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Friday, 30.04.10
UPGRADE: Android 1.6 for Samsung Galaxy is still real
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:32 CET under 04 - Android News

You might remember the news from the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where we got the confirmation that Samsung plans to release an Android 1.6/Donut upgrade for the Samsung Galaxy GT-I7500? Well, we've just received the confirmation and prove that the Android 1.6 upgrade is indeed coming to the Samsung Galaxy. Sure, Donut isn't Eclair but 1.6 is a major improvement for Galaxy users since it comes with a couple of improvements (like the updated Android Market, the Quick Search Box for Android, an updated camera and camcorder user interface as well as a new gallery, the new battery usage indicator and Google's text-to-speech engine).

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TOOLS: Microsoft releases Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new released of the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP which Microsoft introduced at the MIX conference back in March. According to Microsoft, the early tools preview has attracted more than 125,000 developers and designers from countries around the world and with yesterday's Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP refresh, developers and designers can now build Windows Phone 7 apps on the final release of Visual Studio 2010. The CTP refresh also updates the Windows Phone 7 OS image in the Windows Phone Emulator, updates APIs, updates documentation with new and expanded topics and addresses earlier discrepancies.

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WEEKLY FUN: Only no Data is good Data
Posted by Editorial - at 08:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

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Thursday, 29.04.10
BROWSING: Skyfire launches Skyfire 2.0 for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Skyfire, maker of the award-winning web-browser for mobile devices, today announced the launch of Skyfire 2.0 for Android, making the mobile Internet experience faster, Flash-enabled and fun, with media recommendations and social network features. Skyfire is one of the fastest growing mobile browsers in the world, ranking in the top 10 all-time apps in the Nokia Ovi Store and Windows Marketplace Mobile. Like Opera Mini, which uses a server/client combination to render web sites, Skyfire 2.0 for Android uses cloud computing to give a "booster engine" to mobile phones so they can handle rich media like video and Flash. Skyfire 2.0 for Android goes even further with the addition of the SkyBar.

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Wednesday, 28.04.10
TAKEOVER: HP to acquire Palm for US$ 1.2 Billion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:29 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

HP and Palm, just announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm at a price of US$ 5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately US$ 1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Palm stockholders will receive US$ 5.70 in cash for each share of Palm common stock that they hold at the closing of the merger. The merger consideration takes into account the updated guidance and other financial information being released by Palm this afternoon.

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OFFICIAL: Vodafone announces the Vodafone 845 - yet the smallest Android 2.1 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:24 CET under 04 - Android News

Do you remember our recent Vodafone 845 coverage, Vodafone's first expected own-branded Android smartphone, manufactured by Huawei? Today, Vodafone Global officially announced it, together with a wide range of other own devices. Vodafone intends to deliver a range of excellent value devices offering mobile Internet access with a better user experience than ever before. The Vodafone 845 will be available in the first instance in 12 Vodafone markets, including the UK. The Android 2.1 powered smartphone has, as previously mentioned, a 2.8" touchscreen, WiFi connectivity, a 3 megapixel camera, access to Android Market and, where available, indeed it comes preloaded with Vodafone 360 services.

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AGREEMENT: Microsoft and HTC sign Patent License Agreement for Android phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:11 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, Microsoft has announced that it has entered into an intellectual property (IP) licensing agreement with HTC. The agreement will allow HTC to license Microsoft's patented technology for use in its mobile devices running the Android mobile platform, which includes a couple of HTC's current Android smartphones. While specific terms of the agreement - including financial details - remain confidential, the public announcement states that HTC will pay Microsoft an undisclosed sum for these IP rights. The licensing agreement with HTC underscores the important role IP plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem.

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Monday, 26.04.10
COOPERATION: Yahoo! Services to come preinstalled to Samsung Android and Bada Mobile Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:21 CET under 01 - General News

Yahoo! today announced a strategic global partnership with Samsung to distribute Yahoo!'s services on millions of Samsung mobile devices - including those running on Samsung own Bada platform and Android. Through this partnership Samsung will distribute Yahoo! services, including Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! Front Page, Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Flickr, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Contacts, Yahoo! Calendar, and Yahoo! Weather on Samsung's mobile devices. Samsung and Yahoo! have partnered since 2007 to provide consumers with innovative and engaging Internet experiences on mobile devices.

