An EPICALLY DUMB idea

 

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     I’m typing this out on my Surface RT. Not my Surface Pro 2. We all know how I fell about windows 10 as it stands right now. My Surface RT has been my on the go work horse. No matter how much it has been lambasted by the press or the short comings of its app store, I’ve absolutely loved it. But then again, I am the patron saint of lost causes. I love this tablet about as much as I loved my Lumia 900. Which got it EOL notice before it could get dirty or scratched. I got that as a replacement for my HTC HD2. As you know my Microsoft fandom started with the Zune devices. My last one being a Zune HD 32 GB in black. I think an iPod touch released the same year has seem more updates than the Zune HD ever did. The Zune desktop software is now defunct. I still use it for streaming podcast and music. It looks a lot better on a large screen TV than XBox music. Especially at parties. Know what all these things have in common? I loved them so Microsoft HAD to kill them.

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     We live in a time where nothing can stand on its own. We only care about speeds and feeds as Steve Jobs once called it. Be #1, a very close #2 or fail fast. The Surface RT devices didn’t set the world on fire nut they weren’t spectacular failure either. Any device maker that made a Windows RT didn’t sell nearly as many as the Surface RT. Many bowed out before Microsoft released the sequel to it. Now it seems that Microsoft is giving up on the RT models. No mini! No slated surface 3 on its way. Another EOL! The title of this piece is called “An epically DUMB idea”. The DUMB idea wasn’t me buying any of these devices. The dumb idea is Microsoft killing the Surface RT and half assing an update for the people who bought the Surface on good faith that Microsoft would continue to treat it as the premium device it was sold as.

Killing off Surface RT:

     The problem with Surface RT and Windows RT as a whole is the app gap. When people get something with the windows name they think about the 5 million programs available to it. Not less than 200,000 apps you’re limited to acquiring through the app store. This will be moot if the windows phone & windows app store are really going to merge. Having the desktop available while handy for using office was more of a tease. But killing off the Surface RT isn’t going to fix anything either. You may have read the complaining about there not being a new, high end Lumia on the horizon from everyone? When my Surface RT breaks, what do I replace it with? I want a tablet with a display that’s about 10 inches. I want about 10 hrs. of battery life. You’re probably saying to yourself “Quit you’re bitching and get a Surface Pro 3”.Wait for it. I don’t want to pay more than around $500 for a 32 GB model. Without a Surface RT option I’m forced to pick 2 of those 3. And so are a lot of people. You know what those people are going to get? An iPad! Microsoft has effectively given up on making its own affordable tablets. The Surface Pro 3 is too expensive and heavy to compete against the iPad. Hence why it’s always advertised against the MacBook Air and MacBook pro.

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Not really updating the Surface RT:

     With my Lumia 900 I could understand why it wasn’t going to see windows phone 8. It was a kernel switch from 7.5’s CE (compact embedded or seeing as it was already a decade old, Clinton era. Take your pick) to Windows phone shared NT kernel. Getting an update for a windows phone is harder than finding a virgin in a delivery room. Everything was against that Lumia 900 getting a decent upgrade. So I took 7.8 until I could get a Lumia 920. Windows RT doesn’t have those problems. It is the NT kernel right? And there’s no AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon standing between my surface and a full update right? And Microsoft is making a version of Windows that runs on ARM processors right? So why am I getting some of windows 10 features? Why am I not getting Windows 10 mobile? It’s bad enough that my Surface pro is getting a tablet-ish experience. Why is my tablet getting the shaft? So I’ll get some of the features of windows 10 but none of the apps?

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It’s about trust:

     I’ve asked a lot of questions. I’ve got one more. How do I trust Microsoft again? Why should I buy ANYTHING with the Microsoft Brand on it? I was looking at and drooling over the Hololens. Now I’m not so sure. People buy Apple products because they can count on them getting updated and being replaceable with a newer version. They trust Apple to not fuck them over. How many people bought a Surface and Surface 2? Does Microsoft really want that many people spreading doubt about Hololens when Google is about to release a Google Glass 2, Apple is about to get into the VR space, HTC and Samsung about to sell their own VR/AR headsets and Oculus rift still a major player? Stand by your customers Microsoft and don’t give up on challenging the iPad. Because looking at Google it seems like you’re the only ones that can challenge Apple. Don’t just hand it over to them.

