4 years ago
Xbox.com Windows Phone 7 page now lists the Xbox Live Deal of the Week
A few readers have asked us about the official place to check for the Xbox Live Deal of the Week. The best place, of course, is WPCentral. But now there is an official web portal for the Deal of the Week: Xbox.com’s Windows Phone 7 page.
The official Windows Phone 7 page has actually been around for a while, but it’s recently received a major revamp. This is what you’ll find there:
- The week’s new Xbox Live release(s) is displayed near the top of the page.
- Featured games highlights a selection of Xbox Live titles. They’re not necessarily good games, mind you – the dismal 3D Brick Breaker Revolution is a featured game at the moment.
- The 6 weeks of Must-Have Games that we mentioned a while back have their own dedicated page. I’m still surprised that Geo Defense is on that list, but maybe it’ll end up being something special and not just another annoyingly-hard tower defense game.
- The Tons of Games page has a nearly complete list of Xbox Live titles (Star Wars Cantina is conspicuously absent), including a few games that haven’t actually been released yet. We already have a list like that in the WPCentral forums, divided by released and upcoming games. It links to both the official Xbox.com product pages and our reviews for each title.
- All the way at the bottom, the Deal of the Week is listed.
It’s good to see the Xbox.com Windows Phone 7 page becoming more useful. I’d like to see more information about each game and larger screen shots (they are tiny). If Microsoft adds more significant features to the page, we’ll be sure to let you know.
4 years ago
Fix in the works for Facebook for WP7 [Update: New version is now live!]
According to Jaime Rodriguez on Twitter, a client evangelist at Redmond, the Facebook for Windows Phone 7 team is working on a fix for the problems some users have been experiencing with the official Facebook app. Until the fix is cleared and the app updated on the Marketplace, we recommend to continue using built-in integration, albeit slightly less feature rich.
Stay tuned for an announcement as to when the update is available for download!
Update: The update has been released on the Marketplace and is ready to download. Please update when possible to fix the crashing issues present.
4 years ago
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 coming to Xbox Live on March 23
Last week we brought you news of Full House Poker’s release date well in advance, and we’re pleased to be able to do it again this week. March 23’s Xbox Live game for Windows Phone 7 will be Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 from Konami.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 is the mobile edition of Konami’s popular soccer/football franchise. The Windows Phone 7 version is a port of the iPhone game. It’s a surprisingly accurate recreation of the sport, with realistic tactical game play, licensed European teams, advanced A.I. and numerous authentic animations. Pro Evolution Soccer’s 3D graphics (which these tiny screen shots may not convey) contribute to the realism as well. The player models, detailed stadiums, and weather effects all make for a very console-like presentation. The game features multiple control options: simple accelerometer and touch-screen controls or a virtual pad and buttons.
The only thing missing from the Windows Phone 7 version of the game is multi-player. We continue to hope and pray for the day that Microsoft allows mobile Xbox Live titles to have local Wi-Fi or online multi-player. It will come to pass! For now, soccer fans will have to make due with 19 Xbox Live Achievements and friends Leaderboards.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 will debut on March 23. It will cost $4.99.
4 years ago
Update: Opera Mobile not coming to WP7
Earlier, it was reported that Opera would be bringing their mobile browser to Windows Phone 7. We have now received word that Opera Mobile is not heading to our Windows Phones. While there was a glimmer of hope that the press release from Opera Mobile contained a typo when it read,
"The Opera Mobile 11 will bring the music on the Android, Symbian, Windows 7 and MeeGo platforms."
We have received confirmation from Opera that this wasn't a typo and the company was referring to Windows 7 (the desktop OS). The reasoning, there are a few tablets out there running Windows 7, technically are mobile, and will be receiving the new Opera mobile browser in the near future. Quoting Falguni Bhuta from Opera,
"Yes indeed Opera Mobile is headed to Windows 7 - the desktop OS which is also used on certain tablets and touch desktop devices."
It wasn't that big a stretch to think that Opera is referring to mobile operating systems when they discuss their mobile browsers. Right? I guess Windows Phone 7's loss is Windows 7 gain.
Thanks goes out to DavidK for tipping us on this!
4 years ago
Sprint's HTC Arrive - Review
4 years ago
Opera for WP7 launching at CTIA
Opera has announced that it will be releasing its first WP7 browser, Opera Mobile 11, at CTIA next week. Along with Mobile 11, the launch will also include Opera Mini 6. Between the two versions Opera plans to cover a wide range of mobile operating systems: Windows Phone 7, Android, iOS, Blackberry, Symbian/Series 60, J2ME and MeeGo. Commenting on the versatility of the cross-platform browser, Lars Boilesen, CEO, had this to say:
"In our lineup, all players are equally important--we leave no device behind. Our small and clever pieces of software will give you a 5-star experience, no matter what hardware you prefer"
Details are scarce, so we'll just have to wait and see develops at CTIA. If this holds true, Windows Phone 7 users will finally have an alternative to Internet Explorer. It will also be interesting to see how the Opera announcement will effect the Mango update and IE9's transition to the mobile platform.
