Windows Phone

  • App-y Holidays: iOS Gorged, Android Stuffed, RIM Got Leftovers, Windows Phone Went Hungry

    There has already been plenty of data out there suggesting that Apple had a monster holiday season. We’ll know for sure in a few weeks when they announced their earnings. For now though, we have to go by what third-party developers are seeing when it comes to app download numbers. And one company, Flixster, has given us some key details of how their mobile installs broke down from… Read More

  • An iPhone Lover's Take On Windows Phone

    An iPhone Lover's Take On Windows Phone

    Back in October, after the official launch of Windows Phone 7, I wrote up some initial thoughts after having played with a few prototype devices in the months leading up to the launch. Many seemed surprised by my mostly positive reactions. It seemed to me at the time that Microsoft may have actually brought a gun to a gun fight with Windows Phone — as opposed to a sword, or a knife, or… Read More

  • Microsoft: 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 handsets "sold" in first six weeks

    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. Windows Phone 7 launched in Europe and the Asia Pacific region on October 21 and in the United States and… Read More

  • Microsoft's WP7 Platform Guy Won't Talk Sales Numbers Either (Le Web)

    We’re here at Le Web 2010 in Paris, where organizer Loic Le Meur is doing an on-stage Q&A with Charlie Kindel, General Manager for the Windows Phone Developer Ecosystem at Microsoft. 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… Read More

  • Microsoft not paying WP7 developers before Feb 2011


    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 —… Read More

  • Chevron releases custom ringtone manager for WP7

    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. Now, this isn’t as simple as loading up a ringtone Android stylee, so check out the… Read More

  • Acer working on a Windows Phone 7 handset

    In an interview with Mobilized today, Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci mentioned that they are working to create a Windows Phone 7 powered handset. Gianfranco also talked about why they originally turned to Android (over Windows Mobile 6.5), and why Windows Phone 7 has them interested again. Jump on past the break for the quote, and an unrelated video. Read More

  • Angry Birds not coming to WP7 till 2011

    If, over Thanksgiving, you were jealously watching your snotty cousin playing Angry Birds on his iPhone/Android phone, and lamenting the game’s absence on your new Windows Phone 7 device, then I should probably warn you that you’re going to have to go through the whole thing again at Christmas time… Read More

  • A Look At Windows Phone 7 Marketplace's Catalog, App Prices (Distimo Report)

    A Look At Windows Phone 7 Marketplace's Catalog, App Prices (Distimo Report)

    App store analytics provider Distimo took its monthly look at the world of mobile application stores, and this time zoomed in on the differences between Microsoft‘s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and Windows Marketplace for Mobile (6.x). For you information, Distimo gathered data on all major app stores, but the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace data specifically was collected from 1 November… Read More

  • Dell Venue Pro rebelling against honest SIM cards

    Bad Venue Pro! Bad! Naughty! It looks like Dell’s rebellious son, the WinPho7 powered Venue Pro, has again decided to turn against those that only want to bring it love; this time, its issue is with the humble SIM card. Jump on past the break for the full, sordid tale. Read More

  • Windows Phone 7 "Genuine Software" checker found, Custom ROM-makers cry a little

    If you were hoping to run a custom ROM on your shiny new WinPho7 device, then you should probably take a seat; I have some bad news for you. Ex-WinMo hacker guru, Conflipper, told WP Central today that Windows Phone 7 ships with a “Genuine Software” checker, much like Windows 7 or Office. Read More

  • Microsoft Flashes A Nice Big Middle Finger At Android's Fragmentation

    A month ago, in my initial piece about Windows Phone 7, I was cautiously optimistic about the platform but had some questions about Microsoft’s ultimate intentions. Namely: “will they use their power to try and bend the carriers to their will? Or will they take the Google approach and let them walk all over the place dictating features and bloatware?“ I’m happy to… Read More

  • Wow, With Windows Phone 7, Did Microsoft Actually Bring A Gun To A Gun Fight?

    Wow, With Windows Phone 7, Did Microsoft Actually Bring A Gun To A Gun Fight?

    Like any good Apple fanboy, when I first heard that Microsoft would be rebooting their mobile strategy a couple years ago, I snickered. I’m sure I made some sarcastic remark along the lines of “this oughta be good.” But over the past few months, I’ve actually been pleasantly¬†and continuously surprised by what I’ve seen of Windows Phone 7 (the artist formerly known… Read More

  • Everything You Need To Know About The Fragmented Mobile Developer Ecosystem

    Everything You Need To Know About The Fragmented Mobile Developer Ecosystem

    Considering the immense fragmentation that characterizes the mobile apps industry, it’s good to see decent research help us try and make sense of what’s going on in that particular part of the digital economy, one that is consistently growing in size and importance across the globe. Hence, I invite anyone with a vested interest in the mobile developer ecosystem to check out… Read More

  • With Windows Phone, Microsoft is trying to win back the magic


    I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes me a Mac guy as opposed to a PC guy and it seems that the Register may have hit on some very good points. Tim Anderson, the Register writer, notes that Microsoft has lost its edge when it comes to industrial design and even in during its recent MIX conference, where it was supposed to be all about design and sex, they dropped more science than art. Read More

  • The new WinPho7 promo: Doot dee doot

    From: The Windows Phone 7 Team
    To: The Windows Phone 7 Advertising Gnomes After months of deliberation, we hereby present the master plan for all modern mobile commercials. To acquire:
    Rights to Feist instrumental break
    Cute woman with curly hair (personable)
    Handsome, rugged man in vaguely military but alternative shirt
    Record shop (build)
    Shot-for-shot outdoor location list for all… Read More

  • Out with the old, in with the new: Windows Mobile 6.5 gets a name change

    If you thought that Windows Mobile 6 would fade into oblivion because Windows Phone 7 is coming soon, think again. Not only will the OS stick around for a while longer, but it’s getting a name change, too: Windows Phone Classic. Of course, we all knew this was going to happen, so no surprises here, right? Read More

  • Video: Microsoft Shamelessly Trashes iPhone in Windows Phone Teaser

    Microsoft showed off its upcoming Windows Phone OS at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain today, and showed the video teaser above onstage. Without ever mentioning the iPhone, it completely trashes it and all the other copycat touch phones that are following in its wake. The narrator laments the “Sea of Sameness” that smartphones have fallen into, with each new phone… Read More

  • Video: The Rejected Windows Marketplace Apps (Humor)

    Today, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Dev team released a humorous video giving a sneak peek inside the Microsoft Apps Lab. Here, you get a behind-the-scenes look at a few of the apps Microsoft dreamed up for its new Windows Marketplace, but were forced to reject for various reasons ranging from stupidity to lawsuits to physical pain. Read More

  • Windows Mobile now called "Windows Phone" – no, really


    Apparently, it’s been leaked by some loose-lipped presenter at a Microsoft event that “Windows Mobile” is out, and “Windows Phone” is in. Well, Microsoft, I try to get your back now and then when you’re misunderstood or wrongly accused, but this is beyond the pale. I can’t think of a worse name to call your operating system. Let me count the reasons why: Read More