Hardware Chasis Update For Windows Phone Makes Way For Dirt Cheap Windows Phone Devices

Posted by Sagar | Posted in Hardware, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 06-11-2011


Microsoft has been quite stringent with the minimum requirements till the first and the second Windows Phone hardware specifications with minimum requirements rest assure that the Developers didn’t have to take that extra effort or compromise the quality of the apps and games for the platform.

But that was until now,since they have updated the new chassis requirements according to a post on MSDN which now makes some previously mandatory requirements as optional one’s.So from now on Camera(both front facing and rear facing),Gyro and Compass would not be an mandatory requirement to be a Windows Phone device.

This might very well be a sign of things to come as we have already been hearing about the Cheap Windows Phones from Nokia to capture the entry level market,this move with no camera requirements would definitely save a huge amount of costs targeted for big enterprises or office places like the data centers where the use of camera phones and camera’s are restricted.

Apart from these changes the rest of the requirements remains the same as of the earlier Windows Phone Chassis,

Standard Hardware

  • A common set of hardware controls and buttons that include the Start, Search, and Back buttons.
  • A large WVGA (800 x 480) format display capable of rendering most web content in full-page width and displaying movies in widescreen.
  • Capacitive 4-point multi-touch screens for quick, simple control of the phone and its features.
  • Support for data connectivity using cellular networks and Wi-Fi.
  • 256 MB (or more) of RAM and 8 GB (or more) of flash storage.
  • A-GPS
  • Accelerometer

It remains to be seen whether this would be a welcome move from the end users who are demanding more high end stuff now a days with each and every new smartphone in the market.

Via[Mobility Digest]

Chevron WP7 Labs Officially Launched

Posted by Sagar | Posted in Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 04-11-2011


Chevron WP7 team was the first group of people to successfully unlock the Windows Phone 7 devices and they also released the tools last year for unlocking the devices,but later on they discontinued that path and joined  the official path to take  the Homebrew development with Microsoft.

Earlier this year they announced the Chevron WP7 labs program,which would allow developers to unlock their Windows Phone devices for a small fee of 9 USD which is very cheap as compared to the yearly official App Hub account which costs 99 $ for the developers.Today on their official blog they announced the availability of these Chevron WP 7 Labs services.

The ChevronWP7 Labs would allow hobbyist developers to install, run, and debug unsigned applications on their personal Windows Phone.For doing so one would have to log into the site with their Windows Live ID and would have to pay 9 $ fees per Windows Phone device.

Head over to The Chevron WP7 Labs site to unlock your Windows Phone Device.

AT&T Samsung Focus S and Flash Will Have Internet Sharing Support

Posted by Sagar | Posted in Software, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 04-11-2011


Samsung Focus S and Samsung Flash are two of the new second generation offerings from Samsung for the Windows Phone platform headed for AT &T.With the other manufacturers bringing some previously missing features from first generation Windows Phones like Internet Sharing on the second generation Windows Phones,now Samsung second gen Windows Phones would get them too.

According to recent reports by WPCentral AT&T  branded Samsung Focus S and Flash will get the Internet Sharing Support as spotted earlier by them on the AT &T’s support site for Samsung Focus S and Flash and would require a compatible data plan to do so.Though there are no specific explanation about what would be the compatible data plan as yet.

The AT&T Samsung Focus S and Flash  will be launched this sunday i.e 6th November,While the Focus S is priced at 199.99$ the Flash is priced at a stealer 49.99$ price (both devices with AT&T’s 2 years contract and a minimum 15 $ data plan).

Visit the following pages for more Information on Internet Sharing for Samsung Focus S and Flash

Microsoft Offering 25 $ app Prepaid Card for New Windows Phone Purchases

Posted by Sagar | Posted in Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 04-11-2011


Seems like Microsoft is taking every necessary step to make people aware of the new Windows Phones and its features through every possible way,as we saw earlier in a recent Windows Phone Advert featuring One Note Feature.

Now with the new Mango Powered Windows Phone up for sell,started from 2nd November all the new Windows Phone buyers  will get a free 25 $ prepaid app card to purchase apps from the Windows Phone Marketplace.This is indeed a good initiative for targeting the First Time Windows Phone platform user to make aware the first time users about the Marketplace and the applications available over the platform.

Currently Windows Phone has more than 35,ooo apps with more than 50 % of the apps available for Free and XBox Live Flagship With Many Quality Games for the platform.

Checkout the Windows Phone AppCard site For more Details.

New Windows Phone Ad Featuring One Note Synchronization

Posted by Sagar | Posted in Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 04-11-2011


Microsoft is spending a lot of money for marketing of the Windows Phones and while the second generation Windows Phones are ready for launch (already launched in some countries) worldwide they are banking upon the features of the phones.

And that is exactly what we see in the Adverts for Windows Phones,the latest one highlights the Windows Phone One Note synchronization.The video depicts the day to day use of the Windows Phone features like the The OneNote app for Windows Phone helps in grocery shopping and the phone’s synchronization with the PC on which the grocery list is being updated courtesy Skydrive.

