Samsung Windows Phone 7 Demo; Reviews and Demos of 4G Phones

The big question is whether Microsoft will ever be able to catch up, given the popularity of the iPhone and the Android onslaught. This week we’ll look at the optimistic projection 30 million Windows Phone 7 devices will be sold in 2011. And I’ll point you to a demo of a forthcoming Samsung device running Windows Phone 7 and other related news. And We’ll also continue our look at the arrival of 4G data speeds for smartphones, including demos of the first phone that can take advantage of the new 4G network.

Sale of 30 Million Windows Phone 7 Devices Projected for 2011

According to MobileTechWorld, at a recent conference it was projected that 30 million Windows Phone 7 devices would be sold next year. Maybe. But what’s clear is that Microsoft is falling behind, and the new phones aren’t expected until December.

Meanwhile, Android is surging. Plus, the recently announced Google TV will run Android, as will some forthcoming iPad-like tablet computers. With Android quickly becoming the lingua franca of mobile gadgets, Microsoft has a real challenge — and apparently no plans for a Windows Phone 7 tablet.

The good news in all this is that Windows Phone 7, and the sneak peak offered by the Kin phones, appears to be a remarkable step forward.

Samsung’s Windows Phone 7

This device is an early prototype, and there’s little info available on it. Still, it’s encouraging to see a new device from a major manufacturer running the new Windows Phone 7 software.

You can read more on Engadget and see two videos by MobileTechWorld. The first is a demo video of the interface that gives you a good look at how Windows Phone 7 works — and it’s pretty snappy on this device. The second is a demo video of the Twin Blades game.

Also, WMExperts has posted a demo video of Ahead Project Manager for Windows Phone 7. It’s good to see that developers are intent on creating software for this new platform.

In addition, Engadget has posted a good summary of some highly detailed technical documents related to Windows Phone 7, offering such tidbits as 4GB maximum addressable RAM. If you want the nitty gritty, check this out.

Reviews and Demos of 4G Network Speeds

In last week’s column I gave a brief overview of the fourth-generation (4G) high-speed data networks being rolled out by the mobile carriers, giving you as much as 40 megabits per second (Mbps) on your smartphone.

T-Mobile is rolling out HSPA+, which is technically 3.5G. But because it can theoretically offer 21Mbps, T-Mobile is touting it as having “4G speeds.†But how fast is it really? You can read a helpful review on Yahoo in which the author tests a variety of devices to see actual download times. He gets speeds ranging from 2Mbps up to 15 Mbps. Bottom line: the reviewer is impressed.

The first phone with 4G is coming June 4 from Sprint, an Android phone that will take advantage of Sprint's new WiMax network. You can see a video demo of the Sprint EVO 4G on PocketNow. There’s also a post on pricing and plans.

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