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Start those countdown clocks boys and girls, as the HTC Titan and Radar are now listed on Amazon UK's website. Fetching for the quite hefty £529.99 ($860) for the Titan and £349.99 ($568) for the Radar, the SIM free devices are set to be released on October 15th--just a few short weeks away.

Of note is the fact that Microsoft is officially calling this Windows Phone 7.5 to differentiate from first-gen devices. Guess old habits are hard to break.

Source: Amazon.co.uk 1, 2; Thanks, Ross "H3ALY" H., for the tip!

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One interesting observation from the new HTC Radar and Titan is that HTC have been able to move their add-on "apps" such as Sound Enhancer, custom camera options and Attentive Phone to Settings--that is these will no longer be apps to download but instead will be baked in the OS directly.

That's a good move for HTC as it seemed kind of silly to have separate apps for those--who wouldn't want those options? It also signals that HTC is able to inch a little closer in modifying the OS. It will certainly be interesting to see what other OEMs do with this ability.

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While not really a huge story, Microsoft has given their Windows Phone YouTube page a make over and while we're not in the business of judging YouTube channels, darn it all...this one looks sweet.

Featuring the HTC Radar, Titan and Samsung Focus, the site has tiles everywhere, emphasizes "people first", their app selection and the web. Clicking on subsections gives you some snappy demo videos and tours of features.

Hey, lots of people rightly say Microsoft needs to step up their game as far as promotion and advertising. We see this new change as a step in the right direction as it's a great design and clearly, Microsoft is officially kicking off the Mango launch today.

Source: Windows Phone YouTube

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HTC can't modify the OS at all, but that won't stop them from bringing their styling to Windows Phone. And we know they will be offering dock accessories for the Radar and Eternity but lots of folks were wondering, what's the point if Windows Phone doesn't do landscape?

Ah, well that's where HTC steps in with their HTC Dock app. As can be seen in our hands-on video, HTC have created an app that is very Sense derived. Let see what we can gather what this app does:

  • Clock/Alarm
  • Weather - the background is the current weather and dynamic, the temperature is below the clock
  • Media player - Music
  • HTC Watch - Movies, video
  • Photos - Near the bottom we can see your latest photos. one could imagine tapping them starts a slide show

Sure it doesn't make up for no-landscape support, but as a bed stand or desk accessory, we can't help but really like the idea of having this. You?

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We're back for a special, London HTC event edition where we talk only about the HTC Eternity, a massive 4.7" Windows Phone and the Radar, a 3.8" white beauty. We also take your live questions.

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Hands-on with HTC Titan and Radar [Video]

Here we are folks, the above video is our quick run through with the HTC Titan, which truly is a beast of Windows Phone Mango. Below we have the same with the HTC Radar, both sporting FF cameras, higher quality rear cameras and unique designs. Interestingly we also found some new features in settings such as "pocket mode" ringers and a "flip to mute ringer", hard to say if these are HTC only features or part of the final Mango build just yet. Check out the full summary of the London HTC event for more juicy info.

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HTC has gone and made their site page on both phones live. Featuing videos, details, specs, photos and all, it's everything you can want besides, you know having the phones themselves. Both phones won't launch till October and are reportedly fetching for 599 euros ($855) for the Titan and 399 euros ($569) for the Radar.

Hey look at that, a swanky video on their new fanagled cameras--a camera were pinning a lot on for HTC as they really need some improvemnents there.

via: Bloomberg; Thanks, Filipe, for the heads up

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HTC London Event Summary - it was loudly brilliant

Notice the "loudly" replacement of "quietly" in the title? The London HTC event was sure enough a night club with some phones displayed. Three hours later and my ears are still ringing the bells louder than ever, but was it a well worth visit? Absolutely. I was joined by Jay Bennett (our app developer) along with two strays we found on the street, Alex Dobie and Richard Devine from Android Central.

