Press Release: HTC Corporation today introduced the HTC HD mini, an HTC Sense-based Windows Phone focused on delivering the popular experience of the HTC HD2 in a more compact design. The HTC HD mini sports a high degree of usability along with its own unique and beautiful design. Precision fasteners used to assemble the phone are externally visible, displaying a high level of craftsmanship rarely found in mobile phones. And the strong design ethos continues under the battery cover where a bright yellow internal structure, offers an unexpected surprise when the phone is opened. HTC HD mini includes capacitive touch for viewing, zooming and resizing websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures with just a pinch of your fingers. Leveraging its 3G broadband connectivity, the HTC HD mini also offers personal Wi-Fi anywhere for your computer or other devices.
The HTC HD mini utilizes HTC Sense, a user experience focused on putting people at the centre by making the phone work in a more simple and natural way. This experience revolves around three fundamental principles that were developed by observing and listening to how people live and communicate. These core tenets of Make It Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected continue to be the key to the new HTC Sense experience.
Like the HTC HD2, the HTC HD mini continues the same focus on people-centric communication with complete Outlook integration. It helps you stay close to the important friends and colleagues in your life by providing a single contact view that displays individual communication snapshots of your conversations, regardless of whether it was a call, text, status update or email. HTCâ€™s Windows-based Twitter application, HTC Peep, enables you to tweet and follow your twitter stream.
The new HTC HD mini will be broadly available to customers across major European and Asian markets beginning in April.
SPB has recently announced their new version of Mobile Shell, but unfortunately did not release any video to go along with it, which is unfortunate for such a visual product.
LearnBeMobile has however managed to catch them on the show floor and captured this video of an interface which appears to be getting increasingly sophisticated.
Of course we have not seen a full review yet, and feel that to really become more than eye candy the user interface needs to move beyond being a simple launcher to engaging active applications, such as HTC did with its twitter client built into Sense.
Read SPBâ€™s press release after the break.
We will have a brief 1:1 interview with Microsoft reps tomorrow. Now we are much better informed about Windows Phone 7, what questions do you wish answered?
Let us know in the comments below.
We will not be judging Windows Phone 7 Series in this story, but we will just tell you how it was unveiled and what are our feelings regarding this unveiling.
And we tell you how it is or how it was. No BS.
So, behind seven seas and seven mountains there was a land called "Catalonia" where people were driving cars with "CAT" country symbol. Capital of this land was a city called Barcelona. To this very city Brits, who de facto are organizers of the Mobile World Congress, have moved this event from Cannes, France, because Cannes was too small and we even remember times, when in Cannes we had to carry out interviews on a motor boats and yachts, because there was not enough space elsewhere. Anyway the general idea of that Brits was to have this event in "some city at the seaside in a warm European country".
Unfortunately in early 2010 global weather went bonkers (north of the planet super cold and south of the planet super warm) and also city of Barcelona, instead of being sunny self, was cold and rainy.
More after the breakâ€¦
Engadget has published this hands-on video of the Toshiba TG02, a device which fixes many of the issues of the TG01, including making it smaller, getting rid of the ridiculous Stripe UI of the device, and adding a capacitive screen.
If the TG02 remains cheaper than the HTC HD2, will you consider buying it over the older device? Let us know in comments.
See some pictures after the break.
Gizmodo managed to wheedle some kind of answer regarding multi-tasking on Windows Phone 7.
The answer, from Joe Belfiore, the director of Windows Phone, was â€˜complicatedâ€™:
"The core operating system is a modern multitasking operating system. If you play music for example, the music will play back as you navigate around the experience…if you’re using email, we have great support for push email and that happens in the background.
For third party applicationsâ€”we’ll get into a lot more detail on this in MIXâ€”but we have a few ways we’re going to make sure that third parties can bring their value to the user even when the app is not running. Live tiles are an example. Data feeds in the hubs are another example for some apps."
Satisfied? Let us know below.
Press Release: BARCELONA, Mobile World Congress â€“ February 15, 2010 â€“ HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, today announced plans to bring Microsoftâ€™s next generation of Windows Â® Phones, the Windows Phone 7 Series, to market later this year. The revolutionary new software offers a fresh approach to smartphones by bringing web content and applications together to create a phone experience that is very personal, relevant and connected. With this news, HTC builds on its Windows Phone leadership and extends its commitment to offering customers the most innovative mobile phone experiences available.
â€œWindows Phone 7 Series is a significant milestone for Microsoft, the industry and ultimately people looking to do more on their phones. HTC is working closely with Microsoft to bring the unique HTC experience that customers love,â€ said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC Corporation. â€œMicrosoft has clearly listened to feedback from people and brought a new, fresh approach to the smartphone experience that is beautiful, powerful and compelling.â€
Announced today at Mobile World Congress 2010, 7 Series offers a new approach to phone software, distinguished by smart design and truly integrated experiences that bring to the surface the content people care about from the web and applications. For the first time ever, Microsoft will bring together the Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience to the mobile phone, exclusively on 7 Series phones.
