EA Mobile, a division of Electronic Arts, is raring to go on the Windows Phone 7 platform and has announced the first batch of EA games to ship on WP7 devices this fall. EA's titles will be Xbox LIVE enabled, allowing users to track and share scores with leaderboards, unlock Achievements, add to their Gamerscore, and communicate with other Xbox Live users across the Xbox 360, PC, and WP7.
"Our collaboration with Microsoft brings EA’s world-class catalog of global game franchises to Windows Phone 7, offering a unique set of gaming features perfectly suited to the deep, innovative experiences we value at EA," said Travis Boatman, vice president of Worldwide Studios for EA Mobile. "We see consumers deeply integrating devices into their lives and entertainment in new ways every day. Challenging your Xbox Live friends to an EA game from the phone in your pocket keeps you connected and having fun no matter where you are."
The first wave of games will include Need for Speed: Undercover, Tetris, The Sims 3, and Monopoly. EA won't be the only publisher to support gaming on the WP7 platform, however. According to Microsoft, EA will be joined by a handful of studios, including Micrsosoft Game Studios, Gameloft, Konami, Namco Bandai, PopCap, and THQ. Microsoft says you can expect new titles each week.
It seems like we've waited forever for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform to launch, and now that it has, the big question is whether or not it can cut into the smartphone market and compete with the likes of Android and iOS. The answer? Probably not, according to some skeptical smartphone makers in Taiwan.
Just like Apple's iPhone doubles as a glorified iPod touch, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 devices include tight integration with Redmond's Zune platform. Every WP7 handset will come with Zune built directly into the Music+Video hub and will serve as the Windows-based PC sync client so users can transfer songs back and forth with ease.
In anticipated of the spate of WP7 devices coming out, Microsoft has begun rolling out an updated version of Zune, v4.7. New enhancements include:
First Connect: WP7 devices will auto update the Zune software upon first boot
HD Streaming Video
Photo Sync between WP7 handsets and PCs
Sync Media: lets users purchase music and videos through WP7 devices and sync content to their PC
Parental Controls & Rating on Videos
Get more info and the latest version of the Zune software here.
The big day has finally arrived. We're of course talking about the anticipated launch of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform, which was joined by partners revealing no less than nine new devices on tap for this holiday shopping season.
It seems Microsoft has managed to inadvertently ruffle a few feathers over at Rovio Mobile, the company responsible for the popular Angry Birds game. Microsoft's sin was posting a website indicating the game was one of those destined for the Windows Phone 7 platform.
"We have NOT comitted to doing a Windows Phone 7 version. Microsoft put the Angry Birds icon on their site without our permission," Rovio Mobile announced in a Twitter post (where else?).
You'd normally expect two companies freshly locked in a legal battle to exchange barbs aplenty, but Microsoft and Motorola are only interested in trading friendly overtures at this stage. If you don't know already, MS recently sued Motorola for patent infringement related to the latter's Android phones.
We've heard rumors, but now it's for real. Windows Phone 7 will be launching on October 11 with a big event in New York. Of note here, is that T-Mobile, not AT&T will be front and center at the launch. We've previously heard that AT&T would be a big name in Windows Phone 7 devices, but T-Mobile's participation seems to indicate they will have some top tier phones as well.
Citing "people familiar with the launch plans," The Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft will officially unveil a handful of Windows Phone 7 devices on October 11, 2010, with AT&T offering them for up sale four weeks later (November 8, 2010).
AT&T will initially be the exclusive carrier of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 series and will help Microsoft market the devices in return. At launch, AT&T will offer three handsets provided by Samsung, LG, and HTC.
It isn't a big shock that AT&T scored an exclusivity deal with Microsoft, giving that the Redmond outfit named the carrier its premier Windows Phone 7 partner in the U.S. back in February. But it's at least interesting considering AT&T also carries Apple's iPhone.
It's no secret that Hewlett-Packard plans to vindicate its decision to buy Palm by using the concomitant IP, especially webOS, to plot its success in a range of web-connected device segments, including tablets, smartphones and printers. It has now further reinforced its commitment to webOS by suggesting that it no longer has room for other OSes.
Microsoft still isn't talking specific release dates for its Windows Phone 7, but plenty of others are. Citing "sources familiar with the software giant's plans," Neowin reports Microsoft will hold several launch events worldwide on October 21 to introduce Redmond's anticipated handset in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.