Early in 2009, Microsoft Office Labs showed off a video showing where they (and we) hope to be in ten-years with all our technology. No small feat considering just how fast this stuff is moving (the HTC PPC-6700 was only 5 years ago).
At about 2:12 in that video, it shows a man walking in an airport and he pulls out his mobile phone which is basically all screen...actually it's two screens that can separate and operate independently of each other, but in conjunction with the OS. In the video, he looks up airport directions and then take a video call.
Cool stuff. So cool in fact Microsoft has gone out and literally patented the idea, hopefully planning to bring such a fantasy to reality by...well...2019:
A motion of a first module of the dual module portable device may be detected. Based at least in part on the detected motion, a position of the first module may be determined relative to the second module of the portable device. Once the relative position of the first module has been determined, a portion of a user interface associated with the relative position may be displayed at the first module.
Yeah, that's what we said above patent-office, thanks.
Check out the whole video after the break to see it in action.
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We're back with the spread of Zune internationally, the launch of Windows Phone 7 is nearly upon us, and a wee bit of Star Wars chat. Join us!
On Windows Phone 7 there are two types of games: Xbox LIVE supported and non-LIVE supported. The former requires more time, money and skills for getting approval and is typical reserved for the "bigger" game studios who can get access to Microsoft's LIVE network (higher standard); the latter anyone can write games for and sell/distribute through the Marketplace.
Two AT&T ads have surfaced on YouTube featuring the HTC Mondrian. We've seen speculation that the Mondrian was headed to AT&T but nothing as strong as an advertisement.
AT&T has long been considered at the forefront of the Windows Phone 7 launch and could have as many as six devices in their Windows Phone 7 lineup. While the ads don't shed much light on when the Mondrian will be available, is it safe to say that with these ads the Mondrian will be one of the six?
Follow the break to see the second ad featuring the HTC Mondrian for AT&T.
The twenty minute video is in Czech but shows off the LG Windows Phone 7 phone nicely. The 3.7" screen appears to be responsive to the touch but the accelerometer seemed to stick at times, slowing the screen rotation down. The screen keyboard appears well spaced, especially in the horizontal view.
The reviewer does briefly visit the settings page for the LG Windows Phone 7 and shows that the E900 has 16gb of total storage. It would have been nice if we had if the video showed the processor information so we could tell if the E900 is running a 1ghz or 1.3ghz processor.
All in all, the E900 does look nice and Windows Phone 7 appears to run smoothly and with some zip on the phone.
You can catch the full, twenty minute video after the break.