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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 8 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 8 2009

Unsurprisingly we've been Mobile World Congress obsessed this week, with myself and Vincent jetting off to vaguely-sunny Barcelona to see what's new in the world of mobile devices.  Whether a sign of a tighter consumer purse or a slowing in development, there were fewer big-hit devices than perhaps we expected, but Palm still made a strong showing with their Pre, while HTC caused ripples with both the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 as well as the Android-based Magic.

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HTC Touch Pro2 hands-on: Gallery and Video

HTC Touch Pro2 hands-on: Gallery and Video

In the second of our HTC Touch hands-on pieces, we're looking at the HTC Touch Pro2.  SlashGear met up with HTC's Dave Catt and Eric Lin at Mobile World Congress today, to find out exactly what makes this QWERTY flagship so impressive.  After the cut, the fruits of our interview, a huge hands-on gallery and, as soon as it's processed, live video of the HTC Touch Pro2.

Update: Video now added - and in HD!

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HTC Touch Diamond2 hands-on: Gallery and Video

HTC Touch Diamond2 hands-on: Gallery and Video

At a Mobile World Congress where headline-devices have been relatively sparse, HTC have done themselves proud with not only their second Android device, the HTC Magic, but two new Windows Mobile handsets that already look to be best of breed.  SlashGear sat down with HTC's Dave Catt and Eric Lin to discuss both the Touch Diamond2 and the Touch Pro2; in the first of two articles, we have hands-on feedback and a huge image gallery of the HTC Touch Diamond2, plus a video.

Update: Video now added - in HD!

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HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 hands-on

HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 hands-on

We caught up with HTC this morning to check out their new Windows Phones, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and the HTC Touch Pro2, as announced yesterday.  Say what you like about the Microsoft OS, HTC have put together a pair of slick handsets, taking the best of the original Diamond and Pro and packing in extra screen size, more sensible hardware controls and higher-capability media functionality.

Full hands-on gallery with both HTC handsets, the Touch Diamond2 and the Touch Pro2, after the cut

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Microsoft announce Windows Phone 6.5, My Phone and Marketplace

Microsoft announce Windows Phone 6.5, My Phone and Marketplace

No great surprise, but Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has officially announced the latest version of Windows Mobile, version 6.5, today at Mobile World Congress, complete with a new name: Windows Phones.  The newest version of the platform, as we've already seen in leaked screenshots, introduces a honeycomb launcher GUI which can be organized with often-used applications to the top of the screen, has customizable widgets and improved browsing via Internet Explorer Mobile 6.5 with the same browser engine as IE on the desktop.

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More Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots leak: bigger controls, new notifications

More Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots leak: bigger controls, new notifications

More leaked Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots in advance of the OS' expected launch at Mobile World Congress next week, this time courtesy of China.  While there's not a lot of difference between these and the previous batch, aside from this gallery being higher-resolution, it does show off the new, somewhat "glossy" direction Microsoft have taken the GUI.

Full gallery after the cut

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Windows Mobile 7 devices in April 2010?

Windows Mobile 7 devices in April 2010?

Windows Mobile 6.5 looks likely to officially debut at Mobile World Congress, but manufacturers themselves won't get their hands on the OS until April 2009.  Suggestions from those familiar with Microsoft's smartphone schedule are saying it will be September 2009 when the first WM6.5 handsets reach the market; according to ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley, Microsoft are planning for the first Windows Mobile 7 devices to launch in April 2010.

Toshiba TG01 – why am I not excited?

Toshiba TG01 – why am I not excited?

Yesterday Toshiba took the wraps off their latest smartphone, the TG01, and with it catapulted themselves into the must-see category at Mobile World Congress next week.  We've got details, photos and high-definition video of the TG01 if you need to get fully up to speed, but basically it's a 9.9mm thick WM6.1 smartphone with a 4.1-inch touchscreen, all the usual 3G and GPS connections, and a custom GUI as is so common now among users of Microsoft's mobile platform.  There's no denying it's a slick, attractive handset - so how come I can't get excited?

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Further Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots leak: IE mobile gets new controls

Further Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots leak: IE mobile gets new controls

More leaked screenshots of the new Windows Mobile 6.5 GUI have emerged, courtesy of the XDA-Developers forum, again showing the new honeycomb interface and, bizarrely, a huge scary bird wallpaper.  Ill-advised backgrounds aside, the shots look slightly less polished than the previous round of leaks, although its been claimed that those images were actually concept pictures rather than true screenshots.

More screenshots after the cut

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Windows Mobile 6.5 spotted running on Exeda smartphone

Windows Mobile 6.5 spotted running on Exeda smartphone

It's unlikely to win them many friends at Redmond, but Exeda have released photos of their business-centric smartphone running Windows Mobile 6.5 Alpha.  The early release of the OS - which is slated to be officially announced at Mobile World Congress next month - does seem to confirm one of the much-rumored new features, that is the scrolling honeycomb hexagonal interface.  According to the latest rumors, the new GUI will automatically sort frequently used apps to the top of the page. 

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First Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphones expected Q3 2009?

First Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphones expected Q3 2009?

The rumor that Microsoft is planning to announce Windows Mobile 6.5 at Mobile World Congress in February is looking even more likely, with word coming from Taiwanese handset manufacturers that, following the launch, the OS will be released in mid-2009.  The first devices running WM6.5 will be launched in Q3 2009, the sources continue, but the majority of the new range will not be available until Q4, in time for the holiday shopping season.

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