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Introducing Facebook for Every Phone

It is now even easier to stay connected, no matter where you are or how you access Facebook with Facebook for Every Phone.

To get started, visit http://m.facebook.com in your mobile browser and scroll down to the download link, or enter http://d.facebook.com/install.

Samsung Announces Five Phones, Running Android, Windows Mobile, and Bada

Samsung just unloaded a whole lot of phones, running the gamut of Android, Windows Mobile, and Bada operating systems. For Android, there’s the Galaxy 3; for Windows Mobile 6.5, there’s the Omnia Pro 4 and Omnia Pro 5; finally, for Bada, there’s the Wave 2 and Wave 2 Pro. It’s quite an impressive spread to announce all at once, despite the all of the TouchWiz flying around. They’re also showing off the Beam projector phone, the Galaxy i5500 (named Galaxy 5), and the Galaxy S at the show. Let’s run down some of the specs for the new guys.

Galaxy 3 (I5800)

  • Android 2.1
  • 3.2″ 240 x 400 display
  • Wi-Fi (b/g/n), 3G, GPS
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 3 megapixel camera with autofocus
  • Available in Europe and Asia in July

Wave 2 Pro (S25330)

  • Quad-band EDGE, GPS, Wi-Fi
  • 3.2″ touchscreen
  • 3 megapixel camera
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Bada OS
  • Available August in Russia and Southeast Asia

Wave 2 (S5250)

  • Quad-band EDGE, GPS, Wi-Fi
  • 3.2″ touchscreen
  • 3 megapixel camera,
  • Bada OS
  • Available August in Russia and Southeast Asia

Omnia Pro 4 (B7350)

  • 2.6″ 320 x 320 touchscreen
  • Dual-band 3G, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, GPS
  • FM radio
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus
  • Windows Mobile 6.5
  • Available July in Europe, Europe, Southeast Asia, Russia

Omnia Pro 5 (B6520)

  • Tri-band 3G
  • 2.5″ 320 x 240 display
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Windows Mobile 6.5
  • Available August in Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, India, Latin America

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SPB TV for Windows Mobile Gets Updated, Version 2.0 Available

SPB Software has just announced an update for the Windows Mobile version of the SPB TV application, now available in version 2.0. It’s important to mention that the software is free of charge and subscription free, as it generates revenues from advertising. The ads that pop up in SPB TV last only as long as the channel buffering takes place, so the user experience is not crippled.

The new SPB TV comes with quick channel previews, a TV guide with over 150 channels in more than 20 languages, picture-in-picture mode, fast channel launching and switching, plus a video on demand option. Using this feature, users can control what they’re watching and when, with greater interactivity involved.

SPB TV 2.0 also brings Advanced Video Codec support (H.264), improving video quality. We have to mention that this solution works on Android devices as well, plus the iPhone, Symbian handsets, BlackBerry and webOS smartphones. The download link for the software is available here.

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Nokia N8 vs. the smartphone elite: iPhone 4, HTC EVO 4G, Palm Pre Plus, and HTC HD2

Engadget has made a comparison of the iPhone 4 against what they call the smartphone elite – representatives of respective Mobile OS – HTC Evo 4G for Android, Nokia N8 for Symbian, Palm Pre Plus for WebOS and HTC HD2 for Windows Mobile.

Based on the hardware categories chosen, the N8 stacks up surprisingly well (and nice of engadget to recognize N8 amongst the “elite”).

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Office Mobile 2010 goes to WinMo 6.5 powered devices, for free

Microsoft have just released the new Windows Office Mobile 2010 and announced that as of today owners of devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5 can get their free upgrade by visiting the Windows Phone Marketplace.

After the Office Mobile 2010 Beta, which was released last November, WinMo users can now enjoy the retail version of the latest MS Office Mobile which allows Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote files browsing and editing on mobile devices.

What you need to get the new Office Mobile up and running on your mobile device is to hold a WinMo 6.5 powered device which already packs an earlier version of the Office Mobile software. Then you need a quick visit to the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Thanks to the Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 you can not only open existing Office documents but also edit them and create ones of your own. It also gives you access to the documents shared via the Microsoft’s SharePoint 2010. You can view, edit or update them as well.

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Google Maps v4.1 brings Voice Search to Symbian S60v3 / S60v5 and Windows devices

Google Maps for mobile with Search By Voice is now available for Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 phones. Search by voice lets you easily search for anything by simply speaking your search terms instead of typing them. Just open Google Maps, press your phones call button, and clearly speak your search term like Park Plaza. Search by voice works with all the kinds of searches Google Maps for mobile already supports, including places, addresses (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway), specific businesses (The French Laundry), or types of businesses (sushi restaurants new york).

