A couple of LG C900 Pictures and Videos

Android.com.pl is on a roll today after posting the LG E900 pictures and videos this morning they have now posted some new pictures of the EU LG C900 Windows Phone 7 device which looks indentical to the US AT&T version and 2 videos of the device. unfortunately there isn’t much to see in the blurry videos that you can check out below:

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ScanSearch Augmented Reality Application coming to Windows Phone 7

Remember a few days ago I posted about the possibility of seeing Augmented Reality applications on Windows Phone 7 before the end of the year. If you have taken a close attention at all the LG E900media you may have noticed that a particular application seems to be pre-installed on LG’s WP7 handset. The first video was super blurry but the ones posted today reveal that the name of this application is actually ScanSearch:

ScanSearch is an augmented reality application developed by Korean Software Company OlaWorks (whos CEO was previously Managing Director, Online Services Group and GM, Consumer and Online Business at Microsoft) and currently available on the iPhone. I’m guessing that LG has some sort of partnership with Olaworks to develop the Windows Phone 7 version (Olaworks already supplies LG with a Face detection Suite ). As you probably already know there’s no digital Compass API currently available for third-party developers in the SDK but it apparently isn’t the case for OEMs. Check out a video of the iPhone after the break:

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SimplyCube 3D exporter for Windows Phone 7

SimplySim has just released a teaser video for their 3D software solution that enables users to export their 3D scenes directly to Windows Phone 7 (and other devices). It is basically comparable to the Nova4Phone application we saw a couple of days before. The teaser video looks really cool but it would be interesting to see how it actually performs on a real device. SimplySim also developed the 3D assembly application I posted about not long ago. Check out the video below:

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New LG E900 pictures and videos

Here are more pictures a two blurry videos of the upcoming LG E900 Windows Phone 7 handset. The polish site who is publishing them initially claimed (or had a dodgy translation..) that the device was powered by a QSD8650A (the new version clocked at 1.3Ghz and with the Adreno 205 GPU) but has since corrected it back to QSD8650 so we still aren’t 100% of the internals of the device. Remember that the only other device that was rumored to have the new chipset was/is the HTC Mondrian. Other than that the E900 features a 3.7″ screen and all the usual stuff that come with such a device (they claim that it has a mini-usb connector which isn’t the case because it’s micro-usb like all other handsets shipping this year..). Check out the gallery and videos after the break:

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Android isn’t Free ? Anything new we didn’t already know ?

Business Insider has been running a series of “linkbait” articles lately about Windows Phone 7 and Android. The first one titled “Microsoft’s mobile business is now little more than a fantasy” was followed today by an other one titled “Hey, Android People, Is It True That The All-In Cost Of Android Is Much Higher Than $15 Per Unit?”. You see this is how things work: first you trash a product then post a follow up defending it to please both sides and generate maximum traffic. The second one is rather interesting because Henri Blognet has supposedly a close Microsoft source parroting what I, others and Microsoft Execs have been saying all along: Android isn’t free.

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Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Froyo update “Officially” leaks

Samsung has apparently leaked an Android 2.2 Froyo Firmware or the Samsung Galaxy S via the Kies desktop software updater. This I9000XXJPC update only works on Unlocked devices and seems to be filled with little bugs so I wouldn’t recommend flashing it. This is probably an error on Samsung part who may have upload a Beta ROM on the servers. (similar to what happened to HTC withe EVO 4G Froyo update).

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MobileTechWorld Windows Phone 7 Application Teaser

Here’s a short teaser video of the MobileTechWorld Windows Phone 7 Application I’ve been working on (you can vote for it >>HERE<< by Liking the video after Liking the MS Developeurs account (icon top left of the video that appears when you start playing it) and refreshing the page).  I have never coded anything in my life before so this is actually my very first application. I still have a couple of things that I have to implement before launching it in October. As you can see I tried to stay true to the Metro UI and used Panorama and Pivot Controls. I also had to build a video player (using MediaElement) to stream my videos directly to the handset etc.. Check it out after the break:

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Custom Windows Phone 7 Mobile Ad Control: AdMob and others

Here’s a new Mobile Ad Control If you are planning to monetize your free Windows Phone 7 this fall. Contrary to the first one that was made available on codeplex a few weeks ago this new one is more Blend friendly and feature three different template. You can also use Advertising networks other than AdMob by easily editing the code.

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Samsung Epic 4G user manual available for download

The hotly anticipated Samsung Epic 4G is about to hit retail in a few days (August 31th) and as it’s frequently the case the device’s user manual is already up on Samsung’s servers. You can grab it right now if you are planning to get the device next week and be familiar with the product. I just took a quick glance at the pdf and can already tell you that it doesn’t deffer much from the other Galaxy S user manuals.

