Good news for developers on Windows 8. A few days Microsoft announced some changes to the Windows Store that give you more control. They’ve managed to simplify the app certification requirements and improved how you manage when your app is available. Details below.
This giveaway was such a success that hundreds of developers applied to get one of the awarded design sessions hosted by Arturo Toledo. As a result, Nokia extended the program from 10 consultations to 50 and for 2014 we are giving away 30 more coupons!
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm EST
Making an app that’s successful enough to quit your day job is a dream most mobile devs at one point or another dream of. Eddie Kezeli is living that dream right now with Windows Phone and his ProShot camera app. The Windows Phone Developer Blog recently chatted with Eddie and has some really interesting information and insight on how he went from looking for a job to working solely on his apps and games.
By Sam Sabri, Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 2:13 am EST
Hacking on Windows Phone is a pretty nonexistent sport. Earlier we told you guys about HackerTeam and their claims of having full control over Windows Phone, but there’s no way to validate their claims. Here’s something we can validate, the Samsung ATIV Odyssey has joined the ATIV S and has been Interop Unlocked. This opens the gates for potentially deeper level OS changes on the Odyssey.
By Sam Sabri, Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm EST
As a mobile platform Windows Phone sits in third place. It’s a distant third however when you compare it to both iOS and Android. Depending on who you ask, we’re at somewhere like 4% marketshare globally. That’s still pretty small, but also presents a huge return for developers who make killer apps. Like the guys at DevRain Solutions who have just reached a killer milestone in the Windows Phone Store – 6 million downloads.
Nokia kicked off its global Create contest late last year and we've covered new missions kicking off as the program ran its course. Developers were invited to develop apps for a number of categories, ranging from image and photography all the way to work life. Nokia has now announced the grand winner of the Create contest, as well as winning apps for each category.
Pass the break to see who won and pick them up for your phone today!
By Sam Sabri, Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 2:17 am EST
Depending on where you are, today may be the 14th of January. It’s the day that Microsoft is going to be opening up registration for Build 2014 that takes place April 2-4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Set your alarm and get your bank account ready if you’re hoping to go.
Whether you are an individual, hobbyist Windows Phone developer or part of a developer studio that builds Windows Phone apps, it’s quite an effort to develop, test, and market the apps.
Therefore, it hurts when an app submission fails certification, and you have to correct and resubmit the apps. Not only does it increase the effort and resources, it also delays the app release and any marketing plans.
Nokia recently confirmed issues with an update for Play To on Windows Phone, which enables users to stream media, such as photos, music and videos to other DLNA enabled devices. The issue was that those running the GDR3 Developer Preview and the latest version of the app were missing crucial software components required for both to get along in harmony.
Today, Nokia has unveiled a fix, which should hit the store in a week or so.
Our CES interview with Nokia on developer goals this year
2013 will go down as a watershed year for Windows Phone. High profile devices like the Lumia 1020 garnered massive press attention while the super affordable Lumia 520 actually drove Windows Phone adoption. Starting in the last quarter, a new push for must-have apps was launched through the efforts of Microsoft and Nokia. Apps like Instagram and even a renewed WhatsApp became staples of the platform.
Here at CES, Windows Phone has a lighter presence this time around. No new phones are being announced and Microsoft is holding back news until Build later this spring. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft and Nokia aren’t present and we’re sitting down with both of them today.
First up is Bryan Biniak, Global Vice President & General Manager at Nokia. We spoke with him this morning about developer challenges with Windows Phone heading into 2014.
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 5:39 pm EST
Developing for Windows Phone 8? You’re going to want to head to the Microsoft Download Center to get an update for the Windows Phone 8.0 SDK. What’s the big change? You can now test your app against a 1080p emulator to see how your work runs on devices like the Nokia Lumia 1520.
BugSense (www.bugsense.com) is a handy service for developers building apps on Android, iOS, Windows Phone or using other technologies. Helping content creators develop higher quality apps through bug and crash reporting, analytics and more enables consumers to enjoy apps and games with better experiences.
A new BugSense client has been released for Windows Phone and is a must download for any developer. Say hello to Bugsensitive.
There are a handful of solid photo editing apps on Windows Phone, but only a few imaging SDKs. One comes to us from Nokia and another from Aviary. These allow developers to quickly and easily add photo editing to their apps without needing to start from scratch. They’re more or less plug and drop when creating apps. Sadly, it looks like Aviary might be pulling their support of both Windows Phone and Windows 8. More after the break.
It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since we first covered DVLUP. The program from Nokia rewards developers with prizes and badges for developing apps on Windows Phone. To celebrate their first year in the world they’ve released a pretty funny infographic that you can check out below.
By Sam Sabri, Friday, Dec 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm EST
You’re not a major player if you don’t have APIs for devs to tap into your product. Which is why Xbox Music just went from another streaming service to a bonafide platform. That’s right, Microsoft has done something a little unexpected today. They’ve introduced the Xbox Music API as a way for developers to connect their apps or websites to the Xbox Music service. Let’s check it out.
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST
There’s an app all of you should have on your Windows Phone right now. It’s ours and it’s made by Jay Bennett. As you may have noticed, our app hit version 4.4 nearly a month ago. It wasn’t a big update in terms of features. Instead, it was a refinement of what was already a killer app. How did Jay refine it? With a bit of help from feedback from both users and a recent design review with Nokia and Microsoft. Let’s check out the video from that design review.
If you are a Windows developer, you would’ve noticed the Explore Store Trends section of the Windows Store Dashboard. The trends section includes user demographics and catalog information. Since few developers can draw useful interpretation from those numbers, Windows App Builder Blog has shared interesting statistics about the most popular app categories.
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm EST
Developers, we’ve got some news for you if you have or are planning to do a beta for your Windows Phone app. Microsoft has made some updates to how beta apps work based on developer feedback. The biggest change? Beta apps no longer expire.
The TechnNet UK team have announced a new festive competition for developers - say hello to The Twelve Days of Geekmas. Familiar with the original 12 days of Christmas jingle? Well, take that and add in a load of cool giveaways and you'll have the idea as to how Microsoft is going to celebrate the festive countdown. Unwrap the break to see what it's all about.
Ahead Solutions, the makers of the popular AppDeals app, have announced the release of the beta version of AdDeals advertisers and publishers network for Windows Phone. Interestingly, it’s arrived for the Windows Phone ecosystem first, and is ‘coming soon’ for Android and iOS.