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Sunday, 28.02.10
UNVEILED: O2 Germany to carry the HTC Desire Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:25 CET under 04 - Android News

At its Mobile World Congress press conference, HTC said that the company's flagship Android smartphone will hit Europe later this Spring and will go on sale through all major carriers. Now, O2 Germany unveiled through its mobile phone preview page that it will be one of these carriers. While neither T-Mobile nor E-Plus have confirmed anything yet (and T-Mobile declined to comment on HTC Desire plans in Barcelona) and Vodafone will sell the Nexus One, O2 lists the HTC Desire with an April ETA. Like the Google Nexus One, the HTC Desire features Android 2.1, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 2100/1700/900 MHz as well as WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.

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UNVEILED: First Windows Phone 7 Series Smartphone shows its face - it's an LG Slider
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During yesterday's Engadget Show, Aaron Woodman, Director of the Mobile Communications Business and Consumer Experiences Product Management team at Microsoft, pulled off a surprise: He shortly demonstrated the - most likely - first real Windows Phone 7 Series smartphone, a prototype which comes from LG! So far, for instance at the recent Mobile World Congress, Microsoft only showed specially developed and designed demo hardware. But LG's Windows Phone 7 Series smartphone is real and will most likely hit the market later this Fall -  if everything goes well as the first Windows Phone 7 device.

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Saturday, 27.02.10
KNOWLEDGE: What the ISO, Mini and Micro SIM Card is all about
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:19 CET under 09 - Thoughts

During the recent Mobile World Congress I had the chance to speak with some product managers of Munich-based Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), one of the major SIM card manufactures worldwide and for sure one topic was the Micro SIM which Apple brought to our attention when it announced that the upcoming Apple iPad will come with a Micro SIM card slot instead of a Mini SIM or ISO SIM card slot. So what's all the ISO, Mini and Micro SIM is about? When GSM hit the market in 1992, the GSM MoU also made the use of SIM cards (Subscriber Identity Module) mandatory for GSM phones. Basically, there were two SIM cards specified: The ISO SIM and the Mini SIM, also often called Plug-in SIM.

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DOUBLEPACK: Palm to unleash GSM and CDMA Palm Pre and Palm Pixi webOS 1.4 Updates [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:19 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Following earlier information that Palm plans to release a webOS update for Sprint's CDMA Palm Pre and Pixi smartphones, word is on the street that Palm will also released the long-awaited webOS 1.4 update for its GSM Palm Pre (as for instance available in Europe from O2 and Telefónica) tonight! And indeed, it seems the earlier rumored infomration are correct and the update features a couple of bug fixes as well as it brings such goodies like the ability to record and edit videos as well as v1.4 improves the overall device performance and adds a couple of yet non disclosed calendar, messaging, E-Mail and notification enhancements. Other than that, webOS 1.4 makes the Palm Pre Adobe Flash 10.0 ready.

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Friday, 26.02.10
CONFIRMED: Windows Phone 6.5 isn't Dead at all - it will also Continues as Windows Phone Starter Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to Microsoft's recently announced Windows Phone 7 Series and the renamed Windows Phone Classis series (which was so far known as Windows Phone aka Windows Mobile 6.5), Microsoft will launch a third Windows Phone category it's going to call Windows Phone Starter. According to ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley, Windows Phone Starter features a similar concept to the original Windows Starter Edition products for the PC. Windows XP and Windows Vista Starter were products exclusively tailored for emerging markets with Windows 7, Microsoft broadened the availability of the Starter Edition to include all countries.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves the Toshiba K01 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Toshiba's K01 Mobile World Congress announcement last week, the Global Certification Forum just approved Toshiba's latest Windows Mobile smartphone. Unlike its new sister-device - the TG02 (and its forerunner - the TG01) - the Toshiba K01 features a slide-out keyboard. Definitely not designed for North America but Europe and Asia only, the Toshiba K01 features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz. The K01 offers Toshiba's first-ever Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) capacitive 4.1" WVGA touchscreen - providing bright color, contrast, lower power consumption and faster response times than ever before.

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UNVEILED: Sprint pre-confirmed Palm Pre and Pixi webOS 1.4 ROM Update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:16 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Looks like someone at Sprint accidentally posted the new features and bug-fixes of the long-awaited upcoming Palm webOS 1.4 firmware update at the official Sprint forum. However, shortly after the change-log was posted, it was removed again but nevertheless, we can expect the announced feature-updates and fixes as confirmed. According to the posting, tonight (26 February) Sprint's Palm Pre and Palm Pixi device users will receive an Over the Air (OTA) notification to download the new 1.4 webOS software release and this update features a massive amount of fixes and enhancements.

