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Wednesday, 29.09.10
UNVEILED: Vodafone announces the Vodafone 945 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:42 CET under 04 - Android News

Following the footsteps of the Vodafone 845, Vodafone has unveiled it's Christmas line-up of phones and has announced the new Vodafone 945. Manufactured by Chinese ZTE, the Vodafone 945 is running on Android 2.1 and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore, the device comes with WiFi and features a 3.2" capacitive touchscreen with haptic feedback. Last but not least, the Vodafone 945 has a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash and has 300 MB built-in memory which can be expanded to 32 GB. The Vodafone 945 supports the Vodafone Music service and its catalogue of over 2 million DRM-free MP3 tracks.

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Tuesday, 28.09.10
MERGING: Zune to replace MSN Music in the UK [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following its earlier announcement to launch - right in time for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch - Zune across Europe, Microsoft today announced plans to integrate MSN Music into Zune. There is a natural synergy between MSN Music and Zune and MSN Music will create links in its music editorial to related content on Zune.net, giving users quick and easy access to the music they care about in the Zune Marketplace. On Zune.net users will be able to browse the Zune Marketplace and purchase music from a 100 % MP3 catalogue or use a Zune Pass music subscription to stream music directly through their Internet (available in certain European countries like the UK only).

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UTILITY: Google Labs releases Open Spots for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:58 CET under 04 - Android News

From time to time, Google Labs comes around the corner with interesting new products which either make it commercially to the market - or not. Now, the engineers from Google Labs have launched "Open Spot" for Android smartphones which allows people - who are leaving parking spots - to share their spots with people who are searching for parking. Open Spot will show users parking spots located within a ~1.5 km / ~0.9 (mi) radius of the current location. As users move, Open Spot will automatically refresh to show parking spots of where the device is currently moving. To make sure sports are as up to date as possible, open spots are removed from the map after 20 minutes.

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ACCESSORY: Sony Ericsson announces LiveView - a Bluetooth Display for Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:33 CET under 04 - Android News

Sony Ericsson has a long history in developing Bluetooth accessories, think of its Bluetooth watches or Bluetooth loudspeakers and today Sony Ericsson announces LiveView. LiveView uses Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly pair up to a compatible handset and allows users to control the phone without taking it out of their pocket or handbag. It allows to read text messages, see incoming calls and keep up to date with the latest news on Facebook and Twitter. Furthermore it allows to control the Sony Ericsson music features of the handset from the micro display, selecting tracks and controlling volume and serves as a calendar reminder, displaying calendar events and other phone applications.

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Monday, 27.09.10
APPROVAL: GCF approves the Toshiba TG03 - a Windows Phone 7 Smartphone from Toshiba?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in February, Toshiba announced the TG02 and K01 smartphones which followed last year's launched TG01. And while all three Windows Phones were powered by Windows Mobile 6.5, the Global Certification Forum has just approved the Toshiba TG03 which we saw on a 2009 leaked roadmap already. However, according to that roadmap, the initial TG03 was expected to be launched anytime late 2009. Nevertheless, since it never made it to the market, Toshiba might have changed its plans and will launch it now with Windows Phone 7 instead? At least the GCF just approved it with quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 800/850/2100 MHz!

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UNVEILED: Amazon Germany confirms LG E900 Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like the Global Certification Forum isn't the only one which recently confirmed the LG E900 Windows Phone 7 but now, also Amazon Germany lists LG's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone. Yet not available for pre-order, Amazon is confirming that the E900 will feature a - Windows Phone 7 typical - 5 megapixel camera and GPS. However, earlier while rumors said that the E900 will feature a 3.7" touchscreen, Amazon now mentions a a 3.5" (most likely WVGA) touchscreen only. Before, the GCF already confirmed that the LG E900 will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves the Samsung GT-I8700 Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It definitely looks like Microsoft and its partners are somewhat ready to launch Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 - anytime soon. After the Global Certification Forum approved LG's first Windows Phone 7 as well as it confirmed the HTC 7 Trophy and the HTC 7 Mozart, today the GCF approved the Samsung GT-I8700 which is expected to be Samsung's first Windows Phone 7. According to the GCF, the GT-I8700 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz which would make it the first GCF approved Windows Phone 7 which is also ready to be used in North America - thanks to its AT&T Wireless' 1900 MHz UMTS support.

