Flashback to May of this year and we first reported about DroppyPop, an admittedly silly little game that showed off how quickly someone could write an app in Siliverlight for Windows Phone 7. It was also one of the first indie-developer games we reported on for the fledgling OS.
That was kind of a tease headline in as we're like 99.99% sure that this is a typo on Microsoft Portugal's website. But hey, it's a big, silly typo by Microsoft. Or perhaps they're just not ready to break with their past, convoluted ways?
Considering we heard absolutely nothing to imply different OSs at Monday's NYC event, this reeks of "intern did it!" shenanigans. So, if anything, we'd just like to take this moment to highlight Microsoft's mistake and chuckle a bit.
The program was made by a company called IdentityMine who also works on Microsoft's Surface. We recently received this description about that movie database app:
New features include daily application tile image updates, panorama views, and the ability to receive IMDb movie recommendations by shaking the phone. Users can also find show times, watch trailers, browse photo galleries, get TV listings, find DVD and Blu-ray releases, explore popular charts and share movie information. The application is available in English US, English UK, French and German. To understand the complexities and deliver on all the goals of this project, IdentityMine researched IMDb’s business needs, user profile, movie assets and technology capabilities. Over a course of three weeks, IdentityMine’s team of UX experts worked with Silverlight and Microsoft web services to integrate IMDb’s enormous database of 1,633,300 titles and 3,649,234 names with graphics with an interface that users could easily access, search, sort and engage with.
IdentityMine has made a total of six applications for Windows Phone 7 (Graphic.ly and Twitter are others) and we'll be learning more about those over the next few days, so stay tuned!
File under: Missed opportunity for simple yet effective idea...
Now that you and all your friends and family have smartphones, it's important to offer them only the best when they visit. And by best we mean a place to not only keep their phone, but keep it visible and accessible.
Smartphone Coasters are exactly that--little stands for your phone. We could imagine placing them on the coffee table, media cabinet, shelves, toilet basin (for the guys) etc. where people can just plop down their phones and not loose them in the couch, or your pile of mail (if you're like me at all).
The best part? They're quite inexpensive at only $3.95 each. Lord knows the markup on some accessories these days, so it's nice to see a company keeping the price, you know, realistic. Plus they're quite "smartphone neutral", meaning you can just buy that one and should work with any device (but you're screwed if round smartphones get really huge in the next year, just FYI). All we know is our frienemy Phil could give them a lot of business with his six Android devices that he takes with him on overnight trips. Seriously, dude's got issues.
Smiles from Sykhronics Entertainment is headed to Windows Phone 7 and should be available over at the Marketplace at launch. What is Smiles you say?
From the demo video it reminds me of the "match 'em up" puzzle games such as Bejeweled or Jewel Quest. Based on the demonstration, Smiles will have several game modes to keep things from getting dull. The rotating game field is an interesting twist to this style of game.
Our list of apps to review for Windows Phone 7 continues to grow and we'll add Smiles to the list.
It's been longed rumored that Microsoft was going to make the Zune software compatibile with Apple's desktop OS, but the question still remains when? While we still don't know the answer to the latter question, we now know officially that Microsoft is making the Zune software Mac friendly syncing possible between Windows Phone 7 and a Mac (see Update 2, below).
In a Tweet that was posted (and quickly deleted), Oded Ran, Head of Consumer Marketing, Windows Phone, UK, basically announced that Mac users will be able to use Zune on their computers with "more details soon" as a tease.
Offering such compatibility between Macs and Windows Phone 7 is important to take the fight to Apple, we suppose, though it's unclear how many Apple fans will really ditch their iTunes/iPhone mini-closed empire for the "enemy's offerings". In that sense, this move is probably more symbolic than strategic in the long run, but it's one of those things that is very symbolic. Plus we know there has to be a few Apple fans who want Windows Phone 7, right?
Update: Evidently Microsoft decided to reveal a little bit more stating "Later in 2010 Microsoft will make a public beta available of a tool that allows Windows Phone 7 to sync select content with Mac computers."
