3 years ago
LazyTube rebranding as Metrotube
LazyTube, the popular free (and paid) solution to the lack of YouTube support on the Windows Phone platform, is almost set to be launched as Metrotube sometime this month. So what's new in the upcoming version? We have a revamped UI and pinnable tile support. Users will be able to pin videos and categories (playlists, favourites, subscriptions, etc.) to the home screen for easy access. The most interesting item to pin is an individual author where the thumbnail of the latest video added will be pushed through.
Why the rebrand? It's to do with the facelift and aesthetic changes that have been implemented for version 3.0. Users who already own LazyTube will not have to repurchase the app, and they will receive Metrotube as a free update. As mentioned above, Metrotube is set for a November release.
Check out the video below for a small demonstration of pinning the above to the home screen and visit the Metrotube website for more information.
3 years ago
Nokia looking for "Evangelist" for US
Nokia is searching for a US-based "developer evangelist" to lure developers to create apps for their Windows Phones. The position, which will be based in Sunnyvale, CA, will be part of Nokia's Developer Experience team and will be responsible for engaging developers through "outreach programs and providing technical support services that enable developers to efficiently design, develop, distribute and monetize leading edge consumer experiences" on Nokia WP7 devices and Windows Phone in general.
According to the job posting, the specific duties of the Developer Evangelist will be to:
• Create excitement for and drive the success of Nokia's developer products and programs by engaging with third party developers building applications and businesses on them.
• Evangelize the adoption of Windows Phone developer products to the broader developer community.
• Participate in technical and design discussions with developers to speed adoption and ensure best practices during implementation.
• Evangelize Nokia developer products in person and online.
• Advocate for developers within Nokia, and influence our developer product strategy by working with teams across the company.
Basically, hyping the features that make both WP7 and Nokia hardware great and helping devs to leverage that.
Nokia, and Microsoft for that matter, are trying desperately to get people to notice WP7. Microsoft has certainly done their part to draw in devs by offering them financial incentives, free phones and marketplace prominence. They have also ramped up advertising, including a big event yesterday in NYC and financially helping manufacturers to get the word out. Nokia spared no expense either, spending triple the amount on advertising their new Lumia phones than they had one previous campaigns.
With WP7 lagging significantly behind iOS and Android in both market share and app marketplace size, the multi-pronged approach is a wise one.
Source: Nokia; Via: CNet
3 years ago
Spotify now available on the Marketplace
The official Spotify app, which was unveiled yesterday at the New York City Windows Phone event along with four new handsets, is now available for download from the Marketplace. The music streaming service, which launched in the U.S. earlier this year, is subscription based but opens up a huge catalogue of tracks for members to listen to.
Some feature highlights:
- Search, browse & play millions of tracks.
- Explore & play your friends' playlists, top artists and tracks.
- Stream over WiFi or 2.5/3G - all your existing playlists are available.
- Offline playlists - play your music without an internet connection.
- On-the-fly sync - every track you add to a playlist appears on mobile and computer.
- What's New view.
- Receive music from friends via the inbox.
- Starred tracks - tag all your favourites into a special list.
The app will allow downloading of playlists and music for offline playback in case you don't have an active internet connection, or require to save some data should you be tied to a tight plan. Also, playlists can be pinned to the home screen for easy access, something which can't be offered on other platforms.
You can download Spotify from the Marketplace for free, but as mentioned above, the service requires a subscription.
Thanks Greg and everyone else for the tip!
3 years ago
Xbox Live: Shoot1UP to feature free ringtones in addition to shooting and dodging
Shoot1UP is a vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up that’s coming to Xbox Live next year. As such, it will support Mango from the outset. One juicy Mango feature that developer Mommy’s Best Games has in store for gamers is the inclusion of not one, but three free ringtones with the game. Fine by me; Shoot1UP’s energetic techno music should be a great way to alert us to incoming calls.
Seeing as how the bundled ringtone feature is new to Windows Phone games and applications, the online knowledge base apparently still has some kinks to work out. At the Mommy’s Best Games Devlog, developer Nathan Fouts has posted an in-depth writeup of his experience in adding ringtones to the game. We recommend Windows Phone developers in the same situation give his tips a look.
For more Shoot1UP details, watch the Xbox 360 trailer above, and then check out WPCentral's exclusive preview of the Windows Phone port.
