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Friday, 30.03.12
PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT: Sony to release soon its first batch of Android 4.0 upgrades to 2011 Xperia Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:46 CET under 04 - Android News

During the past weeks and months, Sony Mobile, formerly known as Sony Ericsson, was pretty active in communicating with its Xperia users and letting them know what the status of the upcoming Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades are. Following its earlier public Beta from late February, Sony's developers have continued to work hard to ensure Sony is on track to deliver its customers the best possible user experience on Xperia 2011 smartphones and today, Sony confirmed that the first Xperia 2011 models, namely the Xperia arc S, the Xperia neo V and the Xperia ray, are soon ready to receive its part of Android 4.0-love which will start to be rolled-out mid of April.

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC One S Android 4.0 Smartphone with HTC Sense 4.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:26 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced earlier this month during the recent Mobile World Congress, the HTC One S is one of three new HTC One devices and together with the One X, it's HTC's second flagship device for the first half of 2012. Powered by a Qualcomm S4 dual-core Snapdragon CPU at 1.5 GHz, the HTC One S runs on Android 4.0.3/Ice Cream Sandwich, which is enhanced with HTC's brand-new HTC Sense 4.0 user interface. The device supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triband UMTS/HSDPA+ (up to 21 Mbps)/HSUPA (up to 5.76 Mbps) at 850/900/2100 MHz as well as WiFi b/g/n (at 2.4 and 5 GHz) and Bluetooth aptX enabled 4.0. Furthermore it features the Android typical gyro and G-sensors, a digital compass as well as a proximity and ambient light sensor.

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AVAILABILITY: German Media Markt has the HTC One S and HTC One X on sale prior official launch
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:56 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday I told you that HTC's new One-series of Android smartphones, namely the HTC One X, HTC One S and HTC One V will be available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland from next Monday but today, Media Markt, the biggest electronic retail chain in Germany had the HTC One S and One X in its ads already. We've checked out a couple of local Media Markt stores in Munich and indeed, the One S and One X are already on sale - ahead of HTC's official launch date! According to a Media Markt employee, the different Media Markets have received a limited amount of devices ahead of the official launch and they are selling very well (not to say like sliced Ice Cream Sandwich).

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UPGRADE: Google releases Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Factory Images for the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:33 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday I told you that Google has started to rollout Android 4.0.4/Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades and updates to its Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus devices. However, since this is another staged FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) roll-out, it can take some time that your device will receive the notification to update or upgrade its firmware to the latest available Android version. If you can't wait any longer, Google has now released the original factory binaries which allow you to flash your device, straight from your PC. Now available are the Android 4.0.4 factory binaries for the Galaxy Nexus S (GSM/UMTS worldwide version) and for the Galaxy Nexus (GSM/HSPA+ version). The Galaxy Nexus CDMA/LTE version is yet neither available nor supported by the GSM/HSPA+ version!

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Thursday, 29.03.12
UPGRADE: HTC started to roll-out Android 4.0 for the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:48 CET under 04 - Android News

Further good news arrived from HTC and it seems that this is indeed the week of Ice Cream Sandwich-love. First Google announced that it's rolling-out Android 4.0 to a couple of Gingerbread and Honeycomb devices, then HTC announced to have its first series of dedicated Android 4.0 devices on sale early next week, today HTC has also started to roll-out its promised Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades for the HTC Sensation and Sensation XE - to customers across Europe. Unfortunately, HTC is "only" rolling-out Android 4.0.3, not 4.0.4, and the new HTC Sense version isn't 4.0 but 3.6 "only". Nevertheless, like Sense 4.0, Sense 3.6 also comes with plenty of improvements, it's much "lighter" as well as it is cleaner and therefore faster.

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AVAILABILITY: HTC announces One X, One S and One V availability for next week [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:08 CET under 04 - Android News

HTC today announced that its recently announced HTC One-series of Android smartphones will be available from next Monday in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Featuring the HTC One V, HTC One S and HTC One X, the One-series represents HTC's most premium mobile experience with a new level of iconic design, amazing camera and authentic sound experience. The HTC One series integrates Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC's own Sense 4 UI experience, that is introducing HTC ImageSense, a new suite of camera and imaging features that set HTC One apart from other phones. HTC Sense 4 also includes broad enhancements to audio quality and simplifies how people listen to music on their phone.

