New Beta and Private applications distribution options coming to Windows Phone 7 Mango Marketplace

Microsoft has just announced during the “Making Money with your Application on Windows Phone” MIX11 session (which is currently still underway) that 2 new methods of distributions are going to see the light of the day alongside Mango later this year. As you can see in the slide above developers will be able to submit applications as part of a Beta program (this was announced last year…), privately or publicly which is the only option right now.

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New Windows Phone 7 Chassis unveiled: MSM7X30 and MSM8x55

Last night Microsoft’s Itsvan Cseri unveiled the new Windows Phone 7 chassis that OEM’s can use to build Windows Phone 7 handsets slated to be released in the coming months (I talked about this subject back in February before MWC but things apparently got delayed because of the Nokia partnership). As you can see in the picture above the Qualcomm MSM7X30 and MSM8X55 SoCs are now certified for WP7 (both feature the Adreno 205 GPU). A Gyroscope Sensor is now also optional for OEMs who will have the choice to use the combination of SoC, memory, gyro they want (but the overall device’s specs shouldn’t be lower than what we have with the first generation of WP7 devices). Also note the the HVGA chassis announced last year has been dropped and that WVGA is now the only screen resolution supported by WP7. As expected Qualcomm is still the only certified SoC manufacturer for Windows Phone 7 and this is in my opinion a good thing. I highly recommend you watch the full Windows Phone 7 Architecture Deep Dive session after the break:

Update: Here’s Itsvan comment from the presentation file that you can grab here.

We standardized on one display resolution – 800×480 – and we are not changing that in this release which makes application and game development easier. At the same time we allow more flexibility in the configuration of the device by allowing certain sensors to be optional.[he clearly stated that the Gyro will be optional later in the video] We are taking advantage of the latest hardware silicon vendors are producing and we are adding a new Qualcomm SoC, the 7×30 to our supported chipsets [and MSM8X55 as seen in the slide above and stated in the video below]. We have been working with them to reduce the heavy lifting they have to do writing device drivers to take advantage of all the new functionality. We will produce most of the common device driver code for the platform and the hardware vendors only need to write the very silicon specific parts

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Watch the MIX11 Windows Phone 7 Mango, Silverlight 5 and Kinect SDK keynote

Here’s your chance to watch yesterday’s MIX11 keynote about Mango, Silverlight 5 and the Kinect SDK. I’ve already talked about most of what was announced here (besides the SIMD / NEON stuff that wasn’t part of the keynote). So just grab some drinks and hit the break to watch the 2 hours long event.

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Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 handsets to be the Nokia W7 and Nokia W8? Both using Qualcomm chipsets

Ready for some Nokia Windows Phone 7 rumors? Eldar who is known to get early nuggets from Nokia insiders (and is currently being sued by the company) just spilled the beans about Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 handsets. The first one being the Nokia W7 which according to him is similar in design to the Nokia X7 (running Symbian) but with WP7 and a Qualcomm QSD8250 SoC. That’s right, just like I told you back in February Qualcomm was doing everything to stay the only chipset provider for Windows Phone 7. Now this is obviously still unconfirmed but according to what is being said the phone following the W7; the Nokia W8 will also pack a Qualcomm SoC but the model has not yet been determined (Nokia is apparently try to secure a deal for the most powerful Qualcomm chipset to be available in Q2/Q3 2012 (Eldar speculates that it’s the MSM8960 with e Adreno 320 GPU but this can’t be the case given that this model isn’t expected before the end of 2012 and early 2013) so they can have the most powerful Windows Phone 7 handset on the market. This W8 will have a design similar to the current Nokia N8.

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