When you create a new Windows Phone 7 project Visual Studio adds a SplashScreenImage.jpg image into it. This image is displayed until your application is loaded. The problem is that the SplashScreenImage.jpg is just a static image. So the question is how can we add an animated ProgressBar to splash screen.
Alex Yakhnin has a great solution on his blog:
The source code: ProgressSplashScreen.zip
In my previous post I talked about ChevronWP7 Labs, but there is another company in UK who offers similar service.
The name of company is APPA Mundi and they allow worldwide publishing of Windows Phone applications to the Marketplace for developers who are outside the current Marketplace territories through their appamarket site.
They also offer official unlocking of WP7 devices. 🙂
The main goal of Chevron team is to make Windows Phone development more accessible. There is no (simple) way to unlock your WP7 device, or publish your application from some countries. If your country is not on the list of Microsoft you have to find other ways than by using App Hub. Microsoft’s lawyers should do a lot of efforts to get a new country on their list, so that is the reason why they don’t allow to upload applications from any country.
Chevron team became famous when they published an unofficial tool to jailbreak WP7 devices. Then they had to discontinue their unlocker as soon as MS noticed it.
But they team will soon be launching an approved Windows Phone unlocking service as part of ChevronWP7 Labs. This will be available to developers across all skill levels and all regions.
The service will require a small fee (via PayPal) to offset costs but it will be more affordable than the App Hub.
Microsoft showed at Cannes International Advertising Festival an example of Xbox & Kinect advertisement integration with WP7.
Here is the link to the dev. portal:
It contains some further links to Tools, Documentation and to community forums.
They will support Windows Phone 7.1
I’m looking forward to their devices and the home screen. 🙂
“The right time to prepare future apps and services” says the banner’s text.
Here are the top 10 books for Windows Phone 7 App and Game Development.
Joel Ivory Johnson published a great sample with source code, that shows how to work with the microphone, making usable recordings from it.
His article is available here: