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Thursday, 31.07.08
STANDARD: W3C announces Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 for a better Mobile Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:44 CET under 01 - General News

W3C today announced new standards that will make it easier for people to browse the Web on mobile devices. Sure, in the past we already had, more or less successful mobile browsing standards like WAP (which used WML, a kind of xHTML dialect) or i-mode (which used cHTML) but with the W3C's Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0, published as a W3C Recommendation, the experience of many mobile Web stakeholders is condensed into practical advice on creating mobile-friendly content which still follow the W3C standards contrary to any propriety standards.

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SERVICE: allows you to manage and share your Tasks online
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:30 CET under 01 - General News

VITO Technology has just released Task2Gather - a brand-new and free service for online task management. Task2Gather is one place for all your tasks and projects, doesn't matter if family, social, business or private related and it lets you put your tasks online as well as allowing to  invite family members, colleagues or clients to participate and achieve common goals.
The main goal for developing Task2Gather were simplicity, high performance, sharing, flexibility and mobility. As a result there has been developed a completely unique service applicable for successful collaboration practically in any sphere of life.

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SERVICE: German ADAC launches GPS-based Traffic Jam reporting for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:21 CET under 01 - General News

Also a kind of user generated content: The ADAC (Germanys biggest Automobile Association, similar to the AA in the U.K. or AAA in the USA) has a program where members can report traffic jams to the ADAC. So far, participating members had to report traffic jams via phone but now, the ADAC offers a Windows Mobile client where participating traffic jam reporters can press a button as soon as they reached a traffic jam and pressing the button again as soon as they left them. The ADAC will calculate the length and expected delay afterwards. This application works with all GPS-equipped Windows Mobile smartphones and data are transmitted via GPRS/UMTS.

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PLATFORMS: Microsoft Danger launches a new T-Mobile Sidekick
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:42 CET under 01 - General News

Not that Danger's new Sidekick, which is available since yesterday from T-Mobile USA, is running Windows Mobile yet, it's nevertheless an interesting development because Microsoft took-over Danger back in February. Therefore it's interesting to see how Microsoft deals with different platforms and user interfaces for mobile devices. As a matter of fact, Microsoft now has three mobile device platforms: Windows Mobile (which is even divided into phone and non-phone as well as touch- and non-touchscreen platforms), Zune and now the Sidekick which wants to introduce (another) innovative software, services and hardware customization that improve an already celebrated mobile experience.

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MAPPING: Google releases Google Maps Mobile 2.2 with Transit Directions
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 01 - General News

A few weeks ago the Google Mobile team released Google Maps Mobile with Transit directions for BlackBerry and Java-based handsets. But now, with the release of Google Maps Mobile v2.2, Google also released Transit directions for Windows Mobile (Professional and Smartphone 5.0 or later) or Symbian S60 (3rd edition or later) smartphones as well as added other improvements to its latest Google Maps Mobile client. Transit directions on works by brining up Directions from the main menu and you'll see a second tab labeled called "Transit" or "Public Transport", where you can request a route using only public transportation. You'll receive a number of alternatives that take you (car-free) to your destination.

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Tuesday, 29.07.08
SHARING: JGUI releases GPS.Friend for Windows Mobile to get your friend's
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:58 CET under 01 - General News

JGUI's recently released GPS.Friend allows you to find your friends, child or whoever as long as your friend is also carrying a GPS-enabled Windows Mobile smartphone, running GPS.Friend.
GPS.Friend allows you to get your current GPS location and asks someone's phone for his/her location as well, to match both locations. If that someone has Windows Mobile phone with GPS.Friend installed too and and the GPS receiver is working, the phone will reply with the location and GPS.Friend is able to displays the location on a map, even with calculated distance. This reply is always made under the phone's owner permission but the owner can also allow to reply automatically without any further notice.

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CONFIRMATION: FCC approves North American HTC Touch Diamond with UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While neither today's available HTC Touch Diamond nor the upcoming HTC Touch Pro support North American UMTS/HSDPA frequencies, the HTC Touch Diamond got at least a 2G ROM update which enabled the missing fourth GSM-band while the HTC Touch Pro will be quadband out-of-the-box. However, if EDGE isn't fast enough for you, the FCC just unveiled that it approved a North American version of the HTC Touch Diamond, supporting UMTS, HSDPA and even HSUPA at 850 and 1900 MHz. For new and upcoming customers, it's definitely good news but please keep in mind that today's available HTC Touch Diamonds will not get a tri- or even quadband 3G upgrade to make them working in the U.S. or Canada.

