4 years ago
NoDo Update Ceased for Unbranded Samsung Omnia 7
There have been a continuous stream of reports and complaints about failed updates (or no notification at all) since NoDo first began rolling out and now we've learn that the Windows Phone team have ceased the Samsung Omnia 7 NoDo roll out. From the image above, you can see a reader querying for any information regarding unbranded devices, however the answer provided by Michael Stroh (consumer writer for Microsoft) was rather generic and could either be all Omnia 7 handsets will not receive NoDo for now, or just unbranded. I would go with just unlocked since Three have successfully rolled out the update to their Omnia 7 army.
We suspect the issue will be fixed soon (which Michael stated) and the NoDo delivery promptly resumed. Have you been experiencing any issues with the Omnia 7 handset, specifically unbranded?
Source: Windows Team Blog, via: WMPU
4 years ago
HTC 7 Mozart on Telstra gets NoDo approved, awaiting Microsoft to distribute
Although you wouldn't know it from Microsoft's update page, there's good news for those of you on Australia's Telstra network and who own an HTC 7 Mozart: your NoDo udate has been approved and is now in Microsoft's hands for distribution. "Early May" is given as a time-frame, so basically any day now.
Kudos to Telstra for having a more, shall we say, direct way of checking on their phone's update statuses--seems like a sane approach to what AT&T does i.e. silence. And although the HD7 NoDo update is still in testing, that too should be out in a few weeks.
Update: Strider Auz/Sheeds informs us that the only reason Telstra has that awesome update page is because he lead a campaign against them. Direct action, mon ami! See his site for more info.
Source: Telstra; via @Strider_Aus, @ChrisWalshie
4 years ago
Win Next Generation WP7 with AdDuplex
The guys over at AdDuplex are running a competition where you can get your hands on a "not yet announced Windows Phone" - this will be a chosen device released later in the year around Mango. To enter, you are required to use the AdDuplex Ad Exchange service with your WP7 application, but should you already be using the service (which I recommend you do) then you're already entered. Check the website for more information and sweepstakes rules.
4 years ago
New iPhone Twitter app heavily copies Metro UI
While not much practical use to our readers, it's nice to see Microsoft's Metro UI catching on in a big way. A new iPhone Twitter app called 'Maha' is an exact clone of some of the popular Twitter apps on Windows Phone 7 that adhere to the Metro theme e.g. Twitter (official), Rowi and Twitt.
Between what's been shown of Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox 360, this Metro thing seems to be catching on. Hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And maybe, just maybe, a few iPhoners will want a phone with the whole Metro UI.
4 years ago
moTweets hits v2.5, gets a few bug fixes
For those who use moTweets, you should be getting a notice soon for version 2.5 in the Marketplace. While not too much in the way of new features (it already has quite a few packed in there) it does get some of those little bug fixes that may have been irking you:
- NEW: Options for “show quick buttons” to swap behavior of tap and tap’n’hold tweets
- Fixed an issue with current Trends not loading up properly
- Fixed an issue where “Invalid Credentials” error message would show up
- Fixed an issue where Twitter style retweets wouldn’t would show up as cut off
Sounds good to us. Between this app, Rowi, Seesmic and a few others, we have to admit that the Twitter field offers nice choices for users out there. Grab moTweets (paid) here and and moTweets (free) here. [We should also note that moTweets got bumped from $0.99 to $1.99 recently--so take that for what it's worth.]
Thanks, @Fisi_zubi, for the heads up
4 years ago
ReMIX 11 and Windows Phone 7.5 info coming up in June
We've seen some evidence that the next version of Windows Phone, code-named 'Mango' is going by 'Windows Phone 7.5' and that seems to yet again be confirmed.
The ReMIX11 event, happeing in Australia June 1-2, has their page up and registration is now available. But what's interesting is the reference again to Windows Phone 7.5 in the talk by Shane Morris & Nick Randolph called 'Real world Windows Phone 7.5'. Though we shouldn't be shocked that Microsoft wants to share more about 'Mango' (it's a pretty huge update), we are hoping some new info comes out as the milestones/feature set is locked in.
Now lets see if Microsoft amends the '7.5' reference here like they did on that Microsoft Partner Network site, ahem.
Update: Don't expect anything new on 'Mango', as Shane Morris & Nick Randolph are responsible for the Qantas app demoed during MIX11. Thanks, Chris Walsh, for the clarification
Source: ReMIX11; via 1800PocketPC
4 years ago
Asteroids Deluxe - Review
4 years ago
PBS working on a Windows Phone app? Looks like it...
If you don't pay attention to Reddit (see 'Alien News' for WP7 here), well, you're lame. But if you do, you've probably been following the whole PBS back and forth between the two entities, usually with hilarious discussions in comments. In the latest post, some folks at PBS took a group shot with the Reddit Alien logo in the background as a "thank you" to the Reddit community. Developer Justin Angel managed to look past all the humans and became fixated on the dry-erase board.
Looking more closely, we see screen resolutions of various types and even an 'ipad' mention. But in the upper left, (enhanced at the top) you can see "Win Phone 7" clearly written.
