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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    Nokia appears to be truly committed to Windows Phones and while the hardware capabilities are standardized over OEMs, the Finnish manufacturer is further differentiating itself from the others with the help of dedicated applications, like the Creative Studio from the end of March. Furthermore, a "Camera Extension" will be launched for the Lumia line-up which will integrate with the Camera application of Windows Phone, but with added features. These features will bring no less than four camera modes: Smart Group Shot, Action Shot (burst mode with about eight shots), Panoramic (stitching ...

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    It's not easy to admit that you're wrong. Back in 2010 I opined that "your smartphone can't get much better," wherein I argued that handset technology had peaked in many respects, with the newest improvements being mostly incremental in nature. Well I was incorrect: phones have gotten a lot better in that time period, and there's clearly room for improvement still. The biggest reason, I realized, is that there will always be software which pushes the limits of the hardware, along with pretty fierce competition among more than half-a-dozen OEMs. Take processors, for instance. Two years ago ...

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    You know what we haven't had in a while? A good old-fashioned #firstworldproblems rant. So here's one. As Q might say, the world of smartphones has always been "wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross" (just making sure you're awake, Trek fans). That magical quality has grown over the years -in fact, Apple effectively co-opted the term "magical" for a while there- and today our portable devices are capable of incredible feats. Along the way, we've lost some things. Progress inevitably demands that certain features be obsoleted in favor of others. The jog dial, or ...

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    Between voice minutes, an SMS package, and a data plan, the cost of wireless service adds up fast. That's why we're so excited when we hear about new ideas for cutting the cost of owning a smartphone, especially when they're set to arrive with unlimited service. In recent months, we've been talking about Republic Wireless, which is trying to offer $19 all-inclusive plans with unlimited data by trying to offload the bulk of its bandwidth onto private WiFi networks. A big beta test is getting underway this summer, so we'll hopefully get a better sense of how it will perform, but if you're in ...

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    What makes a smartphone "smart"? The apps of course! Every week we will feature some of the best newest or updated apps for the three big names in the mobile industry; iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android. We have sifted through hundred of apps and have deemed these 12 the most noteworthy for you, the smartphone enthusiast. To download any of these apps to your respective platform just click on the name of the app to launch the AppStore, Windows Marketplace, or Google Play.   iPhone Kitchenator – A paid app that costs $0.99 Kitchenator is a unit convertor for nearly everything related ...

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    It goes by model number GT-I8350 but the actual denomination of the phone is Samsung Omnia M. It is powered by Windows Phone and was just introduced by Samsung today, to be available first in Europe and later on in other regions. The Omnia M is marketed as a phone for "non stop entertainment". It packs a 1GHz processor and a four-inch Super AMOLED display of WVGA resolution. The rest of the specs include 384MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, five megapixel main camera with LED flash, VGA webcam, WiFi b/g/n, and a 1,500mAh battery. Samsung also throws in a couple of manufacturer specific ...

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    Before we dive too deep (after all, love is such a strong word) people like Android. About 51% of smartphone users are running Android on their device. By February 2012 there were over 300 million Android phones (not including tablets) in the hands of consumers, with an additional 850,000 phones and tablets being activated every day. Obviously Android is doing something right. But that's just people who like Android. Some of them may not even know they're running Android, but it gets the job done and they're not at all worried about the nuts and bolts of what make their gadgets tick. Why ...

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    If neither cyan or black is the color of your choice when it comes to the Lumia 900 on AT&T and you're interested in the white version you can go ahead and purchase one from AT&T for $99.99 on a two-year contract. However, if you want to grab the same phone in the same color for $49.99, you'll need to be a little patient. The device is indeed listed on Amazon with the price mentioned but it currently has a "backordered" status. This could either mean that it sold out like hot cookies or that the listing is already there but there are no phones in stock. If the lower price is important for ...

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    Everybody loves a bargain, right? Especially when it comes to smartphones, it doesn't get much better than inexpensive handsets -- or does it? From the consumer's perspective, low-priced hardware can be seen two ways: either it represents a good deal or, sometimes, simply a cheap and low-quality product. Certain brands go out of their way to avoid the appearance of being cheap and mass market, even if it means lower sales on higher margins: think Nokia sub-brand Vertu. Other companies, however, embrace the low-cost model, hoping to make their money on volume -- although perhaps at the ...

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    This year's CES brought exciting Windows Phones to AT&T's 4G network: the powerful HTC Titan II and the new kid on the block, the Nokia Lumia 900. Now the same AT&T 4G LTE network is preparing for yet another refresh: the Samsung Focus 2. It will go for $49.99 with a two-year contract and will be available beginning May 20. Windows Phone 7.5 will be powering the device which sports a four-inch Super AMOLED screen (with of course WVGA resolution), five-megapixel camera with HD 720p video recording capability, and VGA webcam for video calls and Skype. With the above features, Samsung joins ...

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    Yesterday, we heard that LG was planning to put Windows Phone on the back-burner, not release any new hardware in the foreseeable future, and continue to work with the platform only as an internal R&D project. This news was reported by the Korea Herald, attributed to an unnamed LG spokesperson. Since then, though, another spokesperson for LG has been in touch with Pocket-lint, and steadfastly denies those earlier claims. Does that mean that LG plans to keep at it with Windows Phone, or is there more to this apparent about-face? LG says of the report that "none of it is true" and dismisses ...

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    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 seems that LG's patience ...

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    The HTC Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 900 are the hottest Windows Phones on AT&T at the moment and they both support the carrier's 4G network and speeds. If you didn't grab one already you have a chance of winning a unit with Windows Phone and Skype. Since they're AT&T phones, this contest is U.S.-only but the good thing is that it ends on June 7, 2012 at 11:59PST. All you have to do to enter the contest and win one out of ten devices given away is to follow the source link below to Facebook, watch the video and enter in your details to submit your entry. The rules are simple: "We will only ...

