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Homebrew App: Battery Status 4.0 for WindowsPhone

Homebrew App: Battery Status 4.0 for WindowsPhone

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Today I want to write about one of the Homebrew Apps, Battery Status. The app can be downloaded here at XDA.

Once you downloaded the app, you have to deploy it with a deploying tool. I am using the standard deployment tool, as I have only a few homebrew apps at the moment.

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Once you deployed the app, you have to pin it to your start screen.

With the latest version 4.0 of this app, you will get the following features:

  • Live Tiles (both front and backside)
  • Log: Shows you the drain of your battery
  • Log: Shows the voltage of your battery
  • 15 languages
  • process view, shows running processes as well as memory usage
  • you can tell the tile to update every 10 or ever 30 minutes
  • No interop unlock required!

Here are some screenshots I made:

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If you used an older version, you have to uninstall this first. Head over to XDA an download today!

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Baked in Emoticons on WindowsPhone

You might have seen several posts on that on other pages in the last days and weeks, but they all were separated in two threads.

However I decided to take the two lists together to get you the whole experience of the baked in Emoticons on Windows Phone.

You can save them either on your phone or your PC with a right click.

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XBOX Live Update is coming today – Germany Edition

XBOX Live Update is coming today – Germany Edition

Major Nelson announced via his blog the new Xbox Dashboard Update.

I will focus this post on what we will get here in Germany.

First, I will show you some shots of the new Dashboard:

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As you can see, it is very metro-inspired and integrates into Microsoft´s Metro Design language.

Here are the special functions which were announced to launch worldwide:

Signals

signalsSignals allow you to your Xbox LIVE friends and Facebook contacts communicated that you would like to like to play a particular game online. On the other hand it works as well: one of your friends play a game that you play a note makes you point out, so that you can play with the same.

 

Cloud

cloudIn the future you can to fall 360 ®, which is connected to the Internet from any Xbox to your player profile. This means that you no longer need to copy your profile on a USB storage device, if you want to play on a different Xbox 360. You log in you simply on Xbox LIVE and play go!

 

 

 

Facebook

facebookIt is now even easier to tell all your Facebook friends that you have set a new record or a tricky success played freely. Cool thing: you do not even have to leave the running game to post such messages.

 

 

Here are the Movie-services, which will be launched with the update. Click the image to go to each service´s site.

With Sky Go you can enjoy the movie offers of Sky Germany. You will need a Gold membership as well as a subscription with Sky.

 

ZDF

ZDFmediathek for Xbox. The famous video portal of ZDF from the PC.  The ZDF is a state television in Germany.

 

Stream a wide range of movies now directly through your Xbox! LOVEFiLM members with a loan package of 7.29€ or more can choose from Germany’s largest film selection and top movies directly look at no extra cost.

 

 

 

You can watch YouTube as well as MSN Germany´s videos on your Xbox.

Daily motion offers the latest content by independent content providers and premium partners. Thanks to use of the most advanced technology, we offer top quality and videos in HD, which a quick and easy-to-use online service can be used. Copyright violations are automatically reviewed and filtered.

MUZU.TV offers almost 80,000 music videos and songs of the world’s most famous artists. Music of the stars of today and tomorrow, all news and interviews of your favorite artists.

The easiest way to select movies. And the coolest anyway. Simply watch trailer, determine seasons, see stars. For each film, there are user ratings, FILM launches criticism and press review. With FILM STARTS your get the fun guarantee cinema evenings!

But that´s not all at least! If you have a Windows Phone, you will get the XBOX Companion app! This is a remote app for the new Xbox Dashboard. Check some Screenshots here or check this article.

The Update will appear today on your Xbox.

I will do some reviews in the next days after the update, stay tuned folks!

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HTC Titan vs. Nokia Lumia 800

HTC Titan vs. Nokia Lumia 800

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Today I am going to compare the HTC Titan to the Nokia Lumia 800.

Display:

The HTC Titan spots a 4,7 inch display, while the Nokia Lumia has a one inch smaller display. The Titan has a clear SLCD display, while the Lumia has an AMOLED display. Here you can see the difference (brightness on both devices is set to automatic):

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The Lumia´s color are more powerful due to the AMOLED technology. Personally, I think the calibration has too much of red in it. This makes me feel the HTC display is more natural in color.

