Windows phone users rejoice! After some of the announcements Microsoft made as it detailed the update it has planned for it’s mobile platform, there’s great reason to do so. Microsoft’s development platform will be in developers hands sometime in May, free of charge of course. This gives them ample time to use the platform, get creative and create something engaging before the update hits subscribers handsets. Read the rest of this entry »
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If you’re a Windows Phone 7 user, you might have been grumpy about the lack of copy and paste on your phone. Or you might not have been. I wasn’t, but then I rarely use copy and paste on a mobile handset, so the grumbling largely passed me by. Read the rest of this entry »
While the video initially shows the HTC HD2 running the NoDo update on the smartphone, towards the end (sometime after 2:45) of it there’s a short glimpse of what sources call as an early developer build of the Mango update. Read the rest of this entry »
Microsoft has begun to notify users of HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 handsets that the first two WP7 updates are now available for download. 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.
Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer launches Windows Phone 7 in October 2010. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Windows Phone 7 owners in the UK will have to wait until next week to update their handsets with Microsoft’s “NoDo” (no doughnuts) software version which adds cut and paste and other features. Read the rest of this entry »
After months of delays, silence, and shattered customer relations, Microsoft on Tuesday began rolling out its first software update for Windows Phone 7. However, it’s releasing the update over time, in batches, and most users still haven’t been offered the chance to upgrade. Many will need to wait for weeks. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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.