Daily Archives: March 22, 2011

HTC’s HD7 / HD3 Windows Phone 7 smartphone gets an FCC tear down

The HTC HD7 hit the FCC way back in October of 2010.  Today, internal and external photos of the device were finally released, giving us a good look at the device’s innards.

As you can see above, the HTC HD7 was originally going to be called the HD3 since it is the successor to HTC’s HD2 Windows Mobile device.  However, HTC changed the device’s name to HD7 to be consistent with Windows Phone 7 branding.

The HD7 features a 4.3” 480 x 800 WVGA display, a 1GHz processor, between 8 and 16GB of microSD card storage, 512MB of ROM, a 5MP camera with support for 720p video recording, Bluetooth, WiFi and support for GSM 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 bands, as well as WCMDA bands 900 and 2100.

HTC’s internal photos of the device give us a good look at its Qualcomm SnapDragon processor, Qualcomm Power Management chip and 16GB SanDisk internal storage.  We also spotted what appears to be Samsung SDRAM and a Broadcom WiFi transceiver.  Check out the full gallery, below:


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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in HTC, Smartphone


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A Quick Look at IE9 for Windows Phone 7

In the Mango update for Windows Phone 7, due sometime later this year, Microsoft will be rolling out a new version of the web browser in addition to some other major changes like the inclusion of fast app switching, and Twitter integration in the People hub.


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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in IE9, WP7


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Samsung Windows Phones get a Kobo eBook reader

For those of you with Samsung Windows Phones, it looks like they’ve made their own eBook reader (via Kobo) for your device.

First impressions? Very nicely done by Sammy, but we have question its usefulness with the ubiquity of Amazon’s Kindle/Marketplace. With Kobo, you’ll have to create a userID if you don’t have one and login under an Adobe account as well (ugh).However, if you’re already a Kobo user, you’ll love this app. If you’re not, you’ll admire it but pass.

Unfortunately it’s not listed (yet) under the ‘Samsung Zone’ but you can get their by clicking here on your phone or just by doing the “find more SAMSUNG…” trick.


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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Samsung, Windows Phone


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Rumour: Nokia to get exclusive Windows Phone features in 2012

Via the Australian, we hear that Nokia’s second generation of Windows Phone 7 handsets, to be shown off at Mobile World Congress 2012 next year, will have exclusive features other OEMs do not have access to.
They write their version of the OS will include “several new software upgrades, exclusive functions for Nokia phones and software that will not be available for other manufacturers who licence the OS” , attributing the information to an un-named European source.

If true, the impact of this would largely depend on the features involved.  At present there is in fact a significant variation in features between Windows Phone 7 OEMs, with HTC for example being the only one with the “attentive phone” features, while LG is the only OEM with the very desirable DLNA component.

One can imagine Nokia wanting to maintain feature parity with their existing Symbian handsets by including for example HDMI out, which of course would be a relatively desirable feature but not one that involves fragmentation of the core experience between different OEMs.


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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Mobile, Nokia, Windows Phone


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Windows Phone 7 multitasking now due in 2012?

It’s no secret that Microsoft is planning a series of updates in improve Windows Phone 7 – that is, after all, what all major mobile operating systems tend to do.

The first, NoDo, last rumoured to be rolling out from tomorrow, is the one that many are keenly waiting for, especially as it adds copy-and-paste functionality to the new platform and a host of performance enchancements.

However, those eagerly awaiting the ability to multitask are in for a disappointment, as sources speaking to WindowsITPro suggest that this feature (rumoured to be in an update entitled ‘Mango’) won’t be arriving on WP7 devices until early 2012.

In other WP7 update news, Microsoft now claims via the Official Windows Phone 7 blog to have fixed the issue that was causing the ‘February update’ to mess up on Samsung Omnia 7 handsets, and it is now rolling out this version to handsets around the world.


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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in Microsoft, Windows Phone 7, WP7


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