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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Will 2012 Be The Year Of Windows Phone?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 PM

"So here we stand with the best smartphone operating system, best hardware, best development tools and the best mobile web browser. I'm certain that Windows Phone with its army of app developers, OEMs and Mobile Operator partners will be marching to victory this year."

Yes it will, says Rob Tiffany in his blog. How is he so sure? Well, he thinks it's a convergence of a number of factors that play well into Microsoft's hands. For instance, he believes that exciting new hardware options will entice customers from a handset perspective, and developers will be able to develop compelling new apps using Microsoft's effective development environment. Good points, and indeed these will be important factors. I think marketing, product positioning with both vendors and the public, and continual evolution of the reference hardware specs will be important too. Read through his blog and the drop over to our forums to let us know if you think 2012 will be "the" year for Windows Phone.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pinspiration: A Social Network Based Around Photos

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:24 PM

"Pinspiration is the best way to browse and post to Pinterest on your Windows phone. Think of Pinterest as a virtual pinboard - a place to catalog and share the things you love."

Pinspiration is a social network app that allows users to browse and share favorite photos. If you find a photographer you like, you can elect to follow that user and subscribe to their new pins. If you pin the app to the home screen, the Live Tile will rotate through the most popular photos that are currently being shared.

Pinspiration is available in the Marketplace. There is a paid version with full access and an ad supported one. Give the free version a spin here.

Monday, January 9, 2012

HTC Announces HTC TITAN II - HTC's First 4G LTE Windows Phone

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:00 PM

"Packed with advanced imaging technology, the HTC TITAN II features a 16-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens, autofocus, dual LED flash, red eye reduction, image stabilization, a backside-illuminated sensor and a physical camera button, offering a viable replacement for digital point-and-shoot cameras. The HTC TITAN II delivers a number of features that HTC has developed to help consumers capture photos in a variety of conditions; for instance, panoramic shot for sweeping landscapes and burst shot for action photography. The smartphone also enables 720p HD video recording with the rear-facing camera, as well as on-the-go video chat over Wi-Fi with its 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

Today, at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, HTC introduced the HTC TITAN II as the company’s first Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) device to run on a 4G LTE network. Packed with an impressive feature list, including a 4.7-inch LCD display, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera (for video chat), this phone provides the largest display among Windows Phones, an advanced digital camera and access to 4G LTE speeds. If you are in the market for a new smartphone, be sure to check this out and perhaps buy yourself a "little" present. Read on for the full press release.


Monday, January 2, 2012

Windows Phone 7 Updates For 2012

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:30 PM

"If you're one of the few people out there breathlessly waiting for information about the next major Windows Phone update, you can now exhale. WMPoweruser has gotten its hands on a release schedule outlining Microsoft's plans for Windows Phone through the fourth quarter of 2012."

There's going to be two updates this year: Tango will be released by the 2nd quarter of 2012, and will allow WP7 to run on "budget" devices. Apollo on the other hand is probably the update that everybody would want, as it is intended to put WP7 into businesses (finally!) and put in play the kind of top end hardware the competition is offering. All good right? But Apollo is only slated for release at the end of the year, at which point WP7 might be playing catch up still.

What Is Holding Back Windows Phone 7?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:30 PM

"People ask me all the time why, if I think Windows Phone is such an excellent product, sales appear so lackluster. My belief is Microsoft's approach with WP7 has a impedance mismatch with the carriers & device manufacturers while Google's approach reduces friction with carriers & device manufacturers at the expense of end users. The question is: will end-user dissatisfaction with Android's inconsistencies and fragmentation be strong enough to allow the better product to succeed."

There is an interesting post over at the cek.log blog site that asks the question "Windows Phone is Superior; Why Hasn't it Taken Off?". Needless to say, this is not a trivial question and opinions will be broad. What is particularly interesting about the post is the market analysis that is provided. The post segments the market players into four categories or "sides": users, carriers, OS providers, and device manufacturers. The post continues on to suggest how Apple, Google and Microsoft have interacted or played with each market category. A critical aspect of the market interaction, according to the post, is that Microsoft has thumbed its nose at "both the device manufacturers and mobile carriers. WP (Windows Phone) says "here's the hardware spec you shalt use" (to the device manufacturers). And it says "Here's how it will be updated" (to the carriers).". The suggestion is that this strategy has, to this point, impacted Windows Phone's ability to develop better market acceptance (in particular, actual sales).

What are your thoughts? Is Microsoft facing too much of an uphill battle to continue on with Windows Phone, or will we see the relationship with Nokia and potentially others sway the market to make it a more viable success?

ChevronWP7 Group Currently Sold Out Of Unlock Tokens

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:47 AM

"ChevronWP7 made a big splash in the Windows Phone communities as it allows individuals to unlock their devices for a small fee. Unfortunately, the future of the program is a bit uncertain; the group is currently discussing internally about if they will offer more unlock tokens."

