‘Catch Them Eggs Free’ is a Kaboom (Atari 2600) inspired catch game for windows phone. You have a basket and you try and collect all the eggs that are falling down, they come at dissimilar speeds and you also have to avoid picking up the rotten ones, which will make this challenging. The game has online leader boards powered by http://www.mobileleaderboards.com/. Press release below Read the rest of this entry »
Monthly Archives: May 2011
Android skyrockets to the top spot.
Nokia’s share of the smartphone market has fallen by a third, while Microsoft’s has nearly halved, according to research firm Gartner. Read the rest of this entry »
HTC HD7S running on Windows Phone 7 will appear on AT&T this June 5 at a nice price of $199, including a new two-year contract with Ma Bell, as posted on the mobile telecom operators Facebook page. Read the rest of this entry »
Paramount Digital Entertainment has publicized that it will be launching 10 new movies solely for Windows Phone 7. Built using Silverlight, the apps not only let users watch the purchased movie, but it gives them the complete “DVD” experience with menus, bonus features, and social networking capabilities. Read the rest of this entry »
Windows Phone 7′s Metro UI is a appealing good looking interface, though it might be too minimalistic for some people’s tastes but one thing is for certain – it doesn’t look like any other stock (because Android can be modified to look like it) mobile operating system existing right now. Read the rest of this entry »
Windows Phone 7 is having an unusually hard time catching on in the marketplace. Not only is its market share far behind that of Android and iOS, but Microsoft has yet to prove that it can rebuild its ailing mobile division, which continues to appear slow to adapt to the changing demands of today’s consumers and enterprise customers.
At this point, there’s no telling what the future holds for Windows Phone 7. Research firms such as Gartner suppose the operating system will be fine after a few years as Nokia smartphones start running Windows Phone 7. But other research firms, including ABI Research, say that former Nokia customers will opt for Android or the iPhone rather than stick with Microsoft. Simply put, there is substantial indecision with Windows Phone 7 right now.
Microsoft needs to act speedily to ensure its mobile operating system doesn’t fall victim to its entrenched competitors. The company must engage in several key activities as soon as possible to gain a solid footing in the mobile marketplace. If it does the right things quickly, Microsoft will see its platform grow over the long term.
Here’s what Microsoft must do now to save Windows Phone 7:
1. More apps
If Apple has proved anything, it’s that mobile applications are vital to the success of an operating system. The company’s App Store, which currently has over 350,000 available applications, has been a significant contributor to the iPhone’s success. Microsoft has an applications marketplace of its own, but as users know all too well, its library is not nearly as deep as Apple’s. If Microsoft wants to save Windows Phone 7, it will need to do a much better job of wooing developers and bringing more apps to its Marketplace.
2. Improve the user experience
Windows Phone 7 launched with a quite interesting user interface that eschewed the traditional gridlike design of iOS and Android for a more fluid layout. However, that design choice turned out to be a bit of an issue for users, who found that moving between applications was much harder than it should be. Moreover, performing other basic tasks on the device, such as flipping through dissimilar screens, takes a bit more effort than it does on competing platforms. It would be nice to see Microsoft fix those quirks and deliver a more appealing user experience.
3. Lean on vendors
Microsoft has partnered with several hardware vendors to fetch its software to the market, including Samsung, HTC and others. However, those devices are not as well designed as the iPhone or even some Android-based smartphones. For the most part, they are run-of-the-mill smartphones running Windows Phone 7—nothing more, nothing less. Microsoft must start to lean on vendors to get them to push the cover more with their smart phones. The flashier the device, the more likely it will succeed.
4. Adapt it for tablets
So far, Microsoft has said that it plans to offer Windows Phone 7 on smart phones and Windows 7 on tablets. But that’s a fault. As Apple and Google have shown, adapting smartphone-focused operating systems for tablets is actually a much better idea. Plus, with the growth of tablets in today’s marketplace, bringing Windows Phone 7 to slates might help get better the appeal of Microsoft’s operating system. The time has come for Microsoft to think seriously about bringing Windows Phone 7 to tablets.
Six months after Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7, the company will lastly be able to say that it’s available on all the major U.S. wireless carriers. Read the rest of this entry »