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BlackBerry Application Suite does exist — HTC Touch Pro video proof!

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For those of you that thought yesterdays photos of a virtual BlackBerry OS running on a Windows Mobile HTC Touch Pro were fake, the video above should put you at ease. As someone that has been using the BlackBerry Storm for awhile, the concept of navigating the BlackBerry OS with a stylus doesn’t seem too weird. Of course, the whole WinMo thing makes me feel dizzier than Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo. Keep up the good work, Ronen!

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Media Network Roundup: November 3rd-7th

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Here’s a brief rundown of the week that was from your friendly family of bloggers in Ottawa, Canada. Below you’ll find news from our WinMo and mobile entertainment blogs, with a bunch of great BlackBerry Cool content after the jump.

WindowsMobile Cool

Review: Ringo Mobile by Electric Pocket
HTC Touch HD video review and unboxing
Celebrity Samsung BlackJack II users

QuicklyBored

New York Times Crosswords for BlackBerry by Magmic reviewed
Free iPhone porn site creators – iPhone-Porn.us – interview
How to turn your iPod Touch into a mobile VoIP phone

BlackBerry Cool News Roundup

White paper experiments with smartphone OS comparison

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ScientistFellow Viigo partner, Jakajima, has recently published a white paper that aims to establish a system for objectively comparing smartphone OSes. “An innovative tool to benchmark Smartphone Operating Systems” puts a Nokia E61i, HTC S710, Blackberry 8800, Palm Treo 680, and a Sony Ericsson P990i device under the magnifying glass (the iPhone was released while testing was already underway, so couldn’t get in). The testing system is called the High Contrast Consumer Test, which involves getting first-time users to carry out real-world tasks in line with the smartphone’s specialties.

The testers are dubbed as “extreme”, in that they’re gunning for one particular kind of usage. By submitting smartphones to extreme users of various levels of knowledge, the HCCT is able to gage the effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction of using each OS. This is just a pilot project to set the groundwork, so we’ll have to sit tight until the labcoats have another go with the fully polished rubric. In the meantime, check out what are supposedly the top 24 smartphone features for professional users, in order of importance…

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GSM and HTC share a birthday

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BirthdayTwenty years ago today, the Global System for Mobile communications was signed in as a wireless standard which would blanket Europe and put an end to a few niggling incompatibility issues. Little did those 15 operators in Copenhagen realize, by 2007 there would be 2.5 billion people using GSM technology. 1.2 million new people connect to the GSM network every day, and at the given pace, 4 billion people will be cruising the GSM airwaves by 2010.

Ten years ago today, High Tech Computer began their business of quietly outsourcing to the likes of Microsoft for their Windows Mobile devices. Now HTC is the quintessential innovator in smartphones and Taiwan’s most profitable listed firm after weighing in at $1.34 billion in sales over the last three quarters. To commemorate their birthday, HTC cut the ribbon at a new world-class headquarters in Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Happy birthday to these two mammoths of the wireless industry. Hope you have as much fun as these guys.

BlackBerry bandies blows in browser battle

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FisticuffsBlackBerry’s browser has stepped up to the plate for a round of fisticuffs in an InformationWeek comparative review. The contenders were the Palm Treo 755p, the BlackBerry 8300, the HTC Wing and (cue dramatic lightning) the iPhone. In the end, the iPhone ends up on top, citing big screen, full-bodied page viewing, and more prominently, eschewing the reliance on menu-based browsing as deciding factors. BlackBerry’s browser hasn’t ever received top marks for browsing, with most folks opting for Opera Mini instead. The potential for tabbed browsing in the next BlackBerry browser update is promising, but is that enough to make mobile web surfing an enjoyable rather than a bearable experience?

As much as phrases like “the interface is discoverable at a level almost below conscious thought” reek of Apple fanboyism, it can’t be denied that web browsing on an iPhone with swooshy finger motions makes sense for mobile, and chewing through long menus, a relic of the desktop interface, doesn’t.

There’s definite hope for BlackBerry breaking the mould, though.

Dopod gets BlackBerry Connect

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Dopod, the Asian carrier recently acquired by HTC, is now going to be supporting BlackBerry Connect. They’re going to be the first in Asia to carry the service, which may combat a noticeable lack of interest by many. For now, the 838Pro (Dopod’s brand of the Hermes) will be the only one sporting Connect 4.0, with more undoubtedly on the way. Dopod’s not carrying any BlackBerrys yet, so any foothold RIM can get in an exploding Asian market is vital while there’s still room to squeeze in, even if it’s only as software to start. With most of Dopod’s devices running Windows Mobile, and a wide reach spanning India to Australia, RIM has some catching up to do out in the south Pacific.