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(List Updated) W8CP: Windows Store will have a browser frontend (and a list of all available apps)

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Today we found out, that the Windows Store for Windows Apps will also get a browser frontend. The domain registered for this is http://apps.microsoft.com.

Right now, you will get an 403 error, if you navigate to that address in your browser. But there is also good news: the sitemap is accessible.

Updating the list

If there are new apps, I will update the following  list. You can see updates on the list on the date I add behind the Name.

List of all available apps and games

Trough the Sitemap we are able to detect that there are more apps than expected. The Vimeo app for example is not listed in any category (almost here in Germany), but you can download it right now. Here is the full list for German store:

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For Germany this means there are nearly as many apps available as in the US, but not all are displayed. For the US and France are also several region-only apps available.

If you search for apps which are not displayed (if you know the name), you will find them.

You can check the list at the Sitemap of app.microsoft.com.

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The next 10,000 apps have reached the Windows Phone Marketplace

The next 10,000 apps have reached the Windows Phone Marketplace

Yesterday the folks at All About Windows Phone published the new Windows Phone Marketplace numbers. Now there are more than 80,000 apps published to the Marketplace.

While of course not all of these apps are active or available to everyone, this is a big step towards Microsoft’s goal to reach 100,000 apps in front of the launch of Windows Phone Apollo. If the numbers continue to rise with this pace, the 100,000 apps mark will be reached by the end of May.

Read my full article at 1800PocketPC.com

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Audible app for Windows Phone caught on video

Audible app for Windows Phone caught on video

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If you have a lot of colleagues like me which are all having the phone with the “i” in front and its baked in Audible support in iTunes, you cannot wait until it is finally released. You often hear from them that a cool audio book is on sale on audible. Perfectly to enjoy while you are sitting on the train (I spend more than 2 hours on train daily). So good to hear that Audible in fact is supporting Windows Phone.

Read the full article at 1800PocketPC.com

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Official! over 70.000 apps on WindowsPhone Marketplace

Official! over 70.000 apps on WindowsPhone Marketplace

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Yesterday Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone in China.

Besides this launch, Simon Leung, Micorosft´s China chief told also some interesting numbers to the unwiredview.com.

The numbers:

  • the Marketplace is growing huge: 50.000 apps in December, passing 60.000 in January, now officially 70.000 apps!
  • this means an average growth of 300 apps every day
  • the Marketplace will extend to 28 additional market, so in summary it will be available on 63 markets in 2012
  • more than 100.000 registered developers

But also with this great news, the quality of the apps has to be a big point to watch out. So let´s hope that Microsoft does have an eye on the quality also. No one need hundreds of different fart apps or torch apps.

All in all great news for our growing Windows Phone OS!

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Spotify is finally heading to Germany

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By the day of tomorrow (03/12/2012) user will be able to use the worldwide known streaming service Spotify here in Germamy.

“We think Germany is a perfect place for Spotify” says founder Daniel Ek to dpa (German news agency). “ There were several hurdles to iron out for a entry on the German market, but now we are in a good position” he said further.

16.000.000 songs

Spotify has the huge amount of 16 million songs to choose from. The music is streamed over the internet and will not be stored locally.

Also BITKOM has welcomed the launch of Spotify in Germany. They are sure that Spotify will set huge changes in the way we consume music.

As I reported last year, the GEMA and BITKOM had finalized  an agreement, which makes it easier to launch services like Spotify.

Pricing

You can use Spotify with ads for free on your desktop. If you want to switch ads of, you will have to pay 4,99 Euro monthly fee. If you also want to use it on your mobile phone, you have to pay 9,99 Euro monthly, but you will also get an higher bitrate (360 KBits instead of 160). The pricing is moderate.

Apps

Surely you want to use on your Windows Phone or your PC. Spotify has official apps as well as third party apps.

So it is good to see another music service, but I am a bit sad  about it. Zune Pass from Microsoft is still not available in Germany, and at the moment it seems that there is no plan to release from part of Microsoft.

Testing of app and service is currently running.

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Discovering Xbox LIVE and Xbox Companion apps on W8CP

Discovering Xbox LIVE and Xbox Companion apps on W8CP

As the Xbox Live apps do not work in every country, I want to give you a short view to both apps. Both are preinstalled on W8CP.

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Xbox LIVE Games

The Xbox LIVE Games app comes with a few functions which you might know from your Smartphone app. Once you start the app, you will get to the overview screen:

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As you can see, your Avatar (if you have one), is loaded into the app. You can view your own profile as well as have a look on your friends profiles:

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On your profile you can see your achievements or modify your avatar. If you choose a friend, you will be able to compare your achievements:

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Here is a look on a friends profile:

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Currently, you cannot send or view messages within the app like on the smartphone app. Hopefully this app will be updated during the preview time to fit with the smartphone functionality.