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UPDATE: Nokia rolls-out Lumia 800 update to improve the Battery standby even further
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Since launching the Nokia Lumia 800 late last year, Nokia said it's been focusing on delivering continuous enhancements to the phone through software updates and yesterday it announced the third software update in only four months. The firmware update for the Lumia 800 (1600.2487.8107.12070) is said to bring significant improvements in battery performance and power management. According to Nokia, originally scheduled for 18 April, the Finns now managed to bring the schedule forward. Along with battery improvement, the update also sports enhancements to the bass in the audio as well as the soft keys now illuminate at all brightness levels settings.

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UPGRADE: Google rolling-out Android 4.0.4/Ice Cream Sandwich to Nexus Smartphones and Xoom Tablets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:31 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening, Google announced via Twitter and Google Plus that it has started to roll-out Android 4.0.4/Ice Cream Sandwich to the GSM/UMTS Google Nexus S, the Motorola Xoom WiFi and the GSM/HSPA+ Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was the first device featuring Android 4.0. Furthermore, Google confirmed that it will rolling Android 4.0.4 to more devices in the coming weeks. While Google hasn't released a change-log, it said that Android 4.0.4 will feature general stability improvements, better camera performance, smoother screen rotation, improved phone number recognition and more.

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Wednesday, 28.03.12
ENHANCED: Evernote adds Speech-to-Text to Evernote for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:46 CET under 04 - Android News

And while we are talking about Evernote, the Android version has just received a major functionality upgrade . Evernote for Android 3.6 now features speech-to-text capabilities that makes dictating notes in Evernote really easy, plus Evernote has added a bunch of new features for the Evernote Widget app. Audio notes have been a core feature of the app since day one but now is Evernote giving its users a new option: speech recognition. By tapping the new speech bubble icon in the tool bar above the keyboard, this feature is launched. As you talk, the app instantly places your spoken words into the body of the note as text.

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BETA: SoftMaker releases public Beta of SoftMaker Office Mobile 2012 for Android
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:45 CET under 04 - Android News

If you are a former Windows Mobile user, no question you will most likely know SoftMaker and its SoftMaker Office. Late last year, SoftMaker announced to bring its famous office suite to Android phones, tablets and Netbooks and finally the public Beta is available as a free - but time-bombed - download. TextMaker, PlanMaker, and SoftMaker Presentations for Android were designed to offer the same high degree of compatibility with the Microsoft Office file formats as their desktop counterparts under Windows, Linux, Windows Mobile and Windows CE. And therefore SoftMaker's target was again a fully compatible office suite, which will be available for Android soon.

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Tuesday, 27.03.12
RUMOR: Google Drive Cloud Storage tipped for an early April launch
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:58 CET under 01 - General News

Sure, there are a couple of cloud storage services available, best known and most widely used are Dropbox and Box.net and we have heard rumors forever, that Google is also planning to jump into the cloud storage business. So far, nothing happened, except Google Docs, which lets you store your office documents online and Google Music which lets you do the same with your music. However, Om Malik was now told that Google will finally launch its service sometime during the first week of April 2012. According to the details from his sources, Google is going to offer 1 GB of free storage space only but will charge its users for more storage.

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RENOVATION: HTC shuts down HTCSense.com - until further notice
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:10 CET under 04 - Android News

Announced only one and a half year ago and launched later, HTC has informed its users that it will shut-down HTCSense.com - until further notice. HTCSense.com, which was a series of free connected services, was designed to allow HTC customers to simply manage their mobile phone experience from their HTC phone or PC. For example, users were able to easily locate a missing phone by triggering the handset to ring loudly, even if it was set to silent, or to flag its location on a map. If the phone's been lost or stolen, users were able to remotely lock the phone, forward calls and texts to another phone, send a message to the phone to arrange its return or even remotely wipe all personal data from it.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves the Vodafone Smart II Android Phone by TCT Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:22 CET under 04 - Android News

Vodafone has a fairly long history in self-branded Android smartphones which were mostly inexpensive entry-level devices. And so far, Vodafone worked with ZTE and Huawei, where ZTE manufactured the Vodafone 945 and Huawei manufactured the Vodafone 845 and the Vodafone Smart. However, according to the Global Certification Forum (GCF), the upcoming and not yet announced Vodafone Smart II is neither manufactured by ZTE nor by Huawei but comes this time from TCT Mobile, better know under its (licensed) brand name Alcatel. Being most likely another entry level Android phone, the Smart II features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz.

