o2 rolling out NoDo in early April

o2 have announced on Twitter that they are working with Microsoft to bring the NoDo update to Windows Phone 7 (HTC HD 7) customers in early April. This is great news for everyone who is awaiting the update (and cut & paste) who is on the network. However, it should be noted (just like pre-NoDo) that this isn’t concrete, and could be delayed.

Are you on o2, and patiently awaiting NoDo? Join in the conversation covering the NoDo rollout on our forums!

Source: o2 on Twitter

NoDo: End of April for Deutsche Telekom Windows Phones

While up in Canada, Telus users get the 'NoDo' next week, the same can't be said for those in Germany. In case you can't read German, the above Tweet from Deutsche Telekom reads "Windows Mobile 7 update at the end of April".

We know these updates are rolling and dependent upon carrier approval, but we're just going to take a guess here and bet DT customers won't be too happy with the wait. Who wants to take bets on American carriers?

Source: @deutschetelekom; via @rschu

no NoDo for me


Source: @dovellonsky ; via @ailon

Hack for unlocked HTC phones gets NoDo right now

We now know that Microsoft is doing a controlled, phased roll-out of 'NoDo', starting with unbranded phones evidently in Europe. That means a potentially prolonged delay for many users (and between us, we've just heard that AT&T users have a looong wait).

The good news is there is a 'hack' that can be done for HTC phones that will basically "unbrand" them allowing them to get 'NoDo', well, right now. Coming from some of team ChevronWP7 (Chris Walsh and Raphael Rivera) is a tricky edit that will enable this to be done:

Your device needs to be dev-unlocked for this to work. Sorry folks.

  1. Download this zip file and deploy the 3 xap files onto your device.
  2. Run the ChevronWP7.Ringtones.xap and wait till it displays “Ringtones added… and CustClear.provxml underneath”
  3. Run the TouchXplorer app, navigate to My DocumentsMy Ringtones click on CustClear.provxml and select Copy from the Application Bar.
  4. Navigate back inside TouchXplorer to the Windows folder.
  5. Select paste from the Application Bar, this should scroll right to the bottom and put a copy of CustClear.provxml in the Windows folder.
  6. Now run the Connection Setup application and click on the Ok button (it’s the one with the tick).

And now you’re done and free to re-connect to Zune and check for updates.

Now there is one caveat here we can think of: T-Mobile HD7 users may want to hold off. That's because that device has the special T-Mo bands and radio while the unlocked HD7 does not (or at the very least, could complicate things), so you may want to consider that if you're in that situation. Still, for the AT&T Surround users, sounds like you could do this, assuming you've jailbroken your phone for one last hoorah.

Update: Chris Walsh lets us know T-Mo HD7 users are good to go (hey, that rhymed); the update only modifies the OS, not the radio.

Update 2: Bad news is we're hearing non-Euro users are only getting the pre-NoDo update with this technique :-/

Source: My Coding Adventures (blog); via @ChrisWalshie

Telus users not getting 'NoDo' till March 29th, could take weeks

While the news of unbranded devices seems confirmed, the Windows Phone world is frantically checking (and re-checking) to see if their carrier has released the long-awaited NoDo update.

We'll repeat/rephrase what we said earlier: the chances of you getting NoDo today on a carrier device are slim.

Microsoft is doing a phased rollout (like the last update) and it could be weeks before your carrier and your device are flagged for an update. Case in point: Telus is now telling users that they won't even begin to get the update till next Tuesday, March 29th:

The earliest date that a TELUS customer can receive the Windows Phone 7 software update is Tuesday March 29th, 2011. Microsoft is releasing the software update in a phased approach and it may take up to four weeks for all TELUS customers to have the option to receive the update and upgrade their device software.

So that's one carrier who's come clean. We expect the same from AT&T, T-Mobile and Euro carriers as well. If you find some info, hit us up with our contact form. [Edit: it looks like some users are getting the pre-NoDo update today instead]

Source: Telus, 2

'NoDo' update starting today; full list of changes published

WinRumors reports that the NoDo update should be coming today for some phones--namely unbranded ones. No source is given, just that they heard users should be getting an update notification sometime soon. We just checked our AT&T and T-Mo Windows Phones and no dice there, so we'll have to wait and see about when the carriers unleash NoDo--our bet is it could be a few days.

Adding legitimacy though to the claim is the fact that Microsoft just updated their support page to list the full changelog of NoDo. While we knew copy/paste, faster performance and better Marketplace search were on board, we noticed a few other changes unmentioned (e.g. the Marketplace update process). Now, Microsoft has given all the details, published after the break and they may be small, but are still important. Thanks to everyone who sent this in...