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WEEKLY FUN: What did you like most at the recent Mobile World Congress
Posted by Editorial - at 08:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

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Thursday, 25.02.10
RUMOR: ODMs free to offer Windows Phone 7 Series Upgrades for Windows Mobile Smartphones?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While this is neither an official confirmation from Microsoft, nor an official statement from any of Microsoft's ODMs, in a recent Twitter Q&A, Microsoft UK's director of the UK Mobile Business Group Alex Reeve answered to the following question: "Will customers that have recently bought 6.5 handsets be able to upgrade to WP7 if their device meets minimum spec?" that "It's early days yet, and that's really for our hardware partners to think about." So like in the past - with previous Windows Mobile upgrades - Microsoft plays the ball back to the ODMs but could this be true? Could a HTC , a Toshiba or any other ODM offer upgrades to Windows Phone 7?

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APPROVAL: GCF approves the Garmin-Asus nüvifone A50 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:21 CET under 04 - Android News

Right after Garmin-Asus showed its new nüvifone A50 Android smartphone during last week's Mobile World Congress, the Global Certification forum has approved the joint venture's first Android navigation-smartphone which comes with multiple location technologies and apps. Unlike the press release, which mentioned quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quintuple-band UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA support, the GCF now confirmed quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA support at 900/2100 MHz only. Not approved by the GCF are other features like WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and for sure aGPS, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, e-compass and an accelerometer.

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DISCONTINUED: Skype pulls the Plug on Skype Mobile for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in early 2005, Skype started the Alpha development for Windows Mobile and while the initial Skype client was only able to handle instant messaging, the later version added VoIP support. Now it seems that Skype has pulled the plug but it's not yet clear if this will be forever or if Skype is working on a new and updated Windows Phone version. Nevertheless, Windows Mobile users which are visiting the "Skype on you mobile" website will notice that Skype is now only showing the iPhone and Symbian as supported platforms while a footer notice explains that "Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile are no longer available. For more information click here".

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Tuesday, 23.02.10
UPDATE: Motorola releases Motorola Cliq Android 1.5 Firmware Update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:59 CET under 04 - Android News

Motorola has just released an OTA (over the air) update for its first Android smartphone - the Motorola Cliq - which is on sale in the U.S. by T-Mobile. Firmware version 1.3.18 provides improvements to the Motorola Cliq's battery life for an enhanced battery performance, touchscreen sensitivity which improves the sensitivity and response, faster GPS performance for applications like Google Maps, geotagging of photos and other GPS functions, and other functions outlined below. For optimal performance, Motorola encourage users to download and install this latest software update.

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RUMOR: Windows Phone 7 Series to feature 3 different Chassis Designs?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series during last week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft confirmed that it will have pretty strict hardware requirements and will basically decide what a Windows Phone 7 Series smartphone is about. This brings us back to the chassis discussion which was rumored before. In a recent "Frankly Speaking" podcast from February 20, the Microsoft Australia Developer Evangelists Michael Kordahi and Andrew Coates talked about Microsoft's decision to cut down the unwieldy number of supported Windows Phone/Windows Mobile chassis to only three for Windows Phone 7 Series!

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SERVICE: Leo Wörterbuch goes Application on Google Android and Palm webOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:37 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a German, I don't have to tell you what the Leo online Wörterbuch is, if you aren't - it's the German free online dictionary for German/English, German/French, German/Italian and German/Chinese which started in the early 90s as an online catalog (LEO = Link Everything Online) by the University of Munich. While Leo isn't linking everything online anymore, it's the best available online dictionary in Germany and so far, Leo offered a pretty good mobile device interface in addition to its standard PC browser interface. However, now Leo added a couple of stand-alone applications to its portfolio which makes the use even more convenient.

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Monday, 22.02.10
APPROVAL: GCF approves the HTC PB76100 Legend Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:40 CET under 04 - Android News

Right after last week's Mobile World Congress, the Global Certification Forum approved last week's announced HTC Legend, which the GCF lists as the "PB76100" (which is quite interesting because so far, the GCF used to use HTC code-names but maybe HTC wants to make it harder to guess which device was just approved). In any case, the GCF doesn't unveil anything new but just confirmed that HTC's next Android smartphone will feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz which makes a North American launch anytime soon unlikely.

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SERVICE: Google releases Google Earth for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:28 CET under 04 - Android News

Back in January, when Google launched the Nexus One, it also showcased Google Earth for Android which surprisingly wasn't part of the Nexus One at all but Google said it will be launched at a later date soon. Now, Google has made it available through its Android Market where it can be downloaded free of charge. According to Google, Google Earth for Android is providing the the same quality images available on the desktop version and users can search by voice to find cities, landmarks, business and places to get a 3D view of the surrounding area. The app also includes layered geographical information for roads, borders, places, and photos among other features.

