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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: October 24 - 30, 2011

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Welcome to the WPCentral Summary of the Week, where we bring you the latest goings on in the Windows Phone community for the past week. Stories you may have missed, deals you're not aware of and more are all covered here. Before we begin, should you be interested in our Nokia World '11 coverage (and how we hung out with Stephen Elop), head on over to our everything you need to know about Nokia World article. Our Dave Blake returns this week with a special Nokia update from our forums. Speed on past the break for the full run through.

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3 years ago

Square Off updated for Mango, aliens still need shooting

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A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that indie twin-stick shooter Square Off (see review) would soon receive a Mango update. It turns out I wasn’t lying; Square Off’s first Mango update is here.

Square Off version 1.4 Mango update release notes:

  • Fast App Switching
  • Improved frame rate

Developer Gnomic Studios has made good on the two most clear-cut advantages that Mango brings to the table. Both the paid and free versions of the game have been updated, so now everyone can enjoy square-shaped Mango-ey goodness. Oh, and more updates are on the way in the future…

Square Off costs $1.29 and you can grab it here from the Marketplace. Square Off Free costs even less – pick it up here

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3 years ago

Nokia has exclusive access to some EA titles

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Barry Cottle, Executive Vice President and GM for EA Interactive, took the floor at Nokia World and spoke about some exclusive content for Nokia consumers, and that these games are to be made available for free, with Series 40 receiving 40 titles first. He continued:

"This time, we’ll be designing our games for an awe-inspiring experience on Windows Phone for Nokia. That’s the best games for free plus exclusive content for Nokia users. It’s a big win for Nokia’s consumers worldwide"

Nokia will gain 20 EA titles, with 10 being developed by EA as well as games from Chillingo, their indie publishing arm. We're not sure if these exclusive titles will be made available to handsets from other manufacturers at a later date.

Source: Nokia Developer News, via: My Nokia Blog

Thanks Just Visiting for the heads up!

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3 years ago

HTC Mozart in India receives update for Internet sharing

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HTC Mozart owners residing in India are receiving an update to be able to use Internet Sharing, according to a report at welovewp.hk. Aviraj Ajhekar, an employee at Microsoft India, has published an article stating his Mozart received a firmware update and was then able to tether.

Unfortunately, welovewp.hk  reports that a similar update received in Hong Kong doesn't enable the feature, which further confirms the final decision being up to carriers. We've recently covered ThreeUK allowing Internet sharing on the Samsung Omnia 7, as well as LG Germany.

Have you received a firmware update that enables this WiFi feature?

Source: wplovewp.hk, Aviraj Ajhekar  Thanks Simon!

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3 years ago

Mehdoh updated to 1.4, brings more support and fixes

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Mehdoh, the lightweight Twitter app for Windows Phone, has been updated to version 1.4. We took a look at Mehdoh being the Twitter app that was Mango-ready out of the box. It features flipping live tiles with push notifications. So, what's new in 1.4?

  • Option to select how many tweets to fetch
  • Ability to fill gaps in the timeline
  • Fix for vanishing live tile mention/message count
  • Reworked new tweet screen. now also supports landscape
  • Support for twitvid image uploading
  • Support for molo.me inline image hosts

Mehdoh is a superb little Twitter client that's over-shadowed by the big brand names like Birdsong and the official Twitter app. You can download Mehdoh from the Marketplace for $0.99.

Thanks @techjunky79 for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Microsoft pulls illegal NES ROMs from Marketplace

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A while back, we covered some illegal ROMs being approved (and updated) on the Marketplace. They included Zelda, Metroid, GOLF to name but a few. Brandon Watson explained that it Microsoft couldn't remove the apps due to legal issues, and required Nintendo to approach the team with a request for the removal of said apps.

We got in touch with Nintendo to bring the illegal ROMs being sold on the Windows Phone Marketplace to their attention. It appears that the two companies got in touch as Microsoft has since pulled the apps from the Marketplace. All we can hope now is that measures are put in place to prevent illegal ROMs being sold in future and that the author of these apps, Jesse Dudley, receives no revenue from downloads.

Via: Within Windows; Thanks, Nudua Nei, for the heads up

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3 years ago

I'm a WP7! updated to 3.4 with secret lairs

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The social app "...I'm a WP7!" has been continuously updated on a regular basis, no complaints here. Now we've received word of version 3.4, which brings a few new features. The most notable change is the introduction of lairs for members to collect awardables and show off their "booty" to other users.

As well as the lairs we have a new Easter egg and GamerHub Meetup messages. Being a statistics freak, the included "top carriers" list will prove to be insightful. The features packed into the small download is nothing short of amazing. As a small bonus, should you use Foursquare, "I'm a WP7!" will be sporting Foursquare Check In in version 3.5. 

You can download "...I'm a WP7!" from the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

First pics of a Lenovo S2 Windows Phone appear. Headed for China?

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Wait...wait...did we just write first pics of a Lenovo Windows Phone? Lenovo, last we checked, isn't on board with Windows Phone. But guess what? Here are shots of such a device. Actually, it was rumored back in December 2010 that Microsoft was in talks with Lenovo to join the Windows Phone crowd for China.

So we guess that worked out.

The images you see are of the "S2", one of reportedly two Windows Phones Lenovo are supposedly working on. No details on specs, but it looks very Samsung Focus-ish, which we suppose is a good thing. This will probably be sporting lower-end specs, like a 1GHz CPU and possibly 4GB of storage to keep costs down. But then again, it is clearly sporting a front facing camera, so perhaps not.

