Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta now available for developers

Microsoft has just officially released the Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta update for registered developers today. The company will send invites to developers starting today (Ie. 5K have been notified by mail today with more later this week):

For Mango, that starts today with an early access program for developers. We’re still working out some final kinks in the distribution and support infrastructure for delivering Mango to all of our registered developers around the world, but are inviting the most eager developers to come get Mango today, for their retail devices, as part of our early access program! We expect the full distribution infrastructure to be fully operational in the next couple of weeks. For now, consider yourself a beta tester for the distribution process. Registered developers will get invites to the Microsoft Connect site, which will give them access to Mango. This build of Mango should also be viewed as beta quality, so there are still consumer features missing, but you can now start building apps and testing them against retail devices.

So if you are a registered developer just hit this link download the Beta 2 tools and uninstall the previous Beta tools before installing the new ones. Microsoft will sending invites today with more following in the weeks to come.

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Beta roll out for developers may be starting tomorrow

File this under the “nothing is confirmed at all and salt taste good” category: The Window Phone 7 Mango Beta roll out for registered developers may be scheduled to begin tomorrow if Microsoft’s Bill Cox’s last tweet is about it:

Big day for Windows Phone: Angry Birds, Epicurious, Eventful, Dictionary.com, Kik, GoWalla. And a juicy surprise for tomorrow…

The roll out should go as already described by Microsoft a few weeks ago here. Anyway, stay tuned for more info…

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Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 vs Android version video comparison

I’ve just shot a short video comparing the just released Windows Phone 7 version of Angry Birds running on the Samsung Omnia 7 versus the Android version running on the HTC Sensation. As you will (or may not because the video is shot at 25fps..) the WP7 version is not as smooth as the Android version. There are several things to remember though: XNA games are limited to 30fps while Android games are usually only limited by the device’s screen VSync, physics calculation on WP7 still doesn’t use the SIMD/NEON FP units of the Snapdragon CPU (this will be available in Mango). Then again, the WP7 versions isn’t slow either so this shouldn’t bother you if you plan to purchase the game. Video after the break:

UPDATE: There’s no more 30FPS limitation in XNA apps in Mango.

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Official Gowalla client for Windows Phone 7 released

The official Gowalla client for Windows Phone 7 has been released today. There was already a third party client which was released a few weeks ago but the new official one is pretty good to. UI, UX and performance are top notch and this is something we are starting to see more and more in the recently released WP7 applications. The application also lets you connect with Foursquare (its main competitor), Twitter, Facebook and tumblr.

Gowalla for Windows Phone 7 is available for free right here.

AmazonFresh mobile application exclusively released on Windows Phone 7

The official AmazonFresh application has just been released exclusively on Windows Phone 7 today. AmazonFresh is Amazon’s online grocery service which allow costumer to purchase food directly online and get it delivered to them. Unfortunately this service is currently limited to the greater Seattle area so if you aren’t located there then you will have no use for it. But if you are (then you are most probably also a Microsoft employee..) just head over here to download it.

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Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 finally released

We can finally put an end to the ongoing Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 release date drama (see related posts below) as today marks the official launch day of Rovio’s massively successful game on Microsoft’s mobile platform. Angry Birds is now available on the Market place for $2.99 and is Xbox Live enable with Achievements and leader boards. The game is identical to the what was already out on other platforms so be prepared to play exactly the same levels (165 of them ) if you have already experienced it on an other mobile device.

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Updated Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7 released

Microsoft has just released an updated version of the Microsoft Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7. Unfortunately PubCenter is still only available to US residents. Contrary to what I thought earlier this month it is not yet open to developers worldwide but only to advertiser which can now sell ads via Adcenter. Anyway, here’s what new in the June SDK:

- Streamlined Ad Control APIs make common tasks simpler. For example, the Ad Control will now automatically collapse itself when no ad is available; this previously this required custom code.
- Added support for ads that link to Windows Phone Marketplace. Stay tuned for news on how you’ll soon be able to promote your app by advertising in other Windows Phone apps.
- The Ad Control is now automatically available in the Visual Studio 2010 toolbox.
- Ad requests over SSL for better end-user privacy.
- Numerous bugs fixes and stability improvements.

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4th & Mayor Windows Phone 7 Foursquare client updated to version 2.0

The critically acclaimed 4th & Mayor Windows Phone 7 Foursquare client has just been updated to version 2.0 today. This new release now feature an integrated Bing Maps controls, performance & UX improvements and new features:

This addresses a ton of feedback I’ve gotten from people over the last several months of app use, and aligns with the latest version of the foursquare app for other key platforms. The app update was approved this afternoon and should not be finding its way onto your phone if you’re an existing user!

Just grab it here in case you don’t already have it.

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