We're pretty sure we've been saying this for months now, but reportedly Microsoft is getting ready to launch Windows Phone 7 in New York City on October 11th, at least according to Pocket-lint.
While the exact date has been up in the air, October and New York have been been assumed to be the time and place for the big launch--after all, it was exactly one year ago (October 6th, 2009) in New York City that Microsoft launched Windows Mobile 6.5 (see our earlier coverage of that, to relive some memories), so it makes sense for them to repeat that event.
Hey, we're in New York City...how convenient!
Microsoft has not yet named the date for their 'Open House' where they show off all sorts of new tech, including Xbox, Kinect (aka 'Project Natal'), Windows 7, etc. Last year was seriously a blast and very well done, so we're kind of hoping for a repeat.
Two AT&T ads have surfaced on YouTube featuring the HTC Mondrian. We've seen speculation that the Mondrian was headed to AT&T but nothing as strong as an advertisement.
AT&T has long been considered at the forefront of the Windows Phone 7 launch and could have as many as six devices in their Windows Phone 7 lineup. While the ads don't shed much light on when the Mondrian will be available, is it safe to say that with these ads the Mondrian will be one of the six?
Follow the break to see the second ad featuring the HTC Mondrian for AT&T.
Microsoft is scheduled to officially release Windows Phone 7 to the world on October 11, 2010 in New York City. According to the Spanish website elEconomista.es sources close to Microsoft are saying that, in Spain, the phones will be on store shelves ten days later on October 21, 2010.
Quoting the article, "Ten days later on October 21, the mobile will reach stores Spain MoviStar, Vodafone and Orange, hand already working these days in their respective campaigns launch. As it has know sources close to Microsoft, elEconomista (MSFT.NQ) ) the first manufacturers shall HTC, LG and Samsung. Later add Dell and Toshiba, among others."
Granted some things could have been lost in translation but this is in line with other rumors we've heard about October 21st. It's also nice to see Dell and Toshiba still in the rumor mill with regards to Windows Phone 7 is concerned.
Considering Europe will get Windows Phone 7 on the 21st, the question now turns to whether or not WP7 will be release outside Europe on the same date? Will the U.S. market see the phones on the 21st as well? Or will the previous rumors hold true with Windows Phone 7 hitting the shelves in the U.S. in November?
The LG E900 Windows Phone 7 spent a little hands on time with the Czech website mobilmania.cz and they captured it all on video.
The twenty minute video is in Czech but shows off the LG Windows Phone 7 phone nicely. The 3.7" screen appears to be responsive to the touch but the accelerometer seemed to stick at times, slowing the screen rotation down. The screen keyboard appears well spaced, especially in the horizontal view.
The reviewer does briefly visit the settings page for the LG Windows Phone 7 and shows that the E900 has 16gb of total storage. It would have been nice if we had if the video showed the processor information so we could tell if the E900 is running a 1ghz or 1.3ghz processor.
All in all, the E900 does look nice and Windows Phone 7 appears to run smoothly and with some zip on the phone.
You can catch the full, twenty minute video after the break.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?