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3 years ago

Test your websites with Microsoft Mobile Test Drive

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We love the beautiful web that is emerging, especially Microsoft with IE9 and IE10. We have seen tests and examples displaying what modern browsers can do with HTML5 and the benefits of hardware acceleration, now it's time to see all this on a mobile scale. Introducing the Mobile Test Drive.

The features of this testing environment are as follows:

  • Audio Player (from MIX11)
  • Geolocation
  • Border Radius
  • DOM Local Storage
  • Scalable Vector Graphics
  • CSS3 Media Queries
  • DOMContentLoaded
  • FishIE Tank
  • Speed Reading (from MIX11)
  • Animated Text
  • HamsterDance Revolution
  • Business Charts
  • IE Logo
  • Video Panorama
  • Browser Control Themeing

More samples will be added to the mobile test through the upcoming months to Mango and beyond so keep an eye out for changes and additions. If you're a web developer you can see how your websites will look on Mobile IE9 by downloading the Windows Phone Developer tools. Pretty neat if I do say so myself.

Source: Microsoft Blog

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC Trophy - Review

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Verizon HTC Trophy - Review

Verizon Customers may say, "It's about time" with regards to the release of the HTC Trophy but I think they will be very pleased with their first Windows Phone 7 device. The Trophy completes the Windows Phone coverage for the major U.S. Wireless Carriers and isn't a shabby addition to the Windows Phone line up.

We had the opportunity to get our hands on an HTC Trophy for a few days and the Windows Phone made a nice first impression. The phone felt good in the hand, had a nice design to it, and the 3.8" screen looked good. To see if our first impression was changed much after using the Trophy for a few days, make the jump past the break.

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3 years ago

Evernote for WP7 released [Updated with Link]

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Finally! It's here everyone. Evernote for Windows Phone 7 is soon to be available to download and boy was the wait worth it, check out the image above and the screens after the break to see what we've been eagerly awaiting for. It's the most feature-packed client they've ever developed and is applying itself to the Metro UI guidelines-for-awesomeness.

We wont copy and paste the features explained in the official announcement, but we shall highlight the 'biggies' and show some screens. For the main screen, we have some panorama goodness which contain:

  • Notes: A complete scrollable note list
  • Notebooks: Tap on a notebook to view its contents
  • Tags: Tap on a tag to see all the notes associated with it
  • Recent notes: This list lets you jump to the 20 most recently viewed notes

Evernote for WP7 also displays Notebook Stacks and hierarchical tags. They have made sure that the application bar used throughout the app is useful and feature-rich maximizing user friendliness in different sections. To read up on the feature highlights and to see some more images head on past the break.

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3 years ago

Jamie Oliver loves WP7

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Jamie Oliver loves WP7

Jamie Oliver, a famous and renowned chef, has been spotted on TV using a Windows Phone 7 handset. We recently covered a Pro Bowl Quarterback getting his hands on a device, but this is pretty big (for this side of the ocean anyway). Nice to see another popular TV idol using the platform in favour for iOS and Android. I'm suspicious as to what apps Jamie would have installed, possibly Cocktail Flow?

The programme where the WP7 usage was sighted was Jamie's Food Revolution Hits Hollywood, which aired Tuesday 14th in the UK. He is seen using the Bing voice search to locate a school in the area and excites "yeah, that's what I'm talking about" as the device is instantly responsive with results.

Check out the video footage of the Windows Phone (we're pretty sure it's a Focus) cameo after the break.

Thanks Gunzta for the images and video, you're a star!

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3 years ago

New Xbox LIVE Game from E3, 'Hasta La Muerte', gets demoed

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The video from Windows Phone FR is in French and is a whopping 10 mins long, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it shows the upcoming Xbox LIVE game 'Hasta La Muerte' in all its glory.

The game was recently announced at E3 as part of the new 'bit titles' for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone. To refresh, the game is described from our previous post as:

"A Windows Phone exclusive from French developer Pohlm Studio, Hasta la Muerte places gamers in control of one of death’s emissaries. The emissary must free the souls of the dead in order to prevent them from becoming cursed lost souls. He won’t go it alone as friendly souls called Soulpets offers assistance. Hasta la Muerte features over 30 levels, boss battles, and a stark European art style that’s unlike anything else on the platform."

We think it looks pretty amazing, as we don't have a game like this in the Marketplace. According to Windows Phone FR, it should be in the Marketplace in the next few weeks.

