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Friday, 30.10.09
CONFIRMED: Sony Ericsson to announce the Xperia X3/X10 aka Rachel on November 3rd
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:33 CET under 04 - Android News

Do you remember this week's rumor that Sony Ericsson might announce its first Android smartphone, the Xperia X3/X10 aka Rachael on November 3rd? Looks light these rumors were right as a Sony Ericsson YouTube video proves now. Sony Ericsson gives the following explanation for the video: "We're looking forward to November 3rd. We think you should be too." and again, Sony Ericsson links back to the the "What's next" teaser page from earlier this week. Just to recap - the Xperia X3 (know also known as Xperia X10) is Sony Ericsson's first Android smartphone which could become - according to the previously leaked specs - a real competitor to HTC's, Motorola's and Samsung's Android smartphones.

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Thursday, 29.10.09
PARTNERSHIP: Orange to roll-out Google Mobile Apps across Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:27 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday, Orange announced it has signed a strategic pan-European mobile partnership with Google to be the first operator to give customers one-click access to Google Mobile App on multiple mobile platforms in addition to a search widget on the Android mobile platform. The multi-year strategic agreement, combining the best in content and search innovation from both partners, is making mobile search and geo-location services even more accessible by giving customers one-click access to Google Mobile App via the Orange homescreen. The application provides enhanced search features and access to the Orange mobile portal and other familiar Google products and services.

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Wednesday, 28.10.09
UNVEILED: HTC skips Android 1.6 Upgrade for the Hero in favor of Android 2.0 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:11 CET under 04 - Android News

While there's no official announcement from HTC yet, HTC's European customer service unveiled that the company isn't planning to release an Android 1.6 Donut upgrade for the HTC Hero but is skipping it in favor for an Android 2.0/Eclair upgrade instead! At least, that's the answer a user over at AndroidGuys received when he asked for the availability of an Android 1.6 upgrade. That's pretty straight forward and an upgrade to Android 2.0 is definitely more worth than having Android 1.6 available, especially with today's release of Google Maps Navigation.

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UNVEILED: Google announces Google Maps Navigation for Android 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:55 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, with the launch of the first Android 2.0 smartphone from Verizon wireless and Motorola, Google also announced the next step for Google Maps for Mobile: Google Maps Navigation (Beta) for Android 2.0 devices - a full-featured off-board navigation solution, based on Google Maps. This new feature comes with everything you'd expect to find in a GPS navigation system, like 3D views, turn-by-turn voice guidance and automatic rerouting. But unlike most navigation systems, Google Maps Navigation was built from the ground up to take advantage of a phone's Internet connection.

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OFFICIAL: Verizon Wireless announces DROID by Motorola Android 2.0 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 04 - Android News

Verizon Wireless and Motorola today unveiled DROID by Motorola, the first smartphone powered by yesterday's introduced Android 2.0 (Eclair) operating system. DROID by Motorola features the brainpower and breakneck speed of a modern smartphone, designed to outperform where other smartphones fall short. DROID by Motorola has a solid exterior, intelligent interior and is one of the thinnest full-QWERTY slider phones available. It is a no-fuss, high-tech, location-aware, voice-recognizing, over-the-air updating, multi-tasking machine - and it is available just in time for holiday wish lists.

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Tuesday, 27.10.09
UPDATE: Google releases Android 2.0 aka Eclair to the Developer Community
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:30 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, Google released its upcoming Android 2.0 (code-named Eclair) to the Android developer community through its Android Software Developer Kit (SDK). While Android 2.0 devices are not available today (but expected to be announced and released soon), Android developers can now start to develop Android 2.0-compatible applications by simply updating their SDK and developer tools. While much of the SDK stuff is pretty technical and for developers only, It's now confirmed that Eclair will include better account management tools, better contacts management from multiple accounts and two-way contact sync.

