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Friday, 30.11.07
REVEALED: FCC unveils E-Ten Glofiish X650 Windows Mobile 6 Pro Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's just a couple of weeks we have heard officially about E-Ten's new Glofiish X600 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone, the FCC unveiled another X6x0 device - the Glofiish X650.
Featuring a 2.8" touchscreen display and based on Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the X650 seems to be identical to the X600, aside from the addition of an FM tuner for listening to FM radio (and maybe even using it for GPS traffic updates?).

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UPGRADE: T-Mobile UK and Germany releases Windows Mobile 6 Upgrades
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:32 CET under 01 - General News

Following earlier HTC Windows Mobile upgrades, T-Mobile just released a couple of Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for their line of Windows Mobile smartphones.
First of all T-Mobile UK which finally released free Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for the Ameo, MDA Compact III, MDA Mail and MDA Vario II.
And also T-Mobile Austria Germany (sorry, read it on an Austrian website) released a Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for it's Ameo.

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PREVIEW: Access releases another technical preview of NetFront Browser
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Access, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today made available the latest technical preview version of NetFront Browser v3.4 for Windows Mobile 5.0.
In addition to the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), a U.S. government block cipher encryption algorithm, the latest technical preview version of NetFront Browser for Windows Mobile for the first time also includes Camellia, a high-security, high-performance international standard cipher jointly developed by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT) and Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

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DOWNLOAD: Microsoft releases commercial Office Mobile 6.1 for Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:54 CET under 01 - General News

I've posted yesterday about the update availability of Office Mobile 6.1 but if your Windows Mobile devices hasn't Windows Mobile 6.0 preinstalled, you cannot use the update but have to buy a copy of it - which is now available from Handango. With Office Mobile 6.1 you can open the new Office 2007 XML-based Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on your Windows Mobile device. These new file formats reduce file size, improve security and reliability as well as enhances integration with external sources.

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Thursday, 29.11.07
AVAILABLE: Microsoft releases Office Mobile 6.1 Update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:31 CET under 01 - General News

Accidentally released earlier but removed after, today - during Möbius 2007 - Microsoft announced the official availability of Office Mobile 6.1.
With Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft introduced the new Open XML-based file formats for Office applications. These new file formats reduce file size, improve security and reliability, and enhance integration with external sources. To allow Windows Mobile users to work with Office documents created in the Open XML formats, Microsoft has developed an upgrade for Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile applications.

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OUTLOOK: Microsoft previewed next Windows Mobile version during Möbius 2007 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:58 CET under 01 - General News

There were a couple of rumors floating around about an upcoming Windows Mobile version which follows current Windows Mobile 6 and during today's Möbius conference, Microsoft gave us a sneak peak of it. While it was shown in its full flavor (as available today, I'm sure we will see some further changes until it becomes available), Microsoft asked not to talk about details or features yet. What I'm allowed to say anyway is, that the next Windows Mobile version is an update rather than an upgrade. So don't expect anything groundbreaking new but useful enhancements and changes.

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POSITIONING: Google releases Google Maps Mobile 2.0 with GPS-less positioning
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:29 CET under 01 - General News

I have video viewed it in my recent feature video of the LG KS20, which doesn't has GPS and as it turns out, it's not a Vodafone only feature anymore but now available for all. Google just released Google Maps Mobile 2.0 with My Location (beta) where you can get your location on the map, with or without GPS. Save time and tedious keystrokes finding where you are, what's around you, and how to get there. Press "0" and look for the blue dot on the map. If you have a GPS-enabled device, this blue dot corresponds to your GPS location. At times, or if you do not have a GPS-enabled phone, you might see the blue dot surrounded by a light blue circle  to indicate uncertainty about your location.

