It’s inevitable, but I have to upgrade from my Lumia 950 running 10.0.15254.527

It drains my battery so it does not last for a day anymore. I believe it is because the Twitter app is deprecated and they moved from a UWP to a PWA type. Since that moment my battery drained faster. I even ordered a new battery. That’s how dedicated I am to UWP apps and the win10 ecosystem.

I thought that I did not care that I missed some apps. But just yesterday I broadcasted my session of Super Lucky Tale’s on Xbox with Mixer and I needed a Mixer app on my mobile which redirected me to the Google/Android store!

During my holiday there was an issue with Azure. So I needed to borrow the iPhone from my wife to use the Azure app… I am on a Microsoft phone and cannot have an Azure app. That is just brutal!

So I have 2 options: the Apple eco-system or the Google eco-system. Option 1 is not an option for me. Because I don’t like the phone’s price. For instance there was an issue in the Netherlands with the new ID cards. You would receive a letter from the government that you need to scan your ID card with an app. This was only possible with Android because of the NFC chip and because of the iOs SDK limitation it was only possible on Android.

Microsoft also launched it’s own Android Launcher. So I am moving to Android. There are then two options (imho) a Samsung or a Nokia. I have been a Nokia fan for ages. (5110, 3210 etc. Lumia 920, 930, “950”)  Samsung has been in the news a lot about staying behind on the updates and not having a vanilla Android. So I will move to Nokia.

Next step: decide what Nokia. Wait for a 6.1 release in Europe? Or go for a 7 or 8 or even the Sirocco? Because of the price, I think that I would go for the 8. I am out the Android eco-system for several years, so I have not a lot of hands on experience with perf and the effect certain hardware can have on the UX.

I had to lookup how long it was ago. My first Android app release in the Google store was in 2010 (8 years ago!) The last person who bought it was in 2014. I took it offline not much after.

I am slowly getting a bit exited about moving to the Nokia+Android eco-system. Would prefer a Surface phone though, but you can’t wait forever! I blogged in 2013 about moving to Windows Phone 8.x and Android custom roms in 2011 http://jphellemons.nl/category/android reading back the app list makes me want to move even faster. An official Sonos app would be great! Miss it on a daily basis. And Android will give me the option to switch my bank to Bunq!

Thanks for reading my 2¢!

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I have developed several small apps for Windows Phone. Most of the time it is just to test how publishing an app works. I have developed an app for wp7, wp8.0, wp8.1 and universal apps and they are all free in the windows (phone) store. I try to earn back my developer fee of 19 euro by adding some small ads to it. I have used the adrotator version 1 and version 2 plugin and Microsoft's  own admediator.

You can download that visual studio extension of the visualstudio gallery website.

and you can read how to use admediator on msdn.

my three ad networks are:

  • mobfox
  • smaato
  • pubcenter

My conclusion: pubcenter has the best revenue and smaato serves the most ads. Please let me know if you disagree or have some advice. You can download my excel report here.

 

p.s. here is a 27 minute video of the admediator control on channel 9.

p.p.s. more info on the windows blog http://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2014/11/07/how-to-maximize-the-impact-of-windows-ad-mediation-for-windows-phone/

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No one blogged about migrating from a Windows Phone to a new Windows Phone! There is no source online about this. I have used the amazing Nokia Lumia 920 for almost a year, but I have a Nokia Lumia 930 now. I have won this amazing device from the June competition of Adduplex.

The 930 has a better screen (full HD) better CPU and a better camera. My 920 had the windows phone 8.1 developer preview 8.10.12400.899 and my 930 has 8.1 (no developer preview) and runs 8.10.12397.895 so the old phone seems to run newer software, but it has no Nokia Cyan (yet).

Back to the migration of the new phone. There are several guides online about moving from Android to Windows Phone or Apple (iOs) to Windows Phone, but no guides from Windows Phone to Windows Phone.WP_20140723_08_53_19_Pro

When you fire up the new Nokia Lumia 930 you get the installation wizard. During that wizard you have to sign in at your Windows id/account (former live id, former .net passport) The wizard will notice that you had a Windows Phone before and will give you the option to restore a backup. The backup contains all your mail accounts, apps, OS- preferences (home screen, tile positions) etc. It is amazing!

