Sporting a Euro Touch Diamond 2? If you are, HTC has released a "official" ROM update for the Windows Phone. The update includes Sense 2.5 and can be found on HTC's UK Support site. While the Touch Diamond 2 isn't available in the U.S. Market, we do have the AT&T Pure. Could it be next?
In addition to the update for the Touch Diamond 2, HTC has also released an "official" ROM update for the Euro Touch Pro 2. However, unlike with the update for the Touch Diamond 2, it doesn't look like HTC is ready to officially put Sense 2.5 on the Touch Pro 2.
Want the new T-Mobile HD2? Live near a Wal-Mart and don't mind dropping $500? You may want to swing by your local Walmart and see if you can grab yourself one today and see if you can beat the official sell date of March 24.
We need to file this under "strictly rumors" but images of a new Windows Phone 7 Series phone from LG have surfaced. Neowin first published the photos and has since pulled them from their site. All of which makes this phone more of a mystery.
LG already has one WP7S phone in the works that has a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. There is some speculation that this second phone, if not a fake, has a bottom-sliding QWERTY keyboard.
When many first downloaded the Windows Phone 7 Series developer's tools, there were some complaints that the emulator lacked some of the WP7S features. It was only a matter of time before someone stumbled upon an unlocked version that had all the bells and whistles of WP7S.
From the unlocked emulator, a video walk-through was produced that takes you through various application navigation of WP7S. Including Zune, Office, email, messaging, and the internet browser. A second video reveals a little more on the WP7S settings.
Keep in mind that this is an early build of WP7S and Microsoft is still fine-tuning things. While an emulation, it gives us a little more insight on what we can expect from Windows Phone 7 Series.
You can catch the full ten minute videos here and after the break, a few more screen shots.
“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,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation.
Of course HTC was not going to address the content of the claim specifically (save that for the courts) nor were they going to go "ya got us!" either, so in a lot of ways, this is no news.
Still, after rehashing their admittedly impressive track record of innovation in the smartphone business, this is just the beginning of the ordeal and we're sure it'll get more interesting in a few months.
Anyone ready to see Phil reporting from outside a court room? Full press release after the jump.
One thing is for certain: the HD2 for T-Mobile U.S. is one heck of a multimedia powerhouse and you get a lot of bang for your buck. Still, with Windows Phone 7 Series around the corner, is the HD2 already falling behind? We think not and we'll explain why as we cover all the glorious media features on board.
A new promotional video has surfaced on the internet for Windows Phone 7 Series. It highlights the "life maximizing" capabilities of the new mobile operating system from Microsoft. istartedsomething.com has the minute long video and it's likely only a matter of time before the video is diced up into thirty second, ready for prime time spots.
One has to wonder if the actors got to keep the phones after the shoot.
Twikini has long been one of our favorite Windows Mobile Twitter clients, and it's already getting the ball rolling for Windows Phone 7 Series. Developer Trinket Software has teamed up with Mist Labs (and our old pal Mel!) for the new project, and we must say, they're following the right people, if the screen shot above is any indication. More screen shots after the break. [Mist Labs]
We were hoping to have all our questions answered about Windows Phone Marketplace today - especially since it's clearer than ever that Marketplace is really going to be the only way for consumers to get apps on their device. We know a bit more than we did before, but "We'll tell you at MIX" has been replaced with "We'll release more details in May" for many of the essentials.
We do have a few more details - we'll drop those and some images from the presentation after the break!
Every now and then, a popular game will be scaled down and brought to the mobile venue. Sometimes it works like a charm and sometimes things don't translate well to the small screen. Concrete Software Inc. has released a mobile version of the popular PC game, Sid Meier's Pirates! ($4.99). The game's origins date back to the days of the Commodore 64 and Pirates! would see considerable success on the PC, MAC, and other gaming platforms such as Nintendo and Xbox.
Could the mobile version of this popular game be as successful as the previous versions? Just past the break, see if Concrete Software has created a hit or a miss in bringing Pirates! to the mobile platform.
LAS VEGAS -- I want to noodle a bit about the Start Experience in Windows Phone 7 series, but before that happens I need to get something off my chest as a way of opening the conversation: I have an unhealthy obsession with notifications in Windows Phone 7 Series. There are two reasons for this.
The first and most important reason is that Microsoft is following Apple's cue by suggesting push notifications can replace functionality normally handled by third-party multitasking. If you remove the ability to multitask, you better make damn sure that your push notification replacement system works well.
The second is that we already have two mobile operating systems that do an excellent job handling notifications -- Android and webOS. Both allow notifications to appear without interrupting you, both let notifications "stack," and both offer a unified place to view and manage your notifications. Knowing that there are two systems out there for handling notifications well makes me want to see a similarly elegant system from Microsoft. Despite what I wrote in a recent tweet, WP7S does have a way to manage (some) notifications -- but it's going to require a shift in how users think about their messages.
Read on for more on notifications and how they relate to Start.