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3 years ago

Remaining Windows Phone 7 sessions at MIX'11 revealed

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Microsoft has updated the list of sessions where the majority were TBA, leading meany to believe they were 'Mango' and/or new dev tool related. We previously covered the rumoured announcements not so long ago and here is the updated session list covering all the goodies of Windows Phone 7 to be presented at MIX'11 this week.

  • What’s Coming Next to the Windows Phone Application Platform
  • Going Mobile with Your Site on Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Phone 7
  • Mini-Session: Get Ready for Fast Application Switching in Windows Phone
  • What’s New in the Windows Phone Developer Tools?
  • Windows Phone Multitasking
  • Multitasking in the Next Version of Windows Phone, Part II: Using Background Agents
  • Sensor Access in the Next Version of Windows Phone
  • What’s New for Windows Phone Development with Silverlight?
  • Windows Phone Architecture – Deep Dive
  • What’s New for Windows Phone Development with the XNA Framework?
  • Enhanced Push Notifications & Live Tiles for Windows Phone
  • New Data Access Features Coming to Windows Phone

Today's keynote was very IE orientated so all WP7 viewers hunting desperately for news and presentations were left lost and forgotten. But it seems both tomorrow and the 14th will be two big days for WP7 (namely 'Mango') and the above list should hopefully only be what it's meant to be - a summary. Of course we'll be at these and since they won't be streamed, we'll record as much as we can ;-)

Source: WindowsPhoneSecrets

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3 years ago

Microsoft shows developers gratitude with "wall"; hands out Windows Foam 7s

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Never one to forget about their devs, Microsoft had on a display a pretty cool "wall" featuring a good chunk of apps (we didn't count, but maybe we'll do some maths later). While nothing ear shattering, it's a nice way to both show thanks and the huge amount of apps in the store (now well passed 13,000).

The wall is part of the Windows Phone 7 booth here at MIX11, which also has MS employees handing out tee-shirts and 'Windows Foam 7' toys, which are pretty cool, even if it's just a sticker on a cheap figurine.

Also, it was kind of fun seeing Nokia here. Though they only had their Symbian devices on hand (very nice, btw), they stuck to their "in 2012" mantra for new Windows Phones. Still, nice to see they're part of the family now.

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3 years ago

NoDo causing color banding issues, temp fix for unlocked devices

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For some who have rolled out the NoDo update, they've begun to notice a color banding issue, causing color gradients to be less than smooth, to say the least (see the above image).

Why this change was made and what's being done to alleviate it is currently not known (though we may ask around today/tomorrow). Needless to say, having a reduction in color depth and smoothness from getting an update may upset a few (this is noticeable on the HD7). 

A fix has been found but unfortunately it requires a dev unlocked device and since NoDo broke most ChevronWp7 jailbroken devices, not many can take advantage of this trick. Still, for those with legit dev unlocked phones, here you go:

HKLM\Drivers\Display\Primary\PrimBPP dword 32

HKLM\Drivers\Display\Primary\bpp dword 32

HKLM\Drivers\Display\Primary\PanelBPP dword 24

If you have this issue and access to this fix, let us know if it works for you. Oh and we're told via Android Central that this issue is common to Android as well. Still doesn't make us feel any better...

Source: XDA; via wmpu; Image: thanks, Robert Varga

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3 years ago

Microsoft using Xbox Kinects for keynote presentations; Kinect SDK tomorrow?

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Tipped off by Chris Walsh, we noticed a few Kinect sensors on stage for the MIX11 keynote talks. Three of them can be seen in the above photo and we're told that there are five in total (we think they're in front, near a speaker).

How are these Kinects being used? We're not too sure, but it's kind of neat knowing that these things have like a billion uses. Oh and we hear from WPSauce (Rahul Mathur) that the Kinect SDK gets released tomorrow. Stay tuned for more on that as it happens.

Edit: There's actually six Kinects, maybe even seven Seems Microsoft has some big Kinect news for tomorrow.

