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Thursday, 31.05.07
COMMITMENT: Broadcom expands Design Center to drive 3.5G Windows Mobile development
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:37 CET under 01 - General News

Broadcom Corporation, a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced a significant expansion of its cellular design center in Taiwan that will help to drive development of a new generation of Microsoft Windows Mobile smart phones based on Broadcom's highly integrated 3G cellular chipsets.
As the 3G cellular market evolves towards higher speed connections such as high-speed packet access (HSPA), mobile operators and handset manufacturers are demanding advanced, open operating systems (such as Windows Mobile) and affordable hardware platforms to deliver high quality multimedia and other advanced features to consumers.

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COMPATIBILITY: Sling Media is Beta testing its WM 6 compatible SlingPlayer Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:48 CET under 01 - General News

The word is out - Sling Media is working on a Windows Mobile 6 compatible SlingPlayer Mobile player and invites users with the right device to participate into the Beta. If you have a supported Windows Mobile smartphone (like an upgraded T-Mobile Dash or a brand new T-Mobile Wing), Sling Media is currently looking for people to participate in a private Beta of the new Windows Mobile 6 compatible version of the SlingPlayer Mobile. If you would like to help Sling Media out and try the new software, just drop them an E-Mail and they will get back to you within 24 hours.

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THOUGHT: HotSpot Providers needs to better understand the Mobile Devices World
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:55 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Another day, another city and another coffee shop which offers a public HotSpot. So far so good I thought and fired up my Smartphone since I wanted to do some E-Mails, etc.
Doesn't matter if it is a free HotSpot or one which costs, most HotSpots requires a login on a web frontend which is generally fine for me even if completely useless if it is a free HotSpot (like the one bellow). Anyway - it's okay and not bothering too much except if you get what I just got when I've tried to use the HotSpot in the cofffee shop I'm currently relaxing:

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EXTENDED: Arima Communications to release more Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:56 CET under 01 - General News

Arima Communications seems to do good. Widely unknown, the Taiwanese ODM (Original Device Manufacture) is doing the same what HTC did in the past - developing and manufacturing mobile phones for brands (like the O2 Flame for O2 Asia). Now, Arima Communications has landed additional orders from O2 with shipments slated to begin during September and October, according to a company executive. Not too much is known so far, only that the new model is a slide form factor smartphone that is slated to ship to O2 in Europe. This model supports 3.5G and GPS and is built on Ericsson Mobile Platform (EMP) version U360. Arima anticipates that this batch of smartphone shipments to O2 will hit 100k units in 2007.

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Wednesday, 30.05.07
UNVEILED: Palm announces the Foleo Smartphone Companion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:09 CET under 01 - General News

Here it is, Palm's mysterious new device which was announced to set a "whole new category of devices" (which I don't believe in after I've seen it) is just a kind of "Subnotebook" which is announced as "Palm's first smartphone companion product". Running Linux (no Windows Vista, no Windows Mobile, no Palm OS) it requires Windows Mobile- or PALM OS-based Treos to get WWAN Internet access. The Foleo mobile companion has a large screen and full-size keyboard with which to view and edit E-Mail and office documents residing on a smartphone. Edits made on Foleo automatically are reflected on its paired smartphone and vice versa. Foleo and its paired smartphone stay synchronized throughout the day or at the touch of a button. This powerful combination is for productivity-minded business people who want a more complete mobile solution for E-Mail, attachments and access to the web.

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RUMOR: HTC to announce a Multitouch iPhone-like Display next week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:39 CET under 01 - General News

Smartphone Thoughts has received some further information, what HTC is expected to announce next week during its press event. According to the anonymously received information, HTC is expected to announce a new Windows Mobile device based on the Elf platform. However, this Elf will have a very special feature - it's expected to have a multitouch display like the Apple iPhone which will allow to slide the finger across the screen to run commands and interact with the device (similar to the Apple iPhone). According to further information we have received anonymously as well, the new multitouch display is even able to provide a tactile feedback when dialing!

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POSTPONED: Symantec delays Norton Mobile Security for Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:33 CET under 01 - General News

Last week, Symantec pre-announced the launch of its Norton Mobile Security suite for Windows Mobile Smartphones, now Network World reports that the security specialist is postponing it to end of the year. Maybe Symantec was quite irritated about the reactions in the blogsphere (haven't seen a single positive posting) but a Symantec spokesman said Tuesday in an E-Mail: "After some review, we've decided to integrate this product into the cycle of our 2008 Norton product line launching in the fall timeframe". Nevertheless, the corresponding enterprise product, called Symantec Mobile Security Suite 5.0, is still planned to be released in June, Symantec said.

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UNVEILED: Samsung SGH-i620 Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone shows its face [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

No, the Samsung SGH-i620 isn't available yet nor it was announced so far but some carriers hinted its existence already. And now, UK-based website Mobile Gazette posted the first photos and draft specifications of this smart QWERTY slider which is definitely following the SGH-i600 philosophy.
While not too much is known yet, Mobile Gazette says, the i620 will be a triband (only) GSM/GPRS/EDGE phone as well as supporting UMTS (supported bands are unknown), featuring two cameras (one with 2 megapixel and photo light). It's expected to be powered by Windows Mobile 6 and closed, the phone measures something around 59 mm width and 94 mm height while opened it's 131 mm:

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Tuesday, 29.05.07
ANNOUNCEMENT: Palm to present a new category of Mobile Device
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:48 CET under 01 - General News

I have no clue if this thing is Windows Mobile- or Palm based but Jeff Hawkins, founder of Palm, Inc. will host a live video webcast on Wed., May 30, to describe a new category of mobile devices.
And - this is even more important - the webcast will follow Palm's announcement of this new product at the D5: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, Calif.
Seriously, I have no clue what we will get (Windows Mobile or Palm) since I thought we have seen everything - from mobile phones to PDAs to MP3 player to Portable Media Player, etc. but Palm might has found a new niche.

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RELEASED: Palm launches MyPalm Beta Program
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Palm recently introduced its new "MyPalm" program and now launched the appropriate website which is designed to help you get even more from your Treo smartphone.
Whether you're looking for a little help getting your E-Mail up and running, the hottest new software application or a little extra savings on that accessory you've been coveting, Palm says you'll find it there. And you will even get a reminder when there's a new update for your Treo.
The MyPalm community is focused on Treo 650, 680, 700p, 700w/x, 750 and 755p smartphones with Windows Mobile and Palm OS only and at the moment, the program is open to US customers only (Canada coming soon).

