Recent Articles

Headlines

3 years ago

WhatsApp in the Marketplace? Nope, just private beta.

2

This is a bit odd, but the highly anticipated WhatsApp is listed the Marketplace but it looks like you can't download it yet. The app will return an error saying "Can't Download: Sorry, You don't have permission to download this app".

Combine that with the app not showing up under new listings, the lack of description and images (there's one) and you know what guys? We're looking at an internal, private beta testing link. This is basically what happens when you try to download an app that you were not invited for to be evaluated--that's why it's not listed, there's no description, there is just one image, etc.

So our bet? This link (found here) won't be the final Marketplace link and we're still a few days from final release. So we're calling false alarm on this folks, sorry. Thanks, Maneesh V., for the link

Extra: For those who can side load, Giuseppe Spagnolo in WMPU comments, managed to rip the XAP from the Marketplace (there are legal programs that rip only free apps) and posted it here. You can get that here directly.

More →
1
0
0
0
3 years ago

Windows Phone Starter Kit for WordPress

1

This is a little something for bloggers and web developers who use WordPress as a CMS. Should you not have the necessary knowledge and experience to confidently develop an app to compliment your website, fear not as help is at hand with the Windows Phone Starter Kit for WordPress.

It's a simple package that includes a skeleton app, which only requires you to alter one line of code and insert the blog URL, and a plugin .zip that is to be uploaded and installed on the website. Full instructions located below:

App:

  1. Open the MainPage.xaml.cs file in Visual Studio
  2. Update the siteURL parameter to the location of your WordPress blog

WordPress:

  1. Log into your WordPress blog using an account that has administrative access
  2. Click on the "Plugins" link from the navigation bar on the Dashboard
  3. Click on the "Add New" button on the Plugins page
  4. Select the "Upload" link from those choices presented on the Plugins page
  5. Click the browse button and navigate to the location of the WPSKPlugin.zip (usually \WordPressPlugin\WPSKPlugin.zip
  6. Click the "Install Now" button to perform the upload.

Head on over to the MSDN Code project page for the Windows Phone Starter Kit below for more details and download links.

Source: MSDN, via: Nanapho.jp

More →
5
0
0
0
3 years ago

Orange France has WP7.5 Mango devices in stock, using for exchanges?

17

Yesterday we reported on how Orange France was to release the update for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango beginning on September 15th. Obviously, that has not happened, but it might not be because Orange was unready but rather Microsoft has them holding off.

So it should be of no surprise that they have had their stock of Windows Phone re-flashed with Mango. Evidently, that's the case as Lionel L. can attest over at Smartphone France. Reportedly he had something wrong with his LG Optimus 7 and brought it in for an exchange/warranty repair. He ended up leaving with a brand new Optimus 7, but this time it was running "Mango". As evidence, he supplied the pic you see to the right, where the device is running 7720.68.

All we can say is we're close folks, very close.

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Windows Phone Insider app gets Mango refresh, new features, ringtones

28

Windows Phone Insider is a decent little helper app that Microsoft created, but for some reason doesn't ship with, Windows Phone. It has tips, Bing wallpapers, top apps, etc.

Recently, it too got a Mango refresh and it actually has some really cool features now to take note of:

  • Exclusive Ringtones! 5 free every month from musician and composer ill. Gates.
  • Live Tile: Pin the Insider app to your phone's Start screen.  See the Tile come alive. Enjoy the daily Bing wallpaper and see at a glance when there are new apps, games and ringtones to explore!
  • Tips: To help you get started with your phone, and easily discover the 500+ new features in Windows Phone 7.5.
  • Game top picks: Discover 5 new games each week

No, that's not a typo either, there really is a phat composer (his words) named ill.Gates--check his website here. We think that's pretty great that they're working with someone to create some original ringtone content each month and that alone makes this app worth it. The other stuff is just bonus material.

Grab Windows Phone Insider here from the Marketplace. Mango devices only! (Why it doesn't show on simple searches, we have no idea). Thanks, sam.amad, for the tip via our app!

