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"Am I dreaming?" I think you just might be. Forums member scottcraft wants a new device and he has a very specific request and it sounds good to me. What do you think?
When we're not talking Windows Phone were discussing Supper Bowl predictions and even with the game over the discussion continues. How can that be? Well we like to get a little silly at times in our forums.
When your done with all of those threads jump in our Applications Spotlight and Games Spotlight forums and pick up some new offerings from our developers. Yes, our developers have been busy again this week. Here is a small sample of what has been added this week:
Do you believe you have quick reflexes and instant reaction? Prove it. Introducing ReactTime, by Sandak. This little game will test your reaction times by stopping cars as soon as they appear on screen before they crash into the vehicles on the right hand side. Your average reaction time will be displayed throughout with highscores being recorded.
While it's simple and doesn't have a thousand achievements to aim for, ReactTime will see you test your reactions and boast to your friends should you be faster.
Students at the Department of Computer Science and Telecommunications of Larissa Institute of Technology (TEI) in Greece were invited to participate in a Windows Phone app development contest earlier this year. Sponsored by both Microsoft and Nokia, the event saw students compete against one another for the grand prize, which were two Nokia Lumia 800s.
The winners of the contest were as follows:
Escape From Heaven ($0.99/79p) is an interesting indie game that puts the player in control of a hedgehog that is attempting to escape from heaven.
Ο.Σ.Ε (free - Greek) aids those who desire to use the public transport networks in Greece with live maps of train stations, details and more.
The remaining apps are the work of the runner-ups, who all received a free Windows Phone (HTC or LG) each (note that some of these apps are in Greek).
For more information on the event, apps and winners, head on over to the website (link below). It's worth checking out for the design of the contest website, which makes use of Metro elements. With all the trouble that Greece is in with regards to economics and unemployment levels, it's fantastic to see young aspiring developers produce such fine works.
Both Nokia and Microsoft revealed during the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show that the Lumia 800 Windows Phone would become available through Microsoft retail stores early this year. No specifics were mentioned during CES but rumors have popped up on the radar showing the Lumia 800 will be available on February 14th. The price? $899.
Now before you go into sticker shock, the rumors have Microsoft offering the 800 bundled with the Nokia Play 360 Bluetooth Speaker, the Nokia Purity HD headphones, and a Bluetooth headset. The accessories tip the scales at about $400 so the overall price is in the ballpark and would price the Lumia at around $500ish.
No word if this is an "in store" only item or if the Lumia 800 bundle will be offered online through Microsoft. You also have the question whether or not Microsoft will be offering the Lumia 800 outside the bundle. One would hope this bundle is targeted at the Valentine's Day shopper and we'll see the Lumia 800 offered all by its lonesome shortly after the initial release..
PocketNow has obtained some info on a new Windows phone from LG, codenamed the Miracle. You may know it as the LG Fantasy, which we heard about last July, and popped up 5 months later on XDA Developers. The Miracle is said to be a mid-range phone equipped with a 4-inch WVGA NOVA screen, making it the first WP7 device of its kind. It will also have a 1GHz processor, 8GB of storage, and 1.3MP/5MP cameras. LG's Miracle is also thought to connect using 14.4Mbps HSPA radio, 5.0GHz-capable 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0. Another interesting detail is that it will also have NFC tag-reading capabilities, though we're not quite sure how it will come to be used.
Word is that the Miracle will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress and subsequently released later this spring. So far, there is no information on carrier, but according to its FCC passage in October, it appears to sport CDMA bands. Could we finally be seeing a new offering from Sprint or Verizon?
Have you ever wondered where you would be if you traveled 100 miles in any direction? GPS Calculator is available over at the Windows Phone Marketplace that will tell you where you would end up. GPS Calculator is a tool box of sorts for your Windows Phone GPS that helps you determine distances, coordinates, and areas of maps.
GPS Calculator's tools are laid out nicely in a straight forward manner. If you use your Windows Phone's GPS, GPS Calculator is a nice companion app to have.
We've previously covered the odd slip-up from retailers when they refer the platform as Windows Mobile or state that one of the Windows Phone handsets run a version of Android, but we believe it's wise to name and shame said retailers should an error pop up. It doesn't take much effort (or concentration) to slap a Windows logo on a HTC Radar product image, so is it pure negligence or lack of knowledge when it comes to what OS smartphones actually run (we're praying it's not the latter)?
The above image comes from Irish mobile phone retailer Meteor. Head on over to the website and check out the Android logo on the HTC Radar. You'll find the handset in the "Over €200" section. It's irritating when Windows Phones receive such treatment as anyone looking for an alternate to Android could potentially overlook devices due to being incorrectly labeled.
Problem is, it's looks very much like the Lumia 900 sans AT&T logo. For instance, there's the exposed microUSB port on top (the 800 has the famous flip door) and we can clearly also see the front-facing camera.
So are we looking at an international Lumia 900 in white? Quite possibly. There's no reason to think that the Lumia 900 won't go international and if the 800 can do white, why not the 900? So perhaps an intern grabbed a mislabeled stock photo and posted to Facebook.