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OnePay a wallet for EVERYONE


Dear Sataya Nadella

I’m a long time Microsoft fan. I own a PC, Xbox & a windows phone. This letter is about the latter. 3 years ago Joe Belfiore (I’m assuming with the permission of) while announcing windows phone 8 also announced that the carrier backed Isis, now known as SoftCard would also be coming to windows phone. I went out & got their secured SIM card & waited. I’ve been waiting for over 3 years now. They are now working with their competition, Apple. I’ve pretty much given all hope that an app will EVER come to windows phone.

Microsoft has for the past couple of years been a kinder, gentler company that will throw out metaphorical carrots for partnerships. That’s not working. A prime example of this is Facebook. It took them 2-3 years to bring their messenger app to windows phone. It’s still not available on windows. Same goes goes for instagram which took 2 years to come to windows phone after Facebooks’ purchase of it. It’s not available on windows and it’s still in beta on windows phone. Facebook got MILLIONS of dollars from Microsoft as an investment when it was starting out.

An even more subject appropriate example of failure of partnerships is SoftCard. Joe Belfiore announced windows phone 8 at the same event as the debut of the Lumia 920″ https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zq4GYlN9uDY The part that stuck with everyone is: they’d have an app within a year. Since then (there are EVEN MORE links about Microsoft’s partnership with SoftCard. These are just a handful) this is what we got:   http://t.co/Hht4cIJyw8 & http://t.co/ZCvTaqf4A9 & http://t.co/zeYDVaJEeB & http://t.co/UCK2iQvCfG & then finally this happened http://t.co/j87qM4BVTa Microsoft should’ve beat Apple to the market to mobile payments market 3 years ago. But that would’ve meant being on Isis/SoftCard like white on rice. Now everyone on windows phone is holding their breath for the Zapp Mobile payments app.

 

       I’d like to note that Microsoft has apparently acknowledged that partnerships failure. In the video above, the wallet hub looked beautiful, advanced & dynamic when windows phone 8 first launched. To call what it is now a shadow of its former self would be a MASSIVE understatement. Nothing personal but the latest incarnation looks like it was coded by first year interns on their lunch break. One failed partnership & Microsoft trades in its Shelby Mustang convertible for a used Ford Fiesta.

 

      People have lost faith in Microsoft because they see it as a company with no strength and no cachè. It’s time to put the carrots away and wield a stick. Starting with tap to pay. PLEASE MAKE YOUR OWN APP. People aren’t going to adopt Windows or Windows Phone if they feel left out on features AND apps. When people start seeing iPhone users with Apple pay, it’ll be another reason not to use windows phone. I & many people via social media begged & asked SoftCard to make their app available. It’s not happening. Another service I use is called venmo (not available on windows phone). They and another service called looppay that competes’ with SoftCard said they aren’t making a windows phone app. None of these parties are partners. PLEASE COMPETE AGAINST THEM. Do it with one app that’s cross platform. Make it available for Windows, Windows phone, iOS, OSX, Android and BlackBerry. Call it OnePay: A wallet for everyone. I was hoping to make this app this app myself once I finish studying app development. But I want to use my phone as a wallet. I’ve wanted to do this for a while now. And I really want to stick with windows phone as I have since it launched. As I did with its predecessor windows mobile. Because I like and believe in the platform & want to see it grow.

Features of OnePay: 

• Tap to pay: Pay any merchant that takes NFC payments. Integrates with windows phones wallet for quick easy payment. Just tap, enter 4 digit code, hit ok & go. Also tap any compatible phone together to exchange money whether the person is a friend or not (MUST BE PIN PROTECTED).

