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  1. API to directly modify system properties (wifi, mobile data, bluetooth, volume, airplane mode, etc.) instead of using launchers

    This can be made safe for users by making the certification requirements very strict when utlizing those APIs with requirements for very clear, concise notice to the users.

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      13 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • API for WiFi Connectivity

      Wifi Connectivity API Handel's:
      1. Getting List of Available WiFi Connections and Details.
      2. Search for new WiFi Device.
      3. Sending A File to Selected WiFi Device.
      4. Sending A File through application to Application using WiFi connection.

      206 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Fix Altitude Bug in GeoCoordinateWatcher and Geolocator when using in WP8

        Fix Altitude Bug in GeoCoordinateWatcher and Geolocator when using in WP8. On my lumia 520 (WP8) i get jumping values of altitude, even outdor with a strong and good GPS-signal. The altitude jumps from 27m to 200m up and down, 200m is the right value. The values from GPS-accuracy are top. This occurs In both classes on WP8. I always use the DisiredAccuray = high! I have read, that another user have the same problem with WP8-Phone, like HTC. All GPS-App in the store have the same problem with the jumping altitude.
        But i found a solution. If you take…

        116 votes
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          3 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Bluetooth find devices in range

          It would be really a good idea if we could use the FindAllPeersAsync method( or something similar) to get a list of all discoverable devices within wireless range.

          111 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow access to Accelerometer / G-Sensor in Lock Screen or Low Power (Display off)

            Many applications like need the Accelerometer or G-Sensor for working correctly like alarm clocks that wakes when the best sleep phase has been reached or Pedometers. But it currently only works if the Display is turned on and Lockscreen is deactivated. It would be more useful to activate this feature in Lockscreen or Low Power Mode

            60 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Provide access to Mango scan text API

              Mango provides a good feature to scan an image for a text. It would be great to provide a new launcher/task which uses this new existing funtionality to get a string from an image.
              Otherwise we need to create our own control to scan an image and extract strings with an ocr library. I'm not happy to implement something which is already there.

              Even if this API would use a webservice and needs network access, I would be fine with that.

              51 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Please Open Alarm class Sound Property can acess IsolatedStorage file

                In Microsoft.Phone.Scheduler.Alarm Class,sound property can acess "content " file ,why can not acess isolatedStorage wave file?please open api.

                32 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Provide a low-level API for Bluetooth LE (useful for beacons and RSSI)

                  It would be very useful to have a low-level API for Bluetooth LE, because it would allow us to design applications that make use of some very interesting features of Bluetooth LE, like Observer and Broadcaster roles. With such an API it would be possible for example to scan for beacons.

                  Windows CE had such a low-level API, built on top of HCI (Host Controller Interface).

                  23 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Improve handling of NFC tags with multiple NFC records

                    When Windows Phone 8 discovers an NFC tag, it only tries to act upon the first record. If it does not recognize the record, or has no application to deal with it, it stops. There is no message to the user indicating what is going on even. The phone shakes and does its NFC tone, but then stops.

                    It would be great if the OS moved on to the second, third, etc, NFC record and tried to trigger off of them until there was a success. This is limiting the potential uses of NFC tags on Windows Phone 8 and…

                    16 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Allow user selected app to change phone settings.

                      Just like the user can select apps that are allowed to run in the background, it would be great if they could select apps that are allowed to change phone settings. For example I would love it if my GPS app could turn location on when the app starts and turn it back off when the app exits.

                      14 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • IsolatedStorage Record Wave file can save to MediaLibrary

                        In IsolatedStorage ,image file can save to local MediaLibrary,why not record wave file can not?

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                        • Allow PeerFinder/Proximity tracking in the background

                          I'd like to be able to ping for nearby devices running an app using PeerfFinder, but while the app is not in the foreground. If I understand correctly, this is not currently possible. Would it be practical to make it so that a user could authorize proximity tracking in the background so that an app could utilize it?

                          12 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Bing music API

                            Easy access to the Bing Music API would be really useful, especially for apps with artist/song recognition. Microsoft already allow developers to use the Bing Maps API in their API, so i realy hope they consider opening up the Bing APIs for the coming Tango/Apollo dev toolsets.

                            12 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 9 votes
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                              • Fix unreliable Geolocator implementation

                                The new Geolocator API and implementation is so unreliable, that it can't be used with any confidence in a product. Problems I have encountered:

                                1) While using PositionChanged event Geolocator.ReportInterval seems to be ignored. The simulator does a reasonable job of honouring the reporting interval, phones seem to ignore it completely e.g. ReportInterval set to 1 second, the phone would regularly take 30 - 45 seconds and sometimes minutes to report.
                                As a developer I expect the ReportInterval to be honoured with a high degree of accuracy. If the Phone doesn't have an accurate location, simply return what it does…

                                9 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 8 votes
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                                  • 8 votes
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                                    • semi automatic brightness control

                                      lets keep the automatic adjustment of screen brightness with manual compensation that increases or decreases the value automatically set

                                      7 votes
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                                      • Hardware Keys/Buttons API

                                        Hi.

                                        Give us API to work with hardware/sensor buttons API for Volume, Back, Home, Search and Camera.

                                        Currently i develop a game and i very dissapointed that i cant handle event from Back button (it is part of Interop), because Frame very stupid idea for game, where i cant clear history of steps that happens before.

                                        And one more thing, give us chance to Close/Exit standart "silverlight application for wp".

                                        7 votes
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                                        • Proximity and Light sensor API

                                          HI, it would be great if you could include APIs for accessing the Proximity Sensor (eg: to get the exact distance from objects) and the Light Sensor as this would be really useful for me and the fellow developers. Thank you (y)

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