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Friday, 29.10.10
POLL: What's your favorite Windows Phone 7 Smartphone? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:39 CET under 10 - Polls

Okay, it's some time we had our last poll but since Windows Phone 7 is now in the market or launched soon, what's your choice (in case you have already bought or plan to buy a Windows Phone 7 smartphone soon). While Europeans and Asians can select between the: HTC 7 Mozart, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC HD7, LG Optimus 7 and Samsung Omnia 7; Americans can select between the: Dell Venue Pro, HTC HD7, HTC Surround, LG Optimus 7, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus. Or would you say that non of the devices above hits your taste and you are waiting for something totally different?

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ENHANCED: Google releases updated Google Maps Mobile for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:20 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening, Google updated its Google Maps Mobile to v4.6 which comes with a couple of enhancements and improvements. First of all, Google updated reviews and search filters but also added an experimental Google Latitude "real-time update" option from an individual Latitude friend's profile page to help meet up with friends by temporarily seeing faster location updates. However, this experimental option requires Google Maps Mobile 4.6 and an Android device running on Android 2.2 or greater. All the other enhancements like updated reviews and search filters work on any every smartphone running Android 1.6 or later.

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UPGRADE: Sony Ericsson to roll-out Android 2.1 for the Xperia X10 Family soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:41 CET under 04 - Android News

As promised, today Sony Ericsson announced that the company will will start the roll-out of the Android 2.1-based updates for the Xperia-family of X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro this coming Sunday. According to Sony Ericsson, the roll-out will start in the evening European time and will be first available for the Nordic countries with more upgrades coming during Monday and then the roll-out will continue throughout November. The changes in user experience after the upgrade to the not latest Android version (which would be Android 2.2) is a mix of massive feature improvements, added or changed from Android 1.6 to Android 2.1 as well as features changed or improved by Sony Ericsson itself.

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Thursday, 28.10.10
DISASSEMBLED: Windows Phone 7, Memory Management and microSD Cards
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:17 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of the limitations of Windows Phone 7 is, that Microsoft's new mobile OS isn't supporting user removable flash memory like microSD cards, as supported by Windows Mobile, but Windows Phone 7 uses embedded memory like Apple's iPhone does. However, this isn't a big deal as long as the Windows Phone 7 device in use has enough memory. As of today the ODM's memory size of choice seems to be between 8 and 16 GB (most of the recently announced Windows Phone 7 smartphones will have 16 GB anyway). However, even if Windows Phone 7 isn't featuring a customer swappable flash memory, it seems that some handset manufactures are using micro SD cards anyway.

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Tuesday, 26.10.10
INFRINGEMENT: Microsoft to charge royalty fees from Acer and Asus?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:46 CET under 01 - General News

Following Microsoft's and HTC's earlier patent license agreement, DigiTimes reports today that Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees to Acer and Asus for using Microsoft patents in E-Mail, multimedia and other functions in their Android based smartphones. According to the Acer and Asus, this is an attempt to prevent the two vendors from adopting Google's Android and Chrome OS for their Netbooks and Tablet PCs. However, Taiwanese sources noted that since Acer's and Asus's handset shipments are in small volumes, Microsoft's royalty charge is not for the company's revenues but it's because Acer's and Asus position in the Netbook and upcoming Tablet PC market.

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SUPPORT: Adobe to bring Flash 10.1 to future versions of Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Adobe just announced that it will bring its Flash Player 10.1 to - most likely - Windows Phone 7 as well. While Microsoft confirmed us on one of the recent MIX events, that it will grant Adobe Windows Phone 7 system access to implement Flash as native code, not as manages code, so far there wasn't an official word on the street. However, with its recent press release, Adobe made it somewhat official that Flash Player 10.1, which brings rich Flash based content to mobile devices inside the browser, will hit future versions of "Windows Phone" which most likely means Windows Phone 7. Right now, Flash Player 10.1 is available on Android and Google TV.

