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2 years ago

Samsung Focus S, Focus Flash and Omnia W get priced

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Coming out of WPXAP forums, a fairly reliable source for leaked information, are the base prices for Samsung's Generation 2 devices.

  • Samsung Focus S = $649
  • Samsung Focus Flash = $549
  • Samsung Omnia W = $569

There's not too much else to say about this story outside of the base price of Samsung's new phones are certainly expensive. Of course, those Super AMOLED screens don't come cheap, so we guess fair is fair and besides, hopefully most of us will be paying the subsidized carrier price instead. Obviously the Focus S is the flagship device with the Omnia W and Flash running for the mid-grade tier.

We bet the Focus S will hit $199 on AT&T though, so there's not too much to worry about.

Thanks, Talan1314, for the heads up!

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2 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 127

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WPCentral Podcast 127


With one week before Nokia World, Dan and Jay take on this week's rumors, Mango news, software updates and an odd discussion on sneezing. Tune in now!

Full show notes after the break!

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2 years ago

Puzzle Quest 2 on sale again, this time as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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When Namco Bandai’s Puzzle Quest 2 went on sale a few weeks ago, it wasn’t actually the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. Fast forward a bit and this time it really is the Deal of the Week. Starting Wednesday it will be on sale for $4.99, down from $6.99.

Puzzle Quest 2 is a puzzle role-playing game. Players explore large dungeons, take on quests, and collect plenty of loot. Whenever a battle occurs, the fighting is done via Bejeweled-like match-3 gameplay. It’s an extremely long game with beautiful art, multiple playable characters, and a few nigh-impossible Achievements. Ignoring the Achievements, the gameplay is just super addicting. If you like Bejeweled and RPGs, you really can’t do any better. We’ll have a full review soon.

Puzzle Quest 2 will be on sale for $4.99 for one week only. This gaming treasure can be found here on the Marketplace.

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2 years ago

Jet Car Stunts Mini-Interview

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Jet Car Stunts Mini-Interview

With the announcement that Jet Car Stunts is at last coming to Xbox Live tomorrow, we thought it would be a good time to speak with the game’s developer, True Axis. Several years before starting to make games, Luke Ryan, one of the company’s founders, first developed the True Axis Physics SDK. In 2008, True Axis took advantage of their physics engine to make Jet Car Stunts on iPhone. Today we grill Luke about the Windows Phone version of his company’s debut game.

Head past the jump for the full interview and exclusive first screenshots of the Windows Phone version of Jet Car Stunts!

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2 years ago

Xbox Live drought ends this Wednesday with Jet Car Stunts

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The last two weeks haven’t been great for Xbox Live gamers since no new games were released during that time. Things will take a turn for the better this Wednesday with the release of Jet Car Stunts from Australian developer True Axis.

First announced before Windows Phone 7 actually launched, Jet Car Stunts has been a long time in coming. It’s a stunt-oriented racing game whose best along might be XBLA/PS3/PSP title GripShift. Players hop in a race car take on jump-filled floating tracks in Platforming Mode, take part in more traditional races in Time Trial Mode, or just go stunt-crazy in the brand-new Freestyle Mode. Jet Car Stunts uses simple touch-screen controls which can be configured in 6 different ways.

Check back later today when we’ll present a mini-interview with the developer and the exclusive premiere of more Jet Car Stunts screenshots. Jet Car Stunts launches on Wednesday October 19 for $2.99.

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2 years ago

A little hands-on time with the Samsung Omnia W

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The Samsung Omnia W is a second generation Windows Phone that we should see on over seas markets soon. The new Windows Sports a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen, 8gb of storage, a 5mp rear facing camera and a front facing VGA camera.

Phone Arena was able to spend a little hands on time with the new Samsung Windows Phone and liked what they saw. The Omnia W measures 4.57 x 2.31 x .43 inches and appears tiny in the previewers hands. Regardless of the compact size, the Omnia W looks good.