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Verizon’s HTC EVO / Desire HD emerges in the wild

It now looks like Verizon may be getting its own version of the HTC EVO 4G pretty soon based on a couple leaked pictures. The device definitely looks like it belongs to the 4.3″ family which was introduced to the world nearly a year ago with the HTC HD2. The design seems to be a mix between the EVO 4G (kickstand) and the upcoming HTC Desire HD.

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Neat looking London Travel application for Windows Phone 7 video preview

Here’s a pretty cool looking application for Windows Phone 7 save called Lodon Travel. The application is currently being developed by three guys in the UK (two of them seem to have a pretty good experience with Silverlight). As you can see in the video the application is packed with features like transportation lines, live cameras feeds, news updates etc and currently runs without any major problem on a development device. Head over after the break to check in out:

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Verizon pushing Adnroid 2.2 update to the HTC Droid Incredible today

Time for some Android news courtesy of Verizon. The company has just announced via Twitter that the much anticipated Android 2.2 / Froyo update fro the HTC Droid Incredible is starting to be pushed OTA today. As it was previsouly unveiled theis update will enable 720P video recording among other features that you can see below:

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Bing Maps Technical Evangelist becomes Sr. PM of Bing Mobile

Those of you who have been closely following Microsoft’s Bing and Bing Maps products surely know who Chris Pendleton is. He is announcing today that he will step down from his job as a Bing Maps Technical Evangelist in two weeks to become the Sr Program Manager of Bing Mobile and oversee the development of new unannounced features:

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Windows Live Sync makes a U-Turn and becomes Windows Live Mesh..Again

 

Microsoft doesn’t seem to be afraid to change things up lately. After dropping the ”Series” from Windows Phone 7, canning the Kin devices only a few weeks after launching them they are now re-branding the recently announced (and in Beta) Windows Live Sync service back to Windows Live Mesh (Live sync is/was based on Live Mesh). Microsoft has apparently listened to the beta user complaints and decided to bump the sync storage to 5Gb like it originaly was in Live Mesh and also re-brand the whole thing Windows Live Mesh. Unfortunately there’ still no mobile support yet (Live Mesh had Windows Mobile support) but I wouldn’t be surprised if this changes next year when Microsoft starts to incorporate a Kin Studio like feature into WP7 and updates the MyPhone service as it was previously hinted at.

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Another Windows Phone 7 handset from HTC hits the FCC: HTC NM8PC40100

There isn’t much info about this HTC NM8PC40100 Windows Phone 7 device so this could be one of the many variants of the HTC Schubert, Mozart etc.. One thing is for sure: It’s a GSM device that supports the GSM850 and GSM1900 bands. It definitely looks like there’s going to be more than a few Windows Phone 7 devices launching this fall.

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The T-Mobile G2 aka HTC Desire Z will feature a Qualcomm MSM7x30 Chipset

A leaked T-Mobile G2 aka HTC Vision / Desire Z reveals that the chipset powering the device isn’t a regular QSD8x50 Snapdragon but the new MSM7x30 that was introduced at MWC in February. The MSM7x30 is part of Qualcomm’s SnapDragon family of products (but strangely isn’t branded Snapdragon) as it packs a similar CortexA8+NEON clocked at 800Mhz but has the newest Adreno 205 GPU instead of the Adreno 200 found in the QSD8x50 platform. The MSM7x30 basically fits between today’s QSD8X50 and the upcoming QSD8X50A (CortexA8 @ 1.3Ghz + Adreno 205). It will be interesting to see if HTC is also going to uses this platform in the upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices (HTC Schubert, Mozart,Gold etc…).If you remember, the leaked HTC Mondrian Rom indicated that the mysterious device had an QSD8X50A. You can read more about the Adreno 205 here.

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The Harvest Windows Phone 7 3D Game videos

Here are 10 gameplay videos of the Windows Phone 7 3D Action/RPG game The Harvest. The Harvest was the first WP7 3D game ever shown during the MIX10 event in March and demonstrates what can currently be done on the platform with XNA. The game will be an Xbox launch title this fall:

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Google Gaming Developer Advocate quits after only four months, praises XNA and Silverlight

Now this is kinda interesting; gaming industry veteran, Mark DeLoura, just quit his job as a gaming developer advocate at Google only four months after being hired by the search giant. This wouldn’t really be super newsworthy if he didn’t actually praise Microsoft’s XNA + Silverlight effort as being the closets to enable developers to finally develop multi-platform (and cloud based games) without the need to write / code in different languages:

As game developers we’ve talked about the idea of making multiple-platform game access simpler for a long time – trans-platform play where the experiences may be different, as opposed to cross-platform play where the experiences are the same – and it should be easier for developers to create clients for web, mobile and desktop without needing to write them in completely different languages or using vastly different SDKs. Microsoft is closest to this with XNA and Silverlight across multiple platforms; Apple’s SDKs across iPhone, iPad and Mac OSX are pretty cleverly designed as well; and Google is approaching it with Android NDK and Chrome Native Client.

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