3 years ago
Is AT&T dialing back 4G speeds on Windows Phones?
There's an interesting discussion going on in the WPCentral Forums concerning HSDPA speeds on the AT&T HTC Titan. Forum Member gtg465x is witnessing faster bandwidth speeds on Android based phone than his HTC Titan. Speeds of 2-3Mbps are being witnessed on the Titan while the Android phones are experiencing 3-4Mbps. In areas where there is advanced backhaul in place the Titan tests at 4Mbps while Android jumps to 8-10Mbps. Likewise, Rob41664 & jawesome are reporting faster speeds with the Focus S over their Titans. According to the discussion,
After extensive testing, I'm quite positive AT&T is artificially limiting network speed on their version of the Titan by limiting the HSDPA feature set to category 8. The phone hardware of course is able to support HSDPA category 10 features.
Turns out AT&T has a history of doing this, specifically with the LG Thrill, a "4G" phone set at category 8. People evidently bumped it to 10 and nearly doubled their data throughput. The theoretical maximum throughput for category 10 is 14.1Mbps. The theoretical maximum throughput of category 8 is 7.2Mbps.
So the question is: What is the HSDPA category of AT&T's Windows Phones? We can't actually know, because unlike Anroid, we can't see let alone alter that information. Still, we wanted to see if the Titan was slower than the Focus S.
Dan (NYC) and I (Alabama) both tested out AT&T Titans up against the Samsung Focus S and T-Mobile's HTC Radar (we don't have any Android's here). We both used Bandwidth for the testing and the tests were conducted indoors with the phone untouched during testing. Here's our test results (first number is download speeds, second is upload speeds).
2.29 / .91
2.39 / .57
2.18 / .46
3.73 / 1.01
2.06 / .84
2.34 / .54
2.46 / .42
3.86 / 1.10
2.23 / .88
2.45 / .78
2.63 / .47
4.33 / .47
From these results, we so no difference between the Focus S and the Titan--the main concern of the original forum thread. It might not have been a fair fight comparing the Radar with the AT&T Windows Phones but it is clear that AT&T's "4G" speeds pale in comparison to T-Mobiles--important if you're considering a new network. Moreover, it is obvious that AT&T "4G" Windows Phones don't really get very fast speeds, whatever their settings may be.
However, if Android devices are testing at 8-10Mbps, or even 4Mbps, could AT&T be dialing back bandwidth on Windows Phone in general with a lower HSDPA category? Or is it something else?
Thanks goes out to Tommy for tipping us on this!
3 years ago
Garmin StreetPilot on sale? Say it ain't so
Looking for a good navigation app for your Windows Phone? Do you want to save a few bucks? Take a look at the Garmin StreetPilot navigation app for your Windows Phone. We were just tipped that the price fell ten bucks from $39.99 to $29.99.
You may not have on-board maps as you do with Navigon but StreetPilot is an excellent navigation app within its own right (here's our review). There is a trial version available to let you try it before investing in the full version.
StreetPilot was recently updated to mango so you'll need to be running Windows Phone 7.5. You can find Garmin StreetPilot here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Thanks goes out to Dan for the tip!
3 years ago
Metrowe - keeping track of moochers
We like ingenious apps around here and Metrowe fits the bill nicely. It's an app to keep track of how much money you owe or are owed. But it's not a bill manager for credit cards or businesses, but rather a tool for keeping track of personal expenses with friends and colleagues. For instance, say you lend someone $20 or pick up dinner one night, you can enter that info in Metrowe for easy record keeping. Vice versa, you can add in money you owe others, including noting what it was for.
The app has contact-integration, meaning you can really personalize entries with no effort. It also has a Live Tile that keeps track of your net value (owed vs owes) and flips over to show you your latest entries. On top of each entry, it records a history of transactions for individuals and allows you to 1-touch email them as a reminder--once again, very slick.
The app is very well designed (lots of Metro), slick and pretty darn useful. We love the Live Tile and contact-integration as it really makes it feel native. But if we're going this far, perhaps the dev can add camera integration too--so you can photograph that dinner or drinks that you bought everyone, why not? Shoot, even location info would be a good addition too. Regardless, as is the app is quite good and we highly recommend.
It fetches for $1.29 in the Marketplace and has a free trial.
3 years ago
YuleTile: Bringing Holiday Spirit to the Marketplace
Need a boost to get you into the Christmas spirit? YuleTile is a collection of Holiday wallpapers and ringtones to give your Windows Phone that Christmas feel.
With each passing day, the YuleTile main page will fill with Christmas images and from the three-dot menu you can save the images to your Windows Phone and access daily Christmas ringtones. YuleTile also has a Live Tile that will count down the days until Christmas. The layout of the app is simple and interface for saving ringtones and wallpapers equally straight forward.
