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Monday, 17.12.07
UNVEILED: Toshiba working on the Portégé G910/G920 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following Toshiba's HTC Hermes competitor, the Toshiba Portégé G900 (see our review here), Toshiba is now preparing for a HTC Universal follower, HTC itself never released, Toshiba calls the Portégé G910 and G920. Recently popped-up at the FCC, this clamshell Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone could become a best-seller since HTC never released a follower of its Universal.
Featuring triband GSM/GPRS/UMTS and UMTS/HSDPA, the G9x0 seems to be designed for EMEA and APAC markets only. Furthermore the device is expected to feature Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b/g and a WVGA screen (as we've heard from trustworthy sources):


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Wednesday, 31.10.07
UPGRADE: HTC and AT&T releases Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for the AT&T 8525
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Ladies and Gentlemen, please charge your batteries and free up a USB port on your PC. HTC America just announced that it will provide a Windows Mobile 6 Professional ROM upgrade for the AT&T 8525 from tomorrow, November 1, 2007 which is however available for download already.
This ROM update is intended for the AT&T 8525 only and users should not load or attempt to load this version on any other device (aka other HTC Hermes) as it may cause serious issues/damage.
Also note, that at this time, Good Mobile Messaging is not supported on an upgraded AT&T 8525 anymore. If you use Good Mobile Messaging, better not upgrade your device at this time.


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Tuesday, 09.10.07
THOUGHT: How usable are QWERTY Keyboards for one-hand use?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:57 CET under 09 - Thoughts

No question, since RIM's introduction of the BlackBerry, QWERTY keyboards became quite popular, doesn't matter if these are slide-out keyboards like used with the HTC TyTN and TyTN II, or if these are thumb-keyboards like used with the Palm Treo 750 or Samsung BlackJack or if these are SureType-kind of keyboards like used with the HTC Touch Dual or the T-Mobile Juno. All these keyboards have one common - a kind of classical typewriter keyboard layout and it seems, the regular mobile phone keypad is slowly falling into oblivion.


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Friday, 21.09.07
REVIEW: O2 Xda comet Windows Mobile 6 Professional PDA Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:43 CET under 08 - Reviews

During the past days, I had the pleasure to use O2 Germany's latest Windows Mobile device, the soon to be released O2 Xda comet. While O2 Germany decided not to launch the HTC TyTN II (HTC Kaiser), it decided to release another follower of last year's released Xda trion (aka HTC Hermes) and unlike the HTC Hermes and and HTC Kaiser, the O2 Xda comet is a quite "traditional" Pocket PC Phone Edition, without sporting a thumb-keyboard but touch-screen focused only. As you might have read already, the O2 Xda comet isn't a brand new device anymore, since sprig it's available in Asia as the O2 Xda Atom Life already and O2 Germany decided to pick-up O2 Asia's top product to sell it in Germany now as well.


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Tuesday, 04.09.07
PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda comet Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

Just in time with today's expected announcement of the O2 Xda comet, this morning I found a brand new Xda comet on my doorstep, courtesy of O2 Germany. Just unveiled recently, the Xda comet is O2 Germany's latest Windows Mobile powered smartphone but Asian readers of the::unwired know the device already - it's an updated O2 Xda Atom Life.
Powered by Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the O2 Xda comet supplements O2 Germany's Xda trion (aka HTC TyTN/HTC Hermes) but unlike all the German Xda's before, this device is manufactured by Quanta.


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Tuesday, 14.08.07
REVIEW: Toshiba Portégé G900 Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:15 CET under 08 - Reviews

When Toshiba announced the Toshiba Portégé G900 Pocket PC Phone Edition back in February, it was clear which device Toshiba planned to compete with - the HTC Hermes. Now it took some time for Toshiba to release its first Windows Mobile Pocket PC after a longer period of absence but with Windows Mobile 6 Professional, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz) and singleband UMTS/HSDPA (2100 MHz) it's still state of the art, even if it's not a world traveler like the HTC Hermes which supports quadband 2G and triband 3G. Nevertheless, the QWERTY keyboard, the powerful 520 MHz Marvell PXA270 processor and a unique 3" WVGA touch screen at 800 x 480 pixels makes the device quite interesting.


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Friday, 10.08.07
PHOTOVIEW: UBiQUiO 503G Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:03 CET under 08 - Reviews

I've mentioned the availability of the UBiQUiO 503G on Monday and thanks to Expansys and UBiQUiO, I've just received a review-sample of UBiQUiO's first UMTS Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone.
Featuring Windows Mobile 6 Professional (aka Pocket PC Phone Edition), the UBiQUiO 503G sports a 520 MHz Marvell/Qualcomm 6280 processor, Stereo Bluetooth, WiFi b/g as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA (up to 3.6 Mbps) and a QWERTY keyboard.


