Samsung Taylor Windows Phone 7 developer devices won’t be updated to Nodo or future releases

Here’s some bad news if you are one of the few who has a Samsung Taylor Windows Phone 7 developer device. According to Microsoft’s support the device will never receive the recently released NoDo update or any future OS release:

The Samsung Taylor was intended for pre-production use only.
They were updated to an RTM release at end of Beta to bridge the gap between end of Beta and general availability of production phones.

I know of no plans to release any further update for the Samsung Taylor devices.

This is understandable now that anybody can go grab a retail handset and use it to develop WP7 applications. Keep in mind that the Taylor and LG GW910 suffer from bugs that have never been fixed anyway (mainly related to the camera and digital compass).

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HTC EVO 3D hardware specifications

HTC has just officially announced and unveiled their highest end and most powerful product ever: the HTC EVO 3D. The only handset comparable to it is the LG Optimus 3D which has essentially the same features but is differentiated by the chipset and SoC used to power the device. Contrary to the Optimus 3D which uses a TI OMAP4 4430 the HTC EVO 3D is using Qualcomm’s latest dual-core Cortex A8 SoC the MSM8660 and its Adreno 220 GPU which I showed you in action here. It has a similar 4.3inch qHD 960×540 glasses free 3D display (parallax barrier) has 2 5Mpix cameras on the back for shooting 720P 3D video, a 1.3Mpix front facing cam and HDMI out via the micron USB connector for 1080P (2D) and 720P (3D). In terms of hardware this device is a real beast. The device will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread at first with the latest version of HTC Sense on top.

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Windows Phone 7 NoDo roll out starting today: Full Change Log

Microsoft has just started the Windows Phone 7 NoDo update roll out to a select number of handsets a few hours ago. The first users who will get notified of the update will apparently be owners of non-carrier branded handsets though. My unbranded Samsung Omnia 7 still didn’t get prompted to update but I wouldn’t be surprised if us Samsung owners got it a little bit later given past history (but don’t quote me on that though, it’s just an assumption on my part). Anyway, Microsoft has also posted the full change-log which you can read after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 announced: specifications and pricing

Samsung has just unveiled the Galaxy Tab 8.9 which is simply smaller version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 announced last month at MWC. So what the big difference between the two products? Noting besides that screen size: 8.9 inch vs 10.1 inch. Everything else is essentially the same; same Tegra 2 SoC, Same 3mPix camera on the back and 2Mpix on the front etc.. The Screen has the same resolution so the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has a higher pixel density but other than that and the smaller 6000Mha battery compare to 6800Mha on the 10.1 you have the same product.

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NFC enabled Windows Phone 7 handsets in the works?

File this under rumor tag; According to NyTimes “sources” a Windows Phone 7 OEM which is hinted as being Nokia, is working on adding NFC support to it’s future Windows Phone 7 devices:

A person familiar with new iterations of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform said a partner handset manufacturer is also exploring adding this technology to the next version of a Microsoft mobile phone. This person also said the new partnership with Nokia and Microsoft could catapult this technology into the mainstream as Nokia has said in the past that it plans to add N.F.C. technology to all its new phones in 2011.

The fact that work is being done is highly probable but let’s also remember that there are super restrictive chassis specs put in place by Microsoft and it would be surprising if one OEM decided to add NFC support to its WP7 phone and not everyone else (feature fragmentation…) Let’s also remember that there is still no Compass API for third party devs or even access to the camera’s raw feed yet. Before adding new features the priority should be put into supporting the current ones..

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