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Microsoft ‘Pink’ cellphone blending Zune & Sidekick DNA at CES 2009?

Microsoft ‘Pink’ cellphone blending Zune & Sidekick DNA at CES 2009?

Microsoft execs may be denying that any self-branded cellphone is in development, but somebody connected with the company doesn't seem to have got the same memo.  CNBC's Jim Goldman quotes "a good source" claiming Microsoft are combining the Zune and technology from Danger (the company behind the Sidekick) to create a device offering "true competition to the iPhone".  Codenamed "Pink", a prototype could be finished in time to unveil at CES 2009 in January.

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Sprint offers medical students discount WinMo smartphones

Sprint offers medical students discount WinMo smartphones

Sprint are looking to boost sales to cash-strapped students with a new scheme that offers discounted Windows Mobile smartphones to medical students at the University of Louisville. The devices will not only allow instant access to the university's email and address book system, but also include medical applications, such as ePocrates and medical and drug reference databases. Moreover individual and class device customization will allow course-specific data to be added.

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HTC Touch HD full WVGA WM6.1 smartphone shows up

HTC Touch HD full WVGA WM6.1 smartphone shows up

Details of the HTC's next Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro smartphone have emerged, and while little is currently known for sure about the handset it's already shaping up to be the next must-have for mobile pros.  Called the Touch HD, the most impressive feature looks to be the WVGA touchscreen display.  Connectivity includes HSDPA and WiFi for high-speed browsing, together with GPS.

Microsoft Skymarket mobile download store planned for WM7

Microsoft Skymarket mobile download store planned for WM7

Hot on the heels of Google's Android Market confirmation comes word that Microsoft are planning their own on-device download system currently codenamed Skymarket.  A number of job adverts - since pulled - outlined their plans, including a Fall rollout along with Windows Mobile 7.  The system, similar the Apple AppStore, would result in revenue sharing for Microsoft and a way for users to bypass the multiple software stores that support the mobile OS.

HTC Unveils the HTC S740 in Europe

HTC Unveils the HTC S740 in Europe

The S740 smartphone is a distant cousin of the HTC Diamond, featuring a similar sleek front and faceted back along with a similar feature set.  Unlike the Diamond, the S740 does not sport a touchscreen and powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard.

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Philips Xenium X800 Touch screen phone

Philips Xenium X800 Touch screen phone

Apple sets the tone for touch devices, and now almost every handset manufacturers are putting at least some sort of effort to improve touch screen device experience. Philips unveiled its own touch handset today called X800, a tri-band GSM/GPRS Windows Mobile based handset.

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HTC announce Touch Diamond: ‘Usable Mobile Internet’

HTC announce Touch Diamond: ‘Usable Mobile Internet’

At HTC's London event this morning, the company announced their latest smartphone, the HTC Touch Diamond. With a casing made up of multiple angled facets, the handset will be the first to feature HTC's new TouchFLO 3D, with an animated 3D touchscreen interface meaning that the Touch Diamond can be operated with just one hand. As for connectivity it will have HSDPA/HSUPA 7.2Mbps, and for imaging a 3.1-megapixel camera.

Android is coming, how will handset manufacturers handle the relationship between their Windows Mobile handsets and Android handsets?

Android is coming, how will handset manufacturers handle the relationship between their Windows Mobile handsets and Android handsets?

Android phones are starting to slowly come out of the woodwork with no official production ready models being announced yet. However there is an event in London involving HTC on May 6th, a company that vowed to release the first Android phone. They are also known for making some of the best Windows Mobile handsets that are on the market. So the question is, how does Microsoft feel about this, and more specifically, how will manufacturers like HTC keep the peace within their own companies?

It just wouldn’t make sense for mobile phone manufacturers like HTC to make the exact same phone twice just offering your choice of Android or Windows Mobile, it would kind of be nice, but exclusive handsets tipped to one OS or the other are what really moves units. For example, would the XPERIA X1 be such a big deal if it wasn’t running the next generation of Windows Mobile software? Maybe, but I’d guess not.

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