3 years ago
Zune terms changing Sept 13, reducing the number of sync devices for music [Updated]
Oh this is not something we want to post as this is just bad, bad bad. Evidently, on September 13th Microsoft is reducing the number of devices upon which you can sync with the Zune music service from 6 (3 computers and 3 devices) to just 4 (at least 1 computer and any combo of 3 PCs and devices). You'll also need to download at least one new song to each device to continue using the service.
We're none to pleased with these changes but have a feeling it has something to do with licensing from the music companies, reduction in costs to those licenses and perhaps trying to reduce "sharing" of Zune passes. Regadless, that's just lame. Users are reportedly being sent emails with the following information and you don't have a choice to the change outside of cancelling your subscription.
Update: LiveSide is reporting (via EnConnected) that this is only for Europe and not the US, where as of now, we will still be able to sync to 6 devices. This should ease over tensions between our Euro and US readers /sarcasm.
Thanks, Lee T., for the images and info!; see also My Microsoft Life
3 years ago
Orientation screen lock for Windows Phone?
We're not sure if these are legit or not but it's not exactly something very far fetched. The idea of adding an orientation lock to phones is a pretty standard one, adding convenience when laying down in bed or if you just don't use your device that way. The method seems simple enough: bring down the volume bar, tap the icon to lock/unlock screen orienation.
These images come reportedly from someone's Facebook page and if real, would be from a newer build of the OS we haven't see yet. On the other hand, they could also be clever concepts, so take 'em with a grain of salt because we probably won't see this anytime soon. Cool idea though.
Thanks, anonymous, for the tip!
3 years ago
Microsoft has high hopes for WP7 marketshare
Microsoft has said that they are predicting Windows Phone to capture more than 20% of the smartphone market over the next few years through clever and effective marketing as well as support from manufacturers. Remember when Pyramid Research predicted the OS to reach top spot by 2013? Well the software giant is looking to smash that prediction.
Achim Berg, head of Windows Phone marketing, had this to say at IFA:
"HTC and other partners will run advertisement campaigns for the Titan and Radar phones, and the company has joined Microsoft in training hundreds of salesmen worldwide to better demonstrate the product. Microsoft plans to build on Windows Phone’s initial success with female consumers as well as with young and first-time users to win market share."
Berg also stated (and quite rightly so) that it took Apple and Google time for iOS and Android to catch on. Granted that Microsoft has arrived slightly late, but they still share the same obstacles when starting out. Apps wise, the Marketplace has shown positive signs of growth and developers are creating superb applications.
With regards to manufacturer support, if the HTC event in London was anything to go by, I'd say they're fairly confident in Mango and it shows in the beastly hardware that's going to hit shelves later this year. It's great to see in the above quote that Microsoft has been actively training salesmen with HTC to better demonstrate products, something carriers could also partner for.
3 years ago
Pokemon Wallpapers for your Windows Phone
Sitting around trying to find a cool looking Pokemon wallpaper for your Windows Phone? Look no further.
pldh.net has compiled a rather impressive collection of Pokemon wallpapers that can easily be adapted for your Windows Phone. The collection includes the first 493 Pokemon and includes Pokemon from the Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh regions.
The wallpapers can be downloaded as a complete set or by region. The images are sized at 1920x1080 so you'll need to crop them down a little to fit the 480x800 Windows Phone screen. Then it is just an issue of transferring the image files to your Windows Phone through Zune or email them to Windows Phone.
The wallpapers look good and represent the Pokemon characters well. You can download the wallpaper sets here at pldh.net.
3 years ago
WPCentral's Back to Work/School Sale: Save 10% on ALL Accessories!
With Labor day now over and behind us, it means back to work and back to school for many users out there. To ease the transition of getting back into routine, we're holding a WPCentral Store sale! Whether you picked up a new device over the holidays or just want to get some new Back to Work/School clothes for your old device, all accessories in the WP Central Store this week.
Save 10% on All Accessories in the WPCentral Store: To save your 10%, simply use coupon code WP11 at checkout when completing your purchase here.
Buy Cases, Batteries, Chargers & More in the WPCentral Store!
3 years ago
Play god for less - Pocket God is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week
Fable Coin Golf was a pretty impressive Xbox Live Deal of the Week. It would be hard to match that level of quality two weeks in a row. But hey, this week’s sale game isn’t that bad. It’s Pocket God from Ngmoco (which is apparently a real company name). Pocket God is going on sale for $1.99, down from $2.99.