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Saturday, 24.04.10
DEMO: Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Office Hub Video-Walkthrough
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Another Microsoft Windows Phone 7 video by MobilityDigest shows the integration of the Windows Phone 7 Office capabilities. The shot video shows how a user can flip through the Microsoft Office Hub, demonstrates OneNote by showing how to add audio recordings to a document. It's also demonstrated how deep Windows Phone 7 is integrated into Microsoft SharePoint and therefore allows to download and synchronize Office documents. The video demonstration shows how a Word document looks on Windows Phone 7 and how proposals can be edited and saved back to the SharePoint server.

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DEMO: Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Outlook Hub Video-Walkthrough
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Windows Phone 7 is all about integration and a recent video upload from MobilityDigest demos the Outlook integration of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7. This short video shows how the Inbox looks like and works by flipping through all, unread, urgent and flagged messages and it shows how an attached PowerPoint slide can be easily opened straight from the Inbox from where it can be even edited and send back to the original sender. Furthermore it shows how meeting requests are handled, by showing the meeting time in the calendar, showing meeting details and proposed attendees, accepting a meeting request and showing the meeting location in Bing maps.

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Friday, 23.04.10
UPDATE: Facebook for Android - now with Facebook Messaging
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:13 CET under 04 - Android News

So far, Facebook for Android was blamed to be somewhat very basic and indeed, until now it neither offered any Messaging capabilities nor Chat. However, a recent version update adds Facebook Messaging. The new Inbox now shows direct Messages and allows to reply to them, allows to compose and send new direct Messages to Facebook contacts as well as it shows page Updates and provides access to the Facebook Sent folder. Still left and not supported is Chat. The new Inbox icon replaces the somewhat useless Take photo icon on the Facebook for Android start screen. Notifications is yet not part part of the Inbox and a stand-alone icon/feature.

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BUGFIX: Palm releases German webOS 1.4.1 Patch for Palm Pre
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:40 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Today, O2 Germany announced via Twitter, that Palm has released a webOS 1.4.1 patch for recently updated Palm Pre webOS smartphones. Carrying the same version number, the 1 MB small patch is said to fix problems with the Palm App Catalog. While the initial webOS 1.4.1 update enabled paid apps for European customers, some users reported that they don't see paid apps anymore and for some users reports that the the number of available apps have dramatically decreased - to 60 available apps only. However, the webOS 1.4.1 patch should fix this problem and according to O2 Germany, the missing apps (paid and free) should be back within 24 - 48 hours after the patch was installed.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:04 CET under 04 - Android News

Announced back in March, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 Android smartphone is ready to be launched soon. Just recently, it received the necessary Global Certification Forum (GCF) approval and the GCF just confirmed what Samsung announced already. The Android 2.1-powered smartphone, which features a 4" Super AMOLED touchscreen and a 1 GHz CPU, comes with quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz. Furthermore it supports WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and features aGPS, a digital compass, accelerometer and proximity sensor as well USB 2.0.

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WEEKLY FUN: Where's the App that gives me all the Time?
Posted by Editorial - at 08:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

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Thursday, 22.04.10
UPDATE: Google releases Google Maps Mobile with Search by Voice for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With yesterday's Google launch of Google Maps Navigator for the UK and Ireland (requires an update of Google Maps Mobile which is available from Android Market), Google also release Google Maps Mobile 4.1 for Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 which adds Search by voice. Already introduced for BlackBerry and Android, Search by voice lets you easily search for anything by simply speaking your search terms instead of typing them. Just open Google Maps, press your phone's "call" button, and clearly speak your search term. Search by voice works with all the kinds of searches Google Maps for mobile already supports, including places, addresses, specific businesses and types of businesses.

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LEAK: Dell Smoke, Dell Flash and Dell Thunder Android Smartphones show their Faces and Specs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:36 CET under 04 - Android News

In addition to the Dell Lightning Windows Phone 7 leak, Engadget also received information about three Android smartphones, Dell seems to has in work. According to these information, Dell works on the Dell Flash, Dell Smoke and Dell Thunder. The Dell Flash and Dell Smoke share some of the same specs. However, the Dell Flash is a typical touchscreen smartphone while the HTC Smoke is a candy-bar QWERTY keyboard device. Nevertheless, both smartphones are said to run Froyo (which is expected to be Android 2.2) and feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and aGPS.

