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Wednesday, 30.06.10
CANCELED: Microsoft pulls the plug out of its KIN Social Phone Project
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Gizmodo reports, Microsoft has immediately pulled the plug out of its social phone, better known as the KIN, just six weeks after it was launched with Verizon in the United States. According to Gizmodo's sources, there won't be a separate KIN product anymore. Furthermore, the whole KIN team will be moved into the Windows Phone 7 team to focus on Windows Phone 7! While neither Microsoft nor Verizon (or Sharp) have unveiled any sales figures, the success seems to be somewhat underwhelming, after all the years of development and costs. While current KIN customers will still get support from Microsoft, it's yet uncertain what will happen to the future of promised software and feature updates.

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UPDATE: Palm to release webOS 1.4.5 for the Pre, Pre Plus and Pixi Plus [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:20 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

According to our information, Palm will soon release a webOS update for its GSM Pre, Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. While the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus update only feature minor bugfixes, the Palm Pixi Plus update is even more important and interesting. It will allow the use of 3D games and applications on the Palm Pixi Plus (as so far only available for the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus). Last but not least, the update will improve the webOS Plug-In Development Kit (PDK) compatibility and performance of the Pre, Pre Plus and Pixi Plus which is a new component of the Palm webOS SDK that lets developers use C and C++ alongside the web technologies that power the SDK.

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UTILITY: SBSH releases PhoneWeaver 1.0 for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:19 CET under 04 - Android News

Many Windows Phone users out there, which might recently switched to Android, might know SBSH's PhoneWeaver. For those not familiar with PhoneWeaver for Windows Mobile, PhoneWeaver is a powerful profile manager that lets allows to create smart profiles activated manually or automatically based on time, agenda, connections and location. Each profile can control pretty much every element of your phone system, starting from device's phone sounds through connections and advanced features, such as the ability to launch specific apps and control the screen brightness and much more! Now, SBSH has launched PhoneWeaver for Android which comes with several features, Android is lacking.

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OFFICIAL: 1&1 announces the 1&1 SmartPad Android Tablet [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:33 CET under 04 - Android News

German DSL provider 1&1 (also known for its web hosting offers) today announced the 1&1 SmartPad, an Android tablet for home and en route. Equipped with a 7" LCD WVGA touchscreen (it's yet unknown if it's capacitive or resistive), the 1&1 SmartPad features WiFi b/g/n but no inbuilt 2G or 3G connectivity. However, in its press release 1&1 mentioned, that it can be used with a USB WWAN dongle to connect wireless via 2G/3G. While 1&1 hasn't unveiled further technical details, it's known that the slate tablet comes with Android and a couple of preinstalled 1&1 specific applications, including a music player, digital picture frame functionality and access to 1&1 VoD service maxdome.

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UPGRADE: Samsung - somewhat - confirms upcoming Android 2.2 Upgrades for the Galaxy S
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:11 CET under 04 - Android News

Samsung's latest Android smartphone, the Galaxy S, is either already shipping (in Europe) or to be shipped soon (in North America) but unfortunately it's hitting the markets with the now pretty much outdated Android 2.1 only. And for sure, customers expect to get an upgrade to Google's recently officially release Android 2.2 version. Now, Samsung Mobile USA responded to this open issue via Twitter to let (potential) customers know, that: "Galaxy S phones will come with Android 2.1 and be upgradeable to Android 2.2 which will support Adobe Flash 10.1". Sounds good so far except the "be upgradable"; I would have expected a "will be upgraded (later)" tweet since this leaves everything open.

