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We wrapping up what has turned out to be a somewhat busy day here in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress--well, for Android at least. And even though tomorrow it technically kicks off, lots of companies had their press events today with new device announcements. Surprisingly (or perhaps not), there were no new Windows Phones to be shown or announced. This comes by way of three companies:

  • LG - They had a lot to discuss including eight new Android devices but no love for Windows Phone
  • Huawei - They announced three new phones all Android and tentatively a new Android tablet lending credence to the rumors that Huawei are out of Windows Phone even before they were ever really in
  • HTC - Likewise, Windows Phone supporter HTC announced three new devices today but there was not a single Windows Phone amongst them. That despite many of us expecting an "international" Titan II
  • Sony - And though we weren't really expecting anything from them, some other sites were and we're remiss to say that no, they had nothing but Android news as well. No dramatic shifts in allegiances there, folks.

All in all there was little good news happening here but we have Nokia in just a few hours as well as ZTE for device announcements today--hopefully things will pick up a bit.

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Today we've seen how big giant companies can have a sense of humor (Exhibit A: Nokia) and we'll continue that with Microsoft (who have never been above self deprication, see Rivera's famous example). What you see above is a LG GW910 Panther running Windows Phone 7.0. These were seeded out to developers even before Windows Phone went public (remember all of those early sightings?).

What's funny though of course is the lil' message Microsoft had emblazoned on the package for the device, adopting Ballmer's famous sweaty credo which, yes, we'll post after the break in full re-mix form.

Because it never gets old.

Update: Turns out, Mr. Brandon Watson was the culprit behind the idea. Brilliant!

Source: ZanzibarMcFate (Reddit)

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LG has been in the spotlight recently with leaks of the upcoming LG Fantasy/Miracle (passing through FCC) coming to light, and now the OEM has released three more apps for consumers to download from the Marketplace. Those who own LG Windows Phones can now get their hands on NowCaster, Winny Toolbox and Winny & Friends (the last two are aimed at the younger ages).

NowCaster is a useful app that users can fire up when waking up to the world, which will read out your calendar, the latest weather forecast, as well as other news and reports out loud. The app's usefulness is restricted to those moments when you're occupied but require to check out said information (driving, cooking, etc.).

Winny Toolbox is an app full of tools that children would find valuable with a comprehensive unit converter (energy, angle, pressure, weight, volume, temperature, etc.), time/date calculator, sales price calculator, clothes size converter, random number generator, to name just a few. Though the app is designed for children, I'm sure adults could also put a handful of the tools to good use.

Finally, Winny and Friends enables children to have amusing fun with their Windows Phone by taking photos and editing them with overlays, etc. Not only that, but there are cartoon characters that come alive when tapping on the screen, perfect for younger children.

To download these apps, head on over to LG's collection of OEM apps on the Marketplace.

Via: Professeur Thibault

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LG Fantasy E740 for sale on XDA

Have an extra 400 Euros and willing to buy a tester device? Then XDA member SoByX may have you covered.

The forum member is reportedly selling the LG Fantasy E740 and has included numerous new photos and even a low-res video of the device in action, giving little doubt to its authenticity. He bought the unreleased Windows Phone from someone testing it and is looking to recoup his costs for his risk, which he's now passing on to you.

The device reportedly features NFC, a gyroscope and will supposedly come out around July (officially). Still, if you must have it now and that price tag sounds right, you can hit him up in the forum.

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks, Mark J., for the tip!

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Some time ago we reported on mocked up images on what the upcoming LG Windows Phone, the Fantasy, could look like. We've also seen a few blurry photos of the Fantasy that surfaced over at XDA Developers Forum. To add to the confusion, it is our understanding that the Fantasy is now the Miracle and the Fantasy may be an entirely different phone all together.

Miracle or Fantasy, we are seeing some less blurry photos of the new LG Windows Phone that appeared on a Romanian online trading site. So far, all the images we've seen since December have been consistent and the mock up images look rather spot on.  It's just the name that seems to get a little confusing.

We expect the LG Windows Phone to sport a 4" WVGA NOVA display, 1ghz second gen CPU, 8gb of internal storage, plus a 1.3mp front/5mp rear set of cameras. Hopefully all will come into focus on LG's new Windows Phone later this month at the 2012 Mobile World Congress.   Until then, enjoy the name game.

source: GSMArena via: PocketNow

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PocketNow has obtained some info on a new Windows phone from LG, codenamed the Miracle.  You may know it as the LG Fantasy, which we heard about last July, and popped up 5 months later on XDA Developers.  The Miracle is said to be a mid-range phone equipped with a 4-inch WVGA NOVA screen, making it the first WP7 device of its kind.  It will also have a 1GHz processor, 8GB of storage, and 1.3MP/5MP cameras.  LG's Miracle is also thought to connect using 14.4Mbps HSPA radio, 5.0GHz-capable 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0.  Another interesting detail is that it will also have NFC tag-reading capabilities, though we're not quite sure how it will come to be used.