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Monday, 06.08.07
CONFIRMED: GCF approves HTC Kaiser as HTC TyTN II
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:06 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Well, I thought we got rid of these artificial HTC product names when HTC said further products will be called Sxyz (for Smartphone) and Pxyz (for Pocket PC (Phone Edition)) but either HTC changed its mind or the GCF got something wrong.
Anyway, the GCF (Global Certification Forum for GSM and UMTS devices) just approved the HTC Kaiser as "HTC TyTN II". Furthermore it approves the same device as Vodafone1615/SFRv1615/Swisscom XPA1615 which confirms that Vodafone UK, SFR France and Swisscom Switzerland will also release the device (beside the previously confirmed T-Mobile Germany launch).


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Thursday, 02.08.07
AVAILABLE: HTC Europe releases Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for the HTC TyTN
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, it took HTC a little bit longer but after HTC released the first Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for other versions of its HTC Hermes reference design, HTC now also released the long awaited Windows Mobile 6 Professional ROM upgrade for its HTC TyTN.
HTC released the upgrade in several European language including World Wide English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and others.
Do get your free download of the HTC TyTN Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrade, you have to have a free HTC eClub account.


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Wednesday, 18.07.07
AVAILABLE: O2 Germany releases Windows Mobile 6 Upgrade for Xda trion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally, after announcing plans to release the Windows Mobile 6 ROM Upgrade for the Xda trion (aka HTC Hermes) and releasing the first Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrade for the Xda orbit, tonight O2 Germany released the long awaited ROM upgrade for the Xda trion.
Also interesting that it seems that O2 Germany has teamed with HTC to provide the download since the download is available from the HTC domain, not from the O2 domain anymore. And, unlike with previous ROM updates and ROM upgrades, you have to enter the device's serial number to get your hands on the bits.


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Tuesday, 17.07.07
VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the Toshiba Portégé G900 WM 6 Professional smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:51 CET under 08 - Reviews

Today I'm unboxing the Toshiba Portégé G900 Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone. The Portégé G900 features a semi-automatic slide-out keyboard and is therefore a direct competitor to HTC's Hermes and Kaiser UMTS/HSDPA Pocket PCs. Unlike the mentioned HTC devices, the Portégé G900 only features triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA but also WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR which makes it a great wireless modem for Notebooks. In addition it has two cameras - the main camera on the back which supports 2 megapixel and a front facing QVGA camera which is used for UMTS video-telephony. Like the G500, the Portégé G900 also provides a unique and enhanced level of security through fingerprint recognition. The fingerprint sensor can also be used to navigate the phone's menu and to unlock the device:


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Tuesday, 10.07.07
AVAILABLE: HTC announces availability of Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrade for Dopod
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Finally - HTC started to roll-out the long awaited Windows Mobile 6 upgrades. While it's not the expected European upgrades, HTC's Asian subsidiary (formerly known as Dopod) has launched a webpage with further information and timings. These ROM upgrades are HTC specific ROM upgrades which are made for previously released Dopod devices but it cannot take too long anymore that HTC Europe will follow with localized ROM upgrades as well. The first one, which is available since today, is the Windows Mobile 6 ROM upgrade for the Dopod D810 (aka HTC Trinity). Next scheduled upgrades are for the Dopod 838Pro (HTC Hermes), P800W (HTC Artemis) and U1000 (HTC Athena):


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Friday, 29.06.07
THOUGHT: Where are HTC's promised Windows Mobile 6 upgrades?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:21 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Back in April, HTC said it plans to provide free Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for a couple of Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones and as the June is going to pass bye, I wonder where the (official) upgrades are?
Initially, HTC said "The upgrades will be rolled out from June, in line with the operator partners' strategies" but while a couple of carriers have released "their" upgrades already (for instance T-Mobile US for the T-Mobile Dash and O2 Germany for the Xda orbit) original HTC Device owners are still awaiting the releases for their HTC S620 and HTC P4350.


