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4 years ago

Rumor: Sprint taking pre-orders for HTC 7 Pro December 8th [Updated]

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Well, there's no direct evidence to support this, though we've heard rumors internally that this was coming real soon in addition to this new tidbit: MS_Nerd is reporting that Sprint will begin pre-orders for the much anticipated Sprint 7 Pro on Wednesday,  December 8th.

Notice that's exactly 30 days after AT&T and T-Mobile begin to sell their stock, so either someone is making a good connection or we see a reasonable pattern here. It also sort of jives with the FCC certification recently that suggests a 7 Pro release is getting quite close. Combined with Sprint and Microsoft being cozy recently at Sprint's Developer Conference and we think CDMA D-Day may be fast approaching.

No word on actual release date, though we can guess.

Update: BGR is reporting that this pre-order is happening, but only for Microsoft employees. That's certainly a new one on us, though perhaps it has to do with those 89,000 devices they have to give out. We also think that a public pre-order can't be to far behind this one.

Source: Twitter (@ms_nerd)

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4 years ago

HD7 on O2: pre-orders sold out, five-digit sales

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Some preliminary news coming from O2 suggests that the HTC HD7 is quite the hit, with pre-orders being sold out and the telecom reporting "at least five-digit sales". O2 also have an exclusive on the device till an unknown time, similar to T-Mobile U.S.

So far, no word on our side of the pond on HD7 pre-orders and it will be interesting to see how next Monday goes when the device is finally made available. It's not clear if T-Mo will carry it in stores that day too, but we'll keep an ear out. Any of you get your orders in or are you waiting?

Source: Dropnews; via WinodwsPhoneMix

 

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4 years ago

New Windows Phone 7 ads appear for AT&T

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As mentioned earlier, the last week of October would se the kick off of Microsoft and AT&Ts advertising campaign. Word is that "extended" ads were appearing before the films 'Hereafter' and 'Paranormal Activity 2', which opened this weekend.

Likewise, some TV & YouTube spots are now appearing, including the three after the break. All three are very short (15 second spots) and continue the theme of "we need a phone to save us from our phones", which some people like and others are 'meh' about. We fall into the former category as we think they're at least conversation starters, mildly shocking and certainly entertaining.

Still no word about T-Mobile ads as they get ready to launch their HD7 next Monday as well. Check the ads after the break, especially the "bedroom" one. Saucy.

Source: Windows Phone (Youtube); via PocketNow & Twitter (@windowsphone)

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4 years ago

HTC Surround's bootup speed has some zip

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Windows Phone 7 has some speed to it. From running apps to simply starting up your Windows Phone, the zip Windows Phone 7 has is a noticeable improvement over Windows Mobile. The 1ghz processor helps speed things along nicely.

While the HTC Surround's start-up speed isn't as fast as what we've seen with the HTC HD7 boot times, it's still very respectable. From pressing the power button to seeing the Start Screen is just a smidgen over thirty seconds.

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4 years ago

HTC Surround's microSD card slot probably there, not easy to get to

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While the Samsung Focus has an openly accessible microSD card slot, it appears it will take some effort to get to the HTC Surround's.  Perhaps even more difficult than we saw with the HTC HD7.

When you remove the battery cover, you'll see the SIM card slot and next to it a metal cover that's just about the right size for a memory card. The cover is secured by the phone's backing that is riddled with tiny screws with "VOID" stickers covering them.  You also have several metal tabs/hooks that pinch into the backing to help hold it in place plus, what appears to be, a plastic rivet holding things down as well.  On top of all that, there's no mention of accessing the microSD card slot in the User's Manual.

While I'm sure some creative minds will find a way to disassemble the Surround and expose the microSD slot, a few thoughts come to mind:

  • If HTC wanted us to have access to the slot, they would have made it easier to get to
  • Even though you could probably disassemble/reassemble the Surround you void the warranty and there's no guarantee it will accept another card
  • As secure as the Surround's backing appears to be, you run the risk of damaging something.  Making re-assembly all the more difficult.

While it would have been nice to see an openly accessible expansion slot, I'm sure 16gb's of memory will be plenty for most users.

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4 years ago

Samsung Omnia 7 gets a teardown; no onboard SD card

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Someone had some extra time at XDA and went the extra mile, tearing down their Omnia 7 to its barest parts. Pretty amazing to see it all stripped down.

Unfortunately, it looks like Samsung opted for soldered NAND memory instead of an replaceable microSD card, meaning the Omnia 7 is stuck at just 8GB (or 16GB on some models) for eternity. Of course, this makes us wonder about the decision process in regards to memory and it being user-replaceable or not. It seems that if Samsung never wanted you to touch it, they would just use NAND, which we now know they have access to and no problem using.

Source: XDA; via Windows Phone Hacker

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4 years ago

EA Mobile posts some shots of Need for Speed

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For those of you excited about driving simulated race cars on a 4" screen, boy has EA Mobile made your day! They posted up a few screenshots of the upcoming Need for Speed: Undercover video game for Windows Phone 7, which works with Xbox Live as well.

And in case still photos don't do it for ya, you can watch a hands on video by Laptop Mag after the break.

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4 years ago

AT&Ts response to adding more memory to WP7: Go right ahead!

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In an interesting follow up to the "beware if you install more memory to WP7!" advice from Microsoft, AT&T seems to have no problem with you doing so. If you recall, in the article, the responsibility was basically passed off to the carriers if they want to "support" such behavior. Microsoft had said that many of the microSD cards out on the market were unreliable and therefore may cause problems.