Update: Reader Morten Romslo confirms on his non-branded HTC Trophy: "...just conected my HTC Tropy to Zune, and the NoDo update was ready for install. No carrier phone europe"

See the full changelog for 'NoDo' after the's pretty lengthy!...

'NoDo' fixes Marketplace update bug too

Since the HTC Arrive on Sprint comes with 'NoDo' built in, we've been obviously testing what has/has not changed. And although we know it has copy/paste, refined Marketplace search and performance enhancements, one other little thing we noticed is fixed: the Marketplace app update bug.

If you recall, we did a video ("Tip: Force an app update in the Windows Phone Marketplace") showing how when a new update is available for an app you have installed, sometimes there's a delay with the Marketplace reflecting that. So you would navigate over to see the new version listed but no way to update it manually. The trick was to hit the back button, then go back to the app description and then you would see the "update" option (just watch the video).

Long story short, 'NoDo' fixes that so the first time you go to the updated application in the Marketplace, it shows "Update", making one less step in the process. Revolutionary? Game shifting? Hardly. But it's attention to the details that matters in making a good OS, so we're glad to see it.

HTC 7 Pro (Europe) 'NoDo' ROM leaked on XDA

Although the Sprint HTC Arrive (aka CDMA 7 Pro) comes with 'NoDo' built in, thankfully avoiding any needed "updates", the European 7 Pro which came out a a few months ago, obviously does not.

Keeping up with the unlocked HD7, Trophy and Mozart leaked ROMs, the 7 Pro evidently now has it as well. According to forum member Football (who hails from Moscow and seems to have a solid rep at XDA), this ROM version has a filename of:


Not much in the way of feedback yet as far as any other HTC "fixes" or improvements, so we suggest you watch the thread for a bit to get some feedback before proceeding. Either way, looks like HTC devices luck out again, avoiding the Microsoft/carrier machine.

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks, Ali at Aliwaqas, for the heads up!

Microsoft responds to update criticism, confirms second half of March for NoDo

Responding to criticism, Microsoft's GM of Customer Experience Engineering aka the guy in charge of Windows Phone updates, Eric Hautala, posted a lengthy explanation about the pre-NoDo update experience so far, NoDo itself and the process involved. While the write up was informative it still doesn't get too technical for the average reader and at least answers some questions (if not raise more). At the very least, we give Microsoft credit for taking the appropriate action here and keeping the consumer in the loop: no one likes it when something gets screwed up, but they do appreciate when you take the time to explain the situation.

The first part of the article describes "How software gets from us to you" and is mostly a gloss of what we already know: Microsoft develops/tests new software, it gets pushed to the carriers, OEMs and Qualcomm for testing and it gets sent to you, the end user. Some things are left out, like if the carriers/OEMs can send back the software for further revisions and how long the process can take. Hautala finally explains how the "staggered" approach--sending out updates to specific devices--allows them to pin-point problems easier, which is a good point, even if it's not the method we would like (universal update).

The next section went over the "success" of the pre-NoDo update. Once again, Microsoft write it as if the overwhelming majority had no problems, while the blogosphere will highlight those 10% where it failed. We'll leave that distinction up to you. Hautala of course expresses how Microsoft is not satisfied with the problems that occurred and, logically, they are working to prevent them in the future.

The one real interesting area is where Hautala addresses if carriers can block updates. He sets up for an answer but ultimately is quite evasive on the topic:

There’s one more thing I want to clear up. I’ve seen a lot of speculation on blogs and forums lately about whether carriers can “block” an update. We work closely with carriers to test and schedule updates. They may ask us for a specific date to start an update. They may ask for updates to be bundled together. But you should ultimately receive all the updates we send out.

That's not really anything we already don't know and sure doesn't sound like a denial but rather an affirmation that carriers can block one update but have to push the second (bundled with the first). Not too comforting if those updates are spread apart over a few months.

Finally, the big part was on the NoDo update. It is now confirmed that the second half of March is the target for that release. As expected, Microsoft is taking a few extra days to check and double check everything before that big push--something we can't really fault them for, especially with the world watching so closely. It's not the news we want to hear, but at the same time we understand the motivation behind it and will just have to remain patient. If there is one shining bit it's that 'Mango' still seems to be on track, despite previous rumors:

This short pause should in no way impact the timing of future updates, including the one announced recently at Mobile World Congress featuring multitasking, a Twitter feature, and a new HTML 5-friendly version of Internet Explorer Mobile.

So that's good. Sound off in comments on Microsoft's response: good enough for you? Good enough for the market?

