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Saturday, 28.02.09
DEVELOPMENT: Samsung releases Samsung Mobile Innovator Windows Mobile SDK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Two weeks ago, during the Mobile World Congress, Samsung announced its "Samsung Mobile Innovator" program for Java and Windows Mobile developers and devices which was said to "open up new opportunities for mobile developers deploying their products to Samsung devices". Samsung Mobile Innovator wants to provide a significant opportunity for mobile developers to create applications and services on Samsung devices for a global audience. Samsung Mobile Innovator provides developers with the tools, technical content and support which is required to create applications and services that work on the Samsung open mobile platforms.

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OFFICIAL: Asus unveiled the P835 Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Initially known as the "Asus Glaxy7 (Zest)", Asus yesterday announced the launch of the now known Asus P835, a Windows Phone that delivers an Internet browsing and multimedia viewing experience without equal. Designed for business-savvy professionals who appreciate a screen as big as their ambitions, the P835 is equipped with a large 3.5" touchscreen that runs at WVGA (480x800) resolution. Running on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, the P835 is powered by a Qualcomm 7201A CPU at 528 MHz which supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA as well as WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and aGPS. At a size of 115x59x13.8 mm, the smartphone weights 148 g

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Wednesday, 25.02.09
RELEASE: Steve Ballmer confirms an upcoming Windows Mobile 7 release for 2010
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft's Steve Ballmer just announced the upcoming release of Windows Mobile 6.5 during last week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft hasn't given yet any information about the next big real thing: Windows Mobile 7. Not that Windows Mobile 6.5 is that bad at all, it's not the groundbreaking but Microsoft needs a new platform to survive the getting tougher mobile competition. Windows Mobile 6.5 is still a pretty much stand-alone OS and doesn't shares too much with the rest of Microsoft's Windows family; it's just started. However, this will most likely change with the upcoming release of Windows Mobile 7. At least that's what Steve Ballmer mentioned in yesterday's "Microsoft Strategic Update" conference call:

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Tuesday, 24.02.09
SYNC: Fennec to support Mozilla Labs' Weave Tab Sync
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As unveiled by Jono from Mozilla Labs, the latest version of Mozilla Labs' Weave can sync open tabs between Firefox on the desktop and Firefox's mobile browser Fennec.
Weave is a Mozilla Labs experiment to explore opportunities for the Web browser to broker richer experiences while increasing user control over their data and personal information. The initial focus is on enabling Weave Sync to encrypt and securely synchronize the Firefox experience across multiple browsers. As a matter of fact it means that every Firefox/Mozilla browser has the ability to access the tabs that are open on other synced browsers and to locally open copies of those tabs.

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Monday, 23.02.09
COMPATIBILITY: Will Microsoft's Marketplace support even more Windows Mobile Versions?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of the hot topics, Microsoft unveiled last week in Barcelona was the upcoming launch of the Windows Marketplace for Windows Phones. However, Microsoft hasn't given too much details how Windows Marketplace for Mobile either looks or might works. When I asked for further information, especially for a demo it was said that it's not yet ready and therefore it cannot be demoed. Nevertheless, in a talk with Microsoft's Scott Rockfeld, Director of Windows Mobile, the Boston Herald received the information that a) Windows Marketplace service will launch before the release of Windows Mobile 6.5 and b) therefore Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 users will get access to Windows Marketplace for Mobile as

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AVAILABILITY: HTC Touch Pro2 comes to North America too
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When HTC unveiled its latest Windows Phone, the HTC Touch Pro2 last week in Barcelona, officially it was said that it will be released first in Europe which makes sense since the HTC Touch Pro only supports WCDMA at 900/2100 MHz but not 850/1700/1900 MHz as used in the U.S.
However, over the weekend HTC made clear through Twitter, that the HTC Touch Pro2 will also land in North America: "And to answer the big question on everyone's minds, the Touch Pro2 will be broadly available in all major markets, including North America." And HTC has also given a time-frame: "All, we have not announced a launch date for the Touch Pro2 in any country yet. But we did announce we will start to roll it out late Q2."

