Official Vimeo app coming to Windows Phone

The very popular video website Vimeo has seen itself on Windows Phone before, albeit through unofficial means and third party developers. However, it seems Vimeo is finally making the huge jump to mobile platforms including Windows Phone. The app is expected to allow users to upload, watch, and share videos on your smart phone, while embracing cutting edge technology (4G LTE, better camera sensors) to enhance the quality and experience brought from the app. Lead mobile developer Joe Schmitt comments that an overwhelming 15% of Vimeo traffic is from mobile platforms. While the app is going to be offered on all major mobile devices, it is very nice that Vimeo is giving Windows Phone users a piece of the pie with everyone else. Full press release is below:

Vimeo Soon To Be Available On Most Smartphones And Tablets
NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2012 – Vimeo®, an operating business of IAC [NASDAQ: IACI], today announced its Apps for Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, and Windows Phone. The Apps are free to download from the Android Market, Amazon App Store for Android, and Windows Phone Marketplace.
“With the widespread accessibility of high-quality video on mobile devices and high- speed mobile Internet access, people use their mobile devices not only to watch video but to shoot and then upload video to share online,” said Joe Schmitt, lead mobile developer at Vimeo. “With mobile devices making up approximately 15 percent of our site traffic, we recognize the importance of expanding our platforms to allow people to access Vimeo from as many devices as possible.”
Available today, both the Vimeo for Android and Vimeo for Windows Phone Apps enable users to browse and watch the full range of videos on Vimeo, in addition to the ability to like, comment on, or add videos to their Watch Later queue. Personalized access to member’s Inbox, Watch Later list or prior Liked videos is also available in the new beautiful, easy-to-use interfaces.
“Windows Phone is backed by a rich developer ecosystem that continues to build a variety apps and games, like Vimeo, that take advantage of the phone’s unique features and design,” said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft Corp. “The new Vimeo app on the Windows phone is a deeply integrated video experience that lets users shoot, upload and share content.”
Android and Windows Phone Vimeo App Features:

  • Free to download from the Android Market, Amazon App Store for Android, and Windows Phone Marketplace
  • Compatible with all Android devices running Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread) and above, Amazon Fire and Windows Phone devices running Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and above
  • Easily upload your raw footage or previously edited creations in HD or SD
  • Pause/resume uploads and get reminded when a video is paused
  • Replace existing videos
  • Edit titles, descriptions, tags, privacy settings, and credits
  • Share videos via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, Email, and SMS
  • Watch and manage all your Vimeo videos and download them to your camera roll
  • Watch videos from your Vimeo Inbox, Watch Later queue, and videos you like
  • Easily like videos, comment on videos, and add videos to your Watch Later queue
  • Discover new and interesting videos curated by Vimeo Staff
  • Add videos to Groups, Channels, and Albums
  • Access stats on daily plays, likes, and comments

So, will you be using the new Vimeo player? Let us know!

via: intomobile

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Atari 7800 Emulator coming soon to Windows Phone marketplace

Popular .NET Atari 7800 Emulator, EMU7800, is coming soon to Windows Phone marketplace according to the release note (discovered by Nuduaa, creator of NES emulator VNESlight) on SourceForge. Atari 7800 never really gained NES like commercial success which also means that very limited number of games were released for the platform (complete list here). But one reason why 7800 was partially a commerical success was due to the backward compatibility with the popular Atari 2600. So you can play your favorite Atari 2600 games on the emulator as well.

EMU7800 developer Mike Murphy jotted down two points in the v1.0 changelog:

  • Custom binary serialization necessary for the Windows Phone platform.
  • Initial Windows Phone release to Windows Phone Marketplace.

Instead of going the homebrew route, Mike is releasing the emulator in the marketplace. Great news for retro gaming fans. Emu7800 will be the second emulator (if it passed the certification) to be available in the marketplace after VNesLight  (my favorite Windows Phone app).

We will keep you updated on the availability. Stay tuned for more.

h/t : Nuduaa



Saavn for Windows Phone – Coming soon ?

