Silverlight 4 Released


Microsoft has just made available Silverlight 4 For Windows PCs and Macs, the plugin can be downloaded right now from this page. The Silverlight version on Windows Phone 7 is an hybrid between SL3 & SL4, for more info head over here.

Silverlight for Windows Phone supports core Silverlight capabilities in managed .NET code with XAML including:

-High quality video and audio using a wide range of codecs, DRM and IIS Smooth Streaming
-Deep Zoom for enhanced reading and photo browsing experiences
-Vector and Bitmap Graphics and animation

Silverlight can also access the unique capabilities of the phone including:

-Hardware acceleration for video and graphics
-Accelerometer for motion sensing
-Multi-touch
-Camera and microphone
-Location awareness
-Push notifications
-Native phone functionality

Droid Incredible by HTC officially announced, available on Verizon April 29th


This was expected I guess..Today HTC is officially announcing the Droid Incredible (also known as the HTC Incredible) smartphone launching on April 29th on Verizon:

It’s a Droid, It’s Incredible, It’s on the Nation’s LARGEST And Most Reliable 3G Network
 
DROID Incredible™ by HTC Combines Power of Android™, Usability of HTC Sense™, Exclusively from Verizon Wireless
 
        BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and NEW YORK Verizon Wireless today announced DROID Incredible by HTC, the newest Android device on the nation’s most reliable wireless 3G network, will be available beginning April 29.       
        Featuring a “topographic” design that demonstrates the powerful engineering just beneath the surface, DROID Incredible by HTC is designed with craftsmanship and precision while making it easier than ever to stay connected.
        DROID Incredible by HTC features the newest version of the HTC Sense experience, a seven-panel home screen with a wide selection of interactive widgets so the most important content is immediately available at a touch.  Customers will enjoy seamless integration with Exchange ActiveSync®, quick and easy access to Flickr for sharing and viewing pictures, video, and Android Market with more than 30,000 Google applications.  DROID Incredible by HTC is the first Verizon Wireless phone that takes advantage of Qualcomm’s 1GHz superfast Snapdragon processor, and it’s the first available phone from Verizon Wireless to include an          8 megapixel camera. 
        Shortly after the phone becomes available, customers will be able to enjoy two of the latest exclusive apps from Verizon Wireless – NFL Mobile and Skype mobile™.
Additional Key features:       
  • Android 2.1 with HTC Sense experience
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ processor for maximum responsiveness
  • Friend Stream for unified Flickr, Facebook and Twitter updates
  • “Leap” view for quick access to all seven home screen panels
  • 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash for crisp, detailed images
  • Razor-sharp 3.7 inch WVGA (480×800) AMOLED capacitive touch display
  • Optical joystick for smooth navigation
  • Dedicated, touch-sensitive Home, Menu, Back and Search keys
  • Proximity sensor, light sensor and digital compass
  • Integrated GPS
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
 
Price and availability:
  • DROID Incredible will be available for pre-order online at www.verizonwireless.combeginning on April 19 and it will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores on April 29.  Pricing will be $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
  • DROID Incredible customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan.  Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access.  Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.
  • For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

HTC HD Mini Software Tour

Here’s a follow up to yesterday’s HTC HD Mini hardware tour video (1080p video is still being processed by YouTube). This time you’ll see the device in action and a quick comparison against the current top of the line Windows Phone, the HTC HD2. As you will see the HTC HD Mini is nearly as smooth and snappy as the HD2 but lacks in other areas. If you want me to show some other parts of the software don’t hesitate to ask bellow, on Twitter or by mail.

HTC needs your help for a new device name


HTC is asking its fans to help find a an original product name for a new unanounced device.  The company has posted the following message on Facebook:

The guys and gals in the lab are working on something new and we want you involved in the process. We are looking for a name that is playful and full of youth. If you were to choose one of the following names for a new phone, what would it be?

The 4 names are : HTC Festi, HTC Wildfire, HTC Jovi & HTC Zeal

Source: HTC’s Facebook via Pocketnow

nVidia loses major Tegra contract with Samsung, lowers expectations

This shouldn’t come as a surprise especially for those who have been following nVidia for a while. The big green company has always been known to be good on the PR front but severely lacking when it comes to product delivery and real functionalities. According to Semiaccurate, Samsung has decided to drop a major contract it had with Nvidia for Tegra based phones. I’ve been following Tegra news and developement ever since it was announced back in 2008 find it kinda ironic that the only handheld products shipping with a Tegra SoC are the Zune HD and the Samsung M1 PMP (this thing shouldn’t even count given that it was only released in South Korea and nearly didn’t sell at all). Interstingly the first (and probably last) Tegra based phones are only coming out now, the Kin One & Two. Here again there’s nothing exceptional given that those two products are basically Zune HD phones as I reported here they have the exact same Tegra APX2600 and run on the same WinCE Kernel. As Charlie points out in his post, nVidia totally messed the whole thing since the beginning by partnering exclusively with Microsoft. Tegra was supposed to be the preferred SoC for Windows Mobile 7 handsets (launching in Q3/4 2009) and if memory doesn’t fail me, a couple of WM7 Motorola products were supposed to hit the market in Fall 09 and even HTC had a Tegra based phone (SuperStar) in the works back then,same for Samsung (see linkedIn info on WM7/Tegra work). Unfortunately Microsoft decided to scrap WM7 aka Photon in Q2 2008 leaving nVidia only with the Pink Project that was supposed to launch at MWC 09 (it didn’t and MS only unveiled WM6.5.) Because Tegra was only compatible with WinCE, nVidia had to go back and work on Android/linux support if it wanted to have a chance to sell its chip to OEM/ODMs. But it was too late, Motorola decided to goo 100% Android and use TI OMAP and Qualcomm MSM SoCs,  HTC didn’t see any reason to continue developing a Tegra device given the availability of the more advanced Cortex A8 based Snapdragon SoC  etc…And to make matters worst, Microsoft has decided that Qualcomm’s SnapDragon will be the only supported chipset in Windows Phone 7 in the near future. That leaves nVidia with the KIN phones which are basically the result of the initial partnership with Microsoft 2 years ago. So don’t expect to see any Tegra smartphones in the market soon (and Tegra 2 is currently aimed at the smartbook/netbook market now).

Via: Semiaccurate

HTC Droid Incredible Specifications confirmed

There’s nothing much to say here given that I’ve posted the HTC Droid Incredible specs nealy one week ago when the handset’s manual leaked. But just incase you doubted the authenticity Verizon just posted exactly the same thing on the Droid Incredible product page here. This Incredible looks like it features the exact same 8Mpix camera and Chipset as the HTC EVO 4G but it looks like HTC is crippling the device by not enabeling 720P video encoding again…btw where’s the promised Divx/720P update for the HTC Desire ?

Source: Verizon via Engadget