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Friday, 29.06.07
THOUGHT: Where are HTC's promised Windows Mobile 6 upgrades?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:21 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Back in April, HTC said it plans to provide free Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for a couple of Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones and as the June is going to pass bye, I wonder where the (official) upgrades are?
Initially, HTC said "The upgrades will be rolled out from June, in line with the operator partners' strategies" but while a couple of carriers have released "their" upgrades already (for instance T-Mobile US for the T-Mobile Dash and O2 Germany for the Xda orbit) original HTC Device owners are still awaiting the releases for their HTC S620 and HTC P4350.

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BETA: CommonTime is giving 2000 mNotes5 Beta licenses to registered customers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:37 CET under 01 - General News

Well, this is a kind of unusual promotion because you either give away a Beta or not but CommonTime, which is currently working on mNotes5 for Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6, is giving away 2000 time bombed Beta's of mNotes for registered customers only.
mNotes5 is the richest most cost effective personal mobility solution available to individuals who work with IBM Lotus Notes as their messaging system. CommonTime aim to provide the complete mobility solution to individual users like you. This has been achieved by combining the simplicity, data integrity and functionality, experienced by our existing mNotes customers, with the class leading Enterprise features of mSuite.

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ANNOUNCED: T-Mobile MDA Touch available from July
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Here we go, T-Mobile Germany just updated its online shop and added their version of the HTC Touch - which T-Mobile is going to call "T-Mobile MDA Touch" - to the listing.
And now we know which design T-Mobile selected - it's nearly the same as the original HTC Touch design but with slightly modified call buttons (more squarish).
While T-Mobile hasn't revealed any prices yet, the German carrier announced it to be available from July and just says "shortly" (shortly early July or shortly late July?). Well, most likely in the first half of July since sources said, that O2 Germany had a time-limited launch exclusivity for Germany.

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Thursday, 28.06.07
OUTLOOK: Microsoft expects 20 additional Windows Mobile devices by year's end
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:29 CET under 01 - General News

According to sources at Microsoft Taiwan, additional 20 new Windows Mobile 6-based handsets (most likely most of them smartphones) are expected to be launched before the end of this year.
With the recently launched Windows Mobile 6 platform, Microsoft's share in the global mobile devices market is expected to double to 20 % in 2008 from the current level of 10 %, said Eddie Wu, managing director of Microsoft ODM embedded devices, Asia.
While most of the above mentioned devices might come from HTC, some other devices can be expected from other manufactures like Asustek, Gigabyte, E-Ten, Quanta, Arima, HP and Samsung sources told DigiTimes.

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REVIEW: Vodafone VDA V/v1415 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

For two weeks now, I'm using a Vodafone VDA V (in the UK known as Vodafone 1415), which I got from Vodafone Germany for testing, as my primary smartphone.
The Vodafone VDA V is based on the HTC Vox (better known as HTC S710) and therefore also features Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 6 Standard. Powered by a TI OMAP 805 CPU at 201 MHz, the VDA V supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WiFi b/g as well as Bluetooth 2.0 incl. A2DP and AVRC. Backed-up by 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM (which can be extended with microSD cards), the VDA V has a 2 megapixel camera for photos and video recording, features a 2.4" QVGA screen and measures 101 mm x 50 mm x 17.7 mm at a weight of 120 g.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC unveiled the HTC P6300 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

So far known as the O2 Xda Argon only, today HTC announced the launch of the HTC P6300 (code named HTC Panda), a powerful PDA phone designed for today's demanding mobile enterprise environments. Sporting an over-size 3.5" QVGA touch screen, the HTC P6300 features a 400 MHz CPU, Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition, triband GSM/GPRS, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and IrDA for truly connected data centric uses. The 1580 mAh battery should provide a talk-time of up to 8 hours.
Last but not least, the P6300 sports a 2 megapixel camera 256 MB of ROM which can be extended by SD card. In addition, the card slot is SDIO-compatible which means it can be used for accessories and peripherals as well.

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EXPANDED: msnbc.com's Multimedia on Mobile to support more Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:43 CET under 01 - General News

Following previous MSNBC.com announcement to work with Action Engine for the MSNBC.com Multimedia on Mobile news and video service, both companies have recently expanded the number of supported devices and off-deck distribution channels, free of charge.
In addition, MSNBC.com has added the Microsoft Windows Mobile Website as a distribution channel for the service. In addition to marketing and distribution efforts, MSNBC.com is also teaming with Action Engine to expand the number of devices that its service can run on.

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AVAILABLE: O2 Asia releases Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the Xda Zinc
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following O2 Asia initial announcement to provide Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for selected devices and the introduction of the first Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the Xda Atom Life, O2 Asia is now pleased to released a free upgrade for the O2 Xda Zinc.
Windows Mobile 6 provides increased value for customers in several key areas, including messaging and collaboration, infrastructure interoperability, security features and platform development including ability to view E-Mail in their original rich HTML format with live links to Web and SharePoint sites, Windows Live for Windows Mobile and file transfer capability in Windows Live Messenger and many more.

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Wednesday, 27.06.07
STRATEGY: Microsoft unveils new Windows Live services and keeps an eye on Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:41 CET under 01 - General News

With today's announcement of two new managed Windows Live Beta services, Microsoft also unveiled that the Windows Live strategy will goes beyond Windows to Microsoft Office and Windows Mobile as well. Microsoft today unveiled Windows Live Photo Gallery Beta and Windows Live Folders Beta which are going now into a managed Beta testing.
Windows Live Photo Gallery will be an upgrade to Windows Vista's Windows Photo Gallery, offered at no charge and enables both Windows Vista and Windows XP SP2 customers to share, edit, organize and print photos and digital home videos.

