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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Windows Phone Marketplace: Why Can't This Just Work?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 01:02 PM

Is anyone else getting a bit fed up with the fact that Windows Phone Marketplace can't seem to do what it was designed to do on a consistent basis? Every time I go into Marketplace I'm never quite sure what will happen. I haven't had the problem of it crashing on me yet, but the above photo is a new issue that I can't seem to get past: moTweets Pro and the Facebook app won't update and instead give me an error about the license. It starting happening over the weekend and despite daily variations of tap and hold/tap here, I'm not able to get the apps updated. I've deleted the downloaded apps and re-downloaded them in an attempt to get the problem fixed. No joy there. A device reboot hasn't helped either.

I've had various glitches with Marketplace since getting my first Windows Phone 7 device, but this has to be the most frustrating. The Facebook app is free, so why would there be a license issue? And I purchased the moTweets Pro app, so one would expect I'd have a license to update it. Anyone else seeing similar issues with these, or other, apps?

I have no experience with the Android Marketplace, but when I compare the Windows Phone Marketplace to the Apple App Store, it simply doesn't measure up. In owning an iPod Touch and purchasing apps for it over the past three years or so, I've only ever had one app download/install go a bit wonky - and it was easily fixed by rebooting the device. Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace has to get significantly more reliable if people are going to trust it and purchase apps with confidence.

Friday, March 11, 2011

WP7 Just 60 Apps Away From 10,000 Marketplace Apps, Hits That Milestone Faster Than iPhone or Android

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:30 AM

"The excitement is palpable as the number of apps in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace edge towards 5 figures. reports nearly 1200 applications have been added in the last 2 weeks, which is an acceleration on the usual 1000, and should guarantee we pass over the 10,000 mark today."

This is quite an accomplishment, and definitely bodes well for the future of Windows Phone. Only 4 1/2 months since it was released to the public, and developers have showered us with great applications faster than we could have imagined. I think the smartphone war is going to heat up significantly over the next year or two.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Social Responsibility and WP7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:00 PM

"The Love Clean London Windows Phone 7 app makes it easier for Londoners to report environmental crimes, receive feedback from London boroughs on progress and save London boroughs money...The system gives people an easy way to help their borough keep communities clean, receive prompt action when a report is sent and help boroughs direct their resources to the areas that need them most."

Stuff like this fascinate me - a new way for governments to interact with their constituents, and for people to act individually for the betterment of society. Gadgets and technological change has in some ways isolated humans from each other, but every now and again something crops up to bridge that gap again. I can't imagine that London's the only city that needs cleaning up, nor many others that are about to hold the Olympics, but this imaginative use of existing platforms and technology could serve as a model for a whole host of service improvements - if anyone's listening. Yeah, I can see the flip-side (for instance if something like this was available in pre-Glasnost Russia, or present day Libya), but I prefer to have some faith in the basic altrusim of mankind. The Love Clean London app is a free download from Windows Marketplace.


Runkeeper For Windows Phone 7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 03:30 AM

"One of the mobile world's most popular fitness apps -- Runkeeper -- has finally arrived for Windows Phone 7. Runkeeper has been available on other platforms for a bit over two years, amassing more than five million downloads in that time."

If you're a jogger - or even if you take walks regularly - this app's for you. You can track your progress in real time via GPS, and save your favorite routes. I'm not sure if there's cloud integration yet for WP7 (it's available for iPhone and Androind versions), but if it isn't I'm pretty sure it'll get there in time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

TuneIn Radio Makes Its Way To Windows Phone 7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:00 PM

"TuneIn Radio is designed to give you a way to listen to streaming radio from anywhere in the world. If you're traveling abroad and feeling a little homesick and want to hear the local news, or if you just want a broader perspective on the events of the day than what you're getting where you live, TuneIn Radio can help."

TuneIn Radio allows you to listen to upwards of 30,000 AM and FM radio stations that are that are streaming or simulcasting on the Internet. The app is available in the Windows Phone Marketplace, and is functionally equivalent to the same app for IOS devices (e.g. iPhone and iPad). Features include the ability to find stations specifically by call letter if you're looking for one station, or browse stations by location, language, or genre.

TuneIn Radio is really handy if you want to listen to a radio station while roaming around. Launch the app, click on Local Radio, and you are quickly presented with a list of the local stations broadcasting on the Internet. Click on your choice and you are listening within seconds. The app has lots of features, including setting alarms and sleep timers.

A really interesting feature of TuneIn Radio is to do a live search for a particular song. If a station is broadcasting RDS information, TuneIn Radio can search it and determine if they are playing the song you are looking for. TuneIn Radio is an impressive and effective app that should be in your collection if you like listening to broadcast radio.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hangman Deluxe Released for Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Software" @ 04:30 AM

One of the things that I really enjoy is leading (along with a few fellow MVPs) the New York Windows Phone User Group. At our meeting the other night, I got to see some of our members' latest creations, and figured you might want to see one as well. Others will be on the way, but for now you can play with Mr. Hangman here, both in a deluxe (ad-less) version, and with a free version!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Microsoft-Nokia Announcement Spurs Windows Phone 7 App Development

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:02 AM

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According to an article found in Businessweek, Flurry Inc. has indicated that interest in WP7 app development has increased significantly since Microsoft announced their partnership with hardware giant Nokia.

