Microsoft has been very coy when it comes to discussing Windows Phone 7 numbers. But the software giant has finally given us something to mull over. According to MocoNews, Microsoft mentioned in an internally produced interview that 1.5 million handsets have been shipped to carriers and other retailers. That's not actual sales to consumers, but just phones that have been sent out for sale.
We're expecting some sort of detailed numbers at CES, but in the meantime, Microsoft isn't doing itself any favors staying silent. Microsoft has only been willing to speak in generalities. They point out that their performance is about on par with other first generation mobile platforms at launch. While phone sales are still shady, the app ecosystem is coming along well. The Windows Phone Marketplace has over 4000 apps so far.
It's only been two months since WP7 dropped, so we're willing to give them time to get their ducks in a row. But will consumers offer them the same courtesy.
By most accounts, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is a solid platform, one with a lot of promise and potential, but the hardware and OS are only part of the overall equation. The other part? Apps.
Towards that end, Windows Phone 7 users now have access to over 4,200 apps, Fudzilla reports. By tomorrow, that number will be 104 higher, which is how many new apps are added to the platform each day.
That's not a bad start for a new platform, even if it pales in comparison to Android (nearly 200,000 apps with around 900 new each day) and Apple (over 300,000 apps and about 1,000 new every day).
Black Friday has finally arrived, which means lots of pushing, shoving, shouting, screaming, biting, and all kinds of other activities that make bottom-of-the-pile fumble recoveries in the NFL seem like a walk in the park. If you insist on braving the crowds today, consider stopping at your local T-Mobile store.
Starting today, Microsoft says you can buy one HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 smartphone and get one free. Unfortunately this isn't available online, so you really do have to go fight your way through traffic and hordes of sleep deprived shoppers. In return, you could score a pretty nice smartphone built around the new WP7 platform.
All current WP7 devices share very similar specs, but as a refresher, the HTC HD7 sports a 4.3-inch touchscreen, 5MP camera with auto focus and dual LED flash, 720p HD video recording, 3G, 3.5mm stereo jack, micro USB port, Wireless-N, and so on and so forth.
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.