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Tuesday, 25.11.08
RELEASE: Samsung Europe launches new "BizBee" Brand with Focus on Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:02 CET under 01 - General News

Samsung today launched its new business smartphone brand "BizBee", an aspirational family name for its new range of designer business mobiles. The smartphones will target the busy executive, who requires a business mobile that offers optimum performance, 24/7, from any location. The BizBee name is designed to drive awareness of Samsung's new smartphone range in the business community and ensure consistency in marketing communications. The target market is business people looking for the ultimate solution for their busy, professional lives. In particular, this target segment requires all-in-one connectivity, email and applications, a QWERTY keyboard and increased business productivity. A typical BizBee consumer is passionate about business, a heavy mobile phone user and frequent traveler.

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RELEASE: Verizon Wireless announces the launch of the Samsung Omnia Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Verizon Wireless and Samsung today confirmed its upcoming launch of the Samsung Omnia, an all-in-one smartphone with state-of-the-art features, including Samsung's innovative TouchWiz user interface which has specially designed widgets to customize and personalize the way customers use the phone. These bright and colorful icons provide a one-touch access point to customers' favorite and most commonly used applications and features. The Samsung Omnia also features a full on-screen QWERTY keyboard for fast text messaging, mobile IM and E-Mail messages. The haptic feedback on the touch screen provides subtle vibrations to confirm selections; and an optical mouse provides easy navigation with the swipe of a finger. The Samsung Omnia supports Opera 9.5 Mobile Browser for a smooth Web browsing experience.

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CUSTOMIZATION: Sony Ericsson releases new Xperia X1 Panels
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of the USPs of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is its panel concept and after releasing Spb Mobile Shell for the Xperia X1, Sony Ericsson today announced that it has released new panels by teaming up with social networking site Facebook, Microsoft Windows Live and Dashwire. The Xperia panel interface gives you to access to different experiences including Web, multimedia and applications. While on one hand it replaces the original Windows Mobile Professional Today screen it still gives access to the Windows Mobile Today screen as one option of many.

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REDESIGNED: Samsung and SK Telecom to release the T-Omnia in South Korea
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

For its home market South Korea, Samsung has redesigned its latest best-seller smartphone, the SGH-i900 Omnia, and is releasing it in Korea as the SCH-M490 T-Omnia. However, the T-Omnia received more then just a different name but Samsung made the good even better by replacing the Omnia's 3.2" 240 x 480 WQVGA screen with a 480 x 800 WVGA screen. Other feature updates include S-DMB (Satellite Digital Media Broadcast) and a powerful Marvall Monahans PXA312 CPU at 806 MHz! Either the same or quite similar to the original Omnia are features like Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, 128MB of RAM / 256 MB  ROM, support for UMTS and HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps as well as the 5 megapixel autofocus main camera and GPS. However, it seems WiFi support is left out.

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COOPERATION: Spb Mobile Shell to power the new O2 Xda Zest Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Spb Software House continuous partnership with mobile carriers, the Windows Mobile specialist today announced its latest partnership with O2 UK where Spb's Mobile Shell will be part of O2's latest Windows Mobile Professional smartphone, the Xda Zest.
Designed exclusively for O2's new smartphone, the 'O2 Menu' helps to make the device ideal for those subscribers new to the Xda phones. The O2 Menu is carefully fitted to O2's style and brand, and is integrated with the built-in Opera Mobile, for seamless Internet browsing.

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Friday, 21.11.08
THOUGHT: Install Windows XP on Netbooks from your Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:06 CET under 09 - Thoughts

This week I got my hands on LG's brand new and recently released LG X110 Netbook with embedded HSDPA which I want to test as an alternative to the HTC Shift UMPC. Since the LG X110 sports a massive 160 GB hard disk drive, I planned to partition it into two drives, C: and D: which I do with most of my PCs and Notebooks anyway. While C: holds the operating system (in this case Netbook-typical Windows XP only) and programs, D: is used to store all my documents. The benefit is that I don't have to take care about my documents in case I have to re-install the operating system because D: isn't formatted or deleted but C: only. However, since the LG X110 is a typical Netbook, it doesn't features an inbuilt optical drive which makes installation of an OS a little bit more difficult.

