Tag Archives: WP7

HTC shows off its first WP7 smartphone, the HD7

11 Oct

The Windows Phone 7 launch event has not begun yet and we have the third high profile WP7 smartphone in our midst already. After the LG Optimus 7 and the Samsung Omnia 7, here’s the HTC HD7. It is basically the same as the HD2 – 4.3-inch display, 5.0 MP camera and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1 GHz processor. The only thing new is the 16 GB internal flash memory and of course, the new operating system. Follow us on Twitter (@cellpassion) for live updates from the launch press conference.

SOURCE: Mobile Crunch

Mysterious HTC WP7 phone shows up

26 Jul

Photographs of an unseen, unheard of HTC phone running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (WP7) OS have been splattered on Engadget. The device, which looks like the WP7 version of Desire (sans the trackball), has a 3.7 inch display and is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It also has an 8.0 MP snapper.

With WP7 launch around the corner, we should be witnessing more such leaks. But more than the new devices, we are curious to see how WP7 performs when pitted against Android, considering both the platforms share more or less the same OEM ecosystem.

Developer shows off his LG WP7 smartphone

24 Jul

Microsoft has started sending out pre-production units of smartphones based on its Windows Phone 7 (WP7) OS to developers and one of them could not contain his excitement. What does he do? Post a video of the phone, of course. Without further adieu, check out the WP7 video tour.

via Pocket Now

Microsoft demonstrates Market Place on Windows Phone 7

14 Jul

Market Place or Microsoft’s application store for Windows Phone 7 (WP7) was one of the key features that was not talked about during the announcement of the new OS in Barcelona earlier this year. I attended the packed press conference (had to wait in a queue for over an hour to barely get myself a seat on the last row) and there were murmurings whether WP7 would even have an application store or not. We all knew it would but strangely it did not figure in any of the demos.

Anyhow, last month Microsoft posted a video (wonder how I missed it) of how Market Place would work on WP7. The layout seems much better than WinMo 6.5 and it shows that users won’t just be able to buy apps but also music and podcasts (not sure if that would be available in all markets). Check out the video below to see for yourself.

Microsoft shares details about Windows Phone 7, device availability and cloud features

14 Jul

With the Developer Tool Kit and pre-production devices for developers out of the way, Microsoft is now trying to get the web talking about its upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS and range of devices. Today, they revealed some more details about the cloud services that Windows Phone 7 (WP7) will feature as well as details on the countries where Windows Phone 7 will make a splash first. Most of the information is old, so we will just tell you what’s new.

WP7 will be able to sync with most popular e-mail providers and will be deeply integrated with Microsoft’s own Windows Live IM and file share service. What’s more, you would also be able to access Xbox Live with WP7 devices.

We always wanted to know how it would integrate Zune – Microsoft’s music service. WP7 devices will be able to share and transfer music, videos and photos via Wi-Fi on a PC on which Zune software is installed. Unfortunately, Zune is not available in India yet, but we expect it to become a sort of iTunes for WP7 in terms of syncing multimedia content between a WP7 device and a PC. We ain’t sure what will happen to Windows Media Player, the de facto media sync software for current WinMo devices. We don’t see both Zune and Windows Media Player being employed to do the same task. In all likelihood, Microsoft will extend Zune to other markets, if not the entire music store then at least the software just like Apple does with iTunes – users in India cannot buy music, videos or movies.

Microsoft will also launch a Windows Phone Live companion site that will offer 25 GB of storage space to keep a back up of pictures and everything else that’s on your WP7 phone. From the same portal, users will be able to find their phone and even remotely wipe it if it gets lost.

While Microsoft still won’t tell us when WP7 will be commercially launched, it does gives us a list of 17 countries where users will be able to buy apps from the Market Place: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and United States. Yup, India is there in the list, which could be indicative that we might see the first wave of WP7 devices as they are launched later this year.

Features and availability aside, one tiny detail that really caught our attention is this excerpt from the Windows Team Blog:

This is a fresh start for Microsoft’s mobile efforts; one in which we put the end user experiences at the center of every decision we make, from architecting a new design and integrated on-phone experiences, to taking more accountability for the hardware and application development platform.

Hopefully, Microsoft would take its smartphone business more seriously unlike the past where they have done little after launching a version of their mobile OS.

Microsoft releases Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta, to ship Windows Phone 7 devices to devs from July 19!

