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Video look at the new TouchFlo 3D

image Pocketnow have managed to flash an HTC Touch HD with a ROM from XDA-Developers that has the updated version of TouchFlo 3D that we saw announced for the new Diamond2 and TouchPro2 in Barcelona this week. This version of TouchFLO 3D adds a few new areas – Facebook functionality, a deeper contacts integration, a new calendar tab, and Push Internet. Also, TouchFLO 3D now works in landscape. We get a new keyboard with an improved design, plus sound and haptic feedback. Take a look at the video after the break.

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Don’t like your Android app? Take it back!

ind-pic If you aren’t satisfied with your Android Market purchase, you will have 24 hours to try it out and return your purchase. According to Gizmodo, here is the policy:
•24 hour return period
•The Market will allow unlimited reinstalls of purchased apps.
•Upgrades must come directly from the developer.
•Sexually explicit material is banned from the Android Market.
•Billing disputes must be held with the developer or your credit card company.

[via Pocketnow]

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HTC launch event video from MWC 09

image If you didn’t get to the HTC launch event in Barcelona but would like to see how the announcements of the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 unfolded you can now see the full press event video. We have it after the break and you can watch it in High Quality too. See the new features of TouchFlo 3D and the new handsets demonstrated by HTC.

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Toshiba TG01 now official

A few weeks ago we spoke about the Toshiba TG01 as images of the handset had started circulating about the internet and there were lot of rumours relating to its specification etc. However Toshiba have now made the TG01 official thanks to a press conference at MWC and subsequent press release (which I almost missed under the deluge of PR emails!).

The TG01 looks like an exceptionally well designed Windows Mobile handset, it’s very thin at under 10mm yet has enough room for an extremely fast Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1GHz and also 512MB ROM and 256MB RAM. I don’t think the TG01 will be a slouch but because it has a 4.1" WVGA display it certainly wont be one of the smallest handsets out there.

Price and availability are yet to be confirmed but obviously I’ll be trying very hard to get my hands on one!!



Toshiba Corporation, today announced the new Toshiba TG01 – a super-slim, highly powered, multimedia-focused, mobile device ideal for the consumer that demands high-quality performance on the move – and raises the bar for mobile handsets. The Toshiba TG01 will be available across Europe in Summer 2009.

“I am thrilled to announce the launch of TG01 in Europe, the market that we position at the center of our Digital products strategy,” said Hisatsugu Nonaka, Corporate Senior Executive Vice President of Toshiba Corporation. “The TG01 is the future, a truly mobile device that satisfies consumer demands for total mobile connectivity, something most of today’s handsets fail to do. Our challenges was to provide an innovative product that goes beyond today’s needs to anticipate tomorrow’s capabilities. In creating the TG01, we’ve integrated the very best of our mobile and LCD technologies in an attractive, premium quality multimedia handset with internet access capabilities. TG01 represents Toshiba’s commitment to excellence in an exciting new category, and we look forward to launching it in the global market.

Featuring an enormous 4.1” Wide-VGA (800×480) touch-screen display, the TG01 comes with image  tuning technology fostered from Toshiba’s LCD TV ”Regza”. Using advanced picture-definition technologies taken directly from the company’s acclaimed range of LCD TVs, the TG01’s delivers greater colour image control, ensuring that the display is bright and vivid, with pin-sharp processing for fast-moving video playback.  Add support for a wide range of popular video formats and it’s clear the TG01 sets new standards for portable entertainment on a mobile device.
Toshiba’s TG01 is the world’s first mobile device with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ chipset. Snapdragon uses a custom processor design to deliver an industry leading combination of 1GHz computing and high-power efficiency. By offering processing performance, immersive multimedia, built-in GPS, and high-speed 3G connectivity integrated into a single chip, Snapdragon enables the TG01 to be a groundbreaking, super slim device that is immensely powerful.

”Toshiba’s TG01 device leverages Snapdragon’s unprecedented capabilities to deliver a truly innovative user experience with nearly twice the processing power, more advanced multimedia, and thinnest form factor compared to today’s smartphones.” said Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president of Qualcomm.  “We are pleased to be working with Toshiba to  deliver Snapdragon™ in the TG01 to the industry, demonstrating how evolutions in wireless technology are redefining what it means to be mobile.”

"The next generation of mobile computing is being defined by the user experience and by new devices that offer fast processing, rich graphics and intuitive software,” said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chief executive officer of Qualcomm. ”The TG01 leverages Snapdragon’s unprecedented capabilities to take a leading role in this device category.  We look forward to our continued collaborations with Toshiba in their efforts to deliver the most exciting mobile computing experience possible.”

