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Windows Phone 7 just launched in America this month, and already the app store is growing in impressive fashion. All of the regular apps are already onboard, but now a few "killer apps" are beginning to take shape. U-verse and Microsoft have retained a close relationship over the years, with Xbox integration already being a reality. But now, Windows Phone 7 users will have U-verse integration as well, with U-verse TV subscribers able to download and watch TV shows on their phone for free during a mobile holiday trial. AT&T U-verse Mobile for WP7 should come pre-loaded on any future devices from AT&T, and any AT&T Windows Phone user can log-in to U-verse Mobile by Dec. 31 and download... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 devices began to hit retail stores in America this week, and we suspect that the flood of applications will follow shortly. Just as the Apple App Store and Android Market blossomed shortly after phones began to fall into the hands of end-users, the Windows Phone 7 app store should also begin to grow in due time. But there's one flagship app that you won't have to wait for: Loopt. This is a hugely popular social networking/location-based app on other mobile platforms, and now the company is announcing that the Loopt app will also be available for Windows Phone 7. Even better, this version isn't just a straight port, it's a tweaked version that takes advantage of certain WP7 features... Read more...
This week, a new mobile OS launches in the U.S. market. It's a competitive field already, with Android, iOS and BlackBerry OS fighting for position in the smartphone arena. But Microsoft once dominated here with Windows Mobile, and they aren't planning on giving up without a fight. Windows Phone 7 is an entirely new approach for the company, and while it has been talked about for the better part of 2010, the day has finally come for consumers to vote with their wallets. At AT&T stores and Microsoft B&M stores around the country, the very first Windows Phone 7 devices are leaving boxes and hitting the pockets of customers. The Samsung Focus is the flagship phone for AT&T, while Microsoft... Read more...
Samsung Mobile and AT&T announced the Samsung Focus and the Solstice II. The Focus is a smartphone that runs on Windows Phone 7. It has a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, multiple messaging options and a 5.0 megapixel camera. It will be available on November 8 for $199.99. The Solstice II is a quick messaging device with a 3-inch touchscreen. The Solstice II features Samsung’s TouchWiz 2.0 user interface which provides one-touch access to frequently used applications and social networks. The Solstice II will be available on November 7 for $29.99. SAMSUNG FOCUS AVAILABLE TO AT&T CUSTOMERS ON NOVEMBER 8 Windows Phone 7 smartphone brings industry-leading technology to consumers DALLAS –... Read more...
There's lots of great news in the Netflix camp today. The DVD rental service is just getting bigger and better, and it's looking like the Blockbuster of the new generation. Now, there's just expansion on the mind. Netflix has taken over a significant part of America, and the world is the company's oyster. An announcement today from the company has informed us that Netflix members in Canada can now instantly watch thousands of movies and TV shows streamed from Netflix to the TV via the Xbox 360. This was one of the major selling points to the new Xbox Dashboard, and now it's available in Canada. All users need is a console, Xbox Live members, and a Netflix membership.  All Netflix members... Read more...
There can be some perks to being an early adopter. In addition to the fun that comes from having the latest and greatest gadget, AT&T plans to reward its customers who purchase a Windows Phone 7 smartphone before the end of the year with a few bonuses. New adopters will get a free Entertainment Pack valued at $29.97. In this Entertainment Pack, you'll get a new 3D puzzle game known as ilomilo, 30 days of free unlimited music service, 10 free songs to keep through one-month Zune Pass trial, and 30 days of free access to download and watch TV shows through U-verse Mobile. After the 30-day trial, U-Verse Mobile will cost $9.99 per month (though you can always cancel it). The promotion begins... Read more...
The iPhone has had no issues working with Windows-based PCs since the very beginning. iTunes for Windows was released long before Apple's first smartphone, so Windows users were able to connect to Apple's iPhone right away. No one ever really considered that the iPhone would be Mac-only. But will Windows Phone 7 be PC-only? Microsoft obviously has Apple as their enemy, and in the mobile division, Apple is actually on top in terms of market share. It's not often that Microsoft has the play the role of the underdog, but even though the global Mac market share is just under 10%, the company obviously sees that segment as an important one. It just wouldn't be right for the iPhone to support Windows... Read more...
