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4 years ago

T-Mobile HD7 available for Amazon pre-order: $169.99 w/contract!

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4 years ago

Make your own WP7-inspired business cards!

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File this under: Awesome

What better way to express your love of Windows Phone 7 than by carrying around business cards inspired by the Metro UI? Exactly, it's just as geek awesome as it sounds. Created by Vangos Pterneas from StudentGuru, the cards are available in Photoshop format, allowing you to customize them as much as you want, including different backgrounds,  before you print away.

Sounds good to us! We're going to print up a bunch for ourselves, how about you?

Source: Vangos Pterneas (StudentGuru); via NirmalTV.com

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4 years ago

HTC 7 Pro clears FCC? CDMA release closer than thought?

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Though we just saw pre-production hardware a few weeks ago in New York City, looks like HTC may have being coy with us when they didn't reveal much about the 7 Pro (including the fact it couldn't turn on). Engadget just uncovered the FCC documents showing that some "HTC CDMA Windows Phone device" has approval to be sold here in the U.S. We don't know for sure that it is the 7 Pro, but that's the best guess right now. No sign of 4G WiMax though, which could be a missed opportunity.

What's more interesting is the report from Microsoft that CDMA won't be done till early 2011, though they seemed to hedge on how early, implying that it may be closer than expected. If this is the case, perhaps we're looking for something only 3 months away which is the usual distance between FCC and when the device is in stores. Lets hope, as you CDMA folk will be surely pining for this beaut. Alternatively, this could be some other unknown CDMA Windows Phone device as well. Hmm...

Source: FCC; via Engadget

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4 years ago

HTC Photo Enhancer gets demoed on video

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For those going with HTC as their WP7 choice, you'll be of course getting their allotment of special software, including Weather, Stocks and the focus here, Photo Enhancer.

The app itself looks really nice in this video hands on by 1800PocketPC, with a wide-assortment of filters to choose form, smooth UI and just an overall great experience. While not a complete photo-editing package e.g. cropping, sharpening, etc. don't seem to be there, it looks like a great addon.

And for those not going with HTC, you can always check out Picture Lab which looks even more impressive. See the full video hands on after the break!

Source: 1800PocketPC

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4 years ago

Weatherbug now live in WP7 Marketplace, offers push notifications

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Hot on the heels of the WeatherChannel's new WP7 app comes rival WeatherBug (see video demo here for WP7). Not too much is given in the way of screenshots, except what we see above, but it looks like it will be a winner for its complete feature set. We know we've always liked Weatherbug on Windows Mobile and we're happy to see to them offer the same functionality on our new OS.

Bonus features include:

  • Weather info on the Start screen (Live tile)
  • Push notifications for weather alerts (nice)
  • Nine (!) weather map layers using Bing maps
  • 7 day, hourly and detailed forecasts
  • Enhanced current conditions

No word if they will have the ~$1.99 "Elite" version which throws a few more features in as well as removes those banner ads--but we sure hope they do.

 

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4 years ago

TeleMap first to offer navigation on Windows Phone 7; limited release

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While Bing is sure a swanky search option for Windows Phone 7, it has zero navigation properties as of v1.0. Rumor has it that it will be getting a significant bump with this feature sometime in 2011, but for now we don't have to much for navigation.

TeleMap is the first to launch a full search and navigation option for our new OS, though initially they will only have service maps in Singapore/Malaysia. In looking at their website though, TeleMaps does have maps in the U.S. including live traffic, so perhaps we'll see an offering from them soon. And if not them, we're sure the carriers and/or TomTom will be entering the market soon.

The software has the following features and looks to keep with minimalist look of Windows Phone 7:

  • in-car turn-by-turn navigation with 3D moving maps, voice and text instructions announcing street names and Points of Interest such as gas stations and parking lots along the way, a dedicated pedestrian navigation, local search and content enhanced specifically for the Windows Phone 7
  • Full Singapore and Malaysia maps
  • Real-time traffic information
  • Cell-ID function that enables you to check your location and plan a route even when indoors

Update: We're reminded by @mearsfan25 that the T-Mobile HD7 has TeleNav already on board, so TeleMap's claim is a little dubious. Though perhaps they mean "not carrier endorsed" or something.

Source: TeleMap Press Release

 

 

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4 years ago

Garmin-Asus breaking up; no Windows Phone 7 device from duo

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In what is probably not a huge surprise, according to Digitimes, the Garmin-Asus relationship is coming to end January 2011 after a short 2-year flirtation. Sales of branded Garmin-Asus devices really never made waves (seven in all were released) so it makes sense to end this experiment. In addition, it was told to CNet Asia, that they had no plans to deliever a WP7 device. This contradicts an earlier report which suggested that a Q1 2011 WP7 device would happen.

This also begs the question of what was that Asus phone we saw awhile ago running WP7--it does seem to be solely Asus branded phone, so perhaps they're already on the go to deliver some new wares (we actually really like the brushed metal look on this device; see video here) No word from Asustek on their WP7 plans have been confirmed though.

Also, in related news, HTC is reportedly working more closely with Garmin rival TomTom to bring better mapping solutions to its devices. We've already seen this on some Euro HD2 handsets, though no word if this will also come to Windows Phone 7.

