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Sprint’s HTC Arrive to Feature Windows Phone 7 NoDo Update: Report

Microsoft’s first major Windows Phone 7 update will arrive preinstalled on the HTC Arrive from Sprint, according to a Phone Scoop report. The “NoDo” update includes cut-and-paste functionality, along with faster application loading.

According to that report, the HTC Arrive ships March 20. That would dovetail neatly with Microsoft’s current predictions that the update will push into the Windows Phone 7 ecosystem in the second half of March.

Sprint has confirmed with eWEEK that the HTC Arrive will feature cut-and-paste, speedier applications and games, and improved Marketplace search. “We’ve streamlined Marketplace search to make it easier to find specific apps, games or music,” read an official document forwarded by a Sprint spokesperson. “Press the Search button in the apps or games section of Marketplace, and you’ll see only apps or games in the results. Press Search in the music section of Marketplace to search just the music catalog.”

The launch of the HTC Arrive is a particularly auspicious one for Microsoft and its smartphone plans, as it is the first Windows Phone 7 device to appear on a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) carrier. Previously, Windows Phone 7 smartphones had appeared only on GSM-based networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile.

As with Windows Phone 7 devices on other carriers, the HTC Arrive follows Microsoft’s stringently enforced minimum hardware requirements, including a 5-megapixel camera and 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It features a 3.6-inch capacitive touch-screen display (with 800 by 480 resolution), 16GB of internal memory, and advertised talk time of up to 6 hours.

Sprint will make the HTC Arrive available March 20, for $199 with a two-year contract.

Microsoft had previously shifted the NoDo update from the first half of March to the latter two weeks of the month. “After careful consultation with the team and our many partners, we’ve decided to briefly hold the March update in order to ensure the update process meets our standards and that of our customers,” a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in a March 10 e-mail to eWEEK. “As a result, we will plan to begin delivering the update in the latter half of March.”

In February, Microsoft had introduced a Windows Phone 7 update designed to help with future updates. Within a day of that update’s rollout, however, a small number of users began complaining it stalled their smartphones.

As those complaints found their way onto online forums, Microsoft shifted into full damage-control mode, claiming in a corporate blog posting that only 10 percent of users’ smartphones had stalled because of the new software. Nonetheless, the company temporarily suspended the update for Samsung phones until it could work out the underlying issues.

In the wake of that snafu, Microsoft appeared more cautious about how it proceeded with the subsequent software update. Despite the minor delay to cut-and-paste, though, the company claims there will be no delay in later updates designed to bake multitasking, Twitter, and a new HTML5-friendly version of Internet Explorer Mobile onto the platform. Those updates are slated for the second half of the year.


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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in CDMA, HTC, NoDo, WP7


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Microsoft confirms delay of March Windows Phone 7 update

CEO Steve Ballmer had initially said the update would be hitting smartphones the first week of March.

Spokesman Eric Hautala, the leader of the team behind the updates, says that the update will now be headed to smartphones in the last week of March, but possibly a bit earlier.

For the February update, Microsoft acknowledged that up to 10 percent of customers had issues with the update, especially those with Samsung devices.

This time around, the company will “take some extra time to ensure the update process meets our standards, your standards, and the standards of our partners.”

The March update will add copy/paste, CDMA support, and Marketplace search.


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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in CDMA, Microsoft, Samsung, Smartphone


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Hands-on: HTC Arrive on Sprint with Windows Phone 7

The HTC Arrive was announced not-too-long ago but this is the first time that you’ll see the Windows Phone 7 smartphone not being tethered to a stand. Yeah, that’s just kind of how IntoMobile rolls.

The HTC Arrive is a Windows Phone 7 device that will debut on Sprint soon and it will be the first U.S. device that rocks the latest Microsoft smartphone operating system on a CDMA network. It comes on a CDMA network because this device features the NoDo update, which includes the copy and paste feature and support for CDMA networks, like Sprint.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the HTC Arrive, as the big, roomy keyboard with a full number key is quite easy to type on and it’s remarkably light for having a full, horizontal-sliding keyboard. It’s still going to be bigger and heavier than a full touch device like the LG Optimus Black but it’s a good size for a full tilt-out device.

Speaking of the tilt-out feature, the screen on the HTC Arrive does slide out and then tilt up, much like the old Tilt phones of yore. It’s a nice, spring-loaded feeling but I’m not quite sure it’s excellent for you hardware fanatics because it can lead to a gross gap between the keyboard segment and the screen segment if you’re silly like me and try to push it up on the opposite side. Yes, that probably won’t be a major issue in day-to-day usage but you never know what happens when the handset is in your pocket or bag.

The keyboard on the HTC Arrive with Windows Phone 7 feels nice and it is quite roomy. The typer in me loves the full dedicated number row and the buttons have a solid amount of feedback and tactility.

The HTC Arrive is powered by Windows Phone 7 and you know what we think about the platform. This will also include the company’s specified hub, which includes fancy weather updates and more.


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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in CDMA, HTC, LG, NoDo, Windows 7 Phone


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