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3 years ago

Acer to join the Windows Phone 7 party

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It's been rumored and speculated in the past that Acer was going to start playing with Windows Phone 7 and that looks to be confirmed now.

In an interview with Mobilized, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci detailed their plans and reasoning behind the move:

We saw a lot of limitations on Windows Phone a couple of years ago and we moved to Android because of user experience, and even the possibility to be a little more creative from a content offering and so forth is better than on the Windows phone. If we look at Windows Phone 7, today, I think we see the same opportunity you can see on Android in terms of customization.

That's it. No word on where they're at, carriers or what quarter we should expect their debut. Since Acer has had little luck in the U.S., we're skeptical we'll ever see it here. And did he say the same customization than Android? We wonder if Acer has seen WP7 yet.

Speaking of "A" names, we're curious if the folks at Asus have made their minds up yet?

Source: Mobilized; via MobileCrunch

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3 years ago

AT&T BOGO offer retroactive

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AT&T BOGO offer retroactive

According to a tweet by @windowsphone, if you've purchased a Windows Phone from AT&T within the past thirty days, you may qualify for their "Buy One Get One" free offer.  The offer includes the Samsung Focus, LG Quantum, and HTC Surround.

Remember, the offer requires a two-year service agreement and a minimum $15 data plan per phone. Just check with your local AT&T Retailer to see if your purchase qualifies for the offer.

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3 years ago

Is the Samsung Focus a couch potato or is this a glitch?

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There's little debate whether or not the Super-AMOLED screen on the Samsung Focus is nice.  The 4" screen looks good and is very receptive to the touch. 

While the screen gets high marks, we are hearing rumblings that there may be a glitch with the touch sensativity.  It seems that if you lay the Focus down on a cushioned surface (e.g. a couch) the responsiveness of the screen goes from really good to really bad fast.

In testing out this phenomena, the screen works fine in the hand but when you lay it on a sofa cushion, swipes becomes taps and eventually the screen ignores everything. Place a hard surface between the Focus and the cushion, everything returns to normal.

There's nothing official from Samsung on whether or not this is a glitch, an odd characteristic with the capacitive touch screen or an odd safety feature to help prevent pocket dialing.

I wouldn't call this a problem but more of an oddity with the screen.  If you're experiencing similar, feel free to share in the comments section. If we hear anything more on this, we'll pass it on.

Source: XDA Developers Thanks goes out to Saad for the tip

 

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3 years ago

Developers making noise again--not receiving payments, no analytic tools

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The Windows Phone 7 launch has mostly gone off with few if any hitches for developers, but there will always be something bothering them and in this case, it appears to be a legitimate concern.

Two developers, Justin James and Nicholas Yu (the latter making GoVoice)  have noted that they won't receive payments for their apps till February, which is quite far off especially if like Yu, your app launched with Windows Phone 7. Going further, the developers complain that there are no analytics to measure how popular their app is--in other words, they don't know how many they have sold.

For Yu and his GoVoice app, this is important because he wants to add the much coveted Push Notifications to his app (he already began rolling it out last week). But without knowing how many apps he has sold, nor receiving payment till February, he has to pay the server costs upfront and basically hope that he can recoup the costs. Hardly an ideal position for a developer to be in.  James concludes that for now, developers should consider WP7 a hobby instead of a source of revenue. Ouch.

Microsoft is known for treating developers pretty well--better than Apple and even Google--so we hope that they can at least address this issue before others start to feel the same way. On the other hand, these growing pains are to be expected for such a new platform--the test is to see how it is resolved.

Source: Nicholas Yu, Justin James; via BGR & Slashgear;

Further reading: Arktronic

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3 years ago

Visual Basic for the Windows Phone Developer Tools released

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Only announced in September, Microsoft has kept true to their word and released the Visual Basic programming to for Windows Phone 7, allowing an even larger number of developers to jump in on the platform.

Using these tools, developers can now have multiple means to writing code for WP7 and even more importantly, can start today. One limitation though is developers can only use it for writing Silverlight apps, not XNA, meaning games are out for now.

Kudos to Microsoft though for bringing "the most requested" tools  to developers in 60 days. Hopefully we'll even see more quality apps as we near the 3,000 mark this week.

Source: The Windows Phone Developer Blog

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3 years ago

Report: Windows Phone 7 getting crushed in UK by Android, being outsold 15:1

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Although numbers are hard to come by, a blog post from online retailer MobilePlease shines some light on the poor sales of Windows Phone 7 so far.  In the post, the large online retailer gives some details:

Windows Phone 7 has got off to a sluggish start as far as our customers are concerned, accounting for just 3% of smartphone sales and a little under 2% of overall sales through MobilesPlease.co.uk and our network of partner sites that share our data feed.

They then go on to mention how Symbian is still outselling WP7 3:1 and that overall, interest is low, even when they asked "a few local high street mobile phone retailers, both network owned and independent" their thoughts.

Granted, it is still very early in the game and we believe Microsoft has some room here to gain momentum. There's also the larger question if these stats represent the overall market, but even if they're not 100% accurate, it's a startling trend nonetheless. But Microsoft really does have an image problem to get over and only time, exposure and good word of mouth will make this happen. Oh, and that rumored January update may go a very long way, assuming it is accurate.

Source; Blog MobilesPlease; via Computer World & Electronista

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3 years ago

10% off Windows Phone accessories for Cyber Monday

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Get 10% off all Windows Phone and Windows Mobile Accessories in the WPCentral Store with the Cyber Monday sale! Simply head on over to the store, select your Windows Phone, and then get shopping. On checkout, use coupon code WP1129 to automatically get 10% off your purchase.

