We’re here in not-so-sunny San Francisco (seriously, it’s cloudy and humid) but we’re still gearing up for tomorrow’s early keynote speech from Microsoft. It starts at 9AM PT/12PM ET (or your localized time here) and we’ll be in the front of the audience to cover it live, all for //build/ 2013.
What will Microsoft reveal? We’re not sure as the whole event is shrouded in mystery this year. We can bet they will focus in on Windows 8.1, Xbox Music, maybe some Xbox One news and maybe even throw Windows Phone users a bone (there are quite a dozen or so 'Phone sessions, which is good news). You can read our "what to expect" article here for more info.
Regardless, this is where CEO Steve Ballmer takes the stage and whoops it up for the developers, fans and media. You’d be crazy to pass it up, so make sure you join us for the event tomorrow morning!
By Sam Sabri, Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm EDT
Something, something, official apps. We love them and so do you. Earlier today we saw a host of apps from the Discovery network hit the Store. Not to be left behind, ABC has released an official app for the platform that you’re most likely reading this on. ABC News for Windows Phone. Details, screenshots, and more after the break.
Robo & Bobo is a new Windows Phone 8 game that is just about clearing certification and should be live in the Windows Phone Store in the next few days. We've been playing with a beta version of the game and found Robo & Bobo to be a challenging, richly animated puzzle game for our Windows Phone 8 devices.
The story line has you playing the role of Robo, who is having his love for his teddy bear (that would be Bobo) tested by scientists. You have to program Robo's movements through series of mazes so he can be re-united with Bobo. One wrong turn or one move too short and Robo will find himself in a bind.
By Sam Sabri, Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm EDT
You know what we love? Official apps coming to the Windows Phone Store. Today Discovery Communications released not one, but three apps for you to enjoy. We’ve got three of their biggest properties on Windows Phone – Discovery Channel, TLC, and Animal Planet. Details and screenshots after the break.
For those sporting the AT&T Nokia Lumia 820, check your settings because an update is available for your Windows Phone.
The latest software update is SW 1232.5962.1314.001 and includes improvements to the automatic display brightness, a fix for intermittent screen blanking during calls, connectivity improvements and a hand full of performance/stability tweaks.
Nokia has published a rather interesting read over on its main blog, which goes into some detail about indoor mapping. Smartphone owners who utilise mapping services while on the move don't necessarily think about indoor maps for supported buildings and locations, but said feature can prove invaluable at public locations where it's easy to get lost. Nokia calls its HERE indoor mapping "Venue Maps".
Today Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft Ventures; a collection of tools, resources, and expertise for entrepreneurs. The program helps provide mentorships, technology guidance, seed funding, and other benefits to those looking to startup their business.
Microsoft Ventures will be a three part program featuring a community, accelerators, and seed funding. The company states that anyone with a “great idea” can benefit from the community and easily access resources that will help “to turn a great idea into a business”.
According to Tom Warren of The Verge, Microsoft’s Xbox Music streaming service will see a web-based interface launching next week. This would provide a substantial boost for the service as it is currently only available on Microsoft based platforms. Bringing Xbox Music to the web would allow access for Linux and Mac OS X users.
The Verge announced that unspecified sources had revealed the plans, and that Xbox Music will be accessible next week at music.xbox.com allowing users to stream content in addition to managing their playlists. We expect to see a preview of the web interface this week at BUILD 2013, before it launches.
The Nokia EOS Windows Phone, you know the one with the 41MP camera, is now rumored to be knighted the Lumia 1020. The rumor is coming from @evleaks, who has a pretty good track record with regards to Nokia rumors.
The EOS has also received the code name "Elvis" by AT&T, who is expected to be the first to offer the new Lumia Windows Phone. Which would make the Lumia 1020 a natural progression from the Lumia 820 and 920 which is also offered through AT&T.
Steam (steampowered.com) is yet to launch a Windows Phone companion app that enables PC owners who utilise the service to get social with friends and remain up-to-date with what everyone is currently up to. Numerous third-party apps have been published to the store and Steam Live Tile is yet another option to add to the list. In a nutshell the app allows users to add their own Steam profile, as well as any friends on the account to the start screen.
When Microsoft and Power A announced that the MOGA Pro Controller gaming accessory would support Windows Phone during GDC 2013 back in March, serious gamers were understandably excited by the news. Windows Phone 8’s improved Bluetooth accessory support was finally going to receive some of the accessory love that Windows Phone 7 always lacked.
To show off that support during GDC, Microsoft and its partners already had the indie game Drift Mania Championship 2 up and running on the show floor. Apparently it took Ratrod Studio less than a day to integrate that support into their game. But when the MOGA Pro Controller actually launched at the end of April, the game’s controller support was nowhere to be found. Windows Phone gamers who bought the controller had nothing to play it with.
Well, almost two months after the MOGA Pro Controller launched (and three months since GDC), Drift Mania Championship 2 has finally received the controller compatibility update!
Fhotoroom is a popular Windows Phone photo app that is part camera app, part photo editor and part photo sharing network. Fhotoroom is a distinctively well rounded Windows Phone photography app that recently reached a new milestone, passing the 2,000,000 download mark.
In it's first year, Fhotoroom reached the 1,000,000 download mark and just six months later, Fhotoroom has added another million downloads to the grand total. Not too shabby at all.
Dark Lands is an action/adventure game under development for Windows Phone that has you playing the role of a warrior tasked with running a gauntlet of sorts battling monsters and avoiding death traps.
Dark Lands is the creation of independent developer Mingle Games, who isn't a stranger to mobile gaming with several games available over on the iOS and Android platforms.The independent developer also has one title in the Windows Phone Store (Save the Birds) and is part of the Microsoft/Nokia sponsored AppCampus that is also bringing us Project Tripod.
In contrast, Dark Lands is... well... a darker game than Save the Birds that, based on what little we've seen, makes a very nice first impression.
We've been made aware of a handful of advertisements released by Nokia for the Lumia 520 Windows Phone in India. The handset is the most affordable Windows Phone from the manufacturer, enabling consumers with tighter budgets to enjoy a full experience without being exposed to issues with low-end hardware.