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Reviews of the AT&T HD7S are appearing, and PocketNow reports that there are some differences between it and the similar model from T-Mobile. This week we'll note new information about the Music & Video hub in the forthcoming Windows Phone 7.1, as well as some special offers from Amazon on Windows Phones.
Last week Microsoft held a major press conference in New York City during which they previewed the next version of their Windows Phone software. They are calling it version 7.1, contrary to the earlier rumor that it would be labeled Windows Phone 7.5. This week I'll point you to the press conference video and other videos, as well as news and information about the 500 new features it will offer.
Press Conference Introduces Windows Phone 7.1
After much anticipation, the Verizon Trophy and HTC HD7S are finally going to be released, with online orders of the Verizon device beginning May 26. This week I'll also note other phone-related news, such as Sprint's HTC Arrive selling for a penny, as well as movies available from Paramount that come as apps.
Verizon Trophy, HTC HD7S
Many details of the forthcoming Windows Phone 7.5 came to light this past week, with an official preview apparently slated for May 24. This week we'll outline these new features, which include voice dictation, turn-by-turn navigation with voice guidance, Bing Audio, Bing Video, Bing Image Search, Windows Live Messenger, Facebook Chat, and more.
Microsoft hasn't ever said how many Windows Phones have been sold, other than saying how many had been shipped to carriers and retailers. Now some estimates are appearing, and the numbers aren't that good. Still, AT&T reports being satisfied with sales. This week we'll also note the appearance online of photos of the Verizon HTC Trophy, which could be available this week.
We've weathered a lot of false rumors regarding the arrival of a Windows Phone Verizon, but now it looks like it's really going to happen. Soon. This week I'll also point you to some handy Windows Phone 7 tips from the developers themselves. And we'll look at the latest steps Nokia has taken in pursuit of their Windows Phone offerings.
Microsoft finally began rolling out the latest update for AT&T Windows Phones last week that included new and undocumented features. It also reduced the upload speeds on the Samsung focus, with various blogs posting a fix. And this week I'll again point you to PocketNow's latest app roundup.
At a conference for developers last week, Microsoft began revealing details of the major update to Windows Phone 7 code-named Mango, which is expected later this year. This week we'll look at some of these details, as well as the news that Skype is coming to Windows Phone.
Reports last week made it clear that Microsoft is seriously in the game and that the future will likely be a troika of Android, Windows Phone, and iOS, with Windows Phone passing the iPhone by 2015. This week Iâ€™ll point you to these reports, alert you to Microsoftâ€™s warning regarding the â€œhomebrew update,â€ and also to problems with an HTC update.
Quite a lot of Windows Phone 7 users now have the copy & paste update, but the rollout is still plodding along, and some people are still having problems. This week weâ€™ll look at the latest news on that as well as demo videos of the copy-and-paste function and the speed boost. Weâ€™ll also note rumors of an April 15 launch for the Verizon HTC Trophy, and some new software releases.
One of the biggest complaints about Windows Mobile was the lack of timely updates, and the first update for Windows Phone isnâ€™t encouraging. This week weâ€™ll cover the latest news on that, look briefly at the upcoming AT&T HD7S, and note some more reviews of the Sprint Arrive.
Sprintâ€™s HTC Arrive went on sale Sunday, and quite a few reviews have already appeared. In addition to pointing you to the reviews, this week weâ€™ll note Wireflyâ€™s $49.99 price for this device and touch on a range of useful apps for Windows Phone 7.
The blogs are reporting that Verizonâ€™s Windows Phone will launch March 24, and reviews of Sprintâ€™s HTC Arrive, which will launch March 20, are starting to appear. Also, Microsoft says the anticipated software update is coming later this month. This week weâ€™ll also note a milestone of 10,000 apps, as well as point to news reports that Microsoft is paying Nokia $1 billion as part of their recent partnership.
After suspending the rollout of the Windows Phone 7 update because of problems it was causing, Microsoft began rolling it out again last week. This week Iâ€™ll update you on that as well as point to some hardware tidbits related to the Verizon HTC Trophy, LG Quantum on sale for a penny, and the latest rumors on the Nokia phones.
Microsoft last week began rolling out the first update to Windows Phone, and it was a bit of a disaster, causing problems on some 10% of the phones â€” rendering some inoperable. Also, this week weâ€™ll note the imminent arrival of phones from Verizon and Sprint, Iâ€™ll point you to more reviews of top apps, and weâ€™ll rejoice in the coming of Angry Birds and other top games to Windows Phone.
The Nokia/Microsoft partnership really stirred things up last week, with Nokiaâ€™s stock plummeting on the announcement, and CEO Elop being forced to justify the move. This week weâ€™ll cover some of the fallout from the deal and note briefly some video demos of a forthcoming version of Windows Phone 7. Iâ€™ll also point you to some great freeware.
What a lot of news out lately, with the announcement of the partnership between Microsoft and Nokia, and Steve Ballmerâ€™s keynote at Mobile World Congress Monday laying out the roadmap for Windows Phone 7 in 2011. This week weâ€™ll cover this news as well as note the first leaked images of a Nokia/Microsoft concept phone.
There were lots of interesting reports and rumors the past couple weeks, including a rumor that Microsoft will partner with Nokia and that Windows Phone 7 will replace Nokiaâ€™s Symbian software. This week weâ€™ll take a look at sales of Windows Phone 7, note the latest on the data hog issue, look ahead to the features of the upcoming update, and point to a free app from Microsoft.
Good news: the expected update to Windows Phone 7 will improve the speed. Also, I want to point you to pictures of the Windows Phone coming from Sprint, as well as information on a data usage bug, and tips on how to monitor your usage.
According to news reports, Windows Phones will by coming from Verizon and Sprint at the end of June, with photos and videos of the forthcoming devices starting to appear online. This week weâ€™ll also look at Microsoftâ€™s planned updates for Windows Phone 7, and the recent release of a Kindle app and Xbox Live apps.