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Sunday, 22.02.09
VIDEOVIEW: Hands-on with the T-Mobile MDA Compact V Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:35 CET under 08 - Reviews

During the Mobile World Congress 2009, T-Mobile announced as the fist mobile operator to launch its version of the HTC Touch Diamond2 as the T-Mobile MDA Compact V. Like with the recent launch of the T-Mobile MDA Compact IV, which was based on the HTC Touch Diamond, T-Mobile decided to use a slightly different ID for its own device and the Compact V continues the design language of the MDA IV. Technically absolutely identically to the HTC Touch Diamond2, the MDA Compact V will also feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA up to 2.0 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b/g and GPS:

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the HTC Touch Pro2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:28 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the great success of the HTC TyTN II and the later released HTC Touch Pro, the recently announced HTC Touch Pro2 combines best of both worlds. Together with the HTC Touch Diamond2, it's one of the first Windows Phones that features Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.5 button requirements which includes the typical call send/end keys and the Windows key. The back button (as introduced with earlier HTC Touch smartphones) isn't a Microsoft requirement at all but HTC is still the opinion that this back/ok combination makes sense. While the HTC Touch Pro2 and Touch Diamond2 aren't sharing the main design anymore, like the HTC Touch Diamond2, the HTC Touch Pro2 is also not sporting a D-Pad anymore. But unlike the original HTC Touch Pro, the Touch Pro2 is again featuring the tilt-screen as introduced with the HTC TyTN II.

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PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on with the HTC Touch Diamond2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:14 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not only that HTC's new HTC Touch Diamond2 is a design beauty, following HTC's original Touch Diamond design, it's also packed with lots of new features and it's one of the first Windows Phones that features Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.5 button requirements which includes, beside the typical call send/end keys, the Windows key. However, the back button (as introduced with earlier HTC Touch smartphones) isn't a Microsoft requirement at all. Nevertheless, the HTC Touch Diamond2 isn't sporting a D-Pad anymore and is therefore following the HTC Touch HD which was HTC's first Touch smartphone without a D-Pad.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Photoview of the new Acer DX900 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:28 CET under 08 - Reviews

Already unveiled by Glofiish was the new Acer DX900. It's the world's first dual-SIM Windows Mobile smartphone to support both 3.5G (HSDPA) and 2.75G (EDGE) SIM cards allowing you to keep track of both personal and business communications. The touch screen allows effortless one-hand navigation while the ultra-sharp 2.8" VGA display improves the web browsing experience. The DX900 has a new interface designed for easy navigation with large finger-friendly buttons for a smooth browsing experience. It also features 3D animated icons and transition effects with all your most important information displayed on one screen. The speed dial panel features photo contacts for most frequently used numbers.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Photoview of the new Acer X960 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:27 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Acer X960 is an all-purpose tool designed for those who want multiple features without having to carry several devices. A high-resolution 2.8" VGA touchscreen and five-way navigation button allow easy maneuvering. The intuitive widget-based user interface provides quick access to all your contacts, E-Mails and messages, browser and bookmarks, calendar and events, date and time, world weather and music player. Windows Outlook and Office mobile allow for quick E-Mail access and easy reading of attachments. The embedded GPS functionality provides reliable positioning and easy navigation with software available through retailers.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Photoview of the new Acer F900 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:27 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Acer F900 was developed to give total control over web browsing on the go. With a 3.8" WVGA touch screen and new easy-to-use touch keyboard, the F900 is able to display more information on screen while offering an excellent mobile browsing experience. The new user-interface makes navigating through the device a pleasure, providing quick links to contacts, E-Mail messages, bookmarks, calendars, date and time, world weather and music. The F900 comes also with an integrated 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, GPS, FM Radio, voice recorder, voice command, and expandable memory.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Photoview of the new Acer M900 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:27 CET under 08 - Reviews

Acer has unveiled a new line of Windows Mobile smartphones during last week's Mobile World Congress which includes the Acer M900. With a full slide-out keyboard it is ideal for E-Mailing and editing documents. Preinstalled with Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, Outlook Mobile E-Mail and Office Mobile (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) users will maintain efficiency on the go. HSDPA connectivity enables fast data transfer and the large 3.8" WVGA touchscreen dramatically improves your web browsing experience. An embedded fingerprint sensor secures the smartphone and simplifies password maintenance.

