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Popcop offered $100K by Microsoft for Plants vs. Zombies for Windows Phone 7

Plantsvszombies We all knew that Microsoft was tyring to obtain prime game and app developers for Windows Phone 7 and to do that they were offering them a pretty penny. Today, Popcap said that Microsoft had offered them $100K for their popular game Plants vs. Zombies.

This is isn't the first time that Microsoft has approached Popcap as Microsoft had offerend them around $5 million about 8 years ago for the entire company. Popcap didn't take the deal and created a multimillion dollar business since then. But Microsoft still believes that the developer can create some compelling games, compelling enough to offer the company $100K for PvZ.

Popcap is quoted as saying this about the deal:

“We weren’t sure we could meet the commitment but we already identified we wanted to be on there. If the platform succeeds, the dollars we were kicking around the table will be peanuts.”

So, it looks like Popcap is going to see if the platform will succeed before committing to it. It seems that this is sort of a bad move on Popcap's part. Not that they need to be on WP7 but that it definitely wouldn't hurt them to be, and could boost some sales for them. If M$ offered the company $100K it seems sort of stupid that they wouldn't port their game.

Via [ripten]

Samsung to focus more on Windows Phone 7 than Android in upcoming devices

Samsung-logo This is rather surprising. According to, Sitthichoke Nopchinabutr, head of mobile marketing for Samsung Thailand, says that Samsung will be concentrating more of their device OS efforts on Windows Phone 7 rather than Android or even Samsung's own Bada OS.

According to the site, for every 50 smartphones using Windows Phone 7 there will be about half as many using the popular Android operating system. This is somewhat perplexing as Samsung as of late has been concentrating on Android more than anything else and that they owe much of the success to their Galaxy S line to Android. This move shows that Samsung firmly believes that WP7 is the future of mobile operating systems, not necessarily the Android OS.

One thing that is good with Samsung's mobile strategy is that they are not relying on one mobile OS; they are hedging their bets on Android and WP7 to see which one sticks. But what this does show is that Samsung believes that WP7 will be the OS to beat in the mobile market.

Via [Softpedia]

LG Quantum now available on AT&T

Lg-quantum  It looks like the last phone that Microsoft promised during their initial US release for Windows Phone 7 is now available at AT&T (that is if you consider the small availability of the Dell Venue Pro part of the release).The LG Quantum is now avialable today.

The LG Quantum is very much like its other Windows Phone 7 counterparts with its full landscape slideout QWERTY keyboard, 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, 1Ghz processor, 16GB of internal memory, as well as Windows Phone 7 with all of its apps, Marketplace, tiles, and hubs. The phone is available starting today on 2 year contract for the normal $199.99.

LG didn't really seem to go out on the limb here with any new type of design; they took what has worked for them before and slapped Windows Phone 7 on it. If you are looking for a device that has run of the mill style and that could even be considered "conservative" looking, then the LG Quantum is the WP7 device for you.

Via [Ubergizmo]

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace flaw allows anyone to peer into app source code

Windows-phone-7-apps-source-code WP7 seems to be off to a rocky start, what with the Dell Venue Pro's WiFi issues, to the slow sales numbers. It looks like Microsoft will have to rack up another blunder with the way that they are handling the Windows Phone Marketplace app packages. Quoted from Slashdot:

"At this very moment, it is possible for any Joe Schmo to go over to Microsoft’s server and download all of Windows Phone 7 XAP application packages without the need of a WP7 device or Zune Desktop software."

So what does this mean? It means that I can take a trip to Microsoft's server, download all of the Marketplace applications packages, unzip them, and then have my way with the source code. Who said Microsoft was against open source? But really, this is quite a problem and it appears that Microsoft has been aware of it for some time as they have been informing developers to use "obfuscation" tools on their apps to protect them from this.

Apparently many developers are not very happy with the current situation as their apps can basically be stolen and used in whatever way one sees fit. And when Microsoft is trying to win the hearts and minds of developers for their baby platform, pissing them off is never a good thing.

Via [Slashdot]

Hack your Samsung Focus to enable WiFi tethering

Focus-wifi-hack With any new platform comes new hackers that want to get the most out of their devices. Windows Phone 7 users are no exception to the rule. Today, Focus users at Mobility Digest and Samsung HDBlog were clever enough to work around the pesky no WiFi tethering limitation of Windows Phone 7.

If you want to join these clever users in getting some tethering for yourself (that is before AT&T and Microsoft try to lock this down) you can with some simple steps. This is pulled from PCWorld:

First, you need to have Zune software installed on your PC, then perform the following steps:

  • Dial ##634#
  • In the diagnostics mode that opens up, enter *#7284# in the phone dialer.
  • Switch to "Modem, Tethered Call" and wait for the phone to restart.
  • Connect the phone to your PC via USB and wait for the drivers to install.
  • Go to the settings for the Samsung modem. In Windows 7, this is found in Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center.
  • Set the number to *99***1#, user name to WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM, and password to CINGULAR1, and connect.

Remember, this will violate your AT&T Terms of Service, but what hacker really cares about that? Seriously though, before you do this, just remember that AT&T may not be too happy with your decision. Personally, I wouldn't really care, especially because WiFi tethering is so important to my commuter lifestyle, but if you are a little timid, maybe you should hold off until the official word on Windows Phone 7 tethering.

