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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7: Verizon supposedly has cold feet?

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So even though Verizon was listed as a launch-partner for Windows Phone 7 back in February at Mobile World Congress, a rumor is now going around that they won't be carrying any devices featuring Redmond's new OS. Why?

A few days ago, BGR revealed what is suppose to be Verizon's road map for device launches for 2010/2011. It was chock full of Android and LTE information but there was zero mention of any Windows Phone 7 devices--not even the HTC Spark_W. (Dun dun dun)

Forget about the fact that BGR's Verizon roadmap also omits the following, according to MediaBistro

  • There is no mention of the iPhone being sold by Verizon in 2011
  • There is no mention of any Microsoft Windows Phone 7 based smartphones
  • There is no mention of any BlackBerry devices
  • There is no mention of any webOS based tablets from HP

...the notion is that Verizon is dropping everyone and just going 100% Android? While we have no doubts Verizon is doing a big push with Google, we find it hard to believe that they have no use for RIM's Blackberry anymore, let alone Windows Phone 7.

However, there is this quote from Engadget on June 30th talking about Verizon and the KIN:

Our source says that the fallout from this troubled partnership is that Microsoft has backed away from Verizon as a Windows Phone 7 launch partner, claiming that the first handsets you see won't be offered on the CDMA carrier -- rather that we should expect GSM partners to get first crack.

In this case, the tables are reversed with Microsoft being the one to back away from Verizon, partially due to their poor handling of the KIN (e.g. jacking up the cost on the data plan).

Our thoughts? Sure, anything is possible. Verizon is clearly in love with Android, but their "roadmap" seems incomplete to our eyes. We also think that sales make the deal and if Windows Phone 7 does well, Microsoft and Verizon will warm up to each other and work out their differences. After all, not everyone was thrilled with Android either. Finally, the lack of evidence doesn't mean we can just fill in the blanks with our own speculation. Lets wait and see what happens, eh?

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4 years ago

Review: Flight Control

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4 years ago

Yet another Samsung prototype with Windows Phone 7

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Not much is known or evidently can be said about this device, but it appears Samsung is tossing around another prototype device featuring Windows Phone 7.

Perhaps it's the Cetus (SGH-i917)?

Though rather large and blocky, the device seems to feature, unsurprisingly, an AMOLED screen. Due to the Twitter's location, we're betting this isn't necessarily a device for the U.S., but who knows what Samsung has up their sleeve.

Our overall reaction: meh

[via @andrejt; pic]

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4 years ago

Short Take: BING 411

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 devices pass 6,000 in the wild

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It only recently we were talking about how the number of developer devices in the wild for Windows Phone 7 was just eeking past 3,000.

While seemingly impressive, it was a drop in the bucket compared to the number of developers who need a device.

Well, if the latest Facebook registration numbers are to be believed, that number has doubled and is now at roughly 6,483--pretty impressive. How high will it go? We have no idea, but at least we know Microsoft is trying to seed these devices as quickly as possible.

Edit: Or as Matthew Miller (Nokia Experts) notes in comments, instead of 6.000+ phones, perhaps we're looking at the same 3,000 but in new hands as developer/tech preview units have had to be returned.

[via TheNextWeb]

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4 years ago

HTC Windows Phone 7 leaks roundup: Mozart & Spark

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Busy if not unexciting day for HTC leaks so far...

First, it appears that those earlier pics of the HTC Schubert were mis-identified. Instead, it seems that it is actually the HTC Mozart, a more low-end WP7 device headed for Telstra  (rumored for T-Mobile too). A few more non-thrilling images are below via Xmoo on Twitter (as evidenced by the low-quality images, he must be using an HTC camera--zing!)

So for those thinking "Is that all HTC's got?", the answer would be "???".

The other info is on the HTC Spark, which is, we're told, basically an HTC HD2 with a smaller screen. The Spark_W was mentioned for Verizon awhile back, but who knows about that anymore.

Feh.

