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3 years ago

Xbox LIVE games get priority over non-LIVE games

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On Windows Phone 7 there are two types of games: Xbox LIVE supported and non-LIVE supported. The former requires more time, money and skills for getting approval and is typical reserved for the "bigger" game studios who can get access to Microsoft's LIVE network (higher standard); the latter anyone can write games for and sell/distribute through the Marketplace.

Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Xbox LIVE games, the ones that will be of high quality and leverage the full feature-set of WP7, will get listing priority on your device. 

This is according Michel Klucher (Lead Program Manger XNA Development Platform at Microsoft), who on his blog gave some details on this issue noting:

Games that do not use Xbox LIVE will be listed right below the Xbox LIVE enabled titles in your collection. All games can be pinned to the start menu just like any other content in Windows Phone 7.

While not a big deal, it seems this would push developers to go for the LIVE option if possible though it may make a few developers feel a little lower on the totem poll if they don't have the deep pockets, like the studios.

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3 years ago

wp7 Rumor: Optimus 7 to have voice to text feature?

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LG's Optimus 7 (or E900) is being reported to have voice to text capabilities. This feature would allow users to convert voice into text for email, status updates and sms messaging.  No indications on whether or not this is a Microsoft feature, an LG feature or something lost in translation.  Regardless it sounds like an interesting feature.

The Korean Economic Daily spent some hands-on time with the Windows Phone 7 from LG and indicates the phone has a 3.8", 480x800 screen, a 1500mAh battery, 16gb of storage, and a 1ghz processor.

Another interesting feature mentioned in the review is the Optimus's ability to create panoramic pictures simply by panning the camera. Images are automatically stitched together.

The reports don't shed any light on when or where the Optimus 7 will land but the voice to text feature, if accurate, does give the LG phone a bit more appeal.

via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Review: Samsung Hartmann Luxury Leather Case

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Review: Samsung Hartmann Luxury Leather Case

While Samsung has built a reputation for quality electronics, they also offer some decent cases for your Windows Phones. The Hartmann Luxury Leather Case is a quality built, uniquely designed case for the Samsung Jack. It will also accommodate the Sprint Snap and Verizon Ozone.

What sets the Hartmann case apart from others is that lack of a case flap. It's more of a horizontal pouch than case. I have reservations about how secure the Samsung Jack would ride in the case.

Ease on past the break to see how well the Samsung Hartmann Luxury Leather Case measured up.

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3 years ago

Hotmail gets new security features

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Hotmail gets new security features

The updates keep rolling in for Windows Live. This go around, Hotmail gets new security features.

The features include:

  • Hotmail detects if legitimate user accounts are compromised and treats them differently than accounts that spammers setup themselves to send spam, working with the user to help them recover their account.
  • New account proofs that identify which personal computers and Windows Phones are trusted to access your Hotmail accounts.
  • More secure proofs. Previously (and still on other services), users could add/remove proofs with just their password. Now, the ability to validate an existing proof is required to change them.
  • Closing back-doors the hijacker may try to leave open. When a compromised account is detected, it is locked to prevent further abuse, and vacation auto-reply messages and linked accounts are suspended.

Windows Live and Hotmail will become more popular as Windows Phone 7 devices begin hitting the shelves in October/November. The more widely used, the greater potential for security threats.

The features are designed to address malicious accounts and to keep hijackers out of legitimate accounts. If you feel your Hotmail account has been compromised or are having trouble accessing it, you can visit Windows Live's Account Recovery site to re-establish your account.

via: WindowsTeamBlog

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3 years ago

Cookies Home Tab version 2.0 Beta released

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The popular HTC Sense Home Tab modifier, Cookies Home Tab (CHT) is on the road to being updated. Version 2.0 Beta has been released to the public over at XDA Developers. The highlights of the update include:

  • left/right sliding pages configurable from 1 to 7 pages (separately configurable for portrait, landscape and lockscreen)
  • redesigned softkey area, bottom menu and tab slider (tap and hold the slider button, don't just tap and release)
  • quick links can be configured in any row by column layout
  • new links that are can be freely moved anywhere on the screen (free links - add from popup menu)
  • free links have a slide-to-launch feature on the lockscreen
  • more widgets: email, sms, RSS, weather, clocks (digital, flip and analog)
  • add-on widget framework: widgets can be made by anyone and installed as an addon cab
  • widgets can be pinned into place and some can be freely re-sized

The most noticeable change with v2.0 Beta is the softkey redesign. A softkey panel overlays the traditional Sense slider. If you press and hold the three-directional arrow icon, the Sense Slider will appear. I'm not sold on the softkeys yet but if you end up preferring the more traditional look, you can turn the softkeys off in the Cookies Home Tab Editor (which is also in the v2.0 beta stage).

