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3 years ago

Official Groupon app is now available for WP7

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Official Groupon app is now available for WP7

We first noticed that Groupon had an official app for Windows Phone 7 way back in February during the Mobile World Congress. And about 2 months later, it's finally here:

Groupon features unbeatable deals each day on the best stuff to do in cities across the U.S. and Canada. With our Windows Phone 7 app you can buy deals, access your purchased Groupons, find the ones that are nearby, and redeem them electronically. Never print another Groupon!

The app is developed by Chaotic Moon Studios and looks excellent. Combined with SlickDeals and you have all your bargains covered. Our first impression is we really like the UI and design--very classy and Metro inspired. No sign of a Live Tile though in v1.0, just to be clear. You can grab the app right here, right now. Thanks, Manos P., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

According to Microsoft, 'Mango' is Windows Phone 7.5

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During the MIX11 sessions, we came across a slide that referred to the next update of Windows Phone i.e. 'Mango' as version 7.5. At the same time, the presenter played it off as a 'mistake' even though the slides are vetted before presentation.

Now, on the Microsoft Partner Network, we can see a new section trumpeting the new version of Windows Phone which they are clearly referring to as "Windows Phone OS 7.5". (Note: latest builds of the OS pin it at version 7.1, which means MS is still a bit off from having a completed Mango build--this makes sense being six months out).

Why is this interesting? Microsoft has been in a flux over what to call Windows Phone. For the last few years, it was Windows Mobile with the version number after it. Then came the general "Windows Phone" and we were told personally that they were moving away from the version number thing. Then came "Windows Phone 7 Series", later amended by removing "Series".

Now it looks like Microsoft is going down the road of 0.5 upgrades and labeling, calling Windows Phone 7 'Mango' version 7.5, which we guess is less odd than saying 'Mango' all the time. We'll see how this pans out by the fall as we wouldn't be shocked if they change it yet again.

Update: Brandon Watson is sticking with the "no version number has officially been announced" line.

Source: Microsoft Partner Network; Thanks, @Avi_Franchise, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Battery Meter for WP7 shows your percentage left [Homebrew]

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For those still rocking a dev unlocked Windows Phone (and who are paranoid about your battery), you may want to check out the cool little homebrew app 'Battery Meter'.

It's just a simple app (with a nice tile) that shows you how much battery life is left in percentage form. You launch it and there you are--no more mystery.

You can grab the app here and thanks to gkoonjul at XDA, for throwing it together.

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3 years ago

GoVoice hits 3.1 and Sprint begins to roll out Google Voice support

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Uses of GoVoice will pleased to know there is a new update live in the Marketplace. Version 3.1 brings quite a few nice fixes to the table:

  • Fix the crashes for some users
  • Fix the crash for sending long text messages
  • More performance improvements to Scrolling
  • A better Metro look

If you recall, GoVoice went completely free (and is still ad free) a few weeks ago, so there's little reason to try the app with it's push notifications/Live Tile support. Interestingly, the paid version's update was certified but it's not yet live in the Marketplace. That's okay though as you can just download the "Free" version and use that instead (there's no difference).

In related news, Sprint announced awhile back that they will be supporting direct usage of Google Voice on Sprint phones--meaning all numbers called from your Sprint phone can appear as your Google Voice account. Invites for the pre-release went out last night and the general rollout is expected to occur on April 26th. More info on that from Sprint here.

Source: Twitter (@GoVoiceApp)

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3 years ago

UX and perceived performance in WP7 apps [Video]

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The above video features Jobi Joy, UX Architect at IdentityMine (see our interview), who discusses some of the problems he was faced with (and overcame) while working on the popular (and highly successful) IMDB and Twitter apps for Windows Phone 7. What's interesting to note is the topics covered, which include "perceived performance" and how he put together the framework for panorama controls.

