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  • smover 2:42 pm on July 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Acer W4, Dell Wrigley, Fujitsu, GT-i8350, HTC, HTC Bresson, HTC Eternity, HTC Flyer, HTC Ignite, HTC Prime, i937, IS12T, LG E906, Mango, Nexus Prime, , Nokia E8, Nokia W6, , Nokia W8, REGZA, Samsung, SGH-i937, Toshiba, , ZTE   

    Windows Phone 7 Mango future devices 

    Lot of things are already available on many blogs, so lets summarize what we already know on the second wave of Windows Phone 7 devices !

    1. The second wave …is not a wave at all !
    Mango devices won’t be announced all at once at some Microsoft event like the first wave. They will be released individually on the different target markets.
    I think it is way more valuable for the customer because you will see new Mango smartphones with improved hardware all the time.

    2. No more brand exclusive features
    The first Windows Phone wave has a major issue : Microsoft worked with each brand go give each of them some exclusive feature (4,3″ & 8mpx APN for HTC, DLNA & 16GB of ROM for LG, etc.) so you couldn’t find THE ultimate Windows Phone 7. This could have work if people had the choice between Windows Phone 7 and …Windows Phone 7 but in our world you also have Android, iOS and the others! Between a artificially features limited Windows Phone 7 and another device that combines them all which phone the average consumer will buy ? This issue is hopefully no more with Mango!

    3. 9 Devices to rule them all – even more ?
    We heard many times that we should get 9 new Mango devices before the end of 2011. Let’s take a look at all current partners and what we know about their future projects :

    Acer W4
    The first Acer WP7 Mango device is coming  : 3.6″ WVGA (480×800) LCD, 1Ghz, 5Mpx camera, DLNA support. Looking at those specifications this will be a low price device, which is a good thing for WP7.

    Dell Wrigley
    They had one of the best WP7 device with the Venue Pro : 4″ AMOLED screen, vertical QWERTY slider, a gorgeous design… It was planned to be a hit, but drivers issues and lack of carrier support limited the sales. Dell’s leaked roadmap promise the WP7.5 Wrigley in Q3 (July ?), with a 1GHz processor, a 4″ WVGA screen and an 8mpx camera capable of 720p video : a fixed Venue Pro with an better camera ?
    The question is : will Dell provide other Mango devices ?

    Fujitsu REGZA IS12T
    This was a nice surprise! Announced last week and already on japanese carrier KDDI  web page, this WP7.5 phone seems an updated version of an existing Android device (REGZA T-01C). Its water resistant ability makes it unique on the low-end of the WP7 market. To my knowledge this will be the first WP7 device on the japanese market!

    HTC Eternity
    The next HTC in the HD Series ? The first HTC Mango device will be powered by a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon 8255 processor, 16GB, a 1650mAh battery, an 8mpx camera and a giant 4.7″ screen ! No word on the screen resolution yet.

    We know that HTC will offer more Mango device (2 more at least), new information should be available very soon on this topic.

    LG E906
    A new variation of the Optimus 7 ? All we know is that the WVGA screen resolution will be the same.
    One other device should be offered.

    Nokia W6 & Nokia W7 (what about a third one ?)
    Lot of things have been said about the first Windows Phone 7 devices by Nokia.
    Most rumors agree on two models, a cheap one plus an high-end market device based on the N9 gorgeous hardware blessed by an N8-grade camera. But we regularly hear some noise about another device offering a full QWERTY physical keyboard (like the N950 or the E7 ?). Nokia can’t compete against Samsung proprietary and exclusive Super AMOLED screens (even if the finish manufacturer uses Samsung AMOLED piece of hardware), but they build better cases and provide the best cameras available on the smartphone market.

    Nokia said that they will bring at least a new device every three months. If they succeed to do so, we should see a lot of new Windows Phone 7 devices in the first half of 2012…

    Samsung  GT-i8350 & Samsung SGH-i937

    The GT-i8350 will probably be some cheap Mango device (think of a Windows Phone powered Galaxy ACE), and all we do know is the WVGA screen resolution.

