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Angry Birds Star Wars Now Available over Windows Store

After the release of Angry Birds Space on the Windows 8 platform hours after the public release of Windows 8.Rovio is wasting no time to release their next Angry Birds game to the platform.

So along with the release of Angry Birds Star Wars on iOS and Android platform the game has been released simultaneously on Windows Store as well.

Here’s the Game Description,

JOIN THE ANGRY BIRDS IN THEIR BIGGEST ADVENTURE YET!

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… a group of desperate rebel birds faced off against a galactic menace: the Empire’s evil Pigtroopers!

Rebel birds, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Imperial Pigs. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the PIG STAR, and are racing to deliver the plans to the rebel birds. Now they need your help!

Join an epic adventure with the Angry Birds in the legendary Star Wars universe! Use the Force, wield your lightsaber, and blast away Pigtroopers on an intergalactic journey from the deserts of Tatooine to the depths of the Pig Star — where you’ll face off against the terrifying Darth Vader! Can you become a Jedi master and restore freedom to the galaxy?

Time to grab your lightsaber and join the adventure! May the birds be with you!

HOURS AND HOURS OF ENGAGING GAMEPLAY – Explore more than 80 levels in iconic locations like Tatooine and Death Star. Can you dodge Imperial pigs, laser turrets, sand people, and the dark side the force to get all three stars?

NEW GAMEPLAY MECHANICS – Use lightsabers, Blasters and Jedi powers to wreak havoc on the Imperial Pigs!

LEVEL UP YOUR BIRDS – Keep playing and level up your birds to improve their skills!

SECRETS AND HIDDEN GOODIES – Can you unlock all the R2D2 and C3PO bonus levels?

FREE UPDATES – This is only the beginning of the epic saga!

So if you are a fan of Star Wars and Angry Birds,this one is definitely recommended for you!The game is available over the Windows Store for $4.99,which is a bit higher price when compared to the iOS release which costs around $2.99,but you do get the Xbox Live Advantage.

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Splashtop Releases Windows 8 Testbed Program For Android

A couple of months ago we reported about Splashtop Windows 8 testbed program for iPad which allows the developers who own an ipad to use their iPad’s as a testbed for their Windows 8 applications.

Now the company has released the Win8 Metro Testbed app for the android platform,so now the developers who own an android based tablet can try out their Metro based apps right onto their devices,without the need of a Windows 8 tablet.Though this app would also require a streamer program just like its iOS counterpart to be run on a Windows 8 Release Preview  based machine.

With this application you can try out the Windows 8 Metro gestures lik,

- Swipe from the right for the Charms menu
- Swipe from the left to switch apps
- Pull down from the top to close the app
- Swipe slowly from the left to run two apps side-by-side
- Pinch to do Semantic Zoom
- And many more gestures for you to explore!

The actual price of the app is 49.99$,but the introductory offer allows a 50% discount for this app.So if you don’t want to invest a huge amount in a Windows tablet as of now you can try this app From the Play Store.

Gartner Predicts 4.1 Percent Marketshare for Windows 8 Tablet By The End Of 2012

Windows 8  tablets are expected to be released along with the release of Windows 8 this holiday season.With all the biggies preparing for the big launch of windows 8.The main target this time around is the tablet segment which will feature a new competitor for iOS and Android based tablets in Windows 8 with Metro UI.

Gartner recently posted a report about what will be the future of the tablet market post the release of Windows 8.According to them by the end of this year there will be a whopping 119 million tablets sold for the year 2012 which is 98 percent of last years tablet sells.

iOS is expected to hold its number one position with 61 percent of marketshare while android will take the second spot with approximately 32 percent marketshare and he new entrant Windows 8 tablet would get approximately 4 percnt of marketshare by the end of its first quarter(end of 2012) and by the year 2016 Windows 8 tablet marketshare  would reach approximatelt to a 12 percent marketshare.The IT departments would favor the upcoming tablets based on Windows 8 platform since the familiarity with the Windows platform.

So not only the end users even the enterprise users will favor he Windows 8 tablet segment mostly because of its familiarity of the conventional windows operating systems as well as for the highly optimized Metro UI.

