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Tuesday, 30.09.08
ROYALTY: Microsoft to stick with licensing fees for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:00 CET under 01 - General News

Not a surprise at all - since software is Microsoft's business - that, according to Reuters, Microsoft plans to continue charging licensing fees from handset makers for using Windows Mobile and not follow the free offerings of Google (Android) and Nokia (Symbian), Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Tuesday.
The pressure on Microsoft's high licensing fees has increased over 2008 with Google rolling out free Android technology and Nokia offering to buy out others from Symbian and also make its software royalty-free. According to Analysts, Microsoft charges US$ 8 to US$ 15 per phone.

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SECURITY: Vodafone UK launches solution to manage and protect Windows Mobile E-Mail users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:41 CET under 01 - General News

As more and more organizations are mobilizing their workforces with sophisticated mobile devices, Vodafone has identified the need for a simple but effective way to manage and protect these mobile workers and their devices. Vodafone Enhanced Services for Windows Mobile E-Mail provides IT managers with a managed service that ensures mobile devices do not become the weak link in enterprise management & security.
Today's Window's Mobile devices are extremely sophisticated and capable of supporting a range of mobile applications, but managing this fleet of devices across a dispersed, or even global, workforce can be a challenge.

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INITIATIVE: Industry Giants unite to deliver Mobile Broadband Future
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:26 CET under 01 - General News

Today, 16 of the world's best known IT and mobile companies have united behind a GSMA-led initiative to create a new category of always-connected Mobile Broadband devices, delivering a compelling alternative to WiFi. This will give consumers the freedom to get online on the move, while enabling operators to address a US$ 50 billion opportunity in both mature and emerging markets (Pyramid Research).
In the first phase of this unprecedented initiative, mobile operators, PC manufacturers and chipset providers are uniting to pre-install Mobile Broadband into a range of notebook PCs that will be ready to switch on and surf straight out of the box in 91 countries across the world.

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COMPETITION: Win a Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

So you badly want a Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 Windows Mobile smartphone but you are not living in one of the initial launch-countries? No problem, you can win one of seven Xperia X1 (why seven, not nine?) with Sony Ericsson's "Johnny X – Spot the References to 9" competition by watching the videos bellow and identifying certain elements within the Johnny X video.
As a participant in the competition you have to answer Sony Ericsson's competition question and write what you think is the correct answer.
Just as a reminder, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is Sony Ericsson's first Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone which will be released anytime next month to consumers in the UK, Germany and Sweden.

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Monday, 29.09.08
PHOTOVIEW: Palm Treo Pro Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:26 CET under 08 - Reviews

Palm just recently launched its latest Windows Mobile Professional smartphone, the Palm Treo Pro and thanks to Palm Germany and Vodafone Germany, I got my hands on Palm's Treo 750 follower, which went available across Europe exclusively from Vodafone.
Running on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and powered by a Qualcomm MSM7201 CPU at 400 MHz, the Treo Pro features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and GPS capabilities. The inbuilt 256 MB ROM and 128 MB RAM can be expanded with microSDHC memory cards up to 32 GB and while the device lacks a front facing camera for video telephony, it features a 2.0 megapixel main camera on the back.

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Friday, 26.09.08
SERVICE: Adobe opens Photoshop.com Mobile Beta for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:02 CET under 01 - General News

Back in August we wrote about Adobe's plans to launch Adobe Photoshop.com Mobile with support for Windows Mobile devices and the Beta went online recently. Adobe Photoshop.com Mobile Beta is said to be the easiest way to upload, view and share photos online from your smartphone. Getting started is simple. All you need is a supported Windows Mobile handset and a Photoshop.com membership. Key features are uploading photos from the road to your Photoshop.com account as soon as you take them. Photoshop.com Mobile allows you to store up to 2 GB of photos for free. At a party, in a meeting or on the road you can view your online photos and albums from your phone, wherever you are.

