Recent Articles

Headlines

3 years ago

App sale: 'Broiled Earth' and 'Birdsong' get price drops

0

Just a small heads up for you folks, two of our favorite apps have received some nice price drops in the last few days--no word if they're permanent or temporary.

First up is 'Broiled Earth', this projectile game is a throwback to the classic PC game 'Scorched Earth' and brings simple, yet fun turn-by-turn destruction to your phone. Plus, with the online multiplayer function, you can play up to three other people for hours of taunting explosions. The game was going for $2.99 but is now $1.99. Grab it here.

The other is 'Birdsong', one of the most feature-complete Twitter apps on the market with a snazzy UI. You can see our video-walkthrough here. Likewise, this app gets dropped from $1.99 to a more realistic $0.99 (we bet they see the competition looming). You can find it here in the Marketplace.

So if you've been hesitant to buy, these new prices may change your mind.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

New Samsung Focus ad surfaces

9
9

New Samsung Focus ad surfaces

The latest ad for the Samsung Focus from AT&T is a cleaner, more straight forward ad (no orange fuzzy creatures) that highlights the functionality of the Windows Phone.

The new ad focuses on the thousands of Marketplace applications for Windows Phone 7 as well as key features such as Microsoft Office and Xbox Live integration. The ad gives apps such as Netflix, Open Table, Fandango, Yelp, Amazon Kindle Reader and others a brief cameo.

While Windows Phones 7 has taken it on the chin this week with the update headaches, the ad does remind us that these phones aren't too shabby as is.

Source: Windowsphone YouTube Channel

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

Microsoft increases free app submissions from 5 to 100 [Developers]

8

One big area that developers had a gripe about in the Marketplace was the seemingly arbitrary limit of only five free apps could be submitted to the Marketplace at no cost. Microsoft had set the number, meaning you could submit five free apps to the Marketplace without paying the $20 app submission charge.

After hearing developer feedback on this topic, Microsoft has finally altered this requirement, bumping the number of free app submissions from five to a nice cozy one-hundred. That number will surely give devs ample room to work on releasing apps, without that cost fear over their heads.

The goal was originally meant to prevent developers from pumping out a ton of free, but low quality apps to the Marketplace i.e. clone apps with slightly varying titles, etc. So the intention was good, but the problem was this: free, ad supported apps ended up bringing in more revenue for developers than some paid versions. Take someone like game-developer Elbert Perez (Impossible Shoota, others) who made all six (and counting) of his games for free/ad supported--he'd have to pay $20 for each submission, including if it failed the resubmission.

So once again, good on you Microsoft.

Source: Windows Phone Marketplace Developer Newsletter; Thanks, Justin Angel, for pointing this out

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

iBlast Moki version 1.1 changelog

2

iBlast Moki , the Xbox Live puzzle game from Godzilabs, received an update today. We thought you might like to know about what’s been changed.

iBlast Moki v1.1.0.0 changelog:

  • The controls are much better in the world and level list on HTC HD7.
  • Gold medal for Mountainland/Balance can be obtained with a time less than 3 secs instead of 1.4 secs
  • You can get the Achievement "Finished all levels ... " with the bronze medals
  • Fixed the purple screen of confusion that you could get on some phones.
  • Fixed the slowdown when unlocking the "Speed of …" Achievements
  • Also added a few instructions tutorial to guide the player in the levels Pond, Bounce and Wait Hills
  • Added a failed screen if the Moki falls below a certain limit

Previously, one level’s gold medal time was unattainable in the Windows Phone 7 version of the game, making an Achievement impossible to acquire. Thankfully that’s been fixed, along with the “Finish All Levels” Achievement’s requirements. The extra help text should be appreciated as the game’s puzzles eventually get quite devious. And of course, HTC HD7 owners will finally be able to run the game properly, so Samsung Focus users like me will have one less thing to gloat about.

iBlast Moki is a physics-based puzzle game for Windows Phone 7. Players are challenged with knocking one or more round ‘Mokis’ into goals using nothing but well-timed bombs to guide them. With over 70 levels and a bright, endearing art style, fans of puzzle games and Angry Birds should definitely give it a look. We’ll have a full review soon.