• Pay via QR code: Pay where NFC isn’t available. Using a unique QR code. One that’s also color coded & borrows from Microsoft tag. Also works from one user to another.

• All your store discount cards in one place. Snap a photo of your discount card. OCR scans it into the app. Your discount codes are saved in the users switchable choice of barcode or QR code (bar codes on phones don’t always work.). Saved to OneDrive.

• Request payment: Set automatic request. Automated reminders. Great for small businesses.

• Pay a contact: Send money to anyone with a OnePay account (sign up with a Microsoft account or Facebook account) to and from anywhere. Just select contact, select amount. Optionally add a note. Send money instantly & privately.

• Card agnostic: Routing number, account number for bank & debt card information. No need for partnerships with banks.

Services like Venmo I’ve noticed have a problem. If I have money in my account with them & If I want to send someone money, it doesn’t take it from the money I have in venmo. It deducts it from my bank account. Be smarter than this. Or ask where I’d like the money to come from. One thing I like about venmo is the next day pay out (happens so long as I do it before 7 pm on a weekday). It’d be nice if OnePay could give the option of doing this automatically with an alert letting me know this auto cashout is about to happen so that I can select postpone for one day like an alarm clock. That way I can use the money in my OnePay account rather than wait till the next day for my cashout.

• Does spending statements: Excel style statements. When (date, time) & where I spent money. How the transaction was done (tap to pay, QR, send to contact). Who it was with (person, friend, merchant). How much was the transaction. Allow for flagging individual transactions for fraud.

• Scan receipts: Itemize & get metrics on your spending habits using OCR & save to OneDrive. Never lose a receipt ever again. An accountants best friend. Great for finding deals on products people buy regularly. Use Photosynth for really long receipts.

• Bitcoin transactions welcome. Treat it just like money. Give users the option to spend it or convert it to cash (state exchange rate at time of cashout)

• Simple 4 pane layout: Make it look like Xbox music. With searchable transactions. Pane 1; make payment. (QR code, NFC or send to contact). Check balance. Receive/request payment. Manual cashout (bitcoin & money). Bring back deals. Pane 2; Discount/Club cards. Swipe up & down to riffle through cards. Tap the card & get a scanable QR code. Pane 3; Receipts. Sort by date & time or name of store. Pane 4; payment history. Who did you pay, who paid you & outstanding IOUs’.

Make an app for merchants. Call it OnePay business. A phone & tablet app that works with the consumer version of the app. The Surface as a simple, elegant POS. With profiles for cashiers that itemizes all actions. Make it work with an Excel created manifest/inventory. Finally, turf out Venmos’ owner PayPal by making a pay with a OnePay button & make it publicly available. Allow users and merchants to monitor all activity with OnePay from a tablet app or the web with a layout similar to kin studio. Partner with mint.com to help users manage their spending habits.

Partner with livingsocial for deals. Partner with Craigslist, BackPage & Local online newspaper classifieds to get the ball rolling on the OnePay button. Skip taking ANY money per transaction. It’ll give you good faith with merchants and consumers. Just collect data on where people spend their money & merchants for targeted advertising. SUPER ENCRYPT ALL DATA on Azure. Act as though your protecting military secrets. The highest bit encryption possible with MANDATORY two factor security. Have the Xbox customer service team handle customer service.

Square, Venmo, a full featured PayPal app, LoopPay, Google wallet & SoftCard. These are all things not available on windows phone. Business is a 0/1 sum game. The worst deal ANYONE should have with Microsoft should be NO deal at all.

    Can the Disingenuous Bastards STFU regarding the Xbox One & Kinect.

    For everyone bitching about the $100 price difference between the #Xbox one & the #PS4. The ones saying that Microsoft should make the Kinect optional. I just want to say your a short sighted moron. How much does the Kinect cost? Its not a $100 add on. The (new) Kinect for windows is almost as expensive as the Xbox One. Seeing as how they’re roughly the same hardware. Its safe to say that if it was left off, you wouldn’t be getting a $399 Xbox.

