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Tuesday, 31.03.09
MULTIMEDIA: Spb Software releases Spb TV 1.0 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:40 CET under 01 - General News

Not a place-shift solution yet, today - ahead of CTIA Wireless- Spb Software released Spb TV 1.0, a practical mobile TV player with patent-pending on-screen controls and fast channel switching technology which uses an intelligent stream correction, picture-in-picture mode and an integrated TV guide with export of show reminders into Outlook. Spb TV is a subscription-free and international live mobile TV solution that is geared up to utilize the new generation of faster wireless networks. Spb TV is unique in its approach to the mobile TV experience, offering the unexpectedly natural simplicity of watching live TV on a phone.

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ROADMAP: Microsoft gains support for next generation Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:23 CET under 01 - General News

Furthering its vision to connect the PC, Web and phone, Microsoft Corp. today announced strong industry support for Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Marketplace for Mobile as well as new applications for Windows phones. Joining a long list of mobile developers, EA Mobile and MySpace announced plans to deliver Windows phone applications through Windows Marketplace for Mobile. In his keynote address at International CTIA WIRELESS 2009, Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft, will introduce an alliance with two prominent design houses through which fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi will demonstrate ways people can customize their Windows phone to fit their personal style.

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Monday, 30.03.09
VIDEOVIEW: Vodafone HTC Magic Hardware Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

Vodafone's upcoming HTC Magic is an Google Android-powered smartphone with a focus on its design and command attention with its advanced list of capabilities. Running the latest Android version code-named Cupcake, the HTC Magic provides the well known Google suite of services like GMail, Google Search and Google Maps (including Latitude) as well as a state-of-the-art web browser and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS. Powered by a Qualcomm MSM7201a CPU at 528 MHz, the device is backed-up by 512 MB ROM and 192 MB RAM which can be expanded with microSD cards.

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UPDATE: fring releases Twitter 2.0 Add-on for Windows Mobile & S60
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following much user demand and the phenomenal explosion of Twitter, fring just released an all new Twitter 2.0 Add-on for Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones, with stacks of new features.
You can now view other Twitter profiles, check-out your own followers and see who's following your. Furthermore, a new keyword search enables you to keep on top of a particular topic and with the cool new look and feel you can also open links like Tiny URL's from your incoming Tweets.

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OFFICIAL: AT&T unveils the Samsung Propel Pro Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 06:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Rumored earlier already, AT&T just officially announced the Samsung Propel Pro messaging smartphone, together with a new and a fresh new lineup of smartphones and quick messaging phones that make it easier for customers to message with friends and family and manage their business and personal lives on-the-go. The Propel Pro is a full-QWERTY silver and chrome compact slider smartphone, running Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard. It allows users to run full enterprise applications on the same platform they use to text and send photos. Evolving from the popular Samsung Propel, business users and consumers looking for a full-feature smartphone with WiFi will look to the Propel Pro.

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Sunday, 29.03.09
DEVELOPMENT: Doug Berrett hints WebGuide functionality for Windows Live Mesh [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:07 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a frequent the::unwired reader, you know that I have a real passion for using my Slingbox and WebGuide on my Windows Mobile smartphones since both really spices up my Windows Phones. Since I travel a lot, I'm either missing my favorite TV shows due to other appointments or I'm unable to watch them on hotel TVs because the channel isn't available there. For live TV I'm using my Slingboxes but to schedule a Media Center recording, either from PCs/Notebooks or from Windows Phones, I'm still using WebGuide 4 which is one reason why I haven't upgraded my Microsoft Media Center to the TV Feature Pack or Windows 7 yet because in this case WebGuide would break.

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Thursday, 26.03.09
ENHANCEMENT: Opera to announce Opera Mobile 9.7 at CTIA Wireless 2009
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At next week's CTIA Wireless Show, Opera Software will be announcing the new Opera Mobile 9.7 server-accelerated browser for smartphones and mobile devices. Opera Mobile 9.7 features Opera Turbo, Opera's breakthrough compression technology the company unveiled last month during the Mobile World Congress, along with the company's latest Presto 2.2 rendering engine (also used in Opera 10 desktop). Furthermore Opera Mobile 9.7 will fully support dynamic Web technologies such as Ajax and Flash (for accessing popular sites like Facebook and YouTube). Opera Mobile 9.7 with Opera Turbo also features better standards support (100% Acid 3 test) and developer tools, hardware acceleration Open GL ES, and support for Google Gears.

