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Windows Phone 7 devices support additional storage via MicroSD but making use of that capability has become problematic. Users who attempt to re-use MicroSD cards they purchased for older phones are in for a nasty surprise. Insert a legacy MicroSD into a Samsung Focus, and the device may crash, slow considerably, or suffer data corruption. Worse, there's no going back—an incompatible SD card that's been plugged into a non-compatible handset can no longer be used the original reader. According to Microsoft, SD cards should only be inserted by the carrier and only certain specific SD cards are reported. WP7-compatible SD cards will ship with a specific logo advertising said support, but according... Read more...
There's definitely stiff competition in the smartphone market today. Needless to say, Microsoft has a lot of barriers to overcome if it intends to regain market share with its smartphone OS. On Monday, Microsoft officially launched its Windows Phone 7 platform with nine handsets available through AT&T and T-Mobile.  According to TheStreet, Microsoft sold 40,000 units on the day of the launch. These sales figures are low in comparison to other platforms such as the iPhone, which sells 270,000 activations in a day and Android, which Google said last month was selling at a rate of 200,000 phones a day. Although Microsoft's sales figures are lower, they're not a terrible start. Also, it's... Read more...
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...
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