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Kindle App For WP7 Handsets Released

Amazon Kindle is a very popular eBook reader available across many platforms, along with the Kindle, Kindle 3G and the Kindle DX eBook readers. The Kindle app from Amazon is available for free across platforms like Android-based devices, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, iPhone and BlackBerry. Today, Amazon has released the Kindle app for Windows Phone 7 OS. The Kindle app for WP7 handsets includes new features like personalized recommendations and the ability to send book recommendations to a friend.

Kindle_WP7Here is the list of official’ features supported by Kindle on WP7 :

      • Seamless integration with Kindle, Amazon’s purpose-build reading device which is light weight, easy on the eyes with a paper-like Pearl e-ink display, and has a full month of battery life.
      • Amazon’s Whispersync technology lets you read and sync your library, bookmarks, notes, and highlights with the devices and platforms of your choice (Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, Android-based devices, and Windows Phone 7-based devices).
      • Read on your Kindle, read on your tablet, read on your phone. We’ll keep track of your last page read, and make it easy.
      • Access to over 775,000 books in the U.S. Kindle Store – the largest selection of the most popular books that people want to read – including New Releases and 100 of this week’s 110 New York Times Bestsellers. Choose from hundreds of thousands of books at $9.99 or less, including many New York Times Bestsellers and New Releases.
      • Kindle’s Worry-Free Archive automatically backs up your Kindle library on Amazon, so your books can be re-downloaded wirelessly anytime.
      • Integrated shopping experience allows you to shop without leaving the app.
      • Send an email to a friend with a link to the book you’re reading or to any book in your library without leaving the app.
      • Customize your reading with five different font size and three background color options.
      • Read in portrait or landscape mode, and to turn pages by tapping on either side of the screen or flicking.
      • Start reading the beginning of a book for free before buying and receive personalized Amazon recommendations on the home screen of your app.

Amazon Kindle has a Buy One, Read Everywhere’ feature which allows user to purchase one eBook from say their iPad and then read it later on via their Android based handset. Now, Amazon only needs to release a Kindle app for Symbian devices and a tablet version of the app for Android based tablets before their Kindle app will be available for all major OSes out there.

WP7 owners can download the app from Windows Marketplace for free.

HTC And Tata Docomo Launches HTC 7 Mozart For Rs.26,490

htc 7 mozart

HTC and Tata Docomo finally launched the Windows Phone 7 powered HTC 7 Mozart smartphone in India. This is the second Windows Phone 7 smartphone launched in India, after the HTC HD7 smartphone. If you are planning to check out the Microsoft’s latest mobile OS, they you should consider buying HTC 7 Mozart, since this handset is around Rs.3000 cheaper, as compared to the previously launched HTC HD7.

The HTC 7 Mozart is a great piece of craftsmanship with some of the most advanced features and perfectly underlines HTC’s focus on raising the bar in mobile phone innovation and design. With its stunning looks, great features and the new Windows Phone 7 experience, we are positive that the HTC 7 Mozart will be a great success in India, and are extremely happy to partner Tata DOCOMO in bringing the phone here,said Ajay Sharma, Country Head, HTC India.

When we launched brand Tata Docomo last year, we had promised our subscribers that we would bring to them the best products and services, that will be innovative and pioneering and which would offer convenience and simplicity. Living up to that promise, we are launching the HTC 7 Mozart with the new Windows Phone 7 loaded on. This device, powered by our world class 3G network will deliver a truly enriching experience for the consumer. We will continue working together with HTC to launch more innovative mobile offerings for Indian consumers,said, Mr Sunil Tandon, Head of Mobility Services & Device Management, Tata Teleservices Limited.

The powerful HTC 7 Mozart features a 3.7 inch touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz processor, Windows Phone 7 OS, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 8 megapixel with auto focus and Xenon flash, HD (720p) video recording, 3.5 mm audio jack, 8 GB internal storage, 512 MB ROM, 576 MB RAM, 1300 mAh battery and more.

If you are a fan of Xenon flash, then you will be surprised to know that, the powerful HTC 7 Mozart comes with the amazing Xenon flash. This handset is now available in India for just Rs.26,490. Tata Docomo customers on HTC 7 Mozart will get a special data offer. You can purchase this handset from all the authorized HTC resellers across the country.

Why Nokia Needs To Do WP7 and Android Phones

There have been several on and off rumours about Nokia doing a Windows Phone 7 handset or not, especially now that Stephen Elop (previously of Microsoft) is in charge of the Finnish handset maker.

Nokia has been steadily losing marketshare. Even in its stronghold, India, the recent numbers show that Nokia has lost share to Android and several local players. One of Nokia’s biggest problem is their platform strategy. Symbian had been Nokia’s trump card till iPhone came along and sent Nokia into a tizzy of coming out with a competitive alternative. So far, Nokia hasn’t been able to challenge either Android or iOS.

Nokia certainly needs time to figure out a long term strategy while ensuring short term marketshare stability. This a reason I believe Nokia should opt for Windows Phone 7 and Android as an interim alternative till they are confident with their indigenous mobile OS. Windows Phone 7 has a fixed spec sheet and given Nokia’s handset designing experience they can do a decent job of designing at most two phones with and without physical keyboards. Alongside WP7, some resources can be spent on developing a custom Android experience with again not more than two handsets.

Android and WP7 handsets will get Nokia some much needed (good) attention and the required time to invest in their own platform. Nokia doesn’t necessarily need to compete with HTC, Samsung, Google, Microsoft at the same time. They can forge alliances with Google and Microsoft for the short term   while competing with other handset manufacturers and place themselves as a long term competitor with all the four.

