Brazil already launched the HTC Ultimate aka Titan, so why stop there? Looks like TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile) is slated to get the Samsung Omnia W to compliment the Ultimate in that country.
The news comes via WinPhoneBlog Brazil, who confirm that the device has passed Anatel (that country's version of the FCC) including pics of the battery, charger and even the full manual (PDF) for your perusal. In case your forgot the specs of the Omnia W:
Super AMOLED screen of 3.7 "
8 GB of storage
512 of RAM
VGA Front Camera
Rear 5 MP camera with LED Flash and Autofocus
1500 mAh battery
Dimensions of 115.6 x 58.8 x 10.9 mm
Weight 115 g
In other words, a solid middle of the road phone, which seems like good marketing. No word on release or pricing, but it should only be a matter of time before we find out.
A couple of weeks ago, Puzzle Quest 2 became the first mobile Xbox Live title to go on sale two different times. Now Monopoly breaks new ground – or is that old? – as the first game to be an official Deal of the Week twice. It’s going on sale for $2.99 once again.
The Windows Phone version of the classic board game/capitalist propaganda tool Monopoly comes from Electronic Arts. Our Monopoly review praises its faithfulness to the original board game and support of customizing the game rules. We would have liked to see online multiplayer, but it does at least support local multiplayer. The Deal of the Week price should make offline-only Monopoly a lot more palatable. The game was also updated to support Mango Fast App Switching recently, but NoDo owners can still buy it too.
Monopoly goes on sale Wednesday, November 2 for one week only. It will cost $2.99 (the price it always should have been), and there is a free trial. Grab it here on the Marketplace. And don't forget, Kinectimalsofficially comes out tomorrow too.
Introducing Parking Pal UK, a unique Windows Phone app, which enables users to search through 14,000 car parks in the UK for spaces, pricing and other features. The app is constantly updated with more car parks being added and existing entires being updated annually. It's guaranteed to improve the life of any driver who frequently parks up.
Unfortunately, the app does not support on-street parking. Some features include:
Car parking information is obtained from the most comprehensive database of car parks in the UK, with over 90 % of car park information updated annually (no on-street parking)
Rapid car park location and price information.
Choice of using Bing or Google maps.
Searches can be filtered to narrow down leads. For example, by toilet availability or locations holding safer parking awards.
In-built 'reminder' function- to record where you are parked and note parking ticket expiry time.
Live tile with currently parked space information, and ticket expiry time.
Ticket expiry reminder alarm.
It's a neat little app with an intuitive user interface and integrated map. Future versions will introduce real-time space information. You can download Parking Pal UK from the Marketplace for £2.29 (trial provides 4 free app uses) and a demo after the break.
Microsoft is really starting to make true on the promises of connectivity between Xbox 360 and Windows Phone titles. This week’s Xbox Live release, Kinectimals allows gamers to transfer their personalized kitties to the console version and vice-versa. Next week we’re getting another ‘connected’ title in the form of Fusion: Sentient from developer Wahoo Studios (aka NinjaBee) and Microsoft Studios.
Fusion: Sentient is the portable companion to Xbox 360 title Fusion: Genesis (developed by Starfire Studios). Both titles release on the same day, but unlike Full House Poker, the Fusion games are much more distinct from each other. Sentient is a third-person strategy game. Visually, it closely resembles The Harvest but the gameplay is closer to BioWare RPGs like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic thanks to the turn-based nature of the combat.
Head past the break for more details on connectivity between Fusion: Sentient and Fusion: Genesis, screenshots, a trailer, and a free MP3 soundtrack.
For business-people and travellers that are on the go, nothing says "Buy this smartphone" like 6 huge screens showing off major features of the latest ultra-portable computing device (a.k.a. a smartphone) from Nokia. The Handheld Blog has taken a nice video of the Nokia Lumia 800 ad while it was running near Departures at Terminal 5 of the Heathrow Airport in London, England.
It's done in a similar style to other ads and demo videos that we've seen pop up around the web, and focuses on the features that travellers would be most interested in; voice-guided car navigation, easy to use camera, managing office documents on-the-go. fast internet browsing, and of course the ability to connect with your friends no matter where you are through social networks. The ad is beautiful, fairly descriptive and will likely draw a lot of eyes - a great thing in a world filled with advertisements already.
With only two weeks left before the handset is made available, we'll likely see more than just a few airport ads released. If they are as eye-catching as this one, you won't hear many complaints from us. Check the video above to see the 1-minute long ad, and let us know if you've seen other ads around the country in the comments below.
The Windows Phone Marketplace has undergone its fair share of renovations here lately. One new feature that might come in handy if you're looking for new, trending and staff recommended apps is theMarketplace Extra.
