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3 years ago

New job vacancy for WP7 Bluetooth development

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Seems the Windows Phone team are looking to expand their resources in the Bluetooth area of development on the platform with the latest job vacancy advert being published. Windows Phone 7's support for Bluetooth (in comparison to competitors) is not a feature to be desired and any advancement in the near future (Mango?) would be a welcomed effort by the community. Anyone painfully remember the debacle with Bluetooth a while back?

What are your thoughts on the current Bluetooth implementation for WP7, and what would you be most pleased with changes/improvements wise? Let us know in the comments!

Check out the job advert after the break.

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3 years ago

Developer Interview: Jay Bennett

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Developer Interview: Jay Bennett

We're starting a new regular feature here at WPCentral: the developer interview. Basically we seek out some of the of top, the brightest or rising developers to get their views on Windows Phone 7 and the whole process of bringing software to our phones.

This week we have the delight of being introduced to Jay Bennett, what he's been up to, how he views app development on Windows Phone 7 and what he thinks the future holds. If you're not aware of who Mr Bennett is (or what he does), he's an aspiring app developer on the platform who is behind the highly anticipated official wpcentral app, not to mention RateYourBeer (link to Marketpalce)!

Head on past the break for the fantastic interview.

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3 years ago

Leaked Omnia 7 firmware now available

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy page goes live (but you still can't order)

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Yeah, you still can't actually order or even pre-order the darn thing, but it's nice to see Verizon throwing up a big ol' splash screen, pimping their first Windows Phone.

Gosh, you read that thing and it almost sounds like Verizon is excited about this launch. Almost. Though we do have to credit angling the whole Xbox theme is probably the smarter way of selling Windows Phone to the masses. So kudos on that strategy, Big Red.

Source: Verizon Wireless; Thanks, DavidinCT, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Announcing the Official WPCentral app for Windows Phone 7

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Yes everyone, you read that right. After months of planning and developing, we are excited and proud to deliver our very own, official app. What's more, it is chock full of features, delivering almost every feature of our website in a streamlined, minimalist fashion.

Developed by Jay Bennett, the app has been submitted to the Marketplace and (fingers crossed) it should be live by Monday evening. So, enough chatter, lets hit the features:

  • Read homepage, reviews, apps, games or how-to sections
  • View comments associated with each article
  • Watch videos and view pictures posted in each article
  • Full search for any previous articles, including by section
  • Search through YouTube videos from the site
  • Deep links to the marketplace with articles featuring other apps
  • Listen to the latest podcast on your device through the app
  • Clean, simple user interface design and great user experience
  • Sharing of articles through E-mail, SMS or Twitter
  • Full landscape support
  • Live tile for the latest headlines

Not too shabby for a v1.0, eh? The app comes in two flavors: the full, premium-experience version is $0.99--no ads, all the features or the free, unlimited "trial" version (same as full version, but has ads and some missing features--unlimited use though).

So check out the vid for the tour and in a few short days, you can be using it too. Feedback is welcomed, so comment away.

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy caught on video

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Verizon Trophy caught on video

This post is both gratuitous and a tease as we're just days from release of the long-awaited Verizon Trophy. Still, for would be buyers, seeing it being handled is well..cathartic phone pr0n, we suppose.

Gadget site Techno Buffalo mange to find a tipster who spent a few brief moments with the Trophy and set it to some of the most dramatic music you'll ever hear with a phone (and considering the drama with this device, it seems quite appropriate).

Unfortunately no quick tour of the OS, you just see the phone being fondled--eww, C'est la vie.

Source: Techno Buffalo; Thanks again, slayerjayslb

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3 years ago

Federico Carnales releases Metro inspired Android music player

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We've previously covered how the influence of Metro is spreading to the desktop operating systems with MetroTwit, Android with the launcher and iOS with the Metro theme etc. Now we have another app mimicking the Windows Phone 7 interface on Android from Federico Carnales - developer behind LauncherPro (which sports a Metro theme).

This music player looks very nice and implements the Metro look successfully when ignoring the status bar at the top. The simplistic approach to user interface has really taken storm, which I find baffling since if we take the desktop OS as an example, from early editions of Windows we've come through XP's colour introduction, glass effects in Vista and 7, high resolution icons and window management in OS X and Linux being customised to look like it was designed in 3146, to Metro on WP7. Simple use of icons, elegant looking and blown-up text, but it works.

Should we be looking forward to future implementations of the UI? Most definitely.

Via: Droid Life

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3 years ago

Prime TV - Review

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Prime TV - Review

One of the benefits of a Windows Phone is the amount of information it can pull up. If you need to find out information on your favorite television shows, Prime TV is one resource that will bring plenty of television information to your Windows Phone.

Remember the TV Guides your mom used to buy in the grocery store checkout? Prime TV is a lot like TV Guide but on steroids. To find out all the information Prime TV will bring to your Windows Phone, slide on past the break.

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3 years ago

Microsoft sending the media Mangos [Humor]

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If you're not aware of the event already, Microsoft is holding a Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) preview in four days, and invitations to the press are now being received. In keeping with the fun nature of the OS, the invitation for the event is a fairly large surprise. A real mango in a box.

If you're not up-to-speed with all the goings-on surrounding the next major update for Windows Phone 7, you can take a gander at our past coverage of upcoming Mango and tune in Tuesday morning (10 EST) for our live coverage of the event.

