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All posts tagged "october 6"


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Windows Phone Designer Themes: Free to Download on October 6

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Software" @ 01:00 AM

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/wi...ner-themes.aspx

"Fashion Week is in full swing in New York City this week, and today, we're excited to announce five designer themes created just for Windows phones. The themes, which include custom palettes and wallpapers, were designed by some of today's hottest designers: Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Isaac Mizrahi, Rock & Republic and Ron Arad."

There's no denying that Microsoft does a great job at connecting with big names to produce exclusive content for its products. Just take a look at the Xbox and Zune. Come October 6, Windows Mobile will get in on the action with some exclusive themes from a handful of top designers. And best of all, they'll be free to download from the Windows Marketplace for Mobile.


Friday, September 18, 2009

Acer F1 Drives Into Town On October 6

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:00 PM

http://blog.clove.co.uk/2009/09/17/...f1-coming-soon/

"Due to begin shipping from the 6th October, the Acer F1 is the most superior Windows Mobile 6.5 (Windows Phone) device that will be available upon launch. The competitor to the HTC Touch HD, the Acer F1 will have many advantages as of the 6th October, primarily the Windows Phone 6.5 operating system and 1Ghz processor (double that of the HTC Touch HD)."

Beware of October 6. On one hand, it marks the official release of Windows Mobile 6.5. On the other hand, the sheer number of devices to choose from will surely cause headaches. One such device is the Acer F1, and it's definitely no slouch. The beast packs a Snapdragon chipset clocked at 1 GHz, a 3.8" 480 x 800 touch screen, HSDPA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, an FM tuner, and a 5.0-megapixel camera with flash - all of which, unlike the debt-inducing XPERIA X2, is priced at £295 + VAT ($480 USD). Who wants one?


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Windows Phones Arriving on October 6

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 07:20 PM

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/wi...ctober-6th.aspx

"In just five weeks, you'll have a bunch of new Windows phones to choose from. But before we show you some of the cool, new phones that will be coming out, I want to explain how we're trying to make phones even better with Windows. When we started work on Windows phones, we met with people all over the world who were likely to buy a smartphone and talked with them about what's important to them in their phone. Looking at the U.S. market, for example, we found that about 15 million people in the next year will buy a new smartphone. Of the people we talked to, 74% listed productivity as the top feature they value in their smartphone. We took this feedback to heart, making the user interface more touch friendly and improving notifications and updates from e-mail, text and calendar items."

The post at The Windows Blog goes on to mention that "most people who carry a Windows phone don't realize it's running Windows Mobile", which is interesting, yet not that all surprising. We're in a time now when the iPhone and Android handsets are dominating headlines, and device manufacturers such as HTC and Samsung work around the clock to develop UIs that mask many of Windows Mobile's less-than-desirable qualities. You would think that Microsoft would do anything to promote its brand, and urge its partners to do the same, so that quoted statement almost comes across as an admission that a lot more needs to be done to increase public awareness of Windows Mobile.

There's now the chance to do just that with Windows Mobile 6.5, starting with a new and improved look (honeycomb haters will disagree), a new name for its devices (all hail the "Windows phones"), and a host of partners (listed below) to kick off the show. Mark October 6 on your calendar, because that's when we'll be able to get our grubby hands on a wide range of Windows phones to suit our varied tastes, needs, price points, and geeky pleasures.

  • North America: (Mobile Operators) AT&T, Bell Mobility, Sprint, TELUS and Verizon Wireless; (Phone Manufacturers) HP, HTC Corp., LG Electronics, Samsung and Toshiba Corp.
  • Europe: (Mobile Operators) Orange, Deutsche Telekom AG and Vodafone Group Plc; (Phone Manufacturers) Acer, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba
  • Latin America: (Mobile Operators) TIM Brazil; (Phone Manufacturers) HTC, LG Electronics and Samsung
  • Asia Pacific: (Mobile Operators) NTT DOCOMO Inc., SOFTBANK Mobile Corp., SK Telecom, Telstra and WILLCOM Inc.; (Phone Manufacturers) Acer Inc., HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba


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