Typing:

Well, let´s go ahead. Typing on Titan is really easy and fast, with nearly no wrong taps on the keyboard. Typing on Lumia is also easy, I was impressed that I was able to use it nearly as fast as the Titan.

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Camera:

Both devices have an 8 MP camera. I know that MP is not all, but in a comparison it still has to tell something. Also both devices come with a F2.2 lens. Nokia has the clear advantage of a Carl Zeiss lens on the hardware side. Carl Zeiss is a German manufacturer which is specialized on optical hardware.

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If you compare the two images, you will recognize that the Lumia´s color are not as powerful as the Titan ones. In my opinion the Titan´s Image looks a little better than the Lumia´s. Both Images are taken with flash. The quality of both cameras is really good for smartphone cameras. So here I will stop with a draw for both devices.

Performance:

Both the Titan as well as the Lumia are fast devices. In daily use, I did not recognize any problems or difference between them. In this case, let us have a look on the numbers (WP Bench):

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As you can see, the Titan has a little better result than the Lumia. The difference is so small, you won´t even check this in daily use.

Sound:

The Titans speaker is on the back, while the Lumia´s is on the bottom of the device. Both speakers have a good sound, while the Lumia´s has a bit weak loudness. The Titan has also a sound optimizer, while the Lumia does not have this. I am sure Nokia will bring any sound optimization in future. For now, plus goes to the Titan.

Differences:

Until now, both devices seem to be a good decision. But as OEM´s, both Nokia and HTC are trying to differentiate from others.

Nokia has its own Navigation System, Nokia Drive and Nokia Music as well as Nokia Maps (last one will be a paid app on other OEM devices). It has no front camera and no gyroscope. We were told that there is also a Nokia section in the marketplace. Well, at least in Germany with o2-sold devices there is no Nokia section. You have to search the Marketplace manually.

HTC has a own Marketplace section, with tools and gadgets you will find useful (for example a torch-app). The Titan also has a front camera for video calls as well as a gyroscope.

Conclusion:

Both devices are really good smartphones. If you want to have a good, well priced device, I recommend for sure the Nokia Lumia 800.

As I am an enthusiastic user and also developer, my decision is the HTC Titan. You will get an future secure device, which has all possibilities a modern smartphone needs.

Thanks for your attention and feel free to leave a comment below.

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[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.

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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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HTC HD7 vs. Radar vs. Titan (in the sun comparison)

HTC HD7 vs. Radar vs. Titan (in the sun comparison)

This week we saw how amazing the Nokia Lumia 800 Display survives under the sun. (if you missed it, click here.

As I don´t have a Nokia Lumia 800 yet, I decided to compare an HD7 with a Radar and a Titan.

First I made screenshots from HD7´s and Titan´s start screen to check if there is a difference. I hardly see a difference.

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So, my second step was to take two different photos on each Device. One from the sun with some veil of clouds in front, and one of a garden.

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Ok, it is no surprise that the Titan´s picture is the best as it has the best camera of the three devices. The Titan took also the most original colors on both motives. The Radar takes better picture than the HD7, but not as good as the Titan.

At least I compared the screen within the sun light. The screen brightness is set to automatic on all devices.

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As you can see, the Radar display is still readable, while the HD7´s display is near to not visible. The Titan´s display most readable. I used two different angles to see how the HD7´s display will respond to the others, but this makes no difference in reading.

So we have a clear winner here: the HTC Titan. The Radar is only little behind, while the HD7 is far from the two Mango phones.

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o2 Germany is committed to the Nokia Lumia 800

 

 

Good news from o2 Germany. As stated today in an official press release, the first Nokia Windows Phone will be available at November, 15th.

The Lumia 800 will be available at a price of 481 euros, which is a good price in my opinion.

Read the official press release below:

“As of November 15, 2011 the first Nokia Windows phone will be available at O2. Customers can purchase the Nokia Lumia 800 via O2 My Handy for a down payment of 1 euro and 24 monthly payments of 20 euros. The overall price is 481 euros.

