The Windows Phone App Marketplace keeps growing by the hundreds, and it’s always great to seem some essential apps reach it. This time PayPal has brought their official client app to Windows Phone that provides almost every service and functionality that we find in its iOS and Android counterparts. You can send and receive money, administer your account and even access details on all the companies that have said yes to the “PayPal Here” service.
Sadly you still can’t snap a photo of your credit card to add it as a payment method to your account, but this [...]
On May 17th (this Friday), Microsoft will be closing down the Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.x. This was a pretty short-lived endeavor that made app purchasing and downloading a bit easier on the old Windows Mobile compared to having to manually download installation files, copy them to your device, and install them from there. You could easily access the Windows Mobile Marketplace both from the on-device app as well as the web browser. If you’re still using a good old Windows Mobile classic device or think you may want to go back and use one someday, you may want to archive [...]
Everybody loves a bargain, right? Especially when it comes to smartphones, it doesn’t get much better than inexpensive handsets — or does it? From the consumer’s perspective, low-priced hardware can be seen two ways: either it represents a good deal or, sometimes, simply a cheap and low-quality product.
Certain brands go out of their way to avoid the appearance of being cheap and mass market, even if it means lower sales on higher margins: think Nokia sub-brand Vertu. Other companies, however, embrace the low-cost model, hoping to make their money on volume [...]
Watch today’s Windows Phone View as we wrap-up all this week’s Good and Bad inside the world of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In today’s show we talk about the Nokia Lumia 800 being launched in Europe and certain enhancements to the Nokia Music app. We later go through our hands-on videos of the Nokia Lumia 800 and our full review of the Samsung Focus S. We then go through the recent milestone reached by the Windows Phone Marketplace of 40,000 apps, and where things are going with the Nokia-Microsoft partnership. We go through some recent rumors we [...]
Have you been running into problems lately downloading apps from the Windows Phone Marketplace? Some users have been running into an issue where, time and time again, downloads fail, reporting error “c101b001”. What could be causing it, and what can you do about it?
Sadly, we don’t have very definite answers to either of those questions, though there’s hope for the latter. One of the better theories going around was that this could be related to some temporary Marketplace maintenance. While that sounded plausible at first, the issue has been continuing [...]
Watch this week’s Windows Phone View as we wrap up all this week’s good and bad inside the world of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In today’s show we begin by talking about the recent Microsoft Windows Phone launch event in New York City and our impressions on the second generation Windows Phones coming in the near future. We later talk more about Nokia, a Champagne phone leak that we discovered, our thoughts on an LTE Nokia Lumia 800 and other hacked benefits we just received from the partnership. We then go through the new Tango Video Chat service we [...]
We don’t think of Windows Phone as having the same app piracy problems that affect Android and iOS, but the platform is far from immune. In an effort to halt piracy in its tracks, Microsoft intends to implement a new encryption protocol for XAP packages, as revealed to Ars Technica during a discussion on ChevronWP7 issues.
So far, the lack of public unlocking tools has limited the ability of Windows Phone users to make non-Marketplace installs, acting as a big roadblock against piracy. With the arrival of the cheap new ChevronWP7 unlock process, it seems that Microsoft is [...]
Watch this week’s Windows Phone View as we wrap up all that’s Good and Band inside the world of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In today’s show we start by going through the new possible benefits all of us may get by the Nokia and Microsoft partnership, since it seems we’ll get Nokia Maps for free very soon, no matter what Windows Phone you carry. Microsoft has also unveiled a new Marketplace Extra service that allows you to discover apps just like our weekly show, the Windows Phone App Roundup. We talk about Adam Lein’s recent review of the [...]
If you’re on the journey many of us have to begin at some point of our lives, and that we all call a Diet, you’re in for a treat. LIVESTRONG.COM’s Calorie Tracker will be sold free on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace all through the rest of August 2011, and this could be your chance on having the right tools to deal with your diet every day. The app currently holds 4.5 out of 5 stars in reviews, so there’s really no reason for you to not give it a permanent try and see if it fits your needs.
According to the Press Release:The Calorie Tracker lets you [...]
Update: the Market comparison shown here turns out to be the new Google Market skin which, for some unknown reason, appeared on this device out of the box vs the original unboxed device.
While Verizon still has some of it’s bloatware installed, overall the Droid 3 from Motorola runs smoothly and efficiently. Bing has not been installed by default, and you can even remove some of the 3rd-party default apps. As for Motorola’s mini-Blur? It’s stable, easy to use, and snappy – which for basic Android users is going to be a big plus.
One of the things that Google got really right with the Android Market is the full-featured web presence the store maintains. Even if you’re nowhere near your smartphone, you can easily browse, purchase, and send apps to your phone, without the need for any special software on the PC. Microsoft appears to have taken note, as the company has revealed that one of the many changes coming to its Windows Phone 7 platform with the release of Mango will be the addition of a web-based Windows Phone Marketplace.
