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Thursday, 31.03.11
REVIEW: Huawei Ideos X5 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:15 CET under 08 - Reviews

Finally, the Huawei Ideos X5, made it to the market - after it was first time showcased at last year's Mobile World Congress as the Huawei U8800. And unlike many other Huawei Android smartphones, the X5 is the company's first high-end Google experience Android smartphone which still sports Huawei's entry level price point, for what the company is definitely famous for (this about their 3G USB dongles). In terms of its features, the X5 isn't setting a new standard at all but it's definitely well enough featured to please its users since it's powered by a Qualcomm MSM7230 CPU at 800 MHz and running Android 2.2.1/Froyo. While Froyo isn't the latest Android version (this would be Gingerbread), it's still more than just state-of-the-art today.

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POLL: What is your most important Windows Phone 7 NoDo improvement?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:57 CET under 10 - Polls

Alright, it looks like Microsoft and its carrier partners are finally rolling-out the Windows Phone 7 NoDo update broadly and therefore, it's interesting to hear which of the improvements you like most? NoDo isn't about copy & paste, the improved Marketplace search and faster apps switching and resuming only, even if these are the most important features updates, but also about WiFi, Outlook and Messaging improvements as well as other fixes. And in the recent days, I read different comments from users about what they liked most. So what's the improvement you like most or you are looking forward, in case your Windows Phone 7 device hasn't received the update yet?

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Wednesday, 30.03.11
REVEALED: New Photos show HTC's upcoming flagship Android Smartphone - the HTC Pyramid
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:21 CET under 04 - Android News

The Xda-Devs have received some anonymous photos of HTC's expected upcoming flagship Android smartphone, the HTC Pyramid! While HTC's Mobile World Congress 2011 line-up was pretty bread and butter, it's expected that HTC has "one more" smartphone coming in the upcoming weeks. According to the photos, the HTC Pyramid will run Android 2.3.2 and is expected to be powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon CPU, featuring 768 MB RAM. Also confirmed seems, that the Pyramid's touchscreen is a 4.3" qHD display at 960 × 540 pixel. On the back, which looks similar to the HTC 7 Mozart, the device is expected to sport a 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash light.

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INTERFACE: SPB Software releases SPB Shell 3D for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:33 CET under 04 - Android News

Tired of the stock Android GUI and no HTC or Samsung smartphone with HTC Sense or Samsung TouchWiz around the corner? You might want to spice-up your device with today's released SPB Shell 3D for Android. SPB Software's SPB Shell 3D for Android, a successor of the SPB Mobile Shell product line, is a 3D user interface for end users with the best-in-class user experience that offers a seamless fusion of functional usability and visual aesthetics. SPB Shell 3D is a product built on the SPB UI Engine - a technology platform - optimized for building next generation, high-performance mobile user interfaces.

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ENHANCED: Google introduces In-App Billing on Android Market
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:33 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, Google has announced on its Android Developer blog the immediate launch of the Android Market In-app Billing to developers and end users. In-app Billing gives developers and users more flexible ways to interact with apps, for instance, it allows the long overdue try-and-buy functionality but also allows to sell/purchase virtual goods, upgrades, and other billing models. Several apps launched today are already using the service, including Tap Tap Revenge by Disney Mobile; Comics by ComiXology; Gun Bros, Deer Hunter Challenge HD and WSOP3 by Glu Mobile

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Tuesday, 29.03.11
STREAMING: Amazon announces Amazon Cloud Drive and Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:45 CET under 04 - Android News

One week after Amazon introduced its own app store for Android, Amazon today announced the launch of Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Amazon Cloud Player for Android. Together, these services enable customers to securely store music in the cloud and play it on any Android phone, Android tablet, Mac or PC, wherever they are. Customers can easily upload their music library to Amazon Cloud Drive and can save any new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to their Amazon Cloud Drive for free. Customers automatically start with 5 GB of Cloud Drive storage to upload their digital music library, and those who purchase an Amazon MP3 album will be upgraded to 20 GB of Cloud Drive space.

