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Tuesday, 03.12.13
RUMOR: Microsoft Threshold to Unify Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox One
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Wonder where Microsoft's future is going to? No, not the future of the company by itself or who the next CEO will possibly be but the future of Windows? Always well informed Microsoft insider Mary Jo Foley got some information Microsoft denied to comment - for sure. Nevertheless, the info Foley received are somehow obvious and are about Microsoft's plans to "unify" the Windows (for desktop and tablet), Windows Phone and even the Xbox One code-base as much as possible. All this is said to run under the project name "Threshold". Threshold derives from the planet around which the first halo ring orbited in the original Halo game launched back in 2001.

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Thursday, 31.10.13
OLYMPICS: Samsung announces German Samsung Galaxy Team - follows other Countries to Promote Sochi 2014
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:23 CET under 01 - General News

At a joint press event yesterday evening in Munich, Samsung and its German TV partner Sky Sport News HD announced the German "Samsung Galaxy Team". The Samsung Galaxy Team is one of Samsung's key initiatives around the Olympic Games which aims to promote the Olympic movement by providing background information as well as direct contact between attending Olympians and their supporters around the world. The international Samsung Galaxy Team is recruited by 80 athletes from 20 countries and includes active and retired Olympians and Paralympians like ice hockey stars Evgeni Malkin and Wayne Gretzky, biathlete Evgeny Ustyugov, skier Alberto Tomba and Hermann Maier as well as others.

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Wednesday, 10.07.13
REVIEW: Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone 8
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:44 CET under 08 - Reviews

Announced back mid of May, I had the pleasure to use the Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone 8 as one of my main phones for over a week now. Nokia calls the Lumia 925 itself "a new interpretation of its award-winning Lumia 920" and indeed, it follows the design language but comes with slightly updated features and materials by introducing a metal design; which is the first of its kind for Nokia and Windows Phone in general. So far, Windows Phones were mainly made of plastic and some of them feel cheaper, others feel more valuable; but for sure metal – and in this case it's an aluminum frame – always adds this extra kind of luxury to a phone.

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Friday, 25.05.12
AVAILABILITY: Feed the Hype - German Base invites for the Samsung Galaxy S III Midnight Shopping in Berlin
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:22 CET under 04 - Android News

Germany isn't known for around the clock shopping hours but the laws here are pretty strict. It's completely forbidden to open stores on Sundays or public holidays (except a few exceptions like airports, train stations, etc.) and shops have to be closed during nights as well. Nevertheless, exceptions are possible and one of them is used by German Base (a brand of German carrier E-Plus) which will open its Berlin "BASE_camp" on Tuesday, 29.03. at 0:03 for an exclusive pre-sale of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III. So if you are in town, you might want to head to BASE_camp, Mittelstraße 51 - 54 in Berlin where you can grab a limited amount of Galaxy S III for 599 Euro, before it goes on sale the other day anyway.

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Wednesday, 25.04.12
QUICKVIEW: Fahrer Spitzel simple Phone Holder for Bikes (and more)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:48 CET under 08 - Reviews

As the winter is finally gone and the weather is getting better, it's time to take our bikes out of the garage. However, all the recent years I had one major problem with my bike: Where and how to carry my smartphone safe but accessible. All the years I looked for a decent and proper way to use different smartphones an easy and simple way while biking. So far without luck, until I came across Fahrer Berlin's Spitzel the other day. The Spitzel (German for "snitcher") comes with two components: the holder and a silicon cover. The holder is fast and easily mounted to the handle bar. It only needs to be positioned the way it fits best and after the the clamp needs to be fixed by closing the tension strap.

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Tuesday, 13.03.12
RUMOR: Apollo - we might get an upgrade Problem or why Tango might be Windows Phone 7's last Dance [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following yesterday's news that Microsoft is expected to call its Tango update "Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh", there is a good - or in this case - a bad chance that Tango will be the last major Windows Phone update for the first generation of Windows Phone 7 devices, Microsoft launched in October 2010. According to several unconfirmed information we've received during last month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft will keep its minimum device requirements up and alive for Windows Phone Apollo, which is rumored to be called Windows Phone 8. While Windows Phone 7.x required single-core CPUs and a WVGA screen resolution, it's said that Windows Phone Apollo will require dual-core CPUs and a higher, more state-of-the-art, screen resolution.

