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Monday, 28.01.13
PHOTOVIEW: Nokia Lumia 920 High-End Windows Phone 8
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:08 CET under 08 - Reviews

The Lumia 920, Nokia unveiled back in September, is the company's current high-end Windows Phone 8. Powered by a Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU at 1.5 GHz, the Lumia 920 supports a wide range of wireless technologies and frequencies which include quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, qudband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850, 900, 1900 and 2100 MHz as well as pentaband LTE at 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz. This makes the Lumia 920 virtually a world traveler and world phone. Other than that, it also supports Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi a/b/g/n, NFC, Qi Wireless charging, a magnetometer, aGPS, WLAN Network Positioning and Glonass. The PureMotion HD+ capacitive multipoint-touchscreen measures 4.5" and supports a screen resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels.

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Sunday, 27.01.13
ENHANCED: Nokia announces Nokia Music+ - More Music for less Money
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Spotify is still not available for Windows Phone 8, the best music option so far was either Microsoft's Xbox Music, or - for Lumia users - Nokia Music with its free Mix Radio. But soon Lumia customers can rejoice because Nokia today announced Nokia Music+, which brings a slew of new and richer options for a low monthly subscription fee of 3.99 Euro / US$ 3.99; challenging Spotify and Microsoft Xbox Music even further which asks for 9.99 Euro to be available on mobile devices. For those that love the original free Mix Radio service - which is pretty good and complete for a free service - it will remain intact; Nokia Music+ is all about adding extra. While Nokia Music, which is a great for discovering new music, is pretty limited in terms of skipping songs, Nokia Music+ introducing features like infinite skips and unlimited downloads.

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Thursday, 24.01.13
ENTERTAINMENT: Lufthansa trialing my mediaworld - In-flight Entertainment on WiFi enabled Devices [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:19 CET under 01 - General News

Normally, short- and medium-haul flights in Europe don't have any in-flight entertainment but this could change soon. German Lufthansa has recently started a test of its new service called "my mediaworld". It gives passengers Hollywood-quality entertainment during their flights and Lufthansa is currently trialing the service on its 22.6 years old Airbus A320 D-AIPP. Like most other short- and medium-haul aircrafts, this A320 hasn't have any in-flight entertainment equipment, like screens, etc. but that's not necessary anymore since the my mediaworld entertainment system allows to use W-LAN-enabled devices such as laptops, tablets or smartphones to play movies. Lufthansa is even offering dedicated iOS and Android apps while Laptops need Silverlight installed (bad luck for Windows RT users).

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Tuesday, 22.01.13
AVAILABILITY: LG announces the worldwide roll-out of its ultimate 4G LTE Smartphone - the Optimus G
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:30 CET under 04 - Android News

Last night, LG announced the worldwide roll-out of it's Optimus G, the company's most premium and powerful 4G LTE smartphone, which will begin its global roll-out into over 50 countries this month. The Optimus G has already been launched in the United States, Canada, Korea and Japan to very favorable reviews and LG is aiming to build on the excitement already generated to launch the device in other LTE markets. Since the launch of Optimus G last September, the smartphone has been enthusiastically received by audiences as one of the most advanced 4G LTE devices currently available.

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Monday, 21.01.13
PAYMENT: O2 Germany announces mpass Money Transfer and NFC mobile Payment for Android and iOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:30 CET under 01 - General News

Telefónica Deutschland, better known as O2 Germany, today announced the upcoming launch of its new mobile payment solution for smartphone-to-smartphone direct money transfer as well as its new digital wallet. Telefónica is the first network operator in Germany to enable its customers to perform mobile-to-mobile transfers using the "mpass Geld senden" (send money) service. This allows to transfer money from one mpass account to another, virtually in real time. Compared to traditional bank transfers, the process is simple and convenient. There is no need to disclose the recipient's bank details. All a user need is recipient's mobile phone number.

