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Thursday, 30.10.08
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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Tuesday, 28.10.08
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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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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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
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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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: 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
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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