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Microsoft Releases Imaging and SensorCore SDKs For Lumia Windows Phone Devices

As announced during Build conference this year, Microsoft today released the Imaging SDK 1.2 and SensorCore SDK Beta for Lumia Windows Phone devices. While the new imaging SDK based apps will work on all Lumia WP8 devices, SensorCore SDK apps require SensorCore hardware which is available only in latest WP8.1 devices like Lumia 630, Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520.

What’s new for developers in Imaging SDK v1.2?

The Nokia Imaging SDK 1.2 is fully compatible with Universal apps and Windows Runtime languages, providing developers with flexibility to use the languages they prefer. With support for animated GIFs and Image Aligner, it’s now possible for you to create moving-images apps, too.

Additionally, the new Local Blending API makes it easier to merge and position images of different sizes on top of each other, allowing for more interesting creations.

About SensorCore SDK,

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Developers: Experience Zero Gravity By Winning Nokia’s Imagin8 Mission Developer Competition

Nokia Imagin8 Mission Windows Phone

Along with the announcement about the new Nokia Imaging SDK 1.1, Nokia also made a announcement on a cool developer competition. You need to create an app based on Nokia Imaging SDK, and two winning developers will get a  expenses  paid trip to experience zero gravity.

How to enter:

Submit a new or updated Windows Phone 8 app created using the Nokia Imaging SDK to one of these Challenges in DVLUP, our developer rewards program.

All the valid app submissions will be rewarded with DVLUP Points and Experience Points (XPs). Only the 3 best, most imaginative and stand-out app submissions will win the Imagin8 Mission prizes.


An expenses paid trip for 2 people to experience zero gravity. We will take you to Cape Canaveral, Florida, where you will enjoy the experience on July 19, 2014.
2 Nokia Lumia devices of the winner’s choice.
10,000 Points and XPs in DVLUP.
Promos for the winning imaging app in Windows Phone Store, App Social and other Nokia and Nokia Developer channels.

2 Runners-up:
A Nokia Lumia 1520.
5,000 Points and XPs in DVLUP.

Read more about this contest here.  There is also a Space selfie award contest, find about it after the break.

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Coming In WP8.1: Video Editing, Screen Recorder, SDCard APIs, Possible Miracast Support And More

WIndows Phone 8.1 new APIs

The leaked Windows Phone 8.1 SDK revealed lots of new features in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 platform. Exploring the SDK and its documents reveals more and more new features. WP8.1 will support media editing(video editing) API, screen recording API, SD card API to developers enabling them to create new set of apps.

Also, Microsoft is planning to add External Display support that would allow a user to share their phone screen from their Windows Phone device to a nearby device, either wirelessly or using a cable. However, Microsoft has mentioned in the document that if the required work is completed before the release, the phone may also be multi-screen aware and could wirelessly share its content with an external display, such as a big screen TV, by using Miracast.

Read about the above new APIs in detail after the break.

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Windows Phone 8.1 Developer SDK Reveals New Features, New Universal App Model And More

Windows Phone 8.1 leak

Last night, we reported that Microsoft is sending out invites to select developers to try out Windows Phone 8.1 SDK. One of those developers is now revealing the features in the upcoming SDK for developers. Apart from the developer features, there are some significant changes revealed. Read it below.

