3 years ago
A new "official" Foursquare app is in the works for WP7
We reported earlier that '4th & Mayor' is now the default Foursquare app for Windows Phone. Technically, that is true, for now.
We just got word that in fact a new, official version of Foursquare is coming to Windows Phone and it's something other than '4th & Mayor' (which may be going open source, according to developer Jeff Wilcox). Not much can be said at this time nor any time frame, but here is the bit from Microsoft on ISVs:
...Over the last year, we have discovered and learned from many of you that Windows Phone 7 is a great leap for Microsoft. In the spirit of this, foursquare will soon unveil a new foursquare mobile app that will take advantage of some of the unique capabilities, features, and experience for Windows Phone 7.
Until then, we encourage you to explore a great foursquare application, built by a 3rd party developer, called 4th and Mayor. It includes rich functionality like photos, comments, new leaderboards, the Explore feature! Download it today by visiting https://foursquare.com/apps/ and clicking on the Windows Phone logo in the upper right corner of the page.
Keep up the enthusiasm, keep up the dedication, and we will continue to keep you posted as we continue to develop the new official foursquare mobile app for Windows Phone 7.
So it sounds like they're building it from the ground-up and are really looking to leverage the unique abilities of Windows Phone to make this new Foursquare app truly impressive. Question is, the bar is set so high with '4th & Mayor'--can they really improve upon it?
Source: Microsoft on ISVs (Blog); Thanks, Russell Clark, for the heads up
3 years ago
The Weather Channel gets a facelift
The Weather Channel app for Windows Phone 7 was updated today and recieved a major facelift. Along with a graphic wallpaper that reflects current conditions, the update brings Facebook and Email sharing to the app.
Version 1.4.0 has a cleaner appearance and load times appear to be improved as well. The App continues to provide access to mobile versions of the Weather Channel's Severe Weather Center and weather videos but the updated version drops the traffic cam access.
Locations can be entered by keyword, zip code or by using your Windows Phone's location services. The Weather Channel App still has a Live Tile and an animated radar with several display layers to choose from. You still have that pesky ad banner up top but hey... it's a free app.
You can find your copy of The Weather Channel app here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace. Thanks, Dave, for the heads up!
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3 years ago
4th & Mayor is now the Official Foursquare App for WP7
4th & Mayor, arguably the finest looking application available on the Windows Phone Marketplace, has now evidently become the official offering for Foursquare users. The official app lacked what this alternative offered (in terms of functionality and design) and while it was experiencing difficulties with user login, Jeff Wilcox (developer of the 4th & Mayor app) stole the show. The Foursquare team have now removed the official solution, redirecting the Zune app link to 4th & Mayor. [From what we've learned, Microsoft actually developed the official Foursquare app and since Wilcox works for Microsoft, they have a license over his app, allowing them to switch horses, midstream. -dpr]
Should you not use this fantastic Foursquare app, we strongly recommend you give it a go, even if you prefer not to provide stalkers with the exact location you're presently situated at. What gives this news a rather humourous twist is how Jeff wasn't aware of the acknowledgement for his hard work--obviously a casualty of the Microsoft bureaucracy. A welcomed surprise for Wilcox, no doubt.
Oh and Wilcox is busy working on an update to 4th & Mayor, so expect that sooner than later.
Update: See this post for more information regarding a new Foursquare app coming soon.
Source: Russel Clark, via: WPSauce
3 years ago
'Walsh Fix' Being Approved by Microsoft, Brandon Explains the Problem
Chevron have posted on their Twitter account that a fix from Chris Walsh is being validated by Microsoft to see to the problems that have arisen from unofficially updating handsets to NoDo.
We recently looked at how the Chevronwp7.updater has caused issues for many users attempting to receive the May security update, hopefully once this fix is approved by the Windows Phone team, we should see some positive results without having to re-flash devices.
In addition, there has been a new article posted on the Windows Phone developer blog. Brandon Watson explains why the unofficial tool may have a negative impact on Windows Phones by putting them in a changed state, as opposed to an updated state (if looking at the devices as state machines).
When we test our update process, we test against a known state machine. Further, as a health protection mechanism, the phone will always try to recover from an error state (as in an incomplete update), and will begin doing things to solve for the fact that it is in an unknown state. This is the reason why phones started downloading OEM updates after forcing the update via this unofficial tool. It’s also the reason why people who used the unofficial tool to get to 7390 reported that their phones later updated to 7390 via the Zune PC software. The state machine looked more like pre-7390 than it did 7390. However, because of the existence of some of the 7390 bits on the phone, and the fact that the 7390 update process was not intended to run against this a priori unknown state machine, the result was an incomplete 7390 update.
If you have a phone that was updated using this unofficial tool, and you attempt to update to 7392 from the Zune software, you will get the error code 80180048. Zune is the only official way to update the operating system on the phones.
