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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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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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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
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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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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Thursday, 10.09.09
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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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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Thursday, 03.09.09
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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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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