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4 years ago

U.S. sell date for Windows Phone 7 is November 8th?

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Over at Windows Phone Secrets, Paul Thurrott tells us that the launch date for Windows Phone 7 is November 8th and notes that although Microsoft will have an event on October 11th in New York City, that's not the launch date for our new OS.

First some clarification is in order: we've never been under the impression (and we doubt you have been as well) that on October 11th, you would be able to actually buy one of the three Windows Phones from AT&T. We've always assumed that Microsoft and partners (OEM and carriers) will show off their wares on that day and then weeks later after an aggressive advertising campaign, actually make them available. With less than 2 weeks to go, we certainly would have seen some shipments of phones move by now (and more leaks) if otherwise.

Basically we're looking, as we've said numerous times before, for a repeat of last year's timeline with the Windows Mobile 6.5 launch, which was:

  1. Show off/announce phones from carriers and OEMs in NYC
  2. Talk release dates and ROM upgrades for a future dates
  3. Spend the news few weeks advertising & promoting 

Sure, the Microsoft Open House event on October 11th is not all Windows Phone 7, in fact we expect Xbox, Windows 7, Ford Sync, etc. all to be demoed as well--like last year. But we're quite confident (and have to disagree with Thurrott here) that the NYC event is "...unrelated to Windows Phone".  We're betting that there will be some Windows Phone 7 devices on  hand and we have a feeling we'll be hearing from AT&T (and maybe T-Mobile) about that November 8th date at that time.

Discuss.

 

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4 years ago

Rumor: October 11th in NYC is the day for Windows Phone 7

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We're pretty sure we've been saying this for months now, but reportedly Microsoft is getting ready to launch Windows Phone 7 in New York City on October 11th, at least according to Pocket-lint.

While the exact date has been up in the air, October and New York have been been assumed to be the time and place for the big launch--after all, it was exactly one year ago (October 6th, 2009) in New York City that Microsoft launched Windows Mobile 6.5 (see our earlier coverage of that, to relive some memories), so it makes sense for them to repeat that event.

Hey, we're in New York City...how convenient!

Microsoft has not yet named the date for their 'Open House' where they show off all sorts of new tech, including Xbox, Kinect (aka 'Project Natal'), Windows 7, etc. Last year was seriously a blast and very well done, so we're kind of hoping for a repeat.

Assuming the rumor is accurate, you can bet U.S. carriers will be on hand with their wares to show off (though not sell, that's probably weeks later). While AT&T is confirmed with their multiple devices, we're still waiting on the likes of Sprint and possible hold-out Verizon to see what they be bringin'. Sprint last year did surprise (and eventually underwhelm us) with the Samsung Intrepid, so perhaps they still have some WP7 gear under wraps?

Finally though, let's remember, this is still all unconfirmed rumor at this time, but a very plausible one. We'll keep you posted.

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 featured in AT&T Ads

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Two AT&T ads have surfaced on YouTube featuring the HTC Mondrian. We've seen speculation that the Mondrian was headed to AT&T but nothing as strong as an advertisement.

AT&T has long been considered at the forefront of the Windows Phone 7 launch and could have as many as six devices in their Windows Phone 7 lineup. While the ads don't shed much light on when the Mondrian will be available, is it safe to say that with these ads the Mondrian will be one of the six?

Follow the break to see the second ad featuring the HTC Mondrian for AT&T.

via: pocket-lint.com

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 on sale in Spain on October 21st?

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Microsoft is scheduled to officially release Windows Phone 7 to the world on October 11, 2010 in New York City. According to the Spanish website elEconomista.es sources close to Microsoft are saying that, in Spain, the phones will be on store shelves ten days later on October 21, 2010.

Quoting the article, "Ten days later on October 21, the mobile will reach stores Spain MoviStar, Vodafone and Orange, hand already working these days in their respective campaigns launch. As it has know sources close to Microsoft, elEconomista (MSFT.NQ) ) the first manufacturers shall HTC, LG and Samsung. Later add Dell and Toshiba, among others."

Granted some things could have been lost in translation but this is in line with other rumors we've heard about October 21st.  It's also nice to see Dell and Toshiba still in the rumor mill with regards to Windows Phone 7 is concerned.

Considering Europe will get Windows Phone 7 on the 21st, the question now turns to whether or not WP7 will be release outside Europe on the same date?  Will the U.S. market see the phones on the 21st as well?  Or will the previous rumors hold true with Windows Phone 7 hitting the shelves in the U.S. in November?

via: Liveside

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4 years ago

Hands on with the LG E900

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Hands on with the LG E900

The LG E900 Windows Phone 7 spent a little hands on time with the Czech website mobilmania.cz and they captured it all on video.

The twenty minute video is in Czech but shows off the LG Windows Phone 7 phone nicely. The 3.7" screen appears to be responsive to the touch but the accelerometer seemed to stick at times, slowing the screen rotation down.  The screen keyboard appears well spaced, especially in the horizontal view.

The reviewer does briefly visit the settings page for the LG Windows Phone 7 and shows that the E900 has 16gb of total storage.  It would have been nice if we had if the video showed the processor information so we could tell if the E900 is running a 1ghz or 1.3ghz processor.

All in all, the E900 does look nice and Windows Phone 7 appears to run smoothly and with some zip on the phone.

You can catch the full, twenty minute video after the break.

via: slashphone

 

 

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4 years ago

HTC on Sense & Windows Phone 7: "...we will innovate"

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In an interview with FierceWireless, HTCs Peter Chou (CEO) gave some details on their future plans for Sense and Windows Phone 7.

While we know technically it is verboten to re-skin the whole Metro UI, HTC is looking to exploit every nook and cranny to squeeze their Sense experience in between. Here are some quotes from Chou on the matter; they're quite telling:

"Initially, we don't have time to bring things on top of that," he said. "But over time we will innovate on top of that to provide some HTC experience."

