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For Developers: Telerik release Universal Controls for W8.1/WP8.1

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Important Windows Phone tool provider Telerik has released its first controls for the new Windows 8.1/WP8.1 Universal apps.

Their UI for Windows Universal includes 6 universal controls and 1 Windows Phone 8.1 specific control.

The list includes:

  • Chart. The control supports various chart series, among which are Bar, Line, Area, Pie, Scatter, Polar and OHLC. Additional features include multiple data series, annotations; empty values pan&zoom interaction.
  • DataBoundListBox is currently available for Windows Phone 8.1 only. It will become universal with the official Q3 2014 release. Some of the supported features are: UI virtualization for large data sets, pull to refresh, item animations, multi-selection, item reordering, empty content etc.   
  • DatePicker enables selecting day, month and year. Developers can change the format of the displayed date or how the date elements (day/month/year) are arranged. Furthermore developers can define ranges of dates, thus limiting what dates the end users can select.
  • TimePicker enables selecting time, hour and minute. Developers can change the format of the displayed time or how the time elements (hour/minute) are arranged. 
  • AutoCompleteBox can be populated either by a local array or remote data like movies database or list of stocks coming from an online service. The performance remains fast and fluid when working with suggestions and large sets of data.
  • BusyIndicator allows developers to display an animation indicating that the application is busy waiting for an asynchronous operation to finish. The control comes with a bunch of predefined animations but also allows for setting a custom one.

Telerik plans to eventually move all UI for Windows 8 controls in their new UI for Windows Universal collection and also notes that they aim to allow developers to compile not just for the Windows platform, but also for iOS and Android.

Read more and find the download links at Telerik’s blog here.

More developers now able to respond to WP app reviews, Paypal pay-outs come to more countries

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WPC reports that more developers are now able to respond to reviews left by Windows Phone app users. The service is now enabled for all eligible developers.

The feature lets developers directly respond to good or bad reviews, and the original user will also get an email from Microsoft with the dev’s support email, so they can take their conversation off-line.

The feature first became available in April to select developers, but currently only works for US users.

Microsoft says the feedback from all developers who have been able to respond to reviews has been very positive, with developers using this feature to help users resolve questions, inform them of a new version of the app, and increase user satisfaction with their apps.

To use this feature, developers should go to Dev Center, select the Dashboard for Windows Phone, then select one of your published Windows Phone apps and look at the reviews screen. If you see the “Respond” box in the lower right corner of the review, your account is ready to respond to reviews.

Developers who want to know more about the process can read more at Microsoft here.

Microsoft also announced that Paypal is enabled as a Windows Phone developer payout method in five new markets: Cyprus, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Malta, and Russia.

In total, PayPal is now offered as a developer payout method in 41 Windows Phone markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States.

New Accessory App In Windows Phone 8.1 Update Reveals Added Support For Companion Devices

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If you have updated your Windows Phone device to WP8.1 Update, you would have noticed the new accessory apps under settings. This new settings will allow you to turn notifications on or off any accessory companion apps. Right now, we don’t have many apps that could take advantage of this new feature in Windows Phone 8.1 update. But this strongly hints that Microsoft may have added native support for its upcoming smartband/smartwatch accessory.

Also, the Windows Phone 8.1 update code reveals that the new APIs have been added to support all kinds of notifications and actions from a companion app/device. Even if Microsoft didn’t release their smartphone/smartband, developers of accessories like Nike, Adidas, Pebble and others should find it easy to port their Android/iOS implementations to Windows Phone platform. What do you guys think?

Read the revealed code posted by Jeremy Sinclair,  here.

Source: Reddit

Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 SDK And Emulators

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As Windows Phone 8.1 Update is now available to developer preview users, Microsoft has released the Windows Phone 8.1 Update SDK and emulators to developers. The Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 SDK and Emulators package installs the updated SDK and adds additional emulator images to an existing installation of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 or later. With this update installed, you can create and test apps that will run on devices that have Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1.

The Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 SDK and Emulators package adds the following to an existing installation of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 or later:

  • Windows Phone SDK 8.1 Update 1
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 8.1 Update 1 WVGA 4 inch
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 8.1 Update 1 WVGA 4 inch 512MB
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 8.1 Update 1 WXGA 4.5 inch
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 8.1 Update 1 720p 4.7 inch
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 8.1 Update 1 1080p 5.5 inch
  • New Windows Phone Emulator 8.1 Update 1 1080p 6 inch

Download it here from Microsoft.

Microsoft dropping Remote Device Access program for developers

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Microsoft Mobile has sent out communication to developers informing them that they will be shutting down their Remote Device Access program effective the 12th August.

The service allowed developers to test applications on a wide range of actual devices without actually owning them, and served S40, ASHA, Nokia X and also many Windows Phone devices.

The service shutting down is likely related to the deep cuts Microsoft has made in Microsoft Mobile, previously Nokia’s handset division, with more around 12,000 staff from this division made redundant.

