3 years ago
Halo Waypoint with ATLAS is now live in the Marketplace
For those yearning for the big v1.3 update to the Halo Waypoint app, your wait is over. As reported the other day, Microsoft delivered on the 10th as promised. Here's quick refresh on the addition of ATLAS:
"Halo ATLAS uses maps (sponsored by Brady Games) to provide valuable multiplayer data to Halo Reach and Anniversary players. When we say Halo Anniversary players, we really mean Reach players because the non-campaign Anniversary multiplayer simply piggybacks off of Reach.
The connectivity with Reach is possible because during multiplayer games, Reach constantly sends out packets of data called heartbeats that contain gameplay status. Halo ATLAS provides a bunch of that information in near-real-time to smartphone users."
Pretty huge deal and probably the second most anticipated update this week (Xbox Companion being number one, of course). Read the rest of our detailed post for all the changes or just head here to the Marketplace to get the update/new version.
Thanks, Aaron J., for the tip!
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 800 Gorilla Glass tortured [Video]
We've already had the Nokia Lumia 800 survive a two story fall onto concrete, which shows how strong the build quality it. But how does the Gorilla Glass perform against some scratches, drops and whatnot? The above video is of YouTube user Titanas attempting to test how tough the glass is with general pocket use. Note that this is not a stress test by any means, let's not call "lame!" because he hasn't used a hammer and nail since you more than likely wouldn't have such items in your pocket accompanied by the Windows Phone.
Source: YouTube, Via: Windows Phone Daily
3 years ago
CleverBot Chat app hits the Marketplace
Bored with nobody to text? Take a look at CleverBot Chat.
CleverBot Chat is a novelty chat app that allows you to chat with the online Cleverbot AI (but was not developed by Cleverbot). Conversations can be about anything you want but beware the conversation may take on a life of its own.
Interface is your typical SMS messaging screen with text boxes for your's and CleverBot's messages. In just tinkering with CleverBot Chat, I've had conversations about religion, football, what's the best smartphone (CleverBot says the iPhone) and what I should cook for dinner (chicken). Every now and then CleverBot would get a little grumpy, insulting or change the topic completely.
Once you exit the app, the conversation is deleted. For the most part, CleverBot Chat ran smoothly but I did receive a few "Failure to Send" errors on messages. Nothing to pull your hair out over but noticeable.
If you're looking for an interesting novelty app, CleverBot Chat is worth a try. CleverBot Chat is a free, ad-supported app the you can download here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
3 years ago
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3 years ago
MyCraigsAds updated to v2.5 with Mango support
MyCraigsAds has been updated to version 2.5, which brings with it support for Mango. The new version also brings along a couple new features, toast alerts and the ability to add live tiles. We gave the previous version a solid 7.0 rating back in November, and the new features only adds to it. If you are looking for a Craigs List app, check it out.
You can pick it up in the Marketplace for a reasonable $1.99 by clicking here with a free trial. There's also a free, lite version here.
via WPCentral Forums
3 years ago
Sonic 4 Mango update turns the music back on
The arrival of the Mango update has been a great thing for Windows Phone Xbox Live gamers, with a few exceptions. Specifically, Twin Blades couldn’t run on Mango until it got patched, and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I began to experience a nasty sound bug. Thankfully Sonic 4 received a Mango update today that fixes things right up.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I version 1.1 release notes
Added Fast App Switching support
Fixed sound bug that occurred when players earned an extra life, causing the music to stop
Sonic 4 is a great touch-screen platformer that captures nearly all of the magic of its console counterpart. Now that its tunes are working properly again, fans of the blue hedgehog can step into his shoes and thwart Dr. Eggman’s plans as intended. If you haven’t played the game yet, give our review a look.
Sonic 4 costs $6.99 and there is a free trial. Pick it up here on the Marketplace. To learn about Sonic CD, the follow up/prequel to Sonic 4, check out our developer interview.
Thanks to Mark Tepper for the tip!
3 years ago
NFC already supported in Windows Phone 7.5 [Updated]
Near field communication (NFC) is certainly one of the bigger technologies to come out in mobile phones in the last year, but its mainstream appeal won't become evident till 2012. Whether or not Windows Phone currently supports it though has not been well understood. While Microsoft (and Nokia) have made it clear that NFC is on their roadmap, we don't know if if and when that will happen.
