“In response to this emerging issue, we have temporarily taken down the latest software update for Samsung phones in order to correct the issue and as soon as possible will redistribute the update.”
They've also supposedly identified the problem and are working on a fix, noting it is only affecting a "small number" of devices. (Ahem, ok)
What's curious though is as of now, it does not look like Microsoft has successfully pulled the update as our own Rich Edmonds just went through the flashing process minutes ago with his Omnia 7 in the UK. Of course it failed to finish the update, so no news there, but if Microsoft is pulling this for Samsung, they evidently need to take hours to do so. Perhaps this is a "rolling recall", which seems kind of a bad idea from our viewpoint right about now.
LG may be hot on Android, but we'll still go to bat for them by saying they offer the best free software of any Windows Phone OEM. We covered their Augmented Reality software (Metro Scanner)and Voice to Text earlier, and just a few days ago they pushed out four new solid titles:
Today - Local weather, forecast, news feed, Twitter and currency
Weather & Clock - Local weather, "away" weather + clock and world map
QR Reader - a live scanning QR reader
Post Note - note + cork-board
While a little slow to load, the apps are certainly gorgeous looking in our opinion. Sure, a Live Tile would have been nice, but we think the Today app beats out Samsung's and HTC's offerings easily. Likewise, the QR Reader with live scanning is certainly great and combined with ScanSearch (live scanning barcode), it's quite the powerful combo. Finally, Post Note just looks real pretty but similar to HTC's Notes.
All can be grabbed for free in the LG app store but only on your LG phone, of course.
It's Xbox Wednesday, which means of course we have new games to report on. This week we're back to two releases, although they're a bit niche, if you ask us.
First one is Deer Hunter 3D, which at first we thought was a 3D game version of the 1978 Cimino film. How disappointed we were to find out instead of being De Niro we're an actual deer hunter, plucking off 3D models of cute furry animals. If "devastating kills" are your thing, you can fork over $4.99 for the simulation of blowing away Bambi's mom, repeatedly, while pretending you're paying attention in that morning meeting. You can grab that game here for a trial, but men are hunters and men don't use trials, so just buy it.
The second is 'Zombie Attack! 2' from IUGO, which is evidently an alarming event, judging by the exclamation point. Adding to the surfeit of tower-defense games in the Marketplace, 'ZA! 2' (hip folk can abbreviate) brings tons of weapons, zombie apocalypse and your normal tower game play to your Windows Phone. It certainly looks colorful. 'ZA! 2' fetches for a fair $2.99 and you can grab that bad boy right here.
As usual, hit us up in comments with your thoughts. We're getting back to our favorite game, 'Shift 2'...
Wiggins Professional Services is offering SlideShow over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for $.99. It's a simple application for your Windows Phone that generates slide shows from your picture folders.
Slideshow only has one page of interface and from this main page you select which folder you want to show, the transition style, and duration each image is seen. You also have the ability to disable the Lock Screen.
Not to be confused with your Windows Phone Pictures Hub, Photo Hub is a photo processing application for Windows Phone 7. Photo Hub places the basic editing tools for your photos in a simple, straight forward package.
Photo Hub allows you to apply the edits to saved photos as well as having the ability to launch your camera directly from the app. Once you've finished editing the photo, you can share them via Facebook or Flickr. It's an interesting application that helps extend your Windows Phone's photographic capabilities.
To read more on Photo Hub, ease on past the break.
Everyone has those moments where they feel dumber than a door knob. Those "Uh Duh" moments in life hits all of us and there's a game for your Windows Phone designed to bring them out. The Moron Test for Windows Phone 7 will reveal the moron in us all.
With four categories/rooms of testing, each with 100+ challenges, The Moron Test will dumbfound the best and have you screaming "Dohhhh" within seconds. It may not prove that you are a molecular geneticist but The Moron Test will test your powers of observation, concentration and speed.
For more on The Moron Test, just hit the jump past the break.
We ran across an interesting game for Windows Phone 7. There isn't much to QB Football compared to other sports games for your Windows Phone. No fancy graphics, no stunning animations or sound effects. QB Football is a simple, text oriented football game that pits you against your phone.
