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T-Mobile's Accessory Roadmap leaked: HTC HD7 mentioned

It's unusual to read so much into a leaked T-Mobile accessory road map.  However, with this road map, we might have a better idea when T-Mobile will have Windows Phone 7 devices available.

TmoNews has obtained an accessory listing with availability dates that show items such as a HD7 Charge Shell coming on November 15, 2010 or a HTC HD7 Leather Sleeve (black) arriving November 1, 2010.

There are two schools of thought on this. One has the accessories coming after the actual device hits the market.  This would have the HD7 landing on shelves late October.  The other has the device and accessories landing at the same time which puts the Windows Phone 7 device on shelves early November.

Either way, that holiday season target date that was set by Microsoft way back in February is still looking really good.

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HTC Trophy 7 gets pictured, lacks front qwerty

 

A few weeks ago we reported that the HTC Trophy 7 had received certification through the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and was likely headed for Europe. The thinking at the time was that this was the same HTC Trophy that was rendered back in December 2009 and featured an awesome, front qwerty design--mixing the best of both worlds with HTC's design aesthetics.

Well, the Trophy 7 finally gets pictured and...well...it's a typical black slab.

No other specs are known at this time but lets go out all crazy and say a 1GHz Snapdragon, 256MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and, we dunno, an 8MP camera?  That's probably in the ballpark.

Considering this is primarily for Europe, perhaps it's a good thing that it wasn't the dream front qwerty phone we all wanted and instead we can stare at it's cold, black slabness with ennui instead.

[via Pocketnow]

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HTC to release WP7 in October, more phones on the way?

We've seen numerous indicators that HTC will be launching a Windows Phone 7 device next month (October 21st in Europe?) and an HTC Executive added more credibility to an October launch.

In a recent interview with Gulfnews, Mohammad Kais Zribi, HTC's Regional Director for the Middle East/North Africa, stated, "We will be launching Windows Phone 7 handsets next month and we will be concentrating on Android and Windows segments."

While Zribi didn't get into specifics on which HTC Windows Phone 7 would launch or where it would launch, he did continue to say, "So far we have launched six models and around five more models by end of the year." Combining their efforts with Android and Windows Phone 7, HTC is hoping to secure 5% of the smartphone market, up from just under 2% the company claimed last year.

So far, the WP7 phones we've seen from HTC include the Shubert or HD3 (or is it the HD7), the T8788 (which we think might be the Surround) and the Mozart.

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More details on HTC Sense on Windows Phone 7 surface

We are learning more about HTC Sense on Windows Phone 7.  We've seen a video demo of Sense and a brief video of Sense actually running on a device (it's back up by the way).  We know it's a hub/tile that will run on Windows Phone 7's main screen and not the user interface we are used to on Windows Mobile.

We are now learning that the tile will include an assortment of applications and may have the potential to add additional applications through the Marketplace.

Details on each app is somewhat sketchy with the leaked videos likely offering the best detail so far on some of these apps. A list of applications, for the time being, should include:

  • Weather App
  • Calculator (both simple and scientific)
  • Connection Setup (utility)
  • Unit Converter
  • Flashlight (utilizing your camera light)
  • List (a basic list app)
  • Notes
  • Love Me/Love Me Not
  • Photo Enhancer
  • Sound Enhancer (an equalizer of sorts?)
  • Stock quotes

We have gotten used to Sense taking center stage on a HTC Windows Phone and it will be interesting to see how all this comes together with Windows Phone 7.

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Windows Phone 7 devices to be on sale October 21st?

We're pretty solid on the October 11th date for Microsoft to unveil their new mobile OS in New York City (we'll be there of course). But while we expect the usual market push, keynote speeches and the ability to play with new hardware, we don't think AT&T (and maybe T-Mobile) will make those phones available that day either.

So the big question is: When can you actually buy a Windows Phone 7 device?

At least for Europe, that date appears to be October 21st.

Numerous sources, including a Microsoft raffle for a WP7 device (winner announced after the 21st) and an article in a German magazine ("Euro am Sonntag") have colluded to back-up that very day as the first for commercially available devices.  This also jives with the HD7 release in "week 42" info that came out a few days ago.

Now the flip side is what about the U.S.? While we have not had such specific dates mentioned, it's not too hard to imagine that the U.S. will have a similar time-frame, at least within the same week we hope.

[via the::unwired]

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Windows Live adding "Find My Phone" service soon

There's more news coming out of the Windows Live camp. Windows Phone Live is in the works (that sounds a lot like Microsoft's MyPhone) which will add to the list of mobile features Windows Live offers.

