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Jil Sander Unveils Designer Windows Phone Mango Smartphone

Fashion designer Jil Sander has dished out a Windows Phone 7 smartphone, becoming yet another fashion house to offer mobile phones as fashion accessories.

According to The Telegraph, the device, which has been made by mobile phone maker LG, comes with the latest Windows Phone 7 Mango offering.

The device is sleek and elegant and is available for €300, a lot more affordable than the devices released by other fashion houses like Vertu, Dolce and Gabana and watch maker Tag Heuer.

The mobile “is a proposition of unique design, fusing the brand aesthetic values of modernity, purity and understated luxury with the latest technological innovations”, the designer claims.

The Jil Sander Mobile measures 4.8 by 2.4 inches and is quite slim with 0.4 inch thickness. The device comes with a 3.8 inch touchscreen and runs on a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor. The smartphone comes with 16GB of storage and a 5MP camera capable of shooting high definition video.

This is also probably the first fashion inspired device that comes packed with functionality that is expected in a regular smartphone. It comes with support for DLNA media streaming technology, Bluetooth, USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi support.


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Posted by on October 11, 2011 in Mango, Smartphone, Windows Phone


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Android Already As Profitable for Microsoft as Windows Phone 7

Microsoft makes almost as much money licensing patents to HTC, Samsung and other companies as it does selling Windows Phone 7 devices.

Yes, you read that right, Microsoft makes almost as much from Android sales as they do through sales of their own Windows Phone devices. That’s more than Google makes from the Android, which the company gives away to manufacturers. It is worth noting that Android users generate ad revenue for Google, which could add up to $1.3 billion in 2012.

Goldman Sachs estimates Microsoft will make $444 million annually from Android patent settlements for the current fiscal year. This is just slightly less than the estimated $600 million that Microsoft makes annually from the Windows Phone business.

Goldman Sachs pegs Microsoft’s earnings per Android sold at $3 to $6 per device. For comparison, Microsoft is estimated to take in about $15 per Windows Phone 7 device sold by HTC. This comes from settlements with Samsung and from a settlement with HTC made earlier this year, and match up with those from a Citi analyst earlier this year. Estimates suggest that over this same period, Google will earn about $10 per Android users in the form of ad revenue.

As Business Insider points out, this $444 million is a drop in the bucket, when you compare it to the estimated $75 billion in revenue for the same fiscal year. Unfortunately for Microsoft, patent settlements aren’t adding to the bottom line, and they aren’t slowing down Android either.

Nielsen’s analysis of smartphone purchases in the last 3 months showed that Android took 56% of the purchases, iPhone had 28% and RIM had 9%. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 didn’t even make the list, aside from being lumped into 6% of other smartphone purchases.

Despite dire beginnings, Windows Phone 7 has a chance at coming back in 2012. Windows Phone 7.5, better known as Windows Phone Mango, has been released and will being many improvements to the Windows Phone devices. If we can get a helping of high end Windows Phone 7 devices with 4G LTE in early 2012, Microsoft might be able to get out of this slump.


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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Android, Google, IDC, Microsoft, Samsung, Windows Phone


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Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) to Support Micro HDMI

One of the key missing elements in the initial Windows Phone 7 release was HDMI support.  The platform was perfectly capable of supporting video recording with minimum requirements; however, it did not provide an easy way to share that content with a nearby HDTV device.  However, that is changing with the Acer M310.

The new device will feature both the new Windows Phone OS – code named Mango – complete with accompanying micro HDMI output (a feature that can also be found on several Android handsets).  According to reports, the upcoming HTC Eternity, another Windows Phone device, will also come with the micro HDMI port, as well as DLNA wireless sharing.

According to a blog by Windows Phone NZ, the Acer M310 was shown in prototype at their recent Tech Ed conference.

“It looks like a good basic handset overall with a black shiny look and bevelled edges.  This handset has something we haven’t seen on Windows Phone handsets before – video output to HDMI.  It also includes DLNA support to play over Wi-Fi to a network connected TV, Xbox, or other DLNA supported device.  Other features on the Acer M310 look similar to many existing Windows Phone 7 handsets – such as 8GB storage capacity.”

The blog goes on to say that production for the new device is nearing finality, which means we should have more information, including possible release dates and locations, soon.  As for other Windows Phone 7.5 devices, they’ll have the capability, so it will be up to the handset manufacturers to provide the output.


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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Mango, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7


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Nokia to Bring Windows Phone 7 Devices to China Mobile

Nokia plans on launching Windows Phone 7 handsets through China’s largest mobile phone carrier as the handset maker tries to fend off competition from Android devices and Apple’s iPhone.

The smartphones would operate on China Mobile’s 3G network using the TD-SCDMA standard, said Nokia executive vice president Colin Giles during a speech in Beijing on Friday. China Mobile has more than 600 million users or about two-third of the country’s total mobile phone subscriber base.

