Video Editing on the Nokia N8

Hot on the heels of yesterday iMovie for iPhone 4 announcement comes this video showcase of the photo and video editing capabilities of the Nokia N8. Both functionalities will come free on the N8 unlike iMovies for the iPhone 4 which will cost $4.99. On the other hand Nokia will seriously have to hurry up and fix the abyssal frame rate of the UI. The lack of v-sync and subsequent screen tearing is unaceptable. Video after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 development handsets shipping in July to select developers

LG Panther / GW910 @ Microsoft France

Microsoft’s Brad Watson has confirmed today during TechED  what I repoted 2 days ago ; the Windows Phone 7 development handsets will finally be available in July to select developers who will have to contact Microsoft to request one (devices will be available to devs in 29 countries). Several prototype models will be available but all will have similar hardware specifications so you can probably expect to see the LG Panther / GW910, Asus Galaxy 6 and probably some other OEM (I don’t really think that we are going to see one from HTC).

UPDATE: Brad Watson has just posted more information :

I’m here at TechEd, and there’s a lot of talk about Windows Phone 7 devices and when they are going to be made available. One cool thing that the team is doing is handing out coupons to event attendees redeemable for general availability devices when they start shipping. We’re only handing out around 50 or so of these coupons, so it’s definitely not a broad distribution. It’s meant for people who are attending sessions or wearing Windows Phone hats around the show floor.

Developer devices are also on everyone’s lips. During the Windows Phone session yesterday, Terry Myerson (he runs engineering for Windows Phone 7) stated that we will start putting phones into select developers’ hands next month. That’s exciting stuff. Obviously we’re starting with the developers who have invested in the Silverlight and .NET platforms, registered at Windows Phone Marketplace and have begun building apps with the Windows Phones Developer Tools. Specifics of the programs are TBD, but we are going to want to get phones into large ISV hands, small team hands…you name it. We’re definitely not going to carpet bomb phones; we want to get maximum leverage for our phone distribution to developers.

Source: Brandon Watson

Have a Windows Phone 7 App idea? Microsoft will buy it from you for $5000 if you win


Microsoft is running a contest t’ill July 8th and giving away $5000 to the best entry:

Description: Ever had a great idea for a Windows Phone app? Pitch us the idea and if it gets the votes, we’ll build your app and make it available on Marketplace as a FREE download for Windows Phone 7. Submit video or written description of the dream app you need.

Rewards:

  • Grand Prize Winner: One winner, selected by a Windows panel of judges from the top 150 Most Viral entries, will win the honor and glory of getting the app they need available as a FREE download on Marketplace, $5,000 and a new Windows Phone 7 device.
  • Runners-up: Four runners-up, selected by a Windows panel of judges from the top 150 Most Viral entries, will receive a 16GB Zune HD.
How to Submit:

  1. Record or write (blog) your idea for a totally new, totally original Windows Phone application (app)  — show us how creative you are.
  2. Click the Submit Entry tab and follow the steps provided.
  3. Tell your friends to come to Brickfish and vote for your entry!

Submit your entry below:

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HTC Liberty and HTC Aria: The Android version of the HTC HD Mini

Why does HTC love to sell the same handset under different names and packages? To confuse everybody I guess. The HTC Wildfireisn’t even out yet and we are already seeing proofs of the existence of an other entry-level Android smartphone with similar specs but this time with the same design as the HTC HD Mini Windows Mobile 6.5.3 handset. The device is called the HTC Liberty or HTC Aria or HTC Bee or HTC Intruder (I guess that it depends on the carrier) and will have similar specs to the HTC HD Mini (same MSM7227 chipset and 3.2″ screen etc) but with Android instead of WinMo and an optical trackpad like the HTC Desire, Legend and Wildfire.

Source: AC and Twitter

Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPad A4 ARM Chipset has the same core as Samsung’s S5PC110

UBM TechInsights has just issued a press release and a couple of documents showing that Apple’s A4 chipset found in the iPhone 4 and the iPad shares the exact same ARM core as the Samsung S5PC110A01 found in the Samsung Wave and Samsung Galaxy S Handsets. There’s nothing surprising here given that this core was build by Intrinsity for Samsung (who also manufactures the Apple SoCs). Intrisity was then bought by Apple a few weeks ago. Steve Jobs can claim that Apple build the A4 but the fact is that Intrisity did it before being bought by Apple. At the end of the day this doesn’t really matter much (and the both chipset use different GPUs anyway). Full press release after the break:

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Another Comics Reader Application for Windows Phone 7: Ave Comics


Microsoft’s DeepZoom control in Windows Phone 7seems to be a hit with developers, especially for building comic book readers. After Graphic.ly and Clarity Consulting here comes a French comics reader called Ave Comics powered by Aquafadas. The library seems to be filled with French English and Thaî comics as you can see in the video below:

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iPhone 4 Camera / Photo samples

I just noticed that Apple has provided 6 photo samples (re-sized them to save bandwidth, originals are here) supposedly taken with the iPhone 4 5mpix camera. According to them those picture are untouched and come straight from the device taken in optimal condotions. If that’s indeed the case  then all I can say is; wow. They just look awesome, there no blurring at the edges and no sharpening artifacts at all. Other companies like HTC, Samsung or LG can learn a thing or two because this thing is leagues better than what they are currently shipping. Here’s a sample from the upcoming LG Panther/ GW910 Windows Phone 7 device but the Nokia N8 is still the best I’ve seen so far (with its 12 Mpix sensor).

Check out some new samples (HD Video) here and an HTC EVO 4G vs iPhone 4 HD video comparison here