3 years ago
Cloud Recorder is a neat twist on an old idea
Someday, if we find the energy, we'll look into doing a memo recorder app wrap up--after all, there's a few dozen we imagine. But for now, we're going to briefly highlight 'Cloud Recorder' by Schulte Software Development because it's free and pretty darn cool.
Just as you would imagine, the app is a simple voice or sound recorder--you launch it and hit record, give it a title and add any notes if you want. But this is the cool part: instead of just sitting on your device, you upload to SoundCloud.com, a free service we had never heard of till now. SoundCloud the stores your recordings and allows you to share/embed them automatically with social-networking sites e.g. Facebook and Twitter. In other words, you can make a voice note and have it posted to your Facebook wall with a simple button, allowing all your friends and family to hear your voice note. Of course you could opt to not make it public and it'll just be stored on SoundCloud.com--you're presented with the option for each recording. From the app description:
"Record your memos or any audio signal, upload it to the cloud and access your recording anywhere. Elegant and easy. Just press the record button in the app to start a recording, you can then upload your recording to SoundCloud.com. Optionally you can also share it with your friends on Facebook,Twitter or via email. Make your Windows Phone to a dictating machine and access your recordings anywhere."
On top of that, we dig the live spectrograph graphics when sound is being picked up by the app , the ease of sharing and even the elegant-Metro tile. Plus it's free (though we wouldn't mind a $0.99 ad free version). Overall a neat little app. Grab it here in the Marketplace if you're curious.
3 years ago
From a teen's perspective: Windows Phone Mango
Much like CNet's Molly Wood, having a review from non-enthusiasts is an important method to evaluate a phone's potential. Arguably, Windows Phone Mango is Microsoft's second chance to woo the smartphone crowd and how novices or teenagers react to it is important for marketing.
Luckily for friend of the site and ZDnet writer Matthew Miller, he has his teenage daughter, Mal, on hand to perform such a task. By letting her use a Samsung Focus with Mango loaded, she was able to give her opinion in a nicely written review. From her summary:
"Overall I thought the Samsung Focus with this new Windows Phone Mango update was an amazing phone, I really loved it! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a simple, smart, social phone. Windows Phone 7 is my new favorite operating system and I can’t wait until my Dad gets me one of these, hopefully for Christmas (hint, hint)."
Interestingly, her criticisms are pretty much spot on, noting the lack of LED alerts--something we often hear as well:
"There was no notification, or indicator lights. You must turn the display on to the lock screen to see if you have any notifications and to make sure it’s charging which I found to be a bit of a pain. I had to frequently check my phone to see if I had a text, email, etc, and would like to have a better system."
We have a feeling most here will agree with that assessment. Check out the rest of Mal's write up though as she breaks down section by section and gives her thoughts on such things as the hardware and software. At least for this one teenager, Microsoft seems to have accomplished their mission. Now to just get the word out...
Source: "Teen talk: Mal loves Mango and thinks many others will too" (ZDnet)
3 years ago
Tube8 brings some "adult content" to Windows Phone (blush)
Adult swim, all kids out of the pool...
We're not gonna give this a full review due to the subject matter and going beyond the single image you see above is a bit difficult, but Devil-Y Software has manged to create a streaming app for the "adult site" Tube8. Ahem. Though we could be wrong, we're guessing this is the first full x-rated app for Windows Phone. So party balloons for everyone!
The app itself comes in two varieties: free, with ads and nothing else and a paid version with all the bells and whistles. So how much? How about $9.99 for no ads, faster loading, password protected, downloading of the videos and embedded video player. The shame? That's free. The software also seems tied to your device, not LiveID and of course you have to side-load it.
We'll just say that the app works. And that of course you'll never see it in the Marketplace. And that Microsoft is probably not thrilled with this post. And neither are my parents. But you're welcome anyways.
3 years ago
HTC Mazaa reveals faster GPU and more
Lots more information coming out from that HTC Mazaa device running Mango RTM build 7720 that we mentioned yesterday morning.