Also, there are no other reports of this or similar methods working on different carriers, but with geeks out their and WP7 phones in hand, it is bound to happen.


Rumor: WiFi issues plague the Dell Venue Pro? Other WP7 device too?

Dell-venue-pro Here is your lesson in buying new electronics, kids. Sometimes they don’t work correctly. According to BGR and several other commentors and posters, the Dell Venue Pro has been reported to have some trouble connecting to some protected WiFi hotspots.

When Venue users try to connect to some protected WiFi networks with WP7’s own WiFi utility, they receive the error “your phone couldn’t reach the WiFi network”. What makes it even more of a dilemma is that users that connect to unprotected networks are not reporting the issue. As of now Microsoft or Dell hasn’t commented about the issue as it is still developing.

And to top it all off, some other users are complaining about the same issue with their shiny new HTC HD7s. There is still no word if this is a major issue or if it is a fluke with some devices but if you have a new WP7 device you may want to check if you can connect to any protected networks.

Via [BGR, Slashgear]


40000 Windows Phone 7 devices sold during launch

WP7 Let’s face it, with iOS and Android in the smartphone market, Microsoft has to show consumers the reason that they just have to have a new Windows Phone 7. Although the initial device lineup is rather compelling and the buzz around the tech blogs has been positive, The Street via CNET is reporting that there were 40,000 WP7 devices sold during the initial launch.

To be honest, it isn’t to hard to understand how little sales of a new device could happen, from the bad taste of Windows Mobile 6.5 and the whole Kin debacle, Microsoft has really dug themselves a hole in the smartphone market. Those two problems alone would make consumers pause about picking up any type of Microsoft mobile device, but the fact that Microsoft has to face two harsh rivals, iPhone and Android, makes their dilemma even more real.

Although sales were low for WP7 device the first couple of days, some stores were reporting little to know inventory left over after the initial day. When Microsoft was asked to comment about the numbers they didn’t reply. To put these numbers in perspective, the first gen iPhone sold a whopping 500,000 device in the first weekend that it was available. That was even with a steep $500 price tag.

WP7 definitely has an uphill battle but in my opinion all is still not loss. With more and more marketing barrages and sure to be “screaming” deals during the holidays, WP7 will most likely hang in their.

Via [CNET]

Google Search app makes its way to Windows Marketplace for Mobile

Google-windows-phone-home Today Google announced and made available their own search app for all WP7 phones. If you were one of the lucky launch day buyers you can now go to the Marketplace and download Google Search.

The app doesn't really have to many bell-and-whistles, but what it lacks in features makes up in functionality. Google is known for allowing their search to be fast, accurate, and intuitive and they accomplish that on WP7. After downloading the app, users can pin the app to Start, allowing them access right from the Start screen.

The app allows for search of the web, images, local, news, etc. and give you suggestions as you type. This isn't Google Instant, merely just suggestions in a drop down while you type in the search box. Also, the app uses location services to give you search results based on where you are located at the time. Like I said before, none of this is groundbreaking, but if you want Google Search on your WP7 instead of the built in Bing, now is your chance to get it.

The app is free in the Marketplace now.

Via [Google Mobile Blog]

Dell Venue Pro makes its way to Microsoft stores just in time to be sold out

Dell-venue-pro If you are like me, you have been waiting patiently to get your hands on, what is in my opinion the sexiest WP7 phone, the Dell Venue Pro. Today was the day to finally realize that dream as long as you got to a Microsoft Store before they quickly sold out.

According to Engadget, Dell pushed a small amount of Venue Pros to Microsoft stores today to join in on the US launch of Windows Phone 7 devices. If you could get to these stores before they sold out the Venue Pro would set you back $200 buck on a 2-year contract with T-Mo or $449 without a contract.

Don't worry if you couldn't get one today, Dell's site is showing that they will be available on November 15th through their site and will come in 8GB and 16GB models.

Via [Engadget, Dell]

Windows Phone 7 US launch day, which WP7 are you picking up?

Htc-hd7 It looks like the wait for the next installment of Microsoft's mobile operating system is over. Today is the day to go out and grab your brand new Windows Phone 7 device, that is if you are an AT&T or T-Mobile customer.

Today you can get your hands on three different WP7 phones from the number two carrier in the US; the Saumsung Focus, the HTC Surround, and you can pre-order the LG Quantum. Both the Samsung Focus and the HTC Surround can be had on two-year contract for $200 respectively and the LG Quantum can be pre-order for the same price. Customers will of course have to choose one of AT&T's "not-so-good" data plan options; $15/month for 250MB or $25/month for 2GB of data with every subsequent GB costing an extra $10.

T-Mobile is offering, what is in my opinion the best deal, the HTC HD7 (basically an HTC HD2 with WP7) for $200 on contract or $500 off contract. A basic plan for a two year contract will run you $79.99 a month plus fees and that gets you unlimited data, text, and 500 minutes. You could also opt to pay up front and walk away with the same plan, month-to-month for $59.99 a month. And of course, you could wait another week and pick up the Dell Venue Pro on T-Mobile as soon as they come into stock.

So, many choices. Who would have thought that we would have such a hard time picking out a Windows Mobile Phone? So, which one is it? Pick up one of AT&T's offerings, splurge at T-Mobile, or wait until WP7 hits the other two CDMA carriers early next year?

Source [AT&T Windows Phone 7 Page, T-Mobile HTC HD7]