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Friday, 29.02.08
NEGOTIATION: Mozilla in talks with Carriers about Firefox Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 01 - General News

Mozilla's Firefox Mobile will hit smartphones like Windows Mobile and Linux devices later this year and as Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla Vide President Engineering, unveiled this week, beside users also mobile carriers and operators are interested to learn more about Mozilla's latest mobile device project. Schroepfer is quoted, that Mozilla's mission is to break open a closed market but he knows that it won't happen overnight.
And while Windows Mobile devices includes a web browser already, namely Internet Explorer Mobile, it looks like operators and ODMs aren't satisfied with Internet Explorer anymore which must be the reason for adding Opera Mobile on their smartphones in addition.

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REVIEW: MSN Direct for Windows Mobile Technology Preview
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:33 CET under 08 - Reviews

As expected, Microsoft introduced during the Mobile World Congress MSN Direct for Windows Mobile; which is designed to give you instant access to information such as weather, stocks, top news stories, entertainment news, sports news, business news and more. Yet available in a technology Beta, MSN Direct for Windows Mobile is available for Windows Mobile Standard smartphones only and pretty much U.S. centric, which makes sense since the original MSN Direct service never left North America but was always available for U.S. residents only.
And because the news sources are there already and used for MSN Direct as well as MSN itself, the MSN Direct team decided to develop its own Windows Mobile client to give Windows Mobile users similar information as SPOT watch users get. Like on the SPOT watch, content is automatically pushed and updated to give you a fast overview about the latest news.

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Thursday, 28.02.08
PHOTOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i200 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

Silently announced during this month's Mobile World Congress, I've just got my hands on a brand new Samsung SGH-i200 (most likely) Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone.
After the Samsung SGH-i300, this is Samsung's first standard candy bar 12-keys phone pad smartphone and therefore it might find its own audience since not everybody want to have BlackBerry kind of device these days.
Feature-wise, the SGH-i200 is quite comparable to the SGH-i620/SGH-i640 by featuring triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, singleband UMTS/HSDPA and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. WiFi isn't built-in and also GPS is left.

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Wednesday, 27.02.08
ALERT: WinCE/InfoJack sends unauthorized information and leaves device vulnerable
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

McAfee Avert Labs Blog posted a warning about a new Windows Mobile Pocket PC virus yesterday which seems to be the first real Windows Mobile virus/trojan. While we have seen proof of concepts before, this Windows Mobile trojan for Pocket PCs disables Windows Mobile application installation security as well as it protects itself from deletion by copying and installing it again from infected memory cards.
Furthermore, the virus which is called "WinCE/InfoJack" sends the infected device's serial number, operating system and other information to the author of the trojan.

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COOPERATION: Google becomes Opera's default Mobile Search Engine
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:47 CET under 01 - General News

Opera Software announced today, that Google will be the default search engine in future Opera mobile Web browsers. With Opera Mobile or Opera Mini, everyone will be able to access Google's powerful mobile search directly from the browser start page, meaning they'll be able to quickly and easily get the information they need, whenever and wherever they need it.
Google has been the default search option on Opera's desktop browser for seven years. This new mobile collaboration covers all global territories except Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, and includes all of Opera's standard mobile Web browsers.

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Tuesday, 26.02.08
PRODUCTIVITY: SoftMaker launches public Beta of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

SoftMaker Software GmbH, makers of the multi-platform office suite SoftMaker Office, announced today the public beta release of SoftMaker Office 2008 for Windows Mobile Classic and Professional Pocket PCs . This office suite is designed for any Pocket PC and is 100% compatible with the popular Microsoft Office suite.
SoftMaker Office 2008 for Pocket PCs ships with three applications that MS Office users will find totally familiar and 100% compatible with their existing office documents: TextMaker 2008, PlanMaker 2008 and SoftMaker Presentations 2008.

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COMPATIBILITY: ThinkRemote brings Windows Vista SideShow to Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:04 CET under 01 - General News

Interesting, while Microsoft still treats Windows Vista's SideShow stepmotherly, after Ikanos Consulting, the second ASP enters the market now to bring SideShow to mobile devices, such as Windows Mobile smartphones, iPods and even portable game consoles and remote controls. With support for wired, wireless, and Internet-based connectivity, ControlThink's ThinkRemote wants to keep you connected to your PC and your content anytime, anywhere. With Windows Vista SideShow, you can change the music on your PC, view your vacation photos or navigate a PowerPoint presentation using your phone.

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VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on with DVB-H on Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not that mobile broadcasting TV via DVB-H, T-DMB or other technologies is a mass-market in the western hemisphere yet but it's most likely that it will be the next buzz (at least a buzz for technology vendors and mobile operators which will try to sell it to its customers) and I have to admit, that I'm quite fascinated from the possibilities, mobile TV offers. While I prefer to use a Slingbox (at the moment), especially because it always provides me my local TV, doesn't matter where in the world I'm, there are some good reasons for mobile broadcasting. For instance it doesn't requires a flat data plan which you definitely need for streaming. Also, in most cases, the quality of broadcasted TV is better.

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Monday, 25.02.08
UTILITY: Google2Go! gives you access to all Google Mobile Services
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Tech Turf recently released a handy Windows Mobile Classic and Professional (touchscreen) application called "Google2Go!".
Google2Go! is a mobile application for Google's mobile services, similar to Yahoo! Go. And, as you can see by the used icons, this application is not related to Google in any way (neither to Apple as I think) and frankly, while this looks like a handy application, I'm a little bit lost with the used icons (and would rather prefer the original Google icons) since - well - I'm not an iPhone user (what does the sunflower stands for?).

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FIX: HTC to optimize Video issues with a Software fix (only)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In response to protests from some users that the latest HTC Windows Mobile smartphones have a poorer video quality then previous, less powerful devices, HTC recently said that some top engineers have investigated the video performance on the affected devices and have discovered a fix that they claim will dramatically improve performance for common on-screen tasks like scrolling and the like. The fix would help most of HTC's recent touch-screen smartphones including the HTC Touch family of devices and the HTC TyTN II/ AT&T Tilt, Sprint Mogul/Verizon XV6900. The update is in testing and HTC hopes to release it soon.

