx series application processors (internally code named "Monahans" and previously developed by Intel as well). This collaboration will allow the worldwide community of hardware and software developers, who have already developed on previous generations of PXA processors (namely Intel ARM, XScale and Bulverde CPUs) and Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, to accelerate development of their tools and products on the newest version, Windows Mobile 6.

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SUPPORT: Slingbox owners can expect Windows Mobile 6 love from Sling Media
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 01 - General News

While under the hood changes are not too significant that current Windows Mobile 5 optimized software might not work with Windows Mobile 6 anymore, Sling Media's Dave Zatz recently informed SlingCommunity that the SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile will be indeed coming for Microsoft's next generation mobile platform as well. Rest assured at some point in the future, Slingbox owners will enjoy their home television on the latest mobile devices running Windows Mobile 6. Other details, such as timelines for release, etc., are unknown yet but I can confirm, that the current SlingPlayer Mobile works on both - Windows Mobile smartphones (Standard and Professional aka Smartphone and Pocket PC Phone Edition) as well as on PDAs (aka Pocket PCs with W-LAN connectivity).

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RUMOR: Is Palm in Takeover Troubles?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:25 CET under 01 - General News

According to an article at Unstrung, PDA pioneer Palm Inc. appears to be in play again, with sources saying the likely buyers could be Nokia Corp. or Motorola Inc.
Several sources note that such rumors have made the rounds before, but this time they appear to be more serious. They say that Morgan Stanley has been running the deal and that, in addition to Nokia and Motorola, one or more private equity players may be interested.
Executives from wireless firms and others that Unstrung spoke to at this week's 3GSM show agreed that the company has been rumored to be on the block for a while now.

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UNVEILED: Sharp announces the EM ONE Dual-Slider Windows Mobile smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Sharp announced its latest Windows Mobile product - the EM ONE - a 3.6 Mbps HSDPA-enabled dual-slider Windows Mobile Professional smartphone for the Japanese market (only).
Sharp's latest Windows Mobile smartphone (which was - unfortunately - not shown at the 3GSM World Congress last week) incorporates HSDPA as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 1.2 and is powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition.
Furthermore, it's sporting a 4.1" 800×640 pixel WVGA screen and a pretty unique dual-sliding mechanism which opens bidirectional:

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THOUGHT: The 2007's 3GSM World Congress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:36 CET under 09 - Thoughts

So it's done, this year's 3GSM World Congress closed its doors but the question is what will stay for the next 12 months? From my point of view - a lot. I'm attending the 3GSM World Congress since 2000 and the first time I attend to cover Windows Mobile related items were back in 2002.
Was the 3GSM World Congress in its early days (when it was just the "GSM World Congress") mainly about network infrastructure and more a congress then a fair, its focused changed over the years. Sure, it's still the main event of the GSM Association and it's still a congress but the parallel exhibition became more important during the past years with a way broader focus on mobile devices and services as well.

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Friday, 16.02.07
UPDATE: Microsoft releases ActiveSync 4.5 with support for Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:10 CET under 01 - General News

Since not everybody upgraded to Windows Vista yet, to use the Windows Mobile Device Center, it's good to know Microsoft still supports and maintains ActiveSync and recently, Microsoft's Windows Mobile team released the final version of ActiveSync 4.5 - so far available in public Betas only.
Beside having a few new features like staying connected to cellular or wireless network when connected to a PC, you can also configure HTML E-Mail sync settings, getting a new improved user interface and experience more stable operation.

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PATCH: Microsoft releases Daylight Saving Time 2007 Update for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:58 CET under 01 - General News

The U.S. Congress has changed the dates for Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the United States starting in 2007 and Canada followed by adopting similar DST dates. These changes could cause clocks and Microsoft Outlook calendar appointments on Windows Mobile-powered devices to display incorrect times for March 11 – April 1, 2007 and October 28 – November 4, 2007 and again in subsequent years because Daylight Saving Time (DST) will now start three weeks earlier (2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March) and will end one week later (2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday in November).

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on Photos of the Motorola MOTO Q q gsm Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

MOTO Q fans accross the ocean had to wait forever for the release of Motorola's MOTO Q GSM version and finally, at the 3GSM World Congress, Motorola unveiled the long awaited MOTO Q q gsm. However, even if it comes with Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 6 operating system, it is a kind of outdated. Yes, it's sporting a QVGA display, but unlike the MOTO q9, it features GSM,  GPRS and EDGE only. However, the biggest disappointment is, that it misses WiFi capabilities which can be extended through SDIO WiFi cards anyway (something the MOTO Q q9 doesn't supports). Also the 1.3 megapixel camera seems to be a little bit outdated but anyway - I'm sure the MOTO q GSM will find its friends here as well:

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on Photos of the Toshiba G900 Windows Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

