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Wednesday, 31.10.07
PHOTOVIEW: T-Mobile Shadow Home Screen User Interface [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:48 CET under 08 - Reviews

Courtesy of Microsoft, I've just received a couple of screenshots from T-Mobile's recently announced T-Mobile Shadow Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone. These screenshots shows T-Mobile's new Home screen interface which T-Mobile calls an "enhanced user-interface". And if you follow the photos bellow, it looks like this is the 3rd edition of a new kind of Windows Mobile Standard Home screen, we've seen first as the Samsung Carousel and after as the Vodafone TPP user interface. Like the Samsung Carousel and the Vodafone TPP, this Home screen replaces the typical Windows Mobile Standard Home screen layout by adding a kind of (in this case T-Mobile) customized layout on top:

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UPGRADE: HTC and AT&T releases Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for the AT&T 8525
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ladies and Gentlemen, please charge your batteries and free up a USB port on your PC. HTC America just announced that it will provide a Windows Mobile 6 Professional ROM upgrade for the AT&T 8525 from tomorrow, November 1, 2007 which is however available for download already.
This ROM update is intended for the AT&T 8525 only and users should not load or attempt to load this version on any other device (aka other HTC Hermes) as it may cause serious issues/damage.
Also note, that at this time, Good Mobile Messaging is not supported on an upgraded AT&T 8525 anymore. If you use Good Mobile Messaging, better not upgrade your device at this time.

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THOUGHT: How to remote control your Slingbox connected MCE from your Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:21 CET under 09 - Thoughts

The past days my girlfriend and I were off for some vacation which we spent in Mallorca again. And as good as the weather was during the day, in the night it became too cold to sit outside and therefore we spent some good time in the evening either in the bar or in the hotel room. Not bad at all, since we still had some TV recordings we wanted to watch anyway.
Thankfully our favorite hotel in Mallorca has free in-room Internet and with a downstream of roughly measured 3000 Kbps, the speed is quite decent for streaming. At least it's good enough to watch TV from the Slingbox at home, especially because I have an upstream of 2048 Kbps which means the result was quite sufficient.

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OFFICIAL: Samsung announced the SGH-i780 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During a yesterday's global launch event in London, Samsung officially announced the Samsung SGH-i780 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone, we've seen unveiled during the Gitex last month already. Featuring a touchscreen in addition to the QWERTY keyboard, the i780 also features a - what Samsung calls - "optical joystick", which should allow easy navigation. Furthermore, the device sports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz and singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Another highlight is the inbuilt A-GPS receiver and the 2.6" 320 x 320 touchscreen which is a quite unique screen resolution for today's Windows Mobile smartphones:

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COOPERATION: HTC and Brightpoint strengthen relationship with Global Distribution Agreement
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:45 CET under 01 - General News

Brightpoint, Inc. and HTC Corporation, the leading provider of Windows Mobile-based smart devices today announced that they have entered into a global master distribution agreement.
Under the terms of the agreement Brightpoint will provide distribution and customized logistic services to HTC on a global basis. Pursuant to the agreement, Brightpoint will support the entire range of HTC branded devices and help in the global expansion and penetration of HTC products and services.

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Monday, 29.10.07
OFFICIAL: AT&T and Pantech introduces the Pantech Duo Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled earlier already, AT&T and Pantech announced today that the eagerly anticipated Pantech duo is now available in the U.S. exclusively from AT&T. The device features the convenience of both a full QWERTY and a numeric keypad in one sleek 3G device.
The Pantech duo is a global smart device that takes "cool" to a higher level in redefining form and function. Boasting an innovative dual-sliding, double-keyboard design, the Pantech duo marks a new breed of mobile handset - created to address the lifestyle needs of both business customers and consumers.

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MESSAGING: Geodesic launches Mundu IM for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Geodesic's earlier launch of Mundu IM for Windows Mobile Standard smartphones, the instant messaging specialist today announced the compatibility of its market leading product Mundu IM with Windows Mobile Professional and Classic Pocket PCs and select Sony Ericsson devices. Mundu IM gives users the exclusive ability to cross-conference friends, colleagues and family across AIM, MSN and Yahoo IM services through a single chat window on Windows Mobile Standard, Professional and Classic, Sony Ericsson J2ME, Palm OS, and Apple iPhone devices.

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OFFICIAL: T-Mobile launches the T-Mobile Shadow Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile USA today announces the upcoming availability of the T-Mobile Shadow - the first phone in a planned franchise of phones under the Shadow brand, a name that will become synonymous with playful, easier and richer communications experiences offered only by T-Mobile. Available from October 31, the T-Mobile Shadow, a Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone manufactured by HTC, is designed to significantly reduce the complexity often associated with many feature-rich devices, while maintaining all the powerful calling, messaging and picture sharing capabilities people crave to keep them connected:

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Thursday, 25.10.07
SERVICE: AOL announces AOL MyMobile for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:44 CET under 01 - General News

Following Yahoo!'s Yahoo! Go mobile device client, now also AOL is going to introduce a dedicated client for mobile devices which AOL calls AOL MyMobile. Combining personalization, ease-of-use, and rich media, AOL will soon debut this engaging application that features highly customizable access to many of AOL's most popular services including AOL Mail, AOL CityGuide, MapQuest, AOL Local Search, AOL News, Weather, AOL Sports and AOL Pictures. More than just stand-alone services, these applications work intuitively together, enabling users to find information and take action without having to leave AOL MyMobile:

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SYNC: Opera connects mobile and desktop worlds with Opera Link
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:36 CET under 01 - General News

Opera, today released Opera Link. Wherever you are, whatever Opera browser you use, or whichever device you use Opera on, you can instantly access your bookmarks, Speed Dial, and personal bar. Say goodbye to the tedious hassle of entering text in your mobile phone to visit your top sites and say hello to a new level of convenience from device to device.
The first service to leverage the breadth of Opera's industry-leading product portfolio, Opera Link forms a key cornerstone of two beta products released today.