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VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on with the GIGA-BYTE GSmart MS808 Windows Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

GIGA-BYTE Communications recently unveiled the GSmart MS808, GIGA-BYTE's new flagship Windows Mobile smartphone, which the Taiwanese Windows Mobile specialist publically showed first time during the Mobile World Congress earlier this month. The MS808 is a quite good looking Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone but it's not good looking only, it's also a real power-house featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA which is powered by a Marvell PXA310 CPU at 624 MHz.

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Thursday, 21.02.08
AVAILABLE: Fido launches the Motorola Q9h and Samsung JACK in Canada
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Canadian operator today announced the launch and availability of the Samsung SGH-i616 (aka the BlackJack II) and the Motorola Q9h Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphones. According to Fido, its customers can now make sure they 'never lose out on anything', with unlimited personal E-Mails available with most popular domains, 3G high-speed mobile browsing and the ability to view and edit Word and Excel documents and view presentations on Windows Mobile 6 Standard powered devices, the Motorola Q9 and Samsung JACK. Customers will be able to view and send Microsoft Office documents, plus send and receive unlimited E-Mails from up to 5 E-Mail accounts, including Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail and other POP3/IMAP4 and Microsoft Exchange accounts.

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QUALITY: HP might suspend its cooperation with Inventec due to Quality issues
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to DigiTimes, Hewlett-Packard (HP) may suspend its cooperation with Inventec Appliances as the Taiwanese ODM has repeatedly delayed shipments of the iPAQ 600-series smartphone to the US vendor.
Interesting enough, the iPAQ 600-line is still expected to be released in Europe, later this spring - together with the also delayed iPAQ 900 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone - while a U.S. launch seems to be canceled.
According to the Chinese-language Commercial Times, one reason for the cancelation is, that the the first series of 3.5G handsets undertaken by Inventec Appliances failed to pass tests carried out by HP.

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SIDEBAR: Nokia Text Messenger works nice in Windows Vista - and Nokia Phones only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:18 CET under 01 - General News

While I'm a big fan of Windows Vista's Sidebar, I haven't found too many good gadgets to be used with it and I always hoped, Microsoft would deliver some more gadgets by itself, to promote Windows Vista Sidebar and - even more important - to unify the different technologies, where it makes sense. Now, interesting enough, it seems Nokia picked-up exactly this idea and released "Nokia Text Messenger" for Windows Vista Sidebar.
Nokia Text Messenger fetches you the latest text messages from your connected Nokia device. As a gadget, designed for Windows Vista, Nokia Text Messenger comes in two different sizes and you can place it in your Windows Sidebar or you can put it, in a slightly larger size, floating on your desktop.

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DEVELOPMENT: Firefox Mobile receives another Proposal - Work in Progress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the first proposal, the developers of Firefox Mobile/Mozilla Mobile (the final name is still not decided) have posted another proposal of how the mobile version of Firefox could looks and works. While the first proposal also included information about a touchscreen-less UI, this proposal concentrates on touchscreen smartphones only (like Windows Mobile Classic PDAs and Windows Mobile Professional smartphones). Even if still in an early phase of discussion, the mockups and described functions looks quite promising already and if a Mobile Firefox will ever be released, it's quite foreseeable that we will relive another "browser-war", as we have seen it on the PC in the mid-90's but this time it will happens on mobile devices. Also it's unlikely that this time Microsoft will join the party (an possibly win), except something is cooking in Redmond nobody is aware of yet, but Mozilla, with its Firefox Mobile, and Opera Software, with its soon to be released Opera Mobile 9.5, will be the actors.

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Wednesday, 20.02.08
PHOTOVIEW: Palm Treo 500 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:59 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not that the Palm Treo 500 is anything dramatically new, far from it - it's Palm's unbranded version of the Palm Treo 500v (see our previous review here) which Palm exclusively launched with Vodafone Autumn last year. Nevertheless, Palm's Treo 500 is now also available without the Vodafone branding and exclusivity and Palm Germany was kind enough to send one over to have a follow-up review, also to compare the vanilla Treo 500 with Vodafone's Treo 500v version. Most important for German customers - the unbranded Treo 500 is now available in charcoal gray while Vodafone (Germany's) Treo 500v was available in glacier white only.

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Tuesday, 19.02.08
OFFICIAL: Orange UK announces HTC Shift availability for late February
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:23 CET under 01 - General News

Unveiled earlier already, the HTC Shift UMPC is officially coming to Orange UK which hopefully keeps some pressure on HTC to finally launch the heavily delayed Shift in open market channels as well.
Exclusive to Orange UK, the Shift packs the punch of a laptop in a smaller, lighter form factor, with full mobile data connectivity. It perfectly blends style with functionality, boasting a seven inch touch screen that smoothly slides and tilts to the perfect viewing angle, as well as a full QWERTY keyboard. The always-on "mob-top" is the perfect accessory for those that want to both work and play. Users can easily switch between Microsoft Windows Mobile and the fuller Microsoft Windows Vista mode, at the touch of a button.

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CONVERTER: doubleTwist launches doubleTwist desktop to liberate Digital Media
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:07 CET under 01 - General News

doubleTwist Corporation, a company devoted to helping consumers liberate their media, unveils its initial product offering called doubleTwist desktop, a free application for sharing, enjoying and syncing personal media. Founded in March 2007 by Monique Farantzos and Jon Lech Johansen (also known as DVD Jon), doubleTwist's mission is to enable consumers to enjoy their digital media on the widest possible range of devices. Although the explosive adoption of CE devices has enabled any consumer to create and consume digital media, the process of sharing and moving media between the desktop and various devices such as mobile phones, gaming platforms and set-top boxes has become increasingly painful.

