Analyst Charles Wolf of Needham and Co., is calling the launch of Windows Phone 7 a success. Wolf bases his analysis not on current numbers, but on Microsoft’s commitment to marketing Windows Phone 7. The report further states that if Microsoft continues to grow market share, Google’s Android platform could be the big loser. Much of Android’s success is due to Verizon’s Droid line of phones, which in turn can be attributed to the lack of a Verizon iPhone. A potential iPhone launch on Verizon, coupled with Microsoft’s commitment to CDMA support, could leave Google the odd man out.
We made mention of an update to Beezz some time ago. The update would add a live tile, toast for direct messages, language support, and other fixes. The update ran into some snags when first submitted for validation.
Based on the Beezz Tweets, the problems have been addressed, corrected and the update has been validated. Next stop the Zune Marketplace.
Not sure how long it takes to go from validation to being pushed out by Zune but keep an eye on your Marketplace Tile for the update. Based on the Tweet, we should see it later tonight. If you haven't downloaded Beezz, you can find it here (opens your Zune desktop).
Metro Browser ($1.99 + free trial) has quickly gone through the ranks to become one of the best selling browser add-ons in the Marketplace. Hitting v2 and now v2.5, a lot of requested functionality has been integrated, including managing favorites (renaming, reordering), saving pictures, as well as adding a send link (Twitter, email, text).
We decided to give you folks a brief video tour to show off the usefulness of this browser as well as the added changes. Grab it here (opens Zune).
There are plenty of great Xbox Live games in the Marketplace but there are way more indie games to be found and here are two that rise to the top.
Impossible Shoota is actually one of the top games in the Marketplace, sitting at number nine for free games and it has had over 13,000 downloads since its release just under a month ago. It's a classic ship bullet game with simple controls, great effects and some rocking sounds. A new update was just released which includes leaderboards and some bug fixes. Cost = free, so there is zero reason not to try this game if you want some quick arcade style fun.
The second is less known, which is a shame because it's pretty amazing. Called Decimation X2 by Xona Games, it's basically Space Invaders on steroids. With huge explosion effects, rapid fire game play and fantastic music, it's tons of fun. Plus, the company has Decimation X and the brand new Decimation X3 for the Xbox 360--those latter games are in the top five in Japan and we can see why after playing X2. The cost is $0.99 which we think is worth it and there is a try-before-you-buy. (Correction: Xona Games is based in Canada & X2 doesn't have bosses, just X3; they're also working on a small update to increase the finger bar size for easier usage)
But hey, just watch the video to see them in action. Grab Impossible Shootahere and Decimation X2here.
One of the nice things about having Office Mobile is the ability to not only view those Office docs on the go, but to edit them as well. But getting those files to your device can be a challenge. We already saw one homebrew solution, which basically creates a local server for you to download files to your device.
Another, more simple solution is to just use Dropbox. While we still don't have a mobile application for the service (crosses fingers) you can use their site through Mobile Internet Explorer, which works just a well. In fact you can easily grab your files on the go this way. The only downside is you cannot upload Office documents, just photos, to Dropbox and for some that is a no-go. Then again, the free service "Send to Dropbox" allows you to easily email your modified files back to Dropbox, which we think is pretty darn cool.
Microsoft is steaming right along with it's half-a-billion dollar marketing campaign for the new Windows Phone. We've seen plugs in television shows highlighting emailing photos, using Bing and other Windows Phone 7 features.
The latest ad from Microsoft shifts the focus to Xbox Live. From touching on the Windows Phone 7 game "Need for Speed: Undercover" to having an Xbox Live Avatar in the male lead, the thirty second spot is all about Xbox.
Thanks goes out to JUST VISITING for tipping us on the video.
Jabra has been producing quality Bluetooth accessories for years ranging from wired to Bluetooth headphones and speakerphones. The latest Windows Phone accessory from Jabra is the Cruiser 2.
The Cruiser 2 is a Bluetooth in-car speakerphone that is billed as having "superior sound for hands-free calls in the car". Jabra incorporates their Noise Blackout technology, along with dual microphones, to offer clear, understandable calls.
We liked the original Jabra Cruiser and to see if the Cruiser 2 lives up to the Jabra standard, follow the break.
Update: WinRumors is reporting from an unnamed source that Microsoft will detail this update in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. More specifically, there will be two updates: one for copy/paste + CDMA in January and this bigger one sometime thereafter.
The developer also states that the update will also relax some of the restrictions that Microsoft has placed on developers including in-app downloads and local application deployment for corporations. One thing is certain; this update can’t come soon enough for many users. What’s on your wish list? Are you waiting on additional functionality before you make the jump to Windows Phone 7? Sound off in the comments!
Eonmatrix is offering Places for Windows Phone 7 that is a location based search engine that will help you find restaurants, coffee houses, hotels and other landmarks that are in your area.