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Wednesday, 24.10.07
COMPATIBILITY: Create Windows Live ID from Windows Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 01 - General News

Early last year, I wrote that Microsoft's Windows Live ID (which was called Microsoft Passport last year) dislike Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and you wasn't able to create a Windows Live ID from your Windows Mobile device (see this screenshot).
Okay, it took a little bit longer for Microsoft to found my posting but finally you can also create Windows Live IDs from your Windows Mobile smartphone and PDA.
As Phil Holden, Director of online services at Microsoft posted in his blog, Windows Live ID is Windows Mobile compatible now:

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SITE: Introducing the Slingdex Test Scenario for Battery Comparison
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:06 CET under 06 - Site News

Standby- and talk-time are important hard facts for today's mobile devices and mobile phones since these figures tell the user something about the run-time, he can expect from the device. However, as good as these figures are, they are not saying anything about the actual use-time of a device. Especially with the introduction of smartphones, the whole battery life figures changed dramatically because smartphones are not used for voice calls and a couple of text messages anymore but smartphones handle appointments and contacts, acts as portable media centers by playing audio tracks and videos as well as being Internet access devices for web and E-Mail.

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SERVICE: Google activates IMAP for Gmail
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:04 CET under 01 - General News

Good news, especially for mobile device users. Google has recently activated IMAP support for its popular Gmail E-Mail service which is even more interesting if you access your Gmail account from different PCs and devices in parallel.
Finally you can download your E-Mails to your PC or Mac, using Outlook or whatever you are using, and in addition you can access the same inbox from your mobile device.
While Google is also offering a mail client for mobile devices, the current mail client only supports J2ME-enabled devices and since not all Windows Mobile devices includes J2ME but Outlook Mobile, this is the better option anyway.

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RUMOR: Is this the new Palm Treo 800w Windows Mobile Pocket PC?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Take the following info with a necessary grain of salt since there is no further confirmation. But over at the treocentral.com forums, a user has posted a rendering of a device he calls the Palm Treo 800w and which he got it from a solutions engineer at Sprint (which means the Treo 800w would be a CDMA device).
Doesn't looks to bad, if you ask me. Either it's true and in this case Palm did a good job or it's a fake which means Palm should hire the artist for its next like of Windows Mobile smartphones:

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Tuesday, 23.10.07
OFFICIAL: Samsung and AT&T introduces the BlackJack II Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During Microsoft's presentation of its new "System Center Mobile Device Manager", Microsoft, AT&T and Samsung also unveiled the Blackjack II (aka Samsung SGH-i617), a sleek, smart and simple Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone which finally features quadband GSM/EDGE/GPRS, triband 3G UMTS/HSDPA as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Furthermore, the BlackJack II features built-in GPS, a 2.0 megapixel camera with video-capture capabilities as well as an increased standard memory.

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BACKEND: Microsoft announces System Center Mobile Device Manager
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:27 CET under 01 - General News

Seeking to catalyze large-scale adoption of mobile smartphones by corporate customers, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer today unveiled several strategic offerings to help people and businesses better embrace mobile technology. The company announced its first dedicated mobile device management server and a strategic new business alliance to complement the growing success of the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system and help more businesses take advantage of mobile solutions for their employees.

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CLONE: MobilityFlow.com releases HTC TouchFLO-clone for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I'm not sure how good or useful this HTC TouchFLO copy-cat works on standard touchscreen devices but MobilityFlow.com today announced Touch Commander, a - what they called it - "unique application" (even it looks for me like a copy of HTC's previously mentioned TouchFLO user interface) for controlling PDA and smartphones by recognizing and responding to the touch and sweep of a finger across the screen. With Touch Commander in place, you get a one-touch access to phone calls, E-Mails, SMS messages, calendar, appointments, applications and other commonly used content.

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UNVEILED: i-mates announces the Ultimate 9502 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the Ultimate 8502, i-mate announced another Windows Mobile smartphone today - the i-mate Ultimate 9502. A Sidekick-look alike Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone, featuring a thumb-keyboard under the sliding display.
Powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7200 chip at 400 MHz, the Ultimate 9502 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi b/g Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and even supports GPS. Backed-up by 256 MB ROM and 128 MB RAM, the memory can be extended using microSD cards. Last but not least, the device features a 3.0 megapixel auto focus camera with photo light and a 2.8" VGA touchscreen:

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UNVEILED: i-mates announces the Ultimate 8502 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following i-mates earlier launch of two new low-cost Windows Mobile Smartphones (the i-mate JAMA 101 and i-mate JAMA 201), i-mate today unveiled another Windows Mobile smartphone of it's Ultimate-line - the i-mate Ultimate 8502. Sporting Windows Mobile 6 Professional and a 400 MHz Qualcomm MSM 7200 chip, the Ultimate 8502 features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triband HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi b/b and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR as well as integrated GPS. Backed-up by 256 MB ROM and 128 MB RAM, the memory can be extended using microSD cards. Furthermore it integrates a 2.0 megapixel fixed focus camera with LED photo light and a QWERTY thumb-keyboard. Unlike other Ultimate devices, the Ultimate 8502 only features a QVGA touchscreen:

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Monday, 22.10.07
REVIEW: Sling Media Slingbox SOLO
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:15 CET under 08 - Reviews

If you plan to use your Slingbox with an external set-top box only (like a satellite receiver or a Microsoft Windows Media Center), the recently launched Slingbox SOLO is the right device for you. Unlike the Slingbox PRO (see our earlier review here) or the Slingbox CLASSIC (see our earlier review here), the Slingbox SOLO doesn't includes an aerial/coaxial antenna input (including a DVB-T tuner) but Composite Video, S-Video and Component Video input/output only which can be connected to one standard or high definition (HD) set-top box or DVR/DVD-Player (including a Microsoft Windows Media Center or Apple TV).

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SERVICE: Dashwire syncs and makes your Smartphone accessible from your PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:59 CET under 01 - General News

Last week, I've attend an interesting Webcast about a new service for Windows Mobile smartphones, which is introduced today. As we live our lives, the mobile phone is something that goes with us everywhere. It's constantly recording our daily life and the memories that are important through text messages, contacts, calls, photos and videos. Unfortunately, much of this footage is lost forever because it's entirely too difficult for users to figure out how to access and share it with others. Dashwire changes this by automatically mirroring the content on your phone to the Web (think of a consumer focused and smarter ActiveSync which lets you synchronizing more than just the PIM data of Outlook).

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Friday, 19.10.07
UNVEILED: The HTC Polaris will be called HTC Touch Cruise
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I think it's safe to say the cat is out of the bag now. According to Dutch website pocketinfo.nl, the HTC smartphone, we knew so far under its codename "HTC Polaris", will hit the shops as "HTC Touch Cruise" and pocketinfo.net also got the specs confirmed. Therefore, the HTC Polaris will sports Windows Mobile 6 Professional and features a Qualcomm MSM7200 CPU at 400 MHz. Furthermore, the Polaris will supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA and even HSUPA and for sure Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi b/g. The device is baked-up with 128 MB of RAM and 256 MB of ROM and the 2.8" touchscreen supports QVGA. On the back, we have - as seen before already - a 3 megapixel camera (which is said to be auto focus) plus the secondary 0.3 megapixel camera on the front.