    You’re getting the Kinect for free. That’s because Microsoft wants developers to have a target to hit. The same way Apple gives devs the same screen size & doesn’t fragment efforts with resistive & capacitive screens. & the dedicated gaming set top box market is a small market. More & more people game on phones & tablets. Microsoft is trying to attract app developers for non-gaming apps. They’ve hinted at this much. (“if you want to develop apps for the Xbox one, code for windows 8”)

    And while I’m on the Kinect. Can we knock off the privacy BULLSHIT? Siri sends your inquiries to a server saves them for 2 years. Google now tracks everything about you. Down to your exact location. & the Moto X is always on & always listening.

    This is never pointed out by the tech press that practically jizzes their pants & the thought of an Apple tv that’s almost exactly like the Xbox one in their descriptions. That’s because they’d sooner cut their collective dicks off with the dull end of a rusty blade before they give Microsoft the same leeway they give Apple and Google.

    Please formulate new arguments you disingenuous bastards. I’m tired of the same arguments that are either short sighted or blatantly biased against Microsoft. If the Xbox One is too expensive and not enough of a pure gaming system. Please go buy a PlayStation 4 or an Oyah. I like to mind the company I keep. And I don’t want to be lumped together with you.

    Too small to matter vs. Too big to Screw over.

    By: Roman David DeSilva

    Edited By: Chris Ashley

    Why I believe that the high-end Windows Phones like the Lumia 900 will be updated. The short and sweet is that Microsoft may not have a choice.

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         So there have been big debates over the Blogosphere as to whether the newly released Lumia 900 will get updated to Windows Phone 8, code named Apollo. These rumors came fresh after much of the tech-press decided that the Lumia 900 wasn’t worth buying just prior to the new release. Many of them cited sources close to or in Microsoft and we seemed to have made these statements gospel. The short and sweet of this is that current high end windows phones will get the update. Arguments to the contrary are FUD.

         Never mind that sources can be wrong. The fact is that sources can be anyone. For example: A few months ago I was going to do a small piece on Xbox 720 (Infinity) & the used games discussion. I asked someone in the gaming industry what this meant. My source said banning used games meant that Microsoft was making it so downloaded games from the Marketplace can only be burned to a disk only once. So no more making a bunch of copies of one game & selling them. Who was my source? Steve Ballmer or Bill Gates, a top level Microsoft employee, someone in the Xbox division? Nope, it was a store clerk at GameStop.  Had the person told me not to reveal his identity and I reported it. I could’ve called it an anonymous source. However that’s not really a reliable source. Since this person is not a good source I never ran the piece. The truth is sources can be any idiot that is looking to feel important at their meager jobs more importantly, they can also be wrong.

         Making matters worse, others have just been pulling crap outta their collective asses. Here’s how the line of their reasoning goes. Windows Phone 8 will share the kernel with Windows 8 which means that Windows Phones minimum hardware requirements will be changed and will require dual core (this is not even a minimum spec requirement of Windows 8), 1Gb of ram and the current resolution of current windows phone including the Lumia 900 is simply too low. I want to say before I start debunking the tech press that I’M A DOG WALKER. MY DAY IS SPENT WALKING AROUND NYC WITH A DOG OR 2 IN HAND AND PICKING UP THEIR CRAP. If you haven’t noticed, I don’t post a lot. That’s because I have an exhausting day job & I’m learning how to develop apps. Plus I have a damn life. I shouldn’t know better than people who blog for a living. Please read the minimum requirements for Windows 7 & Windows 8.

    Windows Phone 8 Apollo & Windows 8 will share the same kernel.

    Minimum specs of any Windows 8 certified tablet.