Xbox Companion

The Xbox companion is very similar to the one on Windows Phone. Once you have logged in and connected to your Xbox, you will see a start screen with your last activity as well as your last played games:

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You can scroll through videos. games and music as well:

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Finally, you have the search, like on the smartphone app:

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Again, please remember that the W8CP is still a “Beta”-release, so it is usual that not all functions are working. I am sure the apps will be updated – at least with the official launch of Windows 8. I hope you liked this small overview over both Xbox apps. Feel free to leave a comment if you want to.

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Microsoft wants your Feedback on WindowsPhone – Developer and User!

Microsoft wants your Feedback on WindowsPhone – Developer and User!

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With the release of Windows Phone Mango Microsoft issued also two new Feedback programs.

First I want to have al look on the developer-part:

Microsoft created a userchoice.com-site for developers, which can be found here. Recently they extended the page with an dedicated app for Windows Phone.

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You can vote for an existing topic or create a new one. For every topic you can give up to 3 votes, with a summary maximum of 10. There is a description which can be added to a topic. Also you can add your own comment on the topic. Check the shots below:

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So if you are a developer, head over to the marketplace and download this app to give feedback to Microsoft.

Let´s have a look at the consumer part of the feedback program:

Here you can have a look on the page for the consumer feedback. The App for consumer looks very similar to the developer feedback app, as you can see on this shots:

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Of course there is the same functionality for a topic as in the developer version: Give up to 3 votes for a topic, read or add a description as well as leave a comment:

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So if you want to tell Microsoft what you want to have on your OS, head over to the marketplace an download the app right now.

There are some topics which are flagged with “started” on both the developer as well as the consumer feedback program. It seems really Microsoft hears to its customers.

Please provide feedback, only with this Microsoft will deliver those features we are waiting for!

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My Top 10 Must-Have apps for WindowsPhone (December 2011)

My Top 10 Must-Have apps for WindowsPhone (December 2011)

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On request from some of you I present you today my Top 10 Must-Have apps for Windows Phone. If you want to download one of those apps, just click on the image.

1. WhatsApp (free for one year)

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Everyone has Whatsapp. It is not important which platform you are using. iOS, BlackBerry, Android, Soon Symbian and of course Windows Phone. WhatsApp is a messaging client which works very well and keeps you informed about new messages via Toast-Notification as well as with an counter on your live-tile. Some say that the push and the Toast are not working properly for them. This is NOT an OS-thing, but app-related. I tried WhatsApp on Android and iOS and was also not receiving Notifications. All in all a really good alternative to SMS.

2. Mehdoh (free)

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Even with twitter integration baked into the OS, you cannot go without a twitter app. Before I was using MoTweets as well as Birdsong, which were the best apps when they reached to the marketplace. But then came Mehdoh. Mehdoh is a simple styled, but heavy functional twitter client.  You can use different image-services like yfrog, TwitPic, twidvid or img.ly. You can change your profile directly on the go within the app. The app has also an option for read it later. What I like most on the app is the ability to handle a lot of tweets. Over night you miss easily around 400-600 tweets. Before I was using the mobile twitter site to read them. But now I can do this with Mehdoh – the first app I used which can really handle so many tweets. There are few more features, e.g. the ability to edit retweets (I use this to correct the hashtags to my needs). The app definitely is worth every cent!

3. AccuWeather (free)

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With Mango this becomes my primary and only weather app. AccuWeather delivers  good forecasts. You can check how the weather will be hour by hour as well day-by-day. The absolute best feature are multiple live tiles. The app itself contains a live tile for your main location. Then you can set up even more locations and pin them to start. For my needs I have my German location on the main tile, while my Italian location is on a second tile. You can even rename the tiles. Now if they add a post-to-Facebook feature, this will be really the perfect weather app.

4. TuneIn Radio (free)

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TuneIn Radio is a great app to hear you favourite radio stations around the world. The have over 50.000 radio stations as well as more than 1 million on-demand streams. I love this app, because I can hear my favourite Italian radio stations here in Germany wherever I am. TuneIn is able to detect all available streams (important to save bandwidth on a contract with bandwidth-reduction like mine). You can pin every station on your start screen, so hearing is only a tap away! If you have an TuneIn account, you can sync your station settings with the app.

5. SuperTube (free and paid 1,29 €/$, with trial)

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SuperTube is a premium YouTube app. You can log into your account on YouTube, your lists and follows will be synced with the app. What makes this app so special? Well, a couple of things. You can download videos directly on your windows phone. You can get channel Toast Notification, e. g. for new posts of channels which you are following as well as for you inbox. You can record videos and upload them to YouTube (including resuming on broken uploads). For the last feature you can create a Tile, so recording is only two taps away. I love this this app!

