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Wednesday, 25.07.12
APP: Official Box Cloud App now available for Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sure, Windows Phone comes with its own cloud storage called SkyDrive which will also works great with Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 OS as well as with Office 2013. But maybe you are not sold to it because you got 50 GB free Box storage from HP or Sony before? Well, available before for Android, iOS and inbuilt into webOS, Box is now also officially available for Windows Phone! As announced yesterday on Box's own blog, Box offers a fully native experience for Windows Phone that has all the features users might expect from Box, but there's even more. Box for Windows Phone allows to collaborate from anywhere.

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Tuesday, 24.07.12
APP: London 2012 Results App now also available for Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following the official Summer Olympics 2012 Results App for Android and iOS, London 2012 has now also released the official London 2012 Results app for Windows Phone; which provides all the latest news, schedules and results, allowing users to keep up-to-date with the latest action LIVE across all Olympic events and Paralympics. Key features include results, live updates, calendar schedule, details of sports, medal tables and athlete profiles. Users can also follow specific countries and receive official news and updates tailored to them all in one app. The Results app is available in English only, but useful for anyone around the world interested in the Olympics and Paralympics.

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SERVICE: MyTaxi lets your Call and Pay your next Taxi ride with your Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 04 - Android News

Following the release for iOS, myTaxi has now also released its updated Android app which features the first mobile payment system on the German taxi market. With myTaxi Payment, passengers can easily pay their taxi with their smartphone, no cash or credit cards involved anymore. Up until now there has been no mobile payment system in Germany that worked without additional NFC solutions, QR codes or dongles. In contrast, myTaxi Payment creates a direct connection, without additional external hardware or technology. After the ride, the bill is simply transferred to the passenger's smartphone where the payment is then confirmed. Passengers can even add an extra tip, straight from the app.

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Monday, 23.07.12
STRATEGY: HTC and Beats announced a realignment of their Business Agreement
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:02 CET under 01 - General News

HTC and Beats announced on Saturday, that both companies are going to realign their business agreement that provides Beats with more flexibility for global expansion while maintaining HTC's major stake and commercial exclusivity in mobile. As a matter of fact, under the terms of the agreement, the founding members of Beats will buy back 25 % of its total shares for a total of approximately 75 % ownership, with HTC remaining the largest outside shareholder with approximately 25 %. Over the last year, HTC and Beats have made great progress in sound innovation, product integration and brand awareness with successes like the HTC One. This comes roughly a year after Beats and HTC announced that HTC has invested into Beats Audio.

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STRATEGY: Nokia to go Carrier exclusive with its upcoming Windows Phone 8 Smartphones?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to a Financial Times article, Nokia is considering to quit its traditional mass marketing approach when it's launching its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone later this year, but instead Nokia considers to go carrier-exclusive. According to FT.com information, Microsoft's premium Windows Phone manufacturer has already entered negotiations with European carriers, giving them an opportunity to launch Nokia's first Windows Phone exclusively. Unlike Apple in the very beginning but like every other manufacturer, Nokia's usual approach was to get out as many phones in as many channels immediately. However, this new strategy is said to create dedicated support for its smartphones, initially through one or two networks in Europe only.

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UPGRADE: HTC takes the Desire HD from the List of ICS upgrades - confirms Jelly Bean for some One Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:35 CET under 04 - Android News

The bad news came last weekend! After HTC told The Verge, that some HTC One-series devices will receive Android 4.1/Jelly Bean, something most of us expected, HTC also updated its list of devices which are expected to receive Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich and it axed the upgrade for the HTC Desire HD! While HTC's Jeff Gordon said that "at this point in time, we can confirm that we have plans to upgrade our HTC One X, HTC One XL and HTC One S to Jelly Bean", Gordon has neither mentioned the HTC One V nor the HTC Desire C. And while we are talking about the Desire-series, something seems to went wrong since HTC is now saying that it "determined that the current version of HTC Sense with Android provides customers with the best experience on the HTC Desire HD".

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Wednesday, 18.07.12
SERVICE: Google launches Gmail SMS - brings E-Mails to African Mobile Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:53 CET under 01 - General News

Since I worked in Africa last year, I have a different view of mobile phone, feature phone and smartphone requirements and Google's latest initiative will be very welcome there, I'm sure. As Google Africa today announced on its Africa blog, Google created and just launched "Gmail SMS". E-Mail has become an important part of everyday life, doesn't matter if it is in the first world or emerging markets, doesn't matter if it is used for personal or business communication and as Google wrote, "there's so much you do with it: apply for a job, make an inquiry, get notifications from your social network, receive photos or an invitation that makes you smile, and just communicate back and forth with your friends".