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UNVEILED: Samsung's SGH-i616 and SGH-i617 - Twins separated at Birth?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We have read about Samsung SGH-i617 earlier this month and it looks like the SGH-i617 is the expected BlackJack II. However, according to rumors, the BlackJack II is again a North American version only (like the previously released SGH-i607/BlackJack, since unconfirmed radio specs are told to be GSM 850/1900 and WCDMA 850/1900 only which means this device is useless outside North America.
Nevertheless, the beloved Bluetooth SIG has unveiled now, that there is another Samsung smartphone in the pipeline which is called the Samsung SGH-i616 and according to the Bluetooth SIG, both devices refer to the same platform:

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Thursday, 18.10.07
REVEALED: E-Ten Glofiish X600 Windows Mobile 6 GPS Smartphone Specs unveiled
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following yesterday's news about the brand new E-Ten Glofiish X600, we've just received some further information and confirmed specs about this brand new and so far unannounced Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone. As expected, the X600 is powered by a Samsung CPU at 400 MHz and includes 128 MB ROM and 64 MB SDRAM which can be extended with microSD memory cards. Furthermore the X600 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and WiFi b/g plus a SiRF Star III GPS chipset. The X600 is thinner as its forerunners (the X500 and X500+) by measuring 107 x 58 x 14.7 mm at a weight of 136 g only:

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ANNOUNCED: Verizon Wireless introduces the SMT5800 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Beside the two new Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphones, Verizon Wireless today also announced a new Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone, the Verizon Wireless SMT5800 (aka HTC Libra/HTC S720) which was introduced before by Qwest Wireless and Bell Mobility.
Easy access to the Internet, calendar, contacts, tasks, E-Mail and music is tucked inside a chic, slim package that fits pocket or purse with equal discretion. Equipped with a five-way navigation key and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the SMT5800 is loaded with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Standard, a 2.0 megapixel camera with auto-focus, Windows Media Player 10 and Bluetooth.

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ANNOUNCED: Verizon Wireless introduces the XV6800 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the Samsung SCG-i760 launch, Verizon Wireless also announced the upcoming launch of the Verizon Wireless XV6800 (aka HTC Mogul).
Dressed in Blue and designed for sophistication, the Verizon Wireless XV6800 features Windows Mobile Professional and comes with a cleverly hidden, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 2.0 megapixel camera/camcorder with flash and Windows Media Player 10. This is the ultimate connectivity device as it can ride speedily along Verizon Wireless' broadband network or users can transition to WiFi for optimal choice in Web, E-Mail or behind-the-firewall access.

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ANNOUNCED: Verizon Wireless launches the Samsung SCH-i760 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled late last year already, Verizon Wireless finally announced the Samsung SCH-i760, which goes on sale online from October 19 and in stores from November 2. Styled for performance, the Samsung SCH-i760 features a stylus for quick and easy navigation on the touch-screen and Windows Mobile 6 Professional for a familiar office experience in a mobile environment. Customers will be able to read and edit in applications such as Word or Excel and read PDFs and PowerPoint presentations. In addition, the compact SCH-i760 features a full QWERTY horizontal slider keyboard, a separate dial pad right on the front of the device, stereo Bluetooth for both speakers and headsets and a 1.3 megapixel camera/camcorder with flash:

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LEAKED: O2 Germany unveils a new unknown Windows Mobile Xda Pocket PC Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like somebody at O2 Germany put the wrong photo on the server. Instead of showing an enlarged photo of the soon to be released Xda star, O2 unveiled a so far unknown and unannounced Xda which looks like O2's version of the (also not yet announced) HTC Polaris. So it seems O2 Germany is working on a follower of its Xda orbit (aka HTC Artemis), a Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone which sports inbuilt GPS.
The new Xda is expected to feature Windows Mobile 6 Professional and GSM but also UMTS (most likely also HSDPA), Bluetooth and WiFi and the 3 megapixel camera seems to be confirmed now as well as the UMTS-typical front facing camera for video telephony (which confirms UMTS somehow):

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MULTIMEDIA: Conduits releases Pocket Player 3.5 for WM 6 Standard and Professional
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:35 CET under 01 - General News

Conduits Technologies, Inc. yesterday announced the release of Pocket Player 3.5 for Windows Mobile 6 Standard and Professional devices and all previous models. Pocket Player aims to satisfy consumers who demand more from a media player on a mobile device. The new version includes new browsing features, a rewrite of the library system, updates to plugins and many other fixes.
The Pocket Player media browser now sports several enhancements; in addition to browsing by artist, album and genre, Pocket Player 3.5 introduces the ability to browse by Release Date. The Album view now displays thumbnails of album artwork, which appears alongside album and artist names.

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Wednesday, 17.10.07
ANNOUNCED: Sprint to exclusively launch the HTC Touch on November 4th
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Telus Mobility's earlier HTC Touch launch in Canada, Sprint and HTC today announced the upcoming availability of Touch by HTC (aka HTC Vogue), a full touch screen wireless phone integrating Windows Mobile 6 Professional with advanced entertainment features in the US. Operating on the Sprint Mobile Broadband EVDO network, the stylish Touch by HTC brings together E-Mail and other essential business applications with Sprint's exclusive multimedia content including over-the-air music downloads, live TV and more. Unfortunately it lacks WiFi which the European version of the HTC Touch supports.

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UNVEILED: E-TEN X600 Windows Mobile Pocket PC shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After E-TEN introduced the Glofiish X500 Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition and pimped it with the release of the Glofiish X500+, it seems to be time for a new 2.5G Windows Mobile Professional smartphone from E-TEN. Et voilà - French website PPCReviews has the first photos of the so far unknown Glofiish X600. Featuring a bicolor black/purple housing, the X600 is expected to sports Windows Mobile 6 Professional, a 400 MHz CPU from Samsung as well as GSM/GPRS/EDGE plus Bluetooth and WiFi. And, like its forerunners, the X600 also features GPS (for sure):

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Tuesday, 16.10.07
REVIEW: Spb Software House Pocket Plus 4.0 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Heinz Burkart - at 19:49 CET under 08 - Reviews

It's been a long time since we have heard anything about Spb Software House most popular program - Spb Pocket Plus and the last major release, Spb Pocket Plus 3, was launched back in 2005 already. In the meantime Spb has developed many other applications but now the long awaited version 4 of Spb Pocket Plus has been finally released.
As good as today's Windows Mobile Classic and Professional platforms are, there are still a lot of missing components that many Pocket PC users consider as seriously needed on the Windows Mobile touchscreen platform. These are simple things, like a close button that really closes, the ability to open multiple windows in Internet Explorer Mobile, the ability to view file properties in File Explorer, a task manager, the ability to place shortcuts on the Today screen, among many others.

