All Windows Phone 7 MIX10 Sessions Part 2

Below are the rest of the Windows Phone 7 Series MIX10 session made that have currently been made available.

Building Windows Phone Applications with Silverlight, Part 1:

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All Windows Phone 7 Series MIX10 Sessions Part 1

Here are all the Windows Phone 7 Series MIX10 sessions currently available online.

Changing our Game – an Introduction to Windows Phone 7 Series:

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Windows Phone 7 Series development infromation and Q&A


Microsoft’s Charlie Kindel has just posted a little blurb on what developers can expect in Windows Phone 7 Series. As expected (and leaked here in early February) the main development tools will be XNA and Silverlight (via Explression Blend):

I mentioned in my last post that one of our principles was “to build upon the shoulders of giants; where possible integrate instead of create.” It won’t come as a surprise to many to learn that the Windows Phone 7 developer experience builds upon the following GIANTS (among others):

.NET
Silverlight
XNA platform
Microsoft’s developer tools
Web 2.0 standards

The expertise and familiarity with our tools is not lost. If you are a .NET developer today your skills and much of your code will move forward. If you are Silverlight or XNA developer today you’re gonna be really happy. New developers to the platform will find a cohesive, well designed API set with super productive tools.

He also confirmed that their will be no backward compatibility with previsou and current Windows Mobile applications. You can check out his full post here

If you are not faimilair with XNA or Silverlight I suggest you go check out the offical site here & here.

The Windows Phone 7 Series Dev Team is running a Q&A session on Twitter right no. To follow it just click here or follow the #WP7DEV tag.

Windows Phone 7 has everything to succeed

Last week’s been really busy with MWC and the Windows Phone 7 Series announcement on Monday 15th in Barcelona. A lot has been said about it since then and the general consensus is that Microsoft is doing the right thing by restarting from scratch but some people are still worried or disappointed because of what seems like an “iPhonesque” shift in strategy. I’ll try to share my thoughts with you and hopefully give you a little insight on what can be Microsoft’s next Billion dollar business.
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Garmin-Asus Nuvifone A50 hands-on


I had the chance to get my hands on the Garmin-Asus Nuvifone A50, the company’s first Android based smartphone. The A50 is currently running Android 1.6 (with multi-touch implemented by Garmin-Asus as you can see in the video below) but will be upgradeable to 2.X later this year according to the company. The handset is packed with navigation related customization starting with the home screen (Breeze UI) to the contacts and photo album. Build quality is pretty good (miles better than the M10 IMO) and the 3.5″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen was also really responsive. Like the vast majority of the mid-end smartphones launched this year the A50 is equipped with Qualcomm’s MSM7227 SoC clocked @ 600Mhz. Unfortunately the A50 doesn’t feature a standard 3.5mm audio jack and has a mini-sub connector (not micro-usb like it’s the norm now)

LG focusing on Android and Windows Phone 7 Series phones

 

This shouldn’t come as a surprise given all the info that I’ve gathered these past months. LG is currently working closely with Microsoft on Windows Phone 7 Series handsets (there’s a dedicated LG Team at Microsoft) but Microsoft’s newly announced OS won’t ship until later this year, so LG decided to invest more into Android. Skott Ahn, the head of LG’s handset unit, told the press that during MWC “Our strategy is not to make an independent mobile platform of our own at least for the next two to three years,” and that the company will focus on Android & Windows Phone 7 Series development. The LG Mini will probably be one of the last devices running a proprietary OS.

Source: FierceWireless

Toshiba TG02 & Toshiba K01 vs HTC HD2 size comparison


Here’s a couple of size comparison picture of the Toshiba TG02 & Toshiba K01 vs the HTC HD2. As you can see the HD2 is a tiny bit wider than the other two handsets but slimmer than the TG02 (the K01 beeing the thickest one of the bunch). Remember that the HD2 also has a bigger screen at 4.3″ compared to 4.1″ on the Toshiba handsets.

Toshiba K01 hands-on


Toshiba officially unveiled the K01 this week at MWC. At first glance you would think that it’s just a TG02 but upon closer inspection you will find out that this thing features a 4 row sliding qwerty keyboard. Similar in design to the TG02 the Toshiba K01 will also feature an AMOLED display (instead of LCD). As you can see in the pictures, the handset is really slim. Internally it’s speced exactly like the TG02 and like its keyboard brother doesn’t feature a 3.5mm Jack and camera flash.

Toshiba TG02 hands-on pictures

The Toshiba TG02 which is the successor of the infamous TG01 (the first ever SnapDragon powered device) was announced 2 days ago in Barcelona during MWC and is expected to ship in the first half of this year. The TG02 is nearly identical to the its older bother, to only new addition with the capacitive touchscreen and a smaller chassis (the TG01 is wider). The handset is running Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and will ship with SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 as the main UI. The TG02 fits definitely better in the hand but still lacks a 3.5mm Jack and the camera is the same 3.2Mpx with no flash.

Windows Phone 7 Series development information

If you can’t wait until MIX10 and want some info on how software developement is going to be done on Windows Phone 7 Series just take a look at the screenshots above which supposedly come directly form MMicrosoft and leaked on XDA-Devs a few hours ago. Looks like my early predictions were spot on

I re-typed the most important one so you don’t have to painfully read the badly compressed jpg:

Windows Phone OS 7.0 Application Platform

Windows Phone Application Platform is a new application platform focused on supporting consumer entertainment experiences running on Windows Phone OS 7.0. It is built upon Microsoft technologies such as Silverlight, XNA and the .NET Compact Framework . Developers already familiar with those technologies and their related tools will be able to create new applications for Windows Phone OS 7.0 without a steep learning curve.

