Archive for the ‘WP7 Apps’ Category

For Skype fans, and more specifically those who lean towards the Windows Phone side of the mobile world, it seems as if the official Skype app has been hanging over our heads for quite some time now. Skype for Windows Phone was first released as a public beta at the end of February this year.

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The general consensus is that the Windows Phone 7.x operating system is a winner with the beautiful Metro styling, but that doesn’t mean that it is going to keep everyone happy all of the time. One thing we know for sure is that mobile smartphone users have unique tastes, meaning that one mans trash is most definitely another mans treasure.

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With Microsoft desperately trying to make Windows Phone into a real competitor for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, the platform finds itself suffering the same issues that Android was lamented for during its infancy – a severe lack of quality apps.

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Microsoft is on something of an app releasing bender of late. If they aren’t releasing new iPhone and Android apps or games, then they are bringing new apps to their own also-ran mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7.

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Samsung’s recently released AllShare DLNA app offers Windows Phone owners of the Sammy persuasion the ability to share all kinds of media over a WiFi network to any DLNA-compatible TV or set-top box. The problem though, is that when attempting to run the app on certain Samsung devices, users were met with an error, and as a result were unable to take advantage of what AllShare has to offer. The popular belief is that Samsung doesn’t want owners of certain handsets to have access to AllShare, though the reasoning is unclear. With that in mind, it’s possible that users could experience some off behavior on certain handsets, but we’ve not seen any reports either for, or against that theory just yet.

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Three new significant and popular games have been released for Xbox Live today, namely: Fruit Ninja Kinect (for Xbox 360), Minesweeper and Sudoku (for Windows Phone 7.x).

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Earlier today, we reported on a minor update for Facebook’s iPhone client. It turns out that Facebook had something much bigger up its sleeve: Facebook 2.0 for Windows Phone 7. The new version sports improved aesthetics and push notifications, ahead of the Mango update, which is expected to come out later this year.

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Rovio announced today that the popular Angry Birds game is now available for Windows Phone 7. With such a well-known game on board with Microsoft’s platform, could Windows Phone have a future as a casual gaming device?

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Things are starting to hot up in the mobile operating system wars, with Apple’s iOS and Android from Google battling it out for supremacy in the pockets of the world. While the two giants battle it out though, it’s always worth remembering they aren’t the only two boxers in this particular ring. Microsoft has high hopes for its Windows Phone 7 platform, though a lack of apps has held the OS back thus far. Now Microsoft is looking to rectify that by giving developers an easier way to port their iOS apps to WP7.

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The introduction of multitasking and background processes to Windows Phone 7 in the upcoming ‘Mango’ update have clearly caught the eye of some big players in the mobile app space, with some new apps being announced today by Microsoft.

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While not the first OEM application to be ripped from its original hardware companion, HTC’s YouTube app is one that’s long been coveted. Now, thanks to XDA member Tom Hounsell, the app is available to anyone who wants it.

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Steve Ballmer did not announce much about upcoming Windows Phone 7 updates at CES this year, except for demoing cut-copy-paste. However, according to Neowin.net, a key Windows Phone 7 employee has revealed some information to them on where the platform was heading. One of the features that were discussed was that Microsoft was working on a FaceTime competitor for Windows Phone 7.

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The official Kindle app for Windows Phone 7 is now available for download in the Zune Marketplace. Kindle for Windows Phone brings over 750,000 books, magazines and newspapers from the Kindle platform over to the new Windows Phone 7 devices.

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Piracy is a major problem for smartphone apps. iPhone and Android applications are regularly cracked and distributed online. And now the first proof-of-concept hack for pirating Windows Phone 7 Marketplace apps has been created. The Windows Phone 7 hack seems particularly nefarious, as it enables the user to download and crack the applications directly from the Marketplace. It is frightening how easy it is for a pirate to crack applications on a Windows Phone 7 device.

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Facebook for Windows Phone 7 has been upgraded to version 1.1, bringing support for Facebook’s Places and Photo tagging feature.

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My smartphone is half useless if it doesn’t have quality games or an absence of the gaming concept entirely and I bet same goes for many others. We have already seen how the PlayStation Phone is creating a lot of buzz recently after the much hyped Microsoft’s integration of the Xbox LIVE services with Windows Phone 7 devices. It becomes obvious that manufacturers are bent at giving us more than just a smartphone that lets you browse web, do email, etc. Gaming is an absolutely important element these days!

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HTC Corporation has released a full-fledged YouTube client for Windows Phone 7 devices. Unfortunately though, this YouTube app is limited to HTC’s handsets only, running the exclusive HTC Hub.

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Automattic has just released the official WordPress app for Windows Phone 7. You can use this app for writing drafts and publishing on-the-go with support for moderating comments, viewing stats, and offline use.

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Beezz Twitter client for Windows Phone 7 has just received a major update, bringing Live Tile support, and Toast (push) Notifications to Windows Phone 7. You can now receive notifications when you get new tweets, direct messages or mentions.

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The official Twitter client for Windows Phone 7 has been released. Feature wise, this is probably the most complete Twitter client for Windows Phone 7 to date. Some of the features, as listed by the official Twitter blog are as follows.

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