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VIDEOVIEW: Huawei E5830 HSPA Wireless Modem Unboxing and Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:05 CET under 08 - Reviews

Back in January, during the CES, Huawei publically showed its E5 wireless modem the first time and during last week's Mobile World Congress, Huawei showed it again as the "Huawei E5830 Wireless Modem". The Huawei E5 is the center of personal connection and the ideal mobile broadband solution for everybody wanting high-speed UMTS/HSPA wireless connectivity, anytime and anywhere. Like Novatel's MiFi, the Huawei E5 acts as a portable WiFi b/g hotspot on one side but unlike Novatel's MiFi, the E5 only supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 2100 MHz on the other side, which - nevertheless - makes it quite sufficient for Europeans today.

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Sunday, 21.02.10
UPDATE: Microsoft releases Facebook Mobile 1.2 - Adds Comment and Like Feature [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following last year's announced and later release of Facebook Mobile for Windows Mobile, Microsoft has finally updated the touch client of Facebook Mobile to version 1.2. While the initial release-features like the the ability to read Status Updates and the News Feed as well as being able to upload photos and video right from the phone, Microsoft has now added the possibility to like and comment friend posts! Furthermore it's still possible to get access to friend requests and photo tags, as well as read and create wall posts, send messages and update profile pictures. Facebook users will also be able to share many of their Facebook activities, including photos and status updates, across the full range of Windows Live

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Friday, 19.02.10
WEEKLY FUN: Smarter than a Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

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Wednesday, 17.02.10
MWC10 LIVE: Microsoft Updates Windows Marketplace for Mobile - Adds Features and Enhancements [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During the Mobile World Congress, Microsoft updated its Windows Marketplace for Mobile rules and services for both - Windows Mobile/Windows Phone developers and customers. The new "World View", previously known as "geo selector", will allow Marketplace users to browse and purchase applications from different geographic catalogs. For example, a user in France could choose to browse the English US catalog, or a user in Canada could browse the catalog from Japan. All application prices will show up in the user's local currency and Microsoft will be in touch with registered independent software vendors (ISVs) in the weeks ahead to provide step-by-step instructions on how to re-price their apps for all markets.

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Tuesday, 16.02.10
MWC10 LIVE: No Android 2.x Firmware Upgrade for the Samsung i7500 Galaxy - but 1.6 is coming [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:20 CET under 04 - Android News

In the recent days, some rumor came up that the Samsung Galaxy, which is still running on its initial Android 1.5/Cupcake version, might get a firmware upgrade to either Android 2.0 or Android 2.1 but here in Barcelona, at the Mobile Word Congress, we got the (yet unconfirmed and unofficial) word that Samsung's first Android smartphone won't get such an update at all. Nevertheless, there might be realistic chances to get at least an Android 1.6 update which is already much appreciated since Google's latest services like Google Goggles or Google Buzz require at leas Android 1.6./Donut. Again, this info is neither official nor 100 % confirmed but all we got is the word.

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MWC10 LIVE: HTC unveils the HTC Legend and HTC Desire Android Smartphones with HTC Sense
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:47 CET under 04 - Android News

HTC Corporation today introduced an enhanced HTC Sense experience that will be available on two new smartphones that take Android to the next level, the HTC Legend and HTC Desire. HTC Sense is a user experience focused on putting people at the centre by making phones work in a more simple and natural way. This experience revolves around three fundamental principles that were developed by observing and listening to how people live and communicate. These core tenets of Make It Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected continue to be the key to the new HTC Sense experience. The new HTC Sense experience continues to focus on improving your interactions with your most important people. This begins with a new HTC application and widget called HTC Friend Stream that seamlessly aggregates all of your social communication including Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr into one organized flow of updates.

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MWC10 LIVE: HTC unveils the HTC HD Mini Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC Corporation today introduced the HTC HD mini, an HTC Sense-based Windows Phone focused on delivering the popular experience of the HTC HD2 in a more compact design. The HTC HD mini sports a high degree of usability along with its own unique and beautiful design. Precision fasteners used to assemble the phone are externally visible, displaying a high level of craftsmanship rarely found in mobile phones. And the strong design ethos continues under the battery cover where a bright yellow internal structure, offers an unexpected surprise when the phone is opened. HTC HD mini includes capacitive touch for viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures with just a pinch of your fingers. Leveraging its 3G broadband connectivity, the HTC HD mini also offers personal Wi-Fi anywhere for your computer or other devices.

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MWC10 LIVE: T-Mobile Germany unveils the T-Mobile Pulse Mini Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:53 CET under 04 - Android News

Today at the Mobile World Congress 2010 in Barcelona, Deutsche Telekom announced the launch of of its second T-Mobile branded Android smartphone, the T--Mobile Pulse Mini. Featuring Android 2.1/Eclair, the T-Mobile Pulse Mini supports triaband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as singleband UMTS/HSDPA at 2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi b/g. Running a Qualcomm MSM 7225, the device features a 2.8" QVGA screen and a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with flash. At a size of 106 x 57 x 14 mm, the device weights 110 grams and comes with 300 MB internal memory which can be expanded up to 16 GB (using microSD memory cards). A digital compass or G-sensor aren't mentioned as included.

