Augmented Reality applications coming to Windows Phone 7

Augmented Reality applications are quickly becoming must have items on any mobile platform. Layar, the most famous one is now being pre-installed on several LG Android handsets and all the Galaxy S devices from Samsung. Google is pushing hard behind Goggles on Android too and the iPhone’s appstore is packed with AU applications (Layar is obviously in there too). But what about Windows Phone 7? Well nothing has been announced or shown yet and the lack of API for the digital compass doesn’t help either. The Camera API is also currently really limited. Ironically Microsoft was the first company to publicly talk about and demonstrate this technology back in 2008 during Bill Gates last CES Keynote but nothing came out of this since then, primary because of Windows Mobile’s messed situation. Now that Microsoft has a totally new Mobile OS and development platform (Silverlight + XNA) there’s hope that the company will push this kind of innovative technology in the near future. On interesting bit that I didn’t catch (thanks to Mark Arteaga for the heads up) is the last sample of the XNA Educational Courses I posted about yesterday : Bonus: Augmented Reality Sample

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New HTC T8788 Windows Phone 7 revealed

Engadget’s master leaker is back at it again today. After leaking the Samsung Cetus, LG C900 and T-Mobile G2 here comes the mysterious HTC T8788 Windows Phone 7 device spotted on AT&T’s network a few days ago. Not much is know about it yet other than whet you se in the pictures. The screen seems to big a bit bigger than 3.7 (but this can be a illusion caused by the camera) and the device apparently has a sliding speaker instead of a sliding keyboard. One More picture after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Android 2.2 tablet officially unveiled

There’s been a lot of rumors, leaks, blurry videos etc but this is all moot now that Samsung has officially unveiled the product via a dedicated teaser website. The best way to describe the Samsung Galaxy Tab is just to say that it’s a over-sized version of the Galaxy S. Nearly everything about it (software, hardware specs) is identical to the Galaxy S. The one major difference is the 7inch screen (compare to 4″on the Galaxy S) and the 3.2Mpix camera. Similar to the Galaxy S the Tab will be able to playback HD movie thanks to the Hummingbird Chipset. According to the teaser the official launch is set to take place on September 2nd at the IFA convention in Germany. Check out the teaser video after the break:

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LG C900 Windows Phone 7 handset certified by the Bluetooth SIG: Launching soon

According to the BlueTooth SIG website the LG C900 Windows Phone 7 handset is expected to launch around September 28th. This could mean a early October given thatLG’s head of PR confirmed to me a few weeks ago that it wasn’t September. The first week of October is going to be the most probable and earliest launch window for WP7 in EU (Steve Ballmer will be in Paris for a WP7 event on Octboer 7th, exactly one year after he launched Windows Mobile 6.5 at a similar event in Paris too). So get your wallets ready for a flood of Windows Phone 7 handsets this October. The US launch is widely expected to take place a few weeks later (remember the leaked T-mobile roadmap pointing to a November 17th for the HTC Schurbert). The final development tools are only going to be available on September 16th and apps submssions will start in early October so don’t expect any WP7 device on the market in September.

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