Sprint confident about the future of Windows Phone 8

By on May 8, 2012 at 6:50 PM.

Sprint confident about the future of Windows Phone 8

Sprint confident about the future of Windows Phone 8

Sprint’s director of consumer acquisition, David Owens, said at the CTIA Wireless trade show on Tuesday that he’s “still bullish on Apollo,” possibly indicating the nation’s third-largest carrier plans to soon offer a wider selection of Windows Phone devices, PCMag reported. Owens at CES in January said the network’s only Windows Phone handset, the HTC Arrive, hadn’t “done well enough for us to jump back into the fire.” He did say, however, that Sprint would look into Windows Phone 8, known as Apollo, in the “August-September time period.” When asked about Samsung’s Galaxy S III, Owens said the carrier was “very pleased with the success of the Galaxy S II,” but he would not give further details about Samsung’s next-generation flagship phone. Owens did say that Sprint plans to release “12-15 LTE devices” between now and the end of the year, including smartphones, tablets, USB modems and hotspots. So far, the company has announced the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper and the HTC EVO 4G LTE. More →

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Conflicting reports question Windows Phone 8 upgrade plans

By on April 18, 2012 at 7:40 AM.

Conflicting reports question Windows Phone 8 upgrade plans

Following reports of a Windows Phone developer evangelist claiming that every Windows Phone 7.5 device currently on the market will receive an upgrade to Microsoft’s next-generation Windows Phone 8 operating system, doubt has been cast over the accuracy of his claims. In an interview with Portuguese technology news site Zwame, Microsoft developer evangelist Nuno Silva stated that all current devices would eventually be updated to the “next major version” of Microsoft’s mobile platform. A subsequent report from The Verge contradicts Silva’s claims, however, and cites an anonymous source in stating that devices running Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” will not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 “Apollo.” Microsoft would not clarify its upgrade plans. “We have stated publicly that all apps in our Marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “Beyond that, we have nothing to share about future releases.” More →

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Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Phone roadmap reportedly leaks

By on April 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM.

Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Phone roadmap reportedly leaks

Images of Microsoft’s product roadmap for partners have leaked onto the web. The documents were posted on Twitter by Maartin Visser, who discovered the them on the Microsoft Partner Network. The purported roadmap reveals new details regarding the next versions of upcoming products, including Office 15, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows Phone. Microsoft’s IE 10 could be out by mid-year according to the roadmap, possibly around around the same time as the Windows 8 Release Candidate. Office 15 is expected to enter its beta-testing phase midway through 2012 and become available in the early part of 2013. Window Phone will see “future investments” somewhere around the third quarter of this year, possibly indicating an Apollo launch. A second image can found after the break. More →

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HTC confirms a new Windows Phones with ‘Apollo’ in the pipeline

By on February 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

HTC confirms a new Windows Phones with ‘Apollo’ in the pipeline

HTC made no mention of Windows Phone during the company’s Mobile World Congress 2012 press conference on Sunday, instead focusing on its Android-powered “One” smartphones. HTC most certainly has not given up on the emerging platform, however —the vendor’s chief product officer Kouji Kodera has confirmed that the company plans to launch a new Windows Phone once Microsoft releases the “Apollo” operating system update, reports Pocket-Lint. “For Windows Phone we haven’t decided on the branding yet, but you will see a new range of Windows Phones from us when Microsoft release their new Apollo operating system,” said Kodera. HTC was previously a big player in the Windows Phone platform, however the company has has slowed things down recently while Nokia’s Lumia phones have gained ground. More →

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Purported Windows Phone 8 details leak: NFC, native Skype support and more

By on February 2, 2012 at 2:10 PM.

Purported Windows Phone 8 details leak: NFC, native Skype support and more

We’re still waiting for Microsoft to launch Windows Phone “Tango,” but supposed details have already emerged surrounding the next major Windows Phone release code-named “Apollo.” According to Pocketnow, which claims to have obtained a video of Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore that was intended to be viewed only by Nokia employees, Apollo will launch as Windows Phone 8. Read on for more. More →

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Leaked Windows Phone roadmap says Tango update launches in Q2, Apollo in Q4

By on December 29, 2011 at 2:00 AM.

Leaked Windows Phone roadmap says Tango update launches in Q2, Apollo in Q4

Microsoft may follow up its Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) release with Windows Phone Tango as soon as the second quarter next year according to a leaked document WMPoweruser claims to be an an official roadmap. Windows Phone Tango may only be released for lower-end products with the “best prices,” although a conflicting rumor suggested that Nokia’s flagship Lumia 900 will run Tango also. Apollo will likely be Microsoft’s next major update and the leaked roadmap suggests it will be launched during the fourth quarter next year. Apollo is expected to offer integrated NFC support and a new positioning framework for GPS, among other enhancements. More →

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Windows Phone Apollo update may land in mid-2012

By on October 28, 2011 at 12:30 AM.

