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Friday, 24.12.10
SEASON GREETINGS: Merry Christmas from the::unwired
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:21 CET under 06 - Site News

Dear readers, friends and followers of the::unwired! As every year, on behalf of the::unwired, I want to wish you a very merry Christmas! It was a pleasure to work for you by finding the latest news, testing devices, software and services and just being part of the community. I want to say thank you, dear loyal readers, for visiting the::unwired another year and making the site a great Microsoft Windows Phone (7), Google Android and Palm webOS - resource. Thanks for all your input, thoughts, feedback, tips and E-Mails! Furthermore I want to thank all contributing editors and helpers in the background for their work as well as I want to thank all supporting companies, manufactures, carriers, developers and advertisers for their support - helping to make the::unwired alive!

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Thursday, 23.12.10
PHOTOVIEW: HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 with Slide-out Keyboard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:08 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back in October by HTC as the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 smartphone, the HTC 7 Pro will be available as a GSM/UMTS version too. The HTC 7 Pro will be the first European Windows Phone 7 keyboard-slider and as all Windows Phone 7 smartphones, also the 7 Pro will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU. According to HTC and the GCF, the 7 Pro is expected to support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (2 Mbps) at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore, the 7 Pro is said to feature WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS as well as the Windows Phone 7 typical FM radio, digital compass, G-, proximity- and ambient-light sensors.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves the Dell Venue Android Smartphone and Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:20 CET under 01 - General News

Not that the Dell Venue Pro is anything new, it's Dell's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone which was announced back in October, but the Dell Venue with Android is somewhat new. And the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has just approved both devices. There's no real difference between both, both feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/1700/2100 MHz. However, it's quite interesting tha thet GCF isn't mentioning HSUPA while Dell said that both, the Dell Venue and the Dell Venue Pro are featuring HSDPA at 7.6 Mbps as well as HSUPA at 5.76 Mbps. Normally you should think that the GCF knows which features are supported since it's testing these features. But Dell should know it better anyway.

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC 7 Trophy Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:55 CET under 08 - Reviews

The HTC 7 Trophy, which was announced back in October, is running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system and is powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 1 GHz. Like all other European HTC Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the HTC 7 Trophy supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (2 Mbps) at 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g/n, aGPS, a FM radio plus the Windows Phone 7 typical motion-, proximity and ambient light sensors. The 3.8" capacitive touchscreen supports WVGA at 800 x 480 pixel and the 5 megapixel autofocus camera comes is a LED flashlight and allows 720p HD video recording.

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Tuesday, 21.12.10
STATEMENT: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 sales off to a promising start
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft's very own News Center has recently interviewed Achim Berg, Microsoft's Vice President of Business and Marketing for Windows Phones. And while Microsoft was initially somewhat shy to release some sales figures, Berg has finally spilled the beans how well Windows Phone 7 is doing - or not. Berg arrived in his role this past summer and has spent time getting to know the team, his partners and the opportunities Microsoft has to re-establish itself in mobile. He made the move just as Microsoft was rolling out Windows Phone 7, which launched in Europe and the Asia Pacific region on October 21 and in the United States and Canada on November 8.

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UPDATE: Microsoft releases Facebook for Windows Phone 1.1 - Adds Places and Photo Tagging
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 comes with Facebook support preinstalled, it's part of the Peoples hub, for sure there's also a Facebook Mobile app available which has way more features. The Peoples hub integration is great to quickly check latest Facebook updates or to update the own status; however Facebook Mobile for Windows Phone 7 allows to also review upcoming events, manage the Inbox, upload photos, publish notes, accept friend requests and look at friends' photos, walls and info. Now, following the recent Facebook Mobile update for Android, also Windows Phone 7 received an updates which finally adds support of Facebook Places and allows to tag photos.

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Monday, 20.12.10
TEASED: Motorola teases Tablet with Android Honeycomb OS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:22 CET under 04 - Android News

Motorola has just uploaded a video to YouTube which seems to tease an upcoming Android Honeycomb Tablet which is expected to be unveiled during CES, early January. If earlier rumors are right, Motorola's first Android Tablet is expected to be launched in a 7" as well as a 10" version, featuring a 1280 x 800 multitouch display. Furthermore it's expected that the device will be powered by a Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 dual-core chip and featuring a 5 megapixel main camera, as well as 2 megapixel front camera. Also, it's expected that the device will be available in three in flavors: UMTS, CDMA and LTE.

