In July last year, we first reported that popular Indian OEM Micromax is working on Windows Phone devices. Company’s then CEO Rahul Sharma said in Octoberlast year that their handset will be available in the middle if 2014. While we were expecting Micromax to reveal their Windows Phone device at MWC last month, Microsoft announced new Windows Phone OEM partners that included Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava (Xolo), Lenovo, LG, Longcheer and ZTE. Micromax was strangely absent from Microsoft’s list despite they were working on a Windows Phone device.
Today, Times Of India confirmed with Micromax co-founder Vikas Jain that they are still working towards launching Windows Phone devices. When questioned about the absence of their name in Microsoft’s list, he said that the company was still holding discussions with Microsoft and will soon come up with an announcement. According to earlier reports, Microsoft is now offering Windows Phone license for free to Indian OEMs to bring down the cost of devices to consumers.
Nokia’s upcoming Lumia 630 Windows Phone 8 device press render got leaked today on the web. This device will be the successor to the mid-range Lumia 620 device. As you can see in the image above, the device will have on-screen buttons instead of hardware buttons.
On spec wise, the device is expected to have Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 4-inch screen. If the device includes 1GB RAM and HD screen, I guess this device can compete with recently successful MotoG Android device in developing countries like India.
Last week we reported about the official Mobile World Congress app that got released in Windows Phone Store. Yesterday, Nokia released it own Mobile World Congress app exclusively forÂ Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices. It has some cool features such as NFC contact sharing, etc,.
-View the entire MWC exhibitors, speaker, agenda, including the tracks for Conference, Featured Programme and Seminars
-View venue maps without an Internet connection
-Personalized your favourite speaker, exhibitor and event list.
-Explore Barcelona with the help of built-in Nokia Map, Nokia Drive and AR.
-Network within the event by sharing your contact information using NFC.
-Read the latest social media feed about MWC.
-Remind you of the next upcoming event in lock screen and live tile.
At Mobile World Congress today, Microsoft announced the upcoming Windows phone 7 update details. The update which is scheduled to be coming in 2011 will feature deeper Skydrive integration, which will allow you to access your Windows Live personal Cloud Storage service. FYI,Skydrive is used by more than 70 million people across the world. One of the more requested feature regarding People Hub is the twitter integration. Microsoft listened to us and its there in the upcoming WP7 update in 2011. Microsoft also announced full hardware accelerated Internet Explorer Mobile Coming to WP7 as part of the previously mentioned update.
If you have seen pictures of the Mobile World Congress exhibition area thenÂ you have definitely noticed the strong presence of LG. The Korean company, who is expected to announce several new phones over the next week,Â posted aÂ press release on their Korean website giving away some initial specifications.Â
One of the new devices to be unveiledÂ is the LG GM730, which according to LGâ€™s official press release, will be the worldâ€™s slimmest smartphone at 11.9mm, itÂ will be powered by Windows Mobile 6.1Â Â and will have a 5 megapixel camera. Finally,Â the LG GM730 will also feature the S-Class UI that theÂ rest of LGÂ´s device have.
The Windows Mobile Development team has published some photos on flickr of the Windows Mobile pavilion at Mobile World Congress, and while Windows is prominently displayed there is no sign of the Mobile part.
Whether the change will have any material impact will remain to be seen, but some market confusion is very likely over the next 6 months.
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See the full set at flickr here.
Update: A new picture also suggest the Windows Mobile name is dead. In this first picture of Microsft stand there isn’t a single mention of Windows Mobile… Source [Via]
Gigabyte has announced that they will launching a new smartphone at Mobile World Congress, and has included this picture with their promotional material.
The picture clearly depicts new smartphone with the characteristic screen aspect ratio of a WVGA or WQVGA smartphone, and with Gigabyte already having done a number of VGA devices, WVGA is very likely.
The phone shares the same aesthetic as all black slabs these days, with minimal buttons and what looks like a trackball. The device also features a front-facing camera, indicating its almost certainly a 3G device.
We don’t have many information about this, but i-mate will apparently reveal its’ new revolutionary device at Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks.
This next quote from msmobiles, the source of this article, is the only piece of information about the new device.
WHAT IS I-MATE ANNOUNCING? At MWC 2009 i-mate will be unveiling its brand new product â€“ one which sees them break new grounds with a revolutionary mobile device thatâ€™s like nothing else.
So, what could we expect? Well, i-mate is surely known for some very robust devices in the past. VGA screen, Windows Mobile 6.5 and qwerty keyboard are all good candidates for the specification list. WeÂ just have to wait for the 16th of February for i-mate to surprise us.
Until then, enjoy the quick mock-up I did, using the Ultimate 5150 and inspired by Palm’s recently released PRE.
Acer has announced their plan to launch an own-branded smartphone in Q1 2009 a while ago. Now, it seems that the device is almost ready to be unveiled, as the company sent invitations for their Smartphone Launch at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
That means, that in a couple of weeks we will know whether the acquisition of ETEN by Acer paid off or not. Of course, Acer’s smartphone might not use Windows Mobile at all, but since the newÂ 6.5 and the device will be unveiled during the same time, chances are that it will indeed use Windows Mobile.
Neowin, quoting unnamed sources close to Microsoft, is claiming Mobile World Congress (February 16-19th), will not only be bringing Windows Mobile 6.5, but also a slew of Microsoft services rumoured previously to the Windows Mobile platform.
“SkyBox” is a service for users to sync a phones information with the web. Microsoft will be offering automatic backup and restore services, access and management of phone data and provide easy communication and sharing with others. The service will also allow syncing of contacts, email/SMS, calendar items and pictures into the cloud. Neowin adds a new detail, not rumoured previously, that this service will be available not only on Windows Mobile, but also for other phone OS’s.
“SkyLine” will be aimed at small businesses. Offering similar functionality to SkyBox, businesses will be able to setup their phones with Microsoft’s Exchange hosting with their own domain names.
“SkyMarket” is Microsoft’s mobile marketplace, a competitor to Apple’s AppStore and RIM’s Blackberry application center.
Neowin also claims that their sources confirm the leaked screenshots from earlier this year are in fact real, despite being panned for having icons stolen from the Apple OSX desktop, and that they represent design concepts.
Looks like we do have quite a bit to look forward to in a months time after all.