Contents tagged with Windows Phone

  • Creating apps with redesigned App Studio

    Recently Microsoft has updated App Studio with redesigned UI, a rebuilt emulator, image conversion and more templates. Also the site has become more touch friendly which enables you to design and create app from your touch first devices like phone, phablet, tablet etc. With this changes there are some variations made to the workflow from the earlier one and with this post I am going to help you in creating apps using the new interface.

     

    When you login to the refurbished website for the first time, all your apps will be automatically regenerated so that all the apps confronts to the changes made to the website and your new dashboard will be like the image given below.

     

     

     

    For creating a new project, click on the Create New Project link and you will be redirected to the template page, where you will have the option to select a pre-defined template or an empty template using which you can start from the scratch.

     

     

     

  • Creating WP Apps Using App Studio

    App Studio is a great offering from Microsoft which let you to create a Windows Phone app in quick time and that too without writing a single line of code. It lets you to create create apps using the available templates in the site and also enables you to download the auto generated source code, if you want to take it up further.

  • Connecting SkyDrive with your Windows Phone 8 App

    Continuing with my on going series of posts on Windows Phone app development, I will help you to integrate SkyDrive in your app with this post. I will be explaining the steps using an app of mine which I had released some time ago and now is in the process of updating it with voice commands support and cloud storage. In my earlier two posts I had explained the steps that are needed for implementing voice commands and speech-to-text input.

    To start with you need to create an app with Live Connect Developer Center for connecting SkyDrive with your apps. It acts as a one stop location forall the apps which needs to connect to SkyDrive, Outlook.com and Skype. Go to My Apps section from the dashboard and click on the Create Application link and you will be presented with a page like the one given below.

     

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  • Adding Speech Input to Your Windows Phone App

    In my earlier post I had guided you in implementing voice commands in your Windows Phone app and if you don’t have a clue about what I am talking,  go through my earlier post here.

    For those who doesn’t have time to go through the entire post, here’s a recap.

    Recap

    You can implement speech support in your own app very easily by following the steps given below.

    1. Create a VCD file(Voice Command Dictionary), which essentially is a XML file containing the commands your app supports

    2. Load created command file at the start up.

    3  Deploy the app to the inbuilt emulator or to your device, hold the windows button until Speech dialog is displayed and speak the command you specified in your VCD file and Windows Phone will open the app for you.

     

    As I mentioned earlier I had deployed a simple note taking application in the marketplace and along with this series of posts I am implementing speech recognition support in it.

    In the last post I had already shown you to implement voice commands and now let’s get started with the coding for in-app speech to text integration.

     


  • How to enable voice commands in your Windows Phone 8 App

    Microsoft has enhanced the speech capabilities in Windows Phone in the Windows Phone 8 SDK and with the Bing team releasing their API for developers I decided to upgrade my first ever app developed for Windows Phone 7. Also I was getting feedback from the users to update as well as add new features in it. So to start with it I am incorporating voice commands to the app and will explain the steps needed for the same for including in your app too.

    Windows phone 8 supports both speech recognition and text-to-speech functionalities for interaction with the users. With the Voice Commands feature, users will be able to instruct the phone to initiate operations that you normally do by touch.

    First you need to make sure that you had added the capabilities for speech recognition and microphone in the WpAppManifest.xml either by checking the boxes in the property editor or by manually adding the following lines in the XML file

    <Capability Name="ID_CAP_SPEECH_RECOGNITION"/>
    <Capability Name="ID_CAP_MICROPHONE"/>

    Microsoft has enhanced the speech capabilities in Windows Phone in the Windows Phone 8 SDK and with the Bing team releasing their API for developers I decided to upgrade my first ever app developed for Windows Phone 7. Also I was getting feedback from the users to update as well as add new features in it. So to start with it I am incorporating voice commands to the app and will explain the steps needed for the same for including in your app too.