Contents tagged with Windowss Phone 7 Series

  • Samsung to launch Windows Phone 8 handsets

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 28 2012, 10:56 PM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

    Matt Brum, head of product management at Samsung, said that the company would be working with Microsoft to bring WP8 products to the market at the end of the year: "We're very much still focusing on Windows, and still have products in that area. We're committed to delivering their products going forward."

    More phones on the way

    "There will be more products, and the key thing for us is making sure we hit the right price points and segments for our customers. "[Windows Phone 8] is coming at the end of the year, and will increase the capability of the platform, and Samsung is looking to optimise its devices on that.

    Brum also pointed out that Samsung is looking to tell a slightly different 'story' from its rivals when it comes to integrating Microsoft products, hinting strongly at a Windows 8 tablet too.

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  • Windows Phone at Mobile World Congress 2012

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 28 2012, 10:45 PM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

    We’ve also just announced that we’re bringing Windows Phone to new markets and affordable new phones by expanding hardware support and regional availability. Our engineering team did the work to optimize how Windows Phone runs on lower-cost hardware, bringing the high-end smartphone experience to more affordable devices, while still running nearly all of the applications available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Windows Phone 7.5 now enables our partners to deliver phones using a lower cost processor (the Qualcomm 7x27a “system on a chip”) and reduced memory (256MB on-board memory)—while still delivering the buttery-smooth Windows Phone experience.

    Not all platforms can make this claim about lower-cost models. People who have opted for other low-cost or “free” smartphones have found out the hard way that some of those smartphones won’t run all their apps or do everything they want. On Android, it’s not a given that your lower-cost phone can do what the phone in the commercial can. With Windows Phone, we’ve done the engineering so that nearly all of the current apps will just work on these new phones. Those apps that do need more power are flagged in the Marketplace so if you have one of these new phones with less memory you won’t unknowingly download an app that won’t run well.

    Nokia Lumia 610_group

    Taking advantage of the expanded hardware support, the new Nokia Lumia 610 (above) is Nokia’s fourth and most affordable Lumia smartphone. ZTE has also unveiled their second Windows Phone, the ZTE Orbit (below), which will be available in the second quarter of 2012.

    ZTE Orbit 1_cropped

    In terms of reaching new countries, we now have new language support for Malay and Indonesian, and technology to support network requirements in China. We recently brought Windows Phone Marketplace to five new countries: Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and Philippines. In the coming month we’ll be adding 23 more markets—more on that and things we’re doing to make it easier for developers to build and test apps for these new lower-cost phones from Joe on the developer blog.

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  • Rumor: Windows Phone Tango coming to China in March

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 21 2012, 1:14 AM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

    The Chinese language web site WPDang.com reports that the Windows Phone devices for that country will come with the upcoming "Tango" software update. It adds that Nokia, HTC, LG and ZTE will be among the companies that will introduce Tango-based devices to China. The story throws in what it claims is a picture showing off the Chinese Windows Phone Tango update running on a Nokia device.

    Microsoft previously announced plans to bring Windows Phone Marketplace to China in the near future and has even allows app developers to submit apps for the China version of the download store ahead of its Chinese debut.

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  • Where’s Mango? An update on timing

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 22 2011, 1:18 AM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

    For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress. As a result, we now expect to start rolling it out in the next week or two. At that time, we’ll also refresh the Where’s My Phone Update? table to reflect the worldwide rollout status.

    This also seems like a good time to caution against installing unofficial or leaked copies of Windows Phone software.

    During the official Windows Phone 7.5 update process, every Windows Phone will also receive software from the handset manufacturer. This matched and paired firmware has been painstakingly tuned so your phone—and apps—work with all the new features of Windows Phone 7.5. Since your phone requires the proper firmware to function as designed, my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg updates and homebrew tools.

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  • Nokia Developers: learn Windows Phone even faster

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 22 2011, 1:17 AM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

    It’s my great pleasure to announce today a comprehensive package to leverage your development skills while learning to build applications for Windows Phone. The Microsoft & Nokia agreement has been described at length over the past few months and, like Matt Bencke highlighted, one of our goals has been to make it easy for Nokia Symbian developers to learn Windows Phone.

    So, folks from Microsoft and Nokia worked together to build a great package to help you get started. This helpful package contains the following tools and documentation to help you along the path to learning Windows Phone development:

    These complement the similar iOS/Android guidance & mapping work we released a couple months ago.

    The “Windows Phone Guide for Symbian Qt Application Developers” white paper is about 100 pages organized in 8 chapters.

    • clip_image002Chapter 1: Introducing Windows Phone Platform to Symbian^3 Qt Application Developers
    • Chapter 2: Windows Phone Application Design Guidelines
    • Chapter 3: Windows Phone Developer and Designer Tools
    • Chapter 4: C# programming
    • Chapter 5: Introducing Windows Phone Application Life Cycle
    • Chapter 6: Porting Applications to Windows Phone
    • Chapter 7: Windows Phone Example Applications
    • Chapter 8: Using the API Mapping Tool

    The white paper is available in different formats (HTML, DOCX & PDF). Feel free to leave comments, suggestions, and/or corrections on the online version.

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  • Introducing the “We’re In” app from Bing

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 19 2011, 9:07 AM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

    Today we're happy to announce the release of the "We're In" app for Windows Phone.

    We’re In makes organizing get- together’s, carpooling and trying to find people in a crowd a breeze. Any time you want to see where your friends are—We're In can help you. It's simple, invite your friends, and when they join, they'll see your location and you'll see theirs. When the invite expires, so does the shared location – no complicated process to worry about.

