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3 years ago

Mini-review - Cosmic Jumper by Magiko Gaming

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I don't often give reviews for games, that's Paul and George's thing, but when I do it's because I really dig it. That's the situation here for Cosmic Jumper by Magiko Gaming (Platformance Castle Pain, Temple Death) which is just a lot of arcade fun.

The game is a platform jumper, of which we have plenty in the Marketplace. But this plays different--more like an arcade game from the 1990's. It has great controls, spiffy graphics and probably the best music you'll ever hear for a game. Going further, the re-playability is quite high and there's even an Xbox 360 Arcade version (under the different title 'Who is God').

Watch the video, try the game. If you like it, it'll set you back a measely $0.99. Get it here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

On tethering, hidden SSID and Visual Voice Mail, where art thou in Mango?

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For those who managed to get Mango on to your phones in the last 24 hours, congratulations. It seems like so far everyone is really liking the new OS--in fact, folks are ecstatic over it. Still, some features seem to be "missing" from various phones and we want to shed some light on why that is.

This information comes way of Microsoft themselves, who we met with prior to "Mango day" and gave us the details. Ars Technica has also published some of this info recently.

On tethering

Two things will determine if it is available--the chipset of the device and if the carrier wants it. The chipset in question is the Broadcom 4329 which is found in the newer Windows Phones. Specifically, drivers are need for it to work with that chipset. But ah! you say, what about that Samsung Focus we saw? A lot of our older hardware also has the Broadcom 4329 on board, but not the correct, tested drivers. Why?

Microsoft had to make a choice: delay Mango to test the drivers on older devices, or ship now and release a patch later to enable. They obviously went with the former. But even Vodafone is aware of this when they said recently on their blog "Regarding Wireless Hotspot, it isn’t integrated in the initial release of Mango however it may be deployed at a later date." That's exactly the situation--it's basically up in the air at this point for certain phones.

On visual voice mail

This is easy: it's carrier choice, dependent on their system i.e. is it compatible with Windows Phone. What we heard from Microsoft on this was AT&T: no visual voice mail, but yes on tethering; T-Mobile: yes on visual voice mail, but no on tethering. That is subject to change.

On hidden SSID

This too is dependent on some drivers/chipset combo. Microsoft was a little fuzzy on the details on why it is device specific, but that was their explanation at the time. (For instance, our Dell Venue Pro (unlocked, AT&T) does not have hidden SSID, but our Sprint HTC Arrive does.)

Now some of these things, like tethering and hidden SSID may come later in some revised updates for specific phones. Things like visual voice mail are more complicated and require restructuring on the carrier's backend. For what it's worth, we saw some of these features enabled on an AT&T Titan. Still, we hope this helps in explaining where these features are on your new Mango-ized Windows Phone.

Thanks, Marin S., for the link; Image credit: Pocketnow

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3 years ago

Vodafone adopting Micro SIM for non-iPhone devices, Nokia the culprit?

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Pocket-lint has learned that Vodafone will begin to sell Micro SIM cards for non-iPhone devices in the "not too distant future". Such a piece of information forces the obvious question: what device could it be for, since Micro SIM is so rare these days? Says Vodafone:

"We don't comment on rumour and speculation but we do regularly refresh Micro and regular SIM collateral to ensure it's clear and relevant to all customers with compatible devices. Our Micro SIMs would work in any device which requires a Micro SIM to connect to our network. Bar their size, there is no difference between a Micro SIM and regular SIM."

Pocket-lint goes on to speculate that Nokia's Windows Phone is the most likely candidate for the new Micro SIM. We found this interesting because we heard of a certain Nokia phone with the name "Sabre" (though that could be off) being sent to an engineering lab for tests and while no spy-shots were taken, one of the specific things we heard was that it had a Micro SIM card.

So Pocket-lint, we concur.

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3 years ago

TuneIn Radio hits v2.0 for Mango

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TuneIn Radio hits v2.0 for Mango

Few apps are as good as TuneIn Radio, which features 50,000 free internet stations all from your Windows Phone. And while the app has an impressive 4 1/2 star rating (from over 800 reviews), it still could be better. How so? How about getting Mangoized in v2.0, allowing it to stream and play in the background. And while that is awesome, it's even cooler to be able to pin each station to your Start screen for quick 1-touch play. Awww yeah.

Take our money, TuneIn Radio! Oh what's that? You're free?  Well then, even better... Get the app here in the Marketplace. And if you're logged in to the Web Marketplace, try this link and see if that sends it to your phone. (Thanks, NickP for the tip!)

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3 years ago

Microsoft revises chassis specifications for low-end phones

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When the ZTE Tania made an appearance recently, the 4GB of storage caught everyone's eye--that was half of the 8GB that the Chassis 1 specification required.