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Tuesday, 26.06.07
UTILITY: Spb Software House releases Spb Traveler for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just in time for summer holidays, but not only for vacation, Spb Software House announced the release of Spb Traveler, a must have tool set for travelers. Nowadays mobile devices are powerful minicomputers that assist users in many ways. Traveling is definitely a field where a user can get maximum of his Windows Mobile device powered with proper software. A traveler will always have to face things like local time estimation, weather forecasts, currency, unit and clothing size conversion, city guides, planning of international calls and meetings, multi-connection trans-continental flights.

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Monday, 25.06.07
UNVEILED: HTC Kaiser shows its face at Microsoft's MEDC 2007 in Berlin
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet official announced, Jason Langridge from Microsoft UK spotted the HTC Kaiser on the device bar at Microsoft's MEDC Europe 2007 which is currently happening in Berlin (Germany).
The HTC Kaiser will be the follower of the HTC Hermes (aka HTC TyTN) and sporting Windows Mobile 6 Professional, 3G/HSDPA, GPS and a 3.0 megapixel camera but whom I'm gone tell this since you all know the HTC Kaiser already.
But since it appeared first time publicly now, it cannot take to long anymore that we are going to hear an official announcement from HTC and its partners (most likely T-Mobile).

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PREVIEW: O2 Xda nova/HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:05 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to O2 Germany and HTC Europe, I've recently received their versions of the HTC Elf. From O2 Germany I got a German Xda nova and from HTC Europe I got an English Touch. Since both devices are the latest and final hardware but neither includes all accessories nor came in the final sales-boxes, I'm not going to call it a review but preview only.
HTC caught some attraction when the Taiwanese device maker announced the HTC Touch earlier this month for some good reasons - with the HTC Touch; HTC introduced the TouchFLO technology to their Windows Mobile device platform and I'm sure most of you have read everything about TouchFLO and the HTC Touch already. Nevertheless, since O2 brings up the Xda nova on sale from tomorrow, it makes sense to have a closer look on both devices again, identifying the similarities as well as the differences.

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Friday, 22.06.07
LINK: MobileBurn.com gives the Motorola MOTO Q9m a first test
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Motorola and Verizon have yet to officially announce the recently surfaced Motorola MOTO Q9m, MobileBurn.com managed to get their hands on a pre-production unit that is nearly ready for prime time. It is very much like the old Q, just with a better exterior and keyboard, and a new Motorola enhanced Windows Mobile 6 Standard operating system.
MobileBurn.com says it didn't do any hard-core testing on the Q9m yet, but did run it through some basic call tests and battery tests. Call audio quality seems good, but the Q9m's antenna might perform a bit less well than the original's - it's hard to say.

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STUDY: Gartner predicts Instant Messaging will be de facto tool by End of 2011
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:58 CET under 01 - General News

Garnter is always good for interesting studies - with some I agree, with others I disagree but the latest one about Instant Messaging in corporate environments is definitely worth to read and think about. For many knowledge workers, instant messaging (IM) is as critical as having access to a telephone or to E-Mail and enterprises that haven't already done so should start incorporating IM into their critical business processes immediately, Gartner said today. Gartner predicts that by the end of 2011, IM will be the de facto tool for voice, video and text chat with 95 percent of workers in leading global organizations using it as their primary interface for real-time communications by 2013. The worldwide market for enterprise IM is forecast to grow from US$ 267 million in 2005 to US$ 688 million in 2010.

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SYNCHRONIZATION: Laplink announces PDAsync 4 for Mobile Device
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:40 CET under 01 - General News

No question, ActiveSync and/or Windows Mobile Device Center is and was a love/hate relationship for most Windows Mobile users and if you still have problems with either the one or the other, Laplink's latest PDAsync version might be an interesting alternative.
Just released by the grandfather of all sync-software, Laplink PDAsync 4 provides you with simple, high-speed, one-click synchronization between your mobile devices and popular applications on your computer for all your corporate and individual needs. This fast, flexible and easy-to-use software supports all major devices, including Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6 PDAs and smartphones and applications, including Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT! and Novell GroupWise.

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Thursday, 21.06.07
REVEALED: O2 Helen Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Someone at the Arabic Windows Mobile forum "ce4arab.com" had some quality time with a new, so far completely unknown Windows Mobile 6 Professional device and this device already sports an O2 branding. According to the poster of the photos, this device is the new "O2 Helen" (sounds more like the code name rather than the final product name) but it seems to be clear that the O2 Helen is the successor of O2 Stealth.
Unlike the O2 Stealth, which was a 2.5G device, the O2 Helen is a 3G device and sports Windows Mobile 6 Professional, GSEM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS (HSDPA isn't mentioned), WiFi b/g and Bluetooth as well as a FM radio. Still unique for Windows Mobile devices is the slider design which features a phone pad:

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REVEALED: Another HTC Roadmap hits the web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:12 CET under 01 - General News

I have no clue where all the HTC and Dopod roadmaps come from, which hits the web nearly monthly, but this time another one showes up which includes some interesting devices I haven't heard about before. Like the HTC Iris/HTC S640 (a CDMA Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone), the HTC Vogue (the CDMA version of the HTC Elf/HTC Touch featuring CDMA 1x-EVDO Rev. A), the HTC Nike/P5500 (HSDPA/GSM Windows Mobile 6 Professional slider smartphone), the HTC Volans (basically the HSDPA version of the HTC Vox/HTC S710), the HTC Polaris (basically the HSDPA version of the HTC Artimis/HTC P3300) or the HTC Shangri-La/HTC X9500 (a mix of the HTC Advantage and the HTC Shift with Microsoft Windows Vista and WM6 Professional, 30/40 GB HDD and HSDPA/GSM):

