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Tuesday, 30.09.08
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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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
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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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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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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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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Thursday, 11.09.08
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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