We should also note that the Windows keys are barely visible, if at all, which cause us to have a little caution on these shots. Then again, this could be an early prototype and not yet complete. We'll try to find out more...

Source: CNBeta.com; Thanks, talan1314, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Xbox Live Developer Interview: Signal Studios and Krome Studios, makers of Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp

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It’s been a while since we’ve published an Xbox Live Developer Interview. We haven’t been resting on our laurels though, and today we present another exciting look behind the creation of an upcoming game. The title in question is Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp, a Windows Phone-exclusive companion to the Toy Soldiers Xbox Live Arcade games. Both Signal Studios and Krome Studios contributed to Boot Camp’s development, and we had the pleasure of speaking with a member of each studio.

Head past the break for the full interview and exclusive screenshots of Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp’s gameplay.

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3 years ago

Board Express finally gets Mango update with pinnable forum tiles

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Finally, the day has come for you forum junkies. Board Express, which uses the TapaTalk standard for forum interaction, has finally gone Mango with v2.7. And it adds that feature we were hoping it would with this update, namely the ability to pin individual forums to your Start screen:

  • You can create a Tile for each favorite forum! So you can enter your favorite forum directly from your Homescreen! (To do so, just press & hold on a forum in the favorite list)
  • Mango Fast App Switch Support: Unfortunately, due to the high caching of our app, the restoration still can last some few seconds.

We just gave it a shot and as can been seen in the pic above, it works perfectly. So now you can pin the WPCentral forums right next to our official WPCentral App and you have everything you need, right there on your Start screen. Brilliant!

Pick up Board Express Pro for $0.99 here in the Marketplace. You can also grab the free, ad-supported version here. *Note: Free version is still on v2.5 as of now, so no Mango yet. Thanks to Dave Blake, our Forums mod, for noticing!

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3 years ago

AT&T Focus and HD7 go prepaid and Focus gets sold out

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While we know some new AT&T phones are right around the corner and that the original Focus is on its way out (EOL), it's still a bit interesting to see it get sold out. Part of that may because it's priced so low now and lets face it, with Mango on board is still a pretty amazing phone. What's odd is usually we get a "out of stock" for region and perhaps it's just the New York Metro area and not nationwide. But even still, that's a big market.

And we're not sure if this has always been there or is something new, but the HD7 and Focus are both available for prepaid "Go Plans" on AT&T. You basically buy the phone full price but then pay just $50 month to month (voice and text only). Not bad for someone who doesn't want a full contract.

Thanks, Theo and Juan, for the tips!

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3 years ago

MSFT updates the Windows Phone website, adds Nokia Lumia line-up

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Not sure when it happened but Microsoft has updated their "Buy" section of the Windows Phone website. The Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 are now listed along with the Samsung Focus, HTC Arrive and other First and Second Generation Windows Phones.

Along with the general information the individual listings also have "check price" links for the various countries the phones are heading to. So far all you can do is submit your email to be notified when the new phones become available but it's a start.

Oh...one nice thing about having most of the Windows Phones listed on the Windows Phone site is the ability to compare models side by side. You can check and see how the Lumia 710, Samsung Focus Flash and HTC Radar compare to see which one to set your sights on.

Thanks goes out to Nataku4ca for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia Windows Phone ad takes over Shopping Center

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Nokia is continuing with the full court press to get the word out about Windows Phone. We've seen ads in the paper, video ads, demo apps to give Symbian owners a chance to try Windows Phone and now humungous display in a local shopping mall.

One of our Secret Agents ran across the display while visiting the Bluewater Shopping Center in Kent (over in the U.K.). Hard to miss the advertisement with all it's bright colors, huge flat screen display and convenient directional arrows to the various wireless carriers in the mall.  We have also been informed that there were Nokia ads displayed on the information kiosks located throughout the Shopping Center.

Curious, for those new to Windows Phone, is the latest ad campaign for the new Windows Phones strong enough to lure you over to the Windows Phone side?

Thanks goes out to Agent62 for taking great risks to capture these photos!

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3 years ago

HTC Titan, Radar take center stage in video series with Jim Gaffigan

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HTC has a series of demo videos over at their YouTube Channel focusing on the Titan and Radar Windows Phones. HTC has teamed up with comedian Jim Gaffigan to add a light-hearted approach to showing off the various features of the new phones and the Windows Phone operating system.

The short videos cover a wide range of topics such as the Games Hub, Office Hub, linked Inbox, Bing Vision and yes, Pie pie charts. There's about sixteen in all and if you're curious about what Windows Phone has to offer, they're worth checking out.

You can find all of the HTC Windows Phone videos here at HTC's YouTube Channel.

Thanks goes out to Robb for the tip!

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: Doodle Jump version 1.3 and Sally's Salon version 1.1 updates

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Game House recently updated two of their Xbox Live titles, and we’ve got the scoop on what’s changed.

First up, Doodle Jump’s version 1.3 update does not bring the new themes (levels) we were promised a while back. But it does take advantage of the Windows Phone Mango update’s removal of the 30 FPS cap, bumping Doodle Jump’s frame rate up to 60FPS. That should make split-second steering a bit easier.

Looking forward, three new themes will definitely come in the next update, which should hit before the end of the year. For more information on Doodle Jump, see our review.

As for Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition, the version 1.1 Mango update brings the following changes:

  • Support for Fast App Switching
  • Fixes to localized About screen
  • Setting the Vibra option to Off now stops vibration during gameplay

Nothing groundbreaking there, but Sally’s Salon was already a very polished time management game. Even guys can have fun with it – see our review for the skinny.

Doodle Jump costs $2.99 and you can get it here on the Marketplace. Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition (which I enjoy more) is $4.99 right here.

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