Cpitt over at XDA received the phone as an award for winning a Microsoft sponsored developer contest. Since then he has posted numerous images and detailed some of the changes on board:
- GPU seems faster - using WP Benchmark, the Mazaa hit 50 FPS vs the HD7 (Mango 7712) at 23 FPS
- Local Scout in RTM 7720 has its own Tile (edit: this is there in 7712, evidently)
- Fishtank on the Mazaa is about 47 fps, where it's only abou 30 on the HD7
- CDMA/GSM dual band
The CDMA/GSM dual band makes this a shoe in for Verizon, though it's doubtful the Mazaa will be released publicly. The faster GPU is potentially a combo of the tweaked RTM 7720 as well as the Adreno 205 GPU chipset that is thought to be on board the Mazaa, giving it a little extra horsepower.
Even though this is basically a revised HTC Trophy, we like where all of this is heading--RTM build of Mango seems fantastic, potentially faster GPU in devices (plus bumping the 30 FPS cap from NoDo) means smoother graphics. We have a good feeling about this fall...
Oh and XDA member lionmilk, who also won one, sold his on eBay for the low-low price of $699.
3 years ago
HTC teaming up with Beats Electronics, new phones on the way?
HTC has announced a new partnership with Beats Electronics to create a superior mobile audio experience. We had heard rumblings earlier of a major announcement in the works for HTC and while speculation ranged from a new tablet to new phones to even a sponsorship for an Anthrax concert tour, it remained a bit of a mystery until just a little while ago.
Beats Electronics is the creation of music master Dr. Dre and the chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Lovine. We all know HTC from their quality Windows Phones. Together the two companies hope to deliver unbeatable sound to HTC Phones. The business venture will eventually result in a new line of HTC devices integrated with Beats sound innovations that should be available later this Fall.
There was no hint as to what type devices will be headed to market and we can only guess if they involve new Windows Phones. Maybe an updated version of the Surround with Beats audio? We'll keep tabs on the press event tomorrow and if more information becomes available, we'll be sure to pass it on.
You can catch HTC's full press release on the new partnership after the break.
3 years ago
Brandon Watson has a mystery Windows Phone with an "amazing" screen
This is just one of those tease posts since we don't have much to go on, but earlier today, Microsoft's Brandon Watson was able to play with some new Windows Phone. His impression was quite enthusiastic, to say the least, especially in regards to the screen. The worse part about his job is of course he can't share details with us, just yet:
"You know what I hate? Holding a phone I want, but cannot buy and cannot talk about. The worst part about not being able to talk about this #windowsphone is I can't talk about how amazing the screen is. Holy mamma jamma"
Our first guess would be the rumored Samsung Galaxy SII device, shown off by Microsoft a few weeks ago and seen above. That phone, if the specs remain the same, will sport a 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen aka the latest screen tech from Sammy. We've actually played with one of those phones back in Barcelona and indeed, it's very impressive. Then again, it may be something else. Twitter'r @ShakeWhyBake asked "4.3 inch OLED? at least give us the size!!!..." to which Watson responded "@ShakeWhyBake If size were all that mattered, then we wouldn't be having this conversation. "
We're still leaning towards the Super AMOLED Plus story here, but Professeur Thibault believes it may be a new screen resolution, speculating on his blog that it's a Super AMOLED HD (1280x720). While that would certainly be awesome, we've heard Microsoft specifically state that 800x480 is all there will be for sometime and we're inclined to believe them. But hey, we like a little mystery too.
Source: @BrandonWatson; via Professeur Thibault
3 years ago
HD7 with early build of Windows Phone "Tango" for sale on Facebook
Interestingly, the other day we saw what was thought to be the first screenshot of Windows Phone "Tango", the next iteration of the OS coming after "Mango". Starting with build 8200 and higher, "Tango" is still a bit of a mystery, seeing as "Mango" hasn't even rolled out yet. Yesterday we saw mention of it as a low-cost option for Microsoft.
Now from a Slovakian Facebook page, we have an individual supposedly selling an HD7 with "Tango" on board. That's the same area of the world where we saw the last "Tango" sighting. Translated from the page:
"HTC HD7 16GB (T9292 Schubert) for sale. You can select from three builds of Windows Phone - 7.0.7392, 7.10.7720 (Mango), 7.10.8200 ("Tango"). The first two are stable and functional build, third is dev build (not stable and to continue with official builds you have to flash it using RUUs). Price starts at 150€, you can contact me on my mail which I have on the forums, only through mail, highest price wins, delivery is not included in the price (only express delivery, not post office). In mail, write down which version of the OS you want, RUUs are not included. All accessories, slovak distribution, arrived today :)"
So like the Toshiba TG-01, here's your change to have a one of kind device. Though we'll stick to local sales in the States for now, you know, just in case.
