Windows Phone 7 on the HTC HD2…again?

I frankly don’t know if this one is  fake or real but I will just point out that I proved that the last attempt was fake.Fake or real? Frankly what is the point? The device will be unusable anyway because the phone won’t have access to any of data connected features (every genuine Windows Phone 7 has an unique hardware ID that is stored and checked by Microsoft’s servers). Video after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 promotional ad demonstrates Windows Live cloud features

Nothing major here, just a short promotional advert demonstrating the Windows Live enabled cloud syncing features of Windows Phone 7. Let’s hope that we will wee what the reall marketing and advertising campaign will look like once the product is finally launched on Monday. Video after the break:

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HTC Mondrian / T8788 render shows up with AT&T U-Verse Hub

Don’t you love it when leaked renders of upcoming handset just pop up left and right? Today’s the HTC Mondrian which doesn’t exactly look like the previous “HTC Mondrian” renders at all. So I will assume that this is the real Mondrian and  that the previous shots featured the HTC 7 Trophy /Spark.Notice that device pictured above doesn’t feature the volume rocker on the the left side of the device but on the right side  and that the earpiece has a chrome bezel just like the HTC T8788 that we saw a couple of weeks ago. So there you have it. The HTC Mondrian coming out on AT&T is the HTC T8788with the sliding-out speaker. You can clearly see AT&T branding and U-Verse Hub on the phone (also not that this render is identical to the one feature in the leaked TV Spots).

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Microsoft Licenses 74 Smartphone related patents

Microsoft apparently doesn’t want to get a taste of its on medicine and decided to license 74 smartphone related patents for Acacia Research Corp. and Access Co. Ltd who owns the Palm Source patent portfolio. According to the press release Microsoft licensed “a portfolio of patents related to smartphones owned by ACCESS Co., Ltd. The patents cover inventions created by ACCESS Co., Ltd., Palm, Palm source, Bell Communications Research, and Geoworks.” Those patent are also said to be at the center of several lawsuits between Acacia and Apple, RIM, Motorola Samsung etc.

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Verizon isn’t really excited about Windows Phone 7

We already knew that Verizon (and Sprint) wasn’t going to sell any Windows Phone 7 device before 2011 because Microsoft’s focus on GSM networks and seems like things aren’t really looking good according to Verizon’s new president and chief operating officer, Lowell McAdam. McAdam thinks that  there are only three major Mobile operating systems in the US: BlackBerry, Android and iPhone’s iOS:

What about Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 phones? Microsoft is launching new Windows Mobile 7 phones next week on AT&T’s network. Will Verizon offer some new Windows Mobile 7 devices on the LTE network?
McAdam: I can’t really say which phones we’ll offer yet. We like our relationship with Microsoft. But clearly in the U.S. there are three major mobile operating systems: RIM, Google, and Apple.

So you don’t view Microsoft as a major player in mobile anymore?
McAdam: No not at the moment. Microsoft is not at the forefront of our mind.

Does this have anything to do with the short-lived Microsoft Kin? That was kind of a mess. (Editor’s note: The Kin was a “social media” phone that was only on the market for less than two months earlier this year before Microsoft pulled it and halted development in lieu of Windows Mobile 7. It was offered exclusively on Verizon Wireless.)
McAdam: This really goes back to what I said earlier about how innovation in wireless devices and applications is moving so quickly. Our device suppliers have to demonstrate to us that they will be developing leading edge products. And if they are not leading edge, then we can’t afford to carry them in our stores. But if they are innovative, we’ll offer them.

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Lonely Planet Windows Phone 7 application announced

Developers, Developers…well you know the rest. Lonely Planet, the famous global traveler content provider has just announced the upcoming release of the Lonely Planet’s TOP CITIES 2011 Windows Phone 7 application. The application will be available for free in the Marketplace this fall (in November). No screenshots of videos were provided but according to the press release the application only took 5 days to develop. Full press release after the break:

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