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Friday, 17.12.10
UNVEILED: HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 ready to head to Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When HTC unveiled its Windows Phone 7 smartphone portfolio, HTC also announced the upcoming launch of the HTC 7 Pro, a landscape QWERTY-keyboard slider smartphone. However, at that time, HTC only mentioned an upcoming North American CDMA version. Nevertheless, later HTC continued with further information that the HTC 7 Pro might also be released as a GSM/UMTS version and indeed, as it looks now, the HTC 7 Pro is ready to be launched in Europe any time early next year. The HTC 7 Pro is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (2 Mbps) at 900/2100 MHz.

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UPDATE: Xbox Live Extras with with more supported Countries and new Features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Xbox Live gamers here which also play on their Windows Phone 7 devices? If so, you might like to hear that holidays are coming a little bit earlier to you with a recent update of Xbox Live Extras for Windows Phone 7. Xbox Live Extras brings the Xbox Live experience on Windows Phone 7 to the next level by allowing to customize 3D avatars, track achievements and connecting with Xbox Live friends. It allows to see who's online and what friends are doing with the ability to receive messages from anyone in the Xbox Live community. Furthermore it allows to discover all the great games friends love to play and compare achievements with them.

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OPENED: O2 Germany launches Friendly User Trial for 4G LTE
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:30 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday, Telefónica O2 Germany launched its Friendly User Trial for its new 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network. Several hundred customers and non-customers can try O2 Germany's new broadband wireless technology free of charge at home for the next six months. Even in so-called white spots which had no (wireless or wired) broadband connection so far, users can enjoy the same or even better data transfer rates as with DSL. O2 is running its "Friendly User Tests" in its pilot networks in Munich, Ebersberg, Halle and Teutschenthal. In the last few weeks, more than one thousand people in these regions applied for participating in the tests. First routers and USB sticks for LTE are now being sent out.

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OFFICIAL : LG launches the LG Optimus 2X with Tegra 2 - World's 1st Dual–Core Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:35 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday, LG has announced the LG Optimus 2X, the world's first Android smartphone with a dual-core processor. Along with more powerful multimedia features, the LG Optimus 2X's high-performance Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and applications and lets users multitask with virtually no screen lag. Developed by Nvidia, the dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip found in the LG Optimus 2X runs at 1 GHz and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio. The device comes with a rear- 8 megapixel and front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera, microSD memory expandability, Micro-USB port and a hefty 1500 mAh battery.

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MAPS: Google updates Google Maps Mobile to v5.0 - Adds 3D Mode and Offline Reliability
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:19 CET under 04 - Android News

Google has launched Google Maps Mobile a little more than five years ago and since then it has added dozens of features. However, while Google Maps Mobile got features like Google Maps Navigation and Google Latitude, a couple of things have remained the same: a flat, north-up map and the need for a strong Internet connection. But yesterday, Google has launched Google Maps Mobile 5.0 for Android which comes with a lot of enhancements and changes, including 3D maps, offline reliability, offline rerouting, and more; while other features like Navigation, Latitude or Places are unchanged.

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MULTIMEDIA: HTC releases YouTube Client for HTC Windows Phone 7 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft has released its own YouTube client for Windows Phone 7, this client leaves mixed feelings. While videos are nicely integrated into the Music & Videos hub for playback, the client itself isn't anything more than just a link to the mobile version of YouTube. However, now HTC has picked-up this topic and has recently launched its very own YouTube Mobile client for Windows Phone 7. It allows to browse, search and watch videos within the client, get related video recommendations, as well as it allows to share video links via E-Mail.