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Microsoft Announces Long-Rumored Phones, Kin One And Kin Two

Yes, Microsoft really is coming out with their own phone hardware and they just started off the week by making the whole thing official. The software giant announced the two handsets under their brand today – the Microsoft Kin One and the Microsoft Kin Two.

Manufactured by Sharp, both phones sport a slider form factor with a QWERTY keypad. Designed with social networking in mind, the pair aren’t geared to be full-fledged smartphones. Instead, they’ll be running a customized Windows Phone 7 UI, highlighted by a homescreen called Kin Loop, an “always up to date and always on” aggregator of feeds from numerous sources, similar to the functionality we’ve seen from Motorola’s Motoblur. It also bundles an automated backup capability that puts your texts, call history, photos, videos and contacts in the cloud, making it available for access from any location via a web browser.

The Microsoft Kin One sports a squarish body (similar to messaging handsets like the Motorola Hint), with a slide-down full-QWERTY compact keyboard. Details include a 2.6-inch capacitive touchscreen (320 x 240 resolution), a 5.0 megapixel camera module (with dual LED flash), 256MB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage, aGPS, an FM tuner, accelerometer sensors, mono speaker and a 1,240 mAh battery. It packs a full connectivity suite, with USB, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi and EVDO Rev A.

The larger Microsoft Kin Two, on the other hand, boasts a 3.4-inch capacitive touchscreen (480 x 320 resolution), an 8.0 megapixel camera module (with Lumi LED flash), 256MB of RAM, 8GB of storage, aGPS, an FM tuner, accelerometer sensors, mono speaker and a 1,390 mAh battery. Connectivity support is exactly the same as the Kin One.

Both phones will be available in the US from Verizon starting May, with a European release in the Autumn. No word on pricing.

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HTC HD2 updated with Arabic language support, Java message pop-up

HTC is known to keep its devices always up to date. HD2 is not an exception, quite the contrary — as a flagship Windows Mobile smartphone it gets updated more often than any other WinMo device from HTC’s portfolio. That said, we’ve spotted two hotfixes for the company’s all-touchscreen handset.

The first patch adds support for Arabic language. Apparently, it was not that easy to implement, hence HTC is thanking everyone for waiting this long.

The other update prevents JavaScript messages from automatically opening when the message notification pops up. In other words, once this hotfix is installed, it will prevent your phone from opening unwanted and unwelcome applications that are sent to you.

To grab these hotfixes, hop over to these two pages on HTC’s website and follow instructions provided on the screen.

And as you know, the HTC HD2 comes with a large 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, HSPA and WiFi connectivity, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, GPS, microSD memory card slot and so on.

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Windows Phone 7 emulator now available

If you are eager to test the new Windows Phone 7 and can’t wait until its official launch, there is now a way to do that. Microsoft have released an emulator which gives let’s you try out their latest mobile OS straight from your PC.

A standard Windows Phone 7 bin-file comes with the dev kit, but it offers almost nothing except the OS environment. It’s intended for developers for testing and debugging their apps.

Shortly after the tools’ release however, a new unlocked OS image leaked, packing the Windows Phone 7 OS by Microsoft in its current stage of development. MS are not surprised by the leak but wanted to remind everyone that most of the platform is still in the early stages of its development and none of its parts is even close to a final stage.

If you want to try the emulation for yourself you need to have a Windows Vista or 7 PC and you should follow these steps:

  • You must install Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone CTP from here (the process requires system reboot).
  • Download this image file.
  • Unrar the downloaded bin into C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\WindowsPhone\v7.0\Emulation\Images\ .
  • Go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft XDE\1.0\ and find the XDE.exe. Right click on it and then select “Create Shortcut” (you may be asked to save that shortcut on the desktop).
  • Go to the properties of your new shortcut and modify the Target field as this: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft XDE\1.0\XDE.exe” “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\WindowsPhone\v7.0\Emulation\Images\WM70Full.bin” .
  • Run the shortcut and be patient.

Note that 64-bit Windows users must select Program Files (x86) folder instead the original Program Files.

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YouTube Apps for Windows Mobile and S60 Updated

Last March, Google launched the YouTube Mobile app for Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile phones. Since then, the application was translated to 12 languages, installed on millions of devices around the world, and has been chosen as a Nokia Ovi Top App of 2009. Today they’re excited to announce the release of the latest version of the YouTube Mobile app, version 2.4. We strongly believe that faster is better. The YouTube Mobile app is designed to be the fastest way to find and play a video on your smartphone. In the initial release Google minimized the number of features and focused on speed for things that matter – app startup, finding a video, and starting playback.

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