Version 2.0 requires Sense 2.5 running on a WVGA or VGA Windows Phone. HVGA is not supported. You will also need .NET CF 3.5 which can be found here. Unfortunately, settings for previous versions of CHT are not compatible with v2.0 Beta. There is good news though, exported settings for v2.0 will be forward compatible with future 2.xx versions.

While v2.0 Beta looks really good it is a beta version.  We still we have to toss out the customary caveat that the beta version may have bugs and you should proceed at your own risk. In testing out v2.0 Beta I did experience a few bugs ranging from Sense restarting on a finger swipe to the Cookie's main page being off-set just a smidgen. Nothing critical but just signs that this is a beta version.

Cookies Home Tab has built a reputation for bringing extensive customization and functionality to HTC Sense. Version 2.0 lives up to that reputation and then some.  Once the bugs get ironed out of the Beta, v2.0 will be hard to beat.

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3 years ago

Toshiba's TG03 finally gets approved--will it run Windows Phone 7?

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Going way back to April 2009, when the sky was the limit for Windows Mobile and 6.5 was our great hope, Toshiba was just ramping up their plans for devices. We had the monstrous (at the time) TG01 on the scene (though no U.S. 3G on board) and then came word of the TG02 and TG03.

While the TG02 eventually saw the light of day (for a refresh, see our hands on with video), the TG03 disappeared from the cosmos. Until today.

According to theunwired.net it looks like the TG03 has received that sweet Euro certification from the Global Certification Forum (GCF), clearing it for near-release status. It was signed off with quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 800/850/2100 MHz, so you know what that means...

The 2009 specs would still be solid for today, if they are unchanged: a 4.1 inch touchscreen, Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera, 5.1 (simulated) audio pumped out of two speakers, and "video box" mode to easily get video off the device. Then again, we'd find it difficult to believe that some of that wasn't upgraded in the last year and half.

But the million dollar question is: what OS? Unfortunately, we just don't know. While the original TG03 was a WM6.5 device, it makes sense with the timing that this would be Toshiba's push into WP7 territory--even if they're not named as a launch partner. Then again, that little damn droid bot has been stealing our thunder...

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

Samsung GT-i8700 get GCF approval

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Samsung GT-i8700 get GCF approval

While the Cetus may be the more visible Windows Phone 7 from Samsung, the GT-i8700 has recently received the Global Certification Forum's seal of approval.

No details on the phones specifications beyond it's radio bands. The i8700 supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/1900/2100mhz.  This will make it a European release and possibly one of the phones headed to shelves in late October.

via: the::unwired

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3 years ago

U.S. sell date for Windows Phone 7 is November 8th?

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Over at Windows Phone Secrets, Paul Thurrott tells us that the launch date for Windows Phone 7 is November 8th and notes that although Microsoft will have an event on October 11th in New York City, that's not the launch date for our new OS.

First some clarification is in order: we've never been under the impression (and we doubt you have been as well) that on October 11th, you would be able to actually buy one of the three Windows Phones from AT&T. We've always assumed that Microsoft and partners (OEM and carriers) will show off their wares on that day and then weeks later after an aggressive advertising campaign, actually make them available. With less than 2 weeks to go, we certainly would have seen some shipments of phones move by now (and more leaks) if otherwise.

Basically we're looking, as we've said numerous times before, for a repeat of last year's timeline with the Windows Mobile 6.5 launch, which was:

  1. Show off/announce phones from carriers and OEMs in NYC
  2. Talk release dates and ROM upgrades for a future dates
  3. Spend the news few weeks advertising & promoting 

Sure, the Microsoft Open House event on October 11th is not all Windows Phone 7, in fact we expect Xbox, Windows 7, Ford Sync, etc. all to be demoed as well--like last year. But we're quite confident (and have to disagree with Thurrott here) that the NYC event is "...unrelated to Windows Phone".  We're betting that there will be some Windows Phone 7 devices on  hand and we have a feeling we'll be hearing from AT&T (and maybe T-Mobile) about that November 8th date at that time.

Discuss.

 

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3 years ago

Rumor: October 11th in NYC is the day for Windows Phone 7

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We're pretty sure we've been saying this for months now, but reportedly Microsoft is getting ready to launch Windows Phone 7 in New York City on October 11th, at least according to Pocket-lint.

While the exact date has been up in the air, October and New York have been been assumed to be the time and place for the big launch--after all, it was exactly one year ago (October 6th, 2009) in New York City that Microsoft launched Windows Mobile 6.5 (see our earlier coverage of that, to relive some memories), so it makes sense for them to repeat that event.

