A lot can happen in a week. New apps join the Windows Phone Store or Windows Store. Your favorite apps can get a big update with a new look or new features. Device rumors come and go. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle. Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).
We've noticed plenty of readers did not like the new update for Facebook Beta, which features a "Top Stories" newsfeed by default. We've heard your complaints, and it seems many of you like a more traditional "Most Recent" newsfeed. As Daniel explained, the change to "Top Stories" is a Facebook thing, not Microsoft's. If you don't like what's happening, you can try third party Facebook apps. A good example is JDB for Facebook, which has a default "Most Recent" view.
Microsoft recently reported that Windows Phone and Windows 8 games and apps generate 2.5 times more revenue during the holiday season. In that report, the big MS spoke to game makers Game Insight ( Cloud Raiders) and JoyBits (tons of crappy Doodle God games) about their experiences with the platform.
Game Insight in particular reported some impressive results, such as the fact that three of the company's titles: Cloud Raiders, Airport City, and Big Business Deluxe are in the top 10 best-selling games on the Windows Store. Game Insight titles have been installed more than ten million times across Windows Phone and Windows 8.
What's next for Game Insight? Windows Central is proud to exclusively announce that Game Insight will soon be releasing Transport Empire and Flower House (both free and with 512 MB RAM support) on mobile Windows platforms. Read on for more details!
Late last night, the Facebook Beta app for Windows Phone received a significant update. One of the biggest changes is in regards to your default news feed, which now shows 'Top Stories' instead of 'Most Recent'. To be sure, Most Recent is still there, you just need to go to the hamburger button (upper right) and select it. However, this change will not remain when you restart the app, so you have to do it each time.
Undeniably, many of you are not happy with this change, because you would rather not even see Top Stories. So why did Microsoft change the app?
Windows Central Roundup: Top Rated Windows Phone Action/Adventure Games
Casual gaming on your Windows Phones has its merit. Word and puzzle games can have a laid back feel that can help you pass the time and exercise your brain. While there is a certain appeal to the slower paced games, we all need a little fast-paced action from time to time. Enter the Action/Adventure aisle of the Windows Phone Store.
For this week's roundup, we combed through the Action/Adventure section of the Windows Phone Store and pulled out five of the higher rated games from the Store's shelves. Some are more action packed than others but all should appeal to our need for strategy and action gaming. For added measure, I'll add a few personal favorites that you may want to try as well.
Today you can get a discount on Destiny or Call of Duty and a shirt from a Microsoft Store, but tomorrow? Tomorrow you can get an unlocked Nokia Lumia 635 for as low as $99. That's the door-buster deal in-person at a Microsoft Store, but if you can't make it at the start of the day or in person at all, it'll still be just $129, which is $50 off.
Made of a highly durable TPU material that feels great when gripped, the Mobi skin case features anti-slip properties that gives your Lumia 635 more grip on all types of surfaces. Plus, it has a special anti-dust coating and cut-outs for all features. Get yours in black, blue, red, purple or pink today and save 67%
It looks like Indian carrier Idea has enabled carrier billing for Windows Phone, which allows customers to purchase digital content from the Windows Phone Store with their phone balance. Several users on our forums have already confirmed that the option is now working for them, and if you're an Idea customer, head on over to the payment options on your phone to check if it is available for you.
There's so much good stuff on Xbox Music and Xbox Video. How do you keep up with what's new and worth checking out? You don't have to; we'll do that for you. Every Friday we'll grab the hottest albums and singles on Xbox Music. We'll also let you know what movies and television shows are out to watch on Xbox Video. It's the weekend, and we'll help entertain you.
It may be a late Friday, but as Microsoft Joe Belfiore just noted, they are "squeaking one more in this week". That update would be for Facebook Beta, and this is more than just performance improvements (although those are there too). Much like the earlier OneDrive app update, this one brings some significant changes to the layout.
