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3 years ago

Halo Waypoint is now Live in the Marketplace

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Just in time for the U.S. launch, Halo Waypoint is finally released in the Marketplace. Though not even close to being a game (it's a game companion for you Halo nerds), it's a least a start. Plus we're sure there's a few of you wanting this little guy.

Head over to the Marketplace now!

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus "Out of Stock" on Amazon Wireless

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Well that was fast. For awhile, the Samsung Focus wasn't even listed on Amazon's Wireless site for actual purchase. Then it was. Briefly.

And at  7pm EST, the site is now listing the phone as "Out of Stock" even though the HTC Surround is still available (for $99 no less).

With reports of stores only have as many as 12 and as little as 2 devices on hand, we guess it's no surprise that they sold out so quick. Not to mention, 43% of you said the Focus was going to be your phone today, blowing away the the HD7 (16%) and the Venue Pro with a whopping 26%, not bad considering how hard it's to find that one.

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus: Installing the MicroSD Card

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We've known for sometime now that the Samsung Focus has an easily accessible microSD card slot. While Microsoft has been cautious, AT&T has voiced no opposition to using an expansion card and even Samsung points it out in the packaging material. But this expansion slot acts differently than what we are used to with Windows Phones.

Simply sliding in the microSD card into the expansion slot won't do the trick and apparently not all microSD cards will work.  If you are going to use microSD card, we highly recommend you install it early. The reason being is that in order for the Focus to recognize the extra memory, you have to perform a hard reset on the phone.

Read more after the break on changing your microSD card!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Focus

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Hands-on with the Samsung Focus

It was nothing short of an adventure this morning tracking down a Samsung Focus. Apparently a few of the AT&T retail stores in my area missed the memo and started selling them yesterday.  This made finding a Samsung Focus in stock a little bit of a challenge.  Regardless, I was able to track one down and after using it for a little over half the day, I have to say it is an impressive phone.

It's thinner and lighter than the HTC Surround and feels really good in the hand.  I'm looking forward to setting up the Windows Phone to see how it performs.  Stay tuned and we'll have a full review of the Focus up shortly.

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3 years ago

The WPCentral forums are open. Come discuss your new phone!

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Okay, now that hopefully some of you manged to get a phone today (or a few weeks ago, for our international readers), you may want a place to hang out and discuss it. So why not give our forums a crack?

In there we'll discuss your favorite games, apps, tips, device reviews and news ripped from today's headlines. Have a problem about your specific device? We have a sub-forum for help.

Also look for the writers of this site, including myself, to be posting and answering questions regarding Windows Phone 7. So grab a coffee and ask away!

Hop right in: http://forums.wpcentral.com/

-WPCentral Team

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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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