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Wednesday, 25.03.09
TECHNOLOGY: mobilkom austria commercially launch HSPA Evolution aka HSPA+
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:21 CET under 01 - General News

As the first provider in Europe, mobilkom austria yesterday commercially activated enhanced mobile broadband services powered by HSPA Evolution, Ericsson's latest high-speed broadband access technology. HSPA Evolution, commercially marketed as HSPA+ by mobilkom austria, boosts network capacity in and enables peak data rates of up to 21 Mbps, significantly improving users' mobile broadband experience. The step to 21 Mbps peak rate adds a new dimension to the broadband experience, providing significantly faster internet browsing and file downloads. It increases network capacity and allows a greater number of customers to enjoy higher mobile broadband speeds especially in congested areas.

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Tuesday, 24.03.09
UPDATE: Skype releases Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Skype just launched Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile. Beside some fixes it includes two great new features: SMS and file transfer. With Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile you can send text messages from your phone at Skype's low rates as well as you can send and receive files with your Skype contacts around the world. Furthermore the Skype developer team spruced up the user interface and combined the Windows Mobile Pocket PC (touchscreen) and Smartphone (non-touchscreen) apps into a single download.

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REVIEW: Shape Services' Mobiscope - Watch your Webcams on your Mobile Phone
Posted by Editorial - at 19:45 CET under 08 - Reviews

In the last days I have found a camera software that managed to get me interested in, Shape Services' Mobiscope. And after a number of days testing it I came to the conclusion that it is definitely worth a review. In the crazy days that we live, a lot of people look for cheap but effective solutions to see what is happening in their homes, offices, etc, and be able to record surveillance video if necessary. Many solutions have been created in this area, but most of them lack some portability and cannot be with us all the time, while others have heavy price issues.

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GUESS: Think you know what new device is coming to Canada?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:27 CET under 01 - General News

High Road Communications hit the streets and let Canadians see it firsthand. One of its clients is launching a new smartphone and with this viral marketing campaign it's challenging you to guess what it is. There's nothing to win, but you are just invited to guess what this 5 megapixel smartphone with face detection could be. I have an idea which I don't want to unveil yet but maybe it has something to do with my current and favour Windows Mobile smartphone? Also it's neither said if it's a CDMA or WCDMA device but well, I wonder if you have an answer:

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Monday, 23.03.09
PHOTOVIEW: Vodafone HTC Magic Google Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:42 CET under 08 - Reviews

No question, HTC's second, and Vodafone's first Google Android-based smartphone - the HTC Magic - is a well looking and feature-rich smartphone, if you are interested in Google Android phones. While the T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream) wasn't a design-beauty at all, the HTC Magic looks much nicer and fresher. Available soon from Vodafone in black and/or white (depending on the country), the smartphone features a Qualcomm MSM7201a CPU at 528 MHz and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA ad 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g and GPS. At a size of 113 x 55 x 13.65 mm, the device weights 118.5 grams (including the battery).

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COOPERATION: Telefónica and Vodafone announces Pan European Infrastructure Collaboration
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:21 CET under 01 - General News

Telefónica and Vodafone, two of the world's largest telecommunications operators, today announced a wide-ranging strategic program to share mobile network assets across selected European operations. As part of the collaboration, Telefónica and Vodafone are actively exploring opportunities to cooperate in related areas such as the provision of transmission services.
Telefónica and Vodafone will use the agreements to aid the roll out of their respective networks, enhancing service quality for customers in the longer term. The agreements will also reduce the environmental impact of both companies' roll out activities, due to the consolidation of existing sites and joint build of new sites.