Giles, however, did not give a specific launch date, and only said the phones would be introduced some time in the future.

Nokia reigns as the top selling handset manufacturer in China. But the company has struggled to maintained that position as sales for Android devices and Apple’s iPhone grow, according to analysts.

Nokia’s financial report for the second quarter indicated this downward trend as its mobile device shipments for China sank to 11.3 million, a 53 percent decline from the previous quarter. In the report, Nokia said competition and pricing tactics from rivals drove down shipments for the company’s smartphones. Distributors and carriers also purchased fewer devices due to already higher inventory levels for Nokia products.

Globally, Nokia saw smartphone sales fall 32 percent in this past quarter. But the company hopes to reverse those fortunes once it begins launching smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has said he’s confident the devices will first ship later this year and then in higher numbers in 2012.

Nokia’s move to launch smartphones through China Mobile will allow the company to tap a vast user base, said C.K. Lu, an analyst with research firm Gartner. But the devices may not appeal to most customers given their estimated high price.

“Nokia’s strategy is to use Windows Phone to position its smartphones as higher-end devices,” Lu said. “But if you want the mass market, you have to drive down the price.”

He noted Android handsets have already reached the low-end market and cost 1,000 yuan (US$157) to buy an Android device. A user would then need to buy the SIM card separately along with a service package. In comparison, Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 devices will probably cost at around $300, according to Lu.

“I think this Windows Phone 7 will help them, but I don’t think it will have a big effect,” he added.

For the first quarter of 2011, Nokia had a 22 percent share of China’s smartphone market, according to Beijing-based research firm Analysys International. Samsung had a 18.1 percent share, while Motorola grabbed a 12.9 percent share.


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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Apple, iPhone, Nokia, Windows Phone


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Microsoft’s Windows Phone revenue: $613 million, at the very most

Buried deep within Microsoft’s annual report Thursday to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is this little gem: In the company’s 2011 fiscal year, revenue for the Xbox 360 platform was $8.103 billion.

That’s not what’s noteworthy. What’s noteworthy is if you subtract that number from overall revenue to the Entertainment and Devices Division – $8.716 billion – you get a rough figure for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile.

That number – which also includes revenue from Zune, Mediaroom, Surface and hardware – was a mere $613 million last year.

(Note: These figures were not calculated using generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. Instead, they use Microsoft accounting principles, or MAP. They are an apples-to-apples comparison.)

Microsoft released its new smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 7, overseas in October 2010 and in North America in November. For nearly half of the fiscal year, which started July 1, 2010, phone-related revenue to the Entertainment and Devices Division came from the old Windows Mobile platform.

Microsoft continues to remain mum about Windows Phone 7 license sales; the software giant declined to provide mobile revenue or sales numbers after reporting solid earnings Thursday. The last official Windows Phone figures to come out of Redmond were in December 2010, when Microsoft said 1.5 million devices running Windows Phone 7 had been shipped — not necessarily sold — to retailers.

In May, an analyst called Windows Phone 7 sales “catastrophic.” In June, ratings firm Nielsen said Windows Phone had a 1 percent sliver of the U.S. market share between March and May. And last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Windows Phone’s market share has “gone from very small to very small.”

That’s despite good overall consumer satisfaction with the product. On Monday, analysis firm ChangeWave Research said 57 percent of Windows Phone 7 users are “very satisfied” with their phones. Android got a rating of 50 percent while the iPhone, often seen as the best smartphone, had a rating of 70 percent.

In January, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ballmer said most people he talked to liked Windows Phone 7 – once they played around with it. A lack of visibility at wireless-provider stores could be contributing to lackluster sales.

“People need to see it,” Ballmer said then. “We think people need to see the phone, then they fall in love with it.”

In February, Microsoft and Nokia announced a pact to make Windows Phone 7 the primary operating system on future Nokia smartphones. The fruits of that partnership are expected to hit shelves this fall, and will run the updated “Mango” version of Windows Phone that was released to manufacturers this week.

Many analysts expect the deal to jump-start Windows Phone sales. In June, analysis firm IDC said “the smartphone floodgates are open wide,” especially for Windows Phone 7. “Assuming that Nokia’s transition to Windows Phone goes smoothly, the OS is expected to defend a No. 2 rank and more than 20 percent share in 2015,” IDC said.

But Nokia’s disastrous earnings last week raised some eyebrows.

“In a fast changing market, Nokia is losing ground very rapidly,” Bernstein analyst Pierre Ferragu said, as reported by All Things Digital. “The company lost significant market share again in the second quarter, 7pts in smartphones and 6pts in basic phones. The collaboration with Microsoft now appears to us unlikely to be successful, as Nokia’s brand is losing ground too fast.

