Windows Phone 7 devices have a high sell-through rate ?

As we all know by now, Microsoft is only communicating OEM license sales so it is really hard to guess how many Windows Phone 7 handsets have actually be sold to end users. NPD reported on Monday that the new OS had only captured 2% of the US smartphone market in it’s first 40 days of retail presence but everybody is still wondering how many of the 2 Million devices manufactured are still sitting on the shelves. I was just told that Microsoft is actually seeing a very high sell-trough rate and that probably up to 90% of the devices are getting into consumer hands. There’s obviously nothing official here because this is just internal chatter at the company but let’s just hope for the sake of the platform that the return rate is also really low.

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Yahoo blames Microsoft for the Windows Phone 7 data usage issue

Looks like Yahoo isn’t really happy about Microsoft opening up and pointing at Yahoo’s Mail as been the culprit of the Windows Phone 7 data usage issue. The Search Eng…err no they are no longer a a search engine (Y! search is powered by Bing..)…the company has now sent a statement claiming that the problem was caused by Microsoft’s implementation of the IMAP protocol even though it has been shown that Windows Phone 7 is making relatively standard calls to the servers and that it’s Yahoo’s IMAP servers themselves who are then sending back unusual replies. Anyway, note that the statement itself has only been sent to one website and that it doesn’t look like the official PR line at all (Yahoo “officially” sent out to bloggers the same statement that MS sent out yesterday).

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I Dig It For Windows Phone 7 Hands On Review

Microsoft has just released another Xbox Live enabled game today called I Dig It. The game which is developed by InMotion Software was originally released a little bit more than a year ago on iOS (iPhone, iPod) and has now been successfully ported to Windows Phone 7. Thankfully there’s no performance issues at all (I just want games to give the option to run-under lock though..) and the only bug I encountered so far seems to be related to the virtual joystick used to control your digging machine; it doesn’t always send you player in the right direction. Anyway, just check out the video after the break to get a little glimpse of the game:

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LG Optimus Pad G-Slate Specifications unveiled: 3D Camera confirmed

T-Mobile US and LG have just unveiled the hardware specifications of the LG G-Slate which was first teased in Las Vegas during CES last month. Similar to the LG Optimus 3D unveiled yesterday, the LG Optimus Pad aka G-Slate will feature a 3D camera (capable of shooting 1080P 3D footage) and the same Tegra 2 Dual-Cortex A9 SoC but glasses are required to watch the 3D content on the device or on a 3D TV in 1080P via its HDMI port (the LG Optimus 3D has a glasses free 3D display). The 8.9 inch display is also a tiny bit smaller than the 10.1 display of the Motorola Xoom which is it’s main Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet competitor (full hardware spec of the Xoom here). Check out the full press release after the break:

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Mosaic By Tribune RSS reader for Windows 7 Slates with Metro UI released

Remember the fancy looking Mosaic By Tribune RSS reader announced for Windows 7 slates and Windows Phone 7 back in Las Vegas a few weeks ago? Well, the beta of the Windows 7 version is now available for download (unlike the Flickr application which was supposed to launch yesterday). This is actually a out-of-the-browser Silverlight application that only weights a few Kb and that you will be able to pin to your task bar juts like any other third-party app. The whole thing uses the Metro UI and definitely feels like using a WP7 application directly on a PC but with the added screen real estate as a bonus. It works with touch or with your mouse so you shouldn’t have any problem navigating through the news stories.

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