Back when Windows Phone 7 launched, we witnessed a whole mess of customer confusion over the state of microSD support. Could you replace the cards? Could you change them later, or did you have to swap them before getting the phone set up? Which kinds of cards would the phones support? Eventually we learned a bit more about the state of the situation, that the operating system required cards with exceptional random access performance, rather than the simple throughput measurements typically used to classify card performance. Microsoft started work on evaluating microSD cards for meeting [...]
Now that the ChevronWP7 Updater tool is out, letting you force NoDo onto the Windows Phone 7 handset of your choice, there’s nothing else we’re still waiting around for, right? Well, not quite. While this shortcut may get you copy-and-paste, there are still non-NoDo related updates coming down the pipeline. Chris Walsh, ChevronWP7 team member and creator of that update tool, has tweeted word that there’s a Samsung Focus-specific update in the works, including some bug fixes.
Walsh implies that they’ll be several bugs targeted, but the only one he singles [...]
A new app brought to us by developer Heathcliff74 allows registry, filesystem, and other low level access to Samsung Windows Phone 7 smartphones via developer-unlocked .xap install. The program is called “WP7 Root Tools” and aims to be compatible with all Windows Phone 7 Smartphones in the future.
The alpha version grants higher access privileges on the smartphone, currently allowing registry access with further abilities such as a file explorer and certificate store access coming. The tool utilizes Samsung-specific functionality and so will only operate on [...]
While T-Mobile WP7 users are enjoying their new NoDo updates, those of you who chose to go with AT&T are still waiting for the official updates to head out. Microsoft’s responded to growing concern amongst the owners of WP7 devices anxiously awaiting for updates by setting up a status page that, while not incredibly detailed, gives some idea of how far along each WP7 smartphone is in the process. Microsoft has just updated the page, giving us some more news about when to expect NoDo on the HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus.
Though all three AT&T phones [...]
AT&T sees some welcome price drops today, with several mid to high-end smartphones getting reduced. The price drops could signal new devices pending announcement, or perhaps is related to the recently announced AT&T purchase of T-Mobile.
For Android devices, we have only the Samsung Captivate seeing a drop at $99.99. BlackBerry checks in with the Torch at $49.99 and the Curve 3G at $29.99. Finally we have two WP7 devices, both at $49.99, the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum. All prices are with a new activation or upgrade on a 2 year service contract and require a minimum [...]
Previously we compared the HTC Thunderbolt with the iPhone and Inspire 4G. Moving on with our series, we wanted to compare a Windows Phone 7 device, in this case the Samsung Focus, with the HTC Thunderbolt.
Comparing these devices is somewhat of an apples-to-oranges comparison, since they’re such vastly different devices. In terms of pricing, the Focus is now just $99, while the Thunderbolt costs $249. For data plans, you can get the 2GB $25/month data plan on the Focus, or opt for the unlimited $30/month data plan on the Thunderbolt.
Windows Phone 7 and [...]
We don’t talk much about digital zoom because most people recognize that it produces poor results. Sure, at times it can be helpful, especially if you’re working with a smartphone that has a very high resolution sensor, but most of the time, it just leaves you wanting the optical zoom that only a real camera can offer.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t compare digital zooms! In this video, we compare the iPhone 4 with the Inspire 4G (Desire HD) and Samsung Focus. Each are running a different operating system, and each produces different results.
With all the Samsung Windows Phone 7 news — unfortunately not all good — about the update it’s time for something more positive, even if it’s in the shape of a rumor according to which AT&T’s Samsung Focus will get the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 NoDo update on Monday.
Rafael Rivera — the one who uncovered the Yahoo Mail bug in Windows Phone 7 — has tweeted, similar to his Sprint HTC Arrive prediction, that AT&T will roll-out the pre-NoDo update for the Samsung Focus on Monday. Interestingly, according to Rivera, AT&T will [...]
After pulling the Windows Phone 7 update for Samsung devices and resuming the roll-out process, some users still reported problems while trying to apply the NoDo prerequisite platform refresh.
Microsoft said that only 100 users were reporting problems worldwide and, through their own Michael Stroh, declared that Redmond has figured out and issued a workaround. The 800705b4, according to Microsoft, could be fixed by users removing all media and erasing all content from their smartphones prior to applying the update. We really hope that the 100 number is a real one as many people [...]
The “What if” Samsung Focus spot from last month turned out to be one of the most popular Windows Phone 7 ads to date. It quickly and effectively shuffled through a bevy of software features, so potential consumers could actually see what the platform offers as a whole. Microsoft just released another video which capitalizes on the momentum introduced by that cool presentation. Essentially an extended version of the aforementioned ad, this new video showcases Windows Phone 7 at a slower pace, complete with multiple software visuals and testimonials. Check it out and give us [...]
Long story short: Windows Phone 7‘s first update — the one before NoDo — generated a couple of issues with Samsung devices and Microsoft pulled it. Yesterday Redmond re-released the update after “the engineering team has pinpointed and fixed problems” but it looks like some users are continuing to have difficulties applying.
Contrary to our reader Alex Bustamante — who told us his Focus successfully updated to build 7008 — some other Samsung Windows Phone 7 owners have difficulties applying the update. WindowsPhoneSupport tweeted that [...]
Mobile analytics provider mtiks has made some Windows Phone 7 related numbers public on its blog regarding app statistics by device, country and usage.
According to the figures, the US market is the number one market for Windows Phone 7 applications with 57.3% — which is to be expected as a home country with a vast population and two carriers to start off the platform — followed by Germany (18.48%) and UK (7.49%).
Both app number and app usage-wise, the Samsung Focus is the most popular Windows Phone 7 device followed by the HTC HD7. From a centralized point [...]