Source: Opera; Via: PocketNow
Update: False alarm
4 years ago
TVShow with Live Tile is a go in the Marketplace
The other day we mentioned about Rudy Hyun and his TVShow app which was coded in 30 hours. That was the free "lite" version and we were anxiously awaiting his $0.99 paid one with a Live Tile and more features. Well, as you can guess it's here and it rocks.
As you can see in the above pic, I have 3 upcoming shows with the next one being 'Community' (aka the best show on TV right now). The Live Tile update is practically instant after you add your shows (remember to hold down/press to mark all previous episodes as "seen"). What can we say? We're impressed and we highly recommend it. Outstanding work by the developer.
Rudy also lets us know that he already submitted the next update, which should be out in a few days. That willll bring the following features:
- support utf-8 subtitles
- rate episodes
- reorder tv show
- speed up the launch
- Fix the silverlight toolkit bug (the application may close when we added an tvshow)
- 'press and hold" on a tv show marks all episodes as seen.
- and a feature requested by US citizen for US tv shows: the possibility to have first aired datetime (Eastern time) or your local aired time (+3 for pacific time zone, +1 for mountain time zone)
Sounds good to us. Grab the "lite" version here and the new paid one here in the Marketplace.
4 years ago
Microsoft releases Onit, a guy’s guide, for Windows Phone 7
Not feeling manly yet with your Windows Phone in hand? You may want to check out Microsoft's new 'Onit' app just released to the Marketplace. Billed as "a guy's guide to girls, cars, gadgets, fitness and life advice".
From the app description:
MSN Onit brings you the best men’s lifestyle content to help you stay on top of recent information and trends, then pairs it with local activities so you can hit the town. MSN Onit brings you a weekly dose of beautiful women, financial tips, the gadgets you need, the technology you lust after, and local news.
MSN Onit also blends the power and hyper-local convenience of Bing™ with the best social networking features. Login to Facebook so you can share MSN Onit content with your friends.
Don’t have time to get to it all today? We’ve built in a handy “To Go” list to help you make the most of MSN Onit. Whenever you see a check mark at the bottom of the screen, just tap it for a list of “extras” to save for later.
Login with your Windows® Live ID to sync your MSN Onit settings and To Go list between devices.
Feels a bit like pandering to male stereotypes, but whatevs. Get your alpha-male on and grab this doozy of an app here in the Marketplace.
4 years ago
Developers: Pitch Microsoft your app at CTIA, win big prizes
CTIA is just around the corner and Microsoft will be there doing what they do best: getting new developers to their platform. This year, they're having a "fast pitch contest" whereby you have 10 minutes to "sell" your app idea to a panel of judges. It doesn't matter what stage your app is at, from "idea" to "ready to ship", they want to hear it.
So, what could you win? Seems the Grand Prize is pretty darn grand:
- An invitation to participate in the Windows Phone Depth V2 program
- $30,000 (USD) in co-development and marketing funds.
- Two (2) Windows Phone redemption codes, approximate retail value $1,000.00 (USD)
- One (1) annual App Hub membership
Approximate retail value $31,100 (USD)
That sounds pretty huge to us and worth your 10 minutes, no? The runner up prize is a free phone, free AppHub membership and an Xbox 360 w/Kinect. The winning app is judged on 30% Originality (Is this a new fresh idea?), 30% Creativity (Does this address a common issue in a different way?) and 40% Use of Windows Phone features (Does the application taking full advantage of Windows Phone platform? ). Read the full contest rules here and good luck!
4 years ago
Microsoft putting Windows Phone 7 on promotional tour...in France
Well, who says Microsoft isn't trying? Between the ads, TV show placements, developer out reach and evidently now putting the phone "on tour", Microsoft at least seems to be trying to get the word out.
From March 16th to May 7th, they'll be going around France giving demos of the phone and even raffling off an HD7 to a few lucky peeps. We suppose it's a good idea that can't hurt, but lets see if it drums up sales.
Source: Microsoft France; via Monsmartpone
4 years ago
Sprint Arrive gets some software updates, Sprint Radio now live
Although the HTC Arrive is yet to come out, looks like Sprint is pushing some updates to the few carrier apps that are on board (seriously, it's sparse). Both the 'Sprint Zone' and 'TeleNav GPS Nav' programs received some 0.1 updates with, of course, no change-log to be noted. However, we can now at least use TeleNav as before we were unable to register the device, so perhaps that's the fix.
