Are you a T-Mobile customer aching to try a native Windows Phone Mango device with a front facing camera? You can now! The HTC Radar is available for order on T-Mobile’s website, and will be at your door by Wednesday November 2. Now remember, this device is $99.99 after a $50 rebate and new 2-year contract. Let us know if you’re ordering the Radar!
While Windows Phone Mango brings a plethora of features, including tighter Facebook integration, the Windows Phone Facebook program has been lackluster. Alas the program chugged along with each update getting better and better. Now Facebook’s newest update, version 2.2 has been released in Windows Phone marketplace and brings a few changes that makes the experience much better.
Version 2.2 gives users the ability to pin messages, notifications, and a few other elements prominent to the app, on your start screen. Toasts and live tile notifications have received a bump and now function for a wide variety of notifications, including being tagged, friend requests and messages. Finally, the Mango “instant resume” is in full effect, but there is still a slight bit of lag unfortunately. If the lag is gone, the Facebook app would be top of the class.
Are you going to be using the updated Facebook app? Do let us know!
If any of our readers recall our Internet Sharing article, several devices have the potential to support wifi hotspots. Since then, LG Germany has pushed out a firmware update to enable wifi hotspots for their devices. And now it is HTC Mozart owners in India to have their wifi hotspots.
The update has also been rolled out to Hong Kong HTC Mozart users, but sadly wifi internet sharing is still disabled. Joe Belfiore and several key Windows Phone staff have gone on the record to indicate that wifi internet sharing is based on the carrier wishes. Perhaps that is the reason why some users are receiving it over others. Bummer.
Out with the old and in with the new is always good in the mobile space. Especially when the new comes in the form of new Windows Phones. HTC announced their line of devices, the HTC Titan and the HTC Radar, which will arrive on Ma Bell before the holiday season. Now, the Samsung Focus S and its little spec’d brother, the Focus Flash will officially come to AT&T November 6. If you’ve not been following the two devices, that’s alright. The two both offer front facing cameras, and the same 1.4 GHz-single core second generation snapdragon goodness. But where the two differ is on size, camera, screen and pricing. The Samsung Focus S will pack a 4.3 in. Super Amoled Plus display with an 8 MP shooter and will be priced at $200 on a new 2 year contract. Meanwhile, the Focus Flash will be a 3.7 in. Super Amoled display with a 5 MP camera priced at $50 on a new 2 year contract. Looks like the holidays just got busy with the addition of these two Mango hitters, will you buy?
Microsoft has updated the Windows Phone website in India to include HTC Radar, Nokia Lumia 710 andNokia Lumia 800 in its smartphone lineup. But there is something curious going on here. It lists the Nokia Lumia 800 as “COMING SOON” while the other two phones are listed plainly without the availability announcement. See it for yourself in this pic where it says ‘Coming Soon’ for the 800 above Compare Price.
Now this could mean two things; First – that the Lumia 800 will soon be available but there is nothing concrete about the other two; & Second – that the Radar and Lumia 710 are already available and Lumia 800 will be available later. Which one is correct?
Further, if you follow the link for HTC Radar, it announces the price as INR 23,990 and it is available for purchase from the Microsoft Store NOW!! Don’t believe me? Look at this pic where the “Add to Cart” button invites you to order the phone online and then proceed to checkout.
This lends credence to the second theory that the Radar and Lumia 710 are supposed to be available earlier and the Lumia 800 wiil be here ‘soon’. However, following the Lumia 710 link takes you to the Nokia India website where it gives detailed specifications but does not indicate price or availablity.
So what exactly is going on here? Will Microsoft, HTC or Nokia clarify?
Update : Microsoft India has confirmed via twitter (@MicrosoftIndia) that HTC Radar is indeed available and the Nokia phones are coming later.
As the Windows Phone Marketplace growth continues, a key issue that Microsoft has incorporated is the filtering of spam in its marketplace in an attempt to keep the marketplace clean. Some time ago, an NES emulator was added to the marketplace with ROMs being sold at $2.49. Well, what’s the problem with the purchase you may ask? To put it simply, copyright. The developer who submitted the emulators to the marketplace copied an abandoned xna NES emulator, uploaded an emulator with games, and began to spam the marketplace with illegal rom distribution for a price.
Finally, after some time, Microsoft removed the applications from their marketplace emphasizing no spam and illegal rom distribution. Unfortunately, the damage has been done and it is difficult to say whether people actually purchased any of the uploaders title, or whether Microsoft will be issuing refunds to the people affected. But for now, it is good to see Microsoft is taking a positive stance on the no spam policy in the Windows Phone marketplace.
When Fudzilla finally cornered Qualcomm on their use of single core processors in Windows Phone, the company had the following to say:
Windows Phone devices are built around specific hardware requirements that drive consistent and high-quality end user experiences. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile processor and chip system software, which today ships in every Windows Phone device, is redefining mobility for consumers around the world by offering an unprecedented combination of mobile processing performance, rich multimedia, GPS, high-performance graphics, wireless connectivity and power efficiency
Understandably, Qualcomm preaches to the choir as the company echoes the sentiments of several current Windows Phones users. As a result of the experience, users typically remind others of the silky smooth nature that Windows Phone has over Android devices running dual core processors. However, the current trend in smartphone technology is shifting toward dual core and quad core processors in mobile devices by 2013. It wouldn’t be a smart business plan for Windows to emphasize user experience when technology requires the company to improve their Chassis 1 hardware specifications.
Remember when we posted the Nokia Lumia line may not be coming to America? Well, it looks like the FCC may say otherwise.
The Nokia Lumia 710 (the lower spec’d little brother) has passed through the FCC with T-Mobile US 3G/4G 1700 Mhz banding. While the FCC approved a device on October 24, signifying a definitive US launch, there have been several devices that have passed the FCC that never came to fruition. For now, let’s place this in the rumor folder in our minds and our hearts hoping it moves into reality.
Honestly, I love contests don’t you? Especially when the prize attached is the Nokia Lumia before it launches in UK?
Nokia UK has officially redesigned their Facebook UK page to show its love of the Windows Phone start menu. The information shown are links to preorder the Nokia Lumia, view a demo of the Lumia in action and a chance to win the Nokia Lumia. How do you enter? Like the page and you are entered to win the Nokia Lumia. While it is not open to anyone outside of the UK, it is still a nice incentive. You may want to wear a lucky charm of some sort to increase your chances of winning. Contest ends November 9, 2011 with results posted November 11, 2011.
The Acer Allegro (formerly known as the Acer W4) has been officially announced. Previous coverage of the device didn’t reveal much besides Acer is working on a Windows Phone at a competitive price point. Now, Acer has given a lot more detail about their device, including pricing and hardware specs!
The phone is clocked at 1.0 GHz 2nd generation (MSM8255) with the Adreno 205 GPU with an 8 GB onboard storage. The device is also running with 512 MB RAM with a 3.6I screen resolution diagonally at a WVGA resolution. There’s only a rear camera at 5 MP with 720P video recording with a single LED flash. Talk time is expected to be 6 hours, with a 1300 mAh Lithium-ion battery.
The device is expected to hit France in mid-November at €299 unlocked in either dark black or fully white. Are you going to buy the device? Let us know in the comments!