We're still waiting for the big guns from HTC but at least appreciate the fact that Windows Phone 7 will be on a wide-range of devices/price points--well, as wide a range as "black slab" can go at least.

[via WMPU 1,2]

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4 years ago

Review: Astraware OddBlob

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4 years ago

BlueAnt T1 Winner!

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BlueAnt T1 Winner!

Congratulations and braggin' rights goes out to WMExperts member arthurbrownleeiv for winning the BlueAnt T1 Bluetooth headset.  His post in our forums discussion was randomly selected to win the headset. 

Congratulations also goes out to jh20001 for being selected as our Giveaway Runner-up.  jh20001 will be receiving the Maximo iMetal Stereo headset.

WMExperts.com would like to thank everyone for participating in this Giveaway Contest and for sharing some great looking home screens.  We'll keep the discussion going and while the contest period has come and gone, feel free to show off your Windows Phone home screens.
 

 

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4 years ago

BlueAnt T1 Giveaway

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BlueAnt T1 Giveaway

We recently reviewed the BlueAnt T1 Bluetooth headset and found it to be a nice, rugged headset.  We haven't had a giveaway in a while, so what better time than the present.

It's also been a while since we did a "show us your home page" discussion over in the forums. So we decided to kill two birds with one stone. If your interested in winning the T1, simply head on over to this Forums discussion and share your home screen. If you're not sure how to capture your home screen there are tons of methods such as MyMobiler or Shake and Save.

We'll let the discussion run until 7:00pm PST on August 11, 2010 and randomly choose one post to win the T1. You do have to register to participate (a painless process that starts here) and we'll post a "braggin' rights" announcement later that week.

UPDATE: Seeing that it's been so long since we've had a give away, one prize just didn't seem to be enough. While the first prize will remain the T1, we'll choose a second post at random for a Maximo iMetal Stereo Headset.

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4 years ago

DIY App maker for Windows Phone 7? Sure, why not?

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Want a DIY app maker for Windows Phone 7? Better yet, what is a DIY app maker?

To answer the latter, it's basically a program to write programs that assumes you know nothing about programming. Case in point: Google's Android App Inventor.

On the one hand, it's hella cool, especially if you're like us and know nothing about C#, XNA or Silverlight.

On the other hand, it results in things deemed 'crapps' by our esteemed colleague Phil (see above article).

One twist? We have an approval process in our app store, so more than likely the majority of 'crapps' won't be approved, but once we figure how to 'sideload' you can use your crapp...err app as you see fit and probably even share it.

All of this will soon be made possibly by Jay Desai who is in the middle of writing an app to do just what Google has done--though perhaps not as smooth. As of right now, the app is just a technical preview, yet it still has RSS Feeds, Facebook, Twitter feeds and may add YouTube and Flickr support in the future. This will allow you to write apps that interact with those feeds, making it pretty neat.

Sounds interesting? Try it right here though you'll need a password, since it's still in development: You can request a temp password via Twitter @desaij

Watch the video tutorial after the break.

[via 1800PocketPC]

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4 years ago

ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner for WP7 gets pictured

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We've mentioned ShopSavvy before, the extremely popular barcode scanner app that is available on Android, the iPhone and Nokia and which is coming to Windows Phone 7 shortly.

The folks at 'Big in Japan', the developers of said app, have posted some screen shots of what the upcoming software looks like.

We have to admit, it looks pretty compelling being able to scan an item, search for the lowest price, read reviews and add to lists. Sound interesting? Head over to their site and sign up for the beta

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4 years ago

Twikini developer wants out. Trinket Software up for auction.

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What a strange week it's been for Trinket Software, the developer of Twikini.

We haven't heard much from them since March and at the time seemed pretty gung-ho about their upcoming Windows Phone 7 Twitter application. Then out of nowhere they chime in about the upcoming Twitter API change, noting that they have no plans to fix the current version of Twikini. A few hours later, they are talking about making Twikini open-source.