While merely being about two upcoming Windows Phone Mango devices, the HTC Titan and Radar, the event was full of enthusiasm, music, free drink and a cracking presentation. Overall it was a superb evening where we conversed with Microsoft and HTC employees, experienced the new handsets for ourselves and began to get drunk in the process for free. Head on past the break for the round-up.

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Mango Internet Sharing / Mobile Hot Spot

We knew that Internet Sharing was a possibility with the Mango update. At the HTC public unveil of the HTC Titan and Radar, Jay and Rich were able to confirm things when they spent some hands on time with the two new Windows Phones.

While Internet Sharing will be a Windows Phone feature with the Mango update., Jay reports that an HTC Representative at the event stated tethering would not be possible in the U.K.  He was also able to get a snapshot of the settings screen on the Titan (flash reflection and all).

This U.K. prohibition is likely due to carrier restrictions and even though U.S. customers are hopeful to have tethering capabilities, we too may face carrier restrictions. Bad carriers, bad.

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The HTC Titan and Twitter

Contrary to some speculation, the HTC Titan does have Twitter integration. A reader commented that they had heard the Titan would not have Twitter support.

This would be an odd situation seeing that Twitter integration is a feature of Windows Phone and not one of HTC. Just to be sure, we reached out to Jay Bennett, who is on site at the London unveiling, and he sent us this snapshot of the Titan's account set up screen.

While slightly out of focus, we can clearly see the option to set up your Twitter Account on the HTC Titan.  That would be Jay's finger in the photo.  I guess we can now say he's got a famous finger.

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The HTC Radar promo video

We've seen the promo for HTC's new Windows Phone the Titan and now we have the promo video for the HTC Radar (aka Omega). Still not sure on the silver/white color pattern but will admit it's growing on me. The twenty second video doesn't reveal much but does leave you wanting to see more.

The chin is also baffling. Reminds me of the old Android phones but so much Jay Leno styled.

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As if there was any doubt, HTC has "officially" announced the new Windows Phones the Titan and Radar. We just got the press release a few minutes ago.

Jay and Rich are still enjoying the Public Event over in London and we'll have a re-cap once the dust settles. While we wait, here's what HTC includes in their press release on these two new Windows Phones. Quoting from the release,

"The new HTC TITAN and HTC Radar smartphones raise the bar with new advanced photography, multimedia and social capabilities that enable you to take full advantage of the latest Windows Phone innovations."

Both the Titan and Radar will include a camera with a fast, f2.2 aperture and wider 28mm lens. The sensor will be back-illuminated to provide better low-light performance. Each will have a panoramic feature to let you stitch photos together to create dynamic pictures of landscapes and skylines. Both cameras will have HD video capture capabilities.  Maybe, just maybe, we will see an improved camera from HTC.

The Titan will sport a 4.7" Super LCD screen, 8 megapixal rear camera, and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. The body will be constructed of brushed aluminum and only measure .38" thick.

The Radar will sport a 3.8" LCD screen and will have an aluminum unibody. While the press release doesn't mention cameras, it does state that the Radar will be capable of speaking "face to face" with the new video calling. We've gotta believe that it will also have the 8 megapixel rear and 1.3 megapixel front cameras.

The HTC Titan and Radar will be broadly available from October 2011 globally, beginning in Europe and Asia. There is not telling how this translates to the U.S. Market.  December maybe?

You can catch the full press release from HTC after the break.

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HTC Titan promo video surfaces

Wow. Here's HTC's first promo video for the HTC Titan. Panoramic stitching for the camera and the design looks more contoured than the HD7/S. While it's going to be a larger Windows Phone than we're used to, the contours might prevent it from feeling boxy.

Thanks goes out to John1980 for tipping us on this.

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HTC London Event

As suspected the HTC Public Event, held at various locations across Europe, is a Windows Phone Mango event. Our Rich Edmonds and Jay Bennett are at the London event and report that HTC is about mid-way through their keynote presentation.

Here's what we have learned so far.