Pocket God is that game where players get to mistreat a bunch of pygmies and participate in lots of little minigames too. It’s silly fun, as our review attests. The Windows Phone version, however, is kind of buggy, with at least one semi-glitched Achievement. This version also receives far fewer updates than the superior iPhone original, though the developer promised at least one more update a while back. But if you just want to beat up on some islanders (who can blame you? *wink*) and aren’t concerned with all the technical aspects and getting extra content every few weeks like iPhone users, you’ll still have a good time.
Pocket God’s sale price starts on Wednesday, September 7 and lasts for one week only. Grab it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Next to fall, RIM? BlackBerry maker urged to sell itself or patents.
We all know what happened with webOS and HP and before that Nokia's Symbian, but what about RIM's BlackBerry? Like Palm, they too were on top of their game just a few years ago but with Android and the iPhone everywhere these days, RIM is taking a beating. Their stock has lost almost half their value this year and things are not looking that much better with their "next gen" QNX operating system.
Now Jaguar Financial Corp. is publicly calling on RIM to either sell itself off or its patents "to boost investor returns". While Jaguar's exact amount in investment in RIM is not known, they are considered to be a major player and can evidently gain headlines when they throw their weight around. Either way, it's never a good thing when your investors are calling on you to get out of the game.
Companies have been in the same position as RIM before--Microsoft just two years ago and Palm before that. While Microsoft's story is yet to be finished, they have certainly fared better than Palm, who was bought out by HP and then subsequently had their hardware killed off, leaving webOS without much of a future. Which route will RIM go? We can't help but notice that they don't have a large developer ecosystem, a desktop OS, a gaming platform or any other source of revenue--the exact opposite of Apple, Google and Microsoft. To that end, we don't see RIM holding on much longer as they won't be able to make a dent in the all important consumer market.
So would Microsoft buy RIM if given the opportunity? Ballmer seemed lukewarm to the idea back in January, but perhaps if the price is right and those patents are for sale they'd change their tune.
Source: Bloomberg/SF Gate
3 years ago
Samsung releases Mobile Print app for Windows Phone
One word: Nice! That's our reaction to Samsung's new "Mobile Print" app which can be downloaded now in the Marketplace. From the app description:
"Mobile Print is a free application which enables print photos and SNS contents directly from your smartphone. The application also enables scanning documents to your mobile device directly."
- Automatic print searching on a local wireless network
- Compatible with Samsung wireless and network printers only
- Print photos, Facebook and Twitter
- Scan document directly to your mobile device
- Print on on supported printers shared on Windows and Mac
Sounds similar to the official Brother iPrint app released a few weeks ago. We're always glad to see Samsung put out cool apps like this, even if it's limited to only Samsung printers. Grab it here in the Samsung Marketplace (only Sammy phones!).
via: Windows Phone Metro; Thanks, Steve S., for the tip!
3 years ago
Why are indie developers heading for WP7?
An insightful article has been published over at PCWorld that covers possible reasons as to why indie developers are bothering with Windows Phone at all. Even though Microsoft's platform may appear to be small fish when compared against iOS and Android, it's certainly catching the attention of a wider audience and increasing brand awareness dramatically.
The article goes into detail about the Microsoft Evangelists that get in touch with developers and students to lure them to the platform, as well as a few established developers who have built popular and well received apps. This includes Pieter Voloshyn, of Thumba (our review), and Calum McLellan, of Feed Me (our review). It's worth the read so we wont spoil it too much, head on through the link below.
3 years ago
Windows Phone Marketplace error c101b00b, anyone?
So we just noticed we're getting a nasty little Marketplace error when trying to download any app today. We're running on Mango and noticed this on a few of our phones, but we sent out a request on Twitter to see if anyone else was experiencing the same.
Turns out it's mixed, but definitely a large portion of you are experiencing irregularities in the Marketplace today--regardless of Mango or NoDo. We've heard from Portugal, Norway, Switzerland, US, Romania and Australia so far with parts of the U.S. Italy and UK doing okay.
We're not sure what's going as it could be just a temporary hiccup, but we'll keep you posted.
3 years ago
Running Windows Phone apps on Windows 8?
