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4 years ago

HTC on Sense & Windows Phone 7: "...we will innovate"

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In an interview with FierceWireless, HTCs Peter Chou (CEO) gave some details on their future plans for Sense and Windows Phone 7.

While we know technically it is verboten to re-skin the whole Metro UI, HTC is looking to exploit every nook and cranny to squeeze their Sense experience in between. Here are some quotes from Chou on the matter; they're quite telling:

"Initially, we don't have time to bring things on top of that," he said. "But over time we will innovate on top of that to provide some HTC experience."

"I don't think we would do complete Sense UI on Windows Phone 7," he said. "However, I will say that we will innovate differently to improve the experience and to get some HTC unique and differentiated experience on Windows Phone 7 in the future."

A spokesman went on to clarify:

". ... Sense, by definition, is a way for HTC to improve the user experience in both big and small ways--which we will certainly work to do with Windows Phone 7 devices. But, if this does not include a fully revised user interface, that does not mean that it doesn't have a form of the Sense experience--it may just be expressed in ways that do not include the interface."

So HTC sounds committed to this philosophy of Sense and we applaud them for it. Though Microsoft has forced a major restriction on HTC, out of this we think some truly unique innovation will come from them in the future and we look forward to what their team can think up over the next year.  Read more at FierceWireless.

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4 years ago

Friday Fun: A Touch Christmas Carol

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With the release of Windows Phone 7 right around the corner, just in time for the holidays, techjunky79 tipped us on a cool video over on Vimeo that might help usher in that holiday spirit.

The design hangs in the Lost Boys (a London marketing and technology agency) reception area and uses HTC Touch phones that were recently shelved during a corporate upgrade. Tunes can be composed and sent to the sculpture online to mix things up.

It's definitely a creative way to make use of the older Windows Phones.

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4 years ago

Director of Windows Phone 7 Confirms Tethering Support (Update: Not at Launch)

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Following on the heels of the rumors last week regarding tethering support, Microsoft’s Director for Windows Phone 7 (Brandon Watson) announced on the Windows Weekly Podcast (at 1:05:40) that tethering will be supported at launch, but it will be up to the carrier whether it is enabled or not.

This is definitely more in line with what we would have expected, even if it is a little disappointing. What say you? Is tethering one of those key features you were hoping for?

Update: Apparently, Mr. Watson misspoke. According to Paul Thurrot (who was also on the Windows Weekly Podcast), tethering will not be available at launch, but will be a feature added in the future. Thanks monomer!

[via Twitter]

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4 years ago

HTC Trophy spec sheet

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HTC Trophy spec sheet

 

As Windows Phone 7 gets closers to market, the more information and details on the particular phones will surface. We've seen pictures and specs increase on the HTC HD7 and now it's the HTC Trophy's turn.

wmpoweruser has acquired a leaked spec sheet on the Windows Phone 7 phone. It has the Trophy fitted with European 3G bands, a 3.8" 480x800 WVGA TFT LCD with 16 million colors, 512mb ROM, 576mb RAM, 8gb non-removable storage, a 5mp CMOS camera, and a 1300mAH battery.

This will be a European release but could we see a U.S. variation?

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4 years ago

Samsung Cetus (i916/917) up against the iPhone

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A Samsung Windows Phone 7 was recently caught up against an iPhone, giving us a little size comparison. What appears to be the Cetus is just a smidgen longer and wider than the iPhone and maybe even thicker.

What's a little confusing is that we've known the Cetus to be tagged the Samsung SGH-i917. The Windows Phone 7 device pictured is tagged the SGH-i916. The distinction is likely that the i916 is headed to the Canadian wireless provider Rogers, while the i917 is AT&T bound.

via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Updates heading to Hotmail

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Updates heading to Hotmail

Microsoft has been busy this summer with Windows Live and it doesn't look like they are slowing down. Updates are slated for Hotmail ranging from larger attachment size limits to folder management enhancements.

The updates include:

  • Emails that include package tracking (e.g. FedEx tracking) will now light up in Hotmail and through ActiveViews, recognize the tracking number and display the real time status. This feature fully supports U.S. Postal Service and FedEx tracking. DHL and UPS, for the time being, will display a link to the shipper's website for status information.
  • Facebook chat will be available through Hotmail. This feature will initially roll out in the U.S., U.K., France, Brazil, Germany and Russia.
  • Attachment size per email has been increased to 25mb.
  • Up to 10GB of photos can now be shared through email by sharing them as a photo album on Skydrive.
  • Dailymotion and Justin.tv videos now can be viewed directly inside your email.
  • Folders now can be created within folders to help better managed and organize your emails.

The updates will initially be rolled out to a small percentage of users just to make sure things go smoothly. Once all the bugs are ironed out, the updates will roll out at quicker pace. It is anticipated that the entire process will take a few weeks to complete.

via: windowsteamblog

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

More Foursquare shots appear for Windows Phone 7

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We saw some early renderings of the Foursquare app for Windows Phone 7 way back in March, since then not too much. The social-check-in network has become one of the more popular inventions of late, as it not only allows you  to alert your friends of your location (plus quick directions for them), but by unlocking "badges" and "mayorships", you can have some fun with it too.

Above are some actual shots on a Samsung device and we have to admit....lookin' good

Not too much to say otherwise, just that we're psyched when we launch the Windows Phone Marketplace on Day 1, it will be populated with all the major apps of 2010/2011.

