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3 years ago

Nokia Windows Phone still on track for early 2012?

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While release dates for the Nokia Windows Phone have never been set in stone, the strong school of thought has been to look at early 2012 for the Sea Ray to hit the market. This line of thought was confirmed recently. In an interview with the Australian website WP7R, when questioned about the release of the Sea Ray Nokia in Australia replied,

"We won't be releasing a Nokia on Windows Phone until Q1 of next year. Can't be more specific than that sorry!"

This joins the long line of indicators pointing to 2012 that include Nokia CEO Stephen Elop stating, "We'll be shipping in volume in 2012" and Nokia tweeting similar.  We still have the where and with whom that has to be answered.  Plus it would be nice if eventually the Q1 2012 time frame could be narrowed down a bit.

Regardless, this latest blip seems to confirm that Sea Ray fans still a have a bit of a wait to endure.

source: Wp7r  Thanks xlri for the tip!

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3 years ago

Timer - Mango App Spotlight

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Timer - Mango App Spotlight

Here's a handy utility for your Windows Phone. Timer is a Mango App over at the Marketplace that allows you to create and set countdown timers that will run in the background on your phone.

The interface is straight forward with two preset, customizable timers already present. You can modify each timer by tapping on the display and edit the time duration and/or description. To add more timers, tap the "+" button at the bottom and create away. Once your ready to use a particular timer, just tap the toggle switch and go about your business. The alarm will ring, regardless of your phone's volume settings, and give you the option of snoozing or dismissing the alarm.

Timer is a simple app that can be used in a bunch of ways. Need an exercise timer? In the kitchen, would multiple timers help keep track of everything on the stove? Trying to limit the kids video game time? Need to time yourself during practice exams?

Timer is a free application and you can find it over here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace. Keep in mind, this is a Mango app and you'll need Mango on your phone to use it.

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3 years ago

HTC considering buying OS of its own

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HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang told the China's Economic Observer that the device manufacturer is considering purchasing a mobile phone operating system that it can use as its own.  The possibility is there, but it is nowhere near becoming a reality.  “We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse,” Wang said in an interview. 

It may come as a surprise that a company which has seen so much success building devices with third-party operation systems (Android and Windows Phone) would be possibly seeking to obtain one of their own.  However, if you follow recent trends of Nokia pairing off with Microsoft and Google buying Motorola Mobility, HTC might be looking for a little insurance that they won't be left out in the cold as a manufacturer with no OS.  Even Samsung, whose bread and butter is Android and Windows devices has their own proprietary operating system, bada.

If HTC does decide to go the route of their own OS, it's still unlikely that they will completely drop the third-party ones that have rocketed them to the heights of the mobile phone market.  Still, it might be cool to see a "HTC Sense" phone, or the acquisition of webOS by a company that could actually make it successful.

Source: Focus Taiwan; Via: Mashable

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3 years ago

HTC Radar shows up on Orange UK

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HTC Radar shows up on Orange UK

The HTC Radar has made its way onto UK mobile site Orange UK in the "Coming Soon" section.  While no timeline is given for availability, it is a good sign that release is imminent.  With a 3.8" screen, 1GHz processor, and 5MP camera, it is meant to be a lower-price point to its overgrown counterpart, the Titan, and was shown to be a little behind it when the two were put through their paces recently.  That being said, the Radar still proved to be a pretty nice addition to the HTC WP7 lineup when we took a look at it hands-on.

Source: OrangeUK (Thanks for the tip, Alex!)

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Brandon Watson is using the Samsung Focus S

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Oh, so now we know Brandon Watson is using the just announced Samsung Focus S, sporting an 8MP camera, 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen and rocking 4G connectivity. He mentioned the phone, indirectly, before but now we have evidence.

In a photo just uploaded to TwitPic, the EXIF info reveals all, as can be seen above. The SGH-i937 aka "Kapua" aka Samsung Focus S shows up in the EXIF data along with it weighing in at 8MP. (Note: we busted Bill Gates before using this method)

Congrats, Mr. Watson. Clearly your job has perks.

Thanks, @Nin_jy, for the tip!

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3 years ago

AT&T announces Windows Phone Mango plans, 3 new phones and updates

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Today, AT&T has announced its Windows Phone 7.5 plans, including new phones and updates (see earlier AT&T roadmap leak). The three new devices, the HTC Titan, Samsung's Focus S and Focus Flash will all be available in Q4, though no specific date has been specified. Most impressive is the announcement of the first 4G Windows Phone, coming from Samsung.

We've all seen (and drooled over) the HTC Titan, with its gigantic 4.7-inch screen, 1.5GHz processor, 8MP camera with dual LED flash in addition it's front-facing 1.3MP camera. No doubt that the Titan will be highly anticipated and a weclome addition to AT&T's offerings.

As for the Focus S (SGH-i937 aka Kapua) it will "build on the success of the award-winning and highest selling Windows Phone in the U.S., the Samsung Focus." and will sport a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.4GHz processor, 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera, all snuggly tucked into a svelte a 8.55 millimeter profile (the current Focus is 9.9mm thick, for reference)

Finally, the Samsung Focus Flash will be geared for the more price-conscious consumer.  While it, too, will have a 1.4GHz processor, the screen measures in a tad smaller than the Focus S, at 3.7 inches, and will only have a 5MP camera.  All three will have front-facing cameras, which seems to be a standard for any new, Mango-native devices.

Speaking of which, AT&T also took the opportunity to say that they will be among the first to roll out Mango to their existing lineup of phones.  The HTC HD7S, HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus will all see Mango updates "this fall,"  which could even come to mean this week.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral forums...

