Let it begin.Windows Phone 7 has officially been released to manufacturers in its final state. With a month or two remaining before devices are supposed to be launching, we'd say it’s about time. The good news is that Microsoft has been testing 7 unlike any of its previous mobile platforms (which makes you wonder what they were doing before). Using a variety of automated tests as well as independent software vendors and a select few early adopters, Microsoft has racked up millions of hours of testing, they say.
Additionally, Microsoft's Windows Phone team is announcing that the RTM contains some additional functionality that alleviates some of the complaints that we’ve seen from some of the media outlets that got their hands on earlier builds. The big news is that the People hub will only integrate those Facebook contacts that are actually people you know; protecting those of us (ok, not me) that have thousands of Facebook friends. Also, the ability to "like" Facebook posts is now available from the People hub.
Okay, we think we understand what Warnygo is and coming for Windows Phone 7 soon, and we'll try to explain it.
Basically it's a way to send out "alerts" based on certain categories and using geolcation. Some of those categories are:
So lets say you're in midtown Manhattan and you notice a building is on fire or something really important happening, you can send a "warny" out and people using the same network and in the area will get the notification/alert on their device. You can also subscribe to your favorite "zones" or areas of interest, for example if you want to follow any "warnies" in your hometown while you are away.
It's like a localized Twitter feed which you don't have to subscribe to or follow. We can totally see this taking "social networking" to another level (and even have socio-political implications). The big question though is will it catch on? (Anyone who has tried Google's lame 'Open Spot' will know how lonely this can be) Too early to tell, but it's an interesting idea and coming to WP7 soon.
See the video of the app in action after the jump.
And yet another HTC phone gets "approval" though less is known about this one at this time.
The name is the HTC 7 Trophy and it received approval from the Global Certification Forum (GCF), which is a partnership between OEMs, operators and the test industry to basically certify phones. It's usually a Europe/Asia thing and obviously not the U.S.
The OS on the HTC 7 Trophy is not known either but there are two hints:
Assuming this is the same 'Trophy' (admittedly a big assumption since it has been so long), the specs were a front-facing QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch capacitive touchscreen with 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM and at the time, Windows Mobile 6.5 (that's a fan rendering you see here). In addition, the GCF info adds quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz to the mix.
The phone never came out though and one has to wonder if HTC postponed the phone for Windows Phone 7 instead. If so, could HTC have kept the front qwerty design too? We can only hope, as the general consensus on the 'Trophy' design was DO WANT.
Finally, GCF phones are typically released 6-8 weeks after certification, which would be right in time for the Windows Phone 7 launch. Coincidence?
After Microsoft had its Windows Phone 7 reset, talk of a new ZuneHD2 tapered off. But lately, I’ve been hearing that, in spite of the Zune HD’s not-so-stellar sales, plus Microsoft’s failure to make the hardware available outside the U.S., the Softies may still have one more digital-media player coming. My rumormonger says it could be a calendar 2011 deliverable and possibly could sport an ARM processor of some kind. The Zune HD2 would incorporate a number of the UI changes from the Windows Phone 7 folks, the tipster claims — which makes sense given the Windows Phone 7 UI borrowed so heavily from the Zune HD UI.
No word from my tipster on dimensions, price, will/won’t there be cameras or any other details users might want to know about a potential new Zune HD. Also no word on how Microsoft might position such a device if it ever comes to market: Would it be more like a “Windows Phone 7 Lite”/iPod Touch? A gaming-focused handheld like the rumored Sony PSP Go successor? Or more like a mini slate/tablet (like one of those new Archos 28s running Froyo)?
Yeah, so this is just an unconfirmed rumor at this point, but one that is quite possible--after all, Apple still has luck in doing the whole iPod/iPhone thing, so if Windows Phone 7 is a hit, why not Microsoft?
Been using HTC Peep to keep up with your Twitter feed? Been having troubles getting logged in to your account? That would be because of the whole Twitter OAuth change that has claimed the lives of other Twitter clients including a WMExperts favorite, Twikini.
The basic gist of the problem is that Twitter changed their authentication protocol to OAuth, which allows users to approve an application without sharing their password. Twitter announced these changes back in December with an original target date of June which was later pushed to August 16.
What Twitter client do you use? Is it still working? Let us know in the comments.
You had to know it was only a matter of time. Engadget is reporting that the HTC HD3, successor to the HD2 (and previously the HD), will be launching on October 18th. The rumor stems from leaked internal documentation reportedly from UK carrier O2. If the document is to believed, the device will be named the HD7, possibly to correspond with the Windows Phone 7 platform.
