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4 years ago

SPB Mobile Shell 5.0 is...almost out

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File under: Whoa, completely forgot about that...

Last February, we got a gander at SPB's Mobile Shell 5.0 and then , never heard about it again. (See out hands-on video at MWC).

Well, today that's changed as SPB has finally re-announced the extremely popular UI replacement for Windows Mobile (and Android and Symbian...wait, whuh?)

Some of the key features mentioned are

  • The first complete 3D mobile phone interface, offering an extremely fast and natural user experience. User interactions become much more intuitive in a real 3D environment.
  • Single place to access all smartphone features: combining traditional widget based homescreen and application launcher via stunning 3D homescreen.
  • Fast switching between screens with a single gesture.

There's no date on when you can buy it and unfortunately, SPB seems to be aiming at OEMs and carriers as their #1 customers. Lets hope they didn't cut our the end-user!  Stay tuned...and check out that swipe at HTC Sense in the video. Hello!

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4 years ago

HTC 7 Trophy shows up on Vodafone UK system

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While we're in the final lap of the pre-Windows Phone 7 launch, it's not too shocking to see WP7 devices start to populate carrier's invoice systems and that's what we have here for our UK brethren. 

The "ultras slim" HTC 7 Trophy (seen here), a solid looking device, just showed up in Vodafone's network as a contract handset, as the picture clearly states. Featuring a 1GHz CPU, 8GB internal storage and a  3.8", 16million color screen, looks to be a decent starter phone for many.

No info on pricing or exact availability, though we're sure "in the next few weeks" is a safe bet.

[Thanks, Dave, for the pic!]

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4 years ago

Ballmer takes swipe at Android's software fragmentation

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Oh we love it when Ballmer gets feisty, even if his company is the underdog at the moment.

At a UK Tech Days event today, Ballmer gave his spiel about Windows Phone 7 and made some remarks about his competitors, specifically Google. He brought up the whole fragmentation issue, which is sort of a thorn in the side for developers. In short, when an update for Android is made, not every phone gets it, nor does the phones that do get it, get the same version due to OEM customization. When this happens, developers have to update their apps for specific phones to get them working.

Ballmer promised this not to be the case with WP7: "Unlike Google, if you write an app for Windows Phone 7, it will work on all Windows phones" which yeah, is a good selling point to developers. Also, with some humility, on Windows Mobile Baller noted that  "We got ourselves in to a little bit of a pickle with phones, but now we're on track".

Lets hope so, as Google is playing for keeps.

[via Neowin.net]

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4 years ago

Google Voice app, others continue to show up in WP7 Marketplace

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In a nice little screen shot posted by @arnehess (from theunwired.net), we can see more apps populating the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace as expected.

While the ubiquitous "tip calculator" is there, the biggy appears to be a Google Voice app called 'GoVoice'. We're not sure if this a call-back method or one that auto-dials/logs in your Google account, but either way it's a good sign some of us will be able to continue using our Google Voice number when we get our new phone.

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4 years ago

Microsoft's Full-Court Press on WP7

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Microsoft's Full-Court Press on WP7

CNET did an en-depth, behind the scenes article on Windows Phone 7 and while we found the video of the Twitter app interesting, something else stood out from CNET's coverage. The amount of effort Microsoft is making to promote, support and develop Windows Phone 7.

It's not surprising to see a company throw its weight behind its product but Microsoft's weight is impressive. We've seen the reports that Microsoft's marketing of Windows Phone 7 could reach the half-a-billion dollar mark but it goes beyond marketing.  Here are three areas that stood out with Microsoft's efforts towards Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft had just three or four developers responsible for the software development kit needed to write applications for Windows Mobile 6.5. Microsoft has increased these efforts a hundred fold having 300 to 400 people working on the tools and resources developers need to write programs for Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft has also made efforts to get their employees behind the Windows Phone movement. The company stopped reimbursing employees for non-Windows mobile devices some time ago and has pledged to give every full-time employee a Windows Phone 7 device. Microsoft is also looking into amending employment terms to allow employees to profit from any Windows Phone applications they develop.

Microsoft dubs their long term Windows Phone development efforts as "Selah", Hebrew for "stop and listen". Microsoft has tremendous efforts to stop and listen to developers; either through offering technical and marketing help, holding developer seminars, guaranteeing prime real estate in the Marketplace, or financial incentives. Based on all the Windows Phone 7 apps we've seen in development, the "stop and listen" approach seems to have worked.

