Friday, September 21, 2012
Limited Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Windows Phone 8 SDK
I’m tired of waiting! According to the Nokia press conference yesterday, developers may be able to get the SDK next week. It seems that you must have apps in the marketplace already in order to qualify, but I’m not even sure if that’s the only requirement. Considering the leak from a few months ago (which I never got) it seems like they must be close enough for developers to start working on their apps. I want as much time as possible to get my apps updates, but also to write apps that use the new features. Voice to text, text to voice, protocol handlers to invoke other apps, lenses, the Kid’s Corner, more available working memory, full Bluetooth integration, and greater platform access should combine to make an amazing developer experience (not to mention better apps for end-users!). I really hope that I’ll qualify next week, and that I won’t have to then wait even longer until actually getting the bits! Sound off if you are also excited, and what features you are most waiting for.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Low memory phone performance
So, the Marketplace Dashboard update almost made it through testing! The biggest problem turned out to be it's performance on low-memory phones like the Nokia Lumia 610. I was surprised since I knew that it ran fine, but it ended up being more subtle than that.
First of all, you should know that background agents won't run with 256MB phones. For that reason I was already hiding the option for that on those devices (and feeling pretty smug about it!).
|Lumia 610 (256MB RAM)|
Bottom line, it's not just peak memory that you need to worry about. With less memory, things can run slower. If you are using timeouts, you should probably increase those too. Unfortunately, that part's going to be hard to test on the emulator. You can only do your best though! Being aware of this might save you some frustration later.