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Looks like that secret Asus device featuring Windows Phone 7 that appeared awhile ago is rearing its brushed-metal slabbiness again. Moreover, at around 6:40 in the video (featured after the break) you can clearly see an AT&T logo under the Marketplace.

Assuming this is accurate, AT&T will evidently have a whopping five phones with Microsoft's new OS, living up to their WP7 'premier carrier' title. (And we haven't even heard from Dell yet.)

The video was recorded at Gnomedex 10 and features Larry Lieberman (LinkedIn profile), project manager for the application platform of Windows Phone 7, who proceeds to take us through the usual WP7 tour of features.

In that sense, not too much is revealed. The usual "by Christmas time" release date is mentioned as well as the infamous "reboot" of the whole mobile OS program when Microsoft switched from 'Photon' and the old model to 'Metro' and the Zune paradigm. What's impressive about that is Microsoft has done all we have see so far in just 20 months, which isn't too shabby for the lumbering giant, especially when compared to the "evolution" of Windows Mobile.

Check out the video after the break!

[Thanks, Brian H., for the tip!]

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Where did the Tilt2 go?

The AT&T Tilt2 has vanished from AT&T's inventory. At least online that is.

Checking both the main AT&T Wireless website and the Premiere Customer site (business accounts) the Tilt2 is no where in sight. We've seen the Tilt2 marked as "out of stock" and offered as refurbished but never completely taken off the inventory listing.

The only three remaining Windows Phones listed with AT&T are the Samsung Jack (currently out of stock), the Samsung Propel and HP Glisten.

Granted this could be a regional issue or just a simple oversight.  But could this be a sign that AT&T is making room for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 units? If so, doesn't it feel early to be clearing out room for a phone that isn't supposed to hit market until November?  If we get any updates, we'll pass them along.

 

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IDC, who you may remember from the Microsoft-used-the-wrong-slide media fiasco earlier this year, has gone ahead and released their forecast for smartphone adoption over the next five years in their Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report.

Personally, we can't even imagine what a smartphone will look like in 2014, nor what the market landscape, but assuming the current state of things, lets see what IDC says:

  • For the first half of 2010, vendors shipped a total of 119.4 million units or 55.5% more than the 76.8 million units shipped during the first half of 2009
  • "Android is the wild card, deserving close observation for the rest of this year and the years to come,"
  • IDC now expects the 2010 overall mobile phone market to grow 14.1%, or 1.5% higher than its previous forecast. Last year, the market declined 2.8%, the first such occurrence in Mobile Phone Tracker history
  • Despite uncertainty about the economy, the smartphone market is expected to increase 24.5% in 2011. However, smartphone growth will decline progressively over the course of IDC's five-year forecast period. In 2014, for example, the market is expected to rise by just 13.6%
  • No one smartphone OS will dominate mobile phones in the way that Microsoft has with Windows on the personal computer. "IDC believes the market will comfortably support up to five OS players over the next five years,"

Finally, the big news for Microsoft it they are expected to regain market share bumping from a low of 6.8% to 9.8% by 2014. While that's only a 3% change in overall market share, due to the increasingly huge numbers of smartphones we are talking about, it translates into a 43% change in volume, which is pretty significant (assuming its accuracy). At that point, Microsoft would only trail Android as far as speed of growth.

While no one predicts Microsoft to dominate the mobile OS field anytime soon, it's not too hard to imagine them being a major player by 2014, if they play their cards right.

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Rumors are circulating that HTC has scheduled a press event for September 15, 2010 in London to introduce the HD3 Windows Phone 7 device.

The HTC Windows Phone 7 is reported to have a 4.5" AMOLED touchscreen, dual core 1.5ghz ARM-based processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB storage, 4G capable, a 8mp camera with HD recording capabilities, all powered by a 1800mah battery.

We've seen signs that the HD3 will be headed to the UK provider O2 as the HTC HD7. However, some are reporting the HTC Windows Phone 7 is headed to Australian provider Telstra on an exclusive 3-month deal.

