Last year we told you about a service from ChevronWP7 Labs that enabled you to unlock your Windows Phone. The “experiment” now comes to an end.
This is what they just posted:
So, you may recall that ChevronWP7 Labs sold about 10,000 developer-unlock tokens in a matter of two months. Working with Microsoft over the past few months, we finished analyzing the resulting data.
The goal of this experiment was two-fold: First, to determine if we could supercharge the Windows Phone beginner/hobbyist community by removing the initial cost barrier (i.e. App Hub membership.) And second, to convert potential developers into published developers.
While we kicked butt on the former, the latter didn’t work out so well. Our data indicates that most developers simply unlocked their devices for non-developmental reasons and never went all the way to publish an app in the marketplace. There was also some confusion about the actual purpose of the ChevronWP7 service – some folks thought we provided SIM-unlock capabilities, while others thought we were a hacker group providing full root access. On top of this, there were a larger than expected number of support emails.
As a result, both sides amicably agreed to discontinue the ChevronWP7 Labs experiment.
Fear not, we will continue to explore other ideas with Microsoft. All sides are still very interested in the hobbyist and homebrew developer communities.
As a thank you gift, courtesy of Microsoft, we will be offering paid ChevronWP7 Labs users a free upgrade to a one-year membership of Windows Phone App Hub.
Users who wish to take advantage of this will need to sign up with the same Live ID as their ChevronWP7 Labs account and complete App Hub account registration with a credit card. (Your purchase will then be refunded shortly after.) More details on this below.
All of us involved – Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh, Long Zheng and the Windows Phone team at Microsoft — are very proud to have been able to bring the ChevronWP7 Labs experiment to fruition and are excited for what the future holds.
This is a real shame, and to be honest I see it as a bit of setback for the hobbyist community, but I can also completely understand why they chose to do this.
Did you use the service? What do you think about the decision?
If you fancy yourself a Windows Phone 7 developer then you might want to take a look at the Windows Phone 7.5 Training Kit from Microsoft – and it’s free!
Two sets of hands on labs for Windows Phone 7.5 application development. These are packages that support a full offline installation of the labs that are available live online.
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The latest Windows Phone OS (OS build 8107) has started rolling out, according to various sources.
Don’t necessarily expect your Windows Phone to get the update immediately, these things always seem to take ages!
Here are some of the changes:
- It solves a problem of the keyboard on the screen, preventing the keyboard to disappear while typing
- Resolves an issue with syncing Gmail
- It solves a problem of access to the location. After the upgrade, the function IO hub sends to Microsoft anonymous information contact the Wi-Fi access points and antennas for mobile phones in the vicinity, only if you have allowed access to and use of location information from part of the “I’m here.”
- Revocation of certificates issued by DigiCert Sdn Bhd to solve a problem of encryption
- Fixes a problem with the e-mail related to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. When you reply to or forward an email, the original message is now included in the response.
- Fixes an issue of notification of voicemail
Last year we told you about a service from ChevronWP7 Labs that enabled you to unlock your Windows Phone. This service is currently no longer available.
According to various sources, ChevronWP7 Labs did a deal with Microsoft for an initial 10,000 unlock tokens, which have now all been used.
As yet ChevronWP7 haven’t said if they will ask Microsoft for more, but I guess given that all 10,000 have been sold in just two months the service was very popular.
Did you use it?
Today Microsoft has released an update to Windows Phone 7, taking it up to version 7.10.7440.16.
Image source and via: Windows7News
The first fix is how Windows phone works with Exchange Server. Microsoft say the fix includes the original message in a forward or response when you send or reply. The second minor fix addresses a “voicemail notification issue”.
Earlier this week Microsoft launched an addition to it’s Marketplace for Windows Phone called Marketplace Extra.
Here is what Microsoft posted on their blog:
Ever have the nagging feeling you’re missing out on some great overlooked app or game in Marketplace?
Or maybe Windows Phone is your first smartphone, and you’re a little unsure what to download first.
I think we’ve all felt that way from time to time. That’s why we created Marketplace Extra, a new feature of the Windows Phone website dedicated to helping you discover handy, fun, and other pinworthy apps and games.
Marketplace, of course, already comes equipped with useful automated tools for sorting and slicing our fast-growing app catalog. Marketplace Extra adds the human touch: Each month a team of writers and editors—me included—will comb Marketplace for great apps and games to feature. We’ll also spotlight app news, reviews, videos, and more. So check out Marketplace Extra and tell us what you think!
