Microsoft Details Changes to WP7 Games Hub
As part of the Mango update, future Windows Phone 7 devices will enjoy a number of new features in the gaming hub. In a blog post today, Microsoft spelled out what a number of those features will be. Some include a better way to view and organize game collections and the ability to create 3D avatars. Significant new features have been added to the XBox Live service, including improved messaging, friends' presence, profile management tools, better game request notifications, and new ways to share gaming achievements. Microsoft said that many of the new features were added due to customer feedback and response.
Google to Let Android Users Trial Games from Search
Google gave developers a handful of new tools to improve the gaming experience for Android device owners. Perhaps the most significant of the new tools is one that will allow people to trial games for up to 10 minutes directly from Google search results.
Google Play Instant Lets You Test-Drive Games Without Downloading Them
Google today announced several changes to the Google Play Store and Google Play Games apps that should entice Android device owners to check out the latest games. A new feature called Google Instant Play lets people tap and try games directly in the Google Play Store and Google Play Games app without first downloading the game.
Latest Windows 10 Preview Targets Browser and Maps
Microsoft has made a new build of Windows 10 available to mobile phones and PCs alike. Build 14291 makes significant changes to several important features.
Microsoft Releases Hub Keyboard App for iPhone
Microsoft's Garage team has made a productivity-minded keyboard available to Apple's iOS devices. The keyboard, says Microsoft, works in tandem with an Office 365 account for tapping into OneDrive, Office, and other Microsoft account information.