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AVAILABLE: Sling Media releases SlingPlayer Mobile for Microsoft Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:36 CET under 01 - General News

As announced earlier, finally here we go. After some weeks of non-public Beta testing, followed by a public Beta test, Sling Media today announced that its award-winning SlingPlayer Mobile software client is now compatible with Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6 operating system. SlingPlayer Mobile gives Slingbox owners the ability to watch and control their home TV from a network-enabled Windows Mobile powered device. With today's announcement SlingPlayer Mobile is now compatible with devices that run Windows Mobile 6 Standard, Professional and Classic editions as well as Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition. SlingPlayer Mobile is available for download from Sling Media's U.S., Canadian and UK web sites, which can all be accessed from www.slingmedia.com.

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RELEASED: fring launches Windows Mobile clients for Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:29 CET under 01 - General News

Initially launched for Symbian S60 smartphones only, yesterday fring also released its Beta version for Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6 Pocket PCs and Smartphones. fring, a free mobile VoIP software, allows you to talk & IM via your handset's internet connection to other mobile phones and PC-based services such as Skype, Google Talk, MSN Messenger, SIP and Twitter, at no extra cost. It allows users to make free calls over mobile and cellular data networks or a WiFi connection. fring uses 3G over mobile phone networks and therefore provides a continuous call connection over WiFi, 3G and GPRS.

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Wednesday, 20.06.07
THOUGHT: Where is Soapbox for Windows Mobile?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:06 CET under 09 - Thoughts

No, I'm really not a blind "Microsoft fan boy" and therefore I sometimes wonder how Microsoft works? The biggest software manufacture has everything in place to offer successful and integrated services: a Desktop OS (aka Windows XP/Vista), a mobile device OS (aka Windows Mobile) and a couple of web service (aka MSN and/or Windows Live).
Now, a newcomer in the GSM world comes around the corner (aka Apple with its iPhone) with its (much anticipated and maybe over-hyped) iPhone and says the "mysterious" 12th button of the menu will be Google's YouTube Mobile. And now? The whole blogsphere is writing and ranting about this, hardly awaiting the iPhone launch next week.

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SITE: the::unwired is looking for Contributing Editors - Apply Now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:05 CET under 06 - Site News

the::unwired is doing well and developing even better. It's even doing that good that we had to order a new server which is expected to arrive soon. However, what the::unwired needs now is you! To extend our team of contributing editors, I'm looking for *part-time* news editors and hard- and software reviewers and maybe you want to join us? Please note - we are not talking here about a full time job (while the::unwired is doing well, even I cannot pay all my bills out of the ad revenue here) but I'm looking for enthusiasts!

If so, here's what we are looking for:

  • One Contributing Editor/Software-/Hardware Reviewer from each:
    • Europe
    • North America
    • Far East/South East Asia
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APPROVED: OnAir receives green light for 1st Inflight Mobile Phone System
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:32 CET under 01 - General News

OnAir yesterday announced that the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) has certified the airborne GSM equipment, which supports OnAir services on Airbus A318. For the first time, this will enable airline passengers in Europe to use their GSM mobile phones during flights.
EASA is the competent authority in the European Union with responsibility for the airworthiness certification of all aeronautical products. As such, it develops common safety rules at the European level and is also responsible for type-certification.

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ANNOUNCED: i-mate plans to launch first Windows Mobile Ultimate devices in September
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Should an i-mate Ultimate series launch be close? During CommunicAsia 2007, Dubai-based i-mate announced their plans to offer its Windows Mobile-based range of Ultimate smartphones and highly innovative solutions to customers throughout Asia. According to i-mate, Singapore will be the base through which i-mate will spearhead their launch into key territories across Asia over the coming months. The highly acclaimed Ultimate range from i-mate, which was first time previewed during the 3GSM World Congress back in February, will be on offer to customers throughout the region from September 2007. Catering to the differing requirements of customers, a variety of form factors will be available to choose from with the Windows Mobile 6 Professional Ultimate 6150 and Ultimate 8150 expected to lead the launch.

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Tuesday, 19.06.07
UTILITY: ClockOnTop adds a Digital Clock to Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sometimes it's the small application which is the most handy one - like "ClockOnTop" for Windows Mobile Standard smartphones.
ClockOnTop simply adds a digital clock to the top bar (known as the taskbar) of Windows Mobile 5 Smartphones and Windows Mobile 6 Standard devices. As the developer says: "It adds a feature that should have been there by default" and I couldn't agree more. And it even features two versions - a 24-hours digital clock which can changed to a 12-hours format clock as well:

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REVEALED: T-Mobile Germany to launch the MDA Vario III within the next months
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet announced, in a press release T-Mobile sent out today, the German number one GSM and UMTS carrier unveiled, that its going to launch a HSDPA 3.6-enabled MDA which was called "MDA Vario III" later this year.
While it can be speculated only though it seems reasonable to expect that the MDA Vario III is HTC's Kaiser since the HTC Kaiser is the only yet known follower of of the HTC Hermes (MDA Vario II) an HTC Wizard (MDA Vario), supporting both - HSDPA 3.6 as well as today's announced rollout of HSUPA. Therefore it's most likely that T-Mobile is introducing the HTC Kaiser later this year as T-Mobile MDA Vario III:

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REVIEW: Spb Software House Spb Mobile Shell Update Version 1.5
Posted by Heinz Burkart - at 15:53 CET under 08 - Reviews

Spb Mobile Shell is a program designed to simplify your daily job with your Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition and Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphones. While sitting on top of the Today screen, you can reach the most important functions and programs with 2 taps only. It dramatically improves the standard user interface and adds features that most users expect from a modern PDA phone.
Spb Mobile Shell is basically a collection of all Spb programs, but with less functionality and therefore easier to handle and integrates a program launcher, a clock showing 3 time zones and the next alarm, weather showing of one preselected city and a quick phone dialer with up to 5 contacts.

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UTILITY: Spb Software House releases Spb Mobile Shell 1.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House, a leading Windows Mobile software developer, today announced the release of Spb Mobile Shell 1.5, a long awaited update. Spb Mobile Shell introduces the next generation user interface while keeping all advantages of a Windows Mobile device. Spb Mobile Shell 1.5 brings the perfect usability balance to Windows Mobile touch screen devices. Windows Mobile is a powerful open platform and Spb Mobile Shell usability innovations make it a winner in its target market. The new version adds the most requested features making the user interface smarter and more flexible.

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CONTEST: Join Motorola's and I-play's MOTODEV Game Developer Challenge
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:34 CET under 01 - General News

Have you developed the best game in town? Are you looking to get it published? Motorola has the perfect opportunity for you! MOTODEV and I-play have teamed up and invite you to prove it by entering the MOTODEV Game Developer Challenge. In this exciting competition, you'll put your coding skills to the test for a chance to win big. How big? Try a killer Grand Prize package that features an I-play publishing contract, a case full of Motorola handsets and tons more! Don't miss this chance to show off your coding prowess and get your creative genius in the hands of millions of mobile gamers.

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:12 CET under 08 - Reviews

I think most of you, who are interested into HTC's recently launched HTC Touch, have seen and read everything about this new Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone. Nevertheless, thanks to HTC Europe from which I've recently received a device for playing and testing, I want to add my view of the device as well - again as a photo view.
I don't think that I have to say anything more about the HTC Touch which got its name from HTC's new TouchFLO user interface (see our video view here) except that this (formerly known) Pocket PC Phone Edition is really small:

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RELAUNCH: Greenlight Wireless unveils Skweezer 4.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:50 CET under 01 - General News

Greenlight Wireless yesterday announced the release of Skweezer 4.0, the latest incarnation of its free service that optimizes desktop Web content for mobile devices, such as cell phones and PDAs. Skweezer has been updated from top to bottom with one goal in mind: to get users to the content they're looking for as quickly as possible. To that end, the user interface has been redesigned to reduce keystrokes and take advantage of "hot key" navigation that utilizes a phone's keypad. Skweezer will now also use a robust, new search system to provide highly relevant Web searches across multiple mobile device platforms.

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LEAKED: Motorola MOTO Q9m (Nelson) Windows Mobile Smartphone photos in the wild
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Boy Genius Report got its hands on a brand new, so far only rumored Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone from Motorola, the MOTO Q9m - code-named "Nelson", which is the CDMA version of the Motorola MOTO Q9h - Motorola's UMTS version of the original MOTO Q Windows Mobile Smartphone.
Sharing nearly the same design, the Verizon branded MOTO Q9m brings back the original MOTO Q jog wheel (which the Q9h misses) and a regular mini USB port but sports a 1.3 megapixel camera only:

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Monday, 18.06.07
RELAUNCH: Microsoft launches MSN Mobile - a redesigned Portal for Mobile Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:44 CET under 01 - General News

After some months of Beta testing, Microsoft Corp. today officially launched the new MSN Mobile, a completely redesigned and reengineered portal offering an exceptional experience when accessing the Internet and Web services on mobile phones and Windows Mobile smartphones. Now available in the United States at http://mobile.msn.com from mobile phone browsers, MSN Mobile provides customers with one-stop access to E-Mail, news, sports, entertainment, local movie listings, maps and directions, as well as Windows Live services such as Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Spaces, and Live Search:

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UNVEILED: Sprint announces the new HTC Mogul Windows Mobile 6 CDMA Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Leaving the laptop behind and staying connected and productive just got easier with the introduction of the Mogul by HTC, the newest Windows Mobile device from Sprint. Operating on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, the Mogul by HTC is the first CDMA device in the U.S. with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Professional Edition and will also be the first handset from Sprint that will support EV-DO Rev. A data speeds via a free software upgrade that will be made available at a later date.
The Mogul by HTC replicates the familiar Windows PC-based experience and utilizes a suite of software unavailable in the U.S. on any other CDMA device to deliver a variety of key benefits including increased security and added support for HTML E-Mail and Microsoft Office Mobile.

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AVAILABLE: YouTube launches Mobile Portal for all kind of Mobile Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:05 CET under 01 - General News

No more exclusivity, no more workarounds. End of last week, YouTube released its mobile portal which is available now for all WAP 2.0 devices with an included 3GPP video player. Unlike the web version, which is using Flash videos, the mobile version encodes videos in the 3GPP standard.
While mostly all 3G/UMTS devices supports 3GPP as well as 3GPP is the standard for video MMS, for Windows Mobile it means the device has to support 3GPP streaming which isn't a native part of the Windows Mobile platform but has to be implemented by the manufacture of the device.

