If for some reason your smartphone of choice is the HTC HD2, you’ll probably be very happy that RunDroid has been created. Sure, the HD2 has some very capable and high-end hardware under the hood, but on the other hand, it runs Windows Mobile 6.5. Not even Windows Phone 7, but its ancient predecessor. Read the rest of this entry »
Monthly Archives: March 2011
I’m back in the office after a brief hiatus between March 22 and March 27. Here is what happened while I was gone:
Firefox 4. Mozilla released the new version of its free Web browser, Firefox 4 last week. It came a week after Microsoft released the competing browser Internet Explorer 9. Read the rest of this entry »
St.George bank, owned by Westpac, has launched an “Australian-first app” feature “Mobile Banking Lite” letting customers “conveniently check their account balance and transaction history” – but why is it only “Lite” and not the full mobile banking deal? Read the rest of this entry »
Microsoft announced the launch of “Yalla Apps”, a regional Windows Phone 7 developer portal that will serve as an accelerator for the creation, Read the rest of this entry »
If you have a Windows 7 Phone and get lost, here’s a compass app for you. HTC created the HTC Compass for the HTC Arrive that arrived earlier list month. HTC Compass is in the Windows Marketplace and uses Bing maps to generate walking directions. Read the rest of this entry »
Nokia has claimed that it will continue to sell and support Symbian based smartphones and feature phones long after it launches its Windows Phone based smartphone. Read the rest of this entry »
Microsoft will roll out a highly anticipated update to its Windows Phone 7 operating system in stages to ensure there’s no repeat of the chaos that surrounded a previous update, the company’s mobile chief said.
“We’re going to throttle it so it goes to a limited number of phones first so we can make sure the update is working really well and people have a smooth experience” said Joe Belfiore, vice president for Microsoft’s Windows Phone program, in a video posted over the weekend to the company’s MSDN developers site.
“The phase we’re in right now is the early part of that throttling,” said Belfiore.
Belfiore was referring to the so-called NoDo update, which adds copy & paste and a number of other new features to Windows Phone 7-based devices. The previous update, which, ironically, was designed to make future upgrades go smoothly, proved finicky for many users—and was particularly troublesome on Windows Phone 7 smartphones made by original equipment manufacturer Samsung.
“We hadn’t anticipated the way the OEMs would be configured,” Belfiore conceded.
That’s why Microsoft is taking care to ensure NoDo is fully tested on all devices and carrier networks before it is released broadly—and why many Windows Phone 7 users could be in for an indeterminate wait for the update.
“You’ll see the update depending on whether you’re one of the randomly throttled people and depending on your mobile operator and where they are at in their testing phase,” said Belfiore.
Microsoft recently posted a table that roughly shows which phase the update process is in for various Windows Phone 7 models on the different carrier networks. According to the table, NoDo has completed testing on phones that run on the T-Mobile network—the Dell Venue Pro and the HTC HD7—and delivery is now being scheduled.
Testing is ongoing for AT&T’s Windows Phone 7 devices—the HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus. Sprint’s entry in the Windows Phone 7 market, the HTC Arrive, went on sale last week and comes with NoDo preinstalled.
The most notable improvement that NoDo will bring to Windows Phone 7 is copy & paste. With the update installed, users will be able to copy and paste text between Office documents, e-mails, text messages, and other sources. Users can copy text from one document and paste it to another by tapping words and dragging an arrow icon to the desired destination.
NoDo, according to Microsoft, also makes apps and games start up and resume faster, improves Marketplace search, and cleans up the Wi-Fi connection interface. The software maker also said NoDo delivers enhanced Facebook integration, more stable camera and video settings, and a better Bluetooth experience when playing music or videos.
Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 7 late last year with an eye to delivering a touch-based smartphone platform that could compete with Apple’s iPhone and devices powered by Google Android.
The OS features Microsoft’s Live Tiles interface, which pushes real-time updates from e-mails, social networks, and other communications tools to the forefront of the home screen. It also boasts direct integration with Microsoft products such as Office, Zune, and Xbox Live.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced a deal with Nokia, under which the Finnish phone maker will use Windows Phone 7 as the default OS for its smartphone lineup, starting next year.