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3 years ago

Animal Sound Box - Review

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3 years ago

INRIX Traffic gets Mango update too

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INRIX, the popular and free traffic app which is on various platforms, has been bumped to v3.0 already. We've been playing with it for the last few days (preview) and now you can too as it's live in the Marketplace.

New features, for Mango devices only, include:

  • Live Tiles: Mango's vast improvement to Live Tiles gives consumers the ability to bookmark pages from apps like INRIX Traffic on their Windows phone home screen for quick reference when they’re on the go. Drivers can save traffic map views around common destinations like home or work or bookmark a stretch of road along their route for one touch access to real-time traffic conditions on the most critical part of their commute.
  • Local Search: Integration of INRIX Traffic with Bing Search. Users enter a place of interest in Bing search and through the new apps area under local instantly pull up a map showing real-time traffic around that location.
  • International Language Support. INRIX Traffic is offered in all markets where Windows Phones are sold and available in Spanish, Italian, French, German, Hungarian and Dutch.

The Live Tile isn't really "live" though. Basically the app allows you to create multiple tiles with titles, with those tiles being specific map areas--but they don't show any live info, nor flip as far as we can tell. Still, the addition of that and other features including traffic-forecasting, make INRIX a great addition to your phone.

Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Acer W4 gets pictured in detail

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Acer W4 gets pictured in detail

This week at IFA in Berlin, Germany, Acer was evidently showing off their W4 device aka their first foray into Windows Phone.

The device is far from wow-worthy with 8GB storage, 5MP camera and 1Ghz processor, but perhaps for the more low-end or developing markets, it could be quite compelling. We really like Acer laptops (cough, using one now) so we're interested in seeing where Acer goes with this and other devices. Check the other photos at AreaMobile.

Source: AreaMobile.de; Thanks, Alexander F., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Samsung updates Photo Studio for Mango, gets front-facing camera support

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Samsung just pushed out a nice little update to their super slick Photo Studio app. Now Mango-ized, the app supports fast app switching and even gets front-facing camera support. Tapping the button now just makes the screen blank and it circles back to the regular camera.

That can only mean one thing: Samsung's new offerings e.g. SGH-i937 will feature front facing cameras.

The app itself is pretty awesome, serving as a photo editor and PhotoFunia mix and with the ability to share to Facebook, Picasa and Photobucket, we really like to have this on our Focus. Grab the app here in the Marketplace.

Thanks, @UzEE, for the tip!

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3 years ago

HTC Tango video calling for Windows Phone

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While the majority of news that came out of yesterday's HTC event in London was hardware related, there were some changes on the phone themselves. We noticed (thanks to a tip from one of our readers) on the HTC Omega that there was a Tango app. Before we get into it, don't get this confused with the proposed Windows Phone Tango update that is destined to hit us between Mango and Apollo as it's not entirely related.

So what is this Tango app then? It's basically a video calling service that's currently available on iOS and Android now arriving on Windows Phone. In the photo above, captured by Jay Bennett, we saw the app on an untied Omega held by a Microsoft employee. What we've found out is that this app will connect to other apps across all supported platforms (iOS, Android) and provide a Skype/Facetime experience.

Check out the video after the break of Tango.

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3 years ago

HTC's Titan and Radar put through their paces

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PCMag got their hands on HTC's latest additions to the WP7 family, the Titan and Radar, and ran some benchmarks on them.  The phones were put through their paces using Browsermark and Sunspider for web-browsing benchmarks and the caveman cart-racer, Cro-Mag Rally, for gaming and video performance. 

The Titan, with its mammoth 4.7" display and 1.5Ghz processor, is the flagship HTC WP7 phone, while the Radar will presumably be a more "cost-sensitive" option.  The difference between the two was clear in the tests.  Let's go to the numbers.

On the browsing front, the Titan scored 32771 in Browsermark, with the Radar only clocking in at 21026.  In Sunspider, the Titan was at 66.03, compared to the Radar's 94.40.  it's important to note here, that with Sunspider, the lower the score, the faster the performance.  PCMag says that while the two new HTC devices still trail the top Android 2.3 performers in the browsing benchmarks, they are still significantly better than their pre-Mango predecessors.  A Samsung Focus with NoDo installed clocked in at a measly 6903 in Browsermark, and couldn't even make through a  Sunspider 0.9.1 test.

When it comes to the video tests, the benchmarks were less scientific.  The Titan ran Cro-Mag Rally smoothly, with a noticiably higher frame rate, whereas background graphics on the Radar were "a bit jerky compared to the Titan."  While stat geeks may want to see some concrete numbers, the eye test sums it up.

The Titan and Radar are a nice pair of phones that cover different wants/needs and price points.  While they may be the first of the HTC Mango phones, they surely will not be the last.  We cannot wait to see what else they have in store.

Source: PCMag

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3 years ago

HTC launches Watch video service for Mango phones

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Looks like HTC still has a few tricks up their sleeves as the company is launching "Watch", a video on demand (VOD) service. From the description:

"Check out the latest movie trailers for free and rent or buy premium movies and TV shows."

We do wonder how well this can compete with Zune's video service--then again, perhaps this will fill in the regions where Zune is not yet available? At least with Zune though, you can watch the movie on your TV (Xbox), PC and phone for one price, still we're hoping this offers something unique as an alternative.

