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Tuesday, 01.09.15
IFA LIVE: German Gigaset unveils 1st Generation of Gigaset Me Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:51 CET under 04 - Android News

Gigaset, Europe's market leader in DECT telephony, today unveiled the Gigaset ME family, its first line of smartphones to be developed in-house, just in time for IFA in Berlin. By presenting the three models Gigaset ME Pure, Gigaset ME and Gigaset ME Pro, the seasoned communications specialists from Germany are entering into a new chapter in the second decade of the company's history and are moving to pool the internationally operating group's strengths in an impressive way. For its ME series, Gigaset is uniting state-of-the-art technology with its extensive experience in the development of telecommunications and consumer electronics.

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Tuesday, 03.12.13
COLORFUL: Samsung Expands Galaxy Note 3 Line with new Color Accents
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:16 CET under 04 - Android News

As Samsung announced yesterday, the Korean electronics giant plans to provide consumers with more style choice by introducing Rose Gold White and Rose Gold Black editions of its Galaxy Note 3 Android phablet. The Galaxy Note 3, which launched back in September during the IFA trade show in Berlin, will soon be available with Rose Gold White and Rose Gold Black accents as well as brand new Merlot Red option. The new editions of Galaxy Note 3 integrate touches of premium Rose Gold finishes to its Jet Black and Classic White devices for a distinct and refined design. Both editions complement the iconic Rose Gold Galaxy Gear to provide users with a truly integrated and stylish Galaxy experience.

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Friday, 29.11.13
FOOTBALL: FIFA releases Android and iOS App - Covers World Wide Leagues, National Teams and FIFA World Cup
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:57 CET under 04 - Android News

With millions of football (or how Americans call it: soccer) fans all around the world, there should be a market for such an app but it seems that, with only 50 - 100 Android downloads so far, FIFA itself failed to advertize it properly; because the football head organization has recently launched an Android and iOS app called "FIFA" which is said to be "the most comprehensive football app on the planet; unlocking the world of football". From the Bundesliga to the Barclays Premier League, MLS to La Liga, the "World Match Centre" provides unrivalled coverage of 197 leagues across the globe with hundreds of competitions, thousands of goals and over a million minutes of football every single week!

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Tuesday, 10.09.13
REVIEW: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 WiFi Lens-Camera for Android and iOS Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:46 CET under 08 - Reviews

If you have read my recent column - "Instagram, EyeEm an Co. - or how your Smartphone Photos can become your own Art" - you already know that I'm a big fan of smartphone photography since my smartphone is always with me. Therefore I was absolutely thrilled when the first Sony Cyber-shot lens camera leaks hit the web because the idea to put a complete camera on your phone sounds pretty appealing. The concept behind the Cyber-shot lens camera is that it is a complete camera, with lens, image sensor, etc. but without the camera body and display. And indeed, at last last week's press conference at the IFA in Berlin, Sony officially announced the Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 WiFi lens cameras.

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EXPANSION: Huawei unveils the Mediacast HD 500 - first DVB-S2 Satellite Receiver with Home Networking capabilities
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:51 CET under 01 - General News

At the still running IFA in Berlin, last week Huawei - so far best known for its 3G dongles, tablets and smartphones - unveiled for the first time its Mediacast HD500 - a DVB-S2 satellite receiver with HbbTV (red button). The pretty much state-of-the-art Huawei Mediacast HD500 has a DVB-S2 twin tuner for simultaneous recording up to two programs as well as the typical slots for CI+ modules to also use the set-top box with pay TV smart cards, such as HD+ and Sky. Furthermore its comes with a built-in 500 GB hard disk to record up to 500 hours of standard definition and 250 hours in HD resolution. However, it wouldn't be a Huawei set-top box if the HD500 would be just another dumb satellite receiver but it also comes with WiFi at 2.4 and 5 GHz as well as LAN which allows easy integration into the home network.

