HTC Radar 4G gets November 2nd launch date on T-Mobile with $100 price tag originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 12:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Got Klout? You may qualify for a free Windows Phone originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 21 Oct 2011 10:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Microsoft’s sights have clearly been set on expanding its Windows Phone empire into emerging markets, considering its recent interest in developing Tango, a low-cost version of its mobile OS due out next year. But the company’s expansion strategy doesn’t just get put on hold in the meantime — Redmond announced a new partnership with Brightpoint, effectively adding the North African and Middle East markets to its Mango distribution list. Individual countries will have access to the Windows Phone Online Shop before the end of the year. We imagine there’s quite a few anxious souls in the region who’ve been looking to get their hands on these devices for a long time now, but that wait is almost over.
Microsoft and Brightpoint buddy up to deliver Windows Phone to Middle East and Africa originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Nokia Sabre brandished ahead of launch, expected to unveil its Mango of steel next week? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Man, can Nokia World get here any faster? Nokia needs Windows Phone in perhaps the worst possible way, and if you had any doubt whatsoever on that, just take a look at the outfit’s woeful Q3 2011 earnings. Right off the top, net sales dropped 13 percent year-over-year (and three percent from Q2), while operating profit plummeted a staggering 60 percent year-over-year (and 36 percent since the prior quarter). All told, the company recorded net sales of €9 billion ($12.35 billion), and while things are gloomy in comparison to the glory days, it still has a whopping €5.1 billion ($7 billion) in its coffers. And the good news doesn’t end there. The company’s shares actually surged on word that the losses weren’t as bad as anticipated, and that overall sales beat estimates. Only in a stock market can the loss of €68 million ($93 million) be “positive,” but hey — we’re sure Nokia will take all the silver linings it can find. Of course, things should be on the up-and-up after a spate of WP7-based Nokia devices are revealed later this month in London, but it still remains to be seen how soon the company can ship, and if it can penetrate a smartphone market that’s gaining iOS and Android loyalists by the truckload each day. Hit the links below for more percentages than the average simpleton can shake a stick at.
Nokia Q3 2011 earnings: operating profit sinks 60 percent, but sales beat estimates originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 06:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Straight out of AsiaD, we’ve got our first look at Mango’s next three handsets: the HTC Titan, the Samsung Focus S (pictured above), and the Samsung Focus Flash. Well, not strictly first — the Focus S has slipped out into the wild before, and we’ve already clashed with the Titan and the Radar Lees is showing off, but we’re still happy to get a proper look at Sammy’s new stars. The Focus siblings both outpace their older brother with matching 1.4GHz processors, but split the difference in screen size, with the Focus S brandishing a larger 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and the Flash stepping down to a 3.7-inch plus-free Super AMOLED. Cameras? They’ve got ‘em, an 8 megapixel peeper clings to the back of the Focus S, while the Flash retains its predecessor’s 5 megapixel cam — both slabs lay a happy claim to front-facing cameras. Further details are scarce — we know that the Focus S measures in 8.55 millimeters at its thinnest point and promises “4G” speeds when it lands later this year, but when that might actually be is still a mystery. We’ll let you know when we hear something. Check out the galleries below for a better look.
Microsoft’s Andy Lees shows off Titan, Focus S, and Focus Flash originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 23:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
No surprise here, but you can officially mark Nokia World 2011 down as must-watch TV. Andy Lees just confirmed here on stage at AsiaD that the London-based event, which kicks off on October 26th, will be the launchpad for Nokia’s Windows Phones. Yes, phones. As in, plural. He specifically stated: “[Nokia will] have differentiating hardware and software.” We’ve already caught plenty of sneak peeks at what may be on tap, and you can bet we’ll be on hand to bring you the details as they’re poured out. First Mango, now Nokia. Looks like it’ll be quite the holiday season for the WP7 department.