[via Anand Lyer (Twitter)]    

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4 years ago

First real images of the HTC HD7/HD3 appear

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Here they are folks, real shots of the upcoming HTC HD7 with a 4.3" 800x480 screen and reportedly a metal body. Plus, check out that cool kick stand/bottle opener (kiddin' on that last part).

Evidently someone saw this at a bar and posted them in the Mobile01 forums--oh Apple flashbacks...

Looks pretty nice, though our pal Tim had some words:

Um, if you want to differentiate your hardware from everyone else on the planet...THAT'S THE WRONG WAY!!!

We sort of have to agree, although we think this device will fell great, it is missing a little extra something....your thoughts?

[Thanks, Eric, for the tip!]

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4 years ago

Kinoma Updated, Shows Windows Mobile 6.x Some Love

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For the uninitiated, Kinoma Play (and FreePlay) is one of the very best multimedia apps available for Windows Mobile. The slick UI, support for numerous media types, social integration, and massive content selection make Kinoma one of those apps that really sets the bar for everyone else. For those of you still using Kinoma on a regular basis, an update is available for both Play and FreePlay. This update apparently addresses issues with YouTube playback.

Anybody out there still using Kinoma on a regular basis?

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4 years ago

Zombies are headed to Windows Phone 7! (Video)

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'Zombies!!!' is the latest title slated for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch. Based on the award-winning board game by Twilight Creations. Software developer Babaroga will be offering the graphically pleasing game for WP7.

Promising to bring murder, mayhem and plenty of Zombies to your Windows Phone 7 device, Zombies Mobile Edition will worth checking out. Graphically, the game takes a unique player perspective and has excellent design, offering what looks to be hilarious campy fun.

Peep the full teaser-trailer after the jump. Totally worth it.

Oh, and can someone pass that cup of...braaaaains!? --Mal

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4 years ago

Visual Basic comes to Windows Phone 7

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Visual Basic comes to Windows Phone 7

Yesterday, Brandon Watson of Microsoft teased the Twitter world with a question regarding the most requested developer tool for Windows Phone 7.

Today, we have our answer: Visual Basic, one of the most popular and easy to learn programming languages.  And...dun dun dun...it was used on Windows Mobile for years, giving developers yet another way to port over existing code (the core of the program) to our new OS, leaving just the UI to be reformatted.

Like C#, Visual Basic is "managed" code, making it easier to learn and implement, but having less depth, meaning it's not a "native" development language like, say C++ (also used on Windows Mobile). "Native" language development is what is needed for 3rd party web browser development and other "core" applications. But no sign Microsoft is going to give developers those keys just yet. Microsoft had promised that other languages besides C# would be allowed to be used for development on the new Windows Phone platform, so this is a result of that..

These aren't the final tools and we shouldn't expect any VB apps for awhile at least--this is just Microsoft starting the process by soliciting feedback from developers and building on that for a future release. While XNA games cannot be built on VB, Silverlight apps can, so we should see even more development in that area in the future, giving Windows Phone 7 multiple routes for progress.

To sum up: this is very good news as evidently "the most requested developer tool" was just granted, keeping those developers quite happy.

Read more at the Windows Phone Developer Blog!

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4 years ago

HD7 Specs List surfaces

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HD7 Specs List surfaces

The HD7 has gotten a lot of attention lately with photos, sketches, and GCF certification on what we suspect is the European version.  Now we are seeing a spec sheet surface for the Windows Phone 7 device that gives more detail on the HD7 than we've seen before.

The spec list, surfacing over at wmpoweruser, if it holds true, shows the HD7 supporting T-Mobile's US 3G frequencies, giving credence to the speculation that this will be their Windows Phone 7 flagship. The 4.3" 480x800 WVGA device will have 512mb ROM, 576mb RAM and a 8gb non-removable microSD card.

The power source is a 1230 mAh battery which sounds a little on the small size for such a power house of a phone. The rest of the specs (kickstand and all) match up with the photos that surfaced the other day.

The accessories include a wired remote and a mono bluetooth headset. We also note that the widgets (part of the HTC Sense Hub?) noted include a bedside clock, voice recorder, and parking meter widget along with the other apps we've heard rumors of.

Still no word on when the HD7 will be available in the U.S. Hopefully, we'll have a better picture on things as October 11th gets closer.

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4 years ago

HTC HD7 Mozart passes GCF

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HTC HD7 Mozart passes GCF

The HD7 Mozart, one of HTC's upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices, has received the stamp of approval from the Global Certification Forum (GCF).

The specs listed on the certification show that the phone is fitted with European 3G which obviously means it will likely stay overseas.

All of which poses the question, is the Shubert, Mozart, HD3, and HD7 the same phone?  Is the Shubert / HD3 the U.S. version? 

via: theunwired

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4 years ago

Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 multi-language release

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Microsoft has released Office Mobile 2010 for Windows Mobile in various languages. You can find Office Mobile 2010 over at the Marketplace in the following languages.

Russian, Czech, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Swedish, Polish, Norwegian, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Greek, German, French

As you can tell from the screen shot, the title of each version is long enough to cut off which version is which. It may take a little effort to find the language you are looking for but, hey, it's a free app!

via: mobilitydigest

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