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UPDATE: Zumobi Widget Browser gets another Update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:42 CET under 01 - General News

The guys behind Zumobi seems to be busy at the moment improving their Zumobi client and therefore they just announced a new version of Zumobi for Windows Mobile (Classic, Professional and Standard).
Zumobi is new and free mobile widget application that lets you enjoy entertainment and information content delivered to your phone in an innovative and new way. Backed-up by Microsoft, it's totally free and ready for you to download now! The new version includes a lot of the improvements which are directly related to the feedback, users sent in.

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Monday, 18.02.08
FEEDBACK: Zune and Windows Mobile = Better Together?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:19 CET under 01 - General News

The Windows Mobile Team Blog just asked an interesting question: "Zune + Windows Mobile = Better Together?" and the Windows Mobile team wants to hear your opinion what are some ways the Zune player and a Windows Mobile device can work better together?
They are not referring to an imaginary "Zune phone", and this question isn't hinting or speculating about a converged device but instead, Mel wonders if there are any opportunities for the Windows Mobile team to improve the experience for people who use both devices (a Zune media player and a Windows Mobile smartphone).

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SERVICE: Lufthansa goes even more mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:28 CET under 01 - General News

So far, Lufthansa offered a pretty basic WAP site which allowed you to check flight status and check-in, if you had an etix ticket. However, recently Lufthansa completely redesigned its mobile website and made it nicer as well you can now put your travel plans into action in complete comfort at any time and anywhere - because booking flights and checking in can now also be done by mobile phone! Furthermore, Lufthansa now offers complete arrival and departure information as well as timetables, Miles & More mileage statement and many more information including a lounge finder and general travel information:

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SHOWCASE: PacketVideo brings TV Services to WiFi enabled Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:17 CET under 01 - General News

On this year's Mobile World Congress, PacketVideo has demonstrated its new pocketable mobile broadcast receiver which is said to turn any WiFi-enabled phone and PMP into a mobile TV. The mobile broadcast receiver receives and decodes an available digital TV signal and sending the decoded stream via WiFi to a playback device. The receiver uses specific, patented protocols to ensure optimum rendering of the TV signal on the playback device and is said to even provide secure access to premium channels. PacketVideo plans to support a wide range of TV standards, including TDtv, DVB-H and MediaFLO as well as for WiMAX (but not DVB-T?).

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AVAILABLE: Sprint launches the Samsung SPH-i325 ACE Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled late last year already, Sprint has now released it's version of the Samsung SPH-i325 Windows Mobile standard smartphone, the carrier calls the Samsung ACE.
The Samsung ACE is the sleekest world phone, featuring Windows Mobile 6 Standard and offers the ability to use one device both in the U.S. and while traveling outside of North America because the Samsung ACE supports both CDMA and GSM/GPRS networks by plugging in a SIM card into the unlocked device. Within the U.S., where coverage is available, experience broadband–like download speeds using Sprint's EV-DO network.

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Friday, 15.02.08
VIDEOVIEW: Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta on Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

During another off-site meeting in Barcelona, I had some more time to play with the recently announced Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta web browser. Even if not yet available commercially but only available for ODM and carrier partners and still in Beta, Opera Software made a fantastic job already to bring the real Internet to mobile devices, without any proxy servers in between but by rendering the web sites on the device. With Opera Mobile 9.5, Windows Mobile smartphones will finally get a web browser which is - at least - on the same level as Apple's iPhone browser or Nokia's S60 web browser; and no wonder that so many carriers and ODMs will include Opera Mobile 9.5 into its future device offer (as HTC will do with the Advantage 16 GB as well as T-Mobile will do with the Ameo 16 GB):

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AVAILABILITY: Samsung confirms European launch and availability of the SGH-i780 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During an off-site briefing with Samsung Europe, the Korean mobile phone manufacture confirmed that the anticipated Samsung SGH-i780 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone got its European launch this week.
While carriers like Orange UK and Telefónica Movistar are confirmed to carry Samsung's latest smartphone, other carriers will follow but Samsung didn't disclosed which carriers these are.
Nevertheless, Samsung also confirmed that shipments to the open market has also started which means you should be able to get a localized i780 from carrier independent mobile phone shops in your country soon as well.

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CHANGES: Andy Lees follows Pieter Knook to overseen Windows Mobile [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:16 CET under 01 - General News

Following Vodafone's earlier announcement that Pieter Knook will join Vodafone later this Spring, Microsoft yesterday announced a series of executive promotions - seven new senior vice presidents and seven new corporate vice presidents - reflective of the company’s commitment to build and maintain a strong and dynamic management team across its unique portfolio of businesses. The seven executives promoted to senior vice president are Chris Capossela, Kurt DelBene, Antoine Leblond, Andy Lees, Satya Nadella, S. Somasegar and Bill Veghte. The seven executives promoted to corporate vice president are Walid Abu-Habda Walid Abu-Hadba, Brad Brooks, Larry Cohen, Steve Guggenheimer, Scott Guthrie, Roz Ho and Brian Tobey.

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Thursday, 14.02.08
MWC LIVE: Microsoft scores GSMA Global Mobile Award for Windows Mobile 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:56 CET under 01 - General News

On 13th February 2008, the GSMA announced the winners for its annual GSMA Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona and Microsoft got it in the "Best Mobile Enterprise Product or Service" category for its last year's announced Windows Mobile 6 operating system for smartphones.
At a glittering gala dinner in Barcelona, hosted by international comedian Graham Norton, awards were presented by actor, writer and producer Isabella Rossellini, Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra and from the music world.

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MWC LIVE: Pieter Knook leaves Microsoft to join Vodafone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:51 CET under 01 - General News

Vodafone Group Plc today announces the creation of Vodafone Internet Services which will lead the development and delivery of Vodafone's current and future consumer propositions for the Internet. Vodafone has appointed Pieter Knook, a senior vice president of Microsoft, to the newly formed role of Director of Internet Services.
Vodafone Internet Services will focus on the provision and delivery of distinctive consumer web services such as IP communications, mobile Internet access and selected content categories, through mobile devices.