Marketplace Extra highlights eight categories of apps, focusing on about a dozen recommended apps from each. You also have video demos, news items on Windows Phone apps and feature articles from The Windows Team Blog. Marketplace Extra is a good source, along with WPCentral, to find those pin-worthy apps.
We sure do love Twitter apps and even though Mango goes a long way for most people, there are those who still want a dedicated client with more features on board.
TweeterLight isn't exactly new, heck it just hit v1.4, but it's one we missed when it came out. Turns out it's a pretty solid client. As you can tell by its name, it is meant to be light and fast, so if you're looking for a Swiss Army knife of functions, this isn't for you. Then again, it does have a nice feature set and the speed make up for it for many of us.
It does support Read It Later, uploading of pics, geolocaton, contact look up (using a list picker) and trends. Plus with v1.4, it is now Mango ready. It also highlights new, unread Tweets, making management a bit easier.
Overall we dig TweeterLight a lot--it's fast, supports full landscape mode and has a nice UI. Sure a Live Tile wouldn't hurt but for $0.99 with a free trial, it is certainly worthy of consideration if speed is your concern.
Something that we seemed to have missed at Nokia World (even our one-to-one walkthrough of the extra software never covered this) is the Contacts Transfer app, available to Nokia Lumia owners. The app will allow users to pair their existing Symbian handset to the Windows Phone and transfer contacts across via Bluetooth. These contacts will then be synchronised with the Live ID associated with the phone.
The functionality appears to be limited to contact data and will only work one-way. Once the app has been launched, it will search for local Bluetooth devices, and once the correct device is selected a pairing request will be sent to the Symbian handset. Couldn't be simpler to upgrade to Windows Phone.
And we're back after a week in London for Nokia World. We recap the event, discuss the pros and cons of the new Nokia phones, talk about why Kik Messenger is better than WhatsApp and Jay does his best to make ghost noises.
The other day we posted about Klout, the online rating system for individuals, and how they were giving away five-hundred Windows Phones as part of a promotion. The first 100 were for folks who resided in New York City, had a Klout score of 55 or higher (which is pretty high) and were leading in the topic of Technology.
Obviously the idea is to get a Windows Phone in the hands of technology "influencers", those that command a large following on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and other social networks. They get a phone, perhaps they'll talk about it and bam, you generate buzz. A not too dissimilar approach to getting it into celeb hands, like what Brandon Watson was doing awhile back.
Anyways, the first phones shipped and what everyone was wondering is which device would folks get? Basically Gen 1 or brand-spanking Gen 2 Windows Phones? Turns out, it was Gen 1 and specifically the Samsung Focus, which seems to be Microsoft's work-horse phone for media and contests (not a bad choice). But hey, if you feel bad about not qualifying, perhaps this will lessen the sting a bit. Look for the other 400 to be given out for other cities soon.
Video unboxing after the break. Thanks, Mark G., for the link!
We've been in touch with Three UK after they announced stocking the Nokia Lumia 800. While the 16th has been announced as the date when the handset will be made available, it's interesting to note that (on Three UK at least) the carrier is only stocking the Cyan and Black colours of the 800 and the dates of availability seem to differ between the choice of colour:
Black Nokia 800 - 16th November
Cyan Nokia 800 - 28th November
Quite a large gap, we must say. Have you ordered the Nokia 800 and noticed a delivery delay elsewhere?
For the devs out there who are interested in picking up some new tips or tricks, you'll want to check out Jeff Blankenburg's new project "31 Days of Mango" where he'll be ..."publishing a detailed tutorial on Windows Phone development each day this month, specifically focusing on the new additions that were introduced with the Mango update."
Sounds like a great crash course for those both new and experienced, so you'll want to bookmark and check back every day.
This week in the forums it's all about the hardware. The Windows Phone Central “Nokia Lumia forums” are up and running so come join the conversation and pick up all the need to know info on Nokia’s new devices. We are also talking about the new hardware headed to AT&T. Get in the conversation in our “Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash Forums”. It looks like these two devices are launching this Sunday on the 6th. We have all the talk on the new windows devices plus we're discussing what might be coming down the road in our sub-forum "Upcoming & Rumored Devices". Do you know some hot new info? Let us know!
Don't forget to come visit our developers only Applications and Games Spotlight forums. Check out all the free apps our developers are posting up for your enjoyment. Here are some examples posted this week:
Attention fellow Brits, there's a pretty neat deal that's ongoing with the Nokia Lumia 800 on T-Mobile. You can get the Windows Phone Mango handset for nothing at all, tied to a 24 month contract at £25.54, not bad. What's more is you can get £40 automatic cash back, which brings down the total monthly charge to £23.87 a month.