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Friday, 29.06.12
ENHANCED: Twitter for Windows Phone adds Toast Notifications - Live Tiles still to come
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

It was a long way for Facebook and Twitter to add push notifications to its Windows Phone apps and while Facebook was a "little bit" faster, Twitter has also finally added the missing Toast notifications to its latest Windows Phone update. Version 1.5, which is now available from Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace, finally allows to turn on Toast messages and even allows to customize the notifications. It's featuring mentions which can be turned on or off with the choice of whether the mention has come from "people you follow" or "from anyone". Same applies to favorite tweets, retweets, direct messages and even if someone new follows.

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Tuesday, 26.06.12
ENHANCED: Windows Phone gets better detailed Traffic Information - International roll-out just started
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As Microsoft recently announced on its Windows Phone Blog, some changes and enhancements are on the way to improve traffic information and even bring it to further countries. As of today, Bing Maps traffic for Windows Phone was only available in the U.S. but if you have ever used it on Google Maps, you know how useful and detailed this information can be. So far, these traffic information covered highways and major roads where green roads were clear; yellow and orange roads were congested and red roads had a serious traffic jam while black roads were closed That's the status until now but Bing and Nokia teamed-up recently to offer expanded traffic coverage to even more highways and secondary streets.

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COMPATIBILITY: Pebble E-Paper Watch to might get support for Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

I'm sure, you have heard about the Pebble e-paper watch for Android and iOS, which was a huge success on Kickstarter and which is expected to come out in August, finding its way to the 85,000 "pebblers". If you haven't heard about Pebble yet, it's described to be "the first watch built for the 21st century". Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting users with a silent vibration to incoming calls, E-Mails and messages but also allows to interact with the smartphones since it's "infinitely customizable" with downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. Apps bring Pebble to life, for instance will cyclists be able to use Pebble as a bike computer, accessing the GPS on smartphone, etc.

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DETAILED: Microsoft explains which Windows Phone 7.8 enhancements Users can expect
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While I recently talked about the good, the bad and the ugly things of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 releases, Redmond just "detailed" again what Windows Phone 7.x users can expect in Windows Phone 7.8. At the end of the day, it's just the summary of last week's announcement but it also shows that there are most likely no hidden, not yet announced, enhancements but that Windows Phone 7.8 will be the expected Start Screen refresh only. First of all, Microsoft highlights "a bigger, more flexible Start screen" which can be "dressed  up in new colors and (which allows users to) choose from three sizes of Live Tiles, easily resized and rearranged with a tap".

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Monday, 25.06.12
DENIED: Microsoft says it has no plans to launch its own Windows Phone Hardware
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sure, when Microsoft announced its Surface tablet PC earlier last week, the first thing everybody had in mind, and also I asked this on Twitter, was the question how long it will take Microsoft to launch its own branded Windows Phone? But in in a recent interview, Microsoft's Greg Sullivan, Senior Marketing Manager for Windows Phone has answered the question pretty straight forward by saying "No, we do not" have plans to manufacture own company-branded smartphones, denying reports and speculations. Sullivan continued to explain that "we (Microsoft) have a strong ecosystem of partners that we are very satisfied with".

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Friday, 22.06.12
ABOARD: Huawei welcomes Windows Phone 8 - first Devices expected end of 2012
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

One of the biggest surprises this week, at least for me, was Microsoft's announcement that Huawei will join Microsoft for Windows Phone 8 (but not ZTE which so far manufactured Windows Phone 7 devices) and Huawei just issued a press release where it details its upcoming Windows Phone 8 plans a little bit more. It's mentioned, that Huawei's first Windows Phone 8 devices "will expands the portfolio of the popular Ascend family", a brand which was so far only used for Android smartphones. Shao Yang, Chief Marketing Officer at Huawei Devices also said that "the year 2012 is becoming a very successful year for Huawei and we (Huawei) will finish it brilliantly - with the launch of our first Windows Phones".