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AVAILABILITY: HTC releases Windows Mobile 6.5 Upgrade for the HTC Touch Diamond2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As promised and after releasing the first Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades for the HTC Touch Pro2 and the HTC Snap, HTC has finally released the long awaited HTC Touch Diamond2 Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades for Germany, Denmark, UK, Sweden, Norway and Portugal. As the name says, it's not a Windows Mobile 6.1 update but the full Windows Mobile 6.1 to 6.5 upgrade which makes the HTC Touch Diamond2 a Windows phone, including new features like native support of Microsoft My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Windows phone enables powerful messaging, browsing and productivity capabilities delivered through Windows Mobile 6.5.

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RUMOR: Sony Ericsson to announce the Xperia X3/X10 on November 3?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 04 - Android News

While the Sony Ericsson Xperia X3 (or X10 - how it was called lately) isn't official yet, it's somewhat time for Sony Ericsson to announce it. And as it looks, Sony Ericsson's first and long awaited Android smartphone, which is expected to run on Android 2.0 aka Eclair, could be announced on November 3. Sony Ericsson just launched a "what's next?" teaser page where the company unveiled that something "extraordinary and magical" will be unveiled early next month.

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Monday, 26.10.09
OFFICIAL: Palm Pixi to be launched exclusively by Sprint next month
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:55 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

While Europeans just got their hands on the Palm Pre (GSM/UMTS version), Sprint today announced Nov. 15 as the first day of the nationwide availability for Palm Pixi. Running the Palm webOS mobile platform, Palm Pixi lets the user keep multiple activities open and move easily between them, like flipping through a deck of cards, using natural gestures. This allows for easy movement between messaging and E-Mail or searching the Web while listening to music, and items are rearranged simply by dragging them. Universal search also makes finding things easy, providing results from both the device and the Web.

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RETAIL: Microsoft opened its first Windows Experience Retail Store
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:18 CET under 01 - General News

Last week and right in time for Microsoft's Windows 7 launch, Microsoft opened its first-ever retail store. Designed to give shoppers a chance to experience the best of Microsoft and its partners, the store offers customers a select line of Laptops, Netbooks, all-in-one PCs, Xbox consoles, Windows Mobile Windows phones and one of the largest selections of third-party software titles in any store. Opening a retail store is a major step for Microsoft, and is the latest in a series of initiatives to engage more directly with customers and improve the experience of purchasing and using Microsoft-based technology.

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OFFICIAL: Samsung announces the Samsung GT-I5700 Galaxy Spica Android Smartphone - in Russia
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 04 - Android News

Samsung officially announced its new Android smartphone, the Galaxy Spica, which was so far known as the Samsung GT-I5700 Galaxy Lite. Running on Google Android, the Galaxy Spica isn't a Google Experience phone at all. However, it comes with all Google Mobile services including Gmail, Google Maps and Google sync. The device is powered by a 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and features - according to the GCF - quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 2100 and 900 MHz as well as aGPS and a digital compass.

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ADVERTISING: HTC kicks-off Global Advertising Campaign and new Brand Position
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:38 CET under 01 - General News

HTC Corporation today unveiled a global advertising campaign that is based on HTC's new Quietly Brilliant brand positioning, the company introduced last week. As HTC's first global advertising campaign, the YOU campaign is being rolled out across 20 countries in the coming weeks and features the tagline, "You don't need to get a phone. You need a phone that gets you." This represents HTC's commitment to focus on people, their needs and how they work and live to ensure that HTC devices suit them.

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Thursday, 22.10.09
FIGHT: Nokia sues Apple for infringement of Nokia GSM, UMTS and WLAN patents
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 01 - General News

Nokia just announced that it has today filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in Delaware, alleging that Apple's iPhone infringes Nokia patents for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards. As a leading innovator in wireless communications, Nokia has created one of the strongest and broadest patent portfolios in the industry, investing more than 40 billion Euro in R&D during the last two decades. Much of this intellectual property, including the patents in suit, has been declared essential to industry standards. Nokia has already successfully entered into license agreements including these patents with approximately 40 companies, including virtually all the leading mobile device vendors, allowing the industry to benefit from Nokia's innovation.