I think this is a really great idea – well done Microsoft!
Have you got a Windows Phone and have you used this new service? Let us know what you think.
Do you have a Windows Phone and would you like to unlock it? Now you can with ChevronWP7 Labs.
What is ChevronWP7 Labs?
This is what they said:
ChevronWP7 Labs was designed to allow hobbyist developers to install, run, and debug unsigned applications on their personal Windows Phone. You log into the site with your Windows Live ID, pay a small fee, and presto — you’re ready to write and share some homebrew code.
We believe Windows Phone development should be accessible to anyone. We are providing a Windows Phone developer unlocking service to developers across all skill levels and regions for just $9 USD per phone.
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The Windows Phone Blog today announced that Mango updates are ahead of scehdule…read on for details.
Windows Phone 7.5 AKA Mango has been rolling out for a few weeks now, and since the process has gone very smoothly, Microsoft is speeding up the process. Here is what the Windows Phone Blog had to say today:
Hello everyone. When we kicked off the global rollout of Windows Phone 7.5, I told you we planned to balance quality with speed. And for three weeks we’ve been watching quality while sending update notices to a growing fraction of phones.
It’s gone well. So today we’re fully opening the spigot —slightly ahead of schedule—and making Mango available to nearly everyone in the current delivery pool (see Where’s My Phone Update? for the details).
In addition, we’re now scheduling Mango updates for LG Optimus 7 phones on Telefonica in Spain.
We’re excited most of our customers now have access to all the new features in Windows Phone 7.5. But we know there’s still work to do.
For example, we’re working with Orange in Europe to resolve a couple technical issues that are temporarily preventing us from delivering updates at full throttle to all its Windows Phone customers.
Updates for a few phones are also still undergoing carrier tests. If this applies to you, I want you to know we’ve already prepared to expedite delivery of Windows Phone 7.5 to you once carrier testing is finished.
One last thing. Next week we’ll start delivering some model-specific “firmware” from handset makers, so don’t be alarmed if you receive an additional update notification on your phone. These updates are designed to activate new Windows Phone 7.5 features or improve your phone’s performance. Not everybody will receive or require one: It all depends on your country, carrier, and phone model.
That’s it for now. For general questions, and to learn how to manually check for an update, visit Update Central. To research or ask about a specific issue, visit the Windows Phone forum in Microsoft Answers or tweet @WinPhoneSupport.
Eric Hautala, General Manager, Customer Experience Engineering
It’s great to hear that the Mango update experience is rolling out so well! If you have not updated yet, go over to the Where’s My Phone Update page and see what the status of your update is.
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Today Microsoft have started rolling out Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”. Have you got yours yet?
This is what Microsoft just posted on their blog:
This morning, at roughly 10 a.m. Pacific time, we began rolling out the Mango update to phones around the world. I’m sure you’re as excited as we are: Windows Phone 7.5 (aka Mango) is our largest and most feature-packed software refresh to date.
I do want to emphasize that today is just the start. Our plan, as I’ll explain in a moment, is to ramp up delivery gradually—but make the update available to most existing customers within 4 weeks.
I’m sure you have lots of questions about the update process and especially when you’ll be able to install Windows Phone 7.5. Here’s our plan.
Today we’re starting the roll out of Windows Phone 7.5 to more than 98 percent of existing Windows Phone customers. This is a simultaneous, coordinated, global update that cuts across carriers, phone models, and countries. This time, almost everybody is going first.
Check Where’s My Phone Update? for the latest global status info.
When will I get it?
While today’s rollout includes most of our carriers and handsets, we’re not making Mango available to everyone at once. So it could be a few weeks before an update message for Windows Phone 7.5 appears on your phone.
Why don’t we just blast it out?
It’s a fair question. Delivering Windows Phone 7.5 simultaneously to so many phone models and carriers requires the right engineering balance. Speed is a priority—but so is quality. We’re not just delivering our new operating system but also new software supplied by individual handset makers. This “firmware” is necessary so your phone—and apps—work with all the features of Windows Phone 7.5. But it essentially means that we’re supplying not just one update, but many different ones, given the variety of Windows Phones and carriers out there to choose from.
