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3 years ago

Microsoft reveals new Samsung Mango device [Video]

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We recently covered a Samsung device, namely the SGH-i937, which shares the same Bluetooth characteristics as Windows Phone Mango (as well as appearing on Occasional Gamer's list of devices recently). This model number is plus 10 from the SGH-i927 of the Galaxy S II handset so one could assume that this is a WP7 powered Galaxy S II MK II.

In the video above, Steve Guggenheimer (Corporate Vice President of the OEM Division at Microsoft), shows off a Samsung device that not only looks like the Galaxy S II, but appears to have a front facing camera. Also present in the video are ZTE and Acer handsets as well as a waterproof Fujitsu device.

Mango is expected to include front facing camera support. While it has not been officially announced by Microsoft, a leaked HTC device and references found in the Mango developer tools beta 2 both point towards the possibility.

What do you make of the four devices shown, are you more interested in what Nokia has to offer?

Update: Microsoft has requested the video be removed because those devices were not to be shown off. So instead, you can head to WithinWindows to watch it or to Microsoft's own site where they still have it up, ahem.


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3 years ago

Nokia to spend £80m reinstating its superiority

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I'm sure no one believed Nokia would be able to move to Windows Phone 7 and be selling handsets left, right and center with little marketing or investment (except perhaps for China for the time being). The handset manufacturer is reported to be looking at spending around £80 million (about $127 million US) on repairing the once-superior brand in the current competitive UK market (where RIM is currently also a threat as well as iOS and Android).

What's interesting to note is the October mentioning in the article over at Marketing Magazine. An October start to the campaign would surely merit a device release at that time too? We've previously looked at reports of Nokia not bringing any devices until 2012, but only volume will ship in 2012, Nokia is still looking to get a device out into the wild by Christmas at least.

Nokia works with Wieden & Kennedy, Fallon and R/GA, among others in the UK for promotion and marketing. The handset manufacturer recently unveiled a campaign for their QWERTY range of devices; the C3, E5, and E6. You can watch the advert (made by Wieden & Kennedy) for these below:

Unfortunately for Nokia, with some potential customers out there, the only way they'll buy the WP7 marketing campaign is if the company uses the dog and girl photo on this article in a "you don't need Android or iOS" context. What do you guys make of this report?

Source: Marketing Magazine, via: GoMo News

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3 years ago

HTC 7 Pro at Expansys for £229

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3 years ago

Ooh, Max and the Magic Marker is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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Last week’s Xbox Live Deal of the Week, Bubble Town 2, may not have been very exciting but it was a pretty fun game. Still, this week’s Deal of the Week is clearly something special. Max and the Magic Marker is going on sale for $2.99, down from the regular price of $4.99. Keep in mind Max used to cost $6.99, so this is quite a savings.

Max and the Magic Marker is a puzzle-platformer in which the player draws objects directly into the game world via the touch screen. It features a bright, child-like art style and a soundtrack from eclectic Danish artists Analogik. Our review found it to be extremely creative. To learn more about Max, check out our interview with developer Press Play.

Max and the Magic Marker will be on sale for one week starting on Wednesday, July 13. If you’re a fan of platformers or puzzle games, don’t miss the chance to get it for only $2.99. You’ll find Max here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

New international data plans from AT&T

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New international data plans from AT&T

AT&T has just announced that their customers who travel internationally will be able to enjoy more data packed tiers that are more affordable. I envy this from a stand where unfortunately Three UK don't cover a wide variety of countries within their international add-on (which doesn't even offer data) and AT&T seem to has good coverage (be sure to check before traveling).

