Most people probably remember having a song, album, or band change our lives. It's a fairly common experience, even for those unfortunate beings who don't live and breathe music. It's a good thing to have happen to you (unless you've become too obsessed).
You wouldn't initially think it, but your phone's home screen is itself an app. It's an app that launches other apps—an app launcher, if you will. But if the app launcher native to your mobile isn't up to snuff, you can always replace it.
Earlier this week, a Microsoft spokesman announced that all Windows Phone 7 devices would be getting the upgrade to Windows Phone 8. Today developer evangelist Nino Silva acknowledged that he, uh, misspoke. Apparently he was confusing application compatibility with device upgrades and cleared things up on his blog…
If your phone is running Windows Phone 7, you'll be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 when it comes out. Yes, even if your handset was among the first to market. Hey Android, are you listening? That's how you do upgrades.
Purported screenshots of the soon to be announced Windows Phone 7.6 Tango have emerged on a Russian forum. There are a handful of new features, but what's really interesting is how little seems to have changed.
A platform is useless without dedicated developers. Brandon Watson, former head of the Windows Phone Developer Experience, knows this better than anyone. Knowledge he will surely carry over to his new gig as director of Amazon's Kindle Cross Platform team.
Getting a firmware upgrade notification is like getting an early birthday present—you're extra excited because it's so unexpected. Now, Microsoft is ensuring that every new WP7 update gives you that "early present feeling" by killing off its popular Where's My Phone Update feature. But why?
Some people like normal-sized phones. Other people like giant-sized phones. The Focus S is Samsung's Windows Phone, for those other people.
That Xbox Companion App we told you about back in October? It's now live and ready to download for your media-playing and friend-tracking amusement. If you've got a Windows 7 phone and a XBL Gold account, give it a spin and let us know what you think in the comments! [WP7 Marketplace via TechCrunch]
Pulse, the slick and pretty RSS reader-ish app on iPhone, Android and iPad, is now available for the equally slick and pretty Windows Phone. If you're not familiar, Pulse takes a bunch of news sources and transforms them into a pretty gorgeous collection of tiles. Reading doesn't have to be a snoozefest, you know.
Mango, you sweet juicy OS update you. We can't wait to taste you. When are you going to come to Windows Phone? According to Microsoft, we can expect Mango to start rolling out "in the next week or two"
Your phone company is screwing you on text messaging. SMS messages cost them next to nothing, yet they charge you up the yin-yang. So how's about sticking it to the phone company with some viable alternatives to SMS messaging?
At last week's Citi Technology Conference, Nvidia showed off their roadmap for their Tegra line of smartphone chips. The takeaway: their "Wayne" and "Grey" chipsets could give them an in with most handset makers by 2013.
Windows Phone 7.5, better known as Mango, could possibly-maybe-there's-a-chance be out September 15th, according to the latest round of rumors.
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang seems to think that Windows 8 will run Windows Phone 7 apps in some capacity. While there are parts of Windows 8 that appear very similar to windows 7, could this really be the case?
Microsoft is tracking your Windows Phone, and there's nothing you can do about it. A lawsuit filed in Seattle is claiming that Windows Phone's camera app tracks your location and sends it to Microsoft, even if you opt out. We contacted Microsoft and they refused to comment.
Enough Apple talk! Let's move on to a more tropical fruit. WP7 Mango is coming very soon, and more and more goodies are being revealed. Skype video? Wi-Fi hotspot? Delicious!