HTC Desire Software Tour video


Want to see how fast a smooth HTC’s Sense UI runs on the HTC Desire? Check out the video below that I shot today where you’ll will see that the Desire is one heck of speedy handset. as you will see the only time I saw lag was when I set a live Wallpaper (animated wallpaper), so turning it off and reverting back to a traditional one fixed the issue. HTC’s Sense UI on the Desire is basically the same as on the HTC Legend which is an update versions on the one introduced on the HTC Hero nearly one year ago.

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HTC Desire vs HTC HD2: Browser Performance video


Here’s a video a shot showing the performance of the HTC Desire vs the HTC HD2 when it comes to loading and rendering web page using the default browser on both handsets. The first thing you will notice is that both devices are nearly identical in speed when loading the web page but things are quite different once you start navigating…Pages are always render fully zoomed-out and fit perfectly in the whole screen on the HTC Desire (same as on the iPhone) unlike Opera Mobile on the HD2. The second advantage of the HTC Desire is the fact that you will never witness any checkerboard pattern once the page is fully loaded and even-though text re-flow is present it doesn’t mess up you ability to zoom into pictures like Opera does on Windows Mobile. Finally the Desire’s browser support flash (not Flash 10.1 yet AFAICS) but as I mention in the video, the quality of the videos played through the browser is sub-par so you will need to check them out in the native YouTube application to experience them in the fully glory. Check out the video below:

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Windows Phone Services: The key to Microsoft’s success in the mobile market?

I was looking at Microsoft‘s Jobs ads today and noticed a couple new openings in the E&D division related to a newly formed Windows Phone team called: Windows Phone Services. Here’s the description:

The WPS team is a newly formed team within Windows Phone Engineering focused on delivery of innovative services that light up Windows Phones. We are passionate about delivering world-class services to our users and partners. We take a long term view of engineering, and invest in software engineering quality and productivity along with service delivery consistency and scalability.

What kind of services are they talking about? The first thing that comes to mind is services similar to myPhone, Bing or the Marketplace, but there are already development teams dedicated to both of these services. Another piece of info can be found in a second Job posting:

The Windows Phone Services(WPS) is in charge of the next generation connected mobile services for Windows Phones. We’re going head to head with iPhone, Android and other key players in mobile – we’re all in to win and mobile services is will take us there. We’re on the cusp of a big release with Windows Phone 7 and planning for next release is well under way. This is an exciting time to join a stellar team with a big charter and make a difference that will echo through the world.

As you can see in the quote above Microsoft thinks that these new “next generation” services are going to help them go against the competition and one of the most intersting info is also the mention that the work/planning of the next Windows Phone (Windows Phone 8?) is already well underway.

Here’s another quote describing the Windows Phone Services:

The Windows Phone Service team is at the frontier of Microsoft’s effort to fight back and dominate the mobile market. Our goal is to create unprecedented mobile user experience powered by innovative services. We are passionate about delivering world-class services to our users and partners. We take a long term view of engineering, and invest in soft engineering quality and productivity along with service delivery consistency and scalability.

And a last one:

This team will develop the services to work with mobile operators to advance our commerce offerings. You will offer independent thinking and develop high quality services to work with worldwide network of mobile operators. You also will be exposed to the challenging opportunities that are part of being in a highly competitive industry for the phone services. You will create the software that your mom, grandma, friends, and the 5-year old niece will use and appreciate.

Now the question is: Will Microsoft talk about these services anytime soon and are some of them already included in Windows Phone 7? One thing is for sure though; Microsoft isn’t getting out of the mobile market any-time soon.

Source: Microsoft: 1, 2, 3, 4