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Monday, 28.09.09
FIRMWARE: Samsung releases another Galaxy Android ROM Update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:08 CET under 04 - Android News

Following the second ROM update earlier this month, Samsung just announced and released another firmware update for the Galaxy GT-I7500. According to Samsung's press information, the new Galaxy ROM (I7500XXII5_VIAII5) is still Android 1.5 (Cupcake) but should again improve the device snappiness, stability and improved battery run-time. Furthermore, the digital compass was improved to work better with applications like Google Maps, Sky Maps and Wikitude. Also it's possible now to send bitmap MMS messages. Like the previous ROM update, this ROM update also includes the new "Switcher" application.

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Friday, 25.09.09
VIDEOVIEW: HTC Tattoo Android Smartphone Hardware Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:46 CET under 08 - Reviews

The upcoming HTC Tattoo is HTC's first budget Android smartphone, following a rather different concept than all the previous HTC Android smartphones. While the HTC Tattoo runs on Android 1.6 (Donut), the device isn't just about software but also about hardware. It's HTC's first smartphone that can be customized inside and out. In addition to all the options, HTC's Sense UI and the Android OS offer, to make it yours, it also features removable and replaceable front and back covers. However, being a budget smartphone also means that HTC had to save costs and therefore the HTC Tattoo is featuring a cheaper, less crispy 2.8" resistive touchscreen instead of the Android-typical capacitive touchscreen. Nevertheless, it's really hard to spot a difference.

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Thursday, 24.09.09
ENHANCED: Google Mobile App for Windows Mobile gets My Location and more
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Google just updated its Google Mobile App, the search giant launched earlier this year for Windows Mobile smartphones. As Google says, now it's easier and faster than ever to search Google using your Windows Mobile phone. New to Google Mobile App for Windows Mobile is "My Location", "Google Suggest" and "Search with Maps". Google Mobile App features comprehensive Google results on your phone including web, image, local, video, blog, news, books, and maps results. From weather forecasts to movie showtimes, find common search answers right away without clicking any links.

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PARTNERSHIP: Huawei and DataViz to provide Microsoft Office compatibility on the new T-Mobile Pulse
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:46 CET under 04 - Android News

DataViz, Inc. today announced that their Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync client, RoadSync, and award-winning mobile Office suite, Documents To Go are included on the new T-Mobile Pulse (Huawei U8220). The free full functioning license of RoadSync is optimized for Android-based devices and provides customers with built-in secure, wireless and direct push synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Server. Documents To Go further enhances the productivity value by adding support for viewing Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files and attachments.

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FRAMEWORK: Vodafone announces Vodafone 360 service with dedicated Handsets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:39 CET under 01 - General News

Vodafone today announces the launch of Vodafone 360 - a new suite of innovative internet services for the mobile and PC. All of a customer's contacts, status updates and messaging services are brought together in one place enhancing the customer's experience and use of social media. Customers will have integrated contacts, music, photos and mapping services and can share their favorite music choices and even their physical location, how and when they choose, with their chosen groups of friends. The service is automatically backed up and synchronized, regularly and wirelessly, between the mobile and PC or Mac.

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LAUNCH: Microsoft expects more than 30 Windows Mobile Smartphones by year's end
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

DigiTimes has reported that Microsoft expects that more than 30 smartphones running on Windows Mobile 6.5, from a total of over 15 handset vendors, are to be launched before the end of 2009. This information was given by Benjamin Tan, senior director, GCR Mobile Team Unit at Microsoft China, when he recently met a group of journalists in China. According to market sources, HTC, Acer, Samsung, LG Electronics, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and (even) and Hewlett-Packard have already expressed and confirmed their support for Microsoft's upcoming mobile OS.

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COMPETITION: Palm Pre to hit Europe on October 13th
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:32 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Today, O2 Germany unveiled the release date and price for its upcoming webOS-based Palm Pre, which the operator will offer exclusively in Germany and other European countries. Palm's webOS platform brings mobile applications together in an intuitive and multitasking environment. The Palm Pre itself impresses with its smooth, elegantly rounded and ergonomic design and a full QWERTZ keyboard which users slide out only when needed. Thanks to the design of Palm Pre the phone feels natural in the hand and is so small that it comfortably fits in every pocket. When closed, the device is ideal for phone calls, web surfing or listening to music and watching videos.

