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AT&T, Now Accepting Pre-orders for Nokia Lumia 900

Written on March 31, 2012 by Lulu

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US telcom AT&T is now accepting pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 900 but for cyan and black phone units only.

Almost a week ahead of its April 8 release, AT&T is now accepting pre-orders for the windows 7.5 loaded, Nokia Lumia 900. Consumers can make a reservation through AT&T’s online and retail stores.

However, customers should know that they can only pre-order black or cyan blue versions of the new Nokia phone. The white version is expected to be released on April 22nd.

Shipments should be expected to arrive on April 6, two days before its official launch. Good news for new At&T customers, they can get the Lumia 900 phone for free after a $100 online rebate.

Check out AT&T’s online website for more information.

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3G Hotspot, Windows Phone 7 Mango’s Hidden Feature

Written on August 25, 2011 by Lulu

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A hidden feature of Windows Phone 7 Mango, which is a 3G hotspot, was discovered on Wednesday.

Microsoft might have more hidden plans for their Windows Phone 7 Mango with a discovery of a mobile hotspot feature on Wedneday. While still not announced for public, and might have no one officially, an Internet sharing section enable users to share a 3G or 4G link over Wi-Fi for up to five people — much like Android, iPhones and BlackBerry 7 devices. The code is in at least the gold master build (7720.68), and could exist on all Windows phones.

Rafael Rivera, a well-known ChevronWP7 contributor, confirmed the said code and speculated that – like Apple – the feature depended on a carrier profile that enables it. Almost all carriers who object to letting customers tether or use a hotspot out of the box often want to test the feature first before they enable it and begin to charge subscribers.

A lot of Mango features are announced to the public, such as multitasking, the IE9-based browser and deeper voice control. Whether or not all of those are revealed to the public isn’t evident yet. Even the currently shipping IS12T, which is the world’s first Mango phone, doesn’t have all its features readily available.

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Firmware Leaks on Weekends

Written on August 15, 2011 by Lulu

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A downloadable stock RTM of Windows Phone 7 Mango has been leaked by Hobbyists on weekend. But there's a catch.

A downloadable stock version of the RTM (release to manufacturing) build of Windows Phone 7 Mango has been successfully posted by Hobbyists this weekend. XDA-Developers forum member said that the leaked 7720 build is the reference version and isn’t optimized specifically for any device. As such, some special features may be missing. The OS will work on a core level on most, if not all, Windows Phone 7 hardware. Microsoft’s chassis guidelines had led every phone to run the same Snapdragon processor families, or having much of the same part mix inside so far.

Upgrading through the leaked stock version is considered to be a risky move for almost all owners, since it don’t have the Microsoft’s approval and this might break the warranty. As such, owners who want to patch to a newer version of Mango likely won’t have an option except for getting a separate version of the generic updated build. Otherwise, they will need to revert back to the original firmware and do the usual upgrade method.

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New Windows Phone Marketplace Allows Over-the-air Apps Purchase

Written on May 26, 2011 by Adam Eve

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In addition to Microsoft's release of Mango operating system for WP7, the company will also debut a new web-based Marketplace to make purchase of apps more convenient.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Developer Blog recently posted that the company will launch a new web-based version of the Windows Phone Marketplace, in addition to the release Mango operating system this fall. The web-based Marketplace will let users choose and buy from its 17,000 apps on a web browser and directly send it to their Windows Phone 7 over the air.

In case the Marketplace service is not activated on a cellphone, it will switch on the over-the-air app service using SMS then a user can download and install the software. Moreover, users can send an email for themselves with a link to the app. The Mango operating system for WP7 focuses on making its devices efficient in multitasking, boost cloud integration and provide better platform tools for developers.

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Updates Revealed

Written on May 11, 2011 by Adam Eve

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It's not yet summer, but Microsoft is already cooking its new Windows Phone 7 flavor. Check out the features for their upcoming WP7 Mango update!

