3 years ago
Mango's pictures and camera features come to light
With all the new features headed to the Windows Phone by way of the Mango update, the camera will be getting its fair share of attention. More and more are using their Windows Phone camera, in lieu of a stand alone camera, to document and share life. The Mango updates that focus on the camera will make capturing and sharing photos a little better.
The list is healthy so snap past the break to see the full list of the new features (that we know about) heading to your Windows Phone camera.
3 years ago
BBC iPlayer for Windows Phone? [Updated]
Update: WPCentral reader uuf05 got in touch with the BBC and requested reasoning as to why they haven't released an app for the platform yet. You can view their reply in his comment below. Here's the main snippet:
The BBC want to bring BBC iPlayer to as many audiences as possible, across a range of devices. Unfortunately, as the Windows Phone 7 doesn't support HLS or Adobe Flash, the formats we use for streaming videos, we can't make BBC iPlayer available on this phone at the moment.
So until the platform supports BBC's used formats (HLS or Flash) it seems the BBC wont bring us an app to gain access, which is a shame. What do you all make of this?
Read the full story after the break...
3 years ago
Samsung i8350 Omnia W to sport 1.4Ghz chip and NFC?
We previously covered rumours surrounding the Samsung i8350 where the leaked road map mentioned that the handset will feature a 3.7" WVGA, 1Ghz processor, running Mango and will be here in October. SamFirmware (a reliable Samsung source) has tweeted that a new device from the manufacturer will feature a 1.4Ghz processor, 3.7" screen and support NFC (near field communication).
So are you interested in the smaller screen and half the amount of RAM? Could this be one of the "mid-tiered" Tango devices?
3 years ago
Windows Phone slides a little in the Market
Comscore, a "global leader in measuring the digital world", has released its July 2011 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share report. The report covers Smartphone and OEM market share activities from April 2011 to July 2011.
With respect to platform marketshares, there wasn't much change at the top with Google and Apple holding steady at the #1 and #2 spot. Microsoft, however, has fallen from a 6.7% market share to a 5.7% market share and is holding steady in the #4 position behind RIM. The report identifies 82.2 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three month period.
With respect to Mobile OEM market activity, Samsung leads the way with 24.5% followed closely by LG with 20.9% and Motorola with 15.6%. We should not that these stats take into account Smartphone and Feature Phone (aka dumb phone) sales those 13 years and older (about 234 million) during the three month period. Apple and RIM, only offering a smartphone, comes in at 4th and 5th respectively with 8.3% and 8.2%.
So, why the decline with Microsoft? Likely most are holding out on investing in the Windows Phone until the new Mango phones hit the market. We still have the wildcard webOS crowd who may seek out Windows Phone as an alternative if webOS doesn't find a life boat.
Microsoft and Windows Phone users are a patient bunch and while a 1% drop isn't good, it will be interesting to see what the next quarter's numbers will look like. Could we see a double digit share of the market?
3 years ago
SkyDrive mobile apps on the way?
Microsoft's free cloud storage solution was recently updated with a UI refresh and a number of improvements and features included. We've now discovered that clients for Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, OS X and Android are currently in development. We've heard from readers that a more feature-rich SkyDrive solution is greatly desired so this is welcoming news for many. Even Molly Wood pointed this out in her Windows Phone Challenge verdict.
As well as a Windows Phone app, LiveSide has reportedly learnt of greater plans Microsoft has for SkyDrive, one feature being device integration. According to the report SkyDrive will allow users to access and view files synchronised from each device via a single interface at skydrive.live.com. Devices added to Windows Live will be displayed under a section titled "Devices" in the SkyDrive navigation (below "Groups"), enabling a single location for access to all the files stored on the cloud.
What's unclear still is whether devices added to Windows Live will be able to use the free 25GB of storage offered in SkyDrive, or if they will be stuck with the 5GB "SkyDrive synced storage" for Windows Live Mesh. All in all, good news all around.
3 years ago
Seamless Computing and the Windows Phone
You may have heard mention about seamless computing but a presentation at Microsoft's TechEd Australia 2011 really brings the concept home. Nsquared is an Australian software development company that specializes in surface applications. Their keynote presentation at TechEd utilized various platforms that included Windows Phone 7, Surface, Windows 7, Kinect and Silverlight to demo the potential seamless computing has.
We've seen such technology concepts used in movies and television shows and seeing the technology used in a live demo definitely ups the coolness factor. Everything used in the video is commercially available and it will be interesting to see what mainstream applications for seamless computing will surface in the near future.
