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Tuesday, 25.08.09
CROWDSOURCING: Google collects Google Maps Mobile Road Congestion Data via GPS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:24 CET under 01 - General News

In its ongoing series about how Google harness the data it collects to improve its products and services, Google unveiled that it collects Google Maps Mobile data to improve its traffic layer. If you use Google Maps for mobile with GPS enabled on your phone, your phone sends anonymous bits of data back to Google describing how fast you're moving. The idea behind this data collection is that Google combines your speed with the speed of other phones on the road, across thousands of phones moving around a city at any given time to get a pretty good picture of live traffic conditions. Google said its continuously combining this data and send it back to you for free in the Google Maps traffic layers.

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QUICKVIEW: O2 Germany's HSPA+ Trial in Munich
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:50 CET under 08 - Reviews

Last week, I had the chance to test O2 Germany's HSPA+ trial (which the company announced earlier this year) when I visited the O2 Germany HQ in Munich. As announced back in February, O2 Germany is currently running a friendly user test in Munich where O2 Germany's technology partner is Huawei. Beside being O2's network partner for the overall HSPA-network upgrade, Huawei is also O2 Germany's major vendor for UMTS sticks and therefore O2 Germany is using Huawei equipment for the HSPA+ test as well. The used Huawei E182E stick is a slide-out USB stick, supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA up to 21.6 Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbps. Furthermore the stick is MIMO ready.

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NAVIGATION: Destinator 9 ships on Asian LG GM730 Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Intrinsyc Software International, Inc. today announced that LG Electronics has begun shipping Destinator 9 on select smartphones. The turn-by-turn, voice-guided GPS navigation software is currently shipping on the LG GM730, LG's latest Windows Mobile Professional smartphone, which features the S-Class UI overlay. LG is launching smartphones with Destinator software in Singapore, with subsequent product rollouts planned for other Asian countries, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Destinator navigation and it's routing engine is integrated on LG smartphones with other third-party applications including GyPSii, the market-leading geo-mobility social networking platform and service.

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ANNOUNCED: Dopod T8388 - HTC's first TD-SCDMA Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following yesterday's partnership announcement between HTC Cooperation and China Mobile, the Chinese carrier also unveiled the first handset which takes benefit from the partnership: It's the HTC Qilin which will be sold under Dopod's brand as the  T8388. The Qilin will be powered by a TI OMAP 3430 CPU at 600 MHz and will run on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. It's said that the T8388 will feature GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as China Mobile's TD-SCDMA standard as well as WiFi b/g and SiRF AGPS. Bluetooth isn't mentioned at all. The device will feature a 3.6" WVGA touchscreen and is backed-up by 256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM which can, most likely, expanded with microSD memory cards.

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Monday, 24.08.09
UTILITY: Microsoft announces OneApp for Feature Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:01 CET under 01 - General News

Not that this is a Windows Mobile application, especially because most of these applications are available for Windows Mobile smartphones anyway, but Microsoft's Unlimited Potential Group just announced a new mobile software application for feature phones called "OneApp". OneApp will make it possible for feature phone users around the world (and especially in emerging markets) to access mobile apps like Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live Messenger and others. OneApp was designed to make is easy for feature phones with limited memory and processor to have access to the most popular web services and applications.

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COOPERATION: HTC signs TD-SCDMA partnership MoU with China Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:04 CET under 01 - General News

HTC Corporation formalized today a memorandum of understanding covering "substantive cooperation on TD-SCDMA" with China Mobile, Ltd., China's largest telecommunications service provider. TD-SCDMA, a pretty propriety 3G standard, is the first international technology standard for which administration and ownership of related intellectual property rights (IPR) are based in China. The standard also marks an important milestone in the innovation and growth of China's telecommunications sector. In signing this MOU, HTC and China Mobile are embarking on a wide-ranging, substantive partnership that will cover technical research, product development, market research and customer service.

