So a few months ago we picked ourselves up a Kinect for our XBox 360. We then grabbed ourselves Ubisoft's awesome 'Your Shape: Fitness Evolved' game, which we'll admit, kicks our butt while making us believe that "OMG, we live in teh futures!1!" at the same time (seriously, Kinect is pretty amazing). Your Shape: Fitness Evolved also has an online component--you register for the site and you can upload, share, analyze and take with you your information from the Kinect game which is kind of neat.
Now, Ubisoft has gone ahead and read our minds by releasing an official Windows Phone 7 app.
"...the Your Shape mobile app allows you to keep in touch with your profile, check your stats, learn more about the game, get the latest news and videos". Even if you don't own the game, discover the breakthrough technology used by Your Shape, check out our videos and meet our experts!
And if you do already own the game, you can check your daily stats and profile, see your fitness level in an instant and discover our tips to help improve yourself everyday. More features to come!"
The app itself is very polished, smooth and fast. Sure, it doesn't work directly with Kinect (yet). Instead it uses Ubisoft's website as an intermediary. But for one, we know Kinect integration is coming down the line and two, we're just psyched that for once, Microsoft and Ubisoft saw the obvious market here: Kinect owners may own a Windows Phone and vice versa, or what marketing hacks call "synergy".
If you haven't yet seen what Your Shape: Fitness Evolved looks like after the break. Not only is it a great game and source of exercise, but you can get crazy Gamer Points as you burn calories (50G for burning 2,000, huzzah!). We like where this app is headed and look forward to these "More features". Pick up the app here in the Marketplace.
We all know Microsoft is embracing Metro UI on Xbox and the upcoming Windows 8--the question is what form will their iconographic, non-chrome UI take?
In a video posted on Microsoft's "Building Windows 8" blog, we can clearly see their newly designed Start Menu, which is completely flat/non-3D, uses our familiar Metro icons along with simple text using a high contrast color scheme. In addition, we see some type of gadget to the left displaying the time, date and various system stats.
Compared to the Start Menu on Windows 7, the new Metro-style Win 8 screen looks simple and elegant--exactly what we're expecting from Microsoft now on.
Yes, for some reason Microsoft in their wisdom of refining and streamlining IE9 in Windows Phone Mango, removed the "Find on Page" feature aka the ability to find text loaded on the HTML page you were viewing. Obviously this feature is quite useful, especially when trying to locate pertinent information on a lengthy and wordy site.
The good news is Microsoft has heard the complaints, of which we've heard quite a few too, and they do plan to bring back this lil' feature that could. Knowing that IE9 is technically upgradable independently of the OS, Microsoft could theoretically push it out along with some other IE9-updates if they wanted to, but to be honest, we're not holding our breath. Instead, this looks like we'll have to wait six months for "Tango" to hit in order to bring this back. Kind of a shame and hopefully Microsoft won't forget to brink this back.
We gave you a sneak-peek of Fuse RSS reader just a few days ago and now it's live in the Marketplace. The RSS reader really wowed us due to it's highly elegant UI, of which you currently have three choices in designs: Ribbon, Ipsum and Square. The app designer, Rudy Huyn, also let us know that two more themes will be rolling out soon as well.
Some of the main features are:
Three Applications In One - Fuse has three unique themes for three different user experiences. New themes are already under development and will be available soon for free - Ribbon : displays your feeds in the form of ribbons, for direct access to information - Ipsum : a clear and clean theme based on typography, use gestures to manipulate news - Square : a dynamic and unique theme. Retrieve your news on the move with an unique and visual experience.
Google Reader integration- If you have a Google Reader account, you can easily import your favorite feeds. You can also import your directories in two ways : - a virtual directory that will automatically synchronize with your Google reader account - an unified feeds consolidating all items into an unique feed. Finally, Fuse is the only RSS reader to respect the sort your feeds, change it in Google reader, Fuse will be automatically updated.
