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4 years ago

TVShow Lite - coded in 30 hours and now available

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One month ago we covered the story of developer Rudy Huyn--he was looking for a challenge: code a Windows Phone 7 app in 30 hours (including sleep), all he needed was an idea. One idea came up and 'TVShow' was born.

TVShow is one of those TV scheduling apps of which there are plenty in the Marketplace. We know because we've tried a lot and sorry to say, have not been that impressed. However, TVShow Lite is what we wanted and we have to give it some high praise: nice, highly legible UI, fast load times and logical layout make this TV schedule app our new favorite.

The app is "lite" meaning free and lacking features of which the paid version will fulfill. We're not sure when that version will be released but we want it: push notifications to alert you your show is coming up, device caching of images to allow faster loading times, "...retrieve episode subtitles, use your phone as a remote screen for subtitles, translation feature for recaps and summaries". Yeah, we want that. So hurry up Rudy!

Till then, let the free version tide you over. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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4 years ago

Face off: HTC 7 Pro vs Nokia E7

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Face off: HTC 7 Pro vs Nokia E7

Seeing as we now have a new partner--that'd be Nokia we're talking about--we figure we would start to cover a little bit more about them, since they are a rarity here in the U.S. One of the biggest sites for Noki'a OS, Symbia, is All About Symbian and they just did a real nice review comparison between the HTC 7 Pro (coming to the U.S. as the Sprint Arrive) and the Nokia E7. Both are landscape messenger devices and on the face of it, quite comparable.

But it's the details that are of interest and while we won't ruin everything, a pretty good argument is made that the E7 is much better than the 7 Pro. Now granted, All About Symbian is a little biased towards Nokia and their OS is certainly much more mature, but if you factor in just the hardware quality, well, you'll see why HTC may need to step it up a bit and perhaps why you, as a consumer, should be excited about Nokia's hardware.

The short of the matter is that the E7 has a much more solid body (aluminum shell), better screen (CBD AMOLED), slightly nicer keyboard and sharper video. We recommend folks head over there to see the side by side--you'll learn as much about the 7 Pro as you do about the E7 and Nokia's finesse with hardware.

Soruce: All About Symbian

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4 years ago

'Bye Bye Brain' getting a sequel: App-ocalypse!

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If you haven't played Bye Bye Brain, you're missing one of the great gems in the Marketplace right now--it's a zombie tower-defense type game, but slightly different in approach. It also easily has the best theme song ever and some really snappy graphics.

The game has evidently had quite a bit of success because we just got word a sequel is in the works: ByeByeBrain: App-ocalypse! and you can see some concept art above giving a sneak peak (we said the graphics were great, didn't we?). The game will have the following features:

  • 3 new amazing stages
  • history mode, new enemies
  • fast forward mode
  • social features
  • new units upgrades
  • collectible items
  • more minigames and much more!!

It will also be available on iPad, iPhone and of course Windows Phone 7. The team is trying to negotiate a deal with Microsoft to get Xbox LIVE status and they have our full support behind that move--it deserves the recognition. Try Bye Bye Brain paid here ($1.99) or the free, lite version here.

Source: ByeByeBrain, Facebook; Thanks, Zulu, for the heads up

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4 years ago

Yomomedia 7 - Review

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Yomomedia 7 - Review

Yomomedia is a popular RSS reader that first hit the scene with Windows Mobile and has successfully made the transition to Windows Phone 7 (here's our review of the classic version). Yomomedia 7 is available in two versions, a free Lite version and a pay full version.

Yomomedia 7 is a not only a media reader but you can also tap into your favorite podcasts (audio and video). Yomomedia 7 feeds can be pulled from your Google Reader account, Yomomedia 6.5 accounts (for those who used the WinMo version) or content can be chosen from Yomomedia 7's default catalog.

To see how well Yomomedia 7 made the transition to Windows Phone 7, follow the break.

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4 years ago

Palm Reader 7 - Review

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4 years ago

Cubed - Review

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Cubed - Review

Cubed is a Tetris styled game for your Windows Phone that takes advantage of your phone's touch screen. The gaming concept of this Windows Phone 7 game is rather simple.

