Windows Phone 7 Mango is Windows Phone 7.1 ?

Here’s something interesting: Windows Phone 7 Mango is actually Windows Phone 7.1 and not Windows Phone 7.5 according to the MSDN online documentation. This can be surprising to some but it is following a certain logic if you look at the current OS build number: 7.0.7392. This essentially means that Mango will be build 7.1.XXXX. Anyway,  this may or may not be a place holder name so I will just suggest that you all wait patiently until the official unveiling later today (and no I won’t post about all the wacky rumors currently circulating… but keep an eye on Twitter).

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Windows Phone 7 Mango event Live stream

Ready for tomorrow’s Windows Phone 7 Mango event ? I’ll be present at the local unveiling here so you can expect hands-on videos and pictures of what is going to be shown a few hours after the whole thing ends. but if you don’t want to miss anything all you’ll have to do is to tune into the live stream that Microsoft is going to provide here and follow me on Twitter where I will live tweet as much as possible during my hands on session (I decided not to take my laptop with me because I’m just a few minutes away from where the event is taking place so my smartphone and DSLR will be enough to correctly cover the whole thing here). Watch the whole recorded webcast after the break:

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SIM unlock the Samsung Galaxy S II for free

Samsung Galaxy SII ( Samsing GT-i9100) users can now freely SIM unlock their devices in just a few minutes similar to what was possible on the Samsung Galaxy S. All you have to do is download the following application :

Market link (mobile): here

Market link (desktop): here

and run it on the device. It may take a few minutes for the application to find the code on the handsets and sometimes this code may be wrong but it’s worth a shot.

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Steve Ballmer teases Windows Phone 7 Mango. Promises new features

Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer was on stage at the company’s Japan developer conference today to tease tomorrow Windows Phone 7 Mango event and promised that the OS update will include “500 new features”. Just keep in mind that this is just a PR number which is thrown out there to make some buzz. Mango will include over 1500+ APIS thanks to the inclusion of Silverlight 4 in addition to a handful of new improvements and services that we have already heard about in the past few weeks. Don’t let the hype and often totally wacky rumors (which are in full force lately as usual before an event..) get to your head though. Everything will be known tomorrow.
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HTC Holiday Android phone to feature 4.5″ qHD screen and MSM8660 SoC


The HTC Sensation will apparently have a bigger brother later this year. According to a leaked ROM the HTC Holiday will feature a 4.5″ qHD (540×960) screen (compared to 4.3″ on the Sensation) the same MSM8660 Dual-core SoC, 1Gb of Ram, an 8 Mpix camera couple with a 1.3M front face one and run Android 2.3.4. The Holiday is headed to AT&T but will most probably be launched across other regions under a different name.

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New Samsung Omnia 7 Firmware available: I8700XXKC1 XXKB2

A new Samsung Omnia 7 firmware has just been leaked a few minutes ago and is available for everybody to download. The I8700XXKC1 XXKB2 is said to include NoDo but not much else is known about it yet. I’ll will try to flash my Omnia 7 device with it in a few minutes a report back to you.
The only downside to this is that the phone will be hard reset so all the personal info (SMS,MMS, installed apps, pictures etc) will have to be re-installed after the rom is flashed.

Update 1: The Firmware is dated March 24th so it’s safe to assume that it probably includes the 7390 version of the OS.

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Microsoft Poland sends out fruity May 24th event invites for Mango unveiling

Microsoft Poland sure knows how to make use hungry for more Windows Phone info.The Polish PR team is now sending out invite packages for the May 24th Mango event containing a real Mango fruit. This is definitely better that the regular mail invite that most of the worldwide press received. I will cover this event live next week and make sure to shoot tons of videos if we are allowed to go hands-on with the new OS so don’t forget to Follow me on Twitter for more updates and info.

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Nokia to use ST-Ericsson U8500 SoC for its Windows Phone 8 devices ? [UPDATED]

Ready for some totally weird news? ST-Ericsson’s CEO is now claiming that Nokia will use the company’s U8500 SoC in some of its upcoming Windows Phone devices. But contrary to what you may think he is not talking about Windows Phone 7 but about Windows Phone 8 which is probably still 1 year away. As you already know Qualcomm is the only certified SoC manufacturer for Windows Phone 7 and this was confirmed again with the updated chassis specification unveiled last month. The fact that ST-Ericsson’s CEO is now claiming that Windows Phone 8, which has yet to be announced and probably isn’t finalized in terms of required hardware specifications, will run on this particular SoC is rather strange.

The rest of the claims are for the most part factually wrong:

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Verizon HTC Trophy launching on May 26th for $149.99

Verizon has finally put an end to all the silly rumors about their HTC Trophy. It’s now officially announced and launching on May 26th for $149.99 with a 2 year-contract after a mail-in rebate. The Verizon HTC Trophy will pack 16Gb of storage memory instead of 8gb in the original version. Full press release after the break:

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First Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset probably launching at the end of the year but in short supply

Just a quick heads up on the Nokia Windows Phone 7 situation. I know that many of you (me included) are expecting and wishing to see Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 handset later this year but shouldn’t expect any miracles. The Finnish mobile giant never promised anything but instead always stated that it “hoped” to ship its first Windows Phone handset this year but that real volumes will only start to ship in early 2012.

