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Friday, June 10, 2011

Windows Phone Users in Spain: Updates Are Coming

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:51 AM

"Testing is done at Telefonica in Spain for all three updates: 7008, 7390, and 7392. The team is now scheduling the rollout. As soon as the update is available for download, we'll let you know."

And that about says it all. If you're a Telefonica customer, you've been waiting quite a long time - I didn't think there was anyone left that hadn't gotten at least the first update. The post also mentions Omnia users on Orange and Samsung Focus owners that are still missing the update...yikes. I really hope Microsoft has learned what sorts of steps they'll need to take to have a smooth Mango roll-out!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Microsoft WP7 Update News For May 3rd

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:25 PM

"Hi everyone. Today we started delivering the February and March updates to the HTC Surround on AT&T and to customers of Deutsche Telekom in Europe."

According to the latest Microsoft blog about the NoDo update, the update is now being pushed to the AT&T HTC Surround and customers of Deutsche Telekom. Optus and Telstra customers in Australia are also being pushed the NoDo update. On the bad news side, the update push process has been halted for Samsung Omnia 7 owners. Also, some AT&T Samsung Focus owners may see a delay in their notification depending on who makes their flash memory chip.

Also reported is the 7392 update. This is a security update to address the SSL certificate issue related to the Comodo security breach.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

NoDo Update For AT&T Surround Now Scheduling

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:06 PM

"We're now scheduling the February and March updates for the HTC Surround on AT&T and for customers of Deutsche Telekom in Europe. We're also scheduling the March update for Optus customers in Australia. Where's my phone update? has the latest status."

Great news for those of you with the AT&T HTC Surround. According to the Windows Team Blog, your update is now listed as scheduling and should be available for you to install soon.

Friday, April 22, 2011

NoDo Fixes Exchange 2003 GAL Lookup

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 AM

GAL lookup has been available in WP7 since the beginning, but only if you were connecting to Exchange Server 2007 or 2010. Exchange 2003 users were out of luck...that is until NoDo. There might be a couple of hoops to go through though - you'll need to delete your exchange account on your phone first, reboot, then set up your account again. Hey, but at least the option's there if you need it.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

*UPDATED How To Increase Upload Speed On AT&T Focus After NoDo Update

Posted by Richard Chao in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 09:41 PM

"If you have experienced your upload speed being restricted on AT&T, which can occur after you've (finally) updated with official NoDo, there are some simple steps you can take to increase speed"

Owners of AT&T Samsung Focuses who have updated to NoDo are reporting that their upload speed are being throttled. Luckily, a workaround has already been discovered by the users at WPCentral. To apply the workaround, you have to open the diagnostics screen and tweak the settings.

From the number-dial screen:

1. Enter ##634# (Diagnostics screen should open)

2. Enter *#32489# (Test Mode screen should open)

3. Press back at the bottom (bottom right, not the phone's back button)

4. Press 5 for RRC (HSPA) control

5. Press 1 to view what yours is set at (It should be Release R5)

5.1. Press back at the bottom (bottom right, not the phone's back button)

6. Press 2 to change it.

7. Press 3 to change to Release 6 HSDPA/HSUPA

8. Press [end] to confirm.


Undocumented NoDo Features

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 03:18 PM

"Everyone knows the main elements of NoDo: faster app launching, Marketplace search and copy/paste support. But what about the changes that are off the record?"

Cut-and-paste is one of the well known additions that comes with NoDo. But, did you know, in addition to the known features there are a few useful undocumented tweaks also?

A list of the undocumented changes and features that comes with NoDo is now being put together. A couple of examples of such changes is the anti-shake feature is now enabled by default on the Samsung Focus and contact pictures can now be pulled from a social network or the album. Click the read link for the full list.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Is the Wait Finally Over for AT&T Customers?

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 10:00 PM

"Microsoft released the much anticipated NoDo update in March which includes copy and paste functionality. Globally most carriers and manufacturers released the update soon thereafter with one notable exception. AT&T has held up the update for its users, causing frustration among its users and much digital ink to be spilled in blogs by bloggers and on social networks by angry customers."

Is it true? After what may have seemed like forever for some of you, is the wait finally over for AT&T customers who want to update their Windows Phone devices? Well, yes and no. If you're the owner of an AT&T Samsung Focus or LQ Quantum, then congratulations. If you're the owner of an AT&T branded HTC Surround, well... I hear that patience is a virtue. And you're going to be some very virtuous people.

Also of note is that AT&T apparently has included some AT&T specific features as part of this update. But before you get too excited I feel the need to inform you that it's nothing to be excited about. Check out the link for more details. Then discuss it on the forums!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

NoDo For AT&T Unique Features

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 PM

"We're learning a little more on the upcoming AT&T NoDo Update for the Samsung Focus and LG Quantum. As we mentioned the other day with the expected release on April 19th, the NoDo update will contain additional features unique to AT&T."