13 Jul

Microsoft has today released a beta version of developer tools for its upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS and devices running on it. With first Windows Phone 7 smartphones expected to be released around October or November, there is not much time left really for some cool apps for the OS. Along with the tools, Microsoft is also sending out a bunch of pre-production Windows Phone 7 smartphones to select developers who have registered with them! The first devices will leave Redmond on July 19 and we bet that some of them will end up on eBay in less than a week’s time. If you are a developer, you should check the Windows Phone Developer Blog and the rest of us should keep our eyes set on eBay!

The countdown begins, Microsoft starts handing out Windows Phone 7 devices

9 Jul

Two American teenagers became the first people outside of Microsoft and its partners to ‘officially” receive Windows Phone 7 devices. Nope, they did not find it at a bar but Microsoft actually gave them the phones for winning the Windows Phone Rockstar contest at the Imagine Cup 2010. The team, Beastware, developed a game “Droid Assault” (ironic?) that requires controlling a droid using the phone’s accelerometer. In case the phone doesn’t have one, the teenagers – Christian Hood (17) and Eric Lo (16) – even hacked a Wii-mote that can be paired via Bluetooth.

At the moment, the make and the features of the first Windows Phone 7 devices to be given out in public are not known, but we don’t think it will be much longer before the beans are spilt and videos of the devices emerge. Heck, who knows, you might even find it on eBay, once the teenagers get bored with it and return to their iPhones.

It also indicates that Microsoft is comfortable with the state of Windows Phone 7, which could mean that it might just push the launch date ahead of its original ‘holiday season’ plan. Well, things are certainly heating up here… Anyway, here’s the video demo of their award-winning app.

Beastware Droid Assault Demo from Anand Iyer on Vimeo.

via The Windows Team Blog

LG outlines its smartphone strategy

5 Jul

LG today outlined its global smartphone strategy during the launch of its latest Android smartphone, the Optimus Z, in Korea. From whatever little we could glean off this crudely translated LG Korea press release, it seems that LG will launch its Optimus Series of phones globally. The series includes the high-end Optimus Z, which runs on Android 2.2 and has a 3.8 inch display, HD video recording and probably even HD TV-out. Then there is the Optimus Q in the mid-segment and one Optimus Chic as the entry-level Android smartphone that will run on Android 2.1.

The press release also mentions Android-based Internet tablet devices in Q4 apart from a Windows Phone 7 smartphone. Looks like we are staring into a string of high-profile launches from LG. Stay tuned in…

Microsoft pulls the plug on KIN

1 Jul

Barely weeks after its launch on Verizon, Microsoft has decided to pull the plugs on its teenager-centric, social phones called KIN. While we were no big fans of the KINs considering their monthly subscription plans were expensive ($60 a month!) and it was functionally flawed, Microsoft’s decision to pull the plug so soon comes as a surprise.

According to a Microsoft statement to CNET, the company won’t be shipping the KIN to Europe as it was announced earlier. Instead, it will integrate the KIN team (essentially ex-Danger employees) into its Windows Phone 7 team.

Microsoft had acquired Danger, the maker of Sidekick range of devices that were popular with teenagers, in 2008. The company wanted to create a product that was cheaper than a smartphone and connected to the cloud for storage and interactivity. The project was codenamed Pink and the result was the two KIN devices – the KIN One and the KIN Two. (You can read more about the KIN here.)

With devices running on Windows Phone 7 expected to be announced in October and the fact that Project Pink was supposed to be separate from Windows Phone 7, it is unlikely that we will see any integration of concepts from KIN into Windows Phone 7 immediately. However, we won’t really mind if Microsoft did integrate the concept of Spot for drag-and-drop sharing and Studio for syncing our media online into Windows Phone 7.

May the KINs rest in peace.

LG E900 destined to be a Windows Phone 7 smartphone

25 Jun

With the launch of smartphones running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 looming closer, it is all but natural to stumble upon some documents related to some of these upcoming handhelds. We have come across one such document related to the LG E900, which appeared to be a normal dumbphone with a WVGA display till we scrolled down to the browser properties and were surprised to see it running IE7 (mobile IE for Windows Phone 7 devices). Yup, the E900 will be one of the handful of Microsoft’s assault team to take on Apples, Androids and BlackBerries of the world.

We don’t know about the specs that the E900 will offer but we can be sure that it will support multi-touch, at least a 1 GHz processor and superb graphics rendering capabilities – the mandatory pre-requisites for any Windows Phone 7 device.