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By Robin.B, Member on 24th May 2011, 10:05 PM
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A short delve into the emulator in the developer tools reveals things like navigation that still hasn't officially been confirmed!

Here's what I've found so far:

Zune:
-There's a smart-dj feature

-You can create and save playlists

-There's a "related artists" and bio under the artist tab, great for discovering music

-Podcasts work well

-You can't "heart" songs (at least in the emulator)

-There's still no scrub controls

Bing & Maps
-Bing maps has voice-guided directions as expected

-You can show traffic on maps

-Still no landscape maps

-It's now possible to scroll the mini-map while the text directions are on-screen

-Bing music recognizes music like Shazam and clicking on the result will take you to zune marketplace

-You can now unlock the phone using the search button, apparently

-If you search for something on Bing that has an application equivalent; it will show you a link to the application within Bing.

Keyboard

-Keyboard prediction has been improved a lot:

It previously didn't correct misspellings of many short words like ar -> at, fir-> for and br-> be), now it does

It also now corrects it if you press a letter instead of space between two words e.g. it will suggest "I'm about" if you type imnabout or imnaboit, and will suggest "How are you" if you type "hownarebyou"

The keyboard also corrects common misspellings like Profesional -> Professional

-Keyboard tries to predict next word (as shown at 24th May event), e.g. If you type I, then "tr", it will suggest "tried", whereas in WP7 it will suggest nothing. This seems to work pretty well

IE

- Websites seem to render more accurately

- Websites can use GPS data for location

- Bing suggestions now appear when typing a search in IE as well

- Text still looks garbled when really zoomed out

- Tab animation has changed very subtly

General OS:

- Same colour themes as last time

- It appears you can't "press and hold" the back button in the emulator, meaning possibly we can't do multitasking, even in an unlocked emulator.

Camera

- No changes in general layout. There seems to be a software camera button in the camera app


Can't wait for an unlocked emulator!

Update: If you search for something on Bing that has an application equivalent; it will show you a link to the application within Bing. Picture at the end.

Update 2: Additions to the keyboard section about prediction

Update 3: There seems to be a software camera button in the camera app

Update 4: It appears you can't "press and hold" the back button in the emulator, meaning possibly we can't do multitasking, even in an unlocked emulator.

Update 5: The "my location" icon now has the same colour as the OS theme

Here are some images;











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24th May 2011, 10:16 PM |#2  
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fantastic write up
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24th May 2011, 10:32 PM |#3  
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Thanks. Updated with one more thing If anyone else has things to add, I will update the list
24th May 2011, 10:43 PM |#4  
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Thank you for the infos you provided! I was wondering if there's any chance to explain a bit how does the "smart DJ" option in Zune, work?

Can you move songs around freely and then create the playlist or not? How does it work?

Thank you for your time!
24th May 2011, 10:58 PM |#5  
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Unfortunately it doesn't seem to work on the emulator. I'll let you know if I can get it working.

EDIT: To expand on that, it says "WE don't have enough info about this artist to generate a Smart DJ playlist"
24th May 2011, 10:59 PM |#6  
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"Bing music recognizes music like Shazam"
> Shazam inb4 out of business in wp7 lol.
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Quote:
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"Bing music recognizes music like Shazam"
> Shazam inb4 out of business in wp7 lol.

Yeah especially as Shazam now costs money for unlimited tagging!
25th May 2011, 12:13 AM |#8  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Robin.B

Unfortunately it doesn't seem to work on the emulator. I'll let you know if I can get it working.

EDIT: To expand on that, it says "WE don't have enough info about this artist to generate a Smart DJ playlist"


Who knows what "smart dj" option really is...
Anyway, thanks for your time and efforts!
25th May 2011, 01:31 AM |#9  
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On the zune player, the smart dj takes the song you are listening to, and creates a playlist of 25 or so songs that are similar to that song.
25th May 2011, 01:36 AM |#10  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by toza

Who knows what "smart dj" option really is...
Anyway, thanks for your time and efforts!

its kinda like Pandora, auto creates a playlist based on your taste with songs from your library and also marketplace if u have a Zune pass. The Zune desktop software has it and so did the Zune HD I m guessing.

And yeah Bing music looks awesome, maybe thats why Shazam decided to remove their app from the marketplace
25th May 2011, 05:08 AM |#11  
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Awesome work so far Robin.B! We're writing an article about this post right now.
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