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Thursday, 25.09.08
BROWSER: Microsoft's Internet Explorer Mobile 6 aka 6 on 6 is real and shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The next, officially announced, big update for Windows Mobile will be - as Microsoft calls it - "6 on 6", which is Internet Explorer Mobile 6 on Windows Mobile 6.1. The current Internet Explorer Mobile code, as it is used for today's Windows Mobile devices and smartphones, is based on the pretty much outdated Internet Explorer 4.x, which was initially released back in September, 1997! The time of Windows 95 and Windows NT 4, when the World Wide Web was pretty young. So no question, it is time for an update! And while some called 6 on 6 vaporware already, even if Microsoft's Andy Lees confirmed its upcoming release in our earlier interview, you can see bellow that it exists indeed as the the screenshots we recently received proves.

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Wednesday, 24.09.08
RUMOR: Sony Ericsson somewhat mentions "Xperia 2"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:30 CET under 01 - General News

It's quite interesting how proud Sony Ericsson is about its upcoming Xperia X1 Windows Mobile smartphone which is mentioned in every second sentence during this morning's presentation (I cannot remeber Sony Ericsson was so proud about its UIQ platform ever). While it will not support Sony Ericsson's new and yesterday announced PlayNow plus music service (because of the lack OMA 2.0 aka DRM support in Windows Mobile), the Xperia line is definitely in Sony Ericsson's focus. During today's executive sessions, it was briefly mentioned that some X1 followers will follow anytime sooner or later but again Sony Ericsson declined to comment if upcoming Xperia's will run on Windows Mobile or other platforms but the Xperia is definitely Sony Ericsson's smartphone-line and therefore has to run on a kind of smart OS.

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FOLLOW-UP: Sony Ericsson shows and explains the Xperia X1 to Journalists [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you follow my personal Twitter tweet, you know that I'm currently in Lund, Sweden at Sony Ericsson's HQ where the company hosts a press event today. And hot from the Xperia X1 hands-on session with Magnus Andersson, Senior Product Manager Xperia X1, we got the news, that Spb will release a Spb Shell plug-in for the Xperia X1 panels. For sure, Sony Ericsson wasn't able to comment on how and when Spb Shell for the Xperia X1 will be available but it exists.
Also Sony Ericsson confirmed that the Xperia X1 will definitely not have an accelerometer but also confirmed that it will come with 384 MB RAM!

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VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on with the HTC Touch HD Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:08 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the previous photoview of HTC's upcoming HTC Touch HD, this 24 minutes videoview of HTC's new flagship Windows Mobile Professional smartphone shows you the hardware as well as software developments of the Touch HD. Thanks to O2 Germany, which will exclusively carry the HTC Touch HD in Germany, I got my hands on an early prototype and while the ROM built wasn't anything close to a release candidate, the hardware looked pretty final already.
The HTC Touch HD is a real power-horse featuring a Qualcomm CPU at 528 MHz as well as supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but only dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA up to 7.2 Mbps. Other wireless technologies supported are WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS/aGPS and an FM radio:

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Tuesday, 23.09.08
RUMOR: Is Microsoft's Windows Mobile 7 delayed to late 2009?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:27 CET under 01 - General News

Not that Microsoft's Windows Mobile 7 is anything official yet, it's expectable that Microsoft is working on a Windows Mobile 6.x follower which is - most likely - the number 7. However, if today's information turns out to be true, Microsoft might want to skip 7 in favor of 8 already (at least 8 is a lucky number) because - according to Beyond Binary (a CNet News blog) - Microsoft has recently informed some of its partners that it has had to delay Windows Mobile 7. Partners (like ODMs and carriers) who had expected to have a final release in their hands by early next year have been told now that the new Windows Mobile platform won't be ready until the second half of next year, sources told CNET News.

