4 years ago
Friday headline trolling: Samsung "prioritizing" Android
When it's a slow news day and you have a quote from an official at a company, you can quickly make a mountain out of a molehill.
In an interview with Reuters, Samsung was quoted as saying
We are prioritizing our Android platform. Android is very open and flexible, and there is a consumer demand for it
Translation: Android is selling very well for us, we're going to continue to do that. We're not sure when it became news that a company who is having success with a 2+ year old mobile OS decided they will continue that path, but evidently that's the case.
Of course, the other half of the non-news news is what YH Lee, head of marketing at Samsung Mobile said about the upcoming Windows Phone 7, namely that "There is still some professional, specialized demand there", which is also not so controversial. Sure, it's not hurling accolades either, if anything it is sort of vacuous marketing speak that dominates 90% of business dialog.
Samsung is, for the first time in a long time, making big strides in the smartphone market, actually challenging HTC with their Android offerings (specifically the Galaxy S series). All of those silly iPhone knock offs that Sprint and other had, their mediocre Windows Mobile offerings, etc. never really paid them and now we're supposed to feign surprise that they want to keep with this Android thing? Feh.
And what of Windows Phone 7? It's an unreleased OS, not tested in the finicky, volatile market. Despite how good it may or may not be, how much money MS throws behind it, there are no guarantees and to think Samsung would put everything behind it and not the current money-maker Android is just bizarre. If WP7 is popular, Samsung will no doubt "prioritize" it. You know, follow the money.
This is capitalism 101, not news people.
4 years ago
Friday Fun: Fart Piano coming to WP7
Windows Phone 7 may not have cut/paste yet but it will have a fart piano!
We've seen snippets of applications under development for Microsoft's new operating system and this one definitely stands out. Developed by Herm's Software the fart piano delivers tunes in an assortment of tones including the short fart, the escape, the bubbly, the beans and the wet one.
Herm's Software already offers a variety of light-hearted applications for Windows Mobile phones. It was only a matter of time before their influence was seen (or should I say heard) with Windows Phone 7.
via: Mobility Digest
4 years ago
WP7: What are the carriers up to?
Windows Phone 7 is, likely, just over a month away from hitting the store shelves in Europe and just over two months away from seeing the light of day in the States . We've seen manufacturer devices, app development, and (obviously) development of the OS itself over the past several months.
The one thing we haven't seen much from is the wireless providers. Who's getting what and how much is going to cost us when it gets there? While the "how much" is well in the shadows right now, we do have some idea on the "who" with respect to wireless providers. Here's how we see it breaking down.
AT&T: Billed as one of the "premiere launch partners", AT&T appears to be in a position to offer the largest selection of Windows Phone 7 devices. We've heard rumors of HTC (T8788 or HD7?), Samsung (Cetus), and LG (C900 and GW910) devices headed to AT&T. Our count shows as many as four Windows Phone 7 devices hitting AT&T's shelves this Fall. Unless something changes over the next two months, AT&T will be at the forefront of Windows Phone 7.
T-Mobile: We are confident that T-Mobile will have a Windows Phone 7 device on the shelf at some point and the HTC Schubert has been quietly rumored to be that device.
Verizon: Verizon and Microsoft may not be on good speaking terms these days after the KIN adventure. Rumors are that Verizon is simply not interested in Windows Phone 7 and a leaked "end of life" report has Verizon removing any existing Windows Phones from their line-up by March of 2011. Coupled with the signs that Verizon doesn't have any Windows Phones on their2010/2011 product road map, we won't be shocked if Verizon shifts their smartphone focus from Windows Phones to Android or Blackberry.
Sprint: Listed as a launch partner when Windows Phone 7 was announced back in February (but that was a non-binding agreement), Sprint could go either way with Windows Phone 7. They could keep everything under wraps and surprise everyone with a Windows Phone 7 or simply taking a "wait and see" approach (as they did with Android). Fared Adib, Sprint's Vice President of Product Development did say back in February, "Sprint and Microsoft have had a 15-year-plus relationship together. And we believe that the Windows Phone 7 Series will continue that relationship into a new decade." Our guess, Sprint will let Microsoft work out the kinks with Windows Phone 7 and eventually have a Windows Phone 7 device in their line up. Maybe the Dell Streak Lightning?
Granted all this is speculation and the carriers still have plenty of time to throw in a few twists before Windows Phone 7 hits the shelves.
We still have the nagging questions of "when will the carriers get these phones?" and "how much will they cost?". The OS was just released to manufacturers and best guess is still seeing mid-to-early November for availability. Pricing points are still anyone's guess.
4 years ago
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4 years ago
Sprint Snap gets updated
Well, this one snuck under our radar.
Sprint released an software update for the HTC Snap last month. Last month being July.
The software provides several enhancements to the Snap including resolving issues where the Snap gets stuck in vibrate mode and does not save ringtone settings.
You can download the software update over at HTC's Support Site. Thanks goes out to member Palm_forlackofchoice for alerting us to this update.