Built around Windows Mobile®, the TG01 lets you enjoy your favourite multimedia and web content as well as work efficiently.  Featuring Internet Explorer® Mobile, the TG01 delivers a mobile browsing experience on par with what you’d expect from a desktop computer, with support for even the most graphically rich web sites and the ability to easily complete web transactions, such as banking or social networking site updates.  With Microsoft Office Outlook® Mobile it’s also easy to manage your personal and professional email, as well as contacts and calendar.

“Windows phones bring customers closer to the people and information they care about, whether they are communicating by phone, email or through instant messaging,” said Andrew Lees, Senior Vice President, Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft Corp. “Toshiba’s TG01 embodies our principle of helping people get more done when they are mobile; we are pleased to help introduce their new mobile internet phone.”

The large touch-screen and Toshiba’s custom-built, three dimensional user interface provide users with easy-to-use navigation between different applications.  Innovative gesture operations also make it easy to carry out everyday tasks without even touching the screen – a simple shake when the device is ringing, for instance, will automatically activate an incoming call, while an integrated tilt sensor allows users to switch between open applications just by tilting the device to the left or right. Also coupling with floating touch pod and zooming bar makes TG01’s one hand operation easier, and being 9.9mm1 thin makes sure it can fit into a slim pocket unnoticed – packing more technology into less space than before.

As a communications device, the TG01 also sets new benchmarks for others to follow.  Providing users with access to a selection of social interaction platforms, including Windows Live Messenger (MSN®), as well as connectivity to GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 3G HSPDA/HSUPA, and support for Bluetooth v2.0 and WiFi makes it easy and simple to keep in touch.

Integrated GPS and A-GPS technology allows the TG01 to double up as a fully-fledged satellite navigation system, providing clear and graphically rich information.  The same graphical proficiency allows the TG01 to double up as a capable mobile gaming platform, with the high-resolution wide-screen display and touch-sensitive screen combining with an in-built G-sensor to provide high quality gaming on the move.

“The TG01 is quite simply the next step in cutting edge mobile technology that will enable us to deliver mobile content at unprecedented levels of speed and quality, and will help to firmly establish Toshiba in EMEA as a leading partner for Network Operators that want to deliver value-added services and convergence.” said Hidehito Koka, General Manager, Toshiba Mobile Communications Division, Europe.

Toshiba’s TG01 will be available in two colours, with consumers able to choose from a subtle deep black or a vivid white. Pricing and network availability will be confirmed at a later date.

Toshiba TG01 specification:

  • Size:  70mm x129mm x 9.9mm
  • Weight: 129g
  • Display:  Wide-VGA (800 x 480), 4.1”
  • Camera:  3.2 mega-pixel, autofocus
  • Memory:  512MB ROM / 256MB RAM, micro SDHC slot up to 32GB                                                          
  • Interface: Bluetooth v2.0, USB v2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Battery: 1,000mAh, Standby: up to 11 Days, Talktime: up to 5 hours (GSM)
  • Band:  850/900/1800/1900 for GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • 2100 for UMTS/HSDPA (7.2Mbps)/HSUPA (2Mbps)
  • Navigation:  Built-in GPS & A-GPS
  • Video service: Windows Media Player, CoreCodec’s CorePlayer Mobile
  • Browser:  Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile
  • Messaging:  SMS, MMS, E-mail, Microsoft Direct Push Technology, Windows Live Messenger
  • Sound:  MP3, AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV
  • Video:  H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV
  • Java:  MIDP 2.0
  • Processor:  Qualcomm QSD8250 (1GHz) Snapdragon chipset
  • OS:  Windows Mobile  6.1 Professional
  • Others:  Toshiba Touch UI

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HTC Touch Diamond2 video walkthrough

image Here’s a video I found on Youtube of the Diamond2 that was recently announced at Mobile World Congress. Size wise it seems pretty big, maybe the same as the Touch HD however the interface looks smooth and well implemented. Windows Mobile 6.1 looks rather well and finger friendly here. Check the video after the break.

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By February 18, 2009 Read More →

Google Mobile App now available on Windows Mobile

image Google Mobile App gives you faster searching on your Windows Mobile device, with easy access to your favourite Google applications from the Today screen. There’s no need to wait for a browser to open to begin a search, and with search history available to reduce typing, you can get your search results with fewer clicks than before. For an even speedier experience, Pocket PC users can add the Google Mobile App to the start menu (Settings: Menus) or configure a hardware key (Settings: Buttons) to provide easy access from within any application on your phone. See it in action in the video after the break.

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Toshiba TG01 video demo from MWC 09

image We have seen mixed impressions of the recently announced Toshiba TG01 Windows Mobile 6.1 phone, well the good news is the guys from IntoMobile managed to pin down Toshiba at MWC and got them to demo the phone on video. Their impressions, “The Toshiba UI overlay shines as a finger-friendly alternative to the TG01’s Windows Mobile 6.1 underpinnings. The UI gets the job done well. It’s no TouchFLO 3D, but Toshiba clearly spent a good amount of time developing the Toshiba UI. As a multimedia platform, the Toshiba TG01’s Snapdragon chipset outperforms just about every other smartphone on market. From smooth-as-butter high-res video playback to 3D gaming, the TG01 delivers, and then some. The integrated GPS navigation software ensures that you’ll never be left struggling to find your way around town." Take a look for yourself, the video is after the break along with the confirmed specifications.