The offer is good now through midnight PST on Tuesday, November 30th. [sponsored post]

Shop for Windows Phone Accessories now!

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3 years ago

Tip: Use iTunes Export to convert your playlists to Zune

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We get a lot of questions here at WPCentral regarding transitioning your data or media from one service to another. One common question is about iTunes and compatibility. While you can use the Windows Phone 7 Connextor tool to help in that area, one alternative is the open source iTunes Export program by Eric Daugherty.

The app is either command line or has a GUI version (requires Adobe Air) and is pretty straightforward: launch, it finds your playlists, allows you to convert them to different formats to export: standard .m3u, .wpl (Windows Media), .zpl (Zune), or .mpl (Centrafuse) playlists. Seems easy enough and should help those of you previously hooked on iTunes to transition over.

Grab the program here.

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3 years ago

Rumor: January Windows Phone 7 update to be massive, catches up with iPhone

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We've been covering the rumored software update for Windows Phone 7 for sometime now, even having our forum members add some info to the mix. So far, the update is suppose to have the following features:

  • Bing turn-by-turn directions, improvements
  • Custom ringer support
  • Copy/Paste
  • Multi-tasking (of some form)

We have a feeling that's just the beginning, as Chris Walsh, known for his contribution to ChevronWP7, has evidently been leaked some info on the update, calling it "massive" and more tantalizingly, "MS took 3 months to do what Apple did in 3 years" and "Lets just say the could have called it Windows Phone 8"--that's exactly the kind of thing we and the market in general want to hear.

Whether or not it all bares fruit remains to be seen, but too many independent sources are all saying the same thing: the first update to Windows Phone 7 will impress.

Oh and one more thing (snicker), Chris promises some screenshots later today. Stay tuned.

Source: Twitter; via mobilitydigest

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3 years ago

WP7AppList website is now live, offers easy browsing for new software

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A few sites have sprung up of late offering an easy web-view of the Windows Phone Marketplace. Such was the case with MarketplaceBrowser, which indexed and gave quick links to all the software in the app store.

Now a new one has launched called WP7AppList and it looks to be a little more full featured as it includes price-drops and interesting stats e.g. who knew that 29% of the apps for WP7 are free and that the average price is $1.51? As interesting, an average of 49 apps are added each day. Cool.

The site designer's choice to use a Apple Cover Floweque design is a bit humorous and it's a bit garish at times. However,  we suppose using the site to check for daily price drops or new apps would be a good use, so take it for a spin.

And Microsoft, you should really get in on this web thing for the store soon. Try the site here.

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3 years ago

WPCentral First Look: Browse On for Windows Phone 7

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While we took a look at Browser Plus a few weeks ago, the add-on to Mobile Internet Explorer that gave us tabbed browsing, a new contender has come forth to offer some similar and unique features.

Browse On goes for $0.99 in the Marketplace and it's biggest selling point would be the ability to open a new Tab in Landscape and type in the web address directly. That's because in normal Mobile IE and Browser Plus, the address bar is not available in Landscape, requiring you to switch orientation, type, then switch back. The second selling point is the full screen mode in Portrait. This feature auto-hides the address bar in the default orientation, give you more browsing space.

Overall, the look and speed of the app is great and while it lacks "incognito" and "reader" modes like Browser Plus, the full screen emphasis and better landscape browsing make it a worthy app. No trial mode is available.

Find it here (opens Zune desktop).

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3 years ago

Flight Control makes the transition to Windows Phone 7

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We reviewed Flight Control for Windows Mobile not too long ago and found it to be an entertaining, addictive gaming app. Namco's Flight Control has made the transition to Windows Phone 7 and is just as entertaining and as addictive. If anything, the capacitive touch screen has improved game play.

Flight Contol has been well received on other platforms such as the iPhone and to see how well the aplication transitioned to Windows Phone 7, just ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

NiteIze Cargo Case for the LG Quantum - Review

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3 years ago

Ecolife Elements Top Case for LG Quantum - Review

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Ecolife Elements Top Case for LG Quantum - Review

Aftermarket cases are slowing trickling in over at the WPCentral Store and the Ecolife Elements Top Case stands out for the LG Quantum.

We've looked at the Ecolife cases before and were impressed with the quality and durability. I've been carrying my AT&T Tilt2 in Ecolife's Elements Side Case for about six months and it's still going strong. The Top Case fits the LG Quantum nicely and I recently took the case for a test drive with the new Windows Phone.

Follow the break to see what impression the Elements Case made.

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3 years ago

Does the HD7 have a death-grip antenna issue like the iPhone? [Video]

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In a new video on YouTube, it's alleged (and seemingly demonstrated) that the HD7 suffers from an antenna/reception issue similar to the Apple iPhone 4--namely if you grip it a certain way, it has a noticeable effect on the reception, up to the point where calls and data are dropped. This so-called "death grip" problem dubbed antenna-gate by many is related to having the antenna near the bottom of the phone, which is a design choice to keep the antenna (and radiation) away from the head.

At first, we were skeptical of the evidence found in the video, noting that in general, T-Mobile's coverage and reception is worse than AT&T and to put it bluntly, the HD7's overall signal reception was not the best to begin with. In turn, we tried to duplicate the situation numerous times and in the video above, you'll see our results which came as a surprise. In short, the HD7 does appear to have a death-grip problem--even to the point where data can be held up.

By way of comparison (not in the video though) the Samsug Focus seems to be just fine.  Combined with the "pink camera" issue, the HD7 to looks have a few notches against it. Feel free to chime in with your experiences in comments! See the original YouTube video after the break.

Source: YouTube, via: Geekword; Thanks, Muhammad A., for the tip

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