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3 years ago

Microsoft announces IE10 Platform Preview-

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Las Vegas, April 12th

Microsoft today announced the Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview for deveopers, which can be downloaded from http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/, where code will be refreshed every 12 weeks.  The new platform will "push the boundaries of what developers can do on the web even further" and includes "support for additional standards, such as CSS3 Gradients on background images and CSS3 Flexible Box Layout"

Additonal partnerships and demos, including Foursquare were showed off as well as Namco which can be viewed at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/mix.  No word on Windows Phone support for IE10, though presumably it may come with "Windows Phone 8" sometime in 2012.

Update: IE Blog has much, much more info on IE10 which can be found here.

Developing...

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3 years ago

Comparison of copy & paste on multiple platforms

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PocketNow has published a video comparing the different implementations of copy & paste (including old skool WinMo) that takes us through the variations and shows how it's all extremely similar, yet indifferent. A great watch for all your copy & paste lovers. The devices used in this demonstration include the Blackberry Torch, Samsung Galaxy S (4G), iPod Touch and Nokia N8.

Which platform performs the function best for you, and what would you see improved for your choice of platform? Let us know below.

Source: PocketNow

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3 years ago

Mix11 Day 1 Keynote livestream

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Mix11 Day 1 Keynote livestream

We are live on the ground at MIX11 in Las Vegas. Check out the live stream after the break below for all the action at the day one keynote over in Las Vegas, remember to head over to our forums for discussion on topics brought up, and keep an eye out for the main site here at WPCentral for articles based on topics.

Livestream fully in effect starting at noon Eastern / 9 Pacific - for the first keynote we're expecting them to discuss IE9 and HTML5 today - watch it here http://live.visitmix.com/ or after the break!

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3 years ago

Microsoft to introduce flexible specs for cheaper devices? [Rumor]

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According to reports over at WinRumors, Microsoft may be planning to announce a more flexible hardware specification allowance for manufacturers of Windows Phone 7 at MIX11. 

"According to sources familiar with the company’s plans, the new hardware specifications will allow device manufacturers such as Nokia to create cheaper Windows Phone devices. The announcement may be made as early as the company’s MIX11 conference this week. The new flexibility will offer device makers the option to use cheaper components to bring the overall cost of a Windows Phone down. Microsoft is understood to be open to flexible specifications in order to gain smartphone market share and eat into Google’s Android efforts."

We also received this info from @WindosPhone8 (still rumour guys!): "New flexible spec #Wp7 chasis requires no wi fi, bluetooth, 3g, camera, fm, compass, gyro. Must have wvga 3.5"+, gps, accelerometer, 2g+"

While this would tie in nicely with Nokia bringing devices to the platform and would certainly appeal to many with a really tight budget, I don't see this happening simply because there are already fairly cheap options already on the platform - namely the HTC 7 Trophy which is available at Amazon (UK) for £299.99 (just under $500US), not to mention previous deals on the Samsung Focus. As well as that, lower-end hardware would introduce concerns from users that the devices may not be able to run the software (and applications) smoothly to ensure a user experience found on top-end models.

With the current line of WP7 devices packing a single-core processor, I'm not entirely sure how low we could go before performance begins to become an issue, especially with multitasking coming around the corner later this year in Mango. Microsoft themselves stated numerous times they're in the smartphone race for the long run, why would they begin to go back on the WP7 foundations that features strict platform hardware requirements? WP7 would also run the risk of mild fragmentation, something that made many of us leave Android.

Let's see if anything is announced at MIX this week, what do you think about the rumor? Do you think it's nonsense and Microsoft will stick to the fantastic strict specification requirements, or do you believe they're starting to get impatient about marketshare?

Source: WinRumors

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3 years ago

Guppy Ville Flood - Review

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Guppy Ville Flood - Review

Do you like puzzle games that you have to solve within a certain number of moves and under time? Guppyville Flood is being offered over at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace that calls upon your puzzle solving talents to clear roads that have flooded by an overflowing river.

The story line goes that the town of Guppyville has been hit by torrential rain that has caused the river to overflow and flood the area. In solving the puzzles, you clear the way to allow for support vehicles to access the town and provide aid to the villagers.

Story line aside, Guppyville is an interesting puzzle game for your Windows Phone. To find out more on Guppyville Flood, move on past the break.

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3 years ago

More concept designs for WP7

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More concept designs for WP7

Adrian Manteuffel has created some concept designs that cover multitasking on the platform as well as further customization of Metro UI, which includes altering tile transparency, changing themes (beyond what's currently available) and applying wallpapers to the home screen.

