Chinese-based smartphone maker ZTE has joined the ever-growing list of Windows Phone 7 partners who are planning to release a brand new device based on Microsoft’s upcoming Mango operating system.According to Engadget, ZTE’s first Windows Phone device is named, Tania and was originally shown to the public at the China International Communications Exhibition 2011.
ZTE Tania Specs:
- Resolution: 480 x 800 pixels
The announcement of Tania could be good news for Microsoft as they attempt to gain ground on Google’s Android operating system, which has been beneficiary so far and has chipped off a major chunk of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile market share over the past few years. Google devices have ranged from high-end expensive smartphones, to low price, less powerful phones, which despite less speed have sold very well.
As we inch closer to the Mango update release ,we have already seen a some of the Mango devices being released in the Eastern region of the world and many more coming up over the upcoming weeks to hit the stores all over the world.
As earlier reported on the Windows Phone blog that the developers who’ll submit their Windows Phone 7.5 versions of the applications will not be able to access the Windows Phone 7.0 apps to modify them.But that’s going to change in less than a months time.Come October they are enabling the functionality to the App Hub that will allow the developers to access the Windows Phone 7.0 apps as well as the Windows Phone 7.5 apps version.
They are also adding screenshots and graphics overlay to the indicating new features of the recent version so that the developers can optimize their new Windows Phone 7.5 apps.They can be downloaded from Here.
Microsoft has finally unveiled their own minesweeper for WP7 a couple of weeks back under the Xbox Live Flagship,one of the rare Free releases under the Xbox Live Titles.
As its commonly known minesweeper field is far larger than a phone’s screen however,it’s pretty easy to play thanks to the simple touch controls.You can zoom out if you need to, but you can usually remain zoomed in all the time. The double-tap feature on an open square to uncover the surrounding empty mines has been carried over from the Windows Vista/7 version and works just fine on the phone.You can also switch between flag or digging mode, but you can typically stay in flag mode the whole time thanks to this feature..hence its like playing the game at the same rate as on a computer.
Different difficulty levels make this game a tedious one for sure and it’s definitely hard.
A new feature is the Speed mode, where you race against the clock.There’s also a scoring system, and power-ups, and other stuff..
However, the only problem with this game is the amount of time it takes for loading!!
It certainly checks your patience.
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Download Now : Minesweeper
Windows Phone Marketplace has been growing with an astounding rate from past few months or so,it was faster than iOS when it hit the 25,000 mark but in the last month seem to have lost some momentum in terms of number of apps released .
The total number of apps at the moment in the windows phone marketplace is 30,039 according to the WindowsPhoneApplist.Currently there are 47 % Free Apps with around 20 % paid apps with Trial available and 33 % pure paid apps(without Trial ).If we have a look at the category wise count, Games populating the 17 % of applications while the other dominant categories being Ebooks ,news and weather.
With Mango coming up in a matter of few days and games lined up for release for the Xbox Live Flagship we might see another landmark hit the marketplace soon with next time hopefully being faster than the App Store.
So finally we have a new generation Mango based Device up for grabs ,well at least for the Windows Phone enthusiasts in Japan its a great news.Fujitsu Toshiba Launch it’s first Windows Phone IS12T powered by the latest update codenamed Mango ,which began shipping from yesterday , courtesy KDDI Corporation and Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company.
We earlier saw some of it’s features in the earlier posts,the phone is powered by Qualcomm MSM8655 chipset, 3.7 ” Display (WVGA),32 GB of built in memory,13.2 MegaPixel Camera and some of the interesting features which makes this phone a bit different from the other Windows Phone is that the phone is Water resistant and Dust resistant.The phone comes in colors like Citrus,Magenta and Black.
Other Windows Phone manufacturers HTC ,Nokia,LG and Samsung are also gearing up for the release of the new breed of the Windows Phones powered by Mango.
Checkout the PressRelease Here
Microsoft is trying every trick in the hat to lure the developers to the Windows Phone platform,first we saw Brandon Watson offering Free Windows Phone devices to internet Celebrities then we saw Student Developers contest to win the Windows Phone.