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 might be the last on the race, but it’s surely doing its best to catch up. The next WP7 update, dubbed as Mango, promised its subscribers with Twitter integration, SkyDrive sync and multi-tasking at the Mobile World Congress 2011. At the recent Microsoft MIX11, more features for the WP7 Mango has been revealed.

Are you excited to have a taste of Windows Phone 7’s upcoming software update?

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Microsoft Introduces Windows Phone 7 API, Makes Porting iPhone Apps Easier

Written on May 02, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Microsoft opens its gates widely for iPhone app developers with the application programming interface, or API.

Looks like Microsoft is making all the right moves to invite app developers to the Windows Phone 7. As WP7 continues to make its mark in the smartphone OS universe, Microsoft has unveiled a feature that allows app developers to easily program their iPhone apps for Microsoft phones.

Introducing Windows Phone 7’s application programming interface, or API. It allows app developers to “map” often used iPhone programming functions to Windows phones, based on three popular categories: Network/Internet, User Interface, and Data Management.

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Nokia Set to “Do the Right Thing” with its Own Tablet

Written on April 28, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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When the "right thing" for Nokia's tablet is coming, only the company can tell.

With around 200 tablets available in the market coming from Apple, Android, HP Palm, and RIM, it’s quite jarring to know why Nokia hasn’t jumped into the tablet category despite its (former) status as a technology giant — plus its recent partnership with the Microsoft Windows for their upcoming smartphones.

Perhaps, one can pinpoint the current development of the Windows phone for Nokia as a factor to why the company hasn’t made a tablet yet. Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, elaborated through an interview with Finnish website – YLE – that the company is seeking to “do the right thing” with their tablets, instead of being another gadget clone with a Nokia logo embedded on its surface.

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Microsoft Released Windows Phone 7 Copy and Paste Update

Written on April 12, 2011 by Adam Eve

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After being late for a couple of weeks, the much-awaited copy and paste update for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is here!

At long last! Microsoft released the copy and paste update for Windows Phone 7 devices. And though it’s still odd how the big company removes this feature during its initial launch, it’s better late than never. But aside from the highly anticipated copy and paste update, the NoDo also comes with additional tweaks.

  • * Faster start and resume time for apps
  • * Improved category search in Marketplace
  • * Performance tune ups.

And in case you already have the NoDo on your WP7 device, the next update might tickle your fancy. There are hearsays that the next iteration, also known as Mango, will support HTML 5 and Silverlight support to the Microsoft mobile OS. Excited?

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Microsoft Rolls Out WP7’s Copy/Paste Update

Written on March 24, 2011 by Adam Eve

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At long last! The much-awaited copy/paste feature for our WP7's will be on our handsets soon.

Finally! Microsoft is bringing out the Windows Phone 7 update that’s been a long time coming. Dubbed as NoDo, the software upgrade brings the much-anticipated copy/paste feature and more.

Among the many improvements for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 are faster boot and resume time for apps, and better searching and stability in the app store. NoDo also improves WiFi, messaging, Facebook integration, Outlook, and performance enhancements to certain handsets. However, the NoDo will be rolled out in stages.

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Bloomberg: Microsoft to Give $1 Billion Allowance to Nokia?

Written on March 09, 2011 by Charles Bass

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Microsoft and Nokia will be very busy in the coming days.

Microsoft and Nokia have sealed the deal to collaborate in the upcoming Windows Phone 7 mobile platform which will run on Nokia handsets. This is a give and take relationship: while Microsoft gets to ship its OS to different parts of the world, Nokia gets a decent OS for its smartphone.

Nokia will need to pay Microsoft licensing fee for each handset running WP7 and this billion-dollar stash maybe a starter kit for production.

According to Bloomberg:

“Nokia’s royalty payments will help Redmond, Washington- based Microsoft make a profit on the accord even after the payments to Nokia, one person said. Some of the payment to Nokia would be made before the company starts selling the phones, meaning Microsoft bears some upfront cost in the partnership.”

Apparently, the deal is held up “for more than five years.” So when are we gonna see a “Microkia” phone?

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