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Thursday, 30.06.11
LEAK: Is the HTC Eternity HTC's first high-end Windows Phone 7.1 Mango Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

German htcinside claims to have received information about an upcoming HTC smartphone which could possibly be HTC's first high-end Windows Phone 7.1 smartphone. According to the published information, the HTC Eternity (most likely a code-name only) will feature GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA (up to 14.4 Mbps)/HSUPA (up to 5.76 Mbps) as well as WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a G-sensor, a digital compass and a gyroscope. However, it's real highlights seems to be the massive 4.7" WVGA Super-LCD touchscreen, the rear-facing 8 megapixel camera, a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera and that the HTC Eternity is said to be powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8255 CPU!

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UPGRADE: HTC confirms Android 2.3/Gingerbread progress for the HTC Desire
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:00 CET under 04 - Android News

It looks like HTC is having some real progress to bring Android 2.3/Gingerbread to the Desire - the device formerly known as HTC's flagship Android smartphone. After the company first said that there won't be an upgrade to Android 2.3 and backpedaled a little bit later just to inform us that they will bring Gingerbread to the Desire at costs of some HTC Sense goodies, HTC has just announced on its Facebook fan page that they "are testing our build of Gingerbread for HTC Desire and will start doing quality assurance for it this week. When we have an update on availability we'll post another announcement. Thanks for your patience".

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Wednesday, 29.06.11
UPGRADE: Microsoft releases Windows Phone Mango Firmware-Update to registered Developers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following today's earlier tweet, Microsoft had indeed something good in the pipeline, as long as you are a registered Windows Phone developer. Starting today, developers can upgrade their Windows Phone 7 smartphones to Windows Phone 7.1 build 7661 - formerly known as Mango! Registered Windows Phone Marketplace developers will receive an invitation from Microsoft Connect that will provide access to a firmware update for retail Windows Phone device; yes there are no special developer devices involved anymore. To get the Windows Phone 7.1 Beta bits, you must have an active, validated App Hub account and you may update only one phone per developer.

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UPDATE: Samsung releases Samsung Galaxy S II Camera update via Samsung Apps
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:49 CET under 04 - Android News

That's an interesting approach! While over the air (OTA) updates are quite common for Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S II isn't any different to other Android smartphones. However, to my surprise, Samsung has recently released a "GalaxyS2 Camera Firmware Update" which is available through Samsung's very own Samsung Apps app-store but not through the Galaxy S II's official firmware update functionality. Basically, the update is an app-download which is executing and installing itself. Unfortunately, Samsung hasn't given any release notes and therefore it's unknown which problems or bugs the update might fix.

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UPDATE: Google introduces new Google Mobile Search design and adds new features [with Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:50 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening, Google announced a new look and feel for its desktop search but this changes also affects Google's mobile search which the company hasn't announced yet. As a matter of fact, Google has completely changed the look and feel on Android smartphones and it seems that Google followed the same design guidelines it announced for the desktop search. With the design changes in the coming weeks and months, Google plans to bringing forward the stuff that matters to you and getting all the other clutter out of your way. Even simple changes, like using bolder colors for actionable buttons or hiding navigation buttons until they're actually needed.

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TEASED: Microsoft promises "juicy Windows Phone surprise" for tomorrow
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Seems it became pretty common now that company honchos are going to announce the good things via Twitter. Following yesterday's tweet by Andy Rubin, today Bill Cox, Sr. Director of Communications for Windows Phone, tweeted about the recent software releases which includes launches of Angry Birds, Kik and GoWalla. However, even more important is the last sentence of his tweet where Cox promises "a juicy surprise for tomorrow". It not yeat clear what it means, also the later tweets haven't given any further hints but it's rumored that it might be the release of the Mango Beta ROM (for developers only - for sure) or the availability of Mango developer devices.

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Tuesday, 28.06.11
INSIGHTS: Andy Rubin says over 500,000 Android devices are activated each day
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:16 CET under 04 - Android News

Maybe all the bad analysts predictions and forecasts forced Andy Rubin to send one of his rare messages to the world but the Godfather of Android (and co-founder and former CEO of Danger) just tweeted that Android sees a worldwide growth of 4.4 % which results in an impressive figure that over 500,000 Android devices (smartphones and tablets) are activated every day. If you are not an Android user yet you should know that Android devices requires an activation with a Google account. While you can also use Android devices without "activating" them, most services don't work without activation. Therefore, Google should have a pretty good overview how much devices are newly activated each day (as Apple and Microsoft have too).

