Loopt is a new social networking app for Windows Mobile/Phone users: think mobile Facebook plus Twitter plus Google Latitude a dash of FourSquare with a bit of Yelp!
Yeah, pretty crazy. Not sure if it will catch on, but evidently they can tie it all in with Facebook, making it quite easy and painless. Unfortunately for now, you'll have to sign up for a Loopt account for WP7, until they add that feature later. Not sure if the world needs another social network, but then again, this looks like "one to rule them all" plus it's already available on Android, iPhone and Facebook, meaning we won't be alone out there.
Well, it's a few minutes after midnight and AT&T's site is now live with their Windows Phone 7 offerings.
Full pages for Samsung and HTC Surround are here and here. Good for you folks who can't make it to the store or just like it when people bring you things to your living room.
Both phones are of course $199.99, require at least a $15/month data plan and a 2 year contract. Don't forget about the AT&T Windows Phone entertainment pack, which includes the XBox Live puzzle-game "Ilomilo", a 30 Day Zune Pass, and a free month of AT&T U-Verse Mobile. The $29.95 valued freebie will be available to AT&T customers who purchase a Windows Phone between October 25, 2010 and December 31, 2010.
Update: Pre-order the LG Quantum right here; Use this Techbargains deal to save $75 on any WP7 phone (online only), thanks netdev, for the link!
If you watch carefully, the Messaging Tile on Windows Phone 7 will change as you receive messages. When you receive a new text, you’ll hear a sound and a brief notification will appear at the top of the screen. Additionally, when you have new text messages, the Messaging Tile on the Start screen will show you how many you have and the emoticon on the Tile will change.
The emoticon smiles at you when you don't have any new messages but the smile becomes a wink once you receive a new message. When you have four or more messages, the emoticon will change again.
Windows Phone 7 makes it easier to capture and share photographs taken with your Windows Phone. While the hardware on the various Windows Phones may vary, the software driving the camera and managing your pictures will be the same from one Windows Phone to another.
I like the consistency Windows Phone 7 and the Pictures hub presents. You can go from the Samsung Focus to the HTC Surround without having to learn proprietary software. The Pictures Hub lays everything out in a straightforward manner and gives you the ability to share images with ease.
While we've already taken a look at Windows Phone 7, now we turn our sights on the Pictures Hub of the OS. Follow the break to see how in focus the hub is.
With just hours before the big day, we just received word (unconfirmed, but highly probable) that the Dell Venue Pro will sell for $199.99 on contract. No word on cost without a contract, though we imagine it to be in the $550 range. The source of the price quote is none other than a Microsoft store, who will be selling both AT&T and T-Mobile phones tomorrow morning.
This sounds right as every other phone is selling for $199.99 (Samsung Focus, HTC HD7, HTC Surround) so this fits right in with the current line up, no more, no less.
According to Robert Scoble, tomorrow is not only a big day for Windows Phone in terms of launching hardware, but also for the Marketplace which will see a flood of new apps.
Not much is known as to exactly what will be released nor how many, all Scoble says is "Lots of Windows Phone 7 apps coming out tomorrow." and in response to whether they were ports or something completely different, he responds with "the apps I have seen for Windows Phone 7 are completely new".
Tantalizing. So far, the Marketplace is passed 1,400 apps as of a few days ago. It will be curious to see what Microsoft has in store for us in just a few hours. We'll be keeping a close eye and will report anything we find.
We briefly mentioned the HTC Surround's camera in the full review of the phone. More times than not, we cover the Windows Phone camera in a seperate review detailing the software and performance.
I am so accustomed to cameras on Windows Phones being driven by manufacturer software that I overlooked the fact that Windows Phone 7 drives the camera regardless of the manufacturer. Each model may have unique hardware or capabilities (e.g. 5mp vs. 8mp camera, high definition video recording, etc.) but the software is the same.
Having said that, we are covering the particulars of the camera software in our review of the Pictures Hub. After the break, we'll review the Surround's camera with respect to image quality and overall performance. We've also thrown in some sample images and videos to help illustrate the camera's performance.
Late last night, the Windows Phone Marketplace rolled out EA's much anticipated Need for Speed Undercover. To be honest, I'm not much a fan of racing games as I find them boring and...well, too hard sometimes. But EA so nailed this game. I bought it immediately after the first level (all Live games have the try-before-you-buy option).
For $4.99 it has amazing graphics, little movie clips, different adventures and best of all, great controls. The ease and smoothness of driving is just great: the car automatically speeds, you tap the screen to break, swipe down to "wind break", swipe up for nitro-boost and a double swipe down (two fingers) to pause. I highly recommend you make this one of the first games you try when you grab your new phone tomorrow.
Look for a full review in the future here at WPCentral.
We reported on this a week ago and sure enough, Microsoft held true as they released their updated version of MS Tag Reader for Windows Phone 7. With the tool now available, we can probably start using Tags here at WPCentral for links to stories, files, etc. Should be fun.
Overall, the program is quite nice and zippy. It can optionally use your location, which will be interesting to see how that is used. MS Tags can work on "mobile content, videos, music, retailers, contact information, social networks, promotions and more". Basically you just scan and the phone will "react" to what content is linked. Sounds cool, loved it in Windows Mobile.
First impression? Not bad but it doesn't have "live scan" like on Android, where the camera just scans the scene for the tag. Instead, you have to actually snap a photo. Also, pro-tip: use the zoom feature to center the tag; putting the camera near your monitor just won't work.
While we just heard about IM+ bringing over their instant messaging solution to Windows Phone 7, the other popular client, Palringo, is also likely to do the same.
No dates given and it doesn't sound like it is yet in active development, but when asked by @sedp on Twitter, they responded with "We'll see how the platform develops but it's likely". It's not a slam dunk answer, but we're confident we'll see them bringing some chattyness to WP7 sooner than later.
We are now learning that the Venue Pro will be available through Microsoft on November 8th in the U.S. and through Dell.com on November 15th. There is no information on pricing or if the phone will be available through both Microsoft's retail stores and online store on the 8th.
So, did your choice of which Windows Phone to buy on Monday get tougher?
Uh oh, this is not good. Looks like on the eve before its big launch, a major flaw in the T-Mobile HTC HD7's camera has been discovered.
Evidently, the HD7's camera has a pink-color issue whereby whites become heavily rose colored. For instance, take the picture above taken with my T-Mobile HD7: that's of my very white refrigerator. There is also this example from Kevin C. Tofel on Twitter and Matt Miller confirms that this is like what the HD2 suffered from before it had an update. That leads us to believe this can be corrected by software. At least?
Of course, you can also color correct for this in post-processing, but you shouldn't have too. And lets be honest, that's some serious pink.
What say you, HTC?
Thanks, Tim Ferrill, who's at a soccer game, for the heads-up!
Although we're not even sure how one would begin modifying files on Windows Phone 7 to circumvent Xbox Live Leaderboards, Achievements or use pirated software, it looks like Microsoft is already thinking about it. Just in case.
This is similar to what happened on the Xbox 360 in 2009 when nearly 1 million users were permanently banned for evidently modifying their Xbox hardware or using pirated software. Presumably, Microsoft is taking preventive action for when XDA and others start digging into the OS, looking to modify their new mobile OS. In that sense, this is no surprise. On the other hand, it is interesting to know that MS has a system nearly in place to react to such a scenario. So take warning gamers, as once you are banned, it's for evah.
Other notable finds were references in Internet Explorer for copy and paste:
"Cuts the selection and puts it on the Clipboard."
"Inserts the Clipboard contents at the insertion point."