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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

MTV News On WP7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 PM

"Keeping suit with the news app releases, MTV News has entered the mix bringing you all the pop culture news to your Windows Phone...Now you can keep up to date with all the news on music, movies, television, celebrities and gaming while on the go."

Not exactly my cup of tea, but if you follow celebrity news, then this app would do for starters. MTV News is available free through the WP7 marketplace.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

eWallet Go!

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 AM

We've featured Ilium Software's eWallet before (as WPCentral is doing now) - I've used it for years, since version 4.x on the now rapidly disappearing Windows Mobile platform, as well as the Windows version on my computer. It's an indispensable tool and an occasional life saver. I can't imagine using any smartphone platform without an app like this, and eWallet Go! is available for every major platform including Windows Phone 7. If you've never tried it before, do yourself a favour and get it - at $4.99 I consider it a bargain.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Policy For Bulk App Publishing On Marketplace

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 PM

"In recent weeks a handful of companies have individually published hundreds of apps in a matter of a few days. We call this bulk publishing. While these apps meet our certification requirements and give consumers a wider selection of content, we're also finding that publishing them in bulk degrades our customers' experience. By publishing hundreds of apps in a short amount of time, the popular "New" Marketplace list category fills quickly, pushing the other new apps out and reducing the diversity of the shopping experience."

An interesting article on the Windows Phone Developer Blog goes into quite a bit of detail about the rationale for Microsoft's decision to establish a bulk publishing policy. In a nutshell, the new policy limits the number of apps the Marketplace will publish at one time from a particular developer. They are setting the limit to 20 new apps per day, although a developer can submit more than that for certification at any particular time. The new policy is intended to help Microsoft retain a balance of choice and customer experience by enabling customers to see a broader and more representative assortment of new apps from the developer community when they see "New" apps every day. The Read link has additional information about the new policy.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Xbox Live Game Doodle Jump Released

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 02:00 AM

"Doodle Jump is the progenitor of the jumping game subgenre. It distills the essence of platformers - jumping onto platforms, avoiding death by falling, and defeating enemies - into a simpler game. Here players control Doodle Jumper by tilting the phone."

Windows Phone Marketplace is starting to reach critical mass, and we're getting a lot more choice in apps and games. Case in point is today's game, Doodle Jump, a simple platformer to while away the time. If this is your cup of tea, check it out - there's a free trial available, and purchasing the app will put you back $2.99.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Windows Phone Marketplace Passes 20k Apps

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:30 AM

In the larger scheme of things, hitting 20,000 apps is a small milestone, but there's no doubt that momentum is building on the software side of things for WP7. What's remarkable is that we're barely a month past talking about hitting 10k - so things are moving. Now if only MS would do something about giving opening up access to the still can't get in from outside the few countries that were available at launch.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Web-based Version Of The Windows Phone Marketplace Coming With Mango

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:00 PM

"To better reach customers worldwide, I'm also pleased to announce today that Mango will offer a new web version of Windows Phone Marketplace. This will enable customers to shop, share and buy/download apps and games from any PC and send them directly to their phones. You get more visibility for your apps with no extra work. The Mango Marketplace will bring several new features and capabilities that Todd Brix will be expanding upon here a little later."

The website is reporting that Matt Bencke has written a post about a future version of the Windows Phone Marketplace that will be accessible on the web. This looks like a very positive move to me, as exposure to the apps available for the platform will now be available to anyone with a browser. It seems that this will roll out with the Mango release, so we have to wait a bit, but it should be a nice addition that developers looking to sell apps will appreciate.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Toshl Expense Tracker

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:30 PM

"Toshl is an app and that makes managing expenses fun and effortless. Noting an expense is quicker than a shooting star. Simply enter the price, tap the right tag for your purchase and save. Best of all, it can seamlessly sync to the cloud and give you beautiful infographics about your own money."

I like finance apps - there's always been one on my various late lamented Windows Mobile devices. Better yet, Toshl is free, though if you need more advanced features the developers offer a Pro version for $19.95. Some might not like the cloud saving feature even if communications are SSL encrypted, though given how much of our lives are out there now I don't know if one more point of contact makes a difference. Set against that, all your data would be available through the Toshl website.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

London Bikes

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 PM

"Kalezo has released London Bikes over at the Windows Phone Marketplace that helps you find the nearest bike station in the London area...London Bikes utilizes your Windows Phone locations services and Bing Maps to where the available stations are located, mark stations as your favourite, as well as turn by turn directions to your station of choice."

Cool, I wish I had technology like this during my student days. If you've ever had the misfortune of trying to drive around London, you'll know how useful alternative transportation is. London Bikes is a free application and is available in the Marketplace now.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rhapsody App Now Available for WP7

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Windows Phone Software" @ 05:00 PM

"Rhapsody continues strengthening its position as a go-to music streaming service in the U.S. In the wake of offering an extended 60-day trial of its services, Rhapsody has now launched a Windows Phone 7 app."

Rhapsody is looking to bring some serious competition to the streaming audio industry. Not only do they offer a $9.99 monthly subscription, they now have a 60-day free trial so you can decide if you like it or not. All of this is now available on Windows Phone 7 in the Zune Marketplace.