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LEAK: Dell Lightning Windows Phone 7 shows its Face and Specs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like Dell is back in the mobile business - and this time seriously. Engadget just got its hands on Dell's roadmap and according to these PowerPoint slides, Dell plans with a Windows Phone 7 smartphone. Running "Windows Mobile 7" the Dell Lightning is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at either 850/1900/2100 MHz (AT&T and Europe) or 900/1700/2100 MHz (T-Mobile U.S. and Europe). Furthermore it's said that the device supports WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS and an FM radio and features an accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.

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UPDATE: HTC releases Bugfix Update for HTC Legend Android Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:23 CET under 04 - Android News

Unlike previous Android smartphones from HTC, the latest devices like the HTC Legend or HTC Desire can receive firmware updates over the air (OTA) and HTC has just released a firmware update for the HTC Legend to fix a naughty bug. For so far unknown reasons, the HTC Legend doesn't showed all available applications in the Android Market and as it turned out now - the HTC Legend has hidden apps which required access to the devices 5 megapixel camera. As a matter of fact, the device kept users away from downloading apps like Google Goggles or Qik. With today's firmware release of version 1.31.405.4, HTC said that this bug should be fixed.

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Wednesday, 21.04.10
UPGRADE: HTC to provide HTC Hero Android 2.1 Upgrade in June
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:43 CET under 04 - Android News

During a Google event today, which focuses on Google Navigation for Android, HTC will also announce that the long awaited and much overdue Android 2.1/Eclair upgrade for European HTC Hero devices will be released later this summer. As a matter of fact, HTC will providing the free update to Android 2.1 for all European HTC Hero variants. Starting in June, anyone owning an HTC Hero will receive an initial preparatory update, shortly followed by the full Android 2.1 update. Google released Android 2.0/Eclair - which features some massive contacts/accounts, E-Mail, messaging, camera, browser and calendar improvements and which is the code-base for Android 2.0 - back in October 2009.

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UNVEILED: Old KIN.com Source Code confirms KIN 1 and KIN 2 Specs - hints Verizon KIN Plans?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sure you remember yesterday's news of the unveiled KIN 1 and KIN 2 specs, Microsoft itself didn't want to confirm so far, right? As it looks now, the KIN 1 and KIN 2 specifications were part of an earlier KIN.com website code - as Google Cache unveiled. While it wasn't part of the Flash content, it only was part of the alternative HTML content. There it was also confirmed that the two North American KINs will support Verizon's EV-DO Rev A network - as expected. And while Verizon denied to talk about KIN price plans at the KIN launch event on 12 April, another part of the HTML code also outlines some further Verizon KIN tariff-plan details - or at least ideas (maybe).

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PHOTOVIEW: Palm Pixi Plus GSM/UMTS webOS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:28 CET under 08 - Reviews

To be launched end of April in Germany and France, the GSM/UMTS Palm Pixi Plus is the latest addition to Palm's portfolio of webOS smartphones. Running webOS 1.4, the Palm Pixi Plus features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz. The faster upload technology HSUPA isn't supported. Nevertheless and unlike the original Palm Pixi, the Palm Pixi Plus also features WiFi in addition to Bluetooth 2.0 and the Pixi-typical 2.6", 320 x 400 pixel capacitive touchscreen. The camera has also not received an upgrade and only supports 2 megapixel; at least it comes with a supporting flash LED. Like all webOS devices, the Pixi Plus features a QWERTY keyboard, which is a little bit smaller than the Palm Pre keyboard and less colorful.

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Tuesday, 20.04.10
OFFICIAL: Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus available soon with SFR in France
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:57 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Nothing new at all since the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus were spotted on SFR's website earlier this month already but nevertheless, SFR and Palm today announced that Palm's webOS platform will soon be available in France as well. The Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus showcase the defining features of Palm webOS, including the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously and easily move between them; the power of Palm Synergy, which brings customers' information from the many places it resides into a single, more comprehensive view; unobtrusive notifications; and universal search.

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UNVEILED: Microsoft Germany unveils further KIN One and KIN Two Device Specs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft itself is somewhat shy to unveil the full KIN One and KIN Two hardware specs, neither Microsoft's press release nor the KIN website shows the full details but only highlights certain specs, Microsoft Germany today released further information about the company's first two KIN phones on its German Windows Phone Facebook fan page. While both by Sharp manufactured phones come with slide-out QWERTY keyboards and feature the same set of KIN online and connected services, the KIN One is said to be the compact sized KIN device with a solid camera. The KIN Two comes with a wider screen, a bolder camera and more memory.

