Articles

UFC for Windows Phone

Let's get ready to...wait, wrong sport

When you’re done pounding down your scotch, you may want to watch some brawny guys beat the heck out of each other—if so the official UFC companion app for Windows Phone may just be your next download.

We say 'companion' because it expands upon the official Xbox UFC Live app for the 360--that app allows you to watch UFC fights through your 360 to your TV and more. (Of course you can use the app without an Xbox 360 too).

The app just landed on the Store for Windows Phone and it’s not half bad (though it does have the default load screen for a split second). Actually, the app had a really gorgeous Metro layout and logs into your Xbox Live account automatically.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

PC Refresh

Santa's here - free gifts for everyone

Microsoft has announced at an internal event held in Seattle that employees at the company will be receiving a hardware package which includes a PC refresh, Surface tablet and Windows Phone. GeekWire reports the company is looking to accelerate the refresh cycle for Employee workstations to take full advantage of Windows 8. 

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
My next Windows Phone will hopefully be a Lumia 820
59

My next Windows Phone - Seth Brodeur

As an IT consultant, my approach to technology is one best described as practical. I examine the circumstances and then try to decide which solution will best fit the needs of my clients.  So when we here at Windows Phone Central were asked to write a piece about what our next Windows Phone device would be, I took that same practical approach on deciding how I would replace my current phone, the HTC Arrive.

I use my Arrive in every facet of my life: personal/work, information/entertainment. It’s because of this that I am looking for a phone that is practical, versatile and does a lot of things well; a Swiss army phone, if you will. For this reason, I am choosing the Nokia Lumia 820. Let me explain.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
5

Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Go To Games

WPCentral's Roundup of Go To Games

Windows Phone Central's Roundup of Go To Games

This week's Roundup deals with Go To Games for your Windows Phone. For the lack of a better term, Go To games are the ones that always find their way on to your Windows Phone and really never grow old. These games are amongst your favorites but always seem to rise to the top of that list. They are the games you go to for entertainment that are great time wasters that never disappoint.

The Windows Phone Central staff were polled on which two gaming titles are their Go To Games. We see a lot of games come and go on our Windows Phones but these titles seem to always be around. The Roundup contains a wide range of games that include a beauty salon, chickens and rainbows as well as a healthy selection of Xbox Live titles.

0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...

   WP Central   

I think we have briefly heard about this before, and Chinese tech site WPDang just got confirmation from their informants: Microsoft will cancel retail package of Windows 8. This means you won't be able to grab a DVD copy at nearby store. Instead, to get the latest member of the Windows family, you have the following options:

  • Buy a branded PC, and get preloaded Windows 8
  • Some OEM have Windows 8 upgrade coupons for buyers of existing Windows 7 computers, providing a way to the future
  • If you have a genuine copy of Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, Microsoft has an online upgrading program. Sets you $14.99 for an upgrade from Windows 7, and $39.99 for upgrade from its elder brothers

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

From the Forums

We've not had a From the Forums roundup for a few days due to an overwhelming focus on Nokia and the recently announced Lumia hardware. We can only cover so much before you begin to repeat previous threads. Unfortunately this appeared it would be the case until the HTC event, but luckily there's enough happening surrounding the iPhone announcement, as well as other general discussions.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
WP Central

Did Apple's announcement help Nokia buy time?

Just over one week ago as Nokia took to the stage to announce their new Windows Phone 8 devices, their stock value dropped 16% in a single day upon the news. To many of us, this was confusing if only because the devices themselves really seemed great—but the problem was (and still is) the uncertainty created by not announcing price and availability.

We had an excellent analysis of the situation by our own Chris Umiastowski and noted how this was probably temporary and not warranted.

Since that time, Nokia’s stock has slowly climbed back up but there was another hurdle in the distance: Apple’s iPhone 5 announcement. The anticipation was if Apple announced something truly groundbreaking—revolutionary instead of evolutionary—it would further damage perception of Nokia to investors. The iPhone 5 is already one of the top selling phones in the world and it just got way better? That’s bad if you’re betting on Nokia.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

Lumia 920

China Mobile, the country's largest carrier, is looking to stock and offer the Lumia 920, according to Huang Guoqiang, director of sales at Nokia China. The manufacturer (and Windows Phone as a whole) has punched through a hole in the wall in China with marketshare surpassing the iPhone just after the Lumia 710 and 800 both launched earlier this year.

The Nokia Windows Phone sports the Qualcomm MSM8690/8260A chipset that reportedly supports China Mobile's TD-SCDMA (GSM) standard, and will bring PureMotion HD+, PureView and other features to the Chinese market. China Telecom on the other hand will take up other OEM partners, including HTC and Samsung for its Windows Phone 8 lineup.