Update 2: And it's not Zune software, according to Thurrott, but a way for Mac users to sync content to their devices. Ah, the finer differences in life.
Still, the Omnia 7 is a quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G phone, so technically you can import one if you really want its squareness over the more svelte Focus. And in our conversation with Samsung yesterday, they said they are in talks with all U.S. carriers, so hope is in the air for some CDMA love in the spring.
In the meantime, take a look at GSM Arena's comprehensive review of the I8700 Omnia 7. They "...walk away impressed" with the hardware, reserving any criticism for the now familiar "limitations-of-the-OS" arguments. Getting back to the hardware they say this:
To summarize the review in one sentence – the hardware is perfect, it’s the software that lets the phone down on occasion.
Like all current Samsung devices (Galaxy S series), their strength is simply their screens featuring Super AMOLED, which really is quite impressive with it's "wet" blacks and rich contrast. That's the take away message of why Samsung's WP7 offerings may be a better choice for some of you.
The HTC 7 Pro made a surprise appearance at yesterdays Windows Phone 7 launch and is headed to the Sprint network next year. We are now hearing rumors that it will also be headed across the pond to the United Kingdom.
Tracy and Matt are reporting that while they demoed all the HTC Windows Phone 7 devices headed to the U.K. they were told that the Pro 7 would also be included in the mix. Speculation has the Pro 7 being available to all networks in the U.K. and will be available Spring of 2011.
Curious what your Windows Phone 7 Start Screen will look like with your contacts and pictures? The Windows Phone Facebook page might help satisfy your curiousity.
Microsoft has put a Windows Phone 7 demo on their Facebook page that runs through the new system with generic contacts and pictures. But if you allow access, you can populate the demo Windows Phone with your Facebook pictures and contacts.
The demo is not interactive but gives you a decent feel for what to expect from your Windows Phone 7.
The LG Quantum is headed to AT&T Wireless and Phil was able to spend some intimate time with the phone during the Windows Phone 7 launch.
The 3.8" screen looks really responsive to the touch. The side-sliding QWERTY appears to be on the narrow side but when you're used to the five row keyboard of the Tilt2, a lot of keyboards appear narrow.
You can hear Phil's thoughts on the Quantum, as well as the other Windows Phone 7 devices he dropped handled during the Windows Phone 7 launch, in this week's Podcast.
The HTC HD7 is heading to T-Mobile and we were able to spend a little hands-on time with the Windows Phone 7 device during the Windows Phone 7 Launch.
It's an impressive phone with an impressive boot time. Helped by the 1ghz processor, the HD7 takes about twenty seconds to boot. That's lightning fast compared to some Windows Phones running Windows Mobile.
For those of you who have not yet joined the Zune network, Microsoft is giving away 3 months of it for free if you pre-order a new device with Windows Phone 7.
In the U.S. (where this offer is only valid, sorry ROW), this adds up to a savings of $45 ($14.99 a month) and is a great way to give the Zune music and video marketplace a trial three months. As mentioned numerous times here, a Zune Pass allows unlimited streaming and downloading of music to your phone, Xbox 360 and PC, plus you can "keep" 10 songs a month (MP3).
According to Microsoft:
Sign-up to be notified to pre-order the new Windows Phone, and we’ll give you unlimited music for 3 months with a Zune Pass—FREE*. Just give us your email address. When Windows Phone is ready to pre-order, use the same e-mail address you sent to us, and when your Windows Phone ships, we’ll send you a 3-month Zune Pass, free.
Not a bad deal if you ask us (especially since we're huge Zune Pass fans, but you knew that already).
HTC was in the thick of the Windows Phone 7 launch and has added three new videos highlighting three of their WP7 phones. You can find the video on the HTC HD7, Trophy and Mozart over at HTC's YouTube Channel. The twenty second videos don't offer any specs on the phones but showcases them nicely.
While the Trophy and Mozart are headed to overseas markets, the HD7 will land at T-Mobile next month. Still not sold on the kickstand but that 4.3" screen does look nice.
Ease on past the break to see the videos on the Trophy and Mozart.