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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: September 5-11, 2011

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3 years ago

AppFlow updated to 2.0 with new features

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A while back we took a quick look at AppFlow, which provides a new way to browse apps on the Marketplace. It has since been updated to version 2.0, which brings with it a number of features and improvements thanks to the amount of feedback accumulated.

So what's new?

The live tile supported by the app has been revamped with a new icon and the tile shows the total number of apps in the Marketplace, the daily featured app as well as the icons of the 50 newest apps approved. Categories used in the Marketplace are now accessible in AppFlow (entertainment, tools & productivity, etc.) and support has been added to include free, trial & paid and paid filters for search.

A noticeable improvement in the update is the speed of loading app icons and other content, which makes AppFlow much quicker than the Marketplace and other browsing apps, thanks to the download of all images in a single request. Local currencies are now displayed instead of the US dollar.

Some new lists have been added that include:

  • Best Live Tile Apps – "apps you’ll want to pin on your home screen"
  • David vs Goliath – "official apps of big brands and their unofficial counterparts"
  • Apps Gone Free – "apps that were paid but now are freely available"

You can download AppFlow (Zune link) from the Marketplace for free.

Thanks Akos for sharing this with us!

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3 years ago

SkyDrive to get unlimited storage

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SkyDrive to get unlimited storage

Here's some interesting news surrounding SkyDrive. The growing service has seen increased usage through Windows Phone, Office and soon-to-be apps for iOS and Android. Microsoft have been continuously pushing it to rival competitive storage solutions and are now reported to be planning unlimited storage.

Before we all lose our minds with the whole "OMGWTFBBQ?!" emotion, let's take a quick gander at the proposed storage features:

  • Unlimited storage space for all Office documents
  • Unlimited storage space for all photos
  • 25 GB of free storage for everything else

What's good? Unlimited storage for Office documentation and photos taken on our Windows Phone handsets, but unfortunately we'll have capped space for music and all other files. Still, 25GB worth of storage is more than what the average user requires. With apps for OS X, iOS and Android as well as native integration with Windows and WP I can see myself converting along with many more.

This may also confirm the integration of the 5GB "SkyDrive synced storage" for Windows Live Mesh with SkyDrive for devices added to accounts. We'll have to see when the roll out happens.

Source: LiveSide

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3 years ago

RWC 2011 - App Spotlight

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RWC 2011 - App Spotlight

Following the Rugby World Cup? Why not check out the official RWC 2011 app for Windows Phone? Featuring an interesting Metro design, the app allows users to access live commentary and coverage of matches, statistics and video highlights. The latest news and videos are also available for viewing to keep up-to-date. 

Fan Zone is presently available that enables the user to find out what events are upcoming in New Zealand. Detailed stadium information is accessible with history, matches and the layout including seating, facilities and ticket offices. Social sharing options are present throughout the app.

You can download RWC 2011 from the Marketplace for free.

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3 years ago

Perfect Scan now supports Google Docs and Dropbox

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Perfect Scan has been on the Windows Phone Marketplace since late June and the developers have been quit busy with the updates. We've seen an increase in email size (bumped to 20mb) and support for Dropbox and Google Documents.

The most recent updates have fixed bugs and glitches associated with email export and Dropbox crashes for non-US regional settings.

Sending a scanned document to either source is easy. Just swipe over to the DropBox or Google Doc page in the Export Menu, enter your email/password and done.  We liked Perfect Scan (here's our review) and adding Dropbox and Google Docs options to the export menu only improves things.

There is a trial version available for Perfect Scan to let you try before buying and the full version is running $2.99. You can find Perfect Scan here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Vote for Windows Phone for the IDEA 2011: People's Choice Award

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Love Windows Phone? Want it to go as far as a platform can go? You can now make a small difference by voting in the IDEA 2011: People's Choice Award, which Windows Phone is entered. simply tick the box and fire in your submission. This small act could prove to become invaluable positive coverage for the platform.

If you'd like to vote for Windows Phone to receive the award, head on over to the vote submission page.

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3 years ago

AdDuplex: a look at app capabilities

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AdDuplex: a look at app capabilities

A while ago Alan Mendelevich, Founder of AdDuplex, published an interesting article about apps in the Marketplace. Much like a previous Marketplace analysis by Justin Angel we take a look at a sample of available apps, but instead of looking at a Marketplace specific breakdown, Alan walks us through app capabilities.

In the image above (click the enlarge) you can see we have nine app capabilities illustrated by percentage of the 50 top apps taken in the Marketplace (July '11). To give a quick run-through, we have owner identity, location-based services, media library, web browser, phone identity, data connection, microphone, sensors and push notifications. As is to be expected, data connectivity is the most used capability within apps, but it's interesting to see owner identity and phone identity on 24% and 26% respectively.

Source: AdDuplex

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3 years ago

Sky News for Windows Phone now available

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Sky News for Windows Phone now available

BSkyB has released an app in the Marketplace that provides a new platform for news to be delivered to Windows Phone users. What makes this app so special is that you can stream the channel for free over WiFi and 3G within the app. There are a number of categories available including: UK news, world news, sport, business, politics and "Strange!".

Viewing videos within articles is also featured, which is a nice touch not having to go into the browser to hunt down videos on-topic. The app is well crafted and is quick and nimble. The live TV streaming is superb over both 3G and WiFi (ensure you check your allowance before heading out of WiFi coverage). But wait, there's more. Not only can you share articles via social media but you can send reports directly from the app to the newsroom. Pretty neat.