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Tuesday, 29.06.10
EBOOK: Amazon releases free Kindle Reader for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:17 CET under 04 - Android News

Amazon.com yesterday evening announced that its suite of free Kindle reading apps now includes Kindle for Android. Customers around the world can now download this free application from the Android Market and enjoy Amazon's vast selection of Kindle books on their Android-powered devices. The free Kindle apps allow U.S. customers to discover and read over 620,000 books in the Kindle Store - the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read - including New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases from US$ 9.99. Like all Kindle apps, Kindle for Android includes Amazon's Whispersync technology

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UPGRADE: HTC releases Android 2.1 Firmware Update for the HTC Hero
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:49 CET under 04 - Android News

Following HTC's promise to finally release the long awaited Android 2.1/Eclair upgrade for last summer's launched HTC Hero, HTC has now released the Android 2.1 upgrade. As mentioned by HTC, it's a two stage upgrade which includes Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) client update and and YouTube player update, which allows to download the 2.1 upgrade over the air (OTA) after. Since the Android 2.1 upgrade will wipe the Hero's data, it's strongly recommend to back up the data first. Furthermore it's, as always, recommend to use a free WiFi connection to download the Android 2.1 FOTA upgrade.

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UPGRADE: Google rolls-out Nexus One Android 2.2 Froyo Update
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:24 CET under 04 - Android News

Late last night, Google has announced that it has started the Android 2.2/Froyo roll-out for its Nexus One smartphone. According to a the Nexusu One News and Updates site, Nexus One users will now begin to receive the Android 2.2 OTA (over the air) software update on their phones. As most of you already know, Android 2.2 provides some great new features including support for making your handset a portable hotspot and support for Adobe Flash 10.1 within the browser. In order to access the update, users will receive a message on the phone's notification bar. From there, the update can be immediately downloaded (a WiFi connection is recommended) and installed.

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Thursday, 24.06.10
ANNOUNCED: Expansys to carry the Huawei S7 Android Tablet exclusively
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:07 CET under 04 - Android News

Unveiled back in February during the Mobile World Congress as the SmarKit S7, online retailer Expansys UK unveiled in today's newsletter that it will carry and ship Huawei's first Android tablet, the now called S7, soon. According to Expansys, the Huawei S7 runs on Android 2.1 and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU at 768 MHz. It comes with support for GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSPA (bands are unknown), WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, a gravity and a light sensor. According to the specs, the S7 features a 7" WVGA (800 x 480) touchscreen and sports a 2 megapixel camera. The inbuilt memory of 256 MB can be expanded with microSD cards up to 32 GB.

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THOUGHT: Is T-Mobile Germany's Apple iPhone Monopoly finally at an End?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:40 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, from today, Apple's new iPhone 4 is officially on sale in the U.S. and parts of Europe and all around, friends and folks are queuing in front of the stores to get an iPhone. However, if you know me, you know that I'm not a big fan of the iPhone at all and while there's not too much wrong with iPhone (except that Apple is ignoring some of the well established GSMA and 3GPP standards like MMS for the first iPhone or UMTS video telephony for the upcoming iPhone 4), I prefer more open platforms like Windows Phone, Android or webOS. Nevertheless, since I've worked in the mobile industry for many years and running the::unwired, a good amount of my (German) friends recently asked me if they should purchase an iPhone 4 or not.

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UNVEILED: Verizon Wireless and Motorola announces the DROID X by Motorola Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:13 CET under 04 - Android News

Verizon Wireless and Motorola yesterday unveiled the DROID X by Motorola, more or less the North American sister-model of the earlier unveiled Motorola Milestone XT720. Featuring Android 2.1, a fast 1 GHz processor, 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities and loads of memory, the DROID X gives customers a 4.3" WVGA touchscreen. The devices video capabilities let customers capture spontaneous fun, combining a dual-flash, 8 megapixel camera, HD camcorder, as well as DLNA and HDMI connectivity to download, stream and share personal HD content. DROID X customers will also receive Android 2.2 and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 with an over-the-air update in the latter half of the summer.

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Tuesday, 22.06.10
ENHANCED: Google Maps for Android 4.3 adds new Recommendations, Train Schedule and Latitude features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:05 CET under 04 - Android News

Google has just released Google Maps Mobile 4.3 for Android which comes with a couple of new new features to help users to quickly choose the right place to grab dinner, catch the next train and find friends to add in Latitude. Instead of pouring through full reviews of a place, users see a snapshot of what people are saying about places right on search result pages, by looking at what the most frequently mentioned aspects about a place are, such as food, service, atmosphere, or anything else people keep mentioning.

