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3 years ago

HTC Trophy on Verizon finally official: $149.99 on May 26th

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Our long national nightmare of watching dozens of HTC Trophy leaks are finally at an end: Verizon and HTC have made the device officialy official: it's coming out on May 26th for $149.99 with a 2-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate (boo!). Specs are, well, no surprise at all to Trophy-waiters, HTC fans, or Windows Phone followers:

  • 1 GHz Snapdragon® processor
  • WVGA 3.8-inch touchscreen
  • Surround sound through SRS WOW HD™
  • 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 720p HD video capture
  • 16 GB on-board storage
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Global ready - allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice and data service in more than 200 countries, with more than 125 with 3G speeds
  • HTC Hub-customization through downloadable applications that offer even more entertainment and productivity

Verizon and HTC are also looking to sweeten the pot (and perhaps make up for the silly mail-in rebate) by offering a free Xbox game (supposedly worth up to $60) if you buy before July 15th. Halo: Reach, Kinect Sports, and Lode Runner are all on the table.

Get'cher full press release after the break and let us know in the comments: are you going to pick one up?

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3 years ago

Nokia WP7 phones coming to Russian retailer in 2011?

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In a recent interview, Nokia bigwig, Stephen Elop, said that it is "possible" that we may see the first Nokia-branded WP7 phones this year.  And even though Elop and other Nokia execs are gunshy about committing to that possibility, the head of Russian mobile giant Sviaznoj, Denis Liudkovski, is offering up a little more certainty.  Nokia and Sviaznoj are in discussions on a possible deal that would create Nokia "shop-in-shop" outlets within the Russian retailer's stores, and after the meeting Liudkovski had this to say:

“We are the key Nokia partner in Russia. Thanks’ to the cooperation agreements on the “shop-in-shop” format, all the newest models show up at Sviaznoj earlier then in competing outlets…. We expect that the first Windows Mobile based Nokia smartphone will show up in our stores before the end of 2011”

Liudkovski did not give a reason for his expectations, but presumably, his confidence is stemming from some behind-the-scenes assurance he received during the meeting.  We also assume that by "Windows Mobile" he meant "Windows Phone."  Even the big guys slip up from time to time.

Source: RBC Daily; Via: UnwiredView

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy to cost $149.99 at Costco

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More Verizon news. Relax, this isn't another wild Verizon Trophy rumour, well... not so much. Costco is apparently stocking the device with the above capture from the warehouse stock system. The device will plan to be sold at the price tag of $149.99 (contract), while Best Buy will sell it without contract for $599.

Today's the 19th everyone, one of the rumoured dates, just to further hype the wait. Still excited, or have you become extremely frustrated?

Source: PocketNow

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3 years ago

1.6 million WP7 devices sold in Q1 2011 says Gartner

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Here we go again folks, more analyst news! This time it's Gartner's turn with an interesting (and exciting) number of reported sales for WP7 in the first quarter of this year. If this number is true (or somewhat accurate) then this will turn skeptics into believers.

Note that this number doesn't reflect handsets sold to carriers, it shows devices sold to end-users. Interesting to note is that Nokia still head the game with the most market share, but dropping still. A lot is riding on the Nokia + Microsoft partnership, from both parties and these tables display that level of requirement.

Gartner has previously posted predictions of the platform becoming prosperous by 2015. What do you make of these findings?

Source: Gartner

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3 years ago

Sprint Arrive set to get 7392 Security update on May 24th

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Good new for Sprint folks (remember, they're the ones with the HTC Arrive): your device is set to get that Microsoft "May" security update aka build 7392 on May 24th, which is just a few days away.

That update, if you recall, is just to fix some fraudulent third party certificates on the phone. In other words, don't expect any new functionality. However, it also looks to bump the bootloader to version 1.29.651.02 (currently it's at 1.24.230506), so who knows if that will bring anything new (we're not betting on it).

Considering we're about 2 weeks into the May update, Sprint's timing on the Arrive isn't half bad, especially considering this is their first update.

Source: Spantechular; Thanks, Mike, Joy and Sam, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Pirates Assault - Review

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Pirates Assault - Review

Pirates Assault is available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace and put's a swash buckling twist on the tower defense games. The goal with Pirates' Assault is to protect your treasure chest from raiding pirates.

You do so by strategically placing canons along the coastline in hopes of blasting the pirates out of the water before they can sail off with the loot. Pirates' Assault is a little more than your typical tower defense game and to find out how it keeps you on your toes, sail on past the break.

