Microsoft announces support for ARM architecture in the next Version of Windows

It’s now official folks! The next version of Windows (Windows 8?) will be compatible with X86 processors and ARM based SoCs from nVidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instrument. So what does it really mean ? Well not much for now. Windows Phone 7 (and its future versions) will still be Microsoft only smartphone OS but the company is apparetnyl positioning the next version of Windows as their primary and only Tablet platform. Read the full press release after the break:

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Samsung Infuse 4G with new Super AMOLED Plus 4.5 inch display unveiled

Did Samsung finally find a way around the PenTile Sub-Pixel Matrix arrangement for its AMOLED And Super AMOLED displays? Only time will tell but according to hardware specification of the newly unveiled Samsung Infuse 4G the new Super AMOLED Plus panel has 50%more sub-pixel compared to the regular Super AMOLED displays. The device sports a gigantic 4.5 inch screen and a higher clocked 1.2Ghz Hummingbird SOC (so no dual-core as seen in the rumors ).The Infuse 4G which is headed to AT&T also has an 8MP camera on the back and a front facing 1.3Mpix for video chat, runs Android 2.2 and an HSPA+ radio (no LTE in sight). More picture after the break:

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LG Optimus Black with new NOVA display announced

LG has just announced the LG Optimus Black super slim Android handset a few minutes ago. The device features a new type of LCD panel that LG calls Nova. There’s not real info about it other than what is in the press release below so I don’t really know if this is a new variant of LG’s IPS panel or not. Anyway, the device will also apparently ship with Android 2.2, pack a 1500Mha battery and weight 109g. IT will be available in the first half of 2011 (sucks that it doesn’t have Android 2.3 thought). Press release after the break:

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Sleek looking Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Android device unveiled and hardware specifications

This must be one of the best looking smartphone ever. The Sony Ericsson Arc pictured above is apparently going to be announced and unveiled today in Las Vegas during CES and should be the company’s successor to the Xperia X10 (It was previously known as the Anzu). The hardware specifications are the following:

- 125x63x9 mm 8.7 mm only in the narrowest part
- 117 grams
- 1GHZ Qualcomm SoC (surprisingly some of the Anzu prototypes had an MSM7230 SOC clocked at 800Mhz but I would surprised if this one didn’t have an MSM8255)
- 4.2 inch 854×480 capacitive touch screen with Sony Mobile Bravia Engine Reality Display image enhancements
- 8Mpix camera with Sony Exmor R sensor
- 1500Mha battery
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Check out more pictures and a video presentation of the device after the break

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AT&T HTC Inspire 4G shows up in print ad. Looks nearly identical to the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt

HTC is really on a 4G roll this year with the imminent launch of the HTC Thunderbolt LTE handset on Verizon and what appears like a new 4G handset  headed to AT&T: the HTC Inspire 4G. As we can see in the picture above the Inspire 4G looks like an HTC Thunderbolt but without the front facing camera (it actually looks identical to the HTC Desire HD) and will most probably only be an HSPA+ device like the T-Mobile G2 / Desire Z given that AT&T doesn’t have LTE yet (MSM8255 inside I bet). I”m guessing that both device will be officially unveiled tomorrow in Las Vegas.

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Ilomilo now available in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace: Hands-on video Review

All non-AT&T user rejoice! Ilomilo is now finally available to everybody in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. The full game will set you bak $4.99 but you can also download the trial version to check it out. Don’t forget to also read my interview with developers Southend Interactive here. Check out my hands-on video after the break:

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Amazon Kindle for Windows Phone 7 review

It was just a few days ago that I was wondering when was Amazon going to launch the Kindle application for Windows Phone 7 given that the original press release stated that it will be out in the Marketplace before the end of the year. Well, it is finally  out now and free for you to download on your Windows Phone 7 device. So just head over here and grad while it’s hot and check out my hands-on video after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 update rumors..again No donuts for you

Here’s a new Windows Phone 7 update rumor that just popped up ahead of tomorrow’s CES Keynote courtesy of Paul Thurrot. Once again grab some salt before reading all this. First there’s the Windows Phone 7 NoDo update (which means No Donuts):

The first Windows Phone 7 software update, codenamed “NoDo,” will RTM in January, possibly this very week and in time for the CES keynote. But it won’t ship to users until early February, once the carriers sign off on it. This update will include the famed copy and paste functional addition, support for the Qualcomm 7×30 smart phone chipset, a CDMA location stack, and a number of software fixes.

So Microsoft is adding support for Qualcomm’s current mid-range SoC and not the MSM8255 or QSD8650A/B which are the logical successors of the QSD8250? This doesn’t’ really sound logical. Are OEMs going to start shipping devices with Adreno 205 GPUs (which is a lot more powerful than the current Adreno 200 found in the current devices) and start fragmenting the ecosystem ? CDMA location stack or CDMA “radio” stack ? Anyway, Microsoft already mentioned in October in the official FAQ (and latter took it down) that Windows Phone 7  supported CDMA, LTE, WiMAX  and WP7 devices have already been spotted tested on Verizon’s network a couple of months ago.

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