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RUMOR: Dell, HTC, Motorola and Samsung confirmed to release Android 2.2 Upgrades? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:30 CET under 04 - Android News

While neither Google nor any ODMs have seriously confirmed any Android 2.2/Froyo updates (except from Google for its very own Nexus One which was much expectable), with today's press release, Adobe has spilled some beans which Android smartphones will - most likely - get the Froyo update. In its press release about today's Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile launch, Adobe named the Dell Streak, Google Nexus One, HTC EVO, HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, DROID by Motorola, Motorola Milestone, Samsung Galaxy S. While other devices are yet not explicitly mentioned, this is already an impressive list of smartphones which might get Google latest Android mobile OS.

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VIDEOVIEW: SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

Today, Sling Media released its long awaited SlingPlayer Mobile for Android which is now available from the Android Market for US$ 30. However, unfortunately there's no try before buy version offered and therefore this videoview should verify if it's worth the money. If you are already using a Slingbox, we don't have to tell you what place-shift can do for you. If you are new to the Slingbox, we recommend to read one of the::unwired's Slingbox reviews first. So the SlingPlayer Mobile for Android allows users to finally enjoy home TV or video on their Android smartphones as well and Sling Media has released a completely overhauled and simplified user interface for the Android version.

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RELEASE: Adobe announces RTM of Flash Player 10.1 for Mobile for all major Mobile Platforms
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:29 CET under 01 - General News

Adobe today announced the release of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 to mobile platform partners (aka RTM/Ready To Manufacture). Redesigned from the ground up with new performance and mobile specific features, Flash Player 10.1 Mobile is the first release that brings the full Web across desktops and devices. Mobile users will soon be able to experience millions of sites with rich applications and content inside the browser including games, animations, rich Internet applications, music, video, audio and more. Flash Player 10.1 was released to mobile platform partners to be supported on devices based on Android, webOS, future versions of Windows Phone, BlackBerry, LiMo, MeeGo and Symbian OS but not Apple's iOS.

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RELEASED: Sling Media launches SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:30 CET under 04 - Android News

Right in time for the final rounds of the FIFA World Cup 2010, Sling Media announced today the availability of its SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Smartphones. The all new application gives Android phone users easy access to their home TV experience anywhere they have mobile phone or WiFi internet access. Now anyone with an Android phone never has to miss a favorite TV show when they're away from home. When in your mobile phone provider's area of 3G, 4G or WiFi coverage and connected to a Slingbox SOLO, PRO or PRO-HD, SlingPlayer Mobile makes it simple to watch and control your living room television at any time from any location.

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Monday, 21.06.10
CELEBRATION: HTC celebrates launch of the Wildfire with an exciting Social Network experience
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:25 CET under 04 - Android News

Ever wondered what it would be like to gather all your friends on Facebook together for a day? Hard to imagine - but to celebrate the launch of HTC's new Wildfire Android smartphone, that's exactly what HTC is offering with the HTC Wildfire Experience. The HTC Wildfire Experience has been created to bring to life the features of the phone - in the physical world. Designed to keep friends close, the HTC Wildfire brings all their important information together in one place in one easy-to-read stream - whether that's Facebook, Twitter or Flickr updates and photos or text and E-Mail history. Now, with the HTC Wildfire Experience, people are being given the opportunity to live the dream of physically bringing together their virtual friends in one place, for a day, for a one-off event of their choice.

