Welcome to the summary of the week where we wrap up the Windows Phone news of the last six days. Before we crack on with the summary itself, WPCentral has been continuing with the Windows Phone tutorials covering the platform basics. We've taken a look at the People Hub, Windows Phone camera, and the best weather apps available on the Marketplace. This week we've also had the pleasure of being joined by Pratik Kothari, developer of Social Mints, for an insightful developer interview.
Our forums have continued to be the location for all discussions Windows Phone, this includes the story of a member managing to damage the Lumia 800 screen, which features Gorilla Glass. But enough of all things WPCentral, let's get straight into the summary.
Kicking us off on our highlights is the debate on whether or not Microsoft will be releasing Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" to current and previous generation handsets. The company has also been rumoured to be discussing "Apollo" with partners in the UK. Nokia has released their Q1 financial report that details a €590 loss, as well as a strong Lumia US launch.
Speaking of financial gains and loses, the developers of Taptitude have revealed they are making over $1,000 per day with in-app advertising. This is just on Windows Phone, something that could provide that extra incentive to those who are dismissing the platform. A recent WPCentral poll we ran on the front page revealed an interesting outcome. According to surveyed readers, the majority left either the iPhone or Android handsets for Microsoft's mobile platform.
Microsoft Research has been working on a project titled FALCON to improve the launch time of apps on Windows Phone by using algorithms to calculate which app(s) the user is likely to open. SkyDrive has been updated with shortened URLs for Twitter posts on Windows Phone. European carriers have reportedly been cold with platform reception and sales, we dig into why this could be reality. Meanwhile in the states, Verizon has been supposedly warming up to Windows Phone with LTE functionality. Could we be seeing more handsets from the carrier?
Angry Birds is joined by six other Xbox Live titles that have received permanent price reductions on the Marketplace. To join this trend Battlewagon, Deer Hunter and Glyder also have their prices slashed. If this wasn't enough for the deal hunters out there, Kinectimals is this week's Xbox Live Deal of the Week. Monster Island was released and was then subsequently pulled, which we expect is down to broken achievements.
We previously looked at Wordament being given Xbox Live status, and the title was even prematurely listed under the Live filters on the Marketplace. Now the date has been confirmed - April 25th. The NES emulator for Windows Phone called vNESLight is taken through its paces by WPCentral.
As mentioned above, there has been many headlines surrounding the upcoming "Apollo" update for Windows Phone. We've even heard rumours of the release being tested on a Lumia 800, leading us to believe it will be possible for previous generation handsets if true. We attended the recent WPUG meetup in London where some exciting apps were demoed by local developers. One of said projects was Pepper; a new service that's aiming to change the way we find local music venues / artists.
Both Viber and AboutOne are set to release Windows Phone apps, with the latter being an exclusive title. Executive Caddie + is on its way to Lumia Windows Phones as an OEM exclusive. The special versions of the app feature unique colour themes depending on which Lumia is purchased as well as added augmented reality functionality. The voice app TalkBox, which is already available on both Android and the iPhone is coming to Windows Phone.
BandWidth has been removed from the Marketplace due to a cease and desist request from Speedtest.net. Good Technologies has released Good for Enterprise on the Marketplace, but should you be a Star Wars fan a Kinect app has also been made available on the platform. Like we'd need another IM client for Windows Phone, Samsung's ChatON service could be on its way.
Dell have announced that they are interested in Windows 8 and what the company could bring to the table hardware wise, but is opting out of the smartphone side of the business for now, which might mean we may not see another handset with upcoming "Apollo". The white Lumia 900 was stocked at AT&T stores, but only in a limited number.
Microsoft and the Windows Phone team have taken the Smoked by Windows Phone campaign to Italy, challenging the public to see if they can best the platform at general smartphone tasks. The "Dare to Live" UK campaign (much like Smoked by Windows Phone - with a twist) kicked off yesterday with a daring event in London's west end. Also, should you manage to get your hands on one, unfortunately it doesn't ship with the latest firmware fix from Nokia.
Rumours are flying high of Nokia working on the next version of Lumia 800 firmware with the official update page listing Vodafone firmware updates as "under creation". Speaking of updates, the manufacturer is readying a Lumia 710 update that's destined for China and Europe. In this coming week we're going to see Nokia launch a Windows Phone "Tango" handset targeting Asian markets - the Lumia 610. To close up the hardware section, we have Elgiganten, a Swedish Retailer, offering a free Xbox 360 console with any LG Optimus 7 purchase.