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Thursday, 05.09.13
REVEALED: Samsung to introduce updated Samsung Galaxy S4 with LTE Cat 4 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:46 CET under 04 - Android News

When Samsung announced and introduced the Galaxy S4 earlier this year, it was state of the art. However, as technology develops, Samsung will soon introduce an updated version of its Galaxy S4. As Deutsche Telekom unveiled this morning, Germany's number one mobile carrier is upgrading its LTE network from Cat 3 with 100 Mbps to Cat 4 with 150 Mbps. And as much as the mobile network requires an upgrade, the terminals also require an upgrade. This can be either done by firmware updates or by releasing new devices. Unfortunately is the current Galaxy S4 chipset, as sold in Germany (and most other European countries), not Cat 4 compatible which means it can't be upgraded to 150 Mbps. Therefore is Samsung releasing an updated version of the Galaxy S4 soon which then will also support Deutsche Telekom's upgraded 150 Mbps LTE network.

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Wednesday, 04.09.13
ANNOUNCED: Samsung announces the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Android Phablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:51 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, today at its IFA 2013 press conference, Samsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the latest update to the Note product line. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 adds delight to daily tasks and infuses innovative features that help consumers tell the story of their lives. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 delivers a larger and better screen for the best viewing experience and more powerful multitasking, and introduces significant S Pen improvements that make everyday life easier and faster. Compared to the Note 2, the Galaxy Note 3 comes with a wider 5.7" full HD Super AMOLED display, but being yet slimmer at 8.3 mm and lighter with 168 g but more powerful and longer lasting  thanks to the 3,200mAh battery.

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OFFICIAL: Sony announces the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 WiFi Lens Cameras
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:50 CET under 01 - General News

Also today, at its IFA press conference in Berlin, Sony introduced the two "lens-style" QX series cameras we have heard about before and which are said to bring new levels of fun and creativity to the mobile photography experience. The Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 models utilize WiFi connectivity to instantly transform a connected smartphone into a versatile, powerful photographic tool, allowing it to shoot high-quality images and HD videos to rival a premium compact camera. It's an entirely new and different way for consumers to capture and share memories with friends and family. The new compact, ultra-portable cameras can be attached to a connected phone with a supplied mechanically adjustable adapter, or can be held separately in hand or even mounted to a tripod while still maintaining all functionality and connectivity with the smartphone.

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OFFICIAL: Sony Mobile announces the Sony Xperia Z1 Premium Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:15 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, Sony Mobile Communications today announced the Xperia Z1, at it's IFA 2013 press conference in Berlin. The Sony Xperia Z1 is said to be a premium waterproof smartphone that combines the very best of Sony's technology, entertainment and wide range of companion products with a unique and groundbreaking camera experience. The elegant, 5" Xperia Z1 is the latest addition to Sony's premium Z series of products and brings Sony's proven world-class technologies to the smartphone like never before – including the very best of Sony's camera expertise. Xperia Z1 features Sony's award-winning "G Lens" with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture, custom made large 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor Exmor RS for mobile with 20.7 megapixel and a BIONZ for mobile image processing engine.

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Tuesday, 03.09.13
UNVEILED: HTC announces the HTC Desire 601 LTE Mid-Range and HTC Desire 300 Entry-Level Android Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:21 CET under 04 - Android News

Right ahead of tomorrow's starting IFA in Berlin, HTC announced to today the addition of the HTC Desire 601 and HTC Desire 300, to its range of Desire Android smartphones. Changing the face of the mid-range, the HTC Desire 601 combines a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, dual-core, 1.4 GHz processor and LTE connectivity to enable superfast HD video and music streaming with no compromise on quality. Changing the way you experience media on the go, dual, front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers join with the large screen to create a completely immersive audiovisual experience. Furthermore it comes with innovative features from the flagship One family, including HTC Zoe with Video Highlights and HTC BoomSound.

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Monday, 02.09.13
APPROVAL: GCF approves Samsung Galaxy Note III with LTE - expected to be officially announced this Week
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:02 CET under 04 - Android News

Right ahead of unveiling its second highlight - the Samsung Galaxy Note III - which Samsung is expected to announce at this week's IFA in Berlin, the Global Certification Forum has published its approval and it looks like the Galaxy Note III will be a connectivity monster. Beside being a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE phablet, the Note III is said to also support quadband UMTS/HSPA+ at 850/1900/2100/2600 MHz and pentaband LTE at 800/850/1800/2100/2600 MHz. Other than these info, the Global Certification Forum hasn't spilled any beans - as always. However, the publishing date of the certification declaration proves that Samsung will definitely announce the Galaxy Note III on its Wednesday IFA event.