â€œPeople are moving faster than ever, juggling more priorities and turning to technology to manage it all. Windows Phone 7 Series simplifies common tasks by bringing together related content from the web, applications and services into a single view to make life easier,â€ said Andy Lees, senior vice president of Mobile Communication Business at Microsoft. â€œWe are pleased to work closely with HTC, a global leader in mobile phone technology and design, to bring new Windows phones to customers around the world.â€
HTC is set to unveil a number of devices tomorrow. Modaco managed to get pictures of the HTC Touch HD mini, previously known as the HTC Photon, and the Half VGA device is clearly running Windows Mobile 6.5.3, HTCâ€™s first device to do so.
The specs are as we know it already, with a 5 megapixel camera and 600 Mhz processor.
Look for more info tomorrow.
Press Release: Acer neoTouch P300 is a stylish smartphone targeted at users who want to combine personal and professional life in one single device. Itâ€™s the ideal product for people looking for a device with a strong focus on Efficiency, reliability and security.
The super-slim neoTouch P300 features a 3.2â€ WQVGA touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard, making it one of the most capable and user-friendly communication handsets.
BARCELONA, Spain â€“ Feb. 15, 2010 â€“ Today at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the next generation of WindowsÂ® Phones, Windows Phone 7 Series. With this new platform, Microsoft offers a fresh approach to phone software, distinguished by smart design and truly integrated experiences that bring to the surface the content people care about from the Web and applications. For the first time ever, Microsoft will bring together Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience on a mobile phone, exclusively on Windows Phone 7 Series. Partners have already started building phones; customers will be able to purchase the first phones in stores by holiday 2010.
â€œToday, Iâ€™m proud to introduce Windows Phone 7 Series, the next generation of Windows Phones,â€ said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. â€œIn a crowded market filled with phones that look the same and do the same things, I challenged the team to deliver a different kind of mobile experience. We believe Windows Phone 7 Series is a phone that truly reflects the speed of peopleâ€™s lives and their need to connect to other people.â€
Designed for Life in Motion
With Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft takes a fundamentally different approach to phone software. Smart design begins with a new, holistic design system that informs every aspect of the phone, from its visually appealing layout and motion to its function and hardware integration. On the Start screen, dynamically updated â€œlive tilesâ€ show users real-time content directly, breaking the mold of static icons that serve as an intermediate step on the way to an application. Create a tile of a friend, and the user gains a readable, up-to-date view of a friendâ€™s latest pictures and posts, just by glancing at Start.
Every Windows Phone 7 Series phone will come with a dedicated hardware button for Bing, providing one-click access to search from anywhere on the phone, while a special implementation of Bing search provides intent-specific results, delivering the most relevant Web or local results, depending on the type of query.
Windows Phone 7 Series creates an unrivaled set of integrated experiences on a phone through Windows Phone hubs. Hubs bring together related content from the Web, applications and services into a single view to simplify common tasks. Windows Phone 7 Series includes six hubs built on specific themes reflecting activities that matter most to people:
* People. This hub delivers an engaging social experience by bringing together relevant content based on the person, including his or her live feeds from social networks and photos. It also provides a central place from which to post updates to Facebook and Windows Live in one step.
*Pictures. This hub makes it easy to share pictures and video to a social network in one step. Windows Phone 7 Series also brings together a userâ€™s photos by integrating with the Web and PC, making the phone the ideal place to view a personâ€™s entire picture and video collection.
* Games. This hub delivers the first and only official Xbox LIVE experience on a phone, including Xbox LIVE games, Spotlight feed and the ability to see a gamerâ€™s avatar, Achievements and gamer profile. With more than 23 million active members around the world, Xbox LIVE unlocks a world of friends, games and entertainment on Xbox 360, and now also on Windows Phone 7 Series.
* Music + Video. This hub creates an incredible media experience that brings the best of Zune, including content from a userâ€™s PC, online music services and even a built-in FM radio into one simple place that is all about music and video. Users can turn their media experience into a social one with Zune Social on a PC and share their media recommendations with like-minded music lovers. The playback experience is rich and easy to navigate, and immerses the listener in the content.
* Marketplace. This hub allows the user to easily discover and load the phone with certified applications and games.
* Office. This hub brings the familiar experience of the worldâ€™s leading productivity software to the Windows Phone. With access to Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace all in one place, users can easily read, edit and share documents. With the additional power of Outlook Mobile, users stay productive and up to date while on the go.
Partners from around the world have committed to include Windows Phone 7 Series in their portfolio plans. They include mobile operators AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, TelefÃ³nica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, and manufacturers Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc. The first phones will be available by holiday 2010. Customers who would like to receive additional information about Windows Phone 7 Series and be notified when it is available can register at http://www.windowsphone7series.com.
To watch the full replay of Steve Ballmerâ€™s press conference at Mobile World Congress, and to experience Windows Phone 7 Series through an online product demo, readers can visit http://www.microsoft.com/news/windowsphone.
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Now that we have all seen the demos what do our readers think? Is Windows Phone 7 competitive, or so out there that it will never find customers?
In short, is is hot or not?
Below are some more pictures from HTCâ€™s stand at Mobile World Congress 2010.
Above is a video interview with representatives from Opera at Mobile World Congress 2010.
From our representative, Opera remains very committed to Windows Mobile, and we should see their browser being released in lock step with other platforms.