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VIDEOVIEW: HTC Touch Pro Software and GUI Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following yesterday's hardware hands-on videoview of the HTC Touch Pro smartphone, this 10 min. videoview is about the software and GUI features of HTC's upcoming Windows Mobile smartphone. While the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro share the same platform, HTC had to change and enhance some Touch Diamond features because, contrary to the limited support at the Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Pro is also designed to be used in landscape - with all applications. And while the accelerometer is still not used to automatically switch between the portrait and the landscape mode (but GSEN also works with the Touch Pro), the device switches between both modes as soon as the keyboard is opened or closed:

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UPDATE: Opera releases minor update of Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta 1 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Opera Software has just announced the availability of a minor update of its recently released Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta 1. According to the Opera Blog, this bugfix solves a bug that turned off the notification sounds. The notification bugfix was relatively trivial and had a low risk. While Opera is aware of the other bugs and issues, these aren't addressed in this update.
Furthermore Opera Mobile posted a statement to an available workaround to fix the "Out of Memory" problems on some devices as suggested by It's possible to change the location of the folder where Opera stores the cache files which gives more memory to run Opera Mobile.

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Monday, 28.07.08
VIDEOVIEW: HTC Touch Pro Hardware Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:23 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not yet released but soon available, this videoview shows you the hardware highlights of the upcoming HTC Touch Pro Windows Mobile Professional smartphone, previously known as HTC Raphael. The HTC Touch Pro is the perfect extension to HTC's earlier released HTC Touch Diamond and basically, both devices features the same specifications except that the Touch Pro will have a slide-out keyboard but lacks the 4 GB inbuilt flash memory. However, both devices run on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, and the HTC Touch Pro also supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but also dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (900/2100 MHz) up to 7.2 Mbps for HSDPA and 2 Mbps for HSUPA. Other features include Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g, an inbuilt GPS receiver as well as an FM radio.

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SERVICE: Samsung and GyPSii sign agreement for Location-Based and Social Networking Services
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:51 CET under 01 - General News

GeoSentric Oyj's, GeoSolutions BV Business Unit (GyPSii), today announced it has entered into a multi-year worldwide agreement with Samsung Electronics Co., LTD. Under the terms of the agreement, GyPSii will provide technology, products, worldwide data center infrastructure, and GyPSii branding rights to Samsung, on a worldwide non-exclusive basis for a range of Samsung products. GyPSii's leading mobility digital lifestyle application will be initially be bundled on Samsung's SGH-i900 Omnia and SGH-i780 Windows Mobile Professional smartphones as an embedded application. Samsung's customers will be able to take full advantage of the location-based social networking digital lifestyle features of the GyPSii suite and create and share user generated content (UGC) with GyPSii's global user community and other interoperable social networks such as Facebook.

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Friday, 25.07.08
AVAILABLE: TomTom releases TomTom 7.20 Maps for the O2 Xda diamond
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Germany was far ahead of TomTom, when it launched its O2 Xda diamond last month which contains TomTom Navigator 7, a so far not officially announced TomTom version for Windows Mobile Professional devices. And while O2 gave one free city download with its TomTom Navigator 7, it was impossible to purchase any further maps from TomTom. The only way to expand the maps was a workaround.
Now, TomTom finally released maps which are compatible to O2's used TomTom Navigator 7 and at the moment, TomTom offers two kind of map packs: TomTom Map of Western Europe v7.20 and TomTom Map of Eastern Europe v7.20

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REVIEW: Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:51 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia is Samsung's latest Windows Mobile smartphone, featuring a touchscreen. For a Samsung Windows Mobile smartphone, the Omnia is quite unique because so far, Samsung was pretty focused on keyboard-centric Windows Mobile smartphones like the BlackJack/SGH-i600 or SGH-i780 which featured full QWERTY thumb-keyboards; while the i900 Omnia follows the trend to touchscreen centric smartphones. The i900 Omnia runs on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional platform and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but only singelband UMTS  at 2100 MHz and HSDPA (up to 7.2 Mbps) while HSUPA isn't supported. Furthermore, the SGH-i900 features Bluetooth 2.0+EDR including support of A2DP as well as WiFi b/g, inbuilt GPS and FM radio with RDS support.