         Now much of any of this do you really think applies to a phone? No really? Remember what Steve Ballmer said, “We’ve learned our lesson that a phone is not a PC”. Windows Phone 8 may share a kernel & some UI with Windows 8 but after that I doubt anything else. But the main arguments that Lumia 900 like phones won’t be compatible are that the Ram and CPU requirements are getting bumped up. The minimum CPU GHz need for Windows 8 is 1. My old Toshiba Satellite laptop that was $300 at BestBuy sporting a 1 GHz single core Celeron processor runs Windows 8 just fine. Another argument is the Ram requirements of Windows 8 (1 GB) means that the Lumia 900, Titan 1 and Titan 2, HTC HD7, and Samsung Focus S won’t run Windows Phone 8 even though they all have 512 MB of ram & at least a 1GHz CPU power. Let alone the low end phones like the Lumia 710 and the HTC Radar which are in the 256 MB bracket.

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         This would all make sense if Windows Phone 8 devices could run side by side apps by snapping them on either side of the screen. Or if Windows Phones could have a full desktop under the Metro UI or any of the various other features that Windows 8 will come with. If you believe that Windows Phones will be able to run a full blown version of Microsoft office. Then you’re dumber than the guy that gave George Lucas the rights to Star Wars after the movie was released. Windows Phone currently doesn’t need dual core CPUs or a lot of memory to run in the 1st place. Minimum requirements are 800 MHz single core CPU and minimum 256 Mb of ram. Microsoft has been priding itself on doing more with less. I can believe that 256 may be too low. But 512 is going to be the bare minimum for running Apollo on current devices. Don’t even get me started on the CPU.

         Apollo will have no problem running on Windows phone 7 devices. As for screen resolution, I’ve seen Windows 8 running on the Crapiest of netbooks from the sale bin of my local Wal-Mart. Those screens are not exactly iPad 3s. Those minimum requirements are for tablets, 7 to 8 inches and up. Not phones! You are not going to be able to snap apps next to each other and run them conterminously.

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    Windows phone by the numbers.

     

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         Much has been made of the sales numbers of windows phone. How many phones? How fast windows phones are selling? Where there selling? Who’s selling the most of them (Not Sprint or Verizon. Let’s get that out of the way now)? These questions are usually brought up by the never ending army of Monday morning quarter backs. Better known as the tech-press. All of whom insist Microsoft is going about selling Windows Phone all wrong to everyone from the OEM’s, the carriers down to the consumer. These stories are mostly by bloggers looking for 1 thing: click bate! What headlines drag eyes to their website so that people eventually click ads. These have always seemed cheap to me. Doing this is a lazy form of journalism. Whenever I see these 5, 10, 8…. Stories, I come to one conclusion regardless of what their writing about. It’s a slow news day and the writer is paid by how many pieces they release. I doubt that any of these people that write these stories actually know or care about how to give windows phone sales a shot in the arm.

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         Not that they need a shot in the arm. Windows phone market share is on the rise. Slowly? Yes! But it is going up. Microsoft just like Apple and Google before them is on a slow but gradual upswing. They dumped their previous mobile platform and started from scratch. They have more apps in their marketplace after a year and a half on the market than Android & iOS had at this point in their growth. What the press wants is a horse race. Microsoft has obligations to many different people. Its customers, their shareholders, their business partners. You know who they have no obligation to what so ever? The press! Microsoft has since the launch of windows phone been putting its focus on the consumer. Where it ought to be because ultimately we’re the ones who buy the phone.

         But as long as everyone is obsessed with list, I’m going to engage in an act of hypocrisy. I’m going to write the definitive list on how to get windows phone sales moving.

    1: Windows phone doesn’t need a hero device. It needs a halo device:

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         You know why people buy fords? Because they park Mustangs in the front of the lot. You know why people buy Chevy’s? Because there are Corvettes in the show room windows. Do you know what sells Daewoo cars? Absolutely nothing! That’s why they got bought out by GM and you never see them on the road ANYWHERE. Windows Phone as an O.S is great. The handsets on the other hand have been mediocre for the most part (Except Nokia. Their actually trying) . LG may not be a design leader but they put DLNA on their 1’st generation phones and are putting NFC on their 2’nd generation windows phone the Miracle. HTC makes big phones. That’s it! You want a phone that doubles as a surf board? Get the Titan 2. It has a good 12 MP camera. No Beats audio! No NFC! No ports for SD cards! Samsung makes a light phone with a nice screen. Otherwise it’s a stripped down Galaxy S 2. They don’t even offer the same accessories. Windows Phone is a great engine stuck in your mom’s minivan for the most part.

