Depending on where you are, today may be the 14th of January. It’s the day that Microsoft is going to be opening up registration for Build 2014 that takes place April 2-4 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Set your alarm and get your bank account ready if you’re hoping to go.
Whether you are an individual, hobbyist Windows Phone developer or part of a developer studio that builds Windows Phone apps, it’s quite an effort to develop, test, and market the apps.
Therefore, it hurts when an app submission fails certification, and you have to correct and resubmit the apps. Not only does it increase the effort and resources, it also delays the app release and any marketing plans.
Nokia recently confirmed issues with an update for Play To on Windows Phone, which enables users to stream media, such as photos, music and videos to other DLNA enabled devices. The issue was that those running the GDR3 Developer Preview and the latest version of the app were missing crucial software components required for both to get along in harmony.
Today, Nokia has unveiled a fix, which should hit the store in a week or so.
Our CES interview with Nokia on developer goals this year
2013 will go down as a watershed year for Windows Phone. High profile devices like the Lumia 1020 garnered massive press attention while the super affordable Lumia 520 actually drove Windows Phone adoption. Starting in the last quarter, a new push for must-have apps was launched through the efforts of Microsoft and Nokia. Apps like Instagram and even a renewed WhatsApp became staples of the platform.
Here at CES, Windows Phone has a lighter presence this time around. No new phones are being announced and Microsoft is holding back news until Build later this spring. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft and Nokia aren’t present and we’re sitting down with both of them today.
First up is Bryan Biniak, Global Vice President & General Manager at Nokia. We spoke with him this morning about developer challenges with Windows Phone heading into 2014.
BugSense (www.bugsense.com) is a handy service for developers building apps on Android, iOS, Windows Phone or using other technologies. Helping content creators develop higher quality apps through bug and crash reporting, analytics and more enables consumers to enjoy apps and games with better experiences.
A new BugSense client has been released for Windows Phone and is a must download for any developer. Say hello to Bugsensitive.
There are a handful of solid photo editing apps on Windows Phone, but only a few imaging SDKs. One comes to us from Nokia and another from Aviary. These allow developers to quickly and easily add photo editing to their apps without needing to start from scratch. They’re more or less plug and drop when creating apps. Sadly, it looks like Aviary might be pulling their support of both Windows Phone and Windows 8. More after the break.
It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since we first covered DVLUP. The program from Nokia rewards developers with prizes and badges for developing apps on Windows Phone. To celebrate their first year in the world they’ve released a pretty funny infographic that you can check out below.
You’re not a major player if you don’t have APIs for devs to tap into your product. Which is why Xbox Music just went from another streaming service to a bonafide platform. That’s right, Microsoft has done something a little unexpected today. They’ve introduced the Xbox Music API as a way for developers to connect their apps or websites to the Xbox Music service. Let’s check it out.
There’s an app all of you should have on your Windows Phone right now. It’s ours and it’s made by Jay Bennett. As you may have noticed, our app hit version 4.4 nearly a month ago. It wasn’t a big update in terms of features. Instead, it was a refinement of what was already a killer app. How did Jay refine it? With a bit of help from feedback from both users and a recent design review with Nokia and Microsoft. Let’s check out the video from that design review.
If you are a Windows developer, you would’ve noticed the Explore Store Trends section of the Windows Store Dashboard. The trends section includes user demographics and catalog information. Since few developers can draw useful interpretation from those numbers, Windows App Builder Blog has shared interesting statistics about the most popular app categories.
Developers, we’ve got some news for you if you have or are planning to do a beta for your Windows Phone app. Microsoft has made some updates to how beta apps work based on developer feedback. The biggest change? Beta apps no longer expire.
The TechnNet UK team have announced a new festive competition for developers - say hello to The Twelve Days of Geekmas. Familiar with the original 12 days of Christmas jingle? Well, take that and add in a load of cool giveaways and you'll have the idea as to how Microsoft is going to celebrate the festive countdown. Unwrap the break to see what it's all about.
Ahead Solutions, the makers of the popular AppDeals app, have announced the release of the beta version of AdDeals advertisers and publishers network for Windows Phone. Interestingly, it’s arrived for the Windows Phone ecosystem first, and is ‘coming soon’ for Android and iOS.
Nokia has once again announced winners from its Create contest. Should you not be familiar with the developer contest, said folk are tasked to create apps for Windows Phone, following certain missions and including desired features - these Mini Missions can be focused on certain features of the operating system or Nokia Lumia handset.
This approach by the company ensures that different types of apps are included in the submissions, with the goal to bring more choice to consumers with high quality apps and filling any holes in the catalogue of content on the Windows Phone Store. Head on past the break to check out which apps won designated missions.
Vserv.mobi, the mobile advertising company focused on emerging markets, has announced its Windows Phone 8 SDK to enable advertising based monetization for Windows Phone developers.
The service includes a downloadable SDK that allows developers and multi-app publishers to integrate over 10 mobile ad formats. It also enables premium full screen launch, exit ads, global hybrid mediation, and analytics.
Does it feel like you're forking out for tools and the means to create some content for the Xbox console (or any platform for that matter)? Microsoft may have a solution for you with its independent developer self-publishing program for Xbox One. Heard of Unity? The popular, highly rated and expensive kit will be available for free to those who are signed up for the Microsoft program.
The Nokia DVLUP team has kindly provided Windows Phone Central with 10 free giveaway DVLUP design consultations for your Windows Phone apps! The consultations are usually worth 3,125 XP points so it's a very good deal.
Do you have a Windows Phone app that works great, with good ratings and reviews but not the best UX and design? If you do then this giveaway is for you.
Developer Jimmy Engström has managed to build an API to control a Silverlit (www.silverlit.com) remote control car. Using Bluetooth, the Windows Phone is able to control the toy just like any supported controller. It's pretty neat, but of course not really useful for the average consumer (unless you happen to have a Bluetooth controlled car stored away somewhere).
Earlier today at the Slush 2013, one of the top start-up conferences in the world, Nokia announced the latest version of its Imaging SDK (v1.0) to give Windows Phone developers the tools they need to create sophisticated new imaging apps for Nokia Lumia Windows Phones.
It’s always good news when a new game engine adds Windows Phone 8 support. Game engines make it easier to develop games for a platform and increase the number of games that can be ported from other platforms. Win-win.
We mention this because the TreSensa Platform engine officially began supporting Windows Phone at the beginning of this month. The first game to use the engine is Vector Runner Remix from DigYourOwnGrave and TreSensa. Vector Runner Remix is a simple, stylish endless running type game (though the levels aren’t endless). Head past the break to learn more about the game and TreSensa’s future plans for Windows Phone!
It was only earlier today when we looked at reports hinting that Microsoft was on the edge of announcing some changes to the Windows Phone and Windows developer account management. Redmond has now confirmed these changes in an announcement article on the official developer blog. So, as a recap, what exactly is changing?
As it currently stands, should you wish to develop for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone, you'll need to take out two subscriptions - one for each platform. WPDang now reports that Microsoft is looking to combine both into a combined account, making it easier for developers to move from one platform to the next and cover not only the desktop but also the smartphone too.
Before the New Developers Conference (www.ndc-london.com) kicks off in London, there's a day planned for Visual Studio 2013. December 3rd will see a free pre-conference workshop set up for developers and co. to check out. The best part? You don't need to be attending NDC to pop along.
Did we mention there's going to be some folks from the VS team in the US present, along with local MS reps?