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Friday, 25.02.11
DISCONTINUED: Vito Technology to discontinue support of its Windows Mobile Apps
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Vito Technology today announced that starting Feb 28th they will discontinue support of all Windows Mobile apps including AudioNotes, AudioNotes Touch, AstroNavigator II, Communication Suite, EyePhoto, FunContact, GoodWin, and other Windows Mobile products. These apps will no longer be available for download. And while Vito Technology has announced to discontinue its Windows Mobile products, it seems the company has yet no plans to enter the Windows Phone 7 bandwagon instead. The reason to discontinue the Windows Mobile development is connected to the Windows Mobile platform's limitations, as Victor Toporkov, Vito Technology CEO explained: "All our Windows Mobile items have become outdated. Besides there is no further perspective for the development and improvement of our products".

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Thursday, 24.02.11
RESPONSE: Microsoft tries to explain Windows Phone 7 update problems
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During the past days, I was in contact with Microsoft regarding the recently released Windows Phone 7 update and the problems some customers faced and finally, Microsoft has released a statement where it explains a little bit more detailed how Microsoft's own Windows Phone 7 update process is working as well as it released figures how well or bad the first Windows Phone 7 update did. First of all - Microsoft said that 90 % of the customers who've received an update notification have installed the new software patch successfully. However, 10 % experienced a problem, where 5 % failed for two basic reasons - a bad Internet connection or insufficient computer storage space.

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Wednesday, 23.02.11
FAILWARE: Microsoft takes down first Windows Phone 7 Firmware updates
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the trouble Microsoft caused for some customers with its first Windows Phone 7 update, the company has taken down its Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus updates. In a statement, Microsoft said: "We have identified a technical issue with the Windows Phone update process that impacts a small number of phones. "We have temporarily taken down the latest software update for Samsung phones in order to correct the issue and as soon as possible will redistribute the update." However, if you now think all Windows Phone 7 devices or all Samsung Omnia 7 devices are the same - you are wrong. On its German Windows Phone Facebook page, Microsoft said that T-Mobile's Omnia 7 isn't affected.

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Tuesday, 22.02.11
SOLUTION: How to get a frozen Windows Phone 7 back alive after the Update failed?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While many Windows Phone 7 users are still awaiting its first Windows Phone 7 update, others have received it already and while it looks like the update went smooth for most users, some customers have faced problems with Microsoft's first ever update, resulting in a - on the first sight - bricked device. However, if the update failed, nothing (especially not your brand new Windows Phone 7 device) is lost - according to Microsoft - but the company has released some info for customers, which are encountering issues during the backup where the device/backup creation is hung up at step 6/7.

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FIRMWARE: O2 Germany announces webOS 2.1 Upgrade for the HP Palm Pre Plus [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:26 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Following earlier information that HP won't release any webOS 2.x updates or upgrades for its current line of Palm webOS smartphones like the Palm Pre, Palm Pixi and Pixi Plus, O2 Germany just confirmed via Twitter that Palm will release a webOS 2.1 upgrade for the company's Palm Pre Plus version soon. However, what makes it even more interesting and mysterious is the fact that O2 Germany seems to receive the Pre Plus webOS 2.1 upgrade exclusively which means Vodafone customers won't get the latest and greatest webOS 2.1 bits and bytes at all (the Palm Pre Plus is/was in Germany on sale by both - O2 Germany and Vodafone Germany).

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Monday, 21.02.11
FIRMWARE: Microsoft rolls-out first minor Windows Phone 7 update in preparation for NoDo
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

In preparation of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 "NoDo" firmware update, Microsoft has just released an incremental update which will now be rolled-out worldwide. However, this is not the update that contains copy and paste as well as other under the hood improvements but this update is a a relatively small one which prepares Windows Phone 7 to receive subsequent updates in the future. It's quite similar to some HTC Android updates in the past where the bootloader was updated to allow the devices to receive the firmware update itself; however this Windows Phone 7 update isn't changing the bootloader but prepares the OS itself, to improve the software update process.