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REGULATION: EU opens 2G GSM frequencies for 3G UMTS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:02 CET under 01 - General News

So far, in Europe UMTS was commercially allowed to use the 2100 MHz spectrum only but this could change soon. This week, the European Union has cleared the way for a new generation of mobile services in Europe that allow 3G phones (2100 MHz) to use GSM frequencies (900 and 1800 MHz). This follows the European Parliament and Council of Ministers' agreement in July, to modernize European legislation - the GSM Directive from 1987 - on the use of the radio spectrum needed for mobile services.

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Wednesday, 21.10.09
DISCOUNT: Get each SoftMaker Office 2008 Program for less than 10 Euro and US$
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Mobile Professional's Office Mobile is good enough for every day use, it's far away from being the productivity-tool its counterpart is on the PC and Mac. Nevertheless, there's a powerful alternative to it: Office 2008 (which includes TextMaker 2008, PlanMaker 2008 and SoftMaker Presentations 2008) by German SoftMaker. And if you wish to work on Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files under Windows Mobile Professional, without risking the loss of formatting or content, SoftMaker Office 2008 is the only choice. And now, SoftMaker just announced that from today until 11.11. all SoftMaker's Office 2008 programs are being offered for a special low price!

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RUMOR: Is this what Microsoft's Windows Mobile 7 could finally be?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Mobile 6.5 was just introduced as Windows phone into the market, it's known that Microsoft is already working on its follower. And now, WMExperts and pocketnow.com have received screenshot mock-ups of a Windows Mobile version which is said to represent Windows Mobile 7. As a matter of fact, the general look and feel, with battery and signal indicator at the bottom, still look like what we have seen from earlier Windows Mobile 7 leaks already, and therefore the comparison between today's Windows Mobile 6.5 applications and the expected Windows Mobile 7 applications is even more interesting.

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Tuesday, 20.10.09
CONFIRMED: Mozilla's Fennec Browser to come to Android as well
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:04 CET under 04 - Android News

We already know that Mozilla's Fennec, the mobile version of Firefox, is coming to Windows Mobile but now, Mozilla's CEO John Lilly also confirmed that an Android version is finally planned as well. During an interview with Om Malik, Lilly confirmed that Mozilla "will release Firefox for Windows Mobile and then Android". When asked why it took so long for Mozilla to adopt Android, Jay Sullivan, Vice President of Mobile for Mozilla said "Until recently, Android was Java, but they released Android NDK which uses C/C++ and that is what we program in, so we are now looking at developing Firefox for Android".

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THOUGHT: Localized Application Stores - not a bad Idea at all?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:56 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Microsoft doesn't received a good feedback when it launched its Windows Marketplace for Windows Mobile Windows phones two weeks ago because at the moment, Microsoft is providing localized versions of the Market Place only. This means that an US American customer will get US-related English software only while a German will get Germany-related German software only as well. As a matter of fact, developers have to localize their software offer, otherwise Microsoft won't approve it for the Windows Marketplace. While - on the first sight - it seemed to be a bad decision, it seems that Microsoft is closer to the mass-market than power-users thought about it first.

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UPGRADE: T-Mobile Germany and Vodafone Germany releases Android 1.6
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:22 CET under 04 - Android News

Following T-Mobile US, T-Mobile Germany finally rolled-out its Android 1.6 Donut update for the T-Mobile G1. And also Vodafone Germany has started the Android 1.6 Donut roll-out for its HTC Magic. Both carriers are distributing the 1.6 update over the air (OTA) which means the device will download the required update by itself and doesn't need a PC to perform the update. As soon as the update is available for either the G1 or the HTC Magic, the device will notify the user in the top-bar. Alternatively users can do a manual search if an update is available. Google released Android 1.6 Donut last month and it comes with a bunch of improvements which makes it worth to upgrade.

