Nokia to give away free Windows Phone 7 devices and an E7 as part of its developer program

Everything seems to be moving pretty quickly at Nokia since the Microsoft partnership was announced a week ago. The company has apparently just sent an email to all developers who are taking part of the Launchpad program and is promising to offer them a free Nokia E7 handsets and a Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices “once they are available”. Check out the full email after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 IE9 Mobile video demonstrations

Here are several videos from MWC showing Windows Phone 7′s IE9Mobile and HTML5 in action. The first one is a video of Joe Belifore demonstrating the same thing he showed on trage during the opening Keynote but with a working network connection so you will get to see the HTC 7 Trophy device streaming .mp4 video form the IMDB Panorama showcase website. But there’s catch..contrary to what Joe is claiming the video being streamed to the handset is NOT in HD. It’s in 848×480 and you can grab the file directly from here to check it out yourself. update: Just to be clear: Like I said in my Windows Phone 7 review, the current WP7 devices can playback 720P MP4 videos (similar to YouTube’s 720P content) without problem but it’s not “supported” by the OS and in the case of Joe’s demo it was was just a poorly compressed FWVGA video.

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ST-Ericsson hopes to be part of Windows Phone 7′s future

ST-Ericsson has apparently told Reuters that they are currently focusing on getting their SoCs compatible with Windows Phone 7now that Nokia has announced its partnership with Microsoft. This shouldn’t come as a surprise if you have been following me here as I have speculating and predicting this 8 days ago (I clearly mentioned ST-Ericsson the comments). Here are the exact quotes from the source:

“Adding support to new hardware … is absolutely part of our strategy,” Greg Sullivan, a senior product manager at Microsoft,

As you can clearly see Greg only talks about new hardware not new suppliers (the sentence isn’t even complete..thanks Reuters for the selective quoting..) and this can make a big difference in the current context.

STMicroelectronics and Ericsson, told Reuters it was focusing strongly on Microsoft’s platform to deliver chips and will be ready when Nokia ramps up production of new Windows phones.

“Now everything has changed. The environment is different,” ST-Ericsson Chief Executive Gilles Delfassy said in an interview, adding he does not see Qualcomm’s exclusive deal prevailing.

Here’s my translation: We, ST-Ericsson, hope to be chosen by Microsoft as the SoC of choice for Nokia’s upcoming mid-range Windows Phone devices so we are working hard to prove that we are worth it.

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