BlueStacks Public Beta App Released for Windows

As all of us know Windows 8 has got its own version of store for Windows based Metro apps the “Windows Store”,but a company named BlueStack which is been working on bringing the large app base of  Android Apps to Windows Platform courtesy their  Layercake technology.

The Alpha version of the BlueStacks app which was released at the end of 2011 but with a limited app selection. In three months of its alpha phase it attracted over a million users in more than 100 countries such as the US, Korea, Brazil, Germany and China with Over 4.5 Million apps were opened using the app.

A couple of days ago BlueStacks officially announced the availability of its Beta version of the app with new improved features.Layercake technology  enables Android apps to run seamlessly on x86-based PCs,especially the apps which were tailor made for ARM based processors like the Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja,it also enables the apps which run on hardware acceleration.

The developers of the games and apps like Fruit Ninja, SliceIt!, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Townsmen, Evernote, Defender and StumbleUpon have partnered with BlueStacks  and will have their  apps pre-loaded in the beta-1 version.It would be interesting to see if BlueStack brings a special Metro style version of the app for Windows 8,it would be a huge boost for Windows 8 in terms of app base including both Android and Windows Store apps.

Head over to the official download page to download the BlueStacks Beta 1.

Checkout the BlueStacks Beta Video In action:

Windows Phone Marketplace Crosses 50,000 Apps,Faster than Android Market to Reach the LandMark

It was just a month ago that the Windows Phone Marketplace reached the 40,000 apps mark so by that pace anyone could have predicted that the 50,000 would probably see 2012 date,but thats not the case,Windows Phone Marketplace continues to Grow at an Astounding rate and have already reached this milestone.

As reported earlier by AllAboutWindowsPhone the marketplace have already reached the 50,000 mark.If we have a look at the competing app stores,namely the iOS based App Store and the Android Market,here are some interesting stats.

Though currently iOS and Android are the largest App stores with more than 500,000+ apps till date,if we compare all the platforms head to head,it took Android Market 18 months to achieve the 50,000 apps mark while iOS was a bit faster with 12 months,Windows Phone achieved this feat in 14 months.

Currently there are 50,126 apps in Windows Phone Marketplace which is growing at a rate of over 265 apps per day,the rate at which it’s growing its only  a matter of time till it reaches the next big landmark of over a 100,000 apps sooner than expected.

Categorically speaking  Entertainment has the largest number of apps with app count of 7,543 while the Books and References being the close second with 7,014 apps followed by Games nearing the 7,000 mark(at 6,991)percentage of Free apps in the Marketplace is 58% , while 14%  of the apps are paid with a free trial and 29% are paid.If we compare it with iOS and Android, the free / paid ratio for Android is approximately 69% / 31% and for iOS is approximately 43% / 57%.

So the ratio of free apps is better than the iOS while Android succeeds with more number of free apps,as the marketplace grows we can expect it to get near the Android ratio in terms of Free apps available.

Stats and Images Courtesy [AAWP]

[Survey]Windows 8 Tablets Pricing Should be Lower than iPad to be Successful

The Big Question when the Windows 8 Tablet launch next year would be what price tag would it get for the launch keeping in mind that it would be coming from different manufacturers like Samsung,Dell,HP and others who see the Windows 8 Tablet on their roadmap.

 

ZDNet conducted a survey actually a poll of a sorts to see what price point the end users are expecting and willing to shell out money from their pockets.According to the survey the highest price range which got maximum percentage of votes 38% is the 300-399$ price range,while 27% people think that the Windows 8 tablet should be priced at 400-599$ price range.Some highly optimistic 19% users voted in for less than 199$ price tag,while some crazy fanboys  are ready to shell out over 800-900$ for the Windows 8 tablet.

If we take a look the current tablet pricing from various platforms like Android and iOS,Amazon’s Kindle Fire Tablet which is selling like hot cakes these days costs 199$ while the market is filled with many entry level as well as high end android tablets the market is still pretty much tilted towards the iPad Tablet which costs over 499 $ all the way to the over 800$ for the costliest one from Apple.