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CONVERGENCE: BlueStacks AppPlayer Beta allows to run Android Apps on Windows PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:26 CET under 04 - Android News

Launched back in October as a public Alpha, BlueStacks today announced the public Beta availability of its BlueStacks AppPlayer, a free software that allows users to quickly run their favorite Android apps on any Windows PC, tablet or laptop. The apps can now run windowed or be full screen, providing a unique and new user experience. With 56 % of smartphone consumers purchasing an Android device back in fall last year, it's apparent that Android is rapidly becoming a preferred operating system. With BlueStacks App Player now gives users one-click access to their favorite Android apps right on their Windows PC. Both Windows and Android users stand to benefit greatly from this capability.

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Monday, 26.03.12
THOUGHT: Windows Phone - Smoked by its own Campaign - "Just Because"!?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:05 CET under 09 - Thoughts

There's a phrase which says "There is no such thing as bad publicity" and while I would generally not agree with this phrase, Microsoft's latest "Smoked by Windows Phone" campaign might be the worst idea to advertize Windows Phone's benefits, I've ever seen. I said it before, that in general, I'm not a big fan of comparisons. Either my product is strong enough on its own, that it can attracts customers, or it's not. If it's not, I have to redesign and improve it to make it more appealing to customers. And if I think I'm better than my competition, time will tell this story anyway; I don't have to prove it with a pseudo-competition ad campaign.

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Friday, 23.03.12
QUICKVIEW: Sony Xperia sola Android 2.3 Smartphone with Floating Touch Hands-on [with Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:23 CET under 08 - Reviews

Yesterday evening, Sony Mobile Germany invited to its NEXT Showroom in Munich where the former Sony Ericsson division showed its current line-up of 2012 Xperia Android smartphones. Beside showing the Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U, which Sony announced back in February at the Mobile World Congress, the most interesting new device was the the Xperia sola, which wasn't on display in Barcelona but was announced a little bit after. The Xperia sola's highlight, which makes it yet very unique, is Sony's new "Floating Touch" display technology,  which allows to navigate the web by hovering the thumb above the screen so it acts like a moving curser, without actually having to touch the screen.

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SHARING: Nokia releases public Beta of Play To for Windows Phone Lumia Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of the big disappointments in my Nokia Lumia 800 review was the missing DLNA support of the Lumia 800 because we all know that Nokia can do it better. Nevertheless, looks like Nokia also figured out that something was missing by now releasing a public Beta of "Play To for Windows Phone". With Play To, users can share their photos and videos from a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone with DLNA-capable devices over WLAN network, which can be a TV or just a Windows7 PC. Not yet supported is music sharing and streaming but Nokia already said on its blog, that a future release is going to support music sharing as well as Nokia plans to add a features which will allow the Lumia to act as a DLNA Media Server.

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Thursday, 22.03.12
TRADEMARK: Microsoft registers NFC Trademark for Computers, Computer Peripherals and Software
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not that Microsoft has any major track-records in the NFC-field, it has recently registered a NFC trademark design which is registered for goods and services for "computers and computer peripherals featuring near field communication (NFC) connectivity; computer software for providing near field communication (NFC)". As a matter of fact this could be used for anything, from Windows (8) to Windows Phone (8) to accessories like mice or keyboards. For sure, the trademark isn't unveiling the purpose of this registration but if we keep in mind that Windows Phone is confirmed to support NFC and Google's Wallet payment service is NFC-based, I would guess that Microsoft will use this for Windows Phone as well, not just for its upcoming new desktop Windows.

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AVAILABLE: Angry Birds Space now available for Android and iOS but not for Windows Phone or webOS [with Video] [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:49 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected and promised, Rovio today launched Angry Birds Space, which is now available for iOS-based iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android-based phones and tablets as well as for the Mac and PC, with PC retail copies to follow shortly. However, Angry Birds Space is not yet available for Windows Phone or webOS where it's questionable if it will be ever released for webOS, while it's most likely that a Windows Phone version will hit the market later. Furthermore, Samsung is providing a special offer to all Galaxy users as an official launch partner of Angry Birds Space. For all Samsung Galaxy users, an exclusive Galaxy Note level will be provided for extra fun. Moreover, a special package of 30 challenging levels - "Danger Zone" – will be available for free.

