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Monday, 31.01.11
SERVICE: Facebook announces European Facebook Deals launch in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:39 CET under 01 - General News

Following earlier Facebook Mobile updates for Android and Windows Phone 7, starting from today European Facebook users in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain can check in on Facebook and claim special offers, rewards and discounts from top brands. What's more by checking in, users will share these benefits with friends on Facebook so they can take advantage of them too. Part of Facebook Places, Facebook Deals helps users find offers in local area from a mobile phone or discover money-saving tips from friends through the News Feed. Finding deals near you is easy: Using your mobile browser or the latest version of the Facebook app, open "Places" and then click "Check In".

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Friday, 28.01.11
UTILITY: MobilityFlow announces Animated Contact Launch Android Widget
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 04 - Android News

MobilityFlow's just announced "Animated Widget Contact Launch" for Android looks like it was inspired by T-Mobile's myFaves but it's indeed a handy widget for Android users. It's a free quick-dial widget allows the user to access the most important contacts to make calls and send messages quickly and conveniently. Besides, the widget is noted for impressive video effects creating a beautiful home screen world, which responds to the user actions in a fascinating way. The Android contact widget by MobilityFlow greatly facilitates such tasks as dialing frequent or favorite contacts, sending SMS/MMS or E-Mails. The user can access them right from the home screen, without opening additional applications.

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UPDATE: Sony Ericsson releases Firmware Update for the LiveView Bluetooth Micro Display
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:57 CET under 04 - Android News

Good news for owners of a Sony Ericsson LiveView. As it was just announced at the Sony Ericsson Product Blog, the expected firmware update for the LiveView micro display went live today and is now available as a free download. It's said that the firmware update will improve the overall stability in the phone application (update available on Android Market since some weeks ago) as well as improving the plug-in handling and which comes now with a raised limit of number of installed plug-ins. Other, even more important improvements include connection stability improvements which is said to be the the most identified reasons for random disconnects.

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Thursday, 27.01.11
LEAK: Samsung to unveil the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Tab 2 during Mobile World Congress 2011
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:19 CET under 04 - Android News

While the world is still waiting for further official "unpack" information, Samsung's PR department seems to work hard in the background to prepare its Mobile World Congress press event next month. And while we've received an invitation for Sunday evening, so far Samsung hasn't lost a single word what it will present. Nevertheless, now a Samsung PR plan appeared (and disappeared later) which confirms that Samsung will indeed show and announce the Samsung Galaxy S 2 Android smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Android tablet during next month's press conference and exhibition.

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STATEMENT: Microsoft sold over 2 Million Windows Phone 7 Licenses to Manufacturers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the earlier discussions how good or bad Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 is doing, Engadget has received an update from Microsoft giving us some further info. According to these information, Microsoft has sold more than 2 million Windows Phone 7 licenses to OEMs/handset manufactures which means that possibly 2 million devices were manufactured so far. But it definitely doesn't mean that 2 million devices were sold to end users. Furthermore Engadget reports, that - according to Microsoft - early researches says that 93 % of Windows Phone 7 customers are "satisfied" and 90 % would even recommend the platform to others. That's definitely not a bad sign, especially the high recommendation rate shows that Microsoft seems to have something right.

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Wednesday, 26.01.11
SHOPPING: Amazon UK launches new Shopping Application for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:54 CET under 04 - Android News

Amazon.co.uk today announced the release of its latest mobile shopping application, "Amazon App for Android", which is now available as a free download in Android Market. Designed specifically for Android, the Amazon app offers users a fast and convenient way to shop for millions of items on Amazon.co.uk and thousands of Marketplace sellers wherever they go. The application includes barcode scanning, a new feature that enables Android users to use their device camera to scan items available for sale on Amazon.co.uk and receive a product match instantly – without the need for a keyboard. Using the Amazon App for Android, customers can make price comparisons across multiple sellers, and easily purchase products from Amazon.co.uk and thousands of other retailers on the Amazon.co.uk site.

