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3 years ago

Rocket Riot - Review

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Rocket Riot - Review

Among Windows Phone 7’s most unique features is the Xbox Live service. The mobile versions of many Xbox 360 console games can find their way exclusively to Windows Phone 7. One such game, ilomilo (review), actually debuted first on Windows Phone 7 before hitting the Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Arcade service a few months later. Rocket Riot, from developer Code Glue, took the other way around: it’s come to Microsoft’s mobile phone platform over a year after releasing as a downloadable console title.

Rocket Riot is a twin-stick, side view shooter (without the physical sticks). This means players control their character’s movement and firing direction independently. Does this control method work well on the touch-screen, without the presence of sticks? Fly past the break to find out.

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3 years ago

Peter Chou on Nokia Partnership, HTC will benefit

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One of the big concerns expressed when Microsoft and Nokia announced their partnership was if the move would alienate Microsoft’s current stable of OEMs (see LG's reaction); in particular HTC. The biggest reason for concern was the rumor that Nokia would be allowed to alter the Windows Phone 7 UI, something that HTC has traditionally done across all of their devices on Windows Mobile and Android with the Sense UI.

HTC’s CEO Peter Chou answered the question during a keynote appearance at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

"They're doing what they have to do. It won't be easy, but they're doing what they have to do. We are very committed to Windows Mobile, and we are one of their lead partners for Windows Phone 7. So we are positive, because this combination will surely make that ecosystem stronger. As a strong player [in this ecosystem], HTC will be a beneficiary from [their decision]."

What this means is that whatever makes the Windows Phone ecosystem stronger is good for HTC in the long term. It’s been said that HTC was a primary reason why Windows Mobile endured as long as it did. Keeping an ally such as HTC on your friends list has got to be one of Microsoft’s bigger priorities.

Do you think this is a true statement from HTC? Or is this simply the only answer they feel comfortable giving?

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

MonsterUp - Review

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MonsterUp - Review

MonsterUp from Karios Games is one of several Doodle Jump clones available for Windows Phone 7. These games are all about climbing as high as possible amid a sea of never-ending platforms.

Doodle Jump and its brethren (or is that illegitimate children?) have proven themselves to be addictive thanks to easy controls and gameplay that’s fun in short spurts on the go. With so many jumping games to choose from, however, MonsterUp needs to be pretty special to stand out from the crowd. Does it succeed?

Jump past the break to find out. 

 

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3 years ago

LogMeIn receptive to Windows Phone 7 development

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As we mingle around Mobile World Congress, we're trying to get a feel from the software vendors on Windows Phone 7 and their future plans in offering their services. One company everyone knows is LogMeIn, who make extremely popular (and useful) remote access apps for your PC, Mac and more recently smartphones.

LogMeIn Ignition is on the iOS and just launched on Android, but we were told that Windows Phone 7 is certainly fair game for their next iteration (like most companies, they need to focus their resources). Ignition runs on the device and allows you to remotely access and manipulate your PC/Mac from the phone, over 3G or WiFi--in fact it's one of the most popular apps on the iPad. Likewise LogMeIn Rescue is an app for the reverse: to backup, manage and manipulate your phone from your PC. The app worked flawlessly and quickly over Android and we're excited about something similar coming to Windows Phone.

While it would have been better to hear "in development" or "here's a demo", we'll take positive encouragement over a flat out "nope, no plans".

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3 years ago

Hands on with SPB TV for Windows Phone 7 [Video]

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SPB is set to release their latest app, SPB TV soon for the Windows Phone Marketplace and we got a chance to get a sneak peak.

SPB TV has been around for ages on Windows Mobile and is the second port by the popular software company to Windows Phone, the other being Brain Evolution 2. Offering free streaming TV from around the globe, SPB TV is quite popular outside the U.S. (US channel selection is limited, but it's still a great app to have on hand) and offers a excellent streaming experience.

The new version works over 3G or WiFi and features their picture-in-picture technology, allowing you to preview other shows while the one you are currently streaming pauses the image--pretty nifty. The software will also give you alerts (when the program is open, not push notifications) when a preferred program is coming up and overall it looks quite nice with streaming quality looking excellent. The program will of course be free and we hear that a v3.0 is coming soon, offering more premium content (SPB is trying to work on deals to secure bigger network names like CNN, MTV, etc, but it's a difficult area to navigate, specifically revenue).

As far as other apps, from our chat, SPB certainly seems committed to Windows Phone 7 and there are plans to bring over their other apps from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone, but we'll have to wait a bit as that process goes forward.

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3 years ago

Skype: still nothing for Windows Phone 7 at MWC

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We had a chance to talk with Skype last night here at Mobile World Congress and as of now, no news and nothing revealed regarding Windows Phone 7 and an official client for WP7.

Of course, we were chatting with PR people who only know what they are told, so for all we know deep in Skype's labs they could be finally cooking something up (never underestimate corporate secrecy). But on their front lines, they're still taking the position of "it's something we have to look into" with nothing significant to report and there was no hope or hint of anything in the works.

Sigh.

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3 years ago

OpenXLive offers indie WP7 developers their own social gaming network

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One of the obstacles for Windows Phone 7 game developers is getting their app noticed--competition with the Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone games is fierce and tipped in their favor. While we have seen some social, multiplayer, social gaming form individual developers (e.g. AlphaJax, SpellIt, Broiled Earth, Haypi Kingdom), there's no indie Xbox LIVE alternative for software companies to work with and through, until now.

OpenXLive by by Fulcrum Mobile Networks, Inc appears to do just that, offering a comparable system to the iPhone (who until recently lacked any official gaming support) and giving developers an easy way to offer online, social gaming. By giving software houses the ability to add leaderboards and achievements, it at least offers more bang-for-your-buck when buying software.