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Thursday, 23.09.10
ENHANCED: mSpot announces new Features including additional Storage and Voice-Activated Playback
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:44 CET under 04 - Android News

Announced back in Mai and launched after, mSpot reports today that its streaming music service has been downloaded 500,000 times since its June 28 launch. Additionally, mSpot has announced today that it's offering new features including further storage options that allow users to keep up to 40 GB of music in the cloud as well as voice-activated features via Google Voice. The mSpot music service enables users to quickly upload their music to the mSpot Cloud and then immediately start listening from both desktop browsers and mobile phones for free (2 GB or ~1600 songs). As of today, users can choose to access 40 GB of storage (~32,000 songs) for US$ 3.99 a month.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves HTC 7 Mozart Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the earlier HTC 7 Trophy approval, today the Global Certification Forum has given its approval to HTC's second Windows Phone 7 smartphone - the HTC 7 Mozart which already showed its face on video before. However, with today's approval we also got the confirmation that the HTC 7 Mozart is designed for EMEA/APAC only by supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz. According to previous information, the HTC 7 Mozart will also feature 8 GB extra storage, a 3.7" WVGA SLCD touchscreen, a 8 megapixel autofocus camera with Xenon flash and audio DSP with SRS and Dolby Mobile.

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OFFICIAL: Sony Ericsson confirms delayed Xperia X10 Android 2.1 Upgrades
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:36 CET under 04 - Android News

Previously, Sony Ericsson said in its product blog that it planned to roll-out the eagerly awaited Android 2.1 upgrades for its line of Xperia X10 smartphones late Q3 (currently, all Xperia X10 smartphones run the pretty much outdated Android version 1.6). However, a recent update on the company's product blog officially confirmed now what was already rumored - the plan for the added features and Android 2.1 step-up still holds but unfortunately Sony Ericsson needs a couple of more weeks before they are ready to start the roll-out. However, Sony Ericsson has also unveiled now what users can expect from the Xperia X10, Xperia X10 mini and Xperia X10 mini pro upgrades.

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Wednesday, 22.09.10
UNVEILED: HTC 7 Trophy and HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 show their Faces on Photos and Renderings
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like we are really getting closer to the Windows Phone 7 launch and after a longer period of silence from HTC - HTC hasn't delivered any Windows Phone 7 developer devices - two previously rumored HTC Windows Phone 7 smartphones are finally showing their faces - the HTC 7 Trophy and the HTC HD7. While both devices are yet not officially confirmed, the Global Certification Forum has recently approved the HTC 7 Trophy which popped-up later in Vodafone's order system. The HTC HD7 was a myth so far, until it first appeared in an O2 internal price list but it's yet not approved by the GCF so we know even less about it. Anyway, here are Mr. Blurry Photo and Mr. Rendering:

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Tuesday, 21.09.10
RUMOR: Windows Phone 7 Smartphones to be available in Germany/Europe from October 21?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, while Microsoft is still not revealing any further information about its upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch, earlier rumors indicated that Windows Phone 7 might be officially launched by Steve Ballmer on October 11 in New York City. However, the biggest question now is when Windows Phone 7 smartphones will become commercially available. According to a recent article at German "Euro am Sonntag" newspaper, Microsoft Windows Phone 7 smartphones will hit the market on October 21. This date seems to be backed-up by Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 raffle which already unveiled a price point of upcoming Windows Phone 7 hardware.

