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The very best apps in the #wp7 marketplace

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

You may have heard about #wpappawards on twitter or via my friend Saijo at 1800PocketPC, you may not.

Well, here’s the full story :)


I know for a fact that users passionate about a particular technology love these kind of events, and thought it was about time that we had one for Windows Phone! I’ve been working on it for the last month and the initial feedback has been pretty awesome.

The first phase (nominations!) will end this Saturday, and Sunday the actual voting phase begins.
Any app currently available in the USA marketplace can be nominated for an award in one of the different 18 categories (2 bonus categories will be added for voting), and anyone can nominate and vote for their app of choice.

Like the sound of it? If you want to recommend your favorite app(s) hurry app and follow the link at the bottom, if you just want to show your support make sure to hit it starting next Sunday, May 20th. I’ll see you there!

Windows Phone 7 2012 Community App Awards

Secret unveiled #undergr0und

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

I’ve been hinting about a new project I was working on, without being able to say much more a few months ago – well, here’s the full story on The Verge:
App academy: the student developers building the Windows Phone ecosystem.

“Want to help student developers on Windows phone?”

This is the question I got that started my collaboration with Microsoft and ultimately led to the publication of the Underground app (WP7applist / Web Marketplace). Microsoft is doing an awesome job in getting student developers involved in the creation of apps for Windows Phone 7 (hit the article above to read some success story), and I’m so glad that I could help promote their apps and their hard work with the Underground app for WP7.

From a geeky point of view, it also gave me the chance to actually work with some cool stuff that I’ve only been experiment with, before – such as Windows Azure.

For more information about Underground you can check out or #undergr0und on Twitter.

Top 10 Xbox Live games on Windows Phone 7

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

While I’m still amazed by the fact that I can unlock Xbox Live achievements on the go on my phone, a lot of new games have been released in the last year, and it’s about time for me to talk about the ones I love the most. Hopefully this list will be useful to those of you who just picked up a Windows Phone 7 device for the first time, and love its gaming soul. ;)

If you are a gamer on WP7, feel free to let me know your thoughts on this list… ‘nough talking!


  1. Angry Birds
    My personal number 1 for how many hours I spent on it
  2. Bejeweled LIVE
    I always loved this game, and the WP7 porting is pretty good
  3. Fruit Ninja
    Frenetic gameplay, very addictive, nicely implemented
  4. Kinectimals
    Gorgeous graphics, you MUST try this one at least once
  5. Hexic Rush
    Hexic on a phone is almost as good as Bejeweled
  6. Full House Poker
    Online play would make this pretty much perfect if you’re into pocker games
  7. Fable: Coin Golf
    Looking great, challenging, and inspired by one of the best Xbox games ever
  8. Implode
    Original gameplay, pretty fun. Don’t miss it while it’s on sale!
  9. Flowerz
    Very nice game, easy to learn, hard to master
  10. Fight Game: Rivals
    This one’s got many critics and bad reviews – honestly I don’t mind the original gameplay and the nice graphics. Pretty fun


Oh and while I’m at it.. be sure you don’t miss the newly released “Bug Village“, available for free with its 200 GP!


Lesson learned

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

I was pretty excited about the last update I shipped for WP7applist’s app, as it fixes a few annoying bugs and it adds interesting features (like Mango / fast app switching support). Shortly after it went live I started getting reports of the app being unresponsive, bulky, and slower then before. I was very surprised as it was actually a lot smoother in my eyes, and I couldn’t quite get what users were talking about. Then I realized.

Last month I blogged about my new Windows Phone device (Samsung Omnia W, or Focus Flash overseas), and when I say it’s fast.. well, I really mean it! I installed the updated app on my old LG E900 and I could finally see what users were talking about. For the record, the main issue was the huge background image, rendered at 32bpp, so to make the gradient look super cool.

Long story short, I submitted a new update just a few minutes ago: it includes a new graphic restyling (also a dark and a light theme), better ad positioning, and some more UI improvements. Most of it was based on users feedback, so hopefully this will make some users happy.

Sorry for the issues you may be experiencing with the app and thanks for your patience, the new update should be just a few days away. :)

xbox+windows phone awesomesouce

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

Word on the streets (and on official Microsoft’s blogs as well) is that a brand new xbox companion app is almost ready to hit the Windows Phone Marketplace, and – from the look of it – xbox and wp7 lovers are gonna LOVE it.

…an amazing little tool that will let you Find, Learn more about and Control content from Xbox LIVE Marketplace on your Xbox 360

Not only it will let us browse the Xbox Marketplace for games, movies and music, but it also includes the so-called “controller mode”, in which we will be able to fully navigate the Xbox 360′s menus, control video playback etc..

The price? FREE!

Keep an eye on WP7applist’s RSS feed for new free apps to spot it as soon as it’s available.


Windows Phone 7: 30K apps and counting

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

Yes, it happened yesterday!

But keep on reading to see what this number is exactly.


Straight to the point:

- 30.000+ is the number of apps that have been approved in the USA marketplace since I started keeping track (late November 2010)

- 25.564 is the number of apps actually available in the USA marketplace in this very moment. Where are the rest of apps you may ask? They’ve been removed. They may or may not come back, but technically speaking this is how many apps you can download.


What about marketplaces outside of USA? I currently track Italy and UK, and I know for a fact that they have a few apps that aren’t available in the USA marketplace, and surely this is the case for many other internation markets / regions.

I do have a plan to scan ALL the available regions, even just to total up the number of apps – it’s just a matter of time to put it to code (and possibly avoid to have my web server explode! )


So there you have it, hopefully this will clear it up, and if anyone tells you there’s more apps than that – either they are talking about international exclusive apps or they are lying! So yeah.. watch out! ;)

Avatar Kinect now available

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

As of yesterday, Avatar Kinect is available for downloading from the Xbox Marketplace.
That also means that the Beta embargo is over and I can finally tell I was able to preview it.. and that I quite enjoyed it!
It isn’t something you will spend days playing with, but it’s a nice proof of the capabilities of Kinect and the fun you can have with it, aside from gaming.

Follow the link and give it a try!

This is pure genious!

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

As a mobile developer I know how hard it is to come up with a unique idea, a revolutionary user interface, or something that’s so technically challenging that nobody could code before. I know how hard it is, but that doesn’t mean I ever got there ;)

With this post I want to highlight some of such apps that landed on the WP7 Marketplace: not all of them are for everyday use, but they surely made me think “this is pure genious” when I first seen them. If something on this list isn’t really “unique” as I thought it was, do let me know in the comments!

Contact Swap

Exchanging contact info couldn’t be any easier than this.

So What’s Today

A todo list app. But also one of the most intriguing UI/UX I’ve seen so far on WP7.


No words needed. Pure genious!

…i’m a WP7

Check it out and {join the movement}

Shake & Charge

Ok this totally useless, and it’s a joke. But I challenge you not to shake your device when you try it out.



Tracks real numbers behind Windows Phone 7. Lovely idea, unfortunately it doesn’t make much sense unless it climbs the popularity rankings all the way to the top.

[Preview] WP7applist app for Windows Phone

POSTED BY Luigi Violin ON

This is coming out pretty good, hopefully the screenshots will give you an idea of what you will get!

I should be ready to ship it in a few more days, feel free to leave thoughts and suggestions in the comments or via email. :)


[UPDATE] this is now available in the Zune Marketplace worldwide, give it a try!