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3 years ago

HTC Ruby: WP7 or Android?

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HTC Ruby: WP7 or Android?

There's been reports of a mysterious handset appearing in some HTC Flyer tablet shots. The handset can be seen via reflection on the screen of the HTC Flyer. What's interesting is that we can only see the rear of the device, so to comment on what OS it's packing inside the shell is impossible from the viewing angle we've been given.

It's an interesting design, whatever it may be. HTC has kept the same look for a while now on every platform it covers, so to see something new that could stand out is refreshing. I remember my HTC Hero being unique against the standard black-curved HTC handsets. What do you guys make of the photos? Does it look too much like an Android design?

Check out some shots after the break and the full album of shots over at Flickr (link below).

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3 years ago

Fujitsu handset running Windows 7?

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Fujitsu handset running Windows 7?

We've seen the upcoming Toshiba Fujitsu "Mango" handset, that is to become official on July 27th at a press event with Microsoft Japan. This is something in a whole different realm. A Fujitsu device running Windows 7. Not Windows Phone 7, just Windows 7. Allow me to introduce you to the Fujitsu Windows F-07C Mobile Phone.

What are the selling points of this device? Well, we have Internet Explorer 9, two years license of Microsoft Office, SSD (flash memory), trackball for mouse movement accompanied by a QWERTY keyboard. I'm not sure why they have SSD as a feature since I'd find it odd to find a traditional motor-driven hard drive inside a phone. This is probably the best part:

"By hooking up a keyboard or mouse to the USB port, users can easily edit Office files or connect to a printer to print. In addition, after connecting the mobile phone to a large-screen TV via an HDMA output connector, users can enjoy websites or captured photographs on the big screen."

From first viewing the photos above, one will notice the massive resemblance of iOS with the icon grid layout, pane icons (small circles under the grid displaying which pane is currently active), and even an OS X-like dock. It's reported that this device will be available in Japan by the weekend.

What's impressive is the specifications (although battery life when in Win7 mode is only at ~2 hours), check them out after the break. 

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3 years ago

Word Arena - Review/Preview [Updated]

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The Windows Phone Marketplace has its fair share of word games and in the coming days, its numbers will grow by at least one. Z Games, the developers of Bubble Burst and Pandemic, have submitted Word Arena to the Marketplace. Word Arena reminds me of Wordrix and Wordament but with a few more features. We had the opportunity to get a sneak peak at Word Arena and found it to be an enjoyable Windows Phone game.

To find out more about this new word game for your Windows Phone, slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

Infinite Flight updated, adds Space Shuttle

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Infinite Flight is a fantastic flight simulator for your Windows Phone and it keeps getting better. The last update brought the Airbus A380 to the flight line. The most recent update, version 1.8, brings the Atlantis Space Shuttle to the flight line.

The update also brings a new mission system with rankings into the mix along with several performance enhancements, fixes and better runway lighting. The trial version, while limits your flying time, does include the first Space Shuttle Mission.

The full version of Infinite Flight runs $4.99 and you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Official Foursquare app hits v2.3, gets faster

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The official Foursquare app just hit the Marketplace, meaning you can head there now to update (see our "force update" trick) or wait till your Marketplace shows it's ready.

New features/fixes in v2.3 include:

  • PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS
  • Facebook and Twitter settings fixed
  • Live Tiles fixed

Sounds good to us, especially the performance improvements. While v2.2 became faster, it's still miles slower than '4th & Mayor' (which we find more to the point), so hopefully this will bring it up to pace (indeed, caching of existing data does seem faster). We have to give Foursquare some credit here though: they sure are taking this app seriously and treating it like the marquee app that it is (especially with the rave reviews it has received).

Marketplace link is here, go get 'em.

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3 years ago

Free version of Phonealytics now available

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Phonealytics, the highly rated Google Analytics client for Windows Phone 7, now has a free version. Normally setting one back by £1.49 ($1.99), the free version of the app boasts all the features you'd expect, minus live tile support. 

We recently interviewed the developer of Phonealytics, Luke Lowrey, to get his view on WP7 development and the platform itself. We also have a how to for the live tile support should you have trouble with setting it up. You can download Phonealytics for free (or the paid version) from the Marketplace. They're separate apps, the free version isn't a trial of the paid.

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3 years ago

Record full-year revenue for Microsoft

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Record full-year revenue for Microsoft

Microsoft has published their fourth-quarter and full-year revenues that break records despite Windows Phone 7 having a slower-than-hoped launch and Windows (and PCs) taking a slight hit. 

The fiscal year, which ended June 30th, were at record breaking high of $69.9 billion (up 12% from 2010). Q4 revenue was clocked at $17.4 billion, an 8% increase of the same quarter in 2010. Microsoft's net income for the quarter was $5.87 billion, a 30% increase, and for the year it was $23.2 billion, a 23% increase.

The revenue for Microsoft's Business division grew by 16% for the year while online services revenue jumped 15% (thanks to the growth of Bing). Entertainment & Devices sky-rocketed 45% for the year with Kinect, Windows Phone 7 and continued growth of Xbox Live (and Xbox 360).

Windows and Windows Live revenues fell 2% for the year (even with 400 million Windows 7 licenses sold). Mango is hoped to not only be a great ROI (return of investment), but a beacon of hope for Nokia who reported losses in the last quarter.

Source: Microsoft

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3 years ago

Sliding Keyboard updated to v1.8

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Sliding Keyboard updated to v1.8

First off, we recommend turning your light on and off continuously throughout the above YouTube video. Extra bass helps too. Anyway, the above demo is of Sliding Keyboard for Windows Phone 7, version 1.8. We recently covered the app at verson 1.7, a day before the update was submitted.

