3 years ago
Clove getting Dell Venue Pro on March 26
After a plethora of delays and limited availability through Dell, Clove's blog reports that they will be receiving SIM free stock of Dell Venue Pros for the UK on March 26. The vertical QWERTY slider will sell for £350.00 straight-up, or £420.00 with VAT. Clove admits that the long-awaited Venue Pro "will not be available in huge quantities at launch," so order soon if you are sick of waiting.
3 years ago
Google releases AdMob WP7 SDK Beta
Yesterday Google released AdMob Windows Phone SDK Beta for download. The SDK, which includes HTML5 support, allows developers to "easily integrate advertising into their applications, control where the ads appear, and what types of ads are shown in their apps." Text and banner ads can be linked to websites or directly to the Marketplace. The SDK maintains the same look and feel as WP7 and allow users to click on an ad, then smoothly return to their current application.
AdMob WP7 SDK can be downloaded by current AdMob members by logging into their account and adding the Windows Phone 7 site type. Google has also updated their iOS and Android SDKs to include new features, such as enhanced HTML5 support.
Source: Google Mobile Ads Blog
3 years ago
Sprint Arrive vs Sprint Touch Pro 2 - In Pictures
This post is for you old school kids still using the near legendary Sprint HTC Touch Pro 2--a device hacked and ROM'd to death and which approached perfection (if it weren't for that under-powered CPU). Anyways, the new Sprint HTC Arrive (aka 7 Pro) is basically a Touch Pro 3--the devices feel very similar, are nearly identical in size and quality. Still, we figured we get some close up glamor shots for you people who are curious about jumping to the new guy in town (we vote: yes, do it).
More pics after the break...
3 years ago
Zune hardware biz developer: "I'll be going to work tomorrow"
Microsoft has responded to the "Zune (hardware) is dead" meme that has taken off like a hurricane ever since the Bloomberg article the other day:
“We have nothing to announce about another Zune device -- but most recently have introduced Zune HD to Canada via the Zune Originals store and remain committed to supporting our devices in North America,” the company said in an e-mailed statement. “We are thrilled by the consumer excitement for Zune across many new platforms, including Windows Phone 7 and Xbox 360. Our long-term strategy focuses on the strength of the entire Zune ecosystem across Microsoft platforms.”
That sure doesn't sound like a denial, lending more credence to the Bloomberg claim from "sources familiar". Now, Dave McLauchlan, who does business development at Microsoft for the Zune HD, has now responded in the Anything But Ipod forums, where he's been a member since 2006. While not revealing anything too specific, it sure sounds as if the story is more...complicated...than Bloomberg has made it out to be. We'll just quote the meaty parts of his post:
"I've had tweets, emails, PMs and phone calls. People offering condolences, checking in on me, etc... etc... Stop, stop, stop!
The Bloomberg article is NOT an official statement from Microsoft (apart from the quote above). The headline is purportedly from a "person familiar with the matter" - which of course tells you nothing.
Here's what you should know - ALL consumer electronics products have a lifespan, and the Zune HD is 18mo old. We were completely frank about this year's Zune hardware being the WP7 phones, and we continue to both sell and fully support the Zune HD line of products. And as I've promised - we continue to bring new apps and games to the platform. More of those are in the works, I promise you.
I manage business development for Zune hardware, and I still have that job. Our PR folks released a statement today that included the text: "We’ll share more information about the evolution of the Zune entertainment service and Zune hardware as future plans develop."
To be 100% clear - NO information about our future plans, no matter what the incarnation, has been shared. Until then treat with healthy skepticism anything you read. That's probably a good general rule actually.
So for those who tweeted or emailed asking what I'm "going to do now" - I'll be going to work tomorrow, working on Zune hardware bizdev. And when Microsoft announces news that is actually news, you'll hear it from us directly, and I'll be sure to pass it on immediately. Only then should you take it as gospel."
We're not 100% sure what to make of this outside he still has a job working on Zune hardware and evidently it's not as black and white as everyone seems to be thinking it is. Of course if Zune hardware is dead, it forces the question of why Microsoft, and now McLauchlan, are pushing backing looking to clarify the matter. Like we said, we think there may be more to this story than what we know so far.
Source: Anything But Ipod Forums; via ZuneBoards; Thanks, @hallucinogen52
3 years ago
'Rocket Riot' gets 2nd price drop to $2.99 - Xbox Deal of the Week
Just a few weeks after dropping from $6.99 to $4.99 (and 36 hours since I just bought it, grrr), Rocket Riot is getting another price cut to the ultra-low $2.99. That's a really, really good price for a game that fits easily in my top five for Xbox LIVE games for Windows Phone. As mentioned in our earlier post: "Rocket Riot is a side-view shooter with retro-inspired graphics. It controls exceptionally well for a touch-screen game and is just plain fun."
