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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Update Round Two: Only 100 effected?

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Microsoft resumed sending out the pre-NoDo update the other day and while there’s still a few bugs in the system, Microsoft is reporting that only around 100 users, worldwide, are currently having issues with the update.

Microsoft is basing the number of users adversely affected due to the fact they have received reports from about 100 users worldwide. Granted, it could be possible that more had issues but just didn’t report them. We also don’t know how many updates were attempted.  Commenting on the issue, Microsoft’s Michael Stroh stated.

“We’ve spent the last 24 hours aggressively investigating the issue, and have identified a work around for error code 800705b4. We appreciate the patience of customers affected by the error and will continue to carefully monitor the update rollout and troubleshoot any issues that arise.”

The work around consists of Windows Phone users removing all media first (songs, apps, games, etc.) from your phone before trying to install the update again. You can find step by step instructions on the work around here.

It will be interesting to how all these pre-Nodo headaches affect the actual NoDo update. Hopefully, it will enable our Windows Phone 7 devices to be updated problem free.

Source: WinRumors

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast Episode 114 - pre-NoDO, Sprint Arrive and more

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Daniel Rubino is joined by Dieter Bohn to talk about the latest in Windows Phone news: The Sprint Arrive, pre-NoDo update situation and software news.  Listen in!

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3 years ago

GeoHot hacking WP7 at Pwn2Own 2011?

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GeoHot hacking WP7 at Pwn2Own 2011?

We previously covered the famed hacker GeoHot possibly moving over to Windows Phone 7, and it seems that this is now possibly happening with Pwn2Own 2011 hacking contest listing GeoHot as a registrant on the Dell Venue, which is being held next week.

Update: We're now told Geohot had to back out due to the ongoing Sony lawsuit with him needing to devote time to that instead. Thanks, @aaronportnoy.

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3 years ago

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night - Review

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Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night - Review

Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 already has a puzzle RPG game, Namco’s Puzzle Quest 2. But that game is riddled with bugs and really wasn’t optimized for mobile platforms. Thankfully Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night from Konami shows a lot more care in making a quality puzzle RPG. In fact, it may be the best Xbox Live title released for Windows Phone 7 so far.

Castlevania has a long, proud history. The first title was released on the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System way back in 1987. Castlevania games tend to be action-platformers; after 1997’s Symphony of the Night, strong RPG elements became standard as well. In adapting the series to mobile platforms, Konami realized that action games don’t usually work well with touch screen controls. Prudently, Encore of the Night replaces the traditional platform jumping and battles with something new to Castlevania: puzzle battles. Role-playing elements haven’t fallen by the wayside, though, resulting in a game that is at once familiar and fresh to series veterans.

Head past the jump for our in-depth review.

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3 years ago

The Revenants: Corridor of Souls - Review

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The Revenants: Corridor of Souls - Review

Windows Phone 7 launched with 30 or so Xbox Live titles. With so many games coming out at once, a few were bound to be overlooked. One such title is The Revenants: Corridor of Souls from Chaotic Moon Studios. It's a simple title with a couple of unique gameplay mechanics and a creepy theme.

Revenant isn’t a common word these days, so you could be forgiven for not knowing its meaning. A revenant is someone who returns from the dead (like a ghost or a zombie). In Corridor of Souls, the titular revenants consist of the spirits of creepy, crawly animals like spiders, scorpions, and frogs.

To find out more about the Corridor of Souls, head past the jump.

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3 years ago

Microsoft launches a new ad for Windows Phone: "Everything a smartphone should be"

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Looks like the Windows Phone ads are finally getting better these days. Microsoft has launched a new ad focusing on "Everything a smartphone should be" and it features the Samsung Focus. Using extreme close ups, it shows off various functions, including live tiles, email, texting, the keyboard noise, Xbox LIVE, etc. Actually, we're kinda impressed and like this style, so good work there MS.

No word if this will actually be on TV where people will, you know, see it. Fingers crossed.

Source: WindowsPhone (YouTube); Thanks, Philip, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Butterfly - Review

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Butterfly - Review

French developer Press Start Studio is best known for their hardcore action game, Twin Blades. Yet their second Xbox Live game for Windows Phone 7 lies at the opposite end of the gaming spectrum; Butterfly is one of the simplest, most casual Xbox Live games on Microsoft's mobile platform.

The object of the game is to steer the titular Butterfly around a garden, touching flowers to make them bloom. Players drag the butterfly with a finger to move. Once all of the flowers in a stage have been pollinated, an exit flower appears and it's off to the next garden.

