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2 years ago

Indie developers at Apps World set sights on Windows Phone

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During my recent trip to Apps World, I dug up a few games like Solar Warfare and Revel that will make their way to Windows Phone before long. Naturally I kept asking the indie developers in attendance about future Windows Phone and Windows support.

Of those developers I spoke with, the makers of Puzzle Raiders and Pata Pata were especially interested in bringing their games to Windows Phone. Puzzle Raiders is a clever match-3 puzzle game with actual controllable characters, while Pata Pata mixes a simple board game with African themes. Learn about both games and their current stages of development after the break.

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2 years ago

Microsoft working on reduced certification times for Windows Phone apps

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Making apps for Windows Phone? Then you’re a developer and we’ve got some good news for you. Microsoft is slowly rolling out a redesigned certification workflow that should help you, as a developer, see reduced times for certifying a Windows Phone app. It’s been one of the most requested piece of feedback that developers have given Microsoft and it’s now being implemented. More details below.

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2 years ago

Updates on the way for the Windows Phone photography apps Fhotoroom and Fhotolens

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Two popular Windows Phone photography apps are in the process of being updated. Fhotoroom is a Windows Phone app that combines a photo editor, photo-sharing network and camera app under one roof. Fhotolens, from the same developer, is a camera app for Windows Phone 8 that is fitted with a virtual 10-24mm lens to offer a fish-eyed perspective on things.

The developer, Thomas Lock, is constantly working to improve these two apps and has released updates for both the Windows Phone 8 and 7.x versions of Fhotoroom. The version 1.8 update for Fhotolens had to be pulled to address a few bugs and should be rolling out in a few days (submitted for certification this past Friday).

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2 years ago

App suggestions for new Windows Phone user switching from Android

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2 years ago

Titanfall beta becoming available for everyone on Xbox One

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If there is one game that just about everyone seems to be champing at the bit to play on Xbox One, it’s Titanfall. So when the signups for the public beta went live a few days ago, people were clamoring to get in. But if you didn’t happen to be one of the lucky ones to get a beta code, don’t fret. Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, aka Larry Hryb,  has just announced that Microsoft will be making the Titanfall beta available to all Xbox One owners.

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2 years ago

First look at Solar Warfare for Windows Phone

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First look at Solar Warfare for Windows Phone

A few days ago, we highlighted three children’s games for Windows Phone that two-man indie developer TegTap brought along to Apps World. All great games for kids, but older gamers in our audience will naturally crave a more substantial gameplay experience. Luckily TegTap is poised to bring just such a game to Windows Phone 8 in the next few weeks…

We’re pleased to bring you this exclusive first look at the Windows Phone version of Solar Warfare (not to be confused with Star Warfare!) from TegTap. A 3D sci-fi shooter with expansive levels, gigantic bosses, and lots of ship upgrades to unlock, Solar Warfare is poised to take shoot-em-up fans by storm. It will even feature MOGA controller support shortly after launch. Head past the break for our hands-on video and preview!

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2 years ago

Massive Windows Phone 8.1 feature-list gets detailed, including Quiet Hours, Office Lens and more

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The Windows Phone 8.1 SDK is the gift that keeps on giving. Today, we’ve already had confirmation about background images for the Start screen, which have yet to be fully revealed, and yesterday we had a big roundup as well.

This afternoon, developers Jeremy Sinclair (@sinclairinator) and Jesse Leskinen (@jessenic) have put together the bullet lists to end all bullet lists. Their info comes from MUI strings direct from the SDK, so they are subject to change upon final release. What’s interesting about this list is the sheer number of little things that we had suspected, but not yet confirmed in Windows Phone 8.1.

It should be clear that 8.1 is, in many ways, a complete overhaul of the OS from top to bottom, not just a few big features. That’s important because what you’re about to read below demonstrates just how busy the dev team has been to build upon the groundwork laid down with Windows Phone 8, back in late 2012.

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2 years ago

Star Warfare: Alien Invasion, battling alien hordes on your Windows Phone

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If you are looking for a fast-paced alien shoot ‘em game for your Windows Phone 8 device, Star Warfare: Alien Invasion may be just what you’re looking for. The game calls upon you play the role of a soldier pitted against wave after wave of alien invaders.

