geoGallery & Twitter: More WP7 demo applications
As we delve deeper into what current Silverlight programmers are up to in exploring Windows Phone 7, a few things are becoming evident:
- Generally speaking, they love it
- It's easy
- There's lots of development and excitement amongst the community
Case in point is this "sample" app (e.g. something someone whipped up in very little time to explore the framework): geoGallery.
geoGallery is a photo app that pulls pictures from Picasa to your device based on your current location. Pretty cool. It's even more cool knowing that developers are turning out programs left and right so easily and enthusiastically.
Another is this Twitter app from Governor Technology. They seem to be keen on actually building this, so may be worth to keep an eye on at this very early stage. (And lets not forget Twikini's WP7 app).
We're confident in stating that WP7's development framework is going to give a huge kick in the pants to software offerings in the Marketplace. In other words, we haven't seen this much interest from developers since the iPhone and Android SDK days.
Check out the video of geoGallery in action and how it all works from Silverlight developer Levente Mihály. And Levente? Go ahead and submit that to the Marketplace, kthxbai!
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I also like the fact that all the apps i've seen share the same UI ideas and flow. This is great for consumers as well since if the majority of apps on WP7 work and act the same then people can quickly jump into new apps. This reduces the technical side of things and any real fear someone less tech savy might have about trying out apps.
I thought the geoGallery app was pretty bland until I realized that it was pulling in pictures from specific cities you may be in. As a frequent traveler this would be awesome. Even more awesome would be to be able to pull in video clips. I'd upload all kinds of funny moments.
That Twitter app is awesome. Using only the latest WinMo OS, a
This reduces the technical side of things and any real fear someone less tech savy might have about trying out apps.