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3 years ago

Toshiba-Fujitsu reveal IS12T with Windows Phone "Mango"

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As expected, the press conference with KDDI/AU, Microsoft Japan and Toshiba-Fujitsu just wrapped up. The big news of course those is the revealing of the IS12T, one of the first official "Mango" phones to be made available in the coming weeks.

Here are the device specs, given during the presentation:

  • 32GB memory
  • 3 colors: Yellow, Pink, Black
  • Waterproof
  • MSM8655
  • 3.7" TF LCD screen
  • 13.2 MP camera (!)
  • 59x118x10.6mm
  • 113g

Release date appears to be on track for September or after, a bit later than previously reported. We have to admit, with a 13MP camera, waterproof, 32GB of memory and those fun colors, this could be a big seller in Japan.

(Additional info via NanaPho; photo via Engadget)

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3 years ago

T-Mobile pushing out update for the HD7

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It's been a busy day for T-Mobile and Windows Phone updates. First we had the Dell Venue Pro update going through and now we are getting word that the HD7 is getting an update of their own.

According to AtomicAgeZombie, who tipped us on this, the updates deal with firmware and radio software. The old firmware (2250.09.12001.531) is updated to version 2250.21.30102.531. The old radio version (5.51.09.11a_22.31.50.09U) is updated to the new radio version 5.65.09.25a_22.45.50.21U.

T-Mobile HD7 owners should get the customary "There's an Update available" message on thei Windows Phone. If you miss it, simply connect to your Zune Desktop and check for updates under the Settings.

If you've already updated, feel free to chime in on the process and what effect the changes have in our comments section.

Thanks goes out to AtomicAgeZombie for the tip and update info!

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3 years ago

25 ways to promote your WP7 app for free

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Over at AdDuplex, Alan Mendelevich has published an insightful blog post for developers covering promotion and marketing of Windows Phone applications. Should you have a submitted app that is now available to the public, how do you go about marketing it? 

Alan has listed 22 (AdDuplex is listed four times) tips and tricks that he has seen other developers do. These are perfect for indie developers who aren't backed by brands/companies or investors. The list include the AdDuplex service, word of mouth, beta testers, social media, some cool dudes (WPCentral), website deployment and creating a demo video on media sharing portals (YouTube as an example).

Head on over to the AdDuplex blog (link below) to read the full run-down of ways to promote your app.

Source: AdDuplex Blog

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3 years ago

WP7 UK Research and Feedback Panel

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WP7 UK Research and Feedback Panel

Live in the UK and within travelling distance of London? Fancy attending a small event for the good of Windows Phone? Of course you do! Microsoft is holding a small research and feedback panel in central London on the 10th and 11th of August (6.15pm OR 8pm). Attendees (only 24 places) will receive £60 for their trouble, food (presumably accompanied by drink) as well as a few "surprises" - Microsoft funded pub crawl anyone?

What do you need to do to enter with a chance in being one of the lucky 24? Simply fill out this survey and the team will get back to you. In all honesty, we'll be attending should the pub crawl turn out to be true.

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3 years ago

Mango has been Released to Manufacturers (RTM)

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We recently reported that Windows Phone "Mango" had been released to manufacturers (RTM) and we could be heading for a potential early release of the next major update. Unfortunately, this turned out to be just slightly off. Today, Terry Myerson, over at the Windows Phone Team blog has published an article announcing the signing of the RTM build.

Manufacturers and carriers will now begin tweaking/optimizing, testing and preparing for the roll out, which will hopefully run without problem and/or delay. At least this gives AT&T a few months in advanced to get everything in place on their end before their WP7 customers begin to revolt.

So, I put forward the question again, what do you make of this announcement and do you believe "Mango" will be sent out within a reasonable time frame?

Update: Looks like build 7720 is the final, RTM one according to Microsoft's Matthijs Hoekstra. Pretty close to our reported 7710 from one week ago.