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LAUNCHED: Rogers Wireless announces the Canadian launch of the HTC TyTN
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Rogers Wireless, the leading wireless carrier in Canada and HTC (High Tech Computer Corp.), the world's leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile-based smart devices, today announced the availability of the HTC TyTN (aka HTC Hermes), HTC's Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone Edition power-horse that features quadband GSM/GPRS/Edge, triband UMTS/HSDPA and a slide-out QWERTY keypad. Designed by HTC, the TyTN is the complete "office-in-your-pocket" solution combining functionality and connectivity with a stylish slide-out QWERTY keypad and 2.8" touch screen LCD display. As a powerful Windows Mobile 5.0 device, the TyTN provides a wealth of voice and data capabilities that enable people to easily stay connected, organized and entertained.

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PHOTOVIEW: Unboxing the E-TEN Glofiish X500+ Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:22 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following E-TEN Information Systems earlier Glofiish X500+ announcement, E-TEN was kind enough to send over a brand new Glofiish X500+ to be reviewed by the::unwired. While the X500+ isn't the first available Windows Mobile 6 Professional/Pocket PC smartphone, it's quite unique and the first in many ways. For instance its the first Windows Mobile 6 smartphone which features a 2.8" VGA high-resolution display and it's the first GPS-enabled Windows Mobile 6 smartphone featuring a SiRF Star III chipset with TMC support (thanks to the inbuilt FM radio tuner).
All the other features, like quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (no EDGE, no UMTS/HSDPA), WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR as well as the Samsung SC32442 CPU at 400 MHz and the 128 MB ROM/64 MB SDRAM are pretty much standard today.

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EVENT: HTC preparing for major announcement on June 5th
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:10 CET under 01 - General News

Ok, during the last days the information flown through the web that HTC is preparing for a major announcement on June 5th and while I haven't any further information yet, one thing is for sure: On June 5th, also Asians number 1 IT show, Computex, starts in Taipei (Taiwan) - the home of HTC and therefore we can expect, that the press event in London is aligned with something we might see in Taipei as well.
The invitation HTC sent out says that the event will usher in "a new mobile experience that will change the way we use and control our phones.":

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Monday, 28.05.07
ENHANCEMENT: Dopod International introduces BlackBerry Connect v4.0 across Asia
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Dopod International and Research In Motion (RIM) last week announced the availability of BlackBerry Connect software v4.0 on 838Pro (aka HTC Hermes/HTC TyTN).
Through the existing licensing relationship between HTC (High Tech Computer Corp.) and RIM, Dopod International is providing BlackBerry Connect software on its Microsoft Windows Mobile-based 838Pro to support push-based wireless E-Mail services, in conjunction with both BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service. Dopod International is the first to offer BlackBerry Connect v4.0 in Asia.

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Sunday, 27.05.07
UPDATE: Resco unveils new version of Photo Viewer 2007 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Resco, recently announced the release of the new version of the ever popular Resco Photo Viewer 2007 for Windows Mobile Professional/Pocket PC.
This viewer might be the most commonly preferred photo and image viewing application amongst users, not only for its viewing functions, but also for the other technical possibilities it possesses, like editing, playing slide shows, and drawing. A newly added possibility is to upload your favorite pictures on to the Internet straight from your device. All the features Resco Photo Viewer has to offer are easy to use, and come in a graphically appealing interface.

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UPDATE: HTC releases Driver updates for HTC Audio Accessories
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:40 CET under 01 - General News

HTC recently released a driver update for a wide range of Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphones which will provide your HTC mobile device with the latest available optimized software for use with HTC accessories such as the YC A120 Y-Cable adaptor, the RC W100 Remote Controller and the RC E100 Remote Controller.
The 3 MB ZIP file contains an EXE which needs to be installed from the PC.
With the driver updates, you can keep your phone in your pocket by using the HTC RC W100 Music Remote Control. The Y-Cable adaptor converts the extUSB port on your HTC device to support both charging via a mini USB cable, and output audio through a 3.5mm stereo headset.

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Saturday, 26.05.07
LINK: PDAfrance.com previews the ASUS M530W Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following ASUS' earlier announcement of its new Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone, PDAfrance.com got its hands on a final retail version of ASUS latest and first Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone.
The ASUS M530W features triband GSM/GPRS at 900/1800/1900 MHz and singleband UMTS at 2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi b/g. Last but not least, it's another QWERTY keyboard smartphone and therefore directly competing with the Samsung's SGH-i600 and HTC's Cavalier. The integrated 2.0 megapixel "auto-macro" camera is equipped with a powerful flash and strong close-up shot ability. Last but not least the ASUS M530w includes 256 MB ROM and 64 MB SDRAM:

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SERVICE: Rent from Avis and get your own Mobile WiFi HotSpot
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:31 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, the idea isn't that new anyway (see my posting from 2005: Pimp your Ride or how to make your car truly wireless) but Avis Rent A Car took it serious and launched its new service that provides Avis renters with portable wireless Internet access on Monday. The new Avis portable wireless Internet service works in the car as well as it can be carried anywhere, from the hotel room to the conference room and beyond, to help travelers stay connected wherever they go. Avis customers will be now able to rent an Autonet Mobile Service unit, the first "always-on broadband mobile network," which provides a portable mobile WiFi hotspot that works virtually anywhere. The new technology will initially be available in 10 U.S. markets, for an additional fee of US$ 10.95 per day.

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Friday, 25.05.07
LINK: The Boy Genius Report unboxes the HTC Kaiser Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Even not yet officially announced by HTC or its partners, the guys from "The Boy Genius Report" managed to get a HTC Kaiser Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition into their hands.
The Kaiser, which is basically the follower of HTC's Hermes Pocket PC Phone Edition, for sure features Windows Mobile 6 Professional as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi b/g. So far everything the Hermes has as well.
New for the Kaiser are: HSUPA (High Speed Upload Packet Access), GPS as well as a 3 megapixel autofocus camera (most likely the same as used for the HTC Athena). And the slide-out keyboard a similar unique option that lets you tilt the screen to have it sit on your desk as seen before at the HTC Shift:

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ACCESSORY: Samsung now ships the SGH-i600 with Extended Battery
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Bad luck for (us) early adopters in Europe. As Samsung confirmed the::unwired, from now all (new) retail packages of the (vanilla) Samsung SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone will include a standard and an extended battery - not just two standard batteries as in the original configuration.
This is similar to the bundle as available from Orange; the British carrier was selling its version of the i600 with both batteries (and chargers) right from the start.

