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4 years ago

Over 3,000 Windows Phone 7 devices in the wild; jealous yet?

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While we know a lot of developer units for Windows Phone 7 would be sent out in the last few weeks, we didn't know exactly how many.

Turns out it's just above 3,000. That's a lot of non-production prototypes if you think about it. Then again, it's a drop in the bucket in terms of developers who still want a device and who are needed to beat back the Android craze.

The number comes by looking at the official Windows Phone 7 Facebook app that comes with the device. The logic being that 3,000+ users have installed this app on their phones, hence the correlation.

Then there's probably the ten or twelve people like myself who don't have Facebook, natch. So more like 3,088.

[iStartedSomething via Crenk.com]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 release, U.S. Markets second in line?

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While we all were getting excited about an October launch for Windows Phone 7, it appears the excitement will be over seas.

Microsoft's COO Kevin Turner recently gave a presentation on the new phone and in talking about release time frames stated, "October likely across Europe, November likely across the U.S.".

No explanation on why the U.S. markets will play second chair for the release. Maybe the wireless carriers need more time to "brand" their Windows Phone 7 device.  But as closed the WP7 system is supposed to be, should this be an issue? 

Regardless of the reasoning, one can't help but be a little disappointed with this news. We can only hope that with the extra month Microsoft will have, they will be able to release a more complete Windows Phone 7 package to the U.S. markets.

read: Engadget.com

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4 years ago

Flight Control now available for Windows Phones

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Namco Games has released the popular game Flight Control for Windows Phone.

Flight Control has players guide planes, jets and helicopters safely to their landing zones. Flight Control is easy to play—just select an aircraft and direct it to its landing zone. Flight Control has five different airfields and ten types of aircraft.  As time passes, more aircraft start to fill the friendly skies, making Flight Control a game of strategy. 

Flight Control is available over at Namco's website for $5.99. Currently it's only available for T-Mobile and AT&T customers (game billed through your wireless account) and slowly but surely Namco is populating the list of compatible devices.  If you have trouble accessing the download link that is sent to your phone from Namco, check for the app in your wireless provider's app store/mall.

We hope to get a review up on Flight Control shortly but in the meantime, check out what our friends over at TiPb thinks of this gaming app.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 photo & video features

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The other day, Microsoft held and hour long video-chat on Windows Phone 7 and photography.

Not a whole 'lotta interesting info was gleaned, though it's still worth a watch for your diehards.

Video recording had a brief focus at the beginning where it was noted VGA recording is the minimum but OEMs can boost that up to HD and the device can handle it with no problem.

There seems to be some confusion over this last part at MobileTech World (who did a nice summary) where it was implied that it could record HD but not play it back. In fact, the question was convoluted: it assumed you had HD content from your DSLR camera and wanted to transfer it to your Phone--this is done through the Zune software. But if the phone has an HD camera, it can record and playback content with  no problem.

Other aspects covered were:

  • no touch focus (use hardware button); no face detection
  • no in-depth video editing e.g. red-eye correction; MS is relying on 3rd parties to fill that gap
  • Automatic syncing/resizing to Facebook, SkyDrive (25GB free space) and Live services
  • Full size for emailing
  • GPS tagging supported
  • no HDMI out in the chassis spec
  • 5MP in minimum; emphasis on quality sensors/hardware

You can watch the whole video here if you're really bored.

[Microsoft via MobileTech World]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 makes a public appearance

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Windows Phone 7 made a public appearance last week at a gadget show hosted by gdgt.com. Microsoft set up a booth and walked patrons through a demo of the software and gave everyone a little hands-on time with the phone.

Asides from the person trying to swallow his soda can around the 6:58 mark, the reactions were mostly positive about the Windows Phone. Everyone approach for their impressions were either an Android or iPhone user and "Really impressed", "Seems pretty cool" and "I liked it" were amongst the comments.

