Microsoft desperately fights Windows Phone Marketplace spam with no effect

Back in June Microsoft decided to limit bulk application publishing to 20 per day for a single developer account to fight the gigantic amount of crappy spammy applications polluting the Windows Phone Marketplace. As I said back then:

I personally think that 20 apps a day is still way too much. I can’t see a legitimate developer publishing 20 quality application in a single day…

Well things didn’t really go well so Microsoft is now announcing that bulk-publishing is going to be limited to 10 apps per day. But I’m going to repeat myself here and say that 10 apps a day is still way too much. I can’t see a legitimate developer publishing 21 quality application in a single day…. Spammers and scammers now have multiple developers accounts and are finding new ways to workaround this silly limitation. Here’s what should be done: 1 app per week.

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Nokia Sabre, Searay, Samsung Yukon and Samsung Wembley codenames leaked

Looks like Microsoft Canada unintentionally leaked the code name of a yet unknown Nokia Windows Phone handset name Nokia Sabre. If I had to guess I would say that this is most probably the Nokia 703 handset with the relatively modest hardware specifications (the Searay being the high end model). The Samsung Yukon and Samsung Wembley are probably the Focus S and Focus Flash though.

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Burn The Rope Xbox Live Windows Phone game released

This weeks Xbox Live enabled game for Windows Phone 7 is Burn The Rope, a critically acclaimed mobile game already out on iOS. As the game title says the goal is to burn the rope and to do this you will have to use your device’s accelerometer because the flame only burns upwards. The game cost $2.99 but make sure to try out the trial beforehand just in case this isn’t your type of game. For my part I think that this is the kind of content that really suits mobile platforms so it’s highly recommend. Only downside s that this versions still isn’t Mango compatible so you won’t be able to fast-resume. Get it here.

Samsung and Google to unveil Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Nexus Prime on October 11th

No matter what happens between Microsoft and Samsung, the Korean handset maker is still for the time being Google’s biggest Android partner and as such they are both apparently going to unveil the latest iteration of the Android OS dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich and the rumored Google Nexus Prime on October 11th during CTIA in San Diego. This event is obviously meant to kill the iPhone 5 buzz which will start on October 4th and the only unknown yet is the date of Nokia’s unveiling of its first Windows Phone. It’s widely accepted that this will happen during Nokia World on October 26th but we’ve also heard contradicting info saying that this wouldn’t happen there. Only time will tell but If I was Microsoft or Nokia I wouldn’t wait 3 weeks after the iPhone 5 and Android 4 is announced to counter both especially now that Mango is out and that the first handsets are going to hit retail and carriers.

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HD video support added to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango on new handsets

One little feature that most Windows Phone (and iOS) users are usually not aware of is that videos transferred to the handsets via the Zune client are all re-encoded in WVGA (or close to this) especially when they have a higher resolution. This is done so that the user never encounters a situation where a video isn’t played back properly or at a sub-par frame rate because of a dodging encoding codec or resolution (the first generation QSD8250 Snapdragon SOC only  supported the following HD formats MPEG-4 Simple Profile Up to 30fps @720p 10Mbps / H.264 High Profile v3.0 Up to 30fps @720p (1280×720) 10Mbps). The only 720P videos that where ever played back on a current Windows Phone 7 handsets are the ones shot by the camera, transferred to the phone with the USB mas storage trick or  via the Skydrive trick.

I decided to take a look at the current codecs supported in Mango and noticed that Microsoft has finally updated the list with support for 720P HD video playback at 30fps for the new MSM8255 and MSM7230 powered handsets only. Here’s the list of codecs that are listed with “Some Windows Phone 7.5 devices support 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps”:

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The Windows Phone 7.1 Mango SDK is now available

Microsoft has just release the RTW version of the Windows Phone 7.1 aka Mango SDK which is freely available for download. The final tools include several bug fixes and support for the following languages:

  • English (en-US)
  • French (fr-FR)
  • German (de-DE)
  • Italian (it-IT)
  • Japanese (ja-JP)
  • Korean (ko-KR)
  • Russian (ru-RU)
  • Spanish (es-ES)

You can grab them directly from here.

