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Paste multiple times on WP7 [How To]

Handy tip that will prove useful for anyone who requires to paste copied text more than once in a single instance or across multiple apps. A hidden icon located on the predicted text bar, which pops up with the keyboard when typing in a supported field allows one to quickly paste the contents of the clipboard multiple times.

To view this icon when typing (and predictions are present in the bar), or when not typing (and the bar is empty), simply swipe your finger to the right and the paste icon will be displayed. Not too sure why this function is hidden as the average user wont know how to paste the clipboard more than once.

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o2 brining NoDo on April 5th

Recently we announced that o2 UK are looking to bring NoDo to customers early April, now we can confim this with the above tweet on their Twitter profile, which clearly states they are expecting to begin the roll-out on April 5th. Fantastic news for all o2 WP7 customers.

One thing that should be noted is that the updates are all being distributed gradually, and isn't as bundled like iOS. You may be on o2, you might not receive the update for another week, but it will come. 

Source: o2 Twitter

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Updating a post which he published little more than a week ago, Eric Hautala, Microsoft's GM of Customer Experience Engineering, apologizes for the sheer amount of disappointment currently felt by end users and reiterates that the update is being rolled out.

This was brought to the public eye after a mass of 500 comments (at the time of writing) swarmed his original post, majority being complaints and angered views. What can only be summarized as a carefully constructed apology, Eric reached out to those who are still awaiting the NoDo update and produced further detail with regards to the page of the update.

I know many of you are disappointed, even angry. You certainly have a right to be. We’ve fallen far short of your expectations, and our own, and for that I’m truly sorry. We didn’t set out to let you down. But it’s clear we did. Whether you’re someone who has followed our progress from the start, or are new to Windows Phone, you deserve the updates we’ve promised. My job is to get us on the right path and deliver them.

I'm not sure whether we require yet another apology, sure the drama is still present and most of the community is still highly irritated, but after Joe Belfiore's response to negative comments and criticism and UK developer Danny Tupenny receiving a phone call, we would very much like to see more action than words. The update is rolling, just not fast enough for most. Putting forward the somewhat over-asked question, have you received NoDo yet? How do you feel about the continued stream of apologies, and do you believe Microsoft has learned some valuable lessons?

Via WMPU

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True to his word, Lionel Menchaca from Dell has taken to the Dell blog to detail the February and March Windows Phone update aka pre-NoDo and NoDo for the Venue Pro. Adding some transparency to the process, something we know all of you like, they explain a bit of their method going on with the update and when you can expect it. While nothing earth shattering is revealed, it's nice to see some info direct from Dell on the matter, as we know many of you are anxiously waiting for NoDo (unless, of course, you forced the update, cough).

  • Last week, we started a phased rollout of the Microsoft Copy and Paste update in EMEA and India.
  • On March 29, we began a phased rollout of the Copy and Paste update to T-Mobile customers in the United States.
  • There will be a Dell update that will provide additional enhancements/ fixes coming after this Copy and Paste Microsoft update. I don't have an ETA for the Dell update just yet.
  • While the Copy and Paste update rollout started yesterday, it will happen in a phased rollout over the next few weeks.

Unfortunately while the pre-NoDo/NoDo updates are discussed in detail, the big upcoming Dell firmware update, which is expected to address some system instabilities and bugs on the Venue Pro is not. But, it is confirmed that it IS coming and that it exists, which, we really like the idea of and we're sure you do too. They'll post more when they can, but we've heard mid-to-late April for this firmware update--we wouldn't bet our life on that date though. Regardless, we'll be anxiously awaiting--the DVP is one sexy device and if Dell can iron out those remaining bugs, found mostly in the 16GB versions, we'll be very happy.

Source: Direct2Dell

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There has been speculation and claims for sometime, mostly from Paul Thurrott, that 'NoDo' in its current form has been "done" since December. Such an accusation has obvious implications: for four months Microsoft has been sitting on this update and due to 'X' reasons (often thought to be carrier interference), we the customer have been missing out. That's at least the narrative that has been making the rounds lately, no?

Some folks at Monsmartphone, specifically epsilon283, have broken down the NoDo update and found that Microsoft was not sitting idly by on just one update, but instead had at least two additions to NoDo.