The Omnia W runs Windows Phone 7.5 and the lion's share of the video walks you through the Mango aspects of the Omnia W. The 1.4ghz processor clearly moves the software along rather nicely.  The Omnia W is expected to hit Italian markets sometime in October and we've already seen it available for pre-order over at Clove for 285 Lira (about $447 US).  

So, what do you think? Will the Omnia W be a hit or will the Radar attract more consumers?

source: PhoneArena

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2 years ago

Microsoft looking into vanishing keyboard in Mango

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A number of Windows Phone users running Mango have complained about their keyboards performing a disappearing act and I can confirm that mine too vanishes on the rare occasion. An active thread is accumulating posts over at the XDA Developer forum with experiences and complaints. Microsoft has since confirmed that they are looking into the reports with a reply to a Twitter user who tweeted about the issue. Mary Jo Foley, of ZDNet, received a statement from the software giant:

Customer support is working with the individuals reporting changes to their experience. We are investigating these reports to determine the root cause of any issues users are having.

Have you come across this problem?

Source: Twitter, ZDNetXDA Developer forum, via: WinRumors

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2 years ago

New HTC Radar ad airs on ITV in the UK, actually looks good

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Well, we've heard that HTC (and Samsung) will start picking up some of the slack on advertising for Windows Phone and now we see the fruits of their labor, at least the start of it.

On ITV in the UK, HTC's new ad for the Radar was spotted by WinRumors. The ad showcases Annika Lischke who's an artist/designer type and places emphasis on her managing her life instead of work. It closes with the tag line "In the right hands, it brings you closer" and seems to nail the right elements for the device and OS. Put people first and the People Hub are the main selling points here.

While the commitment and breath of HTC remains to be seen with Windows Phone, this ad seems to be a fairly solid effort. Hopefully we'll see more.

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2 years ago

ShopSavvy barcode scanner, deal finder finally gets its Mango update

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ShopSavvy was one of the first bar-code scanners to hit the Marketplace and it has quite the following, mostly because of its super "deal finder" capabilities. Sure, in Windows Phone Mango we actually have this feature built into Bing Vision, but ShopSavvy ain't half bad either.

Now with version 1.8, ShopSavvy finally goes to Mango, making it reach its full potential by giving it live-scanning ability. In addition, you can now pin new scans directly to your Start screen, which is a great way to (a) remember you wanted that item or (b) quickly check on internet and local prices to see if there are any changes.

The app's scanner is quite nice, using the flash when necessary and performing as good if not better than Bing Vision. We easily found the lowest prices for our items with little effort, although the local-mapping feature leaves a lot to be desired (despite being a good idea). Actually, one of the most useful features is the "Deals" area which highlights specials going for major chains like Target, Macy's, Best Buy and more.

Of course it's a free app and we're not too sure how it performs in other countries, but with the Mango update, it's well worth a spin. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

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2 years ago

Sprint back-steps on Buyback program and removes the Arrive

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We're not going to claim credit for this, but obviously there was quite a backlash against Sprint for using the Arrive as the poster-child for their Buyback program, at least if you go by the comments. If you recall, Sprint put the Arrive up for their Buyback program, which was prominently featured on the Sprint iPhone 4S page.

Now, perhaps due to a change of heart or perhaps a phone call from Microsoft, the Arrive has been replaced by the LG Lotus Elite. Hey, maybe they regularly rotate those phones and this is just coincidence, so we'll keep an eye on it, but at least for now the Arrive is spared the humiliation of being the iPhone 4S trade-in phone.

Source: Sprint; Thanks, Kien G., for the tip!

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2 years ago

Italy getting a Nokia Windows Phone in November too

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As if we needed any more proof that as soon as Nokia World is wrapped up at the end of October, the Finnish company will be getting ready to pump out Nokia phones to numerous European countries just a few weeks later, Italy steps up.

That's right my Italian friends, according to the site iPhoneItalia, who managed to get a pricing list from TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile), you should be getting that new, unspecified, Nokia Windows Phone sometime in November (we're betting the first half).

No pricing or model number is present, but the SeaRay is the obvious contender. We're sure such details aren't too important though as many will be wanting to get their hands on such a phone as soon as possible. So get saving!