Fly past the break for our full review.

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3 years ago

Tron and Star Wars avatar goods go on sale

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One of the fun benefits of Xbox Live integration on Windows Phone 7 is that users can view and edit their avatars on the go. Some avatar items are free, while many of them cost money.

A handful of avatar goods are currently on sale for fifty percent off. These must be purchased through a PC or Mac web browser or an Xbox 360 console before equipping them to your avatar.

A couple of avatar props are also on sale. The dual lightsabers unfortunately don't work on Windows Phone 7 due to a licensing issue, but most props do.

These four items should be on sale through March 8, so grab them while you can. I’m not a fan of Tron Legacy’s foam latex suit, but I did snag those lightsabers. Do any of these catch your fancy, or would you not be caught dead paying for avatar stuff? Leave a comment and let us know.

Source: CheapAssGamer

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3 years ago

Crackdown: Project Sunburst version 1.2 changelog

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Last week we covered a flurry of updates for Xbox Live titles, including The Harvest, ilomilo, and iBlast Moki. We had some trouble digging up release notes for Crackdown: Project Sunburst’s version 1.2 update though. At last, the contents of the update have been revealed.

Crackdown: Project Sunburst v1.2.0.0 changelog:

  • Overall connectivity is more stable and reliable.
  • Fixed an issue where players who moved phones were not able to play the game.
  • Fixed bugs related to Friends’ bases not scrolling or displaying properly.
  • Improvements to the My Bases screen to make it more clear what things do.
  • More consistent integration of player’s overall GPS settings.
  • Added a FAQ link in Help and Options that links to the Facebook page.
  • Numerous other small fixes.

Sounds good, right? Brace yourself… We’ve heard rumblings at the game’s Facebook page and other places that this update is causing some users to lose their save files, destroying hours of work. The Slumber Party Achievement has also become unattainable for some people, presumably forcing them to sleep by themselves, which is never fun. Project Sunburst is an innovative game, but it’s disheartening to see that after several months of release it still doesn’t work quite right.

Don’t let me scare you away from trying it out, though. Crackdown: Project Sunburst is a unique tower defense game that integrates with Bing maps to allow players to defend real world locations. Our review found the gameplay quite addictive. Buy it for $2.99 or try the demo here (opens a link to your Zune software) on the Marketplace.

Thanks to Kathy Richardson at Microsoft for the release notes.

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3 years ago

Qualcomm sees promise with Nokia Windows Phones

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According to Qualcomm, the Nokia Windows Phone might pay off nicely for the chip maker. Speaking at a technology conference, Qualcomm CFO Bill Keitel noted that Qualcomm is the only chip player qualified for Windows Phone 7 right now and while the company “took some lumps” for dedicating research and development to WP7, they see the Nokia deal could be promising.

“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. So you know, we’re hoping Nokia and Microsoft will go fast here and we’re ready to support them.”

Qualcomm had been investing 22-23% of revenues towards R&D will all mobile operating systems. This has since been scaled down to 17% of revenues, part of which included no longer dedicating a team to Symbian research. Keitel sees the investment in Windows Phone paying off big time as Nokia increases their Windows Phone volume.

Source: ZDNet

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3 years ago

Thurrott on WP7 'Mango' update this year: "near impossibility"

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Paul Thurrott has written a nice overview of the whole NoDo/pre-NoDo update situation that has been going on for the last two weeks. While the article mostly covers old ground for our readers, there were a few bits of information that he mentioned in the story, specifically not all good things:

  • Carriers blocked the 'NoDo update' - Thurrott has mentioned this previously that MS finished NoDo back in December but "several wireless carriers unceremoniously blocked the update, creating an embarrassing situation for the software giant."
  • Verizon will announce the Trophy this month - we've heard this before, but is that the launch date too? Sometimes people use "announce" interchangeably with "launch" and we're not sure which Thurrott means here. We've heard an unconfirmed and skeptical rumor that the Trophy may be pushed back.
  • Mango by end of 2011? Doubtful. -  Microsoft themselves have stated that 'Mango' is scheduled for "later this year", with most thinking by Fall, 2011. Heck, even the leaked Dell roadmap hints at "next gen" WP7 as early as July. Thurrott is hearing it could be pushed back: "Mango will be finalized by the end of 2011, and while Microsoft recently promised to ship this release to customers by the end of the year as well, my sources tell me that schedule is a near impossibility."

