The Channel has a wide assortment of app previews and demos ranging from the Netflix Demo to a preview of the Windows Phone 7 game Paperball. You will also find short walk through videos for Windows Phone 7 features such as the Office Hub.
Police Scanner for Windows Phone 7, developed by Carmelo Milian (developer of PhotoWiz), is dialed in and ready for release. The application taps into Police and other emergency service feeds from various cities in the U.S. and abroad.
Based on the demo video, locations range from Los Angeles, California to Memphis, Tennessee to Manitoba, Canada. The application browses for feeds, pick country, then state, then get all feeds (a little over 2,000). You also have a handy "Ten Code" reference to make it easy to interpret what "10-09" or "10-20" means.
Police Scanner is an interesting application that brings a new twist to Windows Phone 7. It will be nice to see this one in action.
The popular photography app, PhotoWiz, is making the transition to Windows Phone 7. The application is a quick reference guide for photography providing information on exposure, shutter speeds, depth of field calculations, as well as tips and tricks to improve your photography. We liked the Windows Mobile version and based on the demo, the Windows Phone 7 version looks just as good.
The first has the Samsung GT i8700 becoming part of the Omnia line as the Samsung Omnia 7. This isn't too far of a stretch seeing that Samsung has had good success with previous Omnia Windows Phones.
The second rumor has an interesting twist. The HTC T8788 is rumored to be headed to AT&T (no surprise there) but the reports shows the phone on the provider myvzw.com, which is indicative of Verizon phones. Verizon fans shouldn't read too much into this. As many have already reported, this anomaly could easily be the T8788 piggy-backing on a Verizon hot-spot.
Back in June, Microsoft announced that they were working on another Mobile OS for enterprise devices based on Windows Mobile 6.5. Steve Ballmer stated that "In the next six months we will release a new embedded OS called Windows Embedded Handheld, based on Windows Mobile 6.5 technologies ..."
Today, just over three months since Microsoft's announcement, Sprint and Motorola announced they will be releasing the first mobile enterprise handheld device, running Windows Embedded (which features WinMo 6.5.3). The Motorola ES400S will be available for as low as $499.99 and will offer integrated voice and data capabilities. The ES400S is expected to be available by the end of October.
Specs on the Motorola include:
Customizable Motorola Enterprise User Interface (MEUI) makes business-critical information and functions available with one key press. Includes enterprise-specific enhancements like photo annotation
Enterprise-class security including built-in Biometric fingerprint reader
Durable construction to withstand dust, drops and bumps, with certifications for MIL-STD 810G, for a 4-foot drop, and IP42 sealing specifications
3-inch VGA touchscreen
3.2 MP camera with red line aimer for easy barcode scanning and one-button push-to-scan for one- and two-dimensional barcode reading
Wi-Fi/802.11 a/b/g with Enterprise Security
1 GB ROM/256 MB RAM
CDMA EVDO Rev. A for domestic service and HSPA/GSM for international roaming
Battery: 1540 mAh standard battery and 3080 mAh extended battery (sold separately)
Call it a re-incarnation for Windows Mobile or a stop-gap measure until Windows Phone 7 can transition into enterprise devices but it's nice to see Windows Mobile still hanging around. You can find the full press release from Sprint here.
42Gears has released SureCop v1.0, a mobile phone and location tracking application for your Windows Phone. The three main features of SureCop are:
Remote Lock: Locks your phone and requires a unique password to unlock
Remote Wipe: Erases all data on the Windows Phone main memory and expansion card.
Location Tracking: utilizes Google Maps and works with phones with or without built in GPS.
All three features are activated via SMS Message to your phone from a partnered phone. That prevents anyone from triggering these features.
Additionally, SureCop Manager is available as a free tool to help manage multiple phone. SureCop is compatible with Windows Mobile Professional (touch screen) versions 5.0, 6.0, 6.1 and 6.5. No word if 42Gears plans to transition to Windows Phone 7.
SureCop will run you $19.95 and a free trial version can be downloaded at SureCop.com allowing you to try before you buy.
Early in 2009, Microsoft Office Labs showed off a video showing where they (and we) hope to be in ten-years with all our technology. No small feat considering just how fast this stuff is moving (the HTC PPC-6700 was only 5 years ago).
At about 2:12 in that video, it shows a man walking in an airport and he pulls out his mobile phone which is basically all screen...actually it's two screens that can separate and operate independently of each other, but in conjunction with the OS. In the video, he looks up airport directions and then take a video call.
Cool stuff. So cool in fact Microsoft has gone out and literally patented the idea, hopefully planning to bring such a fantasy to reality by...well...2019:
A motion of a first module of the dual module portable device may be detected. Based at least in part on the detected motion, a position of the first module may be determined relative to the second module of the portable device. Once the relative position of the first module has been determined, a portion of a user interface associated with the relative position may be displayed at the first module.
Yeah, that's what we said above patent-office, thanks.
Check out the whole video after the break to see it in action.
We've gotten the message: Chassis 1 specifications for Windows Phone 7 is "black slab" style--long 800x4800 devices with an optional slide out keyboard (with only the LG C900/GW910 using that option so far).
But little was known about Chassis 2, though speculation was always that it would be some type of front qwerty device because we knew 480x320 resolution support was coming.
In an interview with Silcon.com, Microsoft's ISV developer evangelist Paul Foster mention this specifically about the second design specifications:
WP7 devices will have one of two screen resolutions - either 800 x 480 for large touchscreen devices with the potential for slide-out Qwerty keyboards, or 480 x 320 for 'BlackBerry' style handsets that can incorporate a Qwerty on the front of the device. Microsoft expects the majority of WP7 devices to have the larger screen resolution at launch, with smaller resolution handsets coming later, said Foster.
