Sony may have a better track record with indie developers than Microsoft, but the company has been working hard to improve that. Microsoft has announced that the first Xbox One game to arrive through the Indie Development Program will arrive in the next few months. In fact, the Redmond team has thirty-two indie studios working on various titles for the Xbox One console.
There’s a guilty pleasure surrounding the crew at here at Windows Phone Central. We’re addicted to Star Wars: Tiny Death Star for Windows Phone and Windows 8. The game combines Star Wars with time management gameplay. That’s the perfect recipe for addictive gameplay. Both the Windows Phone and Windows 8 version of Tiny Death Star also just picked up an update that throws in some holiday fun. Let’s check it out.
On Android and iOS devices, there are shortcuts to settings from any app or screen. Swipe down on Android or swipe up on iOS. Windows Phone doesn’t have those options yet, but an app that has just been released provides a clever workaround.
The Kirik Settings application brings quick access to your settings like Wi-Fi, cellular data, location, rotation lock, Bluetooth and more from anywhere via your volume controls. Head past the break to watch our hands-on video.
We’re nearing the end of 2013 and many would have liked Microsoft to name a new CEO by now. It was in August that Steve Ballmer announced his plans to step down within the next 12 months. Microsoft’s board of directors is hard at work finding their next CEO and have released an update on their progress.
Fans of Disney's Nemo will be able to join the cute, little fish and his friends in the latest time management game to hit the Windows Phone Store. Nemo's Reef enables players to construct their own beautiful habitat and make a home for all their favourite Finding Nemo characters. Are you ready to help Nemo and his dad, Marlin to create the best reef in the class? Swim past the break for the full read.
Cocktail Flow is one of those apps that's not only gorgeous and really shines on Windows Phone, but the app itself has been available for years. The team behind Cocktail Flow also released a Windows 8 version, which has recently been refreshed for Windows 8.1. Sober up and pass the break to see what's new in version 2.0.
This has been a terrible year for Xbox games on Windows Phone. Microsoft has all but dropped support for the Xbox branding on phones, developers have stopped releasing Xbox games en masse, and new Xbox games are basically a rare occurrence nowadays. Don’t you wish the Windows Phone team cared a lick about gamers?
The latest sign of the inevitable demise of Xbox on Windows Phone comes with last week’s Tetris Blitz update. The game launched in a bug-ridden state (see our review). But to Electronic Arts’ credit, the publisher has released a steady stream of updates to improve its product. The latest update certainly packs some improvements, but it sort of looks like it removes Tetris Blitz’s Xbox branding. Could this be the end of EA’s Xbox support or just a snafu?
Update: EA's official response after the break!
This one is coming out of nowhere but Kiloo Games and Sybo Games have released Subway Surfers for Windows Phone. We’ve confirmed with Microsoft that this is an official release and not a clone. Indeed, it’s the same version number as the one for the iPhone, that is version 1.16.
Subway Surfers is yet another endless runner, but it has gained a ton of popularity, rivaling Temple Run. First released in May 2012, this game has been one of the top requested titles for Windows Phone and now that day is here.
Domino's is a household favourite when it comes to pizza takeaway and is perfect for when you simply don't know what to have for dinner. You've previously been able to check out the enticing menu on your Windows Phone, but now an official Domino's app has launched for Windows 8.1 hardware.
Just in case you're unable to fetch your phone or would like to enjoy ordering a Domino's on a larger screen, this new Windows app has you covered.
Every year since time immemorial, Microsoft has put a ton of downloadable Xbox 360 content on sale around Christmastime. The sale returns once again this year as the Countdown to 2014. Running from today through December 31, the Countdown consists both of daily and weekly sales. The first batch of weekly deals runs through the 23rd.
Head past the break for a full list of today’s Countdown sales and the weekly deals.
Besides the Instagram Beta update we reported on, it’s turning out to be a busy Tuesday morning as a whole horde of big name apps are getting updates on this day. Some fall under the rubric of the boring “general improvements and bug fixes” while others have a few more details. Regardless, as least you’ll know that some of your main apps are getting the treatment they deserve.
Let’s see who gets what in today’s Windows Phone app roundup.