Source: Mommy’s Best Games Devlog
3 years ago
From last night...the Windows Phone party in NYC in photos!
Now that we're a bit recovered from yesterday, we can share with you how the first of many Windows Phone night parties went.
Kicking of in New York City and heading to Chicago, Dallas, LA and finally San Francisco, the show last night (and tonight) were sold out. There were so many people there last night that the line wrapped around the block--yes, New York, you came out in full force. VIPers had a special line which was much shorter, allowing them be let in first. In addition, you VIP folks get a special lounge to go to where you can relax and play with the new Windows Phones in a more relaxed atmosphere. And you get free drinks.
The event itself was pretty amazing. You had a section where you can dress like an Angry Bird and get your photo taken, there was a digital wall-of-apps, a Fruit Ninja area where you can sit and play on a dozen Windows Phones, stations everywhere with the HTC Tian, HTC Radar 4G, Samsung Focus S and the Focus Flash on display and helpful attendants to walk you through the new features. There are digital stations everywhere where you can scan your ID bracelet for a chance to win a Windows Phone as well as a Twitter contest to win some there too. The food was excellent (you get 3 food tokens) as well as some great drink mixers.
The Brooklyn native band 'Matt & Kim' took the stage at 9pm and rocked the whole place and DJs spun some great music in between. To say 'Mat & Kim' were well received is an understatement--even they had a great time as the venue turned into a full on concert at the point, with everyone enjoying their set.
All in all the mood was very festive--people were genuinely having a great time. Most importantly, they were toying with the phones, playing the games and really getting into the whole 'socially connected' theme of the party. We're told the exact same setup is traveling around to the other four cities, meaning you're in for one heck of a treat. (Note, you do have to be 21 to get into the event and they were checking IDs.)
Microsoft had a big publicity day yesterday and dare we say, they nailed it. If you can attend one of these night parties, we strongly encourage you do so as you'll have a blast. T'was a very cool time.
Take a look at some more pics after the break!
3 years ago
Wheel of Wealth - Mango App Spotlight
Wheel of Wealth may not have Vanna White but it's a decent spin off of the hit TV Game Show the Wheel of Fortune. The Windows Phone game is a turned based game requires registration (free) and that you play against other registered players.
For those not familiar with the game show, you are given a hidden word or phrase puzzle. You spin the wheel to determine how much each correctly guessed letter is worth. With each successful guess, you get to spin again. Every letter of the alphabet is available except for vowels. Those you have to buy with your earnings.
Solve the puzzle and you pocket the winnings. If your opponent solves the word puzzle you get notta.
To make things interesting there are bonus and penalty sections to the spinning wheel (loose turn, bankrupt, free spin, etc.). Settings cover sound, vibration effects, and enabling notifications (alerts you that it's your turn).
Games in progress and completed are organized nicely on a three page hub and starting a new game is as simple as hitting the plus sign from the hub. All in all, Wheel of Wealth is a fun game for your Windows Phone. The only thing missing is the ability to play a solo game for practice. Otherwise, if you're a fan of the Wheel of Fortune type games, Wheel of Wealth is worth a try.
Wheel of Wealth is a free, ad-supported game for your Windows Phone that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace. Remember, this is a Mango app so you'll need to be running Windows Phone 7.5.
3 years ago
So, what's it like inside of a 55 foot tall Windows Phone? [Video]
It may be a bit too big to fit in your pocket, but it's not too big for Microsoft to make look awesome. The 55 foot tall Windows Phone on display at the Microsoft event in Herald Square today is more than just a hand-full: it's taking an entire team of engineers and crew members to manage the Live Tiles, rotate out those tiles for live performances, and keep the whole thing looking beautiful during the festivities and presentations going on.
Paul Miller from The Verge was able to get a nice tour of the massive device, and in the video above we get a closer look at what goes into making a huge Windows Phone. It's unlikely that we'll actually see this type of Mango device arrive on store shelves in the future; but hey, anything can happen. If the close-up look of the structure isn't enough, be sure to check out this time-lapse video of its construction, too. It will be interesting to see if any of you try to put one up in your front yard to show off in front of the neighbors.
Source: The Verge
3 years ago
Why has Spotify been delayed until now?
