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Bricked phones force Microsoft to block WP7 update for Samsung devices

Microsoft has "identified a a technical issue with the Windows Phone update process" and summarily blocked Samsung WP7 phones from receiving the new patch. As we reported yesterday, the new update, which was meant to streamline future updates, bricked some Samsung Omnia phones. Microsoft has identified the issue, however, and is working quickly to push the update back out. It's not yet known...

First Windows Phone 7 update results in bricked Samsung phones

We didn't expect Microsoft's first global update for Windows Phone 7 go off without a snag, but several owners of Samsung WP7 devices are really regretting pushing the update button yesterday. The update has reportedly had trouble with the Omnia 7, resulting in bricked handsets or an updater which locks up before it completes. Microsoft is aware of the issues, and is currently working to resolve...

First Windows Phone 7 update updates update mechanism, no copy paste

If you've been waiting patiently for your Windows Phone 7 device to get copy and paste support, bad news: you're still going to be waiting after you install the update Microsoft is pushing today. The first Windows Phone 7 update brings changes which will pave the way for future updates -- by improving the way the operating system handles updates. And don't forget, for now you need the Zune...

OpenFeint announces OpenFeint Connect cross-platform gaming API

Before Apple introduced Game Center, iOS gamers got their scores and rankings fix from OpenFeint. Don't count OpenFeint out, though: the company now boasts 65 million users, and it's about to launch a cross-platform service called OpenFeint Connect that will let gamers on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, OS X and Windows compare scores. Even Facebook games could potentially connect to OpenFeint....

Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 (and a 3D version!) confirmed

A mobile platform just isn't a mobile platform without Angry Birds nowadays. While its absence from the Marketplace might not be your biggest gripe about Windows Phone 7, we're fairly certain users are nevertheless peering enviously at their friends' iOS, Android, and webOS devices. Your wait may be coming to an end soon, however. Pocket Lint has confirmed that Rovio is indeed bringing Angry...

Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac hits the App Store

Unveiled back in October of 2010, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac is now available for download from the Mac App Store. Amazingly, visiting that link in your Web browser won't force a divide by zero error. While we still find Windows Phone 7 and OS X to be strange bedfellows, those of you who need to sync your photos, music, videos, and podcasts from iTunes will find the...

Microsoft shows off Windows Phone 7 Kinect integration at MWC

Windows Phone 7 is set to combine with Kinect for some novel control elements for Xbox gaming. Microsoft has been pushing greater and greater device integration ever since the success of the Xbox platform. Windows Phone 7 has already been bestowed with Xbox Live integration, but now it seems as if Microsoft is trying to leverage its two newest technologies to bring together some intriguing gaming...

Windows Phone 7 update to bring Twitter and SkyDrive integration, webOS style multitasking

The way webOS handles task switching -- via its card interface -- is one of my favorite features of Palm/HP's mobile OS. Microsoft seems to like it, too, at least that's what we assume since the Windows Phone 7 multitasking update will bring a very similar experience. In the image above, you can see a zoomed-out display of all currently running apps, which you'll be able to flick through and tap...

Dailymotion app for Windows Phone 7 brings on-the-go video viewing

Dailymotion -- one of the great productivity leeches of the Internet -- has arrived on Windows Phone 7. The app provides easy access to Dailymotion's massive stash of videos, and it's more than a mere wrapper around a mobile site (unlike Microsoft's YouTube app). Featured videos are offered when the app first opens, and you can also browse Dailymotion's many channels. There's a built-in search...

Nokia will be allowed to customize every part of Windows Phone 7

In a bit of an about-turn, Microsoft will allow Nokia to "customize everything" in Windows Phone 7 in order to both differentiate it from handsets made by current WP7 OEMs, such as HTC and Samsung, and presumably to ensure smooth integration with Nokia's existing services. Microsoft had, until now, kept a draconian grip on the look and feel of Windows Phone 7. In fact, other than being allowed...

Nokia Windows Phone will not support Qt, Symbian developers left high and dry

Following news of the Nokia-Microsoft strategic partnership, Nokia has sent a letter to its beleaguered developers to say that Qt will continue to be the development framework for its Symbian phones -- but as far as Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices go, Qt will not be supported. Silverlight and the XNA framework will be the only options for Nokia WP7 developers. In the letter, Nokia says that it...

Nokia gets Windows Phone 7, Bing, Xbox Live and Office in partnership with Microsoft

It's finally happened, Nokia's just announced that it'll be partnering Microsoft in a 'Broad Strategic Partnership' to not only take on Windows Phone 7 for future smartphones, but trade existing software technologies. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, a former Microsoft executive himself, announced that he has managed to push through a union that'll see not only Windows Phone 7 taking primary duty on...

Windows Phone 7 Mango update to include Internet Explorer 9 Mobile

Back in December, we learned that the second update to Windows Phone 7 -- codenamed Mango -- would be adding HTML5 and Silverlight support. Mary Jo Foley's sources have now confirmed to her that Mango's improved HTML5 support will be due to the arrival of Internet Explorer 9 Mobile (or IE mobile 9 or mobile IE9, whatever Microsoft ultimately labels the browser). Silverlight, on the other hand,...

Instapaper gets full API for subscribers

Instapaper has finally received a full-featured API. The old, limited API will live on alongside it, now being called the Instapaper Simple API. The Simple API allows developers to let their users add pages to their Instapaper accounts. Such functionality is already present in many feed readers and Twitter clients. This will remain free. The full API also allows developers to let their...

Amazon app for Windows Phone 7 lets you swipe through millions of products

Amazon has released an official application for Windows Phone 7. The app takes advantage of the design language and fonts used throughout WP7 to bring the Amazon experience you're used to straight to your smartphone. Using the app, you can quickly find any one of the millions of products available in more than 40 product categories. When you're considering a certain product, you can swipe left...