A new commercial for Samsung’s Focus Windows Phone 7 device asks the audience “what if?”
The commercial, spotted by WMPoweruser and LiveSide, shows off the positive aspects of Windows Phone 7 after a week that can only be described as bad for Microsoft’s new operating system. The advert shows off one of the best looking Windows Phone 7 devices on the market, the Samsung Focus. “Watch your favourite movies, find the best restaurants, play xbox live and keep up with your friends,” says the advert before asking “Should you have one? Yes you should.”
The commercial signs off with ” get the only phone with Office, Xbox LIVE and thousands of apps.” Speaking of applications, Microsoft has upped the limit for free application submissions to the Marketplace. Windows Phone developers can now submit 100 free applications, up from just 5 previously. Microsoft announced the change in its Windows Phone Marketplace Developer newsletter recently:
“During the past months we have been working hard to improve our overall Windows Phone Marketplace experience based on the feedback we received from you and our partners. We heard from many of you that you wanted a higher limit on the maximum number of free apps you could submit for free. We’ve heard you and are pleased to announce that we‘ve increased that limit from 5 to 100.”
Microsoft’s Windows Phone week hasn’t been rosy in all aspects though. The company recently halted a platform update for Samsung Windows Phone 7 devices due to a large number of issues. The issues stemmed from a seemingly minor software update issued on Monday, to ironically improve the Windows Phone update system for future releases.
WinRumors readers began reporting issues late on Monday with their Samsung Omnia 7 devices. The issues ranged from users not able to complete the update, leaving their phones in a frozen state, to users rebooting their devices after a failed update to find that their phones were unusable. Samsung Focus users were also affected but it appears there’s less cases of “bricked” problems with that particular model. Microsoft has now removed the update for Samsung phones and says it’s working to “correct the issue and as soon as possible” and will redistribute the update shortly.
On a lighter note, Microsoft has officially confirmed that Angry Birds will be available for Windows Phone on April 6. The software giant also confirmed that five other popular games will make their way to Windows Phone on April 6, including Plants vs Zombies and Doodlejump.