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Sunday, 29.06.08
ALPHA: Qik invites the::unwired readers to test its Mobile Streaming Service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:09 CET under 01 - General News

I wrote about the not yet publicly available Alpha of Qik for Windows Mobile two weeks ago but now it's your time to test Qik as well. Qik gives away 1,000 Alpha invites to the::unwired readers (while Qik for Symbian is already publicly available, Windows Mobile users need an invitation to use Qik at the moment). With Qik's free live video streaming service, users can stream live video to the Internet in just two clicks from their supported Windows Mobile smartphone and join others as they watch online and engage in live interactive chat.

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Friday, 27.06.08
VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on with the O2 Xda diamond pro Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

In addition to the previous Photoview, I also had the chance to play some extra minutes with O2 Germany's Xda diamond pro, aka the HTC Touch Pro, to record a first hands-on Videoview of O2's (and HTC's) latest Windows Mobile smartphone. As you can see in the video, the footprint of the device is really small - quite similar to the HTC Touch Diamond. However, the Pro is nearly double as thick as the Touch Diamond. But the full-size QWERTZ(Y) keyboard is quite good, even if you think that the device is so small. On the backside you have the same 3.2 Megapixel autofocus camera as used for the Touch Diamond but this time it gets a LED photo-light supported:

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the O2 Xda diamond pro Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:07 CET under 08 - Reviews

As confirmed earlier, O2 Germany will also release the recently announced HTC Touch Pro and now we also know how O2 is going to call its Raphael version: O2 Xda diamond pro.
While O2 Germany's latest Windows Mobile smartphone has yet to be officially announced (but I  heard that a pre-announcement is coming today with the full-blown press release on Monday), I already had my 15 minutes quality-time with an early marketing sample which - nevertheless - isn't sporting O2's branding but still carries HTC's. However, the keyboard layout (yes, it's QWERTZ which means it's a German keyboard) and the keyboard color (blue instead of HTC's green design) are already the final one:

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Thursday, 26.06.08
RELEASE: Opera plans to launch Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile mid July
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:09 CET under 01 - General News

While the Opera Software spokesman told me on the Mobile World Congress back in February, that Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile should be publically available in summer, it took a little bit longer. Nevertheless, the wait is almost over as Opera announced today on its Opera Mobile blog. According to the posting, a release testing phase is underway now and the target date for the first Beta is July 15th; from where you will be able to download Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile from opera.com - just like you would any other versions of Opera. As Opera unveiled on the Mobile World Congress already, Opera Mobile 9.5 is based on the same browser engine as Opera 9.5 for desktop, and this is the reason why it has taken some time to get it ready.

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Tuesday, 24.06.08
SYNC: Dashwire Mobile 2.0 goes Live to seamlessly integrate Phone and Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:31 CET under 01 - General News

I wrote about Dashwire's Beta launch some time ago and today, Dashwire informed me that the leader in Mobile/Web Connected Windows Mobile Services has released Dashwire 2.0. Dashwire helps people seamlessly connect their mobile phones with their computers and the web, enabling them to backup and integrate their content, search and interact with their information and share their experiences with friends and social networks. As we've recently seen with the Apple MobileMe (for the iPhone) and Nokia OVI (for S60 smartphones), the Connected Services space is on fire, creating exciting opportunities and demand for a free, cross-platform solution like Dashwire.

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Monday, 23.06.08
VIDEOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia GUI and Software Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:30 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the previous Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia Hardware hands-on, this (24 minutes) Videoview of the SGH-i900 Omnia features Samsung's software and Graphical User Interface (GUI) implementation on Samsung's upcoming Windows Mobile Professional smartphone. While running Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Samsung did a pretty good job to make the not yet thumb-friendly Windows Mobile touchscreen interface thumb-friendly by adding two kind of Today screen implementations (one pretty standard and one unique Widget-based Today screen) as well as an application launcher which completely replaces Windows Mobile's Start menu.

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VIDEOVIEW: Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia Hardware Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:29 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not yet released but following our earlier Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia Photoview, I finally had the chance to spend some more time with Samsung's next Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone, Samsung recently announced and which is to be released soon. In this Videoview I will focus on the hardware and the i900 Omnia definitely offers some highlights including a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with face recognition and photo light as well as an optical joystick as introduced before by the Samsung SGH-i780 and it comes with either 8 or 16 GB of inbuilt memory (which is even expansible with microSD memory cards).

