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3 years ago

Acer set to release Allegro Windows Phone this Christmas in Europe

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Although we're note exactly hearing anyone clamoring for an Acer Windows Phone, at least not with the reported specs that the Allegro has on board, it's still nice to see a low to mid range offering for those in the market.

TelecomPaper is reporting that the Acer Allegro is set to go on sale in Europe this holiday season (think Christmas) for EUR 299, which ain't exactly cheap for Europe, it isn't too bad either.

We're guessing that the Allegro is simply the W4, a device we've seen making a few appearances here and there. To refresh, the W4/Allegro has the following specs:

  • 3.6-inch WVGA Capacitive screen,
  • Screen Resolution: 480×800
  • 5mp Camera with auto-focus.
  • HSPA 850/1900 or 900/2100 /GSM quad band 850/900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz Support.
  • Qualcomm MSM 8255 running at 1GHz (same processor as in the Xperia Play)
  • Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • DLNA Support
  • Windows Phone Mango
  • 8GB Storage

So it's basically a Mango phone with Gen 1 features. Not bad, not great. Thanks, TheWeeBear, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Unofficial Waze app hits the homebrew scene for Windows Phone

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Although we have Navigon, INRIX, Garmin and a host of other navigation/traffic apps out there, Waze is still one of those that many are waiting for to hit Windows Phone. For those who forgot, Waze is a combo GPS, social-network and traffic app that relies on use-interaction for live, up to date traffic data. With 4.5 million users, especially on the iPhone, it's become quite the app to have for those who do the daily commute.

The bad news is, don't expect an official client anytime soon, an odd omission considering that Microsoft has invested in the company. But as least way back in December, Waze was not on board with WP7 (perhpas they've changed their mind though).The good news is there is an unofficial version built off of their public APIs, meaning you can basically enjoy the benefits of Waze without their support.

But we'll be honest, while this is a noble attempt, it is a bit rough to use with some rough scrolling and controls that are a bit awkward. In fact, there is quite the list of known issues and limitations. Still, if you have a developer unlocked device and want to give it a shot, simply download the latest XAP file and give it a go and we should give the developer, Meir Tsvi, some slack as he's doing this on his own time (and it is Mango-ready). Perhaps we'll revisit this after a few more builds to see how it has progressed? Oh and don't let the above screen shots fool you, it works in English.

Go here for more info and to grab the XAP. Thanks, Amir, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

AT&T HD7S Mango update starting today [Rumor]

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AT&T HD7S Mango update starting today [Rumor]

Although AT&Ts Mango update program has generally been quite successful, there are a few missing pieces: Samsung Focus v1.4, the Dell Venue Pro and the HTC HD7S are still missing.

Looks like that last one, the HD7S, may be getting Mango slightly sooner than expected. The original leaked plans aimed for an end of October ETA, but now it seems they may have wrapped up testing earlier than expected. WinRumors received an internal AT&T letter stating that the Mango update for the 4.3" screen device should be starting today.

From part of the letter that WinRumors received:

"On October 11, 2011, Microsoft is scheduled to begin rolling out the new Mango 7720 update to AT&T customers with existing HTC HD7S Windows Phone 7 devices. The update supports the same enhancements that began rolling out to AT&T customers using HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus devices in late September."

Going to the official Windows Phone support page, we see in fact that the HD7S is in "scheduling" meaning a switch to "delivering" is easily done. However, the Focus v1.4 is still in testing and the Dell Venue Pro...well...

"The HTC HD7S is currently Scheduling, while the Samsung Focus v. 1.4 is Testing and the Dell Venue Pro is in Planning."

Hit us up if and when you get your official update. Heck, our own George Ponder will be flashing his ASAP.

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: October 03 - 09, 2011

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Welcome to the summary of the week, folks! Apologies for the late coming, unfortunately the British rail network let me down over the weekend and I was left stranded in Chatham, Kent, without phone and laptop chargers. Spending a good 24 hours with little Internet access was no fun, but I digress. Kicking off this summary we have episode 126 of the wpcentral Podcast and our Dave is back with what you could be missing out on over at our Windows Phone forum. Head on past the break for the full run down.

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3 years ago

Apple files for "In-App Purchasing" patent

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Apple is continuing the patent war with a new updated entry of the "In-App Purchasing" application they filed back in April of 2010. This update appears to cover most functionality of present app stores that allow the user to purchase additional content within an app. What's more is the patent also covers variations on the process, including the use of HTML 5 web apps.

