Tag Archives: Windows Phone 7 Apps

SPB TV 2.0 Now Available For Windows Phone 7 Smartphones

SPB Software finally launched its popular application, SPB TV for Windows Phone 7. This application is already available on Android, Bada, Symbian, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, webOS and Maemo platforms. SPB TV for Windows Phone 7 allows you to watch Live TV channels on the go. You can easily download this application from the Microsoft Marketplace. Check out the complete features of SPB TV below.

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SPB TV Features:

  • More than 150 TV channels from more than 20 countries, subscription free
  • Unique TV browser with fast channel launching and switching
  • Integrated TV Guide with a list of current & upcoming TV shows
  • Video-on-demand
  • Network bandwidth fluctuations support
  • Onscreen controls

“The user has an opportunity to make an informed decision about the channel to watch even without launching it. A channel selection screen provides all the needed information about the running TV program including a screenshot and TV guide information. While the selected channel is streaming full-screen, the user can choose another channel by seeing a preview picture of it in Picture-in-Picture mode,” the company notes.

SPB TV has been integrated by the leading carriers and broadcasters, including MTS, StarHub, MegaFon and Skylink with a total of 250 million subscribers worldwide. SPB TV 2.0 is available for all smartphones running Windows Phone 7 OS. SPB TV requires a reliable 3G or WiFi network connection for proper streaming. To download SPB TV, head over to this page.

Microsoft Engineers Set WP7 App Coding Benchmarks Pretty High

Windows Phone 7 right now has close to 16,200 applications in the marketplace. According to mobile apps watcher Distimo, at the current growth rate, the WP7 marketplace will have more apps than BlackBerry and Nokia’s app stores in less than a year of launch. When WP7 launched, it came with apps that early adotpers would ask for, namely:

  • Foursquare
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

These apps were borderline decent with basic functions. The first version of Facebook did not have Places, Foursquare’s app was not updated to include Foursquare 3.0 features. However, developers within Microsoft who used these services and  realized  that the development platform for WP7 could implement the missing features took matters in their own hands. As a result we have two beautiful apps that leverage WP7 and the service APIs for feature-rich apps.

Rowi (Twitter client):

Developed by @HumanCompiler and @heskew, Rowi has a paid and free version. The free version is better than the official WP7 twitter app, it has ads though. The paid version ($2.99) includes  push notifications, linked images in tweet and live tile  notifications.

The subtle features in the app are what I love the most. If your WP7 has the dark theme, the starting animation for the app fades into black from white or vice versa if the phone’s theme is white. The app uses the accent color for the tile, twitter handles and the nice upward pointing arrow to show availability of new tweets.

Earlier this week Rowi and the MetroTwit team announced that they will be offering a cloud based sync between the two applications. MetroTwit is a popular Windows PC twitter client that’s designed based on the Metro principles.


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4th & Mayor (Foursquare client):

A few days back the official Foursquare client for WP7 was removed and users were redirected to @jeffwilcox’s 4th & Mayor. A stamp of validation for the app that it is indeed the best Foursquare client for WP7 as of now. The first run for the application has a gorgeous animation which disappointingly can’t be revisited. The application has all features available in the official Foursquare iPhone application including:

  • Uploading venue photos
  • Explore
  • Specials
  • Commenting on check ins
  • Adding tips

 

The  developers  for both apps have done an amazing job on designing around the Metro theme, showcased the developer tools capabilities and made use of WP7 capabilities. Hoepfully, more developers work on coming up with applications equally good.

PS: Websites for both these applications are well designed as well.

Windows Phone 7 Gets Angry Birds and Instagram Clones

Android and iPhone have been instrumental for the success of applications like Angry Birds and Instagram, neither of these apps are available on Windows Phone 7. Angry Birds creators, Rovio don’t look too keen on bringing their popular game on the platform. Similar is the case with Instagram, a simple app that allows you to add filters to your photographs and has social network integration for sharing photographs.

Instagram reached a Million users in December and Twitter added the ability to view photographs from Instagram on their web interface. Angry Birds had a Million downloads on the first day of their Android version launch. The popularity of these apps and their absence on WP7 has inspired developers to fill in this gap with clones.

Bubblegum (Instagram Clone):

Like Instagram, the app allows you choose from a set of filters that you apply to an image and then upload the image. The uploaded image can be sent to Facebook and Twitter. you can also checkin to a location on Foursquare at the same time.

Unfortunately, the app does not make use of Foursquare’s image API and on Foursquare you get the URL to the image as a checkin comment. Even on Facebook, a link to the image is posted to your wall instead of the image being shown.  Some screenshots:

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Links to two images I uploaded using the app:

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Chicks n’ Vixens (Angry Birds clone):

First up, not the best choice of names. Talking about the game, the components of the game have been changed keeping the game play same.

  • Birds Chicken
  • Pigs Vixens
  • Slingshot Canon

The game is free for download and if you feel left out from the Angry Birds hype you should definitely try this app out. Screenshot:

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Blue Screen On The Windows Phone 7? There’s An App For That

How can it be Windows without a blue screen, right? Well, the developers at InfinitiesLoop Entertainment seemed to be missing it on the Windows Phone 7 so much that they decided to bring it on the phone, with an app.

The app is available on the Zune App Marketplace for free and all does is displays a blue screen on your phone. Here’s the beautiful blue screen on a Samsung Focus:

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Look quite real, I wonder why this isn’t a featured app on the marketplace.

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