Recent Articles

Headlines

3 years ago

Opera Mini ported to Windows Phone but limitations abound

8

In an interesting and unexpected twist, Opera Mini (not to be confused with Opera Mobile) has surprisingly been ported to Windows Phone and posted over at XDA. It comes from the Windows Mobile code but has an extra "layer" to interface/work on Windows Phone 7--that's the good news. The bad news is it can only run on devices with custom ROMs like DFT meaning interop and dev unlocked phones are out, for now.

The file is only 1.13MB in size and Windows Phone Hacker notes that "...the dev obfuscated his code. Thankfully, we already know how it works, which is surprisingly simple. Time to hack ;)" meaning perhaps we'll understand more about what is going on with this and what is not. What we can take from this experience is that Opera Mini could evidently be ported to Windows Phone, if Opera wanted to do so, but due to perhaps Microsoft blocking such an app in the Marketplace, not worth their effort.

We're sure we'll be seeing more on this project soon. Though we do have to wonder: compared to IE9, how good can this be?

Source: XDA; via WPSauce, Windows Phone Hacker

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Tilt Shift

8
8

Windows Phone App Review: Tilt Shift

Tilt shift lenses have been around for some time and now the effect is available for your Windows Phone camera via the app Tilt Shift. The tilt shift effect can trick your eyes into viewing a photo as a miniature scene but for the most part it gives your images a narrower focal point.

So what is a tilt shift lens? In a nutshell it manipulates plane of focus to change the image's depth of field into a wedge or circular shape. The wedge shape does give landscapes and scenic shots a bit of a miniature look while the circular shape reminds me of looking through a Coke bottle bottom.

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

How opinions of Windows Phone are evolving

39

Since launch, Windows Phone has been struggling to get into the market at a late point in time. Opinions from owners who are on other platforms were almost identical, "Windows Phone will never take off." Granted, it's been a fairly difficult year for not only the development team, but for consumers and app developers alike. We've all huddled together and can agree on one thing - we've travelled through thick and thin rather successfully thus far.

Now Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) is out and second generation handsets (HTC Titan, Samsung Focus S, Nokia Lumia 800, etc.) are making headlines, we've seen some heads turn to the platform as a viable contender in this competitive mobile market, which the fragmented Android dominates. Rich Trenholm, UK Editor at CNET, is a good example on some well known names moving over from a competitor.

More →
4
0
0
0
3 years ago

Halo Waypoint with ATLAS is now live in the Marketplace

4

For those yearning for the big v1.3 update to the Halo Waypoint app, your wait is over. As reported the other day, Microsoft delivered on the 10th as promised. Here's quick refresh on the addition of ATLAS:

"Halo ATLAS uses maps (sponsored by Brady Games) to provide valuable multiplayer data to Halo Reach and Anniversary players. When we say Halo Anniversary players, we really mean Reach players because the non-campaign Anniversary multiplayer simply piggybacks off of Reach.

The connectivity with Reach is possible because during multiplayer games, Reach constantly sends out packets of data called heartbeats that contain gameplay status. Halo ATLAS provides a bunch of that information in near-real-time to smartphone users."

Pretty huge deal and probably the second most anticipated update this week (Xbox Companion being number one, of course).  Read the rest of our detailed post for all the changes or just head here to the Marketplace to get the update/new version.

Thanks, Aaron J., for the tip!

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 Gorilla Glass tortured [Video]

20

We've already had the Nokia Lumia 800 survive a two story fall onto concrete, which shows how strong the build quality it. But how does the Gorilla Glass perform against some scratches, drops and whatnot? The above video is of YouTube user Titanas attempting to test how tough the glass is with general pocket use. Note that this is not a stress test by any means, let's not call "lame!" because he hasn't used a hammer and nail since you more than likely wouldn't have such items in your pocket accompanied by the Windows Phone.

Source: YouTube, Via: Windows Phone Daily

More →
1
0
0
0
3 years ago

CleverBot Chat app hits the Marketplace

6

Bored with nobody to text? Take a look at CleverBot Chat.

CleverBot Chat is a novelty chat app that allows you to chat with the online Cleverbot AI (but was not developed by Cleverbot).  Conversations can be about anything you want but beware the conversation may take on a life of its own.

