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3 years ago

Fight Game Rivals busting out on Xbox Live on August 31

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And now for something completely different. Next week’s Xbox Live title is Fight Game Rivals from Dutch developer Khaeon GameStudio. It’s a strategy/fighting game, which is indeed a thing.

How many quality fighting games can you name for mobile phones? There’s iPhone Street Fighter IV and…. That’s it. Touch-screen controls and fighting games are difficult to combine effectively, much like beer and ice cream. That’s why Khaeon went the strategy route for Fight Game Rivals.

Players choose one of six fighters (each with a real-world fighting style) and participate in tournaments against other burly dudes. Up to five Fighting Skills (moves) can be taken into each battle. During the fight, selecting a skill initiates a touch-screen minigame. The better players do at the minigames, the more damage they dish out. Minigames determine whether opponents’ attacks are blocked as well. Once either pugilist runs out of health, the fight ends. Credits obtained from winning fights can be used to unlock skills, locations, and outfits.

Fight Game Rivals is extremely unique - just like each and every one of us except for Rich Edmonds - and we’re looking forward to trying it out. It will cost $2.99.

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3 years ago

London Travel updated to 2.6

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London Travel updated to 2.6

London Travel, the saviour for any Londoner, has been updated to 2.6 and brings with it some fixes and alterations. The changelog is as follows:

  • An application bar button to swap locations in the journey planner
  • A recent locations list when selecting a location in the journey planner
  • The ability to plan journeys by providing arrival time. The app only allowed departure times initially.
  • A minor cosmetic change – the maps section has been removed and instead a map tile has been added to the travel section. The map also now supports portrait mode.
  • Lots of performance improvements and bug fixes – especially with the journey planner (as that accounts for 90% of app crashes).
  • An enhanced in-app announcement/advertisement system (only Irtiqa apps will be advertised and these will be shown rarely).

If you haven't already checked London Travel out, you can read our review and download it (Zune link) from the Marketplace (trial available).

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3 years ago

747 and Warthog added to Infinite Flight's flight line

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Infinite Flight has been updated to version 1.9 which will add the Boeing 747 and A-10 Warthog to its flight line. The popular flight simulator for your Windows Phone has also added a flight planning system, runway landing paths in the maps, and your flight plan information appears in the mini-map.

The 747 and Warthog join an impressive line up of aircraft that includes the Space Shuttle, Cessna 172SP, the French Airbus A380,and the Boeing 737. It doesn't appear to be any combat missions available for the A-10 but maybe with the next round of updates?  Maybe a little target practice?

There is a free trial version available for Infinite Flight with the full version running $4.99. If you like flight simulators, Infinite Flight is well worth the price of admission. You can find Infinite Flight here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Dutch court grants Apple injunction against Samsung

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I wouldn't be surprised if one day soon the only news that will require reporting will surround lawsuits and patent infringement. Today the Rechtbank 's-Gravenhage (a Dutch court in the city of The Hague) issued an injunction against the Samsung smartphones (Galaxy S, Galaxy Ace, Galaxy S II) and that they should be retracted from import and sale by October 13th. The Galaxy Tab was not included.

The patent in question is owned by Apple ("Portable Electronic Device for Photo Management") and covers the way photos are displayed on a mobile device. The Netherlands plays an important role with Samsung's import into Europe. This injunction will prevent the shipping to the UK, France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, Sweden and Switzerland. But let's not get carried away, Samsung has welcomed the ruling and published a statement:

"Today's ruling is an affirmation that the Galaxy range of products is innovative and distinctive. With regard to the single infringement cited in the ruling, we will take all possible measures including legal action to ensure that there is no disruption in the availability of our Galaxy smartphones to Dutch consumers."

Looks like Apple doesn't have a victory and Samsung will attempt to prevent any disruption to the shipping of their smartphone handsets. I expect Google will ensure an update is mirrored to other brands just in case Apple decide to take on other Android manufacturers. According to Samsung in court, the fix is as simple as updating the OS to version 3.0, which doesn't infringe the patent.

Source: Foss Patents, via: This is my next, BBC

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3 years ago

HTC London event also in Madrid, Paris and Berlin

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We recently covered the announcement of HTC's upcoming Windows Phone based event, which will be held in London on the 1st of September. We have now learned of three more locations around Europe that will house the same event which include Madrid, Berlin and Paris. If you are thinking on attending, be sure to visit the respective Facebook page and RSVP.

Here are the details from each Facebook page (please double check times and locations):

  • London - 18:30 - 23:00 at Victoria House, Southampton Row entrance, 37 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4DA (Facebook)
  • Madrid - 19:30 - 23:00 at C/ Jorge Juan, 99, Puerta D del Palacio de los Deportes (Facebook)
  • Berlin - 20:30 - 23:00 at Spindler & Klatt, Köpenicker Straße 16, 10997 Berlin (Facebook)
  • Paris - 19:30 - TBA at TBA (Facebook)

Are you heading along to the events to see what's up with coming devices?