Now Brandon is spreading the Developer love for the Published WebOS Developers to bring them to the Windows Phone Developer team by giving away free Windows Phone devices along with Training and free Developer Tools for the same as he tweeted earlier about the same yesterday.Windows Phone Marketplace which is growing with an astounding rate with over 25,000 apps already within first 8 months of it’s launch will only benefit from this move by Brandon and this is a win win situation for the developers the company and the consumers to bring the new Ecosystem ahead .
X box Live Flagship is one of the USP’s of the Windows Phone 7 platform with it’s unique Achievements and other features to boost the users enthusiasm towards the game.Recently Microsoft officially announced as many as 14 new Xbox Live Titles for the upcoming months over the Windows Phone 7 platform.
The titles in this list contains highly popular games from Xbox 360 like Kinectimals Mobile the mobile version of the popular Xbox 360 one also this list contains the successors to some existing titles like Chickens Can’t Fly which is now under the Xbox Live Flagship after the success of it’s Chickens Can Dream.
Here’s what you will get to see in near future for the Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live Lineup.
- Beards & Beaks: Cave Area
- Bug Village
- Burn the Rope
- Chickens Can’t Fly
- Gravity Guy
- Farm Frenzy 2
- Fight Game Rivals
- Kinectimals Mobile
- TextTwist 2
- Toy Soldiers Boot Camp
So we can expect a humungous response from the users with the new generation phones coming up less than a month from now which will definitely increase the user base of this platform as well as the growing number of applications and game titles like these in the Marketplace.
Nokia Microsoft deal was one of the big news of this year and we already saw the Nokia Sea Ray The first Windows Phone from Nokia which was leaked a while ago over the web.Apart from few spotting here and there about this one from Nokia as well as from the other manufacturers like HTC ,Samsung there’s nothing much concrete about any launch dates of these devices.
But now as reported earlier by TheUnwired we might very well see the first Mango Device launch even before September.Microsoft and Nokia has sent out an invitation for this years GamesCom which is to be held in Cologne, Germany . Quoting “exciting actions and surprises”, which “will make it an an evening to remember”.
So as far as i can make out from the invitation image ,this might very well be the announcement for upcoming Nokia Windows Phone Devices.Whether it’ll really be a launch event or something else is anybody’s guess !
Angry Birds the most popular games on multiple platforms like iOS , Android and other platforms was released a month ago for the Windows Phone 7 under the Xbox Live Flagship,The Earlier version that is the Angry Birds 1.o featuring 135 levels prior to this update is available over marketplace for 2.99 $.
The game is not updated to the Version 1.1 which brings the new levels in the earlier version of the game,bringing the levels count to 225 levels (90 more than the earlier count)unlocking the previously tagged coming soon 10 and 11 episodes .
So its just a matter of time till we get the other versions of angry birds to the platform along with the rest of the levels of the original Angry Birds 1.0,though no official word on that,but as the platform grows it’s bound to happen.
So the Rumors were indeed true about the Fujitsu Toshiba’s first Windows Phone Child.It’s Not Nokia Sea Ray and neither the HTC Device,Fujitsu Toshiba’s au IS12T becomes the first Windows Phone Mango Device to be officially announced.
Now Lets talk about the specifications,this new generation Windows Phone device contains a Qualcomm’s MSM8655 CPU though the clock frequency is yet to be disclosed,sports a 3.7 ” LCD Display,Bluetooh 2.1 and Wifi .Well those are some usual specifications (which are mandatory as per the Windows Phone Chassis).Here’s some more,It Sports a 32 GB of Flash memory and 13.2 Megapixel Camera with Autofocus.Sadly no Front Facing camera can be spotted so no video calling.
The Most exciting feature of this phone is that this one is a Water Proof and dust proof phone !!!The device is expected to be released by the month of September.
The phone was announced just after the we go the news about the Windows Phone Mango RTM’ed .So we can expect a lot of devices unveiling in the coming days.