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Wednesday, 29.04.09
SERVICE: Tellme announces new Voice experience for Windows Mobile 6.5 Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 06:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today Tellme, a Microsoft subsidiary and pioneer of voice services, announced the first mobile voice service to combine content and communications, simplifying how people interact with their phones every day. Unlike other voice-based services, Tellme is the first to allow people to press one button, say what they want and get it, whether that is to send a text, make a call or search for information. Tellme has designed a unique version of this experience specifically for Windows phones due out this fall. The new service puts many of the most popular phone functions behind a single button.

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Tuesday, 28.04.09
UNVEILED: HTC XV6175 Windows Mobile Smartphone shows its Face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember the HTC XV6175, the GCF (Global Certification Forum) outed back in March? Well, now Engadget Mobile has a photo of (most likely) Vierizon Wireless' upcoming Windows Mobile smartphone which is, as expected, a messaging smartphone like HTC's recently announced HTC Snap. Still interesting is the fact that, according to the GCF, the XV6175 supports quadband GSM at 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz but not WCDMA (UMTS/HSPA). However, if the XV6175 is really coming on Verizon Wireless, it will also support CDMA since Verizon Wireless is using CDMA instead of GSM or UMTS. But there's a real chance that the XV6175 might be a world-phone which supports both - CDMA and GSM:

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Monday, 27.04.09
CONFIRMED: O2 announces exclusive launch of the Samsung I7500 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:18 CET under 04 - Android News

Following yesterday's news that O2 Germany plans to release the Samsung I7500 Google Android smartphone, the German carrier officially announced the Samsung i7500 today.
In addition to the form factor and design with mere 11.9 mm thickness, it primarily stands out by its simple and intuitive use. The Samsung I7500 combines an expandable Android platform with first-class equipment including quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps/HSUPA 5.76 Mbps at 900/1700/2100 MHz, a brilliant 3.2" touchscreen display and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and GPS.

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Sunday, 26.04.09
UNVEILED: Samsung to release the I7500 Android Smartphone with O2 Germany first [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:28 CET under 04 - Android News

Not yet officially announced, German BamS (Bild am Sonntag) received the information that Samsung will launch its first Android smartphone (pictured bellow) with O2 Germany.
Like the HTC Magic which will be available from Vodafone, the I7500 (not S8000 as rumored before) will be a touchscreen-only smartphone, running on Android 1.5 (aka Cupcake) plus Google Mobile Services. It's powered by a Qualcomm MSM7200A CPU at 528 MHz and features a 3.2" HVGA capacitive OLED display as well as a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and a standard 3.5 mm stereo headset plug. According to further, yet unconfirmed information, the I7500 will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSPA, Bluetooth, WIFI and GPS and includes 8 GB internal flash memory which can be expanded by microSD memory cards. The metal-body is said to be only 11,9 mm thick.

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Wednesday, 22.04.09
UNVEILED: Pantech works on a new O2 Xda called Xda Venn
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not that the GCF (Global Certification Forum) unveiled any further information but it seems confirmed that Korean Pantech is working on a new Xda smarthpne for O2 which will be called the "Xda Venn". According to the available information, the Xda Venn will feature quadband GSM (but most likely also GPRS and EDGE) as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz.
No word yet about the used operating system but since it's a Xda it can be expected that the O2 Xda Venn (code-name unknown) will feature Windows Mobile (the version is unknown as well):

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Wednesday, 15.04.09
UPDATE: Google releases updated Google Maps Mobile version for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Google just released another update for its Google Maps Mobile with Google Latitude, the company released earlier this year. While the new version doesn't bring any feature updates, it contains several bug-fixes, mainly for Google Latitude.
For instance is Google Latitude background location updating fixed and allows you to continue updating your location automatically in the background even when Maps for mobile is closed. When in background location update mode, Latitude will default to cell ID (cell tower) location detection to preserve battery life. WiFi or GPS detection will not be available in background mode.

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UPDATE: Qik Updates Qik for Windows Mobile Standard Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Qik just announced that they've released a new version of Qik for Windows Mobile non-touchscreen smartphones (formerly known as Windows Mobile Standard smartphones) which comes with a bunch of new features and improvements Contacts integration, enhanced sharing, upload of existing videos and much more.
Furthermore, the new version supports more languages including French, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese as well as the update contains a number of quality improvements including the ability to stream at a much higher frame rate even in low light conditions.

