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3 years ago

Update: Confirmed, Sprint announcing HTC 7 Pro this Thursday

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Sprint just had another Tweet which not-so-cryptically reads:

"If you could design a brand new phone, what would it have? Ours will have a hub for gaming, music, pictures and video."

That's only one OS in the world and it ain't Android, baby! (Although technically, Samsung has been swiping "hubs" for their Galaxy SII phones...) We imagine in the next 48hrs a ton of info should be coming out regarding availability, pricing, etc. All we know is we can't wait and we'll be the first to order.

Finally, Windows Phone on CDMA.

Source: @sprint; Thanks, @bdattilo, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Panoramic's moTweets nears release on Windows Phone [Video]

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One of the staple Twitter apps for Windows Mobile, moTweets, is near release on Windows Phone 7. Panoramic, who we reported was working on a client for WP7, has published screen shots and a video (seen above) that demonstrates the app's capabilities. Fetching for a very fair $0.99 (or free, but ad-supported), the Twitter program will feature:

  • Use up to six (6) Twitter accounts simultaneously
  • Upload pictures using your device’s camera or from the photo album
  • Add your location to your Twitter post using your phone's GPS
  • tinyurl.com, bit.ly, twitpic.com, and yfrog.com support
  • View Trends, Lists and Conversations
  • View user’s background in the user details screen
  • Live Tile display your account image(s)
  • Streams allow you to add and view multiple timelines including Search results and RSS feeds
  • View tweets near your location and view them on a Bing map
  • Image Wall displays all images from your timeline as well as ones you've uploaded
  • Translate Tweets, Search Twitter topics, locations and users with ease
  • ReTweet, Follow, Unfollow, Direct messages, RSS Feeds, Favorites and much more!

The Live Tile with your images is a neat twist for a v1.0 app and at least in the video, at the 1:25 mark, it seems to show Tile notifications--let's hope they're in the final version! The app has been submitted to the Marketplace for testing, meaning a full release is right around the corner (~48 hours).

Till then, here are some images after the break to keep you curious...

Source: Panoramic

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3 years ago

Video demo of Google Sky on Windows Phone 7 [Homebrew]

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In a neat experiment, developer Colin Eberhardt shows how it is possible to import Google's Sky Maps into a Windows Phone 7 application, using the same mapping APIs as Bing. This is a popular trick that we've seen with TA Maps and other programs that access 3rd party mapping databases.

The downside here though is that this is far from what they have on Android--which is an augmented reality application used for discovering and showing celestial objects in the sky using the phone's compass and accelerometers. Instead, this just shows the Sky Map with some pre-defined  objects for viewing. Furthermore, Google evidently is not allowing use of the data outside of their services, so we'll have to either wait for an official Google solution or some really ambitious home-coder.

Read more on how Colin did it here. Via @gcaughey

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3 years ago

AlphaJax wins New Zealand ONYA award

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One our favorite games on Windows Phone is of course AlphaJax, so it's nice to see them take away an ONYA award in New Zeland. The ONYAs "...celebrate those who design, develop and create New Zealand's best websites and applications. They're awards by the industry, for the industry."

There were three finalists, including one for the iOS system, which AlphaJax was able to beat out. Anyways, a big congrats to the Keith Patton and the folks at Marker for their success. See the video of the three finalists and acceptance speech after the break.

Source: Microsoft New Zealand; @alphajax

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3 years ago

Microsoft getting ready to push pre-NoDO update for Windows Phone [Updated]

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A rumor was circulating recently that Microsoft would be pushing a mini-ROM update for Windows Phone that would precede the big 'NoDo' ROM. It was speculated that this may be a test-run for the update but in fact, it looks to be a mini bug fix to ensure that NoDo and future updates are installed correctly. In fact, it sounds analogous to the Zune Desktop update that was recently rolled out for the same reason.

MonSmartphone.net is reporting that Microsoft France themselves have confirmed that an update will be pushed out to all users within in the next few days (we're actually told "today evening or tomorrow"). It's not clear if all devices are affected by this bug, therefore we might not see everyone get this update. Stay tuned.

