3 years ago
Windows Phone still holds the highest rated spots on Amazon Wireless
Two weeks ago we reported how Windows Phone had beaten out Android devices as the top-rated phones on Amazon Wireless. Flash forward today, after the holiday hubbub has died down and we're excited to see Windows Phones are still in the top with the HTC Titan holding steady with an average of 4.7 (out of 5) from 73 reviews.
That's pretty much consensus folks--people really like that phone. Not surprisingly, the other biggy is the Samsung Focus S which has a slightly higher score of 4.8 (out of 5) but only out of 50 reviews--still, that's a very high-rate of satisfaction.
Rounding out the top three is the Verizon HTC Trophy with a whopping 4.9 (out of 5) from 56 reviews--are you listening, Verizon? People really like that phone. In addition, on Verizon's site, the Trophy sits with 4.5 stars out of 800 reviews, most gushing with praise and even Best Buy has it with 5 (out of 5) from 15 reviews.
We should also mention that the Radar 4G on T-Mobile was their 2nd highest rated phone (it's now dropped to #4 but still has 4.8 (out of 5) from 106 reviews).
Windows Phone may not have the sales...yet. But we have solid phones with a lot of happy customers and that's a good thing.
Source: Amazon Wireless; via Joe Belfiore
3 years ago
Pandora apps, fight! Radio Controlled & MetroRadio get updated, new features
We're not here to choose which is the best 3rd party Pandora app, we're just here to tell what's new and what's coming.
MetroRadio v3.2 - MetroRadio has been pushing out many updates lately and 3.2 brings some nice changes. First off is the new feature called MetroMP3, a built in search engine that allows you to look for individual songs and stream 'em. It basically augments the Pandora funciton and is useful if you want to listen to a specific tune at the moment.
The Live Tiles also now update with each song and you can pin "Now Playing" to your start screen for quick and easy access, that's in addition to fixes for all known bugs. You can grab v3.2 now in the Marketplace for free here.
Radio Controlled v1.1 - The second Pandora app in the Marketplace, Radio Controlled continues to be refined and v1.1 goes a long way to making this app even better. We detailed this version a few days ago and it's not live. It includes new features including enable/disable auto play, artist song info in volume controls, Music Hub integration, History (view, rate, buy song), Stop command and bug and playback stability fixes. In other words, a pretty huge update.
What's more, we're playing with v1.2 right now and it has one massive new feature besides some UI changes: Last.FM support. Yup, with the next update you'll be able to login to your Last.FM account and do some 'scrobbling' on the go all within this app. Look for that in the coming weeks. You can pick up Radio Controlled v1.1 here in the Marketplace for free.
QR codes after the break...
3 years ago
Armed version 1.1 update rolls out. Mango update coming soon
As you might have heard, indie strategy title Armed! is one amazing game. With great graphics, an amazing UI, deep strategic gameplay, and online multiplayer to boot, Armed! is heads and tails above most Xbox Live games (and certainly Fusion: Sentient). What’s more, Dallas-based developer Sickhead Games plans to show Armed! lots of support, starting with today’s update.
The Armed! version 1.1 update consists primarily of bug fixes (full list past the break). As of now, most known issues have been addressed. I can enter my Scoreloop information without the game crashing now, so that’s one improvement. A version 1.2 update with Fast App Switching support is also on the way. I’m a bit surprised they didn’t enable the feature in this patch (it’s beyond easy), but apparently Sickhead was concerned about locking out Nodo users (do they still exist?).
Head past the break for the full changelog.
3 years ago
Windows Phone Game Taptitude hits the 100K mark
Here's another Windows Phone success story. Taptitude is a Windows Phone game that pulls together over fifty mini-games under one roof. The games range from Throwing Star that has you tap the screen to shoot target with shuriken stars to Bubble Booyah that is a bubble burst game. You also have shooting galleries, dig-dug styled games, fruit ninja styled games, and many, many more.
The games are challenging and have you racing the clock to earn achievements, high scores, and coins that are used to buy upgrades. The collection is vast and includes some really fun, simple games that can be rather challenging. Add weekly updates and Taptitude has plenty of gaming time.
The success story comes into play in that 4BrosStudio, the developer, is reporting that Taptitude has hit 100,000 installs and their ad revenue is closing in on the six figure mark. Not too shabby.
Taptitude is a great game and it's nice to see another Windows Phone app being successful. Taptitude is a free, ad supported game that you can grab over here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
3 years ago
Fable Coin Golf and Tetris get Mango updates
We’ve been bombarded by a slew of Xbox Live updates this week. Some, like Gravity Guy’s, are quite significant. Others just add Fast App Switching support, which still ain't half bad!