4 years ago
Windows Phone 7 released to manufacturing
Let it begin. Windows Phone 7 has officially been released to manufacturers in its final state. With a month or two remaining before devices are supposed to be launching, we'd say it’s about time. The good news is that Microsoft has been testing 7 unlike any of its previous mobile platforms (which makes you wonder what they were doing before). Using a variety of automated tests as well as independent software vendors and a select few early adopters, Microsoft has racked up millions of hours of testing, they say.
Additionally, Microsoft's Windows Phone team is announcing that the RTM contains some additional functionality that alleviates some of the complaints that we’ve seen from some of the media outlets that got their hands on earlier builds. The big news is that the People hub will only integrate those Facebook contacts that are actually people you know; protecting those of us (ok, not me) that have thousands of Facebook friends. Also, the ability to "like" Facebook posts is now available from the People hub.
Before you ask; they didn’t mention anything about Multitasking, Copy/Paste, or Twitter integration. Hit up the Windows Phone Blog for their testing numbers.
4 years ago
Warnygo for Windows Phone 7--send alerts out to the world
Okay, we think we understand what Warnygo is and coming for Windows Phone 7 soon, and we'll try to explain it.
Basically it's a way to send out "alerts" based on certain categories and using geolcation. Some of those categories are:
- Weather alerts
So lets say you're in midtown Manhattan and you notice a building is on fire or something really important happening, you can send a "warny" out and people using the same network and in the area will get the notification/alert on their device. You can also subscribe to your favorite "zones" or areas of interest, for example if you want to follow any "warnies" in your hometown while you are away.
It's like a localized Twitter feed which you don't have to subscribe to or follow. We can totally see this taking "social networking" to another level (and even have socio-political implications). The big question though is will it catch on? (Anyone who has tried Google's lame 'Open Spot' will know how lonely this can be) Too early to tell, but it's an interesting idea and coming to WP7 soon.
See the video of the app in action after the jump.
4 years ago
HTC 7 Trophy gets approved (probably for Europe)
And yet another HTC phone gets "approval" though less is known about this one at this time.
The name is the HTC 7 Trophy and it received approval from the Global Certification Forum (GCF), which is a partnership between OEMs, operators and the test industry to basically certify phones. It's usually a Europe/Asia thing and obviously not the U.S.
The OS on the HTC 7 Trophy is not known either but there are two hints:
Assuming this is the same 'Trophy' (admittedly a big assumption since it has been so long), the specs were a front-facing QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch capacitive touchscreen with 512MB ROM, 256MB RAM and at the time, Windows Mobile 6.5 (that's a fan rendering you see here). In addition, the GCF info adds quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz to the mix.
The phone never came out though and one has to wonder if HTC postponed the phone for Windows Phone 7 instead. If so, could HTC have kept the front qwerty design too? We can only hope, as the general consensus on the 'Trophy' design was DO WANT.
Finally, GCF phones are typically released 6-8 weeks after certification, which would be right in time for the Windows Phone 7 launch. Coincidence?
Oh, can we haz for the U.S. too, plox?
[via The Unwired.net]
4 years ago
A Zune HD2? Maybe.
When it comes to the Zune HD and its successor, the rumor has been thus for awhile: there may or may not be one other iteration of the series before it's folded into the Windows Phone eco-system.
And to be honest, the rumor has been tilting towards no Zune HD2 for somewhat obvious reasons listed below.
But now according to Mary Jo Foley (more specifically, her tipster), it looks like Microsoft may attempt a Zune HD2 but not till sometime in 2011, meaning this is all but vaporware at this point, but still interesting vaporware.
After Microsoft had its Windows Phone 7 reset, talk of a new ZuneHD2 tapered off. But lately, I’ve been hearing that, in spite of the Zune HD’s not-so-stellar sales, plus Microsoft’s failure to make the hardware available outside the U.S., the Softies may still have one more digital-media player coming. My rumormonger says it could be a calendar 2011 deliverable and possibly could sport an ARM processor of some kind. The Zune HD2 would incorporate a number of the UI changes from the Windows Phone 7 folks, the tipster claims — which makes sense given the Windows Phone 7 UI borrowed so heavily from the Zune HD UI.
No word from my tipster on dimensions, price, will/won’t there be cameras or any other details users might want to know about a potential new Zune HD. Also no word on how Microsoft might position such a device if it ever comes to market: Would it be more like a “Windows Phone 7 Lite”/iPod Touch? A gaming-focused handheld like the rumored Sony PSP Go successor? Or more like a mini slate/tablet (like one of those new Archos 28s running Froyo)?
Yeah, so this is just an unconfirmed rumor at this point, but one that is quite possible--after all, Apple still has luck in doing the whole iPod/iPhone thing, so if Windows Phone 7 is a hit, why not Microsoft?
4 years ago
Trine shows off two new apps for WP7: Hangman & Lightning Timer
Yesterday we showed you Trines 'Appointment & Task Mover', which seems to be a great solution to a complicated problem.
Going forward, Trines seem to be set on programming for Windows Phone 7 as well and they showed off two new apps: Hangman and Lightning Timer.
