2 more Windows Phone 7 hands-on videos

Looks like a bunch of guys have recorded videos of the Windows Phone 7 prototypes at Microsoft’s NYC event yesterday. The first one shows the same Asus prototype we have seen in the video posted a few hours ago. You well basically see the same stuff demoed earlier (video is a bit out of focus though..):

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Motorola Droid X officially announced: Shipping July 15th for 199$

Motorola is currently holding a press conference in San Frasicsco for the launch of the Motorola Droid X smartphone. The device will officially start shipping on July 15th for $199 with contract (and after a $100 mail in rebate). Unfortunately the Droid X will ship with Android 2.1 and not 2.2. The Froyo update (which includes Flash 10.1 support) is said to be coming later this summer. On the hardware side of things, there nothing we really didn’t already know know thanks to the numerous leaks since May. The Motorola Droid X packs a TI OMAP 3630 chipset clocked at 1GHz, a 4.3″ 854×480 capacitive touchscreen (but the device is physically bigger that the HTC EVO 4G and HTC HD2), 8gb of local storage (and Micro-SD expansion slot and a 16gb micro-sd card will be offered in the box), an 8Mpx camera with Dual LED flash capable of 720P video recording, HDMI out, aGPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, DNLA support, Wifi tethering, 3 microphones for noise cancelation and will come preloaded with the Swype on-screen keyboard (the regular keyboard also support multi-touch).

Source: Verizon

New Windows Phone 7 hands-on video

Microsoft held a an event iin NYC last where a bungch of Windows Phone 7 prototype handsets were shown.IntoMobile manage to grab some pretty good footage of what looks like one of the latest builds of the mobile OS. You will notice that everything is super smooth like I’ve showed you a few weeks ago in my video with the Samsung Taylor prototype. It’s nice to see performance being a top priority for the WP7 team. Adding features should be next… Watch the full video after the break:

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Nokia drops Symbian from N Series after Nokia N8, Meego to replace it

According to Cnet Australia, the company has apparently decided that the Nokia N8 will be the last N Series handset to run the Symbian operating system and that all future N devices will be based on the Meego OS (formerly known as Maemo… Can’t say I”m surprised especially after seeing how the Finish giant has a hard time modernizing it’s symbian OS (especially in terms of UI performances and UX). Symbian ^3 and Symbian^4 arnet”t completely out of the door thought. Nokia plans to use it on more mass market (mid-end) devices.

According to the Nokia peeps we spoke to, the N8 will be the last N-series to run on Nokia’s Symbian platform; all N-Series from here on will run MeeGo. This leaves Symbian (in its current version 3 and the future version 4) on Nokia’s X- and E-series devices, with the budget-conscious C-series making use of the existing Series 40 platform. The N9 will be the first MeeGo device, but with the N8 shipping at the end of Q3 or early Q4 it’s hard to say whether the N9 will see the inside of phone stores before the end of the year.

Source: Cnet

Samsung Captivate early hands-on preview


Engadget has posted and quick hands-on preview of the Samsung Gala… Samsung Captivate handset expected to launch on At&T this summer. The Captivate is the AT&T branded and re-designed version of the Samsung Galaxy S unfortunately the device they had in there hands was supposedly a prototype with a lower clocked S5PC1101A01 chipset and still unfinished software (looks like AT&T is adding some crap to the OS…) Check out the video below:

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HTC EVO 4G capped framerate issues

HTC EVO 4G owners have recently reported that the device’s frame rate seems to be capped at 30FPS (can be seen in several benchmark applications) while others are also reporting laggy touch/finger detection in several applications or throughout the OS. HTC has already stated in an official reply that the 30fps was “fixed at the hardware level. It is not an artificial cap”. The hardware is obviously capable of rendering more than 30fps so a couple of XDA users have decided to try to fix this “non-issue”. First off people must understand that the device isn’t broken or anything like that. What is happening here is that the screen V-Sync is enabled and set to 30Hz. What to see more that 30fps? Just disable V-sync and the “problem” will be “fixed” but you will have to suffer from screen tearing. This is apparently what some folks at XDA have done as you can see in the video below (a video recorded at 20fps meant to show the uncapped frame rate is totally useless..but you get to see the frame rate counter hitting 54fps…):

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Powermote: Windows Phone 7 remote control for PowerPoint

The team at Clarity Consulting has build a new Windows Phone 7 application to remotely control PowerPoint apllications. Powermote lets the user swipe betweent the lsides directly on his device or use the three onscreen button to navigate through the presentation. It also includes a timer and the ability to display the notes for each slide.

The app consists of a PowerPoint add-in that hosts a WCF service. The add-in creates a ribbon menu item to connect to the phone. Clicking “Connect to Phone” sends a push notification to the phone via the Microsoft Push Notification Service. The phone then sends a request to the WCF service hosted in PowerPoint to request data about the presentation along with URIs for the slides images that the add-in saves out as thumbnails. It’s definitely easier to build office add-ins with VS2010 and Office 2010

Check out the video demonstration after the break:

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Bing Music coming soon (in a few hours…)

Those of you who live in the US and use Microsoft’s Zune marketplace may have notice that the service was down today for a “scheduled maintenance”. This so called scheduled maintenance is actually the launch of Microsoft’s new Bing Music service later today. Bing Music will allow people to search for an artist or song on Bing and directly get a link to a streaming version of the song and the possibility to purchase this song without having to use anything but the search engine.

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