Tonight, version 184.108.40.206 is in the Store and with it comes a beefy changelog, including improvements to 'Top Stories' and 'Most Recent' newsfeeds, which are some of the bigger changes. Let's see what else is new.
Microsoft is showing how valuable the Windows platform is as it tells developers that it anticipates roughly $100 million of Windows Store gift cards will be available this holidays for use on Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox digital content. The company says that during the holiday season, developers will also generate 2.5 times more revenue than during the rest of the year.
It looks like Lenovo may be working on a smaller model of the popular Yoga 3 Pro convertible laptop. After having launched a 13.3-inch model, Lenovo may be working on an 11.6-inch variant of the Yoga 3 Pro sporting an Intel Core M processor. Like the larger version available now, the smaller sibling is said to have the same hinge design, allowing the laptop to fold into different positions to fit your use best.
Gameloft has announced that its anticipated gaming title Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War will be headed to Windows Phone sometime after December 17. The developer says that Brothers in Arms 3 will arrive first on iOS and Android platforms on December 17, with a Windows launch to follow shortly after.
Help make Windows 10 even better by working with these Microsoft engineers and developers!
Besides announcing our forthcoming 12 Days of Hidden Gems sweepstakes next week, Windows Central is also proud to announce our Microsoft verified-employees program for our help forums!
Now, when you use our forums, there will be a small crew of Microsoft engineers to help answer your questions, especially about Windows 10. So how will you know they are legitimate? You can see a Microsoft badge with a verified check mark as seen below, to let you know you are dealing with an authentic Microsoft employee.
Although Microsoft is likely hard at work behind the scenes on their Band, third-party developers are busy trying to crack their code. Earlier, we saw Pimp My Band by one of the lead developers at Venetasoft, which lets you customize the background image. Now, Venetasoft proper has their app called Band Sensor Monitor.
Band Sensor Monitor lets you get the values for the various Band sensors, including ones that are technically not active yet like the Galvanic skin sensor, which measures your body temperature. By simply installing Band Sensor Monitor and flipping a few toggle switches, the values are streamed directly to this app in real-time.
Want to see what it is all about? Watch our hands-on video!
It is time once again to review some apps that caught our eyes this past week. This week, we have a round-up of seven apps that made the news here at Windows Central. Yes, that would be more than the five intriguing apps in the weekly post title, but we have neatly categorized them into five groups.
All I can say is that it is more of a guideline than a rule. If Time can name "Ebola Fighters" Person of the Year, then I can showcase seven apps. Let's get to it.
If you have a Microsoft Band, you need to download this app right away! Pimp my Band for Windows Phone lets you change your Band wallpaper with any image or photo you want. By default, the official Microsoft Health app limits your choices to what they have included. Pimp my Band adds even more personalization.
Want to see how it works? Watch our hands-on video.
Popular game Trivia Crack has received an update for Windows Phone. Trivia Crack is one of the most loved trivia games around world. Today's update on Windows Phone helps bring it up to par with the Android and iOS versions by introducing notification support.
Appy Weather is a unique Windows Phone weather app in that it presents the weather in a more personal manner. The app takes on the weather forecast with a minimal approach, delivers a healthy amount of information and presents the information not only in a "nuts and bolts" manner but also suggest what the temperature will feel like or how the forecasted conditions will compare to your current conditions.
The Windows Phone weather app was updated today to version 1.2, which adds lockscreen support with the ability to use Bing images or custom photos from your Pictures Hub. App Weather is a well-received weather app in the Windows Phone Store and on first impression, the updates only adds to the appeal of this weather app.
The Holiday season is upon us and at Windows Central we're celebrating with a fresh season of "Hidden Gems", highlighting new and cool apps on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone.
12 Days of Hidden Gems, presented by Microsoft, will showcase some amazing apps in the scenarios that matter most to you, such as Health and Fitness, Smart Living, Travel and Entertainment, while giving the community a chance to win some awesome prizes!! We'll also be exploring the Internet of Things in depth, bringing attention to connected devices and wearables that deliver an exceptional experience with Windows devices.