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TMobile has announced plans to release their 4G HTC Radar for $99 on contract on November 2nd. The handset comes with free shipping and packs some impressive specifications. If that isn't enough, it will pack HTC Watch and T-Mobile TV for TV and movies on the go. For a quick reminder of the insides:

  • 1Ghz processor
  • 8GB storage
  • 5MP camera with F2.2 lens (FF camera)
  • Windows Phone Mango

Source: TMobile Shop, via: @TMobile

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Develop apps with native Mango code [Homebrew]

Heathcliff74, a member over at the XDA Developers forum, has published an in-depth tutorial for developers who may wish to improve homebrew apps using native Mango code. It's a step-by-step guide that will enable homebrew apps take full advantage of native Mango code and APIs.

While this tutorial has been available since October 11th, it's worth mentioning after the release of the homebrew screen capture utility. Note that this isn't a tutorial for building homebrew executables, but how to utilise native code DLLs from within the Silverlight app.

Source: XDA Developers forum, via: Windows Phone Daily

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HTC Ultimate gets a Brazilian full-page ad

Now that the HTC Ultimate is available in Brazil, people need to know about it.  That's where this full-page ad in Brazil's Veja magazine comes in.  Veja is a weekly publication that tackles culture, politics, economics and entertainment.  According to Wikipedia, "it is the leading weekly publication in the country, and one of the most influential outlets of the Brazilian press."  

It looks like the folks at Microsoft and HTC have made good on their promise to start marketing WP7 around the world.  Both HTC and Samsung, with help from Microsoft, have committed more money to advertising in order to push the new features of Mango and hopefully jump to #3 in the smartphone operating system race.

Source: Veja; Via: @RodoCarmo (Thanks for the tip, Rodolpho!)

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Windows Phone homebrew folders demoed [Video]

We previously looked at the upcoming homebrew hack for folder tiles on the homescreen. Today, Windows Phone Hacker has published a video demonstrating what we should expect to see from the hack, which will require a developer unlocked handset.

While the app needs to be polished and optimized, the demand for such a feature has proved to be apparent so the team will work on the tweaks and look to release the app soon. They also note that more features are already planned for future updates. Keep an eye out for more updates here when the app is released. Should you be a fan of the folders concept by WPCentral member Sebastien "ArtSooby" Bruneau, then this will be right up your street.

Source: Windows Phone Hacker

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HTC and Windows Phone at Paris Games Week

HTC and Windows Phone has invaded the Paris Games Week, setting up a booth alongside Microsoft's Age of Empires Online. HTC has proved effective with improving their advertising efforts across Europe both online and in newspapers and stores. 

HTC also ran a contest with players battling against one another for a winning prize. Whoever achieved the highest score in Fruit Ninja walked away with a brand new Titan. Looking at the image below, it's good to see interest in the platform. Perfect placement being opposite Halo.

Source: MonoWindowsPhone

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Well not even a week after the last update which introduced some new features we get IM+ going to version 1.8 and adding Mango support for fast-app switching, at least according to Shape Service's Facebook page.

If there was any app that really needed this feature, it'd be IM+ just do to the nature of how instant messaging apps are used.

So how does it feel? Honestly, we still see a "resume" screen which doesn't make us feel too excited and there's no other advanced Mango features--no pinnable contacts, the live tile doesn't seem to be double sided, etc. It feels kind of the same as before. But hey, if you find anything new, hit us up on comments and let us know!

Grab IM+ v1.8 here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Sedp23, for the heads up!

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Nokia Conversations goes Metro

Nokia Conversations, the official Nokia blog, has received a boost of Metro goodness with a design revamp. They've rethought the structure of the website itself and plan to direct visitors to only the most relevant top stories. Upon visiting Nokia Conversations, you're hit by the top story immediately, with the ability to browse previous issues as if it were a magazine stand.

Check out the video walkthrough of the new design below.

Source: Nokia Conversations

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Xbox Live: Shoot1UP Exclusive Preview

We briefly touched on Shoot1UP back in August when it appeared in the Gamescom WP7 sizzle reel. Today it’s time to let the cat out of the bag and reveal lots of details about this upcoming Xbox Live title.

Shoot1UP comes from Mommy’s Best Games, who are best known for their recent Serious Sam: Double D Xbox Live Arcade game. Before graduating to Xbox Live titles, they developed several Xbox 360 indie games, including Shoot1UP. The game is a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up that stands out for several reasons.

Head past the break for our full preview and exclusive reveal of the WP7 version screenshots.

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Flight Monitor - Mango App Spotlight

Flight Monitor is a handy app for your Windows Phone that will allow you to track any flight world wide. Flight Monitor tracks flights in near real time and has live tile support so you can monitor things from your Start Screen.

Flight Monitor has a Search Page where you choose your airline and search by flight number. From there a page will be generated to display the flight information and a map that flags the flight's positioning. Down below you have a buttons to refresh the map, pin the flight to your Start Screen and return to the search page.

