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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace hits 4,000 apps

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We're not sure if we'll keep doing this every time they hit another thousand programs in the Marketplace, but it is worth noting for now only because of the trend: the rate of submissions to the marketplace is growing, fast.

To recap:

The area of interest above is after November 4th when everyone could begin to submit apps to the Marketplace. Whereas it took three weeks to gain one thousand more apps, this time around they did it in two. Although it would not be a surprise to see it slow down a bit with the holidays, we'll be watching to see how fast the Marketplace continues to overall grow. One thing is for sure, WP7 development doesn't seem so far to be a passing fad.

And to put this all in perspective, at last count WebOS had a total of 5,000 apps back in September, a platform that has been around for 18 months already.

Source: @WP7AppList

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3 years ago

Dell offers an update on the Venue Pro delays

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We mentioned earlier that the Dell Venue Pro was once again delayed. Likely shipping out the first of January 2011.

Dell has addressed the delays in a very informal, unofficial manner (a post on their support forums) in hopes of explaining the latest delay and retaining a few customers.  It appears that the delay is due to a hardware issue with the Phone which Dell is working closely with Microsoft coordinate a plan of action.

Apparently these issues are not only effecting new orders but also delaying any replacement orders that need to be shipped. While we've heard rumors that everything should be fine and dandy by January 6, 2011, the "unofficial" update states,

"Once we have good stock in place, then we have the ability to provide replacements. Unfortunately, I can’t give you a good estimate of when that will be."

The information update continues to state,

"If you are waiting on a new order and it misses the original estimated ship date, you do have the option to cancel by contacting the sales team."

If you're waiting on the Dell Venue Pro, this isn't the most encouraging news.  We're not too confident in the January 6th target date.  Follow the break for the full, "unofficial" update from Dell.

Source: Dell; via: TMoNews

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3 years ago

HTC updates Sense Hub, adds Live Tile

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HTC has updated their Windows Phone 7 Sense Hub to version 1.5. The update has minor fixes and the option to have a Live Tile that displays your current weather conditions.

The app now supports automatic location based weather that will update the Tile every hour, every three hours, six hours, twelve hours, pr once a day. You can set the Live Tile to your location or manually to another location. 

It definitely helps give the HTC Hub a little more functionality.

via: wmpoweruser

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3 years ago

Paramount announces Silverlight Enhanced movies for Windows Phone 7

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Paramount today announced an interesting twist to movie watching on your Windows Phone: Silverlight Enhanced movies. Fetching for $9.99 and starting with School of Rock, you can download the application/movie combo from the Marketplace allowing you to watch and interact with the movie.

The best way to describe this is a DVD menu + extras on your mobile using the power of Silverlight. The features include the ability to

...create custom clips, view the movie with pop-up trivia powered by 'Scene It?', and a Movie Info feature offering users the ability to identify actors, objects, music, and places in the movie, while providing rich, contextual information, such as bios, descriptions, and even maps to the locations.

Other movies coming down the line include Zoolander, Waiting for Superman and GI Joe: the rise of Cobra. Not exactly our favorite titles, except for Zoolander, but hey it's a start. Normally, our lame-meters are going off with this kind of thing but dare we say, this might work if they get the right titles (and maybe lower the price)?

Head here to download it. Remember, $9.99 and no trial (obviously).

Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog, NewsBlaze

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 in China second half 2011, Lenovo, ZTE and Huawei on board?

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Although it's been rumored and hinted at for a little while that Microsoft was planning on releasing Windows Phone 7 in the second half of 2011 for China, today it was confirmed by Yang Tianyang, Microsoft's communications sector director for the Greater China region.

The announcement is pretty huge for a few reasons. For one, the market in China is obviously quite large, giving Microsoft ample opportunity to potentially sell millions of devices. In 2010, 62 million smartphones are expected to be sold, up from 21 million just one year earlier. Number two, historically, Windows Mobile was one of the top selling mobile OSs in that country, meaning Microsoft has some positive legacy to build off of. On the other hand, just like everywhere else in the world, China is plagued by mass iPhone and Android adoption, making the challenge their just as significant as it is here in the States.

