Microsoft hires Samsung VP to head Windows Phone product management

Microsoft has recently hired Gavin Kim who was formerly a VP at Samsung Mobile in charge of the company’s product portfolio and close collaborator of Samsung former Chief Technology Officer Omar Khan (the brain behind the Galaxy line of products). Kim was VP of Consumer & Enterprise Services and leading development of Samsung Mobile’s software and services offerings, incubating Samsung’s content and developer partnerships, and building Samsung Mobile’s Enterprise Business. Prior to working at Samsung Kim was Director of Product Operations at Motorola.

“I will be responsible to help set the future direction for the Windows Phone platform and to accelerate Microsoft’s trajectory to win the hearts and minds of consumers, carriers, device manufacturers, developers and partners,”[...]“In my experience, there is an already fervent base of Windows Phone supporters out there and they all get it. They are passionate, and already very vocal about it … so, it is really my new job to make sure we reflect that message clearly in our product and marketing collaborations with all of our partners to create more Windows Phone believers.”

Kim is going to be a great asset added to the Windows Phone team thanks to the close relationship with Samsung who is now supposedly going to be more involved in the development and marketing of the platform. Here’s what the Korean mobile company had to say:

“Gavin Kim has departed Samsung Mobile and we look forward to working with him in the future,” [...] “In his new capacity, he will continue to be part of the larger Samsung family through our partnership with Microsoft.”

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Spotify for Windows Phone 7 coming today

According to the folks who are attending the Mango launch event in today, the long awaited Spotify application for Windows Phone 7 application is ready to hit the marketplace today. They’ve also shot a short hands-on video of it in action:

UPDATE: Spotify is now available here!
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The Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash are available on AT&T for free

Samsung new Windows Phone 7 Mango handsets are now finally available on AT&T today. The Samsung Focus S will set you back $149.99 on a 2 year contract while the lower end Samsung Focus Flash is only $0.01 on the same 2 year contract. If I had to recommend one I would obviously tell you to go for the Focus S and it’s gorgeous Super AMOLED + screen… Hit the links below for more info.

UPDATE 21 Nov 2011: The Focus S is now priced at $0.01 with a 2 year contract..

HTC announces first wave of phones that will receive Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC has just unveiled the name of the phones included in the first wave of Ice Cream Sandwich update roll out. The handsets listed below will receive the ICS Android 4.0 in early 2012:

- HTC Sensation
- HTC Sensation XL
- HTC Sensation XE
- HTC Rezound
- HTC EVO Design 4G
- HTC Amaze 4G

You will also note that they are all based on the MSM826X platform.

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