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SYNCHRONIZATION: Microsoft releases Windows Phone 7 Connector Beta for Apple Mac OS X
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:31 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While for Microsoft Windows PCs, the Zune client is the synchronization utility of choice to get photos, music and videos synchronized between a PC and a Windows Phone 7 smartphone (and it's the only choice since Microsoft killed ActiveSync and Windows Mobile Device Center with the launch of Windows Phone 7), Apple Mac users were out of luck so far because Zune is yet not available for the Mac OS. However, since iTunes might be the preferred multimedia app anyway, Microsoft has just released Windows Phone 7 Connector Beta for Apple Mac OS which allows to synchronize music, videos, photos and podcasts from iTunes and iPhoto to Windows Phone 7.

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Monday, 25.10.10
HOW TO: Forwarding Conditional Calls with Windows Phone 7 using USSD Codes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:29 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials

While Windows Phone 7 isn't just a small-sized Tablet PC or an app platform, it's also a fully featured mobile phone - as the product name might indicate. However, Microsoft tried to keep the settings as lean as possible, sometimes maybe even too lean. For instance the call forwarding settings, which can be found under the Phone Settings menu, only shows call forwarding on or off. However, that's only partly true because the GSM and 3GPP standards know four different kind of call forwarding: divert all calls, divert if no reply, divert if unavailable, divert if busy while Windows Phone 7 only shows and allows to configure divert all calls.

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Thursday, 21.10.10
THOUGHT: Where are the Windows Phone 7 Notifications and Live Tiles? Anywhere in the Cloud!
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:54 CET under 09 - Thoughts

When Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7, the company was very proud to be different with its new smartphone operating system. And one highlights Microsoft highlighted during its presentation in Barcelona as well as later during other events was the idea that Windows Phone 7 will be way more alive and interactive than other mobile operating systems. The idea was pretty easy explained - instead of just having static shortcuts to applications, these shortcuts - called Live Tiles - should inform the user that status updates are available, for whatever the application behind the shortcut stands for. From message updates to weather updates to news updates to available application updates.

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LAUNCH: Microsoft and Partners launch Windows Phone 7 in Europe and Asia Pacific
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

This is the day, Microsoft and the Windows Mobile/Windows Phone team worked for more than 2 years and as promised last week, today Microsoft and its partners in Europe and Asia Pacific have launched Windows Phone 7 - Microsoft's new mobile operating system for smartphones. Following last week's announcement, Windows Phone 7 was launched in selected European countries with partner networks at the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy as well as in Asia Pacific at Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Hardware partners in Europe and Asia Pacific are HTC, LG and Samsung while Dell will launch its first Windows Phone 7 smartphone is the U.S. first.

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Tuesday, 19.10.10
UNVEILED: HP announces the webOS 2.0-powered Palm Pre 2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:50 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Together with today's announcement of the new HP webOS 2.0, HP also announced a new smartphone - the Palm Pre 2 (which follows the Palm Pre and the Palm Pre Plus). The Pre 2, which will be available in a CDMA version as well as a UMTS version straight from the launch, is the first Palm smartphone with a 1 GHz CPU and features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, a glass screen and a sleeker - but still Pre-looking - streamlined design that gives users a combination of a vivid 3.1 HVGA touchscreen and a slide-out keyboard. The GSM/UMTS version of the Palm Pre 2 features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz but lacks support for HSUPA.

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OFFICIAL: HP introduces webOS 2.0 - the Next Generation of Mobile Innovation
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:22 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

HP, the new owner of Palm which just left Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 camp in favor of its own webOS, today announced the new HP webOS 2.0, the most significant update to the platform since its launch in 2009 and a substantial step in HP's vision to transform how people think, feel and connect. webOS 2.0 offers consumers compelling application experiences not available on any other platform, while providing developers an unparalleled level of openness to integrate their applications and services. With webOS 2.0, HP is going to advance the innovations Palm introduced 16 months ago, expanding the features that make webOS great for consumers, enterprises and developers.

