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Microsoft shows first production Win Phone 7 device

updated 06:15 pm EST, Sat February 27, 2010

Windows Phone 7 to lead with LG slider design

Microsoft tonight showed off the first production device running Windows Phone 7. Revealed during a taping of the Engadget Show, the early prototype is an LG-made QWERTY slider that bears a strong resemblance to the eXpo. Not much is known about the device itself besides its 5-megapixel camera, but it will have to meet Microsoft's chassis guidelines, which includes the three-button interface, a fast processor and an 800x480 or larger touchscreen.

The company's Aaron Woodman also provided some details of the software, such as the apps list. In its current form, it uses a single-column app list and should let users "promote" apps to the panel-based Start screen. He also noted that the back button doesn't necessarily go back up a level; a user can start the Zune media player, jump to messaging, and hit the back button to go back to the Zune section.

Woodman was still elusive on some subjects. He acknowledged that some tasks, like music playing, would always run in the background, but wouldn't say whether third-party apps could do the same. The executive was also shy on whether or not phones like the HTC HD2 would qualify for upgrading to the new OS. More information should be available at the company's MIX developer conference in the next few weeks.

The company has had an "internal debate" over whether or not it should open up syncing to platforms like the Mac, but people like Woodman aren't in a position to know definitively whether this would go ahead. The Zune HD and all media-only devices have so far used just the Zune app for Windows and have often been difficult or at times impossible to sync with other software or platforms.

When the LG phone would ship isn't specifically known, though Woodman clarified that the official holiday target wouldn't come late. It would be sometime in the middle of the "wave" of holiday spending. More than one rumor has put the phone's release in September as one of the first flagship Windows Phone 7 devices.









By Electronista Staff
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  1. LeoNobilis

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2007

    0

    Quite allright

    It's good. Nowhere as good as Palm's WebOS or even the iPhone OS, but clearly much finer than its predecessors!

  1. nat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +8

    that ui

    a jitterbug windows phone. yuck.

  1. phillymjs

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2000

    +7

    A back button...

    ...that doesn't always go back. More innovation(TM) by the same company that brought you clicking "Start" to shut down.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +3

    Flush it, please

    What a pile of S.

  1. ricardogf

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2003

    +2

    POS

    Just like the zoooone, an absolute piece of s*** that can't even begin to be compared with the astoundingly advanced UI used in the iPhone. Too little, too late, MS.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +4

    This junk reminds me of

    Windows Realtime.

    What's up with the square space all around the icons?

  1. spyintheskyuk

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2009

    +5

    Welcome back...

    ... to 1974

  1. slapppy

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    Joined: Mar 2008

    +4

    No innovation

    Years and years of Windows Mobile with hardly an innovative change. Along comes Apple and with a game changing look and use of the smartphone. Right on que, Microsoft insults the iPhone and then turns around and screws their WinMo ecosystem and then copy the iPhone. Hilarious..... hahaha...

  1. aplman

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2008

    +6

    the UI sucks

    From what I can see it is lipstick on a pig!
    The UI totally sucks. Why do I want to go deep into a whole to get to stuff.

  1. loudpedal

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Oct 1999

    +2

    Groundbreaking!

    Hmmph!

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