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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Series changes name back to 'Windows Phone 7'

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Praise the lord and pass the ammunition (hey, that's what they say in these here parts) -- Microsoft has dropped the "Series" and is now just going with "Windows Phone 7" as the branding for its reboot of Windows Mobile.

Now don't get us wrong -- that's a good thing. But it's something that Microsoft never should have had to do and is an obvious misstep in what needs to be a flawless campaign for the rebirth of its mobile brand. Now we're curious about the trickle-down effect: How much rebranding will have to be done -- commercials and the like -- and how will affect Microsoft's roll-out strategy.

Either way, Windows Phone 7 Series is one mouthful we're more than happy to get rid of. [Twitter]

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4 years ago

Miss your LED notifications with the Sprint Touch Pro 2 ROM update?

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While the Sprint Touch Pro 2 ROM update, featuring Windows Mobile 6.5 and Sense 2.5, has turned out to be a pretty big hit amongst users, there is one little nagging issue that has changed with the new configuration: no more LED alerts.

Before under 'Sounds and Notifications', the user was able to enable/disable whether LED alerts would be used for email, text, voicemail, missed calls, etc. In addition, you could specify how long the duration for said blinking shall occur. This feature was a recent change found on many HTC devices and was something that we all greatly appreciated.

So why did Sprint/HTC decide to disable the feature with the latest update? Improve battery life? Make everything more "simple"?  They simply made a mistake? No one knows but it is quite annoying.

Luckily, MightyMike and Mr.X have found a solution, all packed up in a simple .cab file. Just download, install and soft reset and those LED alerts will now be available to enable and configure. You can get the download and read more about it here or scan the MS Tag below.

[MightyROM.com]

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4 years ago

Review: Slacker Radio

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Review: Slacker Radio

Who says nobody develops for Windows Mobile anymore? Leaked in February only to be yanked, and then announced at CTIA in parallel with the launch of the HD2 on T-Mobile; Slacker Radio brings one of the more robust streaming radio empires to the Windows Phone platform. Slacker Radio is a service designed to bring you a variety of content for little or no cost. In a world where 3G networks and high-powered mobile devices are becoming commonplace; Slacker and similar services have a solid foundation on which to expand their empire.

To get a look at what you can find in Slacker Radio for Windows Mobile, keep reading.

Pros: 
High Quality streaming audio. Wide variety of content. clean interface.
Cons: 
Free version has ad content. Designed only for WVGA screens with Portrait Orientation.
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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 devices: no Zune connector, OEMs make the call

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For those curious, the Zune connector i.e. the sync/charge interface cable from the Microsoft Zune series, won't be used at all with Windows Phone 7 Series devices.

That's the good news, since said Zune connector is a little large and more than a little proprietary.

The bad news is that the WP7s chassis specifications don't require any specific sync/charge format, meaning OEMs who make our next-gen phones are free to use Mini-USB, Micro-USB or even their own proprietary format.

Now we hope OEMs have learned their lesson in regards to that last one, so we don't think we'll see many of those. Still, for those wanting a definitive decision with regards to Micro or Mini USB ... looks like Microsoft is going to let the old free market decide. [via Windows Phone Secrets]

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4 years ago

Yeah, sure, it's 7 on an iPhone ...

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4 years ago

Sprint launches 'Sprint Free Guarantee', aims to improve customer satisfaction

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In an effort to lure new customers, Sprint announced their new 'Sprint Free Guarantee' program today.

Essentially, Sprint is now guaranteeing a full, 100% return on every penny you spend with them when opening a new line of service within 30 days.

Up till this point, Sprint and the other carriers would refund the cost of the phone and the early-termination fee (ETF) but the customer was still responsible for the monthly plan, taxes, various fees and the cost of any content or premium services used during their trial period.  Sprint is now breaking from that model and will refund basically everything the customer spends with them, including taxes.

Seems to us a smart move for Sprint who has a history of poor customer relations, something that has dramatically improved in the last year. Plus, for the first time in recent memory, Sprint has a "wow" device with their recently announced HTC EVO, their first 4G Android device launching this summer--this change in their policy can only improve their chances of gaining more new customers and improve those quarterly losses.

We now look to AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile to offer similar incentives....

[Sprint Press Release]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Series Developer Training Kit

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Channel 9 (a.k.a. five guys at Microsoft) has released a Developer's Training Kit for Windows Phone 7 Series. The Training Kit is designed to give you a jumpstart into the new operating system.

The training kit includes three units covering the WP7S platform, Silverlight for Windows Phones and XNA Framework 4.0 for Windows Phones.

According to Channel 9 the training kit is geared for the beginners who want to get started with developing applications for the Windows Phone 7 Series.  Experienced application developers should find the training kit useful in that the Silverlight unit focuses in part the differences between Silverlight and Silverlight for the Windows Phone.

You can find the Windows Phone 7 Series Training kit here with each course unit being a separate download. 

