2 years ago
Windows Phone Game Review: Lazy Town Airship Challenge
Here's a short take on a Windows Phone game with a lengthy title. Lazy Town Airship Challenge (or Airship Challenge for short) is an arcade styled game for your Windows Phone that has you flying the friendly skies, shooting down fruit (referred to as sports candy in the game).
You have six cartoon characters to choose from ranging from Sportacus to Ziggy and three gaming levels. The higher the level, the faster the game's pace. The game screen for Airship Challenge is the view from your airplane's cockpit. Your current score and the most recent piece of fruit blasted from the sky is in the upper left corner, your power level is to the upper right, and your game timer to the lower right.
You pilot the airplane with your Windows Phone's tilt sensors and fire your airplanes weapon by tapping the red button on the planes yoke/joy stick/handle bars. Fruit will begin falling from the skies and you simply shoot as many as you can before time runs out.
There are a few dangers involved with Airship Challenge. Occasionally bombs will drop from the sky and if you hit one, you lose a little of your power. Hit enough to run out of power and the games over.
For the most part, Airship Challenge is a cute game for your Windows Phone that your kids will probably enjoy more than you will. The fire controls are in an awkward location and the cockpit view a little cluttered. The graphics are nice but with the help, mute and pause buttons on the game screen it feels a little cramped. I would have rather seen the Windows Phone Back Button pause the game and pull up the help and settings menu. Airship Challenge isn't necessarily a bad game it just lacks that intangible quality that pulls you into a game. Maybe levels where you have to achieve a certain score?
Again, Airship isn't a bad game it just might not appeal to everyone. Lazy Town Airship Challenge is a free game for your Windows Phone and you can grab it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
2 years ago
Nokia granted patent for new Windows Phone design, matches leak from 2011
Nokia was reacently granted a patent (D655,698) with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in early March for a new smartphone "ornamental" design . What makes the filing interesting though is that it seemingly matches what appears to be prototypes from a supposed Nokia promotional video leaked last August (see stills below).
At the time, that video and phones shown within, were thought to be fake but alas, they happen to look exactly like those now revealed in the granted patent. You want more? As pointed out by LiveSide.net, the day that promo video hit the internet, August 10th, was the same day that the patent was filed.
That certainly makes things a bit interesting.
No doubt Nokia has more deigns in the works for their new Windows Phone line up. The USPTO images clearly show the typical Windows Phone buttons on the right hand side: Volume, Power and camera, matching that of their Lumia 610, 800 and 900 devices (the 710 has power on the top). What remains to be seen, however, is whether this is low-end, mid-range or high-end device, assuming it ever gets made.
Watch the pulled Nokia promo video after the break...
Source: USPTO; via MyNokiaBlog, LiveSide.net, Nokiaport.de
2 years ago
Amazon Wireless now offering the Lumia 900 for a penny
You can add Amazon Wireless to the list of third party retailers offering the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 up for pre-order. While Wal-Mart is offering the new Windows Phone for $49.99, Amazon Wireless has it for a penny (new contracts).
The off-contract price is at $499.99 and upgrade price is at $119.99. All of which is a little surprising in that Amazon often has a slightly better deal than AT&T's retail stores. Not always but more times than not.
You do get free two day shipping from Amazon Wireless but there's no indication whether or not you'll receive the new Windows Phone on April 6th. Amazon Wireless is offering both the cyan and black models of the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 and this may be an option to consider should if you have an Amazon Gift Card that's collecting dust, we start to see supply issues or if you just feel like charging a penny to one of your major credit cards.
You can find Amazon Wireless's listing for the black Lumia 900 here and the cyan version over here.
2 years ago
Pre-Order the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 for free!
While the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 already has an attractive price tag, want to make it more attractive? There is a way to take an extra hundred bucks off the price tag.
Just follow this link and choose the "New to AT&T" button at the bottom of the screen. Choose your Nokia Lumia 900 (black or cyan), your voice plan and your data plan. When you're ready to check out, a discount of $100 will be applied to the $99 price tag. With free shipping the total due at check out, notta.
The savings isn't restricted to the Lumia 900 and might still be around when the HTC Titan II becomes available on April 8th. The deal is only available for new accounts and you can't escape the $36 activation fee (it will be applied to your first bill). And while we all will groan at the increased activation fee, it is a small price to pay for a free Lumia 900.
Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!