Toshiba's recently announced Windows Mobile Professional Pocket PC, the G900 is a pretty unique device, with its 3" WVGA (800x480) screen, triband UMTS and HSDPA and a full keyboard. In addition, the G900 features a biometric fingerprint security sensor to ensure that the G900 is secured against unauthorized access (some of you might remember the Compaq iPAQ which had the same technology years ago as well). However, the same sensor can be used to navigate the phone's menus at the touch of a finger (similar to my Fujitsu Siemens Tablet PC's fingerprint reader I use for scrolling as well). And if you use a Bluetooth equipped PC, it can be locked and unlocked due to its proximity to your G900, up to a radius of approximately 10m:

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Thursday, 15.02.07
3GSM LIVE: Opera announced Opera 9 Mobile for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:24 CET under 01 - General News

Opera Software announced during the 3GSM World Congress its plans to upgrade mobile Web browsing by developing Opera 9 for mobile phones in all major platforms. Opera 9 has enriched Web use on the PC with new technologies, and now the leading browser innovator will deliver the same groundbreaking functionality to mobile phones. The upcoming Opera Mobile edition includes the latest in PC browsing features such as Widgets and Intelligent Zoom.

Opera 9 on mobile phones will add completely new dimensions to navigation. Users can seamlessly alternate between viewing modes to get a birds-eye perspective or dive into the content they want. Users have the choice to see an overview of a Web page or adapting the page to the width of the screen. As first seen with the Opera browser for Wii, Intelligent Zoom allows users to then zoom in directly to a selected area.

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3GSM LIVE: Spb Software House unveils Spb Mobile DVD 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At the 3GSM World Congress, Spb Software House unveiled it's latest product - Spb Mobile DVD 2.0 which is designed to bring the true DVD experience to your Windows Mobile device.
Unlike other DVD to WMV ripper, Spb Mobile DVD keeps all the richness and versatility you expect from today's DVD format.
Spb has accomplished this in two parts: First, the DVD converter, which runs on the home PC, converts any standard DVD into Spb's new and revolutionary Mobile DVD format. This new and innovative format combines an amazing retention of quality and a full feature set, with a careful economy of space, allowing a full length DVD including all standard DVD functionalities to fit on a standard memory card.

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3GSM LIVE: 80% of Mobile Users claim PIM is Key to Device selection
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:13 CET under 01 - General News

At the 3GSM World Congress, Palm announced the findings of a milestone study it has sponsored across six European markets. The Global Mobile Mindset Audit revealed that for more than 80 percent of respondents, access to personal information management (PIM) such as calendar and contacts information is considered the leading advantage of owning a mobile device after being able to make calls and send text messages.

PIM data is valued more and used far more often by smartphone users than capabilities such as music, MMS/video messaging and camera. The study - conducted in association with the CMO Council's Forum to Advance the Mobile Experience (FAME) – found that calendaring and contact management are used 'all the time' or 'frequently' by 55 percent of smartphone users.

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the Motorola MOTO Q q9
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:33 CET under 08 - Reviews

Finally, it took long enough for Europeans, but finally we will get our hands getting the hands on MOTO Q's as well and not only one but two - the MOTO q9 UMTS & HSDPA-enabled Windows Mobile smartphone and the MOTO q gsm.
HSDPA connectivity makes listening to music, watching videos or sharing pictures lightning fast and Windows Mobile "PlaysForSure" enables compatibility with music and video stores worldwide. A convenient side-load removable microSD card compliments MOTO Q q9's 256 MB of onboard memory to ensure users have plenty of room to store what's most important.
With battery design that has been optimized for superior performance, the MOTO q9 is featuring a a redesigned keyboard, compared to the original MOTO Q. Nevertheless, the new keyboard design makes typing a pleasure. A little bit unusual for a European UMTS device is the missing front camera for video telephony:

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Wednesday, 14.02.07
PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the HTC Vox aka HTC S710/Orange SPV E650
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:07 CET under 08 - Reviews

No question, HTC's latest Windows Mobile Standard smartphone, the HTC Vox (commercially available as HTC S710 and Orange SPV E650), is a compact and stylish messaging device which features - more or less - everything except UMTS (unfortunately).
On the first sight, this compact smartphone just looks like a stylish phone, but, thanks to the cleverly concealed semi-sliding keyboard, it makes light work of messaging, web browsing and calls. Viewing Microsoft Office Word and Excel documents on the go is a pleasure on the 2.4" screen with landscape view option and users can stay connected via user-friendly, real-time E-Mail in its original rich HTML format (thanks to Windows Mobile 6) and the ability to chat over Windows Live:

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3GSM LIVE: i-mate to unwire Multimedia for Windows Mobile with i-mate X-Stream
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:18 CET under 01 - General News

During the 3GSM World Congress, i-mate previewed its next product-line which unwires multimedia from the Windows Vista Media Center PC.
This new service gives the i-mate Ultimate users access to the Windows Vista Media by either being connected through a home W-LAN or any other broadband connection.
The new i-mate Ultimate devices can be enhanced with an i-mate self-developed server/client solution which gives full access to all media files on a compatible (i-mate) Media Center PC. If you know Orb or the Slingbox - you know the potential this solution has since it includes access to recorded TV shows as well as access to live TV, video and audio files as well as photos:

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3GSM LIVE: German T-Mobile MDA Mail users will not get Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As T-Mobile Germany just confirmed me, the carrier has no plans yet to release a Windows Mobile 6 ROM update for it's recently announced T-Mobile MDA Mail.
This makes me a kind of wonder since the T-Mobile MDA Mail is based on HTC's Excalibur reference design which the T-Mobile Dash is also based on.
However, contrary to the statement from T-Mobile "Europe", T-Mobile USA announced on Monday to release a free Windows Mobile 6 update later this year.