  • Update 7.0.7008.0 to 7.0.7355.0 compiled March 15, 2011
  • Update 7.0.7355.0 to 7.0.7389.0 compiled January 25, 2011
  • Update 7.0.7389.0 to 7.0.7390.0 compiled February 1, 2011

Now, what we don't know is the trajectory of these additions--were they responses to carrier requests/bugs, were they just continued development of build numbers, etc? We'll probably never know, but it's nice to see that it at least looks like Microsoft continued to shoe-horn further updates/fixes while "copy paste" was being delayed. This is a possible reason why it was only days ago did we learn of the full changelog of NoDo...in its current form.

Source: Monsmartphone; Thanks, Gilles

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Changes to Nodo's Changelog?

Last week we shared the changelog for the Windows Phone 7 "Nodo" update that came from Microsoft's support page. Along with copy/paste, faster apps and games and other improvements, the changelog noted Marketplace improvements that included "using a credit card with an address outside the United States".

Not sure when it happened but apparently Microsoft has changed the changelog to omit the "using a credit card with an address outside the United States" portion of the Marketplace improvements.

So why the change to the changelog?  Windows Phone Support via tweet has noted the improvement note was "referring to an issue that U.S. customers had when using a different language/region format on their phones."  The verbage was removed to avoid confusion.  Yet it still seems very confusing.

Source: windowsphonesauce Thanks to wp7fanboi for the tip!

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Easy hack forces NoDo update

For those of you who received the February pre-NoDo update but are still waiting for the big important March one to hit, there looks to be an easy way to make it happen now, without using the "VPN" trick discovered earlier.

In essence, the earlier VPN trick forced your computer to connect up to Hungary where, for some reason, the NoDo update was residing for certain phones. Now that NoDo is being pushed out large-scale, well, it's on more servers including more local ones. Still, how to get it to your device is proving to be a little tricky.

On devices listed on Microsoft's website as "delivering update" this should work, including T-Mobile HD7's:

  1. Start Zune
  2. Turn off Data connection and Wifi on the Phone
  3. Connect the Phone with the PC (USB)
  4. Start the update search in Zune
  5. About 3 seconds later, disconnect your PC from the internet (Turn WLAN off).
  6. Zune finds NoDo-Update. Press OK.
  7. Connect to the internet again and install the update.

Although some people are reporting that they had to try this multiple times, specifically the "timing" aspect in step 5, lots of folks are successfully getting the NoDo update. Share your experience in comments below and what you did to finally get it to push through. By the way, you do need the February update to get this to work.

Update: For laughs, we tried it on our "de-branded" AT&T LG Quantum (w/Feb update). Result? NoDo success!

Source: XDA (Dwight2001); Thanks to everyone who sent this in

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In the wake of the uproar over their lack of communication on their update strategy, Microsoft created a web page to communicate with users on the status of their updates. Up until now AT&T users were left wondering what "Testing" meant, and how long that would take. The bad news is that all three Windows Phone 7 devices on AT&T are still in the testing phase, but the good news is that there are target dates attached now.

According to Microsoft’s website, testing for both the NoDo and Pre-Nodo updates are estimated to be completed early next month. While this is obviously later than anyone wants, at least we have a time frame to mark on the calendar.

What do you think? Is this too late? Are you at least glad that there is some communication rolling at this point? Get your rant on in the comments.

Source: Microsoft; Thanks to Bryan for the tip!

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Samsung Focus owners on the Rogers network are reporting that they are receiving the March Nodo Update today. We've gotten a handful of tips from Roger's customers who were pleasantly surprised that when they hooked their carrier locked Focus up to Zune, the update notification was there.

We can only hope that AT&T isn't too far behind.  So for the Roger's customers in the crowd, how's the update process going?

Thanks to Sean, Rob and everyone else who tipped us on this!

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Looks like there has been some confusion regarding the Dell Venue Pro and the NoDo update, which started coming out today for the HD7. Many users have successfully received the pre-NoDo February update, but few if anyone has received the big NoDo one itself. As Lionel Menchaca, Chief Blogger for Dell Inc. states, users can expect NoDo to "rolled out...over time starting today" and a second firmware update from Dell "coming later".

That second bit hints at something we've been hearing--a firmware update that will fix some outstanding issues that DVP has been plagued with since launch. What exactly this firmware update will fix is not clear yet, so we'll be awaiting for details in Menchaca's Dell post which should be forthcoming soon.

