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4 years ago

More coding wars: Android compared to Windows Phone 7

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We've already seen one 'showdown' between coding on platforms: the iPhone vs Windows Phone 7, and now we have what is perhaps the more important one, where Android takes on the new comer.

Android is perhaps more important than the iPhone because at the rate at which it is gaining, it will pass Cupertino sooner than later (they just hit 70,000 apps, nearly doubling the 38K mark in April). In fact, due to the plethora of hardware variations and carrier support, Android is quite the formidable opponent. 

Now, in fairness, this is but one person's comparison between coding on two platforms so nothing is definitive--only the free market will decide such things in the end. Still, it's nice to know that when Microsoft says it's going all out to help out and support developers, it just isn't PR spin-- a lot of them agree.

New to the scene is Mishkin Faustini, who is a fan of Windows Phone 7, so that bias should be considered, but he does a nice job of comparing and contrasting the two platforms finally mentioning that

...the dev tools for Android are laughable at best in comparison to the beauty and elegance of Microsoft dev tools

Well, we'll see when WP7 hits and how the developer community responds as a whole, talk about uphill battle, sheesh. But hey we'd rather hear good news than bad news these days about WP7's future.

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4 years ago

'Conflipper' retires from Windows Mobile community

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Bad news, everyone. Conflipper, ROM cooker and bearer for all things about HTC, has decided to retire from the community, though we think for understandable reasons.

For the last few weeks, he's been going back and forth with HTC over his controversial website 'Shipped ROMS'--they claimed infringement, he claimed that he was just re-hosting what is already in the public domain.

Conflipper has been a staple around the Windows Mobile community for the last few years and has provided many sites (including our own) with lots of 'inside' information on the workings of Microsoft and specifically HTC. He never sought famed, preferred to remain anonymous and was always just flat out reliable.

While he chooses to go on hiatus from the scene, we wouldn't be surprised if he returns at some point, providing some great Windows Phone 7 information--but like in the past, you'll rarely know that it's actually coming from him. A loss for the community, we totally know how feels about getting to close to the industry and we know whatever he chooses to focus on next, he'll end up all right.

Read his full statement, replete with his entire fascinating history, right here. Good luck CF!

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4 years ago

Book for programmers: Windows Phone 7 Game Development

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Sometimes, we folks around here wish we had the skills to actually write software for our phones as opposed to just report on 'em, but alas we know our lot in life.

For some of you though, you're a bit smarter and can handle all this stuff and we've been trying to cover the developer community rallying around Windows Phone 7 for awhile now. 

Programmer and writer Adam Dawes has a nice lil' book coming out around December for writing games on WP7 (games we''re really looking forward too). We won't get into too much detail but if you program and like WP7 and like games, we'll just drop this link here for your perusal.

[Thanks, Adam, and good luck!]

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4 years ago

Review: Astraware Police Range

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Technical Preview recap

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Technical Preview units of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 have landed in the hands of a number of tech writers. The hands-on time these writers spent with the Technical Preview devices provided a good bit of insight on Windows Phone 7. After spending most of the day reading their observations, a few conclusions quickly come to light.

Throughout the reviews the positives and negatives on the Technical Preview units were fairly consistent. We found a lot of what we already knew, some affirmations on what we suspected and a few new things.

Follow the break to see what we pulled from the hands-on time these fortunate few have shared with us.

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4 years ago

Humor: Reality distortion field remains strong w/Steve Jobs after antennagate

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 Wow. What is this I don't even...

Okay, we're not even sure how to categorize this outside of it's from Taiwan, uses computer animation with Darth Vader references and taking a metaphor to a whole new level. It hails from NMA News, who has made a reputation for themselves by making computer reenactments of current events, practically as they happen, including Tiger Woods and the Leno/O'Brien controversies.

It's not even in English but you'll get all of it, including some of the somewhat tasteless Foxconn jokes. Still, the "solution" for the antenna/reception issue? Hilarious. Not completely SFW either!

Edit: Got the translated version from TiPB!

[Big thanks to Eric Chang for sending this!]

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: TicTacToe 6x6

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4 years ago

Technical reviews for Windows Phone 7 are out; overall quite positive

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Looks like some of the big sites managed to get a hold of some tester Windows Phone 7 devices (luuuucky!) and the consensus overall seems to be quite solid. The hardware is a Samsung Taylor SGH-i707 with 480 x 320 (HVGA), which is a bit odd although reportedly it looks really good. The Taylor also has a 5MP camera, speakers plus microphone on the top and bottom for both and a non-functional front-facing camera. There's even a dedicated camera button that works if the device is locked.