3 years ago
Kik on WP7 boosts iOS and Android growth
This is interesting indeed. Kik, the cross-platform messenger, has seen a pretty neat ROI (return of investment) from investing in Windows Phone 7 since being released earlier this year. Not in terms of revenue, but user registration on iOS and Android. Yes, you read correctly - Kik for Windows Phone is reportedly boosting the user growth on other platforms.
Looking at the chart above we can see the point where the WP7 app was launched with the user count line for both iOS and Android. Notice the sharp increase? Can this be mere coincidence, or is it because WP7 users are now using Kik with friends on competing platforms that don't currently have an account?
If we look at the small graphic to the right, we can see how WP7 has been boosting the growth for iOS and Android by around 22%. While Microsoft's platform might not massive in terms of market share, it's certainly a socially connected OS and users are more connected.
Kik Interactive CEO, Ted Livingston, concludes:
"Windows Phone users may be a small segment of the whole, but they bring with them all their friends on other mobile platforms, creating a huge and unanticipated spike in Kik activity.
It’s time for cross-platform apps to start paying attention to Windows Phone 7."
Some strong words there. The future certainly is looking bright and this is exactly what we need prior to the launch of Mango.
3 years ago
Tasks app by Telerik gets Mango update
We've previously covered Telerik's Tasks app that shines as a perfect example of Metro UI implementation and of their RadControl software for Windows Phone 7 (and now Mango too). It's a free app available to download from the Marketplace and serves as an in-depth checklist of things the user should accomplish throughout daily usage. Tasks has recently been updated to receive Mango goodies.
What makes the app stand out is the colour usage and how fluent the design is, not to mention functionality. There is room for improvement however, users have requested synchronisation with Outlook and GMail which is said to be coming soon. For now, we have the following changes in the Mango update:
- Live Tile support with number of incomplete tasks.
- Ability to deep-link pin an individual task category to the home screen.
- Orientation lock implemented.
- Minor bug fixes.
Not at all bad, right? You can download Tasks (Zune link) from the Marketplace for free.
3 years ago
WPCentral Podcast 124
This week Jay Bennett is joined by Phil Nickinson from our sister site, AndroidCentral, and who is sitting in for Daniel. Sit in an listen to all the latest news on Windows Phone, apps, Microsoft and Phil's take coming from the Android side of things!
Show notes after the break...
3 years ago
Official Your Shape: Fitness Evolved companion app for Windows Phone released
So a few months ago we picked ourselves up a Kinect for our XBox 360. We then grabbed ourselves Ubisoft's awesome 'Your Shape: Fitness Evolved' game, which we'll admit, kicks our butt while making us believe that "OMG, we live in teh futures!1!" at the same time (seriously, Kinect is pretty amazing). Your Shape: Fitness Evolved also has an online component--you register for the site and you can upload, share, analyze and take with you your information from the Kinect game which is kind of neat.
Now, Ubisoft has gone ahead and read our minds by releasing an official Windows Phone 7 app.
"...the Your Shape mobile app allows you to keep in touch with your profile, check your stats, learn more about the game, get the latest news and videos". Even if you don't own the game, discover the breakthrough technology used by Your Shape, check out our videos and meet our experts!
And if you do already own the game, you can check your daily stats and profile, see your fitness level in an instant and discover our tips to help improve yourself everyday. More features to come!"
The app itself is very polished, smooth and fast. Sure, it doesn't work directly with Kinect (yet). Instead it uses Ubisoft's website as an intermediary. But for one, we know Kinect integration is coming down the line and two, we're just psyched that for once, Microsoft and Ubisoft saw the obvious market here: Kinect owners may own a Windows Phone and vice versa, or what marketing hacks call "synergy".
If you haven't yet seen what Your Shape: Fitness Evolved looks like after the break. Not only is it a great game and source of exercise, but you can get crazy Gamer Points as you burn calories (50G for burning 2,000, huzzah!). We like where this app is headed and look forward to these "More features". Pick up the app here in the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Microsoft shows off new Metro Start Menu for Win8
We all know Microsoft is embracing Metro UI on Xbox and the upcoming Windows 8--the question is what form will their iconographic, non-chrome UI take?
In a video posted on Microsoft's "Building Windows 8" blog, we can clearly see their newly designed Start Menu, which is completely flat/non-3D, uses our familiar Metro icons along with simple text using a high contrast color scheme. In addition, we see some type of gadget to the left displaying the time, date and various system stats.
Compared to the Start Menu on Windows 7, the new Metro-style Win 8 screen looks simple and elegant--exactly what we're expecting from Microsoft now on.
