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3 years ago

Windows Phone Mango can save camera settings?

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Windows Phone Mango can save camera settings?

Assuming those early leaked shots of an HTC device running a 12MP camera are accurate, one feature that was right in front of our eyes but we missed: Save Settings.

Last we checked, there are no current Windows Phone that allow camera settings to be saved, much to the frustration of many users. And while the beta developer tools allow the flash-settings to be saved, implying the rest can be too (they're not available in the emulator), this is the first hard proof that yes, once again, the Windows Phone team is eagerly paying attention to our wants and needs.

To be honest, we're not really surprised that this is there. After all, Microsoft so far has given us almost everything we ask for, given enough time. Still, it's nice to know it's coming this fall (fingers crossed).

Update: Tech writer Manan Kakkar has this to say on the matter, referencing the VIP Mango event last week: "...was told at the event that OEMs will have choice, default will be what we have now."

Thanks, Robby Light, in comments for pointing this out

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3 years ago

Nielsen has Android US marketshare falling, WP7 hovering

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Nielsen has discovered that during last month Android witnessed its first real decline in US marketshare by one percent to 36%. The iPhone fell by a percent too at 26% while Blackberry saw an increase by one to 23%. Windows Phone 7 was shown to be sat at 1% and was tied with Palm OS. According to Nielsen, Windows Mobile still has a huge chunk of marketshare compared to WP7, which settled at 9%.

What's also interesting to note is the data usage per OS. Android is at the top with 582MB worth of bandwidth used, iOS next with 492MB, while WP7 is only at 317MB. This could well be that users on WP7 don't spend as much time online while on the go, which would prove Microsoft's advertising campaign to be correct - Windows Phone does speed up the time for you to get back to real life.

What do you think about the analysis?

Via Slareng

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3 years ago

Wordrix - Review

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Wordrix - Review

Okay... here's a cool, addictive game for your Windows Phone. Wordrix is a Boggle styles game for your Windows Phone that has you finding words amongst an assortment of letters.

As you create words, you earn points and the letters are replenished. You have two game modes, Local and Online with settings to allow you to customize the appearance of the game.

To read more on Wordrix, follow the break.

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3 years ago

Slice and Throw - Review

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Slice and Throw - Review

In the spirit of Fruit Ninja and Juice Factory, Slice and Throw is being offered over at the Windows Phone Marketplace. Slice and Throw is more in line with Fruit Ninja but without the fruit.

The game objective is to slice threw scrolls that are tossed in the air and throw shuriken stars at moving objects in the background. Yep... ninja stars!

Move on past the break to read more on Slice and Throw.

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3 years ago

Mystery HTC Windows Phone sporting a 12mp Camera?

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Images are surfacing across the internet of a mystery Windows Phone from HTC that appears to be sporting a 12mp camera. This just days after rumors surfaced of a 16MP HTC device called 'Bresson'--at least 12MP sounds a bit more realistic. Another interesting revelation from the images is that this camera has RAW support. For those not familiar with RAW image files, they are unprocessed by the camera. JPEG images receive a good deal of "in-camera" processing" while RAW images rely on post-processing from the photo editing software of your choice. I often describe RAW as a digital negative.

While the prospect of a 12mp camera with RAW support is interesting, the screen shots also give rise to some questions. RAW is an image format, why is it not listed under the resolution settings? You also see an Exposure Metering Mode that is set to a frame average. Could this be a bracketing setting (taking a series of the same shot at progressive exposure settings)? 

Granted these screens could be entirely different if this mystery Windows Phone ever sees the light of day but as someone who has spent a good deal of time around a camera, right now these images give me pause.  Unless HTC has moved to a larger sensor, I'm hesistant to get too excited over a 12mp phone camera. You can only fit so many pixels on a sensor and when you pass that mark, image quality begins to suffer.

Plus RAW files are huge compared to JPEG because of the lack of file compression.  It's not uncommon for a RAW file to be 10mb in size and that will require a hefty amount of on-board storage or a removable storage method for this to be practical.

Still, if these images hold true, some of these settings may bring the phone camera closer to the abilities of a stand alone digital camera.

Source: Slashgear Thanks goes out to smoothcrooner for the tip!

