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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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3 years ago

Amusing look on a few smartphone competitors

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With all the latest innovations and releases on the iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 platforms, I felt as though we should take a minute to sit back, relax, and watch fanboys go berserk over the above images. The funny part? It's all mostly true in a majority of POVs. To use the table you simply look from above as "How [SYSTEM] is seen by [SYSTEM OWNERS]", there are three biased presentations and six humorous interpretations to ease us all into the start of the weekend. 

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3 years ago

Google Apps and Services on WP7 [How To]

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Google Apps and Services on WP7 [How To]

A good number of us are tied within the realm of Google, mainly for documents and emailing, but how can one explore the goodness of Windows Phone 7 when there is such a strong connection with the search engine giant (which makes Android a more feasible choice)?

Justin Willhite, of UK LifeHacker, has published a killer of an article that should help any avid Google fanboy (or post-Android owner) with the conversion process. It should be noted that the solutions provided by Justin (apart from native mail support, of course) do not support push-notification and must be updated/refreshed manually. So, how's it all done?

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3 years ago

"Find My Phone" found his golf clubs

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"Find My Phone" found his golf clubs

There's no real news here, but rather a fun and satisfying story about a thief, a mobile phone, and some golf clubs.  A friend of the author passed along his tale in which, after finishing a round of golf, he retired to the 19th hole, leaving his bag outside.  Upon coming out, he found that his golf bag was gone, as was the WP7 phone that was in the pocket.  After calling the phone several times without answer, the man returned home and quickly brought up the Find My Phone website only to see his phone moving further and further away form where he was.

Eventually, the phone came to a stop, about 80km away.  The man called the police and directed them to the location.  Later that night, he was notified that they had found the golf bag and a thief who thought he had made an easy score.

Find My Phone is a standard feature of WP7.  We highly recommend you set it up on your device if you haven't already.

 

Source: iTWire

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3 years ago

Microsoft to resume Samsung pre-NoDo updates today

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It has been a few days since the whole pre-NoDo update situation whereby some Windows Phones, specifically some Samsungs,  had crashed and burned during the flashing. Most devices just could not complete the backup necessary for installation, while a tiny percent experienced some serious failures, resulting in the device being un-bootable. As a result, Microsoft "pulled" the update for Samsung devices (though it took a little bit to propagate) in order to investigates the issue further.

Starting today, they look to resume the updates for all Samsung phones. From the just updated Windows Phone Blog:

Starting today, we plan to resume rolling out the February update to Samsung phones. Meanwhile, we’re continuing to dispatch the update to other Windows Phone models. As has been the case, the software patch is being sent out on a rolling schedule. You’ll see a message on your phone when it’s available.

During the past week the engineering team has pinpointed and fixed problems that were preventing a small percentage of Windows Phones from installing the February software patch. We apologize again for the delay and continue looking for ways to improve the update process.

While not the three days we originally heard about, the turnaround was decently fast, considering Microsoft's past reputation on such things. We now shall play the waiting game as hopefully our phone will be flagged for an update within the next two weeks.

Update: Some users are reporting getting error code 800705B4 when attempting the update (Thanks, Tahiti Bob for the heads up). The solution for some seems to be to make sure you have at least 4GB of free space on the phone.

Thanks, Chirag

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3 years ago

Bringing your Xbox Live Avatar to life

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Well…. almost.

Microsoft is partnering with two companies to let you create fully detailed 3D figurines or a 6 foot tall poster of your Xbox Live Avatar. The 3D figurine is being offered through FigurePrints and will run you $60 (including shipping). You simply go to the website, pull up your avatar and select a pose.

The 6ft tall poster comes to you by way of Fathead. Fathead has built a reputation for creating sports and entertainment wall graphics. The process is similar to ordering your 3D figure. Just pull up your avatar, select a pose and place your order. The poster will stick on any smooth indoor surface, it’s re-usable and it runs $150 for the 6ft version (3ft poster will run you $80).

The only downside to these services (asides from the $150 price tag) is that it doesn’t appear to allow use of all the avatar accessories. Some elements are not licensed for reproduction. For example, if your avatar sports an Assassin’s Creed outfit, you can’t use it. Even my Auburn University t-shirt couldn’t be used.

Regardless, either would make for interesting gifts for the "hard to buy for gamer" or for those who just can't get enough of Xbox Live.

Source: Winrumors

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3 years ago

XMaps - Review

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XMaps - Review

XMaps is a worldwide mapping application for Windows Phone 7. Similar to other navigational apps for your Windows Phone XMaps is designed to help you get from point a to b as well on the highways as well as the open wilderness.

The free application taps into openstreetmaps.org to download maps to your Windows Phone as well as offering a wide range of tools that will allow you to plan travel routes, set markers/way-points, and record your travels.

To find out more about XMaps, follow the break.

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC Trophy is a global phone, coming out in June? [Photos]

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First some good news: the Verizon HTC Trophy is definitely a global CDMA/quad-band GSM phone. This has technically been known since November, but since then we have had little to no word on whether that would still be the case.