    We’re In is a great way to save time and frustration when planning your roadtrip or meeting your friend at the mall – helping you connect with your friend faster. Let’s take a closer look at the new We’re In product features and how they work.

    We’ve made We’re In super simple to use – all you need is your phone number to sign up. Simply invite your friends (via your contacts) to start sharing location info with each other including who, why, and how long:

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    Pick your friends from the contact list or enter their phone number, tell them what the plan is. At this point you can choose how long you want to share location info.

    Your friends receive a text message with these details. They can use the app to join you or, for friends that don't have a Windows Phone, they can join from the mobile website via the invite.

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  • Say Hello to Flickr for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7!

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 3 2011, 6:52 AM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

    Back in January, we let you know about some exciting mobile developments we had in store for you, and some of you may have already caught a sneak peak of the newest member of our family here at Flickr. Today, we’re excited to officially introduce Flickr for Windows 7® and Flickr for Windows Phone 7®!

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    With these two new apps, you’ll have everything you expect from Flickr (and more!) right on your Windows 7® and Windows Phone 7® devices. Here are some of the features we’re most excited about:

    Check out our microsite for a quick demo of the apps and download them today!

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  • More answers about our first software update

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 24 2011, 11:54 PM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

    It’s been roughly 48 hours since we hit the send button on our first Windows Phone software update. The rooms around me are buzzing with folks monitoring the rollout, sifting carefully through incoming phone health data (from customers who provide it) and pouring over the anecdotal update reports you’ve been posting around the web.

    You’ve said loud and clear that you want to be kept in the loop. So here’s what we’ve learned so far.

    Contrary to some of the gloomy headlines out there, our preliminary internal data paint a very different picture about update progress:

    • 90 percent of people who’ve received an update notification have installed the new software patch successfully. (So when your turn to download it arrives, chances are good this will be a non-event.)
    • Of the 10 percent who did experience a problem, nearly half failed for two basic reasons—a bad Internet connection or insufficient computer storage space. Luckily, both are easy to fix.

    Has the update process gone perfectly? No—but few large-scale software updates ever do, and the engineering team here was prepared. Of course, when it’s your phone that’s having a problem—or you’re the one waiting—it’s still aggravating. That’s why we’re committed to learning from our first update and improving the process. We know we have work to do, and we won’t be satisfied until you are.

    As the teams here continue to monitor the ongoing update, I’ll report back if there are any other noteworthy developments. Meanwhile, let me address a few other questions I’ve been seeing, here and elsewhere.

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  • Introducing the February 2011 Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 18 2011, 9:11 PM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

    Today we pushed the button on the February 2011 release of the Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit. We’ve added a few new controls that previously app developers had to pick up separately while working on polishing their apps, including the tilt effect and performance progress bar. VB samples, too!
  • The tilt effect in use on the main page
  • The LongListSelector, which has received a number of improvements and bug fixes
  • The performance progress bar, including a quick demonstration where the blue progress bar (the PerformanceProgressBar in the toolkit) competes against the red standard ProgressBar with the user interface thread blocked. Also, the blue performance progress bar automatically fades out, yielding a smooth UX polish for your apps.
  • The tilt effect page, where you see a button, checkbox, and hyperlinkbutton being touched, responding with the tilt effect underneath.
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  • Microsoft Shows New Features and Future Direction for Windows Phone 7

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 14 2011, 11:47 PM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

    Microsoft today kicked off Mobile World Congress by giving people a glimpse of what the rest of the year will bring for Windows Phone 7. Among the updates are several new features, a booming app marketplace, and the integration of even more Microsoft products with the phone.

    Microsoft announced several new Windows Phone 7 features coming in 2011, including a “dramatically enhanced” browser experience based on Internet Explorer 9; additional multitasking capabilities; support for Microsoft Office documents in the cloud; and the addition of Twitter to the People Hub. The expanded capabilities announced today include:

    Copy and paste functionality via first major update, coming in the next month

    Twitter integration directly into the People Hub in 2011

    Support for Office documents in the cloud in 2011

    Dramatically enhanced Web browser experience based on IE9 in 2011

    A new wave of multitasking applications in 2011

    Targeting significant volume of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012

    Full Press release here

  • Details on the Windows Phone 7 architecture leaked

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 20 2010, 12:35 AM. Posted in Windowss Phone 7 Series.

    Additional details on the underlying architecture of Windows phone 7 hit the internet today, courtesy of a leaked document that fell into the hands of tweakers.net. Many of the hardware requirements are already known, but there are quite a few other tidbits which shed some light on the inner workings of Microsoft’s latest smartphone OS. Just keep in mind when you’re reading this that all of the information is tentative and may change once Windows Phone 7 is officially released later this year.

    Windows Phone 7 is a 32-bit OS with a dual layer architecture comprised of a kernel layer and a user layer. Application processes are given up to 1GB of virtual memory with a total of 2GB of memory allocated to processes. 2GB is given to the kernel. Microsoft will supply the 2D graphics and DirectX 10-based Direct3D 11 runtimes while OEMs, not Microsoft, will develop and distribute the drivers for both the 2D and 3D graphics. Support for Bluetooth 2.1 is included, but apparently support for 3.0 and 4.0 is not. Presumably future updates will be able to provide support to further updates to the standard.

    windows-phone-7-chassis windows-phone-7-kernel memory

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