Developer news!

Respond to customer reviews

all of the apps

Windows Phone Store passes 300,000 app milestone

GDR1 Coverage

The new Live Tile for the Windows Phone Store

Developers

New SDK and Emulators now available for developers

Apps

Windows Phone a target of more than 1/4 of app developers, despite market share

Editorials

iOS App Store vs Windows Phone Store in 2014 – How do they compare?

Developers

Developers: Here's how to give users the option for a Transparent Live Tile (Updated)

Developers

Xbox One games to benefit from major graphics boost with new XDK

Software

Internet Explorer Developer Channel offers bleeding edge web experience

Apps

Nokia Windows Phone apps are now published under 'Microsoft Mobile Oy'

Windows Phones

The journey of the Windows Phone platform and state of the ecosystem

Apps

Microsoft launches official #wpdev Windows Phone 8 app for developers

Developers

Low memory devices lead Windows Phone downloads, games are most popular category

From the Forums

What are your top five most wanted Windows Phone 8.1 apps?

Developers

Telerik makes controls free for a limited time in honor of TechEd 2014

Apps

Adobe releases PhoneGap Developer for Windows Phone

Developers

Learn to develop for Windows Phone 8.1 in one weekend with Channel 9

Windows Phone News

Danal opens up mobile operator billing for Windows Phone Store

Windows Phone News

Do you automatically update your apps on Windows Phone 8.1?

Developers

Windows Phone 8.1 reportedly closes ‘Fiddler loophole’ for installed OEM exclusive apps

9

Windows Phone Store getting advanced search criterion allowing dev lookups

WP Store

Left: the old Store search; Right, new Store search with developer lookup

Microsoft has been hard at work “doing things” to the Windows Phone store, which in theory will improve things (so far, all we’ve heard are developer complaints about delayed app publishing).

One of those areas is now coming forward although we have yet been able to verify in the US. WPArea.de has noticed that you can now search by the developer’s name in addition to their app. In a side by side with an HTC Mozart and a Lumia 800, they found the Mozart was able to get different search results when “Kik” was entered.

On the Mozart, Kik returned the developer house first, followed by the app whereas the Lumia 800 showed the more traditional KiK Messenger as the first.

Why the different between the two phones is a bit of a mystery but it presumably has to do with background services both on the phone and the Store being synced with the new information. While this isn’t a groundbreaking change, it would allow users to search for Nokia apps or games by popular development houses like EA.

We’ll keep an eye out for if and when those changes come here to the US. In the meantime, let us know in comments if you see anything.

Source: WPArea.de; Thanks, Tim, for the tip

4
loading...
0
loading...
27
loading...
0
loading...

Comments

There are 9 comments. Sign in to comment

Ewass says:

Here in the Netherlands I also get kik interactive inc first on my Lumia 800

CJ Thunder says:

I hate that when I hit Marketplace when I am in Music + Videos I still have to hit music again. I know its only a pivot away, but I want what I came through to be front and center.

Nakazul says:

i wish i could make music selection in marketplace.....on a another note.

WPSteve says:

I just go to app in the marketplace, and hit the Developer's name for more apps by them.

dinchy87 says:

it is not topic related but it have to do with this new update on the dev center. I have now only 5 pages of my purchase history. 3, 4 weeks ago i had over 20. All my app since last year. Now i have nothing. Is this a bug?

venetasoft says:

In Italy, 'kik' app search returned the app...

Tomasz S. says:

That Kik interactive inc doesn't return any results so it's quite a bad example. When you go for something like flu, miniclip or electronic arts you'll quickly see that the search suggestions are weird, there's no way of telling which are app names and which are developer names (and which are fakes), and search results are not limited to one publisher anyway. This feature is not useful at all.

eshy says:

This is not something new, I've been using it for a while now to check if app updates for my apps showed up already
edit: ok, didn't pay enough attention there, the name of the pub didn't show up before, their apps did

Sarang68 says:

Kik interactive inc showed up on my HTC HD7 in India.