Word is that the Miracle will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress and subsequently released later this spring.  So far, there is no information on carrier, but according to its FCC passage in October, it appears to sport CDMA bands.  Could we finally be seeing a new offering from Sprint or Verizon?

Source: PocketNow

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Two new Windows Phones have appeared in the app WPBench, used for testing device speed and performance. The first is the Nokia Lumia 930, seemingly a variant of the Lumia 900 with perhaps updated specs or for different radio technology i.e. CDMA. This could also be similar to the Lumia "910" which some sites have reported as being a 900 but with a 12MP camera instead of 8MP.

Likewise, the other device is from LG, who we have not heard much from lately in the last six months. That device is the LG W930, which is certainly coincidental to the Lumia 930 designation. Not much is known about that device nor what it could be packing in terms of specifications.

WPBench collects data from those testing their phone's speed and performance. Data is encrypted on both the device and server side and in theory, should be resistant to tampering. Likewise, "I'm a WP7!" pulls user data from Windows.Phone.Info.DeviceExtendedProperties and is not easily manipulated (though certainly not impossible).

Still, until we can corroborate this information, file it under rumor. Pick up WPBench here in the Marketplace.

Update: And looks like WPBench is not as impervious to spoofs as thought. 1800PocketPC has demonstrated (but not disclosed), DeviceID data can be spoofed, once again. They will be contacting the dev about the vulnerability which means until a fix, DeviceID data should not be trusted from that app. Thanks, Argenys H., for the tip

Source: WPBench; Thanks, Shinho, for the tip

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Marios Karagiannis, the developing superpower behind the title MonsterUp, has published an interesting article on his blog detailing how 2012 is going to be the "Year of Nokia" for Windows Phone. Looking at the above charts, on the left we have the total breakdown of Windows Phone OEMs since early 2011 and on the right we have the representation of the month of January 2012 only (data is extracted from devices playing his games).

There's a clear trend that is noticeable when comparing both charts. Nokia is on the rise (within the Windows Phone market anyway), helped by the quality of the handsets manufactured and the sheer scale of marketing. HTC is still the clear giant, but with the 900 uprising, as well as the probability of the monster Lumia handset being available on a global scale, we should see a further increase to the chunk Nokia owns.

While we have no exact figure for the amount of handsets Nokia has sold, apart from the 1 million shipped estimation by analysts, this is an indicator that the Lumia family is selling. Especially with the 11% jump in Windows Phone OEM shares in just under a month.

Source: Marios Karagiannis

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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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Not much to go on here folks which is what usually happens before CES. But what we have here in a new LG Windows Phone that hasn't seen before. It also doesn't look like the LG Fantasy, which we saw a few days ago, unless this is a later build.

For one, the front-facing camera is more to the right than the Fantasy. Also, the Bing Search button is designed a bit differently. All we know is what the poster of the image has told us (translated):

"LG's engineering machine, etc. when you can see at CES. Not for sale."

So there you go. Is it something to get excited about? As of late, LG has hardly thrilled us with their devices but as far as mid-range ones go, they do all right. We'll make sure to swing by the LG booth though next week to see what this thing is.

Source: chenkaiHome (Sina Weibo); Thanks, Talan1314, for the tip!

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LG Fantasy leaked on XDA Developers

The LG Fantasy (the LS831, which passed through FCC earlier this year?) has been spotted on the XDA Developers forum. untitledmangxg has got his paws on the upcoming Windows Phone, and has published some photos to back up his claims (see above). While he hasn't provided any detail surrounding the specifications of the device, untitledmangxg does note that it sports a very nice 4" IPS display and is powered by Mango.

We've reached out to untitledmangxg for more information. It doesn't look half bad for a second generation device. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments.

Source: XDA Developers Forum, thanks chaitanya91845 for the heads up!

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Norway has the LG Optimus 7 available on NetCom, but the carrier is throwing a free Xbox 360 into the mix. Perfect timing for kids who are writing their Santa lists for Christmas just around the corner. Windows Phone and a free Xbox? Can't say no to that. We're already aware of Telenor advertising the HTC Radar, but it's good to see another carrier picking up the baton. As a bonus, check out the advert below.

Source: NetCom, thanks TheMoose14 for the tip!

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For those looking for a slim and unique second-gen Windows Phone, could we steer your attention to the LG-E906 aka the Jil Sander phone? Expansys evidently has a UK exclusive on the device and are selling it currently for £299.99.

The Jil Sander's phone is a collaboration between the famed fashion house and LG to make a somewhat unique, yet somewhat plain Windows Phone. After all, it is a refresh of the Optimus 7 from last year. What's important for you spec fiends to remember is that this does feature 16GB of storage in addition to a 3.8" screen, 1 GHz CPU and 5MP camera. It also evidently has a custom accent color in the form of "electric blue" and a matching blue internal frame (revealed when the battery cover is removed).

