In a nice little screen shot posted by @arnehess (from theunwired.net), we can see more apps populating the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace as expected.
While the ubiquitous "tip calculator" is there, the biggy appears to be a Google Voice app called 'GoVoice'. We're not sure if this a call-back method or one that auto-dials/logs in your Google account, but either way it's a good sign some of us will be able to continue using our Google Voice number when we get our new phone.
Microsoft had just three or four developers responsible for the software development kit needed to write applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. Microsoft has increased these efforts a hundred fold having 300 to 400 people working on the tools and resources developers need to write programs for Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft has also made efforts to get their employees behind the Windows Phone movement. The company stopped reimbursing employees for non-Windows mobile devices some time ago and has pledged to give every full-time employee a Windows Phone 7 device. Microsoft is also looking into amending employment terms to allow employees to profit from any Windows Phone applications they develop.
Microsoft dubs their long term Windows Phone development efforts as "Selah", Hebrew for "stop and listen". Microsoft has tremendous efforts to stop and listen to developers; either through offering technical and marketing help, holding developer seminars, guaranteeing prime real estate in the Marketplace, or financial incentives. Based on all the Windows Phone 7 apps we've seen in development, the "stop and listen" approach seems to have worked.
In just under a week, the curtain will rise and Windows Phone 7 will be officially announced. It will interesting to finally see the Windows Phone 7 journey begin as well as the phones that will be running the OS. Microsoft will have a little catching up to do against the competition but will all these efforts, do the trick?
Yes, despite some confusion, we know for a fact HTC and T-Mobile will be on hand (in a separate location) for a special preview of their "latest device".
Of course, we'll be at all of those events during the day, covering it all for you folks. And yes, I'll be joined by our very own Phil for a very special, curmudgeony day, plus George and Dieter handling our server-side setup (to keep it all going someone has to feed the hamsters).
Should we guess that the former is a camera-featured phone while the latter is...ummm...sound/media specialized? Yeah, we like literal names for our devices. Of course, actual specifications and images are missing at this time.
Combined with the Samsung Cetus, LG C900 and GW910 that brings the number to FIVE, and yet according to Engadget AT&T will have a total of SIX Windows Phone 7 devices. Yowza.
Engadget has been busy today and have stumbled upon yet another Windows Phone 7 device in the wild. While the Samsung Cetus was an interesting find, the LG C900 is equally interesting.
Instead of relying on an on-screen keyboard, the LG will sport a side sliding QWERTY keyboard. But that's not the interesting part. What makes the LG really stand out is the AT&T logo that appears on one of the C900's tiles.
The presence of the AT&T Logo is a strong indication that LG will have a spot in AT&T's Windows Phone 7 lineup that also is rumored to include the HTC Schubert and the Cetus. Could we see more Windows Phone 7 devices headed to AT&T or is their lineup complete?
Not much to say other than it looks smooth, it looks good and we're glad Twitter is officially on board. Actually, it is kind of neat that you evidently don't need an account with Twitter to use the app, you can just browse around if you want. Good for you social-network-phobics out there!
Update: David K. over at MobilityDigest correctly notes this one big downer mentioned in the article (which we'll summarize soon) is: "The result, combined with the lack of copy or paste, is that the Twitter app for Windows Phone 7, while unique and pretty, won’t allow for important basics like being able to tweet a photo from one’s library or even send a link from the Web browser."
Looks like the other shoe just dropped as our invite was delivered for the big AT&T Windows Phone 7 launch at the Microsoft Open House in NYC one week from now. AT&T in the morning, T-Mobile in the afternoon.
Not only is AT&T there, but looks like Steve Ballmer and Ralph de la Vega (President/CEO of AT&T) are to deliver the keynote speech at 9am. Steve in person? Awesome.
The rest of the day will be us roaming around, playing with Xboxes, Kinects, Bings and we just got word we'll have an opportunity "...to check out all the Windows Phone 7 devices" as we'll be meeting with several OEMs.
No doubt we're excited as this event last year was a blast and you should be excited as we'll be covering this shindig from our unique perspective as Windows Phone geeks. We'll be running a live blog, interacting with you folks on Twitter and bringing some HD quality video to you from the event all day--and it's a holiday, so hopefully you have off and can follow along!
On the Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft gives all the info on the upcoming launch of the Windows Phone Marketplace. While geared mostly towards developers, there's a few interesting things mentioned. Their schedule looks like this:
Oct 4: All registered developers have been contacted and invited to request early submission to the Marketplace certification process.
