3 years ago
HTC Radar and Titan to go on sale tomorrow through UK Phones4U
Good news for those wanting to get their hands on the HTC Radar or HTC TItan--Phones4U, a UK-based retailer, is spreading the word everywhere that tomorrow, they'll be the first to sell the new phones.
In fact, if you go to their website, both are listed with pricing and contract information (Radar, Titan) for pr-orders, but not that they won't deliver till October 7th. That bit of discrepancy gives us pause a bit-- after all, if you can walk in and buy it, why can't they ship it to you faster? Still, putting out a newspaper ad (Metro.co.uk) sort of commits you to the offering, so we'll be curious to see how many of you go and pick up these bad boys. Do let us know!
(For the record, I personally had the chance to play with both phones a few days ago and although I'm usually a bit harsh on HTC, these two devices really shocked me on their quality. It's as if HTC built a completely different phone from Gen1 devices, with some of the nicest screens I've seen.)
Thanks, Rob E., for the tip and @beckett1 for the image!
3 years ago
ShopGlider gets big, Mango-ized update
For those unfamiliar with ShopGlider, it is a site where you can keep track of your various shopping lists and recipes, as well as share them with friends and devices. Now, the folks over at ShopGlider have updated their Windows Phone app to 3.7, which adds some great new functionality.
With the new version, you can now email store trip lists directly from the phone and perform batch operations in the Shop List section. And the addition of Mango support now allows for fast switching. 3.7 also brings with it landscape mode, usability improvements, fast-app switching and perform enhancement, including faster syncing with ShopGlider's parent website.
ShopGlider could be the most comprehensive shopping list apps out there. You will need to sign up for a free account to get the full benefits, which you can also do right right from the app itself. Head over to the ShopGlider website for more information and setting up a free account.
You can get ShopGlider 3.7 for free here. See the video demo after the break...
3 years ago
Thumba Photo Editor gets updated to Mango
The popular photo editor for your Windows Phone, Thumba Photo Editor, was updated overnight to version 3.5.0. It brings a handful of improvements to the table including the fast resume of Mango and it now appears in your Photo Hub/Camera menu under "apps" (more on this in a second). Additional improvements and changes include:
- New icon with transparency
- New before/after tool
- Images can be reloaded by shaking your phone
- Histogram display improvements
- Manual saturation adjustment added
- Gamma configuration added to exposure adjustments
- Several bug fixes and performance tweaks
The updated version of Thumba Photo Editor has full integration with the Pictures Hub in that it is listed under the "Apps" menu option. With Windows Phone 7, when you pulled up the three-dot menu while viewing a photo there was the menu option "Extras". "Extras" listed every photo app installed on your phone and you could launch these apps from this menu. With Windows Phone 7.5, the "Extras" menu option has been replaced by the "Apps" option. It too lists photo apps installed on your phone but the developer must include this integration within their app. Not every photo app will be listed.
In just tinkering with the updated version of Thumba Photo Editor, it ran smoothly and the interface felt cleaner. I like the before/after button and the fast resume feature. The fast resume brings you back to where you left, which is great feature when your photo editing gets interrupted.
If you are looking for a great photo editor with a lot of tools, Thumba Photo Editor is a steal at $.99. If you're not sure, there is a free trial available to let you try before you buy. You can find Thumba Photo Editor here at the Windows Phone Web Marketplace.
Thanks goes out to entanianick for the tip!
3 years ago
Twitter contact integration issue in Mango resolved
We covered a bug that many of our readers tipped us on that saw the Twitter contact integration in Mango experiencing some difficulty. The problem being that individual contacts and groups were not displaying Twitter connectivity regardless to what settings/filters where chosen. While the Twitter feed is working, there's no way to view contacts who are also on Twitter.
