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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: August 29-4, 2011

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It's another weekend over so here's your Windows Phone summary. This week we've had the Mobile Nations Monday brief, Mobile Nations podcast, WPCentral Podcast episode 124 and a developer interview with Ronny Gydar of Trine's Hangman. Our Dave Blake has also compiled the top discussions happening over at our forum.

We were at HTC event in London on Thursday, check out our summary, our hands on videos of the Radar and Titan, special episode 124.5 of the WPCentral Podcast and the official product pages. Check out the rest of the summary after the quick break.

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3 years ago

HTC Radar appears on the radar

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HTC Radar appears on the radar

We've seen ads for the HTC Titan and Radar over at Amazon.com's UK site and now we are seeing the HTC Radar make an appearance on the UK mobile phone site, IntoMobilePhones. While there isn't an out of contract price listed for the Radar, the monthly rental is running 26.88 Pounds (about $44 U.S.). The out of contract price, while not listed, has been reported to be $568 U.S on the Amazon.com listing.

The interesting part of the advertisement is the availability date. The Radar is currently being offered as a pre-order with stock expected around September 20th.

If true, the Radar will be available long before the "first of October" date we heard at the London unveiling. There is a double asterix after the date which likely means "give or take a few weeks" just in case supplies are delayed.

source: intomobilephones  Thanks goes out to Ross for tipping us on this!

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3 years ago

Transhub lands down under in the Marketplace

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Transhub is a public transportation app for your Windows Phone designed to help you get around Sydney, Australia. Transhub delivers time schedules for buses, rails, and ferries to your Windows Phone and helps you plan your routes.

Key features include:

Multiple Journey Options: Transhub will provide multiple accurately planned journeys to resolve your public transportation emergencies (missed the bus, rails running late, etc.).

Complete, Accurate and Up-to-date Database: Transhub provides complete access to all of Sydney's public transport timetable information. The data is sourced from the official public transport website.

GPS Travel Tracking: With real-time GPS updates of your current location, you can follow the journey plan map that will indicate each stop along your travels.

Personalization: Transhub will allow you to save your favorite journeys, searches and locations to allow quick and easy access.

Transhub looks like a very useful app for those living and traveling to Sydney. There is a seven day trial version available for Transhub with the full version running $3.99. You can download Transhub here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Oh, WPCentral would like to extend a hearty congrats to Transhub for being awarded the 2011 Spotlight Award from Microsoft during the 2011 Tech.Ed Conference in Australia.

Thanks goes out to Alex for tipping us on this!

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3 years ago

Navigon for Windows Phone demoed at IFA 2011

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The other day we reported the news that NAVIGON is bringing their navigation app to the Windows Phone platform. Now we get to see a sneak peak of the NAVIGON app in action courtesy of the IFA 2011 consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany.

The app looks feature rich and just down right nice.  NAVIGON's features include on-board maps, spoken turn-by-turn directions, visual lane guidance, live traffic information, automatic rerouting, and Reality Scanner, which provides an instant and effortless way of identifying nearby destinations while on foot.

Pricing for NAVIGON is being reported at $79.99 Euros (about $114). While the price may give you pause, in looking at the iPhone equivalent, NAVIGON for Europe runs $119 while NAVIGON for the US runs $49.99 with regional versions running $29.99. So the pricing point is in line with NAVIGON's other platforms.

No specifics on a release date beyond what we already know which is "later this year".

source: insomnia.gr via: wmpu

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3 years ago

Gchat Google Talk client for Mango phones now available

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One thing that is lacking on Microsoft's Windows Phone is some solid Google apps. Sure we have IM+, but not everyone is in love with that IM system nor the price. Gchat, which supports Google Talk and only Google Talk, is now available in the Marketplace for Mango enabled phones. And our first impression? It's pretty awesome. Here's why:

  • Push notifications for messages
  • Pinning any of your contacts as a secondary tile, with independent unread message count.
  • Off-the-record conversations, with special and delicate handling.

It's looks to be fast (app is

The app is free and looks to be ad free, so if you have a Mango phone and need Google Talk, you'll want to give it a shot as this looks very promising. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Mobilewares seeking beta testers for two new titles

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Mobilewares, an Australia based Windows Phone app publisher, are seeking beta testers for two upcoming titles. Word! and Jumble! are both free (ad-supported) word games that feature scoring and highscores, which is becoming the norm these days (look at Minesweeper and Trine's Hangman).

To register your interest and participate in the beta, head on over to WPDownUnder (link below) and fill in the application form - remember to use your Live ID for beta access via the Marketplace. 

Via: WPDownUnder

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3 years ago

Xbox Live Developer Interview: Microsoft Game Studios, makers of Beards & Beaks

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WPCentral’s Xbox Live Developer Interview series continues as we converse with Adam Isgreen of Microsoft Game Studios. Adam’s team developed Beards & Beaks, a Windows Phone-exclusive real-time strategy game. Check out our full review here. In the following interview, we’ll delve into a few of the game’s mysteries and reveal exclusive, never-before-seen concept art.

Step over the gnomes and head past the break for the full interview.

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3 years ago

More Metro UI on Android

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More Metro UI on Android

It seems with every post we publish here surrounding Metro UI on Android we're getting closer and closer to a fluent solution. It was only a few days ago when we covered the latest attempt to get the look of Windows Phone on an Android powered device. In the video above Arjoma92 walks us through his Motorola Defy that appears to resemble Microsoft's Windows Phone in more ways than one. The list of apps used are as follows:

While it looks relatively accurate, the smooth scrolling and snappy OS is not present, plus you can still see Android elements throughout the video, but it's a damn good attempt.