Looks like the folks at Saavn are cooking up an app for Windows Phone .  Saavn is a music streaming website which streams Bollywood music . I am a regular user at Grooveshark and I listen to all Hindi songs there but unfortunately Grooveshark does not have a Windows Phone app.

If Saavn comes up with a Windows Phone ( and looking at their database ) – I would gladly shift to Saavn. It feels good to see apps designed for Indian Marketplace coming up.

Thanks to @VJV87 for the tip !



The top Xbox:LIVE games on Windows Phone of 2011

Major Nelson has posted a bunch of statistics for the Xbox:LIVE platform, among which are the statistics for Xbox:LIVE on Windows Phone. Here are the top 20 games:

  1. Angry Birds
  2. Fruit Ninja
  3. PvZ
  4. Need for Speed Undercover
  5. Full House Poker
  7. Doodle Jump
  8. Bejeweled LIVE
  9. Rise Of Glory
  10. geoDefense
  11. ilomilo
  12. Assassin’s Creed – Altaïr’s Chronicles HD
  13. Sonic 4 Episode I
  14. Tetris
  15. Fable: Coin Golf
  16. Hydro Thunder GO
  17. The Harvest
  18. Uno
  19. Tentacles
  20. The Sims 3

What is interesting about these stats is that it is computed by a different metric (when compared to what the marketplace does). These stats are based on the number of unique users over the year that connected to Xbox:LIVE service from each game. So presumably, it counts only those games that are either free (Shuffle Party) or are paid. Trial versions of the games typically do not connect to LIVE. And if you purchase a game and never launch it, then it probably will not count towards these stats (although we assume that is a very rare occurrence).

What do you think? Is this list indicative of the quality of the games? I personally would have liked to see PvZ higher in the chart.


Windows Phone Marketplace gets official Bollywood Hungama and SnapDeal apps

The argument that Windows Phone doesn’t have enough apps is proving to be more and more idiotic everyday. More proof against this comes in the form of two apps released recently. The official Bollywood Hungama and SnapDeal apps are available on the marketplace and here are there descriptions:

Snapdeal (India’a Groupon equivalent): Snapdeal aims at making life more fun for consumers. Being India’s best daily deals website, we bring to you up to 90% discounts on dining, health and beauty services, branded products, travel and more. Our vision is to make Snapdeal your engine of discovery for what to do, eat and buy in your city. With daily deals in close to 100 cities, we ensure that we reach consumers in every nook and corner of the country.
Get the app here.

Bollywood Hungama: Live Bollywood ? Love Bollywood ? then look no more. , The worlds most widely read Bollywood daily now presents the tinsel towns most happening and glamorous events, news and more on a app in your phone. Get behind the scenes or visit the most happening parties with all the stars at all the times. Get to know what’s running at the box office and how is faring through the reviews section in the app which brings you the most accurate and trusted reviews of movies. Listen to the latest music launches from the jukebox and what’s more, just follow your favorite stars on their twitter timelines.
Get the app here.

Thanks Vinay for the tip!

Developers can now publish their apps to China and 5 other markets; have additional requirements

A new post on the Windows Phone Developer blog states that app hub is now accepting apps into 6 different markets: Argentina, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and the Philippines. They also note that the Marketplace is not natively available in those markets yet, but they want developers to cross post their apps beforehand so that people in those countries see lots of apps when the marketplace launches.

Todd Brix, who wrote the blog post, also noted that some markets have additional requirements. At the time of this post, the link was broken, but I assume he was talking about this post on the app hub forums. It states that no app targeting China, Malaysia and Indonesia may have “offensive” content. Offensive content is defined by:

  • People in revealing clothing or in sexually suggestive poses
  • Religious references
  • Alcohol references
  • Sexual or bathroom humor
  • Simulated or actual gambling

Call to action: developers can cross submit their apps to these new markets today by following these steps:

  1. Log in to App Hub.
  2. Click on the name of your app.
  3. Click on Edit catalog details
  4. Click Next at the bottom of the page
  5. Next to Worldwide distribution, click select all. (Note that Brazil and South Korea still require certification for games, so deselect those two countries unless you have the required certification).
  6. Submit

This will require a re-certification from Microsoft.