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Monday, 27.02.12
MWC LIVE: ZTE announces its second Windows Phone - ZTE Orbit to follow ZTE Tanja
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

ZTE today announced it has expanded its commitment to the Windows Phone platform and introduced the new ZTE Orbit. The Orbit joins the ZTE Tania in the company's portfolio of Windows Phone-based devices. The ZTE Tania is commercially available in the UK and Sweden and other countries around the world. The ZTE Orbit is based on the latest version of Windows Phone and comes with 4 GB of memory, HD voice and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash. The ZTE Orbit will be available in the second quarter of this year.

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Saturday, 10.12.11
READER: Google Currents - now available for Android and iOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:45 CET under 04 - Android News

Thursday evening, Google launched a - as they say - "beautiful and simple way to experience all the content the web has to offer" with the introduction of Google Currents, a new application for Android phones and tablets as well as Apple iOS iPads and iPhones. Google Currents lets subscribers explore online magazines and other content with the swipe of a finger. Straight for the launch, Google has worked with more than 150 publishing partners to offer full-length articles from more than 180 editions including CNET, AllThingsD, Forbes, Saveur, PBS, Huffington Post, Fast Company and more. Content is optimized for smartphones and tablets, allowing users to intuitively navigate between words, pictures and video on large and small screens alike, even if offline.

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Wednesday, 23.03.11
FORBIDDEN: Google to OEMs - No Android 3.0 Honeycomb UI customization for now
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:16 CET under 04 - Android News

Now it's getting interesting! Was the "freedom of choice and customization" one of the major benefits of Android, it seems Google has changed its mind - for now. At the current Droidcon conference in Berlin, an LG spokesperson told German that - for the time being - Google prohibits adjustments and changes of the Android 3.0 GUI but Google will accept user interface changes of Honeycomb later. According to LG, Google wants to achieve that Honeycomb can establish as a platform and therefore wants that all Honeycomb tablets looks the same. That's especially interesting because yesterday's (re-)announced Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets as well as the HTC Flyer are said to be either launched with Android 3.0 or to receive the update later.

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Monday, 26.07.10
GUI: HTC plans to continue with HTC Sense on Windows Phone 7 and Android 3.0
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:26 CET under 01 - General News

In a recent interview with's Velocity blog, Drew Bamford, head of HTC's user experience design team, said that the manufacturer will bring its HTC Sense UI to its first Windows Phone 7 smartphone. Furthermore, without going into details, Bamford said, that Google may focus more on improving the user interface in general Android 3.0 but he doesn't think Google will precludes manufacturer customization. Back in February, when Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7, Microsoft said that it will take-over the UI guidelines for Windows Phone 7, keeping the control of the GUI. The same move is rumored for the yet unannounced Android 3.0, that Google plans to keep the GUI control.

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Thursday, 20.05.10
APPROVAL: GCF approves Samsung GT-I5500 - An Android Corby for Europe! [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:08 CET under 04 - Android News

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) just approved another Samsung handset which is said to be an Android version of Samsung's Corby feature phone. According to the GCF, the GT-I5500 features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/2100 MHz, while HSUPA is left. Furthermore, the WiFi Alliance approved the GT-I5500 earlier this month and unveiled that it will support WiFi b/g/n. It's yet not confirmed that the GT-I5500 will be a budget Android 2.1 smartphone but all we have is the word of mouth from the Internet. However, you really have to wonder how many budget Android smartphones Samsung need because the recently approved GT-I5800 and GT-5801 are also expected to run on Android, sporting similar wireless specs.

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Thursday, 25.03.10
STATEMENT: Peter Chou about Windows Phone, Windows Mobile & Android Developments
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:21 CET under 01 - General News

During this week's CTIA Wireless in Las Vegas, HTC's Chief Executive Peter Chou said in an interview with Forbes, that the (Google) Nexus One's innovative design (which was made by HTC) "would help HTC attract new business, regardless of its consumer reception. We can quickly leverage that credit to show that we are the top Android brand". And despite initial customer service problems and rumored sluggish sales, Chou said also Google is satisfied with the phone: "(Google's) goal with the Nexus One was to really show how good Android can be (and) in that regard, I think it has been an achievement".