Now in an interview with TechRadar, Will Coleman, developer evangelist and product manager at Microsoft UK, has stated that our current OS does have NFC on board but no OEM has added it to their hardware yet:
"As far as I'm aware, NFC is supported by [Windows Phone], but needs to be enabled by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). So, if any OEM wants to enable it, that can be done by all means. Think it's about just about timing, in the not too distant future there are some exciting things that will be coming through with NFC from Microsoft."
That is certainly interesting. We can of course speculate why no one has added NFC including lack of wide-spread support, Microsoft has yet to roll out any supporting services and cost-reduction in devices. Of course to our enthusiasts out there, no reason would be satisfactory.
Even Keith Varty, head of apps and partnerships for Nokia has chimed in on the matter:
"NFC isn't an if, it's a when, it will happen. Obviously there's no NFC on our launch devices, so it's difficult to comment too much on that, but the main divisions between secure and non-secure [NFC] mean there's bags of opportunity for the technology [on our phones] especially with so many operators launching services. We need to get a [Windows Phone] device into the marketplace with NFC capabilities, and when we do we can really start to showcase our services".
For some of us, the benefit of NFC is a bit weak right now without any official services to support--we don't have a Google Wallet and 'beaming' still looks like a ways off. But we think the next round for Nokia and other OEMs should finally see NFC being added and used to a significant degree.
Updated: There once again looks to be some confusion around this issue and we're now being told that NFC is not currently supported in Windows Phone 7.5 but of course that it is coming in 2012--obviously there is some nitty-gritty tech bits that are being glossed over, but Microsoft is taking the line that it is not currently on board in any form. Take that as you will. From Microsoft:
"While Near Field Communications is not currently supported on Windows Phone 7.5, it is coming. We expect NFC-enabled Windows Phone devices to ship within the next year."
Source: TechRadar; via Windows Phone Metro; Thanks, Steven S, for the tip!
3 years ago
Thanks to divine intervention, two games coming to Xbox Live next week
We’ve already mentioned that our friends at IronSun Studios (that’s SUN, not SON) will be releasing Battlewagon on Xbox Live next week. But that is only half of next week’s story. WPCentral is proud to announce that there will be two Xbox Live releases on December 14! Joining Battlewagon will be Doodle God, from the fine folks at JoyBits.
Doodle God surprisingly doesn’t have much to do with doodles, but it’s got the god part pretty well covered. Players take on the role of a creator by combining numerous elements to create even more elements. Discovering every element will take lots of time and creativity. It’s like chemistry, but fun!
Interestingly, Doodle God was previously available as an indie title but has now been removed from the Marketplace - just like IonBall disappearing when IonBallEX came out. Doodle God is also the second Xbox Live title from a Russian developer, following last month’s strange and addictive Farm Frenzy 2.
Doodle God and Battlewagon will both be available on Wednesday, December 14. Each game will cost $2.99. You can try the free Flash version of Doodle God right now.
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 710 begins global roll out
We've seen leaked images of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 and now Nokia has officially announced that their latest Windows Phone is available today in Taiwan and shipping to Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Russia within the next seven days. The global roll-out will expand to other markets in the coming weeks.
T-Mobile is still scheduled to hold an event in New York on December 14th which will be a shocker if it's not about the Lumia 710.
The Lumia 710 will sport a 3.7" screen, 5mp camera, 8GB of storage and weighs in at 4.4 ounces. Like the Lumia 800, the 710 lacks a front facing camera. The Lumia 710 will also sport swappable battery covers so you can personalize things a bit.
Estimated retail price is 270 Euro (about $361 US).
3 years ago
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3 years ago
Windows Phone ad focuses on the Samsung Omnia W
There's a new Windows Phone advertisement out on Youtube that is highlighting the Samsung Omnia W that hit overseas markets late last month. The Omnia W succeeds the Omnia 7 and is basically the overseas version of the AT&T Samsung Focus Flash.
The minute long ad focuses on the Super AMOLED screen of the Omnia W and covers key features of the Windows Phone platform including the Peoples Hub, SkyDrive, Video Calling and gaming. It's a nice looking advertisement that not only shows you the capabilities of a Windows Phone but also the wide range of consumers the Omnia W can appeal to.
3 years ago
AT&T stores stepping up advertising a tad?
AT&T is in a tight pickle around this site: they're at once awesome, for having the Focus S, Titan and Flash in addition to being the largest carrier in the US. That's good for Windows Phone. On the other hand, they tend be a bit sloppy sometimes and at their support for Microsoft has been bit under whelming (but we're a bit biased here too).