The game has you choosing offensive and defensive plays to counter what the phone selects. Game progress is displayed on a ticker that appears just below the scoreboard and game time runs accordingly with the plays chosen. Running plays will eat more of the clock while passing options tend to run the clock more conservatively.
icrosoft are bringing out the guns with their advertising campaign. Gone are the days of the simple "quick and easy so you can get back on with life" and here comes the bragging about the speed of Windows Phone 7 when compared against "Your phone" (targeted at any none WP7 owner).
WinRumors have in possession a collection of the adverts in a draft variety, displaying superiority against other OSs in a range of scenario including viewing your Xbox Live profile, informing your colleagues that you'll be late and getting directions home. What make these beauties special is that once task has been completed, the device handler begins carrying out humorous activities.
Be sure to keep a sharp eye open for these commercials to air. What do you think with first impressions from the drafts above?
Microsoft are bringing out the guns with their advertising campaign. Gone are the days of the simple "quick and easy so you can get back on with life", and here comes bragging about the speed of Windows Phone 7 when compared against "Your phone" (targeted at any none WP7 owner). Speaking on behalf of WP7 owners, this bragging is well deserved.
WinRumors have in possession a collection of the adverts in a draft variety, displaying superiority against other OSs in a range of scenarios including viewing your Xbox Live profile, informing your colleagues that you'll be late to a meeting and getting directions home. What make these beauties special is that once a task has been completed, the device handler begins carrying out humorous activities.
Be sure to keep a sharp eye open for these commercials to air. What do you think with first impressions from the drafts above?
Source: WinRumors;- thanks to reader Simon Hossain
For those not familiar, DioDict is a dictionary application available exclusively to Samsung Windows Phones. If you've recently launched DioDict from your Samsung Focus, more than likely you received an alert saying,
"Only a trial version is available, as your device has not yet been authorized to run the full version."
If you attempt a search (using any dictionary style), you then will get the following alert,
"Lite version can be searched only up to "a". If you want to buy the full version, press the OK button."
Pressing the OK button sends you the Samsung Zone page in the Marketplace with no option to buy, download, or re-install. This essentially disables DioDict from any practical use (unless you have an "A" word to search for). In searching the Marketplace and Samsung Zone, the app is no longer listed.
We have yet to find any indication as to why DioDict was pulled. We've seen apps pulled from the Marketplace before for certification issues, stability issues, questionable content and what not. This may be the first time we've seen a functional, working app pulled from the Marketplace as well as reverted to a trial version.
Which is a little disappointing because DioDict was a nice app.
Classic platformer games are always a blast--they're fun, sot of easy and bring back memories (well, if you're old enough, that is).
Two great games on Windows Phone are 'Platformance: Castle Pain' by Magiko Gaming and 'Pixel Man' by Nick Gravelyn. The former is a visually rich, humorous take on an old style of knight rescuing a princess. Filled with tons of traps and difficult jumps, the game is well worth the modest $0.99 (plus a free trial). 'Pixel Man' is a minimalist platformer with simple pixel graphics, but a still challenging adventure. The game looks like something off of an Atari and that's a good thing. That game is also $0.99 but there is a free alternative called 'Pixel Man Zero' which is ad supported--a great option for the casual gamer. And when 5,000 people download 'Pixel Man Zero', Nick's going to release 'Pixel Man 2'--sounds like a challenge.
Grab 'Platformance' here and 'Pixel Man' (or 'Pixel Man Zero') here and here.
Looks like our initial assessment of the first Windows Phone update was a little rosy for some users, specifically those of Samsung phones (even a few Focus users are having problems). For a handful of unlucky folks, the Windows Phone update is actually "bricking" their phone after Step 6 of the update. However, it's not universal as many Omnia users are updating fine--in fact, the errors almost seem random, with no clear pattern yet as to the cause.
Reportedly it's a firmware issue with Samsung, more accurately those with firmware versions JI9 and JJ4 are experiencing problems, while the JK1 firmware, according to ZDnet, are doing okay. While we have no way to confirm that 100%, it seems best for those users to avoid the update. In fact, that may be easier than it looks since from our perspective (here in the States) Microsoft has either yet to or has indeed put a halt to rolling out the update (both my Quantum and HD7 have yet to be flagged for an update, even when force-checked in Zune desktop. Edit:Carriers may be blocking this update).