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Monday, 22.09.08
INTERACTIVITY: T-Mobile and Opera to introduce Widgets for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

T-Mobile last week announced to work with Opera Software to make its web'n'walk even more intuitive and bringing the user even closer to the World Wide Web. In future, you will be able to access your personal favorite sites more easily and quickly than ever from your mobile phone by simply selecting the corresponding widget, an active icon, from the standard display. The web'n'walk widgets can be quickly and easily set up according to personal preferences for mobile surfing. In order to enable this, T-Mobile is providing a gallery, initially with approximately 40 widgets for popular websites. It will soon be possible for other users and providers to create additional widgets via an open platform.

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC Touch HD Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

Last week, HTC officially announced the HTC Touch HD, HTC's new flagship smartphone and thanks to O2 Germany, which will exclusively launch the Touch HD in Germany, over the weekend I had some quality time with an early marketing sample. The HTC Touch HD features HTC TouchFLO 3D which runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and it's powered by a Qualcomm MSM7201a CPU at 528 MHz which is said to support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore, WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, GPS/AGPS and an FM radio are on board.

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Thursday, 18.09.08
NETWORK: O2 Germany launches EDGE and increases HSDPA coverage
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:29 CET under 01 - General News

Not of general Interest at all, O2 Germany today announced it has launched parts of its EDGE network in Southern Germany. According to O2 Germany's press release, today 700 sites went live and provides EDGE instead of GPRS if a customer is out of UMTS coverage.
In the next days, EDGE is planned to go live in other regions as well. Until end of this year, O2 Germany plans to have more than 4500 sites EDGE enabled which basically means that O2 customers can expect a bandwidth increase from today's 53 Kbps (with GPRS) up to 236 Kbps (with EDGE). And since O2's GSM coverage is still better than its UMTS coverage, this is definitely an appreciated service upgrade.

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Wednesday, 17.09.08
UPDATE: Street View and Walking Directions come to Google Maps for Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:08 CET under 01 - General News

Not yet available for Windows Mobile smartphones, today Google launched a new version of Google Maps for Mobile with the same street-level imagery as available available on desktop.
Furthermore, Google's new Maps for Mobile features walking directions (beta) which I wrote about some weeks ago and which Google recently recently launched on desktop. Last but not least, Google Maps Mobile also features to help you search for and get to businesses and locations. You can now read business reviews, so you'll know if it's actually worth driving across town to that store. Finally, Google hopes we'll notice significant improvements in search speed with this version, as well as better location accuracy in all versions thanks to this week's My Location update.

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Tuesday, 16.09.08
CHOICE: HTC unveils a White HTC Touch Diamond Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC just unveiled a new color for its best-seller - the HTC Touch Diamond. Following the trend for white devices, HTC today announced the launch of a "Snow White" Touch Diamond which will be available later this autumn. Born from the same unique heritage of innovation and a deep desire to blend design with simplicity, the white HTC Touch Diamond is delivering unmistakable style and meticulous craftsmanship. The snow white HTC Touch Diamond will sports the same blending contrasting design elements of metal and unique geometric facets the black Touch Diamond featured already:

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Monday, 15.09.08
OFFICIAL: HTC unveils the HTC Touch 3G and HTC Toich Viva Windows Mobile Professional Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the Touch HD, HTC Corporation today also confirmed and introduced the HTC Touch 3G and HTC Touch Viva. Continuing HTC's touch-phone tradition, the Touch 3G and Touch Viva utilize TouchFLO, HTC's finger-touch optimized navigation experience enabling quick, one-touch access to the people, messages and information people want. The HTC Touch 3G and Touch Viva embody HTC's commitment to build a family of touch phones that are powerful and stylish but also offer something to everyone, said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corporation and added: "Whether you're a professional or a student you can now get an HTC touch phone with a beautiful touch user experience."

