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Thursday, 30.10.08
AVAILABLE: Microsoft opens Live Mesh Beta and releases Windows Mobile client
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:25 CET under 01 - General News

As promised by the Live Mesh team, today Microsoft opened it's Live Mesh service to the masses and removed the limitation on what countries you were able to sign up to use Live Mesh. The previous limitation was in place so Microsoft could complete its testing with various language and locale settings. Furthermore, the Live Mesh team rolled out an update which brings the service and PC software to Beta with significant new features, and includes the first technology previews of the promised Mac and Windows Mobile clients. Unfortunately, both Betas, the Mac and Windows Mobile client are restricted to certain countries for now as well as Microsoft is rolling out, during an initial testing phase, a limited amount of clients only.

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UNVEILED: Microsoft to release Windows Mobile 6.5 prior to Windows Mobile 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:21 CET under 01 - General News

While we still wait for something official from Microsoft in terms of its long-time rumored Windows Mobile 7 smartphone OS, Motorola seems to know more and unveiled that Microsoft will release Windows Mobile 6.5 in advance. Sanjay Jha, co-Chief Executive of Motorola and Chief Executive of mobile devices, said during Motorola's Thursday earnings call that "Windows Mobile 6 has not delivered the experience that I think Apple has been able to deliver, but as you look at the plan that is Windows Mobile 7 and even 6.5, I think there are significant new added features which will help the platform".

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UNVEILED: Samsung C6620 Windows Mobile Smartphone show its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the earlier sketchy information about the upcoming Samsung GT-C6620, TIM, Italians largest carrier just unveiled the full specs for the C6620, Samsung's latest beyboard smartphone.
Running Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, the C6620 features triband GSM/GPRS at 900/1800/1900 MHz and singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz. While it also features Bluetooth it lacks both, WiFi as well as GPS and also the camera only features 2.0 megapixel. The 20 MB available internal storage can be expanded with microSD cards up to 1 GB.

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Wednesday, 29.10.08
COMPATIBILITY: Microsoft Live Mesh to hit Windows Mobile later this week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:40 CET under 01 - General News

The word from Microsoft's PDC is out that Live Mesh will hit Windows Mobile later this week. With Live Mesh, which was available so far as a Technology Preview only but soon should be available as a broader public Beta, you can synchronize files with all your PCs and Notebooks as well as you will soon be able to synchronize between your Windows PCs and Windows Mobile devices as well as Mac computers. It allows you to access your files from any device or from the web as well as easily share them with others and get notified whenever someone changes a file. Furthermore it allows you to connect to your other computers and access its desktop as if you were sitting right in front of it.

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Tuesday, 28.10.08
WIRELESS: SFR to launch HSPA connected Mobile Internet Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:08 CET under 01 - General News

Another threat for Windows Mobile? Option today announced that SFR, a major French operator, has unveiled two Linux-based Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs): The SFR M! PC Pocket 3G+ and the Archos 3G+, that connect to the operator's national HSPA mobile broadband network via embedded modules from Option. The SFR M! PC Pocket 3G+ is also the first device incorporating Option's Linux-based connection management software. The new SFR M! PC Pocket 3G+ - a MID with HSPA connectivity featuring a 4.8" touchscreen, slide-out keyboard, Intel Atom CPU and 4 GB integrated memory enables anywhere, anytime access to the internet and popular web-based services such as email, instant messaging and social networks.

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RUMOR: Samsung's next Windows Mobile Smartphone to be called GT-C6620
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Samsung recently released a couple of very successful Windows Mobile Professional touchscreen smartphones, Windows Mobile Italy got the word that the Korean electronic giant is now working on a new Windows Mobile Standard smartphone, the Samsung GT-C6620. While details are pretty sketchy at the moment, it's said that the Samsung GT-C6620 will feature Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard and sports an inbuilt QWERTY thumb keyboard with a similar form factor to the Samsung SGH-i600/BlackJack.

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AVAILABILITY: Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 - now available from O2 Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While T-Mobile Germany and Vodafone D2 will also have the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 on sale later this year, O2 is the first German carrier which has Sony Ericsson's first Windows Mobile on sale now.
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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Monday, 27.10.08
RELEASE: HTC Touch HD exclusive on Orange in the UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following O2 Germany's announcement to carry the HTC Touch HD launch-exclusive in Germany, Orange UK today announced that the HTC Touch HD will be available in the UK from early November, exclusively on the Orange network.
The Touch HD is HTC's premium multimedia enhanced Windows Mobile smartphone, designed with a focus on entertainment that is set transform how people experience multimedia on the move. The stylish new device features HTC's beautiful TouchFLO 3D user interface to provide quick and intuitive access to the people, messages and content that are most important.

