LG Optimus 7 and Optimus 7Q promo ads look super cool

Can’t get enough Windows phone 7 news? Well, here are two promotional ads courtesy of LG for the Optimus 7 and Optimus 7Q Windows Phone 7 smartphone. They both look really cool and are a a nice showcase of all the important WP7 features coupled with LG’s own additions (ScanSearch,Voice-To-Text etc..) . Check them out after the beak:

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LG Optimus 7 hands-on preview

It’s now the LG Optimus 7′s turn to get the hands-on treatment. This Windows Phone 7 device is probably the one that will be released with the most differentiating software. Unlike the Samsung Omnia 7 which only features a simple Now hub and the HTC devices that have the HTC Hub and surround sound the LG Optimus 7 will pack several nifty applications and features that won’t be seen on other WP7 devices at launch. The first one is the ScanSearch Augmented reality application that I talked about a couple weeks ago. As you can see in the video below it works as advertised and features two little tricks that I was pleasantly surprised to see. When you point the device to the sky the AR app will show you the local weather and when you point it to the ground it will display a local map (powered by Google Maps…). The other distinctive feature is Voice-To-Text which is enabled for sms, MMS, FaceBook and Twitter. Finally there’s the DLNA multimedia sharing integration and Panorama app. The 3.8″ screen looks really nice (I’m guessing that it is an IPS panel) and the build quality is better than what you expect after looking at the pictures. It should also be noted that the Optimus 7 is the only WP7 device shipping with 16Gb of internal memory in Europe(the HTC HD7, HTC 7 Surround and HTC 7 Pro willfeature 16Gb of memeory in the US). video after the break:

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LG Optimus 7 officially announced

 

LG is apparently the first to officially unveil its Windows Phone 7 device today . The LG Optimus 7 (also known as the LG E900) is the companies first WP7 device and features all of what we have seen in the previous weeks: ScanSearch Augmented Reality, Voice-To-Text, DLNA, HD video recording (and 16:9 aspect ratio capture) etc.Here are the hardware specifications:

Specifications:
•125 x 59.8 x 11.5mm
•3.8” capacitive touchscreen
•1500mAh battery
•16Gb internal storage
•5Mp camera with LED Flash
•Bluetooth 2.1
•3.5mm headphone socket
•Accelerometer
•Proximity sensor
•Ambient Light sensor
•Digital Compass

No word on the chipset used thought… Check out my Hands-on Preview with video here.
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LG Optimus 7 / E900 press shots

The soon to be released LG Optimus 7 aka LG E900  Windows Phone 7 handset was apparently part of the same press photo-shoot as the HTC Mondrian / HTC 7 Trophy we saw a few days ago. Given that both sets of photos looks identical in lighting and setup and guessing that both originate from a Microsoft PR document. For more info about the LG Optimus 7 I will suggest you go and check this news post and this one too. More shots after the break:

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One more LG Optimus 7 preview: Voice to Text feature revealed

Looks like it’s Optimus 7 day today. After last hour’s giant hands-on video here comes a written preview of the LG E900 / Optimus 7 which was pointed out to me by a friendly Korean reader. First we have confirmation that the screen size is 3.8″ (this was first mentioned by LG a little while ago and I also noticed that it was a hair bigger that the LG GW910 screen when I held them side by side) it also packs a 1500Mh battery and 16gb of internal memory. Here’s a brief summary of the HanKyung preview:

- LG wants to recover market share with Optimus 7
- They experienced LG Optimus 7
- Voice to SNS (voice to text)
- post SNS(Twitter / Facebook) article with voice
- Also working on MMS / E-mail
- Easy panorama snapshot
- ‘play to’ feature with DNLA
- Multimedia transfer feature with home network
- Other known WP7 features (like hub UI, Marketplace and so on)
- Slightly large & heavy

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20 Minutes long hands-on video with the LG E900 Windows Phone 7 phone

Ready to waste 20 minutes of your precious time watching a Windows Phone 7 hands-on? Well, here’s the LG E900 AKA LG Optimus 7 device in action for your own viewing pleasure courtesy of mobilemania.cz who also posted a couple of pictures of the device.  You won’t see anything really new in there  and the DLNA, ScanSearch and Panorama applications aren’t demoed either (it’s basically a Windows Phone 7 walk-through video). Check it out after the break:

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Samsung Cetus, Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and 3 other Windows Phone 7 devices hitting AT&T this fall

According to Engadget’s sources AT&T is expected to launch 6 Windows Phone 7 handsets this fall. The Samsung Cetus i917 which we already heard about, the Samsung Focus which I guess is the Samsung i8700 we saw lately, the HTC Surround which may be the HTC T8788 and 3 other device. If I had to guess I would say that the LG E900 and LG C900 are 2 of the unnamed devices and probably an other HTC handset (the HTC Schubert which has been spotted on ATT’s network ) but there’s no sign of the Dell Lightning.This should come as a surprise to anyone after the statement that AT&T will be the lead Windows Phone 7 launch partner in the US. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is also headed to the carrier’s roster.

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A couple of LG E900 hands-on pictures

Danish website TV2 has posted a couple of hands-on pictures of the LG E900 handset alongside a brief Windows Phone 7 hands-on impressions. I recently had the opportunity to handle the LG E900 (but couldn’t take pics or talk about it) and can assure you that the device feels really good (also bigger than you think) in the hand  and better built than the LG GW910 / Panther dev phone. The screen is also brighter. Hit the break for more pictures:

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Another blurry LG E900 video

I still can’t figure out why some people can’t capture well lit videos when they plan on posting it on YouTube, but if you don’t mind this kind of stuff here’s a short video of the LG E900 Windows Phone 7 handsets that basically doesn’t show anything new at all (other than the fact that it’s a E900…). Anyway, I can assure you that the device looks a lot better when handled and the screen is definitely brighter than the one on the LG GW910 / Panther. Video after the break:

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The LG E900 Optimus 7 is Bluetooth certified

We already knew that the LG C900 was Bluetooth certified a bit more that 2 weeks ago but I decided to take a look today and found out that the LG E900 was apparently certified at the same time. Nothing really groundbreaking here but this sort of indicates that both handsets are currently the only Windows Phone 7 LG phones scheduled to be released this fall and that the LG GW910 / Panther will only be a developer handset (it isn’t BT certified). The LG E900 should be called the LG Optimus 7 once it’s officially announced (well, unless LG decides to change things up between now and then). I don’t know if this was ever mentioned before but the E900 features a 5MP camera (with a flash) just in case you wanted to know and definitely looks better (and bigger) in real life than what you have seen in the latest leaks.

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LG Optimus 7 DLNA Windows Phone 7 feature announced

LG has just made official the DLNA feature of the LG Optimus 7 Windows Phone 7 smartphone we saw demonstrated at the Berlin IFA trade-show (on an LG Panther, not E900 which is going to be called the Optimus 7 AFAIK). We first saw this Media Share application appear in the blurry LG E900 a couple of days ago but this particular device hasn’t been made official yet (it looks really nice in real life, trust me..) so LG is demonstrating the feature on the LG GW910 / Panther. Interestingly the press release claims that users will be able to playback wirelessly on their DLNA enabled TV 720P videos stored on the phones, but I guess that this only applies to videos shot with the device’s camera unless Microsoft and LG made last minute changes to the Zune desktop software. Press Release after the break:

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Windows Phone 7: It’s only the beginning

It has been a relatively slow news week (besides the flood of Samsung Galaxy Tab news and previews) so I going to share with you some thoughts about Windows Phone 7 now and what we can expect in the near future. I obviously can’t talk about everything but I won’t be too cryptic so you’ll hopefully get what I’m talking about.

First off you all already know that Microsoft has been handing out development handsets to third-party developers (the LG GW910 and Samsung Taylor) and that those handsets are all under NDA (you are not allowed to film them and post videos on the net) this is principally why you didn’t see me link to some videos lately. You also probably didn’t miss the fact that I’ve started developing Windows Phone 7 applications. Microsoft is kind enough to help me out with this by letting me work with real handsets once a week and sometimes get a glimpse at things that are yet unannounced. I greatly value this developer relationship and that’s why I’ll try to stick by the rules when it comes to this kind of stuff. (Microsoft basically doesn’t want to show the OS’s functionalities running on prototypes unless it’s them doing the demonstration).