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From the WPCentral forums...

We have been spending a lot of time fooling around in the forums and you’re not going to believe this. Sure you can't say he’s serious, or is he? I’m not really sure either. What am I talking about? You’ll just have to read the thread: "Do you ever just..."  Then there is this: "New owners: How do you manage expectation of failure?" Now that doesn’t make any sense does it? You be the judge. If you want to know what it all about you will have to read the threads.

We are also talking about Samsung and the future of Windows Phone. "Sprint and/or Verizon getting some Samsung love" we sure hope so. But wait this just in: "Samsung ditiching WP7...", hopefully this is just a bad rumor.

"Apps missing from WP7". What are your favorite apps that haven’t made it to Windows Phone yet? We are making a list come tell us what apps you want to see on Windows Phone.

Don’t forget to stop in and check out this week’s developer apps in our Applications and Games Spotlight forums. Here are a few highlights

Applications Spotlight:

Games Spotlight:

Just remember to get registered. I want you to join the fun.

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations Monday Brief: September 12, 2011

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3 years ago

Live Tile Now - Mango App Spotlight

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Live Tile Now - Mango App Spotlight

Here's a Mango App that will let you pin your favorite photos on the Windows Phone Start Screen. As with other Mango Live Tile apps, such as Sticky Tiles and NFL Live Tile, the interface is short and simple.

You have one page to select the image from (one for either side of the tile) and one page to enter optional text. From there you pin the app to your Start Screen and the tile is generated. There's also a tile count area where you can enter a reminder such as a date or number of days until an event.

The only downside to the app is that your only limited to one tile. Still, it's a nice way to pin a photo of your pets, kids, girlfriend or wife (but not both) on your Start Screen. If you're running Mango, Live Tile Now is a free, ad-supported app and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

Nvidia Tegra chipsets finally coming for Windows Phone in 2013?

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For some reason, everyone is planning for 2013. Guess we should start picking out our clothes now as Nvidia evidently has plans for Windows Phone, three years after knocking it and the same year that Samsung is reportedly dropping the OS.

Nividia's Tegra chipsets have been around for awhile now, heck they even powered the ZuneHD. But besides some Android handsets, they have been absent from the Windows Phone side, leaving plenty of room for mega SoC maker Qualcomm to ride high.

In a leaked roadmap from Heise.de, we can see that in 2013 Nvidia is looking to power Windows Phone handsets using their Tegra/Icera combo "Grey" chipset. Reportedly featuring a 28mm manufacturing process and 2G/3G/4G communication capabilities (something Nvidia is missing now), the chipset looks to be as powerful as Qulcomm's offering but with some Nvidia GPU oomph.

We're still trying to make sense of the layout of this slide, but it is interesting to see Windows and Windows Phone lumped next to each other--reaffirming the notion that both OSs will become closer together, especially as Windows 8 moves to ARM processors.

Source: Heise.de; via: Fudzilla; Thanks, @darkhorse166, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Samsung leaving Windows Phone from 2013? [Rumor]

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This seems to be completely out of the blue, so take it lightly if you will. SamFirmware, the guys that continuously publish leaked ROMs and whatnot have tweeted that Samsung will be looking at leaving Windows Phone and will cease innovating for the platform from 2013 onwards. It seems odd due to the success of Samsung handsets on Microsoft's OS, but let us take a look at the larger picture here.

Could Samsung be focusing on Android? Not sure, they already have solid devices like the Galaxy S II so it could be that they have decided to take bada seriously, especially since with Android they are experiencing legal issues and have to pay Microsoft royalty.

Google will now play a role in hardware as well as software with Android, while Microsoft holds continuous tea parties with Nokia. But they're still two completely different relationships. Manufacturers were sceptical about the Motorola acquisition whereas Acer and others are still pretty excited about the future of WP.

Should this be true, 2013 is still two years away. If the platform really does capture the market by storm with Mango then perhaps Samsung may change their tune. Android (and Google) need Samsung, but it could be that bada will be competing for market as well as WP.

However we look at it this way, Samsung does seem to have a relatively healthy position by supporting both WP and Android, which makes it seem odd that they would choose to pull out from either one of them.

Via: 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

Windows USB Update for Windows Phone 7 popping up

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Here's a bit of a mystery.

There is a Windows Phone 7 update available for your Windows operating system. It won't show up on your update list unless you have Zune running and your Windows Phone connected.

Listed as Microsoft-Other hardware-Windows Phone 7, the 4.2mb update apparently deals with your USB connection and recognizes the Windows Phone device by name. Gone is the generic "Windows Phone device" identity whenever you connect your Windows Phone.

As to the "why", your guess is as good as ours. Could it allow Microsoft to open up the device specific apps to the Zune Desktop? Could it be a sign that the Mango's release is close at hand?  Or could it simply be someone at Microsoft getting tired of seeing a generic description of your Windows Phone?

Thanks goes out to Jarrod and everyone else who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Grand Theft Auto, Kinect and a Windows Phone like to mingle [Homebrew]

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While this is far from official being a part of the growing Kinect Homebrew scene, what this demonstration of a Xbox 360 Kinect, Windows Phone and Grand Theft Auto proves is that come 2012, we could be set for some truly unique game play.

The sensor here is using a custom "KinDriver" app which allows you to control the character using the phone, in addition to virtual steering with just your hands.. The fact that this as been done on the homebrew level already is quite impressive, so lets just hope some of the big game houses are working on the same. The combo of Kinect and Windows Phone could be the biggest thing for Windows Phone in 2012...if done big.

Source: YouTube (theSchokoBiscuit); via WPSauce

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