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Tuesday, 27.11.07
VIDEOVIEW: Vodafone LG KS20 - Features II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:39 CET under 08 - Reviews

In this video view I want to follow the previous video view, showing you some more high- and lowlights of the Vodafone LG KS20.
First of all the Google Maps implementation which LG has implemented to work perfectly with Vodafone Germany's cellular network. Even if the LG KS20 doesn't features a GPS receiver you can use the inbuilt Google Maps application to localize yourself through the Vodafone 2G and 3G network. That's pretty handy (even if I'm sure it's not working in international roaming on other Vodafone networks) as well as the vanilla KS20 will definitely not support this feature.

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VIDEOVIEW: Vodafone LG KS20 - Features I
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:18 CET under 08 - Reviews

In this video view I'm showing you some of the feature highlights of the Vodafone LG KS20. First of all the Today screen shortcuts - LG's way to make the thumb-use of the KS20 more convenient. And indeed it's a nice and useful implementation, with the the grouped applications. However, I have one major concern: You cannot customize the sub-menus. Therefore you cannot add any additionally installed applications to the sub-menus but you have to use the Programs folder instead. Interesting is the fact, that LG uses a Broadcom Bluetooth stack instead of the - for Windows Mobile 6 devices - typical Windows Mobile Bluetooth stack.

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Monday, 26.11.07
COMPATIBILITY: China Mobile testing 3G Windows Mobile handset
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:59 CET under 01 - General News

While the rest of world uses W-CDMA for 3G services, China decided to use TD-SCDMA for its 3G service with the general problem that not too many TD-SCDMA compatible handsets are available today. Anyway, China Mobile, China's largest mobile phone network operator, is testing dozens of handsets for the network, and one of the TD-SCDMA compatible handset is a Windows Mobile 6 handset, an executive at the operator said Monday.
China Mobile expects to finish building 3G networks in eight cities by the end of this year and at least 10 by the time the Summer Olympic Games open in Beijing next August.

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FOLLOW-UP: the::unwired's Slingdex now lists T-Mobile Vario III, LG KS20 & Samsung SGH-i780
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:32 CET under 07 - Follow-Ups

During the past week and over the weekend, I had some time to update the::unwired's Slingdex, which measures the run-time of mobile devices while constantly streaming a Slingbox stream (read more about the::unwired's Slingdex here) and the latest results are quite promising.
The T-Mobile Vario III and the LG KS20 scored both 2:37 hours while the (pre-production) Samsung SGH-i780 was one minute worse only and scored 2:36 hours.

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SYNC: Eltima releases SyncMate 1.0beta for Apple Mac OS X
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:42 CET under 01 - General News

So far, Mark/Space's The Missing Sync was the best way to keep your Apple Mac and Windows Mobile device synchronized but there is a new competitor in town: Eltima SyncMate.
SyncMate by Eltima Software is an easy-to-use handy synchronizer that will help you keep all your private notes, docs, contacts and other files organized. Form a quick connection between your Mac and your Pocket PC. SyncMate allows you to make synchronization via USB cable with such applications as Bookmarks, Address Book, Stickies, iCal, iTunes, iPhoto and others. With SyncMate you are able to receive, read and manage your text messages, read your device status, install applications to your mobile device, synchronize time and follow all file exchanges using operation log.

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DEVELOPMENT: Mozilla for Windows Mobile gets official Confirmation
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:45 CET under 01 - General News

Last month I wrote about Mozilla Foundation's plans to officially port Firefox to mobile devices too and Christian Sejersen, the former head of browsers at Openwave who is now heading the platform engineering effort, confirmed in his blog now that Windows Mobile is one of the target platforms which gets Firefox Mobile first.
According to his posting, the overall goals for Mozilla Mobile are providing Mozilla's standards-based open-source browser engine, optimized for mobile, that can be embedded by device manufacturers and others; a full-featured mobile browser including support for XUL-based add-ons, delivering on Firefox's key principles of ease-of-use, security and accessibility.