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3GSM LIVE: The Truth (?) about the LG Windows Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Well, during the past days, we have heard many speculations and rumors, if LG might release a Prada phone running Windows Mobile and I can definitely say the LG Windows Mobile device isn't using the Prada design at all.
First of all, LG comment that it's not planning to run Windows Mobile on the Prade phone and also I got the confirmation from other sources, that LG's (to be announced) Windows Mobile device will looks different.
And here we go with just another proof, that the LG Windows Mobile device isn't using the Prada phone platform at all. As you can see bellow, LG is showing a PDA phone on its booth in Barcelona which is running Windows Mobile 6 indeed. Nevertheless, the device body is hidden by a black plastic cover:

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3GSM LIVE: ALK Technologies Announces CoPilot Live 7 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:12 CET under 01 - General News

During the 3GSMWorld Congress, ALK Technologies, unveiled its latest installment in the award-winning CoPilot line with Version 7 for mobile phones and PDAs. Supporting Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices, CoPilot Live 7 redefines mobile satellite navigation with its simple and intuitive menus, clearer 2D/3D map views, and compelling mobile data services. Version 7 also touts a fully customizable user interface which allows mobile operators, handset manufacturers, and everyday individuals to adjust colors, styles, and features to suit their brand requirements or personal taste.

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3GSM LIVE: i-mate targets Europe with Brightpoint
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:59 CET under 01 - General News

Since i-mate is going to release some exclusive devices soon, i-mate's latest announcement regarding it's cooperation with Brightpoint is definitely good to here, especially because i-mate wasn't widely available in Europe. Nevertheless has appointed Brightpoint EMA as a major distributor for its portfolio of Windows Mobile smart devices. This move follows i-mate's international team expansion and highlights the company's commitment to reach new markets. Brightpoint will be responsible for distribution and channel development in a number of key strategic European growth markets.

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the Giga-Byte G-Smart q60 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:39 CET under 08 - Reviews

The second device, Giga-Byte Communications previewed during the 3GSM World Congress is the G-Smart q60, a UMTS/HSDPA Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone.
Featuring singleband UMTS/HSDPA and triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as a thumb keyboard, this messaging device is mostly addressing the business market, especially because it also includes a GPS receiver. However, it's XScale CPU with 520 MHz is even strong enough to support the devices inbuilt Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi b/g but it also includes support for digital TV as well as digital DAB radio.
Last but not least, it's sporting a 2.1 megapixel camera on the back and a VGA camera on the front for video telephony over UMTS:

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the Giga-Byte G-Smart t600 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:38 CET under 08 - Reviews

One of the Windows Mobile 6 partners, Microsoft recently announced is Taiwanese ODM Giga-Byte Communication which sells its Windows Mobile devices under the G-Smart brand.
Giga-Byte is well known for it Windows Mobile TV solutions but so far, only analogue TV devices were available from Giga-Byte.
However, during the 3GSM World Congress, Giga-Byte unveiled a couple of new Windows Mobile 6 devices which features digital terrestrial TV and the first one is the G-Smart t600.

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3GSM LIVE: Samsung has no further plans to release the SGH-i310
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Since it was unveiled first time, during last year's CeBIT, it became silent about Samsung's Windows Mobile-based music device, the SGH-i310 (an updated follower of the initially launched SGH-i300) and yesterday, Samsung confirmed that it wont be released in most Western European markets anymore. While this doesn't means, that the i310 is completely discontinued, it means that the 8 GB HDD Windows Mobile Smartphone isn't planned to be released in Germany, UK, France, etc. anymore but there are good chances that you might still see it in Russia or even Italy (but nothing is confirmed yet).

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3GSM LIVE: News about the HTC Windows Mobile 6 Update Strategy
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:13 CET under 01 - General News

Or better no real news yet. As HTC confirmed in a press briefing yesterday, the Taiwanese ODM hasn't made the final decision yet, if, when and for which devices they might offer Windows Mobile 6 upgrades or even not.
While it's known that most of currents Windows Mobile 5 devices would support Windows Mobile 6 without any problems, and T-Mobile USA will release a free Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the Dash, HTC hasn't done the final decision yet, how the upgrade path for its own devices might looks like.