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Thursday, 24.07.08
VIDEOVIEW: Software Hands-on with the final Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia Open Market ROM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:45 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the earlier Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia GUI and Software Hands-on videoview I've just received the final open market ROM for the Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia which is the software build, Samsung will use for its unbranded and SIM-free i900 Omnia. Unlike the previous hands-on, which was made with a SGH-i900 prototype running a Beta software, this videoview now shows you how the final software will look and work. As you can see, Samsung made further improvements to make the software even snappier and also adds/changes a couple of features. Also notable now is the increased stand-by time. Was the stand-by, with the Beta, something around 6 hours only, I haven't managed to get the battery to less then 50 % now, using it a full working day.

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UNVEILED: Asus works on the GM5 aka the O2 Xda Zest Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:16 CET under 01 - General News

And another device Asus currently works on but this time it seems to be an OEMproduct-most likely for O2. The GCF (Global Certification Forum) just approved the Asus GM5, codenamed "Christal" which seems to be developed for O2 as the "Xda Zest". As always, the GCF doesn't gives any indication what kind of device the device might be but since it is called "Xda Zest", it's most likely that it is a new Windows Mobile smartphone. So far, it's only confirmed that the device supports triband GSM (900/1800/1900 MHz) as well as singleband UMTS (2100 MHz), UMTS video telephony and browsing capabilities:

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FIX: HTC releases official 850 MHz ROM update for the HTC Touch Diamond
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following an unofficial ROM patch which appeared last week, HTC has now released a ROM update in Hong Kong which officially adds GSM 850 MHz to the HTC Touch Diamond making it a quadband GSM smartphone know which can be used virtually anywhere in the GSM world. In addition to adding GSM 850 MHz support, ROM v1.93.831.1 WWE also fixes some bugs HTC Touch Diamond users have seen already, like a no signal issue, no action while touching navigator control in camera mode as well as SMS sound alert notification delay issue. Furthermore it's said to increase the overall device performance including improved audio quality after audio booster is enabled, improved TouchFLO 3D tab switching and movement speed or improved home page loading speed.

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UNVEILED: Asus to launch another 3G Windows Mobile Smartphone called P522
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The GFC (Global Certification Forum) just unveiled another Asus - most likely - Windows Mobile smartphone which will be available in two flavors: as the Asus P552 and as the Asus P552w.
Most likely a Windows Mobile smartphone since so far, all Asus P-Series smartphones were based on Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen). Othen then that, not too much is known except that the GCF confirmed that it will be a triband GSM (900/1800/1900) MHz and singleband UMTS (2100 MHz) mobile phone supporting MMS and browsing. The supported frequencies speaks for a launch in Europe and Asia only:

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RUMOR: Zune Phone (finally?) in the works at Microsoft?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:31 CET under 01 - General News

No, this is neither confirmed nor have I heard anything but this rumor is constantly popping-up, here and there. Nevertheless, jkOnTheRun has received a - as James Kendrick said - "totally unconfirmed information from a reader" (who wishes to remain anonymous) that Microsoft is indeed working on a Zune phone. jkOnTheRun's source got information about a meeting this week in Redmond that was planning a Zune phone to compete with Apple's iPhone. Furthermore, the source got information that Microsoft's Zune phone will be based on a special version of Microsoft's next Windows Mobile version which is so far known as "Windows Mobile 7" and the key functionality of the phone is expected to be centered around Windows Live (Mobile) Services.

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THOUGHT: The HTML Standard definitely needs a GPS:// Tag
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:05 CET under 09 - Thoughts

The time where GPS was used by inbuilt car navigation and some outdoor sporties only is long time gone, today every high-end smartphone includes a GPS receiver, slowly moving into mid-range mobile phones as well. And many smartphones either come with a navigation software preloaded or, if nothing is available, in most cases a version of Google Maps Mobile is available. Nevertheless, all the GPS use is pretty much a one-way communication where a mobile phone receives the GPS data of the current position, process it and shows it on a map. But users cannot share this location in an easy and convenient Web 2.0-styled, way.

