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Visualization of the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace with PivotViewer

We had to take a break from blogging to allow us to catch up on work commitments. Meanwhile we have some PivotViewer linked collections deployed at the WP7 App Hub website. These collections are only a place holder for now whilst the behind the scenes infrastructure is finalised for automated build of the dynamic JIT collections for the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace applications.

We are aiming to bring some different and alternative marketplace views and give more prime time for neglected and suppressed application areas such as non-English applications, on-going new releases and indie games.

The marketplace is fragmented and difficult to navigate but not for much longer…

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Wiki Snacks by Xpert360 Ltd












Version: 1.2.0.0
Publisher: Xpert360 Ltd
Client Type:WinMobile 7.0
Package Size:0.301 MB
Install Size:0.642 MB
Languages: Deutsch English Español Français
Trial: Yes

Wiki Snacks by Xpert360 Ltd Windows Phone 7
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Wiki Article Mashup The best Wiki app just got
faster, multiligual and new trial mode! The perfect Wiki app for browsing or
fact finding.


Wiki Snacks gives you a quick and efficient mashup of Wiki articles and
reference feeds featuring search, today, random articles and editor
recommendations. Includes panorama with portrait and landscape support for easy
reading. Includes an integral viewer with smooth scrolling for viewing full
mobile optimized articles. Remembers settings and searches and re-opens articles
on return.


Full Windows Phone 7 experience in English, French, German, Spanish and
Japanese. Also search, browse and in Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Swedish, Italian
and Chinese.


Support Forum including feature request feedback and product roadmap. Take
advantage of the introductory price and receive advanced features (coming very
soon) including: favorites, history and further offline caching, …

Screenshots:


Wiki Snacks Featured French

Wiki Snacks Featured French

Wiki Snacks Viewer Chinese

Wiki Snacks Viewer Chinese

Wiki Snacks Viewer Japanese

Wiki Snacks Viewer Japanese

Wiki Snacks Viewer Finnish

Wiki Snacks Viewer Finnish

Wiki Snacks Viewer German

Wiki Snacks Viewer German

Wiki Snacks Search

Wiki Snacks Search

WP7 Raw Deal for Non-US applications

WP7 Marketplace ratings – Raw deal for non-US applications

Are non-US applications getting a raw deal in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace?

Update 14-Dec-2010: Bing support staff sent an email saying they have a fix to ‘keyword’ search which should be rolled out later this week… It now looks like for the UK (en-GB) it is working with 3000 top apps. The keyword search appears fixed so all apps should now be searchable. So we are left with fr-FR, de-DE etc. ratings not showing. Some progress!

Absolutely! After using Europe as the ‘Guinea pigs’ in the Windows Phone 7 rollout saga Microsoft has left European WP7 developers out in the cold.

Mostly to blame is ‘Bing Visual Search’ (deservedly). Why call it ‘Search’ when it is impossible to ever find 1000 of the apps that are in the marketplace. As for ‘premier search engine’, this part certainly is woefully short of that. This is no search at all, any new apps have a brief day in the limelight, if lucky, before they sink to the depths of the marketplace. #bad => restriction to top 3000 apps in the USA ratings…

You may think, so what! My German, French, etc… users love my app and my ratings prove it. You could have lots of downloads and 5-star ratings and Bing would not care to rank you in the top 3000 apps, yeah right, that sucks! But do you believe me, well here is an affected application which is actually quite good, as in the non-USA en-US ratings say so, but Bing gives it 1-star (by 2 users) – this is an absolute joke, I feel for the publisher.

Here is Bing: Rating 1-star (by 2 users)
Bing Visual Search?

Bing Visual Search ratings poor

Bing Visual Search no use to non-USA residents.

Zune en-GB – the Brits like it a bit better!

Zune WP7 Marketplace for Tube Companion

Zune WP7 Marketplace for Tube Companion

But here is the true picture:

True WP7 Marketplace Ratings

True WP7 Marketplace Ratings

http://wp7reviews.tomverhoeff.com/AppReviews.aspx?id=e93f1aac-c9d6-df11-a844-00237de2db9e&mp=en-US

You can see the two en-US feedbacks as opposed to the 29 x en-GB and one de-DE feedbacks.

Conclusion: Microsoft, Bing, Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, you seriously need to get your act together. View it, read it and weep.

There was a partly working version of Bing Visual Search for the en-GB and de-DE regions but it was withdrawn by Microsoft on 9th December 2010 without notice.
Thanks to Tom Verhoeff for http://wp7reviews.tomverhoeff.com/ ratings page.

Wiki Snacks

Xpert360 Ltd’s first Windows Phone 7 application in the Marketplace



Wiki SnacksWP7 ZuneFast mashup of Wiki articles and reference feeds featuring search, random articles and editor recommendations.

Includes as standard panorama in portrait and landscape modes.

Support Forum including feature request feedback included.
Take advantage of the low introductory price and receive advanced features (coming very soon!) including: multi-language, multiple-feeds, custom subscriptions, favorites/bookmarks, social/web linked data, advanced search, alternate search engines and more.
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