All in all, two of three of those are not good news for the platform (and the Verizon bit was already known). Did a few carriers block 'NoDo'? We haven't heard that from anywhere else but it could be a possibility. We know we've heard that Dell was delaying things a bit with their hardware issues, but this is the first we've heard that some carriers blocked it. Everyone is rooting for Microsoft here to get these updates our and get the OS up to speed, but so far these updates are not progressing too well.

Update: Mary Jo Foley still thinks Mango will ship this year.

Source: Windows IT Pro

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus for free on Rogers via Best Buy

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While AT&T customers get the LG Quantum/HTC Surround for $0.01, it looks like the folks in Canada who are on Rogers can enjoy the Samsung Focus for free when purchased through Best Buy. Certainly a good deal for those peeps, even if you have to commit to a ghastly three-year contract (those still blow our minds--imagine what a smartphone will look like in 3 years?).

Of course, some users may want to wait for a few days till the Dell Venue Pro hits on that same carrier...

via MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Nielsen survey: Windows Phone/Mobile at 10% in U.S.

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Looks like all is not doom and gloom with Windows Phone 7. While there have been plenty of surveys noting that the OS is not catching on as fast, Microsoft has always taken the position that this is a marathon, not a race and that eventually the OS will break through.

According to a new Nielsen survey, Microsoft's mobile OS's (Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile) command 10% of the market share. This is actually quite a jump, if accurate, from the oft-cited 6% number that we've seen in other surveys. The survey looks at the last three months of data and has Android at 29% and Apple, RIM tied at 27%. Unfortunately we don't know the exact breakdown between Mobile/Phone 7, but we shudder to think that WM has made a comeback of late and that WP7 is more than 2%, as the NPD survey shows.

Getting back to Windows, Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD, had nothing but positive things to say. According to Sci-Tech Today, he praised Windows Phone 7's differentiation and product integration but suggested they still need to "...close the feature gap, offer more exclusive capabilities, work with partners to deliver hardware with better differentiation, and leverage its extensive experience in driving developer communities to increase its app offerings." Meanwhile, Al Hilwa, director of applications development software at IDC lauded Microsoft's Marketplace both in terms of app buildup and quality of apps, suggesting it is one of the most successful launches to date. He also mentioned how we won't see the full power of Microsoft till the next version of Windows, which seeks full integration across product lines:

Most importantly, the full weight of the ecosystem will probably not come to bear on this until Windows PCs themselves are brought into alignment with this when Windows for ARM ships, and some viable Microsoft-based tablets are in the market.

That we agree with too, even if it is nearly 2 years out. Regardless, it's nice to see both that 10% number and various industry analysts bullish on Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft's plans.

Source: Nielsen, NPD, IDC; via Sci-Tech Today

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3 years ago

LG Quantum for a penny at AT&T [Update: Surround too]

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No telling if this is a permanent deal or just temporary, but AT&T is now heavily discounting the LG Quantum, dropping $399.99 from the retail price making it basically free. Of course you still need that 2-year contract thing to get that price and it looks to be online only (though we're sure you could talk a store into matching it). We've seen third-party retailers offer WP devices for a cent, but not often has AT&T done so directly. (AT&T last dropped prices in early January to $99)

While the Quantum is not the favorite Windows Phone on the market, with some considering its design...less than exciting, the keyboard is pretty top notch and the build quality is just fantastic. Combined with LG's offering of free software in their store, plus great OEM apps (see here, here and here), it's actually a great phone for the text-heavy messenger. (Confession: my Quantum is my default device, there's just something about it that I dig).

Update: Reader RayWP7 lets us know that HTC Surround is also going for $0.01, right here.

Source: AT&T; via Pocketnow

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3 years ago

WP7 Support on Samsung Update issues again

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Seems us Samsung folk (I’m really beginning to regret leaving HTC) are still experiencing issues with the pre-NoDO update (take 2). Pulling the original release, this second attempt was meant to have fixed the teething issues, but alas there are still problems being reported. I’m just grateful we haven’t gone down the Windows Vista/7 route with displaying a notification that we have 130 updates available.

damiao_jr on Twitter has voiced more concern over the updating (through Zune) with attaching the error code that is displayed. WindowsPhoneSupport replied to the tweet with a snappy statement “we are looking into it right now”. Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated incident, and I truly feel for the WP7 development team right now with the serious run of problems that have been present with the first update.

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