Interface is your typical SMS messaging screen with text boxes for your's and CleverBot's messages. In just tinkering with CleverBot Chat, I've had conversations about religion, football, what's the best smartphone (CleverBot says the iPhone) and what I should cook for dinner (chicken). Every now and then CleverBot would get a little grumpy, insulting or change the topic completely.

Once you exit the app, the conversation is deleted. For the most part, CleverBot Chat ran smoothly but I did receive a few "Failure to Send" errors on messages.  Nothing to pull your hair out over but noticeable.

If you're looking for an interesting novelty app, CleverBot Chat is worth a try.  CleverBot Chat is a free, ad-supported app the you can download here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.  

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Metro Lockscreen Creator

0
3 years ago

MyCraigsAds updated to v2.5 with Mango support

1

MyCraigsAds has been updated to version 2.5, which brings with it support for Mango.  The new version also brings along a couple new features, toast alerts and the ability to add live tiles.  We gave the previous version a solid 7.0 rating back in November, and the new features only adds to it.  If you are looking for a Craigs List app, check it out.

You can pick it up in the Marketplace for a reasonable $1.99 by clicking here with a free trial. There's also a free, lite version here.

via WPCentral Forums

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Sonic 4 Mango update turns the music back on

2

The arrival of the Mango update has been a great thing for Windows Phone Xbox Live gamers, with a few exceptions. Specifically, Twin Blades couldn’t run on Mango until it got patched, and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I began to experience a nasty sound bug. Thankfully Sonic 4 received a Mango update today that fixes things right up.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I version 1.1 release notes

  • Added Fast App Switching support
  • Fixed sound bug that occurred when players earned an extra life, causing the music to stop

Sonic 4 is a great touch-screen platformer that captures nearly all of the magic of its console counterpart. Now that its tunes are working properly again, fans of the blue hedgehog can step into his shoes and thwart Dr. Eggman’s plans as intended. If you haven’t played the game yet, give our review a look.

Sonic 4 costs $6.99 and there is a free trial. Pick it up here on the Marketplace. To learn about Sonic CD, the follow up/prequel to Sonic 4, check out our developer interview.

Thanks to Mark Tepper for the tip!

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

NFC already supported in Windows Phone 7.5 [Updated]

9

Near field communication (NFC) is certainly one of the bigger technologies to come out in mobile phones in the last year, but its mainstream appeal won't become evident till 2012. Whether or not Windows Phone currently supports it though has not been well understood. While Microsoft (and Nokia) have made it  clear that NFC is on their roadmap, we don't know if if and when that will happen.

Now in an interview with TechRadar, Will Coleman, developer evangelist and product manager at Microsoft UK, has stated that our current OS does have NFC on board but no OEM has added it to their hardware yet:

"As far as I'm aware, NFC is supported by [Windows Phone], but needs to be enabled by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). So, if any OEM wants to enable it, that can be done by all means. Think it's about just about timing, in the not too distant future there are some exciting things that will be coming through with NFC from Microsoft."

That is certainly interesting. We can of course speculate why no one has added NFC including lack of wide-spread support, Microsoft has yet to roll out any supporting services and cost-reduction in devices. Of course to our enthusiasts out there, no reason would be satisfactory.

Even Keith Varty, head of apps and partnerships for Nokia has chimed in on the matter:

"NFC isn't an if, it's a when, it will happen. Obviously there's no NFC on our launch devices, so it's difficult to comment too much on that, but the main divisions between secure and non-secure [NFC] mean there's bags of opportunity for the technology [on our phones] especially with so many operators launching services. We need to get a [Windows Phone] device into the marketplace with NFC capabilities, and when we do we can really start to showcase our services".

For some of us, the benefit of NFC is a bit weak right now without any official services to support--we don't have a Google Wallet and 'beaming' still looks like a ways off. But we think the next round for Nokia and other OEMs should finally see NFC being added and used to a significant degree.

Updated: There once again looks to be some confusion around this issue and we're now being told that NFC is not currently supported in Windows Phone 7.5 but of course that it is coming in 2012--obviously there is some nitty-gritty tech bits that are being glossed over, but Microsoft is taking the line that it is not currently on board in any form. Take that as you will. From Microsoft:

"While Near Field Communications is not currently supported on Windows Phone 7.5, it is coming. We expect NFC-enabled Windows Phone devices to ship within the next year."