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ACQUIRED: RIM takes-over Torch Mobile - maker of Iris Browser for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Torch Mobile, one of the few independent developers of Windows Mobile web browsers and the maker of Iris Browser (for Windows Mobile) just announced, that the company has been acquired by Research In Motion (RIM), well known for their BlackBerry mobile phones. According to the statement on Torch Mobile's homepage, the team of developers will join RIM's global organization and will now be focused on utilizing their WebKit-based mobile browser expertise to contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the BlackBerry platform. As part of RIM, these developers will continue to be active participants in the WebKit development community.

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QUICKVIEW: Huawei E180 HSPA Mobile Broadband USB-Stick
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:05 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not yet the latest but still one of the feature-richest, functional and stylish Huawei mobile broadband USB sticks is the Huawei E180. At a size of 80 x 26 x 10 mm the stick weights 22 gram only and is based on a Qualcomm 6290 chip. The E180 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE Class 12 as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz with HSDPA support up to 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA support up to 2 Mbps (but the stick is 5.76 Mbps ready with a yet to be released firmware upgrade). Quite typical for a Huawei USB stick is a the micoSD card slot which allows to use the stick as USB drive as well.

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UNVEILED: HTC Mega Windows Mobile 6.5 Smartphone Photos and Specs surfaced
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ai.rs blog recently received a set of photos, screenshots and specs of HTC's upcoming mid-range Windows Mobile Professional smartphone, the HTC Mega. According to these info, the HTC Mega will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM7225 CPU at 528 MHz and run on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional and is said to support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900 and 2100 MHz. Furthermore it's indicated that the Mega will feature Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g and aGPS. Since the Mega seems to be an entry-level Windows Mobile smartphone, the device is said to feature a 2.8" QVGA screen only as well as the camera is said to be 3.2 megapixel fixfocus only.

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Saturday, 22.08.09
RUMOR: Is this Windows Mobile 6.5 "Second Edition"?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are a long-time Windows Mobile user, you might remember Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, which was an update to Windows Mobile 2003. And, as we recently learned from DigiTimes, there are rumors that Microsoft will introduce a Windows Mobile update between the soon to be released Windows Mobile 6.5 and the future main release Windows Mobile 7. While neither the Windows Mobile 6.5 update (which I'm going to call "Second Edition" for now) nor Windows Mobile 7 are official yet, it came to my mind that the 6.5 Second Edition might be be based on the recently leaked Windows Mobile builds.

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Friday, 21.08.09
UNVEILED: T-Mobile Pulse - Huawei's 1st Android Smartphone - surfaced?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:59 CET under 04 - Android News

Following previous information that Huawei has a Google Android smartphone in work, it seems we were right when we said that the U8230 might hit T-Mobile first. Dutch online shop belsimple.nl just showed a new, yet unannounced T-Mobile Android smartphone on its website: the T-Mobile Pulse. Running on Android 1.5, the device is said to feature GSM and GPRS (EDGE is most likely too) as well as HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbps. Furthermore it's said to feature Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. The touchscreen is said to measure 3.5" with the Android typical 480 x 320 screen resolution. The main camera on the back is said to support 3.2 megapixel featuring autofucs; however even more unique is the mentioned front facing camera for UMTS video telephony:

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BETA: Google Labs' Listen - a Podcatcher for Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:26 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday, Google announced a new Google Labs application for Android-powered devices in the US called Listen. Listen quickly finds podcasts and web audio relevant to your searches, lets you stream them over-the-air or download for later use and subscribe to fresh content from your favorite feeds and searches. In short, Listen helps organize the world of audio information and makes it easily accessible anytime, anywhere. Listen lets you stay informed even while engaged in other activities.