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Friday, 30.08.13
APPEARANCE: Samsung Gear Manager shows basic Samsung Galaxy Gear functions
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:52 CET under 04 - Android News

Following Samsung's official unofficial confirmation that it will launch a smart watch called "Galaxy Gear", well known @evleaks has posted yesterday night two screenshots of an Android app which is expected to be the user interface for configuring and controlling the Galaxy Gear. According to these screenshots, the Galaxy Gear, which is also called "SM-V700" will feature NFC for easier Bluetooth pairing and the the watch itself can handle special "Samsung Apps" (otherwise it wouldn't be smart but just a watch). Other than this, the app seems to allow to configure the installed apps, clocks and possibly watchfaces, and can remote contact the watch in case it is missed by using "Find my Watch".

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Monday, 12.08.13
LEAK: Sony to go interchangeable "Lens Cameras" for Android and iOS Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:03 CET under 04 - Android News

Sony Alpha Rumors has received information and photos of so called upcoming Sony "Lens Cameras", namely the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100. As Sony Alpha Rumor noted, these "lenses" aren't normal lenses, even if they look like but they have built-in sensor, Bionz processor, WiFi/NFC wireless connections and an SD card slot. And because these lenses neither have a LCD screen nor the usual camera controls, these lenses will be used and controlled through attached smartphones or tablets; where they are mounted to. According to the info, the lenses can be magnetically attached on a smartphone and they are said to work with Android and iOS.

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LEAK: HTC One Max shows its rendered Face on "non-final" Artwork
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:52 CET under 04 - Android News

Always well informed @evleaks has posted a rendering over the weekend, which is said to show the "non-final" artwork of the HTC T6, better known as the HTC One Max. The HTC One Max is expected to be HTC's phablet, which should go into the race to compete with such successful phablets like the Samsung Note 2 and the soon to be announced Note 3. While nothing is confirmed, it's rumored that the One Max, which shares the unique unibody design with the One and One mini, will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU at 1.9 GHz (latest unconfirmed info) and features a 5.9" Full HD touchscreen, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal flash memory; which is said to be expandable with microSD memory cards.

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Wednesday, 07.08.13
OFFICIAL: LG introduces the LG G2 Android Smartphone - shifts the paradigm in Smartphone design
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:38 CET under 04 - Android News

At today's press event in New York, LG unveiled its latest flagship smartphone - the G2. Being the first LG smartphone under the company's new "G" series brand for premium devices, the LG G2 is running on Android 4.2.2 and is powered by a quad-core 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. The G2 comes with a 5.2" Full HD IPS touchscreen with 423 ppi, a 13 megapixel camera with OIS (optical image stabilization) and a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera. The G2 features either 32 GB or 16 GB flash memory and 2 GB RAM. At a size of 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm, the device sports a massive 3,000 mAh battery. Most important, the LG G2 brings everything together in a device with comfortable, functional, convenient and beautiful design.

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Tuesday, 26.02.13
UNVEILED: ZTE announces the Grand Memo 5.7" Android Phablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:45 CET under 04 - Android News

At the current Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, ZTE joined the phablet bandwagon by introducing the ZTE Grand Memo. Running on Android 4.1, it features a 5.7", 720 x 1280 HD display and a powerful Qualcomm 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs and 2 GB of RAM. Combined with a 13 megapixel main camera, a 1 megapixel front-facing camera and 1080 HD video playback, it provides users a smooth, high quality multimedia experience that is perfect for gaming and video (but thanks to the size, for sure not as your average daily phone). The Grand Memo also includes a 3200 mAh battery for super-long standby time. Furthermore it comes with ZTE's custom Mifavor UI and LTE.

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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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Wednesday, 13.06.12
SOLUTION: Samsung releases TecTile programmable NFC Tags and Android App
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:28 CET under 04 - Android News

Sony Mobile did it first with its NFC SmartTags, today Samsung followed. The Korean smartphone giant just released Samsung TecTile, an app which lets Galaxy customers read and write TecTile NFC programmable tags. It allows to create TecTiles to change settings on compatible Galaxy phones, launch applications, check-in to places, update social status or even make phone calls as well as sending text messages automatically. Once a TecTile created using the TecTile app, the Samsung TecTile can be placed in a convenient place, then the phone needs to tap the TecTile to perform the action stored in the TecTile. While Samsung says that the TecTile app needs TecTile tags, comments indicated that the app works with any NTC tag.