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Friday, 18.02.11
ACCESS: Austria's A1 launches abroadband - a "one price" International Data Roaming Tariff
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:46 CET under 01 - General News

Sure, nothing compares to a local SIM card with a data plan, however if you are abroad it can happen that it's either impossible to get a prepaid SIM with a data plan or for the time of visiting a foreign country, it doesn't makes sense to buy one at all - for instance because it's just a stop-over to get a connecting flight. And while EU citizens are now protected by EU's 50 Euro bill shock protection, it's not applicable for the use of international data roaming outside the area of the European Union, for instance in the Far East, North America or anywhere else in the world. However, Austria's A1 Telekom Austria came up with a smart idea and has recently launched a kind of no-frill offer called "abroadband".

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Tuesday, 15.02.11
MWC11 LIVE: HTC unveils HTC Flyer - first Android Tablet with HTC Sense
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:12 CET under 04 - Android News

HTC today announced its first tablet, the HTC Flyer. HTC Flyer blends HTCl's trademark design language with an all-new HTC Sense user experience that has been reimagined for the tablets. Using an intuitive and innovative approach to tablets, HTC Flyer combines natural touch and pen interaction. HTC also announced HTC Watch, a new connected video service that will debut on HTC Flyer tablet, and will collaborate with OnLive, Inc. to launch the first cloud-based mobile gaming service on a tablet. Encased in a sleek aluminum unibody, the HTC Flyer tablet exudes the iconic style and build quality HTC is known for. It is also ultra-light, weighing as little as a paperback book, and compact enough to fit in a jacket pocket only.

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MWC11 LIVE: HTC launches three new Android Smartphones - HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Incredible S
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:35 CET under 04 - Android News

HTC Corporation today unveiled three new versions of its most popular and advanced smartphones - HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible S. The new smartphones continue HTC's commitment to expanding the market for advanced smartphones while providing distinct choices in design, power and value. Each phone also includes HTC Sense, HTC's unique customer-focused user experience that puts people at the center by making phones work in a more simple and natural way. "HTC developed the HTC Sense experience to bring cutting-edge innovation to our customers in simple and natural ways that just make sense - this is what HTC Desire S, HTC Wildfire S and HTC Incredible S represent best," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. "These new phones offer an exhilarating mix of style, innovation and features that extend people's mobile experience in ways that feel personal and completely original."

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MWC11 LIVE: HTC unveils HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa - Two Android Social Phones with One-Touch Facebook Access
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:07 CET under 04 - Android News

HTC Corporation today announced two new phones built entirely to be social, combining the simplicity, ease-of-use and depth of HTC Sense with the power and connectivity of Facebook. As part of an extended portfolio of six new HTC Sense-based devices being unveiled at Mobile World Congress, the HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa feature a dedicated Facebook button for one-touch access to the key functions of the Facebook service that are integrated throughout the HTC Sense experience. The Facebook button on HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa is context-aware, gently pulsing with light whenever there is an opportunity to share content or updates through Facebook. With a single press of the button, you can update your status, upload a photo, share a Website, post what song you are listening to, 'check in' to a location and more.

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Monday, 14.02.11
MWC11 LIVE: Microsoft shows new features and future direction as momentum builds for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft today kicked off Mobile World Congress by giving people a glimpse of what the rest of the year will bring for Windows Phone 7. Among the updates are several new features, a booming app marketplace, and the integration of even more Microsoft products with the phone. A concrete example of the company's vision is the new strategic partnership with Nokia. "This partnership will combine the strengths of our two companies, and fuel our growth as we build the global Windows Phone ecosystem. This is a great win for us, for Nokia, and for our existing and new customers around the world," said Andy Lees, president of Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business. The first goal with Windows Phone 7, Lees said, was to deliver a uniquely delightful customer experience.

