Microsoft triggers the kill-Switch and remotely re-locks ChevronWP7 unlocked devices OTA ?

Oh man, I guess that some folks better apologize to me (especially those who sent me hate mails insulting me) because they didn’t agree with me when I said that Microsoft could possibly remotely pull the plug on the ChevronWP7 unlocker certificate… because this is what just apparently happened according to several reports on XDA. The  Windows Phone 7 phones that have been unlocked using ChevronWP7 have now been remotely re-locked by MS:

yeah, the sane thing happened to me.

When i clicked the program on my phone. I got a message from MS asking me to uninstall, because the program has been revoked.

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same here, tried to start TA maps and MS forced me to uninstall it.

Connected the phone and ran ChevronWP: it’s locked again!

maybe MS pulled the kill switch an re-locked the phones?
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yup , I got the same to ,you can unlock it again and then it is working again

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Google Nexus S hands-on videos

Google’s latest and greatest, the Google Nexus S was officially unveiled last night and it didn’t take long before we saw the device in action. The fist video below is a demonstration of the NFC feature of the device and Android 2.3.The second video is a quick tour of the device. So what’s the big deal? Well not much IMO.The Nexus S is just a Google branded Samsung Galaxy S with 16GB of intetnal NAND memory and an NFC chip but wiouth a Micro-sd slot and no 720P video capture (according to the official specs).

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Watch Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Google Maps 5 on the Tegra 2 powered Motorola Tablet

Late last night Google’s Andy Rubin demoed a yet un-announced Tegra 2 powered Motorola tablet that was running Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb and the latest version of Google Maps 5 (which will be released on Android powered smartphone in the coming days). You will first see a demo of Google Maps 5 which now uses vectorized maps to allow integration better integration with 3D buildings and save some data bandwidth (note that contrary to what he says this was easily be done with non vectorized maps and standard textured maps, but Vectors are definitely a more elegant solution). Unfortunately the performance doesn’t seem to be really good (it’s just not smooth at all) but this could be related to the fact that the hardware and software is still unfinished.

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Google’s Andy Rubin thinks that Windows Phone 7 can be a success, advises Microsoft to be more open with OEM and Carrier customization

Google’s Andy rubin (the man behind Android and formely Danger before it was bought by Microsoft) is being interviewed by the WSJ’s Kara Swicher and Walt Mossberg and had some things to say about Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 when asked about it:

Walt: “You were very nice about Apple… but there are other players. Microsoft has gotten back in the game… I think of your phones and iPhones as super smartphones… but can you talk about BlackBerry and Microsoft?”
Andy: “I don’t think it’s ever going to be just two… I do think that Android has a distinctive advantage, so does the iPhone. It’s new — we have no legacy.”
Kara: “That was the idea behind Palm.”
Andy: “Yeah, they cleared the slate. And that’s a big advantage. And some of these guys, Windows Mobile, there’s code in there that’s 20 years old.”
Walt: “You’re saying there’s 20 year old code in Windows Phone 7?”
Andy:“Yes, it’s built from the same codebase that Windows Mobile 1.0 was built on.”
Walt: “Is it bad code?”
Andy: “Well, I’ll bet a lot of the engineers that built that old code aren’t there anymore.”

This is 100% FUD

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Users can only install 15 Push notification enabled applications on Windows Phone 7

Well, this is something I wasn’t aware off: A user can only install a maximum of 15 applications that use Push Notifications on their Windows Phone 7 devices. If a 16th Push enabled application is installed the devices will display an InvalidOperationException(Channel quota exceeded) error message (to be clear, you can install as many push enabled apps as you want but only 15 of them can have push notifications enabled).  As of right now there aren’t many Push enabled apps in the Marketplace but this may become an issue in the near future. What’s really annoying thought is that this isn’t documented anywhere and I franky don’t know how Microsoft is expecteing end users to be aware of this limitation. As I said in the Android 2.3 post; Microsoft has a solid base with Windows Phone 7 but clearly still has a lot of work to do.

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