3 years ago
'NoDo' update starting today; full list of changes published
WinRumors reports that the NoDo update should be coming today for some phones--namely unbranded ones. No source is given, just that they heard users should be getting an update notification sometime soon. We just checked our AT&T and T-Mo Windows Phones and no dice there, so we'll have to wait and see about when the carriers unleash NoDo--our bet is it could be a few days.
Adding legitimacy though to the claim is the fact that Microsoft just updated their support page to list the full changelog of NoDo. While we knew copy/paste, faster performance and better Marketplace search were on board, we noticed a few other changes unmentioned (e.g. the Marketplace update process). Now, Microsoft has given all the details, published after the break and they may be small, but are still important. Thanks to everyone who sent this in...
Update: Reader Morten Romslo confirms on his non-branded HTC Trophy: "...just conected my HTC Tropy to Zune, and the NoDo update was ready for install. No carrier phone europe"
See the full changelog for 'NoDo' after the break...it's pretty lengthy!...
3 years ago
Nokia: “Our go-forward smartphone platform for CDMA will be Windows [Phones]”
While no deals have been struck (as far as we know), Nokia is looking forward to leveraging Windows Phone for their CDMA market re-entry, passing up any attempt on getting Symbian on the network standard.
Nokia faces a bit of an uphill battle with regards to CDMA coverage, having not had a Sprint or Verizon handset in a very long time (seriously, we don't remember the last one; shout out in comments if you do). Part of the problem went back years ago when the largest CDMA chip provider, Qualcomm was engaged in massive patent lawsuits with Nokia, causing the latter to back out of the U.S. market. Since then, Qualcomm and Nokia have buried the hatchet and even partnered together, meaning the technical issues should be resolved.
In an interview at CTIA '11, Nokia USA Vice President and General Manager Mark Slater told Forbes that the company was waiting on Windows Phone for CDMA, skipping Symbian: “Our go-forward smartphone platform for CDMA will be Windows..."
We're just excited to see Nokia mentioning CDMA in the same breath again and we look forward to our 2012 Sprint Nokia Windows Phone.
Source: Forbes; additional info: Slashgear
3 years ago
moTweets 2.2 headed to the Marketplace
We’re fans of moTweets ‘round these parts, the features and UI make it one of the top Twitter clients for Windows Phone 7 at this point. Looking at the features that are coming in version 2.2 we can’t help but get excited. In addition to fixes to GPS retrieval and some other bugs; Panoramic is adding themes, Facebook integration, and support for tools like Twitlonger and Plixi/TweetPhoto.
Keep an eye out for both the free and $0.99 versions of moTweets 2.2 in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The full moTweets 2.2 change log is after the break.
3 years ago
Tip: Update PRL & Network Profile on CDMA Windows Phones
For those familiar with CDMA handsets, you'll remember the old "PRL" (preferred roaming list) and "Network Profile" options. It took a few years to get direct OS support for it (Anyone remember calling Sprint to get your PRL update "flagged"? Yeesh), but we did with later versions of Windows Mobile.
So it's nice to know that in Windows Phone 7, part of the CDMA integration that came with the 'NoDo' update on the Sprint Arrive was PRL and Network Profile support. To update them, simply go to Settings --> System --> Carrier and scroll to the bottom. There you can just tap either/or and it will walk you through the update, which takes about 30 seconds.
You can later check your PRL version under Settings --> System --> About --> More info, under PRL-ID (mine is currently v60677). For those wondering what any of this is, your PRL is a list of towers that the phone looks to for roaming and in some cases, data connections. From Wikipedia:
On many networks, regularly updating the PRL is advised if the subscriber uses the device outside the home area frequently, particularly if they do so in multiple different areas. This allows the phone to choose the best roaming carriers, particularly "roaming partners" with whom the home carrier has a cost-saving roaming agreement, rather than using non-affiliated carriers. PRL files can also be used to identify home networks along with roaming partners, thus making the PRL an actual list that determines the total coverage of the subscriber, both home and roaming coverage.
So, if you roam, it helps to have the latest version on board. Meanwhile, the Network Profile is good if you ever run into connectivity issues with the CDMA network, as on occasion, though rare, your profile may get corrupted.
3 years ago
HTC HD7s vs HD7 - a tale of two screens
Yesterday, it was announced that AT&T would be getting the HTC HD7-S, with the "S" standing for Super-LCD, a screen tech comparable to Super AMOLED (sans the annoying pen-tile matrix). It's a big win for the HD7, since the T-Mobile version's screen is one of the worst we've seen for Windows Phone and it's a shame, because that phone deserves better.
Pocket-lint did a quick side by side of the sister phones and to them, the Super LCD was much better:
It’s clear that the HD7S is the better of the two, plus you’ll get a phone that you can use in 2 years time after T-Mobile shuts down its spectrum if and when the AT&T merger goes through.
