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Pirillo.com recently got some hands-on time with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Series prototype from Mobile World Congress and has posted a 17-minute video walkthrough. Video after the break: More >
APC quotes Natasha Kwan, General Manager for Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business, Asia-Pacific region, as saying that no current Windows Mobile-powered phones will be upgradable to the firm’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 Series OS. The shocking news is that not even HTC’s HD2 superphone, which meets almost all of the rumored “Chassis 1″ specs for WP7S, will see an official upgrade.
The HD2 has a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, capacitive multi-touch screen, 5 megapixel camera, and 3.5mm headphone jack, but it has five five buttons instead of the three (back, home, search) required by Windows Phone 7 Series. While the HD2 has back and home buttons, it lacks a dedicated search button.
“Because we have very specific requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series the current phones we have right now will not be upgradable”, Kwan said. APC reported that Tony Wilkinson, Business Operations Director for Microsoft Australia, said that “there are some hardware components that the HD doesn’t have.” This could just be referring to the same hardware buttons issue, however.
A Microsoft representative brought an LG prototype phone running Windows Phone 7 Series to the Engadget Show earlier today. This is the first time Windows Phone 7 Series has officially been seen running on a branded phone. The prototype itself is a QWERTY slider- relatively thin but otherwise generic-looking. Detailed specs are unknown, but we’re told it’s likely powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. The phone has the required back, home, and search keys, along with buttons for camera, volume, and power. It has a 3.5mm audio jack and a 5.0 megapixel camera with flash. More photos here.
Earlier this month, an Adobe representative revealed in a post on the company’s official forums that the firm no longer plans to ship Flash 10.1 for Windows Mobile 6.5-based phones, instead opting to go directly for Windows Phone 7 Series. While Adobe had promised a version for WM6.5 just a few months ago, it now claims that the platform lacks necessary APIs. More likely the firm sees WM 6.5 as a dead-end platform, instead seeking to focus its efforts on its successor.
As for WinMo, we have made the tough decision to defer support for that platform until WinMo7. This is due to the fact that WinMo6.5 does not support some of the critical APIs that we need.
The Adobe rep also claimed that the HTC HD2 would be the first Windows Mobile phone to support Flash 10.1, suggesting that the phone will indeed receive an upgrade to Windows Phone 7 Series at some point:
The first WinMo device will be the HTC HD2.
Looks like Microsoft’s finally going to take Xbox Live mobile integration seriously with Windows Phone 7 Series. The upcoming MIX 2010 conference will focus on general app development for the company’s brand-new mobile OS, but interestingly, Microsoft’s plans for the Game Developers Conference (GDC) indicate that the company will be making several mobile-oriented presentations there too. What’s interesting is that GDC will actually precede MIX, so we might find out about WP7 development before MIX itself, and the WP7 presentations are scheduled to take up more than a quarter of Microsoft’s time at GDC.
More details after the break.
Looks like the HTC HD2 will support Windows Phone 7 Series after all. HTC’s flagship Windows Mobile phone meets all the hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7 Series (1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, capacitive multitouch screen, etc.) except the buttons (WP7 requires back, start, search, and camera keys– the HD2 is missing a search and camera key). WinMo.nl came across an HD2 running a test version of 7 Series and reports that it was very snappy- much faster than the phone is under Windows Mobile 6.5. The Zune media app apparently wasn’t working, but, interestingly, the phone seems to be running TomTom’s Navigator GPS software (see the icon in the start screen).
Update: We’re not so sure on this one. Some of the text labels are different from what we saw at the MWC unveiling, and Microsoft seemed to indicate that background wallpapers, as seen here, would probably not be allowed.
Microsoft just wrapped up its Windows Phone 7 Series launch at MWC in Barcelona- here are some videos of the interface:
Update: MSDN Channel9 just posted a 22-minute, more in-depth walkthrough, below.
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Here are some photos of Windows Phone 7 Series interface – the Start screen and various “Hubs”:
Just a few hours left until Steve Ballmer kicks off Microsoft’s presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We’ll be seeing some pretty exciting stuff– primarily Windows Mobile 7, or, as it’ll officially be known, “Windows Phone 7 Series.”
Coverage starts at 9 AM EST on February 15. We’ll have a live video and running commentary of the press event below. More >
Microsoft and Adobe are working closely together. While the newest version of Windows Phone won’t support Flash at initial availability, both companies are working to include a browser plug-in for the full Flash player in future versions of Windows Phone. More details will be shared at Microsoft MIX next month.
Microsoft has not yet announced Windows Mobile 7– that will likely happen tomorrow morning (February 15), so Adobe’s letting the cat out of the hat a bit early. More info at Phonescoop here.