ZDNet feels that the sweet spot for the Windows 8 tablet would be around the 499$ mark and we couldn’t agree more,the 499$ mark would be the starting price tag for the lower end Windows 8 (entry level) tablets if they have to make any impact on the market which is currently under Apple’s Shadow.Well for that to happen,we have to wait and watch !

Rage Against Android On Twitter, Win A Windows Phone!

Are you a disgruntled Android phone user? Do you fee like raging and shouting about it? Well, now it is time to benefit form that urge and win a Windows phone in the process. In its latest marketing stunt, Microsoft has decided that a free Windows Phone giveaway is not good enough. Why give them away to good people for praising your product when you can give them away to people who can malign the competition.

After holding other giveaways, the Windows Phone maker now wants you to talk about all your bad experiences with Android on Twitter for a chance to win an Windows Phone. Started by Microsoft’s Windows Phone evangelist Ben Rudolph, this contest urges you to share your malware stories using the hashtag #droidrage for a chance to win a brand new #windowsphone. As to which Windows Phone you actually stand to win, Ben has not been clear on that although many are hoping that it is a brand new Nokia Lumia 800. This phone is arguably the flagship model across the entire line of Windows Phones and clearly the most coveted one.

Microsoft Ben Rudolph Windows Phone Giveaway #droidrage
Microsoft's Ben Rudolph Tweet About The Givaway And Various Reactions

If you look at the screenshot above, you will see that this contest has generated a mixed response from the crowd. Taken at the time of writing, this offer from Ben has gotten some android problem stories across whilst quite a few people are calling it a cheap publicity stunt by Microsoft to gain more exposure. However, depending on the responses it might just turn out to be a brilliant marketing ploy also. So long as it works in favor of the company, it is a success. The average  consumer does not think about all this. All they see is an opportunity to grumble about a problem and stand a chance to win a shiny new gadget in return. When you distill it down to that level, it is a pretty effective strategy to turn your competitor’s consumers against them and win the same consumers to your side. And this is also a good time to do it so that people have some retention of the brand when Windows 8 is launched by mid next year. Hopefully, Windows Phone 8 will not be far behind either.

Interesting problems so far include an LG2X phone resetting it self and a rebooting during a call to a service number to fix a rebooting problem! Another tweet says the users phone short circuited the SD card. That is probably a hardware problem but that’s the advantage of mudslinging — it will all get blamed on Android. So this campaign might pay off for Microsoft after all because after Android, the only place left to go right now is Windows Phone and sure looks good and most importantly — affordable.

This offer is presumably only open to US residents. However, since Ben has not mentioned that in his tweets, he might be able to offer some to residents of other countries as well. After all, if he wants to make an impact, ignoring the Asian market would not be wise. So if you want your #droidrage to be heard, tweet it to @benthepcguy.

Dell To Release Windows 8 Devices Soon


Dell Founder and CEO Michael talked about his company releasing several Windows 8 devices in the near future. He was talking at the Dell World 2011 event at Texas, USA and had this to say to the journalists present at a Q&A session:

“We are very aligned with Microsoft around Windows 8. You’ll hear more about Windows 8 from us and see a wide range of products released,”

He did not mention the device type, market segment or anything. But it is quite obvious to the industry people that Dell will be looking release Windows 8 tablet devices.

Dell Logo

If the excitement around the Windows 8 Developer Preview is any indication, companies are really excited to see the potential of the OS on consumer oriented tablet. Everything from the fresh UI to the workflow design has been built from the ground up to be touch oriented. Even the app development principle states “touch first” for Windows 8. Hence, it is certainly going to a strong player in the segment.

In addition to that, Windows 8 will be pan-hardware platform OS that will run on traditional PC’s, Smartphones and tablets. From a device manufacturer point of view, this translates to easy communications between its various products. Having this level of integration between your main computer, your companion device (tablet) and your mobile device is something that would definitely interest Dell. The company makes all of these items with varying degrees of success and they will have a large audience to play with.