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3 years ago

Developer Interview: Ronny Gydar of Trine's Hangman

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If you're not fully aware as to who Ronny Gydar (and Gydar Industries) is you must be still hiding in that cave of yours as he's the brains (and developing power) behind Trine's Hangman, the popular leaderboard-supported hangman game for Windows Phone.

Head on past the break to read the superb answers Ronny provided us in the interview, it's truly worth the read. We'll also chuck in a few pics to show how his workstation at Gydar Industries has evolved through development.

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3 years ago

Android vs Windows Phone free apps - A case study: Part II

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A few weeks ago, we covered a single case study of one developer who released the same app on Android and Windows Phone: 'Mortal Kombat Tactics' by Neuralnet found here in the Marketplace.

The conclusion at the time was that Windows Phone was a better platform for developers to make money on (via ads) due to the fact that visibility is much higher than the Android Market. As a result, the developer brought in just $1.27 form Android in five days versus the $14.77 for the same time--that's a huge difference obviously.

But, would that advantage last? Luckily, Alex updated his post to show what thirty days in August would look like instead of just five:

  • Android revenue is $3.44 with an eCPM of $0.30 and a total of 11,606 Impressions
  • Windows Phone 7 revenue is $108.55 with an eCPM of $0.94 and a total of 114,920 Impressions.

We don't really need to point out how $3 is slightly less than $108 for Windows Phone, do we? Alex summarizes:

"The 30,000+ apps in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and 300,000+ apps in the Android Market are good numbers, but discovery is everything. Which gives a clear advantage to Windows Phone 7.

Once your app is on the "New" or "Just in" category is the best chance that your application can be seen by a lot of people, on Windows Phone 7 your app can be under the "New" category for a full day or two, three if you are lucky, but on Android is another subject all together because you can have 40 plus apps published at the same time yours is and that's your big chance to be seen by a lot of people."

Certainly food for thought for developers looking to pick a platform to work on. Like all things though, as Windows Phone's Marketplace grows, this advantage may dwindle, but as of right now it's looking pretty good.

Source: WP7DesignCorner

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3 years ago

vNesLight (NES emulator) now available in Beta 2

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It's been awhile since we covered NES emulators but it's nice to see one that is looking very promising: vNesLight by Nudua over at XDA. The latest version, beta 2, just became available and brings a ton of new changes (listed after the break).

As you can see above, we gave her the ol' college try and honestly? Not bad, not bad at all. We were able to enable sound (under options) which slowed it down a tad, but it was still nice to have. The controls, while sometimes in the way, were quite responsive and the overall framerate hovered just at or below 30 FPS. The ability to add your own ROMs seems easy enough and we're pretty psyched with this whole project. Of course, you'll need to side-load the XAP file, so only dev-unlocked phones need apply. Remember, Nudua is looking for user feedback and beta testers, so lend the man a hand and give him some feedback. Head to this thread for more info.

Full changelog after the jump...

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3 years ago

HTC Titan launching October 4th in the Netherlands

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As we get closer to October, we'll be hearing more and more about where and when HTC Titan with that massive 4.7" screen will be launching. In the latest case, it looks to be the Netherlands getting their hands on the device quite early on. Via the HTC Netherlands Facebook page, they were simply asked when was the release date and lo-behold readers were told October 4th:

Rashied Kamperveen asked: "Titan looks great! Date of release? My subscription ends soon."

HTC Netherlands responded: "‎@ Rashied 4th of October".

Seems pretty straight forward to us, so get your money saved folks as that bad boy can be yours, soon. Of course we should point out that this is probably the carrier-branded version and not unlocked.

Source: HTC Netherlands Facebook; Thanks, Sebastiaan den B., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Text Twist 2 free on PC for a week, Windows Phone version still in the works

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About a month ago, WPCentral broke the news that GameHouse’s TextTwist 2 would be coming to Windows Phone, along with four other GameHouse titles. TT2 - as I’ll call it this one time – is very much like the game of Boggle. Players receive a random selection of letters and attempt to spell as many words with those letters as possible. It’s good fun, I tells ya.

The mobile Xbox Live version of the second TextTwist (now I’ve gone and referred to it differently!) still doesn’t have a concrete release date. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try some letter twisting out right now. CNET is giving away the full version of the PC game (a $9.99 value) for free until Friday, September 9. All you have to do is sign up for the free offer and then you’ll receive a download link via email just moments later. And like most casual games, it’ll run on practically anything.

GameHouse’s Windows Phone games have been top-notch so far – Tiki Towers gets my vote for the best physics puzzler on the platform, and Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition and Doodle Jump both shine as well. We’ll let you know as soon as the Xbox Live version of Text Twist the second nears release. The PC version should help tide over word game fans till then.

CNET’s TextTwist 2 giveaway

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3 years ago

Toshiba TG01 Tsunagi with Windows Phone 7 in the house

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations 6: Size matters

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Mobile Nations 6: Size matters

Phil, Kevin, Derek, Dan, and Rene discuss why carriers keep getting in the way of our gadgets, how big a phone can get before it's a tablet, what does a $99 TouchPad fire sale means, will Windows 8 really be no compromises, the value of music lockers, and what does an Apple without Steve Jobs as CEO mean for the industry? This is Mobile Nations!

Agenda

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