Yuletile does have a free trial with the full version running $.99. The developer, Mendzapp, is a student start-up app development business based in Sheffield, UK and has pledged that 10% of the profits on YuleTile will go towards a children's charity. YuleTile is a mango app and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
3 years ago
Mini Squadron escapes from the Bermuda Triangle, coming to Xbox Live soon
Remember Mini Squadron? It’s one of those Xbox Live games that was announced back in 2010 that still hasn't come out yet. We ran an exclusive preview of the Windows Phone version all the way back in April and yet the title never materialized. We’re proud to announce that changes this month, as Mini Squadron will finally launch on December 21!
A quick Mini Squadron refresher: the original game came from Supermono Studios. Fat Pebble handled the Windows Phone port, with Microsoft Studios acting as the publisher. Mini Squadron is a 2-dimensional aerial combat game. With over 60 unlockable aircraft (7 exclusive to Windows Phone) and 9 different maps (one exclusive), Mini Squadron will provide tons of plane-shooting fun.
Since we’ve already gone into detail about the gameplay and features, let’s check out the game’s soundtrack. Mini Squadron features ten midi remakes of classical tunes:
'Canon in D' - Pachelbel
'Fur Elise' - Beethoven
'La Toupie from Jeux D’Enfants' – Bizet
'Minuet' - Boccherini
'Moonlight Sonata, 1st Movement' - Beethoven
'Musette' – Bach
'Ride of the Valkyries' – Wagner
'Sugar Plum Fairy' - Tchaikovsky
'Symphony No. 40' - Mozart
'Waltz No. 8' – Tchaikovsky
Mini Squadron soars to Windows Phone on Wednesday, December 21 at the ground-level price of $2.99. It will not require Mango at launch, though a future update is likely.
3 years ago
Nokia Hong Kong creates a giant Windows Phone out of 550 Windows Phones
Hong Kong. The land of gadgets, bright lights and even brighter colors. They also know how to celebrate a phone's launch, specifically the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710. Announced about two weeks ago for the region and delivery by mid December, the Lumias look to take Hong Kong by storm.
As you can see in the photos above, Nokia still knows how to throw a party. And yes, that's a Voltron-esque giant Windows Phone created out of nearly 550 Nokia Phones (yeah, we did a quick count). In short, it is awesome.
The event was part of an electronic roadshow in Mong Kok in front of a Nokia Flagship store that is opening soon. They evidently had three sections setup: one for the backdrop, gaming, one for Windows Phone and one for general promotion. Perhaps more importantly, people could stop by and play with the phones to get a hands-on feel of the new devices or just get information (leaflets).
Very cool stuff and good to see Microsoft-Nokia going big there.
Source: We Love Windows Phone (Hong Kong)
3 years ago
Dell Venue Pro also getting 7740 update
While Dell gets (and deserves) much criticism for some aspects of the Dell Venue Pro, the unlocked version gets pretty decent update schedules. We were just told by reader Clifton Thomas that the DVP was getting 7740. Sure enough, we fired up our ol' trusty slider, plugged her in and 7740 was waiting for us. It does not, however, add tethering or fix the compass, so don't expect any surprises.
As previously noted, the 7740 OS update fixes an Exchange 2003 email and voicemail notification bug, alleviating two potentially large problems for people. The update is mostly dictated by OEMs (unlocked) and carriers at this point and US markets may be left out. It is unclear if AT&T branded Dell Venue Pros (who just received Mango) will be getting this update, let alone the T-Mobile version. If any of our readers are getting it on their branded DVPs, let us know in comments.
3 years ago
Telerik Whitepaper: Market your Windows Phone app [Developers]
Telerik, the company behind the RadControls developer tools and the Windows Phone Task app, have just published a whitepaper that will aid any developer who has recently submitted their Windows Phone app to the Marketplace. The free document runs through how to effectively present your application with a well designed landing page, upload YouTube videos (with some SEO tips), monitor the analytics, as well as covering some in-app tricks.
The 13 page whitepaper will help provide developers (who have no marketing experience) the knowledge to kick off promotion campaigns on the web that will drive in traffic, while optimising the app to reach full potential. Head on over to Telerik (source below) to check out the free resource.
3 years ago
Pill Box - App Spotlight
If you're on daily medication you know that at times it's hard to remember all the information (dosage, refill dates, pharmacy, etc.) on your meds. Pill Box is a Windows Phone app designed not only to help you remember everything from the medication name to the dosage to the refill information.
Pill Box's screens include a summary page for all your prescriptions, a page listing all your doctors and a page for listing all your pharmacy. If you've entered telephone numbers for a pharmacy or doctor, in tapping on the listing on the respective pages you have the option of calling that number.
Entering a prescription is simple. Just tap the "+" sign on the Pill Box page and you will have options to enter the following information.
Prescription Name, number and refill information.
Dosage and frequency details.
Doctor's name and contact number.
Pharmacy name and contact number.
You also have the options to view the prescription summary (listing all the above information) and lookup the drug information via Drugs.com.
The only thing missing is a reminder to take your prescriptions. Nonetheless, if you need to track numerous medications Pill Box is worth looking into. There is a trial version available with the full version of Pill Box running $.99.