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Saturday, 14.04.12
APP: UEFA releases Euro 2012 Android app for Smartphones and Tablets
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:47 CET under 04 - Android News

While most European football (for the U.S. readers, we are talking about soccer) leagues are coming to its season end soon, the next highlight, the UEFA Euro 2012, which will happens from 08. June to 01. July in Poland and the Ukraine, is just around the corner. And the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) is already preparing for it and has recently released its free Android app. According to the description, the official UEFA EURO 2012 app, sponsored by Orange, gives football fans access to the final tournament of the 14th UEFA European Football Championship. It informs about live results, features free customizable alerts, video highlights from midnight after the end of the match (against payment only), news, photos and standings.

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Monday, 20.02.12
APPROVAL: GCF approves the Samsung GT-I9210 Galaxy S II LTE
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:11 CET under 04 - Android News

Already showcased by Deutsche Telekom at last year's IFA in Berlin, the Samsung GT-I9210 has finally received its official Global Certification Forum approval for Europe. According to the GCF, the so called Galaxy S II LTE supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dualband UMTS/HSDPA+/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz as well as dualband LTE at Europe's 800/2600 MHz bands. Other than that, the Galaxy S II LTE is pretty much the same as the original Galaxy S II from last year, featuring Android 2.3/Gingerbread, a 4.5" Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen, a 8 megapixel autofocus camera as well as Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi g/g/n at 2.4 and 5.0 GHz.

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Wednesday, 15.02.12
REFRESH: Samsung announces the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N WiFi
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:15 CET under 04 - Android News

Just when you thought you have already heard about Samsung's latest 7" Android tablet, Samsung is going to announce another one or two. Samsung Germany yesterday announced the upcoming launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N WiFi which are said to run Android 3.2/Honeycomb with Samsung's TouchWiz enhancement. Powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, the Galaxy Tab follower will be available with and without 3G. The 3G version supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA+ up to 21 Mps/HSUPA, while both versions feature Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi b/g/n. The 7" PLS multitouch touchscreen displays 1024 x 600 pixel.

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Saturday, 30.04.11
APPROVAL: GCF approves the Huawei Ideos X1/U8180 Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:31 CET under 04 - Android News

Following the previous launch of Huawei's Ideos X5 and the later announcement of the Ideos X3, the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has just approved the Huawei Ideos X1/U8180. As always, the GCF isn't giving any further information other than the supported GSM and UMTS bands but since the Ideos brand was announced during Huawei's IFA 2010 press conference as the manufacturer's brand for smartphones, it's most likely that the X1 will be an entry-level Android smartphone, especially because it lacks HSUPA but only supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz.

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Sunday, 13.02.11
MWC11 LIVE: Sony Ericsson announces the Xperia Play – the world's first PlayStation certified Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Sony Ericsson today announced the game changing Xperia Play, the latest phone in its Xperia range of Android based smartphones. the Xperia Play delivers the smartphone functionality that the most serious power users could need, teamed with the immersive gaming experience that any gamer would want. In portrait mode, the Android smartphone offers all the benefits that users have come to expect from Sony Ericsson's existing range of Xperia smartphones with best-in-class entertainment experiences, a great 5 megapixel camera, a brilliant 4" multi-touch screen and great social networking features.

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Thursday, 09.09.10
RUMOR: Is Microsoft launching Windows Phone 7 on October 11?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:55 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to Pocket-lint, Microsoft will launch its new Windows Phone 7 smartphone operating system on October 11. Multiple sources familiar with the matter have confirmed this to Pocket-lint and has received further information that Microsoft will use New York as the global stage for the launch, which will be beamed around the world. So far, Microsoft only said that Windows Phone 7, which was officially introduced back in February during the Mobile World Congress, will be available this holiday season which makes an October launch most likely. This assumption was backed-up recently by Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, who said at at a presentation that Windows Phone 7 will hit Europe in the October and the U.S. in  the November time-frame.

