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3 years ago

Windows Phone Market nears 2,000 apps

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Yeah, we know, it's quality not quantity and we agree with that 100%. On the other hand, this number helps give an idea of rates of adoption and growth of the platform. We always thought Microsoft would hit 2,000 by launch and it looks like they did it. Heck, it was just 2 weeks ago they hit 1,000. In short, although there are some hiccups here and there (the Guitar Hero app was fubar'd for awhile, fixed now), the store seems to be a success.

And only 1,800 of those apps are flashlights and tip calculators. We keed, we keed

Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog

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3 years ago

Google Search launches for Windows Phone 7

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Well, we admit it is a little unexpected but Google has indeed launched a Search tool for Windows Phone 7. They say it's available now in the store, though we don't see it.  Just give it a few hours. Busy day, ya know.

It's nothing fancy, just your basic search engine for websites, images, local, and news. It also has that new fangled Google Instant, where it gives you live results as you type instead of typing the whole word/phrase and hitting search. Cool.

Now where's Maps, Latitude, Buzz, Voice, etc?

Source: Google Mobile Blog; Thanks, Phil Nickinson, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Software Review: Yelp!

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Software Review: Yelp!

Yelp! is a free application being offered over a the Marketplace for Windows Phone 7. Yelp! is a search engine that locates business that are close to your current location.

Searches are done from the various category tiles or you can narrow down things by using the search field. In using the search fields, you can also search different locations.

You can pull up detailed information about each business that includes contact information (phone number, web site, address) and reviews generated through Yelp's main website.

Locations can be displayed on a BING map as well as travel directions. The only thing missing is a "home" button to send you back to Yelp's main page. As is, the app is very dependent on the back arrow.

Yelp! (link opens your Zune browser) is a stable application for your Windows Phone that can come in handy when your traveling or simply looking for a new place to eat.

Check Yelp out in action after the break.

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3 years ago

Ilomilo: AT&T Exclusive game?

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Ilomilo: AT&T Exclusive game?

Just though this was interesting. The game Ilomilo, one of the most talked about (see video demo after the break), is a free download for AT&T Windows Phone 7 users. On top of that, it's an exclusive to the carrier as the game is not yet available in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

No word on how long AT&T has this game all to themselves, but if you were thinking of getting that Samsung Focus or HTC Surround, there' s one more reason. But it stinks for non-AT&T customers!

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3 years ago

First U.S. customer to buy Windows Phone 7: Richard Mungeer

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Though we don't know how Microsoft exactly calculated this guy to be the first (perhaps at the Microsoft flagship store?) but evidently Richard Mungeer is the first official person to buy a Windows Phone 7 device , replacing his iPhone (snicker). Anyways, a big congrats to him and welcome to the team!

Get your phone yet? Share your story in comments!

Source: Twitter (@windowsphone)

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3 years ago

WPCentral Windows Phone 7 bargain watch

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Here we'll try to keep a running log of all t great deals around the web for Windows Phone 7 devices. Turns out, there are a lot and they are changing often. Have a deal not listed? Send it in and we'll add it!

 

LG Quantum

 

HTC Surround

 

HTC HD7

 

Samsung Focus

 

General Deals

Thanks for everyone who sent these in!

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3 years ago

Zune Pass deal: by your phone through Microsoft, get 3 months free

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3 years ago

Loopt social-network app demoed for Windows Phone 7; available today

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Loopt is a new social networking app for Windows Mobile/Phone users: think mobile Facebook plus Twitter plus Google Latitude a dash of FourSquare with a bit of Yelp!

Yeah, pretty crazy. Not sure if it will catch on, but evidently they can tie it all in with Facebook, making it quite easy and painless. Unfortunately for now, you'll have to sign up for a Loopt account for WP7, until they add that feature later. Not sure if the world needs another social network, but then again, this looks like "one to rule them all" plus it's already available on Android, iPhone and Facebook, meaning we won't be alone out there.

Source: Robert Scoble

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3 years ago

AT&T site goes live for Windows Phone 7

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Well, it's a few minutes after midnight and AT&T's site is now live with their Windows Phone 7 offerings.

Full pages for Samsung and HTC Surround are here and here. Good for you folks who can't make it to the store or just like it when people bring you things to your living room.

Both phones are of course $199.99, require at least a $15/month data plan and a 2 year contract. Don't forget about the AT&T Windows Phone entertainment pack, which includes the XBox Live puzzle-game "Ilomilo", a 30 Day Zune Pass, and a free month of AT&T U-Verse Mobile. The $29.95 valued freebie will be available to AT&T customers who purchase a Windows Phone between October 25, 2010 and December 31, 2010.

Update: Pre-order the LG Quantum right here; Use this Techbargains deal to save $75 on any WP7 phone (online only), thanks netdev, for the link!

Thanks, Sean L, for the info!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Tip: Messaging Tile

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Windows Phone Tip: Messaging Tile

If you watch carefully, the Messaging Tile on Windows Phone 7 will change as you receive messages. When you receive a new text, you’ll hear a sound and a brief notification will appear at the top of the screen. Additionally, when you have new text messages, the Messaging Tile on the Start screen will show you how many you have and the emoticon on the Tile will change.

The emoticon smiles at you when you don't have any new messages but the smile becomes a wink once you receive a new message. When you have four or more messages, the emoticon will change again.

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3 years ago

Quick App (Windows Phone 7): History Here

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3 years ago

Review: Windows Phone 7 Pictures Hub

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Review: Windows Phone 7 Pictures Hub

Windows Phone 7 makes it easier to capture and share photographs taken with your Windows Phone. While the hardware on the various Windows Phones may vary, the software driving the camera and managing your pictures will be the same from one Windows Phone to another.

I like the consistency Windows Phone 7 and the Pictures hub presents. You can go from the Samsung Focus to the HTC Surround without having to learn proprietary software. The Pictures Hub lays everything out in a straightforward manner and gives you the ability to share images with ease.

While we've already taken a look at Windows Phone 7, now we turn our sights on the Pictures Hub of the OS. Follow the break to see how in focus the hub is.

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro: $199.99

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Dell Venue Pro: $199.99

With just hours before the big day, we just received word (unconfirmed, but highly probable) that the Dell Venue Pro will sell for $199.99 on contract. No word on cost without a contract, though we imagine it to be in the $550 range. The source of the price quote is none other than a Microsoft store, who will be selling both AT&T and T-Mobile phones tomorrow morning.

This sounds right as every other phone is selling for $199.99 (Samsung Focus, HTC HD7, HTC Surround) so this fits right in with the current line up, no more, no less.

Now that you know the price of the Venue Pro, which should be showing up online any hour now, is your decision made for you? If so, take our poll!

Thanks, Joel K., for the tip!

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3 years ago

U.S. launch of Windows Phone 7 to see "lots" of new apps flood Marketplace?

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According to Robert Scoble, tomorrow is not only a big day for Windows Phone in terms of launching hardware, but also for the Marketplace which will see a flood of new apps.

Not much is known as to exactly what will be released nor how many, all Scoble says is "Lots of Windows Phone 7 apps coming out tomorrow." and in response to whether they were ports or something completely different, he responds with "the apps I have seen for Windows Phone 7 are completely new".

Tantalizing. So far, the Marketplace is passed 1,400 apps as of a few days ago. It will be curious to see what Microsoft has in store for us in just a few hours. We'll be keeping a close eye and will report anything we find.

Source: Twitter

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