Feeling left out with your Windows Phone 7 device? Sure we all do, developers seem to focus on their main/majority crowd of Windows Phone 8 users.
The Windows Phone 7 scene is slowly dying as developers move over to the newer platform but atleat today we can add another app to the collection.
The unofficial Vine app, “Viner” is now available for both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 devices. The app allows you to create an app, sign in and follow people but unfortunately it can’t create/upload vines.
WNM Live, the location-based social network for meeting people, has released an update to its app for both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 users. This latest update contains some major new functionality, including:
Voice Messaging – You can now send/receive up to 60 second voice audio clips with other users.
Message Delivery Receipts – You can now see when your message has actually been delivered to the intended recipient’s app, regardless of which platform they use.
Photo Hub Integration – Upload a photo to the WNM Live World Stream directly from the Windows Phone Photo Hub.
Much, Much More – Enhanced push notifications, performance improvements, featured posts, and much more.
These two latest updates (for WP7 and WP8) bring both platforms back in alignment, feature-wise, after having diverged about six months back with the release of the WNM Live Windows Phone 8 app. WNM Live recently passed the one million user mark and continues to have the largest percentage of its users on Windows Phone devices, despite also being available on iPhone, Windows 8, Facebook, and the Web.
If it has been awhile since you checked out WNM Live, now might be a great time to do so. The app is available for free from the Windows Phone Store here.
It seems it is the fashion to release an Instagram app these days. Developer SmokedbyWindows8 has just released their version to the market, and the app is available to download now.
At $0.99 it is pretty cheap, and even better is that the free trial is full featured, and payment only serves to remove the ads, making the app effectively free for those who are happy with the banner.
The app supports all the major Instagram functions, including uploading, and delivers filters by using the Aviary library. It is also available for Windows Phone 7 also, a major advantage over other rivals.
Unfortunately that’s where the good news ends. The app appears to mere embed the Instagram mobile website, and therefore runs rather choppily and does not look anything like Metro. Secondly the parts which are not Instagram’s mobile site are poorly designed and rather ugly – after being spoilt by Itsdagram its difficult to look back.
Still the app is effectively free and it does work, and #2InstaWithMassiveLove has hooked up with Pixaroll to make it easy to print your Instagram photos to real paper. In fact Pixaroll is offering another 800 sets of 5 free photo prints with ‘instamatic’ or ‘wmpoweruser’ with the release of this app. There are ‘prints’ button integrated into the app that allows the user to print Instagram photo they upload.
We would generally recommend Itsdagram over this app, but if you are on Windows Phone 7 this may be a reasonable alternative. Find it in the Windows Phone Store here.
We reported yesterday on an issue Windows Phone 7 users were experiencing when trying to log in using the SkyDrive app on their phones.
The issue, which was due to back-end problems at Microsoft has now been rectified, as Microsoft reports on their status page, saying:
The problem has been fixed. Thanks for your patience. 20 Apr 11:10
Unfortunately Microsoft never revealed the source of the problems, but at the time many Windows Live authentication changes were being implemented, including two factor authentication and the ability to use an alias on your account. Hopefully these problems will remain isolated issues.
Has the problem been resolved for all out readers? Let us know below.
Yesterday Viber announced that VOIP calling was coming to their Windows Phone 8 app, and today they delivered good news for the other half of the Windows Phone community, with the news that their HD Voice calling was also now available for all their Windows Phone 7 users and was no longer Nokia exclusive.
Heathcliff74 from WP7RootTools has released a new tool to unlock both 1st and 2nd generation Samsung Windows Phone 7 handsets, including new handsets such as the Samsung Omnia W and Samsung Focus S.
The unlock tools work on fully updated handsets and will help you fully Interop Unlock them and run homebrew apps.
Heathcliff74 also released new versions of the WP7 Root Tools 1.1 with a new Accent Color editor and WP7 Root Tools SDK 1.0 with new functions for setting the Power State and also a few important bug-fixes.
Distimo is a popular site where the developers can track their accounts not only from Windows Phone store but also from Apple Store, Android and a lot more, and dev stats for windows phone allows you check all this stats on your device
dev stats have 4 main sections:
Main page, that shows your total downloads, your total revenues on all stores and your averange ranking on the stores
apps page, here, you can check all your apps from all the stores avaiables
downloads page, here you can see your monthly and semanal deownloads
reviews page, check yout lastest reviews and the rating
And also have more pages with different content:
App info that covers specific info about the app, suchk downloads, reviews, revenues and details.
The classic game, Nintendo’s EG-26 or it’s Russian version “Nu, Pogodi!”, has been revamped and it’s nicer than ever! It now boosts improved graphics and gameplay with up to three levels depending on your skill. Even those who are not familiar with the old game will love it. Catch the pigs but beware of the bad ones!
Adduplex tweeted this chart showing the current proportion of Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8 handsets as detected by their ad network.
The graph shows places like South Africa and Israel Windows Phone 8 handsets form a large proportion of the Windows Phones in the country, and I think this does not reflect on how fast Windows Phone 8 is selling there, but at underperformance of Windows Phone 7 in the regions, e.g. not supporting Hebrew in Israel at all.
The good news however is that the graph indicates that Windows Phone 8 is seeing better adoption there, which will hopefully mean 2013 will be a much better year in terms of sales performance for Windows Phone than 2012.
Have our readers noticed Windows Phone 8 getting a better reception than Windows Phone 7 handsets in your region? Let us know below.