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UPDATE: Seesmic for Android adds Widget, Geotagging and Native Retweet support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:35 CET under 04 - Android News

While it looks like that Twitter is getting busier to bring their own Twitter clients to the market (Twitter has recently released its own BlackBerry Twitter client, has overtaken a Twitter client for iPhones as well as unveiled that an Android version is in development), the yet maybe best Twitter client for Android smartphones - Seesmic - got another update. Seesmic for Android sports a couple of new and worth features including an Android widget for the home screen, geotagging and support for native Retweet. The overall look and feel including GUI wasn't changed (there's no reason for changes at all).

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Monday, 19.04.10
DIVERSITY: Microsoft plans Windows Phone 7 Light for Emerging Markets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At a recent Tech-Ed event in India, Microsoft's Director developer tools for Microsoft India's Visual Studio - Sudeep Bharati - said that Microsoft plans to release a kind of low-cost Windows Phone 7 version for developing markets. According to Bharati, "the low-cost version of the phone will have a different chassis than version 1 to be launched by 2010 end". While it's expected that Windows Phone 7 will feature (at least) three different - so called - chassis (but today only Chassis 1 is confirmed), the emerging markets chassis might have reduced spec-requirements which also includes a smaller screen and will thus be priced lower to suit developing markets.

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ANNIVERSARY: Pocket PC aka Windows Mobile aka Windows Phone turns 10 - Happy Birthday!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, exactly 10 years ago, Microsoft announced at an event in New York's Grand Central Station the immediate availability of the Pocket PC - a brand new product which set the cornerstone for today's Windows Phones. Back in 2000, Microsoft President and CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled new Pocket PC designs from hardware partners like Casio, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and Symbol. More than 60 companies showcased their Pocket PC solutions in the launch Partner Pavilion and executives from TD Waterhouse Investor Services Inc. and SAP AG joined Ballmer on stage to announce how they are using the new Pocket PCs in customer scenarios.

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Friday, 16.04.10
UPDATE: HTC releases new HTC Sync with support for HTC Legend and HTC Desire
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:54 CET under 04 - Android News

While Android has its strength ins synchronizing to the cloud, there's no native Android sync client to synchronize a device with a PC. Therefore, most manufactures offer their own solutions and HTC has recently updated its HTC Sync, which lets you synchronize Outlook and Windows Address Book (Outlook Express), contacts and calendar events on your PC with your phone. It also lets you install third-party Android applications on the phone and supports the Mobile Network sharing function. Version 2.0.33 now supports the new HTC Legend and HTC Desire, in addition to the previously already supported HTC Magic, HTC Hero and HTC Tattoo. HTC Sync is applicable globally.

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WEEKLY FUN: Did you Start a new Workout?
Posted by Editorial - at 08:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

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Thursday, 15.04.10
OFFICIAL: Verizon Wireless announces the Droid Incredible by HTC Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:41 CET under 04 - Android News

Verizon Wireless and HTC today announced its latest Android flagship smartphone - the "Droid Incredible by HTC". Featuring a - so called - "topographic" design, the Droid Incredible by HTC features the newest version of the HTC Sense experience, a seven-panel home screen with a wide selection of interactive widgets so the most important content is immediately available at a touch. Running Android 2.1, the Droid Incredible is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and features CDMA, WiFi b/g, GPS, a proximity and light sensor as well as a digital compass, a 3.7" WVGA (480 x 800) AMOLED capacitive touchscreen as well as a 8 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash.

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NAVIGATION: CoPilot Live 8 for Windows Mobile and Android goes South Africa
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:32 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a football (for US readers: soccer) fan and heading to South Africa this summer for the FIFA World Cup, you might be interested to know that ALK has released - just in time - CoPilot Live 8 South Africa. CoPilot Live provides full GPS turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation in-car or on foot and since it's a on-board navigation solution, the street maps of South Africa are stored on the phone and therefore there's no need to rely on the mobile network for navigation, avoiding huge international roaming bills for downloading maps. CoPilot Live can help fans and travelers to find their way with confidence wherever they need to go, whether it's to the hotel, airport or the game.

