Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 7

Microsoft's latest mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7 was announced at Mobile World Congress in 2010. Windows Phone 7 features a clean and minimalistic interface known as Metro UI. The operating system features a start screen with "Live Tiles" that can display notifications and information at a glance and specific "hubs" where content from social networks and stored locally on the device is gathered. Expected in late 2011, a major update known as "Mango" will bring many more features such as Twitter integration, multitasking and a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9. Read on for the latest Windows Phone 7 news, reviews and videos:

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    One of our Pocketnow fans and frequent readers named Ryan Gadz just released a new game for Windows Phone called Bonsai Golf Coral.  He's really proud of it and we thought it would be nice to show him some support and show you what he's been up to.  His new game is kind of a sequel to his first game called Bonsai Golf and basicaly each level is an interesting 3D mini-golf course where you have to aim the ball into the hole and also pick up a few extra starbursts along the way to get a higher score.  There are all sorts of coral shapes, ramps, and turns to roll through, along with ...

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    As Nokia closes another quarter the official numbers are in. In order to make a comparison (and also, to serve as a reminder), Nokia sold four million Lumia devices according to the official Q2 2012 figures. Compared to that, Nokia is now reporting 2.9 million Lumias being sold in the last quarter, representing a 27.5 percent decrease compared to the previous period. However, mobile phones in general recorded a quarter-on-quarter increase to 77 million units due mainly to a strong start for Asha phones. Nokia's main focus is Windows Phone though and the decrease in sales is somewhat ...

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    We were just talking about the state of custom ROM hacking on Windows Phone 7, including some of the reasons users seek out that kind of modified code. One compelling reason to do so is the desire to get features which Microsoft or the phone's manufacturer left out. That just what we're looking at today, on news of an interesting modification that can add video out capabilities to a WP7 handset. How can you do video out without a hardware jack in place? By co-opting an existing output, obviously. This hack routes screen data over the phone's USB connector, delivering it to an attached PC. ...

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    Nokia was the big latecomer to the Windows Phone 7 party, but it wasted no time in securing a dominant position for itself once it did arrive. Since then, it's seen some incredible growth, capturing the majority of the global Windows Phone market. According to figures from Localytics, Nokia accounted for half of all Windows Phone models in use around the world as of this past May. That figure's only grown since, and Nokia's currently holding a 59% share. HTC is Nokia's closest competitor, but it only has a third as many users as Nokia; Samsung's even less popular. At least for those two ...

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    It was good while it lasted! Even though it's been a bumpy road, it has now come to an end; the ChevronWP7 team warned users back in June that on August 11, unlocks they purchased and applied will expire and that Microsoft will proceed to re-locking phones starting August 11. Thanks to the latest official post on the ChevronWP7 website we now get a confirmation (not that we needed one). They say "all Windows Phone developer unlocks via the Chevron Labs service expired August 11, 2012". Upon syncing with Zune, Microsoft will re-lock phones unless you have moved to a paid App Hub account ...

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    Nobody knows exactly when the Apple vs. Samsung courtroom drama will ever stop (if) and what will the outcome be. According to some court documents the Cupertino-based company has asked Samsung, back in October of 2010, for royalty fees also saying they "would have preferred that Samsung request a license in advance". A total amount of $30 was requested for any touch-screen-enabled phone, let it be Windows Phone, Android of another platform (Bada, Symbian, etc.) and $40 for each tablet -- amount which would decrease to $30 over two years. There were also some discounts planned: phones ...

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    There's some news today that the in-app purchasing feature for Windows Phone will only work with Windows Phone 8. CNET, The Verge, and others are reporting that in-app purchasing will not be available in the Windows Phone 7.8 update for existing devices. If you're a current Windows Phone user, you might be confused since many of the Xbox LIVE games available already support in-app purchasing.  The feature first appeared when the Xbox LIVE Game called "Beards and Beaks" was released in September of 2011.  Since then many other games have supported in-app purchasing of additional game ...

