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Friday, October 12, 2012

Dark Once More

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Thoughts Site Updates" @ 09:27 PM

In June 2003 I bought a T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition and began frequenting Pocket PC Thoughts. The highly knowledgeable and personable community drew me in, and one of the most satisfying days of my career came in early 2005 when Jason Dunn invited me to join as an editor. In the 7.5 years since I've been proud to serve these communities. While commitments have kept me away from active duty over the past months, these sites have and always will be filled with fond memories and Thoughts.

Until we meet again!

Tags: update

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Updated Version Of Windows Phone Connector For Mac Now Available

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:13 AM

"For those of you who combine an Apple computer with a phone powered by Windows Phone, there's a new version of the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac available to download from the Mac App Store."

An updated version of the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac is now available in the Mac App Store. In addition to numerous bug fixes, the updated version brings support for 13 new languages and other additional features. If you are the owner of a Windows Phone 7 device and run it on a Mac, make sure to make a visit to the app store and download the update.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Samsung To Users: We Heard Your Complaints And Will Release A Fix Soon

Posted by Richard Chao in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 10:39 AM

"Back in May, editors of French website MonWindowsPhone compiled a list of complaints and bug reports from Samsung Omnia 7 users on their forums."

It's always good to hear when manufacturers respond to user complaints. In this case, Samsung has just announced an update for the Omnia 7 to address user complaints and other bug fixes will be released in the coming weeks. In addition, this update will ready the phone for the Mango.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

T-Mobile Update For HD7

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

"According to AtomicAgeZombie, who tipped us on this, the updates deal with firmware and radio software. The old firmware (2250.09.12001.531) is updated to version 2250.21.30102.531. The old radio version ( is updated to the new radio version"

While this is certainly not a major update, T-Mobile HD7 users are reporting an update for firmware and radio software is out and is working. You should be notified automatically about the release, but you can also use your Zune Desktop to check for it.

Tags: update, t-mobile, hd7

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mango Getting Good Reviews, but Challenges Await

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 PM

"The next version of the Windows Phone operating system, code-named Mango, got heaps of praise today, as embargoes lifted for reviewers to comment on a technical preview of the code they tested. But for Microsoft, there's plenty of heavy lifting left to do. After nearly a week of testing Mango, CNET's own Bonnie Cha and Jessica Dolcourt write that "Mango is a satisfying upgrade from the original Windows Phone OS, and one that brings the platform closer to the competition."

This is a solid analysis of the challenges that Microsoft faces with Windows Phone 7 - Android has tremendous momentum, as does the iPhone, and Microsoft needs to create a compelling package for consumers to want these phones. Personally, I'm excited about Mango - the new features and improvements will put Windows Phone 7 on much better footing when it comes to competing with the iPhone and Android devices. There's a long way to go still, but Mango is a step in the right direction. Here's hoping the hardware we see released in the Mango timeframe will kick it up a notch. I'm looking at some of the Android superphones with envy...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Mango Moves the Browser Address Bar Down Under: Clever Evolution, or Mistake?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 11:30 AM

One of the things that came out of the Mango preview was a change that Microsoft has made regarding the browser: they moved the address bar to the bottom of the interface, right above the keyboard. The above screen capture was from a Mango preview video. What do you think? Is this an improvement for the better, or a step back? Sound off!

Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) on Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:50 AM

Phonescoop got some hands-on time with Mango - well, someone else's hands - and this fills in a few of the blanks that I've been wondering about. Mango will really enhance Windows Phone, it's just a shame it's not going to be out until the fall. Let's hope it's early fall rather than late fall...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Windows Phone 7.1 Mango Webcast: The Crib Notes

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Events" @ 10:29 AM

I was eager to watch the Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango) Webcast, and I figured taking point-form notes would be a great way to share with all of you what Microsoft presented. Here we go:

  • Seven months ago, Windows Phone was launched
  • Everything is people centric on Windows Phone; Mango ups the ante
  • Twitter and LinkedIn now added into the mix
  • They added photo albums via a pivot on the person
  • Call History is sorted by person, including visual voicemails
  • Groups: you can mirror your real-life relationships on the phone. This feature looks killer! It filters all your social networks just for those people, including photos that are tagged with those people. Group email, group texts - Microsoft didn't want to take a proprietary approach like Blackberry Messenger; they used Windows Live and Facebook Chat instead.


