Windows Mobile 7 session at MIX 2010 announced

Enough with the rumors ans speculations, here are some real facts. A Windows Phone session has been announced at MIX10:

Yes, at MIX10 you’ll learn about developing applications and games for the next generation of Windows Phone. Yes, we’ll have Phone sessions, and we can’t say more…yet. Stay tuned and check back often or join the MIX mailing list.

Windows Mobile 7…

Source: MIX2010

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Symbian smartphone announced

Sony Ericsson just announced (and retracted the PR a few minutes later) the Symbian (S60 5th Edition ) powered Vivaz smartphone. The Sony Ericsson Vivaz is an HD capable (720P capture) device packing an 8.1Mpix camera coupled with a whole bunch of features like aGPS, Wifi, a 3.5″ 360×640 touchscreen (it is not known yet if it’s resistive or capacitive panel). The Vivaz’s design looks somewhat similar to the Xperia X10 and will be available in several colors: Moon Silver, Cosmic Black, Galaxy Blue, and Venus Ruby. Availability is said to be H1 2010 in North America and across the world. Nice to see SE supporting Symbian, unlike Samsung who dropped it this year.

You can check out Mobile-Review’s early samlple review here (in russian).

Source: Sony Ericsson via PhoneArena

Motorola will only release Android smartphones in 2010 ?


Cnet Asia sat down with Spiros Nikolakopoulos, vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific and International Distribution for Motorola’s Mobile Devices business to talk about the company’s 2010 plan. When asked about the number of Motorola handsets planned to be launched this year:

There will be between 20 and 30 smartphones globally and, at this moment, all of them will run Android. Naturally, not all will be available everywhere as it depends on the company’s partnership with the various telco operators in each country. For non-smartphone models, they will run either Brew or the Motorola’s own operating system.

What about Windows Mobile? Well this will depend on the OS’s release date (end of 2010?) and if Motorola is allowed to talk about it (notice the “at the moment”). Motorola has said last year that they will skip Windows Mobile 6.5 and go straight to WM7 and evidence has been found that the company was/is heavily involved in the development of Microsoft’s long delayed mobile OS.

Source: CNet Asia

Apple & Microsoft discussing making Bing the default search engine on the iPhone

Businnessweek is reporting that Apple & Microsoft are currently in talks to make Bing the default search engine on the iPhone instead of Google. It’s been obvious lately that Apple and Google are no longer best buddies. In the last 6 months Apple has rejected Google Voice on the iPhone, Eric Schmidt finally quit Apple’s Board, Apple bought a mapping company then Google outbid Apple and buys Admob and finally Apple acquired Quattro. People seem to have forgotten one important thing though: Yahoo Search (which is available on the iPhone’s Safari browser) will soon be powered by Bing so it’s only logical that Bing will be offered as an option on the handset’s browser. Making it the default search engine is just a way to rub it in Google’s face. Bing is already the default search engine on Verizon’s Blackberry devices.

Source: Businessweek

Bing Maps Silverlight is out of Beta

Microsoft’s Bing Maps Silverlight site is now out of beta (it was launched last month):

First off, if you go to the Bing Maps AJAX site and have Silverlight installed chances are you will be redirected to the Bing Maps Silverlight site (note this change only affects users in the US). We’re rolling this out with a small percentage of users increasing up to 100% of all users in a few weeks. If you don’t have Silverlight installed you can hit the AJAX site and will be prompted to install Silverlight (which you can opt out of, but WHY would you??). Well, to make the AJAX site a bit smoother we’ve introduced some new transitions in the tile loading process for panning and zooming. So you can have your Silverlight and AJAX too. If you don’t want to stay on the Silverlight site, you can opt out and return to the AJAX site (aka Bing Maps Classic) via the link on the Silverlight site.

Two new applications have also been added :

Destination Maps – Vector based route geometries on new map backgrounds
Local Events – Find something to do any day of the week

Can’t wait to see how it will all look like in the Windows Mobile 7 cause the current WinMo version isn’t the hottest thing around.

Source: Bing Maps blog