Source: Facebook; Thanks, wictory, for the info!
3 years ago
Samsung Omnia 7 running Mango RTM ?
A tipster over at WPSauce sent them a screen shot of a Samsung Omnia 7 sporting WP7 version 7720, which is the RTM version of Mango. We saw this same version number on the Mango-toting HTC Mazaa that was awarded to a student developer yesterday and is expected to be made available to current WP7 devices this fall. File this one under "iffy," as the picture cannot be verified and no details have been provided for its context.
In fact, the closer we look at it, the more fake it looks.
3 years ago
Neil Stevens offers a glimpse of Skype's future
Neil Stevens, Skype's Vice President and General Manager of Products and Marketing, spoke with Forbes yesterday about what is in store for the video messaging platform after its purchase by Microsoft in May. Stevens described that when it comes to Windows Phone, Skype wants to go above and beyond just a simple app, they want to one that “that doesn’t feel like an app,” but rather like a part of the device itself. That can only be achieved by accessing "deeper levels of the OS," which Skype will have by virtue of the fact they are now a division of Microsoft. He went on:
“A Windows Phone app, if done well, can show people what a really great Skype experience is like when there are no hardware or vendor limitations. We’re disadvantaged against [Apple’s video-chat service] FaceTime because of this closed environment."
Getting access to the internal workings of the operating system would allow for things like video processor and address book integration. A FaceTime-like WP7 experience sounds great, but we are left wondering if there will be some kind of interim solution in the meantime. Will we see a Skype application for our current or Mango phones? Do we have to wait until Apollo? That all seems to be up in the air for the moment.
Stevens went on to talk about Skype's plans for Facebook, which he said will be kicking off in coming weeks. He described that webchat will come first, then outbound calling from Facebook to phones, and from Skype into Facebook. Somewhere down the line will some a Skype/Facebook mobile calling app and group video chat. Stevens explained that Skype and FB do not have a “one-time, one-product” relationship. “We have a plan to build out a number of products with Facebook...We’ll be Facebook’s key partner for communications.”
Of course, much of this is still in the hands of regulators. While the FTC has approved the deal in the United States, European authorities are still reviewing it. Thier approval is expected to come later this year. All of this bodes well for Microsoft, who not only owns Skype, but has a %1.6 share of Facebook. The tight integration of the three giants is one more piece in the grand scheme to grow the Windows Phone platform to compete with Android and Apple.
Source: Forbes; Via: Liveside
3 years ago
Student developer wins HTC Mazaa from Microsoft
We've talked about the Microsoft sponsored student contest here and here before. The winners are to be given brand new Mango devices, which of course raised all sorts of questions e.g. what phone, is Mango RTM'd, etc. Well, we now know the answer to all of those.
Turns out at least one student managed to received the HTC Mazaa, a device mentioned a few times in the past as being the latest "dev phone" for Microsoft employees and we imagine software partners. Featuring a gyroscope for those Mango APIs, the device is similar to the Trophy in many ways.
Over at XDA, one of the student winners has posted a screen shot of his about screen to prove it is what it is. Not bad kid, not bad at all. The phone is even running Mango 7720:
"For those who might be interested. I was one of the 50 lucky winners in the ongoing WPAPPITUP student developer competition, and was promised a Mango phone about a week or so ago. To my surprise I arrived home to find a package from Microsoft waiting for me. Open it up and I find my self a brand new unlocked HTC Mazaa, running Mango 7.10.7720.500.
First impressions the phone is fast, whether it just be the new Mango build or the phone itself I'm not entirely certain. But it runs circles around my HD7. On the same note comparing it to the HD7 it's a lot smaller. It also only has 8gig of internal not upgradable internal memory, which doesn't really cut it for me. However, beggars can't be choosers, and I'm glad to have the phone either way."
Hopefully some more info will be coming forward about this new phone, specifically that Adreno GPU. Very cool.