  1. VPN support confirmed.
  2. You can choose your own default messaging app.
  3. SkyDrive renamed to OneDrive.
  4. Back button does not terminate the app. Instead, it will suspend them just like in Windows 8/RT.
  5. There is a new app model called Universal App which will contain templates to build Windows RT and Windows Phone apps.
  6. Apps can be installed on SD card and developers can prevent users from doing it for their apps.
  7. New Xbox Music and Xbox Video apps replacing Music+Videos apps.
  8. The app extension is now appx similar to Windows RT instead of XAP.
  9. New Battery Sense app to know which apps are causing most battery drain.
  10. New Podcast app.
  11. New camera UI with built-in Burst mode support. Find screenshot after the break.
  12. Swipe down apps in multi-tasking view to close them.
  13. New iCloud account support added. Facebook account integration seems to be removed similar to what Microsoft did with Windows 8.1
  14. Internet Explorer Mobile allows YouTube videos to play in the website itself instead of full screen mode.
  15. PlayTo support similar to Windows RT.
  16. Internet Explorer Mobile adds webGL support.
  17. File picker support for apps similar to Windows RT
  18. Auto-update of Apps support.
  19. Bing Smart Search
  20. Action Center (Notification Center) and quick access settings.
  21. Different Live Tile sizes.
  22. Improved backup support.
  23. Ability to sort apps in app list by different means(usage, date installed)
  24. Wi-Fi Direct Support
  25. Stereoscopic 3d Support
  26. Semantic Zoom support in apps(Similar to Windows 8)
  27. Single sign-in for apps
  28. Geo-fencing API
  29.  New Background tasks: Bluetooth signal strength, Chat message notification, Device connection change and more.
  30. Media editing:  audio and video; Audio effects, video effects; Slow motion video

Find the full list from Reddit user after the break.

Update: Added more features to the list.

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Invitations for WP 8.1 SDK sent to developers


This afternoon, top developers received an email inviting them to join the Windows Phone SDK Developer Preview Program. In the email, it was stated that…

You’ll get a head start on the new platform in exchange for trying out some new APIs and spot-checking app compatibility.

The SDK will include some new emulators running 8.1, which will probably be leaked by those who do not respect non-disclosure agreements.

The new SDK also promises new APIs, some of which are likely to include interacting with the new notification centre, but others will also help developers create more powerful applications.

Stay tuned to WMPoweruser to hear the latest! Once the SDK is released to the select developers, new features are sure to be leaked.

AdDeals Network: $10,000 for Windows Phone developers!

AdDeals Advertising Network - Developer Network

AdDeals is a unique Ad Network allowing both Advertisers & Publishers to advertise discounted apps, free apps & games, trial apps or discounts within their apps for a limited time!

Ahead Solutions is happy to announce that AdDeals Windows Phone Advertising Network now allows Windows Phone developers to launch targeted campaigns.

In an effort to support the Windows Phone developer community, we are offering up to $10,000 to Windows Phone developers willing to integrate AdDeals in their Windows Phone apps!

Additionnaly we also announce that AdDeals developers can now monetize their apps by including AdDeals SDK and get extra revenues!

As shown below, AdDeals Network is all about delivering daily free apps or discounted offers to Windows Phone users. Hundreds of Windows Phone developers have already joined AdDeals Network over the past 2 months!

To get a $50 campaign on AdDeals Network:

1 – Register on http://www.addealsnetwork.com for FREE

2 – Add at least 1 Windows Phone app rated at least 3.2/5 worldwide with at least 20 ratings (if you don’t have such app yet, you are also welcome to join and benefit from AdDeals free cross promotion services of course!)

3 – Integrate AdDeals SDK in one of those apps!

4 – Use coupon code : ADDEALSFUNDS50 to add funds.

This offer is limited to the first 200 developers fulfilling those conditions. We believe that’s a great opportunity for developers to test AdDeals and help them get more visibility for their apps worldwide!

Why develop an app and invest time if you cannot promote it easily? AdDeals helps you just do that more efficiently!


Nokia Releases Updated Nokia Imaging SDK With New Capabilities

Nokia today announced the release of Nokia Imaging SDK v1.0 with lots of improvements. Nokia Imaging SDK allows developers to take advantage of powerful library of image manipulation tools that already powers Nokia’s own imaging applications, such as Creative Studio. The imaging SDK makes use of Random Access JPEG (RAJPEG) format to offer great performance and a low memory footprint.