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VIDEOVIEW: O2 Xda orbit 2 - Hardware
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:11 CET under 08 - Reviews

In this video view I'm proud to show you a closer look of O2 Germany's Xda orbit 2, O2's version of the HTC Touch Cruise (aka the HTC Polaris). Featuring GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/EDGE as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM radio, this Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone works with nearly any radio signal a device can receive (only DVB/DMB isn't supported).
As a device of HTC's Touch-line of smartphone, also the O2 Xda orbit 2 features HTC's TouchFLO GUI for a more convenient and stylus-less thumb-based use. Last but not least, the O2 Xda orbit 2 features a 3 megapixel autofocus main camera which is the same as used for the HTC TyTN II.

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PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda orbit 2 Windows Mobile 6 Professional GPS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:15 CET under 08 - Reviews

I had the chance to get my hands on a brand new O2 Xda orbit 2 recently, a GPS-enabled Windows Mobile 6 Professional UMTS/HSDPA smartphone, O2 Germany recently announced. While the device was a preproduction unit, the final device will get some minor chances, I was quite impressed by O2's latest Windows Mobile smartphone which is expected to be released in December.
Based on the HTC Touch Cruise (aka the HTC Polaris), O2 again decided to uses a slightly different, rounder design to better fit in its range of Xda smartphones and the Xda orbit 2 follows the design guidelines of its forerunner - the Xda orbit.

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PHOTOVIEW: Vodafone LG KS20 Windows Mobile 6 Professional UMTS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:07 CET under 08 - Reviews

LG's recently introduced Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone, the LG KS20, is a typical rep of a new Windows Mobile touchscreen smartphone generation: Stylish and optically reduced to the max, the LG KS20 sports all the latest and greatest features including HSDPA, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, an FM radio as well as a 2 megapixel autofocus camera with photo light and a front facing video telephony camera.
The housing features a glossy black piano finishing with a sidewise chrome border and only has two call buttons and a 5-way joystick on the front. Left and right, the KS20 has a couple of shortcut keys including the camera shutter.

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Friday, 23.11.07
VIDEOVIEW: Vodafone LG KS20 - Hardware
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:23 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the earlier unboxing video view of Vodafone Germany's new LG KS20 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone, let us have a closer look at the hardware now. The LG KS20 was often mentioned as LG's Windows Mobile Para phone and indeed, the KS20 follows the minimalistic black and chrome Prada phone design guideline. On the front it only features the two call buttons and a joystick in the middle. All other buttons are either left or located on the left and right side.

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VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the Vodafone LG KS20 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:25 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to Vodafone Germany I've just received a brand new recently released LG KS20 which Vodafone has on a short-time exclusivity.
This Windows Mobile 6 Professional LG Prada look-alike smartphone features triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps, Bluetooth 2.0 as well as WiFi b/g and a FM radio.
Other highlights are the 2 megapixel main camera with photo light, a front facing VGA camera for UMTS video telephony, 128 MB RAM/256 MB ROM which can be expanded using microSD memory cards:

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DEVELOPMENT: Is Windows Vista SideShow finally coming to Windows Mobile?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:07 CET under 01 - General News

It's been a while that we talked about Microsoft's Windows Vista SideShow feature and while SideShow is still not too popular, finally there are some good chances we might see it officially coming to Windows Mobile as well. Windows SideShow is a new technology which was introduced with Windows Vista and so far it's mostly used to support a secondary screen on mobile PCs, even if the developers also had remote control support for Windows Media Center, and digital photo frames in mind.
With this additional display you can view important information whether your laptop is on, off, or in sleep mode.

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Thursday, 22.11.07
SECURITY: McAfee releases McAfee VirusScan Mobile for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, if I've mentioned yesterday Symantec's new Norton Smartphone Security for Windows Mobile, it's only fair to let you know that McAfee also announced a mobile virus scanner - the McAfee VirusScan Mobile - which is included in McAfee's Triple Play offer which is now available for download from McAfee's U.S. site. McAfee's new mobile security component is said to protect against threats that originate from E-Mail, instant messages and multimedia downloads in various mobile devices and consumers who purchase McAfee Total Protection or McAfee Internet Security Suite get McAfee VirusScan Mobile at no additional charge.