"I don't think we would do complete Sense UI on Windows Phone 7," he said. "However, I will say that we will innovate differently to improve the experience and to get some HTC unique and differentiated experience on Windows Phone 7 in the future."

A spokesman went on to clarify:

". ... Sense, by definition, is a way for HTC to improve the user experience in both big and small ways--which we will certainly work to do with Windows Phone 7 devices. But, if this does not include a fully revised user interface, that does not mean that it doesn't have a form of the Sense experience--it may just be expressed in ways that do not include the interface."

So HTC sounds committed to this philosophy of Sense and we applaud them for it. Though Microsoft has forced a major restriction on HTC, out of this we think some truly unique innovation will come from them in the future and we look forward to what their team can think up over the next year.  Read more at FierceWireless.

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4 years ago

Friday Fun: A Touch Christmas Carol

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With the release of Windows Phone 7 right around the corner, just in time for the holidays, techjunky79 tipped us on a cool video over on Vimeo that might help usher in that holiday spirit.

The design hangs in the Lost Boys (a London marketing and technology agency) reception area and uses HTC Touch phones that were recently shelved during a corporate upgrade. Tunes can be composed and sent to the sculpture online to mix things up.

It's definitely a creative way to make use of the older Windows Phones.

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4 years ago

Director of Windows Phone 7 Confirms Tethering Support (Update: Not at Launch)

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Following on the heels of the rumors last week regarding tethering support, Microsoft’s Director for Windows Phone 7 (Brandon Watson) announced on the Windows Weekly Podcast (at 1:05:40) that tethering will be supported at launch, but it will be up to the carrier whether it is enabled or not.

This is definitely more in line with what we would have expected, even if it is a little disappointing. What say you? Is tethering one of those key features you were hoping for?

Update: Apparently, Mr. Watson misspoke. According to Paul Thurrot (who was also on the Windows Weekly Podcast), tethering will not be available at launch, but will be a feature added in the future. Thanks monomer!

[via Twitter]

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4 years ago

HTC Trophy spec sheet

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HTC Trophy spec sheet

 

As Windows Phone 7 gets closers to market, the more information and details on the particular phones will surface. We've seen pictures and specs increase on the HTC HD7 and now it's the HTC Trophy's turn.

wmpoweruser has acquired a leaked spec sheet on the Windows Phone 7 phone. It has the Trophy fitted with European 3G bands, a 3.8" 480x800 WVGA TFT LCD with 16 million colors, 512mb ROM, 576mb RAM, 8gb non-removable storage, a 5mp CMOS camera, and a 1300mAH battery.

This will be a European release but could we see a U.S. variation?

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4 years ago

Samsung Cetus (i916/917) up against the iPhone

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A Samsung Windows Phone 7 was recently caught up against an iPhone, giving us a little size comparison. What appears to be the Cetus is just a smidgen longer and wider than the iPhone and maybe even thicker.

What's a little confusing is that we've known the Cetus to be tagged the Samsung SGH-i917. The Windows Phone 7 device pictured is tagged the SGH-i916. The distinction is likely that the i916 is headed to the Canadian wireless provider Rogers, while the i917 is AT&T bound.

via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Updates heading to Hotmail

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Updates heading to Hotmail

Microsoft has been busy this summer with Windows Live and it doesn't look like they are slowing down. Updates are slated for Hotmail ranging from larger attachment size limits to folder management enhancements.

The updates include:

  • Emails that include package tracking (e.g. FedEx tracking) will now light up in Hotmail and through ActiveViews, recognize the tracking number and display the real time status. This feature fully supports U.S. Postal Service and FedEx tracking. DHL and UPS, for the time being, will display a link to the shipper's website for status information.
  • Facebook chat will be available through Hotmail. This feature will initially roll out in the U.S., U.K., France, Brazil, Germany and Russia.
  • Attachment size per email has been increased to 25mb.
  • Up to 10GB of photos can now be shared through email by sharing them as a photo album on Skydrive.
  • Dailymotion and Justin.tv videos now can be viewed directly inside your email.
  • Folders now can be created within folders to help better managed and organize your emails.

The updates will initially be rolled out to a small percentage of users just to make sure things go smoothly. Once all the bugs are ironed out, the updates will roll out at quicker pace. It is anticipated that the entire process will take a few weeks to complete.

via: windowsteamblog

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4 years ago

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4 years ago

More Foursquare shots appear for Windows Phone 7

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We saw some early renderings of the Foursquare app for Windows Phone 7 way back in March, since then not too much. The social-check-in network has become one of the more popular inventions of late, as it not only allows you  to alert your friends of your location (plus quick directions for them), but by unlocking "badges" and "mayorships", you can have some fun with it too.

Above are some actual shots on a Samsung device and we have to admit....lookin' good

Not too much to say otherwise, just that we're psyched when we launch the Windows Phone Marketplace on Day 1, it will be populated with all the major apps of 2010/2011.

[via Anand Lyer (Twitter)]    

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4 years ago

First real images of the HTC HD7/HD3 appear

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Here they are folks, real shots of the upcoming HTC HD7 with a 4.3" 800x480 screen and reportedly a metal body. Plus, check out that cool kick stand/bottle opener (kiddin' on that last part).

Evidently someone saw this at a bar and posted them in the Mobile01 forums--oh Apple flashbacks...

Looks pretty nice, though our pal Tim had some words:

Um, if you want to differentiate your hardware from everyone else on the planet...THAT'S THE WRONG WAY!!!

We sort of have to agree, although we think this device will fell great, it is missing a little extra something....your thoughts?

[Thanks, Eric, for the tip!]

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