You know how OEMs have tugged and tweaked Google's stock Android OS to fit their needs and how it's a convoluted fragmented mess now? Nokia almost butchered Windows Phone 7's simple and elegant MetroUI interface with its own abominable skin....
Betting big on Windows Phone and its new Lumia smartphones was a ballsy move for Nokia. Despite minor shortcomings on the Lumia 800 and 710, Nokia's managed to sell 1 million Lumias, putting the company back on track to growth.
One of the major questions everybody's been asking about Windows Phone 7 is, when will it get Skype? After all, Microsoft did buy out the VoIP company for $8.5 billion in cash last October. Microsoft says it's "coming soon."
The Lumia 710 isn't the only Nokia smartphone coming to the U.S. Intel points to AT&T getting a larger and faster variant of the Windows Phone 7-powered Lumia 800, rumored to be called the "Ace" or "Lumia 900."
All eyes are on Nokia right now. Last Thursday, it announced the official launch of the Lumia 710 on T-Mobile — the first Windows Phone 7 smartphone it will release in the U.S. Back in October, I had the lovely opportunity to play with prototypes of the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. As I said in my hands-on and review, the Lumia 800 is a handsome piece of polycarbonate, whereas the Lumia 710 was really just a poor man's version and a lower 5-megapixel camera instead of an 8-megapixel one. Nokia might not be a huge player in the U.S., but it's still a global one that still sells lots of cellphones in Europe and Asia; the company still knows a thing or two about making phones. Choosing Windows Phone 7 to be its smartphone OS of choice moving forward was surprising indeed. Now that we've had enough time to let that fact sink it, can Nokia re-enter the U.S. and become a dominant force once again? Can it stare down the mountains of iPhones and Androids and claim a stake on the pedestal? I'm not saying it has no chance at that, but it certainly doesn't look like Nokia's going into this with a huge bang.
Microsoft kicked off a huge marketing blitz in New York City's Herald Square today to hype Windows Phone 7 and it did so by erecting a huge six-story tall Windows Phone 7 fit for a giant. The awesomeness didn't end there. Read on to find out what they were doing inside the phone!
Microsoft is currently prepping its Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone 7, which will allow you to control and interact with your Xbox 360 right from your phone. And recently, they showed off a bit of what it can do.
After announcing in February its new best buddy would be Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, Nokia slipped quietly back into its labs to put the finishing touches on its new line of smartphones. Some eight months later, and what does the Finnish company have to show? Apparently, just a reworked Nokia N9 re-dubbed the "Lumia 800" but with a few minor tweaks and of course, Windows Phone 7 as its power core. Nokia also announced the lower-priced Lumia 710 — a cheaper, less premium-feeling model of the Lumia 800 with a few toned down specs. We felt up Nokia's latest and greatest smartphones this morning and here's what we thought.
My oh my, Windows 8 is looking to be one multi-faceted operating system. It'll be a tablet OS, a desktop OS, might run Xbox 360 games and now talk of it running Windows Phone 7 apps? Unreal.
Up until last week, there were five major mobile operating systems: Android, iOS, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry and webOS. With the wounding of webOS, there are now four. The two top players being Android and iOS. And Microsoft wants at least the bronze medal.