'Sprint Zone' is the carriers "hub" for the phone, offering software, tips and other Sprint news delivered to the phone (see it in our video hands on), whereas TeleNav GPS is a full-featured turn-by-turn navigation system (works in landscape too, woohoo).
Interestingly, it looks like Sprint is still finishing up some apps for Windows Phone as the Sprint Zone lists 'Sprint TV & Movies' but it's not available. However, 'Sprint Radio' ("powered by mSpot") is and it delivers "over 60 channels of crystal-clear music in all genres" and is free with your data plan (eat that, AT&T). Of course there is also 'Sprint Radio Extra' which you can pay $5.95/month for, zinger. Sprint Radio Extra is commercial-free and has ABC News, Fox Sports, NPR, etc. with customizations. It's like Pandora. We'll have more on Sprint Radio later.
4 years ago
Marketplace Spotlight - Word Tangle Free
Word Tangle Free is a word puzzle game being offered over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Reading from the Marketplace description, "The scoring is dynamic while the graphics and sound effects are second to none. This is not your Grandpa's Boggle, so dont expect it to be! Try to get as many words possible within the time limit (that you set). Same word is allowed more than once as long as it's built differently each time."
Word Tangle Free features include:
- Multiple dictionaries (US/UK English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Swedish)
- Multiple player profiles
- 4x4 on up to 8x8 letter game board -Multiple time limits
- Tilt the phone to rotate letters
- Shake the phone for a new game
You can download your free copy of Word Tangle Free here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.
4 years ago
Simple WP7 app creation with FollowMyFeed
The majority of us are by no means tech savvy and we are sometimes found to be stuck at a wall when attempting to accomplish something that requires some technical knowledge and/or skill. To name a specific situation - bloggers or website owners who wish to publish an app that allows readers (and visitors) to use the website or services through a customised environment, instead of the web browser.
This is where FollowMyFeed comes into play for Windows Phone 7. Any website owner who wishes to feature an app, one can simply input their RSS feed into the system, which then creates an application based solely on that feed. Very handy for end-users with the included availability of faster loading times, offline usage and a Metro UI feel. The only perk is you will need to be able to submit the application to the Marketplace, which requires an annual subscription of $99 over at the App Hub.
There have already been successful implementations similar to this idea on other platforms. Invision Power Services, who specialise in community software (namely IP.Board), introduced means for forum owners to use the official app on the iOS platform that took advantage of the mobile template offered and allowed for a more enjoyable experience for end-users.
FollowMyFeed is a great option to aid sites and blogs with easily creating an app for the platform quickly and effectively. While not perfect by any means, and not entirely comparable to full personalised apps with huge lists of features, it’s a step in the right direction for more exposure with the growing Windows Phone 7 community.
Source: Go Microsoft; via 1800PocketPC
4 years ago
HTC 7 Pro (Europe) 'NoDo' ROM leaked on XDA
Although the Sprint HTC Arrive (aka CDMA 7 Pro) comes with 'NoDo' built in, thankfully avoiding any needed "updates", the European 7 Pro which came out a a few months ago, obviously does not.
Keeping up with the unlocked HD7, Trophy and Mozart leaked ROMs, the 7 Pro evidently now has it as well. According to forum member Football (who hails from Moscow and seems to have a solid rep at XDA), this ROM version has a filename of:
Not much in the way of feedback yet as far as any other HTC "fixes" or improvements, so we suggest you watch the thread for a bit to get some feedback before proceeding. Either way, looks like HTC devices luck out again, avoiding the Microsoft/carrier machine.
Source: XDA Forums; Thanks, Ali at Aliwaqas, for the heads up!
4 years ago
Facebook App experiencing intermittent crashing
The official Facebook application, brought to you by Microsoft, is experiencing some odd crashing issues with some users. Checking the Marketplace for the application and reading some reviews featured on the app summary page displays a clear indication as to the scale of the problem.
We have attempted to reproduce the issue ourselves, and were only able to report one instance (Samsung Focus - another Focus worked however) that experienced crashes when running the Facebook app. It appears (at this early stage) to be randomly tripped with no apparent cause(s) being identified.
Reading the reviews back to the beginning of March, it seems as though it suddenly sprung on unsuspecting users, who are now understandably frustrated. Much like the Youtube offering from Microsoft being a complete flop, this is a serious concern that must be addressed soon to prevent further negativity clouding the WP7 experience and continuing the painful reminder of the pre-NoDo update.
Are you familiar with these recent issues? There is a temporary workaround for posting statuses and commenting on friends updates via the built-in integration the Windows Phone 7 platform sports. At least we have some way of spying on people we dislike while the official gateway to social goodness is unreliable or simply not working.
Thanks mk for the tip!
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