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Tuesday, 13.02.07
3GSM LIVE: HTC unveils new Q1 2007 Windows Mobile Device line-up
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:28 CET under 01 - General News

Following Microsoft's official Windows Mobile 6 announcement from yesterday, HTC (High Tech Computer Corp.) today launched three smart devices from its Q1 2007 product portfolio at the 3GSM World Congress Conference and Exhibition. These ground-breaking devices showcase the latest in mobile convergence for both consumer and enterprise audiences and epitomize HTC's commitment to developing innovative, appealing and category-defining form factors and applications:

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3GSM LIVE: Palm announces Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for Palm Treo 750 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft yesterday officially announced Windows Mobile 6, the newest version of their mobile phone software platform. However, furthermore Pieter Knook (Microsoft Senior Vice President Mobile & Embedded Devices Division and Communications Sector Business) announced, that Palm will also release a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for its current Palm Treo 750 Windows Mobile Professional series later this yet:

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Monday, 12.02.07
3GSM LIVE: Paragon Wireless introduces next generation SIP-based Dual Mode Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:45 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

Paragon Wireless, a leading dual mode (Cellular/VoWLAN) technology provider to global wireless OEMs/ODMs, other cellular phone design houses, Internet Service Providers, IP-PBX vendors, broadband equipment providers and operators, today announced the launch of their second generation SIP-based Windows Mobile dual mode handset at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

The hipi-2300 is Paragon Wireless’ newest addition to their Microsoft Windows Mobile dual mode handset technology. Utilizing Paragon’s proven VoWLAN/GSM dual-mode technology, the hipi-2300 includes the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system to further expand the usability and functionality of this extremely versatile smartphone. With its built-in 1.3M pixel camera, the MP3/MP4 player and the camcorder/recorder, users can access the Internet, listen to music and take/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 WiFi talk time and up to 6 hours of GSM talk time, or up to 100 hours of standby time, while having both radios on simultaneously.

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3GSM LIVE: DataViz announces commercial availability of Documents To Go for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:30 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

Available before in a public Beta only, DataViz today announced that its award-winning mobile Office Suite Documents To Go, is now available for Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone devices. The #1 selling Palm OS office editing suite, Documents To Go, will now allow users of Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone devices to view, edit and create Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on their devices and in their native formats. In addition, users can view Adobe PDF files and decompress zipped E-Mail attachments. Other features include support for password protected Word and Excel files and the ability to view, edit and create Excel charts. Documents To Go is available for a wide variety of Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone devices such as the Motorola Q, Samsung BlackJack, T-Mobile Dash, T-Mobile SDA, Cingular 3125 and Cingular 2125, to name a few. DataViz will be demonstrating Documents To Go at 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona.

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3GSM LIVE: T-Mobile Dash users gets a free Windows Mobile 6 upgrade
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During today's Microsoft press briefing, T-Mobile (in person of Leslie Grandy, Vice President Product and Service Development ) announced, that current T-Mobile (U.S.) Dash Windows Mobile Smartphone users will be able to apply for a free Windows Mobile 6 upgrade from the North American carrier.
As you can read here, Windows Mobile 6 adds serious productivity to Windows Mobile devices so it's worth to contact your local representative:

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3GSM LIVE: i-mate announces its new colored SPL Windows Mobile Standard line
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:13 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

i-mate today announced at 3GSM World Congress 2007 the new i-mate SPL color edition, running Windows Mobile 6 already, which is addressing the more fashion-conscious 18-34 year old segment. The range of brightly colored SPL devices in red, pink, blue in addition to black, will extend the benefits of Windows Mobile functionality with popular consumer features such as a 2.0 mega pixel camera and video capabilities to an all-new audience:

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3GSM LIVE: Toshiba to launch the G500 Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:43 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

Toshiba's second device, unveiled at 3GSM Congress in Barcelona, is the G900 Windows Mobile Standard smartphone. The G500 is a compact, triband 3G enabled, slider style handset, superbly designed with cool, calm and collected good looks. With the G500, you're traveling first class, worldwide.
The fingerprint sensor uses biometric technology to ensure that the G500 is
secured against unauthorized access. The same sensor can be used to navigate the phone's menus at the touch of a finger. If you use a Bluetooth notebook PC, it can be locked and unlocked due to its proximity to your G500, up to a radius of approximately 10m.

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3GSM LIVE: Toshiba to launch the G900 Windows Mobile Professional smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:41 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

Toshiba's first device, unveiled at 3GSM Congress in Barcelona, is the G900 Windows Mobile Professional smartphone. A Triband 3G enabled PDA style mobile with a full keyboard and a stunning, high resolution 3" WVGA display – the largest in its class. For all its exceptional functionality and globe-trotting connectivity, the G900's design is brilliantly understated – quiet, sleek, superior.
Fingerprint security, fingertip control The fingerprint sensor uses biometric technology to ensure that the G900 is secured against unauthorized access.
The same sensor can be used to navigate the phone's menus at the touch of a finger. If you use a Bluetooth notebook PC, it can be locked and unlocked due to its proximity to your G900, up to a radius of approximately 10m.