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UNVEILED: HTC Click Android Smartphone shows its face in a Video
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:58 CET under 04 - Android News

While HTC's expected low-cost Android smartphone - the HTC Click - has yet to be announced officially, Vietnamese website "Tinh Te" is previewing the Click in a 5 minute YouTube video already. The HTC Click is expected to be a GSM/UMTS entry level Android smartphone running Google's Donut version of Android. It seems to feature a smaller touchscreen, compared to an HTC Magic, and the camera comes again - quite HTC-typical - without a supporting photo light. The device features a microSD card slot, a 1100 mAh battery and a standard 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack on the top. The device Tinh Te previous in the video seems to exclude HTC's Sense UI, the company introduced with the launch of the HTC Hero.

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Thursday, 20.08.09
REVEALED: Samsung B7330 Windows Mobile Smartphone surfaced
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Samsung announced the Omnia PRO B7320 Windows Mobile Standard smartphone in May only, it looks like it will not be released in Europe anymore, or at least not in Germany. German AreaMobile just received information that Samsung will release the B7330 instead - basically a B7320 refresh with a slightly different design. Running Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard, the non-touchscreen smartphone is said to feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA, Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. The yet Windows Mobile Standard untypical 320 x 320 screen is said to to be 2.63" and on the back, the device features a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera.

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QUICKVIEW: Huawei E1750 HSPA Mobile Broadband USB-Stick
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 08 - Reviews

During the past days, I had the pleasure to test a couple of Huawei mobile boardband USB sticks and one of them was the Huawei E1750. The E1750 is one of Huawei's latest low-cost entry market sticks but by low-cost entry market it doesn't means that the stick is missing any important features but far from it. At a size of 75 x 26 x 11.5 mm the stick weights 35 gram only and is based on a Qualcomm 6290 chip. The E1750 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE Class 12 as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 2100 MHz with HSDPA support up to 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA support up to 5.76 Mbps.

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Wednesday, 19.08.09
EVENT: Live Stream from the Microsoft WinMoDevCamp in Seattle
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember our previous posting about the upcoming WinMoDevCamps with which Microsoft is really looking to support and foster the incredible mobile developer community though educational events, contests and support?
As a matter of fact, the first WinMoDevCamp, a free series of Barcamp-type events around the world is currently running in Seattle and one of the attendees is currently streaming live from it. This set of WinMoDevCamps should help to bring the news to the developers and give them a first-hand look and great information to get an early leg up on the upcoming Marketplace.

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ROADMAP: Microsoft to adopt a Windows Mobile dual-platform Strategy?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Officially announced back in February during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, DigiTimes recently received further information when Windows Mobile 6.5 will be officially available. According to its sources from Taiwanese handset makers, Microsoft is expected to officially launch Windows Mobile 6.5 on 1st of October. However, this launch will not be the end of Windows Mobile 6.x at all since Microsoft is said to add an upgraded version with a touch interface in February 2010; and this would mean the next Mobile World Congress.

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Monday, 17.08.09
UI: Samsung opens TouchWiz Widgets Interface to Developers and Users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

From today, widgets and mobile developers were able for the first time to gain access to the newest Samsung Mobile Innovator (SMI) portal dedicated to TouchWiz widget technology.
The Samsung Mobile Innovator Widget portal will allow developers to author widgets which are optimized to run on Samsung's advanced TouchWiz UI (which is also used on the Samsung Omnia II but not yet used on the Samsung Galaxy). As touch becomes more popular you can find this interface on increasingly more devices across the entire Samsung portfolio, whether they are built on Windows Mobile, Symbian or Samsung's own proprietary system which drives Samsung's feature-phones.

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SERVICE: O2 Germany opens its Mobile Network for VoIP Services w/o extra charges
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:27 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Telefónica O2 Germany announced that it cleared the way for Voice over IP (VoIP) use on mobile phones. From today, all O2 customers can access Internet telephony services like Skype, Fring and others with the use of its O2 Internet Packs. O2 Germany will not charge any further fees for the use of VoIP services, unlike T-Mobile Germany and Vodafone Germany, which unveiled earlier this summer to introduce dedicated VoIP tariffs later this year. For mobile Internet telephony, customers can, for example, use the mobile Internet Pack M for 10 Euro per month which includes 200 MB of HSPA (after it's throttled to GPRS speed). If that's not enough, the Internet Pack L includes 5 GB of HSPA for 25 Euro per month.

