Items tagged with Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 devices haven't hit the sales targets Microsoft hoped for when it launched the OS late last year. The users that have purchased WP7 smartphones, meanwhile, don't seem all that happy at the rate MS has rolled out new features thus far. Microsoft recently published a video interview with Joe Belfiore, the general manager of WP7, but has had to sharply change its tack after consumer response to the light-hearted fluff interview was vitriolic. WP7 owners are upset over the fact that the much-desired 'copy-and-paste' or NoDo update, which was supposedly released several weeks ago for service provider testing, is scarcely on the US radar. The blowback has been high enough to force Belfiore... Read more...
T-Mobile received one of their first Windows Phone 7 phones with the HD7, and now a similar phone is coming to AT&T. AT&T has been a bit slow to adopt phones with WP7 and Android, but things are changing quickly now that Verizon Wireless has the iPhone as well. The company today announced that the HD7S smartphone would be coming to AT&T, bringing yet another major WP7 option to the carrier. It's a pretty big phone, offering a 4.3" LCD display, integration with Xbox Live/Zune, Dolby Mobile/SRS Wow audio, a 1GHz processor, 720p video camera, and a preloaded version of the U-verse Mobile app. It's slated to come to AT&T in the coming weeks, but no price has been announced yet. Also,... Read more...
It's sort of surprising that this one feature gets so much traction, but it's true: copy and paste is a big deal. It's something that computers have had for years, but some of the most modern smartphone operating systems still lack it. Windows Phone 7 didn't ship with copy and paste, but it looks like that's changing. The HTC Arrive, which is the first Windows Phone 7 device to ship on Sprint's CDMA network, will indeed have copy and paste at launch. That very functionality has yet to come to WP7 phones on AT&T and T-Mobile USA, but this seems like a clear indication that the Arrive is only the first of many WP7 phones to soon support it. This particular phone will sell for $199.99 on a 2-year... Read more...
Talk about a gut punch. Some users who took a leap of faith into Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform are reporting the first WP7 update has turned their groovy new smartphone into a shiny brick. Making the situation even tougher to swallow, this wasn't even a major software update, but a minor patch intended to "prepare the phones for updates in the future." Oops! Microsoft is aware of the issue and is advising those affected to take them back to the place of purchase and swap it for a new one. "At this time if the phone is bricked you need to exchange to (sic) phone unfortunately," @WinPhoneSupport tweeted yesterday. You can follow a support thread on Microsoft's support forums in which a rep... Read more...
Fancy a Windows Phone 7 device? Unless you're jonesing for a new smartphone right this minute, you may want to hang tight for a few. Nokia's chief executive, Stephen Elop, made some comments recently that suggest WP7 devices are going to come down in price, and soon. In negotiating a deal with Microsoft to carry WP7 smartphones, Elop said a key topic was whether or not Nokia could reach "a very low price point," and those talks apparently went well. "We have become convinced that we can do that very quickly," Elop is quoted as saying by Reuters. Nokia, the world's largest mobile phone maker by volume, announced earlier this week that it was partnering with Microsoft to offer WP7 devices, effectively... Read more...
Wow. What a huge, huge bombshell in the mobile world. We honestly can't think of anything more astounding than this since the launch of the original iPhone, and it has the potential to completely change the competitive landscape as we know it. Currently, iOS and Android run the smartphone show. Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is lagging around in the background, but it's hardly considered a very serious contender when it comes to market share. Nokia, meanwhile, has lost almost all of their momentum in the smartphone space, particularly in North America. So, what are the two lagging companies to do? Join forces and take on the big boys! Announced today in London, Nokia plans to team with Microsoft... Read more...
Dell's Venue Pro has been a relative mystery. While the phone was launched months ago along with the other first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets, actually finding one has been tricky. For one, it's only available on T-Mobile, and both the carrier and Dell have had issues keeping them around. But now, there's something that may take the attention away from their supply channel and back on WP7. The Dell Venue has officially launched in the U.S., shortly after becoming available in other markets overseas. The Dell Venue just lacks the "Pro," which means it also lacks a pull-out keyboard. This is the thinner, sleeker version, but only for those who are okay with only an on-screen virtual keyboard.... Read more...
