Happy 1st Birthday WPDownUnder

Our good friends over at WPDownUnder are celebrating their 1st Birthday this week, although today is THE day, and to celebrate they have teamed up with Nokia Australia to give YOU the chance to win some prizes.

Up for grabs as part of the celebrations are a Nokia Lumia 800 (thanks to Nokia) for first place, an “I ❤ WP” t-shirt for second place and “I ❤ WP” stickers and magnets for third place. To be in the draw to win, all you have to do is head over to their Facebook page, like them, join the competition and then do a few small tasks (like tweeting about their competition).

While you are at it, don’t forget to download their official app (made by us) right here and keep an eye out for the Windows 8 version coming soon!

Developed Down Under Is Now On The Web

Developed Down Under

A few months ago Scott from WPDownUnder had an idea to help promote Aussie developers and Aussie focused apps to Aussies, he took to Twitter with the idea where the name Developed Down Under was suggested by @gh8421 (our very own Garry Holden). Fast forward to April this year and Niall from mobilewares.net decided it was time that there was an app that showcased all the Aussie apps that were out there.

Now just over a month later and Niall and Scott have now launched the Developed Down Under web site. The site has a good metro design to it and offers information about the Developed Down Under app, the mission of DDU, details about the DDU team (Niall and Scott), details on how to submit apps, media releases, DDU in the media and even an aggregate news feed from all the blogs that are shown in the app.

We are proud to participate in this initiative and that all our apps are Developed Down Under and can be found in the DDU app.

You can get the Developed Down Under app here and you can view the Developed Down Under web site here.

Windows 8 Apps Coming Soon

Windows 8

We are pleased to announce that we are currently working on our first app for Windows 8 and that we are looking at porting some of our Windows Phone apps to the new OS as well.

We recently submitted our first app to an App Excellence Lab run by Microsoft Australia thanks to Nick Hodge, see the article he wrote here, and we got a lot of feedback which we are using to improve the app before we submit it when the Windows Store opens to developers.

Want to have a say in what app we should port from our current Windows Phone catalogue to Windows 8 first? Vote in the below poll.

New App Coming Soon for Windows Phone

Yesterday we submitted our latest app, for certification and we expect it to be available by the end of the week.

Although we aren’t ready to announce what it is, we have put together a little teaser trailer to whet your appetites.

Enjoy, and keep an eye on the twitter hashstags #wp7au and #wpddu over the next few days!

Beta Program – Now Open

For all of you who like to live on the edge, we have created a page where you can sign up to be among the first to get access to new apps and updates to apps that are still in Beta.

We will be announcing a couple of new Beta apps over the next month or so, so be sure to sign up and get the news and take them for a whirl by filling out the form here.

Music Alarm: Alarm and Sleep Timer Bugs

We have found a bug in Music Alarm (Version 1.0.0) for Windows Phone that prevents the user from changing the Alarm Time and the hours/minutes for the Sleep Timer through the Alarm and Sleep Timer pages.

An update has been submitted to the Marketplace and should be available within a week.

Until the update is available, the suggested workaround is to change the default times on the settings page for Music Alarm