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3 years ago

Windows Phone Dashboard Beta [Developers]

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Windows Phone Dashboard Beta [Developers]

As a developer I value feedback very highly. Every morning I habitually check for new reviews on my apps to see if there are any suggestions or complaints. I have a big whiteboard with a list of to-do's for each of my apps, and I add their feedback onto that. If you have anything in the Windows Phone Marketplace, I suggest you do the same, or find something similar that works for you - because there is no better way to not make money than to ignore the very people that should be paying you.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: Breeze

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While it’s tough for indie games to get noticed on Xbox 360, several of them have found new life as Xbox Live titles on Windows Phone. Breeze is the latest game to make the jump. Developed almost entirely by one person – Rob Hutchinson of Null City Software, Breeze doesn't quite share the scale of most other Xbox Live games. Thankfully it’s a free (and ad-supported) game, and should go over well with a wide variety of gamers.

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3 years ago

Wireframes to Prototypes [Developers]

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Wireframes to Prototypes [Developers]

The Fast Track to the Mobile App contest was recently held by Core77 allowing aspiring mobile app designers to create mockups of their ideas and submit them. In December of last year the winners were announced and told to go forth and develop! The winners and finalists were given the choice to either develop their own app or choose from a list of developer bio's provided by Core77.

The 5 winners were each given the following prizes to kick-start their development:

  • Free Windows Phones
  • XBox 360 (with Kinect)
  • 1-year App-Hub subscriptions
  • App Development Deal (with revenue sharing options) to bring your design to life

A month later and they have posted an update detailing the progress of two of the winners and the processes that they have gone through to get where they are.

It remains to be seen what the other 3 winners have been up to, but for now, Social Mints and Cash Hound look quite interesting.

Hit the source link to read the full article.

Source: Core77

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3 years ago

4Chan Reader now available on the Marketplace

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Well, colour us not-so-surprised. It seems a 4Chan reader has made its way on the Marketplace. Should you remember what happened previously when a developer attempted to get his 4Chan app approved to Marketplace (it was humorously refused), you'll be pleased to know that 4Chan Reader will cater for all your dark, mysterious needs. The app, which will set you back $.99 (79p) for the full version, is not a fully featured client, but will allow you to keep up-to-date with what's being posted on your favorite channels.

You can download 4Chan Reader from the Marketplace. How has this app been accepted? Users are required to manually add the channels that contain more questionable content, which is the case in the iOS 4Chan app. Note that this is not safe for work, home, or anywhere in public. Requirements include a dark room, and absolute companionless.

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3 years ago

TextTwist 2 becomes the 100th mobile Xbox Live game this week

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We first caught wind of TextTwist 2 coming to Xbox Live back in August when GameHouse announced multiple Windows Phone projects. The publisher later decided to publish a few of those games as indie titles under their RealNetworks label, but TextTwist 2 has kept its Xbox Live status. And now it’s finally coming out this week.

TextTwist 2 is a word-finding game that plays a lot like Boggle. The game presents a random assortment of letters which players then use to create as many words as possible. Multiple game modes include Unlimited (no time limit), Standard (timed), Daily Word (try to find the longest word possible once daily), and Letter Mania (fill an anagram grid before time runs out).

Achievement hunters/OCD sufferers note that TextTwist 2 has a few Achievements that don’t end in a five or zero. Still, if they’re anything like Collapse!’s Achievements, it shouldn’t be too hard to get all 200 GamerScore in short order.

TextTwist 2 debuts this Wednesday, January 18. We don’t have a price yet, but we’ll update as soon as we know. As for the 100th Xbox Live game designation, I believe that count includes a few non-game apps and delisted games, but it’s still a nice thought.

Update: It will cost $2.99.

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3 years ago

Deepshining ROM gets 8107 update + custom Marketplace

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Custom ROMs on Windows Phone, mostly isolated to Gen 1 devices like the HTC HD7 which applies here, usually focus on things like updating to the latest OS. In that case, the newest version of Deepshining by dotcompt is up to snuff as it now features 8107 of the OS. But Deepshining goes much further with version 7 released yesterday.

The biggest addition, besides the custom SMS backup tool and Skydrive would be the Deepshining Marketplace. That's right, this is the first custom Marketplace that features XAP files from XDA and Marketplace Aps and Games. The files are stored on the Deepshining servers, which means when they are updated at XDA, they will be uploaded and distributed through the ROM. There will be an update panel for users to check to see if they have the latest and greatest homebrew apps. (At the moment, we're unclear if this features any illegal apps or games, but we're giving the benefit of the doubt it does not).