         Windows phone needs a premier line of devices. The Lumia line is a nice start. But where are the phones with NFC, DLNA, Docks and accessories available at the store? There are a lot of handsets that are trying to keep par with the iPhone but nothing that leap frogs it or tries to stand out. OEMs’ like to complain about differentiation. But very few seem willing to put their money where their mouth is. Windows Phone needs a Halo device. It needs a device to draw people into the stores. As far as everyone is concerned all android phones are droids. Windows phone needs a high end device or line that will be standard bearer for all windows phones. It needs to hit every point possible for a high-end device. It has to look HOT. Not a black slab with a chrome bezel. When it comes to car design the rule goes as follows. If you can be hit by it and not know what it is, it was a bad design. Except for the Lumia line and the HTC Radar, all windows phone devices look Ho-Hum at best. It’s not like Apple is the king of design. They made an all glass phone with a bad antenna. Knocking them off their pedestal should be a cake walk. OEMs’ are capable of making a well-designed devices. When it comes to laptops you can look like a MacBook or you can look like the Asus Bamboo. If you can make a laptop that looks good but not like a MacBook, then you can make a phone that doesn’t look like a large 3’rd generation iPhone.

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         Have LTE, NFC, and DLNA. Throw in the whole can of alphabet soup. Hardware matters! People know that the price of the phone isn’t what’s written on the initial sticker. It’s the price you pay for it over the course of 2 years. If you want to throw crapware on the phones. Make it damn good crapware. Uninstall-able but irresistible crapware. Augmented reality, exclusive games. Find your own Siri. Recruit developers. You have your app stores in the marketplace. Your offerings aren’t setting the world on fire. Bundle the phones with stuff. Stereo Bluetooth headsets, docks, armbands and cases. Something! I live in NYC where I can find almost anything so long as it’s not an accessory for My Samsung Focus S. Not even a Samsung made alarm clock. People buy the iPhone because if they do they can get the stereo with the dock, the millions of cases, skins and accessories that they may never even need. Granted that androids aren’t exactly uniform when compared to the iPhone. They do have accessories.

    2: Developers! Developers! Developers!

         Apps matter! The average consumer doesn’t know how many apps the iPhone has or how many apps are available for android. They know that there are a lot of them. And that everyone else doesn’t have as many. Remember when the Droid initially launched the droid? Their marketing wasn’t just focused on the end user. They also advertised to Developers. Microsoft has great relationships with developers and they provide great tools. But sometimes people need to be beaten in the head with things like this. Microsoft has to advertise to everyone on a large level. So far unless I’ve been missing the ads, Microsoft has been only advertising to the end user. There needs to be an all-out developer campaign. Microsoft has been doing all it can to get the developers of the top apps from Android and iPhone to repurpose their apps for windows phone. From begging to bribing but many developers are dragging their heels and the ones that are making cross platform apps aren’t submitting apps on par with their iOS/Android counterparts. Some do not follow the Metro UI guidelines. Don’t just have an advertising campaign. Have a widely advertised developer challenge with a large prize. The check should literally say oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo as it’s being handed to the winner. A contest where the end-users pick the best apps. Microsoft gets that developers are just as competitive as anyone else. They’ve even got Xbox style achievements for developers. This is just taking it a step further and having a public, user decided contest. A Windows Phone app X-Prize. 