Source: Windows Phone FR

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3 years ago

Nokia WP7 to 'blow our socks off'

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Nokia WP7 to 'blow our socks off'

I'm sure you're all excited about Nokia and how they can bring superb hardware to the table for Windows Phone 7, we are too. Now we have a tweet by Dave Trevaskus, Senior Training Consultant at Nokia (according to his Twitter bio), where he displays some real excitement about a Nokia WP7 handset running Mango and that it's going to blow our socks off (of course, he's not going to say "our devices are crap, boo!") Just a little something to keep the hype up, would be great to see some visual representation soon.

Unfortunately, the guy wasn't using a WP7 to tweet but from his statement, either he's being sarcastic and is fearful for the company, or their planned handsets really are going to remove our socks with force. We've recently covered Nokia with their camera implementation on the N8 handset, so we're expecting high standards in terms of hardware, both internal and external.

Source: @DaveTrevaskus, via: PocketNow

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 7 survives being ran over [Video]

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An LG Optimus 7 Prime WP7 device has been through the wars as can be seen above in the video. This particular handset was ran over by a car and while it may look shattered, it's still responsive and works as normal. The only downside is that you can't see the screen as well as you could.

The morale of the story is (apart from don't have your phone ran over by a vehicle) to purchase an LG device should you work in construction or any other practical careers.

Via: @EyeMen

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3 years ago

IM+ submitted to WP7 Marketplace

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IM+ submitted to WP7 Marketplace

Here we are folks, the good team at SHAPE Services have just announced that they've submitted the messaging app IM+ to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Not long ago we covered it going through Beta. I'll leave it to the unofficial PR on their Facebook page to do the trick:

"AAAAND IT'S FINALLY HERE! Today we're submitting IM+ for WP7 to Microsoft Marketplace. Approval process may take a while. Bloggers, beta testers and all those who are interested in getting pre-release version today, please send your contact at wp7beta@shapeservices.com with "IM+ WP7 beta" in subject line."

If you wish to get a pre-release version, ping them an email with the subject as shown above. Are you looking forward to the app? Or are you more excited about the upcoming IM integration in Mango (if you don't use every service on the planet)?

Source: IM+ Facebook, thanks everyone for the tips!

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3 years ago

Serious developers will get Mango devices says Brandon Watson

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We recently covered Microsoft's Joe Belfiore putting forward that developers will be receiving Mango and there was some information on AppHub about plans to roll out Mango loaded devices, however we had no detail as to who would be eligible and how long you'd be able to keep said devices. Now Brandon Watson has expanded slightly on what his colleague said back at MIX'11 (as well as what AppHub is reporting).

From the image above we can see Brandon mentioning local mobile champs, specifically these folk. Serious developers who network with Microsoft and their WP7 team of elite as well as provide much freshness to the app ecosystem will be more likely to receive a handset. While the developer tools and emulator is readily available for developers, what happens should you be an anti-social geek who can't network, but is a terrific developer?

We'll let you all know when we find any concrete information detailing what the process will be.

Source: Twitter

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Update: 7392 Scheduling for the Surround

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While the Windows Phone update process has hit its share of snags, Microsoft has done a good job keeping everyone posted on the progress (or delay) of all the updates. The latest update has the 7392 Security Update entering the scheduling phase for the AT&T HTC Surround. This should have the update hitting devices within the next ten days.

No word on when the other AT&T Windows Phones will get this update. There are also no hard dates on when the "technical hurdles" will be overcome in updating the remaining Samsung Focus models.  Finally, Microsoft reports that they are still working with Orange to resume the update process for the Omnia 7. As with the Focus, no date on when Microsoft hopes to resolve this issue.

Remember you can keep up with all the Windows Phone updates over at Microsoft's Update Page or download the "Dude, Where's My Update" app.

Source: windowsteamblog

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3 years ago

MyThings (Lite) - App Spotlight

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MyThings (Lite) - App Spotlight

Ahead Solutions is offering MyThings Lite over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. MyThings is a task manager designed to help simplify your everyday life. From the developer's description MyThings has been "developed to help you store, remember, share, localize and do your personal and professional tasks easily and with pleasure."

You can also create a MyThings account to store/sync/backup your tasks online. Additional features of MyThings Lite include:

  • Add task/meetings schedule
  • Fully supporting offline & online modes. No need to have an internet connection to access your tasks and info while moving.
  • Possibility to add time to tasks.  Delays are displayed along with tasks info.
  • Full user account management included in the app.
  • Possibility to do search among existing tasks.
  • Possibility to do a quick task add (one click to add a task).
  • SMS & Email task sharing.