Thanks Christian for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Mango and Tango devices showing up on I'm a WP7 too

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Looks like whomever is testing these phones sure likes to broadcast they're doing so. The popular, free and fun "I'm a WP7!" which recently had a major revision (see here) obviously collects interesting data from users and the developer, Scott Peterson, shared them with us. The info is an "...aggregate of over 46,000 devices, in over 150 countries worldwide." Yowza!

First, as you can see above, many of the new "Mango" devices that we've been reading and writing about have recently come "on line". That date is when they were first spotted. For those wondering, the Asus Galaxy6 is actually a very, very old Windows Phone 7 device that never got past some development work. Interesting to see it show up though. We also see the usual suspects:

  • Acer M310
  • Samsung GT-i8350
  • Nokia 800
  • HTC Eternity
  • HTC Omega
  • Fujitsu IS12T
  • Samsung SGH-i677
  • LG-LS831 (still unknown)
  • Toshiba Tsunagi (TG01 developer device)

Missing from the list? Any Dell device. There was one spotted back in May with a missing "device name", but other than that, it looks like Dell may not have anything further, confirming the idea that they're out of the mobile phone biz.Then again, perhaps they're just really disciplined and secretive.

Finally, Scott tells us he's seen a new build of Windows Phone, which would be Tango 8310. The previous version was 8200, seen here.

Interesting stuff and hopefully we'll have more on the way. Pick up "I'm a WP7" here in the Marketplace, it's worth a spin.

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3 years ago

Mysterious HTC Radiant spotted on WP Bench

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Just a quick extension to our previous article covering some Mango device names popping up on WP Bench where they're being tested. We've received word from the app developer, Robert Varga, that a HTC Radiant has appeared on the list and is reportedly running post-Mango/7.10.8004.

Could this be Tango? Certainly looks as though we may not be seeing this device for a while (if at all). Let's see what's announced at the upcoming HTC event in London. The image above shows the HTC HD7, just in case any of you attempt to catch us out on that.

Thanks again Robert Varga for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone in Google Analytics

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Windows Phone in Google Analytics

Does Google Analytics skew data for web owners with traffic using Windows Phone? Not quite. While there is no clear categorisation between iPhone/iPod, PC and WP7 the data is being collected and it's available for viewing. With the list of operating systems in the filter, one can select screen resolution as a secondary dimension to compare the OS and resolution numbers.

An article, posted back in June, over at Mobility Digest saw them go into some depth with their analytical data while calculating the percentage of visits between the mobile platforms. This article publishes detail for Android, Windows and iOS - note "Windows" and not "Windows Phone". Doug Simmons then took a further look into the numbers as he thought WP should be reporting higher values.

I too was interested so I took a quick look at my personal website (since it doesn't receive a whole lot of traffic it should be easier to break down the data) and filtered through the visits recorded in Google Analytics. The majority of my traffic comes from WPCentral with redirects from Twitter and other locations that involve Microsoft's platform, so I predicted that a healthy portion of the mobile traffic should be using WP handsets.

In the image above you can see the screen resolution and OS filters enabled. It's quite clear that Windows Phone is being picked up by the tracking code, but is merely being categorised as "not set" (one of the resolutions paired with Windows is also 480x800). I'm actually fairly surprised seeing how the platform has been out for almost a year, Google has had ample time to fix this issue of Windows Phone not being recognised as well as Windows Mobile.

MSIE 9 will count for both the mobile and desktop hits and the only way to accurately guess as to how much traffic is on Windows Phone lies with the screen resolution and browser/OS filtering. It's not much but at least we're not being ignored. It's just a massive negative for web owners who would never see Windows Phone while looking at mobile traffic data. We're not that small Google!

Oh, if you use Google Analytics and have just ventured onto WP7, check out Phonealytics.

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3 years ago

Bunch of new Mango Windows Phones show up on WP Bench

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Guess what folks? It's silly season. And Windows Phone Mango is so close.

The image you see to the right is from the excellent app WP Bench (Zune link) and it lists no less than 8 devices that are presumably new Mango phones (or variations) that are in people's hands, evidently being tested against each other. The relevant ones from the list:

Some of those are familiar, but the LG LS831 seems new, the Omega gets a number (C110e), the i937 from Samsung seems active, who knows what the "Na Na" and the "Nokia XXX" are. Anyways, nice to know these devices are getting into people's hands. [Note: LG C900x, Asus E600, Samsung GT-I8710, HTC PC93100, T8697 are older phones for developers or on the market already]

Big thanks to developer Robert Varga of WP Bench., for the screen shot!