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LG Windows Phone 7 DLNA Media Sharing in action

As we have seen before in the blurry shots of the LG E900 the Korean company has developed a DLNA enabled media sharing service on its Windows Phone 7 handset similar to Samsung’s Allshare app that comes pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy S (and other high-end devices). The media service was demonstrated this week during the IFA tradeshow in Germany and looks exactly like you would have expected it to work. Video after the break:

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The LG E900 has passed the FCC certification

All the pieces are falling in place and ready for the Windows Phone 7 launch in a few weeks. The last WP7 phone to hit the FCC is the LG E900 aka Optimus 7 which we have seen several times since last week. The device is apparently AT&T bound and should find itself in the carriers retail stores next to the LG C900 and other WP7 handsets like the HTC T8788. The LG E720 Android handset has also passed the certification today.

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ScanSearch Augmented Reality Application coming to Windows Phone 7

Remember a few days ago I posted about the possibility of seeing Augmented Reality applications on Windows Phone 7 before the end of the year. If you have taken a close attention at all the LG E900media you may have noticed that a particular application seems to be pre-installed on LG’s WP7 handset. The first video was super blurry but the ones posted today reveal that the name of this application is actually ScanSearch:

ScanSearch is an augmented reality application developed by Korean Software Company OlaWorks (whos CEO was previously Managing Director, Online Services Group and GM, Consumer and Online Business at Microsoft) and currently available on the iPhone. I’m guessing that LG has some sort of partnership with Olaworks to develop the Windows Phone 7 version (Olaworks already supplies LG with a Face detection Suite ). As you probably already know there’s no digital Compass API currently available for third-party developers in the SDK but it apparently isn’t the case for OEMs. Check out a video of the iPhone after the break:

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New LG E900 pictures and videos

Here are more pictures a two blurry videos of the upcoming LG E900 Windows Phone 7 handset. The polish site who is publishing them initially claimed (or had a dodgy translation..) that the device was powered by a QSD8650A (the new version clocked at 1.3Ghz and with the Adreno 205 GPU) but has since corrected it back to QSD8650 so we still aren’t 100% of the internals of the device. Remember that the only other device that was rumored to have the new chipset was/is the HTC Mondrian. Other than that the E900 features a 3.7″ screen and all the usual stuff that come with such a device (they claim that it has a mini-usb connector which isn’t the case because it’s micro-usb like all other handsets shipping this year..). Check out the gallery and videos after the break:

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One more picture of the LG E900 Windows Phone 7 handset

The closer we get to the launch of Windows Phone 7 the more leaks we are going to see. This time it comes straight out of Microsoft Netherlands via their twitter account. The company has posted a live picture of the LG E900 / LG Optimus 7 we have seen in a previous video on youtube. I personally wouldn’t be surprised if this was the same device (notice the identical lighting and table etc..).

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The LG C900 Windows Phone 7 handset passes the FCC

Yesterday was the LG C900′s turn to pass the FCC certification. There isn’tmuch information about the device yet other than the pictures leaked last week and the user-agent I found back in April. I’m guessing that the device will have the same specifications as the LG Panther / GW910 but with a nicer hardware keyboard and different button layout. The C900 was also certified by the Bleutooth SIG yesterday and is AT&T bound in the US .

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LG C900 Windows Phone 7 handset certified by the Bluetooth SIG: Launching soon

According to the BlueTooth SIG website the LG C900 Windows Phone 7 handset is expected to launch around September 28th. This could mean a early October given thatLG’s head of PR confirmed to me a few weeks ago that it wasn’t September. The first week of October is going to be the most probable and earliest launch window for WP7 in EU (Steve Ballmer will be in Paris for a WP7 event on Octboer 7th, exactly one year after he launched Windows Mobile 6.5 at a similar event in Paris too). So get your wallets ready for a flood of Windows Phone 7 handsets this October. The US launch is widely expected to take place a few weeks later (remember the leaked T-mobile roadmap pointing to a November 17th for the HTC Schurbert). The final development tools are only going to be available on September 16th and apps submssions will start in early October so don’t expect any WP7 device on the market in September.

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