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Monday, 30.04.07
WORKAROUND: Get your SlingPlayer Mobile working with Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:13 CET under 01 - General News

As you might remember, the SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile is incompatible at the moment with Windows Mobile 6 devices but over at Sling Community, some time ago a fix appeared which contains two DLLs to be used with Windows Mobile 6. One is a WMV-related DLL, the other is WMA-related  and I have no clue what these two DLLs do, where they come from and where they go to but it's a funky workaround and it works which is even more important since the first Windows Mobile 6 devices are shipping now (namely the Orange SPV E650) as well as the first Windows Mobile 6 upgrades expected to hit the street soon (namely the T-Mobile Dash Windows Mobile 6 upgrade):

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AVAILABLE: Orange UK released the Samsung SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Here we go - after previous rumors and leaks, the Samsung SGH-i600 becomes finally available from Orange UK as well. Therefore it's now available in Europe from Vodafone, O2 and Orange not to mention the original non-carrier branded Samsung version.
The Samsung SGH-i600 (see the::unwired's review here), which Orange calls Samsung i600 only, is an incredibly slim, streamlined Windows Mobile 5.0 GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA Smartphone featuring Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and WiFi B/g as well as a full QWERTY keyboard for maximizing the many business functions. With a 1.3 Megapixel camera and an advanced music player, personal life meets professional, with rich functionality on a large and vibrant color screen.

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UTILITY: SBSH Mobile Software releases PhoneWeaver 1.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Spb Software House' last week launch of Spb Phone Suite for Windows Mobile Pocket PC, SBSH Mobile Software announced today the release of a similar application called SBSH PhoneWeaver! SBSH PhoneWeaver features a powerful set of profiling utilities that will introduce your phone to your life style, designed to complete the missing handling of profiles on Windows Mobile devices!
SBSH PhoneWeaver allows you to create up to 100 profiles that control the state of your phone radio, WiFi, push mail, Bluetooth, ringer, vibrate state and much more! PhoneWeaver also comes with a clean and straightforward Today screen plug-in, allowing you to view and control the currently active profile and much more!

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THOUGHT: Keep Bluetooth 2.0's EDR in your Mind
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:46 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If you are a long time visitor of the::unwired and it's forerunners, you know that all the sites were about connectivity, especially about connectivity between devices. Was Arne's Windows CE Page back in 1998 about connecting a Windows CE based Handheld PC (H/PC) via IrDA with an IrDA enabled mobile phone to use the mobile phone as the modem for the H/PC, the focus and technology changed during the years and today it's about connecting a Notebook via Bluetooth with a Bluetooth enabled Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone to use the Windows Mobile smartphone as a modem for the PC.
That's all fine and in general, Bluetooth works pretty good (an exception is posted in my next column this week) but for sure you can also connect your PC/Notebook/Tablet PC using the USB sync cable. Nevertheless, I prefer to commute and travel as light as possible and since Bluetooth is also doing fine for sync, I rarely carry a sync cable with me.

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LEAKED: Final T-Mobile Dash Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade slipped to the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in February, during the 3GSM World Congress, T-Mobile US officially announced that it will provide a free Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for its best selling Windows Mobile Smartphone - the T-Mobile Dash and over the weekend, it looks like the final version (without any Beta notifications, etc.) leaked to the Internet. Also it is rumored/expected to be released officially on May 4th (yep - that's this week already so better keep an eye on the T-Mobile US download site), the guys from gadgetsonthego.net gave the ROM a shot already and it seems they are satisfied with what they have seen to far:

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Saturday, 28.04.07
AVAILABLE: Sling Media releases SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile in the UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:11 CET under 01 - General News

It took "a little bit longer" but finally, the long awaited SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones can also purchased in the UK. So far, users outside the U.S. only had the option to test the 30 days trial version from the U.S. site but it was (virtually) impossible to buy it from any other locations. Now, UK users can also buy the Windows Mobile clients to enhance the use of the Slingbox.
SlingPlayer Mobile lets you watch your TV and all of its programming on Windows Mobile cell phones or PDAs. This means you can have worldly mobility.