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DELAYED: Samsung postpones Galaxy Note Android 4.0 upgrade to Q2-2012 - adds Premium Suite Software
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:11 CET under 04 - Android News

Samsung today announced that its Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for its Galaxy Note is postponed to Q2-2012 but that this update will also offers a Premium Suite upgrade by sporting extra multimedia features and a range of new S Pen optimized applications. The Premium Suite offers new features and applications exclusive to Galaxy Note and its innovative S Pen, which includes S Note, a unique tool that lets you combine your notes or sketches with other digital content, giving you a new way to create your own stories. S Note comes in various ready-to-use templates for a range of tasks including meeting minutes, diary and others.

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Wednesday, 21.03.12
WUNDERBAR: Wunderlist for Windows Phone hits Windows Phone Marketplace
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Wunderlist for Windows Phone has been long requested and 6Wunderkinder, the makers of Wunderlist, has just dropped me an E-Mail to inform us that it is now available. Wunderlist already helped millions of people on other platforms to stay organized anywhere and anytime. It allows to share lists with friends and colleagues and, since it's cloud-based, jointly tackle tasks, or tackle them on your own from any of our supported devices. Whether it's a shopping list, a wish list or a project list, Wunderlist will help to conquer the day. Since Windows Phone comes with its unique Metro UI, Wunderlist for Windows Phone looks very different to what Wunderlist looks elsewhere.

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UPDATE: Nokia updates Nokia Maps, Drive and Transport for its range of Lumia Windows Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday, Nokia announced an update to its exclusive Nokia Transport, Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive apps for its Lumia Windows Phones which are now coming with new features. For Nokia Drive, speed limits and relevant notifications are now clearly visible in the app dashboard. Warnings are fully customizable with audio alerts and specific triggers. Additionally, Nokia introduced the most requested feature in this update: a complete offline experience which allows to download country maps for offline access. Nokia Maps now allows to add places to favorites and Nokia made it easier to share place details and how to get there via SMS, E-Mail or social networks.

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STANDARDIZATION: Apple, Giesecke & Devrient and Carriers fight for Apple's Nano-SIM proposal
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:33 CET under 01 - General News

Remember when Giesecke & Devrient announced its nano-SIM proposal last year, which was design to go even further than the micro-SIM? Well, it looks like the other parties in the standardization process aren't happy at all with G&D's proposal it made to support Apple. According to the Financial Times, the next-generation SIM standard opened Pandora's box, pitting Apple against many of the other major players in the phone industry. According to the The Verge, the ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) is ready to vote on the nano-SIM next week, but there are concerns that Apple's version will require a drawer for the card - a design element it already employs on both the iPhone and iPad.

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Tuesday, 20.03.12
ENHANCED: Sonos Controller for Android now allows to join the SonosNet Wireless Mesh Network
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:44 CET under 04 - Android News

Together with its Sonos Controller 3.7 update, I wrote about last week, Sonos has also released an update of its Android Controller which comes with a nifty feature: It now allows you to connect your Android device directly to the SonosNet for wireless connectivity. Once SonosNet is selected from the advanced settings menu, SonosNet will be added to the list of available WiFi networks and connections are WPA2 encrypted. However, as Sonos highlights, bandwidth-intensive operations (such as streaming HD movies) could affect the performance of music streaming on the Sonos. In this case, it's is recommended to disconnect the Android Controller from SonosNet and use the regular in-home wireless network instead.

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CUSTOMER CARE: LogMeIn to provide Mobile Remote Support for HTC Android Customers
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:09 CET under 04 - Android News

That's an interesting scenario. While today's smartphones are supposed to be everything but geeky, I can not count the hours I've tried to help and configure friends and family's smartphones. Looks like LogMeIn and HTC have also figured out that there's an issue which needs to be solved and, as LogMeIn announced yesterday, both companies have entered into an agreement to use LogMeIn as HTC's preferred mobile remote support software provider. HTC will employ LogMeIn Rescue - LogMeIn's flagship remote support and customer care offering - across its worldwide call centers, delivering state-of-the-art remote support to HTC customers.

