Tag Archives: Windows Phone

Windows Phone: A history

In October 2017 Microsoft announced that Windows Phone would no longer be developed. This was on the cards for some time, due to poor sales and low adoption, and even despite developer incentives, Microsoft failed to gain the level of developer interest needed to bring its ecosystem to critical mass. To mark this sad demise...

A week with Windows Phone 8

Part of my job is to know what is going on in the mobile space. With this in mind, I swop phones constantly—from low-end feature phones to the flagship devices for each smartphone OS. It’s been a while since I tried a Windows Phone (most recently a Lumia 510) so I decided it was high time to look again. Having experienced the lower end of this platform this time I tried out a Lumia 1020, the current Nokia flagship...

Tips and Tricks for Developing PhoneGap Apps for Windows Phone 8

One of the biggest perceived advantages of developing a mobile app with PhoneGap is writing once and generating binaries that run natively on nearly every mobile platform. For those of us who have tried to simply migrate an iOS PhoneGap app to Android (or vice versa), we know that sometimes it's easier said than done. And as the landscape continues to evolve, we are being confronted with what is becoming a relatively strong third option in the mobile realm - Microsoft's Windows Phone 8...

Web Access in Windows Phone 7 Apps

In previous articles, I have shown how easy it is to get started in Windows Phone 7 programming using Visual Studio 2010 and the Windows Phone Developer Tools. In this third installment of the series, I will continue the exploration of Windows Phone development. This time I will focus on one key development topic: Web access. Unless you are writing a Hello World application, chances are that your application will need to connect to the outside world...

Building Location Service Apps in Windows Phone 7

In my previous article on Windows Phone 7 development, I showed how you can quickly get started using Visual Studio 2010 together with the Windows Phone Developer Tools. In this second article in the series, I will discuss a topic that is garnering a lot of interest in recent years -location services. Location services usually involve two key components - getting your location data and displaying your location on a map. Hence in this article, I will first show you how to display a map in your Windows Phone 7 application and then use the Location Service APIs to obtain your current position...

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