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3 years ago

Purity - Mango App Spotlight

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Purity - Mango App Spotlight

Purity is a tile based, puzzle game for your Windows Phone. The concept is simple but challenging. You have a series of tiles that you have to navigate through from point A to point B, absorbing them all along the way. Choose your route carefully because once the tile is absorbed, you can't go back (well...almost).

Purity has 60 levels of play and as you progress up the levels, they become more challenging and special tiles (teleports, shields, connectors, etc.) come into play. Each level can be re-playable so you can try to best your score.

Movement is a little on the tricky side. You control your player (a white orb) by pressing and holding the screen to get a 4-way controller to appear. Slide your finger in the direction you want your orb to move. Should you make a boneheaded move or fall asleep at the wheel, there is a rewind feature. Just tap the screen with two fingers and your player rewinds one move. The movement controls do take a little time to get used to but once you get the hang of things, Purity is an enjoyable, "fun to pass the time with" game for your Windows Phone.

Purity is a free, ad-supported game for your Windows Phone that you can download here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

AT&T Samsung Focus S - Review

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AT&T Samsung Focus S - Review

On November 6th AT&T released the Samsung Focus Flash and Focus S to their Windows Phone line up. We've already taken a look at the Focus Flash and now turn our attention to Focus S.

Similar in design to the Samsung Galaxy Android devices, the Focus S sports a 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen. While the surface area of the S is large, it's size is diminished by being only .33" thin. The Focus S feels comfortable in the hand, has a very nice screen and comes with all the bells and whistles Windows Phone Mango has to offer.

The Focus S's pricing point and features will make it a high-end Windows Phone when compared to the Samsung Focus Flash or HTC Radar. The S is a solid performer and if you're a fan of large screen, well built Windows Phones the Focus S a very good option to pursue. To find out all the details on the Samsung Focus S, just make the jump past the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Omnia W now available in the UK

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The Samsung Omnia W has hit the shores of the UK and is now available at a couple different sites.  Play has Samsung's new Mango handset in stock for £339.99, SIM-free, with free shipping.  Alternatively, you can pre-order a free Omnia W at BuyMobilePhones on an O2 contract for as little as £15.68 per month.  That plan will get you 100 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data monthly.  BuyMobilePhones does not have an arrival date listed as of yet, so if you want a quick fix, Play is the way to go.

The Samsung Omnia W becomes the third Mango-native handset in the UK, along with the Nokia Lumia 800 and the HTC Titan.  It sports a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz processor, 5MP camera, front-facing camera, and 1500mAh battery.

Source: Play, BuyMobilePhones; Via: SOMobile

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3 years ago

Minecraft clone Survivalcraft coming to Windows Phone, looks good and blocky

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Minecraft is a wildly successful sandbox building game for PCs. The game is best known for its distinctive retro 3D art style as well as the amazing constructions that people build with it. Minecraft is coming to Xbox 360 as a Kinect title in 2012, but unfortunately the Minecraft Pocket Edition is an Android exclusive. Is there no hope for Windows Phone Minecraft fans?

The answer to that question should be readily apparent to anyone familiar with the Xbox 360 indie gaming scene. The 360 is already home to a number of fully-featured Minecraft clones, including Total Miner (the best clone) and FortressCraft (the first clone). XBLIG games are relatively easy to port to Windows Phone, so one of those titles shouldn’t be far behind… Then again, we still don’t have any XBLIG RPG ports, so clearly somebody at Microsoft needs to get more XBLIG devs into the WP7 development scene.

Not to worry, though – we’re still getting a Minecraft clone, developed exclusively for Windows Phone. Dubbed Survivalcraft, it seems to have most of the things you’d expect from this type of game: large, randomly generated worlds, mining, crafting objects with mined materials, and building stuff. It’s coming from a small indie developer so I wouldn’t expect much more out of the gate, but even the ingredients I just listed should make for an enjoyable portable experience.

Survivalcraft is currently undergoing certification. In the meantime, check out the developer’s remarkably sparse blog for a few extra details. We’ll let you know when Survivalcraft comes out of the darkness and into the light of the Marketplace.