Slated to be a part of the new Windows Live Devices (which will include your Windows Phone 7, Skydrive, etc.) services, this new feature will allow users four options in dealing with a lost phone. The options include:

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Winmote heading to Windows Phone 7

Winmote 7 (or WMote 7) is a remote control application for Windows Phone 7 that allows you to access and control your computer through your Windows Phone 7 device.

In watching the video demonstration, WinMote allows you to control and view multi-media apps that reside on your computer. Granted my French is énormément rusty, but loosely translated the features include:

  • Remotely control your browser to access web sites
  • Listen to radio channels
  • Watch videos stored on your computer from your Windows Phone
  • Remotely control television viewers
  • View and download photos
  • Remotely control and view Powerpoint presentations

Running from what appears to be a Windows Phone 7 developer's unit, WinMote appears to run smoothly and interfaces nicely with the PC.  No word on when or where WinMote will be available. It's an interesting application worth looking for when Windows Phone 7 hits the masses.

via: mobilitydigest

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Though it was announced a year ago and FCC approved last month, it looks like the Terrestar Genus satellite phone has finally be released by AT&T.

To refresh, the device runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and rocks

  • 2.6-inch 320x240 QVGA touchscreen
  • 100MB of "end-user memory"
  • 1400 mAh battery
  • H.264 video playback
  • 3MP camera
  • microUSB/microSD
  • GPS
  • WiFi b/g, USB 2.0.

Not bad for such a small guy. Unfortunately, pricing is $799 for the phone and its only available for government, enterprise and small business users. Plus the service is $25 a month for satellite access and you're charged on a per minute, per message and per mega-byte basis, which we'd image could quickly add up, you James Bond wannabe.

But hey, maybe we'll get a review unit anyways for the good ol' WinMo days?

Check out the full presser after the break and our hands-on back in March including video.

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HTC Sense for Windows Phone 7 revealed

Update: See a video of HTC Sense running live on the HTC Mozart here

A video has surfaced demonstrating HTC Sense for Windows Phone 7.

And for the time being, we'll file it under "Rumors we wouldn't mind seeing come true" because it looks really nice.  There are some indicators that make us lean towards thinking this is for real but in the same breath, those indicators can be fabricated just as easy as the video itself. 

At the bottom of the screen you can faintly read "HTC Confidential" and "For Internal Use Only". Additionally, there is a faint watermark on the video that reads, "EU Products". At first I was thinking "EU Products" was the company making the presentation. But is it a stretch to think this could be HTC's internal designation for European products?  Seeing that Europe is due to get Windows Phone 7 first, it may not be that much of a stretch if this is legit.

So is the video too good to be true or a sign of things to come?

via: Mobility Digest

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More on HTC Sense and Windows Phone 7

 Here's a little more on the HTC Sense running on Windows Phone 7 that gives the earlier video a little more credibility.

As some pointed out in the earlier video, it now appears as if this will be a Hub within Windows Phone 7 (as the video above demonstrates). WMExperts member GP007 described it as a "Super App".

Pocketpt.net posted the above video and commented (translated), "The PocketPT.net had exclusive access to the new HTC Mozart, a Windows Phone Equipment 7 very interesting. One component that has few people had access was the HTC HUB interface, which presents itself as the best ever made by HTC.".

The Hub demoed differs slightly from what we saw earlier today, focusing mostly with the weather panel. With Microsoft's earlier stance against third party UI's, a hub makes sense for Sense.

Regardless how Sense lands on Windows Phone 7, based on these two demos, it's going to look good.

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Microsoft just announced their international roll-out of the Zune music and entertainment service to more than 20 countries this fall. Seeing as the Zune marketplace and software is at the core of Windows Phone 7, this announcement is not too surprising, but it is welcomed nonetheless.

Beginning this fall (we bet October), Microsoft will make the Zune services available in U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain and 15 other European countries (part of that EFIGS list, no doubt). In addition, we'll see the new Zune software bumped to v4.7 which will add the Windows Phone 7 device support (goodbye ActiveSync!).

The Zune marketplace allows syncing of music, videos, podcasts (audio and video), pictures, games/applications and will now includes the ability to watch HD movies:

The updated Zune software will also enable instant streaming of high-definition movies, allowing you to watch some Zune Marketplace movies in HD, with no download time, directly on a Windows PC.

Consumers will now be able to purchase movies to download and watch anywhere — on the big screen in the living room with Xbox LIVE or their Windows-based PC as well as sync it to their Windows Phone 7 to enjoy on the go.

Huzzah! We like this a lot.

Prices in the U.S. will remain the same at $14.99/month for the Zune Pass (not required), which gives unlimited music downloads and the ability to "keep" 10 MP3s a month. (So much for that price reduction rumor).