1.5 Million Windows Phone 7 Devices Sold Already

Many, including me, believed that Windows Phone 7 hadn’t been selling as much as it was initially expected to. I even mentioned in my last post, that Windows Phone 7 sales hadn’t been very encouraging. With no official word from Microsoft, we had every reason to believe so. But now it seems that I (and many others) will have to eat my words. Today, Microsoft released some sales statistics for Windows Phone 7 devices, and the numbers are looking really good.

Microsoft had launched 10 Windows Phone 7 phones with different launch partners in October. It seems that 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 devices have been sold already, in the first six weeks since its international launch.

Even the developer support has been great, with Windows phone 7 now offering over 4000 apps in the WP7 Marketplace. If the Nokia-Microsoft deal does turn out to be true, Microsoft may be on its way to becoming the third most popular smartphone platform in the US after Android and iOS.

Windows Phone 7 Sales

via Microsoft

Nokia Planning to Launch Windows Phone 7 Devices?

Nokia - MicrosoftBoth Nokia (Symbian) and Microsoft (Windows Phone 7) have been hit hard by the rise of Android as a smartphone OS in the last 2 years. Symbian has been continuously losing marketshare to Android, even in the budget category of smartphones. Even Windows Phone 7 hasn’t seen very encouraging sales, thanks to Android’s domination. Android is probably in the smartphone world what Windows is in the PC world. However, Android has one huge advantage – it’s free and open. And everyone knows that you cannot beat “free” unless you offer a very compelling product which is better in every way, which Windows Phone 7 is definitely not.

Nokia has already stated that it won’t be using Android as the OS for its smartphones anytime in the near future. It is relying on MeeGo to give a boost to its lagging sales in 2011. But MeeGo is still not ready for a final release.

Eldar Murtazin at Mobile Review has commented in his weekly editorial piece that Nokia is planning to team up with Microsoft and launch smartphones running with Windows Phone 7 under the Nokia brand. While it may sound ridiculous at first, given Eldar’s track record, I can’t help but think that it might turn out to be true.

Even if this rumor does turn out to be true, I doubt that their alliance would be successful in curbing the growth of Android.

Source: Mobile Review

Microsoft’s Connector For Mac And Windows Phone 7 Gets An Update

Do you have a shiny new Windows Phone 7 device? How about an Apple computer? If you answered yes to those questions, you’re probably going to want to download the latest update to the Windows Phone 7 Mac Connector from Microsoft which is currently still in beta. It’s deemed criticaland includes numerous fixes and features, among them would be the ability to synchronize any music that you’ve purchased on your device and the ability to browse files stored on your device. Be sure to check for any available updates (if you’re not automatically prompted) or download and install it on your own from Microsoft’s official page.

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Now Offers More Than 4000 Apps

Windows Phone 7 is slowly but steadily adding apps and games to its online application store, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. We had reported that it offered 3000 apps just 20 days back; but now it has more than 4000 apps and games to offer.

According to WP7 Applist, the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace sports 4159 apps. Of those, 29% are free while the rest are paid apps with an average price of $1.41. 22% of the total apps are games.

While the growth is quite decent, the numbers are still nothing compared to the Android Market or the iPhone App Store. The WP7 Marketplace should overtake the Palm Appstore in Q1 2011, going by current trends.

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace
Source: WP7 Applist

HTC HD7 Up For Pre-Order In India

htc hd7

We have a good news for those who were eagerly waiting for the launch of HTC’s latest smartphone, the HTC HD7 in India. This handset is powered by the new Windows Phone 7 Operating System. HTC HD7 was launched back in October, and it seems that, the powerful HD7 smartphone is expected to launch in mid-December in India.

The popular online retailer, Flipkart is currently taking pre-orders for the HTC HD7 smartphone. This handset features a 4.3 inch LCD display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, Windows Phone 7 OS, 16GB of internal memory, 576 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, 1230 mAh battery and so on.

The release date mentioned on the website is December 15th, which means that HTC will launch its first Windows Phone 7 powered device at the same time in India. You can pre-order the powerful HTC HD 7 for Rs.31,790. If you are planning to buy this smartphone, simply head over to this page.

Windows Phone 7’s Rudimentary Copy & Paste Captured On Video

One of the major features of a smartphone platform cut, copy and paste has finally been revealed for Windows Phone 7. Long gone are the days of Windows Mobile 5.x, 6.x and 6.5 that included full copy and paste functionality, iOS launched without it and Windows Phone 7 has as well. However, it’s been discussed that the next update to WP7 includes copy and paste and here we have a video of it in working condition. It’s not very polished, and doesn’t look finger friendly at all. Hopefully this is the start and not the finished product.

Source: YouTube

Windows Phone 7 Powered Asus E600 Passes FCC Tests

Asus began working on a Windows Phone 7 device long ago, but we weren’t able to see a WP7 powered Asus device at the official launch of Windows Phone 7.

A prototype by Asus running Windows Phone 7 was used to demo Windows Phone 7 features in September, but it wasn’t spotted since.

Now, it seems that the Asus E600 is on its way to us. It has just passed the FCC barrier and should be launched by Christmas. It will probably be launched on AT&T’s network soon. It is a very capable device which sports a 5 MP camera and 4 inch touchscreen display with a 1300 mAh battery. No pricing details have been revealed yet, but it should be in line with the other Windows Phone 7 models.

Asus E600

Source: FCC