Source: Windows Team Blog

Microsoft Support: Samsung Focus update was supposed to be on Monday

Although we all know the whole 'NoDo' situation, with it being delayed for a few weeks. But going back a few days ago, we first reported that AT&T was scheduled to role out the update to Focus owners on the 7th. Of course that didn't happen, leading many to question whether it was ever legit or not.

At least according to Microsoft Support, it was indeed scheduled for the 7th:

You are right, the NoDo update was suppose to be released on March 7th, but it has been postponed. We don't know a date yet, but Microsoft will push the update soon.

Like previous dates, what is happening here is obvious: Microsoft sets an internal window-for-release, first it was January, then February, then early March, now late March...but due to ongoing issues with carriers, OEM support/Samsung problems, the dates keep getting pushed back. So when these "rumored" dates appear, they are true...for the moment. But things change and they evidently change quickly.

At least we get the "update soon" part, but who knows if that will stick. So close, so close...

Source: Microsoft Answers; via @AdamUCF (Twitter)

MS France: "NoDo coming second half of March"

While mum has been the word from Redmond, Microsoft France has officially announced that the long-awaited NoDo update will arrive in the second half of March.  Still, this is a bit nebulous, as details of the release are unclear.  What is the exact release date?  Will the rollout be staggered or across the board for everyone?  MS insider, Mary-Jo Foley, has tapped her sources to no avail, other than one WP7 contact telling her that the new target is the week of March 21.  We shall see.

Recent leaks of HTC Mozart, Trophy and HD7 ROMs sporting the update have got everyone chomping at the bit for the copy/paste functionality that we so desparately crave.

Source: MS France (FRogz); Via: ZDNet

Trophy and HD7 NoDo factory ROMS find their way to XDA

Not long after the HTC Mozart NoDo factory ROM was leaked on XDA, ROMs for its sister devices, Trophy and HD7, have arrived as well.  They sport the same version number as the Mozart, 7355-89, and are unbranded with no carrier customizations.  The European ROMs support English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.  In case you have been living in a cave up until recently, the NoDo update most notably includes copy/paste functionality and improved performance.

One quick note on installation: If you are a T-Mobile or o2 HD7 user, you must flash it using the "Gold Card" method in order to bypass the device ID check.

Click the links to download the ROMs for Trophy and HD7.

Source: XDA (1, 2); Via: PocketNow Original Image: TechieLobang

No surprises in 'NoDo' Trophy update

While we all know the core features of the 'NoDo' update (improved Marketplace, copy paste, better performance), it is safe to say many of us are hoping for some, extra features? Sort of like those little things which may not be huge changes but nonetheless are nice to find?

Well, sorry to burst anyone's bubble, but 'NoDo' is pretty much exactly what Microsoft said it would be, no more, no less. In that regard at least they're not being coy with us, but still, who would not have liked to find something more significant?

Monsmartphone has managed to load the update on their Trophy and while it works quite well, there isn't much else to say. Although there are a few more ringtones (but no custom ability) and Bluetooth has some better support, there are no bonus features.  That being said, there's no reason to be disappointed since nothing more was promised. And perhaps it is cynical of us to even question it, but hey, we're a greedy bunch who see 'Mango' on the horizon and are full of hope for this OS--it's okay to dream a bit ;-) Having said that, there is room for OEM improvements to ROMs, like maybe an T-Mobile HD7 pink camera/languages fix--we'll keep an eye out.

Source: Monsmartphone, Thanks, Gilles Dedisse, for keeping us in the loop!

HTC Mozart gets a new ROM with 'NoDo' built in

For those of you with HTC Mozarts (ours is being borrowed, ahem), you may want to head over to XDA to grab the latest factory ROM: [ROM]RUU_Mozart_HTC_Europe_1.30.401.01_5.54.09.21_22.33 b.50_RELEASE

This is a full ROM update from HTC themselves and in it, it reportedly contains the latest build of Windows Phone 7, including the much sought after 'NoDo' update with copy/paste and performance enhancements. Of course you may want to watch on the sidelines and let some others go first, but this looks like a double win for Mozart owners. No word on what is changed on the HTC/Baeband end, but we assume there's some minor improvements.

Source: XDA; via: @ChrisWalshie; Thanks, Manos, as well

Dell Venue Pro shipping in India with Copy/Paste [Update]

Back on February 21st, we ran a report about the Dell Venue Pro launching in India with copy/paste support. Flash forward two weeks and now we have some visual confirmation that this is indeed the case. FoneArena is not only reporting it but they have photos, OS version info (v7.0.7355.0) and even a full video you see above, showing it all in action. Note that this DVP is running the same OS build as some Samsungs and the Verizon HTC Trophy, while the Sprint Arrive runs the later build 7389. Currently, the differences between the builds are unknown.

