FB Pages Manager is a Windows Phone app that allows its users to control their Facebook Pages.
The app currently has more than 100,000 downloads, recently was the runner up on a Nokia Create mini mission and it is chosen by Microsoft as the best alternative to the official Facebook Pages Manager app. Thanks to our users the app is available in 17 different languages.
Today we announce the latest update the 1.7 version which new features include:
- Notification refresh (pull to refresh)
- Home button when entering in the app via Page tile.
- Multi Photo Upload on albums
- Photo on messages
- Ability to share photos directly into the app.
- Redeem codes support (WP8 only)
- Complete remake of the notification system
- Major bug cleanup
The app has two version, the free lite version has the basic features and some ads, the full version ($1.99) has all the features for an advanced Facebook page manager.
The Windows 8 version of the app is also on its final beta testing stage, if you wish to help us testing please send us a message to the app Facebook page.
Currently, Microsoft is licensing Windows Phone OS and Windows RT OS to OEMs at a nominal rates. According to some reports, Microsoft charges around $10 – $15 for each Windows Phone OS license and $35 – $50 for Windows RT license. Today, The Verge reported that Microsoft is planning to offer free versions of Windows Phone OS and Windows RT to OEMs to combat the invasion of Android and Chrome OS.
Licensing Windows for free could lead to potential revenue loss for Microsoft, but they will try to compensate it by selling subscription services like SkyDrive, Office, Skype and more. Also there is a great advertising revenue opportunity, thanks to new Bing apps and Bing Smart Search that comes with all Windows RT devices. According to the report, this plan of offering free Windows licenses to OEMs will happen in the time frame when Microsoft will be delivering the “Threshold” updates for Windows in 2015.
I think this is a right way to take of Google which is offering free Android and Chrome OS to OEMs. What do you think?
Source: The Verge
In an update to their Kickstarter page, the VLC team has confirmed that they are close to releasing a Windows 8 Metro version of their video player.
The x86 version is closest to release, having been submitted to the Windows Store already, but having failed certification after an audio crashed.
At present the port supports all the usual VLC formats, file and network stream support and even basic subtitles.
The team are still working on some small bugs and hope to re-submit the app for certification this weekend.
They also promise to open source the code after a successful release.
On the ARM version, which includes Windows Phone, they write:
At the same time, we’re spending quite a bit of time to get a working version for ARM, so we can deploy on Windows RT too. We don’t know exactly how much time, but we hope it’s a matter of weeks. The issues are mostly compiler related.
Windows Phone should not need a lot of extra work for the API, but will require some work for files management. Adaptation of the basic UI should be simple enough.
Read more at the Kickstarter page here.
We had hoped to have a working VLC player to Windows 8 Metro by April this year, but clearly the schedule has slipped a bit, due to multiple limitations the frustrated VideoLan team have posted about on their Kickstarter page.
The team eventually managed to get a version of the app certified in the Windows 8 store, but to do this they had to drop Audio support from their video player, a rather fatal limitation.
At the time they wrote:
We were able to integrate a new networking layer, without violating the Store guidelines, work-around the threading limitations (with a hack, though) and rewrite some more code.
So far, the main issue is that to pass the validation, we had to cut the audio completely.
Who needs audio to play a movie anyway?
We have a theoretical solution, but it still fails for unknown reasons.
We are working on fixing this audio issue and we will share a build to you backers, as soon as it is done.
Now, as can be seen in the above tweet, they appear to have navigated their way around the obstacles which prevented Audio playback, and as one of the last reasons why the app has still not been published we are hopeful that it will not be long before we see the multi-codec player in the Windows 8 and Windows Phone Store.
Thanks Joe for the tip.
We posted earlier about the Parrot Zik app for Windows Phone, but it turns out that Microsoft and Parrot are also cooking up some other Windows apps.
Slashgear reports that the folks are also working on an app to control Parrot’s famous AR.Drone, with a Windows 8 app to show up in the Windows store in December, and a Windows Phone 8 app coming early in 2014.
The app will work well with Nokia and HTC handsets, though (suspiciously) other brands appear not to be supported.
Thanks counterblow for the tip.
In a blog post Microsoft confirmed rumours that they will be unifying the developer registration and fees for the Windows phone and Windows 8 store.
Announced by Todd Brix, the General Manager of the Windows Apps and Store, he noted that now Windows Store developers were also Windows Phone developers, and Windows Phone developers were also Windows Store developers.
The changes mean:
- Registered Windows Store developers can now submit apps to the Windows Phone Store, using the same Microsoft account.
- Registered Windows Phone developers can now submit apps to the Windows Store at no additional cost, using the same Microsoft account.
- New developers can register and existing developers can renew their account using the same Microsoft account. Developers will enter registration information just once and pay a single lower price of $19 for an Individual and $99 for a Company account, providing access to publish
apps for both Windows and Windows Phone users.
- Developers already registered with both Windows Store and Windows Phone using the same Microsoft account will receive a code via email this month, valid for a free one-year
renewal when their existing registration is up for renewal.
- Students continue to be supported through the DreamSpark program.
The move signals another long-rumoured development – that Windows Phone apps will be able to run on Windows 8 without any significant coding changes, and that Windows Phone and Windows 8 will eventually merge.
