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3 years ago

HTC 7 Trophy confirmed for Verizon in early 2011

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Well that didn't take too long. Just 24 hours after we posted about Verizon warming up to Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 comes an official advertisement for the HTC Trophy 7 coming in "early 2011".

Like Sprint and the 7 Pro, this is an early program for Microsoft employees to pre-order the device, but either way we can expect it for us regular folk sometime soon after.

The good news is the phone is a also a quad-band GSM world phone, perfect for you globe trotting business peeps. The bad news is that it's the HTC Trophy. While a solid little phone with generally positive reviews, it is pretty much the runt of the litter with a 3.8" screen, 16GB of memory (not bad), Wi-Fi and a 5MP camera (the Mozart with the unibody design and 8MP camera is the upgraded version)

But hey, at least we know Verizon is now on the up and up with WP7 and that's always good news.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

First Look: Wallpapers HD for Windows Phone 7

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First Look: Wallpapers HD for Windows Phone 7

If you're like me, you enjoy a change of scenery every once in awhile on your mobile. And on Windows Phone 7, that is limited at this point to altering the lock-screen photo. While using your pics is certainly a fun twist, having access to a resource bin of images is even better.

Wallpapers HD is a nice freeware app in the Marketplace that just does that. While the interface is a little odd at time (no swiping), the daily updates and wide ranging categories make it quite useful and fun to have your on your device. In addition, the ability to download pre-cropped images or the full version for your own editing makes it a winner.  Check out the video hands on to get an idea of what to expect!

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3 years ago

What full file system access looks like on Windows Phone 7 [Video]

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We mentioned last night about developer Chris Walsh getting full file system access to an HTC and Samsung device and how this was just the beginning.

Wasting no time he just posted this video demonstrating what file access looks like and it's pretty exciting (well, if you're geeky enough).

He notes on his blog that this just a preview and that "You’ve got FULL access, create, delete, browse files etc. Just can’t delete system ROM files, IE coredll.dll (obviously)."

Cool. One more video after the break of root access.

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3 years ago

First Windows Phone 7 officially certified microSD card announced: Sandisk 8GB?

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The tale of expandable storage on Windows Phone 7 is certainly convoluted. We know that they take them, but we also know it's very finicky. When we met with Samsung on October 11th, they told us it wa a permanent change to the device and that once you insert that card, that's it, there's no going back. We wrote back then:

Basically you can any size card you like, but you can't remove it without hard-resetting the phone and it's not clear that the card would be re-usable if you do remove it. So essentially, if you add a 16GB or 32GB card, that's it, you got your shot.

Engadget recently confirmed this, noting that the cards were unusable and cannot even be reformatted. Going further, AT&T changed their tune saying don't add any memory to the Focus, not yet at least. The problem is waiting on specific cards that were "certified" to be used on our devices, cards that met certain performance standards.

Today, Samsung moved very quickly (1 week, not bad) to the controversy and said that Sandisk 8GB Class 2 cards will work on our devices. The bad news is that their support doesn't seem to know that the Focus only has 8GB on board, not 16GB. Going further, this sounds kind of iffy at best. While we don't doubt the 8GB Class 2 cards will work, the whole "officially certified" thing sounds like it is still weeks away from happening.

Hi, actually the Samsung Focus has a 16GB internal memory and expandable up to 32GB. So you can insert a 32GB micro SD card on this device. However there are certain limitations when it comes to the micro SD card. Compatible micro SD cards will be branded as “Windows Phone 7 Compatible” on the packaging. Approved cards can be obtained from the manufacturer or carrier. (The SanDisk 8GB class 2 micro SD card has been certified.) Many commercially available retail micro SD cards are not approved for use in Windows Phone 7. Use of unapproved cards may cause performance degradation or device instability, including unexpected reset and loss of user data. A micro SD card class is not an indication of meeting Windows Phone 7 requirements.

If you want data based on user feedback, MobilityDigest did a whole list of cards that supposedly work and don't work, which we reprint after the break.

Sources: Samsung Support, Engadget, MobileTechWorld, MobilityDigest

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3 years ago

LG Quantum available online through AT&T and Microsoft

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The LG Quantum is becoming available online through AT&T and Microsoft. AT&T had the new Windows Phones on pre-order status but are now accepting online orders with nothing noted as to delays in shipping. The Quantum is also available at Microsoft's online store, again with no shipping or inventory issues noted.  Amazon.com still has the phone listed as unavailable.

As expected, AT&T is selling the Windows Phone 7 device for $199.99 with the two year contractual discounts and $499.99 without the discounts. Microsoft is selling the Quantum for $479.99 out of contract. Both sites are offering free shipping.

No sightings on the LG at AT&T retail stores as of yet. If you've ordered or found the LG in stores, let us know in the comments.  It's nice to see the Quantum join the mix of Windows Phone 7 devices.

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3 years ago

Registry and File system access on HTC & Samsung devices: done

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The other day, we mentioned about running native, unmanaged code on Winodows Phone 7. The achievement was illuminating since it showed that advanced "rooting" can take place on WP7and that modifying system software was feasible. A milestone, indeed.

A minor, but important, advancement was just accomplished by the same developer, Chris Walsh, who just tweeted that he has managed to get "registry and file system access" on an HTC and Samsung device, noting that the LG was next. This is good news because it shows that this type of work is device independent--something we would assume to be the case, but as the Samsung/LG tethering tricks show, sometimes there are device level differences after all.

