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HTC Radar appears on the radar

We've seen ads for the HTC Titan and Radar over at Amazon.com's UK site and now we are seeing the HTC Radar make an appearance on the UK mobile phone site, IntoMobilePhones. While there isn't an out of contract price listed for the Radar, the monthly rental is running 26.88 Pounds (about $44 U.S.). The out of contract price, while not listed, has been reported to be $568 U.S on the Amazon.com listing.

The interesting part of the advertisement is the availability date. The Radar is currently being offered as a pre-order with stock expected around September 20th.

If true, the Radar will be available long before the "first of October" date we heard at the London unveiling. There is a double asterix after the date which likely means "give or take a few weeks" just in case supplies are delayed.

source: intomobilephones  Thanks goes out to Ross for tipping us on this!

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Transhub lands down under in the Marketplace

Transhub is a public transportation app for your Windows Phone designed to help you get around Sydney, Australia. Transhub delivers time schedules for buses, rails, and ferries to your Windows Phone and helps you plan your routes.

Key features include:

Multiple Journey Options: Transhub will provide multiple accurately planned journeys to resolve your public transportation emergencies (missed the bus, rails running late, etc.).

Complete, Accurate and Up-to-date Database: Transhub provides complete access to all of Sydney's public transport timetable information. The data is sourced from the official public transport website.

GPS Travel Tracking: With real-time GPS updates of your current location, you can follow the journey plan map that will indicate each stop along your travels.

Personalization: Transhub will allow you to save your favorite journeys, searches and locations to allow quick and easy access.

Transhub looks like a very useful app for those living and traveling to Sydney. There is a seven day trial version available for Transhub with the full version running $3.99. You can download Transhub here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

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Navigon for Windows Phone demoed at IFA 2011

The other day we reported the news that NAVIGON is bringing their navigation app to the Windows Phone platform. Now we get to see a sneak peak of the NAVIGON app in action courtesy of the IFA 2011 consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany.

The app looks feature rich and just down right nice.  NAVIGON's features include on-board maps, spoken turn-by-turn directions, visual lane guidance, live traffic information, automatic rerouting, and Reality Scanner, which provides an instant and effortless way of identifying nearby destinations while on foot.

Pricing for NAVIGON is being reported at $79.99 Euros (about $114). While the price may give you pause, in looking at the iPhone equivalent, NAVIGON for Europe runs $119 while NAVIGON for the US runs $49.99 with regional versions running $29.99. So the pricing point is in line with NAVIGON's other platforms.

No specifics on a release date beyond what we already know which is "later this year".

source: insomnia.gr via: wmpu

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One thing that is lacking on Microsoft's Windows Phone is some solid Google apps. Sure we have IM+, but not everyone is in love with that IM system nor the price. Gchat, which supports Google Talk and only Google Talk, is now available in the Marketplace for Mango enabled phones. And our first impression? It's pretty awesome. Here's why:

  • Push notifications for messages
  • Pinning any of your contacts as a secondary tile, with independent unread message count.
  • Off-the-record conversations, with special and delicate handling.

It's looks to be fast (app is

The app is free and looks to be ad free, so if you have a Mango phone and need Google Talk, you'll want to give it a shot as this looks very promising. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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Mobilewares, an Australia based Windows Phone app publisher, are seeking beta testers for two upcoming titles. Word! and Jumble! are both free (ad-supported) word games that feature scoring and highscores, which is becoming the norm these days (look at Minesweeper and Trine's Hangman).

To register your interest and participate in the beta, head on over to WPDownUnder (link below) and fill in the application form - remember to use your Live ID for beta access via the Marketplace. 

Via: WPDownUnder

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WPCentral’s Xbox Live Developer Interview series continues as we converse with Adam Isgreen of Microsoft Game Studios. Adam’s team developed Beards & Beaks, a Windows Phone-exclusive real-time strategy game. Check out our full review here. In the following interview, we’ll delve into a few of the game’s mysteries and reveal exclusive, never-before-seen concept art.

Step over the gnomes and head past the break for the full interview.