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CONNECTIVITY: O2 UK to redefine UK's WiFi landscape with launch of free O2 Wifi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:34 CET under 01 - General News

O2 UK today announced its plans to deploy a "market-changing" public WiFi platform in the UK, with the launch of free O2 Wifi. O2's premium hotspots will be managed through partnerships with key venue owners and will be open for all customers to access for free, no matter which mobile or broadband provider they are with. It will begin rollout immediately by replacing its existing 450 Cloud hotspots in its retail and office estate. It will continue to extend the reach and scale of O2 Wifi through partnerships with strategic venues, to include shops, restaurants, retail outlets and outdoor and indoor locations across the UK.

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Tuesday, 25.01.11
OFFICIAL: Google allows U.S. Customers to port Mobile Numbers to Google Voice
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:21 CET under 01 - General News

According to Google, one of the most frequent requests the company hear from people who use Google Voice is that they'd like to get all of Google Voice's features without having to give up their long-time phone numbers. Following this requests and accidentally enabling this last week, Google has just announced that number porting is now available for all existing Google Voice users. This means users can make the mobile number they've always used as their Google Voice number which means that it can ring any phone you want - or even your computer. Porting a number to Google Voice costs US$ 20 and is usually completed within 24 hours.

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SERVICE: Google announces Google Cloud Printing for Mobile Devices [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Google yesterday announced that it has launched Google Cloud Print Beta for mobile documents and Gmail. Cloud Print is a service which was announced back in April 2010 and allows printing from any app on any device, OS or browser without the need to install any software. Following last month's announcement that Google Cloud Print will be supported in the Chrome notebook pilot program, yesterday's launch is something more publically available which Google will be rolling out to end-users throughout the next few days. It allows to print E-Mails as well as certain documents and E-Mail attachments like Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files.

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Monday, 24.01.11
ABSTRACT: What to expect from Handset Manufacturers at the upcoming Mobile World Congress?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:17 CET under 01 - General News

In preparation for next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it's always good to know in advance what to expect from the world's most important mobile show and a good source of information is - as always - the Global Certification Forum (GCF) as well as the Trademarks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union. While the GCF hasn't spilled any beans so far, the European Trademark and Design Office is showing some recently registered trademarks from HP/Palm, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson which all have registered trademarks in December or January. Therefore it can be expected that these companies will show and launch new smartphones and/or tablets next month.

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Friday, 21.01.11
THOUGHT: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly or how well is Windows Phone 7 selling?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:37 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Back in November, Deutsche Telekom released a statement where the company said that was was "very satisfied" with the initial Windows Phone 7 sales in Germany and later, Microsoft's Achim Berg, Vice President of Business and Marketing for Windows Phones, followed-up that he was also quite satisfied with the whole Windows Phone 7 eco-system development. However, earlier this year, James Choi, Marketing Strategy and Planning Team Director of LG Electronics told Pocket-lint in an interview that "LG had a high expectation from an industry perspective, but from a consumer point of view the visibility is less than LG expected".

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Thursday, 20.01.11
CONFIRMED: HTC to release the HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone in the UK
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following this week's official launch in Germany, HTC just announced via Facebook that the HTC 7 Pro will also come to the UK! The HTC 7 Pro is HTC's and Europe's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone, which comes with a hardware keyboard. Unlike the Dell Venue Pro, the 7 Pro features a portrait 5-rows slide-out keyboard. The rest is pretty similar to other HTC Windows Phone 7 devices. The HTC 7 Pro is also powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (2 Mbps) at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore, the 7 Pro will feature WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS and an FM radio.

