Google releases official AdMob SDK for Windows Phone 7

Google has just saved the day and announced the availability to the Beta SDK of Admob for Windows Phone 7. As you probably already know,Microsoft’s own Adcenter is only available to US residents, leaving every body else in the cold and forced to use third-party and un-officialy Ad controls instead. So it’s definitely nice to see Google stepping up and releasing an official Admob control for Windows Phone7 (it’s also fairly obvious that it was done because it helps them generate money … but that business as usual and for once also helps us developers).

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Support for 14 new languages coming to Windows Phone 7 with Mango update later this year

As I have previously reported back in July, Microsoft is scheduled to add more native language support to Windows Phone 7 in the coming months. The company has now officially stated that 14 new languages will be added later this year as part of the Mango update. As of right now only English, French, Italian, German and Spanish are natively supported (even though you can select any location for the browser and search services). Obviously Finnish support is a going to be one of the 14 given that Nokia is supposedly aiming to ship its first Windows Phone 7 device at the end of the year.

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Final word on the Asus E600 Windows Phone 7 development handset

I just wanted to point out something and hopefully lay this subject to rest: the Asus E600 is just a Windows Phone 7 development handset never meant to hit retail. I’ve been telling you this since last October but nobody seems to have noticed (or cared) and we still saw baseless rumors popping up left and right about the device. Anyway, Raphael.R and the ChevronWP7 crew got handed out E600s last week and confirmed that these are only dev handsets similar to the LG GW910 and Samsung Taylor.

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Dell Venue Pro delayed in the UK until mid February

More Dell Venue Pro delays? Say it ain’t so! Once again the famous Windows Phone 7 device is plagued by a new delay, this time affecting the UK launch date. The launch date is now being pushed back to mid-February because of a mysterious MMS bug (that doesn’t make any sense to me and sounds like total PR c…):

Unfortunately we have heard this afternoon that the first stock of the Dell Venue Pro in the UK has now been delayed until mid-February. At the moment it looks like the delay is being caused by a Microsoft issue with the MMS settings.

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Microsoft is looking to improve Windows Phone 7 cloud services, applications analytics, 3D graphics and public relations

This week’s going to be relatively slow with regards to technology news so I decided to take a quick look at Microsoft’s career website to see if there was anything of interest related to Windows Phone 7. Thankfully for us there are some interesting nuggets in there right now:

The Windows Phone Services team is apparently seeking to improve WP7′s cloud infrastrucutre by building new services using Windows Azure ans SQL Azure:

The Windows Phone Services (WPS) organization is responsible for building highly scalable and innovative cloud services that support the Windows Phone. The Platform and Core Services (PCS) team within WPS is responsible for the core infrastructure and services that build a framework for all WPS teams to layer upon. PCS will be taking advantage of Windows Azure and other internal services and tools to bring a platform that allows quick time to market, and flexible scale.

The PCS Engineering Tools and Services team is looking for a Senior Program Manager to drive the management of services and related engineering tools that will be part of a common framework for WPS. These services and tools are related to areas such as Live ID, and certificate management for the devices, and the developer pipeline for services. These services must run under the new PCS Azure framework and must be enhanced for the next Windows Phone OS. This role will require strong technical skills, and ability to communicate and collaborate with our partner teams within WPS and the Windows Phone team.

Come join an organization that knows how to build compelling and cost effective cloud services for mobile devices!

Do you want to play a critical role in a team that will enable Senior Leadership to make business decisions that’ll shape the future of Windows Phone? Are you passionate about working with raw data and transforming it into intelligent information? Are you interested in building a V1 infrastructure on top of Windows and SQL Azure? Come work with the Platform and Core services (PCS) team in the Windows Phone Services (WPS) division.

PCS team is charted to deliver a Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence platform for all of Windows Phone Services. This platform will drive all Data-warehousing and Business Intelligence needs of current & future services under WPS including Location, Notification, and Windows Live phone services.

