Posts tagged with: GDR3
  • by | October 22, 2013 7:51 PM

    Adam Doud sure doesn't like the idea of a Windows Phone phablet. Pocketnow's newest editor is, if nothing else, consistent. He's denounced the concept of a Nokia-made smartphone/tablet hybrid more than once, with his latest anti-phablet proclamation coming on the heels of today's unveiling of the new Lumia 1520. Adam's arguments are quite valid. His insistence that modern Windows Phone software can't effectively utilize the added screen real estate of a phablet is understandable, even if the problem isn't confined to Microsoft's OS (we recently took the Android-based HTC One max to task ...

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  • by | October 22, 2013 8:00 AM

    If you thought that Nokia was just working on one phablet according to the rumors, well the company has proven that it's also capable of keeping things under the radar, even if these things aren't as hot as we'd wish they'd be. Lust as we saw the big and mid-ranged Lumia 625 earlier this year, Nokia has also announced a larger sibling to serve the mid-ranged European and Asian market. This new phablet is being dubbed the Lumia 1320, which yeah, has a name that makes the Lumia 1020 look bad if we were to follow the numerical designators. The device sports a dual-core processor we're still ...

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  • by | October 22, 2013 7:50 AM

    Nokia World is finally happening in Abu Dhabi, and it's great to see that the company's new products got announced in time before a competing company stole their thunder. Let's begin with the first-ever Windows Phone phablet to hit the market, the Nokia Lumia 1520. The device is now official, and the device is more than just huge when it comes to news, and size. The Lumia 1520 is also the most powerful Windows Phone to ever be announced. As expected, it is a big phone, with a 6-inch 1080p display, which is already bigger than the HTC One max that we recently had a chance to review. It's ...

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  • by | October 22, 2013 7:00 AM

    Have you ever had that feeling that something is missing? It should be something so obvious, when you walk in the room, that it hits you in the face like a frying pan in a bad marriage. And yet, you just can't put your finger on it. It's that dangerous question that a wife asks her husband - “Notice anything?” - and you know there's something different, but you just don't see it? Microsoft has that feeling right now. Or at least it should. Or else it should be hit in the face with a frying pan. The power of three GDR3. Just think about that for a second. Gee Dee Arr Three. Notice ...

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  • by | October 18, 2013 5:34 PM

    There comes a time when you just gotta do what the readers want. Particularly when their demands are awesome. You tweeted, you pleaded, you emailed, you told us in person at trade shows and during mildly creepy public run-ins: "have Marques Brownlee on the Weekly!" you demanded. And after weeks of dancing around schedules, overseas trips, and major product releases, we've finally managed to make it happen. For the first time in recorded history, MKBHD and Pocketnow have collaborated to bring you two full hours of audio-podcast goodness. That sounds a lot more grandiose than three guys ...

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  • by | October 17, 2013 10:39 AM

    The Windows Phone 8 GDR 3 update was released as a preview for developers just recently, so in this video we're going to take a look at some of the new features. The update isn't terribly large, but there are some significant changes.  Check out the video below to see all of the new features. I'm going to start with my favorite new feature.  With Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 GDR3 you can now access internet sharing without having to go into the phone settings, turn it on, and look up the password.  I've paired my Nokia Lumia 925 with my Surface Pro using Bluetooth and now even if I ...

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  • by | October 15, 2013 9:34 AM

    Yesterday, Microsoft detailed some of the upcoming features of the GDR3 update for Windows Phone. We were looking at both hardware (1080p resolution, large screen support, Snapdragon 800 SoC support) and software changes that will start coming in effect soon. The third Live Tile column has generated discussions regarding its availability. Apparently, according to Joe Belfiore, the third column will only be available on 1080p screen display-enabled phablets. Furthermore, Belfiore also mentioned "all the other related UI changes throughout OS", which will be available for the same devices ...

