Windows Phone Wednesday: Sonic booms onto WP7

Excellent Xbox LIVE games continue to roll out for Windows Phone as we look forward to Mango coming later in 2011.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer

It has been about a month since my last Windows Phone Wednesday post, but I plan to get back on my every other week routine again after spending time with Verizon Android devices and my Nokia E7 (I cannot wait to see WP7 on Nokia hardware!). We now have the HTC Trophy on Verizon so the four major carriers in the US now all have Windows Phone 7 devices. I also understand that Mango is moving right along and may be getting into developers' hands soon for application testing and development purposes. I am meeting with Microsoft on Friday to discuss Mango and will let you know if there is anything I can share after that meeting.

The big game news this week is the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I for $6.99. I downloaded the trial and if it is as good as the image show then I will likely end up buying it too. Other Xbox LIVE games released since I last wrote in this series include the following:

Remember you can download and install a trial of all of these games to see if they are worthy of your coffee cash so give them a try.

The Deal of the Week this week is an Xbox LIVE game I purchased a couple of months ago. Rise of Glory is on sale this week for $1.99, which is $1 off the normal $2.99 price. It really is a great game and for $1.99 is a no brainer to purchase.

WP7 application tracking sites have the number of apps currently just over 18,300 apps, but as you can see at one point the number was over 20,000. The Marketplace Browser site has the number over 21,000, but I understand that the WP7 App Explorer site removes apps from the count when they are taken off the Marketplace so that is likely a more accurate count.

I am back to using my Dell Venue Pro and have skipped getting the HTC Sensation 4G because I honestly REALLY like using Windows Phone 7 and wish others would give it a chance to see what it has to offer. Next week we will see Plants vs. Zombies on Windows Phone 7.

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