Glow Artisan was first released in December of 2009 as DSiWare for the ubiquitous Nintendo DSi handheld gaming device. It was received with fantastic reviews from nearly every critic and gamer to give it a go.
If anything, Glow Artisan is a bit overwhelming and fantastic. Powerhead Games has constructed a puzzle game with such depth and scale that every other game within the same genre has been put to shame. I mean, there are puzzle games and then there's Glow Artisan. A puzzle game's puzzle game. Now that Glow Artisan has been ported to WP7 as part of the library of Xbox Live Arcade games we'll have to see how well this puzzler translates to a single screen. So far, things look fantastically overwhelming.
Dave Amenta has brought the popular Google Chrome to Phone Android application to Windows Phone 7.
Chrome to WP7 (now called Send to WP7) allows you to push a web address to your Windows Phone from your desktop browser. The URL will appear in the Chrome to WP7 app where you can either email the link or launch the URL via your mobile browser. To see how well the Chrome app transitioned to Windows Phone 7, hit the break.
Update: As of Dec 10th, the app is now called Send to WP7
While the rest of us have moved on to Windows Phone 7, there once was a killer device (sans CPU) called the Touch Pro 2 running Windows Mobile 6.5. And although some of us have forgotten it, it looks like Verizon and HTC have not as they just released a maintenance package, MR3, on November 30th. It's last update was in June.
Unfortunately, no change log is present though we may get some feedback from fellow readers on any changes. Good on Verizon and HTC for keeping with those updates.
Have you experienced this problem? You get your new Windows Phone, you sync up your contacts and then you add a few to the Start screen, using those nifty dynamic squares. And then you notice it: the terrible, crappy resolution and blurriness. You think to yourself: "That's not how it looks on the commercial!"
Well, we think we figured it out. It's not Microsoft's fault and it's not a bug. We're going to bet you sync with our frienemy Google, right?
That's the culprit. Google. Don't believe me or think we're alone? See here and here for starters.
What happens is when you take a photo on your phone, add it to contacts and then it syncs back to Google's servers they then downsize the photo and resync it back to you. Awesome, eh?
What is the solution? There are two and we'll detail both after the break...
Update: Pandora is walking back the earlier Tweet a bit as can be seen above. Like always, we need to treat Tweets as extension of customer service, but not necessarily the company line. Here's to hoping that Pandora has something in the works.
In a nasty blow to Microsoft and despite their wooing, it looks like Pandora is going to sit on the sidelines for Windows Phone 7--that is until demand makes it hard to ignore.
In a recent Tweet, the developer said that "they don't have any plans for a WP7 app" which is sort of strange since they were announced as a launch partner. One would think that no-background play may be an issue, but they certainly had no problem kowtowing to Apple over that one. We also know Microsoft often offers to pay for the development of high-demand apps, so we don't know what went wrong here.
Alas, the saving grace is there are alternatives on the market e.g. Slacker Radio. Once Windows Phone 7 gets "Smart DJ" functionality, we'll see less need for Pandora anyways.
While the Asus mystery device has been solved, a new one featuring HTC is now afoot. Called the HTC PD29130, the phone completed testing on November 10th but just received approval this morning.
Featuring AT&T 3G bands, it is more than likely headed to that carrier though the question remains: what is it? CellFanatic thinks it is the AT&T branded version of the HD7, which is certainly plausible. Another likely candidate is the 7 Pro, which although it is headed to Sprint soon also has a GSM variant.
Either way, it looks like AT&T is getting ready for that second wave by late winter/early spring. Sounds good to us.
A few months ago, we saw a pic of some mystery Asus device as well as some video of it being used. At the time, we speculated that it was headed to AT&T and while that's not 100% confirmed, it's looking more likely. The phone, now called the E600, was spotted at the FCC recently sporting your typical Windows Phone 7 specs:
Overall, the device looks quite slick. It would be tough competition between that and Samsung Focus, though we think the Focus may edge it out just a bit (larger battery, great camera, super AMOLED, etc.). It also looks like Asus is going ahead, without Garmin, with their Windows Phone 7 launch, though who knows how committed they are. No confirmation on dates or pricing, though we imagine this will hit with the "second wave" of releases, starting with CDMA phones.
IronSun Studios is offering Ionball over at the Marketplace. Ionball is a Breakout styled game that is presented, as described by the developer, in a unique SteamPunk style.
The game play itself isn't anything new. The object is to destroy the tiles by bouncing a ball into them. You keep the ball bouncing by virtue of a paddle board at the bottom of the screen. Miss the ball with the paddle and you loose a life.
To see if Ionball is a breakout of a game, ease on past the break.
If you browse the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace under the Tools category, the one thing that stands out is the vast amount of flashlight apps that are present. If my count is correct (and I openly admit I may have missed one) there are thirty flashlight apps available.
Most, if not all, simply open a white screen that is bright enough to use as a light source. Some version come with options ranging from having the ability to turn on/off the light to having strobe or colored lights. Flashlight 7 offers a light pattern that spells S.O.S. in Morse Code as well as a police light (blue and red flashing) pattern. Luckily there's enough variations with the thirty or so flashlight apps to keep them from getting boring.
These flashlight apps can come in handy. If you hunting for keys, the power goes out at the house and all you can find is your Windows Phone, if the kids need a nightlight for nighttime road trips, and other emergency or spur of the moment needs.
For those of you leaving on the edge of your Windows Phone 7 software (e.g. Google Maps, ringtone manager), you would be a little experienced with installing .XAP files (pronounced "zap") which are basically the WP7 version of .CABs. While installing them isn't that hard (Start Menu --> Windows Phone Developer Tools --> Application Deployment --> Select file), looks like someone wanted to make it even easier.
If you remember the old add on .cab installer for Windows Mobile called CabViaActiveSync, this app by Tom Condon should be very familiar: it basically allows one-click install of any .xap file on your computer. Simply download the zip, extract the .exe and Run As Administrator. Now, whenever you click on a .xap file, you'll get the above dialog screen allowing direct installs to the phone.
While many of you haven't unlocked yet and the Homebrew scene is still in its infancy, we recommend you bookmark this or make a mental note as this app will be very useful later on.
Looks like Tech Autos has accepted the challenge and released a simple but fully functional Google Maps application. The app right just brings down the maps and shows your location, so not too useful. But the developer plans to add Address / point-of-interest search, Directions and Favorites, making the program much more useful.
The bad news: You have to have your phone unlocked/jailbroken as a developer or by using the now defunct ChevronWP7. The latter is more difficult because you actually need a certificate that was hosted on their servers. Luckily XDA has your back on that one.
All right you Final Fantasy nerds, if we know one thing, we know the following video footage will get you all giddy.
Somehow, someway, Final Fantasy VII is evidently running on Windows Phone 7.
When we look back at those 50 Xbox launch titles, we don't recall seeing anything from Square Enix, so we're thining "Homebrew" here. Then again, what's with those official looking Windows Phone logos? What is even more exciting is the tease at the end of the video where it says "Rejoice. It's coming. And maybe not only this one PSOne Classic" obviously alluding to other major titles. Odd timing too, what with that utterly craptastic Playstation Phone becoming more of a reality tonight. The poster does say this:
This is some footage of the current progress of "FFWP7". In this version it still looks like the timeless classic for the PlayStation 1, but maybe there'll be a graphical upgrade.There's a lot of power in a WP7-Device and so the highly-anticipated remake of FF7 could be the result :)
Could this be some awesome, side loaded emulator? Or is it the real-deal? We'll leave that to you. Discuss.