Well, this week was eventful to say the least. The Mango VIP Preview turned out to contain all the right answers for many consumers and developers, while some felt slightly disapointed with Steve Ballmer stating that there'll be 500 features included into Mango yet only a handful have been in the media.
Let us kick-start this weeks round-up with our developer interview. This week we had the peasure in having Waheed Bhatti (Software Architect at Irtiqa) answer some questions (opens in new tab) about his view on Windows Phone and what projects both himself and Irtiqa are working on. Also, remember how last week we got excited about our app being released? Well, as you're more than aware of, the submission was rejected. Both myself and Jay went about fixing the issues and the official wpcentral app is now available (Zune link (opens in new tab))! It has been receiving great feedback and positive reviews, so we thank you.
Back to Steve Ballmer announcing the 500 new features, you can check out our Mango VIP Preview event wrap up (opens in new tab) for the juicy gossip, videos and more.
Our George Ponder gave a quick run through of the top apps on the Marketplace (opens in new tab) just as the stat counter reached 20,000 on number of available apps and games. To further improve the experience of consumers and provide developers with more reach for their apps, a web version of the Marketplace (opens in new tab) was detailed to be in the works allowing purchases to be made through the browser on any OS.
Gaming was in the spotlight at the VIP event on Tuesday with the announcement that the Xbox hub will receive some aesthetic work. The tedious Xbox Live Extras will be replaced by including all Live enabled features within the hub itself, so you'll be able to see your avatar and communicate with your friends in no time at all. Hydro Thunder GO made an appearance kicking off the six weeks of must-have games and the RPG category of games for WP7 has finally seen a title; Dungeon Stalker (opens in new tab).
Moving onto a somewhat serious note, Lincolnshire Police are using Windows Phone in a new fingerprint technology trial, while Rudy Huyn spent a few hours having fun with the new improved live tiles in Mango by turning them into his own Tetris playground (opens in new tab). Shazam is back on the Marketplace and is still priced at a laughable $5.99 for the paid Encore version.
ZTE, a Chinese handset manufacturer, is planning to bring their first WP7 device (running Mango) to the table in Q3 this year. The Verizon Trophy is available everywhere, while being sold out in places. Newegg currently have it priced at $99 (opens in new tab). Speaking of new devices, we got our hands on AT&T's HTC HD7S (opens in new tab).
A few entertaining stories to round off your weekend includes the demo of Mango improving heavily on speech recognition and control (voice-to-text etc) and the showing off of a new "I Love Windows Phone" design (opens in new tab). The orange colour based theme in Mango will be renamed as the fruit in the next update and emotions will actually be displayed as emotions instead of text. Who would have thought the wall of tiles exists (opens in new tab)?
For developers we have some goodies. Mango development tools have been released (opens in new tab) and developers are expected to receive Mango prior to release (opens in new tab). Should you just need that slight kick in the right direction with regards to your motivation, Elbert Perez shows that hard work pays off with WP7 by reporting his earnings of almost $30,000 (opens in new tab). If you need a slight helping hand then we have found a cheating sheet for you should you not be on top of things design wise. If you're after more information about advertising within your app, did you know you can use multiple AdUnits with pubCent (opens in new tab)er?
Oh, don't forget to check out our TVShow app giveaway contest (opens in new tab)!
Carry on through the break for the highlights.
- Now available: the official WPCentral app for Windows Phone 7
- Ballmer states Mango will contain 500 new features (opens in new tab)
- Mango Preview Event, wrapping it all up (opens in new tab)
- Windows Phone Marketplace Top Apps (opens in new tab)
- Windows Phone Marketplace hits 20,000 apps
- Joe does Mango: Belfiore shows off Windows Phone update highlights (opens in new tab)
- More detail on WP7 Web Marketplace [Updated] (opens in new tab)
- WPCentral's TVShow Giveaway Contest (opens in new tab)
- Mango Games hub and Xbox Live improvements revealed (opens in new tab)
- Hydro Thunder GO is now available on Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone
- Pirate's Mind free for a limited time
- Dungeon Stalker brings dungeon crawling to Windows Phone (opens in new tab)
- Lincolnshire police using WP7 in new fingerprint tech trial (opens in new tab)
- Demo: LiveTris shows how powerful the new Mango Live Tiles can be (opens in new tab)
- Shazam finally returns to the Marketplace--same price for Encore
- ZTE to bring Mango devices to Europe in Q3 (opens in new tab)
- Verizon Trophy now $99 on Newegg (opens in new tab)
- AT&T's HTC HD7S - First Impressions (opens in new tab)
- Windows Phone screen comparisons: Surround, Focus and HD7S
- Verizon Trophy's micro-SD card revealed (opens in new tab)
- Mango does Voice to text and vice versa (opens in new tab)
- Microsoft shows off new 'I Heart WP' design, makes a sticker for the Focus (opens in new tab)
- The Wall of Live Tiles exists (opens in new tab)
- Mangos are orange and "orange" is now "mango" (opens in new tab)
- Emoticons get an overhaul in Mango too (opens in new tab)
- Mango developer tools available today (opens in new tab)
- Developers to get Mango prior to release (opens in new tab)
- OccasionalGamer's Elbert Perez brings in nearly $30K in game dev for WP7 (opens in new tab)
- Windows Phone designer cheat sheet [Developers] (opens in new tab)
- Using multiple AdUnits per WP7 app (opens in new tab)
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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