Welcome the new Windows Phone 7 Series!

That’s it folks Windows Mobile 7 or should I say Windows Phone 7 series is officially announced. First thing that comes to mind is that nearly all of the rumors were just totally false (the WM7 business and media editions etc..) and what I and PPCGeeks received last week end was actually 100% true.

The Windows Phone 7 series UI looks nearly identical to the Zune HD UI. It features the same basic visual architecture and flow. Microsoft has finally decided to scrap the start button etc… The whole thing has the same pivoting gesture as the Zune : swipe your finger left to right to go deeper into you contacts, music, videos etc…. The OS also only support capacitive touchscreen with a minimum of 4 finger multi-touch input. Gone is the stylus…

Bing Maps is also now fully integrated into the OS. If you have an address in a mail or a contact card Bing Maps (silverlight?) will open when you tap on it. Bing search is also fully integrated now and every native app uses the same UI cues and functionality as the Zune HD.

Joe Belfiore then talk about the 5 Hubs that Microsoft is integrating into Windows Phone 7 Series. The first one is People Hub which agregates all your contacts info (from Facebook, Live etc) into one place:

The Pictures Hub acts like the People hub by aggregating pictures from your social networks and PC into one place:

Then we have the Office hub is basically Office Mobile with a new UI:

Then comes the Video + Music Hub which is basically Zune HD on your Phone and as Joe BElfiore said:”Every Windows Phone 7 series phone is going to be a Zune”:

Finally here comes the Xbox Live hub (that we knew was coming thanks to MS’s job ads). Xbox Live is now fully integrated into WP7 and you will have access to XBL games and even multi player games with PC and XBOX 360 users:

One of the most interesting part was when Andrew Lees announced the OEMs who worked on WP7. nVidia is totally missing from the picture (same for TI). Qualcomm seems to be the bigger winner here, so you can probably expect a whole lot of WP7 phones to be based on Qualcomm SoCs.

Microsoft also reiterated the fact that OEMS will be able to customise the phones but not in the same way as they did on WM6.X. Gone is TouchFLO, TouchWIZ etc….And no flash support at first, but Adobe is working on it.

The First Windows Phone 7 Series handset will start shipping at the end of the year in time for the holidays.

That’s it for now… will try to grab some hands-on footage now….

For the ime being check out the official Windows Phone 7 Series website here

Nokia & Intel announce MeeGo Mobile OS

Nokia and Intel have just announced that the Maemo and Moblin OS are now merging and becomming MeeGo. The keynote is still underway so I will post more about that later on. You can now go to www.meego.com to get some more information. Release date is set at Q2 2010. Qt will be used to develop on Meego.

Adobe announces AIR for Mobile and shows Flash on the HTC HD2

Today Adobe is announcing the launch of AIR on mobile platforms, first coming to Android then followed by Windows Mobile, WebOS and Symbian. AIR is Adobe’s equivalent to Microsoft’s Silverlight. It basically enables you to code once for all platforms (same as Silverlight). Here’s a video of AIR on the Motorola Droid:

They’ve also demoed Flash 10.1 for the first time on the HTC HD2:

As you can see the version of IE Mobile shown in this video also support multi-touch pinch-to-zoom (something that isn’t enabled in any HD2 ROM yet)

Finaly here’s a video of Adobe’s SKylight on the HTC HD2:

Source: Adobe

Samsung Wave: First Bada phone announced

Samsung unveiled their first Bada powered handset today (unfortunitaly I missed the launch event because my filght was delayed…). The Samsung Wave sports a 3.3″ SuperAmoled capacitive touchscreen with a WVGA resolution. On the back is a 5 Mpix camera capable of recording 720P video. The Wave also packs a 1Ghz processor (but Samsung didn’t if t’s a Qualcomm SnapDragon). The novelty though is the new Bada OS whic looks like a mix between the Symbian S60 UI, Android and samsung’s own TouchWIZ (the Wave runs the latest TouchWIZ 3.0). According to the early hands-on the device still suffers from a few bugs but feels really snappy.

