Windows Embedded Compact 7 is finally out. But doesn’t it really matter anymore?

After much delays Windows Embedded Compact 7 (formerly known as Windows CE 7) is now finally available to the public. But the real question now is: Does it still matter?  Lots of things have changed in the past couple of months that make this late release a bit underwhelming. First you have to remember that Windows Phone 7 is based on a different CE kernel (which is close to the CE 7 Kernel though) and developed by teams that are not even in the same business unit at Microsoft. As of right now the Windows Phone teams are probably closer to the Windows crew than the relatively small CE team. Secondly, the announcement that Windows 8 will run on ARM architectures is also seen as a nail in the coffin of Windows Embedded Compact primarily because Microsoft tablet strategy will be focused on bringing Windows 8 to the slate form factor and not CE + UI shell on top.

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Flickr for Windows Phone 7 updated with ability to download images

The Windows Phone 7 Flickr application has just been updated with the ability to save and download images to your handset. There are still a few bugs like the inability to upload pictures directly from the pictures hub if the folder where the desired picture is located contains tons of other images, but this should hopefully be fixed in an upcoming update which will also bring  more performance improvements to the UI.

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I Love Katamari for Windows Phone 7 released

Always dreamed of playing one of the weirdest puzzle game to come out of Japan on your Windows Phone 7 device? Today’s your lucky day because I Love Katamari has just been released as an Xbox Live enabled game on Windows Phone 7 for the relatively high price of $6.99 (it’s $4.99 on iOS). Describing I Love Katamari isn’t really so I will just leave you with the official description of the game (which is exactly the same as the iOS description..) or you could just hit wikipedia for the full history of the game which started back with the original Katamari Damacy released on the PS2:

The King of All Cosmos has accidentally knocked all stars out of the sky during a night out. It is up to the pint sized Prince to put the twinkle back in the heavens in I love Katamari. I love Katamari delivers an experience only possible on Windows Phone 7.

The gameplay is simple! Tilt your windows Phone 7 to roll your Katamari with precision. Roll the Katamari ball over various objects in each stage. As more and more objects are rolled up, your katamari will increase in size and it becomes possible to roll-up larger objects.

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NVIDIA Tegra Zone Android Market section officially launched

People familiar with the PC Graphics industry know that one of NVIDIA‘s biggest strength is its developer relation and evangelism publicly know as The Way it’s Meant To BE Played program. With the arrival of the first Tegra 2 powered Android devices NVIDIA has officially launched its Tegra Zone section in the Android Marketplace which is only accessible to devices powered by the company’s chipsets. It contains graphically upgraded version of current big hits like Fruit Ninja and other exclusive that are supposed to showcase the power of the GPU inside the Tegra2 SoC. Keep in mind that most of these games could technically run on other competing products (like the SGX540) but this is unfortunately way things are done in the industry. Companies have to differentiate theirs products one way or another so you get even more fragmentation in the ecosystem as a result. But there’s no denying that NVIDIA’s hardware offering is one of the best right now and from what I saw at MWC they are really pushing hard to get a foothold in the mobile market. Full press release after the break and video of the Trega 2 in action:

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Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread finally pushed out to the Google Nexus One: wait or download it now

This definitely took a while but Google has finally started to push the OTA Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update to the venerable Nexus One. The roll out is probably going to take a little while so don’t be surprised if your handset hasn’t been notified yet. If you can’t wait to get it then just hit the link after the break to download and follow the instruction below to install it:

- Download the .zip file

- Rename it to update.zip

- copy it to the Root of your micro-sd card

-Boot your device in recovery mode by holding the the trackball and pressing once on the power button

- Select Bootloader and then select Recovery

- Let the device reboot (it will display an exclamation point) and then press the volume up and power button at the same time

- finally select “Apply sdcard:update.zip” with the trackball.

-Voila

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