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4 years ago

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X7 and X7 mini Rumored

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We’ve been hearing whispers about Sony-Ericsson considering Windows Phone 7 as a platform for quite some time now. Historically, SE has teased us with the X1a running Windows Mobile, but most of their smart-phones have run Symbian and (more lately) Android.

Now the aforementioned rumors are starting to gain volume (and perhaps credibility) as we have some YouTube video with what appears to be a slide presentation containing specifications and some basic renderings of both an X7 and X7 mini handset. The X7 is rumored to boast a 4.3" screen, 1.2GHz processor, and an 8.1 megapixel camera. The X7 mini supposedly sports a 3.5" screen, 1GHz processor, and a whopping 10.1 megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom and a Xenon flash.

My biggest hurdle to believing these rumors is the simple fact that every Windows Phone 7 devices is an extension of Xbox Live. I would think that Sony would have to be pretty desperate to be in the smart-phone game to bite that particular bullet. Couple that with the rumors over at our frenemy site Android Central about the "PSP Phone" and the waters aren’t as clear as we would like.

What do you think? Would Sony-Ericsson actually put out a Windows Phone 7 device? Which of these would you go for? Let us know in the comments. YouTube video after the break.

Source: YouTube; via: PhoneArena

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4 years ago

Microsoft updates Windows Mobile Outlook OTA [Windows Mobile]

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Looks like Microsoft has not forgotten about all the Windows Mobile 6.x users out there, pushing out a significant update to Mobile Outlook for some 6.x devices. It's unclear which devices are getting it exactly, but in this case here it's an HTC HD2 running Windows Mobile 6.5.5 23145.

Mobile Outlook was bumped to 2.0.55.4140 and is reportedly much more finger friendly, doing away with the annoying "tap to scroll right" notification. Overall, the update looks quite sharp and we're almost longing for our old Windows Mobile. Almost.

Big thanks to Rhys B., for the info and screenshots!


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4 years ago

Sandisk WP7 certified cards are now available, up to 32GB

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Yesterday we mentioned about Samsung's unofficial/official response regarding the expansion card issue. Now today, Sandisk appears to be taking the lead in selling "certified" expansion cards for Windows Phone 7, ranging in sizes form 2 to 32GB.

While the whole certified business always seemed to be a part of the plan, it looks like Microsoft and partners were caught a little off guard by the whole situation, causing AT&T to revise their position many times and OEMs to scramble to offer up support. Things though finally look to be falling in place and considering we're only 1 week into the U.S. launch, it's not too bad.

However, buying these official cards will cost you. The 16GB version will set you back $115 with shipping and the 32GB will run you a jaw dropping $206.

Source: Sandisk; via wmpoweruser

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4 years ago

TV: Castle's Nathan Fillion digs Windows Phone 7 [Video]

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Yup, another week another product placement for Windows Phone 7. It's almost getting ridiculous at this point probably since we're documenting every instance. But we imagine for public perception, this will go a long way...

Last night on the show 'Castle', Richard Castle (the super awesome Nathan Fillion) pulls out his LG device in what has to be one of the more obvious product demos on TV. Ever. But still, it was a cool demo of Bing voice search, something we haven't seen yet on these ubiquitous TV spots. We also went the extra mile this time, getting the video clip you see above (you're welcome!).

See previous WP7 product placements: 'Bones', 'Hawaii Five-0' & 'The Vampire Diaries'

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4 years ago

Ask WPCentral : Photo GPS data and Facebook

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yellow_tweety_64 sent in the following question concerning photos tagged with GPS coordinates:

"If I posted a picture on Facebook that was taken with a GPS enabled camera, would a person be able to lift the coordinates off of it?"

While we had our suspicions as to what the answer was, we did a little field test to confirm our initial thoughts.  To see how it turned out and if the GPS coordinates from your Windows Phone transfers to Facebook, follow the break.

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4 years ago

LG Quantum lands at Amazon.com

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LG Quantum lands at Amazon.com

Earlier we saw the LG Quantum show up online at AT&T and Microsoft. Now the latest Windows Phone has landed at Amazon.com.

