Review: LG Quantum
The music experience on WP7 handsets - and the LG Quantum - continues to be excellent. Once all my music was loaded (Mac users need to download the beta sync client from Microsoft), the Quantum automatically went to the Zune Marketplace and pulled down album covers, artist info, artist bios, links to other artist content, and so on.
The media player interface itself is easy to navigate and use, and the on-screen controls make controlling your tunes easy. It's also easily sent to the background while you perform other tasks.
The Quantum's Zune player also offers support for podcasts, radio, and the full Marketplace for buying music. Users can also choose to subscribe to the Zune Pass for a monthly fee.
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The Zune player handles most of the popular video formats, and the way your content interacts with the Zune Market is great. I thought the Quantum's screen was a bit small for widescreen movie watching, but those movies sure looked great.
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.
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.
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.
LG Not Currently Developing Windows Phone Devices
LG had admitted that while it is not abandoning Microsoft's smartphone platform, it isn't actively developing any new models that will run Windows Phone. "Although we currently don’t have a new Windows device in the pipeline, that is simply because demand for Android devices is so strong," said LG in a statement provided to AllThingsD.
AT&T to Sell 3 WP7.5 Smartphones from HTC and Samsung
AT&T today announced that it will sell the HTC Titan, and the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash later this fall. All three devices will run Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.