Confirmed: Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview coming next week

Microsoft has officially announced Windows Phone 8.1, but is yet to release it to the general public. That said, the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 will be made available to registered developers soon and developers will be the first to get their hands on the final RTM version of the mobile OS once it is released by Microsoft.

If you want to try your hands onto the developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 and want to be the first one to get the finished version of Windows Phone 8.1 when it does get released, here are the steps you need to follow.

Register as a developer

You need to first register as a developer with the Microsoft developer program. This process is free and you will not be required to pay a single cent / penny for it. Also you need not be a developer to actually register as a developer with Microsoft.

The trick is to register using the free App Studio that Microsoft released recently. Use the same email address as you have used on your Windows Phone handset and register as a developer.

Download Preview for Developers app

Preview for Developers app is basically an app that configures your phone to receive developer previews of software updates that are yet to be released by Microsoft.

Download the app from this location and install it on your Windows Phone handset.

Once installed, run the app and agree to the Terms and Conditions, sign-in using the Microsoft account using which you registered as a developer. Then agree to enable Preview for Developers and click done to complete the process.

Check for phone updates

Navigate to Settings -> Phone Update and tap on check for updates. This will connect through to Microsoft servers and check for Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview.

Your Windows Phone handset should find the developer preview update once available and begin downloading it.

Good way to write code – A

Lots of time, we can increase readability and performance of our app by using good programming practices. Like I was doing once like below:

if (IsolatedStorageWrapper.LoadString(“ShowTipsAndTricks”) == “”)
{
IsolatedStorageWrapper.SaveString(“ShowTipsAndTricks”, “true”);
}
else
{
IsolatedStorageWrapper.SaveString(“ShowTipsAndTricks”, “”);
}

now this is something we do most of the times, but all this can be done in one line of code as well, see below:

IsolatedStorageWrapper.SaveString(“ShowTipsAndTricks”, IsolatedStorageWrapper.LoadString(“ShowTipsAndTricks”) == “” ? “true” : “”);

The compiler will have to traverse through less lines, and we might some less CPU cycles 🙂

Rapid Competition

Make a windows 8 combo app ( An app that is on both wp8 and windows 8 metro platform ) and win rewards:

Criteria:
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1- Nice graphics ( Metro Style )
2- Functionality ( Value added feature/s )
3- Uniqueness ( Never heard before )
4- Technology Usage ( Tiles, Push Notifications, Hardware .. )
5- Number of downloads / Number of ratings / Purchases ( A factor would be applied on overall winning rating based on these as well )

Rewards for the winner:
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1- 2GB Windows Azure USB by Microsoft
2- Your app would be highlighted on our website
3- If you app reaches high sales above 300$, first payment would be made to the developer, after that all profits to us 🙂
4- Microsoft writing pads (5)

Last date of entries is 28th Feb, Hurry up guys to get the perks.

Send your entries to portal@technocrux.com with subject as “Rapid Competition”, also lookout on this entry for further details as well.

HTC 8x in market

HTC has finally launched HTC 8x its smart phone series for windows phone 8. Nokia Lumia 920 has already been reviewed a lot, and was into screens earlier. Lets see what HTC brings in.

 

HTC took the veil of their 8X device featuring Windows Phone 8 recently. The  phone looks really good on the paper. First things first, so I will be writing  about the specs in the later part of this article. HTC mentioned in the press  release that the Windows Phone 8X flagship will be coming with a dedicated audio  amplifier apart from the Beats Audio that most of the HTC phones come with. Yes,  the phone is actually said to feature a 2.55v amplifier that should greatly  increase sound output and push the device’s speaker or any other enhancement  connected to its limits.

When I saw the picture of the 8X which is just 0.39” thick, I thought to  myself – “how loud can this phone be anyways?”, but seems like the company has  put in a lot of effort into this device in order to make it stand out of the  crowd. Below is a video shot by WPCentral which shows the additional 2.55v  amplifier in action.

As you can hear in the demo, the Adele song is blasting through the phone’s  speaker up to a point that you can’t hear what the person is saying exactly.  According to WPCentral, it’s difficult to get “real feel” via video, and the  additional amplifier is said to indeed make a difference. The audio output is  strikingly loud with no distortion. Connecting the device to an external speaker  should do wonders, perfect for a media savvy buyer. The music output is pretty  powerful going by smartphone standards.

Apart from the inbuilt amplifier, which is of course a good selling point and  will definitely make the device stand out of the crowd, HTC 8X will be sporting  a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 Ghz, though there’s no information on the  brand or chipset being used. Coupled with 1 gig RAM and 16 gig ROM, the phone  should be snappy. Yes, most of the high end smartphones are coming with 2 gig of  RAM these days, and it is fast becoming a standard, but seems like Windows Phone  8 is not that RAM hungry and 1 gig should be just sufficient enough. It is  equipped with a 4.3” display (720 x 1280 pixels) that at 342 ppi has an  extremely high pixel density.

HTC is not known for implementing camera sensors with high megapixels in its  device, and company seems to be in tune with that standard even with Windows  Phone 8 devices. The device will be making use of an 8 megapixels  back-illuminated sensor (BSI) with f/2.0 lens and an ultra-wide angle  front-facing camera. The main camera is capable of shooting videos at 1080p HD,  which is a great feature to have and can be a selling point too. The phone will  be featuring NFC.

The front camera which is 2MP shooter can shoot a view of 88 degree angle,  “allowing up to four people and more to be captured at once”. What are your  thoughts on HTC Windows Phone 8X.