Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 7.5
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    Looking for our original Dell Venue Pro review from 2011? Check it out here. Wondering about the tablet family with the same name from 2013? Peep this. Want a sweet nostalgia trip? See below. • There was a time when manufacturers still pushed the boundaries of industrial design, when Windows Phone was the newest smartphone platform around, and Dell still called itself a smartphone maker. These were the days of WVGA displays being sold as "high resolution," of 3G masquerading as 4G, of 5-megapixel primary cameras and QWERTY keyboards with individual spring-loaded plastic keys. Into ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's new update to the Windows Phone search app that many have waited for the longest time. We later talk about Android, some leaks to its source code, and some possible updates that include RAW photo support, along with a new API. Qualcomm follows the news as the company has just released a smartwatch that's being dubbed the Toq. Apple follows the news as the company has just released iOS 7.1 beta to developers. We end today's show talking about the iPad mini With Retina Display, some complaints about its color reproduction, and what to ...

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    In case you are not using the Beta version of Facebook for Windows Phone (both 8 and 7.5), in order to get access to the latest improvements (and some bugs that come with the Beta package), you might be interested in updating your non-beta/final application. There's a new version that brings some features to your phone. You can, with the latest version, batch-upload pictures in messages, you can unfriend someone or unlike something, as well as use the improved inline @tagging capabilities. There are also "navigation improvements, and performance tweaks", as usual, included in the latest ...

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    Admit it: if you've been following mobile tech for as long as we have, there's probably been at least one occasion when you've confused ASUS and Acer. And why not? Both are based out of Taiwan, both make Android as well as Windows-running products, and while we've seen phones from each, they're both probably best known for their tablets. Lately, we've been talking a lot about mergers and acquisitions – Nokia and Microsoft, whatever's going to happen to BlackBerry – and now that conversation is drifting over to ASUS and Acer. We're far from any formal commitment to unify these ...

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    Feature-for-feature, the official Twitter app for Windows Phone may lag behind the software available on platforms like iOS or Android, but it still endeavors to do improve, and today we see the arrival of an update that manages to pack in a whole bunch of new features. More than one of these improvements are photo-based, like the app now supporting external lens apps in Windows Phone 8. The app itself gets eight new built-in effects filters. It's also now more convenient to embed a pic in a tweet your composing, and the app supports saving tweeted photos. Windows Phone may not have a ...

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    When it comes to apps on Windows Phone, users of the platform have come to live with two unpleasant realities: they have access to fewer apps than other major platforms, and they often end up paying more for the same apps than users on iOS or Android might. Microsoft's got a new promotion to help ease the pain of expensive apps, at least, announcing yesterday the arrival of some new weekly promotional offers. Microsoft tweeted its announcement of the forthcoming deals, alerting users to be on the lookout "for the red stripe in the Windows Phone Store." Indeed, today you'll notice a red ...

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    The latest U.S. numbers are in from comScore for the three-month average period ending January 2013 and, while there aren't any changes in the ranking, the percentage points are just a tad different. Apple and Samsung are still in their comfortable leading positions in the OEM standings, both registering a slight growth, while HTC, still in third, is losing a bit of ground. Compared to October 2012, Apple has managed to strengthen its leading position by adding 3.5% to its figures for a total of 37.8%. Samsung is also on the rise only adding 1.9% this time for a total of 21.4%, followed ...

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    BBC's iPlayer is already present on platforms like Google's Android, Apple's iOS or BlackBerry's BBOS and, as a direct effect of an agreement between BBC and Microsoft, Windows Phone users should get their own flavor soon. By the looks of it you should not wait for a dedicated application but rather for a browser-based access with a Live Tile. To quote Cyrus Saihan, Head of Business Development, "we will be releasing a shortcut to BBC iPlayer in the near future which will be available in the Windows Phone Store, enabling the BBC iPlayer website to work on Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 via a ...

