LG’s first Windows Phone 7 Series handset unveiled


Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman just unveiled/pulled out of his pocket LG‘s first Windows Phone 7 Series smartphone during the Engadget show a few minutes. As you can see in the pictures, the device features a sliding-qwerty keyboard and a design similar to the LG Expo but with what looks like a 3.7″ capacitive screen. The three WP7 buttons are also present -back, Start & Search). The fact that it is an LG handset shouldn’t come as a surprise given that Microsoft has be working really closely with the Korean company this past year as I’ve found out here & here.

Source: Engadget

Google Nexus One coming to Verizon on March 23th and Vodafone UK in April


According to several sources the Google Nexus One is set to launch on Verizon next month on March 23th (the CDMA version of the Nexus One has passed the FCC last week). On the European front, Vodafone UK is said to pick up the handset in April. I wouldn’t recommend getting the Nexus in Europe given the imminent launch of the HTC Desire (which will have features like DivX and 720P recording support).

Source: Telegraph & Neowin

Symbian^4 UI shown on video

The Symbian Foundation has posed the video demonstrating the Symbian^4 UI in action for the first time. It is difficult to draw conclusions from 2 short videos of a unfinished product,but I must say that it’s underwhelming. The homescreen, widgets looks nearly identical to Samsung’s TouchWIZ UI and/or Android. Let’s hope that Nokia is hard at work because Maemo/Meego currently looks 10x better IMO.

Source: FierceWireless via Engadget

HTC Supersonic or Incredible caught on video?


Here’s what appears like the first live blurry (and totally useless) video of the HTC Supersonic aka A9292 (some think that it’s the HTC Incredible..).

Source: Phandroid

HTC Desire to receive DivX playback support in future update

HTC Legend, HTC Desire, HTC HD2, HTC HD Mini

I had the chance to talk to HTC a couple of hours ago during their local HTC Legend/Desire/HD Mini presentation. There was obviously nothing new to learn (especially since I already got some hands-on action last week at the MWC). The only new piece of info I got was about the rumored DivX playback and 720P encoding capabilities of the HTC Desire (aka HTC Bravo). The answer I got was that DivX support will be added in a future update (they didn’t say much about 720P support but from the way it sounded it should be coming in the same update) because they didn’t have time to finalise the feature before launching the handset.

HTC HD2, HTC Desire, HTC HD Mini

The HTC Legend and HTC Desire are currently scheduled to launch in Spring (probably in March) and the HTC HD Mini in May. Check out my HTC Desire Review hereand don’t forget to follow us on Twitter.

More Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition information


Mary Jo Foley got in touch with a Microsoft spokeperson to get some more information about the recently announced Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition:

Q: Is Mobile Starter available to phone makers via Bsqure only? Or also direct from Microsoft?
A: The Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition SKU is available to all direct partners. It is also available via MediaTek and BSquare.

Q: Is this a stripped-down version of Windows Mobile 6.5? What’s not there that’s in the full fledged version?
A: The Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition SKU is offered in multi-language versions with and without Microsoft Office Mobile and supports 2G (GSM), 2.5G (CDMA2000 xRTT, EDGE, GPRS), CDMA (Rev A, EV-DO Revision A), and TD-SCDMA radios.

Sounds confusing doesn’t it? We now have Windows Mobile 6.5.X, Windows Phone 6 Start Edition and Windows Phone 7 Series

Read the rest here

No Adobe Flash 10.1 support for Windows Mobile 6.5? Wait a sec..


Looks like there’s some confusion (or FUD) going on at Adobe’s official forums. It all started when somebody asked Adobe for clarification about their Flash 10.1 Mobile roadmap. Somebody claiming to be an Adobe Employe posted the following:

On January 9:

We’re waiting for OS updates from Google and Microsoft before we can distribute a Flash Player Beta. We expect this to happen early this year. Thank you for your patience!

The first Android devices that will support Flash Player are the Droid and Nexus One. The first WinMo device will be the HTC HD2.

Then on February 5th

As for WinMo, we have made the tough decision to defer support for that platform until WinMo7. This is due to the fact that WinMo6.5 does not support some of the critical APIs that we need.