Two frameworks are available for developing applications:

-   A Silverlight UI framework for event-driven, XAML based application development – Windows Phone Application Platform provides developers with the full richness of Silverlight to develop creative mark-up based user experiences.

-   An XNA UI Framework for loop-based games – Windows Phone Application Platform provides developers with the full power of the XNA gaming environment, enabling immersive and fun gaming and entertainment experiences.

The end-to-end Windows Phone Application Platform development environment includes Visual Studio, Expression Blend, marketplace services, Cloud-based web services, and developer co-marketing and evangelism programs.

The Windows Phone OS 7.0 user experience is designed to put the focus on consumers and the information and experiences they care about. The consumer’s data and information should be personal, relevant and connected.

To help developers create applications for these consumers, Windows Phone Application Platform provides:

- An easy and inexpensive way for developers to get started

- A cohesive and well-designed managed API set.

- A service-based application deployment marketplace to distribute their applications.

- An isolated sandbox on the device that every application runs in.

- Runtime services on devices that can be used to access Web services in the Cloud, such as Windows Live,  Windows Azure, and third-party services for storage.

Windows Phone Application Platform, like most platforms, will continues to evolved overtime, but its goal will always be to deliver:

- Richer applications.

- Support for personal and connected consumer data across multiple devices.

- A robust application marketplace and developer portal.

- Powerful and productive development tools

This platform is designed to support the 3 Screens + the Cloud world that the consumers live in.

via: XDA

Microsoft at MWC 2010

Yesterday I had the chance sit down with to Audrey Zolghadr, Windows Mobile Manager at Microsoft France, to discuss the Windows Phone 7 Series announcement and the company’s future in the mobile space. It wasn’t really an interview given that I knew that I wouldn’t get any answer if I asked question about all the features that were not shown yet. Instead we talked about how much of he UI design inspiration that came from the Zune HD and the fact that what we are seeing here was started only 18 months ago when Joe Belfiore joined the Windows Mobile Team (keep in mind the WM7 development started back in 2005/6).

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HTC HD Mini Hands-on

The HTC HD Mini is probably the HTC handset that has the best build quality. From the industrial screws on the back to the funky yellow colored internals, the whole packaged feels like it is made to last. The Mini is definitely less powerful than the HD2 but compensates this by being a ton more easier to use with one hand. The handsets currently available at MWC are running a slightly modified version of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 that features a new lock screen, pinch-to-zoom in IE Mobile and not Start soft key (check ou my previous video here).

HTC Legend Hands-on video


I just did a quick hands-on with the HTC Legend today. As you can see in the video there isn’t much of a difference between this device and the previously released HTC Hero. The Legend does have a better screen (AMOLED) and is a tiny-bit snappier thanks to the Qualcomm MSM7227 So clocked at 600Mhz. the build quality is pretty good (HTC stepped their game up since the HTC HD2 in terms of robust build quality IMO)and you get some new widgets in the Sense UI (the updated Sense UI will also become available on the HTC Hero via an update later this year).

HTC HD Mini’s new Lock Screen & Multi-Touch enabled IE Mobile video

Here’s a short video of the new Lock Screen featured on the HTC HD Mini and the new multi-touch enabled version of IE Mobile. The HD Mini seems to be running a slightly modified version of Windows Mobile 6.5.3 (notice there’s no big start button on the lower left…).

LG Mini (LG GD880) hands-on pictures & video


As I told you before having “mini” versions of your flagship phone is becoming a new trend this year at MWC. LG has officially announced the LG Mini (LG GD880) phone today and I had the chance to get some hands on action with the device. First of this is a featurephone, not a smartphone but it does look pretty nice. The build quality is really high and the handset feels really solid in your hand. The Mini sport a 3.2″ capacitive touchscreen (pinch to zoom works as you can see in the video, but it’s a bit sow..). It’s got a dedicated Facebook & Twitter client and a an HTML5 compatible WebKit based browser. On the back you’ll find a 5Mpx camera with AF. I still don’t know what is the screen resolution though.

HTC Legend Announced


The third and final phone that HTC announced today at MWC was the HTC Legend that we have seen several times in last couple of days. The HTC Legend is a refresh of the HTC Hero with an upgrade CPU (MSM 7227 @600mhz) and an AMOLED screen instead of the LCD TFT found on the Hero. I’ll grab some hands-on action later and post it here.

LG GT540 Hands-on video and pictures


Here are some hands-on picture I took of LG’s second Android handset, the LG GT540 is currently running Android 1.6(with some customization done by LG)but I was assured that it will be upgradeable to Android 2.X in the future. The device sport a 3Mpix camera with AF and a resistive touchscreen (it is so good that I initially thought that it was capacitive at first but then the LG Rep told me to use my finger nails to prove that it was indeed resistive) and will feature native WMV & Divx playback support. The GT540is  also really light. LG plans to ship it globally in April 2010.

More info about HTC HD2 upgrade to Windows Phone 7 coming next month

Microsoft just tweeted the following regarding a potential upgrade to Windows Phone 7 Series for the HTC HD2:

Lets up that the HTC HD2 will officialy recieve a WP7 update later this year…

Source: Twitter

HTC Desire announced


HTC has also unveiled the the HTC Desire (also know as the HTC Bravo) today at MWC. The Desire is basically the European version of the Nexus One but with a slightly different physical design (it has an optical trackpad instead of the trackball) and HTC’s Sense UI slapped on top of Android 2.1. There was no word (AFAIK) on the video capabilities of the device. Does it support 720P deconding/encoding and Xvid decoding? One thing’s for sure though, the Deisre will support Flash 10.1.