Oct 6: Deadline for registered developers to respond to the invitation to participate in early submission. Of those that request access, an initial group of a couple of thousand developers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis to receive guidance and early access to the new application submission and certification process.
Oct 11: Participating early certification developers will receive instructions on submitting their xaps, allowing those apps to be published in Marketplace in the lead up to, and after, launch.
Oct 12-November: Microsoft will continue processing submissions and prioritizing new requests in the order they are received until the self-serve submission process is broadly enabled.
We like the part about "an initial group of a couple of thousand developers will be accepted". That sure sounds like they have quite a bit of interested developers on hand itching to get their wares in the Marketplace. It also insures when you, the end user, turn on your new device, you'll have quite the selection of apps to choose from.
Take a read of the article. It'll make you feel good that Microsoft is betting on quality and not quantity of programs and are really looking to deliver a classy experience. We have high hopes.
What's even more odd, is that T-Mobile is the featured guest and we bet a certain HTC HD7 will be the star. Guess that rumor we heard about AT&T's exclusivity being only two-weeks may be accurate after all:
Some confusion though: there may be two events, one for the big media, the second for the public (Edit: first event is the AT&T Open House). Either way, we'll be there at 3pm doing our best to cover what we can, while you sit back and relax.
October 11th is shaping up to be an interesting day. As expected, AT&T and Microsoft have announced a joint Press Conference in New York. According to the event's schedule Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, and AT&T's President, Rald de la Vega, will be hosting the 9:30am EST conference to bring you the latest on Windows Phone 7.
The press conference will lead into Microsoft's Open House at 11:00pm EST where attendees can "explore a product showcase featuring Windows Phone 7, Zune, BING, Windows 7, Xbox, Kinect and more.". With T-Mobile having a presentation later that afternoon and a London event also on the calendar, it's going to be a busy day for Microsoft and Windows Phone 7.
Hopefully amongst all these events we will hear more on when the phones will be on shelves and maybe even some pricing points. Regardless, we'll be in New York to cover what we can.
Spotify is now available for Windows Phones running Windows Mobile 6 and higher. The popular European music app allows users to stream music to their device from a music library of 10 million tracks.
Spotify's features include:
Listen to millions of tracks with Spotify’s constantly updated catalogue
Stream over WiFi or 2.5/3G
Listen to tracks and albums in their entirety. Rewind, fast-forward, pause, skip and shuffle
Continue to run Spotify in the background while texting, making calls, web browsing etc
Playlists can be downloaded and played in offline mode when you have no connection, are on a plane or underground, or abroad
Wirelessly sync your local files to your phone
On-the-fly sync - every track you add to a playlist appears instantly on mobile and computer
Starred tracks - tag all your favourites into a special list
You can download the app by pointing your mobile browser to m.spotify.com or visit the Spotify website. Presently, Spotify is only available in parts of Europe with hopes that it will become available in the U.S. shortly. Spotify will also be available for Windows Phone 7 sometime after launch.
And finishing up those leaks on the HD7 which came fast and furious a few weeks ago is that final one, filling in all the remaining questions. Well most questions.
The latest is that this premier phone will be launching on Germany's O2 network in just 2 weeks (hence all the details). It still features that 1GHz CPU, 8GB of storage, etc. all reported a few weeks ago, so nothing new there. Shoot, even the price is still what was reported in the past ($730-770 off contract; $104-109 with one).
Really the only news is the mention of Dolby Mobile Sound, which while untested sure sounds like a good thing as we're all for improved audio on these HD monsters.
Finally there'a a pretty vanilla video of it "in action" (after the break) though we're sure it's nothing you couldn't have imagined yourselves. We suppose the only real question is will we see this Stateside on T-Moible? We caught a rumor (unverified) that AT&T's "exclusivity" is for only 2 weeks, so take that as you will.
While none of us hip kids get to play with them just yet, Microsoft has gone ahead and flipped the switch on for those Xbox games for Windows Phone 7. Well, for two of them at least: 'Flowerz' and 'Hexic Rush'
It's basically a milestone for the company since this is the first time, as Michael Klucher tweets above, that achievements are being counted towards your Xbox gamer-tag.
I did want to let everyone know who might have access to these games through pre-release hardware that they should be considered test games and not early launch titles. You can and should expect that everything about the game is subject to change or be disabled at any time.
Finally, Paul Thurrott has also has a write up on this happening with some screenshots of the games in the Zune software and his achievements. Cool stuff and it means we're inching closer and closer to that big day.