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Paragon Software Group Announces Handy Shell, an Advanced Replacement for S60 Active Standby Screen
Paragon Software Group Announces Handy Shell, an Advanced Replacement for S60 Active Standby Screen
[September 19, 2008]

Press Contact:
Katia Shabanova
PR Director (SHDD & Epocware)
Paragon Software Group
Phone: +49(0)761-59018-181

Customizable Views and Plugins for Easy and Effective Work on S60 Smartphones

IRVINE, Calif. – September 19, 2008 Epocware, a subsidiary of Paragon Software Group, announces Handy Shell, a brand-new application replacing the entire S60 Active Standby screen. Handy Shell allows the user to take complete control over the device’s screen and customize it according to the user’s wishes thanks to attractive new features, such as three customizable views and five plugins options. Handy Shell takes over all functions of the S60 menu key, while adding extra options or disabling the unnecessary ones. The program enables the user to get all necessary information, including shortcuts to the most frequently used applications and contacts, at a glance. The full retail version of Handy Shell will be available for 44.95 USD (39.95 EUR) via download from September 22, 2008.

Handy Shell offers three options of “Today” screen for S60 smartphones.  The “Today” view shows overall information about phone settings, ongoing calendar events, missed calls and SMS messages, new e-mails, weather forecast and even provides shortcuts to necessary applications using five types of Plugins. All Plugins can be moved around the screen, easily customized, or activated and deactivated. The “Applications” view provides fast access to twelve most needed applications. The “Contacts” view shows twelve favorite contacts with speed dial and SMS actions.

In addition, Handy Shell includes a “Weather” Plugin with five-day weather forecast for the Today screen and a one-year subscription to the Handy Weather service.  Handy Weather is the easiest and most reliable way of accessing local, as well as distant, weather information in Celsius and Fahrenheit – all in a mobile environment. The detailed five-day weather forecasts are supported by satellite weather maps and include four layouts: morning, day, evening and night.

For user comfort, Handy Shell includes an advanced application launcher that allows shortcuts to the desired contacts or to launch applications from any of Shell’s view, simply by typing the first chracters of the phone or name on the Today screen. Handy Shell also provides complete integration with default phone applications.

“Paragon Software Group develops programs that allow users to get most out of their mobile phones, customizing the device and adding more functionality and options according to the user’s individual needs,” said Dmitry Bekhterev, chief of sales and business development at Paragon Software Group. “The device’s active standby screen is the most frequently used and the most essential part of the user’s productivity on the device. With Handy Shell the user is in complete control over the screen’s menu by customizing it according to need.”

For sales inquiries, please contact Paragon at or call 1-888-969-5282.

Supported languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified PRC, Chinese Traditional Hong Kong, Chinese Traditional Taiwan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Ukrainian.

About Paragon Software Group
Paragon Software Group (PSG) is a technology solutions provider to the enterprise, SMB and consumer markets, worldwide. Founded in 1994, Paragon Software Group actively markets and sells in more than 150 countries and has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan and Russia. PSG consists of two divisions, System Technology, offering solutions for storage management and data safety, and Smart Handheld Devices Division (SHDD & Epocware), offering software for diverse classes of smart handheld devices (Windows Mobile, Symbian OS, Palm OS, iPhone and iPod touch and mobile phones) and desktop PCs, including multilingual on-line handwriting recognition, localization, business and game applications and multilingual dictionaries. To learn more about Paragon Software's diverse product line, please visit:
Storage Management Division: 
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All products, service and company names mentioned in the release are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.


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