3 years ago
The return of USB storage to Windows Phone
We covered using your phone as a USB storage device awhile ago. It's one of those features that lots of folks want but the demand waxes and wanes, usually based on remembering that our phones can't do it natively. For the record, Microsoft always frowned upon this practice as you could theoretically screw something up. We're not even sure if the original hack works anymore (we're betting 'no') but that hasn't stopped developer Den Delimarsky from coming up with his own solution.
His method is detailed in full in this post and we'll leave the nitty-gritty to the developers out there. As he says, you can do this yourself though for us non-techies he's looking to release this publicly when it's all good and ready (at least we really hope he does).
"You probably always wanted to use your Windows Phone device as a USB storage device but never could. Well, this is solvable. There were a couple of hacks floating around, but I was curious to see if I can do it by myself. Well, I found a way to do it without third-party OS hacks and only with the help of a simple application built around the Microsoft.Smartdevice.Connectivity assembly.
I am not releasing the application itself at this point because there is more work to be done, but you can take a peek at what it looks like."
You can even upload files to an app's isolated storage, which is a bit advanced for most of us. Just form glancing at the tool this certainly seems like a much nicer method than before and looks quite promising. While not a plug-n-play solution, probably something we won't see anytime soon, it could be a decent option for those who need such a method for file transport.
3 years ago
A Toshiba TG01 with Windows Phone 7 up for private sale
We know that the Toshiba TG01 is used by Microsoft and probably some testers elsewhere for running Windows Phone 7. Were they just for internal testing or was Toshiba experimenting with WP7? We'll probably never know why the Windows Mobile device was "upgraded" to WP7, but a few were. Though they are not as popular as the Asus dev phones, there's no reason to imagine that one would never turn up in private hands. And put up for sale..
That seems to the case at XDA, where an unknown forum member 'wp7tg01' is reportedly selling his. No specific price is set, but offers are being taken for the elusive device. But buyer beware, for one, no one knows this fella meaning there's no rep to judge his authenticity on. Number two, this is hardly the slam-dunk Windows Phone device that you can get for your hard earned money (remember, this hardware is 2+ years old!). From the description:
"The device is working properly, however the camera doesn't work with this ROM. It is carrier unlock, and I am only selling the device and battery without any accessories...You can make calls, surf the web, use Wifi, Marketplace, Xbox Live, the works."
Yeah, so the non-working camera kind of stinks as well as 4GB of storage. And we're not too confident on updating it to "Mango", though who knows at this point. No doubt we'd snag it up in a second but even we don't have that much money to spare. Cool relic though. And yes, we believe it's real too. See the video.
Source: XDA; Thanks, Alex, for the heads up!
3 years ago
Silverlight Toolkit for WP7 getting an August-Mango refresh [Developers]
Good news for devs out there, it's just been announced that the Silverlight Toolkit for Windows Phone will be getting a refresh sometime in August.
This will be the Mango SDK 7.1 refresh, giving developers just a few extra weeks to tweak their Silverlight extensions before the Marketplace starts accepting Mango apps. No word on the exact changes the new toolkit will contain, but we bet it will have some goodies in there that devs will want to get their hands on ASAP.
We'll keep you posted if any more info comes our way...
Source: Silverlight Codeplex; via @jeffwilcox
3 years ago
Qualcomm was never exclusive to Windows Phone, competitors aren't caching up
In an interesting story over at the Inquirer, Raj Talluri, VP of product management at Qualcomm revealed that they were never exclusive to Microsoft or Windows Phone, that in fact there was and still is not a written agreement between them and Redmond.
At least with regards to the first generation of Windows Phone, Qualcomm was thought to be an exclusive partner with Microsoft. As it turns out, they are certainly a valued partner but there was no reason for companies to use other, competing platforms like Broadcom, nVidia or Texas Instruments. Even the Focus and Omnia 7 eschew Samsung's own processor for Qualcomm's. That for us raises the question as to why? One reason is we know Qualcomm had ported and worked on WP7 for a long time and perhaps their processing solutions were just a better value for OEMs. From back in March:
“We stepped out some time ago with a major investment in high level operating system and porting to Microsoft was one of those. So we’re the first to port the Win Mobile 7 and I think we’re the only chip set provider yet today. That was a good year effort of hard work for us to get to that point.”
Will the second generation of Windows Phone devices be any different? We've heard of ST-Ericcson stepping into the picture, but nothing concrete yet. Even Nokia is using Qualcomm now. What about you? Are you happy with Qualcomm or are you looking for some alternatives from other vendors?