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OFFICIAL: HTC announces the HTC Touch HD Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just recently unveiled, today HTC Corp officially announced the launch of the HTC Touch HD, HTC's latest Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone, an entertainment focused mobile handset that will transform how people experience multimedia on the move. Integrating a large 3.8" wide-screen VGA display (WVGA), a standard 3.5 mm audio jack and a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, the HTC Touch HD is the perfect device for multimedia fans.
The HTC Touch HD combines high performance capabilities with a stylish, sleek design that has made HTC a global leader in mobile phone design and innovation.

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VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on with Sony Ericsson's latest Xperia X1 Built
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:27 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following Sony Ericsson's announcement from last week to finally launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 later this month, thanks to O2 Germany - which confirmed the upcoming launch as well - last weekend I got my hands on an Xperia X1 as well. And while the device was still based on the pre-production hardware, the Windows Mobile ROM built was way newer, actually it was from early September and I was told that, even if not the release candidate, this Beta comes pretty close to what the final software should look. First of all, the ROM is way faster than everything I've seen on an X1 before. Switching between portrait and landscape mode just seems to take milliseconds only and also the panels start much faster than before.

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UNVEILED: Asus Galxy7 Zest Windows Mobile Smartphone shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet the Xda Zest by Asus I wrote about earlier last month, pda.pl received some information about the so far unknown Asus Glaxy7 (Zest) which seems to be an interesting Windows Mobile touchscreen smartphone. According to pda.pl, the Galxy7 features Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE/ as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUAP plus WiFi, Bluetooth and aGPS. The flat 3.5" touchscreen supports WVGA (800x480 pixel) and features Asus' new Glide 1.5 UI. The main autofocus camera supports a resolution up to 5 megapixel. The Galxy 7 is backed up by 4 GB inbuilt flash memory which can be expanded by microSD cards:

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Saturday, 13.09.08
UPGRADE: O2 Germany releases free Xda orbit 2 Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM upgrade [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Germany yesterday released the Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade for its O2 Xda orbit 2, O2 Germany's version of the HTC Touch Cruise.
Beside getting all the Windows Mobile 6.1 goodies like Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 AKU 1.2.3, the enhanced SMS thread-style and the enhanced Internet Explorer Mobile, the upgrade also provides an improved stand-by time, improved Microsoft Exchange 2007 support as well as it now includes Microsoft's Remote Desktop client for remote access to Windows PCs and servers. Furthermore, O2 Germany/HTC added Opera Mobile 9.5 8.65 to the ROM upgrade.

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Friday, 12.09.08
SERVICE: Google introduces Mobile Search with My Location for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:14 CET under 01 - General News

Previously, when you went to google.com from your Windows Mobile phone's browser and performed a local search, the results were tailored to the last location you entered. Now, using the Gears Geolocation API, Search with My Location approximates your actual location using the same Cell ID technology used by Google Maps Mobile. So if you want to find sushi nearby, just type "sushi" and Google will return local business listings around you. If you want to know the forecast, type "weather". If you want to search somewhere else, specify a location in the query like "pizza Kansas City".

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Thursday, 11.09.08
AVAILABILITY: Microsoft releases Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow RC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:17 CET under 01 - General News

Following Microsoft's earlier Beta release of SideShow Gadgets for the Windows Vista Media Center, Microsoft has now released Release Candidate build of the Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow here which can be used with Windows Mobile devices as well. While it's not yet the final release, this will be posted to the Windows Live Gallery in the near future. SideShow content is created and managed by small software applications called SideShow gadgets which is a Windows Vista feature.

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AVAILABILITY: Vodafone Germany to sell the Palm Treo Pro from September
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

By end of September, Vodafone will be the first German telecommunications provider to offer Palm's latest Treo Windows Mobile smartphone, the Palm Treo Pro. The Treo Pro is the Treo 750v's successor and it incorporates a comprehensive range of technical features that give mobile business customers optimum support in their day to day work. Weighing in at 133 grams, the quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA smartphone has a large color touchscreen with 320x320 pixel resolution. It also has a 2 megapixel camera for photos and videos. The Treo Smartphone works at mobile wireless broadband speeds of up to 3.6 Mbit/s so it's perfect for mobile surfing.

