Today marks the end of what has been a monster of a week (possibly the most populated summary we've had yet?) but we shall remain vigilant, grab a strong drink and battle through this summary together. We can rejoice that Mr Rubino shares his wonderful voice with the public in another WPCentral Podcast. Yep, they're still going and this isn't a joke!
Head on past the break for our weekly breakdown.
To kick us off, Microsoft has revealed their vision of the future; 3 screens and Metro. AT&T have jumped into our highlight list with their international data plan updates, while Nokia are planning to spend £80 million on advertising in the UK to compete with Android and iOS. IE9 in Mango still puts Safari in iOS5 beta 3 to shame in HTML5 speed tests. Perhaps this is due to Apple funding ventures into suing as many competitors as possible?
Has Microsoft revealed the release month for Mango when announcing the Imagine Cup winners? Whenever the update arrives, we have witnessed some Twitter integration. Microsoft do have big plans though, they've recently made bets that include to sell 100 millions devices a year. If you're not too interested in the bookies then perhaps the software giant can tempt you with the release of Windows Home Server 2011 Connector?
Have you got a marker pen handy? No worries if you don't as Max and his Magic Marker is this week's deal of the week. Beards and Beaks has always seemed like an odd combination, but they've finally been re-united in the Marketplace and is the first Xbox Live game to feature DLC (Downloadable Content) - make way for Farmville. Sonic the Hedgehog has finally traded in his Nokia 3210 for a WP7, about time too!
Beware of the ocean at night, Tentacles is reportedly crawling around and will be in the Marketplace on July 20th. 3D Paperball sets to impress while old school classic Paper Dash is being delivered to your device. Noticed the lovely array of levels in Angry Birds? Well, have you noticed 105 of them are missing? Arcane's Tower Defense is now finally available in the Marketplace while Crackdown 2 has mysteriously vanished. Damn those mutants.
Moving on software, an American team of students in the Imagine Cup '11 have developed an Asthma app for WP7. Have a Samsung Focus? Ever desired to reset the handset to factory settings? Now you can with the newly released factory ROM. I'm a WP7! gets a major bump to version 2.5 and brings with it a range of new features and the Weight Watchers app receives a redesign. Microsoft signs a licensing agreement with Geovector for mobile augmented reality patents that will hopefully bring more integration to the platform.
GroupMe is available for WP7 with being the second most requested platform by users. We take a look at not only a demo of the upcoming BBC News Mobile mango app, but the integration with Office 365 between the PC, web and WP7.
Hardware time. We have had a few deals open up this week, including an unlocked Samsung Omnia 7 for $280 at T-Mobile, Germany. Expansys is offering the HTC 7 Pro for £229 and Dell are giving away their Venue Pro for just $299, both unlocked. Apple has been after HTC to ban their imports into America (this is Apple's 'innovation') while Microsoft focuses on important matters such as revealing a new Samsung device running Mango. The Toshiba Fujitsu device shown in the same instance as the above Samsung handset is looking to be released in August to Japanese enthusiasts.
It's now everyones favorite part of the summary - Fun! A judge has denied Apple's "App Store injunction against Amazon (and other companies). Sahas Katta has completely re-designed his portfolio website to look just like WP7. Inspiration has been taken by Google as well with their Marketplace revamp, which features more text, squares, pivots and the famous "more-text-off-screen-means-more-content-available" found in the Metro UI. Our readers still gave them 0/10 even though they only had to copy, seems Google still desperately needs proper designers.
Microsoft is being sued over the "Really?" commercials. No, really. Captain America can now throw his shield at you when you set one of these awesome wallpapers. Microsoft still plans for WP7 to use their mobile devices less, with potentially adding in Kinect-like motion sensors and gestures, this will become more of a scary future-based reality.
Microsoft was recently spotted registering the domains http://sony-microsoft.com and microsoft-sony.com, question being: what are they for? Our Daniel Rubino looks into how one can activate Facebook chat and create custom ringtones in Mango. London-based WP7 app helps the public combat graffiti etc. and keep streets clean.
It's been a good week for developers with the Applications Development Workshop and the newly formed App Exchange WP7 Marketplace submission service. We look at a tutorial that runs through how to add Live ID integration into WP7 applications and shed light on the new Windows Phone Developer certification. Finally, what do you do once you've submitted your apps?
Still awake? Well done! We've made it through this week's highlights, see you again next weekend! Head on past this concluding goodbye for the list of links.
- WPCentral Podcast 117
- The future of Microsoft: 3 screens and Metro
- New international data plans from AT&T
- Nokia to spend £80m reinstating its superiority
- Mango's IE9 browser still trounces iOS5 beta 3 in HTML5 speed test
- Mango coming in September? Imagine Cup winners announced.
- Microsoft testing out new build of Mango with Twitter enabled?
- Microsoft looking to sell 100 million devices a year
- Spotify coming to the U.S. tomorrow, sign up now. Windows Phone app soon?
- Microsoft releases the Windows Phone Home Server 2011 Connector
- Ooh, Max and the Magic Marker is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week
- Beards and Beaks - together at last on the Marketplace!
- Beards & Beaks first Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone game to feature DLC
- Windows Phone Cameo: Sonic the Hedgehog --> --> -->
- Watch out - Tentacles is crawling to Xbox Live on July 20
- '3D Paperball' is pretty impressive
- Paper Dash being delivered to your Windows Phone
- Angry Birds is missing a few levels. Like a 105 of 'em.
- Arcane's Tower Defense now wowing people in the Marketplace
- Sorry, Agents. Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst has vanished from the Marketplace
- American student team develops asthma app for WP7 [Imagine Cup '11]
- Factory ROM (7004) available for Samsung Focus
- 'I'm a WP7!' gets major bump to v2.5 with new features
- Microsoft signs licensing agreement with GeoVector for mobile augmented reality patents
- Weight Watchers app redesigned and "must-have"
- GroupMe now available for WP7
- BBC News Mobile Mango beta --> --> -->
- Office 365 demo with WP7 --> --> -->
- Deal Alert: Unlocked Samsung Omnia 7 for 199.95 € ($280)
- Samsung GT-i8350 in development, running Mango
- Apple seeking to ban HTC Android imports
- HTC 7 Pro at Expansys for £229
- Microsoft reveals new Samsung Mango device --> --> -->
- Deal Alert: Unlocked Venue Pro now $299 on Dell's site too
- Toshiba Fujitsu "Mango" phone slated for August release in Japan
- Judge denies Apple's "App Store" injunction against Amazon
- Windows Phone inspired website
- Google lifting more UI stylings from Windows Phone?
- Microsoft sued over Windows Phone "Really" ads, really
- Captain America wallpaper pack for Windows Phone
- Bringing Kinect and gesture control to Windows Phone
- Microsoft registers domains using Sony brand
- Activate Facebook Chat in Windows Phone "Mango" [How To]
- Custom ringtones in Windows Phone Mango [How to]
- London Windows Phone app helps keep the streets clean