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4 years ago

WME @ MWC: Video hands-on No. 2 with Windows Phone 7 Series

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We had a much more quiet look at Windows Phone 7 Series today at Mobile World Congress, and it really brings the upcoming Microsoft operating system into a new light. (See our previous hands-on.) Yes, it still looks like it's based on the Zune software, but it's really so much more. And we heard a few of you still calling it a Zune phone, and we're calling you out as soon as we get back.

Check out our latest hands-on from Barcelona after the break.

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4 years ago

WME @ MWC: Hands-on with the Sony Ericsson Aspen

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Let's just get this out in the open: The Sony Ericsson Aspen left us wanting. Maybe we were blinded by our desire to see a new front-facing QWERTY Windows phone with a touchscreen, just like mama (erm, Palm and others) used to make. Instead what we got was a so-so keyboard with a touchscreen-optimized operating system on a 2.4-inch diagonal screen. Even those of you with small hands would find hitting the tiny icons on the screen a little ridiculous.

Still, the name of the game with Sony Ericsson this week has been "Think small" -- at least in the physical size of its phones. And that definitely was achieved here. See what we mean after the break.

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4 years ago

WME @ MWC: Hands-on with the Toshiba K01

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We actually got to handle the Toshiba K01 a lot more than you'll get to see in this hands-on, and it's an interesting little (erm, huge, actually) phone. It has a 4.1-inch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a full four-row QWERTY keyboard. But darned if it's not light as a feather and pretty speedy to boot, even in its unfinshed, "No, you can't video it it yet" form.

Like the TG01 and its follow-up, the TG02, it's unlikely we'll see it in the United States. But we've got you covered with more after the break.

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4 years ago

MWC10: Windows Marketplace for Mobile News

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With all the uproar with the Windows Phone 7 Series news, Microsoft has quietly released some news about it's Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

Marketplace will be getting "World View" (previously known as Geo Selector) which will allow Marketplace users to browse and purchase applications from different geographic catalogs. Application prices will show up in the users local currently.

Microsoft will also be allowing Marketplace users to install applications downloaded from the Marketplace to their storage card.

Marketplace will also see a few changes with regards to independent software vendors (ISV), Marketplace. ISVs will no longer have to pay a $10 fee for submitting applications to additional markets. The ISV registration process is to be simplified by offering different registration paths based on the type of ISV (company, individual, student).

Marketplace will be expanding to the Russian market both for consumers and ISVs. Users in Russia will be able to access and purchase apps via credit card and ISVs will be able to register with Marketplace.

Lastly, changes are being made to existing Marketplace application acceptance to allow VoIP apps that use carrier networks unless there is a prohibition by a mobile carrier. Networks will be able to dictate if VoIP apps are acceptable on their networks.

You can find more information on these updates and changes at the Windows Mobile Developer Blog.

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4 years ago

HTC HD Mini Promo Video

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HTC HD Mini Promo Video

We've shared the announcement news on the HTC HD Mini and we've shared some hands on time with the new Windows Phone.  HTC now has the HD Mini listed on their UK website detailing the full specs on the phone.  Along with the specs already listed in the announcement, the HD Mini will have GPS, Wifi, Proximity, Light, and G Sensors. 

The specifications also indicate social networking capability with Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.  There is also an interesting feature listed that automatically lowers the ringer volume when you pick the phone up and increases it when the phone is in a case, pocket, purse, etc.  Keep in mind that these are the European specs and if this phone lands in the U.S. it may vary slightly. 