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SERVICE: Google launched Google Calendar for Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:57 CET under 01 - General News

Following Goolge's earlier approach to mobilize Gmail, the search engine (and web service) giant mobilized its Google Calendar now. As Google posts in its blog the company "realized that more people in the world have mobile phones than have computers, and people take their cell phones with them everywhere. Since one of our main goals on the Calendar team is to make planning your events and maintaining your schedule as easy as possible, starting today, you can access your Google Calendar account from your cell phone!"

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Wednesday, 23.05.07
ANNOUNCED: SoftBank Japan to introduce 2 new Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:18 CET under 01 - General News

Not that I understand too much but SoftBank Japan, the carrier previously known as Vodafone Japan, recently presented its "Summer Collection" of mobile phones. Beside many standard and feature phones, SoftBank also announced the expected launch of two new Windows Mobile 6 smartphones: the SoftBank X01T (better known as Toshiba G900) Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone and the SoftBank X02HT (better known as HTC Cavalier) Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone. The X01T comes in stylish iPod kind of white while the X02HT features a fresh looking orange housing as well as it will be available in black and white:

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REPORT: Windows Mobile Devices drove Worldwide PDA Market to 40% Growth in Q1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:44 CET under 01 - General News

Shipments of Windows Mobile PDAs grew 64 percent in the first quarter of 2007, and this strong growth helped propel worldwide PDA shipments to 5.1 million units, a 39.7 percent increase from the first quarter of 2006, according to recently released report by Gartner, Inc.
Research In Motion continued to lead the PDA market, but its product mix has shifted toward smartphones, with the BlackBerry Pearl representing about 55 percent of RIM's total shipments in the first quarter of 2007. As such, RIM's PDA shipments were essentially flat.

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AVAILABLE: O2 Asia releases Xda Atom Life Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following O2 Asia's earlier announcement to to release a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for all Xda Atom Life customers, the upgrade is now available for free.
Windows Mobile 6 provides increased value for customers in several key areas, including messaging and collaboration, infrastructure interoperability, security features and platform development.
With the Windows Mobile 6 Professional upgrade you will be able to enjoy new features, such as ability to view HTML E-Mails with live links to Web and SharePoint sites, Windows Live for Windows Mobile incl. file transfer capabilities and more.

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Tuesday, 22.05.07
CONFIRMED: Vodafone UK to release the HTC Vox as Vodafone v1415 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Together with today's official announcement from Vodafone Germany, now also Vodafone UK lists the - by Vodafone Germany already released - Vodafone VDA V as Vodafone v1415. However, unlike the German version, the UK version of the HTC Vox isn't available yet but announced as "coming soon". This delay accrues because Orange has a launch exclusivity for its Orange SPV E650 which was launched earlier this year.
Powered by Windows Mobile 6 Standard, the v1415 combines powerful functionality with sleek design and the ability to connect via quadband GSM with GPRS and EDGE as well as with WiFi b/g networks. In addition, the v1415 supports Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity and a 2 megapixel camera:

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THOUGHT: How many Mobile Phone number fields Outlook (Mobile) should have?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:31 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Not sure how it is about you but for me, Outlook lacks one important field: private mobile phone numbers. Outlook has many fields for contact details, like Assistant phone number (very useful), Business Fax, Home Fax, Other Fax (three fax number fields? ), Pager (who is using a Pager today), Primary and Radio (what ever it is) and even Telex (though the last Telex was disconnected in the late 80s in the last century) but Outlook 2007 has just one filed for mobile numbers!
I'm not going to say that all the previously mentioned fields doesn't make any sense anymore today but please - why just one Mobile field after Microsoft just recently introduced its new Outlook 2007, Exchange 2007 and Windows Mobile 6? Wouldn't it be the perfect timing to introduce new fields?

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COLUMN: My favorite Pocket PC Applications on the Smartphone - Today Ilium
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:29 CET under 09 - Thoughts

(By Helio Diamant) Let's continue with the series of articles of the use of my favorite Windows Mobile Pocket PC applications on the Windows Mobile Smartphone. Today I will write about Ilium Software's NewsBreak, another application by Ilium that made my life so easy on the Pocket PC, and now made me happier when I saw it exists for the Smartphone as well.
NewsBreak is an RSS feed reader. For the users that are not acquainted with RSS, here is a short explanation: many websites offer the ability to syndicate the content of the site as an RSS feed. RSS is a standard XML format (actually there are some 3 different RSS standards).

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PROTECTION: Symantec to ship new Norton-line for Windows Mobile next week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:50 CET under 01 - General News

Symantec Corp., yes - the company which recently screwed up millions of Windows computers, will broaden its mobile security product line by shipping new products designed for Microsoft's Windows Mobile next week. The software will come in two versions: a consumer product called "Norton Mobile Security for Smartphones" and "Symantec Mobile Security 5.0", designed for enterprise users. Both versions will be available May 29, a company spokesman said Monday.
Symantec already sells a suite for phones based on the Symbian operating system, as well as antivirus software for Windows Mobile but these new products will support a much broader range of security features, Symantec said.

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LAUNCH: T-Mobile unveils the new T-Mobile Wing Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile USA, Inc., today announced the availability of the new T-Mobile Wing (also known as a redesigned HTC Herald aka HTC Atlas), a Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone designed to help customers master their busy personal and professional lives. Developed by HTC (High Tech Computer Corp.), the world's leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile-based devices, the T-Mobile Wing has a blue soft-touch exterior, touch screen, and full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard - a great fit for customers seeking a powerful all-in-one device with an eye-catching design and enhanced ease of use.

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Monday, 21.05.07
AVAILABLE: O2 Germany released its Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the Xda orbit [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On Saturday I wrote about the so far unannounced Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the O2 Xda orbit (aka HTC Artemis), today the German carrier made it available already! Looks like O2 Germany takes the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade serious.
After they've released the HTC terra with Windows Mobile 6, now they follow with the availability of ROM upgrades for their already available line of devices and the first one is the Windows Mobile Professional ROM for the Xda orbit:

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UTILITY: Teksoft releases BlueMouse Bluetooth Mouse Driver for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Teksoft today announced the release of Teksoft BlueMouse - a brand-new utility which allows you to use your Bluetooth mouse with your Windows Mobile Pocket PC.
While Windows Mobile 5 (and above) includes Bluetooth HID (Human Interface Device) drivers for Bluetooth keyboard, its not including the HID profile to use mice with Windows Mobile devices as well. While some available Bluetooth mice includes Pocket PC compatible drivers, most mice doesn't. That's the point where Teksoft's BlueMouse comes into the game.

