First Technical Preview of Windows 10 for Phones launched

Today Microsoft launched the first version of Windows 10 for Phones. This is a Technical Preview just like the desktop counterpart, and is only recommended for the hardcore enthusiasts that don’t mind to encounter bugs, crashes, weird behavior and unfinished work. I like to live on the bleeding edge of technology. If there is something new I can test then I want to test it out. Unfortunately, this first release is only intended for a small sub-set of Lumia devices in the low-end part of town. If you got one of these devices then you should be able to test out Windows 10 today:

  • Lumia 630
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 636
  • Lumia 638
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 830

That means I won’t be able to test it out quite yet, I posess a Lumia 520, 530, 1020 and 930, so you have to rely on other sources for videos, screenshots and “reviews” of the Technical Preview. If you want to see what’s new and what’s coming in the near future, take a look at this video feautring Joe Belfiore:

Why am I not getting this preview right now!?

Apparently our beloved high-end devices have very tight OS-partitions and no possibility at the moment to dynamically adjust the partitions, which as stated by Microsoft makes it hard to update the OS in-place:

“Some context on why we chose these and not higher end phones like the 930/Icon or 1520: We have a feature that will be coming soon called “partition stitching” which will allow us to adjust the OS partition dynamically to create room for the install process to be able to update the OS in-place. Until this comes in, we needed devices which were configured by mobile operators with sufficiently sized OS partitions to allow the in-place upgrade, and many of the bigger phones have very tight OS partitions.”

Check out the blog post announcing the release, and be sure to check out the known issues before you decide to install the Technical Preview on your phone!

Microsoft Blog: Announcing the first build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones

RuterReise featured in the Windows Phone Store

Last week I got some good news regarding the app we at Shortcut did for Ruter, the organization in charge of the public transportation service here in Oslo. The app is RuterReise, and it now has become a featured app in the Windows Phone Store! For me, it’s a first, and for the company it’s a first on the Windows Phone Store for sure.

In case you’re not familiar with the app, it’s a great tool for planning your journeys or seeing when a bus departs. Take a look at it here at Windows Phone Store. I’ve posted some screenshots below so you can get a quick peak:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a Windows Phone and live in Oslo/Akershus, be sure to download the app!

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Lumia 930 – Purple Tint (Updated!)

I received my Nokia Lumia 930 yesterday, and I spent most of my evening fiddling around with it and I have to say that it’s a gorgeous device. It feels really great in the hand, the screen is amazing and the build quality is astonishing. Some people and I who have received our unit already have noticed that when the brightness levels changes automatically or set to low, the gray colors you find in popups, the keyboard and elsewhere in the OS turns into a more dark purple color than gray.

Oslo Startup Weekend

This weekend started like any other great weekends, chilling out on the sofa after a long week, with Netflix streaming a good show on the TV. On saturday evening I got a text from my good friend, Petri Wilhelmsen over at Microsoft (one of the sponsors of the event), asking me if I wanted to come down to Oslo Startup Weekend to help out with some development. After a bit of consideration, I decided to hop on down to see if I could do anything constructive:

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