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Windows Marketplace for Mobile lands on 6.0 and 6.1 smartphones

Windows Marketplace for Mobile lands on 6.0 and 6.1 smartphones

Back in July, Microsoft pleased a whole lot of legacy Windows Phone device users by promising that Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 handsets would eventually have access to the new Marketplace for Mobile, the company's on-device download store.  The arrival of Windows Mobile 6.5 has come and gone - complete with the Marketplace - and now Microsoft have green-flagged the app store for 6.0 and 6.1 handsets.

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Sunno S880 packs both Android and WinMo, borrows Idou style

Sunno S880 packs both Android and WinMo, borrows Idou style

We're accommodating, understanding sorts here at SlashGear, and so we'll let slide the fact that Sunno's S880 looks in no minor way like Sony Ericsson's Idou smartphone.  Instead we'll concentrate on the fact that the Chinese company is claiming that the S880 will dual-boot between Android and Windows Mobile, each OS sharing the handset's capacious 3.6-inch WVGA display.

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AT&T Pro2, Warhawk, LG Monaco and Verizon Omnia 2 detailed in Sprint leak

A leaked Sprint spec sheet has delivered the details of a number of so-far unreleased Windows Mobile devices, including the AT&T HTC Touch Pro2, the LG Monaco, HTC Warhawk and Samsung Omnia 2.  While the existence of the four devices was already known, the Sprint document does go into more detail about specifics than earlier information; for instance, that the LG Monaco is now expected to land with Windows Mobile 6.x (likely 6.5) rather than the previously tipped Windows Mobile 7.

Windows Mobile: Don’t write it off yet

Windows Mobile: Don’t write it off yet

Windows Mobile has been around for a long time. It started life in 1996 as Windows CE (which some say stood for Consumer Electronics and Microsoft insisted was an acronym for nothing) with the first clamshell device coming from Casio, called the Cassiopeia. Over time, it's evolved into a stable platform, with both enterprise and consumer appeal and devices from multiple vendors available for carriers around the world. Despite selling 20 million devices last year, there's still a lot of negative buzz about the platform. Bloggers, analysts and journalists have all called the platform's future into question (while still calling for a mythical Microsoft-created phone) and continue to raise the question of platform viability. I think the latest version of Windows Mobile, 6.5 addresses many of those issues along with strong support from OEMs who are still committed to the platform and will help drive business adoption further over the next 18 months.

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Garmin-ASUS nuvifone M20 landing Taiwan on August 19th

Garmin-ASUS nuvifone M20 landing Taiwan on August 19th

The Garmin-ASUS nuvifone M20 is tipped to arrive in Taiwan on August 19th, according to the Economic Daily News, in association with Chunghwa Telecom (CHT).  The entry-level device in the Garmin-ASUS PND-phone range, the nuvifone M20 runs Windows Mobile and has a compact 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen and 3-megapixel autofocus camera.

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T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2 available to order online for $350

It's not exactly new information - since we heard that T-Mobile USA would be charging $349.99 for the HTC Touch Pro2 yesterday, after internal pricing documents leaked - but a product page online certainly does hammer home that the carrier expects a healthy tithe for its latest Windows Mobile smartphone.  The QWERTY touchscreen slider demands a two-year contract, together with an unlimited web package.

HTC Touch Pro 2 Gets a Hefty Price for T-Mobile

HTC Touch Pro 2 Gets a Hefty Price for T-Mobile

As with every anticipated device coming out, there's always something to wait for, and with the TouchPro 2, the price has been something of question as it readies to make its presence known here stateside.

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Verizon Diamond 2 and HTC Mega renders leak

New shots of the upcoming Verizon Diamond 2 (on the left) and the entry-level HTC Mega (on the right) have leaked, courtesy of WMExperts.  The Diamond 2, tipped to hit Verizon in September or October this year, has a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera with image stabilization, and a distinctive mesh casing.

DEC M5 Windows Mobile phone hits Chinese market

DEC M5 Windows Mobile phone hits Chinese market

Is there room in your hearts for another Windows Mobile smartphone?  Leaving aside the possibility that your heart has never been occupied by a handset running Microsoft's platform, let's instead focus on DEC's M5, a 3.2-inch 240 x 400 touchscreen smartphone with EVDO and a 3-megapixel camera.

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T-Mobile USA HTC Touch Pro2 coming August 12th

T-Mobile USA HTC Touch Pro2 coming August 12th

T-Mobile USA have announced that they will be offering the HTC Touch Pro2 from August 12th, HTC's impressive Windows Mobile smartphone complete with a 3.6-inch touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, WiFi b/g and AWS 3G.  We reviewed the Euro-spec version of the Touch Pro2 earlier this month, finding it a sturdy and capable business smartphone with an excellent "Straight Talk" speakerphone system.

 

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Microsoft Race to Market Challenge: four Surface tables to win

Microsoft Race to Market Challenge: four Surface tables to win

Microsoft have thrown open the doors to Windows Marketplace for Mobile app store submissions, and to tempt developers away from Apple and other rival platforms they're offering some significant prizes.  The Microsoft Race to Market Challenge will judge entrants in four criteria categories, with the winners each taking away - among other things - a Microsoft Surface multitouch table worth in excess of $10k.

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Samsung Omnia II GT-i8000 clears FCC with AT&T bands, plus video demo

Samsung Omnia II GT-i8000 clears FCC with AT&T bands, plus video demo

It's not the first video we've seen of Samsung's Omnia II GT-i8000 and it's very unlikely to be the last, but news that the dualband 850/1900MHz 3G HSDPA/HSUPA version of the AMOLED touchscreen smartphone has cleared the FCC is definitely worth celebrating with some moving pictures.  Beyond the AT&T and Rogers Canada friendly wireless bands there's little here that we didn't know already, but don't let that disappoint you: the Omnia II is still a very tempting smartphone.

Video hands-on after the cut

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