As it turns out, Microsoft has revised their chassis specification for low-end, cost-conscious devices. During the Microsoft Conference 2011 in Shinagawa Japan, a slide was presented (as seen above) that details the new specifications. 

Tezawaly from the site NanaPho.jp was kind enough to translate the new specifications:

  • Capacitive Touch Panel- 4 points or over multi-touch
  • Sensors - A-GPS, Accelometer, Compass, Proximity
  • Camera -3MP or over
  • Connector - MicroUSB, 3.5mm jack
  • Storage - 2GB or over
  • CPU - ?

We doubt we'll see any such budget phones here in the US, but it is interesting to see Microsoft really try to go after all ends of the market. It's interesting to note that the CPU specification was left undefined--meaning perhaps someone other than Qualcomm will be used here.

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3 years ago

And now the Dell Venue Pro joins the Mango crowd

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Earlier we reported that the HTC HD7S has received the Mango Update ahead of schedule. We are now learning the Dell Venue Pro wasn't too far behind and is also receiving the official Mango update.

The update process, in my case, was a three step process. First the Mango Update was applied, then the Beta Cleanup was applied and finally a Dell Update was applied. As with the HD7S, I was running the Beta Mango on the Venue Pro.  You won't see the Cleanup portion of the process unless you were running the Beta.  The Dell portion of the process updates the Venue Pro's firmware.

When all was done (about thirty minutes) the OS version is now 7.10.7720.68 and the firmware is 2250.1800.7720.219. There is one caveat to share. My Dell Venue Pro is unlocked and we're not sure if this update is being pushed through to the carrier branded (T-Mobile and AT&T) models. If you have a branded Dell Venue Pro, feel free to share in the comments if you're seeing the update as well.

Thanks goes out to Aaron for the tip!

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3 years ago

Accuweather.com brings Mango into the forecast

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The popular Windows Phone weather app, Accuweather.com, has gone Mango. The update gives the app the fast resume feature and, most notably, the ability to pin multiple weather tiles to your Start Screen.

Just go to your locations, tap hold on a forecast city and you can choose to pin the location to your Start Screen and give it a custom name. Tapping on one of these tiles launches the Accuweather.com app and sets the weather information to that location.

Accuweather.com is a free application for your Windows Phone and you can download it here at the Windows Phone Web Marketplace.  If you happen to see any additional changes to Accuweather.com feel free to share in the comments.

Thanks goes out to Miguel for tipping us on this!

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3 years ago

Mango 7.5 now available for HTC HD7S running Mango Beta 2

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Good news for the HTC HD7S owners in the house. The Mango Update is now available for your Windows Phone.

We were tipped on this and have confirmed the update. You will first go through the update to the RTM build of 7720 and then the ISV beta Bundle Cleanup. The second update is the Friends and Family update we reported on yesterday. You should only see this second update if you were running the Mango Beta.  When all is said and done (about thirty minutes) I'm now running OS version 7.10.7720.68 on the HD7S.

It's nice to see AT&T on top of things today with a really nice roll out of Mango. It's equally nice to not have to wait until the end of October to see the HD7S join the Mango crowd.

Update: Evidently this only works if you have the Mango beta on your phone and not NoDo. Sorry folks, live and learn.

Thanks goes out to Dominick for the tip!

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3 years ago

Even the Samsung Taylor original developer device gets Mango

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Going way, way back to when Windows Phone 7 Series (ahem) was first announced in February 2010, it was within a few months we saw the first "developer" phones making the rounds. One was the Samsung Taylor (SGH-i707), which of course never went commercial but proved to be a decent device for trying out new software on.

Surprisingly, even this device has managed to get the Mango update, at least according to Nuno Luz, who's a Mobility Solutions Specialist at Microsoft. Posted on his Facebook page, he shows us the screen shot of the Settings for evidence. Makes us wonder if our Toshiba TG01 would get Mango...hmmm.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, Steve M., for the heads up!

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3 years ago

LG Optimus 7 (E-900) Update Error

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LG Optimus 7 (E-900) Update Error

For the most part, the Mango Update event for the day has gone smooth. While some have had to force the update out of hiding, the only major issue we've seen reported involves the LG Optimus 7 or E-900. It seems the Windows Phone is generating a 8018001e Error code during the update process.

There is a lengthy discussion going on over at Microsoft Answers but no real solution has been identified. It appears that during the jump from 7403 to 7720 the update fails and the error code is generated. There are a few who have made it to the 7720 update but failure occurs when the LG Update is applied.

Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn't identified a solution as of yet. For the LG E-900 users in the crowd, keep an eye on Microsoft's Troubleshooting Page for Windows Phones. If a solution is found for the 8018001e Error, it's sure to be posted there. We'll keep a watch on this one and if a solution is found, we'll pass it on. 

