Are you a lingering Nokia fan, still defiantly tying yourself to the mast as the ship’s fate wavers? Are you not only happy about their decision to move forward pretty much exclusively with Windows Phone 7, but also anxiously awaiting the first fruits of that new labor? Anyone still nodding along at this point? → Read More
Evernote, the record-everything app for smartphones and desktops, is launching on Windows Phone 7 today. Built specifically for Windows Phone 7, this is Evernote’s 14th supported platform and looks as solid as every other Evernote release. The home panorama leverages Windows Phone 7 panels for notes, notebooks, tags, and recent notes. At the bottom of each screen is a context-aware Application Bar… → Read More
A couple of years ago, if someone had told me that the Windows Phone platform would become more popular than iOS, I would have laughed in their face. Now, however, IDC is claiming that it just may become a reality by 2015, as WP7 is expected to snatch the number two platform spot from iOS, currently ranked just behind Android. The BlackBerry OS is expected to lose even more ground, while Symbian… → Read More
Today, during their Google Wallet/Offers unveiling at the NYC headquarters, Google touted the openness of their new system. Naturally, someone asked a question about what this meant for other, non-Android phone?
“In terms of iPhone, RIM, Microsoft — we will partner with everyone,” Google VP of Commerce Stephanie Tilenius said. Of course, that depends on two things: 1) the inclusion of NFC… → Read More
Uh oh! Remember that itty-bitty update that Microsoft sent out yesterday to make sure next month’s big update would go smoothly? Looks like the itty-bitty update itself might not be going so smoothly. → Read More
This is pretty cool, though I’m not sure it’ll get that much love. Microsoft just played a video here at MWC showing what they stressed was real code that allows for interaction between Windows Phone 7 and Kinect. Well, it wasn’t really Kinect-specific, except that the guy was playing a Kinect game. → Read More
Engadget has what they say are some of the first shots of Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 concept. Right now this is just a conceptual device to show just what the marriage of Microsoft and Nokia will look like. It looks like they spent a lot of time on this because the phones look great. We’ll keep you updated as the story develops. → Read More
A report from Digitimes today has stated that Sony Ericsson have Windows Phone 7 devices “in the pipeline.”
Sony Ericsson have previously said that Windows Phone 7 has “remained on their roadmap”, but, to date, we’ve seen nothing of any WinPho devices from ol’ ess eee.
However, with Sony Ericsson’s market share continuing to decrease, it seems that they may now be taking WP7 a little more… → Read More
In a move that will surely only help move more Windows Phone 7 handsets, Microsoft have met with the team behind the WP7 Jailbreak, Chevron, and the results appear to be positive.
Writing on their blog yesterday, Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh, and Long Zheng have revealed what they can (outside of the NDA they voluntarily signed) about the 2 days of meetings, and are “genuinely excited” about what… → Read More
I’m almost rooting for Windows Phone 7. I mean despite positive reviews from critics the phone has had a hard time catching on, most recently suffering through reports that it was less popular than Windows 98, in terms of traffic referrals. WP 7 has been on the market for around three months and while execs are still not talking sales numbers, it doesn’t seem likely it will catch up to iOS and… → Read More
Mac users have been asking for years for a version of Zune for OS X, even if it’s a stripped-down sync utility. The Windows Phone 7 Connector app for Mac is made for use, of course, with your WP7 handset, but apparently a simple terminal tweak is all it takes to make it recognize Zunes as well. → Read More
The jury is still out as to whether or not 2011 will be the year of “traitorware,” but so far it seems to be the year, at least from Microsoft‘s point of view, of “phantom data.” For some unknown reason several message boarders have started to complain that their Windows Phone 7 phones are automatically sending out anywhere from 30MB-50MB of data every single day. That could be problematic… → Read More
It’s time for this week’s episode of Fly or Die, the TCTV show where CrunchGear editor John Biggs and I look at three new products and debate their longterm chances of survival. In today’s show, we discuss Windows Phone 7, the just-announced Casio Tryx digital camera, and the popular Flipboard iPad app. At the end of the show, a special surprise guest appears from one of the companies involved… → Read More
I know that most of you can’t bring yourself to sit through the hour of power that is now available online, or just can’t stand the hype music that CES keynotes bring (I know I can’t), so I’ve condensed and brought to you all the Windows Phone 7 highlights from Microsoft’s keynote in handy blog post form. Nice of me, eh?