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UNVEILED: Huawei announces the Ascend G 615 Quad-Core Android Smartphone for Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:30 CET under 04 - Android News

Not shown at the recent CES in Las Vegas, Huawei Germany just unveiled the Huawei Ascend G 615, a high-end spec'd Android smartphone with an unbeatable price. The Ascend G 615, which comes initially with Android 4.0 only but which will soon after launch is said to receive the Jelly Bean update, is powered by a Huawei 1.4 GHz K3V2 quad-core CPU with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB ROM. It has a 4.5" TFT-IPS 720p touchscreen (1280x720 pixels) with 330 PPI and sports two built-in speakers with Dolby Digital Plus technology. Crisp images are said to be taken with the 8 megapixel main camera with dual-LED flash. The 2,150 mAh battery, coupled with the Huawei's own Battery Saving Technology, consumes up to 30 % less energy and is said to ensure a long service life of 360 hours standby and about 11 hours of talk time.

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Tuesday, 15.01.13
SERVICE: Google launches Boarding Pass Card for Google Now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:49 CET under 04 - Android News

Yesterday evening, Google announced via its Android Twitter channel a new service which it launch recently for Google Now: the Boarding Pass card. If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I'm currently flying quite frequently (most likely that's where the Lufthansa Frequent Traveler status comes from ;-) and nothing is more annoying than either checking-in on the airport or printing boarding passes at home/in the office but instead I'm always checking-in from my mobile phone and getting the boarding pass send to it. At the moment, I'm using PassWallet (see my review here) which allows to use Apple Passbook files on Android phones but it requires to download these Apple Passbook files.

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Tuesday, 08.01.13
UNVEILED: Huawei showcases its first Windows Phone 8 - the Ascend W1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in June, with the official presentation of Windows Phone 8, it was announced that Huawei will join Microsoft's Windows Phone camp as well and at that time it was even said, that the first devices could be expected end of 2012. Now, only one month too late (which isn't bad at all), Huawei officially unveiled its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Huawei Ascend W1. The Ascend W1 is 10.15 mm thin and features a 4" IPS LCD 480 x 800 touchscreen with OGS Technology. It's powered by the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230 dual-core CPU at 1.2 GHz and an Adreno 305 GPU. With a 1950 mAh battery, the Ascend W1 has 470 hours of standby time, the longest among all smartphones in its class.

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FLAGSHIP: Huawei Launches Flagship Ascend D2 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Also at CES, Huawei unveiled the Huawei Ascend D2. The company latest hero product in its Ascend series of smartphones which runs on Android 4.1 and features a 5" FHD IPS+ 443 PPI Super Retina LCD display, Huawei's K3V2 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU and a 13 megapixel BSI camera. With its 3000 mAh battery and Huawei's proprietary Quick Power Control (QPC) and Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) battery efficiency technology, the Ascend D2 has a stand-by time of six days on WCDMA . The Huawei Ascend D2 5" Super Retina fast response IPS panel display has a HD resolution of up 1920 x 1080. It's protected by the anti-scratch Corning Gorilla glass, and the dust and water resistant IPX 5/4, the Ascend D2 is tough enough to withstand everyday use.

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HUGE: Huawei unveils the Ascend Mate - the Smartphone with the world's largest screen
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Huawei yesterday announced the smartphone with the largest screen in the world, the Huawei Ascend Mate. The Huawei Ascend Mate features a huge 6.1" HD display, a 1.5 GHz Hi-Silicon quad-core processor and a 4050 mAh battery. Together with Huawei's proprietary Quick Power Control (QPC) and Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) battery efficiency technology and fast sharing technology, the Huawei Ascend Mate is proof that bigger is better. The Huawei Ascend Mate has a screen-to-body ratio of 73% - the highest in the industry - maximizing the viewing. The 6.1" 720p HD IPS+ LCD screen has a resolution of 1280 x 720 for unsurpassed clarity and color accuracy, and 'Magic Touch' which provides enhanced screen responsiveness even with gloves.

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HIGH-END: Sony announces the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL – the best of Sony in a premium smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Last night during its CES press conference, Sony Mobile introduced its new flagship Xperia Android smartphone, the Xperia Z. With a 5" Full HD 1080p Reality Display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13 megapixel fast-capture camera and 4G LTE, the Xperia Z has all the specifications expected from a premium smartphone. On top of this, it brings the best of Sony's unique technology, content, design and connectivity to deliver rich user experiences. The Xperia Z's razor sharp Reality Display, powered by Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, brings Sony's long-standing TV expertise to the smartphone and delivers an immersive viewing experience with super brightness and clarity.

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