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Thursday, 02.09.10
IFA10 LIVE: Huawei announces the Ideos Android 2.2 Entry-Level Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:33 CET under 04 - Android News

As expected, today Huawei has lannounced the launch of Ideos, an affordable smartphone powered by the latest iteration of Android 2.2 (also known as "Froyo"). The smartphone is priced between US$ 100 and US$ 200, depending on the market. Ideos redefines the "entry-level" concept by combining high-quality hardware and software with a high price-to-performance ratio. Ideos will be released in a number of countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America and Latin America. The ergonomically designed Ideos provides a variety of ways to access the Internet, as it boasts downlink speeds of more than 7.2 Mbps, offers WCDMA as well as WiFi dual network support, and offers ubiquitous mobile broadband services. The device also doubles as a WiFi router for up to eight devices at a time, making Ideos an all-in-one solution for a range of wireless connectivity options.

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IFA10 LIVE: Samsung announces the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android 2.2 Tablet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, at its international press conference at the IFA in Berlin, Samsung announced the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Tab (Model: GT-P1000). Powered by Android 2.2, the Samsung GALAXY Tab is the first of the company's tablet devices, representing a new category of mobile products for Samsung. The Samsung GALAXY Tab brings together all of Samsung's leading innovations to provide users with more capabilities while on the move. Consumers are able to experience PC-like web-browsing and enjoy all forms of multimedia content on the perfectly sized 7" display, wherever they go. Moreover, users can continuously communicate via E-Mail, voice and video call, SMS/MMS or social network with the optimized user interface.

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Tuesday, 31.08.10
APPROVAL: GCF approves Samsung Galaxy Tab Android Tablet and confirms supported Frequencies
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:23 CET under 04 - Android News

Right in time for this week's announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet, the Global Certification Forum (GCF) has just approved Samsung's first Android slate tablet which Samsung unveiled earlier last week. While the teaser video confirmed that the Galaxy Tab will feature Android 2.2 and a 7" (most likely capacitive) touchscreen, Samsung hasn't given any further information yet but will officially introduce the Galaxy Tab at its IFA press event on Thursday in Berlin. However, the GCF has now approved the Samsung Galaxy Tab/GT-P1000 and confirms that it's featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz.

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Tuesday, 24.08.10
CONFIRMED: Huawei to announce the Ideos U8150 Android Smartphone at IFA
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:16 CET under 04 - Android News

PC World reports that Huawei will indeed launch the recently approved Ideos U8150 Android smartphone not later than next week during the IFA in Berlin. According to PC World, Huawei confirmed this via an E-Mail which confirmed further details. While we already knew that the U8150 was expected to support GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA at 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz, it's now also confirmed by Huawei, that the U8150 will be powered by a 528 MHz CPU, is running Android 2.2 and that the QVGA 2.8" touchscreen is capacitive instead of the previously used resistive screen technology. Also confirmed now are the 3.2 megapixel camera and GPS as well as WiFi b/g/n.

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UNVEILED: Samsung pre-confirms the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android 2.2 Tablet [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:25 CET under 04 - Android News

While Samsung has yet not officially announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab - the company's first Android tablet - a recently activated teaser page, unveiled via Twitter, shows what the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be about and confirms an official announcement during next week's IFA in Berlin. According to the teaser page, the Samsung Galaxy Tab will feature Android 2.2, video telephony (and therefore a front facing camera like the Galaxy S), HD video playback, full web browsing and a 7" screen! Yet to be confirmed is if the Galaxy Tab will also come with Samsung's TouchWiz 3 interface and which wireless standards and frequencies are supported. However, the 20 seconds teaser makes appetite for more!

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Tuesday, 22.06.10
RELEASED: Sling Media launches SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:30 CET under 04 - Android News

Right in time for the final rounds of the FIFA World Cup 2010, Sling Media announced today the availability of its SlingPlayer Mobile for Android Smartphones. The all new application gives Android phone users easy access to their home TV experience anywhere they have mobile phone or WiFi internet access. Now anyone with an Android phone never has to miss a favorite TV show when they're away from home. When in your mobile phone provider's area of 3G, 4G or WiFi coverage and connected to a Slingbox SOLO, PRO or PRO-HD, SlingPlayer Mobile makes it simple to watch and control your living room television at any time from any location.