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Monday, 15.02.10
MWC10 LIVE: Acer unveils Acer neoTouch P400 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

And the last smartphone Acer unveiled at today's Mobile World Congress is super-slim Acer neoTouch P400 with its stylishly & smooth chrome finish and featuring Acer's all-new signature design home ring combines class, style and sophistication with instant functionality. The neoTouch P400 brings style and simplicity to the smartphone world and bridges the gap between work and play with the latest release of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 with optimized touch controls to assure a completely new web experience. The neoTouch 400 uses the powerful yet extremely efficient Qualcomm 7227 processor running at 600 MHz and comes with Internet Explorer 6 Mobile with Flash support.

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MWC10 LIVE: Acer unveils Acer neoTouch P300 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today at the Mobile World Congress, Acer unveiled the Acer neoTouch P300 Windows Mobile smartphone which targets users who want to combine personal and professional life in one single device. It’s the ideal product for people looking for a device with a strong focus on Efficiency, reliability and security. The super-slim neoTouch P300 features a 3.2" WQVGA touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard, making it one of the most capable and user-friendly communication handsets. With Windows Mobile 6.5.3 to provide an exciting touch experience and the slide down full QWERTY keyboard of the neoTouch P300 is where true mobility meets full communication.

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MWC10 LIVE: Acer unveils Acer beTouch E110 Android-based Featurephone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:07 CET under 04 - Android News

Today at the Mobile World Congress, Acer unveiled the beTouch E110, an Android-based featurephone which has been designed for ease of use. It features the new Acer user interface with a customizable 5-page home screen that lets you put your most important applications right at your fingertips and providing direct access to your favorite multimedia and web contents in one click. It looks and works just the way you want it to do, all with a single finger. The beTouch E110 is also extremely comfortable to use, coming with a resistive 2.8" touch screen as well as a handy 5-way navi key for easy access to all applications.

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MWC10 LIVE: Acer unveils Acer beTouch E400 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:07 CET under 04 - Android News

Today at the Mobile World Congress, Acer unveiled the beTouch E400 - a consumer Android  smartphone with a very slim design. The beTouch E400 is ready to open your world to the endless possibilities of real mobile internet. With 3G+ and WIFI connectivity you can browse the web, update your social networks and have fun online whenever you feel like it. Running on Android 2.1 (Eclair), it guarantees a new level of interactivity and mobile freedom. The powerful yet extremely efficient Qualcomm 7227 processor running at 600 MHz not only do you get smooth, instant access to web pages, media streaming, other applications, but also unrivalled energy efficiency for increased battery life.

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MWC10 LIVE: Huawei to launch World's 1st HSPA+ Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:45 CET under 04 - Android News

Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today showcased the world's first HSPA+ smartphone powered by Android at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Huawei also showcased three additional Android-powered devices at the conference. The customized Android smartphones reflect Huawei's long-term investment to develop high-end devices which enable operators to deliver enhanced and differentiated mobile services. Android being open to third party programs means that operators can add a number of various applications to the phone.

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MWC10 LIVE: Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 7 Series Smartphone Platform [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today at the Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the next generation of Windows Phones, Windows Phone 7 Series. With this new platform, Microsoft offers a fresh approach to phone software, distinguished by smart design and truly integrated experiences that bring to the surface the content people care about from the Web and applications. For the first time ever, Microsoft will bring together Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience on a mobile phone, exclusively on Windows Phone 7 Series. Partners have already started building phones; customers will be able to purchase the first phones in stores by holiday 2010.

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MWC10 LIVE: SlingPlayer Mobile for Apple iPhone now supports 3G WWAN Streaming
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:20 CET under 01 - General News

Sling Media, Inc. today announced its SlingPlayer Mobile app for the Apple iPhone has been updated to support 3G networks and is available now available from iTunes. Sling Media made the announcement at the start of the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain. With access to the Internet and connection to a Slingbox Solo, PRO or PRO HD, SlingPlayer Mobile software allows viewers to watch and control their living room television at any time from any location. SlingPlayer Mobile App users can change channels, control their DVR and watch their favorite shows, all on the iPhone or iPod touch.

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MWC10 LIVE: O2 Germany and Garmin-Asus to exclusively introduce the nüvifone A50 in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:08 CET under 04 - Android News

In May 2010, Telefónica O2 Germany will start to exclusively sell the new nüvifone A50 from Garmin-Asus in Germany – a gadget combining a Personal Navigation Device (PND) and smartphone. The company made this announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today. O2 will offer the all-rounder with free choice of tariff within the scope of the financing model O2 My Handy. With the nüvifone A50, O2 is exclusively launching the first Garmin navigation system with full Android smartphone features in the German market. The navigation and functionalities of the phone are deeply integrated into the device. Users can, for example, navigate to an address, which is stored in an email, text message, on a web site, or in the contact list. On request, the nüvifone A50 navigates users to a location where they have previously taken a photograph with the integrated camera.

