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3 years ago

WP7 experiences higher CTR [Developers]

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WP7 experiences higher CTR [Developers]

It seems, according to Smaato, that advertisements displayed in apps on the Windows Phone 7 platform receive a higher CTR (Click Through Rate) when compared against competitors in the above chart. Symbian trails WP7 in second place, while Android has the worst CTR being beaten by iOS and RIM.

What's interesting to note is how this reflects a chronological comparison with all operating systems. One would expect Symbian to still be presently top of the books in regards to advertising click throughs etc. or even iOS with many apps that feature both in-app advertisements and purchases. Also, this makes the question for CPM or upfront payment slightly more difficult to answer. Pass through the break for more juicy data.

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3 years ago

PhotoShare - App Spotlight

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PhotoShare - App Spotlight

Limit-Studios is offering Photoshare over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. Billed as the "photo sharing app", Photoshare allows you to take a photo, swap or share it, and recieve photos from other Photoshare users.

Photoshare automatically shares photos taken through the app and you can share photos from other Photo Gallery folders as well. At any time you can delete your shared photos through the About/Support menu (access through the three-dot menu).

Unfortunately there isn't a trial version available for Photoshare with the full version running $1.29. You can find Photoshare here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

May Security update hitting the Dell Venue Pro

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3 years ago

Windows Phone a top priority for Photosynth

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Microsoft's Photosynth is a neat set of photography tools for creating panoramic images. There is a desktop application as well as an iPhone app but, oddly, Microsoft hasn't really rushed Photosynth out for the Windows Phone. Fortunately, that should change with the Mango update.

According to David Gedye, Photosynth Group Program Manager:

"Yes – we’re working on a version for Windows 7 Phone now. You can definitely communicate this info to your members. We cant make any commitment about ship date though, except to say that it is our top priority."

Gedye explained that the original release of Windows Phone didn't have the video mode API's that allow Photosynth to provided the capture experience. The Mango update should change that and the Photosynth team is working to get a Windows Phone app ready. At the time only iOS had the necessary video components, hence the iPhone getting the mobile version first.

In looking at the iPhone version, as well as the desktop version, Photosynth should be a very nice addition to the Windows Phone app family.

Source: Monsmartphone Via: WMPoweruser

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3 years ago

Armor Valley flies to the Marketplace

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Armor Valley flies to the Marketplace

Thanks to the magic of XNA, another Xbox 360 Indie game has come to Windows Phone! Joining Square Off and Murphid is Armor Valley from Protégé Productions.

Armor Valley is a unique blend of aerial combat simulator and real-time strategy. The player and the enemy each have a base where units are produced. The twist is that players directly control a plane (called the Silverhawk) and participate in the action first hand. The enemy has a plane too, so you have both aerial and ground units to deal with. A virtual analog stick controls the craft’s movement while tilting the phone moves the camera.

Having played the Windows Phone version for a while, I came away impressed with Armor Valley’s 3D graphics. The controls take some getting used to though. Hitting enemies is particularly difficult thanks to their tiny hitboxes. Hopefully Protégé tweaks those a bit and adds some aim assist in a future update. Difficulty aside, Armor Valley is unlike anything else on Windows Phone and a nice addition to the indie gaming lineup.

Armor Valley costs $3.99 and there is a free trial. Get it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Trapster announces Windows Phone 7 app coming soon [Pics + Contest]

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For those of you who remember Trapster (see site) on Windows Mobile (see our review from 2010), you'll be excited to know that an official Windows Phone 7 version is right around the corner. If you haven't heard of Trapster yet, well, it's basically a social-network for us daily road warriors, a way to communicate the important stuff to other drivers, via you smartphone:

Users submit speed traps, enforcement cameras, and road hazards, that then alert all Trapster users in the area. A high-tech version of flashing your headlights to alert drivers of potential road hazards