In an interesting but highly speculative article at TechCrunch, the idea is put forth that we'll be able to run Windows Phone apps on Windows 8--why you would want to do that, we're not sure. The thrust of their argument revolves around "Jupiter", Microsoft's upcoming developer framework for Windows 8:
"Jupiter may end up being the “one framework” to rule them all. That means it might be possible to port the thousands of Windows Phone apps already written with Silverlight to Windows 8 simply by reusing existing code and making small tweaks. Or maybe even no tweaks. (That part is still unclear). If so, this would be a technical advantage for developers building for Windows Phone 8 (code-named “Apollo” by the way, the son of “Jupiter”) or Windows 8."
Of interest is to note the Roman mythology here: Jupiter is the father of Apollo, with the latter being the code-name for Windows Phone 8. We suppose this would be highly useful for developers for somewhat obvious reasons, though the benefit to consumers would not seem as strong. Windows 8 is expected to feature its own app store with programs designed for that user experience and even if WP7 apps could run on Windows 8, scalability issues will abound. Still, it's not hard to think that yes, in some form this could be accurate as we're expecting for Windows 9/Windows Phone 9 to merge into a single system--but that's still a ways off.
3 years ago
Free UK Microsoft Windows Phone Camps [Developers]
Looking at Microsoft's mobile platform for your next project but don't have the knowledge or experience yet? These events are for you should you reside in the UK (or be able to attend). Microsoft is holding two developer training events, one in London (17th September) and the other in Manchester (24th September), both starting at 09:30 and ending at 18:30.
What's required to attend? Absolutely nothing at all. You don't even have to understand the basic functionality of the OS, it will all be covered on the day and will include the starter skills for app development. Some Mango features will be discussed as well including multi-tasking and advertising SDK. You are - however - required to bring your own laptop with the Windows Phone Developer Tools installed.
Did we mention that it's free? Also, attendees will each receive a Windows Phone Design Guide Sketch Pad of their own. Can't make it to these events? Don't fear, they've stated that this is merely the start of the series and more will open up across the UK. For more detail on future events, be sure to follow @UKMSDN on Twitter.
Register for the events below and be sure to check out the FAQ and details on the announcement post (link below):
London - Saturday 17th September
Manchester - Saturday 24th September
3 years ago
Acer says Microsoft is the real winner from Google-Moto deal
In what is becoming almost routine (see INQ), another OEM has come out and said that the Google-Motorola deal works out better for Microsoft than Google's Android. This time it was Walter Deppeler, president of Acer's operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa. At the Berlin IFA consumer conference on Friday, he was quoted by Reuters as saying "It was a good gift to Microsoft", that Google "work against some of their clients" and finally that Acer would consider the implications of the deal before committing further to an OS.
Acer, who makes low to mid-range handsets, especially in important emerging markets, has recently started using Android in 2010 and is now actively developing Windows Phone devices (see the W4). While their phones won't compete in the U.S. or Europe, they are expected to be important players in Asian markets in the future. Either way, it's telling to hear OEMs publicly state what is becoming more obvious: this Google-Motorola deal and their continued legal quagmires are not helping to boost OEM confidence in Android.
Source: Yahoo Finance
3 years ago
Official HTC Mango ROM for unbranded Mozart leaked
HTC is known to leak like a sieve and that hasn't changed in 2011 at all. Which is good if you have an unbranded, unlocked HTC Mozart as you can now flash the official HTC ROM with Mango on it. We must stress, if you have the Mozart on Orange or any other carrier to not do this flash and to remember that this is still taking a risk. The details are as follows:
- OS Version: 7.10.7720.68
- Firmware: 2250.21.40600.401
- Radio Software: 5.69.09.05a_22.214.171.124U
- Bootloader Version: 4.6.2250.0(129193)
Reportedly it runs pretty well, though GPS still may be flaky. A good tutorial on the process can be found at WindowsPhoneReview. Now if we can just get our hands on the Sprint Arrive official ROM, we'll be happy...
Source: XDA; via WMPU, WindowsPhoneReview
3 years ago
Unofficial Cracked.com app looking for beta testers
This will fill up pretty quickly but Nash Bansal is looking for a few good beta testers for his new Cracked.com app. The app itself looks pretty great and the developer has previously made Meme Generator, Bash.org reader and Quote Reader.
The app is expected to be a pay app, so testers are expected to give feedback and to really give it a trial and error. To participate, just contact the dev by leaving a comment on his blog, DM him on Twitter or email him directly.
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