Microsoft Benelux Windows Phone 7 keynote ang LG Panther action

Microsoft Benelux hosted a Windows Phone 7 event for its local MVPs in the Netherlands this week and talked about the latest development updates and had a couple of prototype to show off. The Video is in Dutch but you can pretty much guess what is being said based on the PowerPoint slides projected behind the speaker. The other piece of news is that Windows Phone 7 is supposedly launching in October-November (this confirms what MS VP Mich Mathews said during her introduction speech yesterday). Be sure to check the neat looking LG Panther GW910 action at the end of the video. The device (and the OS) is looking better than ever but IE Mobile still needs a bit of work IMO. Video after the break:

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Nice iPhone 4 first impressions video

Brandon at Pocketnow has just posted a cool first impressions video of the iPhone 4. I won’t get my hands on one until next month so It’s nice to hear what other’s think about it (sites other than Engadget, Giz etc…you know what I mean..) especially when you take into account that Brandon waited 11 hours to get it (!). You will see him give you a hardware tour of the device and also some quick size comparison vs the HTC HD2, Nexus One.. Check it out below:

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No Android 2.2 for the Sprint HTC Hero and Samsung Moment

Sprint has just announced via Twitter that the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment won’t get an Android 2.2 unlike the HTC EVO 4G which is expected to get soon. So….Android isn’t fragmented..right Google?

Source: Twitter

Android 2.2 for the HTC EVO 4G lauching the near future

An Sprint Employee has just post on the company’s message board that the Android 2.2/ Froyo upgrade for the HTC EVO 4G will launch soon:

As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future. It also will be available as an upgrade on the recently launched HTC EVO 4G.

With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.

An early hacked port of the vanilla Android 2.2 rom is already available for the EVO 4G but I wouldn’t recommend to use it.

Source: Sprint

Android 2.2 Froyo coming to Motorola Droid late July and Droid X in August

According the leaked picture above the official Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Motorola Droid is scheduled to be released in Late July while the Droid X will have to wait until August. The Motorola Droid X will initially ship with android 2.1 on July 15th but Motorola Droid users can already flash leaked Android 2.2 ROM on their rooted device if they are brave enough.

Source: DroidForums

Motorola Droid X 720P video samples

720P video recording seems to be THE feature on all the latest high-end handsets launching this year. We’ve already seen the iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC EVO 4G and Acer Stream but is time to see how the Droid X gets the job done. The videos posted below were all shot with the current rom (which probably isn’t final yet) and looks fairly good IMO (better than the EVO 4G and Acer Stream but with same nasty pink spot in the middle..).

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Windows Phone 7 Jump List control and CTA Bus Tracker application

Even-though Windows Phone 7′s SDK is really top notch and packed with features and tools a lot of “basic controls” are currently missing like Panorama / Pivot (an official version will be released later this summer) and a Jump List control similar to the one found in the People’s Hub contact manager and Zune Hub. Clarity Consulting has just finished code a Jump List control for Windows Phone 7 and will release the source code shortly for those of you who wish to integrate it in a project.

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New Windows Phone 7 presentation Keynote: Advertising, Voice Activated search

Here’s an interesting Windows Phone 7 presentation that took place today during the Cannes Lions Festival in Fance. First off you will notice that Microsoft‘s Senior VP of Marketing, Mich Mathews announces that WP7 will launch in October..take this with a grain of salt thought as nothing has officially been said other than “in times for the holidays”. You will then see Microsoft’s GM, Kostas Mallios demonstrates how Windows Phone 7 can be used as an advertising platform. There’s a couple of interesting bits in his demo starting with the fact that voice activated search seems to work perfectly in Bing. Kostas also demonstrates that users will be able to download applications directly from the web through secure links that go straight to the application on the Marketplace (similar to the iPhone and android) and the ability for advertisers (and basically all third-party developers) to analyse the application’s usage and push down notifications to the phone to remind the user about it it (this is not the default behaviour of the app, users will obviously be able to opt-in or out of push notifications for every app). Check out the 8mins video after the break:

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