Windows Phone 7 Series Codecs support: DivX and MP4 High Profile

Here’s the full list of Codecs natively supported by Windows Phone 7 Series straight from the development documents on MSDN:

Codec Type Decoder Support Container
Audio MP3 MP3
Audio WMA Lossless ASF (WMA)
Audio WMA Pro ASF (WMA)
Audio WMA Standard v9 ASF (WMA)
Audio AAC-LC (Low Complexity) 3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4A
Audio HE-AAC v1 (AAC+) 3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4A
Audio HE-AAC v2 (eAAC+) 3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4A
Audio Adaptive Multi-Rate Narrow Band (AMR-NB) 3GP, 3G2, MP4
Audio Adaptive Multi-Rate ide Band (AMR-WB) 3GP, 3G2, MP4
Audio Qcelp 3GP, 3G2, MP4
Video WMV (VC-1) – Simple Profile ASF (WMV)
Video WMV (VC-1) – Main Profile ASF (WMV)
Video WMV (VC-1) – Advanced Profile ASF (WMV)
Video WMV v9 ASF (WMV)
Video MPEG-4 Part 2 – Simple Profile 3GP, 3G2, MP4, AVI
Video MPEG-4 Part 2 – Advanced Simple Profile AVI, MP4
Video DivX 4.x/5.x/6.x AVI
Video MPEG-4 Part 10 (MPEG-4 AVC, H.264) – Baseline Profile 3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4V
Video MPEG-4 Part 10 (MPEG-4 AVC, H.264) – Main Profile 3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4V
Video MPEG-4 Part 10 (MPEG-4 AVC, H.264) – High Profile 3GP, 3G2, MP4, M4V
Video H.263 3GP, 3G2
Images PNG PNG
Images GIF (both GIF87a and GIF89a) GIF

As you can see DivX (4/5/6) is finally supported same for HD video formats (something that was severely lacking in WM6.X).

The Harvest 3D game on Windows Phone 7 video

Here’s a short video (from the MIX10 keynote) of The Harvest 3D game shown running on the protoype Windows Phone 7 Series handset:

Windows Phone 7 Series development tools available now for free


Microsoft just made available for free the development tools necessary to start working on Windows Phone 7 series applications & games:

Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone CTP

Windows Phone Emulator CTP

Silverlight for Windows Phone CTP

XNA 4.0 Game Studio CTP

You can download everything right now from here and found all the documentation here

Netflix for Windows Phone 7 Series announced: Screenshots

That’s right folks: Microsft just announced & demo’d Netflix for Windows Phone 7 Series. As you can see the application has the same Metro UI as the whole OS, it’s build on SilverLight and use Smooth Streaming for video viewing. It alos integrates into the Music & Video Hub.

Windows Phone 7 Series Emulator screenshots & info

Here’s how the Windows Phone 7 emulator looks like. The emulator is actually the full WP7 OS running on your PC. So you’ll get awesome debug features. The Emulator will also support multi-touch directly on the PC if the developer is using a multi-touch enabled PC/screen. Update: The dev tools are now available for free.

Windows Phone 7 Series Applications announced

Microsoft just sent out some new info Windows Phone 7 Series info via a press release:

End -to-End Mobile Development Platform: By combining Silverlight for rich internet applications and the XNA Framework for game development, developers and designers will be able to build visually stunning and immersive applications and games on the Windows Phone 7 Series.
Free Windows Phone Developer Tools: Microsoft will release a free comprehensive tool support package for Silverlight on Windows Phone 7 Series, available for download. Expression Blend for Windows Phone and a preview of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone will be also included as part of the download.
Windows Phone Marketplace: Microsoft made available a new merchandising tool that will enable developers and designers to bring applications and games to market and increase the discoverability of applications with customers while supporting one-time credit card purchases, mobile operator billing and advertising-funded applications. Also at MIX, Microsoft will detail how developers and designers from 30 countries will bring content to market with Windows Phone Marketplace, the evolution of Microsoft’s mobile application market which was initially introduced with the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5. With Windows Phone Marketplace and the new Marketplace hub, developers can easily promote applications and games to Windows Phone customers right on the phone, while earning a 70 % revenue share.
Silverlight 4 Release Candidate (RC): In addition, Microsoft announced a release candidate (RC) for Silverlight 4 which will enable developers to create and deploy even more robust applications and rich interactive experiences.
Expression Blend 4 Beta: Microsoft will demonstrate Expression Blend and announce the availability of a Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone. Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone provides exactly the same streamlined development workflow for Windows Phone that was previously only available for Silverlight and .Net applications; including features such as Behaviors, sample data and the visual state manager.

HEre’s the full list of developers announced:

•The Associated Press
•Archetype International
•AWS Convergence Technologies — Weatherbug
•Citrix Systems
•Clarity Consulting
•Cypress Consulting
•EA Mobile
•frog design
•Glu Mobile
•Hudson Entertainment
•Larva Labs
•Matchbox Mobile
•Microsoft Game Studios
•Oberon Media
•PopCap Games
•Sling Media
•SPB Software
•TeleCommunications Systems
•Vertigo Software

Stay tuned for more

Check out the Netflix application here, and the emulator here

HTC Touch Pro3 to be launched this summer ? Probably the HTC Tera

 File this under the unverified rumor but according to some one on XDA-Devs HTC is planning to launch the HTC Touch Pro3 in time for the summer season. The device is said to be smaller than its predecessor which makes me believe that this may be the HTC Tera we have seen a couple of months ago during the HTC roadmap leak. The handset will be running Windows Mobile 6.5.X and feature low-res (wqvga) resistive touchscreen.

Source: XDA-Devs