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UTILITY: Change HTC's Touch Diamond TouchFLO 3D Themes with Diamond TF3D Config
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I wrote about Diamond TF3D Config for HTC's Touch Diamond two weeks ago already but now it received a major update to its previous functions of letting you rearrange the TouchFLO 3D tabs and this problem resolves another problem I mentioned before also - getting back the original black HTC TouchFLO 3D to OEM devices. Version 0.6.5 allows you to change the theme of TouchFLO 3D as well as it now supports new theme files which also includes Windows Mobile themes. Preinstalled are the themes from HTC, O2, Orange and Vodafone. Further themes, original and modified, are available for download:

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Wednesday, 23.07.08
TIP: Use NewsGator Mobile iPhone Web interface with Opera Mobile 9.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:48 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

Not sure how many of you are using NewsGator as well but I'm a big fan of NewsGator since I bought NewsGator Inbox for Outlook back in 2004. The real benefit for me was all the time that NewsGator synchronizes the subscribed RSS feeds across all its supported platforms and clients. While initially not free, NewsGator now offers all its RSS readers for individuals for free which includes NewsGator Inbox for Microsoft Office Outlook, NetNewsWire for Mac but also NewsGator Go for Windows Mobile Professional and Standard smartphones as well as NetNewsWire for the iPhone. The base for the synchronization between all these clients is NewsGator Online which is also a great web-based feed reader on its own.

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Service: Google adds pedestrian mode to Google Maps - no new mobile client available yet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:06 CET under 01 - General News

Google Maps' "Get Directions" service just got another feature, available as a Beta (what else) only, which is called "Walking". Until now, Google always calculated and suggested a route for car use but with the walking feature, Google now adds the option to get directions, optimized for pedestrian. When I was in Paris last week, I used my Windows Mobile smartphone to get a calculation from Place de l'Alma to the Rue Lauriston and Google Maps Mobile suggested a 2.3 Km long way which even crossed the Place de l'Etoile instead of using a more direct, only 1.3 Km long way, which is also not the best but definitely better to walk then the suggested car direction:

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Tuesday, 22.07.08
UTILITY: Microsoft releases another Windows Live Client for Windows Mobile smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:07 CET under 01 - General News

While Windows Live and Windows Live Messenger are preinstalled on most Windows Mobile smartphones, not all carriers have preinstalled it - unfortunately. However, if Windows Live is one of the services you use, Microsoft has just released the a new Windows Live client for your Windows Mobile smartphone which is now available for Windows Mobile Standard and Professional devices. If you have Windows Live already installed on your device, you will need to uninstall it first. To do that, go to Settings->Remove Programs, select Windows Live entry from the list (if any) and click Remove.

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EVOLUTION: Vodafone Germany speeds up HSDPA and HSUPA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:24 CET under 01 - General News

Vodafone Germany today announced that it has launched HSDPA at 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA at 5.8 Mbps in the city of Würzburg. Vodafone partnered with its DSL subsidiary Arcor by directly connecting all Node B's to Arcor's fiber optics DSL backbone in Würzburg.
While Würzburg is just a single test case yet, because Arcor has its own fiber optics network in place there, until end of this year Vodafone plans to upgrade other German hot spots to HSDPA 14.4 Mbps/HSUPA 5.8 Mbps as well. At the moment, the whole Vodafone UMTS network supports at least HSDPA at 3.6 Mbps and HSUPA at 1.45 Mbps (in hot spots, HSDPA is available up to 7.2 Mbps).

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REFRESH: AT&T launches two new Samsung BlackJack II colors
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following AT&T's and Samsung's last year's launch of the BlackJack II in black and red wine, AT&T just added two more colors to its line of BlackJack Windows Mobile smartphones: Romantic Pink and Ocean Blue. Both color schemes features a white front with white keyboards but on the backside, they are either pink or blue with decorative designs.
Technical features like Windows Mobile 6 Standard (even if it's announced that the BlackJack II will get a Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade), quadband GSM/EDGE/GPRS, triband 3G UMTS/HSDPA at 850/1900/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and the inbuilt GPS receiver and 2.0 megapixel camera stays unchanged.

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APPROVAL: Samsung's i900/i900V and i908 receives GCF certification [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We already know who the Samsung SGH-i900 and SGH-i900V are (both are also known as the Samsung Omnia) but so far we haven't received any confirmation what the SGH-i908 is about. Nevertheless, all three mobile phones (the two i900's are confirmed Windows Mobile Professional smartphones) just received the GCF (Global Certification Forum) approval which means they are network and GSM/3GPP standard compliant which again leads us to the speculation that the SGH-i908 is indeed the North American version of the Samsung Omnia. According to the GCF, all three handsets support quadband GSM, UTRA FDDI (UMTS at 2100 MHz), MMS and CS (Circuit Switched) 3GPP/VT (Video Telephony). However, there is no indication which UMTS bands are supported:

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SERVICE: Qik opens Beta to the public - more Smartphones to be supported soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:32 CET under 01 - General News

Qik, Inc., which offers mobile and interactive live video streaming services, today announced it has opened its so far partly closed Beta program. Now anyone with a compatible Symbian or Windows Mobile smartphone can go to, download the Qik service and start live streaming immediately. It's that simple. Qik enables anyone with a supported camera phone to stream live video from their phones, anywhere in the world, to the Web. Qik also announced several new product features, including integration with Facebook as well as upcoming support for more Windows Mobile smartphones which will also include Professional devices.

