Samsung UltraTouch hands-on

The hits keep coming at MWC 09, and while we’re racing around from liveblog to liveblog, the crew at Engadget Spanish managed to snag some quality time with Samsung’s Ultra Touch S8300 slider. The refined Touch Wiz interface does a good job of transcending its terrible name — it’s not the prettiest thing we’ve ever seen, but it’s fast, reasonably intuitive, and seems to get the job done. Spanish-language video after the break — trust us, you’ll know what’s going on without subtitles.

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Samsung UltraTouch hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 16 Feb 2009 10:16:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG picks Windows Mobile as its primary smartphone OS, plans to release 50 new phones

Kind of a big announcement from Microsoft and LG at MWC just now — LG’s going to make Windows Mobile its primary smartphone operating system, and it sounds like there’s going to be some serious cash involved from both sides to make it happen. No specific device plans yet, but that’s going to change big fast — LG’s going to drop 50 (!) WinMo handsets on us through 2012. Yikes. Hope you’re ready for some S-Class WinMo action, guys.

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Casio’s Exilim C721 pictured for Verizon Wireless

Remember that funky Casio we spotted in the FCC around two months ago? Even if not (we’re guessing you said “no”), we’re betting that real, bona fide images will stick to your memory cells a lot better than some low-rate sketch. Word on the street has it that the cameraphone will arrive with a 5.1 megapixel shooter and a WVGA rotating display, and it seems that all signs are pointing to a near term release of the outfit’s Exilim C721. Your guess is as good as ours on pricing, but you can hit up the read link for a few more looks.

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Live from Microsoft’s MWC press conference!

Microsoft’s event is located in the Plaza Catalunya across the street from the expo center proper, and the world’s WinMo faithful (well, okay, the world’s technology press) have started to gather inside in preparation for the 3PM Central European Time extravaganza.

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Microsoft announces Windows Marketplace and My Phone for Windows Mobile

No big surprise here — Microsoft just announced Windows Marketplace, a unified storefront for the over 20,000 Windows Mobile applications. As rumored, that means you’ll be able to get apps directly from your phone, and Microsoft has also promised new and better tools for developers in the future. Also confirmed: My Phone, which will let you sync your phone to the cloud with access from the web. Sadly, we’ll have to wait for all this stuff — it’s coming with Windows Mobile 6.5 which isn’t due until later this year. We’ll let you know more as soon as we find out, keep it locked!

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Video: ZiiLABS demos Android in HD on ZMS-05 processor

ZiiLABS — that same company that blew up the hype machine with its StemCell Computing initiative at CES — is making good on its promise to demonstrate Android in HD on its ZMS-05 media-rich processor / development platform. There’s not much here that can’t be better explained via video than words, so hop on past the break for a look at the (admittedly silky smooth) demonstration.

[Thanks, Ruben]

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Microsoft announces Windows Mobile 6.5

With an endless chain of leaks dating back several months, the suspense factor might not be there that Microsoft had been hoping for — but for what it’s worth, Windows Mobile 6.5 is now official. The latest rendition of Microsoft’s mobile platform puts an emphasis on touch-friendliness with a honeycomb-style main menu that the company says is easier to finger than a traditional grid layout; a new lock screen that can be slid on different alerts to automatically call up texts, voicemails, and so on; a thoroughly-restyled cut of Internet Explorer Mobile that features a touchable zoom slider and frequently-used commands; redesigned menus that don’t need a stylus to actuate; fingerable home and contacts screens, and more. It’s not the thorough gutting of the platform many were hoping for, but for anyone thinking that Windows Mobile 6.1 can stand another facelift without ending up looking like Joan Rivers, 6.5’s clearly your baby. Sadly, Microsoft’s saying that no devices in the market today will receive official 6.5 updates, but don’t pull out your wallets just yet, though — the first devices with Windows Mobile 6.5 preinstalled should be available in the fourth quarter of the year.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 feature tour sneaks onto YouTube
Well, what have we got here? Someone has upped nine breathtaking minutes of Windows Mobile 6.5 (build 21159.5.0.0, if you must know) running live on an HTC Touch HD.
Microsoft readies Zune service for non-Zune devices, Marketplace appears in WinMo 6.5 screenshot
We’re just days away from Mobile World Congress where Microsoft is expected to make a few notable announcements. Until then, we have to settle for all the hints and innuendo we can gather.
Microsoft confirms MyPhone, invite-only beta coming to MWC
Remember that alleged Microsoft MyPhone beta page that popped up on getskybox.com yesterday? It’s back up now and being hosted under the company’s official domain, with everything apparently intact except that tantalizing “Sign In” button.
Microsoft Recite brings voice search to your voice notes
Windows Mobile 6.5’s presumably going to be the big news out of Redmond here at MWC this week, but Microsoft’s also using the show as an opportunity to launch the “technology preview” of its Recite software, an ultra-simple voice note app for WinMo 6.0 and above.

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LG demoing "world’s first LTE-enabled mobile device" this week

LTE trials are starting to sprout up around the world — and there’ll be plenty more before the year’s out — so it’s a relief to see that we’re going to have some hardware to help us burn rubber once we get some live airwaves in our midst. LG will be demonstrating what it claims to be the “world’s first LTE-enabled mobile device” this coming Wednesday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a data card using LG’s homegrown modem chipset — and they’ll be using it in three different devices: a laptop, a netbook, and a prototype MID. There’ll also be a prototype LTE-enabled smartphone on display, and needless to say, the thought of tethering a 20Mbps handset to our PC is leaving us just a little breathless at the moment; hopefully we’ll be able to recover in time to check out the demo in a couple days.

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Sony brings BRAVIA Engine 3, AppliCast on-screen widgets to HDTV lineup

Far be it for us to judge the decisions of a huge corporation and its ad campaign, but Sony announcing a new line of BRAVIA HDTVs while the vast majority of the consumer electronics industry is intently focused on cellphones in Barcelona seems a bit peculiar. For those who need a break from MWC 2009 shenanigans, we’ve got 19 new hi-def havens here, spanning 6 different models: WE5, W5500, E5500, E5300, V5500, and S5500. Boasted features include BRAVIA Engine 3 with 100Hz Motionflow and Image Blur Reduction for smoother images, a widget-rich on-screen AppliCast that gives you basic internet-on-TV functionality, DLNA for streaming media from a computer, and Sony’s Xross Media Bar (XMB). Not every model here boasts all the new technology — you’ll have to invest in the V5500 (pictured, background) for the full experience. Sony boasts its 2009 LCD lineup is its “greenest ever,” with most models carrying the “EU Flower” eco-friendly label from the European Commission, and not to worry, even some of the most coveted sets here carry the green mark. Hit up the read link for full specs.

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The Timeless Garden tells the time

I’ve seen a few different types of earth-friendly clocks, but I don’t think any have looked quite as nice as this one.  Between the bright white materials and the soft grass growing out of the top, it’s definitely aesthetically appealing.  Although, it seems as if all concept designs are far prettier than the real products that are actually being sold.  One troublesome thing with this clock is that I’d be paranoid about over watering it, or managing to kill the grass somehow.

The clock is powered by a chemical reaction between the mud and the metal.  In theory, you should be able to grow what you want, just as long as it doesn’t need a lot of dirt space for roots.  The area to grow things in, is fairly shallow.  The body of the clock itself is a hitch between two recycled bodies made out of plastic.  It would definitely be nice not to have to deal with batteries or having yet another gadget hogging the outlets.  However, it will take a little extra work to keep the plants alive.  The garden was designed by Francesco Castigilone, so far there isn’t any purchase information.

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