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3GSM LIVE: Toshiba to reenter the Windows Mobile market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:39 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

Toshiba's Mobile Communications Division has officially announced it will use Windows Mobile as a platform for its range of new Smart Handheld Devices to be introduced in Europe Q1-/Q2-2007
The first devices in the range, to be introduced at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona will come equipped with a suite of new features as well as email and internet connectivity, while benefiting from the flexibility and familiarity of the Windows Mobile operating system. Committing to use Windows Mobile software in this range of devices will provide Toshiba customers with straightforward compatibility with the most commonly used operating system and with the familiarity and ease of use demanded by business professionals.

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3GSM LIVE: HP unveils its first Windows Mobile Standard smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:58 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

HP today introduced the latest HP iPAQ device, a sleek and small Windows Mobile Standard smartphone that delivers a flexible wireless email experience for business customers through convenient voice control and hands-free operation.

The HP iPAQ 500 series Voice Messenger features voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) capabilities, "push" email and the latest Windows Mobile 6 operating system. With up to six hours of continuous talk time on a fully charged battery, the HP iPAQ Voice Messenger also leads the competition in battery life. As the first in HP's new smartphone lineup, the HP iPAQ 500 series helps highly mobile professionals stay connected wherever they are.

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3GSM LIVE: Motorola announced the MOTO Q gsm Windows Mobile smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:43 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

In addition to the Motorola MOTO q9, Motorola today also announced the launch of the MOTO Q gsm. Retaining all the productivity features and style of the original CDMA-based MOTO Q, the MOTO Q gsm is set to make an impact in markets across the globe. MOTO Q gsm features quad-band GPRS and EDGE capabilities to deliver worldwide connectivity, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 software for flexibility and power, and a full suite of multimedia and messaging options to keep you entertained.

Based on the much-imitated Q design, the thin, lightweight MOTO Q gsm showcases a soft-touch metal casing, electro-luminescent keys, gorgeous full color screen and ergonomically optimized QWERTY keyboard and side thumb wheel to deliver no-compromises E-Mail and messaging.

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3GSM LIVE: Motorola announced the MOTO Q q9 HSDPA Windows Mobile smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Motorola today announced the expansion of its award-winning Q platform with the the launch of MOTO Q q9 UMTS & HSDPA-enabled Windows Mobile devices. Delivering power, style and ease-of-use, MOTO Q q9 and MOTO Q gsm continue to evolve the mobile office experience by bringing an opportunity to own an iconic, power packed smart phone to virtually every user around the world.

MOTO Q q9 offers pure performance through design, delivering more power, richer messaging and multimedia experiences and even better basics for the most demanding consumers and professionals. Operating on the next generation Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 platform and with Motorola's Good Mobile Messaging technology, MOTO Q q9 provides easy and intuitive personal and corporate E-Mail, calendar access and content management wherever you are.

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3GSM LIVE: Microsoft announces Windows Live for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:27 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

Also today, Microsoft announced the release of Windows Live for Windows Mobile which will provide customers with a rich set of Windows Live services, including Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Live Search and Windows Live Spaces, uniquely designed to work with Windows Mobile software. Windows Mobile powered devices, with their advanced software, processing power and memory, make ideal platforms for the delivery of Windows Live services. Windows Live for Windows Mobile offers one of the first industry examples of a single integrated and presence-enabled contact list on a mobile device. One consolidated list provides customers with easy access to all their Windows Live, Microsoft Office Outlook and other contacts, as well as relevant presence information. Customers using Windows Live for Windows Mobile will enjoy the following:

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3GSM LIVE: Microsoft announces Windows Live Search for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:25 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

Today at 3GSM World Congress 2007, Microsoft announced the commercial availability of new Windows Live services for mobile devices that provide search and communications capabilities to help people access their world of relationships, information and interests from their mobile device. Now available in the United States and the United Kingdom, Live Search for Windows Mobile provide customers with advanced local search and mapping capabilities on their mobile device.

Live Search is now available as a software client application on Windows Mobile. These Live Search application represent the latest innovation in mobile search from Microsoft, providing customers with fast, easy-way access to local listings and maps. New capabilities include a unique, category-based search, which virtually eliminates the need to type text into the phone; an option to "map all results" so several listings appear on the same map; aerial imagery; and local traffic status in selected U.S. cities. Live Search for Windows Mobile provides additional new capabilities including satellite imagery, GPS integration and the ability to send search results to a friend.

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3GSM LIVE: i-mate announces its new Windows Mobile JAQ4 Professional device
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:12 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

i-mate today announces at 3GSM World Congress 2007 the new i-mate JAQ4 - the first i-mate device to ship with Windows Mobile 6 – a sturdy QWERTY keyboard GPS phone with a five-way joystick and scroll wheel allowing for easy navigation and use of services including push E-Mail. Furthermore, the landscape 2.8" color touch screen supports the use of the stylus as an increasingly popular means of accessing and writing E-Mail and messages.