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Tuesday, 17.07.12
WORKAROUND: NFC Payment Sticker from G&D equips German not so smart Mobile Phones for Mobile Payment
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 01 - General News

That's an interesting approach which comes from German Giesecke & Devrient; you remember - the SIM card giant which worked together with Apple on next generation's Nano SIM. This morning, G&D presented the first payment sticker to meet the specifications of the German banking industry. When the sticker is attached to a cell phone or smartphone, contactless payment becomes possible even if the device itself is not NFC-enabled. The SECCOS Mobile payment sticker is certified for the MasterCard contactless payment method PayPass. This allows bank customers worldwide to pay bills at over 350,000 PayPass locations.

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OFFICIAL: Sony Mobile confirms the upcoming German launch of the Xperia ion LTE Smartphone sans LTE
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:48 CET under 04 - Android News

Initially announced for the U.S. market, this morning Sony Mobile Germany followed Sony Mobile Italy and announced the upcoming launch of the Xperia ion, Sony's first Xperia LTE Android smartphone which will hit Europe without LTE but with quadband GSM/GPRS/EGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA only. Originally launched with Android 2.3 only, Sony hasn't lost a word which version its ion will run on if it hits European markets later this summer. Like its U.S. counterpart, the Xperia ion has a 4.6" 720p HD display and is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor for fast browsing and content download, which can be stored on the internal 16 GB flash storage.

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UNVEILED: Microsoft announces Office 2013 and Office 365 - coming to Windows around you later this Fall
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:49 CET under 01 - General News

Unveiled earlier today, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer announced the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, also known as Office 15 or Office 2013. Coming to Windows 8 and Windows RT later this fall, as well as being compatible to Windows 7, the next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.

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Monday, 16.07.12
QUICKVIEW: Windows To Go - Microsoft Windows 8 for the Key Ring [with Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:37 CET under 08 - Reviews

Doesn't matter if we like the new Windows 8 Metro look and feel or we argue about the missing Start button, Windows 8 is Microsoft's future of Windows for all kind of PCs, laptops, tablets and well - even USB sticks! While it's clear that a Windows OS will for sure work on PCs and laptops, the support for ARM based, so called SoC (System on Chip) tablets, is something new but Windows 8 comes with another feature which hasn't caught too much attention yet, something Microsoft simply calls "Windows To Go". Windows To Go allows to install a full version of Windows 8 on a USB stick which then can be booted on any PC. In my humble opinion, this is idea is big and ground breaking.

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Wednesday, 11.07.12
PHOTOVIEW: Sony Xperia P Android Smartphone with NFC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:11 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back in February at this year's Mobile World Congress, the Sony Xperia P is Sony Mobile's little brother of the Xperia S which was announced back in January. Like all Xperia NXT smartphones, the Xperia P has a simple and strong design but takes it one step further with its precision crafted full aluminum unibody. The phone, which was initially launched with Android 2.3 only is powered by a 1 GHz "NovaThor" STE U8500 dual-core CPU and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g/n at 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, an FM radio with RDS, aGPS and NFC.

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UPGRADE: Google releases and rolling-out Android 4.1 for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:25 CET under 04 - Android News

Google announced last night on its Nexus Google Plus page, that it has started to rollout the first Android 4.1/Jelly Bean upgrade for the GSM/HSPA version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. When announced announced two weeks ago at the Google I/O, the Galaxy Nexus was the Jelly Bean reference hardware and every attendant got one. Now it's time for the rest of us to receive some sweets. Jelly Bean to Ice Cream Sandwich is similar like Windows 7 to Windows Vista. The improvements are the details which makes everything feel faster, fluid, and smoother. Notifications are expandable and actionable, widgets are magical and the keyboard is smarter and more accurate.

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Tuesday, 10.07.12
OUTLOOK: T-Mobile previews Joyn - confirms native implementation in Android and Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:16 CET under 01 - General News

During today's IFA Preview Event in Munich, Deutsche Telekom, internationally better known a T-Mobile, gave an outlook of its upcoming RCS-e service which will be called "Joyn". During the presentation, Deutsche Telekom made clear, that Joyn is based on the GSMA's recommended RCS-e standard and will therefore be interoperable with other carriers, namely Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange and Telecom Italia, which were all part of the standardization process. This means, that Joyn will work across networks, as we know it today from SMS text messages. Furthermore, Deutsche Telekom unveiled, that it will start with chat, file transfer and video functionality and that a commercial availability is planned for October.

