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Showing posts with label WP8. Show all posts

“Easy Settings” - Settings page launcher app for WP8

One of my app named “Easy Connect” for Windows Phone 7 is one of the most download app in the Windows Phone store, which is an utility application to give you easy access to all the four connection settings page i.e. Airplane, Bluetooth, Cellular and Wi-Fi from a single page.

 

In Windows Phone 8, we can see some other settings page which are easily accessible by APIs. Thus I thought to build similar app for WP8.



How to enable Text-to-Speech (TTS) in your #WP8 app

It was a most demanding features by the Windows Phone community to include the Text-to-Speech engine in Windows Phone and the WPDevs who were missing it in Windows Phone 7 can now use this feature in their Windows Phone 8 applications.

 

The TTS engine is now available in WP8 devices which you can easily integrate in your app. This small post will describe how to use it.


How to Terminate WP8 Application Programmatically?

Though it’s not the common practice in Windows Phone application development, but you may want to terminate your Application programmatically on some special occasions. These occasions may vary in different cases.

 

In this post, we will learn how to kill the application programmatically so that, it should not reside in the memory unnecessarily when user hits back to come out from the application.


How to Vibrate your WP programmatically?

If you are a phone application developer, you may want to integrate vibration in your application, so that, you can vibrate the phone programmatically to provide some message to the end user silently in some special occasion.

 

Today in this post, we will learn how to programmatically vibrate your Windows Phone device by learning the SDK API details. Continue learning and provide your feedback.


How to integrate Infragistics InfoBox control in your WP app?

As a WPDev, sometime we want to show a callout type information box or a notification popup within the Windows Phone application to the end user. Building such type of control needs a lot of effort before using that in an application.

 

Infragistics came up with their own control to help the Windows Phone developers to save their effort building it from the scratch. Today we are going to discuss it here with step-by-step code snippet.


How to Create Appointment in WP8 using SaveAppointmentTask?

In the last blog post, we learnt “How to Share a Media File from WP8 using the ShareMediaTask?” which was a launcher available in Windows Phone 8 SDK. Similarly there are few more launchers available in the SDK by which you can launch WP8 specific applications programmatically.

 

Today in this blog post we will learn how to create an appointment in Windows Phone 8 using the API named “SaveAppointmentTask”. Continue reading for details.



How to Share a Media File from WP8 using the ShareMediaTask?

If you are a Windows Phone 8 application developer, you might want to implement a functionality to share a media (say, a picture) from your media library or camera library. So, how can you do that? Windows Phone 8 SDK provides you an API by which you can implement the same easily.

 

Today in this post, we will learn about the API and the implementation steps in a Windows Phone application. If you are looking for it, this will be an ideal solution for you.


Register for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Webcast Series

Microsoft is again back with their webcast series and this time they planned for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 sessions on the same day but in a different time slot. The webcast series will happen for five continuous days, 1.5hrs daily for each technology.

 

In this post, find the session details, time table and the link to register for the free webcast event. Take part of it and enhance your Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 skills.


A Quick Solution to Resolve a WP App Deployment Issue

Today while deploying one of my new Windows Phone 7 application to my unlocked WP7 device, I noticed that, it is not deploying it due to connection error though the device is connected properly and able to sync with the Zune Software.

 

Later after doing lots of brain storming I was able to fix the problem and thus sharing the solution here in case you came across similar issue while deploying.


How to Launch WP8 built-in Apps using URI Schemes?

In Windows Phone 7, we had four network settings page that we can invoke using the ConnectionSettingsTask. We had no other APIs to launch other settings page but in Windows Phone 8 Microsoft exposed few schemas for invoking these settings pages.

 

In addition to the existing pages, now we have few more as addition. Today in this post we will learn how to open those settings page using proper URI schemes.


How to Retrieve Remaining Battery Status of WP8 Programmatically?