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Samsung signs patent licensing deal with Microsoft for Android and Windows Phone

Microsoft just scored a major win today with Samsung. The Software giant will receive royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android. That’s going to be a whole lot money given the gigantic number of Android devices  that Samsung is currently selling (the Galaxy S II has already reached the 10 Million units milestone). It was rumored that Microsoft was asking $15 for every Android device manufactured so you can bet that Microsoft is quite happy about this deal and you can bet that the Google Motorola acquisition played a big role in this deal (Samsung must have seen that it would help the whole patent situation in the longer and decided to side with Microsoft instead). Samsung will apparently also cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone. Who said that Samsung was abandoning Windows Phone ? Oh yes..rumors.. Full press release after the break:

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New low-end Windows Phone hardware chassis unveiled: 2GB of Storage, 3MP camera

Microsoft has apparently just unveiled a new low-end Windows Phone 7 hardware chassis today during a conference held in Shinagawa, China. I personally don’t read Chinese but it appears that the minimum Storage requirement is 2GB instead of 8GB like on the regular chassis and the back facing camera can now have a minimum of 3MP sensor instead of 5MP. I would really appreciate it if somebody can translate the rest though. The recently announced ZTE Tania seems to be the first handset to be based on this new mass market chassis.

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ZTE Tania Windows Phone Mango handset officially announced: Only 4GB of Storage

The ZTE Tania has officially been announced and does indeed only pack 4GB of Storage making it the first Windows Phone to be based on a newly unveiled low-end hardware chassis which only requires a minimum of 2GB of Storage instead of 8GB like the regular Windows Phone Chassis. I personally think that this is totally nuts especially when a handset don’t have a micro-sd slot to expand its storage. 4GB is still not enough if you plan on using it for anything other than browsing the net and talking. Anyway, full press release after the break:

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New Samsung Omnia 7 Mango Firmware leaked: I8700XXKH5

A new Mango firmware for the Samsung Omnia 7 was leaked this morning if you are interested in such things. This one is SFR branded (French carrier) but is labeled as engineering and packs the latest I8700XXKH5 firmware which is the one pushed out yesterday and the same one I posted in my manual update guide too. The only difference here is that you will probably get an SFR boot screen and there apps pre-installed on the device. You can grab it here (flashtools here).

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Manually update the Samsung Omnia 7 Firmware to Mango

As you probably already know I was one of the few people who was running the leaked T-Mobile RC1 Mango firmware on my Samsung Omnia 7. Unfortunately this resulted in me being stuck with it and not being able to get the official firmware via the normal channel (Zune software/device notification). The only solution I had left was to flash by device back to a NoDo package and then wait or force today’s Mango update on it. Well, I didn’t want to loose any of my data or waste that much time so I tried something else. I grabbed the Samsung Firmware package (thanks to the brave soul who sent it to me) which is a simple CAB file and sent it to my Omnia 7 plugged into my PC. Voila, I now have the latest bits on my phone in less than 10 mins without loosing anything.

All you have to to is:

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Fujitsu IS12T gets a Firmware update

The Japanese bound Fujitsu IS12T just received a firmware update today meant to fix some issue present in the initial one (some sort of power loss problem). Here’s what was actually updated:

OS version 7.10.7720.68 (no change)
• Firmware revision number: 5008.1907.1160.550 ? 5008.1907. 1182.660
• Wireless Software version: 1.1.05.50 ? 1.1.0 6.60
• Wireless Hardware Version: 8655 (no change)
• Boot loader version: 7.17.2.0 (no change)
• SOC Chip Version: 0.75.2.1 (no change)

Unlike all the other Windows Phones on the market the IS12T won’t receive an OS update today given that it already runs Mango.

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T-Mobile officially announces the HTC Radar 4G

Nothing surprising here, T-mobile has just announced what we already knew; the HTC Radar 4G. Unfortunately there’s now release date other than “The HTC Radar 4G is expected to be available at T-Mobile in the U.S. in time for the holidays.”. If you want more info about the HTC Radar then I suggest you take a quick look at my early hands-on preview from earlier this month.

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The Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Roll out has started

 

Mango is go in the US and in Europe folks. Microsoft has just updated the Where’s my Update page with the following info:

Mobile operator 7008 7390 7392 Windows Phone 7.5*
AT&T Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update** Delivering update***
Sprint Preinstalled Preinstalled Delivering update Delivering update
T-Mobile Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update
Verizon Preinstalled Preinstalled Delivering update Delivering update
Open market phones Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update
All other operators Preinstalled Preinstalled Delivering update Delivering update

Please let us know in the comments below once you have received your update notification: Phone model, current Firmware/Rom you are running and your carrier please.