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ROAMING: O2 Germany cuts rates for Mobile Data use abroad
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:38 CET under 01 - General News

Yet far away from what customers would like to get, it's a step into the right direction! Complying with the new rules approved by the European Commission in mid-2009, which guarantees consumers cost limits and warning systems from July 1, 2010, Telefónica O2 Germany today announced that it's cutting its rates for international mobile data use from April 19. From that date, 10 KB of transferred data in Europe will cost just 5 Cent instead of the previous 7 Cent; irrespective of whether the customer has a prepaid card or contract. O2 will also be putting the new EU ruling on mobile data use into effect on April 19 - ahead of the official starting date of July 1, 2010.

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UPGRADES: Motorola updates Android 2.1 Upgrade schedules
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:17 CET under 04 - Android News

While Motorola is currently rolling-out its long awaited Android 2.1/Eclair upgrade for Motorola Droid/Motorola Milestone customers, not all Milestone users have received the latest Android version yet. Furthermore, Motorola has a couple of other Android smartphones, like the Motorola Cliq, Dext and Backflip, which also eagerly awaiting the upgrade bits. According to Motorola, the company is still working closely with Google and its carrier partners to bring customers the most optimized experience on each of its Android smartphones and Motorola has recently updated the schedule for estimated Android 2.1 updates. According to this info, most updates should be rolled-out in Q2-10 with some to follow in Q3-10:

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Wednesday, 14.04.10
UNVEILED: Vodafone 845 by Huawei Android Smartphone shows its Face and Specs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:06 CET under 04 - Android News

Not on the show during the recent Mobile World Congress, it looks like Vodafone has another Android smartphone in work. We've just received some anonymous info and photos of a Vodafone branded smartphone which is said to be the Huawei "Joy" and is expected to hit Vodafone shops as the "Vodafone 845". The 845 features Android 2.1/Eclair and supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1 WiFi b/g, a digital compass and an accelerometer. The 2.8" touchscreen supports the Android untypical QVGA resolution and the camera is said to support 3.2 megapixel.

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Tuesday, 13.04.10
OFFICIAL: Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus available soon with O2 and Vodafone in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:00 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Following the previous information via Twitter and Palm's German website, Palm today announced that it will bring the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus to the market for both O2 and Vodafone customers. The Pre Plus and Pixi Plus showcase the defining features of Palm webOS, including the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously and easily move between them; the power of Palm Synergy, which brings customers' information from the many places it resides into a single, more comprehensive view; unobtrusive notifications; and universal search. Palm webOS also has a unique model of over-the-air software updates that delivers new features and performance improvements directly to a user's phone.

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CONFIRMED: O2 and Vodafone to bring the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus to Germany [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:29 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Through its Twitter account, O2 Germany today announced that the German carrier will also offer the GSM/UMTS version of Palm's latest webOS smartphones - the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus. This is not a surprise at all since Telefónica, O2 and Palm signed a long-term partnership deal and therefore - even if yet not announced - it can also expected that the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus will also come to Spain, Ireland and the UK. The GSM/UMTS smartphones, recently approved by the Global Certification Forum, are expected to be identical to the AT&T versions except that the European Palm smartphones support different bands.

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Monday, 12.04.10
SYNCHRONIZATION: With KIN Studio - Microsoft brings KIN Phones to the Cloud
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Building on Danger's expertise (which Microsoft took over two years ago), KIN isn't just two mobile phones but KIN comes KIN Studio - similar to the Zune software for Windows Phone 7 - but bringing the phones online. Almost everything created on a KIN phone is available in the cloud from any Web browser. Photos and videos are freed from the confines of the phone and presented in an online visual timeline so they are easy to view and share. The KIN Studio (this time hopefully for sure) automatically backs up texts, call history, photos, videos and contacts - and populates a personalized digital journal so it’s easy to go back in time to relive a crazy weekend or recent birthday.

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DIFFERENCES: What's different between the Microsoft KIN One and KIN Two?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Even if Microsoft announced today two KIN devices only, the portrait-sliding KIN One and the landscape-sliding KIN Two, basically we will see four different KIN devices: a KIN One and KIN Two supporting Verizon Wireless' CDMA network and a KIN One and KIN Two supporting Vodafone's GSM/UMTS network. Nevertheless, all four KIN devices are new - so called - "Windows Phone" devices, designed specifically for people who are actively navigating their social lives, featuring a fun, simple interface, which is designed to help people publish the magazine of their life by making the people and stuff they love the focus rather than menus and icons.

