Video: BillboardLive video streaming with Silverlight on Windows Phone 7


Here’s hands-on demo of BillboardLive’s Windows Phone 7 application showing Silverlight IIS smoothsreaming content directly on the phone similar to the Netflix application shown at MIX10. Later in the video you’ll also see the first ever Silverlight application on a Nokia S60 handsets:

iPhone users will also be able to watch silverlight video content thanks to the IIS’s real-time Silverlight to MP4 de-muxing functionality.

Source: Channel9

Twin Blades iPhone and Xbox Live Arcade game will be ported to Windows Phone 7

iPhone version


Twin Blades is currently available as an Xbox Live arcade game and on the iPhone, coming this fall the zombie beat-em-up game will also be present on the Windows Phone 7 according to the developers. I don’t want to be a party pooper but.. there’s one important thing to note: all the media (screeshots/videos) seen on the web is from the iPhone or XBL versions (yeah even the one with the added WP7 logo at the end..). Presse-start-studio has just “announced” that the game is coming to Windows Phone 7 nothing more. UPDATE: Check out my hands-on video with the game!
Here’s the orignal video (iPhone & XBL trailer):

Source: Frogz.tv

HP kills off the HP Slate?


File this in the rumor category and grab some salt..According to sources close to the matter, HP is about to cancel the much hyped Windows 7 Slate Tablet PC. Now this might seem a little far fetched given that the project is probably in its final stage before commercialization but after all that’s happen since yesterday (HTC paying MS for using Android, HP buying Palm, Microsoft canceling the Courier..) everything seems possible. If (big IF) this turns out to be true then my feeling that the decision to cancel the Courier Project yesterday is connected and motivated by HP’s acquisition of Palm is re-inforced. Let’s all wait and see for now…

Source: Techcrunch

HP reevaluating Windows Phone 7 after Palm acquisition


This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody given yesterday’s news; in an interview with CNN, HP‘s strategy chief Shane Robison said that he’s still unsure if the company still has plans to ship / build Windows Phone 7 products:

What does this say about any plans that you may or may not have to use Windows Phone 7? Will webOS be your exclusive mobile platform, or will you also use Microsoft. At one point, Palm was using both its own OS and Microsoft’s.

We’re going to have to sort through all that over the coming months. We’re very, very serious partners with Microsoft. We hope to continue to be their biggest customer. And in this particular space, which is a small segment for us, we’ve got to work with them to figure out exactly what the roadmap looks like.

Frankly now that have WebOS (once the deal is done obviously), I don’t see any reason for them to have Windows Phone 7 products.

Source: CNN

Microsoft cancels the Courier tablet


It’s official folks; Microsoft has officially announced that the Courier project is now halted. Here’s what Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Communications Frank Shaw had to say:

“At any given time, we’re looking at new ideas, investigating, testing, incubating them. It’s in our DNA to develop new form factors and natural user interfaces to foster productivity and creativity. The Courier project is an example of this type of effort. It will be evaluated for use in future offerings, but we have no plans to build such a device at this time.”

According to Gizmodo the decision was taken Wednesday (yesterday) the same day HP announced its plan to buy Palm. Are both events connected or did something else triger Microsoft’s decision to cancel the project ? The only good thing that come out of this is the hope that Microsoft is going to concentrate harder on its core porjects (Windows & Windows Phone 7).

Source: Gizmodo

The HTC Droid Incredible is now available: Already out of stock?


As is was previously announced, the HTC Droid Incredible is now available to purchase in Verizon’s store or online. Some potential costumers are reporting that shipment of the online stor are only expected to arrive in on May 5.

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and BELLEVUE, Wash., April 29 /PRNewswire/ — The highly anticipated DROID Incredible by HTC is available today in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100429/NY95575 )

Running on the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G network, DROID Incredible by HTC features a touch screen, 8.0 megapixel camera, wide selection of interactive widgets, and Friend Stream for streamlined updates from popular social networking sites. Visit http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/04/pr2010-04-15.html for a complete list of features.

Verizon Wireless customers will receive their DROID Incredible by HTC rebates in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan (beginning at $39.99 monthly access) and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan (beginning at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access).

Customers who purchase DROID Incredible by HTC before May 31, 2010, will receive a free 2 GB memory card. This includes customers who pre-ordered the device. Customers can receive only one memory card per DROID Incredible by HTC purchase.

Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh released: VS2010 RTM support, new Emulator

Microsoft has just made available a new and updated version of the Windows Phone 7 dev tools called: Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP Refresh. This new version includes the following updates:

•This release has been tested to work with the final release of Visual Studio 2010.
•An updated Windows Phone 7 OS image for the Windows Phone Emulator.
•A few APIs in the frameworks have been added and or changed. See this MSDN page for more details.
•The documentation has been updated with new and expanded topics. See this MSDN page for more details.
•We’ve provided limited support for launchers and choosers. In cases where the underlying built-in experience is not present launchers and choosers are still not available (i.e. the email chooser asks you to select a contact, but there are no contacts in the emulator and no way to add one).
•Pause/Resume events are now supported.
•If the tools are installed as the admin user, non-admin users are now able to deploy to the emulator.
•A problem with incremental deployment of projects has been fixed.
•A problem resulting in the error “Connection failed because of invalid command-line arguments” being displayed during project creation has been fixed.
•A problem where the Windows Phone node was not appearing in VS 2010 on non-system drives has been fixed.
•Design time skin refresh issues have been addressed.

