Fan made Windows Phone 7 ad looks nicer than Microsoft’s

Windows phone 7′s marketing and ad campaign clearly isn’t the best thing around (besides the latest Samsung Focus TV ad released last week). So anything kinda new and flashy is bound catch potential (young) consumers interest. Fortunately for Microsoft there are some dedicated and skilled WP7 fans out there like Brando Foy who just completed a 50 seconds long ad that looks pretty good IMO. Check it out after the break:

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Where’s the fixed 7008 Windows Phone 7 update for Samsung devices? Third update coming in April?


More than a week has passed since the very first Windows Phone 7 update has been pushed to end users in a staged roll out that unfortunately didn’t end up to be as smooth as envision by Microsoft. Many Samsung Omnia 7 and several Focus users were unable to install it on their phones and are still waiting for the fixed update that was said to be out by now. As of right now Samsung devices are no longer prompted to update to the 7008 OS version (not sure about other handset so if anybody can confirm that the whole process has been put on hold just post a comment below). Even thought this update doesn’t bring anything new in terms of features it is required to be installed so that the 7389 NoDo update can be installed on the device once it’s pushed out next week. French website Smartphonefrance seems to have gotten in touch with Orange who told them that as of right now the 7008 has been put on hold for the Samsung devices until the fix is found and on the LG Optimus 7 (Orange is apparently still waiting for Microsoft to clarify the situation).

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Verizon HTC 7 Trophy snapped in the wild

What you are seeing above is first live picture of Verizon’s HTC 7 Trophy which is most probably going to be officially unveiled in the coming weeks. It has been known for a while that this new Quad-Band CDMA handset was going to be the Windows Phone 7 device that the big red company was going to launch but as of yesterday nobody had seen it publicly. Verizon has been extensively testing it prior to the OS’s launch in October and also had a couple of its branded applications appear in the Marketplace more than two months ago.

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Google tweaks the Nexus S Super AMOLED screen with a firmware update. Will Microsoft do this for the Omnia 7 and Focus?

Google has recently tweaked the Nexus S Super AMOLED’s color temperature to be more natural via its Android 2.3.3 OTA firmware update:

“With your new OTA complete, you may notice a slight difference in the way colors are displayed on your Nexus S. For Nexus S, we have adjusted the color temperature settings to more accurately reflect darker colors at all brightness levels. The Gingerbread UI being darker, we found that the colors were not as accurate when the device was being used at lower brightness levels. For example, some users reported that the initial color temperature was too high leading to some darker greys having a reddish tone; with the new color temperature this is no longer the case.”

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HTC Desire HD, Desire Z, Desire and Incredible S to receive Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in Q2 2011

Good news for all the current and future HTC owners who are eagerly waiting the official Gingerbread update for their device. HTC is said to be working on releasing it for the HTC Desire HD, HTC Desire Z, Desire and HTC Incredible S in Q2 2011.

“We are excited to announce that the HTC Desire HD, Desire Z, Desire and Incredible S will receive the Gingerbread update in Q2.”

The wording of the news isn’t really clear and I’m not even sure if it’s the original Desire or the upcoming Desire S which is going to get the Android 2.3 OTA update. It would definitely suck if the HTC Desire didn’t get it given the fact that it’s essentially an HTC branded Google Nexus One. On the other hand I would be surprised if the upcoming HTC Desire S didn’t receive the update either. An official statement from HTC is definitely need to clarify the situation (like a press release..).

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One more Samsung Galaxy S II hands on video

You may have noticed that it’s a relatively slow news weekend here (yeah I’m not feeling like posting every single bit of WP7 related rumor / chatter lately..) so I decided to dig into my Mobile World Congress stash and post a second Samsung Galaxy S II hands on video for your viewing pleasure. There’s definitely nothing amazing in there ‘just all everything that came out of MWC this year unfortunately) but if you are still craving for some Exynos 4210 action just hit the break to check it out.