This will surely aid anyone who has not gone with the plan previously and have attempted to hunt down WiFi throughout their traveling. The new (updated) international data package tiers are as follows:

  • 50MB package for $24.99/month compared to the current 20MB package for $24.99/month
  • 125MB package for $49.99/month compared to the current 50MB package for $59.99/month
  • 275MB package for $99.99/month compared to the current 100MB package for $119.99/month
  • 800MB package for $199.99/month compared to the current 200MB package for $199.99/month

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Weather Live - a Metro inspired weather app

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Sure we have Weather Channel, Weather Bug and AccuWeather, plus a few other indy weather apps in the Marketplace (e.g. World Weather), but we don't have too many (if any?) Metro-inspired weather programs. 'Weather Live' by Hyperise fills the niche and we're going to personally vouch for it as our new lil' favorite.

First, we should mention that this app doesn't have NextRAD, live cams, 14-day weather forecast with pollen counts. Nope, this is a simple, streamlined program that shows you current conditions and the next 3-days--that's it. So if you need more, this won't be for you.

So why is it good? For one, it turns out we only look at current conditions and the next 3-day most of the time anyways. Two, it's lightning fast, pulling only ~12kb a day when used hourly with the Live Tile. This means we can launch it and have it update within a blink of the eye.

Oh yeah and it has a cool live tile that shows you a weather icon and below it (from left to right) current temp, day high/low and time of last update. You can also set the update schedule from once a day, twice a day, four times a day or hourly. Upon an  update, it pings your aGPS location, meaning you never have to set your city--it basically follows you wherever (alternatively, you can set a city of your choosing). Sure, we'd like to see a few more options like 12 hour time and perhaps a more prominent current temp, etc. Hopefully the dev plans to add some features with future updates.

Weather Live comes in two versions too: free, completely functional with ads (nice) or you can pay $0.99 to remove the ads. We did the latter because we liked it so much, but hey, the option is up to you, right? So if you need a quick weather app that blends with your default Metro tiles, here you go. Find it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

American student team develops asthma app for WP7 [Imagine Cup '11]

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Looks like all sorts of interesting apps are coming out of Imagine Cup 2011 here in New York City. Huffington Post has made a small video focusing on one all-American team, Team Dragon who's Windows Phone app looks to help solve a real world problem, namely asthma in children.

The "game" is called 'Azmo the Dragon' and is a "2D side scrolling" adventure that helps children get their asthma under control. Basically you breathe into a spirometer to power Azmo to fly around (similar to Stormy Weather) which is the fun part, but it also records the child's lung capacity for diagnostic purposes, giving doctors and extra tool to monitor the child's health. (It's not clear how the spirometer connects up to the phone, but that's a different matter).

Anyways, while it's always cool to have games for fun, it's nice to see some youth of today applying their skills in the medical field in an attempt to improve people's lives. [See also: Team LifeLens and Malaria]

Source: Huffington Post

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3 years ago

The fruit of another [Humour]

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3 years ago

App Exchange WP7 Marketplace submission service [Developers]

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The App Exchange is a service which focuses on developers who reside outside the realm of supported countries for application submission into the Windows Phone Marketplace. They allow these developers to register an account and submit their application to the team for Marketplace forwarding on the developer's behalf. Each submission costs $19.99 and a re-submission sets one back at $9.99. A 'coming soon' service is none other than device unlocking, which is priced at $49.

Supported countries include Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Please note however that WPCentral is not advising developers to use this service.  Should something go wrong, don't shoot the messenger. With all third parties, one must be aware of possible problems that could arise. Always read the Ts and Cs and be sure to contact them for more information prior to signing up.

A pretty in-depth walk through can be found using the link below at MSDNPhilippines.

Source: App Exchange, via: MSDNPhilippines

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3 years ago

Apple seeking to ban HTC Android imports

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Apple is on a fight against the world it seems (albeit Microsoft is no angel) when it comes to smartphone patents (and insane term trademarks). I must admit that I find it strange, not to mention anyone who's not familiar with the ins and outs of smartphone technology who could wonder "wouldn't this be the same if Sony were to sue Microsoft over competing with the PlayStation?" The fruit company is after HTC again with their products running the Android OS.

