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New Games to be unveiled for Windows Phone 7 platform
May 31st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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New mobile games are on its way from Microsoft for the Windows Phone 7 platform. These games are expected to be unveiled at the upcoming E3 event.

Microsoft is struggling hard to divert developers and consumers from opting the familiar iOS and Android platform and attract them towards the new platform.

The company is not only looking ahead to bring new apps to the Windows platform but will also be revealing new games so as to attract crowds at the upcoming E3 conference.

According to an independent game developer for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform, the E3 conference is said to come with a mysterious surprise for the gamers. The news about the new games release is known from the teaser released by the games developers.

At the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, the software giant showcased features like controlling the Xbox 360 from the Windows phone. Given this backdrop, we expect Microsoft to announce more gaming options for the platform.

Windows phone could achieve a better position in the buzzing Smartphone market if its move to bolster the Windows Phone OS with games clicks and succeeds in attracting casual and serious gamers.

New handsets on the cards with Windows Phone ‘Mango’ launch
May 23rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The much-awaited Mango update for the Windows Phone platform is due to be released this week from Microsoft. News is in the air that Microsoft will also unveil nine other handsets along with the ‘Mango’ software update during the announcement.

Microsoft’s latest update to the Windows Phone platform is scheduled to be showcased tomorrow. This software update will bring with it performance improvements and an array of new features which also includes a camera-powered visual search app, on-device podcast downloads, turn-by-turn navigation in Bing Maps and Shazam-inspired music recognition support.

All Windows Phone users will be able to enjoy the updates free of charge. However, more focus is on its flagship smartphone platform updates. Microsoft is also looking forward to unveil nine new devices so as to boost up its sales.

HTC is said to come up with two new handsets, Acer would unveil two, Dell will show off a single handset and Samsung is said to unveil four devices as per sources. As of now, no company has said anything about the rumours. However, we need not wait for long time now to know how far the rumours are true as tomorrow is the given launch date.

Windows phones from Nokia to sport ST-Ericsson chips
May 21st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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As per a senior executive, Nokia’s much awaited Windows phones could well sport ST-Ericsson chips. Nokia is to use ST-Ericsson as one of its two chip suppliers if we can believe what a board member of ST-Ericsson told Forbes. Nokia seems to maintain a good relationship with ST-Ericsson.

The Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm has been the most dominant chip in Windows Mobile handsets thanks to Microsoft’s desire to offer consistency on new handsets. The software giant however declared sometime earlier that it will become a bit more lenient as to which chipset it is going to use/support in future.

The deal with Nokia and the huge investment to make a mobile phone platform base clearly indicate how vital mobile phone market is for the software giant. Moreover, given the fact that Google’s Android OS is going great guns and Apple is making newer strides, MS had to get serious with its Windows phone OS.

And the partnership with Nokia will surely help Microsoft’s cause. Let’s see how far things go and how it helps them both.

Nokia going soft?
Dec 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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If reports are to be believed, yes! Nokia is reportedly in talks with Microsoft about deploying Windows 7 on Nokia smart phones. Nokia’s new CEO is a former head of Microsoft’s business division – some say, this brought a relative ease for all the talks.

However, it must be pointed that the Finnish giant has unequivocally rubbished such claims when they initially emerged in September. Nokia tried to tone down those rumors by pressing its commitment to Series 40, Symbian and MeeGo.

With a race that is turning out to be tougher than expected, Nokia is looking for a foothold in the smart phone market against the Android-running devices. With Apple iphone turning up as well, analysts believe Nokia might be well served having Android in its stable.

Nokia, however, strongly insists in the future being of MeeGo as well as Symbian – irrespective of the fact that Samsung and Sony Ericsson have recently dropped support for the OS. Even the Symbian Foundation scaled back its support for the OS but Nokia responded with renewed support.

The battle lines are drawn. It remains to be seen whether Nokia would call bluff and support Symbian or would enroll a new platform. Whatever it may turn out to be, Mobile hub would be your hub to know all the latest!

LG Optimus 7 Smartphone details leaked
Oct 12th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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In the enthusiasm surrounded by the Windows Phone 7 based Smartphones, LG accidentally leaked details about its Optimus 7 Smartphone which is powered by Microsoft’s flagship Operating System, the Windows Phone 7.