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Friday, 27.04.07
PETITION: Tell HTC that you want a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the P3600
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you own a HTC P3600 and you are irritated as well that - after HTC enabled GPS some weeks ago - HTC leaves you alone with a Windows Mobile upgrade, especially after the Taiwanese ODM announced a couple of Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for other Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones?
Well, looks like you are not alone as somebody has started an online petition (have online petitions ever worked for anything? ) and asks for your "signature":

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KUDOS: O2 Germany starts Selling and Shipping the first WM 6 Professional smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following my earlier posting from this week - O2 Germany has started selling and shipping its latest Pocket PC Phone Edition now, the O2 Xda terra and is therefore world wide the first one which sells a Windows Mobile 6 Professional-powered smartphone (previously known as Pocket PC Phone Edition). Congrats to O2 Germany which has a long tradition in the Windows Mobile smartphone market and which was the first carrier world wide selling a Windows Mobile-powered Pocket PC Phone Edition (the XDA = eXented Digital Assistant also known as HTC Wallaby).

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PHOTOVIEW: T-Mobile Ameo Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:37 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to T-Mobile Germany, I've recently received a T-Mobile Ameo, also known as HTC X7500 Advantage or under its code name HTC Athena. This unique, fully integrated Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition has a detachable keyboard and large VGA 5" screen that makes working on the move easy. Thanks to Windows Mobile 5 for Pocket PC Phone Edition and the inbuilt Opera Mobile (or Internet Explorer Mobile) web browser you can surf the internet at mobile broadband speeds, thanks to the devices quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA capabilities. The inbuilt 3 megapixel camera with autofocus and photo light can snap photos or record videos as well a the front facing VGA cam supports video telephony.

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Thursday, 26.04.07
INNOVATION: BlueSky Positioning puts GPS onto the SIM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:58 CET under 01 - General News

Do you think you have seen all possible GPS accessories already - from a wired GPS mouse to a Bluetooth connected receiver to an embedded GPS system? Hold on - BlueSky Positioning takes it even further and put the whole GPS receiver onto a SIM card!
Launching today, BlueSky Positioning's new approach incorporates a highly accurate GPS receiver and proprietary antenna into the SIM card, which provides the opportunity to deploy precise, legally-mandated positioning capability quickly and cost-effectively across all mobile handsets.

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POLL: Do you use the Extended Battery with your Samsung i600/BlackJack? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:13 CET under 10 - Polls

All right guys, if you own/use/plan to buy a Samsung SGH-i600 (Vanilla, Vodafone, Orange, O2 version or whatever) or a Cingular/at&t Blackjack (if you live in the U.S.) it's your chance to get some impact into a range of accessory you might have missed so far (or not). Anyway, even if you haven't missed it yet (because you are not aware of it) it comes to the question if you use an extended battery (either the free Cingular/at&t offer or any other) with your i600/BlackJack. If so, please let us know. If not (yet) - do you plan to upgrade/buy an extended battery?
And last but not least - do you (generally) protect your mobile phone with a case (leather case, belt case, whatever) or don't you care because you are upgrading your devices every 3 months anyway?
Please let us know in the following two polls since it helps a manufacture to make his mind:

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Wednesday, 25.04.07
CLEARANCE: T-Mobile Wing passed the FCC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like the - as we knew it so far - recently unveiled "HTC Wing" is close to be released by T-Mobile U.S. soon. At least the device recently cleared the FCC.
As mentioned earlier, the T-Mobile Wing looks pretty much like a HTC Herald, while the ID is slightly changed. However, the specs seems to stay the same - including the semi slide-out keyboard, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b/g and the 2 megapixel camera. UMTS is left which makes sense since T-Mobile's UMTS network isn't commercially available yet and works on different frequencies anyway:

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Tuesday, 24.04.07
REVIEW: JAVOedge JAVOSkin Case for Samsung SGH-i600
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:28 CET under 08 - Reviews

The summer is coming soon (if not here already) and I thought about better protecting my latest gadget - the Samsung SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone while biking and commuting. As a matter of fact, as useful and good looking leather cases are for Pocket PCs, I don't like leather cases for my mobile phones - I never used a leather case for a mobile phone since 1993.
I either carry my phones in my hand or just want to drop it into my pocket and that's it. So I came across JAVOedge's innovative JAVOSkins which are designed to protect devices from scratch and impact damage while retaining the sleek look of the device. Perfect I thought and the fine folks from JAVOedge send me one to be reviewed here and used after.

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SPONSORSHIP: HTC Europe to Sponsor the 2007 Gumball 3000 Rally
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:34 CET under 01 - General News

Following last year's partnership between ALK, T-Mobile and HTC also this year the three companies seems to support the 2007 Gumball 3000 Rally and even better - HTC itself is sponsoring this year's Gumball 3000 Rally!
Every car featured in this year's Gumball Rally will be equipped with a T-Mobile MDA Compact III, the dedicated navigation PDA designed and manufactured by HTC.
Each T-Mobile MDA Compact III features built-in GPS receiver for use with Satellite Navigation software - so all the Gumball drivers know their way through this demanding route!

