Developers

Developer Jimmy Engströ​m has managed to build an API to control a Silverlit (www.silverlit.com) remote control car. Using Bluetooth, the Windows Phone is able to control the toy just like any supported controller. It's pretty neat, but of course not really useful for the average consumer (unless you happen to have a Bluetooth controlled car stored away somewhere).

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It’s always good news when a new game engine adds Windows Phone 8 support. Game engines make it easier to develop games for a platform and increase the number of games that can be ported from other platforms. Win-win.

We mention this because the TreSensa Platform engine officially began supporting Windows Phone at the beginning of this month. The first game to use the engine is Vector Runner Remix from DigYourOwnGrave and TreSensa. Vector Runner Remix is a simple, stylish endless running type game (though the levels aren’t endless). Head past the break to learn more about the game and TreSensa’s future plans for Windows Phone!

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As it currently stands, should you wish to develop for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone, you'll need to take out two subscriptions - one for each platform. WPDang now reports that Microsoft is looking to combine both into a combined account, making it easier for developers to move from one platform to the next and cover not only the desktop but also the smartphone too.

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Before the New Developers Conference (www.ndc-london.com) kicks off in London, there's a day planned for Visual Studio 2013. December 3rd will see a free pre-conference workshop set up for developers and co. to check out. The best part? You don't need to be attending NDC to pop along.

Did we mention there's going to be some folks from the VS team in the US present, along with local MS reps?

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Nokia's Fred Patton has taken to the Developer blog to announce the Create competition winners. Developers are tasked to create apps for Windows Phone and Nokia Lumia. The previous contest, Nokia Future Capture, was centred on imaging and the Lumia 1020. This contest however, has multiple categories, opening up the flood gates for different types of apps.

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Microsoft unleashed the Windows Phone App Studio Beta back in August, accumulating a whopping 30,000 projects in just 48 hours. Now an article over on the Windows Phone Develop Blog details some developer driven changes that have been implemented into the app. Perfect for the 160,000 developers who have created more than 150,000 projects, leading to 65,000 apps in just two months.

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The official Nokia Developer Ambassador App has been released for Windows Phone. With this new solution, developers will be able to connect with local ambassadors to follow their blog and remain informed of the latest news, tips and promotions. Videos from the Nokia YouTube channel will also be available on your Windows Phone, along with the DVLUP blog.

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In the continuing push to lure developers, Microsoft and Corona Labs today have announced a collaboration to bring the Corona SDK, "the leading 2D app development framework", to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Corona Labs currently supports iOS, Android, Kindle and NOOK with a single code base, allowing their 300,000 developers to more easily code for various platforms with greater speed. With Windows Phone and Windows 8 backing (aka Windows Store Apps), Microsoft and Corona hope to reach a broader audience for new apps and games.

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QONQR should sound familiar as we've covered it numerous times in the past. The popular MMO has now been covered on the Windows Phone Developer Blog. It's been revealed that the developer, while basing revenue on in-app purchases, has experienced up to 10x the weekly downloads and double the revenue on Windows Phone compared to iOS.

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Sébastien Lachance is a Windows Phone developer who (alongside Vincent Gosselin) is behind DualShot. The app, which we're covered in the past, is a neat photography solution that's a replicate of the popular Frontback app on iOS. Lachance has shared on his personal blog how they've managed to accumulate 100,000 downloads in just 20 days. 

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Yesterday, Microsoft surprised us by not only announcing the features coming in GDR3 (also known as Update 3), but by releasing the update for download through their new Developer Preview Program. We have a fairly good idea of what’s new and improved with the update, but small trinkets are still being discovered by developers and enthusiasts around the globe. The latest discovery is one that can help make Windows Phone even more personal.

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An exclusive behind the scenes look at AppCampus, the joint venture between Nokia, Microsoft and Aalto University

Windows Phone Central was invited to travel to Espoo, Finland and check out the magic that occurs at AppCampus. You may already be familiar with the name — we’ve covered the program in the past — and how Microsoft and Nokia are working together with Aalto University to help build new content for Windows Phone.

As lightly touched on above, the project aims to offer developers and entrepreneurs the opportunity to get cracking on ideas and turn them into apps for the Windows Phone store. Some of the top apps and games you download from the store will have gone through this very program. So, what's it all about?

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We go hands on with the 'Preview for Developers' app and show you what it's like to update to Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (build 10512)

This morning, Microsoft not only announced Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (aka GDR3) but they also announced a Preview for Developers program whereby devs can get early access to the latest OS builds by download an app (and being a registered developer). How fast can you get GDR3? Well you can do it right now. In fact, we updated our Nokia Lumia 925.

Want to see how it all works? Watch our video tour of the process to see what will happen.

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Earlier this morning Microsoft outlined their new Windows Phone Preview for Developers. Remember the Enthusiast Program announced with Windows Phone 8 in the summer of 2012? This is basically it. If you’re a registered developer for the Windows Phone Store or a member of the Windows Phone App Studio Program you can download GDR3 starting today. That update is now live. Link below.

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Starting later today, anyone can update their phone to Windows Phone 8 Update 3, as Microsoft announces new Preview Program

This morning, in addition to announcing Windows Phone 8 GDR3 (or just 'Update 3' as it is now being called), Microsoft has finally detailed their enthusiast update program so that owners of Windows Phone 8 devices can get the latest version of the OS without having to wait for OEMs or carriers. While technically designated for “developers”, anyone with a Windows Phone 8 device and a few minutes of their time can participate.

The program, detailed on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, will allow those who meet Microsoft’s loose standards to update to GDR3 starting later today. You read that right. The point of the program is to allow developers to try out their apps and optimize their code before the new OS goes live to millions of Windows Phone users, in addition to giving feedback to Microsoft.

Unofficially, it is meant to allow anyone to update their phones over-the-air to the latest version of Windows Phone 8, without carrier interference. 

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Microsoft UK's TechDays Online are running from Wednesday November 6 until Friday November 8th. There are numerous sessions lined up with daily prize draws and competitions for attendees to enter. There will also be Xbox One bundle packages on offer, so if you're wanting to learn something as well as potentially grabbing an Xbox One package, you'll definitely want to check these sessions out.

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We were at a local Nokia developer event in London last night. The Developer Experience team decided to hold an informal session at the company's Paddington offices, inviting both bloggers and developers to mingle and show off some cool Windows Phone apps. There was more demand than spaces available, but fear not if you were unable to attend as Nokia plans to kick off similar events in the future.

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The DVLUP (www.dvlup.com) team have announced two changes that are occurring at the Nokia rewards program for Windows Phone developers. If you’ve never heard of DVLUP, the program (launched back in 2012 in the US and Canada) enables those who publish content to the stores to take full advantage of some unique challenges that lead to exciting opportunities and rewards being earned.

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