Source: XDA; via WPSauce
3 years ago
ESPN Goals app coming to WP7
Fan of football or what we like to call soccer? Then you may be excited about ESPN's Goals app coming soon to Windows Phone 7 (as well as every other mobile OS). From the app description:
"This season football fans can watch video clips of all the goals* from every Barclays Premier League match – completely free on the ESPN Goals app. The ultimate Barclays Premier league app includes live scores, video highlights and clips of every goal, for all 380 games – within just minutes of it taking place."
- The essential football app for fans of the Barclays Premier League will feature:
- Video of goals and match action from every Barclays Premier League match all season long
- Live scores and match stats
- Fixtures and results from around the league
- Additional video including match previews and weekend round-ups
- Video alerts: Alerts for goal videos, match highlight clips and Weekend roundup clips.
We're not too familiar with any of that but we're going to guess that some of our UK friends will enjoy getting this as soon as it hits. The service which we're told normally goes £30 but will free for the season, which seems like a good deal no matter where you're from. Might as well pick up Pro Evolution Soccer while you're at it.
Source: ESPN; Thanks, Tahiti Bob for the tip!
3 years ago
Video purportedly shows new Nokia Windows Phone, looks suspicious
A video has shown up on the YouTubes via MyNokiaBlog that looks to be some type of internal Microsoft/Nokia commercial. In the video, some renderings of supposed Nokia phones running WP7 are shown in full motion, along with some old footage from Microsoft videos recycled for good measure (e.g. from September 2010)
Is it real? Fake? Someone having a goof, we have no idea. But overall it does seems a little suspect and we don't believe that those phones are real in any sense, though perhaps they are planned. Either way, it makes for some nice pondering on what Nokia may have in mind though we're not sure it's that exciting.
PS Original video was pulled, now it's back up. Ta-da!
Source: MyNokiaBlog; Thanks, Abhi, for the heads up
3 years ago
Samsung's GT-i8350 running Mango inches closer to release with BT cert
While we don't know much about the Samsung GT-i8350, we do know it's a Windows Phone running Mango and looks to probably replace the Omnia 7 in Euroland. The phone has evidently received its Bluetooth certification, sporting BT v2.1 with EDR which while not the most exciting news of the day, at least means that (a) this phone still exists and (b) it's on its way to release, to which we say "yaaay!", because we like ourselves some Sammy.
Source: Bluetooth; via Pocketnow, Blog of Mobile
3 years ago
Minesweeper and Sudoku are now available for free on Xbox Live
Tired of playing Flowerz, penniless Windows Phone Xbox Live gamers? Then today’s your day! Minesweeper and Sudoku are both on the marketplace costing nothing at all.
Minesweeper and its kid brother/dance partner Sudoku are the games many of us know and love, but they do include some fancy new additions to get the cerebral juices flowing. There’s the snazzy/maybe a little plain Metro UI design, a leveling system, and powerups that can ease the pain of challenging levels. To learn more about the powerup system and future plans for these titles, check out our mini-interview with Babaroga, the developer. Both games are free and ad supported, so their Achievements are only worth 50 GamerScore a piece - 150 less than a standard Xbox Live title. But hey, free GamerScore is free GamerScore, so let’s not get bogged down with numbers.
Logic puzzle loving gamers can find Minesweeper here (Zune link) and Sudoku here on the Marketplace.
Update: Games only available in the U.S. as of now, may show up in other regions later. Maybe not.
3 years ago
Pro Evolution Soccer is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. Goal!!!!
Sports fans who haven’t bought Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (the only sports title on Xbox Live so far) for some reason are in for a treat this week. Konami’s premiere soccer game is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week at $2.99!
PES 2011 is a surprisingly accurate recreation of the sport, with realistic tactical game play, licensed European teams, advanced A.I. and numerous authentic animations. Can you kick a soccer ball into some guy’s junk if you want? Not quite that realistic, but I digress.
Pro Evolution Soccer’s 3D graphics contribute to the realism as well. The player models, detailed stadiums, and weather effects all make for a very console-like presentation. The game features multiple control options: simple accelerometer and touch-screen controls or a virtual pad and buttons. It’s also got some very grindy Achievements, so prepare to be in it for the long haul if you want the full 200 GamerScore.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is on sale for $2.99 (down from $4.99) for one week only. Get it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace, football fans!
(Yes, this does mark the second of Konami’s three Xbox Live games to go on sale. We’re that much closer to a Castlevania Puzzle deal!)
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