In just under a week, the curtain will rise and Windows Phone 7 will be officially announced.  It will interesting to finally see the Windows Phone 7 journey begin as well as the phones that will be running the OS. Microsoft will have a little catching up to do against the competition but will all these efforts, do the trick?

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4 years ago

Oct 11th in NYC: What we're expecting + Schedule

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Now that all dust is settling on the "World wide launch event" for Windows Phone 7 next week, we're just going to summarize what we know and what we're expecting, including what devices we predict we'll see.

Events

  • 9:30am: Keynote speech by Ballmer and de la Vega (from AT&T), simulcasted to London
  • 10:15am: Hands on with AT&T's Windows Phone 7 lineup
  • 11:30am: A look at Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 "Global portfolio" aka devices for the rest of the world
  • 11:30am: HTC and T-Mobile private, press event
  • 3pm: HTC and T-Mobile public, customer event

AT&T: Ready to launch on November 8th

Runners up include the LG GW910 or maybe something from Asus.

T-Mobile: Ready to launch late November

  • HTC HD7: 5MP, 4.3" screen, 8GB storage

Yes, despite some confusion, we know for a fact HTC and T-Mobile will be on hand (in a separate location) for a special preview of their "latest device".

Of course, we'll be at all of those events during the day, covering it all for you folks. And yes, I'll be joined by our very own Phil for a very special, curmudgeony day, plus George and Dieter handling our server-side setup (to keep it all going someone has to feed the hamsters).

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4 years ago

LG GW910 clears FCC, headed for AT&T

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We have to admit, we're getting a little confused here...

Seems as if the LG GW910 aka 'Panther', first spotted in May, just cleared the FCC and is headed for AT&T.

That makes two LG, sliding keyboard devices headed for the carrier featuring Windows Phone 7, the other being the C900. Hey, the more the merrier, right? Guess that's what AT&T meant by being the "premier carrier" for WP7.

Why? How do they differ in terms of specs? We have no idea but are itching to find out...

Edit: Here were the reported specs back in May. Not clear if anything has changed.

[via Electronista]

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4 years ago

Two more WP7 devices for AT&T: Samsung Focus and HTC Surround

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Engadget just got another AT&T leak, this time showing off some new names for some Windows Phone 7 devices: Samsung Focus and HTC Surround (which sounds like this guy, the T8788).

Should we guess that the former is a camera-featured phone while the latter is...ummm...sound/media specialized? Yeah, we like literal names for our devices. Of course, actual specifications and images are missing at this time.

Combined with the Samsung Cetus, LG C900 and GW910 that brings the number to FIVE, and yet according to Engadget AT&T will have a total of SIX Windows Phone 7 devices. Yowza.

Dell Lightning seems plausible or, alternatively that Asus phone with the AT&T name in the marketplace for that mystery sixth device.

Either way, AT&T customers will certainly have the largest selection of devices for nearly any OS out there. Perhaps they're insulating themselves against that Verizon iPhone rumor?

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4 years ago

LG's C900 tagged by AT&T?

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LG's C900 tagged by AT&T?

Engadget has been busy today and have stumbled upon yet another Windows Phone 7 device in the wild. While the Samsung Cetus was an interesting find, the LG C900 is equally interesting.

Instead of relying on an on-screen keyboard, the LG will sport a side sliding QWERTY keyboard. But that's not the interesting part. What makes the LG really stand out is the AT&T logo that appears on one of the C900's tiles.

The presence of the AT&T Logo is a strong indication that LG will have a spot in AT&T's Windows Phone 7 lineup that also is rumored to include the HTC Schubert and the Cetus.  Could we see more Windows Phone 7 devices headed to AT&T or is their lineup complete?

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4 years ago

Video: Official Twitter app for WP7

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While not earth-shattering per se, especially since we've seen a video of the emulator version, Twitter was caught on video by CNet in a nice little walk through.

Not much to say other than it looks smooth, it looks good and we're glad Twitter is officially on board. Actually, it is kind of neat that you evidently don't need an account with Twitter to use the app, you can just browse around if you want. Good for you social-network-phobics out there!

Update: David K. over at MobilityDigest correctly notes this one big downer mentioned in the article (which we'll summarize soon) is: "The result, combined with the lack of copy or paste, is that the Twitter app for Windows Phone 7, while unique and pretty, won’t allow for important basics like being able to tweet a photo from one’s library or even send a link from the Web browser."

Ouch.

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4 years ago

AT&T, Steve Ballmer at NYC Open House for Windows Phone 7--we'll be there

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Looks like the other shoe just dropped as our invite was delivered for the big AT&T Windows Phone 7 launch at the Microsoft Open House in NYC one week from now. AT&T in the morning, T-Mobile in the afternoon.