Our guess is that this device would carry the torch as one of the flagship devices for the platform, much the same way as the HD2 has been. We’d love to hear some of your thoughts in the comments.
Yesterday, AT&T and HTC released an updated ROM for the Tilt2. Earlier this summer, a leaked version of this ROM surfaced over at XDA Developers. Asides from maybe a little fine tuning under the hood, the "official" version and the "leaked" versions are basically the same thing.
The update ROM is built on Windows Mobile 6.5 and Sense 2.5. This is probably the last hoorah for the Tilt2 and it would have been nice to see HTC and AT&T take the plunge and build this update on Windows Mobile 6.5.3. You do get a new radio version (22.214.171.124) which I have found to be a solid performer.
Like the "leaked" version, the updated ROM has some zip to it. Sense tabs flow smoothly, apps load without delay, and the overall feel is improved. Also like the "leaked" version, AT&T choose not to include the most recent versions of essential software. The most notable outdated version is likely .NET Compact Framework. Sure, you could always install the current version but it's odd that AT&T would release a ROM with outdated software. Right?
The "official" update also has the customary AT&T bloatware installed. You have the AT&T Navigator, Media Mall, and an assortment of trial versions pre-installed. If you need to free up the space these app take up, you can always turn to third-party apps such as Crud Scraper to clean things up.
In using the "official" update, it appears to be stable with no freezes, crashes or bugs experienced. Overall, as with the leaked ROM, I think the update is an improvement over the original. If you're running the original ROM, this update is worth considering. I don't think this ROM is strong enough to lure those running custom ROMs away from their chefs. But I have seen some really nice custom ROMs built off this update.
For me, it's the little things that are missing that could have helped this be a better update. Little things such as a Task Manager icon on the menu bar or having "mark all as read" as an option on the email menu. You do have a Twitter tab but what about Footprints, Documents or Facebook tabs?
It is nice to see AT&T give the Tilt2 one last update before it's likely to be replaced with an assortment of Windows Phone 7 devices, but I can't help but think they could have done more. You can download the official updated ROM for the Tilt2 over at HTC's support website.
The device sports a slightly smaller 3.2" screen, features a 1GHz Snapdragon and has all the other hardware requirements we expect from our Windows Phone 7 devices.
The only other cool info that comes from the translated article is that the device is mostly metal, betraying its mostly plastic look. Because of this, the device evidently feels quite nice, giving it some heft. Although plastic is lighter, the consensus seems to be that metal feels better and we agree.
'ScanSearch' is developed by Korean Software Company OlaWorks and is basically a Google Goggles app but looking even more advanced. It allows you to scan just about anything commercial (store logos, books, CDs, etc.) and then fetch more information on the interwebs.
We've heard this complaint a lot from people who travel and while we can't verify its level of annoyance, it seems it is pretty high on the list.
Basically, for some of you power people in the world, you require the ability to "shift" all (or a large chunk) of your appointments and/or tasks to different times or days. Certainly a tedious task by any standard and there is no easy way to do it, regardless of PIM choice.
While a bit pricey, the solution itself seems elegant enough and hey, if this can shave some frustrating work on such a boring task, it could be money well invested.
The app is demoed in the two videos below, so you can get an idea of how it works and what to expect. More info can be found here. Feel free to share your solutions in comments, if you share a similar problem and we'll see about getting a proper WMExperts review up of this app sometime soon, if you folks want it.
One of the hopeful rumors today is focusing around the LG E900 (seen last week), that sleek keyboardless Windows Phone 7 device probably headed for European markets.
The word is that it is running a 1.3GHz QSD8650A Snapdragon CPU, which of course would be a first and not too unexpected as Qualcomm is gearing up to launch a few new CPUs this Fall/Winter. It also features the obvious 3.7" screen,
The bad news is, at least according to WMPU, that due to an goof in Google Translation, it may actually be just a 1GHz CPU, not the coveted 1.3GHz version.
[It all hinges on the 'A' in QSD8650A--with an 'A' it is the 1.3Ghz revision; without it is the regular 1Ghz. In the original Polish text, it is just QSD8650, so 1GHz.]
Either way, we're sure we'll like it, but alas it doesn't have the same headline making umph. We can actually see this going either way, so we'll just wait for LG to tell us but we're leaning with 1GHz.
Sigurd Snørteland, that young software developer, has been turning out all sorts of cool apps for Windows Phone 7, including this latest one that is dedicated to just Channel 9 aka Microsoft's video repository of new tech and gizmos.