Seriously, it's a fun game with what could be the world's most catchy theme song--I dare you not to get it stuck your head. Give it a go and grab it for this low price. No word if this is the "Deal of the Week" (we're pretty sure it is though) nor how long it will last, but if you were holding out before...grab it here.
3 years ago
Hands on with the Sprint HTC Arrive
Yes, our Sprint HTC Arrive has showed up and we're liking it so far. The device is the final production model headed to stores this weekend and it rocks the latest build of Windows Phone 7, 7389 with NoDo on board.
For those curious, no sign of the MicroSD card though it may be under a tiny metal door--more on that later. But sporting 16GB of memory should be enough for a lot of folks. The volume sliders appear to changed slightly--while not raised too prominently, they are very wide, making volume adjustments a breeze. The Arrive is comparable to the Touch Pro 2 in size, though noticeably thinner.
Overall, first impressions matter and ours is the Arrive is a winner. The screen is better than the HD7s', the keyboard is better than the LG Quantum and the design is quite stellar. Look for our review shorty by George Ponder and smaller follow up review by Daniel Rubino.
Have questions you need answered now? Fire off in comments and we'll get to them later tonight.
3 years ago
Switching from Android to WP7, should I be nervous?
In the world of mobile phone technologies changing from one device to another usually brings excitement. Getting a new device with more memory, faster CPU/GPU, better cameras, newer and faster radios is so thrilling. Other times it can bring the same immense excitement mixed in with the feeling of wanting to throw up. If you fall into the latter camp, it’s probably because you are switching OS platforms and a devote technophile. That is where I am currently at … the week before a new device launch and I am planning to switch OS camps. This time around is the HTC Arrive for Sprint which is the first Windows Phone 7 device for CDMA networks; you might know the GSM variant, the HTC 7 Pro, with slide-out keyboard and all.
This isn’t my first (or last) switch from phone OS’s. I’ve gone from PalmOS to Windows Mobile (2003 all the way to 6.5) to Blackberry, to webOS, to Android and, to iOS. All of these in no particular order and on several occasions more than once. This time feels different to me than previous changes. When I wanted to switch from Palm to Windows Mobile, it was because of the lack of multitasking and Wi-Fi support. From Windows Mobile to webOS, it was the lack of pretty and notifications. From webOS to Android, it was… well it was a lot (credit goes to Palm/HP for making round two three more interesting). So, why am I making the switch now and why the sudden urge to expunge my Jolt Cola and beef jerky?
The rest after the break...
3 years ago
Anandtech look at the Dell Venue Pro: "exceedingly well designed"
While we've heard lots of bad things about Dell and the lumbering launch of the Dell Venue Pro, one thing you can't knock about the device: it sure feels nice. In fact, every time we play with one we're reminded of the quality (too bad about the T-Mobile thing, though). Hardware and review giant Anandtech.com have put the DVP through its paces and have come out pleased--actually more than pleased, calling it their favorite Windows Phone device on the market.
Between the 4.1" AMOLED screen, slider keyboard, overall unique design and hardware quality, the DVP in their minds beats out the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and LG Optimus 7--which are all fine device in their own right. Doing what they do best, Anandtech put the DVP through hardware benchmarking and the device does pretty well, when compared to other Windows Phones:
- 3G Talk time: 5.7 hrs
- WiFi Web browsing battery life: 4.8 hrs
- 3G Web browsing battery life: 4.12 hrs
Some negatives may be the hardware button type (too recessed) and the screen is not very bright. Still, the device seems to hold its own.
Putting aside the DVP, it's actually more interesting to see how Windows Phone, in general, compares to other, newer devices running the latest hardware e.g. iPhone 4, Motorola Atrix 4G, Nexus S. The difference comes down to the old, Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8250/8650 versus newer SoC like Apple's A4, the Tegra 2 or Hummingbird--in short, Windows Phone get walloped in terms of battery and performance, specifically the poor Java Script support. Anandtech point out that currently, WP7 just doesn't support at the driver level newer hardware and although we don't have any immediate complaints about performance, per se, it'd sure be nice to have a Focus with a Humminbird SoC, no?
3 years ago
HTC Prime WP7 slider on its way?
XDA China has posted a picture and details of the the HTC Prime, a new phone sporting a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard on the Prime looks to be a departure from the bulky tilting ones that we are used to seeing on other HTC phones. Instead, it appears to be a thinner, straight slider with oval buttons, rather than rectangular. Other features of the phone include:
- 3.7-inch WVGA touch screen with 480 x 800 resolution
- 512MB RAM
- 5MP camera with auto focus and LED flash
- Wi-fi and Bluetooth
No carrier information has been specified. There is no release date included in the write-up, but there is speculation that the Prime may be unveiled at CTIA.