Source: Digitimes; via ZDNet Asia

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4 years ago

Trine's Hangman demoed for WP7, offers unique Leaderboards

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A few months ago we mentioned about Trines Appointment & Task Mover for Windows Mobile (which is being adapted for Windows Phone 7). Now the developer has come up with their first Windows Phone 7 game called simply enough, Trine's Hangman.

While there are a few Hangman games already in the Marketplace, we suppose what makes this one unique is the ability to be customized and more importantly, the Leader Boards. The latter feature is not part of LIVE but evidently their own Hangman boards that keep constant track of your progress in contrast to the rest of the world. Interestingly, the game is in a constant auto-save state, meaning you never really finish it--it always goes back to where you left off, even if you switch WP7 phones. We can see this being a big hit for you word-puzzle geeks or those who like just playing quickie games.

The app has just been sent to Microsoft for Marketplace approval, so we should see it soon. In the meantime, you can watch the full video demo after the break.

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4 years ago

How to gain access to a foreign Windows Phone Marketplace (if not available in your country)

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While the Windows Phone Marketplace is available in many countries at launch--17 in all to be exact--last we checked the world is still a bit larger. If you're one of those with no access to the Marketplace, but are able to import an unlocked GSM device, then you may be interested in this ability to switch your Marketplace region documented by E's Phoneblog.

We'll post the directions after the jump--it's actually very simple to do and only has a few steps. But before we do this we should point out something:  This is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. So while this works, you can't undo it later, meaning that in the future you can't just easily "switch" to your country's Marketplace, not without having to create a whole new LIVE account. Caveat emptor.

Still, for those with no immediate prospects of a localized Marketplace (we feel for ya), this may be your best bet.

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4 years ago

WSJ "Best Mobile OS" Poll Update

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WSJ "Best Mobile OS" Poll Update

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal posed the question, "Who makes the best mobile operating system?". When we shared the poll with you, Microsoft trailing Apple by about 10% and Android was way out ahead of everyone.

Almost twenty-four hours later, Google is still leading the pack but look at Microsoft! The Windows Phone has more than doubled Apple's vote percentage.

Granted this isn't the most scientific of polls but it does show that Microsoft has a decent following. Either that or someone's figured out how to vote more than once.  We're not sure if when voting will be cut off for this poll but if you haven't voted, it might be worth checking in on.

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4 years ago

Gameloft's HD titles heading to the Windows Phone Marketplace

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The Windows Phone Marketplace is quickly approaching 1,000 apps which has a large contingency of gaming titles. Gameloft has posted a video over at their Youtube channel highlighting a few of their HD titles that will be available for the Windows Phone 7.

The teaser video highlights Earthworm Jim, UNO, Assassin's Creed: Altair's Chronicles, Brain Challenge and The Oregon Trail. All look really good, especially Assassin's Creed.

November 8th can't get here quick enough.

via mobilitydigest.com

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4 years ago

WPCentral on Twitter (updated address)

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WPCentral on Twitter (updated address)

The dust is finally settling here at WPCentral (previously known as WMExperts). The site still has a few bugs here and there and but we're working on them daily and making great progress. So send us a note if you find any.

Our latest change comes from us updating our Twitter account from @WMExperts to @WPCentral. If you were following us before, no need to do anything as you were transferred over to the new account. If you're not following us on Twitter, well now is the chance to do so!

This isn't the last of the changes around here either as we still have some big ideas and cool features we'll be bringing over the next few months. Stay tuned.

-WPCentral Team

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4 years ago

The Windows Phone Marketplace: strictly by the numbers

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While the Windows Phone Marketplace continues to grow day by day (see the 777 threshold), an ambitious statistics...dare we say...geek...has taken it upon himself to break down the Marketplace distribution by app category, price and release date.

As we mentioned previously, most apps are in the low end for price, with the overwhelming majority at $0.99 and 90+% $2.99 or lower. Only one app is $9.99 (Panoramic's super calculator app). Overall this seems like a lot lower price point than the Windows Mobile marketplace.

Likewise, we can see the largest distribution by category has apps falling into the gaming category (215), followed next by Tools (95), Entertainment (81) and News & Weather (42). This seems to solidify the notion that not only with WP7 be a strong consumer contender but a nice gaming platform too (contra Android and its dismal gaming offering, except for Angry Birds).

Anyways, it's worth a look over at Numaris for more of the breakdown. Hopefully he'll keep these numbers going as the store continues to grow!

Source: Numaris; Thanks, Dariel M., for the tip and great work!

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4 years ago

WSJ mobile operating system poll

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WSJ mobile operating system poll

The Wall Street Journal's "Question of the Day" is, "Who makes the best mobile operating system?". The choices are limited to Apple, Google (a.k.a. Android), Microsoft, Palm, RIM, and the formidable Other.

Currently, Google is putting everyone to shame with Apple coming in a distant second. Microsoft and RIM are neck and neck. While Palm is a nostalgic favorite, it's barely beating out Other.

Not sure how long the poll will stay up but seeing that it's a question of the day, it's doubtful it'll last long. So now's your chance to cast your vote for Microsoft and maybe, just maybe, we can overtake Apple and give Android a run for its money.  You can find the poll here.

Thanks goes out to johnny03c for sending this in on the tip line.

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