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ANNOUNCED: ASUS to provide free Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for some of its PDAs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet available for download, ASUS unveiled its plans for Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for its current line of Windows Mobile devices.
According to a teaser-page, ASUSTeK will provide free Windows Mobile 6 Classic and Professional upgrades for the ASUS A639/A626/A686/A696 and ASUS P535/P735:

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UNVEILED: ASUS announces the M530w Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following earlier leaks of the ASUS Aries, the Taiwanese ODM now officially announced its new ASUS M530w Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone which features triband GSM/GPRS at 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz and singleband UMTS at 2100 MHz. In addition it supports Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi b/g. The fact that it includes a BlackJack/Dash-like QWERTY keyboard makes it another BlackBerry-look alike Windows Mobile Smartphone. The integrated 2.0 megapixel "auto-macro" camera is equipped with a powerful flash and strong close-up shot ability. Last but not least the ASUS M530w includes 256 MB ROM and 64 MB SDRAM. However, ASUS hasn't mentioned the support of flash memory cards:

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UPGRADE: Samsung to provide free Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the SGH-i600
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not that it is officially announced yet but it looks like Samsung SGH-i600 owners will get the Windows Mobile 6 love from Samsung as well, after Cingular/AT&T and Samsung America have announced the upgrade for the BlackJack/SGH-i607 a while ago already.
Stephan Schmidt of Smartphone-Web just received an E-Mail from the German customer care where the i600 Windows Mobile 6 upgrade was confirmed.
While Samsung Germany has given the link for the upgrade already, a release date wasn't given so far.

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SYNC: Synchronize your Windows Mobile with Thunderbird, Lightning and Sunbird
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:10 CET under 01 - General News

If you use Thunderbird, Lightning or Sunbird on your PC to manage your your contacts, appointments, tasks and E-Mails, you might be interested in BirdieSync which allows you to synchronize your PC with your Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone. Based on ActiveSync for Windows XP and Windows Mobile Device Center for Windows Vista, items are synchronized as soon as your mobile device is connected to your PC. Every creation, modification or deletion of a contact, appointment, task or E-Mail on one of the devices are automatically transferred to the other one. So you only have one address book and calendar to manage and you can consult and manage your E-Mails on your mobile device.

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Saturday, 19.05.07
UNVEILED: O2 Germany to provide Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for the Xda orbit and trion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following O2 Germany's earlier CeBIT announcement to release its version of the HTC Herald as Xda terra with Windows Mobile 6 straight away, the German carrier now unveiled on its website that it plans to release free Windows Mobile 6 Professional upgrades for its Xda orbit (HTC Artemis) and Xda trion (HTC Hermes) as well.
Both upgrades are not yet available as download but announced as: "The Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 update for the Xda orbit/Xda trion will be available shortly from this website".
O2 Germany hasn't announced any upgrade plans for their current line of Xda Windows Mobile devices so it's a kind of surprise to find the information on the site already:

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Friday, 18.05.07
REVIEW: Pocket PC Techs Lil SyncPower Accessories Carrying Case
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

Well, generally the purpose of all the tech-stuff and gadgets is and was to make life easier and in most cases all the PCs, PDAs and mobile phones makes it easier until the moment you have to pack all the necessary accessories together. Every gadget needs a a charge, sooner or later, and thankfully most gadgets have different connectors. Or you need a sync cable to synchronize your device with your PC or use it as a modem. If it comes to packing everything together, especially if you are traveling or commuting, the fun ends pretty soon.
I the past I had some hard traveling by having all chargers and cables together, especially if you travel by air and if you ever had to unpack your bag on the security you know what I mean. Hoever, if you pack everything together, life can be easier and a great case I found is Pocket PC Techs' Lil Sync Power Accessories Carrying Case:

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COMPATIBILITY: CommonTime announces mSuite compatibility for Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:04 CET under 01 - General News

CommonTime, a leading provider of secure wireless E-Mail exclusively for enterprises running Lotus Notes, recently announced that it's mSuite 4 software will be compatible with Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile operating system. While Windows Mobile 6 features enhancements to E-Mail and improved versions of mobile versions of Outlook Mobile and Office Mobile, mSuite brings advanced Lotus Notes messaging with strongly Lotus-centric functions and operations to the Windows Mobile 6 smartphones. This means that features such as SameTime instant messaging and 'free time search' which are normally confined to the world of Lotus Notes will be available for Windows Mobile 6 smartphones as well.

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POLL: Which Mobile Data Plan do you have [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:18 CET under 10 - Polls

One of the most discussed mobile data topics are the tariffs and prices, carriers charges us for the mobile Internet access and use.
While a kind of "Pay As You Go" tariff was good enough in the early days of WAP, with today's EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA devices, PAYG isn't the best choice anymore, especially after the services became smarter as well (like place-shifting which consumes 1 - 2 MB per minute, depending on your connection). Thankfully, most carriers started to offer bundled volume but there is a real difference between carrier and countries and I wonder which kind of data plan you have and use?

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THOUGHT: The Mobile Phone is the (next) Computer
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:47 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Long time ago - in the last century - "The Net is the Computer" has become the corporate motto of Sun Microsystems and as much as the .COM hype faded away, also this motto isn't used by Sun anymore. Nevertheless, it seems that the (Inter)Net isn't the next computer now but the mobile phone in your pocket.
First one was Nokia who gave their N-series devices the surname "Multimedia Computer". Now it's Microsoft which wants to make your mobile phone a cheap computer. No, the mobile phone (maybe your next Windows Mobile Standard or Professional smartphone) isn't competing with the 100 Dollar Notebook initiative but Microsoft wants to make mobile phones even smarter; that's at least what Microsoft has in his mind when they talk about the "Fone+" initiative.