Okay, while an official PBS app might not be the biggest thing to hit the market, we happen to like PBS and more so, that Justin is so geeky to have found this--it's like a CSI: Programmer edition....enhance!
Source: Reddit; via @JustinAngel
4 years ago
Is "Xbox Live Music" the future of "Zune"?
A recent job posting over on Microsoft Careers has caused a wave of speculation that Zune music services may be getting renamed to "Xbox Live Music." The posting, entitled "Business Manager-IEB-Xbox Live Music Marketplace," calls for a candidate who is "passionate about driving [Microsoft's] first party Music business in the US across multiple tuner end points; Xbox 360, Windows Phone 7, PC, WWW and Bing." Most notably, the would-be Interactive Entertainment Business team member would be "responsible for management of relationships with two of the four major record labels as well as a number of high profile indie labels, and creating strategies around content to drive the Zune Music business."
The new moniker seems to be in line with Microsoft's decision to kill off the Zune music player back in March, followed by the guarantee that their Zune Hardware Business Developer would "be going to work tomorrow." The Zune media player never quite took off the way MS would have liked, but the marketplace was a great infrastructure in which to base WP7's app store. Perhaps the potential name change is simply the first step in a re-branding to bring Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, and Zune together. One green ring to rule them all!
Source: Microsoft Careers; Via: WPSauce
4 years ago
Pocket God and Puzzle Quest 2 updated, just in time for the Royal Wedding
It’s Xbox Live game updates day at WPCentral. First we covered the news of Full House Poker and Hexic Rush’s updates, and now we’re revealing the recent update contents of Pocket God (review) and Puzzle Quest 2.
Pocket God version 1.1 changelog:
- Added the Double Rainbow All The Way Across The Sky episode
- Miscellaneous bug fixing and optimization tweaks
The iOS version of Pocket God receives regular updates, called Episodes. It has 38 episodes so far. Prior to the version 1.1 update, the Windows Phone version only included the first 32 episodes. Double Rainbow is actually episode 35, which means two episodes have been skipped. The missing episodes both involve a new area, Ape Mountain, that hasn’t made it to WP7 yet.
What changes does Double Rainbow All The Way Across The Sky bring? According to Wikipedia, it "adds the ability to draw a double rainbow in the sky (referring to the internet meme). The Pygmies will react to the rainbow. This is the first update where the Pygmies can actually talk, when showing reactions from the double rainbow.”
Pocket God’s Achievements are notoriously difficult, which is surprisingly given the game’s utterly casual nature. NGMOCO, the developer who handles the Windows Phone port of Pocket God, assures us that Achievement difficulty will be addressed in a future update. Hopefully Ape Island makes it into the next update too. At any rate, Pocket God fans should be glad to know that NGMOCO hasn’t forgotten them.
Puzzle Quest 2 version 1.1 update includes:
- The Cheating AI and PWNT! Achievements are now attainable.
Nobody likes glitched Achievements, so it’s good to see Namco has fixed Puzzle Quest 2’s. Now if they’d only fix the game’s lofty price… Puzzle Quest 2 is a puzzle RPG, not unlike Castlevania Puzzle. The original console Puzzle Quest is one of my all-time favorite games. We’ll review the slightly less impressive Windows Phone sequel sometime soon.
You can find Pocket God for $2.99 here (Zune link) on the Marketplace. Puzzle Quest 2 is a much steeper $6.99 here. Both games have free trials. God save the Prince, gov'nah. Cheerio!
4 years ago
AppMakr Gaining Popularity
If you're interested in developing a Windows Phone App, there's a terrific online source that will allow you to build Windows Phone 7 apps using a point and click solution. We've mentioned AppMakr before and the online app building resource is gaining popularity with developers of all levels.
AppMakr will offer developers a Windows Phone Mashup Application template where you can create apps that will pull from one or more RSS/Atom based feeds. You have generic artwork or you can create your own to personalize your app.
Just checking out the comments on various Microsoft's MSDN developer blogs, Susan Todd posts,
"AppMakr is really quite easy to use. It is fast, with the most time taken on finding the content to include, making the feeds (if necessary) and doing the artwork."
Joe Healy adds,
"I think AppMakr is viable for crunch-n-munch type RSS applications. Experiment with it. Certain application styles will work well with appmakr."
Other MSDN blogs offer similar positive comments on the online development resource as well as tutorials. Personally, I've tinkered with AppMakr enough to agree that it is a very good resource for app development. AppMakr was recommended at a recent App Garage workshop as a great starting point for those interested in getting involved with app development.
You can find out all the details over at AppMakr's website. If you've had any experiences working with AppMakr or tips to share on building apps with AppMakr, feel free to share them in the comments.
4 years ago
Full House Poker and Hexic Rush receive minor updates, but we cheer them on anyway
Two Microsoft Game Studios titles recently received software updates – Full House Poker (review) and Hexic Rush (review). We’ve worked tirelessly from the moment they were updated to find out just what was changed, and it has finally paid off. Don’t say we never did anything for you!