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Wednesday, 14.10.09
UTILITY: Cellogic announces FlyScreen lock-screen replacement for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Cellogic today the launch of Flyscreen, a new mobile application created for Android smartphones that puts your favorite web services on your Android's idle-screen, enabling zero-click access to web content you use most. FlyScreen has been in private beta since end of August and starting from today, will be open to the public packed with new features, including Facebook Stream API support, "double tap to activate" smart locking mechanism, and more. FlyScreen vastly improves user's web-browsing experience by enabling zero-to-one click access to web content through a set of "widgets" bolted on the lock-screen.

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UNVEILED: Acer announces the Acer Liquid - the first WVGA Android Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:38 CET under 04 - Android News

Acer just announced its new Acer Liquid - the world's first Qualcomm Snapdragon Android 1.6 Donut smartphone, featuring a WVGA touchscreen which combines cutting-edge technologies, software innovation and an ultra-fluid user interface to create an all-new mobile experience. It is the ideal solution for users demanding the best from their devices, and in particular outstanding multimedia, web browsing, social media integration and video streaming. It also brings smartphone product design forward with its unique and modern style.

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UPCOMING: TouchTwit - a new Twitter client for Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet released but currently at the Windows Marketplace for certification, there's a new promising looking Windows Mobile Twitter client coming: TouchTwit. TouchTwit is a thumb optimized and feature-rich Twitter client for touchscreen Windows phones, featuring multiple Twitter accounts, rich text timelines as well as allow users to manage conversations with @replies and direct messages. Furthermore it can show your location via GPS and is able to capture and record photos and videos which can be uploaded, straight from the application. It allows to follow and unfollow users, to delete tweets as well as see Twitters trends and view photos fullscreen.

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Tuesday, 13.10.09
AVAILABILITY: First Windows Mobile 6.5 Upgrades running-in [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following last week's official Windows Mobile 6.5 launch under the new Windows phone brand, the first ODMs and carriers have started to role-out the promised operating system upgrades. Hot on the heels, HTC today released the promised Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades for the HTC Touch Pro2 and the HTC Snap. Nevertheless, not yet released is the upgrade for the HTC Touch Diamond2.
Already last week, T-Mobile Germany released the Windows phone update for the T-Mobile MDA Compact V and the T-Mobile MDA Vario V.

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AVAILABLE: O2 Germany first to sell the GSM Palm Pre
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:46 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Following yesterday evening's launch parties in several O2 stores across Germany, the Palm Pre is now available exclusively from O2 Germany. Unlike the US version of the Pre, which features CDMA, the European Pre supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA (but misses HSUPA). And while the Palm Pre is available exclusively from O2 Germany, it's available SIM-free and -unlocked which means that even T-Mobile, Vodafone and E-Plus customers can get it, thanks to O2 Germany's "My Handy", which sells the device for 481 Euro.

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Monday, 12.10.09
CUSTOMIZATION: HTC starts TattooMyHTC for the HTC Tattoo
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:10 CET under 01 - General News

The HTC Tattoo is the latest Android handset from HTC, and the first which comes with a removable front plate and battery cover, and now users can customize the outside of their phone as much as the inside, with TattooMyHTC - a new service to customize the phone casing for the HTC Tattoo. tattoomyhtc.com has gone live today, and encourages users to make their mobile phone personal and unique once again. With prices starting at 11.99 Euros for a pre-designed cover, and just 14.99 Euros for customers to design their own covers, either by using the Tattoo Studio or by uploading their own images.

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SERVICE: Lufthansa to relaunch Internet connectivity above the clouds with FlyNet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:56 CET under 01 - General News

When Boeing launched its Connexion service in 2004, Lufthansa was one of the first supporters of mobile Internet above the clouds and it was quite a sad day when Boeing canceled it again in 2006. However, Lufthansa never removed the hardware from its aircrafts and therefore, and thanks to Lufthansa's new partner Panasonic Avionics Corporation, soon Lufthansa passengers can surf the net above the clouds again. The relaunch of the FlyNet Internet broadband service will bring communications freedom into the aircraft cabin on Lufthansa long-haul flights in the coming year.