Source: Windows Phone Team Blog and thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Dell Venue Pro update for T-Mobile

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Dell Venue Pro update for T-Mobile

Good news Venue Pro users! Lionel Menchaca, from Dell, has announced that their Windows Phone handset on T-Mobile U.S will be receiving updates within the next few hours after being delayed for a week. The v2.12 firmware brings with it a whole load of fixes for the device, something users have been enjoying on unlocked handsets. Let us know in the comments when you receive the notifications.

Source: Twitter, thanks for everyone who tipped us!

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3 years ago

AppTastic logo design contest winner

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AppTastic logo design contest winner

Remember the AppTastic logo design contest we covered not-so-long ago? Well, after 35 submissions, a winner has been announced through user votes and you can witness the glory of the winning logo above (and below). We'd like to pass onto our readers a warm thank you from the AppZotic team for showing both interest and support in picking your favourites - because you guys rock! 

What is AppTastic all about? It's set to improve the user experience of the Windows Phone Marketplace with filtering and other useful features not found in the default app. As a small bonus, it is set to be submitted either today or tomorrow depending on how quickly they implement the remaining features and ensure quality is consistent. 

What do you make of the winning design, and will you be checking out the app when it hits the Marketplace? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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3 years ago

New XBL headset lets you go from office space to space ranger

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XBox Live's Major Nelson, aka Larry Hyrb, helped announce the arrival of a new bluetooth-enabled headset for XBox 360.  The headset is equipped with a switch that will toggle it between XBox and Bluetooth modes, allowing users to connect to mobile phones, computers and more.  In addition, the power/mute button will now double as the "action" button for answering calls, etc. while connected to Bluetooth.

The new addition to the XBox accessories arsenal will go on to replace the current Xbox standard when it is released in November.  It will retail for $59.99.  The ability to switch from talking on the phone to communicating on a PC or over XBox Live is one more move in the Microsoft's direction of tying all of its platforms together with its "3 screens" approach.  The size and aesthetic lends itself a little better to playing Gears of War in the living room than to wearing around the office or into your local Starbucks, but the versatility is great.

Major Nelson posted a short video describing the features in greater detail on the XBox YouTube page .  You can also see a gallery of the new headgear, along with a new XBox media remote, here.

Source: Major Nelson

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3 years ago

YallaApps to bring in ad network support soon

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YallaApps recently added paid app support (to complement free submissions), as well as setting up a new payment gateway with MoneyBookers enabling an easy way for developers to pay (and be paid from purchases). The service, unfortunately, doesn't currently sport in-app advertising options for free submissions, thus not having adverts displayed in free apps.

One of our readers decided to get in touch with YallaApps and query whether or not they are looking to bring this option to the table. The response was somewhat positive:

"Microsoft Ads are currently not supported in our market. However we are working on a few options to get ad support to all our users.

We are expecting for this to be implemented within the next 2 months."

By somewhat I mean it's not a definite answer as to what this implementation will be. But it is good news for developers who use YallaApps, as an option for advertising in freely submitted apps will open up a new path for revenue streaming, which can prove effective should the app in question have high usage.

We recently covered how Microsoft Advertising yields 71% higher than Google AdMob. Having this network implemented in YallaApps would be sweet, but we don't see it happening, especially when it's not available anywhere else but in the U.S.

Thanks Hazem for the heads up!

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3 years ago

TodayXLive gives Windows Mobile a WP7 makeover

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Still holding out on making the jump from WinMo 6.X, but want the look of WP7?  If so, TodayXLive is the app for you.  TodayXLive is a plugin for your Today screen that gives you a tile-based start page, complete with live updating.  The plugin works for Windows Mobile Pocket PC 5 and 6 and requires .NET Compact Framework 3.5.

Loffactory, the developer of TodayXLive, recommends disabling all Today items that you are not using, so you can save some battery life.  If you want to give it a go, you can download it here. (Anyone tempted to fire up their old WinMo device, for old times sake?)

Source: FreewarePocketPC

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3 years ago

Lonely Planet app for Windows Phone in development

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More good new for you travelers out there, especially if you're fans of Lonely Planet. Evidently, they're in the midst of making a Windows Phone app just for you and your globe trotting ways.