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Monday, 27.06.11
CONFIRMED: HTC announces GSM/UMTS 3D Multimedia Android Smartphone HTC EVO 3D
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:18 CET under 04 - Android News

The rumors became true! HTC today announced the arrival of the HTC EVO 3D Android 2.3/Gingerbread smartphone in Europe. Delivering the same ultimate glasses-free 3D experience as the U.S. version, the stylishly rugged HTC EVO 3D, with the latest HTC Sense experience, makes it easy to capture and share stunning 3D home movies and stills with friends and family. HTC Watch is also available to owners of this multimedia powerhouse, allowing users to enjoy Hollywood blockbusters alongside their own 3D movies.  The stunning stereoscopic display means that 3D effects can be enjoyed naturally as images and video burst from the screen, free of the burden of 3D glasses.

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Thursday, 23.06.11
APPROVAL: GCF approves GSM & UMTS Version of the HTC EVO 3D Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:47 CET under 04 - Android News

You remember the HTC EVO 3D, HTC announced back in March? When the EVO 3D was originally announced, it was introduced by Sprint. However, as it looks like, the HTC EVO 3D will also come to the rest of the world as the HTC EVO 3D (GSM/UMTS). The Global Certification Forum has just approved a GSM/UMTS version of HTC's first smartphone which provides the ability to capture and view in 3D, offering consumers the ultimate glasses-free 3D experience. It's expected that the EVO 3D is also powered by Android 2.3/Gingerbread, featuring a qHD 3D 4.3" display but it's confirmed that it supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA at 900, 1700 and 2100 MHz! Also onboard are WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth A2DP and aGPS.

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UNVEILED: Nokia CEO Stephan Elop previews first Microsoft Windows Phone on Video
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Look at that, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop himself has unveiled Nokia's very first Windows Phone smartphone during a shot demo at an internal company meeting earlier this week. While the device has not yet an official product name, Elop mentioned that it is codenamed "Sea Ray". The device, it's unclear yet if this will be indeed goes to commercial production or if it is just the development hardware for Microsoft's Windows Phone OS, looks pretty much like the recently announced Nokia N9 MeeGo smartphone. The demoed device features - according to Elop - "a beautiful design, a Gorilla Glass touchscreen, pillow shaped backing, and a (Nokia-typical) Carl Zeiss 8 megapixel camera".

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Wednesday, 22.06.11
ENHANCED: Sony Ericsson announces new Xperia Smart Extras and Services
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:45 CET under 04 - Android News

In addition to today's announced Xperia ray and Xperia active Android 2.3 smartphones, Sony Ericsson also announced new - so called "Smart Extras". Smart Extras is Sony Ericsson's new way to allow its customers experiencing applications and services. The LiveDock multimedia station and the LiveSound Hi-Fi headset are designed to enhance the overall Android experience. Additionally, Xperia arc, Xperia Play, Xperia X10, Xperia X8 and Xperia neo owners in the U.S., France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand can now gain access to Sony’s recently announced "Music Unlimited" powered by Qriocity app on the Android Market.

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UNVEILED: Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia ray Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:51 CET under 04 - Android News

Sony Ericsson today announced the Xperia ray. With its 3.3" qHD touchscreen and running on Android 2.3/Gingerbread, the phone packs in a powerful 1 Ghz processor, Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine and a 8.1 megapixel camera with Exmor R for mobile and HD video functionality. Only 9.4 mm thin, the Xperia ray incorporates market leading design for which Sony Ericsson has become known. The Xperia ray was announced in two flavors, supporting either quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz or quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 800/1900/2100 MHz. Furthermore it supports Bluetooth, WiFi, aGPS and other Android-typical sensors.

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UNVEILED: Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia active Android Outdoor Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:44 CET under 04 - Android News

Sony Ericsson today announced Xperia active, a compact smartphone targeting consumers with an active lifestyle. With a HVGA 3" touchscreen and running Android 2.3/Gingerbread, the phone packs a 5 megapixel camera with HD video functionality and a powerful 1 Ghz processor. The Xperia active is dust proof and water resistant and uniquely incorporates wet finger tracking, to ensure the phone works perfectly when either the screen or a user's fingers are wet. The active was announced in two flavors, supporting either quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz or quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 800/1900/2100 MHz.

