Break.com, that site with an endless supply of "viral" videos, first came out with their Windows Phone 7 app in October. Unfortunately, most reviews weren't so hot. Good for them that their v1.1, released today, seems to working quite well. The app has a Live tile, but it's one of those "for aesthetics only" types where it merely downloads a new video image. Still, we like variation on our Today screen, so we'll take it, thank you very much.
There's still no way to search (boo) or share videos (boo x2) but for just watching silly viral clips, it gets an 'A'. Even over 3G the vids look buttery smooth on our end, making this very useful on the go. We'll also say that their UI design is quite swanky for a freebie.
Hey, we're always up for wasting time on our mobile, after all what is a 3G enabled smartphone for but to distract us from life's mundane rituals? So we'll give this app a "recommend", especially if you like to laugh at stupid stuff. We sure do.
Grab it here in the Marketplace.
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Just as expected, lots of v1.1 of apps are starting to hit with Live tile support and push notifications etc. This helps up the quality of apps overall on the marketplace.
I noticed that too--it was around the 3k mark in apps when updates starting hitting and things really began to take off. Kind of exciting, actually.
this is an interesting utilization of live tile, and shows the potential is endless. the article says "where it merely downloads a new video image" but i think it downplays the fact that its still a way of knowing that there is a new video uploaded on the site.. looks like a great idea.
To start: I don't yet have a WP7 device but will most likely get one once some hardware hits Sprint. I'm curious about the Live Tiles, though. Is there an option for like, Live Tile "folders"? For example, let's say there were four or five different time-waster apps that I used pretty frequently. Would I be able to create a Live Tile on the homescreen (is that what it's called?) that, when selected, would send me to another set of Live Tiles that comprised of the five different time-waster apps? I'm worried about live tile overload - I would have so many apps with live tiles that I would scroll down endlessly in order to see them all. I love the idea of live tiles, but I'd prefer the ability to prioritize live tiles into tiles that would go on my homescreen, and tiles that could be grouped thematically into folders for easy access but not individually cluttering up the homescreen. Hope that makes sense, and I'm looking forward to a Dell Venue Pro-type device on Sprint.
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