HTC Eternity flagship Windows Phone info leaked?


File this under the un-confirmed salty rumor category..What you see up here is supposedly HTC’s upcoming flagship Windows Phone running Mango and launching this fall and called the HTC Eternity. It is claimed to have an MSM8255 SoC with the CPU clocked at 1.5Ghz (like the HTC Flyer tablet), 16GB of storage, 8MP camera, 1.3 Front facing camera, DNLA support and last be not least a 4.7″ Super LCD WVGA screen. If true, then this thing is simply to big IMO.

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Front facing camera support in Windows Phone 7 Mango

Today’s update Mango Beta 2 emulator finally confirms that the updated mobile OS will include support for front facing cameras as long as the OEM decides to include one. This should come as a surprise to those of you who have attended MIX11 or watch the online webcast as this was hinted at in of the Q&A. When asked about Front-facing camera support the Microsoft employee said that he couldn’t comment but added that nothing prevented OEMs from adding them on their upcoming devices.

Speaking of new Mango features and tweaks.. I discovered a couple of nice ones but I’m apparently not allowed to talk about them publicly

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta under NDA for developers

If you’ve already received your invite for the Mango beta dev update then you most probably know what I’m referring to:

8. Confidentiality: By participating in this program, the developer agrees to not publish any content, screenshots or comments in any media in advance of the official launch of Windows Phone ‘Mango’.

Sounds nice right? I’m all for NDAs but Microsoft will have to tell me why the US press (who received the same bits) was allowed to talk about it , post pictures , videos (even I did back in May in my preview after VIP event) but we are not? Seriously I’m not going to restore my device every time I want to shoot an application review or hands-on like a did this morning with Angry Birds, etc… Does this also mean that I4m no longer allowed to talk about report about anything Mango related now? And just in case you missed the first time here’s the second confidentiality sentence this time from the PDF (which indicates that it’s not a copy/paste EULA job):

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta now available for developers

Microsoft has just officially released the Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta update for registered developers today. The company will send invites to developers starting today (Ie. 5K have been notified by mail today with more later this week):

For Mango, that starts today with an early access program for developers. We’re still working out some final kinks in the distribution and support infrastructure for delivering Mango to all of our registered developers around the world, but are inviting the most eager developers to come get Mango today, for their retail devices, as part of our early access program! We expect the full distribution infrastructure to be fully operational in the next couple of weeks. For now, consider yourself a beta tester for the distribution process. Registered developers will get invites to the Microsoft Connect site, which will give them access to Mango. This build of Mango should also be viewed as beta quality, so there are still consumer features missing, but you can now start building apps and testing them against retail devices.

So if you are a registered developer just hit this link download the Beta 2 tools and uninstall the previous Beta tools before installing the new ones. Microsoft will sending invites today with more following in the weeks to come.

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta roll out for developers may be starting tomorrow

File this under the “nothing is confirmed at all and salt taste good” category: The Window Phone 7 Mango Beta roll out for registered developers may be scheduled to begin tomorrow if Microsoft’s Bill Cox’s last tweet is about it:

Big day for Windows Phone: Angry Birds, Epicurious, Eventful, Dictionary.com, Kik, GoWalla. And a juicy surprise for tomorrow…

The roll out should go as already described by Microsoft a few weeks ago here. Anyway, stay tuned for more info…

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Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 vs Android version video comparison

I’ve just shot a short video comparing the just released Windows Phone 7 version of Angry Birds running on the Samsung Omnia 7 versus the Android version running on the HTC Sensation. As you will (or may not because the video is shot at 25fps..) the WP7 version is not as smooth as the Android version. There are several things to remember though: XNA games are limited to 30fps while Android games are usually only limited by the device’s screen VSync, physics calculation on WP7 still doesn’t use the SIMD/NEON FP units of the Snapdragon CPU (this will be available in Mango). Then again, the WP7 versions isn’t slow either so this shouldn’t bother you if you plan to purchase the game. Video after the break:

UPDATE: There’s no more 30FPS limitation in XNA apps in Mango.