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Friday, 14.08.09
POLL: What's your next Smartphone Platform? [UPDATE] [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:12 CET under 10 - Polls

With the latest Gartner figures that said that Windows Mobile loses 2.7 % share of an increasing smartphone market it makes wonder what's your plans for your next smartphone are? This is a pretty dedicated Windows Mobile poll since it only offers upgrade options from Windows Mobile to Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android, Symbian, BlackBerry, webOS or something not further specified.
Please let us know what your next smartphone will be or was, if you purchased one in the past 6 month and your previous smartphone was a Windows Phone.

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RUMOR: Dell Android Smartphone Specs and Photos revealed
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:26 CET under 04 - Android News

Not that anything is confirmed yet, Boy Genius Report received further information of Dell's expected Android smartphone. According to these information, the "Benzine" code-named smartphone will indeed hit China first and it's said to feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE only as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and aGPS which would make it the first 2.5G only Android smartphone. WiFi isn't mentioned yet. The 3.5" nHD touchscreen is said to feature the Android untypical resolution of 640x360 and the 3 megapixel autofocus camera features flash, 8x digital zoom with 30 Fps video shooting mode and built in photo editor.

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LAUNCH: Samsung announces Samsung Omnia II launch countries for August
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Samsung hasn't given any info through the official PR channels yet, the Samsung Facebook team just announced where the heavily awaited Samsung Omnia II Windows Mobile Professional smartphone is already launched and where a launch can be expected during August. According to the Facebook entries, the Omnia II is already available in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam. However, in August 14 countries will follow which are: Australia, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and UAE.

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Wednesday, 12.08.09
EVENTS: Microsoft sets the stage for Mobile Developers with WinMoDevCamp for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the new Windows Mobile OS and upcoming launch of the Windows Marketplace for Mobile, Microsoft is reaching out directly to the developer community. Instead of just opening an app store and releasing a SDK, Microsoft is really looking to support and foster the incredible mobile developer community though educational events, contests and support. It's a great opportunity for developers to break through on the early stage of something pretty unique and this is why Microsoft is making the developers the stars, helping to ignite some innovation - plus developers are able to get in on the ground floor of a unique opportunity with the backing and support of Microsoft.

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COOPERATION: Microsoft and Nokia to bring Microsoft Office Mobile and and more to Nokia Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:08 CET under 01 - General News

As expected and rumored, today the Nokia and Microsoft have entered into an alliance that is set to deliver a groundbreaking, enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity. Microsoft and Nokia will begin collaborating immediately on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions for the mobile professional, bringing Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia's Symbian devices. These solutions will be available for a broad range of Nokia smartphones starting with the company's business-optimized range, Nokia E-Series. The two companies will also market these solutions to businesses, carriers and individuals.

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MESSENGER: Nimbuzz for Android launched and available from Android Market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:16 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, Nimbuzz announced the launch of its multi community mobile social messenger application for Android handsets. The free application lets users connect and interact with their buddies across popular communities, including Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk (Orkut), AIM, and social networks including Facebook and MySpace. Nimbuzz takes full advantage of the benefits of the Android platform technologies. Alongside home-screen notifications that alert the user on the home screen of activities such as incoming chats while the application runs in the background, Nimbuzz also added a time-sensitive user interface option that detects how long the user presses on a contact in the buddy list. A fast-click instantly opens the contacts profile; a long-click opens a live chat window.