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Monday, 21.12.09
UNVEILED: Leaked Firmware shows T-Mobile US HTC HD2 Support and Updated HTC Sense
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

A recently leaked HTC HD2 ROM unveiled that it is designed for T-Mobile US which seems to proof that the HTC HD2 is indeed coming to the USA, as HTC confirmed earlier. At least the boot screen shows T-Mobiles "stick together" claim which isn't used by T-Mobile in Europe but in the US only. Furthermore the ROM is also featuring an updated HTC Sense UI which now sports a new "Documents" tab as well as an updated "Music" player tab. The Documents tab seems to have direct access to Windows Mobile's "My Documents" folder and previews Microsoft Office as well as PDF files and opens a selected document with the appropriate application. Also improved is the music library page which now shows songs by artist, straight from the artist page as well as songs, straight from the album page.

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Monday, 19.01.09
PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda Guide Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:55 CET under 08 - Reviews

Late last December, O2 Germany announced the upcoming launch of the O2 Xda Guide, which is planned for mid of February. Running on running Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, the Xda Guide (which is based on the HTC Iolite) will replace O2 Germany's Xda orbit 2. The Xda Guide is announced to come in an O2 exclusive design and is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7225 CPU at 528 MHz. The design features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA in addition to Bluetooth 2.0-EDR, WiFi b/g and aGPS. The Xda Guide comes with a 2.8" QVGA touchscreen and sports a 3.2 megapixel fixfocus camera (but no front facing second camera for video telephony). The 256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM can be expanded by microSD cards. Last but not least, the O2 Xda Guide runs HTC's TouchFLO 2D user interface instead of the more fancy TouchFLO 3D user interface.

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Wednesday, 17.12.08
UNVEILED: O2 Germany announces the new Xda Guide Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:22 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Germany today announced the new O2 Xda Guide, its latest Xda smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.1 which will replace the Xda orbit 2. The Xda Guide comes in an O2 exclusive design and is running on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. The Xda Guide is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7225 CPU at 528 MHz and features GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA in addition to Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b/g and GPS. The Xda Guide comes with a 2.8" QVGA touchscreen and sports a 3.2 megapixel camera, 256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM which can be expanded by microSD cards. A 1 GB microSD card is part of the sales package and holds TomTom Navigator 7 (with maps for Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

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Saturday, 11.10.08
UPGRADE: HTC releases Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM upgrade for the Touch Cruise and Touch Dual
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:11 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After HTC released a couple of Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM upgrades for its carrier partners, HTC now also released the long awaited 6.1 ROM upgrade for its own HTC Touch Cruise, but also for the HTC Touch Dual (a Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM upgrade I haven't expect anymore).
Beside the typical Windows Mobile 6.1 enhancements and fixes like threaded SMS, recipient auto-complete, Direct Push improvements enhanced Internet Explorer Mobile browsing, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection setup simplification and improved stability of Video call functionality, this ROM upgrade will also fix Touch Cruise typical problems incl. fixes for Bluetooth headsets, default onscreen keyboard, camera viewfinder, GPS functionalities and more.

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Wednesday, 01.10.08
BETA: Microsoft plans place-shift solution for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:36 CET under 01 - General News

I have no idea for how long Microsoft is trialing it's "Microsoft Mobile Media" service already, the FAQ talks about "Dogfood 1" and "Dogfood 2" (Microsoft's term for internal Betas), but it looks like Microsoft is finally working on a kind of "place-shift" product as well - quite similar to Orb. Mobile Media is described to "allow you to quickly and easily access your personal content - pictures, music, and videos - on your personal computer from your mobile phone [At the moment, Windows Mobile 5 and 6 Standard and Professional smartphones are supported]. You can also automatically send pictures that you take with your phone to your PC. To use Mobile Media, you'll need to download and install client applications on both your PC and Mobile phone."

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Saturday, 13.09.08
UPGRADE: O2 Germany releases free Xda orbit 2 Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM upgrade [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:58 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

O2 Germany yesterday released the Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade for its O2 Xda orbit 2, O2 Germany's version of the HTC Touch Cruise.
Beside getting all the Windows Mobile 6.1 goodies like Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 AKU 1.2.3, the enhanced SMS thread-style and the enhanced Internet Explorer Mobile, the upgrade also provides an improved stand-by time, improved Microsoft Exchange 2007 support as well as it now includes Microsoft's Remote Desktop client for remote access to Windows PCs and servers. Furthermore, O2 Germany/HTC added Opera Mobile 9.5 8.65 to the ROM upgrade.