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Wednesday, 19.11.08
COMPANION: Celio introduces two new REDFLY Mobile Companions for Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:37 CET under 01 - General News

Following the first launch of Celio's REDFLY Mobile Companion, the company unveiled yesterday two new models: the REDFLY C7 and REDFLY C8N. The REDFLY series of products are smartphone terminals designed to offer the mobile workforce a larger keyboard and screen for easy use of E-Mail, web, business applications, remote access and cloud computing resources. The REDFLY C7 is a new, more affordable model with a power-saving 7" display, light-weight five-hour battery, and feather-light design under 1.5 lbs. The REDFLY C8N is the next evolution of the original REDFLY design, enhanced to allow the use of the eight-inch screen by an iPod, iPhone , Zune, or digital camera. These new Celio products continue to support the smartphone, the most successful mobile computing platform available today, and enable the smartphone's Internet-based and cloud-computing applications.

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Tuesday, 18.11.08
MONITORING: Spb Software launches Spb Wireless Monitor 3.0 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:27 CET under 01 - General News

While mobile Internet flats are pretty common these days, not every carrier offers an affordable flat yet, not to talk about International Roaming. Therefore, the mobile Internet is still often charged on transferred volumes. Here comes Spb Software House's new Spb Wireless Monitor 3.0 into the game, Spb Software, the Windows Mobile specialist, launched today. Spb Wireless Monitor 3.0 (previously known as Spb GPRS Monitor) is a powerful software solution that offers full control over all types of smartphone data connections by monitoring them in accordance with configurable tariffs and data plans and providing per application data traffic reports. First brought to market in 2002, Spb Wireless Monitor accounts for the lack of a built-in data tracking tool in Windows Mobile devices.

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Monday, 17.11.08
RECORD: ASUS introduces the P565 - the fastest Windows Mobile Smartphone in the World
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ASUS, which is also expected to make Eee mobile phones anytime in the future, last week introduced another Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone - the ASUS P565 that boasts an 800 MHz processor, which makes - at the time of this announcement - the device the fastest smartphone in the world. Sporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz and singleband HSDPA (3.6 Mbps) at 2100 MHz, the P565 also features WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. Rounding off its impressive feature-set the device features a 2.8" VGA touchscreen and a 3 megapixel autofocus main camera, delivering an unprecedented degree of clarity that does wonders for both personal photographs and spreadsheets.

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INITIATIVE: Flash Player 10 and Adobe AIR to bring Rich Internet to Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:54 CET under 01 - General News

Adobe Systems Incorporated and ARM today announced a technology collaboration to optimize and enable Adobe Flash Player 10 and Adobe AIR for ARM Powered devices, ranging from mobile phones to set-top boxes, mobile Internet devices, televisions, automotive platforms, personal media players and other mobile computing devices. The collaboration is expected to accelerate mobile graphics and video capabilities on ARM platforms to bring rich Internet applications and Web services to mobile devices and consumer electronics worldwide. The joint technology optimization is targeted for the ARMv6 and ARMv7 architectures as used for Windows Mobile in the ARM11 family and the Cortex-A series of processors and is expected to be available in the second half of 2009.

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Friday, 14.11.08
RUMOR: Is Windows Mobile 6.5 showing here its face the first time?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:14 CET under 01 - General News

While its existence was already leaked by Motorola and later confirmed by Microsoft, nearly nothing is yet known about Microsoft's next Windows Mobile version which is currently called "Windows Mobile 6.5". Nevertheless, SmartphoneFrance.info recently published two screenshots the website calls legit Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots.
According to these shots and SmartphoneFrance.info, Microsoft will "completely" (?) revamp the user interface using Windows Mobile's "Confetti" engine (which is already used in Windows Mobile 6.1). However, since the two screenshots only show the Today screen, it's not yet clear if it is another facelift only or if the underlying menu structures will be revamped as well:

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Wednesday, 12.11.08
OFFICIAL: Scartel and HTC launch world's first integrated GSM/WiMAX Handset
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled earlier last month already as the HTC T8290, Scartel Russia (with its WiMAX brand Yota) and HTC Corporation today announced the HTC MAX 4G, the world's first integrated GSM/WiMAX handset, powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Supported by a broad range of services based on Yota's Mobile WiMAX network, the HTC MAX 4G delivers a rich multimedia and high quality telephony experience in a sleek and powerful touch screen handset. The HTC MAX 4G supports GSM calls using a SIM card from any Russian network operator and when both callers are Yota subscribers, the call will automatically be routed as a VoIP call over the Yota Mobile WiMAX network.

