3 years ago
Evernote 1.1 available; no more white screen of death
Shortly after last week's release of Evernote for WP7, users began reporting a bug that caused their phone screen to turn white and freeze up. A workaround surfaced nearly as quickly, but now it is a moot point. Evernote version 1.1 has arrived and it fixes the so-called white screen of death error. Props for a speedy patch!
Current users can check for updates and new users can download here.
3 years ago
Zune HD apps to be ported to WP7
It's been revealed that there are plans for some apps on Zune HD to be ported onto the Windows Phone platform. This is fantastic news if this goes ahead at some point due to the quality of apps available to Zune HD users is pretty high and the WP7 Marketplace could always use a slight positive boost (especially with recent spam).
In a Zune Insider podcast, Zune senior business development manager, Dave McLauchlan explained that Zune HD apps could make an appearance in the WP7 Marketplace.
"A question I keep getting around apps on Zune [HD] is, what about porting to Windows Phone? There are many thousands of apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace, it’s going gangbusters and not so much on the Zune HD Marketplace. And that’s by design, we designed the system such that we would have a very public, very open marketplace for Windows Phone. But hey, what about the apps that are on Zune [HD]? We had some very good apps there. When are they coming to Windows Phone?
The answer to that question is two-fold. Number one, we actually have some developers that have developed titles for Zune [HD] that aren’t Microsoft employees or aren’t on the Zune team. And those guys are very welcome to go and create apps for Windows Phone any time they like. The apps that we have built internally for Zune [HD], we’re actually looking at porting those over to Windows Phone. Right now, our focus for the app team is, more apps for Zune [HD]. Zune [HD] owners would like to hear that there’s more stuff coming. So that’s definitely the case."
You can check out the podcast where you can witness the banter surrounding the topic. What apps would you like to see ported?
Via: AnythingbutiPhone and Windows Phone Secrets
3 years ago
WPCentral Review: Windows Phone "Mango" (preview release)
3 years ago
More Nokia rumors as Q4 ramp-up draws near
Since CEO Stephen Elop confirmed early this month that Nokia was still planning on a Q4 launch of their first WP7 phones, the rumor mill has been cranking. Friday brought us word that 6 European countries would be the first to see the new devices. Now, rumor has it, that those 6 nations will have to split up the paltry sum of 125,000 units. According to a Tweet by Eldar Murtazin, Editor in Chief of Mobile-Review, that is how many handsets Nokia plans to manufacture for Q4.
For Nokia, who has doubled down on WP7 as their smartphone future, 125,000 seems incredibly low, and risky at best. It invites the question of whether or not this, and other recent rumors, can be trusted. With the well-being of the company on the line, Nokia has allegedly gone into Apple-mode, keeping their cards close to the vest and clamping down on how much information gets out there. In a piece he wrote for Slashgear, Chris Davis put it this way:
"Talk to anybody in Nokia, and it’s clear they’re aware of the potential if they can only get the first Windows Phone launch right. That’s why the iron shutters are down around development: as one of the product team told me yesterday, it’s “Apple-style” secrecy right now. Well known industry players are finding their sources inside the company drying up. The 12-18 month long development cycles of before – during which time leaks were pretty much the rule and not the exception – have been clamped down upon, hurried up and shrouded in a new level of secrecy."
It only makes sense that Nokia wants to seal leaks and build anticipation, and Apple has made a way of life out of it. Through intense secrecy and iron-fisted control, they have been able to create their own media destiny. The world champs at the bit to get any scrap of information they can, and thus, the hype builds up. It's a model that Nokia will need to pay off for them as they head into an uncertain make-or-break future.
Sources: Eldar Murtazin, SlashGear; Via: IntoMobile, WPSauce
3 years ago
Sat Rad Player gone, SiriusXM stream offline
The Sat Rad Player, which was billed as the first satellite radio player app for Windows Phone has now disappeared quicker than it appeared it seems. According to an article over at XMTuner, the SiriusXM legacy stream is down (no word on a temporary fault or a permanent halt of the service) which has led to the app being removed from the Marketplace.
Unfortunately, if it's the latter of the cause then there's little anyone can do, hopefully it's a technical glitch on their end and the stream resumes soon. We'll keep our eyes and ears open for any further detail on the issue.
Thanks for the tip Jonathan!
3 years ago
Best of Smartphone Experts, 19 June 2011
3 years ago
IM+ hits the Marketplace with a bang
We mentioned the other day that ShapeServices had submitted the popular messaging app, IM+, for Marketplace certification. Apparently the certification has gone smoothly and IM+ for Windows Phone 7 is now available.