If this was to happen it will certainly be some years away, but I am sure by that time Windows developers will be pretty familiar with either platform.
Read more at Microsoft here.
Corona 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
In yesterday’s Reddit Q&A Microsoft revealed that they are working on an eBook service for Windows.
They were asked and answered:
Does Microsoft plan on building the Windows equivalent of NewsStand or iBooks for Windows? It would be nice to not rely on Kindle and others, and instead be able to purchase books with my Microsoft account.
Microsoft: Definitely on the radar and something we’re working on!
While the answers relate to Windows 8.1, the service is extremely likely to support Windows Phone also, meaning Microsoft could soon have it own Kindle-like ebook service on Windows Phone.
Like so many things Microsoft was of course a pioneer in the ebook field, with their own Microsoft Reader app in the early 2000’s (right), but this work was eventually abandoned. Hopefully their next attempt will have a more rosy future.
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The Slunchies is a good example of quality games and applications that are slowly coming up to the Windows Store. It seems that finally, Windows 8 is growing up his market share and the platform is increasingly gaining interest from developers and studios focused on video games.
The game is a small one, but funny, entertaining and addictive. The mechanics of the game is quite simple: Just shoot at the little creatures (The Slunchies) that appear on both sides of the screen (very similar to the classic skeet shooting game Hyper Sports) to “heal” as many as you can in the least possible time. What makes this game fun to play is trying not to miss any shot in order to achieve the multipliers that largely increase your score. At the beginning it is rather easy to keep up with the cadency of appearance of creatures, but as new waves of Slunchies come, it turns into a fascinating craziness. You can shoot at mutant and other different kinds of creatures that give you additional play time and boost your score.
Find concerts, sporting events, festivals and more with First Row, the free Windows Phone and Windows 8 app that lets you purchase event tickets from the palm of your hand or the comfort of your seat. Whether you’re looking for events across the street or across the country, First Row houses a comprehensive database of popular and upcoming events, as well as in-depth information to take you behind the scenes of your favorite show without ever leaving your living room.
Simply enter your zip code and desired search radius, then let First Row take you backstage to discover additional event information and ticket price options. Beat the lines by buying your ticket right through the app, then pin each individual event to your start screen and share them with your friends on Twitter and Facebook, along with Windows Live and SMS.
First Row’s clean, user-friendly layout displays an About page for each event, a Venue page that details the event location, a Pricing page to break down various ticket options, and finally the option to purchase your tickets right from your Windows Phone.
WinSupersite reports that in the latest leaked version of Windows 8.1 sports new Windows Phone-like menu hints (the three dots in the right lower corner). Previously Windows 8 did not show any hints at all, leaving users to guess whether there is more menu items to reveal or not.
The addition of the menu hits is just the latest feature cribbed from Windows Phone, including a new UI for Skype calls in Windows Phone 8.1, a new camera user interface from the lock screen, and constantly changing lock screen images, and one wonders of Microsoft is only now talking to their Windows Phone developers or designers, or if the company is slowly merging the products.
Do our readers think Microsoft could still learn many more lessons from Windows Phone in Windows 8? Let us know below.
Game developer demands “big contribution” from Microsoft before considering supporting Windows Phone and Windows 8
We postulated yesterday that if Microsoft makes a habit of paying developers to port apps, developers will start demanding such payments before even considering a port.
Now some evidence has popped up that this is happening already. The developers of Project Snowstorm, an MMORPG that is raising money at KickStarter, posted on their fundraising page:
"Supported Platforms – We will be supporting iOS and Android phones and tablets… Microsoft – If you want to make a big contribution, we can talk"
When challenged by our tipster Ingiomar, they quickly deleted the offending statement, but it is already clear that some developers has sniffed out that it is possible to demand money from Microsoft in return for porting apps.
With an estimated 130 million users on Windows 8 and Windows Phone the platform is large enough to deserve consideration independent of Microsoft’s involvement, and such extortionary behaviour is really uncalled for.
Do our readers agree? Let us know below.
Update: The developer, Snowfury Studios, have now posted an apology on their Kickstarter page, saying:
SnowFury Studios, Inc: @WindowsPhoneUsers – Our apologies, the comment re Windows Phones was a poor attempt at humor and was removed when it came to our attention on launch day. This in no way reflects the company’s view of the platform. We have no issues supporting Windows platforms yet at the same time, we also need to focus our efforts.
If we are able to meet our minimum goals, we will restructure our first stretch goal to include the Windows platform. We hope to have the opportunity to bring the game to your platform.
Thanks Ingiomar for the tip.
At the Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner showed the above slide claiming their Financial Year 2014, which ends June 2014, will be a year filled with innovation.
For Windows Phone fans however there is one stand-out item, and it is right at the end of the list.
The last green tile claims Windows Phone would have a “Common App Platform with Windows”.
Now this is something which we have been expecting for a while now, based on other Microsoft leaks, but we feel this is now more or less confirmed, and that, if everything goes smoothly, in the near future we will be able to use our Windows Phone apps on Windows 8 and vice versa.
Do our readers agree this measure has been long overdue? Let us know below.
Source: Mary Jo Foley