Just a few months after Windows Phone 7 launched as a platform, we heard LG talking in January 2011 about its disappointments up until then with sales of the Optimus 7 and Quantum. Granted, things were just getting started for WP7, but even with that in consideration, LG just wasn’t seeing the sales that it had projected. While this early reaction didn’t bode well for the company’s relationship with the OS, LG seemed at the time that it still wanted Windows Phone to succeed, and that it would give the situation a chance to improve. Now, well over a year later, it [...]
Back in October, we told you about some reports that were coming in from Windows Phone users that the recent Mango update had left them with a misbehaving on-screen keyboard. It would up and disappear while you were in the middle of typing something, or just refuse to come out of hiding in the first place. We heard that Microsoft was well-aware of the issue, and was investigating it in hopes of delivering a fix in a future Windows Phone update. It may have taken the better part of three months, but that fix is finally starting to arrive, as part of Windows Phone build [...]
We’ve heard several rumors of Windows Phone build 7740 before Microsoft officially confirmed the existence of the new platform build. Redmond also detailed that some features included in the update had to do with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 sync compatibility and this exact update was just delivered to our unlocked, non-carrier-branded LG Optimus 7 in Europe.
The above update notification popped up both on the phone and Zune. As you can see, the update fixes “an email issue related to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003” as well as “a voicemail notification [...]
We learned of plans to include wireless internet sharing in Windows Phone Mango very late along in its development cycle. It emerged that the base functionality would be built-in to the operating system, but device manufacturers would need to provide hardware-specific drivers to enable existing handsets to take advantage of the feature. Analysis of the wireless chipsets used in WP7 phones suggested that with the exception of the Dell Venue Pro (and even that denial’s not looking like such a sure thing anymore), all existing WP7 models should be capable of hotspot mode, and were [...]
If the analysis we looked at yesterday of the WiFi chipsets used in the first wave of Windows Phone handsets is accurate, there’s nothing stopping the vast majority of WP7 devices from receiving the necessary driver update in order to enable wireless hotspot internet sharing mode. One of the phones identified as having the necessary hardware in place but just waiting for its software was LG’s Optimus 7. Sure enough, LG’s German branch just tweeted that the necessary update is on its way.
Unfortunately, the company’s twitter rep didn’t provide any [...]
We’ve had what feels like a lengthy relationship with the LG e906 Jil Sander phone, getting a couple early looks at the handset on-camera, and revealing the first collection of specs on the phone, further confirming its Optimus 7 roots. This whole time, we’ve been without much of an inkling for when the phone might be released. Recent discoveries started us thinking that it would be quite soon, and it turns out we were right; the Jil Sander e906 will debut tomorrow, October 7.
Since it’s based off first-wave Windows Phone hardware, the Jil Sander phone may not [...]
After first hearing LG’s model e906 mentioned earlier this summer, we got a chance to see a few snapshots taken of the phone in the wild, appearing to be an Optimus 7 refresh, and identifying itself with badging from German fashion house Jil Sander. We’ve now received a full spec sheet for the handset, confirming mostly-unchanged Optimus 7 hardware.
Like the Optimus 7 (e900), the Jil Sander phone has a 3.8-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p video. Interestingly, the phone’s case dimensions make it a smidge larger than the [...]
Watch this week’s Windows Phone view as we wrap-up this week’s good and bad inside the world of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In this edition we go through more Windows Phone Mango devices being leaked thanks to some developers posting their App testing logs. We breeze through Microsoft’s recent job posting where they’re now in search of an expert that will do a better job in integrating Windows Phone with the desktop. We also go through our expectations on HTC’s planned event for September 1st, the rumors of the LG E906, which seems to be [...]
Last month, we heard about an LG-posted UAProfile for a smartphone we didn’t quite recognize. The LG E906 looked a lot like the Windows Phone-running Optimus 7 (LG E900), but appeared to be running Mango. At the time, we were left wondering if this would be the same Optimus 7 hardware but with a software refresh, to go up for sale once Mango became available. Now the E906 is back on our radar, appearing as a designer-branded model.
Much like the Prada-branded LGs we’ve seen, this LG smartphone is badged for the German fashion house Jil Sander. The hardware is [...]
OEMs have a dedicated section in the Windows Phone Marketplace where they add own applications for users rocking phones made by them (and sometimes other apps). It looks like LG has started updating some of its own applications, making them ready for Windows Phone’s Mango update.
In the image above we are trying to download LG’s own ScanSearch to an LG Optimus 7 running Windows Phone 7 Mango Build 7720 RTM. We get a warning that the application is taking use of a hardware component that is not present on our device. That, coupled with the ability to fast-app-switch [...]
Early this morning, we told you about how the Samsung Focus was finally getting all its software brought up-to-date, with the release of pre-NoDo, NoDo, and the subsequent security patch for version 1.4 of its hardware. At the time, Microsoft also mentioned some other phone-specific updates that were in the works, but didn’t have much in the way of details to share. Now we’ve learned a little more about what models can expect to see new code on the way.