Microsoft is also looking to improve the recently launched marketplace analytics tools for third-party developers:

We need a strong developer who develop the services to work with developers to advance our analysis of applications published to AppHub http://create.msdn.com/>. You will design and implement high performance tools and services that can process variety of Windows Phone applications. You will apply latest managed code and security scanning algorithms as well as advanced machine learning techniques to reduce the latency for application certifications.

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Dell Venue Pro shipping with 256MB of RAM instead of 512MB

Courtesy of Razorfold

Poor Dell Venue Pro just can’t seem to get a break these days….After all the hardware and software issues and massive delays here comes another annoying problem: Dell is actually shipping devices with half of the previously announced RAM! If you check out my Windows Phone 7 hardware specification chart you will see that the Dell Venue Pro is supposed to have 512MB of RAM and not 256MB as it is currently the case on the phones that have been received by the users. Here’s also the official specs from Microsoft (because Dell no longer details the full hardware specification of the device on their own website):

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ShopSavvy for Windows Phone 7 released but without live scanning

After initially being developed for Windows Mobile 6.5 and never seeing the light of the day the guys at Big in Japan decided to jump into the Windows Phone 7 bandwagon and port their application over to the new OS. It is now finally out in the Marketplace but unfortunately an important feature had to be cut out: Live Scanning. Here’s how it went down according to the developers:

After much wrangling and negotiating with Microsoft they have decided to release our app WITHOUT live scanning for the time being. They have their own ‘tag’ app that uses live scanning and I think they want to give it a headstart before allowing ShopSavvy to go full-on live. Anyway, the app looks pretty cool (full on metro styling) and will give you the same results that the iPhone and Android versions provide. It is definitely a 1.0 version – i.e. not 4.0 (like iPhone and soon Android), but it is a good start. You can download it now from the Marketplace.

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Dell Venue Pro headed to AT&T?

A new variant of the Dell Venue Prohas apparently passed the FCC certification not long ago. what’s interesting this time is that it apparently supports WCDMA Band II and V which means that it could be head to AT&T (or Rogers, Telus etc..). I wouldn’t get to excited yet if I was you given the current drama surrounding the T-Mobile Dell Venue Pro launch and also the fact that many device that pass the FCC certification never hit retail stores (or are just European variants of the handsets).

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The latest Windows Phone 7 and MWC rumors

I thought that I would comment on the latest Windows Phone 7 and Mobile World Congress rumor making the rounds today. Digitimes is now claiming (based on their “own” sources) that Microsoft is going to unveil a new batch of Windows Phone 7 devices during MWC in February and that the Asus E600 is going to be one of them. First off I would like to point out (did it earlier on Twitter) that when Digitimes doesn’t name its “sources” they are nearly always wrong (I highly suggest to take a look at the sites past claims about the iPad and other tech préductions if you want to have a good laugh…). Secondly, AFAIK the Asus E600 is never going to hit retailand is only used as a developer device by Microsoft (similar to the LG GW910 and Samsung Taylor, and the first WP7 prototype wy saw which was the Asus Galaxy 6). But don’t take my word here,just think for a second. Would Asus / Microsoft “unveil” a device that has already been officially shown publicly by Microsoft employees all over the world (you can see it being used many of the PDC10 keynotes) ?

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All Dell Venue Pro pre-orders done before Dec 14 will be delivered before Christmas

The ongoing Dell Venue Pro drama is about to finally end according to Dell’s latest update on the situation. All pre-orders done before December 1′th should be delivered before Christmas.

Update: I’m still working to understand details to clarify shipping schedules. More on that soon. In the meantime, wanted to let folks know that Dell will offer the following for all customers who ordered the Venue Pro on or before December 14:
•Free overnight shipping upgrade for all orders placed up through yesterday, December 14.
•A free Plantronics Explorer 240 Bluetooth headset for all customers who ordered the Venue Pro through yesterday, December 14. Dell will ship the headset to the address you used when you ordered the Venue Pro in 4 – 6 weeks.

