First Windows Phone 7 Update

Today my Dell Venue Pro popped up a message that a new update is available.

Windows Phone 7 Update (Dell Venue Pro)

Since my DVP came with Copy/Paste feature update out-of-the-box, I am not expecting anything significant from this update. The Zune software also detected the update (including one for itself):

Windows Phone 7 Update via Zune (Dell Venue Pro)  Windows Phone 7 Update via Zune (Dell Venue Pro)  Windows Phone 7 Update via Zune (Dell Venue Pro)

It took about 45 minutes to download, backup current phone and finally complete the update (phone backup took the most). After update, here is the updated version info:

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All went well!

iOS 4.3 GM Released

Just installed the GM seed of iOS 4.3 on my iPad. As announced in the recent iPad2 release, the new version has two new options:

  1. Set the side switch (the one above volume key on the right side) functionality: Mute or Lock Rotation.
  2. Sharing your iTunes library with any iOS 4.3 device (within the same network)

The multi-tasking gesture function that was originally announced to be a developer preview feature, now looks to be making its way to the final release also.

Here is the option to set the 1st feature:

iOS 4.3 New Features: Side Switch & Multitasking Gesture

The multi-tasking feature basically lets you switch between open applications with left/right swipe and see the open application list with ‘swipe up’. You can still double-press the Home button for the latter.

Now the 2nd – Home Sharing: This option as you probably know, lets you stream your iTunes library on your PC or Mac to other iOS 4.3 devices in the same network. In order to do this, you should first enable Home Sharing in iTunes (I did this in iTunes 4.2/Windows 7):

Turn on Home Sharing in iTunes 4.2

You will also be required to login with your Apple ID when you turn on Home Sharing. Once done, you can enable Home Sharing on your iOS 4.3 devices and see the shared iTunes library; you should again login on the device with the same Apple ID used for Home Sharing in iTunes. Let me repeat: your iTunes host PC/Mac and iOS 4.3 devices should be on the same network.

Home Sharing in iPad with iOS 4.3

After providing the same Home Sharing Apple ID, open your iPod application to view the shared library:

Home Sharing on iOS 4.3

Select your shared Library and you all set to enjoy your iTunes home sharing/streaming!! (the albums you see below are from my iTunes library on my Windows 7 box)

Home Sharing in iOS 4.3 in Action on iPad

I am yet to install the 4.3 GM on my iPhone. Not expecting any surprises…