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3 years ago

Nvidia Tegra chipsets finally coming for Windows Phone in 2013?

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For some reason, everyone is planning for 2013. Guess we should start picking out our clothes now as Nvidia evidently has plans for Windows Phone, three years after knocking it and the same year that Samsung is reportedly dropping the OS.

Nividia's Tegra chipsets have been around for awhile now, heck they even powered the ZuneHD. But besides some Android handsets, they have been absent from the Windows Phone side, leaving plenty of room for mega SoC maker Qualcomm to ride high.

In a leaked roadmap from Heise.de, we can see that in 2013 Nvidia is looking to power Windows Phone handsets using their Tegra/Icera combo "Grey" chipset. Reportedly featuring a 28mm manufacturing process and 2G/3G/4G communication capabilities (something Nvidia is missing now), the chipset looks to be as powerful as Qulcomm's offering but with some Nvidia GPU oomph.

We're still trying to make sense of the layout of this slide, but it is interesting to see Windows and Windows Phone lumped next to each other--reaffirming the notion that both OSs will become closer together, especially as Windows 8 moves to ARM processors.

Source: Heise.de; via: Fudzilla; Thanks, @darkhorse166, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Samsung leaving Windows Phone from 2013? [Rumor]

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This seems to be completely out of the blue, so take it lightly if you will. SamFirmware, the guys that continuously publish leaked ROMs and whatnot have tweeted that Samsung will be looking at leaving Windows Phone and will cease innovating for the platform from 2013 onwards. It seems odd due to the success of Samsung handsets on Microsoft's OS, but let us take a look at the larger picture here.

Could Samsung be focusing on Android? Not sure, they already have solid devices like the Galaxy S II so it could be that they have decided to take bada seriously, especially since with Android they are experiencing legal issues and have to pay Microsoft royalty.

Google will now play a role in hardware as well as software with Android, while Microsoft holds continuous tea parties with Nokia. But they're still two completely different relationships. Manufacturers were sceptical about the Motorola acquisition whereas Acer and others are still pretty excited about the future of WP.

Should this be true, 2013 is still two years away. If the platform really does capture the market by storm with Mango then perhaps Samsung may change their tune. Android (and Google) need Samsung, but it could be that bada will be competing for market as well as WP.

However we look at it this way, Samsung does seem to have a relatively healthy position by supporting both WP and Android, which makes it seem odd that they would choose to pull out from either one of them.

Via: 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

Windows USB Update for Windows Phone 7 popping up

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Here's a bit of a mystery.

There is a Windows Phone 7 update available for your Windows operating system. It won't show up on your update list unless you have Zune running and your Windows Phone connected.

Listed as Microsoft-Other hardware-Windows Phone 7, the 4.2mb update apparently deals with your USB connection and recognizes the Windows Phone device by name. Gone is the generic "Windows Phone device" identity whenever you connect your Windows Phone.

As to the "why", your guess is as good as ours. Could it allow Microsoft to open up the device specific apps to the Zune Desktop? Could it be a sign that the Mango's release is close at hand?  Or could it simply be someone at Microsoft getting tired of seeing a generic description of your Windows Phone?

Thanks goes out to Jarrod and everyone else who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Grand Theft Auto, Kinect and a Windows Phone like to mingle [Homebrew]

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While this is far from official being a part of the growing Kinect Homebrew scene, what this demonstration of a Xbox 360 Kinect, Windows Phone and Grand Theft Auto proves is that come 2012, we could be set for some truly unique game play.

The sensor here is using a custom "KinDriver" app which allows you to control the character using the phone, in addition to virtual steering with just your hands.. The fact that this as been done on the homebrew level already is quite impressive, so lets just hope some of the big game houses are working on the same. The combo of Kinect and Windows Phone could be the biggest thing for Windows Phone in 2012...if done big.

Source: YouTube (theSchokoBiscuit); via WPSauce

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3 years ago

New to the WPCentral Forums: Titan, Radar and IS12T

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Looking to pick up the a new HTC Titan or Radar when released? Have questions about the Fujitsu IS12T? Or just want to discuss why these devices are totally 'leet? Then hop on into the WPCentral Forums where we've recently created dedicated sub-forums to these upcoming phones, in addition out our cadre of existing devices.

So come on by and add your two cents...  http://forums.windowscentral.com/

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3 years ago

Cradle delay for the HTC Titan?

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Cradle delay for the HTC Titan?

This is pretty odd, it seems as though the cradle for the HTC Titan will be available after the device arrives to stores. Sure enough this isn't a biggie and will give users ample time to get used to the massive 4.7" screen, but it's strange to see an accessory that's required for one of the selling features of the handset (alarm clock, etc.) won't be available for a while.

SmartphoneShop.nl (as well as HTC Netherlands) is showing the HTC Titan release date as October 4th, while HTC Accessory Store (both for NL and UK) has the cradle accessory delivery estimation for 50+ days. So we have October for the handset and November for the cradle/dock? For us Brits it's not so bad as Amazon has the HTC devices (both Radar and Titan) as October 15th.

Source: SmartphoneShop.nl, HTC Accessory Store (UK), thanks Sebastiaan for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Mango to be released next week?

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Mango to be released next week?

We've previously covered the release date for Mango, and this is pretty much confirming with what we've already published (September 15th). On the Windows Phone Developer Podcast (episode 33), Ryan and Travis Lowdermilk explain that they've heard from a number of sources that the upcoming major update will be arriving next week.

While this is still up in the air, it's starting to piece together like a jigsaw. I'm sure most of us are more interested in how efficiently the roll out will prove to be. Listen to the podcast (if you haven't already) below and keep an eye out for the 34:20 marker where the Mango goodness is discussed.

