HTC held its London Event today where first speculation had the company showing off the HD3 Windows Phone 7 device. As the event drew closer, speculation turned into wishful thinking.
While it would have been nice to have seen the HD3, there was really no way HTC would unveil a Windows Phone 7 device before Microsoft officially released the OS. So, instead the the London Event turned out to be an Android Event where HTC announce the Desire HD and Desire Z.
While the event made our friends at Android Central happy, the Windows Phone 7 crowd now will turn their attention to October 11, 2010 and New York City. Where it is expected that Microsoft and its partners will introduce Windows Phone 7 (and all the soon to be available devices) to the world.
Asides from the new phones, there was one other interesting announcement. HTC announced they were working on HTCSense.com. Much like Microsoft's MyPhone, HTCSense.com provides online backup of data and security features (remote wipe, lock, etc.).
Right now, it looks as if this will be an Android feature and won't make it to Windows Phone 7 or the tons of HTC Windows Phones in circulation that are running Windows Mobile. Still, there is the remote possibility a creative chef will find a way to incorporate into a custom Windows Mobile ROM.
File this under:whoa, don't even know because there's so little to go on
Reportedly what you see above is Sprint's first Windows Phone 7 device from none other than LG and it's supposedly 4G ready. Those cats at WebOS World say "Our source had only a quick opportunity to take a this snap."
Really, that's all the info given. That's assuming what you see above is even a phone, or from Sprint, or running Windows Phone 7.
Going for a huge stretch, we could even postulate that this is the LG 'Apollo', something we reported back in January (with a bunch of other erroneous information) But back then that device seemed unrealistic and today it doesn't seem all that more real either. Then again, Sprint has wowed us before with the likes of the HTC EVO and heck, the HTC HD7 rumored specs aren't that far off from these, so who knows. A refresh on those supposed 'Apollo' specs from January:
The HTC HD2 will forever hold a special place in Windows Mobile lore. As one of the best pieces of hardware in the pre Windows Phone 7 era, there are a lot of people that view the HD2 as a way of extending the life of what many consider a superior platform (Windows Mobile 6.5).
To make your device last as long as possible, you want to get a high quality case that is going to take the abuse for your phone. Nobody makes rugged, usable cases like OtterBox. The OtterBox Defender Case for the HD2 not only meets the high standard the OtterBox is held to, it exceeds them.
Rugged, yet functional. Protects every aspect of your case.
The Pew Research Center has released a study where a sampling of 2,252 adults (age 18 or older) and 800 teens (ages 12-17) were interviewed on how they use their Windows Phones and other smart and non-smart phones. The survey was conducted from April 29, 2010 through May 30, 2010. While the survey still indicates teens text more than adults, the adults seem to be holding their own.
The survey found that 82% of adults own a Windows Phone, iPhone, Blackberry, Android or other device that is also a cell phone. 72% of adults text and send/receive a median of 10 text messages a day. This is significantly less than the teen population (87%) who sends/receives a median of 50 text messages a day. However, 5% of the adults send/receive more than 200 messages a day. This pales in comparison to the 15% of teens that send/receive more than 200 messages a day.
With respect to voice calls, the survey found that the median number of calls for both teens and adults were equal at 5 per day while the mean (average) number was slightly higher for adults (13.1 compared to 10.7 per day). The heavier text usage is in line with other reports showing data is outpacing voice.
A few more interesting statistics generated by this survey include:
Women tend to make slightly fewer calls than men
90% of parents are more likely to have a cell phone than adults without children under 18 at home
91% of cell phone owners feel safer with the phone
The number one reason offered by those surveyed (adult and teen) as to why they call or text: just to say hello or chat
57% surveyed reported receiving spam text messages
65% surveyed sleep with their cell phone
"Sleeping" with your cell phone was qualified as "adults who have slept with or near their phones". Something I am sure isn't all that uncommon if you have teenage children.
So, how does your phone use compare to a teenager? How do you compare to the adults sampled in the survey? Do you sleep with your Windows Phone?
As the launch of Windows Phone 7 gets closer, more photos are surfacing of the new phones in action. Danish website TV2 has captured a few shots of the LG E900.
The black slab device looks really nice. The 3.7" screen isn't too big or small in the hands. While there weren't any new revelations from the Danish review, the LG did receive good marks. The reviewer commented, "It gave the kinds of butterflies in the stomach, as we saw for the first time since we did play with the iPhone or Windows 7. Wow, it’s delicious it here!".
I'm not sure about the butterflies but the more we learn and see of Windows Phone 7, the more the anticipation builds. I am sure we all are looking forward to a little hands-on time with these new phones.
Thanks to Brian H. for sending this end on the tip line.
If you're looking for a solution to pull your contacts from various sources under one roof to manage, AddressBookOne might do the trick.
AddressBookOne went live this afternoon and offers members the ability to pull contacts from various sources (connectors) including Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn, Exchange, and Plaxo. There are efforts being made to add Twitter, Yahoo and Windows Live to the list. AddressBookOne creates a single point of management with the ability to merge multiple instances of the same contact.
