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3 years ago

Samsung Focus S keyboard oddity

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Samsung Focus S keyboard oddity

There is a discussion going on in the WPCentral.com's forums on an oddity with the Samsung Focus S's keyboard. Apparently if you get to typing really fast a lag time is created between the tapping of the key and hearing the "tap" sound.

I don't doubt that such a lag time is happening but my typing skills aren't fast enough to notice any lag time at all. The keystrokes register as you type so I'm left to ask, does such a lag time matter?

Most will be concentrating on what is being typed instead of whether or not the "tapping" sound is in sync with the keyboard strokes.  I can't say that this is a major issue or even a bug because not everyone will type fast enough to notice.  So... is this a bug the will slow down your typing or just an oddity with the Samsung Focus S?

If you've experienced this lag time or simply want to chime in on the discussion, head on over to this Forums discussion and let us know what you think?

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3 years ago

Brandon Watson: lessons learned a year on

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If you're excited about the progress the team at Microsoft has made with Windows Phone for the past year since the release back in October last year, then you're strongly urged to read Brandon Watson's latest blog post. In this article the face of Microsoft for developers goes into great detail about what lessons have been learned. Of course, not all lessons are visible to the consumer, the two most obvious being update delivery and marketing, which we've witnessed improvements for in the past few months.

Watson continues to dive into how developers were considered every step of the way, with the software giant not needing anymore brand awareness so the focus could remain on keeping the spotlight clear for app submitters. Some interesting points the article covers:

  • Inspiring developers
  • Make developers rich and famous
  • Search and discover-ability
  • Simplicity and removing friction

Watson, as well as the other faces to the Windows Phone team, continue to go out their way to ensure that the experience for not only the consumer, but for developers, is kept at the highest standard. Unlike Google and Apple, we have public faces, not a brand, to have contact with. It's for this reason why developer interest in the platform is increasing, and why Windows Phone will take the market by storm in the coming years.

I think you'll join us in taking our hats off to Brandon and the team and saying "thank you".  Check out the full post at his blog below.

Source: Brandon Watson

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3 years ago

NextGen Reader gets major speed improvements in v2.2

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For those of you who use Google Reader on-the-go, you probably know about NextGen Reader. If not, you'll want to definitely check out new version 2.2 which has a nice package of new features, including a very impressive improvement in data delivery (always a huge addition to any update).

If you recall, version 2.x went Mango, giving some Live Tiles and custom feeds for your Start screen. Now in v2.2 the developer has gone even further:

  • Fixed live tile issues.
  • Faster sync. (changes synced immediately)
  • Huge bandwidth savings. (up to 6-10x times)
  • Google Reader service does not supports like and share in reader feature anymore.
  • Option to sort articles by oldest first.
  • Mark above as read. (tap and hold on 51st item to mark above 50 items as read)
  • Hap-tic feedback. (vibrate when download completes, or star icon tapped)
  • Display name of the folder when inside a category instead of "All Items".
  • Support for awesome readability mobilizer.
  • Lock orientation option now works in mobilizer page as well.
  • Live tile doesn't display '999' if you've more than 1000 unread items.
  • several bug fixes and improvements.

If you haven't seen our earlier hands on with v2, check out the video after the break. We're big fans of a dedicated, Metro-inspired Google Reader app and this fits the bill perfectly. You can pick up NextGen Reader here for $1.99 in the Marketplace and yes, there's an ad-free trial too.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 headed to India in December

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Nokia has announced that both of their new Lumia handsets, the 710 and the 800, will be coming to India.  Though no specific date was given, they did say that both should be available come mid-December.  Details were also scarce on how much each device would run or which carriers would offer them.  Vodaphone is taking orders for the Lumia 800 in the UK, so it wouldn't be crazy to think they will be game to offer the same in India as well. 

Both the 710 and 800 are pretty comparable, with 1.4GHz processors, 512MB RAM, and run Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) on 3.7" AMOLED screens.  However, the Lumia 800 trumps the 710's 8GB storage and 5MP camera with its own 16GB and 8MP Carl Zeiss camera, while the more playful 710 has interchangeable back plates of varying colors.