BusinessInsider got in touch with Spotify executive, Gerrit Meier, at the Windows Phone press event in New York today. While Spotify has been loaded on handsets at the event and we should expect to see the music streaming app on the Marketplace soon, why has it taken so long for the team to develop it? Meier told BusinessInsider that while Spotify's team might still be relatively small and resources finite, they decided to wait for the opportune moment with Microsoft to launch the app.
Microsoft has been providing support, resources and promotion, with slapping the app across all devices at the event in NYC, in Microsoft's showroom. The team waited for the service to launch in the U.S. and then Mango to take advantage of pinnable tiles (for playlists etc.) and background streaming and the launch of four new handsets in the U.S. turned out to be the time for the announcement.
We should expect to see Spotify on the Marketplace soon. Check out the hands-on coverage.
3 years ago
NYC Big Windows Phone Twitter competition
Microsoft has started up a Twitter competition which will be running today, between 12:01 a.m PT and 11:59 p.m. PT. The prizes are 20 Windows Phones to be given away to 20 lucky winners (1 per person). So how does one enter? It's easy:
- Sign into Twitter (register an account if you haven't got one).
- Tweet a message to @windowsphone that includes, RT this for a chance to win a Windows Phone. "There's a #bigwindowsphone in Herald Square in NYC. Check it out. #WPNYC".
Please note that this competition is only available for those who reside in the U.S. Good luck!
Source: Windows Phone Blog
3 years ago
Nokia Maps Beta arrives for Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710
If you're one of the lucky ones to be getting a Nokia Lumia 800 or 710, you'll also be one of the first to get the new Nokia Maps application, as well as Nokia Drive, for Windows Phone 7.5. The new Nokia Maps app, which you can get from the Lumia Marketplace now (and all of Mango devices in the future), brings features to your phone that will make you "feel like a local everywhere."
By combining offline maps, turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation, sharing your locations via the web, and a unique way to highlight local points of interest; Nokia Maps Beta and Nokia Drive look to become a great alternative to the stock Bing Maps app. Now if only they would make it available to the rest of us Mango device owners... sadly, that won't be happening for a little while.
"Nokia Drive and Nokia Maps give you comprehensive mobile navigation and the insider knowledge to make it happen. With support across 95 countries, you'll get accurate turn-by-turn directions to the destination of your choice, as well as information on all the cool places to visit when you get there."
If you haven't already gotten the update to install over the Nokia Maps placeholder on your Lumia, head to the marketplace to get it for free, or just watch the video above to see what will hopefully be arriving soon for everyone else.
Via: The Verge
3 years ago
Herald Square Windows Phone event in photos
Sorry folks for being so quiet today from the Herald Square event--we're fighting the busy streets of Manhattan as well as a nasty head cold, making it hectic day.
For our audience, no huge announcements were made besides Spotify which will be welcomed by many as a great addition to the platform (personally, we're okay with Zune Pass here in the US). Other announcements were focused on the T-Mobile Radar and AT&Ts lineup, sans the HTC Titan. Speaking of the Titan, it was there, but not branded with AT&T's logo. No fear though, it was on the AT&T table but that device seems like it is still a few weeks, at least, away from release. Instead, the Samsung Focus S, Flash and Radar for 4G phones were the main focus of the event.
The main Herald Square event was pretty fun. A large, curious audience of a few hundred gathered and watched as bands like Far East Movement took the stage. There was also a live "Plants vs Zombies" performance, AccuWeather giving the weather, a marriage proposal and pizza that was "ordered" using Bing and then literally delivered to the crowd.
The event was quite festive, well produced and well received. Coupons for phones were giving out, giving discounts to new purchases as well as some hands-on tables. In addition, if you checked in via Foursquare you could pick up a free Windows Phone t-shirt.
All in all, a successful promotion by Microsoft. We're also told the video for the event should be going on the web, so you'll be able to check it out a bit later (if not, we have some laying around).
More pics after the break...
3 years ago
Extra Settings setting updated
The Extra Settings setting is a new feature on the Samsung Focus S and Flash. As we mentioned earlier it covers Auto Display Intensity, Key Vibration Feedback and Echo Cancellation. It is also apparently being treated as an application instead of a firmware feature in that it was updated this morning via the Marketplace.
Along with the Extra Settings, the High Fidelity Positioning settings were updated as well. So far the updates have only come through on the Samsung Focus S and not the Focus Flash. As to what the update covered, no clue. With the settings not changing it was likely a bug fix or a test to see if it could be done.