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Wednesday, 15.12.10
RUMOR: Microsoft's first major Windows Phone 7 Update expected for Summer 2011
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to a recent report by ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley, Microsoft's first "major" Windows Phone 7 update - code-named "Mango" is expected to hit Windows Phones any time late summer next year; namely August or September 2011. Following the previous rumors of two upcoming minor updates, which are expected for January and/or February, Mango will precede Windows Phone 8 (according to Foley - codenamed "Apollo") which is slated for late 2012. According to Foley's source, the Mango update is a kind of Windows Phone 7.5 important and even states, that it may even be named that when it debuts.

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PIM: IBM releases Lotus Notes Traveler for Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:06 CET under 04 - Android News

Lotus Notes users here!? If so, you might be happy to hear that IBM has just released Lotus Notes Traveler 8.5.2.1 which brings support for Android smartphones (in addition to the already supported iOS, Windows Mobile and Symbian operating systems). Lotus Notes traveler is a push solution providing quick access to E-Mail (including attachments), calendar, address book, journal and to-do list for Lotus Notes mobile users. It features automatic, two-way, OTA synchronization of Notes E-Mail, calendar and contact data. Furthermore it allows to remotely wipe lost or stolen devices and allows to read encrypted E-Mails.

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UPDATE: HTC updates HTC Hub - Brings Weather Live Tiles to Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When Windows Phone 7 was launched, it was no surprise that HTC added a couple of app-goodies to its range of Windows Phone 7 devices and the center of all HTC apps is an application called HTC Hub. However, HTC hasn't put too much work into the HTC Hub front-end and the joy came when it was opened, showing customers the weather for the current and predefined location. Now HTC has released an HTC Hub update which brings the joy of weather live tiles to the Windows Phone 7 Start screen. The new HTC live tile shows the weather for either the current or a predefined location as well as it gives a weather outlook and shows (useless) thumbnails for some featured applications.

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Tuesday, 14.12.10
UPDATE: Facebook releases Facebook for Android 1.5 - Adds Facebook Chat and Push Notifications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:58 CET under 04 - Android News

Following earlier Facebook Mobile updates for Android, which mostly included feature enhancements all the time, Facebook's latest update, which was released just recently, finally features the long time awaited support for Facebook Chat - allowing to chat with friends right from the Android smartphone and even includes a background mode which allows to receive chat messages while using other applications, as well as push notifications. Facebook for Android is a pretty complete mobile client now which makes it easy to stay connected friends and followers.

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MULTIMEDIA: Paramount Digital Entertainment to release Silverlight enhanced Movies for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Paramount Digital Entertainment announced today that it will be releasing ten enhanced movie apps of Paramount Pictures' films exclusively for Windows Phone 7. The movie apps have been built using Microsoft Silverlight technology and offer the full movie plus menus, bonus features and unique experiences not available on other platforms to deliver a rich connected consumer experience to Windows Phone 7. Other features in the enhanced movie apps include the ability to create custom clips, view the movie with pop-up trivia powered by "Scene It?" and a movie info feature offering users the ability to identify actors, objects, music, and places in the movie, providing rich, contextual information.

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Monday, 13.12.10
UTILITY: Appa Mundi Tasks adds the missing Tasks functionality to Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sure, unlike Windows Mobile before, which was the perfect mobile companion for business users, Microsoft is yet not advertising Windows Phone 7 as a business phone but focuses on consumers. And therefore, Windows Phone 7 lacks an Outlook compatible Tasks application which allows users to manage their personal and business related tasks straight from the phone. However, Appa Mundi hast just released Appa Mundi Tasks which goes even further by allowing to synchronize Windows Phone 7 tasks with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 or later. Furthermore, this advanced task manager allows to filter and sort tasks by status, priority, subject, start or due date.

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PHOTOVIEW: HP Palm Pre 2 webOS 2.0 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:03 CET under 08 - Reviews

The recently announced and launched HP Palm Pre 2 is the first webOS smartphone from HP, after it acquired Palm earlier this year; but it's also the first webOS 2.0. The Palm Pre 2 (which follows the Palm Pre and the Palm Pre Plus) is available in a North American CDMA version as well as a rest of the world UMTS version. It's powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and features a 5 megapixel fixfocus camera with LED flash. The GSM/UMTS version supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz but also lacks support for HSUPA. Nevertheless, also onboard are WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a built-in GPS receiver and an accelerometer as well as an ambient light and proximity sensor.