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Palm Pre video demo from MWC 09

image Well the guys from Pre Community certainly know how to put a video together that we all want to watch. Get the kettle on and sit back and enjoy the most anticipated device of 2009 for a full 26 minutes. The video is one of the most complete demonstrations of the Pre that we’ve seen to date, showing app to app transitions without the covert tinkering Palm execs had to do with their pre-production devices at CES last month.  In it, you can see the calendar, contacts, Synergy linking of information from Microsoft Exchange, GMail and various social networks, browser and more. Video after the break, for the best experience click watch in High Quality, thank you Pre Community!

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GSmart announce new handsets at MWC

More fantastic news for Windows Mobile (or Windows Phone?) fans as today GSmart have also announced new handsets being added to their range. It also looks like the GSmart devices will be among the first to have Windows Mobile 6.5.

We’ll be trying to get our hands on these as soon as we can! 🙂


Mobile World Congress is the biggest annual event of mobile industry; it is also the stage for mobile suppliers to showcase their hard works of the year. Every year, GIGA-BYTE Communications (GBC) will attend the tradeshow and introduce something special to the public, such as the world’s first DVB-T PDA phone – t600, and the world’s first 3.5G DVB-T GPS PDA phone – MS808 that introduced by GBC last year. This year, GBC is also well prepared and will introduce several devices under three major categories: Multimedia, Business and Style.

MS820_ID2Multimedia – Entertainment and Quality Life

As the high quality camera PDA phone becomes the trend of the market, GBC will introduce two models under the multimedia series that fulfill the market demand, one will be the MS820 which showcased briefly last year, but has more complete view this year; there will also be another new model with higher specifications. Furthermore, continuing the specialty of GBC, multimedia PDA phone with DVB-T and/or DVB-H will still be one of the focuses at GBC booth this year.

Business – Efficiency and Security

On the other hand, GBC will introduce something very different to what they have before, which will be introduced under the Business categories, and are having more functions to ensure the business operation runs smoother and more secure.

Style – Stylish Design and Great PerformanceID_S1200_2

Finally, the device shown on GBC’s MWC invitation card – GSmart S1200 is under the category of Style. S1200 has chic and stylish design with simple round arc shape; supreme slim feature of approximately 1.1cm height. In addition, the device is wrapped by special coated texture to avoid finger prints on the handset. Despite the good design, the device is consisting quality specification. Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 OS (or update to Windows Mobile 6.5); Qaulcomm 7200A (528MHz) processor which empowers S1200 with fast and excellent performance and many useful software such as photo view, multimedia center and etc. “Windows phones let customers access the people and information they care about, wherever they are,” said Todd Peters, corporate vice president, Mobile Communications Business, Microsoft Corp. “The new

will help people work more efficiently, surf the Web, and enjoy their favorite movies and music, delivering a truly connected experience.”

Moreover, S1200 will be introduced with new user interface that developed solely by GBC – Smart Zone, which endowed S1200 with fashionable appearance, easy utilization and great performance.

Smart Zone interface: the secret weapon of GBC GSmart phone

Smart Zone user interface is the integrated version of Smart Touch user interface. This new user interface is developed under the concept of ‘Core’- that is, imagine the user is the core of the phone; the efficiency is that all programs are able to be reached within one or two easy steps. Integrating from this concept, Smart Zone is said to be the wisest and most efficient user interface on the present market.

“Since established, GBC has always commits to be ‘the World-Class Brand’, and insists that the perfect quality is the most important base of a sustainable branding.” said Dr. Stanley Jenq, the CEO of GBC. “GSmart is willing to become a code word which combines wisdom, international, vitality and elite. We provide the best products to satisfied consumers’ demands in order to handle business life more efficiency with several of mobile entertainment at anytime, everywhere. High speed network connectivity and endless creativity enable GBC to produce the best and most suitable products that offer users to connect the world without any hassle and delay.” continued by Dr. Jenq.

GBC is always committing to be an active participant in the industry to push the technology integration and fulfills the demands of the market.


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LG Arena press release

Although we mentioned the launch of LG’s new flagship handset, the LG Arena, a few days ago we didn’t managed to get our hands on the full press release. So to rectify that, and for your reading pleasure here is the full announcement:


LG Electronics, a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, today announced the launch of LG ARENA(LG-KM900) at the World Mobile Congress 2009. ARENA is a fully loaded multimedia phone that offers an exhilarating audio and video experience made possible by LG’s intuitive new 3D S-Class User Interface.

