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How Many Windows Phone 7 Devices Have Been Sold?

Microsoft is finally talking hard numbers. According to the company earlier today, they have sold about 1.5 million devices – but not to consumers. The announcement notes that there have been 1.5 million phone manufacturer sales: in other words, “phones being bought and stocked by mobile operators and retailers on their way to customers.” The number of units sold tell a story, to be sure. What we aren’t being told is how many of those devices are being activated.

Apple and Google routinely talk about how many phones are being activated. Reportedly, there are around 300,000 Android activations every day and even more new iPhone customers. Those numbers boggle the mind, and leaves us to wonder – who the heck is activating Windows Phone 7 devices? The report shows us how many devices have been purchased by people – including those used to stock the shelves in the stores. In my opinion, that’s trying to put a positive spin on what should technically be a dismal report.

If Microsoft truly wants to be a player, they need to stop beating around the bush. Tell us how many devices are being activated. If they aren’t happy with that number, then they need to look at why things are going in the direction they are. The handsets and operating system are both solid. What’s holding them back? Could there still be that much stigma surrounding the company when it comes to the mobile market? Perhaps they need to come up with a new game plan to get these phones into the hands of real people who will give them a fair and unbiased opinion.

What are your thoughts? I don’t want to hear from Microsoft haters or Apple (or Android!) fanboys. I want to know WHY you feel Windows Phone 7 isn’t selling as well as the folks in Redmond had hoped. Please don’t just use the tired argument of “Microsoft sucks,” because that isn’t going to help anyone. Let’s hear what you honestly think, and perhaps together we can all come up with some fresh ideas.

Dell Venue Pro on Sale

After much disappointment over delays, the Dell Venue Pro is on sale. You can order yours for only $99.00 with a new contract. The highly anticipated device runs Windows Phone 7 under its shiny hood. The above cost is for the 8GB handset. The 16GB version will set you back only $149.00. If you don’t want to sign a contract with T-Mobile, you can snap up the goods for either $449 or $499. Dell is promising shipment by December 9th along with free shipping if you don’t need the gadget in your hands the next day.

Dell claims that using this device will lead to a more productive you. “It’s about mobile productivity…doing more in fewer steps…just the way you want it.”

We see the Venue Pro for everyday people with a diverse range of full and busy lives. They need to stay connected, be productive and keep in touch with colleagues, friends and family. Dell designed the Venue Pro to be a multi-purpose always-connected device to help people be more efficient, always connected and entertained.

The features appear to be pretty sweet:

  • Stunning 4.1” WVGA AMOLED capacitive, multi-touch display
  • A full portrait QWERTY keyboard to provide a better viewing & messaging experience
  • Elliptical, slender form provides elegance in a pocket-friendly size
  • Gorilla Glass for unprecedented durability and scratch resistance
  • Office Mobile built in
  • Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
  • 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash camera
  • Full 720p video recording capability
  • 1 gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor

The Venue Pro looks like the most enterprise-focused WP7 device yet. Early reviews have been very positive and even enthusiastic. While this phone will not be an “iPhone killer,” it sure seems as though it’s going to be the leading WP7 device on the market in a very short amount of time.

Angry Birds Not Being Flung to Windows Phone 7

Those of you with the hot new Windows Phone 7 devices in your possession are going to have to wait longer for Angry Birds. The app which has taken the world by storm – causing many of us to lose out on sleep and productive work – isn’t going to be available this year. The app creators, RovioMobile has said that the game has been delayed because it is “difficult to do apps for this platform.”

For those of you addicted to the game via iOS or Android, you’ll be seeing a Christmas version in the near future. Rovio is quite good at keeping us posted with the latest developments via their Twitter feed. Their twitter account is now Christmas themed with the red bird with a Santa hat on, hinting at the release as well. There has been no word on a release date yet, but the official Angry Birds Day is planned for December 11th.

There are meetups planned around the world to celebrate the war between bird and pig… the largest of those planned for London’s Trafalgar Square. This location is historically known for game releases and announcements, so rumors are already flying. There is speculation that Rovio will launch a console version or that it will spin out a movie.

Let’s see a show of virtual hands: how many of you are addicted to this beautiful little game? Are any of you planning to attend one of the meetups or otherwise celebrate Angry Bird Day?

How to Grill a Phone

How fire-resistant is your cellphone? If you’re the owner of an HTC Surround Windows Phone 7 device, you’ll be happy to know that your phone will last longer in direct heat than either the iPhone or the T-Mobile G2 running Android.

In a rather interesting marketing campaign for EZ-Grill, the company decided to fry up three different cell phones. You have to admit that the strategy is a good one, even if you find it a waste of good devices. After all, you watched the video and took the time to form an opinion of it, right?

What other types of online marketing campaigns have you seen lately that are close to crossing a line between what you feel is right and wrong?

Windows Phone 7 Devices Hit the Streets Today in the U.S.

Mobile enthusiast and a garage developer Richard Mungeer was the first person to purchase a Windows Phone 7 device today in New York City’s Times Square AT&T Store. From what I’ve seen already, Microsoft is definitely back in the mobile game with this launch.

It’s worth noting that reports are circulating telling you that you can purchase one of these new devices on either Dell Mobility or Amazon Wireless for as low as $149.99 with a new two-year contract. That’s a dang good deal for phones which are going to be very big sellers.

Many of the articles we’re seeing come across the wire thus far this morning are giving high praise to these devices, and the operating system for which they were built, such as over on GearLive:

The home screen introduces you to the tiles that make up the main navigation, some of which are live tiles that update with information in realtime. The live tiles are great because they give glance-able information that let you take a quick gander at your device and get information without having to go into an app and back out.