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HOMEBREWED: Samsung Network Profile Utility unlocks Samsung Windows Phone 7 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While most (if not all) Windows Phone 7 smartphones can be bought SIM-free and without any carrier locks, some Windows Phone 7 devices feature a kind of network-lock which is even kind of supported by Microsoft. As a matter of fact, Microsoft has simplified the Windows Phone 7 settings way too much and users are totally unable to configure the MMS settings. If a network configuration isn't supported by the manufacturer, there's no official way for users to change it. However, now there was a homebrewed utility released which allows Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus customers to change the network settings - according to the used SIM card.

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RUMOR: Microsoft to release a second Windows Phone 7 update in February?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to a recent report by WinRumors, Microsoft is already working on a second Windows Phone 7 update which is expected to follow the January Windows Phone 7 update anytime February. While Microsoft has yet not confirmed any release dates, it's expected that the company will launch its first Windows Phone 7 update, which will most likely featuring copy & paste, anytime January. However, according to WinRumors, Microsoft is already working on a follow-up update and has chosen the upcoming Mobile World Congress to unveil it. If it's really released in February and announced during the Mobile World Congress, it might be a much more important update than the January update.

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Thursday, 09.12.10
UPDATE: Google releases YouTube 2.1 for Android 2.2 or higher
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:03 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening, Google has released an updated YouTube Mobile version for Android which means - according to Google - that YouTube app updates aren't tied to Android OS releases anymore. The app was rebuilt from the ground up to mirror the YouTube desktop experience and is Google's fastest, most intuitive YouTube mobile app to date. It comes with a couple of enhancements, including in-page playback which allows to read the video description, browse related, rate or flag videos without having to interrupt video playback. Furthermore it allows posting comments while the video is playing, just like on the desktop website.

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Wednesday, 08.12.10
HOMESICKNESS: Windows Phone 7 calls Home and asks for Certificate Permission
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday evening, some wrong information made the round where it was said that Microsoft has remotely locked Windows Phone 7 smartphones which were previously unlocked with ChevronWP7. However, as a matter of fact, Microsoft hasn't sent any OTA kill-bits to the affected Windows Phone 7 devices but the Windows Phone 7 devices itself have automatically asked Microsoft if they were supposed to be unlocked. The ChevronWP7 developer team has explained in a blog post that Microsoft told them before "that after a short amount of time - approximately two weeks - phones unlocked via ChevronWP7 would revert back to their original locked state".

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Tuesday, 07.12.10
GIVEAWAY: For the::unwired Readers & Followers only - Win a LG Optimus 7 Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:57 CET under 06 - Site News

Right in time for Christmas and as announced three weeks ago, the::unwired readers and @theunwired Twitter followers can win a brand new LG Optimus 7 smartphone courtesy of LG! If you haven't heard about the Optimus 7 yet, you should have a look at the::unwired's photoview, videoviews and review first because you have to answer a question about the Optimus 7; LG's brand new Microsoft Windows Phone 7 smartphone, featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, which also comes with Bluetooth, WiFi, an FM radio and a GPS receiver as well as it features a 3.8" capacitive WVGA LCD touchscreen and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with flash LED!

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REVIEW: LG Optimus 7 / E900 Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:45 CET under 08 - Reviews

The LG Optimus 7 is a touchscreen bar-phone which runs on Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 OS. It's powered by a - Windows Phone 7 typical - Qualcomm QSD8650 CPU at 1 GHz and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (5.7 Mbps) at 900/1900/2100 MHz which makes it one of the few Windows Phone 7 smartphones which can be also used with North American UMTS networks. Furthermore, the Optimus 7 features Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi b/g/n, an FM radio and the Windows Phone 7 typical aGPS receiver and sensors. With its 3.8" capacitive WVGA LCD touchscreen, it's one of the smaller sized Windows Phone 7 devices.

