Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst for Windows Phone 7 released: hands-on video review

Microsoft has just released two new Xbox Live enabled Windows Phone 7 games today: Puzzle Quest 2 and the hotly anticipated Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst. I just shot a video of Crackdown 2 running on the Samsung Omnia 7 to show you how the final version looks like. As you probably already know this is a tower defense game that uses Bing’s satellite imagery as the map you are playing on. It uses the device’s GPS receiver to pin-point your location and display the satellite image of where you are (so you are basically defending your own neighborhood..).I obviously could show you this feature in the video because I was indoors (no GPS signal..)but you will get to see most of the games features anyway. Check it out after the break:

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Samsung Photogram Windows Phone 7 application: Hands-on video

Samsung has just released (or re-released depending on where you are located because the application was apparently up for a few days then it suddenly disappeared from the Samsung Zone) a photo editing application for its Windows Phone 7 devices (the Omnia 7 and Focus). Similar to the LG Stylist app and HTC’s Photo Editor this application lets user tweak the pictures and then either share them on Facebook, Picassa, MySpace, PhotoBucket etcor save the edited photo to the phone. As you will see in the video below the UI is pretty nice looking and perfectly functional. It was developed by TecAce who has already developed many of the Samsung application you found their previous WinMo device and current Android smartphones.Video after the break:

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Major Windows Phone 7 update coming in fall 2011 codenamed Mango. Windows Phone 8 in late 2012 codenamed Apollo

Mary Jo Foley has just been tipped about the first major update to Windows Phone 7 which will supposedly be launched in fall 2011 and will be codemaned Mango. As I said a few days ago the first update which is going to be made available around MWC in February isn’t going to be a game changer contrary to what the rumors wanted you to believe. But Microsoft is definitely working on improving the OS and adding many new features in the coming year. The Mango update will supposedly bring HTML5 support to IE Mobile (I would be surprised if it this one turns out to be true thought…), Asian language support (this has been confirmed by HTC) and in browser silverlight support (which I don’t think is going to happen). According to the same tipster, Windows Phone 8 which is codenamed Apollo is scheduled for a late 2012 launch. The current Windows Phone 7 version we are all using was codenamed Mojo (look closely at my picture here…) . Take all this information with a grain of salt thought..and remember all the totally fake made up info/rumors that were unleashed upon us last year before the Windows Phone 7 announcement.

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Microsoft wants to improve Windows Phone 7 devices camera quality

You have probably noticed that I’ve posted a lot of Windows Phone 7 devices camera comparison this past month (check the related posts links below). This is mainly because the camera is one of the only feature that can’t differentiate a Windows Phone 7 device given that they roughly all have the same hardware specifications. Unfortunately the truth is that OEMs don’t seem to care much about this important features and quality of the pictures and videos taken with the vast majority of the WP7 devices isn’t amazing. Only Samsung made the effort to pack a relatively good sensor in the Omnia 7 and Focus contrary to HTC who doesn’t seem to have a clue when it comes to good camera performance (on its WP7  and Android devices too). Microsoft is apparently trying to figure out a way to improve this according to a recent job posting:

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WordPress application for Windows Phone 7 released

Automatic has officially released WordPress for Windows Phone 7 today. The mobile client is now freely available for download in the Marketplace and will enable user to remote ly moderate comments, view stats, add new posts, edit content etc directly through it. The application works as it should and makes good use the Panorama control. It’s super easy to setup and doesn’t seem to suffer from any major performance issue,unlike many third-party WP7 applications.

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