Work Offline - Fuse allows you to use the app even when there is no internet connection. All data and images are stored by the application so you can download feeds online and use those later when you are offline. You can navigate among groups, feeds, subscriptions and view articles in preview mode without connection.
Everyone loves mathematics. Everyone loves to be better than everyone else at mathematics, so here's NumberTap, the answer to this desire in your pocket. Object of the game? To answer numerical questions inside a time-limit, building up your score and moving up in the highscore leaderboard.
This title is courtesy of Luke Lowrey (the magic behind Phonealytics) and TBODA. It's a free, ad-supported, game that proves to be both highly addictive and entertaining. Fatures sported include:
Fast paced maths action
2-minute rounds identical across the world in real-time
Global leaderboards and stats tracking
Cool metro theme that matches your settings
If you're familiar with Phonealytics from Luke, then you'll notice immediately the incredible Metro UI look that's used throughout the game (which isn't by any means big in size or depth). The simplicity is refreshing and you'll be coming back for more with the longevity and competitiveness being tops.
The stable of Nokia Windows Phone numbers keep growing--we have the SeaRay (number unknown), the 800 and now the 703. The latest showed up on the app "I'm a WP7!" by Scott Peterson (v2.6 just passed certification), which collects user model data and he kindly aggregated for us.
Of course we still don't know if these are all separate models or just variants e.g. a CDMA version, etc. We're actually leaning towards the idea that these are all different models, seeing as they have completely different categories i.e. this isn't a Nokia 801 vs 803. Still, we don't want to be premature on the issue but Nokia may be getting read to hit us big with Windows Phones.
Speaking of, they are also allowing us to vote on what the new Nokia Windows Phone series should be called in the U.S. In a tweet from Chanse Arrington, Nokia Head of Developer Marketing, North America, he linked to a poll where you can choose from a select set of names for their new phones. The choices are
Suggest your own
So far, "Other" and "Suggest your own" are leading the pack, which doesn't bode well for the rest. Whether or not these names are binding remains to be seen, but kudos to Nokia to reaching out to the public for some interaction on the matter. You can vote right here: http://polldaddy.com/poll/5450687/
via: MyNokiaBlog, I'm a WP7! (App); Thanks, Just Visiting, for the heads up!
Here's an interesting app for your Windows Phone. Meeting Rooms is a utility that allows you to check the status of your company's meeting rooms and reserve them from your Windows Phone.
Setting up the app is a little on the hit/miss side but it appears that you'll need to configure the app to your company's server. Then you add the meeting rooms that are available for scheduling. From there it is a simple process of finding the date and time of your meeting and seeing what rooms are available.
It's a shame this app isn't compatible with the dry-erase board that I use to reserve conference rooms. But, if you have a meeting reservation system on your company's server, Meeting Rooms might give you an advantage in locking down that conference room.
Meeting Rooms is a free application that you can find here (opens Zune) over at the Marketplace.
Sheeds over at Windows Phone Down Under has developed a Windows Phone Return on Investment calculator to help developers on the financial end of app development. The calculator is used to estimate app revenue streams, for paid apps, based on a number of variables.
In a nutshell, the calculator takes into account your development costs, taxes and Microsoft's cut. Then based on different price points and monthly sales projections it will show you how many months it will take for you to break even. According to the calculator's description,
"The calculator is an Australian tool to help calculate U.S. and Australian taxes, Microsoft's revenue share and local developer costs to develop (time and money) in order to help the Windows Phone developer determine profitability and return on investment (breakeven) for various scenarios."
Naturally, there is a disclaimer to all this. The calculator is used to estimate your returns and there is no guarantee your monthly sales will match the projections used in the calculator. Still, it looks like a nice tool to bring the financial end of app development into focus.
You can download the Windows Phone 7 ROI Calculator here.
We ran that app on on Samsung Focus and as can be seen above, it works like a charm. Not so much on our Dell Venue Pro though. The app is free and ad-free too. We didn't yet try it on HTC only because they already have an official LED flashlight app. Grab it right here in the Marketplace. May only work on Mango devices, but let us know in comments.