Source: XDA.cn; Via: PocketNow
3 years ago
Sprint Arrive for $150 on Amazon Wireless
We mentioned earlier that the Sprint HTC Arrivve was going for $50 on Wirefly if you're a new customer, $150 for renewing. Looks like Amazon Wireless will be offering it for $150 and 2-day free shipping as well for upgrading customers--we like that.
Source: Amazon Wireless; Thanks,theBrknSystm, WPDiddy, for the heads up
3 years ago
Is the HTC Ignite a new Windows Phone?
File this one under rumor, with contradictions
The above image comes to us from XDA.cn, which in fairness, does get a high amount of accurate leaks--well, they get it right some of the time. The above rendering is of the supposed HTC Ignite, a device rumored for a mid-2011 release. As Pocketnow notes, the HTC Ignite is also listed on UK etailer King of Gadgets, so the name may be in use by HTC after all (although to be honest, it sounds like Android for some reason).
The contradictions come into play with the specs: resistive screen and an 800MHz processor? Umm, no. And there's no evidence to suggest that Microsoft is downgrading the chassis requirements. It's not Chassis 2, which are front-qwerty devices with a different resolution and not coming anytime soon, so something is not correct there.
Still, forget all of that: we like this image and HTC should make this design 'cause it's slick as all heck. Reminds a bit of the Nexus S.
Source: XDA.cn; via Pocketnow
3 years ago
Hands on with 'TapSplosion' [Video]
Over the weekend we posted a demo vid of the new game 'TapSplosion', made by Dave Leverton who's website informs us he's "...a university student, spending 1 hour a day on a personal project! Creating a Windows Phone 7 game in XNA!".
We got a chance to play with TapSplosion, which should be hitting the Marketplace any day now. Initial thoughts? We like it. The graphics and design are fantastic, just really polished looking. The music also goes with the game very well and kind of rocks. As you can see from the video, the game is a "survival" type where you have tons of enemies spawning all over the place and you have to eliminate them using various 'spolsions or other tricks e.g. gravity well. It's like 'Geometry Wars' combined with 'The Revenants - Corridor of Souls' and it works well.
If we had to pick out some things can be improved, we would suggest difficulty levels and perhaps another type of game in addition to "survival" as gameplay is short and furious with this one (you usually can't play for more than a couple of minutes). But hey, it's made by a a student and for v1.0 we like what we see and are having fun playing it. The game will probably for $1.29/£0.99 (+ Trial) though we think a "lite" ad-supported version may be a good idea as well.
3 years ago
Sprint HTC Arrive $50 on pre-order from Wirefly
For those of you who aren't Sprint customers looking to switch for the HTC Arrive, which gets released this weekend (there has to be like 10 of you), you may want to jump on this Wirefly deal: Two-year contract for new customer and get the Arrive for $50. If you're renewing, you can grab it for $150--still better than Sprint.
Wirefly has been very aggressive lately in their pricing and to put this in perspective, Sprint is going only as low as $199 after rebate plus a new contract for the slider Windows Phone device. So getting it for $50 in all instant rebates is a heck of deal. The real question though is how many will actually grab this deal with Sprint not known to be gaining that many new customers?
We'll be keeping an eye out for you on-contract folk too as $199 seems a bit high in our book for this phone.
3 years ago
Farewell Zune Devices
It seems Microsoft have finally chosen to halt development of the much greatly under-performing Zune media player, in a report published by Bloomberg. Is this a wise decision to cut off their portable media player?
We think so. Sure, the Zune has had its fair share of sales and use but for Microsoft to take the mobile competition seriously and contend with all guns blazing, they need to step up their game and increase development efforts with WP7. While the product line has suffered, the software and service has been a slight-success with the additional coverage on the Xbox 360 and WP7 platforms.
Included in the report, Bloomberg states that Microsoft will continue to sell existing models of the Zune, but will not introduce anything new. What do you think of this latest move, and do you believe it will have a positive effect on Windows Phone 7 development?
Source: Bloomberg; via BusinessInsider
3 years ago
No Xbox love for Chicks n Vixens
While Chicks n' Vixens continues to blaze a trial through Beta updates, it won't be heading to Microsoft's Xbox Live lineup. Jabberworx had hoped to be one of the few independent developers to gain Xbox Live status.
According to a post over at Windows Phone Metro, Jabberworx reports that Microsoft has turned down their request for Xbox Live status. Microsoft, according to Jabberworx, said Chicks n' Vixens was too much like Angry Birds (which will be an Xbox Live title).
Chicks n' Vixens is an entertaining game and has potential for success, Xbox Live or not. However, the game still needs polishing (and a little more gusto wouldn't hurt) to make the game competitive. Unfortunately, the latest Beta Update seems to have added more glitches than fixes. Glitches that hopefully can be ironed out with the next Beta update.
If you haven't tried Chicks n' Vixens, it's a free game you can find here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
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