Windows Phone 7 to feature Copy and Paste in 3 months

Just in case you didn’t follow my tweets today I just wanted to remind everybody that Microsoft has officially announced that the much need and wanted Copy / Paste feature will be added to Windows Phone 7 in approximately 3 months when the next OS update is pushed out. Happy now ? Apparently this wasn’t talked about during the US event but it was definitely repeated several times here in Paris that the next update will include copy and paste. I personally find it amazing that Microsoft reacted in such a fast manner after all the bad press it got back in March when it was discovered that one of the most common feature found on a smartphone was missing from Windows Phone 7.

LG Optimus 7 hands-on preview

It’s now the LG Optimus 7′s turn to get the hands-on treatment. This Windows Phone 7 device is probably the one that will be released with the most differentiating software. Unlike the Samsung Omnia 7 which only features a simple Now hub and the HTC devices that have the HTC Hub and surround sound the LG Optimus 7 will pack several nifty applications and features that won’t be seen on other WP7 devices at launch. The first one is the ScanSearch Augmented reality application that I talked about a couple weeks ago. As you can see in the video below it works as advertised and features two little tricks that I was pleasantly surprised to see. When you point the device to the sky the AR app will show you the local weather and when you point it to the ground it will display a local map (powered by Google Maps…). The other distinctive feature is Voice-To-Text which is enabled for sms, MMS, FaceBook and Twitter. Finally there’s the DLNA multimedia sharing integration and Panorama app. The 3.8″ screen looks really nice (I’m guessing that it is an IPS panel) and the build quality is better than what you expect after looking at the pictures. It should also be noted that the Optimus 7 is the only WP7 device shipping with 16Gb of internal memory in Europe(the HTC HD7, HTC 7 Surround and HTC 7 Pro willfeature 16Gb of memeory in the US). video after the break:

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HTC HD7 Hands-on preview

This is the phone that everybody’s been waiting for and sure enough the HTC HD7 looks sexy as hell. On the hardware side there’s nothing new at all. This is basically an HTC HD2 with a new body and Windows Pone 7 installed on it. You have the same Qualcomm QSD8250 chipset clocked at 1Ghz, same 4.3″ TFT LCD screen (there’s no SLCD of this size yet), same camera etc.. THe device does feel a tiny bit lighter than it’s older brother but I don’t know for sure because several prototype models were on display (some were labeled HD3 other HD7 and other nothing) and they all had different weight. What’s new here is the Windows Phone 7 OS and the new Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround sound feature enabled by a TI chip (similar to the Desire HD, HTC 7 Trophy and HTC 7 Mozart). As you can see in the video below HTC’s WP7 devices will all feature the HTC HUB which will enable users to have access to an HTC section of the Marketplace and download HTC applications like the Stocks, Weather, Notes, Sound Equalizer etc. The most interesting thing about the HD7 is how fast and smooth it is compared to the similar speced HD2 (the US version of the HTC HD7 will have 16GB of internal storage compare to 8Gb in Europe). Software and good drivers make all the difference here. Video after the break (my hand was touching the bottom of the screen that’s why I was having a hard time when panning ;) :

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Samsung Omnia 7 Hands-on Preview

Here’s my short hands-on preview of the Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7. You probably already the know the specifications by now so I won’t repeat them but simply point out that this will be the only Windows Phone 7 device launching with a Super-AMOLED display this year (along with the US version called the Samsung Focus). As you will see in the short video below, the device is super, super fast a smooth. This is basically the case on all the Windows Phone 7 devices I have played with today. To put it simply: You can’t go wrong with any of of them and frankly all the hands-on video will basically look the same no matter the OEM and hardware. The SnapDragon QSD 82500 is capable of shooting HD video at 25fps but it definitely looked a bit worse that what is possible on the Samsung Galaxy S powered by the Hummingbird chipset (keep in mind that the Omnia I had didn’t feature a final rom). Windows Phone 7 on the Super AMOLED screen just looks totally insane….Video and pictures after the break:

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HTC announces Five Windows Phone 7 handsets

Just in case you didn’t follow today’s big news here’s HTC press release announcing their five (yes FIVE) Windows Phone 7 devices: The HTC HD7, HTC 7 Trophy, HTC 7 Mozart, HTC  7 Surround and HTC 7 Pro. Four of these devices will launch on October 21 with only the HTC 7 Pro launching next year on Sprint. Not all of them will be available world wide thought. The HTC 7 Surround, and HTC 7 Pro are currently only scheduled to launch in the US and the HTC 7 Trophy will only launch in Europe and Asia. One thing is clear though; every Windows Phone 7 device announced today features the same basic specification (the Qualcomm SnapDragon QSD 8250) so you won’t see any major difference at all between them. Full press release after the break:
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Official Samsung Omnia 7 press shots and specifications

After LG’s Optimus 7 here comes the Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 handsets (know as the GT-i8700). This is not an official press release but the well connected SamsungHub blog  It is now up on Samsung’s russian website….has posted the official Omnia 7 press shots and specifications. As previously rumored, the Omnia 7 features a 4″ Super-AMOLED display, Qualcomm QSD8250 chipset ( MSM8255 :-( ), 5Mp camera with HD video recording, 1500mha battery and all the other usual stuff. More pictures after the break:

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LG Optimus 7 officially announced


LG is apparently the first to officially unveil its Windows Phone 7 device today . The LG Optimus 7 (also known as the LG E900) is the companies first WP7 device and features all of what we have seen in the previous weeks: ScanSearch Augmented Reality, Voice-To-Text, DLNA, HD video recording (and 16:9 aspect ratio capture) etc.Here are the hardware specifications:

•125 x 59.8 x 11.5mm
•3.8” capacitive touchscreen
•1500mAh battery
•16Gb internal storage
•5Mp camera with LED Flash
•Bluetooth 2.1
•3.5mm headphone socket
•Proximity sensor
•Ambient Light sensor
•Digital Compass

No word on the chipset used thought… Check out my Hands-on Preview with video here.
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Zune Desktop software updated with Windows Phone 7 support and Marketplace up and running

Microsoft has just updated the Zune desktop software to version 4.7. This new version finally includes Windows Phone 7 support and and has a fully functional marketplace up and running. The Marketplace currently only features 77 applications (we have already seen the majority of them) that are obviously the ones that have been made available in the past couple of weeks to beta test the infrastructure. Twin Blades is in there, Rocket Riot too and a couple of other games and utilities. Just hit the software update button in the setting menu to download and install the software.

HTC Mozart and LG C900 show up in Telstra storefront. Launching October 21

The HTC Mozart and LG C900 have just appeared in a Testra storefront this morning in Australia with a an Octber 21 launch date. Both device mock-ups are actually touch enabled tv sets aimed at potential buyers to test Windows Phone 7 (similar to what is currenty present in Microsoft’s retail stroes in the US. More Windows Phone 7 news to come….

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The HTC HD7 is certified for launch

The HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 handset that we are all expecting to see  in its official form tomorrow has received its global certification and should be ready for primetime later this months. Nearly all of the WP7 devices that we know about have been certified in the past few weeks. The only one that is missing is the mysterious Asus E600 that is apparently only going to be launched in early 2011. There are, as far as I know, only three device partners scheduled to launch Windows Phone 7 based devices this fall: LG, Samsung and HTC (that’s a total of 8 devices).

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