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Another morning and another crop of app updates.

This morning we only have four (so far), but we’re sure that will change as the day goes on. Let’s get these four out of the way, since they’re some pretty big apps or games for your Windows Phone, including Flixster finally (finally!) getting UltraViolet support for Windows Phone 8.

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Flixster and Netflix have been on Windows Phone for quite a while. In fact, Netflix was shown off on stage at the Windows Phone 7 Series unveil at MIX back in March 2010. Both apps were available for consumers when Windows Phone went on sale at the end of 2010. They’ve received small updates here and there along the way. Both just received two updates today, let’s check them out.

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Flixster gets Mango-ized in v1.6

Movie app Flixster, which offers access to showtimes, movie trailers and Rotten Tomatoes reviews, has made the leap to Mango in its newest version 1.6. 

The biggest improvement is the ability to create multiple live tiles for favorite movies and theaters.  Movies that get pinned to the start screen flip between the movie poster and the Rotten Tomatoes score, along with a tomato or "splat" icon.  Version 1.6 also includes Bing mobile search integration and fast app switching.

You must have Mango installed on your device for this update.  If you do, you can get Flixster here (opens Zune) at the Marketplace.

Thanks to Travis S. for the tip!

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Speaking of live tiles and push notifications, looks like Flixster finally figured how to get theirs to work as they flipped the switch on their servers. Flixster, the movie info application that shows local showtimes, trailers and reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, came out with their update (version 1.3) that has live tile functionality and bugfixes, though it took them 3 days to turn it on.

As you can see, the tile is quite nice though nothing radical. All it shows is "...the latest weekly box office hit right on your Start screen". Sure, it's not the most crazy thing out there but we're very glad to see developers offering live tile support and we kind of dig Flixster's take on it. Of course, it's optional and can be disabled in Settings.

Update: Reader jconroe contacted Flixster and they noted that they push the update out once a week. Since the #1 movie is figured out on the weekend, it makes sense that we received the update on Monday, which is probably when most readers will see theirs change--at least that's our guess.

Grab Flixster here (opens Zune Desktop)

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