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3 years ago

Dan Lyons enjoys the design and feel of both the Lumia 800 and the OS

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Dan Lyons, known across the bloggersphere for "Fake Steve Jobs", was comparing the "two best phones on the market" - the iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Lyons took both handsets for a spin, but turned out to fall for the underdog. The Nokia Lumia 800, powered by Windows Phone Mango, took the fake Steve Jobs by surprise with how great the device looks and feels, as well as the Metro UI.

"Recently I had a Nokia Lumia 800 running Windows Phone in the mix — and every time the phones rang, the Nokia was the one I picked up. The design is just really nice, and it feels great in your hand. I’m doing an interview with the head of design at Nokia next week, and I’m anxious to talk to him about the Lumia 800. It really is a gorgeous device, and the Windows interface is really fresh and different."

Not a huge deal, but interesting to see a look at two competitor handsets (and platforms) turns out to bring Microsoft on top. Head on over to Dan Lyon's blog for the full read through.

Source: RealDanLyons, via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

Samsung Omnia W popular on Telenor

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Samsung Omnia W popular on Telenor

The Samsung Omnia W, a second generation Windows Phone, is proving to be pretty popular in Sweden on Telenor. The carrier has the device listed on their "most popular" page joining the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Nokia N9 and HTC Sensation. We've only just covered the Omnia W arriving to Telenor, so this is a positive sign of the demand for a Mango handset.

Source: Telnor, via: Wingadget.se thanks Peter for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: LineBirds

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Windows Phone Game Review: LineBirds

LineBirds has had success over on the iPhone and Djinnworks is hoping to see similar success by bringing the popular game to the Windows Phone platform. LineBirds is an obstacle course type game where you try to navigate your bird through a maze of lines and obstacles.

The goal of the game is to navigate your bird the furthest through the maze. Brush one of the lines and all you'll loose is a few feathers. If it's more than just a glancing touch, game over. You also have moving dangers to avoid (airplanes) that will ruin your day as well.

Continued after the break.

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3 years ago

Developer Interview: Gergely Orosz

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Developer Interview: Gergely Orosz

This week, for our series of developer interviews, we're joined by Gergely Orosz who is an established developer with the likes of  AppFlow Cocktail Flow and Flashlight 7 under his belt. Head on past the break for the interview and to read up on his advice and thoughts on the Windows Phone developer experience as well as the platform itself from a consumer perspective.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Marketplace works...pirated software promptly removed

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An interesting thing happened yesterday which we chose to not cover in detail. In short, someone published an app to the Windows Phone Marketplace that was pirated. Specifically it was a popular GPS navigation app which cost a good amount of money.  The person responsible presumably ripped the original XAP from the Marketplace and simply re-submitted it, pawning it off as their own.

Did they try to make money from it? Nope, they did something possibly worse--they offered it for free.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone app makes fives times more than iOS version - A developer case study

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We like single case studies. You get exceptional detail and that personal touch. We also know you can't extrapolate the result to every similar situation, but they are useful for drawing some conclusions. For example, a few months ago, we wrote about about a Mortal Kombat guide for Windows Phone versus its Android version (Part 1, Part 2), with the former having a higher return in ad-revenue. Now we turn to a case with iOS.

The story is told by Anlock, who specialize in child-learning apps for mobile platforms. They make the same apps for both iOS and Windows Phone except that the iOS version is "more enhanced". They were making only iOS apps but were persuaded to try their hand at Windows Phone--since they had all the content, porting was easy. On both platforms their apps received the same 4 and 5 star reviews and both were even featured at some point in the Marketplace and App Store. The only difference between the two, really, was Anlock tried an "extensive advertising campaign" with iOS (that failed) whereas on WP7, they had no out-of-pocket advertising program. So what was the outcome?

"In terms of ranking, our WP7 app has been number 1 in the US in the Kids + Family category for the past three months in the Marketplace. As for the iPhone app, it has been ranked in the top 400 in Games\Educational for more than 2/3 of the entire time frame, reaching the top 100.

The end result? As said, FIVE time more sales of our WP7 app vs. our iPhone app."

The next question of course is, why the difference?

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3 years ago

Is AT&T dialing back 4G speeds on Windows Phones?

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There's an interesting discussion going on in the WPCentral Forums concerning HSDPA speeds on the AT&T HTC Titan. Forum Member gtg465x is witnessing faster bandwidth speeds on Android based phone than his HTC Titan. Speeds of 2-3Mbps are being witnessed on the Titan while the Android phones are experiencing 3-4Mbps. In areas where there is advanced backhaul in place the Titan tests at 4Mbps while Android jumps to 8-10Mbps. Likewise, Rob41664 & jawesome are reporting faster speeds with the Focus S over their Titans. According to the discussion, 

After extensive testing, I'm quite positive AT&T is artificially limiting network speed on their version of the Titan by limiting the HSDPA feature set to category 8. The phone hardware of course is able to support HSDPA category 10 features.  