You can download Pill Box here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
3 years ago
Magenta Nokia Lumia 800 coming soon to Orange FR
Looks like Orange is on the ball when it comes to colour variations of the Nokia Lumia 800 as they've now added the magenta model on their website. The only problem is this colour choice is "web exclusive" so customers will only be able to order it online and not have a test run in-store. This is an odd decision as surely a pink handset would attract folk into a store?
This falls in line with our release coverage where we stated that magenta shouldn't be too far behind cyan, should you be waiting for anything other than the usual black. We're looking forward to the magenta Lumia 800 rolling out across the UK too, hopefully more details will come to light soon.
Source: Orange FR
, via: Professeur Thibault
3 years ago
Wheel of Wealth soon to be bumped to 1.3
Wheel of Wealth, a popular Windows Phone turned-based interpretation of the TV show Wheel of Fortune, is soon to hit version 1.3 and will bring a number of improvements as well as squashing a horde of bugs. The release is currently being internally tested, and we should look to see it being submitted to the Marketplace soon. Here are the highlighted changes of the upcoming update:
New pass and play mode (Solo play mode).
Ability to enable notifications but disable toast.
General UI improvements.
Addition of sound effects.
Improved chat system.
New tile design.
Redesigned main menu.
You can download Wheel of Wealth from the Marketplace for free (ad supported).
3 years ago
Mehdoh Twitter app disappears from the Marketplace [Updated]
We're not exactly sure why but Mehdoh, the indie Twitter app that has quickly worked its way to the top, has vanished from the Marketplace. Doing a search for the app yields no results and following the app-link results in a message announcing that the app is no longer available. To make matters worse, the official Twitter address for Mehdoh has been deleted and from the developer's personal Twitter account, it notes that he's basically lost interest in developing Mehdoh, describing it as a chore:
Before we over-react, we need to remember indie devs are normal folks like us who have on-days and off-days, often dealing with life's stresses in addition to the problems of trying to run a small software business. But from the looks of it, Mehdoh was pulled by the developer and might not be coming back. That's a real shame as v1.5 became a really strong Twitter client with a great feature set and improved performance (yes, we use it regularly ourselves).
We just interviewed the developer of Mehdoh, Chris Fields, this past weekend and things seemed on the up and up, so we're a bit confused ourselves. We've reached out to Chris to hopefully get a better understanding of the situation.
Update: Well, call it odd timings, but the official @mehdoh Twitter page has been reactivated after being closed. There's also an explanation of sorts "For some reason, Mehdoh wasn't set as published on the marketplace. It is now. Sorry for the inconvenience.". We'll certainly welcome the non-return of Mehdoh, if true.
Thanks, Amir, for the heads up
3 years ago
Google Search comes around, offers pinnable tile for Windows Phone
Though we give Google a lot of flak around here, after all, their "apps" for Windows Phone are basically non-existent (save one lame one), we'll give credit where it is due. Evidently, if you go to Google.com in IE9 on Windows Phone, you get the above screens, part of their continuing "make over" for Windows Phone.
The first prompts you to pin Google Search to your start screen. When tapped, it opens a new "blue" page that is properly formatted to be pinned. You simply select "pin to start" in the menu and it creates a tile.
Sure, we want more from Google on Windows Phone, but you have to admit it's a creative use of the "pin to start" feature for our OS. Heck, we'd like to see more sites adopt this little trick for site promotions, why not?
Thanks, abond32, for the tip!
3 years ago
Nokia's Lumia 800 Facebook giveaway continues
A few weeks ago we mentioned that Nokia was holding a contest to give away five Lumia 800s. It looks as if Nokia isn't through giving away their Windows Phone because another giveaway contest has surfaced on Nokia's Facebook page.
This go around Nokia will be giving away nine Lumia 800 Windows Phones and nine more to your friends. That's what? 90 phones in all?
To enter go to Nokia's Facebook Page, "like" the contest and fill the on-screen People's Hub with your Facebook Friends. The contest ends on December 20, 2011 and winners will be notified by email. Oh and to increase your chances of winning, your friends can enter the contest and add you in their People's Hub as well. That way if they win, you win.
Good luck everyone!
3 years ago
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore confirms no Carrier IQ software on Windows Phones
Within the last few days, the Carrier IQ (CIQ) saga has really made headlines amongst the mobile market. The software, designed to collect data from users on their mobiles so carriers can better understand how phones are being used, has come across as sophisticated spyware. Or at the very least, caused serious concern amongst the security-conscious.
We wrote about in detail here and at the time speculated that Windows Phone was exempt due to the way the OS was designed, including how Microsoft controls its modification. We also asked ChevronWP7 member Rafael Rivera to do a quick security analysis of the Windows Phone OS and he found no evidence of Carrier IQ being on board, much as we suspected.
Today, corporate vice president and director of Windows Phone Program Management Joe Belfiore finally chimed in on the matter as well, seemingly putting the issue to rest: Windows Phones do not have any Carrier IQ software installed. While good news for our phones, this does leave Android and (old) iOS still exposed. Since the drama started, RIM, Nokia and Verizon have publicly stated that they do not have CIQ on any of their devices (see more at The Verge).
Now we can add Windows Phone to that list too and due to the backlash, we're betting it will stay that way.
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