3 years ago
Windows 8 and Windows Phone cross-platform multiplayer to become a reality
Microsoft’s BUILD Conference is currently underway in Anaheim, California. The event primarily centers on Windows 8, which we’ve already reported features the beloved Metro UI. Windows 8 also shows an increased gaming focus over previous versions of Windows, with strong Xbox Live (formerly known as Games for Windows Live on PCs) integration. Clearly Microsoft wants the Xbox Live experience to be seamless across Xbox 360, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8.
Here’s where things get interesting for mobile gamers. During the second day of BUILD, Microsoft announced that there will be cross-platform gaming between Windows 8 and Windows Phone. They demonstrated this with Tanks (unclear if that’s the final name), a Broiled Earth-style competitive game. According to Techin5, there was no visible lag as players took turns blasting away at each other (note that it is a turn-based game). Tanks has a clean, cartoonish art style that should appeal to casual gamers on PC and Windows Phone alike, assuming it comes to market.
We’ll let you know if any more Windows Phone-related announcements escape from the conference.
source: Techin5 Thanks Jubbing for the information!
3 years ago
Belfiore, Watson implore devs to update apps as Mango draws near
3 years ago
HTC Radar available October 1st?
Phones 4u, a U.K. website, is reporting to have an inside track or lead on getting the new HTC Radar. A lead that is expected to land the Windows Phone on their shelves on October 1, 2011.
While most of the press release from Phones 4u deals with an Android release, Scott Hooton, Trading Director at Phones 4u did share this tid bit.
"Our customers want the very best and latest in mobile technology, and so its important that we’re able to offer them only the very best smartphone range, the very latest technology and value for money. Our ongoing and successful working relationship with HTC means we’ve been able to add even more great smartphone exclusives to our widest ever range of exclusive white devices we’ll be offering across contract and prepay this quarter.."
According to the press release, as a result of their successful relationship with HTC, the Radar will be a hero product for Phones 4u in store from 1st October. Pricing is reported as "free from 26 pounds a month on a choice of networks".
Granted this is a European release but you've got to hope that the sooner Europe gets these new Windows Phones, the sooner the U.S. market will. You can read the full press release after the break. The Radar information is towards the bottom.
source: eurodroid Thanks goes out to Alex for the tip!
3 years ago
Implode finally crashes the Marketplace on September 21
With IUGO’s Zombie Attack! 2 on sale this week, it’s only fitting that another of the publisher’s games is coming to Xbox Live next week. Implode!, which was announced in August last year and whose Achievements were revealed this January, will finally hit the Marketplace on September 21.
Implode! is a physics puzzle game in which players are tasked with demolishing various structures. The more efficiently things are destroyed, the smaller the pile of rubble. It’s sort of a mix of iBlast Moki and Angry Birds. Sure, Xbox Live has plenty of physics puzzlers already – why, we just reviewed Enigmo most recently. But the destructive approach and chalkboard theme make this one a bit different.
Implode! will cost $2.99 when it hits next Wednesday.
3 years ago
Stephen Elop: Nokia handset for Q4, country by country
Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, has spoken out about when Nokia is expected to be releasing the first Windows Phone handset - Q4 this year. We've previously covered this prediction even though many speculated that it will be delayed until 2012. What's interesting about the above video interview, is how he explains the process that Nokia will launch the device internationally.
Nokia is planning to release the first handset on a country by country basis with adding more over time (this ties in with the Australia 2012 launch mention). The company is currently working with operators in multiple countries including China. He goes onto preach about how awesome Nokia Windows Phone handsets will be, which will hold true with their navigation and map capabilities as well as a history of interesting hardware to ensure the user experience is something new.
Something for Symbian users, Elop mentioned that the company will provide the help and support for Symbian users who may wish to migrate to newer hardware running other operating systems, whether it be WP or MeeGo.
Source: Winmobile.se (Bing translation)
3 years ago
Windows Phone Marketplace has yet to update, Collapse! trapped in Xbox Live limbo
As you may have noticed, the Windows Phone Marketplace didn’t update last night. Most weeks, the new Xbox Live release and Deal of the Week go live around 2 AM Pacific Standard Time. This week it has not, which means Collapse! still isn’t available, nor can Zombie Attack! 2 be purchased at a discounted price yet.