The layout of the app is simple and straight forward. The main page has nine main search categories as well as a keyword search field. Above the search field you'll find your current location that the searches will be based off of. Simply tap on a category and a listing of those business types will be generated that are in your area.
The results can be displayed in list form or by a map with pushpins representing the results. Once you've found your target, tapping on the individual listing will pull up a secondary hub that details that particular business.
Looks like Microsoft can boast a little about its new mobile operating system after all. Recently, at the Evolve conference in London, Microsoft Games Studios' Kieron Connell had some interesting fighting words regarding Microsoft, Apple and the mobile phone market:
I think there are too many people with too much money invested to let Apple win in terms of flooding the entire market
You'd better believe Microsoft is very serious about Windows Phone 7, and protecting their part of the business. It's going to be an interesting time - that's for sure.
It's been repeated quite a few times before but no matter what the numbers say, Microsoft is certainly in this for the long haul and they won't go down easy. And we know from their Xbox past, they can be very stubborn when they want a market.
We love some good competition around here and GoVoice, the original Google Voice application for Windows Phone 7, has gone 2.0 this morning making it quite attractive for those who rely on Google Voice services.
The big change is the use of GVMax, a donation-supported service that will handle the "pushing" of Google SMS and voicemail notifications to your phone (here's an overview of the service by LifeHacker). In conjunction with the live tile counter, GoVoice is the most full featured Google Voice app currently on the market (though we imagine the similarly named GVoice is going to try and play catch up real soon). You'll have to take a few minutes to set up GVMax, but it's quite painless from our experience.
The program is currently $2.99, though the developer, Nick Yu, is aiming to make it free while the push-service will cost $1.99 a year.
We'll be doing a review roundup of all the Google Voice apps currently available shortly. Stay tuned. Click here to open Zune Desktop to grab the free trial.
A few days ago, we detailed an ongoing problem with some unlocked Windows Phones, namely that MMS would not work when a new SIM card was placed into the device. On most phones, either the device will auto reconfigure itself or the user can manually input the MMS server settings. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, some Windows Phones don't have the first option, Automatic Data Configuration (ADC), enabled and no Windows Phone has the second ability. In turn, phones sold as unlocked by carriers are not fully functional.
I'm from Samsung's Windows Phone 7 team. Initially, the Network Profile application was designed to detect network reconfiguration on Samsung WP7 open market devices, it is not possible to reconfigure a carrier-locked device. Currently, Samsung is working on a modification which will enable the unlocked devices to be reconfigured to any other network. This application update should be available in WP7 marketplace by the end of this month. Thanks.
All we can do is wait to see if this is true but until then there is now a homebrew option, developed by "kuerbis" who gave WPCentral an early look. In short, it is Samsung's own Network Profile app (available in their app store) that he has modified to support network and automatic reconfiguration. Of course, you'll need to use ChevronWP7 to jailbreak your phone first, then load this app. And yes, it will even load the correct MMS gateway settings for users.
You can grab the homebrew Samsung Network Profile app by "kuerbis" here. We'll keep track of Samsung's official app as well.
A few days ago, a hobbyist developer named keyboardP did a proof-of-concept trick using a modified PNG image as a lockscreen wallpaper for Windows Phones. The result is a transparent effect whereby you can see through to your homescreen. Kind of neat if you want to check the temperature without unlocking the phone.
The first one he did was simple: claw marks that made it look like someone had torn your screen.
Since then, members over at XDA have started to create many different variations, coming up with some real unique designs. Over at keyboardP's site, he has also accumulated a mini-gallery that is growing as users submit them.
Now, there are three things to know about doing this: one, you must email yourself the PNG file as syncing won't work (Zune only recognizes JPGs), two, the trick only works once you "touch" the screen and three, it won't work if you have your device password protected. Other than that though, it's pretty sweet and easy to do. You can see in the picture here that I went for a very simple all black that goes smoky when activated. Anyways, if you're bored, give it a go. Feel free to discuss and post your creation here in our forums.
Microsoft is looking to fill forty positions on their Windows Phone 7 team. The positions include software engineers, public relations managers, and hardware engineers. The positions are based out of Microsoft's Headquarters in Redmond.
The focus of these positions range from working on Xbox Live game integration to leading the design of features built for Windows Phones. The job descriptions seem to re-affirm Microsoft's commitment to Windows Phone 7. For example, in the listing for Program Manager, Sr - Windows Phones opens with,
"Microsoft has deep investments in the development of the new Windows Phone and related backend services. Mobile is a critical area for Microsoft to re-build its brand presence, and win customers back with compelling and highly integrated features and applications. This is an outstanding opportunity to help build from the ground up a new mobile ecosystem that will be a highly competitive offering from Microsoft."
If your interested, the positions can be found over at Microsoft's Career Website. Just do a keyword search for "Windows Phone" and you can sift through the various openings. I just wonder if these new positions qualify for the free Windows Phones Microsoft is passing out to employees.