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Wednesday, 30.11.11
UNCONFIRMED: Does the Nokia Lumia 800 have a Power-on bug?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I faced this problem over the weekend myself but I've just received reports from other Nokia Lumia 800 users which had the same problem recently. As a matter of fact, my Lumia 800 didn't turn-on last Sunday morning after I turned if off Saturday night! When I switched if off, the battery had around 1/3 of its capacity so it wasn't drained. Nevertheless, nothing helped, doesn't matter how long or hard I pressed the power button. It only came back to live after I connected the device to my PC and Zune kicked-in after a couple of minutes and confirmed with the typical Windows 7 sound that the PC connected to a USB device. Later, the Lumia 800 showed the red battery icon, indicating that the device was charged.

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ENHANCED: Sonos System Controller adds support for Android Tablets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:55 CET under 04 - Android News

While I still not have a Sonos system at home but on my want-list only, it's good to know what the Sonos Android app, which was initially released back in April, is now also compatible to Android tablets. Sonos just announced, that the latest System Software adds more control and more music to the Sonos Wireless HiFi experience. The free Sonos Controller for Android now supports Android tablets as well as smartphones, letting users control Sonos from any Android device of choice. With Sonos, users can stream all the music on earth wirelessly in every room, and now controlling it wirelessly on a larger screen with any Android tablet running 2.2 or higher.

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Monday, 28.11.11
THOUGHT: Back from Angola - back on Duty
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:41 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Have you missed me as much as I've missed you? Maybe you haven't noticed it all but I was away earlier this autumn but if you follow me on Twitter, you know that I was away for three months in Angola. Angola? The country between Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo? The country which was in a civil war for nearly 30 years which just ended in 2002 and the country which is still full of landmines? Yes, I'm talking about that Angola! A country which is the second largest oil exporter of Africa, rich of diamonds, unfortunately still full of landmines with Luanda, the capital, which is said to be the most expensive capital of the world, where a simple pizza can easily costs over US$ 35 or a beer in the supermarket up to US$ 5 or more!

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Sunday, 27.11.11
FOLLOW-UP: How I would change the Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:44 CET under 07 - Follow-Ups

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure to review the new Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone as one of the first in Germany and as good as the Lumia 800 is - as Nokia's first Windows Phone - as much room it has for improvements - compared to other (non Windows Phone) smartphones. At the end of the day, the Lumia 800 stands in heavy competition with other Windows Phones as well as Android smartphones and the end-user is way more educated today than he/she was 3 or 4 years ago as well has users are expecting more. And therefore, for a smartphone in the 450+ Euro class, I would have expect the one or the other feature adjust- and enhancement to make it an even better more complete device.

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SITE: Reawaking the the::unwired's "Follow-Ups" category
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:44 CET under 07 - Follow-Ups

It's some time since I've introduced the::unwired's Follow-Ups category, as a matter of fact it was over 6 years ago, and this week I've decided that it is definitely time to reawake this topic again! As before, I want to follow-up with observations I've done while using a platform, a device or a service but I'm now going to slightly change the way I'm writing about it. Since the::unwired is still read by carriers, hardware manufacturers and application service providers (which sometime value my feedback), I'm now going to write in a kind of "how I would change" their products style to provide a direct feedback. Furthermore it might be helpful for end-users to better understand what they can or cannot expect from the one or the other device or service.

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Friday, 25.11.11
BUG: Nokia confirms Lumia 800 battery problems - promises patches to resolve the problem
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On it's UK support forum, Nokia has confirmed that the brand new Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone has some (serious) battery problems and confirmed that the company will release two patches which are said to fix the problems. According to Nokia's statement, "a software update in early December will include improvements to power efficiency, while a second update in early January introduces further enhancements to battery life and battery charging. Both are planned updates and will be made available via Zune". Furthermore, the company has released a couple of support information regarding the optimization of battery life in general as well as tips for users of Nokia Drive.

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NEWCOMER: T-Mobile UK announces the T-Mobile Vivacity entry-level Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:32 CET under 04 - Android News

T-Mobile UK today announced the launch of the T-Mobile Vivacity - a great value, stylish Android smartphone ideal for enjoying multimedia on the move. Running Android's Gingerbread 2.3 OS, the T-Mobile Vivacity offers a winning combination of eye-catching design, essential multimedia features, as well as offering great value. A vivid, high resolution 3.5" WVGA TFT capacitive screen is perfect for web-browsing, viewing pictures or watching movies. The latest 3G+ and WiFi support lets you access the web whenever you want - ideal for on-demand browsing, or downloading apps, and uploading social networks on the move.

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Tuesday, 22.11.11
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Sensation XL Android 2.3 Smartphone with Beats Audio
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:42 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the earlier announcement of its cooperation, the HTC Sensation XL is HTC's second Android smartphone which features Dr. Dre's Beats Audio technology. Running on Android 2.3.5/Gingerbread, the Sensation XL is powered by a Qualcomm single core Snapdragon CPU at 1.5 GHz. It supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA (14.4 Mbps)/HSUPA (5.76 Mbps) at 850/900/2100 MHz and comes with Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n with tethering capabilities and DLNA support, aGPS, and an FM radio. Furthermore it features the Android typical ambient light-, proximity- and G-sensors as well as a digital compass.

