Tag Archives: WP7

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.

Gotta fresh app idea? Microsoft wants to give a Windows Phone 7 device and $5000!

8 Jun

You know it’s like OMG! when you get an opportunity to give your own app idea which might fetch you a Windows Phone 7 device and $5000. That’s exactly what Microsoft wants you to do if you’re a US resident. Do a bit of brainstorming and think of some authentic app idea and then either record your idea or just pen it down on their blog. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges from 150 most viral (most voted) entries. The winning app idea will become an app and Microsoft will make it available for a free download at the Windows Marketplace and that super lucky winner will get a Windows Phone 7 device and $5000.

Yeah, there is some scope of luck for runners-up as well. Four runners-up, again selected by a panel of judges from the 150 most viral entries will receive a 16 GB Zune HD. We feel extremely sorry for creative people like us in India who can’t share our wild ideas (only US residents are eligible). Microsoft, why show a red flag to other countries? You see, competition is directly proportional to creativity!

LG's Windows Phone 7 pic leaked

18 May

You are looking at LG’s first smartphone running Windows Phone 7. We ain’t sure at the moment if this is just another prototype or a commercial device, but we would rather believe it to be the latter considering that the first devices running Microsoft’s new OS will be launched in less than six months from now. The source insists that it has a QWERTY keyboard tucked away somewhere and from the looks of it, it looks kind of difficult considering the ssheer size of this beast. We are sure that this is the real deal as it looks like a polished device that also adhers to the ‘only-three-keys’ rule imposed by Microsoft. The display, which appears to be at least 3.8 inches diagonally will support multi-touch and the device will also have at least a 1 GHz processor and high-end graphics rendering capabilities. Now the question is, if LG can come up with something like this, what will HTC deliver?

LG JS750 to run Windows Phone 7?

12 May

LG is preparing a Windows Mobile based device and considering that the first Windows Phone 7 (WP7) devices are less than six months away, this could very well be LG’s first WP7 smartphone. Called the JS750, the UA Profile does not do a great job of revealing details apart from the fact that it runs some version of Windows Mobile (we are betting on WP7) has a 480×800 pixel WVGA display and might have a phone keypad (we doubt). We just hope that LG does a better job than what they did with the Joy (the first WinMo 6.5 smartphone) and give WP7 the respect that it deserves.