The official Instagram Windows Phone client has been updated to version 0.2. While the app itself remains in beta, we're already seeing some improvements being implemented to better the experience for consumers. That said, we still anticipate a major upgrade to bring the Windows Phone app up to speed with both iOS and Android.
Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals promotion heads into day number nine and spotlights SOL Republic Tracks HD Headphones. Tracks HD on-ear headphones are fitted with Sol's V10 Sound Engine Speakers that produce deeper bass, clearer mid-range tonality and resonate highs for full quality audio.
The 12 Days of Deals bring the price of the SOL headphones from $99.99 to $39.99 for the first twenty customers at participating Microsoft Stores (US/Canada only) and the first one hundred online customers. After the door buster deals are all gone, the headphones will remain on sale for $69.99 while supplies last.
UK network EE has today announced it has teamed up with AT&T to offer visitors to the UK 4G LTE services, with more carriers to follow suit in the New Year. What this means (initially) for AT&T Windows Phone customers who pop over the pond is that they will automatically pick up the EE 4G network as long as you have a 4G enabled device.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia and 1520 have incredible cameras that let you zoom in to your subjects while maintaining high image quality. You can thank the 41 and 20 megapixel sensors respectively in these Nokia PureView cameraphones. One app that does an excellent job of showing off the zoom power on these two devices is Sozoom for Windows Phone. If you already have the app, you should know that it has just received an update.
Version 1.0 of the striking and orderly calendar app is now available
Back in late November, I gave you a sneak peek at a new calendar app headed to Windows Phone 8 dubbed Cal by developer Philippe Maes. The clean, minimalist app garnered a lot of attention and inquiries from you folks, with many frequently asking when it will arrive.
That day is finally here. After some added features, bugs squashed and a slight delay in publishing, Cal is now available! Read on for all of the details.
Microsoft is still yet to release dates on just when the company plans to release original series for Xbox One and 360 streaming, but it's hoped that the first batch of new shows will broadcast in the first half of 2014. Microsoft's president of entertainment and digital, Nancy Tellem spoke to Variety, stating that Microsoft is a different beast to the likes of Netflix and Amazon but they're working on it.
This came out of nowhere. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, also known as Amtrak, has released an official app for Windows Phone 8 users. Amtrak, as you may or may not know, is an intercity passenger train service here in the United States. Amtrak operates 374 trains daily and connects 896 destinations in 46 states, at least Wikipedia says that. So what can you do with the Amtrak app for Windows Phone? Quite a bit it looks like, so let’s check it out.
Digitally Imported is a pretty killer app on Windows Phone. Not only is it a great source for electronic dance music, but it’s got a few features we wish all music apps would include. What feature? Digitally Imported has a sleep timer built in. This allows you to get some chill music playing and automatically shut off after a predetermined time. Stop!Music is an app for Windows Phone that will make it so other music apps don’t need to add sleep timer functionality. Let’s check it out.
The Nokia Lumia ‘929’, destined for Verizon has been missing from the news lately. That’s about to change though as we have some new information regarding that 5-inch device with a 1080P display.
First up is the release date, which we’re hearing is now slated for Thursday, January 16th (subject to change), with Microsoft Stores taking stock earlier. That falls right after CES in Las Vegas, making it a decent venue for Verizon to announce their new flagship Windows Phone, though we do not yet know if they will seize that opportunity.
Facebook beta was last updated on November 27th, so it’s about due for another. This time, it’s two fold as both the Windows Phone 8 variant jumps to 18.104.22.168 while the Windows Phone 7.x version lands on 22.214.171.124.
The bigger news here is actually for Windows Phone 7.x users, who are presumed to be getting all the new notification improvements and Live Tile functionality found in the updated Windows Phone 8 version from a few weeks ago. Those changes were significant enough to make the app much more usable for many, though those new optimizations were left off of the 7.x branch. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore recently tweeted that 7.x would be getting those features, so we’re expecting them here in this update.
It's no secret that Windows 8 runs beautifully on a tablet and we've got our fair share of products available. European manufacturer bq has now jumped on-board. The company is behind numerous Android smartphones, tablets and other products, but this marks as the first Windows based device released. Say hello to the Tesla W8, bq's first Windows tablet.