Windows Marketplace for Mobile update released


The Marketplace update that Microsoft announced just a few days ago has been released today. Just launch the Marketplace app on your phone and you will recive the updated version. If this doesn’t work you can also uninstall the current version that is you your handset and download the newer one at mp.windowsphone.com.
Here are the new updated feature included in this version:

World View: previously known as “geo selector”, the World View feature will allow Marketplace users to browse and purchase applications from different geographic catalogs. For example, a user in France could choose to browse the English US catalog, or a user in Canada could browse the catalog from Japan. All application prices will show up in the user’s local currency and Microsoft will be in touch with registered independent software vendors (ISVs) in the weeks ahead to provide step-by-step instructions on how to re-price their apps for all markets.

Installation onto storage cards: a highly requested feature by end users, it will allow users to install applications downloaded from Marketplace onto storage card memory. This will solve a common pain point today where the main memory of the phone runs out after installing a few apps from Marketplace.

Free app submissions to additional markets: ISVs will no longer have to pay a $10 fee for submitting applications to additional markets. With this change Microsoft is simplifying its fee structure and providing more opportunities for ISVs to submit their applications to smaller markets. Once an application has been certified for a primary market ($99 submission fee applies) ISVs can submit for free that same application to other catalogs, as long as they meet the current Market Validation guidelines.

Improved ISV registration flow: The ISV registration flow in the developer portal will be simplified, with different registration paths optimized for the type of ISV (company, individual, student) and additional guidance for completing the application submission process will be provided.

Deep linking: Microsoft is releasing deep linking capabilities for ISVs to allow users to purchase their apps from Marketplace. On the web, ISVs will be able to construct a URL to link directly to the purchase page of their applications in the Marketplace Web site, and will have access to the “Get it Now for Windows phone” logo, which standardizes the way ISVs link to Marketplace. On the device, ISVs will be able to call Marketplace from within their applications and open the purchase page for a specific app, allowing them to offer additional titles or provide free users the option to purchase premium version of an application.

Expansion to Russia: users in Russia will be able to access and purchase apps via credit card from a local catalog of applications, as well as purchase from other catalogs through the World View feature. ISVs from Russia will also be able to register with Marketplace and submit their creations to any supported Marketplace country.

Applications policy changes: Changes are being made to Microsoft’s existing application acceptance policies to allow VoIP applications that use the carrier network unless explicitly prohibited by a mobile operator. Mobile Operators who sign a Marketplace deal with Microsoft will be able to dictate if they allow or prohibit the use of VoIP apps in their networks.

HTC Supersonic headed for a summer release ?


Sprint is expected to launch their first WinMax handset in the first half of 2010 according to Paget Alves, Sprint’s president of Business Markets. This handset is still rumored to be the HTC Supersonic that we saw a couple of days ago. THe HTC A9292 aka Supersonic is an Android 2.x smartphone featuring nearly the same specs and design as the Windows Mobile based HTC HD2. Following this first device Sprint is expected to launch dozens of other WiMax enabled devices this year according to the company’s CEO.

Source: Forbes

LG focusing on Android and Windows Phone 7 Series phones

 

This shouldn’t come as a surprise given all the info that I’ve gathered these past months. LG is currently working closely with Microsoft on Windows Phone 7 Series handsets (there’s a dedicated LG Team at Microsoft) but Microsoft’s newly announced OS won’t ship until later this year, so LG decided to invest more into Android. Skott Ahn, the head of LG’s handset unit, told the press that during MWC “Our strategy is not to make an independent mobile platform of our own at least for the next two to three years,” and that the company will focus on Android & Windows Phone 7 Series development. The LG Mini will probably be one of the last devices running a proprietary OS.

Source: FierceWireless

Toshiba TG02 & Toshiba K01 vs HTC HD2 size comparison


Here’s a couple of size comparison picture of the Toshiba TG02 & Toshiba K01 vs the HTC HD2. As you can see the HD2 is a tiny bit wider than the other two handsets but slimmer than the TG02 (the K01 beeing the thickest one of the bunch). Remember that the HD2 also has a bigger screen at 4.3″ compared to 4.1″ on the Toshiba handsets.