Of note, the app which can be found in the Marketplace here is Mango-only, so current non-Mango device won't be able to download it. That's fine too because you're not missing much, it looks like HTCs service is still not "on" yet as there are only two trailers available and neither actually work just yet.

via: WMPU

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3 years ago

HTC Titan and Radar (SIM free) available October 15th from Amazon UK

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Start those countdown clocks boys and girls, as the HTC Titan and Radar are now listed on Amazon UK's website. Fetching for the quite hefty £529.99 ($860) for the Titan and £349.99 ($568) for the Radar, the SIM free devices are set to be released on October 15th--just a few short weeks away.

Of note is the fact that Microsoft is officially calling this Windows Phone 7.5 to differentiate from first-gen devices. Guess old habits are hard to break.

Source: Amazon.co.uk 1, 2; Thanks, Ross "H3ALY" H., for the tip!

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3 years ago

HTC ditches apps - Attentive Phone, Sound Enhancer, etc. move to Settings

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One interesting observation from the new HTC Radar and Titan is that HTC have been able to move their add-on "apps" such as Sound Enhancer, custom camera options and Attentive Phone to Settings--that is these will no longer be apps to download but instead will be baked in the OS directly.

That's a good move for HTC as it seemed kind of silly to have separate apps for those--who wouldn't want those options? It also signals that HTC is able to inch a little closer in modifying the OS. It will certainly be interesting to see what other OEMs do with this ability.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone YouTube channel gets a Metro makeover

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While not really a huge story, Microsoft has given their Windows Phone YouTube page a make over and while we're not in the business of judging YouTube channels, darn it all...this one looks sweet.

Featuring the HTC Radar, Titan and Samsung Focus, the site has tiles everywhere, emphasizes "people first", their app selection and the web. Clicking on subsections gives you some snappy demo videos and tours of features.

Hey, lots of people rightly say Microsoft needs to step up their game as far as promotion and advertising. We see this new change as a step in the right direction as it's a great design and clearly, Microsoft is officially kicking off the Mango launch today.

Source: Windows Phone YouTube

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3 years ago

HTC Dock Mode app for Eternity/Radar is Sense inspired

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HTC can't modify the OS at all, but that won't stop them from bringing their styling to Windows Phone. And we know they will be offering dock accessories for the Radar and Eternity but lots of folks were wondering, what's the point if Windows Phone doesn't do landscape?

Ah, well that's where HTC steps in with their HTC Dock app. As can be seen in our hands-on video, HTC have created an app that is very Sense derived. Let see what we can gather what this app does:

  • Clock/Alarm
  • Weather - the background is the current weather and dynamic, the temperature is below the clock
  • Media player - Music
  • HTC Watch - Movies, video
  • Photos - Near the bottom we can see your latest photos. one could imagine tapping them starts a slide show

Sure it doesn't make up for no-landscape support, but as a bed stand or desk accessory, we can't help but really like the idea of having this. You?

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 124.5 - Special HTC Eternity and Radar Edition

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We're back for a special, London HTC event edition where we talk only about the HTC Eternity, a massive 4.7" Windows Phone and the Radar, a 3.8" white beauty. We also take your live questions.

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We're back for a special, London HTC event edition where we talk only about the HTC Eternity, a massive 4.7" Windows Phone and the Radar, a 3.8" white beauty. We also take your live questions.

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  • Live questions

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You can find us all on Twitter @wpcentral@malatesta77@coppertop004@RichEdmonds@JayTBennett@segacon@PhilNickinson

Thanks to the WPCentral Store for sponsoring the podcast. Thanks also to these great artists for the music and to CCMixter.org for offering a great database of Creative Commons music!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with HTC Titan and Radar [Video]

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Here we are folks, the above video is our quick run through with the HTC Titan, which truly is a beast of Windows Phone Mango. Below we have the same with the HTC Radar, both sporting FF cameras, higher quality rear cameras and unique designs. Interestingly we also found some new features in settings such as "pocket mode" ringers and a "flip to mute ringer", hard to say if these are HTC only features or part of the final Mango build just yet. Check out the full summary of the London HTC event for more juicy info.

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3 years ago

Official HTC Titan and Radar pages go live + pricing

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HTC has gone and made their site page on both phones live. Featuing videos, details, specs, photos and all, it's everything you can want besides, you know having the phones themselves. Both phones won't launch till October and are reportedly fetching for 599 euros ($855) for the Titan and 399 euros ($569) for the Radar.

Hey look at that, a swanky video on their new fanagled cameras--a camera were pinning a lot on for HTC as they really need some improvemnents there.

via: Bloomberg; Thanks, Filipe, for the heads up

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3 years ago

HTC London Event Summary - it was loudly brilliant

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Notice the "loudly" replacement of "quietly" in the title? The London HTC event was sure enough a night club with some phones displayed. Three hours later and my ears are still ringing the bells louder than ever, but was it a well worth visit? Absolutely. I was joined by Jay Bennett (our app developer) along with two strays we found on the street, Alex Dobie and Richard Devine from Android Central.

While merely being about two upcoming Windows Phone Mango devices, the HTC Titan and Radar, the event was full of enthusiasm, music, free drink and a cracking presentation. Overall it was a superb evening where we conversed with Microsoft and HTC employees, experienced the new handsets for ourselves and began to get drunk in the process for free. Head on past the break for the round-up.

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