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UNVEILED: Microsoft's Pink Smartphones show their faces [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:15 CET under 01 - General News

Following this week's earlier news about Microsoft's project Pink, Gizmodo just published two renderings of what seems to be Microsoft's new Pink smartphones, which are said to be Turtle and Pure. While Gizmodo hasn't unveiled its source, at least Turtle looks indeed like the drawing which was previously published by 9 to 5 Mac. According to the information available today, Microsoft's Pink smartphones are co-developed by Microsoft and Sharp which also manufactured the Danger Sidekicks before. As Gizmodo notices, Pink will be primarily aimed at the same market as the Sidekick.

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Wednesday, 23.09.09
PHOTOVIEW: Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:42 CET under 08 - Reviews

The upcoming and recently announced Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Windows Mobile 6.5 Windows phone stands in the good tradition of Sony Ericsson's yet young Xperia-line of smartphones. Like the Xperia X1, the X2 features an arc sliding keyboard with a slightly modified button-design to make typing an even better experience. And while the X2 still features an optical joystick, Sony Ericsson left the hardware D-pad (as available with the X1) this time. Also modified are the main keys bellow the screen. Since the X2 is now featuring a flat WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen, the physical soft-keys were left and therefore the device is only featuring the call buttons, a Xperia and an OK key.

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Tuesday, 22.09.09
SYNC: Google adds Gmail support to Google Sync for Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:47 CET under 01 - General News

When Google introduced Google Sync for Mobile earlier this year, Google turned on Gmail Contacts and Calendar sync only. However, today Google also activated Gmail for Google Sync. Using the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol, Google Sync, now allows to get Gmail messages pushed directly to a mobile phone. Having an over-the-air, always-on connection means that device's inbox is always up to date. Sync works with most phone's native E-Mail applications which support Exchange ActiveSync (for instance Windows Mobile) so there's no additional software needed. For sure, Google Sync for Mobile still allows to sync just Contacts, Calendar or Gmail or any combination of the three.

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Monday, 21.09.09
VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:08 CET under 08 - Reviews

Earlier this month, Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia X2, Sony Ericsson's latest Windows Mobile smartphone and first Windows phone, featuring Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. Like the Xperia X1, the Xperia X2 also includes the unique Arc-Slider keyboard but the new SlideView feature, which basically replaces the X1's Xpanels, should give the X2 Sony Ericsson's very own user experience in addition to Windows Mobile 6.5. The X2 features quadband GSM/GPRSEDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi and aGPS. Like the first Experia, the X2 is designed by Sony Ericsson but unlike the X1 - which was manufactured by HTC - the X2 is now manufactured by Mobinnova.

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RUMOR: Microsoft to release two "Pink Phones" in early 2010? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:38 CET under 01 - General News

We heard plenty of rumors of it already, that Microsoft might launch its own phone hardware which might be related to a rumor project code-named "Pink", and which seems to be under development in parallel to Microsoft's Windows Mobile 7. Nevertheless, so far everything was and still is pure speculation. However, it's fact that Microsoft bought Danger some time ago and therefore, this new rumor makes definitely send (maybe even too much sense). Anyway, Apple insider site 9 to 5 Mac just received further information that Microsoft will unleash two new smartphones, probably at CES in January next.

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Friday, 18.09.09
EXPLANATION: Microsoft clarifies remote Application wipe on Marketplace for Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Last week, during a TechEd New Zealand 2009 session, Microsoft unveiled more details on Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which is expected to be launched next month - together with the availability of Windows Mobile 6.5. During the session titled "Distributing and Monetizing Applications through Windows Marketplace Mobile," Loke Uei Tan, Senior Product Manager for Windows Mobile unveiled that "If an application is approved but later removed from the marketplace it will then be automatically removed from all mobile devices". This single sentence cause a lot of irritation because it reminds very much on the Amazon fiasco from this summer, where the company remotely removed eBooks from customers Kindle eBook readers.

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LAUNCH: Acer F1 Windows Mobile Smartphone is ready to rumble in October
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to the Clove Technology blog, the Acer F1 is ready for the market from October 6th, the day Microsoft officially launches Windows Mobile 6.5. Yet still new to the smartphone market, last year Acer took-over E-Ten (well known for its Glofiish branded Windows Mobile smartphones). The stylish Acer F1 will run on Windows Mobile 6.5 and is powered by a Qualcomm 8250 CPU at 1GHz. The device supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz (download up to 7.2 Mbps/upload up to 5.76 Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi b/g, a G-sensor, ambient light sensor and proximity Sensor.