UPDATE: Unfortunately Samsung Omnia 7 owners on SFR (France) and T-Mobile (Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Macedonia, Netherlands, UK) won’t get it now…

UPDATE: The notification will on be sent to 10% of the users out there this week and more will follow if everything goes as planned. So don’t panic if you don’t see anything today or tomorrow.

UPDATE: I just posted instructions on how to manually update the Samsung Omnia 7 firmware (that’s not the force trick method at all)

Public Service Annnouncement: Please remember that the Mango update is made of 2 separate updates: OS and Firmware. Most of you are only getting the OS update right now and this isn’t enough for an optimal experience. You’ll have to wait for the OEM Firmware update which contains updated drivers and Radio. You could also try to force the update via the old method.

UPDATE: For all you Samsung Omnia 7 users, the official firmware should look like this (thx to @degsyh and Paul in the comments below):

- Firmware version is now: 2424.11.8.5
- Radio Software version : 2424.11.27.2
- Bootloader: 5.8.1.9

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All carriers ready to deploy Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Windows Phone users rejoice because all mobile operators worldwide, besides Sprint in the US, are ready for the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango roll out. Microsoft has just updated the where’s my update page noting that the push is being scheduled as we speak and that only Sprint is still testing it (US chart):

Mobile operator 7008 7390 7392 Windows Phone 7.5*
AT&T Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update** Scheduling
Sprint Preinstalled Preinstalled Delivering update Testing
T-Mobile Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update Scheduling
Verizon Preinstalled Preinstalled Scheduling Scheduling
Open market phones Delivering update Delivering update Delivering update Scheduling
All other operators Preinstalled Preinstalled Delivering update Scheduling

UPDATE: Mango will be pushed to Sprint devices Today at 1PM CST (thanks to LEM in the comments below!):

NOTE: This update will be available via Zune at approximately 1pm CST on 9/27
HTC Arrive Software Update – 2305.13.40301.651 (Microsoft OS – Mango 7.10.7720.68)


UPDATE
: Mango is a Go!
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Web-based Windows Phone Marketplace launched

Microsoft has finally launched the web-based version of the Windows Phone Marketplace earlier today. This isn’t something really new for Microsoft given that Windows Mobile 6.5 already had a similar web-based marketplace back in 2009 (Android has a similar one too). Once a user is signed in he will be able to browse the entire application catalog and purchase/try applications directly from there.

The download process is done in two ways:

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Samsung Video Call Mango application released

The Samsung Video Call Windows Phone 7.5 Mango application that was announced yesterday alongside the Samsung Omnia W device has just been released on the Marketplace today. AS you can see in the picture above the app is obviously not compatible with the Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus and will only work on the Samsung devices equipped with front facing cameras like the Samsung Focus S, Focus Flash and Omnia W. The warning message also indirectly confirms that the Allshare DLNA application which is currently not working on current handsets would be fully functional once the official firmwares are pushed out later this month (or else Samsung would have restricted its download like it just did with the Video Call application).

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Pulse News reader coming soon to Windows Phone 7 Mango

The critically acclaimed Pulse news reader application already available on the iPhone, iPad and Android is coming soon to the windows Phone Mango platform according to the developers who have just announced it and posted a short video demonstrating the application in action on a Samsung Focus. The application should be availalbe for free this week in the Marketplace. Check out the video after the break:
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Samsung Focus S snapped in the Wild. Still no official pictures and full specifications

One has to wonder why AT&T jumped the gun and decided to announce the Samsung Focus S ans Samsung Focus Flash before both devices were ready to be unveiled by Samsung. As of right now we still don’t know much about the Focus S full hardware specification besides what AT&T talked about in its press release and the only pictures we have are the screen caps taken from the WPC surprise showing a few months ago and this new one above (the Storage amount is still a mystery, same for the Ram).

Prior to today’s Samsung Omnia W announcement we didn’t know much about the Samsung Focus Flash either, but given that its is simply the US variant of the devices announced earlier in the morning you the same specs apply to it (probably not the casing design though. Samsung has yet to announce the European variant of the Focus S which is surely going to be a bestseller thanks to it’s 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen.

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