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ROADMAP: HP to show new HP (Palm) webOS Products at the Mobile World Congress?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:59 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

HP has just sent out its media invitation for next month's Mobile World Congress and it looks like HP will indeed show a couple of new webOS products in Barcelona. However, it also looks like HP is also getting rid of the Palm brand because the invitation doesn't mention Palm with a single word. According to the February 9th invitation, it's expected that HP could show a couple of new webOS-based smartphones as well as it most likely shows its first webOS Tablets but it seems HP has learned and isn't losing a single hint in its Mobile World Congress invitation anymore.

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Wednesday, 19.01.11
HOMEBREWED: First Windows Phone 7 Registry Editor released
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft is officially neither supporting a user accessible file system nor a registry, we should face it that a Windows Phone 7 is still Windows - even if it runs on a (mobile) phone. And today, TouchXperience - already well known is in still young Windows Phone 7 Homebrew community - has released its first public Beta of Registry Editor for Windows Phone 7. While it's yet not widely known which registry keys can or should be changed for which benefit, Registry Editor for Windows Phone 7 is a full-featured registry editor and works on all WP7 devices. It allows you to explore and search registry entries as well as it allows to create/edit/delete registry keys and values.

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TEASED: Samsung to announce the next evolution in Samsung Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:53 CET under 04 - Android News

Whatever Samsung plans to announce next month in Barcelona, Samsung hast just sent out its invitation for its upcoming Mobile World Congress press conference and has just relaunched its "unpacked site" which this time teases that "Something big is coming". The preview teaser shows last year's launched Samsung Galaxy S and a yet hidden device on the right. It can be expected that it will be something different, most likely the "Samsung Galaxy S II" (or whatever Samsung will call it) and I would expect that it is an Android device. However, I wouldn't expect that it will be the Samsung's version of the Google Nexus S, the GT-I9003, even if the launch should be close as well.

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REVEALED: Dell plans to launch the Dell Venue Pro in Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At today's CeBIT Preview event in Munich, Dell told us that it plans to launch its first Windows Phone 7, the Dell Venue Pro, in Germany and maybe even further European countries. The Venue Pro, which was announced back in October during Microsoft's global Windows Phone 7 launch, is so far only available in the U.S. and announced for the UK. Powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU, the Dell Venue Pro supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (5.76 Mbps) at 900/1700/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. The 4.1" Gorilla Glass protected AMOLED touchscreen supports the Windows Phone 7 typical WVGA resolution, like the 5 megapixel autofocus camera.

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Tuesday, 18.01.11
APPROVAL: GCF approves the Samsung GT-S5830 "Galaxy S Mini" Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:40 CET under 04 - Android News

Right in time for the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has approved the Samsung GT-S5830 Android smartphone which recently made its way to the Web as the "Samsung Galaxy S Mini". According to the GCF, the GT-S5830 is pretty much a mid-range smartphone, featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 850/2100 MHz. However, the 850/2100 MHz combination is quite unusual for a European smartphone where 900/2100 MHz is normally used. Anyway, the Wi-Fi Alliance has also approved it recently and confirmed WiFi b/g/n support.

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Monday, 17.01.11
APPROVAL: GCF approves the Dell Looking Glass Android Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 04 - Android News

Do you remember the Dell Looking Glass Android Tablet? No? Well, no wonder - first information hit the Internet in April last year and since then we haven't heard anything anymore about Dell's 7" Android Tablet. However, the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has just approved a "Dell Looking Glass" and therefore it seems that the project isn't dead but was just postponed. According to the GCF, the "new" Looking Glass will support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz. As always, the GCF hasn't given any further information but according to earlier information, the Looking Glass could also featre WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0

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Monday, 10.01.11
IMPROVED: Google Goggles gets Faster, Smarter and Solves Sudoku
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:31 CET under 04 - Android News

Following the initial release of Google Goggles, Google has just launched a new version of Goggles which is faster and smarter than ever before. The new Goggles 1.3 client for Android can scan barcodes almost instantly; within a second the phone gently vibrates and presents results, without requiring a button press. Furthermore, all versions of Goggles can now recognize print ads in popular magazines and newspapers which is different from the marketing experiment Google announced in November. Google now recognizing a much broader range of ads than initially included in its marketing experiment.