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Wednesday, 22.10.08
ENHANCEMENT: Spb chosen to create UI Panel for the Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When I joined the Sony Ericsson Press event last month, I told you already that Spb Software was working on a user interface panel for Xperia X1. As part of the strategic partnership between Sony Ericsson and Spb Software, Spb has put forth a top-notch, Spb Mobile Shell-based solution that compliments the X1 in both style and speed. Taking advantage of the smartphone's unique panel technology, impressive hardware and dynamic wide VGA touchscreen, this custom version of Spb Mobile Shell is optimized for the new Xperia, and comes with all X1 devices as a free download.

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Monday, 20.10.08
INTERACTIVE: Opera Mobile 9.5 adds Opera Widgets for a 1-click mobile Internet experience
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:16 CET under 01 - General News

Following Opera Software's earlier announcement, to work with T-Mobile on their Widgets for web'n'walk, Opera today announced the launch Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta 2 which introduces Opera Widgets to the public, enabling one-click Web content access. This release marks the second Opera Mobile 9.5 Beta for Windows Mobile and the first-ever Beta for UIQ-based phones. Like T-Mobile, other operators can now incorporate Opera Widgets into their customer offering. This means that customer-selected Web content can be accessed from a list of icons on the home-screen. Widgets can also serve as a means of customer communication, as automatic notifications are now easier to instantly deliver to subscribers.

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Thursday, 16.10.08
MANAGEMENT: Terry Myerson joins the Mobile Communications Product Group
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:25 CET under 01 - General News

As announced on the Microsoft Exchange blog, Terry Myerson, so far Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Exchange, is heading over to the Mobile Communications Product Group to lead the Windows Mobile product team. Todd Warren, who led the Windows Mobile team so far, will stay in the Mobile Communications Product Group as Corporate Vice President but focusing on strategy. Terry joined the Exchange team in 2001. Under his leadership, the Exchange team has delivered two major releases - Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2007 and become the market leader in enterprise messaging.

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Monday, 13.10.08
HACK: Mobile Boot Camp runs Windows Mobile on the Apple iPhone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:59 CET under 01 - General News

One of the smartest Apple developments was Boot Camp for Mac OS X which allows a user to run Windows XP or Windows Vista on a Mac. Now, a kind of - let's say - "Mobile Boot Camp" might hit the Apple iPhone as well. Sure enough, this time it's neither developed nor supported by Apple itself but by Norwegian developer Erik Kristiansen who developed his own Boot Camp which either runs his iPhone with the original Apple OS or alternatively with Windows Mobile Professional. Sure, the video bellow could be a fake as well but for now we take him by his word:

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Saturday, 11.10.08
DEVELOPMENT: First Firefox Mobile for Windows Mobile Screenshots available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We heard about the upcoming Firefox Mozilla Alpha launch earlier and as the Firefox Mobile team mentioned in the very beginning, Firefox Mobile will be definitely released for Windows Mobile as well. So far, everything was theoretical only but now we have the first screenshots of Firefox Mobile, running on a Windows Mobile Professional touchscreen smartphone.
These screenhots are giving a good impression how the final version of Fennec might look/most likely look like but even more important, the developers managed to run the Acid3 Test with a score of 88/100 - which is impressive for a mobile browser!

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SERVICE: Didiom launches Public Beta of its new Mobile Music Place-Shifting and MP3 Download Service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:33 CET under 01 - General News

Didiom, an award-winning mobile media service provider, last week announced the Beta launch of the first mobile application to integrate a mobile music place-shifting service and a pay-per-download, full-track service that offers over 1 million MP3 songs. The free, all-in-one Didiom application allows music fans to wirelessly access their home computer's iTunes library from over two hundred mobile devices, including Windows Mobile smartphone and BlackBerry devices. The Beta period will give users an opportunity to test the service and to provide valuable feedback, which will help shape Didiom's over-the-air service and new user interface.

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UPGRADE: HTC releases Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM upgrade for the Touch Cruise and Touch Dual
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After HTC released a couple of Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM upgrades for its carrier partners, HTC now also released the long awaited 6.1 ROM upgrade for its own HTC Touch Cruise, but also for the HTC Touch Dual (a Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM upgrade I haven't expect anymore).
Beside the typical Windows Mobile 6.1 enhancements and fixes like threaded SMS, recipient auto-complete, Direct Push improvements enhanced Internet Explorer Mobile browsing, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection setup simplification and improved stability of Video call functionality, this ROM upgrade will also fix Touch Cruise typical problems incl. fixes for Bluetooth headsets, default onscreen keyboard, camera viewfinder, GPS functionalities and more.