In fact, when it comes to new projects, WP is now ranked as 3rd behind Apple and iOS.

"New projects for Windows Phone passed Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry and now rank third behind new apps for Apple Inc.’s iOS and Google Inc.’s Android, Flurry said. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, which agreed last week to have its Windows Phone software power Nokia handsets, is working to turn around market-share losses to Apple and Google. A wide variety of applications is critical to attracting mobile-phone users"

While the overall percentage of new projects is still only at 4% (up from 1%), this is definitely a move in the right direction. Nokia has a large international appeal. With their commitment to Windows Phone, developers are likely seeing the potential for their applications and games to reach millions, if not billions, of people around the world.

Developing apps for Windows Phone may have suddenly went from a labor of love, to a real practical business strategy for maximizing profits. It's amazing how much could change so quickly isn't it?

How do you feel about the growth? Talk about it in the forums!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Amazon Joins WP7 App Parade

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:30 PM

If you're an Amazon devotee, this is the app for you - easier to use than the mobile web version because of support for WP7 gestures, and supports 1-Click ordering, package tracking and wishlists, among others. The app is available through Windows Marketplace (click here).

Monday, February 7, 2011

Looking For A Recommendation For WP7 Apps?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:00 PM

"The free Weather Channel app uses the sleek WP7 interface to its advantage. Even with its larger text, The Weather Channel app still packs in frequently-updated information on different screens that can be swiped through smoothly. With scenic photos as a backdrop, the app provides current temperatures, forecasts and more. Swipe to another screen and there's a five-day forecast with graphics and more details. Another screen lands on a radar map, and a final screen provides video forecasts and traffic cams."

CIO Magazine has compiled a nice list of "must have" apps for Windows Phone 7. There are some apps you would certainly expect to see recommended, including Twitter and the ubiquitous Weather Channel weather app, but also a few interesting selections. Curious? Hit the Read link and see the entire list.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Use 'Em and Leave 'Em: 26% of App Uses are One Night Stands

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 04:00 AM

"The resulting analysis shows that for customers using an app for the first time between January and March, about 22% of them never open the app again. In the second and third quarters, the rate of one-time usage is flat at 26%. One-time usage grows to over 28% in the fourth quarter, but some of those customers may still use the app again in early 2011."

Admit it - you've used an app once and then never bothered to click again. We all do it, although it's interesting to see the data presented here. I suspect we aren't seeing significant differences between those rates above, and I also wonder how much of this depends on app segment. One thing is for certain, it's a lot nicer to have app stores now that let us try before we buy and give us comments and ratings. I recall my early WinMo days of "that looks cool, buy it". I probably spent around $100 (over 3 years) on apps I never used more than 3 times.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Aussie Developers: Win A Trip To Las Vegas

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:30 AM

"For Windows Phone 7 developers down under, Microsoft Australia is hosting a Windows Phone 7 Dev vs Dev competition to seek "an app worthy of claiming the Windows Phone 7 App Champion title" with the first-prize winner going to Las Vegas for the Microsoft MIX11 conference in April."

It would be a bit of a long trip, but undoubtedly fun! Here's a challenge for Australian Windows Phone 7 developers that is quite enticing. Develop a great app and you could find yourself on the way to the US. All bets aside, this Las Vegas conference could be very important for Windows Phone 7's future.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

eWallet Makes It To Windows Phone 7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 12:00 AM

"eWallet GO! is a streamlined, stand-alone secure information manager. It allows you to safely store your important information on your Windows Phone 7 device and to backup or restore your information using Google Docs or Dropbox."

In the 7 years I've been involved with Windows Mobile, eWallet has been one of my must-have, can't-leave-home-without-it apps. I've found it an indispensable tool for managing (and generating) passwords, and keeping sensitive information safe and easily accessible. Now Ilium Software have just launched a Windows Phone 7 version that's going to be one of my very first purchases, as soon as Microsoft gets around to actually making the Marketplace available in my region (hint, hint). It would be even more useful once we have cut and paste on board (hint! hint! hint!). The app is available through the Windows Marketplace for $4.99, and there's a conversion tool on the way for users of eWallet 7.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Found A WP7 Phone Under Your Tree? Load It Up With These Aps

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 01:30 PM

"Ah, so you've just been given a Windows Phone 7 handset. If that's what you'd been begging for all this time, then many congratulations; but if not, don't hit eBay just yet -- sure, WP7's range of apps is comparatively limited with its recent 5,000 milestone, but hey, you gotta start somewhere, right? Even at its infancy, WP7 has proven to be a nice alternative choice if you want to stand out from the rest of the smartphone crowd, and don't forget its two powerful weapons: Zune and Xbox Live integration. Until WP7 gets its major upgrade early next year, our holiday guide should keep you and your new phone going for a little longer."

