3 years ago
Submit your Mango app updates now and your 7.0 updates later
With WP 7.5 Mango devices already rolling out around the world, like in Japan, Russia and France, it was only a matter of time before developers would be able to submit an update to their apps to work with the latest version of Windows Phone. As announced by Todd Brix on the official Windows Phone Developer Blog, you may now submit your applications to the Windows Phone Mango marketplace. For developers that are submitting updates to their existing apps that run on WP 7.0 the normal caveats apply; existing users with 7.0 devices will not receive the new functionality that comes with Mango-compatible version of your app, but they will be able to continue using the app as it is.
Unfortunately, as we've already known, this is going to be an annoyance for many of our hard-working developers who will want to update their existing apps to WP 7.5, and still update their apps for WP 7.0 users as well. Thankfully, by the end of October, that problem should be all but vanquished. The app submission process will be getting a nice change to provide developers with a dual-update path on their existing apps, meaning that they'll not be limited to adding features only for Mango device owners, but will now have a way to keep supporting their existing 7.0 users.
To help distinguish app feature-sets from 7.0 and 7.5 versions within the marketplace, a small text overlay has been created to be added to screenshots for all apps with a 7.5 upgrade path (shown above). Hopefully, this will help clear some of the confusion that users will have as they browse through app screenshots to see features that they can't access on their 7.0-based devices.
While it's nice that they'll be making this dual-update process available for developers, it's a shame that it will be so long before it arrives in October. We can't expect them to make everything so easy on us, can we?
Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog Thanks goes out to Terry for the tip!
3 years ago
Windows Phone considered by 44% of current and potential smartphone owners
This is an interesting report about the continuing rise of interest in Windows Phone. It's amusing to remember the skepticism earlier this year before and after the release of NoDo, yet the platform is still growing at a steady pace and Microsoft has big plans to include the platform with Windows 8 and Xbox to create a unified ecosystem.
Connected Intelligence has reported that Android is the most preferred OS among current smartphone owners and those who intend to purchase a new handset within the next 6 months. 44% of these owners and potential smartphone owners are considering Windows Phone as a credible option.
Check out the press release after the break.
3 years ago
Vodafone group to roll Mango out tomorrow
Nearly a week ago we saw Vodafone Australia announce that they've completed testing of the Mango update and are awaiting Microsoft's green light to roll it out to customers. We now have a report over at Windows Smartphones in Germany that puts September 21st (that's tomorrow) as the planned roll-out day for the Vodafone Group, according to a credible source.
It's almost the fall that Joe Belfiore so graciously reminded us is the time of Mango, so will we see the update heading to Vodafone customers within the next few days? Hopefully so.
Source: Windows Smartphones (Bing Translate), thanks Matthias for the tip!
3 years ago
SSH Client released [Mango]
Some really functional apps are appearing for Mango, which is superb news. SSH Client is no different, providing server administrators and geeks the tools to connect via SSH (Secure Shell) to installations. While this is something easily achieved via terminal, it's a feature that I'm sure many would love to see come to Windows Phone.
The app itself supports an on-screen keyboard, private key support, terminal font and the ability to save connections for future use. A paid version is on the way which will include Telnet support, Url parsing, more configurable settings, portrait mode, live tiles for pinning connections, backlog support, customisable click-areas on screen for quick commands, support for common commands including Ctrl, Alt, Esc, Tab, Cursor keys and much more. You can download SSH Client over at the Marketplace.
Thanks for the heads up Tommi!
3 years ago
Tentacles gets a Mango update, Doodle Jump not so much
Looks like some Xbox LIVE titles are still getting updated for the NoDo and Mango crowd.
The first up is the big hit Tentatcles which was bumped to v1.1 and is now Mangoized with fast-app resume and presumably 60 FPS (hard to tell since the game is not so fast to begin with). We're also going to bet this includes some of those fixes we reported on earlier. The update can be found here with this Zune link.
The other Xbox LIVE game would be Doodle Jump, which also is bumped to v1.1 but surprsingly it's a NoDo version with some bug fixes (we're working on a exact changlog). Too bad about the lack of Mango, but we bet the majority of you NoDo users are happy with the update. Doodle Jump can be found here in the Marketplace.
We'll try to get more info on what exactly these updates brought to the table. Stay tuned. Thanks, Cyrus1989, for the tip
3 years ago
HTC phones to use less metal, more plastic
In an unexpected series of events, news today has HTC reducing the number of smartphones with metal chassis from 60% to 30% in 2012 with a plastic becoming more widely used. The result of the rumors resulted in a 2.1% drop in stock for the smartphone chassis manufacturing company Catcher.
