Just as expected, the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac users is now available for download. Though only in beta, it should at least allow those users to "Sync music, photos, videos and podcasts from your existing iTunes and iPhoto libraries to your Windows Phone 7".
AT&T's Windows Phone 7 lineup is now appearing over at Amazon.com. While the phones aren't listed for pre-order, like we have seen with the T-Mobile HD7, but it's progress.
The Amazon pages for the Samsung Focus, LG Quantum, and HTC Surround list the phones as un-available (expected to be in stock soon) and ships with free two-day shipping. There is also a notation that the phones come with an AmazonWireless Instant Discount. Could the Amazon discount drop AT&T's prices down lower?
As if we needed more proof that Sprint is embracing Windows Phone 7 (as opposed to Verizon), it looks like Microsoft is getting two sessions at the Sprint Developer Conference in Santa Clara, CA tomorrow (October 26th).
First session is just an overview with the second concentrating on building apps for the new OS. Heck, they even gush a bit saying "We are very excited to be partnering with Sprint to deliver some great Windows Phone Experiences.". Combined with that earlier FCC device approval news and things are looking up for Sprint users.
Well that didn't take too long at all. Just the other day we hit 777 apps in the marketplace and today, just two weeks after Windows Phone 7 went "live" to the world we have hit 1,000.
We still have 14 days before the U.S. roll out, meaning at this current pace we could easily approach 2,000 releases to the Marketplace, in line with earlier estimates. Although WP7 has an uphill battle in terms of market presence, having this many applications available this early is a great sign.
Looks like developer Justin Angel just finished up his app entitled 'Neurons', so named because it's quite the brainy resource allowing you to stream the ever interesting TED Talks, Science Dump, the RSA and FORA.TV for all of your sciency-nerdy media needs.
No word on availability, but we imagine he'll be submitting it for approval soon so it shouldn't be too long before it's in the Marketplace.
I'm throwing this in my "must have" list since I embrace my science geekiness. The only thing that would make this app even cooler would be if This Week in Science was included, but we're not complaining.
While it's always nice to hear developers sing praises of a their new software and it's not unusual to hear them boast that their latest is their greatest, we still like the overall tone we're hearing from PopCap's Andrew Stein and his thoughts on WP7.
Like the quote in the title says, Stein seems to be quite keen on Microsof'ts latest OS, noting that "...the conversion to C# went much more smoothly than we originally expected. It allowed us to add more polish..." His statements echo those of IdentityMine, who made Twitter, IMDb and Graphic.ly.
While they have not announced any more titles for WP7, PopCap does have more projects in the works, meaning we can expect more addictive gaming from them in the future.
When Windows Phone 7 hits the shelves, it'll take some time for everyone to learn the ins and outs of the new system. We've touched on getting set up with Windows Live and X-Box Live to help you prepare for Window Phone 7. To add to the resources, U.K. based Pocket-Lint has compiled a list of seventy-two tips and tricks that might give everyone a leg up on the new OS.
As we learn our way around Windows Phone 7, we'll be adding additional tips for Windows Phone 7 to our Help section. In the meantime, here are a few from the list of seventy-two.
3. Add people to the start page: No it's not just about adding apps to the start page, but people too. Find them in your contacts book, click on the "pin" icon, and they'll be added to your Start page so you can speed dial them whenever you need.
10. What are the dots?: Whenever you see three dots at the bottom of the screen, that's a menu for more options. In photo playback for example, it will give you the options to delete the image or perform a quick upload.
25. Turn off 3G connectivity: There is always someone that will want to turn off 3G network support, presumably to save battery, and if that's you you'll need to head to the Settings, Mobile Network page to do just that. While you'll save battery don't expect those web pages you are surfing to load anytime soon.
32. Auto save your images to SkyDrive: It's always a good to keep a backup of your pictures, and Windows Phone 7 comes with SkyDrive which lets you do just that. In steps the auto upload to SkyDrive option. If you got confused the first time it asked you when you went into the pictures area, don't panic, you can re-enable it via the Applications page hidden within Settings. Go to Settings, swipe to the left and then scroll down to Pictures & Camera. In there you'll find the option to set the Auto Upload feature on.
53. Get rid of the "Sent from my Windows Phone" signature: Annoyed by that "sent from my iPhone" message you always get from your mates, and don't feel you need to brand your messages with the Windows Phone 7 love - don't panic, you can turn it off. In Mail press the three dots, select Settings, and then either turn off email signature or change it to whatever you want - maybe "Sent from my iPhone".
61. Merging your contacts: If you've got your contacts book filled with Facebook, Gmail and Hotmail, maybe even your work email, then chances are some of your core friends are going to be in your contacts book a couple of times. Windows Phone 7 is clever enough to "link" these contacts so they are shown under a single page. If it misses some, go into People, select a contact and then press the "chain" icon at the bottom of the page. You can then link further contacts to this page if you wish.