Of course with reports that NoDo is coming as early as Monday for some, this is less exciting than it was two weeks ago. Combined with reports that Samsung users who send their phones in for servicing are getting the latest update pre-installed on return and it makes sense: OEMs have had this update for quite awhile already and they're ready to ship.

Source: FoneArena; Thanks, Varun

Windows Phone 7 Update Round Two: Only 100 effected?

Microsoft resumed sending out the pre-NoDo update the other day and while there’s still a few bugs in the system, Microsoft is reporting that only around 100 users, worldwide, are currently having issues with the update.

Microsoft is basing the number of users adversely affected due to the fact they have received reports from about 100 users worldwide. Granted, it could be possible that more had issues but just didn’t report them. We also don’t know how many updates were attempted.  Commenting on the issue, Microsoft’s Michael Stroh stated.

“We’ve spent the last 24 hours aggressively investigating the issue, and have identified a work around for error code 800705b4. We appreciate the patience of customers affected by the error and will continue to carefully monitor the update rollout and troubleshoot any issues that arise.”

The work around consists of Windows Phone users removing all media first (songs, apps, games, etc.) from your phone before trying to install the update again. You can find step by step instructions on the work around here.

It will be interesting to how all these pre-Nodo headaches affect the actual NoDo update. Hopefully, it will enable our Windows Phone 7 devices to be updated problem free.

Source: WinRumors

WPCentral Podcast Episode 114 - pre-NoDO, Sprint Arrive and more

Daniel Rubino is joined by Dieter Bohn to talk about the latest in Windows Phone news: The Sprint Arrive, pre-NoDo update situation and software news.  Listen in!

Thurrott on WP7 'Mango' update this year: "near impossibility"

Paul Thurrott has written a nice overview of the whole NoDo/pre-NoDo update situation that has been going on for the last two weeks. While the article mostly covers old ground for our readers, there were a few bits of information that he mentioned in the story, specifically not all good things:

  • Carriers blocked the 'NoDo update' - Thurrott has mentioned this previously that MS finished NoDo back in December but "several wireless carriers unceremoniously blocked the update, creating an embarrassing situation for the software giant."
  • Verizon will announce the Trophy this month - we've heard this before, but is that the launch date too? Sometimes people use "announce" interchangeably with "launch" and we're not sure which Thurrott means here. We've heard an unconfirmed and skeptical rumor that the Trophy may be pushed back.
  • Mango by end of 2011? Doubtful. -  Microsoft themselves have stated that 'Mango' is scheduled for "later this year", with most thinking by Fall, 2011. Heck, even the leaked Dell roadmap hints at "next gen" WP7 as early as July. Thurrott is hearing it could be pushed back: "Mango will be finalized by the end of 2011, and while Microsoft recently promised to ship this release to customers by the end of the year as well, my sources tell me that schedule is a near impossibility."

All in all, two of three of those are not good news for the platform (and the Verizon bit was already known). Did a few carriers block 'NoDo'? We haven't heard that from anywhere else but it could be a possibility. We know we've heard that Dell was delaying things a bit with their hardware issues, but this is the first we've heard that some carriers blocked it. Everyone is rooting for Microsoft here to get these updates our and get the OS up to speed, but so far these updates are not progressing too well.

Update: Mary Jo Foley still thinks Mango will ship this year.

Source: Windows IT Pro

Verizon Trophy photos, running 'NoDo' Update

Interested in using a Windows Phone 7 device on Verizon? Of course you are. We're hoping the Trophy will arrive sometime in March. Those hopes are a little brighter now that a tipster has sent in a few photos of the device live with Verizon's branding. Our tipster tells us that the "NoDo" update with Copy & Paste is definitely on board and also that launching apps feels significantly faster. 

As you can see above HTC's hub is also in full effect and it looks like Verizon has gone ahead and made an account management app as well - no surprise there (flashback: Verizon apps published in Marketplace). So who is planning on laying down the expected $199 on-contract price for this baby?

Thanks Anonymous!

Engadget gets a look at the Sprint HTC Arrive (7 Pro)

Looks like the lucky folks at Engadget got a sneak peak at Sprint's first Windows Phone, the HTC Arrive (aka 7 Pro). They took a few snazzy shots and even did a quick video demonstrating copy and paste on the device.

Of course C&P is there because it's tied into ">the NoDo update, which also brings CDMA support to the OS. While the copy and paste demo is nice, unfortunately they did not film the device in landscape, meaning those mysterious Xbox LIVE shots in the horizontal zone cannot be confirmed/disconfirmed just yet. So close, yet so far.

Source: Engadget