Flight Monitor uses a two sided live tile where one side displays a map view and the other side displays the status and arrival time.

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Compal, a Taiwanese manufacturer, has signed a patent deal with Microsoft that will see the company pay the software giant licensing fees on sold Android and Chrome products. Compal now joins Samsung, HTC, Acer and Viewsonic in Microsoft's patent portfolio licensing handbook.

Microsoft continues to work with manufacturers directly with regards to IP licensing, which could further increase the likelihood of them looking at Windows Phone more seriously. With the platform turning one year old, more revenue from patent licensing can possibly mean increased investment in development.

Source: CNET

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Just a few more days before we get to see the Nokia 800/Lumia/SeaRay in person, but until then, you can take a gander at some photos taken by that device. We know that phone will feature an 8MP camera with an F/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens, the same as found on the Nokia N9.

Overall the quality seems solid enough but without seeing the full size version, it's of course hard to tell. Then again, Nokia optics have rarely failed to impress. We'll see more Wednesday of course when WPCentral will be live from Nokia World in London.

Source: Flickr; via The Nokia Blog; Thanks, Mark G., for the heads up!

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Happy 1st Birthday Windows Phone 7

This week marks the week when Windows Phone was officially released in Europe last year. The platform has turned one and boy what a year it has been! We've gone through two updates since launch, NoDo and Mango, and the future looks bright with Nokia coming on board.

It's been a year, how do you think Windows Phone has done so far, and what are you looking forward to most next year? Happy Birthday Windows Phone. Feel like reliving some memories? Click here to see our coverage a year ago of the Windows phone 7 launch.

Thanks TheWeeBearUK for the image!

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For those who remember OctroTalk, it goes back to the Windows Mobile days, like the 2008-2009 era. Heck, we worked with the developer on the earliest alpha version.

So it was a pleasant surprise to see them return to form with a Windows Phone edition of the app, supporting Mango no less. The app is v1.0 and does fetch for $4.99, which when compared to the multi-client app IM+, seems a bit high to us.

OctroTalk only supports Google Talk but it is laid out nicely and seem to work a bit better (plus with fast-app resume, handles better than IM+).  It supports pre-set statuses, push and toast notifications and even has a flipping Live Tile. The app looks to be a port of the older Windows Mobile version and so isn't completely Metro UI. It also doesn't play too well with those who use GV Max for monitoring their Google Voice information aka GoVoice e.g. our contact list turns into GVMax contact.

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Another week, another summary. We've got episode 127 of the WPCentral podcast to begin with as well as Dave's Windows Phone forum highlights. Nokia World is in a couple of days and we'll be sure to attend. Hopefully Nokia reveals some exciting handsets. This is also the summary that covers Windows Phone turning one year old! For the summary and links, head on past the break.

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Taiwanese blog I Heart Windows Phone has released a set of three Halloween-themed wallpapers for Windows Phone 7. All three feature what appears to be the site’s mascot in different costumes, drawn with an attractive cartoonish art style. These wallpapers are an adorable way to show your Halloween spirit on the go, perhaps as you make a trip to the store to pick up some candy for the trick-or-treaters.

To get the images, use one of the following methods:

  1. Visit the blog on your phone (Google Translate it for a nice introduction to Halloween for foreign readers)
  2. Tap on one of the images to display the full version
  3. Tap and hold on the image and then select ‘save picture.’
  4. Once saved, find the image in your phone’s Photo section
  5. Tap the … button at the bottom of the screen to bring up the menu
  6. Select ‘use as wallpaper’

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  1. Download the zip file from your phone using this link
  2. Select one of the three images
  3. Tap the … button at the bottom of the screen to bring up the menu
  4. Select ‘use as wallpaper.’

Source: I Heart Windows Phone  Thanks to Grace for the tip!

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Here's a useful utility for those of you who have a phone that is (a) developer unlocked and (b) interop-unlocked. There's a new little toy out there that willl allow you to take screen caps right on your device without being tethered to the desktop.

The app comes out of the WPXAP forums and is just called 'Screen Capturer' version 2 as it now works on Mango devices. To get it to work you:

  1. Launch app
  2. Set a time via the slider at top (1-60s)
  3. Click ”开始截屏“
  4. Begin screen capture/Hit the Windows Key
  5. Wait for time (set a time(1-60s)) to verify capture
  6. Open Picture --> Albums --> Saved picture

We've been using for a bunch of apps without a hitch. Doesn't seem to work with Xbox games though. Other than that, this is a super useful app for many. And since we're swell folks, we're hosting the file for a quick easy download. Just get the XAP here.

Update: Scratch the inter-op requirment, now just regular developer unlocked devices can use it too. Thanks to Windows Phone Hacker for the update XAP which can be found here.

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Is Sprint killing unlimited data packages?

It's the last major feature that differentiates Sprint from its competitors, but according to DSLReports, Sprint may be slowly moving towards killing off their unlimited data service. As more and more of their users have picked up smart devices on the US network, Sprint has made big changes every few months to their policies regarding unlimited data, and it looks like only time stands in the way of the company making that final decision to axe this unique offering (something the other major carriers did long ago).