LG which made the details available on its blog was quick to take them off later. LG Optimus 7 handset would feature a 5MegaPixel camera which can handle HD Video recording, and a 3.8-inch WVGA display. Apart from HD recording the camera is equipped to shoot full 360 degree panoramic images.

The Optimus 7 is powered by a 1GHz processor, 16 GB in-built memory, light and proximity sensors, GPS and an accelerometer. Some pre-loaded LG apps such as Play to DNLA streaming, augmented reality, and voice to text are also available on the Smartphone. The hardware seems standard and it is the Operating System that will actually decide the fate of the Smartphone.

The Windows Phone 7 platform is classified as 6 hubs viz., People, Games, Music+Video, Pictures, Office, and Marketplace as per LG. The Optimus 7 is also expected to sport 3G and Wi-Fi. The handset is expected to be up for grabs this 21st though the pricing details are undisclosed yet.

HTC Mozart specs leaked
Oct 6th, 2010 by Andy Miles

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Details about the first HTC handset powered by the much anticipated Windows Phone 7 platform got leaked thanks to some leaked screenshots from the mobile phone retailer, Phones4U. HTC Mozart is more of a mainstream handset than an elite / niche model as the HTC Desire HD.

HTC Mozart shares similar specs as the HTC Desire HD except that it comes with a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive Touch Screen compared to the 4.3-inch screen of Desire HD. HTC Mozart comes with 8.5GB in-built memory with no option to increase the same.

Mozart looks a little bigger than the iPhone 4 with dimensions of 119×60.5×11.9mm. It has an 8Megapixel camera with Xenon flash and supports 720p video recording too. Other specs include a 1GHz processor 512MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Wi-Fi, FM Radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a GPS and a 1300mAh battery.

HTC Mozart is mentioned as “Our first Windows Phone 7 device” by Phones4U and it also mentions Mozart as the only one being offered by it this year though around 10 handsets are expected to sport WP7 by end of 2010.

HTC Mozart is to get launched on the same day as Windows Phone 7 release to public i.e., October 11. After a fortnight, shipments for the Mozart handsets are expected.

Samsung plan for Windows Phone 7 out
Sep 30th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Samsung has revealed its handset plans and renewed its pledge to Microsoft’s new mobile platform, Windows Phone 7. The Korean electronics major termed the decision as a long term commitment naming the Windows Phone 7 platform a key component in its portfolio.

Though not much is clear about the new mobile phones, the specs have been defined as below. The handsets will have at least a 1 GHz processor, 3.7 inch WVGA screen, 5 MP Camera and dedicated graphic processing capabilities.

Samsung was announced as one of the key partners at the launch of Windows Phone 7 in February and Samsung is now geared up to announce a licensing agreement to get Windows Phone 7 handsets to UK this year.

As Windows Phone 7 gets launched next month, HTC and LG will figure out amongst the first makers to provide handsets powered by Microsoft. Samsung is aware of the gold that the former has struck in its sojourn with Android as well as Windows Mobile and hence it is not going to leave any stone unturned to launch competitive handsets on the WP7 platform.

As adrenalin continues to pump up and we get closer to the most promising mobile platform from the software giant, we need to see if Microsoft can pull off a coup in the Smartphone space.

Microsoft clears the air: No Tethering For Windows Phone 7
Sep 27th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Microsoft cleared the air around tethering support on Windows Phone 7 devices and it is official that tethering is not supported by the mobile platform contrary to the rumours. The software giant did not mention the reasons behind the decision, however.

A feature which can help people use their Smartphones as modems for their laptops and notebooks is what is termed as Tethering.

Recently, Engadget got the director of Windows Phone 7 OS on record saying that tethering is supported provided the service provider enables the same. And the new announcement goes against that.

Android 2.2, iOS and RIM’s BlackBerry devices all support tethering and customers are gaga about it because of usability. Tethering is supported by Google’s N1 too at a nominal price by the service provider so that users can access internet on their laptops.

And it is going to be a daunting task for Microsoft to appease customers without tethering. Given the backdrop that all the five major mobile service providers in the UK are offering the Smartphone, we need to wait and watch how Windows 7 fares.