Source: TechRadar; via Windows Phone Metro; Thanks, Steven S, for the tip!

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Thanks to divine intervention, two games coming to Xbox Live next week

8

We’ve already mentioned that our friends at IronSun Studios (that’s SUN, not SON) will be releasing Battlewagon on Xbox Live next week. But that is only half of next week’s story. WPCentral is proud to announce that there will be two Xbox Live releases on December 14!  Joining Battlewagon will be Doodle God, from the fine folks at JoyBits.

Doodle God surprisingly doesn’t have much to do with doodles, but it’s got the god part pretty well covered. Players take on the role of a creator by combining numerous elements to create even more elements. Discovering every element will take lots of time and creativity. It’s like chemistry, but fun!

Interestingly, Doodle God was previously available as an indie title but has now been removed from the Marketplace - just like IonBall disappearing when IonBallEX came out. Doodle God is also the second Xbox Live title from a Russian developer, following last month’s strange and addictive Farm Frenzy 2.

Doodle God and Battlewagon will both be available on Wednesday, December 14. Each game will cost $2.99. You can try the free Flash version of Doodle God right now.

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 begins global roll out

11

We've seen leaked images of the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710 and now Nokia has officially announced that their latest Windows Phone is available today in Taiwan and shipping to Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Russia within the next seven days. The global roll-out will expand to other markets in the coming weeks.

T-Mobile is still scheduled to hold an event in New York on December 14th which will be a shocker if it's not about the Lumia 710.

The Lumia 710 will sport a 3.7" screen, 5mp camera, 8GB of storage and weighs in at 4.4 ounces. Like the Lumia 800, the 710 lacks a front facing camera.  The Lumia 710 will also sport swappable battery covers so you can personalize things a bit.  

Estimated retail price is 270 Euro (about $361 US).

source: Nokia

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Security Toolkit

9

While it has practical applications, Security Toolkit for your Windows Phone is just a neat app to play with. It turns your Windows Phone into a mobile security system with alarms and surveillance abilities.  To do so, Security Toolkit makes use of your Windows Phone camera, microphone and Wifi.

Security Toolkit does go beyond the coolness factor by offering you a discreet, mobile security system.  While I can see Security Toolkit being featured on Hawaii Five-O to help McGarrett solve the next big case it can easily be used in every day adventures.  The motion camera can be used to see who's been sneaking into the break room refrigerator or while traveling to help keep an eye on your hotel room. The remote camera can be used to monitor your children playing in another room or for use as a baby monitor.  The motion alarm can be used to keep your Windows Phone safe from curious hands.  

More →
2
0
0
0
3 years ago

Windows Phone ad focuses on the Samsung Omnia W

23

There's a new Windows Phone advertisement out on Youtube that is highlighting the Samsung Omnia W that hit overseas markets late last month. The Omnia W succeeds the Omnia 7 and is basically the overseas version of the AT&T Samsung Focus Flash.

The minute long ad focuses on the Super AMOLED screen of the Omnia W and covers key features of the Windows Phone platform including the Peoples Hub, SkyDrive, Video Calling and gaming. It's a nice looking advertisement that not only shows you the capabilities of a Windows Phone but also the wide range of consumers the Omnia W can appeal to.

via: wmpoweruser

More →
6
0
0
0
3 years ago

AT&T stores stepping up advertising a tad?

16

AT&T is in a tight pickle around this site: they're at once awesome, for having the Focus S, Titan and Flash in addition to being the largest carrier in the US. That's good for Windows Phone. On the other hand, they tend be a bit sloppy sometimes and at their support for Microsoft has been bit under whelming (but we're a bit biased here too).

Some of that may be changing. We've seen some effective commercials, they do have plans for Nokia and though their stores are a bit haphazard, at least we now see some in-store promotion going on. From this pic from reader Jeff B., we can see AT&T pushing the $25-app card that Microsoft is sponsoring for new phone purchases.

Game changer? No. But we think AT&T is trying here so we'll give a tiny golf clap. Let us know if you see anything similar in your local AT&T store. Now give us an epic Titan commercial and we'll be happy ;-)

Thanks, Jeff, for the report!

More →
0
0
0
0
Show More Headlines

Pages