You can get iBlast Moki for $2.99 or try the free trial here (Zune Link) on the Marketplace.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

Angry Birds among six new titles heading to WP7

25

While we have heard countless rumors about Angry Birds coming to Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has announced today that the popular game will be heading to Windows Phones. It joins five other titles that are expected to hit the Marketplace on April 6th as Xbox Live games.

The other gaming titles include:

  • Doodle Jump - Jump your way up an unending series of platforms
  • Plants vs. Zombies - Defend yourself from a Zombie attack with garden plants
  • HydroThunder Go - Long standing boat racing game
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 - Classic Sega platform game
  • GeoDefense - Tower defense game

No pricing information was available but it's nice to see several of these titles coming to the Windows Phone 7 platform.

Source: WindowsTeamBlog

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

New 'Breakout' game hits the Marketplace--best one yet? [Video]

4

We haven't counted, but we've tried quite a few "breakout/brick breaker" games over the last few months, including that one for Xbox which...well, moving on.

Seeing as we haven't covered any of them should tell you what we think of them (though Ionball was pretty good), so it's finally nice to go "Aha! Here's the one you want!". This version of 'Breakout' is by by Clayton Industries, which as far as we can tell is just two brothers and goes for $1.29 in the Marketplace (with a free trial). The description is as follows:

Breakout is a modern approach to the classic brick breaking game, featuring 30 levels, an integrated level editor, two weapons, an array of power-ups, a high scores table, in-game achievements, and much more.

What caught our eye though was just how darn smooth the game is...it's like buttah. The UI is the best we've seen, we love the save/load feature, sounds and level editor. But hey, watch the video and try it yourself. Tell us if we're crazy for liking it so much in comments. Marketplace link.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

HTC Arrive ... arrives for $199 on Sprint -- with copy/paste!

30

After a couple of days worth of teasing, the HTC Arrive -- aka the HTC 7 Pro -- has, erm, arrived on Sprint! It'll officially go on sale March 20 for $199.99 (after two-year contract and $100 rebate). And that's not a bad price for the tilting, sliding phone. And best of all, it'll have the cut-and-paste update on board when you pull it out of the box. Can't beat that.

Other features of note:

  • 3.6-inch touchscreen at 480x800
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 5MP camera with flash and 720p recording
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR
  • Wifi b/g/n
  • And all the usual Sprint customizations and WP7 features.

Full specs and the presser are after the break, and there's more at Sprint. Who's gonna pick this one up?

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

ilomilo gets updated with new levels, features and story

2

Personal opinion here: most Xbox LIVE titles on Windows Phone have been underwhelming, to say the least. But there are a few gems out there and 'ilomilo' is definitely one of them (see our review). (Plus for early adopters on AT&T, you got the game for free).

So it's nice to see Southend Interactive rolling out a substantial update to the game that delivers more content, bonuses and story. Check it out in the above video. In fact, you get all of this:

  • The story of ilo and milo continue through two new gorgeous worlds.
  • 23 new levels of cubistic puzzles!
  • New eggs to find in order to unlock two new challenging bonus levels!
  • New brain teasing cubes!

We like every one of those bullets, so much so we're gonna go play the game right now. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

Source: Blog ilomilo; via wmpoweruser

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

Sprint search teases us to pre-order the HTC Arrive aka 7 Pro

2

Sure, we'll probably know way more in another few hours, but lets tease a bit more, shall we?

Evidently, if you search on Sprint.com for "Arrive" you get this little result above, confirming what everyone already suspected: the HTC 7 Pro is going to be the Sprint HTC Arrive. We also like the emphasis on the wording here: "the first Windows Phone from Sprint", strongly hinting that the carrier is just getting started.

We also know that we'll have to pre-order the phone, meaning tomorrow is not the release but the announcement (also pretty normal for Sprint). Anyone want to take a guess on shipping? And lets hope we don't actually have to go to a Sprint store to pre-order....

Thanks, Matthew, for the tip!

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

Updates from Microsoft on the WP7 Update

2

Microsoft, in an effort to "keep us in the loop", has posted more information on the first Windows Phone 7 update. The latest info echoes the earlier reports that 90% of the update installations have been successful. Understandably, Microsoft recognizes that if your in the 10% who didn't have such good luck or are still waiting for the update notification, things can be a little aggravating.