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Friday, 09.10.09
ENHANCED: Google pimps Web Search Mobile for Android, webOS and iPhone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:15 CET under 01 - General News

In the US, Google just recently added Search Options to its Web Search Mobile, available on Google Android, Palm webOS and Apple iPhone smartphones which allows users to slice and dice mobile search results on smartphones as available so for for the desktop search only. For example, suppose you are shopping at a store for a camera, and you would like to see what users have been saying about a specific model within the past week. You can do this simply by searching for the name of the product. Then, on the search results page, use "Options" to filter by "Forums" and refine further by choosing "Past week".

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Thursday, 08.10.09
FEEDBACK: Microsoft answers to the Marketplace for Mobile localization issue
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Together with the worldwide Windows Mobile 6.5 (now better known as Windows phone) launch on Tuesday, Microsoft also launched its Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which gives Windows phone users an easy to access and preinstalled localized online shopping resource for Windows Mobile applications! However, Windows Marketplace for Mobile comes with some developer restrictions which also hits the end-user hard. With the initial Windows Marketplace registration, developers have access to one localized Marketplace only and every extra localization (or country - however you want) costs the developer an extra fee of US$ 10.

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ANNOUNCED: Samsung Moment Android Smartphone to be launched by Sprint
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:48 CET under 04 - Android News

On Wednesday, Sprint and Samsung announced the upcoming launch of the Samsung Moment, Samsung's 3rd Android smartphone. The Samsung Moment provides access to built-in Google mobile services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube, as well as thousands of applications available in Android Market. The Samsung Moment also offers the first Sprint 3.2" AMOLED touchscreen, creating crisper colors and wider viewing angles than other display screens. Samsung Moment is powered by an 800 MHz processor, making this device one of the fastest wireless phones available today.

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Wednesday, 07.10.09
ADVERTISING: Microsoft to push Windows Phone with its own TV Campaign
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of my favorite topics was and is how Microsoft is standing behind its own smartphone operating system and there's no doubt - Microsoft is still believing in Windows Mobile what is known since yesterday as Windows phone. And when Microsoft unveiled Windows phone back in February, the company opened the event with a "Start your Windows Phone" video which had the potential to become a TV spot. However, unlike Apple, Nokia, Sony Ericsson or Samsung, Microsoft isn't manufacturing and selling its own phone but it's just selling the operating system and services around to carriers and handset manufactures.

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PHOTOVIEW: O2 Palm Pre webOS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

Like the North American Palm Pre, the European GSM/UMTS Palm Pre features the same black design and slide-out keyboard. The very shiny plastic - a real finger print magnet - nevertheless feels rocking solid, like the whole device feels. On the front, the Palm Pre only sports the 3.1" HVGA capacitive touchscreen as well as a menu button. There's no call send/end key or anything else, except the hidden vertical arc-sliding QWERTY keyboard. On the left, the device carrys the volume up/down rocker while on the right - protected by a flat - the device features a micro USB port which is used to charge the battery. On the top the Palm Pre has a stereo headset port located.

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VIDEOVIEW: O2 Palm Pre webOS Smartphone Software Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

Even if Palm's webOS is still pretty new and so far available for one device only - the Palm Pre - it's featuring a quite complete suite of preinstalled applications and has some interesting features. As Palm describes it, the Palm Pre is "a phone in sync with your life". For instance, the Pre pulls your different online calendars into one view, bringing you the information you want without having to search for it. The Pre links your contacts from different sources, giving you one place to find what you need. And the Pre delivers incoming messages and notifications in an intuitively subtle way, letting you react or respond however you want.

