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KDDI’s INFOBAR C01 coming soon: ten keys and very Japanese (video)

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Many Japanese thumbs still love that classic ten-button keypad, so they should feel right at home on the newest model in KDDI’s designer INFOBAR range. The 3.2-inch, 854 x 480 touchscreen shows off the same tile-based custom UI as last year’s A01, once again running on top of Gingerbread and a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor. The rear camera captures eight megapixel stills and HD video, while dual-mode GSM / CDMA connectivity makes it worth taking abroad — if only so foreigners can remark on its checkerboard aesthetics (available in three different color schemes) and 1Seg TV tuner. Just make sure you’re still in Japan on February 3rd, or you’ll miss the release. Click onwards for a video tour.

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KDDI’s INFOBAR C01 coming soon: ten keys and very Japanese (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Feb 2012 02:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft enables Android and iOS users to experience Windows Phone 7… via the web

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Still tempted by the fruit of another? If you’re looking Microsoft’s way, but aren’t quite ready to toss your adoration for iOS or Android aside, the coders in Redmond are giving you an alternative to quitting cold turkey. By visiting http://aka.ms/wpdemo on one’s iOS or Android browser, you’ll be immediately tunneled into a emulation of Windows Phone 7. We gave it a test run here at Engadget HQ, and it seems that every tile and swipe save for Apps runs properly. Can’t say the fonts and such looked as smooth on our Galaxy S II as they do on the Radar, but it’s a solid effort that’ll definitely serve you well if you’re considering the switch. Just don’t try to flip the demo horizontally — that’s clearly a no-no.

Gallery: Windows Phone 7 emulator within Android 2.3′s web browser

Microsoft enables Android and iOS users to experience Windows Phone 7… via the web originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 29 Nov 2011 13:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mobile Miscellany: week of November 7, 2011

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

This week was packed with news on the mobile front, so it was easy to miss a few stories here and there. Here’s some of the other stuff that happened in the wide world of wireless for the week of November 7, 2011:

  • Motorola’s finding itself in the hot seat with the Advertising Standards Authority for its TV ads regarding the Defy (shown above). The ASA banned the ads, stating that Moto’s claims of the Defy being an indestructable phone are misleading, as evidenced by several people who’ve cracked or severely damaged their Defy due to drops or kicks. [The Register]
  • The Huawei Blaze is now being sold at Phones4U for £79.95 on a PAYG plan. [Unwired View]
  • How nice would it be to have a live tile on your Windows Phone that displays your current battery charge by exact percentage, instead of guessing what that small meter at the top of the screen means? If you have an unlocked WP7.5 device, head over to XDA to find out how to get one for your Start Menu. [WMPowerUser]
  • Who wants some more white BlackBerry news? Bell’s likely getting ready to sell the Bold 9900 on November 24th for $170 with a three-year commitment, and Rogers is getting the aforementioned device alongside the Bold 9790 and Curve 9360 — since these were based off of leaked internal device lists, no dates or pricing were specified. [MobileSyrup 1, 2]
  • More Canadian release tidbits: MobileSyrup reports that the Samsung Galaxy W will be hitting Bell shelves sometime this quarter, and Rogers should offer the Samsung Galaxy S Glide sometime soon for $150 with a three-year contract. [MobileSyrup 1, 2]
  • Orange UK’s website shows the HTC Sensation XE as “coming soon.” [CoolSmartphone]

Mobile Miscellany: week of November 7, 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 12 Nov 2011 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Windows Phone boss ‘flattered’ by Android 4.0 copycat features

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Microsoft’s head of Windows Phone Andy Lees recently said he was flattered by parts of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that appear to mimic features of Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango). “It’s always flattering when someone starts copying you ,” Lees told CNETAsia. Perhaps one of the most noticeable similarities is Android’s new ‘People’ feature, which provides a snapshot of any contact’s social network status — it is nearly identical to what Windows Phone 7.5 offers with “People Hub.” Read on for more.

“Fundamentally, [Google's] point of view is different,” Lees explained. “They provide you with a grid of icons and a sea of applications and the more functionality you add, the more complicated and difficult to use the phone becomes.”

