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.

    Lets Tango! The feature bomb between Mango & Apollo.

    *Pure theory* The Windows Phone 7.7 “Tango Update”. After Mango but before Apollo: notifications, sharing and UI.

         Recently there’s been news of an update that’s supposed to coming to windows phone after this falls mango update and before the Apollo update being dubbed Windows Phone Tango. This is an excellent opportunity to further leap past iPhone and & Android. While not much is known about this supposed tango update. I’d like to take a stab at what it could be. Everything here is pure theory & wishful thinking.

         My rule of thumb in life is that having a new trick up your sleeve does you no good if everybody knows to keep their eye on your arms & hands. A good trickster has an arsenal everywhere possible & just when they think you’ve run out of tricks. Spout an arm & pull the trick out from its sleeve.

         Windows phone while very robust is not quite mature. There are missing functions & features. One Can argue that WP was rushed out the door. But one can argue that it was by design. Its not like Microsoft doesn’t know how to make a phone O.S. They’ve been doing it a really long time now. Microsoft was mobile back when I wasn’t even old enough to drive. So the feature & function gap between Windows Phone & Zune HD or Windows Phone & Windows Mobile 6.5 can’t be by accident.

         I’ve come to believe that Microsoft has intentionally left gaps in Windows Phone. Not to have a sensational update every now & then. Not to simply implement functions & features differently. But to try and leap frog the competition by doing these things differently. Otherwise Windows Phone would be a nice looking app driven phone similar to the iPhone.

         When Apple showed off IOS 5. After the feelings of; about damn time & well where have I seen that before. I realized something. Apple blinked! The company that “never compromises or capitulates.” The company that “insists on calling the shots.” That company, basically said us too.

         We can point to them doing this before with copy & paste & multitasking. Ping or Game Center (Zune Social & Xbox Live rip offs) Or if your old enough to remember Steve Jobs saying that tablets are toilet computers back in 2001. But Apple didn’t just copy core features & functions. They out right ripped off their competition & even stole from independent developers. And they did it badly. So lacking Apples “elegant & brilliant simplicity”, the new iOS features seems tacked on.

         Why all this happened I don’t know. But being someone that when they see a weakness in an enemy. I believe there’s only 1 thing to do at that moment. Exploit it! The iOS devices have ironically become to mobile devices what Microsoft is to its detractors in respect to the desktop market. iOS has started to become Windows. By the cult of Macs own standards, Apple has run out of ideas & are going to push the platform forward by tacking on features from other platforms.

         Developers are mostly interested in Android and windows phone right now. iOS 5 is a desperate attempt at becoming what they rebelled so hard against and I predict they will fail miserably at it. Their even using old plays from soon to be defunct companies. iMessage, Apples proprietary messenger doesn’t appear to have learned from BlackBerry. When you’re down market its o.k. to have exclusive features & apps. But at the top of the totem. It’s best to be a little open.

          Using apps that to some degree communicate with your platform and mimic your platform’s features on competing platforms allows for everyone to share the experience that your platform delivers. Then you can that app to entice them to your platform for a better experience. BlackBerry messenger hasn’t saved RIM. If anything, unlimited texting plans have started to kill it off. Better third party messengers each gave their “one of one-thousand cuts” iMessage, Skype & Google are just going to throw the dirt on RIMs coffin.

         But Skype and most likely Google messenger will be available cross platform. Even on iOS. Facetime has yet to be available on windows, Chrome OS or Linux. Apple is banking on the model they use with Final Cut and Garage Band. But that works for the market, that would for the most part, buy a Mac in the first place… a very niche market of aging hippies, trust fund hipsters and trendy people that like paying a lot for a computer that they check their email on 99% of the time and occasionally does other things with their new toy. This isn’t going to work with phones. They have too much market share.

          Proprietary functions and features didn’t help RIM (the members only jacket of mobile phones). When people got bored of their phones, it became less like crack and more like baby aspirin. People moved off Blackberries and went to iPhone. You may not have noticed it but Apples UI is pretty dated. Even folders haven’t helped it. Android may be annoying & confusing but its not the stream of endless icons that don’t do anything. Metro UI is the happy middle ground between Goggles chaos & Apples authoritarianism.

