Availability Of YouTube App For Windows Phone 7 Confirmed

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is slated for public release on October 11 and one of the lingering doubts that people have is whether this new OS platform will come with dedicated apps to play videos from YouTube. There has not been any confirmation regarding this so far.

However, a new video on YouTube demonstrates the new Windows Phone 7 OS interface and among the several details outlined is the fact that a YouTube video player application does exist in the marketplace. Unlike the iOS platform where the YouTube app is natively available on the platform, users will need to download this application on the Windows Phone 7 platform. Users accessing YouTube videos without the app installed will be shown a message that reads,

Get the app?

To watch this, you need the Video Player for YouTube. Install it now from the marketplace?

Check out the complete video demonstrating Windows Phone 7. The segment of interest is at the absolute end.

Windows Phone 7 Launch On October 11

Pocket Lint is reporting from multiple sources that Microsoft’s new mobile operating system – the Windows Phone 7 that the company unveiled earlier this year – could be officially launching on October 11. That’s a little over a month from now. According to the website, the sources are “senior figures” in the industry who can be trusted. These sources have also claimed that the launch shall happen from New York and shall be beamed worldwide.

There has been a lot of anticipation over Microsoft’s foray into the smartphone OS segment. Although the company owns the WinMo platform that incidentally is still among the leaders in smartphone platform segment, the platform is widely disregarded as a legacy in comparison to modern OSes like iOS and Android. Microsoft’s entry with Windows Phone 7 will also induce more competition and subsequently better products.

Microsoft is already working with several handset manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Dell and HTC to bring Windows Phone 7 powered handsets to the hands of consumers by the holiday season this year. We had already written about devices like Samsung Cetus that run this new OS earlier.

iOS Vs. Windows Phone 7 – Browser Speed Test

Windows Phone 7 devices may not have launched as yet. But the platform has been showing a lot of promise since the time it was unveiled by Microsoft earlier this year. So how does this platform compare with the hyped iOS platform? PocketNow.com has performed an elaborate video comparison of the IE on a Windows Phone 7 based LG smartphone with Mobile Safari on an iPhone and with an Android handset. The video shows that IE on Windows Phone 7 is pretty much competitive with the browser load speed on the other two phones. However, do note that this is not the final version and there may be a few kinks that Microsoft may still be ironing out. Also, if Microsoft does end up bringing Flash on the device, expect some drop in performance too. But considering that the Windows Phone 7 phone here brings some interesting features like multiple tab management to the smartphone, it already holds a significant advantage over the iPhone.

This video should give you a good idea of how a Windows Phone 7 device would work out. I am excited about this!

Windows Phone 7 Launch Date In Europe & USA Announced

Microsoft is not new to the smartphone game at all. However, the company has been caught napping with the smartphone war now being predominantly fought only between Apple and Google. Redmond now has all its money on the upcoming version of its Mobile OS – the Windows Phone 7 Mobile operating system.

Microsoft is learned to be working with several handset manufacturers in the launch of new Windows Phone 7 powered smartphones later this year. The launch date has been tentatively fixed at “end of the year” as of now. However, in a recent statement, Kevin Turner – Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer – has hinted at a October launch in Europe followed by a launch in the USA ahead of the holiday season.

Now this is again only a tentative estimate since the exact launch dates of the smartphones are not yet announced. But an October launch in Europe along with a November launch in USA could mean that the company could be bracing itself up for aggressive competition from Android and Apple handsets during the holiday shopping season.

Can Microsoft pull this one off? Time will tell.

Samsung Cetus Features Review – First Windows Phone 7 Handset From Samsung

There is not much to discuss about this upcoming handset from Samsung Mobile. For one, we have no clue about the form factor of this smartphone. Secondly, there is no word on the pricing or availability. Nevertheless, there has been some information available about this new handset thanks to a recently awarded Bluetooth certification.

The specs are definitely interesting. The Samsung Cetus is expected to come with a large 4-inches AMOLED display along with a 800×400 pixel resolution. Keeping with the recent trends, the phone will also offer a 5-megapixel camera though it is not clear if auto-focus and LED flash will be available. In addition to this, the phone will also include a second front-facing VGA camera, FM radio tuner and GPS apart from support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Besides all of this, of course, the device will run on Windows Phone 7.