2 years ago
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2 years ago
Pre-order the Lumia 900 from Walmart for just $49.99
AT&T has switched on Lumia 900 pre-orders on their website store, and is offering the 4G Windows Phone for $99 on contract. Should you wish to be aware of another enticing deal, Walmart has the same Lumia 900 listed for just $49.99 (with a 2-year plan), saving $50 on top of the AT&T price. Available to pre-order in both black and cyan, Windows Phone Daily reports that this offer is also eligible for those who seek upgrades.
Interestingly, buying the Lumia 900 outright will set the purchaser back by $499.99--$50 more than AT&T. Should you desire the white version, do note that we expect this version to be available on April 22nd and only in-store at AT&T outlets.
Source: Walmart (black, cyan), via: Windows Phone Daily
2 years ago
AT&T Online Pre-order for the Nokia Lumia 900 now live
Although it took some time for AT&T to hit the refresh button on their site, we're happy to report you can now officially pre-order the Nokia Lumia 900 online.
That's right, in theory you won't have to actually talk to a human being to order the latest and greatest from the 'Ma Bell and their Finnish partners. Selling for $449.99 off-contract or $99 with one, the Lumia 900 is a good deal which ever way you purchase. What's more, we're told if you order soon you can get the phone by April 6th, a full two days before the stores will sell 'em to everyone else.
The 4.3" device with an AMOLED screen, 8MP camera (1MP front), 16GB of storage and 4G LTE is available in Cyan and Matte Black for now. For those who want the Glossy White, you'll have to wait till April 22nd and we're told only in-store purchases for that version.
To start your preorder, simply go to AT&T's site here.
2 years ago
Official Plex Mobile Media Player release imminent for Windows Phone
For those of you with Home Theater PC setups that use Plex Media Center for software, you'll be excited to know that the company is about to release their Mobile app for Windows Phone.
Plex (see site) is a very popular software package that includes a server and PC software for viewing your movies, music and photos wherever, whenever. It's also available on iOS, Mac, the iPhone, iPad and Android devices, making it a fairly robust option for those with families and gigs of hardware space for storing their media. On top of that, the volunteer developer community around the project ensures that services like Hulu, Netflix and other sites get supported via plugins.
Evidently, the company has been working on a client for Windows Phone for sometime as it has already been submitted to the Marketplace and is waiting for approval. In a newly created sub-forum on their site for Windows Phone, both a Plex developer and Plex blogger Elan both chimed in on the matter:
"You should take a forum being created for it as a good sign"
"The app has been approved by Microsoft, and we're in the process of making it live in the store! "
So now all there is left to do is wait until the app shows up in the Marketplace, which could take a few days. The app should have the same functionality as the iOS and Android variants, giving users the ability to stream all their media on the go with a slick interface. We'll keep you posted.
Take a peek after the break to see the iPhone version in action. Needless to say, it's a nice app...
Source: Plex Forums; Thanks, Sean M., for the heads up!
2 years ago
Pre-orders for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900, any success?
Update 2:30PM EST: Online orders are now live
The highly anticipated Nokia Lumia 900 is due to hit store shelves over at AT&T on April 9th (unless your local store is open on Easter and it will be the 8th) and was slated to be available for pre-order today. But in looking at AT&T's website and reading comments in the WPCentral forums, online pre-ordering isn't an option right now.
We have read of success stories from those who pre-ordered in stores and by calling AT&T's Customer Service (1-888-333-6651). But even then the pre-ordering wasn't as smooth as expected.
WPCentral reader ganks was told the estimated arrival date for the Lumia 900 was 2-3 weeks but then received a confirmation email stating the Lumia 900 would ship in 3-5 days. outofelement shared via the WPCentral Tip Line that he was told by AT&T Customer Service that pre-ordering was only available in-store. Finally, with regards to online pre-orders, tjwheels was informed by AT&T Premiere Service that online pre-ordering would be available after 3pm today (CST?).
I called the local AT&T store to get a feel for the local conditions. While the AT&T Sales Rep had to be reminded that AT&T was carrying the Lumia 900, he found it in the computer and said delivery was expected on April 9th for in-store pick-up. I asked about home delivery and he wasn't sure if it would arrive sooner or later than in-store pick-up.
While it may not be the smoothest pre-order campaign around, it does appear that readers have successfully pre-ordered their AT&T Lumia 900. Most of the success has come from in-store orders and if we get any information on online pre-orders, we'll pass it on.
In the meantime, feel free to share you Lumia 900 pre-order experiences in the comments.