         So how do we exploit this weakness? Feature overload! Apple may have the majority of apps. But iOS doesn’t have a lot of features. Its an app driven experience. That’s quickly becoming a moot point as devs are coding for more than just iOS. HTML 5, The iPhones savior from their lack of flash is ironically making the web an app store (Facebook project). And what few features they have simply suck. The notification is a piss poor rip off of what’s in Android. Phones only have so much screen real estate.

         There’s nothing cloud about the iCloud with iTunes. Their doc solution is nothing compared to office 365. And in order to use it on the go, you have to buy their mobile office suite (ever used iWork? Aside from keynote, avoid turning in documents using it.) iSync may come close to Zune in the wireless sync dept. But then again, if its anything like ping or game center. Stick a fork in it.

         Turning the volume into a camera button & putting the camera button icon on the lock screen is a nice trick. Question. If I’m right handed (like 95% of the world) how do I take landscape pictures now? Btw: the camera button is supposed to wake the phone up. For a company that prides itself on simplicity, I still have to press the top button. Then press the camera button. I can still take a photo faster on my wp7 device with 1 less step.

         But if you want features Apple. Follow WP down this rabbit hole. If you want to do what I’m about to do. Contact Joe Belfiore the VP of windows phone. Brian Seitz of Microsoft marketing. Matt Akers & Jessica Zahn of Microsoft mobile devices. If you have an idea. Pitch it to them. Since I’ve been a Zune user, I’ve been throwing Microsoft Zune ideas on their old Zune forums. You can now do it at windows phone answers. These are the ideas I’ve sent since you’ve read this. They do listen and sometimes they do respond. Start of each message with “feature idea for windows phone.” if you contact them via twitter, use twitlonger. I don’t know if Windows Phone 7.7 “Tango” exist. But there’s no harm in asking for a few more features.

    Here’s just a few ideas I sent them:

    Notifications:

         The drop down notification screen in iOS 5 & Android is a of a mess. Leave what’s in windows phone as is. What I’m proposing is in addition to what’s there. I would only suggest adding a photo in place of the name of who sent the photo if available. You know how if you swipe down from the top of the phone you get the battery meter, signal information, Etc. What if you pull down twice to check notifications or pull down on notification bar and you got a notification dock? Similar to the iPhone task bar (2 can play at this game Apple). Once the drop bar is down, you can pivot between notifications. Its essentially a smaller version of the tasks manager in mango.

         Then simply tap the notification and go straight to the appropriate app. For stuff like messages, tap the mini tile to get the message and a dialog box to send a quick response. Should you just want to browse but not answer. Just swipe it the bar back up. This isn’t a screen hog like Android or iOS notification screen. And unlike WebOs, this doesn’t stay on the screen. When in an app & you get notification, rather than just tap to respond or swipe to the right to dismiss. You can pull down & get that bar. This would handle every notification that the phone gets while the phones display is actively being used (games, video and browsing) otherwise, the standard notifications stay. Its even accessible from the lock screen.

    Sharing:

    Live spot:

          I’ve been begging for this. The kin may not have been a success. But features like the kin loop, kin studio & kin spot were awesome. Kin loop is making a come back with groups and twitter integration. Kin studio is being integrated into windowsphone.live.com. Possibly with a Metro UI design in html 5 as seen in SkyDrive. The kin spot needs to come back. The kin spot would be accessible from everywhere in the phone except the start screen & lock screen. Accessible from Pictures, Zune, camera, IE & some 3’rd party apps. It would do everything the spot did in the Kin. Share any information & media with anyone the user chooses.

    New Features:

    Windows live movie maker and photo gallery built into the o.s:

         Edit photos and movies on the fly. In my 1’st attack of the killer app of the week I suggested that Microsoft buy Thumba. But Microsoft already has this on your desktop.

    Windows live desktop remote:

         SkyDrive gives you 25 GB of free space. But if your desktop is always on and online. That’s 25 +. Access your files from anywhere. Think of that Tonido app I recommend a while back.

