CrossTalk IM client for Windows Phone 7: coming soon

The need for a good, robust IM client for Windows Phone 7 will be one of the first things consumers look for when launching that Marketplace.

If all goes to plan, Blue Planet Apps will have their ‘CrossTalk’ IM client ready to go by the time WP7 launches.

‘CrossTalk’, available soon for Android and Blackberry, supports GoogleTalk, AIM, MSN, Facebook and even Blackberry Messenger (BBM). That last one is pretty huge in our book and could go a long way to woo Crackberry addicts from their devices. Talk to any Blackberry user and they’ll tell you BBM is one of the reasons why they stay with the aging platform.


by Malatesta

The need for a good, robust IM client for Windows Phone 7 will be one of the first things consumers look for when launching that Marketplace.

If all goes to plan, Blue Planet Apps will have their ‘CrossTalk’ IM client ready to go by the time WP7 launches.

CrossTalk‘, available soon for Android and Blackberry, supports GoogleTalk, AIM, MSN, Facebook and even Blackberry Messenger (BBM). That last one is pretty huge in our book and could go a long way to woo Crackberry addicts from their devices. Talk to any Blackberry user and they’ll tell you BBM is one of the reasons why they stay with the aging platform. Leer más “CrossTalk IM client for Windows Phone 7: coming soon”

Asus phone featuring Windows Phone 7 shows itself

Nothing is known about the CPU, radio, camera or what carrier–all we can tell is it’s a black slab with a nice brushed metal face. Not to shabby, but obviously those specs for Chassis 1 are pretty strict with little in the way of differentiation so far.


Who would have thought that one of Asus‘s prototype (?) phones featuring Windows Phone 7 would show up in Pakistan (via Twitter)?

Nothing is known about the CPU, radio, camera or what carrier–all we can tell is it’s a black slab with a nice brushed metal face. Not to shabby, but obviously those specs for Chassis 1 are pretty strict with little in the way of differentiation so far.

Will we ever see Asus in the U.S.? Probably not anytime soon, but hey, we’re hopin’ they make a deal somewhere, sometime.

[Shaistajafri (Twitter) via Pocketnow]

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Follow-up: AT&T Tilt2 leaked ROM update

A leaked ROM update for the AT&T Tilt2 surfaced the other day and we’ve had a few days to tinker with it. The ROM is based on the 21887 build of Windows Mobile 6.5 and runs HTC Sense 2.5. It also has an updated radio (4.49.25.95).

Compared to the original shipped ROM for the Tilt2, the updated ROM is noticeably more responsive. Sense 2.5 flows smoothly and apps are pulled up with little or no delay. ROM Chefs, such as NRGZ28, have already begun to incorporate parts of this build into their cooking. The ROM has potential but as is, still has a ways to go before it can be stamped “official” ROM.


A leaked ROM update for the AT&T Tilt2 surfaced the other day and we’ve had a few days to tinker with it. The ROM is based on the 21887 build of Windows Mobile 6.5 and runs HTC Sense 2.5. It also has an updated radio (4.49.25.95).

Compared to the original shipped ROM for the Tilt2, the updated ROM is noticeably more responsive. Sense 2.5 flows smoothly and apps are pulled up with little or no delay. ROM Chefs, such as NRGZ28, have already begun to incorporate parts of this build into their cooking. The ROM has potential but as is, still has a ways to go before it can be stamped “official” ROM. Leer más “Follow-up: AT&T Tilt2 leaked ROM update”

Windows Phone 7 photo & video features

The other day, Microsoft held and hour long video-chat on Windows Phone 7 and photography.

Not a whole ‘lotta interesting info was gleaned, though it’s still worth a watch for your diehards.

Video recording had a brief focus at the beginning where it was noted VGA recording is the minimum but OEMs can boost that up to HD and the device can handle it with no problem.

There seems to be some confusion over this last part at MobileTech World (who did a nice summary) where it was implied that it could record HD but not play it back. In fact, the question was convoluted: it assumed you had HD content from your DSLR camera and wanted to transfer it to your Phone–this is done through the Zune software. But if the phone has an HD camera, it can record and playback content with no problem.

Other aspects covered were:

* no touch focus (use hardware button); no face detection
* no in-depth video editing e.g. red-eye correction; MS is relying on 3rd parties to fill that gap
* Automatic syncing/resizing to Facebook, SkyDrive (25GB free space) and Live services
* Full size for emailing
* GPS tagging supported
* no HDMI out in the chassis spec
* 5MP in minimum; emphasis on quality sensors/hardware


by Malatesta

The other day, Microsoft held and hour long video-chat on Windows Phone 7 and photography.

Not a whole ‘lotta interesting info was gleaned, though it’s still worth a watch for your diehards.

Video recording had a brief focus at the beginning where it was noted VGA recording is the minimum but OEMs can boost that up to HD and the device can handle it with no problem.