Luckily, our insider managed to snag a screen shot of the Settings --> Cellular, where you can see the "Mode selection", from there you can see the CDMA/GSM settings being available to the end user. That's a huge win for Verizon customers as this makes the Trophy the first Windows "world" Phone for the carrier, something that many had wanted to Sprint to offer with the 7 Pro (especially if it's a business device). Incidentally, we hear the phone is very fast and fluid, specifically that the 'NoDo' update gets rid of the Marketplace "scrolling lag". Schweet.

The other news is the OS is confirmed to be NoDo version 7.0.7355 via user MetalHD at ppcgeeks, who snagged a photo. That is interesting because that is not the latest NoDo build, which is 7.0.7389. But it is the same build that Samsung is reportedly loading onto some phones sent back to them (see iStartedSomething). What's the difference? No one is sure yet. But, it is worth mentioning that the Sprint 'Arrive' (aka 7 Pro) does sport the latest 7389 build.

Finally, take this with a big grain of salt, but coming from a Verizon rep who's involved with the phone, the Trophy may not see the light of day till June. Now, we don't know how much stock to put into that, but it's one of those things that if you don't see this phone by end of March as rumored, well...there's your explanation. In a way it makes sense: earlier build of the OS, phone is now "testing" with large corporate partners---that doesn't sound like "ready to launch", but it does still sound close.

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3 years ago

Frogger headlines the Xbox Live Deal of the Week program

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Earlier today we reported that three Xbox Live games for Windows Phone 7 dropped in price. As it turns out, one of those price drops is only temporary. Don’t worry , it’s actually good news!

Today marks the beginning of the Xbox Live Deal of the Week program. A similar program has already proven extremely successful on the Xbox 360. Every Wednesday, a different Xbox Live title will go on sale for one week only. The focus is on games that may have passed under gamers’ radars. The Deal of the Week program will give these titles a chance to shine. Unlike the Xbox 360's Deal of the Week - which is only available to Xbox Live Gold members -Windows Phone 7 Deals of the Week will be open to all Windows Phone 7 users.

This week’s Deal of the Week is Frogger from Konami Digital Entertainment. Frogger is on sale for $1.99 – 33% off its regular price of $2.99. The Windows Phone 7 version of Frogger is a faithful HD remake of Konami’s 1981 arcade game. The objective is simple: help frogs cross the dangerous highway and river to reach their homes.

We had wondered if $1.99 could be a new standard price point for Xbox Live titles (which currently come in $2.99, $4.99, or $6.99 varieties), but now we know that’s not the case. Still, it’s great to see Microsoft giving gamers a break and helping older titles reach a new audience with lower prices. The mobile Deal of the Week does not currently have a dedicated webpage, but that should be rectified soon. In the meantime, WPCentral will keep you informed about every Xbox Live deal and price drop.

Thanks to Karl Stricker at Microsoft and Alexandria Akhavan at Edelman for letting us know about the program.

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3 years ago

Mobile Madness 2011: more March Madness for WP7

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Mobile Madness 2011: more March Madness for WP7

We've got more March Madness hitting the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Mobile Madness 2011 brings the bracket, live scores and final scores from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament to your Windows Phone.

Mobile Madness takes full advantage of the Windows Phone hub layout. The bracket will span three pages detailing every round of the tournament. Your Live Page will display the scores of current games in progress or due to start. You then go the the Final Page to review the final scores for the games.

The tournament bracket is currently empty and will be updated once the final tournament bids are awarded on March 13, 2011. The only thing missing with Mobile Madness is the ability to create your own Tournament Bracket to predict the winners. For that, you'll need to install Brackets.

Mobile Madness is a free application and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Brackets: March Madness for WP7

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Brackets: March Madness for WP7

March Madness has arrived on your Windows Phone. Brackets is a bracket building app for Windows Phone 7 that walks you through the various rounds of the tournament, building your bracket along the way.

You start your bracket building with Round One, selecting the winning team by tapping on the name of that particular team. The four regions of the tournament are spread out in Metro Style and once you complete your Round One selections, you advance through the rounds until you reach the Final Four. Here you select the Final Four winners as well as the overall champion and game score. Once completed, simply tap "Email Bracket" and you can send yourself a printable version.

Currently the application is loaded with random College teams and once the official tournament bids are announced, the app will be updated on March 13th.

Brackets is a free application and can be found here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Android is stealing our Metro mojo

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Android is stealing our Metro mojo

As if the iPhone-WP7 launcher wasn't enough, someone has gone and created a pretty thorough Metro launcher for Android called 'Launcher7'.

Featuring tiles, customization and the normal shoddy icons, the app is actually pretty good for Android (so far, they've had less than stellar WP7 "clones"). Anyways, watch the video above from our sister-site Android Central to get an idea. Hey, imitation is flattery and lets be honest, Android never looked so good.

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