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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Will Nokia Announce a Windows Phone 7 Partnership Tomorrow?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:50 PM

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011...windows-phone/#

"Microsoft and Nokia are close to cementing a partnership to produce mobile phones together, according to multiple reports. It's like that celebrity couple you never expected to hook up, but who somehow did. Even a former Nokia employee was betting against the prospect of the phone maker working with Microsoft, which would involve shipping Nokia hardware with Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system."

Will Nokia drop a bomb on the mobile world tomorrow and announce that they'll be partnering with Microsoft on a Windows Phone 7 device? My Magic 8 Ball says "It's looking good." Nokia is in a tough spot, having made little to no ground with home-grown MeeGo, and in a year lost over 10% world-wide market share. Nokia makes excellent hardware, but I've personally found their software to be utterly lacking, and their attempts at building an ecosystem have been mixed at best.

I could see Nokia pulling a Palm - build a Windows Phone 7 line for a generation or two, then when their own software is ready, they ditch Microsoft. Of course, we saw how that worked out for Palm...yet Nokia is bigger and has a lot more money. We'll see what happens tomorrow - but I for one would welcome the excellent hardware designs of Nokia into the Windows Phone family.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pocket-Lint Interview's HTC's Horace Luke

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/369...-interview-talk

"50 per cent of my office from ceiling to floor is white board surfaces. I'm a big doodler. Occasionally I draw on the windows". So says, HTC's chief innovations officer Horace Luke, on the phone from Taiwan; describing, on request, what Pocket-lint might be looking at were the company's HQ not on the other side of the planet."

Horace Luke is a really interesting guy - I've had the pleasure of talking with him a couple of times, and seeing him present to a room full of smart people, and frankly he's quite...dazzling. There's no other word for it - his passion for mobile phones and the design language of materials, surfaces, and physical interaction with the phone is unparalleled. He used to work for Microsoft's Windows Phone team a few years ago, and he moved over to HTC. Microsoft has lost a lot of great talent over the years, and another person today, so in some ways it's a surprise that we even have a Windows Phone 7 OS! At any rate, check out the interview with Horace Luke - it's a great read and gives you some insight into the direction HTC is headed.

Another good read can be found in this article about HTC's design firm, One & Co. Nicely done Pocket-Lint - this is some top-notch content.


Saturday, October 16, 2010

Not Always Better in North America: US & Canada Pay More for Wireless

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 11:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news...tm_campaign=rss

"Mobile users in the US and Canada tend to pay more for a complete cell phone package than anyone else in the world, according to a new report from the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative (OTI). The foundation examined the different types of mobile packages in various countries in order to determine the minimum cost for voice minutes, texting, and data, and found that-surprise!-countries with more competition and more regulation tended to have the best pricing."

An interesting piece by Ars Technica highlighting a recently released report showing that those in the US and Canada pay the highest prices for cell phones and plans relative to the rest of the world. Since US is just now starting to have some saturation with Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) data plans from companies like T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile Broadband, I'd agree that we have some catching up to do. Hopefully lowering prices will result!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Survey Says Teens Still "Generation Text Message"

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/05/...lmost-all-send/

"...only 23 percent of American teenagers with cellphones use social networks with their phones, while 72 percent of all teens use text messaging. You might argue that Kin seeks to flip that balance, but Pew found that 63 percent of teens with cell phones don't have data plans and the vast majority of teen cellphone plans are part of a larger family plan..."

As if the devastating pricing on the Kin phone plans aren't enough to suck it into oblivion, this survey about teen phone usage makes that product a hard sell; texting is still what teens do most, though I think that if Kin phone plans were priced with some degree of intelligence, they'd be in a prime position to snag the teens "graduating" from text messaging to using more rich messaging options. The real killer is always price in scenarios like this where mom and dad are probably paying for the plans.


Monday, December 7, 2009

The Mobius Files: The Problem with the Carriers

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:00 AM

There's a private mailing list that people who have been invited to attend Mobius are a part of, and we have some great discussions on it. In fact, I'd say some of my most thought-worthy write-ups end up getting shared with my mobile-device editorial peers, rather than with you, my readers. So what I'm going to do is start to share some of my write-ups (in slightly edited and/or expanded form) from the Mobius list here on Windows Phone Thoughts. The context of this particular post is the problem that the carriers represent when it comes to updating the software on Windows Mobile phones.

I bought a Samsung Jack from Rogers in Canada last year (aka Blackjack II). It came with Windows Mobile 6, and when they finally released 6.1, it came with an insanely irritating bug: when the phone is in silent mode or vibrate mode, reminder alarms still chime. And they keep on chiming, over and over, for several minutes. The silent and vibrate profiles say they’re set to “Off” for notification volume. I’ve checked every setting there is – all are set to silent or off.

It’s happened to me more than once when I’m in a movie theatre or someplace else where noises aren’t appreciated and my phone, in silent mode, will chime loudly. Oh, and I’m not sure if this is the default for WM 6.1, but with WM 6 reminders would only chime once by default (that what my wife’s Windows Mobile 6 HTC S640 does). My Blackjack II chimes over and over, getting louder each time. Oh, and toss in chimes for birthday reminders firing at midnight (a Microsoft design flaw), and you end up with a hugely frustrating phone. If the phone is in the same room as I am, I have to turn off the power at night. I typically leave it in my office, far away from me, because it’s so frustrating. Read more...


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Windows 6.5 Family Portrait

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/...amily-portrait/

"Can you name them all? Don't worry, it's a lot to keep track of. Clockwise we have the HTC Tilt 2 (AT&T), Toshiba TG01 (not announced for US), HTC Imagio (Verizon), HTC Pure (AT&T), Samsung Intrepid (Sprint) and LG GM750 (not announced for US)."

Engadget has put together a quick video showing us the new Windows Mobile 6.5 phones coming from US carriers. Lots of pics in their gallery.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Windows Phones Available Around the World

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC News" @ 10:00 AM

In Microsoft's press release today for the Windows Mobile 6.5 launch, there was a section that listed various Windows Phones available around the world, and I thought it would be helpful to re-publish that information here so we could get a handle on which devices are coming out in which markets:

In North America:

  • HTC Pure from AT&T
  • HTC Imagio from Verizon Wireless
  • Samsung Intrepid from Sprint, available Oct. 11, 2009
  • HTC Tilt 2 from AT&T, available in the coming weeks

In Latin America:

  • Samsung Omnia II available in the coming weeks from TIM Brasil Read more...


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