Ease on past the break to see the promotional video that HTC is offering on the HD Mini.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile's HD2 Mobile Entertainment Experience

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We've known for some time now that the HD2 is headed to T-Mobile. Today at the 2010 Mobile World Congress, T-Mobile announced the creation of a comprehensive mobile entertainment experience for the HTC Windows Phone. The Entertainment Package will be pre-loaded on the T-Mobile HD2 that will include:

  • Barnes & Noble eReader
  • Blockbuster on Demand (Blockbuster’s first-ever video download application on a smartphone)
  • MobiTV
  • Paramount Pictures "Transformers" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
  • Gogo Inflight Internet Services (six month trial for inflight wifi services on over 2,500 daily U.S. flights)

The Paramount Pictures movies are reportedly loaded on a pre-installed 16gb microSD card. The Entertainment package is designed to highlight the multimedia features of the HD2.

“T-Mobile is committed to offering innovative solutions to connect, inspire and entertain our customers through the power of mobile technology,” said George Harrison, vice president, marketing product innovation, T-Mobile USA. “By combining leading innovation in the world of entertainment with the large screen and processing power of the HTC HD2, we’ve created a unique and powerful mobile entertainment experience.”

The T-Mobile HD2 is expected in stores this Spring.

Read: Businesswire.com

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4 years ago

WME @ MWC: Hands-on with the new Windows Mobile HTC HD Mini, Update: With Video!

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4 years ago

HTC HD Mini Announced - HD2 in a Tiny Body

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HTC has announced the HTC HD Mini today and it's exactly what the name implies: the HTC HD2 shrunk down into a more manageable size. Ok, technically you have a more average screen resolution of 320x480 and a more average processor speed at 600Mhz. Still and all: the HTC HD2 experience on a comfortably small device sounds pretty good, don't it?

Specs: 

  • Size: 103.8 X 57.7 X 11.7 mm (4.09 X 2.27 X 0.46 inches)
  • Weight: 110 grams (3.88 ounces) with battery
  • Display: 3.2 inches, 320 X 480 HVGA, Glass
  • Processor: 600 MHz
  • Battery: 1200,  400 mins talk time on 3G
  • Camera: 5mp
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Standard micro-USB
  • Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional with HTC Sense
  • ROM: 512 MB RAM: 384 MB
  • Bands: 900/2100 3G, Quad band Edge
  • WiFi, Bluetooth

We're really digging the design on this one - check out those fancy screws on the back and the glass screen on the front. As has become (sadly) typical for HTC announces at MWC, this too is a European-and-Asian-only-to-start kind of deal. "Broadly" available in the beginning of April, it looks to keep the flame alive for Windows Mobile 6.5 just a little longer.

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4 years ago

HTC on Windows Phone 7 Series: Bringing 'unique' HTC experience

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HTC has released a presser basically stating they plan to release a "portfolio of Windows Phone 7 Series" later this year.

None of us have doubted HTC's commitment to Microsoft and its next-generation OS, nor are we shocked to hear that it will release multiple devices this year, so no news there. However, there is one interesting line that caught our attention:

HTC is working closely with Microsoft to bring the unique HTC experience that customers love.

So what exactly does "unique HTC experience" mean? Call us crazy (no seriously, go ahead), but that sounds like HTC will be customizing something on their Seven devices, no? 

The question of whether or not OEMs can alter the UI has yet to be answered by Microsoft. It seems that the end-user (and developers) will indeed be limited on what they can alter (translation: no Today Screen plugins), but it is unclear what OEMs and operators are limited to doing.

Previously, Microsoft has recruited people to work on customizing the UI for carrier partners, and we all  know how close HTC and Microsoft are when it comes to working on skinning. Coupled with references to "IsWindowsMobile7Device = true" in a leaked version of Sense 2.5, it doesn't seem crazy to think that HTC will still have a Sense-based Windows phone 7 layout, something we've said in the past.

Perhaps more will be revealed at MIX10?  Discuss in comments.

[HTC Press Release]

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4 years ago

SPB announces Mobile Shell 5.0

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For the longest time SPB Mobile Shell was easily the best choice to customize the look and feel of your touchscreen Windows Mobile device. Our review of the most recent version of Mobile Shell (version 3.5) touted SPB’s penchant for putting so much functionality at your fingertips.