2 years ago
Pinsation for Windows Phone updated: now available outside the US
Pinsation, a Pinterest client for Windows Phone, has recently been updated and is now available in Marketplaces outside the U.S. Pinsation enables the user, once logged into their Pinterest account, to upload pins, re-pin, like pins, create boards, delete pins, comment on pins, and more.
Although Pinsation was released to the U.S. marketplace only, Windows Phone owners (and those with Pinterest accounts) who reside in Europe (and the UK), Australia, Canada, and South America will now be able to download the app. As well as the increased market support, Pinsation received a number of improvements and bug fixes in versions 1.2 and 1.3:
Added about page
Added globalization support
Added Spanish and German languages
Redesigned user page
User page now shows about, location, and website
Autoloads more following items on home screen
You can download Pinsation from the Marketplace for free.
2 years ago
WPCentral 139: Nokia Lumia 900, AT&T controversy and SDKs
We're back this week with Jay Bennett, Rafael Rivera and Daniel Rubino to discuss AT&T's update plans, the impending release of the Lumia 900 and Titan II some developer news and more!
Get the full shot notes after the break along with the HD video if you want to watch...
2 years ago
Windows Phone Developer Challenge finds its way to Greece
The Department of Computer Science and Telecommunications of TEI of Larissa has announced another Windows Phone Developer Challenge, which will encourage students to get creative and produce some interesting apps for the mobile platform. Participants who submit three apps, that pass set requirements, and have them approved / published on the Windows Phone Marketplace will be rewarded with a free handset.
The department recently held a developer contest that put students up against one another to win one of two Lumia 800s available as prizes. The announced developer challenge will begin on April 1st, and all apps submitted by students to the Marketplace afterwards will be deemed eligible for the prize.
Source: TEI of Larissa; thanks sofoklis for the tip!
2 years ago
Sign up to the Microsoft Virtual Academy and you could win a Lumia 800 and a Ferrari for the weekend
Microsoft is giving away five Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phones and a voucher for a winner to experience a Ferrari for the weekend. The Microsoft Virtual Academy enables students (or those who wish to become IT professionals) to enter available tracks, choosing materials to study and expand knowledge about Microsoft cloud products, for free. Think of it as an e-college.
How does one have a chance of winning the prizes? Should you be a UK resident, simply enter the code "MVAUKREG" in the 'redeem code' field once signed up. Some important details surrounding the Ferrari that should be noted:
Only drivers aged 28-70 will be permitted to drive the car.
For drivers between ages 25 and 27, Winner will be offered an alternative supercar (subject to availability)
Drivers must have no more than 6 points on their license and hold a valid full UK or EU Driving license and have held such for at least 2 years
Only 300 miles may be driven over the course of the car hire
Fully comprehensive insurance for up to 2 named drivers will be provided
Car will be delivered and collected to and from the Microsoft offices in Reading or to and from Winner’s home, at Microsoft’s election
Runner-ups will receive one of five Lumia 800s. Not a bad incentive to learn, eh? Be sure to check the terms and conditions for more information.
Source: Microsoft Virtual Academy; thanks Gmotagi for the tip!
2 years ago
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2 years ago
Manufacturers requesting more options from Microsoft for OS customisation
Microsoft has supposedly been urged by supporting Taiwanese manufacturers to allow them to modify apps and the Windows Phone UI to better differentiate their handsets from OEM competition on the platform, according to a report by DigiTimes. We recommend taking this 'news' with a whole bowl of salt as they have a mixed track record e.g. their Huawei story was way off, but should the report be based on solid grounds HTC, Nokia and Samsung have seen flat sales in both China and the U.S.
We're aware that Nokia hasn't launched the AT&T Lumia 900 yet and Windows Phone is still extremely young in China so we're pretty skeptical about this report. It doesn't make sense that OEMs would start to suggest to Microsoft that more customisation should be allowed to improve sales as Nokia appears to be doing just fine with marketing campaigns running globally.
Manufacturers can't remain under the "Android Personalisation" craze as Windows Phone is an entirely different flavour of ice-cream. Canadian carriers Rogers and TELUS have also both stated they're pleased with how well the Lumia 710 and 800 are selling, and that the Nokia Windows Phones have hit expectations.
What do you guys think OEMs should do with Windows Phone? More marketing / promotion like Nokia, or should we be allowing them to personalise what they wish?
Source: DigiTimes, via: WMPU
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