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Tuesday, 11.11.08
INPUT: Spb Software releases Spb Keyboard 4.0 for Windows Mobile Touchscreen Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Spb Software today announced the release of Spb Keyboard 4.0 for Windows Mobile touchscreen smartphones and PDAs. While it also works great with the stylus, it's optimized for typing text with one's bare hands. Created back in 2002, Spb Full Screen Keyboard pioneered in the finger-friendly approach to interfacing with a mobile device. In its six years of market presence, it proved to be a bestseller. The new version of Spb's keyboard now offers three modes of on-screen text input (Full Screen Mode, Half Screen Mode, Standard Mode) and has received a new name to portray the change - Spb Keyboard 4.0.

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OFFICIAL: AT&T launched HTC FUZE Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Better known as the HTC Touch Pro, AT&T Inc. and HTC Corp. today announced the availability of the new HTC FUZE which provides users with a familiar QWERTY keyboard paired with HTC's intuitive, graphic-rich TouchFLO 3D touch-screen user interface for easy one-touch access to a range of fun and powerful features.
Powered by AT&T's 3G network and Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, the HTC FUZE is a compact yet powerful communications tool with a smooth gloss black finish and a distinctive and unique faceted backplate. The HTC FUZE features a sharp, 2.8" VGA touch screen for touch-sensitive navigation control, complete with three-dimensional animated transitions.

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UTILITY: VITO Technology releases Weather 1.2 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are looking for an easy to use and clear structured weather application for your Windows Mobile Professional touchscreen device, VITO Technology's updated Weather 1.2 boasts an updated cities database that includes 100 % of USA cities and all major world cities. With its finger-friendly and stylish iPhone-like user interface, it provides a two days weather forecast for your city. VITO Technology Weather displays only necessary information. Current weather is displayed at the top of the screen together with the name of the city. Below is the forecast for today and tomorrow with min. and max. temperatures and an icon. The temperature can be shown in Fahrenheit or Celsius.

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FIX: Microsoft releases official Windows Mobile 6.1 POP and IMAP Send Mail Patch
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:58 CET under 01 - General News

With Windows Mobile 6.1, Microsoft introduced a new feature which allows mobile operators to specify an alternate SMTP (Simple Mail Transport Protocol) server name that is used if E-Mail messages cannot be sent by using the user-specified SMTP server name. However, if the mobile operator doesn't specify an alternate SMTP server name (which most likely most carriers don't) and if the Windows Mobile 6.1-based device does not connect, the E-Mail account is corrupted and cannot send E-Mail messages. This patch, which Microsoft just released, will fix this problem and corrects the E-Mail account to allow you to send and receive E-Mails from your Windows Mobile device again.

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Monday, 10.11.08
SURVEY: Spb Survey - an Insider's take on Mobile Software Analytics
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:31 CET under 01 - General News

Spb Software House, definitely a world's leading mobile and Windows Mobile software developer, invites all mobile users to participate in its fifth annual Spb Survey. The Spb Survey is a mobile software industry report that identifies the changing user profiles, mobile device preferences and handset use cases. Spb Software will release a report on the results of its fifth annual Spb Survey in the beginning of December 2008.
Issued by a mobile software usability expert and a recognized brand on the consumer market, Spb Survey reaches out to mobile users directly, bypassing the prism of mobile operators and professional analytical houses.

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OFFICIAL: First O2 Xda Windows Mobile Smartphone to launch on Pay&Go
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 UK today exclusively unveiled the Xda Zest, adding another stylish Xda to its expanding range of O2 branded handsets. Unveiled earlier by the::unwired and later confirmed by O2 UK, the Xda Zest will be on sale ahead of the Christmas period. Furthermore, the Xda Zest is the first O2 Xda to be made available on Pay&Go, as well as on Pay Monthly.
The new O2 Xda Zest will encourage first time PDA users to swap from conventional handsets and experience the benefits of using a fully featured PDA without being tied into a minimum term. The Xda Zest has been designed with a sleek finger-friendly touch interface and a 2.8" TFT screen making it extremely easy to navigate.

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UPDATE: Torch Mobile releases WeKit-based Iris Browser Beta 2 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in February, during the Mobile World Congress, Torch Mobile announced the first Beta of Iris Browser, an Apple WebKit based web browser (read more about WebKit here) for Windows Mobile and since February, Torch Mobile released a couple of Beta 1 versions of Iris Browser. Now, Torch Mobile released its Beta 2 of Iris Browser for Windows Mobile. This new version contains over 100 fixes and improvements since the last Beta release and is said to be incredibly fast and stable now. The focus of this release was entirely on performance, smaller footprint (10 % smaller than Beta 1), user interaction improvements and stability as well as page rendering improvements.

