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Tuesday, 21.12.10
STATEMENT: Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 sales off to a promising start
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:39 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft's very own News Center has recently interviewed Achim Berg, Microsoft's Vice President of Business and Marketing for Windows Phones. And while Microsoft was initially somewhat shy to release some sales figures, Berg has finally spilled the beans how well Windows Phone 7 is doing - or not. Berg arrived in his role this past summer and has spent time getting to know the team, his partners and the opportunities Microsoft has to re-establish itself in mobile. He made the move just as Microsoft was rolling out Windows Phone 7, which launched in Europe and the Asia Pacific region on October 21 and in the United States and Canada on November 8.

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UPDATE: Microsoft releases Facebook for Windows Phone 1.1 - Adds Places and Photo Tagging
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:57 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 comes with Facebook support preinstalled, it's part of the Peoples hub, for sure there's also a Facebook Mobile app available which has way more features. The Peoples hub integration is great to quickly check latest Facebook updates or to update the own status; however Facebook Mobile for Windows Phone 7 allows to also review upcoming events, manage the Inbox, upload photos, publish notes, accept friend requests and look at friends' photos, walls and info. Now, following the recent Facebook Mobile update for Android, also Windows Phone 7 received an updates which finally adds support of Facebook Places and allows to tag photos.

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Friday, 17.12.10
UNVEILED: HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 ready to head to Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:15 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When HTC unveiled its Windows Phone 7 smartphone portfolio, HTC also announced the upcoming launch of the HTC 7 Pro, a landscape QWERTY-keyboard slider smartphone. However, at that time, HTC only mentioned an upcoming North American CDMA version. Nevertheless, later HTC continued with further information that the HTC 7 Pro might also be released as a GSM/UMTS version and indeed, as it looks now, the HTC 7 Pro is ready to be launched in Europe any time early next year. The HTC 7 Pro is powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA (2 Mbps) at 900/2100 MHz.

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UPDATE: Xbox Live Extras with with more supported Countries and new Features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Xbox Live gamers here which also play on their Windows Phone 7 devices? If so, you might like to hear that holidays are coming a little bit earlier to you with a recent update of Xbox Live Extras for Windows Phone 7. Xbox Live Extras brings the Xbox Live experience on Windows Phone 7 to the next level by allowing to customize 3D avatars, track achievements and connecting with Xbox Live friends. It allows to see who's online and what friends are doing with the ability to receive messages from anyone in the Xbox Live community. Furthermore it allows to discover all the great games friends love to play and compare achievements with them.

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MULTIMEDIA: HTC releases YouTube Client for HTC Windows Phone 7 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft has released its own YouTube client for Windows Phone 7, this client leaves mixed feelings. While videos are nicely integrated into the Music & Videos hub for playback, the client itself isn't anything more than just a link to the mobile version of YouTube. However, now HTC has picked-up this topic and has recently launched its very own YouTube Mobile client for Windows Phone 7. It allows to browse, search and watch videos within the client, get related video recommendations, as well as it allows to share video links via E-Mail.

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Wednesday, 15.12.10
RUMOR: Microsoft's first major Windows Phone 7 Update expected for Summer 2011
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:50 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to a recent report by ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley, Microsoft's first "major" Windows Phone 7 update - code-named "Mango" is expected to hit Windows Phones any time late summer next year; namely August or September 2011. Following the previous rumors of two upcoming minor updates, which are expected for January and/or February, Mango will precede Windows Phone 8 (according to Foley - codenamed "Apollo") which is slated for late 2012. According to Foley's source, the Mango update is a kind of Windows Phone 7.5 important and even states, that it may even be named that when it debuts.

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UPDATE: HTC updates HTC Hub - Brings Weather Live Tiles to Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

When Windows Phone 7 was launched, it was no surprise that HTC added a couple of app-goodies to its range of Windows Phone 7 devices and the center of all HTC apps is an application called HTC Hub. However, HTC hasn't put too much work into the HTC Hub front-end and the joy came when it was opened, showing customers the weather for the current and predefined location. Now HTC has released an HTC Hub update which brings the joy of weather live tiles to the Windows Phone 7 Start screen. The new HTC live tile shows the weather for either the current or a predefined location as well as it gives a weather outlook and shows (useless) thumbnails for some featured applications.

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Tuesday, 14.12.10
MULTIMEDIA: Paramount Digital Entertainment to release Silverlight enhanced Movies for Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:35 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Paramount Digital Entertainment announced today that it will be releasing ten enhanced movie apps of Paramount Pictures' films exclusively for Windows Phone 7. The movie apps have been built using Microsoft Silverlight technology and offer the full movie plus menus, bonus features and unique experiences not available on other platforms to deliver a rich connected consumer experience to Windows Phone 7. Other features in the enhanced movie apps include the ability to create custom clips, view the movie with pop-up trivia powered by "Scene It?" and a movie info feature offering users the ability to identify actors, objects, music, and places in the movie, providing rich, contextual information.

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Monday, 13.12.10
UTILITY: Appa Mundi Tasks adds the missing Tasks functionality to Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:02 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Sure, unlike Windows Mobile before, which was the perfect mobile companion for business users, Microsoft is yet not advertising Windows Phone 7 as a business phone but focuses on consumers. And therefore, Windows Phone 7 lacks an Outlook compatible Tasks application which allows users to manage their personal and business related tasks straight from the phone. However, Appa Mundi hast just released Appa Mundi Tasks which goes even further by allowing to synchronize Windows Phone 7 tasks with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 or later. Furthermore, this advanced task manager allows to filter and sort tasks by status, priority, subject, start or due date.