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Thursday, 17.05.07
UPDATE: Connective Tools announces Software Updates for most Applications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Connective Tools recently updated most of its time-related utilities for the Windows Mobile Smartphone/Standard platform and also introduced a new one which is currently available as a public Beta. The updates include improvements for Alarm Master, SwitchProfile!, CT Alarm Clock, SleepWell! and the new released Call Jockey.
The updates include new recurrence patterns, improved time engine, improved user interface, common bugfix and other utility-specific changes

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AVAILABLE: Vodafone Germany released the VDA V aka HTC Vox [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following HTC's and Orange's earlier S710 and SPV E650 launch, now also Vodafone Germany followed with the launch of its version of the HTC Vox which Vodafone Germany calls VDA V.
There is not too much to say about the VDA V anymore since most of us know the HTC Vox anyway - but to recall some highlights - the VDA V is a Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone, powered by a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz. The device features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth and WiFi and its absolutely unique highlight is the slide-out keyboard for easy text entry. Last but not least, the VDA V features are the 2 megapixel camera for photo and video recording:

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STATEMENT: Microsoft promises Windows Vista WMDC sync fix
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Smartphone Thoughts earlier finding, that Windows XP PCs with ActiveSync can sync files with Windows Mobile Standard smartphones while Windows Vista PCs with Windows Mobile Device Center cannot sync files, Microsoft has given now an official statement.
According to Brighthand, Microsoft is aware that Windows Mobile 6 users can synchronize files between PCs and smartphones with Active Sync 4.5 only but the Redmond-based software giant will update Windows Mobile Device Center (WMDC) on Windows Vista PCs to support file synchronization with Windows Mobile 6 by mid-June.

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Wednesday, 16.05.07
PLACE-SHIFT: Monsoon Multimedia announces HAVA support for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 01 - General News

Monsoon Multimedia, a digital video solutions provider, today announced support for Windows Mobile for their HAVA-line of video streaming and place- and time-shifting devices giving consumers more options when choosing how, when and where they view their home video and TV content. On the go users are now able to view and control their home TV from their Windows Mobile phone or handheld computer.
The Monsoon HAVA can stream video from any video source including live TV, DVD players and TiVo, to any broadband connected, Ethernet or Wi-Fi enabled PC, Notebook or Windows Mobile-based device.

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FINDING: Windows Mobile 6 Standard supports file synchronization - a kind of
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs supports file synchronization since its introduction as Pocket PC back in April 2000, so far Smartphone users were left in the dust with file synchronization. First Microsoft said there is no need for file synchronization because Smartphones, or how they are called now, Windows Mobile 6 Standard devices doesn't support Office Mobile and therefore sync wouldn't makes sense but after Microsoft realized that snapped photos and recorded videos are better synchronized and therefore added a media sync-feature to Microsoft's Vista Windows Mobile Device Center.

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RELEASED: UBiQUiO launches new Website
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:10 CET under 01 - General News

UBiQUiO, a reseller of (Windows) mobile & wireless devices and accessories under its own UBiQUiO brand, today announces the launch of its fresh new website which will provide information & support for customers as well as channel partners.
Customers will be able to find information about the full range of UBiQUiO products & accessories, download spec sheets & manuals, access technical support forums and find a list of places to buy UBiQUiO products in their country of residence.

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ANNOUNCED: Motorola announced the MOTO Q 9 again and renames the Q q gsm
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Motorola's announcements from the 3GSM World Congress back in February, the company announced its UMTS/HSDPA version of the MOTO Q again and renamed the also earlier announced MOTO Q  q gsm.
The previously known MOTO Q q gsm (see the::unwired's hands-on here) is now called MOTO Q 8, and basically it's the GSM version of the original award-winning CDMA-based MOTO Q.
The MOTO Q 9 (which was also called MOTO Q 9h) is Motorola's UMTS/HSDPA version of the device above (see the::unwired's hands-on here) and based on Windows Mobile 6. The inbuilt HSDPA/UMTS engine allows downloads up to 3.6Mbps.

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Tuesday, 15.05.07
OFFICE: DataViz releases Documents To Go for Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

DataViz, Inc., the leading provider of Office compatibility solutions for over 23 years, today announced the release of Documents To Go Premium Edition version 3 for Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone and 6 Standard devices. The latest version of the award-winning mobile Office suite enables users to open and view Microsoft Office Word and Excel 2007 files in their native .docx and .xlsx format on their devices. The new Open XML based file format, introduced in Microsoft's latest productivity suite, Office 2007, was commercially released earlier this year. Documents To Go is available for a wide variety of Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6 Standard devices including the Motorola Q, Orange SPV E650, HTC S710 (HTC Vox), Samsung BlackJack/SGH-i600, T-Mobile Dash, T-Mobile SDA, Cingular 3125, Cingular 2125 and more.

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Monday, 14.05.07
THOUGHT: The advantage of Windows Mobile's Internet Sharing functionality
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:52 CET under 09 - Thoughts

You might know, that I'm not too happy that Microsoft removed the Bluetooth dial-up networking (DUN) functionality from Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 but replaced it with Internet (Connection) Sharing instead. However, there is one benefit - I have to admit - which makes Internet Sharing better: it works seamlessly with GPRS counters like Spb's GPRS Monitor.
In the past with using the DUN functionality, a connection was established from the Notebook. This means, the connection was created on the Notebook by dialing *99# and configuring the APN on the Notebook as well. Then, the connection was initiated from the Notebook and the Windows Mobile smartphone was just a dumb modem which received all the commands from the Notebook.

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ANNOUNCED: ASUSTeK unveils the P526 Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

End of last week, ASUSTeK unveiled the new ASUS P526, a 2.5G Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone (formerly known as Pocket PC Phone Edition) which features GPS capabilities and a host of messaging enhancements to allow users to experience Windows Live with improved stability and speed. By integrating many popular Windows Live mobile services, the P526 keeps users connected with their communities and lets them find the information they require quickly and without hassle. This trendy looking and feature-packed phone also aims to increase productivity with its business solution applications.

Powered by a TI OMAP 850 CPU at 200 MHz, the P526 features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 1.2  (3G and WiFi are left) and an inbuilt SiRF Star III chip as well as a 2 megapixel camera for photos and videos. The P526 includes 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended through microSD memory cards.

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Saturday, 12.05.07
AVAILABLE: E-Ten releases Glofiish X500 and M700 Windows Mobile 6 Upgrades [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The awaited Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrades from E-Ten are here - already. The Taiwanese ODM recently made the upgrades available for its latest Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone Editions (namely the Glofiish X500 and the Glofiish M700) to make them Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphones after the upgrade.
The ROMs are available in three languages: English, French and Russian. To get access to the downloads, you have to register your Glofiish X500 or M700 first. After you get send an, so called "Action Key" sent by E-Mail you have to enter with your IMEI number to start the download.

