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Google Releases Google APIs Client Library For .NET Targeting Windows And Windows Phone Developers

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Google services such as Calendar, Analytics, and Google+ allow users to store personal information and manage their activities online. Most Google services have web APIs that you can use to give your applications access to this information with the user’s authorization. As Google mentioned in their blog, “Whether you are plugging Google Calendar into your .NET Framework-based application, translating text in a Windows Phone app or writing a PowerShell script to start Google Compute Engine instances, the Google APIs Client Library for .NET can save you tons of time.”

This library is an open-source effort, hosted at NuGet, that lets developers building on the Microsoft® .NET Framework to integrate their desktop or Windows Phone applications with Google’s services. It handles OAuth 2.0 integration, streaming uploads and downloads of media, and batching requests. For more than fifty Google APIs, it is the easiest way to get access for any Windows developer.

This is a surprising move from Google given the fact that they have largely ignored Windows platform for their Google services over the past few years. Check out the APIs here.

via: Neowin

Developers: Nokia Announces Imaging SDK 1.1 For Windows And Windows Phone Apps

Nokia Imaging SDK
Nokia today announced its Imaging SDK v1.1 with powerful editing features and more. The Nokia Imaging SDK and library are available free of charge and you can use the library for any apps published in Windows Store or Windows Phone Store.

The following features are included in the 1.1 release of the Nokia Imaging SDK:

  • 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.
  • Compatible with Imaging SDK 1.0 The SDK update builds on the stable 1.0 release by maintaining API compatibility and enabling a seamless upgrade path for developers using the earlier version. 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.
  • Windows 8.1 support Illustrating the potential of Windows platform convergence, the library is now available on Windows 8.1 (x86 and ARM) as a single codebase with no API breaks, making it possible for you to reuse a lot of your code when porting across Windows and Windows Phone.
  • 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 chromakay, adjusting RGB levels, hue, and saturation. The Nokia Imaging SDK 1.1 release also includes Interactive Foreground segmentation, Lens Blur (Bokeh) and single image HDR effect.
  • Roll your own It is also possible to create entirely custom filters for your own unique effects.
  • Crop, resize, rotate, and undo Cropping, rotating, and resizing is supported; you can  crop and rotate in one step with the Reframing API. What’s more you can take advantage of the built-in unlimited undo functionality to  encourage users try out different filters and combinations without fear of  losing anything.
  • Use the camera as a source Use the Camera Helper API for easier access to camera functionality.
  • Even more powerful than before The latest release has been further enhanced with performance and memory optimizations, making it possible to create beautiful imaging experiences even on low spec devices.
  • Compatibility Windows 8.1 (x86 and ARM binaries), Windows Phone 8.0.

Find more about it here.

Microsoft Demos Updated Bing Apps For Windows Which Syncs Profile Across Devices

Earlier today, we reported that 6 Bing apps in Windows Phone Store was updated with Microsoft Account sync support. Microsoft posted the above quick video demo to show how this sync feature will work in Bing apps. This new feature will enable you to keep your Bing apps across Windows devices like tablets, PCs, and mobile phones in sync. For example, if you add a weather location on mobile in Bing Weather app, it will automatically show up in Bing Weather app installed in all your other devices.  In the Finance app for example, when you setup your stock watch list on Windows 8, it will show up the same way on the Windows Phone. Same applies for Bing Sports, Bing News and more.

Find the download links for all 7 Bing apps after the break.

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Report: No New Windows Phone Models At Mobile World Congress

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If you are expecting something bring from Nokia and Microsoft at Mobile World Congress later this month, keep your expectations low. Recode today reported that there will be no new Windows Phone devices announcement at MWC. After the announcement of Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1320 at Nokia World, Nokia quietly launched Lumia 525 low-end smartphone and Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon. While everyone was expecting a 5-inch flagship, successor to Lumia 720, Dual Sim Windows Phone and more from Nokia at MWC, Recode’s report is kind of shocking.

If the report turns out to be true, I guess Microsoft and Nokia have decided to announce new devices along with launch of Windows Phone 8.1 in April. Microsoft is expected to release developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 OS during Build conference in April followed by public release in June.

What’s your expectation from Nokia/Microsoft for MWC?

Source: Recode

Facebook Engineering Director Thinks Windows Isn’t Down For The Count, Expects Growth In Market Share

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In an interview to VentureBeat, Facebook’s Engineering Director Jocelyn Goldfein spoke about Facebook’s future in the mobile world, their mistakes, the learning  they had from them and more. Facebook is one of the few companies that have transformed itself from a desktop/web company to a mobile focused company over the past few years. When she was asked about what she is looking forward to in the next few years, in terms of development, she answered the following,

Goldfein: I think it’s going to be more diverse. For sure, tablets right now are growing like phones were growing three years ago, maybe even faster. I think there’s so much more we can do to deliver tablet-based experiences that are amazing……

Wearables are going to come along, and you’re going to want to see Facebook on those. I actually think Windows isn’t down for the count; I think we’ll see Microsoft growing in share.

