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3 years ago

United States & the HD7 dominate app stats for Windows Phone 7

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mtiks is a mobile analystics company who monitors app usage as well as piracy on various platforms, including Windows Phone 7. They just released some numbers for February that they've collected and while it is a limited selection, the trend seems to be clear: HTC and the United States dominate Windows Phone 7 app usage.

That's probably not too surprising--the U.S. is the home base for Microsoft and AT&T and T-Mobile did push out five devices in 2010 supporting the OS. On the other hand, the U.S. also launched WP7 a month later and is missing on two carriers (CDMA). Regardless of the reason, 57.3% of app stats by country puts the United States at number one, which is a commanding lead over second place Germany (18.5%) and 7.5% in the UK. In addition, the numbers for the States will probably go up once all four carriers begin to offer devices, with Sprint and Verizon joining by the end of March.

In terms of device usage, it's probably of little surprise that HTC is winning there with 35% of apps being run on an HD7 (either branded or unlocked). But creeping up on HTC's tail is of course Samsung, who's Focus takes a nice 24% of the pie--an impressive feat when you consider the more limited run of the Focus. HTC may have the reach and multiple devices (56% total) but Samsung is clearly catching up having 32% share with only two phones. Also of interest, is LG, who only has 12% of all the app-using devices.

Source: mtiks blog; via @wp7applist

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3 years ago

GrooveShark compatible client comes to Windows Phone

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Although it's been talked about at XDA, creating a GrooveShark client for Windows Phone has so far eluded most of the developers there. But it looks like Devalane has managed to pull it off, releasing a free app for the music-streaming site. (For those who remember, we had the pretty awesome GrooveFish & NanoGroove for Windows Mobile.)

MusicShark, just released in the Marketplace, allows you to search for any artist and basically stream whatever is available on GrooveShark's site--which is quite extensive. Interestingly, outside of the app's logo and name, it makes no mention of accessing GrooveShark's music library (perhaps for legal reasons). But if you do a search on both, you'll see they match exactly in content. In addition to streaming, you can add songs to the queue and create a playlist. Unfortunately as of now, you can't login to your GrooveShark account, but for creating and streaming playlists, it seems to work well enough.

For being v1.0, free and the first of its kind, we're not complaining. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

SlingPlayer for Windows Phone 7 - Review

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SlingPlayer for Windows Phone 7 - Review

 

The whole point of owning a smartphone is to maintain a constant connection with the things that are important to you. Your calendar, email, pictures, documents, and music are all right at your fingertips with a Windows Phone.

We’ve talked about Slingboxes and their associated apps before; but with Windows Phone 7 our devices are much more media-centric and offer better performance, making something like Sling Player something worth considering.

Pros: 
Works well with SlingBox, simple UI.
Cons: 
Defaults to low quality video. Expensive app, expensive hardware.
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3 years ago

I Love Katamari is this week's Xbox Live game for Windows Phone 7

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Two weeks ago, Castlevania graced Windows Phone 7 as an Xbox Live game. This Wednesday, another popular console franchise makes its mobile Xbox Live debut: I Love Katamari from Namco Bandai.

I Love Katamari is part of the Katamari Damacy series. In these games, the player is tasked with rolling up various objects, animals, and even people into a giant, sticky ball called a Katamari. This version of the game uses tilt controls to steer the ball. It also has a single Achievement worth a whopping 110 GamerScore, which has to be a Windows Phone 7 record. Just don’t expect that one to be easy: it’s awarded for rolling up every single item in the game, which will surely take a while.

Did I mention the graphics, sound, and pretty much everything about the Katamari series are completely wacky? Find out if you love Katamari too when it releases on Xbox Live this Wednesday.

Source: @KarlStricker

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3 years ago

Pocket Games - Review

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Pocket Games - Review

Feeling nostalgic? Miss those gray scale games with static backgrounds? Pocket Games for Windows Phone 7 brings back memories of the old handheld games of yester-year.

Pocket Games has four classic handheld games; Highway Racer, Artic Noseball, Fire Alert and Sky Diver. Controls are simple and game play somewhat addictive. The games even have a border that resembles the plastic casing and the push "start buttons" the classic handhelds sported.

To read more on Pocket Games, just follow the break.

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3 years ago

GPS App - Review

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GPS App - Review

Like to geocache? There's a Windows Phone app for that.

GPS App is Windows Phone 7 navigation application designed to help guide you way-points or geocaches. You can navigate your way to geocaches by way of the compass screen or use the Bing Map view.

For those not familiar geocaching is an outdoor sporting activity in which the participants use a GPS receiver to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.

To read more on GPS App, follow the break.

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3 years ago

A to B - Review

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A to B - Review

A-to-B is being offered over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace as a free navigation app for your Windows Phone. A-to-B offers turn by turn navigation as well as the ability to save favorite destinations.

The application was originally designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the ArcGIS API for the Windows Phone. Demo or not, A-to-B seems to have developed a rather popular following in the short time it's been in circulation.

Follow the break to read more on A-to-B.

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro to be available in UK tomorrow...No, seriously

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After what seems like countless delays, UK customers will finally be able to order them starting tomorrow, March 1.  Pricing will be £382.50 for just the device, not including VAT and shipping.  Between the long, dragged out release and the history of performance issues, demand will hopefully still be strong. 4.1-inch screen and vertical slide-out QWERTY keyboard make it crowd favorite. 

Order it here at Dell.

Source: Dell; Via: TheNextWeb

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3 years ago

Traffic Cop - Review

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Traffic Cop - Review

Traffic Cop is a free game being offered over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Traffic Cop pits you against the flow of traffic at a busy intersection.