Various shaped blocks fall from the top of the screen and you rotate them as they fall to form a solid row at the bottom of the screen. As you form a solid row, it implodes and you score points. If your stacks of blocks reaches the top of the screen; game over.

To read more about Cubed, skip on past the break.

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4 years ago

Satalaunch - Review

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Satalaunch - Review

Space.... the final frontier...for those who seek to launch satellites into various celestial objects there's a Windows Phone app for that.  Satalaunch is a Windows Phone 7 game that challenges you to launch "Astro" ,your satellite, into moons, planets and stars.  Along the way you'll make use of planetary and solar gravity fields, as well as on-board thrusters to guide Astro into your targets.

The game has thirty-eight levels divided between three stages. Satalaunch is an interesting Windows Phone game and to learn more, drift on past the break.

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4 years ago

TapSplosion is lookin' good

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Though we have yet to play this game, we're looking forward to it as it has just been submitted to the Marketplace.

TapSplosion looks to be one of those massive shooter games, which for some reason we just love around here. In fact, just going by the trailer, we're kinda really psyched for some reason and have high hopes--graphics look good, music sounds sweet (not sure if it's part of the game) and this style looks great for quick gaming. Instructions are simple enough:

Tilt to dodge and Tap to explode! Tilt the device to control the player, tap anywhere on the screen to create an explosion.

No word on pricing but we'll try to find out soon enough. Also, check out the dev's blog. Evidently he's a university student who spends 1-hour a day making this game (he's on hour 70)--very cool project.

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4 years ago

Pixel Man 2 previewed, going 3D

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We covered Pixel Man a few weeks ago (video). The cool retro platformer game has a unique charm in its simplicity and we highly recommend either the free, ad-supported version (Pixel Man Zero) or the no-ad one for $0.99.

At the time we mentioned how the developer, Nick Gravelyn, had a bet with his customers: if his game was downloaded 5,000 times, he'd release Pixel Man 2. While he's just shy of that 5,000 (300 to go), Nick has made tremendous progress on PM2 and has been showing off some screenies.

As you can see, the game now has a 3D textures to it, making those always-tough jumps that much more interesting. There also appear to be power-ups as well as a few other "bonus" features yet to be added. Finally, the game will be available on Xbox 360 for Indie games, Windows Phone and he now looks to be adding PC support as well--that should pretty much cover those "three screens" we think! Anyways, we can't wait to see the final version. Pick up 'Pixel Man' (or 'Pixel Man Zero') here and here.

Source: @NickGravelyn

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4 years ago

moTweets 2.1 hits the streets, getting more awesome

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Panoramic managed to get their v2.1 update through the Marketplace today for moTweets and it was well worth it. The full changelog is listed here, but what you need to know is that it is significantly faster, in our opinion.

Loading of the app is quick but more importantly, the overall performance between swiping actions is near instant now. In fact, the on-device caching of data (meaning you don't have to redownload each time on launch) is top notch, making is very smooth and quick. Heck, it feels almost brand new to us. We also like the ability to "run beneath the lock screen" which means if your device turns off, when you click it back on there is no "refresh" operation taking place--you're just back where you started with no delay. We also dig the Tap’n’Hold options on a Tweet--makes tasks easier.

So is this our new default Twitter app? It just may be, between all the options and now the performance enhancements, we're impressed. Of course Panormic isn't done yet and have even more features we're told coming "in the next few weeks".

Grab moTweets (Free) here and moTweets 'premier' here. Give it a spin and let us know if we're too exuberant in our new assessment.

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4 years ago

Milestone: Windows Phone Marketplace hits 10,000, will overtake RIM in 6 months

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Today, the Windows Phone Marketplace, just four and a half months after launch, hit 10,000 apps making it the fastest growing smartphone app market yet--beating out the iPhone and Android in terms of rate-of-growth. Currently, the Windows Phone Marketplace adds about 100 apps a day with an average price of $2.10 and that growth rate seems to be slightly increasing as of late. By comparison, the iPhone was adding 70 apps a day when it hit 10K--a feat that took Apple 142 days with an average app price of $3.50.

At the current rate of growth, Windows Phone should expect to overtake #3 RIM's market within the next six months. Currently, Blackberry users have about 20,000 apps available--but they launched in April, 2009 and were only adding about 900 apps a month. By comparison, Windows Phone is adding nearly 3,000 apps per month, crushing RIM.