The last time the Marketplace failed to update on time, things finally straightened out that Wednesday evening. Hopefully things get fixed a little sooner this time, but the waiting probably won’t kill us. Except for our reader Dark Mirage – he was so excited for Collapse!, I hesitate to imagine how this news will affect him. At any rate, we’ve contacted Microsoft to ask about the delay and will update when they respond or the Marketplace refreshes.
3 years ago
Palringo for Windows Phone 7 -- first screenshots
Here you go folks. Just yesterday we were reporting on Palringo, the super IM client, coming over to Windows Phone 7 and today you get your first look.
Above are three shots from the upcoming release and it is what it is. The app is still in beta meaning things can change. As the app comes along, we'll pass on features list and some more screenies to wet your appetite. We're quite excited about this release as it'll help complete the Windows Phone ecosystem.
3 years ago
Gravity Guy Secret Achievements, upcoming DLC revealed
Gravity Guy is famous for having one of the hardest Xbox Live Achievements on Windows Phone - “Perfect Run” – which requires players to beat the entire 30-level game in one go and without dying. But it also has two Secret Achievements, whose names and descriptions can’t be viewed within the game itself. Players have been trying everything from earning high scores to playing for extended hours in order to uncover those Achievements.
We’ve got good news and bad news for Gravity Guy owners. Head past the jump for the full story.
3 years ago
Vote Windows Phone in EA Battlefield Poll
EA is running a small poll on the Battlefield Blog asking what mobile OS we use when browsing the web. The choices available are iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Surprisingly for skeptics, Windows Phone is at 28.9%, while Android and iOS are at 34.9% and 36.3% respectively - not much in it. The total number of votes at the time of writing this article is 44,375.
Show the platform some love by heading over to the blog and voting Windows Phone (the poll is in the sidebar on the left-hand side). It's nothing major, but as Tesco keeps reminding us here in the UK: every little helps.
Source: Battlefield Blog, thanks VoodooKing for the tip!
3 years ago
Angry Birds costing businesses $1.5 billion in productivity loss
When Alex Madrigal, writer for The Atlantic, saw a report that said people play 200 million minutes of Angry Birds on smartphones every day, he decided to try to figure out what affect that had on business productivity. Using the same methodology that consulting firms like Challenger, Gray, and Christmas use to find the affect such things as fantasy football and March Madness have on business costs, he put the admittedly unscientific numbers to work. The results are staggering.
According to his humorous calculations, people playing Angry Birds at work costs American businesses over $1.5 billion in lost wages. He estimates that 5% of the total minutes played are Americans at work and multiplied it by the annual salary of the average smartphone user. Even though there are quite a few liberties taken with devising the numbers, as someone who is guilty of this infraction at work myself, I totally believe that Madrigal's not too far off. But ask yourself this, if these people weren't busy playing Angry Birds, would they actually be spending that time working? I don't think so.
Source: The Atlantic; Via: Business Insider
3 years ago
Windows 8 Developer Preview now available
We mentioned it yesterday and apparently in the wee hours of the night Microsoft released the Developer Preview of Windows 8. It is a pre-beta version of the new OS for developers to tinker with and Microsoft makes it clear that you bear the risk of using it, noting that it may not be stable or work correctly.
Microsoft provides several download options (64-bit, 32-bit, with tools, without tools, etc). There are a few system requirements for running the Preview that include:
- 1gb RAM on 32-bit systems or 2gb RAM on 64-bit
- 16gb of hard disk space on 32-bit systems or 20gb of hard drive space on 64-bit
- DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM 1.0 or higher drivers
- 1GHz or faster processor on either 32-bit or 64-bit systems
To take advantage of the touch input, you will need a screen that supports multi-touch. One last note on using the Windows 8 Preview is that you can't uninstall the Preview. To get rid of it, you'll have to reinstall your previous OS via restore or installation media.
If your feeling up to the adventure, you can find the Developer's Preview of Windows 8 here.
Thanks goes out to H3ALY for the tip!
3 years ago
Windows Phone Mango update imminent
We just received a tip from an anonymous reader (he wishes to remain protected - we've sent WPCentral bouncers round as we speak) who reports that he's received an email notification from both Microsoft and a manufacturer (specifically not Samsung or HTC) to downgrade Mango-powered devices and revert back to a previous test version.
"Hello today we got an email notification from both MS and our Vendor for whom we test it's unreleased (TBR) device (not Sammy or HTC) to DOWNGRADE our Mango units to previous TEST Windows Phone Version as to check MS Servers for smooth Mango deployment/update and if all the Servers are prepped..."