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Tuesday, 21.06.11
INTRODUCED: Huawei announces the MediaPad - First Honeycomb Tablet with Android 3.2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Huawei yesterday announced the upcoming launch of the company's next Android tablet - the Huawei MediaPad - which is said to be the world's first 7" LCD capacitive touchscreen Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet. Powered by a Qualcomm dual-core CPU at 1.2 GHz, the MediaPad supports HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps as well as WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth and features a HDMI-out port. It is Huawei Device's smartest, slimmest and lightest tablet yet, measuring just 10.5 mm deep and weighing around 390g. It supports 1080p full HD video playback and features a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and 5 megapixel auto focus rear facing camera with HD video recording capabilities.

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Monday, 20.06.11
ACQUISITION: Google acquires SageTV - Google TV and Android to benefit from?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:35 CET under 04 - Android News

This could be massive. On Saturday, SageTV announced that it has been acquired by Google. SageTV is the company behind SageTV Media Center, a proprietary, commercial DVR (Digital Video Recording) and HTPC (Home Theater PC) software for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux (quite similar to Microsoft's Windows Media Center add-on for Windows Vista and Windows 7). It features an integrated EPG (Electronic Programming Guide, allows to watch and record TV through TV tuner cards as well as it provides an interface music and photos and even features a place-shift functionality - similar to the Slingbox.

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HOMEBREWED: ChevronWP7 to be relaunched as ChevronWP7 Labs - Locks-out End-Users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As announced Friday evening, ChevronWP7 will be back anytime soon but this time as ChevronWP7 Labs, which won't be free of charge any longer. While the original ChevronWP7 tool allowed Windows Phone 7 developers and end users to unlock their devices to side-load non Marketplace apps, ChevronWP7 Labs will do the same but won't come as a free solution. After the developers agreed with Microsoft to take down the original ChevronWP7 tool, both parties worked on a solution to bring back the service and the result seems to be ChevronWP7 Labs. However, it's now designed for developers which wish to write and test their apps before they might want to subscribe to Microsoft's App Hub.

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UNVEILED: HP Pre 3 and webOS 2.2 to feature Skype?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:07 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

German .webOS Blog has received screenshots of a HP Pre 3 which shows a Skype integration in webOS 2.2. According to .webOS Blog's tipster, it's said that Skype is part of and deeply integrated into webOS 2.2 and allows to define if international calls should be automatically dialed via Skype while domestic calls are connected through the carrier's telephony service. Alternatively it's also possible to define if webOS should ask every time through which service the call should be connect. That said it was also mentioned that audio and video chats were successfully tested with O2 Germany's 3G mobile network and not just through a WiFi connection.

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Friday, 17.06.11
UNVEILED: Nokia to launch Windows Phone Smartphones in Europe first
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At the recent Telecom.paper Mobile NL 2011 conference, Victor Saeijs, Vice President of Nokia Europe, confirmed that the company plans to launch its upcoming Windows Phone Mango smartphones in Europe first. According to Saeijs, 6 European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and the U.K.) will see Windows Phone-powered Nokia phones first while it's also interesting to note that Finland, home of the formerly world largest mobile phone maker, isn't on the list of launch countries. Furthermore, Saeijs affirmed that Nokia is still targeting a 2011 launch which will be - most likely - just one device with more to be announced at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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EXPANDED: Evernote releases Evernote for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday evening, Evernote has announced the launch of Evernote for Windows Phone 7. Unlike Microsoft's OneNote, which is available for selected platforms only, is Evernote a cross-platform note-taking application which makes it easy to remember things big and small from your notable life using your computer, phone and the web by capturing everything. It allows to type a text note, clip a web page, snap a photo and grabbing a screenshot. Evernote for Windows Phone 7 lets users save and find ideas and memories any time, anywhere. As typical for Evernote, it seamlessly syncs with every other version but there's so much more. According to Evernote, the Windows Phone 7 version is the most feature-rich debut they ever had.

