Both iOS and Android are rapidly approaching the million app mark. It's an absurd number of apps, and making a living in that vast sea is a tough prospect. Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 are both over 100,000 apps, which on its own is also an absurd number. How is a developer supposed to get noticed when there are thousands upon thousands of other apps in the same store?
A developer can rely on search and word-of-mouth, but that's only going to get them so far. How is a developer supposed to get their app featured on the platform storefront? How are they supposed to tell users and publications about their app? And just how can they convince users to actually download the app? Is it better to be flashy or funny, informative or intriguing? Does it matter what audience you're targeting?
Just bobbing up and down in the waves of a million other apps is counting on an impossible stroke of luck to get noticed. Developers can be their own best advocates - but how does somebody who specializes in code and interface design come to understand what it takes to market their wares?
Nokia has updated both the Windows Phone app and web version of HERE Maps. The company has published a new article on the official blog that details multiple challenges when it comes to cartography. That said, we're more interested in what the team has added in this maps update. Today's update for both Windows Phone 8 and here.com is painted as a significant milestone.
The official Pandora app for Windows Phone has been updated, but does not come with a change log and appears to be a minor version bump. The new release is 184.108.40.206 and we can only assume minor improvements have been bundled. We last covered the release of the official app back in May.
Although we now have an official SpeedTest.net app for Windows Phone, after what seemed like an eternity of not having one, options are still good for users and we like today’s new offering.
The app comes by way of Microsoft Research and is simply called ‘Network Speed Test’ designed for Windows Phone 8 devices. The app is straightforward and very clean looking, with the user having to merely tap “Start Test” to let the now familiar process begin. Users are then presented with upload/download speeds, latency (network delay), max jitter and packet loss. Other network information is also provided by sliding over, as well as user history.
Microsoft’s search engine, Bing, might not be ahead of the pack when it comes to market share, but the company is always innovating and trying to deliver the best experience to their end users. On any given day, we are told that Bing runs hundreds of various experiments that range from small search algorithm tweaks to feature optimization.
Microsoft usually keeps their test on a down low – testing and tweaking them to determine whether they are a worthy addition to Bing. Yesterday though, Microsoft shared their latest experiment, Bing Boards.
Samsung has brought Android and Windows 8 (yes, Windows 8 and not Windows Phone 8) together in a single product. Introducing the ATIV Q, which is a convertible tablet with some interesting features. Announced yesterday in London, Samsung boasts the ATIV Q having a super-high resolution of 3200x1800 and a pixel density of 275ppi. Not bad for a 13-inch tablet.
Podcast Lounge is a popular app for Windows Phone, enabling users to check out and enjoy thousands of recorded shows while on the go. We've been covering the app since it appeared on the Windows Phone Store, witnessing the developer publish multiple versions with each introducing new features and functionality. We're now on version 1.8 and this is no minor refresh, so let's jump in and see what's new.
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: More Photo Apps
With this week's Windows Phone Central app roundup we re-visit an old favorite, Windows Phone photography apps. The camera has quickly become an influential feature on our Windows Phone and having supportive apps is an equally important point of interest.
Luckily, the Windows Phone Store has an abundance of quality photo apps ranging from camera software alternatives to photo-editing to photo sharing apps. We've pooled together a handful of the standouts photography apps for this week's roundup and it was tough to narrow it down to just a few.
Today we wrap up our E3 Xbox 360 coverage with two more titles to watch out for. First up is Ascend: Hand of Kul (formerly known as Ascend: New Gods), an impressive free to play game with a Windows Phone companion game and SmartGlass features planned. On top of that, we also spent an extended time with LEGO Marvel Super Heroes from Warner Bros. Interactive. Turns out it’s coming to Xbox One too! Hands on videos and impressions after the break.
If you want a chance to carry the ultimate notebook from Alienware – here it is. In honor of Second Life’s 10 year anniversary, Dell is giving away an Alienware 14 gaming laptop worth around $1,500 USD. The notebook is packed with an i7 processor up to 3.8 Ghz, 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM, an NVidia GeForce GT 750M or GTX 265M, up to a 1080p display, up to a 512 GB Solid State Drive, and a DVD or Blu-Ray drive.
You must be a legal resident of the United States of America and over 18 years old to enter (13 years old with permission from a legal guardian). Winners will be picked on July 18th, 2013.
Today, Samsung unveiled two new tablet/hybrid devices, including the ATIV Tab 3, a follow up to the ATIV Tab, which we’ve covered before.
The device features a 10.1” 1366x768 display with an Atom Z2760 process, full Windows 8 with S-Pen and it comes in at a very sprightly 8.2 millimeters thin and weighs just 550 grams (1.2lbs). Much like the previous ATIV Tab, it’s an elegant looking device and a nice follow up if only because they made the display smaller (the old one was 13.3”).
So Samsung unveiled a number of ATIV products today, which is great and all, but one can't help but wonder where the phones were. We're not talking about Android hardware, because Samsung managed to show off some features of the Galaxy range. But while we weren't expecting to see a new Windows Phone, the OEM could have unleashed a beauty of a device and rise to Nokia's challenge.
Last summer Microsoft posted a collection of free eBooks and over 1 million copies were downloaded by geeks around the globe. Now, once again, the company is offering up a collection of completely free literature for your consumption in EPUB, MOBI, or PDF formats.
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Hotel Finder is a Windows Phone app that is a simple way to find a hotel based on your current location or through keyword search. The app recently updated to version 3 which gives the app a name change along with a few tweaks to improve the overall performance of the app.
Hotel Finder is now Hotels 4D and while the functionality hasn't changed much you have an updated user interface, smoother graphics and optimized performance.