Hi James,

Our developers are currently working on creating apps for Windows phones. I can't give you a date that they'll be available (because we're not sure!) but it is happening should be ready later in the year.

Regards,

Trent

Trent Paton | Talk2Us feedback team

Lonely Planet (Australia)

No word on release date/time frame, but at least according to their customer support, it seems to be happening. Fingers crossed.

Thanks, James A., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst gone for good? Say it ain't so...

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We reported on Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst being pulled from the Marketplace just recently--a shock to many because even though the game had a few issues, it was still quite playable (and other games have the same or worse issues).

The trend of pulling troubled apps/games and then re-submitting them once they are fixed is becoming and unfortunate trend of late and there was no reason not to expect Project Sunburst to return at some point (heck, Twin Blades was gone for months...).

Unfortunately, it looks like the developers of Crackdown 2 have had enough and are throwing in the towel. From their Facebook page:

"As many of you know, Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst has been removed from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace on Windows Phone. If you purchased the game in the past 60 days, you will receive a refund credited to your account. Please note: with the removal of this game from the Marketplace, we will be discontinuing this page on Wednesday, July 27."

Ouch. This is a first for an Xbox LIVE game and quite a shame. Project Sunburst was the first game to feature asynchronous gameplay and use GPS/Bing Maps as the playboard--in other words, it was completely unique and imaginative, something that really stood out (even if gameplay was a bit boring after awhile). We really hope that this turns around but it sure doesn't sound like it. Sorry for the bad news folks, we're a bit crushed too.

Thanks, northernpipeman

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3 years ago

'Weather Live' returning to Marketplace, new features! [Updated]

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Update: You can download v1.2 in the Marketplace right now. V1.3 is pending approval.

This should brighten everyone's day, even if it is rainy where you are. 'Weather Live', one of the most popular weather apps in the Marketplace, should be returning within the next few days, pending Marketplace approval.

To refresh, 'Weather Live' came out a few weeks ago, we covered it and you folks agreed that it was pretty great as it skyrocketed to the #1 Weather app in the Marketplace. It was then pulled by the developer due to issues with the weather feed--specifically it was from Google and they were cutting off some access. In order to prevent mass outages from new users, the developer pulled it until further notice.

Since then, the developer has found a workaround for the back-end, meaning that should not be an issue any longer. In addition, new features are on board--many of which have been requested by you:

  • Location/city name based on GPS coordinates
  • Live Tile customizations

The first fixes the issue whereby you just had geo-coordinates instead of a city name. This gives users piece of mind that the app has the correct location. The second will allow people to set 12/24 hr time and turn on/off time stamp, temp range and temperature scale--giving you much more control over the look. Most excellent.

Check the updated screenshots to get an idea. We'll keep you posted when it's live in the Marketplace!

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 119

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WPCentral Podcast 119


And we're back for another exciting Windows Phone podcast, once again with Daniel Rubino and Jay Bennett. This week, we just can't stop talking about all the big stories, new software and why/why not Sally's Salon is okay for guys to play in public. Listen in for a good laugh!

Full show notes after the break...

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3 years ago

KAYAK Flight & Hotel Search app finally back in the Marketplace

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Good news everyone! Kayak.com's official travel assistance app has just made a comeback in the Marketplace. The app was unceremoniously pulled a few weeks ago, due in part to changes in the back-end breaking the app (at least that's what we've deduced). 

The popular travel service is great for those planning an upcoming vacation or for those who just travel a lot -- see their site here. Anyways, you probably already know that so head to the Marketplace to grab it here. Interestingly, since it was yanked from the Marketplace it had to be resubmitted meaning we're dealing with a v1.0 app now, though we figure it's more like a v1.2 if you're really keeping track. It's nice to have it back again. And hey, if you're traveling, check out FlightAware we just hit v1.1, getting a much needed speed boost.

Thanks, Steve S., sixseven and SEKKDS for the heads up!

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