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3 years ago
Unofficial WP7 Homebrew Marketplace gets a start
While we await Microsoft's solution to the Hombrew community, something that will take a bit of a hit with NoDo (since ChevronWP7 won't work with it), developers are still going forward, regardless.
Over at XDA, developer kuerbis2 has laid the groundwork for a Homebrew Marketplace by releasing a new XAP installer and even more importantly, a protocol handler (like the “zune:”-URLs) called "wphome". That last bit sort of huge as it allows people to "register" their homebrew XAP files, thereby creating hyperlinks to allow easy distribution/installation of said files. The features so far are summarized as follows:
- In-place update on the phone: In-place update on the phone, e.g. if you already have Version 184.108.40.206 of an app installed on the phone and install 220.127.116.11 an in-place update will performed. No more full "uninstall-new install" cycle required. Your settings, custom files etc. won't be removed (same as marketplace update)
- Deploy from file or URL: You can either specify a file or an URL. If you enter an URL the installer will automatically download the xap.
- Own protocol "wphome": Zune's one-click download for homebrew apps. Automatically install homebrew XAPs with a click on a hyperlink. If you want, you can register the application for the wphome protocol. The application will then be allowed to handle urls like wphome:www.test.com/test.xap and will automatically start as soon as you click on such a link
Like we said, this is pretty big news as no one has gone this far in creating a framework for a homebrew marketplace. If enough devs adopt this protocol (and we see little reason why they should not), then we'll have a standard for distribution, as opposed to just attachments in a forum. Of course, people still need a way to side-load applications i.e. developer unlocked without paying $99 a year--for that we'll have to wait for Microsoft to provide a solution, otherwise the homebrew community will be forever niche. Stay tuned for more...
Source: XDA; Thanks, Tobias, for the tip!
3 years ago
Microsoft's Eric Hautala apologizes, provides more NoDo info
Updating a post which he published little more than a week ago, Eric Hautala, Microsoft's GM of Customer Experience Engineering, apologizes for the sheer amount of disappointment currently felt by end users and reiterates that the update is being rolled out.
This was brought to the public eye after a mass of 500 comments (at the time of writing) swarmed his original post, majority being complaints and angered views. What can only be summarized as a carefully constructed apology, Eric reached out to those who are still awaiting the NoDo update and produced further detail with regards to the page of the update.
I know many of you are disappointed, even angry. You certainly have a right to be. We’ve fallen far short of your expectations, and our own, and for that I’m truly sorry. We didn’t set out to let you down. But it’s clear we did. Whether you’re someone who has followed our progress from the start, or are new to Windows Phone, you deserve the updates we’ve promised. My job is to get us on the right path and deliver them.
I'm not sure whether we require yet another apology, sure the drama is still present and most of the community is still highly irritated, but after Joe Belfiore's response to negative comments and criticism and UK developer Danny Tupenny receiving a phone call, we would very much like to see more action than words. The update is rolling, just not fast enough for most. Putting forward the somewhat over-asked question, have you received NoDo yet? How do you feel about the continued stream of apologies, and do you believe Microsoft has learned some valuable lessons?
3 years ago
Dell blogs about NoDo, teases about Venue Pro firmware update
True to his word, Lionel Menchaca from Dell has taken to the Dell blog to detail the February and March Windows Phone update aka pre-NoDo and NoDo for the Venue Pro. Adding some transparency to the process, something we know all of you like, they explain a bit of their method going on with the update and when you can expect it. While nothing earth shattering is revealed, it's nice to see some info direct from Dell on the matter, as we know many of you are anxiously waiting for NoDo (unless, of course, you forced the update, cough).
- Last week, we started a phased rollout of the Microsoft Copy and Paste update in EMEA and India.
- On March 29, we began a phased rollout of the Copy and Paste update to T-Mobile customers in the United States.
- There will be a Dell update that will provide additional enhancements/ fixes coming after this Copy and Paste Microsoft update. I don't have an ETA for the Dell update just yet.
- While the Copy and Paste update rollout started yesterday, it will happen in a phased rollout over the next few weeks.
Unfortunately while the pre-NoDo/NoDo updates are discussed in detail, the big upcoming Dell firmware update, which is expected to address some system instabilities and bugs on the Venue Pro is not. But, it is confirmed that it IS coming and that it exists, which, we really like the idea of and we're sure you do too. They'll post more when they can, but we've heard mid-to-late April for this firmware update--we wouldn't bet our life on that date though. Regardless, we'll be anxiously awaiting--the DVP is one sexy device and if Dell can iron out those remaining bugs, found mostly in the 16GB versions, we'll be very happy.
