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3 years ago

A few notes on LTE with Windows Phone (HTC TITAN II)

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Howdy folks, we're still rocking it here at CES and we figured we would catch up on a few things. First off, is LTE and Windows Phones--how's it work?

More specifically, is there a "toggle" to turn it on or off? Short answer is 'no', there is not. At least when we searched up and down the HTC TITAN II (see hands on) there was certainly no switch outside of the generic "data" toggle under the Phone settings. When we asked HTC about it, they said a few things:

  • You'll need a "LTE SIM card", meaning you'll have to have your account set up for this. (This is also the beginning of GSM carriers locking in people to their networks, by the way)
  • The phone will use LTE when it can and switch to 3G/HSPA+ when it can't. In keeping with the "simple" motif of Windows Phone, the user will not have to manage this
  • What about battery life? The TITAN II certainly has ample battery and since this is the 2nd generation of LTE chipsets, battery life should be significantly better than our current Android counterparts. Plus, Microsoft looks to have aggressively attacked this issue. Still, proof is in the pudding, so we'll see in a few weeks.
  • Is it fast? Hard to say at CES as all the networks are congested here today. We easily hit between 3-6Mbps which sounds not very impressive but when you consider how taxed the network is here, it's actually pretty good. In fact browsing the web was quite enjoyable. But we'll know more up on release, when we can test on a "normal" day
  • Oh and our initial impression of the TITAN II: we liked it, a lot. The new curvy, unibody design is really top notch. It actually feels nicer in the hand and that chin helps when typing in landscape. Plus the that 16MP camera.

Anyways, hope that answers some of your questions...

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3 years ago

Quick Reminder: Microsoft's CES Keynote is at 6:30PST

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Just a quick reminder that Microsoft will be delivering its 2012 CES Keynote speech in just a little while. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to take the stage around 6:30pm PST and deliver the last CES Keynote for Microsoft. If you remember, Microsoft announced some time ago that it was bowing out on delivering the Keynote address. Instead, they will turn to special events for announcements and let their industry partners take the lead at future CES events.

You can catch Microsoft's Keynote Speech here and check back for our thoughts and follow-up on the presentation.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 900 product page now live

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The Lumia 900 (or the "Ace" if you will) has been announced today at CES 2012, and has lived up to expectations. Not only that, but the handset has now been added to Nokia's website and has taken over the homepage to give the Windows Phone maximum exposure to incoming traffic.

Should you be interested in the features and specifications, head on over to Nokia's website for more detail.

Source: Nokia

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3 years ago

Software aspects of the Nokia Lumia 900

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Okay... so the Nokia Lumia 900 definitely catches your eye from a hardware aspect but the software that's coming on board is likely to turn heads as well. Being an AT&T Windows Phone you will have the customary AT&T software suite that will include AT&T U-verse Mobile to let subscribers browse the U-Verse program guide, schedule manage their DVR recordings and what shows from the comfort of your Windows Phone. The Lumia 900 will also have the following apps in tow.

  • Nokia Drive: This is your Nokia navigation app that provides voice-guided, turn by turn directions. You also have the ability to download only the maps you need, saving storage space.
  • ESPN Sports Hub: This is an exclusive to Nokia Lumia Windows Phones that gives you access to ESPN scores, videos, and news items on your favorite sports.
  • CNN App for Windows Phone: This news app will bring you the latest news and videos from CNN and direct access to iReport, CNN's participatory news community. Launching next month, the CNN App will be an exclusive to Nokia for 90 days.
  • Univision App: This is an exclusive to Nokia Lumia users in the U.S. and Puerto Rico for eighteen months. The app will deliver unique Spanish language content covering sports, news, entertainment, cooking and local content.

It was also announce a partnership with EA Sports to bring over twenty of the world's most popular games to the Windows Phone Marketplace. We first heard of this partnership back at Nokia World and the Lumia line of Windows Phones will get first crack at these titles.

While the Nokia Lumia's hardware is impressive, everyone should be pleased with the software that accompanies the device. You can catch the full press release from Nokia after the break.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 900 announced at CES 2012

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It's official. Well, more official than it was prior to the presentation from Nokia. The Lumia 900 LTE is here, and it's everything we all expected. Packing a 1.4Ghz chip, 1830mAh battery, sporting a 4.3" AMOLED ClearBlack display, Carl Zeiss optics on the rear camera, it's basically an enlarged version of the 800. The added bonus (for many) is the included front-facing camera (which can be seen in the photo below, and has f2.4 aperture), and overall us Europeans are stood feeling helplessly jealous with our Titan MK I friends (thanks to the beefy HTC Titan II).