“(Google) Android has been clearly identified by management as being the major driver behind the current negative trend of Nokia, especially in Europe. The operating system grabbed 36 percent market share last quarter vs. 11 percent a year ago and we are concerned that against such momentum, no third ecosystem will have a chance to emerge.”

It is difficult to compare Microsoft’s Windows Phone revenue to that of its main competitors, Apple and Google.

Apple reported iPhone revenue of $13.3 billion in the most recent quarter alone. However, unlike Microsoft, Apple sells its own hardware – and includes revenue from wireless carrier agreements and iPhone accessories.

Google doesn’t break out Android revenue. The mobile OS is free for phone manufacturers to adopt, and Google gets most of its Android revenue through advertising. In Google’s most recent quarterly earnings report, the word “Android” appears just three times.

Nevertheless, the most revenue Microsoft could have possibly gotten from its mobile operating systems was $613 million in fiscal 2011. Abysmal.

Remove revenue from Zune sales, Zune subscriptions, Mediaroom licenses, Surface sales and hardware (mice, keyboards, etc.), and the number is even worse. And considering that for just under half of fiscal 2011, when Microsoft was still selling only Windows Mobile licenses, revenue to Windows Phone 7 was even worse than that.

Microsoft declined to comment for this report.


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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Microsoft, Windows Phone, WP7


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7 Hottest Features In Windows Phone 7 Mango

Paul McDougall 07/28/2011 Microsoft this week shipped its Windows Phone “Mango” update to phone makers–adding key features to the smartphone OS that Microsoft is pitting against Apple iPhone and Google Android. Check out this visual tour of seven significant new functions.

Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 to considerable hype in October 2010. Initial reaction was mostly lukewarm. Pundits praised the unique, “Live Tiles” interface that pushes real-time feeds from social networks and other services directly to the startup screen. But beyond that, there was a consensus that the platform offered little else new compared to rival offerings-and it was significantly lacking in some crucial areas–most notably multitasking. That may partly explain why, by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s own admission, Windows Phone 7 has struggled. “In a year, we’ve gone from very small to … very small” in market share, Ballmer said at the company’s recent Worldwide Partner conference in Los Angeles. Microsoft hopes to change that with the Mango update. Mango adds the long-awaited multitasking. It lets users move freely between applications and pick up and resume where they left off without having to restart the app. For instance, a user playing a game that’s interrupted by a phone call could take the call, then switch back to the game at the point where he left off. A new addition to the interface lets users check app states and select those that are currently running. Windows Phone needs multitasking just to keep up with Android and Apple’s iOS, both of which have already implemented the feature.


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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Android, Apple, iPhone, Windows Phone


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Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 Apps Will Work On Rival Devices

Nokia’s very first Windows Phone Mango device leaked recently, dubbed the “Sea Ray.” The slick handset will be getting some custom apps developed by Nokia, but it’s been reported that those apps won’t be exclusive to the Finnish handset maker. Senior vice president of Developer and Marketplace at Nokia, Marco Argenti, revealed these plans during an interview in London.

Pocket-Lint met with Argenti, who discussed Nokia’s plans to develop several dedicated apps for Windows Phone 7 that will also be available to rival manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung, and LG. This is an interesting move because most handset makers try to create dedicated apps exclusive to their devices to differentiate their products from the competition.

“Every Nokia App will be available on every phone,” said Argenti, although he later acknowledged that some apps will be exclusive to Nokia users for a limited time.

However, the main area that Nokia will be exclusive on is in mapping. Argenti did not go into details, but it does appear that Nokia will be integrating many of the features that users are familiar with in its Ovi Map service. There will be an emphasis on discovery and 3D mapping, all tightly integrated into the OS and pushing Bing Maps down to a secondary option on Nokia phones.


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Posted by on July 5, 2011 in Windows Phone


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HTC 7 Pro review: U.S. Cellular’s first Windows Phone

Even glancing at U.S. Cellular’s smartphone lineup, one thing stands out. With the exception of a couple of BlackBerrys, Android completely dominates. Or it did, until the HTC 7 Pro muscled its way in, a rebranding of Sprint’s HTC Arrive.

As staunch supporters of mobile platform diversity and consumer choice, this is a very good thing. The handset, while heavy, has some interesting design elements, including a screen that tilts up when you slide open the QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard itself has rubbery buttons that are easy to press, and the HD video capture and playback are perks.

Although it’s a fine phone, the HTC 7 Pro isn’t at the top of the Windows Phone game. The screen isn’t as vibrant as all its peers’, and the camera software could perform better for indoor shots. The experience as a whole suffers a bit from the first-generation Windows Phone 7 software, although there is copy and paste, and it will be upgradable to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango after that update launches this fall, an addition that will automatically give the HTC 7 Pro a boost.

Overall, we’re happy with the phone as a midrange device, though it isn’t the high-end stunner Microsoft needs to compete against Android.