3 years ago
NoDo consists of 3 updates over several months
There has been speculation and claims for sometime, mostly from Paul Thurrott, that 'NoDo' in its current form has been "done" since December. Such an accusation has obvious implications: for four months Microsoft has been sitting on this update and due to 'X' reasons (often thought to be carrier interference), we the customer have been missing out. That's at least the narrative that has been making the rounds lately, no?
Some folks at Monsmartphone, specifically epsilon283, have broken down the NoDo update and found that Microsoft was not sitting idly by on just one update, but instead had at least two additions to NoDo.
- Update 7.0.7008.0 to 7.0.7355.0 compiled March 15, 2011
- Update 7.0.7355.0 to 7.0.7389.0 compiled January 25, 2011
- Update 7.0.7389.0 to 7.0.7390.0 compiled February 1, 2011
Now, what we don't know is the trajectory of these additions--were they responses to carrier requests/bugs, were they just continued development of build numbers, etc? We'll probably never know, but it's nice to see that it at least looks like Microsoft continued to shoe-horn further updates/fixes while "copy paste" was being delayed. This is a possible reason why it was only days ago did we learn of the full changelog of NoDo...in its current form.
Source: Monsmartphone; Thanks, Gilles
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Verizon extends Trophy offer to MS employees
Going back to November, it was known that Verizon would be offering the HTC Trophy world phone to Microsoft employees, part of the deal that MS would cover employee phones (so long as they were Windows Phones, ahem).
A few days ago, that date for the offer was extended to April 1st, a sign we thought that Trophy release was imminent. Now we get word that the date is extended, yet again, by one week to April 7th. What does this all mean? What we've known for a bit: Verizon is testing the Trophy, it's nearly complete and their "release dates" for the public (latest being the 15th) are clearly moving targets, not written in stone. Lets just hope this is the last of the delays as Verizon is really dragging this drama out for a phone that is far from the cream of the crop.
3 years ago
Official XDA app is here
After 7 months of development, XDA's official app for Windows Phone 7 is here. It is equipped with Toast notifications and Live Tile support, so you can receive real-time PM notifications. Sporting the Metro user interface, the XDA app let's users:
- View forums
- Send/receive PMs
- Subscribe to forum
- Read and respond to posts
- Check news from the Portal
Download it here for $0.99.
Source: XDA; Via: MobilityDigest
3 years ago
Changes to Nodo's Changelog?
Last week we shared the changelog for the Windows Phone 7 "Nodo" update that came from Microsoft's support page. Along with copy/paste, faster apps and games and other improvements, the changelog noted Marketplace improvements that included "using a credit card with an address outside the United States".
Not sure when it happened but apparently Microsoft has changed the changelog to omit the "using a credit card with an address outside the United States" portion of the Marketplace improvements.
So why the change to the changelog? Windows Phone Support via tweet has noted the improvement note was "referring to an issue that U.S. customers had when using a different language/region format on their phones." The verbage was removed to avoid confusion. Yet it still seems very confusing.
Source: windowsphonesauce Thanks to wp7fanboi for the tip!
3 years ago
Windows Phone 7 development by the numbers
With the MIX11 Conference just around the corner, Microsoft is marking the one year anniversary of the Windows Phone 7 developer's tool set. In reflecting over the past year's events with Windows Phone 7, Brandon Watson has shared some numbers concerning Microsoft's mobile operating system. Here are the highlights.
- The Windows Phone Developer Tools have been downloaded over 1.5 million times. Watson notes that number equals the entire population of Philadelphia.
- There are 36,000 members (registered as developers) of the AppHub (Windows Phone development) Community. This number is growing at a rate of 1,200 new members a week.
- Numbers of note concerning the Marketplace include that Windows Phone customers average 12 app downloads a month; certification is taking an average of 1.8 days to complete; 44% of all paid apps include a trial version; and 62% of all apps submitted pass certification.
From day one, Microsoft and its critics felt that Windows Phone 7's success was dependent on developer support. The Marketplace currently has a little over 12,200 apps and combined with the numbers Watson has provided, that support appears to be strong.