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STRATEGY: Palm to drop Windows Mobile and Palm OS in favor of webOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Palm and Microsoft have a long tradition of being competitors, as a matter of fact, without any doubts Palm was the number one when Microsoft re-entered the PDA market with Pocket PC in 2000. However, as time went bye, also Palm joined the Windows Mobile camp with the introduction of its first Palm Treo, back in September 2005, which was just the start of the very successful Palm Treo Windows Mobile-line. Now, nearly 4 years later, it seems Palm is leaving the Windows Mobile camp again to fully and only focus on its new and self-developed webOS operating system, as Palm Chairman and CEO Jon Rubinstein announced in a recent investor phone call:

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Thursday, 17.09.09
RUMOR: Sony Ericsson Xperia X3 Android Smartphone not to hit Markets before 2010
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:19 CET under 04 - Android News

Not that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X3 is anything official yet, but according to MobileCrunch, Sony Ericsson's first Android smartphone will not make it to the market before January 2010. While this definitely doesn't makes any sense (it's too late for holiday season and too early for the Mobile World Congress in February), that's the info MobileCrunch got from some unnamed sources. According to earlier leaked specs, the Xperia X3 (code-named Rachael)is expected to run on Android 1.6 (Donut) and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi b/g and aGPS.

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UNVEILED: Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 is expected to feature deep Social Network integration
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Mobile 7 is yet to be announced (even if it is confirmed already), Microsoft is publically hiring employees for its "Entertainment & Devices Division" and the latest job offer from today spill some further beans of Windows Mobile 7 features. As Microsoft describes it, "Social Networks" and "Mobile Phones" are two rapidly evolving socio-cultural phenomena that deeply impact the way in which people interact with each other. Therefore the Windows Mobile 7 Communications group is building experiences on the phone that present your content (friends, pictures, messages, events) to you in immersive and engaging ways. Microsoft's (Windows Mobile 7) vision is to bring social networks to life by integrating them into the core experience of the phone.

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CONFIRMED: Samsung to offer Windows Mobile 6.5 for its current line of Omnia Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Samsung today announced, that the current range of Omnia Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphones will be relaunched as Windows phones, as soon as Windows Mobile 6.5 is officially introduced into the market. That will empower users more than ever to stay connected and productive while on the go with unprecedented ease of use. However, Samsung also said that it plans to offer free Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades on the already released and available Omnia II, OmniaPRO B7610, and OmniaPRO B7320, which were initially shipped with Windows Mobile 6.1.

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Wednesday, 16.09.09
UNVEILED: Video proves HTC Leo's Capacitive and Multitouch capabilities
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

So far it was just rumored but it looks like the upcoming HTC Leo will be indeed the first Windows Mobile smartphone which supports a capacitive touchscreen technology and multi touch capabilities as initially released by Apple with the first iPhone.
A recently published video at YouTube seems to prove at least both. So far Windows Mobile only supported resistive screens which have the benefit that these screen also works with styli and even with gloves. On the other hand, capacitive screens allows multi touch but are less accurate which means capacitive displays requires a different user interface.

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UPDATE: Google releases Android 1.6 aka Donut
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 04 - Android News

Google has finally released Android 1.6 what so far was known under its code name "Donut". While Android 1.6 is fully compatible to Android 1.6 (Cupcake), it brings some new features and extensions for customers and developers. However, the new Android version also enhances the device support. For instance 1.6 now expands the support for screen densities and resolutions which is important to get devices beside the so far typical Android HVGA screen resolution; Android 1.6 now also supports QVGA and WVGA. Furthermore, Android 1.6 now includes support for CDMA in the telephony stack. which brings it a step closer to U.S. networks.

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Tuesday, 15.09.09
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Tattoo Android Smartphone with HTC Sense
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:24 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the HTC Dream (T-Mobile G1), the HTC Magic and the HTC Hero, the recently announced HTC Tattoo (still known as HTC Click) is HTC's fourth Android smartphone. While the HTC Tattoo was introduced to be a budget Android smartphone, it's a way more consumer focused Android smartphone but nevertheless, it's also utilizing HTC's new Sense UI platform for Android. The HTC Tattoo runs on Android 1.6 (Donut) and is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7225 CPU at 528 MHz. It features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, aGPS and an FM radio. The 2.8", and this is new for Android smartphones, resistive touchscreen supports QVGA while the fixfocus camera supports 3.2 megapixel.

