Live from San Francisco, it’s Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 launch event. Our live blogging will begin when the event starts at 10am, so stay tuned. We’ll update as things begin to happen! And we’re off. Joe Belfiore, corporate VP is coming to welcome us, asking for Windows Phones to be held up. Saying have been working to improve the phones over time, working with Qualcomm to improve the processor, app store now has 120,000 apps. In fall, 191 countries will have access to the store. State of art of smart phone hasn’t evolved much in five years after being “standardized” by the iPhone and “copied” by Android. Makes slam at Apple about improving by adding fifth row of icons and Windows isn’t using that “tired old metaphor.” People are the center of everything with Windows Phone he says. “To reinvent the smart phone around you,” he says, with “The smartphone reinvented around you” slogan up. … [Read more...] about Live Blog: The Windows Phone 8 Launch Event
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This morning Microsoft officially unveiled “Mango,” its anticipated Windows Phone update with a dizzying array of upgrades and new features and developer tools. Microsoft emphasized the speed of its mobile browser, a range of new local search capabilities, Bing Vision (visual search like Google Goggles), “a smarter approach to apps” and new group messaging and email features. There were so many feature tweaks and improvements that it’s difficult to summarize them all. The video below highlights the major changes and upgrades of Mango. For example, according to Gartner, Microsoft sold 1.6 million Windows Phones globally in Q1 of this year. The 3.6 million number in the chart above includes sales of the older (now discontinued) Windows Mobile OS. By comparison to Windows Phone’s 1.6 million unit sales, Android sold 36 million units during the same time period. Microsoft hopes, and many industry watchers believe, that once Nokia handsets start shipping … [Read more...] about Microsoft Releases “Mango” Windows Phone Update, Will Consumers Bite?
Get in, get out. That’s the idea behind the new Windows Phones: get access to content quickly and “get back to your life.” Personalization and simplicity are also key themes of the new Microsoft mobile experience, which officially launched this morning with speeches from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega. Without mentioning Apple or Android, de la Vega lauded Windows Phones as offering a “breakthrough experience” . . . “unlike anything you’ve ever seen.” As the iPhone heads to other US carriers (i.e., Verizon) AT&T is shifting its focus to embrace a wider array of devices. The new Windows Phone is partly designed around “hubs” that seek to express common tasks or use cases. The six Windows Phone hubs are “People, Music, Video, Photos, Games and Office.” The design and appearance are very different than the familiar Apple app-centric approach, though there are and will be … [Read more...] about Windows Phones Finally Arrive With Dedicated Search Button
Windows Phone User? No Google Maps For You! To recap briefly, some Windows Phone users started reporting (as covered by The Verge) that they were unable to reach Google Maps using the Internet Explorer web browser on their phones. They got redirected instead to the Google home page. Google initially suggested (as covered by Gizmodo) that this was because Internet Explorer on Windows Phone wasn’t a WebKit-based browser and so Google Maps wouldn’t work for it. Google later added (as covered by The Next Web) that it was redirecting people on Windows Phone devices because of this incompatibility, but Google said this would soon change, since the latest version of Internet Explorer for Windows Phone was now apparently Google Maps-capable: Google sent us the same statement that The Next Web received, which says: We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make sure we deliver the best experience for those users. In our last test, IE mobile still did … [Read more...] about The Strange Explanation Of Why Windows Phone Users Lost Access To Google Maps
Bing News App Bing has partnered with a number of national, local and region news sources, including Associated Press, Reuters, Gizmodo and The Guardian, to deliver a customizable news app that lets users track specific story categories, topics or sources. Users can rearrange headline clusters to move preferred content to the top. Bing is also leveraging Live Tiles on the Windows Phone so that users can see news at-a-glance and pin favorite news sources or topics to the start screen for quick access to preferred content. The new mobile Sports app offers a variety of customized content. Users can personalize the app to track specific leagues or teams. If a user taps on a team or league, the app color theme will change depending on the sport (“green turf for NFL, brown dirt for MLB, grey asphalt for Formula 1 racing”). Covering a number of major sports like soccer, football, baseball, cricket, racing, tennis, hockey and basketball, the Bing Sports app lets users swipe … [Read more...] about Bing Launches News, Sports, Weather & Finance Apps For Windows Phone 8