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3 years ago

Ballmer disappointed, but optimistic about WP7

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We all know that Windows Phone has hit some stumbling blocks in its first year of release, so it's no surprise that Microsoft would be disappointed with how it's gone so far.  Still, when Steve Ballmer says it, it's a little unnerving.  “We haven’t sold quite as many as I would have liked in the first year,” he stated at yesterday's financial analyst meeting.

The good news is that he followed up with some words of optimism:

“I’m not saying I love where we are but I am very optimistic on where we can be,” Ballmer said. “We’ve just got to kick this thing to the next level.”

And it wasn't just canned words trying to raise spirits, but words with reasoning behind them.  While acknowledging the lackluster sales of WP7, he also noted that Microsoft had created “a very strong third ecosystem” behind Android and Apple.  He also noted that the partnership with Nokia would be a boost to the brand because they are a "dedicated hardware partner that is all-in on Windows Phones," and thus will help make the push, unlike other manufacturers who have the hands in multiple operating systems.  Nokia is set to deliver their first Windows handsets as early as Q4 of this year, but certainly in Q1 of 2012.

Another reason Ballmer should be optimistic about the future of WP7 is Mango.  We have seen that it has already started creeping out in some places, and the prospects of future devices and upgrades look very promising.  Add to all this what is coming with Windows 8, XBox and Windows Phone coming together in unison, and you have what looks like a pretty nice road ahead.  Sure, maybe we hoped for a little more from WP7 in year one, but with what lies ahead, how could you blame Ballmer for getting excited?

Source: AllThingsD

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3 years ago

BBC Radio Player app chimes onto the Marketplace

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Good news UK users (and for anyone else who can gain access)! Igneous Software has released a BBC Radio app that features 6 Music, 5 Live, Radio 1 Extra, Asian Network, World Service, BBC Ulster, BBC Wales and BBC Scotland as well as the main stations. Highlighted features include: 

  • Choose from all BBC Radio stations
  • Now and next programme guide
  • Full integration with music + video hub
  • Playback continues under lock screen
  • Ability to block GSM-based streaming
  • Buffering confirmed with audible “pips”
  • Comprehensive programme caching
  • Dynamic server management

BBC Radio Player is a well polished app and the streaming over both WiFi and 3G is smooth and reliable. You can download the app from the Marketplace for £0.99 ($1.29) - four standalone apps are available for BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4 but these stations are included in BB Radio Player itself.

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3 years ago

BandWidth gets major overhaul with v3.0 [Mango]

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We covered BandWidth back in January when it was v2.0. Written by XDA member microhaxo, the free app is a great little utility--sharp, to the point and it does its job well of nailing your upload and download speeds via 3G or WiFi. Allowing you to pick the server, file transfer size and more, the app has always been a staple in our tool belt for phone testing.

Version 3.0 is completely re-written and now Mango enabled, making it even more a must-have in our book:

  • Automatic server selection based on location (over 600 severs world wide).
  • Options to choose which file size you want for the server. (changes upload file size too!)
  • Option to pick how far out distance wise you want to load servers from (default 400 miles).
  • Ability to share your results on Twitter and Facebook! (text output at this point).
  • Option to turn off gps if not wanted (loads original static list)

Not a bad deal and since it's free, there aren't many reasons to not grab it (well, if you're not on Mango, we suppose). Small note: make sure you uninstall the previous version before you download/update to the new one--since the code is completely new, you can't just update the app. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

O2 working on final tests for Mango

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3 years ago

Microsoft shows off Tango Video Calling

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We've already seen one demo of Tango, the video calling feature on certain Windows Phone Mango devices. Now Microsoft has decided to showcase the feature in a short video.

Aaron Woodman, Director of the Windows Phone group, demos Tango and assures everyone that Microsoft is working hard to get Mango to the consumers. He's using the HTC Titan that sports a 4/7"screen. While Tango looks interesting, so does the Titan.  Is it me or does the Titan almost look too small to have a such a large screen?

source: windowsteamblog  Thanks to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

TouchDevelop updated to v2.2

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TouchDevelop updated to v2.2

TouchDevelop (previously known as TouchStudio when released) is a script generation app that allows users to create and run scripts that perform a wide variety of functions. The app has just been updated to version 2.2 and brings the following to the table:

  • Tutorial mode that guides you while you create your very first script
  • Code editor improvements: Swipe horizontally between actions in action editor, and vertically between statements in calculator; add new statements directly from calculator by tapping under the current expression
  • Events! Instead of writing infinite loops, you can now write actions that get invoked when certain external events are triggered

You can download TouchDevelop for free from the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Flixster gets Mango-ized in v1.6

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Flixster gets Mango-ized in v1.6

Movie app Flixster, which offers access to showtimes, movie trailers and Rotten Tomatoes reviews, has made the leap to Mango in its newest version 1.6. 

The biggest improvement is the ability to create multiple live tiles for favorite movies and theaters.  Movies that get pinned to the start screen flip between the movie poster and the Rotten Tomatoes score, along with a tomato or "splat" icon.  Version 1.6 also includes Bing mobile search integration and fast app switching.