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UTILITY: Spb Software House releases Spb Pocket Plus 4.0 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House, today announced the release of a new version of its legendary Spb Pocket Plus application. Spb Pocket Plus 4.0 works as a seamless extension of Windows Mobile, building on the natural strengths of the Microsoft platform, while dramatically enhancing the functionality. In essence, this is the long-awaited feature pack update, called on to compliment the original Windows Mobile platform. Over a million users from all over the world have come to rely on Spb Pocket Plus for making their device experience run smoother with a set of convenient features, lacking in out-of-the-box mobile devices.

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ROLL-OUT: Canadians finally get HSDPA from Rogers Wireless
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:47 CET under 01 - General News

Rogers today announced the next phase of its 3G high speed wireless network and Vision services in 22 Canadian markets. Earlier this year, Rogers introduced its Vision suite of services in Ontario's Golden Horseshoe. Rogers is the first and only wireless carrier in North America to offer wireless video calling. The Rogers Vision suite of services operates on Rogers' new High Speed Packet Access (HSxPA) network, the fastest wireless network in Canada. HSxPA is the latest evolution of GSM, the world-wide standard for mobile wireless communications. This 3G protocol significantly increases download speeds on wireless devices, providing a user experience similar to broadband high-speed services.

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UTILITY: V2R releases Active UI MultiTouch for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

V2R today released its new Active UI MultiTouch plug-in which allows you to control all the latest V2R Active plug-ins with your finger - something which becomes even handier now, with HTC's new biotouch display technology which is used for the HTC Touch and HTC Touch Dual.
Active UI MultiTouch adds a small and multi functional plug-ins to your Windows Mobile Professional and Classic Pocket PC's Today screen.
For instance, the V2R MultiTouch plug-in allows you to control WiFi, vibration, time and date, your alarms and device lock, or just to start any of the the other V2R Active plug-in's:

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REVIEW: LobsterTunes for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone
Posted by Editorial - at 14:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

(By Helio Diamant) Around 2 months ago, I received from Electric Pocket a reviewer's license of LobsterTunes. Electric Pocket is a veteran, a well known Pocket PC and PalmOS developer, and has brought some very successful titles in the past like Bugme!, Ringo and Busker.
LobsterTunes is said to be a music player that allows you to listen to music on your Windows Mobile phone or PDA that are stored and streamed from many different locations. Bursting with features, it supports the playing of MP3, WMA and WAV audio files. In addition to simply listening to these files, however, LobsterTunes also lets you take advantage of your WiFi or WWAN connection to browse and play music wirelessly from any UPnP music servers that exist on your Local Area Network.

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PROTOTYPE: Samsung shows water-powered Mobile Phone batteries
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:19 CET under 01 - General News

In 2010 your mobile phone may be powered by water. During the 2007 Korea Electronics Show. Samsung Electro-Mechanics announced that it has developed a micro-fuel cell and hydrogen generator that runs on H2O.
And it even showed a working prototype of the new "Micro Fuel Cell" which works with the Korean version of the Samsung SGH-i600 (I wouldn't mind to test it as well). According to Samsung, the micro-fuel cell can generate up to three watts of electricity which is enough to be used in mobile devices. The new fuel cell could power a handset for 10 hours (talk time, standby time?), twice as long as rechargeable batteries.

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UPDATE: Microsoft releases new Live Search Services for Desktop and Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:59 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft today announced the final updates to the fall release of its Live Search service, introducing a broad array of new services and features to its local and mobile search offerings.
The new features and enhancements are designed to make it easier for people to find what they need at home or on the go through significant innovations in mapping, imagery and driving directions as well as new services to make the mobile search experience easy and powerful.
Microsoft also announced the availability of the Live Search 411 service. Customers can gain toll-free access by dialing (800) CALL-411 (800-225-5411) from any phone to find and connect to local businesses and other local information, such as weather updates, movie show times and airline information.

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Monday, 15.10.07
UTILITY: Vito Technology releases FunContact for Pocket PC Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Vito Technology today announced the availability of FunContact, a Windows Mobile contact manager that brings iPhone experience to your non HTC Touch or HTC Touch Dual Windows Mobile Pocket PC. While HTC Touch (with a future ROM update) or Touch Dual users don't need FunContact, since HTC's TouchFLO application works similar, other Windows Mobile phone users can scroll through the contact list just with a flick of a finger. The animated menus and sparkling interface with big tap-ready buttons make contact managing a real fun!

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REVIEW: Palm Treo 500v Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

For two weeks, I had the pleasure to test Palm's new Treo 500v smartphone which the American PDA veteran introduce mid last month. The Treo 500v marks a quite historical milestone in Palm's long history since it is the first non-touchscreen device because it's using Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6 Standard instead of the previously used Windows Mobile Professional (aka Pocket PC Phone Edition). Therefore, I was even more curious how the device performs. Another interesting fact is, that the device is, until end of 2007, on sale exclusively from Vodafone. This means, that the smartphone sports some Vodafone typical features which makes it unique once more.