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Friday, 18.06.10
VIDEOVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S Multimedia Capabilities
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the previous videoviews of the brand new Samsung Galaxy S, today's videoview is about the Galaxy S' multimedia capabilities. Featuring either 8 or 16 GB inbuilt flash memory, a bright and crisp 4" Super AMOLED display, a super fast Samsung Hummingbird CPU at 1 GHz and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, the Galaxy S is well prepared to serve the user's multimedia needs for phot, video and music playback. Furthermore, the Galaxy S features a high-quality 5 megapixel camera which allows to snap photos up to 2560 x 1920 pixel as well as recording HD videos up to 30 fps at 720p. Unfortunately Samsung hasn't added a supporting flash LED which reduces the usability in low-light environments.

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Thursday, 17.06.10
ANNOUNCED: AT&T and Samsung unveil the Samsung Captivate Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:20 CET under 04 - Android News

AT&T and Samsung just announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Captivate, AT&T's version of the Samsung Galaxy S. Powered by Android 2.1, the Samsung Captivate will bring users a fully integrated entertainment, messaging and social networking experience packaged in an alluring, streamlined design surrounding a stunning 4" display. The Captivate's powerful set features is maximized with the addition of AT&T's HSPA network. Speed plus AT&T's dedicated focus to mobilize everything - including video content, social networking, music and messaging - is reflected in Captivate's strong feature set.

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Wednesday, 16.06.10
CONFIRMED: HTC Hero Android 2.1 Upgrade on its way to Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:16 CET under 04 - Android News

Back in April, HTC announced that it will provide the long awaited and much overdue Android 2.1/Eclair upgrade for its HTC Hero Android smartphone, one of the few smartphones which is still running the very much outdated Android 1.5 version. Now, HTC Europe has started to roll-out part one of this upgrade. As HTC mentioned in April, HTC Hero users will receive an initial preparatory update which is now or soon available from HTC Europe as on OTA (over the air) update. This morning, HTC confirmed in a press note, that this initial preparatory update is rolling-out this week and that the final Android 2.1 upgrade will be released end of this month (as promised back in April).

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OFFICIAL: Sony Ericsson unveils the Xperia X8 Android Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:20 CET under 04 - Android News

Sony Ericsson Germany just announced the upcoming launch of the earlier unveiled Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 (code-named Shakira). As expected, the Xperia X8 is sized anywhere between the Xperia X10 and the Xperia X10 mini and is placed as an entry-level Android smartphone. Running Android 1.6 and powered by a 600 MHz CPU, the X8 features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS/GPS and an FM RDS radio. The device sports a 3" HVGA (320 x 480) capacitive touchscreen which is also utilizing Timescape and the Android UX user interface. The camera supports 3.2 megapixel.

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Tuesday, 15.06.10
VIDEOVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S TouchWiz 3 and Software Walk-Through
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:08 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the previous unboxing and hands-on videoview of the brand new Samsung Galaxy S Android smartphone, this videoview is about the Galaxy S' TouchWiz 3 user interface and the preinstalled non-standard Android applications, the Samsung Galaxy S comes with. Like all the current Android 2.1 smartphones, also the Galaxy S has 7 different home screens the user can swipe through. As always, they are fully customizable and can hold application shortcuts, widgets and more. Quite interesting is Samsung's new TouchWiz 3 interface. While the previous TouchWiz 2 interface was quite playful, TouchWiz 3 adds more usability to the Android UI by being less playful.

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ANNOUNCED: Samsung unveils the Omnia Pro 4 and Omnia Pro 5 Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In addition to its range of new Android smartphones, Samsung today also announced two new Windows Phones at the current CommunicAsia in Singapore. Both, the Omnia Pro 4 B7350 and Omnia Pro 5 B6520 are running Windows Mobile 6.5 and featuring a front facing QWERTY keyboard (like the Samsung BlackJack). The Omnia Pro 4 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS at 900/2100 MHz. The Samsung Omnia 5 also supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but triband UMTS/HSDPA 3.6 Mbps at 900/1900/2100 MHz. Furthermore, both smartphones will features Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g, aGPS/GPS as well as an FM radio.