The above concept shows multitasking added in on the right-hand side of the home screen, which is probably not a bad idea (if you don't mind losing more 'negative space' which the UI is famed for), but I don't see it working with a large number of apps open at once - I don't think a scrollable list on the side of the tiles is a good idea.

For the email tile that now takes up two positions, I don't like at all. I'm a heavy email user (compared to SMS anyway) and I prefer to have a minimal amount of tiles present. Unless that email tile can flip through the email accounts every few seconds then I don't see that being adopted by many.

See the other two designs after the break.

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3 years ago

MIX'11 Keynote covering IE9 and WP7

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MIX'11 Keynote covering IE9 and WP7

Dean Hachamovitch, Windows Internet Explorer Corporate Vice President, is keynoter tomorrow and after eight platform previews, one beta, one release candidate and one final version of IE9 it's going to be a must-see.

As well as the above, Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, and is responsible for the design and software product definition will also keynote MIX. He will be accompanied by Scott Guthrie, who is head of Microsoft's .NET Developer Platform and manages the teams who are responsible for Silverlight, Visual Studio and .NET framework technologies.

If nothing else, it's going to be huge and we're going to be right there amid the presentations. We'll be following up this post soon with coverage and discussion to allow your opinions to be voiced.  The Keynote is slated to start at 9am PST on Tuesday and you can check the full MIX11 schedule here.

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3 years ago

HTC rolls out Touch Pro2 stability update

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The HTC Touch Pro2 has not been forgotten by the Taiwanese manufacturer and they have just released an official system stability update, being the first official update since 2009. Since there are no patch release notes we can't confirm concrete fixes or information, but according to some comments on the article at PocketNow it's a European only patch and fixes the SoD (Sleep of Death) issue reported on the XDA forum.

Let us know should you find anything while/after updating in the comments below. 

Source: HTC, via: PocketNow

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Radio on updates, ChevronWP7.updater not FUD

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Windows Phone Radio, Microsoft's official Windows Phone 7 podcast, returns with hosts Brian Seitz and Matt Akers to discuss the weekly update blog posts by Eric Hatula (NoDo) and later joined by Brandon Watson to talk about the ChevronWP7.updater.

Firstly, let's cover what is really meant when updates are in the "testing" stage over on Where's my update?...

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3 years ago

MIX'11 Cocktails for WP7

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MIX'11 Cocktails for WP7

Thinking of throwing a party with some cocktails featured in the Windows Phone 7 Cocktail Flow app? Some good news for you - the app is available for free via an unlock code which includes a special MIX'11 package that bundles an array of mixes named and mixed after Microsoft products. You can view the drinks and more information on this offer over at the promotion page. I'll have a Visualtini. Shaken, not stirred.

Being a favorite in the Marketplace with high ratings and amount of downloads, the Cocktail Flow app really shines through the incredible Metro UI implementation and high resolution illustration. The Cocktail Flow team are planning in giving away these promo codes throughout the week of the MIX gathering in Las Vegas (11-15 April).

To get your hands on a code and receive the app for free (including the new MIX'11 package), simply look out for guys in Cocktail Flow shirts at MIX, or (if you're not attending or are impatient) you can follow them on Twitter. Let us know how your mixing goes and should they go horribly wrong (in either taste or color), take a pic and show us in the comments.

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3 years ago

Win prizes in UK WP7 app development student competition

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Due to the over-powering excitement surrounding Windows Phone 7 (and not too long after the UK Hackathons), there are two competitions being ran, both student only and an incentive programme that is open for all (within the UK it seems). If you're lucky enough to be a student, you are allowed to enter both programmes with the same WP7 app - pretty neat.

To enter the student competition, all that is required of you is to successfully publish an app in the WP7 Marketplace, email ukstucom@microsoft.com with your publisher name, app title coupled with a screenshot and they do the rest. Requires almost no effort on your part. Should you win this competition, you could find yourself claiming a Microsoft LifeCam Show and/or Windows Phone 7 t-shirts in each round of the competition (six rounds total), while one of the six winners (one from each round) will win the grand prize of a HTC 7 trophy! But wait, there's more...

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