The Radar (aka Omega) has a unibody design, 28mm camera lens with a f2.2 aperture, and is DLNA compatible. The Titan (aka Eternity) has a 4.7" screen and ultra-slim 9.9mm (.38 inches) body. Both are expected to be available in October.

We hope to get more pics and information on these two new Windows Phones shortly. Stay tuned.

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Nope, No Mango tonight

September 1st is quickly losing daylight and Joe Belfiore has just tweeted what many have suspected. There will be no Mango tonight. Earlier rumors called for a September 1st release of the Windows Phone update but unless Joe's pulling our legs, it looks like we'll have to wait for another day.

We keep seeing indicators that September 15th might be that day and we'll know if our crystal ball was in focus soon enough. In the meantime, sit back, relax, hit the break and enjoy the tunes Joe linked us to in his tweet. It has to be the most unique cover version of a Black Eyed Peas song I've ever seen.

source: Twitter Thanks goes out to Enver for tipping us on this!

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Hands on with the HTC Omega

The HTC London event is moments from starting where we expect to be introduced to the HTC Omega and Eternity. We are now seeing hands on videos surface of the HTC Omega and it looks nice. Still not sure about the white/silver color pattern or the chin, but it does catch your attention.

One thing we can put to rest is the lack of a bottom keyboard. That is unless the demonstrator was told not to reveal it. We've got Jay Bennett, our app developer, and Rich Edmonds, our foreign correspondent, on site at the London event and will have more to share on these two new Windows Phones shortly.

source: techblog

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Bee Mobile is offering a powerful Windows Phone 7 DevKit that allows developers to create an on-line web-service driven product catalog application fast and easily. Bee Mobile Metropolis was used to create the above demoed sample project, Shopping Mall, and could be used to create apps with potential use such as:

  • On-line web store showing the products catalogue
  • Restaurant presenting the food it offers
  • Real-estate agency promoting the properties for sale
  • Fashion-model agency presenting the photographs of models in their database.

You can download Bee Mobile Metropolis here at the Bee Mobile website.

Thanks goes out to Vladimir for sharing this with us!

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Something big is definitely happening today. We're talking about HTC revealing their two new Windows Phone Mango devices. And to steal their thunder, here are all the specs:

HTC Eternity

  • Single-core 1.5GHz processor
  • 8 megapixel camera, with autofocus, dual LED flash and 720p movie mode,
  • Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • DLNA support
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • WiFi
  • GPS
  • 1,650mAh battery
  • Quad-band
  • 130.6 x 70.6 x 9.9 mm
  • 14.2mbps HSDPA

HTC Omega

  • 3.8 inch LCD display
  • MSM8255 1.5Ghz processor,
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Quad Band
  • FF camera?
  • BT 2.1
  • 14.2mbps HDSPA

Not too shabby looking at all, especially for the Eternity which is looking like ther "big" device what with DLNA, front-facing camera and more. We're sure we'll be learning more today...stay tuned.

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Well this is interesting and we can't verify 100% at the moment, but we're told this is from the official HTC developer site for Russia (official HTC site is this: http://www.htc.com/ru/) and they're clearly showing off a Mozart for sale. No biggy there, but the fact that is says in red "UNIT HAS RUSSIAN LOCALIZATION" is of interest since as of now, Windows Phone doesn't have Russian. Heck, even the 7720 build of Mango doesn't have Russian on it, which means if this is legit it's certainly an HTC-OEM thing. You can evidently order it for 19,990 Russian rubles or about $690.

So does this actually have Russian language support? Does it run Mango? Maybe and it must.  Someone should pony up and we can all find out. Hey, if Japan can get the IS12T now, why not Russia? And perhaps, just perhaps that HTC announcement later today will shed some light on this sudden change. Stay tuned...

Source: HTC Developer Russia; Thanks, cehseven, for the heads up using our app!

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Park It hits v2.0 with Mango update and Live Tile

Park It is a nice little freebie app that helps you find your car once you parked it in a city, shopping mall or just the wrong side of town. In that sense, it's nothing really new as there are plenty of these apps in the Marketplace.