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Wednesday, 15.06.11
BACKPEDALED: HTC is now promising an Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade for the HTC Desire [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:48 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday, HTC UK announced on its Facebook Fan Page, that it won't release the long awaited Android 2.3/Gingerbread upgrade for its former flagship smartphone, the HTC Desire and today, the world seems to look totally different! Both, HTC UK and HTC DACH (Germany, Austria Switzerland) confirmed on their Facebook Fan Pages, that they are going to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire! Yesterday, HTC said that it found out that it's impossible to bring its HTC Sense UI to Gingerbread updated Desire's and therefore decided to cancel the upgrade. As you can imagine, the Facebook comments got flooded by unhappy Desire customers.

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CLOUD: Microsoft releases Windows Home Server Release Candidate add-on for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the Release Candidate of the so called "Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector for Windows Home Server 2011" (aka Integrating Windows Phone 7 with your WHS 2011 Server) or even easier - its Windows Home Server add-on for Windows Phone 7 - which Microsoft showcased back in January. The purpose of this add-in is to enable remote server management tasks and relay media streams for WHS 2011. At the end of the day, it's you personal cloud on your own home system. Beside of many server relevant tasks like alerts and basic user management configurations, it provides convenient access to view and stream photos, music and videos.

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Tuesday, 14.06.11
ENAHNCED: Google introduces new ways to search the Web on Android and iOS Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:58 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, Google announced two new improvements for its mobile search to make mobile search even better. With more searches happening when people are on the go, Google said its noticing an increase in searches for nearby places. To make it easier for people to search for what's around them, the Google today introduced new shortcuts to commonly searched local categories, like restaurants, coffee shops and bars, in the form of icons on the Google's mobile site! The predefined shortcuts appear at the bottom of the mobile homepage and by tapping "More", Google opens additional popular categories like shopping, ATMs, gas stations, etc. which are basically the same categories as in Google Places.

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CANCELED: HTC confirms no Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade for the HTC Desire
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:34 CET under 04 - Android News

The HTC Desire, once HTC's flagship smartphone isn't getting any Android 2.3/Gingerbred-love anymore, this was confirmed today by HTC. While the recently launched HTC Sensation got all the latest and greatest bits and bytes, HTC said today on its US Facebook fan page that its engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire - for sure without compromising the HTC Sense experience users come to expect from HTC phones. However, now HTC had to confirm that they've been forced to accept that there isn't enough memory which allows them to bring Gingerbread and keep HTC Sense 2.0 on the HTC Desire.

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REVIEW: HTC Sensation (4G) Android 2.3/Gingerbread Dual-Core Smartphone [with Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:48 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not announced during the Mobile World Congress in February but unveiled during its very own event in April, the HTC Sensation is HTC's first smartphone which features a Qualcomm dual-core MSM8260 Snapdragon CPU at 1.2 GHz. Running on Android 2.3.3/Gingerbread and featuring HTC's brand new HTC Sense 3.0 user interface, the Sensation supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triband UMTS/HSDPA (up to 14.4 Mbps)/HSUPA (up to 5.76 Mbps) at 900/1700/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n, and aGPS. The HTC Sensation also features a gyroscope as well as an accelerometer-, proximity- and ambient light sensor plus the Android typical digital compass.

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CROWDSOURCING: O2 Mehr Netz Android app allows to report Network problems
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:24 CET under 04 - Android News

That's an interesting idea, as long as O2 is really using the customer feedback. The German carrier has just updated it's "Mehr Netz" (more network) app for Android smartphones which allows customers to report network problems back to O2 Germany. During the recent years, O2 Germany put a lot of money and effort into the network roll-out and stabilization and O2 called this initiative "Mehr Netz". Therefore, O2 has given its Android app the same name since the one and only task is to give customers a backchannel. O2's Mehr Netz app allows to report for dedicated problems, for instance reception problems, slow data connection, etc. and customers can either add the location or get it automatically located.

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Friday, 10.06.11
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Flyer Android Tablet with HTC Sense for Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:17 CET under 08 - Reviews

HTC's recently launched Flyer is the company's first Android tablet after it launched a UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) back in 2007. Not yet running Android 3.x/Honeycomb but Android 2.3.3/Gingerbread and HTC Sense 2.1 for Tablet, the aluminum unibody device is powered by a Qualcomm single-core CPU at 1.5 GHz. Available in two flavors with or without WWAN, the 3G version supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1700/2100 MHz plus Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n, aGPS and the Android typical ambient light and G-sensors as well as a digital compass. The HTC Flyer sports a Gorilla Glass protected and scratch resistant capacitive 7" WSVGA LCD touchscreen.