In the picture to the right, you can see (in Dutch) that the wizard found a backup of my other Windows Phone (Lumia 920)

There is just one thing that I forgot. I just restored the backup and it started downloading all the apps that I had on my old phone. So I was ready to actually use the new Nokia Lumia 930 and wanted to insert my sim card. But… the 920 has a micro sim and the 930 has a nano sim.

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So to summarize, migrating from WP to WP is, turn on your device. Sign in onto Microsoft ID. Restore backup. Insert sim card. Done!

p.s. looking forward to the Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 update!

p.p.s. Did you know that SIM stands for Subscriber Identity Module?

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To start serving ads in your Windows Phone application you can install the Microsoft advertising SDK. But I believe it is not mandatory. You do not need to reference it in your project. So please take a look at the screenshot below and make sure you do not check that box!

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I recommend using the (not yet final) Adrotator V2. It is the successor of V1 and has an XML configuration file which can be put somewhere online (remote) so that you can edit advertising preferences without needing to update the whole app and push it to your users.

You can get it from nuget as long as you make sure that you can view the pre-releases or put this in the packagemanager console:

Install-Package AdRotatorWP -Pre

That will pull down the package. The readme file will open in a tab and tell you to manually add more DLL’s for mobfox, smaato etc. (only adduplex is included because they have a nuget package).

You should mark your XML config file in the project explorer as content and copy to output always and check the app’s permissions, because mobfox requires <Capability Name="ID_CAP_IDENTITY_DEVICE" />  as found on http://wpunifiedad.codeplex.com/discussions/436059

It took me a while to figure that one out. You have to add this namespace in the XAML in order to use the adrotator component.

<phone:PhoneApplicationPage
    xmlns:adRotator="clr-namespace:AdRotator;assembly=AdRotator"
...>

Good luck!

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As mentioned in the post “After 4 months working with the Nokia Lumia 920 and Windows Phone 8” I build a really simple flashlight application for Windows Phone 8. According to AdDuplex (27th of December 2013) there is still a 21.7% of all Windows Phone users which run Windows Phone 7.x So I decided to make this tiny flashlight application also available for those 21.7%. It is a small app so it should be rather easy, don’t you think? Well to summarize, it is not! Perhaps just because my CPU does not support SLAT (Second Level Address Translation) so I have to debug on a Windows Phone device (which runs version 7 or 8)

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When you run Windows 8, you can not develop a windows phone 7.x application and test it on a device. You need Windows 7, Visual studio 2010 or 2012, Zune and the WP SDK. I have tried everything to get it to work on Windows 8.1 x64 as you can read on this StackOverflow topic “Register Windows Phone 7 as developer phone” I have added firewall rules, ran all windows updates, have the latest version of SDK’s, visual studio updates etc. Even when you have registered a Windows Phone 7 as developer phone, you get this error 0x80070103

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In order to be able to develop a Windows Phone 7 application on a Windows 8.1 machine, you need SLAT (to run the wp emulator) or.... a virtual machine! Hyper-V is build in by default in Windows 8 but also no valid option because it also requires SLAT support. So I installed Vmware Player/workstation (Oracle’s Virtualbox is also an option) and installed Windows 7 on it with Zune 4.8 and the Windows Phone 7.1 SDK but first the Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone.

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I personally ran into an other issue. I had the vm on an external usb harddrive. And somehow there was a read/write error so my vm became corrupted. I had to ‘upgrade’ my vmware player to vmware workstation to run vmware-vdiskmanager. The solution was online in the knowledge base of vmware to fix the corrupted vmdk file.

A small side note about Visual Studio 2010 express for Windows phone by the way is that you cannot install nuget for it! So please keep in mind that you might want to use a better/larger version of Visual Studio in your VM.

Good luck developing Windows Phone 7 applications on your Windows 8.1 host machine!

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