Source: Windows Phone Dev Podcast, thanks Sander for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: September 5-11, 2011

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3 years ago

AppFlow updated to 2.0 with new features

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A while back we took a quick look at AppFlow, which provides a new way to browse apps on the Marketplace. It has since been updated to version 2.0, which brings with it a number of features and improvements thanks to the amount of feedback accumulated.

So what's new?

The live tile supported by the app has been revamped with a new icon and the tile shows the total number of apps in the Marketplace, the daily featured app as well as the icons of the 50 newest apps approved. Categories used in the Marketplace are now accessible in AppFlow (entertainment, tools & productivity, etc.) and support has been added to include free, trial & paid and paid filters for search.

A noticeable improvement in the update is the speed of loading app icons and other content, which makes AppFlow much quicker than the Marketplace and other browsing apps, thanks to the download of all images in a single request. Local currencies are now displayed instead of the US dollar.

Some new lists have been added that include:

  • Best Live Tile Apps – "apps you’ll want to pin on your home screen"
  • David vs Goliath – "official apps of big brands and their unofficial counterparts"
  • Apps Gone Free – "apps that were paid but now are freely available"

You can download AppFlow (Zune link) from the Marketplace for free.

Thanks Akos for sharing this with us!

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3 years ago

SkyDrive to get unlimited storage

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SkyDrive to get unlimited storage

Here's some interesting news surrounding SkyDrive. The growing service has seen increased usage through Windows Phone, Office and soon-to-be apps for iOS and Android. Microsoft have been continuously pushing it to rival competitive storage solutions and are now reported to be planning unlimited storage.

Before we all lose our minds with the whole "OMGWTFBBQ?!" emotion, let's take a quick gander at the proposed storage features:

  • Unlimited storage space for all Office documents
  • Unlimited storage space for all photos
  • 25 GB of free storage for everything else

What's good? Unlimited storage for Office documentation and photos taken on our Windows Phone handsets, but unfortunately we'll have capped space for music and all other files. Still, 25GB worth of storage is more than what the average user requires. With apps for OS X, iOS and Android as well as native integration with Windows and WP I can see myself converting along with many more.

This may also confirm the integration of the 5GB "SkyDrive synced storage" for Windows Live Mesh with SkyDrive for devices added to accounts. We'll have to see when the roll out happens.

Source: LiveSide

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3 years ago

RWC 2011 - App Spotlight

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RWC 2011 - App Spotlight

Following the Rugby World Cup? Why not check out the official RWC 2011 app for Windows Phone? Featuring an interesting Metro design, the app allows users to access live commentary and coverage of matches, statistics and video highlights. The latest news and videos are also available for viewing to keep up-to-date. 

Fan Zone is presently available that enables the user to find out what events are upcoming in New Zealand. Detailed stadium information is accessible with history, matches and the layout including seating, facilities and ticket offices. Social sharing options are present throughout the app.

You can download RWC 2011 from the Marketplace for free.

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3 years ago

Perfect Scan now supports Google Docs and Dropbox

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Perfect Scan has been on the Windows Phone Marketplace since late June and the developers have been quit busy with the updates. We've seen an increase in email size (bumped to 20mb) and support for Dropbox and Google Documents.

The most recent updates have fixed bugs and glitches associated with email export and Dropbox crashes for non-US regional settings.

Sending a scanned document to either source is easy. Just swipe over to the DropBox or Google Doc page in the Export Menu, enter your email/password and done.  We liked Perfect Scan (here's our review) and adding Dropbox and Google Docs options to the export menu only improves things.

There is a trial version available for Perfect Scan to let you try before buying and the full version is running $2.99. You can find Perfect Scan here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Vote for Windows Phone for the IDEA 2011: People's Choice Award

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Love Windows Phone? Want it to go as far as a platform can go? You can now make a small difference by voting in the IDEA 2011: People's Choice Award, which Windows Phone is entered. simply tick the box and fire in your submission. This small act could prove to become invaluable positive coverage for the platform.

If you'd like to vote for Windows Phone to receive the award, head on over to the vote submission page.

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3 years ago

AdDuplex: a look at app capabilities

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AdDuplex: a look at app capabilities

A while ago Alan Mendelevich, Founder of AdDuplex, published an interesting article about apps in the Marketplace. Much like a previous Marketplace analysis by Justin Angel we take a look at a sample of available apps, but instead of looking at a Marketplace specific breakdown, Alan walks us through app capabilities.

In the image above (click the enlarge) you can see we have nine app capabilities illustrated by percentage of the 50 top apps taken in the Marketplace (July '11). To give a quick run-through, we have owner identity, location-based services, media library, web browser, phone identity, data connection, microphone, sensors and push notifications. As is to be expected, data connectivity is the most used capability within apps, but it's interesting to see owner identity and phone identity on 24% and 26% respectively.

Source: AdDuplex

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3 years ago

Sky News for Windows Phone now available

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Sky News for Windows Phone now available

BSkyB has released an app in the Marketplace that provides a new platform for news to be delivered to Windows Phone users. What makes this app so special is that you can stream the channel for free over WiFi and 3G within the app. There are a number of categories available including: UK news, world news, sport, business, politics and "Strange!".

Viewing videos within articles is also featured, which is a nice touch not having to go into the browser to hunt down videos on-topic. The app is well crafted and is quick and nimble. The live TV streaming is superb over both 3G and WiFi (ensure you check your allowance before heading out of WiFi coverage). But wait, there's more. Not only can you share articles via social media but you can send reports directly from the app to the newsroom. Pretty neat.

We've had word that our US buddies can't get their paws on this app, let us know in the comments should you not be able to download it. Head on over to the Marketplace to download Sky News for free (UK only). Thanks, Andy J., for the tip!

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