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Windows Phone 7 vs Android – 5 Way Potential Blow To Android

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Android is the most popular Smart Phone platform at the moment as per recent Nielsen Report. Blackberry as well as iPhone have taken a toll because of the raising Android popularity. Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1, 6.5 also suffered heavily due to their non finger friendliness. Now, Microsoft has learned and seem to have corrected themselves. The recent release of WP7 (Windows Phone 7) has created new hope for Microsoft and new boy on the street! Surprisingly, fans of Android have liked Windows Phone 7 a lot and given great ratings. Windows Phone 7 is expected to hit the market from Nov 8th.

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Android feels mostly like an iPhone clone but Windows Phone 7 has a fresh UI design. Here are 5 things of WP7 that could hit Android badly!

  1. Windows Phone 7 UI is a lot refreshed than Android. Android is mostly similar to iPhone OS (IOS) and lack refinement. UI layout is not uniform, skins, shells are different on different phones. Most phones are not regulated to have high end H/W. Microsoft has not understoos from past experience. They will have a strict H/W spec check to have optimum performance. Android is already becoming cheap iPhone, with all time low cost devices like Samsung Galaxy Spica, Galaxy 3 and some Acer phones. Google still plans to reduce costs of phone. There is no doubt that WP7 will create its on niche market soon.
  2. Windows Phone 7 games are better with rich user experience. With XBOX 360 background, a lot of developers are expected to provide gaming support for WP7 devices.
  3. Android users are not cult followers as iPhone/Apple fans. More than 14% of them are ready to switch (Source GigaOM) to different phone OS if needed.
  4. Microsoft is already pumping a lot of money to make WP7 popular, attracting a lot of developers for Apps. App Store is going to be a formidable competition for Google.
  5. Microsoft has big plans in adding new features to WP7, great MS Office support, Sharepoint support etc.

WP7 is still evolving, multitasking, copy paste etc features are still a long way to go but Microsoft has taken a bold step in talking to Android/iPhone! Blackberry is still a long way to join the show with BB6!

Amazing Windows Phone 7 – Microsoft’s Answer To iPhone, Android!

Microsoft has finally entered in to touch screen, finger friendly mobile OS race along with the pioneer Apple’s iPhone, Google’s Nexus and others. The preview of Windows Phone 7 series is promising and the User Interface is really fresh and unique. Microsoft’s official website Windows Phone 7 and Engadget’s Windows Phone 7 Review offer a lot of information, video intro’s of this great Mobile platform.

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Windows Phone 7 Intro

Windows Phone 7 is based on Windows CE 6.0 unlike older releases who were based on Windows CE 5.0. WP7 has beautifully thought finger friendly user interface with deep integration of Social Networking sites like Facenbook, Windows Live pages, Twitter and more. They are amazingly real time and all UI elements are refreshing continuously as you use them. Microsoft isn’t planning to come up with their own Phone H/W put partners will provide. Similar to Zune HD but Windows Phone 7 offers a lot more which Microsoft hopes to attract people.

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Existing Windows Mobile variants had issues due to partners using slower processors, inferior hardware etc that caused lot of performance issues. Microsoft did not predict the rise of high end finger friendly devises even after Apple launched its first generation iPhone. Finger friendly phones need high end H/W including faster CPU, greater memory etc. Now, Microsoft has understood and very strict on H/W. So, We can be relived that the Microsoft Phone 7 H/W platform specification will be top of the line with following features.

  • Large WVGA Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen
  • Five H/W Buttons – Start, Back, Bing Search, Camera and Power buttons. These are fixed.
  • Qualcomm Snapgarden type of faster CPU
  • AGPS Support
  • WiFi
  • High Resolution Camera
  • Accelerometer
  • FM Radio

How Is Windows Phone 7 Is Different?

Windows Phone 7 is completely re-written software and everything that is part of it is entirely well thought and written software. So, this is a great jump from Windows Mobile 6.X series. This is great stuff for Windows Mobile users. No Start menu, Check Boxes, Radio Buttons etc that usually see on WM devices. Windows Phone 7 has “Tile” based home screen with live updates which is really cool.

People Hub

 

This Pulls in contacts from Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live and other social networks, aggregating contact information, status updates, and contact images into a single view. Interestingly this view is dynamic and has the intelligence to show heavily used contacts in a sorted order, easy browse through contacts, people, updates and much more. This also enables you to have your own personal page and share it with your contacts.

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Pictures Hub

 

Again, a Pictures Aggregator – Collects pictures from local folders, cloud storage, Facebook and more. This is again dynamic and if something changes or photos get updated, you will see them instantly.

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Music and Video Hub

 

It is like using Zune HD on Windows Phone 7. It is possible to download Music/Videos over 3G, WiFi and play them on WP7.

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Office Hub

 

Integration of Office OneNote, Documents, Sharepoint Services and more. This is still evolving and not clear how Microsoft would implement it in the final version.

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Games Hub

 

Integration of XBOX Live. Ability to browse through Gamer Profiles, Avatars etc.

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Apart from these, there are lots of stuff, Email support, Calendar, next generation Market place for Apps, Bing Search, Bing Maps for GPS and much more.

All in all, Windows Phone 7 looks really great with cool UI enhancements that look very promising and a high probability of success. We need to wait for the final version to really experience it.

via [Engadget]

Convert Your Phone Screen Into A Canvas

If you are a person who loves to sketch all the time then its time to get on to one of those Windows Mobile Devices and Get your hands on the Pencil Box.

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The Phone Box software for Windows Mobile is an extremely light and simple drawing tool that lets you to literally convert your mobile phone screen into a canvas. It provides only the necessary items like eight pencils, one eraser, a clear canvas and stimulates you with loads of imagination to draw.

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Tap a pencil you want to draw and the active pencil moves above the others, so you always can see what pencil is active. Tap eraser to activate it, move it left-right-up-down to erase stuff and tap a pencil to deactivate the eraser.

To clear canvas, tap the icon and you will be asked for confirmation. To exit, just tap the red button.

The only drawback is that is does not provide a “save” option.  Pencil Box automatically saves the canvas to bitmap (BMP) file named “PencilBox.bmp” and is stored in “My Documents” folder on your Pocket PC. Whenever you need to access, make sure you copy or rename that file using use your favorite File Explorer.

Overall, Pencil Box is free and very simple to use. One can create really cool drawings.

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Download and give it a try!

To download this program direct to your phone, scan this QRcode barcode link

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Don’t have barcode reader ? click here
QRcode generated by Tec-it

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Zoho Productivity Products on Your Mobile

 Zoho that provides online office with a suite of productivity and collaboration applications has launched its services for mobile users. You can access Zoho services from your Mobile Phone using Mobile Web Browser. Earlier Zoho had basic mobile support for its applications on iPhone and limited support on Windows Mobile. Now Zoho has expanded his services, to support fully integrates Zoho Applications with several mobile devices.

We had covered in the past that ThinkFree, Google Docs and Zoho are Sharing online office space. Now Zoho is the pioneer in launching online office for mobile users.

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As TechCrunch mentions, it provides easy access by supporting Google and Yahoo IDs.

The 6 applications Zoho Mail, Calendar, Writer, Sheet, Show and Creator are now available on all the following mobile platforms.

1. iPhone and iPod Touch

2. Android

3. Blackberry Perl, Curve, Bold, Storm

4. Windows Mobile OS version 6.x

5. Nokia Symbian S60 Platform – E71, E63, 5800 etc.

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View the slide show on Zoho’s mobile integration at TechCrunch

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