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.
“You don’t have to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone,” said Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, “but you do to use an Android phone.” He was addressing the Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco, where we guess his audience must have included a large but silent population of Android-loving non-scientists. In any case, the Redmond CEO also revealed that he just can’t get “excited” about Android phones, which proves that anything can be boring if you’re rich enough — including raking in up to $15 per Android handset in cross-licensing deals. On a serious note, though, HTC’s latest Titan handset shows off the Mango experience at its best and it is simpler than Google’s OS. If Windows Phone sales eventually pick up despite the buzz over Android 4.0, then the point beneath Ballmer’s bluster might not seem so unreasonable.
CE-Oh no he didn’t: Steve Ballmer lays into Android originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 08:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We knew as soon as we first clapped eyes on this hulk of a phone that it’d make a brave purchase. It’s not just the 4.7-inch screen that requires a leap of faith, but also the Windows Phone operating system, which is presented here in all its Mangofied glory but is still very much an early adopter’s ecosystem. After all, if you love the Titan’s hardware but prefer a more established OS, you can always wait for the Sensation XL, which is essentially the same phone running good ol’ Android and which should have a similar
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You may have already been able to get a Windows Phone device in India without too much trouble, but Microsoft has only just now made things fully official — complete with Windows Phone Marketplace, voice recognition support, and a trio of Mango devices. That includes just the HTC Radar initially, which will be available next week for the local equivalent of $490, while the Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro (believed to be the same as the W4) are set to follow sometime in November. Of the three, the Allegro is said to be the cheapest of the lot, and there’s also some reports that it will launch in Europe for €299 (or roughly $400) off-contract. Those curious about the Radar can check out our review from a few days ago.
Microsoft officially launches Windows Phone in India with trio of Mango devices originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 13 Oct 2011 01:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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That Boxee client update we saw recently wasn’t the only thing brewing over at DVBLogic. It was part of a wider refresh of the company’s DVBLink products, including the final release of its Connect! server software that can stream live TV from a network-connected tuner out to Android, iOS and WP client apps with EPG and remote recording. Other improvements include the ability to connect up to eight virtual tuners to Windows Media Center, the promise of less painful WMC setup, as well as a DVBLink Remote API that will allow third parties to create clients for other devices. Check out the full PR for pricing and other details after the break.
Continue reading DVBLink v4 out of beta, brings live TV, EPG and remote recording on the go
DVBLink v4 out of beta, brings live TV, EPG and remote recording on the go originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 06 Oct 2011 20:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We just reported that Microsoft is partnering with Verizon and Comcast
(among others) to continue expanding the reaches of its Xbox 360 entertainment suite, but would it be complete without adding compatibility to its mobile empire
as well? The Windows Phone Team says nay; it spoke up this morning about an upcoming app called Xbox Companion, which will access the Xbox Live Marketplace and also act as a remote, allowing you to navigate your console or control video playback directly from your handset. You can call it laziness or convenience — or both — but either way, it’s still going to be a clever new addition to the Marketplace. The app’s currently in beta and will be available as a free download “soon.” For a peek, check out the video below at around the one-minute mark.
Continue reading Soon, Xbox Companion will let you control your console from Windows Phone
Soon, Xbox Companion will let you control your console from Windows Phone originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 05 Oct 2011 13:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Keep looking at Microsoft’s “where’s my Windows Phone update” page, concerned that Mango may never make it to your WP7 device
? You may be comforted to hear that even the Samsung Taylor — the beta device
awarded to devs last summer
that got left in the dark
when NoDo came around — is reportedly receiving the refresh to Windows Phone 7.5
, inferring that the range of devices covered by the annual overhaul is pretty wide. It hasn’t been made official, but the above screenshot was posted on the Facebook Wall of a Microsoft employee (which has since been taken down), offering a solid indication that the idea isn’t too far-fetched. If you’re one of the lucky few to have the prototype handset in your possession, be on the lookout and keep us apprised if Mango comes knocking on your door. Everyone else should feel at ease knowing that if the Taylor can get it, it’s likely that every other Windows Phone can too.
Long live the Samsung Taylor: prototype device to receive Mango? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 05:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Windows Phone 7.5 has officially landed, but unless you’re among a fortunate few, Redmond’s tropical getaway might seem like only a twinkle on the horizon. In a wild turn of events, we’ve now stumbled across (and confirmed) a method that promises instant Mango gratification, and if you’re so inclined, we hope you’ll find similar luck. Here’s the gist: something very special happens when you run the update and then promptly disable your internet connection — about one second seems to do the trick. We first checked for Mango and kept WiFi enabled; the Zune software dutifully reported that our phone was up-to-date. Then, we executed the process and disconnected the internet… and wouldn’t you know it, the update presented itself. Now, we’re happily frolicking through Microsoft’s latest delights on our Focus. If you’re willing to try your luck, you’ll find a full list of instructions in the source. Here’s one final tip: once it’s reported that an update is available, be sure to restore that internet connection.
PSA: Force Windows Phone 7.5 Mango to update, right now originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 28 Sep 2011 08:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Looks like the HTC Radar 4G is the real deal, after all. T-Mobile outed the Windows Phone Mango-sporting handset today, talking up the device’s 3.8-inch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, five-megapixel camera (with a devoted camera button) and, of course, the titular 4G speed. No precise date on the thing yet, but the magenta carrier says it should be out in the States before the holidays.
Continue reading HTC Radar 4G headed to T-Mobile in time for the holidays, chock-full of Mango
HTC Radar 4G headed to T-Mobile in time for the holidays, chock-full of Mango originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We’ve seen slider phones with speakers, gamepads, and of course, the standard keypad — but what if you want to swap out your slider accessory for something new? A new patent from Microsoft is exploring the possibility, showing off a concept smartphone with a sliding modular bay. Tired of that keyboard? Replace it with a gamepad, or a life-giving battery pack. According to the patent claims, some of the modular components would even function wirelessly, citing a touchscreen module which doubles as a wireless handset or a media remote. Neat? You bet, but we wouldn’t get our hopes up — Microsoft typically keeps out of the handset manufacturing game, and the last modular phone to pique our interest didn’t exactly make a splash.
Microsoft patents modular Windows Phone with swappable batteries, keyboard, and gamepad originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Sep 2011 09:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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