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Monday, 21.11.11
PHOTOVIEW: HTC Rhyme Android 2.3 Smartphone (incl. Docking Station and HTC Charm)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:15 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following the tradition of HTC's unibody smartphones, the late September announced HTC Rhyme is said to be created for people who require advanced features for a phone that is sleek and fits seamlessly into their lives. Running on Android 2.3.5/Gingerbread, the Rhyme is powered by a Qualcomm single core Snapdragon CPU at 1 GHz. It supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA (14.4 Mbps)/HSUPA (5.76 Mbps) at 850/900/2100 MHz and comes with Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n with tethering capabilities, aGPS, ANT+ support and an FM radio. Furthermore it features the Android typical ambient light-, proximity- and G-sensors as well as a digital compass.

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC Explorer Android 2.3 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:29 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back in late September, the HTC Explorer follows HTC's tradition of affordable entry-level Android smartphones. Running on Android 2.3.5/Gingerbread and featuring HTC Sense 3.5, the Explorer is powered by the brand new Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon S1 ARM Cortex A5 45nm CPU at 600 MHz; which is equally fast as the older Qualcomm MSM7227 800 MHz CPU but consuming less power. Developed manly for emerging markets, the Explorer supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz only and also lacks support for HSUPA. However, also on-board are Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n with tethering capabilities, aGPS and an FM radio.

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Thursday, 17.11.11
SERVICE: Sony Ericsson vscreens.com bypasses DLNA and HDMI - still allows to share Photos and Videos
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:45 CET under 04 - Android News

Now that's a great service which somehow slipped under my radar! We have heard a lot about DLNA and HDMI which allows to share on a smartphone stored music, photos and videos with large screen TVs, Google TV or PCs. However, this either requires cable connections or service compatibilities. Sony Ericsson's vscreens.com goes a different way by allowing users to share pictures and even videos on a larger screen without the hassle of cable connections and pairing. It's a simple combination of a web service and an Android app (which works on any Android 2.1 or better phone) which allows to share photos via a simple Internet connection or videos through the same home network.

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COMMERCIAL: Google launches Google Music - now allows Purchasing and Sharing Songs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:05 CET under 04 - Android News

It was expected that this happens and indeed, yesterday night Google brought its Music Beta by Google out of Beta but launched it commercially as Google Music. Introduced last May at the Google I/O, Music Beta by Google allowed users to access their personal music collections easily from any device, doesn't matter if it was a simple (but compatible) web browser or or an Android smartphone. Music Beta allowed users to upload their personal music collection (up to 20,000 songs) for free to the cloud so these songs could be streamed anywhere and any time. From now Music Beta is simply called Google Music still supporting the same features as before but now it's also about discovering, purchasing and sharing digital music.

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UPDATES: Microsoft and HTC releasing Windows Phone 7.5 updates
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday night, Microsoft and HTC have released Windows Phone 7.5 updates for their Mango OS and devices. While Microsoft's "7.10.7740" release is a general update for all Windows Phones (even the brand new Nokia Lumia 800 has received it and this phone was only launched this week), the "HTC Update for Windows Phone" adds the missing WiFi tethering functionality to the company's first generation Windows Phone 7s. Other than that, the Microsoft update is a bugfix only which fixes an issue related to Microsoft Exchange 2003. With this fix, original messages are now included if the E-Mail is replied or forwarded. Another fix corrects voicemail notification issues.

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Wednesday, 16.11.11
REVIEW: Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone 7.5 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:33 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since this week, Nokia's first Windows Phone is officially available which the company announced late October during its Nokia World. Nokia's new flagship device, the Nokia Lumia 800, runs on Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7.5/Mango OS and is powered - quite typical for a Windows Phone - by a Qualcomm MSM8255 single core CPU at a 1.4 GHz. More Nokia-typical are the supported 2G and 3G frequencies and the Lumia 800 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz. This allows to use it virtually all around the world. Furthermore it comes with support for WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and aGPS.

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OUTLOOK: Sony Ericsson confirms Android 4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades for its 2011 Xperias
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:15 CET under 04 - Android News

Definitely good news for Sony Ericsson Xperia owners came yesterday from Lund. The (still) Japanese/Swedish smartphone manufacturer confirmed on its product blog, that it plans to release Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades to all of its 2011 Xperia Android smartphones. These are namely the Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia_Play, Xperia neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active, Xperia ray as well as Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. There's only one thing which keeps me a little bit nervous, it's the way Sony Ericsson wrote it: "[...] we plan to upgrade the entire 2011 Xperia portfolio to the next version of Android known as Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich".

