3 years ago
Farm Frenzy 2 update fixes Xbox Live Achievement, wisely chooses not to kill Wilbur
A surprising number of late 2011 Xbox Live titles launched with broken Achievements: Battlewagon, Farm Frenzy 2, Fusion: Sentient, Hasta la Muerte, Let’s Golf 2, and MiniSquadron, to be precise. It’s a worrying trend, but at least several of those games’ developers have committed to fixing the problem unlockables. It’s like a race to kill the bugs!
The first developer on the list to get their Achievements in order? Alawar, the Russian makers of Farm Frenzy 2. Thanks to the game’s version 1.1 update, the broken Achievement ‘Moment of Truth’ can now be unlocked. In fact, players who completed the requirements (unlocking all other Achievements) before the patch will find it unlocks instantly after launching the updated game. How convenient!
Farm Frenzy 2 is an unusual strategy/time management game developed in far-off Russia. We’ll be reviewing it very soon. The game costs $2.99 and there is a free trial – get it here on the Marketplace.
As for the other glitched games – a little birdie tells me that Battlewagon’s update will roll out next. As always, WPCentral will keep you posted.
3 years ago
AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 confirmed by NY Times?
We've heard rumblings that Nokia's Lumia 900 will be landing at AT&T. The Lumia 900 (code named Ace) is rumored to have a 4.3" screen, 16GB of memory and a 1.4ghz processor. It is also expected to be 4G LTE.
The rumors have picked up a little speed from a very flattering article on Windows Phones that appeared on the New York Times website. The Times reports that anonymous sources, that are in the know, are confirming that the Lumia 900 will be sold by AT&T. The "official" announcement is expected to be made Monday at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.
The good thing about this rumor is a) Monday is just right around the corner so we'll know one way or the other soon and b) we'll be at the Nokia press event on Monday and get all the news first hand. Our own Dan Rubino will be covering the event (as well as the rest of the CES show) and get hands-on coverage of the new Nokia Windows Phone up on the site as soon as possible.
3 years ago
Birdsong to receive further development and updates
Good news to anyone who loves the Birdsong Twitter client for Windows Phone as much as the next person, as Red Badger announced last month the arrival of an intern at the company. Joe Stanton, a student at King’s College London (studying Computer Science), will be heading up further development on the app, which has received little attention since the Mango update hit handsets.
So what should we look forward to see in the (hopefully) near future? Trending Topics (both local and global), ReadItLater/Instapaper support for tweeted links, as well as large-scale improvements to the push service. Sounds like a solid plan. On a slight funny note, it'll be interesting to see what an apparent iPhone user (according to the above photo) can bring to the app.
You can download Birdsong from the Marketplace for $0.99 (79p).
Source: Red Badger
3 years ago
Windows Phone Game Review: Crazy Survival
3 years ago
Microsoft altering the update communication
Microsoft has come under fire more than once for the lack of communication between the team and consumers when it comes to updates rolling out for Windows Phone. Today Eric Hautala, General Manager Customer Experience Engineering, published an article on the Windows Phone team blog detailing changes that are in the pipeline that will change how we are kept up to speed on Windows Phone updates.
The Windows Phone website already details what updates are rolling out for each supported carrier (and country), but individual releases are also covered on the official blog and the "Where's my update?" page. In the coming months, Windows Phone users can keep up to date by checking the Windows Phone Update Central site for update information. Hautala explains,
"There are also a few changes on the way for the blog and website. As we continue our growth, we won’t be individually detailing country, model, and carrier details on the Where’s My Phone Update? site any longer. And instead of my weekly blog posts, the official Windows Phone website will be the primary place for news and information about our updates, just as Microsoft Answers is there for your support questions."
Hopefully this move won't stimey the flow of information on our Windows Phone updates.
As well as the above alterations, Hautala took a moment to thank all Windows Phone owners for the feedback the team has received surrounding the update process, which has helped them perform tweaks and enhancements. He encourages everyone to keep the cards and letters coming via the WindowsPhoneTeamSite, Twitter and Facebook.
The future is set to be fairly bright. Roll on CES 2012.
Update: The direct link is dead for some reason, but the article is still up on the main site.
Update 2: Link fixed
Source: Windows Phone Team Blog; thanks, ousooner314, for the tip!
3 years ago
T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 710: First Impressions
The Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to hit T-Mobile's shelve on January 11, 2012 and will run just under $50 after contractual discounts . It will be the first Nokia Windows Phone for the U.S. Market and we've gotten our hands on one.
First impressions? The 710 is a very nice, compact Windows Phone. Feels solid in the hand and the screen looks great.
The Lumia 710 is slightly smaller than T-Mobile's other Windows Phone, the HTC Radar, separated by only tenths of an inch. The Lumia 710 has a 3.7" screen while the Radar sports a 3.8" screen. The Lumia 710 is also very similar in size to the AT&T Samsung Focus Flash with the Flash being slightly smaller and lighter in size.