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Monday, 14.09.09
ALPHA: Waze to come to a Windows Mobile Smartphone near you soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Do you remember our recent article about the way Google collects mobile road congestion data to improve the traffic information for Google Maps Mobile? As a matter of fact, there's a similar service available now which works similar but offers even more features: Waze. It's a free turn-by-turn GPS app that uses crowd sourcing to detect real time traffic conditions. Map and traffic updates are automatically collected and generated as users drive with Waze activated, but drivers can also actively report and update other users with what's happening on the road including accident alerts, police traps, weather hazards, cheap gas offers and more.

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REVEALED: Real HTC Leo Windows Mobile Smartphone in the wild
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

A lucky user over at the pdaclub.pl forum just got his hands on a working sample of the HTC Leo and the first he did was uploading some photos. Furthermore it seems that the HTC Leo specs, as floating through the Internet before, are somewhat confirmed now. Therefore it can be expected, that the HTC Leo will run on Windows Mobile 6.5 and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8250B CPU at 1 GHz. The Leo is expected to feature GSM/EGRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS, a G-, motion- and light-sensor. The massive 4.3" WVGA (480 x 800) touchscreen is expected to be Windows Mobile's first capacitive display.

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CUSTOMIZATION: Microsoft to release 5 free Designer Themes for Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Already announced with the initial introduction of Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft today reminds again that five designer themes, created just for Windows phones, will be available with the availability of Windows Mobile 6.5 aka Windows Phone on October 6th. The themes, which include custom palettes and wallpapers, were designed by some of today's hottest designers, incl. Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Isaac Mizrahi, Rock & Republic and Ron Arad. Smartphones are just as much a fashion statement as the clothes you wear and are quickly becoming a must-have accessory. The designer themes are just one more way that Windows phones help folks customize their device to fit their style.

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APPSTORE: Samsung launches Application Store in selected European countries
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Samsung has just launched its own application store, dedicated to Samsung Smartphone users and has started with the Windows Mobile version for the Samsung SGH-i900. The new "on-device" application store is now available in the UK, France and Italy, with more than 30 countries including Germany and Spain to follow soon. Initially, the store will be accessible to Omnia users only but Samsung plans to support other models such as Omnia II and OmniaLITE as well. The Samsung Application Store allow users to browse a variety of applications including games, references, social networking services, e-books and health-related tools (e.g pedometer, eyesight test, etc) that are easily downloaded with one click.

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INTRODUCED: LG announces its first Android Smartphone - the LG-GW620
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:33 CET under 04 - Android News

LG Electronics just announced its first Android mobile device, the LG-GW620. LG's first smartphone features a 3" full touchscreen and slide out QWERTY keypad to meet the growing needs of consumers who rely on their mobile phones for more than just making calls. In anticipation of strong demand for smartphones that support social networking functions right out-of-the-box, the LG-GW620 also lives up to LG's consumer-friendly design philosophy by making the smartphone experience more accessible for typical users.

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Friday, 11.09.09
AVAILABILITY: Huawei's 1st Android Smartphone to hit further European Countries
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:55 CET under 04 - Android News

After Huawei's first Android smartphone was officially announced as the T-Mobile Pulse last week, we've just received information that the sister-model - the Huawei U8230 will hit further European countries soon as well. According to our information, the (so called) Huawei U8230 will be the same device as T-Mobile's Pulse, featuring the same specs but sporting a different industrial design (most likely because T-Mobile got exclusivity for the Pulse design). Powered by a Qualcomm 7200A chip at 528 MHz, the U8230 is said to run on Android 1.5 (Cupcake) and featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (up to 7.2 Mbps in down- and 2.0 Mbps in upstream), Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b/g and GPS.

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RUMOR: Vodafone to launch Vodafone 360 with the introduction of its first Limo Handset?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:21 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday, the Boy Genius Report received a couple of photos of a new and yet unknown Samsung device which is said to be Samsung's first Limo device for Vodafone. While Limo isn't Android, like Android it's based on Linux. However, in addition to this, we've just heard that (what Boy Genius Report expects to be) the Samsung Riedel L8305 is just the first phone of a new set of a devices and services, Vodafone is going to announce during a press event on September 24th in the UK. And the new service is expected to be called "Vodafone 360" (which seems to be somewhat proved by the last photo from BGR which sports a Vodafone 360 logo).