    Expanded services:

    SkyDrive with DropBox support:

          Think of it as SkyDrive with a DropBox app. You can do everything that you would do in DropBox, but from SkyDrive & windows phone. Share files & folders. Back up more than 25 GB of your stuff (requires DropBox account). Effortlessly swap files between SkyDrive & drop box. With out changing the behavior of either service. This would be mutually beneficial to both if Microsoft in exchange for access to DropBox API, DropBox users would get a year free subscription to office 365 (cheaper than giving away a Xbox with every PC purchased). Dropbox users would jump at the chance to get 25 GB of free space & would get a windows phone & keep an up to date version office to use it. Dropbox would save on hard drive space & offer their users document sharing & collaboration services.

    UI changes:

    Please move the battery & connectivity icons to the side under the arrow on the home screen. They’re to small to see at the top. Make the tiles start at the very top of the screen. Put the arrow that’s there right now, also at the very top. Under the arrow have the time. The hr. larger in font size than it is now. Keep the min the same font size but have it next to the hr., on top of am or pm. Followed by larger but translucent connectivity icons that stand out against the background. You had it in the Zune 80.

         The analog representation of a batter is useless. A hollow circle divided into 4 is better. Have the percentage of remaining power in the center. This would help fill in the empty space. Finally background image on the home screen. The pictures hub proves you can have tiles and a background image.

    Get to your apps faster:

         Auto categorize the apps for me. Productivity, social, business, etc. Just like they are in the marketplace. Put the categories in alphabetical order. When I tap them, they open drop menu style (think of clicking a folder in all programs from start button) to reveal their correlated apps in alphabetical order. bonus if there is some way of letting you know that there is a new app there that has just been downloaded & not been used.

    App interoperability:

         Here’s something that it seems that no one has done either on the desktop or the mobile space. I have a last pass account and the app on my phone & PC. But so many mobile apps have accounts that are password protected. Like banking apps. What can’t lastpass just as it does in my desktop browser, fill in details & account information on an app for me?

    IE9 advanced:

         use windows live mesh to sync favorites & history between desktop IE and mobile IE.

    Plug in support:

         Apps like lastpass are great on the desktop and there’s a mobile version. I would like that mobile version to work like it does on the desktop. Pull the toolbar up & tap extras. There you can find toolbars that you install ready to go.

    Silverlight & flash support built in along with html 5.

    Landscape UI:

         Landscape shouldn’t be about giving you the same experience & information as portrait mode. Landscape has the potential to give a different & more immersive metro UI experience. Different gestures for getting information faster from apps.

    Start Screen:

         When in landscape, what if I got a different version of the metro UI? A hybrid between the next Xbox dashboard & Windows 8. With a favorite or most used apps hub, Weather, recent notifications & updates, personalized live tiles, a different background than the portrait start screen. Gestures in this alternative landscape UI would also be different. For instance; you can get a quick preview of what’s going on in a in a live tile with a pinch & zoom gesture. The live tile would give as much information as can be displayed. Rather than open the app by tapping & holding. You would expand the tile like you would zoom into a point on a picture temporarily and get a small preview window. Think aero-peak!

         In the Zune hub, it would be similar to a hybrid between Zune desktops quick play & the next Xbox dashboard. You’d get your favorite artist, pinned playlist & podcast. As you swipe left or right you’d get the Zune social with favorite friends & their recent activity. Swipe further & you get the Zune hub associated apps like iHeart radio, twit, etc. Landscape in the photo hub would be similar to what I just described. Albums that have alternating photos. Facebook & SkyDrive folders, Etc.

         In the Zune hub, it would be similar to a hybrid between Zune desktops quick play & the next Xbox dashboard. You’d get your favorite artist, pinned playlist & podcast. As you swipe left or right you’d get the Zune social with favorite friends & their recent activity. Swipe further & you get the Zune hub associated apps like iHeart radio, twit, etc. Landscape in the photo hub would be similar to what I just described. Albums that have alternating photos. Facebook & SkyDrive folders, Etc.

         Xbox hub in landscape would also be a different experience than in landscape. Rather than give you the same UI experience and options in landscape mode. What you’d get is something more like the Xbox Dashboard.