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UTILITY: Spb Software House releases Spb Phone Suite for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today unveiled the release of its brand new Spb Phone Suite, a collection of all the main phone features you've been missing on your Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition device.
The number of Windows Mobile devices with phone functionality is growing every day. Almost every Windows Mobile 6 device recently announced includes phone functionality. However, Windows Mobile Professional is still not a perfect platform for phone devices which still keeps me away to use my Pocket PCs as my main mobile phone (but rather prefer Smartphones/Standard devices) by lacking such cornerstone phone features as profiles, call filtering and missed call notifications.

Spb Phone Suite should close some of these gaps by improving the Pocket PC phone functionalities:

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LAUNCH: O2 Germany ready to release its first Windows Mobile 6 smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced earlier this year during the CeBIT, O2 Germany is ready to release its first Windows Mobile 6 smartphone next week, starting from May 1st - the O2 Xda terra aka HTC Herald. Not that the Xda terra is - hardware-wise - anything new (since it is based on HTC'S Herald reference design), but it's O2 Germany's first available Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PC Phone Edition (with Windows Mobile 6 known as Professional smartphone) and the first available Windows Mobile 6 PDA in the market anyway.
Features stay unchanged to the original Windows Mobile 5 Herald and therefore O2's version is also featuring the semi-sliding keyboard, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0. Powered by a TI OMAP 850 at 200 MHz, the terra includes 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM which can be extended with microSD memory cards:

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CLEARED: Opera 9 Mobile for Windows Mobile passed Acid2 test
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:15 CET under 01 - General News

Congratulations to Opera! How Daniel Goldman, a Technical Evangelist at Opera Software, wrote in a blog entry, an internal Beta build of Opera 9 for Windows Mobile recently passed the Acid2 test. And therefore, Opera Mobile is on pace to become the first Windows Mobile browser to pass the Acid2 test.
The Acid2 test has been written to help browser vendors make sure their products correctly support features that are part of web standards.

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Monday, 23.04.07
RSS: Spb Software House releases Spb Insight 1.5 with Today Plug-in
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today announced the release of Spb Insight 1.5, a long-awaited update to Spb's RSS feed reader. Spb Insight is a Pocket PC RSS feed reader, which provides full-text articles with pictures for handy and fast offline reading.
This version provides even smoother and richer news reading experience by introducing the Today plug-in with two viewing modes and article thumbnails, new faster data storage system and many other improvements.

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ACCESS: The Cloud switches on its public WiFi network across the City of London
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:45 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Europe's most advanced outdoor WiFi network will be switched on across the entire City of London - the famous Square Mile. More than 350,000 people who work in and visit the area now have wireless broadband access throughout the City. The network has been built and is operated by The Cloud, a leading wireless broadband provider. Free access for the first month will be provided in association with Nokia - which sponsors the promotion - allowing anyone with a WiFi-enabled device with browser capabilities to get online in the City:

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PLATFORM: RIM announces new BlackBerry Application Suite for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:23 CET under 01 - General News

Not sure why someone want to run any other BlackBerry applications than BlackBerry connect on Windows Mobile but in any case, Research In Motion (RIM) today announced plans to expand its support for Windows Mobile-based devices with a new software application suite that will enable devices from third-party manufacturers to benefit from the popular BlackBerry software applications and services. RIM plans to begin offering the new software application suite later this year for select devices based on Windows Mobile 6 (only). Once installed, the software will provide users with a virtual BlackBerry application experience, including support for BlackBerry E-Mail, phone, calendar, address book, tasks, memos, browser, instant messaging and other applications developed for the BlackBerry platform.

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Friday, 20.04.07
REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i600 Ultra Messaging Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:32 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to Samsung, I've recently got my hands on the final version of a Samsung SGH-i600, the EMEA/APAC version of Samsung's BlackJack which was launched late last year. While the i600 was announced earlier, the U.S. got it released faster but since last month, the i600 is also available across Europe. Generally speaking, the i600 is the follower of Samsung's earlier introduced SGH-i320 and like the i320, the i600 is sporting a QWERTY keyboard for easy typing. This makes the device definitely another BlackBerry competitor. The i600 is part of Samsung's Ultra series and this one is also called "Ultra Messaging". Only 11.8 mm thin, the i600 fits perfectly into Samsung's Ultra series but UMTS and HSDPA makes it quite unique today. Not too many keyboard enabled smartphones features triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850 MHz aren't supported), singleband UMTS/HSDPA (up to 1.8 Kbps) as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR yet.

