Get a perfect reading of your Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus battery life

I was playing around with the Samsung Omnia 7 (and Focus) Diagnosis mode this morning to find out some more information about the hardware but apparently missed something really interesting which was pointed out to me a few hours ago (thanks @anaadoul). You can actually get a perfect reading of your device’s battery life by entering the Battery Status sub-menu (*#2*#) and going to the second page (hit the arrow on the top right) and you should have a table full of info (pictured above). So what does all that mean? Well, turns out that everything is explain in the Windows CE 6.0 documentation available here. This can also be taken as a confirmation that Windows Phone 7 is CE 6 based I guess…

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Windows Embedded Compact 7 delayed


Microsoft is apparently delaying the launch of Windows Embedded Compact 7 according to company’s spokesperson. Embedded Compact 7 formerly known as Windows CE 7 was rumored to be the kernel on which Windows Phone 7 is based on but so far Microsoft has never officially commented on this matter and today’s statement doesn’t shed any new light on this matter:

“The general availability date for Windows Embedded Compact 7 has been moved from the fourth quarter of this year to the first quarter of next year (2011). ”

Windows Embedded Compact 7 is also supposed to be used to build ARM based tablets and slates, unfortunately there’s nothing new on this front either besides the early prototypes that Asus unveiled a few months go. Microsoft seems to be focus on Windows 7 instead and hoping that Intel’s upcoming Oak-Trail CPUs will enabled OEMS to build iPad competitors (Windows 7′s UI isn’t gonna cut it IMO and we probably won’t see anything really competitive before the launch of Windows 8 in 2012).

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Microsoft shows off Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Windows CE 7) tablet with Metro-Like UI

It looks nice, it is made by Microsoft themselves and it will never see the light of the day. Nice isn’t it? The boys at Engadget had the opportunity to get a closer look (really close and blurry as you will see in the video) at a Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Windows CE 7) prototype tablet powered by and nVidia Tegra 2 SoC with a UI build by Microsoft that looks a tiny bit like Metro and WMC. Unfortunately this thing was just build to show off what can be done with CE 7 and OEMs will have to do their on thing with their hardware. Reminds you of something? yup, Windows Mobile. What is happening to WinMo? It’s dying a slow death and Windows Phone 7 is going to take over from there. And what’s the big news in WP7 ? OEMs can’t customize the UI and will have to keep MS’s interface. You got to wonder what goes on in Redmond sometimes. One thing to note though is that Windows Phone 7 is what it is because Microsoft decided to merge several divisions together (Zune Team + WinMo + a bit of XBOX Live Team) and the the CE team is still fairly independent. Maybe it’s time to shake things up a little bit and thightly integrate the CE divisions with the Windows Phone crew (they are already working with the same Kernel!)? Check out the video after the break:

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Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Windows CE 7) is officially unveiled, CTP available for download

Microsoft has officially publicly unveiled Windows Embedded Compact 7 (AKA Windows CE 7) today. The Windows Embedded Compact 7 CTP is now publicaly available for download.

Seamless connectivity
Get the technologies you need to seamlessly connect to rich media, online services, Windows PCs, smartphones, and other handheld devices.

Connect and consume rich media:
Simplify media management with new Media Library
Richer media streaming with updated MPEG-4 and HD support
Flexible plugin architecture to support third-party content

Seamless connection to Microsoft Windows 7:
Simplify device management with integrated Windows Device Stage
Synchronize data and media with support for MTP

Connect to Office and personal information:
Updated Office viewers
Updated AirSync and Microsoft Exchange support

Rich user experiences
You’ll have the power to deliver innovative solutions that reinvent the way end users interact with devices.

Extensible rich UI framework:
Rich, intuitive device user interfaces with Silverlight for Windows Embedded
A seamless designer experience with Microsoft Expression Blend
Rapidly extend and customize device UI with tighter integration of XAML code generators

Rich desktop browsing:
Updated Internet Explorer browsing engine with support for latest standards
Support for tabs, panning, and zooming
Access to rich multimedia content with support for Adobe Flash 10.1

Immersive experiences with natural touch input:
Build highly interactive devices with support for touch input
Multi-touch integrated with browser for mobile device experiences
Extend the power of the device with support for custom gestures

A highly reliable platform
Here’s how you can build solutions and devices with tools and technologies that you can trust every step of the way.

Streamlined developer experience with Visual Studio integration:
Visual Studio and Expression Blend tools to rapidly bring new devices to market
Simplify delivery of feature updates with integrated Windows Embedded Developer Update
Updated setup experience with minimal user intervention

Take advantage of the latest HW innovations:
Support for latest ARM v7 architectures
Increased graphics performance with Open GL ES 2.0
Higher performance with multicore architecture and support for SMP

Increased reliability, higher performance:
Increased networking performance with latest Windows 7 networking technologies
Reliable wireless connectivity and WiFi support
Bluetooth support (2.1) with connectivity to latest devices

Windows Phone 7 is supposedly based on the same CE 7 kernel and as you can see from the features listed above, both OS are quite similar. You can grab the CTP here.

