4 years ago
Doodle Jump gets 2nd update this week--strictly for the Mango kids
Earlier this week, we reported on Doodle Jump (see review) getting an v1.1 update for Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone. Surprisingly, the update was non-Mango specific and instead seemed to be for long awaited bug fixes/enhancements (we're working on the changelog, sit tight--rumor has it the busted UFO achievement is now obtainable).
Now it looks like the devs had a two-pronged approach: bug fixes/enhancements for everyone now and a separate Mango-only update for the rest. Seems like a smart way from dividing your audience. So far the only thing we noticed is fast-app switching i.e. multi-tasking, but we'll see what else we can find. You can download v1.2 now in the Marketplace right here. Thanks, Julian W., for the heads up!
4 years ago
Xbox Live: Zombies!!! Mango update unleashed
Babaroga’s Zombies!!! (review) is a very cool survival horror-themed board game for Xbox Live. The only thing I didn’t like about it was a nasty Broken Achievement that almost nobody could get. I’ve got good news and bad news then for my fellow Zombies!!! owners. The good news: an update that fixes the ‘Was it Worth it?’ Achievement is finally available. The bad news? It’s a Mango-only update.
Here are the full release notes for the first Zombies!!! Mango update:
- Added Fast-App-Switching support
- Fixed bugs that have been reported since the initial release
- Reduced difficulty of “some” achievements :-)
While some Xbox Live titles have seen increasd frame rates with their Mango updates, the graphics in Zombies!!! remain the same. It looked great to begin with. More importantly, Babaroga listened to their fans and reduced the frustration of that infamous Achievement.
When WPCentral interviewed Babaroga over the summer, they promised asynchronous (turn-based, over the internet) multiplayer and paid downloadable content in a Mango update. Those features are still coming to Zombies!!!, but they’re not ready just yet. We’ll keep you posted on the next update’s progress.
For now, Zombies!!! players who are running Mango can commence to unlocking ‘Was it Worth it?’, while the rest of us have another reason to hope that Mango rolls out as soon as possible. Don’t have the game? It costs $4.99 and you can find it here (Zune link) on the Marketplace.
4 years ago
Deutsche Telekom: Mango updates next week. HTC first, Samsung later
For those of you on Deutsche Telekom, some of you will be pleased to know that they will start their Mango update process--for HTC phones--beginning next week. Samsung users, however, will have to wait a bit longer--presumably their software is still undergoing testing. From their Twitter account (Bing translated):
"Telekom customers receive 7.5 update for Windows phone from next week. At first HTC, later Samsung."
So a mix of good/news bad news, but at least you have a heads up from your telekom. So you and Telstra users: sit tight.
4 years ago
Unofficial Lync app for Windows Phone on the way
While we're still waiting on Lync to arrive with Mango, hopefully within the next two weeks, we've also found out that Damaka, a mobile unified communications company in Texas, is planning to bring Xync to the platform. Xync is their answer for mobile Lync across a number of platforms including Android, iOS and Symbian.
Matt Landis recently interviewed Ramesh Chaturvedi from Damaka and received the following answer to one of the questions:
Definitely Windows Phone will be targeted. Remember our history with Windows Mobile? We made video on WM6.1 back in 2006 and Windows is important to us. We definitely will target Windows Phone. Up until now the lack of Windows Phone camera API has been the hold up. The camera API should be available to us this month and then we will start work.
Interesting stuff, it will be great to see what Microsoft brings with its offering. We did see a demo at TechEd 2011 in New Zealand of Lync for Windows Phone by Microsoft and found out they were looking to bring the client to other platforms too. Check out the full interview over at Matt's blog (link below).
Source: Matt Landis, via: WPSauce
4 years ago
Pinball League: The Juggler, Impossible Shoota & Krashlander games get updates [Mango]
Probably one of the more understated performance improvements in Mango is the ability for devs to create games past the 30FPS mark, hitting 60FPS instead. And while it's far from revolutionary in the mobile space, the amount of realism and smoothness the change offers is quite impressive.
So far we've seen numerous Xbox LIVE games get this update, which also brings fast-app resume but we haven't seen too much in the way of indie games. Today, Pinkball League: The Juggler (see review), pretty much the only pinball game on Windows Phone, hit v1.4 which brings this faster refresh rate to the table. The Juggler has always been exceptionally smooth on gameplay, often looking unusual compared other games. Now with 30FPS+ increase, the gameplay is even better (not to mention the overhaul it received in v1.3). Grab v1.4 here in the Marketplace for a trial.