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Sunday, 09.11.08
AVAILABLE: Microsoft releases SideShow Media Center Gadgets for Windows Vista
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:42 CET under 01 - General News

Following Microsoft's earlier public Beta and later RC releases of its SideShow Gadgets for Windows Media Center Edition PCs, the Windows SideShow team has recently released the final versions of Media Center Gadgets for Windows Vista 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions.
Windows Media Center Gadgets for Windows SideShow includes four gadgets: TV, Music, Pictures and Video and Now Playing which allows you to control most Media Center functions from a SideShow-compatible device like a Windows Mobile smartphone.

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CONFIRMED: Steve Ballmer confirms Windows Mobile 6.5 release for 2009
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:11 CET under 01 - General News

Following Motorola's casual talk about Windows Mobile 6.5, this week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer became a little bit more detailed about Microsoft's upcoming Windows Mobile release plans. During Telstra's Investor Day in Australia, in the Q&A session, Ballmer mentioned an upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 release for next year (2009) and Windows Mobile 7 the year after (2010): "With releases we'll make this year - releases we'll make with 6.5 next year, Windows Mobile 7, I think we have a pretty interesting roadmap".
While Motorola's hint of Windows Mobile 6.5 might was a mistake, with this confirmation Windows Mobile 6.5 is - more or less - official.

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Tuesday, 04.11.08
TOOL: Spb Software releases Spb Traveler 2.0 for Windows Mobile Professional
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you travel a lot, a digital travel assistant might becomes handy and during the past weeks, I had the pleasure to test Spb Software's new Spb Traveler 2.0 - an expert mobile travel assistant application. The new Spb Traveler 2.0 offers a revolutionary animated finger-friendly user interface, a subscription-free flight search engine (powered by OAG), an animated 3D Globe with real satellite image of the sky, and a Geo Game for fun and learning.
Spb Traveler provides valuable tools and information to travelers such as world time and global weather service, tip calculator and multilanguage phrase book, as well as currency, unit, and clothing size converters.

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RETARDATION: Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 sales slowed by manufacturing delays
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

IDG News Service reports today that Sony Ericsson isn't shipping as many units of its HTC manufactured Xperia X1 Windows Mobile smartphone as originally planned. According to Sony Ericsson, the manufacturing delays were caused by a lack of certain materials which hardest hits Sweden, Germany and the U.K. since the Xperia X1 was initially launched in this three countries. Sony Ericsson's Nordic public-relations manager Gustaf Brusewitz confirmed IDG News Service that more phones are expected to go on sale in Sweden in the next couple of days followed by more shipments which are also expected in the U.K. and Germany during the next couple of weeks.

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Monday, 03.11.08
EXCLUSIVITY: O2 Germany first to launch the HTC Touch HD in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Germany today unveiled more information about its upcoming HTC Touch HD launch, HTC's latest Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone, O2 Germany will get launch-exclusive for four weeks. 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 by combining 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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COOPERATION: LG and Microsoft sign MoU for Mobile Convergence
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:29 CET under 01 - General News

LG Electronics, Inc., a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications and Microsoft Corp., the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions, today announced the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form strategic collaboration in Mobile Convergence. The agreement was signed in Seoul by Yong Nam, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LG Electronics and Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft.
The agreement ensures continued strategic collaboration in R&D, marketing, applications and services in the field of converged mobile devices. The proposed partnership also reflects both companies' commitment to leverage best-in-class technology, resources and expertise by joining forces with leading players in key markets.

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Saturday, 01.11.08
GUI: Bell introduces exclusive User Interface for Windows Mobile touch Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Bell Mobility yesterday announced an innovative user interface that places all data services and popular features on the main screen of touch screen smartphones. Soon to be available on a wide range of Windows Mobile 3G smartphones from Bell, the unique interface is being introduced on the HTC Touch Diamond smartphone. While on the first sight it reminds a little bit on HTC's TouchFLO 3D, it's not a HTC user interface at all, even if it will be introduced on HTC Windows Mobile smartphones first but it works together with HTC's Windows Mobile and Touch enhancements. Nevertheless, as a matter of fact, Bell Mobility worked with a world leading design company to create a unique user experience for their touch devices to offer easy personalization and fast access to live information feeds.

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