Killer device? Certainly not. Worthy of consideration though? Yeah, we think it looks kind of sharp actually, but we have odd taste.

Order up the phone from here and check out Expansys's hands on with the device here.

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One of our faithful readers has spotted a couple of ads for the Jil Sander edition LG E906 in Germany's Die ZeitDie Zeit is a highly-respected weekly newspaper in Germany, which also includes a lifestyle magazine called ZEITmagazin.  Typically, purveyors of chic, like Armani and Prada, grace the pages of ZEITmagazin, but this time its the Jil Sander E906 that is being flaunted in a full-page ad.  The ad looks like a still from the video that appeared on the Jil Sander website back in October, and informs readers that they can pick one up at Media Markt (described to us as Germany's version of Best Buy).  

The Jil Sander E906 is essentially a modified LG Optimus 7, sporting a 3.8-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p. It comes bundled with a Jil Sander app, which allows users to browse clothing collections and more.  The specs are nothing outstanding, but the handset itself, complete with hardware buttons, is as suave as the ads.

Source: Die Zeit; Via: Livven (Thanks for the tip!)

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LG E740 and E950 spotted on WP Bench

Windows Phone Daily has spotted two new LG devices on the WP Bench statistics page, the E740 and E950. It's worth noting that the LG Optimus 7 is the E900, so we could be in for a Mango version with the E950, much like the Omnia W and Focus S. The E740 on the other hand, we have little to go on.

Chances are we could be looking at a device that is built on the previous leaked E700, but a slight upgrade in terms of hardware, or it could be a carrier-specific handset. Whatever the outcome is for either device, it's good to see LG possibly working on future Windows Phones. Let us not forget the Jil Sander E906, which was only recently launched.

Via: Windows Phone Daily

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Omnia 7 users in France and who are on SFR will be happy to note that you should be getting your Mango update today. As noted on the official Windows Phone Blog, Eric Hautala details a bit about the update and tries to reassure others who own phones that are still "in testing" to sit tight, your update is coming too.

Not much else to say on the matter outside of plug in your phones and check for that Mango!

Source: Windows Phone Blog

Side note: Doing a Bing image search for "france sfr" results in some interesting finds.

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Assuming LG Germany isn't fibbing here, users of the Optimus 7 can expect sometime in the (near) future a small firmware update to enable internet sharing aka tethering. We know the phone's chipset supports the function but since it was a late-added feature to Mango, most OEMs have had only a little time to play with the drivers. Looks like LG though is prepped to enable this for its users, which will involve updating the firmware in a quick and painless fashion.

Lets hope it comes this year.

Source: @LGBlog; Thanks, Cyruss1989, for finding out!

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We've covered the Jil Sander E906 handset, which is a Windows Phone handset with a minimalistic design, with press photos and passing through WiFi Interoperbility certification. Powered by Mango and a 1Ghz processor, this Jil Sander handset is perfect for anyone who's either a fan of simplistic fashion or follows the trend of the this designer.

A quick recap on some other features include a 3.8-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p. A Jil Sander app is bundled with the device which allows users to browse clothing collections and more. The handset is set to go on sale in Germany, Austria, Italy, France and the UK on October 7th.

Update: Today's the day, the handset is featured on the Jil Sander website (Mobile > Phone) and check out the official video below:

Source: Pocket-lint, LiveSide; Thanks, Stuart M., for the tip!

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LG LS831 passes FCC

We first caught wind of the LG LS831 the last week of August when it made an appearance on WP Bench and I'm A WP7, but we didn't know anything about it.  Well, this mystery phone has just made it past the FCC and it looks like it's a CDMA phone with WP7.5 on it.  The LS831 was tested in the Baltimore area and could be coming to Sprint or Verizon in the near future.  It has also popped up on WP Bench again:

It's good to see some handsets slated for the CDMA carriers, as it looked like Windows Phone was being shown much love.

Source: BlogOfMobile; Via: Nanapho

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LG Optimus 7 (E-900) Update Error

For the most part, the Mango Update event for the day has gone smooth. While some have had to force the update out of hiding, the only major issue we've seen reported involves the LG Optimus 7 or E-900. It seems the Windows Phone is generating a 8018001e Error code during the update process.

There is a lengthy discussion going on over at Microsoft Answers but no real solution has been identified. It appears that during the jump from 7403 to 7720 the update fails and the error code is generated. There are a few who have made it to the 7720 update but failure occurs when the LG Update is applied.

Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn't identified a solution as of yet. For the LG E-900 users in the crowd, keep an eye on Microsoft's Troubleshooting Page for Windows Phones. If a solution is found for the 8018001e Error, it's sure to be posted there. We'll keep a watch on this one and if a solution is found, we'll pass it on. 

Source: Microsoft Answers thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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