Windows Phone 7 Mango already in the hands of hackers

Microsoft won’t be happy about this one… The DFT team which was behind the Windows Phone 7 port for the HTC HD2 apparently already has a build of the upcoming Mango update running on one of their devices (which looks like the T-Mobile version of the HTC HD2). As you can see the picture above there’s a new search icon that most probably lets you search through your list of applications and the Office icon has also been changed. Anyway, check out the full video demonstrating NoDo on the HTC HD2 below (the short glimpse at Mango is at the very end of the video).

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New HTC Pyramid pictures

A couple of live and out-focus pictures of the upcoming HTC Pyramid have just leaked today. The device is essentially the HTC EVO 3D but without the parallax barrier on the QHD screen that allows glasses free 3D viewing and the two 5Mpix camera on the back found on the EVO 3D. Instead the HTC Pyramid will feature a single 8Mpix camera on the back and a front facing VGA camera on the front. The device will be powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8260 SoC and it’s Adreno 220 GPU. I personally think that this device is a better solution that the EVO 3D (which is also launching in Europe later this year) especially if you are like me and find 3D to be relatively useless. More picture after the break:

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Fable Coin Golf for Windows Phone 7: Hands on video review

I’ve just shot a hands-on video of Microsoft / Lionhead’s Fable Coin Golf Xbox Live game for Windows Phone 7. The game was released today on Marketplace for $4.99 but you an try it out for free thanks to the trial version. So, how’s the game? Well, it probably the best looking game on Windows Phone 7 right now (next to The Harvest) and really shows what can be done with the relatively ancient Adreno 200 GPU when coded correctly (and nice assets are used). The game’s mechanics are fairly simple and straightforward: grab as many coins as possible by flicking your puck in the right direction and existing the level with a minimum of shots (like regular golf). You will also be able to grab power ups that give your coin the ability to kill enemies or move objects. Gold earned in the game can be transferred to your Fable III Xbox 360 and Windows PC games. Check the video after the break:

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What is exactly the Windows Phone Mobile Studio ?

As you have probably already seen, Mary Jo Foley posted about a Microsoft Job listing that mentions something called the Windows Phone Mobile Studio and speculates that this may be Microsoft’s updated Windows Phone version of the now defunct Kin Studio cloud synching service. I personally think that this “Mobile Studio” is actually a UI/UX design team within Microsoft and not an actual product or service. This is not to say that there isn’t a Windows Phone version of the Kin Studio in the works or that this team isn’t working on one though. Microsoft has already officially stated that it was working on this ever since Kin was pronounced dead.

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More Windows Phone 7 NFC support rumors. Nokia’s first differentiating feature?

Bloomberg is running a story today corroborating last week’s NYTimes claims that the next version of Windows Phone (Windows Phone 7 Mango or Windows Phone 8 Apollo?) will have support for NFC chips and wireless payment. I’m now fairly sure that this must be related to Nokia’s upcoming Windows phone 7 handsets which are still scheduled to come out in late Q4 2011 / early 2012. The Finnish company has always planned (even before the MS partnership) that all of its future high-end smartphones will include an NFC chip so it’s now safe to assume that this will be the company’s first differentiating feature compared to other WP7 OEMs (this obviously won’t stop HTC, LG, or Samsung to include NFC chips in the future WP7 devices).

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