Two standout remarks were from Android users. The first "I was very surprised. I expected nothing good to come from Windows Phone 7. I'm an Android phone user and it was impressive enough that I might consider getting a Windows Phone 7." The second, "It was cool until we found out it didn't multi-task".

Hopefully these live demos will continue to give consumers a better picture of what to expect from Microsoft's new Windows Phone. It appears that most at the event found Windows Phone 7 interesting.  Just not interesting enough to pull them away from their iPhones and Android phones.

Still, the positive comments is a good indication that Microsoft is headed in the right direction and gives us Windows Phone users a little hope.

via: wmpoweruser.com

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4 years ago

Microsoft' Mobile App Match

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Microsoft' Mobile App Match

Got an idea for a Windows Phone app? Looking for a way to share it with developers? Look no further than Microsoft's Mobile App Match.

Mobile App Match is designed to bring the people who build Windows Phone applications together with the end user. The site also has the latest news from Windows Phone bloggers, featured apps, and video showroom.

Already built an app? You can submit to the Marketplace through Mobile App Match. Do you need Development Tools? You can get them through the site as well.

It looks like an interesting place where developers and end users can get together and share ideas on app development and updates.

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4 years ago

Samsung Cetus Outed by Bluetooth SIG

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With the October (or late September) release of Windows Phone 7, we’ve heard very little about what hardware is going to be available before the holidays. We’ve heard from LG, that they will have multiple devices out by the end of the year. Now Samsung has a device jumping through the hoops to get certified.

The Samsung Cetus (SGH-i917) is listed by the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) as a Windows Phone 7 device with a 4” WVGA AMOLED screen, 5MP Camera, and a secondary (front facing) VGA camera. Though most of the specs given merely meet the minimums set forth by Microsoft and the given specs have some glaring holes (processor, memory?), it’s still nice to start seeing some real details about what Microsoft’s Partners have in store for us.

[Bluetooth SIG via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Droplets

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4 years ago

Microsoft Street Slide gets demoed, coming to WP7?

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Most of us are familiar with Google’s Street View and Bing’s  Streetside. These tools allow you to virtually walk down a street in your browser; jumping between panoramic images and allowing you to get a feel for the street or location you are viewing instead of giving you impersonal lines on a map. While Street View is an amazing technology, the jumps between panoramas can be fairly significant; making the prospect of locating a small shop or building somewhat hit or miss.

Trust Microsoft to push the envelope with their services. Street Slide is Microsoft’s latest effort to make experiencing a location from the street level as seamless as possible. Using multiple perspectives to blend between different images, Microsoft presents a letterboxed view of the street. In the unused space above and below the image of the street, you are presented with street numbers that correspond with the buildings you are viewing, as well as navigation controls and corporate logos for individual businesses.

A YouTube video of the demo is after the break, and though Windows Phone 7 isn’t mentioned (some other smartphone is) it doesn’t take much of a stretch to see this coming to Microsoft’s upcoming mobile platform.

[via Engadget]

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4 years ago

Multitasking in Windows Phone 7: it can be done...kinda

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In an interesting twist, it seems that at least for some types of programs written for Windows Phone 7, multitasking or rather, the simulation of multitasking is completely possible.

Over at clr-namespace.com, the author whipped up a stopwatch application which you can start, then "minimize" then return to the app and it appears to have be running the whole time.

Of course in reality, it's not. It's "tombstoning" the application, which is a process by which

...the operating system maintains state information about the application. If the user navigates back to the application, the operating system restarts the application process and passes the state data back to the application, where the user will be able to continue seamlessly from his last interaction point with the application

In this case, the stopwatch does pause, but when restarted it counts back up from the original start time, giving the illusion that it has been "counting" while paused. This all happens without the user even knowing, making it a bit of a kludge, but a good one for this application.

How can this be applied to other programs? We're not really sure but it goes to show with some ingenuity, programmers can get around some of these "limitations".

