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MWC 10: HTC HD mini pictures from the HTC MWC announcement

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HTC announced the HTC HD mini at Mobile World Congress today.  According to HTC the compact smartphone is for buyers who like the HTC HD2 but find the 4.3 inch screened device too large.

The HTC HD mini share the capacitive screen of the larger device, but it is only 3.2 inch large and only has a Half VGA resolution (a first for Windows Mobile).

HTC appeared to lay a lot of emphasis on the construction and build quality of the device, noting the exposed screws on the back and the yellow area under the battery cover, saying the device is beautiful inside and out.

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See more pictures after the break.

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MWC 10: A quick look at the Sony Ericsson Aspen

Which.co.uk has published this brief look at the Sony Ericsson Aspen Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone, which is apparently made from recycled plastic, but still looks quite spiffy despite this.

Worryingly Sony Ericsson is targeting a Summer release for the smartphone which should really have been released months ago, but if they did not delay they would not be Sony Ericsson, would they?

HTC announced HTC HD mini

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Press Release: HTC Corporation today introduced the HTC HD mini, an HTC Sense-based Windows Phone focused on delivering the popular experience of the HTC HD2 in a more compact design. The HTC HD mini sports a high degree of usability along with its own unique and beautiful design. Precision fasteners used to assemble the phone are externally visible, displaying a high level of craftsmanship rarely found in mobile phones. And the strong design ethos continues under the battery cover where a bright yellow internal structure, offers an unexpected surprise when the phone is opened. HTC HD mini includes capacitive touch for viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures with just a pinch of your fingers. Leveraging its 3G broadband connectivity, the HTC HD mini also offers personal Wi-Fi anywhere for your computer or other devices.

The HTC HD mini utilizes HTC Sense, a user experience focused on putting people at the centre by making the phone work in a more simple and natural way. This experience revolves around three fundamental principles that were developed by observing and listening to how people live and communicate. These core tenets of Make It Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected continue to be the key to the new HTC Sense experience.

Like the HTC HD2, the HTC HD mini continues the same focus on people-centric communication with complete Outlook integration. It helps you stay close to the important friends and colleagues in your life by providing a single contact view that displays individual communication snapshots of your conversations, regardless of whether it was a call, text, status update or email. HTC’s Windows-based Twitter application, HTC Peep, enables you to tweet and follow your twitter stream.

The new HTC HD mini will be broadly available to customers across major European and Asian markets beginning in April.

Via theunwired.net

SPB Mobile Shell 5 demoed

SPB has recently announced their new version of Mobile Shell, but unfortunately did not release any video to go along with it, which is unfortunate for such a visual product.

LearnBeMobile has however managed to catch them on the show floor and captured this video of an interface which appears to be getting increasingly sophisticated.

Of course we have not seen a full review yet, and feel that to really become more than eye candy the user interface needs to move beyond being a simple launcher to engaging active applications, such as HTC did with its twitter client built into Sense.

Read SPB’s press release after the break.

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Epic unveiling of Windows Phone 7 Series – the true story

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We will not be judging Windows Phone 7 Series in this story, but we will just tell you how it was unveiled and what are our feelings regarding this unveiling.

And we tell you how it is or how it was. No BS.

So, behind seven seas and seven mountains there was a land called "Catalonia" where people were driving cars with "CAT" country symbol. Capital of this land was a city called Barcelona. To this very city Brits, who de facto are organizers of the Mobile World Congress, have moved this event from Cannes, France, because Cannes was too small and we even remember times, when in Cannes we had to carry out interviews on a motor boats and yachts, because there was not enough space elsewhere. Anyway the general idea of that Brits was to have this event in "some city at the seaside in a warm European country".

Unfortunately in early 2010 global weather went bonkers (north of the planet super cold and south of the planet super warm) and also city of Barcelona, instead of being sunny self, was cold and rainy.

More after the break…

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Toshiba TG02 hands-on video

Engadget has published this hands-on video of the Toshiba TG02, a device which fixes many of the issues of the TG01, including making it smaller, getting rid of the ridiculous Stripe UI of the device, and adding a capacitive screen.

If the TG02 remains cheaper than the HTC HD2, will you consider buying it over the older device?  Let us know in comments.

See some pictures after the break.

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Multi-tasking on Windows Phone 7 – its complicated

windowsphoneGizmodo managed to wheedle some kind of answer regarding multi-tasking on Windows Phone 7.

The answer, from Joe Belfiore, the director of Windows Phone, was ‘complicated’:

"The core operating system is a modern multitasking operating system. If you play music for example, the music will play back as you navigate around the experience…if you’re using email, we have great support for push email and that happens in the background.

For third party applications—we’ll get into a lot more detail on this in MIX—but we have a few ways we’re going to make sure that third parties can bring their value to the user even when the app is not running. Live tiles are an example. Data feeds in the hubs are another example for some apps."

Satisfied?  Let us know below.

HTC to Deliver portfolio of Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series Phones

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Press Release: BARCELONA, Mobile World Congress – February 15, 2010 – HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced plans to bring Microsoft’s next generation of Windows ® Phones, the Windows Phone 7 Series, to market later this year.  The revolutionary new software offers a fresh approach to smartphones by bringing web content and applications together to create a phone experience that is very personal, relevant and connected.  With this news, HTC builds on its Windows Phone leadership and extends its commitment to offering customers the most innovative mobile phone experiences available. 

“Windows Phone 7 Series is a significant milestone for Microsoft, the industry and ultimately people looking to do more on their phones.  HTC is working closely with Microsoft to bring the unique HTC experience that customers love,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC Corporation.  “Microsoft has clearly listened to feedback from people and brought a new, fresh approach to the smartphone experience that is beautiful, powerful and compelling.”

Announced today at Mobile World Congress 2010, 7 Series offers a new approach to phone software, distinguished by smart design and truly integrated experiences that bring to the surface the content people care about from the web and applications.  For the first time ever, Microsoft will bring together the Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience to the mobile phone, exclusively on 7 Series phones. 

“People are moving faster than ever, juggling more priorities and turning to technology to manage it all.  Windows Phone 7 Series simplifies common tasks by bringing together related content from the web, applications and services into a single view to make life easier,” said Andy Lees, senior vice president of Mobile Communication Business at Microsoft. “We are pleased to work closely with HTC, a global leader in mobile phone technology and design, to bring new Windows phones to customers around the world.”

First picture of the HTC Touch HD mini

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HTC is set to unveil a number of devices tomorrow. Modaco managed to get pictures of the HTC Touch HD mini, previously known as the HTC Photon, and the Half VGA device is clearly running Windows Mobile 6.5.3, HTC’s first device to do so.

The specs are as we know it already, with a 5 megapixel camera and 600 Mhz processor.

Look for more info tomorrow.

Via Pocketnow.com