Fable Coin Golf: Straight from the mouths of our friends at Microsoft, Fast App Switching support is the only new feature of the version 1.1 update. Still, that should make using the Achievement Guide much more convenient.
Tetris: The only change I’ve discovered is Fast App Switching support. It’s been tough finding anyone involved with the Windows Phone Tetris port – be sure to chime in if you know anybody.
Both Fable Coin Golf (review) and Tetris (review) cost $4.99. You’ll find them here and here on the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Need to find that cheap gas? Gas Up has you covered.
Though there is an official GasBuddy app in the Marketplace it lacks quite a lot of features. In that sense, we're always glad to see 3rd parties step up and fill the void.
Gas Up Free is now available for you to get started on finding the lowest gas prices around you. The app is laid out quiet nicely and features individual gas stations that are pinnable to your Start screen. That's pretty cool if you have a favorite station and want to keep tabs on the price. The app will update once a day and you have as many tiles as you want (one for home, one for work, one for near the mistress). Other features include:
search with current location
create your own searches
visual decision support
Not bad. Our only complaints are you cannot switch between km and miles and the search radius is not selecting, meaning you're stuck with the default. Other than those minor things though, it's a pretty solid app and the Live Tiles make it an easy sell. You can of course login to your GasBuddy account through this too, making the official app less than necessary.
You can pick up Gas Up Free here in the Marketplace (ad supported) or opt for the ad-free experience, which will set you back $1.99 here.
3 years ago
Xbox Live: Gravity Guy update adds Rescue Chapter, PDLC
When Gravity Guy launched last year, two of its Achievements were unavailable to players. This was not due to glitches but by design – quite unusual for an Xbox Live game. Fast forward to today and Gravity Guy’s version 1.1 update has arrived. It packs quite a lot for an update, including a few surprises.
Gravity Guy version 1.1 release notes:
Added Fast App Switching support
Added the Rescue chapter to Story Mode (29 new levels)
Added paid DLCs:
Slowdowns: Slows down the game for 90 seconds. It's like "bullet time"
The paid DLC (PDLC) is the big news here. Gravity Guy has officially become the first third-party Xbox Live game to offer PDLC, a bit ahead of Bug Village and Zombies!!!. Players automatically get three free Slowdowns, which can be used by tapping the new icon in the top-left corner of the screen. Slowdowns typically last for about one and a half levels – if the player doesn’t make any mistakes. Use up your free Slowdowns and it costs 160 Microsoft Points ($2) to buy a pack of 5 more.
3 years ago
Video Diary hits v2.0 and gets Skydrive support
We showed you Video Diary by Lance McCarthy sometime ago. The app acts as a way to record regular video diaries, keeping them separated from the camera's video roll and also has reminders to keep you on schedule. The app hit the Marketplace a few days ago but had an error in it resulting from the Marketplace submission. It also lacked Skydrive support, something the developer said he was actively working on .
Now version 2.0 is here with that Skydrive support and works just great. You log in, it creates a Video Diary folder and away you go. Other fixes to v2.0 include:
Numerous tweaks and polishing to the UI
Data connection testing enhanced
Certification capability issue solved
Overall a nice update and a great feature set for a free app. The Skydrive support should also make a lot of you happy, seeing as we get so much free storage there. Pick up Video Diary here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Lumia 800 coming to Belgium January 20
Nokia Belgium announced on their Facebook that the Lumia 800 will be sprouting up in Brussels on January 20 for an exclusive event. The event will signify the launch of the 800 in Belgium and you can be a part of it. Nokia has set up an online entry form where you can apply for one of 30 seats to the showcase. To enter, send your name, email address and a short blurb explaining why you want to attend. Bonne chance!
Source: Nokia Belgium (Facebook); via: MonWindowsPhone
3 years ago
Fake Spotify app removed from Marketplace
Although on occasion certain apps may get by on the Marketplace, it seems once we get wind of it Microsoft acts swiftly. Such is the case with "spotify" a $0.99 app that reportedly looked like the official Spotify app.
It was unclear at the time of what the developer's motivation was here though it certainly looked suspicious. Now, Microsoft has reacted by removing the trademark-infringing app from the Marketplace. It does not appear that any action has been taken against the developer as his other apps, Stock Today and AllSportz which are legitimate and free are still available.