Jump on through the break for the full details. → Read More
If you’re sick of carrying around both your Kindle AND your Windows Phone 7 handset, then you can give your shoulder muscles a break tomorrow, as Amazon have now released their very almost ubiquitous e-book reader app, Kindle, onto the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. It has all the features you’ve come to know and love, such as access to the Kindle Store’s 750,000 books, syncing of… → Read More
There’s a man in town saying that Windows Phone 7′s first update will get its RTM (Release to Manufacturers) as early as this week, in time for Ballmer’s CES appearance.
That same mysterious man (actually Paul Thurrott from Windows Phone Secrets), also says that the update is called “NoDo”, which is an abbreviation of an obscure reference to Android’s v1.6 “Donut” update (NoDo stands for “No… → Read More
For the developers of any digital distribution store (be it Steam, or the iOS App Store, or what have you), there’s not much worse than waking up to find out that your system’s piracy protection mechanisms have big ol’ gaping security holes. There’s one thing, though, that can take a bit of the sting off: having the bad news broken to you by a white hat (read: strictly non-malicious) hacker who… → Read More
Achim Berg, Microsoft’s VP of business and marketing for Windows Phones has revealed in a faux-interview with Microsoft News Center that partner phone manufacturers have sold over 1.5 million Windows 7 Phone devices to carriers and retailers in its first six weeks on the market.
Hey, Windows Phone 7 users! Dying to load your handset up with all sorts of crazy, customized ROMs like your Android-carrying brothers-from-another-mother? Well, you still can’t — but today, the hacking community got one giant step closer! → Read More
If you thought that one big update to Windows Phone 7 was enough for the first quarter of 2011, well… you’re wrong.
According to Winrumors (note the “rumors” part), Steve Ballmer himself will head a keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona come Feb 2011, where he will unveil the next “significant” upgrade to WinPho7. → Read More
Asked how many phones Microsoft has sold to date, Kindel declined to answer the question (sound familiar?). He only said they “plan to sell a lot in 2011″, referring to it as a “long-term project”. Which, in my… → Read More
If your product is selling well, you brag about it. If it isn’t, you don’t. It’s a basic strategy, driven by the idea that talk of heavy sales in turn generates even heavier sales.
It’s a bit telling, then, that Microsoft is doing their damnedest to get around having to shed any light on Windows Phone 7′s sales thus far. In an onstage interview with Walt Mossberg at the Dive Into Mobile… → Read More
It seems like only yesterday that Windows Phone 7 rolled out to acclaim and jeers. Now, a few months later, we have WinPho7′s latest unreleased version featuring three musical guests, Cut, Copy, and Paste! Click through for the full video of C,C, and P in action. → Read More
Oh no, Microsoft! This is not a good move. It appears that developers selling apps in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace won’t get paid for peddling their wares until February 2011. Now, given that the smartphone wars are largely decided by the available apps on any one platform, it isn’t a great move to defer payments to those developers that will define your platform — especially… → Read More
If you can’t wait until January to add custom ringtones to your new Windows Phone 7 handset, and aren’t afraid of a little hackery (and warranty-void-ery), then listen up: the same folks behind the WP7 unlock and side-load tool have just released their custom ringtone manager for WP7.
Windows Phone 7 users should circle the entire month of January on their calendar. Word on the street is that an update, to be released that month, will be “MASSIVE.” Yes, we’re talking all caps massive. So massive that it warps space-time itself. So massive that not even liposuction can save it. So massive that it makes Barcelona’s destruction of Real Madrid yesterday look like a minor blip… → Read More