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Friday, 25.03.11
COMPATIBILITY: RIM expands application Ecosystem for BlackBerry PlayBook - confirms Android support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:28 CET under 04 - Android News

Research In Motion yesterday announced that it will indeed support Android apps on its upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. RIM will launch two optional "app players" that provide an application run-time environment for BlackBerry Java apps and Android 2.3 apps. These new app players will allow users to download BlackBerry Java apps and Android apps from the very own BlackBerry App World and run them on their BlackBerry PlayBook. In addition, RIM will shortly release the native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook enabling C/C++ application development on the BlackBerry Tablet OS.

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Thursday, 24.03.11
TRANSPARENCY: Microsoft launches ''Where's my Phone Update'' Info Page
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 NoDo update is on its way to a smartphone near you, one question remains: When will it hit your new device to provide you the latest and greatest improvements like copy & paste, Marketplace search update and faster apps launch and resuming? Well, until yesterday we had to rely on information from the carriers and thankfully some of them responded. However, most other carriers left their customers in the dust but now, Microsoft followed up and published a "Where's my Phone Update" page for the U.S. and Rest of the World update schedules. According to both pages, all carriers are still testing or scheduling the NoDo update - only open market handset are mentioned to receive the update already.

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Wednesday, 23.03.11
FORBIDDEN: Google to OEMs - No Android 3.0 Honeycomb UI customization for now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:16 CET under 04 - Android News

Now it's getting interesting! Was the "freedom of choice and customization" one of the major benefits of Android, it seems Google has changed its mind - for now. At the current Droidcon conference in Berlin, an LG spokesperson told German Golem.de that - for the time being - Google prohibits adjustments and changes of the Android 3.0 GUI but Google will accept user interface changes of Honeycomb later. According to LG, Google wants to achieve that Honeycomb can establish as a platform and therefore wants that all Honeycomb tablets looks the same. That's especially interesting because yesterday's (re-)announced Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets as well as the HTC Flyer are said to be either launched with Android 3.0 or to receive the update later.

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BROWSING: Mozilla releases Firefox 4 Release Candidate for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:16 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday, Mozilla has released its Firefox 4 Release Candidate for Android which is now available in more than 10 languages. This release offers faster scrolling, better responsiveness with Firefox Sync and improves the overall user experience of Firefox. Firefox 4 for Android brings the performance and customization of Firefox to mobile devices with features like Firefox Sync, Awesome Screen, tabbed browsing and Firefox Add-ons, to create a personalized and effortless mobile browsing experience. Also, Mozilla worked closely with Firefox Add-ons developers to ensure their add-ons are ready for users to customize the features, look and functionality of Firefox 4.

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UPDATE: Foursquare updates Windows Phone 7 client - still lacks support of its latest features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Hot on the heels of this week's 4th & Mayor launch, also Foursquare finally updated its very own Windows Phone 7 client to v1.5. And while the company isn't providing a change-log or any further information, it seems confirmed that Foursquare's latest client is finally supporting check-ins into locations with non-ASCII texts, like umlauts or special characters. However, still not supported are shouts or check-in comments with umlauts or other non-ASCII characters which is somewhat bad for everyone living in/visiting non-English countries. Other Foursquare features like commenting on check-ins, upload photos to places or tips as well as Foursquare's latest "explorer" feature are also still not supported.

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UPDATE: Microsoft has started to roll-out the Windows Phone 7 NoDo update [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday I wrote about what's new in NoDo and right after Microsoft has started to roll-out its first major Windows Phone 7 firmware update (see our previous hands-on of the major improvements here). Well, sometimes it takes a little but longer, NoDo was initially expected to be rolled-out in February and after in early March, but now it's finally and somewhat officially on its way to a Windows Phone 7 near you. While Microsoft hasn't made a formal announcement, several sources at Microsoft confirmed me that it's rolling-out as well as ZDNet's always well informed Mary-Jo Foley got the same information. According to sources, the roll-out is hitting European open market devices first with carrier versions to follow after.