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Thursday, 10.09.09
OFFICIAL: Motorola announces its first Android Smartphone - the Motorola Cliq / Motorola Dext
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:20 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, during the GigaOM Mobilize 2009 Conference, Sanjay Jha, Motorola Co-CEO and CEO of Motorola Mobile Devices announced the Motorola Cliq (for North America) / Motorola Dext (for Europe and Latin America) - Motorola's first Android smartphone - which will also feature MotoBlur - a kind of service framework. The Cliq/Dext - a slider phone with software and hardware keyboard - will run on Android 1.5 (Cupcake) and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/1700/2100 MHz. Furthermore it will feature Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g, aGPS, an e-compass, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.

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ROADMAP: Microsoft unveils further hints about the Windows Mobile 7 future
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

IT Pro runs a story where it has more information about Microsoft's upcoming Windows Mobile 7 plans. While nothing is confirmed yet, James McCarthy, Microsoft's Business Marketing Manager, is quoted that in future, Microsoft is looking to deepen its development work with a handful of key OEMs in the hardware design phase. Back in February, Steve Ballmer has mentioned or better confirmed that Windows Mobile 7 is on its way for a 2010 release and McCarthy now confirmed that Microsoft is (already) "working with our key OEM and operator partners on future products, although we have nothing formal to announce for now."

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Wednesday, 09.09.09
FIRMWARE: Samsung releases Galaxy GT-I7500 ROM Update [UPDATE2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:21 CET under 04 - Android News

Samsung has just released a new Android firmware version for the Samsung GT-I7500 Galaxy which replaces the previously released firmware - which had some nasty bugs like device resets, etc and which didn't brought any obvious improvements except cosmetics.
This isn't a Cupcake to Donut upgrade at all but is said bring better device stability as well as improved battery run-time. Furthermore, Samsung added a new application called "Switchers". This allows to turn on/off GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and Auto sync from the programs menu instead of going deep into the system settings. Unfortunately, Switchers isn't available as a home screen widget at all but it runs as an application from the home screen anyway.

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RELEASE: Official Facebook for Android now available from Android Market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:09 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening, the long awaited official Facebook application for Android was finally released. Facebook for Android makes it easy to stay connected and share information with friends. You can share status updates from your Android phone, either through the Facebook application itself or through the additional home screen widget. Furthermore you can check out your news feed, look at your friends' walls and user info. Also it's possible to upload photos from your phone and can even look up up to 125 friends' phone numbers, again straight from the home screen.

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Tuesday, 08.09.09
UPDATE: Qik releases updated Windows Mobile Touchscreen version
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Qik has recently released a new Windows Mobile version (v4.21) with a fresh and updated look and feel as well as much improved sharing options for social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Furthermore, the new version has a better performance and more frames per second, especially on the Samsung Omnia series phones. Last but not least it also provides an easier way now to upload existing videos from your phone to your Qik account to share your recording to other networks after.

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THOUGHT: Abroad but Connected - on the way with the SlingCatcher and MiFi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

It's somewhat funny (or sad, however you take it). Was all the (mobile and wireless) technology originally designed to make life easier, it made the life somewhat more complicated but - no question - also more convenient. When I was in vacation at Mallorca last week, I put two mobile phones into the bag as well as my camera and some chargers. So far so good and in the pre-mobile phone days, you put a book into the bag instead the mobile phone and nobody thought about chargers because just a battery for needed for the simple Kodak cameras. However, since (for me) vacation never means disconnected, I also put my Netbook into the bag (which thankfully allowed me to leave my way heavier Notebook at home), my Apple Airport Express wireless access point, but also my Novatel MiFi, a Proporta USB Mobile Device Charger and even my Slingmedia SlingCatcher.

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MERGER: Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom plan to merge T-Mobile UK and Orange UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:42 CET under 01 - General News

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom today announced that they have entered into exclusive negotiations to combine T-Mobile UK and Orange UK in a new 50:50 joint venture company. The new joint venture will create the UK's leading mobile operator. It will have a combined mobile customer base of around 28.4 million, representing approximately 37 percent of UK mobile subscribers, based on figures at end December 2008. By integrating Orange's broadband activities, the joint venture will also have the capabilities to offer convergent solutions to its customers in the future.