The handset will be available in black and cyan varieties initially (more colours could be added in the future), and will be available exclusively to AT&T. Apologies to those who are on other networks. Although, on a positive note, this is a sign of the carrier actually getting behind the platform and with Nokia advertising like no one's business, we should see some positive results in terms of sales. Here's hoping anyway. Oh, and some apps will be bundled, including the likes of CNN, and AT&T with a U-verse Mobile application.

Be sure to keep up-to-date with our live blog, which is currently still running full steam ahead. More photos after the break (including Ralph de la Vega from AT&T).

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3 years ago

Hands on with the HTC TITAN II from AT&T [Video]

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Here we are folks. The massive (and quick update) to the HTC TITAN, the HTC TITAN II. Expected to launch "in the coming months", this is a true beast of a phone with a next gen 1.5GHz CPU, 16GB of storage, 16MP camera (!) and of course 4G LTE.

The phone feels great in the hand with a slight lip near the bottom. Silver in color and sporting the same HTC Radar unibody design (non-removal battery), the device is truly a sight. The 16MP camera has zero lag and to be honest, you would never know except for the super high resolution. The speed of the device is up there with the current TTIAN and over all, this looks to be a real attention getter for Microsoft, Windows Phone and AT&T/HTC.

The Super LCD feels the same as the current TITAN, that is no complaints. At 5.2 ounces, it's a bit heafty for a Windows Phone but honestly, you don't feel it. With the 1730mAh batter, you should be able to last the day with it but watch out for that LTE.

 

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3 years ago

AT&T's Nokia Windows Phones announcements to come, Elop says

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A half-dozen Android phones (literally, six Android phones) and the announcement of the HTC Titan II dominated the AT&T Developer Summit this morning at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. But Nokia CEO Stephen Elop promised that his company has phones on the way, too, and we'll see them announced at its press event this afternoon.

The Lumia 900 is all be assured, and hopefully Elop's got something else up his sleeve, too.

Check back at 3 p.m. PST / 6 p.m. EST for the liveblog! Bookmark this link!

More: See all of our CES 2012 Windows Phone coverage

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3 years ago

AT&T to bring the first 4G LTE Windows Phones to the U.S. Market

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The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show has started with a roar. AT&T holds an annual developer summit that leads into the CES show. To our surprise, AT&T's President and CEO Ralph de la Vega was joined by several Windows Phone dignitaries.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, HTC CEO Peter Chou, and Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop joined de la Vega to announce that AT&T will be bringing the first 4G LTE Windows Phones to the U.S. Market. AT&T will start by offering two phones that are 4G LTE capable, the HTC Titan II and what we all expect to be the Nokia Lumia 900.

Describing how the 4G LTE network performs on the HTC Titan II, Peter Chou stated it was "Blazingly fast".  No pricing or availability information was announced on either of the pending 4G LTE devices.

While nothing specific was mentioned about the upcoming AT&T Nokia Windows Phone, Stephen Elop referred everyone to Nokia's afternoon press event for all the details on this new Windows Phone. We'll be in attendance and bring you all the news as soon as we can.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

AT&T announces HTC Titan II LTE phone

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AT&T unveiled what could only be the flagship of their new line of LTE Windows phones.  The HTC Titan II, like it's predecessor, has a huge 4.7-inch screen.  However, unlike the original, the Titan II packs a mind-blowing 16 mega-pixel rear camera with fast wide-angle lens (f2.6, 28mm), autofocus, and dual LED flash.  It also features red eye reduction, image stabilization, panorama mode, and burst shot mode and records 720p HD video.  Combined with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon and AT&T's speedy LTE, the Titan II is a juggernaut.

The Titan II also comes with 16GB storage, 512MB RAM, 1730mAh battery and a 1.3 mega-pixel front-facing camera.  We've got full secs and the presser after the break.

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3 years ago

Intel demos tablet-ish Windows 8 ultrabooks at CES 2012

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Intel's press conference at CES 2012 looked exclusively at ultrabooks running Windows 8. That might be a bit of a let-down for those of us primarily interested in smartphones, but we're starting to see how the super-slim, super-light computers will collide with the tablet world. 

The announcement of Windows 8 already painted a picture in that direction, but the hardware shown today displays even more overlap with tablets.

For one, there's touch control. Intel unveiled a number of ultrabooks which would make use of a touchscreen without requiring it as a primary input, as on a tablet. PCs have been trying this for awhile, and laptops too in the pre-iPad tablet days, both without particularly great results. What might make ultrabooks more successful is their slim size and hardware layout. One ultrabook Intel showed off had a fully reversible display, so you could carry it around as a tablet, or plop it on a desk and use it as a standard laptop. We've already seen some of the current breed of tablets, like the Transformer Prime, reach for the laptop world with its signature keyboard docking station, but it may hit a brick wall with full-fledge, equally-portable alternatives like these available. Another ultrabook had a slide mechanism  to show and hide the keyboard, which we've seen in smartphones, but not yet in tablets.