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Friday, 10.10.08
UNVEILED: HTC's T8290 - another Touch HD but now with WiMax? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As we've learned from HTC, the HTC Touch HD isn't coming to the U.S., while HTC also mentioned that some other great products are in the works for a North American launch. And while no further details were give, one of these products could be the "HTC T8290" (commercial name yet unknown). A WiMax-enabled Windows Mobile Professional smartphone which is soon to be launched on Russia's Yota network and  shares some features with the HTC Touch HD but instead of sporting HSPA (HSDPA and HSUPA), the HTC T8290 features WiMax. While further details are mostly unknown yet, it seems to be confirmed that the T8290 features Windows Mobile 6.1, a Touch HD-like 3.8" WVGA touchscreen, GSM and WiMax, WiFi g and Bluetooth 2.0 and it seems to be the squarish brother of the Touch HD, featuring a more Touch Diamond-esque design:

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Thursday, 09.10.08
AVAILABLE: Sling Media releases SlingCatcher for immediate availability
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:19 CET under 01 - General News

Announced earlier this year, Sling Media today announce that its award-winning SlingCatcher, a clever extension for its Slingboxes, is now available for purchase from leading retailers and online retailers in the U.S. as well as in Canada and the UK. The SlingCatcher is a universal media player that seamlessly delivers broadcast TV, Internet video and personal content to the TV. The SlingCatcher closes the gap of getting place-shift TV streamed to a hotel room which, nevertheless, has to be watched in most cases on the Notebook instead of the TV screen at the hotel room. Furthermore it allows customers to watch online video from any popular site on the internet including network television sites like ABC.com, video content sites like Hulu.com, community video sites like YouTube.com, and even online movie rentals from popular services like Netflix.

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ANNOUNCED: Motorola introduces the MOTO Q 11 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Motorola just unveiled its latest Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone for mobile professionals and consumers who want a fully featured smartphone complete with a QWERTY keypad for fast messaging, easy access to E-Mail, location services and multimedia applications, the MOTO Q 11. The slim MOTO Q 11 features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but lacks UMTS/HSPA. Nevertheless, its integrated WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 is ideal for people who want a high-speed connection for Internet browsing. The built-in WiFi uses Boingo Mobile to automatically connect the Q 11 to thousands of WiFi locations worldwide.

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Wednesday, 08.10.08
COMPETITION: Vodafone to exclusively release the BlackBerry Storm
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:36 CET under 01 - General News

Not that the new BlackBerry Storm runs on Windows Mobile, for sure not, but it's hitting Microsoft in its own backyard because so far, Microsoft was quite successful and unique in the touchscreen smartphone field (while survived Apple's iPhone and awaiting Google's Android devices). Now, Vodafone Group announced the launch of the BlackBerry Storm smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM). The BlackBerry Storm is the first ever 'clickable' touch screen smartphone and will be available exclusively on Vodafone's high speed 3G mobile broadband network in Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand from next month. Also, the BlackBerry Storm will be available exclusively from Verizon Wireless in the US.

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Tuesday, 07.10.08
UPDATE: Samsung releases more SGH-i900 Omnia Updates
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in August, Samsung released the first Windows Mobile ROM update for its SGH-i900 Omnia smartphone which Samsung initially made available to Singaporean customers only. And as mentioned, it's worth to keep an eye on Samsung's Omnia update page since Samsung has released a couple of more updates for other countries as well now. While it's not yet clear what the new ROM improves or enhances, the 108 MB download is now available for i900 users in Italy, France, Malaysia, the Philippines as well as Singapore. Unfortunately Samsung hasn't released any release notes nor is it known which languages the ROM updates are (most likely the country languages) and therefore a cross-update isn't suggested.

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RELEASE: Firefox Mobile ready to rumble before year's end?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:30 CET under 01 - General News

It became somewhat silent about Mozilla's Firefox Mobile (code-named "Fennec"), development and except some concept studies, the Mozilla Foundation hasn't unveiled too much about its upcoming/planned Firefox version for smartphones which will also supports Windows Mobile. However, John Lilly, CEO of Mozilla unveiled in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News that the development team might be ready to release a first working prototype soon: "The first thing is to bring Firefox to mobile devices. We're working on that, and we'll see some alphas in a few weeks".

