There is no way to confirm weather this video is real or not but we are close enough to launch that I tend to believe it is. On engadget.com they have a video of what is being called the HTC Schubert. There are no specs on this phone yet but they are saying that this will be the first WIndows Phone 7 device for HTC. It looks a lot like the Nexus One except it has the chrome rim like the AT&T Tilt 2. take a look at the video and tell me if you like as much as I do. The screen looks really good and now I am in a quandry.
Engadget.com posted a picture that appears to be Asus’ Windows Phone 7 Device. If you look at the bottom you can see where it says powered by ASUS. At the top it has a serial number so this may mean that it is some type of prototype. There are not any details except you can see the brushed metal they are using for sleekness. It’s a good looking phone if it is real but I can’t quite make out the hardware camera button which is required for Windows Phone 7. We will have to see if more info turns up around this ASUS.
Well strap yourself on in because we are reaching the final leg of the Windows Phone 7 derby. Samsung has sent their application in for their device code named “Cetus”. Samsung’s device is a 4 inch machine that would fit perfectly in my hand. The Cetus SGH-i917, has 850/1900 HSDPA frequencies so everyone’s guess is that it is headed to AT&T. All I can say is that I am almost scared by how many devices are coming out. I won’t know which one to pick. In my book it’s a good problem.
Microsoft is using the Tellme service as the speech recognition engine on Windows Phone 7. They showed a demo of the voice control a little while ago and now they are are pumping up the Tellme service at the 2010 SpeechTEK Conference.Zig Serafin, general manager of the Speech Group at Microsoft, delivered a keynote address describing Microsoft’s vision for speech and natural user interfaces. While they were really covering all the aspects of these interfaces for now the important one is Phone 7.
Windows Phone 7. Microsoft is raising the bar for mobile device interactions with the development of Windows Phone 7. Speech has been seamlessly integrated into the phone experience, for functions such as search, navigation and dialing.
Microsoft is doing a lot of work to get apps for Windows Phone 7. The great thing about it is they are doing a lot of smart things to get them. Instead of just having cheesy apps being created they are taking a real effort to get applications that users will like. Recent there was a contest were the winners app idea would be developed by Microsoft. Now there is a new website that brings people who use apps together with those that create them.
Last week there was a GDGT live event. At the event Microsoft was showing off Windows Phone 7. The demo was being watched by people with all kinds of phones. The nice thing that was taken away was how impressed people are with the phone. I love the fact that one of the viewers was able to pick up that his information was readily available to him on the home screen. There is not a lot of need to click into apps to get information because the tiles are displaying it for you. Take a look and see for yourself.
Samsung has a Bluetooth SIG (BluetoothSpecial Interest Group) that helped reveal some info about their Windows Phone 7 device. Samsung was one of the Microsoft Partners that provided phones for the Phone 7 Tech Preview.The prototype phone has received tons of reviews and I am happy to say most of them were very positive.The Bluetooth certification revealed the code name Cetus.
The video speaks for itself. All the haters that think that people will not create apps for Phone 7 better stop fooling themselves. Here is just yet another video of a developer stressing how easy it is to code for Phone 7. The biggest thing in the video is how it took him a few hours to do what took two weeks to create on Android. I love seeing stuff like this. I know there will be a time period where all my favorite apps won’t be available. These videos help me to believe my apps will be ported sooner than later.
One of my favorite features on Windows Mobile was “Voice Command”. I have used voice controls on the iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. Windows Phone was by far the best of the bunch. I was really interested to see what Microsoft was going to do on Phone 7 and now a video has emerged of this very feature. On Windows Phone 7 the “Tell Me” service will be handling voice controls. Microsoft bought TellMe a few years ago to replace Voice Command. I have to say, I like how fast the demo shows voice command working but, I am sad to see it has less features than what is available today.
Anyone that has been following the plans for Windows Phone 7 knows that Microsoft had big plans for social networking. Out of the gate there will be built in Facebook integration in Phone 7. When everyone was writing their reviews about the DEV device released this week there seemed to be something missing from them all. For whatever reason, there was no Twitter on the phone yet. Now we know that Microsoft had plans to pull the feed in via Windows Live. But, it turns out Twitter (the company) is the reason that that functionality is not there at all.