Checkout the video in action:-

Video Source : Microsoft Youtube Channel

Lumia 800 Internet Sharing Update in the Works

Posted by Sagar | Posted in Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 03-11-2011


Nokia revealed its Lumia series of Windows Phones the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 a few days ago and when they detailed their hardware specifications for both the devices one of the issues raised by the enthusiasts was the missing Internet Sharing option in the phone which is now available in most of the second generation Windows Phones.

Image Credits Microsoft

But  as confirmed  earlier today by Winrumors  via a Nokia Spokesperson that they are already working on an update to bring Internet Sharing to the Lumia 800.

“Microsoft takes very seriously meeting (and exceeding) the requirements outlined by agencies such as the FCC in the USA. They felt it was really important to fully address the concerns raised by recent FCC regulations before enabling this feature and are optimistic they can deliver on these requirements though a software update and are working diligently on that now.”

Lumia 800 codenamed “Sea Ray” is expected to be launched in Europe on 16th of November,the phone features a 3.7″ super AMOLED screen,powered by 1.4Ghz processor,8 Megapixel camera and 16GB of memory.The phone is  preloaded with the Windows Phone Mango update.


ST Ericsson will Provide the Dual Core Chipsets For Nokia Windows Phones

Posted by Sagar | Posted in Hardware, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 02-11-2011


Nokia recently unveiled their first Windows Phones with the Lumia series,the Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800, but sadly though we didn’t see the dual core Windows Phones from them this time around but thats only a matter of time.

Nokia will be launching more devices in the 2012 calendar year and as reported earlier by mynokiablog ST Ericsson will provide the dual core chipsets exclusively to Nokia for their upcoming Dual core Windows Phone expected to be launched with the next major Windows Phone update codenamed “Apollo”. So with this we will see another chipset manufacturer along with Qualcomm in the Windows Phone business which was the leading chipset maker for the first generation Windows Phones with their snapdragon series.

The first 2 Nokia Windows Phones which are ready for the launch i.e the Lumia 800 and 710 are however on the Qualcomm chipsets.The Novathor  series  U8500 chipset is a dual core with support for 1080p recording with 20MP stills.So we are surely in for a high end hardware treat from Windows Phone platform which is currently missing a dual core category while the other platforms are pitching in with their ginormous hardware specifications.


New Windows Phone 7 Ad – What if?

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Videos, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 25-02-2011


Microsoft is known for its unique style of Advertising. They just released a new ad for their Windows Phone 7 OS titled – What if?

Have a look at it below:

First Windows Phone 7 Update Released – No Copy/Paste Yet

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 22-02-2011


We had reported earlier that the NoDo Update containing the Copy/Paste feature had been postponed to around mid – March. We’d previously believed the NoDo update to be the 1st ever WP7 update but that’s not true anymore.

Microsoft has just launched its first ever software update for Windows Phone 7.  This update is meant to pave the way for future, more feature rich updates. Microsoft is releasing this Update on a random basis so some of you might get this sooner than others and some may get it in the coming days.

Note that this update is not an Over the Air (OTA) update. You will have to connect your Windows Phone to your PC (Zune) or Mac (Windows Phone Connector) in order to get the update notification and update your Phone!

Check out what Microsoft has a to say about this update:

What’s in this update?

This first update for Windows Phone is designed to improve the software update process itself. So while it might not sound exciting, it’s still important because it’s paving the way for all future goodie-filled updates to your phone, such as copy and paste or improved Marketplace search.

In the future, I encourage you to check out our new update history page on the Windows Phone website for a brief, plain-English summary of what each update does or what features it adds to your phone.

When will I get this update?

We’ll begin sending it out today. But to help ensure the process goes smoothly, it won’t be sent to everyone at once. So you might see an update message before your spouse, co-worker, or neighbor (or vice versa). This is a common industry practice. That said, we understand you’re eager to have the latest software on your phone, and our goal is to deliver it to you as quickly as possible.

How do I update my phone?

You’ll need to connect your phone to your computer and update it using either the Zune software for your PC or the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac (depending on which kind of computer you have).

So just install one of these programs, connect your phone to your computer via the USB cable, and then follow the on-screen instructions. I also strongly encourage you to check out our step-by-step guide for updating your phone on the Windows Phone website.

One last important word: If you’ve installed the Zune software or the Windows Phone 7 Connector in the past, you might actually need to update that program first and then use it to update your phone.  If that’s the case, you’ll know. Just follow the on-screen instructions, restart the software, and then connect your phone.

Where can I get more help?

The Windows Phone website has several how-to and troubleshooting articles about phone updates. Here’s the complete list.


Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit updated with new Controls

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Development, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 19-02-2011


The Windows Phone SDK contains all the basic Controls for designing your Windows Phone 7 Applications. The latest update adds a few new Controls to its toolkit.

The February update for Silverlight Toolkit brings in 2 new features.

  • TiltEffect
  • ProgressBar

Check out the video for a demo of these new controls:

Earlier phone toolkit featured:

DatePicker & TimePicker

Download the latest Toolkit from : http://silverlight.codeplex.com/releases/view/60291