Over in the AT&T forums, user eshudnow emailed Jeff Bradley, Senior Vice President of Devices for AT&T about the issue and this is reportedly his response:

Thanks for your interest in our new Windows Phone 7 devices. We are very excited as well about this great new experience being delivered on some very cool devices on the nation’s fastest network.

The devices will support the addition of up to a 32GB class 2 (or higher) microSD card. You need to insert the card before you power up the device the first time so that the operating system can map it as available memory to maximize its utilization. This is outlined in the Quick Start Guide you receive in the box. I encourage you to read this before you launch the device the first time to have the best experience with a microSD card.

Thanks again for your interest. I hope you like it as much as I do. If you have a moment, please let me know your experience.

So there you go. The max (at this point) seems to be 32GB and AT&T has no issue with you doing this and in fact, they give you explicit instructions on how to go about doing it. Sounds good to us. Hopefully other carriers will take a more lenient approach. Though this still raises the question if there will be a "warranty void sticker" and if so, will AT&T still enforce that or not?

Source: AT&T Support Forum; Thanks, electricbopeep, in comments!

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4 years ago

Getting Started with Windows Phone 7: Windows Live ID

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We've made mention that one way to prepare for Windows Phone 7 is to establish a Windows Live ID. If you times slipped by and you haven't created a Windows Live ID, don't worry. During the initial set-up of your Windows Phone 7 device, you're given the option to sign in with an existing Live ID, skip the step all together or create a Windows Live ID from your phone.

While some may opt to choose "not now" and skip the Windows Live ID all together, to make the most of Windows Phone 7 you really need the ID. As the screen shot mentions,

"To get apps, play games, use a Zune Pass, automatically sync Windows Live information to the web, and more, you need a Windows Live ID."

In establishing a Windows Live ID doesn't mean you can't use Google, Yahoo, or another Exchange Server for your email, contacts and calendar.  It simply opens more doors for your Windows Phone to access.

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4 years ago

HTC Surround Unboxing

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HTC Surround Unboxing

While we're a little over a week away from Windows Phone 7 devices hitting the shelves in the U.S., we've gotten the opportunity to review the HTC Surround.

Scheduled to land on AT&T's shelves on November 8th, the Surround's first impressions was rather surprising. The phone felt good in the hand and was thinner than expected. I half expected the sliding speaker to add more thickness to the phone.  The Surround makes such a strong first impression, I'm re-thinking my original choice for my Windows Phone 7 device.

We'll get a full review up shortly but in the meantime, we've put together a short un-boxing video to tide everyone over.

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4 years ago

Microsoft Updates WP7 App Certification Requirements

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For you developer types out there, Microsoft has updated their Windows Phone 7 Application Certification Requirements. The long and the short of it is that Microsoft has a set of rules that all of the apps in the Marketplace must follow; this would be that set of rules. Most of the changes are of the "Revised" and "Updated" varieties, but it’s at least good to know that Microsoft is serious about making sure these apps are fit for public consumption.

The Windows Team Blog has the rundown on all of the changes. For the full document go here (PDF link).

Update: CNet's Ina Fried gives us some more details via the Beyond Binary blog. It looks like at least a portion of these updates are focused toward applications that need to run while the screen is off. This quote from the CNet post gives you the jist...

Until now, applications that wanted to run when the screen was locked had to get the user's explicit permission. Under new rules announced on Friday, programs can do so without permission--provided they first demonstrate to Microsoft that they only use a reasonable amount of battery life (allowing more than six hours of use for an app playing audio and more than 120 hours for a program that does not play audio).

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4 years ago

IE on WP7: HTML5, Silverlight, and Flash (Oh My!)

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As we get closer to the launch of Windows Phone 7, it’s inevitable that we are going to start learning more about Windows Phones and the Operating System behind them. Hardware details are becoming more plentiful, information about what we can expect from apps and the Marketplace are getting tossed around, and even carrier availability is becoming less of a mystery.

One area that I’m actually surprised that it hasn’t received more time under the microscope is Internet Explorer. There has been some traffic among the developer community as of late around the fact that Microsoft has neglected support for HTML5 in Windows Phone 7, but how much of a problem is this to Microsoft and to Windows Phone 7 in particular? Read on for my opinion.

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4 years ago

Friday Fun: Microsoft Execs & their Xbox avatars

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Looks like all of those Microsoft execs also have a digital doppelganger as evidenced by the above shot taken from the Microsoft site. We imagine this is anticipation of the Kinect launch coming up next week. Speaking of, we're still deciding if we should replace our old xbox and get the whole new Xbox 360s + Kinect kit or just buy Kinect. Decisions!

Anyways, take a look at all the listings with the link below. And take a look at our Xbox + WP7 primer over here, well worth the read if you're a n00b.

Source: Microsoft, via Twitter (@maryjofoley)

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4 years ago

Free Ebook from Microsoft Press: Programming Windows Phone 7

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We’ve spoken ad nauseum about the emphasis that Microsoft has put on developers (developers, developers) for Windows Phone 7. That trend continues with Microsoft Press offering free downloads of the now finalized Programming Windows Phone 7 Ebook. Written by accomplished author/developer Charles Petzold, the book takes you through all of the steps for creating applications for Windows Phone 7.

Download your copy over at the MSDN Blog.

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