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MWC11 LIVE: Samsung expands the Samsung GALAXY Tablet range with Galaxy Tab 10.1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 04 - Android News

Samsung yesterday also unveiled the the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (Model: P7100), a powerful Dual-Core Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet, designed to deliver the ultimate mobile entertainment experience. As the tablet market experiences unprecedented interest, Samsung to cater to customer demand and offer them the perfect way to enjoy the huge variety of opportunities the Android platform provides. Whether playing games, reading eBooks or updating your Facebook status, the lightweight, ultra-slim Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is the ultimate entertainer and builds on the industry-wide success of the two million-selling Samsung GALAXY Tab. A 10.1" (WXGA TFT LCD) display with crystal clear resolution (1280 x 800) makes the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 an unrivalled device for experiencing the hundreds of thousands of games and applications available from Android Market.

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MWC11 LIVE: Samsung announces the GALAXY S II Android 2.3 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:12 CET under 04 - Android News

Samsung yesterday evening unveiled the Samsung GALAXY S II (Model: GT-I9100), a beautifully thin (8.49mm) and lightweight, dual-core smartphone that combines an unmatched viewing experience with incredible performance. The Samsung GALAXY S II uses Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of the world's fastest-growing mobile operating system. The next generation smartphone includes access to Samsung's four new content and entertainment hubs, seamlessly integrated to provide instant access to music, games, e-reading and social networking services. 

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Sunday, 13.02.11
MWC11 LIVE: Sony Ericsson expands Xperia family with the Xperia pro and the Xperia neo
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Sony Ericsson today unveils the Xperia neo and Xperia pro, the newest additions to the new generation of Xperia Android smartphones. Closely following the launch of the Xperia arc smartphone earlier this year, these latest smartphones also feature cutting edge technology from Sony and an exceptional multimedia experience on the latest version of the Android platform - Gingerbread. The best of Sony technology once again features in both Xperia pro and Xperia neo. The Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine delivers exceptional visual brilliance and a crystal clear image which enhances the overall entertainment experience.

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MWC11 LIVE: Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia Play – the world's first PlayStation certified Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Sony Ericsson today announced the game changing Xperia Play, the latest phone in its Xperia range of Android based smartphones. the Xperia Play delivers the smartphone functionality that the most serious power users could need, teamed with the immersive gaming experience that any gamer would want. In portrait mode, the Android smartphone offers all the benefits that users have come to expect from Sony Ericsson's existing range of Xperia smartphones with best-in-class entertainment experiences, a great 5 megapixel camera, a brilliant 4" multi-touch screen and great social networking features.

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MWC11 LIVE: ExB announces PTPT for Android - A new way to work with digital assets on Touchscreen Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Munich based ExB group announces the availability of its flagship product, petitpetit (PTPT for Android Beta) starting today. petitpetit (or PTPT) is a user interface that is especially designed and developed for touchscreen devices such as tablet, smartphones etc. It takes its name from the four categories in which all information is categorized: People, Things, Places and Time; by liberating data from the constraints of the application silos who generated them, petitpetit unlocks their full value to users, by making them available to all applications residing on the touchscreen device. With PTPT the user is able to access the information directly instead of having to search for the specific file that contains it.

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Friday, 11.02.11
COOPERATION: Nokia to be allowed to fully customize Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Now that's a face palm for all other Microsoft Windows Phone 7 partners, especially HTC which has a long track-record in customizing Microsoft's Windows Mobile and therefore kept it alive when it was already completely outdated. Stephen Elop, Nokia's CEO, posed on an interesting (really rhetorical?) question in his financial and strategy: "Will Nokia be able to customize everything on Windows Phone 7 in order to differentiate itself?". And his straight forward answer was a simple "Yes" though he quickly pulled it back to say that Nokia likely won't make extensive use of this freedom to tailor Microsoft's mobile OS which Nokia will use as its smartphone platform from now. Instead, Nokia will be cautious and seek to maintain compatibility rather than pushing the boat out too far in tweaking the underlying software.

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BREAKING: Nokia and Microsoft announce plans for a broad Strategic Partnership to build a new Global Mobile Ecosystem
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Just ahead of next week's starting Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem. Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create Windows Phone (7)-based market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.

