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4 years ago

Reminder: 'I Love Katamari' is now available for Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone

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We mentioned it the other day and now 'I Love Katamari" from Namco is now available in the Marketplace. And like we speculated, Namco is charging a $2 premium over the iPhone version, bringing the price to a whopping $6.99 for this sought after title.

Is it worth it for all that Xbox LIVE goodness? Possibly. It's certainly not a bad game and though we're not big on the whole Katamari thing, it looks well done and quite fun. Still, $7 is a bit high for such a game, so it depends on how you feel after the trial (seen above). Grab hit here in the Marketplace and give it ...a roll (rim shot!).

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4 years ago

Microsoft unleashes big Times Square ad blitz

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4 years ago

WP7applist receives a major update

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WP7applist receives a major update

We’ve all browsed the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace on our phones. You may have even purchased an app or two directly through the Zune Marketplace on your PC. Both are fine ways of buying something when you basically know what you’re looking for, but what if you don’t?

WP7applist is a website that makes browsing the WP7 Marketplace incredibly easy. Created by Italian videogame enthusiast and programmer Luigi Violin, the WP7applist makes it easy to keep track of new apps as well as updates and price drops to existing apps. We at WPCentral owe many an app’s discovery to this fine site.

As good as WP7applist has been from the outset, things can always improve; today the website received a major update. Follow the jump for release notes and our impressions.

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4 years ago

Two Xbox Live games get price drops and one goes on sale

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The last Xbox Live title we saw drop in price on Windows Phone 7 was Glow Artisan (Review) way back on February 10. I’m pleased to report that this week an astonishing three games have been reduced in price!

  • Max and the Magic Marker dropped from $6.99 to $4.99.
  • Rocket Riot is back to $4.99 again, down from $6.99.
  • Frogger was $2.99, but now it’s just $1.99. Frogger is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week.

Max and the Magic Marker is a puzzle-platformer in which the player draws objects directly into the game world via the touch screen. Our review found it to be extremely creative, though a tad overpriced at $6.99. The new price should be just right.

Rocket Riot is a side-view shooter with retro-inspired graphics. It controls exceptionally well for a touch-screen game and is just plain fun. At $6.99 I would have recommended that readers try before they buy, but $4.99 makes it a much more compelling purchase.

Frogger is a classic arcade game that, like Pac-Man, just doesn’t control well on a touch screen. But hey, it’s cheap! And we haven’t seen the $1.99 price point on Xbox Live titles before. Maybe other $3 games will become $2 games in the future too.

Every Xbox Live game for Windows Phone 7 has a free trial (not to mention delicious Achievements). You can get Max and the Magic Marker here (opens a link to your Zune software), Rocket Riot here, and Frogger h-e-r-e on the Marketplace. These price drops may not last forever, so don’t hesitate if you’re interested!

Update: We've learned that Frogger is on sale for one week, while Max and the Magic Marker and Rocket Riot's price drops are permanent.

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4 years ago

Deer Hunter 3D - Review

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Deer Hunter 3D - Review

Big game hunting has come to Windows Phone 7. Deer Hunter 3D was released a short time ago that not only brings deer hunting to your Windows Phone but also other big game such as bear, moose, and turkey.

Hunt game from various world wide venues, using a wide range of weapons. From the Russian forests to Mid-western plains you can track game on hunting trips or jump right into the action with a Quick Game mode.

To read more on Deer Hunter 3D, shoot on past the break.

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4 years ago

Verizon Trophy photos, running 'NoDo' Update

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Interested in using a Windows Phone 7 device on Verizon? Of course you are. We're hoping the Trophy will arrive sometime in March. Those hopes are a little brighter now that a tipster has sent in a few photos of the device live with Verizon's branding. Our tipster tells us that the "NoDo" update with Copy & Paste is definitely on board and also that launching apps feels significantly faster. 

As you can see above HTC's hub is also in full effect and it looks like Verizon has gone ahead and made an account management app as well - no surprise there (flashback: Verizon apps published in Marketplace). So who is planning on laying down the expected $199 on-contract price for this baby?

Thanks Anonymous!

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4 years ago

Chicks n Vixens gets a Beta update

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The popular Windows Phone 7 game, Chicks n Vixens, continues to roll through the Beta updates.  Jabberworx, the games developer, has submitted v0.8 to Microsoft and the update brings a significant face lift to the game.

From the demo video we received, the graphics are a lot cleaner and the overall feel of the game seems to have a little more pop to it. There was no mention of when the update will become available.  The game development has progressed nicely since we were first introduced to the "Angry Birds" styled game.  It is our understand, depending on the certification process, Version 1.0 isn't too far away.

You can find your free copy of Chicks n Vixens here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace and follow the break for a video demo of v0.8.

Thanks goes out to Ahmed for the tip!

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4 years ago

Devs show off Lync client for WP7

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We’ve talked about Microsoft Lync Server before. The follow-up to Office Communication Server does a number of cool things like handle chat and voice communication in an Enterprise environment. Lync is also included in Microsoft Office 365 which is a cloud-based solution for small-to-medium businesses that also provides access to Exchange and SharePoint.

An official Lync client for Windows Phone 7 is supposed to be on the way, but that’s not stopping some enterprising developers from building their own app. The video is awfully boring, but it gives you an idea of some of the things that you’ll be able to do with a Lync client for Windows Phone 7.

Thanks Ron!

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4 years ago

moTweets Twitter app finally gets released

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We mentioned it last week and here it is, moTweets has finally cleared the Marketplace certification. Made by Panoramic, moTweets was a favorite app on Windows Mobile and it has now finally transitioned over to Windows Phone. Even though the app is "only" v2.0 (technically, the first release), it packs a huge amount of features that will rival any other Twitter app on the market today.

