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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Series screen shots

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Series: What you need to know going in

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Windows Phone 7 Series is official, and so ends the Windows Mobile era. You undoubtedly have questions, and we have answers. So here we go.

  • The usual suspects are lined up around the block for Windows Phone 7 Series, including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, and manufacturers Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc.
  • Manufacturers include Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc.
  • The first phones are expected to be available by the 2010 holiday season.
  • Xbox Live and Zune are coming to the phone. But don't even think about calling it an Xbox phone or a Xune phone.
  • The Zune ecosystem is going international (finally!), as is the desktop software.
  • The Windows Phone 7 Series experience is based around a series of "hubs." The hubs include "People," "Pictures," "Games," "Music and video," "Marketplace" and "Office."
  • The Windows Mobile name is no more. Gone. Kaput.
  • Bing is front and center, as you'd expect.
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4 years ago

No Flash for Windows Phone 7 Series

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No Flash for Windows Phone 7 Series

Sorry everybody, but it looks like the list of things that 6.5.3 can do (or will be able to soon) that Windows Phone 7 Series (as we assume it's known) cannot currently stands at one:

  1. Adobe Flash

So reports Phone Scoop, who quoted Adobe as saying "Microsoft and Adobe are working closely together. While the newest version of Windows Phone won't support Flash at initial availability, both companies are working to include a browser plug-in for the full Flash player in future versions of Windows Phone. More details will be shared at Microsoft MIX next month." Lest you be tempted to think this was a mix-up, Engadget has confirmed the story independently.

We're hours away from Microsoft's big announcement - stay tuned and be sure to keep an eye on http://twitter.com/wmexperts for more updates!

 

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4 years ago

SPE at Mobile World Congress

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SPE at Mobile World Congress


Here we are, folks. It took a couple of tries, but we're on the ground in Spain at Mobile World Congress and will be on hand for Microsoft's big event today. We're all expecting the launch of Windows Mobile 7, at least, and it's a big day, indeed.

So, to celebrate, we did a late-night (in Barcelona, anyway) kickoff podcast with myself, Dieter Bohn and CrackBerry.com's Kevin Michaluk. Listen in as we discuss the first-day hijinx, and what we think we'll see the rest of the week.

And if you want to follow along, use this link for the official stories, and follow WMExperts on Twitter for the live stuff. And now, that kickoff podcast:

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4 years ago

Slacker Radio comes to Windows phones

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For those fed up with the glacial movement of Pandora on the Windows phone platform, a new alternative has hit the streets: Slacker Radio.

Showing up on various forums, the .cab and service is actually very, very polished. It is the official version, but SlackerRadio themselves have not published it on their site yet.

No compromises here as you get album images, lyrics, band bio, reviews and a wide selection of music to choose from.  Audio quality is also extremely good, trouncing Pandora's 64kb stream. Plus they got that whole "let me power off the screen without disrupting the stream" thing. 

Two negative's we've noticed: landscape support is not there and we've had a few songs cut out towards the end for some reason (not uncommon with Pandora either). 

Of course, there is the free "basic" version which limits you to something like 6-skips per hour while the program steers you towards the "full" version with upgrade notices in parts.  Likewise, you don't get all those lyric bonuses in the free version.

If you want the subscription, it's $4.99 per month (on a month-to-month basis) or $3.99 a month on a 12-month plan (billed monthly). You can also try out the subscription for 7 days for free.  We suppose if streaming is your thing it's not a bad deal: the quality of the product is quite top notch. If you just like streaming your own music (as opposed to the jukebox, random streaming), give nanoGroove a shot.

Grab the file at XDA or scan the MS Tag below to automatically download it.

Edit: Whoops!  And just as fast Slacker Radio has remotely pulled the plug. The app currently doesn't work and we have to wait for the fine folks at Slacker Radio to drop this app "officially".  Sigh. [Here's their official reasoning]

   

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4 years ago

Microsoft's 'Turtle' phone pokes its head out at the FCC

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Uh oh. Look what was just seen poking its head out of its shell for the Federal Communications Commission. Why, that sure looks like the old "Turtle" phone that was attached to Microsoft's on-again, off-again(?) "Project Pink."

And when you dive a little deeper, the nuts and bolts line up nicely with that leak Gizmodo scored last year. You can clearly see it's manufactured by Sharp, which, as we all know, also manufactured the Sidekick, which Microsoft later purchased.

So the dots likely are being connected to whatever it is Microsoft ends up announcing next week at Mobile World Congress. Stay tuned. [Zuneboards via iStartedSomething]

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4 years ago

Microsoft unveiling Windows Mobile 7, everybody says

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We really shouldn't joke about something as serious as this, but the lead-up has been so long and winding -- years, actually -- it's kind of hard not to.

Yes, Microsoft undoubtedly will debut Windows Mobile 7 in some form Monday at Mobile World Congress. We've been saying that for a long, long time now (November, actually). Now that the likes of the Wall Street Journal is saying it, well, then it must be officially unofficial.

At a wireless industry conference in Barcelona on Monday, the company plans to publicly show a new version of its cellphone operating system, Windows Mobile 7, for the first time, according to people familiar with the matter. The operating system sports a revamped user interface that resembles the look of Microsoft's Zune HD music player, people who have seen it said.

As luck (and Delta) should have it, we'll be at that "wireless industry conference," also known as Mobile World Congress. More on that over the weekend. But suffice to say, big things are in store.

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4 years ago

Seriously, all you iPhone users out there ...

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4 years ago

T-Mobile, on Twitter, teases HD2

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4 years ago

And the Round Robin contest winner is ...

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To say the third annual Smartphone Round Robin was a blast would be a gross understatement. We got to see the best and brightest of the major smartphone platforms, and wee what our friends and colleagues thought of Windows Mobile.

