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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy caught on video

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Verizon Trophy caught on video

This post is both gratuitous and a tease as we're just days from release of the long-awaited Verizon Trophy. Still, for would be buyers, seeing it being handled is well..cathartic phone pr0n, we suppose.

Gadget site Techno Buffalo mange to find a tipster who spent a few brief moments with the Trophy and set it to some of the most dramatic music you'll ever hear with a phone (and considering the drama with this device, it seems quite appropriate).

Unfortunately no quick tour of the OS, you just see the phone being fondled--eww, C'est la vie.

Source: Techno Buffalo; Thanks again, slayerjayslb

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3 years ago

Federico Carnales releases Metro inspired Android music player

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We've previously covered how the influence of Metro is spreading to the desktop operating systems with MetroTwit, Android with the launcher and iOS with the Metro theme etc. Now we have another app mimicking the Windows Phone 7 interface on Android from Federico Carnales - developer behind LauncherPro (which sports a Metro theme).

This music player looks very nice and implements the Metro look successfully when ignoring the status bar at the top. The simplistic approach to user interface has really taken storm, which I find baffling since if we take the desktop OS as an example, from early editions of Windows we've come through XP's colour introduction, glass effects in Vista and 7, high resolution icons and window management in OS X and Linux being customised to look like it was designed in 3146, to Metro on WP7. Simple use of icons, elegant looking and blown-up text, but it works.

Should we be looking forward to future implementations of the UI? Most definitely.

Via: Droid Life

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3 years ago

Prime TV - Review

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Prime TV - Review

One of the benefits of a Windows Phone is the amount of information it can pull up. If you need to find out information on your favorite television shows, Prime TV is one resource that will bring plenty of television information to your Windows Phone.

Remember the TV Guides your mom used to buy in the grocery store checkout? Prime TV is a lot like TV Guide but on steroids. To find out all the information Prime TV will bring to your Windows Phone, slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

Microsoft sending the media Mangos [Humor]

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If you're not aware of the event already, Microsoft is holding a Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) preview in four days, and invitations to the press are now being received. In keeping with the fun nature of the OS, the invitation for the event is a fairly large surprise. A real mango in a box.

If you're not up-to-speed with all the goings-on surrounding the next major update for Windows Phone 7, you can take a gander at our past coverage of upcoming Mango and tune in Tuesday morning (10 EST) for our live coverage of the event.

Source: WP7.com.pl, via: WMPU

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy gets moved to official Windows Phone site

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Of course all the Verizon peeps out there have sighed a relief at that May 26th release date, with a lot deciding to get it (and a few , like ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley opting to wait for something else).

Regardless, it's nice to see Microsoft also taking the wraps off of the "official" area of their Windows Phone site for the Verizon Trophy. While nothing reall new is gleaned from the stats (5 hrs battery life, GSM 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 bands, nice) we can't but be a little jelly about this phone as we think it's actually quite a solid little number.

Just a few more days people, just a few more...

Source: Microsoft; Thanks, slayerjayslb, for the heads up

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3 years ago

10 Paramount titles coming to Marketplace as Silverlight Enhanced Movies

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Paramount Digital Entertainment has announced that 10 more of their titles will be coming to the Marketplace and will be exclusive to Windows Phone as part of Silverlight Enhanced Movies. We've seen this before, way back in December when Paramount first started this new media-style,  Aside from just watching the movies, the new Silverlight Enhanced Movies include the ability to bookmark, create and share clips, and search for people and products in the films.  There is even a trivia game which will allow users to share results with each other over social networking sites.

The Paramount films will be available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain.  Right now you can get Mean Girls and School of Rock for $9.99, and each week a new title will be available.  Keep and eye out for True Grit, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Waiting For “Superman,” The Last Airbender, Zoolander, Gi Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, Beowulf  and The Italian Job.  An ecclectic mix, for sure.  Hopefully, more will be on the way.

via: GeekyGadgets

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3 years ago

Nokia's Windows Phones to sport dual-core ST-Ericsson U8500

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We know Qualcomm is currently the only chipset provider for Windows Phone, having invest a lot of time and money to port over their hardware. In fact, even their next gen processors are geared up for Windows Phone 7.5 devices, coming this fall. Still, that's not stopping some companies, including ST-Ericsson from attempting to break that monopoly.

Specifically, in an interview with Forbes, Carlo Bozotti, the Chief Executive of European semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics spilled the beans on a couple of interesting tidbits:

  • ST-Ericsson will be one of two chip suppliers for Nokia Windows Phone (the other is Qualcomm)
  • Nokia is planning on having 12 Windows Phone devices in 2012
  • The first ST-Ericsson chipset to be used will be the U8500 ",,,a sophisticated dual-core system-on-a-chip that can also be found in the new Samsung Infuse 4G smartphone on AT&T and the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G."
  • Later versions of the U8500 will be used in Nokia's 2012 phones
  • ST-Ericsson continues to have “very close relations” with Nokia

All of this sounds good to our ears. While Qualcomm's chipsets have been performing quite well as of late, we're all keen on trying some new hardware with a new engine underneath. Granted, our reviews will become a little more complicated (speed and versus tests, no doubt), but we think this is good for the platform and innovation.

Source: Forbes

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3 years ago

PayPal payments come to Xbox 360. Can Windows Phone be far behind?

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Here’s some Xbox 360 news that may be relevant to Windows Phone users as well. The latest Xbox 360 system update, in addition to introducing a new disc format to fight piracy, will also add PayPal payment functionality to most territories. Gamers will now be able to purchase Xbox 360 software, downloadable content, and Xbox Live Gold Memberships with PayPal in addition to the existing options: credit cards, prepaid cards, and prepaid codes. The update will also bring an auto-standby feature that puts the console into a low-power mode after an hour of idle time (yay!).