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Thursday, 31.07.08
SERVICE: German ADAC launches GPS-based Traffic Jam reporting for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:21 CET under 01 - General News

Also a kind of user generated content: The ADAC (Germanys biggest Automobile Association, similar to the AA in the U.K. or AAA in the USA) has a program where members can report traffic jams to the ADAC. So far, participating members had to report traffic jams via phone but now, the ADAC offers a Windows Mobile client where participating traffic jam reporters can press a button as soon as they reached a traffic jam and pressing the button again as soon as they left them. The ADAC will calculate the length and expected delay afterwards. This application works with all GPS-equipped Windows Mobile smartphones and data are transmitted via GPRS/UMTS.

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Wednesday, 28.05.08
SPECS: Sony Ericsson updates Xperia X1 White Paper
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sony Ericsson just released an update of it's Xperia X1 white paper and unveils some interesting facts. For instance, Sony Ericsson will release two different Xperia X1 version, the X1a and the X1i which both features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but differentiates in supported UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA bands. The X1a is going to support triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/1900/2100 MHz while the X1i is going to support UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100 MHz. However, both versions will feature HSDPA downloads up to 7.2 Mbps and and HSUPA uploads up to 2.0 Mbps. Nevertheless, another major difference is the video recording resolution.

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Monday, 19.05.08
VIDEOVIEW: Unboxing the HTC Advantage X7510 Windows Mobile UMPC Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:01 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following HTC's earlier HTC Advantage X7510 announcement from last February, I've recently received HTC's latest reincarnation of the HTC Advantage which now features Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, an increased 16 GB solid state disk storage and an improved keyboard with haptic feedback. The updated HTC Advantage includes HTC's customized HTC Today screen, as seen first with the HTC Touch, that provides one-touch access to E-Mails, SMS text messages, missed calls, calendar appointments and contacts, current weather conditions and forecasts as well it now features HTC's TouchFLO software for enhanced finger touch scrolling and browsing of Web pages.

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Friday, 01.02.08
AVAILABLE: O2 UK releases the O2 Xda Orbit 2 Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

After O2 Germany launched the O2 Xda orbit 2 back in December last year, O2 UK followed today and released its version of the HTC Touch Cruise too - but for business customers only now. The O2 Xda Orbit 2 features Windows Mobile 6 Professional, supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and singleband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and WiFi b/g as well as features GPS and a 3 megapixel autofocus main camera for high quality shots.
For sure, the O2 Xda Orbit 2 also features HTC's TouchFLO graphical user interface.

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ANNIVERSARY: My very own 15 years of GSM and UMTS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Wow, as time goes by. This year, we are not only celebrating 10 years of the::unwired (together with its forerunners) and I'm celebrating 15 years of personal Internet use (I got my first Internet access from my University back in summer 1993) but today I'm also celebrating my very own 15 years of GSM. On February 1st 1993 I bought my first GSM mobile phone (at Hoyer's Telefonzelle) and signed my first GSM contract with D1 from DeTeMobil (today better known as T-Mobile). And imagine that - at the end of April 1993, DeTeMobil counted 130,000 subscribers (only).
It was the time when we had two GSM networks in Germany only: D1 (from DeTeMobil aka Deutsche Telekom, today T-Mobile) and D2 Privat (from Mannesmann Mobilfunk today Vodafone Germany) and the German GSM networks only offered voice service. No data, no SMS (not to talk about MMS) and UMTS was so far away, you haven't thought about a following technology or standard.

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Monday, 26.11.07
VIDEOVIEW: O2 Xda orbit 2 - Hardware
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:11 CET under 08 - Reviews

In this video view I'm proud to show you a closer look of O2 Germany's Xda orbit 2, O2's version of the HTC Touch Cruise (aka the HTC Polaris). Featuring GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/EDGE as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM radio, this Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone works with nearly any radio signal a device can receive (only DVB/DMB isn't supported).
As a device of HTC's Touch-line of smartphone, also the O2 Xda orbit 2 features HTC's TouchFLO GUI for a more convenient and stylus-less thumb-based use. Last but not least, the O2 Xda orbit 2 features a 3 megapixel autofocus main camera which is the same as used for the HTC TyTN II.