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Friday, 15.06.07
OUTLOOK: Windows Vista SideShow Prototypes - a view into Windows Mobile's future
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:13 CET under 01 - General News

Not yet Widows Mobile compatible, Texyt.com has an interesting article how the Microsoft Windows Vista SideShow future might also looks for Windows Mobile devices.
Prices for PDA-style Windows SideShow devices will start from about $ 80, according to a developer that demonstrated prototypes to Texyt.com today. The touchscreen handheld gadgets share many of the features of PDAs, smartphones and media players like Apple's iPod, but they connect wirelessly to a PC to send or receive data. A high-end SideShow device with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard will cost 'approximately US$ 150', said staff of Taiwan-based chip manufacturer, Winbond, which makes CPUs and other chips for the devices. A smaller device with a square 3.5" touch screen will cost 'about US$ 80', they predicted.

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ANNOUNCED: i-mate unveils the i-mate JAMA Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Since the 3GSM World Congress it was pretty quiet around i-mate, previously the number one Windows Mobile phones specialist, and what i-mate released yesterday cannot keep the expectations the company has given with the announcement of its Ultimate series.
i-mate yesterday announced the launch of a pretty basic Pocket PC Phone Edition - the i-mate JAMA. And indeed - it's a Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition - not a Windows Mobile Professional smartphone since the JAMA is sporting Windows Mobile 5.0 only. But that's not the only feature it misses.

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REVIEW: E-TEN Glofiish X500+ Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:58 CET under 08 - Reviews

When E-TEN announced its Glofiish X500+ back in March, it was a kind of sensation - is it one of the few Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Editions which comes standard-sized but with a VGA (480x640 pixel) screen. Furthermore, the Glofiish X500+ is an update to the previously introduced Glofiish X500 and sports Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 6 Professional operating system and the Glofiish X500+ is the first GPS-enabled Windows Mobile 6 smartphone featuring a SiRF Star III chipset with TMC support (thanks to the inbuilt FM radio tuner) while additionally supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR as well. The X500+ is powered by a Samsung SC32442 CPU at 400 MHz and the 128 MB ROM/64 MB SDRAM can be extended though the microSD card slot. For fun and entertainment, the X500+ features a 2 megapixel camera with a photo light.

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UTILITY: V2R announces PhotoDialer2 Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:56 CET under 01 - General News

V2R Vision to Reality today announced the release of PhotoDialer2, the first fully graphical animated photo dialer for the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 platform. PhotoDialer is a plug-in for Smartphone's and Pocket PC's Today/Home screen that allows you to quickly call your favorite contacts or to send texts messages, straight from the Today/Home screen. Together with the V2R Active UI core engine, V2R offers plenty of free add-on's in different animations and designs to make the V2R PhotoDialer2 as personal as possible.

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CONSOLIDATION: Palm cuts jobs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:24 CET under 01 - General News

Days after announcing plans to sell a stake in the company to a venture capital firm, handheld maker Palm cut an unspecified number of jobs on Thursday, CNET News.com has learned. Workers were still in the process of being notified of the cuts Thursday afternoon. Some cuts are being made immediately, while others will take longer to implement, said Palm spokesman Jim Christensen. "It's a small percentage of our work force," Christensen told News.com, adding that Palm still has openings in some areas.

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AVAILABILITY: HTC Touch to be released in Germany by T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As HTC Europe announced today, T-Mobile International, Vodafone Germany and O2 Germany will launch the HTC Touch later this year; HTC's recently announced Windows Mobile 6 Profesional smartphone for the mass market.
While T-Mobile and O2 Germany will release the HTC Touch in its own exclusive IDs, T-Mobile as MDA Touch and O2 as Xda nova (see our extensive photo view of the O2 Xda nova here), Vodafone will release a co-branded version of the original HTC Touch design:

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PARTNERSHIP: O2 Asia delists Asustek but continues with Gigabyte, Quanta and Arima
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:47 CET under 01 - General News

According a report from DigiTimes, O2 Asia is adjusting its ODM partners for the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets, with Asustek no longer making new handsets for O2 Asia while Gigabyte Communications will account for the highest proportion of the orders to be released. Gigabyte Communications, which manufactured so far the O2 Xda Stealth, is even outrunning Quanta Computer, which manufactures O2's bestseller, the O2 Xda Atom-series and Arima Communications which manufactures the O2 Xda Flame.

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Wednesday, 13.06.07
PHOTOVIEW: Vodafone VDA V/v1415 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:49 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following my earlier video unboxing of Vodafone Germany's VDA V (aka HTC Vox) Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone which is on sale now for some weeks here in Germany (as well as on sale now in the UK as Vodafone v1415), now I follow-up with some device shots since a photo says more than 1000 words..
To repeat agin: the VDA V is a Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone (previously known as Windows Mobile Smartphone), powered by a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz and 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 a 2 megapixel camera for photo and video recording:

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VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the Vodafone VDA V/v1415 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:38 CET under 08 - Reviews

Today we have another unboxing at the::unwired - this time the video unboxing of Vodafone Germany's VDA V (aka HTC Vox) Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone which is on sale now for some weeks here in Germany (as well as on sale now in the UK as Vodafone v1415).
There is not too much to say about the VDA V anymore since most of us know the HTC Vox (on sale as HTC S710 or Orange SPV E650) anyway - but to recall some highlights - the VDA V is a Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone (previously known as Windows Mobile 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 a 2 megapixel camera for photo and video recording:

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RENAMED: GSMA rebrands 3GSM World Congress as Mobile World Congress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:22 CET under 01 - General News

In the very beginning (the early 90s), the "3GSM World Congress" was just called "GSM World Congress" and indeed it was a congress, with a little tradeshow aside (and this fair was mostley focused on network components). As the fair became bigger and also started to include handsets and services, and UMTS was near to launch in the early 2000's, the GSM World Congress was renamed to the "3GSM World Congress" to reflect the development from 2nd generation to 3rd generation mobile technology. Today, the GSMA (GSM Association) announced another rebranding of the 3GSM World Congress and its sister event in Asia; again to reflect their role encouraging the development of compelling new mobile services for end-users.