Editorial: Does Microsoft want Windows Phone to be successful?

In the time I’ve painstakingly kept current with mobile tech news, there are a few rules I believe any journalist and reader needs to understand. The first is that what a person says does matter and the overall perception of an individual’s point of view can blind objective news. The two aspects aren’t something that are individual to mobile news, but any sort of journalism and in any form of critical analysis of any form of current events. In many cases, the people we scorn, call irrevelent, and hating are usually the ones that have established themselves and reported the news first, even if the news has some form of bias. I won’t speak in generalities, but specifically, I am referring to Eldar Murtazin of mobile review and the perception he has with many loyalists of Windows Phone. The general perception of Eldar is that he hates the Windows Phone platform and that he has no idea of what he is talking about. On top of that perception, Eldar is seen by many as an old fart who can’t get his damn facts straight when it comes to Windows Phone. It was a perception that even I enthusiastically supported for a long time. That is, until it hit me very recently. In short, Eldar could be right.

Yes, I understand the words I am saying on a very popular and growing Windows Phone site that typically is meticulous about how we report news versus many other Windows Phone related news sources. But Eldar is the type of person that has given us a lot of Windows Phone news in the winter of every single year for about three years now. The first news that Eldar posted on a very young twitter was the initial change in Windows Phone. In the tweet, he referred to Microsoft’s new mobile OS as taking more swipes to change certain settings with a very large tile driven system. That was BEFORE March 2010 when Microsoft officially announced Windows Phone 7 for the first time to the public. Last year, Eldar hit lightning in a bottle twice when he reported about Nokia and Microsoft’s initial joint venture prior to the official announcement last year. Previously, Eldar had in hand one of the biggest phones HTC manufactured in the HTC HD2, and also reported it in a similar manner. Like Eldar or not, he has posted news about Windows Phone that has been more accurate than has been negative in terms of the major changes of Microsoft’s mobile division.

It is realizing several points where Eldar has been right that makes me cautious about Eldar’s winter tweets. For those that don’t know, the tweets are astounding:

Steve Balmer, Andy Lees and Stephen Elop, Kai Ostamo will meet in Las Vegas to finalize agreement about Nokia smartphone unit. Bye Nokia

NOKIA smartphone unit could be transfered with one or two plants. Second half of 2012. Anouncement date isnt defined

Nokia brand wouldnt be used for smartphones in this new MS unit. Thats a kind of deal between Elop and Balmer

Nokia brand will be used for dumb phones and updated category of devices which they count as smartphone competitors. I dont believe in that

Most interesting thing about Nokia/MS deal that everything depends only from MS now. If MS decide then deal will be closed in 2012

MS isn’t sure that company need own plants/R&D for hardware etc. But MS definitely want to receive all patents connected with smartphones

Nokia chairman – Risto Siilasmaa. The main goal to finalize deal of mr. Elop with MS and replace him with another person (2012)

Stephen Elop will be resign as Nokia CEO in 2012 (I told that several times but repeat again).

MS partners aren’t keen about WP7 and saying that publicly. MS aren’t glad about that. MS want to create own successful products (like XBox)

Microsoft have a good examples from mobile market (Google Nexus, Motorola Mobility + Google;
Apple with in-house R&D). They need to be equal

The tweets are a lot to take in no matter how many different ways you read them. Despite the nature of the translation, several items stand out. The first is OEM perception of Windows Phone. Granted, some OEMs are creating more Windows Phones (which is always good), but this isn’t the first time that someone has gone on the record to indicate dissatisfaction with the Nokia – Windows Phone lineup. However, Kindel had indicated a part of the puzzle in terms of the overall treatment Microsoft has given to its OEMs since Windows rebranded its mobile division:

With Windows Phone Microsoft has taken a different approach. WP raises its middle finger at both the device manufacturers and mobile carriers. WP says “here’s the hardware spec you shalt use” (to the device manufacturers). And it says “Here’s how it will be updated” (to the carriers).

Thus both of those sides of the market are reluctant.

