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Wednesday, 20.05.09
PHOTOVIEW: Samsung GT-I7500 Galaxy Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:21 CET under 08 - Reviews

With the upcoming release of the GT-I7500 Galaxy, Samsung is the first mobile phone manufacture among the global top three to unveil an Android-based smartphone. Running on Android 1.5 (aka Cupcake), the I7500 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1700/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g and GPS. It's featuring a - for Android smartphones yet - unique AMOLED 3.2" HVGA (320x480) touchscreen as well as a 5 megapixel autofocus camera. Last but not least, the I7500 sports a 3.5 mm headset jack and - finally - a standard micro USB jack for charging the device.

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Tuesday, 19.05.09
PHOTOVIEW: Toshiba TG01 Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:14 CET under 08 - Reviews

Back in February, Toshiba announced its next attempt to jump the Windows Mobile bandwagon when the company unveiled the TG01 Windows Phone. Running on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, the TG01 might be one of the - if not the - thinnest Windows Phones on the market today, measuring 129 x 70 x 9.9 mm only, at a weight of 129 g. Furthermore it's the yet most powerful Windows Mobile Professional smartphone by sporting a 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon CPU. Connectivity-wise it's pretty focused on Europe, by featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but only singleband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 2100 MHz. Furthermore the device features Bluetooth 2.0+ERD, WiFi b/g and an inbuilt aGPS receiver.

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PUBLIC: Microsoft opens My Phone Beta for Windows Mobile users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On Sunday, Microsoft's My Phone service for Windows Mobile, which was launched in a closed Beta back in February, was not be available to enable deployment of a service upgrade. And now we officially know why, even if the Google Adsense ads on the::unwired spilled the beans already: The My Phone Beta is now open to all users which means no more waiting list or promotional codes to get access to! Microsoft just completed upgrading the My Phone web portal as well as over the next few weeks, companion software for Windows Phones will be updates too. The updated web site includes 19 additional languages, a video demo on the welcome page as well as a number of other improvements.

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Monday, 18.05.09
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Touch Pro2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

The HTC Touch Pro2, HTC announced back in February during the Mobile World Congress, is HTC's next horizontal slider smartphone which features a full QWERTY keyboard which makes it a perfect Windows Phone for everyone who needs to type texts on the go. Unlike the original HTC Touch Pro but like the HTC TyTN II, the semi-sliding touchscreen can also fold-up and size-wise the Touch Pro2 is also closer to the TyTN II than to the original Touch Pro which was a very small smartphone for a messaging device. Like other recent HTC Professional smartphones, the Touch Pro2 also lacks a D-Pad but it's optimized for touchscreen use only, even if it features a couple of keys.

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PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda Diamond 2 aka HTC Touch Diamond2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

O2 Germany's Xda Diamond 2 is based on HTC's original Touch Diamond2 the Taiwanese handset manufacture announced back in February during the Mobile World Congress. It features the same squarish industrial design, unlike T-Mobile's MDA Compact V which was also announced during the Mobile World Congress. However, while O2's Xda Diamond 2 is called Xda, it neither sports any Xda branding on the front nor does it sports any HTC branding but just a small, silver colored O2 logo on the battery cover on the back. Less branding isn't possible and quite agreeable, even if rarely today. While O2 is using HTC's original ROM build, without any further modification except that O2 has added some favorites, O2's Xda Diamond 2 skin is blue rather than HTC's original black skin.

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Friday, 15.05.09
BROWSER: Fennec Alpha 1 officially released for Windows Mobile Professional
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's some time ago since we first wrote about plans to Firefox to Windows Mobile the Mozilla developers called Fennec later and finally, the developers announced that Fennec Alpha 1 for Windows Mobile 6 is available for for official download. As mentioned by the developers, this is an early developer release intended for testing purposes only. Still, this release has been targeted and tested on the HTC Touch Pro but for sure it's still planned that more Windows Mobile devices are supported in future releases. Nevertheless, while still far away from a release candidate or the final version, the development team has made some good progress during the past months.

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Thursday, 14.05.09
ANNOUNCED: AT&T and Samsung introduces the new Samsung Jack Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

AT&T and Samsung announced today the Samsung Jack, Samsung's next generation Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone available exclusively to AT&T customers in the U.S., which is the successor to Samsung's BlackJack and BlackJack II.
The Jack is a sleek and compact handset with an optimized keyboard for easy and accurate messaging, including SMS, instant messaging and access to multiple E-Mail accounts. The Jack combines the familiar look and feel of a Windows desktop with a stylish, streamlined device ideal for customers looking to simplify and increase the productivity of their business and personal lives.

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ANNOUNCED: O2 Germany introduces the O2 Xda Diamond 2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, O2 Germany announced the O2 Xda Diamond 2, the successor of O2's Xda Diamond the company introduced last year. The Xda Diamond 2 is based on HTC's Touch Diamond2, the company announced back in February at the Mobile World Congress. Like the Touch Diamond2, the Xda Diamond 2 evolves the compact design and iconic style of the original HTC Touch Diamond. It runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, features GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi, Bluetooth and aGPS and incorporates a 3.2" WVGA display and a 5 megapixel camera. The device also includes a new touch sensitive zoom bar for even faster zooming of Web pages, E-Mails, text messages, photos or documents.

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Tuesday, 12.05.09
RUMOR: Could this be the Hardware Specs for either Pink or Windows Mobile 7?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While not too much is known about Microsoft's Pink project and Windows Mobile 7, it's clear that Microsoft's real next Windows Mobile release will change everything we know from Windows Mobile today. If you compare the 2000 Pocket PC platform with the 2009 Windows Mobile 6.5 platform, some things have changed but a lot is still the same. Now ZDNet.com's Mary Jo Foley received some - as she writes - information from a "trustworthy source who requests anonymity" which includes hardware specifications of either Microsoft's Pink project or Windows Mobile 7. However, since Microsoft confirmed that it's not building its own phone, I would say that the specs bellow - if real - are the Windows 7 specs for Chassis 1 devices:

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UNVEILED: GCF confirms Samsung GT-I8000 Windows Phone existence
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in February, the WiFi Alliance spilled the beans that Samsung is working on a new Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone which the WiFi alliance called "Cubic37/GT-i8000". Now, the GCF followed with some further details. While the WiFi Alliance already confirmed WiFi b/g compatibility, the GCF unveiled that Samsung's next (most likely) Windows Mobile smartphone also supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 1800/1900/2100 MHz plus MMS and video telephony:

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REGISTRATION: Microsoft opens Windows Mobile Marketplace registration for Developers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the latest update to http://developer.windowsmobile.com, Microsoft now allow developers to register to participate in Windows Marketplace for Mobile. According to Microsoft's Windows Mobile Team blog, this marks another milestone in providing Windows Mobile Developers a clear path to develop, test, certify and distribute their Windows Mobile applications via the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Throughout the registration process, links to key documentation for distributing apps through Windows Marketplace for Mobile are provided.

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Thursday, 07.05.09
AVAILABLE: Microsoft releases Facebook Client for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in March, Microsoft announced the release of a Facebook client for Windows Mobile which the company made available today. The Facebook for Windows Mobile is the only version on the market today offering the ability to upload video right from the phone. Furthermore, People will also be able to access status updates, friend requests and photo tags, as well as read and create wall posts, share photos, send messages and update profile pictures. Facebook users will also be able to share many of their Facebook activities, including photos and status updates, across the full range of Windows Live services.

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