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LIMITATION: Windows Phone 7 to support 15 Push Notifications only?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Fellow Pocket PC enthusiasts might remember the 32 processes limitation of Windows Mobile, where the underlying Windows CE kernel wasn't able to handle more than 32 simultaneous processes? Well, even if Windows Phone 7 is much newer and completely redesigned, it seems it comes with a similar limitation but this time it's not about background processes but notification limits. According to a blog post by Kevin Marshall, Windows Phone 7 can only have a total of 15 apps registered for push notifications. If a user installs 15 apps that use push notifications and a 16th app is installed, the user will get a "InvalidOperationException(Channel quota exceeded)" error message.

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Monday, 06.12.10
SERVICE: Google launches eBooks for PCs, Android and iPhone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:33 CET under 01 - General News

Not that we already have enough eBook services available, today also Google launched its eBook service which will be initially available in the U.S. from a new Google eBookstore. Googgle eBooks allows to browse and search through the largest ebooks collection in the world with more than three million titles including hundreds of thousands for sale. It's featuring the latest bestsellers and popular reads as well as classics. Google designed Google eBooks to be open. Many devices are compatible with Google eBooks - everything from Laptops to Netbooks to Tablets to smartphones to e-readers.

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REVEALED: Google unveils the Nexus S Android Smartphone - available from December in the U.S. and UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:25 CET under 04 - Android News

Right in time with today's Android 2.3/Gingerbread announcement, Google has made the Google Nexus S by Samsung official by displaying it on its Google Phone Gallery. According to Google's official information, the the Nexus S is powered by a 1 GHz Samsung Cortex A8 Humbingbird CPU, will run on Android 2.3 and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1700/2100 Mhz. Furthermore, the Nexus S supports WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS and a three axis gyroscope. Also confirmed is the support for NFC (Near Field Communication).

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OFFICIAL: Google announces Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, Google has officially announced Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread today, the next version of Google's successful mobile OS for smartphones and Tablet PCs, which comes with a lot of new and exciting features for users and developers as well as it includes new platform technologies. The user interface is refined in many ways across the system, making it easier to learn, faster to use, and more power-efficient. A simplified visual theme of colors against black brings vividness and contrast to the notification bar, menus, and other parts of the UI. Changes in menus and settings make it easier for the user to navigate and control the features of the system and device.

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VIDEOVIEW: Sony Ericsson LiveView Bluetooth Micro Display Unboxing and Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Sony Ericsson LiveView is a Bluetooth-enabled micro display which allows to control compatible Android smartphones without ever taking the phone out of the pocket. The LiveView connects to any Android 2.1 (or higher) smartphone and features a 1.3" color OLED screen with two hardware buttons on the top and four touch sensitive softkeys around the display. It displays incoming SMS, RSS feeds, Facebook and Twitter updates as well as it shows the phone number for incoming calls, allows to mute ringer for incoming phone calls and remote controls music playback as well as offering volume adjustment. The LiveView shows calendar reminders and allows to remotely find the connected phone.

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UTILITY: Tom XAP Installer allows easy homebrewed Windows Phone 7 Apps installation
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following yesterday's news about the first homebrewed Google Maps Mobile client for Windows Phone 7, a smart developer streamlined the process of side-loading aka installing homebrewed .xap files (which are basically a kind of Windows Phone 7's .cab files). While the Tom XAP Installer also requires Microsoft's .Net 4.0 Framework and the Windows Phone 7 SDK (which are both available free of charge from Microsoft), users don't have to use Application Deployment anymore (which is part of the Windows Phone 7 SDK) but can easily double-click an .xap file to get it installed on an unlocked (this workaround is still necessary even if the ChevronWP7 project was canceled) Windows Phone 7 smartphone.

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Sunday, 05.12.10
HOMEBREWED: TA Maps brings Google Maps Mobile to Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Google is yet not giving Windows Phone 7 too much love except is release of very basic Google Search application, today there's no other Google app or service available for Windows Phone 7. And while Windows Phone 7 comes with Microsoft's Bing Maps preinstalled, you might want to use Google Maps on Windows Phone 7 instead? Well, TechAutos came up yesterday with a first but yet very basic Google Maps Mobile version for Windows Phone 7! As the developers mention, it's meant as a temporary solution until Google releases its official app and it's still missing lots of important features like POI search, favorites, etc., but some users might find it useful even in its current shape.