Somewhat lost in the shuffle of Microsoft’s big Windows Phone Seven Series announcement at Mobile World Congress, SPB announced version 5.0 of SPB Mobile Shell. Mobile Shell 5.0 introduces a number of new features such as a 3D engine which allows for a number of 3 dimensional graphical effects  and 3d widgets. Improved support for social networks such as Facebook and Twitter will allow for status updates as well as contact and photo synchronization. One innovative feature that SPB is introducing is their Natural Interaction Engine which will provide support for technologies for Multitouch and G-sensors.

SPB has made a significant investment in the developer/hardware manufacturer segments with Mobile Shell 5.0. SPB UI Builder 2.0 is a set of tools that allow for customization of Mobile Shell and includes access to a number of APIs and includes a skin builder and plugins for integration for industry tools such as 3DMAX and Microsoft Expression Blend.

We have hands-on video coming. Stay tuned, folks.

 

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4 years ago

Microsoft's 'Turtle' and 'Pure' info: screen resolutions, CDMA code-names and more

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So now the info has dropped on Windows Phone 7 Series and without rehashing all that information, it seems to have raised more questions than answered.

One of these is where does 'Turtle' and 'Pure' fit into all of this new strategy?  Are they the first phones to run WP7? Are they just next-gen Sidekicks? 

While we can't answer all of those now, we do know from the FCC documents that the 'Turtle' is at least real and probably the 'Pure' too.

Conflipper, famous for his in-depth knowledge of all things Microsoft and Windows Mobile, has managed to get his hands on the firmware for said device(s).

While he can't run any of those files for obvious reasons, a good ol' Hex editor can reveal a lot and indeed this is what he has found thus far ....after the break!

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Series: Answers and Questions

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Microsoft needed to really turn heads today with their Windows Mobile 7 Series presentation.  The presentation was critical to squelch the rumors, silence the critics who have ready to announce the death of Windows Mobile and to remain competitive in the Smartphone industry.

Steve Ballmer gave no context for what was to be presented believing it was important to just get on with the show and let Joe Balifore, Microsoft VP in charge of Windows Phones, lead the way in raising the curtain on the 7 Series. "In the end, this is all about the phones and how consumers will react." Balmer said. "It was important to get it (7 Series) out, show what we have now, rather than have it leaked out."

Microsoft needed to breath new life into one of the oldest mobile platforms still in existence. Based on what we saw this morning during the presentation and the hands-on time spent with the new OS, Microsoft did what it needed to do and did it well. Follow the break for more observations and thoughts on Microsoft's' Windows Phone 7 Series presentation.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Series Website

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Windows Phone 7 Series Website

Curious for more information on Windows Phone 7 Series?  Microsoft has launched a website dedicated to the new Windows Phone where you can see what everyone is saying about the new OS, watch demo videos, tinker with an emulator and throw in your own two-cents worth.

Windowsphone7series.com has a backstage component (registration required) where you can be more active on the site as well as a chance to win monthly prizes ranging from copies of Windows 7 to Windows Phone accessories.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Series Eyes On and Demo - Voice Search Appears!

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We just snagged some more hands-on time with Windows Phone 7 Series (can we just call it WP7 yet?). Don't pay attention to the hardware or even the occasional slowdown. The hardware is just a dev unit and not what we'll see. The software has plenty of time to simmer a bit before it's pre-holiday 2010 release date.

What you should pay attention to is the fluidity of the interface and how nice it is that the device can pull in from multiple sources to multiple places. Instead of thinking "I want to go to facebook to look at pictures from my friend," you just open the Pictures hub. Hubs and not apps.

Also, looks like there's at least one unannounced feature here - some sort of voice search. About 2:20 in the video (which is after the break, by the way), the voice search pops up and, well, isn't quite ready for prime time. We're ready for it, though, and here's to hoping it's ready by launch.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Series - MS Demo Video

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