The question is straight forward: how are you feeling about the hardware so far?
Granted, we don't know a lot of the detailed specs, so this is sort of unfair. On the other hand, just going by aesthetics alone and general feel, we know some of you have opinions on the issue. Plus we can always revisit the topic in the fall.
Well, it was just a matter of time before 3rd party developers come up with a way to mimic the ZuneHD/Windows Phone 7 start menu on Android--actually, we're kind of shocked it took this long.
'Zune Home Launcher' is not a bad beginning, though we'd argue it misses the best part of 'Metro': the dynamic start tiles. In fact, the "list as a Start menu" thing is probably the weakest part of Metro at this point (we're not looking to endless scrolling, something already common on Android).
Looking for a Star Wars app that will have your Windows Phone growl like a Wookie? Comment on the powers of the dark side of the Force?
If so, XDA Developers member bo11ux has developed an app that might fit the bill. The Star Wars Sounds app is a soundboard highlighting twelve characters from the popular sci-fi movie.
Simply tap on the icon for a particular character to hear the sound bite. Each character has three sound bites except for Darth Vadar who has four. Sound quality is a little choppy on some of the phrases but this simple app is a fun addition for the Star Wars fan in all of us. You can download the .cab file here.
Finally, details are starting to leak out regarding some hardware for Windows Phone 7. Although we don’t get much more information about Samsung’s Cetus than we did from the Bluetooth SIG we do get some (blurry) pictures courtesy of Engadget.
We do know from previous leaks that we’re looking at a 4” WVGA AMOLED screen and the minimum 5MP Camera; and if you squint just right you can make out the rumored front facing VGA camera. Current rumors are putting this phone as one of AT&T’s launch devices. These pictures do show a much more curvy profile than the other Samsung WP7 device we saw floating around last week; perhaps we’re looking at a couple of Samsung phones in the not-too-distant future?
Is the sleek black slab look enough for you? Watcha think? See more pictures after the break.
...[Microsoft] says that torrents represent an unknown legal issue which would violate their policy...
Legal or not, it sounds like Microsoft just does not want to touch the controversial file-sharing system with a 10-foot pole and would rather just avoid the whole issue (and thus maintaining their relationships with their software partners, natch). Here is a case-difference between WP7 and Android as theGoogle's market place does allow 'DTor' to be sold, no questions.
Some good news? Blue Planet Apps does plan to port over RoboPrint and BioLock to Windows Phone 7 (mentioned on Twitter here and here).
Update: BluePlanet clarifies in comments that Microsoft is not 100% against a BitTorrent app, but rather this is all new for them so they're taking it step by step on these grey area programs.
Fun factoid: Windows Mobile was the first mobile OS to have a BitTorrent client, Adisasta's WMTorrent, which is still available and is quite a nice program.
As of right now, the video is not up, but we expect it sometime "this week" which is quickly coming to an end. It also seems from Nelson's other tweet that they may do the whole event again, so everyone can join in?
TheUnwired.net has an interesting theory, albeit lacking hard evidence, that Microsoft may be providing some type of native Twitter support after all.
This is one of those we could seriously believe Microsoft doing before the 1.0 official launch and think it is certainly a possibility.
The story goes like this: Michael Klucher, Microsoft's Lead Program Manger of the XNA Development Platform, showed off a few pictures of some Windows Phone 7 games and tweeted them to his account. The photos's EXIF data confirm a Samsung camera had taken presumably from those Samsung developer units.
The interesting part comes from the Twitter client information, which every Tweet marks to ID the originating software e.g. "Seesmic" or "Twikini". In this case, it says "To be named later" which is...well certainly odd and interesting. Even more so, it links back to www.microsoft.com (dun dun dun!)
The theory goes that Kuchner is using a beta version of a native Twitter app for Windows Phone 7. Ta-da!
Like we said, totally plausible and we hope, very true, but at this point...just lots of circumstantial evidence. Read more at The Unwired.net.
Looks like the folks at Microsoft are still continuing to roll out applications and mini-games for the Zune HD, some of which are being ported over to Windows Phone 7 e.g. 'Goosplat'.
Two news ones that are now available are 'Music Quiz' which uses the Zune's music library to...well quiz you on music. Functioning like those common bar-quizzes, the game allows you to pick an artist, genre or playlist to test your skills on two-levels: 'normal' and 'hardcore'.
The other game, 'Animalgrams', falls into the puzzle category as it uses 'the Jungle of the Savanna' as a background theme for figuring out anagrams. Hmmm...witty one there, Microsoft.
Both look like great time-killers and are quite fun. These two new games brings the ZuneHD game count up to 14--not bad for free, as all are actually really enjoyable.We also really hope 'Music Quiz' makes it over to the WP7 Marketplace some time. Fire up your Zune connect software and head to the Marketplace to download.
Pfffttt...Although LG has been boasting big about Microsoft and Windows Mobile/Phone for...well a few years now, not much has come of it. (See last week)
As it turns out, LG reportedly plans to launch 20 phones this year, with 15 of those being Android devices, the remaining five for Windows Phone 7.
He said that 4.2 million phones will be Android-based, while 1.8 million will use Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system, the executive said.
"We can't exactly predict the market. But one thing clear is LG is heavily betting on Google’s Android operating system. The number of Android phones will be more than earlier expected," an LG spokesman said.
Hmmm, lets see if this ratio balances out in 18 months?
Okay, I guess we shouldn't be too shocked. Android is selling like hotcakes, Windows Phone 7 is...well, untested at this point. LG needs to make money so they're going to follow that trail as any wise company would do.
But we get it LG: you love us and Android, someday you'll leave her because we're really the best, but you don't want to lose the house. So for now we'll play the part of the mistress. Hmmmph
Finally, it is still worth noting that LG plans to have five WP7 devices--so far we've only seen one, the Panther GW910.
Microsoft is providing more training resources for Windows Phone 7 developers. Windows Phone 7 Jump Start Training series is for all developers, of all levels, who are interested in developing WP7 apps. Microsoft MVP's Rob Miles and Andy Wigley to lead the charge in this twelve part online training series.
Inspired by the Live Jump Start Training held last month, each training session runs about fifty minutes long. Sessions cover building Silverlight apps, building games, building XNA games, advanced application development, marketing your apps, and working with media.
The training sessions can be accessed through Channel 9's website, the Windows Team Blog, a Zune subscription and even iTunes. The sessions are described "as a semester's worth of class time to help you in your quest to be an awesome Windows Phone 7 developer." Even for the non-developer, the training sessions offer valuable insight into Microsoft's new mobile OS.