Their system has not only proved to be successful, but very popular  with nearly 12 million registered users as it's available on iOS, BlackBerry, Android and 3rd party GPS devices (Garmin, TomTom). In fact, we're told that July is the target for release for the free app, meaning this a lot closer than "in the works". The WP7 version, developed by Chaotic Moon Studios, supports all the latest bells & whistles found on other platforms:

  • Live Tile
  • Search
  • Directions
  • My Trips (share trips with others)
  • Caravan (see your Trapster friends on the map)
  • Audio Player Controls
  • Real Time Traffic

And to celebrate the occasion, in conjunction with the fine folks at Trapster, we have 10 license plate frames up for grabs with a simple task--simply Tweet the line below by midnight (EST) on May 14, 2010 and we'll randomly choose 10 winners:

@Trapster announces #WP7 app is in the works on @WPCentral http://bit.ly/kxqLjz

We're excited about this major title coming to Windows Phone 7 as it's just another feather in the hat for our fledgling OS, plus we who doesn't want to drive safer (and not get a speeding ticket?).

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3 years ago

Microsoft MVP offering advice for aspiring Windows Phone developers

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Have an app but need some tips? Or have an idea for an app but not sure where to start? Want some helps on marketing the app to the masses? Well, evidently Arian Kulp, who's a Visual C# Microsoft MVP is offering his assistance to anyone who wants it:

...As part of Microsoft’s current push to get lots of apps into the Windows Phone Marketplace, I’m offering assistance to people struggling with polishing up their apps. If you feel like you’re almost there and just need that last push, or are struggling with a given concept, contact me so I can help you. I’ll also let you know about great contests and drawings currently running to potentially get a free phone, marketplace fee refund, or free advertising for your app. All I ask is that you use my event code when you enter the drawing so I get credit for helping you.

Hey, we're all for developer outreach here and we have to commend just the idea of taking this one. So if this is something that you think you can benefit from, well just mosey on over to his site and get started: http://www.ariankulp.com/help-me-to-help-you

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3 years ago

HD7 to be first Windows Phone to get Android port?

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It looks like those ambitious folks at XDA.cn have been attempting to squeeze good ol' Android on the HTC HD7. Pocketnow reported on this a few days ago but it looks like more progress has been made, including trying to get it on to the T-Mobile version of the device.

Still, work has to be done to get everything working and it looks like the team is aiming for a June release, which isn't too far off. Of course the proof is in the pudding, as they say and the video above (the 2nd one released) shows Android to be humming along quite nicely on the device.

The question is: how many of you will bother to do this, assuming it's not ridiculously hard to load? Call us crazy, but we like WP7 as an alternative to Android. Then again, we're also geeks about hacking on these phones, so could be a fun weekend project.

Source: XDA.cn; Thanks, Jordan L., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy shows up early on Cragislist

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We're just days from Verizon finally getting their first Windows Phone, the HTC Trophy, and it looks like some early versions are showing up on Cragislist. One seller (unverified) reportedly wants a fair $160 for the phone, which sounds like one hell of a deal.

But we must caution that this is a CDMA phone, meaning it's ESN could be blocked if the phone is stolen or inappropriately authorized. So you may get the phone but you may find out that Verizon won't activate it. We suggest you just wait the extra few days and know what you're getting ;-)

Source: Craigslist. Thanks, Raul H., for the tip

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3 years ago

Telstra getting NoDo + Security updates; no news on Samsung fixes

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The Windows Phone Blog just ran their weekly update, sharing the latest info in regards to phone updates and more.

While there wasn't too much to share, for those on Telstra, you'll be happy to know your NoDo and Security Update (7392) should be rolling out now, making you folks the tail end of the caboose. This was something we knew was close, after all we heard 11 days ago that it had been finalized and was just waiting to be rolled out.

Unfortuantely, for those with Samsung devices (Omnia 7's and limited amount of Focus devices), there's no news outside of some progress being made. According to Microsfot's  Eric Hautala:

I know some of you are eager for news on the Omnia 7 and Focus issues I discussed last week. We’re making progress, but I don’t have anything new to report just yet. As soon as I do, I’ll let you know.

