Review: Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7
The Windows Marketplace looks good and works fine, for the most part. Some of the menus could be redundant, but the Marketplace on the Samsung Focus groups apps by New, Featured and Top apps, as well as by categories, like Productivity or Social apps. Manufacturers can provide their own section, but the Samsung section is filled with worthless apps, like a network profile app or an app designed for customers of Europe's 3 network. This seems like a very lazy attempt from Samsung, and HTC offers a better selection to fill in some of Windows Phone 7's gaps.
Searching the app Marketplace can be a hassle. When you search for “Twitter,” for instance, you get a few apps that support the service, but not all of them. The official Twitter app was not available at press time. You also get a list of songs and album titles that use the word Twitter, since the Marketplace also offers music. This seems unnecessary. If I'm searching for apps, just give me apps. Keep the music separate.
You can buy an app and bill the cost to your AT&T account. Or, most apps offer trial versions with limited features or a time limit on their use. Unlike the Android Market, there is no refund for apps once you buy them, but the trial period should alleviate some of those concerns.
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Windows Phone 7: Hands-On
Hands-on with the full range of Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices announced this week, including the HTC HD7 and Surround, LG Quantum, Samsung Focus, and Dell Venue Pro.
AT&T Reaffirms Commitment to Updating Windows Phones
AT&T has indicated through its forums that it will provide a system update for its Windows Phone devices (including the HTC Titan, Samsung Focus and others) at some point in the coming months. For reasons unknown, AT&T has not distributed the 8107 system update.
Microsoft Provides 'NoDo' Roll-Out Schedule
Microsoft has published a web site to provide Windows Phone 7 users with a general idea of when they might expect their devices to receive the NoDo update. According to the site, Microsoft is scheduling the update for the Dell Venue Pro and HD7 (both on T-Mobile), which means it should be available in the next 10 days or so.
NoDo Scheduled for LG Quantum, Samsung Focus
Microsoft has provided an update to the status of AT&T's Windows Phone 7 devices and the NoDo update. According to the Windows Phone Blog, the LG Quantum and Samsung Focus have passed the testing phase and are now in the scheduling phase.
Microsoft Taking 'Patient' Route to Distributing Updates
Microsoft's Joe Belifiore today admitted that the system updates offered to Windows Phone 7 devices so far have fallen short of the company's expectations. "We had expected it to be earlier than now," said Belfiore at Microsoft's MIX 2011 conference in Las Vegas.