All we know is Mobile World Congress is a few weeks away, so we'll be finding out more then.
Here's something that you can't do on Windows Phone: search your calendar for past, current or future events.
Seems an odd omission, yet we'll chalk it up to the "we're too busy to add it in" pile along with the ability to add new contacts from Bing search. Speaking of, the developer who made Add to Contacts (and who also makes "I'm a WP7!") has a new app out that fixes that whole inability to search your Calendar events and it's straightforwardly called Calendar Search:
"Although your Windows Phone can connect and synchronize with all types of calendars, it’s impossible to search and take action on calendar meetings, appointments and events.
With Calendar Search, you can unlock the power of calendar searching, and search your meetings, event, and appointments, by date ranges, keywords, even specific accounts, and take action on this powerful information!"
We've been using it for the last few hours and it does what it says, no frills. In that sense, if you need this functionality and can't wait for Microsoft, the $0.99 for the app is well worth it. There's a free trial too and you can give it a go here in the Marketplace.
In the Sprint Arrive help forums, a moderator/Sprint tech named Tom Deaver has posted in the past that the HTC Arrive does not support tethering aka phone-as-modem and therefore will not be getting that enabled anytime soon. Obviously, this was false but it was posted way back in November.
Today, two curious things happened though:
Tom Deaver edited his post today and crossed out the "does not support" section
He wrote a new post which simply said "Re: ICS/Hotspot/Tethering? We appreciate your feedback. Stay tuned to the Arrives' forum for any updates to a software maintenance release."
We agree with reader Todd M. who forwarded us the thread at Sprint--this does seem curious. Why would Tom both edit his post from November and add that note about a "software maintenance release"? Could the Sprint Arrive be on the verge of an update? Perhaps, but we're about 50/50 on the matter at this point. Tom could also just be revisiting old topics and giving the old company line. After all, he did leave in the part that says "Sprint will not offer a phone as modem option or tethering for this device." (We should also point out that Sprint TV & Movies app was just updated too.). Guess we'll just have to wait and see.
The above advert is something special and unique. While 80% of the commercial features a similar presentation of the Lumia 800, which recently launched in the country, the first few seconds is an interesting introduction. The start of the advert is integrated into a popular Swedish station's logo and kicks off at the start of commercial breaks. Sweden has also witnessed a more festive 800 advert being aired.
It's been a chilly week for the majority with temperatures dropping well below freezing, so sit back and enjoy your hot beverage while we run through what happened in the week for Windows Phone. We've been joined by keyboardP, developing power behind Air Pick Voice, for an insightful interview. Our community has been hard at work discussing sales representatives when purchasing Windows Phones.
If you're still attempting to shake the amount of food that was consumed over the festive period, you'll be pleased to learn that February is Mobile Nations Fitness Month! Head on past the break for the weekly recap.
We've been talking about Sonic Jewels 7 for awhile now. The SEGA Master System and Game Gear emulator fetches for $1.29 in the Marketplace and features the ability to load ROMs via URL or Skydrive. The emulator itself is exceptionally well designed but it was lacking one major feature: sound.
Now with the latest upcoming update (version 1.2) the dev has completed the sound-emulation aspect (no easy task) and we've managed to get an early look.
So far it has performed very well for us and our HTC TITAN (1.5GHz CPU). We have been able to max out the frame rate with sound and have seen no degradation in performance. Older devices may have some issues though which is why they can "skip" frames via the settings to help smooth out the graphics during gameplay.
Overall, the sound emulation really completes this experience and we look forward to the updated version hitting the Marketplace soon. For now, you can use the no-sound version here with a trial.
[And to fend off criticism on our earlier editorial, we want make it clear we're not against emulators per se on WPCentral, just against people selling other people's software which is what Rivera was talking about here]
Occasional Gamer has released its 15th Windows Phone game, Paradox Exit. The story line goes that you play the role of Toby who becomes a little too curious about that big red button marked "Do Not Press". Curiosity gets the best of Toby and when he presses the button he is transported to a maze of boxes drifting in space.
Within the series of boxes you will find warp gates that Toby hopes will eventually send him home. The game features over fifty monsters and flying creature to battle. As you defeat the monsters and destroy boxes, you can earn cash to purchase upgrades for your attributes and equipment.
Movement around the maze of boxes is done by tapping/holding the screen to pull up a virtual joystick. At the bottom of the game screen you have your vital statistics (health and cash), your weapons and a map of the current level of boxes. You have a jet pack that lets you move vertical but it has limited energy that requires a little down time to replenish. Your progress within Paradox Exit is saved as you exit allowing you to pick things up where you left them.
In the short time I've spent playing Paradox Exit I found it to be a challenging, entertaining, somewhat addictive game. Elbert Perez, the developer behind Occasional Gamer, said this was his most ambitious game to date and his efforts have definitely paid off.
Paradox Exit is a free, ad supported game. You can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace and after the break catch a video demo of the game.