Early reviews from users seem to be heaping praise on the ROM and no doubt having 8107 on an HD7 must feel pretty good. Of course you'll need to unlock the HD7 and take your time updating, but overall it seems to be worth it.

Head here to XDA to learn more and we'll see about flashing our HD7 to give all this a test drive.

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums: CES 2012

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From the WPCentral Forums: CES 2012

This week in the forums we were talking about, well everything. The beginning of the week was all CES 2012. We were so excited we even made a forum for the event.  Now that CES 2012 is over, all the threads from CES have been moved to our Events sub forum in the WP7 OS General forum area. All the great event discussions from CES 2012 and future events will be there, like my personal favorite thread from CES 2012: "Smoked by a Windows Phone". Come join us for all the CES stuff and discussions about upcoming events like Mobile World Congress in February.

"Nokia shows why it is a failing company" Forums member garment69 started this thread in which he says: "Their first entry into the US market is with a subpar opening price point phone that doesnt even match up against the Samsung Focus" I know you have an opinion on that. We need your help to get this all sorted out so come join the discussion.

Windows Phone Central has added a Pictures & Albums upload area for all our members you can get more information in this thread: New Pictures & Albums Forum Feature 

"The Lumia or Wait Debate": What's it going to be a Lumia 900, Titan II or something else? Take the poll, post your comments and if you look real hard through that thread you might even find out what I'm going to do. (Shhh... Don't tell my Wife!)

If that wasn't enough for one week, check out the Application explosion in our Spotlight Forums. With more than 20 apps and games added just this week your sure to find something you can use. Here are a few that were added recently:

Applications Spotlight:

Games Spotlight:

The forums are more fun when you register, so sign up today.

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3 years ago

WPDoodle: The TITAN II makes other Windows Phones look like wimps

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In reflection of CES 2012 last week (and looking forward to our WPCentral recap-podcast tomorrow), we want to celebrate the TITAN II a little bit with this week's WPDoodle. While HTC did a pretty knock up job with the original TITAN, besides the massive 4.7" screen there wasn't really anything "huge" about it.

Now with that super fast 4G LTE on board and a whopping 16MP camera (the largest HTC has ever used, even besting Android) the TITAN II truly feels like it earned its name.

Sure, we can talk about how the 16MP camera is more gimmick than advantage, but for marketing purposes it will get Windows Phone noticed. We're okay with that as we needed something to differentiate ourselves from the competition, something to get consumers to pay attention. Will it pay off? We'll find out in a few weeks.

In the meantime, check our our TITAN II hands on, video test, 16MP camera samplesLTE information and more photos of the device.

WPDoodle images courtesy of Jason Harrison, founder of BrowCo.com. Have a great idea for a WPDoodle? Send an email to doodles@mobilenations.com and Jason'll take a gander.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone featured in Coronation Street

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In the second part of Coronation Street (a popular British TV soap) that aired this evening (8:30pm), we can clearly see a Nokia Lumia 800 being held by the actor with a beautiful camera shot to show off calendar functionality. At about 21:20 in, we see the product placement. You can check out the episode on ITV Player (link below), but be aware that ITV loves advertisements.

Source: ITV Player

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3 years ago

AT&T updating Focus S and Flash to OS 7739.25?

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Another day, another odd OS update. This time we're getting word from reader Justin A. that the Focus S and Focus Flash were seen in an AT&T store sporting OS build 7739.25. We guess AT&T could not afford the 0.75 to get 7740? Oh, we jest.

No word on an OS changes or fixes here, though seeing as how close it is to 7740, we surmise that this could be a US version of that update which features the Exchange 2003 email fix. That's cold comfort though for all of us who have the "disappearing keyboard" bug which is addressed, along with other security fixes, in OS build 8107. That build of the OS, which features LTE support and will be found on the Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC TITAN II, began rolling out last week. No word on any US carriers getting that update.

We just checked our Focus S to see if there was an update pending and alas, nothing. Hopefully we'll find out more soon.

Update: We should also note that the Firmware has a slight change (11.11.1), as does the Radio Hardware (0.0.0.6 versus our 0.0.0.0) and a slightly newer Bootloader (5.11.3 versus our 5.10.2.0) meaning this seems like a genuine pending OS update.

Thanks, Justin, for the pic!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 hitting Ireland February 1st, 900 following?