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Thursday, 28.06.07
REVIEW: Vodafone VDA V/v1415 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:56 CET under 08 - Reviews

For two weeks now, I'm using a Vodafone VDA V (in the UK known as Vodafone 1415), which I got from Vodafone Germany for testing, as my primary smartphone.
The Vodafone VDA V is based on the HTC Vox (better known as HTC S710) and therefore also features Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 6 Standard. Powered by a TI OMAP 805 CPU at 201 MHz, the VDA V supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WiFi b/g as well as Bluetooth 2.0 incl. A2DP and AVRC. Backed-up by 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM (which can be extended with microSD cards), the VDA V has a 2 megapixel camera for photos and video recording, features a 2.4" QVGA screen and measures 101 mm x 50 mm x 17.7 mm at a weight of 120 g.


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Monday, 25.06.07
UNVEILED: HTC Kaiser shows its face at Microsoft's MEDC 2007 in Berlin
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet official announced, Jason Langridge from Microsoft UK spotted the HTC Kaiser on the device bar at Microsoft's MEDC Europe 2007 which is currently happening in Berlin (Germany).
The HTC Kaiser will be the follower of the HTC Hermes (aka HTC TyTN) and sporting Windows Mobile 6 Professional, 3G/HSDPA, GPS and a 3.0 megapixel camera but whom I'm gone tell this since you all know the HTC Kaiser already.
But since it appeared first time publicly now, it cannot take to long anymore that we are going to hear an official announcement from HTC and its partners (most likely T-Mobile).


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Tuesday, 19.06.07
REVEALED: T-Mobile Germany to launch the MDA Vario III within the next months
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not yet announced, in a press release T-Mobile sent out today, the German number one GSM and UMTS carrier unveiled, that its going to launch a HSDPA 3.6-enabled MDA which was called "MDA Vario III" later this year.
While it can be speculated only though it seems reasonable to expect that the MDA Vario III is HTC's Kaiser since the HTC Kaiser is the only yet known follower of of the HTC Hermes (MDA Vario II) an HTC Wizard (MDA Vario), supporting both - HSDPA 3.6 as well as today's announced rollout of HSUPA. Therefore it's most likely that T-Mobile is introducing the HTC Kaiser later this year as T-Mobile MDA Vario III:


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Monday, 11.06.07
SPECULATION: What is Sprint launching on July 4th?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:32 CET under 01 - General News

Okay, Sprint is definitely launching anything on July 4th but now it comes to the question what it is. According to Sprint's pre-announcement page, which Sprint calls "Welcome to the Wireless Evolution" (and which counts down), the device is capable of Music, Messaging, TV, Search and Navigation!
Most likely not a Windows Mobile device, if not a user over at HowardForums has posted a confidential release plan early this month, which lists a couple of possible (Windows Mobile) devices for the July time frame - namely the Samsung i760 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, the Palm Treo 755 (which is most likely a Palm OS-based device) but also the UTS Libra SMT 5800 (aka HTC S720) and the UTS Titan XV 6800 (aka the CDMA version of the HTC Hermes):


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Friday, 08.06.07
IMPORT: US bans Qualcomm Chip-based Phones [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:44 CET under 01 - General News

A US trade panel on Thursday banned the importation of certain mobile phones using chips made by Qualcomm, saying they infringed on a patent held by rival maker Broadcom.
The International Trade Commission said the so-called third-generation chips for phones operated by Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T infringed on a US patent held by its fellow California firm Broadcom.
In a statement, the ITC said that the Commission is issuing a limited exclusion order that bars the importation of Qualcomm's infringing chips and chipsets and circuit board modules or carriers containing them.


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Tuesday, 29.05.07
LAUNCHED: Rogers Wireless announces the Canadian launch of the HTC TyTN
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Rogers Wireless, the leading wireless carrier in Canada and HTC (High Tech Computer Corp.), the world's leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile-based smart devices, today announced the availability of the HTC TyTN (aka HTC Hermes), HTC's Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC Phone Edition power-horse that features quadband GSM/GPRS/Edge, triband UMTS/HSDPA and a slide-out QWERTY keypad. Designed by HTC, the TyTN is the complete "office-in-your-pocket" solution combining functionality and connectivity with a stylish slide-out QWERTY keypad and 2.8" touch screen LCD display. As a powerful Windows Mobile 5.0 device, the TyTN provides a wealth of voice and data capabilities that enable people to easily stay connected, organized and entertained.


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Monday, 28.05.07
ENHANCEMENT: Dopod International introduces BlackBerry Connect v4.0 across Asia
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Dopod International and Research In Motion (RIM) last week announced the availability of BlackBerry Connect software v4.0 on 838Pro (aka HTC Hermes/HTC TyTN).
Through the existing licensing relationship between HTC (High Tech Computer Corp.) and RIM, Dopod International is providing BlackBerry Connect software on its Microsoft Windows Mobile-based 838Pro to support push-based wireless E-Mail services, in conjunction with both BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet Service. Dopod International is the first to offer BlackBerry Connect v4.0 in Asia.