Microsoft's Zune platform has been fading from view in most accounts. Apple is still marketing their iPod family heavily, but Microsoft has seemingly given up on pushing the Zune line of music players. Just like everyone else. It has proven extremely tough to even compete with Apple at all in the music business, and even Microsoft has all but conceded. But that doesn't mean that Microsoft is giving up support of those who still believe in Zune. Along with the Windows Phone 7 launch this week, Microsoft also released Zune Software version 4.7, which adds support for the new mobile operating system. Zune Marketplace version 4.7 media player and synchronization software (v4.7) is now available,... Read more...
The big news on Columbus Day here in America is Windows Phone 7. It's a mobile operating system from Microsoft that was originally launched months back at Mobile World Congress, and it has grown and evolved over the months leading up until today. At launch events in New York City and in the UK, Microsoft revealed the next major part of their plan: hardware. A mobile operating system is only good as the hardware that it's loaded on, and the company is making sure that consumers have a wealth of hardware options. Windows Phone 7 handsets are expected to launch later this month in Europe, while Americans will not see their phones until November. In both cases, they'll arrive before Christmas, so... Read more...
HTC's HD2 grew a partner today in the HD7; now, Samsung is doing something similar with their Omnia lineup. The new OMNIA 7, announced today in conjunction with Microsoft's major Windows Phone 7 push, gives consumers another brand option when it comes time to evaluate WP7 handsets. Keeping with the trend of having a large touch panel, the OMNIA 7 also has a 4" Super AMOLED display, 1GHz application processor and a 5 megapixel camera. It also includes all of the standard WP7 features, like Xbox LIVE integration, Netflix streaming, Zune support, etc. The OMNIA 7 will be available in select markets during the holiday 2010 timeframe, but no price is listed. We get the impression that this will be... Read more...
Do you remember the HD2? It was arguably the last great Windows Mobile 6.x phone. People loved the hardware, but many were hoping to see Android on it instead of an aging Windows Mobile. HTC's newest touch screen phone isn't an Android-powered HD2, but it's close. The HD7 looks a lot like the HD2 that came before it, but in keeping with today's Windows Phone 7 announcements, this phone will also use Microsoft's newest mobile OS. HTC and T-Mobile USA both seem happy to gloat about this phone having the largest screen of any Windows Phone 7 launch devices, with the 4.3" panel just barely beating Dell's Venue Pro, which has a 4.1" AMOLED. Other specifications for this giant include a 1GHz processor,... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 was already announced months back, but the operating system is finding a home on a bunch of new devices today. T-Mobile has the Venue Pro, and AT&T is grabbing a couple as well. The HTC Surround 7 is probably the most impressive, with a built-in kickstand like the HTC EVO 4G, a 1GHz Qualcomm processor and Windows Phone 7 behind the glass. It has one of the most subtly unusual designs of a phone to date (smartphone, anyway), and includes 576MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 3.8" touch panel (800x480 resolution), a quad-band GSM radio, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi a 3.5mm headphone jack, micro-USB port, and a 5MP auto-focus camera. It also has 720p video recording, a... Read more...
Microsoft has confirmed plans to launch the latest version of its mobile operating system known as Windows Phone 7 in New York on October 11. Details about the unveiling are still a little sparse, but the invite makes it clear that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be joined by AT&T's Ralph de la Vega for a morning keynote. T-Mobile is also expected to offer Windows Phone 7 handsets, though it's unclear if the carrier will be a part of this launch event. Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft's latest attempt to regain lost ground in the mobile phone sector. Over the past few years, Microsoft's mobile platforms have lost ground to Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry, and Google's Android platforms. Windows... Read more...
Talk about a sike out. Just last week, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 chief, Brandon Watson, said it would be up to each wireless carrier whether or not to support tethering on the new mobile platform at launch. As it turns out, he was wrong, and we're officially bummed. "A company spokeswoman told Electronista that statements from Microsoft's own Brandon Watson weren't correct and that the OS wouldn't support tethering in any form on launch," Electronista reports. Paul Thurrott, who's often privy to what goes on in Redmond, said essentially the same thing: "To be clear: Windows Phone 7 does not support tethering at all." Tethering allows a user to set up their smartphone or other mobile device... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 is almost here. The holidays are rapidly approaching, and Microsoft has long since maintained that WP7 handsets would be on sale prior to 2011. As the time draws near, we are seeing more and more leaks and hints of what Windows Phone 7 will actually look like. Take this video for example. It popped up on YouTube over the weekend featuring the unannounced HTC Mondrian, which looks like a scaled down smartphone that may occupy the mid-range smartphone sales space. According to the ad, it will be a Windows Phone 7 handset and will launch on AT&T. No surprise there considering that it has been confirmed that WP7 will be a GSM-only platform (meaning no launches on Verizon Wireless... Read more...