That last part referencing the pending AT&T/T-Mobile merger announced on Sunday. Although it's hard to tell from the pic (and differing themes don't help), we're inclined to believe just about anything is better than the T-Mo's screen. We have our crew on the ground for CTIA as well, so expect some hands on time with the HD7S shortly. Check out Engadget's write up of S-LCD vs AMOLED.
3 years ago
Outdoor Navigation now offers offline maps
The Windows Phone 7 navigation application, Outdoor Navigation has been recently updated to bring offline maps into play. Version 1.3 will allow you to download maps to your Windows Phone so you can use map features when you travel outside your coverage area and lose data connectivity. This feature also comes in handy if your service imposes roaming charges on data.
We felt that this was one feature missing on Outdoor Navigation (here's our review) and offline maps will only add to a very good navigation app.
Version 1.3 also has added German and Italian as language options. It is our understanding that additional languages are in the works. Lastly, Version 1.3 adds two map styles to Outdoor Navigation. OpenPisteMap with ski slopes and OpenHikingMap with trails has been added.
There is a free trial version for Outdoor Navigation with the full version running $4.99. You can download either here (opens Zune) over at the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Microsoft partner exploring NFC tech for Windows Phone 7
Near Field Communication (NFC), in our opinion, will be the big story of late 2011 as it finally becomes widely adopted in the marketplace. NFC is basically a small chipset component that can store vital information e.g. credit card data, making your phone a virtual payment system for use in stores--you simply swipe your phone near the reader, enter your pin and you're good to go.
Apple's iPhone 5 is expected to adopt the tech and Android is already doing so (Sprint's recently announced Samsung Nexus S sports it)--giving the much needed push. But according to the NY Times, a Microsoft partner (Samsung?) is already exploring adopting the tech for Windows Phone 7. And not so surprisingly, Nokia is expected to push for it as well:
"A person familiar with new iterations of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform said a partner handset manufacturer is also exploring adding this technology to the next version of a Microsoft mobile phone. This person also said the new partnership with Nokia and Microsoft could catapult this technology into the mainstream as Nokia has said in the past that it plans to add N.F.C. technology to all its new phones in 2011."
NFC is certainly the future of smartphones. WiFi, GPS, augmented reality, and 4G are all on their way, if not already, to being mainstream, but we think 2011 will be about NFC and mobile payments. At least Windows Phone won't be left on the sidelines.
3 years ago
Samsung Focus suddenly starts to sizzle
An AT&T Forum user, sporting the moniker melted_focus, has posted a tale of woe about his Samsung Focus that suddenly started smoking when he plugged in the charging cable. The problem is said to have begun when the device repeatedly started chiming like it does when you first start charging it; however, the cable was not plugged in. After a fruitless reboot, he decided to try plugging in the charging cable. This halted the beeping, but within 30 seconds, the Focus allegedly began smoking. The result was a singed Focus and charger.
Melted_focus took the phone to his local AT&T corporate store, but because the phone was more than 30 days old, they refused to replace it in-store. The next step was trying to get it replaced under warranty at an AT&T Device support center. After speaking to a technician, a supervisor and a manager, melted_focus was told that there was no service bulletin related to this issue, and therefore it was not covered under warranty. The only options offered were Make an insurance claim and pay a deductible for a "like-new" replacement, or buy a new one at full retail price. As it stands now, melted_focus is awaiting a call back from a supervisor in the AT&T warranty department.
While there are plenty of possible explanations that do not include a defective device, it would stand to reason that AT&T might just want to help out a customer in need, especially one that may be bringing a potentially dangerous issue to their attention. We will keep our eyes on this story. In the meantime, you can check out some of the other pics of the toasty Focus.
Source: AT&T Forum; Via: BGR
3 years ago
Opera Mobile drops Windows Mobile
While Opera Mobile 11 is launching today for Android and Symbian platforms, the mobile browser is saying goodbye to the Windows Mobile platform. According to a blog post by Dag Olav Norem at My Opera,
"The mobile landscape is changing and Microsoft has moved their efforts away from the Windows Mobile operating system. No new devices have been launched for some time and the market share is falling. As a third party developer and a business, that is a reality that Opera Software has to adjust to."
Norem continues to explain that the Windows Mobile platform can no longer provide the revenue potential that Opera needs to continue investing in it. With regards to bringing Opera Mobile to the Windows Phone 7 platform, Norem states that the company is continuously evaluating that option.
Opera Mobile 10 and Opera Mini 5.1 for Windows Mobile will continue to be available for download from Opera Software's download page.
Source: My Opera Via: Favbrowser
Thanks goes out to Andy for the tip!
3 years ago
Traffic - App Spotlight
Like those sliding block puzzles? If so, Traffic might be a Windows Phone 7 game just for you.
Traffic is being billed as an addictive sliding block puzzle based off Rush Hour, a popular iPhone game. The goal is to help the red car get out of the parking lot by rearranging the other cars and trucks. The Windows Phone game includes 7 levels of difficulty with over 200 original levels within each. There's enough gaming with Traffic to drive any Parking Lot Valet crazy.
