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Thursday, 24.03.11
TRANSPARENCY: Microsoft launches ''Where's my Phone Update'' Info Page
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 NoDo update is on its way to a smartphone near you, one question remains: When will it hit your new device to provide you the latest and greatest improvements like copy & paste, Marketplace search update and faster apps launch and resuming? Well, until yesterday we had to rely on information from the carriers and thankfully some of them responded. However, most other carriers left their customers in the dust but now, Microsoft followed up and published a "Where's my Phone Update" page for the U.S. and Rest of the World update schedules. According to both pages, all carriers are still testing or scheduling the NoDo update - only open market handset are mentioned to receive the update already.

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Wednesday, 23.03.11
UPDATE: Foursquare updates Windows Phone 7 client - still lacks support of its latest features
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Hot on the heels of this week's 4th & Mayor launch, also Foursquare finally updated its very own Windows Phone 7 client to v1.5. And while the company isn't providing a change-log or any further information, it seems confirmed that Foursquare's latest client is finally supporting check-ins into locations with non-ASCII texts, like umlauts or special characters. However, still not supported are shouts or check-in comments with umlauts or other non-ASCII characters which is somewhat bad for everyone living in/visiting non-English countries. Other Foursquare features like commenting on check-ins, upload photos to places or tips as well as Foursquare's latest "explorer" feature are also still not supported.

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UPDATE: Microsoft has started to roll-out the Windows Phone 7 NoDo update [UPDATE 2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:51 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Yesterday I wrote about what's new in NoDo and right after Microsoft has started to roll-out its first major Windows Phone 7 firmware update (see our previous hands-on of the major improvements here). Well, sometimes it takes a little but longer, NoDo was initially expected to be rolled-out in February and after in early March, but now it's finally and somewhat officially on its way to a Windows Phone 7 near you. While Microsoft hasn't made a formal announcement, several sources at Microsoft confirmed me that it's rolling-out as well as ZDNet's always well informed Mary-Jo Foley got the same information. According to sources, the roll-out is hitting European open market devices first with carrier versions to follow after.

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Tuesday, 22.03.11
CHANGELOG: What else is new in Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 NoDo update?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:10 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Okay, it's well known that Microsoft's upcoming NoDo update for Windows Phone 7 will feature copy & paste, an improved Marketplace search and faster apps switching and resuming (see our hands-on videoview here). However, other than that, Microsoft was pretty shy about the other under the hood improvements. Now, the Windows Phone team has updated its Windows Phone update history page, providing further information about what users can expect from Windows Phone 7's March 2011 NoDo update or as Microsoft calls it -Windows Phone 7 OS version: 7.0.7390.0:

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Monday, 21.03.11
MULTIMEDIA: SuperTube for Windows Phone 7 allows YouTube HD Streaming and Download
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Windows Phone 7 is able to stream YouTube videos, it requires a separate download from the Windows Phone Marketplace anyway to enable this multimedia feature; and the YouTube Mobile video quality and user experience is everything than good because it seems Microsoft's YouTube application is able to stream standard definition (SD) videos only. However, yesterday there was a new YouTube player launched called "SuperTube". SuperTube allows to browse through high definition (HD at 720p at 360p) and standard videos as well as downloading all videos to the phone's local storage, including resuming interrupted downloads.

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ENLARGED: AT&T to launch the HTC HD7S Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:56 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Not a groundbreaking new Windows Phone 7 device but simply following T-Mobile USA's earlier launch of the HTC HD7, AT&T and HTC today announced that the HTC HD7S smartphone will be available as part of the AT&T family of smartphones in the coming weeks. Featuring the same specs as the original HTC HD7, the slim and sleek HTC HD7S comes with a large 4.3" Super LCD WVGA touchscreen, high-definition video capture and a focus on gaming that realizes the power of Xbox LIVE - bringing gameplay to life. With the HTC HD7S, HTC is bringing its second Windows Phone 7 device to AT&T which means AT&T will soon have 4 Windows Phone 7 smartphones on sale!

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Saturday, 19.03.11
HACK: Registry Hack in Windows Phone 7 boosts Application switching [with Video]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:40 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 7 NoDo update will bring application start and resume improvements (see our videoview here) as well as Microsoft confirmed that it will bring fast application switching with Mango, Windows Phone 7's next major upgrade, windows phone hacker has found and interesting way to improve pre-NoDo and pre-Mango's application instant resuming with a simple registry hack. According to windows phone hacker, this hack disables the "resuming" phase when returning to a previously opened application and therefore it allows to jump back straight to where the application was left. In a more technical aspect, this evidently disables the dehydration function of the task host.

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Friday, 18.03.11
CONFIRMED: Nokia is already working on first Windows Phone 7 Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Steven Elop, Nokia's new CEO told Reuters on Friday, that the company's work on the first Windows Phone 7-based smartphones has already begun. Following Microsoft's and Nokia's partnership agreement last month, Nokia is "having people (already) work(ing) on the first Windows Phone devices from Nokia", so Elop. However, Elop also confirmed Reuters, that Nokia has also considered to partner with Google, using the Android operating system, but decided it would be too difficult to differentiate its smartphones from a multitude of other Android devices made by the likes of Samsung or HTC.

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Wednesday, 16.03.11
ALTERNATIVE: 4th & Mayor 3rd Party Foursquare Client for Windows Phone 7 [with Video] [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:12 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While Foursquare's Windows Phone 7 client was available right with the launch of Windows Phone 7 last year, Foursquare hasn't updated its app in any way to either fix some of the nasty bugs (for instance umlauts or other special characters are still not supported which means users can't check-in to locations which contains it) or support some of the latest Foursquare features (including photo uploads from locations or commenting on check-ins). However, thankfully there are some smart developers out there and Jeff Wilcox, a Senior Software Development Engineer at Microsoft, is currently working on a new feature-rich Foursquare client for Windows Phone 7 which is called 4th & Mayor.

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Thursday, 10.03.11
POSTPONED: Microsoft shifts Windows Phone 7 NoDo Update to 2nd Half of March
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:18 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Back in January, during the CES, Microsoft said that it plans to release its first Windows Phone 7 update within the upcoming weeks and Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, became even more concrete when he said, during his Mobile World Congress keynote, that NoDo will be released early March. In preparation for the NoDo update, late February Microsoft has pushed a pre-NoDo update which, as it turned out later, caused some problems on certain Samsung devices while other users around the globe have yet not received the pre-NoDo update. Nevertheless, Microsoft (un)officially rowed back now and has announced via its French Windows Phone 7 blog, that NoDo is now postponed to end of March.

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