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RELEASE: Velocity Mobile announces launch of the Velocity 103 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Velocity Mobile, a nine month collaboration between one of the world's largest notebook computer manufacturers and a team of veteran wireless designers and engineers, yesterday announced the retail availability of its first touchscreen phone, the Velocity 103, a Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone. Built on the belief that the simplest solution is the best solution, the Velocity Mobile 103 combines an easy-to-use Odyssey Interface, Velocity Over The Air updates (Vota) and a sleek and attractive design, to change the way people think about and use smartphones. The Velocity 103 features a Qualcomm MSM7201 chipset and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi. The touchscreen supports VGA and in addition, the device features TV/VGA out.

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COOPERATION: HTC partners with KDDI to bring HTC Smartphones to Japan
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC Corporation today announced a partnership with KDDI, one of the Japanese largest telecommunications companies, to sell HTC handsets across Japan from later this year. The two companies, KDDI and Okinawa Cellular Phone, announced that they would be unveiling the first model, the E30HT Windows Mobile smartphone, from September 28th to October 4th at CEATEC, Japan's largest electronics products exhibition. Commercial sales of the E30HT, which is based on the HTC Touch Pro, are slated for spring 2009. The model will support KDDI plans to deliver a broader, more innovative array of 3G products and services to its customers.

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Wednesday, 10.09.08
RELEASE: Sprint to launch the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Combining HTC's captivating 3D touch-screen experience, the broad functionality of Windows Mobile 6.1 and the largest mobile broadband network in the United States, as expected, today Sprint announced it will soon add two devices to its robust portfolio of Windows Mobile devices: the HTC Touch Diamond and the HTC Touch Pro. Sprint will be the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer both devices. HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro set a new benchmark for mobile sophistication, introducing TouchFLO 3D, an unparalleled touch experience that puts live television, weather, E-Mail, photos, contacts, music and more at your fingertips.

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UNVEILED: HTC Touch HD Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone shows its face [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MoDaCo and CrackBerry.com received a couple of photos of a new, so far unannounced and widely unknown HTC Windows Mobile smartphones which the tipster calls the "HTC Touch HD".
According to the yet rare information, little is known, this Windows Mobile Professional smartphone will feature Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (meaning it's a touchscreen device),  a Qualcomm 7201A CPU at 528 MHz, 512 MB ROM and 256 MB RAM plus additional 32 MB on the  processor and a 800 x 480 pixel (WVGA) screen resolution. Furthermore it's confirmed, by the photos, that the HTC Touch HD will support - at least - UMTS (HSDPA and most likely HSUPA support are expected) as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR:

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CONFIRMED: Vodafone UK and Germany first to launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following today's official announcement that Sony Ericsson will initially launch its long awaited Xperia X1 Windows Mobile-based smartphone on September 30 in the UK, Germany and Sweden, Vodafone UK and Germany just confirmed that both carriers will launch the Xperia X1 in its home countries (namely the United Kingdom and Germany).
While it's yet listed as coming soon only, without any further information when it will be available from the carrier, now we know which mobile operator will carry Sony Ericsson's first Windows Mobile (Professional) smartphone. Not yet known is the carrier which will initially sell the smartphone in Sweden.

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RELEASE: Sony Ericsson prepares for the official Xperia X1 launch on 30 September
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Sony Ericsson's "Who is Johnny X?" viral marketing campaign we wrote about yesterday, Sony Ericsson today announced that 30 September 2008 is the official launch date for the highly anticipated Xperia X1 Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone which will initially be available to consumers in the UK, Germany and Sweden. The handset will be available in other markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America throughout Q4-2008 (see bellow for a list of planned countries). The Xperia X1 is the first product under Sony Ericsson's new premium sub-brand Xperia. Designed to meet consumers' needs for a converged entertainment and mobile web communication experience, the Xperia X1 is an extremely stylish handset encased in a real stainless steel body, with a striking arc-slider design, supported by a powerful multimedia ecosystem.