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Friday, 25.05.07
LINK: The Boy Genius Report unboxes the HTC Kaiser Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Even not yet officially announced by HTC or its partners, the guys from "The Boy Genius Report" managed to get a HTC Kaiser Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition into their hands.
The Kaiser, which is basically the follower of HTC's Hermes Pocket PC Phone Edition, for sure features Windows Mobile 6 Professional as well as quadband GSM/GPRS/HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi b/g. So far everything the Hermes has as well.
New for the Kaiser are: HSUPA (High Speed Upload Packet Access), GPS as well as a 3 megapixel autofocus camera (most likely the same as used for the HTC Athena). And the slide-out keyboard a similar unique option that lets you tilt the screen to have it sit on your desk as seen before at the HTC Shift:


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Wednesday, 23.05.07
ANNOUNCED: SoftBank Japan to introduce 2 new Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:18 CET under 01 - General News

Not that I understand too much but SoftBank Japan, the carrier previously known as Vodafone Japan, recently presented its "Summer Collection" of mobile phones. Beside many standard and feature phones, SoftBank also announced the expected launch of two new Windows Mobile 6 smartphones: the SoftBank X01T (better known as Toshiba G900) Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone and the SoftBank X02HT (better known as HTC Cavalier) Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone. The X01T comes in stylish iPod kind of white while the X02HT features a fresh looking orange housing as well as it will be available in black and white:


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Monday, 21.05.07
AVAILABLE: O2 Germany released its Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the Xda orbit [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

On Saturday I wrote about the so far unannounced Windows Mobile 6 upgrade for the O2 Xda orbit (aka HTC Artemis), today the German carrier made it available already! Looks like O2 Germany takes the Windows Mobile 6 upgrade serious.
After they've released the HTC terra with Windows Mobile 6, now they follow with the availability of ROM upgrades for their already available line of devices and the first one is the Windows Mobile Professional ROM for the Xda orbit:


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Saturday, 19.05.07
UNVEILED: O2 Germany to provide Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for the Xda orbit and trion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following O2 Germany's earlier CeBIT announcement to release its version of the HTC Herald as Xda terra with Windows Mobile 6 straight away, the German carrier now unveiled on its website that it plans to release free Windows Mobile 6 Professional upgrades for its Xda orbit (HTC Artemis) and Xda trion (HTC Hermes) as well.
Both upgrades are not yet available as download but announced as: "The Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 update for the Xda orbit/Xda trion will be available shortly from this website".
O2 Germany hasn't announced any upgrade plans for their current line of Xda Windows Mobile devices so it's a kind of surprise to find the information on the site already:


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Thursday, 10.05.07
FIX: HTC releases Vista compatible Modem Drivers for the HTC Hermes and HTC Breeze
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:39 CET under 01 - General News

HTC has recently released Windows Vista compatible drivers for its UMTS/HSDPA capable devices, namely the HTC Hermes (aka HTC TyTN) and HTC Breeze (aka HTC MTeoR). If you use your TyTN or MTeoR as you wireless broadband modem and connect it via USB to your PC, it can happen that Windows Vista doesn't find the appropriate drivers. If so, you can download them now from HTC Europe's support page to make Windows Vista working proper with your Windows Mobile Pocket PC.


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Wednesday, 09.05.07
UPDATE: Cingular 8525 Pocket PC gets new Features and a new Name
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

AT&T Inc. announced today the availability of a re-branded and upgraded version of its popular Cingular 8525 (aka HTC Hermes) - the AT&T 8525 Pocket PC - boasting additional services that will appeal to business customers and consumers alike but still missing Windows Mobile 6. The AT&T 8525, powered by the 3G-based AT&T BroadbandConnect network, retains the many features that made it a hit with AT&T wireless customers when launched last year. These include the "slider" QWERTY keyboard, integrated WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and IrDA and the 2 megapixel camera.


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Friday, 04.05.07
ROADMAP: Dopod announces Windows Mobile 6 upgrade strategy
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:07 CET under 01 - General News

Following HTC's earlier commitment to provide Windows Mobile 6 upgrades for some of the latest Windows Mobile smartphones, now also Dopod International announced its Windows Mobile 6 upgrade roadmap. This includes support for existing users of 838Pro (HTC Hermes), D810 (HTC Trinity), P800W (HTC Artemis) and the recently launched U1000 (HTC Athena) to migrate from the Windows Mobile 5 operating system to an improved platform, Windows Mobile 6. This can be done for free and is applicable to all current owners of these devices.
From July 2007, Dopod will offer current users of these devices a free download of the upgrade code which will enable users of these devices, currently running on Windows Mobile 5, to upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.


