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3 years ago

Boom! Ms. Splosion Man coming to Xbox Live on Windows Phone

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Last year, this writer paid a visit to Twisted Pixel Studios in Austin, TX to discuss their Kinect title The Gunstringer. Twisted Pixel is best known for their creative and irreverent Xbox Live Arcade titles, including The Maw, Splosion Man, Comic Jumper, and Ms. Splosion Man. Shortly after the visit, Microsoft acquired Twisted Pixel. I dared to hope that the move to first-party status would bring Twisted Pixel titles to Windows Phone, and what do you know…

Ms. Splosion Man, the larger-than-life sequel to Splosion Man, has now been announced for Windows Phone! In MSM (as I’ll now shorten it), players control the titular antihero. Like her male predecessor, she’s the result of scientific experimentation gone awry. MSM is a platformer, but unlike other games, the lead character doesn’t just jump, she ‘splodes to reach new heights. She’ll also ‘splode the hapless scientists and any other contraptions they’ve built that get in her way. It’s bright, cheerful, and extremely silly fun.  The XBLA game also provides quite a challenge, but I’m sure Windows Phone gamers are up to it.

Ms. Splosion Man gets around, as she’ll also be appearing on Windows Phone in her own themed table in the upcoming Windows Phone port of Pinball FX 2. The same table is already available in the XBLA original.

Twisted Pixel’s support of Windows Phone is terrific news, though not without a few caveats. They’re still calling the platform Windows Phone 7 in the trailer, which will look a bit dated as soon as Windows Phone 8 rolls around. More to the point, Ms. Splosion Man is also coming to PC, iPhone, and iPad. We’ve seen this happen with Kinectimals, Halo Waypoint, and several other Microsoft apps. Microsoft publishing titles for competing platforms sends mixed signals to consumers and nullifies a potential advantage of the Windows Phone platform. Exclusives help drive sales, after all. Why not just bring Halo 4 to Playstation 3 while they're at it? Oh well - we won’t spoil a new Windows Phone title reveal with further complaining.

Thanks to Dark Synopsis for the tip!

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3 years ago

Coded in just 30 hours, SpaceShooterz blasts onto the Windows Phone Marketplace [Video]

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A few weeks ago we mentioned the results of a recent Windows Phone hackathon, where devs get together, dream up and code apps and games within a fixed time period.

One of the noteworthy games that came out of that workshop was SpaceShooterz by Cubeslam. A retro arcade space shooter, the game needed some music and some finishing touches before it headed to the Marketplace. Luckily for you, it's now live and it's a fun little number.

The game is free with no ads (for now), has excellent controls, smooth gameply with a high framerate and the music is just badass sounding. It's certainly falls into the quick-gaming category as you only have one life and no continues, but it's a lot of fun and done very well. For that, we have to recommend it.

Pick up SpaceShooterz here in the Marketplace for free. In addition, the French-only home automation app that was also coded during the same hackathon is now available too. You can grab that app, called ZibaseWP, right here.

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3 years ago

Xbox Live for Windows Phone Easter sale makes today a very good Friday

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Microsoft hasn’t announced it yet, but we’ve caught wind of a mobile Xbox Live Easter sale. Or it could be a celebration of the Lumia 900's release - who knows? The following games are currently only 99 cents each:

This is easily the biggest and best sale on Windows Phone Xbox Live titles ever – seven titles is a lot, and they’re 66 percent off instead of the usual 33. Which games will you be picking up, awesome WPCentral readers? I probably had the most fun with Burn the Rope, but you can’t lose with most of these.

We don’t know the dates of the sale, but it’s likely to run at least through Sunday. This post will be updated should we spot an official date.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Pandora app MetroRadio goes 'Pro'

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If you like using MetroRadio, the first unofficial Pandora app for Windows Phone, you'll be pleased to know you have a new option: an ad-free version.

The free, ad-supported MetroRadio will of course still be available but if you don't like garish ads in your music streaming, you can now plop down $1.29 for a cleaned up, full screen Pandora-ness. The Pro version also has some of the latest, greatest stuff on board including:

  • Zune-esque screensaver
  • International streaming option (beta)
  • Explicit content filter

We've loaded up the Pro version and really like the look and feel of it. The screensaver, which is coming to the free version soon, is a nice touch and the international streaming option should be useful for those not in the US. Pick up MetroRadio Pro here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums: Lumia 900 delivery day

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That's right folks it's delivery day. If you pre-ordered the Lumia 900 on AT&T you should have received your tracking number already. Most folks are reporting delivery should be by 3pm this afternoon. If you're like us, just sitting around refreshing your package tracking screen waiting for the 3pm delivery deadline, let us know in this thread: Delivery Day!! 