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Angry Birds, Hydro Thunder Go, Sonic, Plants vs Zombies, Geo Defense and Doodle Jump coming soon to Windows Phone 7

Ready for some new AAA Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live enabled games? Microsoft has just officially announced that Angry Birds, Hydro Thunder Go, Sonic, Plants vs Zombies, Geo Defense and Doodle Jump are going to be released in the coming weeks. Apart from Geo Defense which was announced back in March of last year (as part of the initial Xbox Live games line up) the rest of the games list here are officially confirmed by Microsoft for the first time.

Six Weeks of Smash Hit Games

Delivering on the promise to bring a fresh catalog of fun, quality games on Windows Phone 7, we’re proud to announce our exciting collection of Must Have Games — six weeks of smash hit games you don’t want to miss. No matter what kind of games you enjoy, the lineup of Must Have Games has something for you, delivering the biggest names in mobile games complete with Xbox LIVE Achievements, leaderboards, and more.

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Finally a Windows Phone 7 TV ad that doesn’t suck

You all probably know by now that I’m far from being a fan of Microsoft’s current Windows Phone 7 marketing campaign. Unfortunately the company doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to come up with something fresh and new right now but AT&T and Samsung did grace us with a short TV ad that flashy and that shows the product and it’s third-party applications (update: This new ad is apparently part of Microsoft’s new Marketing push in the US as they are now sending links to it to the press and also WP7 users). What do you guys (and gals?) think about it? It this how Microsoft should advertise the product or did you really think that the “Really?” ad campaign was good enough? Check out the Samsung Focus ad after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 developers now allowed to submit 100 free applications instead of only 5


If you are a registered Windows Phone 7 developers you have probably already received the monthly newsletter last night which contains a small piece of information that may be important in the longer run. Developers can now submit up to 100 free applications per year up from the previous 5 free application limit that was applicable since the launch of the platform.

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Microsoft Research shows Windows Phone 7 some love at TechForum event

Microsoft Research had its TechForum event yesterday where it showcased some of it’s latest projects to the press. Windows Phone 7 happily took the center stage this year in several demonstrations. In the first video after the break you will see Microsoft Chief Research and Technology Officer, Craig Mundie, demonstrated a new UI controlled by an HTC HD7. This may or may not be what we can expect to see in the upcoming Windows 8 but it definitely shows us where Microsoft is heading with regards to UI and NUIs.

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Ilomilo for Windows Phone 7 receives new major update with 23 new levels

Southend interactive has just announced the release of an updated version of Ilomilo for Windows Phone 7 which contains a boatload of new free content. All you have to do is hit the marketplace and update the application or just buy it because it is simply one of the best mobile game currently available.

The content update features:

- The story of ilo and milo continue through two new gorgeous worlds.
- 23 new levels of cubistic puzzles!
- New eggs to find in order to unlock two new challenging bonus levels!
- New brain teasing cubes!

Check out a video of the new content after the break:

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Halo Waypoint for Windows Phone 7 gets a major update

Microsoft has just released a major update to for the Halo Waypoint Windows Phone 7 application today.It finally enables some of the features that weren’t accessible in the first version and feels a tiny bit more snappier. But I’m a bit disappointed that it still doesn’t run under lockscreen:

Halo Waypoint for your Windows Phone 7 has gotten a sweet overhaul (available now!) with the addition of:

– Your Halo: Reach Service Record
– Xbox LIVE functionality
– New in-depth stats you won’t find anywhere else.

Take a look at what’s in store for Halo fans with Halo Waypoint 1.1 for your Windows Phone 7.

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Sprint HTC Arrive aka HTC 7 Pro announced. Launching March 20th for $199.99

The first CDMA Windows Phone 7 handset finally has a release date. Sprint has just announced the HTC Arrive which is be essentially the CDMA version of the HTC 7 Pro already released in some European countries. The Arrive will be available on March 20th for $199 after mail-in rebate on a 2 year contract. Head over here if you want to compared the full hardware specifications of the device compared to all the other Windows Phone 7 handsets. Full press release after the break.