Source: Microsoft Answers thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

New Windows Phone Mango advert [Video]

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A new advert has been uploaded to the Windows Phone YouTube account that shows off the top features in Mango. The music is definitely familiar (from a previous video) and suits the platform well with the sleek look of Metro and the elegant device. This seems like the user-orientated brother to the developer advert we covered earlier this month. Still up-beat, still awesome.

Source: Windows Phone (YouTube)

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3 years ago

Developers get more with Mango [Developers]

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While Windows Phone Mango is set to blow the minds of users, it's also destined to bring a lot for developers too. Todd Brix has just published an article over at the Windows Phone Developer blog that not only runs through what's great about the update including the launch of the web Marketplace, but takes us through what's new for developers on the platform.

The web Marketplace is an obvious plus for developers with the increased reach and new channel to attract potential customers as well as opening up more marketing opportunities. However, it's been a true annoyance that the advertising service provided by Microsoft for the Windows Phone platform is restricted to the US - but not anymore. pubCenter now supports Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Developers from the above countries can use the advertising SDK to create a stream of revenue to help fund the development work poured into the app. Remember when we covered the report that Microsoft Advertising has a 71% higher ad yield than AdMob on Windows Phone? Now you can take advantage of this with the improved coverage.

Should you be outside the reach of the AppHub itself, Todd reminds us that there are local services available for developers to make use of:

Moving on Todd continues to discuss how well the Marketplace is growing with the lack of malware and spam and surpassing 30,000 apps. We'll now end with an interesting quote from the article:

"We’re also always improving the Windows Phone Developer Tools to make it faster and easier for developers around the world to create MORE amazing apps and games. Watch for another blog post tomorrow from Cliff Simpkins with an update on the SDK and developer builds of Windows Phone 7.5."

Source: Windows Phone Developer blog

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3 years ago

Running leaked RTM build? No problem it seems

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It appears that those who managed to flash their handsets with the leaked RTM build of Windows Phone Mango are a-okay to update to Mango. We've had a few reports from readers on different carriers (Verizon and Deutsche Telekom to name a few) that they've successfully updated to the latest version from the RTM build.

Some users on Twitter are also confirming that they are able to update straight to Mango so it looks like everyone should be in the clear to updated safely. While it's not officially supported by the WP team, let us know how you get on in the comments.

Thanks W.R and everyone else for the heads up!

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3 years ago

The WPCentral Mango Day Summary

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The WPCentral Mango Day Summary

Has it not been one of the most hectic days of the calendar year in the Windows Phone community? We've had a massive amount of news to get through today including the launch of the web Marketplace and the rollout of Mango - first the US and then Internationally. We've also had a superb option to force the Mango update for many who simply can't wait. Also, before we crack on with the summary, be sure to note that the WPCentral app has been mango'd.

Want to try out some other Mango-fied apps? See our growing best-of list right here.

So who's onboard with the update thus far carrier-wise? Almost every operator is rolling out the update including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Vodafone, O2, Orange, Three, SFR and many more (let's not forget unlocked handsets). However, there are a few that aren't up-to-scratch (according to Where's My Update?):

  • SFR is not updating the Samsung Omnia 7
  • Telefonica is still testing the update
  • Deutsche Telekom is not updating the Samsung Omnia 7
  • AT&T: The HTC HD7S is currently Scheduling, while the Samsung Focus v. 1.4 is Testing and the Dell Venue Pro is in Planning.

In the official announcement this morning, published by Eric Hautala, it was stated that the team looks to start the rollout of the update out to 98% of existing users today on different devices, with different carriers and in different countries. However, to help combat any problems and issues with firmware and updates from manufacturers, only 10% of customers will actually receive the update this week. After that the team will raise the bar to 25% and after a few weeks everyone will be able to receive the update.

So when will you receive it? Any time within the next few weeks. If you really can't wait then we suggest you follow our steps to force the update through Zune. To help you along if you've only just arrived, we've collected some interesting resources you'll want to check out that sums up today perfectly. Head on past the break for the links.

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3 years ago

Fujitsu IS12T receives firmware update

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Fujitsu IS12T receives firmware update

The Fujitsu IS12T, while being absent from the present Mango mayhem, has received a firmware update according to Nanapho. So what's included? A 30MB fix for apparent firmware trouble that led to power loss and device hard reboots. Nasty stuff.

Here are the reported changes:

  • OS version 7.10.7720.68 (no change)
  • Firmware revision number: 5008.1907.1160.550-5008.1907...1182.660
  • Wireless software version: 1.1.05.50 > 1.1.06.60
  • Wireless hardware version: 8655 (no change)
  • Boot loader version: 7.17.2.0 (no change)
  • Chip SOC version: 0.75.2.1 (no change)

Source: Nanapho (Bing Translate)

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