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HTC denies shipment delay problem

In a follow up to yesterday's story in which HTC's stock plummeted upon news of "shipment delays" in regards to Windows Phone 7, HTC has come out denying such charges.

ZDnet is reporting by personal communication with HTC that no such delays are occurring and that HTC are shipping devices this week as planned.

However, they are not denying earlier reports that they have had some issues "here and there" with the new devices (specifically, the proximity sensor having problems when on a call). They have said that things have "popped up" but they are addressing them as they occur. Of course, when launching a new OS on new hardware, we can expect the occasional issue to be found, though HTC seems to be a step ahead in combating such problems.

Source: ZDNet

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Typo or are there different Windows Phone editions?

That was kind of a tease headline in as we're like 99.99% sure that this is a typo on Microsoft Portugal's website. But hey, it's a big, silly typo by Microsoft. Or perhaps they're just not ready to break with their past, convoluted ways?

Anywho, the gist is that on the Microsoft Portugal website for various Windows Phone 7 devices e.g. the HTC Mozart, it lists the OS as "Windows Phone 7; Standard". While for other devices e.g. the LG Pacific it lists the OS as "Windows Phone 7; Professional".

Considering we heard absolutely nothing to imply different OSs at Monday's NYC event, this reeks of "intern did it!" shenanigans. So, if anything, we'd just like to take this moment to highlight Microsoft's mistake and chuckle a bit.

[via Go Windows Go; Thanks, Sam, for the tip]

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HTC 7 Pro headed to the U.K.

The HTC 7 Pro made a surprise appearance at yesterdays Windows Phone 7 launch and is headed to the Sprint network next year. We are now hearing rumors that it will also be headed across the pond to the United Kingdom.

Tracy and Matt are reporting that while they demoed all the HTC Windows Phone 7 devices headed to the U.K. they were told that the Pro 7 would also be included in the mix. Speculation has the Pro 7 being available to all networks in the U.K. and will be available Spring of 2011.

Update: Here is the HTC product page for the 7 Pro GSM.

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Here it is folks.  Looks like HTC snuck in a little surprise as this is the so far unseen HTC 7 Pro, featuring that all too familiar and wonderful sliding (and tilting) keyboard and it's coming to Sprint this spring.

The device will reportedly feature 16GB of storage, has a 3.6" screen, presumably a 1Ghz processor. No confirmation on 4G, but we wouldn't doubt it.

Overall it's a solid device, with a great keyboard. This is the device many of us have been waiting for, so kudos to Sprint and HTC on this design.

Anyone else getting excited?

 

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While we only have a few hours left till the big Windows Phone 7 launch in NYC (Phil is in the air as we speak...I'm getting ready to, well, take the LIRR), some good news has come regarding the HD7.

Though we expect to see this bad boy tomorrow at around noon for ourselves, TMoNews is reporting that the U.S. T-Mobile branded version of the HD7 will indeed have 16GB of storage, up from the European 8GB.

For many, that small bit of storage was a deal killer but 16GB is certainly a lot better. Other than that though, the specs are the same and as you can see, that's a new pic of it with the branding. Full specs after the break. Oh and expect this sucka for $199 after contract.

Tune back in tomorrow for our live, all day coverage in New York City. Remember, here is the schedule, Eastern time.

[via TMoNews; Thanks to all who sent this in]

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WP7 Rumor: 2,000 apps at launch

Rumors of Windows Phone 7 hitting the shelves in Europe on October 21, 2010 isn't anything new. But we are now seeing signs that the Windows Marketplace will have over 2,000 applications at launch.

A leaked Three UK (wireless provider) document indicates that the Windows Marketplace will be well populated with applications at launch. A clear sign that developers have been working in high gear to give users plenty of choices at launch.

 

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While we know many of you love using Audible whenever you can, support from them has been....lacking to say the least. Even their interface with Kinoma is dun broke, despite Kinoma's best effort to work with/around them.

Lately, Paul Thurrott has been keeping the flame going, with both hopes of support for the Zune HD (unlikely, evidently supported, indirectly) and Windows Phone 7 (more likely). Audible dropped a possible hint in a conversation with a listener that a WP7 app would be ready "within the month", but alas, it appears they may have been talking about WM6.x:

Thank you very much for contacting Audible.com about the upcoming Windows 7 Phone. As of right now, there is no information regarding the release of this application for the Windows 7 Phone. However, the version will eventually be supported once we have resolved the current issues with the Audible Air Application for 6.0 and 6.5. This being said, there is no estimated time frame or release date for this device.