No doubt the home screens for each operating system are completely different; Android offers a widget and icon-based home screen while Microsoft has taken the tile-based Metro UI approach. Lees believes the Windows Phone user interface caters to developers better. “The problem with the Android model is that [if] somebody decides to do something, they hack up the operating system and they make it work,” Lees explained. “But that [makes] a dead end for that device, and that’s why phones don’t get updated, it’s why sometimes they run applications and sometimes they don’t.”

Thanks Callandor!

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Microsoft demos tablet-friendly Windows 8 at D9 conference

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

During the D9 conference in California, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky began showing off Redmond’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system, fully optimized for tablets. According to AllThingsD, which got an early peak at the OS, Microsoft’s ultimate goal was to create an OS that could run on a home computer just as well as it could run on a portable 8-inch tablet. The new start screen, pictured above, shows a tile-based interface that’s strikingly similar to Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system and makes use of the company’s Metro UI. Windows 8 includes Internet Explorer 10, and can run applications that are designed for desktop use, as well as HTML 5 and Java applications that will run better on tablet-sized devices that may provide less power. Sinofsky told AllThingsD that Windows 8 will deliver a new business model for developers, an app distribution mechanism — assumed to be a storefront — and a touch interface. Microsoft reportedly started working on the operating system when it shipped Windows Phone 7. “We really did take a step back after Windows 7,” Sinofsky told AllThingsD. “We were clearly influenced ourselves by phones.” The current demo products run on devices with Intel processors, although Microsoft reportedly also has devices powered by ARM processors, too. There’s still no word on when we’ll see the first Windows 8 devices hit the market, but we’re definitely excited with what we’re seeing so far.

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This Is the Endeavor’s Damaged Heat Tile [Space]

Saturday, May 21st, 2011
Ignore the overwrought, coming of age type soundtrack and you’ll see a rather neat idea: a musical instrument that plays music by “reading” barcodes. The Barcode Piano consists of tiles and a board. Each tile is associated with a number which triggers a certain tune. You can arrange the tiles in preset songs or any random way you’d like. The idea is to show how minute changes in barcodes can change the entire barcode. Barcodes are everywhere but they’re not exactly interesting, this helps a little bit. [Tangible Barcodes via Notcot] More »


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Google search coming to a Windows Phone 7 tile near you

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Come on, you didn’t think Google was going to just sit on the sidelines and allow Microsoft to Bing-out its Windows Phone 7 platform did you? Today, the Mountain View search giant announced its native WP7 search application for the freshly launched mobile operating system. As Google explains, “The Google Search app is a free download for all Windows Phone 7 devices and languages [...] download, pin to Start, and the power of Google Search is only a click away.” It does not look like, for the time being anyway, you can make the dedicated “search” button on Windows Phone 7 sets default to Google; which may or may not bother you. The app can utilize the device’s GPS position to help localize results across web, image, and news queries. If you’re interested, hit the Marketplace to download the new bits.

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EAFT Magic Tile and Compal tablets shown in India, Tegra 2 and Android in tow

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

We heard earlier this month that half a hundred ARM-based tablets would be launching this year, and it’s pretty safe to say that these will be two of ‘em. Shown off recently in Mumbai, India’s own EAFT spurred interest with its Magic Tile, a presumably Billy Mays-endorsed Tegra 2-based tablet that runs on Android. We’re told that it’s equipped with a 7-inch touch panel (1,024 x 600 resolution), a front-mounted 1.3 megapixel webcam for video chats, 1080p video encoding / decoding abilities, optional 3G, a battery good for 8 hours of usage, inbuilt accelerometer, Bluetooth, HDMI output and a USB socket to round things out. All told, it’s a pretty well-specced machine, though we’re certainly hoping that the design gets a little TLC before it’s launched in Q3 for an undisclosed rate. In related news, a Compal tablet was also on display, boasting a similar 7-inch layout, a Tegra 2 chip within, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, a 3 megapixel camera and a complete lack of WiFi (gasp!). Head on past the break for a hands-on vid.

[Thanks, Sriram]

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