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UNVEILED: Internal O2 Document shows planned Windows Phone 7 and Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:00 CET under 01 - General News

A Telefonica O2 Germany confidential price list, which leaked to the Web yesterday, shows a lot of new and upcoming smartphones from O2 Germany. According to the document, O2 Germany will launch a couple of Windows Phone 7 and Android smartphones in the upcoming weeks including the new HTC Desire HD, Motorola Defy and Motorola Milestone 2 Android smartphones as well as the often rumored but yet not seen or announced HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7. According to the list, all smartphones will hit O2 Germany between CW 41 (Motorola Defy), CW 42 (HTC Desire HD and HTC HD7) and CW 43 (Motorola Milestone 2).

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UNVEILED: Orange announces the launch of its San Francisco Android 2.1 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:27 CET under 04 - Android News

Orange today unveiled the launch of the San Francisco, an - as Orange calls it - super sleek and stylish touchscreen Android smartphone. Offering Orange customers access to thousands of apps, the San Francisco handset is the first in a series of new affordable Android devices to be ranged from Orange in the UK. Available fully loaded with Android 2.1, the handset allows users to access thousands of great apps at their finger tips. Available in a stylish slate grey the handset also offers users a high quality 3 megapixel autofocus camera to share photos with friends on the go, and with WiFi, Bluetooth as well as a UMTS/HSDPA connection - uploading images will be a synch.

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EXPANSION: Microsoft to expand Zune Entertainment Services into International Markets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It's not a surprise at all but yesterday evening Microsoft finally announced the further international expansion of Zune, its digital entertainment service. This fall, most likely together with the Windows Phone 7 launch, Microsoft will expand its music and video footprint and bring the free Zune Player software, Zune Marketplace online store, Zune Pass music subscription service and enhanced features on Zune.net to new markets, providing a comprehensive entertainment experience on Windows-based PCs, Windows Phone 7 and through Xbox LIVE. Zune software has been upgraded with new features and functionality and will serve as the Windows Phone 7 synchronization client.

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UNVEILED: HTC Mozart Windows Phone 7 shows its Specs and Face on Video
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

WMPoweruser.com has received information and a video of another upcoming Windows Phone 7 from HTC - the HTC Mozart. According to the information, the Mozart will run on Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system and will be powered by a Qualcomm QSD 8250 CPU at 1 GHz. It's said that the Mozart will supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz. Other technical highlights are 512 MB ROM, 576 MB RAM and 8 GB extra storage (Windows Phone 7 doesn't allows the expansion with memory cards, a 3.7" WVGA SLCD touchscreen, a 8 megapixel autofocus camera with Xenon flash and audio DSP with SRS and Dolby Mobile.

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Friday, 17.09.10
RUMOR: Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Smartphone Price unveiled?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While we know that a good amount of Windows Phone 7 smartphones will be launched later this fall from HTC, Samsung, and Asus with more to follow from Dell and Sony Ericsson, not a single Windows Phone 7 was announced yet - even if a couple of them already hit the Global Certification Forum and FCC. However, since neither the manufacturers nor the mobile operators have announced anything official yet, there's no official (or unofficial) indication what a Windows Phone 7 might cost and how competitive its price is - until now. Microsoft Germany is currently holding a raffle where it seems carrier and retail store employees can win a couple of prices - including 7 Windows Phone 7 smartphones (for sure).

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC Desire Z Android Smartphone Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:07 CET under 08 - Reviews

HTC's new HTC Desire Z is the company's latest Android smartphone with a hardware keyboard, replacing the two years old T-Mobile G1 which was the first Android smartphone in the world. Running on Android 2.2, the Desire Z utilize a new 800 MHz Qualcomm 7230 CPU for improved performance and battery life and the EMEA/APAC version supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g/n and features aGPS, an FM radio, a couple of Android typical sensors as well as a digital compass. Furthermore, the HTC Desire Z features the unique and new "Z hinge" that opens to reveal a 4-row QWERTY keyboard.