Windows Mobile 6 brings a powerful personal computer experience to mobile phones, improving how people do business on the go with better-looking and easier to manage E-Mail and an improved Office Mobile experience:

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3GSM LIVE: i-mate unveils its new Windows Mobile Ultimate Roadmap
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:08 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

i-mate today announces at 3GSM World Congress 2007 a dazzling array of new products and services including a category-defining range of mobile devices for business users and consumers. The Ultimate range is a collection of high-end, sophisticated 3G Windows Mobile phones and PDA's in a selection of form factors to suit any user, the first of which will be available mid-year. The devices will be based on Windows Mobile 6, the latest version of Microsoft's mobile operating system.
The Ultimate range consists of a collection of five devices in various form factors to suit individual preferences, from classic bar to PDA to a notebook replacement and was designed to provide the latest and best in phone and PDA technology. From the 530MHz processor, to the XGA direct video out, from HSDPA connectivity to the 262k color VGA LCD touch screen, every component of each device is specified at a very high level. These are the first of a line-up of exciting devices i-mate will introduce through 2007.

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3GSM LIVE: Microsoft officially announced the new Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

Microsoft today officially unveiled Windows Mobile 6, the newest version of its mobile software platform. By improving usability and adding support for Microsoft Office features previously available only on PCs, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 delivers to the small screen a familiar and rich experience that meets the needs of work and life while on the go, all with a single device.

Windows Mobile 6 delivers the ability to view E-Mails in their original rich HTML format with live links to Web and SharePoint sites, which means text and images are displayed as they would be on a PC, and are available from a corporate E-Mail server such as Exchange Server 2007, from Web-based accounts such as Windows Live Hotmail or from a myriad of other popular service providers. Windows Mobile 6 also includes Windows Live for Windows Mobile, which provides customers with a rich set of Windows Live services. For example, now through Windows Live Messenger, people can chat with more than one person at one time, express themselves through animated figures, quickly send a file or image, or record and send voice notes.

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Sunday, 11.02.07
3GSM LIVE: Toshiba to launch 2 Windows Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:49 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

Following the earlier posting, it looks like Toshiba isn't launching only one but two new Windows Mobile devices. Beside the Windows Mobile Standard (Smartphone) smartphone, it looks like Toshiba also has a HTC Hermes competitor in the pipeline, with slide-out keyboard and - as sources indicated - a wide screen 16:9-like display?
Also it looks like this Windows Mobile Professional device is UMTS (most likely HSDPA) as well (at least it looks like to have a front facing camera as well):

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3GSM LIVE: Vodafone to launch the Samsung SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:14 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

Good news for Vodafone customers in Europe! It looks like Vodafone is launching the Samsung SGH-i600 (in the U.S. better known as Samsung BlackJack) in the coming month.
The i600, a UMTS Windows Mobile Standard (Smartphone) device, is sporting UMTS singleband, GSM/GPRS triband, Bluetooth, WiFi b/b and a 1.3 megapixel auto focus camera on the back and a QVGA cam for UMTS voice calls on the front.
As you can see bellow, it's just an advertising, hanging in front of the 3GSM Word Congress, so I cannot provide more information yet but I'm sure I can do tomorrow:

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Saturday, 10.02.07
DEVELOPMENT: Is Google working on a Mobile Device Sync Client?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:41 CET under 01 - General News

Seriously, I have no idea how old this information is, what's the status of the project is or who the lead developer is and well, Google's "Google Code" page isn't saying too much except that it's mentioning a project called "mobisync" which should be a "Generic Mobile Synchronization" client and "aims to build a generic data synchronization framework for all mobile devices".

While "all mobile devices" would includes Windows Mobile devices as well:

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UNVEILED: Toshiba to return with a Windows Mobile Standard smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After a longer time of Windows Mobile absence, it looks like Toshiba jumps back into the game but this time with a Windows Mobile powered Smartphone (or as it is called now a Windows Mobile Standard device). At least that's what the FCC recently unveiled.
Clearly, this must be a non-touchscreen Windows Mobile smartphone since it's sporting the Home and back button and therefore, the Toshiba RG4-E01 would be the first Windows Mobile Standard slider. Other features, according to the FCC are: HSDPA, a 65k color screen, 2 megapixel camera and Bluetooth with A2DP support:

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Friday, 09.02.07
3GSM LIVE: i-mate announced support for Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:34 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

Today, Dubai based i-mate, a key Microsoft partner, announced that it will be one of the first device manufacturers to support the new Windows Mobile 6 platform. i-mate will be unveiling several new mobile devices at 3GSM World Congress 2007 which incorporate Windows Mobile 6 and, as the specialist in Windows Mobile devices and solutions, will also be revealing its product roadmap for 2007.
The new devices which i-mate will launch next week are designed with a range of functionality for both consumers and professionals, offering users an impressive choice of handsets to meet their individual requirements.

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Thursday, 08.02.07
SERVICES: Vodafone Germany unveils more VPA compact GPS details
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During last week's CeBIT preview, Vodafone (Germany) unveiled further details, how the German carrier will continue with its VPA Windows Mobile-line.
First of all, Vodafone Germany previewed again the previously announced Vodafone VPA compact GPS, Vodafone's version of the HTC Trinity.
As unveiled before, the VPA compact GPS will be shipped GPS-enabled but unlike O2 Germany, which ships the O2 Xda orbit with TomTom's on-board navigation, the VPA compact GPS will includes Vodafone's off-board navigation kit called "Vodafone Navigator".