Hold on! Isn’t it the other way around? ISVs no longer have access to native code and APIs on WP7. Sounds fishy doesn’t it? Especialy given Adobe’s official announcement that Flash 10.1 is coming to WM6.5 and that Windows Phone 7 Series won’t have flash support before 2011. Oh and there’s also the fact that Adobe has also demonstrated the Flash 10.1 plugin running on WM6.5 in a video posted on February 15th here

Source: Adobe Forums via Pocketnow

Nokia Ovi Maps for Android & Windows Mobile in the works? [Updated]


In a interview with Austrian magazine Die Presse, Greig Williams, Nokia’s general manager for the Alps and South East Europe, dropped something that nobody really expected. When asked if the company’s Ovi Maps will ever be released on Android and Windows Mobile he answered “That will be the next step.”. Now take this with a huge load of salt folks. The Ovi Maps software and services is one of the big differentiors for Nokia handsets compared to the compation,so I don’t really see why the company will basically shoot it self in the foot by releasing it on Android and Windows Mobile.

UPDATE:Nokia has just denied the story “”have spoken to Greig and he absolutely didn’t make that statement. As I understand it, this has now been, or in the process of being, taken down by the De Presse journalist at their site.”

Source: Die Presse via ElectricPig

LG’s first Windows Phone 7 Series handset shipping as early as September ?


Accodring to Engadget Chinese, who had the chance to sit down with LG Hong Kong during their Chinese New Year event, the company’s first Windows Phone 7 Series handset is scheduled to ship as eraly as September. Problem is that the Chinese-to-English translation of the news post doesn’t really say that:

LG a few days ago, said the event earlier in the MWC 2010 released Windows Phone 7 Series mobile phones is expected that at the end of this year, about September to launch in December or so.”

Source: Engadget Chinese via Engadget

Skype for Windows Mobile discontinued


This frankly came out of no where. According to Skype‘s own FAQ the Windows Mobile version has now been officially dropped supposedly because of a subpar user experience sucked compared to the iPhone and Symbian version:

Why can’t I download Skype Lite or Skype for Windows Mobile?

Unfortunately, Skype Lite – a version of Skype for your mobile phone – and Skype for Windows Mobile are no longer available for download from our site.

We’ve chosen to withdraw Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile because we want to offer our new customers an improved mobile experience – much like the version that has proved so popular on the iPhone, and which is now available on Symbian phones. Our focus is on providing a rich user experience that allows you to enjoy free Skype-to-Skype and low cost calls as easily on the move as you do at your desktop.
We felt that Skype Lite and Skype for Windows Mobile were not offering the best possible Skype experience.

Can I still use Skype Lite if I already have it?
Yes. People who have already installed Skype Lite can continue to use it throughout 2010.

Can I still use Skype for Windows Mobile if I already have it?
Yes. People who have already installed Skype for Windows Mobile can of course continue to use it.

You can still download the .cab file here. Hopefully a Windows Phone 7 Series version will see the light of the day next year.

Source: Skype via 4winmobile

LG-LU2300 Android smartphone shipping in Q2 2010


Just a few days after MWC LG announced that their new flagship Android smarthphone, the LG-LU2300, will ship in Q2 2010. The LU2300 is said to have a 1Ghz CortexA8 CPU, WVGA AOMLED touchscreen, 5Mpix camera capable of recording 720P videos, Mobile TV Tuner, Android 2.1 (I guess that it is the SnapDragon handset we heard about a few months ago?). It will also come preloaded with a bunch of apps (an augmented reality being one of them, probably Google Goggles):

“In the past, smartphone users had to download and install all application programs in their new phones,” said Na Joo-young, a spokeswoman for LG. “To address concerns from first-time smartphone users who wanted an easy access to numerous applications, we decided to preload the best applications in our phones.”


Source: TelecomKorea

Sony Ericsson Aspen preview

Here’s a first impression video of the recently announced Sony Ericsson Aspen smartphone. The Aspen is one of the first Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone that will be sold this year and probably the last from SE before they switch to Windows Phone 7 Series. The phone is primary aimed at business user so don’t expect SE to really market the device all over the place. They will instead push really hard behind the new line of Android based X10 line of devices.

Source: Tracy & Matt

Two more Windows Phone 7 Series Hardware Chassis?


According to a couple of Australian Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Microsoft is planing to have 3 Windows Phone 7 hardware chassis. We’ve known about Chassis 1specs for while, thanks to Mary Jo Foley who posted them a couple of months ago, but everybody was still wondering if Redmond was also planning other chassis. If toady’s info turns out to be true, Chassis 2 will be the keyboard variant (with touchscreen) and Chassis 3 the candy bar variant (with touchscreens?).