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Parachute Panic's Mango ringtone feature [Video]

9

The other day we reported on Parachute Panic, the fun little skill game, receiving a Mango bump. The game now supports fast app resume and that 60FPS increase, which really smooths out the game's hand-drawn and charming graphics.

One bonus feature that we missed was the unique ringtone that FDG Entertainment created for Windows Phone users. To refresh, one new feature of Mango is the ability for developers to make apps that pull down and allow you to save music as a ringtone--anyone can do this. FDG took their awesome and catchy barbershop-style music and made one right in the game.

We show it how it works and how it sounds (which is brilliant and hilarious). Our hats off to FDG for adding this little bonus.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Free US Windows Phone Camps

8
8

Free US Windows Phone Camps

We have more camps being listed so be sure to get your calendars out and insert events. The array of Windows Phone developer camps will be freely available for all. Developers from other platforms are recommended to visit one of the days should they wish to expand their reach onto Microsoft's platform.

We've bolded the two special days in Boston (12-13 October) where the second day will be a hands-on for developing apps and will feature successful developers providing advice and support.

  • 9/20/2011 - Charlotte NC
  • 9/22/2011 - Alpharetta GA
  • 9/27/2011 - Malvern PA
  • 9/29/2011 - Reston VA
  • 10/12/2011 - Cambridge MA (Day 1)
  • 10/13/2011 - Cambridge MA (Day 2)
  • 10/18/2011 - Chevy Chase MD
  • 10/19/2011 - New York City
  • 10/25/2011 - Tampa FL
  • 10/27/2011 - Burlington VT
  • 11/2/2011 - Raleigh NC
  • 11/4/2011 - Ft. Lauderdale FL
  • 11/8/2011 - Orlando FL
  • 11/10/2011 - Coral Gables FL
  • 11/10/2011 - New Paltz NY
  • 11/15/2011 - Blacksburg VA
  • 11/17/2011 - Washington DC
  • 11/29/2011 - Atlanta GA
  • 11/29/2011 - Pittsburgh PA
  • 12/1/2011 - Hempstead NY

Be sure to check out the announcement article over at MSDN (link below) for more information and links to register at each event.

Source: MSDN, thanks minibeardeath for the tip!

More →
1
0
0
0
3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: September 12-18, 2011

1

Another weekend, another break for most. This week has been a Mango-focused beast with rumours and speculation coming from all directions. Dave Blake from the WPCentral forums brings across the top discussions that are being engaged with by readers. We have episode 125 of the WPCentral podcast and we were joined by Mike Newman, developer of Penguin, for this week's interview.

Head on past the break for the full summary.

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Windows Phone wins IDEA People's Choice Award and two others

10

We threw up a post not so long ago where fans of the Windows Phone platform could go through and vote for the team to win the IDEA: People's Choice Award. At the ceremony the WP team were celebrating with just not one award, but three. They acquired People's Choice, Best in Show and Interaction awards.

Thanking fans and voters alike over Twitter, the team have seen both investment and innovation of the Metro UI being paid off with implementation in Windows 8 and Xbox 360, as well as awareness by the industry for its simplicity.

Source: Twitter [@WPDesignTeam]

More →
4
0
0
0
3 years ago

Phone calls possible with Windows 8?

11

Long Zheng, over at IStartedSomething.com, has put together a nice case to show that Windows 8 slate devices will have the ability to make phone calls.  The first piece of evidence is front and center in the picture above, which comes from a slide show on Windows 8 live tiles at the last day of BUILD 2011 in Anaheim.  One of the sample tiles is clearly labeled "Missed Calls," complete with a phone icon and time-stamped Contact names.

If that weren't enough, a freeze frame of a Contact in the People Hub of a Windows 8 demo video (below) shows the option to call the person's mobile phone.  This denotes that any calling functionality is more than just VOIP-based.

Last, but certainly not least, we have some hardware evidence.  Those fortunate enough to attend BUILD received a slate loaded with Windows 8, along with some other goodies.  WithinWindows.com's Rafael Rivera broke down the specs of the device and found it contained an Option wireless chip, which not only controls the WiFi, GPS and 3G, but alos supports cellular telephony using quad-band 2G and peta-band 3G.