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OFFICIAL: It's Time to Share - Microsoft announces KIN - the next Generation Social Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, at a press event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced it latest mobile consumer product called "Kin" (so far known under it's project name Pink), a new Windows Phone designed specifically for people who are actively navigating their social lives. Brought to life through partnerships with Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and Sharp Corporation, KIN is designed to be the ultimate social experience that blends the phone, online services and the PC with breakthrough new experiences called the Loop, Spot and Studio. KIN will be exclusively available from Verizon Wireless in the U.S. beginning in May and from Vodafone this autumn in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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CONFIRMED: Windows Phone 7 to Support Side-Load and OTA Software Updates
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Neither in Barcelona, nor at its MIX10 conference, Microsoft has exactly outlined how it will handle firmware updates for its upcoming Windows Phone 7 platform. However, during the recent Microsoft DevDays in Den Haag, Charlie Kindel, Partner Group Program Manager at Microsoft, gave Dutch tweakers.net an interview and unveiled that Windows Phone 7 will support both methods for firmware updates: Side-Load and OTA (Over The Air). Furthermore Kindel confirmed that Microsoft itself, not hardware manufacturer or carrier partners, will distribute these firmware updates and that Kindel therefore expects, that today's Windows Mobile version-fragmentation will have an end since all Windows Phone 7 users will have (more or less) identical firmware versions.

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RUMOR: Palm is looking for a Buyer - HTC and Lenovo might be Interested
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:44 CET under 01 - General News

According to Bloomberg information, Palm - creator of the webOS smartphone operating system and the Pre and Pixi smartphones - is ready to sell itself to investors and is seeking bids for the company as early as this week. According to people familiar with the situation, Palm is working working with Goldman Sachs Group and Frank Quattrone's Qatalyst Partners to find a buyer, said the yet anonymous sources. According to Bloomberg's sources, HTC (maker of Windows Mobile and Android smartphones) and Lenovo (which has overtaken IBM's Notebook business before) have looked at Palm and may make offers later this week!

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Friday, 09.04.10
SERVICE: Google launches Universal Search Features in Google Suggest for Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:21 CET under 01 - General News

Last December, Google announced how universal search features in Google Suggest could show useful information while the user is composing a query from the Google home page. Now, Google is bringing the same functionality to mobile phones so that getting answers while on the go is even faster and easier. For example, let's say you're flying to London and want to know: Is my flight on time? Or what is the exchange rate of the pound? As you type the flight "BA 284" or "USD in Pounds", the answers are provided right below the search box, without having to wait for the results page. Other searches that show answers include weather (e.g., "Weather London"), stock quotes (e.g., "INTC"), current time (e.g., "Time London"), calculator (e.g. "29*37") and unit conversion (e.g., "220 miles in km").

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PHOTOVIEW: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:23 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Xperia X10 is Sony Ericsson's first Android smartphone, the company announced late last year. Running Android 1.6/Donut, the Xperia X10 is powered by a Snapdragon CPU at 1 GHz and the device supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA. Furthermore, the X10 features WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS, a digital compass and several sensors. The massive 4" touchscreen supports WVGA at 480 x 854 pixel and since Sony Ericsson is well known for its camera phones, it's not a surprise at all that the Xperia X10 is the first available Android smartphone which comes with a 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED photo light.

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VIDEOVIEW: Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Unboxing and Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:20 CET under 08 - Reviews

Sony Ericsson first Android smartphone, the Xperia X10, is a real powerhouse. While it's only running Android 1.6/Donut, the Xperia X10 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU at 1 GHz and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS, and a digital compass. It comes with a large 4" capacitive WVGA (480 x 854 pixel) touchscreen and features a 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED photo light. On top of Android, which Sony Ericsson slightly modified, the Xperia X10 features two brand new user experience services called Timescape and Mediascape which is all about social media, contacts and multimedia including photos, videos and music.

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Thursday, 08.04.10
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Desire Android 2.1 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:48 CET under 08 - Reviews

Twins, separated at birth, the HTC Desire is the sister smartphone to the Google Nexus One. And while both devices are running Android 2.1/Eclair and sporting a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, there are some smaller differences. For instance the Desire supports the EMEA- and APAC-compatible quadband GSM/GPRS/EDE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA bands at 900/2100 MHz. And while both smartphones support WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash LED, the 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and a micro USB port, the HTC Desire features HTC's Sense UI on top of Android while the Google Nexus One comes with a vanilla version of Android 2.1.

