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All posts tagged "windows update"


Monday, July 18, 2011

Update For AT&T Samsung Focus Roll Out

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 07:30 PM

http://www.wpcentral.com/microsoft-...-samsung-update

"The most recent Windows Phone update from Microsoft is indicating the Samsung Focus v1.4 update may happen sooner than later."

The looong wait is almost over for AT&T Samsung sufferers. The report indicates you should be seeing an update alert some time within the next day or so. With luck you'll be enjoying some of the benefits the rest of us have been using these last few months. It's no Mango, but it'll do until Mango arrives.


Monday, February 14, 2011

WP7 Updates: IE9, Twitter, Multitasking in 2011

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:00 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4176/...phone-7-updates

The scuttlebutt had it right - among the updates Microsoft has planned for WP7 are a mobile version of IE9, a Twitter hub and (finally) multitasking. While there's no timeline for delivery of these updates, the expectations are that these will be delivered this year. More immediately, the first WP7 update (codenamed NoDo) has been confirmed for the first couple of weeks of March bringing with it copy and paste support, CDMA support and performance enhancements.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Microsoft Will Be Updating Windows 7 Phones Directly: No More Being Held Hostage to the Mobile Operators & Hardware OEMs

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

http://translate.google.co.uk/trans...en&hl=&ie=UTF-8

"...Microsoft itself will release updates to the OS. Thus, users no longer have to wait until the manufacturer or provider [issues] a firmware update. This should ensure less fragmentation in some versions of Windows phones users...These updates can be pushed to the users in two ways. "We do that through the Zune desktop software or over the air," said Kindel. "Whichever way we use depends on the size of the update." In practice this will mean that major updates from the desktop software can be installed, while the smaller updates are sent directly to your phone."

Over the years, there have been irritations with Windows Mobile - things that don't quite work the way they should, things that are broken, and things that are missing. Real pain points though were on a short list: sluggish performance, stability issues, and perhaps the most frustrating of all: a truly awful ROM upgrade story. From the very first Pocket PC that shipped, these devices have been seen as having a version of Windows; and you can upgrade Windows, right? That's the perception that customers had, so when a new version of Windows Mobile came out, people expected to be able to upgrade their phone. Some OEMs offered upgrades, some didn't. Things got much worse when Pocket PCs became phones and the wireless providers got involved; then it wasn't just about whether HP or another OEM wanted to release the update, it was about the wireless provider deciding if they wanted to be bothered. And more often than not, they didn't - even if tens of thousands of customers would have been willing to pay for it. Read more...


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Microsoft Getting Serious About Windows Update For Devices?

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20...e-in-the-works/

The I Started Something blog has run across a new job posting at MS that indicates Microsoft is getting serious about the Windows Update feature on a mobile device.

"Our goal is to enable customers to anticipate and enjoy a predictable stream of new and improved capabilities for their Windows Phone via a Device Update service that is worry-free and easy-to-use"

It is going to not only have to be as easy and worry free as the iPhone update mechanism, but as powerful as well. Apple has kept the iPhone users that originally purchased the device in 2007 up to date where the hardware allows, and the new 3.0 OS will still work on those original two year old iPhones with only minor limitations in capabilities. Contrast that today with a lot of Windows Mobile 6.1 devices that won't be upgraded to 6.5 due out this fall, giving their owners far less than even one year of having a device with the latest features.

The article indicates this feature won't be on 6.5, which may be true. 6.5 is probably too far along to have any major changes to it before the release date, so it may be 7.0 before we see this implemented.


Monday, May 5, 2008

Homebrew ROM Updates Over The Air via AppToDate?

Posted by Rocco Augusto in "Smartphone Talk" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.modaco.com/content/windo...-via-apptodate/

"Microsoft has built Windows Update into the OS and nobody uses it, and everybody blames everybody else for the fact that today, we still can't keep our devices up to date without tethering with a PC... While the people who supply us our devices decide who takes responsibility for deploying our updates, and as scores of users take to trying 'Cooked ROMs' to get the features they want, why not develop an OTA (Over The Air) update method of our own? It sure is possible using the work already done by others on custom bootloaders, and the work i've already done with AppToDate."



I was incredibly excited when Windows Update was announced for the Windows Mobile platform. Logic fooled me into thinking that if Windows Update was being included with our new devices then Microsoft most have cooked up a plan to issue us system updates without the need to flash our devices - and risk something going wrong and bricking our handsets - or even distribute updates to software packages like Office Mobile or Live Search Mobile. Unfortunately at this moment in time I cannot think of anything that was distributed via Windows Update at all. This is why I love the idea behind AppToDate. The whole concept behind this application is so simplistic and beautiful that I am completely baffled as to why a system such as this is not included with our handsets!

As the video above shows it is perfectly within our grasps to issue complete system upgrades over the air without the need to connect our devices to our computers. Personally I would never feel comfortable upgrading a device in such a way, but it can be done! Read more...


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