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3 years ago

CES 2012: Lumia 900 at Pepcom

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3 years ago

Microsoft and LG reach Android licensing deal

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Korean tech manufacturer LG is the latest company to reach an Android licensing deal with Microsoft.  The agreement is similar to those signed with HTC, Samsung and others, but unlike them, also includes Google's Chrome OS.  Microsoft has benefited greatly from licensing deals.  One estimate had them making three times more off HTC's Android sales alone than their own Windows Phone 7. 

Microsoft attorney, Horacio Gutierrez, praised the "mutually beneficial agreement," noting that MS now licenses Android to 70% of all Android phones sold in the U.S.:

“We are pleased to have built upon our longstanding relationship with LG to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. Together with our 10 previous agreements with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer, this agreement with LG means that more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S. are now receiving coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “We are proud of the continued success of our program in resolving the IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome OS.”

LG's Ken Hong sounded equally upbeat, saying that the deal allowed both companies to get back to what they do best, putting out products for consumers:

"We're of course pleased we could come to amicable terms with Microsoft, whom LG has had a great working relationship with for years. This agreement allows both companies to move beyond the legal issues and get on with doing what both companies do best, which is developing products and delivering services that benefit consumers."

The Chrome part of the deal has yet to come into play, though speculation is that it will involve LG's upcoming 3D Google TV.  As for the remaining 30% of the U.S. Android market, it looks like Microsoft's sights could next be set on Motorola Mobility, who was acquired by Google last year.  How fascinating would it be if Google has to pay Microsoft for using one of its own products?

Source: Microsoft; Via: AndroidCentral

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3 years ago

Lumia 900 introductory video

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Lumia 900 introductory video

Nokia has added an introductory video on the Nokia Lumia 900 over at their YouTube site. The ninety-plus second video touches on all aspects of the new Windows Phone heading to AT&T. From the polycarbonate uni-body to the 4G LTE network, the Lumia 900 is definitely a head turner.

You can find more on the Nokia Lumia 900 over at Nokia's website and check out all our coverage on the 900 through this link.

source: Youtube

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations + TCPJ Special: CES 2012 wrap up

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Mobile Nations + TCPJ Special: CES 2012 wrap up

Mobile Nations editors Kevin Michaluk, Phil Nickinson, Rene Ritchie, Daniel Rubino, Derek Kessler, Simon Sage and Jared DiPane join Mickey and Joey of The Cell Phone Junkie to wrap-up the biggest events of the 2012 CES. Listen in!

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3 years ago

Sprint users petition for WP7 after exec's comments

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Sprint customers have taken to the streets, er, the internet, and created an online petition to show that they want some new Windows phones.  The move comes after Sprint Vice President of Product Realization David Owens expressed his lack of enthusiasm for WP7.  Owens said that the HTC Arrive, Sprint's only WP7 device, sold poorly because Microsoft has done a poor job of promoting their mobile OS.  While this may have been true early on, Sprint certainly made no effort on their part either.  In fact, they went so far as to make the Arrive the poster child for their trade-in program.

The online petition explains the frustration that Sprint users feel as they see other carriers, most-notably AT&T, getting some fantastic devices, like the HTC Titan II and Nokia's Lumia 900 (Ace).  This is counter to what David Owens described, citing customer complaints and returns based on unpleasant user experiences. Sprint's own website shows, however, shows very high marks in customer reviews and was also in the top ten most highly-rated phones on Amazon.

The petition is still young, and thusly, has few signatures.  We're not sure if it will light a fire under the third-largest carrier in the U.S., but but stranger things have happened.  Verizon recently canned a plan to hike up their fees because of a huge public outcry that began on the internet.  Of course, that would have affected most, if not all, Verizon users, whereas this is only a fraction of Sprint's customer base.  But that doesn't mean people shouldn't try.  If you feel strongly about Sprit's reluctance to adopt more Windows phones, hit up the source link below and let it be known.

