New Windows Phone 7 Ad – What if?

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

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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

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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.

[windowsteamblog.com]

Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit updated with new Controls

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

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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:

AutoCompleteBox
ContextMenu
DatePicker & TimePicker
Gestures
ListPicker
LongListSelector
ToggleSwitch
Transitions
WrapPanel

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

WP7 NoDo Update leaked, possible HD2 Port Coming Soon

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in HTC HD2, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 19-02-2011

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The NoDO update, which is the upcoming firmware update for Windows Phone 7 bringing in the much required Copy-Paste functionality has been reportedly leaked by a site called 911sniper.

This leak contains an unreleased NoDo update for the CDMA version of HTC 7 Pro! Its been confirmed by dumping the Firmware that this leak actually contains the Copy-Paste code and is infact the NoDo release!

While its impossible to make use of this ROM for any other Official WP7 device due to lack of a custom bootloader, there’s a very high possibility that the HD2 will get this working in a matter of weeks. Hopefully this is the case, as if you’re the owner of a slick WP7 handset, it’s a bit embarrassing not to be able to copy and paste your high score at http://pt.partypoker.com on a 2011 phone if you are a poker fanatic like me.

Right now the only people who can get this working on the HD2 is the DFT Team. Only they seem to have the proper reloc tools required to port this successfully.

If you are a Developer and need to tinker around with the ROM check out the following downloads:

Full NBH:
http://ce7.ondraster.cz/RUU_Gold_C_S…RELEASE.exe.7z

IMGFS:
raw IMGFS.bin http://ce7.ondraster.cz/IMGFS.bin.7z
Dumped IMGFS with built packages http://ce7.ondraster.cz/IMGFS.7z
Dumped IMGFS without built packages http://ce7.ondraster.cz/rawimgfs.7z

NK:
raw NK.bin http://ce7.ondraster.cz/NK.bin.7z
Dumped NK with built packages http://ce7.ondraster.cz/XIP.7z
Dumped NK without built packages http://ce7.ondraster.cz/rawnk.7z

[xda]

Angry Birds (3D?) for Windows Phone 7 Confirmed

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Software, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 16-02-2011

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Angry Birds, a game that took the mobile world by storm, is undoubtedly on the top of everyone’s favorite game list. Rovio has made Angry Birds available for almost all major platforms including PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android.

Due to some legal issues Rovio was skeptical to release Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7. The reason being Microsoft using the Angry Birds logo during WP7 launch without finalizing the agreements with Rovio.

But its now been confirmed that Rovio is indeed planning to launch Angry Birds on Windows Phone 7.

In an exclusive interview with pocket-lint.com, the devs at Rovio said that they’re working on it! The recent Nokia-Microsoft deal seems to have expedited Rovio to give WP7 a serious thought.

He further added that Angry Birds will be launched in 3D! Although he didn’t mention on which platform or device it’ll debut on, it still seems a pretty exciting idea!

While there’s still no official release date announced, its assuring to know that we’ll be able to shoot some pigs on our Windows Phones!

[pocket-lint.com]

Nokia Windows Phone 7 Conceptual Photos

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 12-02-2011

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At the recent Nokia-Microsoft deal it was said that the engineers from both parties have been working on this for quite a while now. This means that there should already be some conceptual photos by Nokia.

Engadget has got their hands on these photos. Have a look at how a Nokia WP7 would look like:

Windows Phone 7 *Mango* Update Rumored Features include IE9, Multitasking Support

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Rumors, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 11-02-2011

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Microsoft’s next update codenamed ‘NoDo’ is yet to be released but that doesn’t bother people from finding out whats next!

The next major Windows Phone 7 release has been codenamed Mango and which is said to be the 1st major upgrade that WP7 will receive.

The rumored updated featureset include:

  • IE Mobile 9 with full HTML 5 Support
  • Multitasking Support for 3rd Party Apps
  • Integration of Twitter directly into the People’s Hub (just like Facebook)

While the NoDo update is set for an early March release, the Mango update will take a while and is expected to get released around September.

Microsoft does seem slow in delivery updates as compared to other major players. Lets just hope that the recent Nokia-Microsoft alliance expedites the development process and leads to Microsoft releasing more frequent updates!