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Thursday, 19.04.07
STATEMENT: HTC unveils official Windows Mobile 6 upgrade strategy [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:06 CET under 01 - General News

HTC Europe recently published an announcement about its Windows Mobile device upgrade strategy for its currently available Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones. Microsoft's recently unveiled Windows Mobile 6 operating system offers improved usability and more PC-like functionality than previously available. Enhancements include the ability to view E-Mail in rich HTML format and to manage E-Mail quickly and easily through new shortcuts and new calendar views.
The also recently announced HTC S710 is one of the first Windows Mobile 6 devices to ship and will be followed by a range of products based on the new operating system in the coming months.

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UPDATE: Spb Software House releases Spb Diary 2.5 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today announced the release of Spb Diary 2.5, an update to the award winning Pocket PC PIM Today plug-in. Spb Diary is a feature-rich Today plug-in for your Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Notes and Messages providing users with the highest level of functionality and usability.
According to Spb Software House, the new version provides more than 40 improvements requested by users during the last months. The most noticeable changes are the ability to put any Today plug-ins in a form of Spb Diary's tabs and the new horizontal tabs, which made it possible to show all your PIM information in full screen while keeping the rest Today plug-ins one-click accessible.

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UNVEILED: Vodafone to launch the HTC Vox as Vodafone VDA V
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On Vodafone Germany's coming soon page, the German carrier is now previewing the VDA IV which is based on HTC's Vox Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone (see the::unwired's hands-on here) which is HTC's first available Windows Mobile 6 smartphone (and released by HTC as HTC S710 and by Orange as SPV E650), featuring a slide-out keyboard, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as WiFi and Bluetooth.
In addition, the device is sporting a 2 megapixel camera for photos and videos and is powered by a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz:

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ANNIVERSARY: Happy Birthday Pocket PC - Happy Birthday Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:43 CET under 01 - General News

Today, 7 years ago on 19th April 2000, Microsoft announced the immediate availability of the Pocket PC platform (and therefore first Windows Mobile-based PDA how it was renamed later) in New York's Grand Central Station. Back in 2000, Microsoft President and CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled new Pocket PC designs from hardware partners incl. Casio Computer Company Ltd., Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Symbol Technologies Inc. while putting the devices to the test through demonstrations showcasing their wireless, enterprise and cutting-edge gaming and video capabilities. More than 60 companies showcased their Pocket PC solutions in the launch Partner Pavilion and executives from TD Waterhouse Investor Services Inc. and SAP AG joined Ballmer on stage to announce how they are using the new Pocket PCs in customer scenarios (read Steve Ballmer's speech transcript here).

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Wednesday, 18.04.07
RENAMED: The Motorola MOTO Q q9 is now called MOTO Q 9h
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not sure when and why Motorola renamed the Motorola Q q9 but how Kris Kumar from Smartphone Thoughts found out, Motorola's UMTS/HSDPA Q-version got a new name and is now  called MOTO Q 9h. Maybe the h indicates hSDPA?
All the features, including QWERTY keyboard, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps Bluetooth 2.0 including A2DP and AVRCP as well as the integrated 2.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom and LED photo indicator light, seems to stay the same - it's just the name:

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STANDARD: USB-IF enhances Battery Charging Capabilities with new Specification
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:24 CET under 01 - General News

During the Intel Developer Forum Spring 2007, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) announced the availability of the Battery Charging Revision 1.0 specification. Consumers like Windows Mobile users currently use USB to charge batteries on their peripheral devices. With the announcement of the new Battery Charging specification, the USB-IF Battery Charging Workgroup has defined a standard way for portable devices to draw current from wall chargers or PCs. In addition, the Battery Charging specification allows PCs and hubs to provide increased levels of current, in order to shorten the charging time of connected portable devices.

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FUN: GIGABYTE Communications GSmart Windows Live Messenger Smiles
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:02 CET under 01 - General News

Do you like GIGABYTE Communications' latest Windows Mobile smartphones, like the GSmart t600 or the GSmart q60? If so, you might like GIGABYTE's Windows Live Messenger (for PC) smiles and emoticons as well, which you can now download from GSmart.
GSmart icons are also available in animated format making the person understand more clearly what the icon visually expresses through its actions.
These icons are used for your chat programs and E-Mails. Most of the animated GSmart emotion icons are auto installed that can be directly used for your instant/Windows Live messenger.

