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4 years ago

HTC PD29130 with Windows Phone 7 also headed to AT&T [FCC]

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While the Asus mystery device has been solved, a new one featuring HTC is now afoot. Called the HTC PD29130, the phone completed testing on November 10th but just received approval this morning.

Featuring AT&T 3G bands, it is more than likely headed to that carrier though the question remains: what is it? CellFanatic thinks it is the AT&T branded version of the HD7, which is certainly plausible. Another likely candidate is the 7 Pro, which although it is headed to Sprint soon also has a GSM variant.

Either way, it looks like AT&T is getting ready for that second wave by late winter/early spring. Sounds good to us.

Source: FCC; via Cellfanatic

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4 years ago

Asus E600 pictured at FCC, has AT&T bands

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A few months ago, we saw a pic of some mystery Asus device as well as some video of it being used. At the time, we speculated that it was headed to AT&T and while that's not 100% confirmed, it's looking more likely. The phone, now called the E600, was spotted at the FCC recently sporting your typical Windows Phone 7 specs:

  • 4" screen
  • 1300mah battery
  • 5MP camera
  • brushed metal

Overall, the device looks quite slick. It would be tough competition between that and Samsung Focus, though we think the Focus may edge it out just a bit (larger battery, great camera, super AMOLED, etc.). It also looks like Asus is going ahead, without Garmin, with their Windows Phone 7 launch, though who knows how committed they are.  No confirmation on dates or pricing, though we imagine this will hit with the "second wave" of releases, starting with CDMA phones.

Source: FCC; via Phone Arena

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4 years ago

Santa Quest - Review

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4 years ago

Ionball - Review

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Ionball - Review

IronSun Studios is offering Ionball over at the Marketplace. Ionball is a Breakout styled game that is presented, as described by the developer, in a unique SteamPunk style.

The game play itself isn't anything new. The object is to destroy the tiles by bouncing a ball into them. You keep the ball bouncing by virtue of a paddle board at the bottom of the screen. Miss the ball with the paddle and you loose a life.

To see if Ionball is a breakout of a game, ease on past the break.

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4 years ago

Shedding a little light on all the Flashlight Apps

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If you browse the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace under the Tools category, the one thing that stands out is the vast amount of flashlight apps that are present. If my count is correct (and I openly admit I may have missed one) there are thirty flashlight apps available.

Most, if not all, simply open a white screen that is bright enough to use as a light source. Some version come with options ranging from having the ability to turn on/off the light to having strobe or colored lights. Flashlight 7 offers a light pattern that spells S.O.S. in Morse Code as well as a police light (blue and red flashing) pattern.  Luckily there's enough variations with the thirty or so flashlight apps to keep them from getting boring.

These flashlight apps can come in handy. If you hunting for keys, the power goes out at the house and all you can find is your Windows Phone, if the kids need a nightlight for nighttime road trips, and other emergency or spur of the moment needs.

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4 years ago

XAP installer makes WP7 Homebrew even easier

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For those of you leaving on the edge of your Windows Phone 7 software (e.g. Google Maps, ringtone manager), you would be a little experienced with installing .XAP files (pronounced "zap") which are basically the WP7 version of .CABs. While installing them isn't that hard (Start Menu --> Windows Phone Developer Tools --> Application Deployment --> Select file), looks like someone wanted to make it even easier.

If you remember the old add on .cab installer for Windows Mobile called CabViaActiveSync, this app by Tom Condon should be very familiar: it basically allows one-click install of any .xap file on your computer. Simply download the zip, extract the .exe and Run As Administrator. Now, whenever you click on a .xap file, you'll get the above dialog screen allowing direct installs to the phone.

While many of you haven't unlocked yet and the Homebrew scene is still in its infancy, we recommend you bookmark this or make a mental note as this app will be very useful later on.

Source: XDA Forums

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4 years ago

Google Maps on Windows Phone 7 [Homebrew] [Video]

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We mentioned a few weeks ago about a proof-of-concept when it comes to Windows Phone 7 and Google Maps, namely that if Google didn't do it (and do it soon) someone else would because it's very easy to redirect an app towards Google's map servers.

Looks like Tech Autos has accepted the challenge and released a simple but fully functional Google Maps application. The app right just brings down the maps and shows your location, so not too useful. But the developer plans to add  Address / point-of-interest search, Directions and Favorites, making the program much more useful.

The bad news: You have to have your phone unlocked/jailbroken as a developer or by using the now defunct ChevronWP7. The latter is more difficult because you actually need a certificate that was hosted on their servers. Luckily XDA has your back on that one.

Source: TechAutos; via Ali waqas; Thanks, Ali!

 

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4 years ago

The browser war is on: Metro Browser raises the ante

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While Browser Plus has been making steady strides in functionality, Browse On showed up with a few tricks too. Now a 3rd browsing shell for Mobile IE has showed itself: Metro Browser.

