Category Archives: Windows Phone

Nokia Windows Phones detailed: X7-based W7, 12MP N8 variant, more

Nokia’s Windows Phone ambitions have been prematurely previewed, with rumored details of four handsets supposedly in development being leaked. The company has apparently bypassed the so-called “chassis 1″ format – the tightly spec-constrained handsets we’ve seen so-far – and, according to Mobile-review, dived straight into developing “chassis 2″ prototypes which will allow Nokia greater flexibility in the design and components it can use. The initial four designs reportedly consist of X7 and N8 variants running Windows Phone, along with a QWERTY touchscreen candybar device similar to the E6 and a “cheap” all-touch device for the entry-level price point.

The Windows Phone X7 – which Mobile-review calls the Nokia W7, though it’s unclear if that name will stick – supposedly has a WVGA display and Qualcomm QSD8250 chipset. The chassis is the same, angular casing as we played with last week, with an 8-megapixel camera paired with autofocus and a flash. The screen is not reportedly AMOLED, though that could change, and Nokia apparently intends to push the W7 out to the market first: as early as fall 2011, if the company can get its act together.

As for the N8 variant, that will apparently carry over the Symbian handset’s imaging capabilities with a 12-megapixel camera or similar. It will also be targeting the high-end market, with a dual-core Qualcomm CPU and Adreno 320 GPU, and a final design that will apparently look relatively different from the N8. It’s expected to drop in late Q1 or early Q2 2012, and is still for the most part in very early developmental stages.

The final two devices will probably be based on existing Symbian prototype hardware. The QWERTY handset will supposedly come with a Nokia-developed enterprise-focused service of some sort, though details are still scant, while the “cheap” phone is tipped to be based on the W7 design but with cheaper materials, an EDOF full-focus camera and an early 2011 release date.

In fact, these are just four of a total of 12 Windows Phone handsets Nokia is tipped to be working on for 2012. Among the second wave will reportedly be a new flagship, along with another high-end camera phone. Interestingly, the Finns are also supposedly continuing their Android evaluation, with everything supposedly depending on Windows Phone sales in the first half of next year.

AT&T ups early upgrade fee by $50 on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone

If your 2-year contract with AT&T isn’t up, but you have been eyeing a new smartphone you should have purchased a few weeks ago. AT&T has confirmed to BGR that it has increased its upgrade fees for shorter 1-year contracts and for early upgrades. The new upgrade fee is $50 more on several popular smartphone categories.

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The new $50 upgrade increase is applied to the Android phone, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, as well as all Windows Phones. If you are looking for a new smartphone on a 1-year contract that will set you back $150 more than before. I guess AT&T doesn’t want that many folks trying to upgrade early.

AT&T points out that only early upgrade customers will be affected by the price increase. The discounted prices for people eligible for upgrades remain the same for now. I would assume this means that when the iPhone 5 does come out it will cost folks that are generally offered an early upgrade to the new iPhone from an existing model more loot. Perhaps the move is in preparation for the iPhone 5.

Prediction: Windows Phone 7 to be Number 2 Mobile OS by 2015

Yes, that’s right. According to a new IDC forecast for the smartphone market, Windows Phone 7, now the number 5 mobile OS and holding only a 5% marketshare, will shoot up to the number 2 spot just three years from now. The number one spot, according to the forecast, will be kept by Android. Forgive us if we’re a bit skeptical.

In such a fast growing and rapidly changing market, three years is an eternity. So it is very tough to put much credence in a long term prediction for the smartphone market, which is predicted to grow by 49% this year alone. The prediction is based, in part, on the fact that iOS has plateaued recently. But it is due for a facelift, likely coming soon. And Nokia’s WP7 devices aren’t even due out until 2012, so it is hard to say what the reaction to them will be. And there is also RIM and HP’s WebOS to reckon with.

According to the report: “Up until the launch of Windows Phone 7 last year, Microsoft has steadily lost market share while other operating systems have brought forth new and appealing experiences,” said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC’s Mobile Devices Technology and Trends team, “The new alliance brings together Nokia’s hardware capabilities and Windows Phone’s differentiated platform. We expect the first devices to launch in 2012. By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android.”

If the prediction is correct, it will probably be because enterprise widely decides to embrace WP7. And it will also depend on the type of handsets the OS is available on, and how the ongoing relationship with Nokia and Microsoft develops. We will be sure to keep you up to date on new developments, and if WP7 does rocket to the top, SlashGear will be here to report on it.

[via ZDNet]

Microsoft Windows 8 Tablet Demo Possibly In June

There are rumors that Microsoft could have its first offering of Windows 8 operating system by the end of June, which is Microsoft’s fiscal year end. The design is specifically for tablets and the new interface is rumored to take hints from Apple and parts of the Metro interface found in Windows Phone 7.

 

Many believe that Microsoft Windows 8 will have its first beta by September, but the company usually has at least one or more extra beta releases followed with at least one more candidate release. Microsoft is known for a three-year release schedule it adheres to for new OS and could have Windows 8 on tablets by the end of 2012, which would put it three years after Windows 7 shipped.

Microsoft has had a hard time cracking the tablet market with Windows and is far behind the leaders iOS and Android. The HP Slate was supposed to help Windows break into the market with a splash but its delay ultimately lead it to more niche sales. We will see if Windows 8 will help Microsoft gain ground in the booming tablet market.

[via Business Insider]

 

OS7: Windows Phone 7 Theme for iPhone, iPod touch with Live Tiles

Wyndwarrior has developed a new Windows Phone 7 theme ‘OS7′ for jailbroken iPhone and iPod Touch device that brings customizable start menu and live tiles on the springboard and runs independently from winterboard. You do not require to pre-install Iconoclasm, Infiniboard, SpringJumps, WinterBoard. No complex setup is required; it is just a simple plug-and-play theme. Catch up the theme in action:

How to install Windows Phone 7 Theme OS7 into iPhone, iPod touch

Step 1: Install Backboard from Cydia.
Step 2: Make sure you have created a “Default” backup, if not, press the add button in Backboard and give it a name.
Step 3: Go on your device and click on this link: backboard
Step 4: Press “Yes” and wait for it to download. This may take a few minutes depending on your internet connection.
Step 5: Select OS7 from Backboard. Press Install. Respring.

 

Geohot to Jailbreak Windows Phone 7

Geohot has just updated his simple blog mentioning that he will start his way to jailbreak Windows Phone 7, he may want to make Microsoft mad. I think this kind of jailbreak will be more simple than the one on Apple’s iOS devices.

perhaps a more appropriate way to deal with jailbreakers
I’m going out to buy a Windows 7 phone

As usual, it’s expected that Geohot will add a singificant progress and transformation on the Windows Phone 7 jailbreak scene. By this step we can say that Geohot is the first hacker who beats three giants like Apple, Sony and Microsoft. Stay tuned.

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