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THOUGHT: Stay Independent and Connected with Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:36 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Like most US American Starbucks, also most German Starbucks offers WiFi-based Internet access (unfortunately without the free Windows Vista WiFi promotion) through T-Mobile's HotSpot network and when I was at my favorite Starbucks yesterday, I first used one of the WiFi networks available there. However, something went wrong during the afternoon and the WiFi fade away. Not a real problem at all, thanks to my Windows Mobile equipped UMTS device which I've fired up the same time and which I've used as a unwired broadband modem instead:

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TECHNOLOGY: HTC Shift to utilize Intel's new Pentium M Platform
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:15 CET under 01 - General News

Not really on-topic (but HTC and mobile device related) is HTC's latest announcement about the platform which is used for its recently announced HTC Shift UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC). So far, HTC hadn't given any details but today, at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing, HTC unveiled that its new mobile computer will be based on Intel's new Ultra Mobile platform 2007.
Based on the Intel Pentium M architecture with optimizations to significantly extend battery life within smaller form factors, the Intel Ultra Mobile platform 2007 comprises the Intel A110 processor, Intel 945GU Express chipset, and Intel ICH7U I/O controller hub.

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Tuesday, 17.04.07
SPECULATION: Quanta may be developing a Windows Mobile smartphone for Dell
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Is Dell's earlier announcement to leave the PDA market already kind of obsolete because Dell might come back with a smartphone later this year? Could be, since DigiTimes reports today, that Quanta Computer (which is also manufacturing the O2 Xda Atom-line) is developing a smartphone for Dell and the new model is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter of this year.
DigiTimes sources claimed, that the Dell PDA handset project - codenamed "Fly" - will develop a model using the Windows Mobile 6 Professional platform (formerly known as Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition so it's a PDA with touch screen and inbuilt WAN connectivity) and supporting HSDPA. It probably will feature a QWERTY keyboard, though feature details have yet to be determined, the sources said.

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Monday, 16.04.07
AVAILABLE: BT launches BT Office Anywhere with availability of the HTC S620
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Announced during this year's 3GSM World Congress, BT's Office Anywhere is now available to UK customers. With BT Office Anywhere BT offers UK customers Mobile VoIP services on Windows Mobile powered smartphones and the first which becomes available now is a tailored HTC S620 (aka HTC Excalibur) Windows Mobile Smartphone. The combination of BT's strength in wireless broadband networks and services, Microsoft's Windows Mobile software and HTC's strength in devices gives customers the power to choose how they stay connected while on the go:

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RUMOR: Dopod to release the HTC Cavalier as Dopod C730 in May [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It became quite silent around the HTC Cavalier, the UMTS follower of the HTC Excalibur (better known as T-Mobile Dash or O2 Xda cosmo), but according to CNET Asia, it's expected to be finally launched by Dopod in May as Dopod C730.
According to CNET Asia, the HTC Cavalier will be released with Windows Mobile 6 Standard and is expected to be powered by a 400 MHz CPU with 64 MB of RAM and 128 of MB ROM which can be extended through microSD memory cards. The quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE also features UMTS, HSDPA as well as Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi b/g and a 2 megapixel camera for photos and videos. However, like the HTC MTeoR it misses a front facing camera for UMTS video calls:

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Friday, 13.04.07
AVAILABLE: Palm and 3 Italia launches the Palm Treo 750 in Italy
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Palm and 3 Italia, the Italian UMTS market leader with more than 7.2 million customers, recently launched the Palm Treo 750 Windows Mobile (Pocket PC Phone Edition) smartphone, which enables 3's customers to benefit from the Palm experience on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system with High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) capability.
The Treo 750 (see the::unwired's review here) combines a multifeatured mobile phone with E-Mail, messaging, web browsing and organization software. Users can view and edit Microsoft Word and Excel files and view PowerPoint and PDF files. The touch screen makes surfing websites, gathering data and navigating forms and applications much easier.

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Thursday, 12.04.07
UPDATE: Mark/Space releases The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile v3.0.2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:32 CET under 01 - General News

Mark/Space's The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile today received an update to v3.0.2 which improves the usability by no longer requiring Windows Mobile devices to be placed in "flight mode" prior to connecting to the Mac. In addition to other fixes and improvements, the 3.0.2 release also adds support for the Orange M3100 and HP RX 19xx series devices.
The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile lets you easily connect and synchronize Pocket PCs and Smartphones with your Apple Mac. Sync with Address Book, iCal, Microsoft Entourage, iPhoto, iTunes and more.