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RELEASE: O2 Germany to launch the HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 next week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The wait for Germans is over! Today, O2 Germany announced via Twitter that it will officially launch the long awaited HTC 7 Pro, HTC's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone with a hardware keyboard, next week. Featuring a 5-row slide-out QWERTZ keyboard, the HTC 7 Pro is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and will 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 will feature WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS and an FM radio. The device comes with a 3.6" WVGA multitouch-screen and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and the ability to record 720p HD videos.

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Sunday, 09.01.11
ROADMAP: Microsoft plans to bring KIN Studio features to Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When Microsoft launched KIN last year (and killed it later again), it also introduced a cloud-based web service for KIN phones called KIN Studio. While Windows Phone 7 has a similar Web service under the Live.com brand, the KIN Studio went even further since almost everything created on a KIN phone was available in the cloud from any Web browser. Photos and videos were synchronized and presented in an online visual timeline so they were easy to view and share. Also the KIN Studio automatically backed up text messages, call history and contacts - and populated a personalized digital journal so it was easy to go back in time to relive a crazy weekend or recent birthday.

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Friday, 07.01.11
CONNECTIVITY: Microsoft previews Windows Home Server Beta add-on for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During the current CES in Las Vegas, Microsoft is previewing a Windows Phone 7 Beta add-in for Microsoft's upcoming Windows Home Server code-named "Vail". The Windows Phone 7 add-in will give remote access to Windows Home Servers and providing access to Alerts, Media and Account. Just like the Alert option on the Dashboard, the Windows Phone version gives alert notifications on the connected Windows Home Server. Media, which is the most important part, will provide access to all music, photos and videos, stored on the Windows Home Server, allowing to smoothly stream music, photos and even videos right from the home to a Windows Phone away from home!

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Thursday, 06.01.11
SERVICE: Yahoo! announces Flickr for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yahoo! has announced today that it will bring the Flickr experience to Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7. Introducing a whole new way to share the life through photos, Flickr for Microsoft will allow to easily browse the world on Flickr in stunning high-resolution display and touch navigation controls, uploading images on the go and staying connected with people who matter most. The new Flickr for Windows 7 and Windows Mobile 7 will allow to share photos with friends and family via E-Mail, Twitter, Facebook and more by uploading images on the go with the in-app uploader. It seamlessly transition from Windows Phone 7 to Windows 7 tablet and back again, without ever losing the place.

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IMPROVEMENTS: What the 1st Windows Phone 7 Firmware Update will be about
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During yesterday's CES keynote, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer again confirmed that the 1st Windows Phone 7 update is soon to be released and Microsoft has unveiled further information what users can expect from it. According to these information, the update will include copy and paste, faster apps and games start and a better Marketplace search. Without going into further details, copy and paste will allow to select and copy text from E-Mails, text messages, web pages and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere. Furthermore Microsoft said it has whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume, which is important since Windows Phone 7 isn't featuring traditionall multitasking.

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VIDEOVIEW: HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:43 CET under 08 - Reviews

The HTC 7 Pro is one of the few and HTC's first Windows Phone 7 device which will come with a slide-out hardware keyboard. It will be available in a North American CDMA as well as European GSM/UMTS version. Like all the currently available Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the 7 Pro will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and the GSM version will 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 will feature WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS and an FM radio. The device features a 3.6" WVGA touchscreen and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a supporting LED flash and the ability to record 720p HD videos.

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SNEAK-PEAK: Google previews Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:45 CET under 04 - Android News

Right with the announcement of Motorola's Xoom slate tablet, Google has also unveiled further information of its upcoming major Android release which will be called Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb. Honeycomb is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. According to Andy Rubin, vice president of Engineering, Google spent a lot of time refining the user experience in Honeycomb, and therefore Google has developed a brand new, truly virtual and holographic user interface and therefore, many of Android's existing features will really shine on Honeycomb.