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  • by | October 14, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Windows Phone 8 GDR3, some new enhancements to come, and even how to install it on your current Windows Phone. Google follows in the news because their new "Mobile Meter" service might give you incentives if it can track you. We then continue with Google, but this time because we've got a leaked video of the Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat. We then go through some leaked renders of the LG G Flex, which should land soon. We end today's show talking about our review of the HTC One max, and some first impressions. All this and more after the ...

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  • by | October 14, 2013 1:06 PM

    The latest update to Windows Phone 8 was just announced today, but more importantly, a method for enthusiasts and developers who want to void the warranty on their phone for the privilege to install the update right away (instead of having to wait for their carriers to approve the update) has also become available.  We heard about this program a while back, but now it's finally come to fruition.  Having to wait for carriers to approve and allow the distribution of Windows Phone operating system updates has always been extremely frustrating for users.  Of course, the carriers want the ...

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  • by | October 14, 2013 8:31 AM

    We can finally start guessing and collecting features from leaks as far as the upcoming GDR3 Windows Phone 8 update is concerned. Microsoft has published the details of the upcoming refresh, and they refer to both software and hardware. It's the yearly-cycle that Microsoft stays true to, but, this time, instead of something major, like Windows Phone 8 itself was, we're getting improvements. According to Microsoft, the update "will roll out to existing phones over the next several months". However, "in the coming weeks" is also a wording which is being used. As you can see in the screenshot ...

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  • by | October 9, 2013 1:39 AM

    We've heard about a bunch of colors being added by Nokia as options to its own Glance Screen on the upcoming Bittersweet shimmer update, and, today's image above, seems to be a nice confirmation of the rumors. In addition to bringing new colors to the table, the Nokia refresh is also expected to bring notification icons to the Glance Screen. In the image above, we can clearly see such a notification. This, in addition to other Nokia specific features included in the upcoming Bittersweet shimmer package, will nicely complement the additional row of Live Tiles, rumored to be available on ...

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  • by | October 8, 2013 9:09 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Windows Phone YouTube app, and how it ended-up, aside from things to expect in GDR3. HTC is next as the company is now teasing their HTC Max event to happen next week, aside from some leaked screenshots of HTC Sense 5.5. The Google Nexus 5 is next as we get a very interesting pricing scheme that is sure to make a lot of users happy. Apple's iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 are next as we have a possible event date that is matching some other important dates, and we're sure there's an intended coincidence. We end today's show talking about the ...

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  • by | October 8, 2013 4:19 PM

    The past few months have brought us plenty of leaks, rumors, and speculation about what's next for Windows Phone system software. Primarily, that's meant looking forward to what to expect from WP8 GRD3, tipped to finally introduce quad-core SoC and 1080p display support, but considering just how many WP8 users are on Nokia hardware, we've also had a lot of focus on the company's own Bittersweet Shimmer enhancements. One thing that's become a hallmark of leaked photos of upcoming devices running GDR3 has been the increased density of Live Tiles on the start screen, seemingly in response to ...

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  • by | October 6, 2013 1:33 AM

    We've recently seen that the GDR3 update, together with Nokia's own Bittersweet shimmer package, will bring additional notification icons to the Glance Screen on devices, where available. Apparently, that's not the only change Microsoft and Nokia are planning. At the moment, the color of the information displayed is white (and red, for the night mode), but that's about to change if the image above is legit, claiming more Nokia Glance Screen color options. Since the drop-down list is not expanded, so that we can see the color options available, we'll have to take the leakster's word for ...

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  • by | September 27, 2013 4:32 AM

    Nokia's Lumia Windows Phones getting hover interaction soon, at least according to a recent report, that is speculating on a couple of patents filed with the European Patent Office. To be more specific, we might be looking at hover-based text and/or object enlargement while reading or UI interaction, as well as handling of text input and icons (where you zoom in on hover and pan upon moving your hand). Nokia is already using hover-interaction on phones running its Lumia Amber package, especially in the Glance Screen, where the device can be woken up from standby to display the time and ...

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