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Tuesday, 22.03.11
UNVEILED: Sprint announces the HTC EVO View 4G Android Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:07 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, Sprint and HTC have also announced the HTC EVO View 4G, the first 3G/4G Android tablet and the sister model of last month's announced HTC Flyer. The HTC EVO View 4G will bring the best of the HTC EVO experience into a tablet design with a 7" 1024 x 600 touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom, a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and the latest version of HTC Sense. With dual cameras - a main 5 megapixel autofocus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera - the HTC EVO View 4G unleashes the ability to create, stream over the lightning-fast 4G network, share via YouTube or Facebook and watch video with the Qik mobile app.

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UNVEILED: Sprint announces the HTC EVO 3D - first 4G ''Glasses-Free'' Smartphone with QHD 3D Display
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:50 CET under 04 - Android News

Sprint today announced the upcoming availability of the HTC EVO 3D. The HTC EVO 3D takes the - according to Sprint - mobile multimedia experience to a new level, providing the ability to capture and view in 3D and share at 4G speeds, offering consumers the ultimate glasses-free 3D experience. Sprint also announced HTC EVO View 4G, introducing a tablet to the award-winning EVO family. Built on the Android 2.3/Gingerbread, the HTC EVO 3D features America's first QHD 3D 4.3" display and a powerful 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor.

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CHANGELOG: What else is new in Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 NoDo update?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, it's well known that Microsoft's upcoming NoDo update for Windows Phone 7 will feature copy & paste, an improved Marketplace search and faster apps switching and resuming (see our hands-on videoview here). However, other than that, Microsoft was pretty shy about the other under the hood improvements. Now, the Windows Phone team has updated its Windows Phone update history page, providing further information about what users can expect from Windows Phone 7's March 2011 NoDo update or as Microsoft calls it -Windows Phone 7 OS version: 7.0.7390.0:

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ALTERNATIVE: Amazon introduces Amazon Appstore for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:44 CET under 04 - Android News

Amazon today announced the launch of its Amazon Appstore for Android where customers can now find, discover, test and buy Android apps using the convenient shopping experience that Amazon customers know and love from the web. In addition, the highly anticipated Angry Birds Rio for Android debuts today, exclusively in the Amazon Appstore. Customers can shop in the Amazon Appstore from any computer using a Web browser. Furthermore the Amazon Appstore can be accessed directly from any Android phone or tablet, once the Amazon Appstore application was installed from where once purchased apps can be accessed after.

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OFFICIAL: Samsung adds third Device to its line of Galaxy Tab Tablets - announces Galaxy Tab 8.9 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:53 CET under 04 - Android News

It was expected that Samsung will following-up to last month's announced Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet and indeed, today Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 feature Samsung's own TouchWiz user interface on top of the Android 3.0/Honeycomb OS, offering superior multi-tasking and enhanced user interaction and navigation. Powered by a 1 GHz dual core application processor, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps as well as Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and features a 8.9" WXGA capacitive touchscreen.

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ACCESS: Wi-Fi Alliance announces Wi-Fi Certified Hotspot program
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:41 CET under 01 - General News

The Wi-Fi Alliance, you know - the guys which certifies your WiFi equipped PCs and smartphones with the WiFi certified logo, today announced an initiative to transform the user experience in hotspots. Service providers and device manufacturers in the organization have formalized a set of industry market requirements that will lay the foundation for a new Wi-Fi Certified testing program that addresses authentication and provision of service for public WiFi networks. It's aiming to ensure that end users can easily access hotspot networks from various providers by envisioning an automated, cellular-like experience for WiFi users around the world.

