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3 years ago

Qualcomm was never exclusive to Windows Phone, competitors aren't caching up

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In an interesting story over at the Inquirer, Raj Talluri, VP of product management at Qualcomm revealed that they were never exclusive to Microsoft or Windows Phone, that in fact there was and still is not a written agreement between them and Redmond.

At least with regards to the first generation of Windows Phone, Qualcomm was thought to be an exclusive partner with Microsoft. As it turns out, they are certainly a valued partner but there was no reason for companies to use other, competing platforms like Broadcom, nVidia or Texas Instruments. Even the Focus and Omnia 7 eschew Samsung's own processor for Qualcomm's. That for us raises the question as to why? One reason is we know Qualcomm had ported and worked on WP7 for a long time and perhaps their processing solutions were just a better value for OEMs. From back in March:

“We stepped out some time ago with a major investment in high level operating system and porting to Microsoft was one of those. So we’re the first to port the Win Mobile 7 and I think we’re the only chip set provider yet today. That was a good year effort of hard work for us to get to that point.”

Will the second generation of Windows Phone devices be any different? We've heard of ST-Ericcson stepping into the picture, but nothing concrete yet. Even Nokia is using Qualcomm now. What about you? Are you happy with Qualcomm or are you looking for some alternatives from other vendors?

Source: the Inquirer; via Windows Phone Daily

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations 4: From boardroom to bedroom

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Mobile Nations 4: From boardroom to bedroom

Phil, Kevin, Tim, Dan, and Rene talk Google vs. Microsoft patent slap-fight, new BlackBerrys (new BlackBerrys!!), waiting on Pre 3 and the TouchPad 3.0.2 update, and Apple eating all the mobile profits. This is Mobile Nations!

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3 years ago

Did Microsoft make 3 times more from HTC than WP7?

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In an arithmetic-filled tweet yesterday, Asymco analyst Horace Dediu claimed that Microsoft made more money from sales of HTC Android phones in Q2 than it did from total WP7 sales.  While the numbers he used were not exactly "official," His rough estimate goes like this: MS would have received $15 for each of the 1.4 million WP7 devices sold, for a toal of $21 million.  HTC sold an estimated 12 million phones, the bulk of them running Android.  And according to Citi, HTC would be required to pay Microsoft $5 for each of those 12 million, totalling $60 million.

Of course, there are plenty of ways to dispute the exact numbers, but this raises some interesting ideas.  Firstly, despite recent reports of WP7's "abysmal" revenue, we know that Microsoft is committed to it.  So by collecting money from companies like HTC and, possibly, other OEMs who use Android, they can funnel money back into floating WP7 until it presumably takes off in the near future.  That allows them to cut losses until it makes a profit, much like what happened for the first five years of Xbox. 

Even more interestingly, revenue generated by Android sales could actually drive OEMs away from Android and more toward WP7.  One of Android's biggest draws for manufacturers is that it that Google offers it up for free.  However, as we see from HTC's situation, Microsoft does not.  This, coupled with absolute power over WP7 licensing, gives MS the potential power to make it cheaper for device manufacturers to license WP7 from Microsoft than to get it "free" from Google.  Quietly brilliant.

Source: Asymco, Business Insider; Via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

Adobe striking back with 'Edge', coming to Windows Phone too

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One thing is clear: Adobe Flash has fallen out of favor with many on the web, especially in the mobile arena where Apple took a hardline stance and surprisingly, so did Microsoft (yeah, don't expect Flash anytime soon).

Adobe though is evidently moving on and have proposed 'Edge', an HTML5 based web based tool that will supposedly deliver "Flash like" animation on the web. So far, the focus for these tools have been for the iPhone but not too surprisingly, Windows Phone is on their radar too--after all, IE9 is a fully functional HTML5 browser, so why not?

"Adobe® Edge is a new web motion and interaction design tool that allows designers to bring animated content to websites, using web standards like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3.

Edge will be updated regularly to add new functionality, stay ahead of evolving web standards, and incorporate user feedback to provide the best functionality and experience possible. This is an early look at Edge with more capabilities to come."

In a recent tweet, Adobe confirmed that they will be testing on and demonstrating Edge on Windows Phone as well. That's good news for our side as embracing HTML5 looks to be a good pay off for standards, animation and now even Adobe transitioning over, we can expect the web to become even more rich, but with mobile in mind. (Thanks, Domenico A, for the tip!)