Now before you gasp at the price, if memory serves me correctly IM+ for Windows Mobile pushed $20. Knowing that may make the $9.99 price tag for the Windows Phone 7 app easier to swallow.
Still, at $9.99 one can argue it is still one heck of a deal to get AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MySpace, Skype and Yahoo! messaging support all under one roof. While there's not a trial version available, you can get a feel for IM+ without our video tour.
You can find IM+ in the Marketplace by searching for "im plus all in one messenger" from your Marketplace App or hit this link (opens Zune) for the Marketplace.
Our thanks to siggystyle for the tip!
3 years ago
Windows Phone Summary of the Week: May 13-19, 2011
Phew, this week has been a relatively busy one has it not? We've got a massive list of articles you may have missed that are worth checking out to complete your weekend (or begin your week depending on time zone). We'll kick off by inserting a reminder of this week's interview with Lawrence Gripper.
Dropbox has been questioned by our George Ponder about just how secure is our data when hosted by them in the cloud, while the Windows Home Server WP7 connector has been released. Evernote has finally reached the Marketplace and is now readily available, although the reception has been fairly stale with the quality of the app when taking into account the horrendous wait.
Microsoft and a fan have both responded to more anti-WP7 retail bias, which appears to be a problem noticed by a majority of our readers. EIGHT, a desktop browser homepage styled with Metro in mind, has been given the "OH MY GAWD THIS IS OHSOME!" approval and transforms your boring web browser home pages into an array of customizable tiles.
Unfortunately, we've had to report on yet more spam finding its way into our clean Marketplace, we're all still praying Microsoft gets a grip. Verizon is offering an incredible prize in their Ultimate Game Sweepstakes, well worth a look by US residents. Speaking of providers (although not directly related), data use is on the rise for WP7 users.
Moving swiftly onto gaming, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I has arrived and is both incredible and expensive as ever - thank you SEGA. Our Paul Acevedo has looked into and published a detailed report covering broken Xbox Live achievements that don't seem to be possible to earn on the Windows Phone. A news Xbox Live game from E3, Hasta La Muerte, is seen to be demoed.
A yearly major release cycle for the Windows Phone platform has been indirectly confirmed by Microsoft in a recent job posting and we take a look at the comparisons between the recently announced iOS5 and Microsoft's upcoming Mango. Been waiting for IM+ since you got your WP7 device? It's here and we take a look at what's what.
On the hardware front, Samsung has been predicted to overtake Nokia as top smartphone manufacturer. We take a look at Verizon's HTC Trophy and provide our first impressions while Rogers takes $100 off their no-contract bound Focus device. Nokia have been boasting about their superior smartphone camera technology and implementation (rightly so!) and an LG Quantum survives being ran over by a vehicle. You want double the power? Well, you could with Windows Phone taking advantage of the dual-core Qualcomm chipset.
A spot of fun now and some off-topic related articles. Windows Phone was featured in Havana Brown's new music video and on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Hits Hollywood. Google seem to either be playing mind tricks on us or be using Metro tiles in their designs. If you're a Halo fan, fancy some Halo 4 wallpaper goodness?
Hectic week for developers too. We have the Essential User Interface Edition by Syncfusion being released, along with the WP7 advert rotator and Sketchflow template. Microsoft Gamefest program was announced and will be at London, Seattle and Tokyo. Windows Phone app advert impressions in May were up by a whopping 92% compared to April. Finally, Brandon Watson has said that only serious developers will have the opportunity in receiving a Mango device.
Get the low-down after the break.
3 years ago
Hipstar - Review
3 years ago
LazyTube v2.4 in the works
An update is in the works for the Windows Phone app, LazyTube. Version 2.4 has been submitted to the Marketplace for certification and should be available in the next few days.
v2.4 brings Live Tile support to the YouTube application that will alert you on updates to your YouTube subscriptions. The Tile will keep it's chameleon traits, mimicking your Windows Phone theme color.
LazyTube is a great application for your Windows Phone if you are a YouTube fanatic. Having a Live Tile to show you when new videos are added to your subscriptions will only add to an already fine app.
There is a free trial available for LazyTube with the full version running $.99. You can download it here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Dropbox security, how secure is your data?