Continue reading Samsung Wave: First Bada phone announced →

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro hands-on videos

Here are two hands-on videos I shot a couple of hours ago at Sony Ericsson’s press event. The first one shows (yes it’s blurry sorry, the lighting was horrible & it was a real pain to focus on the device…) is a UI walk-through of the Xperia X10 Mini. The second one (which isn’t blurry…) is basically the same thing but on the Xperia X10 Mini Pro. As you can see the whole thing is smooth as silk (the screen looks really sharp in real life btw). As it was mentioned in the specs those two phones are using Qualcomm’s MSM7227 SoC @ 600Mhz.

Xperia X10 Mini:

Xperia X10 Mini Pro:

Adobe working on Flash plugin for Windows Mobile 7 / Windows Phone 7

Looks like some the info that I received last week was actually right.. According to Adobe, Windows Mobile 7 (or Windows Phone 7) won’t have flash support at first but the company is working with Microsoft on a Flash plugin. More info is supposedly coming at MIX10 in March. We will know for sure tomorrow.

Source: PhoneScoop

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini vs Xperia X10 Mini Pro size comparison


Here’s a couple of size comparison pictures of the newly announced Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini vs the Xperia X10 Mini Pro.

Here’s a front shot (Mini on the left & Mini Pro on the right):

Front shot with the Mini Pro keyboard open:

Back shot (Mini Pro on the left & Mini on the right):

Thickness shot (Mini on the left & Mini Pro on the right), as you can see the Mini Pro is a bit thicker because of the keyboard. But it isn’t that big at all and feels really good in the hand:

I’ll upload some hands-on action with the two devices in a few…

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and Xperia X10 Mini Pro announced

Sony Ericsson just unveiled the Xperia X10 Mini & Xperia X10 Mini Pro a few hours ago in Barcelona during the pre – MWC conference today. If you remember we saw a couple of Xperia X10 Minipictures a couple of weeks ago so it was kinda expected that the handset will be made official today. But the big surprise came from the Xperia X10 Mini Pro which is basically an Xperia  X10 Mini with a 4 row sliding-qwerty keyboard! Here are the full specs of the devices:

Xperia™ X10 mini and X10 mini pro Sony Ericsson Timescape™ – brings together all communication in one place Four corner control – applications, calls, web, the consumer decides. Four customisable icons for ultimate control 5 megapixel camera and video – share creations via the web Music player links to music stores and YouTube™ – access the world of music Android platform – with Google™ services and Android Market™ QWERTY keyboard – slide and text for quick and easy messaging (Xperia™ X10 mini pro only)

Xperia™ X10 mini:

Size: 83 x 50 x 16 mm
Weight: 88 grams
Phone memory: Up to 128MB
Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™, up to 16 GB
Memory card included: 2GB
Operating system: Google™ Android 1.6
Processor: 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227
Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 4 hours
Standby time: GSM/GPRS: Up to 285hrs
Talk time UMTS: Up to 3.5 hours
Standby time: UMTS: Up to 360 hrs

Xperia™ X10 mini pro:

Size: 90 x 52 x 17 mm
Weight: 120 grams
Phone memory: Up to 128MB
Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™, up to 16 GB
Memory card included: 2GB
Operating system: Google™ Android 1.6
Processor: 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227
Talk time GSM/GPRS: Up to 4 hours
Standby time: GSM/GPRS: Up to 285hrs
Talk time UMTS: Up to 3.5 hours
Standby time: UMTS: Up to 360 hrs

Both phones Will ship with Android 1.6 and feature Sony Ericssons Timescape UI customized for the smaller screen (you now have for new soft buttons placed at each corner of the screen, those buttons can also be changed by the user. Both handsets also feature a 3.5mm jack, 5Mpix camera with LED flash & Auto-Focus and capacitive touchscreens. Availability is said to be Q2 2010.