HTC Pushing out Internet Sharing update to its first generation Windows Phone 7 devices

HTC has just started a firmware update roll out that enables the WiFi hotspot Internet Sharing features on several of its first generation Windows Phone 7 handset across the world. The HTC HD7 seems to be the one getting it right now while some HTC Mozart user are also receiving the update notification too. feel free to tells if you gotitin the comments below (Phone model, carrier and country please). It you have a Samsung Windows Phone user there’s no need to wait for it as you can simply enable it yourself right now by following this short guide here.

Thanks for the tips guys.

HTC HD7, HTC Trophy, HTC 7 Pro and HTC Mozart Mango Firmwares leaked

Several HTC Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Roms have just leaked on XDA-Devs. The device’s concerned are the HTC HD7 (Europe), HTC 7 Trohpy (Europe, HTC Trophy (Verizon), HTC 7 Mozart (Europe and US), and finally the HTC 7 Pro (Europe):

- HTC 7 Pro : RUU_Gold_S_HTC_Europe_3.02.401.01_Radio_5.69.09.29 a_22.50.50.21_Signed_GOLD_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC Mozart: RUU_Mozart_S_HTC_Europe_4.06.401.00_5.69.09_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC Mozart: RUU_Mozart_S_HTC_RUS_4.06.411.00_5.69.09_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC HD7: RUU_Schubert_S_HTC_Europe_4.05.401.02_Radio_5.69.09.29a_22.50.50.21_Signed_SCHUBERT_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC Trophy: RUU_Spark_S_HTC_Europe_4.06.401.00_5.69.09_RELEASE.exe here
- HTC Trophy Verizon: RUU_Spark_W_S_VERIZON_WWE_2.01.605.04_2K_new_partition_RELEASE.exe here

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HTC HD7S available on AT&T

The HTC HD7S is now finally available on AT&T more than three months after its initial announcement. As you most probably already know the HTC HD7S is essentially just and HTC HD7 with a Super LCD screen instead of the regular TFT-LCD panel so there’s no need to really discuss the hardware side of things here. If you are on AT&T and wish to acquire this handset just hit the Amazon link below and will be eligible for a $25 gift card too:

Windows Phone 7 Manufacturer market share estimation

Here’s a relatively rough estimation of the Windows Phone 7 manufacturers market share and most successful devices based on the handsets running applications using the AdGAC ad control. As you can see above that HTC is the clear leader mainly because of the sheer number of models it currently offers (and HD2′s running WP7 too…). It is followed by Samsung who offers only one model in EU (Omnia 7), one in NA (Focus) and then LG who only offers one model in NA/AUS (Quantum) and one in Europe (Optimus 7).

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HTC pushing out Firmware updates for its Windows Phone 7 devices ?

According to several HTC users who  have updated their handsets via the ChevronWP7.updater, the Zune software is now showing the availability of a what seems to be a firmware update. OEMs obliviously have the ability to push specific updates to some of their models via the WP7 update system but what’s kinda strange here is that only phone’s updated with the previously mentioned method are being notified of this update.I know that some HTC devices already had their Firmware (radio rom included) updated as part of the NoDo update package so maybe this is related (the weird update method may have prevented the phone from receiving the full update so they are now getting the rest of it?).

UPDATE: Microsoft just confirmed what I tried to guess:

But my strong advice is: wait. If you attempt one of these workarounds, we can’t say for sure what might happen to your phone because we haven’t fully tested these homebrew techniques. You might not be getting the important device-specific software we would typically deliver in the official update. Or your phone might get misconfigured and not receive future updates.