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BROWSING: Opera announces the all new Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:29 CET under 01 - General News

Opera Software today announced the the launch of the new Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 browsers. Both browsers are featuring improved scrolling, panning and zooming as well as pinch-to-zoom (on devices where supported). Furthermore, when found something interesting on the web, the new versions feature a share button and therefore items can easily posted, tweeted or just shout out loud on Facebook, vKontakte or My Opera. Also, Opera Mobile is now optimized for tablets, to bring a smooth new browsing experience to tablet PCs.

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Monday, 21.03.11
MULTIMEDIA: SuperTube for Windows Phone 7 allows YouTube HD Streaming and Download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Phone 7 is able to stream YouTube videos, it requires a separate download from the Windows Phone Marketplace anyway to enable this multimedia feature; and the YouTube Mobile video quality and user experience is everything than good because it seems Microsoft's YouTube application is able to stream standard definition (SD) videos only. However, yesterday there was a new YouTube player launched called "SuperTube". SuperTube allows to browse through high definition (HD at 720p at 360p) and standard videos as well as downloading all videos to the phone's local storage, including resuming interrupted downloads.

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SERVICE: Check-in to Untappd with growlr for webOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Any Untappd users out there? If so, today the first Untappd client for webOS was released. Similar to Foursquare, Untappd allows users to check-in but not into a location but into a beer a user is enjoying. As Untappd explains it, it's a new way "to socially share the brew you're currently enjoying, as well as where you're enjoying it, with your friends". However, so far Untappd was a browser based social service but with Zhephree's (who is well known for his famous webOS Foursquare client) release of "growlr", webOS users will now be able to search for a beer, or choose one recently checked-in to or one that's currently trending - straight from its own webOS app!

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ENLARGED: AT&T to launch the HTC HD7S Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not a groundbreaking new Windows Phone 7 device but simply following T-Mobile USA's earlier launch of the HTC HD7, AT&T and HTC today announced that the HTC HD7S smartphone will be available as part of the AT&T family of smartphones in the coming weeks. Featuring the same specs as the original HTC HD7, the slim and sleek HTC HD7S comes with a large 4.3" Super LCD WVGA touchscreen, high-definition video capture and a focus on gaming that realizes the power of Xbox LIVE - bringing gameplay to life. With the HTC HD7S, HTC is bringing its second Windows Phone 7 device to AT&T which means AT&T will soon have 4 Windows Phone 7 smartphones on sale!

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PULL-OUT: Deutsche Telekom sells T-Mobile USA to AT&T
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:00 CET under 01 - General News

Yesterday evening, German Deutsche Telekom and U.S. AT&T announce that AT&T will buy T-Mobile USA, an affiliate of Deutsche Telekom, for US$ 39 billion. This has been agreed by the boards of the two companies yesterday. Deutsche Telekom will receive US$ 25 billion in cash and US$ 14 billionin shares of AT&T. AT&T has the right to increase the portion of the purchase price paid in cash by up to US$ 4.2 billion with a corresponding reduction in the stock component. With an interest in AT&T of up to 8 % Deutsche Telekom will become the biggest minority shareholder and is to receive one seat on AT&T's Board of Directors.

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Saturday, 19.03.11
HACK: Registry Hack in Windows Phone 7 boosts Application switching [with Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 NoDo update will bring application start and resume improvements (see our videoview here) as well as Microsoft confirmed that it will bring fast application switching with Mango, Windows Phone 7's next major upgrade, windows phone hacker has found and interesting way to improve pre-NoDo and pre-Mango's application instant resuming with a simple registry hack. According to windows phone hacker, this hack disables the "resuming" phase when returning to a previously opened application and therefore it allows to jump back straight to where the application was left. In a more technical aspect, this evidently disables the dehydration function of the task host.

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MULTIMEDIA: Adobe releases Flash Player 10.2 for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:57 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, Adobe has yesterday evening released its Flash Player 10.2 for Android devices which brings the full web experience for videos, games, apps and more to a supported Android device near you. Like on a PC, Flash Player on a mobile device provides the freedom to access the same rich web content as well as uncompromised browsing without "empty boxes" on web pages. Unlike Flash Player 10.1 which was a Beta all the time, Adobe Flash Player 10.2 is said to be a finished production quality release for Android 2.2/Froyo and Android 2.3/Gingerbread devices but again just a Beta release for Google's brand new Android 3.0/Honeycomb OS.