Source: WP7Connect

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3 years ago

Third party SIM unlock for AT&T Focus S now available

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For those you bought a Samsung Focus S, you'll of course know it's SIM locked to the AT&T network. For those who travel abroad and don't want to rely on AT&T's roaming plans or maybe for those who want to just permanently use it overseas, you can now pay for a SIM unlock.

The service comes by way of 'Samsung IMEI Unlock' which takes payment via Paypal and SWReg and sends the code "nearly instantly". While prices for Samsung devices start at $20, the Focus S will hit your wallet for $29.75.

That's not exactly cheap but for the freedom of not being tied to AT&T, we suppose it's not a bad option. Of course you can always try and haggle with AT&T to do this for free, but last we check they like to have a six-month wait policy before conceding the code. So, options are nice to have.

Source: SamsungIMEIUnlock.com; Thanks, @djdurance, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft, Samsung team up for new Focus Flash commercial

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While we haven't heard of any reports yet of this being shown on TV, it sure looks like it was made for it and we hope to see it soon.

The ad features the Focus Flash (see review), AT&T's name for the Omnia W, and two guys joking around, showing off the social-network integration, including live updates, photo uploads and more. It's fairly effective.

Lots of folks have asked for these ads to show off the actual OS and how it's easier--we think this goes in that direction and adds a few laughs too. While it's a different approach than the Radar 4G ad, we think bother offer interesting glimpses into Windows Phone--plus it's just nice to see ads for once.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: IronSun Studios follows up IonBallEX with Battlewagon

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IronSun Studios' IonBallEX (review) nicely filled a niche in the Xbox lineup. Their new title BattleWagon looks to do the same, but this time it doesn't fit an established genre so closely.

The developer describes Battlewagon as an arcade action/strategy game. Players equip a medieval Battlewagon with various weapons and upgrades and then send it to invade enemy castles. Combat uses simple, one-touch controls that should be well-suited to mobile play. With 68 levels that take place across the four seasons and some lovely Amiga-esque graphics, Battlewagon should provide a fresh and lengthy gameplay experience.

Battlewagon is currently targeted for a late December release. It will require Mango out of the gate, which shouldn't be a problem by then. We’ll let you know when the release date and price become official.

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3 years ago

Flash game Ghostscape materializes on Xbox Live on November 30

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It’s been a while since we learned about a mobile Xbox Live game’s release date more than a week in advance. Well, we can now mark November 30 on our calendars, as that’s when Ghostscape is coming to Windows Phone, according to the friendly and communicative developer, Psionic Games.

Ghostscape originated as a free flash game, which you can play right here on Kongregate. It is an old-school adventure game, played from a first-person perspective. Enter a creepy haunted house, solve puzzles, and take photographs of ghosts to eliminate them. Along the way you’ll collect diary pages and piece together the house’s sordid history. It was once the location of the Republican Convention. BOO! Just kidding.

The Windows Phone version adds new puzzles, areas, and items to the original design. The Achievements mostly revolve around photographing everything in the game, but there’s also one for beating it in less than 20 minutes. Hope you like speed runs!

Ghostscape comes to life on Wednesday, November 30. It will cost $2.99. 

ViaWP7 Connect

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3 years ago

Find WP wallpapers easily at WPWallpaper.com

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We've covered some wallpaper packs before, not to mention full size wallpapers being trimmed to fit the 480x800 resolution on Windows Phones. Unfortunately, should one not be familiar with a photo editing suite, then creating wallpapers can be a daunting task. Thankfully, WPWallpapers has been launched. This new website will focus on building a database of wallpapers that are ready for deployment, and can be downloaded easily.

But, how easy? Scanning Microsoft Tags easy. Each submitted (and approved) wallpaper will have a tag associated with it and will allow easy download by scanning away. A handy resource for those who change wallpapers often.

Source: WPWallpaper

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3 years ago

Homebrew app to restart your Windows Phone

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Here's another cool and useful tool for you Homebrew folks: Mang Restart.

The app comes from singularity0821, the same XDA'er who gave us that Battery Live Tile app that we reported on the other day. In a similar fashion, this app can be run as a standalone or pinned to your Start screen as a Tile for quick access. In the app itself you have an toggle for a confirmation screen to pop up to prevent accidental presses.

We just installed it on three phones (you don't need interop unlock status) and it has worked without a glitch. Pretty cool if you need to occasionally restart or just want the option (and you find holding down the power button too hard, ya lazy bum). Head to the source link for the XAP file to sideload up.

