Spotify for Windows Phone 7 coming today

According to the folks who are attending the Mango launch event in today, the long awaited Spotify application for Windows Phone 7 application is ready to hit the marketplace today. They’ve also shot a short hands-on video of it in action:

UPDATE: Spotify is now available here!
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Watch the MIX11 Windows Phone 7 Mango, Silverlight 5 and Kinect SDK keynote

Here’s your chance to watch yesterday’s MIX11 keynote about Mango, Silverlight 5 and the Kinect SDK. I’ve already talked about most of what was announced here (besides the SIMD / NEON stuff that wasn’t part of the keynote). So just grab some drinks and hit the break to watch the 2 hours long event.

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All about the new Windows Phone 7 Mango features

Most of the new features which are going to be introduced in the upcoming Windows Phone 7 Mango update have just been demonstrated on stage during the MIX11 keynote. So in case you didn’t check it out here’s a compilation of the most important features that you can expect to see on your Windows Phone 7 device later this year.

First lest start with something that wasn’t talked about during the Keynote: SIMD / ARM NEON support in Mango. As you probably know all Windows Phone 7 devices are powered by an AMRv7 Qualcomm QSD8250 SoC which also features support for NEON instructions. Unfortunately the current version of WP7 doesn’t have support for these SIMD functions but this is going to change in the coming months (only for XNA apps):

ARM processors support SIMD (Single Instructions Multiple Data) instructions through the ARM® NEON™technology that is available on ARMV7 ISA. SIMD allows parallelization/HW-acceleration of some operations and hence performance gains. Since the Windows Phone 7 chassis specification requires ARMV7-A; NEON is available by default on all WP7 devices. However, the CLR on Windows Phone 7 (NETCF) did not utilize this hardware functionality and hence it was not available to the managed application developers. We just announced in MIX11 that in the next version of Windows Phone release the NETCF runtime JIT will utilize SIMD capabilities on the phones.

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Skype, Layar, Spotify for Windows Phone 7 announced. New developer tools and Mango features!

Many Windows Phone 7 users should be happy to learn that Microsoft has announced the upcoming availability of Skype, Spotify, Layar (augmented reality app), Quantas for Windows Phone 7. Joe Belfiore is going to demo these apps during his MIX11 keynote in a few minutes so stay tuned for more info. What this essentially means is that third party developers finally have access to the device’s sensors (Compass..), live camera feed and HTTP sockets support. Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 will be available on May 25th.

full press release after the break:

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Augmented Reality applications coming to Windows Phone 7

Augmented Reality applications are quickly becoming must have items on any mobile platform. Layar, the most famous one is now being pre-installed on several LG Android handsets and all the Galaxy S devices from Samsung. Google is pushing hard behind Goggles on Android too and the iPhone’s appstore is packed with AU applications (Layar is obviously in there too). But what about Windows Phone 7? Well nothing has been announced or shown yet and the lack of API for the digital compass doesn’t help either. The Camera API is also currently really limited. Ironically Microsoft was the first company to publicly talk about and demonstrate this technology back in 2008 during Bill Gates last CES Keynote but nothing came out of this since then, primary because of Windows Mobile’s messed situation. Now that Microsoft has a totally new Mobile OS and development platform (Silverlight + XNA) there’s hope that the company will push this kind of innovative technology in the near future. On interesting bit that I didn’t catch (thanks to Mark Arteaga for the heads up) is the last sample of the XNA Educational Courses I posted about yesterday : Bonus: Augmented Reality Sample

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Layar Augmented Reality app now available on the iPhone 3GS

It was only a matter of time before Layar, the well known augmented reality application on the Android platform, came out on the iPhone. Obviously the app is only compatible with the 3GS (other iPhones and iPod Touch don’t have a digital compass). Now let’s see if it ever sees the light on Windows Mobile given that the latest Windows Phones like Samsung’s Omnia II and HTC HD2 have digital compass on board.

Here’s the iTunes link: Click

Layar augmented reality Android app goes 3D

Layar is anouncing today that they are going to launch a new version of their Augmented Reality Android browser in November with full 3D support.

We are proud to announce today, on the 22nd of September, we will move our platform to a full 3D Augmented Reality experience. We consider AR to be an experience medium and 3D objects are the language of this new medium. A 3D grid with 3D objects, including sound, gives users true immersive experiences that change the perception of reality. We will enable the 500+ Layar developers with tools to create these rich experiences. We hope you will be able to create some exciting and creative new experiences with this capability.

Let’s hope that Layar gets ported to other platforms like Windows Mobile (the Samsung Omnia II and HTC HD2/Leo have digital compasses) and iPhone 3GS in the near futur.

Here’s a short video demonstrating the new feature:

Source Layar via Engadget

Metro Paris augmented reality application for iPhone

Following the release of Layar on Android smartphones here comes Metro Paris a french application ($0,79 and works in English too) which used augmented reality to help find POIs and train stations is the french capital. Similar to Layyr it uses the digital compass (and GPS) on the iPhone 3GS when you point your phone in a direction and displays POIs icons and arrows overlaid in the camera viewfinder. The app also works on non 3GS iPhones but the AR part is disabled due to the lack of compass. The application also supports Push notifications. Check this video demo:

Source: MetroParis on iTunes

Layar android augmented reality app is out. Will Windows Mobile 7 have this technology by default ?


The much anticipated augmented reality Layar app is now available through the Android Market. You can download it directly to your android phone now and take it for a spin. Engadget noticed that their seems to be some aiming problems which are probably hardware related (Google Sky exhibits the same issues).

Source: Engadget

Augmented reality is going to be the next “big thing” in the coming months/years and don’t be surprised if it’s fully part/integrated through Windows Mobile 7′s Bing Search in the Future. Take a look at Bill Gates latest CES Keynote in 2008 where he demos an Augmented reality device/service syncing all the date through a mesh (Live Mesh?)…