The majority of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 ads seem to be more humorous than anything else. While comedy is an effective tool in grabbing the viewers’ attention, it’s meaningless if it overshadows the product. Many of our readers have noted in the past how the previous spots are more like teasers, often showing just a single neat feature, which does little to promote the whole WP7 package. Well, this latest ad takes a different, more direct approach by showing as many software features as possible within 30 seconds. Check out the video, featuring the Samsung Focus, [...]
Even if you are not a Windows Phone 7 user, you most probably learned by now that Microsoft has started pushing out a first Windows Phone 7 update, a prerequisite if you will for the upcoming NoDo to be out in March. On the same note, you probably also heard that there were some issues involved and Microsoft has made its stance public on the first ever Windows Phone 7 patch roll-out process.
According to Microsoft, 90% of the people who actually got the update notification and started the process have managed to finalize it with success. 90% is a good number if you refer to nine [...]
Microsoft will soon begin to offer Windows Phone 7 handsets directly to consumers and developers through B2B etailer Zones, Inc without a contract, although the phones will still be carrier-locked and, of course, unsubsidized. The three models up for grabs are just what you’d expect them to be: HTC Surround and Samsung Focus on AT&T, and HTC HD7 on T-Mobile. The two HTC devices will sell for $500, while the Sammy will cost $525, when sales begin on the 14th of this month; WinRumors reports that European devices will be offered that same day, although it’s not clear [...]
As anyone who has looked into upgrading their Windows Phone 7 device’s MicroSD card has discovered, Microsoft did not intend for these cards to be removed or swapped out until WP7-certified cards have been released. Those who tried anyway ran into a range of issues such as rebooting, data loss, and poor performance.
wm.andrew.wilson writes about a registry hack that causes the SD driver to enable power management features. Apparently these features being disabled are the major cause of the issues experienced, and they go away entirely once the change is applied, along with [...]
If the image pictured here is authentic — and we have no reason to believe it’s not — then it appears that Best Buy is poised to stock the very first 32GB microSD cards certified for Windows Phone 7; in fact, this class 4 model from PNY might be the first card of any capacity to declare itself fit for WP7 usage. Despite an otherwise successful rollout, Microsoft thoroughly dropped the ball when it came to memory expansion on the new platform: just one launch phone, the Samsung Focus, had a user-accessible microSD slot (although almost every model has one hidden [...]
Samsung owners who have unlocked their device using the ChevronWP7 method should be acutely aware that when you sync your device with Zune, it gets relocked and you have to go through the unlocking procedures again. A new hack (with source code included for those who want to know how it works) prevents this from occuring.
The hack deploys to the device as a .xap using the usual sideloading methods, and uses some Samsung-specific APIs to edit the registry. There are a few additional features of the application such as removing the usual sideloading limit of 10 applications, and [...]
The Samsung Focus is one of the first Windows Phone 7 devices to go on sale. It’s part of the trio of launch devices hitting AT&T in time for the holiday season of 2010. The Focus’ biggest selling point, besides coming equipped with the all-new Windows Phone 7 operating system, is that it has the same gorgeous four-inch Super AMOLED display made famous by the Samsung Galaxy S series of devices. In this review we’ll cover the hardware, software, and overall experience that the Focus brings so that you can determine if this will be your next device! Read on for [...]
One of the odder quirks of Windows Phone 7 to appear since the platform’s launch has been the absence of Automatic Data Configuration for users who swap SIM chips and network-hop with their unlocked handsets. The capability most affected by ADC being disabled seems to be the ability to use MMS messages. While HTC and LG users have been able to get by with work-arounds, there wasn’t much owners of a Samsung WP7 device could do. Now a hacked app has been released that will restore MMS functionality to affected Samsung models.
ADC should let the phone communicate with [...]
You most probably remember — in case you didn’t take advantage of — AT&T’s Windows Phone 7 BOGO deal where you buy one of the devices in its line-up (LG Quantum, HTC Surround or Samsung Focus) and get another Windows Phone 7 for free.
In case you bought a Windows Phone 7 handset from AT&T in the past 30 days, you are lucky as you might still be eligible for the BOGO deal. Microsoft tweeted the info from its Windows Phone account announcing the good (for some) news; to find out whether you qualify or not, contact AT&T and make sure you have [...]
Missed Amazon’s sale of the HTC Surround and LG Quantum for one cent apiece and still interested in picking up one of the new Windows Phone 7 handsets on AT&T? If you’re shopping for a family you may still be in luck, as now AT&T is promoting its WP7 lineup with buy-one-get-one-free deals for those two models alongside Samsung’s Focus.
You’ll have to wait until Black Friday for the sale to rev up, but there’s no telling yet just how long the promotion will run. If AT&T wants to bump its WP7 holiday sales figures, keeping this going [...]
While Nokia’s flagship N8 smartphone received just a 5/10 in Engadget’s review last month, it seems that the Symbian-powered handset was at least able to revive a Windows Phone 7-formatted microSD card that the publication’s editor had allegedly been unable to save through other means. After reportedly trying to reuse a card that had already been integrated into his Samsung Focus‘ file system, editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky found that no other products could read and thus reformat it, including cameras and Linux utilities. Until, that is, an N8 owner suggested [...]
You might remember all the buzz around Windows Phone 7 certified memory cards and how the first such certified piece popped-up yesterday, made by SanDisk.
While Microsoft still wants you to consider the memory card an unmovable hardware part and permanent component of your phone, five microSD cards have popped up SanDisk’s website listed as Samsung Focus compatible. Now there’s a difference between “Samsung Focus compatible” and “Windows Phone 7 certified” but for what it’s worth, they’re all “tested under the most extreme [...]