Not only is AT&T there, but looks like Steve Ballmer and Ralph de la Vega (President/CEO of AT&T) are to deliver the keynote speech at 9am. Steve in person? Awesome.

The rest of the day will be us roaming around, playing with Xboxes, Kinects, Bings and we just got word we'll have an opportunity "...to check out all the Windows Phone 7 devices" as we'll be meeting with several OEMs.

No doubt we're excited as this event last year was a blast and you should be excited as we'll be covering this shindig from our unique perspective as Windows Phone geeks. We'll be running a live blog, interacting with you folks on Twitter and bringing some HD quality video to you from the event all day--and it's a holiday, so hopefully you have off and can follow along!

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4 years ago

MS details the WP Marketplace launch; Accepts a couple thousand developers

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On the Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft gives all the info on the upcoming launch of the Windows Phone Marketplace. While geared mostly towards developers, there's a few interesting things mentioned. Their schedule looks like this:

  • Oct 4: All registered developers have been contacted and invited to request early submission to the Marketplace certification process.
  • Oct 6: Deadline for registered developers to respond to the invitation to participate in early submission. Of those that request access, an initial group of a couple of thousand developers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis to receive guidance and early access to the new application submission and certification process.
  • Oct 11: Participating early certification developers will receive instructions on submitting their xaps, allowing those apps to be published in Marketplace in the lead up to, and after, launch.
  • Oct 12-November: Microsoft will continue processing submissions and prioritizing new requests in the order they are received until the self-serve submission process is broadly enabled.

We like the part about "an initial group of a couple of thousand developers will be accepted". That sure sounds like they have quite a bit of interested developers on hand itching to get their wares in the Marketplace. It also insures when you, the end user, turn on your new device, you'll have quite the selection of apps to choose from.

Take a read of the article. It'll make you feel good that Microsoft is betting on quality and not quantity of programs and are really looking to deliver a classy experience. We have high hopes.

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4 years ago

Our magic ball was true: Windows Phone 7 in NYC on October 11th; T-Mobile there too

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We've been saying it for weeks now: Microsoft will be launching Windows Phone 7 in New York City on October 11th and while others doubted, it looks to be confirmed by none other than Microsoft.

What's even more odd, is that T-Mobile is the featured guest and we bet a certain HTC HD7 will be the star. Guess that rumor we heard about AT&T's exclusivity being only two-weeks may be accurate after all:

Some confusion though: there may be two events, one for the big media, the second for the public (Edit: first event is the AT&T Open House). Either way, we'll be there at 3pm doing our best to cover what we can, while you sit back and relax.

[Microsoft via Engadget]

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4 years ago

AT&T and Microsoft Press Conference announced

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October 11th is shaping up to be an interesting day. As expected, AT&T and Microsoft have announced a joint Press Conference in New York.  According to the event's schedule Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, and AT&T's President, Rald de la Vega, will be hosting the 9:30am EST conference to bring you the latest on Windows Phone 7

The press conference will lead into Microsoft's Open House at 11:00pm EST where attendees can "explore a product showcase featuring Windows Phone 7, Zune, BING, Windows 7, Xbox, Kinect and more.". With T-Mobile having a presentation later that afternoon and a London event also on the calendar, it's going to be a busy day for Microsoft and Windows Phone 7.

Hopefully amongst all these events we will hear more on when the phones will be on shelves and maybe even some pricing points. Regardless, we'll be in New York to cover what we can.

via: Engadget

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4 years ago

Spotify released for Windows Phones

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Spotify is now available for Windows Phones running Windows Mobile 6 and higher. The popular European music app allows users to stream music to their device from a music library of 10 million tracks.

Spotify's features include:

  • Listen to millions of tracks with Spotify’s constantly updated catalogue
  • Stream over WiFi or 2.5/3G
  • Listen to tracks and albums in their entirety. Rewind, fast-forward, pause, skip and shuffle
  • Continue to run Spotify in the background while texting, making calls, web browsing etc
  • Playlists can be downloaded and played in offline mode when you have no connection, are on a plane or underground, or abroad
  • Wirelessly sync your local files to your phone
  • On-the-fly sync - every track you add to a playlist appears instantly on mobile and computer
  • Starred tracks - tag all your favourites into a special list

You can download the app by pointing your mobile browser to m.spotify.com or visit the Spotify website.  Presently, Spotify is only available in parts of Europe with hopes that it will become available in the U.S. shortly.  Spotify will also be available for Windows Phone 7 sometime after launch. 

via: winmobile.se

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