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Tuesday, 12.06.07
CAMPAIGN: HTC launches Viral Marketing campaign for the HTC Touch
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like the time, where HTC was just another Taiwanese ODM - manufacturing devices for others, is definitely gone. Not only Chief Executive Officer Peter Chou said this morning that non-ODM phones (therefore devices sold under the HTC brand name) now account for more than 70 percent of the company's sales, now HTC takes it to the next level of marketing.
Was Windows Mobile so far something for geeks and gadget lovers, and HTC as brand name was known by insiders only, the Taiwanese ODM device manufacture/brand now launched another viral marketing campaign.

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MERGED: Wibree joins Bluetooth SIG and becomes Bluetooth Standard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:07 CET under 01 - General News

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the more than 8,000-company strong trade association responsible for advancing Bluetooth wireless technology, and Nokia today announced that the Wibree Forum, the group specifying the Nokia developed ultra low power wireless technology, will be merged with the Bluetooth SIG.
With this announcement, the Wibree specification will become part of the Bluetooth specification as an ultra low power Bluetooth technology. Because Wibree addresses devices with very low battery capacity and can be easily integrated with Bluetooth technology, it will round out Bluetooth technology's wireless Personal Area Networking (PAN) offering and strengthen the technology's ability to provide wireless connectivity for smaller devices.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC Touch to make its American debut in late 2007
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following HTC's earlier announcement to rollout the HTC Touch in Asia as well, HTC also said on Tuesday that it will launch its Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Professional-based smartphone, the HTC Touch in the United States by the end of the year (which is quite opposite to Apple's iPhone launch strategy where the iPhone is launched first in the US end of this month followed by Europe end of this year).
The company's second-half U.S. launch for its newly released HTC Touch phone follows the recent release for the model in Britain and across Europe, said Chief Executive Officer Peter Chou.

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LAUNCH: HTC Touch to make Asian debut in Taiwan
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC Corp. today announced that the HTC Touch will make its Asian retail debut in Taiwan. Smart, stylish and versatile, the HTC Touch brings together a broad variety of communication, entertainment, and professional capabilities that enable mobile consumers to balance work and play. The new HTC-designed homescreen provides one-touch access to E-Mails, text messages, calendar appointments, and contacts, as well as current weather conditions and forecasts for hundreds of cities around the world.

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Monday, 11.06.07
PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda nova Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:59 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back in March and expected to be available soon, we managed to get our hands on a brand new O2 Xda nova - O2 Germany's latest Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone.
The O2 Xda nova is based on the HTC Elf reference design and therefore sports, like the recently announced HTC Touch, HTC's latest TouchFLO technology (see our video preview here: VIDEOVIEW: HTC TouchFLO Touch Screen Experience) which allows you to use your thumbs for a more efficient, natural and intuitive touch screen navigation. Moreover, even is O2 Germany uses a slighly different industrial design, this is the smallest Windows Mobile Professional smartphone on the market today - it's even smaller than some Windows Mobile Standard smartphones!

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RUMOR: Palm's Treo 800w is based on Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

These days I've been pretty busy with news and rumors from Palm. The latest rumor comes from Gizmodo which received information, that (most likely) Sprint is releasing a new Palm device, the Treo 800w, in Q4 2007.
According to Gizmodo's information the Palm Treo 800w is expected to features EV-DO REV A., Windows Mobile 6, a 320x320 display, 256 MB flash ROM, 128 MB RAM, a 1.3-megapixel camera, the long awaited WiFi support, GPS, Bluetooth and an expansion slot.

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SPECULATION: What is Sprint launching on July 4th?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:32 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, Sprint is definitely launching anything on July 4th but now it comes to the question what it is. According to Sprint's pre-announcement page, which Sprint calls "Welcome to the Wireless Evolution" (and which counts down), the device is capable of Music, Messaging, TV, Search and Navigation!
Most likely not a Windows Mobile device, if not a user over at HowardForums has posted a confidential release plan early this month, which lists a couple of possible (Windows Mobile) devices for the July time frame - namely the Samsung i760 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, the Palm Treo 755 (which is most likely a Palm OS-based device) but also the UTS Libra SMT 5800 (aka HTC S720) and the UTS Titan XV 6800 (aka the CDMA version of the HTC Hermes):

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AVAILABLE: Sling Media extends SlingPlayer Mobile Beta for Windows Mobile 6 availability
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:19 CET under 01 - General News

Not yet released as the final version, Sling Media recently extended the availability of its previously announced SlingPlayer Mobile Beta for Windows Mobile 6 Classic, Standard and Professional devices.
In the early public Beta phase, you had to contact SlingMedia to get access to the Beta bits. Now Sling Media made it available for a broader audience through its Beta page. Nevertheless, you have to register first. Sling Media offers both versions - a Windows Mobile 6 Standard version (aka Smartphone) and a Windows Mobile Classic/Professional version (aka Pocket PC (Phone Edition)) for download.