The more we come to rely on cloud services with our Windows Phones, the more we need to have assurances that our information is protected from unlawful or unauthorized access. The tie in with SkyDrive is obvious but we are also seeing more apps incorporate Dropbox support to store and share data. Password Manager for example is an app where you can manage all your bank account information, passwords, and PIN numbers. Password Manager supports Dropbox to backup and share that information with your home computer. We expect Dropbox to protect this data from unlawful and unauthorized access.
Dropbox Reader is a new tool that gives us pause. Dropbox Reader is a forensic investigative tool that basically breaks through the security encryption on Dropbox and allows anyone with the tool the ability to view your data and account information. At first we thought this might be a tool limited to law enforcement investigations but in reading the licensing information,
"You may use this software freely for forensic investigation purposes, personal study, or research and development."
I guess identity theft could be twisted to mean "research and development". Such programs should be regulated to prevent the average joe from hacking into your information.
Cloud services such as Dropbox and Skydrive have the customary clauses in the Terms of Service that allow for the lawful access to your information by a third party (e.g. search warrant) which is reasonable. What isn't reasonable is allowing a third party app to access your information without permission or authority. We'll always have hackers out there trying to by-pass cloud security but it shouldn't be this easy.
Dropbox Reader is another reason to be careful on what your put out in the cloud as well as what service you choose. We hope Dropbox will address this issue to prevent anyone from downloading programs such as Dropbox Reader and accessing our accounts without the proper authorizations.
3 years ago
Developer Interview: Lawrence Gripper
This week we've had the opportunity to catch up with Windows Phone 7 developer Lawrence Gripper. He is best known for being the developing power behind his BBC News Mobile app, as well as My LoveFilm and Traffic Updates UK. Check out the interview after the break.
3 years ago
Galaxium from Karios Games now available on the Marketplace
It’s been a while since we heard from Karios Games, makers of the indie hit MonsterUp. While that game continues to receive regular updates, Karios has recently released a new title to the Marketplace: Galaxium.
Galaxium is a vertically-scrolling 2D shooter, not unlike OMG and Impossible Shoota. Players can select from three different ships, each with its own speed and shield stats. Speed is crucial to dodging enemy fire, but shields are also important since you only have a single life per game. The ship fires automatically, so gamers can concentrate on lining up with enemies, dodging their fire, and collecting powerups.
Speaking of powerups, Galaxium’s powerup system is modeled after the Gradius series. A meter at the bottom of the screen displays a variety of potential ship upgrades, from speed to diagonal fire to firing rate. There is only one kind of powerup in the game – each time one is collected, the meter fills up a unit. When the upgrade you want to use is highlighted, tap the screen with two fingers to spend your powerups and activate it. The choice between various upgrades and spending or saving powerup units helps Galaxium stand out from other Windows Phone shooters.
Galaxium also features VortexLink, Karios Games’ online leaderboard system. If you already own MonsterUp, the game automatically detects your VortexLink profile, which is very convenient. Online leaderboards always bring welcome competition and replay value to score-based games like this.
Fans of shoot-em-ups won’t have to spend much to climb into Galaxium’s selection of ships. The game is available in either a paid version for 99 cents or a free ad-supported version. You can find the paid version here (Zune link) and the free version here on the Marketplace. We’ll have a full review soon.
3 years ago
Data use on the rise for Windows Phone users
The latest Nielsen report on cell phone indicates that data usage is up. In the U.S. smartphone data usage is up 89% compared to last year and the average Windows Phone user has doubled their data usage over the past two quarters.
From the November launch (4th Quarter 2010) to the end of the first quarter 2011 (March 2011) data usage climbed from 149mb to 317mb.
And Windows Phone users aren't alone. The report shows that all the major smartphone systems are experiencing a steady climb with respect to data usage. Except one, Windows Mobile that is steadily declining (no surprise there). On the plus side, the Nielson report indicates that the average smartphone user pays almost 50% less per megabyte of data from last year. The price per data unit has dropped from 14 cents per mb to 8 cents.
It's no secret that Windows Phones are more data dependent. From updating Facebook statuses of contacts to downloading apps to uploading scores to leader boards to checking your email, there are very few aspects of the Windows Phones that don't tap into some form of data.
But is this an increase or Windows Phone users hitting a plateau? Or is it the end result of more apps hitting the Marketplace increasing the phone's capabilities? In looking at my data usage since November 2010, asides from two spikes, my data usage has remained fairly consistent (300-400mb per month).
What's your data usage look like? Has your usage doubled since Windows Phone 7 launched?
Source: nielsonwire via: wpsauce
3 years ago
Voice Navigation Round-up: GPS Voice vs. Turn by Turn Navigation
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