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Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) Coming This Fall.

  • April 25, 2011 8:28 am

The future update slated to hit Windows Phone 7 devices later this year as “Mango” will actually take the name “Windows Phone 7.5″ when all is said and done. Said update will bring many new features to Microsoft’s reborn mobile OS including multitasking and Internet Explorer 9 for mobile.

No word on why Microsoft sees changing Window Phone 7 to “7.5″ is necessary. While some would argue all mobile OS vendors do this (read: Android, iOS, BlackBerry, etc.), they merely market changes in version number without changing the actual name of the OS. To each his own…

ChevronWP7.Updater Yanked From Web. Jury Out On Long-Term Effects.

  • April 6, 2011 6:21 am

By now, the WP7 readers out there looking to get their NoDo update sooner rather than later have probably heard a thing or two about the ChevronWP7.Updater package. The gist of this little app is simple: it allows you to install the impending NoDo update on your phone regardless if your carrier has started the update process or not. The only problem is that said app is now unavailable. At the request of Microsoft, developer Chris Walsh pulled the download.

Chris has gone on the record telling people “not to believe everything they read” as the current rumor with the most weight states that the ChevronWP7.Updater renders your phone un-upgradeable for future updates — a scary and rather worrisome claim no doubt. But the real scenario could really be Microsoft wanting to fully test the hack to make sure it doesn’t break anything for future updates, especially considering M doesn’t make stock ROMs publicly available for download. Essentially, if you mess up your phone you could have to return it to your carrier to re-flash.

Nonetheless, we’d advise you to hold off on jumping on the Chevron bandwagon if you haven’t already. A couple days of waiting is far better than a week or more to get back a borked phone.

Breaking: Toyota And Microsoft To Hold Joint Press Conference Tomorrow.

  • April 5, 2011 8:43 pm

Microsoft announced tonight via the company website that they and Toyota will host a joint press conference tomorrow to unveil something new and exciting. No idea what they’re going to announce. It could be some fancy new in-car computer system. Or… it could be the revealing of a new Toyota Scion Windows Phone 7 theme

[Update] Microsoft Begins Rolling Out “NoDo” Windows Phone 7 Update In Select European Markets.

  • March 22, 2011 8:33 pm

European Windows Phone 7 users will begin enjoying a rare first over the coming days — updates before their U.S. counterparts. Microsoft announced today that Microsoft has not made a formal announcement regarding the reported ongoing rollout of the “NoDo” update for Windows Phone 7. However, various sources from within Microsoft have more or less stated the NoDo update is ramping up and will continue on through April. As a refresher, the “NoDo” Windows Phone 7 update to select European markets. Said update will bring Copy/Paste functionality, CDMA support, “Tombstoning”, improved marketplace searches, and the usual bug squashing. As of writing, Microsoft hasn’t released any specifics regarding a U.S. rollout for the much sought after update. Though as always, we’ll update you as soon as the information becomes available.

Windows Phone 7 “Mango” Update/Multitasking Delayed Until 2012?

  • March 7, 2011 7:39 am

Get out your rumor bin and make room. A fresh one is hot of the press and not foretelling of the greatest end to 2011 for WP7 fans. The “Mango” update slated for release sometime in 2011 was to bring among other things, multitasking. For whatever reason however, it appears that release could slip into 2012 and various sources from within Microsoft saying such a release in 2011 is “nearly impossible”. This is all of course from various, unnamed source so we’ll call it a day right there.

So much for WP7 being “more agile” than Android in regards to OS updates. Is WP7 still relevant to you or is this news just more of the same?

Windows Phone 7 Update Bricking Some Omnia 7 Devices.

  • February 22, 2011 6:25 pm

As Microsoft starts preparing for a full on Windows Phone 7 upgrade, minor housekeeping has to get done first. With that said, today was the day that Microsoft (with the help of cellular carriers) began rolling out a small update to prepare handsets for the floodgate of 1′s and 0′s to come at a later date. The only problem — the update is causing issues for Omnia 7 users. Specifically, the update fails to load on the minor end of problems to a full on bricked device on the heavier side of the scale. Microsoft is already familiar with the issue at hand, and as such has released a a tip or two to help users get said phones back into a working state.

So what about these tips? Basically it’s nothing more than a battery pull with a hard reset being the last go-to fix. Any Omnia 7 readers experience a borked Windows Phone 7 update?

First Renderings of Windows Phone 7 Nokia Phone Leaked!

  • February 11, 2011 5:48 pm

Nokia and Microsoft’s new mobile partnership is less than 24 hours old in the public spotlight, and already some conceptual drawings considered to be legit are being leaked. From the images above, we can see Nokia is keeping their new hardware close to their current strengths — sleek lines and pronounced edges. But if the drawings aren’t quite hitting home for you, there’s hope yet. The renderings are far from official. There is still plenty of time for more revisions and more handsets. In the meantime, leave some comment love inside with your thoughts on how Nokia should design their upcoming WP7 hardware…

Intel To Push Ahead With MeeGo Despite Losing Nokia’s Support.

  • February 11, 2011 3:15 pm

Earlier today, Nokia confirmed what many had been speculating for weeks — that they were turning their back on the aging Symbian platform and moving to greener pastures. The only thing was that no one knew exactly which pasture they would choose. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 and Google’s Android OS were the two top picks. Well, we all know now who they choose. But not so publicized was the real loser in this all — MeeGo.

Dubbed as the way of the future by Nokia not too long ago, MeeGo was supposed to be the Symbian replacement to bring the company back into popularity. Thus far however, few devices have even been mentioned with MeeGo in mind. Even worse, you can count on one hand how many MeeGo devices have actually shipped publicly. But to Intel, that doesn’t matter. They’re pushing ahead with MeeGo…

Coming Soon: Windows Phone 7 iPhone Theme, “OS7″.

  • January 31, 2011 6:30 am

Apple may know a thing or two about designing beautiful, intuitive user interfaces, but that doesn’t mean other competitors don’t get it right every once in a while as well. Windows Phone 7 in particular is more or less the polar opposite of Apple’s mobile OS. Instead of bright and flashy, WP7 is subdued and extremely minimal in design — truly unique in the modern smartphone world. It is so unique in fact that many people want to port the minimalistic UI to other platforms.

Truth be told, the above theme — called “OS7″ isn’t the first attempt at bringing WP7′s tiled interface to Curpertino’s iDevices, but it is certainly one of best attempts that we’ve seen. Complete with static and live tiles, auto-generated lists, and ability to run independently of Winterboard means OS7 is worth a hard look. Interested individuals can hit up the thread over at ModMyi to get in on the open beta. Oh, one more thing — the theme is plug-in-play, meaning no paid add-ons or third party plugins needed. Nice and easy, like it should be.

Video walk-through after the jump…