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Microsoft’s update on the Windows Phone 7 update issue

Microsoft has just posted some more information on the infamous Windows Phone 7 update issue affecting the Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus devices. Unfortunately you won’t learn anything new as this whole blog post seems to be a PR damage control statement more than anything else. The company is still claiming that the update has been suspended for Samsung devices even though this isn’t true (yes, my Omnia7 is still getting prompted to update every time I plug it into a PC) UPDATE: My Omnia 7 is finally no loner promted to update.

•90 percent of people who’ve received an update notification have installed the new software patch successfully. (So when your turn to download it arrives, chances are good this will be a non-event.)
•Of the 10 percent who did experience a problem, nearly half failed for two basic reasons—a bad Internet connection or insufficient computer storage space. Luckily, both are easy to fix.

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Microsoft didn’t pull the February Windows Phone 7 update for the Samsung devices

Just saw a report claiming that Microsoft has apparently pulled the February 21 update for the Samsung devices (Omnia 7 and Focus) because of the issue encountered by many users since the initial release nearly 2 days ago. Ironically I was attempting to update my Omnia 7 again when I came across the story so it kind of seemed strange to me that a Microsoft spokesperson would claim that the update is no longer pushed to Samsung phones when it is in fact not true (as seen in the screenshot above). Microsoft may have stopped the OTA notification push to the handsets that weren’t notified yet but nothing seems to have been pulled at all given that I still get prompted to update to the 7008 rom every time I plug in my device.

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Sprint HTC 7 Pro aka HTC Arrive to be announced tomorrow

Sprint’s branded version of the HTC 7 Pro is apparently confirmed to be named the HTC Arrive based on the fact that if you type www.sprint.com/arrive you are redirected to a coming soon page and not a generic 404 error. The HTC Arrive name already popped up late last month in a UPSTO filing so it is now fairly safe to think that this is what we can expect to see unveiled tomorrow.

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Samsung Omnia 7 update issue: Don’t try to update your phone and wait for the fix

As you probably already know by now, yesterday’s Windows Phone 7 test update can’t be applied to all Samsung Omnia 7 devices (and Focus too it seems) but there’s nothing to worry about. I’ve tested every possible combination to try to get it to work on my device and so far everything has failed:

1) Freed as much space as possible on the phone.

2) Used several Micro-USB cables

3) Uninstalled and re-installed the Zune Desktop software

4) Connected trough a proxy to grab the update file from another MS server

5) Used another PC

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Sprint HTC 7 Pro to be announced on February 24th

Sprint has apparently outed the upcoming February 24th announcement date of the HTC 7 Pro via its official twitter account just a few hours ago by mistake and then erased all trace of it. The device which has already been released in some European countries is the second Windows Phone 7 device to feature an horizontal sliding hardware keyboard and from what I saw last week at MWC this is shaping up to be the best keyboard ever on the landscape device.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Preview: Hands on video

One of most impressive and best looking Android handset on display at Mobile World congress was definitively Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc with its super thin design and nice 4.2 inch screen. You can check out the hardware specifications here in case you didn’t know them yet. similar to the vast majority of the high-end Android phones being released the Xperia Arc features Qualcomm’s MSM8255 SoC with the Adreno 205 GPU. The device’s main differentiating features are the Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine (FWVGA 854×480 and LED Back-lit but looks identical in quality to an SLCD panel IMO) the 8 Mpix Exmor R CMOS sensor (maximum aperture of f/2.4), mini-HDMI port and super thin design (only 8.7mm thick). So how does it all look like in real life? After handling it for a few minutes I can safely say that the Xperia Arc is one of the nicest phones out there. It may be a tiny bit too plasticy but size of the screen really makes it feel like something unique.

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