Nokia provides all Windows Phone 8 devices with a very nice app called Cinemagraph which allows one to create, edit and share animated pictures, or “cinemagraphs”. You can find out more about Cinemagraph on this blog entry.
This article explains how to add Nokia Cinemagraph sharing to your Windows Phone 8 application. In other words, after reading this article you will know how to share “Cinemagraphs” in your own applications on Windows Phone 8.
Music Explorer is a Nokia Developer example application demonstrating the use of Nokia Music API together with standard Windows Phone 8 audio features. Not only is it a well run project, but as of March you can download the app from the Windows Phone Store and try it out.
The project shows how to use the Nokia Music API to search for artists by name, request top artists and new releases, and it also shows how to launch Nokia Music application from within another application to play mix radio or show artist and product information.
Besides utilizing Nokia Music API features, the app integrates with the local music in the device in a number of educated ways. Favourites are ordered according to the most played artist in the device, recommended list is ordered by how many times an artist is found to be similar to your favourites, and you can also play the local songs of your favourite artist.
The project is well documented in its wiki. As will any Nokia Developer project you can raise defects or enhancement requests within the project itself or simply discuss it with the project team.
Music Explorer is essential viewing for anyone who wants to work with the Nokia Music API on Windows Phone.
Nokia Developer Wiki has just added some new navigation to Windows Phone topics to make it easier to find related topics. As of last week, if you go to a Windows Phone topic you’ll see icons in the top right hand corner of the page which link to similar topics.
So for example, if you’re looking at the topic Use NFC tags with Windows Phone 8 you’ll see the following icons in the top corner. Clicking one takes you to Windows Phone NFC topics, while the other takes you to Windows Phone 8 topics
Wiki topic with navigation link icons in top right corner
This week we have selected S3Dict as our Featured Project.
S3Dict is basically an offline dictionary app, which lets user search for the meaning of the entered keyword. It uses the binary search algorithm making it very fast. Users also have the flexibility to select from large number of dictionary files available or to create a custom dictionary.
This Qt based project has been downloaded an impressive number of times. It delivers source code, a very descriptive summary page, and a detailed Wiki section.
We thank the project author for sharing a useful and important application project with us.
A very common task for most of the applications is to store and access data. Almost all applications have to store some kind of user data for a later use. Databases are preferred for storing any such structured data which would persist in the application.
The article shows how to setup SQLite for your Windows Phone 8 projects; the steps are well documented with appropriate screenshots in the article. Additionally, with a simple code example, the article also demonstrates how to use a SQLite database to store/retrieve structured data in your applications.
Read the article and implement SQLite in your WP applications.
Learn how to use the location-related capabilities of Nokia Lumia hardware, Windows Phone Location APIs, and the HERE location platform, including HERE Maps, HERE Drive, and HERE Transit. Starting with the basics — retrieving location information from the phone and registering for background location notifications — this webinar then looks at the map-related services APIs available for your Windows Phone apps for Nokia Lumia smartphones, including APIs for map rendering, geocoding, and routing controls.
A downloadable copy of the slides from the session can be found here.
Featured Project for this week is Movie Reviews by avnee.nathani. We selected this project because it has all the elements of a useful and “joinable” project – a clear summary description, source code availability, explanation in wiki etc.
The app presents the user with a tabbed and structured user interface allowing to see the listing of latest movie releases along with the details like its cast, synopsis, reviews etc. The user also has the flexibility to search for any other movie/reviews, fetched using the Rotten Tomatoes API, the details of which are clearly explained in the Wiki section of the project.
The author also has written a article on Nokia Developer Wiki which explains the very fine details about the implementation & its use cases.
Lastly, we would like thank the project author for sharing as how simply a web app can created with an attractive & clear UI.
In this webinar Swapnil Johnson, from Nokia’s Xpress Browser product-management team, puts the spotlight on the Nokia Web Tools 2.3 update. He demonstrations the Nokia Web App Designer, which provides visual assistance, drag-and-drop UI components, and source code highlights when creating Series 40 web apps. He also shows you how to use the new content-based templates to jump-start development of popular application patterns such as shopping and video browsing.
The Digital Marketing Toolkit allows developers to easily create marketing assets to promote their own applications on various channels and media. By following the guidelines in the Nokia App Marketing Guide, this article shows how to integrate your social presence in the assets, and specifically in the website created by using the Digital Marketing Toolkit.