Update: Confirmed by Microsoft US. All the details can be found here.

This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself. So while it might not sound exciting, it’s still important because it’s paving the way for all future goodie-filled updates to your phone, such as copy and paste or improved Marketplace search.

Source: MonSmartphone.net, wmpoweruser

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3 years ago

Sprint teases HTC 7 Pro for Thursday announcement?

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Here's what we know:

  1. The Sprint 7 Pro ROM is finalized, ready for shipment
  2. They were waiting on the NoDo update for CDMA support
  3. We've heard that it's coming in early March from Raphael Rivera
  4. Sprint is announcing a new phone this Thursday

Call us crazy, but we think this is the big announcement for the HTC 7 Pro which many of us have been waiting on since...well October when we were first told Sprint was getting it. The slider device has an excellent keyboard, 3.6" screen and an excellent build quality (here's a review of the GSM version, which should tell you everything). Sure, this could be another Android device but we're leaning towards definitely HTC 7 Pro.

Update: Seems to be confirmed now, see this post.

Source: Sprint (Twitter)

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3 years ago

NoDo update starting to show up on retail WP7 phones?

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While we don't have any visual confirmation of this, lets just say it makes sense. We're getting a report that the Dell Venue Pro is already shipping with the NoDo update on board, ready for some copy-n-paste action---at least in India (did we just let you down a bit? Sorry.). Reader Vinod writes to tell us:

"My friend just picked up a new Dell Venue Pro in India. And it has the NoDo (copy-paste) update already applied! The moment I saw the copy icon appearing on his phone, I yelled and started trying it out! Works exactly as advertised and in the emulator"

Like we said, it makes sense. Just like how that leaked Sprint 7 Pro finalized ROM has now been confirmed to have NoDo on board, we can expect some devices rolling off the factory floors to have the update already applied, as OEMs have been working with the update for a few months already. All we know is we're getting darn close! (Interestingly enough, we tried every single WP7 device on display at Mobile World Congress, not one had the update applied--looks like MS didn't let anyone slip it there)

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3 years ago

Seeking to secure their flair, Microsoft seeks a trademark for WP7

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One thing that deserves being pointed out, repeatedly, about Windows Phone 7 is how the UI is pretty much unlike anything out on the market today. Whether it's iOS (who lifted their layout from Palm's Garnet), Android (same) or even WebOS (more unique than the first wo), the Windows Phone 7 "style" is  certainly eye catching.

So much, in fact, that Microsoft has filed an application for a trademark on it--guess they're fearing the rise of the clones, at some point, eh? Of course just because you file doesn't mean it will be granted, but it's probably always smart to get these things in writing, in case lawsuits start flying again later on. Also, lets just say they're very specific on the filing:

The literal element of the mark consists of PHONE PEOPLE MESSAGING OUTLOOK. The mark consists of eight boxes; the upper left-hand box containing the word "PHONE" along with a telephone receiver; the upper right-hand box containing the word "PEOPLE"; the lower left-hand box containing the word "MESSAGING" along with a character face; the lower right-hand box containing the word "OUTLOOK" along with the letter "O", an envelope and a check mark; the lower four boxes are empty.

Source: US Patent & Trademark Office; via Mobile Crunch

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3 years ago

Sharing images and web pages [How To]

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Sharing images and web pages [How To]

Everyone loves to share, which is why there is a huge part of Windows Phone 7 that is focused on social connections and platforms. As well as engaging with your friends while on the go, you may find yourself browsing the web within Internet Explorer an feel the need to share an image you see on a website, or the web page itself.

While offline and browsing through our photo albums there is fantastic social integration with the ability to share images to your online profiles and through other services, but what about while online? Via email, you can send any image or web page straight from your browser to a recipient of your choice, which can come in handy should you be the sharing type and wish to save a good number of clicks (or in our case – presses) when sending some useful content to your contact(s).