Availability dates, as well as details surrounding what hardware is going where, have not been released yet so we look forward to see how Nokia and other Windows Phone partners plan to rollout new hardware worldwide in supported markets.

via: winp.cn; thanks, hengxiang32401, for the tip!

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

We’ve known for a couple of weeks now that Microsoft was evidently rebranding their Xbox games for the Windows Phone OS by dropping “LIVE” and adding a green banner to the top of the cover art. Today we reported that Microsoft was even doing this for older games too.

Interestingly, Microsoft has not announced this publicly yet, making the strategy not very clear. We’ll just assume it is part of the plan to excise “LIVE” from just about everything (and we’re real curious about the Xbox 360).

WP Central

So simple question: Do you like the new look?

The green banner pops more but you also lose some cover-art space and we’re still not sure what to call it…Xbox on Windows Phone? Xbox for Windows Phone?

Sound off in comments. Voting closes in 3-days and you can vote on your phone by going to m.wpcentral.com.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

WP Central

Even older games are getting rebranded

Microsoft sure has been doing a lot of rebranding lately—from Outlook.com to Microsoft Store to getting rid of “LIVE”, the purge has been subtle but in our view, effective.

That trend is now continuing, especially with “LIVE” as the Windows Phone team is excising that phrase from current Xbox LIVE Games for Windows Phone. The trend started weeks a go with Shoot1UP and since then, three more titles have the new look and name: Xbox – Windows Phone.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

Microsoft Feedback

She's not wanting your features, gosh darn it.

News of Microsoft backtracking on offering consumers the opportunity to provide requests for features in Windows Phone 7.8 has been circling multiple sources today. This is due to a reply to a User Voice thread that apologises for misleading consumers through a previous reply, which turned out to be badly worded. 

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

New WP Marketplace

Say hello to semi-Live Tiles

Yesterday we covered new changes being applied to the Windows Phone web Marketplace Store, which started rolling out in Australia and New Zealand. Microsoft has dived right in and the end result is fairly impressive with the use of tiles that show details on hover as a useful example of what improvements are being implemented.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
WP Central My Next Windows Phone - Robert Brand Lumia 820
108

My Next Windows Phone - Robert Brand

We have all been asked to write about our next Windows Phone, of course it will be Windows Phone 8. It is a tricky proposition as I have yet to see what HTC are going to bring and I haven’t yet had the chance to touch an ATIV S or Lumia 920. Regardless of that, I’m at the point where I can be fairly certain what I’m going to get when the time finally comes..

There is still much to learn about future Windows Phone 8 devices, but I think it’s reasonable to say that HTC and Samsung are simply recycling their recent Android flagships and using those for their next generation Windows Phone handsets. Based on the leaked specs we have seen, at least one HTC unit could be based on the One X. I wrote a detailed article about the new HTC and Samsung Windows Phone 8 hardware, in case you missed it.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

Monster Island

Last week’s Xbox Live Deal of the Week marked the return of the popular sales program, but it failed to impress due to the subterranean quality of the game on sale, Fusion: Sentient. Still, the DOTW’s return promised brighter days to come, and quickly, too. This week’s deal is Monster Island, widely regarded as the best Angry Birds-type game currently available on Windows Phone. Plus it’s on sale for not just $1.99 like we’ve come to expect from a discounted $2.99 game, but only 99 cents!

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

Inspiration

Design and innovation is hard. And a lot of times, those in the industry tend to arrive at the same conclusion, even if designers took different paths and they weren’t watching the competition. Such is the case when two things look 'inspired' by each other. But all too often accusations of "copying" abound when in fact, it was more a meeting of general design trends.

The Zeitgeist of Style, if you will.

In other words, we’re not accusing Apple of anything here except maybe of not being too different than current fashions. (It's cool, Apple. You don't always need to lead.) What we are saying is that these two “technology things" look very familiar. Kind of.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

 

Windows Phone 8 Emulator

The Windows Phone 8 SDK came a little closer to being released today with Microsoft announcing they accepting requests for access from developers. This will allow qualified developers to begin optimizing existing apps for Windows Phone 8.

Microsoft explains that the SDK for Windows Phone 8 isn't being publicly released due to the presence of features that haven't been announced.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
Versus

Today's winner is...

Today, Apple finally took the wraps off of the long-awaited iPhone 5 (you can get all the dirty details at our sister site iMore). Funny thing happened along the way though to the announcement: many leaks came forward early on that turned out to be highly accurate, taking the punch out of a lot of the new features. What’s more, even the media started to get a bit bored with Apple’s plans for the next-gen device.

The question for our readers though is in terms of raw technology—who came out on top? We say that because we know Apple will win the PR and hype war, but for the first time a Windows Phone has gone toe-to-toe and in terms of specs, has beat out the next-generation iPhone.