Windows Phone users are still waiting for the option to pay for software with Microsoft Points, which has long been the standard currency on the Xbox 360. At present, credit card payments and adding purchases to the user’s monthly cell phone bill are the only ways to pay. As far as I know, Microsoft has never said anything on the subject. But even if Microsoft Points purchases never come to Windows Phone, PayPal is still fairly likely as it’s similar to credit cards on Microsoft’s end. Let’s hope they don’t drag their feet on bringing us more payment options!

Source: Major Nelson’s blog via Microsoft News.

 

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3 years ago

LazyWormApp's Youtube apps - Review

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Some time ago we first mentioned LazyWormApps YouTube app for Windows Phone after it was recently updated. The YouTube client made a very good first impression and after tinkering with the app for a few days, that impression hasn't faded.

The app comes in two versions, Youtube and Lazytube. LazyWorm's Youtube app is a free, ad-free, app that gives you access to YouTube. LazyTube is a paid app ($.99) that also gives you ad-free access to YouTube as well as HD Streaming and a chameleon live tile that adapts to the phone theme.

Oh, before you make the jump to read more about LazyWormApps Youtube apps, you might be interested that the developer is running a fully featured free trail of LazyTube. Not sure how long this offer will last but you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

HTC Arrive for a penny at AmazonWireless [New customers]

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Although we've seen plenty of devices on AT&T and T-Mobile on sale for a penny at AmazonWireless, this is the first for the Sprint HTC Arrive.

Not a bad deal if you're up for a contract renewal or were thinking of switching to Sprint (we're big fans of both the device and service). Of course, make sure you read the fine print, but our experience with AmazonWireless has been great in the past.

To catch up on the Arrive, here's everything we have on it and remember, it gets it's 7392 Security update in the next few days as well.

Source; AmazonWireless; via SimpleMobileReivew; Thanks, Chris

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3 years ago

AT&T HD7S available June 5th for $199

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AT&T HD7S available June 5th for $199

While we haven't seen an official press release, in today's social networking age this might be the next best thing.

AT&T has posted on their Facebook Page that their next Windows Phone, the HTC HD7S, will be available starting June 5, 2011 for $199.99 after two-year contract discounts.  No word on out of contract pricing but our guess is in the neighborhood of $499.99.

With the ealier news on the HTC Trophy coming to Verizon, it looks like the end of May/first of June will be an exciting time for both AT&T and Verizon customers.

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3 years ago

HTC Trophy on Verizon finally official: $149.99 on May 26th

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Our long national nightmare of watching dozens of HTC Trophy leaks are finally at an end: Verizon and HTC have made the device officialy official: it's coming out on May 26th for $149.99 with a 2-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate (boo!). Specs are, well, no surprise at all to Trophy-waiters, HTC fans, or Windows Phone followers:

  • 1 GHz Snapdragon® processor
  • WVGA 3.8-inch touchscreen
  • Surround sound through SRS WOW HD™
  • 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 720p HD video capture
  • 16 GB on-board storage
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Global ready - allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice and data service in more than 200 countries, with more than 125 with 3G speeds
  • HTC Hub-customization through downloadable applications that offer even more entertainment and productivity

Verizon and HTC are also looking to sweeten the pot (and perhaps make up for the silly mail-in rebate) by offering a free Xbox game (supposedly worth up to $60) if you buy before July 15th. Halo: Reach, Kinect Sports, and Lode Runner are all on the table.

Get'cher full press release after the break and let us know in the comments: are you going to pick one up?

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3 years ago

Nokia WP7 phones coming to Russian retailer in 2011?

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In a recent interview, Nokia bigwig, Stephen Elop, said that it is "possible" that we may see the first Nokia-branded WP7 phones this year.  And even though Elop and other Nokia execs are gunshy about committing to that possibility, the head of Russian mobile giant Sviaznoj, Denis Liudkovski, is offering up a little more certainty.  Nokia and Sviaznoj are in discussions on a possible deal that would create Nokia "shop-in-shop" outlets within the Russian retailer's stores, and after the meeting Liudkovski had this to say:

“We are the key Nokia partner in Russia. Thanks’ to the cooperation agreements on the “shop-in-shop” format, all the newest models show up at Sviaznoj earlier then in competing outlets…. We expect that the first Windows Mobile based Nokia smartphone will show up in our stores before the end of 2011”

Liudkovski did not give a reason for his expectations, but presumably, his confidence is stemming from some behind-the-scenes assurance he received during the meeting.  We also assume that by "Windows Mobile" he meant "Windows Phone."  Even the big guys slip up from time to time.

Source: RBC Daily; Via: UnwiredView

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy to cost $149.99 at Costco

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More Verizon news. Relax, this isn't another wild Verizon Trophy rumour, well... not so much. Costco is apparently stocking the device with the above capture from the warehouse stock system. The device will plan to be sold at the price tag of $149.99 (contract), while Best Buy will sell it without contract for $599.

Today's the 19th everyone, one of the rumoured dates, just to further hype the wait. Still excited, or have you become extremely frustrated?

Source: PocketNow

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3 years ago

1.6 million WP7 devices sold in Q1 2011 says Gartner

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Here we go again folks, more analyst news! This time it's Gartner's turn with an interesting (and exciting) number of reported sales for WP7 in the first quarter of this year. If this number is true (or somewhat accurate) then this will turn skeptics into believers.

Note that this number doesn't reflect handsets sold to carriers, it shows devices sold to end-users. Interesting to note is that Nokia still head the game with the most market share, but dropping still. A lot is riding on the Nokia + Microsoft partnership, from both parties and these tables display that level of requirement.

Gartner has previously posted predictions of the platform becoming prosperous by 2015. What do you make of these findings?

Source: Gartner

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