[clr-namespace via Silverlight Show.net]

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4 years ago

LG: Definitely coming to U.S. for Windows Phone 7 (Updated: by September?)

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Of course everyone knows LG is named as a launch partner with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7, their 'Panther' has been seen everywhere and LG has been trying to enter the Windows Phone/U.S. market more significantly as of late. But whether we'd actually see a WP7 LG device this year in the U.S. was a question, up untill now. (Another example: Asus--no U.S. presence, yet).

According to Forbes, LG's push into the U.S. market is still pretty limited for their non-smartphones, mobile app store, Android phones and tablets.

The one exception seems to be Windows Phone 7. Like these other bits of good news lately (mostly AT&T related), we're not sure if this means one, single LG phone on "a" carrier or multiple devices with multiple carriers. LG earlier this year tried to 'wow' people with their LG eXpo and pico-projector combo, but while critically it held its own it never made a large splash in the market (but it's still one of our favorite phones of 2010).

We actually like LG and find their Korea-launched phones to be quite compelling. or at the very least, interesting (plus their cameras are actually top-notch, looking at you HTC). Here's hoping to see some more of their offerings in 2010 State-side.

Update: PCWorld has LG on record saying they'll have their first WP7 phone out by the "end of September", which puts us right at that October time frame. They also plan to have "a few" devices by the end of the year.

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4 years ago

AT&T: "We'll be the premier carrier for Windows Phone 7"

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Here's an interesting quote from an AT&T spokeswoman to PC World:

"We'll be the premier carrier for Windows Phone 7"

Like the "AT&T is getting 8 million Windows Phone 7 devices" rumor, we're not exactly sure what this means in reality, all we know is we like the sound of it.

Sprint and Verizon had no comment in regards to their Windows Phone 7 plans, outside of being named "partners" which as the article points out, means they could be more committed or less when the actual launch happens.  T-Mobile didn't reply.

The fact that the nation's largest carrier (love 'em or hate 'em) is standing firmly behind Microsoft is a great sign. Probably a good idea for AT&T too since it gets them away from the Apple-collusion controversy, just a tad.

 

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4 years ago

AT&T Tilt2 update surfaces

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AT&T Tilt2 update surfaces

AT&T Tilt2 owners are in for a surprise.  A new ROM has surfaced over at Shipped-ROMs that appears to be a Windows Mobile 6.5 update for the Tilt2. On top of the ROM surfacing, over at XDA Developers, a new radio has also surfaced from AT&T (included in the ROM update).

After downloading the 230mb file, I took the plunge and flashed my Tilt2. The ROM is definitely branded AT&T and is likely a pre-release test ROM. AT&T has done this before (with the Fuze) and if the time table stays consistent, we should be seeing an "official" release in a few weeks.

Just skimming the surface of the "leaked" version, it is built on WM 6.5 (build 21887) and is running Sense 2.5. It does have the customary AT&T bloatware and it will be nice when the chef's at XDA can cook something up without all the AT&T junk. Just scratching the surface of the "leaked" ROM it appears to be more responsive and looks very clean. The new radio also has a little more pep to it.

If your comfortable flashing ROMs you can download it here and if you prefer to simply update your radio, you can find it here

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4 years ago

AT&T One Cent Sale

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AT&T One Cent Sale

Need a Windows Phone cheap?  If so, AT&T is offering their Windows Phone line-up for a penny.  We have no clue how long this fire sale will last but you can pick up a Samsung Jack, HP Glisten, LG Expo or Tilt2 for one penny.  Could AT&T be making room for a rumored Windows Phone 7 launch?

The penny sale doesn't come without a hitch.  You'll have to sign up for a minimum $15 data package and a two year contract.  Still, if you're looking to upgrade that HTC Fuze or Samsung Blackjack these deals are hard to ignore.  You can check out the sale information over at AT&T's website.

Thanks goes out to Cornelius Whitaker for the tip.

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