At least new customers won't be caught off guard by the Doppelganger anymore and hopefully this will a rare happening in our Marketplace.
Thanks, Den, for the heads up!
3 years ago
WPCentral 134: New Year's resolutions and the Lumia 900
This week we're back after a lil' hiatus. Join Jay Bennett, Daniel Rubino and our latest contributor to the site, Rafael Rivera for a discussion of Nokia's 900, OS update 8107, ChevronWP7 Labs (and tokens) plus our favorite apps.
Full show notes and HD video after the break...
3 years ago
Xbox Live games expanding to other mobile platforms?
Microsoft has already released Kinectimals and the Xbox Live app for the iPhone and the company may be looking to continue that expansion.
In a recent jobs posting over at Microsoft Careers, there is a listing for a Software Development Engineer for Xbox Live Mobile. What has caught the attention of several is this part of the job description.
"...we work closely with console software team and Xbox LIVE services team to bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS and other mobile platforms."
The job description also notes in the qualifications,
"Experience of Windows Phone, iOS or Android development is a big plus."
We can only speculate what's up Microsoft's sleeve as far as the future of Xbox Live mobile games is concerned but the listing does look like expansion is up for consideration.
From a purely business point of view, if Microsoft can tap into the iOS and Android markets it could be a good business decision by increasing their customer base. It not only has the potential of generating more revenue from the games but also attract more customers to the Xbox Live console.
From a Windows Phone perspective, such a move has a little sting to it. While Xbox Live games are not the sole benefit or attraction of a Windows Phone, it is a center piece feature. If expansion is in the works, hopefully Microsoft will keep some Xbox Live titles (or features) exclusive to the Windows Phone. Otherwise they may lose a key marketing point.
So what do our reader's think? Is Xbox Live expansion good or bad for our Windows Phone?
via: LiveSide, Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this.
3 years ago
Windows Phone App Review: GeoFlick
3 years ago
Windows Phone Marketplace Expansion announced [Developers]
Over at the Windows Phone Developer Blog Todd Brix just announced that with the new year comes new markets for Windows Phone. Since the initial release of Windows Phone the geographic availability of the Marketplace has been spreading, and with this there are 6 new markets: Argentina, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and the Philippines.
In the post he mentions that this does not mean that those markets are available to WP7 users there just yet, but rather that developers can now publish their application there in anticipation.
There are also a few extra rules which govern what content will pass certification. So if you have an application that may possibly have questionable content I would suggest publishing it first to the rest of the world, and then these new markets, to make sure you don't get stuck in certification hell.
With the these new rules in-place I imagine that quite a few developers will not be able to get their applications to these areas:
Examples of potentially offensive content in certain countries/regions include, but are not limited to the following:
• People in revealing clothing or in sexually suggestive poses
• Religious references
• Alcohol references
• Sexual or bathroom humor
• Simulated or actual gambling
However that's not totally a bad thing, because from the look of it these markets will never have to deal with any fart-apps!
Source: Windows Phone Developer Blog
3 years ago
Free Nokias for Australian Developers!
If you needed any more convincing that Microsoft is serious about pushing development on their mobile platform, then here's the next episode in our series on Microsoft-giving-stuff-to-devs-for-work-they-would-have-done-anyway. And before you ask, yeah, that title is a work in progress.
Previously we saw promotions for UK developers to get free gadgets, and giveaways for Canadian developers, now all you Australian dev's can get in on the action.
The requirements are pretty much in-line with the other promo's where all you need to do is publish a certain number of apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace by a certain date, and then receive either a Lumia 710, or a Lumia 800 depending on how many you can get out by then.
Qualifying apps must be published between Jan 1st 2012 and 12 midnight EST Mar 30th, 2012.
Publish 3 new apps for a Nokia Lumia 710 or 4 new apps for a Nokia Lumia 800
The sooner you publish your new apps the sooner you’ll receive your Nokia Phone (subject to availability).
Apps must be new and published to the public marketplace and excludes updates to existing apps.
This offer is only open to Australian based developers who submit apps to an Australian registered Windows Phone Marketplace account.
For budgeting purposes, this offer is limited to the first 50 developers who publish 3 or more apps and is limited to 1 phone per developer.
There are a number of promotions in progress with Nokia in Australia; the apps submitted for this challenge must differ from those submitted elsewhere. ie no double counting.
If you are an Android or iPhone (or any other platform for that matter) developer, I'm guessing promotions like this may help tip your decision in our favor. If not, maybe Indie success will.
Either way, the time is now!
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