We are still talking in our "Official has your Lumia 900 shipped yet thread" thread. It seams that AT&T took their sweet time getting the orders out which has  caused a little anxiety for some. We have 22 pages and 435 posts in this thread at last count. For a one day total that's a lot of members trying to help each other on a somewhat stressful day. If you haven't received your tracking information, let us know in this thread:  (Official) Who's Lumia 900 did not ship?

Did you get your Lumia 900 already? This is the thread for you: (Official) I just got my Lumia 900

We have numerous discussions happening in our Lumia 900 forums, so don't just sit around looking at that tracking screen. Here are a few threads to get us going:

If you don't find anything of interest in this list or if you have a story to tell, go ahead and start your own thread. We want to hear what on your mind.

Remember, the forums are more fun when you register, so sign up today.

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3 years ago

AT&T's Mobile Transfer Service now compatible with the Lumia 900

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AT&T's Mobile Transfer services isn't exactly new but, with several making the move to the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 from a non-Windows Phone the service might come in handy. Mobile Transfer allows you to transfer contacts, pictures and videos from your old phone to, say, your brand new Nokia Lumia 900.

The service isn't available for every phone AT&T carries and you can find out if your phone is compatible here. The Lumia 900 is the only Windows Phone currently compatible. There is no indication if the HTC Titan II or other Windows Phones will join the Lumia 900 on the compatibility list at this time.  However, If your moving to the Lumia 900 from another Windows Phone, your contacts will transfer through your cloud service (Windows Live, Google, etc.).

You just install the Mobile Transfer app on both phones and follow the on-screen prompts. There is a 2gb transfer limit on videos and photos.  Contacts do not count against this limit.

Once you've transferred your contacts, pictures and videos to your Lumia 900 then you can sync them with your Windows Live account or Skydrive.  You can find more about AT&T's Mobile Transfer here at the Mobile Transfer website.

Thanks, mjhannaf, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Leaked images of a Lumia Pure View Windows Phone?

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Leaked photos of a Lumia Pure View Windows Phone 8 ("Apollo") handset have blasted through the headlines this morning. According to a Chinese website, the handset pictured in this article is a Nokia PureView Windows Phone handset. We know what you're immediately thinking: "Gosh, this is fake or it's a damn ugly concept!". It could well be, but we'd like to take a different view on this one. We previously covered the Pure View technology back at MWC 2012, which left us in awe at the 41MP sensor.

First of all, check out the new Windows 8 logo used on the center capacitive button, a minute detail. Another is the blurred out information (probably device [code]name) in the bottom-right hand corner. Finally we've already seen a Pure View Symbian handset from Nokia. Since they're currently in a partnership with Microsoft, and there are even rumours of upcoming Windows 8 tablets from the Finnish manufacturer, it makes sense (and has been confirmed) for Nokia to bring this new camera-phone technology to Windows Phone to strengthen the Lumia family (if we don't see a second family emerge with the release of "Apollo").

So, back to the alleged PureView Windows Phone. Reported specifications from the slides are as follows:

  • 4.3" Curved Glass touchscreen with HD display
  • 41mp sensor, Carl Zeiss lens and PureView imaging technology
  • 1080p full HD video recording and Rich Recording technology
  • Dual Core processor with Adreno 320 GPU
  • Windows Phone Operating System

The 4.3" curved screen is an interesting feature to say the least. The Lumia 800 features curved glass to wrap it inside the polycarbonate shell, but this is taking things to another level. In the images we can clearly see the glass actually curves inwards. The design would certainly turn a few heads if spotted in public.

With the 41MP sensor, Carl Zeiss lens and PureView Imaging technology, one would expect the end results to be quite spectacular. As well as better image quality, 1080p HD video recording is listed, a feature to combat competitor handsets. Lastly we have a dual-core processor accompanied by an Adreno 320 GPU. To sum up - it'll be quite the beast. The Windows Phone OS already runs smoothly on single-core chips, so we could hopefully see advances made in the gaming side of the platform to really make the Xbox Live integration stand out.

Fake or not, what do you make of the slides? Would you be excited for the 41MP shooter sporting Windows Phone with this design? Be sure to check out our hands-on of the Symbian Pure View device from MWC 2012.

Source: it168.com, via: MyNokiaBlog

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Chicken Invaders 3

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Chicken Invaders 3 is an arcade game for your Windows Phone that is designed in the tradition of classic arcade games such as Space Invaders and Galaga. The key difference being that instead of battling alien space ships, you face hostile space chickens.

Graphically, the game is very appealing and the game play is somewhat challenging. You dodge a barrage of eggs, asteroids and treasure chests as you work you way to battle the various bosses of the game. Ship navigation can be a little tricky but overall, Chicken Invaders 3 is worth giving that trial version a go.