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3 years ago

Free MS ebooks now offered in reader formats

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Back in October, we told you about Microsoft's emphasis on getting developers to check out WP7 and their posting of free ebooks including Programming Windows Phone 7 by author/developer Charles Petzold.  Until recently, you could only get them in the PDF or XPS format, which was inconvenient for those with ebook readers.  However, Microsoft is now offering Petzold's book, along with a few others, in MOBI and EPUB format.

While Programming Windows Phone 7 is currently the only WP7-related title out there, multi-faceted techies may find interest in the other ebooks on Visual Studio 2010, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, etc.

You can click the links to get Petzold's book in EPUB and MOBI.

Source: Microsoft; Via: Softpedia

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3 years ago

WhatsApp messenger working on a Windows Phone client?

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This could be read a few different ways but it looks like that WhatsApp may be looking to make a Windows Phone client after all. The super popular messaging client, found on the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia devices is only missing Windows Phone from its dominant lineup.

Through a recent job posting, we can see one of the job requirements for a mobile client is programming in C#. The only mobile platform that uses C# is of course, Windows Phone. So that's the good news as WhatsApp is easily the most requested program for Windows Phone that we get around here and with Mango's access to the contacts database, the company has little excuse to not do an app.

The downside is this may mean that an official app is still months out from happening, as we would think it would take a minimum of 3-4 months to get a program up an running. But we're speaking from not knowing all the details and perhaps they're looking for additional help and are not starting from scratch.

Source: WhatsApp; via Plaffo

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3 years ago

Samsung responds to Omnia 7 users with fix

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Back in May, editors of French website MonWindowsPhone compiled a list of complaints and bug reports from Samsung Omnia 7 users on their forums.  The issues ranged from error messages, to battery life, to minor annoyances.  MonWindowsPhone then drafted a letter including over 100 things that they would like to see fixed and sent it to Samsung France.

Samsung responded in July, saying that they were taking action based on the reports of the user community.  Now MonWindowsPhone is reporting that a software update is due out in a few weeks that will address many of those issues.  The update will also help prepare the device to be upgraded to Mango.

Here's to community action and companies that listen!

Source: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

HD/HQ issue fixed with YouTube Apps

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The other day we reported that YouTube client apps such as Supertube and LazyTube lost the ability to stream or download HD/HQ videos from Youtube. The problem stemmed from YouTube changing resource addresses of videos.

Fortunately, the developers of these fine Windows Phone applications were already working on a solution. Both Supertube and LazyTube have updated versions available to once again allow you to enjoy HD/HQ videos from your Windows Phone.

"YouTube", Lazyworm's free version still has an update pending certification with Microsoft that will fix this issue. We are told that update should be pushed out very soon.

You can find the updated version of Supertube here and LazyTube here (both links open Zune) over at the Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to Atta and Kevin for the tips!

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3 years ago

Elop on MeeGo and WP7

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Elop on MeeGo and WP7

Some bitterness has remained with Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, announcing the N9 on MeeGo and then somewhat shifting all focus onto "SeaRay". Many MeeGo fans are slightly confounded as to whether Nokia will be supporting their platform or will Windows Phone receive more attention in favour with Microsoft.

Michael Faro-Tusino, of MyNokiaBlog, decided to get in touch with Elop and get some answers. He was greeted with the following reply:

"Thanks for your note.  The second button on the side is indeed the power/screen lock button. We are not confirming the sequencing of markets, as they each have unique requirements that must be considered and it is hard to predict the precise order as we go through various national certification programs. The N9 will be supported by Nokia in the years to come to ensure customers are well served.  And finally, elements of the N9 will live on in the future, although we are deliberately not sharing all details, although we have noted that elements of industrial design, user interface and the development environment are of particular interest. In our strategic assessment, we determined that the MeeGo effort could not quickly enough deliver us a range of solutions across price points, radio technologies, etc. for us to effectively compete, so we had to make an alternative decision."

It's interesting to note the last sentence about covering multiple price points and radio technologies. If this is the case then one could confirm everyone's suspicion that Nokia will be pumping out entry-level handsets as well as power horses in their volume shipping frenzy.

Coming to a personal opinion, I still stand by what I've continuously said to everyone when this topic is discussed: "it's really a no-brainer". Microsoft supports the platform they're developing (we've all witnessed how much funding they can splash out) and it's still being painted as number three after iOS and Android. At least the N9 will be out and Nokia fans will have a choice between the two platforms. Who knows? If the N9 is incredibly successful then the mobile giant could be saved by not just one OS, but two. 