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MARKETING: HTC launches Viral Marketing Campaign for the upcoming HTC X7500
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pretty funny - last week I've received an anonymous E-Mail (like most webmasters received I think) which pointed me to a link at YouTube:

There has been loads of stuff about the HTC Athene online but I have just come across this clip on youtube. Seems to be showing you the product & it appears the name will not be Athena as I have read to date. looks much better than the silver version I've seen on line.

And as it turned out, this is a viral marketing campaign, HTC started for its own version of the HTC Athena, the HTC X7500 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition Professional smartphone.

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LINK: Modern Nomads reviews Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 aka Crossbow
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:00 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, we have heard earlier about Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile version, so far known under its code name Crossbow and Monday next week officially announced as "Windows Mobile 6" (with all its flavors aka Windows Mobile 6 Standard, Windows Mobile 6 Professional and Windows Mobile 6 Classic) and may of you might be curious what all this Windows Mobile 6 stuff is all about - right?
Well, my fellow MVP Jaap van Ekris has put together a comprehensive review about the most important features and updates. While Windows Mobile 6 offers way too much, to be covered in one single article (I'm sure we will see many more during the next days), Jaap's reviews provides a great overview about the latest and greatest Windows Mobile 6 highlights, you can expect to come to a device near you later this year as well since it covers PIM functionalities, communication capabilities and system management enhancements:

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RENAMED: Microsoft drops Pocket PC & Smartphone in favor of Standard, Professional & Co
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:17 CET under 01 - General News

With today's announcement of Windows Mobile 6, Microsoft also introduced a new naming scheme of its PDA and smartphone device classes. No more Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, no more Windows Mobile for Pocket PC Phone Edition and no more Windows Mobile for Smartphone but just Windows Mobile 6 xyz where xyz becomes more generic then it was before; in fact it becomes similar to the Windows Vista and Windows Office 2007 naming scheme
The following overview should help you to get a better understanding what your device was in past and what it will be from now (with the official introduction of Windows Mobile 6):

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UNVEILED: Microsoft unveils more Information about Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:08 CET under 01 - General News

Not officially announced yet, Microsoft unveiled more information about it's new Windows Mobile operating system, so far code-named "Crossbow" and soon to be known as Windows Mobile 6. On next Monday, during the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft will officially announce Windows Mobile 6, the newest version of its mobile phone software platform. By improving usability and adding new features previously only available on PCs, Windows Mobile 6 delivers a familiar and rich experience to the small screen that meets the needs of work and life while on the go, all with a single device. Windows Mobile 6 devices begin shipping worldwide by second quarter 2007 and it's sure, that we can expect some new devices, being announced next week as well.

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Wednesday, 07.02.07
REVEALED: AsusTek to release a UMTS Smartphone with Keyboard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

French website "GPSandCo" got its hands on a new and so far completely unknown Windows Mobile Smartphone from AsusTek. And according the (unconfirmed) specifications, this device could become a serious competitor to Samsung's SGH-i600/BlackJack and HTC's Cavalier (if it is released in time) since it also features a thumb-keyboard as well as singleband UMTS at 2100 MHz (but seems to exclude HSDPA), tribande GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz, W-LAN b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Powered by a XScale CPU at 416 MHz, the so far unnamed devices features a 2 megapixel camera on the back as well as a front cam, 256 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended with microSD memory cards. Last but not least, the photos shows Windows Mobile 6 aka Crossbow:

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ANNOUNCED: Dopod unveiled the Dopod D600 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Dopod recently announced another Windows Mobile based Pocket PC Phone Edition, the Dopod D600. Powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition, the D600 features a TI OMAP850 at 201MHz, supports 128 MB ROM and 64 MB SDRAM which can be extended by SD/MMC memory cards. Last but not least, the new D600 is featuring triband GSM/GPRS at 900/1800/1900 Mhz and Bluetooth while W-LAN isn't supported.
Further features are a 2 megapixel CMOS Camera and a 2.8" QVGA TFT screen:

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UNVEILED: Samsung finally announces SGH-i600 availability for March
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Samsung Electronics Singapore today announced the availability of the Samsung Ultra Messaging i600 for March. The SGH-i600 (see the::unwired's preview here) is a Windows Mobile-based Smartphone, featuring HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Already launched in the USA last year as Cingular BlackJack (aka i607), the Samsung Ultra Messaging i600 is one of the world's slimmest Wi-Fi enabled HSDPA smartphones, making it a mobile powerhouse that integrates functionality and multimedia capabilities with modern contemporary design into one sleek package. This mobile workstation also allows for seamless communication with Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, which enables faster data transfer between devices.

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Tuesday, 06.02.07
CUSTOMIZATION: Spb Software House unveils Spb Mobile Shell for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC user interface has not been significantly changed for the last six years, since the Pocket PC platform was introduced in April 2001. Originally the Pocket PC was a PDA designed for stylus navigation and long but infrequent periods of general use. It has since evolved into many things, including a phone. Along the way, though the people who use a Pocket PC and the tasks it is made to perform have changed, the main interface has not. The development goal of Spb Mobile Shell was to close this gap between the old Pocket PC interface and one people should expect from such a smart, modern and powerful device today.

