Windows Phone 8 Update!
This is a big one, so strap in.
We at 2.0 Studios got our greasy paws on a Nokia Lumia 920 today. These amazing handsets have been selling out constantly, with us missing out on ordering more from three additional shipments by only a few hours every few days! This means that we shall be branching CraftWorld out into the untamed wilds of the Windows Phone 8 platform.
What does this mean for current users?
If you are considering upgrading to a slick new Lumia, or any other 8 series handset for that matter, then CraftWorld will have some new tricks for your soon. If you recently moved to the Windows Phone platform, and are cool with your HTC Titan or Lumia 800, then relax. We will be supporting that platform as well.
What’s the difference between WP7 and WP8?
The two generations of OS will be virtually identical when the 7.8 update reaches the 7 series of handsets. This should be a clear indicator above all, that both systems are current and fantastic. However the WP8 devices have increased standards including increased memory, NFC and greater developer access to universal hardware features such as Bluetooth.
What makes 2.0 so sure WP8 is fantastic?
Two weeks ago, we attended a Melbourne Educational event run by Nokia, and organized by David Glover, a top bloke whom organizes educational events such as these, and wrangles up Aussie devs to make awesome stuff. We got to hear from some professional designers, developers, official Nokia Staff and other developers.
This was a two day event, where we learnt about what we could build, what the new technology means for CraftWorld, and where Microsoft is going in the mobile space. One of the most exciting features, will be for us to use NFC to initiate a Bluetooth networked local multiplayer match by simply tapping the host’s handset with each of the clients.
We asked loads of questions, and even scored a prize! Dan was handed a Nokia emergency charger, a rechargeable stick, that can power up a phone twice. For something so simple, it is crafted so well, and feels so nice just to have. Go Nokia!
The short of the matter is that the future of CraftWorld has in-app purchases, NFC, Bluetooth, HD 720p graphics and a load more in its future. The Windows Phone 7 area has the Nokia 510 and emerging markets at the opposite end of the scale. I guess that would include well behaved kids with affordable handsets also?
What is best about the WP8 series?
Bluetooth and NFC support for multiplayer games, and the native shader support for rich PC quality graphics.
What is best about the WP7 series?
Our Big-ass user base, inexpensive handsets and the increasing Mobile market share of WP7.
When did you guys get a Lumia 800?
When the BETA version of CraftWorld was first released, there was a competition being run by non-other than David Glover. So Dan entered into that competition with CraftWorld v2.6, and received a Lumia 800 for the high Australian downloads it received!
It has been serving us faithfully for many months now. We’re crazy about Nokia devices.
I have more questions!
And I love answering them! Just comment below, or make a post over at the forums. It’s early days for the WP8 platform, but we are excited about this wonderful new technology and how the ever growing and improving CraftWorld can take advantage of it!
Is this the big announcement?
Hehe, keeping track of that are we? Naw, this aint it. Stay tuned, it’s gonna be huge!