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More Metro UI on Android

It seems with every post we publish here surrounding Metro UI on Android we're getting closer and closer to a fluent solution. It was only a few days ago when we covered the latest attempt to get the look of Windows Phone on an Android powered device. In the video above Arjoma92 walks us through his Motorola Defy that appears to resemble Microsoft's Windows Phone in more ways than one. The list of apps used are as follows:

While it looks relatively accurate, the smooth scrolling and snappy OS is not present, plus you can still see Android elements throughout the video, but it's a damn good attempt.

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If you're not fully aware as to who Ronny Gydar (and Gydar Industries) is you must be still hiding in that cave of yours as he's the brains (and developing power) behind Trine's Hangman, the popular leaderboard-supported hangman game for Windows Phone.

Head on past the break to read the superb answers Ronny provided us in the interview, it's truly worth the read. We'll also chuck in a few pics to show how his workstation at Gydar Industries has evolved through development.

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A few weeks ago, we covered a single case study of one developer who released the same app on Android and Windows Phone: 'Mortal Kombat Tactics' by Neuralnet found here in the Marketplace.

The conclusion at the time was that Windows Phone was a better platform for developers to make money on (via ads) due to the fact that visibility is much higher than the Android Market. As a result, the developer brought in just $1.27 form Android in five days versus the $14.77 for the same time--that's a huge difference obviously.

But, would that advantage last? Luckily, Alex updated his post to show what thirty days in August would look like instead of just five:

  • Android revenue is $3.44 with an eCPM of $0.30 and a total of 11,606 Impressions
  • Windows Phone 7 revenue is $108.55 with an eCPM of $0.94 and a total of 114,920 Impressions.

We don't really need to point out how $3 is slightly less than $108 for Windows Phone, do we? Alex summarizes:

"The 30,000+ apps in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and 300,000+ apps in the Android Market are good numbers, but discovery is everything. Which gives a clear advantage to Windows Phone 7.

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vNesLight (NES emulator) now available in Beta 2

It's been awhile since we covered NES emulators but it's nice to see one that is looking very promising: vNesLight by Nudua over at XDA. The latest version, beta 2, just became available and brings a ton of new changes (listed after the break).

As you can see above, we gave her the ol' college try and honestly? Not bad, not bad at all. We were able to enable sound (under options) which slowed it down a tad, but it was still nice to have. The controls, while sometimes in the way, were quite responsive and the overall framerate hovered just at or below 30 FPS. The ability to add your own ROMs seems easy enough and we're pretty psyched with this whole project. Of course, you'll need to side-load the XAP file, so only dev-unlocked phones need apply. Remember, Nudua is looking for user feedback and beta testers, so lend the man a hand and give him some feedback. Head to this thread for more info.

Full changelog after the jump...

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As we get closer to October, we'll be hearing more and more about where and when HTC Titan with that massive 4.7" screen will be launching. In the latest case, it looks to be the Netherlands getting their hands on the device quite early on. Via the HTC Netherlands Facebook page, they were simply asked when was the release date and lo-behold readers were told October 4th:

Rashied Kamperveen asked: "Titan looks great! Date of release? My subscription ends soon."

HTC Netherlands responded: "‎@ Rashied 4th of October".

Seems pretty straight forward to us, so get your money saved folks as that bad boy can be yours, soon. Of course we should point out that this is probably the carrier-branded version and not unlocked.

Source: HTC Netherlands Facebook; Thanks, Sebastiaan den B., for the tip!

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About a month ago, WPCentral broke the news that GameHouse’s TextTwist 2 would be coming to Windows Phone, along with four other GameHouse titles. TT2 - as I’ll call it this one time – is very much like the game of Boggle. Players receive a random selection of letters and attempt to spell as many words with those letters as possible. It’s good fun, I tells ya.

The mobile Xbox Live version of the second TextTwist (now I’ve gone and referred to it differently!) still doesn’t have a concrete release date. But that doesn’t mean you can’t try some letter twisting out right now. CNET is giving away the full version of the PC game (a $9.99 value) for free until Friday, September 9. All you have to do is sign up for the free offer and then you’ll receive a download link via email just moments later. And like most casual games, it’ll run on practically anything.

GameHouse’s Windows Phone games have been top-notch so far – Tiki Towers gets my vote for the best physics puzzler on the platform, and Sally’s Salon Luxury Edition and Doodle Jump both shine as well. We’ll let you know as soon as the Xbox Live version of Text Twist the second nears release. The PC version should help tide over word game fans till then.

