Tag: wp7

Microsoft strong-armed into adding WP7 homebrew

The developers behind the ChevronWP7 jailbreaking tool have discontinued it after striking a deal with Microsoft to integrate homebrewing options directly into the operating system itself.

The ChevronWP7 developers, which include Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh and Long Zheng, were contacted by Brandon Watson, Director of Developer Experience for Windows Phone 7 at Microsoft about the possibility of bringing some of the jailbreak features into the main OS.

The developers decided to discontinue the tool in order to “fast-track” discussions with Microsoft on how homebrewing can become a pivotal aspect of Windows Phone 7.

It was only last week that Windows Phone 7 was jailbroken with the ChevronWP7 unlocking tool, less than a month after the operating system’s initial release. 

With Microsoft now offering “to open the Windows Phone 7 platform for broader access to developers and users”, it appears that the walled garden approach it was previously taking may be losing ground.

The unlocking has allowed a number of opportunities for development within the homebrewing community, including a new Windows Phone 7 custom ringtone manager that the ChevronWP7 team have been working on.

It remains to be seen what kinds of homebrewing options will be added to the OS and if ChevronWP7 will resurface again. With some reports indicating a major update to Windows Phone 7 in January 2011, some of those features may come sooner than expected.

Amazon slashes Windows Phone 7 prices to $0.01

In efforts to flog off what probably turned out to be the wrong products to stock, Amazon has slashed the prices of two of its Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the HTC Surround and LG Quantum, to a dirt cheap $0.01.

While neither may have seemed that attractive since their launch a month ago, the major price slash, which is in comparison to a list price of a whopping $500, makes them very hard to pass up.

There’s a catch, however. The one cent bargain comes with a two-year prison sentence, we mean contract, with AT&T, which will undoubtedly cost you a lot more. Some previous customers have claimed there is a soul involved in the contract somewhere, but we were unable to verify that.

Network carriers traditionally apply a healthy discount to phones if you sign up to a contract. It’s likely that the deal between AT&T and Amazon means that the former is covering the majority of the cost, with Amazon applying a small discount.

Rival carriers are likely to be furious and may start offering insane prices of their own, which could see thousands walking around with their brand spanking new one cent phones.

At the time of writing the HTC Surround was still in stock, while the LG Quantum was already backordered.

The deal is also only available for this weekend, but at that price they may be out of stock long before the weekend is over.

Let’s hope they’re not as faulty as Dell”s Venue Pro.

*EyeSee Apologies. Cheap or free deals are indeed common in the UK. 

Samsung plumps for smartphones with Windows Phone 7

Samsung said it will be using using the Windows Phone 7 platform and related app software for its new smartphone range.

The company said that it plans to launch several Windows Phone 7 devices this year in Europe, the US, and Asia.

According to the short and sweet announcement, Samsung’s Windows Phone 7 smartphones will combine the latest hardware design and technology. The news comes as no surprise to the tech industry as the company announced a WP7 phone at an event in March.

The company said the new range of phones will take bits from Microsoft’s portfolio such as Xbox LIVE, Office, Zune, Windows Live and Bing

 “For years, Samsung has been a key partner in bringing new Windows phones to customers all over the world,” said Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president, OEM Division at Microsoft.  “Windows Phone 7 is an important release and we look forward to deepening our collaboration with Samsung on mobile devices and beyond, with our multi-screen strategy.”

Simon Stanford, head of mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “The addition of Windows Phone 7 devices to Samsung’s smartphone portfolio is a significant milestone. Samsung’s new Windows Phone 7 based smartphones will play a key role in reinforcing Samsung’s leadership in the smartphone market and commitment to providing a range of devices across a variety of platforms.”