Although the Windows Phone market is relatively small, it is growing steadily. Ovum Research expects Windows Phone to round out the top 3 smart phones worldwide, competing with Apple for the #2 position by 2016, and Windows Phone 7 increased sales in Europe by 18% from last year, and 100% from Q3 to Q4.
With the recent release of the new Windows Phone, we updated Seesmic to take advantage of Mango specific features. Specifically, you’ll find Pin to Start, Live Tiles, Support for Fast App Switching, a revised background, and some new UI enhancements.
Updated UI for Home and Search: Following Microsoft’s UI Guidelines: We removed buttons from the home panorama and placed them instead in the app bar.
We removed the search field in the panorama and placed it in the app bar, updating the panorama screen.
Implementation of Live Tiles: Similar to shortcuts, users can pin a handful of Twitter feeds (including Home Timeline, Replies, Direct Messages) to the start menu. Live Tiles also include a notification when a user receives a message.
Fast App switching: When a user presses and holds the back button, he can move to another app. The support for this feature includes keeping the application active when a user moves back without restarting the application.
What else? You’ll notice minor changes and enhancements throughout the app, but don’t take our word for it. Download it now!
During our team meeting, we sized up the device and were slightly confused – this tablet does not look like an iPad or Android tablet. As Marco pointed out, that is the point.
In the video below, Loic Le Meur, Seesmic’s CEO, interviews Marco to make sense of the Microsoft news and to understand how a developer sizes up the Windows 8 tablet and OS:
As Marco points out in the video, the Windows 8 tablet offers developers features that iPad and Android currently do not offer: the ability to code in many different languages, the Metro UI and intra-application capabilities on a single device. It is not really a tablet, but a device with the convenience of a touch screen and mobility coupled with the features of a PC, like the keyboard, mouse, and stylus included with the tablet. As Marco explains, this “multi-purpose device” will make coding or number-crunching on a tablet a different experience. What’s more, the Metro apps for the tablet blur the line between mobile apps and computers apps.
It will take time for developers to explore the device and OS and form their opinions. Unlike consumers, developers have a more systematic approach to evaluating news, and a lot of in-depth analysis is sure to follow.
We launched Seesmic Profiles about three weeks ago and promised we would be adding more Seesmic apps. Today Windows Phone 7 joins the Seesmic Profiles offerings.
Seesmic Profiles: Log into your Seesmic Profile online, add Windows Phone 7, and all of the accounts you added to your profile will appear on your mobile device. Please note: for now, Facebook is not included, but please stay tuned.
What else is new?
Spaces: Create spaces for individual timelines.
Twitter spaces include: Home, Replies, Direct Messages. Retweets, and Favorites
Salesforce Chatter Spaces Include: all Chatter, Groups
Multiple Chatter Account Support: Seesmic Social for WP7 now Supports multiple Chatter accounts
Main Screen UI Upgrades: Launch the Composer directly from the main screen and check out saved searches. We also updated the main screen to accommodate more Spaces without scrolling.
Updated fix for Facebook: We heard you – due to a a recent change in Facebook’s authentication, you were unable to login to your Facebook account. Good news, we resolved the issue in the lastest build.