Microsoft will continue to released updated version of the WP7 tools on a regular basis. Head over to http://developer.windowsphone.com/ to grab the latest bits. The release notes can be foud here.

Via: Windows Phone Dev Blog

Skyfire 2.0 Beta for Android available now

 

It didn’t take long to go from the Alpha to the Beta it seems. The Beta version Skyfire 2.0 for Android is now available for everyone to try it. Just head over here with you Android handset or just download it via the Android Market (looks like it isn’t up yet..). Similar to Opera Mini, Skyfire uses server-side rendering and compression to speed-up page load times. Skyfire’s unique features is its ability to support Flash video content directly in the browser by doing server-side conversion to HTML5.
Continue reading Skyfire 2.0 Beta for Android available now →

OEMs will have to pay Microsoft $20 to $40 per phone for using Android!

According to Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group in San Jose who spoke to BusinessWeek today, HTC and other OEMs (who agree to sign a licensing deal with MS) will have to pay Microsoft between $20 and $40 for each Android phone they build.

Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group in San Jose, California, estimates that HTC and most other handset manufacturers would have to pay Microsoft $20 to $40 per phone to license the intellectual property required for Android.

Unless Google somehow figures out how to ax this cost, “Android is going to fall off as an expensive and risky platform,” he said. “Nobody wants to deal with Microsoft.”

This sound a bit high in my opinion espcecialy when you compared to what a Windows Mobile license cost (around more-or-less $15/phone). If this turns out to be true then Microsoft really did slap Google in the face with this licensing agreeement yesterday. For now only HTC agreed to sign but Microsoft has already announced that they are currently in talks with other Android OEMs…

Source: BusinessWeek

HTC expected to expland its smartphone sales thanks to Android

According to HTC‘s chief financial officer, Cheng Hui-ming, the company is planinng to increase shipment by 50% from 3.3m handsets in the first quarter to 4.5m in the second quarter thanks to the growing popularity of Google’s Android platform.  Theyare alsos forecasting second-quarter revenues to be as high as T$50bn (US$1.6Bn). HTC has also confirmed that they are going too ship Windows Phone 7 handset this year (yes only one). Android has been a double edged sword for HTC; on one hand it help the company to diversify and establish itself as a brand and gave it the ability to financially survive during the long and painfull Windows Mobile 6.X to Windows Phone 7 transition but the other side of the coin brought Apple’s lawsuit and now Microsoft’s licensensing agreement for the use of Android. Will HTC’s Android endeavor be worth it in the long run ?

Source: FT

HP to Acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion

 

Today seems to be full of surprises, first Microsoft’s announced a patent licensing deal with HTC over their Android handsets (and its plan to have other Android OEMs to pay them royalties too) now it’s HP‘s turn to announce that they have agreed to acquire Palm for $1.2 Billion:

HP and Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider of smartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors.

The combination of HP’s global scale and financial strength with Palm’s unparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP’s ability to participate more aggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone and connected mobile device markets. Palm’s unique webOS will allow HP to take advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications.

“Palm’s innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expand HP’s mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanning multiple mobile connected devices,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. “And, Palm possesses significant IP assets and has a highly skilled team. The smartphone market is large, profitable and rapidly growing, and companies that can provide an integrated device and experience command a higher share. Advances in mobility are offering significant opportunities, and HP intends to be a leader in this market.”

“We’re thrilled by HP’s vote of confidence in Palm’s technological leadership, which delivered Palm webOS and iconic products such as the Palm Pre. HP’s longstanding culture of innovation, scale and global operating resources make it the perfect partner to rapidly accelerate the growth of webOS,” said Jon Rubinstein, chairman and chief executive officer, Palm. ”We look forward to working with HP to continue to deliver industry-leading mobile experiences to our customers and business partners.”

Under the terms of the merger agreement, Palm stockholders will receive $5.70 in cash for each share of Palm common stock that they hold at the closing of the merger. The merger consideration takes into account the updated guidance and other financial information being released by Palm this afternoon. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of domestic and foreign regulatory approvals and the approval of Palm’s stockholders. The transaction is expected to close during HP’s third fiscal quarter ending July 31, 2010.

Palm’s current chairman and CEO, Jon Rubinstein, is expected to remain with the company.

This is a move that will surely not go well with the boys in blue in Redmond especially given that HP was listed as a Windows Phone 7 partner and also pushing hard behind Microsoft’s Windows 7 Tablet initiative with the HP Slate. On the other hand I hope that this move by HP will give Microsoft the envy/courage to accelerate the development the mysterious Courier Tablet and ship it as soon as possible.