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    Sitting on the couch the other night, I saw a commercial that really piqued my interest.  Lumia 920 from AT&T – buy one get one free. Holy Crow! That’s just the excuse that I’ve been looking for! Sure I’d have to go on contract again – I haven’t bought an AT&T phone since June of 2010 – but this might just be worth it. But wait. As much as a Lumia 920 would fulfill a good portion of my smart phone naughty dreams, is this REALLY the best time to pony up $100 and the next two years of my life on a new phone? Can the Lumia 920 still be considered a “new” phone? It ...

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    Part of me has always rooted for the underdog. I was a huge fan of webOS when I first caught wind of it; I loved Android long before it ever came to market; I pulled for MeeGo until it was evident the OS had no future with Nokia; and I'm currently rooting for Jolla's MeeGo-based Sailfish OS, Ubuntu Phone OS, Ubuntu for Android and Open webOS. While not all of these up-and-coming platforms will succeed, I continue to pull for them – they each have a golden nugget of potential. Some consider Windows Phone an established OS. I'm not so sure I agree – the platform has gained little ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about our Samsung ATIV S review along with some specifics on why this phone is so hot. Then it's more $99 Nexus 7 talk, even though the price tag has grown a bit to $130 or $150. Then Samsung returns to the news, this time because they've just confirmed that they will be offering their Windows Phone legacy customers the 7.8 upgrade. Apple then shows us how they don't care about start-ups by the results of a recent story regarding the POP charger for iOS devices. We end today's show by talking about LG and how their advertisement is ridiculous in a ...

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    Regardless of when it will hit, early next year or soon, Windows Phone 7.8 should close the gap between legacy Windows Phones and fresh devices which are delivered with Windows Phone 8 on board. Of course, features which imply the newest hardware, like NFC, will be missing, but there should be some pretty cool bits inside for older devices. Contacted by a worried customer, LG Poland has replied to an e-mail regarding the Windows Phone 7.8 update for the LG Optimus 7, the manufacturer's first Windows Phone alongside the 7Q. Despite being constantly updated to NoDo, Mango and then Tango, the ...

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    We all know that one of the biggest corporate features Microsoft has to offer in the desktop world is SharePoint, where work groups are able to collaborate with each other in documents, files, etc. Now Microsoft has turned the service into another mobile feature that provides an additional edge to Windows Phones. It works on any Windows Phone running version 7.5 or higher, and allows you to do a lot of the things you're already accustomed to working with on the desktop. This feature isn't new to Windows Phone though. In the past you always had some access to SharePoint servers using the ...

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    "We ran out of time", that's what Microsoft’s Thomas Fennel said at the Build conference when talking about a possible notification center for Windows Phone 8. As with the previous version of Microsoft's mobile operating system, the latest iteration doesn't sport a notification center to gather all of your toasts which, once they disappear after ten seconds, you can't bring back. While some might argue that the platform doesn't need one, the homebrew community disagrees. The video below is a demo of a fully working notification center for Windows Phone 7 --and claimed working on Windows ...

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    The mobile world is no stranger to litigation, and 2012 has been a year pockmarked with legal battles of all shapes and sizes. While most of the action has centered around Apple and Samsung, today papers are being served on Microsoft, which just a few days ago unveiled its new Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. The complainant, SurfCast, is a self-proclaimed operating-system designer headquartered in Portland, Maine. The complaint centers around Windows' use of Live Tiles in the Metro Windows 8 Store Style layout, which SurfCast claims it developed. The company's website says the ...

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    If you were wondering just how big is the app ecosystem that will be optimized to take advantage of Windows Phone 8 for whenever you purchase your next device, well the answer is complicated. Microsoft has finally launched the Windows Phone 8 SDK to developers, so for many of the non-premium developers that got an early head start, day zero starts today. There's a catch though, since if you're a Windows Phone 8 developer, or are planning to be one, the system doesn't work on anything that's not a 64-bit Windows 8 PC. Obviously that makes the chore of porting apps to Windows Phone 8 all the ...