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Monday, 21.07.08
UPDATE: Sprint releases Windows Mobile 6.1 and Wireless updates for HTC Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sprint today announced two ROM updates/upgrades for its current line of Windows Mobile smartphones which includes key enhancements, including support for EV-DO Rev. A data speeds as well as Opera Mobile 9.5 for the Touch by HTC; which was introduced in October 2007.
Sprint's Mogul by HTC software upgrade, which was introduced in June 2007, will now support Windows Mobile 6.1. The Mogul is a premium Windows Mobile device and was the first EVDO Rev. A-capable Windows Mobile handset.

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FIX: Unofficial Firmware unlocks the GSM 850 MHz band of the HTC Touch Diamond
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As you might remember, HTC's Touch Diamond Windows Mobile smartphone is supporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz only which makes it a smartphone with a strong focus on the European/Asian markets. While inbound roamers can use the 1900 MHz network during its visit of the U.S and Canada, the HTC Touch Diamond, as available today, isn't a real option for Americans since the important 850 MHz band, as used by AT&T wireless. Now some clever developers at found a way to enable the missing 850 MHz band on the HTC Touch Diamond to make it a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE device.

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Thursday, 17.07.08
VIDEOVIEW: Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta 1 for Windows Mobile Professional
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

Opera Software today released the slightly delayed public Beta 1 of Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile Professional smartphones and I had the chance to test the latest Beta in advance already. While Opera Mobile 9.5 was available as a ODM partner version already, as used by HTC and Samsung, today's release is the long awaited public release.
With Opera Mobile 9.5, Opera Software completely reinvented the web browser on mobile phones by providing a PC-like browsing experience on small screen devices which include features like pan and zoom, improved GUI and standard support as well as noticeable speed improvements over Opera's previous mobile browser.

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AVAILABLE: Opera Software releases Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta 1 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Opera Software today released the much-anticipated, first public version of Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta. A powerful foreshadowing of what is to come, this Beta takes mobile browsing speed and features to a new level, complete with visual effects and a new look. Opera has changed the face of its mobile browser in this Beta release. As with the latest version of Opera Mini, Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta now defaults to page overview mode, allowing the user to view the entire Web page and instantly recognize the Web site. With panning and zooming options, the user is able to focus on specific page content. Opera also introduces a sleek, new user interface for easier navigation.

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Monday, 14.07.08
DELAYED: Opera postpones Opera Mobile 9.5 launch to Thursday
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:54 CET under 01 - General News

As you might remember, Opera Software recently announced that the first Beta of its anticipating Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile should be launched tomorrow. But as Opera just announced on its blog, the company needs two more days to iron-out some bugs. While the announced release date was for the Beta only, Opera Software rather wants to spend the extra time to fix just recently found bugs, and thus giving you a better experience. And while the buxfixing is almost complete now, Opera's developers wants two more days to run the build through its quality assurance testing. So don't hit the Opera server too hard tomorrow, there will be nothing new available for your Windows Mobile smartphone.

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CONFIRMED: Samsung announces German i900 Omnia availability for August [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Samsung's earlier announcement to launch the SGH-i900 Omnia Windows Mobile Professional this summer, Samsung Germany just unveiled the German release date and price for Germany. In Germany, the i900 Omnia will be available from 6th August and without a contract, the 8 GB version will be available for 649 Euro. Furthermore, Samsung confirmed that the i900 Omnia will be available from all four German carriers (T-Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus and O2); while so far only O2 Germany was confirmed. The SGH-i900 Omnia runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband 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.

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OFFICIAL: Palm and Sprint announce the Treo 800w Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After Sprint offered Palm's new Treo 800w online already, and some outlets started selling Palm's latest Windows Mobile smartphone last week already, Palm, Inc. and Sprint finally announced the Palm Treo 800w today, Sprint's newest smartphone with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Designed for business users who depend on their smartphones for high-speed productivity on the go, the Palm Treo 800w operates on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network and comes out of the box with support for EV-DO Rev. A data speeds, WiFi for data and GPS capabilities.