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Friday, 18.03.11
CONFIRMED: Nokia is already working on first Windows Phone 7 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Steven Elop, Nokia's new CEO told Reuters on Friday, that the company's work on the first Windows Phone 7-based smartphones has already begun. Following Microsoft's and Nokia's partnership agreement last month, Nokia is "having people (already) work(ing) on the first Windows Phone devices from Nokia", so Elop. However, Elop also confirmed Reuters, that Nokia has also considered to partner with Google, using the Android operating system, but decided it would be too difficult to differentiate its smartphones from a multitude of other Android devices made by the likes of Samsung or HTC.

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Thursday, 17.03.11
APPROVAL: GCF approves the Huawei Ideos X3 Android 2.3 Smartphone [with Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:29 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has approved another Huawei Android smartphone - the Huawei Ideos X3/U8510. While the Ideos X3 is yet not officially announced, the GCF confirms that it seems to be an entry level smartphone since the X3 supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz only but also singleband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 2100 MHz. Interesting enough, Huawei has also released a YouTube feature video today which confirms that the Ideos X3 will run Android 2.3/Gingerbread but Huawei was shy to unveil further hardware related specs.

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CONNECTED: New Car Connectivity Consortium aims to put in-vehicle Infotainment into high gear
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:53 CET under 01 - General News

This week, eleven companies across several industries have announced the launch of the "Car Connectivity Consortium" to drive global innovation for in-vehicle connectivity, including the "Terminal Mode" standard. Founding members include vehicle manufacturers Daimler, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Toyota, and Volkswagen; system suppliers Alpine and Panasonic; and consumer electronics makers LG Electronics, Nokia and Samsung. With the Terminal Mode standard, the connection of high-performing mobile devices to vehicle-based systems opens up a host of new opportunities for business and a world of innovative applications for consumers.

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Wednesday, 16.03.11
CONFIRMED: O2 Germany to carry the HP Veer webOS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:26 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

Announced by HP early last month, O2 Germany today confirmed via Twitter that it will launch the HP Veer webOS smartphone anytime in May. Running on webOS 2.1, the HP Veer is - with the size of a credit card and no thicker than a deck of cards - the smallest webOS phone to date. At 54.5 x 84.0 x 15.1 mm and only 103 grams, the Veer is powered by a CPU at 800 MHz and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSPA, a vivid 2.57" glass 320 x 400 resolution display touchscreen, full slide-out keyboard, 8 GB of internal user storage, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, integrated aGPS and a 5 megapixel camera as well as a proximity and light sensor and an accelerometer.

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ALTERNATIVE: 4th & Mayor 3rd Party Foursquare Client for Windows Phone 7 [with Video] [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Foursquare's Windows Phone 7 client was available right with the launch of Windows Phone 7 last year, Foursquare hasn't updated its app in any way to either fix some of the nasty bugs (for instance umlauts or other special characters are still not supported which means users can't check-in to locations which contains it) or support some of the latest Foursquare features (including photo uploads from locations or commenting on check-ins). However, thankfully there are some smart developers out there and Jeff Wilcox, a Senior Software Development Engineer at Microsoft, is currently working on a new feature-rich Foursquare client for Windows Phone 7 which is called 4th & Mayor.

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AVAILABILITY: Motorola Mobility announces the Motorola Xoom WiFi Android 3.0 Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:57 CET under 04 - Android News

Motorola Mobility today announced the upcoming availability of Motorola Xoom WiFi (only) edition from leading retailers across the United States starting March 27. Initially launched as a 3G/WiFi tablet with Verizon Wireless, the Motorola Xoom showcases the innovations of the Android 3.0/Honeycomb user experience - including widgets, true multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization - on a 10.1" widescreen HD display, enabling video content that's richer and clearer than ever before. With a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, Motorola Xoom delivers exceptionally fast web-browsing performance.