[ZDNet]

Nokia adopts Windows Phone 7 as their Primary Platform

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 11-02-2011

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Nokia, as we all know is a very well established brand in the mobile industry. It currently holds the highest market-share for mobiles worldwide.

In an unexpected turn of events, Nokia today Officially confirmed its strategic alliance with Microsoft regarding their Windows Phone platform.

Nokia will be adopting Windows Phone 7 as their primary platform for all its high end devices in future.

Some of the highlights of this new approach are:

  • Plans for a broad strategic partnership with Microsoft to build a new global mobile ecosystem; Windows Phone would serve as Nokia’s primary smartphone platform.
  • A renewed approach to capture volume and value growth to connect “the next billion” to the Internet in developing growth markets
  • Focused investments in next-generation disruptive technologies
  • A new leadership team and organizational structure with a clear focus on speed, results and accountability.
  • Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.
  • Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to
  • Bing’s next generation search capabilities.  Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services
    on Nokia’s line of devices and services.
  • Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services.   For example, Maps would be
  • Integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local
    search and advertising experience.
  • Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.
  • Nokia’s content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.

Symbian, the current operating system which Nokia uses on all its devices is set to become just a franchise platform now, leveraging previous investments to harvest additional value.

Check out the entire Press Release below :
Nokia outlines new strategy, introduces new leadership, operational structure
February 11, 2011

Windows Phone 7 NoDo Update will be launched on March 8?

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Rumors, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 10-02-2011

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There were some strong rumors going around that Windows Phone 7 will be launched on 7th Feb. But now its past that and there’s still no official word from Microsoft about the update.

Now according to some European carriers its been come to known that the NoDo update won’t be released until March. Microsoft is however expected to confirm officially the release date for the next update at the upcoming Mobile World Congress on 14th Feb.

If multiple sources are to be believed the new release date for the next update is rumored to be March 8th. Its been said that due to a last minute change, Microsoft needed to re-test the update pushing its release back by 2-3 weeks.

WPCentral has news that an Official Samsung spokesperson has confirmed the release to be around early March.

The question asked directly to Samsung was:

Q: When will the update for Windows 7 Phone?

Samsung A: Probably early March, we will confirm at the Mobile World Congress in mid-February.

All we can do now is that hope that the wait was worth it and Microsoft adds some exciting new features!

[neowin]

Weave – Probably the Best RSS Reader for WP7

Posted by Tanmay | Posted in Software, Windows Phone 7 | Posted on 09-02-2011

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There are a bunch of RSS Applications for Windows Phone 7 right now with SimpiRSS being my long time favorite; that is until I tried out Weave.

Weave offers almost all features you’d expect from a top class full featured RSS Reader. There’s Instapaper support too along with some nice UI transitions throughout the application.

Weave is a Must Have Application for any WP7 User. They recently launched a newer version 2.3 bringing in some new features.

The entire feature list is as follows:

  • 32 pre-loaded categories including world, financial, deals, fashion, videogames, technology, and sports news just to name a few!
  • Add new categories at any time
  • Over 180 pre-loaded, high-quality news sources including CNN, Wall Street Journal, ESPN, Engadget, USA Today, NY Times, IGN, Entertainment Weekly, and many more!
  • Feed search – you can search for new feeds by topic or website name
  • Easily manage your feeds and categories via the settings screen
  • Preview articles with a touch of a finger
  • View full articles at your leisure
  • Share articles with your friends, via email!
  • Post an article to your Facebook wall!
  • Tweet an article to your Twitter followers!
  • Send an article to Instapaper!
  • Loading indicator – now you can see when exactly Weave is pulling down new data!
  • Manual refresh button – users can refresh news for the current category they are viewing
  • Performance enhancements – in particular, the UI is more responsive while news is being updated.
  • Swipe-to-next-article: you can now swipe through articles when viewing an article summary

Application Description:

Weave comes preloaded with 33 categories of interest – from sports to technology, politics, world news, videogames, wine, comic books, art, celebrity gossip, movies, travel – just to name a few! For every category, we went and found the highest quality blog and news sources, the ones with the best content, the most interesting articles, and the best images.