If you are looking for a way to retrieve the current battery status of Windows Phone device, first let me inform you that the same is not available for WP7 device. But if you are looking for the same to implement in WP8 device, you can do it now.

 

Windows Phone 8 SDK exposes an API to retrieve the current battery status of the device which includes remaining percent and time. Let’s discuss more about it.



Windows Phone Store now allows you to manually download and install XAPs in WP

WMPowerUser reported a new update in Windows Phone Store which allows you to download Windows Phone applications from the store manually to your desktop and later install them in your mobile.

 

I am not sure how this will benefit the user and developers both but let’s jump to a discussion and check it out.


Register for Windows Phone 8 Webcast Series

Last month Microsoft released Windows Phone 8 SDK and now they are organizing a 10 hours online webcast to train you in WP8 application development. In this webcast you will learn more about development from the experts.

 

In this post, find the session details, time table and the link to register for the free webcast event. Take part of it and enhance your Windows Phone skills.


First Look at WP8 - Project Template and Manifest File

Microsoft recently released Windows Phone 8 SDK which you can install in your Windows 8 Pro x64-bit version to get started with the development process with Visual Studio 2012. Keep in mind that, your CPU should support Hyper-V and SLAT in order to run the WP8 emulator.

 

Today in this post we will have a quick look into the new WP8 SDK template, the project structure and improved manifest file.


Download Windows Phone 8 SDK (WP8) - Web and Offline/ISO Version

As mentioned in yesterday’s Windows Phone 8 launch event, Microsoft publicly released the WP8 SDK for developers. You can now build apps targeting Windows Phone 8 devices. You will be also able to program for Windows Phone 7 devices in Visual Studio 2012 now.

 

In this post, I am sharing the downloadable links of both web and offline ISO versions. Go through the System Requirements first before downloading and installing it.


Applications for WP8 SDK Preview to be open for WPDev on 12th September 2012

Today Microsoft announced that they are near to the final release of WP8 SDK tools for developers after doing several testing by selected partners and developers. Though the final WP8 SDK will be available publicly later this year but they are going to open applications for limited developers.

 

If you are interested to getting your hands dirty with the new bits, read out the complete post for details.



Nokia is coming up with Camera Extras and Software Updates for Lumia in June-July

Nokia announced that, they are coming up with a new Software Update for Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 in June – July timeframe. According to their announcement, this will be available in US and China from 22nd June and all other countries will get the update during July. You can get this update through Zune software. According to Nokia this update will be required for the new applications to work in Lumia 710 and 800.

 

Among the software updates, the most important update will be the Camera Extras which will include “Smart Group Shots”, “Action Shots”, “Panorama” and “Self-Timer” showcased for Windows Phone 8. Continue reading to know more about the Camera Extras.


What’s New in Windows Phone 8?

Yesterday in Windows Phone Summit, Microsoft announced the new features of Windows Phone 8 consists of some interesting stuffs those coming in the way. Microsoft also announced that the existing devices running Windows Phone 7.x will not get the update of WP8, but there will be a update for those devices which will call as “Windows Phone 7.8”. Check out the post “Can we Upgrade our WP7 Device to Support WP8?” for more details about WP7.8 update.

 

Many of you might attended the Summit In-Person or Live from web. In this post, I will share the points on “What’s New in WP8” for you to bookmark for future. If you missed the event, this post will give you brief idea about what is coming next in Windows Phone 8. Continue reading.


Can we Upgrade our WP7 Device to Support WP8?

Today in the Windows Phone Summit, Microsoft clearly mentioned that, there will not be any kind of upgrades of Windows Phone 8 in Windows Phone 7.x devices. Instead of that, they will throw a upgrade to WP7.8 for all the WP7.x handsets to fulfill the transitions between Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8.

 

This post will cover the new interesting stuff (from the Windows Phone Summit) that Windows Phone 7.8 will have to give you a look & feel of Windows Phone 8.

 
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