Sending an image from a current web page is simple enough, simply press and hold on the picture you wish to share and a menu will pop up with a “share” option. Then select your desired email account to send from and an email composition window will then slide into view. If you wish to send the entire web page as opposed to just an image, press on the “…” at the bottom left of the browser and select “share”. Again, an email account selection will appear and then a composition window. 

Windows Phone 7 makes simple tasks easier and faster for people to complete and communicating in more complex ways is possible, rivaling with competing platforms. What do you share while browsing around; do you use this feature regularly?

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3 years ago

Body Glove Landmark Case (HTC Surround) - Review

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We've looked at the Body Glove Landmark series of cases before. We liked the case with the HTC Touch Pro as well as for the Samsung Jack. Now we turn our sites on the top case for the HTC Surround.

The soft brown case is well made, looks nice but how does it make the transition to the new Windows Phone? Does the Landmark make the grade with Surround or does it fall short of expectations?

Hit the break to read more and view a hands on video.

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3 years ago

Plantronics K100 Bluetooth Speakerphone - Review

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Plantronics latest addition to the Bluetooth speakerphone market is the K100. The K100 is a slim, low profile speaker that slides on to your car's sun visor to allow hands free operation of your Windows Phone.

Not everyone is comfortable with a Bluetooth headset and the K100 gives drivers a hands-free alternative. Additionally, the K100 provides an FM transmitter that allows you to stream audio files from your Windows Phone through your car stereo.

To see if the K100 is worth the investment, make the jump past the break.

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3 years ago

City Walk - Review

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City Walk - Review

It's a little strange reviewing an exercise app for your Windows Phone while its still winter but, we ran across an interesting Windows Phone 7 app that might come in handy when the weather improves. City Walk has been developed by Powerapp that will add a competitive twist to your outdoor walking routine.

The concept is simple, the Windows Phone 7 app divides your city into 50x50 meters sectors and your goal is to touch upon each of the fifty squares. Sure you could cheat and hit them all while driving around in your car but you don't burn as many calories that way.

To read more on City Walk, just make the jump past the break.

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3 years ago

Outdoor Navigation - Review

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Outdoor Navigation - Review

Outdoor Navigation is being offered over at the Marketplace that slaps a considerable amount of GPS functionality onto your Windows Phone. Developed by GPS Tuner, the Windows Phone 7 navigation application offers features you would typically find on a stand alone GPS unit.

From an on-board compass to route tracking to photographing points of interest, Outdoor Navigation can come in handy on the open trail as well as the open road. The application lays everything out nicely and includes a healthy help section to guide you through all the bells and whistles Outdoor Navigation has.

Read more after the break.

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3 years ago

Scoreloop coming to a WP7 near you

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Scoreloop coming to a WP7 near you

Scoreloop has announced that they will be supporting Windows Phone 7 and will be including the platform within their cross-platform social gaming system. Why is this big news for developers? Social games developed for WP7 will have the ability to allow players to compete against Android or iPhone owners.

The basic breakdown of what features the social "middleware" offers are cross-platform leader-boards, challengers, or virtual currency that developers can implement into their games for all mobile platforms. Opening up not only a much larger audience for players to engage with (or against), this will help bring the different operating systems together and make it more attractive for developers on other platforms to bring their projects to WP7.

Platforms that are currently covered by Scoreloop include Android, Bada, Airplay and iOS (iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch). As for WP7, Marc Gumpinger, CEO of Scoreloop said, "WP7 is an important step in our goal to encourage and support connected gaming across the entire mobile landscape. As the first cross-platform social gaming ecosystem to add support for WP7 this means we can offer the largest reach, greater revenue potential and increase the impact of developers using the Scoreloop SDK," 

This is exciting news for Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 as a whole. Scoreloop is expanding rapidly, and for them to show support in the OS should hopefully hush some critics about the appeal of the software and devices to not only front-end users, but also the developer community. Currently Scoreloop are providing a limited number of developers early access to their SDK before publishing it to the public.

Source: Gamasutra

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