MyThings Lite is a free application but is limited to managing only five tasks at once. There is a paid version of MyThings available that doesn't have a task number restriction and adds Live Tile support (along with a few more features). You can find your free copy of MyThings Lite here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace. The full version will run you $2.99 (and there's a trial version as well) that you can find here at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Simple Paper - App Spotlight

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Simple Paper - App Spotlight

Looking for a simple, note taking/reminder app for your Windows Phone? Simple Paper is a post-it style app that is capable of synchronizing your notes with SimpleNote. The application user interface is simple and straight forward. Tap the "+" sign to create a note and when done, a colorful post-it will appear on the main page of the app.

Synchronization with SimpleNote gives you the ability to create and view your notes from the PC or have someone else send your a note. For example if your out and about, your wife needs to send you an emergency grocery list, problem solved. Need to jot down product information while your shopping to review later, problem solved.

The only thing that Simple Paper is lacking is a live tile that highlights any reminders or notes you've created. Regardless, if you like multi-colored post-it notes, Simple Paper might be worth a gander. There is a free, ad-supported version of Simple Paper that you can find here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace. Not a fan of ads? An ad-free version will run you $1.99 and you can find that copy here at the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

WP7 app impresions up 92% says Millennial Media

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No matter how you look at things, it's been a good year for Windows Phone so far. When we talk about CTR (Click Through Rate) and advertising, it's no different and the sun continues to shine. We previously covered Smaato finding advertisements displayed in apps on WP7 outperformed other platforms (iOS and Android especially) with CTR, leading to more potential revenue for developers.

Now Millennial, another advertising firm, has released information (pretty graphs and charts) detailing the number of impressions smartphone operating systems are accumulating through app use. Windows Phone is trailing the competition at 1%, Symbian is at 2%, RIM at 17%, iOS at 27% and Android taking the largest slice of pie at 53%. While this isn't a bright picture for WP7, Millennial states that our platform has increased the number of ad impressions from April to May by 92%. Quite an increase I must say.

Source: Millennial, via: WirelessWeek

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3 years ago

Microsoft Gamefest program announced: London, Seattle & Tokyo [Developers]

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For those interesting in gaming and you didn't get enough nitty-gritty at the recent E3, you'll want to check out Microsoft's developer conference that focusing just on that topic, across the PC, Xbox and Windows Phone.

Specifically for WP7 devs, the conference will focus on "Avatars, QA, CPU performance, development best practice and DLC.". That last part is real interesting as it looks like Microsoft is rolling out Downloadable Content and microtransaction to Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone in Mango--this is all detailed in the talk "Keep Them Coming Back: Downloadable Content on Windows Phone". That should bring an interesting and exciting expansion of our mobile gaming universe.

The conference is held in London (July 14-15th), Seattle (August 22-23rd) and Tokyo (July 29th) and looks to be a blast.

Hit the jump to see the full Windows Phone session list!

Source: Microsoft Gamefest 2011; via: Next-Gen Biz

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3 years ago

More WP7 Marketplace spam

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More WP7 Marketplace spam

We've already waved our hands frantically to Microsoft to get their attention at the sheer volume of spam that was entering the Marketplace, one developer went as far as to create spam apps which served no purpose whatsoever, but were still accepted and certified. This didn't play well with WP7 owners when the platform had just passed the 20,000 app marker.

Microsoft later responded to the complaints and shouts from the community for them to alter certification and deflect any future submissions (we still don't understand how an app called SPAM which only contained information stating that it was spam got through). They basically told us that the team would be contacting companies and developers who have submitted a large number of apps that share similar functionality to offer advice in scaling down to one or a few apps (remember those real estate apps?) Also, the number of app submissions per-day were going to be limited:

"To avoid the scenario where bulk publishing crowds out other apps in Marketplace in the future, effective immediately, we are limiting the number of apps any one developer can have certified in a single day to 20. Developers creating a large number of apps can still submit all of them for certification, but they will be certified at a maximum rate of 20 per day rather than all at once."

While the response was welcomed, it hasn't proved effective unfortunately. Take a look at these new RSS apps that have flooded in the past two days (we counted 41 in total):

Seems as though Microsoft really does need better detection for spam or multiple apps, I'm not sure how the above RSS apps got through however. Surely one would expect the approval system/team would flag numerous submissions that appeared to be identical or similar to prevent duplication or fragmentation?

C'mon Microsoft, sort this out sooner rather than later. Mango is soon approaching and we need the platform to be spotless to aid conversions and potential buyers in taking the leap for WP7.

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