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3 years ago

Google Voice client GoVoice with Mango support now available

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It was just over a week ago when we broke the news of GoVoice's impending Mango update. The popular and free Google Voice client is one of the better options out there for those who rely on Google's single phone number convenience as well as free text-messaging ability (it uses data).

GoVoice hadn't been updated in awhile and users feared the project had been abandoned. But with version 3.2 now out, those concerns can be put to rest. We gave an early thumbs up to the changelog in the new version and for the most part, it seems to be working out well. Perfect? Nope, but it gets the job done. Here are the changes:

  • Supports Mango with fast resume and background tile update
  • Smart dial
  • Simplified notification setup with just one click
  • Clickable email, URL, and phone numbers within conversations
  • Direct call using GSM instead of through Google Voice
  • Bug fixes to improve reliability

Let us know in comments how it's working out for you. You can pick up GoVoice v3.2 here in the Marketplace for free. Thanks for the heads up, Amir!

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3 years ago

Jewel Miner - Review

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Jewel Miner - Review

Jewel Miner is an interesting game for your Windows Phone where you play the role of a miner trying to fill up mining carts with crushed jewels.  You have to match three or more jewels of the same style and color before you can crush them.  The more jewels you crush, the more cash you earn, the further you progress in the game.

The game menu gives you options to play the game, view the only leader boards, access gaming options (sound/music on/off) and help section, and check out other games from the developer.  The game does have a Bejeweled like appearance to it but once you get to playing the game, you realize that the similarity is with appearance only.

Continued after the break.

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3 years ago

Acer Allegro available at RueDuCommerce for €284.05

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We've been following the Acer Allegro since it first came to light earlier in the year. Now MonWindowsPhone has caught wind of the Allegro being available at the French retailer RueDuCommerce for €284.05, a good price for the specifications. The Allegro is a mid-range generation 1 handset, which will be running Windows Phone Mango, and is perfect for those migrating to the platform and don't need their smartphone to imitate household appliances.

For a quick recap on what's packed inside the W4/Allegro:

  • 3.6-inch WVGA Capacitive screen,
  • Screen Resolution: 480×800
  • 5mp Camera with auto-focus.
  • HSPA 850/1900 or 900/2100 /GSM quad band 850/900/ 1800/ 1900 MHz Support.
  • Qualcomm MSM 8255 running at 1GHz (same processor as in the Xperia Play)
  • Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • DLNA Support
  • Windows Phone Mango
  • 8GB Storage

Via: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

Indicators point to the Nokia Lumia 800 selling well

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We only recently covered Nokia's statement about sales of the Lumia and what the mission is for the manufacturer, and now we have some indications to back the positive statement published by the company. For starters, we can see in the above shot that Vodafone UK is selling the Lumia 800 (our review) in both black and cyan (pre-order) well enough for them to be sitting in 2nd and 3rd place behind the disappointing iPhone 4S. Not only that but take a look at the customer review rating for the iPhone 4S, and now look at the black Lumia 800.

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3 years ago

NetCom offering free Xbox 360 with LG Optimus 7

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Norway has the LG Optimus 7 available on NetCom, but the carrier is throwing a free Xbox 360 into the mix. Perfect timing for kids who are writing their Santa lists for Christmas just around the corner. Windows Phone and a free Xbox? Can't say no to that. We're already aware of Telenor advertising the HTC Radar, but it's good to see another carrier picking up the baton. As a bonus, check out the advert below.

Source: NetCom, thanks TheMoose14 for the tip!

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3 years ago

SuperTube v2.2 fixes recording bug

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SuperTube v2.2 fixes recording bug

SuperTube, the powerhouse YouTube application, was updated to support Mango earlier in November, adding a plethora of cool features.  However, even at the time of release, the developers acknowledged that there was a bug related to the recording and uploading feature.  Now, SuperTube has been updated to version 2.2, which fixes said bug. 

In case you missed the news the first time, SuperTube for WP7.5 adds the following features:

  • Record videos and upload it to YouTube (Resume broken uploads support)
  • Choose and order the sections in the main page
  • Select channel to push notification
  • Add playlist, inbox, my video
  • Background uploads and downloads
  • Loading list more quickly
  • Inbox push notification
  • Fast App Switching (FAS)

The full version of SuperTube will run you a cool $1.29 in the Marketplace, or you can get the free ad-supported version here

Thanks to Fast Code for the heads up!

