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3 years ago

Xbox Live Developer Interview: Microsoft Game Studios, makers of Beards & Beaks

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WPCentral’s Xbox Live Developer Interview series continues as we converse with Adam Isgreen of Microsoft Game Studios. Adam’s team developed Beards & Beaks, a Windows Phone-exclusive real-time strategy game. Check out our full review here. In the following interview, we’ll delve into a few of the game’s mysteries and reveal exclusive, never-before-seen concept art.

Step over the gnomes and head past the break for the full interview.

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3 years ago

More Metro UI on Android

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More Metro UI on Android

It seems with every post we publish here surrounding Metro UI on Android we're getting closer and closer to a fluent solution. It was only a few days ago when we covered the latest attempt to get the look of Windows Phone on an Android powered device. In the video above Arjoma92 walks us through his Motorola Defy that appears to resemble Microsoft's Windows Phone in more ways than one. The list of apps used are as follows:

While it looks relatively accurate, the smooth scrolling and snappy OS is not present, plus you can still see Android elements throughout the video, but it's a damn good attempt.

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3 years ago

Developer Interview: Ronny Gydar of Trine's Hangman

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If you're not fully aware as to who Ronny Gydar (and Gydar Industries) is you must be still hiding in that cave of yours as he's the brains (and developing power) behind Trine's Hangman, the popular leaderboard-supported hangman game for Windows Phone.

Head on past the break to read the superb answers Ronny provided us in the interview, it's truly worth the read. We'll also chuck in a few pics to show how his workstation at Gydar Industries has evolved through development.

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3 years ago

Android vs Windows Phone free apps - A case study: Part II

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A few weeks ago, we covered a single case study of one developer who released the same app on Android and Windows Phone: 'Mortal Kombat Tactics' by Neuralnet found here in the Marketplace.

The conclusion at the time was that Windows Phone was a better platform for developers to make money on (via ads) due to the fact that visibility is much higher than the Android Market. As a result, the developer brought in just $1.27 form Android in five days versus the $14.77 for the same time--that's a huge difference obviously.

But, would that advantage last? Luckily, Alex updated his post to show what thirty days in August would look like instead of just five:

  • Android revenue is $3.44 with an eCPM of $0.30 and a total of 11,606 Impressions
  • Windows Phone 7 revenue is $108.55 with an eCPM of $0.94 and a total of 114,920 Impressions.

We don't really need to point out how $3 is slightly less than $108 for Windows Phone, do we? Alex summarizes:

"The 30,000+ apps in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and 300,000+ apps in the Android Market are good numbers, but discovery is everything. Which gives a clear advantage to Windows Phone 7.

Once your app is on the "New" or "Just in" category is the best chance that your application can be seen by a lot of people, on Windows Phone 7 your app can be under the "New" category for a full day or two, three if you are lucky, but on Android is another subject all together because you can have 40 plus apps published at the same time yours is and that's your big chance to be seen by a lot of people."

Certainly food for thought for developers looking to pick a platform to work on. Like all things though, as Windows Phone's Marketplace grows, this advantage may dwindle, but as of right now it's looking pretty good.

Source: WP7DesignCorner

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3 years ago

vNesLight (NES emulator) now available in Beta 2

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It's been awhile since we covered NES emulators but it's nice to see one that is looking very promising: vNesLight by Nudua over at XDA. The latest version, beta 2, just became available and brings a ton of new changes (listed after the break).

As you can see above, we gave her the ol' college try and honestly? Not bad, not bad at all. We were able to enable sound (under options) which slowed it down a tad, but it was still nice to have. The controls, while sometimes in the way, were quite responsive and the overall framerate hovered just at or below 30 FPS. The ability to add your own ROMs seems easy enough and we're pretty psyched with this whole project. Of course, you'll need to side-load the XAP file, so only dev-unlocked phones need apply. Remember, Nudua is looking for user feedback and beta testers, so lend the man a hand and give him some feedback. Head to this thread for more info.

Full changelog after the jump...

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3 years ago

HTC Titan launching October 4th in the Netherlands

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As we get closer to October, we'll be hearing more and more about where and when HTC Titan with that massive 4.7" screen will be launching. In the latest case, it looks to be the Netherlands getting their hands on the device quite early on. Via the HTC Netherlands Facebook page, they were simply asked when was the release date and lo-behold readers were told October 4th:

Rashied Kamperveen asked: "Titan looks great! Date of release? My subscription ends soon."

HTC Netherlands responded: "‎@ Rashied 4th of October".

Seems pretty straight forward to us, so get your money saved folks as that bad boy can be yours, soon. Of course we should point out that this is probably the carrier-branded version and not unlocked.

Source: HTC Netherlands Facebook; Thanks, Sebastiaan den B., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Text Twist 2 free on PC for a week, Windows Phone version still in the works

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About a month ago, WPCentral broke the news that GameHouse’s TextTwist 2 would be coming to Windows Phone, along with four other GameHouse titles. TT2 - as I’ll call it this one time – is very much like the game of Boggle. Players receive a random selection of letters and attempt to spell as many words with those letters as possible. It’s good fun, I tells ya.