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Thursday, 10.02.11
UNCONFIRMED: Windows Phone 7 NoDo Update to be released (?) at the MWC 11
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yes, we know that Microsoft will release its first Windows Phone 7 update, code named "NoDo", anytime soon but so far Microsoft hasn't given any further information when their smartphone customers will get copy & paste as well as further under the hood improvements. However, after some rumors made the round that it might be delayed to anytime later this spring, earlier today Microsoft Germany just tweeted from it's German Windows Phone Twitter account that in the recent days, they got "more and more questions regarding the update" and that Microsoft "doesn't want to wet up" its users, attaching a link to the Mobile World Congress keynote page.

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REMOTE: RealVNC launches VNC Viewer for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:07 CET under 04 - Android News

RealVNC, which will exhibit during next week's Mobile World Congress, today announced the release of its new VNC Viewer for Android. Following the success of the VNC Viewer for Apple's iPhone and iPad, this latest application allows users to connect to and take full control of a computer anywhere in the world from their Android smartphone or tablet. With VNC Viewer for Android, users can view and interact with their desktop and server, running applications and access files, exactly as they would if they were sitting in front of the computer itself. VNC Viewer offers a trackpad-style mouse for precision interactions and users can apply familiar touch, tap and drag gestures to control the computer.

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MWC11 LIVE: the::unwired at the Mobile World Congress 2011 - What's Planned?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:00 CET under 06 - Site News

All right, with another Mobile World Congress in Barcelona just around the corner, it's the perfect time to let you know what the::unwired's plans are. As the years before, I will be on-site from Friday to Thursday (with some on-site and backend-support from Saturday to Tuesday) and generally speaking we plan to attend and cover smartphone-relevant press conferences, publishing the latest press releases, trying to get some hands-on time with the latest and greatest devices, operating systems and services and covering the event with articles, photos and videos. Like last year, also this year  this year we will focus on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, Google's Android as well as HP's  webOS which includes press conferences as well as meetings with manufactures, ODMs and developers.

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Wednesday, 09.02.11
UNVEILED: HP announces its first webOS Tablet - the HP TouchPad
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:28 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

As expected, HP today enlarged the HP webOS world with the first webOS slate tablet - the HP TouchPad. Featuring a a 9.7" XGA capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, instant-on access and access to thousands of webOS applications, the HP TouchPad works the way users do and is designed not just for fun but for mobile productivity. It's ideal for anyone who wants the benefits of the amazing webOS platform on a much bigger scale. Designed to be used alone or as a digital companion to a HP webOS phone, the TouchPad connects through the elegant webOS experience. Never miss an important call or SMS message - they can be answered and viewed right on the TouchPad.

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UNVEILED: HP announces the Pre3 webOS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:06 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

For professionals who require powerful mobile productivity with an eye on personal connectivity, HP today announced the versatile Pre3 smartphone running HP webOS 2.1. With a large 3.58" touchscreen, fast 1.4 GHz CPU and a full slide-out keyboard, the Pre3 is a multitasking professional workhorse that’s perfectly balanced for speed and serious fun. It's featuring a 3.58" multitouch screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixel and comes with either 8 or 16 GB of internal storage as well as WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, integrated aGPS and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash plus a front-facing VGA fixfocus camera for live video calling.

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UNVEILED: HP announces the Veer webOS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:40 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

HP today announced the HP Veer webOS 2.1 smartphone. The Veer is the smallest webOS phone to date - the size of a credit card and no thicker than a deck of cards - yet it offers the higher-end features of a smartphone, such as easy messaging and access to apps, social networks and the web, including support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta in the browser for access to rich, Flash-based web content. It has a full slide-out keyboard, vivid touchscreen and access to thousands of webOS apps in a surprisingly small, modern package that fits easily into a pocket or purse. It’s everything a smartphone should be, but in a smarter size.

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Monday, 07.02.11
OFFICIAL: Samsung announces the Galaxy Ace Android 2.2 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 04 - Android News

Last but not least, Samsung has also announced the Galaxy Ace. The Galaxy Ace is powered by a 800 MHz CPU and runs on Android 2.2. It supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 and features an FM radio and GPS. The tiny 3.5" TFT-touchscreen supports HVGA (480 x 320) and the 5 megapixel autofocus camera includes a photo LED and features Samsung's Smile-Shot and panorama mode. At a size of 112 x 60 x 11,5 mm, the Galaxy Ace weights 113 g, including the 1350 mAh Li-Ion battery.