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Friday, 12.10.07
AVAILABLE: Telus Mobility exclusively launches the HTC S640 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the HTC Touch, Telus Mobility also released the HTC S640 (aka the HTC Iris) Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone we have heard about before.
Built for easy access to E-Mail, SMS, and IM (Windows Live), with a full QWERTY keyboard and large screen to help you stay connected anywhere, the HTC S640 adds portability to your business and personal life. Exclusively available from Telus, the HTC S640 supports 1X-EVDO (Rev A capable with future software up) dual band, Bluetooth and WiFi at a size of 111.5 x 63 x 14.2 mm and a weight of 120 grams:

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AVAILABLE: Telus Mobility launches the HTC Touch in Canada
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC and Telus Canada today announced the first North American availability of the HTC Touch  (code named HTC Vogue). The HTC Touch is a deceptively small and stylish mobile phone that ushers in an innovative new concept in intuitive touch screen navigation. It brings a new level of simplicity to the powerful and function-rich device experience that today's mobile consumers demand. Telus' HTC Touch features Windows Mobile 6 Professional, 1X-EVDO (Rev A capable with future software update) dual band and Bluetooth but WiFi isn't mentioned (even if the European version of the HTC Touch, the HTC Elf includes WiFi):

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INNOVATION: Microsoft receives Patent for a new User Interface for Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:01 CET under 01 - General News

Just in time to my previous column if the Windows Mobile touchscreen interface is ready for single-hand use, the United States Patent and Trademark Office yesterday unveiled a patent which was given to Microsoft (Application Number: 11/765,684). Title of the patent: "Extensible Filtered Lists for Mobile Device User Interface" which is about systems and methods for providing an improved user interface for mobile devices (smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and the like are explicitly stated in the patent specification). Access to data and services from multiple software applications can be provided through a group or list of items. Each group or list can include multiple items, which can be associated with data or tasks from multiple applications.

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THOUGHT: Is the Windows Mobile Touchscreen UI finally single-hand use ready?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:38 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If you are a long-time reader of the::unwired, you know that I'm using Pocket PCs and its forerunners since 1998/2000 but you also know that I've moved to the Windows Mobile Smartphone platform, aka non-touchscreen devices, when the first HTC Smartphone, the HTC Canary aka the original Orange SPV, came out in 2003.
Before, I've used Pocket PCs and the first Pocket PC Phone Edition (aka the HTC Wallaby) but also non Windows Mobile mobile phones in parallel and since I discovered to the non-touchscreen Windows Mobile Smartphone, I never went back to touchscreen smartphones as my primary voice device, except if I was testing a device for a review. For me, Windows Mobile Professional devices are connected PDAs which I love to use as text entry and E-Mail devices as well as surf pad while I'm stationary.

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UNVEILED: i-mate introduces the JAMA 201 Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the introduction of the i-mate JAMA 101 Windows Mobile Professional smartphone, i-mate also unveiled its first JAMA Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone, the i-mate JAMA 201.
Supporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well and Bluetooth, the JAMA 201 lacks WiFi and UMTS.
Like the JAMA 101, the JAMA 201 is powered by a Samsung CPU at 300 MHz and sports 128 MB of ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended by microSD memory cards. Last but not least, the device sports a 2 megapixel autofocus camera with flash for photos and videos:

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UNVEILED: i-mate introduces the JAMA 101 Pocket PC Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like i-mate is extending its range of JAMA smartphones. Following the earlier released i-mate JAMA, the Dubai based Windows Mobile specialist recently unveiled the i-mate JAMA 101 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone. Supporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well and Bluetooth, the JAMA 101 lacks WiFi and UMTS.
The 2.4" touchscreen device is powered by a Samsung CPU at 300 MHz and sports 128 MB of ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended by microSD memory cards. Last but not least, the device sports a 2 megapixel autofocus camera with flash for photos and videos:

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Thursday, 11.10.07
APPOINTED: HTC America gets new Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 01 - General News

HTC (High Tech Computer Corp.) today announced that Jason Mackenzie has been named the vice president of sales and marketing of HTC America. Hired by HTC in 2005, Mackenzie has served as the executive director of national accounts for HTC and was a founding member of the HTC America leadership team. Mackenzie has been instrumental in the expansion of HTC America, which has grown to more than 100 employees in just two years. In addition, he was responsible for developing the Americas account team structure, channel sales organization and relationships with some of the top mobile operators in North America.

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AVAILABILITY: Dummies of Pantech's C810 arriving at AT&T Stores
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spotted on Amazon before, Engadget Mobile received some information that the AT&T stores are starting to get dummy versions of the new Pantech Duo C810 Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone which can only mean that the release is coming soon.
While the C810 isn't available from AT&T's online shop, it might be worth to ask your local store for estimated time of arrival. I think the Pantech C810 is a quite interesting concept, with it's dual slide mechanism for a traditional phone keypad and an additional slide-out QWERTY keyboard, combining best of both worlds - so far seen on the HTC S710 and S730 only:

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LEAKED: Motorola works on a Consumer-friendly MOTO Q9h follower [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During a Motorola presentation yesterday in Amsterdam, Motorola also accidently leaked four new devices which includes one new Windows Mobile smartphones. Dutch site "Mobile Phone Helpdesk" was able to snap photos of these devices when they were shown at the presentation. The accidentally leaked Windows Mobile smartphone is code-named "Genghis" and according to Mobile Phone Helpdesk, the Motorola Genghis is not directly made for the businessman but more for those who appreciate the advantages of a business device (with a QWERTY thumb-keyboard) without too much hustle and bustle.

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Wednesday, 10.10.07
DEVELOPMENT: Mozilla Foundation to port Firefox to Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:57 CET under 01 - General News

Late but not too late, Mike Schroepfer from the Mozilla Foundation posted on his blog yesterday, that there are plans now to officially port Mozilla to mobile devices.
This means that the Mozilla Foundation will make core platform decisions with mobile devices as first-class citizens to ship a version of "Mobile Firefox" which can, among other things, run Firefox extensions on mobile devices and allow others to build rich applications via XUL.
Furthermore it's planned that Mozilla will expand its small team of full-time mobile contributors to focus on the technology and application needs of mobile devices.

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REVIEW: Proporta Freedom Keychain GPS SiRF III Receiver
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:21 CET under 08 - Reviews

Do you remember Proporta's new GPS receiver, which claimed to be the smallest GPS receiver available as of today?
Well, today I've received a review sample, thanks to Proporta and it's indeed pretty small. Well, it's not as small as I thought (or better hoped) but nevertheless, it's definitely an interesting GPS receiver for most Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphone users, since Windows Mobile Standard smartphones doesn't features GPS receivers yet as well as an interesting addition for Pocket PC Phone users like HTC Touch/HTC Touch Dual owners.

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VIDEOVIEW: HTC Touch Dual/O2 Xda star SureType Hard- and Software Keyboards
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following yesterday's video view of HTC's new and updated TouchFLO user interface, which ships with the HTC Touch Dual, today I'm video viewing the new input methods on a 20 keys SureType-like O2 Xda star.
So the Xda star (as well as the 20 keys HTC Touch Dual version) includes a slide-out keyboard which reminds on BlackBerry's SureType technology as well as two new SIP (Soft Input Pannel) keyboards called "Touch Keyboard" and "Touch Keypad". The Touch Keyboard is a 1:1 SureType copy of the SureType hardware keyboard while the Touch Keypad is a more traditional 12 keys mobile phone-like keypad.

