We've mentioned before, the one big reason to consider the Samsung Focus (here on AT&T) or the Omnia 7 (rest of world) is the screen, featuring Samsung's Super AMOLED technology. It's hard to see in pictures at times, but in person, it really is outstanding and yes, a reason to possibly choose it over other devices.
In the picture above, you can see how the screen fairs in direct sunlight. There has been debate about whether or not Super AMOLED is superior in the sun compared to a traditional LCD, but at least in the case, the Omnia 7 appears to hold up pretty well.
If you can't make it (and it sold out awhile ago), you can watch it online or attend a "local" event near you to make it a more interesting (and nerdy) experience. In addition, you can see the list of events here to better plan your schedule. Alternatively, all events will be able to be downloaded 24hrs after broadcast, making it even easier.
And if you already have a Windows Phone 7 device, you can download the app from the Marketplace, which has the schedule and video content. Noyce.
The reader is currently available on Windows Mobile, Android and even the iPhone but at launch, no client for Windows Phone 7 has been announced. Well, as you probably already read in the Tweet above, Microsoft has not only finished the Tag Reader app but it's being tested/approved as we speak, meaning it's just a matter of time before release.
Windows Phone 7 is right around the corner and the Marketplace is already full of 1,000+ apps to choose from. But what do you choose first? Do you go with titles that have carried over from Windows Mobile or do you start from scratch?
We've seen applications being added to the Windows Phone 7 line-up over the past several months and over the next few days, we'll share which apps will end up on our Windows Phones first.
Follow the break and find what my top seven apps for Windows Phone 7 will be.
Oh, speaking of applications, we'll start posting Windows Phone 7 software reviews shortly. There will be plenty of apps out there to keep us busy but if there's a particular title you'd like to see reviewed, feel free to suggest it through our Contact form.
AT&T has announced its Fifth Annual Developer Summit. The January 5, 2011 event will cover four key areas; technical, marketing, emerging devices and sponsor presentations. Keynote speakers include AT&T President/CEO Ralph de la Vega, AT&T Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher and AT&T Mobility President Glenn Lurie.
While the Summit will cover a wide range of smartphone platforms, based on the tentative schedule, there is a lot of concentration on cloud-based services which is right up Windows Phone 7's ally. Sponsors for the Summit include Microsoft, HTC, LG and Samsung.
The Summit is being held in Las Vegas and will lead into the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. You can find more information at 2011devsummit.com and follow the break for the full press release.
Microsoft Tag has announced that over two billion Tags have been printed since the 2-D bar-code system launched back in January 2009. More than 100,000 Tag accounts have been set up and since August, Tags have been used in more than 100 million magazine issues.
Not too shabby for the colorful little square.
Aaron Getz, General Manager of Microsoft Tag, stated,
“Consumers are rapidly embracing smartphones, which opens a new marketing channel for savvy businesses. Microsoft Tag gives brands and their agencies a powerful way to engage this growing set of connected consumers and create immersive experiences that connect the digital world to the physical world."
Microsoft Tags are a bar codes of sorts that connects almost anything to your Windows Phone. When you scan a Tag using the free Tag Reader application on your Windows Phone, it will automatically open a web page, add a contact to your phone, display a message, or dial a number.
Follow the break for the full press release from Microsoft and you can find more information on Tags at Microsoft's Tag Website.
We're not sure how to take this and perhaps this one of those that Garm-Asus could 'walk back', but evidently Steven Tu, marketing manager at ASUSTeK South Africa, said in regards to that "mystery" Asus device we saw awhile back:
As always, Garmin-Asus seeks the best for our consumers either on Android platform or on Windows platform. However, we see the potential of Android platform devices, so we are focusing on Android platform currently,
Sounds like Asus is stepping back a bit from deploying its wares for Windows Phone 7, which is even more evident since they were completely absent from New York City on October 11th. This also backs up news from yesterday about Garmin-Asus splitting up. It will be curious to see if Asustek corporate responds to this or clarifies the matter.
In brighter and related news, South Africa is expected to get Windows Phone 7 devices in time for the "December holidays", according to Microsoft SA. No word on which devices though.
Update: Sure enough, Asus has sort of confirmed the above/what we already know. In an interview with Forbes Jonney Shih, the Chairman of the Taiwan-based electronics maker, says: “Regarding Windows Phone 7, we haven’t yet decided yet we would like to do”. He also adds they will introduce a device sometime in 2011 under the Asus name.
Even though Microsoft appears to be on the cusp of a revolution of consumer devices e.g. Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Kinect, Wall Street seems to be having cold feet when it comes to recommended them for investment.
Seeking Alpha is reporting that just this month FBR, Goldman, Janney Capital, Pacific Crest and Barclays have all issued a 'cut' for Microsoft. Most of this has to do with the news of PC sales leveling off this last quarter, which seems to be negating the other news of Windows 7 being the fastest selling OS in history.
Not all is bad though, as the feeling on Wall Street seems to be that MS is just performing flat for awhile, though we'll see what they have to say come Thursday when they report their earnings.
Windows Phone 7 has been awarded the What Mobile Editors Choice Award. What's "What Mobile" you say? The What Mobile Awards are in their sixth year over in the U.K. and recognizes mobile devices and applications based on consumer voting.
Awards categories include Best Touchscreen Phone (the Apple 4 gets the nod this year), Best Mobile Broadband Provider (O2 this year), Best Mobile Game (Angry Birds) and several more.
Windows Phone 7 was given the Editor's Choice Award,
"in recognition of the work done by Microsoft to re-launch its Windows operating system for mobile, introducing a range of new design features that will create a highly valued additional choice for consumers in the smartphone arena."
HTC was dubbed Best Manufacturer and the Mobile Phone of the Year went to the HTC Desire. Last year's Editor's Choice Award went to the Android OS.
Just as expected, the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac users is now available for download. Though only in beta, it should at least allow those users to "Sync music, photos, videos and podcasts from your existing iTunes and iPhoto libraries to your Windows Phone 7".
AT&T's Windows Phone 7 lineup is now appearing over at Amazon.com. While the phones aren't listed for pre-order, like we have seen with the T-Mobile HD7, but it's progress.
The Amazon pages for the Samsung Focus, LG Quantum, and HTC Surround list the phones as un-available (expected to be in stock soon) and ships with free two-day shipping. There is also a notation that the phones come with an AmazonWireless Instant Discount. Could the Amazon discount drop AT&T's prices down lower?
As if we needed more proof that Sprint is embracing Windows Phone 7 (as opposed to Verizon), it looks like Microsoft is getting two sessions at the Sprint Developer Conference in Santa Clara, CA tomorrow (October 26th).
First session is just an overview with the second concentrating on building apps for the new OS. Heck, they even gush a bit saying "We are very excited to be partnering with Sprint to deliver some great Windows Phone Experiences.". Combined with that earlier FCC device approval news and things are looking up for Sprint users.