The Marketplace will complement existing WP7 app discovery tools like [...]
All the companies behind app stores have differing views on what should and shouldn’t be allowed from apps that developers submit for inclusion. Just where Microsoft draws the line in what content it allows in the Windows Phone Marketplace is currently being tested, with the case of an app that finds random images on Twitter.
Imagewind lets you view random pics, pulling them from what’s recently been tweeted about. Obviously, with a fully random selection, some of the time the app will deliver images that some users find objectionable. After letting the app go up for [...]
In this episode of the Windows Phone 7 App Roundup we demonstrate five applications in 30 seconds each. These apps will entertain, help you translate a foreign language, and burn stuff in a simple puzzle game. To download these apps directly to your WP7 device, just click on the title of the application and the Zune software will automatically launch to the app in Marketplace. If you have the free Microsoft Tag app installed on your WP7 device just snap a picture of the Tag image and the mobile Marketplace will navigate to that app.
Dailymotion A free [...]
Last week we caught wind of some potentially annoying developments regarding how Amazon would employ Digital Rights Management to protect apps in its upcoming Android Appstore against casual piracy. While there was plenty of ambiguity in the explanation Amazon had provided, a worst-case scenario could have seen mandatory DRM on all apps sold through the store, and a requirement to validate the apps whenever launched, necessitating the presence of a data connection. We can breathe a sigh of relief now, as Amazon has clarified how its system will work, and it no longer sounds like a [...]
Amazon intends to stir up the Android app-sale community with the introduction of its own marketplace to compete with Google’s. When we got a sneak preview of the store’s terms for developers last fall, we learned that Amazon would be offering DRM options to attempt to secure apps sold through the store against piracy. Now Amazon’s explained a little more about how its DRM will work, and some of its requirements are a bit disconcerting.
In those documents from last year, we saw that Amazon reserved the right to force DRM upon app developers, if they want their [...]
Most of us have been wondering for some time when Google would step up to meet Apple’s efforts in digital media sales. Google Music has most recently been rumored for inclusion in Honeycomb, but so far has yet to materialize. It looks now like the pieces are starting to fall into place for this anticipated Google expansion, with the Android Market making accommodations to handle sales of media in addition to apps: Google has quietly updated the Market to sell e-book downloads.
If you head over to market.android.com/books, you’ll be greeted by the new Books section, [...]
It’s been about a month since Google released the first Android 3.0 platform preview and SDK, giving developers the tools they needed to begin crafting apps for Honeycomb. With Motorola’s Xoom nearing arrival, Google has finalized these packages, settling in on the selection of API calls that will make up the official Honeycomb release. With these tools, developers can now finalize any projects they’ve been working on, with the knowledge that their apps will be compatible with the first Android 3.0 devices.
While Honeycomb lives on the outskirts of our [...]
Android users who are avid comic book fans now have a new option for getting their superhero fix, thanks to Graphic.ly releasing a port of its comic and graphic novel app.
Graphic.ly combines a storefront for buying and downloading titles, as well as an integrated reader. This Android version of the app lets you access an account previously used with the company’s other smartphone apps or on a PC, so you can view content you’ve already purchased elsewhere.
As comics can feature intricate line art that might go unappreciated on a scaled-down screen, Graphic.ly [...]
Erwin Ried (eried) at XDA has been hard at work on his Windows Phone 7 marketplace for Windows PC, a desktop suite which allows searching, cataloging, downloading and deployment of free WP7 apps. This provides a fully-featured alternative to Microsoft’s Zune software.
The custom marketplace is of special interest to international WP7 device owners who are living in areas where Microsoft has not yet activated the marketplace, such as Sweden. Ried’s suite will allow these users to download and deploy free applications to their device, despite Microsoft’s [...]
There’s no denying that Apple is the king of mobile apps, with available iOS titles outnumbering Android programs by three-to-one. Google’s not about to sit back and let that gap stand, as the Wall Street Journal reports today that the Android creator is planning on recruiting dozens of new developers to code for its platform.
By-and-large, the mobile app market is dominated by third-party developers. Google or Apple provides the SDK, then lets developers go about their own work in designing and writing the code for their programs. While those giants can maintain [...]
Yesterday we learned of the existence of a flaw in how Microsoft distributes software from the Windows Phone Marketplace and how it tries to protect it with DRM. A developer called Tobias created a demonstration tool supposedly capable of downloading any app, removing all protection, and loading it onto a WP7 device. Some people have been questioning the ethics of revealing his tool to the public, rather than waiting for Microsoft to fix the problem first. Perhaps in response to these critics, Tobias has now published his own fix, letting WP7 developers protect their apps against his [...]