Microsoft is planning to debut its new Windows Phone 7 platform later this year. If you're a Verizon Wireless customer, however, you'll have to wait even longer to check out Microsoft's latest phone OS. Brenda Raney, a Verizon Wireless spokeswoman, told BusinessWeek the carrier won't offer a Windows Phone 7 device at the planned fall introduction or at any point this year. Not all hope is lost, however: Raney also confirmed that Verizon Wireless has plans to support the new OS and is likely to release a phone in 2011. Microsoft has put great effort into overhauling its mobile phone OS in an effort to compete with Apple's iPhone and smartphones running Android. Although carrier support is definitely... Read more...
Windows Phone 7 is coming this holiday season, and Microsoft just revealed one of its biggest features at the GamesCom event in Germany: Xbox integration. That's right. Microsoft's new mobile operating system will be tightly integrated with one of the world's most popular gaming platforms, giving it a huge leg-up over the rivals. Even though Apple will be pushing Games Center live shortly, Apple has no game console to tie their OS into. And with the popularity of Xbox Live, it's obvious that Microsoft will have the upper hand here. But will it be enough to reclaim that market share they're lost to Android and iOS over the past couple of years? At the expo, Microsoft revealed the first set of... Read more...
Microsoft's Kinect system stands a good chance to revolutionize the console gaming world again, much like the Wii did a few years ago. Enabling full body control of games is something that may convince even casual gamers to devote more time to their console, and it's pretty clear that people are excited about the notion. The real question up until now has been: when's this thing actually going to ship? Microsoft has been rather vague on answering that, with a generic "November" time frame being the most official data handed out. But at GamesCom over in Germany this week, the company finally put something into stone. Starting on November 10th in Europe, Middle East and Africa, Kinect will begin... Read more...
After Microsoft's Kin project failed miserably, more and more pressure is being put on Windows Phone 7 to bring the company back into the smartphone game. Although the upcoming mobile OS has gotten a fair share of positive reports, one key question that remains is when we'll actually see the OS in action for ourselves. Microsoft has not given a definite timeframe as to when the phones will actually ship. That is, until now. During a recent presentation, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner let information about the release of Windows Phone 7 slip. Turner said, "Now let's talk about phones.  This has been tough.  This is a lowlight.  For me, the company -- it's tough. ... Read more...
The jury is still out as to whether or not Microsoft's upcoming mobile OS, Windows Phone 7, will succeed but if AT&T has any influence in the matter, things are looking good for the Redmond-based software manufacturer. Via email, an AT&T spokeswoman said, "We'll be the premier carrier for Windows Phone 7." She continued saying, "We haven't given guidance on timing." Last week, well-known Altimeter Group analyst Michael Gartenberg sent out a tweet that claimed AT&T had signed up to purchase 8 million Windows Phone 7 devices. He cited an email from a "trusted source" though his comment could not be confirmed. To help put this in perspective, approximately 55 million smartphones shipped... Read more...
Last week, it was confirmed that HTC is one of the major smartphone manufacturers who will offer a Windows Phone 7 smartphone. Now, photos of what appear to be a near-final version of such a phone have leaked online. The photos show a smartphone with a 3.7-inch Super LCD screen. The leaked information also suggests HTC's Windows Phone 7 device will have a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel camera, and three touch-sensitive buttons at the bottom of the device. Verizon Wireless and possibly Sprint have been mentioned as likely carriers for the unnamed device. Although the specs of this supposed HTC Windows Phone 7 device are mostly speculation, they appear to line up with the minimum hardware... Read more...
Microsoft has divulged the names of at least five manufacturers who are planning to offer Windows Phone 7 devices. At the Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference on July 13, Microsoft's mobile senior vice president Andy Lees told attendees that applications in Windows Phone 7 devices will work with "100% consistency" across hardware coming from HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell. Earlier this week, a new blog post from Terry Myerson, corporate vice president, Windows Phone Engineering, appeared that mentioned Asus, LG, and Samsung as makers of Windows Phone 7 prototype devices as well. HTC, Samsung, LG, Dell, and Asus have been suspected as likely makers of Windows Phone 7 devices, but only recently... Read more...
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