Real live pictures of the HTC HD7 / HTC HD3

Well ,look at this… Here are the first real live pictures of the HTC HD7 which is apparently also called the HTC HD3 . The device seems to have a kickstand too and matches the schematic view we saw ealier. More pictures after the break:

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HTC HD7 render and specifications leaks ?

Here’s the first render of the HTC HD7 (or HTC T878 or HTC 7 Trophy?)that we saw in schematic view this morning. The specifications of the device aren’t confirmed at all but look exactly like what everybody was expecting given the Windows Phone 7 minimum hardware requirements. The device apparently packs a Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon @ 1ghz, 8Gb of internal memory a 5Mp camera (not 8Mp?) and a 4.3″ screen. I personally find it strange that this supposedly high end device has lower specs than the recently announced HTC Desire HD (which has an MSM8255 and an 8Mp camera..). Keep in mind that this can all be fake…

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Samsung Captivate to receive GPS fix soon. Froyo at the end of the month in Europe

Samsung has just announced via Twitter that the Samsung Captivate (AT&T’s version of the Galaxy S) will sonn receive a fix for the GPS issues that has been affecting all the Galaxy S models:

GPS + other improvements for Samsung ATT Captivate are HERE! Today – next few weeks OTA notification will be sent to customers!

Other Galaxy S devices like the Samsung Fascinate and Vibrant (and the European models) will get the fix later one:

In regards to updates from our other Carrier partners, we are working diligently to release these improvements as well!

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All major carriers in France and UK will offer Windows Phone 7 devices this fall

It has already been announced a while ago that all three major mobile operators in France will offer Windows Phone 7 devices this fall. This includes SFR, Orange (which is supposedly the premiere WP7 carrier here) and Bouygues Telecom. Microsoft’s UK , Mobile Business Group Director, Alex Reeves just confirmed that all of UK’s operator are planning to launch Windows Phone 7 devices this fall too. Full Press Release after the break:

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HTC HD7 schematic: fake or real ?

Here’s what is supposedly a schematic of the rumored HTC HD7. Take it with caution given that this can be easily faked (or just be another WP7 device from HTC other than the rumored HD7).  The front looks nearly identical to the HTC 7 Trophy with the hardware buttons below the screen. Just take a look at the HTC HD2, EVO4G or Desire HD and you will see that the their buttons are located in the same region but seem take less space compared to what we are seeing above. The screen is maybe a smaller than 4.3 this time around (or the schematic isn’t ver yaccurate) But I wouldn’t be surprised if HTC re-used the original HD2/ EVO4G or Desire HD chassis and just slapped WP7 on it. Other than that there isn’t much to say so let’s just wait a few days…

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Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live vs Apple’s Game Center on iOS

Here’s a really nice comparative look at the Xbox Live integration on Windows Phone 7 vs Apple’s newly launched Game Center on its iOS devices (iPhone 3GS/4 and iPads). It’s fairly long (3 parts) and detailed, filled with info about the history of both services and all the features currently supported on both platforms. I highly recommend that you check it out especially if you plan on getting a Windows Phone 7 handset in a few weeks or if you already own an Game Center compatible iOS device. The fact that both services are launching nearly at the same time make it seem like Apple it reacting to Microsoft’s offering  but I definitely see  Game Center as a natural evolution of the iOS platform and ecosystem more than a counter of Xbox Live. Both platform obviously have their strengths and it will be interesting to see if Microsoft’s experience in PC gaming and Console Market will help the software giant in its battle against an already well established mobile platform like iOS. From the looks of it (the Game Center launch wasn’t a ground breaking success, thanks to the lack of games support) Microsoft has a chance to show what it is capable of doing. You can start with Part 1 here and continue with part 2 and 3.

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HTC 7 Trophy in the wild. Looks like the HTC T8788

Here are the “first” live pictures of the rumored HTC 7 Trophy handset. As you can see it look relatively similar to the HTC T8788 Windows Phone 7 handset with the sliding-speaker we saw not long ago over at Engadget (and rumored to be called the HTC Surround on AT&T). As I already said many times in the past (and in the previous post); HTC’s devices always have several code-names depending on the country and carrier they are going to be released on. One more picture after the break:

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HTC confirms October launch of its Windows Phone 7 devices

Nothing terribly exciting or news breaking here but Mohammad Kais Zribi, regional director, HTC, Middle East North Africa, just confirmed the company’s plan to launch its Windows Phone 7 based device next month (not sure if the US isn’t part of the initial launch thought..).

“We will be launching Windows Phone 7 handsets next month and we will be concentrating on Android and Windows segments,” Zribi said. “So far we have launched six models and around five more models by end of the year.”

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