While Kindel doesn’t address the current line of Eldar’s tweets, he does mention a very key piece to the puzzle. That Windows did give the biggest middle finger to each and every single OEM that helped Microsoft Windows Mobile create the capital it has done in its hey day. Rumors abound have circulated around Microsoft’s treatment of OEMs in many ways. The Nokia merger with Microsoft left a negative taste in many OEMs mouths because of the commentary of Nokia being the first true windows phone. In almost a divided way, Microsoft has essentially given the middle finger, yet it seems that the preposterous middle finger doesn’t end with that. Microsoft’s rumored purchase is just that, but the ramifications are too severe if Microsoft were to consider it.

For one thing, it would make several people in Finland extremely upset. During the previous news of the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia mobility, the initial response was negative and understandably so. Elop was definitely called the harbinger of Nokia’s final days in the mobile industry by users and executives alike. It makes one wonder if Microsoft wanted Nokia to be successful.

The success question brings us back into the numbers game. So far, objective numbers of market share have been luke warm by many pundits despite the marketing that Microsoft has perfomed. I should clarify for a moment. When I mean numbers, I don’t necessarily mean statistics derived from the top selling mobile websites because those statistics can easily be faked. I mean hard numbers that can indicate market success and market failure. And even with the marketing in Europe, the numbers are still relatively low. As much as I want Microsoft Windows Phone to be a successful product, so far it hasn’t been. Part of that lies in perception of Windows Phone and another part lies in the safety of ecosystems granted. Those are points expounded on ad nauseum. Despite this, Microsoft has stated constantly that they want the platform to be successful.

For a moment, let’s consider the possibility of market success from the Microsoft’s point of view. Of course, this is something Microsoft has stated: to take an Apple approach in terms of creating specific code for a specific set of hardware to create a fantastic experience. That’s been done. But is that the only aspect of Apple Micosoft wishes to copy in a time where Android has Motorola and Apple has their own in house manufacturing of their devices? In many respects, Eldar’s commentary does make a lot of sense if Microsoft airs with the side of staying competitive and creating a uniform model. So far it is had with Apple standardization of hardware, why not finish the entire ordeal?

Because of how it looks to your OEM partners. Of course digitimes reported that neither Samsung or HTC were too enthusiastic about the Google – Motorola merger, and for good reasons. The biggest one is a cut in their profit from Android. Microsoft performs the same step with Nokia, the same results will occur. It will be the largest middle finger to the OEMs Microsoft can ever give. Of course, Microsoft will receive all of Nokia patents, but at the other end is a destruction of a damn good hardware company with an extremely loyal following. Sadly, it isn’t the first time that Microsoft acquired a mobile company and we haven’t heard from them again. Hi Danger, how are you doing over there? If Microsoft wants the platform to be successful, why would they begin to totally purchase the Nokia brand?

It’s not just the rumor of the Nokia – Microsoft deal, it is also the Skype acquisition that gave another middle finger to the carriers by integrating a feature that performs the same function as a mobile carrier. Taken separately, the rumored and the official news from Microsoft doesn’t really become a snowball of cacophony because on the surface it looks pretty darn good. Skype is a popular program and Nokia is still a popular hand set maker. But then, when you combine the carriers and OEMs in terms of the acquisition, anyone starts to question the success of the Windows Phone platform. Does Microsoft ultimately want to burn the mobile middle man and destroy several mainstays that have been established? I won’t enter into a conspiracy theorist mindset, but it is difficult not to enter that mode of thinking considering everything that has occurred.

This brings us back to the initial questions: Is Eldar right and what is the impact of him possibly being right. I won’t mince words. Eldar hasn’t been the only one that stated that Microsoft would purchase Nokia. The first rumor came in July as reported by All Things D. However, the rumor gains some traction given Eldar’s timing of tweets, to which has been correct with Windows Phone. Assuming the rumors are correct, it would make me seriously question whether Microsoft wants to be successful with Windows Phone.

If the rumors are true, Tomi Ahonen would have been right all along. And so far, I think he and Kindel agree more often than they disagree. And slowly, even I am starting to agree that adoption is based on several different facets. Microsoft, place people first and don’t do this. I can guarantee if Windows Phone does this, then the platform will be doomed.