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    The official Windows Phone 7.5 Tango update for the HTC Trophy on Verizon should land very soon (might even grace your phone today, according to recent reports). The carrier announced the refresh which updates the phone's OS to Windows Phone 7.5 MCR3. As far as the new additions are concerned, the Trophy will get Tango-specific WiFi Hotspot capability as well as enhanced multimedia messaging capabilities with multi-picture attachments, video attachments as well as the ability to send and receive ringtones. If the reports turn out to be true, you should receive an update notification after ...

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    We've talked about it briefly on our Pocketnow Weekly Podcast -- and we occasionally touch on it whenever Nokia's and Microsoft's share of the market comes in discussion -- but now it appears that the speculations can end. The Finnish company made its financial records for the second quarter of the year public, and with the numbers, we find out details about Lumia sales. It appears that Nokia sold four million Lumia devices in the second quarter -- compared with one million reported for the last quarter of 2011 and two million in the first quarter of this year -- managing to double its ...

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    The Pink Nokia Lumia 900 becomes available for pre-orders today, July 15, but that's not the only good news (if at all for most) that Nokia and AT&T have prepared for you. Starting today, the price of the phone on AT&T has been dramatically reduced so those who didn't purchase it yet have one more reason to grab one. Starting today, instead of $99 and a two-year contract you will be able to buy an AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 for $49.99. Whether this is one (last) push for the phone -- in light of the Windows Phone 8 news and the platform's coming -- is yet unknown. Should you buy a ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 900 seems to be among the most popular Windows Phones on the market at the moment and fans of the platform can grab the device from AT&T in white, black and cyan. Nokia is announcing the addition of another color, probably trending with the summer (or targeting female customers): pink. If you want to grab one and be different, you can pre-order it starting July 15 either in a brick-and-mortar AT&T store or online. Of course, Nokia can't stress it enough that the colors of the Lumia 900 (pink included) are not painted on top of a plastic but are deeply residing ...

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    Richard Kerris, Nokia's Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations, unveiled that "it wont be long" until Verizon fans will finally get the opportunity to use Nokia devices. Currently the Finnish phone maker has no offering on Big Red and future possible customers are either left waiting for a Nokia phone or have to leave for another carrier in order to grab one. Unfortunately, no exact time frame was made public. As far as the PureView technology is concerned, the one which debuted on the Symbian-powered 808 which is, as of now, available in the U.S., it will come to Windows ...

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    Some Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 devices are already getting the Windows Phone 8773 update -- dubbed Tango, which is running out-of-the-box on the Lumia 610 -- but it sure looks like the Finnish phone maker will not stop right here. A new update popped up on NaviFirm and it looks to be Windows Phone 8779. The update's regions are listed as being countries like Thailand, Pakistan, India, Lebanon, and Tunisia so it could only bring features which would improve the user experience in these markets. With many features already included in the Tango refresh -- like internet sharing, flip phone ...

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    Back when Windows Phone was first released in late 2010, of course there was a Twitter app available, but no one ever bothered to set up the server-side option for pushing live tiles or notifications for twitter activity like mentions, direct messages, or anything.  That made room for a whole host of 3rd party Twitter apps that were much more functional with all the Twitter functions you'd expect.  Today we finally see an update to the official Twitter app that finally brings push notifications for direct messages, mentions, new follows, favorited tweets, and retweets.  Above you ...

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    Those who were eagerly anticipating BlackBerry 10 devices will be deeply disappointed as Research In Motion has postponed the arrival of the gadgets until 2013 -- because development has "proven to be more time-consuming than anticipated". Unnamed sources said that the Canadian company is considering its options after admitting that the company might not survive with its current strategy. One of these options would be to follow Nokia's example and strike a strategic alliance with Microsoft to deliver BlackBerry handsets running on the Windows Phone platform. Such an option could also ...

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