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Saturday, 21.02.09
#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the Toshiba TG01 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:03 CET under 08 - Reviews

One of the most interesting Windows Mobile smartphones in Barcelona was the Toshiba TG01, the company announced just ahead of the Mobile World Congress. Featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform with a CPU speed of 1 GHz, this Windows Mobile Professional smartphone also sports an enormous 4.1" WVGA touchscreen display with image tuning technology fostered from Toshiba's LCD TV "Regza". Using advanced picture-definition technologies taken directly from the company's acclaimed range of LCD TVs. However, the 4.1" touchscreen has its price - at a size of 70  x 129  x 9.9 mm it's yet one of the tallest (but thinnest) Windows Mobile smartphones of the last years.

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OFFICIAL: HP announces Windows Mobile 6.5 support for upcoming Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:03 CET under 01 - General News

Not that HP is playing the same role anymore it used to play in the very early Pocket PC days, during the Mobile World Congress HP announced plans to support the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system on future smartphone devices. While it wasn't unveiled yet what future smartphones HP has in mind it was confirmed by HP that Windows Mobile 6.5 on HP smartphones will offer key enhancements to business productivity, personal messaging and mobile Internet capabilities, making it even easier for mobile customers to communicate and to manage critical business and personal information. With its new visual appeal, enhanced mobile Internet experience and greater personalization capabilities, the new operating system boosts the opportunities for Windows-based smartphones in broader market segments.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the LG GM730 S-Class User Interface
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:42 CET under 08 - Reviews

During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG Electronics introduced the new LG GM730 which features LG's new S-Class UI; a user interface which is now used with all LG mobile phones, doesn't matter if it runs LG's own propriety OS or Windows Mobile as the GM730 does.  According to LG, the combination of Windows Mobile and LG's new 3D S-Class User Interface will make "the LG-GM730 the most functional and easiest to use smartphone ever created". Built-around a 3D cube layout, S-Class User Interface provides four customizable home screens. The simple flick of a finger instantly turns the cube from one side to the next. S-Class User Interface eliminates nested menus wherever possible, providing more direct access to features and applications.

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Friday, 20.02.09
ENHANCED: Opera Software announces Opera Mobile with Google Gears support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in May last year, Opera Software announced to support Google Gears with its Opera browsers and today, Opera released the first Opera Mobile 9.5 technology preview for Windows Phones which features Google Gears, Google's open source project that enables more powerful web applications. The use cases for Gears differ somewhat between mobile and desktop devices. On mobile, Gears is perfect for creating a better user experience by allowing applications to cache data more efficiently, so you can cut down on bandwidth and carry out processes discreetly in the background. On the desktop, Gears has ideal functionality for allowing your applications to function offline and synchronize data with the server when you get back online again.

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Thursday, 19.02.09
UTILITY: Google releases Google Mobile App for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Already available for Apple iPhone/iPod Touch and BlackBerry, Google now released Google Mobile App for Windows Mobile as well which allows you to faster search on your Windows Mobile device, with easy access to your favorite Google applications, either straigt from the Today screen or through a shortcut from any application. There's no need to wait for a browser to open to begin a search and with search history available to reduce typing, you can get your search results with fewer clicks than before. For an even speedier experience, Pocket PC users can add the Google Mobile App to the start menu or configure a hardware key to provide easy and fast access from within any application on the phone.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the HTC Touch Diamond2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:28 CET under 08 - Reviews

The original HTC Touch Diamond, which was introduced last year, was a great success for HTC since it was the first very stylish and mass-market compatible Windows Mobile smartphone. Nevertheless, for some the physical display size was too small, for others the battery stand-by time wasn't enough and therefore HTC redesigned its hero product and is going to release it as the HTC Touch Diamond 2 now. As mentioned earlier, the Touch Diamond2 will neither feature the diamond shaped battery cover not it will feature a D-Pad anymore but it has a physically and resolution-wise enhanced touchscreen as well as features HTC's latest version of TouchFLO 3D:

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the HTC Touch Pro2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:59 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following our earlier hands-on videoview of this week's announced HTC Touch Pro2, yesterday I spent some more quality time with HTC's upcoming full keyboard smartphone.
In the discussion with HTC I've mentioned that "Touch Pro" might be the wrong name since the original Touch Pro, which also featured a slide-out keyboard, was way smaller and for me, the Touch Pro2 is more a mix of the HTC TyTN II and HTC Universal. While HTC agreed that the Touch Pro2 might comes closer to these two devices the decision to use the Touch Pro2 naming was purely marketing driven:

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the Giga-Byte GSmart Smart Zone UI
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:22 CET under 08 - Reviews

Together with the GSmart S1200, Giga-Byte is also first time publically demoing its new UI which is called "Smart Zone". Smart Zone sits on top of Windows Mobile and basically replaces the Windows Mobile Home screen as well as Start menu since Smart Zone is design to be the main user interface while it's just a click to jump back to Microsoft's original Windows Mobile GUI.
Quite interesting is the fact that Smart Zone is based on Adobe Flash, as far as I know the first UI for Windows Mobile which uses Adobe Flash. Smart Zone is gesture-based and doesn't require the use of a stylus. Instead, users swipe the thumb across the screens to jump to the different areas, always starting from the center screen. Furthermore, it's possible to swipe diagonally to quick-start predefined programs:

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Wednesday, 18.02.09
#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Photoview of Vodafone's HTC Magic Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:45 CET under 08 - Reviews

The HTC Magic, which will be first launched by Vodafone, is out and this morning I had another chance to got my hands on HTC's second Google Android smartphone. While the device is also not featuring the latest button layout but the preproduction layout, it should gives you a good impression how tall and thick the actual device will be.
In my humble opinion, compared to the HTC Dream (aka the T-Mobile G1) the HTC Magic looks way better and mass-market compliant than the G1 which sports a quite yesterday industrial design. Anyway, if you are hunting for an Android smartphone with a hardware keyboard, the HTC Magic isn't your at all:

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Tuesday, 17.02.09
#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the HTC Touch Pro2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

And here we go with a videoview of the HTC Touch Pro2, HTC announced yesterday as well. Like the original HTC Touch Pro, also the Touch Pro2 features a slide-out keyboard but unlike the first Touch Pro but the HTC TyTN II, the Touch Pro2 is also featuring a tilting screen. Therefore Touch Pro2 might be misleading since it's a mix between HTC's TyTN II and the Touch Pro. Like the HTC Touch Diamond2, also the Touch Pro2 will be initially released with Windows Mobile 6.1 but will get an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 later:

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the HTC Touch Diamond2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

Sometimes a short video says more than thousand words. Therefore here we go with a very short videoview of HTC's yesterday announced HTC Touch Diamond2; one of two new Windows Mobile Professional smartphones from HTC which will be initially released with Windows Mobile 6.1 but will get an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 later.
As you can see in the video, the HTC Touch Diamond2 continues the original HTC Touch Diamond design language, even if the diamond shaped battery cover was replaced by a flat one which reminds pretty much on O2's Xda Diamond battery cover. Anyway, the design, even if a prebuilt, feels rocking solid already:

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.5 Smartphone OS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:28 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following yesterday's official Windows Mobile 6.5 announcement, this short videoview shows some selected highlights of Microsoft's latest Windows Phone OS.
While Windows Mobile 6.5 mostly features a completely overhauled Today screen by providing a dashboard-like experience to items such as new E-Mails, SMS, missed calls and calendar appointments it also includes an improved touch-screen interface, making it easy to take action with a finger. Last but not least it's also featuring an updated version of the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser:

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of Giga-Byte's GSmart S1200 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:29 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the previous info of Giga-Byte's upcoming GSmart S1200 launch, here we follow-up with a short videoview of GSmart's next Windows Mobile Professional smartphone.  Featuring Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with a later upgrade option to Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional, the S1200 is powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 528 MHz and supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA as well as Bluetooth and WiFi b/g and GPS. The device sports a flat 3.1" WVGA touchscreen, and runs Giga-Byte's self-developed "Smart Zone" GUI on top of Windows Mobile:

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of i-mate's "Little Secret" Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:16 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following yesterday's hands-on photoview of what I've called "i-mate's Little Secret", here we go with a short videoview of another Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone, i-mate hopefully release. Specs and info are still pretty sketchy, I've tried hard today to get further information but without success. I even don't know if the device is supporting GSM only or if UMTS is onboard as well.
Nevertheless, it's yet the smallest Windows Mobile powered smartphone I've seen so far and I definitely hope i-mate will bring it to the market; better sooner then later:

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#MWC09 LIVE: O2 Germany to trial HSDPA+ at 28 MBit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:27 CET under 01 - General News

Not that any HSDPA+ gear or Windows Mobile smartphones are commercially available yet, Telefónica O2 Germany announced the the acceleration of the company’s mobile data network based on HSPA+. O2 provides customers the new technology in the second half of the year 2009. HSPA+ enables the download of data at a transfer rate of 28 MBit per second and the upload at 5.76 MBit/s. The launch of the new technology will take place in Munich. For the first time customers will be able to experience the benefits of the mobile high-speed web. The high-speed up- and download allows high-quality internet-TV, fastest response times for online gaming and even more efficient work in companies.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the HTC Magic Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:58 CET under 08 - Reviews

Right after Vodafone and HTC announced the new HTC Magic, I got the chance to meet HTC's second and Vodafone's first Google Android-based smartphone. The HTC Magic is designed to turn heads with its chic design, and command attention with its advanced list of capabilities. Ready to always keep you in the know it provides the Google suite of services like Gmail, Google Search and Google Maps geared up for use in the palm of your hand. Further enhanced with video capture and support for tunes via Bluetooth wireless headsets, the HTC Magic is a true entertainment and media powerhouse. Nevertheless, the device I was able to get my hands on isn't representing the final design as announced today but it's a preproduction design with slightly different key-arrangements:

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#MWC09 LIVE: Vodafone and HTC announced the HTC Magic - Vodafone's 1st Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:25 CET under 04 - Android News

Vodafone and HTC today announced the HTC Magic smartphone, Vodafone's first Android-powered mobile, which will be available in the spring.
The stylish new handset is exclusive to Vodafone in the UK, Spain, Germany and France (SFR) and available on a non-exclusive basis in Italy. Customers can ensure that they are the first to receive information about the HTC Magic's availability, pricing and pre-ordering by registering their interest via their local Vodafone website from today.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Giga-Byte announces the GSmart S1200 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Giga-Byte unveiled its latest flagship Windows Mobile smartphone, the GSmart S1200. Running on Windows Mobile 6.1 with an upgrade option to Windows Mobile 6.5, the stylish and powerful S1200 is powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 528 MHz and supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA as well as Bluetooth and WiFi b/g and GPS. The device features a 3.1" WVGA touchscreen, featuring Giga-Byte's self-developed "Smart Zone" GUI, and the autofocus camera snaps photos at 3 megapixel. The S1200 measures 106 x 52 x 11.4 mm only and includes a Send, End and function button only to keep the design as minimalistic as possible.

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#MWC09 LIVE: T-Mobile announces the HTC-based T-Mobile MDA Compact V and MDA Vario V
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right after HTC announced the new HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 yesterday, today T-Mobile unveiled as the first operator to carry both Windows Mobile smartphones as the T-Mobile MDA Compact V and T-Mobile MDA Vario V.
The T-Mobile MDA Compact V - which is HTC's Touch Diamond2 but comes in an exclusive T-Mobile design - is a feature rich touchscreen Internet device. Offering T-Mobile's newest web'n'walk service, a large 3.2" WVGA display, high speed HSDPA (up to 7.2 Mbit/s), WiFi and GPS, the T-Mobile MDA Compact V is a highly desirable phone built for the mobile Internet age.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Acer unveils the first set of Acer Tempo Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in March last year, Acer announced the acquisition of E-Ten which was well known for its Glofiish branded Windows Mobile smartphones. While E-Ten was continuing to market its devices under the Glofiish brand, it was clear that sooner or later the whole thing is going to be rebranded to Acer which finally happened during the Mobile World Congress. At a press event on Monday evening, Acer, the third largest vendor in the global PC market introduced a new line of smartphones with a broad range of features and innovations. These first devices are mainly targeted at consumers who want to make use of excellent technology both for their personal and their professional needs.