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Thursday, 19.04.07
STATEMENT: HTC unveils official Windows Mobile 6 upgrade strategy [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:06 CET under 01 - General News

HTC Europe recently published an announcement about its Windows Mobile device upgrade strategy for its currently available Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones. Microsoft's recently unveiled Windows Mobile 6 operating system offers improved usability and more PC-like functionality than previously available. Enhancements include the ability to view E-Mail in rich HTML format and to manage E-Mail quickly and easily through new shortcuts and new calendar views.
The also recently announced HTC S710 is one of the first Windows Mobile 6 devices to ship and will be followed by a range of products based on the new operating system in the coming months.


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Wednesday, 04.04.07
CANCELED: O2 UK replaces the Xda Zinc with the Xda Trion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Is official now,  O2 UK has canceled the O2 Xda Zinc, the previously unveiled 3G Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition the carrier originally planned to release in January. According to an O2 spokeswoman, "the Zinc (which was developed by AsusTek) failed to pass the carrier's network tests".
However, it's not yet clear if O2 Asia will continues the Xda Zinc or if the Asian reseller will cancel it as well.

In any case, O2 UK found a sweet alternative to the Zinc. No, unfortunately not the HTC Kaiser but the HTC Hermes which is on sale from O2 Germany for more than 9 months already and also O2 UK will carry it as O2 Xda Trion (see the::unwired's review of the O2 Xda trion here).


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Monday, 26.03.07
UPGRADE: Cingular confirms Windows Mobile 6 Upgrades for its latest Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:24 CET under 01 - General News

During CTIA Wireless, Engadget Mobile got the word from Cingular, sorry at&t, that the U.S. American carrier plans to release Windows Mobile upgrade for the Palm Treo 750, as well as the Cingular 8525 (aka HTCHermes) and the Samsung BlackJack. These updates are planned to be distributed as downloads for current owners and in future, Windows Mobile will be pre-installed on all further devices launched in 2007.
According to Engadget Mobile's information, the Samsung BlackJack update should arrive at Cingular by May 26; with an expected eight week period for testing, bug fixing and network approval which means the final version could become available late July this year. No word on timing for the other two devices.


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Thursday, 22.03.07
LEAKED: HTC Kaiser Press Photo hits the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Now, even if not announced so far, the HTC Kaiser becomes more official, especially because this photo looks like a leaked press shot of the HTC Kaiser (which is expected to be released as HTC P4540).
To to bring the Kaiser back into your mind - it's the HTC Hermes follower which is expected to be released anytime mid of this year. Like the Hermes, also to Kaiser is featuring a slide-out keyboard. However, if it is opened, the screen can be flipped.
Feature-wise the Kaiser is expected to run with Windows Mobile 6 Professional for Pocket PC Phone Edition and as another highlight it's featuring GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA as well as Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi b/g:


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Tuesday, 20.03.07
LEAKED: First HTC Kaiser Photos hits the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We've heard quite a bit about HTC's new Windows Mobile Professional Pocket PC Phone Edition, the HTC Kaiser and now the first real photos hits the web.
Basically, the Kaiser is the follower of the HTC Hermes but like with the Wizard/Herald update, the Kaiser is expected to be thinner as well as it should gets an improved feature-set including a 3 megapixel camera, GPS, GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA & HSUPA plus WiFi and Bluetooth and for sure it's running on Windows Mobile 6. Interesting is the keyboard mechanism which seems to array the display as well as it seems to just slide out:


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Wednesday, 21.02.07
THOUGHT: Who removed the Windows Mobile ROM Update capability from Windows Vista?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:12 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If you regularly read MoDaCo or Xda-developers, this is nothing new but I have to rant about this topic now as well, since I just went into the same trap: "How to update a Windows Mobile ROM under Windows Vista"?
I've just received a new test ROM for one of my HTC devices (no, not Windows Mobile 6 but just an ordinary Windows Mobile 5 ROM) and tried to update my beloved HTC Hermes.
And so far, ROM updates were a no-brainer most of us experienced users have done dozens of time but even for regular users it's (or better was) an easy task. Even digital cameras have ROM updates today (just updated the ROM of my Nikon D80 two weeks ago as well).