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AVAILABILITY: Orange UK releases the HTC Touch Dual Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Slightly later than expected, Orange UK finally released the HTC Touch Dual Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone and unlike O2, Orange decided to launch the 12 keys phone pad version rather than the 20 keys SureType version.
All the rest stays the same and since Orange's HTC Touch Dual is identical to the original HTC Touch Dual, you get HTC's TouchFLO, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz plus Bluetooth 2.0+EDR but neither WiFi nor GPS or a FM radio.

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AVAILABILITY: AT&T releases Samsung BlackJack II Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Officially announced back in October, AT&T Wireless now released the Samsung BlackJack II (aka Samsung SGH-i617), a sleek, smart and simple Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone which features quadband GSM/EDGE/GPRS, triband 3G UMTS/HSDPA at 850/1900/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Furthermore, the BlackJack II features built-in GPS, a 2.0 megapixel camera with video-capture capabilities and 256 MB ROM / 128 MB RAM which can be increased using microSD memory cards up to 4 GB memory.

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Wednesday, 21.11.07
AVAILABLE: Symantec ships Norton Smartphone Security for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:50 CET under 01 - General News

It took a little bit longer but this was known already. However, now Symantec finally announced the launch of its previously announced Norton Smartphone Security, a mobile security suite to provide a solution for both Windows Mobile and Symbian OS smartphones.
The product is said to offer Norton antivirus technology as well as a firewall and antispam for SMS. While SMS antispam blocks text and multimedia messages from unknown senders, the firewall controls both inbound and outbound network traffic on the smartphone

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THOUGHT: If Outlook Mobile works better than Outlook 2007
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:19 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Well, that's an interesting finding. In most minds (including my own), the "Pocket " in "Pocket PC" stands for a somewhat smaller, maybe more feature limited PC and indeed - even with today's Windows Mobile ARM CPUs up to 600 MHz and more, Windows Mobile Pocket PCs aren't designed to replace a PC but to  supplement a PC while on the go.
But interesting enough, yesterday my Pocket PC showed me and E-Mail which failed to be shown on my full featured PC's Outlook 2007.

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CLARIFICATION: The O2 Xda Stellar doesn't features a FM Radio
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

You might have already read a lot about O2 UK's newest Windows Mobile smartphone which recently appeared on the "Coming Soon" section of O2's website, the O2 Xda Stellar and O2 was (and still is) somewhat unclear if the HTC TyTN II-based smartphone indeed features a FM radio or not.
But I can now somewhat officially confirm that it doesn't features a FM radio but that the Xda Stellar is just another smartphone, based on HTC's Kaiser reference design.

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Monday, 19.11.07
VIDEOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i780 - 320 x 320 Touchscreen
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:03 CET under 08 - Reviews

In this video view I will take a closer look on the Samsung SGH-i780's unique 320 x 320 touch screen. While the i780 looks like an i600/BlackJack, it features a touchscreen because it's based on Windows Mobile 6 Professional. And unlike most of today's Windows Mobile touchscreens, the i780 features a kind of Bio Touch touchscreen as also used by HTC for its TouchFLO enabled line of Windows Mobile 6 smartphones.
This Bio Touch display is a frame-less touch-sensitive screen which features a solid Plexiglas panel on top of the LCD display which has a thin touch-sensitive film on top.

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REVISED: T-Mobile upgrades T-Mobile MDA Touch RAM and ROM Memory [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've mentioned it on Friday already that we got information that T-Mobile plans to revise the RAM and ROM memory of its T-Mobile MDA Touch (aka the HTC Touch) but that T-Mobile declined to comment it. Anyway - now it seems official because T-Mobile Germany and T-Mobile UK are listing the MDA Touch with doubled memory - available from now.
Like HTC which released a memory-revised HTC Touch in South East Asia last week, the upgraded T-Mobile Touch's also feature 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM:

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Friday, 16.11.07
VIDEOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i780 - Optical Joystick
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