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VIDEOVIEW: O2 Palm Pre webOS Smartphone Hardware Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

Basically the same black shiny hardware and design as the North American Palm Pre, the European Palm Pre, as released by Telefónica and O2, supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA (but not HSUPA) at 900/2100 MHz. Running on Palm's new webOS operating system, the device also supports Bluetooth 2.1+EDR as well as WiFi b/g and features GPS as well as an ambient light, accelerometer and proximity sensor. The 3.1" HVGA (320x480) capacitive touchscreen supports multitouch for zoom but the main camera on the back, which features a LED flash, is just a 3 megapixel fixfocus camera, featuring Palm's "extended depth of field" technology for an improved picture quality.

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VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the O2 Palm Pre webOS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not yet in stores but to be launched in Germany on October 13, in Spain on Ocober 14 and in the UK and Ireland on October 16, here we have the final sales version of O2's upcoming Palm Pre, which Telefónica and O2 are launching exclusively in Europe this month. While the Palm Pre is already available in North America, this Pre is something very new and special because it's the GSM/UMTS version of Palm's latest available smartphone, the first one to feature Palm's new webOS operating system. While the device OS is multi-lingual, each country gets its localized slide-out keyboard layout. Other than that, the Palm Pre is the same across all Telefónica/O2 subsidiaries in Europe.

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Tuesday, 06.10.09
LAUNCH: HTC announces Windows Phone Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrades
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the HTC HD2 launch, HTC today also announced its first mobile phones to include the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 software. In addition to the new HTC HD2 and Touch2, newly purchased HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 will include Windows Mobile 6.5 while upgrades will be offered to existing customers that previously purchased the Touch Diamond2 or Touch Pro2 phones. Each handset boasts its own sleek and stylish design and utilizes full touchscreen controls to bring the rich Windows phone experience to life, including Microsoft's new My Phone service and Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

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LAUNCH: HTC announces the launch of HTC HD2 Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Previously known as the "HTC Leo", HTC today unveiled the HTC HD2, the first Windows phone with HTC Sense, a customer experience focused on putting people at the centre by making their phones work in a more simple, natural and personal way. With its industry leading, high-resolution, 4.3" capacitive touch display, the ultra thin HTC HD2 delivers more visible content in a sharper, brighter and richer way. The HD2 uses the first capacitive touch display on a Windows phone to make viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures easier with just a pinch of your fingers. The large display also enables faster, more efficient and accurate typing using the onscreen keyboard.

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LAUNCH: Microsoft unveils new Windows Mobile 6.5 Windows Phones worldwide
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft today announced the availability of a new line of Windows® phones around the world that are available in a broad range of styles and prices. With a Windows phone, people can navigate their phone easily with the touch of a finger1 and browse the Internet on a great mobile browser. People can also connect to two new services that allow them to back up and share data from their phone to the Web and buy a variety of useful applications from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Microsoft expects partners to deliver more than 30 new phones in more than 20 countries by the end of 2009.

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EXPANDED: Microsoft enhances My Phone with Premium Features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:07 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While the Microsoft My Phone service for Windows Mobile is still in maintenance mode and not reachable during the system upgrade, Microsoft unveiled that it will be re-launched later today with new premium features - namely "Find your missing phone", "Share photos to leading social networking sites" and "Lock your lost phone". While Microsoft will continue to offer the free version as well, the premium version will be available as a free 60 days trial. After, it will cost US$ 4.99. Furthermore, Microsoft notes that not all mobile operators do not support the premium features. However, Microsoft provides an info to check the supported mobile operators for your country.

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LAUNCH: What's new in Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 Windows Phone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today is the day Microsoft is worldwide launching Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft's latest smartphone OS the company announced back in February during the Mobile World Congress. Unlike the earlier Windows Mobile versions, which were just called Windows Mobile, version 6.5 also gets a new commercial name and will be on sale under the new Windows phone brand. However, Windows Mobile 6.5 hasn't only received a new brand name but it also received significant enhancements to business productivity, consumer messaging and the mobile Internet.