The Nokia Lumia 800 delights not only with its conspicuously elegant design but also with a solid social media and internet performance granting fast access to social networks. The new Nokia device also offers easy grouping of contacts, integrated communication threading and Internet Explorer 9.

“The design impressed me most as well as the simple usage”, says René Schuster, CEO at Telefónica Germany. “The Nokia Lumia 800 will inspire the market. We are happy to offer this smartphone with attractive conditions in our portfolio.”

Suitable data plans are available in O2 Shops, online on o2.de and through the hotline. Trade-in options allow customers to replace their old mobile phone in the shop and save additionally.”

Source: o2

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Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 at Nokia World 2011

Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 at Nokia World 2011

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As I mentioned yesterday, Nokia today announced its first Windows Phones, the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710.

Both devices will be available across Europe during November. The devices are shipping right now from the factory. During launch period will be 31 operators and retailers to ship the Lumia 800 as a “hero” device.

The Lumia 800 is set to a moderate price of 420 Euro (excluding taxes etc.), while the Lumia 710 is set to a killer price of 270 Euro (excluding taxes etc.)

The word “Lumia” stands for light, as stated by S. Elop, CEO of Nokia.

What will we get from Nokia? Well, there will be of course the Nokia Navigation. This will be exclusive to Nokia Windows Phones. Also the Nokia Music Service is ported over to their Windows Phone Devices.  And finally the have a special version of the ESPN app.

Now its time to show you some images and of course the technical specifications:

LUMIA 800

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Nokia Standard Sales package includes:

  • Nokia Fast USB Charger AC-16
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-185CD
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-902
  • Soft cover, color match to phone
  • Quick Guide, User Guide and Product information leaflet

Technical Data:

  • Networks: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Speed: HSDPA cat 10: 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA cat 6: 5.76 Mbps
  • Display: 3.7” WVGA (800×480) AMOLED capacitive touch ClearBlack display with pinch zoom, 2.5D curved glass seamlessly integrated to unibody
  • OS: Windows Phone Release – Mango
  • Memory: 16GB internal user memory, 512MB program memory
  • Camera: 8Mpix auto-focus Carl Zeiss, LED flash, Video capturing MPEG-4 720p @ 30 fps
  • Size/Weight: 116.5 mm x 61.2 mm x 12.1 mm (LxWxT) / 76.08 cc / 142 g
  • Connectivity: WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, micro-USB connector and charging, 3.5mm AHJ connector, Accelerometer, Proximity, Magnetometer, ALS
  • Processor: 1.4 Ghz Single Core MSM8255 (WCDMA)
  • Audio: MP3 player, Audio jack: 3.5mm, Supported codecs: mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, m42, m4b, wma, EVRC, QCELP
  • Battery: 1450 mAh
  • Operating times
    Talk time: (GSM/WCDMA) up to 13 h/9.5h
    Standby time: (GSM/WCDMA) up to 265h/up to 335 h
    Music playback: up to 55 hours

LUMIA 710

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Nokia Standard Sales package includes:

  • Nokia Lumia 710 handset
  • Nokia AC-10 MicroUSB Charger
  • Nokia Battery BP-3L
  • Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-190CD
  • Nokia Headset WH-208

Technical Data:

  • Networks: WCDMA 900/1900/2100, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • Speed: HSDPA cat 10: 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA cat 6: 5.76 Mbps
  • Display: 3.7” WVGA (800×480) TFT capacitive touch ClearBlackTM display with pinch zoom
  • OS: Windows Phone 7.5 – Mango
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 8GB storage
  • Camera: 5Mpix auto-focus, LED flash, Video capturing MPEG-4 720p @ 30 fps
  • Size/Weight: 119mm x 62.4mm x 12.5mm (LxWxT) / 81.1cc / 125.5g
  • Connectivity: WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, micro-USB connector and charging, 3.5mm AHJ connector
  • Processor: 1.4 Ghz Single Core MSM8255 (WCDMA)
  • Audio: MP3 player, Audio jack: 3.5mm, Supported codecs incl.: mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, wma
  • Battery: 1300 mAh
  • Operating times
    Talk time: (GSM/WCDMA) up to 6.9 h/7.6h
    Standby time: (GSM/WCDMA) up to 400h
    Music playback: up to 38 hours
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