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Tuesday, 25.11.08
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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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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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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Monday, 10.11.08
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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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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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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