So far, updates have been spotted coming to the HTC Mozart, LG Optimus 7 and Samsung Omnia 7. None of these claim [...]
When Microsoft finally releases Mango, along with updates for existing Windows Phone 7 devices, it’s not surprising that we may start seeing the sale of some of last year’s WP7 hardware, perhaps with minor tweaks, under slightly different model numbers, especially if a manufacturer is having issues getting its new hardware out in time. We’re seeing hints that may be the case with LG and its Optimus 7, with the revelation of a very-similarly-numbered LG smartphone that appears it will arrive with Mango pre-installed.
The Optimus 7 is LG’s model number [...]
Before you continue reading any further please understand that anything you do to your smartphone is your own responsibility as the procedure described above can be harmful, void your warranty or even render your smartphone useless. That being said, we understood the disclaimer and got ourselves a Windows Phone 7 Mango-powered LG Optimus 7 (which was unlocked as in not tied to any carrier at all). You can update to Mango too, just read below.
You don’t need to have a developer unlocked smartphone or pre-tampered with in any way, it worked on our stock LG Optimus 7 just [...]
The Samsung Omnia 7 sports 8GB of internal memory while the LG Optimus 7 has 16GB, both being NAND storages opposed to other Windows Phone 7 devices that use microSD cards for internal storage.
While either of them will be faster compared to other microSD-powered Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the LG Optimus 7 wins over the Samsung Omnia 7 in both our internet page loading and game loading speed tests. Check out the video below to see what the margins are when it comes to both internet page loading times as well as launching Xbox Live games:
LG, as other Windows Phone 7 OEMs, has a dedicated section in the Marketplace only for owners of the manufacturer’s smartphones. That section, besides free apps for LG Windows Phone owners, got richer with a program called LGHangul, a Korean input application.
LGHangul, as the description says, “is the easiest way to type Korean on your Windows Phone”. One of the flaws — or not addressed lacks — of Windows Phone is the thin support for localization and additional languages. A new set will be added this year, hopefully with Mango, but until then, [...]
We’ve showed you the performance improvements the NoDo update (build 7390) brings to Windows Phone 7 and you definitely know about the Copy/Paste feature but today we’ll show you how to multiple times Paste a text copied to the Clipboard.
Once a certain text, word or paragraph, has been copied, it can be pasted any place where text input is possible. Once you paste your text though, the Paste icon disappears. But how about when you want to introduce the same text copied several times? Check out the video below to see how it’s done.
One of the advertised improvements in Windows Phone 7 March update dubbed NoDo — besides the Copy/Paste feature added — is the improved performance. Microsoft has reduced application loading times and also made programs resume faster.
In this video we will compare Windows Phone 7 NoDo to Windows Phone 7 pre-NoDo and see how they perform. Windows Phone 7 February update (aka pre-NoDo) doesn’t bring any features or improvements (we know of) but only prepares the devices to receive the March update.
We’ve used two LG Optimus 7 devices which were [...]
We’ve recently updated our LG Optimus 7 to Windows Phone 7 NoDo build 7390 and we were surprised to see that after the update completed our main system disk was running low on space.
The PC used to update the smartphone sports a 64GB SSD as its primary system drive which before the update had roughly 12GB free on it. Zune software automatically backs up your device when updating Windows Phone 7 — just in case anything goes wrong — and it looks like the backup is an actual image of your device itself.
We had around 11GB of music, videos, applications, [...]
Canadian smartphone users who are looking to pick up a new model are in for a treat, since Telus has slashed prices on many of it popular models, offering most for free when you sign-on for a three-year term.
While some of the newest models, like the HTC Desire HD, will still set you back $50, the vast majority are available at no cost after subsidies. Android smartphones that are free with this offer include the original HTC Desire, the LG Optimus One, the Droid-like Motorola Milestone, Samsung’s Fascinate, and the Motorola Charm. Some, like the Charm, stuck on Android [...]
If your carrier is called Telus you’ll be happy to find out that several Android, Windows Phone 7 and BlackBerry devices will get software updates in the short and medium term, according to information given out by the carrier.
The HTC Desire and the HTC Desire HD will both receive their Android 2.3 Gingerbread treat this spring while the Motorola Milestone will get version 2.2 Froyo in the first part of spring. The LG Optimus 7 and HTC Surround Windows Phone 7 devices will get the NoDo update in the next few weeks while the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 will get BlackBerry OS 6 [...]
Windows Phone 7 was launched at the end of 2010 — October 11 for Europe and Australia, adding America on November 8 — and, at that time, had ambitions for 30 countries worldwide, with support for five languages and a Marketplace operating in 17 countries. On February 21, 2011, Microsoft started pushing out the first ever Windows Phone 7 update in a first major global project of this kind in Redmond’s mobile history.
As we’re convinced you’ve heard us talking in our PocketCast (that is Episode 5, starting 10:41), there were mixed thoughts regarding [...]