Microsoft is dropping support for Nokia’s non-Windows Phone products, and are suggesting developers use the Windows Phone emulator for testing apps on that OS.

Does this affect our readers who are also developers? Let us know below.

Via Techrum.vn

New WP8.1 Update 1 emulators also to be released next week

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With the developer preview of the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 Microsoft is planning to release next week, they are also planning to release new emulators, said Cliff Simpkins, Product Manager for Windows Developer Platform at Microsoft.

The news is good news for developers who have been caught in the recent WP8.1 Dev Preview/Cyan bind, and who do not want to risk being trapped on the preview again.

Via Twitter.com

For Developers: Windows Phone gets CMake support

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Writing on the Windows blog, Microsoft has revealed that early support for CMake in Windows Phone and Windows 8 is now available.

CMake is a cross-platform project files generator that enables re-use of shared C++ code across multiple IDEs or project systems. An early build of CMake that allows you to target Windows Store and Windows Phone apps is available on CodePlex here.

Microsoft is working with Kitware and CMake community to incorporate feedback and integrate it soon in the public CMake repository.

To learn more on using CMake for Windows Store and Windows Phone apps, MIcrosoft has created a short quick-start exercise (with sample code and installer) that developers can try out here.

Via Lifehacker.com

myAppRank: a precious resource for WindowsPhone developers

What’s more important for a developer than monitoring how well his apps are going?
If you are a WP developer myAppRank is the ideal tool for you, then.

This app offers you a range of indispensable information you can base on to improve your profits and achieve the best with your app worldwide: literally, you can know how your app ranks in its category and overall in more than 70 countries.

Not only, in a single page or in separate tables you can have an overview of your app’s crucial data: you can keep track of its rating average, you can catch any tweet or buzz about your app and observe your competitors app’s progresses as well.

Briefly said, this is a MUST HAVE for all developers.
Download it here for free and begin peaking with your app.

Microsoft Is Getting Closer In Finishing Up The Lockscreen App, Getting It Submitted To Store

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I know many of you are eagerly waiting for Microsoft to release the lockscreen app for Windows Phone 8.1 devices. Last week, Joe Belfiore tweeted that the app might be released this week. Today, he provided the update on the progress.

Hopefully, the app will pass through Windows Phone certification in its first attempt. If not, we have to wait longer for its release.

28% of mobile developers developing for Windows Phone, up from 21% a year ago.

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Vision Mobile has posted a result of their bi-annual survey of mobile developers. 

They revealed, despite the low market share of Windows Phone, that the OS continued to attract interest from developers, with 28% of developers creating for the platform, up from 21% a year ago. Microsoft has said 500 new apps are being added each day to the Windows Phone Store.

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10% of developers were also dedicated to using Microsoft tools like C# to develop mobile apps, while 32% prioritized Objective C and 42% Android’s Java.

Vision Mobile notes Microsoft developers were the most loyal, saying:

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3rd part WP8 Verge app pulled, this time possibly permanently

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We posted earlier on the unofficial Verge app for Windows Phone being pulled due to a trademark issue.

At the time it seemed this would only be a temporary blip, and that after a few changes the app would be returned to the Windows Phone Store.

Now it seems this may have been a tad overoptimistic.

After Anand Prakash, a Microsoft employee and developer of the app, made the required changes to remove the Verge’s trademark and attempted to approve these with the Verge’s layers, he was told that he did not have permission to distribute the Verge’s content, making the app basically useless.

Anand notes that his app is pretty equivalent to an app like Feedly, in short basically a reader for web content, and that the decision did not make much sense.

On the other hand, maybe this is all in preparation for the Verge releasing their own official app … is hell getting a bit chilly yet?

Read the detail of the issue at Anand-prakash.net here.

Microsoft merge Windows Phone and Windows 8 developer resources

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One day the Windows Phone and Windows 8 platform will merge, and to help prepare developers Microsoft has already started merging the developer resources for both platforms.

The new site will house education materials, guidance, code samples, and reference documentation for Windows Store and Windows Phone, hopefully inspiring developers to develop more universal apps, which will boost both app stores.

The updated site features:

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AdDeals unveils figures, Square & Windows Phone Summer Challenge for Developers

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Since AdDeals Network was launched six months ago, it has known a quite impressive and steady growth on the Windows Phone market and has become a leading performance based ad Network on this platform.

  • Hundreds of Windows phone developers use our tools every day.
  • Millions of Windows Phone apps integrating AdDeals advertising tools are downloaded every month.
  • AdDeals now allows all developers to integrate full screen ads & Square ads in a truly innovative way.
  • AdDeals is accessible to all developers. It’s about quality, choice and deals for end users, publishers & advertisers.

Today, we are happy to unveil our new ad format available to the whole Windows Phone developers community for Windows Phone 8, 8.1 & Unity. At Ahead Solutions we strive to provide great and different advertising tools that change the way people think of mobile advertising and will enhance the end user experience when integrated into Windows Phone apps & games. As a result we have built Square, a truly innovative ad format providing:

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