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PHOTOVIEW: O2 Xda orbit 2 Windows Mobile 6 Professional GPS Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:15 CET under 08 - Reviews

I had the chance to get my hands on a brand new O2 Xda orbit 2 recently, a GPS-enabled Windows Mobile 6 Professional UMTS/HSDPA smartphone, O2 Germany recently announced. While the device was a preproduction unit, the final device will get some minor chances, I was quite impressed by O2's latest Windows Mobile smartphone which is expected to be released in December.
Based on the HTC Touch Cruise (aka the HTC Polaris), O2 again decided to uses a slightly different, rounder design to better fit in its range of Xda smartphones and the Xda orbit 2 follows the design guidelines of its forerunner - the Xda orbit.

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Thursday, 15.11.07
REVIEW: O2 Xda star Windows Mobile 6 Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:19 CET under 08 - Reviews

For the past weeks I had the pleasure to use the recently announced O2 Xda star (O2 Germany's version of the HTC Touch Dual) Windows Mobile smartphone and if I say I had the pleasure I definitely mean it was (and still is) a pleasure. Since the introduction of the Windows Mobile non-touchscreen Smartphone, I haven't used Pocket PC Phone Editions as my primary mobile phone anymore (except for some shorter tests if I reviewed a device) but this smartphone I'm using now for over four weeks as my primary smartphone. You might wonder what makes the device so good, especially because it lacks some basic features like WiFi what I normally request from all my smartphones? Well, it's the combination of design, size, Windows Mobile 6 Professional features and HTC enhancements.

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Monday, 12.11.07
OFFICIAL: HTC announces the HTC Touch Cruise GPS Windows Mobile Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following O2 Germany's announcement from last week, HTC today announced its own version of the HTC Polaris which will be called HTC Touch Cruise. After the HTC Touch and the HTC Touch Dual, the HTC Touch Cruise is the third member of the HTC Touch product family and the first to feature built-in GPS for personal navigation.
Featuring Windows Mobile 6 Professional and a Qualcomm MSM7200 chipset at 400 MHz with GPS support, the HTC Touch Cruise supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g and a FM radio:

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Tuesday, 06.11.07
OFFICIAL: O2 Germany announces the HTC Polaris-based Xda Orbit 2
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:38 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

You remember the accidentally leaked shot of the O2 Xda which was most likely O2's version of the HTC Polaris? As it turns out, it was indeed the HTC Polaris which O2 will call O2 Xda Orbit 2. The Germany carrier today announced its latest Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone. Powered by a Qualcomm MSM7200 CPU at 400 MHz, the O2 Xda orbit 2 features inbuilt GPS capabilities as well as it supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and triband UMTS/HSDPA up to 3.6 Mbps. Furthermore it sports Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and WiFi b/g as well as a 3 megapixel camera and a second front facing camera for video telephony and has an internal memory of 128 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM:

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Thursday, 18.10.07
LEAKED: O2 Germany unveils a new unknown Windows Mobile Xda Pocket PC Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Looks like somebody at O2 Germany put the wrong photo on the server. Instead of showing an enlarged photo of the soon to be released Xda star, O2 unveiled a so far unknown and unannounced Xda which looks like O2's version of the (also not yet announced) HTC Polaris. So it seems O2 Germany is working on a follower of its Xda orbit (aka HTC Artemis), a Windows Mobile 6 Professional smartphone which sports inbuilt GPS.
The new Xda is expected to feature Windows Mobile 6 Professional and GSM but also UMTS (most likely also HSDPA), Bluetooth and WiFi and the 3 megapixel camera seems to be confirmed now as well as the UMTS-typical front facing camera for video telephony (which confirms UMTS somehow):

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MULTIMEDIA: Conduits releases Pocket Player 3.5 for WM 6 Standard and Professional
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:35 CET under 01 - General News

Conduits Technologies, Inc. yesterday announced the release of Pocket Player 3.5 for Windows Mobile 6 Standard and Professional devices and all previous models. Pocket Player aims to satisfy consumers who demand more from a media player on a mobile device. The new version includes new browsing features, a rewrite of the library system, updates to plugins and many other fixes.
The Pocket Player media browser now sports several enhancements; in addition to browsing by artist, album and genre, Pocket Player 3.5 introduces the ability to browse by Release Date. The Album view now displays thumbnails of album artwork, which appears alongside album and artist names.