Update: Here’s a quote near the end of the interview from Andy. “Nokia will announce its rollout plans with Windows Phone, among other things. It made an evaluation early on, and saw our roadmap for this year and next year, and it decided to bet the whole company on Windows Phone based on that. We’ve seen that other hardware makers have seen this occurrence as an accelerant, which in turn helps both Microsoft and Nokia. I’m also excited about naming some new OEMs that will be coming onboard [with WP7].“
Microsoft’s Andy Lees: Nokia will announce ‘its Windows Phones’ at Nokia World originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 23:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Microsoft’s President of Windows Phone, Mr. Andy Lees, just wrapped up a diverse interview with Ina Fried at AsiaD, in which he took the chance to gloat on Nokia’s behalf about the impending launch of its wide array of WP7-based smartphones. Moreover, he proudly responded to claims that WP7 sales have been suboptimal by clarifying that Windows Phone 7 sold more in its first 12 months on the market than did Android. Granted, the smartphone market was entirely more prepared for another entrant when Microsoft arrived, but we digress. He also held no punches when asked to opine on Andy Rubin’s swings at Windows Phone from last night’s interview, noting that “Android is very techy,” and that it’s a great OS for a certain population. He stated that Android hits you “with a grid of apps,” instead of taking a “people approach,” which WP7 presumably has. Of course, we all know how The Social went over…
All jesting aside, he responded to Ina’s questions surrounding hardware choices with this: “We wanted to stop problems with fragmentation, so we’ve locked a lot of things down. We want partners to add value, but not in a way that’s chaotic. As an example, we do hardware acceleration of the browser — no matter which WP device you choose, it all works in a consistent way. Some things in 2012 will extend that.” Moving on to more competitive questions (surrounding Siri, mostly), he affirmed that users can indeed talk to their Windows Phone handsets, but that the kind of implementation seen in Siri isn’t “super useful.” He also — oddly, we must say — noted that WP7′s voice implementations rely on Bing, which harnesses “the full power of the internet, rather than a certain subset.” Last we checked, Siri and Wolfram Alpha were connected to the internet, but we get his point — in theory, at least. He confirmed that speaking to one’s phone was practical in places like motorcars, but he seemed to imply that barking commands to a phone in public wasn’t something that Microsoft was inclined to ask its users to do.
On a hardware-related note, Andy affirmed that NFC chipsets will indeed ship on WP7 devices within the next year, and while Microsoft’s not interested in competing with Google and the like from a platform standpoint, it’s more than happy to enable mobile payments via services that already exist. To quote: “Microsoft is providing technological building blocks so payments can be done on the phone — we aren’t competing with other people providing services. We’ll have a platform approach.” Finally, he also alluded to the inclusion of LTE as the infrastructure behind WP evolves, leaving us to wonder if it’ll be Apple (or someone else entirely) as the final 4G holdout.
Microsoft’s Andy Lees: talking to your phone isn’t super useful, NFC coming soon to Windows Phone originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 23:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Stephen Elop famously fumbled when shots of Nokia’s “super confidential” Mango handset made their way to the interwebs. Since then, we’ve seen footage from the factory floor, and even teases of upcoming marketing materials outing the 800, or the phone formerly known as Sea Ray. Now, leaked press shots over on PocketNow, once again, treat us to a preview of the Espoo / Redmond mobile marriage and its candybar-shaped offspring — available in blue, pink and black. From what we can see in these renders, the volume rocker, power button and apparent dedicated camera shortcut key are all placed on the right side of the handset, with a speaker grille located at the device’s base. Of course, there’s that familiar Windows Phone 7.5 live-tiled interface and three capacitive buttons on the handset’s screen. For now, that’s all she wrote, but is it enough to tide you over ’til its eventual reveal at Nokia World? Our trusty magic 8-balls says, “You may rely on it.” We’re inclined to agree.
Nokia 800 press shots leak, Espoo’s Windows Phone Mango lovechild now close at hand originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.