Turns out AT&T has a history of doing this, specifically with the LG Thrill, a "4G" phone set at category 8. People evidently bumped it to 10 and nearly doubled their data throughput. The theoretical maximum throughput for category 10 is 14.1Mbps. The theoretical maximum throughput of category 8 is 7.2Mbps.

So the question is: What is the HSDPA category of AT&T's Windows Phones? We can't actually know, because unlike Anroid, we can't see let alone alter that information. Still, we wanted to see if the Titan was slower than the Focus S.

Dan (NYC) and I (Alabama) both tested out AT&T Titans up against the Samsung Focus S and T-Mobile's HTC Radar (we don't have any Android's here). We both used Bandwidth for the testing and the tests were conducted indoors with the phone untouched during testing. Here's our test results (first number is download speeds, second is upload speeds).

 

  Dan's Titan George's Titan Focus S T-Mobile Radar Test 1 2.29  / .91 2.39 / .57 2.18 / .46 3.73 / 1.01 Test 2 2.06 / .84 2.34 / .54 2.46 / .42 3.86 / 1.10 Test 3 2.23 / .88 2.45 / .78 2.63 / .47 4.33  / .47

From these results, we so no difference between the Focus S and the Titan--the main concern of the original forum thread. It might not have been a fair fight comparing the Radar with the AT&T Windows Phones but it is clear that AT&T's "4G" speeds pale in comparison to T-Mobiles--important if you're considering a new network. Moreover, it is obvious that AT&T "4G" Windows Phones don't really get very fast speeds, whatever their settings may be.

However, if Android devices are testing at 8-10Mbps, or even 4Mbps, could AT&T be dialing back bandwidth on Windows Phone in general with a lower HSDPA category? Or is it something else?

Thanks goes out to Tommy for tipping us on this!

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3 years ago

Garmin StreetPilot on sale? Say it ain't so

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Looking for a good navigation app for your Windows Phone? Do you want to save a few bucks? Take a look at the Garmin StreetPilot navigation app for your Windows Phone. We were just tipped that the price fell ten bucks from $39.99 to $29.99.

You may not have on-board maps as you do with Navigon but StreetPilot is an excellent navigation app within its own right (here's our review). There is a trial version available to let you try it before investing in the full version.

StreetPilot was recently updated to mango so you'll need to be running Windows Phone 7.5. You can find Garmin StreetPilot here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to Dan for the tip!

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3 years ago

Metrowe - keeping track of moochers

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We like ingenious apps around here and Metrowe fits the bill nicely. It's an app to keep track of how much money you owe or are owed. But it's not a bill manager for credit cards or businesses, but rather a tool for keeping track of personal expenses with friends and colleagues. For instance, say you lend someone $20 or pick up dinner one night, you can enter that info in Metrowe for easy record keeping. Vice versa, you can add in money you owe others, including noting what it was for.

The app has contact-integration, meaning you can really personalize entries with no effort. It also has a Live Tile that keeps track of your net value (owed vs owes) and flips over to show you your latest entries. On top of each entry, it records a history of transactions for individuals and allows you to 1-touch email them as a reminder--once again, very slick.

The app is very well designed (lots of Metro), slick and pretty darn useful. We love the Live Tile and contact-integration as it really makes it feel native. But if we're going this far, perhaps the dev can add camera integration too--so you can photograph that dinner or drinks that you bought everyone, why not? Shoot, even location info would be a good addition too. Regardless, as is the app is quite good and we highly recommend.

It fetches for $1.29 in the Marketplace and has a free trial.

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3 years ago

YuleTile: Bringing Holiday Spirit to the Marketplace

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Need a boost to get you into the Christmas spirit? YuleTile is a collection of Holiday wallpapers and ringtones to give your Windows Phone that Christmas feel.

With each passing day, the YuleTile main page will fill with Christmas images and from the three-dot menu you can save the images to your Windows Phone and access daily Christmas ringtones. YuleTile also has a Live Tile that will count down the days until Christmas.  The layout of the app is simple and interface for saving ringtones and wallpapers equally straight forward.

Yuletile does have a free trial with the full version running $.99. The developer, Mendzapp, is a student start-up app development business based in Sheffield, UK and has pledged that 10% of the profits on YuleTile will go towards a children's charity. YuleTile is a mango app and you can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Mini Squadron escapes from the Bermuda Triangle, coming to Xbox Live soon

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Remember Mini Squadron? It’s one of those Xbox Live games that was announced back in 2010 that still hasn't come out yet. We ran an exclusive preview of the Windows Phone version all the way back in April and yet the title never materialized. We’re proud to announce that changes this month, as Mini Squadron will finally launch on December 21!