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MWC LIVE: i-mate and Telstra announce partnership to release Ultimate Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you have your doubts if i-mate's latest Ultimate smartphones will ever make it to the markets, it looks like this time i-mate takes the Ultimate launch serious because i-mate this week announced it has teamed with Australian Telstra to launch the i-mate Ultimate 8502 and i-mate Ultimate 9502 next moth. Telstra is the first operator to deploy these devices globally and both devices will be exclusive in Australia to Telstra customers. i-mate and Telstra announce exclusive partnership to deliver two high-speed i-mate Ultimate mobile devices
Building on a five-year partnership which has seen the successful launch of 10 world leading i-mate devices on the Telstra network, Telstra has teamed up with i-mate again to release the highly acclaimed Ultimate mobile devices.

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Wednesday, 13.02.08
MWC LIVE: GIGA-BYTE is expanding its Business to Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Furthermore, GIGA-BYTE today unveiled, the Taiwanese ODM will finally expand to Europe. So far it was somewhat hard to get a GSmart Windows Mobile smartphone, if you wasn't located in Russia or Italy. However, GIGA-BYTE will release its new GSmart smartphones soon in other European countries as well.
Last year's unveiled t600 will be released as DVB-T versions in March in Italy and France while the new MW700 and MS 800 smartphones will be released in Italy and France in March too, as well as being released in Spain and Russia this month.

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MWC LIVE: GIGA-BYTE unveils 3.5G Mobile TV and GPS Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the MS808, GIGA-BYTE Communications also showcased its first 3.5G Windows Mobile smartphones with brand TV and GPS. On show are ultra slim HSPDA GPS devices, like the MS800 (left) and the MS820 (right). The MS820 features the exclusive motion-sensing G-Sensor and graphic user interface. All GSmart phone models launched in 2008 will feature graphic user interface to offer consumers an easy-to-use environment.
In addition to the models being showcased, GSmart continues its tradition in bringing new concepts to the industry as it introduces modularized platforms, where all major features including modem (HSDPA, WCDMA, EDGE), TV, GPS/AGPS, and storage become optional.

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MWC LIVE: GIGA-BYTE Communications unveiled the GSmart MS808 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While not yet officially announced, during the Mobile World Congress, GIGA-BYTE Communications unveiled the GSmart MS808 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone, featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA. Furthermore, quite typical for GSmart devices, the MS808 supports DVB-T, DVB-H, T-DMB, and/or DAB while the device will be preconfigured to work with DVB-T and DVB-H.
Powered by a Marvell PXA310 at 624 MHz, the 2.8" flat touchscreen supports VGA resolution. The autofocus main camera on the back supports 3 megapixel while the front facing camera is used for 3G video telephony:

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Tuesday, 12.02.08
MWC LIVE: Hands-on Video with the T-Mobile Ameo 16 GB and Opera Mobile 9.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:30 CET under 08 - Reviews

Another highlight, in terms of software, of the recently announced T-Mobile Ameo 16 GB/HTC Advantage 16 GB is the fact that the device incorporates Opera Software's recently announced Opera Mobile 9.5. As Opera software mentioned in the previous meeting, the manufactures and carriers are the first customers to get Opera Mobile 9.5 and as John Wang, HTC Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), told us, this Opera Mobile 9.5 version isn't just the one which will be released later for consumers as well but HTC worked with Opera to adopt it to the HTC TOuchFLO interface of the HTC Advantage/T-Mobile Ameo:

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MWC LIVE: Hands-on Video with the T-Mobile Ameo 16 GB Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:18 CET under 08 - Reviews

While HTC isn't showing it's recently updated and announced HTC Advantage, T-Mobile does and shows off the its updated version of the T-Mobile Ameo, the carrier announced earlier already. The two highlights of the new T-Mobile Ameo/HTC Advantage are the increased storage space which offers 16 GB now and even more important - it's not a HDD (hard disk drive) anymore but a SSD (Solid State Disk). This has several benefits: less power consumption with faster access rates and less worries if the device drops. The second improvement is the newly designed keyboard which isn't featuring physical keys anymore but which is a flat but touch sensitive plate.

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MWC LIVE: i-mate finally introduces its latest Ultimate Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

i-mate today unveiled the latest devices in its Ultimate range, the Ultimate 9502 and the Ultimate 8502 at Mobile Congress World.
The Ultimate 9502 and 8502 are the latest devices from i-mate's Ultimate range, a collection of four devices in various forms to suit individual preferences, from classic PDA to a notebook replacement and were designed to provide the latest and best in phone and PDA technology. With a wide variety of features ranging from to HSDPA and HUSDPA connectivity to the 262k colour TFT screen, every component of the device is specified at a very high level.

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MWC LIVE: Hands-on Photos of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:08 CET under 08 - Reviews

After the short video demo we had yesterday, this morning I had some more quality time to get my hands on a Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1, Sony Ericsson's brand new and much anticipated Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone. You've seen the specs already, so it's time for a first hand experience. The XPERIA X1 feels good and even if it was a prototype only, it's feeling rocking solid. The opened device is well balanced to hold it and use the semi-sliding keyboard and the keyboard size seems to be good enough to even type some longer E-Mails.
As of today, it looks like, Sony Ericsson isn't using the kind of frameless "bio touch" display as HTC uses for its Touch devices but this screen reminds more on a classic Windows Mobile touchscreen as we had it before with the HP iPAQs but now, let us have a look:

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Montag, 11.02.08
MWC LIVE: Hands-on Video with the Toshiba Portégé G910 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Toshiba Portégé G910 caught some attraction when Toshiba officially announced it last month. Being the real follower of the HTC Universal by doing everything the HTC Universal did but with updated specs. For instance, the G910 features Windows Mobile 6 Professional, for sure as well as triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA, Bluetooth and WiFi b/g. Furthermore it features built in GPS for and a a high resolution 3" Wide-VGA touch screen that is perfect for displaying web pages. The full QWERTY keyboard gives it the look and feel of a mini laptop:

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MWC LIVE: Hands-on Video with the Toshiba Portégé G710 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:44 CET under 08 - Reviews

No question, the Toshiba Portégé G710 isn't that new anymore in terms of its announcement, since it was announced last month already, just one day before Vodafone announced its G710 version but today was the first time I got my hands on this new Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone we will see released later this Spring. Featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as Bluetooth, this entry-level QWERTY thumb-keyboard smartphone lacks WiFi support as well as UMTS. Nevertheless, it sports an inbuilt GPS receiver which makes it interesting again. What I definitely dislike is the trackball Toshiba uses instead of a D-Pad and - in my humble opinion - makes the navigation through the device a little bit inconvenient:

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MWC LIVE: Hands-on Video with the Toshiba Portégé G810 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:43 CET under 08 - Reviews

Another first-hand experience I had with Toshiba's new G810 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone, the Japanese mobile phone specialist unveiled today.
With support for both HSDPA and HSUPA the user can surf the web and download and upload pictures and videos captured on the 3 megapixel camera at broadband speeds. The large 2.83" QVGA touch screen and the enhanced user interface make the experience of navigation and access to applications simple and easy. The design of the Portégé G810 is both sleek and slim, being only 14 mm thin and available in a stylish black mirror finish it is perfect for even the most discerning user. Quite interesting are the touch-sensitive function keys under the screen:

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MWC LIVE: Hands-on Video with the Samsung SGH-i200 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:20 CET under 08 - Reviews

While Samsung wasn't talking about its new Windows Mobile smartphone, the SGH-i200 on its press conference, the device is on display on Samsung's Mobile World Congress stand. Quite an interesting entry level smartphone, it features Windows Mobile 6 Standard, triband GSM as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and a 2 megapixel main camera on the back.
Because it's designed for regular mobile phone users, it's not featuring a QWERTY thumb-keyboard but a standard mobile phone keypad. But anyway, it looks quite nice and it is thin - quite a typical Samsung Ultra-series smartphone:

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MWC LIVE: Where is Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:04 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, we know that Windows Mobile 6.1 exists, we know that it's even available for some devices already, even if not officially supported but so far we haven't heard anything official from Microsoft and everybody including me expected an official announcement during this year's Mobile World Congress. Sure, around half of the new Windows Mobile devices showed here on the Mobile World Congress are running Windows Mobile 6.1 already but there was not a single official word from Microsoft on its press release.
Microsoft declined to comment the existence of Windows Mobile as well as it wasn't commenting the availability.

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MWC LIVE: Torch Mobile launches next generation Mobile Web Browser for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:59 CET under 01 - General News

One of the world's most experienced developers of WebKit-based software solutions today announced the launch of Torch Mobile and the introduction of the company's flagship product, the Iris Browser. The company and product are being introduced for the first time at Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona, Spain.
Since 2003, the people behind Torch Mobile have been acknowledged as experts in the KHTML and WebKit development communities. Led by George Staikos, a key contributor to the WebKit project and other popular open source initiatives, Torch Mobile is hitting the ground running with the launch of the Iris Browser.

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MWC LIVE: MSN Direct now officially available for Windows Mobile devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:33 CET under 01 - General News

We told you before and today at Mobile World Congress 2008, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of a technology preview for accessing MSN Direct content on Windows Mobile-based devices.
With this technology preview, customers can receive instant access to information such as weather and stock updates; top news stories; and entertainment, sports and business news. The information is presented in a glanceable format, and is easily accessible directly from the home screen of a device. Content is automatically updated so that customers have immediate access to the content that matters most to them.

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MWC LIVE: Microsoft releases new version of its Windows Live Mobile Developer Program
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:25 CET under 01 - General News

Today at Mobile World Congress 2008, Microsoft Corp. today announced that it is releasing a new version of its Windows Live Mobile Developer Program, enabling developers to create mobile versions of its popular Windows Live services that can be built for virtually any mobile phone independent of phone operating system. Microsoft also announced Windows Live @mobile, a new program that allows operators to adopt and deploy Windows Live services. These two initiatives will enable Microsoft's developer community to deliver compelling Windows Live services and provide flexibility to access the Windows Live platform to innovate on top of those services. In addition, mobile operators can connect their customers to Windows Live, one of the largest communications and sharing networks in the world, create additional revenue opportunities and enhance the customer experience.

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MWC LIVE: Microsoft acquires Danger Inc. to integrate it into Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:22 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft Corp. today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Danger Inc., the company responsible for the software and services powering many popular consumer handsets. The acquisition will align Danger's nearly 10 years of expertise in the mobile consumer space with Microsoft's vision to provide innovative and compelling mobile experiences to a growing base of customers.
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company provides services that allow people to keep in touch, stay organized and keep informed while on the go through real-time mobile messaging, social networking services and other applications - all blended together on a single phone that is intuitive and customizable.

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MWC LIVE: Samsung unveiled the new SGH-i200 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Neither mentioned nor featured on today's Samsung press conference, Samsung also officially unveiled the previously seen Samsung SGH-i200 today. Being an entry-level smartphone (that's what an Samsung spokesman told me) the i200 features Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Because of its target group, WiFi is left, unfortunately. The non-touchscreen measures 2.3" and supports QVGA and the CMOS main camera on the back supports 2.0 megapixel:

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MWC LIVE: Toshiba announces the new Portégé G810 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, the previously unveiled Toshiba smartphone isn't the Portégé G710 but the new Portégé G810 which Toshiba Information Systems announced today at the Mobile World Congress 2008. It's said to be the perfect device for those users that need to be fully functional whilst mobile. Whether it is to keep in touch with the office and friends, browse the web, share photos and videos or just trying to get from A to B on time – the Portégé G810 is a fitting phone for those who like to have it all. It also has a new and enhanced user interface and with the stylish touch screen it's both simple and easy to use.