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ANNOUNCED: Samsung unveils the Galaxy 3, Galaxy 5 and Galaxy Beam Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:55 CET under 04 - Android News

Following earlier information and confirmations, today, during the CommunicAsia in Singapore, Samsung has announced three upcoming Android smartphones for Europe and Asia/Singapore. While two of the phones, the Galaxy 3 (GT-I5800) and Galaxy 5 (GT-I5500), are pretty much entry phones, the third one, the Galaxy Beam (GT-I5820), is quite unique since it features a built-in pico projector! All three Android smartphones come with Android 2.1 and quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth WiFi GPS/aGPS support and an FM radio. However, the Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5 differentiate in terms of the touchscreen and camera.

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Monday, 14.06.10
REVEALED: Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 aka Shakira show its Face but Specs are still unknown
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:29 CET under 04 - Android News

Some days ago, first information of an upcoming Android smartphone hit the web where the device was unveiled under its code-name "Shakira". Now, the Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog got it hands on some high-resolution photos/renderings and according to further information, the Shakira will commercially called Xperia X8. Placed anywhere between the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 and the Xperia X10 mini, the Xperia X8 is expected to come with a 3" touchscreen, while the navigation keys still remind us on the Xperia X10 and X10 mini/X10 mini pro. Furthermore it's somewhat confirmed, that the device comes without a supporting photo light for the camera.

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UNVEILED: HTC and AT&T announces the HTC Aria Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:59 CET under 04 - Android News

AT&T and HTC today announced that HTC Aria Android smartphone. While it seems to be an exact copy of the HTC HD Mini Windows Phone, this smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7227 CPU at 600 MHz and comes with Android 2.1. It supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/1900 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g and aGPS/GPS. The 3.2" capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom and haptic capability supports HVGA (32 x 480) and the autofocus camera supports 5 megapixel. In addition to the dedicated touch sensitive home, menu, back and search keys; the Aria also features an optical joystick.

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Friday, 11.06.10
BUGFIXES: Motorola and Sony Ericsson expected to release ROM Updates for the Milestone and Xperia X10
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:48 CET under 04 - Android News

While neither Motorola nor Sony Ericsson have announced any upcoming firmware updates for the Motorola Milestone and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, O2 Germany unveiled via Twitter today that it has approved two new ROMs for both Android smartphone. Furthermore, O2 followed-up that the ROM update for the Motorola Milestone is yet not the expected Android 2.2/Froyo upgrade but just a bugfix collection which is said to fix the alarm bug, music player and an automatic but unwanted device switch on. In terms of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, O2 hasn't given any further information other that it will be a maintenance release and not the awaited Android 2.1 upgrade.

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VIDEOVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 Unboxing and Hands-On
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following yesterday's photoview, today we present you the first Samsung Galaxy S videoview which covers the unboxing and first hands-on. However, since the review device is a carrier approval unit, it doesn't comes in the final sales box as well as it's not containing everything the commercial version will include. Nevertheless, the device itself is a final one and therefore represents the commercial hardware. It comes with Samsung's latest Android 2.1 customization and Samsung decided to use its TouchWiz interface instead of a plain vanilla Android user interface. However, the Galaxy S' TouchWiz 3 integrates quite nice into Android and adds some real benefit to the Android platform.

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Thursday, 10.06.10
PHOTOVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:25 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced during the CTIA Wireless earlier this year, Samsung's next high-end Android smartphone is expected to be launched later this summer. Powered by Android 2.1, the Galaxy S features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz. Additionally, the phone features WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and comes with aGPS, a digital compass, an accelerometer and proximity sensor. The inbuilt memory of either 8 GB or 16 GB can be expanded with microSD cards up to 32 GB. The autofocus camera on the back supports 5 megapixel but lacks a supporting flash light. However, the phone comes with an additional front facing camera for UMTS video telephony.