         Another way to get developers coding for windows phone at a higher rate is to buy apps from developers. Remember, Apple didn’t make Siri. That was an app in the app store. If developers feel like they can make a lot of money by making a popular app for Microsoft. That even if it doesn’t make as much on the windows phone marketplace as it would iOS/Android but that Microsoft might buy it, they’ll code it. Time for Microsoft to become like Borg.

    “We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own perfection. Your culture will adapt to service us. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.”

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    There are other Siris’ out there waiting to be found. Other Halo games. Buying apps not only gets developers interested in coding for windows phone. It helps to add new features to windows phone that the competition simply won’t have. It adds apps and games and potentially services that are exclusive to Microsoft. They’ll take that over being ripped of by Apple. The last thing we would want is to have an app on windows phone and then have it bought by Apple and Google.

         When it comes to windows phone, Microsoft is playing the long game but they intend on winning. Windows wasn’t what it is today 2 years after it launched. It took years. Windows wasn’t even popular or taken seriously until almost a decade after its initial launch. The Xbox was laughed at when it launched. Sites had death clocks as to when Microsoft would pull the plug on it. Now their juggernauts that are dominant forces to be reckoned with. Over the next 5 to 10 years windows phones will be as ubiquitous as windows itself. And the Monday morning quarter backs will have to find something else to write list about.

    The Nokia Sea Ray. Don’t believe your lying eye.

     

         The Nokia Sea Ray that was shown this week may have been impressive. But what we saw is anything but what we’re getting. But believe me, that’s a good thing.

     

     

     

         Earlier this week, Steven Elop of Nokia “secretly” revealed their 1’st Windows Phone device. Code named sea ray (more than likely it will get a euro style alphanumeric name. But I could dream that they will call it sting-ray) its essentially an N9 running Windows Phone O.S with virtual buttons in place of the 3 main buttons. As you can see from the pix above. It’s a case of meet the old boss, same as the old boss. The Nokia N9 is a good phone and this bodes well for their 1’st Windows Phone. This is not the droid that that we’re looking for. Believe it or not that’s a good thing. Don’t get me wrong. The hardware is awesome. NFC, an 8mb Carl Zeiss camera. Front facing camera, 1gb of ram. An AMOLED display with 16 mill colors. A high res display. Behind a 3.9 curved gorilla glass. A 1420 MAH  battery in an aluminum body. But what we saw is not what we’re going to get.

         1’st of, we all know that this was an intentional leak. Elop barely pretended to act like it was meant to be a secret. This was a little red meat for the investors and the tech press. I’m not just a tech nerd, I’m also a car guy. When car companies test new products. They use a mule. All the guts of a new product but in the body of a modified car that already exist. Phone companies do this as well. Remember the iPhone 4 in a bar last year?
    It was hidden in a shell to disguise it as a iPhone 3gs. Nokia has been almost
    Apple like in its secrecy regarding the next windows phone.

         But if your going for Apple like secrecy, why not go all the way & throw the dogs off the scent. Nokia is not going to re-hash the N9. Having the N9 & the sea ray sitting next to each other in the stores would be confusing. If your just going to re-hash hardware, why not go all the way:

    If all Nokia was going to do was release an N9 with a camera button and windows phone o.s. They could release it now. According to Elop, the 1’st WP device will be available late this year. Reports say this fall. I’m not an engineer, but an extra button can’t be that hard to add into the manufacturing process. Elop knows this! He also knows that windows phone has to compete against the iPhone & Android on more than just specs which Nokia can do without breaking a sweat. Nokia has to compete on style to. Elop does plan on re-hashing the N9 guts to some degree. But not the $2.00 shell it comes in.

         Does anyone remember that Nokia windows phone that leaked when the partnership was 1’st announced?

     

    They then showed it during the announcement of their partnership. Do you know how much it cost to have a designer to make a phone. Then to have someone with Photoshop make a rendering? Multiple renderings to be exact.

     

     

    Nokia is not re-hashing the N9 shell. Further more Nokia while they have the power to alter the UI, they won’t. Never mind that they said they won’t. They don’t want to fragment the platform. If they wanted to do that, then they would’ve gone with Android. So those virtual main buttons, were also part of the mule.