Windows Phone Apollo update may land in mid-2012

Microsoft is poised to issue its next Windows Phone update during the middle of next year, Engadget said Thursday, citing Nokia executive vice president Michael Halbherr. As we’ve heard in the past, the update is called “Apollo,” and Halbherr describes it as a “very different game” compared to the current Mango build. Reportedly, Apollo will introduce a new positioning framework for GPS and an integrated near-field communications (NFC) solution. Engadget said Apollo could be more “Nokia-fied,” although it would be out of character for Microsoft to leave Samsung, LG, HTC and its other Windows Phone partners out in the cold. It remains unclear if Microsoft will dub the new operating system “Windows Phone 8,” although it’s probable given Halbherr’s comments. More →

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Windows Phone Tango could power low-end handsets

By on August 9, 2011 at 10:00 PM.

Windows Phone Tango could power low-end handsets

We have heard mumblings that Windows Phone “Tango” and Windows Phone “Apollo” will eventually follow the release of Mango, which will launch on a number of new handsets this fall. New information on Tango surfaced on Monday and while we originally imagined Tango to be an upgrade from Mango, that may not actually be the case. ZDNET’s Mary Jo Foley has learned that Tango will likely be loaded on “lower price point” devices that “Microsoft and Nokia have been promising.” The move certainly makes sense, especially given Nokia’s recent announcement that it will stop selling feature phones and S40 handsets in the U.S. We have already seen leaks of Nokia’s “SeaRay” Windows Phone handset, and Foley says her sources usually use SeaRay and Tango “in the same breath.” We expect Nokia to unveil its SeaRay handset during the Nokia World conference on October 26th, and until now assumed that it would be a Mango device. It looks like we will have to wait until October to find out. More →

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Windows Phone ‘Tango’ and ‘Apollo’ updates to follow Mango

By on June 28, 2011 at 10:07 PM.

Windows Phone ‘Tango’ and ‘Apollo’ updates to follow Mango

Microsoft’s new Windows Phone Mango update is expected to begin rolling out this fall, but there are already reports that the company is working on the next updates, codenamed “Tango” and “Apollo.” DigiTimes reported on Tuesday that Compal Communications, which manufacturers devices for Acer and Nokia, recently inked a Microsoft deal confirming that it will build devices for Mango as well as the next-generation Tango update. Microsoft hasn’t discussed Tango yet, so it’s unclear what will be included or how big of a jump it will be from the long awaited Mango release. Reportedly, Tango will then be phased out in favor of a new “Apollo” OS, which we first heard about late last year. More →

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Purported T-Mobile 2011 roadmap reveals HTC G-Infinity, LG Optimus II, more

By on May 18, 2011 at 10:38 AM.

Purported T-Mobile 2011 roadmap reveals HTC G-Infinity, LG Optimus II, more

A healthy portion of T-Mobile’s 2011 device roadmap has purportedly been revealed, shedding light on a few previously unknown smartphones. Not much information is available surrounding the previously unknown devices beyond a codename and some speculation, but T-Mobile subscribers should find a morsel here and there to get excited about. Hit the break for the rundown. More →

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RIM's 2011 BlackBerry lineup explained

By on April 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM.

RIM's 2011 BlackBerry lineup explained

We broke the news on practically all of RIM’s 2011 BlackBerry smartphones, and even scored some hands-on time with more than a couple of them. We wanted to take a minute to highlight the new products coming out of Waterloo now that all of the phones have leaked in some form. Remember, a lot of these are codenames that obviously won’t make it to retail — this is how the company keeps track of the devices internally and sometimes a single product can have multiple codenames. More →

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BlackBerry Curve Touch to be revealed at BlackBerry World; June-July launch

By on April 20, 2011 at 9:09 AM.

BlackBerry Curve Touch to be revealed at BlackBerry World; June-July launch

Here’s some interesting information for you BlackBerry lovers out there. We finally have some firm details surrounding the GSM counterpart to the Malibu, which will be a CDMA Curve Touch launching late fall. The GSM BlackBerry Curve Touch, which will feature nearly identical specs, of course, has been seen recently by a trusted source who noted that the device featured T-Mobile branding and would be unveiled at BlackBerry World next month. Compared to the rest of the 2011 Curve lineup, the device is actually a much smaller full touchscreen Curve. It’s similar to the BlackBerry Touch, with the same proportions as the BlackBerry Orlando (Curve with a touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard) and the BlackBerry Apollo that we leaked back in January. The GSM BlackBerry Curve Touch will launch around June or July, we’ve been told.

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Leaked BlackBerry Orlando adds a touchscreen to the Curve form factor

By on April 8, 2011 at 7:00 PM.

Leaked BlackBerry Orlando adds a touchscreen to the Curve form factor

RIM is currently prepping two new non-touchscreen additions to its Curve line this year, codenamed the Apollo (GSM) and Sedona (CDMA). On top of that, the company is said to be working on a full touchscreen Curve, appropriately dubbed the Curve Touch. Now, to confuse matters even further, BlackBerry enthusiast blog N4BB reveals an image of what it purports to be the BlackBerry Orlando — which is apparently just like the Apollo and Sedona, but with the addition of a touchscreen. No further details are available, which makes an unveiling of the Orlando in Orlando next month unlikely. Don’t fret though, BlackBerry fans, as we’re sure RIM will have a few other smartphones to show off at BlackBerry World. More →

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