Back in 2012 one of the “new features” promoted as coming with Windows Phone 8 was DataSense. This set of Phone Features and services was created to assist users with managing the tricky (and often costly) usage tracking of mobile data on their plan. With most Australian Carrier plans being capped, excess data charges above the monthly limits for users can whack you with a decent sting.
So where is it? We try to unravel the strands of why the majority of Australian Windows Phone 8 device owners still don’t have it, and create a table for readers to help us update and keep tabs on this feature for Windows Phone Down Under.
New PC sales have continued their significant decline through 2013. All the growth trends highlight the shift to mobile devices, with smartphones and tablets now entrenched as the emerging holy grail for manufacturers and OS makers. Microsoft entered the modern smartphone market late compared to its two main rivals and market leaders in Apple and Google. Today, approaching three years since the launch of Windows Phone, they continue to face the challenge of major market App successes for iOS or Android being available on their devices. Cut to Windows 8, and we find a unique and (yep sorry folks) “re-imagined” OS trying to secure the desktop, laptop and tablet – and all their variations – device markets. This new OS is even later to the market, and Microsoft know that critical to the longer-term success of their gambit for a hybrid/combo OS is the strength of their App Store and Developer appeal.
This month we stumbled across an App in the Windows RT store in Australia for our Surface. In turn, this led us to the Dev behind the App. From there, this raised even more questions and caused us to dig a little deeper. In the end we have been left with plenty of questions, but very few answers…
We now have a new app submitted to the Windows Phone Market place through the Developed Down Under network. Local Perth developer @doktorgphd together with Windows Phone enthusiast @GCrane1982 have been working together over the past few weeks to bring HelpMeQuit to the market place.
HelpMeQuit is an app designed to assist you in quitting smoking and will track your progress to becoming smoke free. Simply enter the details in the app settings when you first launch the app to get started and to track your progress to becoming smoke free.
Last night we were lucky enough to see one of the most hotly anticipated special events at the first ever PAX expo in Australia; the ABC TV Good Game panel Q&A. Thankfully we had predicted the local demand for this evening session – and began queuing a little over 2 and a half hours before the scheduled start of the “sold out” event. With the 3 “WPDU spawnlings” excitedly in tow, we even managed to grab a few minutes of the event on some ‘dodgy’ video which we can share with you now.