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Cliczune Archives: March 2010


Prototype LG Windows Phone 7 Device Codenamed Panther?

Panther When Microsoft's Director of Business Communications, Aaron Woodman, pulled a prototype LG phone from his pocket during a recent Engadget show, everyone gasped when it was seen to be running Windows Phone 7.  This was not the unbranded device used to demo the OS at Mobile World Congress, but a new phone with a side-sliding keyboard.

It was a brief introduction to what could be among the first Windows Phone 7 handsets to go on sale.  Details were scarce, but a 5 megapixel camera and a 3.5mm jack socket were spotted.  The unnamed beast didn't just slip quietly away once Mr. Woodman put it back in his pocket though, as now the phone has a codename, the LG Panther.

Great name, certainly, but this hasn't been confirmed by LG or come with a reference from a source, so not only does it keep its codename status, but its unconfirmed rumour status too.  LG are said to be preparing the Panther for a September 2010 release, so in the meantime, enjoy this clip of the phone being revealed on the Endadget show.

Quick update: Facebook app for the Zune HD

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Yesterday saw the release of the long awaited Facebook app for the Zune HD. Unfortunately it was not met with as much happiness as all had hoped. But at the same time the experience seemed to vary from person to person. I heard some good things and some bad things. Personally the app worked for me, which is kind of ironic because the only reason I loaded it was to check it out for that blog post. Of course, maybe I just did not play long enough to see the issues.

That said, the team behind the app is aware of the issues and have posted a note on the Zune Facebook page alerting everyone of the situation. But just in case you are not a Facebook user, here is the low down;

"After launching the Facebook application for the Zune HD, we discovered a technical issue related to the API calls to Facebook which does not allow Zune users to view News Feed. The Facebook and Microsoft engineering teams are working together and hope to have a solution in the coming days."

[via Facebook]

Facebook app for Zune HD now available

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For those that have been waiting -- your Facebook app is now available for the Zune HD. Just head on over to the Apps section in the Marketplace to download, and yes its free. 

As far as use, overall it does not seem all that bad, but that is coming from some pretty limited use so far so my thoughts may still change a bit.

Feature wise, aside from a slow start up time, it seems to cover what you would need or at least expect to have. You can view your wall with your most recent status update along with photos, your inbox and your news feed.

All things considered, it seems this should have waited a little bit. Its not bad, but its far from perfect especially considering how long we waited to see it released. Additionally, the overall experience seems to be better for some than others so your experience may vary a little.

[via Zune Insider and Images via CrunchGear]