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Wednesday, 09.06.10
UPGRADE: SPB Software releases SPB TV 2.0 for Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:09 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Right in time for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2010 but not only, SPB Software has updated its Windows Mobile touchscreen and non-touchscreen version of its flagship application SPB TV to version 2.0. Due to advertising revenues support the program is now free-of-charge and subscription-free. Ads featured in SPB TV only last as long as channel buffering takes and therefore preserve the best user experience. In addition to the existing features that include quick channel previews, a TV guide for more than 150 offered channels in more than 20 languages, picture-in-picture mode, fast channel launching and switching, the new version offers also a video on demand (VOD) option

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Thursday, 15.04.10
NAVIGATION: CoPilot Live 8 for Windows Mobile and Android goes South Africa
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:32 CET under 01 - General News

If you are a football (for US readers: soccer) fan and heading to South Africa this summer for the FIFA World Cup, you might be interested to know that ALK has released - just in time - CoPilot Live 8 South Africa. CoPilot Live provides full GPS turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation in-car or on foot and since it's a on-board navigation solution, the street maps of South Africa are stored on the phone and therefore there's no need to rely on the mobile network for navigation, avoiding huge international roaming bills for downloading maps. CoPilot Live can help fans and travelers to find their way with confidence wherever they need to go, whether it's to the hotel, airport or the game.

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Thursday, 03.09.09
COOPERATION: Vodafone and LG announces the LG GM750 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:36 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, during the IFA, Vodafone and LG Electronics announced the launch of the LG GM750, a new Windows phone based on Windows Mobile 6.5 which will be available from 6 October. With LG's S-Class user-interface and fast Internet browsing via Vodafone's high-speed mobile broadband network or WiFi, information is always at the user's fingertips. Its large 3.0" full touchscreen makes it easy to navigate while browsing the Internet, writing text messages and memos, or getting directions with its in-built GPS navigation function.

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OFFICIAL: T-Mobile announces the T-Mobile Pulse Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:06 CET under 04 - Android News

Today, during its IFA press conference in Berlin, Deutsche Telekom presented a new device we already heard about - the T-Mobile Pulse. This smartphone, equipped with the Android operating system, supports the MyCommunity and Media Center services as well as fast, convenient Internet access. It also includes direct links to popular Internet services such as Google, Google Mail and Google Maps. In addition, users can personalize it by downloading any of the thousands of programs and games available from Android Market.

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Tuesday, 26.08.08
ANNOUNCED: HTC unveils the HTC S740 Windows Mobile Standard Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

HTC today announced the launch of a new Windows Mobile Standard smartphone, the S740 which follows, with its QWERTY slide-out keyboard, the design-concept of the HTC Touch Pro but also features a traditional 12-keys phone-pad. At a size of 116.3 x 43.4 x 16.3 mm and weight of 140 gram, HTC's latest Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard smartphone features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband (900/2100 MHz) UMTS/HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and GPS/AGPS. The QVGA non-touchscreen measures 2.4" and the main fixfocus camera supports 3.2 megapixel:

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Friday, 31.08.07
UNVEILED: O2 Germany to launch the Xda Atom Life with Windows Mobile 6 as Xda comet
Posted by Arne Hess - at 07:41 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Hot on the heels but not from the IFA, we've received some trustworthy information that O2 Germany, which has skipped the HTC TyTN II, will launch the Asian O2 Xda Atom Life as Xda comet instead. While the Xda Atom Life isn't that brand new anymore, it's expected that O2 Germany will launch it's version with Windows Mobile 6 Professional right out of the box instead of the original Windows Mobile 5 for Pocket PC Phone Edition.
The Xda comet features triband (900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband (1900/2100 MHz) UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps. Furthermore, Bluetooth 1.2 and WiFi b/g are part of the specs:

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Thursday, 30.08.07
OFFICIAL: Samsung announces the SGH-i620 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:52 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, during its IFA press conference in Berlin, Samsung Germany officially announced the previously unveiled SGH-i620 Windows Mobile 6 Standard HSDPA smartphone.
Featuring a slide-out QWERTY (for Germany QWERTZ) keyboard, the i620 is a kind of updated version of the Samsung SGH-i600. Like the i600, the i620 features triband (900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband (2100 MHz) UMTS/HSDPA and Bluetooth 2.0. However, it's now confirmed that the i620 hasn't has WiFi built-in.