3 years ago
Microsoft calls out Google for poor YouTube on Windows Phone
We all know how...unimpressive...the "native" YouTube app is on Windows Phone 7--it's basically just a browser for the site and pales in comparison to Android and even the iPhone. Why that is has always bothered users, but it looks like we may have an answer, or at least one-side of it.
In a blog post by Brad Smith, Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Microsoft, he blames Google directly for the Windows Phone situation. There's no if's and's or but's about it, according to Smith ergo Microsoft:
...in 2010 and again more recently, Google blocked Microsoft’s new Windows Phones from operating properly with YouTube. Google has enabled its own Android phones to access YouTube so that users can search for video categories, find favorites, see ratings, and so forth in the rich user interfaces offered by those phones. It’s done the same thing for the iPhones offered by Apple, which doesn’t offer a competing search service.
Unfortunately, Google has refused to allow Microsoft’s new Windows Phones to access this YouTube metadata in the same way that Android phones and iPhones do. As a result, Microsoft’s YouTube “app” on Windows Phones is basically just a browser displaying YouTube’s mobile Web site, without the rich functionality offered on competing phones. Microsoft is ready to release a high quality YouTube app for Windows Phone. We just need permission to access YouTube in the way that other phones already do, permission Google has refused to provide.
Microsoft, in response, is ready to fight against Google, ironically in Europe:
Microsoft is filing a formal complaint with the European Commission as part of the Commission’s ongoing investigation into whether Google has violated European competition law. We thought it important to be transparent and provide some information on what we’re doing and why.
This raises all sorts of questions for us, non-legal types who don't understand everything going on behind the scenes, for instance why can HTC and 3rd-parties create superior apps but Microsoft cannot? For example, SuperTube is quite impressive and adds all sorts of advanced features, including streaming in HD and saving files. Then again, in a personal note from developer Atta Elayyan, involved with LazyTube (which just hit 2.0), SuperTube evidently violates several of YouTube's Terms of Service, but Microsoft seems to have looked the other way during the app's Marketplace approval (get out tinfoil hats...now).
Whatever the exact details, gauntlet meet ground, as Microsoft has just thrown down some serious charges against Google. This could get interesting...
Source: Microsoft on the Issues; via I Love Windows Phone!
3 years ago
Windows Phone developer makes $28k in just four months
In an interesting "case study" presented by Microsoft Advertising, developer Richard Foster is reported to have made a nice $28,882 in four months using Microsoft's Advertising SDK across his 14 apps for Windows Phone:
Richard Foster, once a DOS programmer and now working for the family dry cleaning business and developing mobile applications part-time for his company Edgeway Software, is ecstatic about the results he is seeing developing for Windows Phone 7. Since the introduction of his first app, Unit Converter, in November, Richard has now developed more than 14 apps - all with the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7 for mobile.
Richard had developed paid apps for the Windows Mobile 6x platform, but since there are a huge number of free apps in the new marketplace for Windows Phone 7, he made the switch to ad-supported apps. For him, this model proved the most lucrative.
Now, in fairness, most developers are not making nearly as much money as Mr. Foster and there's a certain dishonesty in making him a poster-child--plus 14 apps is nothing to sneeze at even if they are things like a "unit converter". However, Windows Phone is still a young platform and it goes to show how just advertising alone, can lead to some serious sustainable income for developers--if ya got the skillz.
And lets not forget that last part: having an app that is coded well, has a nice UI and does something unique is still needed for success. We like to think of '4th & Mayor', 'AlphaJax' and a few others as examples of this talent and good app development.
Source: Microsoft Advertising, via @mechaghost
3 years ago
Elbert Perez releases 'Microchip Rush' to the Marketplace
If you don't know who Elbert Perez is, you probably know his games as he just published his 10th one to the Windows Phone Marketplace, called 'Microchip Rush'. His other games are include Nom Nom Worm, Impossible Shoota, Quadra, Fishing Girl and many others.
From the app's description for Microchip Rush:
The microchips need to be delivered fast! As the manager of the largest microchip production facility your task is to teleport as many chips as possible. However production errors manifest themselves as mines that can end your career as a shipping manager.
- Use strategy and speed to deliver the most chips as possible
- Score the highest score possible to be able to brag around the world that you are the greatest Microchip production facility manager
We always find Perez's games quite amusing and seeing as they are free, you know, there's no real commitment in trying it out. So if the above vid has wet your appetite, here's your Marketplace link.
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