Samsung Taylor Windows Phone 7 developer devices won’t be updated to Nodo or future releases

Here’s some bad news if you are one of the few who has a Samsung Taylor Windows Phone 7 developer device. According to Microsoft’s support the device will never receive the recently released NoDo update or any future OS release:

The Samsung Taylor was intended for pre-production use only.
They were updated to an RTM release at end of Beta to bridge the gap between end of Beta and general availability of production phones.

I know of no plans to release any further update for the Samsung Taylor devices.

This is understandable now that anybody can go grab a retail handset and use it to develop WP7 applications. Keep in mind that the Taylor and LG GW910 suffer from bugs that have never been fixed anyway (mainly related to the camera and digital compass).

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Windows Phone 7 application loading performance update shown on video

Here’s a short video demonstrating the application loading speeding improvements that are part of the upcoming  Windows Phone 7 update that will be pushed out next months. You will see two Samsung Taylor developer handsets,one running the current retail 7.0.7004.0 OS version and one running an internal 7.0.7353.0 build which includes the speed improvement tweaks. Don’t expect any miracles thought because as of right now and Omnia 7 or even and LG Optimus7 which is the fastest WP7 device when it comes to loading applications, are as fast as the Samsung Taylor that supposedly has the improvement rom (I personally find it ridiculous that MS didn’t demo this one current retail devices instead..):

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Windows Phone 7 copy and paste shown on video

Here’s a short video demonstrating the Windows Phone 7 copy and paste feature that was pushed out a few days ago to the Samsung Taylor Windows Phone 7 devices. The firmware version which was pushed out is numbered 7.0.7338 but interestingly back in August the internal Microsoft builds that were being tested a where already around 71XX (remember that the shipping build is 7004..) so you can only image where it is now…. Check it out after the break:

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Copy and Paste now available on Windows Phone 7 developers handsets

Microsoft has pushed out an update to Windows Phone 7 which includes the missing copy and paste feature (the OS version is now 7.0.7338.0). Unfortunately this update is only available to Windows Phone 7 developer handset (Samsung Taylor or LG GW910).  Here’s a brief description of the feature:

“A user can tap a word in mail, IE, Word, etc and that word is then highlighted with arrows on both sides. One can then drag to the left or right to include more words. An icon appears above the highlighted word(s) (looks very similar to the copy icon in Office 2010) to copy. Open a new document, once the cursor is set/blinking and the soft keyboard appears, a paste icon (again, looks the same as the paste icon in Office 2010) is shown just above the top row of letters. In “Messaging”, a user can long press a specific IM which open up the hidden menu that now includes copy. Paste where you wish…”

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Samsung announces official support for Windows Phone 7

This shouldn’t come as a surprise given all the Windows Phone 7 Samsung handsets we have seen roaming freely and especially the fact that the Samsung Taylor (seen above) is one of the prototype handset used to develop the OS. Today Samsung is officially announcing its support for Microsoft’s new mobile platform and the launch of several Windows Phone 7 devices in Europe, US and Asia this year. Full press release after the break:

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Messenger and MSN applications coming to Windows Phone 7

UK Blogger Michael Gillet sat down with Microsoft UK’s head of marketing for Windows Phone 7, Oled Ran who showed him a demo of an unannounced MSN application that apparently works as an advanced RSS reader for the MSN news services (and lets you stream video through it). Interestingly,Oled also told him and Sony Ericsson is currently working on at least one Windows phone 7 handset. You probably remember that SE announced last week that their main focus will be on Android but that WP7 was still on their road-map so it’s good to have a confirmation coming from Microsoft’s side.

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Windows Phone 7 hands-on video at PAX10: Carnival Showtime and CrackDown 2

Here’s another Windows Phone 7 hands-on video where you will Microsoft’s Michael Klucher give a wlakthrough of the Xbox Live integration and hub. you will also catche a first glimpse at the Carnival: Showtime game followed by CrackDown 2: Project Sunburst. Hit the break to watch the video:

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One more Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live hands-on video

Can’t get enough of Windows Phone 7? Well here’s another hands-on video with the Samsung Taylor handset in Germany (during GamesCom I guess). Once again you will witness the responsiveness and smoothness of the UI on the Samsung development device and catch a glimpse of Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst. Video after the break:

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14 minutes long Windows Phone 7 and Xbox Live video

Microsoft had a Windows Phone 7 booth at PAX 2010 this year with a couple of devices on display so it was only a matter of time before videos of the event start to pop up on YouTube. Tested.com has just upped a 14 mins long video of the OS in action followed by some hands-on action with several games (Ilomilo, The Harvest, Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst and Zombies!). There’s a couple of mistakes in the video (IE Mobile isn’t based on Webkit and there’s no Twitter integration in the People’s Hub). One thing you will notice thought is that the Samsung Taylor handset is a lot smoother/more responsive  than the LG GW910 (even-though they have the same CPU/GPU etc…). I’ve experienced the same thing every time I used both devices but keep in mind that these are pre-production prototypes. Check out the full video 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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Samsung Cetus i917 Windows Phone 7 live pictures

The leaks won’t stop! He re are the first live pictures of the Samsung CetusSGH-i917 Windows Phone 7 handset. It looks fairly similar to the Samsung Galaxy S and the screen is definitely AMOLED (most probably Super-AMOLED). The device is expected to launch on AT&T this fall. I wouldn’t be surprised if it had the same specification as the other leaked Samsung WP7 handset we saw last week. More pictures after the break:

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Samsung Cetus SGH-i917 approved by the FCC and headed to AT&T

It didn’t take long after the for the FCC to approved the Samsung Cetus / SGH-i917 just one week after it was certified by the BT SIG. From the looks of it the Cetus seems to be a little rounder than the Galaxy S but apparently features the same 4″ screen. The phone is all bound to be released on AT&T which has already announced that it will be the premier Windows Phone 7 operator in the US. So which one looks more interesting to you: the Cetus, Asus or HTC ?