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    First lets talk about what skeuomorphs are. It's a new buzz word used to describe design elements that have no purpose in their current form but are used to give a familiarity to something from the past. Skeuomorph design elements are extremely prevalent in Apple's software designs. In iPhoto for iOS you'll see your photo albums represented as books sitting on shelves with pictures on them. You'll see pictures of paint brushes and pencils to represent editing tools. The iBooks and Newstand apps show your books and subscriptions on wooden shelves. Buttons have bevels and shadows and fake ...

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    The current version of Facebook for Windows Phone is a massive improvement over the initial versions which were available for quite some time after the platform launch. It not only looks better but has added functionality. However, the app is not perfect but the developers seem to listen to customer feedback. There's a Note on the official Facebook for Windows Phone Facebook page according to which version 2.5, improved, will be soon landing in the Marketplace. The fruit of the team's hard word based on feedback will include some nice features: threaded messaging will be in including group ...

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    Owners of the Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800c (which is the Chinese version) will definitely get the Internet Sharing option -- that is tethering -- in the next update which seems to be Tango, aka Windows Phone 7.5 refresh. According to reports, NaviFirm is now listing localized versions of the update for the aforementioned devices, meaning that the roll-out should start soon. In addition to the platform refresh and Internet Sharing there are also add-on apps like Sportstracker, News and Creative Studio. So far Belgium, the Netherlands and Vietnam seem to have the 8773.12120 build ready ...

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    In this week's episode of the Android Guy Weekly we'll talk about technology, politics, and animal husbandry. No, really! Somehow me manage to tie it all together into a common thread, but you'll just have to watch the video to see what I mean. Operating systems and brand-names aside, when someone goes to buy a new smartphone or tablet, or install a new app, they fall into one of two groups: those who buy the product because it's what they've been told to get, and those who are more fully-informed about what they're getting and why. To tell them apart we'll call the first group "sheep" and ...

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    Skype for Windows Phone was available as a Beta since February 27 and those of you who were using the application on your Windows Phones since day one can now update to build 1.0, as the app has reached its final version. You may need to uninstall your current Beta in order to install the final version which brings a couple of new features and improvements but, as reported, it is still not able to receive calls while in the background. However, you can search the Marketplace for "Skype" or follow the source link below to grab the application. One word of note: from the official Skype blog ...

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    Even though we told you that you shouldn't care about the Windows Phone 8 Apollo update right now, probably the most discussed and irritating subject of the moment -- for Windows Phone 7 fans -- is the possibility of receiving an official update to Windows Phone 8. Paul Thurrott is weighing in on the matter, acting as a messenger. Without tweaking the contents, here it is: "Allow me to set the record straight. No. It won't happen. Not for the Lumia 900, and not for any other existing phone. It won't happen partially, through an update that will deliver just some features, and it won't ...

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    If you have a Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone then you're not a stranger to the company's own "Where's My Update?" page where you can find detailed info about past and present updates by region, country and operator. Looks like the page is also hinting future updates as Lumia 800 devices on Vodafone are listed with "Software under creation" status. This means that there will be a refresh coming up which can either be rolled out later to all devices (in which case it could be the WiFi tethering update) or only limited to Vodafone and fixing some bugs with the firmware. Keep an eye out on ...

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    Lately everyone has been up in arms over all sorts of rumors as to wether the next version of Windows Phone codenamed Apollo will be coming to existing Windows Phones or not. Now we're seeing rumors that it is being tested on the latest Nokia devices and may be available for the Lumia 800, 710, 610, and 900 as an upgrade, but at this point we really can't say. So let's just step back and get some perspective on this. Most people buy new phones every 18-24 months. You usually have a 2 year contract where you get a huge discount on the new phone while paying a bit more per month along with ...

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    Last week we asked ourselves what was Verizon's beef with Windows Phone (you know, because there's only one and very lonely device running on the Microsoft platform, the HTC Trophy). However, the carrier seems to be ready to commit (finally), or at least that's what Fran Shammo, Chief Financial Officer at Verizon, hinted while speaking on a recent conference call. After talking about the importance of a third ecosystem, he said he was "fully supportive" of Microsoft. Android and iOS are dominating the market and the majority of phones carried by network operators run one of the two leading ...

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    QWERTY keyboards are much easier to use than on-screen keyboards regardless of how good these SIPs have become over time -- and their swiping alternatives. However, HTC thinks it's time to move away from the slide-out keyboard-enabled concept. Speaking at an event in Seattle HTC creative director Claude Zellweger said that while there's still demand for physical QWERTY keyboards, they don't allow HTC to move forward with its design principles, thus the company decided to move away from the sliders. "We feel that putting too much effort into that would take away from our devices", he said ...

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    We've talked before about notifications being the essence of a mobile device. Half the reason for the existence of cellphones -and to a lesser extent, tablets- is to inform you of incoming comm traffic. To that end, mobile devices are fitted with a variety of alert mechanisms. Ringtones have evolved from monotone beeps to polyphonic MIDIs to custom mp3s. The vibrating alert, that old veteran of the silent pocket prod, has remained largely the same. These two annunciators are common to most phones; with the exception of the occasional custom vibe schemes or extra-loud ringtones, ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 610 -- not the one equipped with NFC -- which saw its manual being leaked on the internet thanks to FCC is the Finnish manufacturer's most affordable Windows Phone. Those in the Philippines will be the first ones to see the Lumia 610 in the last week of April. Future owners in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam will have to wait a couple of more weeks with more regions following this quarter. Black, cyan, magenta and white are the color options and for the estimated retail price of EUR189 (around $250) before applicable taxes and subsidies ...

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