Hopefully, after the 15th, we all will have a better picture on the where and when the HD3 will make it to market. We're also curious to know if anything will be mentioned about the U.S. market time-line.

via: Unwired View

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WP7: What are the carriers up to?

Windows Phone 7 is, likely, just over a month away from hitting the store shelves in Europe and just over two months away from seeing the light of day in the States . We've seen manufacturer devices, app development, and (obviously) development of the OS itself over the past several months.

The one thing we haven't seen much from is the wireless providers. Who's getting what and how much is going to cost us when it gets there? While the "how much" is well in the shadows right now, we do have some idea on the "who" with respect to wireless providers. Here's how we see it breaking down.

AT&T: Billed as one of the "premiere launch partners", AT&T appears to be in a position to offer the largest selection of Windows Phone 7 devices. We've heard rumors of HTC (T8788 or HD7?), Samsung (Cetus), and LG (C900 and GW910) devices headed to AT&T. Our count shows as many as four Windows Phone 7 devices hitting AT&T's shelves this Fall.  Unless something changes over the next two months, AT&T will be at the forefront of Windows Phone 7.

T-Mobile: We are confident that T-Mobile will have a Windows Phone 7 device on the shelf at some point and the HTC Schubert has been quietly rumored to be that device. 

Verizon: Verizon and Microsoft may not be on good speaking terms these days after the KIN adventure. Rumors are that Verizon is simply not interested in Windows Phone 7 and a leaked "end of life" report has Verizon removing any existing Windows Phones from their line-up by March of 2011. Coupled with the signs that Verizon doesn't have any Windows Phones on their2010/2011 product road map, we won't be shocked if Verizon shifts their smartphone focus from Windows Phones to Android or Blackberry.

Sprint:  Listed as a launch partner when Windows Phone 7 was announced back in February (but that was a non-binding agreement), Sprint could go either way with Windows Phone 7.  They could keep everything under wraps and surprise everyone with a Windows Phone 7 or simply taking a "wait and see" approach (as they did with Android). Fared Adib, Sprint's Vice President of Product Development did say back in February, "Sprint and Microsoft have had a 15-year-plus relationship together. And we believe that the Windows Phone 7 Series will continue that relationship into a new decade." Our guess, Sprint will let Microsoft work out the kinks with Windows Phone 7 and eventually have a Windows Phone 7 device in their line up.  Maybe the Dell Streak Lightning?

Granted all this is speculation and the carriers still have plenty of time to throw in a few twists before Windows Phone 7 hits the shelves. 

We still have the nagging questions of "when will the carriers get these phones?" and "how much will they cost?". The OS was just released to manufacturers and best guess is still seeing mid-to-early November for availability. Pricing points are still anyone's guess. 

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And yet another HTC phone gets "approval" though less is known about this one at this time.

The name is the HTC 7 Trophy and it received approval from the Global Certification Forum (GCF), which is a partnership between OEMs, operators and the test industry to basically certify phones. It's usually a Europe/Asia thing and obviously not the U.S.

The OS on the HTC 7 Trophy is not known either but there are two hints:

Assuming this is the same 'Trophy' (admittedly a big assumption since it has been so long), the specs were a front-facing QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch capacitive touchscreen with 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM and at the time, Windows Mobile 6.5 (that's a fan rendering you see here).  In addition, the GCF info adds quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz to the mix.

The phone never came out though and one has to wonder if HTC postponed the phone for Windows Phone 7 instead. If so, could HTC have kept the front qwerty design too? We can only hope, as the general consensus on the 'Trophy' design was DO WANT.

Finally, GCF phones are typically released 6-8 weeks after certification, which would be right in time for the Windows Phone 7 launch. Coincidence?

Oh, can we haz for the U.S. too, plox?

[via The Unwired.net]

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A Zune HD2? Maybe.