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Monday, 09.07.12
COMPARISON: What are the differences between Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

For two weeks, we finally know that there will be two Windows Phone versions very soon: Windows Phone 7.8 for today's Windows Phones and Windows Phone 8 for all the new shiny smartphones which are released later this year from HTC, Huawei, Nokia and Samsung. But what exactly are the differences? Well, so far it's only known that Windows Phone 7.8 will only mimic the Windows Phone 8's Start screen but Microsoft is pretty shy if it comes to further differences but only told us that by far not all new features and changes were announced so far. Sounds good but Russian WP7Forum.ru seems to have received further details which show where the differences are.

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PHOTOVIEW: Sony Xperia U Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:43 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back in February at this year's Mobile World Congress, the Sony Xperia U is Sony Mobile's successor of the Sony Ericsson Xperia ray. Like the ray, the Xperia U is featuring a tiny 3.5" touchscreen and was initially launched with Android 2.3 only (an upgrade to Android 4.0 is expected anytime soon). However, the U is now powered by a 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core CPU and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as either dualband or triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz or 850/1900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, an FM radio with RDS and aGPS; but it unfortunately lacks NFC.

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Sunday, 08.07.12
PHOTOVIEW: Sony Xperia sola Android Smartphone with Floating Touch and NFC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:12 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced right after this year's Mobile World Congress, the new Sony Xperia sola is Sony Mobile's first smartphone which comes with the company's new Floating Touch display technology (read more about it here), which allows to navigate the web by hovering the thumb above the screen without touching the screen. At the moment, the sola comes with Android 2.3 only (an upgrade to Android 4.0 is expected anytime soon) and it's powered by a 1 GHz STE U8500 dual-core CPU. It supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, aGPS and NFC.

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Saturday, 07.07.12
APP: London 2012 releases Summer Olympics Results App for Android and iOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Are you ready for this year's Summer Olympics, starting later this month in London? Doesn't matter if you are at home, on site or an attending athlete (I know of at least one the::unwired reader who's attending), London 2012 just released the official "London 2012 Results App" for Android and iOS which provides all the latest news, schedules and results, allowing users to keep up-to-date with the latest action live, across all Olympic sports and later all Paralympic sports. Key features include results, live updates, calendar schedule, details of sports, medal tables and athlete profiles. Users can also follow specific countries, and receive official news and updates tailored to them all in one app.

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PHOTOVIEW: HTC Desire C entry-level Android Smartphone with NFC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:10 CET under 08 - Reviews

Revealed back in March and officially announced shortly after, HTC's new entry-level Android smartphone, the HTC Desire C, isn't a One-series device, even if it shares a lot of features and design elements with HTC's premium range of smartphones. Running on Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich, the Desire C is powered by an ARM Cortex A5 CPU at 600 MHz and features HTC's very own HTC Sense 4 user interface. The Desire C supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi b/g/n, aGPS, an FM radio and Google Wallet compatible NFC (which is nevertheless country and carrier depended). The capacitive touchscreen measure 3.5" and only supports HVGA (320 x 480 pixel).

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Friday, 06.07.12
UTILITY: German Ministry of Finance releases "Customs and Travel" App for Android and iOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:41 CET under 04 - Android News

Who said that our governments only want our best - our money!? Well, the German Ministry of Finance might not be anything different but now he spent some money and created an app called "Customs and Travel" which explains Germans what's allowed to bring back from holidays and what's not allowed - or only at costs of extra taxes. Developed together with the German Customs, the app - which is available for Android and iOS - answers such questions like "Can I take 200 duty-free cigarettes, or maybe even 800 pieces? And what's about the Clock which is on holiday so much cheaper than at home? Or is it possible to take an animal back to Germany?". Questions over questions "Customs and Travel answers".

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SURVEY: Tell a Smartphone Manufacturer about your Music and Memory Experience and win an Amazon Gift Card
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:01 CET under 06 - Site News

Following our first user experience survey from January, the::unwired is happy to start today the second end-user UX survey we are hosting again for a major smartphone and tablet manufacturer. Your feedback and voice really made a difference last time and the manufacturer wants to understand his users better again because one thing hasn't changed - he "doesn't want to build the devices for himself but for you, the end user"! This survey is about your music and memory usage and experience because we all love music and can't have enough memory! As a thank you for your participation, this time we are also giving away ten 20 Euro Amazon gift cards so there's no reason to wait.

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Thursday, 05.07.12
VIDEOVIEW: Huawei Ascend P1 Loudspeaker Accessory
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:40 CET under 08 - Reviews

I really like good and useful accessories and I like to listen to music on my smartphones. Being it while commuting or travelling, using headsets, or in the office where I prefer to listen via the device's loudspeakers. However, most smartphones have the loudspeakers for hands-free phone calls and audio playback on the backside. That's pretty annoying since you either have the phone in your hand, where the loudspeaker is then covered by your palm, or you put in on your table, with the display up where the device covers the loudspeaker then. And yesterday's launched Huawei Ascend P1 isn't anything different but also has the loudspeaker on the backside.

