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3 years ago

AT&T tags Focus and Quantum with EOL status?

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Shouldn't be a shocker if this is true but we've received word from our AT&T double-naught spy that the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum's status has changed to "End of Life". A status reserved for devices no longer carried by the wireless provider or in production by the manufacturer.

We've already seen signs that the HTC Surround is on it's last leg and our tipster notes the HD7S is slated to drift into the sunset as well.

This is likely being caused by the manufacturers shifting production efforts on the new Windows Phone models and AT&T wanting to make room for the new models.  It's likely the case where AT&T will continue to offer these models, they just won't be replenishing the stock room. 

So, how will AT&T's Windows Phone line-up look in a month?  The HTC Titan would replace the HD7S.  The Focus S would replace the Focus.  But what would replace the LG Quantum?  Maybe the Focus Flash or Nokia Sea Ray?  Or is there a new sliding keyboard Windows Phone hiding in the shadows?

Hopefully whatever happens with AT&T's Windows Phone line-up occurs sooner than later and we start seeing the second generation Windows Phones on the shelves soon.

Thanks goes out to our tipster on this!

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3 years ago

And now, HTC Radar's turn...

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And now, HTC Radar's turn...

Earlier today we mentioned that the HTC Titan was getting a little ad time in London newspapers. Well now, it the HTC Radar's turn.

@alexb8 spotted this print ad on the back cover of Nuts Magazine in the UK. The ad highlights the Windows Phone's live tiles.

Not sure if the doodled-up hands helps the cause but it's nice to see the new Windows Phones getting some exposure.

Thanks goes out to Alex for the tip!

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3 years ago

Cool Tools - Mango App Spotlight

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Cool Tools - Mango App Spotlight

Cool Tools is a toolbox of tool or utility type apps for your Windows Phone.  Need a stopwatch?  There's a tool for that.  How about a need to covert inches to millimeters?  Need a countdown timer for the kitchen?  Cool Tools is a rather simple app that delivers seven useful tools that most will find a use for.

The tools include:

  • Stopwatch with lap time
  • Countdown timer
  • Flashlight with Emergency Strobe setting
  • Ruler
  • Accelerometer with x, y, and z axis
  • Soundcheck with THX clips (moo cows!)
  • Converter

The converter will convert length, liquids, weight, speed, temperature measurements from metric to english (and back/forth). It will also convert calendar dates to age.

Cool Tools is laid out rather nicely and in a straight forward fashion. Cool Tools is a free app and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.  Keep in mind that Cool Tools is a Windows Phone 7.5 app so you'll need to update your phone to Mango before you can use the app.

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3 years ago

LazyTube 3.0 in the works

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LazyTube 3.0 in the works

LazyWormApps is gearing up to release version 3.0 of their popular YouTube client LazyTube. Version 3 gets a major overhaul to improve performance and the overall user experience.

LazyWormApps will be offering a series of "What's new" videos over at their YouTube Channel that will highlight all the changes in store for LazyTube.  Expect the updated version of LazyTube to hit the Windows Phone Marketplace sometime in mid-November.

LazyTube is a very nice YouTube client app for your Windows Phone and the updated version looks to carry on that level of quality.

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3 years ago

HTC Trophy on sale at Verizon

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HTC Trophy on sale at Verizon

We're not sure if this is a way to clear out inventory for new Windows Phones or just Verizon being generous. Regardless, Verizon is offering the HTC Trophy for $29.99 through October 20, 2011.

The deal is web only so you'll probably not see the $29.99 price tag in your local Verizon stores. The discounted price does call for a two year contract and minimum data package of $30.  Oh and if you're so inclined the Casio G'zOne Commando is also on sale.

You can find all the details on the three day web sale over here at Verizon's website.

Thanks goes out to Reese for the tip!

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3 years ago

HTC Titan gets a full page ad in London newspaper

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3 years ago

Nokia to alter strategy and "rejuvenate" brand

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Nokia is reported to be looking to change the strategy used when marketing upcoming Windows Phones to include the youth of today and get more 'young people' on board. The manufacturer is set to increase social media usage and presence with a more direct connection to consumers. It may be no coincidence that the winning ring tone from the contest is dub step.

John Nichols, Nokia’s head of marketing for the UK and Ireland, had the following to say about their vision of a younger Nokia:

"This isn’t a standing start, we already have a huge youth market but for teenagers we need to ensure that we create the content and partnerships that matter. As a teenager, the brands I loved had an opinion and told me whether to engage with them or not. The trick is to remember to not just wade in; otherwise our personality could look like the drunken uncle dancing at the wedding."

Nokia is also set to spend a reported £80 million on advertising in the UK and Ireland, so the Finnish handset maker is pulling out the big guns.

Source: MarketingWeek

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus S, Focus Flash and Omnia W get priced

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Coming out of WPXAP forums, a fairly reliable source for leaked information, are the base prices for Samsung's Generation 2 devices.

  • Samsung Focus S = $649
  • Samsung Focus Flash = $549
  • Samsung Omnia W = $569

There's not too much else to say about this story outside of the base price of Samsung's new phones are certainly expensive. Of course, those Super AMOLED screens don't come cheap, so we guess fair is fair and besides, hopefully most of us will be paying the subsidized carrier price instead. Obviously the Focus S is the flagship device with the Omnia W and Flash running for the mid-grade tier.