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3 years ago

Mini-Review: Network Tools

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Mini-Review: Network Tools

Network Tools, developed by Flippant Entertainment, is a simple server connectivity monitor app for Windows Phone 7 with bags of potential. Allowing the user to ping a server, TCP port test and perform a HTTP request.

While the functionality is fairly limited to these three scans, the beauty of Network Tools is the ability to add websites and servers as “favorites” where you can easily check them all at once, using all three scans. The app uses a server hosted somewhere for the tests, which I think is a bonus, yet a slight drawback. Both for the reason should the server be unavailable is there a fail safe, or you wish to try ports outbound on your network?

I see a lot more being available in terms of features for future releases. For example, we could have the option to use the server provided, or use direct connection from our device. There should be live tile support where you can pin one or more (when Mango comes around) sites to your home screen which can alert you with regular scans when they go down – perfect for server administrators.

A step further would be to some how be able to include Nagios monitoring, should you have any installed for your boxes. But I can only dream. Network Tools however is a fantastic app for simply checking on the move if your website is still up or if you can connect to your mail server. While extra functionality is absent, the app has built strong foundations and has filled a gap in the Marketplace for an app of this quality for network tasks.

Network Tools is available for ₤3.99 or for an unlimited ad-supported trial on the Marketplace, and can be downloaded here (Zune link).

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3 years ago

The Revenants updated, Corridor of Souls still haunted

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Remember The Revenants: Corridor of Souls? It’s an early Xbox Live title from Chaotic Moon Studios, the developers who recently brought Enigmo to Windows Phone. The game recently received a major update, and WPCentral is here to unlock its mysteries for you.

The Revenants version 1.2 changelog:

  • Improved visuals on the "end of level" sequence.
  • Improved the "loop detection" logic.  This should help people who draw "nearly closed" circles.
  • Improved how the game handles volume control for music started outside of the game.
  • Added new 8 backgrounds.  Improved the background for the last room in the level sequence.
  • Updated the Chaotic Moon logo screen.
  • Changed version from v1.0.5 to v1.2.0.

That last bit is worth mentioning because a surprising number of game makers forget to update their title's version numbers when a patch is released, including Star Wars: Battle for Hoth and Rocket Riot.

The Revenants is an arcade-style game in which players draw circles around ghostly enemies in order to free their souls. The game keeps players on their toes as hordes of enemies simultaneously flood the screen. Clear a room of its deceased stragglers and it’s on to the next room with untold dangers. Our review praises the circle-drawing gameplay and visual effects; though we thought it could have used a bit more content. The new backgrounds should add some welcome variety, and the loop detection logic makes a good thing even better.

The Revenants: Corridor of Souls is only $2.99, and there is a free trial. You’ll find it here (Zune link) in the Marketplace… if you dare.

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3 years ago

Guitar Hero 5 Mobile - Review

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Guitar Hero 5 Mobile - Review

If you play music games on consoles and also have friends who play real instruments, then you probably know at least one who won’t be bothered to play said games because he’d rather be doing the real thing. It’s a snooty perspective in which the musician is actually bothered by the idea of people pretending to do what he (or she) does without going through years of practice. You can try to tell them how the singing in Rock Band and Guitar Hero is real singing (karaoke-style), but by that time they’re probably outside smoking a cigarette while thinking of how much cooler they are than you.

Just as music snobs don’t get music games, as a music gamer, I don’t quite get Guitar Hero 5 Mobile. The real Guitar Hero is a simplified simulation of the complex act of making music that uses plastic instruments. The mobile version is a simplified simulation of that simulation, sans plastic instruments. It helps if you think about it that way – this version in no way recreates the act of making music. But it is kind of like playing the console game on a touch screen. Perhaps that’s reason enough for it to exist?

Plug in your amp and follow the jump for our full review.

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3 years ago

Super Monkey Ball - Review

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Super Monkey Ball - Review

Back in elementary school, I once bit into a piece of fried okra thinking it was a Tater Tot. What should have been a delicious, tiny hash brown actually tasted like green death, forever ruining okra for me.

Super Monkey Ball on Windows Phone is a lot like that. On the outside, it has all the makings of a quality game – cute characters, a fun premise, fairly good graphics, and catchy music. I was really looking forward to it before it came out. Beneath Super Monkey Ball’s tasty exterior, however, lies an unpleasant surprise: utterly abhorrent tilt controls.