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UPGRADE: Windows Mobile 6 ROM for Samsung SGH-i600 coming to South-East Asia soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Rolled-out initially in Europe, Samsung Singapore confirmed in a statement, that the long awaited Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the Samsung SGH-i600 is finally coming to South-East Asia as well.
Starting in Singapore, i600 Singaporean customers can can bring their smartphones to the Samsung service center at "Plaza Singapura" for a free software upgrade from October 13. So Singaporean i600 customers cannot perform the upgrade on their own as European customers can do (if available for your country).

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Tuesday, 09.10.07
VIDEOVIEW: HTC Touch Dual/O2 Xda star TouchFlo walkthrough
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:17 CET under 08 - Reviews

With the recently announced HTC Touch Dual, HTC has also enhanced it's TouchFLO user interface which was originally introduced with the HTC Touch (see the previous HTC Touch video walkthrough here). Was the first TouchFLO version pretty much focused on the Today screen cube and some navigational elements in the File or Internet Explorer, HTC now added TouchFLO functionalities to the Inbox as well as enhanced the Contacts navigation. Furthermore HTC added a new photo viewer which lets you zoom in/out as well as sliding through your photo album.
Last but not least the size of the Start menu is increased to make it more thumb friendly:

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UNVEILED: Samsung SGH-i617 aka BlackJack II shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Nobody is yet sure what's new for the Samsung SGH-i617 the FCC unveiled earlier but at least we got a couple of high resolution photos now.
Confirmed seems to be Windows Mobile 6 Standard as well as an upgraded 2 megapixel camera but other features like supported GSM and UMTS bands are still in the dust.
Sure, this refresh looks good but hopefully the refresh also includes quadband GSM, triband UMTS with a 3.6 Mbps upgraded HSDPA revision as well as WiFi support which the European BlackJack I had built-in already:

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PHOTOVIEW: Palm Treo 500v Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:18 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the earlier hands-on, I finally found the time for some better photos of the recently announced Palm Treo 500v Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone which also includes some comparison to other Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphones.
While I'm currently working on the review, please find bellow a couple of photos for your pleasance since a photo says more than thousand words.
The review will be ready and uploaded during this week, since I have to return the device soon, so please feel free to ask further questions now:

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THOUGHT: How usable are QWERTY Keyboards for one-hand use?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:57 CET under 09 - Thoughts

No question, since RIM's introduction of the BlackBerry, QWERTY keyboards became quite popular, doesn't matter if these are slide-out keyboards like used with the HTC TyTN and TyTN II, or if these are thumb-keyboards like used with the Palm Treo 750 or Samsung BlackJack or if these are SureType-kind of keyboards like used with the HTC Touch Dual or the T-Mobile Juno. All these keyboards have one common - a kind of classical typewriter keyboard layout and it seems, the regular mobile phone keypad is slowly falling into oblivion.

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REVEALED: FCC unveils the Samsung SGH-i617 and the Bluetooth SIG confirms it
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The beloved FCC, which is always good to unveil unannounced devices just revealed the Samsung SGH-i617 which is most likely a Windows Mobile smartphone and seems to be the follower of the Samsung SGH-i60x. While no photos are available yet, the outline drawing looks quite similar to the Samsung SGH-i60x aka the Samsung BlackJack.
According to the SAR report, the i617 supports at least HSDPA at 850 and 1900 MHz but the Bluetooth SIG unveiled that the device might support even more GSM and UMTS bands since it claims that the device will has a "Geographic Availability: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America":

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Monday, 08.10.07
PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda star Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:41 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following my last week's hands-on with the recently announced O2 Xda star, aka O2 Germany's version of the also recently announced HTC Touch Dual, this morning I found a brand new O2 Xda star on my door step, thanks to O2 Germany.
The O2 xda star is the sister-model of the HTC Touch Dual, featuring the same specs like Windows Mobile 6 Professional, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and a unique 20 keys slide-out keyboard for easier text input. Furthermore, the Xda star features HTC's new and unique "biotouch" display including HTC's improved TouchFLO GUI.

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REVIEW: Sling Media Slingbox PRO - UK Version
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

Late last month, Sling Media announced the launch of the Slingbox Pro for the UK and thanks to Sling Media, I've recently received a Slingbox PRO for a review.
If you know what place-shift is, I'm sure you know what the Slingbox is able to provide. If you are new to this topic, the short explanation is that every Slingbox lets you watch your home TV on nearly any Internet connected PC or mobile device by taking the TV signal, converting it into an IPTV stream and sending it to your LAN or Internet connected PC or mobile device. Well, this might sounds complicated but far from it, in most cases it's a 5 - 10 minute installation and configuration only and after you are ready to watch your home TV on your connected Notebook, Mac or Windows Mobile smartphone, doesn't matter if you are at home or abroad.

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Sunday, 07.10.07
CONCEPT: TechFaith Wireless works on a Dual SIM Card Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Pocket PC Dubai reports today about a new TechFaith Wireless Windows Mobile smartphone which is quite unique (but it seems to become a new trend) by supporting two SIM cards in one device. According to Pocket PC Dubai, the new device, which is codenamed "Cynthia", will sports Windows Mobile 6 Professional, supports quad- or triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (depending on the CPU) as well as Bluetooth 2.0, a 2 megapixel camera and 64 MB/256 MB ROM (again depending on the CPU version). What makes me kind of wonder is the time-line which says "working samples ready in April and release in July". Hey, we have October already and not a single indication of the Cynthia on the horizon:

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UNVEILED: HTC Polaris GPS Windows Mobile Smartphone shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Time is gone since we've heard about the HTC Polaris last time and unlike expected, HTC hasn't unveiled it during its last week's press events. However, someone in Portugal managed to got his hands on one and was even able to make some photos (as far as I know these are the first real photos of the Polaris).
The HTC Polaris is the UMTS follower of the HTC P3300 (HTC Artemis) and expected to feature Windows Mobile 6 Professional, GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth as well as a FM radio and for sure A-GPS (chipset yet unknown):

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Friday, 05.10.07
VIDEOVIEW: Vodafone TPP Menu on the Palm Treo 500v
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:22 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not yet announced by Vodafone, the latest Vodafone branded devices shows a new menu structure called Vodafone TPP (whatever TPP stands for). We have seen the new TPP design earlier when Vodafone unveiled its new, not yet shown Vodafone 920 Windows Mobile smartphone but the recently announced Palm Treo 500v features the TPP menu structure as well.
So what's TPP about? As far as I know, Vodafone plans to unify its upcoming smartphone menus and the menu structure we're seeing on Widows Mobile was just the start.

