Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8

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Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8

This is one big week for Microsoft, Monday they introduce the Surface to the world, today they unveil Windows Phone 8 to the masses. Windows Phone 8 (WP8) is a huge advancement from the current generation of Windows Phone devices, which means Microsoft just upped their game big time.

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Nokia Lumia 610 – A Low-End WP7

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Nokia Lumia 610 – A Low-End WP7

Nokia’s top WP7 phone, the Lumia 900, sells for $99 on contract with AT&T. In today’s market, that price is actually really good for a top of the line phone. However, a large portion of Nokia’s sales come from emerging markets where the phones aren’t subsidized by carriers and that $99 phone could cost several hundred dollars. Until now there was not a WP7 phone that would appeal to those markets. The Lumia 610 will sell for EUR 189 in the second quarter of this year.

The  610 runs a newer version of  Windows Phone 7 dubbed Tango, which lowers the minimum specification requirements. It has a 3.5-inch screen, 8GB of internal storage, 5MP camera, and runs on 256MB of memory. Even though the 610 is targeted towards a younger audience it will  help WP7 move towards the low-end market, which Nokia is used to dominating and Microsoft wants to enter.

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Nokia Lumia 900 Available in The UK Soon?

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Nokia Lumia 900 Available in The UK Soon?

 

Nokia introduced the beauty of a Windows Phone 7 device at CES called the Lumia 900, unfortunately Nokia did not comment on release date or pricing at the time, they also didn’t mention international availability. Well the folks at Carphone Warehouse have a coming soon page on their website that lends some credibility to the idea that Europe will be getting their own version of the Lumia 900 as well. Pocket-lint is pointing out that their sources are saying an announcement could be on the way at MWC next month. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nokia release the Lumia 900 across multiple carriers and regions, it only makes sense for smart phone makers to release their high-end devices across multiple carriers and regions, while building a few mid range phones for individual areas and carriers. Nokia has gone all in with Windows Phone 7 and it is starting to pay off, and if the rest of their line follows in the trend of the first three Lumia’s we could be in for some great phones from Nokia with a great Mobile OS.

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Pocket-Lint

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Nokia Lumia 900 WP7 Device Coming to AT&T on March 18th??

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Nokia Lumia 900 WP7 Device Coming to AT&T on March 18th??

So you saw Nokias CES announcement of the Lumia 900, and you were upset that no one said when it was coming, well fret no more! Nokia may have let the ever important release date slip out into the public. Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley, reported earlier on Nokias developer newsletter and the fact that it contains a March date for the device. Mary Jo Foley specifically calls out that the device will be available on March 18th.

Granted this could be a typo, rampant speculation, or totally false documents, but for now lets run with it and see what happens shall we?

 

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HTC Titan II

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HTC Titan II

HTC Titan II

AT&T’s LTE network may be nascent but that isn’t stopping them from giving those data speed demon customers options. HTC unveiled the Titan II, a WP7 Mango phone, that will run on the aforementioned LTE network. There isn’t a complete spec sheet yet but it looks like the Titan II will be very similar to the original Titan except that the former has a 16MP camera and a larger battery. Both have a 1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon processor and a Super LCD display. Remember when you bought a phone and its successor wasn’t announced in 4 months? The Titan II will be available “in the coming months”.

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Nokia Lumia 710 Coming to T-Mobile

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Nokia Lumia 710 Coming to T-Mobile

Nokia Lumia 710 TMobile

It’s official the Nokia Lumia 710 will be coming to T-Mobile. Today the two companies announced the device will be availabe in either black or white on Jan 11 for $49.99, after a $50 mail-in-rebate and two-year contract. T-Mobile made it clear that the device is aimed at first time smart phone buyers; however, don’t let that fool you, the Lumia 710 is a very capable device. It has a 3.7 inch WVGA screen with a 1.4Ghz Snapdragon processor and a 5-megapixel camera. It will run Windows Phone 7, which is designed to provide a great user experience no matter the specs. You can find the full press release below.

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Nokia WP7 coming to America?

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Nokia WP7 coming to America?

Nokia Lumia 710 TMobile

 

Nokia, in this country, is known for free on contract feature-phones but that is about to change. Rumors have Nokia WP7 devices coming to Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. No dates or models have been confirmed but really it is only a matter of time. The first of the three carriers to release a Nokia WP7 device will, most likely, be T-Mobile. Last week, T-Mobile and Nokia sent out an invitation to a press event for December 14th. Then over the weekend, Pocketnow got its hands on a leaked press shot of a white Lumia 710 with T-Mobile’s branding, making it very likely that is what will be announced.