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Only 1.6 Million Windows Phone 7 devices sold in Q1 2011. Outsold by Windows Mobile 6.X

Ready for non-scientific sales numbers? According to Gartner’s latest mobile sales report, only 1.6 Million Windows Phone 7 devices have been sold in Q1 2011 out of the 3.6 Million Windows Phone handsets sold in the same period. This essentially means that 2 Million Windows Mobile 6.X were have already been sold this year even though this OS is “dead”. Not a good sign right? I’ve heard a few days ago from a carrier here that WP7 sales were alarming so this new report isn’t surprising me at all. The windows Phone marketshare went from 6.8% in Q1 2010 to 3.6% today.

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Microsoft delays Angry Birds until end of June, announces dates and prices of upcoming Xbox Live games

Contrary to what was officially announced last month Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 won’t be out until June 29th (priced at $2.99). Microsoft just can’t get the PR right it seems. The 6 weeks of must have game campaign was initially set to start on April 9th but the company silently delayed the whole thing without saying anything about the whole situation and left people wondering what was going on.

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Unified Email Inbox coming to Windows Phone 7 Mango

Microsoft has apparently added one of the most wanted feature into Windows Phone 7′s next major update coming out later this fall dubbed Mango. The lack of unified email inbox was one of the missing feature that I complained about in my Windows Phone 7 review so I’m fairly happy to see that it may be coming out sooner rather than later. Based on the screenshot above which appeared in an official Microsoft email sent to the press in New Zealand last wee the unified inbox functionality will be named Linked Inbox.

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Bing2Wall application updated with new features: Landscape pictures, Twitter sharing

The Bing2Wall application that lets you save the daily Bing image to your Windows Phone 7 device and then use it as a wallpaper has just been updated with some cool new features (the newest version is currently being certified by Microsoft):

1) You can now save the landscape version of the image (just rotate the device).

2) Access to the image’s info/name

3) Twitter integration (let’s you tweet directly from within the app)

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Samsung Windows Phone 7 update roll out resumed

Microsoft has just resumed the roll out of the Windows Phone 7 Nodo and 7392 security updates for the Samsung devices just a couple of hours after the release of Samsung’s patch for the Omnia 7. As you can see the screenshot above I just received the 7392 update notification. Any Samsung Focus Owner getting the update notification or are the Omnia 7 device’s only affected right now? Please post a comment below to let everybody know.

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Samsung Omnia 7 patch released to allow 7392 update

Samsung has just released a patch that is meant to allow the Omnia 7 handsets to correctly install the 7392 security update. We’ve know for a while that Microsoft halted all Samsung Windows Phone 7 updates because of an unknown issue that had to be fixed but this new development most probably means that the roll out will re-start now and that the solution will be provided in the form of this Samsung patch instead of an “updated” package as announced by Microsoft a couple of days ago.

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USA Today talks about the development of their Windows Phone 7 application

The developers behind the superb USA Today have just shared their experience creating their first Windows Phone 7 application. Interestingly the app was developed in house by USA Today unlike most of the big names applications which are usually developed by contracted development houses.

My group is particularly proud of this launch because the app was conceived, designed and developed entirely in-house. The designers and developers on this project spent a lot of time trying to get our app to feel just right with the unique but compelling Windows Phone “Metro” interface. We think we got there and, in the process, became quite enamored with the platform. Who knows, there may be more apps coming soon on this platform ;-) .

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More Windows Phone 7 Mango features revealed: SmartDJ and Notifications sounds support

A few more Windows Phone 7 Mango features have just been revealed today by the Windows Phone Dev podcast. I think that many user will be delighted to learn that the Zune SmartDJ feature is now support in the OS and that we can now “officially” turn-off the camera shutter sound! It is currently a pain to achieve this because lowering the device’s volume usually doesn’t disable the camera shutter sound (it’s quite random though, sometimes it works..).

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Enterprise features announced: Lync Mobile, Office 365, Server Search, connection to hidden WiFi networks

Microsoft has just announced during today’s TechED keynote all the new Enterprise features to be introduced in Windows Phone 7 Mango later this year. As we previously heard, Mango will have a new and improved Skydrive and Office support in the OS’s Office Hub, including Office 365 integration and a Lync application. But this was only the tip of the iceberg:

  • Pinnable email folders: Pin a folder to the start screen for quick access. This could be an email folder for a specific project, from a specific group or person (like your boss), or an RSS feed you’ve set up in Outlook.
  • Conversation view in email: Emails in your inbox are organized by conversation, bringing replies to a thread into a consolidated view so it’s faster and easier to stay on top of the conversation.

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