Gears hit the Windows Phone Marketplace a short bit ago and if you like puzzle games, you've gotta check it out.
The game premise has you completing the connection between two gears and provide power to the bronze gear. Sounds simple but you have a limited number of various sized gears to work with and at times you are required to turn the bronze gear a certain way. To add to the challenge you have this pesky little thing called gravity that won't allow you to place your connecting gears just anywhere.
The game screen has your connecting gear inventory displayed at the bottom, a reset button and your current level. Once you accomplish connecting the two gears, you advance to the next level.
Gears has one hundred levels of play, with more on the way, and the only nit I can find with Gears is with how the levels are displayed. As is, the screen looks crowded and you need a magnifying glass to read the numbers.
Regardless, Gears is an entertaining, addictive, well presented game. Graphics are great, sound effects nice and the game ran smoothly.
There is a free trial version available for Gears that has the first twenty levels of play available. The full version of Gears will run you $1.99 and you can download either here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
This week we are talking about Mango, what’s there and more importantly what’s missing. It seems that the 500 improvements that are coming with Mango just aren’t enough. One of the biggest areas to improve upon are notifications. What are we missing? We have started a list, now tell us what you think should be done. Maybe you don’t think Mango will save Windows Phone. Are we doomed or are we just over-reacting because our personal favorite thing is missing from Mango? What will save Windows Phone? I know you have an opinion on this one, let’s hear it.
Along with the description of the phone (mobile phone, white) and price tag, there were also the customary product photos. Not really much to see here beyond what the product shots that were leaked last week revealed.
One of our readers last week toss out the idea the Omega was a bottom slider. While the oddly designed bottom of the phone could be a slide out keyboard, one would suspect the auction listing would highlight that feature. The listing does note that the Omega has 8GB of storage and one picture does give some credence to a front facing camera.
The phone looks alright but I'm not sure if the white/silver color pattern is a good thing or not.
gReadie is a Google Reader client for your Windows Phone. It's been recently updated and takes advantage of all the goodness Mango brings to the table.
For those not familiar with gReadie (pronounced greedy) the apps key features include:
Full sync with your Google Reader account
Full offline support to both read posts and perform actions on them (mark read, star, save
Live Tile with unread count and latest post title
Pin any feed or folder to your home screen, with it's own Live Tile
Download posts in the background when the phone is charging and on wifi to save your mobile bandwidth
Save posts to Read It Later, Instapaper or Pinboard with a single tap
Share posts with your linked social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Linked In or Windows Live) as well as via Email or SMS with bit.ly shortening
Grey on black "Low Contrast" mode and adjustable font size for easy reading
Full SSL encryption and oAuth login, supporting two-stop authentication without providing us your email address or password
Manage your subscriptions and folders from within gReadie, even when offline.
For those already running gReadie on a Nodo device, you're gonna have to wait (hopefully not for too long) because you'll need Mango to run the updated version. For those already running Mango, gReadie does have a trial version and the full version runs $1.49. You can find it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
The popular Windows Phone RSS reader, Wonder Reader, has been updated to version 2.0. The update makes the Windows Phone app compatible with Mango and includes these new features (for Mango devices):
Live Tile support: The tile will display an unread count up to 1,000 plus the latest headline and image on the back of the tile. The Wonder Reader tile is set to update every thirty minutes.
Pin feeds and categories for additional live tiles: Additional Live Tiles can be added to your Start Screen for your more frequently viewed feeds or categories. This feature is only available on the paid version.
Social Network Sharing: You can now share articles on Facebook, Twitter, Windows Live and LinkedIn.
The Wonder Reader update also supports Mango's fast app switching for instant resume. There is a fully functional trial version available for Wonder Reader (won't support the additional Live Tiles) and the paid version runs $1.99. You can find both here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.