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MYSTERIOUS: Microsoft invited to an Event - Pink Phones to be announced next Week?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:02 CET under 01 - General News

And another news which hit the Internet while I was on vacation - but definitely too good not to be posted here again. Engadget has received an invitation from Microsoft for an event next Monday, April 12th. While the invitation hasn't spilled any beans what Microsoft is going to announce, the invitation mentions that "It's Time To Share". Now it's speculated if Microsoft might unveil its long-time awaited Project Pink? The timing makes definitely sense because earlier information indicated that Microsoft will launch Pink together with Verizon. And while it wasn't announced at CTIA last month, it's still expected that Pink will be launched in April this year.

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RENAMED: Windows Phone 7 Series now to be known as Windows Phone 7 (only)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Late last week, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Series team announced via Twitter, that from now, Windows Phone 7 Series is only called Windows Phone 7 - without Series. Also Microsoft confirmed this in a later info: "We're simplifying the name of "Windows Phone 7 Series", it'll now be just "Windows Phone 7". Back in February, when Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 Series, the "Series" part of the product name was explained to indicate that there would be a range of phones providing choice of hardware and operator - which absolutely made sense. However, neither the end-user nor the press really picked-up the idea behind this Series-thing which only caused a lots of questions and wrong guesses.

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Friday, 02.04.10
WEEKLY FUN: My Easter Egg with a Phone that can do everything
Posted by Editorial - at 08:30 CET under 09 - Thoughts

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Thursday, 01.04.10
MERGER: Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom announce completion of UK merger
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:21 CET under 01 - General News

Further to announcements of 8th September 2009, and to the obtaining of all necessary approvals, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom today announced the successful completion of the UK merger transaction of T-Mobile UK and Orange UK and the formation of the new Joint Venture. Tom Alexander, former CEO of Orange UK is the Chief Executive of the new Joint Venture and Richard Moat, the former CEO of T-Mobile UK is Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CEO. A Board of Directors has also been formed, on which Tom Alexander and Richard Moat will serve as executive directors. Tim Höttges, CFO of Deutsche Telekom, will lead the board as non-executive chairman for two years.

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UNVEILED: French SFR first European Carrier to carry the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:23 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Do you remember our recent news that European versions of the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus were approved by the Global Certification Forum? Looks like the cat is out of the bag now and French SFR is the first European carrier to carry Palm's new GSM/UMTS webOS-based smartphones! SFR has just launched a special promotion page, featuring the "Palm Pre en version plus" and "Palm Pixi en version plus" where interested customers can pre-register for further information. However, neither Palm nor SFR have announced the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus for Europe yet but both companies announced a cooperation agreement - back in January!

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UTILITY: Google's Secret Project for Android - Secrets for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:42 CET under 04 - Android News

Looks like someone from Google is working on a secret project which is called "Secrets for Android", a project yet available from Google Code only. Secrets for Android is an application to securely store and manage passwords and secrets on your Android phone. It uses techniques like strong encryption and auto-logout to help ensure that your secrets remain safe (assuming you use a good master password!). Should Secrets be running when your phone goes to sleep, you will be automatically logged out. The next time your phone wakes up, you'll need to re-enter your master password to continue. Switching to another application and returning to Secrets will also require you to re-enter your master password.

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SERVICE: Google introduces Google Translate for Animals (Beta)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:43 CET under 04 - Android News

Related to today's release of Google Transcript Beta, Google has announced another service for Android smartphones: Google Translate for Animals Beta. As Google describes it, making the world's information universally accessible is a key goal for the company and language is one of the biggest challenges. So Google have targeted its efforts on removing language barriers between the species by introducing Translate for Animals, an Android application which Google hopes will allow us to better understand our animal friends. Google hopes that Translate for Animals encourages greater interaction and understanding between animal and human.

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SERVICE: Google announces Google Transcript Beta for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:10 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, Google unveiled its latest Google Labs project - Google Transcript. Following the idea to be able to offer a simultaneous translation service for voice calls anytime later this decade, the Google engineers started its work already and presented today the first achievement. Initially, Google Transcribe will be able to transcribe a conversation between two calling parties, using Google Transcript for Android. Simultaneously to the voice call, Google Transcript will establish a data connection to the Google Transcript backend server where the conversation will be transmitted to. Therefore it's not required to dial into a special service but the conversation will be converted from speech to text and is available during the call already.

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