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MWC LIVE: An unknown Toshiba Windows Mobile Smartphone shows its face [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not sure what went wrong here but the device pictured bellow isn't the Toshiba G710 which Toshiba announced late last month already. While the G710 is a Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone, the device bellow is a Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone, aka a touchscreen device.
No further information given yet and I'm not sure if Toshiba is going to announce this device or if it accidentally made it to the public:

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MWC LIVE: Samsung shows the SGH-i200 Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet announced but most likely this noon on Samsung's press conference here in Barcelona, Samsung is expected to officially launch the Samsung SGH-i200 Windows Mobile Standard smartphone.
I had the chance to get a first photo of it on the Microsoft stand, unfortunately no further information or specs given yet, therefore I'm not sure if this is a 2.5G or 3G device and therefore the possible follower of either the SGH-i320 or the SGH-i600:

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MWC LIVE: Hands-on Video with the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:24 CET under 08 - Reviews

This morning I had my first 30 seconds with yesterday's announced Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone, Sony Ericsson will release later this year.
As you can see in the video bellow, Sony Ericsson added their own user interface on top of Microsoft's original Windows Mobile user interface, quite similar what HTC does with TouchFLO.
This means that the user interface is present on the first level only and after all applications are based on Windows Mobile, as you might expect it anyway:

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MWC LIVE: HTC P3470 launches an affordable GPS touchscreen Phone to the masses
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Also in Barcelona, HTC Corp. today announced the European launch of the HTC P3470, the latest member of the HTC product portfolio. Combining a lightweight design, large screen, sat-nav software and strong battery life, the P3470 sets a new standard in affordable smartphone, GPS-based devices.
At just 108mm tall, the HTC P3470 offers unbeatable value as one of the most compact devices in HTC's portfolio, featuring a broad range of functionality that today's consumers desire. The HTC P3470 enables an easy to use and simple interface for accessing web pages, documents, messages, contact lists and more.

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MWC LIVE: HTC introduces enhanced HTC Advantage with increased Memory and more
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following T-Mobile earlier announcement to introduce an upgraded T-Mobile Ameo, Today at the 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress, HTC Corp. announced an updated version of the HTC Advantage that introduces new software, increased storage and an improved keyboard. The HTC Advantage is an ideal companion for the business traveler who needs a powerful and portable device that includes constant connectivity. Developed from the ground up to be extremely portable, yet powerful, the HTC Advantage integrates a broad set of features into a compact and innovative design.

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Sunday, 10.02.08
MWC LIVE: Hands-on Video of Opera Mobile 9.5 on Windows Mobile Professional
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:36 CET under 01 - General News

Tonight I had my first 15 minutes with the recently announced but not yet released Opera Mobile 9.5 web browser on a Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone. As Opera confirmed, we will see a release of this browser later this year - most likely in Spring (even if the Opera Software spokesman mentioned that Spring is coming later to Oslo). He also confirmed that Opera Mobile 9, which was announced on last year's 3GSM World Congress was never released for Windows Mobile but the PC development kept Opera that busy that it was postponed to Opera Mobile 9.5. Nevertheless, Opera 9 for PC and Opera Mobile 9.5 now shares the identical code base.

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MWC LIVE: Sony Ericsson announces the XPERIA X1 Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

No kidding, Sony Ericsson is going to announce today, during it's press event here in Barcelona, its first and long time rumored Windows Mobile smartphone! The world of Sony Ericsson's consumers and customers is changing and to meet the growing need for mobile Web communication and multimedia entertainment, Sony Ericsson introduces XPERIA. With this new brand Sony Ericsson will position itself at the forefront of mobile convergence.
The XPERIA X1 is a stand-out, arc slider phone designed to address the growing need for a premium, converged mobile experience.

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UNVEILED: MSN Direct is expected to come to Windows Mobile soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:17 CET under 01 - General News

While MSN Direct was quite an interesting idea, it never ramped-up seriously. Sure, now you even get MSN Direct enabled coffee maker and weather stations but the service never reached the critical mass to make it attractive for consumers or content providers. However, the overall service concept is there and why not bringing it to another Microsoft mobile product, namely Windows Mobile. On the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2008, Microsoft is expected to announced MSN Direct for Windows Mobile which is expected to be a new downloadable application so consumers can receive instant access to personalized information such as weather, stocks, top news stories, entertainment news, sports news, business news and more.

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Friday, 08.02.08
MWC LIVE: Big Boys with Small Toys - the Mobile World Congress 2008
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 01 - General News

Here we go, even if the Mobile World Congress (formerly known as the 3GSM World Congress formerly known as the GSM World Congress) officially kicks-off Monday morning, some off-site events starting Sunday evening already and I just arrived here in Barcelona - this time two days earlier but Barcelona is always worth an extra visit.
In the upcoming days, the::unwired will keep you updated live from the biggest and most important wireless conference and exhibition, as we did for the past 6 years. As every year, I have booked lots of meetings but I will also find enough time to roam around, to find the latest and greatest Windows Mobile related news for you. Mobile World Congress related articles will start with "MWC LIVE:" in the title.

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Thursday, 07.02.08
UPDATE: T-Mobile releases ROM Update for the T-Mobile Shadow
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile USA just released a ROM update for its T-Mobile Shadow Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone which contains some feature and content updates but isn't a major Windows Mobile update or even upgrade. Nevertheless, the ROM update includes a new application T-Mobile calls "audio postcards". Basically audio postcards is a MMS application which allows you snap photos and add voice and send it to your friends and myFaves- straight from the enhanced Home screen which also includes an enhanced myFaves menu and menu graphics as well as improved text entry experience for the SureType kind of hardware keyboard:

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Wednesday, 06.02.08
UNVEILED: HTC Shift UMPC to hit Orange UK in March
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:59 CET under 01 - General News