Microsoft is recommending for those still receiving the update notification to take a few precautions before starting the update process.

"Given what we’ve learned so far, the best way to prepare for your update is to make sure your computer has an Internet connection and plenty of disk space before you begin. Why? Because before updating your phone, the Zune software and Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac attempt to back up your phone data as a precaution."

In diplomatic fashion, Microsoft does places some of the responsibility for update delays with the individual carriers.  In explaining why the update process is taking so long to get to everyone Microsoft comments,

"Another reason is that Microsoft and the carriers we’ve partnered with around the world need time to test phone updates to make sure they meet our joint quality, performance, and reliability standards. Testing schedules can vary, and that affects when you’ll be able to download an update."

A rather diplomatic way of putting it and Microsoft is looking into ways of improving the process.  If you have problems with the update, Microsoft has a Troubleshooter guide that addresses several of the known update related problems.

Lastly, if you choose to skip this update you shouldn't worry. The patches will be bundled with the next update (presumably the Nodo Update) so you will get it then. Hopefully Microsoft can iron out the issues with Samsung before then.

Source: WindowsTeamBlog

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

Microsoft comments on the Update woes

6
6

Microsoft comments on the Update woes

A Microsoft Spokesperson took the time to answer a few questions on the recent Windows Phone 7 update problems. Microsoft has identified a technical issue with the Windows Phone update process that is acting too kindly towards Samsung Windows Phones (both the Omnia 7 and Focus). They are in the process of taking down the update for the Samsung Phones with the update remaining in place for others.

How many users are affected?  According to Microsoft,

"Worldwide, we’ve seen a 90% success rate for customers attempting to install this update. Of the remaining ten percent, the top two issues encountered are the result of customer internet connectivity issues, and inadequate storage space on the phone or PC. These account for over half of the reported issues with this update."

Microsoft hopes to have the "technical issues" resolved shortly and re-distribute the update as soon as possible.

Oh...and Microsoft's response when asked what customers should do if their Windows Phone was bricked or put "in an unrecoverable state" as a result of the update, Microsoft recommends contacting your mobile operator or device manufacturer regarding the options for repairing your device.

Source: ZDNet

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 113 - Updates and Nokia

5
3 years ago

Sprint definitely confirms Windows Phone for tomorrow

20
3 years ago

Microsoft pulling update for Samsung phones? It hasn't happened yet...

6

Over at WinRumors, they're reporting that Microsoft has pulled the update for Samsung Windows Phones due to those ongoing technical issues:

“In response to this emerging issue, we have temporarily taken down the latest software update for Samsung phones in order to correct the issue and as soon as possible will redistribute the update.”

They've also supposedly identified the problem and are working on a fix, noting it is only affecting a "small number" of devices. (Ahem, ok)

What's curious though is as of now, it does not look like Microsoft has successfully pulled the update as our own Rich Edmonds just went through the flashing process minutes ago with his Omnia 7 in the UK. Of course it failed to finish the update, so no news there, but if Microsoft is pulling this for Samsung, they evidently need to take hours to do so. Perhaps this is a "rolling recall", which seems kind of a bad idea from our viewpoint right about now.

Thanks, Adrian W., for the heads up

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
3 years ago

LG releases four new apps for their Windows Phones

4

LG may be hot on Android, but we'll still go to bat for them by saying they offer the best free software of any Windows Phone OEM. We covered their Augmented Reality software (Metro Scanner)and Voice to Text earlier, and just a few days ago they pushed out four new solid titles:

  • Today - Local weather, forecast, news feed, Twitter and currency
  • Weather & Clock - Local weather, "away" weather + clock and world map
  • QR Reader - a live scanning QR reader
  • Post Note - note + cork-board

While a little slow to load, the apps are certainly gorgeous looking in our opinion. Sure, a Live Tile would have been nice, but we think the Today app beats out Samsung's and HTC's offerings easily. Likewise, the QR Reader with live scanning is certainly great and combined with ScanSearch (live scanning barcode), it's quite the powerful combo. Finally, Post Note just looks real pretty but similar to HTC's Notes.

All can be grabbed for free in the LG app store but only on your LG phone, of course.

More →
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
0
loading...
Show More Headlines

Pages