0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...

The old Windows Phone Marketplace

Windows Phone Marketplace is now the Windows Phone Store

We've heard rumblings that the Windows Phone website and Marketplace had been redesigned to give things a more friendlier approach. Microsoft has now made it official that they are rolling out these changes, globally, beginning with Australia and New Zealand.

Windows Phone and Windows Store logos

The changes cover everything from how the Marketplace looks to a new name for our app store. For starters, say goodbye to the Windows Phone Marketplace and hello to the Windows Phone Store.  This will bring our store in line with the upcoming Windows 8 Store, the Windows Store.  You will also see the menu option on the Windowsphone.com website will shift from Marketplace to Apps+Games.

0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...

WP Central Business more excited about Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 tablets tha

Interestingly on the eve of another iOS announcement, there are signs that business leaders could be more excited about the combined possibilities of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 than iOS.  Jason Hiner spoke to some IT leaders to see what they were waiting for. The results were surprising.

Its no secret that IT departments have begrudgingly come to the current ethos of bringing your own device to work. Ever since the iPhone caught on, they have been forced to find ways to lock down and secure them, all the time trying to protect precious corporate data. I have personally worked in IT departments where they have been forced to relax corporate security by allowing iPads and iPhones and Android devices access to the network. It’s not a pretty sight, often times it has meant implementing a solution like Good to ensure that the device can provide a secure environment for email.  

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

glƏƏk! for Windows Phone

Not too long ago Liquid Daffodil offered all their Windows Phone apps for free.  Due to a glitch in the system the freebie offer for glƏƏk! was delayed just a bit.  glƏƏk! is a very nice Twitter client for your Windows Phone and we wanted to remind you that the free offer from Liquid Daffodil runs out in 24 hours.

The other apps from Liquid Daffodil have already returned to their regularly scheduled pricing points and once this special ends, glƏƏk! will return to it's $1.99 price.

If you're looking for a feature rich Twitter app for your Windows Phone at a steal of a deal, give glƏƏk! a try.  You can find glƏƏk! here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

MS Store

Microsoft has revealed the entire list of pop-up stores (or holiday stores) it plans to open throughout North America this coming holiday season. It's a positive sign to see Microsoft build a larger retail presence to combat its main competitor - Apple. 32 stores will open up shop in 20 US states, as well as shops in British Columbia, Toronto, and Alberta, Canada. 

With the imminent release of Windows 8, coupled with new Office, Surface tablets and Windows Phone hardware, there's plenty of opportunity for Microsoft to build on its branding revamp to a more simplistic and modern feel. It's a common thought that Microsoft has almost become a new company to what consumers have grown accustomed to.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
Nokia Lumia 920
77

My Next Windows Phone - George Ponder

We've been asked to share with you which of the new Windows Phone 8 devices we'll be getting. It's a trick question on my end because I'll likely get two, maybe three of the new Windows Phone because of my work. To be true to the spirit of the question, I need to share which of the new Windows Phone 8 devices I'll be using as my daily device.

While the Samsung ATIV S and HTC 8X both seem to be quality Windows Phones, the photographer in me can't ignore the potential the Nokia Lumia 920's Pureview Camera has. Combined with a unibody design that I like and the 4.5" screen that my aging eyes like then the Lumia 920 becomes my choice for everyday use. I'm just not sure if I'll stick with my conservative black or take a step on the wild side and go with yellow.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

Crimson Dragon for Windows Phone

Last week, Microsoft suddenly announced that we’d be getting Crimson Dragon Side Story on Windows Phone. We were pumped to see a Crimson Dragon/Panzer Dragoon game coming to the platform (see this article to learn more), but would it live up to the series’ high quality bar? Fast forward to now: the game is here, it’s really good, and it only costs a dollar!

0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
98

Is HTC working on two more Windows Phones?

HTC 8X Windows Phone

Could we see the HTC 8S and 8V join the 8X Windows Phone?

The HTC Windows Phone event is but days away and we are already hearing rumors as to what HTC has up it's Windows Phone sleeves. We have already seen leaks about the HTC 8X (aka Accord) and now we are hearing scuttle butt about two new Windows Phones from HTC, the 8S and 8V.

Rum: 5

Remember, the 8X is reported to be a 4.7" HD Super LCD 2 screened device (earlier speculation called for a 4.3" screen) with an 8MP camera, dual core Snapdragon processor with NFC support. Some see this as the successor to the HTC Titan II and designed after the HTC One X (Android).

The HTC 8S is rumored to be a 4.3" HD Super LCD device and designed along the lines of the HTC One S (again... Android) that also sports the 4.3" screen. Speculation has the 8S having microSD expansion and either a 8GB or 16GB storage.

-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...
-
loading...

Pages