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Thursday, 04.10.07
SITE: Video Streams now Windows Mobile optimized as well [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:56 CET under 06 - Site News

As you might know, for some weeks the::unwired is offering "Video Views" in addition to the "Photo Views" where either devices are unboxed or devices or features are reviewed with video streams. So far I've used, with great success, the Flash Video format which works on virtually any PC and Mac operating systems, as long as the Adobe Flash Player is installed on your PC/Mac. But well, offering videos on PCs and Macs is one thing, providing the same content on mobile devices is something different and since I've launched the::unwired and all its forerunners, I always tried hard to make the content available on Windows Mobile devices as well.

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VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the Palm Treo 500v Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:12 CET under 08 - Reviews

Today I'm finally going to unbox the new Palm Treo 500v, Palm announced three weeks ago and which I've received late last week already. But due to some other press events and bank holiday in Germany, I hadn't found the time to unbox it before. Anyway, Palm's new Treo, which is exclusively on sale from Vodafone, is quite an interesting device because it's Palm's first Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone which means it misses a touch screen but it's a "regular" phone with a QWERTY (in this case QWERTZ) keyboard, featuring triband GSM and singleband UMTS. It neither features HSDPA nor does it supports all North American GSM and UMTS frequencies which is quite unusual for a U.S.-American product:

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the HTC Shift Windows Vista UMPC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:40 CET under 08 - Reviews

One of my personal highlights of this week's HTC press events was the presentation of the HTC Shift, which was announced some months ago already but which I hadn't seen in person so far. What makes the Shift so interesting for me? Well, it's the combination of being smaller than a Notebook but more powerful than a Windows Mobile Professional smartphone while still connected through UMTS and HSDPA.
I'm not using my Pocket PC Phone Editions for voice but I'm using it for mobile data access the whole day but for some tasks, like photo editing, I still need my Tablet PC. So that's where the HTC Shift comes into the game by offering Pocket PC portability with Notebook functionality.

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ANNOUNCED: AT&T officially launches the AT&T Tilt Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

AT&T today announced that the AT&T Tilt, the most feature-packed smart device available in the United States, will debut exclusively through AT&T beginning Friday, Oct. 5 already. The AT&T Tilt, which is the AT&T-branded HTC Kaiser aka HTC TyTN II, is the first AT&T-enabled Windows Mobile 6 smart device and features an innovative slide-out QWERTY keypad design, a 3 megapixel camera, 3G data speeds from AT&T's UMTS/HSDPA-based BroadbandConnect network and complete global connectivity.

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Wednesday, 03.10.07
PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the Arctic Silver HTC Touch Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:33 CET under 08 - Reviews

If you are bored by black mobile devices like me or you simply cannot see it anymore because it seems black became in the mobile phone industry what beige was in the PC industry in the late 80s and early 90s, HTC has something new for you: the Arctic Silver HTC Touch. It's not another silver device (since silver was before what black is today) but it's shimmering somewhat warmer, not so cold.
I must say that the Arctic Silver HTC Touch is definitely looking like a winner. Unfortunately, there is no Arctic Silver HTC Touch Dual planned yet but who knows - maybe HTC will update its color portfolio for the Christmas season anyway:

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AVAILABLE: HTC releases Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for the HTC P3300
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC just released another Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrade, this time the earlier confirmed upgrade for the HTC P3300.
Not too much is known about the enhancements (others than Windows Mobile 6 Professional) since HTC hasn't announced it so far but as you can see here, it's definitely available from the "My Downloads" section of HTC eClub.
As with all recent HTC Windows Mobile 6 upgrades, the download needs a registration to HTC eClub which is easy and completely free for HTC customers. So if you aren't already a member, you need to sign up to get your HTC P3300 ROM upgrade.

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UNVEILED: E-Plus silently tests HSDPA in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 01 - General News

E-Plus, a German GSM and UMTS network operator, and the last carrier in Germany which hasn't HSDPA alive, seems to silently test HSDPA now (finally). At least that's what I've see since yesterday on my O2 Xda comet which never indicated a H (for HSDPA) so far but an U (for UMTS) only. And yes, sources close to E-Plus confirmed this on request but said only a very few parts of the E-Plus network got this HSDPA upgrade yet.
You might wonder why this is so important, at least for me? Well, E-Plus is the only carrier in Germany which offers true and unlimited 2.5G and 3G data flat which is somewhat important for me.

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IMPROVED: Microsoft announces two new Zune PMPs with new features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:26 CET under 01 - General News

Neither Windows Mobile relevant nor smartphone relevant, Microsoft's Chairman Bill Gates and Corporate Vice President J Allard yesterday unveiled the next generation of Zune portable media players.
The two new models of Zune portable media players feature the new Zune Pad, an innovative touch-sensitive button for navigating on the device, as well as wireless sync, a feature that allows Zune devices to automatically sync over the device owner's home wireless network when it is connected to an AC adaptor, in a dock or speaker dock accessory.

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Tuesday, 02.10.07
PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the O2 Germany Xda star Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

As posted this morning, O2 announced it's Xda star today which is based on HTC's Nike aka Touch Dual reference platform. Like the HTC Touch Dual, the Xda star features Windows Mobile 6 Professional as well as triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps. It also features Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and misses (unfortunately for home use) WiFi.
However, O2 Germany slightly redesigned its version of the Touch Dual to make it more Xda nova similar and therefore is the Xda star sporting a different D-Pad and call button design which is the same as with the Xda nova.

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the HTC S730 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:34 CET under 08 - Reviews

The HTC S730 is the Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone I've awaited. Equipped with UMTS/HSDPA and quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR as well as its fast 400 MHz Qualcomm processor, it's the perfect device for those consumers and business professionals who want high speed connectivity.
It's is a stylish and compact phone which features an auto-sliding QWERTY keyboard making it an ideal choice for the mobile professional who needs easy access to E-Mail, messaging and the internet while out of the office. The HTC S730 comes equipped with Windows Mobile 6 and 256 MB Flash memory wrapped in a sleek gun-metal grey casing:

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the HTC Touch Dual Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:38 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following yesterday's official announcement of the HTC Touch Dual Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone, today I had some time to play with it and snapping some photos for your enjoyment.
Overall I can say that the Touch Dual is lovely and well done. It's a little bit smaller than the HTC Touch but also a little bit longer and I'm quite impressed from the enhanced TouchFLO user interface as well as from the QWERTY keyboard which works pretty good. I'm sure the 20-keys version will become the bestseller (you see photographed bellow), not the traditional phone keypad version.