What has this got to do with our platform? Well, there's no touching OEMs on Windows Phone since everything's protected (if you will) by Microsoft so HTC is comfortably wrapped in Ballmer Bubblewrap. Google, on the other hand, offers no protection (or indemnification) for OEMs and partners with their platform. HTC is a loved WP7 manufacturer, so we hate to see anything negative happen to them.

Affected products include the HTC Droid Incredible, Droid Incredible 2, Wildfire, T-Mobile mytouch 3G, T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide, T-Mobile G1, T-Mobile G2, Evo 4G, Aria, Desire, Hero, Merge, Inspire 4G, Evo 4G, Thunderbolt, Thunderbolt 4G, and the HTC Flyer tablet

The ITC () is looking into Apple's request for an investigation be started under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 against HTC imports. They will provide a conclusion as to whether an investigation is to be undertaken within 30 days. Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, defended the company against Apple's claims:

HTC disagrees with Apple’s actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible.

From day one, HTC has focused on creating cutting-edge innovations that deliver unique value for people looking for a smartphone. In 1999 we started designing the XDA(i) and T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition(ii), our first touch-screen smartphones, and they both shipped in 2002 with more than 50 additional HTC smartphone models shipping since then.

Source: TheNextWeb

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3 years ago

Windows Phone inspired website

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Windows Phone inspired website

Aspiring Tech Evangelist Sahas Katta has designed a rather cool looking website using the Windows Phone as the centerpiece. Katta has taken what's basically the Windows Phone emulator and turned it into a personal webpage.

Complete with a swipe to unlock feature, the Windows Phone has tiles to access Katta's resume, social networking sites, references to his tech site, and contact information. The phone also includes the ability to change the Windows Phone Theme, access Bing Maps, and access to a Flickr gallery.

The site is an impressive, unique way to present your credentials. Plus it's not a bad plug for Windows Phones.  You can see it all at sahaskatta.com.

Thanks goes out to Jake for the tip!

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3 years ago

The future of Microsoft: 3 screens and Metro

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Just a few minutes ago, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrapped up his speech at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles. Most of the talk was focused on Windows 7, Windows 8, InTune and some other Microsoft technologies.

However, this slide came up and while it reveals nothing new (the Windows 8 UI, Windows Phone and the next Xbox Hub) we finally get to see Microsoft's "Three screens" vision (e.g. RC-Air Sim) including matching UI come to fruition.

We have to admit, it looks sharp and awesome.

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3 years ago

Samsung GT-i8350 in development, running Mango

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Speaking of 2nd generation hardware, another Samsung device running Windows Phone "Mango" seems to be in development (see earlier Galaxy SII rumor). Found via the Samsung UA profile (looking at the HTML code) we can see the device name "GT-i8350" and that it's running Internet Explorer 9.0 which of course means "Mango".

Other devices specs are slim: 800x480 WVGA screen (AMOLED, no doubt).

So, what exactly are we looking at there? NanaPho seems to think it's the follow up to the Omnia 7, which makes sense, but being details are so vague, no one really knows at this point. But it should come as no surprise that Samsung has other devices in the works.

Still unknown, however, is the Samsung GT-i8703, which sounds like a CDMA-variant of the Omnia 7.

Source: Samsung; via NanaPho

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 117

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3 years ago

Audible for WP7 is still in the works

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Audible is one of the few, last remaining marquee apps that Windows Phone is lacking. The popular "spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming" (aka books on tape) application is currently on every platform but so far has received little attention from the Amazon.com owned company. The last we heard from them was in October where they were non-committal.

Though official "support" can be a finicky source for stories, if we are to believe them, they do have a Windows Phone app in development with no ETA available:

"... our app developers are working on a WP7 app, but no date has been announced as of yet."

So that's that. Wish we could say more, like it's right around the corner, but we'll just have to wait till more info comes forth. But hey, it sounds promising.

Source: Twitter, (Thanks, Patrick H., for the heads up!)

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