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3 years ago

Live from the AT&T Developer's Summit at CES!

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We're live in Las Vegas for CES and AT&T's Developer Summit at the Palms Casino Resort. We're expecting a smattering of smartphones and tablets, both Android and Windows Phone. So we're going all Mobile Nations up on this one with help from our friends at Android Central.

Hit up the liveblog after the break for all the announcements!

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3 years ago

Publish an app and receive a Lumia 800 [Developers]

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Microsoft is offering the first 500 AppHub developers to publish a Windows Phone app to the Marketplace a free Nokia Lumia 800 handset, to really set the ball rolling for 2012. Keeping the Lumia family fire at a heated blaze, the Windows Phone team will be handing out the 800s to developers who submit a completely new app that fits in with the following requirements:

  • Target Windows Phone 7.5;
  • Work as described;
  • Include Fast App Switching; and
  • Conform to Metro guidelines.
  • You must be a U.S. registered member of App Hub.

The app must have a release date that is, or between, January 1, 2012 and by February 10, 2012 (by 11:59 PM PST). Once the app has been submitted, developers can then send the following form in an email to WPNewYear@microsoft.com:

Name (matches App Hub account):
Mailing Address (where device will be shipped-not used by Microsoft for any other purpose):
App Hub Publisher/ISV ID #:
Application ID:
Marketplace deep link:
Application publication date:
Uses Fast app switching (yes or no):
Conforms to Metro guidelines (yes or no):

Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, this offer is only on the table for U.S. residents and only one entry per AppHub ID is allowed. Developers, get creative, and best of luck to be one of the lucky 500.

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3 years ago

MS patents GPS technology to help keep pedestrians safe

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Microsoft has been granted a patent that would use location-based services to help keep pedestrians safe.  The “pedestrian route production” technology will “construct a direction set that allows the user to take paths that take him to his home in a quickest amount of time while keeping the user relatively safe (e.g., taking the user through neighborhoods with violent crime statistics below a certain threshold).”  This means that based on crime statistics, unsafe weather reports, etc., the service will create a route that will maximize their chances of getting to their destination unscathed.  The routes will also be customized based on a user's tolerance for such risk based on historical data.  So if you think you're a tough guy, the service will give you the opportunity to prove it.

The patent comes without any detail from Microsoft as to how or when they will use it.  Presumably, this technology would be incorporated into Bing Maps or similar applications.  If so, it would be the first mapping utility to offer such services to users.

Source: TFTS; Thanks to Sohaib for the Tip!

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3 years ago

Five reasons why Windows Phone has strong potential

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E.D. Kain, a contributor over at Forbes, has published an interesting article about why he believes Windows Phone will do well in the competitive smartphone market. The post is perfect to put every reader in a positive mood with CES 2012 coming up shortly. Kain provides five reasons why the platform has the potential to do well, should more hardware compliment the OS, and the future be maintained at a "bright" level:

  1. Windows Phone Has A Totally Unique UI
  2. Originality Means Fewer Forays Into The Patent Wars
  3. Uniformity Across All Devices and Carriers
  4. Zune Is Baked Right Into the Operating System
  5. Xbox Live Gaming Support

While none of the above will be anything new to majority of platform veterans, it does paint a clear picture of what path Microsoft is traveling down, not just with Windows Phone but other product lines too. Kain's verdict is 2012 will see the platform enter a three-way race against the iPhone and Android (which we can all agree with).

CES 2012 will house Nokia's Lumia 900 announcement, which will kick off the aggressive marketing campaign in the U.S. and join the media tsunami that has been witnessed across Europe and beyond. Be sure to check out the full read at Forbes (link below).

Source: Forbes

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3 years ago

The Design Process of a Windows Phone App [Developers]

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An analogy of the relation between Principles and Language could be an abstract concept like “Love” (… a Principle) which could be expressed by a concrete symbol like ♥  or the combination of four characters “l-o-v-e” which give birth to the written form of the abstract concept “love”. I’m sure you could come up with an infinite number of other concrete ways to express the concept “love” including the sound of the word itself, photos or other metaphors.

That great little excerpt up above is one of the opening paragraphs to 31 Days of Windows Phone Metro Design, which we covered previously.

Since then two notable things have happened. The first is that Arturo Toledo, Sr. User Experience Designer at Microsoft and lead author of the series, has mentioned that the series will now be '31 Weeks...' instead of '31 Days...' so he can spend more time on each. Secondly, he has just posted the latest episode which goes over the process of designing an application from the top down - and he will be detailing each step in the coming weeks.

What I love about this series is that it's written simply enough for any developer to understand. And this latest post has even more detail than the last.

So devs, do yourselves a favor and go soak up all the Metro goodness.

Source: ux.artu.tv

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