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Thursday, 10.05.07
FIX: HTC releases Vista compatible Modem Drivers for the HTC Hermes and HTC Breeze
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:39 CET under 01 - General News

HTC has recently released Windows Vista compatible drivers for its UMTS/HSDPA capable devices, namely the HTC Hermes (aka HTC TyTN) and HTC Breeze (aka HTC MTeoR). If you use your TyTN or MTeoR as you wireless broadband modem and connect it via USB to your PC, it can happen that Windows Vista doesn't find the appropriate drivers. If so, you can download them now from HTC Europe's support page to make Windows Vista working proper with your Windows Mobile Pocket PC.

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REPORT: T-Mobile is doing well and Mobile Data is doing even better
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:54 CET under 01 - General News

As Deutsche Telekom reports today, in the first quarter of 2007, T-Mobile International raised its customer number to over 109 million, an increase of nearly 25 percent compared to the same period the previous year. And most impressive is the fact, that T-Mobile USA provided the highest customer growth here.
But T-Mobile also satisfied with the success of its mobile data strategy and continues to successfully execute it. In Europe, T-Mobile counted 2.2 million customers of its (unique) web'n'walk product, which offers full access to the Internet (and isn't limited to WAP-based services like Vodafone live!, O2 Active or i-mode).

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COLUMN: My favorite Pocket PC Applications on the Smartphone - Today MetrO
Posted by Editorial - at 10:23 CET under 09 - Thoughts

(By Helio Diamant) Today, we will take a look on the first software that got my interest when I bought my first Pocket PC and actually it's the first software I have ever reviewed for PocketPCFreak.com - MetrO. This software was interesting to me not only because of the problem it solved and its usability qualities, but as well due to the interesting development model that permitted it to stay completely free over the years.
At the world of transportation and navigation, the most important word is "update". If software is not updated, it is dead. This is the point where Metro shines. The developers P. Bernard & F. Van Caenegem have gathered supporters from all around the world who send to them the updates on the transportation lines and schedules. Today MetrO covers more than 300 cities and after five years since I've first reviewed it, it is still updated every month with new cities and updates to existing ones. With all that, what would be the chance that they would issue a Windows Mobile Smartphone version?

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Wednesday, 09.05.07
PATCH: HTC released microSD Card fix for the HTC Artemis
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Basically all version of the HTC Artemis (doesn't matter if from HTC, O2 or others) have the same problem - something is wrong with the way the device handles files and folders on the microSD card. Sometimes the device shows incorrect file or folder names when displaying the micoSD card contents and some users even reported, that all files on the device got corrupt.
However, finally HTC has released an improved SD card handling mechanism to fit this problem. The download is available to all customers but only customers with the HTC Artemis needs to install it! Other HTC devices are not affected by this bug!

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UPDATE: Cingular 8525 Pocket PC gets new Features and a new Name
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

AT&T Inc. announced today the availability of a re-branded and upgraded version of its popular Cingular 8525 (aka HTC Hermes) - the AT&T 8525 Pocket PC - boasting additional services that will appeal to business customers and consumers alike but still missing Windows Mobile 6. The AT&T 8525, powered by the 3G-based AT&T BroadbandConnect network, retains the many features that made it a hit with AT&T wireless customers when launched last year. These include the "slider" QWERTY keyboard, integrated WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and IrDA and the 2 megapixel camera.

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CANCELED: HP has no plans to provide Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for its current iPAQs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Bad news reached us from HP this morning. According to an article at CNET Asia, HP - the "Grand Dame" of Pocket PCs - has no plans to provide Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for their current line of Windows Mobile 5.0 devices, namely the HP iPAQ hw6900, iPAQ rw6800, iPAQ rx4000 and rx5000 series.
The computer giant cited "the potential for long delays, as well as possible carry-over costs" to its customers as reasons for this decision. Beside not offering any upgrades for existing customers, HP will also continues to offer these devices with Windows Mobile 5.0 only.

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ANNOUNCED: O2 Asia to offer free Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the Xda Atom Life
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to a report at CNET Asia, O2 Asia has recently announced a Windows Mobile upgrade for its O2 Xda Atom Life Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition, the UMTS successor of the O2 Xda Atom (which is currently on sale in Asia-Pacific only). This is O2 Asia's first announced Windows Mobile 6 upgrade.
The free upgrade will be available from May 12 to all current Xda Atom Life users and will be available either as a download for a self-upgrade or by getting it from one of O2 Asia's service centers.
Furthermore, all Xda Atom Life sold in stores from June onwards will be preloaded with Windows Mobile 6 already.

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Tuesday, 08.05.07
BETA: Doug Berrett releases WebGuide4.1 with major improvements for Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:19 CET under 01 - General News

Talking about DVDs; if you have a couple of (legally) ripped DVDs on your Windows Media Center Edition you can now access these DVDs wireless as well - straight from your Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone! During the past weeks, I played with a couple of Beta builds of Doug Berrett' WebGuide 4.1 (please see the::unwired's review of WebGuide4 Mobile here) and all I can say is, that it is a fantastic addition fort every Windows (Vista or XP) Media Center Edition. Not only it lets you place-shift your live TV, this DVD streaming is the killer (as long as your DSL upload is broad enought and you have at least a UMTS connection for your Windows Mobile device).

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CONVERTER: Spb Software House releases Spb Mobile DVD for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today announced the release of the Smartphone version of Spb Mobile DVD - a desktop application that provides a simple way to convert DVDs and video files to mobile format optimized for watching on Windows Mobile Smartphone devices.
Spb Mobile DVD has already gained a reputation among Pocket PC users being one of the best selling multimedia programs thanks to the fastest possible conversion speed and the true real-time preview feature.

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SYNERGY: HTC announces Global Branding Strategy
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:13 CET under 01 - General News

With the take-over of Dopod, HTC (High Tech Computer Corp.) also announced to start selling its Windows Mobile products in Asia under it's own "HTC" brand rather than using Dopod anymore. Furthermore, HTC is committed to providing a full range of support services to existing Dopod products and Dopod International consumers through original distribution channels and service/call centers.
Dopod International has been accumulated rich sales and marketing experiences in Asia market and it do provide great advantages on HTC brand management in future. By leveraging HTC's sales and marketing experiences in Europe and the United States to the Asian market, the acquisition will reinforce HTC's position as the world's leading provider of smart handheld devices. To maximize the synergies of the acquisition and to implement new joint business initiatives, Dopod International's entire workforce will join HTC.