Source: Channel9

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3 years ago

IM+ preview pics go live

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IM+ preview pics go live

Even though a preview/beta released was suggested for April, we're fast approaching the end here with no sign of a pending release. But as a sign of good faith, Shape Services has gone and posted a few screenshots of their much anticipated IM+ instant messaging app.

Not too much can be gleaned in terms of features i.e. we don't know if it has a Live Tile/push notifications (though you would think that's a requirement for such an app), but the layout looks nice enough and it appears to embrace the Metro design, which is always nice.

Hopefully we'll be getting this in our hands sooner than later.

Source: IM+ Facebook; via WPSauce

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3 years ago

WP7 Developer Wiki [Developers]

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WP7 Developer Wiki [Developers]

Ever wanted to dive into coding for the Windows Phone 7 platform and needed a helping hand? Why not check out the WP7 wiki which targets experienced or newly acquainted Silverlight, WPF and WP7 developers? The wiki walks one through many sections covered, ranging from Silverlight controls to navigation and globalisation/localisation.

With the sheer number of resources publicly available today, it almost rivals iOS and many are arguing that WP7 has a more feature fluent process, which will be so should Xbox and WP7 come more integrated. Fancy looking through some quick pointers to refresh memory or receive aid in your "start out" phase of learning, head on over to the WP7Dev wiki for a gander. 

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3 years ago

Escaping Lava - App Spotlight

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Escaping Lava - App Spotlight

Escaping Lava is a jumper game of sorts for your Windows Phone. You play the role of an archeologist who is exploring a volcano. While your searching, the volcano begins to erupt and, you guessed it, you have to escape the lava flow.

You have a wall with various protruding rocks and instead of jumping your way to the top of the screen, you use a grappling hook and rope. You shoot your grappling hook by tapping on the rock you want to swing to.  You then use your momentum to swing to the next rock, working your way up the screen. The higher you climb, the greater the score.

It sounds easy but some rocks explode, some give away to your weight and you can out stretch your rope. Then there's the lava. If your momentum pulls you too low, you run the risk of being overtaken by the lava.

There is a free trial available for Escaping Lava with the full version running $.99. If you like jumper games but are looking for a new twist to the concept, Escaping Lava might be worth a try. You can find the game here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

WP7 manufacturer marketshare estimation

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This is more eye candy than anything else. The chart above states the obvious with HTC owning the WP7 marketshare (along with everything else) by releasing a horde of products. Samsung closely follows behind, surprising since they only offer a single device in America and Europe (Focus and Omnia 7 respectively) - albeit both devices are popular. ASUS is shown to have the smallest chunk of strawberry pie with their limited deployment along with Dell (although is Dell's position down to the hardware/software blunders?).

The chart below shows a device breakdown of popularity, HD7 being the most commonly owned product, followed by the Omnia 7, whey Europe! interesting to see how the hype of each product introduction correlates to the popularity post-deployment. Please note that these charts are estimates only and are by no means accurate.

Source: AdGAC, via: MobileTechWorld

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3 years ago

Telstra HD7 offer free return flight in Australia

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Remember when we gave a shout out about a fantastic offer for Telstra customers? Well, believe it or not, we've come across a more exciting deal. Fancy winning a free return flight to a mystery destination in Australia?

The offer closes on the 31st May, requires a $10 booking fee as well as the usual proof of purchase by registering your details. This is a great deal from Microsoft and their marketing will never fail to surprise us. So if you fancy jetting off (for free) to the amazing Sydney, tropical Cairns or a range of other destinations, get the HD7 on Telstra.

Source: Microsoft WP7, via: istartedsomething

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3 years ago

Get GAL lookup working post-NoDO

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Get GAL lookup working post-NoDO

One of perks of NoDo that pertains to the enterprise world is the ability to look up contacts on your Exchange server's Global Address List for Exchange 2003.  However, just applying NoDo might not do the trick.  In order to get the GAL look-up option to show up, you might need to do this:

  1. Delete your current Exchange account on the phone
  2. Reboot your device
  3. Set up your Exchange account again

Once this is done, you can then go into the People Hub and search for a contact.  You will then see the option to "search Outlook directory" as well as the other search options available.