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CHARACTERS: Rovio names and previews new Angry Birds Space Birds [Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:33 CET under 01 - General News

Two more days only to wait until Angry Birds Space will hit a mobile OS (Android and iOS) or desktop OS (Windows and Mac OS) of your choice (but unfortunately neither Windows Phone nor webOS - at least not for launch) but Rovio has now fully unveiled and described the birds which will give the green pigs a hard time. For sure, the star of the new Angry Birds season is the little Red Bird who's this time supported by the Blue Birds, the Black -Bomb - Bird, the Violet - Lazer - Bird, Terence - the Green Bird and another all new bird, the Blue Ice Bird.

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STANDBY: App-Ads can't only harm Device Security but can also reduce Battery time of Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:08 CET under 01 - General News

Sure, developers of free apps have to be somehow paid for their work, as web sites have to be somehow paid as well and ads are always an easy way to make some extra money for - very often - high quality apps which are available free of charge from the mobile app markets. However, a less nice side effect was recently documented by researches from the North Carolina State University and Purdue University, Indiana which have found that including ads in apps not only poses privacy and security risks but also figured out that up to 75 % of the energy used by ad-supported free versions of Android apps is spent on serving ads or tracking and uploading user data.

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CONFIRMED: Samsung Galaxy S III to be powered by Samsung's own Exynos Quad-Core Chip
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:19 CET under 04 - Android News

As a high-ranking Samsung executive confirmed "Korea Times" on Monday, Samsung will use its own Exynos-branded ARM-based quad-core CPU "in the Galaxy S II's (aka Galaxy S III) successor". Furthermore he confirmed that Samsung's single-chip solution, which will be used for the S III, is a combination of LTE and W-CDMA functions, which means Samsung will lower its dependency on Qualcomm, which was so far the number one chip provider for W-CDMA (UMTS) based smartphone chips. Samsung already made some first Android experiences with Google's Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone which is already using Samsung's own telecom chips.

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Monday, 19.03.12
RELAUNCH: Sony brand launches in Smartphone market with Global Advertising Campaign [with Video] [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:04 CET under 04 - Android News

Back at its Mobile World Congress press conference, Sony announced that it plans to back-up the Sony Ericsson takeover and merger with an advertising campaign to make users aware that Sony Ericsson is now Sony Mobile Communications, and therefore part of Sony, which has the Xperia range of Android smartphones on sale. And today, Sony announced the upcoming launch of a global advertising campaign to introduce consumers to the first Xperia smartphones from Sony. The brand advertising campaign from Sony Mobile Communications marks Sony's return to the smartphone market and emphasizes Sony's connected entertainment experiences brought to life by Xperia smartphones.

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APPROVAL: GCF approves HTC ADR6410LVW - HTC Droid Incredible 4G ready for prime time?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:23 CET under 04 - Android News

While HTC has not yet let a word about the the ADR6410LVW, it's expected that it is the code-named "HTC Fireball" which is rumored to hit Verizon as the "HTC Droid Incredible 4G". In any case, the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has just approved it and confirmed that it will comes with quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz as well as with UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz. The GSM and UMTS band are - most likely - in addition to Verizon Wireless' CDMA and LTE bands which aren't approved by the GCF anyway. While no other specs are known, it's expected that the HTC Fireball comes with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, an 8 megapixel rear camera and that it will run on Android 4.0.

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Thursday, 15.03.12
POLISHED: Sonos to release refreshed and overhauled Sonos Controllers for Windows and Mac OS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:25 CET under 01 - General News

As you might remember, I'm currently testing the Sonos system and while I'm using it most of the time, for convenience reasons, from one of my Android smartphones or tablets, during the day in the office I'm often controlling it from my Windows 7 powered MacBook Air as well. You asked, we listened. However, so far the desktop version looked pretty basic and not half as funky and polished like the mobile clients but its seems this won't last any longer. As Sonos announced today on its blog, the team has been working "around the clock" to bring its customers two brand spanking new Sonos Controller apps for Mac and PC. The new Controllers will make it easier than ever to find, control and play music in any room.