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UNVEILED: HTC renames the HTC Click and announces the HTC Tattoo Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:24 CET under 04 - Android News

Following its earlier unofficial surface, today HTC announced the HTC Tattoo which was previously known as the HTC Click - HTC's latest Android smartphone. Powered by a Qualcomm MSM7225 CPU at 528 MHz, the HTC Tattoo runs on Android 1.5 Donut and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore, the Tattoo comes with support for Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g and aGPS. The - yet for an Android smartphone unique - resistive 2.8" touchscreen features a QVGA resolution and the fixfocus camera supports 3.2 megapixel. The devices comes with 512 MB ROM and 256 MB RAM which can be expanded by microSD cards.

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Monday, 07.09.09
RELEASE: General Mobile DSTL1 Dual-SIM Androind Smartphone now available
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:13 CET under 04 - Android News

General Mobile has just released its DSTL1 Android smartphone with immediate availability, which is quite unique for an Android smartphone for two reasons: It's only featuring 2.5G technology, lacking UMTS and HSPA, as well as it's the first dual-SIM Android smartphone! According to the specs, the DSTL1 is powered by a Marvell PXA 310/NXP 5209 combo at 624 MHz and is said to run on Android 1.5 aka Donut. The phone supports - as mentioned - triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz only as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and WiFi b/g. While GPS isn't on board, the specs mention an FM radio! The DSTL1 is said to feature a 5 megapixel Sony-branded autofocus camera as well as a 3" Sharp-branded WQVGA 240 x 400 touchscreen.

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Thursday, 03.09.09
EVDO: Sprint and HTC announces the Rev. A HTC Hero Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 04 - Android News

Sprint and HTC Corporation today announced the upcoming arrival of the much-anticipated HTC Hero from Sprint, the first wireless device offering the combination of the open and innovative Android platform with the high-speed connectivity of America's most dependable EVDO Rev. A 3G network. Offering a rich mobile Internet experience, the much-anticipated HTC Hero offers synchronization for built-in Google mobile services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and YouTube as well as access to thousands of applications built on the Android platform.

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COOPERATION: Vodafone and LG announces the LG GM750 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, during the IFA, Vodafone and LG Electronics announced the launch of the LG GM750, a new Windows phone based on Windows Mobile 6.5 which will be available from 6 October. With LG's S-Class user-interface and fast Internet browsing via Vodafone's high-speed mobile broadband network or WiFi, information is always at the user's fingertips. Its large 3.0" full touchscreen makes it easy to navigate while browsing the Internet, writing text messages and memos, or getting directions with its in-built GPS navigation function.

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OFFICIAL: T-Mobile announces the T-Mobile Pulse Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:06 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, during its IFA press conference in Berlin, Deutsche Telekom presented a new device we already heard about - the T-Mobile Pulse. This smartphone, equipped with the Android operating system, supports the MyCommunity and Media Center services as well as fast, convenient Internet access. It also includes direct links to popular Internet services such as Google, Google Mail and Google Maps. In addition, users can personalize it by downloading any of the thousands of programs and games available from Android Market.

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Wednesday, 02.09.09
OFFICIAL: Sony Ericsson unveils the new Xperia X2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today Sony Ericsson announced the Xperia X2, Sony Ericsson's latest Windows Mobile smartphone and first Windows phone, featuring Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. Like the Xperia X1, the Xperia X2 also includes the unique Arc-Slider keyboard and SlideView feature, which provides quick access to frequently used phone activities. Providing quick interaction with contacts, messages, media and more, SlideView gives an overview of missed incoming activity, notifying the user of any missed calls, E-Mails and text messages so users don't overlook an important contact.

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OFFICIAL: HTC announces the new HTC Touch2 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC Corporation today introduced the HTC Touch2, previously known under its code-name "HTC Mega", a compact and stylish smartphone that is one of the first Windows Mobile 6.5-powered Windows phones, Microsoft announced yesterday. Utilizing Windows Mobile 6.5 and new services like Microsoft My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile, the HTC Touch2 delivers a full touch experience that enables you to do all the things you want on your phone easily. The Touch2 expands HTC's portfolio of touch-based phones and is focused on delivering an advanced touch experience to a broader group of people.

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Tuesday, 01.09.09
LAUNCH: Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 Windows Phones to hit Markets on Oct. 6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Introduced back in February during the Mobile World Congress, Microsoft Corp. today announced that Windows phones will be widely available at retail stores worldwide on Oct. 6, 2009. The new phones will be the first to feature Windows Mobile 6.5, the latest version of Microsoft's mobile phone software, and will deliver new customer experiences through an improved, easy-to-use user interface, better browsing capabilities and access to valuable services, including Windows Marketplace for Mobile and Microsoft My Phone.

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