         You would get an experience similar to the Xbox 360 dashboard sans the games and music. You would be able to access apps live Netflix, ESPN, and other services that you get on the Xbox.

    iCast (this would not be the name of it. Unless Microsoft really felt vicious & ballsy):

         Did you see Tokyo drift? In one of the scenes of that movie, the spectators were live broadcasting a race while watching it on their screen. Not recording it as it happened. But watching it live as it was being broadcast by other phones. Are you getting the same idea I’ve got?

         Remember the bump app that was on the iPhone and android? why can’t something like that be built into Windows Phone 7.7? Especially with NFC coming. At the very least this can be done with Bluetooth.

    Lets go star trek on both Google & iPhone:

         How about translating audio from 1 language to another then back. Someone says something in Spanish or Japanese. My phone audibly translates it (headphones necessary) and it can take what I say & translate it back into the desired language.

         With BlackBerry biting the dust. It would be a good idea to start targeting RIMs old customers & devs. Eating up WebOs core market by bringing the best of those features to Windows Phone. That would be the appetizer. Microsoft has to work its way up the main course then desert. Windows Phone has around 30,000 apps. That’s going up against androids 300,000 & iOSs’ 750,000. But Windows Phone can make the app count a moot point if they kill them with features. Namely features that stay true to what Windows Phone so awesome. A feature driven experience with glance able information. The o.s that gets out of the way & lets me do what I want to do.

    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 ^_^

    Welcome to the new social

     

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    So I’ve been on and loving the Zune Social since I’ve owned a Zune. that’s been about 4 years or so now. it’s gotten better with every passing year. Then Came Apples’ Ping. A piss poor Zune Social wanna be. It launched last year with the promise of Facebook integration. that turned out really well. that it would allow users to connect with each other and artist. MySpace is slightly better at it.

     Ping-logo That’s not saying much. But I’m a fair person. I give things a shot repeatedly on a regular basis and I don’t have a rigid view of things. to do otherwise would make me no better than a Apple fan boy. So rather than Dump on it, I tried it out and used it as intended.

    I had a few surprises. 1 being that it still sucked. For all my evangelism of Zune and windows phone. 3/4 of my friends are still in the iOS ecosystem. I’ve only been able to find 3 in ping social. My night life may not be superstar level. but I have more than 3 friends that listen to music and use iTunes. It’s easier to find a virgin in a maternity ward than a friend in Ping. Twitter integration is a nice touch but It’s not how I connect to my friends. Import via webmail would be useful if it allowed me to connect to live.com or Gmail.com. So far its Hotmail (large user base. good target), AOL (so far so good), yahoo (WTF. Who still uses this and WHY?) and me.com (less users than yahoo. how many people do you know with a me.com account? If I bet that more people had a lycos.com address, would I lose?).

    Apple users are generally kind of pompous and smug but knowing what someone bought is useless to me unless I can listed to it. knowing what they bought is not very useful to me as someone that’s use to listening to the entirety of their listening activity. hearing 30sec of what someone just bought on Ping Vs hearing everything they listened to that day, their favorites and even getting a song from them with a message (the sweet heart feature). which would you choose? to be fair, Zune is a subscription music service. Zunes music buffet vs. Apples À la carte basically means that your not going to get the same experience based on apples business model.

    It does have a few saving graces. 1 being that you can get pin on the iPhone (may not be the best thing). The Zune experience on Windows Phone is completely and almost entirely disconnected from the Zune HD. The Zune HD is a better media player than not only the iPod Touch but also the Windows Phone. You won’t find channels or you social features in a windows phone. At least not until this fall hopefully. The other saving grace is that while it may not be easy to find friends on ping, what artist there are on ping is fun & easy to follow. 1 thing Ping got right was concerts. following their tour and knowing when a favorite artist will be performing near me is great and getting the tickets with 1 click is cool. seeing what the artist likes is also nice.

    literally after that Ping becomes useless. If Zune Social wasn’t around the only music social network worth anyone’s time would be MySpace. But Zune can’t rest on it’s laurels. Steve Jobs decided to take that Apple T.V seriously and obviously needed a new hobby. Lets show him how a built in social network is supposed to be done shall we. Here’s what I’d like to see from the next version of the Zune Social:

     

