'Zombies!!!' is the latest title slated for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 launch. Based on the award-winning board game by Twilight Creations. Software developer Babaroga will be offering the graphically pleasing game for WP7.
Promising to bring murder, mayhem and plenty of Zombies to your Windows Phone 7 device, Zombies Mobile Edition will worth checking out. Graphically, the game takes a unique player perspective and has excellent design, offering what looks to be hilarious campy fun.
Peep the full teaser-trailer after the jump. Totally worth it.
Oh, and can someone pass that cup of...braaaaains!? --Mal
Yesterday, Brandon Watson of Microsoft teased the Twitter world with a question regarding the most requested developer tool for Windows Phone 7.
Today, we have our answer: Visual Basic, one of the most popular and easy to learn programming languages. And...dun dun dun...it was used on Windows Mobile for years, giving developers yet another way to port over existing code (the core of the program) to our new OS, leaving just the UI to be reformatted.
Like C#, Visual Basic is "managed" code, making it easier to learn and implement, but having less depth, meaning it's not a "native" development language like, say C++ (also used on Windows Mobile). "Native" language development is what is needed for 3rd party web browser development and other "core" applications. But no sign Microsoft is going to give developers those keys just yet. Microsoft had promised that other languages besides C# would be allowed to be used for development on the new Windows Phone platform, so this is a result of that..
These aren't the final tools and we shouldn't expect any VB apps for awhile at least--this is just Microsoft starting the process by soliciting feedback from developers and building on that for a future release. While XNA games cannot be built on VB, Silverlight apps can, so we should see even more development in that area in the future, giving Windows Phone 7 multiple routes for progress.
To sum up: this is very good news as evidently "the most requested developer tool" was just granted, keeping those developers quite happy.
The HD7 has gotten a lot of attention lately with photos, sketches, and GCF certification on what we suspect is the European version. Now we are seeing a spec sheet surface for the Windows Phone 7 device that gives more detail on the HD7 than we've seen before.
The spec list, surfacing over at wmpoweruser, if it holds true, shows the HD7 supporting T-Mobile's US 3G frequencies, giving credence to the speculation that this will be their Windows Phone 7 flagship. The 4.3" 480x800 WVGA device will have 512mb ROM, 576mb RAM and a 8gb non-removable microSD card.
The power source is a 1230 mAh battery which sounds a little on the small size for such a power house of a phone. The rest of the specs (kickstand and all) match up with the photos that surfaced the other day.
The accessories include a wired remote and a mono bluetooth headset. We also note that the widgets (part of the HTC Sense Hub?) noted include a bedside clock, voice recorder, and parking meter widget along with the other apps we've heard rumors of.
Still no word on when the HD7 will be available in the U.S. Hopefully, we'll have a better picture on things as October 11th gets closer.
As you can tell from the screen shot, the title of each version is long enough to cut off which version is which. It may take a little effort to find the language you are looking for but, hey, it's a free app!
Windows Live Alerts was a subscription alert service within Windows Live. Users could be alerted from 3rd party sources such as MSNBC, FOX Sports, MSN Weather, and NASDAQ on news items, appointments, scores, etc.
If you use Windows Live Alerts, you'll see the following message when you go to manage your Alerts.
"Thank-you for your interest in Windows Live Alerts. After much consideration we have decided to discontinue this service as part of the Windows Live offerings. Please sign up with Windows Live Alerts partners directly to receive their newsletters or other content updates from them. Hotmail Calendar Alerts and reminders will continue to be managed by Windows Live Alerts for the time being."
By now, we're hoping that the news has sunken in, you've sobered up, gone back to your job and reacquainted yourself with your current beater-of-a-smartphone, sporting technology nearly a year old. The fact that there will be no Windows Phone 7 devices for CDMA (Sprint, Verizon, etc.) till "first half of 2011" was quite a blow, wuddinit?
This obviously puts a monkey wrench in a lot of our holiday plans and, like some of you, we're considering alternates e.g. getting an AT&T account (ahem, while keeping our Sprint SERO plan on the side).
But what are your plans? Switching carriers? Hold out with Sprint/Verizon till spring 2011? Going with Android, like so many Windows Mobile "power users"?
Take the poll and sound off in comments, we're curious and you need to vent!
Looks like the leaks are coming aplenty these days as we near October 11th...
This time it's the mythical HTC HD7 (former HD3) which is expected to be HTC's flagship Windows Phone 7 device, represented in schematic form over at WMPoweruser. It's sort of everything you thought it would be, nothing more, nothing less.
While there are still no specs to report, we can discern a couple of notable features including a 4.3" screen, double flash, possible kickstand, probably an 8MP camera and a very Sprint EVO type design, which isn't a bad thing.
Other than that, it looks pretty run of the mill of these days for high end 4.3" keyboardless phones and it should suit Windows Phone 7 quite well.
It's unusual to read so much into a leaked T-Mobile accessory road map. However, with this road map, we might have a better idea when T-Mobile will have Windows Phone 7 devices available.
TmoNews has obtained an accessory listing with availability dates that show items such as a HD7 Charge Shell coming on November 15, 2010 or a HTC HD7 Leather Sleeve (black) arriving November 1, 2010.
There are two schools of thought on this. One has the accessories coming after the actual device hits the market. This would have the HD7 landing on shelves late October. The other has the device and accessories landing at the same time which puts the Windows Phone 7 device on shelves early November.
Either way, that holiday season target date that was set by Microsoft way back in February is still looking really good.
In a recent interview with Gulfnews, Mohammad Kais Zribi, HTC's Regional Director for the Middle East/North Africa, stated, "We will be launching Windows Phone 7 handsets next month and we will be concentrating on Android and Windows segments."
While Zribi didn't get into specifics on which HTC Windows Phone 7 would launch or where it would launch, he did continue to say, "So far we have launched six models and around five more models by end of the year." Combining their efforts with Android and Windows Phone 7, HTC is hoping to secure 5% of the smartphone market, up from just under 2% the company claimed last year.
So the big question is: When can you actually buy a Windows Phone 7 device?
At least for Europe, that date appears to be October 21st.
Numerous sources, including a Microsoft raffle for a WP7 device (winner announced after the 21st) and an article in a German magazine ("Euro am Sonntag") have colluded to back-up that very day as the first for commercially available devices. This also jives with the HD7 release in "week 42" info that came out a few days ago.
Now the flip side is what about the U.S.? While we have not had such specific dates mentioned, it's not too hard to imagine that the U.S. will have a similar time-frame, at least within the same week we hope.
There's more news coming out of the Windows Live camp. Windows Phone Live is in the works (that sounds a lot like Microsoft's MyPhone) which will add to the list of mobile features Windows Live offers.
Slated to be a part of the new Windows Live Devices (which will include your Windows Phone 7, Skydrive, etc.) services, this new feature will allow users four options in dealing with a lost phone. The options include:
Map It: See your phone's approximate location via BING maps.
Ring It: Have your phone ring loudly for sixty seconds using a special ringtone. The ringer will sound even if your phone is silent or on vibrate only.
Lock It: Lock your phone so that nobody else can access it. You will also have the ability to display instructions on how to return your lost phone on the screen.
Erase It: Reset your phone to the factory settings and erase all the information on it (e.g. Hard Reset).
These recovery services are slated to be free of charge through your Windows Live account. While there's no information on when these services will go live, if we had to guess, they'll likely be part of the next round of updates to Windows Live that have been described as "imminent".