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How to quickly get NoDo on your carrier branded HTC Windows Phone 7 device

Don’t want to wait for your carrier to allow your HTC Windows Phone 7 to receive the NoDo update? Well here’s a little trick that can help you bypass this restriction (Telus in Canada has for example stated that it won’t roll out NoDo before March 29th at the earliest). C. Walshie from the ChevronWP7 team give’s us all the info:

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HTC HD7S with Super LCD announced, LG Optimus 3D renamed LG Thrill 4G

This just came out of nowhere…AT&T and HTC have just announced an updated version of the HTC HD7 (which was only available on the now soon to be defunct T-Mobile US). So, what’s new in the HTC HD7S? Well it will come pre-loaded with the latest NoDo version of Windows Phone 7 and will also feature a 4.3inch Super LCD panel (this is a first as there was no SLCD panels of this size manufactured before). AT&T is also going to carry the LG Optimus 3D which is renamed as the LG Thrill 4G. Check out the full press release after the break:

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HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Trophy NoDo Roms available

Following the leak of the HTC 7 Mozart NoDo ROM last night the same russian guy also leaked the HTC HD7 and HTC 7 Trophy NoDo ROM today. These are most probably the official thing with the final 7389 NoDo build so if you don’t care about your warranty just go ahead and flash your device and start copy/pasting all night long.

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Enable Tethering on HTC Windows Phone 7 devices

As you have probably already noticed by now I usually only post about things that I personally think are worth talking about (that’s the beauty of having my own blog..) and this is why you won’t see me talk about every single homebrew Windows Phone 7 application popping up. Unless it’s something I think is really important like enabling tethering on HTC’s Windows Phone 7 devices. So if you have a developer unlocked device (you know..if you actually paid the $99) or if you just unlocked yours with the ChevronWP7 unlocker (which will definitely be rendered useless after the first OS Update) here is how to finally enable USB Tethering on an HTC Windows Phone 7 handsets:

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T-Mobile offering the HTC HD7 for $99

If you still haven’t jumped into the  Windows Phone 7 bandwagon then this offer may interest you: For a limited time only T-Mobile is offering the HTC HD7 for $99 on a 2yr contract (after $100 mail in rebate). Or you can just wait a few more weeks until MWC just in case some new WP7 devices are unveiled and for more info about the future of the platform and its planned updates. You can also check out my in-depth Windows Phone 7 review and compare all the WP7 devices hardware specifications before taking the plunge.

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Windows Phone 7 launches in Thailand with localized language support courtesy of HTC

Microsoft has launched Windows Phone 7 yesterday in Thailand along side HTC who is shipping the HTC HD7 on the Dtac network. According to the Bangkok Post the devices were immediately sold out but lets not put too much emphasis on this claim given that no numbers were provided (It’s relatively easy to say that something has sold out if only a small number of devices were originally in stock.). Anyway, the most interesting part of this story is that HTC has build a special application that enables users to type in Thai. The QuickPost can be download via the HTC hub and has the following features:

Thailand language can be printed via the QuickPost App which can be downloaded through the Hub, HTC consists of:
1. to send the SMS ThaiSMS as Thailand
2. to send the Email ThaiEmailSender as Thailand
3. ThaiSearch language to type into a Web Browser Thailand
4. ThaiTweet for printing text to Twitter
5. Thai Post for Facebook status Update on Facebook in Thailand
6. Thai FourSquare can Shout to the Thailand Foursquare.

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HTC defends the HTC HD7 antenna issue

HTC has released a short statement to defend itself after it was reported that the HTC HD7 suffered from the infamous antenna deathgrip when held in the hand:

“Quality in industrial design is of key importance to HTC. To ensure the best possible signal strength, antennas are placed in the area least likely to be covered by a person’s face or hands while the phone is in use.”
“However, it is inevitable that a phone’s signal strength will weaken a little when covered in its entirety by a user’s palm or fingers. We test all of our phones extensively and are confident that under normal circumstances reception strength and performance will be more than sufficient for the operation of the phone when network coverage is also adequate,”

So what do you guys think? Sound like a normal damage control statement to me. I guess that as long as there no dropped calls there nothing to really worry about..