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COOPERATION: Windows Live joins O2 Germany's netzclub - Free ad-financed Mobile Internet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:45 CET under 01 - General News

Today, O2 Germany announced that the launch of netzclub, Germany's first mobile plan financed by advertising and offered by Telefónica O2 Germany in partnership with YOC, has got off to a flying start since it was launched back in May. With netzclub, customers receive offers from favored brands directly on their mobile phone. In return, customers can make calls and surf with 100 free minutes or a free mobile Internet flat rate for the O2 network - an attractive offer for smartphone users and frequent callers who prefer not to get tied to a contract. However, netzclub now also offers a free netzclub internet flat rate for mobile surfing in a co-branded version called "Windows Life Tariff".

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PHOTOVIEW: Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

The recently announced Samsung Omnia 7 (GT-I8700) is Samsung's first and yet only Windows Phone, running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Powered by a Qualcomm QSD8250 CPU at 1 GHz, the Samsung Omnia 7 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but also triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, WiFi b/g/n, aGPS, an FM RDS radio plus a motion-, proximity and ambient light sensor. The 4.0" - Samsung unique - Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen supports the Windows Phone 7 typical 800 x 480 pixel and the 5 megapixel autofocus camera comes with a LED flash and allows 720p HD video recording at 25 fps.

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Monday, 18.10.10
PHOTOVIEW: HTC 7 Mozart Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

The recently announced HTC 7 Mozart is another one of five new Windows Phones by HTC, running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 1 GHz, the HTC 7 Mozart supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, WiFi b/g/n, aGPS, an FM radio plus a motion-, proximity and ambient light sensor. The 3.7" capacitive touchscreen, one of the smaller Windows Phone 7 touchscreens available today, supports WVGA at 800 x 480 pixel and the pretty much yet unique 8 megapixel autofocus camera comes is a, for HTC, unique and new Xenon flashlight and allows 720p HD video recording.

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:52 CET under 08 - Reviews

The recently announced HTC HD7 is one of five new Windows Phones by HTC, running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system. Powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 1 GHz, the HTC HD7 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, WiFi b/g/n, aGPS, an FM radio plus a motion-, proximity and ambient light sensor. The 4.3" capacitive touchscreen supports the Windows Phone 7 required WVGA resolution at 800 x 480 pixel and the 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flashlight allows 720p HD video recording.

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UNVEILED: HTC launches sleek and compact HTC Gratia Android 2.2 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:59 CET under 04 - Android News

Launched back in June in the U.S. as the HTC Aria, HTC today announced that the HTC Aria is going to hit Europe as the HTC Gratia. Combining style and functionality, the sleek and compact HTC Gratia features a seamless wrap-around soft-cover that eliminates hard edges and a five megapixel autofocus camera. At just over 10 cm in length and weighing 115 g, the HTC Gratia features Android 2.2, is powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 600 MHz and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 as well as GPS, a proximity sensor, digital compass and ambient light sensor.

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Thursday, 14.10.10
SALUTARY: Microsoft welcomes new Windows Phone 7 customers with a Welcome E-Mail
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 supports a wide range of E-Mail services, right built-in to the operating system and beside supporting Gmail and carrier related E-Mail services, for sure Windows Phone 7 also supports Microsoft's very own Windows Live ID service which is used for a variety of Microsoft services - from Hotmail to Windows Live services like Skydrive to Zune Pass to Xbox Live. And fore sure it makes sense to activate a Windows Phone 7 with a Window Live ID, even if it's not required to operate it. But without a Windows Live ID activation, users won't be able to download apps from the Marketplace or purchase music and videos from Zune.

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Monday, 11.10.10
LAUNCH: LG announces the Windows Phone 7 powered Optimus 7 and Optimus 7Q
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

LG Electronics today announced the global launch of its first Windows Phone 7 devices, the LG Optimus 7/E900 and LG Optimus 7Q. Building on Microsoft's new operating system that offers people the ability to do more in fewer steps, the LG Optimus 7 series introduces a new era for smartphones and offers consumers a whole new experience of mobile life. A direct result of LG and Microsoft's close work together in the smartphone market, the LG Optimus 7 series offers the glance and go experience of Windows Phone 7 combined with unique features only available on the LG devices. These compelling applications are available as Live Tiles on Windows Phone 7 and can be accessed via integrated Hubs.

