Windows Phone App Hub Marketplace updated with tons of new features: Mango application submission starting in August

Microsoft has just officially announced the new Windows Phone 7 developer App Hub updates and features that the company is rolling out today:

Geographic expansion: publish to 19 new consumer markets, submit from 7 new developer markets and coming soon, expansion of markets for in-app advertising!
New private distribution options: developers can now privately distribute their apps using beta and targeted distribution options.
Enhanced application management: we’ve made a lot of additional improvements to how you manage and publish your application in the App Hub itself, in response to your feedback: Better application management, Enhanced developer dashboard, More detailed reporting, New ‘Crash Count’ report, Streamlined application submission process, New App Categorie.

The PubCenter in app advertising will finally be made available to developers in 18 new counties by the end of 2011: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Microsoft is also announcing that Mango application submission will be open on August 22 and that the Release Candidate of the developer Tools will be made available in late August (most probably on the 22th too):

We’re just about a month away from enabling developers to begin submitting Mango apps to App Hub. Developers will need to use the Windows Phone Release Candidate (RC) tools that we expect to make available in late August to finalize their Mango apps and submit to App Hub.

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Tentacles Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live games released: Hands on video

This weeks Xbox Live enabled game for Windows Phone 7 is Tentacles by Press Play (the developers behind Max and the Magic Marker) and I’m pleased to tell you its one hell of a nice game. The game lets you control a microscopic eye fitted with 4 tentacles; 3 are used to move by sticking to the walls and one to grab objects,items or enemies. As you will see in the video below the game looks really good thanks to it’s real-time 3D graphics and performances without any problem (on my Omnia 7 running Mango). The tentacles physics simulation is also top notch and makes up for some really interesting situations later in the game. The game include 40 different levels and is priced at $4.99 in the Marketplace.

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Windows Phone Mango Twitter and LinkedIn integration shown on video

As we all know Windows Phone 7 Mango features a new Twitter and LinkedIn integration functionality which is unfortunately not available in the current Beta 2 build but enabled in more recent builds. But if you really want to know how it exactly looks like the company has uploaded a short video interview of the Program Manager responsible for social notifications and filtering functionally of the OS. From what you will see the integration is really straight forward but we have yet to learn if we will be able to share pictures on Twitter similar to what will be offered in iOS5 or even via the Facebook integration in Windows Phone. Check out the video after the break:

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AT&T Samsung Focus finally getting NoDo via V1.4 update

Believe it or not but the NoDo update still hasn’t been rolled out across all devices yet. Many Samsung Focus owners on AT&T are apparently the unluckiest ones this time around because of bugs and hardware manufacturing inconstancy (all Focus devices don’t have the same memory modules). According to Microsoft the latest V1.4 firmware update containing device specific fixes (I assume that it should fix the multi-touch issue) is now being gradually rolled to AT&T subscribers.

As I mentioned yesterday, we have been working to expedite the scheduling of the AT&T Samsung Focus v.1.4 update. I am happy to report updates are being delivered now for this phone. Please connect your Samsung Focus v.1.4 to your PC to update your phone.

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