HTC is one of Catcher's largest clients and such a move by HTC could result in a 15-20% reduction in revenues for the chassis builder. No official word from either HTC or Catcher as to why HTC would drop metal from the mix.
Less metal would mean lighter phones and maybe less interference with the phone's reception. There are some rather sturdy plastics out there but if this move to plastic holds true, do you think HTC's build quality will suffer? Does it matter what is used to build the frames as long as it will hold up to the daily grind?
source: Digitimes via: wmpu
3 years ago
Parachute Panic also got a Live Tile. Wait, what?
Yes, in the first for an Xbox LIVE game, Parachute Panic also picked up a double-sided Live Tile with that latest Mango update. Now that we received the complete changelog from the company, we were able to verfify that indeed, it shows your highest score achieved on one side, the regular icon on the other.
Sure, it's not the biggest deal in the world, but between the ringtone that they gave us and this, FDG has kind of outdone themselves. In fact, we think all Xbox LIVE games should do this. Here's the rest of the changelog, most of which we already knew:
- Live Tile support (shows the current highscore in the Tile)
- Fast App Switching
- Exclusive Ringtone for our WP7 fans
- Tons of bugs and minor issues fixed
3 years ago
PhotoWeather Live in the Marketplace forecast [Mango]
The developers of the Windows Phone weather app, Photoweather, have a new weather app in the works for Windows Phone Mango. At this point, we aren't sure if this will be an update to Photoweather or a stand alone app. The app is close to being submitted for certification and while there are a few bugs present, we thought we'd offer you a preview of Photoweather Live.
For those not familiar, Photoweather is a basic weather app for your Windows Phone. Photoweather not only offers you the current conditions and forecast for your selected city but also photos of local attractions. Photoweather Live will bring Mango features into the mix but as well as giving things a bit of a face lift. Instead of having all the information displayed on one page, you now have the same information spread out across three pages.
The Today Page provides you with the current conditions for your forecast city, the Week Page offers a four day forecast, and the About Page provides the local photos. Settings touch on using your Windows Phone location data, turning on/off an illustrated background, and how you want the weather information displayed.
The new Live Tile and Push Notifications allow you to pin weather tiles for each forecast city on your Start Screen. One side of the tile will display an icon for your current conditions and temp. The other side offers your forecast for the day.
Live notifications can be customized to alert you when a particular weather condition exists for a location. The conditions include not only weather forecasts (snow, rain, storms, etc.) but also will alert on a particular temperature. Additional updates are already in the planning stages that should give Photoweather Live the ability to use your photos as the background image or add your photos to the local photo mix.
We aren't sure of the timing for Photoweather Live but wanted to share what was headed to the Marketplace. For the time being you can find the pre-Mango version of Photoweather here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Official Microsoft SharePoint 11 conference app released [Developers]
For those developers who will be attending the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011 (website), happening from October 3-6 in Anaheim, CA, you'll want to grab the official app for that event.
"With MySPC mobile you can browse or search for conference session information, view event maps, build your personal event schedule, fill in session evaluations and more. MySPC mobile automatically syncs your personal schedule with the conference website so you can view or build it in either place..
MySPC mobile will also work offline, so if you are stuck without a data connection or WiFi you can still see your schedule or find sessions to attend"
Sounds pretty killer to us, so why wouldn't you grab this? The app is NoDo ready, so anyone can use this. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Microsoft going big at Nokia World as guest speaker list is revealed
Nokia World is akin to Microsoft's BUILD or MIX events--think developers, rallying the troops, showing off the next big thing from the company. This year, Nokia World is happening in London in October and clearly all eyes will be on Nokia to see what they have up their sleeves. With their stock not performing to well and the obvious lag between Symbian and new Windows Phones, everyone is expecting Nokia to show off their first Mango device next month at this event.
The guest speaker list for said show has just been revealed and sure enough, we get a who's who from Microsoft and the Windows Phone team who will be there, presumably to not only show us Nokia's new phone but what Nokia has done with the OS and services--which is really the big story, after all.
So who will be there? Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, Albert Shum, Director of Mobile Experience Design at Microsoft and Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s Bing and MSN head for the first day keynotes. On day two, Brandon Watson, Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development and Matthew Bencke, General Manager of Developer and Marketplace will be on hand for some talks. And finally Achim Berg, Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketing chief will be part of a roundtable panel discussion with Nokia CEO Stephen Elop with Vodafone and Orange on day three.
Sounds like an exciting month as we're sure Nokia and Microsoft will unveil what they've been doing for the last eight months.
3 years ago
First look: WhatsApp for Windows Phone [Video]
This morning there was a bit of a false alarm as a private beta link for WhatsApp made its way around the 'nets. The app is clearly close to being released and for all intents and purposes, is done.
