Microsoft today updated their Windows Phone App Studio Beta with many new features. App Studio has now got over 160,000 users who have created more than 150,000 projects and built 65,000 apps since its launch. Based on the feedback from the community, they have added few improvements and new features in the App Studio. Few notable improvements includes the support for data caching, NFC, Fast Resume, FlipView, Ad SDK support and more.
- First, we’ve improved app development workflow by enhancing the code and projects that you create in Windows Phone App Studio Beta. For external data sources, with our new cache implementation, you can access dynamic data or RSS feeds even if the user’s phone is not connected. We’ve optimized Visual Studio projects to remove external references when they are not being used–this significantly reduces project size and complexity.
- With “Fast Resume” you can set a default language for easy publication in the Windows Phone Store.
- We’ve added “FlipView” which makes navigating between items in your data source easier.
- And you can integrate Near Field Communication (NFC) to share your app with other App Studio Beta users.
- We’ve also made it easier for you to integrate native phone functions into your app using “actions.” Simply create a menu and your users can choose to open Nokia Maps, play music, make phone calls, and use other native apps – all without leaving your app. You can also define these actions in your collection schemas as either dynamic or static, and choose in the bindings whether to display a button on the details page to execute that action.
- Finally, as we work toward integrating third-party SDKs, we have included calls to the Windows Phone Ad SDK. If you have a pubCenter account and want to add an ad control to your app, all you have to do is open the Visual Studio project, add your pubCenter ID, and then publish your app to the Windows Phone Store to start earning.
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