The Super Monkey Ball series has made quite a name for itself since its debut in Japanese arcades and subsequent release as a GameCube launch title. Players guide one of four monkeys (each inside of a clear ball) across one or more floating platforms and through a goal, avoiding hazards and collecting bananas along the way. The only significant difference between the monkeys is the annoyingness of their voices – I found GonGon to be the most tolerable. Anyway, instead of directly controlling the monkey, you tilt the maze itself and try to steer the monkey where it needs to go. It’s a fun and unique concept.

Roll past the break for our full review.

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3 years ago

Verizon Trophy 2150 mAh extended battery now available

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If you managed to snag a new HTC Trophy on Verizon, you may at times feel a little underwhelmed by the 1300 mAh battery on board (most WP7 devices sport around 1500 mAh). If that's the case, remember to pick up an OEM extended battery via Verizon's accessories.

The extended battery is a plump 2150 mAh, which should work even for the biggest users out there. Of course, it does feature an extended "hump" door but it doesn't seem too large for those who need the juice. The big juicer goes for a fair $49.99 + tax.

It's nice to have options!

Source: Verizon; Thanks, Max R., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Shuriken Ninja - Review

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Shuriken Ninja - Review

Shuriken Ninja has been sitting in the top five Windows Phone apps for some time now and it's about time we took a look at this popular gaming title. Shuriken Ninja is an ad-supported, free game for your Windows Phone where you play the role of a ninja.

Continued after the break.

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3 years ago

Hydro Thunder GO - Review

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Hydro Thunder GO - Review

One of the latest XBox Live games to hit the Windows Phone Marketplace is Hydro Thunder Go from PixelBite. The racing game has sentimental value to me in that I can remember playing it in arcades and eagerly waiting for its release on the Nintendo 64 platform over a decade ago.

It has since been released in some shape, form or fashion on multiple gaming systems and has now landed on your Windows Phone. It's a pricey game but if you like racing games, especially boat racing games, it's well worth the price of admission.

We've spent some time with the PixelBite developers and after the break you can find out more on Hydro Thunder Go.

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC HD7S - Review

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AT&T HTC HD7S - Review

T-Mobile customers have been enjoying the HTC HD7 for some time now. The large screen Windows Phone is now headed to AT&T as the HD7S. The "S" is for the Super LCD WVGA screen. Personally, I would have liked to have seen AT&T go with something more creative like the HTC Slate. HTC HD7S is fitting but it can be somewhat of a tongue twister.

We ran a first impression video earlier and was impressed with what we saw. Over the past few days we've used the HD7S exclusively and while it still makes a good impression, there is some room for improvement.

Move on past the break to see how well that first impression lasted.

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3 years ago

Citi says HTC pays Microsoft $5 for every Android phone

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The investment arm of Citi released a massive report on Microsoft this past Friday. It had a couple of choice tidbits for those of us who have an affinity for Windows Phone 7, namely that HTC pays $5 per Android device it makes to Microsoft for patent protection, and also that Citi believes Microsoft may be able to make a move on the tablet market with the release of Windows 8, possibly moving into the number 2 position.

Both of these points are relevant to Windows Phone, but for different reasons. Android is the 800 pound gorilla in the room now, and a lot of people attribute its runaway success to being free (as in no licensing fees), and being free (as in unencumbered by intellectual property requirements.) If HTC is paying Microsoft $5 for every phone it puts Android on, it indicates that HTC believes Android might violate some of Microsoft’s intellectual property rights. The report also suggests that Microsoft will be trying to get other Android device manufactures to pay upwards of $10 per device. If that is true, then the $15 per device that Microsoft charges is less of a deal-breaker for an arguably cleaner OS.

The report also mentions that Microsoft is in a position to make a serious play on the tablet market with Windows 8, possibly coming in just below Apple's iOS. It’s no secret that Windows 8 will be available on ARM processors, but there is evidence to suggest that Windows 8 will use, at least on some devices, Metro for a UI. It may not be Windows Phone 7, but it might just end up being Windows Phone 8, and if analysts are correct (always a big if), then we may just get our 10” Metro UI tablet in the coming year.

Sources: Business Insider and Reuters

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