Traffic is a free game for your Windows Phone and you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Xbox Live: Hexic Rush is the Deal of the Week, Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 launches
When Microsoft announced last week’s Xbox Live Deal of the Week was Rocket Riot, much fanfare ensued. Will this week’s deal be as exciting? It’s…
Hexic Rush, on sale for $1.99 (down from $2.99).
Hexic Rush comes from developer Carbonated Games and publisher Microsoft Game Studios. Rush is a port of the Xbox 360 pack-in title Hexic, which was created by Alexey Pajitnov, the inventor of Tetris. Our review recommends Hexic Rush to fans of Tetris and Bejeweled, especially given that its price is lower than both of those titles. Personally, I rate Hexic only slightly above Flowerz and below pretty much every other puzzle game or watching the Weather Channel on TV. It’s also tough to unlock the full 200 GamerScore in Hexic Rush, so Achievement hunters beware.
Hexic Rush’s sale price will go live on Wednesday morning. You can grab Hexic Rush on the Marketplace here (opens a link in your Zune browser). There is a free trial, so don’t hesitate to give it a shot if you like puzzle games.
Also launching this Wednesday on Xbox Live is Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2011. It will cost $4.99. It looks like an impressive soccer/football title, with 3D graphics and multiple control options. Learn more about its features in our previous article.
Remember, you can also find the Deal of the Week and new Xbox release every Wednesday on the Xbox.com Windows Phone 7 page.
3 years ago
SeeMe - App Spotlight
A spotlight might be the only thing missing from this Windows Phone application. SeeME is a one-of-a-kind app that lets you been noticed anywhere! It combines a series of flashing lights, shapes and signs that is sure to get the attention of anyone within eye shot of your Windows Phone.
The shapes also contain messages for the social atmosphere. For example, you have an animated Call Me sign that will bounce around the screen to catch the attention of that bar fly that has caught your eye. Then there's the beating heart to show that someone special just how you feel.
Asides from the shapes, SeeMe also has four strobes (blue, red, b&w and full color) that gives your Windows Phone that disco feel. On a more serious note, the strobe feature could help signal help should you break down on the side of the road.
SeeMe is running $.99 over at the Marketplace and you can download your copy here (opens Zune).
3 years ago
HTC Trophy just around the corner?
Back in November, we covered the confirmation of the HTC Trophy coming to Verizon early this year. Earlier this month we posted some information pointing to a launch on March, 24th. Now we are seeing offers on the Verizon website that details an offer for Microsoft Employees that expires April 1, 2011. It may be an indication that the Trophy isn't too far away from hitting the shelves.
The offers for Microsoft employees (lucky) seems like a very attractive deal indeed. One would simply contact Verizon and extend the service contract for a further two years, then you will receive $100 in billing credit (per line) on your account. Verizon would then email you as to when the Trophy arrives onto the network and for a fee of $199 the phone is yours, which is coupled with free case and vehicle power charger. Then to sweeten the deal further, Microsoft employees will be reimbursed the $199 cost by Microsoft. This is likely an extension of Microsoft's "free phone program" for employees.
The device, as previously reported, will be featuring the NoDo update (though not the latest), quadband and is said to have 16GB memory, but is the HTC Wildfire counterpart for WP7. I actually bought this device for my partner for £300, so this deal is a real catch for eligible employees.
Thanks Kiel for the tip!
3 years ago
Seidio Surface Case Give Away Winners!
WPCentral and Seidio would like to congratulate our five lucky winners in the Seidio Surface Case Giveaway. We had over fifty comments in the forums discussion on what accessories you would like to see come to Windows Phone 7 and randomly drew five names from those entries.
The winners are: ctt1wbw, anglirich, PTK8ofBH, mvierling, and hawkstone.
They will have won thier choice (from what's available) of the Innocase Surface Combo Case from Seidio. Confirmation emails will be sent out shortly to our lucky winners. WPCentral would again like to thank Seidio for sponsoring this give away.
3 years ago
'NoDo' fixes Marketplace update bug too
Since the HTC Arrive on Sprint comes with 'NoDo' built in, we've been obviously testing what has/has not changed. And although we know it has copy/paste, refined Marketplace search and performance enhancements, one other little thing we noticed is fixed: the Marketplace app update bug.
If you recall, we did a video ("Tip: Force an app update in the Windows Phone Marketplace") showing how when a new update is available for an app you have installed, sometimes there's a delay with the Marketplace reflecting that. So you would navigate over to see the new version listed but no way to update it manually. The trick was to hit the back button, then go back to the app description and then you would see the "update" option (just watch the video).
Long story short, 'NoDo' fixes that so the first time you go to the updated application in the Marketplace, it shows "Update", making one less step in the process. Revolutionary? Game shifting? Hardly. But it's attention to the details that matters in making a good OS, so we're glad to see it.
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