Source: the Inquirer; via Windows Phone Daily
3 years ago
Mobile Nations 4: From boardroom to bedroom
Phil, Kevin, Tim, Dan, and Rene talk Google vs. Microsoft patent slap-fight, new BlackBerrys (new BlackBerrys!!), waiting on Pre 3 and the TouchPad 3.0.2 update, and Apple eating all the mobile profits. This is Mobile Nations!
3 years ago
Did Microsoft make 3 times more from HTC than WP7?
In an arithmetic-filled tweet yesterday, Asymco analyst Horace Dediu claimed that Microsoft made more money from sales of HTC Android phones in Q2 than it did from total WP7 sales. While the numbers he used were not exactly "official," His rough estimate goes like this: MS would have received $15 for each of the 1.4 million WP7 devices sold, for a toal of $21 million. HTC sold an estimated 12 million phones, the bulk of them running Android. And according to Citi, HTC would be required to pay Microsoft $5 for each of those 12 million, totalling $60 million.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to dispute the exact numbers, but this raises some interesting ideas. Firstly, despite recent reports of WP7's "abysmal" revenue, we know that Microsoft is committed to it. So by collecting money from companies like HTC and, possibly, other OEMs who use Android, they can funnel money back into floating WP7 until it presumably takes off in the near future. That allows them to cut losses until it makes a profit, much like what happened for the first five years of Xbox.
Even more interestingly, revenue generated by Android sales could actually drive OEMs away from Android and more toward WP7. One of Android's biggest draws for manufacturers is that it that Google offers it up for free. However, as we see from HTC's situation, Microsoft does not. This, coupled with absolute power over WP7 licensing, gives MS the potential power to make it cheaper for device manufacturers to license WP7 from Microsoft than to get it "free" from Google. Quietly brilliant.
Source: Asymco, Business Insider; Via: WPSauce
3 years ago
Adobe striking back with 'Edge', coming to Windows Phone too
One thing is clear: Adobe Flash has fallen out of favor with many on the web, especially in the mobile arena where Apple took a hardline stance and surprisingly, so did Microsoft (yeah, don't expect Flash anytime soon).
Adobe though is evidently moving on and have proposed 'Edge', an HTML5 based web based tool that will supposedly deliver "Flash like" animation on the web. So far, the focus for these tools have been for the iPhone but not too surprisingly, Windows Phone is on their radar too--after all, IE9 is a fully functional HTML5 browser, so why not?
Edge will be updated regularly to add new functionality, stay ahead of evolving web standards, and incorporate user feedback to provide the best functionality and experience possible. This is an early look at Edge with more capabilities to come."
In a recent tweet, Adobe confirmed that they will be testing on and demonstrating Edge on Windows Phone as well. That's good news for our side as embracing HTML5 looks to be a good pay off for standards, animation and now even Adobe transitioning over, we can expect the web to become even more rich, but with mobile in mind. (Thanks, Domenico A, for the tip!)
3 years ago
Free MS ebooks now offered in reader formats
Back in October, we told you about Microsoft's emphasis on getting developers to check out WP7 and their posting of free ebooks including Programming Windows Phone 7 by author/developer Charles Petzold. Until recently, you could only get them in the PDF or XPS format, which was inconvenient for those with ebook readers. However, Microsoft is now offering Petzold's book, along with a few others, in MOBI and EPUB format.
While Programming Windows Phone 7 is currently the only WP7-related title out there, multi-faceted techies may find interest in the other ebooks on Visual Studio 2010, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, etc.
You can click the links to get Petzold's book in EPUB and MOBI.
Source: Microsoft; Via: Softpedia
3 years ago
WhatsApp messenger working on a Windows Phone client?
This could be read a few different ways but it looks like that WhatsApp may be looking to make a Windows Phone client after all. The super popular messaging client, found on the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia devices is only missing Windows Phone from its dominant lineup.
Through a recent job posting, we can see one of the job requirements for a mobile client is programming in C#. The only mobile platform that uses C# is of course, Windows Phone. So that's the good news as WhatsApp is easily the most requested program for Windows Phone that we get around here and with Mango's access to the contacts database, the company has little excuse to not do an app.
The downside is this may mean that an official app is still months out from happening, as we would think it would take a minimum of 3-4 months to get a program up an running. But we're speaking from not knowing all the details and perhaps they're looking for additional help and are not starting from scratch.