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Friday, 20.06.08
VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the HTC Touch Diamond Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 08 - Reviews

Thanks to HTC I've just received a brand new HTC Touch Diamond which is officially on sale in Europe since this week. It took a little bit longer for HTC to send it over to me because it got a ROM update just before it was sent out and now includes the latest ROM build which also features the TouchFLO 3D improvements I've mentioned earlier.
This videoview is about the unboxing only and shows what the HTC Touch Diamonds comes with (which includes the device, a stereo headset, the charger, the USB to mini USB cable as well as a spare stylus but no pouch):

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Thursday, 19.06.08
CERTIFIED: Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia gets DivX Certification
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

DivX, Inc. today announced the certification of the recently announced Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia smartphone, the newest handset in a growing series of DivX Certified mobile products by Samsung Electronics Co., LTD. DivX and Samsung recently entered into a multi-year agreement to include DivX encode and decode capabilities into Samsungs future mobile phones, signaling the companys leading edge in the competitive mobile market.
The Samsung Omnia is the first Windows Mobile-based DivX Certified phone on the market and the fourth Samsung mobile to achieve DivX Certification.

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Wednesday, 18.06.08
SNAPPINESS: HTC fine-tune TouchFLO 3D for better performance
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I've just received some good news from HTC. While the general feedback about TouchFLO 3D was very positive, most of you might have noticed, especially in the videos available on the::unwired and the Internet, that here and there TouchFLO 3D wasn't as responsive as it was expected to be. TouchFLO 3D is a brand-new HTC product and it's not just a Today screen plug-in but it's HTC's new GUI philosophy which is a central key for HTC's upcoming Windows Mobile devices. Nevertheless, TouchFLO 3D, on an HTC Touch Diamond (which is the first smartphone which carries TouchFLO 3D) wasn't - performance-wise - what most of us expected and HTC is fully aware of this and was heavily improving the performance during the past days and weeks.

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ENHANCED: fring opens API for Developers to include Mobile Applications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:28 CET under 01 - General News

When I was in Israel back in April, I also had the chance to meet the fring folks at their HQ and while fring didn't unveiled anything at that time, Neal Fullman, PR director fring made clear that fring wants to be and is more then just another mobile phone (and Windows Mobile) optimized VoIP and chat application but it's about mobility and content in general. And now, fring made it real and opened its opened-up the fring platform by introducing the "fringAPI".
fring is making it available for free, to any developer who wants to create new mobile applications or offer their own web services to the fring community.

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Tuesday, 17.06.08
ROADMAP: HTC to revamp UMPC strategy and plans 10 new Handsets in 2008
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:43 CET under 01 - General News

DigiTimes has reported that the increasing popularity of Asus' Eee PC has resulted in a significant impact on the development of UMPCs (ultra mobile PCs), which may High Tech Computer (HTC) to adjust its deployment of UMPC products, according to Peter Chou, president and CEO of HTC. At the moment, HTC has one UMPC in its portfolio only, the HTC Shift and, according to Chou, the focus of HTC's development will continue to strengthen users' Internet experience through mobile devices. However, market sources in Taiwan even indicated that HTC is developing new MID (Mobile Internet Device) products, using Intel's Atom and Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset platforms and DigiTimes is expecting that new devices are likely to be unveiled in the second half of 2008.

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Monday, 16.06.08
RUMOR: Is HTC's first Windows Mobile 7 smartphone to be released in Q1-09?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:59 CET under 01 - General News

While real Windows Mobile 7 information are still in the dust, Kevin Chen, HTC's General Manager for MEA and CIS is quoted that HTC plans to release its first Windows Mobile 7 smartphone at Q1 next year.
That's at least what PhoneReport says, which had the chance to chat with Chen during the HTC Touch Diamond launch event in South Africa. At this event, Chen unveiled that HTC is planning to release a device with Google's Android Operating System by Q4 of this year and also confirmed that Windows Mobile 7 is on the roadmap for a Q1 launch early next year.

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Sunday, 15.06.08
REVIEW: Giga-Byte GSmart t600 Windows Mobile Professional DVB-T Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:40 CET under 08 - Reviews

Just in time to the EURO 2008, Vodafone Germany and Giga-Byte introduced the GSmart t600 (we've previously photoviewed), a Windows Mobile 6 Professional 2.5G smartphone. While the GSmart t600 design is over one year old already (the t600 was unveiled during last year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona) it's still quite stylish, if you like white "iPodish" mobile devices. Powered by a Marvell PXA270 CPU at 520 MHz, the GSmart t600 is a quadband GSM and GPRS device, also featuring WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0. Nevertheless, neither EDGE nor W-CDMA in terms of UMTS or HSDPA are supported which might makes the device less attractive to online-savvies. But that's not the focus of the t600 anyway but the main reason for this smartphone is the fact that it supports DVB-T broadcast which allows users to watch digital terrestrial TV on the go.

