Weekly Roundup – September 11, 2011

Welcome to the Weekly Roundup! This week was a lot more low-key than last week’s big announcements, but we’re calling this one more of a transition. We’ve heard plenty of rumors and news that hint next week is going to be a big one for Windows Phone. Plus we have your usual assortment of gossip surrounding Nokia, Samsung and more so there’s plenty to recap! Here’s your Weekly Roundup for the week ending on September 11th, 2011.

Featured
Rumor Smasher: Nokia 800 pictured, Omnia W specced, and Orientation Lock leakedHello everyone and welcome to another edition of Rumor Smasher! It’s been a while since we did the last one (with a special featured one in-between) so now it’s time to catch up on all of the gossip we missed.

Top Five: (American) Football Apps 
It’s that magical time of the year again. When 300-pound men lineup and proceed to smash their bodies against one another in unison. Ahh, the football season has returned. Keep up with every second of it with our Top Five (American) Football Apps!

Quick Tour of YouTube Mobile in HTML5 on Mango
That sure is a mouthful, isn’t it? Well that’s a mouthful we’ve been sitting around and waiting to hear for a while now and the day has come: YouTube’s HTML5 mobile site is finally compatible with Internet Explorer 9! See it for yourself in our hands-on video!

News
Samsung GT-I8350 (Omnia W) gets benchmarked, say hello to the new king of the hill
Oooh, this is gonna be a good one. I can just imagine the intense fanboy wars now with snobby Samsung owners and the loyalist HTC diehards. It’s gonna be a good one, and now the Samsung crowd can add one more bullet to their ammunition.

Fanmade Windows Phone Mango ad impresses, reminds us of our pathetic talents
Is it unreasonable to say we are insanely jealous of this person’s talent? Microsoft, we think it’s time you pulled another Brandon Foy with this guy!

Marketplace suffers from downtime, overstuffed from all the tasty Mango
Users across the globe have been reporting that there are issues with downloading apps from the Marketplace. Namely that you can’t download them. [Ed. Note - The Marketplace is fine now!]

Rumor: Orientation Lock coming to Windows Phone?
In the Windows Phone world there’s a photo floating around of what appears to be an orientation lock toggle in the drop-down volume bar. What does this mean?

Rumor: Nokia 800 spotted in stylish new branding and packaging, makes us hungry
We may have just received what could be the world’s first look at the Nokia 800 if these photos are to be believed.

NVIDIA CEO: Windows 8 might support Windows Phone appsWhen the CEO of one of the largest graphics processor manufacturers in the world talks about Windows 8, you tend to pay attention.

Refreshed Samsung Omnia 7 with front-facing camera spotted at FCC, may be coming to the U.S.
If you had to name one device us snobby United States Windows Phone lovers were jealous of for not being available here, it would probably be the Samsung Omnia 7. But soon we may not have to be jealous anymore!

HTC schedules September 20th event, Radar & Titan US launch a possibility
Lately we’ve been feeling less … excited about the HTC Radar & Titan. But HTC just might have the spark we need if we think we know what their newly-announced press event for September 20th in New York is going to be about.

Apps and Games
XBL Wednesday: Gravity Guy
This week’s new Xbox Live game is Gravity Guy by Miniclip. If that developer name sounds familiar, you’ve probably spent (or wasted) countless hours upon hours of time on Miniclip.com, one of the top websites in the world for flash-based games. Heck you may have even played this game before too, and if you haven’t then you can get a pretty awesome free “trial” of Gravity Guy right here. So is it worth the extra three bucks to take it with you on your Xbox Live-totin’ Windows Phone?

XBL Deal of the Week: Pocket God
This week’s Deal is Pocket God by ngmoco:). It has dropped from $2.99 to $1.99 for the rest of the week. The standard free trial is also available.

From Russia with Love: Samsung releases High Fidelity Position app for dead-accurate GPS In Mother Russia, GPS finds you! Wait, I don’t think I said that one right. Anyway, Samsung just released a very nifty free app for all of its devices that are currently Mango-powered (none officially, but plenty on developer beta/stock RTM). Dubbed High Fidelity Position, the app promises to supercharge your phone’s GPS accuracy through some magic sauce with your phone’s sensors.


AppFlow updated to v2.0 with live tile, new lists, categories, and more 
We don’t know about you, but we really like AppFlow. A Marketplace alternative from the team behind Cocktail Flow, we gave AppFlow a quick review a couple of weeks ago (watch our video above) and we walked away very impressed. Now the app has returned (very quickly) with a update to version 2.0. Don’t let that short timeframe fool you though, because this latest update brings a lot to the table.

Author Description

Saad Hashmi

Founder of Windows Phone Daily. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Information Systems. While procrastinating on that goal I write, play games a little too often, and watch exorbitant amounts of mediocre half-hour comedies because I lack the patience to watch hour-long dramas that are probably better. Follow me on Twitter: @Saad073