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Monday, 03.09.07
THOUGHT: Broadcast your personal Media to Windows Mobile and Notebooks in parallel
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:49 CET under 09 - Thoughts

If you are a regular reader of the::unwired, you know that one of my favorite usage scenarios is place shifting my media - either to my Windows Mobile devices, if I'm commuting, or to my Notebook, if I'm stationary but away from home.
Well, yesterday I've watched with my girlfriend a TV recording which we streamed to a Notebook from my Windows Vista Media Center at home, using WebGuide4 (see my previous WebGuide4 with Windows Mobile review here). Since it got later and we had an appointment later the day, I wanted to take a bath without interrupting the strea, especially because my girlfriend wanted to finish watching the recording and also I didn't want to stop watching.

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Thursday, 23.08.07
MILESTONE: Orb Networks surges past one million users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:00 CET under 01 - General News

It's only 2.5 years that I wrote first time about Orb (which is called Orb MyCast now) and last night Orb announced a milestone in its short history: more than one million people have created accounts to use its free MyCasting software. The first program of its kind, Orb lets users stream all their digital media - whether it is on their home PC or on the Internet - to any remote device that has a streaming media player and Internet connection. Anything you can "play" on your computer, can be played on a remote computer, laptop, PDA, mobile phone or TV using a game console.

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Wednesday, 22.08.07
THOUGHT: If your Wireless Connection isn't good for E-Mails anymore
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts

How important is mobile E-Mail? I think it's as important for you as it is for me, at least that's one reason why I'm using smartphones, in this case a Windows Mobile 6 upgraded Samsung SGH-i600 (the European version of the BlackJack) and O2 Xda trion; and I'm using these devices for several reasons and one of it is the QWERTY keyboard which allows to write text messages as well as E-Mails. So indeed, E-Mail is important for me, especially because I'm receiving some dozens E-Mail per day as well as I'm writing some E-Mails per day, wirelessly from my mobile device. But have ever thought about the fact, that your wireless connection is marked as spam?

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Thursday, 02.08.07
AVAILABLE: O2 UK releases Windows Mobile 6 Upgrades for the Xda Orbit and Xda Trion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following O2 Germany, also O2 UK finally released its Windows Mobile Professional ROM upgrades for the O2 Xda Orbit and O2 Xda Trion which can be downloaded free of charge from O2 UK.
And that's cool - O2 UK already enabled the support for XML based Office 2007 files (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) - something Microsoft announced to become available later this year.
Now I wonder if today's HTC TyTN ROM upgrade is also Office 2007 compatible?

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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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Thursday, 05.07.07
AUDIO: Resco releases Resco Audio Recorder 4.0 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Resco once again proves that there is always room for improvement and is now proud to announce the release of the new Resco Audio Recorder 4.0 for the Windows Mobile Pocket PC platform.
As Resco describes it, its Audio Recorder is a must have for all sorts of professionals and general users alike. Whether recording a business meeting, a song you are working on as a musician, interviews as a journalist or a reporter or simply any audio memos, Resco Audio Recorder comes in handy in all sorts of situations. Now it is even easier to use - just a single tap enables users to record audio tracks straight on to a mobile device.

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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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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, 12.04.07
REVIEW: Vodafone 1210/VDA IV Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:04 CET under 08 - Reviews

Earlier this year, Vodafone released the Vodafone 1210/VDA IV (the name depends on your local Vodafone subsidiary), a budget Windows Mobile Smartphone, Vodafone clearly launched to address the business segment better. Unlike all the VPAs and VDAs before, the 1210/VDA IV isn't manufactured by HTC but is made by AsusTek.
The Vodafone 1210/VDA IV is a Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone (and therefore isn't sporting a touch screen), supporting triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE (without support for the North American 850 MHz band) and singleband UMTS (but leaves HSDPA support). It's powered by an Intel/Marvell PXA270 CPU at 312 MHz. The 2.2" color LCD supports QVGA and the device has 128 MB ROM and 64 MB RAM which can be extended through microSD cards. While the device sports Bluetooth 1.2, it lacks WiFi as well as any cameras. The Vodafone 1210/VDA IV neither has a main camera for photos and videos nor has it a front facing camera for UMTS video calls.