6. My Football (1,99 €/$, with trial)

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My Football is an app to follow your favourite soccer teams and their scores. It was the first app of its kind on Windows Phone back last year. So I bought I it. You can follow all major leagues in the world and also some international events like the EURO 2012. Toast Notification can be set up for live notification of goals of your favourite teams. On the live tile you currently can display one team. You will see the results of the last 5 games (won, draw, or lost). All in all the app is still worth its money. Hopefully there will be a real mango update soon to enhance the app with the great mango features.

7. WordPress for Windows Phone (free)

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As I am a blogger and host my blog on WordPress, surely I want to manage my blog everywhere. With the app you can check comments and approve or delete them. Once you put in your wordpress.com-API-key, you can also check your stats. You can edit and publish your posts, even with images directly from your phone. Your Blog can be pinned as a tile to the start screen, so you don´t have to go to the menu and choose your blog. This can be useful if you maintain multiple blogs.

8. NAVIGON Europe/US (84,99€/99$ for Europe, 42,49€/49,99$ for US, no trial)

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If you have a smart phone like our Windows Phone, you certainly may think: Why do I have to carry another device (navigation system) with me? Well, you don´t have to, because there is NAVIGON. It comes with a bunch of features. First is the premium navigation itself. Once you put in a route, the app lets you choose between up to three routes to your destination. While on the ride, NAVIGON checks also the traffic situation and recalculates the route for you, if there is too much traffic. There are POI´s as well, and what I really like, you can add locations as live-tile to your start screen. With this tiles, the navigation to their locations are only two taps away!

9. Thumba Photo Editor (0,99 €/$, with trial)

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Thumba Photo Editor was also one of the first apps I tried and bought on my Windows Phone. As I often do snap shots of my children or my cat, I love the possibilities of this app. It is a really fast little app, which integrates into the pictures hub (check menu and then apps). There are a lot of adjustments like auto contrast, normalize, brightness and contrast, hue and saturation, sharpness, exposure, white balance, shadows and highlights, color balance, colorize, grayscale, multiply, remove noise or posterize. You can also add effects to your photo like HDR, soften portrait, skin treatment, 3D glasses, Velvia, lomo, cross processing, vignette, black and white, retro, vintage, old photo, tilt-shift, lens flare, pencil sketch, zoom blur and many, many others.  The app is under constant maintenance, which means that there are updates with new improvements all the time. Worth every cent!

10. EasyRing&Music (0,99 €/$, with trial)

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With the Mango update came the ability to add your own ringtones. EasyRing&Music makes this as easy as you can think. Search amazon.mp3, zedge and Myxer as well as some mp3-sites like mp3.com. Also SoundCloud is integrated. Once you found a suitable ringtone you can download it and add it to ringtone list. The developers are currently running a special offer: pay if you want. All functionalities are available for free as well as in the paid version. So if you want e. g. specific ringtones on contacts like me, this is your app!

I hope this article helps you to find new inspiration for apps you can use. There are certainly more apps which are useful, I will post them in a new series which will be category based (like photo apps, social networking apps, etc.).

Posted by msicc in App Reviews, Windows Phone, 0 comments
[Review] Tango for Windows Phone (Update 2)

[Review] Tango for Windows Phone (Update 2)

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Today I want to talk about the Tango video chat service for Windows Phone.

Update:
You can download the app here in the marketplace.

Update 2: HTC launched their own, localized version of Tango. If you have a Titan or a Radar, head over to the marketplace.

When you start the app, you will be asked to register a free account on Tango:Screen Capture (11)

Once you have done this, your contacts using also Tango (no matter on which platform) will be added to your tango contacts app. Like on Whatsapp, you can send a SMS or E-Mail to your contacts to invite them using Tango.

To start a new call, click on the name of who you want to call. Once the connection is established, you have to click on the video symbol to start the video call. You are able to use both cameras of you device. Standard is of course the front facing camera. You can switch also to the back camera. This might be helpful if you want to show your wife something while you make your household shopping. (This was the first thing my wife mentioned to me…)

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When someone calls you, you will get a toast notification on your phone:WP_000131 (7)

On clicking the notification the app opens up and you will get a phone ringing screen:

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Missed calls are signaled by a number on the live tile. Within the app, you have also a recent calls list, where you can check who called you.

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I tried Tango between HTC Titan and Radar, both on Wi-Fi as well as an 3G-connection, where it worked well with video. On 2G however it is almost not usable – the app shows you a warning that the quality might be bad for a low bandwidth.

The first video chat service on Windows Phone is really easy to use.

The app will soon be available on the marketplace.

As soon as Skype is launched, I will write a comparison of the two services. Until then I enjoy Tango.

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