The Nokia Ace could be real after all

The chimera device known as the Nokia Lumia 900 (Ace) that many tech sites have posted renders, clues and hints since July 2011 has turned out to be all but confirmed from various souces.

The first sources are from pocketnow, which previously leaked the first assumed images of the Nokia Ace. Now pocketnow is back with specs for the Lumia 900 and the specs do look amazing. Similar to all Mango devices, the phone is rumored to have 512 MB RAM and a 8 MP camera with a 4.3-inch WVGA display. The new rumored specs include battery size and dimensions. The phone is 5.64 oz and .47 inches thick with a whopping 1830 mAh battery life. Probably the best aspect about the device is the T-Mobile US AWS bands bundled with the device and the international release of the Lumia 900. Of course, the leaked specs could be questionable at best. Rumors are rumors and frequently news occurs that doesn’t mean its accurate (anyone remember the HTC Bresson?).

Nokia Ace 900 on WPBench

Nokia Ace 900 on WPBench

However, the rumors of at least the existence of the device may be verified. Thanks to the WP Bench site, a program that is used to benchmark the current Windows Phone devices on the market, the Nokia Lumia 900 has curiously crept on the site. Previously, we’ve known it to be easy to falsify such data, but since then, it’s difficult to fake information about a device. Sufficed to say with the amount of leaks and rumors surrounding the device, it is beginning to look a lot like the 800, which was leaked ad nauseum before the release of the device at Nokia World last year.

It’s safe to say the Lumia 900 is real. We will find out at CES next week whether or not the rumored specs and actual specs match up. But if they do, is this The Windows Phone to get? Discuss

via: pocketnow, wpbench

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Microsoft and Nokia set to reveal retail experience ideas at CES

In the most recent Windows Weekly, Paul Thurrot hinted that he knew of some plans that Microsoft and Nokia (separately) had regarding retail experiences. Specifically, he said that Microsoft was aware of the pain that people suffer when trying to buy a Windows Phone from a carrier’s store here in the US: they are more often than not steered towards Android devices and the iPhone. As someone who as experienced this first hand (“Don’t buy Windows Mobile phones – we have had lots of complaints about them”), this news is very welcome to me.

However, Paul told that he is not at liberty to say what specifically the improvement would be. My speculation is that it could have to do with stores of their own: along the lines of Nokia Priority stores in India and elsewhere, or perhaps more Microsoft stores which prominently feature handsets?

The other talking point in the podcast was whether the top bosses at the carriers have anything to do to influence the decision, or whether it were the individual store employees that turned the users away from Windows Phone. While Leo thought it was the individuals, Paul (who arguably has more information about the matter), thought it was corporate policy.

Here is a transcript from the podcast (starting at the 1 hour and 2 minutes mark)

Leo Laporte: Somebody in the chat room said, “I went to an AT&T to buy a phone, I wanted to look at the HTC’s Titan”

Paul Thurrott: Yep

Leo: And the AT&T guy said, ‘No, no, you don’t want that phone.’

Paul: So, part of what I didn’t leak was information with regards to how Microsoft intends to deal with that kind of problem. Unless this leaks somewhere else, I ‘m just going to leave it at that and say Microsoft has announcements, and Nokia has announcements that they will make at CES.

Leo: They have a plan, there is a plan, that’s all we can say now.

Mary Jo Foley: Zip the lip, Paul.

Paul: They are aware of it. I think the important bit is, they know this is a problem. This is not one guy that walked into AT&T that [was] turned away from Windows Phone, this happens everywhere.

Leo: Over and over again. I don’t know. I wouldn’t necessarily assume that it was AT&T corporate policy, you gotta remember, these are normal people at AT&T stores who love the iPhone! And they want to…

Paul: Actually, no, I don’t think that has anything to do with it.

Leo: No?

Paul: No. I think they are steered towards certain devices.

Leo: There’s a memo? See, we need a smoking gun.

Paul: I would expect that information to come out pretty… er… pretty soon.

Listen to the entire episode here, or subscribe to the podcast here.