If a problem comes to light, it’s critical that we can isolate and fix it quickly. So we’re deliberately starting out slow. This week, we’ll be making the update available to 10 percent of customers. If everything looks good, we’ll open up the spigot a bit more—to around 25 percent. We’ll hold there for one or two weeks, then quickly ramp up to 100 percent—monitoring quality the entire way. That’s how we ensure Mango arrives both quickly and in tip-top shape.
If we hit unexpected snags, we might have to temporarily slow or halt the update rollout. Starting this week, I’ll resume posting here regularly to let you know where things stand.
How do I install it?
One day a message pops up on your phone saying an update is available. Great! But now what?
Depending on what kind of computer you have, you’ll need to install either the latest version of the Zune Software for PC or Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac. Then visit Update Central, our one-stop how-to resource for Windows Phone updates.
Once you’re done, you might want to poke around the Windows Phone website, which was refreshed today with new how-to articles, videos, and tips for getting the most from Windows Phone 7.5 (including a big list of new feature highlights). Finally, don’t forget to check out our new online Marketplace for apps and games!
Eric Hautala, General Manager, Customer Experience Engineering
Samsung announce it’s first Windows Phone 7 Mango handset – the Omnia W.
The Samsung Omnia W features a 3.7 inch Super AMOLED display plus a single core 1.4GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, the display features a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
No other confirmed details are available at this time, but what this space!
I am seriously considering using a Mango device in place of my iPhone 4, but with the iPhone 5 allegedly only days away, I will hold off just a little bit longer before deciding what to do.
Today there was a post on the Windows Phone 7 blog saying that the Mango updates should start rolling out in the next week or two. This is great news for Windows Phone 7 users!
Here is what Microsoft posted:
Hi everybody. Given all the recent speculation around the timing of our Mango update, I wanted to bring you up to speed on what to expect next.
For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress. As a result, we now expect to start rolling it out in the next week or two. At that time, we’ll also refresh the Where’s My Phone Update? table to reflect the worldwide rollout status.
This also seems like a good time to caution against installing unofficial or leaked copies of Windows Phone software.
During the official Windows Phone 7.5 update process, every Windows Phone will also receive software from the handset manufacturer. This matched and paired firmware has been painstakingly tuned so your phone—and apps—work with all the new features of Windows Phone 7.5. Since your phone requires the proper firmware to function as designed, my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg updates and homebrew tools.
By the way, in case you missed it, we recently released new versions of both the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac and the Zune software for PCs, which you’ll need to update your phone. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to install it. I think you’ll like the update-related improvements, which speed up the overall update process and give you more control over backups. A small favor: When you update to Zune 4.8, you’ll be asked to participate in improving the update process. Please consider doing so.
I know you’re eager to get your hands on the next release of Windows Phone—and everyone involved with Windows Phone is equally excited and eager to deliver it to you. Please hang on—we’re almost there.
General Manager, Customer Experience Engineering
Let us know when your phone gets the update.
It was only a little over a week ago that HTC announced two new Windows Phone 7.5 devices and now AT&T have announced their new phone lineup.
Here is what was posted on the Windows Phone Blog today:
Hey everyone. This morning AT&T took the wraps off their expanded phone lineup that will feature the next release of Windows Phone, code-named Mango. They also announced they will be among the first carriers to start updating existing AT&T Windows Phones with the Mango release this fall.
AT&T said they will carry three brand new Windows Phones this year including the HTC TITAN, the Samsung Focus™ S and the Samsung Focus™ Flash.
The HTC TITAN was unveiled to the world last week as a global phone and we are excited to share that that an exclusive version of this device will make its way to the U.S. at AT&T. If you missed the post on the TITAN last week go check it out. It features a giant 4.7-inch display which makes movies, music and gaming incredible. It also includes front and rear facing cameras for video chats with friends and family. The AT&T version will be unique, but we’ll have to keep you in suspense for a while longer on what it looks like and final specs.
The Samsung Focus™ S takes the success of the original Focus to the next level with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.4 GHz processor, 4G speeds and a super thin profile. It also includes front and rear facing cameras to capture a moment or connect with friends.
The third phone in the lineup is the Samsung Focus™ Flash. The Focus Flash is a great pocket phone with a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, but still packs a speedy 1.4 GHz processor. This phone is great for people looking for a high performance phone at a value packed price.
Look for more information on these great phones in the near future as we march to launch!
Having had a hands-on with Windows Phone 7.5 I have to say I really like it. Who knows, it might be time for me to swap my iPhone 4 for something Windows again!