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3 years ago

Sneak Preview - WeatherLive headed to v2.0 with new features

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It's no secret around here that as far as indie weather apps go, WeatherLive by Hyperise is one of our favorites due it's heavy use of Metro and its simplicity. Since returning after being briefly pulled, the app has done very well for itself as it's the top selling in its category.

So we're excited to give you a sneak peak of what v2.0 is bringing as we're pretty positive it's going a long way to add all of those features that you've demanded. The app is currently in beta and should be coming out soon-ish (we'll let you know). The price is expected to go up slightly to cover the costs of the new features, but if you buy the ad-free version now ($0.99) well you'll of course get the upgrade for free.

But on to the new features!

  • Info provided by Weather Underground
  • 6-day forecasts
  • Daily and hourly forecasts with Trends
  • Radar/Webcams/Satellites/Astronomy
  • Alerts with Toast notifications
  • Shows moon when it is night and the sky allows
  • Last but not least, current temperature along with condition on the tile

And you can of course see these new features in above (you can see the "moon" and current temp) and below screenshots. We're pretty excited to get our hands on this version as it looks to be our favorite Metro-themed weather app--heck, it should be a part of the OS as a default Live Tile, but that's just us. We'll keep you posted when the app goes live. For those who want to give it a go now, the app is completely free (with ads, endless "trial") or $0.99 ad-free. Get it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Cro-Mag Rally developer humbly details upcoming patch

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Cro-Mag Rally, the first kart racer on Xbox Live, is kind of rough around the edges. Chief among its problems are the tilt controls. Currently, the game requires players to hold a virtual accelerator button while also steering by tilting the phone, unlike every other Xbox Live racing game. It’s a clunky control method and hard to get used to. On the plus side, the game is affordable and has easy Achievements.

Citizen 12, the developer who handled the Windows Phone port of Cro-Mag is taking its criticisms seriously. They’ve provided WPCentral with full release notes for the game’s upcoming patch as well as a heartfelt apology to gamers. Yes, this means I can no longer tease them about being tight-lipped.

Head past the break for the full scoop as well as exclusive screens showcasing the game’s new camera angle.

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3 years ago

Hydro Thunder GO update and Venice Canals map cross the finish line

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Hydro Thunder GO is one of the best-looking 3D games on Windows Phone, and it’s an exclusive to boot. Still, some readers reportedly experienced frame rate issues (which seemed to be handset dependent). When we interviewed Pixelbite, the game’s developer, they promised to look into it. Fast forward a few months and a major Hydro Thunder GO update has just been released.

Hydro Thunder GO version 1.3 release notes:

  • Performance improvements: [Pixelbite] did some performance profiling with the newly released Mango tools and managed to improve the game performance between 10-20% depending on the device and the in-game situation.
  • Minor bug fixes for the new OS releases, such as the music was not looping properly

The game always ran great on my Samsung Focus; now other handsets can better share in the visual splendor. Check out our review for more impressions.

But that’s not all! WPCentral is pleased to present this exclusive map of Hydro Thunder GO’s Venice Canals track. See, the game’s secret "Reckless Yachting" Achievement requires racers to destroy all seven gondolas in the Venice track. This map should make finding them much easier. For more maps, check out our Pixelbite interview.

Hydro Thunder GO costs $4.99 and there is a free trial. Swing by here (Zune link) to pick it up from the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live Developer Interview: PopCap Games, makers of Plants vs. Zombies

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PopCap Games, Game House (interview), and Zynga are probably the three heaviest hitters among casual game developers and publishers. PopCap is the most mainstream of the big three, selectively porting their games from PCs to consoles and mobile devices with amazing success. On Windows Phone they have produced Bejeweled LIVE (review) and Plants vs. Zombies (review), which I feel is the single best game on the platform. We’re super excited to bring you this interview with Andrew Stein, PopCap’s Director of Mobile Product Management.

Head past the break for an insightful interview and exclusive, never-before-seen Plants vs. Zombies concept art!

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: Minesweeper now available all over the place, US gamers make due with Super Monkey Ball

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Remember kids, there is no Xbox Live release in the US this week. Not a common circumstance, and hopefully the last time it occurs. The rest of the world, however, gets Babaroga’s Minesweeper, which was already released in the US a couple of weeks ago. It’s a free, ad-supported game. See my previous post on Minesweeper for details on how unfortunately busted it is.

No new games to play this week? Perhaps Super Monkey Ball from Sega will soothe your troubled soul. It’s the Xbox Live Deal of the Week with a sale price of $1.99. Mr. Cranky Pants is even less fond of this version of Super Monkey Ball, but let's just leave our review to do the talking.

Minesweeper is available here (Zune link) on the Marketplace and it costs nothing. Super Monkey Ball is on sale for $1.99 for one week only. Roll over here to get it.

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3 years ago

Bike Mania - Review

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