The group behind the ChevronWP7 unlocker tool announced via their twitter feed that their tool was no longer available because the initial purchase of 10,000 unlock tokens had all been sold. Chevron group are currently in discussion internally and with Microsoft whether they want to purchase more tokens or simply abandon the tool. The hesitation, according to Rafael's tweet, appears to stem from difficulties in dealing with PayPal disputes, supporting customers and inaccurate information as published by the media.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Message Hub Bug Fix Is In The Works

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 04:02 PM

"Good news Windows Phone fans, the Microsoft security folks have found what they think is the root cause of the SMS bug that has been plaguing some Windows Phone users, and are currently testing a fix."

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Microsoft reportedly has found the cause of the messaging hub bug and is testing a fix. If the testing goes well, users could see the update being pushed out as early as January next year.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Doodle Grub: A Modern Interpretation Of Nokia's Snake Game

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:18 PM

"Praised by critics, kids, gamers and families alike as "simply the best iPhone snake game", this version comes as full featured as its iOS/Android counterparts with 11 varied themes to play in, each with their own unique enemies, apples and dangers but also new main theme variation songs."

Doodle Grub by Pixowl Games is a modern interpretation of the classic Snake game we've all played at some point on a Nokia phone. This game was previously available only on the iOS and Android platforms but has now found its way to the Windows Phone Marketplace. Doodle Grub is now available in the Marketplace for $1.99 with a free trial. Doodle Grub.

Relive The Falklands At The Helm Of A Submarine

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:00 AM

"The year was 1982. Argentina invaded the Falklands and other British territories in the South Atlantic. The British sent an expeditionary force to retake the islands. In Submarine Patrol, you will relive this era as a leader of a submarine that patrols the islands and destroys enemy battleships."

If you like submarine warfare games, then this new Windows Phone 7 game will likely tweak your fancy. Based on Argentina's invasion of the Falklands and other British territories in 1982, you have the opportunity to relive the event while at the helm of a submarine. There are ten levels of game play. For only $1.99, it is well worth checking out.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Quad Camera: Burst Mode For WP7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:00 PM

"Quad Camera for your Windows Phone is another special effects tool for your Windows Phone camera. Quad Camera gives your camera the ability to shoot in burst mode, frame all the images together and gives you the ability to create some rather interesting photos. From action sequences to unique portraits, Quad Camera is another app that will extend your camera's capabilities."

I use burst mode extensively on my point and shoot - with an active daughter, single shots might turn out better, but it's a lot harder to get that perfect photo. That's obviously something I've missed with WP7's onboard camera. Now along comes this app that offers at least a limited way of getting that perfect shot. Quad Camera is available for a hair under a dollar from the Marketplace.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Critical Flaw Leaves Windows Phone OS Vulnerable To SMS Attack

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:34 PM

"SMS attacks aren't just for Android and iOS devices anymore. WinRumors has reported a critical flaw in Windows Phone 7.5 that allows attackers to disable a device by carrying out a denial-of-service (DoS) attack via SMS."

Khaled Salameh, a reader, has found a fatal flaw in the way Windows Phone OS handles messages leaving WP OS vulnerable to SMS attacks. Worse of all, the flaw is not limited to SMS. It can be triggered by messages received via SMS, Facebook chat or Live Messenger. Furthermore, messages do not have to be opened by the user. A live tile preview of the message is enough to trigger the flaw.

If triggered, the flaw will cause the device to reboot and the messaging hub to stop working. The only way to get the messaging hub back is to perform a hard reset. It is important to note that this flaw does not allow an attacker to take over a device but to essentially force the user to perform a hard reset.

Microsoft is aware of the flaw but has yet to issue a fix or workaround.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

XBox Companion App For Windows Phone

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:00 AM

If you're an XBox user, you're going to love this - Microsoft has come up with an official companion app for Windows Phone that allows you to connect and control your XBox. Sounds real nice. If you're interested, give it a try.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

HTC Titan's Graphics Lag Possibly Caused By SRS Feature

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 12:00 AM

"While we consider the AT&T HTC Titan an excellent Windows Phone (here's our review) it has a quirky graphics lag or stutter at times."

When WPCentral reviewed the HTC Titan, they noticed an occasional graphics lag or stutter. While an official fix hasn't be announced, one of their readers discovered a temporary work around. Apparently, the problem may be related to the SRS Enhancer Setting. The reader stated, when he turned off the SRS Enhancement in the Sound Enchancer setting, the lag goes away.

If you have a HTC Titan and notice a graphics lag or stutter, try this fix and let us know if it makes the lag go away.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

It's All About The Interface (And That's Where WP7 Shines)

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:00 PM;txt

"One company makes a beautiful, intuitive, elegant interface, and the other makes a dated, clunky interface. But now it's Microsoft showing off the thing of beauty, and Apple that's behind the times. Microsoft is the underdog and Apple is the monolithic, restrictive monopoly. Has the world gone mad?"