In this video view I will take a closer look on Samsung's Optical Joystick which quite new for Windows Mobile devices from Samsung. Unlike previous Windows Mobile smartphones, the SGH-i780 isn't featuring a traditional D-Pad but this - as Samsung calls it - "Optical Joystick" or "Finger Mouse" which is a kind of 4-way touchpad. In addition to use to it to navigate, it also acts as the action button to start applications. If used in the 4-way navigation mode, it emulates a standard D-Pad while, if used in the mouse mode, it shows a mouse pointer:

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ANNOUNCED: Bell introduces the HTC Touch Smartphone with a unlimited Internet access
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Bell Canada today launched the HTC Touch smartphone, offering customers the ability to add unlimited access to the Internet and E-Mail for just CAD$ 7 a month.
The HTC Touch runs on the Windows Mobile 6 Professional operating system, offering mobile versions of familiar Microsoft Windows applications, and features an extra-large touch-screen display, expandable MicroSD memory, a 2 megapixel camera and camcorder, speakerphone and stereo Bluetooth compatibility.

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REVISED: HTC introduces new HTC Touch colors and upgrades memory
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As HTC did before with its HTC P3600i, the Windows Mobile specialist pimped another smartphone to make the good even better. This time it's its best-selling (1 million devices sold in less than 5 months) HTC Touch which receives an upgrade. HTC has introduced two new colors and is also doubling the memory!
In addition to the previously launched black and green shades, the HTC Touch will now come in white and burgundy (but no word about the recently announced Artic Silver version) - but so far in South-East Asia only:

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UNVEILED: E-Ten announces the Glofiish M800 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At a launch event, E-Ten Information Systems held in the UK yesterday, the Taiwanese mobile device manufactures just unveiled its new Glofiish M800, an industry leading Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone that combines the current most advanced mobile technologies to deliver a premium mobile communications experience. The Glofiish M800 features a Samsung S3C2442 CPU at 500 MHz and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triband UMTS/HSDPA, WiFi b/g as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. The built-in autofocus main camera features 2 megapixel, the front facing UMTS video telephony camera features 0.3 megapixel. Last but not least, the M800 includes an inbuilt SiRF Star III GPS receiver and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard:

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Thursday, 15.11.07
REVIEW: O2 Xda star Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

For the past weeks I had the pleasure to use the recently announced O2 Xda star (O2 Germany's version of the HTC Touch Dual) Windows Mobile smartphone and if I say I had the pleasure I definitely mean it was (and still is) a pleasure. Since the introduction of the Windows Mobile non-touchscreen Smartphone, I haven't used Pocket PC Phone Editions as my primary mobile phone anymore (except for some shorter tests if I reviewed a device) but this smartphone I'm using now for over four weeks as my primary smartphone. You might wonder what makes the device so good, especially because it lacks some basic features like WiFi what I normally request from all my smartphones? Well, it's the combination of design, size, Windows Mobile 6 Professional features and HTC enhancements.

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AVAILABILITY: GIGA-BYTE launches GSmart t600 DVB-T PDA Phone in Russia
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled back in February during the 3GSM World Congress, GIGA-BYTE Communications today announced the launch of the GSmart t600 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone. While a 2.5G phone only the t600 displays DVB-T TV programs on a VGA 2.6" touchscreen. While DVB-H and 3G streaming services are the defacto standards for mobile TV, in most cases these services do not provide free programs and the screen quality is lower than VGA. Comparing with DVB-H pay program, GSmart t600's DVB-T function provide users more options for free channels and that's where the beauty is.
Currently DVB-T is commercially operating in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain and many other European countries are planning to launch the service in the near future.