CNET’s TextTwist 2 giveaway

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Mobile Nations 6: Size matters

Mobile Nations 6: Size matters

Phil, Kevin, Derek, Dan, and Rene discuss why carriers keep getting in the way of our gadgets, how big a phone can get before it's a tablet, what does a $99 TouchPad fire sale means, will Windows 8 really be no compromises, the value of music lockers, and what does an Apple without Steve Jobs as CEO mean for the industry? This is Mobile Nations!

Agenda

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While we published a summary of the evening, we haven't yet posted our capture of the main presentation and the unveiling of the HTC Titan and Radar. Feast your eyes on the above video. The atmosphere and music through the presentation and handset videos was superb, you could sense the excitement in the audience (even though we still believe some were expecting Android devices).

Philip Blair, vice-president of product and operations, was the bringer of much happiness and unleashed the charged crowd onto the demo tables (it reminded me of the Spanish bull run).

Huge thanks to Alex Dobie from Android Central for coming along and capturing the footage!

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HTC DLNA app in Mango

Another much requested feature is media streaming to other media platforms (via UPnP protocols) in the house. At the HTC event in London yesterday we managed to get a walkthrough by a HTC representative of the HTC Titan, showing the HTC DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) app.

Check out the video of the demonstration below, you can see the DLNA app at about 2:10 in. We must say that the rep did a good job at showing the top features in the short amount of time (the night was hectic) and both Windows Phone Mango and the HTC Titan looked incredible.

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Bouncy Mouse swings into the Marketplace

Bouncy Mouse, the popular iPhone (as demoed in the video) and Android game, has landed in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The has you play the role of a mouse who bounces and swings his way through a series of mazes and obstacles to collect cheese and take out a rival cat. From the Marketplace description,

All was good on Mouse Island until the thieving Captain Cat stole the Big Cheese! Help Bouncy Mouse get the Big Cheese back and restore peace to the world. It's a big task for a little mouse!

Bouncy Mouse is nicely animated and has thirty levels of challenging play to keep you busy. Updates are expected later this Fall that will bring additional levels to the game. Each level is re-playable so you can try to better your score. In just tinkering with Bouncy Mouse for a short time, I found it to be a fun, challenging, entertaining game for the Windows Phone.

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INRIX Traffic gets Mango update too

INRIX, the popular and free traffic app which is on various platforms, has been bumped to v3.0 already. We've been playing with it for the last few days (preview) and now you can too as it's live in the Marketplace.

New features, for Mango devices only, include:

  • Live Tiles: Mango's vast improvement to Live Tiles gives consumers the ability to bookmark pages from apps like INRIX Traffic on their Windows phone home screen for quick reference when they’re on the go. Drivers can save traffic map views around common destinations like home or work or bookmark a stretch of road along their route for one touch access to real-time traffic conditions on the most critical part of their commute.
  • Local Search: Integration of INRIX Traffic with Bing Search. Users enter a place of interest in Bing search and through the new apps area under local instantly pull up a map showing real-time traffic around that location.
  • International Language Support. INRIX Traffic is offered in all markets where Windows Phones are sold and available in Spanish, Italian, French, German, Hungarian and Dutch.

The Live Tile isn't really "live" though. Basically the app allows you to create multiple tiles with titles, with those tiles being specific map areas--but they don't show any live info, nor flip as far as we can tell. Still, the addition of that and other features including traffic-forecasting, make INRIX a great addition to your phone.

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Acer W4 gets pictured in detail

This week at IFA in Berlin, Germany, Acer was evidently showing off their W4 device aka their first foray into Windows Phone.

The device is far from wow-worthy with 8GB storage, 5MP camera and 1Ghz processor, but perhaps for the more low-end or developing markets, it could be quite compelling. We really like Acer laptops (cough, using one now) so we're interested in seeing where Acer goes with this and other devices. Check the other photos at AreaMobile.

Source: AreaMobile.de; Thanks, Alexander F., for the tip!

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Samsung just pushed out a nice little update to their super slick Photo Studio app. Now Mango-ized, the app supports fast app switching and even gets front-facing camera support. Tapping the button now just makes the screen blank and it circles back to the regular camera.