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Saturday, 04.12.10
UNVEILED: Sony Ericsson Zeus 1 PSP Phone shows its Face on Video
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:14 CET under 04 - Android News

So far, the Sony Ericsson Zeus 1 PSP (Playstation Portable) smartphone was a kind of rumor which came with blurry photos but now, two videos hit the web which seem to prove its real existence! According to earlier rumors, the Sony Ericsson Zeus 1 is expected to run on the yet to be released Android 2.3/Gingerbread (which is already demoed in the videos) and be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. Furthermore it's speculated that the Zeus 1 will come with 512 MB RAM and 1 GB ROM which is - for sure expandable by microSD cards (since you have to store the PSP games anyway). The slider-design - which makes the Zeus 1 quite thick - hides the PSP-typical buttons and joypad.

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Friday, 03.12.10
UPDATE: Beezz to be Windows Phone 7's first Twitter Client with Notifications?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Twitter's official Windows Phone 7 client lacks notifications about received direct messages or mentions, Beezz - an emerging Twitter client which is available from the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for a couple of weeks now - is expected to become the first Twitter app to support push notifications. In its next update, Beezz is expected to support Live Tiles as well as toast notifications for direct messages and mentions. While Twitter itself has also announced to support sooner or later push notifications (without mentioning Live Tiles or toast notifications so we can only guess what Twitter is planning), the missing notifications of Twitter (as well as Facebook) is a major drawback for Windows Phone 7.

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AVAILABLE: German Base launches low-cost Android Smartphone lutea
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:42 CET under 04 - Android News

Since today, a new Android smartphone is available in Germany - the Base lutea. The lutea was developed and is manufactured by Chinese ODM ZTE (better known for its white-labeled mobile broadband UMTS sticks) and also the lutea isn't featuring a ZTE branding but E-Plus' Base branding. The entry-market Android 2.1 smartphone supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, as well as a GPS receiver and FM radio. The device features a 3.5" WVGA capacitive touchscreen, and comes with a 5 megapixel autofocus camera. The internal memory of 300 MB can be expanded with microSD memory cards.

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PHOTOVIEW: Sony Ericsson LiveView Bluetooth Micro Display for Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:24 CET under 08 - Reviews

Sony Ericsson's earlier announced and recently released LiveView is a - as Sony Ericsson calls it- micro display which allows Android users controlling the phone without ever taking it out of the pocket. It's using Bluetooth technology to connect to any compatible Android 2.1 (or higher) smartphone and comes with a 1.3" OLED screen with two hardware buttons on top and four touch sensitive softkeys around the display. At a size of tiny 11 x 35  x 35 mm, the LiveView weights 15 g only, including the inbuilt and not replaceable Li-Ion battery. Unlike previous Sony Ericsson accessories like Bluetooth headsets, the LiveView features a, by a flap protected, micro USB port to recharge the battery.

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Thursday, 02.12.10
FUN: Track Santa's Route on your Smartphone using Google Maps Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:34 CET under 01 - General News

Kind of a tradition in the U.S., that brings joy to youngsters, is the one that started in 1955 by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), which every year counts down to Christmas Eve and tracks Santa's whereabouts as he delivers presents across the globe. Google similarly started tracking Santa in 2004 and has been partnering with NORAD on this fun project since 2007. Keeping the tradition alive, today marks the kick-off of this year's countdown on the NORAD website. In addition, starting at 2 a.m. EST on December 24, users will be able to track Santa in real-time on Google Maps from a computer or phone (using Google Maps Mobile) as well as on Google Earth by searching for "Santa".

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APPROVAL: GCF approves the HTC PC92100 aka HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) has recently approved a new HTC smartphone. The so called "PC92100" is a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA smartphone, supporting 3G at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore it seems that - according to an earlier Wi-Fi Alliance approval - that the PC92100 is featuring WiFi b/g/n. Nevertheless, as always, neither the GCF nor the Wi-Fi Alliance are giving any further information about the used operating system and therefore it's unknown if the PC92100 is either a Windows Phone or Android smartphone (or something totally different). However, the used WCDMA bands make it a smartphone for Europe and Asia only.

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