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Wednesday, 20.06.12
CONFIRMED: HTC announces full support for Windows Phone 8 - Phones to come later this year
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Microsoft's earlier announcement of Windows Phone 8, HTC has just issued a press release in which it pledged its ongoing support of Microsoft by backing the new Windows Phone 8 platform. Building on the two companies' long mobile partnership dating back to 2000 and including more than 40 million phones sold, HTC will be bringing new Windows Phone 8 smartphones to market later this year. While HTC was pretty focused on Android, Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, said that HTC is committed to Windows Phone more than ever and HTC is excited to be bringing new Windows Phone 8-enabled smartphones to customers later this year.

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CONFIRMED: No Windows Phone 8 upgrade but Windows Phone 7.8 only for today's Windows Phone 7.x Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported back in March by us, at today's Windows Phone Developer Summit, Microsoft confirmed, that non of today's Windows Phones, including latest devices like the highly popular Nokia Lumia 900, will receive an upgrade to Windows Phone 8, which was announced earlier today. Instead, Microsoft will offer a Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade which mimics the new Windows Phone 8 Start Screen but will still run on the soon outdated Window CE kernel, today's Windows Phones run on. Since Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will have a shared API-set, this means advanced Windows Phone 8 features like app and games ,that use that native programming, aren't supported on first generation Windows Phone.

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EVENT: Microsoft's Windows Phone Summit kicks-off today in San Francisco - details Windows Phone 8 [Live Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft has invited it's Windows Phone developers to its Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco which is just to kick-off now. While Microsoft hasn't unveiled too much in advance, the invitation said that today's keynote will give "a sneak peek of the future of Windows Phone" which is hopefully Windows Phone 8 aka Apollo since Microsoft hasn't left any information about the companies next big mobile OS version yet, but was so far pretty focus in the launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT. Whatever Microsoft plans to sneak peek today, it's just a question of minutes so please feel free to join us for its live stream bellow:

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CONFIRMED: T-Mobile Germany confirms that the Nokia Lumia 900 won't receive Windows Phone 8 [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, this Deutsche Telekom statement is already 12 days old but nevertheless, it's really important and confirms what I have posted before. The Nokia Lumia 900, which was launched with Windows Phone 7.5, won't receive the Windows Phone 8 aka Apollo upgrade. Furthermore, the support agent confirmed on T-Mobile's very own support forum, that Windows Phone 8 will come in Q4-2012. For the background: Many T-Mobile customers asked in the forum when T-Mobile plans to launch the Lumia 900, which was only released in Germany last week and the T-Mobile employee confirmed later, that T-Mobile has no plans to launch the Lumia 900 because it's not upgradeable to Apollo.

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Tuesday, 19.06.12
UNVEILED: Microsoft announces own Windows 8 and Windows RT Tablets under the Surface brand
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday evening happened what everybody was expecting, at an event in Hollywood, Microsoft unveiled "Surface", the company's very own tablet PCs which will be available in two configurations: With Windows 8 and with Windows RT. Company executives around Steve Ballmer showed the two Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail. According to the presentation, Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation, without compromise. It delivers the power of amazing software with Windows and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience.

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Monday, 18.06.12
PREPARATION: Microsoft puts Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh details on the Web - ready to roll-out soon?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Is Microsoft finally ready to release its Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh aka Tango upgrade to today's owners of Windows Phone 7? It looks like because Microsoft has just put the improvement information on its very own "Windows Phone Update History" page where it lists it as "Update 7.10.8773.98". According to these information, Microsoft highlights the following changes: "Messaging: Adds new messaging capabilities to your phone. You can now attach multiple pictures, videos, audio notes and ringtones to text messages. SIM Card: Adds features related to SIM card contacts. You can now export phone contacts to a SIM card and selectively import SIM card contacts to your phone."

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Wednesday, 13.06.12
SERVICE: MyTaxi for Passengers goes Windows Phone 7 - more Countries and Cities to follow soon as well
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

MyTaxi, which was so far only available for Android and iOS, was recently also launched for Windows Phone 7. Never heard of myTaxi so far? Well, it's an app/service combination which directly connects passengers with the taxi drivers, without calling any taxi offices or brokers. Just one click and the next taxi is on it's way. With just a few clicks, users of myTaxi can send their request to all available taxi drivers in the immediate vicinity, which are part of the myTaxi network. MyTaxi pinpoints the passenger's current location and the request is sent to the nearest taxi. Further options, such as Payment via Card or Eco Taxi can be selected. While waiting, the passenger can eve track the taxi's arrival on the map.