What's changed? The major improvement is speed of rendering text after you've swiped your heart out on-screen.  Smaller relevant dictionaries, better localization support (with multiple keyboard layouts) and an option to translate text has been thrown in.

You can download Sliding Keyboard from the Marketplace for 79p ($.99). For those who already use the app, keep an eye out for an available update.

 

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3 years ago

Sally's Salon coming to Xbox Live next week, scissors and mousse in hand

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This week’s Xbox Live release, Tentacles – while awesome, is perhaps a little icky with all the tentacles and eyeball eating and such. Next week’s release should cleanse the palette nicely. It’s Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition from Game House.

Sally’s Salon is the tale of Sally, a woman with a dream. She’s out to make her fortune by chopping and styling as much hair as possible. It’s like Sweeny Todd, only without the arterial spray and Helena Bonham Carter. Anyway, Sally’s Salon is actually a nice evolution of the Diner Dash formula. Players don’t just rush back and forth between chairs helping everyone look their best. They can also purchase upgrades for the salon to help keep customers happy, such as coffee and magazines. The game features at least nine unique locations to play through, as well as plenty of moxie.

Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition hits the Marketplace on Wednesday, July 27 for $4.99. That’s like a third what most of us pay for a haircut! Stay tuned for our exclusive interview with publisher Game House too.

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3 years ago

Q2 report for Nokia is negative as expected

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It seems Nokia is on a see-saw, on one side we have high levels of hype for the "Sea Ray" device and their volume shipment of devices in 2012. On the other side we have negativity surrounding their continued fall into darkness from once being the king of phones. The question still remains, will Windows Phone save Nokia?

Their recent report shows the company has an operating loss of almost half a billion Euro. Net sales of devices and services decreased year on year to €5.5 billion, with feature and smartphones dropping 20% and 32% respectively. Overall, Nokia (including Nokia-Siemens Networks and NAVTEQ) has net sales of €9.26 billion (down 7%).

What has caused the loss? Shipping volumes. Nokia shipped 20% fewer devices overall (88.5 million in total, compared to 111 million for Q2 2010). Smartphones took a massive decrease of 33%. As a small bonus, IP royalty payments went into Nokia's account, €430 million worth. On note with smartphones, Symbian is being passed onto Accenture for development and support through 2016.

While the report might be negative, Nokia still hold a decent amount of the market in China and are set to spend £80 million on UK marketing. So, once again, what do you guys think of Nokia's chances of survival with WP7? Are you prepared for a further downfall with Q3?

Source: Nokia, via: GSM Arena

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3 years ago

55% off AdDuplex with Twitter coupon

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55% off AdDuplex with Twitter coupon

AdDuplex is now processing coupons and they've decided to start this off with a bang. The coupon is FFP2D and is to be used when advertising on Windows Phone using this service. WP7 has enjoyed bathing in the news that the platform experiences higher CTR (click-through rate) accumulation when compared to competitors.

You must hurry however, since this coupon is only valid for two days.

Source: @AdDuplex

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3 years ago

More device updates being pushed out

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More device updates being pushed out

On the heels of Tuesday's Samsung Focus 1.4 update comes some more device-specific updates for the HTC Mozart, LG Optimus 7 and Samsung Omnia 7.  The updates are meant to address some significant features, such as battery life, touchscreen response and call clarity.  Because they have been tailor-made for certain models, we do not expect that every phone will receive one.  However, this is not an exhaustive list, so there may be some more lined up.

Have any of you updated, and if so, noticed any improvements?  Are there any devices not listed that you have been prompted to update?

Source: @TonHor (Thanks for the tip!), WinRumors

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3 years ago

No in-app purchasing for Mango?

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No in-app purchasing for Mango?

We recently covered Beards and Beaks entering the Marketplace and featuring DLC/IAP (downloadable content/in-app purchasing), so signs were strong that this could be possible for developers when the update hits. Unfortunately, as one can see in the above snippet, we see Todd Brix explaining on the AppHub post that this wont be the case and IAP will be absent in Mango for developers.

Beards and Beaks is developed and published by Microsoft, so this could well be a test run for a future implementation of the feature. Developers have long asked for the implementation of IAP for their own projects. What do you guys make of this?

Source: Windows Phone Blog, via: MobilityDigest

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3 years ago

Web IQ Quiz: celebrate 20 years of www

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Web IQ Quiz: celebrate 20 years of www

So the World Wide Web is turning 20, it'll soon be allowed to consume alcoholic beverages in America. That said, IQ Agency, the geniuses behind the Pikchur app are holding a celebratory quiz and are giving away Windows Phone 7 handsets every week.

You simply answer the questions in a time limit, tweet your score and you're done! The Web IQ Quiz covers the following topics:

  • Core Web
  • www Firsts
  • Internet Fame
  • Memery
  • Social
  • Games
  • Viral
  • Mobile
  • Politics
  • Internet Facts

To find out more about the quiz and to enter, head on over to the Web IQ Quiz website. Be sure to follow @IQ_WebCred to find out what kind of people are most web savvy including gender, work, location etc.

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3 years ago

T-mo's Dell Venue Pro firmware update delayed till next week

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New unlocked devices are shipping with it. Non-U.S. customers are getting it. But T-Mo users...not so fast. Yes, while the famed 2.12 firmware for the trouble prone Dell Venue Pro finally starts to be pushed out, T-Mobile users who were supposed to receive it today will have to wait till "next week".

Delays and more delays should be a familiar situation for frustrated DVP users. The good news is that v2.12 really does fix a lot of the remaining issues with the DVP, but the bad news of course is more waiting. Plus there's the AT&T users...

Source: Twitter

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