Source: Twitter; Thanks, pjfan75, for the heads up

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By now, a lot of T-Mobile US customers have received their alert about the February and March updates for their HD7s. T-Mobile has published a step-by-step guide on the process, which can be found here.

What is obvious is that the HD7, but not the Dell Venue Pro is getting NoDo today. The DVP did receive the February pre-NoDo update but we've heard, but not confirmed, that NoDo will be hitting the Dell phone in mid-April (April 18th?)--has to do with more "fixes" being on board in addition to NoDo. Hopefully we'll hear more about that later.

In addition, what is curious is the changelog for the HD7:

  • Adds the ability to copy and paste text.
  • Stops unnecessary data connectivity and lowers data usage while using Yahoo! Mail.
  • Improved Marketplace search
  • While connected to Wi-Fi, customers will now see different background images in the Search screen.

We haven't heard about the Yahoo! Mail bug being fixed in this update before, nor about the the "background images" being different during search when over WiFi--more subtle changes we suppose.

Source: T-Mobile 1, T-Mobile 2

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We're getting word that users in the UK on Three are getting NoDo too. As can be seen to the right, developer Jay Bennett received his NoDo (7389) to his Omnia 7 this afternoon. However, our own Richard Edmonds is still waiting on his, so it looks to be a trickle update so far.

Still, it looks like Wave 1 is going well at this point, with no reports of any issues, just happy customers.

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Here's a bit of surprise, evidently that earlier hack we posted also works on the Samsung Focus. You first need to alter the registry to "unbrand" the phone using SamsungRegistry.xap, but once doing so combined with this trick, gave user John973 at XDA to the "March update" aka NoDo.

He's up and running as can be seen from the screen shots he took of the update process and "device info" screen confirming he has NoDo on board. Anyone else feeling risky?

Update: Raphael Rivera has modified the registry app to sideload; change string value to '000-88'

Update 2: The whole process take about 10 minutes and is a little tricky but it totally works. Of course, you'll need a developer unlocked device and some patience. The process is painless though as our device was left exactly as it were before we flashed, so kudos to MS for a smooth updating process.

Source: XDA, 1,

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So long as the carriers delay the NoDo update, it looks like people will find a way to force it to happen. Earlier we showed you how to do it on the T-Mobile US HD7, now some folks have figured out how to force it on unbranded/carrier unlocked devices, including the Omnia 7 and 7 Pro. [Update: but others are reporting it not working on the Surround or Mozart, in short, your mileage may vary]

While not hard per se, it is a bit tricky and involves evidently spoofing the Zune server into pushing you the update. One thing is certain, timing is everything as you need to make sure your data connection is turned off at the right moment.

We obviously haven't tried this ourselves, so we encourage you to be careful, but it at least appears many are having success in using this method. Check out the directions after the break and read what others are saying at XDA about it here.

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For those who just can't wait another 2 weeks or so, you can go the guerilla route and just directly flash NoDo (7389) on your T-Mobile HD7 today, if you wanted. The process is actually quite simple: you download two ROM files (the old school "ROM Update Utility") and simple flash one, then flash the other.

The first ROM puts a signed Telstra version on your phone, the second, which is much smaller, NoDo (7389). The difference here is the Telstra ROM has the T-Mobile US radios on board, keeping the important part the same and since NoDo doesn't touch the radio, the second ROM is just an OS upgrade.

All in all, the process takes about 10 minutes. You won't be able to backup anything, so this is a clean install, meaning you'll lose any pics or data not saved elsewhere. The other thing is you'll rock some Telstra branding on the bootscreen and a few OEM apps (that of course can be removed), however once you throw in your T-Mo SIM, you can re-download their OEM apps instead.

So how is it? Well, it's NoDo so it fast as heck and we haven't noticed any downsides (it does make the camera better, less pink; also Bing Voice now speaks the Queens English, no joke). On the other hand, it's probably best to just wait a few weeks for the official version. But, if you want to go ahead, read all the directions here at XDA.

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Lots of folks may be upset with Microsoft and the update process (we're getting a little tired of the drama ourselves) but you have to give them credit: they're listening and trying to make things right. You may not like their response, but at least they're giving a response.