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Monday, 05.10.09
AVAILABLE: Microsoft Marketplace for Windows Phone launches ahead of Windows Mobile 6.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Mobile 6.5 is just launched tomorrow as Windows phone and Microsoft My Phone is currently down for maintenance, Microsoft today launched Windows Marketplace for Mobile already. Microsoft Marketplace allows for searching, browsing and purchasing mobile applications from Windows phones (or soon from a PC). The new marketplace will be included with all Windows phones based on Windows Mobile 6.5, which will help consumers to easily find, install and experience those applications that fit their needs and make the phone truly personal. It's featuring free and paid apps and is available in localized versions already.

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UPCOMING: Adobe unveils Flash 10.1 - 1st full Flash Player for Mobile Devices and PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:48 CET under 01 - General News

Not yet available as announced in June this year, Adobe Systems today unveiled its new Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for Smartphones, Smartbooks, Netbooks, PCs and other Internet-connected devices, allowing content created using the Adobe Flash Platform to reach users wherever they are. A public developer beta of the browser-based runtime is expected to be available for Microsoft Windows Mobile, Palm webOS and desktop operating systems including Windows, Macintosh and Linux later this year. Public betas for Google Android and Nokia Symbian OS are expected to be available in early 2010. In addition, Adobe and RIM announced a joint collaboration to bring Flash Player to Blackberry smartphones.

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OFFICIAL: AT&T and HTC debut the HTC Tilt 2 and HTC PURE Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ahead of Microsoft's official Windows Mobile 6.5 launch tomorrow, AT&T and HTC today announced the upcoming availability of the HTC Tilt 2 and the HTC PURE with Windows Mobile 6.5. The HTC PURE delivers a touch screen experience in an alluring, compact form factor, and the HTC Tilt 2 features the convenience of a tilting touch screen combined with the practicality of a slide out full QWERTY keyboard.
Powered by the nation's fastest 3G network and the Windows phone platform, the HTC Tilt 2 and HTC PURE deliver an enhanced TouchFLO 3D interface on a large vibrant touch screen that makes navigation intuitive and rich while enabling smooth access to desktop like web browsing.

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ANNOUNCED: Samsung and T-Mobile introduce the Samsung Behold II Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:10 CET under 04 - Android News

Samsung Mobile and T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung SGH-T939 Behold II Android smartphone which looks like a mix of the Samsung Galaxy and Samsung Galaxy Lite. The Behold II is a full touch-screen phone integrating the open and innovative Android with Samsung's next generation TouchWiz user interface (previously available for Samsung's propriety OS and Windows Mobile only) and T-Mobile's high-speed 3G network for a rich mobile experience. The sleek touch-screen phone is the first from T-Mobile USA to feature a 3.2" AMOLED screen, which provides crisper colors and wider viewing angles.

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VIDEOVIEW: HTC Tattoo Android Smartphone Software Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

The upcoming HTC Tattoo is HTC's first Android smartphone which comes with the recently released Android version 1.6 (Donut) preinstalled. Donut adds a lot of new benefits and features to the Android platform but HTC also adds its new HTC Sense UI, the company introduced with the launch of the HTC Hero. The HTC Tattoo features the new Android 1.6 quick search box as well as the new battery usage indicator, the new Android Market, VPN, 802.1x and the new text-to-speech engine but not new camera and camcorder UI and gallery because these were replaced with HTC applications.

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Saturday, 03.10.09
SERVICE: Microsoft My Phone Update ahead
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In a blog posting and E-Mail to Microsoft My Phone customers, Microsoft just announced that due to a system update, My Phone won't be available from October 5th to October 6th (15:00 h GMT). Now we have to keep in mind that My Phone will become part of Windows Mobile 6.5 which is going to launch on October 6th with press conferences around the world at 15:00 h GMT. While Microsoft hasn't given any further details yet, the company said that neither the access to the My Phone website nor the synchronization between the service and the Windows Mobile clients will be possible during the system update.