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OFFICIAL: LG announces the LG KS20 Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As expected, today during its IFA press conference, LG officially unveiled the LG KS20, LG's brand now Prada look-alike Windows Mobile 6 Professional HSDPA smartphone with a large color touchscreen. Its super-fast network access capabilities and intuitive touch input technology combine to enrich the mobile internet experience for users. It features full internet browsing capabilities and downloads everything from music and video clips to push E-Mail at speed of 3.6 Mbps through HSDPA. It also allows for advanced features like videoconferencing, taking advantage of the phone's dual cameras.

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Wednesday, 29.08.07
UNVEILED: LG KS20 Windows Mobile Smartphone shows its face
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

With the latest rendering we was nearly right, except the fact that LG's new Windows Mobile smartphone also features a kind of joystick navigation but seems to have QVGA resolution only (unfortunately). Korean website Aving now published some official information of the LG KS20 which is LG's long time rumored Windows Mobile smartphone. Featuring Windows Mobile 6 as well as UMTS and HSDPA (up to 3.6 Mbps), the device is 12.8 mm thick only and sports a 2.8" touch screen display with full browsing capability.

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Monday, 30.07.07
CONFIRMED: Samsung SGH-i620 to be released by Vodafone across Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay guys, if you don't live in the UK and a Windows Mobile 6 upgraded Samsung SGH-i600 isn't anything for you I got further good news for you today: Beside Vodafone UK, also other Vodafone subsidiaries across Europe plans to launch the recently unveiled Samsung SGH-i620 Windows Mobile 6 Standard Smartphone! It's not yet confirmed which one exactly but it's more then just Vodafone UK!
The SGH-i620 is a kind of upgraded Samsung SGH-600 Windows Mobile Smartphone, sporting Windows Mobile 6 Standard and a unique slide design while keeping the QWERTY keyboard:

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Wednesday, 11.07.07
SERVICE: T-Mobile to bring myFaves to Germany
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:32 CET under 01 - General News

Launched late last year in the US already, it's nothing new of Americans anymore. However, today at a press event in Munich, T-Mobile Germany unveiled that it will launch myFaves in Germany as well. myFaves is a new wireless communications experience that brings to life a customizable, fun and easy-to-use phone interface on today's coolest phones, including Windows Mobile smartphones (and therefore most likely also support T-Mobile's MDA range like the new T-Mobile MDA Vario III bellow) and facilitates a specially tariff for up to 5 myFaves which wasn't unveiled today.

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Friday, 06.07.07
CONFIRMED: T-Mobile Germany announces the HTC Kaiser as T-Mobile MDA Vario III
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:47 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Here we go - I was right when I said that T-Mobile's previously unveiled MDA Vario III will be most likely the HTC Kaiser. Today, T-Mobile Germany confirmed the launch of the MDA Vario III during the IFA late next month (as expected) and indeed it's the HTC Kaiser (what else).
Also, as expected, the T-Mobile MDA Vario III will supports HSDPA phase II at 3.6 Mbps (but not HSDPA phase III at 7.2 Mbps). Further highlights are Windows Mobile 6 Professional, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA (sorry - still no UMTS support for T-Mobile USA).

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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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Tuesday, 09.01.07
HANDSFREE: Plantronics announces new Discovery 665 Bluetooth Headset
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:40 CET under 01 - General News

Plantronics yesterday introduced its new Discovery 665 Bluetooth Headset with AudioIQ, the industry's first DSP (digital signal processing) sound technology to automatically optimize audio levels on both sides of every call - significantly increasing clarity for mobile phone callers, as well as for the listener on the other end of conversations.

Plantronics will demonstrate its new AudioIQ technology and complete headset portfolio during the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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Wednesday, 20.12.06
COMPATIBILITY: Sling Media released SlingPlayer Mobile with enhanced Smartphone support
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sling Media recently released a new Sling Player Mobile for Smartphone version which fixes the incompatibility Windows Mobile Smartphone users with landscape devices (such as the Samsung BlackJack akaSGH-i607 and T-Mobile Dash aka HTC Excalibur) faced.
The new SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows Mobile Smartphone v1.0.5 solved the problem now that also the latest Windows Mobile Smartphones are supported now!
I would say it's a "just in time launch", so close to Christmas where, I'm sure, many Slingboxes and Windows Mobile phones are given away.

