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Tuesday, 25.08.09
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
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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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 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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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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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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Friday, 14.08.09
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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Tuesday, 11.08.09
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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