Sprint hasn't said anything officially about this yet, but their actions are clear. First they added a $10 monthly fee to all 4G data users, then they capped their mobile hotspot subscribers to 5GB a month. Two days ago Sprint made another announcement via their website, saying that this data cap is expanding to include everything from tablets to netbooks to USB cards and beyond starting in November. The only thing left untouched is your average smartphone.

While Sprint has been gaining new subscribers over the last year from its one-of-a-kind unlimited data plan, the company continues to struggle to gain much of a financial profit. It may not be happening just yet, but here in the next year we may well see Sprint make a final decision and join the other carriers in capping their service, since they obviously aren't beating them yet. It's all speculation at this point, but from looking at the series of events up until now, that assumption just can't be helped.

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We just received this admittedly tough to discern ad/teaser spot, recorded during X factor USA on ITV2 in the UK. Although you can barely tell what is being shown, it sure looks like a Nokia 800/SeaRay/N9 device being teased.

What's real telling is that the background disco lights are the same from the leaked ad we saw a few days ago, which we find real interesting. Assuming this is what we think it is, it looks like the UK will be getting a taste of Nokia Windows Phone real soon. Anyone else see this and want to comment?

Big thanks to David T., for the video!

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LG E740 and E950 spotted on WP Bench

Windows Phone Daily has spotted two new LG devices on the WP Bench statistics page, the E740 and E950. It's worth noting that the LG Optimus 7 is the E900, so we could be in for a Mango version with the E950, much like the Omnia W and Focus S. The E740 on the other hand, we have little to go on.

Chances are we could be looking at a device that is built on the previous leaked E700, but a slight upgrade in terms of hardware, or it could be a carrier-specific handset. Whatever the outcome is for either device, it's good to see LG possibly working on future Windows Phones. Let us not forget the Jil Sander E906, which was only recently launched.

Via: Windows Phone Daily

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London Travel updated to version 3

London Travel, arguably the best travel app available for Windows Phone, has been updated to version 3. This update brings more tile goodness, which was requested by users. The best part? A live tile for your Oyster balance, now that is just awesome. Main highlights include:

  • All tiles in the app can now be pinned to the start screen
  • Oyster live tile that displays your Oyster balance
  • Application tile doubles as a status tile telling you if there are any disruptions
  • Network lines' status can be pinned to the start screen
  • Overall performance improvements
  • Some artwork has been updated
  • Drop shadow removed from application tile
You can download London Travel from the Marketplace. Be sure to check out our review.

 

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If you live in Brazil and you've been itching for the HTC Ultimate aka Titan, you'll be pleased to know it's now available (though limited supply) on Vivo for R$1,800 (about $1,000 USD), just as we reported earlier.

The 4.7" Windows Phone Mango device is one heck of a first for the country and should make a lot of new customers happy. Gizmodo Brazil has some hands on with the phone and seem quite impressed with both the hardware and OS (who can blame them?), noting that the 1.5GHz CPU makes the OS very fast. They also noted the quality of the screen was also top notch--not iPhone Retina great but up there, nonetheless.

Only complaint is a common one: the Marketplace is very limited, with only a few games available. Microsoft evidently responded to the criticism:

"In that first moment, we have 10 games in the franchise available on Xbox LIVE marketplace Brazil by the end of October. Microsoft wants to bring more titles, but as is necessary to follow the Brazilian legislation indicative classification, cash will not be simultaneous to the United States."

So all in all a pretty solid launch, but there's certainly room for improvement on the services side. Check the hands on video after the break for some eye candy.

Source: Gizmodo Brazil

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Windows Phone coming to Colombia in December

We know Brazil is ready for Windows Phone, so it only makes sense that Colombia get some love too. And according to Jorge Silva Luján, Microsoft Colombia GM, Windows Phone is heading there in December. So was the news conveyed to by him over all things, Twitter, a few days ago.

"Windos Phone en Colombia. Diciembre!! Las personas son el centro,no los iconos ni las aplicaciones. Como tiene que ser. Listos?"

"Windows Phone: People at the center, not apps or icons. They way it should have always been. Colombia available in December. Are you ready?"

From later tweets, he reveals that the carriers Comcel and Movistar will be getting the devices and that both are involved in the approval process at this point. While it's not clear which phone or phones will be available, it looks like the Samsung Focus may be one of them.

Source: Twitter; Thanks, Elmo C., for the tip!

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WhatsApp hits v1.3.2 gets a new feature

Yeah, everyone's favorite chat app, WhatsApp, just hit v1.3.2. As you can probably guess, that's hardly a big version change meaning there's not too much in the way of new stuff. What we noticed:

  • Settings --> Auto-save incoming pictures (new)
  • Version number is now correct (woo!)
  • Performance feels faster (unverified)

Other than that, nothing else. So looks like it's baby steps for WhatsApp, but hey, we'll take what we can get, right? Pick up WhatsApp here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Mosammey, for the heads up

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