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3 years ago

3rd party Metro Browser lands in the Marketplace with video streaming

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It's been awhile since we've seen a contender for a browser-wrapper on Windows Phone. Here we mean an app that uses Internet Explorer 9 as the base but augments its functions. Metro Browser (no ties to the earlier Metro Browser) is a true full screen web browser with advanced video playback capabilities.:

"Metro Browser has custom made video decoders specifically build for Windows Phone with optimal performance for real-time streaming flash video. Due to the efficient design it is possible to even stream on 3G.

Metro Browser is optimized to handle large video files without the need for any free storage on the device, all streaming happens directly from the memory."

Indeed, as the photo above demonstrates, it is full screen and looks amazing on an HTC Titan. Video sites supported include MegaVideo, VideoZer, VideoBB and of course YouTube. Playback isn't perfect and the browser is a bit limited on version 1.0 but overall, it's a solid entry that we welcome with open arms.

The app fetches for $1.99 with a free trial, which translates into an ad-supported version here in the Marketplace. We think it's pretty cool, but it's crazy late here so we'll save the hands on for the morning Meanwhile, you give us your feedback in comments. Thanks, Binaer Jongleur, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft Stores: $0 for an HTC Titan, Focus S and Focus Flash on Black Friday

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The title says it all. If you're one of the lucky folks near a Microsoft Store, you can swing by there on Friday to pick up one of those swanky new second-generation Windows Phones for a super low price of zero dollars (on contract).

Yeah, there's that last bit of being on contract. But if you have even thought about switching to the Death Star aka AT&T even for a aplit second (it's really not that bad), we have to say, picking up the TITAN for nothing? That's a good deal. Heck, we may even pick up a phone or two for family members. Not sure if a store is near you? Here's your store locator.

As a side, who else can't wait to have a Microsoft Store near them? Thanks, Rudy R., for the photo!

Edit: As noted in comments, this may even apply to online orders. Stay tuned on Friday!

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3 years ago

3rd party Pandora SDK now available for Windows Phone developers

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A few weeks ago, Windows Phone and Silverlight developer Justin Angel (see site) made a proof-of-concept app for Pandora Radio--the famed music streaming randomizing service--on Windows Phone. We gave it a spin and due to its popularity, Justin agreed to not only make the app, but make an SDK for developers. The latter would allow others to make 3rd party Pandora apps for the platform as Justin laid out the instructions for the backend/streaming part.

Now, the Metro Pandora SDK is finished and available for others to go take a gander at. We could imagine all sorts of cool applications of this, including other media streaming apps incorporating Pandora as a "feed". And now that the groundwork is laid out, Justin can presumably start working on the app itself, which we imagine will raise a few eyebrows at Pandora. Of course if the Marketplace rejects or pulls it, like Cracked Reader, there is always the burgeoning Homebrew scene which will gladly take it.

Source: Codeplex

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3 years ago

BlackFriday - Mango App Spotlight

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BlackFriday - Mango App Spotlight

Planning on hitting the shopping mall on Black Friday? Need an easy way to track the bargains from your Windows Phone? If so, check out the Windows Phone app BlackFriday.

BlackFriday is powered by the website BlackFriday.info that pulls all the deals they can find under one roof and sends them to your Windows Phone. The main pages of the app list news items, store listings, categories of shopping and a keyword search page. Once you've found a store or category you are interested in, the app will pull all the sales listings.

Tap on an individual listing and you'll pull up any web listing for that sale item. You also have the ability to map local retailers from BlackFriday and share deals with friends. The app will use your Windows Phone's location services to pull in deals within your area.

In just tinkering with BlackFriday it comes across as a useful app for the shopaholic and a nice utility to find your way to the bargains. There is a free trial version available that will give you a feel for the app but is restricted on how many bargains it will list. The full version will run you $1.99 and you can download it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Facebook app experiencing some errors

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There appears to be an issue with the Facebook app for Windows Phone, with a number of readers reporting the same problem over on our forums. Should you install the Facebook app from the Marketplace and attempt to login you will be greeted by; "Sorry, there was an error." The app generally experiences problems when alterations are made on Facebook's end. A community moderator at Microsoft Answers has been made aware of the issue, but let's hope the team addresses this soon. In the mean time, the Facebook integration still works flawlessly.