Hey, we're in New York City...how convenient!

Microsoft has not yet named the date for their 'Open House' where they show off all sorts of new tech, including Xbox, Kinect (aka 'Project Natal'), Windows 7, etc. Last year was seriously a blast and very well done, so we're kind of hoping for a repeat.

Assuming the rumor is accurate, you can bet U.S. carriers will be on hand with their wares to show off (though not sell, that's probably weeks later). While AT&T is confirmed with their multiple devices, we're still waiting on the likes of Sprint and possible hold-out Verizon to see what they be bringin'. Sprint last year did surprise (and eventually underwhelm us) with the Samsung Intrepid, so perhaps they still have some WP7 gear under wraps?

Finally though, let's remember, this is still all unconfirmed rumor at this time, but a very plausible one. We'll keep you posted.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 featured in AT&T Ads

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Two AT&T ads have surfaced on YouTube featuring the HTC Mondrian. We've seen speculation that the Mondrian was headed to AT&T but nothing as strong as an advertisement.

AT&T has long been considered at the forefront of the Windows Phone 7 launch and could have as many as six devices in their Windows Phone 7 lineup. While the ads don't shed much light on when the Mondrian will be available, is it safe to say that with these ads the Mondrian will be one of the six?

Follow the break to see the second ad featuring the HTC Mondrian for AT&T.

via: pocket-lint.com

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 on sale in Spain on October 21st?

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Microsoft is scheduled to officially release Windows Phone 7 to the world on October 11, 2010 in New York City. According to the Spanish website elEconomista.es sources close to Microsoft are saying that, in Spain, the phones will be on store shelves ten days later on October 21, 2010.

Quoting the article, "Ten days later on October 21, the mobile will reach stores Spain MoviStar, Vodafone and Orange, hand already working these days in their respective campaigns launch. As it has know sources close to Microsoft, elEconomista (MSFT.NQ) ) the first manufacturers shall HTC, LG and Samsung. Later add Dell and Toshiba, among others."

Granted some things could have been lost in translation but this is in line with other rumors we've heard about October 21st.  It's also nice to see Dell and Toshiba still in the rumor mill with regards to Windows Phone 7 is concerned.

Considering Europe will get Windows Phone 7 on the 21st, the question now turns to whether or not WP7 will be release outside Europe on the same date?  Will the U.S. market see the phones on the 21st as well?  Or will the previous rumors hold true with Windows Phone 7 hitting the shelves in the U.S. in November?

via: Liveside

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3 years ago

Hands on with the LG E900

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Hands on with the LG E900

The LG E900 Windows Phone 7 spent a little hands on time with the Czech website mobilmania.cz and they captured it all on video.

The twenty minute video is in Czech but shows off the LG Windows Phone 7 phone nicely. The 3.7" screen appears to be responsive to the touch but the accelerometer seemed to stick at times, slowing the screen rotation down.  The screen keyboard appears well spaced, especially in the horizontal view.

The reviewer does briefly visit the settings page for the LG Windows Phone 7 and shows that the E900 has 16gb of total storage.  It would have been nice if we had if the video showed the processor information so we could tell if the E900 is running a 1ghz or 1.3ghz processor.

All in all, the E900 does look nice and Windows Phone 7 appears to run smoothly and with some zip on the phone.

You can catch the full, twenty minute video after the break.

via: slashphone

 

 

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3 years ago

HTC on Sense & Windows Phone 7: "...we will innovate"

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In an interview with FierceWireless, HTCs Peter Chou (CEO) gave some details on their future plans for Sense and Windows Phone 7.

While we know technically it is verboten to re-skin the whole Metro UI, HTC is looking to exploit every nook and cranny to squeeze their Sense experience in between. Here are some quotes from Chou on the matter; they're quite telling:

"Initially, we don't have time to bring things on top of that," he said. "But over time we will innovate on top of that to provide some HTC experience."

"I don't think we would do complete Sense UI on Windows Phone 7," he said. "However, I will say that we will innovate differently to improve the experience and to get some HTC unique and differentiated experience on Windows Phone 7 in the future."

A spokesman went on to clarify:

". ... Sense, by definition, is a way for HTC to improve the user experience in both big and small ways--which we will certainly work to do with Windows Phone 7 devices. But, if this does not include a fully revised user interface, that does not mean that it doesn't have a form of the Sense experience--it may just be expressed in ways that do not include the interface."

So HTC sounds committed to this philosophy of Sense and we applaud them for it. Though Microsoft has forced a major restriction on HTC, out of this we think some truly unique innovation will come from them in the future and we look forward to what their team can think up over the next year.  Read more at FierceWireless.

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