Source: IBNLive (Thanks for the tip, Vedavyas!); Photo: FoneArena

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3 years ago

Appcelerator: Windows Phone now third most interesting for developers

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According to the November '11 report by Appcelerator, Windows Phone has overtaken RIM to become the third platform with regards to developer interest. What could be the factors that have boosted interest for the platform? The superb developer relationship Microsoft has in place is bound to be attractive, not to mention Nokia's announced dedication to the app craftsmen.

Android is sitting comfortably in second, while iOS (both iPhone and iPad) is the reigning champion for developers. It will be interesting to see how HTML mobile web, as well as Windows Phone, increases with hardware acceleration and how Metro UI will take off across Microsoft's product line. 

On an off note, do try to ignore the fact that the 68% and 66% lines are above the 70% marker.

Source: Appcelerator, via: SlashGear

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3 years ago

Microsoft AU marketing position open

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Microsoft AU marketing position open

Microsoft has been advertising an opening for a retail sales and marketing position in Sydney, Australia. This should come as no surprise with the recent improvements being made to promotion and advertising by the software giant and manufacturers. The marketing position will see the successful applicant take command of Microsoft's promotion efforts in Australia.

Check out the primary job functions, as well as a link to view the positing, after the break. 

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3 years ago

Does the Samsung Focus S and Flash have Gorilla Glass?

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A question many have asked and we are now seeing indications that the new Windows Phones from Samsung, the Focus S and Focus Flash, have Gorilla Glass.

For those not familiar, Gorilla Glass is super strong, scratch resistance, super glass from Corning. Here's Corning's demo of the glass at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.

Gsmarena and Infotech are both reporting that the Samsung Focus Flash is fitted with Gorilla Glass. The Samsung Focus S is being reported as having Gorilla Glass via Samsung's Online Support. Granted online support reps have been known to be misunderstood, but with the Samsung Focus S being patterned after the Galaxy II (which has Gorilla Glass) this isn't too far a stretch.

We have inquiries out to Samsung and if we hear different, we'll pass it on. Samsung has strong ties with Gorilla Glass and Corning using the damage resistant glass in Windows Phones, tablets, and Android devices. It shouldn't be any surprise if Samsung's latest Windows Phones aren't following suit.

via: XDADevelopers  Thanks goes out to @AndreHBuss for the Twitter tip!

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3 years ago

Lumia 800 now available at Orange France

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Orange France now has the Nokia Lumia 800 in stock and is taking orders.  You can get one delivered to you in 3 days, starting at 99€, including a 50€ rebate.  The rebate deal runs from 11/14/2011 to 01/01/2012.

The stunning Lumia 800 has a one-piece design complete with Windows Phone 7.5, 3.7" AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz CPU, 16GB storage, 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, and a 1450mAh battery.

Source: Orange France; Via: MonWindowsPhone (Thanks for the tip, Gilles!)

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3 years ago

Purity - Mango App Spotlight

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Purity - Mango App Spotlight

Purity is a tile based, puzzle game for your Windows Phone. The concept is simple but challenging. You have a series of tiles that you have to navigate through from point A to point B, absorbing them all along the way. Choose your route carefully because once the tile is absorbed, you can't go back (well...almost).

Purity has 60 levels of play and as you progress up the levels, they become more challenging and special tiles (teleports, shields, connectors, etc.) come into play. Each level can be re-playable so you can try to best your score.

Movement is a little on the tricky side. You control your player (a white orb) by pressing and holding the screen to get a 4-way controller to appear. Slide your finger in the direction you want your orb to move. Should you make a boneheaded move or fall asleep at the wheel, there is a rewind feature. Just tap the screen with two fingers and your player rewinds one move. The movement controls do take a little time to get used to but once you get the hang of things, Purity is an enjoyable, "fun to pass the time with" game for your Windows Phone.

Purity is a free, ad-supported game for your Windows Phone that you can download here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

AT&T Samsung Focus S - Review

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AT&T Samsung Focus S - Review

On November 6th AT&T released the Samsung Focus Flash and Focus S to their Windows Phone line up. We've already taken a look at the Focus Flash and now turn our attention to Focus S.