A quick Mini Squadron refresher: the original game came from Supermono Studios. Fat Pebble handled the Windows Phone port, with Microsoft Studios acting as the publisher. Mini Squadron is a 2-dimensional aerial combat game. With over 60 unlockable aircraft (7 exclusive to Windows Phone) and 9 different maps (one exclusive), Mini Squadron will provide tons of plane-shooting fun.

Since we’ve already gone into detail about the gameplay and features, let’s check out the game’s soundtrack. Mini Squadron features ten midi remakes of classical tunes:

  • 'Canon in D' - Pachelbel
  • 'Fur Elise' - Beethoven
  • 'La Toupie from Jeux D’Enfants' – Bizet
  • 'Minuet' - Boccherini
  • 'Moonlight Sonata, 1st Movement' - Beethoven
  • 'Musette' – Bach
  • 'Ride of the Valkyries' – Wagner
  • 'Sugar Plum Fairy' - Tchaikovsky
  • 'Symphony No. 40' - Mozart
  • 'Waltz No. 8' – Tchaikovsky

Mini Squadron soars to Windows Phone on Wednesday, December 21 at the ground-level price of $2.99. It will not require Mango at launch, though a future update is likely.

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3 years ago

Nokia Hong Kong creates a giant Windows Phone out of 550 Windows Phones

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Hong Kong. The land of gadgets, bright lights and even brighter colors. They also know how to celebrate a phone's launch, specifically the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710. Announced about two weeks ago for the region and delivery by mid December, the Lumias look to take Hong Kong by storm.

As you can see in the photos above, Nokia still knows how to throw a party. And yes, that's a Voltron-esque giant Windows Phone created out of nearly 550 Nokia Phones (yeah, we did a quick count). In short, it is awesome.

The event was part of an electronic roadshow in Mong Kok in front of a Nokia Flagship store that is opening soon. They evidently had three sections setup: one for the backdrop, gaming, one for Windows Phone and one for general promotion. Perhaps more importantly, people could stop by and play with the phones to get a hands-on feel of the new devices or just get information (leaflets).

Very cool stuff and good to see Microsoft-Nokia going big there.

Source: We Love Windows Phone (Hong Kong)

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro also getting 7740 update

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While Dell gets (and deserves) much criticism for some aspects of the Dell Venue Pro, the unlocked version gets pretty decent update schedules. We were just told by reader Clifton Thomas that the DVP was getting 7740. Sure enough, we fired up our ol' trusty slider, plugged her in and 7740 was waiting for us. It does not, however, add tethering or fix the compass, so don't expect any surprises.

As previously noted, the 7740 OS update fixes an Exchange 2003 email and voicemail notification bug, alleviating two potentially large problems for people. The update is mostly dictated by OEMs (unlocked) and carriers at this point and US markets may be left out. It is unclear if AT&T branded Dell Venue Pros (who just received Mango) will be getting this update, let alone the T-Mobile version. If any of our readers are getting it on their branded DVPs, let us know in comments.

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3 years ago

Telerik Whitepaper: Market your Windows Phone app [Developers]

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Telerik, the company behind the RadControls developer tools and the Windows Phone Task app, have just published a whitepaper that will aid any developer who has recently submitted their Windows Phone app to the Marketplace. The free document runs through how to effectively present your application with a well designed landing page, upload YouTube videos (with some SEO tips), monitor the analytics, as well as covering some in-app tricks.

The 13 page whitepaper will help provide developers (who have no marketing experience) the knowledge to kick off promotion campaigns on the web that will drive in traffic, while optimising the app to reach full potential. Head on over to Telerik (source below) to check out the free resource.

Source: Telerik

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3 years ago

Pill Box - App Spotlight

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Pill Box - App Spotlight

If you're on daily medication you know that at times it's hard to remember all the information (dosage, refill dates, pharmacy, etc.) on your meds. Pill Box is a Windows Phone app designed not only to help you remember everything from the medication name to the dosage to the refill information.

Pill Box's screens include a summary page for all your prescriptions, a page listing all your doctors and a page for listing all your pharmacy. If you've entered telephone numbers for a pharmacy or doctor, in tapping on the listing on the respective pages you have the option of calling that number.

Entering a prescription is simple. Just tap the "+" sign on the Pill Box page and you will have options to enter the following information.

  • Prescription Name, number and refill information.
  • Dosage and frequency details.
  • Doctor's name and contact number.
  • Pharmacy name and contact number.

You also have the options to view the prescription summary (listing all the above information) and lookup the drug information via Drugs.com.

The only thing missing is a reminder to take your prescriptions. Nonetheless, if you need to track numerous medications Pill Box is worth looking into. There is a trial version available with the full version of Pill Box running $.99.

You can download Pill Box here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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