Let's not forget that the previous Apple trademark injunction against Amazon for "App Store" was declined due to being too broad of a term. Is in-app purchasing really something that Apple patent? What do you guys think?

Source: The Inquisitor

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3 years ago

Navigon lands in the U.S. and European Marketplaces

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NAVIGON has landed in the Marketplace and boasts to transform your Windows Phone into a fully functional mobile navigation system. A system every bit as good as a personal navigation device.

We'll be taking NAVIGON out for a test drive over the next few days but here's what we know. It's a HUGE download. 1.6GB for the US version and 2.3GB for the Europe version.

When you buy the $29.99 app ($69.99 for Europe) from the Marketplace you only install the shell of the app. When you first launch NAVIGON, you are prompted that additional files are required and due to the size you'll need to connect to a Wifi Network or your computer. Once you hit the download confirmation, sit back, relax, have a snack and watch the progress meter move along ever so slowly.

Hit the break for more information on the latest Windows Phone navigation app and a video short take on NAVIGON.

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3 years ago

Nokia ring tone contest winner announced

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We previously covered the contest Nokia was holding for an updated version of their well known ring tone. It has been altered in the past, but the winning tune for this competition has taken the ring tone, added some dub and a bit of step (gettin' down with the kids), and produced a constructed-reality-alternating mix, which is guaranteed to either blow your ears off should your headphones be on with the volume up, or freak out nearby passengers on public transport.

Valerio Alessandro Sizzi, an Italian DJ, is the brains and creativity behind the new tone that is sure to send him straight through the popularity chambers. This 24-second version of the iconic ringtone will be loaded onto 100 million handsets, which will be shipped globally. Valerio has earned $10,000 in prize money, has beat 6,200 other entries and won the minds of the seven judges.

The panel of judges included Kai Bronner, one of the founders of Audio Branding Academy; Julian Treasure, known for his TED talks and author of "Sound Business"; and Mark Dewings, head of Brand & Marketing Communications at SoundCloud. Nokia’s own SVP of Design, Marko Ahtisaari, was also on the jury.

"I never expected my version to be so popular and to be highly rated by Nokia, but hey! Nice surprise. I made a dubstep version of the Nokia Tune because the style has become massively popular during the last two years. I just thought that a sparkling, cool version of the Nokia Tune would attract young customers."

Dubstep has become so popular? Right. Last time I looked, Lady Gaga was topping charts. Check out the new Nokia ringtone. What do you think? Mum mum mum mah.

Source: Nokia

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3 years ago

NAVIGON's Traffic4All now available, powered by INRIX

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Yes, NAVIGON is having a big day today. They've released their famous GPS mapping software to the masses and we'll have our video/hands on up in a few. Until then, you can grab their ad-supported Traffic4All app in the Marketplace (or pay $1.49 for no ads).

The app is powered by INRIX, of which we already have a free version in the Marketplace. So why use Traffic4All? Dare we say it's much better than INRIX's attempt--you're getting NAVIGON's maps, INRIX's traffic info and the layout is much more smooth and easier to manage.

We really dig the forecast option, or more specifically, how it's implemented. Scrolling is also nice and smooth and the options seem top notch. Full feature list:

  • List view, arranged by distance to traffic congestion, plus display of report date and reliability
  • Traffic density forecasts based on data records
  • Community reports
  • One-click function to reveal or hide disturbances shown on the map
  • Map zoom option
  • Full-screen mode
  • Map view in portrait and landscape format
  • “Current traffic density” – icon to report incorrect route colouring
  • Advertising-free version available to purchase
  • Languages: German, English, French, Dutch
  • Coverage: most of Europe + USA + Canada

We really like this app so far and are looking forward to putting it through some tests. Until the, pick it up here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Expansys shipping HTC Radar and Titan, in top 20

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Joining Digitec today is Expansys in Canada, who is now also shipping the HTC Titan and Radar. What's more is according to the Expansys Top 20 best selling handsets this week, the HTC Titan is ranked number 2 behind the Samsung Galaxy S II Android device. Not bad!

If HTC isn't your cup of tea, remember that Expansys is stocking the Omnia W too for Europeans.

Source: Expansys, thanks Jean-Philippe for the tip!

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums...

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From the WPCentral Forums...

WE HAVE RING TONES”. You wanted some ring tones and the WPC Community has come through. The Mango update gave Windows Phones the ability to add custom Ring Tones and the great members of the WPC Forums are working hard to make sure we have plenty to choose from.  So came check out this thread, it’s a must see.

