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Wednesday, 14.12.11
UNVEILED: Nokia Lumia 710 comes to T-Mobile U.S. - Press Shots arrive ahead of Press Release [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

While neither T-Mobile nor Nokia have announced anything official yet, Nokia has already uploaded its Nokia Lumia 710 T-Mobile edition press shots to the server and it's expected that the announcement will be made later today. Not being anything different from the world wide edition, Nokia announced back in October, it seems T-Mobile's Lumia 710 will come in two colors, white and black/white, sporting a T-Mobile logo on the front and featuring some preinstalled software like ESPN, The Weather Channel as well as Nokia Drive, Nokia's very navigation software for Windows Phone. Furthermore the press shots show 4G which means the Lumia 710 works nice with T-Mobile's HSPA+ 3.5G network.

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UTILITY: Nokia releases Network Setup for Windows Phone - keeps it hidden from the Marketplace
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:13 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As easy to use and to configure Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is, it has one major drawback: It doesn't allow to customize or change some network related settings. While it's possible to change the Internet APN and SMSC, it's not possible to change the MMS settings from the user accessible settings. This is a design limitation and requires an extra application from the device manufacturer in question. Companies like HTC and Samsung have these apps available today but so far it seemed Nokia hadn't had anything similar available for its Lumia 800 users. At least searches on the Marketplace haven't shown up anything. But as a matter of fact, Nokia has such an application which is called "Network Setup".

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CLOUD: Microsoft releases stand-alone SkyDrive apps for Windows Phone and iOS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:54 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Microsoft SkyDrive, the personal cloud for documents, notes, photos and videos, is already part of Windows Phone 7 and the inbuilt Picture and Office hubs. It allows to move files into the SkyDrive cloud that they're available from any web browser anywhere in the world. However, this integration isn't on a surface-level because SkyDrive is deeply integrated into the apps, along with core phone functions. Therefore, Microsoft has released a stand-alone SkyDrive app for Windows Phone 7.5 now which allows to do even more remotely. It allows to to see all folders and files (of all types) and helps to facilitate sharing and file management even better.

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Tuesday, 13.12.11
REORGANIZATION: Steve Ballmer announces Windows Phone executive changes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:53 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Steve Ballmer himself, CEO of Microsoft, has yesterday sent an E-Mail to all Microsoft employees where he announced executive changes, immediately affecting the Windows Phone division. According to the E-Mail which Microsoft published, Ballmer claims that Microsoft is "driving toward the end of the year with a lot of momentum and buzz, especially in the consumer arena. (... and ...) Windows Phone 7.5 continues to win reviews, and the Nokia Lumia series has grabbed a ton of attention in Europe, creating anticipation for availability in other geographies next year." As Ballmer said he looked at where Microsoft is, what it has done, what it must do in the year ahead and therefore he decided to make two leadership changes to ensure Microsoft continues to build on its momentum:

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VULNERABILITY: Windows Phone 7.5 messaging attack reboots Phones and disables Messaging Hub
Posted by Arne Hess - at 08:45 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

As reported by WinRumors, Microsoft's range of Windows Phones suffer from a denial-of-service attack bug that allows attackers to reboot the device and disable the messaging functionality on a device. According to the article, it's enough to send a simple and prepared SMS text message which forces Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones to reboot and kills the Messaging Hub functionality after which means it will not open despite repeat attempts. WinRumors has tested the attack on a range of Windows Phone devices, including HTC's Titan and Samsung's Focus Flash. Some devices were running the the latest 7740 version of Windows Phone 7.5, others were on Mango RTM 7720 builds.

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Wednesday, 07.12.11
FIX: Nokia releases first of two promised battery fixes for the Nokia Lumia 800 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:59 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Nokia Germany just informed via Facebook, that it has started to roll-out the first of expected two firmware updates for its Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone 7.5. According to Nokia, the firmware update contains performance and usability enhancements as well as the promised charging improvements. The update is now rolled-out to the first customers but it can take up to two weeks until it has reached all Lumia 800 users. Nokia confirmed late November, that some Lumia 800 have battery problems and said that the two patches are on the way to fix the problems. The second update is expected for early January and is said to introduce further enhancements to battery life and battery charging.

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Tuesday, 06.12.11
AVAILABLE: Acer announces German launch of its Acer Allegro Windows Phone 7.5
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:27 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

Acer today announced the launch of its first Windows Phone in Germany, the Acer Allegro. Recently launched in Acer's home-market Taiwan, the entry-level Allegro runs Windows Phone 7.5/Mango and is powered by a single-core Qualcomm MSM 8255 CPU at 1 GHz. The European version supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dualband UMTS/HSDPA+ (14.4 Mbps)/HSUPA (5.75 Mbps) at 900/2100 MHz as well as WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and aGPS. The device comes with the Windows Phone typical ambient light, proximity and accelerometer sensors as well as with an FM radio. The capacitive WVGA TFT-LCD touchscreen measures 3.6" while the autofocus camera supports 5 megapixel and allows HD video recordings at 720p.

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Thursday, 01.12.11
STATISTIC: Less than 2/3 of participating Windows Phones are upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:44 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News

That's an interesting statistic. While it's far away from being anything representative, the Windows Phone app "i'm a WP7" app unveils that only 57 % + 1 % of all the participating devices are upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 aka Mango. As of today, "i'm a WP7" has 156,168 registered users so the results can't be anything representative but nevertheless, it clearly shows that there's a difference between the update availability and executed and installed apps. At least, the participating users are able to download and install apps from Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace and therefore they aren't total mobile noobs but were even able to create Windows Live IDs.

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