The rumors sounding devices for AT&T and Verizon are less exciting. CNET is reporting that both carriers are testing a Nokia Lumia 800 with LTE. Testing doesn’t always mean the device will be released especially since the current version of WP7, Mango, does not support LTE radios. With both companies aggressively pushing their next generation networks, we may have to wait for an update to WP7 until AT&T and Verizon start carrying Nokia’s latest devices.

There were many emotions and predictions swirling around the announcement of the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft back in February. Now it seems, we are close to seeing first hand how the two giants will affect the mobile landscape here in the US.

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Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Goes Live Tomorrow Along With Xbox Companion App for WP7

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Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Goes Live Tomorrow Along With Xbox Companion App for WP7

With the 2011 Fall Dashboard Update for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 scheduled to arrive tomorrow (December 6th) users are excited about a lot of the new features and tweaks that Microsoft has baked in to the update. One such enhancement comes in the form of the Xbox Companion App for Windows Phone 7 (WP7) Devices. The app is set to launch on Day 1 of the update and will allow users to search the Xbox catalog of games, movies and more directly from their phone. Users also get a second screen for information on what ever the console is currently playing, see friend activity, and use it as a remote control.

The app is free for all WP7 device users and will be available tomorrow. Being an avid Xbox 360 user this is one of the reasons that WP7 devices are so appealing the integration between the phone and the Xbox 360 really makes me think about leaving Android. I want to see how developers tie in the cross-platform functionality between the Xbox 360 and WP7. Just imagine playing MW3 with the WP7 being your radar instead of it showing on-screen? Or for games like Skyrim so you can manage inventory through the app while playing. The possibilities could be endless.

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Tablet War Not Over Yet.

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Tablet War Not Over Yet.

 

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iPads, iPads, iPads. In the minds of most people, every tablet is an iPad. With 90% market share that’s not hard to believe. Many people seem to think that with the momentum behind the iPad there will not be any room for other operating systems to gain meaningful market share.

The theories are very convincing. The iPad’s ease of use makes it appealing not only to the technologically advanced but also the inexperienced. Parents and grandparents are getting used to using iPads. For people that only use computers for basic productivity tools, web browsing and emails, it is a legitimate replacement for a home computer. The rapid consumer adoption of the iPad has flowed into the commercial market. More business are leveraging iPads to support their employees. When a company decides to implement a device into their everyday business it is not a task taken lightly. There is a lot of back-end integration that needs to be done, which can cost millions of dollars. The most convincing may be that it is exactly what happened with the iPod. The iPod put a strangle hold on the MP3-player market so much so that people referred to any other branded MP3-player as an iPod. It was a locked ecosystem with it’s DRM iTunes Music so it made it very difficult to move to another brand. (more…)

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Google wins this round

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Google wins this round

 

Flagship Phones

In the past month, we have seen each major mobile operating system release a flagship device. All three are going to give you an amazing user experience but. I believe, the most interesting of the devices is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I don’t say that because they did something incredible and never before seen; but because Apple’s and Microsoft/Nokia’s showings were disappointing.

I could write a whole post about why the iPhone 4S is a complete disappointment. However, the quick version is that it is the same as the iPhone 4 with better internals, iOS 5 doesn’t offer any features not available in the market today, and it’s selling point feature, Siri, is in beta. The 3.5 inch screen is getting dated and the glass back probably gives owners nightmares. All that said, any disappointment will not reflect in sales. 4 million units sold in the opening weekend speaks for itself.

I firmly believe, that Microsoft and Nokia fell flat with the Lumia 800 and 710. Yes it is a great looking phone and a good starting point considering this partnership was only announcement back in February. However, I don’t even think it is the best WP7 Mango phone coming to market. I am far more interested in the Samsung Focus S. The Lumia 800’s -the higher end of the two- doesn’t offer any features that would would make it worthy of the term “flagship”. Where is Ovi Maps or at least a front facing camera with Skype?

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a beautifully designed phone as most high-end Samsung phones have been lately. I am not going to compare specs because it is not always the whole story. However, Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich offers a cleaner Android experience, it integrates “skinned” features into the OS, and added some bells and whistles with face detection to unlock and Android Beam. The 4.65 inch could be a deterrent for some people but I don’t mind companies trying new designs. I  strongly believe the Nexus line of phones are the best Android phones because it functions the way the OS is meant to. It maybe about having high expectations for Apple and Microsoft/Nokia, but Google and Samsung changed enough on the exterior and OS to get me truly excited about this phone.

So it wasn’t a revolutionary year for smart-phones, good thing 2012 is right around the corner. Google takes the crown for the most compelling 2011 flagship phone  from me. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Think I am moron? Let’s discuss it in the comments.

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