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Friday, 16.02.07
PHOTOVIEW: Hands-on Photos of the Toshiba G900 Windows Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:00 CET under 08 - Reviews

Toshiba's recently announced Windows Mobile Professional Pocket PC, the G900 is a pretty unique device, with its 3" WVGA (800x480) screen, triband UMTS and HSDPA and a full keyboard. In addition, the G900 features a biometric fingerprint security sensor to ensure that the G900 is secured against unauthorized access (some of you might remember the Compaq iPAQ which had the same technology years ago as well). However, the same sensor can be used to navigate the phone's menus at the touch of a finger (similar to my Fujitsu Siemens Tablet PC's fingerprint reader I use for scrolling as well). And if you use a Bluetooth equipped PC, it can be locked and unlocked due to its proximity to your G900, up to a radius of approximately 10m:


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Sunday, 11.02.07
3GSM LIVE: Toshiba to launch 2 Windows Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - at 22:49 CET under 01 - 3GSM Live

Following the earlier posting, it looks like Toshiba isn't launching only one but two new Windows Mobile devices. Beside the Windows Mobile Standard (Smartphone) smartphone, it looks like Toshiba also has a HTC Hermes competitor in the pipeline, with slide-out keyboard and - as sources indicated - a wide screen 16:9-like display?
Also it looks like this Windows Mobile Professional device is UMTS (most likely HSDPA) as well (at least it looks like to have a front facing camera as well):


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Saturday, 27.01.07
UPDATE: fit4cat Hermes Tweaker got an update as HTweakC 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Some time ago I wrote about Mike Buch's fit4cat Hermes Tweaker which lets you tweak the registry of the HTC Hermes in an easy and GUI-based way.Basically, the Hermes Tewaker was a compilation of known registry hacks as you can find it over at Xda-developers.com but it doesn't forces you to use a Registry editor on your Windows Mobile Pocket PC but this handy application does all the tweaks for you.
Now, the Hermes Tweaker was released in a new version and since it now supports even more HTC devices, it was also renamed to "HTweakC 2.0":


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Wednesday, 24.01.07
UPDATE: Microsoft Research released Portrait 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile 5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

If you are a long-time the::unwired reader, I'm sure you remember Microsoft Research's Portrait for Pocket PC and PC, released back in the early days of Pocket PCs (see the USA Today article here). Basically, Portrait was one of the first applications which utilized cameras for mobile video communication. It supports .NET Messenger Service, Session Initiation Protocol and Internet Locator Service on PCs, Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones as well as Handheld PCs. It runs on local area networks, dialup networks and even wireless networks with bandwidths as low as 9.6 kilobits/second.
Microsoft Portrait delivers portrait-like video if users are in low bandwidths and displays full-color video if users are in broadband. In low bandwidths, portrait video possesses clearer shape, smoother motion, shorter latency and much cheaper computational cost than do conventional video technologies. Microsoft Portrait pursues providing presence notification, chat/voice/video functions anytime, anywhere, on any device.


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Tuesday, 23.01.07
UNVEILED: (Final) HTC Vox Renderings hits the Web
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:01 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We have seen a many blurry, fuzzy and Photoshop'd HTC Vox renderings and photos during the past days but now it looks like "The Boy Genious Report" received the final renderings.
The HTC Vox, which is expected to be called "HTC S710" later, is a Windows Mobile  Smartphone (the screenshot even shows Microsoft next Windows Mobile OS code-named "Crossbow") and similar to the HTC Wizard or Hermes, it's featuring a QWERTY slide-out (hopefully a semi-slider) keyboard. In addition, the phone is supposed to feature 128 MB ROM, 64 MB RAM, a 2.4" QVGA screen, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g and a 2 megapixel camera:


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Saturday, 16.12.06
REVIEW: Proporta USB Mobile Device Charger
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:24 CET under 08 - Reviews

Doesn't matter which gadget you use, either a PDA or a mobile phone, a MP3 player or a Bluetooth (stereo) headset, sooner or later all the gadgets needs a charge (unfortunately). And nothing is more annoying then not having the right charger with you or if you have, not to find a power plug.
Here comes the Proporta USB Mobile Device Charger into the game which is easy and simple to use and ridiculously useful. This handy product charges from any standard USB port (for instance from your PC or Notebook and with separately available AC adapter also from any power outlet) and stores an impressive 3400mAH of power for when you need it. So you see, basically it's a big backup battery which gives you the power when you need it. However, if I say big, I mean capacity-wise, not size-wise.

