Not even a whole two months removed from their announcing Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft is back today with another event in which it is expected to reveal its Project Pink line-up including the handsets known as the “Pure” and “Turtle”. Whether or not they’ll run WP7 or something else entirely isn’t clear, but all of this will soon be clear. As the event carries on we’ll be updating this post with the latest information, so be sure to check often lest you be left out of the loop. All of the goodness is after the jump. More →
We haven’t been able to independently verify this in any way, but nonetheless we thought we’d share it with everyone as it makes a lot of sense. One our of Verizon connects hit us up last night and let us know what they’ve heard are five of the six upcoming handsets VZW was teasing about yesterday: the HTC Incredible, LG VS750, Microsoft’s “Pure” and “Turtle” and the Samsung Reality. As we mentioned, our connect isn’t sure what the sixth is, but we’re guessing it could be either the BlackBerry Bold 9650 or even Verizon’s Google Nexus One. Anyone hear otherwise?
Yesterday, after we wrote about the April 12th Microsoft event, both CNET and the Wall Street Journal published articles claiming to have sources with knowledge of just what Microsoft has planned. “The event will herald the introduction of Microsoft’s long-awaited new phones for the always-connected crowd. The devices, code-named Pure and Turtle… will run on Verizon Wireless’ network and go on sale within the month following the event,” wrote CNET. Both the Pure and the Turtle are rumored to be touch-screen, full-QWERTY slider phones, and developed under the project code name “Pink.” The two new handsets are also said to run a version of Windows CE, although it is unclear whether they will be able to leverage applications that currently run on Windows Mobile, or applications designed for the upcoming Windows Phone 7, or neither. Just six days left. We’ll be tuned in… how about you? More →
Project Pink lives! With all the excitement over the Windows Phone 7 Series rollout, most everyone forgot about the Sidekick-inspired Project Pink phones. Everyone except for Microsoft and Verizon Wireless it seems, who have been planning for the launch of at least one and maybe two of these new handsets. While we have been drooling over the LG Panther, a third party marketing company contracted by Microsoft has been busy dressing up the rendered image of the Project Pink Turtle handset in glorious Verizon Wireless marketing garb. According to the leaked marketing materials obtained by Gizmodo, the oval vertical slider, otherwise known as the Turtle, will be launched by Microsoft with Verizon Wireless as a launch partner in an arrangement that may (or may not) be exclusive. The phone will focus on social networking and will run a novel OS that is not Windows Phone 7. The leaked document also hints at an application store for the Pink phone but details on the store’s platform and distribution model are unknown. That is what we have on the Turtle, hit the jump for the details on the rather unusual Pure. More →
Of the two Project Pink phones that were leaked last September, the Turtle, with its oval shape and bubble keyboard, seems be the first Pink handset to receive FCC approval. Being a Microsoft/Danger-designed phone and the presumed Sidekick replacement, it is expected that Sharp, manufacturer of the Sidekick line, is also the manufacturer of the Project Pink phones. A quick search of the FCC’s Authorized Equipment database reveals that Sharp received approval for a CDMA handset whose FCC label rendering matches the leaked Project Pink Turtle images to a tee. With heavyweights like the WSJ and CNET chiming in on Project Pink and corroborating evidence like this FCC document being uncovered, the official unveiling of these upcoming teenybopper “youthful oriented” phones is more than likely right around the corner.
The Wall Street Journal has chimed in and offered their inside information on the Windows Mobile and Project Pink rumors that have been circulating recently. Though it lacks the details of the earlier leaks, the Wall Street Journal confirms that Microsoft will publicly announce Windows Mobile 7 at MWC 2010 and are flying out Steve Ballmer to head up the show. As rumored, the latest generation of Microsoft’s mobile platform is expected to radically change the look and feel of Windows Mobile bringing a whole new Zune-like UI to this currently lackluster OS. Project pink was also confirmed by the WSJ and, as rumored, is a new series of handsets based upon Danger’s Sidekick line of mobile phones. The Project Pink phones are said to be social networking powerhouses which will appeal to a teen-aged audience. Though not expected to be announced at MWC 2010, the “Pink” handsets are slated for a spring launch on both Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. More →
In one fell swoop, CNET’s Ina Fried has apparently put an end to all the rumors regarding Windows Mobile 7 and those Project Pink phones. According to Fried, Mobile World Congress 2010 may herald a new beginning for Microsoft as it attempts to win back the smartphone market with the unveiling of Windows Mobile 7. Shortly after Windows Mobile 7’s official debut, Microsoft is expected to provide developers who attend the at the Mix10 Conference in March with information necessary to begin development for Windows Mobile 7. Though an official launch date has not been determined, Microsoft is aiming to finalize the code for Windows Mobile 7 by Summer 2010 with the intent of launching devices in the latter half of the year. As a side project separate from Windows Mobile 7, Microsoft will leverage the technology and talent of Microsoft-owned Danger by developing a new line of consumer phones that will form the foundation for the next generation Sidekick. These new “Sidekicks” will be powered by Windows Mobile and will integrate with Zune and other Microsoft services. They have already been pictured and will most likely not be a mobile phone version of the Zune HD that everyone was gossiping about last year. These Project Pink devices are expected to debut later this year ahead of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 7 offerings. So it might make sense T-Mobile is looking to can the existing device line… More →
With Mobile World Congress right around the corner, the Zune Phone rumors are gathering steam with more than one blog “confirming” the existence of these Project Pink phones. The latest confirmation was uncovered in the most recent Zune software update (220.127.116.11) which was rolled out as part of a scheduled maintenance today. Inside of the Zune.inf file, which is used to associate hardware devices with the Zune driver, is code that identifies a device described as a “Phone” with a vendor ID that is locked to Microsoft and three different product IDs that could correspond to three different phone models. Admittedly, this could be an indication of future Zune integration into Windows Mobile 7 but the fact that this emerged just prior to MWC with three specific hardware references is a bit compelling, no? More →