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3 years ago

Developer Interview: Waheed Bhatti

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Developer Interview: Waheed Bhatti

Next up on our developer interview schedule is Waheed Bhatti, Software Architect at Irtiqa. They are the team behind the London Travel (previously London Tube) app on the Windows Phone Marketplace, which is a must have for all who go about their business on the TFL (Transport for London) network.

Ride on past the break for the interview.

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy's micro-SD card revealed

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Curious about the Verizon Trophy's expansion card? Look no further. Disassembling the Trophy reveals a SanDisk Class 4, 16gb micro-SD card nestled beneath the phone's casing and foil protective wrapper.

This likely falls under the "nice thing to know" category and for those daring enough to disassemble their Trophy, you should be able to swap out the 16gb card for a larger capacity card of the same class. Just be cautioned that breaking down your Verizon Trophy is sure to void your warranty.

Source: wmpoweruser

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3 years ago

Windows Phone designer cheat sheet [Developers]

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Should you be new to Windows Phone Metro UI development, coming from either Android or iOS for example, then this well worth checking out. Teppo Kotirinta, Principal Designer at Nordkapp, has just published an article on their blog announcing their designer cheat sheet.

This image which can be printed off or downloaded and opened on a 50" TV and will guide you through each illustration detailing what each screen contains and how the structure and design should be developed for effective deployment. Included are dimensions for live tiles, hex codes for all the WP7 themes and more. It really is a 101 for designing perfect Metro apps without the 1,000 pages worth of reading required.

They state that the cheat sheet will be updated as of when Microsoft release more features/information, so keep an eye out for updates should you find this useful.

Source: Nordkapp

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace hits 20,000 apps

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That's correct folks, we've reached the 20,000 app marker, which is fantastic for the platform in seven months. Our 10,000 milestone marker coverage mentioned how we were expanding at a faster rate than both the iPhone and Android. It's worth to note that the 10,000 app marker was surpassed in four and a half months (since launch) - we've since halved the time taken to get another 10K. Not to mention it's only been a month since 15,000 apps were announced!

RIM currently has little over 20,000 apps available for their platform since 2009, which we will be over-taking shortly. Will this growth continue for WP7? It certainly seems that way. Check the graph below to see the increasing number of apps being submitted, the line is becoming more steep as we advance in time.

Of course, there's always a downside to high numbers; fragmentation and spam - iOS began experiencing this when they reached the 20k marker for the App Store with a ton of LITE apps. Some of which we've witnessed lately with regards to some real estate apps (one being submitted per state), which could possibly be integrated into one offering? Let's hope the certification process starts becoming strict on these sorts of submissions to keep the Marketplace clean.

None of the above would be possible without our contribution - the wpcentral app. See, even we're helping out in the counters where we can!

Source: Windows Phone Applist

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3 years ago

Now available: the official WPCentral app for Windows Phone 7

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Yes! After we announced it last week and a brief delay, the official WPCentral app is now ready for your usage. We won't get into too much detail (see our earlier video hands on), but you can grab the app in the Marketplace right here: LINK to APP

The app is either free (unlimited trial, with ads, missing some features) or $0.99 (no ads, Live Tile for breaking stories, etc.), so choose whichever you feel is worthy.

Thanks to our developer Jay Bennett (website, Twitter) for his hard work. Please sound off in comments on your thoughts, rate it in the Marketplace and hit the feedback button in the app to alert us to any issues.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone screen comparisons: Surround, Focus and HD7S

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One of the more frequent questions I've seen with regards to the new HTC HD7S is "how does the screen compare?" The HD7S sports a 4.3" sLCD WVGA screen that is supposed to be a notch better than your average 4.3" LCD WVGA screen. I'm in the process of comparing the HD7S with the HD7 to see how much of a difference the "S" makes.

In the meantime, while it may be an apples to oranges to watermelon type comparisons, we thought we would see how the HD7S compares to the Super AMOLED screen of the Samsung Focus and to the smaller WVGA LCD screen of the HTC Surround.

For the comparison, I set the theme to Blue and set the screen brightness to high. In comparing the Start Screen, a game (HydroThunder Go) and a music video the Focus seems to have more contrast, giving the screen a little more pop to it. Comparing the sLCD to the LCD, the differences are surprisingly slight. Maybe a little more contrast to the sLCD but is it enough to really make a difference?

The video may not do the comparison justice as opposed to having the phones in hand. Each are respectable in their own right and deciding which is better, may simply boil down to personal preference.

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3 years ago

OccasionalGamer's Elbert Perez brings in nearly $30K in game dev for WP7

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We're not here to judge whether this number is good or bad, but Elbert Perez, who has no less than 12 games on Windows Phone (e.g. Quadra, Impossible Shoota, Nom Nom Worm, Steam Castle, etc.), just posted how much he's brought in so far. See his site here.

Now, a few things to remember abou Perez: he's basically one guy (indie) doing all the developing, which is quite impressive and his games are all free with ad support. It was five months ago he switched from paid games at about $0.99 to making them all free with ads. So is $30k in ad money pretty good? We think it's not bad but it obviously shows that the Windows Phone platform needs to grow in order for him to continue to make and increase revenue.

In many ways for developer's, Perez's model of game development and distribution should be a source of inspiration. We recommend checking out his "Going Full Time Indie" piece on what it's like to not work for a big studio.