Someone managed to rip the XAP from the private Marketplace (you can rip free apps using a number of Windows programs) and we went ahead and sideloaded it to see what all the fuss was about. So quick take:
- For Mango only (fully integrates with your Contacts DB)
- Very fast, smooth UI with fast app resume
- Push Notifications
- Minimalist almost sparse UI
- Very few features or bells and whistles
- You can message, share location and send images
- No landscape support (at least in this version, perhaps this will change upon final release)
- Green checks seem to indicate sent/received status--not as rich as Kik's system though
The app in our opinion is exactly like Kik Messenger but a little more boring. It feels like they rushed it through a bit, which would not be surprising. However, it is fast and smooth, meaning a lot of folks will like its "to the point" design. We just hope it gets landscape support on release as that'd be pretty nasty for messaging on our Focus. Check out the video to see it in action.
3 years ago
RemoteDesktop updated to 1.5 with Mango support and more [Mango]
RemoteDesktop, an app that pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin, has been updated to version 1,5, which brings with it Mango support and sheds the requirement of using Topperware servers. The updated client will now be able to connect directly to host machines and will run with increased performance.
The app will allow the user to connect to any host running a professional or above version Windows XP, Vista, 7, 2003 Server, etc. and sports:
- support for standard security, or Network Level Authentication.
- screen resolutions from native Windows Phone 7 resolution upto 1600 x 1200 and in 256 colour or 64 thousand colours.
- support for advanced RDP draw orders for high performance on low bandwidth connections.
You can download RemoteDesktop from the Marketplace (as version 1.4) for a reduced price of $5.99.
3 years ago
French carrier SFR ready to roll out Mango
Another carrier is jumping on the "I'M READY!" wagon, this time it's France-based SFR. The above screenshot shows a detailed page about Mango (basically how to update handsets via Zune), however the "continue" link is pointing at Microsoft's Windows Phone website.
We recently covered a leaked Orange FR memo that detailed the 15th (now gone) as the roll-out day for Mango and how they are even possibly exchanging broken devices with preloaded Mango ones. While we've had a limited release of the update, it seems as though some carriers are still playing catch up for now. Let's not forget that "this fall" begins soon.
3 years ago
Xbox Live: Three Namco Bandai titles updated
Three of Namco Bandai’s Xbox Live titles received updates last week, and we’ve tracked down their details. First off, the Pac-Man version 1.2 and I Love Katamari version 1.1 updates add Japanese language support to both games. Good timing, because Windows Phone 7 launched in Japan in August. Beyond the localization, both games remain identical to their previous versions.
More exciting is More Brain Exercise’s version 1.1 update. Here are its release notes:
- Enhanced graphics
- Improved responsiveness of swipe gestures
- Fixed minor bugs: Achievements and date recording
Do the graphics look better? Maybe just a bit. But the important thing is those bug fixes. More Brain Exercise previously contained a Broken Achievement – “It’s Not Temporary,” which requires players to earn 100 points for Temporal Lobe exercises during Daily Training. The Achievement is now fixed; players who have already met its requirements just need to complete one more day of Brain Training to unlock it.
As for the date recording bug, previously the game would sometime skip ahead three calendar days. This made it impossible for players to complete training during the missed days. Thankfully that will no longer be a problem.
Oddly, the game’s start up screen still displays an ad for Xbox 360 Kinect title Body and Brain Connection that says “Coming in 2011” even though it’s been out for most of the year. More Brain Exercise also badly needs a “Restart Exercise” option in the Pause menu. Still, it’s great to see that Namco didn’t leave the game hanging with a broken Achievement and other nasty bugs.
All three of these Namco titles cost $4.99 each. You can find Pac-Man here (Zune link), I Love Katamari here, and More Brain Exercise here on the Marketplace.
A high five to anyone who can tell me what show the papercraft in the picture is from!
3 years ago
WhatsApp in the Marketplace? Nope, just private beta.
This is a bit odd, but the highly anticipated WhatsApp is listed the Marketplace but it looks like you can't download it yet. The app will return an error saying "Can't Download: Sorry, You don't have permission to download this app".
Combine that with the app not showing up under new listings, the lack of description and images (there's one) and you know what guys? We're looking at an internal, private beta testing link. This is basically what happens when you try to download an app that you were not invited for to be evaluated--that's why it's not listed, there's no description, there is just one image, etc.
So our bet? This link (found here) won't be the final Marketplace link and we're still a few days from final release. So we're calling false alarm on this folks, sorry. Thanks, Maneesh V., for the link
Extra: For those who can side load, Giuseppe Spagnolo in WMPU comments, managed to rip the XAP from the Marketplace (there are legal programs that rip only free apps) and posted it here. You can get that here directly.
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