So, good news for you guys who are experiencing the 80180048 error when attempting to receive the May security update. It should be noted that the Chevron team are working on this fix and are taking responsibility off their own backs, which deserves much appraisal. The Windows Phone team are busy working on Mango among other workings which the unsupported tool is not apart of.
Source: Chevron and Windows Phone blog
3 years ago
Xbox 360 indie puzzler Murphid now available on Windows Phone
Square Off isn’t the only Xbox 360 indie game launching on Windows Phone today. Decapod Studios’ Murphid has just debuted as well.
Murphid is a match-3 puzzle game with a twist. In games like Castlevania Puzzle, pieces fall from the top and players must quickly rotate and drop them into place. But in Murphid, the player’s piece is fixed at the top of the screen and doesn’t drop on its own. Players can either aim and send the piece straight down or swap it out with the next piece – no rotating here. Lining up three pieces of the same color causes them to disappear, often creating satisfying chean reactions. Since pieces don’t fall automatically, pressure in Murphid comes from the stack of blocks at the bottom of the screen’s constant rise.
Decapod’s puzzler boasts several modes - including a full campaign, as well as in-game Awards that function like Achievements. I’ve spent some time with the Xbox 360 version and look forward to taking the mobile version for a swing.
Murphid only costs $.99 and there is a free trial. Grab it here on the Marketplace.
Head past the jump for Murphid’s full announcement press release and feature list.
3 years ago
Race and Battle - RC Cars with attitude
A Trillion Games has launched a rather fun looking race game over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Race and Battle has RC cars armed with rockets that battle on a miniature race track.
The 3D graphics look impressive and you can battle against the phone or a friend (two players on one Windows Phone). You control your race car by a tiny RC Controller that sits in the bottom corner of the screen. Tapping and holding the controller gets your car moving and by wiggling your finger on the controller, you control steering. Rockets are fired at your opponent by double tapping the screen. The controls take about a lap or two around the track to get used to. I can imagine the two player mode gets rather cramped.
Nonetheless, in the short time we've tinkered with Race and Battle, we found it to be a fun game to pass the time with. There is a free trial available to let you try before you buy and the full version runs $.99. Both can be downloaded here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Guitar Hero 5 is this week's Xbox Live Deal of the Week
Last week, super tough Earthworm Jim was the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. This week’s sale game is much easier. It’s Guitar Hero 5 from Glu Mobile and Activison.
On consoles, Guitar Hero has long been outdone by the excellent Rock Band series. Activision, Guitar Hero’s publisher, even made it a point to run the ‘Hero series into the ground by releasing numerous sequels and spin-offs every year. Bad mistakes, Activision’s made a few. But hey, Guitar Hero 5 is the only Xbox Live music game on Windows Phone. It’s committed no crimes. Plus it’s actually decent, with 32 songs from artists like Blink 182, David Bowie, and Garbage, and easy Achievements.
Guitar Hero 5 is on sale for $4.99 (the price it always should have been), down from $6.99. There is of course a free trial. Get your rock on here (Zune link) in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Nodo OneNote Bug?
The Windows Phone Nodo Update may have created a image scaling bug with OneNote. Images look clean and crisp when viewed from a computer but after being synced to OneNote, the note becomes distorted, washed out and pixelated.
It was first suspected that the problem could be an optimization issue to save network traffic but when the notes were emailed and opened via computer, they looked fine.
To those who have updated their Windows Phone with NoDo, have you seen image scaling problems with OneNote? To test this, simply "print" any document or web page with text to your OneNote notebook that is synced to your Windows Phone. Sync and open the note on the phone and zoom in on the image. Are your results similar to what's displayed above?
3 years ago
Problems Updating to 7392 with "Walshed" Devices
Seems there is more trouble in store for those who forced the NoDo update with Chris Walsh's work around with the May security update, but there's a 'simple fix' that's going to be provided by Chris himself. Some users are reporting success while others are being hit by errors (80180048 included) and there's currently no information available as to what the problem is and how the 'simple fix' is implemented without re-flashing.
If you're having issues updating on a "Walshed" handset, be sure to comment on his blog post to let him know, comment below to inform us and stay tuned for the solution. Does this remind anyone of the whole discussion surrounding NoDo and the Chevron Updater?
Source: Chris Walsh
3 years ago
Pangea's Enigmo is now available on Xbox Live. Cro-Mag rally coming too!
After three weeks of Game Room releases, we finally have a modern game for this week’s Xbox Live title. Enigmo, from Austin-based developers Pangea Soft and Chaotic Moon Studios (makers of The Revenants, see review), has now made the jump from iPhone and Windows Mobile to Windows Phone 7.
Enigmo features 50 levels of physics-based puzzles. The goal is always to force one or more liquids (water, etc.) into their matching receptacles. Players have a limited number of gadgets at their disposal to reflect and filter fluids in the right direction. Enigmo’s realistic physics are brought to life with some very clean 3D graphics. You’ll find more details and a list of Enigmo’s Xbox Live Achievements here.
