New Toshiba Portege G710 is Slim with GPS!

“Toshiba UK introduced the Portege G710, a smartphone built for the demanding business user and prosumer that need fast and easy access to mobile email. Its slender, stylish design and built-in GPS function makes the G710 perfect for those who want reassurance of getting from A to B in time. The Portege G710 will be available across Europe in the first quarter of 2008.The Portege G710 has a full QWERTY keypad making responding to emails quick and easy. Everything you need to stay connected to the office whilst on the move can be found inside the Portege G710, with its support for Windows Mobile 6 as well as SMS, MMS and Instant Messaging for the messaging enthusiast. The G710 also features the very efficient and easy to use trackball pointing system. The G710 has a 2.0 mega pixel camera and a large TFT screen boasting 65K colours in order to display crystal clear pictures and maps. Furthermore, the built-in GPS function on the G710 clearly maps out directions and points of interests, perfect for time starved travellers trying to find their way around a new city or town. As well as the usual functions you’d expect from a high quality smartphone, the G710 offers an MP3 player as well as Windows Media Player for listening to music and watching videos for entertainment whilst on the move.Portege G710 – specification overview Form Factor: Bar QWERTY Size: 62mmx115mmx13mm Weight: 130g Display: QVGA (320×240), 65k colours, TFT 2.46 Camera: 2 mega pixel, x8 digital zoom Memory: 128MB ROM, 64MB RAM. Supports up to 2GB micro SD card Interface: Bluetooth 1.2 with a A2DP, USB 1.1 Band: 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/EDGE Band, GPRS class 10 Navigation: Built-in GPS Battery: 1,050mAh Standby: Up to 200hrs Talktime: Up to 180mins Messaging: SMS, MMS, E-mail, Microsoft Direct push e-mail, Instant Messaging Sound: MP3, WMA Music Service: Windows Media Player Video: H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV Java: MIDP2.0 PIM/sync: Mobile Outlook (address book, Calender) / ActiveSync (Address book, Calender, Mail, folder) OS: Windows Mobile 6 standard Accessories: USB cable, headset, charger, user guide, CD-ROM, battery” via

HTC and Parrot announce strategic alliance! HTC Corp., the leading provider of Microsoft Windows Mobile based smart devices, and Parrot, a leader in wireless peripherals around the mobile phone, today announced an alliance to develop improved compatibility and overall user experience between the companies’ products. This alliance will see HTC working closely with Parrot to support product roadmaps, marketing efforts and channel development to provide an enhanced complimentary solution for customers.“While HTC smart devices offer users one device for all their content, Parrot provides the easy-to-use wireless peripherals to release that content wherever and whenever the user wants,” said Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot. “This enables HTC users to maximize the use of their devices through Parrot’s technology.”Parrot manufactures a wide range of wireless mobile phone accessories, from Bluetooth handsfree car kits to wireless digital picture frames and Hi-Fi speaker systems. Parrot’s product range includes wireless peripherals to suit every environment for HTC devices – be it in the car, at home or in the office.“By working in tandem with Parrot we can enhance our offering of mobility and connectivity and add real value for all customers by providing them expanded capabilities for their devices,” said Florian Seiche, Vice President, HTC Europe.HTC has been manufacturing powerful Microsoft Windows Mobile based Smartphones and PDAs for more than ten years. The company launched its own consumer brand in 2006 and has since made great strides into both the corporate and consumer mobile markets. HTC’s diverse range of converged mobile devices offers choices for consumers, whatever their mobile needs. Its latest developments include the new Touch family of products featuring the HTC Touch, HTC Touch Dual and HTC Touch Cruise.All three devices incorporate HTC’s touch-driven TouchFLO interface which provides an intuitive user experience. These devices integrate seamlessly with Parrot accessories delivering more choices for consumers. For instance, users can listen to their MP3 collection with the wireless Parrot PARTY to create instant entertainment on the move.