Source: WP7.com.pl, via: WMPU

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy gets moved to official Windows Phone site

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Of course all the Verizon peeps out there have sighed a relief at that May 26th release date, with a lot deciding to get it (and a few , like ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley opting to wait for something else).

Regardless, it's nice to see Microsoft also taking the wraps off of the "official" area of their Windows Phone site for the Verizon Trophy. While nothing reall new is gleaned from the stats (5 hrs battery life, GSM 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 bands, nice) we can't but be a little jelly about this phone as we think it's actually quite a solid little number.

Just a few more days people, just a few more...

Source: Microsoft; Thanks, slayerjayslb, for the heads up

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3 years ago

10 Paramount titles coming to Marketplace as Silverlight Enhanced Movies

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Paramount Digital Entertainment has announced that 10 more of their titles will be coming to the Marketplace and will be exclusive to Windows Phone as part of Silverlight Enhanced Movies. We've seen this before, way back in December when Paramount first started this new media-style,  Aside from just watching the movies, the new Silverlight Enhanced Movies include the ability to bookmark, create and share clips, and search for people and products in the films.  There is even a trivia game which will allow users to share results with each other over social networking sites.

The Paramount films will be available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Spain.  Right now you can get Mean Girls and School of Rock for $9.99, and each week a new title will be available.  Keep and eye out for True Grit, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Waiting For “Superman,” The Last Airbender, Zoolander, Gi Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, Beowulf  and The Italian Job.  An ecclectic mix, for sure.  Hopefully, more will be on the way.

via: GeekyGadgets

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3 years ago

Nokia's Windows Phones to sport dual-core ST-Ericsson U8500

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We know Qualcomm is currently the only chipset provider for Windows Phone, having invest a lot of time and money to port over their hardware. In fact, even their next gen processors are geared up for Windows Phone 7.5 devices, coming this fall. Still, that's not stopping some companies, including ST-Ericsson from attempting to break that monopoly.

Specifically, in an interview with Forbes, Carlo Bozotti, the Chief Executive of European semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics spilled the beans on a couple of interesting tidbits:

  • ST-Ericsson will be one of two chip suppliers for Nokia Windows Phone (the other is Qualcomm)
  • Nokia is planning on having 12 Windows Phone devices in 2012
  • The first ST-Ericsson chipset to be used will be the U8500 ",,,a sophisticated dual-core system-on-a-chip that can also be found in the new Samsung Infuse 4G smartphone on AT&T and the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G."
  • Later versions of the U8500 will be used in Nokia's 2012 phones
  • ST-Ericsson continues to have “very close relations” with Nokia

All of this sounds good to our ears. While Qualcomm's chipsets have been performing quite well as of late, we're all keen on trying some new hardware with a new engine underneath. Granted, our reviews will become a little more complicated (speed and versus tests, no doubt), but we think this is good for the platform and innovation.

Source: Forbes

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3 years ago

PayPal payments come to Xbox 360. Can Windows Phone be far behind?

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Here’s some Xbox 360 news that may be relevant to Windows Phone users as well. The latest Xbox 360 system update, in addition to introducing a new disc format to fight piracy, will also add PayPal payment functionality to most territories. Gamers will now be able to purchase Xbox 360 software, downloadable content, and Xbox Live Gold Memberships with PayPal in addition to the existing options: credit cards, prepaid cards, and prepaid codes. The update will also bring an auto-standby feature that puts the console into a low-power mode after an hour of idle time (yay!).

Windows Phone users are still waiting for the option to pay for software with Microsoft Points, which has long been the standard currency on the Xbox 360. At present, credit card payments and adding purchases to the user’s monthly cell phone bill are the only ways to pay. As far as I know, Microsoft has never said anything on the subject. But even if Microsoft Points purchases never come to Windows Phone, PayPal is still fairly likely as it’s similar to credit cards on Microsoft’s end. Let’s hope they don’t drag their feet on bringing us more payment options!

Source: Major Nelson’s blog via Microsoft News.

 

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3 years ago

LazyWormApp's Youtube apps - Review

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Some time ago we first mentioned LazyWormApps YouTube app for Windows Phone after it was recently updated. The YouTube client made a very good first impression and after tinkering with the app for a few days, that impression hasn't faded.

The app comes in two versions, Youtube and Lazytube. LazyWorm's Youtube app is a free, ad-free, app that gives you access to YouTube. LazyTube is a paid app ($.99) that also gives you ad-free access to YouTube as well as HD Streaming and a chameleon live tile that adapts to the phone theme.

Oh, before you make the jump to read more about LazyWormApps Youtube apps, you might be interested that the developer is running a fully featured free trail of LazyTube. Not sure how long this offer will last but you can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

HTC Arrive for a penny at AmazonWireless [New customers]

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Although we've seen plenty of devices on AT&T and T-Mobile on sale for a penny at AmazonWireless, this is the first for the Sprint HTC Arrive.

Not a bad deal if you're up for a contract renewal or were thinking of switching to Sprint (we're big fans of both the device and service). Of course, make sure you read the fine print, but our experience with AmazonWireless has been great in the past.

To catch up on the Arrive, here's everything we have on it and remember, it gets it's 7392 Security update in the next few days as well.

Source; AmazonWireless; via SimpleMobileReivew; Thanks, Chris

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