How to create P2P multiplayer games in Windows Phone 7 Mango

The inclusion of TCP and UDP sockets support in Mango finally allows developers to create real-time multipplayer games for Windows Phone 7. The whole process may sound a bit tricky for many but thankfully Microsoft just posted a straightforward tutorial to help you implement this feature in an XNA application:

One of the new features for the app platform in Windows Phone Mango is TCP and UDP Sockets. In this blog post, I’ll talk about using this to augment an existing game to add peer-to-peer multiplayer over WiFi using UdpAnySourceMulticastClient. Phones running the game on the same WiFi network automatically discover one another and the players just appear on the screen.

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LG Fantasy Mango handset and 6 other Android devices coming this year?

Grab some salt and sit tight cause Pocketnow is claiming to have gotten their hands on LG’s upcoming road map which is filled with Android smartphones and one single Windows Phone 7 handset running Mango ; the LG Fantasy. As its usually the case with these kinds of leaks nothing should be taken as a fact until the company officially unveils its plans. What we know for sure though is that LG has a Mango device currently in the making currently named the LG-E906 and this could very well be the LG Fantasy device rendered above which strangely looks like a cousin of the HTC HD2/7.

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Windows Phone 7 application compatibility warning in the Marketplace: first sign of hardware “fragmentation”

I may be late on this one (I never saw it before) but I just noticed that the marketplace has a new Application Compatibility Warning prompt which alerts the user if the application isn’t compatible with his device or uses hardware capabilities that are not present on the handsets. As you can see in the picture above and below the official Foursquare application apparently requires a camera which my Samsung Omnia 7 obviously doesn’t have !? …. No worries though as I’m running the Mango Beta 2 so these kinds of small bugs are expected.

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