But let's get to the really important stuff. In addition to 30 one-on-one videos and 30 platform reviews were the hundreds and hundreds of forum comments you left for your favorite SPE editors. And with each post you were entered to win a Windows phone of your choice.

And so without further ado, it's time to name that winner. But first let's recap all the major platforms: There's Windows Mobile, of course, and the iPhone. And then there's Android and webOS, and of course, BlackBerry. Nokia was the new addition to the group this year and certainly gave us all a run for our money.

Now before we get to who actually won a free Windows phone, let's talk about what the Round Robin's really about: You guys and your comments, forum posts, e-mails and ...

OK, OK. Kidding. And the winner is ... (after the break, of course):

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4 years ago

HTC gets in the e-Book Reader business with new Manila 2.5

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This is some pretty big news: it appears that HTC is getting in on the e-Book business. Watch out Apple iPad?

The latest version of Manila/Sense 2.5 (2012) features a tab dedicated to reading e-Books that can be purchased by Boarders or, evidently, though Adobe. No word on Amazon.com at this time.

HTC Reader 1.0 is the name of the program that will render the e-Books and overall it looks pretty great. It follows the usual UI/UX that HTC has laid out with their other tabs, which includes a directory for browsing, book art, and of course reading the book. There does seem to be some scrolling action needed, in addition.

The other big news is that this latest ROM comes from a Chinese Rhodium Shipped ROM.  To translate and as we mentioned in the last podcast, this is coming from a Touch Pro 2 ROM that is ready to market. That HTC, they never rest.

Does this mean the reason for the Sprint WM6.5 ROM update is taking so long is so they can get their hands on this version? We have no idea and zero indication that is the case, but that notion has at least entered the realm of plausible. Keep your fingers crossed.

In the mean time, you can expect some custom ROM action to start including this latest build as it spreads through out the community.

[Big thanks to tek818 for the screenshots & info!]

   

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4 years ago

Opera Mobile 10 (Beta 3) adds Flash Lite 3.1

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It has been quite a few weeks since Opera graced us with a new beta of Opera Mobile 10 and we've been wondering just what have they been up to in the mean time.

The answer is they've been busy adding Flash Lite support to the browser in addition to improving speed by 50% (according to them).  Not bad, not bad. Then again, they were rumored to be adding Flash lite one year ago.

To refresh, Flash Lite is what Mobile Internet Explorer has been using for at least a year already (Microsoft really doesn't get enough credit for that fact). It's not full Flash, but it will allow you to watch YouTube and some other embedded videos within the browser, which is a start. In fact, due to the aging OS and standard hardware, doing full Flash would really drag the device down.

Other fixes/changes include:

  • keypad/smartphone support
  • Flash Lite 3.1 support (disabled by default)
  • Complete bookmark sync in Opera Link
  • BIDI support also for language extensions
  • phone numbers in plain text are converted to links
  • support for background sound
  • general bug fixing (stability, UI)

That's right Standard users, you finally get keypad support!  Looks like Opera didn't forget you exist.  To turn on Flash Lite, since it is off by default, go to Tools --> Settings --> Advanced and set Plug-ins to “On”.

Grab the browser here: www.opera.com/mobile/download

[via RedmondPie]

 

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4 years ago

How to: Fix notifications on the LG eXpo

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Although the LG eXpo is a very capable device (see full review), in fact it's one of my favorites right now, it does have some ... quirks.

One of those, and we're not joking, is no email notifications. That is, there is no listing under Settings --> Sounds & Notifications for email or even SMS, for that matter.

We're not sure why that is the case, or how that passed AT&T's testing, but it is what it is and needless to say...it's annoying. (We even had a question on during the last podcast),

To address this, I threw together the registry entries to bring back SMS and Email notifications as I know this bothers quite a few folks out there, myself included. This will enable sound, vibrate, pop-up and even LED support on the eXpo for SMS and Email.

Simply use Microsoft Tag to scan and download the .cab to your device, run it, soft reset and you're good to go. Or you can just click and download directly hereEnjoy!

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4 years ago

Save on your favorite software

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Save on your favorite software

The Mobile Heist is back, and with it comes savings on some of your favorite software from Shape Services. Today and Saturday you can save on:

Note that the links above are for Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen) phones. For non-touchscreen phones, click here.

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4 years ago

Sprint's reports 4th Quarter losses

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Sprint's reports 4th Quarter losses

 

While AT&T and Microsoft had positive earnings reports last month, Sprint joins Verizon in having "not-so-great" news with their latest earnings report. While Sprint has had eight consecutive quarters of improvement in customer care satisfaction and first call resolution, the company continues to record losses in customers and net operating revenue.

Customer losses for the 4th Quarter included 69,000 retail customers, 148,000 net wireless customers and 540,000 post-paid customers. This is up from the losses last quarter where Sprint reported losses of 135,000 retail customers, 545,000 net wireless customers and 801,000 post paid customers. Sprint did see it's first gain in CDMA subscribers in six quarters, gaining 3,000 post-paid customers.

While Sprint's subscriber losses seem to be stabilizing, their revenue losses seem to be increasing. Sprint reported a consolidated net operating revenue of $7.9 billion, a net loss of $980 million (up from a $478 million loss last quarter). Sprint does report a free cash flow of $666 million, the highest in company history.

Sprint notes in the report that they are continuing to build on their 4G network. The 4G service is currently available in 27 markets, serving 30 million customers people.  Sprint hopes to expand that to additional markets building the coverage to 120 million people by the end of 2010.  With the Virgin Mobile merger complete, a handful of new phones heading to market and an increase in 4G coverage, Sprint may be able to turn things around in 2010.

via: mobile.engadget.com

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