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Wednesday, 04.04.07
ANNOUNCED: O2 Ireland launches the HTC Artemis as Xda Orbit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following O2 Germany's previous launch of the HTC Artemis, now also O2 Ireland announced the launch of the latest addition to its Xda range, the Xda Orbit. The new PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) is the first Xda in O2's range to offer built-in GPS and seamless door-to-door satellite navigation, in an ultra slim, stylish portable device. Using the latest technology, the Xda Orbit also features a 2 Megapixel camera, MP3 player, radio and WiFi functionality, whilst combining the latest Windows Mobile OS 5 software - offering mobile Internet and email in the same easy-to-use format as Microsoft Office on a desktop.

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Tuesday, 03.04.07
UNVEILED: Samsung to release 6 new Windows Mobile Smartphones in 2007?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:49 CET under 01 - General News

And one more from Samsung! During a press event yesterday, Samsung Electronics Germany unveiled, that it plans to release 6 new (and so far unanounced) Windows Mobile 6 smartphones in 2007!
According to Samsung Manager Norbert Strixner, "the classical German mobile phone market has finally reached a kind of market saturation. However, Samsung sees an increasing demand for smartphones in the prosumer and even consumer segment".
Therefore, Samsung has no plans to launch camera-less smartphones, targeting the professional segment only.

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Tuesday, 27.03.07
ENTERTAINMENT: Mercora Launches M v2 – a Social Music Player and Radio for Mobiles
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:52 CET under 01 - General News

Mercora, Inc. today announced the worldwide launch of Mercora M v2, the industry's first and only social music player and mobile radio service for 3G-enabled Windows Mobile smartphones.
M v2 is a personalized digital radio which includes over 100,000 high-fidelity music channels searchable by artist, genre and subgenre, and might makes the M v2 the virtually largest radio service available on any mobile device. In additions M v2 allows wireless users to browse and listen to music libraries stored on their home PCs or optionally on Mercora servers means no side-loading or synchronization is required. With the M v2, consumers can use their mobile devices to discover and listen to music, playlists, and listening histories from up to five of their friends and family, anywhere in the world.
M v2 offers one-click access to constantly updated and popular podcasts from CNN, MLB, NCAA, NPR and other established news outlets which provides users with continuous access to breaking news and information.

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Friday, 23.03.07
SOFT LAUNCH: Winamp goes Mobile with with Winamp Remote Beta
Posted by Arne Hess - at 23:53 CET under 01 - General News

Any Winamp user out here? If so, you might be interested in Winamp's latest soft launched, which AOL (now the parent company of Winamp) soft launch today for its Winamp media player called Winamp remote (Beta). In partnership with Orb, Winamp remote lets anyone with a mobile phone or Windows Mobile smartphone access the music collection stored on the home PC (similar to what Orb's MyCast service also delivers).

First, users needs to install Winamp and Winamp remote, the remote access software for Winamp that was already available before this announcement. Then, users point their mobile browser to to access the songs in their Winamp library at home. The service supports multiple mobile music playback codecs including 3GPP, Real, Windows Media and Flash.

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Wednesday, 14.03.07
THOUGHT: Could the Place Shift Technology replaces Hotel TVs in Future?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 02:15 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Okay, this is a view into the future but I would like to discuss it with you here. Since I've arrived in Seattle, I haven't switched on my hotel TV a single time but I have running my home TV via different place shift technologies (Sling Media Slingbox, ASCII Express WebGuide and Orb MyCast) and I wonder if hotel TVs will face the same future hotel telephones faced already. I mean, take it serious, since we have such a mobile phone penetration and virtually every traveler is carrying one, when do you made a phone call from the hotel phone the last time? And I'm not talking about room to room conversations which is cheap because it's free but I'm talking about long distance calls. I haven't done it for maybe the past 8 years or so but the phone is just occupying space on the table now.