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UPDATE: Facebook releases updated Facebook for Android version with new Features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:08 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening, Facebook has updated its Android app and has released Facebook for Android v1.5.2. The new version adds the ability to upload photos to friend's Walls or to Groups and ensures that your photos will always uploaded with the correct orientation. Furthermore, Facebook has announced that it made further improvements to the app's landscape mode (without going into details here) and improved security using SSL. Last but not least, v1.5.2 contains various bug fixes.

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Tuesday, 15.03.11
REDUX: T-Mobile USA and Samsung announces the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:33 CET under 04 - Android News

While the original T-Mobile Sidekick was based on Danger's Hiptop, neither Danger nor Hiptop are anymore after the company was acquired by Microsoft. However, the popular Sidekick brand was always owned by T-Mobile and therefore, T-Mobile USA and Samsung today unveiled the new T-Mobile Sidekick 4G by Samsung. Now running Android, the smartphone pays tribute to its heritage with its stylish good looks and a killer keyboard while redefining messaging and upgrading to 4G speeds. Powered by Android 2.2/Froyo and a speedy 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, the new Sidekick 4G is one of T-Mobile's fastest smartphones, capable of delivering theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

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VIDEOVIEW: Huawei Ideos X5 Android Smartphone Unboxing and Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Ideos X5 is Huawei's brand new high-end Google experience Android smartphone with an entry level price point. It's powered by a Qualcomm MSM7230 CPU at 800 MHz and runs Android 2.2.1/Froyo. The X5 features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz up to either 7.2 Mbps or 14 Mbps (device dependent) as well as WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and aGPS. The 3.8" TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen supports 800 x 480 pixel (WVGA) and the 5 megapixel autofocus camera with supporting flash LED allows to record 720p HD videos. The internal memory has 512 MB RAM and 4 GB ROM and can be expanded with micro SD memory cards.

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Thursday, 10.03.11
VIDEOVIEW: Windows Phone 7 NoDo Copy & Paste, Marketplace Search and Apps Start Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:39 CET under 08 - Reviews

Early January, Microsoft has officially unveiled what it plans to improve with its upcoming NoDo update for Windows Phone 7 and while NoDo will include a lot of under the hood improvements, the user relevant changes and improvements are the introduction of copy and paste (which allows to copy texts from E-Mails, text messages, web pages, Office Mobile documents, etc. and paste it anywhere you can type), better Marketplace search (searching within the apps or games hub section of the Marketplace will finally only return apps or games in the results) and faster apps start (apps and games will start-up and resume much faster).

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POSTPONED: Microsoft shifts Windows Phone 7 NoDo Update to 2nd Half of March
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in January, during the CES, Microsoft said that it plans to release its first Windows Phone 7 update within the upcoming weeks and Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, became even more concrete when he said, during his Mobile World Congress keynote, that NoDo will be released early March. In preparation for the NoDo update, late February Microsoft has pushed a pre-NoDo update which, as it turned out later, caused some problems on certain Samsung devices while other users around the globe have yet not received the pre-NoDo update. Nevertheless, Microsoft (un)officially rowed back now and has announced via its French Windows Phone 7 blog, that NoDo is now postponed to end of March.

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Wednesday, 09.03.11
QUICKVIEW: A1 abroadband International Data Roaming Tariff
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:11 CET under 08 - Reviews

Last February I reported about abroadband, an idea as simple and easy that it makes me wonder that no other carrier launched it earlier: Austria's A1 abroadband is a no-frill data offer for international roaming and offers EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA-based mobile Internet access around the world for one price - which is all over the world (at supported partner networks) the same: 0.59 Euro per MB! Right before I left for last week's Microsoft MVP Summit in Redmond, I've ordered a abroadband SIM from the company's online shop which I received 48 hours later. However abroadband also offers a Huawei USB modem including an abroadband SIM as well as a Micro SIM.

