We've had a chance to sit down and read both the lawsuit and International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint that Apple has filed against HTC. In a nutshell, Apple is accusing HTC of manufacturing, importing and selling technologies developed by Apple and protected by their patents without a license to do so. The claims involve twelve HTC products which includes seven Windows Phones; the Touch Pro, Touch Diamond, Touch Pro 2, Tilt2, Pure, Imagio, Touch 3G and the HD2. The remaining five phones are Android based phones (Nexus One, Dream, Hero, Droid Eris).
For more on Apple's claim's, read on past the break.
So at this point we’ve seen the Gamer Tag features and other bits and pieces of what you can do with Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 Series devices, but the party line on what to expect with real gaming has been consistent; stay tuned for MIX.
At the TechEd Middle East event, Microsoft’s Eric Rudder had the opportunity to demonstrate what we can expect of games that have a foot in multiple worlds; console, PC, and mobile. Rudder’s demo showed the same game (Indiana Jones) being played on multiple platforms. The Windows Phone 7 Series device utilized an accelerometer to control the movement and a tap on the screen to jump.
This type of scenario fits in perfectly with Microsoft’s “three screens and a cloud” approach to life, the universe, and everything. The ability to begin one game and have it continue seamlessly on another device would be a real coup for a company that has a much broader footprint in the services world than any other company in the smartphone business.
HTC announced the HTC HD Mini just a few weeks ago at the 2010 Mobile World Congress and it is now surfacing on Amazon.com's UK site. The listing is for pre-orders of the Windows Phone at a price of 369 pounds (about $556US). The listing indicates the HD Mini is due to be released on April 14, 2010.
As an added bonus, if you happen to live in the United Kingdom, Amazon is also throwing in free shipping. Still no indication on whether or not the HD Mini will head across the pond to U.S. Markets.
With all the talk about Windows Phone 7 Series and where the whole Windows Phone experience is heading, we started reminiscing. Remember the good old days when Pocket PC was new and innovative? We stumbled upon one of Microsoft's commercial/promotional videos on the mobile operating system that would eventually evolve into Windows Mobile.
The circa 2000 commercial touts innovative technology such as portable email, voice notes, pocket Outlook. State of the art hardware included a blazing fast 130mhz processor, 16-32mb of RAM and 65K color touch screens.
While these specs pale in comparison of the 1ghz Snapdragon processors and on-board memory measured by the gigabytes, this commercial gives you a feel of how far the industry has come in ten years.
Today, Engadget got their hands on some more mock-ups and some new videos of Microsoft's "Courier," that project lead by J Allard (MS's Chief Experience Officer). If it comes to fruition, it looks as groundbreaking as Project Natal. The new videos are noted for showing real-life situations on how useful the Courier could be for professionals. But honestly, the device tells its own story, making it very drool-worthy.
The sophisticated and intuitive e-Journal is much smaller than previously thought, coming in under 1 inch thick, weighing in a little over one pound and not much bigger than a 5 x 7 photo when closed. Names like "Infinite Journal" and "Page Stream" are tossed around as is the necessity of the Courier Pen, making this centered around hand-writing recognition (something we've seen mentioned earlier in regards to WP7).
The device is said to be developed on CE6, the same as Windows Phone 7 Series, which seems to be Microsoft's new toy to be used on everything. The big question we have is will this in any way interact or sync with Windows Phone 7? It would seem a no brainer to have something like that on board between the two platforms, but until we hear more...
Either way, 2010 is looking very good for Microsoft: Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 Series, Project Natal, Zune and now Courier. Anyone else getting excited?
Anyone else shocked we didn't take a chance to poke fun at the iPad in this post? Feel free to take up the torch for us in comments ;-)
We Windows Mobile faithful tend to be the butt of jokes every now and then due to the fact that our flavor of Smartphone isn’t as finger friendly as some of the competition. The truth is, the stylus is one of the most versatile and easy to use input methods available on a mobile platform. I’m not saying that a stylus is a must have piece of hardware, but it is a tried and true solution.
Mobi Products makes a number of accessories for Windows Mobile devices. Their Touch Screen Stylus Pen is a step up for those out there who are still stylus dependent.
Without totally taking the lid off of our treasure trove of questions regarding Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft did answer some questions last night with a Q&A on Twitter and on the blog of Charlie Kindel, the Partner Group Program Manager for the Windows Phone Application Platform & Developer Experience.
