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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Sony Ericsson Julie Windows Phone 7 prototype phone live pictures

Remember the Sony Ericsson Julie Windows Phone 7 handset that SE was said to be working on back in June ? Well, here’s apparently how it looks like in the flesh. The device will probably never seen the light of the day but we now at least know how it looked like. I personally wouldn’t count on any Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 handset hitting retail anytime soon after what I heard the company reps say during Mobile World Congress when the subject was brought up (one kept on trashing MS and WP7 every time somebody asked him about it..). Android and the PlayStation Certified platform is what they are betting on (remember that the Sony NGP / PSP2 can also run Android..)
More pictures after the break:

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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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Sony Ericsson still open to use Windows Phone 7. But not yet

It is a well known fact that Sony Ericsson is betting its future on Android but they apparently still have their eyes on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7. The company keeps saying that they are open to use it but that the time has come yet. Is it for real or just PR purpose ? Nobody really knows.One thing is for sure though: they probably aren’t in a hurry to have an Xbox Live enabled smartphone alongside their soon to be launch Xperia Play PSP phone (which is totally understandable). Their parent company (Sony) has also recently decided not to launch a WP7 version of the PlayStation application (it’s out on iPhone and Android).

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Zombies!!! and Brain Challenge released on Windows Phone 7

Microsoft has just released two new Xbox Live enabled Windows Phone 7 games today: Gameloft’s Brain Challenge and Babaroga’s Zombies!!!. Both games are available right now for $4.99 but be sure to check out the trial versions before making your decision. One thing I would like to point out is that contrary to what the game title made suggest, Zombies!!! it’s an action shooter but a turn-based game(you know with dices etc..). Anyway, just head over to the marketplace to try them out.

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Ilomilo now available in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace: Hands-on video Review

All non-AT&T user rejoice! Ilomilo is now finally available to everybody in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. The full game will set you bak $4.99 but you can also download the trial version to check it out. Don’t forget to also read my interview with developers Southend Interactive here. Check out my hands-on video after the break:

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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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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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Over 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 handsets sold in six weeks

Microsoft has finally  decided to communicate the first Windows Phone 7 unit sales today. According to Achim Berg, corporate vice president, Mobile Communications Business and Marketing Group, OEMs have already sold 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 devices to retailers and carriers (not end-user..) in six weeks. This definitely far from bad  (but not super amazing and reaching the 30 million units predicted earlier this year is going to be hard) and really promising for the future of the platform but Microsoft still doesn’t want to communicate the number of units sold to end-users . Also keep in mind that Microsoft is making money off off every WP7 licenses sold to OEMs. Check out the full interview after the break:

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Windows Phone 7 Facebook application gets finally updated. Now includes Places and Photo Tagging

Clarity Consulting has just released an updated version of the official Facebook application for Windows Phone 7 today which brings two new features to the table: Photo Tagging and Facebook Places support. The overall performance of the application also seems to have been slightly improved (the application can now also run underlock screen).

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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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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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Acer working on Window Phone 7 devices

It has long been known that Acer would one day come out with a Windows Phone 7 device but unfortunately nothing has materialized since the initial announcement back in February. Even before Windows Phone 7 was unveiled Acer was working on being a launch partner but given their recent focus on Android (and Microsoft’s switch from Windows Mobile 7 / Photon to Windows Phone 7) the company kept us in the shadows regarding their plans in the smartphone market. Today’s interview with Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci sheds some light on the company’s mobile future and their upcoming Windows Phone 7 products:

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When will Microsoft release official Windows Phone 7 sales numbers ?

Everybody’s been waiting for official Windows Phone 7 sales numbers now that handsets have been on sale for more than a month in Europe and 3 weeks in the US. Unfortunately Microsoft isn’t releasing anything yet which in turn fuels all kinds of doom and gloom speculations all over the internet. One thing is for sure: If Windows Phone 7 broke any sales record Microsoft would have issued a press release (just like they did with the Kinect). So, is it a flop ? Frankly I don’t think so. Like I said many times since the European launch; It was nearly impossible to buy a WP7 devices because of the lack of devices on sale. OEMs and Carriers (especially Europeans ones) apparently totally messed up the launch. LG was the only one ready with loads of Optimus 7 devices out of the gate followed by Samsung who is currently having a hard time pumping out Super-AMOLED screens for all of its high-end devices and finally HTC, who,in my opinion, didn’t have the backbone to actually launch 6 devices in one month (Desire Z, Desire HD, Trophy, Mozart, HD7). Retail channels only started selling devices in the second week of November (before that all the stock was allocated to carriers). The US also apparently suffered from relative a lack of handsets (let’s not talk about the disastrous Dell Venue Pro “launch“…). Oh and the marketing just sucks…IMO. 

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Sony Ericsson still in talks with Microsoft about Windows Phone 7

You may have probably seen the latest rumored Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 devices specs/renders this week which I didn’t post here because they look suspiciously fake too me. Sony Ericsson has always said that they will probably build a WP7 power smartphone next year but never gave any time frame and because right now Android is what they are focusing on. SE’s France’s CEO Pierre Perron told Les Echos yesterday that the company was still in talks with Microsoft about the possible use of WP7 in a futur product. Sony Ericsson isn’t really pleased about the software restrictions imposed to OEMs (the impossibility for them to change the UI) and doesn’t want to compete based on the hardware and price only:

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Free Windows Phone 7 develepoment webcast hosted by AT&T

Hsuan-hua from AT&T’s developer progrma just informed me that the company is going to host a free Windows Phone 7 devlepoment webcast on Thursday, November 18, 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time. Here are details:

Who Should Attend:
Developers and IT managers responsible for developing and deploying Windows Phone 7 applications

Join Us to Discover:
•Overview of the programming model available for Windows Phone 7
•How developers can work with the application Lifecycle
•Integration points with Windows Phone
•Mapping options for Windows Phone
What You Will Learn:

•Which programming API is best for their application
•The three application navigation models available in Windows Phone 7
•How to build a great user experience with tombstoning
•Ways to customize their application for Windows Phone 7
•How to leverage the Bing Maps control in applications

Presenter: Rob Cameron
Rob Cameron is an Industry Architect with the Communications Sector in Microsoft focused on Windows Phone 7, Silverlight, XNA, embedded and Mediaroom. Rob has worked with the product team since October to help customer and partner early adopters get ready for Windows Phone 7. .

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Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 may be coming after all

Rovio, developers of the popular Angry Birds game have just tweeted that they are looking into developing a Windows Phone 7 version of the game. (as you can see in the screenshot after the break). Windows phone 7 has still a long way to go before matching the iPhone’s game catalog so let’s just hope that Microsoft is doing everything to get all the major Independent developers on-board (without screwing up..).

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Pageonce financial management software for Windows Phone 7 released for Free in the Marketplace

The Pageonce Personal Finance management software is now finally available for Windows Phone 7 and all for free (this is the 2.0 version that appeared this morning). I just grab it to see how it looks like and frankly it’s awesome if you live in the US. Unfortunately it only supports major US banks and companies so European users are kinda left in the cold here. But if you do live in the North America then this application is for you. You can have direct access to your bank accounts, Netflix, Amazon, Mobile Operator billing, etc etc.. the list is extremely long. This is a highly recommended download, so just head over to the Zune Marketplace and search for Pageonce.

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