Oh Audible, we want to love you but seriously...you need to get your act together on this already :-/ Well, at least their may be hope for you Windows Mobile users who will be sticking with the platform for a bit. Silver lining?

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In a nice little screen shot posted by @arnehess (from theunwired.net), we can see more apps populating the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace as expected.

While the ubiquitous "tip calculator" is there, the biggy appears to be a Google Voice app called 'GoVoice'. We're not sure if this a call-back method or one that auto-dials/logs in your Google account, but either way it's a good sign some of us will be able to continue using our Google Voice number when we get our new phone.

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Now that all dust is settling on the "World wide launch event" for Windows Phone 7 next week, we're just going to summarize what we know and what we're expecting, including what devices we predict we'll see.

Events

  • 9:30am: Keynote speech by Ballmer and de la Vega (from AT&T), simulcasted to London
  • 10:15am: Hands on with AT&T's Windows Phone 7 lineup
  • 11:30am: A look at Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 "Global portfolio" aka devices for the rest of the world
  • 11:30am: HTC and T-Mobile private, press event
  • 3pm: HTC and T-Mobile public, customer event

AT&T: Ready to launch on November 8th

Runners up include the LG GW910 or maybe something from Asus.

T-Mobile: Ready to launch late November

  • HTC HD7: 5MP, 4.3" screen, 8GB storage

Yes, despite some confusion, we know for a fact HTC and T-Mobile will be on hand (in a separate location) for a special preview of their "latest device".

Of course, we'll be at all of those events during the day, covering it all for you folks. And yes, I'll be joined by our very own Phil for a very special, curmudgeony day, plus George and Dieter handling our server-side setup (to keep it all going someone has to feed the hamsters).

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Engadget just got another AT&T leak, this time showing off some new names for some Windows Phone 7 devices: Samsung Focus and HTC Surround (which sounds like this guy, the T8788).

Should we guess that the former is a camera-featured phone while the latter is...ummm...sound/media specialized? Yeah, we like literal names for our devices. Of course, actual specifications and images are missing at this time.

Combined with the Samsung Cetus, LG C900 and GW910 that brings the number to FIVE, and yet according to Engadget AT&T will have a total of SIX Windows Phone 7 devices. Yowza.

Dell Lightning seems plausible or, alternatively that Asus phone with the AT&T name in the marketplace for that mystery sixth device.

Either way, AT&T customers will certainly have the largest selection of devices for nearly any OS out there. Perhaps they're insulating themselves against that Verizon iPhone rumor?

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A recently Broadband report over at DSLReports.com is generating two Windows Phone 7 rumors.

The first has the Samsung GT i8700 becoming part of the Omnia line as the Samsung Omnia 7. This isn't too far of a stretch seeing that Samsung has had good success with previous Omnia Windows Phones. 

The second rumor has an interesting twist. The HTC T8788 is rumored to be headed to AT&T (no surprise there) but the reports shows the phone on the provider myvzw.com, which is indicative of Verizon phones. Verizon fans shouldn't read too much into this. As many have already reported, this anomaly could easily be the T8788 piggy-backing on a Verizon hot-spot.

via: wmpoweruser.com

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LG's Optimus 7 (or E900) is being reported to have voice to text capabilities. This feature would allow users to convert voice into text for email, status updates and sms messaging.  No indications on whether or not this is a Microsoft feature, an LG feature or something lost in translation.  Regardless it sounds like an interesting feature.

The Korean Economic Daily spent some hands-on time with the Windows Phone 7 from LG and indicates the phone has a 3.8", 480x800 screen, a 1500mAh battery, 16gb of storage, and a 1ghz processor.

Another interesting feature mentioned in the review is the Optimus's ability to create panoramic pictures simply by panning the camera. Images are automatically stitched together.

The reports don't shed any light on when or where the Optimus 7 will land but the voice to text feature, if accurate, does give the LG phone a bit more appeal.

via: Engadget

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Going way back to April 2009, when the sky was the limit for Windows Mobile and 6.5 was our great hope, Toshiba was just ramping up their plans for devices. We had the monstrous (at the time) TG01 on the scene (though no U.S. 3G on board) and then came word of the TG02 and TG03.

While the TG02 eventually saw the light of day (for a refresh, see our hands on with video), the TG03 disappeared from the cosmos. Until today.

According to theunwired.net it looks like the TG03 has received that sweet Euro certification from the Global Certification Forum (GCF), clearing it for near-release status. It was signed off with quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 800/850/2100 MHz, so you know what that means...