New Features:

  • Partial JPEG decoding
    Using RAJPEG technology, access image data without decoding a whole JPEG image for blazingly fast previews, application of effects, rotation, and cropping of high resolution images.
  • Updated, easy to use API
    The Nokia Imaging SDK 1.0 delivers  a WinPRT library, which has been updated to better follow Win RT conventions. The API is available from both managed (C# and VB) and native (C++) code, is really simple to use, and comes with a range of intuitive classes and methods.
  • Over 50 filters, effects, and enhancements
    The library comes packed with effects, filters, and enhancements for you to use; from the simple, such as auto-enhance, frame, and brightness to those with advanced capabilities such as adjusting RGB levels, hue, and saturation.
    New filters in 1.0 include Chromakey which enables “green screen” magic, compositing images from background and cutoffs.
  • Roll your own
    With the new SDK release, it is now possible to create completely custom filters for your own unique effects.
  • Crop, resize, rotate, and undo
    Cropping, rotating, and resizing is supported; you can now crop and rotate in one step with the Reframing API. What’s more you can take advantage of the built-in unlimited undo functionality.
  • Use the camera as a source
    Use the Camera Helper API for easier access to camera functionality.
  • Compatibility
    Nokia Imaging SDK is designed to support Windows Phone 8 apps.

Find more details about it here. Read about the announcement here.

Microsoft Courts Marmalade Developers With Special Offers To Develop For Windows Phone Devices

Marmalade Windows Phone SDK

Microsoft started adding support for third-party development tool vendors since the launch of Windows Phone 8. Marmalade is one of them and it  just released the final version of Marmalade 7, their cross-platform C++ SDK that includes support for Windows Phone 8. Marmalade, in partnership with Microsoft has announced a free 3-month Marmalade license extension and a Free Windows Phone 8 Device when you get your apps using Marmalade SDK approved on the Windows Phone Store.

Read about this offer here.

via: Windows Phone blog

Corona Labs cross-platform SDK announce support for Windows Phone

Built_with_Corona_XLGCorona SDK is a tool which allows developers to easily create cross-platform 2D apps and is used by more than 300,000 developers worldwide.

Corona Labs has now announced coming support for Windows Phone and Windows 8.

The tool allows maximum code re-use, allowing developers to code 10x faster, and decreasing time to market and increasing iteration speed.

Matthias Schindler, CTO of flaregames notes, “Corona SDK makes it extremely easy to publish for iOS and Android with a single code base. By supporting Windows, Corona Labs will make it even easier for us to maximize our apps’ reach and success.”

“We continue to see strong growth within the Windows app ecosystem, thanks in part to contributions from companies like Corona Labs,” says Todd Brix, general manager, Windows Apps and Store, Microsoft Corp. “Corona’s platform has attracted a large number of successful developers who will be able to easily extend their apps into the Windows ecosystem.”

“Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 have proven to be great platforms for developers, and their growing user base presents a large opportunity,” says David Rangel, COO, Corona Labs. “We look forward to working with Microsoft, empowering Corona developers to build apps for Windows devices and reaching an even broader audience for their apps and games.”

Beta support for Windows Phone 8 will be available in the first quarter of 2014, followed by full support for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

Read more at Corona Labs here

Developers: PhatWare Releases WritePad handwriting recognition SDK For Windows Phone 8 Devices

Phatpad Windows Phone SDK

Long time Windows Mobile users will well recall Phatware and Phatpad, the company who specialized in handwriting recognition on Windows Mobile, and who’s technology was behind the build-in functionally in the OS.

Of course neither handwriting recognition or Phatware made the jump to Windows Phone.  This is about to change however, as  PhatWare Corporation today announces the availability of the new version of WritePad handwriting recognition Software Development Kit (SDK) for Microsoft Windows 8/RT and Windows Phone 8.

WritePad SDK for Windows and Windows Phone enables handwriting-based text input which automatically converts to text in third-party applications on Windows-based devices.  This would be ideal for developers who want to make stylus-based apps specifically to use on the new large phablets set to be released soon on Windows Phone.

WritePad SDK Features:

  • Recognizes natural handwritten text in a variety of handwriting styles: cursive (script), PRINT and MIXed.
  • Recognizes dictionary words from its main or user-defined dictionary, as well as non-dictionary words, such as names, numbers and mixed alphanumeric combinations.
  • Provides automatic segmentation of handwritten text into words and automatically differentiates between vocabulary and non-vocabulary words, and between words and arbitrary alphanumeric strings.
  • Does not require a user to train the software and allows for most users to achieve high accuracy right “out of the box”.
  • Reliably recognizes handwriting and provides spell checking and word completion features.