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

Provide and vote on feedback for WP7 [Developers]

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Developers, when not building incredible applications for the platform, would you like to leave feedback for the Windows Phone 7 team and vote on other ideas? Well, you can with the Dev Feedback Forum. Should you wish to see some changes (or features introduced) in a number of categories, including the emulator, network, sensor APIs, Silverlight and tiles, now's your chance.

You have 25 votes to use, which will be returned should ideas be taken on-board by the Windows Phone team. Suggestions will be moderated should they become actual planned features to be included in a future update and it's stated that all ideas will be looked at. Some good signs showing from the developer community with a good number of ideas already submitted and voted on. Microsoft seem to be continuously providing the means for users and developers to provide feedback, always a good thing.

Source: Dev Feedback Forum

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3 years ago

Scrolling in Mango is much better than NoDo

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Developer Rene Schulte, who makes the popular Pictures Lab app, has gone ahead and posted a video of the difference in scrolling behavior between NoDo and Mango.

In Mango, one of the new improvements is faster scrolling due to better on-device caching of images and information--basically the device stores that info instead of re-downloading it. What that means in reality is that when you zip through a list of items, you won't get that pause or stickiness wthat we get now.

But how to quantify it? Why, watch two devices at the same time of course. To be honest, though we love all the new features of Mango, this improvement will really make a difference in everyday life.

Soruce: Kodierer; Thanks, Rene

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3 years ago

Screen capture in WP7 [Homebrew]

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Screen capture in WP7 [Homebrew]

XDA Developers forum user fiinix has brought on-screen captures to Windows Phone 7, something everyone (especially us bloggers) desire more than above all else, as a homebrew solution. While requiring the dehydration hack, this app contains the setting to toggle whether it's active or not (preserving battery life).

Here are the provided instructions:

  1. Open up the app
  2. Navigate to the app/screen you want to capture (no more than 2 apps in between (this app will be killed by "Watchdog"))
  3. Hold "focus" (not click, >focus), for at least 500ms
  4. Wait for messagebox to verify capture
  5. (SUCCESS) > Located under "Pictures > All > Saved Pictures"

You can download the screen capture app and find out more information over at the thread on the XDA dev forum.

Source: XDA Developer Forum, via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy now $99 on Newegg

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Verizon Trophy now $99 on Newegg

The Verizon HTC Trophy has made its way on to Newegg.  Customers looking to renew their contract or open up a new line of service can get it for a measley $99.99.  If you want to purchase without a contract it will run you $489.99.  Free shipping via FedEx is included.

Source: NewEgg; Thanks go out to Thomas-Moffitt Stage for the tip!

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3 years ago

Turn by Turn Navigation hits the Marketplace

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GPS Tuner, developers of Outdoor Navigation, has released Turn by Turn Navigation for Windows Phone 7. Focusing on simplicity, Turn by Turn allows you to tap on a map point or search for an address, click on a pushpin and press the GO button to begin your journey.

Key features include:

  • Voice-Guided turn by turn Navigation with premium audio quality
  • Automatic Map rotation according to your heading POI and address search
  • Add POI-s or locations to Favorites
  • Route calculation based on Time or Distance using Traffic information
  • Bing Road and Hybrid Maps
  • Supporting Portrait and Landscape mode
  • Automatic re-routing if you miss a turn
  • Speed dependent Volume control
  • Driving and Walking directions
  • US and Metric units are supported

We liked Outdoor Navigation and if that's any indication, Turn by Turn Navigation should be a very nice app. There is a free trail version available that allows for routes up to twelve miles. The full version will run you $4.99.

You can find both here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

WPCentral's TVShow Giveaway Contest

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WPCentral's TVShow Giveaway Contest

We've been really impressed with Rudy Huyn's TVShow App and now we are going to giveaway ten free copies.

We'll keep this one simple. Just head on over to the forums and chime in on this discussion over in the forums about Mango. Tell what excites you, what you wish would be amongst the 500 new features, or what features you could live without.

Post your comments by 6:00pm CST on Monday, May 30, 2011 and we'll randomly select ten winners from these comments. You do have to register to post comments (plus it helps us notify the winners) and that easy process starts here.

We'd like to thank Rudy Huyn for providing the complimentary licenses for his app and supporting this contest.  Good luck and let the posting begin!

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3 years ago

Brandon Watson interviews Andrew Clinick [Video]

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Brandon Watson interviews Andrew Clinick, Lead Program Manager, one of the folk behind the new app platform. They discuss some of the new features included in Mango, how they achieved the final result and how they tackled problems.

Features discussed in the above video include multiple and improved live tiles for developers, the introduction of multi-tasking as well as what developers want. Some tips were thrown out from Andrew about creating apps for the platform too. A good watch for developers.

Source: Channel 9

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3 years ago

TouchStudio updated to 1.2

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TouchStudio updated to 1.2

TouchStudio, the app from Microsoft Research that allows users to create their own scripts and run them on their devices, has just been updated to 1.2. This update brings a fast game and physics engine which enables support for scripts to take advantage (there's a demo ninja game included in the release) and you can now pin scripts to the TouchStudio home screen.

For all you heavy Facebook users, you are now able to post to your wall within your scripts. Global variables are introduced as well as a number of other improvements. The new features in this fun little app are welcomed and it hasn't been a month since 1.1 was released, we look forward in seeing wht else will be added in the near future.

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