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OFFICIAL: Samsung announces the Galaxy Gio Android 2.2 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 04 - Android News

In addition to the Galaxy mini, Samsung today also announced the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Gio. The Galaxy Gio is powered by a 800 MHz CPU and runs on Android 2.2. It supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 and features an FM radio and GPS. The tiny 3.2" TFT-touchscreen supports HVGA (480 x 320) and the autofocus camera supports 3.2 megapixel. At a size of 111 x 58 x 12,2 mm, the Galaxy Gio weights 102 g, including the 1350 mAh Li-Ion battery.

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OFFICIAL: Samsung announces the Galaxy mini Android 2.2 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, Samsung Germany has officially announced the launch of the Galaxy mini. Powered by a 600 MHz CPU, the Galaxy mini runs on Android 2.2 and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0 and features an FM radio and GPS. The tiny 3.14" TFT-touchscreen supports QVGA (320 x 240) and the 3.2 megapixel camera features Samsung's Smile-Shot and panorama shot modes and allows to record QVGA videos. At a size of 110 x 61 x 12,1 mm, the Galaxy mini weights 109 g, including the 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery.

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Thursday, 03.02.11
PEEK: Palm teases with a short "Think Beyond" video - new Smartphone or first Tablet ahead?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:08 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

What ever HP Palm plans to announce at next week's press event and the week after at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the webOS maker seems to be somewhat proud of it and is teasing its fans with a 9 seconds YouTube video. While you can't see anything beyond shapes and corners, it might be a sneak peek of either a new Palm smartphone or Palm's first webOS tablet. The press invitation, which asked to think big, small and beyond, indicates that HP Palm really plans to launch three different types of webOS devices and/or services.

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Wednesday, 02.02.11
ANNOUNCED: Google introduces Android Market Web Store
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:13 CET under 04 - Android News

While Google hasn't announced its expected music service, at today's Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb media event, the maker of Android has announced the long awaited Android Market web store. Previously, it was only possible to access the Android Market directly from an Android device, which wasn't bad at all. However, this made browsing through the apps somewhat painful, especially if you was at home with a PC or Laptop in front of you. However, today's launched Android Market website lets you browse and search for apps right from your web browser. And best of all, selected apps can be send directly to an Android device - with just a few clicks; no wires needed.

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FEATURES: Android 3.0 Honeycomb - Designed from the Ground-up
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:00 CET under 04 - Android News

With today's in-depth look at Google's media event, it's quite an interesting question what end users can expect from Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Google has already given a preview. As the version number indicates, Honeycomb isn't just a minor release but the third major update of Android and Android 3.0 is a new version that is specifically optimized for devices with larger touchscreen sizes, particularly tablets. It introduces a brand new, truly virtual and "holographic" UI design, as well as an elegant, content-focused interaction model. Android 3.0 builds on the things people love most about Android - refined multitasking, rich notifications, Home screen customization, widgets and more.

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SURVEILLANCE: Microsoft restricted Windows Phone 7 Skydrive access because of uploaded "Nudes"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

German "Aachener Zeitung" reported yesterday, that Microsoft temporary closed a Windows Phone 7 Skydrive account of a German user because Microsoft found "nudes". Dirk Salm, a professional photographer in Aachen, wasn't able to access his Windows Live Skydrive last week anymore; after it was temporary closed without any further information. After complaints to the Microsoft customer service, he received an E-Mail which said that "four photos, in one of his albums violated, Microsoft's terms of use - because of nudity". Therefore he was asked to delete them within 48 hours, otherwise Microsoft threatened him to block the Windows Live Skydrive access permanently.

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EVENT: Google to officially introduce Android 3.0 Honeycomb and maybe even more [LIVE STREAM]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Google has invited media to a press event at its Googleplex, where the company will provide an in-depth look at Honeycomb - also known as Android 3.0 - Google's next version of Android, specially designed for tablets. Furthermore Google has said in its press invitation that it will provide further Android ecosystem news and it's expected that Google will finally launch its web-based Android Market, similar to Apple's iTunes store or Microsoft's Zune Marketplace, but web-based and it's expected that Google will enabled to push purchased apps from the web browser to Android devices. And while we are talking about iTunes and Zune - it's also rumored that Google will also announce/launch Google Music today.

