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Friday, 27.01.12
ENHANCEMENT: Google enhances Windows Phone 7 Search and adds multiple Gmail Calendar Sync
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Google (or Microsoft?) is not yet too keen to bring its mobile services like Google Maps and Google+ as stand-alone apps to Windows Phone, it's at least somehow taking care of its Gmail users. As announced yesterday on Google+ (which Windows Phone users can only read via Windows Phone's Internet Explorer), Google has launched a few new features on Google Sync for its "Windows Phone 7.5+" users. Multiple Calendars is a feature that lets them select which of Google Calendars are synced to Windows Phones. Furthermore, Google has also improved search to look beyond the conversations that are stored locally on Windows Phones so that conversations are found faster.

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Monday, 23.01.12
RUMOR: Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone to hit Europe later this summer? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Windows Phone users, rejoice! As British Carphone Warehouse unveiled today, Nokia's new Windows Phone-hero device, the Lumia 900 which Nokia announced earlier this month for the American market, seems to come to Europe as well! Carphone Warehouse has just launched a pre-registration site where interested users can subscribe for more information. While nothing is official yet, Carephone Warehouse expects that the Nokia Lumia 900 will hit the UK anytime in June 2012.  Looking similar to the Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 900 has a larger 4.3" AMOLED ClearBlack Display and features, at least in the U.S., cutting-edge 4G LTE technology and a long-lasting 1830 mAH battery.

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Saturday, 21.01.12
APPROVAL: GCF approves Nokia Lumia 800.2 Windows Phone for North America
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:14 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Nokia's upcoming Windows Phone-hero smartphone for the U.S. is the company's recently announced Nokia Lumia 900, it seems the Lumia 800 is also ready to be launched in North America soon. Steve Ballmer himself already confirmed during this month's CES, that the Lumia 800 will hit the U.S. (contract free) and Canada (from Rogers) and the Global Certification Forum (GCF) just proved Ballmer's statement by certifying the Nokia Lumia 800.2. Unlike the original Lumia 800, which supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz, the Lumia 800.2 supports triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/1900/2100 MHz.

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Thursday, 19.01.12
FIX: Nokia releases second of its two promised battery fixes for the Nokia Lumia 800
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As promised back in December, Nokia has released its second software update for the Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone which has started to being rolled-out yesterday. The update, which will update the firmware on on the Lumia 800 to version 1600.2483.8106.11500, delivers two key improvements: the expected and necessary battery performance enhancements and WiFi connectivity enhancements. Furthermore it comes with the previously released improved Mailbox notification and improvements for Windows Phone 7.5's "Local Scout" functionality which Microsoft introduced with Windows Phone Mango. Other than that, Nokia hasn't given any further details about the update.

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Tuesday, 10.01.12
FLAGSHIP: HTC announces HTC Titan II Windows Phone - HTC's first 4G LTE Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At the 2012 CES, yesterday HTC announced the HTC Titan II as the company's first Windows Phone to run on a 4G LTE network. Running on Windows Phone 7.5, the Titan II comes equipped with a brilliant 4.7" Super LCD capacitive WVGA only touchscreen. Packed with advanced imaging technology, the HTC Titan II also features a massive 16 megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens, autofocus, dual LED flash, red eye reduction, image stabilization, a backside-illuminated sensor and the Windows Phone typical physical camera button, offering a viable replacement for digital point-and-shoot cameras. The HTC Titan II delivers a number of features that HTC has developed to help consumers capture photos in a variety of conditions.

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OFFICIAL: Nokia announced the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone for the U.S.
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As expected, yesterday evening Nokia has announced the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone which will come for now exclusively to AT&T. It's the first of Nokia's Windows Phone to feature high-speed LTE connectivity. Looking similar to the Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 900 has a 4.3" AMOLED ClearBlack Display for rich, bright images both indoors and out, faster connection speeds based on cutting-edge 4G LTE technology and a long-lasting 1830 mAH battery for enjoying content all day. The primary camera includes Nokia's exclusive Carl Zeiss optics, with large F2.2 aperture and wide angle 28 mm focal length for high-quality, uncropped images even in low-light conditions.

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Saturday, 07.01.12
CHANGES: Microsoft updates the way it talks about Windows Phone updates - or not (anymore)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:30 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right in time with its latest Windows Phone update 8108, which Microsoft released earlier this week, Microsoft's Eric Hautala has also announced on the official Windows Phone Blog, that Microsoft is going to change the way it plans to talk to its Windows Phone end-users. As before (with Windows Mobile), Microsoft doesn't see the end-users as its customers but the carriers and device manufacturers and therefore it made the latest update "available to all carriers that request it", not to end-users who might want or need it. But Microsoft is handing over the update decision to its carrier- and manufacturer partners again. Hautala continued to explain that "we [Microsoft] will continue to send out firmware and maintenance updates as needed".

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Wednesday, 04.01.12
DISCONTINUED: ChevronWP7 Labs reached 10,000 downloads - closes its doors
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in November, ChevronWP7 Labs relaunched after the original ChevronWP7 service was turned-off before - when the developers behind ChevronWP7 agreed with Microsoft to work on a different model to relaunch it again. And now, it looks like ChevronWP7 Labs is also gone - but this time forever (?). Right on new year's eve, it was announced that the ChevronWP7 team and Microsoft agreed to sell 10,000 unlock tokens only (something which was, as far as I know, completely unknown and never said) and that the 10,000th token was sold on January 1st. Since both parties agreed to stop ChevronWP7 Labs at the 10k mark, it's currently impossible to buy new tokens to unlock Windows Phone 7 smartphones which allows to side-load apps.

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