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Nokia has announced on Facebook that the Lumia 800 will be available on Vodafone in Ireland on February 1st, which we touched on last week. What's more is that according to users who visited the Facebook page, they noticed the manufacturer stating that the Lumia 900 (the recently announced U.S. LTE Windows Phone) will be coming to Europe in Q2 2012. See the below quote:

"The Nokia Lumia 900 will launch across Europe including Ireland in Q.2 of 2012. We cannot confirm whether Vodafone will stock it or not at this point. Hope that answers your questions guys?!"

So that will at least give us hope of the high end handset coming to Europe.

Source: Nokia Ireland Facebook Page, thanks Mike for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 710 features fast UI rotation [Video]

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We've been using the Nokia Lumia 710 on T-Mobile (see our review) for a few days now and one thing we found is the device is fast. Now by fast we of course mean on T-Mobile "4G' HSPA+ network, which we're seeing quick downloads but also there's something else--the OS itself seems zippier. On WP Bench, we get around 88 for a score, which is high but far below the Titan and Focus S.

Upon closer inspection we noticed the screen rotation from portrait to landscape is very rapid. So rapid that while driving we saw it quickly toggle between the two modes when taking a sharp turn. That tells us that this is either a very sensitive accelerometer with perhaps a lower delay in the transition effect.

When compared to the Lumia 800, Samsung Focus S, etc. the Lumia 710 will always beat them in switching between landscape and portrait. We actually really like this as it makes the OS and device feel even faster (it's very useful for messaging apps where you need the keyboard). Anyways, we thought it was neat and we hope the Lumia 900 features the same type of OS modification too.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Lumia 710 for a penny at Costco

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A penny for your thoughts? How about for a T-Mobile Lumia 710? We've seen some nice deals on the latest Windows Phone to hit T-Mobile's shelves. Wal-Mart is offering the Lumia 710 for free on-line, T-Mobile is selling the 710 for $49.99 and now Costco is offering the 4G Windows Phone for a penny.  They are only listing the black model with no indication if the white model will become available at a later date.

Pricing is after the customary two year contractual discounts and a qualifying data plan.   Not too shabby of a price for a very nice, entry level Windows Phone.

Thanks, Anthony, for the tip!

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3 years ago

New images of Sony-Ericsson Windows Phone prototype emerge

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We've seen an image or two of the old Sony Ericsson prototype Windows Phone that was canceled before. The device, code-named 'Julie',  was a qwerty-slider and looked quite tantalizing at the time. Since then, SE has jumped on the Android bandwagon while leaving the door open for Windows Phone. We thought for a moment that SE was teasing us with a new Windows Phone for CES, but alas it was more Android.

Now, two new images have leaked of a Sony Ericsson Windows Phone device. Clearly a prototype not much is known about this phone but we're taking a guess that it is just the same qwerty-slider that we've seen previously. If you look closely at the top photo, the thickness of the device and "break" midway suggests that this is a slider.

What does this all mean? Unfortunately, we don't have any evidence that SE (or just Sony going forward very soon) has any plans for a Windows Phone. But Mobile World Congress is coming up at the end of February, so who knows maybe Sony will have something to present.

The site NokiaWP, who received the photos, claim that this is running Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" which would definitely indicate active development. However, we cannot verify either claim at the moment.

Stay tuned..

Source: NokiaWP; Thanks, Juddy, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia hands over 350 essential 2G, 3G, and 4G patents to IP bulldog

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Nokia has recently sold 450 patents to Sisvel, an italian Intellectual property manager. Of those, 350 patents spanning across 33 families encapsulate key wireless technologies like GSM, UMTS/WCDMA, and LTE. Although Nokia nor Sisvel are going into details of the deal, it's expected that Nokia will retain the rights to use these patents, and likely collect on some of the ongoing royalties, but Sisvel will likely get a cut of royalties in exchange for actively protecting the patents in the courtroom. 

It might seem natural that Nokia hold onto these patents with an iron fist and squeeze every penny-worth of royalties out of them, but legal costs can add up; by incentivizing an outside source to do the trolling while possibly still getting some of the royalties themselves, Nokia will be able to focus their resources (both legal and monetary) on Windows Phone. It will be interesting to see how aggressive Sisvel is in protecting the patents, and if they're able to lock down any big licensing deals that Nokia wasn't able to. The last big case Nokia won was against Apple, so I have a hard time imagining that Nokia has left any stone unturned. 

Source: IntoMobile

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