    The i937 will be THE beast : probably based on the Galaxy S III platform – yes, 3, not 2 ! – that will be shared with Google’s Nexus Prime, this device will be Microsoft’s answer to the iPhone 5 and the next Android device wave. It will use a Super Amoled HD screen with a 720p resolution (720×1280!). Lets’ hope Samsung will give it the appropriate battery.

    ZTE ?

    Another surprise from Microsoft : ZTE will join the WP7 band wagon. They will start with a cheap device, but looking at the chinese maker ambition toward the high-end market we may be surprised in the future.

    4. Conclusion

    If we look at this list we already have 10 Mango devices, and more should be announced from HTC and LG. Compared to the first wave of Windows phone 7 devices we will have very different devices covering all the different smartphone markets. From the giant HTC Eternity screen to the record resolution the Samsung SGH-i937 will bring and the incredible cameras Nokia will provide the high-end market will be covered …for the first time ! You can’t sell 2 years old hardware as high-end like what happened last october and it seems Microsoft learned this lesson very well.

    And what about the future ? No words yet on 3D screens (3D would suit very well WP7’s Metro UI transitions!), 3D photos/videos or 3D Video chat, but then again we may be surprised before the end of the year. We are also waiting for Sony’s first Windows Phone device, if that ever happens.

    [EDIT July 18th]
    3 more HTC devices!

    HTC Ignite
    The Ignite looks like an low-cost evolution of the Mozart with a shiny and smooth bezel.
    It seems to be designed with the minimum Windows Phone 7 specifications in mind : 0.8Ghz processor, no front-camera, a 3.7″ WVGA screen and a 5mpx shooter on the backside.


    HTC Bresson
    It was supposed to feature a 16mpx camera, which is hopefully NOT credible.
    But you can expect some nice 8-12mpx shooter with a good S-LCD screen and a fast processor (probably this lovely 1.5Ghz processor you can already meet in the HTC Flyer).

    HTC Prime
    No this QWERTY slider has definitely nothing to do with that other Prime from Mountain View (the question is : when do LG will bring us the Optimus Prime ?).
    If this render is to be believe the Prime will bring a new body design with a 5 rows QWERTY keyboard, I’m just afraid we’ll have to deal with a small screen again.




  • smover 11:11 am on July 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Homescreen, iOS, Mango, ,   

    What is still missing in Mango – Home Sets & Connectivity Shortcuts 

    Mango is coming very soon and lot of developers already have their fingers toying with this highly anticipated update of Microsoft’s best child. There’s lot of reviews already regarding this ‘Mango Beta 2’ that is spreading all over the world these days. It seems nothing changed on the main screen, which is a big issue for me. Don’t get me wrong : I am a big fan of Metro, and I love the tiles system, but it is doomed if it doesn’t change a little bit.

    Here comes two ideas I sent to Microsoft.

    1. Home Sets for the main screen
    I’m NOT talking about multiple main screens at the same time as you can find in Android, iOS, Symbian and Bada. These are quickly a waste of time (where is Angry Birds on my 7 desktops ?!).

    Windows Phone tiles are great, but it also becomes a waste of time if the list goes to long. I’d say that if it’s longer than 2 screens it starts to be less efficient and you don’t always find the right tile when you need it as fast as you would like to.

    Windows Phone approach is all about what the user wants to do with his device, so let’s apply this to multiple home screen.

    • You need a work home screen with the right tiles, your boss, collègues, partners and this CRM app you can’t live without.
    • You also need a private home screen with your familiy tiles, engadget app (finally available on the market!), ebay to find new guitars and so on.
    • You need a “kids mode” to show only the right game and video shortcuts when you give your WP7.5 device to your children to survive to long travels in the car.
    • You need a private home screen for your secret night life with some specific contacts and apps (“where is my car ?”).
    • etc.

    In fact you just need one set of tiles at once depending of what you are doing, and an easy and quick way to switch from one to another !
    To do this you just need ONE single button.

    An important point is that this solution won’t hurt your phone battery as you will always have only one set of tiles at once !