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Tuesday, 09.09.08
CAMPAIGN: Johnny X to feature Sony Ericsson's new Xperia X1 Windows Mobile Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

You might wonder who Johnny X is - right? Well, you can find the answer under www.whoisjohnny-x.com.
Following Sony Ericsson's good tradition to sponsor James Bond movies, for the launch of Sony Ericsson's first Windows Mobile smartphone, the Xperia X1, the company has created a fictional character (called Johnny X) who is the hero of an alternative reality thriller, using his (hopefully not so buggy) Xperia X1 to survive adventures.

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UNVEILED: HTC Opal Windows Mobile Smartphone sighted
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to smartmobilegadgets blog, HTC is working on a new Windows Mobile Professional smartphone which is expected to be released soon. The HTC Opal, which is most likely a codename only, seems to be HTC's planned low-entry follower of the HTC Touch and like the HTC Touch, also the HTC Opal is a 2.5G Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE only. UMTS and HSDPA are left, most likely in favor of the price. Nevertheless. WiFi b/g as well as Bluetooth 2.0 are also part of the HTC Opal. Also the HTC Opal is expected to be powered by a TI OMAP 850 CPU at 200 MHz only.

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Monday, 08.09.08
INTRODUCED: Asus announces the P552w Windows Mobile Touchscreen Smartphone with Glide UI
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled back in July by the GFC, Asus today announced the launch of the new Asus P552w Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone which features Asus' new Glide UI - an innovative touch-responsive user interface that makes navigating and performing tasks on a mobile phone more intuitive and interactive than ever before. Equipped with a 624 MHz Marvell Tavor processor and a host of market-leading features such as triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz) and singleband UMTS/HSDPA connectivity up to 3.6 Mbps, GPS, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, the Asus P552w is a perfect fit for the rising tide of young, tech-savvy professionals who appreciate a good-looking mobile companion that packs a wealth of fun features and yet is no slouch when it comes to work.

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Sunday, 07.09.08
UPDATE: Qik for Windows Mobile now supports more devices and features better optimizations
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Earlier this week, Qik announced a wider and better support for Windows Mobile Professional smartphones. Beside that Qik is now available for a bunch of new Windows Mobile smartphones like the HTC Touch Dual, HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, HTC TyTn II/AT&T Tilt, Qik also announced support for the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia X1! Furthermore, Qik released Alpha versions for the HTC Mogul, HTC Vogue (the CDMA version for HTC Touch) and the Samsung Omnia. Other improvements in the this version (0.1.10) includes CPU optimization in stand-by mode and improved frames/second.

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Friday, 05.09.08
RELEASE: Samsung announces European Market availability of the Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the European wide market availability of the Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia. According to the European Mobile Life Survey, revealed today by Samsung, approximately 70 % of phones used for business do not have full multimedia capabilities, with 40 % of European business users owning two or more mobile phones. Nearly two thirds (58 %) of Europeans consider multimedia functions to be absolutely critical features in their mobile phones, with 1 in 5 business users wishing their business phone had a camera, an MP3 player and a radio for personal use.

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Thursday, 04.09.08
VIDEOVIEW: E-Ten Glofiish V900 Software & GUI Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:05 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following last weeks hardware hands-on videoview of the E-Ten Glofiish V900 DVB-T Windows Mobile smartphone, this videoview is about the software and GUI integration of E-Ten's upcoming smartphone which runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
While the V900 sports a, for today's Windows Mobile phones, typical flat touchscreen it doesn't features pan and drag which means you still need the stylus quite often if you want to navigate through the program menus and functions. And while most Windows Mobile smartphone manufactures try to differentiate from competitors using self-developed Today screen UI's, E-Ten decided to license Spb Mobile Shell 2.0 (see our previous review here) instead, which isn't a bad choice anyway.

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