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VIDEOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i780 - A-GPS functionality
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:44 CET under 08 - Reviews

As mentioned, one of the features of the Samsung SGH-i780 is its A-GPS receiver and in today's video view I have a closer look on how well it works. Standard GPS receivers must download data from GPS satellites. This is difficult and can take several minutes. A-GPS dramatically improves the performance of GPS receivers by providing them with data that they would ordinarily have to download from the GPS satellites. With A-GPS data, GPS receivers can operate faster and more reliably.
So the i780's A-GPS combination improves the overall performance for example when surrounded by tall buildings or when the satellite signals are weakened by being indoors or under trees and, this is important to know, it doesn't necessarily used a GPRS or UMTS connection but WiFi works fine as well.

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Wednesday, 14.11.07
VIDEOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i780 - Device Comparison
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:39 CET under 08 - Reviews

In this video view I'm comparing the Samsung SGH-i780 with the Samsung SGH-i600/BlackJack and with the O2 Xda star/HTC Touch Dual. While both, the i780 and the Xda Star are Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphones, the i600 is a Windows Mobile 6standard smartphone. Nevertheless, the i780 and i600 shares the same design while the i780 features a touchscreen which the i600 doesn't do.
Interesting enough is the flat implementation of the i780 screen which is as flat as the i600 screen. With its frameless implementation it looks quite similar to HTC'S TouchFLO smartphones and it looks like Samsung uses a similar "Bio Touch" display technology as HTC uses for its TouchFLO Pocket PC Phone Editions:

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VIDEOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i780 - Hardware
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:53 CET under 08 - Reviews

The first Samsung SGH-i780 video view features the device itself. On the front you can see, on the bottom the QWERTY keyboard and unfortunately, Samsung didn't group the number keys anymore, as Samsung did with the i600/BlackJack keyboard layout but now each number is one key only.
Above you have the typical smartphones keys including the call/end, Start menu/OK and two softkeys as well as the virtual joystick pad in the middle. Above the 320 x 320 pixel touchscreen you have the front facing video telephony camera and a LED. On the back, the device holds the 2 megapixel camera as well as the loudspeaker and in the upper right corner you get the telescope stylus:

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Tuesday, 13.11.07
READER: Spb Software House releases Spb Insight for Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Spb Software House' Spb Insight for Pocket PC update earlier this year, the leading Windows Mobile software developer today announced the release of the Windows Mobile Standard smartphone version of Spb Insight. This RSS and Atom feed news reader that makes full-text and image articles available for offline reading not only decreases data usage, but also saves time by turning those spare moments into quality news reading experiences. Spb Insight is distinguished from mere RSS readers by its capability to deliver full article texts, optimized for viewing on mobile devices.

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PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i780 Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PC Phone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:26 CET under 08 - Reviews

We've seen the Samsung SGH-i780 the first time back in September when Samsung previewed its latest Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition during the Gitex in Dubai. Today, I've received a test sample, thanks to Samsung and no, even if it looks like a BlackJack, it's not a Windows Mobile Standard smartphone but features a touchscreen.
The Samsung SGH-i780, a QWERTY smartphone based on Windows Mobile 6 Professional, features a Marvell PXA310 CPU at 400 MHz and supports triband GSM at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz with 3.6 Mbps. Furthermore, the i780 features WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and an integrated A-GPS receiver.

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Monday, 12.11.07
VIDEO: Google previews the Open Handset Alliance Android-platform
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:14 CET under 04 - Android News

Not that a "Gphone" or Android-based mobile phone is available today but the the Open Handset Alliance around Google's Sergey Brin and Steve Horowitz just uploaded a couple of videos to YouTube which shows how an Android-based mobile phone could look in the future.
If you watch the video bellow, you might notice for the first non-touchscreen device a kind of back and home button, similar to the button-layout we've seen with Windows Mobile Standard phones. The second phone platform Steve Horowitz showcases is a touchscreen smartphone with 3G capabilities:

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OFFICIAL: HTC announces the HTC Touch Cruise GPS Windows Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following O2 Germany's announcement from last week, HTC today announced its own version of the HTC Polaris which will be called HTC Touch Cruise. After the HTC Touch and the HTC Touch Dual, the HTC Touch Cruise is the third member of the HTC Touch product family and the first to feature built-in GPS for personal navigation.
Featuring Windows Mobile 6 Professional and a Qualcomm MSM7200 chipset at 400 MHz with GPS support, the HTC Touch Cruise supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g and a FM radio:

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Thursday, 08.11.07
AVAILABLE: Vodafone Germany releases LG KS20 Windows Mobile Phone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This week announced to be available soon, Vodafone Germany is now shipping the earlier unveiled LG KS20 Windows Mobile 6 Professional. Sporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS and HSDPA up 3.6 Mbps, the KS20 also features 2.0 as well as WiFi, unlike earlier reported.
The LG KS20 measures 99.5 x 58 x 12.8 mm and weights 95 g only. The QVGA display measures 2.8" and supports the Windows Mobile typical 65k colors only. The 2 megapixel autofocus CMOS is located on the back, on the front the device features a VGA camera for UMTS video telephony.

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AVAILABLE: HTC and The Carphone Warehouse launches Ted Baker designed HTC Touch
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Taiwanese HTC Corp. and UK-based The Carphone Warehouse today announced the availability of a limited edition HTC Touch, designed by Ted Baker. The stylish purple incarnation of HTC's successful touch screen phone will be available through all 785 of The Carphone Warehouse's stores from November 1st, and marks the beginning of a national retail deal between the two companies.
However, the Ted Baker HTC Touch isn't based on HTC's Touch reference design but based on O2 Germany's O2 Xda nova industrial design:

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Tuesday, 06.11.07
OFFICIAL: O2 Germany announces the HTC Polaris-based Xda Orbit 2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

You remember the accidentally leaked shot of the O2 Xda which was most likely O2's version of the HTC Polaris? As it turns out, it was indeed the HTC Polaris which O2 will call O2 Xda Orbit 2. The Germany carrier today announced its latest Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone. Powered by a Qualcomm MSM7200 CPU at 400 MHz, the O2 Xda orbit 2 features inbuilt GPS capabilities as well as it supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps. Furthermore it sports Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and WiFi b/g as well as a 3 megapixel camera and a second front facing camera for video telephony and has an internal memory of 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM:

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PRESENTATION: Why HTC believes in Android and where it see its role
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:20 CET under 04 - Android News

Following yesterday's Google announcement regarding the Open Handset Alliance, I just came out of a conference call HTC hosted this morning where the world's largest Windows Mobile device manufacture provided some insights of HTC's upcoming Android-based mobile devices and the overall role of the Open Handset Alliance and why HTC believes into Android-based devices.
While HTC hasn't unveiled any product details yet, because it's too early to talk about any unfinished products, HTC's John Wang, Chief Marketing Officer and Florian Seiche, VP of HTC Europe confirmed, that we will see the first product(s) released and available in second half of 2008 - in America as well as EMEA.

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Monday, 05.11.07
ALLIANCE: Wireless industry leaders announces support for the Google Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:52 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, Google unveiled today plans about it's so called "Gphone" a rumored open source mobile phone but unlike expected, it's not a Google phone only, Google managed to create a whole industry alliance around the Gphone. A broad alliance of leading technology and wireless companies joined forces to announce the development of Android, the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. Google Inc., T-Mobile, HTC, Qualcomm, Motorola and others have collaborated on the development of Android through the Open Handset Alliance, a multinational alliance of technology and mobile industry leaders!

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UNVEILED: Vodafone UK previews the Vodafone v1520 Windows Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Vodafone UK just unveiled a new Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone - the Vodafone v1520. This touchscreen Pocket PC phone features a large 3.5" screen and is designed for line of business applications and navigation by featuring triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz, singleband UMTS at 2100 MHz, Bluetooth and WiFi as well as sporting an integrated GPS receiver and a 2 megapixel camera.
At a size of 121 x 170 x 16.5 mm, the Vodafone v1520 weights 188 g. Talktime is given with amazing 12 hours and standby is - according to Vodafone UK - 600 hours:

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AVAILABLE: E-Ten shipping the Glofiish X800 3.5G Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the Glofiish X600, E-Ten Information Systems also announced today that the award-winning Glofiish X800 Pocket PC Phone has begun shipping worldwide. Highlights of the X800 include 3.5G high-speed connectivity, a pixel-sharp high-resolution VGA display and a new powerful mobile shell that make this the most advanced Glofiish device to date.
E-Ten's next-generation Glofiish X800 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone has begun shipping to channel partners around the globe. The X800 is E-Ten's first handset to support 3.5G HSDPA connectivity for high-speed downloads delivering new and improved online services including faster more enjoyable surfing and email, streaming audio and video downloads, VoIP and instant messaging, and video calling.

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OFFICIAL: E-Ten announces the E-Ten Glofiish X600 Windows Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

E-Ten Information Systems has now officially introduced the Glofiish X600, an excellent value Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PC Phone that delivers a full-featured experience and great mobile connectivity in E-Ten's smallest handset to date.
E-Ten is taking its range of award winning Glofiish Pocket PC Phones to a new level of convenience and affordability with its latest addition, the X600 offering Windows Mobile 6, GPS, GPRS and Wi-Fi connectivity in a handset that measures just 107 x 58 x 14.7 mm and weights only 136 g. It is lighter than previous models with a stylish metallic black and red design.

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Friday, 02.11.07
DELAYED: HP postpones iPAQ PDA and Smartphone launches
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like HP has still no luck with its Windows Mobile PDA and smartphone business. After the American PC manufacture caught some attention with its recently announced iPAQ line of PDAs and smartphone, TamsPPC Blog reports that the whole iPAQ line is delayed. According to the poster, these information came from HP Austria.
According to TamsPPC Blog, the initially planned and now postponed release date are: iPAQ 114 end of October 2007 -> November 2007, iPAQ 214 beginning of November 2007 -> January 2008, iPAQ 614/614c mid of December 2007 -> February 2008 and iPAQ 914/914c from mid of January -> May 2008.

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BUYOUT: Telefónica O2 sells O2 Asia to the Management
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:57 CET under 01 - General News

As CNet Asia reports today, European 2G and 3G carrier Telefónica O2 is exiting its device business in Asia and the current regional management team around O2 Asia's CEO Mark Billington is taking over O2 Asia under a new name. According to an O2 spokesperson, the transition has begun already and will be completed in "a matter of months".
The new company, which is called "Mobile and Wireless Group (MWG)" got a potential investor already, namely Expansys (in the U.S. known under its brand name "Mobile Planet") and Mark Billington will assume an equivalent role in the new company.

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Thursday, 01.11.07
ADVERTISING: HTC co-brands with T-Mobile (or vice versa?)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:12 CET under 01 - General News

Until last year, HTC was known as an ODM manufacture only - manufacturing the old Compaq iPAQs, Palm Treos, O2 Xdas/T-Mobile MDAs and SDAs/Vodafone VPAs and VDAs, etc. but anytime later, someone in Taiwan decided that there is more money to make with its own brand. And therefore the HTC ODM brand was redesigned to a consumer brand (not a first tier brand yet but on a good way).
However, so far HTC was somewhat shy when it came to advertising its own brand, except some online campaigns (as you also see running on the::unwired) and some limited print-campaigns but it seems to change now.

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AVAILABLE: AT&T launched Motorola MOTO Q 9h global Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

AT&T Inc. and Motorola announced today that the MOTO Q 9h global will be available exclusively to AT&T customers in the U.S. beginning tomorrow. The MOTO Q global is a high-performance Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone with a new, sleek form factor. The MOTO Q global offers AT&T customers a full ergonomic, integrated QWERTY keyboard, downloads at up to 3.6 Mbps via AT&T's UMTS/HSDPA-based BroadbandConnect network, built-in GPS capabilities, Documents to Go (not Office Mobile) for document editing Opera browser, seven dedicated shortcut keys, a 2.0 megapixel camera with flash and support for both a host of enterprise- and consumer-oriented applications and services.

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