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Monday, 16.02.09
#MWC09 LIVE: i-mate's "Little Secret" - an upcoming Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not publicly on the show, i-mate is showing selected partners its latest design-study which even doesn't have an official name yet! Nevertheless, I got the chance to play with it a little bit and i-mate's Credit Card-sized "little secret" could find a good amount of friends, especially if you like Windows Mobile Standard and QWERTY keyboards; even more if you like small devices and if you say that a Samsung BlackJack or Motorola Q isn't your size (anymore). Features and specs are yet unknown but it's confirmed that i-mate's "little secret" is running Windows Mobile Standard, features a camera and most likely WiFi and Bluetooth. GPS isn't confirmed yet but hopefully it will find its way into the final device:

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#MWC09 LIVE: LG Electronics selects Windows Mobile as the primary Smartphone Platform
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:05 CET under 01 - General News

LG Electronics (LG) and Microsoft Corp. announced today an expanded alliance to dramatically increase the number of LG phones running Windows Mobile. As part of the agreement, LG will make Windows Mobile its primary operating system for its smartphones and will increase both the number of Windows Phones in its portfolio and the total volume of Windows Phones it distributes. This will create a tenfold increase in the volume of Windows Phones available from LG in 2009 and bring up to 26 new Windows Phones to market in 2012 alone. Overall, the agreement can result in over 50 new LG Windows Phones!

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#MWC09 LIVE: LG announces the LG-GM730 aka LG Eigen Windows Mobile 6.5 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Co-announced during Microsoft's Windows Mobile press conference, LG Electronics (LG) today announced the LG-GM730 aka the LG Eigen (which we spotted earlier today already); the newest handset in LG's smartphone line-up, which makes advanced smartphone features easy to use. It's said to be the first smartphone to use Windows Mobile 6.5 (as soon as available) and also integrates with LG's advanced 3D S-Class User Interface. The company has recently signed a special contract with Microsoft, allowing them to be the first manufacturer of a phone with the new version of Windows Mobile. On top of Windows Mobile, the LG-GM730 will provide LG's dynamic, direct and intuitive S-Class User Interface.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Microsoft announces Windows Mobile 6.5 with Marketplace and My Phone Services
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:30 CET under 01 - General News

Today at Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer along with key mobile partners, HTC, LG and Orange, unveiled Windows Mobile 6.5 as well as new Windows phones, Microsoft from now simply calls "Windows Phones" featuring new user-friendly software and services. The next generation of Windows phones will be based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and feature a new user interface and a richer browsing experience. In addition, Windows phones will feature two new services: My Phone, to sync text messages, photos, video, contacts and more to the Web; and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide direct-to-phone mobile applications and can be accessed from both the phone and the Web.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Hands-on Videoview of the HTC Touch Pro2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:45 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not that I had too much time yet to play with the recently announced HTC Touch Pro2, Eric Lin from HTC was kind enough to give us a short demonstration of what HTC's latest keyboard smartphone is.
While this pre-release device is running Windows Mobile 6.1, it was confirmed earlier that Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional will be available for the Touch Pro2 as well. Other highlights are quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE UMTS/HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, G-Sensor, as well as a FM Radio with RDS support:

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#MWC09 LIVE: HTC announces the HTC Touch Pro2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Also building on its namesake, the HTC Touch Pro, the newly announced HTC Touch Pro2 incorporates a sizeable 3.6" WVGA touchscreen and a large QWERTY keyboard for heightened productivity. In addition to using the latest HTC TouchFLO 3D technology and people-centric communication approach, the HTC Touch Pro2 is the first device to use HTC's new Straight Talk technology which makes transitioning between an E-Mail to a call a breeze. With Straight Talk, an endless E-Mail string can be converted to a quick conference call with the push of a button.