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RESPONSE: Yahoo! blames Microsoft's IMAP integration for Windows Phone 7's Phantom Data
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:05 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday, Microsoft issued a press info where the Windows Phone 7 maker said that it identified the root cause of the so called "phantom data" problem and blamed (Windows Phone 7's) Yahoo! Mail (integration) for it. And within less than 24 hours, Yahoo! responded with a statement Pocket-lint has received. According to Yahoo!, "Yahoo! Mail is widely available on tens of millions of mobile phones, including those running on Apple iOS, Android, Nokia Symbian, and RIM. The issue on the Windows Phones is specific to how Microsoft chose to implement IMAP for Yahoo! Mail and does not impact Yahoo! Mail on these other mobile devices."

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Tuesday, 01.02.11
SHARING: Google launches Google Latitude Check-in for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:52 CET under 04 - Android News

Just in case you thought that we already have enough location based services like Foursquare, Facebook Places or Gowalla, which allows you to virtually check-in to real sites, no - Google hadn't had one - until today! Because Google has just announced that it has enriched Google Latitude with the release of Google Maps Mobile 5.1 for Android, which now allows users to also connect the current location to a real place by checking in there using Latitude. While Latitude can still be used to automatically update and share locations with friends, check-ins let you add context to the location - like captions to a photo. Latitude is built right into Google Maps for Android so check-ins work across Latitude and Maps seamlessly.

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UPDATE: Sony Ericsson to roll-out another Update for its range of Xperia Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:50 CET under 04 - Android News

Following last year's Android 2.1 upgrade, Sony Ericsson announced today that it has started started with the roll-out of the next update if its 2010 family of Xperia products, namely the X10, X10 mini, X10 mini pro and X8. While it's neither an Android 2.2 nor an Android 2.3 upgrade but just an update, it brings optimizations and bug fixes along with pinch to zoom for mobile Internet and Google Maps, which will be - unfortunately - only available for the for Xperia X10. Furthermore the update will include the addition of some bi-directional languages (Arabic, Farsi, Thai and Hebrew) for all above mentioned Xperia products.

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UNCOVERED: Windows Phone 7 Phantom Data - it was Yahoo! Mail [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right after the launch of Windows Phone 7, users started to report about abnormal high idle data usage they haven't experienced with any handsets before and Microsoft followed-up earlier this year and confirmed that it started to investigate the phantom-data cause. According to BBC and fellow MVP reports, some users have complained that their phone has send "between 30 and 50 MB of data every day; an amount that would devour a 1 GB allowance in 20 days". Other users have noticed that the phone's "idle data usage is around 2 - 5 MB per hour" and interesting enough, most reports and complaints seemed to came from the U.S.

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SERVICE: Google and Twitter launches Speak2Tweet to support Egyptian movement
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:40 CET under 01 - General News

While I definitely want to keep politics away from the::unwired, yesterday night I've seen this blog post from Google where the company announced that it has launched Speak2Tweet. And this is just another interesting example which shows what Google makes so different to Apple, Microsoft and Oracle - they are just doing their own thing - in shortest time! Following the acquisition of SayNow, a small team of engineers from Twitter, Google and SayNow created a voice service which allows to simply leave a voicemail on one of a couple of international phone numbers and the service will instantly tweet the (voice) message using the hashtag #egypt!

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TEASED: Samsung published first Samsung Galaxy S 2 teaser video
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:10 CET under 04 - Android News

Following the earlier information that Samsung will "unpack" and announce something "big" in Barcelona later this month, as promised Samsung put the first preview teaser on its unpack site. It's actually a 30 seconds YouTube video showing, or better hiding, the so called "Next Galaxy S". At this point we can only speculate what it is but in terms of the size it's clear that it will be a mobile phone - most likely the Samsung Galaxy S 2 - not a tablet, even if it's also expected that Samsung will also unveil the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.

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