It has been a rather quiet weekend in the realm of Windows Phone, but that hasn't prevented Windows Phone community forum members from logging onto the boards over the last couple of days. But what threads have been started and what have you possibly missed? We'll quickly run through a handful of discussions that are growing in popularity.
We're all eagerly awaiting to see what Microsoft has for consumers with the Blue updates that will be released for its array of products later this year. Build 9364 for Windows 8 has been leaked, teasing what we can all look forward to in the public release once the final revision is available for the market. So what features and changes are new in this leaked build? WinBeta managed to take a good look and record some footage.
Nokia has launched its free music streaming service in the UAE (United Arab Emirates), opening up a catalogue of songs and playlists for consumers to enjoy. The service is what many in other markets have already enjoyed for some time, taking full advantage of a free service that enables Windows Phone owners to discover new music. What's more is the manufacturer has also launched its premium Music+ upgrade in Singapore.
Joe Belfiore is continuing to tease followers on Twitter that an app is set to be released for Windows Phone tomorrow. To kick off the coming week, consumers will be able to download a special app from the store, but it's not currently known what we'll be seeing. Much like Pandora (see the above photo), Microsoft's working hard to get more big name apps on the platform.
The popular game Puzzle Craft has been updated to include support for low-end hardware. Windows Phone 8 devices that sport 512MB RAM will now be able to run the title, which was released for the mobile platform just days ago. This is superb news for those who don't own an expensive Windows Phone and wish to enjoy the addictive experience (see above for app with option to install on Lumia 620).
According to a report over on CITEworld, Evernote is currently witnessing a higher average revenue per user on Windows Phone, when compared against Android. While Google's platform has a rather large install base, leading to an overall increase in revenue, it's interesting to note that Windows Phone owners spend more money than Android consumers. it's a familiar situation and why developers tend to favour the likes of Apple and iOS.
We've been in touch with the developer of Feed Me, the popular RSS reader that sports integration with NewsBlur. Unfortunately, we're told the service has altered API requirements, rendering Feed Me broken and unable to synchronise. While the app is still available on the Windows Phone store, users may experience issues when attempting to use it.
It’s been a while since we brought you Xbox Live Arcade news, other than announcing the Ascend: New Gods closed beta signups and that fun little Zombie Driver HD interview and contest we held last month. But XBLA games remain a passion of mine, and our Xbox 360-owning readers who have embraced digital downloads likely feel much the same.
Okay, GDC starts on Monday but a little consumer gaming event called PAX East is taking place right now. And on the first day of the show, a little publisher called Capcom made a couple of announcements that had pretty much the whole console gaming world abuzz. This summer, Capcom will release both a remake of NES platforming favorite Ducktales as well as a collection of the Dungeons & Dragons arcade games, both for XBLA and other digital platforms.
Read onto find out why folks in the know are so stoked for these titles!
Temple Run and its sequel are two extremely popular games on other mobile platforms that have yet to migrate to Windows Phone. We know one of them is coming eventually, but unfortunately the series creator Imangi has been tight-lipped with details. Still, Temple Run isn’t the only 3D endless runner in town.
Subway Surfers from Kiloo also has quite a following on competing platforms. Technically the characters slide, glide and fly around on vehicles as opposed to running, but it’s definitely an endless runner at heart. And soon we’ll be subway surfing on Windows Phone 8!
A little over a month ago we told you guys about SCRUFF, a gay social network that was currently looking for beta testers for their first Windows Phone app. Looks like it popped into the Store yesterday, the free app is now available for download.
Sure, props for your Xbox LIVE avatar are gimmicky and they can be quite absurd, but we still love ‘em. We also love our Surface, so when the two collide, we can’t help but get a little gitty.
If you head over to the Xbox site and follow this link, you’ll be able to add the “Windows 8 Tablet Avatar Prop” to your collection. Yes, that’s right.
HD Photo Viewer is a Windows Phone 8 app designed to give your images a sharper look. Some Windows Phone 8 devices reduce the display quality to improve viewer performance. HD Photo Viewer presents images at full resolution and many see a quality improvement.
HD Photo Viewer was recently updated to version 2.3 but a bug was discovered that prompted a second update a few days later that takes the app to version 2.3.2.
All totaled the two updates adds a handful of performance improvements along with 720p support for Windows Phones such as the HTC 8X. The developer has shared that many of the suggested features such as deleting photos are not possible because of API restrictions and couldn't be included in these updates.
