Microsoft hopes to end awkward momements created by smartphone with the release of Windows Phone 7. The company has released a humorous video illustrating the behavior they hope to stop.
In a press release, Microsoft's Corporate VP of Mobile Communications Todd Peters states, "We love smartphones, and as a culture we love smartphones. But for all their success, Microsoft thinks there is a better smartphone experience. We noticed people going through their day with their heads down, constantly opening and closing applications, sorting, texting and searching for things. By designing a better way to organize all that information Windows Phone 7 helps people get to the stuff that is most important to them — easier and faster."
While the commercial pokes fun at those buried in their smartphone, we've all seen similar in real life. Heck, we all have probably been in similar situations ourselves. Anything in the commercial look familiar?
Here we go, folks, with the first hands-on from the craziest phone of AT&T's initial Windows Phone 7 launch -- the HTC Surround. Those are dual Dolby-capable speakers you see there, flanked by a 3.8-inch touchscreen. It's tough to get a gauge on how the speakers actually sound when you're in a big space with a few hundred people, so we're going to have to take their words for it at the moment.
A few more pics after the break, and we'll be back with more later.
Update: Want video? We got it: check out two videos showing off the Surround's video playing capabilities and gaming chops.
AT&T is bringing another option for video watching on Windows Phone 7 beyond Zune videos: U-verse for watching television. It will be free to current U-verse customers, but non-customers can still get in on the action for $9.99 a month. It will be available sometime next month, too!
In the demo today, Microsoft showed searching for shows and viewing them and it all looked quite good and consistent with the Windows Phone 7 Metro UI.
Oh yeah, and it's coming to Xbox too - though you definitely need to be a U-verse customer to take advantage of that option.
Electronics Arts has joined the Windows Phone 7 launch with EA Mobile. From Microsoft's Press Release, "As part of Microsoft’s managed portfolio of Xbox LIVE titles, EA’s games for Windows Phone 7 will be Xbox LIVE-enabled, featuring the unique ability to track and share scores with leaderboards, unlock Xbox LIVE Achievements, add to your Gamerscore, and communicate with your Xbox LIVE friends across Xbox 360, Windows-based PC and Windows Phone 7."
The partnership will bring a wide range of titles to Windows Phone 7 including:
“Need for Speed™ Undercover.”: Power 20 of the world’s hottest high-performance cars through 24 undercover missions and eight challenging modes of thrilling action. Customize your vehicle and earn performance upgrades as you race head-to-head.
“Tetris®.”: Play the best-selling blockbuster, all new for Windows Phone 7. Play up to 12 challenging variants and become a “Tetris” master, or enjoy the timeless fun of Marathon mode, loved by hundreds of millions worldwide.
“The Sims™ 3.”: Savor hours of entertainment with this award-winning experience of the No. 1 best-selling PC franchise of all time. Choose from dozens of personality traits and make your Sims characters neurotic, funny or shy while drawing from a wide array of built-in theme sets to bring your Sims to life with any appearance, clothing, and accessories you choose. Complete goals, wishes and personal goals while unlocking achievements and scoring Gamerscore points.
“MONOPOLY.”: Fans will enjoy classic “MONOPOLY” play in the 75-year tradition of the world’s favorite family game brand,* under license from Hasbro Inc. Take a ride on the Reading Railroad or buy Boardwalk as you collect achievements and climb the leaderboards. From Marvin Gardens and Water Works to Park Place, own and manage the famous holdings of the “MONOPOLY” game board, which comes to life with animated tokens and interactive features for Windows Phone 7.
Now if we can only get NCAA Football in the line-up.
In case you missed it during out Windows Phone 7 Launch Liveblog, Microsoft just announced that they will be bringing Copy and Paste to Windows Phone 7 in 'early 2011.'
Microsoft is doing updates right with Windows Phone 7 - something they never could quite get moving properly with previous versions. By 'right' we mean that Microsoft will be pushing the updates out directly (via a mix of OTA for small things and tethered desktop updates via the Zune sync client) and they say that all phones purchased this holiday season will be receiving the the update for copy/paste.
Keep it locked to wpcentral for news, hands-on, and plenty more from the Windows Phone 7 Launch!
The LG Quantum sports a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 16gb of storage, and a 5mp camera with 720p video capture. Naturally it also sports DLNA for wireless video sharing. The screen comes in at 3.8 inches with WVGA resolution.
The standout feature for the Quantum is that slide-out keyboard with a full four rows of buttons and we hope/expect that the hands-on we'll have later today will confirm our hunch - the keyboard looks fantastic.
It should be available in the next few weeks on AT&T for $199
While Europe appears to be recieving the Samsung Omnia 7, U.S. markets will be getting the Samsung Focus from AT&T. We got to know this device, pre-launch, as the Samsung Cetus.
The Focus will sport a 4" WVGA Super AMOLED screen, 5mp camera, 8gb of storage and will only be 9mm thick. AT&T will offer this Windows Phone 7 device for $199 (presumably after contractual discounts) on November 8, 2010.
The Focus will join the HTC Surround and LG Quantum as AT&T's maiden Windows Phone 7 lineup.
Samsung has released the Samsung Omnia 7 which joins the AT&T Focus in Samsung's Windows Phone 7 lineup.
The Omnia 7, which is headed to European Carriers, sports a 4" super-AMOLED screen, 1ghz processor, a 5mp camera and either a 8gb or 16gb on board storage. The Omnia 7 is expected to be available by the holidays (just around the corner) on Orange, SFR, Moviestar and T-Mobile in Europe.
Hit the break for Samsung's Press Release on the Omnia 7.
Dell is back in the smartphone game and in a big way with the Dell Venue Pro. As you can see above it's a 'portrait slider,' which means it's got a BlackBerry-style portrait keyboard hidden underneath a screen. That screen is sized at 4.1 inches - the sweet spot if you ask us, and is WVGA, sitting under scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, and is AMOLED-based. It also sports a 5 megapixel camera.
It's coming to T-Mobile and, well, that's two top-of-the-line Windows Phones for big magenta. Stay tuned for much more!
T-Mobile has announced the HTC HD7. With a 4.3" screen, the HD7 is being billed as the largest screen on a Windows Phone in the U.S.
Pre-installed software includes:
In addition to the comprehensive entertainment features of the device, the HTC HD7 delivers advanced phone features including GPS functionality with access to turn-by-turn navigation from TeleNav GPS Navigator™, Internet Explorer 8, 16 GB of internal memory, HD video recording, and an advanced 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash.
The HD7 will be available in the U.S. exclusively to T-Mobile in mid-November. No pricing points available at this time.
Follow the break for the full press release from T-Mobile.
After last night's false start, LG has gone ahead and made the LG Optimus 7 official. LG's making the video-sharing DLNA feature the headline for this device, but we're more focused on other specs like the 5 megapixel camera with 720p video, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.8 inch, 800x480 display, 16gb of storage, and 1500mAh battery.