First off, Charlie talked about app development (and we'll remind you that apps are going to have an overall different feeling in the way they run on 7). The major development languages will be .NET, Silverlight, XNA (which is already in use on the Zune HD), and Web 2.0 standards. And it's now officially official: No backward compatibility. Wrote Charlie:
For us, the cost of going from good to great is a clean break from the past. To enable the fantastic user experiences you’ve seen in the Windows Phone 7 Series demos so far we’ve had to break from the past. To deliver what developers expect in the developer platform we’ve had to change how phone apps were written. One result of this is previous Windows mobile applications will not run on Windows Phone 7 Series.
And that's the main theme. Windows Phone 7 Series is not Windows Mobile. Microsoft's going to be repeating that for a while, we fear, and so shall we. And a break of this magnitude is hardly unprecedented, as witnessed by our pals at PreCentral.net. It can be argued that Palm's move to webOS has hurt more than it's helped, but we're willing to bet that Palm's long exclusivity period with Sprint (thus keeping devices out of more hands) did more than the change in operating system.
Anyhoo, another repeated phrase was "there will be more at MIX" in a couple weeks in Las Vegas. And to Vegas we shall go. Stay tuned, folks. [Charlie Kindel's blog | Twitter]
No surprises there, but the Microsoft spokesperson ends with
We currently do not have plans to update the HTC HD2 to Windows Phone 7 Series.
Of course that wording does leave open the possibility. After all, plans do change and there was no "it definitely won't". Still, we think if MS wanted to be cagey, they would have given their usual "we do not comment" response in regards to the HD2 question.
The Pure is thought to be running the same core OS as Windows Phone 7, but with a different UI on top. As we've previously speculated, the Pink phones appear to be high-end feature phones, where as the WP7S is more in the traditional smartphone category.
The source who leaked the images also said it was very intuitive and better than Android.
Besides those two images, Conflipper has been leaking out some actual screen shots from said Pink device, specifically of the dialer/lock screen. While nothing special, it does hint that these phones may be a good deal for the masses, who want a centralized social-media device without any learning curve and more limited power.
Browsing the Internet is one of those things that can be a major draw for people looking to purchase a smartphone, but can be rather hit or miss due to the lack of quality mobile web browsers. For my money, having a choice between which browser you use in different situations can be a deal breaker. Luckily, Windows Mobile has more browser choices than many of its competitors.
Opera has been in the mobile browser game as long as anyone and their browsers are among the best. Opera Mini 5 Beta 2 is the latest and greatest from Opera’s Mini product. Traditionally a Java based application; Opera announced today that Opera Mini 5 is available as a native Windows Mobile application. There are technical reasons why having a native application is preferable over a Java based version. The bottom line is that a native Windows Mobile application should offer better performance, stability, and compatibility across a large array of devices.
My first impression with Opera Mini 5 is that it is FAST, though the rendering engine isn’t perfect. Mini 5 uses server side rendering; meaning that when you request a web page, a server somewhere actually downloads the files and formats it and compresses it before sending it along to your device. This method keeps your data usage to a minimum and doesn’t require as much processing power on your device. The Mini 5 UI is also very similar to what we’ve been playing with on the Opera Mobile 10 betas, which I consider a very clean and usable interface.
At some point we're all going to have to remember that the fabled "Pink" phones from Microsoft really aren't Windows Mobile. But that day is not today. Gizmodo says it has on good authority (leaked marketing materials, actually) that the phones it previously scored are in fact the same ones we're about to see launch on Verizon.
Also, and this brings us back to our opening sentence, the phones do not run the new Windows Phone operating system. That's not a great surprise. This is something different. Giz also says this platform is all about social networking, and there will be apps of some sort.
What Giz doesn't know: An actual name. They opine that we may see more at CTI in a few weeks, so we'll keep our eyes peeled. [Gizmodo]
Synerge Tech Solutions has released Google Analytics Mobile. As the name implies, Google Analytics Mobile allows you to access your web site's Google Analytic's data directly from your Windows Phone. For those not familiar with Google Analytics, it is a program that tracks your website activity ranging from the number of visits to where your site visitors are located (geographic regions).
Google Analytics Mobile connects directly with Google's servers and offers the data in table, chart or graph forms. The mobile app also has the ability to generate reports from the data in Google Analytics. Synerge Tech Solutions is offering Google Analytics for $4.99 and it is available at the Synerge website.