Game play positions you over the shoulder of your character with virtual joysticks controlling movement and weapons fire. Star Warfare: Alien Invasion has a single player mode along with an online multiplayer mode.

The game reminds me a little of the movie Starship Troopers and in the short time we have had to tinker with Star Warfare: Alien Invasion it makes a nice first impression with attractive graphics and challenging game play. Star Warfare: Alien Invasion has been a popular gaming title over on iOS and is should share the same success here on the Windows Phone 8 platform.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone 8.1 may get backgrounds on the Start screen, three column support

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More information from the Windows Phone 8.1 beta SDK leak hint at some forthcoming features for the OS update, due to be announced in April. The info comes from LiveSino, who found references to numerous unannounced references to features in the SDK, hinting that such customizations may be in the final build for customers.

The idea of giving customers more options to customize their Windows Phone has been a hot topic for customers for years. Currently on the Start screen, users are only allowed to select from a pre-selected range of hues, with no backgrounds, leading some to call the OS ‘boring’.

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2 years ago

The Avengers smashes into Windows Phone 8 with RJS!

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The Avengers smashes into Windows Phone 8 with RJS!

Last month Marvel Entertainment released the Windows 8 game Run, Jump, Smash! and now the game is landing on Windows Phone Store shelves as the abbreviated title RJS!

The superhero gaming title is an endless runner styled game that has you playing the role of your favorite Marvel Comic’s superhero. As the title suggests you run, jump and smash your way through various obstacles, enemies, and ultimately battling super villains.

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2 years ago

Medieval Apocalypse, Knights and Zombies battling it out on Windows Phone 8

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Medieval Apocalypse is a fast paced, action packed Windows Phone 8 game that has you playing the role of a Medieval Knight who has to battle Zombie hordes. The goal is to complete the various quests within the game and leave no Zombie standing.

Graphics are nice (a little on the dark side though), game play challenging and in the short time we’ve played Medieval Apocalypse it comes across as an appealing addition to the Windows Phone 8 gaming library.

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2 years ago

Xbox One February update rolling out to consoles

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Xbox One February update rolling out to consoles

Microsoft is now rolling out the February update for its Xbox One videogame system. According to a blog post published by Major Nelson (Microsoft's Larry Hryb), consumers will be able to enjoy new functionality in this latest release from this weekend. We previously reported on how Microsoft was delaying the update for a few days to enable engineers to add finishing touches. 

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2 years ago

Spruce up your Lock screen with Wallpaper Patterns for Windows Phone

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There are a variety of ways to customize your Windows Phone handset and make it your own. One of our favorite ways is to select and personalize the Lock screen. In the Windows Phone Store you’ll find hundreds of apps that allow you to rotate images on the Lock screen or display app data. Wallpaper Patterns is another one of those apps that can make your Lock screen beautiful. Let’s check it out.

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2 years ago

Path for Windows Phone gets a weekend bug fix update

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Are you a big fan of Path, the private social network? Neither are we, but we’re sure some of you are, and this post goes out to you!

If you recall, in early January Path finally arrived on Windows Phone after an all too long gestation period since it was first announced in mid-2013. Just one month after the release and its already picked up its third bug-fix update. We’re not going to complain, as the app had a bit of a rough start at first with checkins not working.

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2 years ago

Join the beta for Threepointer, an upcoming Dribbble app for Windows Phone

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If you’re a designer you've probably used Dribbble a number of times. It’s by far one of the largest community’s for web designers, illustrators, typographers, logo designers, graphic designers and other creative to highlight their work. It’s also a great place to connect with fellow designers. Developers have also used it successfully to find developers to work with. It’s a great place for design.

Dribbble doesn’t have any official apps, but they do offer the Dribbble API so that others can create apps. If you’re at all interested in a Dribbble app for Windows Phone you need to sign up for the beta of Threepointer for Windows Phone. It’s beautiful and does things we’ve never seen in any app for Windows Phone.

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