Source: XDA Forums; via WPXbox

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3 years ago

Microsoft celebrates Windows Phone with NYC mash-up video

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Besides that New York City party vid, Microsoft also had the big Monday-Herald Square celebration summarized in a neat "mash up" video. And although we were there for the whole thing, we have to admit, Micrososft hired some awesome videographers and editors and they made it look waaay exciting and cool.

Anyways, it's a great video to get you excited about using Windows Phone and being part of one of that fastet growing communities around. Oh and the "We are not robots"? Nice Android zing there, Microsoft. (Golf clap)

Source: Windows Phone YouTube

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3 years ago

Microsoft's "Spend the Night" Tour continues...

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Microsoft's "Spend the Night with Windows Phone" tour continues this weekend, stopping in Chicago tonight and tomorrow. We enjoyed the New York City stop and the only downside is that the tour can't hit more cities.

Microsoft shared their coverage of the New York City event over on their Windows Phone YouTube Channel and you can check out our coverage here.  If we aren't mistaken, around the 1:54 mark in the video we think that's Dan doing his best head-banger impersonation.  Regardless it does look like Matt and Kim rocked the house.

From Chicago, the Spend the Night tour heads to these cities

  • Dallas November 16-17th
  • Los Angeles November 30th, December 1st
  • San Francisco December 6-7th.

You can RSVP for these events over at the Windows Phone Facebook page and the first twenty people to reserve for each night will bet a VIP upgrade. Space is limited so reserve your spot today.

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3 years ago

Qualcomm working with Nokia on a Windows Phone road map

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Enrico Salvatori, president of Qualcomm CDMA technologies in Europe, has informed TechRadar that the chip geniuses are working with Nokia on a roadmap of handsets, and the single core Lumia family is just the beginning.

We are working on a road map [with Nokia] and not a single device, a single launch. It's an important collaboration for Qualcomm, so we are very excited about working together. It's been very effective in terms of time to market because we developed the phone together. It's been a very successful development.

Salvatori moves onto state that it was an achievement to get the Lumia 710 and 800 to market within a tight time frame, which no one can disagree with. He also notes that Qualcomm is proud to support Windows Phone and is currently the only chipset on the game board.

The Nokia collaboration is also very much about the Windows Phone ecosystem and, of course, we at Qualcomm, as you know, are supporting on our platform the Windows Phone software and actually at the moment we are the only supplier supporting the integrated solution.

Of course, we know that ST-Ericsson is set to supply the Finnish handset manufacturer with low-end chips for more affordable devices, which Nokia (and Microsoft) are looking to introduce. There's no denying that it's going to be exciting to see what future low-end (and more advance) hardware comes to the platform.

Source: TechRadar

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3 years ago

Nokia bringing "a number of phones" to Canada in early 2012

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It was but yesterday that we were lamenting the state of Windows Phone in Canada and wondering when we might hear about some Gen-2 devices heading that way.  Apparently, in all of the Nokia World hub-bub on October 26, we missed that Nokia Canada held a media event of their own in Toronto, showcasing the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800.  According to Richard White, General Manager of Nokia Canada, who was at the event, both Lumias (and possibly other Nokia handsets) should hit Canadian shelves in early 2012.

“We’ll have a number of Windows Phone devices, these or similarly spec’d devices, from multiple carriers available to Canadians in early 2012″

White did not elaborate on what models would be available, nor did he provide a specific timetable for their arrival.  He simply noted that Nokia is "working hard to make sure they’re here as soon as possible”.  That should be refreshing news to anyone who was worried about the Canadian coldspell.

Source: MobileSyrup, Thanks for the tip, Marcus!

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3 years ago

Rain Will Fall heading to the Marketplace

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Rain Will Fall is a new game in development for your Windows Phone that will feature real time, multi-player mode. With the multi-player mode you can play against other Rain Will Fall players anywhere at anytime.

The game will also feature two game modes, Story and Mission along with online leaderboards. Just from the trailer Rain Will Fall comes across as a fast paced, fantasy game for your Windows Phone.

No word on pricing and according to the developer, we should see Rain Will Fall in the Marketplace sometime next week.

Thanks goes out to Tishawn for sharing this tip!

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