Members of the press have just received an invitation to a Motorola and Verizon launch event taking place on June 23. Titled “Unleashing the Next Generation of Droid” I cn only assume that this will be the official unveiling of the new Motorola Droid 2 and Motorola Droid X handsets that we have seen a lot lately.
Microsoft’s Brad Watson has shared some more info about the Windows Phone 7 development handsets that the company is going to start shippping to select developers in July:
We are still in the process of putting the final touches to each of our programs which will enable developers to get devices, so the only thing I can ask is to be patient. Orchestrating this sort of thing is quite challenging, but I can say this: we are putting devices in hands starting next month. We will be doing so for a broad range of developers…not just big ISVs. Individual developers with great ideas are just as important. Active folks on this forum are the very people we need to get phones to. People who have figured out to find my corporate email and ping me personally will get forwarded to our platform envangelists, and they will follow up with you directly.
We can’t give a phone to everyone who asks in the immediate time frame. We can’t make 100K developer phones by next month. I wish we could. We will do our best, but invariably someone is going to be disappointed. I am going to apologize for that ahead of time. Many folks are asking for phones to see what their apps look like. The emulator does a fantastic job of getting you most of the way there. There are things the emulator can’t do, of course, but it’s pretty darn good.
Simply asking for a phone won’t be enough…we are looking for committed developers who can demonstrate that they are building real apps. For us to show up to an event with phones for everyone is great for blog and media coverage, and to hand out a lot of phones, but it doesn’t optimize for developers doing app development. I would rather give a phone to the 2 man team in Italy that has a great idea and is showing progress, but no ability to travel around the world to an event, than to give a phone to someone who had budget from his company to get to an event, but has no intention of building apps for the phone.
The developer phones going out next month, and through the summer, won’t be final build quality – they are meant for testing and readiness for the marketplace opening later this year. Developer purchasable phones (ones you can buy, which are unlocked) probably won’t be available until after launch. The OEMs and mobile operators don’t want final phone designs hitting the market ahead of launch. In the mean time, we have many many thousands of phones which we are looking to get into developers’ hands so that we can harness the collective creativity, passion and desire to be amongst the first to publish apps to the Windows Phone 7 Markteplace.
According to Adobe Flash evangelist Michael Chaize, Flash and AIR will be supported in Windows Phone 7 within months after the initial launch of the platform this fall:
He added that Windows Phone 7 will not be long delayed, which intrigued me since that platform itself is not yet done. Although Microsoft and Adobe have said that Flash will not be in the initial release, Chaize says that it will come “within months” afterwards, where “months” implies less than a year – maybe six months or so.
Still a long way off but it’s good to know that Adobe and Microsoft are hard at work.
Source: Tim Anderson via WME
The Samsung Galaxy Beam Android handset that packs a DLP Pico-Projector is said to finally start shipping in Korea next months and probably this fall in Europe and the US. The device was first announced during MWC2010 (but I totally forgot to check it out when I was there) and features a 3.7″ WVGA Super AMOLED, a 8 Mpix camera with HD recording capabilities (the same as on the Samsung Galaxy S I guess) and Android 2.1. I guess that it will also have the same S5PC110A01 chipset. Check out the full specs list below:
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I just came across some weird info found by WMexperts who has a list of Windows Phone 7 shortcomings that they found on a guys blog who attended TechED last week. One thing doesn’t right at all:
No Video Capture Support. Phones will have a camera but not video capture support, and also no video brush.
Now I’m not exactly sure what he is talking about here. Video Capture support in Silverlight on WP7? Or video capture support in the OS? If it’s in SilverLight then he can be right because this functionality was only recently introduced in Silverlight 4 on the Desktop (support for webcams with real-time brushes and shaders effects). If it’s in the OS that he is wrong, unless something has changed at the last minutes (I don’t think so). Video Capture is supported in windows Phone 7 as seen in the screenshot above from the Emulator (notice you can select between taking snapshots and videos). Now it is not known if third-party applications will have a direct access to this functionality in the first release thought. And I should remind you that the LG Panther / GW910 does support HD 720P video recording.
Regarding his other points he is mainly right but you have to look at those restrictions from the point of vue of a third party developers. For example the no BlueTooth API stuff is half true. It’s true that there’s no BT API exposed right now to Third-party devs but one does exist in WP7 (for OEMs etc). About his last point:
The TechEd demos of WP7 applications had a common theme; they crashed, hung up, or gave peculiar error messages. For a platform that is going to be delivered in the October timeframe (3 months away), it is hard to have much short-term faith in the new platform.
Well I suggest you check it out yourself and head to the MStechED website a watch the videos (or you can find some here). The majority problems came from the network (3G/Wifi) and applications who couldn’t connect to retrieve data.
Source: DotNET via WMExperts
The Motorola Droid 2 and Droid X info keeps on coming these days. this time we are getting some info on both handset’s marketing campaigns thanks to a few leaked documents detailing Motorola’s plans. One interesting bit that comes out of it is that the Motorola Droid 2 will be apparently clocked at 1 Ghz (TI OMAP 3630) and not 720MHz as previously rumored. Check out the rest of the docs after the break:
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