You must have Mango installed on your device for this update.  If you do, you can get Flixster here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Thanks to Travis S. for the tip!

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3 years ago

Telstra Mango approved as well

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Telstra Mango approved as well

We recently covered Vodafone announcing that they've completed Mango testing and are now awaiting Microsoft's green light for the roll-out to begin. We've now caught wind of Telstra being prepped and ready to release the major update to customers too. So let's throw this news into the cauldron with Taiwan's HTC store upgrade and it could almost be mistaken as a dream. The 'Spring' ETD almost had our eyeballs roll across the floor.

Source: Telstra, via: WPDownUnder

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3 years ago

Mango RUUs available in Taiwan

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Mango RUUs available in Taiwan

Jas Chiang, Windows Phone user, has sent in a screenshot of two Taiwan Mango RUUs (ROM Upgrade Utility), which ties in with our post detailing Mango upgrades taking place at the HTC flagship store. Why can they not update via Zune? Jas mentions that should they use the media player to update their handsets, they wont receive the CHT language pack.

It's so close we can almost taste it. This is putting some real confidence back into Microsoft's update process if all things continue to run as smoothly as they are now.

Source: @alljerry04

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3 years ago

Rocket Riot with Mango support lands in the Marketplace [Xbox LIVE]

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We have a feeling we'll be doing a lot of these posts for now on, but to start off, the Xbox LIVE game Rocket Riot (review), just hit v1.3 and in turn, is now Mango-fied (dun dun dun). (For the record, Flowerz was the first Mango Xbox LIVE game).

That's good for that game as we ended up hitting our capacitive screen buttons often with this one, forcing the game to quit. That's not a lot of fun, but now with fast-app switching, problem solved! Oh and now we supposedly get 60FPS over the traditional 30 for Xbox games and indeed, the game looks extra smooth now--nice.

We heard of a v1.3 update way back in May, where we reported this will also fix the game's handling of Achievements, amongst other things. If you got Mango already, get the game here.

Thanks, @BinaerJongleur, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Official Foursquare app is now Mango compatible

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If you're on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango already, you'll be happy to know that the official Foursquare client, v2.5, is Mango compatible as of right now.

New Mango features include:

  • Fast-app switching
  • Secondary Live Tiles (for locations, but not friends)
  • App Connect

In addition, did we mention it's buttery smooth now? And call us crazy, but today IS the 15th and now we have official apps going all Mango on us. Purely coincidence! You can get v2.5 right now from the Marketplace here.

Thanks, @iLLeStEyECoN, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Taiwan launching Mango on September 16th--update only through shops though

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Yesterday morning we mentioned that Windows Phone users in Taiwan are supposedly scheduled to get WP7.5 Mango on the 16th and sure enough, that's true. What's also true is that the update won't be coming via their Zune software but instead they need to take their phone to a supported shop (with an appointment) to have a tech flash the phone. Estimated wait time: 20 minutes.

One such place is the HTC flagship store, which will be opening and taking in people to flash their phones to the Chinese-build of Mango, but users will have to have their phone backed-up themselves. While this may not be the most elegant method, it's a method where Microsoft's infrastructure is obviously still being put in place. And hey, what AT&T user here wouldn't go down to the store tomorrow if it meant getting Mango, amirite?

Source: Microsoft TW; via: ILoveWP; Thanks, @SkyLanD and @JohnnieXu, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Google buys 1,023 IBM patents to defend Android

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It's a war out there. Whether it be Apple relentlessly kicking HTC and Samsung into the ground, Microsoft going after royalty fees or Nokia taking on the half-eaten Apple it's a kill zone and patents are the centre of attention. Because of the recent acquisition of Motorola (for more patents) by Google and the scale of attack from companies outside the Android castle, many OEMs are looking at alternatives to Google's platform.

The search giant has now purchased 1,023 patents from IBM to help strengthen a defence against future lawsuits attacking Android OEMs (this is in addition to an earlier purchase from IBM in July). Google has transferred nine patents to HTC in the last week for use in a new lawsuit against Apple, which will intensify the patent battle further between the two.

And so it continues...

Via: Bloomberg

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3 years ago

Why Windows 8 is better than the post-PC iPad

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3 years ago

Weave v3.1 for Mango lands in the Marketplace

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Just a few weeks ago, Weave, the super slick RSS news reader, received a major UI overhaul which we gave high marks due to its exceptional elegance. Now, v3.1 is available in the Marketplace (paid version) and it's all Mango outfitted for your pleasure.

For Mango features, you have your fast app switching/resume, which allows multitasking to finally be enabled. On top of that, the app is smoother for scrolling and quite zippy to use.

If you haven't tried Weave yet, you really should. One of the its best features are the 33 preloaded categories e.g. politics, technology, Windows Phone, etc. with each category featuring some of the best blogs and news sources around. In turn, you don't have to sit and think about which RSS feeds you should subscribe too (though of course you can manage those and even add new ones). There's a free version (currently non-Mango) and the paid version (with trial) which fetches for $2.99. Grab the Mango v3.1 here in the Marketplace.

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