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Friday, 02.10.09
RUMOR: T-Mobile UK and O2 UK to launch the HTC Leo Touch HD2 Windows Mobile Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like both - T-Mobile UK and O2 UK - will launch the HTC Leo as the HTC Touch HD2 (T-Mobile) and HTC HD2 (O2) pretty soon. At least photos of some marketing stuff made it to the Internet recently. While the HTC Leo isn't official yet, it could be expected that HTC will officially announce its latest Windows Mobile phone (and most likely first capacitive touchscreen smartphone) next week when Windows Mobile 6.5 is officially launched. It's expected that HTC's new flagship smartphone will run on Windows Mobile 6.5 and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8250B CPU at 1 GHz.

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CONFIRMED: Global Certification Forum approves the Samsung GT-I5700 Galaxy Lite
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:56 CET under 04 - Android News

Following earlier rumors and leaked photos and videos of the so called Samsung "Galaxy Lite" or "I5700" - Samsung's expected 2nd Android smartphone - the Global Certification Forum just approved the Samsung I5700 and therefore confirmed some features. According to the GCF, the Galaxy Lite is featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 2100 and 900 MHz which makes it - sorry North America - another European and Asian Android smartphone again, without support for any North American UMTS radio frequency.

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RUMOR: SlingPlayer Mobile to hit Android and webOS anytime soon?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:40 CET under 01 - General News

While nothing is confirmed, a recent job posting on Sling Media's website unveiled that the company behind the Slingboxes is looking for a "Senior Mobile User Interface Designer". The job will be "to create the next generation user interfaces for Sling Media customers. The Senior Mobile User Interface Designer works closely with Product Management to define visual design and user interaction for Sling’s mobile products. This position requires a deep understanding and passion for UX". However, most interesting is the part where Sling Media highlights the required expertise: "on the existing user interface paradigms used on iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, and webOS".

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Thursday, 01.10.09
UPGRADE: T-Mobile U.S. starts Android 1.6 roll-out for the G1 and myTouch 3G
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:26 CET under 04 - Android News

Right after Android 1.6 aka Donut was released mid last month, T-Mobile U.S. has started to roll-out the Android 1.6 upgrade to T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) and myTouch 3G (HTC Magic) customers. The over-the-air (OTA) update will be delivered to all T-Mobile G1 and T-Mobile myTouch 3G customers in the coming days. Android 1.6 brings several new features to the Android platform, including a new and enhanced version of the Android Market which now includes now screenshots, a re-worked search function, including the ability to search phone systems such as the browser bookmarks and history, contacts, and the Web from the desktop.

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AXED: Microsoft discontinues Recite Voice Technology Preview for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in February, Microsoft announced the public availability of Recite Technology Preview. Microsoft Recite was a search technology for your voice that ran on Windows Mobile 6.0 and higher devices. With Microsoft Recite, you can use your voice to easily store, search and retrieve the things you want to remember, where and when you need them. However, yesterday the Recite team announced on the project page, that Microsoft Recite will be discontinued by end of this year. According to this announcement, Microsoft will no longer be offering the Microsoft Recite Technology Preview as of December 31, 2009. After this date you will no longer be able to access Microsoft Recite from your mobile phone.

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UPDATE: SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 - the world's best-selling Windows Mobile GUI gets even better
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On Tuesday, SPB Software officially announced the release of SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 for Windows Mobile at a press event in Taipei, Taiwan. SPB Mobile Shell has been publicly recognized as the best-selling mobile application across all smartphone platforms for three consecutive years: 2007, 2008 and 2009. By encapsulating support for gravity sensors and 3D hardware accelerators, the new version offers a thrilling, easy and fun to use interaction model with eye-catching 3D visual effects. For example, browsing email and text messages unfolds an intuitive animation offering both natural and engaging user experience.

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