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PHOTOVIEW: Huawei Ascend P1 Android 4.0 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:32 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and again on display in February at the Mobile World Congress, the Huawei Ascend P1 is finally hitting a broader market after it was initially launched in China. Coming to Europe now, the Ascend P1 was the world's slimmest Android smartphone - when announced. Running on Android 4.0.3/Ice Cream Sandwich, the P1 is sporting a rather unusual CPU since it's powered by a TI OMAP  Cortext-A9 CPU at 1.5 GHz and a SGX 540 graphic processor. Similar phones are typically running a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. Also unusual are the supported GSM and UMTS bands. The Ascend P1 is featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and it's one of the few Android smartphones which supports pentaband UMTS/HSPA+/HSUPA at 800/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz, making it a real word-traveler.

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Wednesday, 04.07.12
UNVEILED: Samsung announces the Samsung Galaxy Chat Android Smartphone with Hardware Keyboard
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:54 CET under 04 - Android News

Android-powered keyboard smartphones are seldom nowadays, keeping in mind that the first Android phone had a hardware keyboard. Maybe Samsung saw this niche too and therefore announced the Samsung Galaxy Chat today. The Samsung Galaxy S look-alike Galaxy Chat is everything but a high-end Android phone but it sports a sleek and compact design and is powered by Android 4.0. It combines a 3" QVGA touchscreen with a full QWERTY keypad. Preloaded on the phone with its own dedicated launch key comes Samsung's own chat software called ChatON, which connects users from any phone platform into a single community, enabling spontaneous group chatting and messaging - whether with text, animations or images.

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Tuesday, 03.07.12
DEVELOPMENT: Mozilla gains global support from Carriers and few Manufacturers for its Firefox Mobile OS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:19 CET under 01 - General News

Boot to Gecko was a hot topic during the recent Mobile World Congress in February and yesterday, Mozilla announced that the industry support, or at least carrier support, is growing behind its plans to launch a new fully open mobile ecosystem based on HTML5. The operating system, which Mozilla now unveiled, will use its Firefox brand and is said to will power the launch of smartphones built entirely to open Web standards, where all of the device's capabilities can be developed as HTML5 applications. Previously know under its code-name "Boot to Gecko", Firefox Mobile OS is mapping to key Firefox footprints around the globe.

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Monday, 02.07.12
COOPERATION: MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom unite in European Partnership on mobile NFC Payments
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:13 CET under 01 - General News

MasterCard and Deutsche Telekom today announced a European partnership to enable consumers to use their mobile phones as a convenient and secure way to pay. At a press conference in Berlin today, Deutsche Telekom and MasterCard highlighted the importance of their partnership and the introduction of mobile payments - one of the fastest growing consumer services in the last five years. The partnership aims to make mobile payments a reality for Deutsche Telekom's 93 million mobile customers across Europe. The first consumer roll-out will take place in Poland later this year. Also this year German consumers will be introduced to mobile payments.

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UPGRADE: HTC releases Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich for the HTC Incredible S
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:57 CET under 04 - Android News

And the next one! Following its roll-out of the Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the EVO 3D last week, HTC started today to roll-out ICS for its HTC Incredible S and is therefore continuing to complete its list of 17 smartphones which will receive Android 4.0, HTC published back in May. But with the Incredible S upgrade, HTC goes even further and released the first Android 4.0.4 upgrade for an existing device. According to the original plan, HTC expected a release for June to July and therefore hit the nail with today's release. According to what we've heard, this is a global roll-out for the GSM version of the Incredible S which features, as said, Android 4.0.4 and HTC Sense 3.6.

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CONNECTED: Lufthansa launches Blue Legends - rewards your Foursquare check-ins with Ranks and Badges
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:40 CET under 01 - General News

Lufthansa has a pretty long Internet and mobile Internet track-record and it was one of the first companies (at least outside America), which teamed up with Foursquare to bring us the best badges ever (saying this with my Bavarian voice): The Oktober Fest badges in 2011 and 2010. And now, Lufthansa has again teamed up with Foursquare to be one of the very first companies, featuring Foursquare's new "Connected Apps" platform. Following the motto of "living on the badge", Lufthansa invites Foursquare users to virtually check-in with the new "Blue Legends". This Foursquare connected app allows passengers to share information about their journey with others via social networks.

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