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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Windows Phone


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Top five things Windows Phone needs to improve

The previews for the next version of Windows Phone 7 are out, and overall, the response from the press has been largely favorable, including CNET’s. The Mango update brings more than 500 new features to Microsoft’s mobile operating system and continues to build on a solid platform, with smarter integration of apps, more-robust features, and a faster browser. It also addresses a number of issues we had with the software when it first launched in November, so Microsoft definitely deserves kudos.

However, as much as there is to love about Windows Phone 7.5, more needs to be done. As our colleagues Jay Greene and Maggie Reardon at CNET News point out, Windows Phone still has much to prove in a market where Android and the iPhone dominate. Below, we talk about five of the biggest hurdles for Windows Phone and how improving in these areas could help the OS succeed.

1. Visibility and education
This is one of the biggest challenge facing Microsoft right now. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said at CES 2011 that people love Windows Phone once they see it, which I believe to be true, but it’s the “getting the people to see” it part that’s the problem. (The fact that some salespeople are steering customers away from Windows Phone certainly isn’t helping the cause, either.)

I loved the message of the first Windows Phone “Really?” commercials. I think we often get too wrapped up in our tech, so I appreciate where Microsoft was trying to go with the ad. The problem is the company didn’t show how Windows Phone would make things better. Aside from a tiny flash of the Start screen at the end, nowhere in the commercial do we see any features of the phone.

Subsequent ads have gotten a little better at showcasing some of the capabilities of the OS, but it’s still fairly generic and to be honest, a little dizzying. I understand it’s hard to condense an entire OS into a 30-second promo, so perhaps you focus on a certain angle–gaming, music, business features, social networking, and so forth. Also, Windows Phone is different and better than the competition in a number of ways, so why not highlight that? It worked for Verizon and the Motorola Droid.

The point is that if you want to persuade people to buy your phone, you need to show them what it can do and why it’s better than anything else out there, and so far Microsoft hasn’t done a very good job of that.

2. Hardware
Like Android, Microsoft has an advantage by working with multiple handset manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung, LG, and, more recently, Acer, Fujitsu, and Nokia. This means more phones, different designs, and, most of all, more choice for customers. However, as important as it is to offer variety, it’s also important to deliver a compelling and relevant product.

Though the hardware on the first-generation Window Phone devices might have been good enough eight months ago, thanks to the release of such products as the HTC ThunderBolt, Motorola Atrix 4G, and Samsung Galaxy S II, we’re quickly entering a stage where people are looking for and expecting the latest technology, such as high-res displays, dual-core processors, and 4G support. We know that 4G-capable devices are on tap and there are rumblings of a dual-core Nokia Windows Phone, but Microsoft can’t wait too long to release them, which leads us to the next issue.

3. Timeliness
To give credit where credit is due, Microsoft has done a lot more with its software in eight months than some platforms have done in the past year, but Windows Phone is also arriving to the game late, so it doesn’t have the luxury of time. As it is, Mango is scheduled for release in the fall and new devices, including those from Nokia, are expected by the holiday season. Yes, it takes time to put out a quality product, but Ice Cream Sandwich and iOS 5 are also expected around the same time, so Microsoft will need to continue to be aggressive if it doesn’t want fall further behind.

4. Loosen up some restrictions
With Windows Phone 7, Microsoft placed some pretty rigid restrictions on hardware and software. On the one hand, it definitely provides a consistent user experience from one device to the other, but we also think there could be some benefit by opening it up a bit to allow for more customization, both on the OEM and user’s part. This includes reconsidering some policies as needed, such as having to sync non-Exchange Outlook accounts through the cloud, which has been a sticking point with a number of users.

5. Few missing links

As I said earlier, Windows Phone 7 Mango fixes a number of issues we had with the first release of the software, but there are still some features we’d like to see in the near future. This includes universal search, tethering, and expanded landscape support (though Mango adds this in photos), among others. To be fair, we haven’t seen everything Mango has to offer yet, so we can only hope that some of these are addressed in the final release. We also hope that Microsoft irons out some of Mango’s features, such as the accuracy of voice-to-text and inconsistent results in Local Scout.

So there you have it, five areas where we think Windows Phone needs the most improvement. The good news is that these issues have more to do with Microsoft’s marketing and strategy than the software itself, which we think is very good. What do you guys think? What improvements would you like to see in Windows Phone?


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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Windows Phone


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Catch Them Eggs Free: Kaboom Motivated catching game for Windows Phone

‘Catch Them Eggs Free’ is a Kaboom (Atari 2600) inspired catch game for windows phone. You have a basket and you try and collect all the eggs that are falling down, they come at dissimilar speeds and you also have to avoid picking up the rotten ones, which will make this challenging. The game has online leader boards powered by Press release below Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Windows Phone


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