Anyone who uses multiple Android devices knows how haphazard the update process can seem. One handset might get FroYo one day, while another might not see the same software for another six months. With the Apple-like level of control Microsoft is taking over Windows Phone 7 handsets, there was hope that users of those smartphones could look forward to more reliable update releases. It turns out that there’s still the potential for mobile providers to delay updates, but with a few caveats.
Microsoft’s going to get itself into a regular schedule of WP7 updates, similar [...]
Three weeks ago Sling Media teased Windows Mobile fans with the forthcoming Windows Phone 7 version of its SlingPlayer Mobile video-streaming software, promising higher resolutions than it ever before delivered to a Windows handset. Today the app makes its Marketplace debut, available for nearly $30.
When we took a look at the nearly-complete software we saw Sling taking full advantage of the processing power that will be standard for all Windows Phone 7 devices, letting the app display four times as many pixels as the old Windows Mobile version could. The Sling/Windows Mobile [...]
Yesterday was the first day for U.S. availability of three devices running Windows Phone 7. If you were one of the lucky ones who went to a participating AT&T store, you may have also won admission to the free Katy Perry New York or Marroon 5 San Francisco Windows Phone 7 launch parties. We got to go to Katy Perry’s party in New York City and it was pretty amazing. There were Windows Phone 7 decorations everywhere as well as a corner area where concert-goers could try out the HTC Surround, Samsung Focus, and LG Quantum. Towards the end of the party the Roseland Ballroom [...]
As you already know, three new Windows Phone 7 devices are now on sale in the U.S. on T-Mobile and AT&T. Microsoft has a nice deal on their website where you’ll get a 3 Months free Zune Pass when you buy the HTC HD7, HTC Surround, or Samsung Focus with a new contract. Check out the Microsoft store to take advantage of the deal. The down-side is that you’ll have to wait for your phone to be delivered as opposed to walking into a store today and getting one right away.
As you all know, the U.S. launch date for Windows Phone 7 is Monday, November 8th. You’ll be able to get the Samsung Focus or HTC Surround on AT&T, but what about the HTC HD7 coming to T-Mobile USA? It turns out, many T-Mobile stores have had the HD7 in stock for over a week now. Originally they were not supposed to sell any until November 15th so you might not see any on display. However, if you ask nicely, you might be able to go pick one up right now. Note, T-Mobile’s website lists official availablity as Monday, November 8th.
The store owner we spoke to [...]
The FCC has cleared an HTC Windows Phone 7 CDMA device. The phone is likely to be the HTC 7 Pro which is the only CDMA Windows Phone 7 device from the Taiwanese manufacturer that has been revealed to date.
The FCC filing mentions specifics like Bluetooth +EDR and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. The HTC 7 Pro has a 3.6-inch 480 x 800 capacitive touchscreen, slide out QWERTY keyboard and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor.
The cellphone in the FCC documents is final production hardware; will this mean we will see a CDMA Windows Phone 7 device before 2011?
Source: FCCVia: [...]
Microsft has confirmed that third-party developers do not currently have accces to the video camera functionality in Windows Phone 7.
Third-party developers can only access the camera for simple picture taking. Video camera access has been omitted from the available development tools.
Third-party developer Fring also confirmed the lack of access to the application programming interface (API) of the camera in the Windows Phone 7 OS. It is currently preventing it from porting the popular voice and video chat software over to Windows Phone 7.
This major omission [...]
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, speaking at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Fla., stated that he wished Windows Phone 7 could have been released twelve months earlier. He also said that Microsoft has a lot of work to do to get back in the mobile game, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Windows Phone 7 was officially released in Europe today. It has received a lot of very positive reviews. Most of them point out how fluid and fresh the operating system is and how you can get to important information with just a brief glance. Within those positive reviews, most point out [...]
Back at the Windows Phone 7 launch event, we got a preview of a free download that will upgrade the Windows Phone 7 Games Hub with a more interactive Xbox Live Avatar and a great user interface for customizing your avatar. We also got to see a quick demo of the “Need for Speed” game as well as “Rocket Riot” which was ported from the Xbox Live Arcade on the console. Check out the video below to see how they look.
It was a pretty nice surprise on Monday when Microsoft announced EA Games were building Xbox Live games for Windows Phone 7. Here’s a look at the Sims 3 for Windows Phone 7. You’ll probably notice that it’s very much the same as the versions for Android and the iPhone. However, the Windows Phone 7 version hooks up to Xbox Live so that you can earn acheivements and also view a leaderboard of the best Sims 3 game players. What do you think? Not bad?
Last Monday we had a meeting with the Office 2010 Mobile team and got to talk about a few of the cool new features in Office 2010 for Windows Phone 7. Since most of the tech reviewers that you’ll see around the internet probably won’t have access to a Sharepoint 2010 server, I was especially interested in seeing how the Sharepoint 2010 features and integration worked. So that’s what you’ll see in the video below.
The Windows Phone 7 Office Sharepoint features will require a Sharepoint 2010 server. Unfortunately, Microsoft’s Business Productivity [...]
It was clear by the effort that Microsoft put into the Windows Phone 7 launch event that it’s very serious about being a contender in mobile. Beyond the rental of an entire building, the butlered hors d’oeuvre, and the open bar later in the evening, what was really at play was Microsoft’s ability to use its vast resources to engender support from carriers and OEMs. What other company could put together such a show to announce that its software would be running on nine devices in about 15 countries and on more than 20 carriers? This is undoubtedly remarkable for a [...]
