Windows Phone 7 developers payouts starting in January 2011

Microsoft has just announced that the first Windows Phone 7 developer payout will be made the last week of January, a little bit earlier than the previously announced February date. It’s good to see that Microsoft is probably listening to developer complaints and changing things accordingly. Microsoft has also recently enabled applications analytics reportsin the AppHub ahead of the previsouly announced January date. Here’s the full statement:

Developer Payouts Begin in January 2011


We are pleased to announce that developer payouts for Windows Phone Marketplace are coming soon! The first payout will be made during the last week of January 2011, and will include all Windows Phone 7 app and game sales between October 2010 launch and the end of December.

After January 2011, Windows Phone Marketplace developer payouts will be processed on a monthly basis and will be an aggregate of all Marketplace app and game sales (including sales of Windows Phone 6.x apps and games).

Please note that payouts will be processed based on the following criteria:
Sales that Microsoft was able to collect (from the billed consumer)
Developers whose payout total is above the threshold of $200 (USD)

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Add a transparent lockscreen wallpaper to Windows Phone 7

Totally forgot to post this yesterday but it’s never too late,right? KeyboardP has posted a short tutorial on how to create transparent wallpapers for the Windows Phone 7 lockscreen. It’s fairly simple to do with any image editing software like Gimp (which is free) or naturally Photoshop. Just ad a transparency channel to your PNG image and you are done (it’s up to you to decide which part of the image is transparent). Given that you can’t transfer PNG files to a Windows Phone 7 via the Zune software yo will have to send them to yourself via email, open the png attachment and set it as your wall paper. Do not save it to your phone thought. Because as I’ve explained many times before all the pictures that you see in the picture viewer are compressed copies of the original images (in jpeg format so you will loose the transparency channel of the PGN in this case). Their are two drawbacks thought: for security reasons this neat trick won’t work if your are using a password locked lockscreen and secondly, transparency also only works once you start moving the lock screen. Video after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S Android 2.2 Froyo JPA build software tour

I’ve shot a fairly long video demonstrating the latest official Android 2.2 Froyo firmware of the Samsung Galaxy S which is the JPA buildĀ ( a newer one has apparently leak today,the JPU build but has exactly the same Kernel). The main purpose of this video is just to show you how snappy the performance is without any Lag Fix or any other modification installed on the Phone. Samsung has definitely done a good job here and the device feels better to use compared to the original 2.1 rom (and especially the JP6 build that was later taken down). Interestingly the Six Axis Mention sensing capability of the device is now perfectly functional in Google Maps when using the Street View features (it seemed totaly broken on the JP6 build). For those who didn’t know, the Samsung Galaxy S devices have two 3 axis sensors: A SMB380 tri-axial low-gravity acceleration sensor from Bosch and an MS-3C Magnetic field Sensor by Yamaha. When you combine both sensors together you get similar results to a real 3 axis Gyroscope (but not as accurate thought). Anyway, check out the video after the break (I’m really sorry for my crappy voiceover this time, but it was relatively late when I shot the video and had to lower my voice quite a bit):

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