While the HTC Shift, HTC's new and to be released UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) running Windows Vista and a Windows Mobile subset, was originally announced for late last year, the launch was shifted later to 2008. Nevertheless, it looks like at least one mobile operator will carry it and made it public now: Orange UK. Matt from Tracy and Matt's Blog just received Orange's pricebook for February and he as surprised to find that the HTC Shift listed there as a coming soon device. According to these information, Orange will release it some time in March:

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Tuesday, 05.02.08
FUN: No - the HTC Magnum Windows Mobile "Smartphone" isn't real
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

You might have read about a new, so far unknown Windows Mobile "Pocket" PC called HTC Magnum  during the past hours and no - even if it was well made - the HTC Magnum isn't real at all. I have no idea if it is a Portuguese tradition to make some jokes on Carnival (maybe something similar to April Fool?) but it was a joke - not more not less.
The makers of the photos and the video used an HP 20" LCD screen which they connected to a HTC X7500 Advantage and the results looked quite real:

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UNCOVERED: Asus Galaxy Mini a GPS Windows Mobile Smartphone shows its face [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MobiFrance recently got its hands on the "Asus Galaxy Mini" (codename), a brand new entry-level Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphones from Asus, which reminds somewhat on the HTC Touch Cruise design. However, unlike the HTC Touch Cruise, the Asus Galaxy Mini is a 2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE Windows Mobile smartphone only, powered by a TI CPU at 200 Mhz. Even if an entry level device only, Asus new - yet to be officially announced - smartphone also features WiFi and Bluetooth as well as includes a GPS receiver. Furthermore it sports a 2 megapixel camera, a microSD card slot and a QVGA touchscreen:

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RELEASE: fring launches next generation IM and VoIP client with new features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:23 CET under 01 - General News

fring today announced the launch of a new version of its popular free to download, free to use mobile phone application, packed with additional features which enable anyone with a compatible handset to talk, chat, and interact with other fring users (fringsters) from their mobile phones. The new feature-rich fring offers an enhanced chat client, unique file transfer functionality and local language options.
Over the past 12 months since the soft launch of its service, the fring offering has developed rapidly, and with its next generation version launching today, fring is going beyond it's mobile VoIP heritage, evolving into a mobile internet service & community in its own right, enabling users to talk, chat & interact with other fringsters and with all of their favorite online communities, from their mobile phones.

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RELEASE: Opera Software unleashes its latest mobile Web browser - Opera Mobile 9.5 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:36 CET under 01 - General News

Announced during last year's 3GSM World Congress already, Opera Software today announced the commercial release of Opera Mobile 9.5 - the latest version of its award-winning Web browser for sophisticated feature phones and smartphones. Participants at the Mobile World Congress 2008 will be the first to experience the improved functionality of Opera Mobile 9.5.
Built on Opera's unique core architecture, the Opera Mobile 9.5 desktop-like browsing experience has been enhanced with innovations such as zooming and panning that make it easier to navigate, load pages quicker and get users closer to the Web content and entertainment they want. With Opera Mobile 9.5, users can experience the real Web and interact with content exactly as they do on their PC.

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UPDATE: Spb Software House to preview Spb Mobile Shell 2.0 at Mobile World Congress
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software House today announced that it will present the new version of its celebrated Spb Mobile Shell for Windows Mobile touchscreen PDAs and smartphones at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.
Spb Mobile Shell 1.0 was first introduced during 3GSM last year. The software proved to be a clear hit, outperforming all other Windows Mobile applications on the market and coming out as the best-selling Pocket PC program of the year. Mobile Shell 1.0 was called the best interface/menu improver by the Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine, the Best Evolution Application by Handango, the best means to a "decluttered device" by BusinessWeek.com, and the Best Program for PDA's by the Shareware Industry Awards.

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Monday, 04.02.08
COPYCAT: Chinese company announces Windows Mobile-powered Apple iPhone clone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, you like Apple's iPhone design (who doesn't) but you are addicted to Windows Mobile as the operating system? Why not trying the "T32"? A Chinese reseller is listing this copycat as available soon and indeed, it looks like an iPhone, even if it is a little bit thicker and the 3.5" touchscreen only supports QVGA but the rest is quite identical, including a shiny aluminum-like housing (even if I have my doubt that it is the same quality like the iPhone), a two megapixel main camera and support for triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE only (come on - if you copy it you could spent at least UMTS and HSDPA to make it even "better"):

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OFFICIAL: E-TEN announces the Glofiish M810 and V900 Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Also official now is E-TEN's new Glofiish V900 we told you before as well. E-TEN Information Systems today announced, that it will showcase two new products that mark a change in track for Windows Mobile Professional smartphones at its booth at the Mobile World Congress next week.
The Glofiish V900 is E-TEN's first Pocket PC Phone to feature mobile TV. With major events such as UEFA Euro 2008 and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games scheduled this year, there are sure to be events that people just don't want to miss, and thanks to the V900's support for DVB-H, DVB-T, TDMB and DAB broadcasting standards, they won't have to.

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OFFICIAL: GIGA-BYTE Communications introduces new digital TV and GPS/3.5G PDA Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We told you about the new GIGA-BYTE Windows Mobile smartphones before and today, GIGA-BYTE announced its new line of Windows Mobile Professional devices, the company will show next week during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Extending their profession in mobile TV, one of GIGA-BYTE's new PDA phones is supporting DVB-T/DVB-H which will be again one of the focus at the tradeshow. Furthermore, GIGA-BYTE Communications has long seen the increasing demand of the GPS built-in PDA phones, and will announce two 'Slim GPS PDA phones' as their key products of Q1 2008 - GSmart MW700 (left) and GSmart MS800 (right):

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THOUGHT: Can someone please lower the International Roaming Data fees?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:51 CET under 09 - Thoughts

While I'm still not satisfied with the situation of mobile data fees, things got better over the time. Either flat or payable volume plans are available now in most countries but "UMTS-by-Call" is still too expensive anyway and if you plan to use mobile data on your smartphone or Notebook, you better have a data plan booked.
Nevertheless, as soon as you leave your country - which is quite usual here in Europe - you leave your home network data plan on the border and if you are on a foreign network abroad, it can cost you the right arm to use mobile data - most likely it's even more expensive than your hotel room. Why I'm talking about it now? Well, I'm currently in the final preparation for my trip to Barcelona where the Mobile World Congress happens next week.