Tethering enabled on Windows Phone 7
Sep 24th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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A feature which can help people use their Smartphones as modems for their laptops and notebooks is what is termed as Tethering and Microsoft doesn’t want to invite public ire by not providing such a feature.

At the same time, tethering is not preferred by the network providers as it chokes their 3G networks. So, Microsoft decided to take the middle path by leaving it to the discretion of the network providers to enable or disable tethering though the OS will support it reports Engadget.

This is pretty much understandable because Microsoft has a herculean task to compete with the likes of RIM, Google, and Apple who are way ahead of it in the Smartphone segment. Tethering is supported by Google’s N1 too at a nominal price by the service provider so that users can access internet on their laptops.

Given the backdrop that all the five major mobile service providers in the UK are offering the Smartphone, we need to wait and watch who supports tethering and who opts out.

Five UK Networks to offer Windows Phone 7 handsets
Sep 22nd, 2010 by Andy Miles

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It has been revealed by Microsoft today that all the five major UK mobile phone operators viz. Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone and Three are geared up to offer the Windows Phone 7 handsets.

Microsoft also revealed that it has received support from Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse. According to Microsoft, Orange UK, which is said to amalgamate soon with T-Mobile, would be the lead partner for its Windows Phone 7 OS.

As such, Microsoft would have an advantage of offering a varied range of handsets to its customers along with an option to go with their desired network. Microsoft is said to be excited to work with all the major carriers in the industry who will be supporting their Windows Phone 7 launch.

Microsoft is also looking forward to get the support from smaller network operators like Tesco, Virgin Media and Talkmobile later on. However, Microsoft would launch the Windows Phone 7 on October 11th, 2010.

Also, it is still unknown if the recently revealed Zune music service would be offered by Orange or Vodafone. Moreover, Zune is said to be in direct competition with Orange’s Musicstore, 3 UK’s strategic partnership with Spotify and Vodafone’s Music.

also revealed that it has received support from Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse. According to Microsoft, Orange UK, which is said to amalgamate soon with T-Mobile, would be the lead partner for their Windows Phone 7 OS.

As such, Microsoft would have an advantage of offering a varied range of handsets to its customers along with their desired network choice to go with. Microsoft is also said to be excited to work with all the major carriers in the industry who will be supporting their Windows Phone 7 launch.

Microsoft is also looking forward to get the support from smaller network operators like Tesco, Virgin Media and Talkmobile later on.

However, Microsoft would launch the Windows Phone 7 on October 11th, 2010. Also, it is still unknown if the recently revealed Zune music service would be offered by Orange or Vodafone. Moreover, Zune is said to be in direct competition with Orange’s Musicstore, 3 UK’s strategic partnership with Spotify and Vodafone’s Music.

Developer toolkit for Windows Phone 7 released
Sep 18th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Microsoft has released the final version of its developers’ toolkit and thus launched another campaign to drum up support for its forthcoming Smartphone platform, Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone 7 was released to mobile phone makers earlier this month and now it hopes to pull developers to its side so that they create all sorts of apps and help the platform become all the more popular.

Windows Phone Emulator, Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone, XNA Game Studio 4.0, and Expression Blend 4 for Windows Phone are a part of the toolkit. As is the buzz on the marketplace, the software giant is desperate to get all kinds of publicity for its much touted mobile platform, the Windows Phone 7.

Despite the fact that the Windows Phone 7 seems to have the capability and worth, Microsoft has a herculean task at hand as it tries to regain the lost market share. RIM announced this week that it has had an exceptional quarter and Comscore provided numbers that Android’s Smartphone share is on the rise.

Microsoft has shown its desperation in making statements about the alleged cost of Android. Microsoft opines that Android just looks free, but is tied by patents and other secondary costs to be borne by mobile phone manufacturers whereas it charges license fees upfront. Microsoft could rather focus on building software that delivers value for money and leave the rest to the public.

The latest and arguably the most important platform in the last decade is all set to go live on some phones next month and if it fails to impress the world and reverse the current trends, Microsoft is going to be in real trouble.

Windows Phone 7 tabbed for launch in October
Sep 11th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Reports across the market seem to suggest the arrival of the much-awaited Windows Phone 7 this October.