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Sunday, 22.03.09
BUSINESS: Dell faces lack of Interest for its first Windows Mobile & Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:13 CET under 01 - General News

According to a recent report, Dell's anticipated effort to jump the smartphone market was unavailing so far. Rumors flew through the web for some time now saying that Dell might work on Windows Mobile smartphones and as it turned out, it's true - Dell was/is working on smartphones but is suffering from "a lack of interest" among cellular carriers (most likely U.S. American carriers), according to a research note published on Friday. According to this report, Dell was showing-off some Windows Mobile and Android based smartphones but have so far failed to distinguish themselves from a growing field of competitors.

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Saturday, 21.03.09
REVEALED: HTC 2009 Windows Mobile Spec-Sheet leaked
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:46 CET under 04 - Android News

While HTC's earlier leaked roadmap gave some good design impression of how the 2009 HTC Windows Phones and Android smartphones might look, it didn't gave any further information about the specs. Now, a spec-sheet leaked which lists most of the earlier unveiled (Windows Mobile) smartphones again, and even list some new smartphones. However, this spec-sheet also shows the device type ("Pocket PC" vs. "Smartphone"), platform, used chipset and speed, memory as well as display size and screen resolution. According to this sheet, HTC plans to release three other Windows Mobile phones, running Windows Mobile 6.5 and one is even powered by a new nVidia CPU, not by a Qualcomm chip as most recent WCDMA devices.. It's not yet clear how legit this spec-sheet is but it seems to be real:

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Friday, 20.03.09
MULTIMEDIA: YouTube releases YouTube Mobile Client for Windows Mobile and S60 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While some of the latest Windows Mobile phones, like the HTC Touch smartphones, already came with a dedicated YouTube client, not all Windows Phones can play YouTube videos natively but many have to access the YouTube Mobile version where selected videos are available for mobile streaming. Nevertheless, today YouTube took a big step forward with the release of its new mobile YouTube application which is optimized for most Windows Mobile and Symbian Series 60 devices. In addition to providing YouTube on more phones than ever before, it's also much faster (up to 90 % faster starting up, searching and video loading) and gives you better video quality that's automatically optimized to your WiFi or 3G network.

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CHANGE: Microsoft updates the Windows Mobile 6.5 Honeycomb Start Menu
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When Microsoft unveiled Windows Mobile 6.5 last month at the Mobile World Congress 2009, it also announced the "honeycomb" Start menu which will replace today's Windows Mobile touchscreen Start menu logic. In general, the new honeycomb menu is very similar to Windows Mobile Standard Start menu; however - to make it more finger friendly - Microsoft decided to use a honeycomb structure to make the menu more finger- and touch-friendly. Nevertheless, while the overall change was long overdone, the look and feel didn't generated too much positive feedback.

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Thursday, 19.03.09
UNCONFIRMED: Microsoft Silverlight for Mobile will launch with Windows Mobile 6.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft first time previewed Silverlight for Windows Mobile back in May 2007, it's neither yet available nor has Microsoft unveiled any details when it will become available. It was only confirmed by Microsoft that Silverlight for Mobile will be initially launched for Windows Mobile and S60 smartphones.
Now Microsoft's Windows Mobile team unveiled in its Twitter feed, that it is most likely that Silverlight for Mobile will be released with the next version of Windows Mobile (aka Windows Mobile 6.5 which is expected to be available from summer this year):

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PLATFORM: Microsoft unveils more Information about its Windows Mobile Widgets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following earlier information about Microsoft's plans to introduce widget support with Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft has now given more information about its so called "Windows Mobile Widgets".
Widgets are already well known from the web, from desktop OS as well as other mobile platforms have already introduced a kind of widgets support. A good way to think of a Windows Mobile Widget is as a "Portable chunk of the web" or just basically a rich internet application.

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Wednesday, 18.03.09
SUSPENDED: HTC's UMTS Smartphones stay on sale - for now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:55 CET under 01 - General News

Following the previous patent infringement lawsuit against HTC Corporation and HTC Europe Co. Ltd, with reservations, HTC can continue to sell its affected UMTS smartphones (namely its Windows Mobile and Android smartpones) in Germany.
A German appellate court has suspended the initially obtained decision IP-Com was able to obtain two weeks ago. The court plans to continue to listen to the companies in four weeks. HTC said it was very pleased about the courts decision and further assumes that the patent in question was neither hurt nor ever was valid. IP-Com raised that HTC, with its UMTS mobile phones, has infringed patents.

