While Microsoft and its partners haven’t exactly announced a ton of Xbox games for Windows Phone 8 so far, the same can’t be said for Gameloft. Back in October, the mobile game publishing giant announced a whopping 12 games specifically for Windows Phone 8. These titles rely on the new mobile handsets’ extra horsepower and most would be impossible to port accurately on our beloved Windows Phone 7.
It’s been a long wait, but the first Gameloft Windows Phone 8 game is finally here: Asphalt 7, the arcade-style racing game. That’s right, a non-Angry Birds Windows Phone 8 game! Who’d have dared to imagine such a thing? In case that didn’t knock you right out of your office chair, it even has…. Real-time online multiplayer! I don’t mean asynchronous: this is the for-real deal. Ho-lee crap, I just had to fetch my socks from across the room. And did I mention Asphalt 7 is priced to sell?
Head past the break for details! We'll have a video soon too.
Maluuba is a personal assistant app that takes advantage of voice commands to help you make it through the day. It's a popular app over on the Android format and today, the company has announced the app is headed to Windows Phone 8 devices.
Maluuba uses your Windows Phone's speech recognition for input and then uses it's proprietary, patent-pending language engine that ensures great accuracy in interpreting your requests. Maluuba uses a statistical approach to achieve a higher accuracy than many other assistant apps that may use rules or other methods for understanding that don't always handle natural sentences.
By Jay Bennett, Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 at 11:12 am EST
Ready for something cool? One of our favourite booths here at MWC has been the Qi wireless charging booth, it’s small in comparison to some companies but it’s showing off a few devices that sort of define the term ‘gadget lust’. With Nokia announcing two new Lumia devices on Monday that both have wireless charging capability, the vision of “wireless charging everywhere” is becoming ever closer.
You’ll find a full titillating gallery after the break, and we’re also going to call out a few of the devices specifically that piqued our interest. That first image up top though you might recognise, it’s the Tylt Vu which we covered just over a month ago when it was up for pre-order. Coming in several striking colours (although we only saw this yellow one), this charger would not look out of place in Nokia’s accessory line up.
If you’ve ever stuck around Nokia’s “booth” at Mobile World Congress you’ll know it’s actually quite massive (we’ll have photos later). The area is open during the convention where analysts and weary journalists can relax, have some coffee and get work done.
As tradition, every few hours the Nokia ringtone will blare across the speakers and the Nokia employees working the floor will break out into song and dance. It’s hilarious. It’s entertaining and we kind of love Nokia for bringing levity to an otherwise unexciting day.
So tune in and sing along to Irene Cara’s “What A Feeling (Flashdance)”. You can just follow the giant Lumia in the back if you don’t know the lyrics. (And yes, this was recorded on a Lumia 920).
UK mobile operator O2 has confirmed pricing and availability of the Huawei Ascend W1. The Windows Phone was previously reported to be heading to the UK late next month, but the company has announced shipping will begin on March 7th. It's a mid-range Windows Phone 8 smartphone, which was unveiled earlier this year at CES.
One of the more interesting Windows 8 tablets we’ve see here at Mobile World Congress is Fujitsu’s Arrow Tab. Featuring a solid 10.1” IPS “Super Clear Panel” display, microUSB, SD card expansion, 2GB of RAM and 64GB SSD. It even sports “the world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet” title.
Quick reminder for all that the 'Spring into TEGRA' contest is ending real soon (March 1st at 11:59 PM EST)... so be sure to check out the contest details below and submit your entry for a chance to win one of TWO Tegra-powered tablets! Details after the jump...
Casual and hardcore (or ‘core’) games often appeal to one group of players while excluding the other. Aiming at just one slice of the gaming audience is well and good, but the holy grail of game development is bridging the gap by appealing to both audiences. Only one game developer has consistently managed to reach that lofty goal: PopCap. Now owned by EA, PopCap has finally returned to Windows Phone (7 and 8) with a port of its accessible yet challenging puzzle masterpiece Zuma’s Revenge.
As a Nokia exclusive, non-Nokia owners will have to wait six months to play Zuma’s Revenge. Read on to find out why it’s worth the wait.
Consumers who reside in the Philippines are still waiting for Nokia to launch the Lumia 920. We recently covered the manufacturer opening up reservations for stores in the country, but no pricing has been made available or a date of release. We've now learnt that the Windows Phone is available to order at a local mobile phone store. CMK Cellphones has the Lumia 920 listed for 25,750 PhP ($630).
We reported yesterday on Indigo, the new voice controlled personal assistant from Artificial Solutions and promised that we’d try and spend some time with the app here at MWC. Happily we have done just that and stopped by the Artificial Solutions booth a few hours ago to talk about their new service.
Indigo is just part of a larger system which Artificial Solutions are building, based around their own natural language engine and what they refer to as the ‘brain’, the Teneo Interaction Engine. It’s a smart looking service which we’re excited to see coming to Windows Phone, read on for more details on Teneo and a video hands on.
Online UK retailer Clove has announced on the company blog that pricing and availability for both the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 Windows Phones have been confirmed. Nokia unveiled both smartphones at Mobile World Congress on Monday, further pushing forward in the mid-range market. The Windows Phones will be priced aggressively and offer surprisingly strong specifications that'll make them rather popular indeed.
Life Trends is an odd little app for your Windows Phone 8 device. It was developed to evaluate your personality and diagram your life activity and trends.
The foundation is based on a group of experts in the field of mathematical prediction, numerology and astrology. It's a horoscope app of sorts but instead of giving you a daily prediction, it tackles your entire life span in one try. One could say it's a tool to give your life a little balance.
The Lazyworm team has released an update to the Tweetro+ app available for Windows. The client has been bumped to version 18.104.22.168 to fully support Twitter's 1.1 API, which will be a requirement for third-party developers from March onwards. We last covered the Twitter app being updated at the start of February, with the team promising API support in a follow-up release.
Valpak (www.valpak.com) is set to drag coupon deals and offers into the Windows Phone Wallet with a new release for the mobile platform, according to a recently published press release. The company sells itself as the leader in local print and digital coupons, providing consumers ample opportunities to save the pennies for a rainy day. An app for Windows Phone has been available for a while, but Wallet integration is set to be a new addition.