A work around was available that saw users re-adding the Twitter account. The reason why this occurred was due to the social network modifying their API, which broke connectivity with Live. Joe Belfiore has confirmed, via Twitter, that the team has looked into the problem and the fix should reflect across the board within 24 hours. More details below from Microsoft Answers:
"We experienced a hiccup in our Twitter connection for contacts, but the connection is up and running again. Your contacts will reappear in the next 24 hours. Your Twitter feed and ability to post to Twitter remain otherwise unaffected. You may need to re-pin Twitter contacts to Start, re-add Twitter contacts to groups and re-link any Twitter contact links done manually. Sorry for the inconvenience."
Source: Microsoft Answers, via: @JoeBelfiore
3 years ago
HTC Dock Mode released to the Marketplace
HTC has pushed out their Dock Mode app to the Marketplace tonight and we have to admit, it's pretty cool. More importantly, even if you don't have a dock but have an HD7 or a 7 Pro/Arrive, you can most definitely use this little app.
What it does: it's for your bedside or office desk. Basically it shows you the time, current weather conditions (with dynamic background), music, photo album and HTC Watch (for movies). It also works in portrait or landscape with a brightness control for dimming at night.
Overall, like we said, it's really unique, so you should definitely give it a go if you have a need for it. Pick it up here in the Marketplace, HTC devices only! Thanks, Ohene A., for tipping us using our app!
3 years ago
Ringtone Maker - Mango App Spotlight
Next up in our ringtone spotlight series is Ringtone Maker. While the app title leads one to believe it is a ringtone maker for your Windows Phone, it is another collection of ringtones that you can save to your Windows Phone.
Where Pimp my Ringtone has 21 ringtones, Ringtone Maker has thirteen categories of ringtones. Each category has anywhere from six to ten ringtones. The choices include animal, fart, jungle, WWE, TV Themes, video game and bollywood ringtones.
To save a ringtone to your Windows Phone, tap and hold on the ringtone of your liking to pull up the utility menu. From the utility menu you can save the ringtone to your phone, delete the ringtone, or add it to the favorites page.
Ringtone Maker has some decent ringtones but I felt as though the quality could have been better in some areas. If you like TV Theme Songs or a fan of WWE Wrestling, this one might be for you. There is a trial version of Ringtone Maker available to let you preview the ringtones. In order to save them to the phone, you'll have to buy the full version which is running $2.99. Remember, you'll need to update your Windows Phone to Mango in order to run Ringtone Maker.
You can find Ringtone Maker here at the Windows Phone Web Marketplace.
3 years ago
Precentral's thoughts on Windows Phone 7.5
Our friends over at PreCentral have taken notice of all the racket going on over here. Apparently all the ruckus over the release of the Mango update is making others take notice.
Tim Stiffler-Dean, who moonlights around these parts from time to time, has written up a very nice article and takes a look at the competition from a webOS point of view. It's not a case of a webOS site slamming a competing OS but rather a constructive observation on what Mango has brought to the table. For example,
Though these improvements are very good, they don't quite do everything I would have liked. The new multitasking feature is a great example of this: Hold down the back button to go into "card view" and see all of the apps you currently have open and quickly switch between each one. The limitations are seen when you realize that developers have to build their apps to specifically to take advantage of the multitasking APIs.
Kudos are also given to the speed of Mango, enhanced Twitter integration, and Live Tile improvements. All in all, PreCentral gives Windows Phone 7.5 a fair shake and sees it as a natural fit for webOS user should they look elsewhere for their smartphone needs. While the article recognizes that it is hard to talk down on Windows Phone 7.5 for long, it also notes that there is still room for improvement.
No argument here. Windows Phone 7 was the first step in a long journey for Microsoft. Mango was the next step in this journey to build a great mobile operating system. And we'll agree with Tim that Mango is a big step (in the right direction) for Windows Phone.
You can read all of Tim's observations on Windows Phone 7.5 over at PreCentral.
3 years ago
SugarSync app planned for Windows Phone
We're always on the look out (and get very excited at any news for) well established brands looking to join Windows Phone and now we have some shots of a support chat between wpcentral reader Hassan and a SugarSync representative. They're reportedly in the process of designing a Windows Phone app that will integrate into their hosting service.
SugarSync, much like DropBox, is a file hosting platform but requires a subscription with no free plan. It's cross-platform with support for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry and more. To find out more about SugarSync, head on over to their website.