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Monday, 18.09.06
ANNOUNCED: O2 Germany launched the HTC Artemis as O2 Xda orbit Pocket PC Phone Edition
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Germany today announced the launch of it O2 Xda orbit, better known as HTC Artemis (also known as HTC P3300 now). While O2 previewed the Xda cosmo at this month IFA exhibition, it hasn't lost a single word about the Xda orbit (which was previewed by T-Mobile as MDA compact III instead).
The O2 Xda orbit, which is based on the HTC Artemis, comes nevertheless in a different ID which is called "HTC Cruiser". As the HTC Artemis reference design, the Xda orbit is also sporting GPS as the highlight (together with a FM radio, which is also used for dynamic traffic information) but also, unlike it is expected from T-Mobile, O2's version will definitely featuring W-LAN b and g:

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Wednesday, 06.09.06
ANNOUNCED: Samsung officially announced the SGH-i600 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Today, Samsung has officially announced the Samsung SGH-i600 (code named BlackJack II), the UMTS follower of the SGH-i320, which was also previewed during this week's IFA exhibition in Berlin. Like at the i320, the highlight of the i600 is its BlackBerry-styled thumb-keyboard which mostly addresses business customers. Nevertheless, it might also appeal consumers since the device is way feature-richer than BlackBerrys are.
Sporting Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, the i600 supports triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, single band UMTS and HSDPA, W-LAN b and g and Bluetooth 2.0 with support for A2DP, and printing protocols. It includes 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended using microSD memory cards. It measures 113x59 x11.8 mm and has a 2.3" QVGA landscape TFT screen, supporting 65k colors. On the backside, the device features a 1.3 megapixel camera and on the front it has a second QCIF+ camera for UMTS video telephony:

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CONFIRMED: T-Mobile leaves W-LAN out of the T-Mobile MDA compact III
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to the::unwired information, the recently previewed T-Mobile compact III (also known as HTC Artemis) will definitely lack W-LAN support, even if the original HTC reference design of the HTC Artemis has W-LAN b and g onboard.
Yesterday I've spoken with some folks and they've confirmed what we have already seen during T-Mobile's MDA compact III presentation at the IFA.
It's not clear yet, why T-Mobile decided to leave W-LAN (maybe in favor of reduced battery drain, price or weight) but it's definitely a bad decision, if it turns out to be seriously true.

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Tuesday, 05.09.06
UNVEILED: T-Mobile USA to release the HTC Excalibur as T-Mobile Dash
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While it's not official yet (and T-Mobile Germany hasn't previewed the HTC Excalibur during the IFA but has previewed the HTC Artemis only), it looks like T-Mobile USA will indeed release its own version of the HTC Excalibur and will call it "T-Mobile Dash" (maybe without MDA or SDA).
At least that's one member over at MoDaCo has reported and what he proved with a photo/screenshot of the T-Mobile Dash.
All the rest is known already (even if he hasn't mentioned yet, if the T-Mobile Dash will also includes W-LAN or not, like the O2 cosmo which will includes W-LAN for sure): Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone, TH OMAP 850 CPU with 200 MHz, 128 MB ROM, 64 MB RAM and the QVGA landscape display. However, no words yet about its wireless connectivity like bands and supported technologies.

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Sunday, 03.09.06
UNVEILED: T-Mobile Germany to release the HTC Artemis as T-Mobile MDA compact III
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During this weeks Internationale Funkausstellung/IFA (the international consumer electronics fair) in Berlin, T-Mobile Germany previewed on its own stand the first time it's own (yet unbranded) version of the HTC Artemis which T-Mobile will call T-Mobile MDA compact III.
You remember, the HTC Artemis is a Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition with quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and Bluetooth and it's HTC's first Pocket PC Phone Edition which is also sporting an inbuilt GPS receiver. In addition it has a 2 megapixel camera and the T-Mobile version is indeed powered by a 200 MHz TI OMAP CPU (only).
Interesting enough - even if the original reference design is sporting Wi-Fi - no word about W-LAN from T-Mobile (yet).
Unfortunately, I hadn't have the time to visit the IFA this year, but a user over at the German PPCW-Welt Community forum has posted a couple of photos of the compact III.

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