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3 years ago

Sonic CD for Windows Phone may not have a release date, but Sonic 4 Episode II does

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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, the long-awaited sequel to Sonic 4, finally has a release date. And when I say that, I don’t mean just the Xbox 360 version has a release date. Even the Windows Phone and PC versions have them! That’s something you don’t see every day.

The information comes from a new trailer that debuted at GameSpot today. The Playstation 3 version rolls out on Tuesday, May 15; the XBLA version on May 16; iOS and PC versions sometime in May; Android in June; and last, but certainly not least, the Windows Phone port comes in July. Considering the wait for Sonic CD, a mere two months for Sonic 4 Episode II doesn’t sound so bad.

As mentioned a few weeks ago, Sonic 4 Episode II will also reportedly be the first Xbox 360 game to feature synchronous game play with Windows Phone, meaning you can pause your game on your phone and pick up the game in the same spot on your Xbox 360.

The other big news revealed in the trailer is that the already-released Sonic 4 Episode I is getting a surprising new feature. Gamers who buy both Episode I and its sequel will unlock Sonic’s robotic rival Metal Sonic in Episode I! Plus four new levels. How’s that for Lock-on technology? The new content won’t cost anything extra besides the purchase of Episode II. The trailer doesn’t mention whether any platforms will miss out on the Metal Sonic bonus (besides Wii, heh), so it’s safe to assume that he’ll be coming to Windows Phone as well.

Sonic 4 Episode II coming to Windows Phone in July is great news, but what about Sonic CD? That game hit XBLA, PSN, iOS, and Android in December and PC a month later in January. The Windows Phone port is nowhere to be seen, and we have it on good authority that it’s definitely not releasing in the next two weeks. Readers keep asking about Sonic CD, so we’ll repeat what we know. WPCentral has repeatedly asked SEGA, Microsoft, and even the actual developer of the Sonic CD remake for a status update or estimated release date for the Windows Phone port. Even if the game has no concrete release date (few Windows Phone games get solid dates more than two weeks in advance), it certainly has an internal projected date. They simply won’t tell us or make any comment on the subject. Disappointing, but at least we now know it’s likely to come out before July!

Source: GameSpot; Thanks Aaron K. for the tip!

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3 years ago

Microsoft reaffirms app compatibility with Windows Phone 8, hints at Silverlight death

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The question of whether or not today's Windows Phone apps will be able to work on the next "major version" of Windows Phone aka 'Apollo' or Windows Phone 8 was never a major concern for us as we just assumed they would work. We even saw a job description which said as much back in February.

Still for some developers there were lingering questions about Windows Phone 8 would have the same core as Windows Phone 7.x. While details are still very sparse to that former aspect, tonight on the Windows Phone developer blog, Microsoft's Larry Lieberman reaffirmed that indeed, today's app will work just fine on Windows Phone 8:

"With regard to existing applications: today’s Windows Phone applications and games will run on the next major version of Windows Phone. Driving application compatibility is a function of Microsoft’s commitment to its developers. Regardless of what we release in terms of new developer features and functionality, we have made a large investment in protecting your existing investments."

That is certainly good news and should allay some fears for devs. But perhaps what is even more interesting is we're getting the first hints that Silverlight may be de-emphasized for the next generation of Windows Phone:

"We’ve also heard some developers express concern about the long term future of Silverlight for Windows Phone. Please don’t panic; XAML and C#/VB.NET development in Windows 8 can be viewed as a direct evolution from today’s Silverlight. All of your managed programming skills are transferrable to building applications for Windows 8, and in many cases, much of your code will be transferrable as well."

To our ears, that doesn't sound like Silverlight will be a major part of Apollo (though it will be compatible) and from what we've heard from devs, that's not a bad thing at all. A more interesting reading is that Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 will be based off the same bits, especially when Lieberman notes that "...targeting a tablet vs. a phone, you do of course, need to design user experiences that are appropriately tailored to each device."

There's certainly a lot of reading in between the lines in that post and makes some interesting discussion, so fire away in comments.

Read more at the Windows Phone Developer Blog. Windows Phone 8 concept image by PocketHacks

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3 years ago

Rogers Canada shipping the Lumia 900 too!

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It appears AT&T isn't alone in sending out shipping notifications for the Nokia Lumia 900. We've received a few tips from readers letting us know that Rogers Canada is also shipping the Lumia 900.

It is no secret the Canadian wireless provider was set to receive the Lumia 900 sometime this month and the Lumia 900 has been available for some time now.  With AT&T and Rogers shipping the Lumia 900, it appears Nokia is on schedule to establish a nice beachhead in the North American market.

