Why doesn’t Samsung properly support Windows Phone 7 ?

This post is not about the Samsung Focus and Omnia 7 update issues but about what you see in the picture above. Why is there only 5 sub-par applications in Samsung’s section of the marketplace ? Samsung only came out with to apps that were worth it and both are now gone. There was Photogram which I reviewed here and the eBook application that never really “official” came out which I also reviewed here. The company also offered the Diodict dictionary but this was also pulled out (this app is now available in the marketplace for $20!). HTC has 15 apps in its marketplace section (among them are must have’s like the hidden-Wifi connector) and LG has 19 apps.

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Microsoft releases iPhone iOS to Windows Phone 7 API mapping tool

Microsoft has just announced the availability of a new tool and resources aimed at iOS / iPhone developers who wish to port their applications to Windows Phone 7. The package consists of:

The package consists of:

- a NEW iPhone/iOS to Windows Phone 7 API mapping tool

With this tool, iPhone developers can grab their apps, pick out the iOS API calls, and quickly look up the equivalent classes, methods and notification events in WP7. A developer can search a given iOS API call and find the equivalent WP7 along with C# sample codes and API documentations for both platforms.

- a 90+ pages “Windows Phone 7 Guide for iPhone Application Developers” white paper, organized in 8 chapters, and growing
- a series of “developer stories” or should I say “PR videos” to promote the platform’s awesomeness

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HTC posts record revenues: Ships 9.1M phones in Q1 up 196.8% year-on-year thanks to Android

HTC has just announced record Q12011 revenues reaching NT$104.16bn, up 174.5% year-on-year. The company has also shipped over 9 Million handsets in this year’s first quarter up nearly 200% compared to the same period last year. Things are definitely looking good for the Taiwanese manufacturer who is now aggressively competing against Samsung in the Android market. The Korean giant in now releasing it’s new Galaxy SII to rave reviews handset following the blockbuster that was the original Galaxy S last year.

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Android 2.3.4 for the Google Nexus S available: Google Talk Video Chat included

The official Android 2.3.4 package for the Google Nexus S (you must be already running an Android 2.3.3 GRI40 rom for the update to work) including the new Google Talk video chat feature. Download the zip file here and proceed with caution (don’t forget to backup your device!). Other than Google talk this new rom also includes new languages support in the keyboard (like Hebrew).

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Google Talk Video Chat for Android announced

Google has officially unveiled the new Google Talk video chat feature for Android yesterday. This will work over 3G/4G and WiFi and be available in Android 2.3.4 (you can already get this version for the Google Nexus S here). Suffice to say that we most probably won’t see this kind of feature in Windows Phones until the next version of the OS (Windows Phone 8 ) because front facing camera’s are still not part of the minimum requirements of Chassis specs (but I wouldn’t be surprised if OEMs where allowed to put now in the coming months). Video demonstration of the Google Talk Video Chat after the break:

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PBS video streaming application coming to Windows Phone 7 and Android ?

Thanks to Justin Angel’s eagle eyes what you see up there may contain a hint at the ongoing development of an official PBS (Public Broadcast Service) video steaming application for Windows Phone 7 and Android. As you can see in the upper right corner of the picture Windows Phone 7 and Android are written on the white board. There’s already an official PBS mobile app on the iPhone and the iPad. Keep in mind that the content will only be accessible if you are located int he US.

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Samsung Galaxy S II reviews: The best Android smartphone ever ?

The first Samsung Galaxy S II reviews just popped-up today courtesy of Samsung UK who seems to have handled review samples to UK editors this week. The verdict seems to be really positive especially Vlad’s review. According to Engadget’s editor the Galaxy S II is simply the best Android smartphone ever created.

The handset’s biggest sell point is obviously its 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display which I hand the opportunity to check out in Barcelona in February during the MWC11. Gone is the annoying PenTile Matrix subpixel arrangements which is no replace by a normal RGB matrix. This essentially means that the WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen has 1,152,000 sub-pixels compared to 768,000 if it was a regular Super AMOLED panel (see my Super AMOLED vs Super AMOLED Plus hands on comparison here).  Interestingly Samsung is also allowing the user to tweak the screen’s color saturation via a setting called “Background Effect”.This is definitely a good thing given that AMOLED panels are highly color saturated most of the time.

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