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ROLLOUT: Windows Phone 7 to hit GSM/WCDMA Networks first - CDMA to follow in 2011
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It was rumored before that Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 might not be initially launched on CDMA networks, as widely used in the U.S. and now, Greg Sullivan, Senior Product Manager Windows Phone 7, confirmed exactly this. In a recent statement at CNet's Bey0nd B1nary blog, Sullivan said that Microsoft had to make some trade-offs and even Microsoft doesn't have unlimited resources. Therefore the Windows Phone 7 team had to prioritize doing fewer things really well. Since, for the worldwide market, the vast majority of phones are GSM phones, Microsoft focused on GSM first and then plan to deliver an update that will have great CDMA support in the first half of 2011.

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Thursday, 16.09.10
CONFIRMED: (Official) Twitter Client for Windows Phone 7 shows its face on Video
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While we have yet no confirmation that the Twitter client bellow is indeed an official one from Twitter itself - it definitely looks like that it either comes from Twitter or was developed by Microsoft with Twitter's agreement. In a Windows Phone Developer Blog posting, Microsoft's Brandon Watson unveiled today, that Windows Phone Developer Tools Are final now. However, apart from announcing the final release of Microsoft's Windows Phone Developer tools, Watson unveiled quite a bit of further information. According to him, some of the biggest names in apps and games are working to bring the right mix of high quality content to Windows Phone 7.

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RUMOR: Video shows HTC Sense for Windows Phone 7 [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While HTC made clear in an earlier statement, that the company will continue with HTC Sense on Windows Phone 7, Microsoft made also clear that it will not accepting any GUI changes anymore, as it was accepted before with Windows Mobile. Therefore it was somewhat clear that HTC Sense might become a compilation of applications and maybe even services which access yesterday's announced HTCSense.com service. And now, a recently uploaded YouTube video shows what is expected to be a HTC confidential demonstration of what HTC Sense could look like on a Windows Phone 7 smartphone where HTC Sense links into the Start screen with own tiles which open dedicated applications.

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UNVEILED: Seesmic previews Seemsic for Windows Phone 7 on Video
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While there are a couple of rumors that Microsoft might launch/integrate its own Twitter client into Windows Phone 7 or Twitter itself might release an official Twitter client, Seesmic has just  released a video preview of its upcoming Seesmic client for Windows Phone 7. According to the video, Seesmic is strictly following the Windows Phone 7 design. In addition to Twitter, Seesmic for Windows Phone 7 is also supporting Facebook; while Google Buzz wasn't shown. Seesmic for Windows Phone 7 features several spaces incl. search and trends as well as it supports status updates incl. photo upload, profile, retweets and geotagging. Direct messages even look like Windows Phone 7's SMS integration.

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Wednesday, 15.09.10
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Desire HD Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 08 - Reviews

The new HTC Desire HD is a mix between its forerunner - the HTC Desire and the HTC Legend. While the Desire HD features best in class technology, with its bright 4.3" WVGA SLCD display, Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual sound, Android 2.2 and the new 1 GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon CPU, the device also features HTC's unique unibody design which means the device is sculpted from a block of solid aluminum. Quite typical for HTC Android smartphones, the Desire HD supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g/n and features aGPS, an FM radio as well as a couple of sensor and a digital compass.

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OFFICIAL: HTC announces the HTC Desire Z Android 2.2 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:30 CET under 04 - Android News

Following last weeks announcement of the T-Mobile G2, today HTC has also officially announced its version which is called HTC Desire Z. Designed for people constantly on the go, the HTC Desire Z makes it quick and easy to stay connected with friends on Facebook and Twitter or with colleagues and customers at work. Running on Android 2.2, the Desire Z utilize a new 800 MHz Qualcomm 7230 CPU for improved performance and battery life. The EMEA/APAC version supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA+/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g/n and features aGPS, an FM radio, motion, proximity and ambient light sensor as well as a digital compass. Furthermore, the HTC Desire Z features a unique "Z hinge" that opens to reveal a 4-row QWERTY keyboard.

