The idea of a secondary camera in Windows Phone is nothing new. With ‘self-portrait camera’ listed in the builds on WP 7.0, Microsoft’s acquisition Skype and making a secondary camera a must in WP 7.5 hardware, makes it tough to ignore that Microsoft will create a worthy competitor to Apple’s Face-time offering. The WP 7.1 SDK continues to list the ‘self-portrait camera’ conforming previous speculation.
Is a front-facing camera imminent in future handsets?
But what has really assured the secondary camera is a new icon in the Beta 2 Windows Mango dev tools. A developer was kind enough to forward a picture to Wp Central
Is this what we think it is?
What this means for end-users is still a mystery. But developers will get to access the camera API allowing them to create apps that can use either of the two cameras (a la Photobooth) Will they include Skype as a separate app or will they integrate it with Messenger and XBL. The latter provides a seamless connection between your PC, Xbox and Windows Phone. The possibilities are endless but mostly translate to success for Microsoft.
What do you do after a Mango? I usually sleep, but Microsoft has decided to Tango. Before Windows Phone 8, a major update similar to Mango (maybe, that’s why the name) will be released, say DigiTime’s sources. This is in with accordance to the rumors that Microsoft would be providing a major update to the OS every year. Furthermore, news has been leaked that Microsoft is already signing license agreements with OEMs, Compal being one of them. Compal is the company that is rumored to be developing Nokia’s and Acer’s first WP handsets.
As to how it works, I’d say so far it’s great. The app runs zapping fast, and makes great use of WP7′s panorama UI. Panning and scrolling feel utterly smooth. What’s more important is that notifications work perfectly in Kik. It’s live tile responses well, and the toast notification works exactly like how it should be. Incoming message triggers your ringtone (or viberation), and even wakes up the phone.
To get some more intuitive ideas about it, here is a video tour through the app, credits to WPcentral.
Search for “Gowalla” in the marketplace to download the application for free.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on how location based services like Foursquare ( no official app on wp7 atm ) and Gowalla would survive after native Facebook Places check in Integration in mango? Drop in your thoughts.
Official application description :
The storm has struck again and this time it is much stronger; aside from the lightning, thunder and rain, it seems a vicious hail storm is coming! But don’t worry; because this time we’re even more prepared to wipe the steam -faster- with as many fingers as your phone can handle and if that’s not good enough you can even use a blow dryer to wipe it all!”
The most natural storm experience on your phone, Stormy 7 Free is the first app to allow you to wipe the steam on your window on a stormy day and express your inner artist!
Impress your friends and children by a realistic condensation upon blowing the microphone on a background or a photo of your choice which can be you loved one and enjoy wiping the steam (tilt your device to move the water drops, the rain and the hail!)
Don’t forget to explore the extra buttons when they appear and when you’re finished take a screenshot to remember the chilly storm!
Changelog of v2.0 :
- Multitouch support.
- New blow dryer icon for quick wiping.
- Added Hail storm.
- The rain and hail can now move with the accelerometer (landscape support).
- Added text to write on the steam.
- Added save button.
- Increased performance by 50% when wiping.
The new update will be pushed to users in a couple of days. The application is free (AD supported).