Now we get word that they want out and are looking to sell the company.

???

We're not sure what happened to Trinket, they had some very creative programs and seemed to nearly own the Twitter market (Bill Gates is even a fan). We're quite sad to see them go, wish the developer the best of luck and hope that someone caries on the torch. Then again, it seems most Twikini owners were rightlfully T.O'd about not getting their software updated--which we totally agree with.

Either way, the company is now up for bid right here. SPBResco? For Twitter's sake, someone buy the damn company so we can continue to see that lil' fishbowl icon on our phones! Pleeeeeasee!?

Update: as noted in comments, the auction site basically explains why Trinket is up for auction. The long and short of it is: currently no enough income to support their developers and their code needs to be re-written for WP7, something they are currently not up to doing.

Goes to show how rough it can be to do this kind of thing.

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4 years ago

WP7 Easy Image Collector by Pelnor Software

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Even though this is a pretty basic application, it's one that I know I'll use a lot. It's from Pelnor Software and it scours the internet for images, providing them in a thumbnail form, then allowing you to browse in a larger size. Of course it then allows 1-click saving to the Photo-hub or you can go to the site where the image originated.

Simple but useful.

I now have a sudden craving for nachos.

Watch the video demonstration after the break.

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4 years ago

Review: PDF Scanner

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Review: PDF Scanner

 

PDF Scanner by Melon Mobile utilizes your Windows Phone camera to create .PDF documents. The $7.99 application is presented in a very straightforward manner and captures rather decent .PDF files.

Once launched, the choices presented are simple. In pressing scan, you launch your Windows Phone's camera to capture the image. Once you've lined up your shot with the camera simply hit the shutter button. PDF Scanner will then give you a preview of the image and if you need to add additional pages to the file, tap "scan" and capture the additional images.

When your file is complete, pull up the Menu to "save as" or send the file via email.

In testing PDF Scanner, operation is simple and quality is decent. I experienced no bugs, glitches or crashes with the application.

Why .PDF files over .JPEG files?  PDF scanning does allow you to capture multiple images in one file making it easier to email one, multiple page .PDF than multiple .JPEG files.  File size maybe?  Some .PDF files are smaller than .JPEG, again making it easier to send.  But when you get into multiple page files, the .PDF size is the larger. 

Regardless of the reason, if you're looking for a .PDF scanner for your Windows Phone, PDF Scanner is available over at the WMExperts' Software Store. There is a 7 day trail version that will allow you to try before you buy. Follow the break to see a comparison of PDF Scanner's image quality compared to a .JPEG image.

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4 years ago

Microsoft creates 'Mobile Gaming Studio' for Windows Phone 7

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Just ahead of Gamescom and their reported multiple gaming announcements, Microsoft is evidently launching Mobile Gaming Studio, under the umbrella of the larger Microsoft Game Studios.

The information comes from, where else, a job posting, which details

Microsoft Games Studios is establishing a new Studio - MGS Mobile Gaming - focused on bringing games and entertainment to the mobile life that people lead. Our vision is to deliver games and entertainment so good that people will want them always with them, on a service that makes them social, connected and relevant anywhere their life goes. The Mobile Gaming team is building industry leading products that showcase our Windows Phone platform as well as emerging mobile platforms, and will help realize Microsoft's connected entertainment vision. The Mobile Gaming studio will be the hub for MGS franchises and titles on mobile devices and a center of excellence for mobile games.

That bit about "...emerging mobile platforms" sounds a lot like tablet aspirations, no? It's not a stretch to think that Microsoft envisions you playing games on your Xbox, PC, phone and someday your tablet--we're down with that. We're also hoping that "MGS franchises" bit refers to some Halo/Gears of War mobile action.

The only shocker here is that Microsoft is doing this now, as opposed to say last February? We're going to go on a limb here and say (hope?) that Microsoft already has a mobile-gaming team in place, cranking out some titles for the Fall.

Right guys? Right?

[via 1800PocketPC]

 

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