It's not the most exciting stuff, but probably (ok...maybe) useful to AT&T WP7 users. AT&T's version of NoDo will include automatic switching between the onboard data-line and AT&T WiFi hotspots if any are in range, and the ability to sync with AT&T's own online Address Book. Nice value-added stuff - assuming it doesn't cause bloat.

Friday, April 15, 2011

AT&T's Update For Quantum And Focus Now Updated To Scheduling

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:42 PM

"I'm happy to report that two Windows Phones sold by AT&T are a big step closer to getting updates."

Eric Hautala has just posted on the Windows Team blog stating the February and March (NoDo) updates for AT&T's LG Quantum and Samsung Focus are ready. The devices have now been upgraded to "Scheduling." Per the Where's my phone update page, 'Scheduling' means: "Microsoft is scheduling the update for delivery. This phase typically lasts 10 business days or less."

Unfortunately, the HTC Surround is still in the testing phase and has been cited to require more work.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

AT&T WP7 Update Expected To Finish Testing Soon And Release of Update Central

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:51 PM

"I know many of you are waiting eagerly for news about the Samsung Focus, LG Quantum, and HTC Surround. As we've noted on Where's my phone update?, these phones are expected to finish update testing in early April."

According to Eric Hautala, the update for Samsung Focus, LG Quantum and HTC Surround are still in the testing stage and expected to finish in early April. Hopefully this means any day now as it is already the 12th of April. When they will be pushed to phones is still an unknown.

Eric also announced a how-to website dedicated to assisting you with update related problems. Update Central can be found here.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Microsoft Urging Users To Wait For Official Update

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:34 AM

"But my strong advice is: wait. If you attempt one of these workarounds, we can't say for sure what might happen to your phone because we haven't fully tested these homebrew techniques. You might not be getting the important device-specific software we would typically deliver in the official update. Or your phone might get misconfigured and not receive future updates."

Microsoft's Eric Hautala via the windows blog is urging users to wait for the official update rather than using a homebrew method to update. Eric states he understands why people would chose to go homebrew for the update but can't say for sure what the implications are of using homebrew workarounds. Possible potential negative impacts cited are the phone may not get device specific software, incorrect configuration resulting in missing future updates, bricking, etc.

Monday, April 4, 2011

How To Get NoDo Right Now

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 05:33 PM

"Well, first, thanks go out for Microsoft for releasing a support tool for Windows Phone yesterday. Inside that tool, were unreal hidden gems.

Basically they've created a managed wrapper over the whole update process for us, rather nice of them."

It looks like the Windows Phone Support Tool recently released by Microsoft contained an easter egg. NoDo. Click the read link for detailed instructions and files required to install the update on your device.

A trusted source has informed me that he has tried the process detailed within and it does in fact work. However, as with all hacks, do this at you own risk.

Tags: software, hack, nodo

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Microsoft Releases Support Tool For NoDo Update Errors

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:30 PM

"If you do have the above mentioned errors, head to Microsoft support to grab the special tool and get 'er fixed already."

It seems the official NoDo update currently being pushed out is progressing pretty smoothly. However, if you do run into problems and happen to receive either error code 800705B4 or 80180080, you may want to head over to Microsoft's website and download their newly released Windows Phone Support Tool.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dell Venue Pro Gets NoDo Update

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Dell Windows Phones" @ 11:30 PM

"Dell has just confirmed that the much-anticipated NoDo Windows Phone 7 update has begun rolling out to devices today, and also announced that a separate update of its own will be "coming later."

It looks like owners of the Dell Venue Pro have something to be happy about. Not only do they get the NoDo update, which includes copy & paste, but they also can expect another update from Dell in the near future. Hopefully this fixes some of the hardware issues that have been plaguing some Dell Venue Pro handsets.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Windows Phone 7 Update Saga Continues

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 PM

"In a Channel 9 interview on March 25, Joe Belfiore made a few statements regarding the whole update mess that is plaguing Windows Phone 7 that saw quite a bit of backlash right across the tech blogosphere, including my post on the subject. It turns out that Belfiore has been reading many of those posts and comments; along with the Windows Phone management team, and as a result he left a long comment on the original Channel 9 post addressing what people had to say about his statements in the interview."