We bet the Focus S will hit $199 on AT&T though, so there's not too much to worry about.

Thanks, Talan1314, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 127

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WPCentral Podcast 127


With one week before Nokia World, Dan and Jay take on this week's rumors, Mango news, software updates and an odd discussion on sneezing. Tune in now!

Full show notes after the break!

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3 years ago

Puzzle Quest 2 on sale again, this time as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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When Namco Bandai’s Puzzle Quest 2 went on sale a few weeks ago, it wasn’t actually the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. Fast forward a bit and this time it really is the Deal of the Week. Starting Wednesday it will be on sale for $4.99, down from $6.99.

Puzzle Quest 2 is a puzzle role-playing game. Players explore large dungeons, take on quests, and collect plenty of loot. Whenever a battle occurs, the fighting is done via Bejeweled-like match-3 gameplay. It’s an extremely long game with beautiful art, multiple playable characters, and a few nigh-impossible Achievements. Ignoring the Achievements, the gameplay is just super addicting. If you like Bejeweled and RPGs, you really can’t do any better. We’ll have a full review soon.

Puzzle Quest 2 will be on sale for $4.99 for one week only. This gaming treasure can be found here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Jet Car Stunts Mini-Interview

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Jet Car Stunts Mini-Interview

With the announcement that Jet Car Stunts is at last coming to Xbox Live tomorrow, we thought it would be a good time to speak with the game’s developer, True Axis. Several years before starting to make games, Luke Ryan, one of the company’s founders, first developed the True Axis Physics SDK. In 2008, True Axis took advantage of their physics engine to make Jet Car Stunts on iPhone. Today we grill Luke about the Windows Phone version of his company’s debut game.

Head past the jump for the full interview and exclusive first screenshots of the Windows Phone version of Jet Car Stunts!

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3 years ago

Xbox Live drought ends this Wednesday with Jet Car Stunts

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The last two weeks haven’t been great for Xbox Live gamers since no new games were released during that time. Things will take a turn for the better this Wednesday with the release of Jet Car Stunts from Australian developer True Axis.

First announced before Windows Phone 7 actually launched, Jet Car Stunts has been a long time in coming. It’s a stunt-oriented racing game whose best along might be XBLA/PS3/PSP title GripShift. Players hop in a race car take on jump-filled floating tracks in Platforming Mode, take part in more traditional races in Time Trial Mode, or just go stunt-crazy in the brand-new Freestyle Mode. Jet Car Stunts uses simple touch-screen controls which can be configured in 6 different ways.

Check back later today when we’ll present a mini-interview with the developer and the exclusive premiere of more Jet Car Stunts screenshots. Jet Car Stunts launches on Wednesday October 19 for $2.99.

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3 years ago

A little hands-on time with the Samsung Omnia W

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The Samsung Omnia W is a second generation Windows Phone that we should see on over seas markets soon. The new Windows Sports a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen, 8gb of storage, a 5mp rear facing camera and a front facing VGA camera.

Phone Arena was able to spend a little hands on time with the new Samsung Windows Phone and liked what they saw. The Omnia W measures 4.57 x 2.31 x .43 inches and appears tiny in the previewers hands. Regardless of the compact size, the Omnia W looks good.

The Omnia W runs Windows Phone 7.5 and the lion's share of the video walks you through the Mango aspects of the Omnia W. The 1.4ghz processor clearly moves the software along rather nicely.  The Omnia W is expected to hit Italian markets sometime in October and we've already seen it available for pre-order over at Clove for 285 Lira (about $447 US).  

So, what do you think? Will the Omnia W be a hit or will the Radar attract more consumers?

source: PhoneArena

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3 years ago

Microsoft looking into vanishing keyboard in Mango

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A number of Windows Phone users running Mango have complained about their keyboards performing a disappearing act and I can confirm that mine too vanishes on the rare occasion. An active thread is accumulating posts over at the XDA Developer forum with experiences and complaints. Microsoft has since confirmed that they are looking into the reports with a reply to a Twitter user who tweeted about the issue. Mary Jo Foley, of ZDNet, received a statement from the software giant:

Customer support is working with the individuals reporting changes to their experience. We are investigating these reports to determine the root cause of any issues users are having.

Have you come across this problem?

Source: Twitter, ZDNetXDA Developer forum, via: WinRumors

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3 years ago

New HTC Radar ad airs on ITV in the UK, actually looks good

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Well, we've heard that HTC (and Samsung) will start picking up some of the slack on advertising for Windows Phone and now we see the fruits of their labor, at least the start of it.

On ITV in the UK, HTC's new ad for the Radar was spotted by WinRumors. The ad showcases Annika Lischke who's an artist/designer type and places emphasis on her managing her life instead of work. It closes with the tag line "In the right hands, it brings you closer" and seems to nail the right elements for the device and OS. Put people first and the People Hub are the main selling points here.

While the commitment and breath of HTC remains to be seen with Windows Phone, this ad seems to be a fairly solid effort. Hopefully we'll see more.

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