Enigmo costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Grab the enigmatic puzzler here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.
But wait, there’s more! We’ve also learned that Pangea Software’s Cro-Mag Rally is coming to Xbox Live for Windows Phone. Indie developer Citizen 12 is very secretively handling the port. Yet we do know that Cro-Mag Rally is a caveman-themed kart racing game with 9 tracks and 11 drivable vehicles. Windows Phone needs a kart racer, so let’s hope it races to market soon.
3 years ago
Early look at file:recon download manager for WHS11 and Windows Phone
For those itching to take advantage of your Windows Home Server 2011 (aka 'Vail'), especially for add-ins like that cool Service Transfer Manager by Christof Rakowski, you'll be excited about this forthcoming app for your Windows Phone. [See our earlier coverage of Vail & Windows Phone compatibility]
First about Service Transfer Manager:
Server Transfer Manager is an automatic download client for Vail (Windows Home Server 2011), allowing the scheduling of uploads and downloads to the server from websites and FTP servers. The add-in will also be compatible with the forthcoming Windows Phone Server Transfer Manager which allows downloads to be controlled from a Windows Phone 7 device.
See where this is going? Pixel Valley has created an app for Windows Phone 7 called file:recon that serves as an interface for STM:
Simply put file:recon gives you control over all the features of the server addin. It's the power of the WHS 2011 Server Transfer-Manager on the palm of your hand. Wherever you might be.
- adding new up-/downloads with full html/ftp/filehoster support (filehosters will we added one by one)
- editing transfers
- schedule transfers
Sa-weet. The app is still in early design phase (and WHS 2011 was just released a few weeks ago) but Pixel Valley is aiming for a June release. We'll keep an eye out. See also our coverage of 'WHS Phone', available now, that allows streaming between your phone and server.
Source: Pixel Valley; via We Got Served; Thanks, HD7guy, for the tip!
3 years ago
Square Off is now On... the Marketplace
Back in March we announced that Square Off, Gnomic Studios' popular indie game for Xbox 360, was coming to Windows Phone. We wouldn't lie to you. Just two months later, the game is now available on the Marketplace.
Square Off is a twin-stick shooter (now without physical sticks). Players take control of a Square Avenger who straps on a jetpack, a gun, and a smile in order to save the earth from alien invasion. Square Off has seven levels and a tutorial level. After each stage ends, the player can choose to Fight On and tackle endless waves of enemies until the Square Avenger is finally overwhelmed. The game features impressive 2.5D graphics in which 2D cartoon characters battle in front of detailed 3D backgrounds.
We’ve already put both console and mobile versions of Square Off through their paces. Check back this afternoon for our full Windows Phone review.
Square Off costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. If you agree it’s hip to be square, grab it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.
Note: Daniel Rubino here, been playing this for a week--you'll definitely want to try it. Soo cool.
3 years ago
Microsoft details NoDo-update issues on Samung Focus, Omnia 7
The Windows Phone Blog has been updated again to give details on a few lingering issues users may be facing, the HTC Surround NoDo update and Deutsche Telekom (which we covered yesterday).
For Omnia 7 issues regarding the NoDo update, Microsoft has this to say:
As some of you know, we recently halted delivery of updates to Samsung Omnia 7s after learning of a technical issue that required a new update software package. The new package is nearly ready, and we’re eager to resume updates to this model. Once I have a start date, I’ll let you know.
So a fix is in the works but you'll still have to stand by for a little while.
The other problem that has popped up is in regards to the Samsung Focus--though it seems much more rare. As it turns out, there are two hardware versions: REV1.3 and REV1.4. The latter, v1.4 has different memory modules on board (evidently due to high demand, Samsung had to switch components) and it's causing a minor conflict with the update:
To accommodate high demand for the Focus last year, two separate sources of flash memory components were required during manufacturing. Focus models are identical in all other ways. Most Focus owners are receiving our updates. But some customers with handsets containing the alternative memory component aren’t. We’re now working closely with Samsung and AT&T to test and deliver an update for this group. As soon as I have more specifics, I’ll let you know.
So that too, is in the works.
Finally, Microsoft talks about the 7392 update, which we reported earlier today. They stand by the fact that there's nothing to new to see here except for the SSL security updates. This is contra Chris Walsh who insists that there are a bunch of files on board that are post-7390. These files could represent some minor bug fixes or maybe they're just updated builds for whatever reason.
Of more interest is the fact that carriers can block this update, meaning some of us won't get the update till some off-in-the-future update: "If you’ve already installed the March update, you’ll receive 7392 as a standalone download or bundled with a future update."
The good news to take away though is Microsoft is successfully pushing out another update, seemingly on time too. Perhaps it's a sign of things to come?
Source: Windows Phone Blog; Microsoft Support Forum
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