Thanks Hassan for the tip!
3 years ago
Mango Twitter issue workaround found
Good news for those experiencing the Mango-Twitter issue we reported on earlier. If you recall, a lot of people lost the Twitter contact integration with their People Hub over the last 24 hrs. It was confirmed by @winphonesupport who has their team looking into it and we're told by another source it has to do with Twitter modifying their API, causing a connection issue with Windows LIVE (who handles the syncing in Mango).
The workaround discovered is simple enough and has been confirmed by @winphonesupport and us:
- Delete Twitter account under Settings
- Power cycle phone
- Re-add Twitter account
Yeah, all in all quite simple. Though it take awhile for our account to be re-setup, possibly due to ongoing changes on Microsoft's LIVE servers.
3 years ago
Microsoft reduces daily app submission limit to 10
Remember the apps above? They were in the spotlight when the Marketplace came under attack from a number of clone/spam apps that either had limited functionality or were mere copies that could all be combined. Microsoft published some new guidelines and changed a few things here and there to combat the spam, but we later questioned more apps making their way into the platform catalogue.
Fast forward a few months to this exact date in time and we have a new article published by Todd Brix on the Windows Phone Developer blog. The post outlines that the team plan to introduce a lower cap on the number of apps that can be submitted in 24 hours, from 20 to 10 - effective tomorrow (Friday, 30th). Mr Brix also took a minute to remind developers:
- Unique apps can only be published in a single category. Any duplicate apps showing up in other categories may be unpublished, per the Windows Phone Marketplace FAQ’s
- When applying similar templates to multiple types of apps, we recommend differentiating apps through unique iconography, titles and other metadata to help potential customers make informed decisions about downloading apps.
- As mentioned in application certification requirement 2.10, apps must have distinct, substantial and legitimate content and purpose. Differentiation between your apps can help meet this requirement.
- There are several ways for your apps to be featured in Marketplace on the phone and now on the Web. Apps are featured by category based primarily on their number of downloads and customer reviews. The same is true for the cumulative top and free sections. The New panorama that makes up the background is algorithmic based on timing.
At least Microsoft is continuing to look at ways to limit the number of spam on the Marketplace, but is lowering the limit all that's needed to fight back? Should it be lower than the proposed 10? Sound off your views in the comments. On a closing note, should Microsoft be making $444 million from patent licensing on Android, could Google not indirectly fund a new Windows Phone review team to be on the hunt for the crap in the above image?
Source: Windows Phone Developer blog, thanks WeeBearUK for the heads up!
3 years ago
Beards & Beaks version 1.2 adds Mango support, Gnomes and Crows still not getting along though
Beards & Beaks, Microsoft Game Studios’ lighthearted real-time strategy game, just got updated to version 1.1 a few weeks ago. That update was for Nodo devices, but it didn’t add Mango features. Now that Mango is available to the masses, MGS has wasted no time in pushing another update with proper Mango support.
Beards & Beaks version 1.2 release notes
- Fully Mango Supported!
- Fast App Switching
- Live Tile: Switches back and forth from Gnomes to Crows when pinned to the Start Menu.
- All the updates from version 1.1
Fast app switching is the most important feature, but enhanced Live Tiles are always welcome. To learn more about Beards & Beaks, check out our developer interview, review, and downloadable content impressions. That’s a lot of info! Many more Xbox Live titles will receive Mango updates in the weeks to come. Stay tuned to WPCentral for all the details.
Beards & Beaks costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Pick it up here (Zune link) from the Marketplace and help the Gnomes stop the Crows!
3 years ago
Microsoft Canada reveals NOKIA Sabre and other device code names
We first broke the new about the Nokia 'Sabre' last month--namely that it was in engineering for tests, that it has a 3.7" screen and Micro SIM card. Besides that we also had the name 'Sabre' which till now, has not been verified anywhere else. Going back even further, one Micheal-Dallas in our forums mentions the 'Sabre' back in July, noting it's for AT&T in Summer 2012 (we think that's too far out).