Full Press Release after the break:

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Windows CE 7 coming soon: Is at the core of Windows Phone 7

Looks like we finally have the first official confirmation that Windows Phone 7 is based on the Windows CE 7 core (some have noticed mentions of CE7 in the WP7 Emulator and CTP tool Kit but Microsoft never confirmed or denied anything). According to Microsoft Embedded technical evangelist, Oliver Bloch, Microsoft has been hard at work on finalizing CE 7 and hopes to support it for the next 10 years:

So let me say this: Windows CE is NOT dead. Our devs our heads down finalizing Windows Embedded Compact 7 that will ship soon and that Microsoft will support over the next 10 years (at least). Windows Embedded team is investing a lot in adding new features, creating new tools to support these new features, analyzing the Embedded market really seriously… Does that sound like a dead product? Definitively not.

By the Way, Windows Phone 7 is based on the Windows Embedded Compact 7 core

You will hear more from me and the Windows Embedded team during the next couple of months and you will understand what I am talking about :-) . Lots of good things are coming. Stay tuned.

My only hope is that Microsoft also finally realised that Windows (X86) isn’t suited for handheld devices (tablets etc) and finally pushes CE 7 (or a Tablet version of Windows Phone 7) for Tablet devices like the recently canceled Courier.

Source: Oliver Bloch via SoftPedia

Open-Source NFC Protocol Stack released for Android, Windows Mobile & Linux

Here’s an interesting Press Release I’ve just recieved in my mail box.

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France, February 3, 2010

- Reflecting a clear and growing trend in the mobile industry, INSIDE Contactless, a leading provider of advanced, open-standard contactless chip technologies, today announced it is making its Open NFC(tm) commercial-grade NFC protocol stack (formerly MicroRead Software Foundation) available in a free and open source edition under the Apache(tm) License, Version 2.0. Offering a consistent API across all NFC hardware, faster time to market and greater flexibility for OEMs and ODMs, INSIDE’s Open NFC 3.4 is available now for WinCE 6.0 (compatible with Windows(tm) Mobile 7) and Linux 2.6 platforms, and an Android(tm) implementation will premier with the planned release of Open NFC 3.5 at the end of March.

“Our decision to release Open NFC under the Apache license demonstrates our willingness to lead the way in bringing high quality, well documented NFC software into the open source arena,” said Philippe Martineau, executive vice president of the NFC business line for INSIDE Contactless. “Open NFC fits right in with the trend toward open platforms in the mobile industry, and will benefit device makers as well as software developers and others in the mobile ecosystem in several ways, providing greater impetus to implementing NFC solutions across a broad range of consumer products.”

Martineau anticipates that the availability of an open source NFC protocol stack should also improve the interoperability of NFC devices, and thus accelerate market adoption.

The Open NFC protocol stack provides a complete NFC middleware solution for mobile phones, embedded products and other devices. Open NFC supports several levels of functionality, from low-level RF control to high-level NFC Forum tag handling, peer-to-peer communications as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi pairing, interactions with single-wire protocol SIMs and other secure elements and compatibility with smart cards and RFID tags based on Felica, Mifare and ISO 14443 standards.

“Having an open-source NFC stack like Open NFC is a game-changing development, providing greater flexibility in sourcing NFC controllers and a consistent programming interface,” said Gary Koerper, vice president of Engine Systems, Motorola Mobile Devices. “We congratulate INSIDE Contactless for their contribution to the open source movement.”

“Orange believes Open NFC will be a catalyst for change in the NFC marketplace by reducing market fragmentation and removing barriers to adoption of this promising technology,” said Yves Maitre, senior vice president, Mobile Multimedia and Devices at Orange. “INSIDE Contactless has made a major contribution to the advancement of NFC.”

“Qualcomm understands the increasing importance of open source and community-driven software to the mobile industry, and is pleased to see INSIDE Contactless taking this bold move to bring NFC into the open source movement,” said John Elliott, senior director of Emerging Connectivity Technologies at Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. “Qualcomm is already optimizing two of its UMTS and CDMA2000 NFC handset reference designs for use with the Open-NFC stack, and continues to invest in a number of open source initiatives as customer demand for open and flexible software coupled with powerful mobile hardware platforms continues to increase.”

Open NFC was originally developed for INSIDE’s third-generation MicroRead NFC chip that provides the broadest range of NFC options, enabling numerous new contactless applications, and was the first NFC solution to support the single-wire protocol (SWP). The award-winning MicroRead suite combines third-generation silicon, a full set of interfaces, NFC software libraries and APIs, a field-proven reference design and robust standards support to provide a turnkey contactless reader solution.

Notice the bolded part? This would suggest that Windows Mobile 7 is actually Windows CE 6 based and not CE 7 like some websites have been claiming.

Windows CE 6 R3 is RTM, Silverlight on board

Yesterday at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Boston, Microsoft announced that Windows CE 6 R3 (code name Cashmere) has finally hit RTM. Silverlight for Windows Embedded user interface (UI) framework is now part of this new release.

Silverlight for Windows Embedded is an out-of-browser, native code implementation of Microsoft Silverlight technology used to create rich, immersive UIs on Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R3-based devices. OEMs are now able to separate the design of the user experience on the device and the development of core functionality, which provides efficiency in the go-to-market process by helping to reduce application development time, allowing for simplified UI customization, and empowering designers and developers to focus on their core competencies.

As I talked about a couples weeks ago, Silverlight is an important part of Windows Mobile 7 so it’s nice to see that Redmond officialy launching SL for embeded devices. What’s not official yet, is which version of Windows CE is going to be the core of WM7. A leaked document hinted at Windows CE 7 but you can never be sure.

Source: Microsoft