Windows Phone 7.1: Mango Brings 500 New Features

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:29 AM

"REDMOND, Wash. - May 24, 2011 - Microsoft Corp. today previewed the next major release of Windows Phone, code-named "Mango," through a series of media events around the world. "Mango" will deliver more than 500 new features to push the boundaries of the smartphone experience around communications, apps and the Internet. The "Mango" release will be available for free to Windows Phone 7 customers and is scheduled to ship on new phones beginning this fall. More details on device update timing will be provided closer to availability. Windows Phone will also add support for additional languages, expand access to apps by launching Windows Phone Marketplace in new countries, and partner with new OEMs to enable expansion to new markets."

Windows Phone 7.1, better known by it's code-name Mango, is big. Really, really big. Seven months after the initial launch of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is announcing the next big wave of features - and, frankly, dubbing it a .1 release is under-selling how big this really is. Read, watch, and sound off on what you think about what Microsoft is bringing to the table.

Check out the Webcast (I'm watching it now). The remainder of the press release is after the break. Read more...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Best New Features Coming in the Windows Phone Mango Update

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 10:00 AM

"The newest update to Windows Phone 7 called "Mango" (Windows Phone 7.5) is coming this fall with some enticing features.These new features illustrate WP7's open mindedness, but also the degree to which they are behind the competition."

Business Insider, easily my favourite newly-discovered site, has put together a list of the best upcoming features in Mango - and these are only the ones we know about. I have a feeling there may be a surprise or two when it ships. Of course, I was already surprised by one thing I saw on this list: SMS dictation! I seem to have missed that feature in the other round-ups of Mango features that I've read. There's some good stuff coming - and I sincerely hope that by the time Mango is ready to go, we won't have the scattered, confusing mess of an update story that we got with NoDo.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Telstra Approves March Update for Mozart, Now In the Hands of Microsoft

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 11:30 PM

Telstra may be behind on those Windows Phone 7 updates, but progress is being made with the carrier announcing yesterday that it has approved the March update for the HTC 7 Mozart. Now in the hands of Microsoft, delivery of the update is scheduled for next week. Unfortunately, those of you with the LG Optimus 7Q may have to wait a little while longer. The update is still undergoing testing, and all that Telstra has said with regard to a release date is "May".

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Microsoft Schedules Copy-and-Paste Update for Delivery to Optus Customers

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:25 PM

Optus customers, good news. The March update has been scheduled for delivery, so expect all that copy-and-paste goodness and those general OS and app improvements to hit your Optimus 7 and OMNIA 7 within days.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Is the Wait Finally Over for AT&T Customers?

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 10:00 PM

"Microsoft released the much anticipated NoDo update in March which includes copy and paste functionality. Globally most carriers and manufacturers released the update soon thereafter with one notable exception. AT&T has held up the update for its users, causing frustration among its users and much digital ink to be spilled in blogs by bloggers and on social networks by angry customers."

Is it true? After what may have seemed like forever for some of you, is the wait finally over for AT&T customers who want to update their Windows Phone devices? Well, yes and no. If you're the owner of an AT&T Samsung Focus or LQ Quantum, then congratulations. If you're the owner of an AT&T branded HTC Surround, well... I hear that patience is a virtue. And you're going to be some very virtuous people.

Also of note is that AT&T apparently has included some AT&T specific features as part of this update. But before you get too excited I feel the need to inform you that it's nothing to be excited about. Check out the link for more details. Then discuss it on the forums!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

February Update Roll-Out Begins for Telstra Customers

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Software" @ 03:00 PM

So, without a doubt, the update process for Windows Phone 7 has been anything but fast and fluid for most users. Case in point, Telstra customers in Australia who, only yesterday, started receiving the February update notification on the HTC 7 Mozart and LG Optimus 7Q. Yes, we know what you're thinking -- the February update in April. A whole two months later. But as they say, better late than never. The March update, which delivers copy-and-paste, is supposedly arriving later this month, and when it does, we'll let you know about it. Of course, if you're rocking the recently-released HTC HD7, you already have both updates, so that game they call the waiting game is not yours to be played.

HTC Releases Manufacturer Update

Posted by Richard Chao in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 10:51 AM

"While Microsoft and its carrier partners are still in the process of rolling-out Windows Phone 7's pre-NoDo and NoDo updates, it looks like HTC is going even further and is currently distributing its first own Windows Phone 7 update!"

