During yesterday’s CES keynote, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer again confirmed that the 1st Windows Phone 7 update is soon to be released and Microsoft has unveiled further information what users can expect from it. According to these information, the update will include copy and paste, faster apps and games start and a better Marketplace search. Without going into further details, copy and paste will allow to select and copy text from E-Mails, text messages, web pages and Office Mobile documents, and paste it anywhere. Furthermore Microsoft said it has whittled down the time it takes for apps and games to start up and resume, which is important since Windows Phone 7 isn’t featuring traditionall multitasking.
Last but not least the Marketplace search will be streamlined to make it easier to find specific apps, games, or music. Pressing the Search button in the apps or games section of Marketplace only apps or games will appear in the results while pressing the Search button in the music section of Marketplace the music catalog only will be searched.
Still, there’s no release date given but Microsoft only explains that Windows Phone 7 is designed to automatically notify its user via a pop-up message (unless this option is turned off) that an update is available.
At CES, NEC has unveiled a hinged Android tablet with dual screens. NEC is not specifying if this is an all-work or all-fun tablet, it’s kind of in between. They suggest that it could make a great e-reader, a digital notebook for students, or whatever developers come up with. The “Cloud” part of the “Cloud Communicator” name means that NEC thinks the LT-W would be great for generic cloud services, but really, it’s just an Android 2.1 tablet with WiFi, Bluetooth, and optional 3G — there’s nothing special in here that makes it particularly well-adapted for magically pulling data out of the cloud.
As for the “Cloud Communicator” part of this tablet’s moniker, NEC is saying that this tablet would be great for generic cloud services. Other details on the LT-W; it’s running Android 2.1, interacts with a stylus, supports Wi-Fi connectivity, and optional 3G connectivity.
Huwei introduced a new Android phone as CES, as well: the Ideos X5. We’ve heard of this device before, and while not exactly groundbreaking, it’ll mark Huwei’s first Android phone available in the US (carrier to be announced around the middle of this year), and it’s a very respectable offering just the same. Running Android 2.2, it’s got a few nice bullet points:
- a 3.8 inch multiple touch screen with easy-to-use SWYPE input and voice recognition for additional convenience
- an ultra-slim width of 11.4mm, curved edges and brush metal coating to serve as an ideal everyday accessory
- a 5 mega pixel camera with 720p high definition video recording and playback
- a FM radio, SRS professional audio effect and Flash 10.1 to enhance the gaming experience
- 802.11n Wifi Connectivity, HSPA capability.
Those last 2 are the most appealing to me, personally. FM radio and 802.11n aren’t exactly standard features, though they are becoming moreso. No word on CPU, storage space, or pricing available at this time, but they’re throwing their hat in the ring, and I suspect that it’ll be a nice middle-road phone at a very reasonable price.
Earlier today we told you that Motorola officially announced the AT&T bound Atrix, a dual core powerhouse of an Android phone which is being dubbed the world’s most powerful smartphone. To go along with that announcement, Motorola has released a very brief video teaser, which you can check out after the jump.
A video posted on YouTube (which has now been pulled) shows off Android 3.0 and a quick look at what it will bring to the table. More important is that 3.0 appears to be for Tablet devices only.