In addition, Impossible Shoota (see review) is also now Mango compatible with fast-app resume (we're unsure about the increased frame-rate). The game is now at v3.1 and still as fun as ever. The developer, Elbert Perez, just wrapped up re-compiling most of his 13 games for Mango, meaning we should start to see a steady stream of updates soon (we're looking at you, Nom Nom Worm). You can find Impossible Shoota here in the Marketplace as well.
Finally we have Krashlander (see review), one of the earlier games in the Marketplace getting a Mango update as well. Hitting v1.13, the game now has fast app switching and can be found here in the Marketplace.
Thanks, Mark T., for the heads up!
4 years ago
HTC Radar gets its own fancy Reveal ad-spot too. Makes Windows Phone look prodigious.
4 years ago
Confirmed: HTC Radar 4G coming to T-Mobile!
Look at that, just a few hours after we posted about the Radar 4G existing and then speculating that it was destined for T-Mobile, pics of that device come forward. And we were right.
There's not too much else to know: it's a 3.8" screen device with a metal unibody design, 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing one for video. While the Euro version is just 3G, those in the U.S. will be getting 4G as seen in the shot above. No word on release date or pricing, but obviously this thing is close--TmoNews is hearing "October/early November". This is the only confirmed Mango device for T-Mobile so far, but perhaps there is room for a Titan as well?
See more pics at TmoNews.
4 years ago
Telstra confirms Mango release in the next 2 weeks
Not that we thought Microsoft was lying, nor doubted the earlier report that Telstra had already approved the Mango update, but it's still nice to see a carrier with this much transparency. Yes, for our friends down under, your beloved Telstra will begin rolling out Mango updates within the next two weeks.
Not much else to say on the matter, we suppose, just that Mango is afoot. That and it looks like Microsoft is attempting a near-simultaneous global roll out. Impressive if it happens.
Source: @Telsta_news; Thanks, Damien D., for the tip!
4 years ago
HTC working on a Beats Windows Phone
The HTC and Beats Audio partnership has already produced the HTC Sensation XE, an android phone with Beats Audio. We are now learning that a Beats Audio Windows Phone is in the works.
To quickly get a Beats Audio phone on the market HTC took the HTC Sensation, added Beats Audio software, a high-end set of headphones (complete with the Beats trademark red cord), added a few cosmetic changes and added the XE suffix.
Could HTC do something similar with the HTC Radar or Titan? Or are we in store for a few more Windows Phones from HTC later this year?
4 years ago
Backdoor for sideloading apps in Mango will enable more powerful ChevronWP7 Labs [Homebrew]
Back in June when "Mango" was first making its rounds, one of the first things we noted with regret was the inability to sideload pretty much all homebrew apps created up to that point. What would happen is you would try to load the app and be greated with "Error 0×81030120". Reason? It's technical but "Mango won’t officially support the deployment of custom applications with the ID_CAP_INTEROPSERVICES capability flag".
Even more of a bummer for the proposed ChevronWP7 Labs, which would be limited to sideloading only apps that don't modify the registry--that is, apps that can't customize the OS at any level.
The good news though, as reported by ChevronWP7 member Rafael Rivera, is there is a way around this. XDA member“Heathcliff74” discovered that if your MaxUnsignedApp value is 300 or higher, you can remove the limitation and sideload the app. This gives devs an easy workaround for re-enabling Homebrew apps (it's been speculated that this "trick" was for MS employees and OEM partners).
Rivera goes on to state "The suitable pairing for this hack is, of course, ChevronWP7 Labs". That's of course, some great news for all of us.
Source: XDA; via Within Windows
4 years ago
HTC Radar 4G shows up again--destined for T-Mobile?
This morning we posted a few new device names that have been documented using the app "I'm a WP7". Those devices include the HTC Ultimate, HTC Radar 4G and the Samsung Haden.
While looking at Elbert Perez's stats for his collection of 13 games, we can at least verify that the HTC Radar 4G pops up there as well, lending more credence to the idea that this device is real. Once again, it's not too difficult to imagine such a device--just pop in a new Qualcomm chipset for the 4G and you're good to go. And since Mango supports 4G, this is a no brainer for US markets.
The big question of course is who is this for: T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon? We're now thinking T-Mobile as we remembered this post.
Source: Occasional Gamer
4 years ago
The Dell Venue Pro is still available on contract
The other day we posted that the Dell Venue Pro appeared to be no longer available with contractual discounts for either AT&T or T-Mobile. It looked like the only way to buy the Windows Phone from Dell was to buy the unlocked AT&T or T-Mobile versions.
With the help of one of our readers we have learned that Dell is still offering the Venue Pro on contract with T-Mobile. You just have to hunt for the listings.