The new version of the WritePad SDK now features the smallest and fastest handwriting recognition engine on the market. WritePad SDK supports 11 languages in a single static library, making it perfect for embedded devices and applications.The WritePad SDK is also available for OEM licensing.

New features in the WritePad SDK:

  • Handwriting recognition engine is now packaged as a single static library for all supported languages, enabling the support of handwriting recognition for several different languages in a single app.
  • Support for Windows 8 (Desktop and Metro; x86, x64), Windows RT (Metro; x86, x64, ARM) and Windows Phone 8 (x86, ARM).
  • Support for seven new languages, bringing the total count of supported languages to 11, including English (US, UK, US Medical), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Spanish, and Swedish.
  • Improved recognition quality of individual letters and words in print and cursive modes.
  • Extended digital ink manipulation and serialization API.
  • Updated sample code that demonstrations how to call native WritePad API from .NET and Windows Store applications.

WritePad SDK includes handwriting recognition engine static libraries and dictionaries for all supported languages, API header files, documentation, and sample code in C++ and C# allowing easy integration with new or existing Windows applications or devices. WritePad SDK evaluation is free, while commercial redistribution is royalty-based.

Developers who want to integrate the WritePad SDK in their apps and request an SDK evaluation and commercial pricing should visit PhatWare’s web site at www.phatware.com

Windows Phone 8 GDR2 will come with a new SDK


It seems Windows Phone 8 GDR2 will contain a bit more than Datasense and access to the FM Radio.  Microsoft will also be releasing an SDK update for developers, and as we saw earlier today this may expose new APIs which will allow new features to be created.

The news was tweeted by Robert McLaws, a high profile Windows developer.

The SDK and new emulator images briefly became available this morning, but now appears to have been pulled. Hopefully Microsoft has a bit more than expected up its sleeve after waiting so long to release this update.

Via WinPhoneViet.com

Agent Smart Watch SDK now available


image5The SDK for the Agent Smart Watch is now available to download. Developer Mike Hole has posted a brief tutorial on connecting a Windows Phone to the emulator for the accessory via Bluetooth, and is working on a Sample Project which should help other prospective Windows Phone developers get up and running rapidly.

Unlike most smart watches the Agent smart watch is a proper development platform, and runs on the .Net Micro framework, with developers coding in Visual Studio 2012 and able to deploy apps to an emulator to get up and running without actually having the watch, which will only become available in December 2013.

Interested developers can find the SDK here, and read more at Mike Hole’s blog here.

For Developers: Windows Phone 7.8 SDK now available

clip_5F00_image001_5F00_4CDE0A94Microsoft has announced the availability of the SDK for Windows Phone 7.8, which includes two emulator images for the OS.

The emulator  will allow developers to fully test how their Windows Phone 7.5 apps behave in 7.8.

The Windows Phone SDK update adds:

  • Windows Phone 7.8 emulator: This OS image emulates your app running on a 512-MB device running Windows Phone 7.8 (build 8878)
  • Windows Phone 7.8 256MB emulator: This OS image emulates Windows Phone 7.8 (build 8878) running on a 256-MB device
  • If you’re running a Windows Phone SDK 7.1 installation, the update will also download and install the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 update onto your machine as part of the update
    (again, only applicable to Windows Phone SDK 7.1 installations)

The SDK update requires an existing installation of the Windows Phone SDK for Windows Phone SDK 7.1 (7.1 or 7.1.1) or Windows Phone SDK 8.0.

Windows Phone 7.8 offers no new APIs, but does allow developers to take advantage of new live tile options, such as:

  • And app’s primary tile can have a customized small tile, support wide tiles, and also take advantage of the Flip tile template.
  • Secondary tiles can be enabled to take advantage of all three of the new tile templates (Flip, Iconic, and Cycle).

Read more at the Windows Phone blog here.