Some of that may be changing. We've seen some effective commercials, they do have plans for Nokia and though their stores are a bit haphazard, at least we now see some in-store promotion going on. From this pic from reader Jeff B., we can see AT&T pushing the $25-app card that Microsoft is sponsoring for new phone purchases.
Game changer? No. But we think AT&T is trying here so we'll give a tiny golf clap. Let us know if you see anything similar in your local AT&T store. Now give us an epic Titan commercial and we'll be happy ;-)
Thanks, Jeff, for the report!
3 years ago
Fujitsu IS12T receives 7740 update too
Remember the Fujitsu IS12T? The funky, totally unique Windows Phone sold primarily in Japan has been the envy for many of us but has been overshadowed in recent months (mostly due to Nokia, ahem).
Not to be forgotten, Fujitsu and KDDI have announced that the 7740 OS update should be hitting that phone basically right now. We're told that since IS12T doesn't have voicemail in the traditional sense, that aspect of the OS update is negligible here. So only the Exchange 2003 bug fix is really all users will be getting--which makes us wonder why US carriers are so trigger-shy about rolling out here.
For the record, the IS12T is the only Windows Phone with 32GB of memory on board, a 3.7" screen, 13.2 MP camera and is waterproof. That's right, it's a super phone. It's also had three previous software updates, meaning Fujitsu seems keen on keeping it in shape. Now excuse us as we think about buying one...
3 years ago
Santa Claus shows up in France; brings giant Nokia Lumia 800 and joy to the world [More Photos]
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and this year he's bringing you a Giant frickin' Windows Phone. On the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, there has arrived a 30 foot tall Nokia Lumia 800 (which we told you about earlier). We've gotten a few more photos from the event unfolding just off of the main street, and it turns out that the phone does indeed bring peace and joy to the masses; Santa Claus himself is the star of the show for each person that comes up to see the magnificent display. Children are accompanied by parents as they all file through and call, text or video chat with Santa Claus himself right up on the big screen. WP7 has scored a double-win in their market this month: parents get a chance to make thier kids excrutiatingly happy with each mega-sized phone call, and they also get to check out the latest new smartphone offerings from Nokia.
The innards of the giant phone remind us a bit of the 55 foot tall Windows Phone that was put on display in New York City. While passers-by only see a giant working screen (because yes, this is a real, live, working Mango phone out there), behind the scenes is a myriad of technicians, computers, engineers and one jolly St. Nick working to make every transition, phone call, text message and video call as enjoyable (and fluid) as possible. Away from the giant phone is a display-walkway of other more easily-grasped phones for people to try out, and we can't forget Santa's Helpers milling about and answering people's questions as they stop to look.
Now if only Santa would grant my wish and bring a Nokia Lumia 800 to my house this year. It doesn't even have to be a big one, I'll take anything! Hit the break to see a few more photos from the structure's first night alive in the city, and let it sink in that Santa really can make dreams come true.
3 years ago
Windows Phone still struggling Down Under
While we've seen our fair share of sloppy marketing of Windows Phone by carriers here in the States, Australia seems to be taking it on the chin. We've mentioned the weak marketing efforts with stores continuing to push out other handsets and now it looks like Australia's largest carrier isn't making life easy for the Windows Phone either.
Madprops.org tried to purchase a Windows Phone from Telstra online and had some surprising results. It seems if you go to Telstra's website to buy a Windows Phone it's not the easiest task around. Telstra does give Windows Phones a category of their own and while Windows Phones are eligible for the penny shipping only one model is available online. The HTC HD7.
To buy the phone you have to choose a wireless plan (Small, Medium, Large and X-Large) that are listed just below the HD7 listing. But when you pull up the plans, the HD7 is no where in sight. It would appear the only way to buy a Windows Phone from Telstra is to find a store that has one in stock. Online, Telstra has the Windows Phones doing a vanishing act.
And Telstra isn't alone. Optus lists the platform as Windows 7, not Windows Phone 7. Even when the Australian online mobile retailer MobiCity offers a Windows Phone (the Lumia 800) they incorrectly advertise it as having extra memory options. While the effort should be recognized, it shouldn't be this hard.
While we've seen some great promotions on Windows Phone by manufacturers such as Nokia (as we've seen in Paris and Hong Kong) and HTC. Even Microsoft has done a good job at promotion with the Spend the Night Tour and sponsoring events like we saw on the Ellen Degeneres Show. But where Microsoft appears to be lacking is with the carriers. Somehow they need to light a fire under the carriers retail wing and get them excited about promoting Windows Phones as everyone else is.
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