Ever since Mango came out and devs have had access to the compass API, we've seen a ton of compass apps hit the Marketplace. While many are good (including this augmented reality one) none have really wowed us. We mean, it's a compass app, how do you 'wow' someone with that?
Palladium Power, the folks behind the awesome game ORB (paid and free) have managed to make a really snazzy new compass app that features light/dark themes and a slew of design choices including digital. What's makes this app really great looking is both the smoothness of the calculations and the design--it's like art merged with a compass. Consider us impressed.
No word on pricing but availability will be in "early December". We expect to have more on this shortly, so stay tuned, especially if you're lost. In the meantime, give ORB a spin to get an idea of their graphic abilities. The pay version with trial is here and the free, ad-supported option can be found here in the Marketplace.
Source: Palladium Power (Facebook); Thanks, muvolt, for the tip!
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Since the compass API is available for developers, why wouldn't Microsoft update Bing maps to integrate with compass. It will really be a neat feature which i sorely miss coming to windows platform from iPhone. Its so useful in metro cities like NYC to find the directions.
Yeah seriously. I was just in Brooklyn with a friend car shopping. We were mostly relying on his Garmin and several times, it was immediately obvious that if the compass was integrated with Bing, my phone would have been a HUGE help. Mostly at the beginning of runs to the next car dealer when things are all turned around and GPS hasn't sensed enough motion yet to orient but going the wrong way at the beginning of a 20 minute drive can easily cost 25% of that drive time, so it would be useful.
that phone right there looks like the nokia 900?
It a computer render completely made up by Palladium, nothing interesting to see there.
will it work on the dell venue pro ?
although we have no Dell device for testing purposes it looks like compass-functionality has a defect among all Dell Venue Pro devices )=
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