No word on Mac support, but we're assuming Microsoft will do something about that in the future as well--after all, large updates to our new phones are reliant on desktop-syncing (with small updates available OTA).

What can we say? We love the Zune marketplace, Zune Pass and the ability for '3 screen' support of all our music, podcasts, pictures and now HD movies and TV. We can't wait till this all comes together in a few weeks...you?

Read the full presser after the break.

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In a nice demonstration of just how easy it is for Silverlight developers to port over their creations to Windows Phone 7, the developer of the classic online game 'Zero Gravity' has ported brought over his creation for our new OS. He had this to say about the process:

What amazed me the most out of this whole experience is that the codebase written back in WPF/e was able to be recompiled with very little modification into the latest version of silverlight

You can read more on Ryan's game here and if you want, you can just play the game right now online by going here: http://zerogravity.terralever.com/  We just love the cartoony graphics.

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As an alternate to the official Twitter app and Seesmic, Twozaic seems to offer quite a radical departure in terms of UI for the popular social network.

In a new and reportedly "final" video for the software, we get to see exactly how it will play out on our future Windows Phone 7 devices.

The program differs mostly in the UI, specifically featuring a "cloud" view of your contacts in addition to the traditional "long scroll" view. It seems a bit busy to us, but we're all for different takes on software and we know some of you will prefer this--alternatives are always good.

The listed features of Twozaic are:

  • Twozaic supports different views of all your twitter timelines: cloud view, histogram & ordinary list view.
  • You can also post pictures with geo location using Plixi (Tweetphoto), Yfrog or Twitpic.
  • Twozaic supports multiple accounts with easy switching.
  • You can search users and tweets.
  • You can create your own lists, add members, and follow lists of other people.
  • Twozaic offers full support for managing your friends and followers as well as sending and managing direct messages.

Read more on it here: http://www.virtual-remote.com/twozaic; watch the full demo video after the jump!

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Windows Live Updates in the works

Windows Live has already gone through a series of updates recently including ActiveSync support. In the next wave of updates, tagged Windows Live Wave 4, Microsoft will be adding (at least) the following features:

  • Windows Live Calendar will feature a five day weather forecast. Weather forecast information will be shown in the day, week, and month views. Users will also have the ability to change the city/zip code for the forecast.
  • Windows Live Hotmail and Calendar will be adding full-session SSL support.

There's also may be a little house cleaning with Windows Live in the form of a slight name change. Instead of "Windows Live Calendar", we may be referring to the calendar as "Windows Live Hotmail Calendar". While it may sound superficial, it pulls the calendar in line with the other Hotmail features on Windows Live.

While the word "imminent" was used to describe the Wave 4 update, no hard date has been set for the release.  We also aren't sure what new online features will carry over to the Windows Phone.

via: Liveside.net

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Yomomedia headed to Windows Phone 7

Yomomedia is a popular RSS reader that we look at a long time ago (feels like an eternity) for Windows Mobile. We are now seeing a video from the software developer showing off their popular reader for Windows Phone 7.

We liked the Windows Mobile version and the Windows Phone 7 version looks really good. It's just another reason these new phones can't get here quick enough.

via: mobilitydigest

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HTC HD7 Priced

The HTC HD7 has been priced.  At least with the European wireless carrier O2.

A leaked pricing list indicates the HD7 will run you 559 Euros out of contract (about $730 US Dollars) and with contractual discounts, as low as 79 Euros (about $104 US Dollars).  The pricing list also indicates availability during week 42 which is the week after Microsoft's October 11th event.

So, is $730 a little on the steep side for the HD7?  Do you think the price will drop or does this open the door for LG and Samsung to offer their Windows Phone 7 devices at a more competitive price?  Will T-Mobile (expected to offer the HD7 possibly as the HD3) discount their prices as much? 

Luckily, October is right around the corner.

via: wmpoweruser.com

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Samsung Cetus i917 caught on tape

The Samsung Cetus i917 was caught on tape recently during a Channel 9 "Inside Windows Phone" taping. Charles Kindel, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 program manager, shows off the phone during the brief interview.

The Cetus is reported to have a 4", 800x480, AMOLED screen and looks really nice in the video. The Cetus is thin enough to be carried in your front pants pocket but does the phone looks small for a 4" screen?

While the appearance was brief, the video of the Cetus also reveals a home control system app that can control lights, thermostat settings and garage doors. 