The flag carrier for Germany, Lufthansa has announced on Twitter that the airline is working on a Windows Phone app. In response to a question put forward by a follower, it's stated that the development team is working on brining a mobile solution to the store, but no date has been revealed as-of-yet.
Should you be looking forward to getting your hands on either the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520, and happen to reside in Australia you may wish to check out Allphones. The retailer has listed both Windows Phones on the website with an option to register interest for alerts and updates as to when the smartphones will be available for purchase. We speculate that it cannot be more than a few weeks away.
Windows Phone 8 has received so much Xbox game love this week (in the form of The Dark Knight Rises and Shark Dash) that Windows Phone 7 owners were surely feeling left out. I mean, they should all be busy with Galactic Reign, but that’s another story.
Apparently someone at Nokia saw the lack of releases for the legacy OS and said, “No! This should not be.” To that end, Nokia and Chillingo have just published two Nokia-exclusive Xbox Windows Phone 7 games: Dream Track Nation and Tiny Plane. Both games look like great casual titles to keep Nokia owners busy.
Sprint has already announced that the mobile operator will be releasing Windows Phones later this year, and now the company has launched a landing page on its website for Windows Phone 8. It's a sign of what's to come, confirming that a "pair of Windows Phones" will launch by summer 2013.
The Windows Phone Central staff covers all the big mobile events, such as Mobile World Congress and CES. But our gaming readers are probably most excited by gaming event coverage, such as last year’s Electronic Extertainment Expo and Casual Connect visits. Of course we’ll return to those shows again this year, but we’ve got a new one on the table too.
The Game Developers Conference - aka GDC 2013 - runs next week from March 25-29 in San Francisco, California. Your friendly neighborhood Gaming Editor and a handful of Mobile Nations staff will be there scouring for all the best Windows Phone and mobile gaming news.
Microsoft is sending out more reminders to consumers who are still using Messenger with an offer for them to upgrade to Skype. On April 8th, the company will be merging both Messenger and Skype together, including IM and contact lists. This will require consumers to upgrade to the communication service, which will see the end of Messenger as we know it. To help soften the blow, Microsoft is offering a month of free calls for those who sign up with Skype.
10tons isn't new to mobile gaming development with successful titles over on the Android and iOS stores. Over the past few weeks (or has it been months) 10tons has released a handful of games for the Windows Phone 8 platform that should be just as successful.
This week's roundup focuses on a handful of 10tons' games from the action/adventure to the challenging puzzle games. Each game is uniquely challenging, has great graphics and a very nice addition to the Windows Phone Store. Hopefully, what we can find now in the Windows Phone Store is but the start of a beautiful relationship between 10tons and the Windows Phone platform.
Stephen Elop was on a Finnish television show this week for an interview with Harry Harkimo, discussing Lumia Windows Phones. The Nokia CEO refused to answer questions about the upcoming Lumia 928, but did manage to get hold of the iPhone Harkimo had with him and immediately discarded the mobile phone. While it was never returned in the published clip, we can't imagine the device survived. It's no Lumia.
One of the highest rated weather apps on Windows Phone just picked up another update. Amazing Weather HD is now packing a few new aesthetic changes to one of the most beautiful apps. Some bug fixes and new features await you after the break.
When it rains, it pours. The past few weeks we’ve been experiencing a higher than average activity with apps and the Windows Phone Store. Whether new apps like Pandora or updates to old ones, it’s been busy lately. Add The Home Depot to that list of updated apps, it’s just been bumped up to version 3.0 and brings a variety of new features and a refreshed look.
Marie Claire (www.marieclaire.co.uk), a popular women's magazine, held a @work with Windows Phone event in London where a panel discussed the importance of maintaining a healthy work and life balance. The panel consisted of Marie Claire editor Trish Halpin, Holly Willoghby, Balance Me co-founder Rebecca Hopkins and jewellery designer Bec Clarke.
The four ladies were joined by dozens of Marie Claire readers for an afternoon discussing women at work and how technology can provide useful features to help smooth out each day.
Microsoft's Windows Phone Next App Star competition is heating up and 64 finalists have been selected for the public voting phase. If you're not up to speed, it's a contest for Windows Phone apps to be voted on by the public for $60,000 worth of prizes. Through head-to-head style voting, the grand winner will pocket the opportunity to have his (or her) app featured in a Windows Phone prime-time TV advertisement spot in the US.