Windows 8 will be taking over from Windows 7 and will be the future version of the world’s most common operating system. The long term market share and market penetration potential of this OS is extremely favorable. And compared to the Android OS, it is likely to have a presence that is larger by several orders of magnitude.

The Android comparison comes in because of Dell’s last few attempts at cracking the tablet market. Although Steve Felice, president of Dell’s consumer, small and medium business division, said that their earlier (mobile) products were only released to gauge market reaction and was produced in small quantities — the truth is something else altogether. Dell was very bullish on Android for creating a tablet that would compete realistically with iPad. The end result was very disappointing and the device hardly sold.

So with Windows 8, Dell sees a superior platform in terms of expanded usability. In addition to that, the third-party interest in Windows 8 is bound be higher than Android because of large third-party ecosystem that Microsoft already has for its products. This in turn will mean a faster growth curve for the Windows 8 third-party ecosystem and that might translate to improved user experience if MSFT takes proper care while curating the app store.

Dell  has made it clear that it is looking to capture the client section of the market that constitutes 95% of the market. That is where the money is and Windows 8 seems primed to become big in that section.

Run Android Apps on Windows PC Courtesy BlueStacks

Did you ever imagine running Android apps on your Windows PC?Well this has indeed been achieved thanks to this latest application to hit the market from BlueSatcks.The BlueStacks App Player for Windows PC is a free ware that allows Android users to run their favorite apps on Windows PC.

BlueStacks running on Windows 7

The applications can run full screen on a desktop PC using a new type of virtualization.It allows Windows users to run a maximum of 10 pre-loaded applications.According to the company,it took ten engineers, two years to build this technology.It also allows graphically advanced games like Angry birds and Fruit Ninja (built for ARM) to run full-screen without any special developer porting for the first time.

Bluestacks is aiming to accumulate around 1 million customers downloads and is founded by former McAfee CTO and Cloud.com board member Rosen Sharma. The BlueStacks App Player will also interact with the company’s Cloud Connect software for Android.On installing a gadget onto a Windows 7 desktop the App Player can be operated. The gadget then provides access to the variety of  inbuilt Android applicationsand the ability to download additional apps.

This approach by BlueStacks has attracted some strong initial partners too. Pre-loaded applications in the alpha release of the software include Bloomberg, LivingSocial, Huffington Post and Creative Mobile. Furthermore,the company hopes to attract more developers in future thanks to its unique proposition. A lot of app developers will see this as an opportunity to get their Android apps into the hands of millions of Windows users.

This is an early look at the company’s work but the firm is looking for substantial  feedback for future software updates. There’s also a Mac version of the application in process. “The openness of Android is enabling innovation around the world. We are grateful to Google and others for their contributions. This is also a social equalizer in the US and countries like Brazil, India and China, where a large percentage of the population who can only afford smartphones can now enjoy and benefit from the ubiquity of apps on the Android platform,” said Rosen Sharma, President and CEO of BlueStacks. “We look forward to getting feedback from our users on the alpha release.”

Download the first alpha release of the software at bluestacks.com.

 

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Windows Phone Users Download More Games Than iOS or Android Users

The web is filled with various kinds of surveys,first the marketshare of the various smartphone platforms,the future of mobile industry,the impact of android on other platforms like iOS and WP7,the impact of Nokia Microsoft deal in the market share of both companies etc.

So after all those talks about the marketshare and everything else,its time to talk about the  apps and games in the leading 3 platforms,Android,iOS and WP7.While Android and iOS are quite ahead this time in terms of app count in their respective Market and App Store,WP7 is not far behind with 25k apps already within first 8 months of its launch.

Nielsen  has recently released a report about the Apps and Games downloads from some leading Mobile Platforms for the past one month and according to their survey ,it’s games that overpower the  other applications in terms of no. of downloads from their respective application stores.While iOS stands in at a 69% of game downloads from its users ,Android stands third with 66% downloads,while Windows Phone stands out with 70 % of Game downloads from its Windows Phone Marketplace.So the Xbox Live with its titles and other Achievements Feature faring better than its competitors!While the marketplace gets flooded  with more and more interesting games and apps we can expect these number to increase further.

Via[WMPU]