Source: WhatsApp; via Plaffo
3 years ago
Samsung responds to Omnia 7 users with fix
Back in May, editors of French website MonWindowsPhone compiled a list of complaints and bug reports from Samsung Omnia 7 users on their forums. The issues ranged from error messages, to battery life, to minor annoyances. MonWindowsPhone then drafted a letter including over 100 things that they would like to see fixed and sent it to Samsung France.
Samsung responded in July, saying that they were taking action based on the reports of the user community. Now MonWindowsPhone is reporting that a software update is due out in a few weeks that will address many of those issues. The update will also help prepare the device to be upgraded to Mango.
Here's to community action and companies that listen!
3 years ago
HD/HQ issue fixed with YouTube Apps
The other day we reported that YouTube client apps such as Supertube and LazyTube lost the ability to stream or download HD/HQ videos from Youtube. The problem stemmed from YouTube changing resource addresses of videos.
Fortunately, the developers of these fine Windows Phone applications were already working on a solution. Both Supertube and LazyTube have updated versions available to once again allow you to enjoy HD/HQ videos from your Windows Phone.
"YouTube", Lazyworm's free version still has an update pending certification with Microsoft that will fix this issue. We are told that update should be pushed out very soon.
You can find the updated version of Supertube here and LazyTube here (both links open Zune) over at the Marketplace.
Thanks goes out to Atta and Kevin for the tips!
3 years ago
Elop on MeeGo and WP7
Some bitterness has remained with Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, announcing the N9 on MeeGo and then somewhat shifting all focus onto "SeaRay". Many MeeGo fans are slightly confounded as to whether Nokia will be supporting their platform or will Windows Phone receive more attention in favour with Microsoft.
Michael Faro-Tusino, of MyNokiaBlog, decided to get in touch with Elop and get some answers. He was greeted with the following reply:
"Thanks for your note. The second button on the side is indeed the power/screen lock button. We are not confirming the sequencing of markets, as they each have unique requirements that must be considered and it is hard to predict the precise order as we go through various national certification programs. The N9 will be supported by Nokia in the years to come to ensure customers are well served. And finally, elements of the N9 will live on in the future, although we are deliberately not sharing all details, although we have noted that elements of industrial design, user interface and the development environment are of particular interest. In our strategic assessment, we determined that the MeeGo effort could not quickly enough deliver us a range of solutions across price points, radio technologies, etc. for us to effectively compete, so we had to make an alternative decision."
It's interesting to note the last sentence about covering multiple price points and radio technologies. If this is the case then one could confirm everyone's suspicion that Nokia will be pumping out entry-level handsets as well as power horses in their volume shipping frenzy.
Coming to a personal opinion, I still stand by what I've continuously said to everyone when this topic is discussed: "it's really a no-brainer". Microsoft supports the platform they're developing (we've all witnessed how much funding they can splash out) and it's still being painted as number three after iOS and Android. At least the N9 will be out and Nokia fans will have a choice between the two platforms. Who knows? If the N9 is incredibly successful then the mobile giant could be saved by not just one OS, but two.
Source: MyNokiaBlog; via WMPU
3 years ago
App Developer Hackathon announced for October
Engage Digital has announced the App Developer Hackathon and Bootcamp for Windows Phone developers and those working on other mobile platforms. The Hackathon will take place on October 27, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. During the day long event developers will learn new skills, build mobile apps, compete for prizes and network within the mobile app development community.
The App Development Hackathon is being described as being for both coding gurus and beginners. There will be beginner classes plus the opportunity to tap into the expertise of the more seasoned developers in attendance. The Hackathon is a part of the App Developer Conference that runs from October 26-27, 2011. Sponsors and participants of the Conference include Pandora, Wal-Mart, Samsung, AT&T, Netflix, Qualcomm and many other industry leaders.
If you're going to be in the Santa Clara area in late October, you can find all the details on the Hackathon at AppDevHackathon.com and information on the App Developer Conference here at AppDevConf.com.
Thanks Chris for the tip!
3 years ago
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3 years ago
Google responds to Microsoft and vice-versa
We're almost over this whole Google/Microsoft catfight that's been happening. Almost. While good theater, it's not really solving any problems nor addressing them and it makes both companies look bad. Of course we'll start the blame with Google, who's original missive was more PR than anything and most agree, poorly planned.
Last night, Microsoft seemingly pulled the rug from underneath Google by noting they offered the search company a role in the Novell patent purchase. Google turned them down and didn't bother revealing any of this info in the original post, which was deceptive at best.
We'll save the rest for the break...
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