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Tuesday, 12.06.12
MERCHANDISING: Microsoft launches its own Windows Phone Gear Store
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:25 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Merchandising is very popular but nowadays not only for Hollywood blockbusters or your favorite combo but for sure also in the tech space. I think the first widely successful merchandising articles were Tux, the Linux Penguin and Duke, Sun's Java mascot. While Microsoft always had some great Windows Mobile and Windows Phone merchandising articles, like T-Shirts, etc., most of these stuff never made it to the public but most of it was use on the Redmond campus only - until now! The Microsoft Windows Phone team has just launched its merchandising shop called "Windows Phone gear store" where the team has ranged some "i heart/love windows phone" items.

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Monday, 11.06.12
RUMOR: Has Samsung a "Galaxy W" Windows Phone in work?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News came across an interesting Windows Phone which it spotted on WP Bench and it's a yet unknown and therefore unannounced phone from Samsung called "Galaxy W". WP Bench is a performance benchmark for Windows Phone 7 devices which tests the device's CPU, GPU, memory, storage, display and battery and allows to publish the score to online charts or compare with the others. And that's where the Galaxy W was spotted. Interesting enough, the W could clearly stands for "Windows" while it's quite surprising that Samsung might call a Windows Phone "Galaxy" which stood so far for Android phones while the Windows Phone equivalents were called "Omnia".

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Thursday, 07.06.12
RUMOR: Microsoft doesn't want HTC to make Windows 8 and Windows RT Tablets? The reasons are quite unlikely! [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According of a recent report on Bloomberg, HTC is said to be "shut out" of the introduction of a Microsoft Windows 8 or Windows RT powered tablet. According to the article, Microsoft locked out HTC from the "development" of Windows 8/Windows RT tablets because "HTC doesn't sell enough devices or have experience making tablets". While Frank Shaw, a spokesman for Microsoft, said in an E-Mail statement that "HTC is a strong partner now and for the future", he declined to discuss specifics. In the meantime, Sally Julien, a U.S.-based spokeswoman at HTC said in an E-Mail, that "HTC intends to support future versions of Windows and isn't commenting on the details of its product plans".

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Tuesday, 05.06.12
DISCONTINUED: Microsoft to kill the Zune brand in favor of its new Xbox Music brand
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

At the E3 games conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft said yesterday that the company plans to introduce a new music service called "Xbox Music", which will run on the Xbox 360, Windows 8 and Windows Phone, uniting Microsoft's media brands for games, music and videos under the Xbox umbrella. While Microsoft hasn't spoken about Zune at it's E3 presentation, Microsoft's current media brand for music and video, afterward, the company's Melissa Stewart confirmed that the Zune brand is going away soon so Microsoft can use the way better-known Xbox brand for its entertainment services, including its online video service.

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OUTLOOK: Microsoft to give a sneak peek of Windows Phone Apollo on June 20th
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft is currently busy with its preparations to launch Windows 8, we shouldn't forget that something more important is also in development - Windows Phone 8. And while Microsoft hasn't spilled too many beans yet nor have any confidential roadmaps left the Redmond campus, it seems that Microsoft believes that it's finally time to give developers some more information in advance. Yesterday, Microsoft has sent invitations for a session at its Windows Phone summit, where it is said that the development team will give "a sneak peek of the future of Windows Phone". Hopefully, this gives us some further information what we can expect with Windows Phone 8 which is code-named Apollo.

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Monday, 04.06.12
UNVEILED: Asus shows first Windows 8 based Windows RT Tablet - the Asus Tablet 600 [with Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 isn't only coming for Intel based x86 PCs, Notebooks and Tablets, but also as Windows RT which is designed for ARM based devices like consumer tablets. And right ahead of its press conference at this week's Computex in Taiwan, Asus has unveiled the first ever Windows RT tablet called the Asus Tablet 600. Running Windows RT for ARM, the Tablet 600 is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 3 quadcore CPU which is backed-up by 2 GB of RAM. The tablet sports a 10.1" 1366 x 768 IPS+ touchscreen and features WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a digital compass and NFC as well as a rear-facing 8 megapixel autofocus camera and a front facing 2 megapixel camera.

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