Todd Brix has announced, through the Windows Blog, a tightening of the submission process on the Windows Phone Marketplace. Starting last week, developers will no longer be able to publish 20 apps in a single day to the Marketplace. The limit is now 10. This is to maintain a good spread of unique applications into the Marketplace and featuring in the new and updated lists.
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Because of the smooth roll-out so far, Windows Mango availability is being increased to half of the potential devices (reports GM Eric Hautala on the Windows Phone Blog). This will result in more data points across the mix of devices, manufacturers and network configurations, hopefully allowing the second half of the user-base to be Mango'ed in the near future.
Microsoft have announced the start of the roll out of the Windows Phone 7.5 update for existing Windows Phone devices. It is the biggest software update for Windows Phone so far and contains more than 500 new features and updates. The roll out will take place over the next month, in a staggered fashion. Once the update is available for your device a message will pop up on the phone.
We presume that Nokia's debut of their Windows Phone device will happen in October, but their Windows phone efforts have already been stepped up, as their first application appears in the store. It's called "Top Apps" and while visible in the Zune Marketplace on your desktop, it's not yet available on Windows Phone handsets (reports WP Central). The assumption has to be that these are Mango based applications, and are going to be available only to Nokia's Windows Phone devices, at least in the first instance.
We're pretty sure that a lot of Symbian developers are looking to explore Windows Phone with the upcoming devices, so the recent post by JC Cimetiere on the Windows Team Blog introducing the Windows Phone platform with a Symbian starting point should be a good resource, You'll find a white paper ("Windows Phone Guide for Symbian Qt Application Developers") with porting examples, adding Qt to the Windows Phone API mapping tool, and details on the Nokia WP Training Days happening around Europe.
HTC today announced the HTC Radar, a Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) smartphone. It offers a near mid-tier entry point into the world of Windows Phone, with pricing expected to come in at around £350. It has a uni-body aluminum design, which HTC describe as 'eye-catching'. Key specifications include a 3.8 inch Super-LCD touch screen, 5 MP camera, 1GHz processor and 8GB of on board storage. The HTC Radar is expected to become available in select markets in early October.
HTC today unveiled the HTC TITAN, a Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) smartphone. It combines a 4.7 inch Super-LCD screen with a slim (9.9mm) uni-body design to create a device with significant power user appeal. Other features include HSPA+ connectivity, 8MP camera, a 1.5Ghz processor with 512MB of RAM and 16GB of on board memory.
Nokia has released its Q2 2011 results, reporting an operating loss of -€487 million, with net sales of €9.275 billion (down 7% YoY). Nokia's Devices and Services division's losses were -€247 million. Margins in devices and services were -4.5% (down 14% YoY and down 14.2% QoQ). However, non-IFRS operating profit was €391 million (down 41% YoY and down 44% QoQ), with Devices and Services non-IFRS profit at €369 million, and margins at 6.7%. Total smartphone device sales were 16.7 million, compared with 24 million units in Q2 2010 (down 34% YoY) and 25.2 million units in Q1 2011 (down 31%, QoQ).
Yesterday Microsoft offered the media a preview of Mango, the next release of the Windows Phone platform. The release will deliver more than 500 new features, with an emphasis on communication, apps and the Internet. Mango will also see wider language support, the addition of 1500 APIs for developers and significant performance improvements. Mango is scheduled to arrive in the autumn and will be the version that Nokia uses on its first Windows Phone devices, scheduled to appear in 2012 in quantity.