For the end users, you just create an account and your username will follow you with every game that uses the OpenXLive network. Hopefully this idea will catch on and we'll start to see more developers taking advantage of this system. Of course while this sounds good for us, we're not sure how developers will like the terms and service, so we'll have to wait and see if they embrace.

Source: OpenXLive; via 1800PocketPc; Thanks, Saijo, for the tip

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3 years ago

Official Flickr gets updated, Picture Hub integration added

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The Windows Phone Flickr app received a nice little bump this morning to version 1.1 with a few significant updates. Not bad for only two weeks of release.

First up is Pictures Hub integration, allowing near seamless mixing of Flickr and the default, but powerful Windows Phone picture management system--basically now you can direct upload from your photo selection without launching the app. Second is the always welcomed "better performance" update. We always tend to see this after the big "1.0" push, so nice to get it here (it really needed it).  Finally the less exciting but crucial to Flickr "tags" are now supported for photo uploads.

You can grab the update here in the Marketplace; Thanks, @depper2k, for the heads up

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3 years ago

Upcoming Windows Phone 7 multitasking shown on video

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We talked extensively about the upcoming multitasking feature in Windows Phone 7 both in this post and in the podcast, but see it for yourself in this demo video from the Ballmer keynote speech here in Barcelona.

For us, we're quite happy with the implementation as it offers both speed, convenience and preservers battery life. We look forward to see how the code evolves as the update nears completion.

via: 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

ROM for upcoming Sprint 7 Pro leaked?

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ROM for upcoming Sprint 7 Pro leaked?

The website 911HTC, a sort of well known and more underground site, has posted what appears to be the Sprint ROM for the upcoming HTC 7 Pro. The site generally has a very good track record for these releases so we're betting on legit here. It's also not too uncommon to find ROMs of unreleased devices making their way onto the 'nets due to HTC's FTP servers, which host the ROM files (something for which they're trying to combat).

The ROM's name is: [WP7]RUU_Gold_C_Sprint_WWE_1.25.651.01_1.51.00_RELEASE.exe and what is significant is the "RELEASE" part which usually implies a finalized build.

No, there's nothing in the ROM that mentions a release date, but it is a good sign that we're inching closer to the phone making an official appearance  (something that looks to be not happening here in Barcelona).

Source: 911HTC; via WindowsPhoneHacker

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3 years ago

Mobile World Congress Podcast - Day 1

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3 years ago

Asus still considering next move with Windows Phone 7

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It's well known now that Asus has had an odd relationship with Microsoft and Windows Phone 7. The OEM was committed early on to make a Windows Phone and to be one of the first to market, yet they seemed to have pulled out, nearly disappearing form the scene. Forbes has a recent interview Benson Lin, Asus' corporate vice president and the general manager of its mobile devices unit, where details are finally shared as to what happened with Asus, Microsoft and the E600.

In short, Asus was constrained by their Garmin partnership (which eventually soured), limited production ability, little access to the U.S. market and essentially being hesitant on whether or not WP7 would be supported by carriers and more importantly, consumers. So they did get cold feet. The reason why the Asus E600 even exists is because Asus went to production and made 5,000 of them before pulling the plug. Now those phones serve as developer devices by circumstance, but not by design.

Regarding their future, Asus is using Mobile World Congress to evaluate whether or not to jump back onto the Windows Phone bandwagon. That's actually not uncommon as we've heard in back channels that MWC is where next year's deals are all made--where people place their bets on new technology. That's why the Nokia deal is so important as we're hearing carriers are ecstatic over the partnership. That gives WP7 a lot more momentum going forward and while Asus says that match up won't have an effect on their decision, we can't but think that it will.

Source: Forbes

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3 years ago

Cook WP7 custom ROMs in the kitchen

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Cook WP7 custom ROMs in the kitchen

A ROM Manual Kitchen has been released to allow developers and technically savvy folk to create and develop custom ROMs for WP7 devices. Haseeb Ahmed, a senior XDA member is behind the first ROM kitchen to be released into the WP7 realm, and a GUI based version is planned to be developed, but hasn't been 100% confirmed.

The archive contains a HTC ROM Image Editor with HV Edit and IMGFS packaged with a few .BAT files to make it all possible, and simple for not-so-experienced personnel. Haseeb provides easy-to-follow instructions that are listed after the break.

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3 years ago

Is Mango Windows Phone 7.5?

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Is Mango Windows Phone 7.5?

Now that Microsoft has officially mentioned a major update in the pipeline, we can start up the rumor mills full force.

We’ve discussed the new features that "Mango" will bring to the table; but the timeframe (other than a 6-month window) and official name remain nebulous. A number of media outlets are conjecturing that the Mango release will be significant enough that it could be dubbed Windows Phone 7.5, which would fit with past naming conventions like Windows Mobile 6.5. The speculation is that the update will be something of an interim release between the current iteration of the Windows Phone OS and the alignment between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Stay tuned here for any updates, we’ll be keeping you posted as news breaks.

Source: WinRumors

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3 years ago

Official Groupon app with Live Tile coming to Windows Phone 7

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Besides showing off the new hubs, multitasking, IE9 and Skydrive support coming later in 2011 (and those were only the announced features, there's evidently a lot more), there was one surprise app that we saw: Groupon (see their site)

For those who haven't been following, Groupon is the biggest "deal" website on the 'net, helping consumers find the best offers and lowest prices for a variety of items and services. They're also known for turning down a $6 billion offer from Google to buy them out. Yes, we said billion.

Anyways, this super service is coming to Windows Phone in an official capacity sometime soon--and it even features a Live Tile with updated deals (similar to that just-as-awesome Slick Deals app available now). All we know is this is great news for WP7 to land yet another major brand.

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