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Wednesday, 28.02.07
REVIEW: Using ASCII Express WebGuide4 with Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:46 CET under 08 - Reviews

Following my previous WebGuide4 review, in this review I will to focus on the mobile components of WebGuide4, which is best used with Windows Mobile Pocket PCs or Smartphones. WebGuide4 is a client/server solution which is installed on Windows XP Media Center or Vista PCs and allows you to remotely stream live and recorded TV programs as well as to remotely schedule and manage your recorded television programs and music. With WebGuide4 installed on your Media Center PC, you can access it virtually from any Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone as well as from any PC that has a web browser.

Like the desktop browser version, the mobile browser version of WebGuide4 works on the web server, which is installed on your Media Center first and right after the initial setup, the mobile version of WebGuide4 is ready to use from your Windows Mobile device.

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Wednesday, 14.02.07
3GSM LIVE: i-mate to unwire Multimedia for Windows Mobile with i-mate X-Stream
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:18 CET under 01 - General News

During the 3GSM World Congress, i-mate previewed its next product-line which unwires multimedia from the Windows Vista Media Center PC.
This new service gives the i-mate Ultimate users access to the Windows Vista Media by either being connected through a home W-LAN or any other broadband connection.
The new i-mate Ultimate devices can be enhanced with an i-mate self-developed server/client solution which gives full access to all media files on a compatible (i-mate) Media Center PC. If you know Orb or the Slingbox - you know the potential this solution has since it includes access to recorded TV shows as well as access to live TV, video and audio files as well as photos:

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Thursday, 08.02.07
SERVICES: Vodafone Germany unveils more VPA compact GPS details
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

During last week's CeBIT preview, Vodafone (Germany) unveiled further details, how the German carrier will continue with its VPA Windows Mobile-line.
First of all, Vodafone Germany previewed again the previously announced Vodafone VPA compact GPS, Vodafone's version of the HTC Trinity.
As unveiled before, the VPA compact GPS will be shipped GPS-enabled but unlike O2 Germany, which ships the O2 Xda orbit with TomTom's on-board navigation, the VPA compact GPS will includes Vodafone's off-board navigation kit called "Vodafone Navigator".

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Monday, 29.01.07
REVIEW: HTC S310 Windows Mobile Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:49 CET under 08 - Reviews

Since late last year, I was testing the HTC S310 (code named HTC Oxygen) which is HTC's first budget Windows Mobile Smartphone. No, for techies and gadget-lovers, this device isn't anything special but for newbies, beginners or simply users without any further needs in their mobile phone, this Smartphone is a stylish device to start with as well as it is a cheap device for business users.
That said, the HTC S310 has everything you can expect from a Windows Mobile Smartphone since the device features Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone with support for Microsoft's push E-Mail functionality, quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 2.0 (with wireless stereo/A2DP) but it doesn't features W-LAN. Multimedia-wise the S310 includes a 1.3 megapixel camera, has an inbuilt memory of 64 MB RAM and 64 MB ROM which can be extended with miniSD cards and is powered by a TI OMAP 850 CPU at 200 MHz.

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Wednesday, 17.01.07
SITE: the::unwired's Sister Site the::placeshift Soft Launched today
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:34 CET under 06 - Site News

Today, I'm happy that I have soft launched the::placeshift and if you are a regular visitor of the::unwired, I'm sure you know what the::placeshift is about - it's about place shifting your media. Since I made my first experiences with some "self-cooked" software some time ago, I'm thrilled about place shifting my personal media to my mobile devices. However, since I'm not a software developer at all, I never continued on my own but thankfully some companies like Sling Media, Orb and others jumped into the game by developing and offering great place shift solutions.

Since I was using these solutions the first time on my Windows Mobile devices and Notebooks (doesn't matter if at home or on the go), I knew this will become another major hype and not just a buzzword because place shifting media - doesn't matter if it is TV, video, audio or photos - gives the us access to the highest possible customized content, something very special and personal. Place shifting as a technology adds real value to mobile devices, from mobile phones to PDAs to UMPCs to Notebooks/Tablet PCs and the feedback I got from the::unwired readers (when I was covering place shifting technologies) was so overwhelming that I've decided to launch a new dedicated platform for consumers, where you get the latest information, tips, tricks and reviews about place shift developments. And if I follow the last week's CES announcements and developments, it's simply the perfect timing to start the new platform today.

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