To recap: this week we saw the beginning of the NoDo update, then came the outrage that it could take "weeks" to get it people, then Microsoft gave us a way to check our update status. Last night on Microsoft's Channel 9, Joe Belfiore gave a cheery interview which though entertaining, didn't reveal too much. However, lots of people were miffed to see him saying things were going well and appearing a bit out of touch.

Fast forward 24 hours and he's responding to the criticism, which like we said above, is good damage control. The message, re-posted in its entirety after the break, is quite forthcoming and sincere. A lot can be said about the update process but we do appreciate Microsoft's position in trying to reach out to consumers and developers alike. Like before, sound of in comments on your thoughts.

Keep reading Joe Belfiore's response from Channel 9; Thanks, Windows Phone Metro, for the heads up

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Tired of waiting for NoDo to hit your device?  Well, despite some reports that the carriers are to blame for the hold-up, it could in fact be Microsoft's doing.  Two European carriers have said that they have approved the NoDo update and are waiting on Microsoft to roll it out.

Vodaphone UK was quoted on the record today that updates for the LG Optimus 7 and HTC 7 Trophy have “been approved by Vodafone and will be distributed by Microsoft in due course.”  They did not have any information on when the rollout would begin, but did say they would notify their customers via eForum as soon as they knew.

Orange, another UK carrier, also said that they were waiting on Microsoft to initiate the NoDo push.  A representative stated that, “the current plan is for Microsoft to roll out our approved version on the 29th March."  WinRumors has written that an third European carrier, who asked not to be named, told them that they, too, have approved the update, but that Microsoft was “treading slowly” in the wake of their recent mishaps.

Hopefully, these delays are Microsoft doing extensive testing to avoid further problems.

Source: WinRumors

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Yesterday began the big 'NoDo' update push to bring copy paste to Windows Phone 7. But what quickly became clear was that this was another scheduled roll-out, meaning it could be weeks before specific devices on various carriers get the update (see O2, Telus & Deutsche Telekom). That's all fine and dandy but what people really wanted was some kind of rough idea as to when the update is coming.

Good on Microsoft for posting a new blog entry where they explain a bit more about the process and respond to some criticism:

But it was clear from your comments that many of you want a better idea of when to expect your update. Is it on the way—or weeks away? These are natural questions.

To help answer them, we’ve created a new online resource called Where’s my phone update? that provides some insight into where we are, and where your phone is, in the multi-stage update process.

Much like when you buy a PC online, you’ll be able to see when the update is being tested and packaged, when it’s about to ship, and when it’s “left the warehouse.” We’ll update the site once a week with the latest status changes.

While we imagine this won't silence all the critics of late, this goes a long way, we imagine, in alleviating concern for customers. At the very least, it gives a little more info/insight into what is going on and to be honest, that's all people want. We know folks are patient for things (we waited a long time for WP7 to arrive), so long as we have time-frames and communication. (And, btw, it looks like the T-Mo HD7 and Dell Venue Pro are getting an update in a few days, woohoo! You go, T-Mo.)

So bookmark this page: Where's My Update?

What say you? Did Microsoft do the right thing here and is it enough? (We think so). Thanks, TimN_FL, for the heads up!

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LG "debranding" hack; NoDo to follow?

As we reported earlier, the NoDo update started pushing out yesterday, starting with unbranded phones, and members of the ChevronWP7 Team (Chris Walsh and Raphael Rivera) posted a hack to "debrand" HTC phones in order to get the update early.  Now another hack has surfaced; this time for LG phones.  Unlike the HTC hack, LG phones do not have to be "dev unlocked."  So far, the hack has allowed users to get the pre-NoDo update, but has not yet been proven to result in getting NoDo. If you're feeling antsy, here's how to do it:

1. Enable the MFG application by going to the dialer and dialing ##634# then pressing call.
2. Launch the MFG application and enter 277634#*# when prompted for a password.
3. Select the Engineer Menu item.
4. Select the Other Setting menu item.
5. Select the Edit registry menu item.
6. Set the input boxes on this menu as follows:

    Select ROOT_PATH: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

    Input SUB_PATH: \System\Platform\DeviceTargetingInfo\

    Input KEY: MobileOperator

    Data Type: STRING

7. Select Query and write down the result in case you need to re-brand for some reason.
8. To debrand just enter the same information above and leave the input data field blank. The tool will say fail but it really did set correctly.

    You can now connect to Zune and check for updates.

Source: WMPowerUser

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