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Official Gowalla client for Windows Phone 7 released

The official Gowalla client for Windows Phone 7 has been released today. There was already a third party client which was released a few weeks ago but the new official one is pretty good to. UI, UX and performance are top notch and this is something we are starting to see more and more in the recently released WP7 applications. The application also lets you connect with Foursquare (its main competitor), Twitter, Facebook and tumblr.

Gowalla for Windows Phone 7 is available for free right here.

AmazonFresh mobile application exclusively released on Windows Phone 7

The official AmazonFresh application has just been released exclusively on Windows Phone 7 today. AmazonFresh is Amazon’s online grocery service which allow costumer to purchase food directly online and get it delivered to them. Unfortunately this service is currently limited to the greater Seattle area so if you aren’t located there then you will have no use for it. But if you are (then you are most probably also a Microsoft employee..) just head over here to download it.

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Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 finally released

We can finally put an end to the ongoing Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 release date drama (see related posts below) as today marks the official launch day of Rovio’s massively successful game on Microsoft’s mobile platform. Angry Birds is now available on the Market place for $2.99 and is Xbox Live enable with Achievements and leader boards. The game is identical to the what was already out on other platforms so be prepared to play exactly the same levels (165 of them ) if you have already experienced it on an other mobile device.

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Updated Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7 released

Microsoft has just released an updated version of the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately PubCenter is still only available to US residents. Contrary to what I thought earlier this month it is not yet open to developers worldwide but only to advertiser which can now sell ads via Adcenter. Anyway, here’s what new in the June SDK:

- Streamlined Ad Control APIs make common tasks simpler. For example, the Ad Control will now automatically collapse itself when no ad is available; this previously this required custom code.
- Added support for ads that link to Windows Phone Marketplace. Stay tuned for news on how you’ll soon be able to promote your app by advertising in other Windows Phone apps.
- The Ad Control is now automatically available in the Visual Studio 2010 toolbox.
- Ad requests over SSL for better end-user privacy.
- Numerous bugs fixes and stability improvements.

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4th & Mayor Windows Phone 7 Foursquare client updated to version 2.0

The critically acclaimed 4th & Mayor Windows Phone 7 Foursquare client has just been updated to version 2.0 today. This new release now feature an integrated Bing Maps controls, performance & UX improvements and new features:

This addresses a ton of feedback I’ve gotten from people over the last several months of app use, and aligns with the latest version of the foursquare app for other key platforms. The app update was approved this afternoon and should not be finding its way onto your phone if you’re an existing user!

Just grab it here in case you don’t already have it.

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Windows Phone 7 Mango custom ringtones features detailed

Microsoft has just posted more details about the custom ringtones feature to be introduced in the upcoming Mango update for Windows Phone 7. First the new custom ringtones API that Microsoft announced back in March during the MIX11 conference. This API will allow third-party developers to to create applications that can add ringtone files to the devices. Secondly users will be able to create their own ringtones on the PC and then load them on their Windows Phone 7 device via the Zune software. The ringtones audio files will need to conform to the following specifications:

- 39 seconds or shorter
- smaller than 1 megabyte (MB)
- saved in MP3 or WMA format
- not copy-protected (i.e. DRM free)

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Windows Phone Tango coming after Mango and before Apollo?

According to Digitimes who has one of the worst track record when it comes to “sources” and rumors, the release after Mango will be called Tango. We already know that the next big release which is said to be Windows Phone 8 and is speculated to be running the ARM Windows 8 Kernel is called Apollo so if this Windows Phone Tango is real it will most probably be a minor update.

Compal has signed with Microsoft for licensed use of the Mango platform and Tango, a platform to succeed Mango, the sources noted.

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In depth look at Nokia’s upcoming camera sensor and optics

Nokia still knows a thing or two about camera sensors and optics so if you are interested in knowing what’s behind the Nokia N9 camera sensor and Carl Zeiss optics, which will most probably the one featured in the Nokia Sea Ray Windows Phone 7 device, then should definitely check out what went into designing this new camera module which is 70% smaller in size compared to the one in the Nokia N8.