When it comes to the Zune HD and its successor, the rumor has been thus for awhile: there may or may not be one other iteration of the series before it's folded into the Windows Phone eco-system.

And to be honest, the rumor has been tilting towards no Zune HD2 for somewhat obvious reasons listed below.

But now according to Mary Jo Foley (more specifically, her tipster), it looks like Microsoft may attempt a Zune HD2 but not till sometime in 2011, meaning this is all but vaporware at this point, but still interesting vaporware.

After Microsoft had its Windows Phone 7 reset, talk of a new ZuneHD2 tapered off. But lately, I’ve been hearing that, in spite of the Zune HD’s not-so-stellar sales, plus Microsoft’s failure to make the hardware available outside the U.S., the Softies may still have one more digital-media player coming. My rumormonger says it could be a calendar 2011 deliverable and possibly could sport an ARM processor of some kind. The Zune HD2 would incorporate a number of the UI changes from the Windows Phone 7 folks, the tipster claims — which makes sense given the Windows Phone 7 UI borrowed so heavily from the Zune HD UI.

No word from my tipster on dimensions, price, will/won’t there be cameras or any other details users might want to know about a potential new Zune HD. Also no word on how Microsoft might position such a device if it ever comes to market: Would it be more like a “Windows Phone 7 Lite”/iPod Touch? A gaming-focused handheld like the rumored Sony PSP Go successor? Or more like a mini slate/tablet (like one of those new Archos 28s running Froyo)?

Yeah, so this is just an unconfirmed rumor at this point, but one that is quite possible--after all, Apple still has luck in doing the whole iPod/iPhone thing, so if Windows Phone 7 is a hit, why not Microsoft?

 

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You had to know it was only a matter of time. Engadget is reporting that the HTC HD3, successor to the HD2 (and previously the HD), will be launching on October 18th. The rumor stems from leaked internal documentation reportedly from UK carrier O2. If the document is to believed, the device will be named the HD7, possibly to correspond with the Windows Phone 7 platform.

Our guess is that this device would carry the torch as one of the flagship devices for the platform, much the same way as the HD2 has been. We’d love to hear some of your thoughts in the comments.

 

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LG C900 gets some more details too

As if yesterday's LG E900 pics, video and debunked 1.3GHz CPU story wasn't enough, this morning we have the same treatment for the upcoming (and U.S. bound) LG E900.

The device sports a slightly smaller 3.2" screen, features a 1GHz Snapdragon and has all the other hardware requirements we expect from our Windows Phone 7 devices.

The only other cool info that comes from the translated article is that the device is mostly metal, betraying its mostly plastic look. Because of this, the device evidently feels quite nice, giving it some heft. Although plastic is lighter, the consensus seems to be that metal feels better and we agree.

Check out the Android.com.pl for more shots of the device and if you're really hard up for media, you can watch the spectacularly boring video of it...booting.

[Thanks for everyone who sent this in]

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Evidently in those LG E900 videos that came out today, a new app was spotted on the device called 'ScanSearch'.

'ScanSearch' is developed by Korean Software Company OlaWorks and is basically a Google Goggles app but looking even more advanced. It allows you to scan just about anything commercial (store logos, books, CDs, etc.) and then fetch more information on the interwebs.

Besides Google, Microsoft is also working on such technology for Bing, so we can expect an official version of this technology sometime in the future.

Unfortunately, we can't see what the WP7 version looks like, but after the break is a iPhone-demo of the same app in action (albeit in Korean).

[via MobileTechWorld]

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Well this should be fun.

Looks like software developers Magmic, who have Rubik's cube officially licensed, are bringing the app over to Windows Phone 7. Magmic makes a bunch of Windows Mobile games, including Peggle, NY Times Crossword, Worms, etc.

The game has recently been released on the iPhone/iPad and even features 3D puzzle solving.