Do we need another major update? Some folks think so in user-generated poll by blackhawk556. Come voice your opinion on the matter as there' some interesting discussions going on.  Moving on to other issues, could Windows Phone fail as a platform? While it's a solid OS, it's all about gaining traction in the market--which so far hasn't happened. What say you? While your thinking through those topics maybe you can help us welcome 'archer75' to the club or maybe you’re the one who just go their first Windows Phone? Curious about the HTC Titan? Listen to what member 'shaunydub' has to say on his new toy. Now for those of us on Sprint and Verizon 'mmaman' has a message for us "As an AT&T user I feel bad for you other carriers...".

We have some fun new Apps and Games posted this week, so be sure and stop in at our Applications Spotlight and Games Spotlight forums. Here are a few of this week’s titles.

Applications Spotlight:

Games Spotlight:

Just remember to get registered. We want you to join the fun!

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3 years ago

Digitec shipping HTC Titan and Radar

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Digitec shipping HTC Titan and Radar

We were already aware that Digitec were pushing Windows Phone with their mobile prospect for October, featuring some handsets with the HTC Titan on the front cover, but now we've got word that the retailer is shipping both the Titan and Radar from online ordering. Fantastic news should you reside in Switzerland!

Digitec has priced the Titan and Radar at CHF 599 ($663) and CHF 399 ($442) respectively.

Source: Digitec HTC Titan & Radar, thanks Pascal for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia giving out free Windows Phone to developers today in London

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Some future Windows Phone devs just had their day made as Nokia is evidently prepared to give out some free Nokia Windows Phones to woo them over.

Details are coming in now, but the story is there is a Nokia Windows Phone Training event going on in London today, where Nokia is demonstrating the power and capability of Windows Phone to new devs. A few tweets from developers and bloggers (Rafe Blandford, Mehdi El Gueddari and Nash Bansal) who are attending, confirm that Nokia has committed to giving the gift that keeps on giving--a new Nokia phone.

Sure, they're not getting the phones today (only after announced), but it's clear that Nokia and Microsoft are serious about bringing over new developers to the platform. What better way to pique interest than a free Nokia phone, eh?

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3 years ago

...I'm a WP7 hits v3.2 and gets some major new features

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We're kind of big fans of the app "...I'm a WP7!" as it's elegantly designed, feature rich and well, it's free. We mentioned v3.2 a few weeks ago, including some new features that were on the way and today, you can grab that update.

Here are the new additions:

  • Download Wallpapers & Ringtones
  • Task “Extras” like Wi-Fi and Airplane Mode access, even a fun little WP7 Flashlight
  • The GamerHub™ (this is a BIG COOL FEATURE) with Gamer “MeetUps”
  • Tons of Live Tile integration, essentially all areas can now be pinned: Messaging, Forums, GamerHub™, Tips & Tricks

The gamer meetups are pretty awesome--basically if you're a Gears of War fan, or enjoy online multiplayers, it's a quick way to call up a bunch of folks from the community for a match up. You also get gamer news integrated right into the app, which is convenient.

But for the wallpapers and ringtones alone, it seems silly not to pick up this app. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Samsung and HTC commit more money to marketing Windows Phone

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It looks like Microsoft is going to get some well-needed assistance in promoting Windows Phone.  According to Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s mobile unit, Samsung and HTC have both argeed to upping their marketing budgets, which may include everything from advertising to retail staff to pique consumer interest.  It's a great move for Microsoft, who seems to have struggled with promoting Windows Phone themselves.  Gartner, Inc. analyst, Michael Gartenberg agrees that while WP7 is a solid product, it lacks the PR:

“From a technical perspective, it really does put them on par with the other competitors, but a lot of times Microsoft gets it right with the technology and then fumbles the marketing message.“

He also added that Windows Phone has seen its fair share of retailer bias, which has been reported on previously:

"If you went to store they showed you anything other than a Windows Phone. If you asked for a Windows Phone, they tried to talk you out of it.”

It's good to see some of Microsoft's partners get involved, as they certainly have skin in the game.  HTC has said that almost one third of their sales come from Windows Phone and Samsung has made a commitment to continue working with it as part of their recent Android patent deal with MS.  It would seem silly for them not to have made this move.  Nokia, who has obviously put all of their eggs in the WP basket, have recently seen some of their upcoming ads emerge. Between the three, it may not be long before Windows Phone sees a bump in its disappointing market performance.

Source: Bloomberg

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