The other big news is that Microsoft is in talks with Lenovo, ZTE and Huawei to build WP7 devices specifically for China. Huawei is already a huge contender in the Android market but who knew Lenovo was in on the game too? While we'll probably never see such devices over here, it's good for Microsoft to continue to augment that OEM portfolio.

Source: Network World

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro orders delayed till January 5th?

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For those of you who ordered the elusive Dell Venue Pro and were hoping for an early holiday gift, looks like you'll be waiting even longer.

Though the device was set to launch in November, it was then pushed back two weeks only to have defective devices ship to a few dozen people. Then came the actual order date and the device were expected to ship by December 15th. Well, one day out from that magical day and no signs of any stock moving, in fact quite the opposite. When Dell support was contacted, varying answers and run around were given but the short of it is the device won't ship till January 5th:

I received a call this evening (5:30pm CST) from Dell - some random call center in India - stating that the delivery of my order has been delayed to January 5, 2011. I ordered the 16GB, off-contract, on Dec 1 at 8am CST

Of course January 5th is if you can take Dell's word and at this point, we're not sure we can as they are seriously burning some bridges with potential customers. No official word from Dell.

Source: XDA Forums; via wmpoweruser, TmoNews

 

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3 years ago

Thumba Photo Editor - Review

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Thumba Photo Editor - Review

While Windows Phone cameras are improving, so are the photography apps that let you edit the pictures you take, such as Thumba Photo Editor.  Thumba is a basic photo editing application for your Windows Phone that offers a respectable amount of processing tools.

Thumba Photo Editor is a very stable application with no bugs, glitches or crashes experienced while testing the application out.  The tools available are very similar to a desktop editor only lacking a print button for your images.  Thumba gives you the ability to turn a so-so picture into a nice picture.

To read more on Thumba Photo Editor, ease on past the break.

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3 years ago

Rad Now! - Review

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3 years ago

Beanstalk Tale - Review

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Beanstalk Tale - Review

In the spirit of Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Little Pigs, DiNoGames is offering Beanstalk Tale over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.

The fairy tale oriented platform game where you play the role of a pig who is trying to bounce his way to the top of the beanstalk. You bounce from leaf to leaf by tilting your Windows Phone left or right.

You can speed things up by catching a ride on a balloon but be careful not to run into a hornet. If your balloon bursts you can land safely on a leaf and continue bouncing your way up the beanstalk or fall to your demise.

Ease on past the break to see what impression this Windows Phone game left with us.

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3 years ago

MyBookie in the works for Windows Phone 7

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Curious how well you can bet the odds?  Psydian Interactive Ltd. is working on a Windows Phone 7 app, MyBookie, that will let you bet on real sporting events, with real odds but using fantasy cash.  The app has been submitted to Microsoft for approval and barring any unforeseen complications, the software developer hopes to have the gaming app available later this month.

According to the press release,

"Sports fans and gaming enthusiasts alike have a lot to look forward to, as live scores from both professional and collegiate events are interwoven into a fantasy world fueled by virtual currency."

The app includes Facebook integration where you can compete against your Facebook friends to see how large of a fortune you can amass. A Facebook version of the MyBookie is also in the works.

MyBookie mobile features include:

  • League support includes: NFL, NCAA Football, NBA, NCAA Basketball, MLB, and NHL
  • Daily/Weekly event schedules, place your virtual wager days in advance
  • Live game scores and information including current Vegas odds
  • Multiple betting scenarios including: Game Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under, and Parlays
  • Wager history and analysis across multiple sports for an entire year
  • Player interaction with constantly evolving virtual characters

It looks like an interesting application and once it hits the Marketplace, we'll get a review worked up. For the full Press Release, just follow the break.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 plays nice at airports

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The latest Windows Phone ad from Microsoft showcases BING, voice commands, and those pesky moving walkways at airports.

While the ad pokes fun at anyone who has tripped on the moving walkways, it highlights the convenience of Windows Phone 7 nicely. Just a few button pushes, a voice command and BING jumps into action without tripping you up.

Source: YouTube thanks goes out to Just Visiting for the tip.

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3 years ago

Show us your Windows Phone 7 Wallpaper

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While Windows Phone 7 doesn't have nearly the customization features Windows Mobile has, you can make your Windows Phone your own by using custom wallpapers on the lock screen.