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SUCCESSFUL: Deutsche Telekom, Alcatel-Lucent and Airbus test LTE-based in-flight Services
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:23 CET under 01 - General News

While this is nothing for long-haul flights across the ocean, in that case airlines might better rely on satellite links, Deutsche Telekom, Alcatel-Lucent and Airbus have successfully tested direct data communication - using LTE technology between an aircraft and a wireless network on the ground. When commercial, this solution will be able to provide in-flight mobile voice and broadband data communications services cost-effectively. These tests represent the first steps on the road toward future commercial implementation of in-flight wireless services for passengers over continental Europe leveraged by a terrestrial cellular LTE network. Current solutions target international routes and are based on satellite systems.

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CONFIRMED: Nokia has a Windows (Phone?) 8 Tablet in work
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Is this backing-up the theory of Windows Phone 8-alike tablets? According the Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio which was brought-up by Reuters, Marko Ahtisaari, head of design at Nokia, has confirmed that he's working a third of his current time on a new Nokia tablet an is quoted with "We are working on it". According to Reuters and The Verge, he hasn't disclosed any further details, but given the fact that he's responsible for the software and hardware design, the amount of time he's dedicating to the Nokia tablet marks it out as a project well under development. The Verge continued that the most recent speculation are that Nokia's tablet in question is a 10", Qualcomm-powered Windows 8 slate.

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Wednesday, 14.03.12
UPGRADE: HTC publishes list of 16 Smartphones which will receive Android 4.0 upgrades
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:17 CET under 04 - Android News

On its official blog (not on Twitter or any local Facebook fan pages), HTC has confirmed that 16 of its Android smartphones will receive some Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich love anytime 2012. Unfortunately, HTC wasn't going further by adding ETAs but at least we have the ultimate and final confirmation that the DROID Incredible 2 by HTC, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire HD, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Incredible S, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL, HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Raider, HTC Rezound, HTC Rhyme, HTC Thunderbolt and HTC Vivid will get ICS with HTC Sense 3.6.

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Tuesday, 13.03.12
RUMOR: Apollo - we might get an upgrade Problem or why Tango might be Windows Phone 7's last Dance [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following yesterday's news that Microsoft is expected to call its Tango update "Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh", there is a good - or in this case - a bad chance that Tango will be the last major Windows Phone update for the first generation of Windows Phone 7 devices, Microsoft launched in October 2010. According to several unconfirmed information we've received during last month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft will keep its minimum device requirements up and alive for Windows Phone Apollo, which is rumored to be called Windows Phone 8. While Windows Phone 7.x required single-core CPUs and a WVGA screen resolution, it's said that Windows Phone Apollo will require dual-core CPUs and a higher, more state-of-the-art, screen resolution.

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UNVEILED: Sony announces the Xperia sola Android 2.3 Smartphone with NFC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:46 CET under 04 - Android News

Following its Mobile World Congress line-up, Sony Mobile Communications today announced another Xperia Android smartphone - the Sony Xperia sola. Featuring Android 2.3 and powered by a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, the sola supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and NFC. The Xperia sola boasts razor sharp clarity with its 3.7" Reality Display powered by Sony's Mobile BRAVIA Engine while xLOUD and 3D surround sound audio technology delivering crisp and loud sound. The Xperia sola also comes with fast capture to take the 5 megapixel 720p HD camera from sleep to snap in a little over a second with a single key press.

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UPGRADE: Samsung has started to roll-out Android 4.0 for Galaxy S II - further upgrades to follow soon
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:21 CET under 04 - Android News

According to its Facebook and Twitter accounts, Samsung is starting today to roll-out Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy S II. Initially expected to be rolled-out last weekend, this delay of only 3 days isn't too bad at all. According to Samsung Mobile's Facebook fan page, ICS will be served first to Galaxy S II users in the European countries including Poland, Hungary and Sweden, as well as Korea, and gradually roll out to other markets. However, it's not clear if this means that Poland, Hungary and Sweden are getting the upgrade first, with other European countries to follow after or why these three countries are mentioned - since everybody should know that they are in Europe.

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Monday, 12.03.12
NAMING: Microsoft to call Windows Phone's Tango update Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Windows Phone Italy, which had the chance to sit together with Stefania Duico, the head of Windows Phone for Microsoft Italy, Microsoft plans to call its upcoming Tango update "Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh". If you remember, the initial release was called Windows Phone 7 which became Windows Phone 7.5 with last fall's Mango update. The expected "Refresh" name stands in a long history of weird mobile product names (maybe the most weirdest one was "Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition" which was available for "Pocket PC", "Pocket PC Phone Edition" and "Smartphone". Thankfully "Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh" sounds much nicer than "Windows Phone 7.5 Second Edition".