Good news though as Part It got bumped to v2.0 this week and joins our growing list of Mango-enabled apps. The best part is it does some things we hadn't thought about before for a parking app, but make total sense:

  • Live Tile Support: Pin your saved parking spot to your home screen for one-touch access to directions and the back of the tile gives you your approximate distance from your spot
  • Turn-by-Turn Voice Directions: Use the integrated Bing turn-by-turn voice directions to get back to your saved spot

That last one, using Bing voice? Brilliant (just make sure to set to walking directions). We just tried out the app for a quick test run and although we don't much care for the Tile design, the app itself is very nice and even cooler with those Mango features enabled. For instance, tapping our custom Live Tile for our parked car looks it up on the map and gets ready to dictate directions back to you, without touching it--very smart. Hey, we're keeping it, after all it is free. Give her a test spin here in the Marketplace.

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Looking for a new GPS navigation solution for your Windows Phone? Well the good news is NAVIGON, your favorite German nav company, is bringing their flashy and admittedly powerful app from iOS and Android to our very own Windows Phone 7 "later this year". (Up till now, a limited version was available for German T-Mobile users.) From the press release:

"NAVIGON’s premium navigation app soon will be available for Windows Phone 7 users. The app includes many signature features that have made NAVIGON’s apps successful on Android devices and the iPhone, including on-board maps, spoken turn-by-turn directions, visual lane guidance, live traffic information and rerouting, among many other features. NAVIGON’s new app runs on Windows Phone 7.5 and also takes advantage of new features made available to developers with this new release. These features include the augmented reality function Reality Scanner, which provides an instant and effortless way of identifying nearby destinations while on foot; an option to select address information directly from the phone’s contact list; and the ability to save a favorite or home address as a shortcut on the start screen."

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Nokia Windows Phone confirmed for Mexico?

Coming straight from the mouth of a Microsoft employee Omar Aviles (LinkedIn) comes word that Mexico, at some point, will be getting a Nokia Windows Phone.

The news came about a comment in regards to a contest/promotion that Microsoft Mexico is having aka the return of the 3x1 contest whereby you have to publish three apps by November 4, 2011. At least one of those apps must feature some new Mango functionality, as that just makes sense. In turn, you're eligible to win 1 of 30 new Windows Phones direct from Microsoft--sounds pretty good.

But which phones could you win, asks Giovanni in comments? Aviles responds (translated):

"LG are teams that are upgradeable to handle (all registered developers APP HUB can update your Windows Phone and Mango), we will also have Nokia equipment but the winners have to decide if they want to wait until they are available in Mexico."

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Nokia's decision to go all-in with Windows Phone 7 might have only been a few weeks ago, but Nokia Academy, the training division of the device manufacturer, is already laying the groundwork for their distribution channels to become familiar with Microsoft's mobile platform. 

On Twitter, Dave Trevaskus (Senior Training Consultant for Nokia Academy) has sent out several updates to his followers about his excitement for working with Windows Phone on Nokia devices. With Nokia World 2011 set to go live within a matter of weeks, the crew over at Nokia will need to be fully prepared for the future of their smartphone division in North America. You can bet that we're getting ourselves prepared for upcoming announcements right along with them.

Source: Twitter (@DaveTrevaskus); Via: WMPowerUser

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It's kind of fun to find some new Mango apps in the Marketplace, specifically ones that take advantage of the new motion APIs that weren't available before. Case in point? Compass by Kanzsoft and fetches for a modest $0.99 (no trial though).

As to be expected, it prominently warns you that this "uses features your phones doesn't have" specifically hardware for the compass (Dell Venue Pro here). Still, you can buy it!

So what happens when you run it? An error message reading "Compass not supported on this device" at which point the app exits. Ta-da! So be warned, that app really truly won't run on non-Mango devices, at least not without some OEM APIs first--so heed that official Mango update (thanks, @Cyruss1989). We suppose if any of you have an HTC Mazaa or Toshiba IS12T, you could give it a go though...here's the link!

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