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OFFICIAL: HTC announces the HTC Desire HD Android 2.2 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:30 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, today HTC has announced the new HTC Desire HD which showcases outstanding multimedia content with its bright 4.3" WVGA SLCD display and Dolby Mobile and SRS virtual sound. Running on Android 2.2, the Desire HD is the first smartphone which is to be powered by the new 1 GHz Qualcomm 8255 Snapdragon CPU. The smartphone supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA+/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g/n and features aGPS, an FM radio, motion, proximity and ambient light sensor as well as a digital compass. The HTC Desire HD enables 720p HD video recording and includes a 8 megapixel camera with dual-flash.

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ANNOUNCED: HTC unveils the HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z with HTCSense.com
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:30 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, at today's press event in London, HTC announced the upcoming launch of the new HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z Android 2.2-based smartphones. However, HTC went even further by introducing an updates HTC Sense experience and continuing HTC's strong focus on the customer, placing people at the center by simply making its phones work in a more personal and natural way. In addition to the new and updated HTC Sense experience, which features a number of key innovations, HTC also unveiled HTCSense.com - a series of free connected services - that enhance people's mobile experience on HTC phones.

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Tuesday, 14.09.10
ANNOUNCED: LG launches Two new Optimus Android 2.2 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:17 CET under 04 - Android News

Following the earlier announcement, today LG has launched LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic, LG's latest smartphones from the Optimus series. Powered by Android 2.2 aka Froyo and optimized for Google Mobile Services, the handsets will deliver the ultimate smartphone experience while offering easier accessibility for the growing number of consumers looking to purchase their first smartphone. The LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic are among the earliest smartphones to launch with Android 2.2, the latest version of the Android platform, which allows for two to three times faster and smoother internet browsing, web-page loading, application pop-ups and multi-tasking.

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Monday, 13.09.10
NAVIGATION: Telmap Navigator now available for German O2 Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus Customers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:40 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Following O2 Germany's earlier launch of a free off-board navigation solution for its Android and Windows Mobile smartphones, last week, Telmap and O2 Germany launched Telmap Navigator for Palm webOS smartphones, allowing Telmap's award-winning location-based services solution to be accessed on O2 Germany's Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus. Telmap Navigator for Palm webOS allows users to be set-up and navigating within seconds. Telmap Navigator is now available exclusively to webOS users on the German O2 network and the solution includes German local content and services such as Lonely Planet and speed enforcement zone warnings.

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RUMOR: HTC 7 Trophy to be released by Vodafone (Germany)?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:17 CET under 04 - Android News

Do you remember the HTC 7 Trophy, HTC's smartphone which received its GCF approval two weeks ago? As it turns out now, the HTC 7 Trophy might be launched by Vodafone. At least it's now listed in Vodafone Germany's inventory system. A German/European launch makes sense since the Global Certification Forum approved it with quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore, the code-name might indicate that the HTC 7 Trophy might be an upcoming Windows Phone 7 smartphone, even if an earlier leaked HTC roadmap showed it as the HTC Trophy with Windows Mobile 6.6, which was either a typo or a reference for Windows Phone 7.

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Saturday, 11.09.10
CONFIRMED: German Base confirms the HTC Desire HD Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:26 CET under 04 - Android News

While the HTC Desire HD, which already showed its face turned-off on video and unveiled further information on XML template file, has yet to be announced (which most likely happens next week in London), German Base - a brand of German mobile network operator E-Plus - went even further yesterday and confirmed on its blog that the recently leaked HTC Desire HD rendering is legit and comes from HTC itself. While I have my doubts that HTC will give out an Android device rendering with a Windows Mobile 6.5 HTC Sense screenshot, it seems someone got the right rendering in his hands and Photoshop'd the wrong Windows Phone homescreen instead of the right Android homescreen.