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LEAK: Toshiba Roadmap shows 5 new Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As expected, Toshiba is already working on a few other Windows Mobile smartphones, following its yet to be released Toshiba TG01. According to a recently leaked roadmap, Toshiba works on two further TG models, the TG02 and TG03. According to the information, the Toshiba TG02 and Toshiba TG03 will feature a 4.1" WVGA touchscreen and are expected to be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. While the TG02 is expected to feature a 3.2 megapixel camera only, it's also said that the device will be waterproof. The TG03 seems to have a stronger multimedia focus, featuring a 5 megapixel camera and 5.1-channel sound. Both smartphones are expected to run on Windows Mobile 6.5

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UTILITY: Twikini - another Twitter Client for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:57 CET under 01 - General News

There's a new Windows Mobile Twitter client in town called Twikini. It's yet in Beta but already offers a powerful and efficient way to use Twitter on your Windows Mobile Standard or Professional phone. Unlike other Twitter apps for Windows Mobile, Twikini is written entirely in native C++ code for maximum performance and the fastest load time possible.
It allows to post tweets using a full screen editor and optionally allows to set your location (either manually or using GPS) along with your status updates. Twitpic integration allows to post photos with your status updates, either by selecting an existing photo or by snapping a new one from your device's camera.

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Wednesday, 08.04.09
CONFIRMED: Huawei to release its first Android Smartphone with T-Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:17 CET under 04 - Android News

According to Pocket-lint, Huawei's first Android phone - which was on show at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona - has been confirmed to be launched on T-Mobile later this year.
A Huawei spokesperson recently confirmed that Huawi's Android smartphone will join HTC's G1 in T-Mobile's Android line-up: "I can confirm that Huawei will be releasing the third Google phone on T-Mobile this year". The handset, said to be "low-cost", featuring a 5-megapixel camera, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and WiFi, for sure. Nothing said in terms of WWAN connectivity or other features yet.

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IDF: Intel introduces new Mobile Device Atom CPU which supports Windows XP
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:46 CET under 01 - General News

While Windows XP is nearly end of its lifecycle, it's still the number 1 operating system for Netbooks, which are mostly powered by by Intel's Atom CPUs. Sure, as long a Windows 7 isn't available, Windows XP makes much sense on Netbooks. However, so far Intel wasn't too successful in the mobile phone business but Qualcomm, Samsung and TI are the majors here. However, with today's announced new Atom Z550, Intel wants to change this and went even further in its proof of concept. While there are a couple of very good operating systems available for mobile phones, namely Windows Mobile and Android, today - during the IDF - Intel showed a prototype of a clamshell smartphone which is runs Windows XP, utilizing Intel's new Z550 Atom CPU at 2 GHz!

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UNCONFIRMED: T-Mobile U.S. to release a couple of Windows Phones and Google Androids this Summer?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:25 CET under 01 - General News

TmoNews just received some information about T-Mobile U.S. upcoming releases of new mobile- and smartphones. Beside many non-Windows Mobile phones, T-Mobile seems to plan to release a bunch of Windows Phones as well (even if it's not yet confirmed if these phones will also support T-Mobile 1700 MHz UMTS band). Nevertheless, it seems to be confirmed that T-Mobile will introduce the HTC Snap/Maple on July 1st and the HTC Touch Pro2/Rhodium/Wing II on July 22nd. However, no word yet about plans to launch the more consumer compatible HTC Touch Diamond2 as well.

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BETA: REDFLY Mobile Viewer connects Windows Phones to PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Celio Corp, makers of the REDFLY Mobile Companion, recently announced a public Beta of the new REDFLY Mobile Viewer PC software for Windows XP and Vista. The REDFLY Mobile Viewer is a software product allowing smartphone users to conveniently use their favorite Windows Mobile applications at full size on their PCs. The REDFLY Mobile Viewer works with all current REDFLY-compatible smartphones. The software gives users access to all of the smartphone's applications and features via a Windows PC, including the ability to send and receive SMS messages and E-Mail in a full-screen window. The REDFLY Mobile Viewer is a great tool for multitasking, allowing users to interact and use both the smartphone platform and the PC platform simultaneously via the PC.