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REFERENCE: Microsoft releases Windows Mobile 6 Product Reference Guide
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:30 CET under 01 - General News

The Microsoft Windows Mobile group just released a 61 pages, 12 MB sized PDF file for its partners which explains all the Windows Mobile 6 changes and enhancements in a granularity I haven't seen before.
Windows Mobile 6, which was announced during the 3GSM World Congress in February this year, represents the next major release of Windows Mobile platform after Windows Mobile 5.0. Windows Mobile 6 delivers advanced mobile communications, increased mobile productivity and integrated mobile business performance with a consistent and familiar Microsoft software experience.

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REVIEW: Vodafone 1210/VDA IV Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

Earlier this year, Vodafone released the Vodafone 1210/VDA IV (the name depends on your local Vodafone subsidiary), a budget Windows Mobile Smartphone, Vodafone clearly launched to address the business segment better. Unlike all the VPAs and VDAs before, the 1210/VDA IV isn't manufactured by HTC but is made by AsusTek.
The Vodafone 1210/VDA IV is a Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone (and therefore isn't sporting a touch screen), supporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (without support for the North American 850 MHz band) and singleband UMTS (but leaves HSDPA support). It's powered by an Intel/Marvell PXA270 CPU at 312 MHz. The 2.2" color LCD supports QVGA and the device has 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended through microSD cards. While the device sports Bluetooth 1.2, it lacks WiFi as well as any cameras. The Vodafone 1210/VDA IV neither has a main camera for photos and videos nor has it a front facing camera for UMTS video calls.

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Wednesday, 11.04.07
UNVEILED: Orange to launch the Samsung SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Orange's earlier announcement that the SPV E650 is available from today, Orange also lists the Samsung i600 (see the::unwired's photo view here) on its web shop now. While it's not available yet (sources say it's available from end of April), Orange is following Vodafone and O2 (CZ) which launched Samsung's latest Windows Mobile Smartphone earlier this year already.
The Samsung i600 is an incredibly slim, streamlined Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone featuring a full QWERTY keyboard for maximizing the many business functions. With a 1.3 megapixel camera on the back (with 2x digital zoom and video recording capabilities) and the Windows Media Player Mobile, personal life meets professional, with rich functionality on a large and vibrant color screen.

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AVAILABLE: Orange UK launches the SPV E650 Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Announced earlier this year during the 3GSM World Congress, Orange Business Services today launched the first Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0-powered smartphone on the UK market. Available exclusively from Orange until the beginning of May, the compact SPV E650 (aka HTC Vox - see the::unwired's hands-on here) combines powerful functionality with sleek design and the ability to connect with Wi-Fi, EDGE and GPRS networks, making mobile messaging easier than ever before.
Designed for business users, the SPV E650 offers all the advantages of a PDA, alongside quad-band functionality for ultimate connectivity. Users can update spreadsheets or documents on the move, using the mobile versions of Microsoft Excel and Word. Windows Mobile 6.0 means that documents appear on the device screen just as they would on a PC, avoiding formatting headaches.

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REPLACED: Bye bye T-Mobile MDA - Welcome T-Mobile Wing?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile (USA) recently pulled its MDA Windows Mobile Pocket PC (aka the HTC Wizard) off of it's website but according to "MyMobile911" this doesn't mean that T-Mobile US is leaving the Windows Mobile space as well (like Dell) but the MDA will face a replacement by the "T-Mobile Wing" which is - according to MyMobile911 - based on the HTC Atlas.
However, for me it looks more like a new ID for the HTC Herald (which will also get a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade) and also the specs are looking pretty similar:

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DISCONTINUED: Dell left the Windows Mobile Business
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As rumored earlier, it's confirmed now: Dell has left the Windows Mobile market. From now, Axim Windows Mobile Pocket PCs are not longer available and Dell isn't planning a new product in the category anymore. Dell spokeswoman Anne Camden said in an E-Mail, that "The Axim X51 family is no longer being offered, and we have no plans for a follow-on product at this time." Furthermore, Camden noted that the company does sell handhelds from other makers on its Web site, including GPS devices and smart phones.

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UPDATE: HTC releases GPS-enabled ROM for the P3600 Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC (High Tech Computer) Europe recently released a ROM update for its HTC P3600 (aka the HTC Trinity) Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition which adds the long awaited GPS functionality to HTC's small UMTS/HSDPA-enabled Pocket PC.
With this ROM update (which is still Windows Mobile 5.0 - it's not an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6), HTC adds what Vodafone got already for its VPA compact GPS - the GPS functionality. Hardware-wise, the Trinity was GPS enabled already but the GPS receiver wasn't used by the operating system.

