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3 years ago

Nokia W7 and W8 to be first WP7 devices? [Rumor]

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Nokia W7 and W8 to be first WP7 devices? [Rumor]

Nokia made a short appearance at MIX'11 yesterday and with the increased enthusiasm Marco Argenti (head of developer experience at Nokia) showed, it would seem that Nokia are really steaming ahead with the planning and early development stages of their WP7 adoption.

Eldar Murtazin, a dude with inside Nokia knowledge, has claimed to be in the know how with Nokia's WP7 device plans while getting his hands on a prototype. What's interesting is the naming scheme given to the two devices Eldar mentioned - the W7 and W8. He goes on to explain that the W7 is built on similar grounds of the X7 and the W8 (packing an 8 MP camera) is a variant of the N8, Nokia's current flagship device.

Imagine the current N8 running WP7 Mango, would be quite an experience. The prototypes are all being built on Qualcomm chipsets and the W7 is currently being handled in-house for development purposes, which will likely be the first device from Nokia to market, according to Eldar. Should neither appeal to you don't cut all hope as Mr Murtazin also says that Nokia has a dozen WP7 devices planned for 2012 - which could all change depending on the W7 and W8 releases (if this rumour holds true of course).

What do you make of these roumors, and do the above Nokia devices sound appealing to you?

Source: Harahabr, via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Background services are user controllable in Mango [MIX11]

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Although these are not the best shots (sorry, even their camera was blurry), what you are seeing is a new option under Settings in Mango that allows the consumer to control if background services run or not. 

In essence, when a 3rd party app insstalls with background services (say a "FriendFinder" app), it also adds itself to this section. The user can then simply and easily toggle on/off if that background service runs. This is good if battery life is going to be a big concern and you don't want that app periodically checking for updates or pushing data, or if you just don't want it running.

We also learned that the camera and mic can't run in the background, basically as a privacy issue--so no "spy apps" for now, although Microsoft seems flexible on this (they're soliciting feedback a lot from devs on these decisions).

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3 years ago

Meet Brandon Foy, creator of the "We Love WP7" ad

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We're just running into everyone today, including the legend that is Brandon Foy aka the creator of the fan-made commerical that went viral. In fact it caught Microsoft's eye (we hear Watson's) and it was pushed for him to go further and make a bigger, even better commerical. 

That video premeired today and can be seen on YouTube. With enough views (pegged at 200,000) Microsoft will turn it into a TV spot.  We spoke with Brandon briefly and found out it took him 2-3 weeks to create the original ad and about 1-2 weeks for the new one (sounds like he has the forumla down now). So why did he do it? Simple, as a creative person with an eye for the visual art, he fell for the Metro design on Windows Phone and did what he does best: evidently creating rocking videos with hip French techno  (seriously, 'Danger' is awesome).

We hope to see more work from him in the future and we think he has quite a bright future. Make sure you check his website BrandonFoy.TV for more info.

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3 years ago

Hands on (almost) with IE9 on Windows Phone 7 [MIX11]

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Look at that, we tracked down Microsoft's Joe Marini here at MIX11. He's in charge of IE on Windows Phone and as a result, has the latest build of IE9 running on his phone.

He gave us a few mins of demonstration and that browser sure looks nice (see it kick other browser's butts here). No word on Silverlight/Flash yet for IE9 and same with plugins/addons, but at this point we'll be quite satisifed with just this base for our browsing needs. We also dig the "Metro styled" menus now--looks much better.

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3 years ago

Team ChevronWP7 in full effect at MIX11

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Team ChevronWP7 in full effect at MIX11

Wearing their gifted shirts from Microsoft (Brandon Watson confirms only 5 exist), the ChevronWP7 team is in force at MIX11 this week, blogging, covering the event and meeting with whose who in the Windows Phone world. And we must say, they're all stand up guys. So we had to grab this photo, because why not? From left to right: Chris Walsh (@chriswalshie, site), Raphael Rivera (@WithinRafael, site) and Long Zheng (@longzheng, site).

For those who don't remember, these were the folks to first jailbreak WP7, were invited to Redmond for some "talks" with Microsoft and have since continued being a creative thorn in Brandon Watson's side. Will we see more from them on the Windows Phone front? We'd bet on it..

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3 years ago

Silverlight + XNA working together on WP7 [MIX11]

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We reported on the coming ability of developers to mix XNA and Silverlight programming and this was confirmed today during the MIX11 keynote.

What this means for consumers is much richer apps with fluid 3D graphics within them. In other words, think of the graphics from your Xbox LIVE games and now add that ability to say a GPS app with a 3D rotating globe.

To see what it looks like, see the above demo from a MIX11 session. It should give you an idea of what's coming soon.

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3 years ago

Speed test: WP7 Mango vs iPhone vs Android [MIX11]

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During today's Microsoft keynote at MIX11, a phone browser speed test was given and for once, Windows Phone (Mango + IE9) trounced the competition. The competition here was the iPhone 4 and Nexus S. 