Nokia Lumia 710
Samsung Focus Flash
4.69 x 2.46 x .49
4.7 x 2.4 x .43
4.57 x 2.31 x .27
The Lumia 710 is fitted with 512mb RAM, 8GB of storage, a 5mp camera, and 1300mah battery. As with other second generation Windows Phones, the Lumia 710 comes across as a well built, solid phone but due to smaller storage space, the lack of a front facing camera and other specs it may not appeal to everyone.
We'll take the Lumia 710 out for a test drive over the next few days and get a full review up on the site shortly thereafter. If there's anything in particular you'd like us to look at, speak up in the comments.
3 years ago
WPCentral sneak peek: SuperTube gets a major facelift [Video]
With the rise and fast fall of MetroTube in the Marketplace, SuperTube for many was and still is the best alternative. For those of you set on MetroTube though, you'll want to take a gander at the new overhauled SuperTube app called YouTube Pro, which is currently in beta. We'll be curious if that app name sticks but regardless, we're more interested in the way it looks and performs.
We've been using Beta 2 for a few days now and are quite pleased. Live Tiles for your subscriptions, push notifications, background downloading, video uploading, low quality (LQ)/high quality (HQ) and high definition (HD) playback--this app has it all.
No word on release or pricing but we don't think it'll be too much longer. So fret not, YouTube lovers, you have another alternative.
For now, you can try the current version of SuperTube which will run you a cool $1.29 in the Marketplace, or you can get the free ad-supported version here
3 years ago
WPCentral coverage of CES 2012 goes live in Las Vegas all next week!
It's that time of the year folks! Think of it as a late Christmas. The giant Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is going all next week in Las Vegas and we're expecting a few huge announcements. We'll be there front and center for it all, bringing you live coverage of announcements, hands on videos, photos and even a few podcasts.
The biggest news we're expecting starts Monday at 3PM PDT (6PM EST) from Nokia. They're expected to reveal the Nokia 900 "Ace" for AT&T, rumored to be sporting a 4.3" screen, 16GB of storage and a 1.4GHz CPU. Oh and 4G LTE. Who knows, Nokia may also have a few other tricks up its sleeve, so tune in for the 45 minute press event right here as we have the best seats in the house. We'll of course get our hands on any new Nokia hardware ASAP with some HD video and expect a live-podcast sometime after the event to recap.
The rest of the week we're expecting some announcements from HTC, Samsung and LG with hopefully some new hardware. Oh and we have an interview set up with vice president and director of Windows Phone Program Management, Joe Belfiore and Kevin Shields, Nokia’s SVP Windows Phone program management, so make sure to catch that too.
You can follow all the action via wpcentral.com/tags/ces2012
Of course it won't be just us at CES, but our whole Mobile Nations team: WPCentral we be represented by my self, Daniel Rubino (@malatesta77) We’ll also have the full Mobile Nations crew with us, including iMore will be represented by Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) and his team, Phil Nickinson (@philnickinson) and the Android Central army, Kevin Michaluk (@crackberrykevin) and the CrackBerry.com crew, Derek Kessler (@dkdsgn) and webOS Nation as well as cross-site collaborator jared DiPane (@jdipane) and our brand new editor-at-very-large, Simon Sage (@simonsage).
So make sure you tune in as we expect a full and exciting week!
3 years ago
Nokia buys Smarterphone mobile OS
It wasn't enough for Nokia to just deny rumors that Microsoft would buy them, they had to go out and buy a company of their own. Ferd Capital confirms that they have sold Smarterphone, a Norwegian company that makes a mobile operating system of the same name, to Nokia. Smarterphone is designed for "feature phones," those devices that are more basic than smartphones, but want to appear to be more feature-rich than your run-of-the-mill flip phone.
This is a rather unexpected turn of events, one which leaves many of us scratching our heads. Since Nokia decided to adopt Windows Phone as their operating system of choice back in February, their former OS, Symbian was relegated to emerging markets and lower-end devices. So why would Nokia need a lower-lower-end operating system? Have they landed some sort of patents in deal? Will having Smarterphone somehow help them bring WP7 into previously untapped markets?
Your guess is as good as ours.
Source: Ferd Capital; Via: CNET
3 years ago
Xbox Live: Sims 3 Mango update better than anticipated
Nobody can be right all the time, and in this case I’m glad to have been mistaken. A few weeks ago, we reported that The Sims 3 Mango update would not include bug fixes. Yet the update went live this week and it does indeed polish things up nicely. Chalk this one up to crossed wires, folks. :)
The Sims 3 version 1.1 release notes
Added Fast App Switching support
Fixed some connectivity crashes
Fixed a bug where the game would delete your save file and/or not let you save in a specific slot again
Fixed a whole host of Achievement issues in which specific Achievements would not unlock for a variety of reasons
Minor issues tweaked (localization and Back button functionality)
Nice! In our review, I complained about the bugginess of the Achievements and how you had to be online to earn them. The save data glitch was especially troubling. The game always had somewhat lengthy loading times, which Fast App Switching alleviates somewhat. With those things taken care of, The Sims 3 should be much more enjoyable to play.