Source: MyNokiaBlog; via WMPU

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3 years ago

App Developer Hackathon announced for October

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Engage Digital has announced the App Developer Hackathon and Bootcamp for Windows Phone developers and those working on other mobile platforms. The Hackathon will take place on October 27, 2011 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. During the day long event developers will learn new skills, build mobile apps, compete for prizes and network within the mobile app development community.

The App Development Hackathon is being described as being for both coding gurus and beginners. There will be beginner classes plus the opportunity to tap into the expertise of the more seasoned developers in attendance. The Hackathon is a part of the App Developer Conference that runs from October 26-27, 2011. Sponsors and participants of the Conference include Pandora, Wal-Mart, Samsung, AT&T, Netflix, Qualcomm and many other industry leaders.

If you're going to be in the Santa Clara area in late October, you can find all the details on the Hackathon at AppDevHackathon.com and information on the App Developer Conference here at AppDevConf.com.

Thanks Chris for the tip!

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3 years ago

Activity Roulette - Review

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Activity Roulette - Review

Having a hard time deciding what to do? There's a Windows Phone app to help you with that.

Activity Roulette is available over at the Marketplace to help you make those tough choices on dinner, recreational activities, movies, office pranks and more. Activity Roulette includes a series of preset topics that can be listed by popularity or newness. The topics include not only social activities but roulettes for more personal activities such as studying, doing your homework, and choosing a color.

Continued after the break.

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3 years ago

Google responds to Microsoft and vice-versa

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We're almost over this whole Google/Microsoft catfight that's been happening. Almost. While good theater, it's not really solving any problems nor addressing them and it makes both companies look bad. Of course we'll start the blame with Google, who's original missive was more PR than anything and most agree, poorly planned.

Last night, Microsoft seemingly pulled the rug from underneath Google by noting they offered the search company a role in the Novell patent purchase. Google turned them down and didn't bother revealing any of this info in the original post, which was deceptive at best.

We'll save the rest for the break...

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3 years ago

3rd party YouTube apps can no longer stream in HD--here's why

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If you use SuperTube, LazyTube or any other 3rd party YouTube app, you may have noticed you've lost the ability to stream or even download videos in HQ/HD resolution. Instead, you're left only with "low quality" which is not exactly ideal.

Here's the situation, as explained to us by the developers of SuperTube:

"Today Youtube changed the resources address of videos. All Youtube client app can't stream the video in HQ or HD. The downloading video function doesn't work as well."

So that's the bad news and the reason why. The good news is that the developers of SuperTube have finished a v1.9 update, which we have on hand and we can say this fixes the issues. Version 1.9 for SuperTube has been submitted to the Marketplace and pending approval, should be available in 2-3 days.

We'll also bet that LazyTube will have a similar fix on the way, meaning this is just a temporary issue that we can all blame on Google :-P

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3 years ago

Monkey Mini Golf - Review

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Monkey Mini Golf - Review

There simply is not enough golf games over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. But things are looking better with the release of Monkey Mini-Golf.

While it's a miniature golf game (nothing wrong with that but would it be so bad to have an 18 hole EA Sports golf game?), it has a certain appeal to it. Graphically, it reminds me a lot of the Donkey Kong games that hit later in that titles lifespan. The miniature golf holes do have a degree of challenge to them and gaming controls are simple, yet effective.

To read more on Monkey Mini Golf, ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

First look at Windows Phone Tango and Content Search?

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We heard about build 8200 of Windows Phone 7 floating around recently. The build was speculated to be the next iteration of the OS after Mango. Code-named "Tango" (keeping up with the "last letter is O" naming) build 8200 and beyond are thought to be another interim release bringing new features, bug fixes and act as a hold over till "Apollo" aka Windows Phone 8 hits.

Indeed, it looks to be the case and what you see to the right is reportedly a shot from the OS. Specifically you're looking at "Content Search" or rather the OS's ability to first search within the device before going to the Web i.e. it's basically a global search tool:

"Content Search (Build 8200 Tango), it more or less works, first it´s finding content directly on the phone, and then on the web, the good thing is that Facebook pages work now (finally), i don´t know about twitter/LinkedIn, i haven´t them synced up, voice activated searching is also possible, similar function what iPhone has."

Pretty impressive as a new feature and it shows that Microsoft is barreling down on the OS, pumping out builds as fast as they can complie them. Good news for us.

Source: Pretaktovanie.sk; Big thanks to Wictory, for the tip!

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