Nokia has launched the Lumia 710 and 800 in the Philippines with a rocking party, further displaying how the company can spend money they don't have and are able to host superb events. Windows Phone UK has launched a competition for participants to send in Spring photos taken with their Windows Phone. Those who are selected as winners will win one of four available Windows Phone mugs. The latest advert published on the Smartphone Beta Test Youtube account highlights the Carl Zeiss optics, unfortunately the video states the hardware is good at low-light photography - something many owners would disagree with.
To close up the summary, we have Microsoft offering support to developers by cross-submitting apps to newly added countries to the AppHub supported list.
- Windows Phone Marketplace down? Error c101abb9 rears its head
- Will Microsoft deliver a Windows Phone 8 update or won't they?
- Microsoft evangelist retracts claims of Windows Phone 8 updates
- Windows Phone 8 devices reportedly show up in speed test and in web analytics
- Nokia Q1 2012 financial report highlights a €590 loss, strong Lumia US launch
- Windows Phone dev making over $1000 per day with adverts on Taptitude
- Behind the Tiles with Windows Phone events are coming to Best Buy
- Microsoft reportedly briefing partners on Windows Phone Apollo during summit
- Moody's cuts Nokia's debt rating to lowest investment level
- Majority of new Lumia 900 converts are coming from Android or the iPhone
- Introducing FALCON: Fast App Launching with Context from Microsoft Research
- SkyDrive updated; includes shortened URLs for Twitter posts via Windows Phone
- European carriers reportedly not convinced by Nokia's push to challenge competitors
- Verizon warming up to Windows Phone?
- Angry Birds and six other Xbox Live games on Windows Phone get permanent price drops
- Battlewagon and two more Xbox Live games on Windows Phone drop their prices
- Monster Island now on the Windows Phone Marketplace along with a PDLC Xbox Live Achievement
- Monster Island no longer listed in the Marketplace, possibly due to Xbox Live Achievement issue
- Get cheap kitties on your Windows Phone with Kinectimals, the Xbox Live Deal of the Week
- Wordament brings word tournaments to Xbox Live on Windows Phone on April 25
- An NES emulator comes to Windows Phone and we put it through its paces
- Report: Windows Phone Tango aiming for a June release by Microsoft and carriers
- Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" being tested on Lumia 800? (Rumor)
- Pepper: a new Windows Phone app making live music more social
- Viber for Windows Phone coming in the next week or two
- AboutOne to be released exclusively on Windows Phone
- Executive Caddie + coming exclusively to Nokia Lumia Windows Phones with augmented reality
- Voice chat app TalkBox goes into open pilot test for Windows Phone
- BandWidth app gets cease and desist from Speedtest.net
- Good for Enterprise™ released for Windows Phone
- Kinect Star Wars App now available and it'll surprise you
- Trapster heading to the Windows Phone Marketplace
- Warnygo for Windows Phone released to the Marketplace
- Samsung's ChatON instant messaging service may come to Windows Phone
- London Travel Live for Windows Phone updated with more functionality
- Microsoft Translator updated to version 2.0
- My Verizon Mobile receives a makeover that goes horribly wrong
- Dell likes Windows 8 but is still opting out of the smartphone business
- White Nokia Lumia 900's show up at AT&T with limited sales
- Unboxing & hands on with the Glossy-White Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T
- Glossy-White Lumia 900 does not ship with latest firmware-fix from Nokia
- Cyan Nokia Lumia 900 still out of stock at AT&T, Black models back in stock
- More signs that Nokia's Lumia 900 is doing well
- Cyan Lumia 900 sells out on Best Buy's website
- Nokia working on new Lumia 800 firmware, with possible tethering functionality?
- Nokia readies Lumia 710 Tango OS update for China
- More Tango ROMs headed for the Lumia 710 including Europe
- Nokia to launch Lumia 610 in Asian markets at the end of April
- Swedish retailer Elgiganten offering free Xbox 360 console with LG Optimus purchases
- Microsoft challenges Italy with the Smoked by Windows Phone campaign
- Windows Phone "Dare to Live" challenge hits UK streets
- Dare to Live Windows Phone campaign kicks off in London's west end
- Nokia launches the Lumia 710 and 800 in the Philippines with a rocking party
- Share a photo representing Spring and win a Windows Phone UK mug
- The Smartphone Beta Test - Carl Zeiss Optics