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  1. 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.

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      1 comment  ·  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 →
      • 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.

        48 votes
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          1 comment  ·  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.

          23 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Provide a way to disable roaming on a specific PasswordCredential

            There are situations in which it's necessary to securely store sensitive credentials but having them roam across devices is undesirable. On iOS, this can be done by creating a keychain item with the attribute kSecAttrAccessibleWhenPasscodeSetThisDeviceOnly. On Windows, there does not appear to be a way to add a PasswordCredential object to the PasswordVault with roaming disabled.

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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 →
              • BTE api

                Bluetooth must return all devices in the range and not only those before paired. Otherwise the benefit of bte 4 in a scenario with beacons is impossible!

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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?

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

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                        0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • 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…

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                          2 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 8 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 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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                              1 comment  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow setting and getting the senisibility of the proximity sensor

                              As my and many other lumia devices stay dark during phone calls or notifications it would be nice to calibrate the proximity sensor (and i do not mean any nf-stuff, i mean the sensor that detects wheather the phone is close to your head or not) to a lower sensibility.

                              7 votes
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                                1 comment  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Improve MIME type support for NFC tags

                                Windows Phone 8 already handles some media type (MIME) NFC tags, but it could be improved upon substantially. We have developed a dynamic NFC tag that can broadcast NDEF Message up to 4 GB in size, and change the contents on demand. With this amount of space, we can share MP3 files, photographs, and other data that is typically too large to fit on an NFC tag. The problem is that Windows Phone 8 seems to have an artificial limit of 4 KB for how large of an NFC tag it can read. We would like to see this limit…

                                7 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Sensor + Settings APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow 3rd party apps to set ringer volume and mute/vibrate settings

                                  Please allow API access for 3rd party developers to set ringer volume/mute/vibrate.

                                  Business case: Home and enterprise users would most likely pay for an application that will control behavior of ringer volume and notifications based on geographic location.
                                  There is a market for this type of application, allowing a 3rd party to develop it would:
                                  1. Generate revenue for Microsoft through selling the application in the app store
                                  2. Allow Windows Phones to compete for end users and enterprise clients on par with Apple/Android (Currently these phones have applications that include location based ringer volume)
                                  3. Allowing a trusted 3rd…

                                  6 votes
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                                  • Enable Low-Level NFC support on existing devices

                                    I've seen some suggestions that are close to what we need, but not quite, and are marked as completed.

                                    I don't know why there is no support for current devices to read NFC cards/tags in full at a low level. Seems deceptive to say that the device has NFC capabilities if in reality it can only read a very specific type of tag.

                                    For one of our products we need to support NFC card reading/writing with existing devices and several types of cards (Mifare, UL, ULC, Calypso, Desfire, maybe even more)

                                    I've read that for WP8.1 the functionality will be…

                                    3 votes
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                                    • API to trigger Person Reminders

                                      Expose an API that allows apps aside Phone and Messaging to trigger Person reminders.

                                      3 votes
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