Source: SignOn; Thanks, Cris, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Clove UK offering 40-day trial on Lumia 800

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Clove is so confident you'll love the Nokia Lumia 800 that they are now offering a 40-day money back guarantee.  The new LoveMeKeepMe promo lets anyone who buys a Lumia 800 between now and February 29 send back their fully boxed, like new phone for a full refund.  To take advantage of this offer, simply buy a Lumia 800 through Clove, then register it within ten days of purchase.  You then have 30 days to love it and keep it, or to send it back. 

Check out the flyer or go to the link above for full details.

Source: Clove UK

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 ad hits the airways

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Nokia Lumia 710 ad hits the airways

The Nokia Lumia 710 became available only yesterday at T-Mobile and we've already seen it spotlighted in one T-Mobile commercial and now it's taking center stage in yet another television ad. The thirty second spot focuses on how the Windows Phone can keep you connected to amazing everyday.  From keeping in touch with friends to finding a good ice cream parlor.

The ad does a nice job of catching your attention and shining a little attention on the latest Windows Phone. We've received tips from readers who caught this ad throughout the night and it appears that Nokia has hit the ground running to let everyone know they are back in town.

source: Youtube; Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Nokia's ESPN App

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Nokia will be offering several exclusive apps for their Lumia Windows Phone lineup. One such app is the ESPN App. We mentioned it in the Lumia 710 review and now we'll take a closer look at things.

The app is broken down into three panoramic pages that cover scores, videos, news and ESPN social feeds for all your favorite sports leagues. A fifth page is present to allow you switch between sports leagues and covers the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, NCAA Basketball and Football, Soccer, Formula 1, Cricket and Rugby.

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3 years ago

Sprint not too enthusiastic on Windows Phones

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Waiting for Sprint to introduce a new Windows Phone? I wouldn't expect anything too soon.

Sprint's Vice President of Product Realization David Owens let it be known that while the wireless carrier is bulking up its LTE lineup it will be with Android devices for now. Sprint may take another chance at Windows Phone in the August-September time frame.

"We have a Windows device in our lineup, but honestly, it hasn't done well enough for us to jump back into the fire. We told Microsoft: You guys have to go build the enthusiasm for the product."

Owens also stated the the number one reason the HTC Arrive, Sprint's only Windows Phone, was returned was the user experience. Sprint's Director of Product Development Lois Fagan added,

"We want to participate in the market, but we can't build that brand by ourself. We're cautiously optimistic, but [Windows Phone] just hasn't taken off."

The news shouldn't be much of a shocker. While the Arrive has been on Sprint for some time, Sprint has done very little to promote the Windows Phone platform.  Android devices, on the other hand seem to be centerpiece of their ad campaigns. Can anyone remember any Windows Phone commercials from Sprint?

While Microsoft and the hardware manufacturers should do their part in promoting Windows Phone devices, but Sprint needs to step up to the plate as well. 

source: pcmag; Thanks, Brianna, for the tip!

Postscript: Just received a tip from a reader suggesting we look at the HTC Arrives ratings over at Sprint.com.  It makes you wonder where Owens is seeing poor user experience?

Thanks, venom5150, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Recap of the Windows Phone $100 "smoked" challenge at CES

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Yesterday we covered the $100 challenge happening here at CES 2012. Basically, you can challenge Ben "the PC Guy" Rudolph from Microsoft to a speed test with your current phone versus his HTC TITAN. The task involves any "everyday" type of action that regular users may attempt and has resulted in quite a lot of media coverage due to its ingenuity.

Now Microsoft has put up the fruit of their labor by showcasing all the challenges from yesterday in a great montage. Needless to say, it is quite inspiring and humorous to watch.

We met up with Ben yesterday and watched a few of these challenges. Everyone was certainly having fun and the fanboyism was no where to be seen--just good, honest competition with everyone being a fair sport. We asked Ben if this would be a regular event but it looks like it might not be--the longer this is out there, the more people can game the system (including potentially scripts and custom ROM advantages, which takes the "regular user" dynamic out of the equation).

Speaking of, we may send Phil over from Android Central to see if he can best Ben and his phone. So far though, the only winner has been an iPhone 4s and no Androids.

Thanks, Vernon S., for the tip!