The Quantum is running $469.99 out of contract and as low as $.01 with new service ($199.99 if you're upgrading). Amazon will also throw in free two day shipping on the Quantum.

The penny sale does have a catch. The fine print reads,

"When you purchase your device with service from AmazonWireless.com, we automatically pass along an instant discount from the carrier to you. This discount has been provided to you based on your agreement to (a) activate a new, or extend an existing, line of service for this device with the carrier, and (b) maintain this service in good standing for a minimum of 181 consecutive days. If you do not activate or extend a line of service in connection with this device, or if your service is canceled/disconnected before 181 consecutive days, AmazonWireless.com will charge you $250 per device, plus applicable taxes.".

Regardless of the fine print, it's a heck of a deal if you're looking for a Windows Phone 7 device that sports a slide-out keyboard.  You can check out all the purchase options over at AmazonWireless.

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4 years ago

Rumor: January firmware update for WP7 to include custom ringer support, more...

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In our forums, poster MarcMaiden happened to have a conversation with a Microsoft employee who stopped by his work (AT&T). The MS employee, who will remain anonymous, was "...going to a few stores and retailers to see what kind of response we were getting...looking for feedback to send to the developers to know what exactly they should work on."

Marc asked him a few questions about the platform and the answers are quite revealing, namely about that rumored January firmware update which should bring quite a bit of functionality to the OS.

Q: Why isn't there an option to add custom ring tones?

A: Microsoft is working on an application that will be included in an update in January which will allow the consumer to edit, customize, and add ring tones of their choice. This app will also include a user "library" to search and download ring tones.

Q: What about turn by turn navi?

A We are beta testing it right now. again, ETA January.

Not really too much info, but with Copy/Paste, custom ringer support, turn by turn navigation in Bing, Skydrive and possibly multi-tasking support (via hubs), this should be pretty huge. Not yet a member of forums? Hop in and join the conversation!

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Development Best Practices Wiki goes live

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If you're a developer for Windows Phone 7 or interested in development, you'll want to bookmark the Windows Phone 7 Development Best Practices Wiki, which just went live today.

Setup by Justin Angel (see Neurons app) and a bunch of Silverlight developers, its goal is to document and represent the "...current consensus around development best practices for Windows Phone 7. These best practices are collaboratively developed and discussed by the WP7 developers community."

Looks great to us and should be a valuable tool for the community.

Thanks, Justin, for the info!

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4 years ago

AT&T Bloatware: Getting better with Windows Phone 7?

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While some may not like the controls Microsoft has put in place with Windows Phone 7, there is one positive. Carrier bloatware or branded applications has been significantly reduced on the new Windows Phone.

With AT&T, the carrier software has been reduced to five applications on Windows Phone 7. No longer do you have to worry with trial versions of Ms. Pac-man or banking software and best of all, what's installed can be uninstalled.

We took a look at what AT&T has installed on thier Windows Phone 7 devices and ease on past the break for an overview of the apps and to see what should stay or go.

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4 years ago

HTC 7 Trophy confirmed for Verizon in early 2011

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Well that didn't take too long. Just 24 hours after we posted about Verizon warming up to Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 comes an official advertisement for the HTC Trophy 7 coming in "early 2011".

Like Sprint and the 7 Pro, this is an early program for Microsoft employees to pre-order the device, but either way we can expect it for us regular folk sometime soon after.

The good news is the phone is a also a quad-band GSM world phone, perfect for you globe trotting business peeps. The bad news is that it's the HTC Trophy. While a solid little phone with generally positive reviews, it is pretty much the runt of the litter with a 3.8" screen, 16GB of memory (not bad), Wi-Fi and a 5MP camera (the Mozart with the unibody design and 8MP camera is the upgraded version)

But hey, at least we know Verizon is now on the up and up with WP7 and that's always good news.

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

First Look: Wallpapers HD for Windows Phone 7

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If you're like me, you enjoy a change of scenery every once in awhile on your mobile. And on Windows Phone 7, that is limited at this point to altering the lock-screen photo. While using your pics is certainly a fun twist, having access to a resource bin of images is even better.

