Windows Phone 7/8 Catch All

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Good new article on Gizmodo about the new Mango update. The video also shows off some of the new features, and they look great.

And if you want a blow-by-blow account of every new feature, Pocket Now has your back.

That looks pretty sweet. I would never had guessed that being a Mac guy that i would forgo an iPhone for a Windows Phone. But it just felt more like what I wanted in a phone without the openness of android that seems to make it a confusing purchase. Mango seems like it is going to make it an even better purchase.

I think it was CNet that said that Microsoft is building a smart phone model where the phone is more than just an apps launcher, and I really like that description. I love how many features are built straight into the OS itself, and with the addition of some of the features in Mango I can think of a handful of apps already that I'll be able to remove because they'll be redundant. That's a good thing.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I think it was CNet that said that Microsoft is building a smart phone model where the phone is more than just an apps launcher, and I really like that description. I love how many features are built straight into the OS itself, and with the addition of some of the features in Mango I can think of a handful of apps already that I'll be able to remove because they'll be redundant. That's a good thing.

Elysium had me close to picking up the Motorola Atrix, but but I saw some stuff about Windows Phone 7 that made me take a look. So far I like it a lot more than my wife's iPhone. And this is from a an iMac, Macbook, and iPad user.

And it is exactly what you said. It just feels like a phone with features rather than a an empty space to drop apps into. There was stuff I wanted a smartphone for, but it wasn't so that I can play with 101 apps. The GPS and map, IE, Mail, and messaging are all done really well. And it may actually get me into Facebook once and for all, as it does a nice job of leveraging that to create a nice list of contacts.

And yeah, the more apps I can delete, the better.

I think the turn by turn navigation in Mango should be a big deal if it's good. That's the killer feature that Google has that's so far unmatched.

MannishBoy wrote:

I think the turn by turn navigation in Mango should be a big deal if it's good. That's the killer feature that Google has that's so far unmatched.

AT&T has an app for it, but it is a $10 a month service that I'm not going to get.

T-Mobile also has an app for turn-by-turn navigation that requires a subscription. I've just ended up using Bing maps and just check the directions at stoplights or have passengers read them to me.

I think all the majors sell you their own turn by turn stuff. Sprint may even include it in their "everything" plans.

But Android's is so integrated, and with the way MS seems to be trying to link things together logically, I'd hope their maps integration would be similar to google's.

Finally get to open my business bank account tomorrow so I can finally release my damn app.

All the new features look awesome. Turn by turn navigation will be very welcome. I am currently using A-to-B which is free but doesn't do turn by turn. It's okay but not great. There are a few other features I'd like, though. A customizable live tile for calendar (to replace the beautiful calendar widget on my Nexus One) and wi-fi tethering. My daily phone is my W7 phone but I have kept my N1 just in case our internet dies and I need access. Could do it with my wifes jailbroken iPhone but it doesn't do 3G.

They need to stop with the telling us about all of these great new features and start shipping them out. Also quit reminding us that Mango's a FREE update; it's starting to give me a complex about them one day charging for updates.

After two weeks of testing, including failing me the first time because I didn't translate the description of the app itself into German, French, Spanish, and Italian, my app finally moved into "Signing in progress" this morning. Hopefully this won't be another 3-business-day stage, and it'll be out on the Marketplace today.

Look for Milestone in the next few days. I'll edit this post with a link once I have one, and I should have 50 free codes for it, if anyone above Coffee Grinder likes the trial and wants a copy. All I ask in return is you pimp the app a bit on any WP7 communities you may participate in, or with any friends or family that have WP7 phones.

Bonus_Eruptus wrote:

After two weeks of testing, including failing me the first time because I didn't translate the description of the app itself into German, French, Spanish, and Italian, my app finally moved into "Signing in progress" this morning. Hopefully this won't be another 3-business-day stage, and it'll be out on the Marketplace today.

Look for Milestone in the next few days. I'll edit this post with a link once I have one, and I should have 50 free codes for it, if anyone above Coffee Grinder likes the trial and wants a copy. All I ask in return is you pimp the app a bit on any WP7 communities you may participate in, or with any friends or family that have WP7 phones.

What does the app do?

Jayhawker wrote:
Bonus_Eruptus wrote:

After two weeks of testing, including failing me the first time because I didn't translate the description of the app itself into German, French, Spanish, and Italian, my app finally moved into "Signing in progress" this morning. Hopefully this won't be another 3-business-day stage, and it'll be out on the Marketplace today.

Look for Milestone in the next few days. I'll edit this post with a link once I have one, and I should have 50 free codes for it, if anyone above Coffee Grinder likes the trial and wants a copy. All I ask in return is you pimp the app a bit on any WP7 communities you may participate in, or with any friends or family that have WP7 phones.

What does the app do?

Yeah what does it do?

Basically, it's a list that keeps track of anniversaries, letting you know how many years, months, and days since (or until) the dates. It's also got a section for quickly comparing two dates to see the same info.

My wife was always asking me how long it had been since I moved down here, among other dates, and I could remember the dates, just not how long it's been. Then I saw an episode of Modern Family where Gloria was celebrating some monthly anniversary of something or another, and I figured someone might just get some for Boogle if they were to remember it had been 7 months since their first date, and remember to buy flowers or make reservations, or something along those lines. Certainly couldn't hurt.

Looks like it just got published, but it may be a day or two before it gets indexed in the marketplace. Take your time again, MS.