Rogers Canada customers feel free to sound off in the comments if you've received your Lumia 900 shipping notification!

Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile South Africa offering the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710

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Virgin Mobile in South Africa is typically a bit behind the rest of the crowd. In-fact, it's only recently that they have realized that smart-phones should probably be on their offerings. And compared to the other service providers, they have a fraction of the subscribers.

So while some countries are celebrating the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900, it's with joyful surprise that we can now let you know that Virgin Mobile's latest specials pamphlet has both the Nokia Lumia 800 and the mid-range Lumia 710! The deals aren't too shabby either, especially the 710 where you are given close to your monthly subscription in airtime, plus 1000 SMS's! The deals are valid until the 6th June 2012.

That's good news for two reasons. First, Vodacom's exclusivity over the Lumia 800 has now ended, and second, if you really want a Lumia but don't want to port to Vodacom, then here is another option. And Virgin Mobile isn't actually all that bad. Their call prices are pretty competitive (especially if you manage to find another VM user to call), and R0.60 per MB out-of-bundle is about the cheapest you will find locally. For the entertainment of the international folk, R0.60 converts to $0.08 per MB of data.

It is rather strange that such a small provider can offer these phones before Vodacom's main competition, MTN. But it seems like you shouldn't be holding your breath if you are with them.

Virgin Mobile even has information we don't, and has uncovered that the Lumia 800's actual name is the E6! Yip, another branding fail...

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3 years ago

#lumiahack takes on Durban, South Africa

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#lumiahack takes on Durban, South Africa

      

Over this past weekend Nokia hosted a hackathon in Durban, South Africa. Previously they have held similar events at other cities across the country, and are still having one up in Johannesburg soon. So there are many just like it, but this one was mine.

For those of you who don't know what a "hackathon" actually is, you might be surprised to hear that it's got nothing to do with hacking in the security sense. It's actually just a bunch of people hacking away at whatever the objective is, for a period of time. So, this particular Windows Phone hackathon was coders getting together and making phone apps from 4:30pm on Friday, straight through to the same time on Sunday - essentially 48 hours straight of coding joy.

The Durban event was held at the Moses Mabida Stadium - the stadium built for the Fifa 2010 soccer/ football (fight!) world cup. It wasn't on the actual field or anything- rain and computers just don't go- but rather in the room that the players do their glory walk onto the field from.

This hackathon differed from some of the international ones I have seen because this was exclusively for students (I had to use my slate as a cleaver just to get past security). Very few of them had prior knowledge of the platform, and many were actually rather new to programming. Over the weekend the guys from Microsoft did WP7 workshops to get them up to speed, and a bunch of us were there to provide support when people were stuck. The point in the whole thing was to get students excited about the platform, and to give them a jumpstart onto the WP7 bandwagon. They were each given a Microsoft DreamSpark account (which gives students all the MS software free, including a free AppHub account), and encouraged to publish at least one app onto the Windows Phone Marketplace by the end of the weekend. Nokia definitely succeeded in both of these, as many people told me how impressed they were with the platform after the weekend even though they had previously written it off, and most got at least one app submitted for certification on the Marketplace by Sunday.

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3 years ago

Swisscom: Lumia 900 will be available in Switzerland early May

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Swisscom, a carrier in Switzerland, has announced on Twitter they expect to have the Lumia 900 available for customers in May. The international version of the Windows Phone is being made available for pre-order across Europe, but a release date has yet to be announced or confirmed.

The #Lumia900 is available with us from the beginning of May.

Tech website Mobile Fun previously revealed April 9th as the date for the UK, but we remain skeptical with the likes of Clove not releasing any information. Should Swisscom's (roughly translated) statement hold true, we should look to see the Lumia 900 rolled out across Europe early May.

Source: @Swisscom_de; thanks Thomas for the tip!

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3 years ago

AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 is on the move

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AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 is on the move

You can forget all the rumors that preorders for the Nokia Lumia 900 had sold out and the Windows Phone was on backorder.  We are hearing that several pre-order customers are receiving shipping notifications on their Lumia 900. We even received our own notification from AT&T just a few minutes ago. I have a mental image of the FedEx loading docks being covered with pallets upon pallets of the Lumia C's.

I was late to the party, pre-ordering the Lumia 900 on April 2, 2012. According to the FedEx tracking information, the Lumia 900 will be at my doorstep tomorrow. There is always the possibility that some of the later orders on the Nokia Windows Phone might not get delivered tomorrow but AT&T Retail Stores are still expected to have plenty Lumia C's in stock on Monday, April 9, 2012.

So who else got their shipping notification today? If so, let us know in the comments and make mention of when you pre-ordered the Lumia 900.  We've also got a WPCentral Forums discussion going on from those who have recieved their shipping notices.

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