Suggestions for the API Mapping from iPhone to Windows Phone 7

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  1. Flash should run in the browser

    It would be nice if Flash content can be viewed within Windows Phone's Browser.

    116 votes
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    • things to implement in new WP os

      to employ fully supported flash player, PDF Reader, JRE, flash player embedded in browser (working fine with online flash games like FARMVILLE), Multimedia player with playlist editor, lyric viewer, and online radio facility.

      6 votes
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      • Add missing Bluetooth APIs

        The Mango release does not support Bluetooth's SPP profile, like the iPhone and Android devices do. Looking at the correct API mapping, the namespaces are completely missing.

        The Bluetooth SPP (Serial Port Profile) is how we use external devices to communicate with the phone. Some examples:

        * High resolution GPS receivers
        * Remote controls, such as robotics and servos
        * Heartrate monitors and other measurements such as VO2 Max

        26 votes
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        • Estimation Tool

          Develop an estimation Tool that can take the iPhone App code as input and provide the estimate for WP7. This can include items like source code size, effort for developing this app if a beginner/expert works on converting the App, etc. This need not be accurate but that would serve as a guideline for developers/companies that would work on App porting.

          6 votes
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          • Allow creating WP7 apps using alternative frameworks like CoronaSDK

            CoronaSDK is now a leading standard for Mobile Development and it works with one codebase providing multi-platform builds, currently only iOS and Android, if Microsoft were to partner/work with Ansca Mobile, they could help a lot of developers to create apps for iOS, Android and WP7 devices, that way not only will there be an increased number of apps, but a huge uptake of the WP7 device by developers and users alike.

            38 votes
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            • More APN support

              It would be great if WP can support more APNs. It is interesting for many users, because mobile providers give an unique APN for emails.

              3 votes
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              • Ability to subscripe the PhoneCallIncome Event

                Ability to subscripe the PhoneCallIncome Event from a background-service. As EventArgs it would be nice if we can access the Number from the caller.

                12 votes
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                  Thanks for the suggestion.
                  We’re looking at the equivalent to PhoneCallIncome even on WP7.
                  The immediate answer is to use the PhoneApplicationFrame.Obscured event (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.phone.controls.phoneapplicationframe.obscured(v=VS.92).aspx).

                  However, this may happen when anything obscures the app (call, message, calender reminder, etc) and will only happen if your app is the foreground app at that time.

                  We’ll look into this for a more complete answer and update the mapping. Thanks.

                • Talk to Unity (www.unity3d.com)

                  A lot of successful game developers are using unity, a cross-platform game development environment that allows simultaneous targeting of iOS, Android, Web browsers, PC executables and Mac executables. I have used it for my game, and porting was a breeze. The irony is that they use C# as their scripting language, but they do not support WP7. Given the current size of the WP7 market, unless it is targeted by Unity, it really isn't worth the effort at this time.

                  12 votes
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                  • Enhance the ability to map Windows 7 -> Android/iOS

                    If this is to promote interoperability, why not make it work both ways? At the moment it looks like a cynical attempt to ride on Android's/iOS's coattails...

                    I understand that not many people use or develop apps for windows phones. You want more people to treat your platform seriously. But after visiting the site, it really looks like a sad attempt to beg for table scraps as opposed to a strong drive to establish WP7 as a contender for the no.1 market position. Build a genuine comparison site. Point out the gotchas. Keep it updated and honest. Then we'll talk.

                    10 votes
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                    • 4 votes
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                      • Add a native C++/OpenGL SDK to Window Phone7

                        C++/OpenGL is the defacto standard to build mobile games today.

                        It can be used on iOS, Android, Bada, webOS, and will sooner or later be available on new RIM devices.

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                          Please check this similar Suggestion:
                          http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-app-platform/suggestions/1755203-native-sdk

                          This idea is related to a phone/dev feature and should be submitted on the #WPDev Feedback site:
                          http://wpdev.uservoice.com/

                          [This forum focuses on suggestion for the API Mapping tool and Porting guidance to Windows Phone, http://windowsphone.interoperabilitybridges.com/.]

                          Thanks for your feedback

                        • In-App Purchases

                          iphone users can purchase subscriptions/extra content/Digital books/poker chips/Additional game level from within an application. With WP7 and marketplace there is no such opportunity.

                          36 votes
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                            We are exploring options.

                            Please check this similar Suggestion:
                            http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-app-platform/suggestions/1719069-provide-ability-to-collect-in-app-payments-for-dev

                            This idea is related to a phone/dev feature and should be submitted on the #WPDev Feedback site:
                            http://wpdev.uservoice.com/

                            [This forum focuses on suggestion for the API Mapping tool and Porting guidance to Windows Phone, http://windowsphone.interoperabilitybridges.com/.]

                            Thanks for your feedback

                          • Do the other way too

                            Create converters to convert WP7 apps into iOS and droid.

                            So you code in C# and VS will give binaries for all 3 platforms. (MS will get revenue for the dev tools which are already better than any other IDE)

                            This way, developers don't have to go through the mess of iOS cocaine (Cocoa ? or what ever) or Eclipe's brain dead tool set.

                            51 votes
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                              Converting automatically code from one platform to another is a very tricky task, with often a result that’s for being great. This is not a priority for us now. Our current approach it to provide tools and guidance in order to learn faster WP7 for those who know already iPhone (Android soon). However, it could be possible to offer a reverse search for the mapping. We will look into that.

                            • 9 votes
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                              • Rather allow the Windows Phone 7 Simulator running in a VM

                                I hope I'm not wrong asserting most iOS devs are fairly apt to read documentation.
                                I would not want code running on my device from an developer who fails to realize CoreFoundation IO is the same concept as System.io and for that reason has problems finding the API in TFM.

                                However, just for the sake of an Phone simulator requiring a complete reboot because the Sim can not be virtualized is disruptive,
                                Requiring re-partitioning the HDD of an existing development machine with a fixed size partition Windows Partition (and potentially loosing lots of tight SSD space for unused) or even…

                                6 votes
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                                • Allow users to contribute translations

                                  Either allow users to edit a mapping entry (like a wiki), or create placeholder pages for every class and method and allow people to comment on how something should be mapped, or point out issues with what is already posted.

                                  12 votes
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                                  • Inconsistent inclusion of classes

                                    NSString (such an obvious thing) is missing. And the other things are not consistent, e.g. it includes both NSArray and NSMutableArray, but only NSDictionary and not NSMutableDictionary, and NSSet and not NSMutableSet, etc.

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                                    • 3 votes
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                                      • Should be sorted

                                        The items in the menu should be sorted according to some reasonable order, like alphabetically, so it is possible to find something. Right now it seems to be random.

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