Last quarter, Microsoft sold more than 2 million units of its Windows Phone 7 software to various handset makers. Although the sales numbers represents a strong start for the new mobile operating system, Microsoft still has a long way to go if it hopes to catch up to Apple's iPhone or Google's Android operating system. Some analysts have said one of the key factors that will affect the success of Windows Phone 7 will be the app store and the availability of popular applications. According to Microsoft, there are now more than 6,500 apps in the online marketplace for Windows Phone 7. This is a good start for the platform. "The numbers show pretty good momentum on the sales of the platform," said... Read more...
In this episode of Two and A Half Geeks, Iyaz, Dave and Marco take a look at the new LSI WarpDrive PCI Express SSD, discuss HotHardware’s overclocked AMD Radeon HD 6870/6850 round-up, talk about why the CEO of AMD was just sent out behind the woodshed for a whacking and how the HTC HD2 Windows Mobile 6.x-based smartphone was recently hacked to run Windows Phone 7. Show Notes: 00:45 – LSI WarpDrive PCI Express SSD Sneak Peek 03:36 – Overclocked Radeon HD 6800 Series Round-Up 05:50 – New Details Emerge on AMD’s CEO Dismissal 08:36 - HTC's HD2 Hacked To Run Windows Phone 7 11:26 – Hints Regarding HotHardware’s Next Sweepstakes... Read more...
Tablets and mobile devices are central to Microsoft's plans for CES 2011. In addition to its demo of an early Windows 8 build running on ARM CPUs, the software giant will be demonstrating a number of tablets running Windows 7. If this sounds familiar it's because Microsoft did much the same thing last year—but very little came of the company's push a year ago. Analysts expect the slate/tablet market to explode over the next few years and Redmond wants a piece of the action. It's less than-clear, however, if the tablet version of Windows 7 is capable of standing up to the competition. Spend a few hours with Windows 7's current multitouch mode and you'll soon be wondering why the company... Read more...
Well, at least Microsoft has spoken. They haven't said an awful lot that we didn't already expect, but it's something. Despite the fact that Windows Phone 7 went on sale to consumers weeks ago, Microsoft has yet to come forward with any near-term sales figures. Contrary to that, they were quick to point out 2.5 million Kinect sales in just 25 days, so there's definitely a double standard of sorts going on. Analysts were wondering what the holdup was, and just before Christmas, Microsoft has come forward to silence some of that talk. Achim Berg, Microsoft’s vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phones, has just stated that "phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones... Read more...
Do you watch movies on your phone? We have found the answers to that question to be fairly mixed, with some people saying that it just gets too cramped over time, and others really enjoying the portability. But there's no question that multimedia is booming on phones, and there's not much hope of slowing down the revolution at this point. That's why Paramount Digital Entertainment and Microsoft are embracing the future, and this week they're introducing Silverlight-enhanced movies for Windows Phone 7. Paramount has revealed that they will be releasing ten enhanced movie apps of Paramount Pictures' films exclusively for Windows Phone 7, with School of Rock released first in the US and Canada and... Read more...
HTC let fly with their Windows Phone 7 lineup a month or so ago but to date we haven't gotten much in the way of hands-on time with the devices.  Monday night in NYC, home of yet another disappointed New York Jets team (Go Pats), we got a little up close and personal with HTC's sexy new HD7 smartphone.  The HD7 is currently offered on T-Mobile, it has a 4.3-inch super AMOLED display, 1GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 processor, 5MP camera and a kick-stand.  You heard us correctly, a kickstand - got a problem with that?  We didn't think so. Regardless, what's perhaps more impressive is how responsive and easy to use this sleek little minx is, with Windows Phone 7 offering a UI experience... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 handsets have been out for a few weeks here in the U.S. and now, Fengtao Software wants you to know its DVDFab software supports Windows Phone 7 compatible formats. This means you'll be able to use the company's DVD and Blu-ray ripping tools, DVD Ripper and Blu-ray Ripper, to remove known DVD and Blu-ray protections and rip your favorite videos to a format that is compatible with your new Windows Phone 7 handset. With the holidays coming up and many people making travel plans, there's no doubt many of us will want videos to watch in the airport and during those long car trips (provided you're not the driver, of course.) DVDFab Supports Windows Phone 7 -- Helps You Freely Watch... Read more...
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