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Thursday, 09.06.11
RELEASE: HP announces upcoming HP TouchPad availability for the United States, Europe and Canada
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:58 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

HP today announced that the WiFi version of its HP TouchPad webOS tablet will be available in the United States on July 1 where it will be available from retailers, commercial resellers and direct from HP with the option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage for US$ 499.99 and US$ 599.99 respectively. In Germany and further European countries, the HP TouchPad will be available in the first week of July for 479 Euro or 579 Euro respectively and the preorders in North America and Europe will begin June 19. Running webOS 3.0, HP TouchPad users have a next-level multitasking experience, access to the web, premium audio playback with stereo speakers and Beats Audio technology.

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DISCONTINUED: Microsoft to (partly) pull the plugs from Windows Marketplace Mobile and My Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in October 2009, when Microsoft announced and launched Windows Phone 6.5, the company also introduced Windows Marketplace for Mobile and My Phone, two exclusive new services for Microsoft's last Windows Mobile range of smartphones. However, since Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 last year, it was clear that sooner or later they they was coming where Microsoft is to kill the services. And indeed, yesterday Microsoft sent out notifications to its customers where they where informed that Microsoft will be discontinuing the My Phone service for Windows Mobile 6.x and will also discontinuing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site.

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Wednesday, 08.06.11
UTILITY: RadioOpt Traffic Monitor tracks Wireless Connections and Applications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:51 CET under 04 - Android News

The idea of GPRS/UMTS wireless monitors for smartphones isn't anything new anymore but RadioOpt's Traffic Monitor for Android is an interesting one. Unfortunately, there's still a need for this kind of monitors, either because the tariff has a maximum data cap with speed throttling or because international data roaming is still insanely expensive. Traffic Monitor is not just tracking the data upload and download consumed by the phone's WWAN of WiFi connection, it also comes with an integrated speed test and task manager. Furthermore, and that's interesting, it's also monitoring the traffic per application as well as it can track tethering traffic if the device is used as a mobile hotspot.

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Tuesday, 07.06.11
REVIEW: HP Veer webOS 2.1 Smartphone [with Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:30 CET under 08 - Reviews

Unlike the previous Palm and HP Pre and Pixi device updates, HP's new HP Veer is a brand new and totally different webOS smartphone from HP's former Palm division. Running webOS 2.1, the HP Veer is a kind of different smartphone to all the other smartphones available today. Powered by a Qualcomm MSM7230 Snapdragon CPU at 800 MHz, the Veer supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS as well as the smartphone typical proximity sensor, light sensor and accelerometer.

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Friday, 03.06.11
PHOTOVIEW: HP Veer webOS 2.1 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:48 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back in February and recently launched in the U.S., the HP Veer/P160UNA smartphone will hit Europe anytime soon as well. At a size of a credit card and no thicker than a deck of cards, the Veer is the smallest HP webOS phone to date. Running HP's latest webOS 2.1, the Veer is powered by a Qualcomm CPU at 800 MHz and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS as well as the typical proximity sensor, light sensor and accelerometer. The 2.57" multitouch capacitive glass touchscreen features the rather unusual display resolution of 320 x 400 pixel and the fixfocus camera supports 5 megapixel but comes without a supporting LED flash as common today.

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REMOTE: Samsung launches Smart View App for Galaxy S II - allows Place-Shift at Home
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:14 CET under 04 - Android News

Not really a Slingbox replacement, Samsung's newly launched "Smart View" application is an interesting alternative to place-shift media in a home environment. It enables users to view content from a Samsung Smart TV or other input devices right on the Samsung Galaxy S II, via WLAN - whether consumers are enjoying cable broadcast programs or content from a Blu-ray player, camcorder, set-top box or other input device. In addition, users can browse any currently installed Smart TV applications from their mobile devices, bringing even more functionality and convenience to the Samsung apps experience.

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Thursday, 02.06.11
DEMO: Microsoft previews Windows 8 User Interface - Windows Phone Metro UI to hit Tablets & PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:39 CET under 01 - General News

During yesterday's D9 Conference, Microsoft demonstrated the next generation of Windows, internally code-named "Windows 8", for the first time. Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only small screens through to large screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse. The demo showed some of the ways Microsoft reimagined the interface for a new generation of touch-centric hardware but for Windows Phone users, it's nothing new at all since it mimics Windows Phone's Metro UI and (live) tile Start screen.

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