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Windows Phone 7 photography features discussed in 1 hour long video chat

The Windows Phone 7 team had a one hour long live chat / Webcast about WP7′s photography features on the official Microsoft website. There’s a lot of mumbo jumbo PR talk in there and you won’t learn a whole lot at all. Here’s a short break down of the the most “interesting stuff”:

1- Some talk about the SkyDrive / Facebook etc upload and sharing feature

2- No HD video playback: Yup he kinda tries to dodge the question here. The base video specs in WP7 is apparently VGA/WVGA and he basically admits that to playback HD videos you’ll have to go through the Zune software (and Windows Live Movie maker) which re-encodes the videos to a lower resolution (the Windows Phone encoding profile in new beta WLMM is actually 800×600 compared to the Zune HD’s 720P profile….) OEMS will have the ability to have camera sensors capable of capturing in 720P video, but there doesn’t seem to be anyway to playback in HD on the device (wtf?). It is not clear if OEMS can bypass the OS’s video limitation yet. I’ve posted the full Windows Phone 7 codecs specs here.

3- Windows Live Sync / Photo Mail HTMH email

4- Compression of pictures: Pictures uploaded to Windows Live / FaceBook will be compressed (not in mails thouhh)

5- No HDMI out in chassis specs.

6- Etc…

check the video after the break:

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Samsung Cetus SGH-i917 Windows Phone 7 handset revealed

Looks like Samsung’s first Windows Phone 7 handset is going to be the SGH-i917 aka Samsung Cetus according to the BlueTooth SIG. The Cetus will apparently feature a 4″ AMOLED (or super-AMOLED) display a 5Mpix camera, a front facing camera etc…:

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Windows Phone 7 Previews unleashed and thoughts

Microsoft’s US PR has done something really interesting: They’ve handed out Samsung Taylor development phones to several blogs/websites last week so they can do their own preview of Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately in true MS fashion it kinda backfired on them…Yeah you want to get maximum exposure but don’t  give exclusives to sites who always trash your product no matter the quality of said product (BGR,  Gartenberg?!, WTF? …).To balance that out you can also read more neutral reporting  at Engadget (<- good in-depth stuff ),  Cnet, PC Mag, Wired (only a 3mins video, what?), Zdnet (<–this one’s the best IMO) or go to the other side of the spectrum with a more MS “biased” preview from Paull Thurrott’s. All in all you won’t learn anything really new (but you should check them anyway to see how things look like) and my suggestion would be to download the Windows Phone 7 Beta SDK and play a bit with the unlocked Emulator, because everything (minus the marketplace/Zune) is available in there. Better yet, start developing applications! I’m not sure if this (giving away dev phones to big sites and blogs) was a good idea especially when developers have been busting their asses to develop apps and are still waiting for real handsets to continue work on their products. Thankfully I’ve hand the chance of seeing and playing with Windows Phone 7 devices several times  and I’m really confident about the future of the project if it’s executed on time (especially the updates). Right now, Windows Phone 7 devices should only be compared to Android / iPhone’s with ZERO third Party apps installed.

Windows Phone 7 live from the Microsoft Campus

I had the chance to go  to the Microsoft Campus a few hours ago to play a bit with Windows Phone 7 and gather some new info about the much anticipated OS.  The session started with a presentation by the Tequila Rapido Team who discussed the Metro UI and the design process of building WP7 applications with SketchFlow. They’ve also unveiled a new Windows Phone 7 application dedicated to the french horse channel Equidia (sorry for the picture quality below). I highly suggest that you take a look at their Renault Rent application and SketchFlow video.

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First Windows Phone 7 developer handsets handed out

Microsoft has just announced that all ImagineCup Finalists (400!) will receive a Windows Phone 7 developer handset today (update:Microsoft has just clarified the situation: only two devices were handed out today and the rest of the finalists will get a retail device this fall). The frist ones have already been handed out to the winning team who developed Beastware . As you can see in the picture above the device is the Samsung Taylor prototype we have already seen many times before (my hands-on can be seen here).

Source: Twitter 1, 2

More Windows Phone 7 hands-on videos


I hope that you guys aren’t tired of watching Windows Phone 7 in action because there’s some really nice stuff to look at after the break. French magazine 01net got a hands-on walk-through on the Samsung Taylor prototype handset last week (similar to the one I had the chance to handle not long ago) and posted the whole thing today. The build being shown is probably one of the latest to date and seems to be fully functional. Hit the link to check out all the videos below (yes there’s a 15s ad at the start of each video that can’t be skipped…:-/ and refresh the page if some of the videos don’t load up):

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2 more Windows Phone 7 hands-on videos

Looks like a bunch of guys have recorded videos of the Windows Phone 7 prototypes at Microsoft’s NYC event yesterday. The first one shows the same Asus prototype we have seen in the video posted a few hours ago. You well basically see the same stuff demoed earlier (video is a bit out of focus though..):

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