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Microsoft reveals Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone 7


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Microsoft just might be finally getting into the smartphone market and today they announced a cool app that will help you control your Xbox right from your phone.  The Xbox Companion app will help you control your Xbox and interact with some games, plus the app will let you search video and audio content that you’d like to watch via your Microsoft Xbox 360 console.  Once you have searched for something to listen to or watch, your smartphone will then turn into the remote control allowing you access to features that let you play, fast forward and pause the content.

The app is sort of neat and maybe an easy way for Microsoft to test out the app development side of their new smartphones, but the app will not be doing much more than you can do with your original remote control.  Not that an update couldn’t add more features in the future, but the app in its original form is not all that impressive according to what can be found online.  Once the app is able to control the Xbox the possibilities are endless, but it might take some digging around in the technology department to come up with something creative.

The app was revealed at Nokia World 2011 this year and watching some of the demo videos the app looks pretty neat.  The app is tied with Bing for the search feature which isn’t a real surprise.  Windows Phone powered smartphones have been able to interact with Xbox Live online since the first one launched, but the functions are quite limited.  A gamer can play games on the smartphone through Xbox Live and gain achievements and add to their gamer score at the same time, but that is about it.

Games like “Full House Poker” and “Fable Coin Golf” are a couple of games that you can play on your WP7 powered smartphone and by playing them you can impact the Xbox 360 versions of the games.  Watching a video online about how the WP7 smartphone can be used to control the Xbox Kinect system certainly gives you the idea that the app can really be updated to add some really nice functionality.  A user will be able to transfer information from the phone, to the Xbox console and back in order to keep up with what is happening on certain Kinect games.

Source: http://www.mobilebloom.com/microsoft-reveals-xbox-companion-app-for-windows-phone-7/226209/

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Microsoft, WP7, Xbox Live

 

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Implode! Now Available for Windows Phone 7


This week’s Xbox LIVE enabled Windows Phone 7 release is Implode!, a new title from Iugo Entertainment. Available to download from the Zune Marketplace now, Implode! is a game that encourages tactically explosive action.

Though from the screenshots you might assume that this latest Windows Phone 7 release is yet another Angry Birds copy cat release, the truth is that Implode! is far from it.

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Given a crudely drawn structure,the player is challenged with reducing it to rubble. Or more specifically, bringing it’s height below the preset requirement with a limited amount of explosives.

Featuring more than fifty stages and the chance to design your own explosive puzzles, Implode! is available now for just £2.29. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest Xbox LIVE enabled releases for Windows Phone 7.

Source: http://electronictheatre.co.uk/mobile/mobile-phone-game-news/10784/implode-windows-phone-7

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Windows Phone 7, Xbox Live

 

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Windows Phone 7 reaches 30,000 app milestone


It may have had some pretty major snags so far, but developers are still willing to rally behind Windows Phone 7.

No doubt Microsoft has been flexing its muscles with the countless developers it was worked with on Windows computer programs before, but nevertheless, the number of apps available for the company’s big push to the mobile market is impressive.

After just around eight months, there are now 30,000 apps in the Windows Phone marketplace, according to a post on the Windows Phone Developer Blog.

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That puts it in line with the rate of app growth on the iPhone, way back in the day, and it signifies a rate of two times what Android saw in its first eight months on the market.

Where Windows Phone has the strongest potential and arguably the most unique competitive advantage is in gaming. Because of its integration with Xbox Live, players are able to socialize and connect with their mobile games on Windows Phone in a way that just simply isn’t possible on the iPhone or Android.

Microsoft will soon be releasing the huge, sweeping “Mango” update headed to Windows Phone, saying it could revolutionize the way the world interacts with their smartphones.

Among the changes are shying away from the traditional “download a million apps and use them independently” mindset, and instead incorporate all of the most popular apps into the software of the phone itself. So, wanna check movie times? How about that train schedule? What’s in my Netflix queue? Microsoft wants all of these kinds of questions to be answered in the same, universal navigation of the device.

That update is coming later this year, which could be a reason for why consumers are shying away from buying a Windows Phone device today.

But it’s not exactly like everything was smooth sailing before the update was announced. In fact, Microsoft had a devil of a time rolling out a very minor update at the beginning of 2011. It took months of delays, apologies, and unmet rollout promises before Microsoft was finally able to deliver that.

Additionally, the company completely failed on its marketing message, hitting on features that were already commonplace on Android and the iPhone, making Microsoft seem way out of touch, instead of focusing on what actually made WP7 unique and special.

All that being said, however, there is one other huge thing in Microsoft’s favor – the newly minted alliance with Nokia. By next year, there will be numerous new handsets from Nokia, which has faltered lately because of its rigid software but has always been admired for its design and manufacturing of hardware, running on Windows Phone software.

In other words, there are a lot of huge changes coming to Windows Phone, but the question on everyone’s mind is whether or not Microsoft has already sealed its own fate with its poor handling of the operating system so far. Only time will tell.

Soure: http://www.tgdaily.com/mobility-brief/58068-windows-phone-7-reaches-30000-app-milestone

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Microsoft, Windows Phone 7, WP7, Xbox Live

 

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SysAid Offers IT Helpdesk Application for Windows Phone 7


SysAid Technologies has announced a new IT helpdesk mobile application for Windows Phone (News – Alert) 7 (WP7).
Windows Phone 7 allows the users to easily sort, scan, and manage multiple accounts, plus edit Office documents on the go.

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Posted by on March 25, 2011 in WP7, Xbox Live

 

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Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 Live In The WP7 Marketplace


Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 — aka PES 2011 — for Windows Phone 7 is up in the Marketplace for all you soccer fans out there that want to take your PC soccer-playing experience on your mobile. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in WP7, Xbox Live

 

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