The first is just the classic game with customized backgrounds. While nothing extraordinary, it is certainly done with style and looks quite nice.
The second is a method to determine how close a lightning strike is to your location based on temperature, speed, etc. We're sure you weather fanatics know how it all works.
Check the video after the break to seem them in action.
4 years ago
HTC Peep Dead, For Now
Been using HTC Peep to keep up with your Twitter feed? Been having troubles getting logged in to your account? That would be because of the whole Twitter OAuth change that has claimed the lives of other Twitter clients including a WMExperts favorite, Twikini.
The basic gist of the problem is that Twitter changed their authentication protocol to OAuth, which allows users to approve an application without sharing their password. Twitter announced these changes back in December with an original target date of June which was later pushed to August 16.
What Twitter client do you use? Is it still working? Let us know in the comments.
Shameless Plug: If you need some folks to follow on Twitter try @wmexperts, @backlon, @philnickinson, @malatesta77, @coppertop004, @tferrill.
Thanks to everyone that sent this in!
Update: HTC says via Twitter that they know about the issue and they're working it. No indication about when to expect a fix.
4 years ago
HTC HD3 (AKA HD7) Rumored for October Launch
You had to know it was only a matter of time. Engadget is reporting that the HTC HD3, successor to the HD2 (and previously the HD), will be launching on October 18th. The rumor stems from leaked internal documentation reportedly from UK carrier O2. If the document is to believed, the device will be named the HD7, possibly to correspond with the Windows Phone 7 platform.
Our guess is that this device would carry the torch as one of the flagship devices for the platform, much the same way as the HD2 has been. We’d love to hear some of your thoughts in the comments.
4 years ago
Follow-up: AT&T Tilt2 ROM Official Update
Yesterday, AT&T and HTC released an updated ROM for the Tilt2. Earlier this summer, a leaked version of this ROM surfaced over at XDA Developers. Asides from maybe a little fine tuning under the hood, the "official" version and the "leaked" versions are basically the same thing.
The update ROM is built on Windows Mobile 6.5 and Sense 2.5. This is probably the last hoorah for the Tilt2 and it would have been nice to see HTC and AT&T take the plunge and build this update on Windows Mobile 6.5.3. You do get a new radio version (22.214.171.124) which I have found to be a solid performer.
Like the "leaked" version, the updated ROM has some zip to it. Sense tabs flow smoothly, apps load without delay, and the overall feel is improved. Also like the "leaked" version, AT&T choose not to include the most recent versions of essential software. The most notable outdated version is likely .NET Compact Framework. Sure, you could always install the current version but it's odd that AT&T would release a ROM with outdated software. Right?
The "official" update also has the customary AT&T bloatware installed. You have the AT&T Navigator, Media Mall, and an assortment of trial versions pre-installed. If you need to free up the space these app take up, you can always turn to third-party apps such as Crud Scraper to clean things up.
In using the "official" update, it appears to be stable with no freezes, crashes or bugs experienced. Overall, as with the leaked ROM, I think the update is an improvement over the original. If you're running the original ROM, this update is worth considering. I don't think this ROM is strong enough to lure those running custom ROMs away from their chefs. But I have seen some really nice custom ROMs built off this update.
For me, it's the little things that are missing that could have helped this be a better update. Little things such as a Task Manager icon on the menu bar or having "mark all as read" as an option on the email menu. You do have a Twitter tab but what about Footprints, Documents or Facebook tabs?
It is nice to see AT&T give the Tilt2 one last update before it's likely to be replaced with an assortment of Windows Phone 7 devices, but I can't help but think they could have done more. You can download the official updated ROM for the Tilt2 over at HTC's support website.
4 years ago
LG C900 gets some more details too
As if yesterday's LG E900 pics, video and debunked 1.3GHz CPU story wasn't enough, this morning we have the same treatment for the upcoming (and U.S. bound) LG E900.
The device sports a slightly smaller 3.2" screen, features a 1GHz Snapdragon and has all the other hardware requirements we expect from our Windows Phone 7 devices.
The only other cool info that comes from the translated article is that the device is mostly metal, betraying its mostly plastic look. Because of this, the device evidently feels quite nice, giving it some heft. Although plastic is lighter, the consensus seems to be that metal feels better and we agree.
Check out the Android.com.pl for more shots of the device and if you're really hard up for media, you can watch the spectacularly boring video of it...booting.
[Thanks for everyone who sent this in]
4 years ago
ScanSearch augmented reality app shows up on LG E900
Evidently in those LG E900 videos that came out today, a new app was spotted on the device called 'ScanSearch'.
'ScanSearch' is developed by Korean Software Company OlaWorks and is basically a Google Goggles app but looking even more advanced. It allows you to scan just about anything commercial (store logos, books, CDs, etc.) and then fetch more information on the interwebs.
Besides Google, Microsoft is also working on such technology for Bing, so we can expect an official version of this technology sometime in the future.
Unfortunately, we can't see what the WP7 version looks like, but after the break is a iPhone-demo of the same app in action (albeit in Korean).
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