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Saturday, 14.06.08
ALPHA: Qik announces Alpha support for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:33 CET under 01 - General News

While live broadcasting videos from a Windows Mobile device isn't that new anymore (ComVu demo'd this a couple of year ago with its Pocket Caster already), Qik took it to the consumer Web 2.0 level. Was Qik available for Nokia S60 N-Series devices already, Qik finally announced a - yet not public - Alpha version of its video broadcasting client for Windows Mobile smartphones. With Qik's free live video streaming service, users can stream live video to the Internet in just two clicks from their mobile phone, and join others as they watch online and engage in live interactive chat. Everyone from journalists to politicians use Qik to be transparent in their reporting and campaigning on a global Web platform.

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Friday, 13.06.08
DEMO: Concept Video shows how Firefox Mobile might looks like
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:45 CET under 01 - General News

Looks like the developers of of the upcoming Firefox Mobile (which is now code-named "Fennec"), which will be available for Windows Mobile also, makes some progress. Aza Raskin, a user interface expert and head of UX for Mozilla Labs, recently published a concept video in his blog which demos how Firefox Mobile might work. User experience is the most important aspect of having a compelling mobile product. According to Raskin, many of the standard interaction models, like menus, always-present chrome and having a cursor, don't necessarily make sense on mobile.

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Wednesday, 11.06.08
RESEARCH: EU Mobile Data Market growing rapidly driven by spread of Mobile Broadband
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:10 CET under 01 - General News

According to a today published research by the GSM Association (GSM), the usage of mobile data services, which enable people to access the Internet, E-Mail and other multimedia on the move, is growing rapidly in the European Union as mobile broadband networks proliferate and prices fall. The EU's mobile data market (which excludes SMS text messages) grew by 40 % to 7 billion Euro in 2007 as operators invested more than 20 billion Euro in enhancing their mobile networks and services, according to research by Wireless Intelligence and consultancy AT Kearney. In the year to April 2008, the number of 3G users in the EU doubled to 112 million. Europe has adopted 3G faster than any other region of the world (The proportion of people in the EEA/EU27 using 3G is 22.5 % compared with 18.4 % in the U.S. and Canada and 3.7 % in Asia-Pacific, according to Wireless Intelligence).

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COMMUNICATION: VITO Technology updates SMS-Chat for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you don't have a Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone, you most likely don't have threaded SMS except if you have one of the Palm Treo Windows Mobile smartphones. However, for Windows Mobile 5.0 Professional and Windows Mobile 6 Professional users, VITO Technology has just released a new version of SMS-Chat which lets you organize your SMS correspondence into threaded SMS conversations; and the new version now has smilies. Furthermore, phone numbers, hyperlinks or E-Mails addresses that you receive in SMS are now more usable as you can simply click it and the necessary application with the data will be called out then. SMS-Chat users who liked the bright skin will now have an opportunity to choose the skin they've got used to.

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Tuesday, 10.06.08
SPECIFICATIONS: E-Ten confirms specs of the upcoming Glofiish DX900
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last week, E-Ten officially unveiled its Glofiish DX900 Windows Mobile Professional smartphone and so far, the full specs weren't confirmed. Thanks to E-Ten, we finally got the full specs of E-Ten's first Dual-SIM Windows Mobile Smartphone. Powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 and a Samsung S3C 6400 CPU at 533 MHz, the DX900 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA at 850/1900/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g and a SiRF Star III GPS receiver. The device is backed-up by 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM which is expandable through micoSD cards.

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UTILITY: Spb Software House releases Spb Backup 2.0 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:09 CET under 01 - General News

Spb Software House today announced the release of Spb Backup 2.0 for Windows Mobile - a tool for making reserve copies of personal data and system settings for Windows Mobile phones. Spb Backup safeguards from data loss, eliminates the pain of reinstalling applications after a hard reset, a ROM or device upgrade, and delivers a flawless restore experience. The choice of ASUS and Giga-Byte, Spb Backup became the best-sold backup utility for Pocket PC in 2007. The new Spb Backup 2.0 is smarter, twice as fast, and makes moving data between Windows Mobile phones as easy as unpacking an archive.

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the Samsung SGH-i900 OMNIA Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:12 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following yesterday's official announcements of Samsung's SGH-i900, I just had the chance to get my hands on an early i900 OMNIA prototype for a first hands-on photoview of Samsung's latest Windows Mobile Professional smartphone. Running on Windows Mobile 6.1, the Samsung i900 is powered by a Marvel I 320LV which supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps. Furthermore, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR are on board as well as a an FM radio and a GPS receiver. The 3.2" WQVGA (240 x 400 pixel) touch screen features haptics and vibrations give users feedback when the display is touched. The built-in autofucus camera supports 5.0 megapixel and Samsung will offer two versions of the i900 - one with 8 GB and one with 16 GB inbuilt memory which is even expandable with microSD memory cards.