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3 years ago

Currencies - Review

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Currencies - Review

Curious what the current exchange rate is for the Croatian Kuna? How about the Turkish Lira?

Well there's a Windows Phone 7 application available for $.99 at the Marketplace that will help you with all your currency conversions. Currencies (link opens your Zune browser) is a currency converter that makes use of the Windows Phone 7 hub layout with pages for your favorites currencies, exchange rates, a currency converter and settings.

You can set any of the currencies as your home currencies and the exchange rates are based off that currency. Exchange rates are updated daily to keep things current. Currency settings on the converter can be changed by tapping each square to pull up a listing of currencies you can convert to and from.

Currencies is a straightforward, simple to use, stable application for your Windows Phone. There is a trial version available if you want to try before you buy. If you have a need for currency conversion, Currencies is worth a look.

Hit the jump to see a short video demo for Currencies.

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3 years ago

Software Reviews (Windows Phone 7): The Weather Channel

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The Weather Channel is offering a free weather application for Windows Phone 7 over at the Marketplace. The application makes the most out of the hub system providing local weather information, forecasts, radar maps, locations, and menus to other Weather Channel services. In addition, you have a live tile that can be pinned to your Start Screen which will display the current temperature and a icon representing current conditions.

To read more on The Weather Channel application, follow the break.

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3 years ago

Verizon's "excited", waiting on Microsoft for Windows Phone 7

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A few months ago it seemed Verizon Wireless was giving the cold shoulder to Microsoft and their new OS, taking a "wait and see" approach.  However, things may have changed recently, possibly due to positive word-of-mouth that WP7 may have potential after all.

In a recent Tweet, the company suggested that they're just waiting on Microsoft to deliver the OS and that they're "excited" to offer the new platform to their customers. The waiting on Microsoft bit goes back to the unfinished work on porting the new OS to CDMA. We know Sprint is a big partner with Microsoft and that they're getting close to launching the much anticipated 7 Pro.

Will we see some WP7 action from Verizon sooner than later? It looks like we will.

Thanks, Joe C, for the catch!

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Brandon Watson lost a bet, got a serious hair cut

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And by haircut we mean had his head shaved by a bunch of fellow Microsoft employees.

Watson should be a familiar name  by now. He's the Director of Developer Experience at Microsoft, overseeing the roll-out of the tools and ecosystem that developers rely on to make our new software.

Long story short: in a bet on how many applications would be in the Marketplace on launch, he under-estimated. In turn, he lost his hair in a public event. Which he should have. Who under estimates? While you don't have to watch the whole video (nearly 13 mins), you can skip to the end for the good part.  What can we say? We love seeing the dorky/geeky side of Microsoft and them having some fun. So should you.

Source: E's PhoneBlog

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3 years ago

Software Review (Windows Phone 7): The Harvest

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Software Review (Windows Phone 7): The Harvest

One of the premier features of Windows Phone 7 is the integration of Xbox Live. Without a doubt, the quality of games offered by such a popular platform as well as the social aspects that Xbox live offers are light-years ahead of where we were with Windows Mobile 6.5. One of the first Xbox live games that we saw demonstrated (remember MIX?) was The Harvest from Microsoft Game Studios.

Pros: 
Incredible Graphics, Intuitive game-play
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Takes a while to load the game
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3 years ago

Choices: HTC Surround or Samsung Focus?

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Choices: HTC Surround or Samsung Focus?

A discussion is going on over in the WPCentral Forums is going on that's trying to decide between the Samsung Focus and the HTC Surround. Which phone is better?

Both are quality phones and, honestly, niether one is a bad choice. It's more of an issue of finding which phone fits your personal tastes best.

That's a nice, safe position to take but we couldn't end things with that. In weighing the pros and cons, I see the Samsung Focus having an edge over the HTC Surround. To see why, follow the break.

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3 years ago

Slacker Radio: We're giving away subscriptions!

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Slacker Radio is a popular radio service that has done really well on the Windows Mobile platform and all indications are that success is carrying over to Windows Phone 7 (we'll have a review up shortly).

To help celebrate the launch of Windows Phone 7, Slacker Radio and WPCentral are going to giveaway six, three-month subscriptions to the radio service. All you've got to do is head on over to the WPCentral Forums and, in this discussion, let us know what you would like to see Microsoft include in the first Windows Phone 7 update.

We'll let the conversation run through 7:00pm CST on Thursday, November 18, 2010.  We'll then randomly select six posts as winners. You do have to be a registered member and that simple process can be found here.

So, head on over to the forums and tell us what you think and good luck to everyone.

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3 years ago

First Look: Neurons for Windows Phone 7 [Video]

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We mentioned Neurons awhile back. It's a video streaming app dedicated to science and features TED Talks, Fora.TV, Science Dump and The RSA. Designed by Justin Angel, it's quite useful and nicely laid out.

It's free, available now and quite impressive. Unlike the TED app which I covered last week (see here), this will work over 3G, making it much more practical. It's open source, meaning anyone can improve upon it if they wish and integrates with the Music & Video hub nicely (i.e. previously watched material shows up).

The program is solid and has some nice pizazz to it. Highly recommended for those interested in all areas of science.

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