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MWC10 LIVE: Motorola expands its Android Portfolio - Introducing Quench with MotoBlur
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, at the Mobile World Congress, Motorola, Inc. announced Quench with MotoBlur, Motorola's Android-powered content delivery service, which organizes messages and synchronizes contacts to keep conversations in constant motion. Quench's sleek touch-screen design, combined with great navigational features such as pinch and zoom and a touch pad, as well as the inclusion of Adobe Flash Lite, make browsing the web on its 3.1" high-resolution display a breeze. Motorola Quench will be available beginning in the first quarter of 2010. In the U.S., it will be called Cliq XT and be available next month exclusively through T-Mobile USA. This is the eighth Android-powered device launched by Motorola around the globe.

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MWC10 LIVE: Toshiba unveils the TG02 and K01 Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd, today debuts two new Windows Mobile-powered smartphones for the first time at Mobile World Congress 2010. Expanding Toshiba's mobile handset range, the TG02 and K01 will offer capacitive touchscreens and fast internal processors, joining Toshiba's first Windows Mobile 6 smartphone, the Toshiba TG01, which launched in 2009. Toshiba's drive to lead innovation in the mobile arena will also be showcased with the display of new mobile technologies, combined with a first-hand demonstration of its multi-screen solutions.

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Sunday, 14.02.10
MWC10 LIVE: Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:12 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, at the the Mobile World Congress, Sonny Ericsson announced the the Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro, compact versions of Xperia X10, which will deliver powerful and application packed mobile phones into the industry. By introducing mobile phones that are both compact and clever, Sony Ericsson is challenging the norm and defining a brand new offering that combines high specification features with a version of Sony Ericsson's powerful UX platform specifically designed for smaller devices. Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro with slide out QWERTY keyboard offer an open and intuitive communication entertainment experience and build on the human curvature design philosophy debuted by the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

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Friday, 12.02.10
WEEKLY FUN: The Development of Human Race - Part 2: Homo Sapiens iPhonesis
Posted by Editorial - at 08:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

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Thursday, 11.02.10
MWC10 LIVE: SPB Mobile Shell 5.0 to come to Windows Mobile, Android and S60 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:22 CET under 01 - General News

Ahead of next week's Mobile World Congress, SPB Software House just announced to bring SPB Mobile Shell 5.0 to Windows Mobile, Android and Symbian S60 smartphones! SPB Mobile Shell became the best-selling software for smartphones across all platforms over the last three years. The new version will be unveiled on February 15th and it's a huge step forward by featuring a breathtaking 3D functionality, being completely customizable, sporting a a huge number of widgets, getting an even more improved usability and being multi-platform capable the first time. Furthermore SPB will also show the new SPB TV Mobile Operator Solution including new clients for iPhone and webOS!

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MWC10 LIVE: the::unwired at 2010 Mobile World Congress - What's Planned? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:00 CET under 06 - Site News

All right, with this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona just around the corner, it's the perfect time to let you know what the::unwired's plans are. As the years before, I will be on-site from Friday to Thursday (with some backend-support from Monday to Thursday) and generally speaking we plan to attend and cover smartphone-relevant press conferences, publishing the latest press releases, trying to get some hands-on time with newly announced devices, operating systems and services and covering the event by word (on the::unwired and Twitter) and multimedia (photos and videos on the::unwired).

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Tuesday, 09.02.10
UPDATE: Google releases Google Maps Mobile 4.0 for Windows Mobile with Google Buzz support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to the Google Maps Mobile 4.0 update for Android smartphones, Google has also updated its Windows Mobile client to enable today's introduced Google Buzz service on Windows phones. The new Google Buzz layer allows you to see buzz's near you or anywhere on the map. Furthermore it allows to post a public buzz directly from the layer and it's even possible to attach a photo from your Windows phone. Furthermore it's possible to comment a specific buzz from a place . Google Buzz in Google Maps Mobile is always tagged with a location, either a specific place like a business or your current approximate location.

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UPDATE: Google releases Google Maps Mobile 4.0 for Android with Google Buzz support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:55 CET under 04 - Android News

Right after Google released Google Maps Mobile v3.4 for Android last weekend, Google has just released another version today which updates Google Maps Mobile for Android to v4.0! New in latest Google Maps Mobile version is support for Google Buzz, Google's new service the company introduced earlier today. The new Buzz layer allows you to see buzz near you or anywhere on the map. You can post public buzz directly from the layer and even attach a photo from your phone. Other new features include the possibility to synchronize starring and personalized suggestions as well as a night mode for Google Maps Navigation (still available in certain countries only).