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3 years ago

HTC TITAN versus the Samsung Galaxy Note CES 2012

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A lot of our readers are split on the TITAN/TITAN II's massive 4.7" screen--some think it's just too big of a device, while others are much more partial. We're in the latter camp and don't think 4.7" is too big at all. And evidently neither does Samsung, who have put out the Galaxy Note, an Android powered device with a massive 5.3" Super AMOLED HD screen.

No doubt this is a different category of device and surprisingly, feedback on the device so far as been positive. We quickly compared the size difference between it and the TITAN and it's an interesting juxtaposition, to say the least. It kind of makes us wonder: What would Windows Phone look like on such a device? People seemed enthusiastic last year about a Windows Phone tablet, so this might be your closest chance.

Would you buy one? Should Samsung even attempt it to counter the TITAN/TITAN II or should we let Android have all the fun? Lets us know in comments and check out how the Android fans are reacting at Android Central.

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3 years ago

Zendesk help desk software launches WP7 app

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Cloud-based help desk provider Zendesk has released a version of their mobile app for WP7, complete with live tiles and Mango support.  Zendesk is a service that allows companies to host, log and track support tickets, be it for IT, customer service, or internal business.  With the mobile app, support representatives easily view and modify their tickets, as well as respond to them.  Simply download the app and log in to your account.  The full feature list is as follows:

  • Access all your support ticket views
  • View and update comments, CCs, tags, and ticket fields
  • Apply predefined responses, or macros, to tickets with frequently asked questions
  • View all support ticket events and notifications
  • Pin ticket views and specific tickets to the start screen as Live Tiles for easy access
  • Easily bookmark a ticket for future reference
  • Search support tickets
  • Upload and view attachments on tickets
  • Take a photo and attach it to a ticket

If you use Zendesk already you can get the mobile app for free here.  Not a user yet?  Sign up for a 30-day trial.

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3 years ago

South Africa getting Nokia devices!

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South Africa getting Nokia devices!

Many people are of the opinion that Nokia is Microsoft's trump card. The game changer. And it really is looking more and more likely that Nokia is going to give Windows Phone 7 the momentum it needs to get further than the hands of tech bloggers and developers.

We recently covered Nokias plans to take over the world, and now we have report of the Lumia 800 and 710 both launching in South Africa in Q1 2012 and just after that respectively. Yep, you heard that right. The same country that can't manage to tell the different between Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 (Vodacom's terrible advertising campaign for the Omnia 7 - not the one below). So why is this a big deal? Well, because up until now South Africa has only had three devices; the Samsung Omnia 7, the HTC Trophy and the HTC Mozart.

As a resident of South Africa I had actually almost given up hope for WP7 here when just recently one of the service providers sold the last of their Omnia 7 stock:

For reference R1699 is about $208.

Now I would take this with a slight pinch of salt as the actual source is not mentioned and upon reaching out to a local Microsoft Developer Evangelist I received the usual "we cannot confirm or deny this". If it is legit then presumably the fine details are still being ironed out, and hopefully South Africa will appear on Nokias domination map soon.

EDIT: We have received word that this came straight from Nokia, so you may remove said salt where necessary.

Source: MyBroadband

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 2011 Retrospective Infographic

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This is an interesting infographic posted over on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, which shows data that was accumulated in 2011. While it's aimed at developers, we thought everyone would like to take a peak at how far we've come together. Be sure to click on the infographic to enlarge the size, which can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

LG E906 Jil Sander phone takes to the catwalk at CES '12

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We've been reporting on the LG Jil Sander "fashion phone" for sometime now, especially with the hefty price drop of recent. The phone is not a Gen2 device but more like a Gen 1.5 but it does offer 16GB of storage for a decent cost.

The phone, like others, is here on display at CES 2012 and we finally got our tired grubby hands on it. Truth be told, we're kind of glad we passed on that impulse buy a few weeks ago. While the screen is actually quite vibrant, the rest of the device is a "whole lotta plastic" and it's quite thick to boot. It's interesting to have all physical keys on the front and the blue custom Accent color is nice but we just don't think it's enough to overcome some of its other pitfalls.

Having said that, it is going for quite cheap off contract and that 16GB of storage may make it a worthwhile purchase for some.

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