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RELEASE: No HTC Touch HD for the U.S. says HTC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The bad news reached us yesterday night via Twitter, HTC America has currently no plans to launch its upcoming flagship Windows Mobile Professional smartphone, the HTC Touch HD, in North America. The HTC spokesperson said "sad news, US. we looked into it- by the time we could bring Touch HD to the states, it would be old news". Nevertheless, it was also mentioned that HTC has "other cool stuff coming", while it's not yet clear if this means new, yet unknown, Windows Mobile smartphones or devices like the T-Mobile G1 Android smartphone which is manufactured by HTC.

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Monday, 06.10.08
EXPANSION: Sling Media's Slingboxes to come to Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:34 CET under 01 - General News

Sling Media has launched the Slingbox in the UK and Sweden some time ago already but now it comes to more countries across Europe, including Germany. Founded in 2004, Sling Media, Inc. invented a new product category called place-shift and Sling Media is a different kind of consumer electronics company - one that's working to demystify convergence technologies and to create empowering experiences for the digital media consumer. The focus of Sling Media is to embrace - not replace - existing products and standards by enhancing them with hardware and software that make divergent technologies compatible and greatly improve the consumer experience. Because, after all, can't we all just get along?!

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RUMOR: Is the LG KS500 LG's next Windows Mobile smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Since LG released its LG KS20 roughly 1.5 years ago, LG became pretty silent in terms of Windows Mobile but both, the FCC as well as the GCF recently approved a new device called the LG KS500. If you follow LG's naming scheme, there is a good chance that the KS500 might be the Windows Mobile follower of the KS200 (while it could also be LG's Android device). Not too much is known yet but the GCF unveiled that the KS500 is a triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE device and singleband UMTS/HSDPA  mobile phone while the FCC confirmed that the KS500 features Bluetooth as well.

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UNVEILED: O2 UK's XDA Zest shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember the O2 XDA Zest we wrote about some time ago? The O2 Xda by Asus? While the official information was somewhat limited, O2 UK's latest Windows Mobile smartphone just showed its face in the coming soon section of the carrier's web site. According to O2, "this mobile phone will give you great access to functionality with a large screen, Wi-Fi, AGPS, and 3G. You also get a 5 Megapixel camera with 4 GB built-in memory with expandable memory as well as quad band reach". As the GCF confirmed earlier, the XDA Zest will be a 3G smartphone. Interesting enough, it seems to be a completely different device than Asus own Zest, the Galxy7:

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COOPERATION: Telefónica signs global agreement with Facebook
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:59 CET under 01 - General News

Telefónica and Facebook have reached a global agreement allowing the integrated telecommunications operator to seamlessly integrate access to Facebook's mobile service and applications from all of Telefónica's mobile portals. This agreement will expand the current relationship between the companies in the UK into a worldwide agreement. Facebook is a leading social networking website and one of the most visited sites in the world, with more than 100 million registered users. This agreement will enable Telefónica's more than 171 million mobile subscribers to stay in touch with their friends on Facebook and take part in one or more social networks, depending on their work, academic, or leisure interests, at any time and from anywhere.

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Sunday, 05.10.08
UPDATE: Option releases new GlobeTrotter Connect Dasboard for Windows and Mac
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:53 CET under 01 - General News

Earlier this year I wrote about Options's GlobeTrotter Connect dasboard software which I compared to E-Plus' Online Connect software. And while I generally preferred Option's GlobeTrotter Connect, I mentioned in the article that I've missed at least one feature: Network selection: "The only feature the Option software is missing is the function to let you select the network. While this doesn't makes sense in your home country, this can be important during international roaming, for instance when one available carrier offers better rates than another". Looks like someone was listening because Option recently released an update of its GlobeTrotter Connect dasboard software which is now available in v3.0.x.

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Thursday, 02.10.08
VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on with the Palm Treo Pro Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following our earlier Palm Treo Pro photoview, today we present the videoview of Palm's latest Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphones. 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. 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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Wednesday, 01.10.08
BETA: Microsoft plans place-shift solution for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:36 CET under 01 - General News

I have no idea for how long Microsoft is trialing it's "Microsoft Mobile Media" service already, the FAQ talks about "Dogfood 1" and "Dogfood 2" (Microsoft's term for internal Betas), but it looks like Microsoft is finally working on a kind of "place-shift" product as well - quite similar to Orb. Mobile Media is described to "allow you to quickly and easily access your personal content - pictures, music, and videos - on your personal computer from your mobile phone [At the moment, Windows Mobile 5 and 6 Standard and Professional smartphones are supported]. You can also automatically send pictures that you take with your phone to your PC. To use Mobile Media, you'll need to download and install client applications on both your PC and Mobile phone."

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