Engadget points out the great on-screen keyboard, camera and even browser, and finally concluding that WP7 is a work in progress, a promising one, but not quite there yet.

Paul Thurrott also does a fantastic tour of the device and is quite impressed with the OS. Although we have to experience Windows Phone 7 vicariously through him, we usually agree with his insight and highly recommend the full read.

There's also Matt Miller of ZDNet (and of Nokia Experts) who has a nice 8-page review, concluding that  the "...current experience is amazingly stable and fluid and I am quite impressed with what they have done".

Anyways, we'll let their reviews stand for themselves. Read 'em and comment back here if you're more or less excited now.

 

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4 years ago

All KIN sales being stopped, being sent back tomorrow (July 18th)

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We already know that Verizon and Microsoft have pulled the plug on the whole KIN series (see our review), the question then becomes what to do about existing supplies?

We're getting word, confirmed though two sources, that anything and everything KIN gets sent back to...wherever...starting tomorrow. What happens to them is anyone's guess.

That's right folks, we may be on the verge of a fabled E.T. game situation for the KIN-they will perhaps be dumped in a big landfill, where 20 years from now, rare NIB KINS will fetch for thousands of dollars on eBay.

The geek inside of us wants to run out and buy one to keep next to our big-head Han Solo action figure; the analyst in us sees Microsoft trying to erase this mistake from history and think that's OK.

[Thanks, Jason Cipriani, for the tip!]

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4 years ago

Apple citing Samsung Omnia 2 during 'Antennagate' response; Omnia HD too?

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As some of you may have heard, Apple held a press conference today in an attempt to get ahead of the ongoing 'antennagate' controversy surrounding the iPhone 4 (see TiPB's ongoing coverage here). Basically once Consumer Reports did their story, all heck broke loose and the usual Apple-friendly media turned a bit on Cupertino.

Although the iPhone has a clear, demonstrable antenna reception issue when held a certain way, Apple went ahead and tried to downplay the controversial design by pointing out that their competitors often suffer from the same reduced-bar problem.

Here, Steve Jobs cites the Samsung Omnia 2 on Verizon (see our full review) as having the same reception/grip issue. While not exactly the poster board Windows Mobile phone (that would easily be the Touch Pro 2 and HD2), the Omnia 2 is a decent piece of hardware, despite being pretty much forgotten by most of the world, including the WM community.

Any validity to Jobs' claim? A cursory search of various forums and sites would suggest that the Omnia 2 (both on GSM and Verizon's CDMA) is not the best of the world, but neither is it the worst. In fact, it doesn't come up even as a recurring problem or complaint. Having said that, we did find this video of the Omnia HD (i8910), which basically demonstrates the same phenomenon, lending credence to the claim by Jobs.

Bottom line: Windows Mobile and Windows Phone may suffer from such occasional hardware inconsistencies (CDMA Palm Treo Pro is just awful for reception, see this doozy of a fix), but having multiple devices for consumers to choose from, instead of just one-flagship phone, gives consumers options. If you're going to put all of your eggs into one basket, you better make sure that basket is 100% perfect or nearly so. Kudos to Apple for giving away those free cases, but we think that this problem should have never had happened in the first place. 

See Omnia HD i8910 reception video after the break.

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4 years ago

Marketplace Spotlight: Platinum Roulette

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4 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Developers Tools passes 200K

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Downloads of Microsoft's Windows Phone Developers Tools is going strong. Microsoft is reporting that since MIX10 over 200,000 downloads of the Windows Phone Developers Tools have occurred. Additionally, registration for the live WP7 training course is rather healthy as well. According to Brandon Watson, the number already has a comma in it.

Call it excitement, curiosity, or just simple interest the development community is taking note of Windows Phone 7. From the get-go, the development community was a key component to the success of WP7. Based on the numbers that component appears to be very healthy.

[read: manyniches.com]

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4 years ago

Review: Online TVx Mobile

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4 years ago

Programming: Windows Phone 7 vs iPhone

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Programming: Windows Phone 7 vs iPhone

Being that we're not programmers ourselves, we have to live vicariously through others to discuss the subject at hand: which platform is better to program for--iPhone or Windows Phone 7?

Over at 'Don's Blog' (Don Burnett), we get a nice coding comparison between the two platforms and lo-behold, WP7 wins. The reasons revolve around newer coding language (C# vs Objective C), faster tools and just generally easier programming tools.

Actually, you can just watch Don's slick slide presentation after the break to get all the facts from his viewpoint, including timing differences and you can read his blurb right here

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