Archive for: wp7

Rumor: Verizon Purposely Turned Down High End, LTE WP7 Devices.

  • December 29, 2011 2:51 pm

Looks like the immediate future for Windows Phone hopefuls on VZW isn’t going to get any better. While there is at least one WP7 device planned for spring-2012 for Verizon, it’s not looking like it’s going to ship with LTE — a prime staple of any high-end VZW device these days — and is looking less likely that any LTE WP7 device is going to hit VZW until Q3/Q4 2012. The kicker: the outlook could have been better if VZW hadn’t turned down high-end LTE WP7 devices…

Nokia’s Lumia 710 Now Live On

  • December 29, 2011 6:29 am

T-Mobile users stopping by this morning will find a nice, new treat — the Nokia Lumia 710. The U.S.’ first Nokia smartphone packing Windows Phone 7 is officially (almost) here. If we were to go by mere specs alone, the 710′s 1.4 GHz single-core processor and smallish 3.7″ display wouldn’t win any awards. But that’s the great part about Windows Phone; it doesn’t need an insanely powerful hardware core to perform basic functions smoothly.

Besides all the great Windows Phone 7.5 functionality, the Lumia 710 will also be a big deal for all parties involved thanks to the super low $49.99 price (with a 2-year contract). At that price, Nokia and Microsoft are aiming at the crucial mid and low-range markets — an area where Android currently dominates, but does so simply because there isn’t really any other viable option.

Now that T-Mobile customers will have a great choice in the sub-$50 market, we’ll have to see if Nokia can reclaim their crown of mobile phone giant. It all begins January 11th.

With 50,000 Apps Now Available, Is 2012 The Year Of Windows Phone?

  • December 27, 2011 4:44 pm

If you ask most mainstream consumers what mobile platforms someone would consider “popular”, you’ll no doubt hear “iPhone” and “Droid”, of course referring to iOS and Android. Depending on your geographic area, you might also hear BlackBerry tossed in every once in a while. What you don’t hear: Windows Phone. But in 2012, such omissions of Windows Phone could be much less a norm, and in fact a rarity if the number of WP7 apps continue to rise signaling among other things, a rise in developer confidence. Because where there are developers, there are usually users…

Nokia Finally Admits Lumia 800 Has A Battery Problem. Fix Coming In 2012.

  • December 20, 2011 11:24 am

The Lumia 800 is hands down one of the company’s most important products in recent years as it’s the (current) flagship phone the Finish company has, as well as the first big phone to showcase the Microsoft-Nokia partnership. Reviews of said device have been mostly positive, though a brewing issue regarding an improperly recorded battery percentage is causing grief for early adopters. Initially, Nokia wouldn’t immediately fess up to the issue at hand, though quickly reveresed course with a small update. According to continuing complaints, the update did little (if anything) to fix the issue, eliciting a more detailed response from Nokia whom cites a forthcoming update in early 2012:

“On Monday 12th December some of our customers started to comment in various social media that the preloaded diagnostics tool in some of the Nokia Lumia 800 phones was showing lower battery capacity than expected. We immediately started to investigate these reports and can now confirm that while the battery itself is fine, a software problem on certain variants is limiting the phone’s ability to access the full battery capacity. We want to stress that this issue has not been found to affect the recently introduced Nokia Lumia 710.

The good news is that as this is a software problem it can be easily resolved. The planned software update in early 2012, as well as including many performance enhancements, will also include a fix that will enable the affected phones to access the total battery capacity. For anyone who does not want to wait for the software update, Nokia can arrange for a replacement phone.”

In the meantime, those interested in knowing if they have an affected device can simply dial “##634#” and look in the phone diagnostics menu at “Battery Status”. If it says anything lower than 1,000 mAh, you’ve got a dud that according to Nokia may need to be charged “more frequently than normal”.

Did you make it through the fire?

Rumor: AT&T Set To Release Flagship Windows Phone 7, Android LTE Devices In Early February And April.

  • December 19, 2011 11:28 am

AT&T has a couple of decent options for Windows Phone lovers. What they don’t have, however, is any solution for Windows Phone + LTE junkies. That will change come February 5th according to a BGR source. Said source claims the first AT&T LTE Windows Phone device will be similar to the HTC Titan: 4.5+ display, dual-core processor and a decent chunk of RAM.

On top of the flagship LTE Windows Phone device, HTC will change up their usual phone release schedule. Instead of dropping phones like RIM drops deadlines (too much?) they are instead going to scale back new device launches for at least the first quarter of 2012 and focus on a few key WP7 and Android devices.

On that note, BGR is also reporting that Android users will also receive some love from AT&T. During the 1H of 2012, a flagship (Android) phone with the “HTC Elite” moniker (possibly launched as HTC Congressional) will be released with Beats Audio as well as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The release date for the HTC Elite is rumored to be in “early April”.

While news of new Android devices to lust over is always welcome, we’re especially excited to hear of the new AT&T LTE Windows Phone device as it’ll be the carrier’s first such phone. Not only that, AT&T’s selection of Windows Phone device is, in our opinion, a bit small. Here’s to hoping we’re wowed on both fronts.

“Carbon” webOS Twitter App Coming To Android And Windows Phone.

  • December 18, 2011 8:12 pm

If you’re one of the sad, unfortunate souls who joined the webOS camp only to have HP yank the rug out from underneath your feet, we sympathize with you. But crying in our beer (or whatever it is you cry into) won’t change the fact webOS’ future is highly limited even with HP’s recent announcement detailing their plans to open source the fledging OS. With that said, there is some good news to share for webOS junkies, though not quite in the way one might expect. It all has to do with “Carbon”, the awesome webOS Twitter app — it’s coming to Android and Windows Phone!

According to the developers behind Carbon, the Windows Phone 7 version is nearly ready to launch as the final beta has been released. On that note, the devs say that a public announcement will be made once Carbon for Windows Phone is submitted to Microsoft. In the meantime, there’s already a great 8-minute video going through all of Carbon for Windows Phone has to offer. (Video after the break.)

On the Android side of things, there’s still a bit of waiting to be had. Carbon for Android UX director, Saleh Esmaeili, told Android Central that the app is still in the design stage, and that thanks to all the upgrades (for developers) in Ice Cream Sandwich by way of new APIs, transitions, etc., the team is now able to offer a more complete, enjoyable experience for Android users.

We’re pretty excited to see a great Twitter app making the jump to other platforms. (Now if only we could get some iOS love.) Hop past the break for an in-depth demo of Carbon for Windows Phone.

Not Ready To Jump Ship? Demo Windows Phone 7 In Your Mobile Browser Right Now!

  • November 29, 2011 9:55 am

Itching to try out Windows Phone 7′s liquidy smooth UI but don’t want to go as far as selling your Android or iOS gear without first getting acquainted? Now there’s a perfect, browser based solution. Simply type in into your mobile browser and get ready for a very well done WP7 experience that in our own testing operates just like a native WP7 device — liquid awesomeness and all. What has us geeked the most is that a large chunk of Windows Phone 7′s features and menus are all accessible, not just a few select items.

Cool, eh?