Over the past few months I’ve been working on two applications for the soon to be released Windows Phone 7 platform. I’ve been lucky enough to have gotten a real device and that has proved invaluable for both of the Apps, in both performance and visuals (the physical device only supports 16bpp – translation don’t do gradients!). The first of my Apps ezyTip has been approved for early ingestion so it will be ready for launch (when ever that is). I’ve posted a short preview video of the new App (though I’ve made some cosmetic changes already) if anyone is interested in having a look.
The reason I originally chose to write ezyTip for the 6.x device was to try something that would be simple at first. Well on the 6.x device that proved to be quite hard, however doing the same version on WP7 has proved to be much easier (though not without its challenges!), and has allowed the introduction of more animations. The App has been a complete rewrite so I could make use of better development patterns, though much of the artwork is identical.
I’m excited to see the launch of Windows Phone 7 and already I can see a number of Apps starting to fill up the App Store (already see a few tip calculators!), so I think you can expect to see a fair number when you pickup your device in a month. I continue to work on the next app which is not an easy one and is one which I hope will be a real asset to the platform. I’ll be blogging about that one as it starts to take shape.