It will then be the case to test the Mango deployment and ensure that Microsoft and the WP team get everything prepped and ready for end-users. Looks like this is fitting in with rumours and speculation that Mango is pretty ripe and ready to burst - it's the 15th tomorrow. Have we all got our kitchen knives at the ready? This fruit is going to be so sweet sliced.
Thanks to our anonymous tipster for the heads up!
3 years ago
Early look: NextGen Reader 2.0 for Windows Phone Mango
Fans of NextGen Reader will be excited to know that the developer has completed v2.0 of the app, which will see it become Mango-fied, adding all sorts of neat new features sure to make this app even better. For those unfamiliar, NextGen is billed as one of "the fastest Google Reader clients" for Windows Phone. Indeed, due to its minimalist Metro design it's not only fast but is packed full of features.
We were able to play around with an early release of the app and have come away quite impressed. In addition to the Mango v2.0 update, there will be one more for NoDo users (v1.17) and he's already started on v2.1 for Mango. Check out the video above for our quick hands on and look for the final release to hit the Marketplace soon (we'll announce it). As to all the new Mango features in v2.x, here you go:
- Support for Live Tiles.
- Pin your favorite feeds or folder to your home screen.
- Displays unread count and latest article on the back side.
- New settings page with metro design.
- Share status using phone or app accounts.
- add your second twitter account in app.
- Support for multitasking or fast application switching.
- System tray is now visible at top.
- Context menu's are back - just tap and hold.
- New "system default" theme option.
- New icons for read or unread button in article view.
- Many more enhancements and over 15 bug fixes
For those who want to try v1.16 now for NoDo, grab it here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Just building an app is not enough [Developers]
Breaking into a strange, yet interesting story. We have Connectivity Shortcuts by Oliver Ulm for Windows Phone Mango. It's a free Mango-only app that grants the user easy access to Wifi toggle, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode and Cell radio. Unfortunately this functionality wasn't absent from the Mango Marketplace as Network Dashboard, by George Roberts (sirtwist), was released a day prior to Connectivity Shortcuts. Feedback from users and sites alike had Network Dashboard as a more aesthetically pleasing offering.
Network Dashboard was featured in a recent WPDev podcast (about 18 minutes in) and it was said that Connectivity Shortcuts was a direct rip-off. Oliver has spoken to us about how the situation developed and he mentioned that although both apps share similar looks and functionality, they were both developed without knowledge of one another. He went on to say that he had a discussion with George about the coincidental release of both apps and agreed that it was mere pot luck.
What's interesting about this story is how a polished app that was both developed and released first received less attention than a labelled copy that was published a day later and lacked the same good looks. As a conclusion to this story, Oliver has some invaluable advice for other developers:
"Your Apps won't get downloaded and reported on if you simply put them in the Marketplace and wait to see what is going to happen. You have to work outside the Marketplace if you want users to know about them. Every day over a hundred Apps are released so it is easy for your App to remain unknown even though it might be really great.
The last thing to note is that as we have a global marketplace you have to be quick to implement your ideas. Considering the small size of most Smartphone Apps development times are short and there is always the chance that someone else might have the same idea and beat you to the finish line."
Some solid support there. Both Connectivity Shortcuts and Network Dashboard are still both under development and will be updated in the near future. While Oliver works on minor issues and plans to tackle the UI, Network Dashboard v1.1 has been submitted that brings flippy live tiles that show Wifi and Mobile Data statuses with a new icon to illustrate current setting value.
Thanks Oliver for getting in touch!
3 years ago
Xbox Live - Collapse! finally falls onto the Marketplace
Logic puzzles, physics puzzles… It’s been a while since we’ve seen a straight up match-3 puzzle game released to Xbox Live. That changes today, now that Collapse! - the game that sent some of our more hardcore readers into fits of rage - is now available on the Marketplace.
In GameHouse’s Collapse!, lines of colored blocks slowly rise from the bottom of the screen. Players simply tap groups of three or more same-colored blocks to clear them, which in turn causes other blocks to fall or… COLLAPSE!!!1! I’m not being sarcastic; I just wanted to type it that way. Exclamation marks in titles get my adrenaline pumping, ya know? Anyway, the game’s tap-tap rhythm makes it easy to pick up and play on the go. Gamers who need goals and variety aren’t out of luck, as the extensive Adventure mode contains all kinds of twists on the standard gameplay.
Collapse! costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. You can get it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace. After you actually try the game, let us know what you think. (Thanks, @tamon_y, for the heads up!)
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