Developed by Adam Nathan, the browser looks to hit the sweet spot in terms of features:

  • Full-screen portrait browsing gives 24% more page than IE, 31% more page than Browser Plus!
  • Orientation lock
  • Extensive theming
  • Slick management of tabs, favorites, history, and frequently-visited sites
  • Tons of behavioral customizations, including choosing Google vs. Bing for searches and auto-complete
  • Lots of other little bells and whistles, such as searching the Windows Phone Marketplace with apps:XXX text

Sounds pretty killer to us and we like this back-and-forth competition between developers. Look for a video tomorrow, we're gonna go play.

Grab the app here, including a free trial. Visit Adam's page here.

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4 years ago

Final Fantasy VII shows itself on Windows Phone 7, more PSOne games on they way?

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All right you Final Fantasy nerds, if we know one thing, we know the following video footage will get you all giddy.

Somehow, someway, Final Fantasy VII is evidently running on Windows Phone 7.

When we look back at those 50 Xbox launch titles, we don't recall seeing anything from Square Enix, so we're thining "Homebrew" here. Then again, what's with those official looking Windows Phone logos? What is even more exciting is the tease at the end of the video where it says "Rejoice. It's coming. And maybe not only this one PSOne Classic" obviously alluding to other major titles. Odd timing too, what with that utterly craptastic Playstation Phone becoming more of a reality tonight. The poster does say this:

This is some footage of the current progress of "FFWP7". In this version it still looks like the timeless classic for the PlayStation 1, but maybe there'll be a graphical upgrade.There's a lot of power in a WP7-Device and so the highly-anticipated remake of FF7 could be the result :)

Could this be some awesome, side loaded emulator? Or is it the real-deal? We'll leave that to you. Discuss.

Thanks, Diablo, for the link

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4 years ago

Score Media announces ScoreMobile for Windows Phone 7

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Canadian based Score Media has announced that ScoreMobile will be available for Windows Phone 7 during the first quarter of 2011.

The popular sports app is already available on Android, Blackberry and iPhone devices and provides the latest sports scores, stats, standings and news.

Dan Fallon, Director of Score Media states,

"We expect Windows Phone 7 to become a major player in the smartphone space and our team is working hard to engineer the best possible experience for serious sports fans."

You can find out more about ScoreMobile here and read the full presser here.

via: MobileSyrup Thanks goes out to Alan P. for the tip!

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4 years ago

Fast & Furious Adrenaline - First Look

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The Fast & Furious Adrenaline game for Xbox Live has been released today, bringing some more racing excitement to the mix. For $4.99 the game can be yours or you can do the try-before-you-buy thing, which we highly recommend.

We played with the game for a few minutes and while it's not bad, it's not great either. Handling is very sensitive and the graphics are OK. Need for Speed (see review and video) appears to be much more polished. But hey, if you like these games, it is certainly worth the demo download.

Watch the video for a sneak peak and grab the game here (launches Zune desktop).

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4 years ago

GVoice (Google Voice) app with push notifications now live

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Update: v1.1 should be hitting the Marketplace soon; here's a list of fixes & features

For those who like to use Google Voice, there's a new app in town that may be the one everyone has been waiting for: GVoice.

The app will push messages to you, transcribe voicemail, allow you to enable/disable devices and even pull down contact photos. It fetches for $3.99, which is a bit pricey, but we imagine that's to cover the costs of running a push server. There's a free trial too but it has no push notifications.

Is it better than GoVoice ($2.99)? Hard to say but we'll put the through their paces and compare/contrast the two. Stay tuned.

Grab it here (opens Zune Desktop)

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4 years ago

Flixster update delivers live tile support

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Speaking of live tiles and push notifications, looks like Flixster finally figured how to get theirs to work as they flipped the switch on their servers. Flixster, the movie info application that shows local showtimes, trailers and reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, came out with their update (version 1.3) that has live tile functionality and bugfixes, though it took them 3 days to turn it on.

As you can see, the tile is quite nice though nothing radical. All it shows is "...the latest weekly box office hit right on your Start screen". Sure, it's not the most crazy thing out there but we're very glad to see developers offering live tile support and we kind of dig Flixster's take on it. Of course, it's optional and can be disabled in Settings.

Update: Reader jconroe contacted Flixster and they noted that they push the update out once a week. Since the #1 movie is figured out on the weekend, it makes sense that we received the update on Monday, which is probably when most readers will see theirs change--at least that's our guess.

Grab Flixster here (opens Zune Desktop)

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4 years ago

Software Review: OMG (Our Manic Game) + Video

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OMG brings back some of the best things that were left behind in the late 80's arcade halls. Dark atmospheres and neon lights, simple graphics set to totally rad sound, and best of all - addictive gaming urging you on to beat the highest score. Our Manic Game by Arkedo Studios is certainly no throwback either. It isn't nearly as aggressive at destroying your stock as those old cabinets were for some more quarters and the controls are nearly sublime. All that's really missing here is the pizza shop and someone pestering you for next game.

Read on for Rob's full review, including a sweet video that shows off gameplay and offers some gaming tips as well!

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