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 [...]
If you were interested in picking-up some first-generation Windows Phone hardware on AT&T, you had better get your act together and move quickly. We just heard about the Surround, with its unique slide-out speakers, being marked for end-of-life status. It now looks like AT&T may be wiping its stable of Windows Phone devices clean, with the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum now joining the Surround in the EOL club.
This news comes via a pair of screenshots from AT&T’s internal computers, where both phones are clearly marked as having reached their end-of-life [...]
Windows Phone Mango is probably the most anticipated platform (refresh) for mobile devices coming out of Redmond. Those lucky (brave) enough already got a taste of Mango using Beta or RTM versions and, while we showed you how to downgrade to NoDo, it appears that Microsoft will make an upgrade path available that doesn’t need you to revert. Here’s the status of the Mango updates for the U.S. carriers, according to current reports:
Sprint will most probably start the roll-out process of Mango for its Arrive Windows Phone. If the information on its own support page is [...]
AT&T continuously tries to remain the “premier” carrier for Windows Phone and, after making its Mango line-up public recently, turns out that the carrier is planning to roll-out Mango updates starting September 27.
WPCentral obtained information about the roll-out process for Mango destined for the HTC Surround, LG Quantum, Samsung Focus and HTC HD7S. The first free will reportedly get the updates starting September 27 and the HD7S will get its Mango treat mid-October. As far as the Focus is concerned, depending on your model, you’ll get the updates on [...]
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 [...]
Free Zune passes from AT&T for Windows Phone 7 is not uncommon, we’ve seen it happen in the past and it’s on again, this time with the help of Amazon Wireless.
Until June 26 you buy any AT&T Windows Phone 7 and get three months of free unlimited music with Zune Pass. The total value of the Zune pass for the period is $44.97 and in case you’re not familiar with Zune, you get “unlimited access to over 11 million songs to stream or download, access to music on your Windows Phone 7, Xbox console or PC, and 10 free songs per month to download and [...]
Some really strange things going on in downtown Smallville! Last week we saw an HTC Hero Android smartphone running Windows Phone 7 and today we get a chance to look at another Frankenstein monster: LG Quantum running Windows Phone 6.5
The LG Quantum is also known as the LG Optimus 7Q and together with the LG Optimus 7 is an LG Windows Phone running Windows Phone 7. Episode 18 of Season 10 from Smallville shows the above marketing aberration — or just another super-secret prototype like the one last week which we’ll never see in stores. It’s good to see a [...]
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 know that both the pre-NoDo as well as the NoDo update for Windows Phone 7 is about to begin hitting AT&T devices in a couple of days and Microsoft’s Eric Hautala lets us know the updates will also contain some special features.
The AT&T Windows Phone 7 updates will contains two special features, one of which is the neat WISPr support allowing devices to automatically switch to AT&T hotspots when available. The second will offer smartphones support for the AT&T Address Book.
On a general note concerning updates which we know not only contain [...]
After Microsoft last updated its Windows Phone 7 update schedule, it looked like the HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus on AT&T might be getting their shots of NoDo this month; we had estimated that they could all go out around the week of April 20. A leaked email, purportedly an insider AT&T document, sheds some new light on the scheduling, and it’s a mix of good and bad news.
Good news first: it looks like the Quantum and Focus will fulfill our prediction, rumored to get their updates on April 19. Both the pre-NoDo and NoDo proper will be going out all [...]
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 [...]
If you want a QWERTY-enabled Windows Phone 7 handset and you don’t want to go with the T-Mobile Dell Venue Pro nor wait for the Sprint HTC Arrive, AT&T might have a deal for you.
The LG Quantum is being sold for $0.01 after applying an online discount of $99.98. The deal is valid with a two-year contract and new activation plus requires a minimum data service starting at $15/month. Just like the other Windows Phone 7 handsets out there, the Quantum sports a 1GHz processor. In addition, it features 16GB of onboard memory, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera with LED flash and [...]
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 [...]
If you follow the news, you most probably know by now that LG is offering free applications exclusively to LG Windows Phone 7 owners via the LG apps store inside the Marketplace. New titles were added in December and then again in January and now LG is offering four additional app titles.
If last time the apps were third parties, with value of $29.2, and LG offered them all for free, this time there are four applications made by the manufacturer itself.
1. Today is an application that is based on the Panoramic screens on Windows Phone 7 to offer information about weather, [...]
Sony has turned to the U.S. International Trade Commission with a filing against LG claiming the South Korean manufacturer has violated several U.S. trade rules by importing and selling on the market phones that infringe Sony patents and some of its licensees, including its Sony Ericsson joint venture, Samsung and Nokia.
According to Sony’s claim — also filed with the Los Angeles Federal Court — more than ten LG made phones, among which the Windows Phone 7 powered LG Quantum smartphone, infringe patents related to audio and microphone devices in phones, caller [...]
We already know that one of the unique benefits of LG Windows Phone 7 devices is that the Korean manufacturer is offering 10 free apps exclusively for LG Windows Phone 7 owners.
There is a dedicated section inside Marketplace called LG apps store which you can access using your LG Windows Phone 7 and that app store just got updated with new titles. The LG free software program is called hAPPiness and it now officially features Voice to Text – which we reviewed earlier plus an additional two new applications that entered the store by rotation: Fortune Coins (augmented [...]
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 [...]
LG may not be selling the most handsets on the block, but its advertising firm deserves an ‘A’ for effort, as the company’s mobile division keeps pushing out one entertaining commercial after the next. Following that trio of long-form, mixed-media spots, LG is now screening a Windows Phone 7-powered Quantum ad that focuses on the QWERTY-equipped device’s DLNA capabilities. (With so few features differentiating this initial crop of WP7 handsets, it’s not surprising to see the same themes appearing again and again in marketing efforts.) Oh yeah, and the [...]
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 [...]