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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 in wild: no OLED, launch from fall?

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 in wild: no OLED, launch from fall?

It's all getting a little confusing, what with two sets of leaked Sony Ericsson XPERIA devices making the rounds.  Yesterday's Sony Ericsson XPERIA X3, formerly known by its codename of "Rachel", is the company's upcoming Android smartphone, while today we're looking at the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2, the Windows Mobile based successor to the XPERIA X1.  More images of the device have leaked over at XDA-developers.

Windows Marketplace for Mobile submissions from July 27th; coming to existing 6.0 & 6.1 devices

Windows Marketplace for Mobile submissions from July 27th; coming to existing 6.0 & 6.1 devices

Having just mentioned Windows Marketplace for Mobile as an aside to Apple's 1.5bn App Store downloads, we've now a little more information regarding developers' access to the store and one which devices it will run.  At the Worldwide Partner Conference this week, Microsoft have announced that mobile app submissions will be accepted from July 27th.

Contrary to initial reports that the Marketplace would run solely on Windows Mobile 6.5 devices and above, Microsoft have also confirmed that the download store will be available on WM6.0 and 6.1 by the end of 2009.  Given the number of devices in circulation running WM6.1 alone, and uncertainties about which smartphones will be eligible for 6.5 upgrades, that certainly makes sense for widening Microsoft's user base.

Zer01 “truly unlimited” voice/data launches in US

Zer01 “truly unlimited” voice/data launches in US

It seems to have taken some time, but Zer01's "truly unlimited" wireless service is now available across the US.  $69.95 each month gets you unlimited voice, data and mobile web access on your Windows Mobile device; $10 per month more and they'll throw in free international calling to 40 destinations.

HTC Sense UI will be released for “other existing devices”

HTC Sense UI will be released for “other existing devices”

Speculation a-plenty today, after HTC's Peter Chou apparently confirms that the company's Sense UI "will be available on some other existing devices".  That, understandably, has prompted many Magic and G1 owners - previously to be found looking at their devices and sneering at the basic UI -  to believe that at least one of the two phones will get HTC Sense.  However, it might also be a little more complex than that.

HTC promise Sense UI on Windows Mobile in future

HTC promise Sense UI on Windows Mobile in future

HTC have confirmed that the distinctive HTC Sense UI seen today on their Hero Android handset will in future be featured on the company's Windows Mobile devices.  According to the HTC press release, "all new HTC devices moving forward" will get the new system, which integrates Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and other widgets into the homescreen.

Demo video and trailer for the HTC Hero after the cut

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Microsoft release Windows Marketplace for Mobile “prohibited app types” list

Microsoft release Windows Marketplace for Mobile “prohibited app types” list

Microsoft have announced their twelve commandments for their Windows Marketplace for Mobile download store, and they seem to have taken a leaf out of Apple's book.  The new list [pdf link] concerns itself with "prohibited application types", and as well as the perhaps expected software - carrier-unfriendly VoIP, anything that secretly shares the user's data or GPS position - there's also some bad news for Handango and other software download services.

Interestingly, now that Microsoft have finally stepped into the on-device app distribution arena, they're keen to make sure users stay within their service.  Although the company has previously confirmed that other software download systems are welcome to develop and release rival app-stores, rules one and two are that software must not "distribute alternate marketplaces" or "promote alternate marketplaces".  Similar, Microsoft are keen to get their slice of the licensing pie, with rule three forbidding apps that direct buyers to an external page for payment.

Full list after the cut

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