The Windows Phone 7 version will evidently feature the following:

  • Four different sizes of cubes
  • “Free play” or the more challenging “Timed mode”
  • A timer to keep track of your best solution times
  • Variations like “CRAZY cube” and “Picture cube”
  • A solution guide to help you learn how to solve the puzzle
  • Anaglyphic 3-D mode (3-D glasses not included)

Sounds good to us. No word on release date. You can check out the iPhone video demo after the jump to get a rough idea of what to expect.

[via Global Nerdy]

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One of the hopeful rumors today is focusing around the LG E900 (seen last week), that sleek keyboardless Windows Phone 7 device probably headed for European markets.

The word is that it is running a 1.3GHz QSD8650A Snapdragon CPU, which of course would be a first and not too unexpected as Qualcomm is gearing up to launch a few new CPUs this Fall/Winter. It also features the obvious 3.7" screen, 

The bad news is, at least according to WMPU, that due to an goof in Google Translation, it may actually be just a 1GHz CPU, not the coveted 1.3GHz version.

[It all hinges on the 'A' in QSD8650A--with an 'A' it is the 1.3Ghz revision; without it is the regular 1Ghz. In the original Polish text, it is just QSD8650, so 1GHz.]

Either way, we're sure we'll like it, but alas it doesn't have the same headline making umph. We can actually see this going either way, so we'll just wait for LG to tell us but we're leaning with 1GHz.

Finally, some new, almost higher quality videos are out which can be found below for your viewing pleasure. And check out the source, Android.com.pl for more close up shots.

[Andoid.com.pl via WMPU]

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Microsoft has a lot riding on the launch of Windows Phone 7. And it looks as if they're ready to put some serious cash to help insure its success.

According to Jonathan Goldberg, a telecommunications analyst at Deutsche Bank, Microsoft is prepared to fund initial marketing, development and manufacturing subsidies with as much as $400 million. Goldberg stated, “This is make-or-break for them. They need to do whatever it takes to stay in the game."

In a recent visit to Microsoft, Goldberg said company executives told him that along with carrier and manufacturing partners, Microsoft would likely spend billions in the first year for Windows Phone 7 marketing and development. While these numbers are high, Goldberg estimates that Verizon, Motorola and Google spent $100 million to market the Droid line of Android phones.

Microsoft will definitely have some ground to catch up in the smartphone market. Google's Android has gotten a healthy corner on the market releasing what seems to be a device every other week. Apple's "antenna gate" appears to have faded quickly into the sunset with the iPhone 4G sales not missing a beat.

But will $400 million do the trick? The obvious answer is, "if it's spent right." Windows Phone 7 preview units were well received so it is unlikely that the software will be a complete dud. The big three of WP7 manufacturers (HTC, Samsung, and LG) are working on a few, "not too shabby looking" devices, and software development is building up steam.

The funding will definitely help all of these efforts. Hopefully some of the funding will be left over to help the consumers at the cash register when the time comes to actually buy a Windows Phone 7.

Source: TechCrunch.com

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HTC has yet another Windows Phone being presented to the FCC for approval. This time around, a nice yellow label details the HTC PC40100.

FCC documentation indicates the PC40100 is fitted with wifi and bluetooth connectivity and EDGE 850/1900 band (no 3G bands listed). At first thought, with the yellow label, this could be the HD Mini heading to U.S. market. However, without 3G bands, that's unlikely.

Could this be another Windows Phone 7 devices slated for European release this fall? If so, then you have to ask why send it to the FCC to begin with?

via: htcsource.com

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A leaked "end of life" list has surfaced from Verizon Wireless that takes every Windows Phones off Verizon's shelves.

According to the document the HTC Touch Pro 2 has seen it's last days (EOL 6/29/2010) while the HTC Imagio, Ozone and Samsung Omnia 2 have their days seriously numbered (EOL 3/31/2011). All of which essentially wipes Verizon's slate clean of all Windows Phones.