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AVAILABLE: Sprint unveils the Palm Treo 800w Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet official announced by Sprint or Palm, Sprint already started to sell Palm's latest Windows Mobile smartphone, the Treo 800w through its web site.
The Palm Treo 800w, which leaked earlier already, is powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS and supports Sprint's CDMA 800 and 1900 networks as well as EVDO Rev A and 1XRTT. Furthermore, and this makes the Treo 800w quite unique, it's Palm's first smartphone with inbuilt WiFi (802.11b/g) support. Last but not least even IrDA as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and GPS are onboard. Furthermore, the Treo 800w includes a 2.0 megapixel camera with 2x zoom and sports 256 MB of RAM and 128 MB of ROM which can be extended using microSD cards.

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Thursday, 10.07.08
UTILITY: Free the HTC Touch Diamond's accelerometer with SKKV GSEN [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The HTC Touch Diamond's accelerometer is a quite useful hardware-component if only used. However, by default, HTC enabled the G-Sensor for given applications only, like Opera Mobile, the HTC Photo Album or Teeter. Other applications don't take a benefit from the accelerometer while at the same time, HTC also disabled the manual screen rotation as normally available in Windows Mobile. As a matter of fact, you can only run a small amount of predefined applications in landscape mode. Some applications, like E-Mail Inbox or calendar cannot be used in landscape but portrait mode only. However, SKKV's free GSEN solves this problem since it enables to use the accelerometer in all applications and enables to auto-rotate the HTC Diamond screen:

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PUSH: T-Mobile Germany introduces new Mobile Data plans and finished the HSUPA upgrade [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:47 CET under 01 - General News

Today, T-Mobile Germany announced a mobile data push for its UMTS/HSDPA network. First off all, the German carrier announced new mobile data plans which includes a real flat for its GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA and HSUPA networks.
The new web'n'walk Connect L flat rate allows users to use the Internet for 39.95 Euro per month (on a 24 month contract) and T-Mobile has already upgraded parts of its HSDPA network to 7.2 Mbps. At the rest of the UMTS network, HSDPA is available with 3.6 Mbps. Furthermore, T-Mobile today announced that it has finished the HSUPA upgrade in its whole UMTS network.

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INTERVIEW: Andrew Lees - Microsoft Senior Vice President Mobile Communications Business
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:27 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday, during his (really) short visit in Europe, I had the chance to meet Andy Lees, Microsoft's Senior Vice President, Mobile Communications Business who took over this role from Pieter Knook, who left Microsoft earlier this year.
Andy is responsible for Microsoft' Windows Mobile software and Live mobile services which includes guiding Microsoft's global mobile communications strategy for business and consumer customers. In that role, Lees oversees the development, marketing and sales of Microsoft software and services for mobile devices worldwide.

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Monday, 07.07.08
UNCONFIRMED: TomTom Navigator 7 seems to work with latest TomTom Navigator 6 Maps [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Absolutely unconfirmed, I've just received an E-Mail from a fellow the::unwired reader that he recently tried out is recently purchased TomTom Navigator 6 maps v6.75 with his new O2 Xda diamond which runs the - yet to be announced - TomTom Navigator 7.
While TomTom Navigator 7 features minor enhancements like Map corrections, it's basically an update to the officially available TomTom Navigator 6 only. However, unlike for TomTom Navigator 6, TomTom isn't offering any purchasable maps for TomTom Navigator 7 yet but users of a German O2 Xda diamond can download one city map only - at least free of charge.

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SERVICE: Snap2Face brings Facebook to Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:13 CET under 01 - General News

And the next Facebook application for your Windows Mobile smartphone. After I've wrote about fringAdd-ons, which supports Facebook in some way and FriendMobilzer, I just received another E-Mail which let me know that Snap2Face was released in v0.8. Snap2Face, which works with Windows Mobile Professional and Standard smartphones lets you set your status while on-the-go as well as viewing friends' status and detailed information, viewing friends' friends and send friendship requests but also lets you getting notified of events like wall post, message, poke or friend request.