Similar in design to the Samsung Galaxy Android devices, the Focus S sports a 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen. While the surface area of the S is large, it's size is diminished by being only .33" thin. The Focus S feels comfortable in the hand, has a very nice screen and comes with all the bells and whistles Windows Phone Mango has to offer.

The Focus S's pricing point and features will make it a high-end Windows Phone when compared to the Samsung Focus Flash or HTC Radar. The S is a solid performer and if you're a fan of large screen, well built Windows Phones the Focus S a very good option to pursue. To find out all the details on the Samsung Focus S, just make the jump past the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Omnia W now available in the UK

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The Samsung Omnia W has hit the shores of the UK and is now available at a couple different sites.  Play has Samsung's new Mango handset in stock for £339.99, SIM-free, with free shipping.  Alternatively, you can pre-order a free Omnia W at BuyMobilePhones on an O2 contract for as little as £15.68 per month.  That plan will get you 100 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data monthly.  BuyMobilePhones does not have an arrival date listed as of yet, so if you want a quick fix, Play is the way to go.

The Samsung Omnia W becomes the third Mango-native handset in the UK, along with the Nokia Lumia 800 and the HTC Titan.  It sports a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz processor, 5MP camera, front-facing camera, and 1500mAh battery.

Source: Play, BuyMobilePhones; Via: SOMobile

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3 years ago

Minecraft clone Survivalcraft coming to Windows Phone, looks good and blocky

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Minecraft is a wildly successful sandbox building game for PCs. The game is best known for its distinctive retro 3D art style as well as the amazing constructions that people build with it. Minecraft is coming to Xbox 360 as a Kinect title in 2012, but unfortunately the Minecraft Pocket Edition is an Android exclusive. Is there no hope for Windows Phone Minecraft fans?

The answer to that question should be readily apparent to anyone familiar with the Xbox 360 indie gaming scene. The 360 is already home to a number of fully-featured Minecraft clones, including Total Miner (the best clone) and FortressCraft (the first clone). XBLIG games are relatively easy to port to Windows Phone, so one of those titles shouldn’t be far behind… Then again, we still don’t have any XBLIG RPG ports, so clearly somebody at Microsoft needs to get more XBLIG devs into the WP7 development scene.

Not to worry, though – we’re still getting a Minecraft clone, developed exclusively for Windows Phone. Dubbed Survivalcraft, it seems to have most of the things you’d expect from this type of game: large, randomly generated worlds, mining, crafting objects with mined materials, and building stuff. It’s coming from a small indie developer so I wouldn’t expect much more out of the gate, but even the ingredients I just listed should make for an enjoyable portable experience.

Survivalcraft is currently undergoing certification. In the meantime, check out the developer’s remarkably sparse blog for a few extra details. We’ll let you know when Survivalcraft comes out of the darkness and into the light of the Marketplace.

Source: WP7Connect

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3 years ago

Third party SIM unlock for AT&T Focus S now available

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For those you bought a Samsung Focus S, you'll of course know it's SIM locked to the AT&T network. For those who travel abroad and don't want to rely on AT&T's roaming plans or maybe for those who want to just permanently use it overseas, you can now pay for a SIM unlock.

The service comes by way of 'Samsung IMEI Unlock' which takes payment via Paypal and SWReg and sends the code "nearly instantly". While prices for Samsung devices start at $20, the Focus S will hit your wallet for $29.75.

That's not exactly cheap but for the freedom of not being tied to AT&T, we suppose it's not a bad option. Of course you can always try and haggle with AT&T to do this for free, but last we check they like to have a six-month wait policy before conceding the code. So, options are nice to have.

Source: SamsungIMEIUnlock.com; Thanks, @djdurance, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft, Samsung team up for new Focus Flash commercial

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While we haven't heard of any reports yet of this being shown on TV, it sure looks like it was made for it and we hope to see it soon.

The ad features the Focus Flash (see review), AT&T's name for the Omnia W, and two guys joking around, showing off the social-network integration, including live updates, photo uploads and more. It's fairly effective.

Lots of folks have asked for these ads to show off the actual OS and how it's easier--we think this goes in that direction and adds a few laughs too. While it's a different approach than the Radar 4G ad, we think bother offer interesting glimpses into Windows Phone--plus it's just nice to see ads for once.

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