Sony Ericsson still in talks with Microsoft about Windows Phone 7

You may have probably seen the latest rumored Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 devices specs/renders this week which I didn’t post here because they look suspiciously fake too me. Sony Ericsson has always said that they will probably build a WP7 power smartphone next year but never gave any time frame and because right now Android is what they are focusing on. SE’s France’s CEO Pierre Perron told Les Echos yesterday that the company was still in talks with Microsoft about the possible use of WP7 in a futur product. Sony Ericsson isn’t really pleased about the software restrictions imposed to OEMs (the impossibility for them to change the UI) and doesn’t want to compete based on the hardware and price only:

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Augmented Reality hacked on Windows Phone 7

Kevin Marshall from Clarity Consulting managed to code a small augmented reality application using the recently unveiled “hacked” native code access on Windows Phone 7. Nothing super amazing here or useful either, just a proof of concept. This is similar to how LG’s WP7 devices have access to the Raw video camera feed (which is needed for the SacnSearch application). Kevin also complains about LG’s phone performances and color rendering:

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