We have heard one report that the Focus S's screen seems brighter when set to automatic and I have to admit mine does look a little better after updating. More than likely it's coincidence in that our eyes are getting used to the screen.
If you've received the updates and have noticed a difference, feel free to chime in over in this Forums discussion or in the comments below.
Thanks goes out to pinbak and Dave for the tip!
3 years ago
Hands-on with Spotify on Windows Phone [Video]
We already know that Spotify is on its way to Windows Phone (and it's already launched in the U.S.), but the above video gives us an insight into what we can expect to see when the app is available for download. Spotify for Windows Phone will enable users who have an active subscription to perform tasks that can be carried out on the desktop and on other platforms. Search, playlist support, browse friends' playlists and more will all be included as well as (what looks to be) pinnable tiles for playlists.
3 years ago
The NYC Windows Phone big surprise revealed
An official blog post, written by Michael Stroh, has been published which details new phones that have hit the U.S, the big Windows Phone that has been erected at Herald Square and the $25 pre-paid card program we covered last week. The event today (and party later) will be wrapping itself around the information detailed. So, what are the new handsets that are making an arrival? Prices (and a small description) are included with each device.
- HTC Radar: Crafted from a single piece of polished aluminum, the HTC Radar is the only white handset in the Windows Phone lineup. $99 after $50 mail-in rebate. (our first impressions)
- Samsung Focus S: Successor to the award-winning Samsung Focus, the Focus S features a brilliant 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus display—the brightest screen in the lineup—a thin 8.55-millimeter profile, and an 8-megapixel camera. $199. (our first impressions)
- Samsung Focus Flash: The fast and lightweight Samsung Focus Flash features a 3.7" Super AMOLED screen and 5-megapixel camera. $49. (our first impressions)
- HTC Titan: Coming soon from AT&T, the Titan sports a 4.7" screen—the largest in the Windows Phone lineup—an ultra-thin 9.9-millimeter design, and an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash. $199. (our first impressions)
Looks good, and if you're interested in the handsets I've attached links to our first impression videos. As mentioned above, the pre-paid card program that Microsoft has launched will be being at the forefront. Should you purchase a Windows Phone between November 2nd and December 31st then you'll be eligible to receive a pre-paid card to use on the Marketplace.
The celebration will kick off at noon with a live performance from a band that mixes hip-hop, pop, electro, and dance. They're called the Far East Movement and will certainly put on a show. To top it off they will be performing in the in the Music + Video tile, natch. There are a number of surprises planned for the day, which will be unveiled at a later date. Should you be attending (we are!) then be sure to let everyone who can't make the event a taste of what's happening via Twitter. Use the hashtags #bigwindowsphone and #wpnyc.
Source: Windows Phone Blog
3 years ago
WinMobile.se closes due to Microsoft's arrogance
Now this is slightly disturbing, and upsetting news we've received word of today. Our fellow brother website in Sweden, the most popular Swedish Windows Phone website, has announced that their doors will be closing. Why? Due to Microsoft's arrogance, which can be read in the above email shot and was sent to Toni Johansson, the editor. For a translation on what is said in the above email:
I have got the money to make a real effort to give your site a facelift – metro design, HTML5, I’ve signed the people that will do the work, and also checked some other things that we could do to help to manage the site – but seriously, – you really put an end to that today (see yellow below).
Not a chance that we’ll continue after this!
The above text would be seen as a joke at first glance (the yellow quote is Toni's signature - "Sent from my iPhone"), with the whole "why are you using an iPhone? Lulz", but it would seem that it wasn't a joke as Toni met up with Anders and he explains that the meeting was of the same tone, context and arrogance. He was later informed that this wasn't a mere grudge from a Microsoft employee, but an official statement from the company. All because Toni uses an iPhone as a private handset.
Now that the work required to get WinMobile.se up-to-date with design and structure requires Toni to dump his iPhone and have the software giant control his personal life, it makes sense that he would cut up and close the website down due to being treated like this. This could have a severe negative impact on Microsoft in Sweden (as well as Windows Phone), since this is a top website in the country. Losing this resource and free platform for exposure and promotion will lower the level of reach.
While we can't judge on the situation, and can only provide insight into what is reportedly happening, we hope that Microsoft retracts statements made, re-engages Toni in active communication (preferably with a different contact) and ensures that private life is kept private. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.
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