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Friday, 10.09.10
RUMOR: HTC's Desire HD and Desire Z ready for Prime-Time next week?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:36 CET under 04 - Android News

It's quite obvious that HTC will announce something new at its press conference in London next week and so far it was expected that it might be just the Desire HD. However, after yesterday's announcement of the T-Mobile G2, chances are good that HTC might also announce the Desire Z. Today, we've received further anonymous information about HTC's next Android smartphones, showing two MMS XML templates which confirm both devices, the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Desire Z. Furthermore, the templates confirm that both devices will feature a WVGA touchscreen and that the Desire HD doesn't feature a hardware keyboard while the Desire Z has (the G2's?) hardware QWERTY keyboard.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves the LG E900 - LG's first Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right in time for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch and closely after HTC's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone was much likely approved, the Global Certification Forum (GCF) approved the next Windows Phone 7 - the LG E900/Optimus 7. According to the approval, the LG E900 will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, which again makes it perfectly working in Europe and Asia but not in North America. Earlier rumors indicated that the E900 will feature a Qualcomm QSD8650 CPU at 1 GHz, a 3.7" WVGA capacitive touchscreen as well as a 5 megapixel autofocus camera (Windows Phone 7 standard) with HD video recording capabilities.

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Thursday, 09.09.10
ENHANCED: Google releases Google Walking Navigation enhanced Maps Mobile 4.5 for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:15 CET under 04 - Android News

Another update, Google released today, is Google Maps Mobile for Android. Now available as Google Maps Mobile 4.5, Maps already had Navigation and walking directions, and with today's launch, Google Maps Mobile gets the - according to Google - perfect marriage of the two as Walking Navigation (Beta). Walking Navigation uses GPS navigation with walking directions that are more direct and use pedestrian pathways when Google knows about them. Walking Navigation has a few changes that helps the user if he's on the feet. For example, the phone will vibrate when a turn is needed and users can even turn off voice guidance and just use these notifications while soaking in the sights and sounds around.

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UTILITY: Google releases new Google Voice Widgets for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:14 CET under 04 - Android News

Google goes even more serious with its Google Voice functionality for Android smartphones by releasing an update to its Android app today, which gives users immediate access to the Google Voice Inbox and settings via two new homescreen widgets. The Google Voice Inbox widget brings users the most recent voicemails and text messages to the device home screen. With the widget, users can now quickly flip through messages in the Inbox, and if a message preview is selected, it will open in the Google Voice app. The widgets can be used together or individually and are part of the new Google Voice app, available for download from Android Market today.

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RUMOR: Is Microsoft launching Windows Phone 7 on October 11?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Pocket-lint, Microsoft will launch its new Windows Phone 7 smartphone operating system on October 11. Multiple sources familiar with the matter have confirmed this to Pocket-lint and has received further information that Microsoft will use New York as the global stage for the launch, which will be beamed around the world. So far, Microsoft only said that Windows Phone 7, which was officially introduced back in February during the Mobile World Congress, will be available this holiday season which makes an October launch most likely. This assumption was backed-up recently by Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, who said at at a presentation that Windows Phone 7 will hit Europe in the October and the U.S. in  the November time-frame.

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INTRODUCED: T-Mobile U.S. and HTC announces the T-Mobile G2 Android HSPA+ Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:54 CET under 04 - Android News

Just one week before HTC's upcoming press event in London, T-Mobile USA today unveiled the T-Mobile G2 Android smartphone which delivers downloads at HSPA+ speeds up to 14.4 Mbps. Following the T-Mobile G1, the G2 breaks new ground as the first smartphone specifically designed for T-Mobile's new HSPA+ network. The G2 is an ultra-powerful smartphone, designed by HTC, which features a 3.7" capacitive touchscreen with a unique hinge design that opens to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. Built on Android 2.2, the G2 offers seven customizable home screen panels, including a dedicated panel with one-click access to your favorite Google applications such as Android Market.

