Augmented Reality Accelerometer Development Kit for Windows Phone 7

Here’s a nice trick for all of the Windows Phone 7 developers out there building applications that use the accelerometer but don’t have a device or can’t test their apps on a real one. An Augmented Reality Accelerometer Kit is going to be released very soon and will enable developers to use a simple paper cutout in front of a camera to simulate the use of a real device. Check out the 2 videos demonstrations of the software in action below:

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LG Optimus One and Optimus Chic Android phones announced…again

I guess that LG was stuck between a rock (today’s Nokia World) and a hard place (Tomorrow’s HTC Announcement) and had no choice but to re-announce 2 of its new mid-range Android handsets this morning (they’ve already been announced back in July…). The LG Optimus One and Optimus Chic are both mid-range Android devices that obviously won’t light the world on fire given their relatively “slow” 600Mhz CPU but should help the Korean company compete against HTC and Samsung’s similar models. Strangely both Android 2.2 devices look relatively similar in design to 2 well known HTC devices released this year. The Optimus One kinda looks like an HTC Desire (with a hint of HTC Touch) and the Optimus Chic could be mistaken for and HTC HD Mini. The fact that LG only announced Android handsets today makes believe that HTC will do something similar tomorrow and that their Windows Phone 7 devices will only be unveiled once the Microsoft finally launches / Announces the OS in a few weeks. Anyway, check out the full press release after the break:

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More Samsung i8700 pictures: Sized-up against the Samsung Wave

The same person who shot the blurry Samsung i8700 video also posted a couple of blurry pictures too. You will see the GT-i8700 device compared to the Samsung Wave and frontal shot of the i8700 alone. Not much is said other that the usual stuff we already knew. The device is running an internal Windows Phone 7MS ROM (which has access to the “test” Marketplace) as seen in the video earlier. More pictures after the break:

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Samsung i8700 Windows Phone 7 handset shows up in blurry video

The Blurry cam is back and this time it is shooting the Samsung i8700 (Samsung Focus?) Windows Phone 7 handset. Unfortunately the video quality is really poor so you won’t see much other that the UI and OS running smoothly on the device. Hit the break to watch the whole thing:

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HTC Desire: SLCD VS AMOLED comparison

Engadget has just wrapped up an SLCD vs AMOLED screen comparison featuring the HTC Desire handset. As we have already seen earlier the difference between both screen isn’t really noticeable in regular use and the vast majority of users won’t even notice the two handsets have different panels. The AMOLED obviously “features” the famous PenTile Matrix that tends to render text in a fuzzy way but the perfect blacks tend to make up for this shortcoming in the long run. The SLCD is sharper (thanks to the regular RGB panel) but unfortunately drains the battery faster than the AMOLED. But all this stuff is kinda moot because “issue” with the HTC Desire is the damn Glass and air gap between the panel/digitizer and glass used by HTC. This renders the handset hard to use in the daylight and totaly nukes the screen’s brightness and colors.  Video and pictures after the break:

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Samsung Cetus, Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and 3 other Windows Phone 7 devices hitting AT&T this fall

According to Engadget’s sources AT&T is expected to launch 6 Windows Phone 7 handsets this fall. The Samsung Cetus i917 which we already heard about, the Samsung Focus which I guess is the Samsung i8700 we saw lately, the HTC Surround which may be the HTC T8788 and 3 other device. If I had to guess I would say that the LG E900 and LG C900 are 2 of the unnamed devices and probably an other HTC handset (the HTC Schubert which has been spotted on ATT’s network ) but there’s no sign of the Dell Lightning.This should come as a surprise to anyone after the statement that AT&T will be the lead Windows Phone 7 launch partner in the US. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is also headed to the carrier’s roster.

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