If you have a HTC phone and recently updated it to NoDo with the ChevronWP7.Updater, make sure you keep an eye out for an update that comes directly from HTC. This marks the first update directly pushed by a manufacturer. If you receive the update, let us know if you notice any differences.

Tags: software, update, htc

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dell Venue Pro Gets NoDo Update

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Dell Windows Phones" @ 11:30 PM

"Dell has just confirmed that the much-anticipated NoDo Windows Phone 7 update has begun rolling out to devices today, and also announced that a separate update of its own will be "coming later."

It looks like owners of the Dell Venue Pro have something to be happy about. Not only do they get the NoDo update, which includes copy & paste, but they also can expect another update from Dell in the near future. Hopefully this fixes some of the hardware issues that have been plaguing some Dell Venue Pro handsets.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Windows Phone 7 Update Saga Continues

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

"In a Channel 9 interview on March 25, Joe Belfiore made a few statements regarding the whole update mess that is plaguing Windows Phone 7 that saw quite a bit of backlash right across the tech blogosphere, including my post on the subject. It turns out that Belfiore has been reading many of those posts and comments; along with the Windows Phone management team, and as a result he left a long comment on the original Channel 9 post addressing what people had to say about his statements in the interview."

Microsoft planned for what it thought would be a relatively seamless update process for its Windows Phone 7 platform. Many users view this as a critical process as they want to have and see the latest and greatest operating system features delivered and available on their phones as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there have been a few snags getting this working effectively. The update experience seems to be varying from "not happening at all" to "it didn't seem to go to well" to "it was great". Microsoft has been trying to figure out why there is variability in the process. Information has been unfolding, and parts of the blogoshpere are up in arms about what appears to be a significant amount of control the cellular service operators are having over the testing process. To make matters worse, Joe Belfiore, who is Corporate Vice President, Windows Phone Program Management, recently gave an interview that indicated his lack of understanding or knowledge of the extent of the issues customers have been having. Steven Hodson over on the siliconANGLE website has made a number of good points about the impact of Microsoft's platform updating procedure (we are at the mercy of the operators) and Belfiore's attempt to apologize for his misunderstanding of the situation. It is well worth reading. This is a saga that is going to play out for some time to come.

T-Mobile Begins Roll-out of Nodo

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 06:00 PM

http://Hooray! T-Mobile Windows Phone enthusiasts will have to think of another reason to be angry with Microsoft as the Nodo update is indeed being delivered to handsets as we speak. Users around the web have confirmed that not only did they recei

Hooray! T-Mobile Windows Phone enthusiasts will have to think of another reason to be angry with Microsoft as the Nodo update is indeed being delivered to handsets as we speak. Users around the web have confirmed that not only did they receive the pre-Nodo update, they also received the Nodo update complete with copy-and-paste, and all the other great features previously covered. This will hopefully put some pressure (I doubt it) on AT&T to quickly finish testing and schedule the update for their WP7 users as well.

Monday, March 28, 2011

T-Mobile to Update HD7 Tomorrow?

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:00 PM

Rumor has it that T-Mobile USA will begin a roll-out of NoDo tomorrow (March 29th). T-Mo News is behind the rumor, having obtained a screenshot of an internal document that provides the date. After the up-roar that this updating process has caused, it will be good to see this come to an end. Drop in and let us know if you receive the update!

Australia's Telstra Opens Up On Its Windows Phone 7 Update Schedule

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 06:35 PM

By now, you've probably perused the "Where's my phone update?" page from top to bottom. It summarizes the update schedule of most major Windows Phone 7-toting carriers and OEMs. Unfortunately, Australians on the nation's largest carrier, Telstra, are still waiting, not just for this month's copy-and-paste update, but also last month's pre-update update. Thankfully, after being bombarded with questions from its customers and the press, the carrier has finally opened up on where things are at update-wise.

As far as the February update is concerned, you won't have long to wait. The carrier has certified it and Microsoft should deliver it to Telstra-branded HTC 7 Mozart and LG Optimus 7Q devices within the next week. Sometime next month, you can expect the March update to hit said devices. As for the HTC HD7 which hits stores today, it already includes both updates, meaning you can copy-and-paste and load those apps in shorter time from the get-go.

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