You have two levels of membership, Free and Premium. Free membership allows you to connected to up to three contact sources and manage/merge your contacts. Premium membership runs your 19.95 British Pounds (about $30 U.S.) annually and gives you an unrestricted number of connectors plus direct synchronization with your Windows Phone.
We're going to take AddressBookOne out for a test drive over the next few days and will get a review up shortly. In the meantime, for more information about this new service, head on over to AddressBookOne.com.
Both plans were attractive for their low price points (SERO was $29.99 a month for 500 anytime minutes, unlimited data/text; 'Everything Plus' was higher at $59.99) but a new twist was instantiated by Sprint: no 'high end' smartphone were allowed on old SERO plans (EP plans are okay). These devices included Palm Pre, Pixi and all Android devices. In fact, the only exempted smartphones were Windows Mobile devices and old Palm Garnet phones e.g. Centro.
It was safe to assume though that when Windows Phone 7 comes out on Sprint, it too would be restricted on SERO, meaning current customers would have to migrate to higher plans, in most cases literally doubling their monthly bill.
Good news though: Starting on October 1st, Sprint is offering 'SERO Premium' to current SERO customers. For an extra $10 a month you can use any previously restricted phone on your SERO account, in addition to getting unlimited GPS Navigation (previously $10 a month in of itself) and 'Any mobile anytime'. For 4G phones (Android EVO and Epic at this time, though we can expect one from Microsoft), users would have to pay another $10, which is similar to that extra $10 that all 4G customers have to pay. While this results in an increase to current customers, it sure beats doubling their costs and we applaud Sprint's move here to continue to grandfather in long time customers.
Current SERO --> SERO Premium (10/1/10)
$29.99 --> $40 (3G restricted phones)
$29.99 --> $50 (4G restricted phones)
Of course we should note that Sprint has not specifically exempted Windows Phone 7 from this list yet, partially due to their silence on any upcoming WP7 offerings. But we know Sprint is committed to multiple Microsoft devices and there is no reason to think that they won't be exempted.
In short, current SERO customers, hold tight: when Windows Phone 7 launches and Sprint gets some devices (we'll know more on October 11th), you can migrate your current plan over and still enjoy those amazing savings from Sprint. Now shows us your WP7 wares Sprint like, nao plz!
So if you have been following our long and convoluted posts from the last 2 days about Sprint, you may know that Sprint isis not increasing data plans nor re-categorizing smartphones/pda into more expensive plans. This was despite some hysteria earlier that suggested this would be the case on July 13th.
Simply Everything for $99.99 will still be an option
It's like the old SERO plans except you get GPS Navigation included and charged more. Much more. Signing up may also be more strict i.e. you might actually have to know a Sprint employee. The gall!
The upshot? Current SERO subscribers will be "grandfathered" in and there are reportedly no special requirements for the upcoming Treo 800w (unlike the Samsung Instinct), meaning it should be compatible with older SERO plans.
Should you believe it? The people who posted the info are long time members of HoFo and seem to have all the details.
We'll get back to you July 11th with our verdict. Now lets us enjoy our raging BBQ.
While not as cheap as the old plan, "Everything Plus" is no slouch either, offering 500 anytime minutes plus unlimited...everything (Text, Internet, PictureMail, Nights & Weekends, Sprint Navigation) for $59 a month.
The problem is that up till now you needed a Sprint employee's email address and their last 3 digits of their employee number. A significant challenge without actually knowing someone at Sprint!
Problem solved! Sprint has always had a wink-nod approach to these special referral programs and this one is no different as Vice president of strategy for Sprint, Russ McGuire has posted all the info you need ;-)
So you or someone thinking of signing up with Sprint, maybe picking up a new Treo 800w or that $99 Touch (c'mon, there's like at least 5 of you) then you'll definitely want to do the above.
(Of course as we write this, the site is down. Figures.)
The marketing research company Comscore has released the numbers from a July 2010 survey that breaks down smartphone OS usage in the U.S. and European markets. The numbers have Windows Mobile holding it's own and in some cases, well ahead of Android, iPhone and Blackberry devices.
Nokia still dominates the European market representing more than half of the smartphones in use. However, Nokia share of the European market has slid 14.4% since last year likely due to the increase shares of Android and iPhone.
Windows Phones did the best in Spain and Italy, taking second place behind Nokia with 11.9% and 11.4% of those markets respectively. The worst came with the U.K. market with Windows Phones coming in last at 7.1%.
Comparatively, in the U.S., Blackberry remains on top with 39.3% of the market with Windows Mobile coming in behind the iPhone (23.8%) and Android (17%) at 11.8% of the market.
It will be interesting to see how Windows Phone 7 will impact this survey when it is conducted next year. Will Microsoft see market gains with the new Windows Phones? Shortening the gaps between competing Operating Systems or increasing the lead?