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SLATE: Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility announce the Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:41 CET under 04 - Android News

Teased before with a video, Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless unveiled the new slate tablet Motorola Xoom - the first device on Google's new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system designed from the ground up for tablets. The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization and features the latest Google Mobile innovations. Boasting a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to 2 GHz of processing power, and 10.1" widescreen HD display, Motorola Xoom gives Verizon Wireless customers a new type of mobile computing experience on a stylishly thin device that is 4G LTE upgradeable.

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CONNECTED: Motorola Mobility announces the Motorola Atrix - coming to the U.S. and Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:24 CET under 04 - Android News

Motorola Mobility has announced the Motorola Atrix Android 2.2 samrtphone, which unleashes the power of the smartphone like never before. Motorola's revolutionary webtop application makes the Motorola Atrix the only smartphone to carry the power of mobile computing inside a pocket. Featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA the Motorola Atrix also supports WiFi b/g/n as well as Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. Motorola Atrix includes a dual core processor with each core running at 1 GHz, delivering up to 2 GHz of processing power and 1 GB of RAM.

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OFFICIAL: Sony Ericsson unveils the Xperia arc Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:12 CET under 04 - Android News

Sony Ericsson last night unveiled the new Xperia arc Android smartphone which comes with cutting edge Sony technology and an exceptional multimedia experience on the latest version of Android 2.3. The Xperia arc takes supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz and is super slim and light. At it's thinnest part, it's just 8.7 mm but has an extra wide 4.2" WVGA multi-touchscreen. The 8.1 megapixel autofocus camera features a Sony f/2.4 lens and Exmor R for mobile sensor which allows the capture of high quality, bright pictures and HD videos even in low light. All pictures and videos can be shared in HD via the built in HDMI-connector.

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Wednesday, 05.01.11
SLIMMEST: LG announces the LG Optimus Black Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:55 CET under 04 - Android News

LG Electronics today announced the LG Optimus Black. Featuring a bright 4" so called NOVA display, the Optimus Black is said to be the world's slimmest smartphone. The LG Optimus Black's NOVA display is designed to be the brightest, clearest and most readable among mobile screens. While LG hasn't unveiled too many technical details, it's said that the Optimus Black adopts the world's first 2 megapixel front-facing camera, allowing users to utilize video telephony functions of higher quality after upgrading to Android's Gingerbread. However, initially the LG Optimus Black will be shipped with Android 2.2 Froyo only with an expected later Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade.

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CONNECTED: Samsung's new WiFi-enabled SH100 Digital Camera connects with Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:23 CET under 01 - General News

Sure, you could wait for Eye-Fi to launch yesterday's announced Direct Mode "connection manager" for smartphones or you go even further by taking a new Samsung SH100 WiFi b/g/n enabled 14 megapixel camera that delivers great shots that you can share over the Internet and social networks. The SH100 is set to be Samsung's leading fully connected compact camera in 2011, which comes with built-in WiFi and allows to automatically back up shots to a PC by only pushing two buttons, or by using DLNA to wirelessly connect to HDTV to see photos and videos right away. Furthermore, the WiFi capability on the SH100 allows users to use a smartphone as a remote control and viewing device for the camera!

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RUMOR: Microsoft to roll-out NoDo for Windows Phone 7 early February - followed by Mango in Summer
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like the recent Windows Phone 7 update rumors were somewhat true. Paul Thurrott has posted that the expected first Windows Phone 7 update will be called "NoDo" and that it will RTM anytime January with a possible announcement during this week's CES in Las Vegas. We already know that NoDo will bring copy & paste as well as other bug fixes; however - according to Thurrott - it will also include support for Qualcomm 7x30 chipsets and the required CDMA location stack which finally makes Verizon and Sprint Windows Phone 7 launches possible. According to Thurrott's information, NoDo won't ship before February which could prove previous rumors of a January and February update.