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ANNOUNCED: O2 Germany unveils the O2 Xda star Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following yesterday's announcement of the HTC Touch Dual, today - during the German HTC press release - O2 Germany announced the Windows Mobile 6 Professional based Xda star which is O2 Germany's version of the HTC Touch Dual. Like the Touch Dual, the Xda star is the 3G slider version of O2's HTC Touch version, the Xda nova and following the Xda nova design, the Xda star features its own slightly different design which is based on the Xda nova "reference design". However, the Xda star will be available in one version only - with the 20-key QWERTZ keypad:

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Monday, 01.10.07
PHOTOVIEW: Sling Media Slingbox PRO
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:06 CET under 08 - Reviews

Okay, and if you think it's not enough to review one Slingbox, here's another one I've thankfully received from Sling Media. It's the brand new Slingbox PRO which Sling Media recently announced. Brand new, you think? Yes, brand new for the UK where it was introduced last week. While introduced in the US last year already, the Slinbox PRO for the UK is a feature adopted version of the original Slingbox PRO. Like the US version, the UK version also features widescreen (16:9) support and increased streaming performance (full VGA resolution, up to 8 Mbps around the home) from either standard definition or high definition set top boxes

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AVAILABLE: Opera announces Opera Mobile 8.65 for Windows Mobile Smartphones and PDAs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:32 CET under 01 - General News

Opera Software today released the new version of Opera Mobile 8.65 for Windows Mobile. Following the positive reception and rapid market adoption of Opera Mobile for the Windows Mobile platform, Opera took strides to continue providing Smartphone and Pocket PC users with a superior Web-browsing experience. Today's release, Opera Mobile 8.65 for Windows Mobile, is the culmination of user feedback and beta testing results to further enhance the Web-browsing experience on Windows Mobile devices with Opera's winning small-screen performance.

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PHOTOVIEW: Sling Media Slingbox SOLO
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:20 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to Sling Media, I've just received a brand new Slingbox SOLO which Sling Media recently announced and launched in North America incl. the US and Canada as well as in the UK.
The new Slingbox SOLO, a freshly designed new Slingbox that can connect to a standard definition or high definition set-top box transforms PCs, Notebook, Macs and for sure Windows Mobile smartphones as well as Palm devices and Nokia phones into personal, portable TVs and builds upon the goals of the original Slingbox - giving consumers the freedom to view their home cable, satellite or digital video recorder (DVR) programming on a wide range of devices anywhere they can access the Internet.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC announces the HTC P6500 vertical market Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last but not least, HTC today announced the HTC P6500 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone. which is designed for the enterprise market. It's is ideal for use in a range of vertical sectors, from logistics companies to hospitals and police forces. Incorporating a 3.5" screen, 3 megapixel camera with auto focus and barcode and fingerprint scanning capabilities, it offers the ideal features to be overlaid with programs tailored to meet the specific needs of each enterprise. The HTC P6500 is equipped with 256MB internal memory with the option to add up to 1GB in addition to two external SD card slots.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC announces HTC Shift UMPC availability for November
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:48 CET under 01 - General News

During its press event today, HTC Corp announced the HTC Shift Windows Vista/Windows Mobile UMPC. The HTC Shift ushers in a new era in mobile computing. Combining the power of Microsoft Windows Vista with always-connected 3G/HSDPA connectivity, the HTC Shift delivers unparalleled functionality in a sleek, compact design.
The HTC Shift is the first device to feature HTC's innovative new SnapVUE technology. SnapVUE provides instant access to E-Mails, calendar, SMS messages and contacts, without the need to fully boot up the device which helps conserve power and extend battery life.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC announces HTC S730 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the 2.5G HTC S710 launch, HTC today unveiled the S730 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone which adds 3G/HSDPA and a 400MHz processor for those consumers and business professionals who want high speed connectivity.
It's is a stylish and compact phone which features an auto-sliding QWERTY keyboard making it an ideal choice for the mobile professional who needs easy access to E-Mail, messaging and the internet while out of the office. The HTC S730 comes equipped with Windows Mobile 6 and 256 MB Flash memory wrapped in a sleek gun-metal grey casing.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC unveils 3.5G HTC Touch Dual Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC Corp. today announced the European launch of the HTC Touch Dual, a new and more powerful member of the Touch family that integrates 3.5G wireless connectivity with a sleek and innovative sliding keypad design.

The HTC Touch Dual follows HTC's heritage of bringing a new level of simplicity to the powerful and feature rich device experience that today's mobile users demand. Taking a design cue from the stylish HTC Touch, the HTC Touch Dual adds high speed 3G/HSDPA connectivity and a slide out keypad into a thin and narrow device designed for easy typing.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC unveils Q4 2007 device line-up
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:07 CET under 01 - General News

As expected, HTC Corp. today launched four new devices from its Q4 2007 product portfolio - the HTC Shift UMPC, the HTC S730 Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone, the HTC P6500 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone and the HTC Touch Dual Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone.
This range of devices further cements HTC's position as an innovator, driving forward the development of devices that meet the needs of business and enterprise users.

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INTRODUCED: GIGA-BYTE launches GSmart i350 GPS PDA Phone in Russia
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

GIGA-BYTE Communications today announces the GSmart i350, its first GPS PDA phone with VGA screen in Russia and runs on the latest Windows Mobile 6 Professional operating system. In a compact and sleek design, it is equipped with GPS Navigation and displays images and texts on a VGA screen, which is up to four times sharper than the commonly-seen QVGA screens. Users can view pictures and videos with high definition. As more content can now be shown in one single page, web browsing is more efficient than ever.

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CONFIRMED: Asus P750 Windows Mobile Smartphone becomes somewhat official
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally we have a release date for the Asus P750, you remember, the Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone you've seen on the::unwired first back in late July. According to CNet, the P750 will be available in Singapore and other Asian countries from December while no further information about a European release are given yet.
Furthermore CNet got an official image and full specifications now and as posted on the::unwired before, the P750 will features HSDPA, in addition to built-in GPS and the QVGA display. However, Asus will give 64 MB of RAM only, not the previously mentioned 128 MB.

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