Verizon isn't just axing Windows Phones. Android, Blackberry and Palm devices also make an appearance on the list. However, with Verizon rumored to be giving Windows Phone 7 the cold shoulder, could this be the end of a Verizon Windows Phone?  Or is Verizon warming up to Windows Phone 7 and simply cleaning off the shelves to make room for WP7 inventory?

via: precentral.com source: phonedog.com

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In the Bluetooth SIG documents on the LG C900, they have listed as around September 28th as the release date for said device. If you remember, LG said the same thing back in July too.

Since today is a slow news day on Windows Phone 7, many sites are posting this story from Phone Arena, which while interesting, really doesn't say anything new. But we have a feeling that regular folk are construing this to mean somewhere an LG C900 will be available at the end of September to actually purchase.

So far we know

The launch of Windows Phone 7 will be a coordinated effort and we can't see AT&T or LG jumping the gun on Microsoft. However, there is no reason to doubt that the LG C900 will be ready to launch at the end of September, nor do we doubt HTC and Samsung will also have their hardware near finalized at that time either.  All of this should be obvious as we are at the tale-end of the WP7 pre-launch.

In other words, Bluetooth SIG + LG ≠ internal-carrier release plans. So some perspective: First week of October = Microsoft unveiling Windows Phone 7, with devices becoming available soon after; November release dates for the U.S.

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More than a few of us have high expectations for device manufacturers when it comes to hardware for Windows Phone 7. In particular, the manufacturers that are traditional Windows Mobile powerhouses such as Samsung and HTC have a very high bar set for them.

The hardware that we've seen leaked and rumored up to this point has been decent, but not quite up the lofty expectations that some of us have visualized. Other than the two LG devices, everything seems to be very "black slab".

Finally though, HTC gives us some hardware that breaks the mold. The T8788 offers a landscape-slider form factor, though from pictures the only thing sliding is a large speaker. This speaker, in conjunction with the included kickstand, could make this a strong media device. If I were king of the world, I'd love to see the back of the device slide both ways; one to expose the speaker, the other to provide the hardware keyboard.

What do you guys think? Is this too radical of a form factor? Or is this just what the doctor ordered?

An additional picture is after the break.

[via: Engadget]

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So far, we've seen leaked "release" devices from Samsung, LG, HTC and Asus, most of which can be seen above (sorry Asus, forgot to add you):

The question is straight forward: how are you feeling about the hardware so far?

Granted, we don't know a lot of the detailed specs, so this is sort of unfair. On the other hand, just going by aesthetics alone and general feel, we know some of you have opinions on the issue. Plus we can always revisit the topic in the fall.

Take the poll, shout your opinion in comments!

How do you feel about the WP7 hardware so far?online survey
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Just a few days after images of the C900 from LG showed up, a video has appeared with what is supposedly the E900.

The difference here is the E900 has no slider keyboard and in turn, seems quite thin.

Both the E900 and C900 dovetail nicely with what LG has said their plans were: sliding keyboard for the U.S. market (AT&T), black-slab for Europe.

Other than a 3.7 inch screen, not much is known about the hardware.

Only downside with this leak is the video was shot on a cell phone, so the quality is less than stellar.

Check the video tour after the break!

[via MobileTechWorld]

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Samsung Cetus Pictured

Finally, details are starting to leak out regarding some hardware for Windows Phone 7. Although we don’t get much more information about Samsung’s Cetus than we did from the Bluetooth SIG we do get some (blurry) pictures courtesy of Engadget.

We do know from previous leaks that we’re looking at a 4” WVGA AMOLED screen and the minimum 5MP Camera; and if you squint just right you can make out the rumored front facing VGA camera. Current rumors are putting this phone as one of AT&T’s launch devices. These pictures do show a much more curvy profile than the other Samsung WP7 device we saw floating around last week; perhaps we’re looking at a couple of Samsung phones in the not-too-distant future?

Is the sleek black slab look enough for you? Watcha think? See more pictures after the break.

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