    1. Build it into Windows Phone. There shouldn’t be any difference between the Zune HD and the Zune in Windows phone. I would expect the phone to be better. but I keep wanting to go back to the Zune HD for the Social and the channels (not to mention some of the media controls. scrubbing in video is missed. hopefully the mango update bring Windows Phone on parody with the Zune HD). when I go into the Zune App (please call it that and not music and video.), right along with music, video, podcast and radio. I want to see channels and social.
    2. Facebook and Twitter integration please. On the Zune Desktop (Codenamed Dorado), when you click artist and then bio. After their pictures & Bio, there’s a big blank space on the far right. that can be filled with their social media feed. their twitter and Facebook feed.
    3. more Facebook and twitter integration please. So Ping didn’t get Facebook integration because as Jobs put it “Facebook has bad terms and conditions he didn’t like” and Facebook didn’t want that many users on their servers. Frankly I don’t believe either of them. But I’m more inclined to believe Zuckerberg. My live login to Zune should also be hooked into Facebook the way Bing does it. same goes for twitter. allow me to post what song I’m listening to at any time on my Facebook wall (with a link back to Zune.net) & Twitter. the same way the Facebook and twitter apps do on the Zune HD.
    4. lots more Facebook and twitter integration please. 1 click allows me to follow me to not only follow an artist on Zune. but also follow them on twitter and like them on Facebook.
    5. Ridiculous amounts of Facebook and twitter integration please. I’m harping on this because Microsoft has lots of stock in Facebook. what’s the point of having the key to a Ferrari if your not going to pour on the gas? use Facebook to find friends and people with similar tastes that are not in the social.
    6. Now just hook Facebook and twitter integration into my veins and leave it there until I over dose. allow me to take the Zune experience into Facebook. allow me to send a link to a song or even gift a song and send it to someone via their Facebook and twitter. have Zune adjust my music and video preferences for me in Facebook. build a Zune App for Twitter and Facebook that connects to my Zune profile. connect @zunesupport @winphonesupport to the Zune desktop mail experience for fast in app support. if I haven’t thought of it, then please put it in the comments below. leave me on the floor with my headphones on hooked into my Windows Phone. I want my lips Facebook blue and twitter birds in my eyes. I want to be that over loaded on social network interactivity with the next Zune Social.
    7. Please keep the concerts up to date. It would be nice to have in app purchases of tickets. Zune had up to date concert dates before iTunes had it, but it’s been neglected. Put this back in and email me through the Socials mail to let me know when there are concerts near me. Partner with Live Nation. Link it to the Zune Social.
    8. find a way to connect to apples ping. allow zuners to interact with ping people as if bother were using the same device.  make a Zune Social app for iOS. allow the app to stream music from Zune.net.
    9. let users on Zune Social have pages similar to the way artist have pages. a translucent background. multiple photos. their profile along with recent, favorites, top artist & comments. about is their bio with pictures. while your at it. MORE FACEBOOK AND TWITTER INTEGRATION PLEASE. Deep connection to Facebook and twitter. be smart about it. if I commented about something via the Zune Desktop or on the Zune experience on my phone. please have it be a mutual social network experience. if I comment on a song or artist with Zune in someway, it should show up in the comments. reply’s to those posts should also show up in the comments.
    10. This is a little off base. but rather than make a separate post I decided to put it here. There needs to be as little difference between a Zune HD and a Windows phone. Bring everything about the Zune HD to Windows Phone. I love windows phone but as far as a media player goes, it pales in comparison to a Zune HD. The music experience has been lackluster and video has been PRIMITIVE on my HD7. I don’t want to miss my Zune HD anymore. if the rumors are true. that this is the Zunes last days. then please make sure that I don’t know the difference between a Zune HD and a Windows Phone. including plugging my WP7 into an Xbox to listen to music.

    Apple making a social network is like Paris Hilton opening up a cooking school. An anti-so0cial company can’t be expected to make a decent social networking experience. Social networking done right works well for the user in that it allows the user to connect to Zune to their social networks and share what their doing. all without knowing that their advertising the phone.

    So here’s to hoping that all the right people at Microsoft are listening. If not then hit them back at askzune@microsoft.com and let them know what you would like. Zune Social is already pretty amazing. but if iTunes wants to step on our turf. I say we show them how it’s done.