A long, long time ago (it seems) we first heard tell of the Dell Lightning, a device that utilized a form factor not often seen in the world of smartphones: a slide-down QWERTY. The rumored specs turned out to be pretty close to the truth. It’s now known as the Venue Pro (a name that doesn’t do justice to its coolness), and it’ll have the bands necessary to do 3G on T-Mobile in the USA.
We didn’t get a real hands-on with the Venue Pro, but from behind the glass, the largeness of its screen was striking. The keyboard also looked quite nice, though [...]
May have cried fowl after we heard back at Mobile World Congress that one of the limitations of Windows Phone 7 would be that it would not support removable storage. This was so that the user didn’t have to deal with removable storage, etc. But alas! Today at the Windows Phone 7 launch event, Adam and I found that the Samsung Focus does indeed have a space for a microSD card. What’s going on here? As the AT&T rep explained, the Focus merges the 8GB internal storage with whatever is on the microSD card. When you go to buy a Focus at an AT&T store, you’ll have [...]
While AT&T had some pretty good coverage for the three new Windows Phone 7s that will be available on their network in November, T-Mobile and HTC had a little something to show off at a room in The Standard down the road a few blocks. The HTC HD7 is very similar to the previous HD2 in many ways including screen size, shape, build quality, and specs. However, the HD7 will have an upgraded 5 megapixel CMOS sensor which we’ve found to be quite a bit better than the HD2’s camera. It’s also got 16Gb of built in storage, as well as stereo speakers and an interesting [...]
While most of today’s excitement surrounding HTC focused on the US-bound 7 Surround, HD7, and 7 Pro, Europe and Asia Pacific will get another pair of Windows Phone 7 handsets that we’ve seen quite a bit of: the HTC 7 Trophy and HTC 7 Mozart. The two models are very similar, both packing 1GHz Snapdragon processors and 576MB RAM / 512MB ROM, 8GB of internal storage, as well as 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and a 1300mAh battery, plus Bluetooth 2.1 — when is HTC going to follow Samsung’s lead and start releasing Bluetooth 3.0-compliant hardware?
Where the two devices [...]
The HTC Surround is a unique device. It has a sliding mechanism that reveals Dolby-certified stereo speakers, and a kickstand that can prop the device on a table for easy listening. We have to say that we weren’t too excited by the concept of having “better speakers” on a smartphone, having experience our share of tinny sound, but after listening to the device at loud volume, we were impressed. The music had greater mid-range than we’re accustomed to from smartphone speakers. Also, when cranked to 100% volume, we detected no distortion. But, don’t expect [...]
If you want a QWERTY keyboard on a Windows Phone 7 device this year, it’s going to have to be with the LG Quantum, which we knew previously as the LG C900. It has a similar feel to the LG Panther development device, but it’s been refined with a rounder design, that we think looks a bit toy-ish and low end. The keyboard has four rows of keys with the numbers embedded within the letters. The function and shift keys are strangely places off and to the left of the keys, which would seem to require a lot of finger travel when trying to, say, capitalize a letter. The keys of the [...]
The long-rumored HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 upgrade to the extremely popular HTC HD2 will arrive exclusively in the US at T-Mobile in mid-November, price unknown. The HD7 is the more mainstream of two Windows Phone 7 devices being initially launched by Magenta, with the other being Dell’s Venue Pro — formerly known as the Lightening.
The HD7, once known to us as Schubert, features many of the same specs as the HD2: 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch capacitive WVGA display, and 576MB of onboard RAM.
Besides the operating system, the biggest [...]
The Samsung Focus, which previously went under the name Cetus or Omnia 7 (correction: the European Samsung Windows Phone 7 launch device will be called the Omnia 7), has a large 4.0″ WVGA AMOLED display that not only looks fantastic but has a high level of sensitivity (greater than any other Windows Phone 7 device we played with today). It’s also one of the thinnest smartphones in the world, and boy does it feel light in-hand. The Focus also seems to be one of the most snappy Windows Phone 7 devices of the nine that were launched today: jumping between screens was very [...]
You might remember seeing the HTC Mondrian starring in the alleged AT&T Windows Phone 7 Ad we posted about, ad which was taken down from YouTube shortly after being uploaded.
Well, after Microsoft’s official launch of the Windows Phone 7 platform earlier on today, we have the chance to see the first two official Windows Phone 7 TV ads. They both feature the new Samsung Focus which will be coming to AT&T on November 8 for $199,99. Check out the videos below and tell us your thoughts:
I guess one of the things that has many of us cheering today, is seeing lots and lots of slide out QWERTY Windows Phone 7 devices become official on today’s launch. Such is the case of the LG C900 we caught a couple of months ago, which today gets official as the LG Quantum.
The Quantum sports a landscape slider QWERTY keyboard, triband HSPA (850 / 1900 / 2100MHz) so yeah, AT&T will be the launch carrier. As for storage, we’ll finally see something compelling at 16GB of storage, a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video capture, a 3.5-inch WVGA display, and the [...]
HTC has just launched their Windows Phone 7 line-up today, the day Microsoft officially went public with their new mobile platform.
The HTC 7 Surround will be the only one of the five new HTC devices that will exclusively be available in the US packing a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250, 512MB ROM, 576MB RAM, 8GB Internal Storage, 3.8-inch SLCD touch screen, HSPA/WCDMA (850/1900/2100 MHz) Upload speed of up to 2 Mbps and download speed of up to 7.2 Mbps Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) Radio, 5.0 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash including 720p HD video [...]