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SERVICE: Google introduces Google Buzz for Desktop and Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:04 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Google unveiled Google Buzz - a new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting. It's built right into Gmail, so you don't have to peck out an entirely new set of friends from scratch - it just works (as long as you have friends in your Gmail address book). Google Buzz is said to be an easy-to-use sharing experience that richly integrates photos, videos and links and makes it easy to share publicly or privately. Furthermore, Buzz integrates tightly with your existing Gmail inbox as well as it supports Google Android, Microsoft Windows Mobile, Nokia S60, Apple iPhone and RIM BlackBerry smartphones - either through the device's web browser or as a separate layer in Google Maps Mobile.

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UPDATE: Motorola Europe rolls-out Android 2.0.1 Update for UK Milestones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:20 CET under 04 - Android News

Following last week's Android 2.0.1 update for German, Italian and French Motorola Milestone users, Motorola Europe has now released the British Milestone update as well, which allows to update the device's firmware through a Windows PC (no OTA download required). Most notable changes of the Android 2.0.1/Eclair update are the changed unlock screen, the slightly updated Power Control widget and an updated Media Gallery. Under the hood improvements include an improved Android OS stability, improved battery life, a bug fix and enhanced camera auto focus functionality with reduced time between shots, improved audio quality for incoming calls and a couple of Bluetooth functionality improvements.

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Monday, 08.02.10
UNVEILED: HTC Legend Android Smartphone shows its Face on Photos
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:17 CET under 04 - Android News

Engadget Mobile has just received further information and photos of the HTC Legend which appeared first time back in December last year when HTC's expected Android roadmap hit the web. According to last year's information, the HTC Legend will run any version of Android (but featuring HTC Sense) and supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS, a G-sensor, a digital compass and featuring an FM radio. The 3.2" touchscreen is said to be AMOLED but only supporting a HVGA screen resolution while the autofocus camera is said to feature 5 megapixel and includes a flash LED.

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STATEMENT: Sony Ericsson confirms Android Upgrade plans for the Xperia X10
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:34 CET under 04 - Android News

While Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 has yet to be released (a worldwide launch is expected for anytime April), it's clear that Sony Ericsson's first Android smartphone will hit the market with the pretty much outdated Android 1.6 OS version. However, following Sony Ericsson's earlier information how the Xperia X2 Windows phone is planned to be updated, Sony Ericsson has now given further details about possible Xperia X10 updates and upgrades. In its corporate blog, Sony Ericsson explains why it has chosen Android 1.6 over 2.x but also confirms that "there will be a software update for Xperia X10 that will upgrade the complete Sony Ericsson User Experience Platform based on newer version of the Android OS".

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UNVEILED: HTC Incredible Android Smartphone shows its Face on Photos and Video
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:15 CET under 04 - Android News

Pocketnow.com just received a couple of information and photos as well as a video of HTC's upcoming and yet to be announced HTC Incredible which seems to go on sale on Verizon Wireless. Looking like the twin of the HTC HD2, the HTC Incredible is powered by Android 2.1, featuring HTC Sense and the tipster confirms, that the Incredible is running a Snapdragon CPU (which is described as "fast, really fast"). The device comes with a 3.5" or 3.7" WVGA (most likely AMOLED) touchscreen, 256 MB of RAM and features an optical mouse pointer towards the HD2-like function keys. While no info given on the camera on the back, the device features dual LED flashes.

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Sunday, 07.02.10
RUMOR: Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 details surfaced ahead of Mobile World Congress?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Close to next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, PPCGeeks and MobileTechWorld says they have received information what is described to be a kind of feature-list of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Mobile 7. While both sites don't reveal any info where the information came from, it paints an interesting picture of what the next Windows Mobile version might be. According to the sites, Windows Phone 7 will sport an interface that's "very similar" to the Zune HD, along with a complete revamp of the start screen, and a user interface that's described as "very clean soulful and alive". Furthermore it's said the OS won't support multitasking but applications simply pausing themselves when in the background (there will be support for push notifications, though).

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Saturday, 06.02.10
SOLVED: Google finally gives all Motorola Milestone Users full Access to the Android Market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:39 CET under 04 - Android News

Good news for open market Milestone users! With the recent release of Android 2.0.1, Google and/or Motorola also fixed the Android Market problem, a certain amount of Motorola Milestone customers faced with their smartphone. The basic problem is, that the handset manufactures have to inform Google about a device and firmware release since every device identifies itself when it's accessing the Android Market. However, Google also checks for the device version and compares it to its database. As a matter of fact there are several device version, one for each carrier/country and if a device isn't listed in the database, it gets a subset of available applications only.

