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2 years ago

Mango Internet Sharing / Mobile Hot Spot

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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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2 years ago

The HTC Titan and Twitter

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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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2 years ago

The HTC Radar promo video

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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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2 years ago

It's Official, HTC announces the Titan and Radar

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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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2 years ago

HTC Titan promo video surfaces

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2 years ago

HTC London Event

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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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2 years ago

Nope, No Mango tonight

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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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2 years ago

Tap Shot - Review

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Tap Shot - Review

Here's a fun game to pass the time with. Tap Shot is a finger tap shooting gallery for your Windows Phone that will test your reaction time and powers of observations. 

The goal of the game is simple. Tap the screen to shoot as many targets as they appear on the screen within thirty seconds, avoid tapping friendly targets and don't miss. The game has three levels of play to keep you challenged.  Take the jump past the break to read more about Tap Shot and catch our hands-on video.

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2 years ago

Bubblo World - Review

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2 years ago

Hands on with the HTC Omega

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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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2 years ago

Bee Mobile offers Windows Phone DevKit [Developers]

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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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2 years ago

HTC Omega and Eternity Mango phones get fully spec'd out

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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.

Source: BuyMobilePhones.net 1, 2; Thanks, Alex B., for the tip!

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2 years ago

Official HTC Mozart localized for Russian goes on sale?

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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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2 years ago

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

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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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2 years ago

NAVIGON GPS navigation announced for Windows Phone 7

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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."

The only thing we want is to have this now. Come on, it has a Reality Scanner!  Also notice that this is a Windows Phone 7.5 app? We have a feeling we'll be seeing more of these big name software developers making announcements over the next few weeks as Microsoft goes forward with Windows Phone Mango.

We're pretty excited about NAVIGON, if only because they seem to be  pushing the envelope on GPS navigation, offering features their competition do not have. Hopefully we'll see it in action in a few weeks.

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