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UTILITY: Customize HTC's Touch Diamond TouchFLO 3D with Diamond TF3D Config [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

TouchFLO 3D, HTC's new Today screen replacement for the HTC Touch Diamond (and the upcoming HTC Touch Pro) is quite handy and useful for most users. However, everybody has different needs and therefore a customization is always appreciated. Unfortunately, HTC has left all customization options except that you can change the background image of the main screen (only). However, a member of the German Windows Mobile Forum "PPC-Welt Community" has now released a free utility called "Diamond TF3D Config" which adds some more customization options to the HTC Touch Diamond by allowing a user to rearrange the TouchFLO 3D tabs.

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BETA: Microsoft releases Beta Windows Media Center SideShow Gadget
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 01 - General News

Brilliant, one of my very personal hot topics is Microsoft's SideShow technology for Windows Vista which is a technology for distributing interactive content to connected small-screen devices, such as Windows Mobile smartphones. The content is created and managed by small software applications called SideShow gadgets. And while Microsoft finally released the long awaited SideShow application for Windows Mobile a while ago, even if yet available as an early Beta only, one of the most anticipated SideShow gadget wasn't available so far - a Windows Vista Media Center gadget to remote control the Media Center from mobile devices like smartphones.

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Friday, 04.07.08
AVAILABLE: Samsung releases the SGH-i200 Windows Mobile Smartphone for Open Market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled back in February already, Samsung today announced the open market availability of the SGH-i200 Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone.
Featuring triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz and singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz (up to 3.6 Mbps) as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (including A2DP), the i200 unfortunately lacks WiFi and GPS. On the back the i200 sports a  2.0 megapixel camera with face detection technology and smile-shot functionality; while on the front it has an additional VGA camera for UMTS video telephony. The non-touchscreen measures 2.3", supports QVGA resolution and includes a light-sensor.

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SERVICE: FriendMobilizer brings Facebook to Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:22 CET under 01 - General News

Macrospecs, Inc. just announced the launch of FriendMobilizer, a Windows Mobile application that gives users full access to their Facebook account. Viewing friends' info, writing on walls, looking at photo albums, and changing his/her status is a small example of the wide list of the features available to users at their fingertips. Not only does FriendMobilizer run on the majority of Windows Mobile smartphones and Pocket PCs, it also allows you to get notifications sent straight to the home screen. You'll be able to approve friend requests, view group/event invites, find out about new wall posts and messages, and much more.

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UNVEILED: Telus Mobility first to carry the HTC Touch Diamond in North America
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Canadian Telus Mobility is the first North American carrier which confirmed to release the HTC Touch Diamond later this summer. While neither Verizon nor Sprint have confirmed an upcoming launch yet, a Canadian carrier is again the first to launch another Windows Mobile smartphone first. Since Telus Mobility is a CDMA carrier, Telus Mobility's Touch Diamond is for sure the CDMA version, featuring EVDO Rev. A high-speed Internet access. Other confirmed features are Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, TouchFLO 3D, inbuilt GPS, the 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera on the back, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi and inbuilt 4 GB memory. However, the FM radio, which the WCDMA version also includes, isn't mentioned by Telus Mobility.

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Thursday, 03.07.08
SYNCHRONIZATION: SyncMate 1.3 synchronizes any Windows Mobile device with your Mac
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:03 CET under 01 - General News

With the more successful Apple Mac Notebooks, good sync-solutions for Windows Mobile and Mac OS are becoming more important as well. Following Eltima Software's earlier public Beta of SyncMate, the developer now released an updated version of SyncMate. SyncMate 1.3 lets users synchronize Favorites, Contacts, Calendar, Notes from any Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6 devices with their analogues Bookmarks, Address Book, iCal, Stickies on Mac OS and vice versa - and it supports synchronization via USB cable or WiFi (something which was removed from Microsoft ActiveSync years ago). SyncMate Expert allows to synchronize iPhoto, iTunes, Folders, Notes and Time and includes SMS Manager and Applications List manager.

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PREVIEW: HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, Samsung i900 Omnia & Sony Ericsson X1 Camera comparison [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

No question, so far Windows Mobile smartphone cameras were pretty basic and users mostly got 1.3 megapixel cameras only or - if lucky - a 2 megapixel camera with fixfocus. However, with the recent launched and upcoming new Windows Mobile smartphones, the situation will get better The new HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Pro and Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 features 3.2 megapixel cameras with autofocus and the Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia even features a 5 megapixel camera which makes it the first available Windows Mobile smartphone in the 5 megapixel class. Furthermore, three of the new smartphones (Touch Pro, Omnia and X1) even sports a photo LED for night shots. Nevertheless, since all cameras are not the same, we took the recent opportunity to compare the four most anticipated phone cameras which each other.