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UPDATE: Google releases Google Maps Mobile 3.4 for Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 04 - Android News

Following the Google Maps Mobile for Android update from late last year, yesterday evening Google released another update for its mapping application - Google Maps Mobile 3.4 - which finally brings multitouch - aka pinch to zoom - to Google Maps Mobile (Android 2.0 or greater required). Other enhancements are the support for starred items from google.com, which are now synced with Google Maps Mobile, as well as search suggestions from maps including the desktop Google Maps search history. And last but not least, Google Maps Navigation (available in certain countries only) now supports night mode navigation. Recent introduced experimental Labs features are unchanged and still part of v3.4 for Android.

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Friday, 05.02.10
APPROVAL: GCF approves the Motorola Backflip Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:10 CET under 04 - Android News

Early January, Motorola announced the Motorola Backflip with MotoBlur which features a unusual but unique reverse flip design which is said to make it easy to enjoy videos, music and photos while the QWERTY keyboard allows you to blast through E-Mails, texts, news feeds, social network messages and more. Running Google's Android 1.5/Cupcake OS (but promised to release an Android 2.1 update later), the Backflip features WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and an aGPS receiver as well as a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with supporting flash LED. And now, the Global Certification Forum approved the Backflip which means Motorola could indeed hold its planned Q1 2010 release target.

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UPDATE: Seesmic updates Seesmic Mobile to v1.2 - Adds multiple Twitter Accounts and more
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:40 CET under 04 - Android News

Maybe one of the best Twitter applications for Google Android is Seesmic Mobile, well known for its Windows and Mac clients. Now Seesmic has updated Seesmic Mobile for Android to v1.2 and implemented exciting new features. Seesmic's Android app now allows you to manage multiple accounts with cross-post functionality as well as remember your scroll position. Also included are a number of other enhancements that will make your online experience much more useful including the option for an extra large text size, profile information (avatar, number of following and followers, etc.) will now be updated automatically as well as Twitter account password changes will now be handled by the application.

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UPDATE: Motorola Europe rolls-out Android 2.0.1 Update for the Motorola Milestone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:37 CET under 04 - Android News

While it looks like the long awaited Android 2.0.1 OTA update for the Motorola Milestone is finally hitting Germany, after it was already announced for France and Italy, it seems that currently only O2 Germany customers will get it over the air. It's reported that Vodafone Germany or open market Milestone users still get a message that the device is either up-to-date or not able to communicate with Motorola's update server. Nevertheless, following the availability of the Android 2.0.1/Eclair update for French and Italian customers, German customers can now also download the update from Motorola's support site to update the Motorola Milestone from a PC as well.

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UNVEILED: Samsung announces first Android 2.1 Smartphone - for Korea only
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:51 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday, Samsung and Korean carrier SK Telecom have announced the first Android 2.1 smartphone - the SHW-M100S. Featuring Android 2.1/Eclair, the SHW-M100S is powered by an 800 MHz CPU and sports a 3.7" AMOLED WVGA touchscreen, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with 720p video recording support, WiFi b/g/n, GPS, Korean's mobile TV standard T-DMB, DivX, a 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack and Samsung's TouchWiz UI as well as access to Google's mobile applications and Android Market.

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WEEKLY FUN: The Development of Human Race - Part 1: Homo Sapiens iPodensis
Posted by Editorial - at 08:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

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Thursday, 04.02.10
ALLOWED: AT&T gives Green Light to Sling over 3G - other Carriers to follow soon? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:24 CET under 01 - General News

While Windows Mobile users were always been able to watch live TV over AT&T's 3G network, accessing their Slingbox by using Sling Media's SlingPlayer Mobile, iPhone users weren't able to do the same because AT&T said that such a bandwidth-intensive video service would overwhelm the 3G network. Therefore Sling Media limited the SlingPlayer Mobile for the iPhone to work over the iPhone's Wi-Fi connection only. And following AT&T's constraint, Sling Media has only offered the feature-limited SlingPlayer Mobile version for Apple's iPhone worldwide. But all that is about to change now - at least for AT&T customers - according to an article at The New York Time.

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OFFICIAL: Vodafone to carry the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android Smartphone in the UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:43 CET under 04 - Android News

Vodafone UK unveiled today that it will follow other operators and launch Sony Ericsson's first Android smartphone, the Xperia X10, in April as well. Like T-Mobile Germany's Xperia X10, the UK version also runs Android 1.6/Donut only. The smartphone features a massive 4.0" WVGA (480x854) scratch-resistant capacitive screen, a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, a 8.1 megapixel camera and supports all the typical Android Google Mobile apps. On top and building on Sony Ericsson's entertainment heritage and combining rich graphics with intelligence capabilities, the Xperia X10 introduces a new UX platform incl. Mediascape and Timescape.