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LAUNCH: Samsung announces the Windows Phone 7 powered Samsung Omnia 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of the Samsung Omnia 7/GT-I8700; Samsung's first smartphone which will be launched with Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system. The Samsung Omnia 7 features a 4" Super AMOLED touch screen, a 1 GHz application processor, a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with HD recording and all this is packed into a sleek, slimline design with metallic finish. The device offers an exceptional entertainment experience directly on your mobile with a range of Microsoft services as Xbox LIVE gaming and Zune for music and video.

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LAUNCH: HTC goes big with Microsoft - launching 5 Windows Phone 7 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones and long-time Microsoft partner, today unveiled five new Windows Phone 7 smartphones: HTC 7 Surround, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and HTC HD7. This strong and diverse family of phones features Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 platform and embodies the stand-out design and innovation for which HTC has come to be known. Each new phone includes a variety of cutting-edge technologies and a series of unique HTC applications that can be accessed through the new HTC Hub that complements the Windows Phone 7 Hub and Tile experience.

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LAUNCH: Microsoft and Partners unveil Windows Phone 7 Global Portfolio
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 announcement back in February, Microsoft joined its partners in revealing nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season from leading mobile operators in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Australia. With more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide committed to bringing Windows Phones to market, the millions of people around the world looking for a phone that plays as hard as it works will have a variety of phones from leading device-makers to choose from. Microsoft and its partners have worked together closely to create a different kind of phone with new experiences that bring together what people care about most. Windows Phone 7 will be available in a variety of sleek form factors from device-makers such as Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung.

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Sunday, 10.10.10
APPROVAL: GCF approves the Palm P102UEU webOS Device
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:36 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

While Palm has officially said that new webOS-powered devices will hit the market anytime early 2011, the Global Certification Forum has just approved the Palm P102UEU. Following Palm's naming-logic, this would mean a European Palm Pre Plus 2 since the first Palm Pre Plus was the P101UEU. The Global Certification Forum also confirmed that the P102UEU is designed for Europe since it received approvals for quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz only. Interesting enough, again HSUPA isn't supported (as it's not supported by the Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pixi Plus). As always, the Global Certification Forum hasn't given any further details except the supported bands and technologies so at this point, there's virtually nothing known about Palm's "next big or small thing".

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APPROVAL: GCF approves HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right in time for tomorrow's Windows Phone 7 launch, HTC's last Windows Phone 7 has received the Global Certification approval earlier this week. While the HTC HD7, the follower of HTC's most likely most successful Windows Mobile smartphone, the HD2, isn't anything new anymore, the GCF confirms that the HD7 will feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz. Further specs like the 4.3", a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, WiFi and Bluetooth are rumored but yet not confirmed. For sure we can expect an official announcement anytime tomorrow during or after Microsoft's global press conference which will happen around the world at 15:00 CET (the German press conference will be held in Hamburg where we will be live on site).

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Monday, 04.10.10
STYLES: HTC launches phantom black HTC Legend and brilliant white HTC Desire
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:39 CET under 04 - Android News

Following its launches earlier this year and the recent introduction of the HTC Desire HD, HTC today unveiled a new color and finish for two of its most popular Android-based smartphones, the HTC Legend and the HTC Desire. The uniquely-designed and iconic HTC Legend will be available with a phantom black finish. The style and form factor for which the HTC Legend has become known remains the same, with its smooth, continuous surface, machined from a single aluminum block creating a seamless compact frame. HTC Desire is also now available in brilliant white for the first time, providing a stunning new look for the phone which has become popular for the richness and quality of its visual and multimedia experience.

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Friday, 01.10.10
MANAGEMENT: Microsoft announces new Leadership Promotions - Appoints Andy Lees to President
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right in time for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch anytime next month, Microsoft today promoted Andy Lees to the President of the Mobile Communications Business. As President of the Mobile Communications Business, Lees - who killed Microsoft KIN just earlier this summer - will continue to oversee the overall marketing and product development for Microsoft's mobility efforts. Lees, a 20-year Microsoft veteran, has led the Mobile Communications Business since February 2008 and was at the center of the company's efforts to rebuild the mobile business, including the development of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 to be released this holiday season.

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