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Monday, 30.03.09
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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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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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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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
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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Monday, 09.03.09
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 pocketnow.com 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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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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