A bagful of Windows Phone news, — first, at the All Things D’s AsiaD conference, Windows Phone President Andy Lees gave the world its first look at AT&T’s new lineup of new Windows Phones including: HTC Titan, Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash.
AT&T has yet to announce final pricing and availability.
Here’s what Lees said:
- Nokia will announce Windows Phones (plural) next week at Nokia World: “[Nokia will] have differentiating hardware and software.”
- Windows Phone will launch in China in 2012
- NFC next year, and Lees alluded to LTE
- New OEMs to be announced, from what it sounds like. “I’m also excited about naming some new OEMs that will be coming onboard [with WP7].”
Other than the above, Lees also took the time to take a couple of potshots at Apple and Google, calling Siri not “super useful” and noting that Windows Phone voice commands operate via Bing with “the full power of the internet, rather than a certain subset”.
He also noted that Android is “quite techy” echoing Steve Ballmer’s remarks at Web 2.0 Expo yesterday that “you have to be a computer scientist” to use an Android phone.
Ballmer also, mentioned that he is looking forward to Nokia showing off a “bunch of new devices next week”, indicating that multiple devices will be launched. The expected launch from the Nokia windows Phone mill is the Nokia 703 “Sabre”, Nokia 800 “Sea Ray”, as well as Nokia “Ace.”
Check out the gallery below:
Samsung Focus S
Samsung Focus Flash
In other, Windows Phone news, Just less than a week away from Nokia World, which is scheduled on October 26 in London, starting at 9am October 26th, UK Time (GMT +1) — today Pocketnow posted the first press shots for the Nokia 800, codenamed “Sea Ray“.
Nokia 800 is said to come with a 3.7&Prime AMOLED Clear Black Display, 1.4 GHz processor, 16GB storage, 8 megapixel Carl-Zeiss camera, and a 1540 mAh battery. It’s said to come in blue, black and pink color variants has a look & feel based on the MeeGo-based Nokia N9, with some slight modifications.
Look at the images below, the addition of the standard three capacitive touch keys (Back, Start, and Search), as well as the removal of the front-facing camera.
Nokia Windows Phones will also come with a variety of new Nokia-specific apps such as Nokia Drive and Nokia Music will come pre-loaded on the device.
In addition, Nokia may have also added a new font for the Metro interface. The image below is showing the Nokia Windows Phone might be using the “Nokia Pure” font instead of Segoe WP, revealed istartedsomething:
Nokia Windows Phone 800 “Sea Ray” using Nokia Pure font for Metro system UI
“Nokia Pure, Nokia’s new corporate font was introduced shortly after the Microsoft partnership was announced leaving many to speculate its applicability on Windows Phone, which up until now has had a strict guideline for OEMs that were not allowed to customize any aspects of user experience. It appears Nokia is now an exception.”
Finally, It has only been three weeks since Microsoft first released their Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” to only 10% of users in the first week, the roll-out had gone so well that Microsoft decided to open the gates today for the update to go out to all existing Windows Phone devices.
In a October 19 blog post, Eric Hautala, General Manager for Customer Experience Engineering team, said:
“When we kicked off the global rollout of Windows Phone 7.5, I told you we planned to balance quality with speed. And for three weeks we’ve been watching quality while sending update notices to a growing fraction of phones.
It’s gone well. So today we’re fully opening the spigot –slightly ahead of schedule–and making Mango available to nearly everyone in the current delivery pool (see Where’s My Phone Update? for the details).
In addition, we’re now scheduling Mango updates for LG Optimus 7 phones on Telefonica in Spain. “
Eric also announced, “Next week we’ll start delivering some model-specific “firmware” from handset makers, so don’t be alarmed if you receive an additional update notification on your phone. These updates are designed to activate new Windows Phone 7.5 features or improve your phone’s performance. Not everybody will receive or require one: It all depends on your country, carrier, and phone model.”
And, that “Microsoft is working hard on getting the update to a few specific devices and carriers which have yet to received the update. According to Eric, the Samsung Focus v. 1.4 is still in “Testing” and the Dell Venue Pro is in “Planning” on AT&T, while certain Samsung Omnia 7 models on Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom are still in “Testing”. In addition, there are also some technical issues with Orange in Europe which is preventing Microsoft to deliver the update to all Windows Phone customers,” said Eric.