Bonus_Eruptus wrote:

Basically, it's a list that keeps track of anniversaries, letting you know how many years, months, and days since (or until) the dates.

Sounds useful! I actually had a website several years ago that was going to do something similar - never got beyond the planning stages

I just got my App Dev certification - will prob be starting my first app soon, too.

Do you have any tips/suggestions/gotchas that you've encountered beyond the usual stuff on the App Hub?

IT'S ALIVE!!!

TexasRay wrote:
Bonus_Eruptus wrote:

Basically, it's a list that keeps track of anniversaries, letting you know how many years, months, and days since (or until) the dates.

Sounds useful! I actually had a website several years ago that was going to do something similar - never got beyond the planning stages

I just got my App Dev certification - will prob be starting my first app soon, too.

Do you have any tips/suggestions/gotchas that you've encountered beyond the usual stuff on the App Hub?

It helps if you have a job with a lot of downtime. It's my first app, and I was learning as I went from a few tutorials. Had to learn the MVVM pattern (Model-View-ViewModel). MVVM Light was awesome for that. A decent DB is helpful, too. I thought about SQLite, but went with Sterling DB, after first writing my own data to Isolated Storage.

Overall, the trickiest part for me was the Designer, which never seemed to work if you actually use DataBinding, so I could never really see what my changes looked like without running the app in the emulator. I'm sure I was doing something wrong, and that there's a right way to set it up with test data that gets overwritten at runtime, or is only used in Debug releases. On that note, a decent book would have helped, but if you've got your certification, you could probably recommend one to me that would've made things smoother.

I'm sure my second app will be much easier. Taking a break from WP7 for the moment to learn Android, and if they sell well enough, or I just decide to splurge, I'll buy a Macbook or Mac Mini to build an iOS version.

Oh, also, if you're supporting multiple languages, be sure to get the description and keywords translated. That was what caused mine to fail the first time. Thanks to interstate78 for the French translation!

Can Milestone add events to the calendar, so that I could setup a calendar event for my four-month anniversary, or can you only view the events in the app itself?

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Can Milestone add events to the calendar, so that I could setup a calendar event for my four-month anniversary, or can you only view the events in the app itself?

So far, only in the app itself. Next version will hopefully have that, Facebook and Twitter integration, and anything else users ask for.

Downloaded the trial of your app - looks interesting. Any integration with outlook/facebook/etc would make it super cool. Not sure how you do that, but being able to even scrape stuff like anniveraries and birthdays would go a long way.

Also, a very minor suggestion - update your screenshots to something other than dev test stuff!

In other WP7 news, I just completed the upgrade to the Mango beta and I am quite impressed. LOVE the groups in contacts and Live enhancements.

TexasRay wrote:

Downloaded the trial of your app - looks interesting. Any integration with outlook/facebook/etc would make it super cool. Not sure how you do that, but being able to even scrape stuff like anniveraries and birthdays would go a long way.

Also, a very minor suggestion - update your screenshots to something other than dev test stuff!

In other WP7 news, I just completed the upgrade to the Mango beta and I am quite impressed. LOVE the groups in contacts and Live enhancements.

Great ideas, added to the todo list. Guess I need to sign up for Facebook and Twitter now, which I've been able to successfully avoid.

Looks like I can't update screenshots unless I make another submission, so that'll have to wait until I add the new features.

As far as the price goes, does $1.99 make you stop and think more than a $.99 app? I wanted to make it $1.49, but they don't let you specify your own. You get to pick from a dropdown that jumps from $1.29 to $1.99.

Personally, I think $1.99 is fair, but will scare quite a bit of folks away. The main comparison is that I think Angry Birds clocks in at $1.99 as well...that sets a pretty high standard for price/value right there. At $.99, it is almost always worth a flier. I know that on XBLA Indie games, I'll throw 80 pts at anything that I play more than once.

Well, double crap, looks like Mango adds read access to the calendar, but for security purposes, there's no way to add events via the API. What types of calendar do you all use? Built-in, Outlook, Google, etc...?

Facebook/Twitter look relatively easy, even though, again, my Luddite ass has avoided them until now.

EDIT: Brain fart.

I primarily use the built-in calendar, although I do sync it to my Live calendar, as well.

One feature I'd also like to see, and that might already be there, are time until milestones. It'd be nice to see how many days until a wedding, birth, apocalypse, etc.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I primarily use the built-in calendar, although I do sync it to my Live calendar, as well.

One feature I'd also like to see, and that might already be there, are time until milestones. It'd be nice to see how many days until a wedding, birth, apocalypse, etc.

Easy enough to add. Time until the next monthly or yearly anniversary? Or add a setting that lets you choose?

More that I could put in a future date, like 12/22/12, and Milestone would tell me how many days until that happens and give little notices like "1 month until the Event.". Sort of what it does now but in the opposite direction on a timeline.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

More that I could put in a future date, like 12/22/12, and Milestone would tell me how many days until that happens and give little notices like "1 month until the Event.". Sort of what it does now but in the opposite direction on a timeline.

Aside from the notices, it already does that, in that you can put in future dates.

Just had my phone stolen. I'm looking to replace my LG Quantum. I'd prefer another one, but a reasonably priced WP7 phone would help me out a ton, if anyone is upgrading.

Anyone know any good tools for recording phone conversations?

Word from Microsoft is that they'll be rolling out the Mango update worldwide in the next week or two. You'll need the latest versions of the WIndows Phone 7 Connector for Mac or the Zune software for PCs in order to perform the update.