Windows Phone 7 made a public appearance last week at a gadget show hosted by gdgt.com. Microsoft set up a booth and walked patrons through a demo of the software and gave everyone a little hands-on time with the phone.
Asides from the person trying to swallow his soda can around the 6:58 mark, the reactions were mostly positive about the Windows Phone. Everyone approach for their impressions were either an Android or iPhone user and "Really impressed", "Seems pretty cool" and "I liked it" were amongst the comments.
Two standout remarks were from Android users. The first "I was very surprised. I expected nothing good to come from Windows Phone 7. I'm an Android phone user and it was impressive enough that I might consider getting a Windows Phone 7." The second, "It was cool until we found out it didn't multi-task".
Hopefully these live demos will continue to give consumers a better picture of what to expect from Microsoft's new Windows Phone. It appears that most at the event found Windows Phone 7 interesting. Just not interesting enough to pull them away from their iPhones and Android phones.
Still, the positive comments is a good indication that Microsoft is headed in the right direction and gives us Windows Phone users a little hope.
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With the October (or late September) release of Windows Phone 7, we’ve heard very little about what hardware is going to be available before the holidays. We’ve heard from LG, that they will have multiple devices out by the end of the year. Now Samsung has a device jumping through the hoops to get certified.
The Samsung Cetus (SGH-i917) is listed by the Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) as a Windows Phone 7 device with a 4” WVGA AMOLED screen, 5MP Camera, and a secondary (front facing) VGA camera. Though most of the specs given merely meet the minimums set forth by Microsoft and the given specs have some glaring holes (processor, memory?), it’s still nice to start seeing some real details about what Microsoft’s Partners have in store for us.
Most of us are familiar with Google’s Street View and Bing’s Streetside. These tools allow you to virtually walk down a street in your browser; jumping between panoramic images and allowing you to get a feel for the street or location you are viewing instead of giving you impersonal lines on a map. While Street View is an amazing technology, the jumps between panoramas can be fairly significant; making the prospect of locating a small shop or building somewhat hit or miss.
Trust Microsoft to push the envelope with their services. Street Slide is Microsoft’s latest effort to make experiencing a location from the street level as seamless as possible. Using multiple perspectives to blend between different images, Microsoft presents a letterboxed view of the street. In the unused space above and below the image of the street, you are presented with street numbers that correspond with the buildings you are viewing, as well as navigation controls and corporate logos for individual businesses.
A YouTube video of the demo is after the break, and though Windows Phone 7 isn’t mentioned (some other smartphone is) it doesn’t take much of a stretch to see this coming to Microsoft’s upcoming mobile platform.
In an interesting twist, it seems that at least for some types of programs written for Windows Phone 7, multitasking or rather, the simulation of multitasking is completely possible.
Over at clr-namespace.com, the author whipped up a stopwatch application which you can start, then "minimize" then return to the app and it appears to have be running the whole time.
Of course in reality, it's not. It's "tombstoning" the application, which is a process by which
...the operating system maintains state information about the application. If the user navigates back to the application, the operating system restarts the application process and passes the state data back to the application, where the user will be able to continue seamlessly from his last interaction point with the application
In this case, the stopwatch does pause, but when restarted it counts back up from the original start time, giving the illusion that it has been "counting" while paused. This all happens without the user even knowing, making it a bit of a kludge, but a good one for this application.
How can this be applied to other programs? We're not really sure but it goes to show with some ingenuity, programmers can get around some of these "limitations".
Of course everyone knows LG is named as a launch partner with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7, their 'Panther' has been seen everywhere and LG has been trying to enter the Windows Phone/U.S. market more significantly as of late. But whether we'd actually see a WP7 LG device this year in the U.S. was a question, up untill now. (Another example: Asus--no U.S. presence, yet).
The one exception seems to be Windows Phone 7. Like these other bits of good news lately (mostly AT&T related), we're not sure if this means one, single LG phone on "a" carrier or multiple devices with multiple carriers. LG earlier this year tried to 'wow' people with their LG eXpo and pico-projector combo, but while critically it held its own it never made a large splash in the market (but it's still one of our favorite phones of 2010).
We actually like LG and find their Korea-launched phones to be quite compelling. or at the very least, interesting (plus their cameras are actually top-notch, looking at you HTC). Here's hoping to see some more of their offerings in 2010 State-side.
Update:PCWorld has LG on record saying they'll have their first WP7 phone out by the "end of September", which puts us right at that October time frame. They also plan to have "a few" devices by the end of the year.
Sprint and Verizon had no comment in regards to their Windows Phone 7 plans, outside of being named "partners" which as the article points out, means they could be more committed or less when the actual launch happens. T-Mobile didn't reply.
The fact that the nation's largest carrier (love 'em or hate 'em) is standing firmly behind Microsoft is a great sign. Probably a good idea for AT&T too since it gets them away from the Apple-collusion controversy, just a tad.
AT&T Tilt2 owners are in for a surprise. A new ROM has surfaced over at Shipped-ROMs that appears to be a Windows Mobile 6.5 update for the Tilt2. On top of the ROM surfacing, over at XDA Developers, a new radio has also surfaced from AT&T (included in the ROM update).
After downloading the 230mb file, I took the plunge and flashed my Tilt2. The ROM is definitely branded AT&T and is likely a pre-release test ROM. AT&T has done this before (with the Fuze) and if the time table stays consistent, we should be seeing an "official" release in a few weeks.
Just skimming the surface of the "leaked" version, it is built on WM 6.5 (build 21887) and is running Sense 2.5. It does have the customary AT&T bloatware and it will be nice when the chef's at XDA can cook something up without all the AT&T junk. Just scratching the surface of the "leaked" ROM it appears to be more responsive and looks very clean. The new radio also has a little more pep to it.
If your comfortable flashing ROMs you can download it here and if you prefer to simply update your radio, you can find it here.
The penny sale doesn't come without a hitch. You'll have to sign up for a minimum $15 data package and a two year contract. Still, if you're looking to upgrade that HTC Fuze or Samsung Blackjack these deals are hard to ignore. You can check out the sale information over at AT&T's website.
Thanks goes out to Cornelius Whitaker for the tip.
While this isn't a whole lot of 'new' in this video series, it's still quite informative and easily one of the best quality videos we've seen (Hello full HD and multiple angles! Too bad about the audio difficulties...).
In this series shot by www.magnus.de (Weka Media Publishing GmbH, Germany), Greg Sullivan, Senior Product Manager Windows Phone, goes through and gives a tour of Windows Phone 7 while talking up the philosophy behind it quite a bit. It's nearly a half-hour in total length, so it's broken up into four parts:
Part 1: Design, usage, the idea behind hubs Part 2: The peoples hub, social networking Part 3: The pictures hub, office hub, games hub Part 4: Zune, voice command, Bing integration, strategy
At the very least, it certainly qualifies for phone pr0n and if you have time to kill at work today, take a looksy.
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