Rich Trenholm, over at CNet, doesn't want an iPhone any more. It's not because they are not impressive phones, and it's not because the iOS app store isn't big enough. It's primarily because he believes there are better smartphone interfaces for him to work with, ones that make him more productive without having to wade through the icon metaphor of the Apple iOS devices. His preferred interface? The Windows Phone 7 Metro interface. His editorial goes into more detail about the reasons why he prefers the WP7 interface, and it's quite interesting reading. The Read link has the complete story.

Try Windows Phone Demo Via HTML5 On iPhone Or Android

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:32 AM

"Microsoft has created a mobile demo site to promote Windows Phone's features to consumers."

Microsoft has created a HTML5 demo of the Windows Phone operating system that works on iOS' Mobile Safari browser and Android's mobile browser. The web demo is a pretty simple way for iPhone and Android users to get a feel for the Metro UI using their existing hardware. It is not as full featured as handing them your Windows Phone but it is a fun way to show off the Windows Phone experience. To try it, point the mobile browser to

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mango Roll-Out Details Reveal Amazing Execution

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 AM

Chris Walsh, Long Zheng, and Rafeal Rivera have been collecting telemetry from those who are using the ChevronWP7 Labs. They have found some very interesting information about the Mango update that suggest that their ability to deliver the update to all Windows Phones on the market is nothing short of a miracle. The main problem is that phone manufacturers have many version of the operating system on the market with little to no information on what these differences are. For example, HTC has 7 devices on the market, but the data collected show 28 different configurations. The bottom line is that Microsoft had to use to smart update routines to determine exactly which updates needed to be added to specific phone versions. Read more about the issues related to the Mango update by following the link below.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

NextGen Reader v2.2 Update for Google Reader and Much More…

Posted by Darren Blade in "Windows Phone Software" @ 03:30 AM

"Today I am happy to share details about the coming update (v2.2) for NextGen Reader, it's a significant release in terms of performance and features. If you've not used NextGen Reader before, I would like to tell you that it's one of the best and highest rated Google Reader client for Windows Phone and it’s available for free (trial mode is fully functional and without any ads)."

While I haven't been a big user of newsreaders in the past, (none stood out so much or were intuitive enough to use on a regular basis).I have recently been giving the latest version of NextGen Reader a blast. I'm now convinced I can't do without it. Offering up faster Syncs and drastically reduced bandwidth load and the icing on this cake is an overall polish this latest version has.Whilst the developer suggests that a month between updates is a long time, those of us who have been here a while know well that updates coming out that fast command attention. The developers must be analysing bugs and features and coding like there's no tomorrow! Keep it up I say!

So load up Windows Phone Thoughts, and set it to sync in NextGen Reader.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Nokia Lumia 900 Coming Too?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:00 PM

"Ooops, looks like Nokia's let slip that it's got another Windows Phone up its sleeve, and it looks like the rumored Ace - perhaps its true flagship. The video was quickly pulled, but not before someone made a copy."

Our previous post talked about the Nokia Lumia 800. There are also rumors of a Nokia Lumia 900. Check out this video on the Gizmodo site that was captured before it was removed.

Nokia Lumia 800 Preorders Look Promising

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 11:30 AM

"The Lumia 800, which went on sale in the UK on Wednesday, has seen a phenomenal amount of interest from Orange UK customers. Preorders of the device have been higher than any other Nokia handset. 50% of preorders are from existing customers who are eligible for Nokia's free Xbox 360 promotion. "As a result of the level of interest we've had in preorders, we're really positive about the launch of the Nokia Lumia 800 which we believe will be really popular with our customers," said an Orange spokesperson. "This is the largest interest we've had in a Nokia handset, including the huge-selling N95 and 5800 handsets, and our marketing campaign hasn't kicked in yet.""

I'm not sure what you think of these Nokia designs, but I sure do like them. I'm looking forward to seeing one in person. It seems like other people may think the same thing, as preorders are setting records.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Windows Phone Marketplace Now Home To 40,000 Apps

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:18 PM

"After celebrating its first anniversary by passing the 35,000 app mark in mid October, the Windows Phone Marketplace has now passed the 40,000 app and games submission mark."

Microsoft's Windows Phone OS has been enjoying good press lately. The Nokia Lumia 800 is selling well in Europe, reviews of the AT&T Mango phones have been good and there are numerous reports that show an increasing interest in developing for the Windows Phone OS. It's this developer interest that has pushed the number of apps in the WP Marketplace to over 40,000. Content is being added at the rate of 165 items per day with submissions in every category. If this trend continues, the WP Marketplace will cross the 50,000 mark by mid January.

Thanks to Ewan Spence for the tip.

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