Beta: Flickr Explorer for Windows Phone

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Flickr explorer is a simple app that search pictures around you. The idea is that you define your own kewords. For my example I chose “architecture” and “streetart”.

I started working on this app last week and making progress fast. It’s fun to play with the Flickr API and trying to get the best results. But this is only the first step. What I really want to create a is a meaningful travel app. I had this idea for a while, because I always get so frustrated when travelling. I don’t want to buy a paper guide book. But there is hardly any good companions for my mobile devices either. Also services like Yelp don’t work outside the US.

So Flickr photos nearby is almost done, and for the next version I want to experiment with adding geo located Wikipedia articles and matching them with Flickr photos. Also I would like to do some trend analyses on the Flickr content to see what is popular in the area to give the user some search suggestions. I have some more ideas… lets see ;)

 

Update July 21:

Flickr Explorer is now open for private beta!

If you’d like to test it, please send me your Windows Live ID and I’ll add you to the beta programme.

Img news reader for Windows Phone


I’ve been with Microsoft for over a year now. After my graduation in June 2009 I started to work for the Kin team and when Kin was discontinued I transfered to the Windows Phone 7 team. The Mobile Studio design team is amazing and I really think we are doing something new and exciting here. I was also really impressed with the developer tools and how easy it is to write apps for Windows Phone. So I started to create my own app – img news reader. It’s more an exploration of the tools and also the very first time I actually build software that is not only a prototype. its a visual news reader, for your blogs or other rss feeds.

click button to download this app for your Windows Phone:


Img is a visual news reader. Add your blogs or any other news source, and it will extract all images. Img is great for browsing design, architecture, art and photography blogs.

 

It’s all about the content, fullscreen pictures, no compromise, no chrome.