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UTILITY: Radical Breeze releases Radical Comic Designer Mobile 1.0 for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Radical Comic Designer neither helps you to become a Walt Disney not it provides you a utility to draw comic strips, the newly release Windows Mobile version allows you to quickly and easily turn your pictures (including those you take with your Windows Mobile phone's built-in camera) into comic book inspired creations.
For instance you can add speech bubbles as well as add comic book style captions which you then can save send out into the world.

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Monday, 16.03.09
RUMOR: Are Samsung and AT&T working on a SGH-i620 follower called Samsung Propel Pro?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to a report at Brighthand, AT&T will release a kind of SGH-i620 follower on Wednesday this week, AT&T is calling "Samsung Propel Pro", which is expected to be a Windows Phone and therefore an enhanced version of the AT&T and Samsung's propriety Propel, but this time running Windows Mobile. The Samsung Propel, which is available in North America only, is a featurephone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that has been available from AT&T for some time. According to Brighthand, there have been rumors in the past that AT&T intends to release an upgraded model with Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard.

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Friday, 13.03.09
RELEASE: Sony Ericsson launches the Xperia X1 Windows Mobile Phone in Korea
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Global mobile handset maker, Sony Ericsson launches its premium touch phone Xperia X1 in partnership with leading national operator, SK Telecom. The mobile Web communication and multimedia entertainment phone comes with customizable panel interface catering to the Korean market, and aims to provide local consumers with a premium smart-phone experience.
The innovative and unique, premium touch phone Xperia X1 is the world's first arc-slider multimedia phone, and meets the demand for personalized mobile web communication and multimedia entertainment with style.

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UNVEILED: GCF approves the HTC XV6175 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:03 CET under 01 - General News

The GCF (Global Certification Forum) just approved and unveiled a so far unannounced HTC (Windows Mobile) smartphone, the XV6175. According to the GCF, the XV6175 supports quadband GSM at 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz but not WCDMA (UMTS/HSPA).
What's somewhat irritating here is the fact that typically, XV is sued for Verizon Wireless smartphones however Verizon Wireless is running a CDMA network in the U.S., not a GSM network. However, this might prove earlier rumors that HTC is working on a world-phone which also supports GSM in addition to CDMA.

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Thursday, 12.03.09
COMMERCIAL: Microsoft's new "Start Your Windows Phone" Windows Mobile Campaign
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:22 CET under 01 - General News

Finally! I've blamed Microsoft quite a couple of times for its Windows Mobile advertisements since - in my humble opinion - it sold facts not emotions, even if I knew (from internal videos - see the second video bellow) Microsoft was able to do it better.
However, back in December, during the Mobile World Congress, the Microsoft Windows Mobile press release was opened with a new, more emotional spot Microsoft made available now.
It's not yet confirmed if this spot will ever made it out of the viral marketing into a real TV spot but hey - it's a start (me up).

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Wednesday, 11.03.09
BUSINESS: Microsoft unveils its Developer Strategy for Windows Marketplace for Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:39 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft today announced further details about how developers can build and sell applications for Windows phones through the recently announced Windows Marketplace for Mobile, the recently announced application marketplace available with the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system. In its commitment to helping developers create new and exciting applications, Microsoft will provide developers with 70 percent of the sales revenue of their applications from Windows Marketplace for Mobile, transparency throughout the certification process, and guidance and support from the stage of development to the final sale to the consumer.