Source: Building Windows 8; via WithinWindows
3 years ago
Missing Mango feature "Find on Page" in IE9 to return, someday
Yes, for some reason Microsoft in their wisdom of refining and streamlining IE9 in Windows Phone Mango, removed the "Find on Page" feature aka the ability to find text loaded on the HTML page you were viewing. Obviously this feature is quite useful, especially when trying to locate pertinent information on a lengthy and wordy site.
The good news is Microsoft has heard the complaints, of which we've heard quite a few too, and they do plan to bring back this lil' feature that could. Knowing that IE9 is technically upgradable independently of the OS, Microsoft could theoretically push it out along with some other IE9-updates if they wanted to, but to be honest, we're not holding our breath. Instead, this looks like we'll have to wait six months for "Tango" to hit in order to bring this back. Kind of a shame and hopefully Microsoft won't forget to brink this back.
Source: Windows Team Blog; via WMPU
3 years ago
Reminder: Fuse RSS reader is now live in the Marketplace
We gave you a sneak-peek of Fuse RSS reader just a few days ago and now it's live in the Marketplace. The RSS reader really wowed us due to it's highly elegant UI, of which you currently have three choices in designs: Ribbon, Ipsum and Square. The app designer, Rudy Huyn, also let us know that two more themes will be rolling out soon as well.
Some of the main features are:
- Three Applications In One - Fuse has three unique themes for three different user experiences. New themes are already under development and will be available soon for free - Ribbon : displays your feeds in the form of ribbons, for direct access to information - Ipsum : a clear and clean theme based on typography, use gestures to manipulate news - Square : a dynamic and unique theme. Retrieve your news on the move with an unique and visual experience.
- Google Reader integration- If you have a Google Reader account, you can easily import your favorite feeds. You can also import your directories in two ways : - a virtual directory that will automatically synchronize with your Google reader account - an unified feeds consolidating all items into an unique feed. Finally, Fuse is the only RSS reader to respect the sort your feeds, change it in Google reader, Fuse will be automatically updated.
- Work Offline - Fuse allows you to use the app even when there is no internet connection. All data and images are stored by the application so you can download feeds online and use those later when you are offline. You can navigate among groups, feeds, subscriptions and view articles in preview mode without connection.
We could say more, but check out our early-hands on video to see it in action, or just download the free trial to give it a spin. If you like, it's a fair $1.29 to keep it. Download hit here in the Marketplace. Thanks to an excited-it's-finally-here, masterrachow, for the heads up!
3 years ago
NumberTap - give your brain a workout
Everyone loves mathematics. Everyone loves to be better than everyone else at mathematics, so here's NumberTap, the answer to this desire in your pocket. Object of the game? To answer numerical questions inside a time-limit, building up your score and moving up in the highscore leaderboard.
This title is courtesy of Luke Lowrey (the magic behind Phonealytics) and TBODA. It's a free, ad-supported, game that proves to be both highly addictive and entertaining. Fatures sported include:
- Fast paced maths action
- 2-minute rounds identical across the world in real-time
- Global leaderboards and stats tracking
- Cool metro theme that matches your settings
If you're familiar with Phonealytics from Luke, then you'll notice immediately the incredible Metro UI look that's used throughout the game (which isn't by any means big in size or depth). The simplicity is refreshing and you'll be coming back for more with the longevity and competitiveness being tops.
You can download NumberTap (Zune link) from the Marketplace for nothing at all.
3 years ago
Nokia 703 Windows Phone joins the 800 and Nokia taking suggestions for names of US phones
The stable of Nokia Windows Phone numbers keep growing--we have the SeaRay (number unknown), the 800 and now the 703. The latest showed up on the app "I'm a WP7!" by Scott Peterson (v2.6 just passed certification), which collects user model data and he kindly aggregated for us.
Of course we still don't know if these are all separate models or just variants e.g. a CDMA version, etc. We're actually leaning towards the idea that these are all different models, seeing as they have completely different categories i.e. this isn't a Nokia 801 vs 803. Still, we don't want to be premature on the issue but Nokia may be getting read to hit us big with Windows Phones.
Speaking of, they are also allowing us to vote on what the new Nokia Windows Phone series should be called in the U.S. In a tweet from Chanse Arrington, Nokia Head of Developer Marketing, North America, he linked to a poll where you can choose from a select set of names for their new phones. The choices are
- Suggest your own
So far, "Other" and "Suggest your own" are leading the pack, which doesn't bode well for the rest. Whether or not these names are binding remains to be seen, but kudos to Nokia to reaching out to the public for some interaction on the matter. You can vote right here: http://polldaddy.com/poll/5450687/
via: MyNokiaBlog, I'm a WP7! (App); Thanks, Just Visiting, for the heads up!
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