Some sites post articles or videos, send them off into the ether, and abandon them. I’ve always thought that was a bit arrogant, and somewhat sad. Since joining the pocketnow team in February of this year one of my personal goals has been to open a dialog with the readers. I try and monitor my posts and videos for a few days after they’re published and interact with comments and questions. (How have I been doing so far?)
More and more frequently, my articles have been raising questions that are off-topic for the article, and my readers have been contacting me with [...]
Ideally, a beautiful phone will work beautifully as well, but since we don’t live in a perfect world, are you a substance kind of geek who prefer function over form or a design geek where form triumphs over function? This question seems to be answered differently by Apple, RIM, and Nokia in response to Apple’s iPhone 4‘s reception woes.
Steve Jobs addressed the iPhone 4’s reception problems in yesterday’s press conference, mocking the term “Antennagate” in his remarks. Jobs says that Apple isn’t perfect and phones aren’t [...]
Plagued by shortages and long wait times, the iPhone 4 has been a success for Apple, but not one that is without its flaws. A number of issues have come up since the handset was released, chief among them is the reception issue, where touching the steel antenna band at the lower left corner of the screen would degrade signal strength significantly; Apple is suggesting you get a case or hold the phone differently in that regards.
Users of Apple’s new and hotly coveted handset have noticed a number of smaller issues as well, including anything from screen discoloration from [...]
About two weeks ago Brandon Watson, Microsoft’s Director of Development Experience, hosted a live web chat on WindowsPhone7.com and was very open throughout the entire Q&A session providing a lot of new information about Windows Phone 7. During the interview he even stated that if anyone had any follow-up questions to just reach out to him. So MobilityDigest did. They asked if he would be kind enough to allow the readers of MobilityDigest, 1800PocketPC, PocketNow, WMExperts and WMPowerUser to ask him questions. The answer was yes’. So here we are. This is your chance [...]
According to a recent article in Reuters titled Windows Phone? No App for That, developers are “spending their time writing nifty apps for the iPhone, Android phones and BlackBerries, not for Windows phones.” The article’s conclusion is that there may be trouble in paradise for Microsoft: “Developers’ apathy and a fast-falling market share mean that Microsoft’s mobile phone business is in the doldrums. And that in turn may mean trouble for all of Microsoft several years from now.” While I agree that developers are not writing apps for Windows [...]
A hands-free interface is very important for mobile devices if you happen to have a lifestyle that involves some multi-tasking that may require the use of your hands and eyes. I use voice control and text to speech while driving a car, or on the motorcycle, but it works great while walking, jogging, etc. as well.
A year ago we took a survey about whether or not you think a centralized voice enabling interface would be good on a mobile phone. The majority responded that yes of course this would be a killer feature.
We haven’t heard much about what Windows Phone 7 [...]
We’ve heard some of the software limitations of Windows Phone 7 Series–like no copy & paste, removable storage card, and file manager–and there’s nothing any of us, including OEMs like HTC and LG, can do about it. However, Microsoft does have hardware limitations as well, and we’re challenging the Windows Mobile-Windows Phone community to think creatively and show us how you can design some compelling hardware given the Microsoft limitations to avoid hardware commoditization. Given that we’ve seen plenty of great renderings and concepts over the [...]
While many of pocketnow.com‘s audience members are power-users who demand certain power-user features from Microsoft, it seems that Windows Phone 7 Series–for better or worse–made some compromises and trade-offs to target a broader consumer audiences, eschewing features such as copy & paste, user-replaceable memory, user file management scheme, and will feature Marketplace as the only source for apps for consumer-based features such as the “lack for the need of” a task manager, better UI, tighter hardware and software control, and a controlled, stable [...]
Microsoft has made mention of push notifications at both GDC and now at MIX10, but what exactly will the service and technology entail? First, there will be three types of push notifications: updates to the Live Tile on the Start screen, a “toast” update–as seen by the blue pop up bar at the top of the screen, and also within the app. Microsoft is pushing the benefits of push by these three methods by saying that it is giving end users choice and customization on how they want their push data communicated; however, with three methods for push notifications and data [...]
With Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft made quite a few sacrifices as far as “power” features of Windows Mobile as a tradeoff to creating what the company is framing as a powerful user experience for consumers. Gone are removable memory cards, skinning and UI overlays, multitasking, and different methods to install and load apps onto the device. New, and much welcomed, is a platform that breaks away from fragmentation and provides a very consumer-oriented experiencing. As a loyalist to the platform, and a power user, do you feel ignored by Microsoft as the company turns its [...]
We’re at MIX10 and the good news is that there’s a lot of chatter and excitement over hardware and what different hardware partners will be offering when the devices come to market “in time for the holiday season.” Microsoft is also creating standardized experiences, and we’re proud of the company for taking accountability and responsibility to build, grow, and nurture the platform. However, with all the centralization that is happening around Windows Phone 7 Series, the question worth asking is if hardware partners are merely commodities in an already [...]
Not a lot of details–we suspect–beyong gaming will be unveiled at the Game Developers Conference this week in San Francisco, but we’ll be heading to Las Vegas soon for MIX10 where a lot more details and news about Windows Phone 7 Series will be announced. If you’ve got a question that you’d like an answer to, post a comment in the discussion and we’ll be sure to get some answers from you direct from Microsoft representatives!
In the meantime, check out some news that we are reporting from GDC this week:
1. AMOLED Displays on Windows [...]