Once again, this is not really that shocking and was to be expected (what else could you do with Chassis 2 or 3?), in fact if you go back to February 23rd at CNet, this was pretty much known back then:
Chassis 2-compliant phones will support real sliding keyboards plus touch, the podcasters claimed. They said these would be more Palm-Treo-like.
Sounds like the Dell Lightning, no? Which also explains why that won't be ready till 2011. Now we just have to figure out what Chassis 3 is...that's some real news.
On Windows Phone 7 there are two types of games: Xbox LIVE supported and non-LIVE supported. The former requires more time, money and skills for getting approval and is typical reserved for the "bigger" game studios who can get access to Microsoft's LIVE network (higher standard); the latter anyone can write games for and sell/distribute through the Marketplace.
Therefore, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Xbox LIVE games, the ones that will be of high quality and leverage the full feature-set of WP7, will get listing priority on your device.
This is according Michel Klucher (Lead Program Manger XNA Development Platform at Microsoft), who on his blog gave some details on this issue noting:
Games that do not use Xbox LIVE will be listed right below the Xbox LIVE enabled titles in your collection. All games can be pinned to the start menu just like any other content in Windows Phone 7.
While not a big deal, it seems this would push developers to go for the LIVE option if possible though it may make a few developers feel a little lower on the totem poll if they don't have the deep pockets, like the studios.
LG's Optimus 7 (or E900) is being reported to have voice to text capabilities. This feature would allow users to convert voice into text for email, status updates and sms messaging. No indications on whether or not this is a Microsoft feature, an LG feature or something lost in translation. Regardless it sounds like an interesting feature.
The Korean Economic Daily spent some hands-on time with the Windows Phone 7 from LG and indicates the phone has a 3.8", 480x800 screen, a 1500mAh battery, 16gb of storage, and a 1ghz processor.
Another interesting feature mentioned in the review is the Optimus's ability to create panoramic pictures simply by panning the camera. Images are automatically stitched together.
The reports don't shed any light on when or where the Optimus 7 will land but the voice to text feature, if accurate, does give the LG phone a bit more appeal.
While Samsung has built a reputation for quality electronics, they also offer some decent cases for your Windows Phones. The Hartmann Luxury Leather Case is a quality built, uniquely designed case for the Samsung Jack. It will also accommodate the Sprint Snap and Verizon Ozone.
What sets the Hartmann case apart from others is that lack of a case flap. It's more of a horizontal pouch than case. I have reservations about how secure the Samsung Jack would ride in the case.
Ease on past the break to see how well the Samsung Hartmann Luxury Leather Case measured up.
Hotmail detects if legitimate user accounts are compromised and treats them differently than accounts that spammers setup themselves to send spam, working with the user to help them recover their account.
New account proofs that identify which personal computers and Windows Phones are trusted to access your Hotmail accounts.
More secure proofs. Previously (and still on other services), users could add/remove proofs with just their password. Now, the ability to validate an existing proof is required to change them.
Closing back-doors the hijacker may try to leave open. When a compromised account is detected, it is locked to prevent further abuse, and vacation auto-reply messages and linked accounts are suspended.
Windows Live and Hotmail will become more popular as Windows Phone 7 devices begin hitting the shelves in October/November. The more widely used, the greater potential for security threats.
The features are designed to address malicious accounts and to keep hijackers out of legitimate accounts. If you feel your Hotmail account has been compromised or are having trouble accessing it, you can visit Windows Live's Account Recovery site to re-establish your account.
The popular HTC Sense Home Tab modifier, Cookies Home Tab (CHT) is on the road to being updated. Version 2.0 Beta has been released to the public over at XDA Developers. The highlights of the update include:
left/right sliding pages configurable from 1 to 7 pages (separately configurable for portrait, landscape and lockscreen)
redesigned softkey area, bottom menu and tab slider (tap and hold the slider button, don't just tap and release)
quick links can be configured in any row by column layout
new links that are can be freely moved anywhere on the screen (free links - add from popup menu)
free links have a slide-to-launch feature on the lockscreen
more widgets: email, sms, RSS, weather, clocks (digital, flip and analog)
add-on widget framework: widgets can be made by anyone and installed as an addon cab
widgets can be pinned into place and some can be freely re-sized
The most noticeable change with v2.0 Beta is the softkey redesign. A softkey panel overlays the traditional Sense slider. If you press and hold the three-directional arrow icon, the Sense Slider will appear. I'm not sold on the softkeys yet but if you end up preferring the more traditional look, you can turn the softkeys off in the Cookies Home Tab Editor (which is also in the v2.0 beta stage).
Version 2.0 requires Sense 2.5 running on a WVGA or VGA Windows Phone. HVGA is not supported. You will also need .NET CF 3.5 which can be found here. Unfortunately, settings for previous versions of CHT are not compatible with v2.0 Beta. There is good news though, exported settings for v2.0 will be forward compatible with future 2.xx versions.
While v2.0 Beta looks really good it is a beta version. We still we have to toss out the customary caveat that the beta version may have bugs and you should proceed at your own risk. In testing out v2.0 Beta I did experience a few bugs ranging from Sense restarting on a finger swipe to the Cookie's main page being off-set just a smidgen. Nothing critical but just signs that this is a beta version.
Cookies Home Tab has built a reputation for bringing extensive customization and functionality to HTC Sense. Version 2.0 lives up to that reputation and then some. Once the bugs get ironed out of the Beta, v2.0 will be hard to beat.