While we can of course debate whether all 10,000 apps are worthy of mention, we think it's a great sign that nearly six months out, Windows Phone developers are pumping out as much if not more apps today than they were at the beginning--meaning this wasn't a temporary surge, but a consistent commitment and interest.

Flashback: Marketplace hits 1,000 apps (Oct 23, 2010); Marketplace hits 5,000 apps (Dec. 28th, 2010)

[Of course, with all big news there is a down side: we mentioned how after 10K we will be retiring the 1K marks every few weeks and instead will hit the next 5K. So we'll see the "awww yeah guy" in a few months from now.]

Source: Windows Phone Applist, Seeking Alpha (for RIM info), WP7Applist, In Numero

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4 years ago

Twitter updates TOS for app consistency [Developers]

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Twitter, the social network that has skyrocketed out of control, has been bombarded with API connections and tweets being published and re-tweeted through exceptional growth. Ryan Sarver, who is a member of the Platform Team at Twitter, announced that they've updated their Terms of Service to help mainstream the Twitter experience and ensure users are connecting to (and using the) service in the same way.

With more people joining Twitter and accessing the service in multiple ways, a consistent user experience is more crucial than ever. As we talked about last April, this was our motivation for buying Tweetie and developing our own official iPhone app. It is the reason why we have developed official apps for the Mac, iPad, Android and Windows Phone, and worked with RIM on their Twitter for Blackberry app. As a result, the top five ways that people access Twitter are official Twitter apps. 

Still, our user research shows that consumers continue to be confused by the different ways that a fractured landscape of third-party Twitter clients display tweets and let users interact with core Twitter functions. For example, people get confused by websites or clients that display tweets in a way that doesn’t follow our design guidelines, or when services put their own verbs on tweets instead of the ones used on Twitter. Similarly, a number of third-party consumer clients use their own versions of suggested users, trends, and other data streams, confusing users in our network even more. Users should be able to view, retweet, and reply to @nytimes’ tweets the same way; see the same profile information about @whitehouse; and be able to join in the discussion around the same trending topics as everyone else across Twitter. 

More after the break.

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4 years ago

Seidio Surface Case Give Away

Seidio Surface Case Give Away

It has been a while since WPCentral has given anything away and with the help of Seidio, you are going to have a chance at winning a Seidio Case for your Windows Phone. All you have to do is tell us what’s on your mind.

We’ve started a discussion over in the Forums asking which accessory you would like to see become available for Windows Phone 7 devices. Is there an accessory that was available for the Windows Mobile phones that you’d like to see transition to Windows Phone 7? It could be a case, extended battery, docking station, Bluetooth accessory, or keyboard. Here’s your chance to bend the ear of Seidio and any other accessory manufacturers who might drop by.

Give us your thoughts in this discussion and on March 20, 2011 (around 5:00pm CST) we’ll randomly draw five winners from the comments. The prize, the Innocase Surface Combo Case (here's our review with the Focus) for your Windows Phone (your choice from what is currently available). You will need to register to participate and it’s a painless process that starts here.

Good luck and WPCentral would like to thank Seidio Inc. for sponsoring this contest.

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4 years ago

Verizon HTC Trophy to be released March 24th?

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We've heard that the Verizon HTC Trophy is on the cusp of release--we know it's in tester hands, has a NoDo update (though not the latest, whatever that means) and we've heard that "end of March" was the time frame for release. Of course we also heard, though we expressed skepticism, that June may be the date as well.

Well good news, as things look to be sliding towards the end of March, specifically Thursday the 24th. Yes, in just under two-weeks time, Verizon will reportedly begin stocking and selling their first Windows Phone device, which is a global phone to boot. Featuring a 3.8" screen, 16GB of memory and a 5MP camera, the phone should be more than adequate for Verizon users.

The email above comes from our sister site Android Central, who got their hands evidently on a Verizon/third party vendor email. It is noted that "Launch Dates Are subject to change", so anything is possible. But we think Verizon will have more to say at CTIA in Orlando in a few weeks (yes, we'll have people there for coverage). We also expect more info to start pouring out about this phone about....now?

Source: Android Central

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