Are you having these issues? Head on over to our forum to join the discussion.

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3 years ago

SmartBot mini: a Windows Phone robot

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SmartBot mini: a Windows Phone robot

Remember when we first spoke of WPBots, a website dedicated to taking Windows Phone (among other platforms) to the next level? Well, they are on the way to creating Skynet with the SmartBot mini prototype.

This robot will cater for every Windows Phone size, including the massive HTC Titan. The SDK allows the robot to be controlled with seven movements and uses the camera API to bring in the following functionality:

  • Face tracking
  • Object tracking
  • Face recognition
  • Light tracking
  • OCR
  • Tag reading (data matrix, bar code, etc.)
  • Edge detection for maze resolver
  • Line follower

There's even more than this which is set to make any hackers day. Head on over to WPBots for more detail. A video demo is to be uploaded this week.

Source: WPBots

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3 years ago

Official Cracked app is out

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Official Cracked app is out

In the wake of the Cracked Reader being pulled from the Marketplace by Cracked.com, readers of Cracked.com should fear not.  An official Cracked app has been released over at the Windows Phone Marketplace to fill the void.

The app layout of Cracked is very similar to the Cracked Reader that was pulled for "infringing on Demand Media's trademark and unlawfully republishing content".  The Cracked app's main pages cover Featured articles, Recent articles, Craptions, Videos, and a page where your favorite Cracked.com articles can be listed. You do have the ability to share articles via Windows Live, Facebook, and Twitter (no email sharing).

All in all the Cracked app does a decent job of pulling all the Cracked.com material to your Windows Phone.  Maybe as well as the previous "unofficial" version did.  The Cracked app is a free application for your Windows Phone and can be downloaded here at the Windows Phone Marketplace. It is a mango app so you'll need to be running Windows Phone 7.5 on your Windows Phone.

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3 years ago

Cracked.com gets Cracked Reader pulled from the Marketplace

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We reviewed the 3rd party app Cracked Reader back in September and we had also helped recruit some beta testers for it earlier. Cracked Reader was a solid app for the humor site Cracked.com--elegant, smooth, lots of options. It even got a free-trial later on. But now the developer, Nash Bansal, has had his app pulled from the Marketplace by Microsoft.

Reason? For "...infringing on demand media's trademark and unlawfully republishes content from the http://cracked.com site".

Perhaps not so coincidentally, Cracked.com launched their official app just days ago in the Marketplace. That app is free and not half bad but it's honestly not as impressive as Cracked Reader. Which is probably why Demand Media wanted to eliminate their competition. Sure, they had a legally sound reason to do so, no argument there, but there are plenty of paid apps that do pull feeds and which haven't been pulled. Heck, there's a terrible unofficial WPCentral reader out there too. Lucky us.

It might have been preferable for Demand Media to just partner with Bansal, but probably due to the timing with their developer team (Nventive), it would have been difficult. Still, it's a shame to see such innovation crushed for basically a lesser app in the Marketplace. Lets just hope other media companies don't get the same idea from this precedent.

Source: Twitter 1, 2

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3 years ago

Improved Mobile Nations header

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Improved Mobile Nations header

As you've probably noticed, we're currently going under the knife and receiving many backend and cosmetic alterations. Not only are we changing things around at WPCentral, but on the Mobile Nations (previously Smartphone Experts) network and websites. Two big changes you are able to see already is a new header bar and footer, which look more modern and have more functionality.

The top header bar has been updated since we announced work was commencing, and should you highlight each website, a drop down will appear with a bunch of useful information. Latest articles are shown (with the number of comments), what's hot in the forums (with number of replies), and what's new in the stores. If you're one of those who visits more than one of the websites under the Mobile Nations umbrella, this new functionality will make navigation slightly more appealing and user friendly.

This is only the beginning, with more on the way. Stay tuned and we thank you for your patience through the transition.

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