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PHOTOVIEW: Huawei Ideos X5 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Huawei Ideos X5, which was first time showcased at last year's Mobile World Congress as the Huawei U8800, is Huawei's first high-end Google experience Android smartphone with an entry level price point. Powered by a Qualcomm MSM7230 CPU at 800 MHz, the X5 runs Android 2.2.1/Froyo. Designed for Europe and Asia Pacific, the Ideos X5 will be available in two flavors: as the U8800 and U8800H. While both versions will feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, the U8800 features HSDPA rates up of 7.2 Mbps while the U8800H supports HSDPA rates up to 14 Mbps. Furthermore, both versions are featuring WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and aGPS.

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Monday, 07.03.11
VULNERABLE: Google Statement about Android and Android Market Security
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:04 CET under 04 - Android News

Last Saturday, Google's Android team has released a statement that last Tuesday evening, the Android team was made aware of a number of malicious applications published to Android Market. Within minutes of becoming aware, Google said it has identified and removed the malicious applications. The applications took advantage of known vulnerabilities which don't affect Android versions 2.2.2 or higher. For affected devices, Google believes that the only information the attacker(s) were able to gather was device-specific (IMEI/IMSI, unique codes which are used to identify mobile devices, the SIM card and the version of Android running on your device).

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MARKETING: Bing teams with Angry Birds
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:26 CET under 01 - General News

Bing, Microsoft's very own and on Windows Phone 7 devices preinstalled search and decision engine, is teaming with Rovio, the folks behind the cultural phenomenon, Angry Birds, to put a new twist on the birds vs. pigs saga. Starting today, you can watch as the pigs scheme creative ways to get their hooves on the treasured eggs via a 4-part animated video series sponsored by Bing. And amazing enough, while Angry Birds is yet not available for Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the pigs are using Windows Phone 7 smartphones - as it's clearly notable. The first two of four videos are now available with the next two videos to be released soon after at Bing's YouTube channel.

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COUNTER: SPB Software releases SPB Wireless Monitor for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:49 CET under 04 - Android News

It's been a while since SPB Software has released its first GPRS Monitor for Pocket PC where I worked with SPB on the initial version and following its many Pocket PC and Windows Mobile versions, SPB Software has recently release its SPB Wireless Monitor for Android smartphones. Like all other versions of SPB GPRS/Wireless Monitor, the Android version is a complete solution for measuring data traffic via all types of connections and calculating network usage costs according to the current data plan. One day you may realize that you do not control your spending on mobile Internet. It even can become dramatically expensive and subjected to the high costs of roaming.

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VIDEOVIEW: Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Firmware Update Process
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:03 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since late last month, Microsoft is rolling-out its first Windows Phone 7 update and after some earlier problems, it seems to work stable now and the pre-NoDo updates finally hit my devices as well. Every Windows Phone 7 is communicating with Microsoft's Windows Phone update server and checks if a new device/firmware update is available or not. This works similar to Windows' update mechanism but in this case, the device reports a device ID and carrier-branding combination to the server and the server decides if an update is available or not. As soon as a firmware update is available, the server notifies the device and suggests to update the Windows Phone 7 via side-loading, using a PC or Mac.

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Friday, 04.03.11
THOUGHT: Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2011 - Windows Phone and Tablet PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:12 CET under 09 - Thoughts

As you might have seen, I haven't posted anything to the::unwired this week but if you follow me on Twitter, you've seen that I was travelling. As a matter of fact I was again in Seattle for this year's Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Global Summit, the largest customer event each year on Microsoft's main campus in Redmond. As every year, it was a jam-packed week and in addition to some open, non-NDA sessions like "Windows without Walls" where Microsoft showed how the Windows ecosystem from the desktop to the Xbox 360 to mobile devices to the services plays to each other, there was a keynote by Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO and for sure 1.5 days of deep-dive sessions with the Windows Phone product team which were - as you can imagine - under NDA.

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