If you were one of the lucky ones to receive (or, ahem, purchase for yourself) a brand new Windows Phone 7 handset recently, then Engaget has a great list of apps you should consider loading on board. You'll find the standards, like Facebook, Twitter, and The Weather Channel, but there are some additional apps that you might just overlook during your first browse through the WP7 maketplace. GoVoice and Pictures Lab are two of the latter variety. Our Read link takes you directly to the recommendations.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Hits 5000 Apps!

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 PM

Once again, another week another milestone. Today, the Marketplace hit the big ol' 5,000 for available apps. What's funny about this number is on December 25th, WebOS also hit 5,000 official apps (unofficially, it's over 6,000). As we mentioned last time, WebOS has been out for 18+ months, whereas Windows Phone, just two.

Windows Phone 7 has hit the 5000 app mark since it's release just two months ago. This is a fantastic sign of the support and attention being given to the platform by developers. Microsoft has been working diligently to ensure the developers and companies would create new apps as well as convert their apps from other platforms. They have created the tools, they have paid some developers for their support, and most importantly they have created an interesting new OS that has many users very happy and craving for quality apps. That being said, there are still obvious holes in the marketplace. Which app are you still waiting for?

Tags: marketplace, apps

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Remotive Turns Your WP7 Device Into A Media Center Remote Control

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Windows Phone Software" @ 04:30 PM

"If you've been looking for a way to easily control your PC's music collection with your new Windows Phone 7 handset, have a look at the Remotive app created by Sharkfist Software. The $1.99 app allows you to remotely navigate your music collection on your Windows Media Center PC (requires the installation of Remotive Server for Windows Vista/7). With this app, users can browse by album/artist/album artist, select music, and see what's currently playing. A future update will bring remote volume control."

Remotive looks to be an awesome and easy-to-use Windows Media Center remote application for your Windows Phone 7 device. With it, you can control your music anywhere in the house--or even all over the world--from your home machine to your handset. It's attractive and fits with the Windows Phone 7 / Zune aesthetic, and it all seems to be fairly snappy. A server application (free from the developer's website) installs to your Windows Vista or 7 PC and handles all of the setup for you, with a few extra tweaks needed if you want to use Remotive over your cellular data network. Albums display with thumbnails and can be grouped by artist, and just as in the Music app a long press will give you options to play or add to quick list. Volume control and search features are coming in a future release. For more info, James from the Digital Media Zone gives a good walkthrough in this YouTube video. The app is $1.99, but a free trial which limits control to the first 50 albums/artists will give you a sense of what the app can do.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Check Out Windows Phone 7 Apps via Your Desktop

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:00 PM

It's strange that Microsoft still hasn't updated the Windows Phone Marketplace to reflect the newly launched platform, but Paul Willen has delivered a solution in the form of Marketplace Browser. It allows you to browse available apps via your desktop browser, and when you click on download, it will open up the Zune desktop application and show you the app. I think that function might only work in the USA though - for whatever reason, whenever I click on the download link, the Zune Desktop software tells me that "the requested item isn't available" in my location. Yet when I do a search for that same app, it's there in the marketplace. Maybe it will work better for you?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Robert Scoble on Windows Phone 7

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 11:00 AM

Robert Scoble over at posted recently on why he thinks Windows Phone 7 will be a success. Chief among those reasons is the development environment and the support available from Microsoft. Robert also gives a list of things that mobile companies (Apple, Google) can learn from Windows Phone developers. Hit the link for his thoughts as well as a couple of video demonstrations of Windows Phone 7 apps.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Video Review Of Essential Windows Phone 7 Apps

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 AM

Gizmodo has done a video review of what it considers the essential applications you need on your Windows Phone 7 device.

Right off the top, I'd have to say I fully agree with their recommendation of Flight Control game where you play air traffic control. It was the first app I purchased and I've wasted many hours trying accomplish all of the achievements.

Tags: review, apps

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Apps You Should Check Out For WP7

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Windows Phone Software" @ 10:00 AM

There are now over 2,000 apps in the Marketplace for Windows Phone 7, and that means it is going to be tougher to find those quality apps, especially as the count grows. MSNBC has done a wrap up of the apps you should consider now. The article points out that many apps are missing still, especially when it comes to banking, kids Edutainment apps and a few other categories, but hey, the platform is just a month old. or less than a week in the US, so give it time.

If you have WP7 now, head over to the article and see what interests you.

Tags: software, apps

Monday, November 8, 2010

Don't Like Bing? Google Search App Is In The Marketplace

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 06:30 PM

"Searching with Google on your Windows Phone 7 device just got easier. The Google Search app for Windows Phone 7 provides quick and convenient access to a rich set of search results, allowing you to search the web, images, local, news, and more...This initial release of the Google Search app includes several features that help you to search faster - suggestions appear automatically as you type, you can choose to repeat a query from your search history, and your current location is used to provide more relevant results."

Windows Phone 7 incorporates Microsoft's Bing search engine into the OS, but if you prefer the results you get from Google, then this app is for you. You're not going to get the level of integration in the OS that Bing has, but choice is good right?

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