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4 years ago

Give your desktop a 7 Series twist

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Give your desktop a 7 Series twist

Like the panoramic view of Windows Phone 7 Series?  Wish you could have tiles on your personal computer?  Want to see more of WP7S on your computer than just the emulator?  If such is the case, we might have stumbled upon a solution for you.

Rainmeter is a desktop customization platform that will let you use skins to enhance your Windows computer. Rainmeter has it's own following of chefs that create new skins for the platform (similar to the ROM Chefs for Windows Mobile) with varying color patterns, information displayed, and themes.

One such cooked up skin is the Omnimo UI which is based on the Metro-UI design of Windows Phone 7 Series. Tiles on Omnimo can be customized from content to color to number. The only thing missing is the touch navigation.

Simply download/install the Rainmeter program on your Windows Computer (Win XP or later) and then do the same with the Omnimo UI program. Both programs are complex by way of tons of customization options.  It took me about ten minutes to download, install and get the Omnimo UI running.  It will likely take me days to explore all the options both Omnimo and Rainmeter have to offer.

Just as with cooked ROMs, there is plenty of forum discussion on the both program's development to help guide users along.

[read: endgadget.com]

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4 years ago

HTC upbeat about Windows Phones

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Since the announcement of Windows Phone 7 Series, we've seen an LG WP7S phone and heard rumblings of a Samsung phone in development running the new Microsoft OS. However, one of the more popular smartphone manufacturers, HTC, has remained fairly quiet on the WP7S front.

HTC is having success with Android phones and as well with the new T-Mobile HD2 but will we see a HTC WP7S phone?  HTC's Chief Executive Peter Chou shed some light on that subject in a recent Forbe's Magazine interview.

Chou was upbeat when questioned about Windows Mobile 7 Series, describing himself as being "thrilled" with the many changes Microsoft has made. Chou expects HTC to release a WP7S phone by the end of the year.

HTC doesn't plan on abandoning Windows Mobile phones either. Chou commented, "Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7 will coexist", believing that corporate users will likely continue to use the latter. 

It will be interesting to see what HTC will offer with either Microsoft system.  We know that a mystery HTC "Windows Phone" recently passed through the FCC and the HD Mini is lurking in the shadows.  Chou's comments are encouraging and may mean that either could be the first of several HTC Windows Phones to head our way this year.

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4 years ago

Turn the HD2 into a metal detector

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Turn the HD2 into a metal detector

One of the many creative minds over at XDA Developers may has come up with a way to turn your HTC HD2 into a metal detector. XDA member 6Fg8 has created an application, Metal Detector 0.2.0.0, that works under the premises that the built in compass on the HD2 relies on the earth's magnetic field to calculate the deviation from magnetic north. If you put a piece of metal near the compass, it deviates from the natural deviation.

There are still a few bugs to work out in the application but for the most part, it performs as advertised. Yet somehow I don't see scanning the beach with an HD2 looking for buried treasure.  However, if that screw you dropped blends in too well with the carpet, this application might be of some use. [via 1800pocketpc.com]

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4 years ago

WMExperts Podcast Episode 94

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4 years ago

Review: Solio Hybrid 1000

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Review: Solio Hybrid 1000

 

Let's face it. No matter how great the battery, eventually its going to need recharging. A simply task if you're at home or the office or, for most, even the car. But what if you're out on a hike or camping?

Solio Hybrid 1000 is a portable charging solution that not only re-charges your Windows phone battery but also has the ability to recharge itself. The Hybrid 1000 relies on a solar panel to keep a 1000mah battery charged up that in turn can be used to replenish your Windows phone battery.

How well does the Hybrid 1000 perform? Just follow the break to see how electric this charging solution is.

Pros: 
Versatile via adapters. Solar panel replenishes internal battery.
Cons: 
Large size. Slow to re-charge itself.
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4 years ago

HTC HD2 commercials spotted

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HTC HD2 commercials spotted

As if we needed any more convincing that the HTC HD2 is an outstanding Windows Phone. Just in case there are those still on the fence, HTC has released a pair of short commercials highlighting the HD2.

Now if we could only get an AT&T branding on the phone?

Follow the break to see the pair.

[via: wmpoweruser.com]

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Series possibly (and unofficially) running on HTC HD2

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Update: Added video above. Level of skepticism still fairly high.

Microsoft has said that the HTC HD2 won't be getting an official upgrade to Windows Phone 7 Series, but that's never stopped anybody before, has it? Tom at HTCPedia says he's got the WP7S Metro UI running on the HD2, and most of the big bells and whistles are up and running, including WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. There are issues with the graphics drivers, he says, causing some lag.

Let's hope we see some video from boot to actual use pretty soon, to help shore up this one a bit, cause we all know how easy it is to be duped by pics. And speaking of pics, there are a few more after the break. [HTCPedia via Redmond Pie]

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