Microsoft is evidently set to push out a "fix" update within three days time, noting in their support forum:
We would recommend at this time, not to retry the update, as subsequent attempts will fail similarly. While we continue to investigate the issue, we would ask that you not attempt the update until your device alerts you of another update opportunity, in approximately 3 days’ time.
Microsoft offers some advice if your phone gets stuck during the update process, including disconnect the device, pull the battery and put back in to reboot. For those who have a "bricked" device i.e. it won't boot at all and cannot be hard-reset, you are advised to contact your carrier--reportedly AT&T is being cooperative in this regard and covering the phone under warranty.
Post comments on your experience and/or join our discussion in the forums if you want to trouble shoot the problem. All we know is this is probably the worst publicity Microsoft could have received on this topic as it will dominate the tech media today.
Specifically, we're told that the "backup gets stuck at 100% (Step 7 of 10) and the update doesn't carry on". So while the phone is still usable (luckily), users can't proceed with the update which also means the 'NoDo' update will be out of reach as well. This isn't just one or two people either as @winhonesupport is dealing with quite a number of user-generated problems with the same description.
Windows Phone Support is already on the case, looking into what is happening exactly. So far though, this seems to be Samsung/Omnia 7 specific, so for now we'll have to advise those to wait a bit before updating.
Some info we received seems to confirm that the upcoming Sprint 7 Pro goes by the model number HTC T7575. This comes from the breakdown of the ROM, which yielded some interesting, but still cursory information. For instance, it will have
Interestingly, there's a few AT&T references thrown in, suggesting that Ma Bell may get this device too, which would not surprise us in the least. As to the bad news, there's really no evidence that this has WiMax (4G) on board, so never say never, but don't get your hopes up either--not looking good.
Also of note, when we used WP7 game developer's Elbert Perez's stats page, we saw a few listings for unknown phones, evidently being used in testing:
HTC T7575 (now known as the CDMA 7 Pro)
Samsung GT-I8703 - ?
HTC MWP6985 - ?
The Samsung was speculated by other sites to be an Android device, but alas, it's playing Elbert's games meaning this is a hitherto unknown Samsung Windows Phone, quite possibly a CDMA variant of the Focus or Omnia 7. Likewise, the HTC MWP6985 is also a Windows Phone, but we have no info on it (the CDMA Trophy is the HTC PC40200, so probably not that).
Anyone have anything they'd like to add to the discussion?
"If you could design a brand new phone, what would it have? Ours will have a hub for gaming, music, pictures and video."
That's only one OS in the world and it ain't Android, baby! (Although technically, Samsung has been swiping "hubs" for their Galaxy SII phones...) We imagine in the next 48hrs a ton of info should be coming out regarding availability, pricing, etc. All we know is we can't wait and we'll be the first to order.
Finally, Windows Phone on CDMA.
Source: @sprint; Thanks, @bdattilo, for the heads up!
One of the staple Twitter apps for Windows Mobile, moTweets, is near release on Windows Phone 7. Panoramic, who we reported was working on a client for WP7, has published screen shots and a video (seen above) that demonstrates the app's capabilities. Fetching for a very fair $0.99 (or free, but ad-supported), the Twitter program will feature:
Use up to six (6) Twitter accounts simultaneously
Upload pictures using your device’s camera or from the photo album
Add your location to your Twitter post using your phone's GPS
tinyurl.com, bit.ly, twitpic.com, and yfrog.com support
View Trends, Lists and Conversations
View user’s background in the user details screen
Live Tile display your account image(s)
Streams allow you to add and view multiple timelines including Search results and RSS feeds
View tweets near your location and view them on a Bing map
Image Wall displays all images from your timeline as well as ones you've uploaded
Translate Tweets, Search Twitter topics, locations and users with ease
ReTweet, Follow, Unfollow, Direct messages, RSS Feeds, Favorites and much more!
The Live Tile with your images is a neat twist for a v1.0 app and at least in the video, at the 1:25 mark, it seems to show Tile notifications--let's hope they're in the final version! The app has been submitted to the Marketplace for testing, meaning a full release is right around the corner (~48 hours).
Till then, here are some images after the break to keep you curious...