While Facebook’s engineering director is confident of Microsoft’s Windows platform, I don’t think all of her’s peers think the same way. For example, even after 3 years of Windows Phone’s launch, Facebook is yet to launch its own official Facebook app in Windows Phone Store. The current Facebook app version in Windows Phone Store is being developed by Microsoft and it is much inferior to iOS and Android versions. I hope Facebook will take over the development of Facebook Blue app with the release of Windows Phone Blue in the coming months.

Source: VentureBeat

Upcoming Windows Universal Store Apps Detailed

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Yesterday, we reported that Universal apps are coming with Windows Phone 8.1 that will allow developers to target the apps both for tablets and mobile devices. A leaked slide of Windows Phone blue details the Universal Store apps.

Developers will be able to create one Visual Studio ‘Shared Solution template for their apps. You can have two Visual Studio UI projects for your single code base, one for Windows Phone UI and another for Windows UI. You can have two different AppX packages to submit to Store targeting Windows Phone and Windows. Microsoft also claims that developers can have shared dev and test tooling for both the platforms.

I’m sure developers will be excited to hear this news! If you are a developer, share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. Find the slide about converged UI controls after the break.

via: RomanL

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Sony CEO Hints At Possible Xperia Windows Phone Device

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Sony is going through business restructuring as it continues to lose huge amount of money quarter of quarter. As part of the revised strategy, Sony yesterday announced that they are going to sell its loss making VAIO PC division. VAIO division is the bridging gap between Microsoft and Sony since Windows is the default OS for VAIO PCs. Since Sony is selling the VAIO division, Sony is not going to sell Windows devices anymore. Speaking at a press conference, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai confirmed that Sony is not going to make Windows based PCs but will consider making Sony Mobile products such as Xperia smartphones and tablets based on Windows RT or Windows Phone OS.

“Microsoft has various OSes, including mobile. So, as Sony, we will consider new product development going forward.”

This is not the first time we are getting information about possible Sony Xperia Windows Phone devices. As per previous reports, Sony might be launching 1-2 Xperia Windows Phone devices by mid-2014. Are you looking forward to it?

via: CNET Source: Ascii

Nokia claims 12% enterprise smartphone market share, offers free Lumia trails in UK

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Over the last 6-9 months we have heard more and more about Windows Phone penetrating the enterprise market, especially on the back of great value handsets like the Nokia Lumia 520.

Nokia today announced a new campaign called #LumiaBizTrial for UK businesses. As part of the campaign, Nokia will be giving free Lumia Windows Phone devices which includes Nokia Lumia 925, 625 and 520 for qualifying IT and business decision makers. Nokia expects that these devices will demonstrate the business capabilities of Lumia devices like native SharePoint, Lync, SkyDrive, Outlook and Office support and more.

“We’re very proud of our Lumia range and how it caters for all spectrums of the market. The Lumia 520 has been one of our most successful business device, both for smartphone replacements and feature phone upgrades. It offers all the benefits and experiences normally only found in high-end smartphones at an affordable price,” said Williams. “At the other end of the portfolio, more than 50 percent of our volume is across the rest of the Lumia range including the Lumia 625, Lumia 925 and most recently – the Lumia 1520.”

One of Windows Phone’s strengths is the solid integration with Microsoft’s back office software, often the foundation of many businesses.

To apply for #LumiaBizTrial packs ,  visit: www.nokia.com/gb-en/lumiabusinesstrial

Read whole press release after the break.

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BES 10 Mobile Device Management Service To Add Support For Windows Phone Devices Soon

Blackberry Enterprise Service
BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) is a mobile device management solution from Blackberry that allows secure on-premise device, application and content management for iOS, Android and BlackBerry. Enterprises can deploy, manage and control both corporate and BYOD device users through a simple unified console. Sunil Lalvani, managing director for Blackberry in India in an interview to Economic Times revealed that BES10 will add support Windows Phone devices soon.

BES10 is a leader in MDM space, but there are several other companies working on the same. Last year Microsoft revealed that Microsoft will open up Windows Phone platform for other MDM vendors so that enterprise can easily support them. Microsoft has its own MDM solution through Systems Center 2012 and Intune tools.

Source: Economic Times

AdDeals Network announces December 2013 developer contest Winners!

One month ago, we announced the release of AdDeals Ad Network. A unique tool for both Windows Phone developers and advertisers that provides all Windows Phone developers extra free downloads for their apps.

Many developers have registered and integrated AdDeals in their apps, including game studios and some really nice and useful apps.