The tiles can be removed, or rearranged however you’d like them to be. If you’ve used a Zune HD, then you will be familiar with the UI of Windows Phone 7. The phone, though, is far more customizable, with Microsoft wanting you to be able to personalize the phone and make it totally “yours.”

The general consensus so far is that Windows Phone 7 is definitely worth your time and money. “If you’re the corporate type, Windows Phone 7 will sync right up with Exchange, while also offering you a bunch of entertainment options that are built right in to the device in a way that no other mobile OS has captured yet.” This statement alone could sell quite a few large companies on making a switch to this operating system for all of their employees.

What are your thoughts? Have you actually used a Windows phone 7 device yet? Are you looking forward to getting your hands on one?

Zagat Launches App for Windows Phone 7 Today

Robert Scoble recorded this interview with the people at Zagat a few weeks ago at their offices in New York City. My assistant Kat was lucky enough to be there for that trip. She was given the opportunity to shadow Robert for a couple of days, tagging along on all of his interviews. Meeting the Zagat team was a highlight for her. Nina is a great source of inspiration to Kat, and the things that continue to come out of this company should be an inspiration to all of us.

With the release of Windows Phone 7 handsets in the US today, several companies are rolling out apps to go along with them. Zagat is right there leading the charge with their own application. This app will be familiar to anyone who is already used to what they bring to Android or iOS. However, it’s also vastly different in many ways.

The home screen for Zagat is absolutely gorgeous on Windows Phone 7. It gives you the important details at a glance, without having to go searching for them. Zagat built something from the ground up to take advantage of the visuals found inside of this new mobile operating system. This app displays info from Foursquare users in the form of tips, as well as from Foodspotting users who post photos of food.

It was interesting to note in the interview that lead developer Ryan says that they still enjoy creating things for the iPhone the most. It’s the easiest platform to “get right” from a development standpoint. He also notes that they receive the most feedback and traffic from iOS users, making it even easier for them to know exactly what their customers are looking for in a mobile experience.

What is Your Favorite App?

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What apps do you have installed on your phone? How many, total? I don’t just mean iPhones, mind you – Android devices and WebOS gadgets and WP7 phones can have apps, too.

I have literally hundreds of apps on my iPhone. It’s impossible to choose a favorite. I have favorites in different categories… but I can’t pick an overall best of the best. There are some apps that I absolutely love, yes.

My favorite app is the one that does the job I need it to do at any given moment.

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What Do You Think About Windows Phone 7?

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One of our sponsors during Gnomedex just happened to be the Windows Phone 7 team. Larry was on site manning the booth, showing off the device and letting people get their first hands-on look! It was announced today (finally!) that Windows Phone 7 will be released on October 11th.

Windows Phone 7 is the new mobile phone operating system from the folks at Microsoft. It has a completely different start screen, filled with what they call “Live Tiles.” These give you real-time important information, such as for weather and stock markets. You can customize your tiles to make them relevant to your life. For instance, Larry has a tile set up just for his wife. Anytime she updates one of her social networks, the tile will let him know right away. This appears to be a great way to keep track of the people you want to stay in touch with on a continual basis.

If you click on the People Hub, you will see all of the contacts in your social circle. You can click on them separately to find out what they’re up to, or choose to check out an overview from all of them.

Larry is a product manager for the Application Platform. They’re providing people the ability to create their own applications which leverage these same concepts. They’re giving devs a free copy of Visual Studio to build Windows Phone 7 apps. These apps will be the key to the succcess of the operating system.

The email and calendar service on Windows Phone 7 is being touted as the “best in class.” It’s tied in to Microsoft Exchange, which many of us (myself included!) use for business. Larry says that this phone represents a drastic change from the way Microsoft built phone systems in the past. Historically, they were focused on being a good partner and on delivering something that the OEM companies wanted to use. The problem with that is that while the people in Redmond love their various partners, it was taking too much away from the end user… from YOU.

There was zero control over what the end user was receiving. What Microsoft did was to take direct control over the user experience. The most important focus of the project was to deliver outstanding end user experience. Larry admits that Microsoft has had trouble in the past with focusing on something. Instead, they’ve been all over the map with various aspects of projects. Windows Phone 7 represents a very focused effort to bring you what it is you want in a phone.

The free developer tools are available on the Windows Phone site. If you already have Visual Studio, it will simply update your install to include the various elements you will need to develop apps for this phone. Apps are only available through the Windows Phone Marketplace, and revenue is earned in much the same way as with other phone platforms.

Have you taken a close look yet at what’s in store? What are your thoughts about Windows Phone 7 so far?

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Phone-to-Console Gaming Coming to Windows Phone 7

During the Microsoft X’10 event in Toronto recently, RGBFilter managed to score a great interview with Greg Milligan – Microsoft Mobility Solutions Manager. Greg confirmed that real-time phone-to-console gaming is coming via WiFi to Windows Phone 7 in the “near future.” He also revealed that games are coming where mini version on a phone will unlock additional features in the console counterparts.

Of interest is the price range suggested by Greg – about two bucks per game. This is much lower than expected for the Xbox Live titles… even if they are on a phone. Game invites will show up as avatars of friends on your tile, which is a pretty kick-ass feature.

There is no Twitter integration, even though Microsoft is supporting multiple third-party clients. Some feel this is a serious oversight. Everyone is on Twitter these days… even the folks in Redmond. Gamers want to tweet about what they’re playing and how well they’re playing it. Hopefully this is something that will be baked into the finished product when it launches.

Greg’s answer to the question of console to phone chat was pretty cagey (“We have nothing to announce now”) and I don’t think it is too much of a reach to expect something will come later.