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Welcome to the Windows Platform Developer (WPDev) Feedback site. This feedback forum provides the WPDev community with a channel for feedback on the following topics:

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  1. Please distribute the development device for developers of Japan

    At the moment, Windows Phone 8 device does not sell in Japan. On the contrary, in the plight to be distributed (which do not apply the technical regulations conformity certification) devices that do not sell in Japan that do not emit radio waves in Japan to developers, Microsoft Japan will use a device satisfactorily I can not. If there is no plan to sell to the general user in Japan for some time to come, I would like to be governed by the laws of Japan, the sale of development for the device. And if not, you should consider as…

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      0 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Provide an API that can change the Start Background from code.

      Currently apps generate the picture, saves it to local storage, then users need to set the picture as the Start Background manually. An API that does this might be beneficial for both users and custom photo developers.

      What do you guys think?

      95 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • XNA 5

        Please continue to work on XNA. It's a great way for indie game developers like myself to make games and give them to the world. XNA gave us the ability to put our games, easily, on the most popular platforms, and to just dump XNA would be therefor heartbreaking... I implore you to keep working on XNA so we C# developers can still make amazing games!

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          16 comments  ·  XNA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Pebble Watch Support

          Please add or allow support for the Pebble watch, will be the first smartwatch compatible with Windows Phone and a good companion for Windows Phone Devices.

          99 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Communication APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Transfer contacts to SIM CARD

            We want backup our contacts to sim card

            80 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Replace default camera application

              As things stand today, Settings >> photos+camera only allows Microsoft + Nokia camera apps to become the default app.

              I presume that other OEM camera apps would have similar privileges.

              Please allow 3rd party camera apps e.g. my own 1shot camera app to be allowed to become default camera.

              As these at present cannot be launched by camera button, their usability is affected.

              59 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Camera + Video APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Using SmartPhone Screen as mousepad & virtual Controller for XBOX/PS

                From past few day I am working on an innovative idea.
                The idea is:-
                Why not use your smartphone as a xbox, ps controller. Why not use it as a mouse.

                controller:
                If you donot have joystick to play your xbox/ps games just connect your phone to xbox/ps via data cable and use the virtual controller on your smartphone screen as a real gaming controller.

                Mousepad/touchpad:
                Just connect your smartphone to computer and use it surface as mouse

                The problem I am facing:-
                1. In can make the Gui but how the will the xbox/ps recognize that this is a…

                90 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • provide an api for 3rd party apps to control podcasts now that they have a separate app

                  I love to run to podcasts. A lot of apps let you control music, but nonelist podcasts. I reached out to caledos runner developers and they mentioned no API exists for this.

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                    1 comment  ·  Controls  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Cortana API

                    It will be great to provide an API allowing developers to interact with Cortana following this workflow:
                    1- Get command from Cortana.
                    2- Do some processes.
                    3- Get back to Cortana with response data (do not exit from Cortana UI).
                    4- Cortana responds the user.
                    Please vote if you're interested by this feature request.

                    116 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Framework  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Notification Center Windows Phone 8.1

                      Only the Wifi connection, airplane mode, the location can be activated, but why you cannot turn the data connection.

                      104 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Bugs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Sms lock ability

                        I hope developers can create application locker. Example : Ability to lock video, sms, gallery, etc

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                          11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Improve Alarm and Reminder APIs

                          First, Alarm and Reminder classes are not even included in the Windows Phone RunTime.

                          So, please, include them in the next sdk.

                          Second, those two classes are very very limited. There's no way to change the snooze duration, no way to use music from Music Library for the tones and you cannot customize the 'dismiss' popup window too.

                          I raised a request on the uservoice site over a year and a half ago, it's got 15k user votes but was rejected recently, because the admin thought it's a dev question (Well, there are 1000 USERS complaining about these missing features)...

                          26 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  XAML APIs (WinRT)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Continuous Integration - Dev Center API for updating (beta/normal) app xap files.

                            It would be great to have opportunity to automate app distribution for beta and even normal apps that will be update by CI server. It could be just the REST API that will need some basic parameters and new xap file.

                            30 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Dev Center + Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Documentation for App URI Schemes

                              The windows phone developer site should have a place where app developers can search for URI schemes used in other windows phone apps, and get relevant documentation for them.

                              When submitting an app the store submission process should prompt you to link to documentation for any URI schemes your app includes in the manifest file, or mark them as private URIs if you don't want to document them.

                              This idea came from a conversation around Matt Lacey's blog post: http://mrlac.eu/1lxwDi4 where he found over 300 URI schemes from some of the top apps in the store, many of which do…

                              137 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Dev Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Detect VPN status

                                When a VPN is configured on a Windows Phone 8.1 device, non obvious badness will occur.

                                Even if it is not currently active it will intercept local network traffic and prevent some apps which are supposed to operate against a home network from working (UPnP, network shares, home media sharing, etc).

                                There is no way with the current SDK for a developer to detect this.

                                This leaves developers with only unappealing options:

                                1. Suffer with negative ratings because of broken functionality with apps that worked under 8.0 or without a VPN.
                                2. Prompt all users with a warning that they…

                                36 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Network APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Search Relevance in the Windows Store

                                  My app "Hyper for YouTube" is among the highest rated apps in the store and definitely in the "Music & Video" category. It does not show up in "Top Free" (any-more) though.
                                  I have contacted support and the response I got was:
                                  "[...] there are a limited number of apps that can be displayed in the Top Free or Top Grossing categories so due to the number of new apps that are submitted. As a result it is not guaranteed that every new app will appear in these sections.

                                  The Store uses a variety of factors such as app ratings,…

                                  21 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Windows Store  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add support for passive BT LE iBeacon devices

                                    Extend the DeviceInformation class to support or provide an API to get access to the beacon advertisement packets. Currently, we cannot discover passive Bluetooth devices which cannot be paired.

                                    23 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • intelllitrace

                                      It would be really neat to be able to use Intellitrace when developing WP8 or WP8.1 apps.
                                      Intellitrace is a cool new way to debug complex apps without having tons of logging code and numerous breakpoints
                                      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee336126.aspx

                                      29 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  SDK - Tools + Templates  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow Developers to 'roll back' to a previous update without re-certification

                                        Occasionally an update to an app gets past developer & certification testing and is released into the wild. Even if the bug is an easy fix for the developer it will take the certification team the standard 4+ days to certify the new build and publish it.

                                        Instead of this we should be allowed to roll back to a previously published version without going through certification. That way the users will be back on a stable release (or will not be prompted for an update if they were still on the previous release) and the developer will not feel rushed…

                                        396 votes
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                                          8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                          Thanks folks for the suggestion and the on-going commentary. We’re marking this as ‘under review’ to acknowledge that the team is aware of this request. This is a very complicated/hard item for implementation, and there is a general feel that the new accelerated certification process alleviates much of the need (as an update can be published, for most folks, in less than an hour – rather than in 4 days).

                                          That being said, continue to weigh in on the comments section.

                                        • USB On-the-Go (OTG) support

                                          Support for full USB OTG functionality, allowing powered hard drives, flash drives, USB hubs and camera memory cards (with a USB interface card reader), just to name a few, to be mounted, modified, filled and emptied by my Nokia device. This feature would also require a decent file manager but even android doesn't usually include one of those you just download whichever one you want. True USB OTG allows for full access to USB bus as the host of that bus, so you could even connect a mouse or keyboard, or a USB gaming controller or a desktop microphone for…

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