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TEASED: HP Palm invites Press to a webOS Event early February 2011
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:08 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

HP has invited the press to an event in San Francisco on February 9 where the company says it has to announce something webOS related. The E-Mail teases "Think big", "Think small", Think beyond" which sounds like tablet(s) (big), smartphone(s) (small) and services/connectivity (beyond). Sure, it was rumored that HP Palm might release a tablet anytime sooner or later, and webOS might be the perfect mobile OS for tablets but we have to wait and see. In terms of new smartphones, webOS lovers can only hope that HP Palm will come around the corner with a totally new and groundbreaking hardware design - nobody wants to see a Palm Pre 3 which looks like the Palm Pre, Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pre 2.

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EBOOK: Amazon releases free Kindle Reader for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right in time for today's starting CES in Las Vegas, Amazon has launched its earlier promised Kindle app for Windows Phone 7. As expected, the Kindle app is optimized for the Windows Phone, following Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 guidelines, and gives users the ability to read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use interface. U.S. customers will have access to over 750,000 books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon Whispersync automatically syncs last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights across devices (including Kindle devices), so users can pick up where they left off on another device.

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Tuesday, 04.01.11
SPIN-OFF: Motorola Mobility launches as independent Company
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:40 CET under 01 - General News

Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. (Motorola Mobility) today announced that it has completed its previously announced spin-off from Motorola, Inc. and its shares will begin trading this morning on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "MMI" (not to be confused with "Man Machine Interface) as well as it's old new logo is now read, not black anymore. Motorola Mobility is comprised of two industry-leading global technology businesses. The Mobile Devices business is an innovative provider of smartphone devices designed to fit every lifestyle. The Home business is one of the largest providers of digital set-top boxes and end-to-end video solutions.

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CONNECTIVITY: Eye-Fi announces Direct Mode - the Mobile Solution for Smartphones and Tablets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:15 CET under 01 - General News

Following the launch of Eye-Fi's Mobile Center for Samrtphones, Eye-Fi has announced today  Direct Mode; leveraging a combination of new technology in Eye-Fi (X2) cards and new upcoming Eye-Fi mobile apps. Direct Mode enables users to bring together the imaging quality of a digital camera and the connectivity of a smartphone or tablet. Direct Mode wirelessly connects the camera to the mobile device to provide a seamless experience between the moment a photo is taken and when users want to browse, edit, save and share it. With Direct Mode, photos taken with a digital camera can immediately be sent to a smartphone or tablet. They can be viewed, used with myriad apps on the device or uploaded and shared.

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Monday, 03.01.11
HOMEBREWED: New SMS, New Email and WiFi Settings Shortcuts for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are that kind of Windows Phone 7 user who want to go straight to your tasks and don't want to jump in and out of your apps, then codeJoker's recently released homebrewed shortcuts might be something useful for you. The co-developer of ChevronWP7 has released "New SMS", "New Email" and "WiFi Settings" which isn't doing anything fancy than just allowing to write a new SMS text message or E-Mail with a single click, or opening Windows Phone 7's WiFi settings without navigating through the settings menu first. And if you have more than just one E-Mail account configured, New Email even asks you from which E-Mail account the E-Mail should be sent from, before it opens the editor.

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UNCONFIRMED: Samsung Nexus S to hit Europe as the GT-I9003 with different Bands and Super-LCD
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:40 CET under 04 - Android News

After the Global Certification Forum has just approved the Google Nexus S as the Samsung GT-I90003, it's quite obvious that Samsung's new hero Android smartphone will be launched under its own brand as well, instead of being available in the U.S. and UK as the Google Nexus S only. And while we have heard that the specs will be mostly the same (except that the GT-I9003 will support triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz), we have also heard from trusted sources that the GT-I9003 might not come with Samsung's very own Super-AMOLED display but with a Super-LCD touchscreen instead. And the reason is quite simple: Samsung is still not able to fulfill all S-AMOLED display requests.

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