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Monday, 05.02.07
HOW TO: Sync Windows Mobile with Windows Vista and Windows Live OneCare
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:05 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

No question, every PC, especially every Internet connected PC should have a Firewall and virus scanner installed and with the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft also released its final version of Windows Live OneCare, the company's first all-in-one, always-on PC care service. It works quietly in the background on your computer, so you virtually don't have to worry about nasty interruptions from viruses, spyware, hackers and other unwanted intruders.
Unfortunately, Windows Live OneCare, as it is available now, doesn't works with Microsoft's Window Mobile Device Center which is required, to get Windows Vista PCs synchronized with Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones.

However, if you change some settings in Windows Live OneCare, you can make working both together fine.

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LAUNCH: Palm announces general availability of Treo 750 Pocket PC in Europe [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Palm, Inc. today announced the Palm Treo 750 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, previously available as Palm 750v (see my review here) on Vodafone's 3G/UMTS network since September 2006 in the UK and across much of Western Europe, will be made SIM free and unlocked generally available across Europe via Palm's online store and from retail outlets beginning Feb. 6. This move broadens the customer base that will be able to benefit from the Palm experience on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system and adds HSDPA capability, underlining Palm's commitment to its European customers.

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UTILITY: Jeyo Mobile Extender now supports Outlook 2007 and Windows Vista
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:28 CET under 01 - General News

Jeyo recently announced a new version of its Jeyo Mobile Extender which adds mobile text messaging capabilities to your Outlook application through a Windows Mobile Smartphone or Pocket PC Phone Edition. With this add-on program, you can exchange messages with other mobile phone users anywhere around the world directly from your Outlook. Jeyo Mobile Extender makes text messaging as simple and easy as E-Mail.
In fact, Jeyo Mobile Extender offers you better ways to send, receive, manage and even archive your mobile text messages, all using a PC application interface you are already familiar with.

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MARKET: Mobile Phone Operators are expected to create a Google competitor
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 01 - General News

While Vodafone, Hutchison's 3 and T-Mobile has signed with Google and Yahoo! in the past, the same operators as well as Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Cingular/AT&T are expected to hold talks next week about creating its own mobile phone search engine which could challenge US giants Google and Yahoo!.
As a Sunday Telegraph report says, the carriers will come together for talks at the 3GSM Congress in Barcelona, next week.
The operators believe that creating their own search engine could help them to 'retain a greater share of advertising revenues', the article mentions.

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Friday, 02.02.07
SYNC: Google Calendar Goes Mobile with GooSync
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:48 CET under 01 - General News

Following GooSync's previous public Beta, Toffa has now launched the final (and still free) service of GooSync, which synchronizes a users Google calendar to their mobile device.
The GooSync service is based on the Toffa commercial synchronization engine, SyncWiseLive, which supports industry open standards (SyncML). Therefore GooSync is compliant with all of the latest mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). Any user with a free Google calendar account can now use GooSync to wirelessly (OTA) synchronize their appointments and events to their mobile device.

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MAPPING: Google released Google Maps for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:07 CET under 01 - General News

No question, doesn't matter if I plan vacation, a business trip or being just foreign in a new city, I've always used Google Maps on my Notebook get get a better overview where I'm or where to go. And all this worked great, as long as I had my Notebook with me (at home, in hotel rooms etc.) but if we are on the go, using a Notebook isn't handy, especially if we have Windows Mobile devices with us. Now, Google finally released Google Maps for Windows Mobile - as a dedicated application for both - Pocket PC and Smartphone! So far it was available in a J2ME version only which worked on Windows Mobile devices but for sure, the user experience wasn't too good if you run a sandboxed application.

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Thursday, 01.02.07
AVAILABLE: Microsoft released the final version of Windows Mobile Device Center
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:40 CET under 01 - General News

Finally, only 2 days after Windows Vista was released globally, Microsoft also released the (missing) final version of Windows Mobile Device Center which is necessary to keep your Windows Mobile devices synchronized with your new or updated Windows Vista PC (see my previous review of the new Windows Mobile Device Center functionalities here).
As mentioned earlier, ActiveSync is no more for Vista PCs but the new sync client is called Windows Mobile Device Center which integrates nicer into the whole OS and offers way more functionalities then ActiveSync ever did.

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REVEALED: HTC Vox gets the first preview at the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC Vox is neither announced nor available today, someone was lucky enough already to get a working device in the hands to share some pretty good pictures with us.
The HTC Vox is HTC's latest Windows Mobile Smartphone and indeed it looks like it's running Windows Mobile Crossbow. Other features and highlights are the slide-out keyboard in addition to the standard phone keyboard, 128 MB of  ROM, a 2.4" QVGA screen, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WiFi b/g, two-megapixel camera and all this is powered by TI OMAP 850 at 200MHz:

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