Nokia N82 firmware updated to 11.0.117

“A new firmware update for the Nokia N82 is now available (from 10.0.046 to 11.0.117). The update appears to be relatively minor with a number of bug fixes and stability improvements. However it is notable for being the first Nseries firmware updates that supports User Data Preservation (UDP). UDP means that the data stored on the internal memory of your phone should be preserved despite of the firmware update (previously the internal memory was wiped). However we would still recommend a back up either to a PC or to the memory card.UDP worked well for me with key information from Contacts, Calendar and Web retained. Third party application also remain untouched. I’ll report problems, if there are any, in the comment thread. A bigger firmware update with added support for Flash Lite 3 and WRT seems likely for the N82 in the future. As usual the firmware update is available for non-operator variants initially.” via

Toshiba Launches the Portege G910 GPS Smartphone

“Toshiba UK unveiled the Portege G910, built around Win Mobile 6 Professional, the G910 offers the full suite of Microsoft Office solutions, including Powerpoint, Word, Excel and Outlook push email. Moreover, the G910 features a biometric fingerprint security solution for instant, secure access to the phone, has built in GPS for real-time navigation and has a 3″ Wide-VGA touch screen that is perfect for displaying web pages. It will be available across Europe in the first quarter of 2008.The Portege G910 acts like a ‘mobile hub’ helping users stay connected whether for business or pleasure. From managing emails, accessing the corporate Intranet or working on Microsoft Office files to catching-up with friends, listening to music or even playing films on the Windows Media Player. The G910 is the perfect companion to help achieve that ideal work life balance.The G910’s sleek, sophisticated clamshell design and full QWERTY keyboard gives it the look and feel of a mini laptop. Furthermore, the Portege G910 provides the ultimate in security with a biometric fingerprint reader allowing only the user to unlock and access all the content on their device – ideal for ensuring this doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.The built-in GPS function has added benefits to the user by mapping out location and directions from A to B in seconds, perfect for the busy business traveller trying to find their way in a city or new town/country. By supporting Qualcomm’s gpsOneXTRA Assistance technology, the G910 provides a faster ‘first fix’ with greater GPS sensitivity indoors and in challenging dense urban environments. The G910 also provides all of the key functions you’d expect including a 2 mega-pixel camera perfect for ‘capturing the moment’ and a second camera for video telephony, high connectivity from WiFi to HSDPA as well as support for the micro SD card. Toshiba will also launch a G920 version of the device which supports A-GPS for those network operators offering this service.Portege G910 – specification overview Form Factor: Horizontal Clamshell Size: 145cc, 117mm x 64mm x 19.8mm Weight: 183g Camera: 2 mega pixel VGA camera Memory: ROM 256MB, RAM 128MB Interface: Bluetooth 2.0, USB, WiFi Band: 2100 HSDPA, 900/1800/1900 GSM/EDGE, GPRS class 10 Navigation: Built-in GPS Battery: 1320mAh Standby: Up to 460hrs Talktime: Up to 300mins Display: Wide-VGA (480×800), 65k colours, TFT 3.0” Messaging: SMS, MMS, E-mail, Wireless push e-mail, Windows Live Messenger Media Player: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA Music Service: Windows Media Player Security: Fingerprint authentication VoIP: Over WiFi Java: MIDP2.0, JSR179 PIM/sync: Mobile Outlook (address book, Calender) / ActiveSync (Address book, Calender, Mail, folder) Accessories: USB cable, Stereo headset (with microphone), charger, user guide, CD-ROM” More photos here:

Zumobi and Microsoft sign partnership agreement!

“Zumobi has reported it signed a partnership agreement with Microsoft. Under this business agreement Microsoft will promote Zooming User Interface for Windows Mobile platform. The new agreement is based on the current cooperation set last December.“This strategic partnership benefits all of our constituencies – consumers, developers, content providers, carriers and advertisers – and enables us to continue building momentum quickly with our audience of techno-culturists and mobile business users”, said Zumobi CEO Eric Hertz explaining the importance of cooperating with Microsoft. Zooming User Interface will expand capabilities of Windows Mobile.I’d remind you that the company launched beta-version of Zooming User Interface last December. This dynamic interface provides comfortable access to web-content from a mobile device with the help of mobile widgets.” via