The mobile Xbox Live version of the second TextTwist (now I’ve gone and referred to it differently!) still doesn’t have a concrete release date. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try some letter twisting out right now. CNET is giving away the full version of the PC game (a $9.99 value) for free until Friday, September 9. All you have to do is sign up for the free offer and then you’ll receive a download link via email just moments later. And like most casual games, it’ll run on practically anything.

GameHouse’s Windows Phone games have been top-notch so far – Tiki Towers gets my vote for the best physics puzzler on the platform, and Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition and Doodle Jump both shine as well. We’ll let you know as soon as the Xbox Live version of Text Twist the second nears release. The PC version should help tide over word game fans till then.

CNET’s TextTwist 2 giveaway

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3 years ago

Toshiba TG01 Tsunagi with Windows Phone 7 in the house

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3 years ago

Mobile Nations 6: Size matters

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Mobile Nations 6: Size matters

Phil, Kevin, Derek, Dan, and Rene discuss why carriers keep getting in the way of our gadgets, how big a phone can get before it's a tablet, what does a $99 TouchPad fire sale means, will Windows 8 really be no compromises, the value of music lockers, and what does an Apple without Steve Jobs as CEO mean for the industry? This is Mobile Nations!

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3 years ago

HTC London Event Presentation with Philip Blair [video]

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While we published a summary of the evening, we haven't yet posted our capture of the main presentation and the unveiling of the HTC Titan and Radar. Feast your eyes on the above video. The atmosphere and music through the presentation and handset videos was superb, you could sense the excitement in the audience (even though we still believe some were expecting Android devices).

Philip Blair, vice-president of product and operations, was the bringer of much happiness and unleashed the charged crowd onto the demo tables (it reminded me of the Spanish bull run).

Huge thanks to Alex Dobie from Android Central for coming along and capturing the footage!

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3 years ago

HTC DLNA app in Mango

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HTC DLNA app in Mango

Another much requested feature is media streaming to other media platforms (via UPnP protocols) in the house. At the HTC event in London yesterday we managed to get a walkthrough by a HTC representative of the HTC Titan, showing the HTC DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) app.

Check out the video of the demonstration below, you can see the DLNA app at about 2:10 in. We must say that the rep did a good job at showing the top features in the short amount of time (the night was hectic) and both Windows Phone Mango and the HTC Titan looked incredible.

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3 years ago

Bouncy Mouse swings into the Marketplace

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Bouncy Mouse, the popular iPhone (as demoed in the video) and Android game, has landed in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The has you play the role of a mouse who bounces and swings his way through a series of mazes and obstacles to collect cheese and take out a rival cat. From the Marketplace description,

All was good on Mouse Island until the thieving Captain Cat stole the Big Cheese! Help Bouncy Mouse get the Big Cheese back and restore peace to the world. It's a big task for a little mouse!

Bouncy Mouse is nicely animated and has thirty levels of challenging play to keep you busy. Updates are expected later this Fall that will bring additional levels to the game. Each level is re-playable so you can try to better your score. In just tinkering with Bouncy Mouse for a short time, I found it to be a fun, challenging, entertaining game for the Windows Phone.

There is a trial version available for Bouncy Mouse with the full version running $.99. You can download Bouncy Mouse here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Trail Buddy - Review

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Trail Buddy - Review

Trail Buddy is a location tracking application for your Windows Phone that can be used for hiking, biking, geocaching and other activities that require GPS and/or mapping. Trail Buddy's features include:

  • Create multiple trails with waypoints (aka points of interest) and tracks
  • Start, pause, stop track recording and view current location information on one easy-to-read page
  • View your location, waypoints and track on a map (accessing maps requires a good quality connection)
  • View accumulated stats at any time for the current trail
  • Pre-define waypoints or capture your current position along a trail - you can even set a waypoint from the map
  • Take pictures directly from the waypoint page

To see how well these features work out for Trail Buddy, take the jump past the break.

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3 years ago

Animal Sound Box - Review

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3 years ago

INRIX Traffic gets Mango update too

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INRIX, the popular and free traffic app which is on various platforms, has been bumped to v3.0 already. We've been playing with it for the last few days (preview) and now you can too as it's live in the Marketplace.

New features, for Mango devices only, include:

  • Live Tiles: Mango's vast improvement to Live Tiles gives consumers the ability to bookmark pages from apps like INRIX Traffic on their Windows phone home screen for quick reference when they’re on the go. Drivers can save traffic map views around common destinations like home or work or bookmark a stretch of road along their route for one touch access to real-time traffic conditions on the most critical part of their commute.
  • Local Search: Integration of INRIX Traffic with Bing Search. Users enter a place of interest in Bing search and through the new apps area under local instantly pull up a map showing real-time traffic around that location.
  • International Language Support. INRIX Traffic is offered in all markets where Windows Phones are sold and available in Spanish, Italian, French, German, Hungarian and Dutch.

The Live Tile isn't really "live" though. Basically the app allows you to create multiple tiles with titles, with those tiles being specific map areas--but they don't show any live info, nor flip as far as we can tell. Still, the addition of that and other features including traffic-forecasting, make INRIX a great addition to your phone.

Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

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