News blog, Pocket Lint reported that an event on October 11 will mark the formal launch of the Mobile platform quoting anonymous sources. CNET followed suit to confirm the news.

The release date of 11 October will be five weeks from the day Microsoft announced that the Operating System has been shipped to mobile phone makers.

The Windows Phone 7 platform has been touted as the complete makeover of its Smartphone operating system by Microsoft. It has been marked as a giant leap from its existing Windows Mobile Platform. Social networking and user interface are features which have been highlighted by the Software giant.

As per analysts, Microsoft will however find itself on a sticky note on its re-entry into the Smartphone market thanks to the exemplary rise of the other competing platforms viz., the BlackBerry, Android and the iOS platforms.

Windows Phone 7: Zune Pass pricing leaked
Sep 4th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Thanks to Zune Pass, you can enjoy unlimited downloads of music on Windows Phone 7. The`re is a subscription fee attached to it and more importantly, the UK pricing for the Zune Pass has been leaked. Interested to know more? Read on.

The pricing of the Zune Pass sounds reasonable upfront as it will leave a hole of £8.99 per month or £26.97 for three months in your pocket. The 3-month subscription is no succour Microsoft does not seem to offer any discount. Also, a free trial is available for 14 days.

One weird thing is that Microsoft quotes the price as exclusive of VAT and that leaves most of us puzzled as to why Microsoft left out VAT from its pricing. The Zune Pass seems to be targeted at the individual users and not for business users and in that perspective, it just seems a blip in the leaked information.

Come October, the Zune Pass music service might be available along with the Windows Phone 7 platform. The Zune Pass  lets you get a handle on to millions of songs and it lets you listen to them for an unlimited time provided you keep yourself subscribed.

You also get 10 song credits every month which can be used to download songs. Such downloaded songs are your own forever, irrespective of whether you stay subscribed or not.

Windows Phone 7-powered HTC Gold due in November
Jul 11th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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The HTC Gold is said to be the first handset to run Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system that would hit the UK market by this year end. The Chinese manufacturer would have the UK launch of its handset, the HTC Gold in November as per Omio.com.

The Gold’s Windows Phone 7 functionality and details of the device have not yet been unveiled by HTC. However, rumours of the handset have been cropping up. The HTC Gold is said to be a smartphone which appeals like the iPhone and has a large, mostly capacitive screen with touch-screen keys beneath.

As the name suggests, the device will have impressive design as well as internal features. The handset will have full connectivity support from Wi-Fi and 3G. Users can transfer music and data onto their handsets via bluetooth and microUSB options provided. The handset will feature an inbuilt camera along with social networking ability.

Apart from the HTC Gold, there are other handsets too in the pipeline to be released from Sony, Samsung and Nokia. The BlackBerry Curve 9300 which features a 3.2 megapixel camera along with QWERTY keyboard is confirmed to be launched in August.

HTC Gold details were first out when carrier codes for mobile networks were identified by hackers in the US. The handsets that were identified within networks computer code are the HTC Gold, Spark, Shubert and Scorpio.

Kin phone withdrawn by Microsoft
Jul 1st, 2010 by Andy Miles

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Within three months of the much-hyped launch of the Kin handset by Microsoft, the company has decided not to launch it in the European market. The Kin has reportedly sold just 500 Kins in the US where it was available on Verizon, since May.

The company reportedly wants to focus on the Windows Mobile Phone 7 operating system instead. Microsoft would continue to sell Kin on Verizon in the US, though. Despite Microsoft being in the mobile phone operating system for long, Kin was its first attempt to build a handset from the scratch and it seems to have bombed.

Despite the fact that they do not run on the Windows Phone 7 Operating System, Kins are powered by a similar variation which targets more of the Social networking space. People who are hooked to Facebook, MySpace or Wonderwall would surely be able to appreciate the stunning user interface which provides stylish organized view of all the updates.

Touch screen and QWERTY keyboards are common to both the handsets. The first Kin is named Turtle due to its shape and the other one with a sliding keyboard has got Pure as its nickname.

The spotlight will now turn on to the Windows Phone 7 platform which is being touted as Microsoft’s answer to the Google Android OS, Nokia’s Symbian and Apple’s iPhone along with other such mobile platforms.

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