The app comes in two version: free and 'premier' (or Pro). The former is supported by ads and costs nothing, while the latter goes for $0.99 and has no ads. We always like choice and that applies here too. Anyways, we're gonna go give it a spin. Let us know how it works for you in comments.

Our initial impression? It's nice but a bit slow and cumbersome. That's not unusual with initial releases though, so hopefully it'll speed up in future updates. Still, it's not immediately replacing our number one favorite Twitter app which is...

Grab moTweets (Free) here and moTweets 'premier' here.

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4 years ago

Official IMDb app got updated--here's what changed

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Last week there was an update to the popular IMDb app for Windows Phone. We noticed that it seemed to perform quite a bit better and we got curious as to what was different. We reached out to the developers, IdentityMine (see interview) and here's what we learned is new or improved:

  • Surprise Me! - using the accelerometer, shake the device to randomly discover a movie or celebrity
  • German Language support
  • News Update Improvements: Previous version of the application had caching issues, which prevented the application from automatically clearing data.
  • Users can now see updated news in the app
  • Movies link to Amazon.com for easy purchase
  • More movie trailers have been added
  • Several performance enhancements to make it easier to quickly explore the application and discover content

Not bad and it significantly improves the experience on this core app for Windows Phone. Download the app here, if you don't already have it.

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4 years ago

WP Device Manager gets previewed [Homebrew]

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Developer Schapman has promied some advanced tools for the homebrew Windows Phone crowd such as the all-powerful WP Device Manger, but we haven't see much until now. Schapman recently gave a preview demo of the upcoming app for your PC desktop and it certainly looks to have plenty of features:

  • Manage your apps, check for updates
  • Edit Office documents
  • Transfer files
  • Connect via tether or WiFi
  • Device Info
  • Screen capture
  • Send SMS, emails, notes, clipboard info
  • Add custom ringtones

Overall, not a bad list. If it lives up to the hype, it could be a very powerful tool for people wanting a little extra control over things. No word on release, but it is in private beta now, so fingers crossed.

Source: YouTube; via MobilityDigest

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4 years ago

United States & the HD7 dominate app stats for Windows Phone 7

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mtiks is a mobile analystics company who monitors app usage as well as piracy on various platforms, including Windows Phone 7. They just released some numbers for February that they've collected and while it is a limited selection, the trend seems to be clear: HTC and the United States dominate Windows Phone 7 app usage.

That's probably not too surprising--the U.S. is the home base for Microsoft and AT&T and T-Mobile did push out five devices in 2010 supporting the OS. On the other hand, the U.S. also launched WP7 a month later and is missing on two carriers (CDMA). Regardless of the reason, 57.3% of app stats by country puts the United States at number one, which is a commanding lead over second place Germany (18.5%) and 7.5% in the UK. In addition, the numbers for the States will probably go up once all four carriers begin to offer devices, with Sprint and Verizon joining by the end of March.

In terms of device usage, it's probably of little surprise that HTC is winning there with 35% of apps being run on an HD7 (either branded or unlocked). But creeping up on HTC's tail is of course Samsung, who's Focus takes a nice 24% of the pie--an impressive feat when you consider the more limited run of the Focus. HTC may have the reach and multiple devices (56% total) but Samsung is clearly catching up having 32% share with only two phones. Also of interest, is LG, who only has 12% of all the app-using devices.

Source: mtiks blog; via @wp7applist

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4 years ago

GrooveShark compatible client comes to Windows Phone

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Although it's been talked about at XDA, creating a GrooveShark client for Windows Phone has so far eluded most of the developers there. But it looks like Devalane has managed to pull it off, releasing a free app for the music-streaming site. (For those who remember, we had the pretty awesome GrooveFish & NanoGroove for Windows Mobile.)

MusicShark, just released in the Marketplace, allows you to search for any artist and basically stream whatever is available on GrooveShark's site--which is quite extensive. Interestingly, outside of the app's logo and name, it makes no mention of accessing GrooveShark's music library (perhaps for legal reasons). But if you do a search on both, you'll see they match exactly in content. In addition to streaming, you can add songs to the queue and create a playlist. Unfortunately as of now, you can't login to your GrooveShark account, but for creating and streaming playlists, it seems to work well enough.

For being v1.0, free and the first of its kind, we're not complaining. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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4 years ago

SlingPlayer for Windows Phone 7 - Review

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The whole point of owning a smartphone is to maintain a constant connection with the things that are important to you. Your calendar, email, pictures, documents, and music are all right at your fingertips with a Windows Phone.

We’ve talked about Slingboxes and their associated apps before; but with Windows Phone 7 our devices are much more media-centric and offer better performance, making something like Sling Player something worth considering.

Pros: 
Works well with SlingBox, simple UI.
Cons: 
Defaults to low quality video. Expensive app, expensive hardware.
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4 years ago

I Love Katamari is this week's Xbox Live game for Windows Phone 7

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Two weeks ago, Castlevania graced Windows Phone 7 as an Xbox Live game. This Wednesday, another popular console franchise makes its mobile Xbox Live debut: I Love Katamari from Namco Bandai.

I Love Katamari is part of the Katamari Damacy series. In these games, the player is tasked with rolling up various objects, animals, and even people into a giant, sticky ball called a Katamari. This version of the game uses tilt controls to steer the ball. It also has a single Achievement worth a whopping 110 GamerScore, which has to be a Windows Phone 7 record. Just don’t expect that one to be easy: it’s awarded for rolling up every single item in the game, which will surely take a while.

Did I mention the graphics, sound, and pretty much everything about the Katamari series are completely wacky? Find out if you love Katamari too when it releases on Xbox Live this Wednesday.

Source: @KarlStricker

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