Windows Phone Summary of the Week: October 03 - 09, 2011

Welcome to the summary of the week, folks! Apologies for the late coming, unfortunately the British rail network let me down over the weekend and I was left stranded in Chatham, Kent, without phone and laptop chargers. Spending a good 24 hours with little Internet access was no fun, but I digress. Kicking off this summary we have episode 126 (opens in new tab) of the wpcentral Podcast and our Dave is back with what you could be missing out on over at our Windows Phone forum. Head on past the break for the full run down.

There has been a lot of coverage for the Zune HD, which is believed to be dying an ever so painful death with Microsoft mistakenly publishing pages. We'll keep our eyes open and ears honed for any more detail with regards to the music player. As for Windows Phone, NetMarketshare shows the platform growing steadily (opens in new tab), confirming what we've always said from the off. For comparison purposes, we take a look at the recently announced iPhone 4S (opens in new tab), while putting it up against Windows Phone (opens in new tab) and seeing what's what.

Digitec, an online retailer in Switzerland, is seen to be heavily favouring Windows Phone (opens in new tab), especially in their latest mobile prospect. Unfortunately for our student developers, it seems there may be some trouble ahead when you complete studies and move on up to a full developer account. Having to republish apps on a new account just to name one. while we remain on a quick low note for this summary, this week we saw the loss of one of the most famous names/faces in today's technology - Steve Jobs.

Microsoft has increased advertising efforts with a handful of new commercials (opens in new tab), including some Bing added into the mix (opens in new tab). We take a look at the NES ROMs being sold on the Marketplace and the reasons as to why they haven't yet been pulled. Microosft's acquisition of Skype has recently been approved by the European Commision (opens in new tab).

We've been busy looking into some reports of problems with Exchange 2003 (opens in new tab) and Windows Phone this week, while Andy Lees takes the stage and talks dual-core and 4G LTE. Samsung and HTC have both agreed to up their advertising budget and push the platform forward. While we still await Nokia's debut handset, they've decided to give some away to developers in London (opens in new tab).

Moving onto our brief gaming coverage this week, a new build of the Xbox 360 fall 2011 dashboard update has been revealed. All things are possible and this is currently being proven to be correct with a Silverlight MMORPG in development that sports a Windows Phone client. Some bad news for those who eagerly awaited for a new Xbox Live title, since we had yet another week with nothing, but good news being that Sonic 4 is this week's Xbox Live Deal of the Week! Lastly, an Xbox 360 companion app for Windows Phone (opens in new tab) is on the way, which allows the user to control the console via the handset.

Enterprise users can rejoice should they use Yammer as the Windows Phone app is now available. Facebook integration is experiencing some issues (opens in new tab) with displaying status updates from friends, photo albums and more due to the social network not considering the platform integration as an official app. WhatsApp description on the Marketplace was quietly updated to include (opens in new tab) subscription information, $1.99 per year (first year free) to use the service - not too shabby. Lets hope features come first!

DeepShining, a custom HD7 Mango ROM (opens in new tab), features some pretty neat additions including some themes and wallpapers with some tweaks and whatnot. Samsung has updated the AllShare app (opens in new tab) a few times to patch a hole and some users are reporting that the 'quick exit' work around we covered a while back no longer works. We've since confirmed that the work around still works, but the manufacturer has updated the app yet again. More on this soon. Speaking of Samsung, Microsoft has refreshed the "Where's my Phone Update?" page to reflect the Omnia 7 going through testing (opens in new tab) for Mango. All in all, a total of 20% of users were updated (opens in new tab) to Mango within ten days, which leaves Android crippled.

India are having a good month with the Samsung Omnia W launching (opens in new tab). Unfortunately Dell will not be bringing any new handsets to the table in the near future.  Apollo may bring something new, who knows? As for Nokia, Elop has again confirmed that the first Nokia Windows Phone will launch this year (opens in new tab). We'll bring you more at Nokia World. Apparently, Orange may be the first to stock a Nokia handset running Microsoft's OS with the Nokia Sun (opens in new tab), sporting a 1.4 Ghz CPU and set to arrive in November. The LG LS831 has passed FCC (opens in new tab) and looks to be a CDMA device. 

The HTC Titan proved to be such an awesome handset, that the manufacturer has sent it over to Android too (opens in new tab). Two awesome concepts for the HTC Prime and Ignite spark hope for those who still wish to see something new from HTC. The HD7 and Titan are compared for camera quality (opens in new tab), it's an obvious outcome. Last of the hardware - there has been a lot of news surrounding the HTC Titan and Radar:

Microsoft has returned with a second Big Box of Awesome, which features some superb prizes! Our Daniel Rubino looks at pinning the Windows Phone web Marketplace to the task-bar in Windows, which then features a handy jump list with useful links. Should you enjoy customising ringtones then head on over to our forum for a continuously-expanded library of created ringtones including Homer Simpson, Metallica and more. Let us end this week's fun section with some giggling at O2, since they believe the Mozart runs Android (opens in new tab).

For developers we have SharePoint Hub being released with workshops that opened (opens in new tab) throughout the weekend in Australia. Core77  is hostring a competition that allows young developers who aren't established to get some exposure. Finally, MetroGridHelper is a useful tool for developers and designers (opens in new tab) to perfect applications and designs, ensuring text and content is aligned.

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Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.