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#MWC09 LIVE: HTC announces the HTC Touch Diamond2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the great success of the HTC Touch Diamond, today in Barcelona HTC announced the HTC Touch Diamond2. Building upon the iconic design of the first HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Diamond2 is the next step in the evolution. Crafted to fit perfectly into the hand, the Touch Diamond2 evolves the compact design and iconic style of the original HTC Touch Diamond. It incorporates a larger 3.2" high-resolution wide-screen VGA display for a greater viewing area in a design just 13.7mm thick. The phone also includes a new touch sensitive zoom bar for even faster zooming of Web pages, emails, text messages, photos or documents.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Live from the HTC Mobile World Congress Press Conference [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right now, here in Barcelona, HTC is announcing its next wave Windows Mobile smartphones - the HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2. Building on the success of their predecessors, both devices are an extension of HTC's innovative design and incorporate a new people-centric approach to mobile communication. With the continued advancement of smartphone technology, the amount of correspondence is ever increasing. As this flow of information continues to build, there is a parallel increase in communication overload.

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#MWC09 LIVE: Microsoft previews the new LG Eigen Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Also not yet announced by LG but on display on Microsoft's Mobile World Congress stand is the LG Eigen, a brand new, yet unknown Windows Mobile Professional smartphone from Korea's number 2. According to the infos, the LG Eigen features Windows Mobile Professional, is powered by a 528 MHz Qualcomm CPU, backed-up by 128 MB RAM/256 MB ROM (only?) as well as features a WQVGA screen. Furthermore it's featuring a FM receiver and GPS. No further details are known yet:

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#MWC09 LIVE: Microsoft shows the new HTC touch Diamond2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet announced, Microsoft shows a new, yet unknown/unannounced HTC Windows Mobile smartphone on its stand here in Barcelona: The HTC Touch Diamond2. Since it's shown behind glass, not too much is known about HTC's new (flagship?) smartphone but it's confirmed that it will feature a 480x800 pixel WVGA touchscreen, is powered by a 528 MHz Qualcomm CPU and features 288 MB RAM/512 MB ROM. Anyway, we can expect more info from HTC at its press conference which starts in about one hour. For now enjoy the only photo we was able to snap:

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Sunday, 15.02.09
#MWC09 LIVE: Microsoft announces Microsoft Recite Technology Preview
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just ahead of tomorrows starting Mobile World Congress, Microsoft today announced the public availability of Microsoft Recite for Windows Mobile.
Microsoft Recite is a search technology for your voice that runs on Windows Mobile 6.0 and higher devices. With Microsoft Recite, you can use your voice to easily store, search and retrieve the things you want to remember, where and when you need them. Microsoft Recite's voice search makes it easy to retrieve your stored thoughts and notes by using voice pattern matching and is therefore language independent!

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Friday, 13.02.09
OFFICIAL: Toshiba announces the launch of the Toshiba TG01 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Toshiba's earlier road-show, where the Japanese device maker unveiled the upcoming release of the Toshiba TG01 Windows Mobile smartphone, Toshiba today officially announced the TG01 ahead of next week's starting Mobile World Congress. The super-slim, highly powered, multimedia-focused, Windows Mobile smartphone is said to be ideal for the consumer that demands high-quality performance on the move. Featuring an enormous 4.1" WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen display, the TG01 comes with image tuning technology fostered from Toshiba's LCD TV "Regza".

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Wednesday, 11.02.09
BROWSER: Mozilla releases Fennec pre-Alpha for Windows Mobile Professional
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While it was expected that Mozilla's first Fennec Windows Mobile build was released late 2008 already, it took a little bit longer to get the first Windows Mobile build available. However, the Fennec developers finally put its Windows Mobile version online and Fennec is now available for public download. Nevertheless, this version is a very early pre-Alpha build with lots of bugs and performance issues but it shows what Fennec for Windows Mobile aka Firefox Mobile will try to deliver in its final version. In order to focus the developers efforts on getting this release out, they have targeted only one device, the HTC Touch Pro. This has a number of user interface implications, including graphics designed for a 300 dpi screen, control layout intended for a VGA screen and reliance on a hardware keyboard for text input.

