Let's go over the happenings in the world of Windows Phone development during the past week.
Nokia Create - Do Good Master Mission Announced
I have previously talked about the fact that Nokia is running a contest for developers, called Nokia Create. In addition to all the master and mini-missions, it was also announced that now there is a "Do Good" extra mission. The goal is to encourage developers to build applications that are ready for visually-impaired people, facilitating their use of the Windows Phone platform.
Sign up here - you have until December 15th to sign up!
Google Releases AdMob SDK for Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone developers now have another way to monetize their products by including AdMob ads in their applications. The SDK is available for free here. More than that, Google also provides sample Windows Phone 8 applications that will help you get started, that are available here.
Imagine Cup is Here!
Microsoft officially announced the Imagine Cup student competition, so if you are student that is working on an app project, make sure to also check out the official blog announcement - chances are your work will also qualify for one of the competition sections. From past experiences, this is hands-down one of the most fun events that you can participate in while a student.
Windows Phone > iPhone for Indie Developer
Launched in 2010, Windows Phone has since grown and so did the opportunities with the platform. QONQR, LLC - an independent development company tells its story of taking advantage of the given possibilities and describes how Windows Phone vastly outperformed iOS in terms of downloads and user engagement. Read the full story here.
Unity Game Starter Kit for Windows Phone
Do you want to make games for Windows Phone? Do you want to ensure that you have the maximum output for the time invested in the development process? Then you should probably take a look at Unity - starting recently it supports Windows Phone. More than that, you can also save some time by looking at the starter kit to see how to get started based on a real-world example.