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Tuesday, 10.03.09
RUMOR: Windows Mobile 6.5 to feature Widgets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:04 CET under 01 - General News

While Microsoft announced during the last Mobile World Congress Windows Mobile 6.5 as well as Windows Marketplace and My Phone, it seems Microsoft forgot to talk about a Windows Mobile 6.5 feature which surfaced now: Widgets. As an anonymous tipster told us today, Windows Mobile 6.5 will support Widgets which are using the Internet Explorer 6 rendering engine but are running stand-alone without requiring to start Internet Explorer.
As a matter of fact, Widgets - which are a kind of zipped HTML files containing JavaScript and graphics files (similar to Windows Vista Gadgets) - can be launched straight from the Windows Mobile 6.5 start menu (see the MSN Money example bellow):

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Monday, 09.03.09
COMPETITION: Wanne Win a Sony Vaio P-Series? Vote at the Sony Vaio City Style Challenge
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:14 CET under 01 - General News

Following our earlier Sony Vaio P-Series unboxing videoview, Sony's marketing agency in charge for its latest viral marketing campaign just sent in the info of a pretty interesting competition, the "Sony Vaio City Style Chalange". The Sony Vaio P-Series is the new stylish ultra-portable and lightweight Netbook-spec'd ultra mobile PC by Sony. This slim Netbook offers full PC functionality, enhanced with 3G support, in a package about the size of an envelope. A month after its CES debut Sony has rolled out Phase 2 of the Vaio P-Series campaign, introducing a European style contest, titled "Europe's Top Spots", to create awareness and engagement around Vaio P-Series.

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UNCONFIRMED: Is Microsoft's Windows Mobile Marketplace just another Website?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft announced the upcoming launch of its Windows Marketplace during the recent Mobile World Congress, the software giant hasn't given too much info how this market place for Windows Phones might look or work. While the new Windows Mobile 6.5 OS carries a Marketplace icon in the Start menu, Microsoft denied to launch the application during the Mobile World Congress and one reason why Microsoft might denied it might be the fact that the market place is just a Windows Mobile optimized website. As found out now, Microsoft recently launched a mobile device optimized web site which is indeed called "Marketplace".

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Sunday, 08.03.09
RELEASE: Palm and Alltel Wireless launches EV-DO Palm Treo Pro
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While the GSM/UMTS version of the Palm Treo Pro is available since late last summer already, Palm and Verizon Wireless' Alltel Wireless now joined forces to bring the EV-DO Rev. A version to North America as well. The Treo Pro is a sleek, full-function Windows Phone that offers business users the ease of use and robust features they demand while providing the reliability and manageability IT departments require. With WiFi, GPS and Windows Mobile Professional 6.1, the Treo Pro helps busy professionals stay connected on the go so they can structure their lives around their priorities without sacrificing work productivity.

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Saturday, 07.03.09
MVP SUMMIT: Which Windows Phone are Windows Mobile MVPs use?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last week, Microsoft hosted the annual MVP (Most Valuable Professional) summit in Seattle (which I was - unfortunately and the first time - unable to attend as well). There, straight on the Microsoft campus, my fellow MVP Todd Ogasawara from Mobile Devices Today recorded a short video where he asked other Windows Mobile MVPs which devices they are currently using.
If you now think most of us/them are using HTC devices only, you are completely wrong. Based on this short video, it seems HTC and Samsung are well balanced while a couple of North American MVPs are now also using the brand new AT&T Pantech Matrix Pro which isn't available outside North America yet.

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UNVEILED: Toshiba has another Smartphone in works
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:14 CET under 01 - General News

There's absolutely no confirmation that this might be another Windows Mobile smartphone from Toshiba but chances are really good that Toshiba's latest hero Windows Phone, the TG01, might not be the last one. According to the GCF, Toshiba recently received approvals for two mobile phones: the already known "TG01" and one phone the GCF calls "To Be Advised". As a matter of fact Toshiba's intention must be not to unveil too much information yet, otherwise the company would have given the name to the GCF.

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Friday, 06.03.09
LAWSUIT: HTC possibly faces German Sales Stop of UMTS Phones due to Patent Infringement
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:55 CET under 01 - General News

As German Handeslblatt reported yesterday, IPCom, a license manager for patents, filed an injunction claiming HTC needed to pay license fees for the use of UMTS patents which are used in HTC's Windows Mobile and Android UMTS smartphones.
A German court ruled in favor of IPCcom on February 27th. It confirmed the violation of the "100 series" patents, IPCom said it bought back in 2006 from German Robert Bosch GmbH. Because HTC works also closely with Google on currently available Android smartphones (the HTC T-Mobile G1) and upcoming (Vodafone HTC Magic) IPCom has also set a separate complaint against Google last week.