    Of course if you pin some new tile, it will show on the Home Set you are currently using.
    You can also imagine an easy gesture (two fingers snap for example) to switch to the list of Home Sets so you won’t have to move to the top of the current one then press the button.

    2. Connectivity Shortcuts (Android users should love that)

    This is an obvious requierment once you tried an HTC or Samsung Android device.

    What do you think of this ?

    • Lee 9:12 pm on July 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You should have GPS detect your location and also time of day then it customizes the home screen according to location and time automatically eg.

      When you are in the Cinema ( use gps, clock and calendar ) : set to silent, and no vibrate

      When you are at work at certain time ( use gps, clock and calendar ): Sets all your work apps like the Office app, Notes apps, Calendar, To-Do list, sets phone to vibrate only.

      Out of country vacation detects location and also calendar dates ( use gps, clock and calendar ) : Sets your camera, facebook, map, travel apps

      When you are at the Gym (usses gps and clock) : sets music , running app, health app to the home screen

      When you are at the train station on the way to work (usses gps and clock) : Sets news app, game app, facebook etc etc.

      When you are in the airport (usses gps) : Turns celular off and turns zune player on.

      So you are allowed to customize or create your new sets of home screens, you can choose to use GPS, clock, both or manually switch.

      Just an idea.

      • smover 10:10 am on July 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Automatic screen change depending of your environnement is a really interesting subject ! Nokia worked on it few years ago so maybe we’ll see it coming to Windows Phone in a near future 🙂

    • Erik 5:46 pm on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I really do like the idea of connectivity shortcuts. It’s a real mess doing this the current way, this would be great. About that first homescreen solution… I think it’s a good idea, but perhaps it would be somewhat easier with larger buttons for switching or just a swipe from left to right to bring up the different selections which should be presented in a different way in my opinion. The idea itself is good. One for Work, One for Active life.. filled with restaurant-apps, social apps and such.. and one private. The games Hub already exist, so… why another one? 🙂

      • smover 10:07 am on July 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your input !
        Regarding the homescreen solution :
        – It’s better to have only one available at the time than many panels like Android and the iPhone, because you save the battery, you also have what you need at glance and you move quikly from one to another without the need to search for ‘On which homescreen did I pinned the shortcut/tile i’m looking for ?!’. On my iPad and my Galaxy Tab I’m always wasting time to find the shortcuts, so basic multiple panels like iOS or Android (Sense & TouchWizz, whatever) is not efficient enough.
        Of course we could also imagine a gesture to switch from one to another, but the idea is really to have only one at once …as Windows Phone is today !)
        – In my example the “Kids” panel would not give only games, but ‘some’ games the kids like + shortcuts to their favorite medias (videos and music). So I wasn’t thinking of another acces to the game hub.

    • jeffrey brown 5:28 am on July 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      As for the connectivity button just pin the settings to the start screen and make it a tile. then all the choices are right there in one click. The home and work screens are a nice idea. but i use the live tile generator website and created tiles to seperate my home screen and I have seperation now. its really efficient. but i do like your idea. its real nice. if you want the link to the tile generator let me know.

      • smover 10:09 am on July 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Regarding the setting shortcut this is what i do with my Optimus 7 but it is still one click more than what you can find on Android. And as it’s something I use a lot it’s boring 😉

    • Merced99 1:24 pm on July 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think a solution for the home page would be to be able to define region labels that you could place on eht home screen. They would only be a quarter tile high and would have text you define.

      The idea is like a line break that you could put on the screen and then when you hold down on one or have a region button it would bring up a quick list like the app alphabet search does.

      Something like this

    • Merced99 1:39 pm on July 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry if this is a repeat. What about user defined regions. You can define the labels/regions and then there would be a quick link to them like the app/alphabet search feature. Something like this.

      • smover 8:54 pm on July 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        It’s an interesting solution, but there’s small issues about user defined regions :

        • all tiles from all regions are loaded on the screen all the time (ressources/battery issues), which is not the case with Home Sets
        • it overloads the home page aesthetics which has to be as pure as possible

        Other than that it’s nice !

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