ARENA, LG’s new flagship model for 2009, is packed with top-of-the-line multimedia features and a totally new 3D UI of the next generation. It is the first and currently the only multimedia phone for the global market to use Dolby Mobile from Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) to deliver an exhilarating surround sound experience for video content and enhance the sound of music content.

“What really makes ARENA special is its intuitive 3D S-Class UI, which is unlike anything that has appeared on a phone before,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We surveyed consumers and found that they were unhappy with current interfaces. They wanted a simple, fast and fun way to use multimedia and other features, but also an experience that was dynamic and interesting. We’ve done this so well with our brand new S-Class UI that it will set new standards for handsets in both functionality and fun.”

The intuitive 3D S-Class UI – S for superior – makes its debut with ARENA and will be featured in other premium LG models launching later this year.

3D S-Class User Interface


Intuitive and life-like touch-based 3D menus take the fuss out of searching through contacts and multimedia content. Reel Scrolling lays out menus as if they were on a film reel, providing icons for each choice that are so easy-to-understand no further explanation is needed. Dragging a finger across the S-Class UI’s 3D reels allows users to scroll through entertainment options.

In ARENA’s camera mode, an intuitive on-screen dial, similar to those found on many high-end standalone camera, makes it easy to customize shot settings for picture-perfect results.



ARENA’s S-Class UI was designed from the very start to leverage the advantages of touchscreens to eliminate unnecessary menus and steps. At its core is a cube layout that provides four customizable home screens that provides fast access to all features by flipping the cube with the flick of a finger. With multiple faces, the cube allows for four times more shortcuts than a single screen, making menus easier to access.


Also created with fast access in mind are ARENA’s Elastic Lists, which make it easier to browse through contacts and other catalogued information. When touched, list items stretch like a rubber band to provide more detailed information, options or easy editing. This eliminates the extra step of switching to a new screen, saving time and making it easier to browse to other choices as well.

Fast yet smooth 3D transitions between menus are made possible by the perfect pairing of LG’s S-Class UI and a powerful AMD processor.


Dynamic and Fun

Colourful graphics give ARENA a sense of dynamism and fun found in no other phone. ARENA’s dynamic graphics are especially evident in the phone’s Floating Image Gallery. When held upright, the phone displays photos neatly in rows. But turn the phone on its side and the photos cascade off the screen and reappear much larger. Sliding a finger from top to bottom, shows photos taken on different days. Dragging a finger from left-to-right shows photos taken on the same day.

Going one step further, its Tactile Analogue Alarm Clock and Radio Tuner make it almost feel like moving a clock’s hands or turning an actual dial.

Multimedia Features that Come Alive

The S-Class UI is the perfect 3D gateway to enter ARENA’s amazing multimedia environment, which includes immersive audio and razor sharp video for the perfect portable entertainment experience.

ARENA is the first multimedia phone for the global market that uses Dolby Mobile to enhance the listening enjoyment for both video and music content. The technology, developed by Dolby Laboratories, the global leader in entertainment technologies, unleashes the power of surround sound for movies and video and delivers rich, resonant sound for music. A range of equalizer presets to fit all genres and individual tastes make the experience even better. A built-in FM transmitter means ARENA can play music wirelessly through a car or home stereo. A standard 3.5 mm audio jack means ARENA can be paired with any headphones.

LG ARENA’s large 3.0-inch full touchscreen display has incredible WVGA resolution, which is four times sharper than QVGA. With the clearest LCD screen available on a mobile phone, ARENA is ideal for watching DVD quality DivX or Xvid movies on-the-go.

D1 recording capability captures DVD-resolution video that looks great even when played back on a large TV. For added fun and versatility, ARENA can record 120 frames per second slow motion video to catch every detail.

ARENA can handle hundreds of music and movie files with 40 GB of storage, including 8GB of internal memory and a micro SD slot. The powerful battery provides up to 30 hours of MP3 playtime and 300 hours of standby time.

The five megapixel camera goes far beyond what is found on most phones, with high-end features and incredible image quality comparable to that of a standalone camera. The ability to set the camera for auto or manual focus help perfectly preserve each moment.

ARENA’s audio, video and photos can easily be shared on social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube thanks to 3G HSDPA 7.2 networks and Wi-Fi. The phone also supports Google Mobile Service which includes Google search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube and Google Blogs. A-GPS and geo-tagging are also possible. ARENA’s multi-touch capabilities greatly enhance the web surfing experience.

All of these powerful features are packed in ARENA’s sleek and refined metal body, perfectly sized to grab and go at 105.9 x 55.3 x 11.95 mm. Tempered glass over the touchscreen ensures long-lasting durability to keep the phone looking sophisticated and clean. ARENA will be available in silver and black titanium colour schemes.

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