Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed that its first major update for the Windows Phone 7 platform is now being rolled out to users. Internally referred to as “NoDo” — which is said to be short for “No Donuts,” mocking Google’s first Android update dubbed “Donut” — the update adds much sought after copy/paste functionality to Windows Phone 7 devices. It also adds support for “tombstoning,” improves Marketplace searches, fixes a variety of bugs and adds support for CDMA devices. “We’ve begun to gradually roll out the Copy & Paste update, starting small with open market phone customers in parts of Europe this week,” a Microsoft spokesperson told BGR in an email, adding, “More to come.” Sprint’s HTC Arrive was the first device to feature NoDo when it launched this past Sunday with the update pre-installed. Microsoft has not yet detailed its plans for a U.S. rollout, so we are unsure when other U.S. carrier-branded devices will begin receiving NoDo. Users will receive notifications on their devices once the update becomes available, and they will need to connect to PCs in order to install it.
Sprint revealed on Monday its plans to unveil a new device later this week. In a post to its official Twitter account, Sprint said its next phone will be unveiled on Thursday, February 24th. The carrier gave no indication at first in terms of what phone it might announce, saying only, “What do you think the next new Sprint phone will be? Find out Thursday!” Initial speculation included the unnamed Android-powered QWERTY candy bar phone from Samsung spied earlier this month and the Windows Phone 7 handset Sprint subscribers have been waiting for, the HTC 7 Pro. The latter was then basically confirmed by a more recent Sprint tweet: “If you could design a brand new phone, what would it have? Ours will have a hub for gaming, music, pictures and video.” The HTC 7 Pro features a 3.6-inch touchscreen display, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a landscape-oriented slide-out QWERTY keypad. More →
According to German carrier O2, the HTC 7 Pro — a full-QWERTY, horizontal sliding, Windows Phone 7 device — will hit store shelves sometime in January. The set has been, up till this point, rumored for U.S. based CDMA carrier Sprint, however, O2 uses GSM technology. The device boasts a 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, and a 3.6-inch display that tilts towards its user. No word on whether or not the GSM variant will show-up Stateside, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. More →
We’ve just confirmed with wireless carrier Sprint that the company will begin taking pre-orders for the HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 device beginning on November 8th. Now, before you get too excited… the offer is for Microsoft employees only. Sprint did not share any additional details about the why the employee program exists, what general consumer availability of the device would be, or device pricing. Sprint’s statement contradicts rumors that have been circulating the web stating that the company would be offering pre-orders of the HTC device to the general public on the 8th.
Regardless of the employee pre-order date, HTC has publicly stated that the CDMA-capable 7 Pro would not be available until sometime in 2011. Combine that unambiguous statement with the fact that HTC did not have a working prototype of the device at the WP7 launch event last month, and: 2011 still seems like the proper timeline to us. Although, in this instance… we wouldn’t mind being wrong. More →
It looks like the FCC has just green-lighted a new Windows Phone 7 handset for the U.S. market. The FCC’s report has nearly zero details about the recently approved device aside from the fact that it is made by the Taiwanese handset giant, runs Windows Phone, and packs a CDMA radio. If we had to speculate, we would guess this is the HTC 7 Pro we saw several weeks ago in New York City at the Windows Phone 7 launch event. The device we saw was not working — as in it wouldn’t even power on — and Microsoft has been pretty vocal in saying there would be no CDMA Windows Phone 7 handsets before January 1. Does this mean that the WP7 CDMA timetable has been accelerated? We doubt it, but there’s always hope…