The standard set includes, beside the battery, connectors for Sony Ericsson and Nokia mobile phones, a mini USB connector and for sure an Apple iPod adapter. In addition the package includes a retractable adapter cable and a standard (stylish white) USB to mini USB cable:


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Monday, 06.11.06
LAUNCH: Cingular releases the Cingular 8525 Pocket PC Phone Edition aka HTC Hermes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

We have seen the Cingular 8525 on the Net already but it took a little bit longer for Cingular to release its own version of the HTC Hermes but finally, the U.S. carrier launched it.
Cingular Wireless business customers are now on the wireless fast track with today's introduction of the first UMTS/ HSDPA-enabled PDA in North America - the Cingular 8525 Pocket PC. The Cingular 8525 gives customers access to a variety of corporate data and applications - and personal E-Mail and a wide range of entertainment capabilities - at wireless broadband speeds on a popular form factor. Adding to the power of the Cingular 8525 is its operating system - Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 with Direct Push Technology - which allows users to retrieve their information in the familiar environment found on most desktop computers.


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Friday, 27.10.06
UNVEILED: O2 Xda Zinc by AsusTek received FCC approval
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Three FCC approvals for AsusTek within less than one week, not too bad. Looks like AsusTek finally takes the Windows Mobile business serious and - for AsusTek even more important - the Taiwanese ODM got some interesting customers, namely Vodafone and O2.
After Vodafone's VDA IV and O2's Xda Graphite, now the O2 Xda Zinc received the FCC approval. The Xda Zinc is the Pocket PC Phone Edition, we've seen before already under the code name "Mars II".
Basically, the Xda Zinc seems to compete with HTC's Hermes (which is also available from O2 as Xda trion but from O2 Germany only) but the Zinc's specs are are slightly different with strengths and weaknesses. For instance it's a single band UMTS (without HSDPA) and triband GSM/GPRS device only but sporting W-LAN b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 as well. On the other hand, the Xda Zinc is featuring a 2 megapixel auto focus camera and is powered by a 520 MHz Intel PXA270 CPU. Both, the Hermes as well as the Mars II are featuring a slide-out thumb-keyboard:


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Saturday, 21.10.06
REVIEW: Vodafone Palm Treo 750v Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:09 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since earlier this month, Palm's latest Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, the Palm Treo 750v, is available exclusively from Vodafone Europe and will be soon released in other parts of the world as well. The Treo 750v is Palm's first Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC which is released outside the U.S. The previously released Treo 700w (as well as the lately released 700wx) were available in North America only because they are supporting EVDO instead of GSM or UMTS which the Treo 750v supports now.
However, like all latest Palm Treo's the Treo 750v is also featuring a QWERTY thumb keyboard which makes it - potentially - a great messaging device.

The Treo 750v is based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC which means it's a Pocket PC Phone Edition with touch screen. Sporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS makes it a real world traveler since the device can virtually be used in any GSM or UMTS network around the globe. In addition, the Treo 750v supports Bluetooth 1.2 (including A2DP and AVRC stereo profile), IrDA but lacks W-LAN.


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Tuesday, 10.10.06
UNVEILED: Samsung SGH-i760 slider Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like Samsung is working on an upgrade of it's slightly outdated SGH-i750 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition which turns out to be called SGH-i760.
According to MobilMania.sk, the Samsung SGH-i760 will be thinner (154 x 57 x 19 mm), Windows Mobile 5.0 for Pocket PC Phone Edition powered and is expected to be a triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA device with inbuilt W-LAN b/g and Bluetooth and features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
It's expected to sport a 2 megapixel camera as well as a front facing video telephony camera:


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Saturday, 07.10.06
UNVEILED: First HTC Herald Pocket PC Phone Edition photos leaked to the Web [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Italian website SoloPalmari got its hand on the HTC Herald and has published some blurry photos of the device, which could will become the smaller, lighter and thinner brother of the HTC Hermes follower of the HTC Wizard.
According to SoloPalmari, the Herald features basically the same HTC Hermes specs (including GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA) but in a (measured) 18 mm-thick form factor only!
Other features are Mobile Windows 5.0, TI OMAP 850 CPU with 200 MHz, 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM, sporting a 2.8'' QVGA screen, a 2 megapixel camera on the back and - since it is expected to become the lighter brother of the HTC Hermes be the follower of the HTC Wizard - a slide-out keyboard:


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Thursday, 28.09.06
COMPARISON: How does the Palm Treo 750v compares to its competitors
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:02 CET under 08 - Reviews