Source: HP

Pre-Alpha version of Fennec Firefox for Android released


Mozillla is today releasing a pre-alpah version of Fennec aka FirefoxMobile for Android for everybody to try it out:

Over the last few months, we’ve made some great progress on bringing Firefox to Android. Michael Wu, Brad Lassey, Alex Pakhotin and I have been focusing on getting a build ready that’s usable by a broader set of people, and we’re now ready to get that build out there. This build should be considered “pre-alpha”, so there are some warnings and caveats:

•We’ve only really tested this on the Motorola Droid and the Nexus One.
•It will likely not eat your phone, but bugs might cause your phone to stop responding, requiring a reboot.
•Memory usage of this build isn’t great — in many ways it’s a debug build, and we haven’t really done a lot of optimization yet. This could cause some problems with large pages, especially on low memory devices like the Droid.
•You’ll see the app exit and relaunch on first start, as well as on add-on installs; this is a quirk of our install process, and we’re working to get rid of it.
•You can’t open links from other apps using Fennec; we should have this for the next build.
•This build requires Android 2.0 or above, and likely an OpenGL ES 2.0 capable device.
•Edit: This build must be installed to internal memory, not to a SD card.

THe browser is obviously not available on the Android Market so you will have to hit this link via your phone browser to install it: http://bit.ly/fennec-android. Last month Mozilla announced that developement of the Windows Mobile version was halted because Windows Phone 7 doesn’t support developement of third-party native application.

Source: Mozilla

Nokia N8 720P HD video sample looks amazing

Following yesterday’s camera samples here comes the first ever 720P HD video sample captured withe Nokia N8 camera and it looks amazing for a phone IMO.You can download te original .mp4 file directly from Vimeo to check it out in its fully glory.

Source: Nokia Conversations

Microsoft Announces patent agreement with HTC for Android phones

No you aren’t dreaming and this is for really. Microsoft has just announced that it has signed a patent agreement with HTC letting the  Taiwanese company use Microsoft’s patented technology found in Android. To make it simple: Microsoft’s is claiming that Android infringes on several of their patents so HTC decided to license those patents to continue to build Android handsets. This means that Microsoft is now gatting paid for every Android phone build by HTC:

REDMOND, Wash. — April 27, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. and HTC Corp. have signed a patent agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for HTC’s mobile phones running the Android mobile platform. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties from HTC.

The agreement expands HTC’s long-standing business relationship with Microsoft.

“HTC and Microsoft have a long history of technical and commercial collaboration, and today’s agreement is an example of how industry leaders can reach commercial arrangements that address intellectual property,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration with HTC.”

According to Microsoft deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez :

“Microsoft has a decades-long record of investment in software platforms. As a result, we have built a significant patent portfolio in this field, and we have a responsibility to our customers, partners, and shareholders to ensure that competitors do not free ride on our innovations. We have also consistently taken a proactive approach to licensing to resolve IP infringement by other companies, and have been talking with several device manufacturers to address our concerns relative to the Android mobile platform.”

Source: Microsoft & TechFlash

Three new Zune HD applications released

Two new games and one stopwatch application have been made available today for the Zune HD on the Zune application marketplace. The first one is a basic Stopwatch application:

The second one is Labyrinth puzzle game similar to HTC‘s Teteer and countless other games on the iPhone/iTouch where you have to use the devices accelerometer to get the ball rolling:

Finally the last game is the famous Solitair card game:

you can download them now for free via the Zune desktop application.

Via: Twitter

HTC releases Music Stability update for the HTC HD2


HTC released today a new update for the HTC HD2 that is supposed to fix music playback issues.

This update for HTC HD2 HTC Sense enhances the stability of the music application so your enjoyment of your music is no longer interrupted by the player behaving unexpectedly.

Note: This update is only applicable to ROM versions equal to 1.73.xxx.x, or lower

As usual HTC’s changelog doesn’t say much….but this patch supposedly fixes music skipping issues when using Bluetooth AD2P headphones. You can grab the fix here.

Windows Live Messenger for iPhone unveiled


Neowin just got the scoop on the official Windows Live Messenger application for the iPhone. As you can see in the screenshots above the UI looks nearly identical to the desktop version and features some of the same features like photo sharing, social stream updates, chatting etc… Microsoft is said to be ready to unveil Windows Live Wave 4 tomorrow. What would be interesting to see is how Windows Live Messenger will be integrated into Windows Phone 7. So far nothing has been shown other that FaceBook integration in the people’s hub but no sign of a messenger client yet. This launch of the messenger app on the iPhone will not be Microsoft first entry in Apple’s Appstore; the company already launched Bing for iPhone back in December.

Source: Neowin

Nokia N8 Camera samples pictures


Nokia has just posted a couple of sample pictures taken with the newly announced Nokia N8 spartphone. I re-sized three of them (it’s going to kill my bandwidth if I don’t) to give you a quick look at how the new 12 Mpix wide-angle camera (with Carl-Zeiss optics and Xenon-Flash) performs and frankly this thing is beautiful. Head over to the source link to check them all out.

Source: Nokia Blog