Windows Phone 7 copy and paste shown on video

Here’s a short video demonstrating the Windows Phone 7 copy and paste feature that was pushed out a few days ago to the Samsung Taylor Windows Phone 7 devices. The firmware version which was pushed out is numbered 7.0.7338 but interestingly back in August the internal Microsoft builds that were being tested a where already around 71XX (remember that the shipping build is 7004..) so you can only image where it is now…. Check it out after the break:

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Google Nexus S officially launched: Full specifications and videos

Google has officially announced and released the Google Nexus S a few minutes ago alongside Android 2.3 (the DEvice will be availalbe on T-Mobile on December 16th). So what can you expect from this device? Well as it was previouslyrumored the Nexus S is basically a Google Branded Samsung Galaxy S with NFC support added, a weird curved Contour Display display and with Android 2.3 pre-installed on it. The Countour display is apparently a Super AMOLED panel with a curved glass on top (this is how it looks like to me). According to the official specs the Nexus S doesn’t support 720P HD video capture but I guess (hope) that this is a typo and there’s no micro-sd slot to expand the 16GB of internal flash….Anyway check out the full specs below followed by a presentation video:

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Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS announced and SDK released

 

Google has finally officially introduced Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread today. The new version of the leading smartphone OS packs a lot of new features that you will see highlighted in a video after the break but here’s a list of all the new Gingerbread features:

- UI refinements for simplicity and speed
- Faster, more intuitive text input
- One-touch word selection and copy/paste
- Improved power management
- Control over applications
- New ways of communicating, organizing:
1) Internet calling
2) Near-field communications (NFC support)
- Downloads management

- Improved Performances
- Native input and sensor events
- Gyroscope and other new sensors, for improved 3D motion processing
- Open API for native audio
- Native graphics management
- Native access to Activity lifecycle, window management
- Native access to assets, storage
- Robust native development environment

- Mixable audio effects

- Support for new media formats
- Access to multiple cameras

New Platform Technologies

Media Framework

  • New media framework fully replaces OpenCore, maintaining all previouscodec/container support for encoding and decoding.
  • Integrated support for the VP8 open video compression format and the WebMopen container format
  • Adds AAC encoding and AMR wideband encoding

Linux Kernel

  • Upgraded to 2.6.35

Networking

  • SIP stack, configurable by device manufacturer
  • Support for Near Field Communications (NFC), configurable by device manufacturer
  • Updated BlueZ stack

Dalvik runtime

  • Dalvik VM:
    • Concurrent garbage collector (target sub-3ms pauses)
    • Adds further JIT (code-generation) optimizations
    • Improved code verification
    • StrictMode debugging, for identifying performance and memory issues
  • Core libraries:
    • Expanded I18N support (full worldwide encodings, more locales)
    • Faster Formatter and number formatting. For example, float formatting is 2.5x faster.
    • HTTP responses are gzipped by default. XML and JSON API response sizes may be reduced by 60% or more.
    • New collections and utilities APIs
    • Improved network APIs
    • Improved file read and write controls
    • Updated JDBC
  • Updates from upstream projects:
    • OpenSSL 1.0.0a
    • BouncyCastle 1.45
    • ICU 4.4
    • zlib 1.2.5

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No Pandora for Windows Phone 7 application planned

This is another blow to the Windows Phone 7 platform; After Skype, SPB software and a couple of other software developers it’s now Pandora’s turn to “announce” via Twitter that there won’t be any Pandora Windows Phone 7 application seeing the light of the day anytime soon, even-tough it was initially announced as one of the launch appliations back in March.

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The Asus E600 Windows Phone 7 passed the FCC more than 6 months ago

The Asus E600 Windows Phone 7 prototype developer handsets actually passed the FCC more than 6 months ago according to the documents currently availalbe on the FCC’s website. As I told you a couple of months ago, the E600 isn’t intended to be a retail product but is used as a test and developement device by Microsoft. You can check out one of the only videos we have of this device here (or you can just watch some of the PDC10 sessions where the Asus E600 was used to do the OS).

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Android 2.2 Froyo for the Samsung Galaxy S is officially released

After being up for a few days and later pulled by Samsung because of last minutes bugs the official Android 2.2 aka Froyo update for the Samsung Galaxy S is finally available via the Samsung Kies software (yeah I may be a bit late on that one,been busy with all the WP7 stuff, but I thought it would be great to post it in case some of you haven’t seen it yet). The previous JP6 build (which was taken down) has now been replaced by the JPA build (or JPO depending on your region) and for my short hands-on with it seems to be snappier and there isn’t much lag to be seen either. I will take the time to tested out tomorrow but I can already tell you that there’s no new features so you can still watch my previous video to see how it looks like. Anyway, follow the instructions after the break to upgrade your device even if it’s carrier branded (if the firmware update isn’t available to you via Kies right now):

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Homemade Google Maps application for Windows Phone 7

TechAutos has made a relatively simple Google Maps application for Windows Phone 7 that is available for download if you have a developer unlocked handsets (which means that you will have to manually deploy the XAP package to your phone). This is more of a proof-of-concept demonstrating the use of the Google Maps API on WP7 and not a full blown Google Maps application given the sever lack of features. As you will see in the short video I shot you can do much other that pan and zoom.Only one data layer is available and localization is done video the Cellular or GPS system. Check it out after the break:

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