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WPCentral Podcast Episode 112


Mal and Phil are live in New York for the launch of Windows Phone 7, a slew of new handsets, and they're joined by Matt Miller of ZDNet and author of Windows Phone 7 Companion. Listen in!

Update: We fixed up the podcast feed, sorry about that!
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Ebay has announced the availability of it's first Windows Phone 7 application. The Ebay App will allow you to bid, buy and check Ebay buying and selling activity from your Windows Phone 7. The app supports push notification to provide real-time alerts.

Other features include:

  • Scroll through the panorama to quickly engage in Daily Deals, popular searches, my eBay activity – bids, items won, selling or watching, messages – and reminders
  • Personalize the shopping experience with saved searches, sharing favorite items with friends and unique background themes
  • Use “Best Offer,” eBay’s fastest growing way to buy, where users negotiate the price of a particular item, with real-time notifications when an offer is received and finalized
  • Quickly pay for items with PayPal in just a few clicks

The Ebay app will be a free application through the Marketplace. It's just one more example on how Windows Phone 7 will keep you in touch. Follow the break for the full press release and another screen shot.

 

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As busy as we've been this morning this may be old news. Nonetheless, Microsoft has updated it's Windows Phone website to showcase all the Windows Phone 7 devices announced this morning.

And they all look really good.

Each phone is listed with specs, carrier information and the ability to compare the models side by side. Very similar to Google's phone page but with a more animated presentation.  Dare I say, less cluttered than the Android page in the same way that Windows Phone 7 is less cluttered than Android. Ahem.

The only thing missing is the "buy" link and it's only a matter of time before those are added.

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AT&T and Microsoft announced three Windows Phone 7 devices this morning. The HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus.

In AT&T's Press Release, all three will run $199.99 after the two-year contractual discounts. The offer also includes a free 30-day trial for U-verse Mobile and Zune Pass, which gives customers the ability to download or stream songs from Zune plus the option to download and keep ten songs after the subscription ends.

The Focus will be available on November 8, 2010. The LG Quantum and HTC Surround will hit the shelves in time for the Holidays. We are hoping to get a clearer picture on those dates and will let you know the moment we do.

Follow the break for the full press release from AT&T.

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Turns out the Samsung Focus was not all about the camera, but instead the gorgeous Super AMOLED screen that's part of that whole Galaxy S series.

The phone is a stunner, being one fo the thinnest phones around at 9mm and also being extremely light. The phone is of course coming to AT&T (more info here)

Couple more shots after the break, more later!

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LG Quantum hands-on [Windows Phone 7 launch]

The LG Quantum is the lone QWERTY slider on AT&T's initial Windows Phone 7 lineup. We dare say it feels a tad on the cheap side, but that's not really a fair assessment. The keys are nice and clicky, and very well space. It helps that it's only a four-row keyboard and they're not cramming too many in one space. The slider mechanism is stiff, but not too stiff, and has a good spring to it.

The 3.8-inch screen is a dandy. Not as bright as Super AMOLED that you'll see on the Samsung phones, but for most people (like 99 percent of them) it'll be more than adequate thanks to its size.

More pics after the break.

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Though it's not official Google software, a 3rd party company has stepped forth to make a sweet Google Voice app for Windows Phone 7, priced at $2.99.

As far as we can tell, this app allows you access to everything: free SMS, voice calls, voicemail, etc.

As a Google Voice user ourselves, we're quite excited about this app being readily available in the coming weeks.

More shots after the jump!

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Microsoft hopes to end awkward momements created by smartphone with the release of Windows Phone 7. The company has released a humorous video illustrating the behavior they hope to stop.

In a press release, Microsoft's Corporate VP of Mobile Communications Todd Peters states, "We love smartphones, and as a culture we love smartphones. But for all their success, Microsoft thinks there is a better smartphone experience. We noticed people going through their day with their heads down, constantly opening and closing applications, sorting, texting and searching for things. By designing a better way to organize all that information Windows Phone 7 helps people get to the stuff that is most important to them — easier and faster."

While the commercial pokes fun at those buried in their smartphone, we've all seen similar in real life. Heck, we all have probably been in similar situations ourselves. Anything in the commercial look familiar?

via: Microsoft

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First look: IMDB on Windows Phone 7

One of the surprises today was the inclusion of the popular movie site IMDB.com. The standalone app is extremly fast, smooth and chalk full of movie info goodness.

Here are a couple of shots of that app in action after the break. More to come later!

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Here we go, folks, with the first hands-on from the craziest phone of AT&T's initial Windows Phone 7 launch -- the HTC Surround. Those are dual Dolby-capable speakers you see there, flanked by a 3.8-inch touchscreen. It's tough to get a gauge on how the speakers actually sound when you're in a big space with a few hundred people, so we're going to have to take their words for it at the moment.

A few more pics after the break, and we'll be back with more later.

Update: Want video? We got it: check out two videos showing off the Surround's video playing capabilities and gaming chops.

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Electronics Arts has joined the Windows Phone 7 launch with EA Mobile. From Microsoft's Press Release, "As part of Microsoft’s managed portfolio of Xbox LIVE titles, EA’s games for Windows Phone 7 will be Xbox LIVE-enabled, featuring the unique ability to track and share scores with leaderboards, unlock Xbox LIVE Achievements, add to your Gamerscore, and communicate with your Xbox LIVE friends across Xbox 360, Windows-based PC and Windows Phone 7."

The partnership will bring a wide range of titles to Windows Phone 7 including:

  • Need for Speed™ Undercover.”: Power 20 of the world’s hottest high-performance cars through 24 undercover missions and eight challenging modes of thrilling action. Customize your vehicle and earn performance upgrades as you race head-to-head.
  • Tetris®.”: Play the best-selling blockbuster, all new for Windows Phone 7. Play up to 12 challenging variants and become a “Tetris” master, or enjoy the timeless fun of Marathon mode, loved by hundreds of millions worldwide.
  • The Sims™ 3.”: Savor hours of entertainment with this award-winning experience of the No. 1 best-selling PC franchise of all time. Choose from dozens of personality traits and make your Sims characters neurotic, funny or shy while drawing from a wide array of built-in theme sets to bring your Sims to life with any appearance, clothing, and accessories you choose. Complete goals, wishes and personal goals while unlocking achievements and scoring Gamerscore points.
  • MONOPOLY.”: Fans will enjoy classic “MONOPOLY” play in the 75-year tradition of the world’s favorite family game brand,* under license from Hasbro Inc. Take a ride on the Reading Railroad or buy Boardwalk as you collect achievements and climb the leaderboards. From Marvin Gardens and Water Works to Park Place, own and manage the famous holdings of the “MONOPOLY” game board, which comes to life with animated tokens and interactive features for Windows Phone 7.

Now if we can only get NCAA Football in the line-up.

via: Microsoft

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AT&T Samsung Focus

While Europe appears to be recieving the Samsung Omnia 7, U.S. markets will be getting the Samsung Focus from AT&T. We got to know this device, pre-launch, as the Samsung Cetus.

The Focus will sport a 4" WVGA Super AMOLED screen, 5mp camera, 8gb of storage and will only be 9mm thick. AT&T will offer this Windows Phone 7 device for $199 (presumably after contractual discounts) on November 8, 2010.

The Focus will join the HTC Surround and LG Quantum as AT&T's maiden Windows Phone 7 lineup.

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Samsung Omnia 7 Announced

Samsung has released the Samsung Omnia 7 which joins the AT&T Focus in Samsung's Windows Phone 7 lineup.

The Omnia 7, which is headed to European Carriers, sports a 4" super-AMOLED screen, 1ghz processor, a 5mp camera and either a 8gb or 16gb on board storage. The Omnia 7 is expected to be available by the holidays (just around the corner) on Orange, SFR, Moviestar and T-Mobile in Europe.

Hit the break for Samsung's Press Release on the Omnia 7.

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T-Mobile announces the HTC HD7

T-Mobile has announced the HTC HD7. With a 4.3" screen, the HD7 is being billed as the largest screen on a Windows Phone in the U.S.

Pre-installed software includes:

  • Netflix
  • T-Mobile TV
  • Slacker Radio
  • Xbox Live
  • Zune

In addition to the comprehensive entertainment features of the device, the HTC HD7 delivers advanced phone features including GPS functionality with access to turn-by-turn navigation from TeleNav GPS Navigator™, Internet Explorer 8, 16 GB of internal memory, HD video recording, and an advanced 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash.

The HD7 will be available in the U.S. exclusively to T-Mobile in mid-November. No pricing points available at this time.

Follow the break for the full press release from T-Mobile.

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AT&T's Windows Phone 7 Lineup

Meet AT&T's Windows Phone 7 Lineup. It includes the HTC Surround (aka HTC 8788), Samung Focus (aka Cetus), and the LG Quantum (aka C900).

The HTC Surround features include a slide-out Yamaha speaker and 16gb of storage. The Focus sports a 4" super-AMOLED screen, and the LG Quantum has the slide-out keypad.

We hope to learn more about these three phones as Microsoft's Open House progresses.

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We're just a couple of hours away from the official launch of Windows Phone 7 -- and you will be joining us for the liveblog -- but that doesn't mean there's not already a bit of news about.

First up is the Samsung Omnia 7, which broke its cover on a Russian Sammy site before pulling its head back its shell. We've seen it before, but there it is, folks, in its officially rendered glory.

Then there's an update to the Zune desktop software, which you're going to need to rock a Windows Phone. (And besides that, it's just a killer multimedia contest system.) [Samsung via Slashgear]

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We're live from the Greatest City in the World (that'd be New York City, folks) for the launch of Windows Phone 7. To say it's been a long time coming is quite the understatement. So join Phil Nickinson and Daniel Rubino (aka Malatesta) after the break, as the bring you the happenings as they, erm happen. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. EDT/6:30 a.m. PDT.

Windows Phone 7 launch

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Police Scanner for Windows Phone 7, developed by Carmelo Milian (developer of PhotoWiz), is dialed in and ready for release. The application taps into Police and other emergency service feeds from various cities in the U.S. and abroad.

Based on the demo video, locations range from Los Angeles, California to Memphis, Tennessee to Manitoba, Canada. The application browses for feeds, pick country, then state, then get all feeds (a little over 2,000). You also have a handy "Ten Code" reference to make it easy to interpret what "10-09" or "10-20" means.

Police Scanner is an interesting application that brings a new twist to Windows Phone 7. It will be nice to see this one in action.

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WP7 Rumor: 2,000 apps at launch

Rumors of Windows Phone 7 hitting the shelves in Europe on October 21, 2010 isn't anything new. But we are now seeing signs that the Windows Marketplace will have over 2,000 applications at launch.

A leaked Three UK (wireless provider) document indicates that the Windows Marketplace will be well populated with applications at launch. A clear sign that developers have been working in high gear to give users plenty of choices at launch.

 

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