Now, Microsoft Canada has accidentally leaked the name in the rules for a Mango-app contest. From the page itself, it notes:
"The estimated retail value of the phone is $600.00. The type of Windows Phone 7.5 will vary and will be selected at Microsoft’s choosing (examples include Samsung Yukon, Samsung Wembley, NOKIA Searay and NOKIA Sabre)"
Interestingly, only the Searay is the familiar one out of the bunch. The Yukon and Wembley are also unknown devices, presumably variants of the Omnia W and Focus S. The Sabre however, is new and evidently different than the Searay--perhaps a mid-range offering. All we know is what we already mentioned above: Micro SIM, 3.7" screen. Interestingly, Vodafone is adopting Micro SIM cards soon, something we and Pocket-lint think will be for new Nokia Windows Phones.
Good thing we'll learn more in late October at Nokia World.
Update: That was fast. Microsoft Canada has now modified the page and removed the device names. See our screen grab for the old version.
Source: Microsoft Canada; Thanks, 'tipster', for the news!
3 years ago
TWiT TVs Leo Laporte to take the Windows Phone Challenge
Today on Windows Weekly (ep 227), Brandon Watson joined Paul Thurrott, ZDnet's Mary Jo Foley and co-host Leo Laporte for an interesting and frank discussion on Windows Phone and the Mango update.
Laporte, who is an admitted Android devotee, was offered by Brandon to step up and take the Windows Phone challenge--essentially using nothing but a Windows Phone running 7.5 Mango for two-weeks to see if it changes his opinion. Laporte agreed to the challenge, leaving a little wiggle room for the iPhone 5, as obviously he has his reviewer duties first.
Although it would be great to see Laporte completely change over to Windows Phone, even Watson knows that can be difficult--so just having positive feedback would be a win for him and his team (see Molly Wood's response to the Challenge, a result Watson was happy with due to her admitted Android allegiance).
Will Laporte be convinced? He's a pretty level-headed guy and even if he's not 100% sold on Windows Phone, we think his opinion would certainly be informative and interesting. On the other hand, maybe he'll pull a Scott Adams and be more than impressed. Stay tuned...
Source: Windows Weekly (TWiT.tv)
3 years ago
Mango bug preventing Twitter contacts from showing up? [Updated]
In the above image, see how the Left device is synced with Twitter, the Right is not despite the same settings
Here's another issue we're hearing a lot of today and which we verified our-self. Seems as if Twitter contacts are not showing up in people's People Hub, regardless of the settings/filter chosen in the setup.
Indeed, we took a look at our Dell Venue Pro and this is the case. However, on our Samsung Focus (loner review device from Microsoft) our Twitter contacts are just fine. We're not too sure what to make of that one.
To test it yourself, simply go to your contacts in the People Hub and see if you can find any Twitter-only friends. Or if you have linked accounts, try to see if they have their Twitter "What's New" option visible (like above). We've even tried delete and re-sync our Twitter account with no success.
Hopefully this is something that Microsoft LIVE and Twitter can fix on their end. We'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, feel free to commiserate in our forums to discuss the matter.
Update: From @winphonesupport "If you're not seeing your Twitter contacts in your People Hub, hang in there, we've got a team looking into it. Thanks everyone!"
Thanks, Martin and Jonathan, for the info
3 years ago
HTC Sound Enhancer pulled from Marketplace, causing Music Player crash in Mango?
Looks like HTC may have a little problem on their hands. We've heard numerous complaints that the Music player in Mango is crashing for people. Its an odd claim seeing as we've had no issues with ours whatsoever (Focus, Dell Venue Pro) though in fairness, we've neglected our HTC phones.
Turns out, at least HD7 users are complaining of such crashes and the culprit many believe is the optional Sound Enhancer app (which went Mango recently). Now, HTC has pulled the app from the Marketplace (verified) which somewhat confirms people's suspicions on the matter.
So our recommendation: If your HTC Windows Phone is crashing while playing music, disable the HTC Sound Enhancer app and wait for a new, updated version. We'll keep you posted.
Thanks, Christian L., for the tip!
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