Thanks, Amir for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia and Microsoft deal finalized, ahead of schedule

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And that's that.

Today, Nokia and Microsoft sealed the deal of the decade (in our eyes, at least) finalizing Nokia's commitment to the Windows Phone platform. Not bad for two months.

The good news is that not only was the deal finalized ahead of schedule, but work by Nokia in cranking out their first Windows Phones is progressing rapidly--however, Microsoft is still projecting "volume device shipments in 2012" but they also note in another blog post "the pressure is on for first delivery in 2011",

Nokia and Microsoft also announced significant progress on the development of the first Nokia products incorporating Windows Phone. With hundreds of personnel already engaged on joint engineering efforts, the companies are collaborating on a portfolio of new Nokia devices. Nokia has also started porting key applications and services to operate on Windows Phone and joint outreach has begun to third party application developers.

Some other highlights from the announcement are not really knew, but at least offer some clarification:

  • Nokia will leverage mapping, navigation, language support and work on cameras; Microsoft gives Nokia Bing, gaming, ecosystem
  • Windows Phone developer registration free for all Nokia developers.
  • Nokia will open a new app store for all their software, including Windows Phone, giving their devs easy access to all of Nokia's customers
  • Nokia will also leverage their operator billing, expanding Microsoft's reach

There is also the bit about Microsoft receiving royalty payments from Nokia starting with their first phones shipped and Nokia receiving payments from Microsoft "measured in the billions of dollars" i.e. things we've heard earlier. While a delay or roadblock was not really expected between the two giants, it's great to see the partnership finally cemented.

Now lets see some phones already. Entire Press Release after the break

Source: Microsoft 

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3 years ago

The Home Depot releases an official app for WP7

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The Home Depot releases an official app for WP7

It's always cool when "official" apps hit the Marketplace and tonight we have pretty big one: The Home Depot. Sure, they're not the first company that springs to mind when we think of smartphone apps, but truth be told it's actually pretty slick:

  • Search the store (all departments)
  • Make purchases
  • Store locator
  • In-store map (!)
  • My Account & My lists
  • Deals/Featured products

Yeah, that's not too shabby at all and the layout is up there with other apps like Amazon's. So if you like to spend time the Depot, you'll want to pick this up.

Available here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Amir, for the heads up

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3 years ago

'Text My Location' now free in the Marketplace

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'Text My Location' now free in the Marketplace

The app 'Text My Location' is an oldie, having been on the Marketplace since early November of last  year. It's a fairly basic app that finds your location and allows you to send it via SMS, Email, Twitter or Facebook. What's more, it gives you options on how to send that info: short address, full address, map link, etc., making the best of both worlds: simple yet robust. Heck, you can even edit the address if it's a bit off.

It always fetched for $0.99, which was a fair price but now it's even better: Free. We're not sure if it's a temporary change (probably) or permanent, but either way, we like it and think you should lock it for that price. There's no ads either, just a straight up smart app for telling friends where you are at this moment.

Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 in space (revisited)

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Windows Phone 7 in space (revisited)

We covered the Atmospheric Science Through Robotic Aircraft (ASTRA) group of University of Southampton awhile back, when they sent an HTC Trophy into the stratosphere attached to a weather balloon. The experiment showed the durability of the HTC device as well as the great ability for Windows Phone to merge micro-processing, cloud computing (via Azure) and GPS tracking all in a tiny device for a fraction of the cost it took years ago.

Now there's a cool video documenting their experiment for your viewing pleasure. Watching it you really grasp just how neat this setup really was and what a tough device that phone is, surviving -58C (-72F) weather is no small feat. Science: awesome stuff.

Source: Segoz.co.uk; via: Techie-buzz

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