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Wednesday, 09.06.10
ENHANCED: Google Search by Voice now also available in French, German, Italian and Spanish
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:50 CET under 04 - Android News

In addition to bringing Google Maps Navigation to Europe and Canada, Google has also unlocked Google search by voice for a couple of European languages. Voice is the easiest way to interact with a phone - speaking is typically faster and easier than typing. Google first developed Search by voice for English, and then for Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. But Google's goal was and still is to bring Google Search by voice to speakers of all languages by following a rigorous process to add each new language or dialect. Working directly with native speakers in each country, Google is spending weeks to collect spoken utterances to create the specific models which power the service.

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UNLOCKED: Google turns on Google Maps Navigation for further Countries [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:44 CET under 04 - Android News

With the launch of Motorola's Droid, Google has also launched Google Maps Navigation (Beta) as a free turn-by-turn GPS navigation as part of Google Maps Mobile for Android. However, initially Google Maps Navigation was available for the U.S. only, and even if it became part of Google Maps Mobile, it only worked in selected countries (after the U.S. the UK and other countries followed). Now it looks like Google has rolled-out the next wave of supported countries. For instance Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH) seems to be supported as well now (and it's expectable that other countries are now supported also), giving Android users a free turn-by-turn GPS navigation solution.

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UPGRADE: SPB Software releases SPB TV 2.0 for Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right in time for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2010 but not only, SPB Software has updated its Windows Mobile touchscreen and non-touchscreen version of its flagship application SPB TV to version 2.0. Due to advertising revenues support the program is now free-of-charge and subscription-free. Ads featured in SPB TV only last as long as channel buffering takes and therefore preserve the best user experience. In addition to the existing features that include quick channel previews, a TV guide for more than 150 offered channels in more than 20 languages, picture-in-picture mode, fast channel launching and switching, the new version offers also a video on demand (VOD) option

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Tuesday, 08.06.10
VIDEOVIEW: Huawei E5 HSPA Wireless Modem Unboxing and Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

Back in January, during the CES, Huawei publically showed its E5 wireless modem the first time and right after the recent Mobile World Congress, I had the first time the chance to videoview the Huawei E5830 Wireless Modem. Now, Huawei has updated the E5 and brought it, together with O2 to Germany. Like the E5830, the Huawei E5 works as a portable WiFi b/g hotspot, supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps/HSUPA 5.76 Mbps at 900/2100 MHz. However, the additional supports for 3G at 900 MHz isn't the only difference - the new Huawei E5 also features an OLED display which replaces the original LED indicators which makes the use way more convenient.

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ADJUDICATION: Court of Justice of the European Union made clear - the Roaming Regulation is valid
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:21 CET under 01 - General News

Bad news for Vodafone, Telefónica O2, T-Mobile and Orange. The four major European carriers challenged the validity of the EU Roaming Regulation before the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. That court asked the Court of Justice whether the Community was entitled to adopt the regulation on the basis of Article 95 EC and whether, by setting the maximum retail price, the Community legislature had infringed the principles of subsidiarity and/or proportionality. The Community had the right to impose caps on the prices charged by mobile telephone operators for roaming calls in the interest of the internal market.

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DEVELOPER: Microsoft introduces new Policies for its upcoming Windows Phone 7 Marketplace
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:34 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Well, if you are a developer and don't want to get your application developed by Microsoft but want to develop it yourself, you might be interested in Microsoft's recently updated set of Windows Phone Marketplace policies that will govern the application submission and certification process as Windows Phone 7 comes to market. With the policies update, Microsoft wants to attract a much wider range of developers, from large software companies down to students and hobbyists. Microsoft opened its first Marketplace eight months ago and no wonder - there's demand for an app store that is both customer-centric and developer friendly.

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Monday, 07.06.10
CONTEST: You need a Windows Phone 7 App? Tell Microsoft and Win!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Are you ready for Windows Phone 7 later this year but need an app for it while you are not a developer at all? Tell Microsoft and win! Microsoft is holding a contest where you can pitch Microsoft of the dream app you are waiting for. And if it gets the votes, Microsoft will build your app and make it available on Marketplace as a free download for Windows Phone 7 shortly after its "Holiday 2010" launch. All you have to do is grabbing your camcorder, camera phone of flexing your writing skills and get creative. Send your ideas to Microsoft and win US$ 5,000 - a new Windows Phone 7 smartphone and the glory of having your app in the Marketplace without being a developer!