You can catch the full video excerpt featuring the Cetus after the break and the full, seventeen minute video of Channel 9's "Inside Windows Phone" video here.

via: wmpoweruser.com

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HTC Sense Hub video pulled

Yesterday we ran across a video of HTC Sense running on Windows Phone 7 as a hub over at Pocketpt.net. Apparently, HTC has requested that the site pull the video, giving things a little more credibility.

The site commented (translated), "Unfortunately, HTC did not like to have seen the video of its new interface released before it was officially presented, and I was warned that this could have legal repercussions for both the PocketPT either to the author of the article. To avoid any legal embroglio decided to remove it."

While this video was pulled, if you missed it, the demo video is still circulating (for now).

read: mobilitydigest.com

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TimeDancer for WP7 Introduced

The developers over at Chaoscreated has introduced their first Windows Phone 7 application, Timedancer.

Timedancer is an application that combines video with interactive elements and puzzles. As described by Chaoscreated, "Set in the near future, Timedancer chronicles the lives of Tempus, Vivien, Ben, Kazuo and Adam each of whom have their own agendas, but whose fates are intertwined across the fabric of time and space through the mysterious Timedancer Corporation.".

Post production of the application should be finished on September 22, 2010 and for more information on this interesting application, visit timedancercorp.com.

thanks phil for the tip

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No Windows Phone 7 for Sprint as well (for 2010)

Well, the other shoe just fell: there will be no phones featuring Windows Phone 7 on Sprint in 2010 as well.

Reason? It's Microsoft, not the carriers.  

According to an interview with CNet with senior product manager Greg Sullivan:

We had to make some trade-offs,...Even Microsoft doesn't have unlimited resources. We had to prioritize doing fewer things, really, really well.

For the worldwide market, the vast majority of phones are GSM phones, so we focused on GSM first and then plan to deliver an update that will have great CDMA support in the first half of 2011,That's device availability in the first half and we're very confident of that. That's probably a conservative estimate.

Evidently, Microsoft made this decision earlier this year but are just now going public with it, perhaps to give Verizon a little respite from their public announcement today, which seemed to sell-short Microsoft's new mobile OS.

So that's that folks. Yours truly is also crestfallen, so guess I'll get an AT&T account in addition to Sprint. I suppose we can call the hounds off of Verizon, eh?

[Thanks, Stephen, for the tip!]

 

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All the signs for months have been pointing to the sad notion that Verizon may be holding out on Windows Phone 7.  

They were noticeably absent from the February Barcelona announcement, kept quiet on any leaks and of course who could forget the KIN fiasco? (Through in a dash of iPhone rumors to boot as well). See our earlier coverage on the issue.

Today, sadly, Verizon has officially confirmed that news in an interview with Business Week:

Verizon Wireless won’t offer a device at the planned fall introduction or at any point this year, Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokeswoman, said today in an interview. The carrier plans to support the new operating system and will probably release a phone in 2011, she said.

Raney also went on to say that their relationship with Microsoft was "solid", exercising some PR spin for sure.

So, Verizon peeps, looks like you'll have to wait a bit for WP7 to land on Big Red...or will you defect to other carriers? Take the poll, rage on in comments!

 

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Official YouTube support for Windows Phone 7 revealed

In addition to Netflix, Flixster, official Twitter and all those other apps demoed today by Microsoft, they also finally gave us a look at their official YouTube app, which will presumably be an optional download in the Marketplace.

While you can't stream YouTube videos directly in Mobile Internet Explorer (not yet at least), when  presented with a YouTube link a separate program launches and streams the video. So, familiar territory for Windows Mobile users. No mention of HD streaming though, which is offered on such high-end devices as the Android HTC EVO.

One of the nicest aspects is how the video history is stored under the Pictures/Media hub automatically, allowing quick access (and pinning to a Start Tile) to your videos. That should be great if you're that guy who likes to constantly show off the latest viral videos to your friends...are you that guy? Stop it.

Anyways, between Xbox LIVE, Netflx, YouTube, Zune (music + videos), Twitter, Facebook, etc., Windows Phone 7 finally looks to have nailed down all the corners of social/media tent of 2010.

[via WMPU]

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Final WP7 Developer Tools Released

Developers, Developers, Developers! Microsoft’s mantra has been one of the key elements to promoting Windows Phone 7. We’ve seen the developer tools in the Beta and Release Candidate stages, but now as promised we get the full version available today. Though currently the release is English only, more languages will be coming in the next couple of weeks.

The timing of the release gives developers a couple of weeks to finalize their apps before the Marketplace opens for submissions. New features include the promised Panorama and Pivot controls, as well as a Bing Maps control. The free download includes all of the development tools in one package; Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, the Windows Phone Emulator, Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone, and XNA Game Studio 4.0.

[via Windows Team Blog]

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