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Tuesday, 15.11.11
JAILBREAK: ChevronWP7 is back - somewhat Microsoft supported and not free anymore
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Remember when ChevronWP7 hit Windows Phone 7 which allowed to jailbreak Microsoft's latest mobile OS to allow the installation of homebrew apps? Well, not long after ChevronWP7 was released, it was taken down again by Microsoft's request but the developers around ChevronWP7 and Microsoft came together to discuss and work on a solution to make it more official, more Microsoft supported and less jailbreak. After a first Beta, which totally crashed the servers, ChevronWP7 is back again - now called ChevronWP7 Labs - and as the original ChevronWP7 it brings any Windows Phone to a kind of developer status which allows to run homebrew apps - not available from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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CREATIVITY: Adobe releases Touch Apps for Android Tablets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:22 CET under 04 - Android News

While Adobe is going to give-up its Flash Player Mobile, it nevertheless stays committed to mobile devices. And therefore, Adobe today announced the release of the Adobe Touch Apps, now available from the Android Market. Adobe Touch Apps are a family of six intuitive touchscreen applications, inspired by Adobe Creative Suite software, to bring professional-level creativity to millions of tablet users but Android tablets only (at this point, Android smartphones aren't supported). Announced at MAX 2011 in October, the apps are available today for Android 3.1/Honeycomb or higher. Designed to work with both finger and stylus input, the apps address multiple areas of the creative process:

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Monday, 14.11.11
MINIATURIZATION: It goes even smaller - G&D announces the nano-SIM
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:02 CET under 01 - General News

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), the inventor of the SIM card for mobile phones, recently announced the world's smallest SIM card: the nano-SIM. A third smaller than the micro-SIM, the nano-SIM is said to enable manufacturers to produce devices that are even thinner and perform even better. According to G&D, this new development could be finding its way into the first mobile devices as early as next year. The new nano-SIM measures approximately 12 x 9 mm and is about 30 percent smaller than the micro-SIM. The thickness of the cards has been even reduced by about 15 % which sounds like a tremendous technical challenge.

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PHOTOVIEW: Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone 7.5 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:57 CET under 08 - Reviews

Officially announced late October, the Nokia Lumia 800 is Nokia's first Windows Phone which runs Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7.5/Mango OS. Powered by a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 single core CPU, the Lumia 800 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz as well as WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, an FM radio aGPS and comes with all the Windows Phone-typical sensors like a proximity sensor and digital compass. The WVGA AMOLED ClearBlack curved glass touchscreen measures 3.7" and integrates seamlessly into to unibody magnesium body of the device, which looks like a pillow.

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Wednesday, 09.11.11
DISCONTINUED: Adobe to close its Flash Play for Mobile development - focuses on HTML5 instead
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:13 CET under 01 - General News

As ZDNet reports today, Adobe has told developers that the company will stop its Flash Player Mobile browser plugin development. Sources close to Adobe, that have been briefed on the company's future development plans, have given ZDNet further details. According to this, Adobe said, that "our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations."

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Tuesday, 08.11.11
REPORT: HP's webOS on "Fire-Sale"? Amazon, RIM, IBM, Oracle and Intel mentioned as potential buyers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:11 CET under 05 - Other Mobile OS News

According to an exclusive Reuters report, Hewlett Packard is definitely and finally looking to sell its Palm webOS operating system for roughly hundreds of millions of dollars but less than the US$ 1.2 billion that HP paid last year. Most interesting are the five potential buyers, Reuters mentioned in its report. Advised by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, several technology companies have expressed an interest in buying HP's webOS division, which is seen as attractive for its patents, Reuters sources said. However it seems that only five candidates made it to the finale: Amazon, RIM (Research In Motion), IBM, Oracle and Intel. However, in my humble opinion Palm's webOS patents might make most sense for IBM and Oracle. On the other hand, the mobile OS itself might be also interesting for Amazon, RIM and even Intel.

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RUGGEDIZED: Panasonic announces the Toughpad FZ-A1 - the company's first Android Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:35 CET under 04 - Android News

Interesting! Panasonic well known for its rugged Laptops and Tablets announced today that its entering the Android market as well. However, as you might expect from Panasonic, the company isn't addressing consumers or business users but the vertical workforce with today's announced Toughpad FZ-A1, the first in its Toughpad family of professional-grade Android-powered tablets.
The 10" Toughpad FZ-A1 is ideal for highly mobile outdoor workers in challenging conditions like aviation, construction, field service and public safety. The range will be supported by an eco-system that includes a wide range of work accessories, such as vehicle mounting and ergonomic hands-free holsters.

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PHOTOVIEW: Huawei Vision Aluminum Unibody Android 2.3 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:44 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back in August, the Huawei Vision is the Chinese manufacturer's latest and so far most stylish Android smartphone. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon single-core CPU at 1 GHz, the Vision runs on Android 2.3.5/Gingerbread. The device supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dualband UMTS/HSDPA 14.4 Mbps/HSUPA 5.7 Mbps as well as Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, WiFi b/g/n and features an FM radio, aGPS, a digital compass as well as the Android typical proximity and ambient light sensors. The capacitive multitouch TFT touchscreen measures 3.7" and the the display is slightly curved to the edge. Bellow the screen, the Vision sports the Android typical touch-sensitive backlight illuminated menu buttons.

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