Source: iPhoneItalia, via Plaffo

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2 years ago

Nokia ring tone not being replaced, but reloaded

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Last week we covered the announced winner of the Nokia ring tone competition, which saw a 24-second dub step mix in line to be shipped onto 100 million Nokia handsets. The reaction from consumers and the media was mixed just like Marmite - you either love it or hate it. Nokia has since published an article on their blog detailing that this will not replace the original ring tone, but simply be bundled with stock tunes.

Of course, should you not be diggin' the winning entry, there are five runners up that are definitely worth checking out. Head on over to the Nokia blog post below for links to the other tracks to download yourself.

Source: Nokia

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2 years ago

Hope for the Dell Venue Pro and Internet Sharing

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In order for our Windows Phones to ever tether via WiFi, it needs at a minium specific hardware--a BRCM 4329 chipset. A few days ago, via XDA, it was reported that the Dell Venue Pro had a BRCM 4325 chipset and therefor was completely out of the running for ever having Internet Sharing/tethering even hacked on, let alone officially granted.

Now some contradictory information has appeared, information which we are much more likely to believe due to the source, which is the official service manual for the Dell Venue Pro aka Dell Lightning.

Scrolling down to hardware specifications and looking under the WiFi/Bluetooth/FM area on page 7, we can clearly see that the BRCM 4329 chipset is listed, meaning in fact the Dell Venue Pro can have WiFi tethering/Internet Sharing--in theory, at least. Assuming that info is correct, and we have little reason to doubt that it isn't, then all that is needed are the correct drivers--no small feat for such a  unique phone. Still, there's little technical reason as to why Dell couldn't offer the Internet Sharing capability of Mango, if they chose.

Download the service manual here and take a look for yourself. Big thanks to Tom for the tip and the file upload!

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2 years ago

Age of Empires Online app for Windows Phone

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Age of Empires Online app for Windows Phone

Microsoft has recently announced the first purchasable civilization pack for Age of Empires Online, a multiplayer version of the popular RTS series by Ensemble. What's more interesting is the team has also announced that a Windows Phone app will be made available later this month.

The Age of Empires Online app will allow players of the PC game to view statistics and recipes for items, access to a materials calculator that displays which items can be crafted with available resources on the account, and will enable users to view most popular items crafted in the community. Unfortunately no client as of yet, but here's hoping.

Update: The app is available to download for free.

Source: AOEO Blog, via: Kotaku, thanks hommus01for the heads up!

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2 years ago

Microsoft and Brightpoint to push Windows Phone to Africa and Middle East

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Microsoft Middle East has announced a partnership with global wireless distributor Brightpoint to push the Windows Phone platform in Africa and the Middle East (MEA). The Windows Phone Online Shop is a planned e-commerce website that will allow consumers all across MEA to purchase and receive a handset running Microsoft's latest OS. It is set to launch later this year.

Gustavo Fuchs (in above photo, left), Microsoft Mobility Director in Middle East and Africa, had the following to say about the platform and the partnership aim:

"Smartphone growth is fueling the worldwide mobile phone market and Windows Phone is poised to lead this trend. In fact, IDC recently projected that Windows Phone will have the second largest share of the Smartphone market by 2015. We are seeing huge Smartphone growth in the region and this is expected to continue with a prediction of 38 percent year on year growth for 2012. The launch of the Windows Phone Online Shop will help fuel the appetite of consumers in the region."

Anurag Gupta, President of Brightpoint Europe, Middle East and Africa, went onto talk about the strength of the relationship with Microsoft and their product:

"We are happy to strengthen further our long term relationship with Microsoft in support of their Windows Phone offering. Our expertise in offering e-commerce and supply chain solutions will enable consumers across Middle East and Africa to purchase Windows Phone devices online to be delivered to their doorstep. We will continue to invest and expand our portfolio of services and footprint in the Middle East and Africa region."

As Buzz Lightyear would say, "To infinity... and beyond!"

Source: AMEinfo

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