Controlling traffic is done by tapping the cars you want to stop and swiping the cars that need to speed up. As you progress through the game, traffic speeds and volume increases. To make things a little interesting, Traffic Cop includes a military tank and emergency vehicles that ignores any traffic direction.

Traffic Cop is an entertaining game but lacks an addictive quality to keep you coming back for more. The game is fun for a short time but doesn't have much play. After about thirty minutes, the game begins to feel a little stale. If the game had a change of scenery or achievements, maybe it would have a little more staying power. Traffic Cop does have the ability to post scores online for bragging rights but I couldn't help but feel it needed more gusto.

Regardless, Traffic Cop wouldn't be a bad addition to your Windows Phone gaming library. The game may not keep you hooked but it will add some variety to your Windows Phone. The game ran smoothly and vehicle controls were responsive to the touch.

Traffic Cop is a free app that can be found here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace. Follow the break for a video demo of the Traffic Cop.

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3 years ago

Bombsweeper - Review

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Bombsweeper - Review

Remember the game Minesweeper that was always present on your Windows PC? Techtwaddle is offering a version of this game for Windows Phone 7. Bombsweeper puts this classic game on your Windows Phone and it doesn't stray too far from the original.

The game is played just like the PC version. You face a grid of tiles that has bombs hidden beneath them. Your job is to tag the tiles covering these bombs with red flags. Tap on a tile covering a bomb and it's game over. You narrow down where the bombs are by tapping random tiles to reveal numbers. The number represents the number of mines surrounding that particular tile. For example, if a tile shows 2 then two of the surrounding tiles have bombs under it. To help, if you tap and hold on a number animates the surrounding tiles giving you a visual aid in selecting the next tile to tap or mark with a flag.

The game ran smoothly but the controls can be a little on the tricky side. To flag a square, you tap and hold on a tile. On occasion, the "tap and hold" registered as a tap and boom...game over. Otherwise, Bombsweeper is hard to distinguish from the original Minesweeper.

If your a fan of the classic PC game, Bombsweeper will be an enjoyable addition to your Windows Phone game lineup. If you're not familiar with the classic game, there is a trial version available to let you try before you buy. The full version of Bombsweeper runs $.99.

You can find Bombsweeper here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace. And just make the jump past the break to see a short video demo of Bombsweeper.

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3 years ago

New user-made "We Love WP7" ad is wow-worthy

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Although Microsoft has finally begun running what many consider to be a real solid ad for Windows Phone 7/Samsung Focus, much of the on-TV commercial advertising has been less than exciting so far.

Step in Brandon Foy (website), who is interning at Full Sail University for Motion Graphics + Compositing. He made this "case study" ad featuring the theme "We Love WP7" and boy, it's just amazing what one talented person with an idea can do.

Microsoft: hire this guy to make some ads, he gets it. (By the way, the song is '11H30' by Danger, for those curious)

Source: WeLoveWP7.com/YouTube; Thanks @winphonepro

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3 years ago

Seidio Innocase Surface Combo for Samsung Focus

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Seidio Innocase Surface Combo for Samsung Focus

We’ve reviewed a slew of Seidio products in the past and have consistently found them to be worth recommending. When looking for a case for a new phone, Seidio is one of the manufacturers that should be on your list of brands to research.

The Seidio Innocase line of products has a couple of different pieces. This review covers both the case and holster for the Samsung Focus. Read on for the full review.

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Well built, leaves headphone jack open.
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Expensive
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3 years ago

Brandon Watson on Microsoft recruiting "One Dev at a Time"

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We’ve discussed at length Microsoft’s commitment to bringing developers to the Windows Phone 7 ecosystem. Microsoft has long been a friend to developers, from making world class tools to educating devs on the platforms that they’re building upon; Microsoft is the company that others emulate.

With Windows Phone 7 Microsoft is going over and above even for them, as exemplified by a recent chain of events that played out on Twitter. In response to a recent blog post by a developer in regards to a competing platform, Brandon Watson reached out to the dev via Twitter. Through the ensuing conversation, Mr. Watson was able to facilitate getting that dev started building apps for Windows Phone.

The fact that the largest software company in the world is willing to work with individual developers is unprecedented, and speaks well of Microsoft’s chances of making Windows Phone 7 relevant in the long term.

Source: Many Niches (Brandon Watson’s Blog)

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3 years ago

Microsoft loaning 50 Windows Phones at CeBIT for the day

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While CeBIT is no Mobile World Congress, it is nonetheless a pretty big tech show focused on digital technology. While it is not shocking to find Microsoft there demoing Windows Phone, it looks like they came up with a unique way to get people to try the devices: lend 50 of them out for the day. (They're also giving away 10 in a contest)

Yup, evidently you can sign up (and we imagine exchange some kind of collateral) to carry around and use a Windows Phone all day at the conference. Gives new meaning to "hands on experience" and we think this is a great way to spread the word, because if it's one thing we know, when people actually try Windows Phone 7, they always walk away impressed. And getting the phones into the hands of analysts, tech writers and company execs is a smart way to sell your product.

Source: Dr. Mobile's Windows Phone Blog (MSDN); Thanks, tezawaly, for the tip

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3 years ago

Homemade Windows Phone pouch is brilliant

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While we've done our fair share of reviews around here for cases and pouches on Windows Phone, sometimes the homemade variety are the best.

In this case, user Jessica Engstrom, who picked up the Swedish release on launch, had no cases immediately available. So being the creative person she is, she made one up, using the Metro/Tile interface as inspiration (heck, even her blog is based on it).

All we have to say is someone should mass produce these things because the idea is as obvious as it is brilliant.

Source: Catoholic.se; via @vbandi

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