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Wednesday, 03.02.10
UNVEILED: Motorola announces Motorola Devour for Verizon Wireless
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:38 CET under 04 - Android News

Verizon Wireless and Motorola today announced the availability of Motorola Devour which will be the first Verizon Wireless phone to feature MotoBlur, Motorola's unique Android-powered content delivery service created to make wireless phones more personal and customizable.  Unlike Motorola's first Android smartphone for Verizon Wireless, the Motorola Droid, the Motorola Devour only comes with Android 1.6/Donut. However, like the Droid or T-Mobile's Cliq (which is also running Android 1.6 only as well as MotoBlur), the Devour also features a slide-out keyboard and and a 3.1" touchscreen. It also comes with a 3 megapixel camera, WiFi b/g WiFi, a 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack and GPS.

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FAITH: Sony Ericsson stands behind the Xperia X2 - announces Software Support Schedule
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While the Sony Ericsson Xperia X2, Sony Ericsson's second Windows Mobile smartphone, faced some serious delays it's said to begin rolling out globally now and Sony Ericsson announced at its Xperiancers blog the planned "Xperia X2 software support schedule". According to Sony Ericsson, "it's only fair that customers know what kind of support we'll be giving the phone in the months to come" and Sony Ericsson admitted "that we attracted some criticism for this on the X1 and we're not going to go there again with the X2". Now that's what I call some honest and open word, so this is - according to Sony Ericsson - what Xperia X2 customers can expect in terms of software upgrades:

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TRIAL: Huawei & Qualcomm drives commercial HSPA+ Technology to 42 Mbps
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:45 CET under 01 - General News

Huawei this week announced, along with partner Qualcomm, the successful completion of one of the industry's first interoperability tests on dual carrier HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Plus) technology. The test, which reached a peak downlink data rate of 42 Mbps, the fastest downlink rate experienced by 3G end-users, demonstrates that dual-carrier HSPA+ technology is ready for commercial deployment. Huawei's latest HSPA+ solution and Qualcomm's Mobile Data Modem (MDM) MDM8220 chipsets were used in this interoperability test. Implemented with dual cell technology, Huawei's HSPA+ solution can transmit data via two or more carriers, resulting in the downlink data rate of 42 Mbps.

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BROWSER: Firefox for Android - Work in Progress but not with Fennec
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:31 CET under 04 - Android News

It's been a while since we heard from Mozilla's plans to port Firefox Mobile aka Fennec to Google's Android platform but it looks like the project makes some progress now. Vladimir Vukićević reports on his blog that he just got the first web page loaded on Android. While not too much is working yet (or working proper), the current development version is also not running on a real Android smartphone but in an emulator (for ease of debugging). Nevertheless, Vukićević  notices that "it's working just fine on physical hardware as well". Quite interesting is the interface, used for the Android development, because it's the full Firefox interface and not the expected Firefox Mobile/Fennec interface!

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UPDATE: Google updates Nexus One Firmware - fixes Bugs and adds Pinch-to-Zoom
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:57 CET under 04 - Android News

Following the earlier reported problems, Google has released a software update for its Nexus One Android smartphone, the company unveiled earlier this year. Nexus One users will begin to receive an OTA (over the air) software update on their phones which provides both - some great new features as well as it fixes a few of the reported problems - including a general fix to improve the devices 3G connectivity. Additionally, Google has added Google Goggles which is now available directly on the Nexus One and hasn't to be downloaded from the Android Market anymore.

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Tuesday, 02.02.10
APPROVAL: GCF approves the Toshiba TG02 Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following last year's roadmap leak of the Toshiba TG02, the Global Certification Forum just approved Toshiba's (most likely) next Windows phone. However, at this point it's not clear if last year's specs like the 4.1" WVGA touchscreen and 3.2 megapixel camera are still valid and with today's introduction of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 it's also unlikely that the TG02 will be launched with anything older that Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile version. Nevertheless, the GCF confirms that the TG02 will feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz which again makes a North American release unlikely.

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RELEASE: Microsoft introduces Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional for Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With today's announcement of the new Sony Ericsson Aspen Windows phone, Microsoft also officially introduced Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional. What sounds like a minor update to Windows Mobile 6.5 only is a little bit more, especially because it changes the graphical user interface Microsoft introduced with the originla Pocket PC back in 2000 and which was updated later with the introduction of Windows Mobile 5.0. Furthermore Windows Mobile 6.5.3 also includes some minor and major under the hood updates for browser performance and quality.

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UNVEILED: Sony Ericsson announces its next Windows Mobile Smartphone - the Aspen
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Sony Ericsson announced the Sony Ericsson Aspen, another Microsoft Windows Mobile smartphone, following the Sony Ericsson Xperia-line of Windows phones. The Aspen allows easy multi-tasking combining the touch experience and a real QWERTY keyboard. Powered by Microsoft's brand new Windows Mobile 6.5.3, the Sony Ericsson Aspen features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and either dualband or triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 or 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth, WiFi b/g aGPS and an FM RDS radio . The camera supports 3.2 megapixel and the 2.4" touchscreen features a 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA) resolution. The Human curvature design fits into the palm of the hand.

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