Is it us or has Microsoft really thrown their weight behind browsers lately? IE9 on Windows Phone 7.5 looks pretty incredible and to put this persepctive, Android Central's Phil Nickinson says he doesn't know how that got the Nexus S to be that fast in the above video--which means MS wasn't playing trickery here. 

Of course we're interested in seeing more than one site load and the devil's in the details. But hey, we like what we see.

via: GeekWire

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3 years ago

Is Windows Phone 'Mango' 7.5 or not?

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Is Windows Phone 'Mango' 7.5 or not?

Read into that slide what you will, but it sure looks to us like Microsoft is calling 'Mango' Windows Phone 7.5, at least internally.

However, when we asked Andrew Clinick from Microsoft, he said that it was a "mistake" calling it 7.5 in that slide and that they haven't decided on what they are calling it yet. So backtrack/covering or legit position? We have no idea, but figured it was worth mentioning, at the very least.

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3 years ago

Xbox LIVE Hub getting revamped with Mango?

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Looks like Microsoft may be retooling the Xbox LIVE hub a bit for Mango as well, though they are mum on the details at the moment.

The image to the left was taken by us during a MIX11 session today. Denoting Xbox LIVE Gold Status, the change is quite significant from the current version. Our guess is that if you have a Gold account, it will now reflect on the tile. When we asked Microsoft's Andrew Clinick about it, he was very coy giving us a "I have no idea what you're talking about!" with a grin. Real frunny guys!

The second shot to the right, comes courtesy of Long Zheng/iStartedSomething of ChevronWP7 fame and was taken during the keynote (from his Flickr stream). It shows what the nex Xbox Hub may look like, with a smaller list view being shown. What other changes are there? We'll try to find out, but MS seems to not be revealing too much here.

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3 years ago

Emulator screenshot ability coming with May tool refresh [Developers]

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Good news devs, with the May tool refresh announced today, you'll also be getting a screenshot tool within the emulator (no, still nothing for on-device). 

It's resolution agnostic and will be a snap to use (zing!). All we know is this will probably make a lot of dev lives easier instead of relying on third-party tricks to grab screenshot.

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3 years ago

Developers may get early access to Mango

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Windows Phone developers might be in for a treat. In a Channel 9 Live interview, followed up with a tweet, Brandon Watson let it be known that Microsoft is working hard to enable an early release of Mango to developers.

The obvious benefit is that this early release will allow developers to test the update before it reaches consumers. It will also give developers a jump on any updates and new software that will tap into any new features Mango will bring to Windows Phone 7.

Source: wpsauce

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3 years ago

No gyroscope access for current Windows Phones, only new 'Mango' devices?

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Andrew Clinick gave a talk today on the future of the Windows Phone platform, specifically on 'Mango', going into more detail than the keynote (we'll have a video up later).

During the sensor discussion, it was mentioned that current Windows Phones won't have access to the Gyroscope API since they evidently don't have the hardware to support it, in turn, only "new" devices with 'Mango' on board will have this feature.  Of course, for all we know there may be one or two devices out there with gyroscope access on board already, but it doesn't seem to be the case. Either way, it does raise a conudrum of how older phones will deal with newer software that uses this feature.

Update: We confirmed with Clinick after the talk: current devices do not have a gyro, so only new Mango devices will have this. So what about software and devs? Basically with a combo of the accelerometer and other APIs for hardware, you can simulate, to a lesser degree, the gyroscope behavoir.  So you can run the apps, they just won't be as awesome as devices with gyros. Fair enough.

Update 2: Per Microsoft's Istvan Cseri, the gyroscope sensor is optional, up to the OEMs

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3 years ago

Skype heading to Windows Phone 7

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Skype heading to Windows Phone 7

Skype, the popular internet messaging service, is heading to Windows Phone 7. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's VP of Windows Phone Program Management, provided an early glimpse at the communications app during today's MIX11 keynote.

Skype will definitely enhance the communications capabilities of our Windows Phones. Now we just need a front facing camera to take advantage of Skype's video features. While no specific date was mentioned, we should see Skype landing in the Marketplace later this Fall.

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3 years ago

Wrap-up on today's MIX11 keynote

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Wrap-up on today's MIX11 keynote

Today was a superb day for both the Windows Phone 7 platform and the development community behind the 13,000 Marketplace apps. Luckily we were at the front (literally) of the action in Las Vegas and laying our hawk eyes on the live stream to bring you the best coverage of the keynote from a variety of angles. Not only were we live blogging the entire session, we are also bringing you the latest bulletins covering the Angry Birds release date, IMDb working with Bing, Kik Messenger coming to WP7 and more.

Follow the break for a snappy list breaking down the important topics covered in the keynote along with an in-depth summary.

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3 years ago

First look: IMDb + Bing working together in 'Mango' [Video]

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One of the big new features coming up in 'Mango' this fall is the ability for developers to have their app work with other apps. For now, devs can have their app integrate with Zune e.g. PicoLyrics and YouTube. Take that model and expand it across the device and you have an idea what's in store.

In the example above, a search for a movie in Bing allows you to link back to IMDb, even maintaining the movie you were looking for ('Source Code' in this case). This ability for apps to "talk to each other" will quite huge as it's going to allow a lot more powerful apps on the platform.

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