We will help all AdDeals members increase their visibility and revenues on the Windows Phone platform. We can already tell you that in just couple weeks, AdDeals Ad Network for the Windows Phone platform is a success and we will continue our efforts to develop AdDeals and make it more and more useful for both developers and advertisers.

In December, we launched a contest in partnership with WMPowerUser. We are happy to announce you that the following apps have won this contest and will receive a free promotional campaign on AppDeals (#1 app for Windows Phone deals with more than 1/2 Million users):

Chicken Zooma

Chicken Zooma AdDeals for Windows Phone contest winner!

Chicken Zoom AdDeals for Windows Phone app contest Winner

UnfollowSpy

UnfollowSpy AdDeals for Windows Phone contest Winner

We also offer all new developers that registers on AdDeals before January 31st, 1000 FREE displays / Windows Phone app added and integrating AdDeals SDK! So don’t hesitate to join us now to enjoy AdDeals unique benefits, exclusive to the Windows Phone platform. REGISTER FOR FREE TO EARN MORE!

Hungama Indian Music Streaming App Now Available In Windows Phone Store

Hungama Music app Windows Phone
Hungama free music streaming app is now available for download from Windows Phone Store. Hungama’s music library includes 2 million+ Songs and Music Videos spread across Bollywood, Hindi, English, Punjabi, Devotional, Regional, Bhajans, Bhojpuri, Marathi, Ghazals, Pop, Rock, Bengali, Kannada, Gujarati, Bhangra, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam & other South Indian languages along with Popular and current International music. This app also features some cool features such as music discovery base on mood, curated playlists and more.

Features: 

Tune in to your favorite celeb’s preferred music playlist in Celeb Radio. Play what Salman works out to, Hrithik dances to, listen to what Sonu Nigam grooves to, its all there…

Too lazy to create a playlist?
Our unique, never-seen-before Discovery Engine serves up music based on your mood. Use this to find the perfect music mix of your choice.
If you like what you listen to – go ahead, create a playlist in the app. You can see the official lyrics of Hindi songs & trivia too – sing along with this ultimate Indian songs Jukebox.

Some key features -
* Free unlimited streaming of music and videos from our entire collection of content
* Get trivia, lyrics and info for all the latest songs
* Find songs similar to what’s being played with our sleek, ultra-cool music player
* Create playlists and save them for later access, and never have to look for favorites again
* Adaptive streaming. Play music n videos seamlessly
* Want better quality? Go for High Audio quality from Settings

Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.

Microsoft Partners With British Airways For Digital Bag Tag And Windows Phone Check-in Option

British Airways Check-in

Microsoft today announced their partnership with British Airways in a trial that will demonstrate how people’s journeys can reach an entirely new level of innovation using the technologies that are available now. The trial has two main things, Digital Bag Tag and the check-in system using a NFC equipped Windows Phone device.

Digital Bag Tag is a system that will further reduce travel time and increase convenience, especially for frequent flyers. Instead of the usual paper tag that is attached to baggage before it makes its way to the airplane, a digital tag containing flight details ranging from destination to connecting flights and return journey is used.

The digital bag tag has been designed to be used time and time again, with a battery life of up to five years and could eventually do away with the need for a new paper tag every time we fly.

Once a customer is checked in, customers just need to hold  their smartphone over the electronic tag, which automatically updates with a unique barcode containing their flight  details and an easy-to-see view of their bag’s destination. BA believes that the new system will be quicker and more efficient than the old paper tags. It allows customers to save precious time by  having their electronic tag quickly scanned at the bag drop, going straight  through security to relax before catching their flight.’ British Airways is starting the trial of this system from today.

Watch the video on how it works after the break.

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Nokia’s Treasure Tag Will Look And Work Similar To HTC Fetch

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I missed this announcement from HTC in August. HTC has announced a new accessory called HTC Fetch which looks a lot like theNokia Treasure Tag upcoming Nokia Treasure Tag. It is also based on Bluetooth 4.0 LE and it can be used to secure your phone and belongings, last seen tracking and remote camera shutter.

If you’re tired of losing your phone or leaving it behind, the HTC Fetch is your solution. Just press the button and the sleek, compact keychain device activates your phone’s ringtone within 15 meters*. Pair it with your phone and you’ll get a warning beep if you leave it behind. If you lose both, a convenient map location feature lets you know where your HTC Fetch and phone were last together.

Nokia is also going to reveal a range of Bluetooth 4.0 based accessories for its Lumia devices at Nokia World in October. One such Bluetooth 4.0/NFC accessory is called “Treasure Tag” which will pair with Lumia Windows Phones via NFC and will come with a with a loop strap to attach it with other items. This accessory will allow Windows Phone users to track items with a special application. This special app will display the location of the sensor on a map Nokia’s LiveSight augmented reality view.  The sensor can also trigger a notification sound on a phone, if it’s within range.

See a video demo of the HTC Fetch after the beak.
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