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It’s been a busy few months for the RedBit team but today we get to announce the work we have been doing.  In addition to MTV News another project we have been working in is The Globe and Mail for Windows Phone 7.   The Globe and Mail is Canada’s largest national newspaper and have a keen interest in delivering their award winning articles digitally. 

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When we first bid on the project, we came up with the following mock-up to give project sponsors and idea of what exactly is Windows Phone 7.  At the time there where no devices and no way for customers to really get an idea of what is possible.  Mock-ups truly did help the customer visualize what was possible.

 

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As we went through design iterations, we decided to use the pivot experience as this provided a cleaner and simpler user experience when using the actual hardware device.  We also found it allowed users to get to their ‘destination’ within the app faster.  Here is the final screen layout for the app.

 

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Working on both The Globe and Mail project and the MTV News project was a great experience and being one of the first companies in Canada to help large Canadian brands get onto the phone is an even better feeling.   The app is now available in marketplace and is free! 

This article was originally posted on RedBit

Today I’m happy to announce that over the past few months RedBit has been hard at work with MTV and getting MTV News ready for Windows Phone 7 North American launch.  RedBit is one of the few partners able to successfully deliver for their customers on this new and exciting platforms that is sure to gain the acceptance of the consumer smartphone market.

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So what did we deliver?  We delivered an MTV News Hub which took data from all different places and put it into one hub.  Similar to the people hub or the picture hub.  MTV News audience now have the ability to connect with news hosts via twitter, get up to date news stories and even get video streamed straight to their device.

Here is a mockup of what the app would look like on Windows Phone 7 and we got almost exactly the same out put on the device.

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And here is an animated GIF of the actual screen shots on the device.

 

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As you can see, it’s almost exactly the same!  That’s the power that this phone gives you, it allows you to help customers properly represent their brands on the phone and create a fantastic experience on the phone for their users.  If you have a Windows Phone 7 device be sure to download the app, it’s free!  Soon we will have some videos showing the experience of the app on the phone, seeing pictures don’t see the entire experience of the app.

 

This article also appears on the RedBit Blog

I recently wrote about the Much On Demand (or MOD for short) application for Windows phone

If you are a resident of Canada, you have a chance to win some great prizes from a 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer to  Samsung Omnia II Windows Phones, Samsung Cameras, camcorders and netbooks!! 

How do you win?  Watch Holiday Wraps programs on MuchMusic on the local cable or satellite channel in your area from Sunday, December 13, 2009 to Sunday, January 03, 2010 and lock for this contest clue.

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Enter your clues and you could win!  While your at it, don’t forget to download  MOD for Windows Phone!

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RedBit just completed a project with MuchMTV Networks to bring their Much On Demand brand for MuchMusic to Windows Phone

What does the MOD for Windows Phone app do?  Allows you to see what’s coming up for the week, upcoming guests, request tickets for the live MOD show, view pictures of past guests and vote for the Top Daily 5.  There is even integration with Twitter and Facebook.

Download now MuchOnDemand for your Windows Phone from Windows Marketplace for Mobile directly from your Windows Phone.  If you don’t have Windows Marketplace for Mobile browse to mp.marketplace.com from your phone to get it and get MuchOnDemand for your Windows Phone.

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I recently completed a project with Art Gallery of Ontario were we used a Windows Mobile device to play media related to a work of art.  The Windows Mobile device was encased in a plastic enclosure and mounted on the wall so the users would only have access to the touch screen and the application was set to run in ‘Kiosk mode’.  We are putting together a case study on the solution delivered and will post the link on my blog once it’s up if you are interested in more details.

Reason for this post?  Well, I submitted the solution to the Ignite IT Canada awards being held by Microsoft Canada.  You can see a description of the solution and if you like it vote for me!

Here is an image of the software in action.

 

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Pretty cool to see people of all ages use software you have built to learn more about the artwork in the gallery!  Remember, don’t forget to vote!