Almost all the devices announced at the Windows Phone 7 launch have been released, with the exception of the Dell Venue Pro. When it was first announced, the Venue Pro was captured a lot of attention, thanks to its vertical QWERTY slider design, gorgeous display and great hardware specs. However, some things are just not meant to be true.
There were no further announcements by either Dell or Microsoft, about the release details of the Venue Pro. Surprisingly, it made an appearance on Dell’s website yesterday before it was taken down.
It will be priced at $500 without a contract and at $150 witha 2 year T-Mobile contract. The preliminary shipping date is said to be December 14, so you should probably get it before Christmas if you order it now.
While Windows Phone 7 still has a lot to prove before it can compare to the likes of iOS or Android, it definitely seems to be a step in the right direction.
Microsoft has managed to get all major handset manufacturers on board, with some really impressive devices. It has also succeeded in attracting developers to its platform.
The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace now sports close to 3000 apps and games with the numbers growing rapidly day by day. About 15000 developers have “already signaled their intent to bring exciting content” to Windows Phone Windows Phone 7.
It is nice to finally see Microsoft back on the right track with a promising OS and a slew of powerful devices.
via Windows Team Blog
How can it be Windows without a blue screen, right? Well, the developers at InfinitiesLoop Entertainment seemed to be missing it on the Windows Phone 7 so much that they decided to bring it on the phone, with an app.
The app is available on the Zune App Marketplace for free and all does is displays a blue screen on your phone. Here’s the beautiful blue screen on a Samsung Focus:
Look quite real, I wonder why this isn’t a featured app on the marketplace.
Sony Ericsson is expanding its Xperia lineup. The leaked pics and specs of the Xperia X7 and Xperia X7 mini has been spotted in the wild. Surprisingly, these handsets will run on the Windows Phone 7 OS instead of the Android OS. Xperia X7 features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 8.1 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, while Xperia X7 Mini comes with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 10.1 megapixel with 3x optical zoom and xenon flash. Check out the leaked specs of the new Xperia phones below.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X7 features an impressive 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 processor, Windows Phone 7 OS, 4.3 inch touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels resolution, 8.1 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording, and an HDMI output with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound and so on.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X7 Mini comes with a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 800 pixels resolution,1GHz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor, 10.1 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and xenon flash, noise cancellation headphones bundled and much more.
The price and availability of these handsets are still unknown. Xperia X7 and Xperia X7 mini are expected to arrive at Q1 2011. Do you think these handsets should have Android OS instead of the Windows Phone 7? Let us know your views in the comments below.
HTC, the most popular Android phone maker and one of the biggest backers of Windows Phone 7 is said to be working on its own version of an online application store.
According to a report by FT, HTC is currently hiring staff in Taiwan to prepare for the launch of an online store which would sell apps and ebooks. The application store would be integrated with the Sense UI which HTC uses on Android devices and will possibly use in its Windows Phone 7 devices soon.
HTC recently launched the HTCSense.com cloud based service. HTC CEO, Peter Chou recently commented that it was no longer enough for HTC to just customize the Android UI with Sense. “It is not enough to be skin-deep. We need to go bone-deep“.
The Dell Venue Pro is one of the most anticipated Windows Phone 7 devices in 2010. While details of most of the other Windows Phone 7 devices have been out for quite some time, we didn’t have any solid information about the release date of the Dell Venue Pro.
It seems that the wait for the Dell Venue Pro may finally be over. Apparently, Microsoft will launch the Dell Venue Pro at its retail stores on November 8. It may also be made available on Microsoft’s website.
Dell will start selling the Venue Pro online at Dell.com on November 15. I’m eagerly awaiting the launch of the Venue Pro, are you?
You can check out the detailed specifications of the Dell Venue Pro here – Dell Venue Pro
The Windows Phone 7 powered Samsung Focus, which was announced last month will finally go on sale from November 8th. This handset comes with an amazing 4 inch Super AMOLED display, 1 GHz processor and 8 GB internal storage. Samsung Focus will be available exclusively on the airwaves of AT&T in the U.S.
Samsung Focus features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, Windows Phone 7 Operating System, 1 GHz processor, Wi-Fi, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS, Bluetooth, 5 megapixel camera with flash and auto-focus, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 3.5mm audio jack, 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot and much more.
Samsung Focus will come with a price tag of $199.99 on a two years contract agreement. This handset will be available on AT&T stores from November 8th.
All major tech companies like their employees using their own products instead of their competitors’. Google, Microsoft and Samsung have been known to distribute free phones to their employees as perks.
Dell is now offering to replace its employees’ Blackberrys with brand new Dell Venue Pro phones, powered by Windows Phone 7. The Dell Venue Pro directly competes with the Blackberry Torch, so this move is not entirely out of the blue. Approximately 25000 Dell employees will soon be making the switch.
Dell also plans to provide devices like the Dell Streak, powered by Android to its employees. According to Brian Gladden, Dell’s CFO, the move will save them about 25% in mobile communication costs, by eliminating the need to maintain Blackberry servers.
Speaking at an event in Hong Kong, Michael Dell has been quoted saying that developing for Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform is easier compared to Android, based on the feedback he got from developers. The comment is quite interesting given Dell has two firsts, Dell Venue Pro, their Windows Phone and an Android based tablet the Dell Streak.
Developer enthusiasm is crucial for the success of Windows Phone 7. According to reports there are close to 12,000 registered developers for the platform and more than a 1,000 apps in the Zune marketplace. Considering that Windows Phone 7 devices are yet to launch in the US, there seems to be fair amount of momentum.
Michael Dell acknowledged Android’s lead over Apple and said, What’s interesting about the smartphone space is how it’s changing into a more open-modular system. It’s staggering that Android has now surpassed Apple in terms of originations and this is happening at a much, much faster rate than what folks had envisioned.”
Dell Streak v2 to be a Windows based device? Windows CE perhaps?
I’ve talked to quite a Microsoft employees who’ve been a part of Windows Phone 7 and they are all genuinely excited about what they’ve come up with. Microsoft will be handing out Windows Phone 7 devices to all its employees. Paid attendees at Microsoft’s developer conference PDC 10 were given LG WP7 handsets. Some brilliant sleuthing by Daniel Rubino of WPCentral he found out that Bill Gates uses the Samsung Focus:
The Focus will be launching in the US on AT&T starting November 8 and is considered as one of the better WP7 device by reviewers. The AMLOED screen and light weight make it a nice phone to own and now that it has got Bill Gates’ approval, Samsung and AT&T better stock their inventory.