Windows Phone 7 comes preloaded with about eighteen photos that can be used as your wallpaper plus a hand full of solid colors. You also have the option of using one of your images as the wallpaper. You can find your wallpaper options in the Settings Menu under "Lock & Wallpaper" or you can set a picture in your Galleries under the options menu for the individual image.

WPCentral.com member Melk has started a discussion over in the forums asking everyone to share their wallpapers. As Melk mentions, a discussion we haven't seen much of.  We've pulled a few from the discussion above and share Melk's curiosity.

So, head on over to this discussion and share your wallpaper or comment on what others are using.

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3 years ago

Telus to offer free Xbox 360 with every Windows Phone 7 purchase

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Telus made some headlines for offering a free Xbox 360 with a new Windows Phone 7 purchase back a few weeks ago, but they only had like 100 and it was limited to Toronto. This time, however, things are different.

For four days only, December 15th through the 19th, people looking to get a new contract or upgrade to Windows Phone 7 will all get a free Xbox--across Canada. Though the stores may not have them in stock, they will ship them to you as an alternative means.

Of course in Canada, they have those crazy three year contracts, meaning you are really committed to them and that rule applies here to qualify. But hey, for a free 360, we think we might commit.

Source: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

Samsung Focus gets homebrew LED flashlight; App limit lifted on ChevronWP7

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Looks like a lot is happening with the homebrew community these days, so here is a brief update to keep you in the loop:

XDA member sensboston has coded up an LED flashlight app that works on the Samsung Focus. Up till this point, we've had to use the "white screen" method to illuminate a dark room (see overview here), which although works is not as preferable as the LED. You do need to have your device unlocked to use this, so be warned. We imagine someone could code one up for the Marketplace, if MS were to allow apps that accessed this feature to pass certification--we're not holding our breath though, not till 2011 when they revise their requirements. [Note: this may work on other device like LG too, we have not tested to verify. Also, this works by accessing the video feature, hence the sound. We have not noticed any side effects of this, but there could be some.]

The second update is of less interest for now but still important. ChevronWP7 has an app limit--actually developers have an app limit of 10 programs per device.  This means that unlocked phones (both jailbroken and legit) can only install 10 sideloaded apps at a time. This "feature" was to prevent developers from flooding the market with cheap apps but it also puts a kink in the homebrew community. Now developer Thomas Hounsell has modified ChevronWP7 to lift that very limit, which will be important in the future as the community grows.

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3 years ago

Indie game developer critiques WP7 Marketplace, offers advice

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This morning on Bill Reiss's blog, Silverlight Games 101, he makes some pretty good and in our opinion, even handed, criticisms of the Marketplace, specifically in relation to indie games and competing against the big Live titles.

Reiss is the developer of Popper 2 (see review) which was launched pretty early in the Marketplace. But now with developers finally having access to their numbers, he noticed just how lackluster his game was doing: 600 downloads/156 sales, even though he notes it is "...the 20th highest rated overall for all apps and games on the phone". At a $1.29 a sale, we can see that he's not exactly rolling in money from this game.

In turn, he goes through and lists a range of reasons as to why he thinks this may be the case (and he's far from the first developer to say such things). The reasons range fro the Xbox Live "filter" which gives higher precedence to those games over indie apps, no ability in the marketplace to sort by popularity, "featured" games and more,  For developers, he gives a few tips on how to better increase presence, including offer a free or lite version, social networks, etc. If we were a developer, we would think this to be a solid read.

From our perspective as consumers, "games" on Windows Phone 7 are almost too bountiful and we agree--with no real way to sort games by ratings/popularity, it makes it hard. Take for instance Decimation X2 which we covered here--by all means not selling well, though it's my #1 game by a long shot. It was discovered by accident on my part. Combined with increased users and early adopters, social networking, sites like ours for reviews, etc. we hope that developers will be able to profit. But then again, even Apple's App Store tells a similar story with the biggest, most popular apps being free and with over 300,000 programs available, we imagine most get lost in the crowd. Agree or disagree with Reiss's comments? Discuss in comments.

Source: Silverlight Games 101

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