You see Dell has a T-Mobile and AT&T page that lists all their electronic gadgets that operate on those respective networks. Listed amongst the tablets and connected laptops on the T-Mobile page is the Dell Venue Pro (here's our review). You can purchase the Dell Venue Pro for the low, contractually discounted price of $.99 after agreeing to a two year contract with T-Mobile.
You can find the T-Mobile version of the Venue Pro with contractual discounts here.
Oddly, the unlocked version is going for $334.98 on the Dell T-Mobile page but over here on Dell's main smartphone page, the DVP is going for $299.99. All of which makes us wonder if Dell forgot to update these pages when they took the contract discounts off the main page.
Either way, contract or not, the Dell Venue Pro is a nice Windows Phone (that grows on you) at a decent price.
source: glanceandgoradio Thanks goes out to Kevyn for the tip!
Update: It has been brought to our attention (thank you Andrew) that the AT&T phone listed is not the Venue Pro but rather the Venue (android). At a glance, with one eye closed and squinting the other, the two phones look similar. We've updated the post to reflect that only the T-Mobile version of the Venue Pro remains available under contract.
4 years ago
HTC and Windows Phone UK debut TITAN: Reveal commercial
We keep hearing how Microsoft (and partners) need to sell their devices. And while we mean that in the literal sense, we also mean it in the advertising one as well--they need pizazz, a way to draw in users.
We know with "Mango", Microsoft's partners (OEMs, carriers) will be taking on a larger roll in advertising. What you see above is what looks like to be a first attempt at that, with HTC making a nifty 45 second spot called "HTC TITAN: Reveal". The ad has the phone forming out of air with some solid music playing.
Our only criticism? Would have been nice to throw in some specs--not even a mention of the 4.7" screen? Seems like sacrilege to us. But hey, it's a start.
Related: See Microsoft's Metro ad aimed at developers
Source: Windows Phone UK (YouTube); Thanks, Andrew, for the tip!
4 years ago
Pandora goes HTML5 and streams on Windows Phone IE9 (Kind of)
One "killer app" missing for many on Windows Phone, despite some solid alternatives, is Pandora internet radio. We still see no reason that Pandora won't release an official app now that Mango is around the corner and supports background play--so we won't be surprised if something shows up soon.
However, in the meantime for you die-hard folks out there who are already on Mango (estimate via "I'm a WP7" is nearly 20% of Windows Phone users): you can now browse to Pandora.com via IE9 and stream that way. See, the whole website was redesigned and relaunched today and HTML5 is their new standard. Our browser supports HTML5 and background audio play, so match made in heaven. New Pandora site includes:
- New Look and Feel: A new centralized content area accentuates each ad execution by increasing the space and immersing the user via an integrated skin for campaigns. Additionally, the modern page design scales to provide more creative possibilities for advertisers with additional ad formats.
- Additional Screen Real Estate: Ads are seamlessly integrated across the entire site while listeners explore music and artist content and engage in robust social experiences, such as interacting with self and friend profiles and feeds.
- Simplified Cross Platform Execution: Smooth platform parity between web and mobile, making it easier to execute cross-platform audio and visual ad campaigns.
- Bigger Videos: Video ads have been upgraded to a larger, full-screen video overlay, prominently showcasing advertisers' videos.
- Enhanced Social Features: New opportunities for advertisers to connect with listeners as they share and engage with others in the Pandora community and their social networks.
As we said, match made in heaven, right? Well, not quite. While it certainly does work, it's still a bit slow--you'll have that "delay" between pressing a button and the response, which can last a few seconds (leaving you unsure if the button press even registered). We also had some issues with our volume being very low (had to jack it up to 30 and even then was barely audible). Still, that could be hiccups on our end, our device, the network or just some early kinks--others seem to be having more success. The important note here is, technically speaking, you can stream Pandora via IE9 as advertised.
Source: PRNewsWire; Thanks, @burnethanol, Lerimer S. and Damian M., for the heads up!
4 years ago
Official: Windows Phone Mango to be released in the coming weeks
We previously covered the leaked Orange memo that pinned the 15th of September as the roll-out day, but we are all ware of this day passing by. Now, Microsoft has finally released some more detail on the actual window for release. Eric Hautala published the following over at the Windows Phone Developer blog:
For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress. As a result, we now expect to start rolling it out in the next week or two. At that time, we’ll also refresh the Where’s My Phone Update? table to reflect the worldwide roll out status.
This ties in with Joe Belfiore's tweet last week that reminded everyone of "the fall" being aimed at for the green button to be pressed. So, there we have it, keep an eye out on this space for the announcement within the next two weeks.
Source: Windows Phone Dev blog Thanks goes out to everyone (too many to name) who tipped us on this!
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