Wallpapers HD is a nice freeware app in the Marketplace that just does that. While the interface is a little odd at time (no swiping), the daily updates and wide ranging categories make it quite useful and fun to have your on your device. In addition, the ability to download pre-cropped images or the full version for your own editing makes it a winner.  Check out the video hands on to get an idea of what to expect!

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4 years ago

What full file system access looks like on Windows Phone 7 [Video]

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We mentioned last night about developer Chris Walsh getting full file system access to an HTC and Samsung device and how this was just the beginning.

Wasting no time he just posted this video demonstrating what file access looks like and it's pretty exciting (well, if you're geeky enough).

He notes on his blog that this just a preview and that "You’ve got FULL access, create, delete, browse files etc. Just can’t delete system ROM files, IE coredll.dll (obviously)."

Cool. One more video after the break of root access.

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4 years ago

First Windows Phone 7 officially certified microSD card announced: Sandisk 8GB?

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The tale of expandable storage on Windows Phone 7 is certainly convoluted. We know that they take them, but we also know it's very finicky. When we met with Samsung on October 11th, they told us it wa a permanent change to the device and that once you insert that card, that's it, there's no going back. We wrote back then:

Basically you can any size card you like, but you can't remove it without hard-resetting the phone and it's not clear that the card would be re-usable if you do remove it. So essentially, if you add a 16GB or 32GB card, that's it, you got your shot.

Engadget recently confirmed this, noting that the cards were unusable and cannot even be reformatted. Going further, AT&T changed their tune saying don't add any memory to the Focus, not yet at least. The problem is waiting on specific cards that were "certified" to be used on our devices, cards that met certain performance standards.

Today, Samsung moved very quickly (1 week, not bad) to the controversy and said that Sandisk 8GB Class 2 cards will work on our devices. The bad news is that their support doesn't seem to know that the Focus only has 8GB on board, not 16GB. Going further, this sounds kind of iffy at best. While we don't doubt the 8GB Class 2 cards will work, the whole "officially certified" thing sounds like it is still weeks away from happening.

Hi, actually the Samsung Focus has a 16GB internal memory and expandable up to 32GB. So you can insert a 32GB micro SD card on this device. However there are certain limitations when it comes to the micro SD card. Compatible micro SD cards will be branded as “Windows Phone 7 Compatible” on the packaging. Approved cards can be obtained from the manufacturer or carrier. (The SanDisk 8GB class 2 micro SD card has been certified.) Many commercially available retail micro SD cards are not approved for use in Windows Phone 7. Use of unapproved cards may cause performance degradation or device instability, including unexpected reset and loss of user data. A micro SD card class is not an indication of meeting Windows Phone 7 requirements.

If you want data based on user feedback, MobilityDigest did a whole list of cards that supposedly work and don't work, which we reprint after the break.

Sources: Samsung Support, Engadget, MobileTechWorld, MobilityDigest

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4 years ago

LG Quantum available online through AT&T and Microsoft

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The LG Quantum is becoming available online through AT&T and Microsoft. AT&T had the new Windows Phones on pre-order status but are now accepting online orders with nothing noted as to delays in shipping. The Quantum is also available at Microsoft's online store, again with no shipping or inventory issues noted.  Amazon.com still has the phone listed as unavailable.

As expected, AT&T is selling the Windows Phone 7 device for $199.99 with the two year contractual discounts and $499.99 without the discounts. Microsoft is selling the Quantum for $479.99 out of contract. Both sites are offering free shipping.

No sightings on the LG at AT&T retail stores as of yet. If you've ordered or found the LG in stores, let us know in the comments.  It's nice to see the Quantum join the mix of Windows Phone 7 devices.

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4 years ago

Registry and File system access on HTC & Samsung devices: done

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The other day, we mentioned about running native, unmanaged code on Winodows Phone 7. The achievement was illuminating since it showed that advanced "rooting" can take place on WP7and that modifying system software was feasible. A milestone, indeed.

A minor, but important, advancement was just accomplished by the same developer, Chris Walsh, who just tweeted that he has managed to get "registry and file system access" on an HTC and Samsung device, noting that the LG was next. This is good news because it shows that this type of work is device independent--something we would assume to be the case, but as the Samsung/LG tethering tricks show, sometimes there are device level differences after all.

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