To have a single sensor that provides this capability, however, means a sensor with more pixels than you need at any one time. In the case of the new Nokia N9, while it says 8-megapixels on the product, the sensor is actually 8.7-megapixels. You can see in the illustration the total area covered by the image sensor as well as the portions of the sensor used according to the chosen aspect ratio. The result of this is the only mobile device which genuinely gets more in the width of the picture than the industry norm 4:3, leaving you the flexibility to choose the best aspect ratio for the scene.

One of the benefits of Nokia’s scale has long been being able to work directly with component manufacturers to design and develop bespoke components. This new sensor, like in many of our products, especially the Nokia N8, is designed and developed to our own specification and exclusively supplied to Nokia, as are our optics of course: no off-the-shelf components will meet our demanding requirements.

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Windows Phone 7 Mango requires hardware buttons

Another day in the blogosphere. Our beloved Russian blogger is now claiming after seeing the month old Nokia Sea Ray prototype picture, that Windows Phone 7 Mango devices aren’t required to have hardware buttons. As it’s usually the case with this dude’s tweet they are re-posted all over the place by other blogs (I even got tipped for it earlier today).

So here’s what we know: The reason why the Sea Ray prototype doesn’t have hardware buttons is because it’s using the Nokia N9 chassis which doesn’t have buttons and sports a 854×480 screen The bottom 54 pixels are used for on-screen buttons leaving 800×480 pixels to render the OS. Now unless every OEMs wants to use a 854×480 screen how is this going to be possible and why the hell would this be done anyway given that according to Microsoft themselves Mango devices are required to have hardware buttons as seen in the latest chassis guidelines released during the MIX11 conference ? Then again, we’ve seen stranger things lately…

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Nokia Ovi Maps API already works in Windows Phone 7

A post on Nokia’s developer forum dated from the beginning of the month notes that the OVI Maps API will be officially supported in Windows Phone 7 Mango:

This would be good to know for the future use cases; the current Ovi Maps API will be supported in
the oncoming devices. Some changes for code may be needed, also some dedicated features may
be implmented – we will get more information and details on this during the coming months.

But there isn’t anything really new here other than the claim that it will probably be “officially” supported by Nokia because it is already working in Windows Phone 7 pre-Mango right now as seen in the Outdoor Navigation application currently available on the Marketplace and which can use Nokia’s OVI Maps (or Google Maps, OpenMaps etc..) instead of Bing maps. It’s safe to assume that everything isn’t working now and that Mango will most probably improve things. Just click here to check it out.

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Foodspotting application for Windows Phone 7 launched

Another nice looking and well developed application has been launched today on Windows Phone 7 called Foodspotting (there already an iOS and Android version available). The service allows you to take pictures of food, geolocate and upload them to the cloud so that other people using the service can check them out and maybe decide to go to this particular restaurant. It’s a bit like Yelp but with a more food centric approach.

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Compal becomes Windows Phone 7 ODM: Will fulfill Nokia and Acer orders


Compal Electronics Inc CEO Ray Chen announced today during an annual shareholder meeting that his company has become a licensed Windows Phone 7 ODM and will build Windows Phone devices for Nokia and Acer which are expected to ship in the Fourth Quarter of this year. Being an ODM means that you won’t see Compal branded handsets sold, the company essentially manufactures and assembles the devices for other OEMs.

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Nokia Sea Ray hardware specifications

We obviously don’t know much about the Nokia Sea Ray (or Nokia SeaRay) Windows Phone handset yet but given what we know about Mango, its certified chassis and the Nokia N9 which is what the Sea Ray is based on in terms of design here are what will most probably be the hardware specifications of the device. Just keep in mind that nothing’s official yet and that early prototypes are apparently simply Nokia N9 chassis with the internals replaced and Windows Phone 7 running on them. So check out the possible Nokia Sea Ray hardware specification after the break:

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