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UTILITY: Connective Tools releases Alarm Master v1.1 for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of the most important mobile phone application is the alarm but unfortunately, Microsoft has missed to improved the alarm functionalities of Windows Mobiles during the past years. Anyway, there is a good looking new application available now which tries to close this gap. Connective Tools' Alarm Master v1.1 for Windows Mobile Smartphones. Alarm Master is a useful and easy to use tool that helps you manage personal alarms on your smartphone. Key features are a simple and convenient user interface, the possibility to create unlimited number of alarms, flexible time settings as well as a special layout for the daily alarm-clock.

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CONFERENCE: Tell them Derek Sent You and join the MEDC for US$ 800 only!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:18 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft's MEDC, the premiere developer, IT Pr, and business decision maker conference for Windows Mobile and Embedded Technologies kicks off on April 30 in Las Vegas and I you still plan to attend, you better keep in mind that "Derek Sent You". Because if you keep it in mind, you will get  a pretty sizable (US$ 500) discount on registration for MEDC 2007!
All you have to do is to register at this site with the RSVP code "DEREKSENTYOU" and you get the US$ 800 price point. But better hurry up - this will only last until April 13:

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Thursday, 05.04.07
LEAKED: i-mate's 2007 Windows Mobile Roadmap shows-up
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:18 CET under 01 - General News

Ouch - PPT.net, a Portuguese Windows Mobile site, has unveiled the 2007 i-mate device roadmap which includes all planned devices between January and July '07.
Interesting enough, the roadmap mentions devices for January and February we have neither heard about so far nor they are released yet - namely the i-mate P30 Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC and the i-mate Odyssey UMTS Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC.
Interesting stuff, even if it is not clear how old or fresh the roadmap is:

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Wednesday, 04.04.07
ANNOUNCED: O2 Ireland launches the HTC Artemis as Xda Orbit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following O2 Germany's previous launch of the HTC Artemis, now also O2 Ireland announced the launch of the latest addition to its Xda range, the Xda Orbit. The new PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) is the first Xda in O2's range to offer built-in GPS and seamless door-to-door satellite navigation, in an ultra slim, stylish portable device. Using the latest technology, the Xda Orbit also features a 2 Megapixel camera, MP3 player, radio and WiFi functionality, whilst combining the latest Windows Mobile OS 5 software - offering mobile Internet and email in the same easy-to-use format as Microsoft Office on a desktop.

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CANCELED: O2 UK replaces the Xda Zinc with the Xda Trion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Is official now,  O2 UK has canceled the O2 Xda Zinc, the previously unveiled 3G Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition the carrier originally planned to release in January. According to an O2 spokeswoman, "the Zinc (which was developed by AsusTek) failed to pass the carrier's network tests".
However, it's not yet clear if O2 Asia will continues the Xda Zinc or if the Asian reseller will cancel it as well.

In any case, O2 UK found a sweet alternative to the Zinc. No, unfortunately not the HTC Kaiser but the HTC Hermes which is on sale from O2 Germany for more than 9 months already and also O2 UK will carry it as O2 Xda Trion (see the::unwired's review of the O2 Xda trion here).

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THOUGHT: Who locked down the Windows Mobile Smartphone Start Menu? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:51 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Oh man, this topic is annoying me and it's not the first time that it annoys me but now I want and have to rant about it because it starts to seriously hurt (me). One of the benefits of having a Smartphone is the fact that it is a kind of micro computer. So far so good and with most Smartphones you can install your own applications to make it even better and provide the appropriate applications for your needs.
However something is wrong here and it's a basic customization functionality. Sure, I can change the Home Screen look & feel of a Windows Mobile Smartphone and if I'm a little bit talented I can even create my own Home Screens by tweaking the Home Screen definition file (which is a XML file). If I'm less talented I can download great 3rd party Home Screens (most of the for free) but for some reasons I cannot change the Start Menu order.

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UTILITY: Paragon Software releases Handy Safe for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Paragon Software (SHDD) today announced the availability of Handy Safe, a utility which is designed to keep all kind of confidential information storing. Now there is no need to keep numerous data in mind or write it down. Passwords, credit cards details, user names, codes, accounts (E-Mail, Internet, shopping, bank) and insurance policies will be located in one place on the Smartphone, so user will have to remember the only Handy Safe password. The information is protected from outsider access by 448-bit data encryption (Blowfish).
Handy Safe for Windows Mobile Smartphone also includes Handy Safe Desktop agent that helps to synchronize the information between PC and smartphone, so user can easily update the data both on PC and Smartphone.