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Sunday, 05.04.09
RUMOR: Is Microsoft previewing Windows Mobile 7 already?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Windows Mobile 6.5 is not even here yet, Microsoft has released a video which shows several mobile devices, featuring a not yet (officially) introduced user interface which looks similar to Windows Mobile 7. The video from Microsoft Strategy, titled "Software + Services", features a GUI, with a huge centered Windows Start flag as it was seen before at Windows Mobile 7's leaked screenshots. The screens, which run on different existing Windows Mobile hardware designs, are most likely mock-ups but they look pretty similar to what is believed to be Windows Mobile 7. One of the sequences even feature a music application that looks like Zune.

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UNVEILED: The Phone House confirms the Samsung B7610 Louvre Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember when Expansys ranted about Samsung's "Louve" Windows Mobile smartphone earlier this year? While Expansys removed all information later, Dutch The Phone House spilled the beans now, this time even with a blurry photo which seems to be taken from a presentation chart. According to The Phone House, the code-name is "Louvre" not "Louve" while the official product name will be most likely "B7610". Featuring a slide-out full QWERTY-keyboard, it's expected that the B7610 is featuring a tilting screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera and it's said to run Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, while the customized UI was said to be similar to Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia TouchWIZ UI.

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VIDEOVIEW: Vodafone HTC Magic Software Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:21 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the previous hardware hands-on videoview, this videoview follows-up with a software hands-on of Vodafone's upcoming HTC Magic Android smartphone. Like the T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream), the HTC Magic is a Google experience smartphone which mean it's running Android as the underlying OS and featuring Google services which includes Gmail/Google Mail, Google Search, Google Maps including Latitude, Google Talk, Android Market as well as Google's state-of-the-art Apple WebKit-based web browser. Since the HTC Magic will be released with Google's latest Android OS, code-named "Cupcake", it will feature some enhancements like the soft input panel (aka onscreen keyboard) which wasn't part of the G1 because this featured a hardware keyboard instead.

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Thursday, 02.04.09
AVAILABLE: Microsoft releases updated Windows Live for Windows Mobile Client
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced on Tuesday, Microsoft released its new and updated Windows Live for Mobile client which is now available for free download for customers in 25 languages. Windows Live for Mobile is the company's mobile suite of Internet services designed specifically to take advantage of the Windows Mobile platform and includes mobile versions of Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Contacts, Windows Live Spaces, Microsoft Live Search and enhanced photo upload capabilities. Windows Live for Windows Mobile allows you to access your Hotmail account via both pull and push sync as well as you can instant message using the finally included Live Messenger. Furthermore it syncs with your Hotmail contacts, uploads photos to your Windows Live Space as well as providing access friends' spaces.

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COMPATIBILITY: Microsoft clarifies Windows Marketplace and Themes Compatibility
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:11 CET under 01 - General News

Microsoft just made clear how compatible its recently announced and upcoming Windows Marketplace, Themes and apps will be. According to these information, Windows Marketplace will come to Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphones only but it was said that there isn't a technical reason to limit the Marketplace to 6.5 only. So while Windows Mobile 6.1 phones would be, most likely, able to run Windows Marketplace as well, it's not yet planned to release the Marketplace application as a stand-alone download. Same for the new Windows Phones which will come to Windows Mobile 6.1 only as well while the upcoming Facebook application will support Windows Mobile 6.1 (and higher) Standard and Professional smartphones.

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Wednesday, 01.04.09
OFFICIAL: HTC announces the HTC Snap/S522 Windows Mobile QWERTY Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Unveiled during the Mobile World Congress in February as the HTC Maple, HTC today officially debuted its newest QWERTY smartphone, the HTC Snap. Running Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, the HTC Snap is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7225 CPU at 528 MHz. The smartphone will be available in two versions. While the HTC Snap will support triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz the worldwide version will feature UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz while the U.S. American version, which will be called HTC S522, will feature UMTS/HSDPA at 850/1900 MHz. Both version will furthermore support Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g as well as GPS/aGPS.

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