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HOMEBREWED: Samsung Network Profile Utility unlocks Samsung Windows Phone 7 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While most (if not all) Windows Phone 7 smartphones can be bought SIM-free and without any carrier locks, some Windows Phone 7 devices feature a kind of network-lock which is even kind of supported by Microsoft. As a matter of fact, Microsoft has simplified the Windows Phone 7 settings way too much and users are totally unable to configure the MMS settings. If a network configuration isn't supported by the manufacturer, there's no official way for users to change it. However, now there was a homebrewed utility released which allows Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Focus customers to change the network settings - according to the used SIM card.

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RUMOR: Microsoft to release a second Windows Phone 7 update in February?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

According to a recent report by WinRumors, Microsoft is already working on a second Windows Phone 7 update which is expected to follow the January Windows Phone 7 update anytime February. While Microsoft has yet not confirmed any release dates, it's expected that the company will launch its first Windows Phone 7 update, which will most likely featuring copy & paste, anytime January. However, according to WinRumors, Microsoft is already working on a follow-up update and has chosen the upcoming Mobile World Congress to unveil it. If it's really released in February and announced during the Mobile World Congress, it might be a much more important update than the January update.

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Wednesday, 08.12.10
HOMESICKNESS: Windows Phone 7 calls Home and asks for Certificate Permission
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday evening, some wrong information made the round where it was said that Microsoft has remotely locked Windows Phone 7 smartphones which were previously unlocked with ChevronWP7. However, as a matter of fact, Microsoft hasn't sent any OTA kill-bits to the affected Windows Phone 7 devices but the Windows Phone 7 devices itself have automatically asked Microsoft if they were supposed to be unlocked. The ChevronWP7 developer team has explained in a blog post that Microsoft told them before "that after a short amount of time - approximately two weeks - phones unlocked via ChevronWP7 would revert back to their original locked state".

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Tuesday, 07.12.10
LIMITATION: Windows Phone 7 to support 15 Push Notifications only?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:19 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Fellow Pocket PC enthusiasts might remember the 32 processes limitation of Windows Mobile, where the underlying Windows CE kernel wasn't able to handle more than 32 simultaneous processes? Well, even if Windows Phone 7 is much newer and completely redesigned, it seems it comes with a similar limitation but this time it's not about background processes but notification limits. According to a blog post by Kevin Marshall, Windows Phone 7 can only have a total of 15 apps registered for push notifications. If a user installs 15 apps that use push notifications and a 16th app is installed, the user will get a "InvalidOperationException(Channel quota exceeded)" error message.

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Monday, 06.12.10
UTILITY: Tom XAP Installer allows easy homebrewed Windows Phone 7 Apps installation
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Following yesterday's news about the first homebrewed Google Maps Mobile client for Windows Phone 7, a smart developer streamlined the process of side-loading aka installing homebrewed .xap files (which are basically a kind of Windows Phone 7's .cab files). While the Tom XAP Installer also requires Microsoft's .Net 4.0 Framework and the Windows Phone 7 SDK (which are both available free of charge from Microsoft), users don't have to use Application Deployment anymore (which is part of the Windows Phone 7 SDK) but can easily double-click an .xap file to get it installed on an unlocked (this workaround is still necessary even if the ChevronWP7 project was canceled) Windows Phone 7 smartphone.

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Sunday, 05.12.10
HOMEBREWED: TA Maps brings Google Maps Mobile to Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Google is yet not giving Windows Phone 7 too much love except is release of very basic Google Search application, today there's no other Google app or service available for Windows Phone 7. And while Windows Phone 7 comes with Microsoft's Bing Maps preinstalled, you might want to use Google Maps on Windows Phone 7 instead? Well, TechAutos came up yesterday with a first but yet very basic Google Maps Mobile version for Windows Phone 7! As the developers mention, it's meant as a temporary solution until Google releases its official app and it's still missing lots of important features like POI search, favorites, etc., but some users might find it useful even in its current shape.

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Friday, 03.12.10
UPDATE: Beezz to be Windows Phone 7's first Twitter Client with Notifications?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Twitter's official Windows Phone 7 client lacks notifications about received direct messages or mentions, Beezz - an emerging Twitter client which is available from the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for a couple of weeks now - is expected to become the first Twitter app to support push notifications. In its next update, Beezz is expected to support Live Tiles as well as toast notifications for direct messages and mentions. While Twitter itself has also announced to support sooner or later push notifications (without mentioning Live Tiles or toast notifications so we can only guess what Twitter is planning), the missing notifications of Twitter (as well as Facebook) is a major drawback for Windows Phone 7.

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Thursday, 02.12.10
APPROVAL: GCF approves the HTC PC92100 aka HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) has recently approved a new HTC smartphone. The so called "PC92100" is a quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA smartphone, supporting 3G at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore it seems that - according to an earlier Wi-Fi Alliance approval - that the PC92100 is featuring WiFi b/g/n. Nevertheless, as always, neither the GCF nor the Wi-Fi Alliance are giving any further information about the used operating system and therefore it's unknown if the PC92100 is either a Windows Phone or Android smartphone (or something totally different). However, the used WCDMA bands make it a smartphone for Europe and Asia only.

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