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Friday, 09.03.12
UPGRADE: Samsung to offer Android 4.0 for its Galaxy S II end of this week [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:02 CET under 04 - Android News

A new support document unveiled yesterday, that Samsung is finally planning to roll-out Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich to its Samsung Galaxy S II very soon or to be more detailed - tomorrow on Saturday March 10th. As Samsung says it "It's time to level up" and I can't agree more. No word yet which ICS version Samsung plans to roll-out but Android 4.0 for the Galaxy S II will includes Face Unlock and Android Beam, Mobile Network Data usage function, improved usability of multi-tasking and some applications. Not part of the upgrade are Adobe Flash (which can be downloaded later anyway) and Bluetooth 3.0 HS will not be supported in ICS while Bluetooth 3.0 is still supported.

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DISCONTINUED: Microsoft to discontinue Windows Marketplace for Mobile 6.x
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Three years ago, at the Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft announced Windows Phone 6.5 which brought the Windows Marketplace to Windows Mobile for the first time. However, after Windows Mobile's Windows Phone 6.5 was - more or less - discontinued, Microsoft now decided that it's also time to discontinue its never really successful Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Therefore, it sent out yesterday a notification to its previous customers, informing them that it is discontinuing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile service for Windows Mobile 6.x beginning May 9, 2012, from when the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service will no longer be available.

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Thursday, 08.03.12
COOPERATION: Rovio teams up with NASA and Samsung to promote Angry Birds Space
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:11 CET under 04 - Android News

Rovio, the Finish brain company behind Angry Birds unveiled some weeks ago that it's going to launch a new Angry Birds title in March and today Rovio has released a promotional video which provides some further details about the upcoming "Angry Birds Space" release. Interesting enough, this time Rovio has not only partnered with the NASA because the Angry Birds are coming to space, but it also seems that Samsung has managed again to be Rovio's premium mobile device partner since the video (see bellow) mentions and previews Angry Birds Space on a Samsung Galaxy Note.

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Wednesday, 07.03.12
UNIFICATION: Google puts Apps, Music, Movies and eBooks under the new Google Play brand
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:10 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening, Google announced the launch of Google Play, a digital entertainment destination where users can find, enjoy and share their favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on Android phones or tablets. Google Play is entirely cloud-based so all music, movies, books and apps are stored online, always available - as long as you have an Internet connection - and, as Google says, "you never have to worry about losing them or moving them again" - as long as Google is reachable. With Google Play users can store up to 20,000 songs for free and buy millions of new tracks, download more than 450,000 Android apps and games, browse the world’s largest selection of eBooks, rent thousands of your favorite movies, including new releases and HD titles.

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Tuesday, 06.03.12
PHOTOVIEW: Huawei Honor Android 2.3/Android 4.0 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:11 CET under 08 - Reviews

Not that the Huawei Honor (which is spelled in Europe Honour) is anything new but it took Huawei a little bit longer to bring the stand-by monster to Germany. Powered by a 1.4 GHz single-core CPU, it was initially launched with Android 2.3/Gingerbread. However, the test device here is already running an official Beta of Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich which is expected to be released to the public anytime March. The Honor supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dualband UMTS/HSDPA+ (14 Mbps)/HSUPA (5.76 Mbps), as well as WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and aGPS. The 4" capacitive touchscreen supports FWVGA (854x480 pixel) and the main camera, which comes with a supporting flash LED, features 8 megapixel which allows to record 720p HD videos.

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Friday, 02.03.12
PHOTOVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S Advance Android 2.3 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

Initially announced two years ago as the Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung has recently announced a much improved follower which is called the Samsung Galaxy S Advance; incorporating some Galaxy S and Galaxy S II but also some Google Nexus S features and highlights. Now powered by a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, the Galaxy S Advance runs on Android 2.3.6/Gingerbread with Samsung's TouchWiz enhancements and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quadband UMTS/HSDPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps/HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbps as well as WiFi a/b/g/n with AllShare (Wireless DLNA), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC (country dependent). Furthermore it features a 4.0" curved glass Super AMOLED touchscreen which was so far used on Google Nexus devices only.

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