Get your credit cards ready folks! The T-Mobile HD7 is now up on Amazon.com for pre-order. The best part is the device is fetching for a very low $169.99 with a new 2 year contract, which sounds to us like quite the deal for such a new device.
What better way to express your love of Windows Phone 7 than by carrying around business cards inspired by the Metro UI? Exactly, it's just as geek awesome as it sounds. Created by Vangos Pterneas from StudentGuru, the cards are available in Photoshop format, allowing you to customize them as much as you want, including different backgrounds, before you print away.
Sounds good to us! We're going to print up a bunch for ourselves, how about you?
Though we just saw pre-production hardware a few weeks ago in New York City, looks like HTC may have being coy with us when they didn't reveal much about the 7 Pro (including the fact it couldn't turn on). Engadget just uncovered the FCC documents showing that some "HTC CDMA Windows Phone device" has approval to be sold here in the U.S. We don't know for sure that it is the 7 Pro, but that's the best guess right now. No sign of 4G WiMax though, which could be a missed opportunity.
What's more interesting is the report from Microsoft that CDMA won't be done till early 2011, though they seemed to hedge on how early, implying that it may be closer than expected. If this is the case, perhaps we're looking for something only 3 months away which is the usual distance between FCC and when the device is in stores. Lets hope, as you CDMA folk will be surely pining for this beaut. Alternatively, this could be some other unknown CDMA Windows Phone device as well. Hmm...
For those going with HTC as their WP7 choice, you'll be of course getting their allotment of special software, including Weather, Stocks and the focus here, Photo Enhancer.
The app itself looks really nice in this video hands on by 1800PocketPC, with a wide-assortment of filters to choose form, smooth UI and just an overall great experience. While not a complete photo-editing package e.g. cropping, sharpening, etc. don't seem to be there, it looks like a great addon.
Hot on the heels of the WeatherChannel's new WP7 app comes rival WeatherBug (see video demo here for WP7). Not too much is given in the way of screenshots, except what we see above, but it looks like it will be a winner for its complete feature set. We know we've always liked Weatherbug on Windows Mobile and we're happy to see to them offer the same functionality on our new OS.
Bonus features include:
Weather info on the Start screen (Live tile)
Push notifications for weather alerts (nice)
Nine (!) weather map layers using Bing maps
7 day, hourly and detailed forecasts
Enhanced current conditions
No word if they will have the ~$1.99 "Elite" version which throws a few more features in as well as removes those banner ads--but we sure hope they do.
While Bing is sure a swanky search option for Windows Phone 7, it has zero navigation properties as of v1.0. Rumor has it that it will be getting a significant bump with this feature sometime in 2011, but for now we don't have to much for navigation.
TeleMap is the first to launch a full search and navigation option for our new OS, though initially they will only have service maps in Singapore/Malaysia. In looking at their website though, TeleMaps does have maps in the U.S. including live traffic, so perhaps we'll see an offering from them soon. And if not them, we're sure the carriers and/or TomTom will be entering the market soon.
The software has the following features and looks to keep with minimalist look of Windows Phone 7:
in-car turn-by-turn navigation with 3D moving maps, voice and text instructions announcing street names and Points of Interest such as gas stations and parking lots along the way, a dedicated pedestrian navigation, local search and content enhanced specifically for the Windows Phone 7
Full Singapore and Malaysia maps
Real-time traffic information
Cell-ID function that enables you to check your location and plan a route even when indoors
Update: We're reminded by @mearsfan25 that the T-Mobile HD7 has TeleNav already on board, so TeleMap's claim is a little dubious. Though perhaps they mean "not carrier endorsed" or something.
In what is probably not a huge surprise, according to Digitimes, the Garmin-Asus relationship is coming to end January 2011 after a short 2-year flirtation. Sales of branded Garmin-Asus devices really never made waves (seven in all were released) so it makes sense to end this experiment. In addition, it was told to CNet Asia, that they had no plans to deliever a WP7 device. This contradicts an earlier report which suggested that a Q1 2011 WP7 device would happen.
This also begs the question of what was that Asus phone we saw awhile ago running WP7--it does seem to be solely Asus branded phone, so perhaps they're already on the go to deliver some new wares (we actually really like the brushed metal look on this device; see video here) No word from Asustek on their WP7 plans have been confirmed though.
Also, in related news, HTC is reportedly working more closely with Garmin rival TomTom to bring better mapping solutions to its devices. We've already seen this on some Euro HD2 handsets, though no word if this will also come to Windows Phone 7.
While there are a few Hangman games already in the Marketplace, we suppose what makes this one unique is the ability to be customized and more importantly, the Leader Boards. The latter feature is not part of LIVE but evidently their own Hangman boards that keep constant track of your progress in contrast to the rest of the world. Interestingly, the game is in a constant auto-save state, meaning you never really finish it--it always goes back to where you left off, even if you switch WP7 phones. We can see this being a big hit for you word-puzzle geeks or those who like just playing quickie games.
The app has just been sent to Microsoft for Marketplace approval, so we should see it soon. In the meantime, you can watch the full video demo after the break.