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Monday, 09.06.08
UNVEILED: O2 Germany announces the Samsung SGH-i900 OMNIA Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following today's official announcement of SGH-i900, O2 Germany unveiled that it's launching Samsung's i900 OMNIA later this summer. Running on Windows Mobile 6.1, the i900 is powered by a Marvel I 320LV which supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps. Furthermore, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR are on board as well as a an FM radio and a GPS receiver. The Synaptics 3.2" WQVGA (240 x 400 pixel) touch screen features haptics and vibrations give users feedback when the display is touched. The built-in autofucus camera supports 5.0 megapixel and O2's version of the i900 will comes with 8 GB which is expandable with microSD memory cards.

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OFFICIAL: Samsung Mobile announces the SGH-i900 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the earlier rumors and leaks, Samsung finally made its latest Windows Mobile smartphone, the SGH-i900, official. Running on Windows Mobile 6.1, the i900 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps. Furthermore, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR are on board as well as a an FM radio and a GPS receiver. The Synaptics 3.2" WQVGA (240 x 400 pixel) touch screen features haptics and vibrations give users feedback when the display is touched. Tap, sweep, drag and drop operations let consumers navigate through the TouchWiz UI. An accelerometer auto-rotates the display when tilted on the side.

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Wednesday, 04.06.08
EXCLUSIVE: O2 Germany to launch the HTC Touch Pro under its Xda Brand
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With today's announcement of HTC's Touch Pro, we've also got the word that O2 Germany will launch its version of the HTC Raphael under the Xda brand (the name isn't unveiled yet) later this summer as well. So far it's somewhat confirmed that "O2's Raphael" will also feature Windows Mobile 6.1, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz) as well as UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (900/2100 MHz) up to 7.2 Mbps, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b/g as well as GPS. Furthermore we heard that O2's Xda will also include the from the HTC Touch Diamond/Xda diamond known FM radio and and motion-sensor. As with the Xda diamond, O2 Germany will again use its flat soft-touch battery cover instead HTC's diamond shaped battery cover:

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OFFICIAL: HTC announces the HTC Touch Pro Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following last week's T-Mobile announcement of the MDA Vario IV, today HTC Corp. today announced its advanced next generation business phone, the HTC Touch Pro, formerly known as the HTC Raphael. Bringing a beautiful new angle to mobile business productivity, the HTC Touch Pro utilizes similar styling and functionality of the highly anticipated Touch Diamond and introduces a variety of business-focused enhancements that make getting work done on the go quick and easy. With the introduction of Touch Diamond and Touch Pro, HTC delivers an entirely new mobile Internet experience that utilizes broadband-like speeds with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA wireless connectivity.

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Tuesday, 03.06.08
UTILITY: Microsoft releases Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Development Beta [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:49 CET under 01 - General News

Finally, after some 3rd party developers released some Windows Mobile compatible SideShow drivers, also Microsoft gives SideShow some love by releasing Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile. Not yet mass-market ready, Microsoft's Windows SideShow for Windows Mobile Developer Preview v0.01 is an application for Windows Mobile 5 and Windows Mobile 6 Pocket PCs and Smartphones that allows you to use your Windows Mobile device as a Bluetooth SideShow-compatible device. This enables you to use your phone as an extra window into your PC. You can both access your computer's information from your Pocket PC or Smartphone, and control the computer through a gadget interface.

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PREDICTION: Qualcomm sees bright future of Windows Mobile 7 for mini Laptops
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:17 CET under 01 - General News

While Windows Mobile 7, the next version of Microsoft's mobile phone OS is still in work and not yet officially announced, mobile phone chip giant Qualcomm sees a bright future of it already, especially for use on mini Laptop's aka MID's or maybe even UMPCs. On Monday Qualcomm showed off a mini Laptop that could cost around US$ 299, joining the Asus Eee PC Laptop-class which should offer a quick wireless access to the Internet via 3G networks. While the prototype, which is made by Taiwan's Inventec, is currently running on a Linux OS, Luis Pineda, senior vice president at Qualcomm said on a conference that Microsoft Windows Mobile 7, which is made for chips used in mobile phones, will be more laptop friendly than older versions of Windows Mobile.

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OFFICIAL: E-TEN announces four new Glofiish Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

E-TEN Information Systems has kicked off Computex 2008, the world's second largest computer expo, with the launch of four new Glofiish Windows Mobile smartphones; the DX900, the V900, the X900 and the X610. E-TEN was awarded the Best Choice of Computex accolade for its new Glofiish DX900 – the world's first dual-SIM & dual standby Windows Mobile handset to support HSDPA and EDGE. The DX900 is a simple solution to an increasingly in-demand requirement for consumers who need access to two mobile communications services, but don't want to carry around two devices at the same time.

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