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Tuesday, 03.04.07
PLUG-IN: V2R announces Active UI for Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 01 - General News

V2R Vision to Reality today announced the release of its V2R Active UI, the first fully graphical animated user interface (GUI) for the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 platform. V2R's Active UI platform has been designed in a way to ensure, that the user may use the device quick and easy in the most intuitive and convenient way. Together with the V2R Active UI core engine, V2R offers plenty of free add-on's in different animations, functionalities and designs to make the V2R Active UI as personal as possible. V2R Active UI is based on V2R's i2i platform and V2R's new Online Design Studio which is the best graphical development engine for applications and plug-in's.

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RELEASED: O2 UK launched the O2 Xda Graphite Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled late last year already, O2 UK finally launched the O2 Xda Graphite which is available for immediate delivery.
The Xda Graphite, which is based on an AsusTek reference design, is a Windows Mobile 5.0 triband GSM/GPRS and UMTS Smartphone, sporting WiFi and Bluetooth as well.
Unlike Vodafone sister-model, the Vodafone 1210/VDA IV, the Xda Graphite is also featuring two cameras -  2 megapixel camera on the backside, for capturing photos and videos and one QVGA cam on the front for UMTS video telephony:

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UNVEILED: Samsung to release 6 new Windows Mobile Smartphones in 2007?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:49 CET under 01 - General News

And one more from Samsung! During a press event yesterday, Samsung Electronics Germany unveiled, that it plans to release 6 new (and so far unanounced) Windows Mobile 6 smartphones in 2007!
According to Samsung Manager Norbert Strixner, "the classical German mobile phone market has finally reached a kind of market saturation. However, Samsung sees an increasing demand for smartphones in the prosumer and even consumer segment".
Therefore, Samsung has no plans to launch camera-less smartphones, targeting the professional segment only.

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AVAILABLE: O2 Czech released Samsung SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Should there be a minimum hope for other O2 customers as well? Not sure but following Vodafone's earlier announcement to carry the Samsung SGH-i600 across Europe, now also O2 Czech has released the Samsung SGH-i600 - Samsung's new Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone super-star.
However, either O2 Czech has overseen something or they got a different version but on O2's website, the i600 is described having a 2 mega pixel camera. What I can tell you is, the i600 I've received yesterday has a 1.3 megapixel camera only:

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VIDEOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i600 Home Screen Carousel/Card Wheel Plug-In
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

It took a little bit longer for Samsung to release the long awaited SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone but Samsung used the delay to add something really useful to the EMEA/APAC version of the "BlackJack" - a pretty unique Home Screen plug-in called "Carousel" or "Card Wheel". Since Samsung's first introduction of a Windows Mobile Smartphone (the SGH-i300), the Korean mobile phone specialist always added its own flavored Home Screen plug-ins but this one is really a great and unique one since it adds fast and easy navigation to the i600 in a way, not seen before.

Basically, the Carousel/Card Wheel plug-in provides several decks which are accessed by using the D-Pad. Each deck contains grouped information which can be accessed straight from the Home Screen.

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NAVIGATION: Easy PocketNAV releases OnCourse Navigator 6 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:59 CET under 01 - General News

There is a new GPS navigation in town, this time from Easy PocketNAV, Inc which announces its latest version of OnCourse Navigator GPS Navigation software powered by Nav N Go Kft (the creator of iGO navigation software)
OnCourse Navigator 6 (OCN6) is designed to make navigation on a Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC as easy to use as a Personal Navigation device (PND). User will simply insert a pre-programmed memory card included with OCN6, the software will be installed within 30 seconds and ready to use. No activation, no software registration, no copying of maps is required.

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Monday, 02.04.07
PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not too new for Americans, this month Samsung also started shipping the European version of the BlackJack - the Samsung SGH-i600. And following my earlier preview of a i600 prototype, today I've received a commercial version of Samsung's latest UMTS and HSDPA enabled Windows Mobile Smartphone.
And waiting was absolutely worth. The only 11.8 mm thin UMTS and HSDPA Smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard also features triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850 MHz aren't supported) as well as WiFi b/g (something the BlackJack lacks) and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR. It blends the feature-rich, desktop functionality of the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform with extensive multimedia capabilities to help people work on the go, stay in touch with family and friends or just have fun. It is also the first smart phone to support web applications such as podcasting and RSS Reader.

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