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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Two new ROM updates have been leaked for the Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 handset — namely I8700XENJK1 and I8700BSEJK1 — and, while they are not containing Copy/Paste functionality, they bring some performance improvements according to reports.
Before proceeding we need to make it clear that there are major risks when playing with Windows Phone 7 firmware that is not released through Microsoft or the Zune client. Nevertheless, MobileTechWorld reports that they have flashed I8700XENJK1 ROM and the device seems to have a better overall performance, both apps and [...]
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 [...]
Just a couple of days back we posted about some high magnification pictures of several display types employed by different manufacturers taken with a microscope to uncover the differences in pixels when it comes to different screen types and today we’re given a look at AMOLED vs. LCD on two Windows Phone 7 devices.
The two devices in the video are the Samsung Omnia 7 and LG Optimus 7, with the first one employing an S-AMOLED screen and the second an LCD screen. What you can clearly see in the video is that, besides the advantages of S-AMOLED screens (like contrast, deep [...]
Australian developer Chris Walsh recently found a method to run so-called native code on the platform indicating that jailbreaking Windows Phone 7 could be possible, though it’s a first step in a huge process.
Same developer seems to have conquered another OS tower as he now tweeted that he’s got registry and file system access. The tweet also mentions that this was achieved on Samsung and HTC devices and the developer is committed to getting that on LG handsets too. Are these hacks device dependent? Normally they shouldn’t be but, as with the case of USB [...]
For months now Microsoft has stated that Windows Phone 7 will not be able to do tethering without the approval of the carrier. Of course that wouldn’t stop us from finding the back door, and it seems as though Samsung left the door wide open.
The Samsung Focus already has an accessible storage card slot, why not an accessible USB tethering ability too? Although the device will not do Wi-Fi tethering at this time it is more than capable of doing USB tethering. To set up this on a Samsung Focus you will need to go into the diagnostic menu:
1) On the Focus go [...]
All may not be well in Windows Phone 7 land, as the HTC 7 Trophy is currently the subject of inquiry regarding both its speed and screen quality. Specifically, a side-by-side comparison video (embedded at the bottom of this post) with a Samsung Omnia 7 shows the Sammy device loading a game noticeably faster, while a separate comparative shot between two Trophies seems to depict a significant different in viewing angles (pictured above and below).
In a thread translated from the original Dutch on site Tweakers.net, user spenky provides several photos comparing a [...]
The first ever regions for Windows Phone 7 handsets to be available for the masses were Australia and New Zealand where customers were able to buy the highly anticipated Windows Phone 7 platform operated devices many hours before the rest of the world (except U.S. where the date for that is November 8).
Whether the demand in handsets was higher than expected or stocks of devices were lower than they should have been, one thing is for sure: there are reports according to which the region is fighting severe shortage in handset stocks. From the 11 locations of Telstra where Windows [...]
Samsung’s Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 will support Orange UK’s improved-quality HD Voice service, a company representative has revealed via Twitter. HD Voice is Orange’s implementation of so-called wideband audio (specifically the AMR-WB codec as defined by the 3GPP standards group), which increases the range of frequencies being transmitted — compared to standard ‘narrowband’ telephony — and thus improves overall call fidelity. Currently, Orange is the only major carrier to institute a large-scale rollout of this technology, and only a few [...]
The Omnia 7 is the European version of the Windows Phone 7 Samsung Focus coming to AT&T. The Omnia 7 actually has the proper bands to do AT&T 3G right out of the box, so you can have your choice between the two (as long as you’re OK with paying the unsubsidized price for the Omnia 7). What’s different between the two? The main difference is the design: the Omnia 7 is more squared around the edges, and the Start button is a physical button. Also, the Omnia 7 wil be free of carrier bloatware. Clove has the device listed at £425, which is about $675, with a shipping [...]
We’re still catching our breath from the whirlwind of news that swept across the smartphone plains yesterday in the form of Windows Phone 7 launch details, and we imagine that some of you are a little overwhelmed as well. Therefore we thought we’d recap all of our coverage for you in this handy guide, along with charts detailing specs of all the initial devices plus distribution plans broken down by country and carrier. We hope that you enjoyed our WP7 articles as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you, and we’d like to thank everyone for tuning in to Pocketnow for [...]
Telus will not be the only provider bringing Windows Phone 7 devices to Canada, as both Rogers and Bell have signed up to stock the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum (pictured left to right), respectively. With Telus scheduled to offer the HTC 7 Surround and LG Optimus 7, Canadian consumers now look to have a decent four-device selection to choose from. AT&T will be selling the Focus, Quantum, and Surround in the US, although the Optimus 7 will not be available from any domestic carriers at launch. With the US in general receiving the lion’s share of handsets at launch, we wonder [...]
Not to be far behind one each other, looks like Samsung has made official their I8700 Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 on the same note as LG “mistakenly” published a live page of the Optimus7, leaks which are happening hours before the start of the official Microsoft launch event today.
We’ve previously seen the Omnia 7 in a leaked video which was then taken down and replaced by another video walkthrough of the device. The Omnia 7 – featuring a 1GHz Qualcomm’s QSD8250, 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA display, 5-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and HD [...]