Source: FranklySpeaking via All About Microsoft

Windows Phone 7 Series sessions at GDC 2010


If you still think that Microsoft isn’t serious about development & gaming on Windows Phone 7 Series then suggest you think again. Just found out that a couple of days before the MIX10 event Microsoft will host several Windows Phone 7 sessions at the Game Developers Conference in San Fransisco (see here):

Developing Games for Windows Phone 7 Series
High Performance 3D Games on Windows Phone 7 Series
Development and Debugging Tools for Windows Phone 7 Series
Bringing the Best of Xbox LIVE to Windows Phone 7 Series

Optimizing Performance of Modern Games for Windows Phone
Speaker: Speaker TBA
Date/Time: Thursday (March 11, 2010) 3:00pm — 4:00pm
Location (room): Room 301, South Hall
Track: Programming
Format: 60-minute Sponsored Session
Experience Level: All

Session Description
The Windows phone development platform supports a wide range of high-performance applications, including detailed rendering in games with high-fidelity content. This talk covers best practices for harnessing the full power of the device, with an emphasis on optimizing graphics in high-end mobile games.

Overview of Game Development for Windows Phone
Speaker: Speaker TBA
Date/Time: Thursday (March 11, 2010) 1:30pm — 2:30pm
Location (room): Room 301, South Hall
Track: Programming
Format: 60-minute Sponsored Session
Experience Level: All

Session Description
The future of Windows phone has never looked better. This talk covers the foundation of Windows phone development, with a look at Windows phone device characteristics, the basic Windows phone development platform, and the business opportunities available through Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

Development and Debugging Tools for Windows Phone
Speaker: Speaker TBA
Date/Time: Thursday (March 11, 2010) 4:30pm — 5:30pm
Location (room): Room 301, South Hall
Track: Programming
Format: 60-minute Sponsored Session
Experience Level: All

Session Description
Developing for mobile platforms has always required special tools and special techniques. This talk covers the core tools available to the Windows phone developer, with an emphasis on building, debugging, and testing high-performance games.

Takeaway

Expanding the Reach of Gaming on Windows phone
Speaker: Speaker TBA
Date/Time: Friday (March 12, 2010) 3:00pm — 4:00pm
Location (room): Room 301, South Hall
Track: Programming
Format: 60-minute Sponsored Session
Experience Level: All

Session Description
A well-designed connection between a mobile game and hosted server through arbitrary web access opens up a whole world of possibility for mobile games. This talk focuses on a basic design for a web-services-enabled game with an eye towards best practices and outlines upcoming Microsoft services that greatly broaden the Windows phone gaming community.

Windows Phone 7 is going to be big.

Motorola Devour Hands-on impressions


The boys at Pocketnow just porsted their first impressions of the newly released Motorola Devour smartphone on Verizon. Even thought I don’t like the overall design of the handset I have to admit that the unibody aluminium shell (like the HTC Legend) looks really nice. Hopefully most of the future handsets will be build this way.

And although the Devour shares a screen and hardware keyboard with the MOTO CLIQ on T-Mobile and the Backflip for AT&T, the Devour feels a lot more solid than the former and the latter hasn’t been released yet, or at least hasn’t been fondled by our editors. There’s no doubt that the Devour is a solid phone. It’s heavy, it feels beastly, and the keyboard, which has raised buttons, feels better to type than the Droid’s squished and flat keys.

Source: Pocketnow

HTC HD2 1.66 Rom from Vodafone UK released

 

This one came out of nowhere.. Vodafone UK has just release an Rom update for the HTC HD2 based on the latest official HTC 1.66 version. If you bought your device from them and didn’t HSPL it don’t hesitate to flash it as soon as possible. The 1.66 rom fixes the majority of all the annoying bugs found on the HTC HD2. You can grab it here (don’t forget to backup all your data before!)

Source: Vodafone via Coolsmartphone

Google Earth finally available in the Android Market: Only for Android 2.1


Google showcased Google Earth last month during the Nexus One launch, unfortunitely the application wasn’t part of the handset at launch. Google has finnaly made it avaialble today in the Android Market for free. THe only drawback being that it is only compatible with Android 2.1 handsets. So if you have a Nexus One or any other Android 2.1 handset, hurry-up and grab it!

Source: Google

Windows Phone 7 has everything to succeed

Last week’s been really busy with MWC and the Windows Phone 7 Series announcement on Monday 15th in Barcelona. A lot has been said about it since then and the general consensus is that Microsoft is doing the right thing by restarting from scratch but some people are still worried or disappointed because of what seems like an “iPhonesque” shift in strategy. I’ll try to share my thoughts with you and hopefully give you a little insight on what can be Microsoft’s next Billion dollar business.
Continue reading Windows Phone 7 has everything to succeed →

Motorola Devour Hands-on video

The crew at Motorola have just uploaded a 7 minutes long video demo of the Motorola DevourAndroid handset. There’s nothing really new or exciting in there thought, but if you don’t have much to do…

I don’t really like the phones design especially compared to all the other Moto handsets coming out in Asia right now.

Source: YouTube