We've had word that our US buddies can't get their paws on this app, let us know in the comments should you not be able to download it. Head on over to the Marketplace to download Sky News for free (UK only). Thanks, Andy J., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Xbox Live Developer Interview - Ska Studios, makers of Z0MB1ES (on teh phone)

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We continue our Xbox Live Developer Interview series by speaking with James Silva of Ska Studios. James and his partner/fiancée Michelle Juett are currently finishing up the Windows Phone-exclusive collection Z0MB1ES (on teh phone). Join us as we hit them up for details on that game as well as their Xbox 360 brawler, Charlie Murder.

Head past the break for the full interview and exclusive Z0MB1ES (on teh phone) screenshots.

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3 years ago

New HTC Attentive Phone that integrates into Settings available [Mango]

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We noticed the other day on the HTC Radar and Titan that HTC moved their Attentive Phone from an app to within Settings--something that Samsung recently did with their GPS enhancer.

Now that same Attentive Phone is available for current HTC users as well (Mango only) by simply heading to the Marketplace. Interestingly, HTC now has two versions of Attentive Phone--the app and the settings version. The settings are the exact same as the app--so in that sense all this buys you is one less thing to clutter up your programs. We like the idea, so why not? Pick it up here in the Marketplace--but only for Mango HTC devices.

Thanks, @ogracia, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Pinball League: The Juggler moves to v1.3

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Pinball League: The Juggler has been updated to version 1.3 and with the update comes a slight price reduction. The Windows Phone pinball game (here's our review) is also adding vibration feedback in the settings to give the game a more realistic feel.

Along with vibration feedback and the typical under-the-hood tweaks to improve performance, Pinball League: The Juggler's table performance has improved and social integration with Facebook and Twitter. You can now share your thoughts after making a high score or just talk a little smack.

Pinball League: The Juggler still has a free trial version but the full version has dropped down to $1.49. You can download both here (opens Zune) over at the Marketplace. It is our understanding that a Mango version is in the works and will be released shortly.

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro sold out within 90 minutes in UK swarm

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The UK Dell Swarm for the Venue Pro has finished within 90 minutes of launch. The device was priced at £179.50 (about $285 US), a half price steep drop from the usual £359.00 and a reported 60 units were snapped up in an expected rush.  We saw a similiar price reduction on Dell's U.S. website some months ago.

Featuring a 4.1" AMOLED screen, bottom-sliding QWERTY keyboard and SD card compatibility, it's been a crowd favourite, regardless of the software issues.  It's a Windows Phone that grows on you.  

This could be a move by Dell to clear out inventory and get out of the Windows Phone market.  Hopefully, it's a move to clear the stock shelves to make room for a 2nd generation handset from Dell with FF camera and a smarter rear camera? One can only dream.

Source: Dell Swarm, via: WMPU

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3 years ago

NFL Live Tile - Mango App Spotlight

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NFL Live Tile is a novelty app that just hit the Windows Phone Marketplace. It is a Mango app, so you'll need your Windows Phone updated, and allows you to display a little team pride on your Start Screen.

NFL Live Tile creates a tile on your Start Screen designed around your favorite NFL team logo. The tile is "live" in the it is double sided and flips every few seconds. You do have the ability to add text to the either side of the tile (e.g. Go Team, Packers Rule, Falcons Rule, etc).

It would be nice if the tile would update with your team's scores or display the next game on the schedule automatically. Another thing to remember about NFL Live Tile is that it won't save your text within the app. If you launch the app after creating a tile, the text fields will be blank. If you enter new text, you'll need to make sure your team logo is selected or you'll get a blank tile.

While NFL Live Tile feels like a work in progress, if you're looking for a way to add a little team spirit to your Start Screen, NFL Live Tile is worth a gander. It's a free app and if you're running Mango you can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

HTC Locations and Connected Media apps now in the Marketplace [Mango]

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HTC continues to roll out the news apps. Today they released two of them, the first up is Locations: "Save your favorite locations with photo, voice and note. Share your favorite locations to your friends"

The app is quite basic and is basically HTC's Footprints from their Sense days on Windows Mobile. In short, you launch it, it finds your location and then you take a photo. With that pic you can add a category, give it a title, address and add a voice memo. You can then share it via email or messaging. Pretty basic, but kind of cool. You can find that app here in the Marketplace. Mango only.

The second app is a little more robust. Connected Media, which we reported on earlier,  allows you to "View photos and play music on video stored on media servers. You can also send media from your device to networked media players, such as TVs or set top boxes"

Unfortunately, this app requires a newer phone like the Radar or Titan as our Arrive doesn't support DLNA, which is what this uses. C'est la vie. If you still want to try, pick it up here in the Marketplace.

Update: Links fixed

Thanks, @JohnnieXu, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft Taiwan launches interactive Metro site for Mango contest

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Yesterday we reported that Microsoft Taiwan may be getting ready to release Windows Phone Mango--either an update or new devices. Instead, it turns out to be a promotion...a pretty cool promotion at that. The site you see above is a bunch of Tiles with photos from Facebook users who've uploaded their pics to the site. In turn, they're entered in a contest to win a Mango phone, which we have to admit is pretty clever. It joins the unique KDDI/Facebook People Hub generator site we saw earlier.

Even more clever is how on the site you can grab the screen and scroll around. We even like how the tiles switch with sideways animation---which raises the question, could Microsoft add sideways tile animation to display even more info?

Take a look at the site: http://www.microsoft.com/taiwan/promo/wpmango/

Thanks, @JohnnieXu, for the tip and translation!

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