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ACQUISITION: HTC takes over Dopod International
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:13 CET under 01 - General News

HTC (High Tech Computer Corp.) the world's leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile smart handheld devices, announced today that it has signed an acquisition agreement with Dopod International, one of the leading PDA Phone and smartphone distributors in Asia, to purchase the assets of nine Dopod subsidiaries, including Dopod Taiwan, Dopod Hong Kong, Dopod Singapore, Dopod Malaysia, Dopod Indonesia, Dopod Australia, Dopod Thailand, Dopod India and Dopod Philippines.
The acquisition agreement, still subject to shareholder approval, was approved by HTC's Board of Directors on May 8, 2007, values the assets of Dopod International's subsidiaries at the sum of Dopod International's adjusted net worth at the end of second quarter of 2007, certified by CPA as of June 30, 2007.

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COMPATIBILITY: SecureGSM brings support for Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:32 CET under 01 - General News

SecureGSM recently announced a couple of updates for SecureGSM Pro and SecureGSM SP crypto phone products to now support Windows Mobile 6 Professional and Standard versions. SecureGSM products are the first software-only solutions designed to provide truly secure communication on Microsoft Windows Mobile enabled Communicators and Smartphones without affecting their original functionality. Effectively eliminating the chance of a third party eavesdropping on the conversation, SecureGSM products allow two parties to conduct secure voice conversations and send secure messages over existing mobile telephone networks, in real-time, over existing mobile telephone networks. SecureGSM products encrypt the phone call in both directions, end-to-end, to Military Grade encryption standards and beyond.

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ANNOUNCED: E-TEN introduces the Glofiish X500+ - an ultra-thin VGA Pocket PC [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

E-TEN Information Systems today announced the introduction of the X500+, its first to market high-resolution (VGA) Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC Phone Edition smartphone. The new product delivers the visual and ergonomic benefits of a larger screen-area, improved Auto-Macro camera, and the latest Windows Mobile 6 platform in an easily portable, ultra-thin form factor for entertainment, communications and productivity on the move.
Following the crowd-pleasing preview of its upcoming Glofiish X800 - its first Pocket PC Phone to feature 3.5G connectivity, Windows Mobile 6, and a VGA display - at CeBIT 2007, E-TEN has announced the new Glofiish X500+ aimed at consumers and business professionals seeking one of the latest high-featured all-in-one Pocket PC Phones but who don't yet need or have access to 3.5G connectivity.

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Monday, 07.05.07
LAUNCH: Dopod announces launch of the Dopod C500 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Also today, Dopod announces the launch of the C500 Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone, also known as HTC Vox and already on sale in Europe as Orange SPV E650. The Smartphone's breathtaking design includes its 12-numeric keypad and a semi-auto sliding QWERTY keyboard, which not only allows you to key in messages with minimal effort but also fits your style and preferences. In addition, the C500 features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0. Also featured is a 2 megapixel camera for photos and videos; UMTS or even HSDPA is left.

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LAUNCH: Dopod announces launch of the Dopod C730 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As expected, today Dopod has announced it's C730 Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone - also known as longtime delayed HTC Cavalier. This sleek Smartphone is built to empower users who crave power and connectivity. Operated by a powerful 400 MHz processor, the C730 keeps you connected easily with Microsoft Direct Push Technology and 3.5G HSDPA. Measuring only 13.5 mm, this slim device has a built-in high speed 802.11 b/g WiFi connection, while supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and WCDMA UMTS/HSDPA. The C730 is also equipped with a 5-way navigational button, 3-way smart jog bar and full QWERTY keypad, guaranteeing you seamless navigation, convenient scrolling and easy input for messaging, sending and receiving E-Mails as well as chatting on MSN/Live Messenger.

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SERVICE: Microsoft re-launches Hotmail as Windows Live Hotmail
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:07 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows Live Hotmail, the successor to MSN Hotmail, has left the Beta phase and is now launching globally in 36 languages. The most significant upgrade for Hotmail since it pioneered the webmail industry in 1996, the new service has been built to be a vast improvement over the previous Hotmail offering, having incorporated input from more than 20 million beta testers. Windows Live Hotmail will deliver a safer, more powerful and productive E-Mail experience than previous versions with flexible access via the Web, on a mobile phone or with an E-Mail client. Microsoft also announced that later this month Windows Live Hotmail customers will be able to access their Windows Live Hotmail E-Mail and contacts for free using Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Office Outlook 2007 via the new Microsoft Office Outlook Connector beta.

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Sunday, 06.05.07
WORKAROUND: Get Office Mobile working on Windows Mobile 5 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of the great benefits of Windows Mobile 6 Standard (you know, formerly known as Windows Mobile Smartphone) over previous Windows Mobile Smartphone versions is the fact, that Windows Mobile 6 natively includes Office Mobile (including Word Mobile, Excel Mobile and PowerPoint Mobile) as seen on Pocket PCs before only. This means that you can open and edit Office files (creating new ones is possible with a workaround only but this is a different story) as well as saving the changes. However, Office Mobile is designed for Windows Mobile 6 Standard only and not available as a separate download.

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Saturday, 05.05.07
COLUMN: My favorite Pocket PC Applications on the Smartphone – Today Ilium ListPro
Posted by Editorial - at 11:53 CET under 09 - Thoughts

(By Helio Diamant) When I first published my review of the Samsung BlackJack, and told about my last visit to the US, I hinted that I was planning to write a series of articles on my favorite Pocket PC software running on a Smartphone.
As a veteran Pocket PC user, I have found, during the last five years, the touch screen-based user interface to be a very important part of my user experience, and for years never even considered moving to a Smartphone without a touch screen. The change began when I began noticing that most of my time with the i-mate JASJAR (HTC Universal), I am using the keyboard and not the screen. Then I decided it was the time to check how it goes with a Smartphone.

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Friday, 04.05.07
AVAILABLE: T-Mobile released the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the Dash
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, if you was brave enough to wait for the official release of T-Mobile's Windows Mobile 6 Standard upgrade for the T-Mobile Dash, you can fire up your browser now to officially download the ROM upgrade from T-Mobile's website.
As with all Windows Mobile update or upgrades, also this upgrade wipes all your data so make sure to backup everything before you start:

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DEMO: Microsoft video walkthrough of Microsoft Silverlight for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:54 CET under 01 - General News

I'm sure most of you have already heard of Microsoft's new Silverlight, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET-based media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) which is, in terms of Microsoft's definition, way more than just a Adobe Flash competitor but for sure it's also a Flash competitor.
Like with Adobe's Flash plug-in, also Microsoft's Silverlight needs a plug-in to view Silverlight applications in the browser. And while the Silverlight runtime is available as public Beta for Windows and Mac - upcoming Windows Mobile support is only announced so far but not available yet.