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

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, 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.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Windows Phone 7 Feature Availability Matrix, A.K.A. The Confusing Mess

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Articles & Resources" @ 12:08 PM

"Windows Phone 7 is available in many different countries across the world, but where you live depends on how much of the experience you are able to get. The 3 major features on the Windows Phone revolve around availability of online services and they are the Zune Marketplace, Xbox Live and Bing Local search. Microsoft has not made each of these 3 services available in every country that they are launching Windows Phone in and therefore have created a mess of what services are available on the phone in each country (with some countries even having partial access to some services)."

Although I'm enjoying using Windows Phone 7 for the most part, I start to get an angry twitch whenever I stop to think about how fractured the product experience is for people outside the USA. This isn't anything new - I've ranted about this on Zune Thoughts for years - but the core problem is still the same. If someone wants to buy a Windows Phone in Canada, they can't buy music from the Zune Marketplace. What kind of sense does that make then for them to use the Zune desktop software to manage their phone and media collection, but not be able to buy new music - and that's not even the Zune Pass, that's any music at all from Zune. I've heard for years how hard it is to negotiate rights in every country, etc., but at the end of the day it has to happen or the product isn't going to succeed. And the consumer doesn't care about what's hard or what's easy; they want a product that works for them. If Microsoft can't provide that, they'll go with someone that will.

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.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Running a Marathon on WP7

Posted by Don Tolson in "Windows Phone Software" @ 08:00 AM

Who says there aren't any useful navigation applications for WP7? A little while ago, I wrote up a review of a running/walking training assistant called Marathon, by JMD Software which I found very useful on my treks around the local parks with my wife. Well, it seems JMD have jumped on the Silverlight development bandwagon and produced a version for Windows Phone 7. It's available from the Windows Phone Marketplace for $1.09USD which is pretty reasonable and the statistics presentation and interface to the Internet have been improved. It's neat to see software from the WM6.5 world evolve along with the O/S. Read more...

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

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

LastPass for Windows Phone 7 Will Appear, As Soon As They Figure Out How to Fix It!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Windows Phone Developer" @ 07:30 AM

"We have had many users ask us when the Windows Phone 7 app will be available and our response for the last month or two has been 'any day now'. Unfortunately, it is still not available today. As a team that prides itself on trying to be quick to deliver LastPass on the newest platforms and devices, we feel like we owe an explanation to all users who have been eagerly waiting. As you might already know, Windows Phone 7 is nothing like the previous Windows Mobile devices. They changed everything, including the distribution model for apps. All installs must go through Microsoft (similar to Apple's control of iPhone apps) and all apps must be first approved. This is where the major holdup has been."

Part of the reason I use LastPass is because it runs on freaking everything I could ever use, and if it's a new product, it will have LastPass on it in fairly short order. Windows Phone 7 is no exception, however the LastPass crew has hit a small snag in the form of the Marketplace validation process. This is a process I have experience with as well, so I can vouch for the frustration the LastPass crew is feeling now. Don't get me wrong - it's not that the Marketplace validation reports I receive aren't helpful, in some cases though, they just aren't helpful enough. Case and point? A recent failure report I got listed the steps to reproduce as "Constantly change the values within the appropriate areas", which while true, could have been more helpful (e.g., "Constantly change the values (specifically to X) within the appropriate areas."). Don't get me wrong, it's a much nicer system than a blanket "You fail", but come on Microsoft, if you're going to give a report, at least go all the way with the usefulness factor! I mean, after all, your testers know what value they put in to crash my app, why not tell that to me?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Shazam: Now Available For Windows Phone 7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 04:30 PM

"With Shazam you can identify music immediately when you hear it, buy tracks direct from Zune Marketplace, as well as sort and store your Tags to quickly find and access your tagged music. Launch offer: unlimited tagging - don't miss a music moment - Tag as often as you like!"

If you have never heard of Shazam then you may be surprised to hear such an application exists. In a nutshell, Shazam allows you to identify music anywhere: from the radio, TV, film, or in a store by simply holding your Windows Phone 7 device towards the music and tapping the large Shazam button on the screen. The Shazam software identifies the artist and song, tags it appropriately, and then enables you to buy the music immediately. The Shazam tag includes details which allow you to link directly to Zune to give instant access to the music. Shazam allows you to sort tags by date, artist and track to quickly find and access your tagged music and to store your tagged tracks. It's a handy and most interesting application. For more details, hit the Read link and head over to the Shazam site.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Windows Phone Marketplace Revamp

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 04:00 AM

The Windows Phone Marketplace team is getting ready for launch. In anticipation of that exciting event they have revamped the developer portal in order to make it easier to distribute and manage games and apps. These changes coincide with a new set of policies and timelines for rolling out Marketplace for developers. Initially, two thousand developers will be chosen from the initial registered developers. Chosen developers will receive guidance and early access to the application submission and certification process. Windows Phone Marketplace will become fully available to developers in November. Most importantly for developers is that the first payday will come in February. All of this is really exciting and suggests that the app selection will be robust at launch.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Microsoft Demos Apps For WP7 With Source Code

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

We're a little over two months away (fingers crossed) to the launch of Windows Phone 7, and Microsoft is going full steam ahead in getting developers up to speed in getting apps ready. Just to show what's possible, MS has unveiled a number of apps including a cool Bing translator that can speak on your behalf (with requisite accent). The best thing (apart from the price: free) is that the source code for these handful of apps is available for devs to pick over and use in their own efforts. At least you can't say MS isn't trying.

Update: We're having some technical difficulties with posting the MS video on the site, but you can hit the link for a view of it.

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