A more comprehensive tech specs and pricing details need to be available before you can pass a judgement over this handset.

8 Million AT&T Windows Phone 7 Handsets To Be Delivered

Ok, this is one rumor that you have to take with a pinch of salt. Slashgear has quoted an AT&T insider as having revealed that the carrier has ordered close to 8 million Windows Phone 7 devices ahead of the holiday shopping season this year.

Now this is why it sounds so unbelievable. One, the platform is untested. We do not have any Windows Phone 7 handsets out in the wild today to really gauge if this one is going to be a success or not. Secondly, Microsoft has always sold lesser volumes of smartphones and so AT&T would have wanted to be more conservative in their sale estimates.

However, one wonders if AT&T could be banking on Windows Phone 7 for their next phase of growth. As you know, there are already speculations surrounding the entry of T-Mobile and Verizon into the iPhone game. Also, Verizon has established itself as the leading carrier for Android handsets in USA. Ma Bell could hence be looking at consolidating its position in the new entrant.

What do you think?

Microsoft Employees To Build Windows Phone 7 Apps In Return For Free Phone

Microsoft had announced earlier in the week that the company would be offering free Windows Phone 7 handsets to all of their employees across the world. Well, the obvious take-away from this announcement was that the proliferation of these handsets in the wild will get the word-of-mouth marketing going that could eventually reap better rewards to the company. Looks like there is more caveat to the whole story.

TechFlash has published an internal memo circulated by Microsoft’s senior vice president of mobile communications that hints at using the company’s vast talent pool to develop apps for the new mobile platform. In his message, Andy Lees writes,

“Develop! With the help of the developer division, we just shipped the Final Beta of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. They absolutely rock, and you should download them now http://developer.windowsphone.com/. The package includes everything you need to start building apps. In addition, we’ve introduced a new employee developer program which makes it much easier for you to develop apps for Marketplace in your spare time. … And if you need some help jumpstarting your development, check out the Windows Phone Developer Training Kit. …”

To be fair, this does not seem to be an obligation and is only offered as a suggestion. But then, you never know.

First Mobile VoIP Solution For Windows Phone 7 Launched

Voxofon; not to be confused with Vodafone, has announced that they will be the first company to bring a mobile VoIP solution for Windows Phone 7. The company has said that their solution will help future Windows Phone 7 users save up to 98% on their international calls.

This should not mean much considering that Windows Phone 7 is yet to officially launch and there is really no good way to measure the authenticity of Voxofon’s statements.

But one thing that’s for certain is that Voxofon is the first company to announce that they are first to bring mobile VoIP to the new Microsoft mobile platform. Skype, Trufon and the likes have not made any announcement in this regard.

[via IntoMobile]

LG Windows 7 Phone With Chassis 2 Form Factor Shows Up

Do you still remember what “series” in Windows Phone 7 series mean? They are three different form factors that Microsoft’s latest mobile OS is programmed to cater to. One of the three form factors, Chassis 2, referred to Palm Treo like phones with real sliding keyboards plus touch.

One such phone, an LG slider has made an appearance out of nowhere. The photo was supposedly leaked by a French Microsoft employee. Tough to argue with that, or the authenticity of the pictures. But nevertheless, take a look.

LG Windows Phone 7 Slider

[via Tracy and Matt]

Microsoft Kin May Get Windows Phone 7 OS Soon

After Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 unveiling got rave reviews, the company disappointed its fans by announcing a feature phone instead of a smartphone. However, it now appears that the platform on the Kin phones may ultimately get merged with Windows Phone 7 which will allow users to download apps and play games.

Greg Sullivan, Senior Product Manager at Microsoft has said,

“Over the longer term, we’ll be merging [Kin and Windows Phone 7] platforms and having downloadable apps.”

This was ratified by another email by Microsoft

“Both Kin and Windows Phone 7 share common OS components, software and services. We will seek to align around a single platform for both products as well as consistent hardware specifications, so we can drive our ecosystem at scale and strength across all products.”

Microsoft Kin has a refreshing form factor and a smartphone OS in the device may go a long way in popularizing the device. Now that the reassurance has been given, it will only be a matter of time before we should get to see it in the device.

[via PhoneScoop]