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Windows 7 Phone – Mail and Messaging

The article will provide a user with information on mail and messaging function of the Windows 7 phone.

On the lock screen new messages icons are displayed at the bottom, on the system tray there are no such notifications. The number of new messages is shown inside the respective tiles: e.g. inside the Gmail tile, MS Exchange tile or the SMS tile.

The SMSes are displayed as chat lists; every chat is captioned with the latest message. In the common SMS window every chat displays the contact’s phone number or his name, below – the latest message or its part that fits two lines. Unread messages can be discriminated by the colour of the message text below the contact’s name: the unread messages have the colour chosen as the theme colour: red, green etc.

If a user opens a chat then he/she may see the whole correspondence with the contact. At the top a user will be able to see the contact’s first and second names and under is the list of messages. The contact’s messages are aligned to the left and users messages are to the right. Under every message there is the receipt or send time.  A user has got opportunity to read or write messages either in the portrait or landscape orientations. When a user turns the smartphone the system automatically changes the orientation of the screen and the keypad.

Let us have a look at the mail system in Windows Phone 7. In contrast with Android there is no account grouping, that is, if a user sets up Gmail and e.g. Hotmail accounts they both will work through the same application.  The mail is sorted into a list and every entry features the name of the sender in large print, below is the letter’s theme and its first line, to the right – the receipt time and week-day (for older letters). 

A user can mark the messages and for that a user has to carefully press the empty space to the left of the needed message. Once one message is marked there will be a tick box next to every message that allows a user to mark the messages.

If a user has read the article then he/she would have learnt about Windows 7 phone mail and messaging.

LG G2x – features (menus, calling, contacts, messaging)

The article will provide a user with information on features of the LG G2x’s features such as menus, calling, contacts and messaging.


LG G2x uses a stock Android interface with almost no intervention from T-Mobile. There are a few apps loaded by T-Mobile that cannot be removed, but otherwise the homescreen panels and buttons, the application drawer, and all the system menus that lie beneath are basic Android 2.2.  The G2x offers five home screens which provides an opportunity for users to customize the appearance and placement of widgets and applications. The phone also has a dual-core 1GHz Tegra2 processor inside.  It has good UI and application performance.

The phone provides a user with a calling shortcut that persists at the bottom of every home screen panel. If a user presses that button and is taken to the last calling function that user viewed, so if a user was browsing the call log, that’s what a user will see first. The phone and in-call options are standard Android

The G2x also includes T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling service.  This works well for making phone calls through the home internet connection rather than the cellular network.

The phone can synchronise with Google contacts, Exchange servers, Facebook and Twitter. If a user adds a new application such as Skype, the phone can synchronize with those contacts as well. From a users contact list, tapping a picture brings up a small row of icons.  This lets a user to make a call easily and also send a message or email, or start a navigation trip, if a user has a postal address listed.

The  SMS/MMS messages are displayed in a conversational, threaded format. It is easy to attach media and information to a users messages, including pictures and videos, as well as navigation coordinates and contact information.

For instant messaging, the G2x comes with Google Talk. For email, there are Gmail and Exchange accounts, with support for multiple Exchange servers, as well as POP3 and IMAP4 mail accounts. The Gmail application is superior, with more features for managing, organizing and labeling messages.  The LG G2x also includes apps for Twitter and Facebook. These apps come with widgets.  This means that a user can read status updates or post new updates directly from the homescreen, without opening an application.

Chrome is Beta no more – it’s only been 100 days…

Google have brought their browser, Chrome, out of Beta status.  But wait a minute, the browser was only launched 100 days ago…doesn’t that seem a little fast to be pulling the software out of Beta labelling?

Take a look at Gmail.  That is still a Beta project and it’s been with us for four years.  Picasa, the photo editing software, another Google endeavour, only got rid of its Beta label close to four years after the company purchased it.  It’s pretty clear that Google likes to take their time over their software testing to make sure everything is perfect.

So what has happened with Chrome?  Google is so hell-bent on testing their products to the max, yet Chrome has only been on public release for three months.  Google claim that they are “excited” about removing the Beta tag from Chrome.

But why?  The company are claiming that the time is right, although there is still more that can be done, saying, “We have removed the beta label as our goals for stability and performance have been met but our work is far from done.”

But, if it is not finished yet, then it still doesn’t make any sense to release the software from its Beta ties.  The company went on to claim that the Chrome browser was going to feature more utilities along the way, saying, “We are working to add some common browser features such as form autofill and RSS support in the near future. We are also developing an extensions platform along with support for Mac and Linux.”

Maybe the pressure has gotten too much for them over at Google.  With the success of Firefox and Internet Explorer, Chrome is still trying to win over browser users worldwide.  However, they claim that 10 million users have downloaded the software and are actively using it.

Critics are also slamming Google for lifting the Beta tag in an attempt to boost market shares.  According to Net Applications, the Chrome browser holds a mere 0.83 per cent of the browser market as of November, and it is not hard to believe when the competition is so fierce among browsers.  And not many people are eager to switch browsers when they are so comfortable with the ones they currently use.

However, Google are sure that by removing the Beta tag, more companies will be interested in installing the software on their computers and Google are even planning on paying PC makers to install the Chrome browser onto the computers before being shipped out.

Google are still, however, claiming that the browser is ready to be of non-Beta stature as they claim that the performance has significantly been improved since its launch three months ago.  The company claimed that, “since the first beta, the V8 JavaScript engine runs 1.4 times faster on the SunSpider benchmark and 1.5 times faster on the V8 benchmark – and there is more speed to come.”

Google has released a huge amount of updates for the browser – 14 in total.