If you’ve read and watched our review of Windows Phone 8, you may be wondering how some of new changes compare to how Windows Phone 7.5 currently looks and operates. For the most part, you’ll see that Windows Phone 8 is a clear evolution of Windows Phone 7.5. There are plenty more features, a few minor design changes, and some great new extensibility options. Unfortunately there are a few omissions that might be annoying, but you’ll have to decide for yourself if the additions will make up for the omissions (and be sure to let us know what you think in the [...]
There’s some news today that the in-app purchasing feature for Windows Phone will only work with Windows Phone 8. CNET, The Verge, and others are reporting that in-app purchasing will not be available in the Windows Phone 7.8 update for existing devices. If you’re a current Windows Phone user, you might be confused since many of the Xbox LIVE games available already support in-app purchasing. The feature first appeared when the Xbox LIVE Game called “Beards and Beaks” was released in September of 2011. Since then many other games have supported in-app [...]
In Microsoft’s Smoked By Windows Phone campaign you’ll see a lot of informal speed tests that make Windows Phone out to be faster than other platforms. Most of those things are due to Windows Phone being designed to have less steps required to perform certain tasks, but what about very basic tasks like launching an app or getting to the home screen? Can Windows Phone on an ancient processor really be faster at those simple things when compared to the latest dual core Android phone?
It turns out Windows Phone employs a few little tricks that make it seem faster to the [...]
Between April 27, 2012 and May 18, 2012, leading market researchers, Nielsen, surveyed 810 Nokia Lumia owners who had bought the Lumia 900 within 45 days. The results look very positive. Of course, the survey was conducted before we found out that the Lumia 900 would not see an update to Windows Phone 8, but still that shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying the phone as it is right now. Meanwhile, the survey results are very impressive.96 per cent of owners are extremely satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their Lumia 900 95 per cent of owners are willing to recommend the [...]
I just got an exciting tweet from Lazyworm Apps linking to their website with a big “MetroTube is Back” headline which I am very excited about. MetroTube had been pulled from the Windows Phone Marketplace a while back because YouTube wasn’t really cooperating with high quality streaming video APIs and Lazyworm couldn’t ensure the future of the app by resorting to unofficial hacks to get the good stuff working. Google could change the way the apps access the rich content at any time they want without warning. The developers have spent months trying to work [...]
Back when Windows Phone was first released in late 2010, of course there was a Twitter app available, but no one ever bothered to set up the server-side option for pushing live tiles or notifications for twitter activity like mentions, direct messages, or anything. That made room for a whole host of 3rd party Twitter apps that were much more functional with all the Twitter functions you’d expect. Today we finally see an update to the official Twitter app that finally brings push notifications for direct messages, mentions, new follows, favorited tweets, and retweets. Above you [...]