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Monday, 09.02.09
SYNCHRONIZATION: Google announces Sync Beta for Windows Mobile, iPhone and SyncML Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just before Microsoft is going to launch its My Phone cloud service next week, Google today announced the public availability of Sync Beta which is also working with Microsoft Windows Mobile smartphones but also with Apple iPhones or any SyncML mobile phone.
One of the hardest parts about switching phones is getting your address book and calendar to your new device. Google is making that process a little easier by releasing a beta version of Google Sync for the iPhone and Windows Mobile phones as well as a contacts-only version for phones that support SyncML.

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Saturday, 07.02.09
EXPECTATION: HTC to launch Qualcomm Snapdragon-based Devices in Q2-09
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:04 CET under 01 - General News

In a different story, DigiTimes reported this week that High Tech Computer (HTC) is expected to launch Qualcomm Snapdragon-based mobile devices in the second quarter of 2009. According to market sources in Taiwan, HTC's Snapdragon device will hit the market one quarter later than last week's unveiled Toshiba TG01 smartphone which also runs on the Snapdragon platform.
Sources are mentioning that HTC and Toshiba are among more than a dozen device makers that have signed up with Qualcomm to develop mobile computing devices using Snapdragon solutions. Those device makers also include Samsung, LG Electronics, Acer, Asus, Quanta, Compal, Wistron, Inventec and Foxconn.

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RUMOR: Will Microsoft rename the Windows Mobile platform to Windows Phone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Always well informed DigiTimes said it got information that, with the release of Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft plans to rename its Windows Mobile-based handsets by calling them in future simply as Windows Phones, without specifying an OS version number.
Sure, this step makes sense especially because Microsoft still plans to unify the Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen) and Standard (non-touchscreen) platform and the last name-change from 2007 wasn't as successful as expected and caused more confusion then it helped to understand what the device is about.

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UNVEILED: Toshiba previews the TG01 Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Earlier this week, Toshiba Europe held a press event in the U.K. where the Japanese electronics company unveiled its latest Windows Mobile Professional smartphone, the Toshiba TG01.
Running on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (which hopefully gets an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 at time of its release) the TG01 is the first Windows Mobile smartphone which runs on Qualcomm's new Snapdragon platform at a speed of 1.0 GHz. The TG01 is said to feature GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi and aGPS. The 4.1" touchscreen supports a WVGA resolution at 800 x 480 pixel while the device is 9.9 mm thick only. The inbuilt 512 MB ROM, which holds photos from the 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera can be expanded by microSD cards:

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SERVICE: Share your Location on Smartphones with Google Latitude for Google Maps Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:44 CET under 01 - General News

Way back in November 2007, Google introduced the GPS-less location-feature for Google Maps for mobile clients to bring location awareness to the user and improve the local search experience. Now Google went a step further by introducing Google Latitude for Google Maps Mobile. Latitude is a new feature of Google Maps for mobile, as well as an iGoogle gadget, that allows you to share your location with your friends and to see their approximate locations, if they choose to share them with you. You can use your Google account to sign in and easily invite friends to Latitude from your existing list of contacts or by entering their E-Mail addresses. Google Talk is integrated with Latitude, so you and your friends can update your status messages and profile photos on the go and see what everyone is up to. You can also call, SMS, IM or E-Mail each other within the app.

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Friday, 06.02.09
UNVEILED: Microsoft previews Microsoft My Phone Consumer Cloud Service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We've heard about Microsoft's expected Sky-services earlier already which Microsoft most likely plans to announce in full flavor during the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, one part of it, SkyBox, went partly live yesterday under its final product name as "Microsoft My Phone". Microsoft My Phone is a cloud service which syncs critical information (e.g., contacts, calendar appointments, tasks, text messages, photos, videos, etc) on a user's mobile phone to a password protected Web site. Once synchronized, people can easily back-up and restore mobile phone data. My Phone provides an easy to use Web portal where people can access and manage content on the phone, and share that information with others.

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