This week James Mundy is our Windows Phone developer interviewee. Being the brains (and brawn) behind Travelnapp, he has allowed WP7 commuters to take a break from busy city life and zone out to their imaginary realm without missing their train stop. As well as travelling on rails, the app works for just about anything, travelling by car, bus or even walking (if you somehow manage to sleepwalk).
Check out the interview after the break.
We want to know what games you’d like to see ported from another mobile OS to Windows Phone, and we’re giving away Xbox Live Avatar props for your trouble. To enter, visit this forum thread and tell us the following:
What one game would you most like to see ported from another mobile OS to Windows Phone as an Xbox Live title, and why? Remember, we’re only asking about games that are already available on other cell phones – not console games. Try to name the developer as well. You only get one entry, so make it count.
We will choose the nine most interesting and/or convincing responses and give their writers a redeemable code for a Beards and Beaks Avatar prop that can’t be purchased on the Marketplace. This contest is open to readers from any nation, but we can’t guarantee the codes will work outside of the US. It’s the journey that matters, not the destination! Entries must be received by 10 AM PST on Tuesday, July 26.
Head past the break for additional contest details and free cookies!
Phil, Kevin, Derek, Dan, and Rene talk Netflix on Android, media on Mobile, the RIM-pire striking back, news execs at webOS, Nokia Windows Phones, 20 million iPhones, and hitting the budget buyer sweet spot. Bringing together the heads of state of Android, BlackBerry, iOS, webOS, and Windows Phone for full on round-table action. This is Mobile Nations!
Here's some speculation that sort of makes sense: we just reported that the AT&T Venue Pro is available to purchase again direct from Dell. What's odd (and what we missed) was the expected ship date: 8/30
Ricky Tan has published an insightful blog post on MSDN that covers implementing multiplayer gaming on the windows Phone platform. Using UdpAnySourceMulticastClient, Ricky walks us through enabling peer-to-peer support (over WiFi in this case) in a game for Mango.
There's been reports of a mysterious handset appearing in some HTC Flyer tablet shots. The handset can be seen via reflection on the screen of the HTC Flyer. What's interesting is that we can only see the rear of the device, so to comment on what OS it's packing inside the shell is impossible from the viewing angle we've been given.
It's an interesting design, whatever it may be. HTC has kept the same look for a while now on every platform it covers, so to see something new that could stand out is refreshing. I remember my HTC Hero being unique against the standard black-curved HTC handsets. What do you guys make of the photos? Does it look too much like an Android design?
Check out some shots after the break and the full album of shots over at Flickr (link below).
We've seen the upcoming Toshiba Fujitsu "Mango" handset, that is to become official on July 27th at a press event with Microsoft Japan. This is something in a whole different realm. A Fujitsu device running Windows 7. Not Windows Phone 7, just Windows 7. Allow me to introduce you to the Fujitsu Windows F-07C Mobile Phone.
What are the selling points of this device? Well, we have Internet Explorer 9, two years license of Microsoft Office, SSD (flash memory), trackball for mouse movement accompanied by a QWERTY keyboard. I'm not sure why they have SSD as a feature since I'd find it odd to find a traditional motor-driven hard drive inside a phone. This is probably the best part:
"By hooking up a keyboard or mouse to the USB port, users can easily edit Office files or connect to a printer to print. In addition, after connecting the mobile phone to a large-screen TV via an HDMA output connector, users can enjoy websites or captured photographs on the big screen."
From first viewing the photos above, one will notice the massive resemblance of iOS with the icon grid layout, pane icons (small circles under the grid displaying which pane is currently active), and even an OS X-like dock. It's reported that this device will be available in Japan by the weekend.
What's impressive is the specifications (although battery life when in Win7 mode is only at ~2 hours), check them out after the break.
This week’s Xbox Live release, Tentacles – while awesome, is perhaps a little icky with all the tentacles and eyeball eating and such. Next week’s release should cleanse the palette nicely. It’s Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition from Game House.