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Fujitsu the Latest OEM to Recycle Android Hardware to Power Next-Generation Windows Phone 7

With manufacturers licensing both Windows Phone 7 and Android operating systems for use on their devices, we’re beginning to see a small bevy of handsets share the same or similar hardware designs for both OSes and Fujitsu is the latest to recycle its hardware designs while simultaneously supporting dual platforms. In the past, we’ve seen the HTC HD7 released as a variant that’s a cross between the HTC Desire HD and the HTC EVO 4G and more recently we’re beginning to see a Windows Phone 7-powered Samsung Galaxy S II.

In the case of Fujitsu, recycling old Android hardware for its Windows Phone 7 release may not be such a bad thing for consumers as the Android handset supported a number of high-end features. Eager-eyed observers noticed that the magenta-hued Windows Phone 7 handset from Fujitsu with a waterproof front glimpsed at a recent Microsoft conference in Los Angeles, California bore a striking resemblance to the company’s Regza Android handset. The Fujitsu Regza T-01C has a 12.2-megapixel camera, which on the surface matches the resolution on Nokia’s Symbian-powered N8 hardware, a 4-inch LCD display, and 3 physical hardware navigation buttons on the front fascia of the device just beneath the screen. Additionally, the Regza design also carries support for NFC and DLNA functionality.

Given Nokia’s camera focus on the Nokia N8 and the fact that the Finnish smartphone-maker has decided to jump from Symbian to Windows Phone 7, we can anticipate that Microsoft’s platform will begin to support increased camera resolutions, better video recording capabilities, and larger image sensors on some hardware. Additionally, with Microsoft’s integration with SkyDrive for cloud-based image storage giving users free access to 25 GB of space, camera functionality can stand to be a great selling point for the platform.

At this point, it’s unclear how many of the Regza hardware features will make it to the final release of Fujitsu’s yet un-named Windows Phone 7 hardware, but striking similarities between the two devices suggest that most, if not all, of those features should make it over to Microsoft’s second-generation of hardware running the company’s mobile platform.


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Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Android, WP7


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Android: Microsoft’s new cash opportunity, and not Windows Phone 7?

Another week means another Microsoft versus Google news.

Google and Microsoft are in headlines again, in both finance and tech news world after reports have disclosed Microsoft’s recent move to get more “cash” from successful Android OEMs, and this time, it’s Samsung’s turn.

According to Hot Hardware, news broke this week that Microsoft is demanding Samsung Mobile to pay the company $15 per Android device sold — so for every Samsung Galaxy S II sold, Microsoft could get below 1 percent of the price. Apparently Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android Gingerbread mobile operating system is the Korean OEM’s fastest selling phone to date with 3 million units sold in less than 2 months. If Microsoft’s rumored demand is successful, the Redmond-based company could get $45 million for Samsung Galaxy S2 alone, yikes.

Surprisingly, the report about Microsoft’s demand appeared online after Samsung’s announcement about the early success of Samsung Galaxy S II.

The Microsoft-Samsung Android deal is similar the HTC Android deal which was inked last year, with HTC still obligated to pay $5 per Android product sold. Aside from HTC, Microsoft also signed similar deals, uncluding the company’s lawsuit against Barnes & Noble (with Nook powered Android) and Motorola with its Android-powered devices as well.

Just a quick note, Motorola is not a member of Windows Phone family, and still not into manufacturing Windows Phone handsets, while Samsung and HTC are Microsoft’s launch partners for the company’s re-engineered Windows Phone operating system launched last year, which is still not a popular smartphone operating system in United States according to multiple data published by research firms.

Windows Phone is expected to gobble a large percentage of smartphone market share (according to some analysts) courtesy of its deal with European based mobile phone manufacturer Nokia. Apparently, Nokia inked a deal with Redmond to produce multiple smartphones equipped with Windows Phone operating system. Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop recently unveiled his company’s first Windows Phone-powered smartphone with codename Sea Ray.


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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Android, WP7


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Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 apps now working in India

Last week Microsoft’s developer evangelist Brandon Watson shed light on numbers regarding developer adoption of Windows Phone 7 platform. The post states the developer tools for the platform have been downloaded more than 1.5 Million times. Microsoft says they have 36,000 registered developers and are adding 1,200 developers every week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 5, 2011 in Dell, HTC, OEM, Windows Phone 7 App


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Nokia To Launch Its First Windows Phone 7 In Q1 2012?

Nokia stated it clearly that it will wait for the Mango Windows Phone 7 refresh to hit first before launching any Redmond powered smartphones and there even was a rumor of the update being pushed back to next year — and another one denying it with indications of early fall for OEMs.

Rumors aside, Nokia India’s Managing Director and Vice President for Sales, Mobile Phones, D. Shivakumar, declared that Nokia will launch its first Windows Phone in roughly 12 months from now. The statement comes from India’s Daily News & Analysis and, even if printed black on white, one could treat it with a dose of skepticism. In the meantime, Nokia targets to launch more than 40 new phone models this year out of which approximately 20 smartphones built on Symbian.

Whether there’s any truth to the story or not is hard to say as well as it’s hard not to believe a high placed Nokia official. Will a Nokia Windows Phone 7 released in Q1 2012 be too late? Why would it take that long? Nokia definitely has the power to design and manufacture hardware as they’re among the best in the business. Could it be Microsoft related? Many questions but unfortunately there are no answers as of yet. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!


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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Mobile, Nokia, Windows 7 Mobile Phone


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