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Saturday, 09.06.07
LEAK: Vodafone branded Palm Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone in the wild
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Basically nothing is known about this device, except that it is white, has a silver Vodafone logo bellow the screen and features the typical red/grey Vodafone skin.
Oh, and it seems to be a Windows Mobile Standard smartphone (previously known as Windows Mobile Smartphone - the one without a touchscreen) which would be something totally new and different for Palm since Palm so far only manufactured PDAs and Smartphones with touch screens (aka Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Editions and for sure Palms own based OS):

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Friday, 08.06.07
UNWIRED: Goodbye Wires - MIT team demonstrates Wireless Power Transfer
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:57 CET under 01 - General News

Well, that's definitely the right topic for the::unwired - even if not Windows Mobile related. Anyhow - as good and powerful mobile devices are today, sooner or later every mobile device needs a charge: from a simple MP3 player to a mobile phone to a Notebook and today, all these devices are charged using a power cord. Nevertheless, a team at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is working on the future in which wireless power transfer is feasible and charges devices without ever being plugged in, freeing us from that final, ubiquitous power wire. Some of these devices might not even need their bulky batteries to operate!

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IMPORT: US bans Qualcomm Chip-based Phones [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:44 CET under 01 - General News

A US trade panel on Thursday banned the importation of certain mobile phones using chips made by Qualcomm, saying they infringed on a patent held by rival maker Broadcom.
The International Trade Commission said the so-called third-generation chips for phones operated by Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T infringed on a US patent held by its fellow California firm Broadcom.
In a statement, the ITC said that the Commission is issuing a limited exclusion order that bars the importation of Qualcomm's infringing chips and chipsets and circuit board modules or carriers containing them.

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Thursday, 07.06.07
UPDATE: Orange says it continues the SPV brand
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:51 CET under 01 - General News

Orange UK just sent out an information to let us know that the company has no plans to drop the SPV brand in favor of the HTC brand in any of their markets - as reported earlier.
SPV devices, as part of Orange Signature Series, are a very important part of Orange's device portfolio and have a lot of valued added Orange features. Orange will continue to launch SPV devices, as part of the Signature Series, some of which will be from HTC.
As HTC are increasing the number of devices they launch Orange has decided that not all of them will be Signature Series and therefore not always SPV:

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UNVEILED: WILLCOM introduces the Sharp Advanced/W-ZERO3 [es]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

WILLCOM today announced the launch of its new Sharp Advanced/W-ZERO3 [es] Windows Mobile 6 Classic Japanese edition device which features a propriety smartphone implementation of WILLCOM's PHS radio network. The Sharp Advanced/W-ZERO3 features a 3" wide VGA at 480×800 pixel as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 2nd dialing keyboard. The slim body with a width 50 mm weights 157 g only. Furthermore, the device is powered by a Marvell PXA270 CPU at 520 MHz. and supports Japanese PHS (with WILLCOM's W-SIM card), W-LAN b/g and IrDA 1.2/IrMC TM1.1/IrSS. Bluetooth isn't supported. Inbuilt are 256 MB of ROM and 128 MB SDRAM which can be extended with microSD:

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UPDATE: Microsoft releases Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:55 CET under 01 - General News

Following the earlier announcement, that Microsoft is working on a Windows Mobile Device Center Update for Windows Vista, it's here now - including the expected file sync feature for Windows Mobile Standard Smartphones.
The Windows Mobile Device Center enables you to set up new partnerships, synchronize content and manage music, pictures and video with Windows Mobile powered devices (Windows Mobile 2003 or later). The Windows Mobile Device Center combines an efficient business-data synchronization platform with a compelling user experience.

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Wednesday, 06.06.07
UPDATE: Office Mobile Update comes to Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:40 CET under 01 - General News

During the Computex Taiwan, Microsoft announced an Office Mobile 2006 update which will be available for free starting Q3 (which could mean next month already). This update will be compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC (Phone Edition) devices as well as all Windows Mobile 6 Classis PDAs and Professional and Standard smartphones. Furthermore, future Windows Mobile 6 devices will have this new version of Office Mobile preinstalled. As expected, the updated Office Mobile version (the name isn't clear yet - some sources say Office Mobile 2006 while others say Office Mobile 2007) will allow Windows Mobile devices to open documents created with the new Office 2007 XML formats.

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TEST AND WIN: Test your Bluetooth Mouse with Teksoft BlueMouse
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:24 CET under 01 - General News

Two weeks ago, Teksoft released its BlueMouse Bluetooth mouse driver for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs which uses the Bluetooth HID profile. However, the joy of Bluetooth is, that it sometimes works and sometimes not - for which reason ever. Therefore Teksoft asks you for your feedback and you can win: a license of Teksoft's BlueMouse - worth US$ 20.95.
All you have to do is downloading the trial version from Teksoft's website and test it with your Bluetooth mouse. Teksosft is giving up to 15 license codes on a first come first serve base. The first user that comes with a new mouse model and performs tests with BlueMouse, gets a free license.

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RIP: Orange discontinues the SPV brand in favor of the HTC brand
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:34 CET under 01 - General News

According to MoDaCo, with Orange's launch of the HTC Touch, Orange also decided to discontinue the "SPV" brand in favor to continue with the HTC brand from now on.
Well, it's a pity that the SPV brand faded away so silent, was SPV for the Windows Mobile Smartphone what Xda was (and still is) for the Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition: the first of its kind.
From now, Orange Windows Mobile devices will get HTC and not Orange anymore. While this fits perfectly into HTC's new brand decision it makes me kind of wonder that a carrier gives up its established brand. It's not yet known if future devices will be co-branded.

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UTILITY: PhatWare releases PhatSpell 1.0 for Windows Mobile Standard Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announced today the release of PhatSpell 1.0. The new version of the company's multilingual spell checker is now optimized for Windows Mobile based Standard Smartphones as well.
PhatSpell is simple, fast, easy to use and can check spelling in practically any text editing Smartphone application, such as E-Mail client, SMS, PhatNotes and others.

