The LG Panther / GW910 hits the FCC

The LG Panther / GW910 Windows Phone handset has just passed the FCC certification in the US. But keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that the device will ever hit retail. Microsoft has made it clear that this device and the Samsung Taylor (and Asus Galaxy 6) were only prototype development handset that are not going to be full blown retail products. Also keep in mind that the Samsung Taylor has passed the FCC a cople of weeks ago under the Samsung SHG-i707 name. So no big deal here. The LG E900 and C900 are going to be LG’s first WP7 retail products.

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Create Games for Windows Phone 7: XNA Educational Series

Today’s a big day for Windows Phone 7 developers with the announcement that the final tools that will include the much anticipated official controls will be released on September 16 th and the launch of a Education Series aimed at developers who wish to build XNA games for the platform. The first part of Phase 1 is now up and includes the following chapters:

Get introduced to Windows Phone 7, and phone game development with XNA Game Studio.
This set of educational content is for all skill levels and phases of development, with a focus on introducing basic game techniques – such as input, graphics, and sound –to developers interested in making games on Windows Phone 7 using XNA Game Studio 4.0.

Part One: Available Now!
1- Catapult Wars Lab
2- Orientation Sample
3- Sound and Music Sample
4- 2D Graphics Sample
5- Particles Sample
6- 2D Asset Types Article
6- Intro to C# From Objective-C and Java Article
7- Gestures Article

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Final Windows Phone 7 developer tools shipping on September 16th

Microsoft has just announced that the final version of the Windows Phone 7 developer tools will ship on September 16th and that the current tools have already been downloaded more than 300,000 times (CTP and Beta). Many developer are waiting for the final tools mainly because of the current lack of crucial controls like Panorama, Pivot, List, Bing Maps etc ( Developers have to currently build their own controls or use open-source versions available on the web) and the presence of several bugs that make development a little bit tricky.

Of course, it’s not just the big names in development who are going to bring great titles to Windows Phone 7 customers. There are many multiples more of lesser known developers who are looking to be in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Large or small, all developers will have equal opportunity to capitalize on the first mover advantage of having their apps or games ready at launch. In order to do that, there are a few things developers will need to do:

1.Register at the marketplace today
2.Finish you application or game using the Beta tools
3.Download the final Windows Phone Developer Tools when they are released on September 16th
4.Recompile your app or game using the final tools5.Have your XAP ready for ingestion into the marketplace in early October when it opens

The final tools will likely have some minor breaking changes from the Beta tools, so developers may have to fix some bugs that arise. The final tools will also include several highly requested Silverlight controls which will make it even easier for developers to deliver high quality Windows Phone 7 experiences. Also in the September 16th final release, the panorama, pivot and Bing maps controls will all be available to drop into applications.

 

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N-trig to provide Capacitive Touchscreen panels for the rumored HTC Chrome OS / Android tablet

It looks like the HTC Google Chrome OS / Android tablet rumors just won’t die. The latest we heard is that this mysterious slate will launch this november in the US (on Verizon?) and comes news that Israeli touchscreen maker N-trig is supplying the capacitive digitizers to HTC. What is interesting here is that N-trig is close Microsoft partner (Microsoft has also invested in the company last year) and their claim of fame is the fact that they were the first company to have a shipping capacitive screen that worked alongside a pressure sensitive pen/stylus. Pen and inking  isn’t really something Google’s products are know to do well (Android or Chrome OS) so one has to wonder why HTC will go for the more expensive N-trig panels instead of “regular” capacitive panels from companies like Cypress, Sharp etc. This is all rumors though and nobody know for sure if this so-called tablet is really based on and Google OS and not Windows.

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Video of the LG E900 Windows Phone 7 handset in the wild

Here’s what appears to be the first ever public sighting of the LG E900 (the second LG Windows Phone 7 handset set to launch this fall ). This one looks kinda sexy and definitely better looking than the LG C900 we saw a few days ago (and doesn’t have a sliding hardware keyboard). The screen size looks to be 3.7″ and it looks like there are some pre-installed OEM (or Operator) software on it, one in particular looks like a tethering/syncing app (AFAIK WP7 doesn’t support tethering out-of-the-box and I don’t know if OEM can add it…). More after the break:

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Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 interview and Ilomilo walkthrough videos

Can’t get enough of Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 and Ilomilo? Here are two videos courtesy of Microsoft shot during GamesCom last week. The first one is an interview of Microsoft’s  Xbox Live General Manger, Ron Pessner discussing the Xbox Live implementation on Windows Phone 7. The second is a walkthrough of Ilomilo on an LG Panther/ GW910 handset (handled by Microsoft’s General Manager for Mobile Gamin at Microsoft’s Game Studios, Matt Booty). Check them out after the break:

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Sim Unlock your Samsung Galaxy S in less than five minutes without rooting it

The Samsung Galaxy S is shaping up to be one of the best smartphone released this year and things are getting even better. For those who don’t know yet, several mobile operators in Europe are actually selling their own branded versions of the Galaxy S totally sim-unlocked. I don’t really know how this happened or if this is still the case but the first batch of phones shipped in France for example didn’t get locked before hitting retail. But if you are in the possession of a sim-locked handset (especially in the US with the Vibrant, Captivate, Fascinate and Epic 4G) you can now easily unlocked your device in less than five minutes for free and without even rooting it. Thanks to dagentooboy over at XDA-Devs here are the instructions:

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