The following issues were fixed in the Full House Poker version 1.1 update:
If listening to Zune music while playing the game, and you turned the game music volume all the way down (in the game settings), after exiting the game, you could no longer turn up the volume on your Zune music without rebooting the phone. The game music slider no longer controls the Zune music volume as that’s what the phone volume buttons control.
If you tombstoned during a tournament at the right time, when you went to continue your game the blinds would reset to 5/10. This was very frustrating in a high buy in game or late in a tournament where they should be much higher.
It’s great to have both of these issues fixed. However, Our own George Ponder has recently experienced a separate problem with his temporary save game (not the permanent one) disappearing, so we hope to see that tackled in the future.
Hexic Rush version 2.3 update:
The Hexic update was to fix a NoDo media playback change in XNA.
What’s that, you want more details? It’s pretty technical … Microsoft XNA developer Nick Gravelyn’s blog explains that post NoDo update, Windows Phone applications and games are no longer able to mute or alter the volume of the Zune media player, should audio files be presently active. Not a very exciting title update, but it’s nice to see that Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about Hexic Rush.
There you have it! You can get Full House Poker here and Hexic Rush here. Both games cost $2.99 and have free trials.
Thanks to WPCentral’s Richard Edmonds for help in deciphering the XNA blog post.
4 years ago
Nokia's Elop talks Windows Phone: it's "possible" to see first WP device this year
Nokia's Stephen Elop sat down for a fairly extensive interview on all things Nokia. Of course a few tidbits about Windows Phone 7 came up as well, plus Nokia's general strategy going forward.
Elop is still making the distinction between shipping in volume and when we'll 'see' the first Nokia-Windows Phone handsets--the former being in 2012, the latter end of 2011. But the distinction is a little more clear now with 2012 looking to not only be when we see mass shipping, but a whole range ("portfolio") of devices coming from Finnish company. The other date is the last quarter of 2011 where there's a good chance, according to Elop, that we'll see at least a Nokia-Windows Phone. That strategy seems to make sense to us as they want something, anything out their ASAP.
Elop also noted that release dates will be announced very close to product availability, meaning we won't be getting any large lead times on new devices, but possibly only weeks before launch (this is to aid any "delays" that may occur e.g. the Verizon router, ahem).
Edit: if the video doesn't play, just hit the link in the title above or go to the source
Source: Areena; Thanks, Aki Antman, WPSauce for the tip
4 years ago
Flickr goes to v1.4, finally fixes 'black screen issue'
Funny thing: the 'black screen issue is actually white if you use the "light" theme for Windows Phone 7. But that's not really what you want to hear, is it? You want to hear that Flickr finally manged to get rid of one of the most pesky bugs with their otherwise sweet app: the blank screen when launching. (Which we thought was fixed in v1.3...har har)
Well, good news is v1.4 is now live in the Marketplace and it address exactly that problem. Having tried it ourselves, we can vouch for its authenticity--it really just works now. So go ahead and grab the update or hit the link here in case you want to re-install. And if you don't care for their official version, we have to give mad props to the 3rd party app Flickr Manager, which is even better in some ways (e.g. viewing your stats). Grab that app right here.
Thanks, deeper2k, for the heads up
4 years ago
Microsoft hosting 'Mango' event, will feature ‘wall of live tiles’
We just got word that Microsoft is sending out some invites to developers regarding the Live Tile in their apps. In short, Microsoft is looking to host a 'Mango' event (possibly TechEd 2011) and they want a big 'ol wall of Live Tiles to show off to the crowd. Sounds a bit similar to the 'Developer Wall' at MIX11 recently, though this would obviously be digital with the Live Tiles in action. From the email:
I am reaching out to you to gauge your interest in having your app participate in an upcoming ‘Mango’ event. If you are interested in participating, please reply by Thursday of this week (April 28, 2011); we will need to receive the files by noon PDT on Thursday, May 4.
As a Windows Phone developer, you are likely aware that we unveiled the developer platform for the next major release of the Windows Phone, codenamed ‘Mango’. We have an upcoming event where we would like to feature your app as part of a ‘wall of live tiles’ display to highlight the interactivity of the Windows Phone. For this display, we will be using a series of three screens, side-by-side, to create a single logical screen that demonstrates a subset of WP7 app live tile in action. The live tiles on the screens will update at a relatively frequent pace, providing the experience of live tiles in action.
If you have an app (or apps) that you want to include in this live tile display, please respond to this email by Thursday (April 28, 2011) just so I know you are interested. Then, upload the ZIP file (described above) no later than noon (PDT) on Thursday, May 4th using the following:
I realize this is short notice but this opportunity has just come up and I want to extend the opportunity to you to show off your Live Tile vision at the event.
Sounds like a cool idea and although we probably just ruined Microsoft's plan for a surprise with a cool display (sorry guys!), we're still interested to see what it'll look like. Also, it sounds like there will be more of the 'Mango events' coming up on the road to release, which makes sense--during this time we expect to hear about new features as they become locked in to the milestone builds.
Related: Check out 'Mango's updated Live Tile/push notification system as demoed during MIX11
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