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Wednesday, 02.07.08
DEAL: Expansys UK offers the Slingbox Classis for £59.95 only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:01 CET under 01 - General News

If you read the::unwired on a regular base, you know that I love place-shift and my Slingboxes. And if you are located in the UK (I'm not yet sure if it's also shipped to other European countries) Expansys UK has someting special for you: the Slingbox Classic for £59.95/75 Euro only! The Slingbox Classic (see my previous review here) allows you to watch and control your favorite TV source from anywhere in the world on your laptop or mobile phone (mobile clients for Windows Mobile and Symbiand needs to be purchased separately). So now you can watch your DVR, DVB-T, digital cable, satellite receiver or DVD player wherever you see fit.

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Tuesday, 01.07.08
THOUGHT: A dream comes true - all German carriers finally offering flat wireless Internet access
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:19 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Today is a very special day for me because since today, all four German mobile operators are offering flat Internet access for their UMTS and HSDPA networks. I cannot believe that we finally reached this - after years of waiting. When I bought my first Windows CE PDA back in 1997, one reason I bought it was the possibility to access my E-Mails, and maybe the Internet wireless, from my PDA through my IrDA connected mobile phone. At these early days of wireless Internet, we used Circuit Switched Connections with an amazing fast up- and downlink of 9.6 Kbps and the use was charged per minute - at a time you better didn't staid connected too long!

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COOPERATION: Google signs five year Map Agreement with Tele Atlas
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:52 CET under 01 - General News

While it's not yet clear why Google want to use Tele Atlas maps for Google Maps and Google Mobile, it could be an indication that Google wants to join the GPS navigation area as well. Tele Atlas, a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location-based solutions, yesterday announced that Google has signed a long term 5 year license agreement with the company that gives Google access to Tele Atlas maps and dynamic content in more than 200 countries around the world.

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TWEAK: Get back the original black HTC TouchFLO 3D to any ODM Touch Diamond
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

No question, with the HTC Touch Diamond, HTC released a winner smartphone and it looks like that HTC's recently announced and now accros Europe and Asia available smartphone also caught the interest from many mobile network operators. For instance it's confirmed that all major carriers in the UK and Germany will carry the HTC Touch Diamond, either in HTC's original design and configuration or with a different hardware design and adopted TouchFLO 3D color-sets. And while most of you might prefer the original black TouchFLO 3D user interface as well, most carriers have changed the TouchFLO 3D design to its corporate color and might even changed or reordered some TouchFLO 3D tabs.

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AVAILABLE: First fringAdd-ons hit the fring Client for Smartphones [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:27 CET under 01 - General News

Mid last month I wrote about fring's new and upcoming fringAPI and the first API-based extensions hit the Web, sorry - fring now. The API and fringAdd-on are all about adding more value to fringsters; by opening up the fring platform and enabling 3rd party developers to bring almost any web services to mobile phones, fring wants to enrich fringsters internet experience and adding value to the fring community . The first flavors of fringAdd-ons are around social networking, videos and E-Mail notifications, as you can see in the screenshots below:

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WIDGETS: Access Co. launches NetFront Browser Widgets community site (Beta)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Access Co., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today announced the launch of a beta version of its NetFront Browser Widgets Community site, where users can download and try free widgets for mobile devices. Widgets provided on this site can be used after users download and install a free beta version of NetFront Browser Widgets Player, which initially is Compatible with Windows Mobile versions 5.0 and 6.0. NetFront Browser Widgets is based on Access' acclaimed NetFront Browser engine, one of the most widely-used browsers on the market today, with over 590 million deployments worldwide.

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AVAILABILITY: HTC debuts the HTC Touch Dual in Korea in alliance with SK Telecom
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet HTC's latest Windows Mobile smartphone but already unveiled last year, HTC Corporation just announced its first entry into the advanced Korean market with the introduction of the HTC Touch Dual. Launched in exclusive alliance with the local carrier, SK Telecom, the HTC Touch Dual integrates HTC’s advanced intuitive TouchFLO technology and slide-out keypad in a compact design. Offering one touch access to E-Mail, messages, contacts, pictures and more, the Touch Dual provides an uncompromising touch and keypad experience for easy and convenient dialing and messaging.

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