We know that Skype will be a big part of Microsoft's operating systems going forward, but the ability to make mobile phone calls as well is a pretty handy feature.  More interestingly, Zheng points out that this functionality could signal that the Windows 8 kernal may in fact be used as the foundation for future Windows Phone versions.

Source: IStartedSomething

More →
3
0
0
0
3 years ago

Mobile Nations 7: Beta

5
3 years ago

Developer Interview: Mike Newman of Penguin

0
3 years ago

Dell quietly ends AT&T and T-Mobile Dell Venue Pro partnership?

13

Speaking of September 15th, the AT&T branded Dell Venue Pro was suppose to re-launch on that day. Speculation at the time implied that perhaps it was to re-launch with a Mango update of its own. That would have been welcomed too because to be honest, we're using that phone as our daily driver (and we have about five to possible choose from) and it's pretty great.

However, when we just zoomed by the Dell page to see what did happen, we were surprised to note that there are no AT&T nor T-Mobile contract phones available for purchase at all--they're completely gone. The only option is for the unlocked version, which is still a heck of a deal.

So what gives? We're not sure and Dell is pretty quiet about these things. Perhaps this is just temporary while Microsoft and Dell regroup for Mango? On the other hand, could we be seeing the continued winding down of Dell from the Windows Phone camp? So far, no new Mango phones from them have shown, despite their earlier leaked roadmap. We hope that's not the case, but we have a bad feeling.

More →
0
0
0
0
3 years ago

Orange France memo confirms September 15th was "Mango day"

20

We reported back at the end of August that Microsoft had just pushed back the Mango update to September 15th. We really did not know what that meant at the time, but saw quite a few other clues to suggest that indeed on that day, something big was afoot.

Of course, we all know what happened. September 15th came and went and Microsoft made no announcement at BUILD, nor updated their site to show us "Where's My Update?" or anything really. Finally, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore came out and said it was just a rumor and "we've always said fall". Since then, we've seen some major apps and Xbox LIVE games get updated, Taiwan roll out the update and imploring devs to update their apps to boot. We still maintain that something was to happen on September 15th and now that seems to be confirmed.

In the leaked Orange France memo, which is too detailed not to be real, the very first paragraph states:

"A partir du 15 septembre 2011, nos clients utilisateurs des mobiles WP7 Orange pourront bénéficier de la mise à jour en WP7.5 (intitulée Mango). Les mobiles Orange concernés => HTC Mozart / LG Optimus 7 / Samsung Omnia 7"

Translation:

"As of September 15, 2011, our customers WP7 Orange mobile users will benefit from the updated WP7.5 (called Mango). Orange mobiles concerned => HTC Mozart / LG Optimus 7 / 7 Samsung Omnia 7"

What seems to have happened is there as a last minute decision to forgo Sept 15th as the "launch" day (even if it was a limited rollout), hence why Belfiore didn't just dismiss the rumor days ago (which would have been easy enough to do). Instead, it looks to be pushed back by about a week...more on that later.

More →
1
0
0
0
3 years ago

Orange France will disable WiFi sharing, Group MMS and Visual Voicemail in Mango update

2

In an interesting internal-memo obtained by Smartphone France, the carrier evidently plans to disable Wifi Sharing, Group MMS (which we covered as being potentially pricey) and Visual Voicemail.

Perhaps WiFi sharing, something we've seen earlier , shouldn't be too much of a surprise--after all, it's expensive, especially for those carriers that don't have a built in billing system. So while a downer, not exactly shocking--in fact we expect more carriers to follow. Group MMS seems benign at first, but we documented how this "feature" can be very expensive. In short, it's labeled as "Group Messaging" but instead of SMS it use MMS in order to keep all the messages threaded. Sending out dozens of MMS messages can be very pricey for some services.

Finally there's Visual Voicemail, which is instantiated in a unique fashion in Mango. As a result, carriers seem limited in their ability to integrate the Mango VV with their own system, hence why we probably will, once again, see this on more carriers as well.

While not the end of the world, it's good for Orange customers in France to be aware of what they are and are not getting with Mango.

Source: Smartphone France, via WPSauce

More →
0
0
0
0
Show More Headlines

Pages