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THOUGHT: Bluetooth Car Kits and Smartphones - Still somewhat Useful but too often Painful
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:10 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If you are a long time follower of the::unwired, you know that I'm a big fan of Bluetooth and its possibilities; and if you follow me on Twitter, you also know that I recently purchased a new car. For sure I ordered my car with an inbuilt Bluetooth car kit and since I'm changing my mobile phones too often, and too often I'm using mobile phones which aren't supporting the Remote SIM Access Profile (rSAP), I've decided to go with the basic Hands-Free Profile (HFP) Bluetooth system only. Additionally, the car is also equipped with an inbuilt GPS navigation system (Audi MMI plus) and I somewhat expected that the Bluetooth car kit and the GPS navigation works together, which they do - theoretically.

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ACQUISITION: HTC takes-over French Software Company Abaxia
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:26 CET under 01 - General News

It's not the first time that HTC takes over a software company to strengthens its software capabilities (old Windows Mobile users might remember the acquisition of IA Style back in 2003) and today, HTC announced another take-over. HTC has acquired Paris-based Abaxia, a leader in custom software for mobile operators and handset manufacturers around the world. Founded in 2001, Abaxia is a leading software developer specializing in mobile solutions that quickly promote and monetize operator and handset manufacturer services on smartphones.

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ANNOUNCED: Motorola introduces the Milestone XT720 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:17 CET under 04 - Android News

Motorola today announced the Milestone XT720, one of the world's slimmest 8 Megapixel Android smartphones and the first to have a Xenon Flash. Basically being and updated sister-model of the Motorola Milestone but coming without the slide-out keyboard, the Milestone XT720 is a sleek (10.9 mm), Android 2.1 smartphone which features a high definition (HD) video experience and enhanced media and mobile Internet capabilities for users who expect the latest in technology and the ultimate smartphone experience. It features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 1700/2100 MHz and comes with Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g, GPS, FM radio and an eCompass.

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Friday, 04.06.10
FIRMWARE: HTC releases ROM Update for HTC Legend and HTC Desire
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:59 CET under 04 - Android News

HTC has announced two firmware updates for its HTC Legend and HTC Desire Android smartphones. However, these updates aren't Android 2.2 upgrades but simple Android 2.1 bugfixes for both devices. While HTC hasn't announced yet which bugs will be fixed, posts at xda-developers indicate that the fixes include new radio images, a new YouTube application with HQ option, as well as it fixes Facebook/unknown contact issue and it comes with a new bootloader. Other users reported that the speaker volume is increased now. The ROM update is now available as a free over the air (OTA) download. While it's about 4 MB only, HTC recommends a download via WiFi.

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UNVEILED: Motorola announced the Motorola FLIPOUT Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:36 CET under 04 - Android News

Earlier this week, Motorola has announced it latest Android smartphone with MOTOBLUR - the Motorola FLIPOUT, a stylishly square and compact smartphone that's as individual as its users. Running Android 2.1 the FLIPOUT features a unique square pivot design that opens to reveal a five-row QWERTY keypad with a separate row for numeric keys. The FLIPOUT supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 800/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, an eCompass and aGPS. The device features a QVGA (320 x 240) 2.8" touschscreen and comes with a 3 megapixel fixfocus camera without flash.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves Sony Ericsson U20i and U20a - Xperia X10 mini pro for Europe and America
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:08 CET under 04 - Android News

Just in time for the upcoming launch, the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has approved the Sony Ericsson U20i and U20a, Sony Ericsson's next Android smartphones which will hit the market later this summer under its commercial name Xperia X10 mini pro. According to the GCF, the Xperia X10 mini pro will be available in two flavors: the U20i for Europe, which will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, and the U20a for North America, which will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/1900/2100 MHz.

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