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Operators and the third ecosystem

With Nokia and Microsoft aligning to battle the forces of Apple and Google, where do operators fit into the mix?

WP7 apps total reaches 6,500

Reuters reports that the number of apps available for Microsoft’s fledgling Windows Phone 7 platform has now passed 6,500, citing an IDC analyst who says there is “pretty good momentum” for the platform.

Microsoft blames third-party app for data glitch

Microsoft said that a third-party app was responsible for a glitch which saw handsets transmitting large amounts of data without users being aware, although it has not publicly stated which app it was.

Millennial releases WP7 SDK

Mobile advertising network Millennial Media announced availability of a SDK for Windows Phone 7, which it said extends the same monetisation options it offers for other platforms to the new Microsoft OS.

Microsoft picks MACH for WP7 billing

Billing systems company MACH said that Microsoft has selected its Direct Billing Gateway solution for Windows Phone 7 applications and content, enabling it to offer operator charging support.

WP7 launch could have been better LG

LG Electronics said that following the launch of Windows Phone 7 handsets last year, “from a consumer point of view the visibility is less than we expected,” website Pocket-lint reported

Report: WP7 devices sending phantom data

Microsoft is reported to be investigating why some handsets running its fledgling Windows Phone 7 platform are sending and receiving data without users being aware, according to a BBC report.

Microsoft to distribute apps payments in January; speeds up submission process

Microsoft is to distribute revenue to the first Windows Phone 7 (WP7) developers slightly earlier than expected and has vowed to improve the apps submission process on its new platform. In an official WP7 developer blog post, Microsoft’s Todd Brix said the firm will payout to developers in the fourth week of January, slightly earlier than a previous February timeframe

Samsung on target for 5M bada device sales

Samsung said that it expects to have sold 5 million devices powered by its bada operating system by the end of 2010, following the launch of its first bada-powered device in June.

HTC smartphone suffering from antenna issues

Computer Weekly reported that HTC’s Windows Phone 7-powered HD7 device suffers from similar antenna issues as Apple’s iPhone 4, which sees signal strength dropping off when the smartphone is held in a certain way