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ROADMAP: Dopod announces Windows Mobile 6 upgrade strategy
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:07 CET under 01 - General News

Following HTC's earlier commitment to provide Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for some of the latest Windows Mobile smartphones, now also Dopod International announced its Windows Mobile 6 upgrade roadmap. This includes support for existing users of 838Pro (HTC Hermes), D810 (HTC Trinity), P800W (HTC Artemis) and the recently launched U1000 (HTC Athena) to migrate from the Windows Mobile 5 operating system to an improved platform, Windows Mobile 6. This can be done for free and is applicable to all current owners of these devices.
From July 2007, Dopod will offer current users of these devices a free download of the upgrade code which will enable users of these devices, currently running on Windows Mobile 5, to upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.

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Thursday, 03.05.07
FLAT: Orange UK to offer new Mobile Data plans from June
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:03 CET under 01 - General News

Attention mobile surfers out there! If you live in the UK and you are looking for a "cheap" way to go online with you mobile device - the new Orange mobile data plans might be something interesting for you, especially because Orange is well known for its Windows Mobile-based SPVs which brings the Internet to the palm of your hand and because it seems to be a real mobile data flat.
Today Orange announced several new plans to launch its new flat rate pricing for mobile data, making it easier for users to understand the costs involved when browsing the mobile internet.

From June, five new bundles, starting from just £1.00/1.47 Euro, mean both Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go customers can browse safe in the knowledge they will know exactly how much they will pay.

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UNVEILED: Gigabyte announces new Windows Mobile 6 GPS-enabled Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Gigabyte Communications recently launched a new Windows Mobile smartphone - the GSmart i300. Powered by a Marvell PXA270 CPU at 520 MHz, in the Chinese version the the i300 sports Windows Mobile 6 Professional (already), triband GSM/GPRS as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g and mini USB 2.0! The 256 MB of ROM and 64 MB of RAM can be extended by miniSD flash memory cards.
Other highlights are the 2.1 megapixel camera with macro function and digital zoom and the inbuilt SiRF Star III GPS receiver.

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ANNOUNCED: T-Mobile Dash first in U.S. to offer Windows Mobile 6 from May 4
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile USA today announced and confirmed that T-Mobile Dash customers will be the first in the U.S. to download and experience the benefits of the new Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 software. Starting tomorrow, May 4, T-Mobile Dash customers can upgrade from Windows Mobile 5.0 to Windows Mobile 6 via a free desktop download available directly from T-Mobile (you remember - the previously leaked one).
Designed by HTC and available exclusively from T-Mobile, the T-Mobile Dash is the first device in the U.S. to be powered by Microsoft Windows Mobile 6, offering faster access to contacts; the ability to view and edit Microsoft Office documents; even richer Web, E-Mail and messaging experiences; and access to Microsoft Windows Live for Windows Mobile - a set of Windows Live services - uniquely designed to work with Windows Mobile-powered devices, such as the T-Mobile Dash.

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Wednesday, 02.05.07
ANNOUNCED: O2 UK launches the O2 Xda Argon Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember the mostly unknown HTC Panda I wrote about earlier? As it turned out today, it's O2 UK's new Xda Argon - a Windows Mobile 5.0-based Pocket PC Phone Edition which clearly follows in the tradition of the O2 Xda IIi (aka HTC Himalaya).
Looks like it's nothing special except the large 3.5" touchscreen and the two megapixel camera.
All the rest is pretty basic - including GSM and GPRS (no UMTS not to talk about HSDPA), WiFi and Bluetooth and - unfortunately - Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition only:

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VIDEOVIEW: HTC VueFLO Easy Navigation Technology
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

HTC is pretty active in adding new, uncommon features, to its Windows Mobile devices. For instance HTC was the first (and so far the last) which added the JOGGR (see the::unwired's preview here) to its HTC Excalibur Windows Mobile Smartphone which replaced the jogwheel as used for ages.
Now, with the HTC Athena (also known as T-Mobile Ameo or HTC X7500 Advantage), HTC added another technology it calls "VueFLO" which uses the G-Sensor which the Athena includes.
Basically, the G-Sensor was designed to protect the hard disk from damages, in case the device drops or gets other shocks but the G-Sensor can also be used for navigating through the operating system.

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ANNOUNCED: Vodafone Italy lists the Motorola MOTO Q 9h
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like Vodafone Italy is the first carrier which confirms to carry Motorola latest MOTO Q Windows Mobile smartphone, the MOTO Q9h (see the::unwired's photo view here).
It's now listed on Vodafone's business site - even if it isn't available for order yet (at least I haven't found an order button). Anyway - the Motorola MOTO Q 9h, which was announced during the 3GSM World Congress back in February, is Motorola's long awaited UMTS version of its MOTO Q bestseller. Sporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA and Bluetooth, the Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone also features a 2 megapixel camera while the front facing camera for UMTS video telephony was left as well as WiFi was left:

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THOUGHT: What's wrong with Windows Vista's Bluetooth PAN implementation?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:00 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Following my earlier column about Bluetooth 2.0's EDR (Enhanced Data Rate), today I want to follow-up with the explanation why I've initially changed back to Toshiba's Bluetooth stack. As mentioned in my personal blog, my Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook Tablet PC originally came with the Toshiba Bluetooth stack preloaded but I faced serious problems getting the stack working with the Windows Mobile Device Center. Therefore I've decided to switch to the Windows Vista Bluetooth stack and everything was fine and I was using sync and PAN over Bluetooth. Until I got my Samsung i600. Sync still worked fine but I never got Bluetooth PAN working to use my i600 as my UMTS/HSDPA modem.

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Tuesday, 01.05.07
BUSINESS: Microsoft plans to ship 20 million Windows Mobile licenses in 2008
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:45 CET under 01 - General News

Speaking to Dow Jones Newswires today, Microsoft's Senior Vice President for Mobile Communications Pieter Knook said that the company expects to double the amount of phone devices using Microsoft's Windows Mobile software to 20 million worldwide in the fiscal year 2008, starting July 1. Microsoft said it is gaining market share in the mobile phone software market and expects that, as the handset market advances, computer applications and Internet services will become more important for both business users and consumers.

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