Microsoft planned for what it thought would be a relatively seamless update process for its Windows Phone 7 platform. Many users view this as a critical process as they want to have and see the latest and greatest operating system features delivered and available on their phones as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there have been a few snags getting this working effectively. The update experience seems to be varying from "not happening at all" to "it didn't seem to go to well" to "it was great". Microsoft has been trying to figure out why there is variability in the process. Information has been unfolding, and parts of the blogoshpere are up in arms about what appears to be a significant amount of control the cellular service operators are having over the testing process. To make matters worse, Joe Belfiore, who is Corporate Vice President, Windows Phone Program Management, recently gave an interview that indicated his lack of understanding or knowledge of the extent of the issues customers have been having. Steven Hodson over on the siliconANGLE website has made a number of good points about the impact of Microsoft's platform updating procedure (we are at the mercy of the operators) and Belfiore's attempt to apologize for his misunderstanding of the situation. It is well worth reading. This is a saga that is going to play out for some time to come.

T-Mobile Begins Roll-out of Nodo

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:00 PM

http://Hooray! T-Mobile Windows Phone enthusiasts will have to think of another reason to be angry with Microsoft as the Nodo update is indeed being delivered to handsets as we speak. Users around the web have confirmed that not only did they recei

Hooray! T-Mobile Windows Phone enthusiasts will have to think of another reason to be angry with Microsoft as the Nodo update is indeed being delivered to handsets as we speak. Users around the web have confirmed that not only did they receive the pre-Nodo update, they also received the Nodo update complete with copy-and-paste, and all the other great features previously covered. This will hopefully put some pressure (I doubt it) on AT&T to quickly finish testing and schedule the update for their WP7 users as well.

Monday, March 28, 2011

NoDo Available For Samsung Focus or HTC Phones By Unbranding

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:30 PM

"One user on xda-developers has nailed it down for HTC devices. In addition to this, another user, as reported by WPcentral, has managed to get NoDo onto the Samsung Focus early."

Image courtesy of

If you are tired of waiting for your carrier to finish testing the NoDo update, the developers over at XDA-Developers have got you covered. They've discovered how to unbrand HTC phones and the Samsung Focus in order to bypass the carrier and get the update pushed to them directly from Microsoft. The process does require the phone to be either a developer or Chevron unlocked device. If you are interested, the instructions for HTC phones can be found here and Samsung Focus here along with the required Samsung registry app here.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Carriers Point Fingers At Microsoft For NoDo Delay

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 03:00 PM

"Two European Windows Phone 7 carriers have confirmed to WinRumors that Microsoft is the source of some NoDo delays. UK operator Vodafone went on record on Thursday to claim that updates for the Vodafone HTC 7 Trophy and LG Optimus 7 have “been approved by Vodafone and will be distributed by Microsoft in due course.” Vodafone were not able to provide an exact date for the push but confirmed “as soon as we know this is available to our customers, we will post the info on our eForum.”

While European carriers seem to be generally more responsive on ROM updates historically (at least in my experience), I don't wonder if this is just reflexive finger pointing in the wake of MS actually doing something in consumer's best interest - posting update status. Who knows when Vodaphone actually finished testing - it could have been 2 days ago - and in that case, MS is well within their ten day scheduling window. Let the petty bickering start, I suppose.

Is AT&T Saying The Way To Get NoDo Is Through Buying The HD7S

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:53 AM

Like all of you I've been patiently waiting for the NoDo update. But by now, I'm just looking forward to the bug fixes and not so much for the cut and paste. With the fiasco that has been, namely two previous false launches of the pre-update update (I have a Samsung Focus on AT&T) and slipped ship dates, I've begun to think my phone will never be updated. Then, news of the HD7S shows up and I started to think maybe AT&T is more committed to WP7 than I thought. I was therefore understandably excited when I heard Microsoft was finally officially pushing the update out. Well, AT&T has popped my bubble once again.

It seems the carriers have much more power to block updates than originally told. Microsoft's update matrix is showing that AT&T is blocking not one but two updates on all their WP7 phones. Whereas T-Mobile USA is in queue to update their device soon. At this point, I feel AT&T is telling me the way to get NoDo is by going to their store and plopping down a few hundred dollars for a HD7S and not by tethering my existing phone to Zune.

Please Microsoft, you need to push your carrier partners to stick to their prior commitments and start approving and pushing updates to users. Especially when the OS is still in its infancy stage.

Tags: update, at&t, nodo

Microsoft Gives Us An Update Schedule

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:33 AM

"This table provides update status for Windows Phone customers in the U.S. Find your phone model, then check to see what stage your update is in."

In the list of Smart Ideas I Never Thought I'd See Microsoft Implement, this schedule above surely ranks near the top. For years all I've wanted (and I suspect others have too) is just to know that an update is in the works, and maybe approximately where it is. With carriers given iron curtain-like secrecy about their timing, it almost seemed as if Microsoft was complacent in their partner's delays. This sends a clear signal: Carrier partners - Get your acts together, because now everyone knows that it isn't Microsoft that's holding up the update for X phone, it's the carrier who apparently doesn't care if you get the functionality soon or not so soon. Congratulations Microsoft, you've taken your case to the people.

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