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Wednesday, 08.09.10
KNOWLEDGE: How Smartphone Firmware Updates are Developed, Tested and Rolled-Out
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:09 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Mostly all of today's mobile operating systems make it easy for the end user to keep a smartphone up-to-date to the latest firmware version and either handset manufactures, operating system providers or carriers can offer new features through firmware updates or simply fix bugs from the previous version. Furthermore, firmware updates allow upgrades to the next operating system version without forcing the user to buy a new handset. However, in the early days of mobile phones, devices haven't received too many updates at all and customers weren't too keen to update their devices, especially since these phones weren't smartphones at all and there was no real reason to update the firmware anyway.

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Thursday, 02.09.10
IFA10 LIVE: Huawei announces the Ideos Android 2.2 Entry-Level Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:33 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, today Huawei has lannounced the launch of Ideos, an affordable smartphone powered by the latest iteration of Android 2.2 (also known as "Froyo"). The smartphone is priced between US$ 100 and US$ 200, depending on the market. Ideos redefines the "entry-level" concept by combining high-quality hardware and software with a high price-to-performance ratio. Ideos will be released in a number of countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America and Latin America. The ergonomically designed Ideos provides a variety of ways to access the Internet, as it boasts downlink speeds of more than 7.2 Mbps, offers WCDMA as well as WiFi dual network support, and offers ubiquitous mobile broadband services. The device also doubles as a WiFi router for up to eight devices at a time, making Ideos an all-in-one solution for a range of wireless connectivity options.

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IFA10 LIVE: Samsung announces the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android 2.2 Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, at its international press conference at the IFA in Berlin, Samsung announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Tab (Model: GT-P1000). Powered by Android 2.2, the Samsung GALAXY Tab is the first of the company's tablet devices, representing a new category of mobile products for Samsung. The Samsung GALAXY Tab brings together all of Samsung's leading innovations to provide users with more capabilities while on the move. Consumers are able to experience PC-like web-browsing and enjoy all forms of multimedia content on the perfectly sized 7" display, wherever they go. Moreover, users can continuously communicate via E-Mail, voice and video call, SMS/MMS or social network with the optimized user interface.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves HTC 7 Trophy - First Windows Phone 7 approval?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following yesterday's news, that Windows Phone 7 went RTM and Engadget's report, that HTC's next HD isn't called HD3 but HD7, to honor Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch, the Global Certification Forum has just approved another HTC device - the HTC 7 Trophy. As always, the GCF isn't spilling any beans about the OS (so it could be a Windows Phone 7 or an Android smartphone or it might be another Brew phone from HTC) but the 7 in the code-name might indicate a Windows Phone 7. The GCF confirms quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz which makes it the perfect phone for Europe and Asia but not America.

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Wednesday, 01.09.10
DONE: Microsoft Windows Phone 7 reaches Ready to Manufacture
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Slowly but constantly Microsoft gets serious with its upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch. What was announced back in February as an upcoming launch during this year's holiday season (whatever it means for a European aka Microsoft means Christmas), today Microsoft reached the biggest milestone for the internal Windows Phone 7 team: The release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Phone 7! This means, while the final integration of Windows Phone 7 with Microsoft's hardware and software partners software as well as carriers is underway, the work of the Redmond-based internal engineering team is largely done and the code is good enough to be released to the partners as it is!

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OFFICIAL: Motorola announces the Motorola Milestone 2 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:34 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, Motorola made official what everybody expected and announced the Milestone 2 with an enhanced MotoBlur. The Android 2.2 device offers more speed, more connectivity, more messaging, more storage, more web with Adobe Flash Player 10.1, more multimedia and more personalization than the original award-winning Milestone. The powerhouse device features a 1 Ghz CPU, allowing users to sift through their content quickly, even when running multiple applications simultaneously or a number of open web browser pages. Respond to E-Mails or texts quickly with an improved and more spacious QWERTY keyboard including larger keys and better tactility for easier typing.

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