There seems to be some confusion over this last part at MobileTech World (who did a nice summary) where it was implied that it could record HD but not play it back. In fact, the question was convoluted: it assumed you had HD content from your DSLR camera and wanted to transfer it to your Phone–this is done through the Zune software. But if the phone has an HD camera, it can record and playback content with  no problem.

Other aspects covered were:

  • no touch focus (use hardware button); no face detection
  • no in-depth video editing e.g. red-eye correction; MS is relying on 3rd parties to fill that gap
  • Automatic syncing/resizing to Facebook, SkyDrive (25GB free space) and Live services
  • Full size for emailing
  • GPS tagging supported
  • no HDMI out in the chassis spec
  • 5MP in minimum; emphasis on quality sensors/hardware Leer más “Windows Phone 7 photo & video features”

HTC phone featuring Windows Phone 7 finally appears, meets expectations. Sense coming eventually?

We’ve been hearing about the code-names for awhile and now we finally get to see one. We’re of course talking about Windows Phone 7 on an HTC device and this one is reportedly for Verizon (and presumably Sprint).

Rocking some current-high end specs, the device features:

* 3.7″ SLCD screen (Sony’s ‘Super TFT LCD’, nothing big)
* 3 touch-sensitive lower buttons (similar to EVO)
* 8MP camera (No dual flash, not even a single one!)
* 1GHz Snapdragon
* No HTC customizations in sight


by Malatesta

We’ve been hearing about the code-names for awhile and now we finally get to see one. We’re of course talking about Windows Phone 7 on an HTC device and this one is reportedly for Verizon (and presumably Sprint).

Rocking some current-high end specs, the device features:

  • 3.7″ SLCD screen (Sony‘s ‘Super TFT LCD‘, nothing big)
  • 3 touch-sensitive lower buttons (similar to EVO)
  • 8MP camera (No dual flash, not even a single one!)
  • 1GHz Snapdragon
  • No HTC customizations in sight

Too early to tell if this will be a release device, what it’ll be called and where it fits in with HTC’s planned offerings (maybe this is an entry level device, not their flagship?)

Our take: it’s exactly what we’d expect from HTC and in that regard, it’s a bit underwhelming although we think it’ll get the job done admirably. Still, we’re sort of hoping for ‘an HTC EVO moment’ where we really go ‘wow‘ instead of ‘meh‘.

Are our standards and expectations too high? Yup, and we’re okay with that as Microsoft needs to wow us.  Your thoughts?  Is that Dell Lightning looking better yet? Leer más “HTC phone featuring Windows Phone 7 finally appears, meets expectations. Sense coming eventually?”

Microsoft shows off TellMe voice control in Windows Phone 7

We know Microsoft and TellMe (who Microsoft bought) worked close together on the Samsung Intrepid (awful phone, neat service), but nothing else ever came out from it.

We also know Windows Phone 7 will have some type of voice control (see Dieter hilariously try to activate it back in February) and low and behold, Microsoft has recently demoed it for it us.


by Malatesta

We know Microsoft and TellMe (who Microsoft bought) worked close together on the Samsung Intrepid (awful phone, neat service), but nothing else ever came out from it.

We also know Windows Phone 7 will have some type of voice control (see Dieter hilariously try to activate it back in February) and low and behold, Microsoft has recently demoed it for it us.

The good… Leer más “Microsoft shows off TellMe voice control in Windows Phone 7”

Twitter currently not integrated with Windows Phone 7; 3rd parties to the rescue?

Back a few months ago, when Windows Phone 7 was first announced, there was talk about how there won’t be a separate, native Twitter application when launched. Instead, Microsoft talked-up their Live services which could access and pull down your Twitter feed for you.

Sure, it wasn’t a direct route but if you use Live, you had a one-punch solution to social integration on WP7.

Now we’re getting word that’s just not the case as Twitter as changed their Terms of Service back in June (which explains why it was missing as of late) and have blocked companies like Microsoft from accessing via that method. To be clear, Microsoft is working with Twitter to come to a solution, but it seems Twitter has Redmond by the Rocky Mountain Oysters on this one and since the end of June, it hasn’t be restored.


by Malatesta

Back a few months ago, when Windows Phone 7 was first announced, there was talk about how there won’t be a separate, native Twitter application when launched. Instead, Microsoft talked-up their Live services which could access and pull down your Twitter feed for you.

Sure, it wasn’t a direct route but if you use Live, you had a one-punch solution to social integration on WP7.

Now we’re getting word that’s just not the case as Twitter as changed their Terms of Service back in June (which explains why it was missing as of late) and have blocked companies like Microsoft from accessing via that method. To be clear, Microsoft is working with Twitter to come to a solution, but it seems Twitter has Redmond by the Rocky Mountain Oysters on this one and since the end of June, it hasn’t be restored. Leer más “Twitter currently not integrated with Windows Phone 7; 3rd parties to the rescue?”