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Tuesday, 11.08.09
OFFICE: DataViz releases Documents To Go 2.0 for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:43 CET under 04 - Android News

DataVizn today announced the launch of Documents To Go 2.0 for Android. The new version of the popular office suite leverages DataViz's experience developing mobile solutions and brings a feature rich, enterprise-grade productivity tool to devices based on the Android platform. As good as Android is as a mobile operating system, out of the box - compared to Windows Mobile - it has one major drawback: It's impossible to view Microsoft Office documents, for instance attached to E-Mails. Now, the non-expiring, free version of Documents To Go 2.0 provides all Android-based device users with the ability to view Microsoft Word and Excel files/attachments. Furthermore, customers using this free version can unlock the complete feature-set bellow by purchasing a 'Full Version Key.'

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NAVIGATION: amAze Ad-Funded Mobile GPS Navigation is launched in Portugal by Optimus
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And if you are not interested in the latest on-board navigation systems for your smartphone, a free but ad-based GPS navigation service has launched today by LocatioNet Systems Ltd., which has teamed up with Portuguese mobile operator Optimus and local partner Digital Minds to launch the "amAze" service in Portugal. amAze is said to be a field-proven GPS navigation service designed to work on massmarket mobile phones. It offers full navigation options as well as mapping, local search, weather, speed trap alerts, traffic and more. The service is compatible with all mass market Java phones as well as Windows Mobile smartphones by offering a native client. Furthermore it's said to soon support also the Android and iPhone platforms.

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NAVIGATION: ALK launches CoPilot Live v8 for Windows Mobile and Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:53 CET under 01 - General News

Today, ALK Technologies Ltd launched CoPilot Live v8 GPS navigation for smartphones. CoPilot Live v8 takes full advantage of today's GPS-enabled touch screen phones to deliver the same level of performance as a standalone navigation system. With intuitive and fluid menus, advanced guidance features and an array of useful Live information services, it makes finding the way easier on every journey, whether in-car or on-foot. Being an on-board navigation system, maps are stored locally on the phone, not downloaded each trip, removing reliance on mobile Internet connectivity for navigation. However, a new service in v8 called "CoPilot OnDemand" enables customers to buy extra maps online and download them directly to their phones via mobile Internet or WiFi.

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Monday, 10.08.09
CONFIRMED: Opera Software works on Opera Mobile for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:58 CET under 04 - Android News

While Android smartphones come with a quite decent WebKit-based browser, in a recent interview with PCMag.com Opera Software CEO Jon von Tetzchner said the browser might come to Google Android: "Yes, we are working on an Android version" von Tetzchner said. So far, the stand-alone browser Opera Mobile is available for Windows Mobile and Symbian smartphones only while the currently available Android version is based on Opera Mini, a Java version which is also available for feature phones and BlackBerry.

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DISCONTINUED: NewsGator kills NewsGator Inbox and NewsGator Go! for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:39 CET under 01 - General News

Last week, NewsGator announced to make changes to several of its consumer RSS Readers. While in future NewsGator's consumer RSS applications will work with Google Reader, as a matter of fact Google Reader will become the online companion to and the synchronization platform for FeedDemon (for Windows) and NetNewsWire (for Mac and iPhone), NewsGator will no longer support the free versions of NewsGator Inbox (for Outlook), NewsGator Go! (for Windows Mobile), and other NewsGator's RSS features. As part of this transition, NewsGator Online users will need to migrate to Google Reader by August 31, 2009.

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Wednesday, 05.08.09
EMERGED: Real photos of a white Samsung Galaxy Android Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:50 CET under 04 - Android News

We've just received a couple of photos, featuring a white Samsung GT-I7500 Galaxy. So far, only the black version was officially known but rumors already mentioned that a white version will follow-up later this summer as well. Our source told us, that the white Galaxy will be 100 % identical to the black one, featuring Android 1.5 Cupcake as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1700/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g and GPS. Like the black I7500, the white Galaxy will also feature Samsung's yet unique AMOLED 3.2" HVGA (320x480) touchscreen as well as the 5 megapixel autofocus camera. Last but not least, the I7500 sports the 3.5 mm headset jack and a standard micro USB jack for charging the device.

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