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MESSAGING: VITO Technology released SMS-Chat threaded SMS for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Mobile 6.1 is supposed to feature threaded SMS, not all devices will get the update as soon as it is announced and therefore VITO Technology's latest product, SMS-Chat, might be interesting for you as well. Just released today, VITO Technology's SMS-Chat brings threaded SMS to your Windows Mobile 5.0 or 6 Professional smartphone. SMS-Chat is designed to give you total control over text messaging. Finger friendly TouchFLO-like interface and sparkling looks with animated menus result in extremely convenient and appealing user experience. Manage your mobile texting with a flick of a finger!

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Sunday, 03.02.08
COMPATIBILITY: smartWatchM makes your Sony Ericsson Watch Windows Mobile compatible
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:55 CET under 01 - General News

If I have one passion beside mobile devices, it's watches (which might came from my passion to collect Swatch watches in the early 90's) and I was always fascinated from Sony Ericsson's Bluetooth watches (especially the Time Masters 3 series). Unfortunately these watches were compatible with Sony Ericsson mobile phones only - until now. A member of the Xda-Developer community now releases smartWatchM which makes Sony Ericsson's Bluetooth watches compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6 smartphones and provides even more features than Sony Ericsson phones are able to provide:

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ANNOUNCED: SoftBank Mobile to launch the HTC S730 as X03HT
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC S730, the 3G update of the HTC S710, wasn't a big success for HTC, maybe because it wasn't widely available but it might get a second chance in Japan. SoftBank Mobile, the Japanese UMTS carrier just unveiled its Spring collection and there we find the S730 agin - under SoftBank's product name X03HT.
Equipped with Windows Mobile 6 Standard, the X03HT features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (even if not used in Japan) as well as UMTS and HSDPA; WiFi, Bluetooth and a 2 megapixel camera. The compact auto-slide QWERTY keyboard is perfect for easier typing and the large QVGA non-touchscreen measures 2.4".

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Saturday, 02.02.08
ANNOUNCEMENT: Windows CE powered Readius to be released mid 2008
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - at 23:11 CET under 01 - General News

E-book readers may have been around for a while, but none of them have been able to offer features beyond that of being a paper replacement until now. Enter the Readius; a Windows CE powered e-book reader that goes beyond being just an e-book reader. The Readius comes from Polymer Vision, the inventor of rollable displays.

What makes the Readius such a powerful device is that it’s not just an e-book reader; it’s a mobile phone, a productivity tool, an entertainment device, and a portal that connects the user to the vast information found on the internet.

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FIXED: Windows Live Messenger Mobile is up and running again
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:44 CET under 01 - General News

For roughly over a month I was unable to use Window Live Messenger Mobile on any of my Windows Mobile devices with certain GSM/UMTS carriers. If I had the SIM plugged in from some mobile carriers, it worked fine, if I switched to the SIM of another carrier, the Windows Live Mobile Messenger failed with a notice that the server is unable to handle my request. Even if it was possible to create a new account, for instance after a hard reset, it was impossible to login to use Windows Live Mobile Messenger what it is designed for - messaging.
However, tonight I received a notification from Microsoft that everything should be fixed now and working well again:

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Friday, 01.02.08
AVAILABLE: O2 UK releases the O2 Xda Orbit 2 Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After O2 Germany launched the O2 Xda orbit 2 back in December last year, O2 UK followed today and released its version of the HTC Touch Cruise too - but for business customers only now. The O2 Xda Orbit 2 features Windows Mobile 6 Professional, supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and WiFi b/g as well as features GPS and a 3 megapixel autofocus main camera for high quality shots.
For sure, the O2 Xda Orbit 2 also features HTC's TouchFLO graphical user interface.

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ANNIVERSARY: My very own 15 years of GSM and UMTS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Wow, as time goes by. This year, we are not only celebrating 10 years of the::unwired (together with its forerunners) and I'm celebrating 15 years of personal Internet use (I got my first Internet access from my University back in summer 1993) but today I'm also celebrating my very own 15 years of GSM. On February 1st 1993 I bought my first GSM mobile phone (at Hoyer's Telefonzelle) and signed my first GSM contract with D1 from DeTeMobil (today better known as T-Mobile). And imagine that - at the end of April 1993, DeTeMobil counted 130,000 subscribers (only).
It was the time when we had two GSM networks in Germany only: D1 (from DeTeMobil aka Deutsche Telekom, today T-Mobile) and D2 Privat (from Mannesmann Mobilfunk today Vodafone Germany) and the German GSM networks only offered voice service. No data, no SMS (not to talk about MMS) and UMTS was so far away, you haven't thought about a following technology or standard.

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BREAKING: Microsoft proposes acquisition of Yahoo! [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:52 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has made a proposal to the Yahoo! Inc. Board of Directors to acquire all the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of US$ 31 representing a total equity value of approximately US$ 44.6 billion. Microsoft's proposal would allow the Yahoo! shareholders to elect to receive cash or a fixed number of shares of Microsoft common stock, with the total consideration payable to Yahoo! shareholders consisting of one-half cash and one-half Microsoft common stock. The offer represents a 62 percent premium above the closing price of Yahoo! common stock on Jan. 31, 2008.

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STATEMENT: Motorola to explore structural and strategic realignment of its businesses
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:48 CET under 01 - General News

So far it was a rumor but now Motorola has published an official statement regarding plans to outsource its mobile phone business. After Motorola droped back to rank 3, Motorola yesterday announced it is exploring the structural and strategic realignment of its businesses to better equip its Mobile Devices business to recapture global market leadership and to enhance shareholder value. The company's alternatives may include the separation of Mobile Devices from its other businesses in order to permit each business to grow and better serve its customers.

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