Update 2: Here’s what I can say re: Dell Venue Pro shipping: all customers who ordered the phone through Tuesday, December 14 or before will receive their phones before Christmas. If you placed an order after December 14, use the Estimated Delivery Date to understand when you will receive it.

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Dell Venue Pro delayed until January

There’s no denying that Dell totally messed up the Venue Pro launch and unfortunately things aren’t about to change any time soon according to the latest January 6th estimated shipping date showing up on Dell Online Store. The latest batch of devices was supposed to ship today but Dell was apparently unable to get all the hardware bugs fixed in time and decided to delay it even further. Here’s what is apparently happening (after the break):

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The Asus E600 Windows Phone 7 passed the FCC more than 6 months ago

The Asus E600 Windows Phone 7 prototype developer handsets actually passed the FCC more than 6 months ago according to the documents currently availalbe on the FCC’s website. As I told you a couple of months ago, the E600 isn’t intended to be a retail product but is used as a test and developement device by Microsoft. You can check out one of the only videos we have of this device here (or you can just watch some of the PDC10 sessions where the Asus E600 was used to do the OS).

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Dell Venue Pro now available for order, shipping December 9th

Dell has updated yesterday’s online store page dedicated to the Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handset with a new December 9th shipping date and the 8GB SKU. The 16GB verions is going to cost you 1$49.99 with a 2/y contract or $499 unlocked hile the 8GB will go for $99.99 with a 2/y contract and $449 unlocked. So are you ready to get one after all the hardware and bug issue.
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Dell Venue Pro finally launching on December 14th for $149

According to Dell’s online store the much anticipated Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 is apparently finally going to lunch on December 14th for 149.99 with a 2/y contractor $499.99 unlocked. (with 16GB of internal memory). The Venue Pro was initially “paper” launched earlier this month but suffered from many hardware and software bugs (even after it was supposedly fixed) so lets hope that Dell has finally ironed out all the quirks this time around.

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Dell Venue Pro back in stock but with more issues

It  seems like Dell Venue Pro fans just can’t get a break these days. After the Wifi, camera and headphone issues comes the SIM card problems. As previously announced by Dell the Venue Pro is now apparently back in stock at Microsoft’s store so all the early adopters can now exchange their engineering sample units for real final devices. Unfortunately something went wrong again and the devices are unable to read the SIM cards after a simple reboot of the handset.

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Dell ramping up Dell Venue Pro production for re-launch and looking into hardware issues

Dell has just announced that its ramping up production of the Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 device for a “re-launch” on T-Mobile at a yet unannounced date. The Venue Pro’s launch has been a total mess and many of the early adopters (those who were able to get the hands on the handful of devices sold at Microsoft’s Stores in the US) aren’t really happy about the current situation. There has been reports of bad camera quality, Headphone jack issues, Wifi connection problems etc..  Full announcement after the break:

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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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The Dell Venue Pro has a Micro-SD slot

The picture above is a bit small but you cansee that the Dell Venue Pro apparently has a Micro-SD slot hidden behind a warranty void sticker (that was peeled off for this picture). So what does it mean? Well you can now easily void your devices warranty and add a high capacity memory card to your device without disassembling it or maybe just follow Microsoft’s recommendations and don’t do anything..It’s up to you.

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Dell Venue Pro to be on sale November 8th in Microsoft’s Stores and November 15th directly from Dell

All you Dell Venue Pro fans should be happy to learn that the handset will apparently be on sale at Microsoft’s Stores (in the Us) on November 8th and later directly from Dell (on the website) on November 15th. I’m guessing that there’s probably going to be a limited stock at first so you will probably be lucky to be one of the first few to get the beast. T-Mobile is the carrier and if you can’t get the Venue Pro you should be able to get your hands-on the HTC HD7 instead.

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