AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

Summary: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and AT&T execs started their rollout of new Windows Phones at CES.

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There was a surprise guest at the AT&T Developer Summit on January 9: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Ballmer told attendees that Microsoft and partners would be unveiling news about new LTE Windows Phones throughout the day.

Ballmer also noted that developers should expect Microsoft to continue to "move in the direction of sharing more and more technologies" between Windows Phone and Windows. Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7.5 already share the same Metro-style interface, the same HTML5 Internet Explorer browser, integration with Windows Live and Azure, and a common HTML5/XAML experience, Ballmer said. He stopped short of saying anything about the rumors that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will include the same core kernel elements.

One of the new AT&T Windows Phones already is out of the bag, the 4.7-inch HTC Titan II which is due out on AT&T "in the coming months." It has a 16 megapixel camera on the back and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, as well.

Microsoft BFF Nokia still has yet to take the wraps off its first LTE phone for the U.S. market: The Nokia Lumia 900, codenamed Ace.  Nokia still will be holding its own press conference at 3 p.m. PT today at CES where this is likely to happen.

Update: As expected, Nokia announced the Nokia Lumia 900, which has a front-facing camera, a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen and a better camera than on the Lumia 710 or 800. Here are the Lumia 900 specs from Nokia.

As revealed recently by WinSuperSite's Paul Thurrott, the Lumia 900 is just one of a handful of LTE phones coming primarily to AT&T in the next few months. The Ace is due to be released on March 18. Verizon is expected to add the non-LTE-capable Nokia Lumia 710 to its line-up in April, according to Thurrott. (T-Mobile will be the first to offer the Lumia 710 in the U.S., starting January 11.)

AT&T also announced six new Android phones coming to its wireless network during the Developer Summit today, including the Sony Xperia Ion, which is Sony's first LTE smartphone.

Other Ballmer bits:

  • There are now 1.3 billion PCs in the world, 500 million of which are running WIndows 7 -- and every WIndows 7 PC can run Windows 8.
  • There have been three million downloads of WIndows 8 developer preview since Build in September.
  • There are more than 50,000 Windows Phone applications, with 300 new apps being published daily.
  • "Developers, developers, developers" still matter

Update: Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said Nokia will announce details later today as to how it will make its U.S. comeback, and that its first LTE phones here will be on AT&T.

Topics: AT&T, Mobility, Nokia, Telcos

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

    Hi MJ,
    You seem to be overlooking what i think is the most newsworthy thing here: "a common HTML5/XAML experience". I take that to mean that the Win8 dev platform (i.e. winRT) id coming to the phone and if that's true that is *huge* news, much bigger than the same kernel. I don't doubt that pretty soon users will be able to buy apps that run on PCs, tablets and phones, hopefully that's coming in Apollo. As i said...huge.

    JT
    jamiet
    • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

      @jamiet Exactly what came to my mind, but hold your horses. He might meant that IE9/10 will be available on both. Not that HTML5 can or could be used to make system apps, not only webpages.
      Falhar
      • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

        @Falhar Ah, but he said HTML5/XAML. XAML is definitely NOT a browser technology - hence why I think he means the WinRT platform is coming to the phone.
        jamiet
    • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

      @jamiet
      Will see about that "common XAML" experience... Right now XAML exists on desktop and on the phone but the phone version is a subset. From management point of view they are common but for developer porting XAML app from desktop to the phone may mean complete rewrite.
      paul2011
    • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

      @jamiet
      Umm, with HTML5, you can run the same app on your Winmobe Phone, iPad tablet, and Linux desktop. Or any combination thereof that supports HTML5. HTML5 apps are OS/Browser agnostic.
      admiraljkb
      • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

        @admiraljkb - No. In Windows8, developers can build Windows8 Metro apps using a Javascript & HTML5 UI framework with Javascript bindings to the WinRT API so that apps can access features of the OS.
        bitcrazed
      • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

