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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Windows Phone 7 By LG Launches In September

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 PM

"LG Electronics, one of the official Windows Phone 7 device manufacturers, have officially confirmed that they are going to launch a Windows Phone 7 based mobile phone in September 2010."

Well, there you have it. No word on the carrier yet, but we've seen evidence that AT&T is ready to launch a WP7 device in September. LG's announcement seems to add credence to that date, and it might just be launching on AT&T's network.

If the month is valid, I still find it strange that less than 60 days away, no official launch date has come from Microsoft.

Tags: launch, wp7

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ballmer Reserved on WP7

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

"CEO Steve Ballmer on Thursday told financial analysts they should temper their expectations when it comes to sales prospects for Windows Phone 7, seen by many as Microsoft's last chance to become a player in the Apple- and RIM-dominated U.S. smartphone space. 'A number of you had a chance to kind of ask me a question ... which is how are we going to do,' Ballmer told the analysts, at Microsoft's Redmond, Wash. headquarters. 'And I think it's fair to say we've got a lot of work to do,' said Ballmer."

Steve B's reservations come at a time when the last possible thing Microsoft wants to do is appear too confident. It's a fine line to walk, but I think they're playing it well: "We're confident in our product, it will speak for itself, we aren't going to make wild speculations." Are you reassured, or do you long for the Ballmer of the past?

Tags: ballmer, wp7, smile

Monday, July 19, 2010

It Isn't An iPhone Clone... WP7 Hits The Web

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

"I think Microsoft created an OS that was completely different from all other competitors, and thats was not not an easy task. The whole concept is different. I like it."

The quote and the title come from commenter vinod1978 at Gizmodo, where they have one of several Windows Phone 7 first-looks that you'll see posted around the net (and on here) today. Windows Phone 7 is making a splash out there, and by and large I think comments pointing out it's uniqueness and new way of doing things are a positive sign. Somehow Microsoft has built something no one else has. Let's hope they can capitalize on it.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Flash On A Windows Phone 7 - Yea, Someday!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:30 AM

"t's not really news that Adobe is working to bring Flash to Windows Phone. Heck, they've been promising Flash for mobile for years now and we're almost shocked we have Flash Lite at this point. We also know that Adobe have abandoned plans for Windows Mobile and instead are working on Windows Phone 7 release. With that we're not too surprised to see Adobe name-dropping Windows Phone 7 support for Flash 10.1--the real question is when?"

Someday Windows Phone users will have flash on their devices - of course this something we've heard for a long time. So as WMExperts points out - the question isn't so much an if, but a when. In the case of WM 6, the "when" turned into a "never", so lets hope this time we may see Flash close to launch!

Tags: developer, flash, wp7

New "Paper Ball" game and London Tube app Previewed for WP7

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:01 AM

"Another day, some more demo Silverlight apps beings built for Windows Phone 7. We've been stating for awhile now that the combo of Silverlight and XNA as a development platform for the OS would be huge and so far, developers seem to be loving it."

As the official release of WP7 draws closer, we're seeing many new apps and game demos being cranked out by developers. I think this is very positive sign of what's to come for the platform and looking forward to seeing what the market place will have to offer by year’s end.

Two new notable apps, "Paper Ball" and "London Tube" showcase the graphics and push notification features of WP7. "Paper Ball" looks to be a fun time-waster with great graphics. You basically play paper cut-outs of players and plan their offense/defense by moving arrows on the screen then watch them run the play. "London Tube" shows you the status of London's underground transit system using push notifications and informs you of potential delays.

Both apps will be available in the Windows Marketplace when WP7 is officially launched. Follow the Read link for full story + video demo.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Arkanoid Classic Arcade Game For Windows Phone 7

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Software" @ 04:00 AM

For those of you that remember the old arcade game Arkanoid, you'll be happy to know the game is now available for Windows Phone 7. It was written in C#, using the XNA Framework.


Now you just have to wait 3-6 months for a device to ship so you can play it. For those that need a refresher, here it is on YouTube in all its hi-res goodness. I love the opening screen that makes you think you are about to embark on a Zaxxon-like 3D space quest.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Demo of WP7 App: Ahead Project Manager

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:48 PM

"Following the minimal-design principles laid about by the Metro UI, Ahead is not flashy but does enable quick access to basic project management sections including: tasks, time tracking, projects, accounts (funding), clients and setting."

It's great to already see a few apps that'll be available for Windows Phone 7. While you may not throw up your hands up and scream "yeah!" out of excitement, Ahead Project Manager is one of those apps that may prove to be very useful if you're into managing projects on-the-go.