         The specs will be similar to or exceed the N9. Nokia has been working on dual core smartphones. People forget that Microsoft gave permission to Nokia to do a lot of things with windows phone. That includes the CPU restrictions. Nokia also wants back into the u.s market. That 3.9 screen will become a 4. The 8mp Carl Zeiss rear camera will be the minimum. But I wouldn’t be to surprised if there’s a 10 or 12 MP. Front camera will stay the same.

         Nokia has the power to guild the future of the O.S but where they plan on competing on is being the box WP comes in. So far other than the focus, the venue pro & maybe the hd7 WP device offerings haven’t exactly set the world on fire. In fact the Dell venue has had its issues. The HTC Evo is better hardware & Samsung’s galaxy line puts the focus to shame. Windows phone has been an awesome o.s on meh hardware. Nokia plans on doing for windows phone what Motorola did for Android. Having the premier windows phone device.

         Other than HTC who have been rumored to be making a 10 or 12 MP camera WP device. The other partners have been silent on future WP devices. They’ve been screaming about their next Android hardware. But unless they have followed Nokia with the secrecy route. Assume that what we see is what were going to get with a few tweaks until Nokia starts handing them their proverbial ass’s.

    Expected Specs:

    Price:


    TBA. Should be competitive with the iPhone

    Frequency:


    Pentaband WCDMA 850, 900, 1900, 1700, 2100, Quad band GSM/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

    Phone Style:

    Touchscreen Bar style

    OS:


    Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

    Sound:

    Alert types; Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones

    Loudspeaker;
    Yes

    3.5 MM audio jack

    Dolby Mobile sound enhancement; Dolby Headphone support with active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.

    Thickness:


    7.6–12.1 mm

    Length”:


    116.45 mm

    Width:


    61.2 mm

    Weight:

    160 g

    Built-in Memory:

    1024MB RAM, 8GB, 16GB and 64GB.

    High-speed Data:

    HSDPA Cat10: 14.4Mbps, HSUPA: Cat6 5.76Mbps

    Connectivity:
    Wi-Fi (G and N), NFC, Bluetooth (Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR) and Micro-USB ver 2

    Screen Size & Display:

    4 -inch WVGA (854×480) AMOLED display with curved Gorilla glass, no air gap, anti-glare polarizer.

    Multi-touch input method

    Screen Colors:


    16M colors.

    Sensors:

    Proximity sensor for auto turn-off.

    Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate.

    Four-axis gyro sensor.

    Camera:

    Primary; 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual LED flash.

    Features; Geo-tagging, face detection, touch-focus. Raw image format support.

    Video; Yes, 720p@30fps.

    Front facing camera; 3 MP.

    Camera Resolution:

    8 or 12 megapixel with dual LED Flash and Carl Zeiss autofocus sensor and 2nd camera for video calls.

    Ringtones:

    MP3, WAV

    Radio:

    Yes, Stereo HD-FM radio

    Speaker:

    Yes. Dual Speakers with Dolby.

    Colors:

    Black, Canary Yellow, Magenta, Cyan

    Processor:

    ARM 1.3 Ghz, Dual Core.

    Battery:

    1500 mAh, Talk time: (GSM/WCDMA) up to 11 h / up to 9 hours.

     

         This will be an awesome phone. Will it be an iPhone killer? I don’t like that standard. Depending on what Apple releases. This will at minimum be on par spec wise with it and definitely give it a run for its money. If I am wrong and what we see for the most part is what we’re going to get. Kiss the droid good bye. Prepare for HP’s next pre phones to be delayed and regardless of how hot this phone is, the Blackberry (the members only jacket of mobile phones)  will be dead by spring of next year or will be bought by a more successful carrier. From then on the other partners like the ones I mentioned above will feel the pressure to make some kick ass hardware for windows phone.

    I’m very excited for Nokias’ 1’st windows phone. I’m already shopping for the accessories ^_^