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Engadget video tour of Windows Mobile 6.5

image Engadget have put together a video tour and hands on with the newly announced HTC Touch Diamond2 but this time running Windows Mobile 6.5. They we’re not blown away with the update but did think it was a reasonable point update with some nice added features but still some room for improvement especially with the scrolling fluidity and resistive screen for typing etc. See for yourself with the video after the break.

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Acer announce new Windows Mobile phones

image Press Release: Acer, the third largest vendor in the global PC market (source: Gartner data, 1H 2008) is introducing a new line of smartphones with a broad range of features and innovations. These first devices are mainly targeted at consumers who want to make use of excellent technology both for their personal and their professional needs. More info after the break.

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Android G2 or HTC Magic coming to Vodafone

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HTC look set to unveil the next generation Google Android phone, with leaked photos of the phone commonly known as the G2 hitting the internet.

The HTC Magic, which is believed to be a pan-European Vodafone exclusive, will apparently bring a 3.2MP camera and, more impressively, the ‘Cupcake’ release of Android.

Expect HSPA and Wi-Fi, as well as the increasingly prominent GPS functionality, with the phone potentially branded as HTC Magic or HTC Pioneer.

via Techradar and BGR

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Hands on with the new HTC Diamond2 and TouchPro2

image Noah from Phonedog has shared a couple of hands on videos of the new HTC devices that were announced earlier today at MWC 09. His impressions so far are the HTC Touch Diamond2 gets some upgrades over the original, 5MP camera, bigger display, and a revamped TouchFlo 3D interface that digs deeper into Windows Mobile. HTC’s Touch Pro2 is bigger, brighter, and badder than the original. And the QWERTY is to die for. Check out the videos after the break.

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LG to have 50 new Windows Mobile based handsets by 2012?

MWC today has been full of surprises, first of all we find out that Samsung has officially dropped Windows Mobile in favour of Symbian on its new Omnia HD handset (and possible dropped all together) and then in a completely opposite direction we hear from LG that they have ‘Deepened their Alliance with Microsoft’ and are making Windows their ‘Primary Smartphone Platform’.

Yong Nam, LG’s vice chairman and chief executive officer, went further to say that LG plan to bring up to 26 new Windows Phones to market in 2012 alone and, with a new agreement with Microsoft in place, this could result in more than 50 new LG Windows Phones!

A good day for Windows Phones and Windows Phone fans! 🙂

Take a look at the full press release below:

LG Electronics (LG) and Microsoft Corp. today announced an expanded alliance to dramatically increase the number of LG phones running Windows. As part of the agreement, LG will make Windows its primary operating system for its smartphones and will increase both the number of Windows® phones in its portfolio and the total volume of Windows® phones it distributes. This will create a tenfold increase in the volume of Windows® phones available from LG in 2009 and bring up to 26 new Windows® phones to market in 2012 alone. Overall, the agreement can result in more than 50 new LG Windows® phones.

“New LG phones running Windows will take advantage of the excitement in this dynamically growing market,” said Yong Nam, vice chairman and chief executive officer, LG Electronics. “The Windows platform brings flexible and customer-friendly software that ties into the Web and the PC, giving our phones a wide range of new capabilities to address an increasing number of segments and markets.”

“Windows® phones enable people to tap into digital experiences that span their lives so they can connect to the people, information and services they care about most,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Integrating Windows software with LG’s design leadership will bring new experiences to help enrich people’s lives.”

The agreement also includes a commitment by both companies to create joint teams for research and development, to focus on creating phones with powerful features built on tight integration between hardware and software. It also details joint marketing efforts to expand the reach of these phones at a range of prices in markets across the globe.

This agreement follows a memorandum of understanding signed by LG and Microsoft on Nov. 3, 2008, which put in place strategic collaboration on the converged mobile device business.

Complementing the expanded alliance, LG also announced the LG-GM730, which incorporates LG’s signature style with a slim (11.9 mm) and seamless profile and rounded edges. The Windows® phone is user-friendly with features like one-click e-mail setup and easy finger navigation while browsing with the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile. Available in the first half of 2009 on Windows Mobile 6.1, LG will add Windows Mobile 6.5 version to their portfolio in the second half of 2009.

 

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HTC Diamond2 and TouchPro2 launch and product tour videos

image HTC have wasted no time at all getting some launch and product tour videos out for us to enjoy, the first two are for the Diamond2 and the second two are for the TouchPro2. These both look like nice devices and even better news is that HTC have guaranteed that they will both get a free update to Windows Mobile 6.5 as soon as it’s available. Check out the videos after the break.

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Orange to offer the LG 910 watch phone

LG_orange_watch_phone Just received some information from Orange UK that they will be the first operator in Europe to offer the world’s first Touch Watch phone (LG910). The wrist watch style phone comes with a blue-tooth headset and features a full touch-screen interface, 3G HSDPA and video-calling capabilities…it even tells the time too! Olaf Swantee, Exec VP of Orange Group, has just announced the partnership with LG just now in his keynote at MWC.
Also Orange will soon be offering a range of notebooks and HP Minis with mobile and/or fixed broadband access.  To give you an example of what will be available, one of the offers is the brand new Compaq Mini 700 which, in the UK, allows people to buy a ready to use internet connected notebook for ÂŁ30 a month.  Along with the computer customers get Orange’s ‘Internet Everywhere’ mobile broadband service and dongle, as well as a 3GB data allowance and 24 month manufacturer warranty.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 video

image Take a look at the video after the break if your interested in the look and feel of the just announced Windows Mobile 6.5 update. The video shows the new home screen, finger friendly interaction, video playback, web browsing with the new IE browser and the recently announced My Phone service. A good upgrade but could have been much better.

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Microsoft MWC 2009 Press Release

image BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 16, 2009 — Today at Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer along with key mobile partners, HTC, LG and Orange, unveiled new Windows® phones featuring new user-friendly software and services. The next generation of Windows® phones will be based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and feature a new user interface and a richer browsing experience. In addition, Windows® phones will feature two new services: My Phone, to sync text messages, photos, video, contacts and more to the Web; and Windows® Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide direct-to-phone mobile applications and can be accessed from both the phone and the Web.

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Orange to be first in Europe with Watch Phone

Orange have partnered with LG to be the first operator in Europe to offer the world’s first Touch Watch phone (LG910). The wrist watch style phone comes with a blue-tooth headset and features a full touch-screen interface, 3G HSDPA and video-calling capabilities…it even tells the time too! Olaf Swantee, Exec VP of Orange Group, has just announced the partnership with LG just now in his keynote at MWC.

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Now, I really want one of those!!

 

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