As WMExperts noted, the interface appears very polished for an early build of the app, but I have to wonder if it works with any desktop PM software at all, or if you're limited to using from your WM7 device only. At this stage it appears not, but we'll know for sure soon.

Do you currently manage projects from a smartphone? And/or would you consider checking this out? Tell us what you think.

No WP7 Tablets!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:00 AM

"Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is in Singapore today to help promote the launch of Office 2010/Imagine Cup Awards Ceremony, nothing too surprising there.Evidently Steve took some questions from the audience and on Windows Phone 7, he reportedly had this to say: We're focused on putting Windows Phone 7 in phones, no plans for tablets."

So the source is a Twitter post (Through WMExperts), however this meshes with what I've heard about WP7 and tablets, namely that there won't be one (Since "what I've heard" is journalistic lingo for "I've heard nothing"). So we've got an iPhone OS tablet (the iPad), we've got Android tablets on the way, but we won't have a WP7 Tablet. And I don't think that's a bad thing, as WP7 is striving for something noble: A really great smartphone experience. Anyone going to miss a WP7 Tablet?

Monday, May 24, 2010

LG Panther Heading to Hands of Developers

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 01:00 PM

"Looks like that LG Panther (GW910) is getting around these days. 'Innovative Singapore' received not one but two of the prototype devices to actually start developing their WP7 software. If you recall, we reported on how Windows Phone 7 devices will be going out to developers soon and sure enough, that time has come. Not only do they show more images of the phone, but they have some of the not-yet-finalized packing and even a sample shot from the camera. Their brief hands on is repeated verbatim below. Needless to say, developers must be getting excited at the prospect of using actual WP7 hardware. We know we can't wait."

Sometimes you just need a physical phone to do development work, and certain developers are going to be grabbing an actual WP7 handset in the very near future. Now if we can just get some for the rest of us, we'll be happy!

Tags: developer, lg, wp7, panther

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Donation Drive to Get WP7 on HD2 Raises $1350, Most Likely Will Produce Mediocre Product

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:30 AM

"Well guys, the only JTAG unit i'm aware of that is supported on Win CE/WP7 for debugging is TRACE32, and it costs more than a brand new in box HD2.. so unless someone is aware of a cheaper alternative, or has access to one of those units, it's not very likely that getting donations going to get me a device is going to go far enough to purchase one of those too."

Two and a half months ago, I wrote an editorial that argued that a Half-Baked Windows Phone 7 ROM would be a bad idea and now it looks like that bad idea has some serious steam in the form of around $1350 in donations (Mostly in small amounts, although a few site proprietors threw in some considerable cash, and I'm not quite sure why). Honestly, I think it's a great thing for people to tinker around with their devices, even going as far as to buy diagnostic equipment to learn more. But in this case, I can only see problems down the road. In addition to the points I raised a few months ago, now I see an even bigger issue: sunk costs. Sunk costs refer to the amount of money one has invested in a project, and the subsequent attachment one has to that project. Simply put, if people pay for something (even if it's in the form of donations), they expect an end-result that was worth the investment. I'm not saying that the people behind this HD2-WP7 implementation aren't sophisticated enough to do it - I just don't think they'll produce something half as useful as a true Windows Phone 7 device, which will let people down (especially those who invested).

What do you think - are "community" funded projects like this a good idea (ignoring for a moment the legal ramifications, which make this a definite no-no)? And what do you think will come out of it? And more importantly - if you donated and didn't get a working WP7 ROM for your HD2, how would you feel?

Friday, March 19, 2010

WP7 Simulator Unlocked. New Features Discovered (including Voice Control)

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:30 AM

"Many of us who tried out the Windows Phone 7 simulator were disappointed to discover the simulator didn’t contain a lot of the functionality that was being shown off at Mix10. It turns out Dan Ardelean has published a modified or ‘unlocked’ version of the simulator that contains virtually everything that was displayed. The front page is now full of apps that work, the settings menu is a long list of options for those apps."

Australian tech site,, recently posted two video simulations of WP7. The first video (about 10 minutes) shows different apps in action, while the second video goes through many of the settings screens.

One item that stood out to me was a Speech setting. I was worried if VoiceCommand may not make in WP7 (at least at launch) and was pleasantly surprised when I saw a Speech Settings option under General Settings (near beginning of second video).

While Microsoft hasn't officially announced that voice control will be available in WP7 (they may obviously still be working on it), I now have hope that this feature will make it at launch.

Hit the Read link for the videos and let us know your thoughts. What stands out to you?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series -- Yes, it can make a phone call!