The 2009 specs would still be solid for today, if they are unchanged: a 4.1 inch touchscreen, Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera, 5.1 (simulated) audio pumped out of two speakers, and "video box" mode to easily get video off the device. Then again, we'd find it difficult to believe that some of that wasn't upgraded in the last year and half.

But the million dollar question is: what OS? Unfortunately, we just don't know. While the original TG03 was a WM6.5 device, it makes sense with the timing that this would be Toshiba's push into WP7 territory--even if they're not named as a launch partner. Then again, that little damn droid bot has been stealing our thunder...

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Over at Windows Phone Secrets, Paul Thurrott tells us that the launch date for Windows Phone 7 is November 8th and notes that although Microsoft will have an event on October 11th in New York City, that's not the launch date for our new OS.

First some clarification is in order: we've never been under the impression (and we doubt you have been as well) that on October 11th, you would be able to actually buy one of the three Windows Phones from AT&T. We've always assumed that Microsoft and partners (OEM and carriers) will show off their wares on that day and then weeks later after an aggressive advertising campaign, actually make them available. With less than 2 weeks to go, we certainly would have seen some shipments of phones move by now (and more leaks) if otherwise.

Basically we're looking, as we've said numerous times before, for a repeat of last year's timeline with the Windows Mobile 6.5 launch, which was:

  1. Show off/announce phones from carriers and OEMs in NYC
  2. Talk release dates and ROM upgrades for a future dates
  3. Spend the news few weeks advertising & promoting 

Sure, the Microsoft Open House event on October 11th is not all Windows Phone 7, in fact we expect Xbox, Windows 7, Ford Sync, etc. all to be demoed as well--like last year. But we're quite confident (and have to disagree with Thurrott here) that the NYC event is "...unrelated to Windows Phone".  We're betting that there will be some Windows Phone 7 devices on  hand and we have a feeling we'll be hearing from AT&T (and maybe T-Mobile) about that November 8th date at that time.

Discuss.

 

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We're pretty sure we've been saying this for months now, but reportedly Microsoft is getting ready to launch Windows Phone 7 in New York City on October 11th, at least according to Pocket-lint.

While the exact date has been up in the air, October and New York have been been assumed to be the time and place for the big launch--after all, it was exactly one year ago (October 6th, 2009) in New York City that Microsoft launched Windows Mobile 6.5 (see our earlier coverage of that, to relive some memories), so it makes sense for them to repeat that event.

Hey, we're in New York City...how convenient!

Microsoft has not yet named the date for their 'Open House' where they show off all sorts of new tech, including Xbox, Kinect (aka 'Project Natal'), Windows 7, etc. Last year was seriously a blast and very well done, so we're kind of hoping for a repeat.

Assuming the rumor is accurate, you can bet U.S. carriers will be on hand with their wares to show off (though not sell, that's probably weeks later). While AT&T is confirmed with their multiple devices, we're still waiting on the likes of Sprint and possible hold-out Verizon to see what they be bringin'. Sprint last year did surprise (and eventually underwhelm us) with the Samsung Intrepid, so perhaps they still have some WP7 gear under wraps?

Finally though, let's remember, this is still all unconfirmed rumor at this time, but a very plausible one. We'll keep you posted.

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Microsoft is scheduled to officially release Windows Phone 7 to the world on October 11, 2010 in New York City. According to the Spanish website elEconomista.es sources close to Microsoft are saying that, in Spain, the phones will be on store shelves ten days later on October 21, 2010.

Quoting the article, "Ten days later on October 21, the mobile will reach stores Spain MoviStar, Vodafone and Orange, hand already working these days in their respective campaigns launch. As it has know sources close to Microsoft, elEconomista (MSFT.NQ) ) the first manufacturers shall HTC, LG and Samsung. Later add Dell and Toshiba, among others."

Granted some things could have been lost in translation but this is in line with other rumors we've heard about October 21st.  It's also nice to see Dell and Toshiba still in the rumor mill with regards to Windows Phone 7 is concerned.

Considering Europe will get Windows Phone 7 on the 21st, the question now turns to whether or not WP7 will be release outside Europe on the same date?  Will the U.S. market see the phones on the 21st as well?  Or will the previous rumors hold true with Windows Phone 7 hitting the shelves in the U.S. in November?

via: Liveside

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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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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.

Curious.  Does moving Sense to a tile give it more flexibility (use it when you need it, hide it when you don't) or will it be overshadowed too much with the Windows Phone 7 interface?

via: wmpoweruser.com

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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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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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