As good as the Palm Treo 750v might be, it's neither alone nor is it the first of its kind. We have the HTC Hermes (also known as O2 Xda trion/T-Mobile MDA Vario II) in the market already, which is also sporting UMTS and even supports HSDPA out of the box without a ROM update but also featuring a 2 megapixel camera on the back and a front-facing camera for video telephony. And, the Hermes is featuring W-LAN, something the Treo 750v left.
On the other hand, if you prefer a keyboard right on the front of the device, we have the HTC Excalibur (better known as O2 Xda cosmo) which is also sporting W-LAN, features the same 1.3 megapixel camera only but hasn't have a touch screen like the Treo. At the end, it's a question of size and design (if you can live without W-LAN):


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LAUNCH: HTC introduces SoftBank X01HT Windows Mobile HSDPA Pocket PC in Japan
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following High HTC's (Tech Computer Corp.) and Vodafone KK/SoftBank's earlier announcement to jointly release Windows Mobile devices to the Japanese market, the world's leading provider of Windows Mobile portable devices today announced, that it has started supplying HSDPA devices to SoftBank in Japan.
The smart phone, which has been named the SoftBank X01HT and is based on HTC's Hermes reference design and HTC's TyTN device design, features HSDPA technology that will deliver a faster mobile broadband experience to Japanese customers (data transfer rates of up to 1.8 Mbps on downlink and 384 Kbps on uplink). This technology enables mobile phone users to rapidly download video clips, music tracks, images etc. The SoftBank X01HT is also equipped with wireless LAN functionality, allowing users to connect to the Internet at high speeds in wireless LAN environments at home, at work, and in public.


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Thursday, 14.09.06
UNVEILED: HTC's new HTC Libra Windows Mobile Pocket PC PE/Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported by Phone Scoop, HTC is working on a new Windows Mobile-powered Pocket PC Phone Edition, code named "HTC Libra". The device, which was revealed first time during this weeks CTIA show in LA, was confirmed by HTC executives which also given several key details about the device. HTC's latest Pocket PC Phone Edition will have both - a traditional numeric keypad and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and the phone is significantly smaller than current HTC devices with a slide-out keyboard. According to Phone Scoop it's even closer in size to a typical bar-style feature phone. The QWERTY keyboard has only three rows of keys, to accommodate the smaller device size:


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COOPERATION: HTC and Vodafone KK sign strategic collaboration agreement for Japan
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:14 CET under 01 - General News

HTC's (High Tech Computer Corp.) CEO Peter Chou and Vodafone KK President and Representative Executive Officer Masayoshi Son today signed a strategic collaboration agreement under which both parties will collaborate to develop and sell 3G PDA Phones in Japan.
With this partnership, HTC, the world's leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile devices, will utilize its global experience to expand both companies' customer base and market share in Japan. By selling highly advanced 3G PDA Phones manufactured by HTC, Vodafone will gain a stronger foothold in the Japanese market.


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Sunday, 10.09.06
REVIEW: O2 Xda cosmo Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:39 CET under 08 - Reviews

Soon to be released by O2 Germany and recently announced by HTC, the O2 Xda cosmo (previously known as HTC Excalibur and now, also known as HTC S620) is something completely new for HTC since it follows the BlackBerry idea - a mobile phone with a QWERTY keyboard as also available by Motorola as the Motorola Q and Samsung as the Samsung SGH-i320.
Feature-wise, the Xda cosmo includes everything you might expect from a state of the art Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone. It's powered by TI OMAP 850 CPU with 201 MHz, features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 with stereo support, WiFi b and g connectivity (but excludes UMTS and IrDA), 128 MB ROM, 64 MB RAM which is extendable through microSD cards and a 1.3 megapixel camera for photos and videos. It's sporting a 2.4 inch QVGA landscape display supporting 65k colors. The Xda cosmo measures 111.5 x 62.5 x 12.8 mm which makes it pretty flat. As introduced before, with the HTC TyTN and HTC MTeoR, also the Excalibur isn't sporting a separate headset jack anymore but the HTC's slightly different looking mini USB jack is used instead - which HTC is calling now "HTC ExtUSB" and which is even trademarked now.


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Monday, 04.09.06
LEAKED: O2 Mars UMTS Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, now it's getting clearer or fuzzier, however you like. Nevertheless, do you remember my last posting about a so far announced and unknown O2 Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition?
Well, someone over at MyPDACafe.com has gotten his hands on exactly this device he calls the "O2 Mars".
Looks like the O2 Mars is real and looks like it's a similar device to the O2 Xda trion (aka HTC Hermes) since it's also a UMTS Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition with a slide out keyboard but it seems to be a different device, not a HTC Hermes:


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