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3 years ago

I Love Katamari's price shrinks even as its Katamari ball grows

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Last week, the tilt-controlled Xbox Live game Super Monkey Ball received a nice price drop. Today a game with similar (but better) controls just dropped its price too: I Love Katamari from Namco. It’s down from $6.99 to the far fairer $4.99.

I Love Katamari is the mobile version of the Katamari Damacy series. Players control the tiny Prince of the Cosmos and his sticky Katamari ball. The goal is to roll up various objects into the ball, from small things like gum packets and books to giant objects like cars and planes. It’s a quirky good time. Players will need to play four different game modes on each of I Love Katamari’s 6 varied levels in order to earn all the Achievements, including a crazy 110 point Achievement for rolling up every single item in the game.

Sega’s Super Monkey Ball is frustratingly hard due to utterly abysmal tilt controls. I Love Katamari’s tilt controls aren’t perfect, but they are far more manageable. As I say in our review though, it is still a fairly challenging game due to strict time limits on some levels. With practice, most players should be able to roll their way to end of the game.

I Love Katamari is now $4.99 and there is a free trial. We've been told this is a temporary price drop, so don't wait too long to try it. Roll it up here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Verizon bringing in the Trophy on May 26th [Rumor]

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Verizon bringing in the Trophy on May 26th [Rumor]

I'm sure some (if not most) of the people eagerly awaiting this device are wandering if it's an elaborate plot by Verizon to (for some strange reason I can't quite think of) laugh at their customers in the continued torment that seems to be present. On the other hand, things could just be seriously messed up, and when have carriers ever got something right?

Wireless Vet, an active member on our forums, has received word from a HTC representative that the release date they're looking at is in fact - May 26th.

HTC rep says May 26 release date.

Rep states the phone just finished its official testing yesterday.

Our advice? Don't get your hopes up too much, we've followed the plethora of rumours and this should be taken lightly. Let's not forget the rumoured 19th date too, so if tomorrow doesn't display any sign of the HTC Trophy, then perhaps we have another week to run through. We'll keep you posted should anymore news show up.

Head on over to our forums to join the discussion.

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3 years ago

Hydro Thunder Go coming on May 25. Full 6 Weeks of Must-Have Games schedule revealed

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Windows Phone gamers have been anxiously awaiting the start of the 6 Weeks of Must Have Games promotion. It was initially thought to begin in April, but then we learned it had been pushed back to an unspecified date. Shortly thereafter at MIX 2011, Joe Belfiore announced that Angry Birds would come out on May 25, so everyone assumed that the Must-haves would roll out then.

As it turns out, May 25 does indeed mark the start of the 6 Weeks of Must Have Games. But Angry Birds won’t be next week’s Xbox Live release after all. Instead, that honor goes to Hydro Thunder Go, the only Windows Phone-exclusive title in the Must-Have lineup. Leading with the strongest title is a smart idea, as Hydro Thunder Go has some great buzz surrounding it. Hydro Thunder Go will launch on May 25 at the very fair price of $4.99.

But that’s not all! We’ve got the full Xbox Live release schedule for the next 6 weeks, including prices and screenshots. Head past the jump for the exciting details.

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3 years ago

IM+ beta update: we're close! Flory IM pulled from the Marketplace?

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For those waiting with bated breath for IM+...err, you still have to wait awhile. The gooder news (yeah, we just said that) is it's getting closer and it sounds like they are nearly ready to take the wraps off their multi-client IM app for Windows Phone 7:

"Folks, we know it's been a long wait. We are working hard and doing our best to release the beta of IM+ for WP7 asap. And it is almost here. We expect the first beta within 2 weeks timeframe, however ETA may vary.

Please note that due to technical and legal structure of Marketplace the beta will only be available for registered developers devices. We'll be back with updates on beta release shortly. Thank you for understanding."

Okay, you know the rule: we hate when companies constantly delay things, but we forgive them when they keep us abreast of their inner happenings. So you have your stay, ShapeServices. Now lets just hope they deliver a solid product. Our bet is that they will.

On a related note: Flory IM is no longer available in the U.S. Marketplace. We're working on finding out why.