The Sims 3 costs $6.99 (ouch!) and there is a free trial. Pick it up here on the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Windows Phone still holds the highest rated spots on Amazon Wireless
Two weeks ago we reported how Windows Phone had beaten out Android devices as the top-rated phones on Amazon Wireless. Flash forward today, after the holiday hubbub has died down and we're excited to see Windows Phones are still in the top with the HTC Titan holding steady with an average of 4.7 (out of 5) from 73 reviews.
That's pretty much consensus folks--people really like that phone. Not surprisingly, the other biggy is the Samsung Focus S which has a slightly higher score of 4.8 (out of 5) but only out of 50 reviews--still, that's a very high-rate of satisfaction.
Rounding out the top three is the Verizon HTC Trophy with a whopping 4.9 (out of 5) from 56 reviews--are you listening, Verizon? People really like that phone. In addition, on Verizon's site, the Trophy sits with 4.5 stars out of 800 reviews, most gushing with praise and even Best Buy has it with 5 (out of 5) from 15 reviews.
We should also mention that the Radar 4G on T-Mobile was their 2nd highest rated phone (it's now dropped to #4 but still has 4.8 (out of 5) from 106 reviews).
Windows Phone may not have the sales...yet. But we have solid phones with a lot of happy customers and that's a good thing.
Source: Amazon Wireless; via Joe Belfiore
3 years ago
Pandora apps, fight! Radio Controlled & MetroRadio get updated, new features
We're not here to choose which is the best 3rd party Pandora app, we're just here to tell what's new and what's coming.
MetroRadio v3.2 - MetroRadio has been pushing out many updates lately and 3.2 brings some nice changes. First off is the new feature called MetroMP3, a built in search engine that allows you to look for individual songs and stream 'em. It basically augments the Pandora funciton and is useful if you want to listen to a specific tune at the moment.
The Live Tiles also now update with each song and you can pin "Now Playing" to your start screen for quick and easy access, that's in addition to fixes for all known bugs. You can grab v3.2 now in the Marketplace for free here.
Radio Controlled v1.1 - The second Pandora app in the Marketplace, Radio Controlled continues to be refined and v1.1 goes a long way to making this app even better. We detailed this version a few days ago and it's not live. It includes new features including enable/disable auto play, artist song info in volume controls, Music Hub integration, History (view, rate, buy song), Stop command and bug and playback stability fixes. In other words, a pretty huge update.
What's more, we're playing with v1.2 right now and it has one massive new feature besides some UI changes: Last.FM support. Yup, with the next update you'll be able to login to your Last.FM account and do some 'scrobbling' on the go all within this app. Look for that in the coming weeks. You can pick up Radio Controlled v1.1 here in the Marketplace for free.
QR codes after the break...
3 years ago
Armed version 1.1 update rolls out. Mango update coming soon
As you might have heard, indie strategy title Armed! is one amazing game. With great graphics, an amazing UI, deep strategic gameplay, and online multiplayer to boot, Armed! is heads and tails above most Xbox Live games (and certainly Fusion: Sentient). What’s more, Dallas-based developer Sickhead Games plans to show Armed! lots of support, starting with today’s update.
The Armed! version 1.1 update consists primarily of bug fixes (full list past the break). As of now, most known issues have been addressed. I can enter my Scoreloop information without the game crashing now, so that’s one improvement. A version 1.2 update with Fast App Switching support is also on the way. I’m a bit surprised they didn’t enable the feature in this patch (it’s beyond easy), but apparently Sickhead was concerned about locking out Nodo users (do they still exist?).
Head past the break for the full changelog.
3 years ago
Windows Phone Game Taptitude hits the 100K mark
Here's another Windows Phone success story. Taptitude is a Windows Phone game that pulls together over fifty mini-games under one roof. The games range from Throwing Star that has you tap the screen to shoot target with shuriken stars to Bubble Booyah that is a bubble burst game. You also have shooting galleries, dig-dug styled games, fruit ninja styled games, and many, many more.
The games are challenging and have you racing the clock to earn achievements, high scores, and coins that are used to buy upgrades. The collection is vast and includes some really fun, simple games that can be rather challenging. Add weekly updates and Taptitude has plenty of gaming time.
The success story comes into play in that 4BrosStudio, the developer, is reporting that Taptitude has hit 100,000 installs and their ad revenue is closing in on the six figure mark. Not too shabby.
Taptitude is a great game and it's nice to see another Windows Phone app being successful. Taptitude is a free, ad supported game that you can grab over here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
3 years ago
Fable Coin Golf and Tetris get Mango updates
We’ve been bombarded by a slew of Xbox Live updates this week. Some, like Gravity Guy’s, are quite significant. Others just add Fast App Switching support, which still ain't half bad!
Fable Coin Golf: Straight from the mouths of our friends at Microsoft, Fast App Switching support is the only new feature of the version 1.1 update. Still, that should make using the Achievement Guide much more convenient.
Tetris: The only change I’ve discovered is Fast App Switching support. It’s been tough finding anyone involved with the Windows Phone Tetris port – be sure to chime in if you know anybody.
Both Fable Coin Golf (review) and Tetris (review) cost $4.99. You’ll find them here and here on the Marketplace.
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