        @admiraljkb as bitcrazed just mentioned, Html5+Javascript only makes the presentation layer. The main job of those applications is done by WinRT API which in turn uses Windows8 features.
        wmac1
    • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

      @jamiet <br><br>I also stopped at that because as long as I know, Win8 uses Html5+WinRT while Windows Phone uses Silverlight.<br><br>In order to unite those two, Silverlight should go away and that's a huge and risky change for WP7. It will for sure make developers very very unhappy.<br><br>I really cannot imagine how MS is going to do that with minumim damage.
      wmac1
  • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

    Hopefully sharing technologies between Windows Phone and Windows 8 will mean that Microsoft makes an effort to add some kind of accessibility into Windows Phone based off Windows 8. Currently Windows Phone 7 is the only smart phone OS with no accessibility. As a blind smart phone user I find the lack of communication from Microsoft on this issue very troubling.
    joesmth7
    • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

      @joesmth7 <br><br>I was at a demo of the new Android 4's enhanced accessibility features Saturday. The screen reading part of it was pretty impressive (to me) in how it integrated with the touch screen. Not actually being blind, I can't vouch for how well it actually works for someone who needs that feature. Might be worth checking out and see if it does the trick for you.
      admiraljkb
      • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

        @admiraljkb I have an iphone 4 and it works really well. I may buy one of the $100 Android tablets to try out Android 4.0 from an accessibility perspective though.
        joesmth7
  • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

    AT&T gets the upper hand with Windows Phone while Verizon sits on their hands. Oh how I can't wait until my contract is up.
    Loverock Davidson-
    • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

      @Loverock Davidson- Verizon and MS seem to purposefully avoid each other (perhaps the unsuccessful partnership in MS-Kin phones is the reason).

      Mostly seems Verizon avoids WP. If I am not mistaken they just have 1 WP set.
      wmac1
  • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

    T-Mobile already has one Windows Phone 7 for sale, but in two different stores I was strongly advised against it. "Every single one has been returned. No one likes it." Hmm, maybe it's not such a win after all. Just saying...
    bethere@...
    • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

      @bethere@...
      The best rated phone (with more than 10 reviews) on T-Mobile: http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/Phones/cell-phone-detail.aspx?cell-phone=HTC-Radar-4G-White
      x I'm tc
      • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

        @jdakula
        I now know of ONE person personally (in the flesh) that went the Windows phone route. Lasted for 2 weeks, they're on Android now. I don't know of anyone else, outside of you guys posting that have one. Some folks online seem pretty happy with them, but I've not seen them or met them in real life. The market share statistics from last quarter that found Winmobe7 share dropping by half seems to bear out the high returns though. I personally found them limiting and too small like an iPhone. That 4.7" screen of the Titan II takes care of the small part, but its still limited and still is lacking a second core which as a techie I care about. Course being a techie, I'm not the Microsoft's target market for Winmobe7 anyway. :) They're after the iPhone market, not the Android.
        admiraljkb
      • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

        @jdakula "...still is lacking a second core which as a techie I care about."
        I wonder if you know yourself why you need that second core :)
        paul2011
      • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

        @jdakula
        @paul2011

        I understand WHY'd you ask that, and actually, I do know why. :) It increased my battery life, and smoothed out my phone UI with background tasks running. I had years earlier found the same phenomenon on the desktop with multiple cores versus one core at the same TDP. The multiple core (2 back then) would spread the load out and essentially "loaf" at lower frequencies and power consumption while the single core was at full power and throttled all the way up when not doing that much really. This while running the same apps, and the single core also stuttering.

        The one thing I've noticed now (on my dualcore SII 1.5GHz), is two FAST cores mean threads get processed sooner, so the processor goes back to loafing/low power mode sooner as well. As long as the apps are well behaved, I can get 2 days, maybe 3 out of my Galaxy SII.
        admiraljkb
      • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

        @admiraljkb
        I get it. You are an OS thread scheduler :)
        paul2011
      • RE: AT&T shows off coming new Windows Phones at CES

        @paul2011

        Hehe.
        admiraljkb