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Tuesday, 05.06.07
UNVEILED: O2 Germany unveils more O2 Xda nova details [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just in time with HTC's HTC Touch announcement, also O2 Germany unveiled a little bit more about the O2 Xda nova - which was announced back in March already. Nevertheless, so far the German carrier hasn't given a single photo - until earlier this week - when O2 Germany released it's latest shop flyer (valid from June 1st to June 14th). And here we go - this is the O2 Xda nova - which is definitely the HTC Elf.
O2 Germany is mentioning a QVGA display with 65k colors only - not a single word about HTC's new TouchFLO technology (which the Taiwanese ODM unveiled today) so I'm not sure if the Xda nova will includes it (but in my humble opinion it will):

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VIDEOVIEW: HTC TouchFLO Touch Screen Experience [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:40 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following HTC's earlier HTC Touch announcement and the introduction of TouchFlo, here we go with an exclusive video walkthrough which shows it better what TouchFlo is and can provide. TouchFlo is definitely groundbreaking for Windows Mobile devices since it offers a new and unique way of controlling touch screen-based devices by recognizing and responding to the sweep of a finger across the screen. TouchFLO, the new underlying touch screen technology developed by HTC allows consumers to simply sweep their finger up the display to launch an animated, three-dimensional interface comprising three screens: Contacts, Media and Applications.

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UNVEILED: HTC announces the HTC Touch Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As expected, today HTC Corp. (High Tech Computer) announced the global launch of the HTC Touch (previously known as HTC Elf), a deceptively small and stylish mobile phone that ushers in an innovative new concept in intuitive touch screen navigation. The HTC Touch brings a new level of simplicity to the powerful and function-rich device experience that today's mobile consumers demand.
The HTC Touch represents extensive research and development and the conviction that fingertip control will enable more efficient, natural and intuitive touch screen navigation. The groundbreaking HTC Touch offers a new and unique way of controlling touch screen-based devices by recognizing and responding to the sweep of a finger across the screen. It is even intelligent enough to distinguish between finger and stylus input and then respond accordingly.

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Monday, 04.06.07
CELEBRATION: Ilium Software celebrates 10th Anniversary
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:59 CET under 01 - General News

Ilium Software turns 10 years this week and is therefore celebrating this milestone in the company's history.
But the Ilium staff isn't celebrating alone but wants to share this momentum with friends and customers and therefore they will have a different program on sale - or even free - each day, from today through Friday, June 8th.
Today, Ilium Software starts with eWallet (Professional Edition) which they give away for only US$ 10.00!

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PARTNERSHIP: Palm announces strategic recapitalization with Elevation Partners
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:37 CET under 01 - General News

First rumors hit the web back in February, that PDA-pioneer Palm is in "takeover troubles" but now - everything came different. As Palm, Inc., announced today, it's creating a strategic relationship with the private-equity firm Elevation Partners ("Elevation") and a recapitalization plan that will position Palm to lead the next phase of the smartphone and mobile-computing markets. Under the planned recapitalization, shareholders will receive a US$ 9 per share cash distribution. Elevation will invest US$ 325 million in Palm, and the company will utilize these proceeds along with existing cash and US$ 400 million of new debt to finance the cash distribution.

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RUMOR: DOPOD/HTC to launch 6 new Windows Mobile devices in 2H 2007
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:59 CET under 01 - General News

According to a report from DigiTimes, Dopod is expected to release 6 new (most likely) Windows Mobile smartphones in second half of 2007.
While the devices are told to be launched in China, it can be expected that HTC is going to release the same devices under its own HTC brand worldwide as well, as well as it can be expected, that some of the devices will be available from carriers.
Most interesting here is the fact, that DigiTimes got the code names of the expected devices which are:

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Friday, 01.06.07
SERVICE: DW-TV launches Mobile TV format with hourly updated News streams
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:31 CET under 01 - General News

No, Deutsche Welle TV is neither BBC International nor CNN and it's virtually unknown within Germany because it's broadcasting outside of Germany only but it's a fine German TV channel which is now offering news briefs from DW-TV for mobile devices such as mobile phones, PDAs and BlackBerrys. A one-minute news overview in English and German is available in 3GPP format, both as a stream and to download. The headlines are updated every hour.
Since 2005, Deutsche Welle has offered special Internet services for cell phone and other mobile devices.

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PHOTOVIEW: E-TEN Glofiish X500+ Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following my earlier Glofiish X500+ unboxing experience, here we go with a couple of detailed shots of E-TEN's latest Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone/Pocket PC Phone Edition.
This unique VGA Pocket PC Phone Edition features Windows Mobile 6 and the VGA screen definitely benefits from Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile version since the 2.8" screen looks crispy and makes it using it a pleasure. The housing is a kind of soft-touch finishing (similar to the Samsung SGH-i600/BlackJack or HTC Excalibur) which definitely feels nice and keeps the device safely in the hand as well as it keeps away finger prints.

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PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i600 Extended Battery
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

This is definitely nothing new for American Samsung BlackJack-owners but it's new for European and Asian Samsung SGH-i600 customers. As I've mentioned earlier, Samsung will sell all their new i600's with two different batteries: the standard battery and the extended battery (which replaces the second standard battery in the sales pack). Now, Samsung was kind enough to provide me an extended battery for testing. So what's the extended battery is about? Well, basically the Samsung i600 is a great device with all its features but all these features (especially UMTS and HSDPA) requires a lot of power. Therefore, the standard battery can be too weak for power users (and depending on the usage type, it can happens that the standard battery even not least a whole day).

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