Source: IM+ Facebook; Thanks, Alan P., for the heads up

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3 years ago

Samsung Omnia 7 updates back on

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Samsung Omnia 7 updates back on

Seems as though everything is back on after we mentioned the patch Samsung released yesturday for their Omnia 7, which addressed the issue with devices not being able to update. Microsoft have confirmed in a blog post that the Samsung Omnia 7 handsets will begin receiving either NoDo or 7392 (dependant on whichever stage you're at) in stages, but unfortunately no word has been said on the Focus.

If you haven't recevied any error on your Omnia 7 with updating to 7392 from NoDo (code: 801812C1) then you will not need to use the Samsung patch, just update as you usually would via Zune or Windows Phone 7 Connector. So, fantastic news all around, right? We'll keep you all up-to-date with anything we receive for Focus handsets.

Source: Microsoft

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3 years ago

Windows Phone shows up on TV's 'Castle'...again [Video]

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Looks like our favorite mobile OS has, once again, made a quite conspicuous appearance on that hit show 'Castle'. Flashing back, it was only like 2 weeks ago since the last sighting (and then way back in November). On the episode airing May 16th, Castle decides to use his Samsung Focus (though carrier and name are blocked) to snap a photo of some evidence for safe keeping. He then quickly creates an email and promptly sends it to his partners (nice use of Outlook there too).

Overall, we dig these little placements as hopefully it'll sink in eventually with the greater viewing public. Plus, Nathan Fillion rocks. Thanks, @benalewis, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

SuperTube with 720P streaming hits v1.5, keeps getting better

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If you're a big YouTube user than either Lazy Worm (review coming up) or SuperTube (see video review) are your best choices. SuperTube just hit v1.5 today and brings a bunch of new features (as well as updates from previous versions). The app has the ability to stream and/or download any YouTube video for later viewing and allows 720P HQ playback, which as you can see from the screenshots above, is really high resolution. Surprisingly, there is no stutter during playback due to the new optimized video player.

Sure, there's a few spelling errors e.g. "buffing" instead of "buffering" and v1.5 actually reads v1.4 in the About Page, but in terms of style, function and ability, the app is up there with the top (it currently has 4.5 stars in the Marketplace). The app fetches for $1.29 (trial is available) and there is a free, ad version as well.

We have the entire changelog after the break.

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3 years ago

16MP HTC Bresson Windows Phone for T-Mobile?

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16MP HTC Bresson Windows Phone for T-Mobile?

Call it a merger of rumors, but Pocketnow.com is claiming that the HTC Bresson is the same device in that HTC commercial, the one that mentions a 16MP camera and shows clearly a Windows Phone-design. Combined with the leaked T-Mobile roadmap from ThisIsMyNext (the ex-Engadget team's new gig) which mentions the 'Bresson' for a post-September release (hello 'Mango') and you have yourselves a nice flagship phone.

Though the rest of the specs are unknown, as is the final design (though this is clearly influenced by the Nexus One + Desire S, which we really like), you can bet besides a 16MP camera (really?) the next gen Qualcomm chipset, 800x480 resolution and probably a boatload of memory.

Could Windows Phone 7.5 really be the big moment, the big push that we've all be waiting for? Big hardware, big new OS features and some street-cred? We sure think so.

Side note: People in photography know who is Bresson is, but for the rest.

Source: Pocketnow, ThisIsMyNext

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3 years ago

AdDuplex gives app monetization option [Developers]

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We've covered AdDuplex before, the unique app promotion system by Alan Mendelevich gives developers a quick way to get their app advertised without costing a cent. Now, Mendelevich has taken the system a bit further by adding a mixed-model to the bag, starting in June, that allows devs to make money off of their submissions:

You just specify that you want to monetize your app in the settings. You can choose what percentage of your exchange balance you want to monetize. The system will automatically serve commercial ads to your application up to the specified percentage of your impressions. All unsold inventory will return to your exchange balance and you’ll get free advertising for it as you do now.

Here is an example. Let’s say your current exchange ratio is 0.8 and you specify that you want to monetize up to 50% of your exchange balance. In this case, if you serve, say, 1000 impressions per day, 400 will go into the exchange program as before (you will get 400 impressions of your ad), 200 will go to AdDuplex and up to 400 will be filled with commercial ads. If, for example, there’s only enough commercial ad inventory to fill 300 of these spots the remaining 100 will go back into your exchange balance and you will get 500 impressions of your ad instead of 400.

Although we hate the maths, we do like the idea of devs profiting off of their creations and we're glad to see another option for them to take advantage of. You can read more on the whole option right here at the AdDuplex Blog.

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