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Thursday, 05.03.09
BETA: Opera Software unveils Fingertouch for Opera Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:52 CET under 01 - General News

Not yet available for Opera Mobile 9.5 for Windows Mobile but for Symbian UIQ, Opera Software today released Fingertouch, a technology designed to make interacting with the web easier and simpler on these touch-based devices. Fingertouch provides visual feedback when you hit a web link and assists you when you come across multiple links or other selectable elements in close proximity to one another. That's even more important today as people are increasingly touching screens with their fingers rather than a stylus, which is not as precise, and brings its own set of problems to the table:

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CONFIRMED: Microsoft released more Information about Internet Explorer Mobile 6 upgrades
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:27 CET under 01 - General News

Last year, Microsoft announced "6 on 6" which means Internet Explorer 6 on Windows Mobile 6.x but so far it wasn't available as a public upgrade. Now Microsoft has released further information how a possible upgrade path look like. According the latest confirmed information, Internet Explorer Mobile 6 will not become available to Windows Mobile 6.5 but also - as expected - to Windows Mobile 6.1. However, due to the application requirements it will not become available as a stand-alone update file (aka CAB installation) only but it will become part of Windows Mobile 6.1 AKU 1.4 and above.

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Tuesday, 03.03.09
UNVEILED: O2 Germany to exclusively launch the Toshiba TG01 Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Toshiba's earlier announcement to launch the TG01 Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone later this year, today O2 Germany announced as the first carrier to carry Toshiba's latest power house. Running Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional (hopefully at time of release it will be Windows Mobile 6.5 already) on top of the Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, the TG01 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS. At a size of 70 x 129 x 9.9 mm and a weight of 129 g, the TG01 sports an enormous 4.1" WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen display and is backed up by 512 MB ROM and 256 MB RAM which can be expanded by SDHC compatible microSD cards.

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Monday, 02.03.09
UNVEILED: HTC Maple Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not sure where or how CNet Germany got its hand on this Windows Mobile Standard smartphone but during the recent Mobile World Congress, CNet Germany spent some quality time with a so far unannounced 2009 HTC smartphone, the "HTC Maple", a kind of HTC Excalibur follower with a QWERTY thumb-keyboard and a BlackBerry-like trackball.
Most likely featuring Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, it's only confirmed that the Maple is featuring a 2.0 megapixel camera. It's neither confirmed if the HTC Maple supports 3/3.5G nor is it known if WiFi or GPS are onboard or not:

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EXPECTATION: Microsoft sees bright Windows Mobile future with stronger Consumer focus
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Was Windows Mobile pretty business focused the past years, during a speech to students in Redmond last week, Robbie Bach - President of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices Division - unveiled further details how to make the recently announced Windows Mobile 6.5 and next year's expected launch of Windows Mobile 7 more consumer friendly. According to Bach, the next two generations of Windows Mobile (6.5 and 7) will have improvements to the user experience, including a greater emphasis on touch controls, "dramatically better" mobile Web browsing, expanded music, video and other consumer-oriented capabilities as well as connections to Web 2.0 services such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Sunday, 01.03.09
VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the Sony Vaio P-Series Ultra Portable Notebook
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:58 CET under 08 - Reviews

Back in January, Sony unveiled the Sony VAIO P-Series, a Netbook-spec'd kind of ultra portable PC which carries a new form factor anyway. With a very unique dimension, slightly larger than an office letter envelope, the VAIO P-Series is powered by Intel's Atom platform, features 2 GB RAM, either comes with a 60 GB HDD or 128 GB SSD and also includes - the for me so important - WWAN connectivity by featuring Option's quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA and GPS-enabled platform. The VAIO P weighs less than 618 - 640 g and the 8" screen, with a power efficient LED backlight, sports a quite uncommon resolution of 1600x768 pixel!

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