As much as mobile technology has advanced in the last five years, the evolution and revolution of the next five years is going to be even more drastic. Who would have thought that today we’d have cellular data connections that outstrip most hardwired home connections, or screens with pixels so small we can’t discern them with the naked eye? Or that we’d be cramming all of this into phones a quarter of an inch thick?
Five years ago the best games we had were basic racers, two-dimensional strategy games, and variations on board and card games. Today when you fire up your app store there are graphically-rich racers, intense shooters, interactive puzzles, physics engines put to work powering animated slingshots, and so much more.
Just what does the future hold in store for mobile gaming?
Advertising network AdDuplex has raised $500,000 in capital to help Windows Phone developers succeed. Supporting both Windows and Windows Phone Store apps, it's an important tool that's utilised by numerous developers. With more than 3,000 apps using the network, there's definitely scope for the company to expand and help out more developers.
Windows Phone Central's review of the budget-conscious Nokia Lumia 521, exclusively on T-Mobile US
While Nokia has been busy unleashing the Lumia 520 Windows Phone to various global markets, T-Mobile has landed an exclusive variation, the Lumia 521. It's a compact, budget oriented Windows Phone that reminds me of the Lumia 710. Maybe a little more refined that the older Lumia.
The scaled back Lumia 521 lacks a front facing camera, camera light and isn't that bountiful on RAM or storage space. While the Lumia 521 may not be a "high end" Windows Phone it fills a niche. In combining the low-cost of about $150 and T-Mobile's "no contract" plans, the Lumia 521 is a good choice for the first time Windows Phone owner, parents looking for a reliable Windows Phone for their teenager, or anyone else just looking to save a few dollars.
After spending a little time with the Lumia 521, we've found it to be a rather solid addition to the Windows Phone family.
UK mobile operator Three has listed the Lumia 925 for pre-order on the company's online store. The new Nokia flagship Windows Phone is set to launch this year and will offer a lighter alternative to the Lumia 920. What's more is the handset is 4G LTE capable, meaning a free upgrade to Three's LTE once launched.
Near the end of 2011, Nokia and Electronic Arts announced a partnership. Nokia would publish new EA Xbox Windows Phone games exclusively for Lumia devices. The deal included EA’s subsidiaries Chillingo and PopCap as well. It took a while for the first exclusive to show up: Mirror’s Edge in July 2012. After that, the floodgates opened as more and more EA games arrived on our platform.
We had a request for a roundup of emergency oriented apps and with Hurricane Season getting underway, it was good timing.
From weather forecast apps to emergency first aid titles, these Windows Phone apps can be a solid resource to help you weather the storms.And it doesn't have to be a weather related emergency. If could be a car accident, camping mishap, or your run of the mill household catastrophe.
We've posted emergency app collections in the past and they can really come in handy when the bottom falls out. Today we're only scratching the surface of all the emergency oriented apps available in the Windows Phone Store. We tapped two apps to help you track the storms, one to help keep emergency information close at hand, and one that will help you help others.
We have seen a boat load of leaked images on what is believed to be the Nokia EOS Windows Phone. The phone is reportedly in the early trial phases at AT&T, code named Elvis, and rumored to launch sometime in July. While the still images are nice, we now have video of the camera in action.
The fifty second spot reveals a good bit about the camera and leaves us wanting more. It shows the lens cover open and shut plus it shows the camera having optical focus. You can see the front element of the lens move back and forth as it focuses.
Last week, Shazam received a big update to take advantage of some Windows Phone 8 magic. Not to be outdone, musiXmatch has recently updated and brings a few features with its revamped user interface. Let’s check it out after the break.
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm EDT
On May 21st, when Microsoft officially announced the Xbox One a lot of questions still remained. Will I be able to sell my games? Share my games? Do I need an internet connection once a day or once a month? These were questions we did not expect answered until E3, but Microsoft has decided to attack these concerns head-on and has shared their plans on all these fronts and more. That leaves E3 to be focused on games (a good call in our book). Details on the Xbox One after the break.
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 at 6:00 pm EDT
Yesterday, a new leaker joined the blogosphere – ViziLeaks. They currently have a Nokia “EOS” and have been sharing photos of the device slowly. Today, they’ve released a “mini-review” where they share more images and discuss the device in a blog entry. Highlights after the break.
The Unification service by Liquid Daffodil is picking up steam with more consumers and developers getting involved. To help make the experience as feature rich as possible, the team has enabled inline image support, meaning developers can now send images in notifications, as well as the standard text. This is especially useful for social apps that could render photos shared by others, for example.
Both the Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps have recently been updated to implement and support the new functionality.
While we now have Instagram and Snapchat clients for Windows Phone, albeit unofficial ones, Vine (www.vine.co) seems like the next big app to conquer. The other day we showed you how Rudy Huyn had a working alpha called ‘6secs’ that was progressing along and now developer Philippe Maes has one called Viner.
Viner is a fast and fluid app that gives you the ability to register, view your personal timeline, search for and follow your friends, like or comment on their posts, view their Vines and likes, change your settings or view your own likes, find the coolest vines with the Editor's Picks and Popular Now, and more.
Instance is the popular unofficial Instagram client for Windows Phone 8. We've previously followed the development of the app (back when it was known as Itsdagram) and provided you all with a say on what the new name should be. Now we're returning to Instance to celebrate a temporary price drop, which is in response to the positive reception both the app and developer have witnessed from the community.
E3 is fast upon us, as the year’s largest and most important gaming expo kicks off next week. This is the time for console gaming leaks. And this year it also happens to be a week for big announcements, perhaps because some publishers fear news of their games would be lost in the wave of news that strikes during E3 itself.
If you have an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, I dare you not to be excited by the games we’re about to discuss… I’m talking about a new (old) Fable game, the first game from original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare creators Respawn Entertainment, and one very big PC port: Diablo III! Read on for that news and more.
As if we needed even more photos of the Nokia EOS (we already saw it in red this morning), the expected 41MP camera sporting Windows Phone, yet-another photos has come forward today that shows off the display of the device in bright sunlight.
While we know Nokia has their sunlight readability feature on Lumia phones and that the EOS would have it as well, it’s still kind of neat to see it in its glory (though Nokia must be pretty perturbed at the constant stream of leaks we’re posting).