That can only mean one thing: Samsung's new offerings e.g. SGH-i937 will feature front facing cameras.

The app itself is pretty awesome, serving as a photo editor and PhotoFunia mix and with the ability to share to Facebook, Picasa and Photobucket, we really like to have this on our Focus. Grab the app here in the Marketplace.

Thanks, @UzEE, for the tip!

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HTC Tango video calling for Windows Phone

While the majority of news that came out of yesterday's HTC event in London was hardware related, there were some changes on the phone themselves. We noticed (thanks to a tip from one of our readers) on the HTC Omega that there was a Tango app. Before we get into it, don't get this confused with the proposed Windows Phone Tango update that is destined to hit us between Mango and Apollo as it's not entirely related.

So what is this Tango app then? It's basically a video calling service that's currently available on iOS and Android now arriving on Windows Phone. In the photo above, captured by Jay Bennett, we saw the app on an untied Omega held by a Microsoft employee. What we've found out is that this app will connect to other apps across all supported platforms (iOS, Android) and provide a Skype/Facetime experience.

Check out the video after the break of Tango.

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PCMag got their hands on HTC's latest additions to the WP7 family, the Titan and Radar, and ran some benchmarks on them.  The phones were put through their paces using Browsermark and Sunspider for web-browsing benchmarks and the caveman cart-racer, Cro-Mag Rally, for gaming and video performance. 

The Titan, with its mammoth 4.7" display and 1.5Ghz processor, is the flagship HTC WP7 phone, while the Radar will presumably be a more "cost-sensitive" option.  The difference between the two was clear in the tests.  Let's go to the numbers.

On the browsing front, the Titan scored 32771 in Browsermark, with the Radar only clocking in at 21026.  In Sunspider, the Titan was at 66.03, compared to the Radar's 94.40.  it's important to note here, that with Sunspider, the lower the score, the faster the performance.  PCMag says that while the two new HTC devices still trail the top Android 2.3 performers in the browsing benchmarks, they are still significantly better than their pre-Mango predecessors.  A Samsung Focus with NoDo installed clocked in at a measly 6903 in Browsermark, and couldn't even make through a  Sunspider 0.9.1 test.

When it comes to the video tests, the benchmarks were less scientific.  The Titan ran Cro-Mag Rally smoothly, with a noticiably higher frame rate, whereas background graphics on the Radar were "a bit jerky compared to the Titan."  While stat geeks may want to see some concrete numbers, the eye test sums it up.

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Looks like HTC still has a few tricks up their sleeves as the company is launching "Watch", a video on demand (VOD) service. From the description:

"Check out the latest movie trailers for free and rent or buy premium movies and TV shows."

We do wonder how well this can compete with Zune's video service--then again, perhaps this will fill in the regions where Zune is not yet available? At least with Zune though, you can watch the movie on your TV (Xbox), PC and phone for one price, still we're hoping this offers something unique as an alternative.

Of note, the app which can be found in the Marketplace here is Mango-only, so current non-Mango device won't be able to download it. That's fine too because you're not missing much, it looks like HTCs service is still not "on" yet as there are only two trailers available and neither actually work just yet.

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Start those countdown clocks boys and girls, as the HTC Titan and Radar are now listed on Amazon UK's website. Fetching for the quite hefty £529.99 ($860) for the Titan and £349.99 ($568) for the Radar, the SIM free devices are set to be released on October 15th--just a few short weeks away.

Of note is the fact that Microsoft is officially calling this Windows Phone 7.5 to differentiate from first-gen devices. Guess old habits are hard to break.

Source: Amazon.co.uk 1, 2; Thanks, Ross "H3ALY" H., for the tip!

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One interesting observation from the new HTC Radar and Titan is that HTC have been able to move their add-on "apps" such as Sound Enhancer, custom camera options and Attentive Phone to Settings--that is these will no longer be apps to download but instead will be baked in the OS directly.

That's a good move for HTC as it seemed kind of silly to have separate apps for those--who wouldn't want those options? It also signals that HTC is able to inch a little closer in modifying the OS. It will certainly be interesting to see what other OEMs do with this ability.

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