Hopefully that will be resolved sooner than later.

Source: Windows Phone Blog

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3 years ago

Microsoft + Skype = OMG! [Humor]

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3 years ago

Pandemic Evolved - Review

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Pandemic Evolved - Review

The viruses from Pandemic have mutated into the Windows Phone 7 game, Pandemic Evolved. Z-Games is offering the free game over at the Marketplace that puts the viruses into a tetris-like environment.

The game has groups of three viruses dropping from the top of the screen and you have to stack them up to create a match of four or more of the same viruses to contain the outbreak.

Continued after the break.

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3 years ago

Hypership Out of Control Lite - Review

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Hypership Out of Control Lite - Review

Fun Infused Games has released a fast paced, space shooter, arcade game for the Windows Phone that definitely lives up to its title. Hypership Out of Control Lite has you in control of a space ship that is, well, out of control. No brakes and the accelerator is stuck. Luckily your weapons system is stuck in the "on" position.

Your goal is to navigate your out of control ship through through various obstacles, collecting coins, bonus items and destroying various items as you fly towards the finish line. Once you cross the finish line, you move to the next wave that will progressively get harder.

Continued after the break.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 & Location tracking: Microsoft responds to U.S. gov't request

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We reported a few weeks ago about the whole "location tracking" issue, which was started by the iPhone, proceeded by concerns on Android and finally Windows Phone, which was mostly exonerated from the controversy.

Regardless of the lack of tracking, Microsoft is looking to be more transparent on the matter than some other companies and in turn has directly responded to the U.S. government's 'House Energy and Commerce Committee' request for explanation on their practices when collecting data on user's whereabouts. From the lengthy and thorough document:

The collection and use of location data by smart phones can serve a variety of purposes.It therefore is worth clarifying at the outset that the term “location data” can refer to two related but conceptually distinct categories of data: (1) data that is used to determine the approximate location of a device for use by an application; and (2) data that identifies specifically where a device is or has been. The Windows Phone 7 operating system is designed to focus squarely on the first category, and we have taken steps to avoid collecting the type of data described in the second category, which can facilitate user tracking.

...This database snippet contains information about nearby WiFi access points and cell towers in the area (on average a 5-6 square kilometer area) where the user made the request. It does not show where a user is or has been within that area.

...Similar to other operating systems, when Microsoft first designed and implemented location services for Windows Phone 7, it programmed its system to collect device identifiers and store them for a limited time. While collecting device identifiers can help assemble and refine a database of available WiFi access points and cell towers more quickly and effectively than without them, these identifiers have diminishing value over time. Given the declining utility of device identifiers, Microsoft recently discontinued its storage and use of device identifiers. Further, as part of its next scheduled update to existing Windows Phone 7 devices,updated devices will no longer send device identifiers to the location service and new phones arriving this fall will not send device identifiers to the location service. [Emphasis, ours]

Anyways, it's all actually very interesting stuff if you want to know how the Windows Phone location based system (aka 'Orion') works. And it's always nice to see Microsoft being so open about its practices. Find anything we missed, holla in comments.

Source: U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee (PDF); via WinRumors

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3 years ago

The Harvest is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. That's more like it!

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Guitar Hero 5 sales not exciting enough for you? Here’s an Xbox Live Deal of the Week we can really sink our teeth into: The Harvest is going on sale for $4.99, down from $6.99.

The Harvest is an action-RPG set in a distant future in which aliens have conquered humanity. Thanks to the development of armored mech suits, the remaining pockets of humans finally have a chance to fight back. Our review praises the game’s beautiful 3D graphics, easy controls, multiple playable characters, and diversity of upgrade options.

The Harvest is that rare thing – a really impressive Windows Phone-exclusive game. But many gamers passed over it or don’t know about it due to the dreaded $6.99 price point. The sale price should help Luma Arcade’s action-RPG finally get its due.

The Harvest’s $4.99 sale begins Wednesday and will last one for week. Buy it or try the demo here (Zune link) at the Marketplace.

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