source: computerweekly

Spanish support coming to T-Mobile’s HTC HD7 early next year

T-Mobile has finally responded to the complaints about the lack of multi-lingual support on their HTC HD7 and has blamed the supposedly tight development schedule timelines…Well this sounds like horse s..to me. Anyway, here’s the full statement:

Due to product development timelines, T-Mobile and HTC were unable to include a Spanish-language keyboard in the initial software build for the HTC HD7. We understand the importance of this feature and we intend to deliver Spanish-language keyboard functionality in a software update early next year.
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T-Mobile’s HTC HD7 lacks multi-lingual keyboard support

T-Mobile has apparently decided to only include English keyboard support in the HTC HD7 for no apparent reason according to users who have contacted HTC. This is just totally stupid. Given that Microsoft has a tight control over what is supposed to be in the OS and the whole user experience they should, in my opinion, force carriers ( T-Mobile in this case) to include the same multi-langual pack as everybody else.Frankly I didn’t even know that OEMs or carriers could do that.

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HTC HD7 Antenna Deathgrip: Don’t hold your HTC HD7 the wrong way

Here’s a relatively interesting video of the deathgrip antenna effect on the HTC HD7. It’s a well known fact that many handsets behave this way (no to the extend of the iPhone 4 thought) but I really find it strange (and interesting) that handling the HD7 like that would have such and adverse effect on the device’s cellular reception. I just tried to reproduce the same thing on the HTC HD2 and nothing happens, same on the LG Optimus 7, HTC 7 Trophy and Samsung Omnia 7 & Galaxy S. Could this be only happening on the T-Mobile ‘s network. Any HTC HD7 owner can reproduce this?

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Dell Venue Pro unboxing, hands-on and HTC HD7 comparison videos

Here are several videos of a Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 device bought yesterday at a Microsoft Store in the US. As you will see in the first unboxing video the device (or just the battery) is apparently an engineering sample according to the label on the battery. Microsoft and Dell will have some explaining to do here. How come are they selling non-retail products ? Anyway, the second video will give you a quick tour of the device and a closer look at the micro-sd slot. The other videos will show you the Venue Pro going against the HTC HD7 Videos after the break:

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Change your HTC HD7 micro-SD without voiding your warranty

Ok, this is a bold claim but based on the video guide below it can be done with a bit of effort. As you will see you can disassemble the HTC HD7 and change the micro-sd without touching the screws that have the void sticker on them. It’s obviously a bit tricky and I’m fairly sure that HTC’s tech-support won’t be happy about that. Any check the whole video below and DON’T do this unless you don’t really care about send your device back if it ever has a problem in the year to come:

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Windows Phone 7 is finally out in the US: Get your device now

The day has finally come and all of you you living in the US can now buy a Windows Phone 7 device (well..unless you are on Sprint or Verizon and don’t want to change carrier). You currently have the choice between 4 handsets: the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro. Head over to Microsoft’s online store for the first three and to Dell Mobility’s website will be your best bet if you plan on getting Venue Pro but so far it is not listed there yet. Amazon is also selling the HTC and Samsung devices alongside the LG Quantum which is on pre-order.

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HTC HD7 vs Samsung Omnia 7 vs HTC 7 Mozart screen comparison

The lucky gals at Engadget have just posted a three way screen comparison of the HTC HD7 vs Samsung Omnia 7 vs HTC 7 Mozart. The first thing you will notice is the perfect blacks on the Omnia 7′s Super-AMOLED compared to the HTC 7 Mozart’s SLCD panel and the Regular TFT-LCD screen of the HTC HD7. No surprise here but you will have to live with the sucky Pentile Matrix sub-pixel arrangement if you what the brightest Windows phone 7 device on the market. And just to be clear, the HTC HD7 uses exactly the same screen has on the original HTC HD2 so the colors feel kinda washed out even compared to other TFT-screens and the viewing angles are the worst of all the WP7 devices that are going on sale this week. More pictures and videos after the break:

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