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 08:30 PM

"Sure, we've been pushing Microsoft hard for Windows Phone 7 Series details like copy and paste (no) and multitasking (no), but we just realized that we've never actually seen a 7 Series device... make a phone call. A little running around later and we've got two demo handsets calling each other..."

With all of the recent video coverage of WP7, no video has shown a WP7 device make an actual phone call. Engadget recently posted a short video of two WP7 devices making a call between each other (and please don't call the number shown out of respect) that demos how the phone experience will work overall.

One glaring issue to me is how easy it'll be to respond to a call by applying accidental pressure to the Answer or Ignore buttons with incoming calls. HTC solved this problem in their most recent TouchFLO 3D interface by requiring users to slide a graphic control knob left or right to answer or ignore a call. I LOVE this feature in my Touch Pro2, and Microsoft should learn a thing or two from HTC when it comes to specific features like this, since "butt dialing" has been an epidemic problem with touch-screen smartphones for a while now.

While it's difficult to know WP7's phone features in detail at the moment, what are you thoughts and/or questions about the phone interface so far? Personally, I'll miss having dedicated physical answer/end buttons (it's great when your fingers "know" exactly where specific functions are) and I wonder if voice-dialing (VoiceCommand) will make it in WP7...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Series Demo Video Reveals New Apps, Screens

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 03:00 PM

Charlie Kindel of Microsoft recently gave CNET a demonstration of the WP7 interface showing off some new apps and the XBox Live hub. He also explains the primary tools for WP7 apps (XNA and Silverlight) and Microsoft's more specific direction for developers that'll make it much easier to build apps and extend them to the new Start page.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Facebook App for Zune HD Gives Us Preview of WP7 Apps

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Zune Software" @ 09:00 PM

"At last, the Facebook application for the Zune HD has been released. It has elements of the Metro interface that Microsoft is utilizing on Windows Phone 7 Series devices, and so looking at the this rendition of Facebook, we can get a sense for how other apps would look on WP7"

Microsoft recently released a new Facebook app for the Zune HD that makes use of a few Metro UI elements that will be standard in Windows Phone 7. Other notable features include the ability to update your FB status with the current song you're playing with a link to the song's info page on

Although no Facebook features appear to have been limited, there have been a few bugs reported concerning connection difficulties and the News Feeds not appearing, but Microsoft is working on fixes as we speak.

The new Facebook app is available on the Zune Marketplace (accessible directly through the Zune HD). Have you had a chance to use the new Facebook app on the Zune HD? If so, tell us what you think...

Tags: facebook, zune hd, wp7

Thursday, February 25, 2010

More Chassis Specs Coming Down the Pipe for Windows phone 7 Series?

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:00 AM

"...a pair of Microsoft developer evangelists on an Australian podcast are saying that Chassis 1 (full touchscreen, gigahertz processor, and dedicated graphics acceleration) will be the sole option at launch, with Chassis 2 and 3 following on after that. 2 is said to be "more like a Palm Treo" with a dedicated QWERTY keyboard, while 3 remains a mystery, though there's some speculation on the podcast that it could be a candybar -- a form factor that's becoming something of a lost art these days..."

My biggest concern about Windows phone 7 is about the chassis regulations by Microsoft and the lack of specific hardware features (as I stated in a recent rant). One of the contributing reasons I have stuck with the Windows Mobile platform throughout the years is the diversity of form factors. I would never buy an iPhone due to lack of physical keyboard (and other software limitations) because it drives me crazy hunting down every single button on a screen-only device.

I do expect expect Microsoft to allow several form factor choices for Windows phone 7 Series devices, and not limit us to the "Back, Start Menu and Search" button-only chassis. Only time will tell, but it would be a major killer for me if a Touch Pro II style form factor device running WP7 is out of the question. What do you think the "Chassis 3" form factor will be and what are your thoughts?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Everything You Wanted to Know about Windows Phone 7 Series

Posted by Eriq Cook in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 PM

"Microsoft just planted a massive flag in the ground with the debut of Windows Phone 7 Series. The company's new mobile operating system is a radical and potent departure from the past, and there's a lot to take in -- so we've gathered together all our knowledge and impressions of the device so far and rolled them into a single, concise guide. Of course, there will be plenty more to learn in the coming months, and we're going to be beating down Redmond's door for more details on this thing, but for now let's dive into what Microsoft has revealed so far about its latest and (potentially) greatest phone operating system."

Engadget has posted an in-depth guide covering many questions about Windows Phone 7 Series including the UI, new marketplace, Office hub and much more. Click here to read the full article.

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