HTC posts higher profit than expected

HTC is happy to announce that its second-quarter earnings result is better than its original guidance. Nothing has really been detailed yet but it is expected that the company’s Android handsets record sales are the driving force behind the massive 33% jump in profit year-on-year ($268 million versus $202 million). Nobody can deny that HTC’s decision to stop being a Windows Mobile only OEM and bet heavily on Android has probably saved the company’s XXX given the current status of Windows Mobile (thanks to the massive Windows Mobile 7 aka Windows Phone 7 delay).

Source: WSJ

Silverlight for Symbian officially released

That’s right folks, the first retail mobile platform to support Microsoft’s Silverlight technology (in the browser) isn’t Windows Phone 7 but Nokia’s Symbian. Today is the official availability day of the Silverlight plugin/app for available for Nokia S60 5th Edition devices such as Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 Mini. The app can be download for free directly though Nokia’s OVI store:

Silverlight, a cross-browser, cross-platform implementation of the .NET Framework for building media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web on desktop computers, is also available for Nokia S60 5th Edition devices such as Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and N97. Silverlight applications now can be viewed inside mobile browser.

Source: OVI

Windows Phone 7 ICE Application: In Case of Emergency

Windows Phone 7 prototype applications are popping up everywhere lately. This one is called ICE (Ice Case of Emergency) and currently being developed as a free application:

I decided to create a video of an application I made called ICE (which stands for In case of Emergency). Should the owner of this app get into an accident, a paramedic could launch the ICE app and see details of the owner (e.g. ICE Contacts/Medications/Allergies/Conditions) very quickly and easily. This information could prove crucial in an emergency situation. It’s still in development (waiting for an SDK update) and will be made available completely free of charge in Windows Marketplace when WP7 launches.

Video after the break:

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HTC Desire vs Samsung Galaxy S: Quake 2 performance

We already saw the Samsung Galaxy S running Quake 3 without breaking a sweat a few days ago. But how does it compare to HTC’s latest Android smartphone? Here’s a video of Quake 2 running on an HTC Desire next to a Galaxy S…the verdict is that HTC’s handset gets totally slaughtered by Samsung’s offering. My guess is that this has more to do with Qualcomm/HTC sub-par drivers than the actual GPU power under the hood (even though the PowerVR SGX540 GPU in the Galaxy S is in definitely more powerful that the current Qualcomm Adreno 200 found in the QSD8×50 SnapDragon. Watch the whole thing after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 Meteor Hub: Media Center Remote application

Here’s a pretty cool Windows Phone 7 application called Meteor Hub which acts as a remote control for Windows Media Center. As You can see the app uses the Panorama control to let the user navigate through is media library:

A short tour around the hub of the Meteor Windows Phone 7 application.

The video gives a short demo of the integrated experience this Windows Media Center remote control application provides, including some gestures, how media is controlled and transitions between audio and video tracks.

This is still a work in progress using placeholder controls, so keep that in mind.

Check out the video after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 retail material hitting AT&T stores this month?

It is starting to look like Windows Phone 7 is definitely launching sooner than later. We have already heard several Microsoft employees mention October as a probable launch date (here and here)  and today this AT&T document indicates that the retail signage material for WP7 is about to hit the stores this month on July 24th to prepare for a fall launch.

Source: Engadget

More Windows Phone 7 hands-on videos

I hope that you guys aren’t tired of watching Windows Phone 7 in action because there’s some really nice stuff to look at after the break. French magazine 01net got a hands-on walk-through on the Samsung Taylor prototype handset last week (similar to the one I had the chance to handle not long ago) and posted the whole thing today. The build being shown is probably one of the latest to date and seems to be fully functional. Hit the link to check out all the videos below (yes there’s a 15s ad at the start of each video that can’t be skipped…:-/ and refresh the page if some of the videos don’t load up):

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LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic Android 2.2 smartphones announced

It is no secret than LG is focusing its mobile effort on Android and Windows Phone 7 and today the company has announced the launch of its Optimus line of handheld products (which has already launched in South Korea a little while ago..) running on a range of operating systems (Android Tablet included). With WP7 still being finalised LG could only announce Android based phones today and that’s exactly what they did with the LG Optimus One and LG Optimus Chic. Both devices will ship with Android 2.2 on board later this year and a yet un-announced Android based Tablet is scheduled to hit retail before the end of the year. Now I guess that the LG Panther aka LG GW910 (and maybe the LG C900?) will also be a member of the Optimus line once Microsoft officially ships the RTM version of WP7 to OEMs in the coming weeks. Full press release after the break:

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