Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Purportedly Hits 8,000 Apps Available

In rather advantageous timing, Microsoft’s Matt Bencke at the Windows Team Blog has released the new Windows Phone 7 Marketplace numbers. Specifically speaking, the Marketplace is now home to 8,000 apps and 28,000 developers with 1 million tools downloaded for development. Keep in mind only a month ago the Marketplace reached the 5,000 app milestone, so improvement and numbers are rising. Obviously, not all of these are quality applications, but still, great work from Redmond and its devs. Via: Windows Team Blog, TNW

Nokia Officially Turns To Microsoft And Windows Phone 7

In a quick effort to get the derailing company on track (and have a face to deal with Apple and Google), Nokia has partnered with Microsoft to bring Windows Phone 7 to its handsets. Enhanced versions of Xbox Live, Ovi Maps combined with Bing Maps, and an enhanced Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will also be introduced. While all of this is going on, Nokia will have to move its developers to the WP7 platform and SDK (read: something extremely difficult with no Qt supports for devs), therefore we don’t know how long it will take to have Nokia Windows Phone 7 hardware. Also, Nokia has full customization of the platform, but according to themselves, they won’t likely make any massive changes.

As Nokia CEO Stephen Elop put it: “Today, developers, operators and consumers want compelling mobile products, which include not only the device, but the software, services, applications and customer support that make a great experience,” and that “Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It’s now a three-horse race.” We’ll see about that, Finnish dude. Via: Nokia

Leaked: iPad 2 Keynote Presentation Date (And Some Proof Of It Occurring)

Recently, in one of my late-night jogging of the blogs, I stumbled upon Dustin Snider (again). Turns out, he had an exclusive running on his site, TechCores. What he claims to have leaked is the keynote date for the iPad 2, and the time-frame of which invites would be sent to the press. Obviously, all Apple rumors are to be taken with buckets full of salt, so I pressed on for something tangible.

Hello, email with numbers and dates.

Most of this is under very, very tight wrapping, but from the reliable sources I could squeeze this out of (and there’s more than one, hence the use of plural), this seems to be good enough to make the assumptions needed to state that, one, the iPad 2 is being announced very soon, and that two, the persons involved are very — ahem, dare I repeat the cheesy phrase used by print publications as, “people in the know”. But don’t hate on us if this turns sour. Via: TechCores

Twitter Releases Its Redesigned Android App, Version 2.0

Version 2.0 of the Twitter for Android app is live on the Android Market. Less than 24 hours ago, the first few mentions to Twitter’s Global PR account would score you the .apk file for testing. As of right now, the new app is live, for everyone. Inside of it you’ll find a new interface very similar to Tweetie 2 (now Twitter) for iPhone and the Twitter website itself.

There’s also some new and nifty contact features and so forth, all seen at the Twitter link. Get downloading, people.

Via: Android Market, Twitter blog

More Waiting: Windows Phone 7 Copy/Paste Update Due March 8th?

More waiting, more speculating, more possibly accurate/inaccurate leaks going around. Windows Phone 7 has a copy-and-paste update due for quite a bit now, and rumor has it that Microsoft has been heavily controlling the updates for Windows Phone 7 as they promised. Meaning that in this case, all updates should come out at the same time, and carriers have much, much less control over OTAs as they usually do (see the Android update sagas). So, with that, let’s wait for the 8th of March!? Via: ZDNet

Sonos Debuts Controller App For Android, Will Destroy Your “Awesome” Meter

Turns out Sonos and Android equals immense awesomeness. Sonos Controller for Android will come out in the end of March, and what will come with it is truly spectacular. First to note of, is music controls directly linked to your Android phone’s volume rocker, or hit the physical search button to search for songs in detailed criteria (there’s voice search too!). Now, since this is Android we’re talking about, there are requirements: Android 2.1 and above with a screen resolution of HVGA 320 x 480, WVGA 480 x 800, or WVGA 480 x 854, and then you’ll be set. The app will be previewed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in the coming week.

Usual formal PR after the break.

iPhone Data Compromised In 6 Minutes By Researchers

This is either cool, trippy, or informative. Few things require three italicized words to prove a point, so you see where this is going. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute Secure Information Technology (Fraunhofer SIT) displayed what are the dangers of losing your iPhone and not remotely wiping its data (something that can be done for free via the Find My iPhone app) by hacking it in 6 minutes, tops, and getting all passwords, including things like your Gmail account, home WiFi, etc.

The proof is in the pudding, after the break.

Picplz 2.0 For Android Uses New UI With Some Practicality

It turns out, while Instagram isn’t on Android (yet) the only notable competitor to the aforementioned app is Picplz. Until of course, you realize hat it’s an app that’s completely dependent of mobile web pages. Ugh, I hate those “apps”. Fortunately, version 2.0 of Picplz for Android (available in the Android Market) is out, and it has a dedicated UI to get everything sorted out.

From the get-go you have the option to browse “interesting” photos, view your network activity (essentially a photo stream of people you follow) and where you can like photos, activities, your profile, browse your phone’s photo gallery, and finally hit “camera” to take a shot. It was a fact that it deserved the title “Best Android Photo App”.

Now it is. Via: Picplz