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    If you've read and watched our review of Windows Phone 8, you may be wondering how some of new changes compare to how Windows Phone 7.5 currently looks and operates.  For the most part, you'll see that Windows Phone 8 is a clear evolution of Windows Phone 7.5.  There are plenty more features, a few minor design changes, and some great new extensibility options.  Unfortunately there are a few omissions that might be annoying, but you'll have to decide for yourself if the additions will make up for the omissions (and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments).  Take a look at ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 610 was a nice little budget Windows Phone running the 'Tango' version of the platform and the Nokia Lumia 51o has been no stranger. After seeing initial details, sightings and camera samples, Microsoft strategic partner Nokia today officially announced the phone as its "most affordable" Lumia model yet, a slight Lumia 610 downgrade. Colors are present, like on the rest of the Lumia line-up: red, yellow, cyan, white and black. Under the pigmented plastic there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor clocking at 800MHz, four-inch WVGA screen, 256MB of RAM (bummer for some apps ...

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    As Nokia closes another quarter the official numbers are in. In order to make a comparison (and also, to serve as a reminder), Nokia sold four million Lumia devices according to the official Q2 2012 figures. Compared to that, Nokia is now reporting 2.9 million Lumias being sold in the last quarter, representing a 27.5 percent decrease compared to the previous period. However, mobile phones in general recorded a quarter-on-quarter increase to 77 million units due mainly to a strong start for Asha phones. Nokia's main focus is Windows Phone though and the decrease in sales is somewhat ...

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    A while back we showed you some photos of an iOS device and Windows Phone side-by-side while running various popular apps so that you could see how different the design principals were for the two platforms. For many of you it was very interesting to see how app developers modified their design so drastically for Windows Phone as compared to the same type of app they developed for Apple's iOS. Some of you wondered about how Windows Phone apps compare to the same versions made for Android. Well, that's what we're going to look at today. App designs on Android don't seem to really follow any ...

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    For Windows Phone users, the world is a different place today. Microsoft's announcements at yesterday's Windows Phone Summit brought some welcome news to some current and prospective users of the platform: Windows Phone 8 will arrive in time for the holiday season, and it's bringing with it the sort of improvements you'd expect from a major point upgrade. The new version appears poised to correct many of the weaknesses of its predecessor, and it'll be bringing some fun and useful new capabilities to boot. While the Microsoft announcement was going on, I was fully immersed in the US ...

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    Microsoft is still in the process of launching Windows Phone 8 in San Francisco, and we've already confirmed some bad news, that just got solved by some good news. The rumors were strong regarding the fact that Windows Phone 8 won't be supporting current Windows Phone 7 devices, which was a direct stab in the back for actual owners of new devices like the Lumia 900. Now that we read all the features that will be included on Windows Phone 8 devices, it makes sense for the new platform to not support legacy hardware since there aren't any NFC chips or multi-core processors on current ...

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    Windows Phone Tango is Microsoft's effort to lower the price point of devices and enter emerging markets as well as compete with low-end/budget Android devices. They manage that in partnership with OEMs by lowering the specifications of their phones. In this video we're going to take a look at Windows Phone Mango vs. Windows Phone Tango, and we're going to use a wave-one device, the LG Optimus 7, which we're going to put up against the Nokia Lumia 610, a legacy Tango phone. We're comparing day-to-day/real-life/application launch times, Internet Browsing as well as gaming, to find out ...

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    After having announced the (then-named) Windows Phone 7 Series platform at Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft planned a flashy New York City event in the fall of that same year to show off the first devices that would be bestowed with the Windows ecosystem's answer to Apple and Google's foray into mobile. There were a handful of devices, though one stood out to us in particular: the Samsung Focus, which seemed to have the best screen, the snappiest performance, and the most impressive thin-and-light form factor. The Focus went on to be one of the best-selling early Windows Phone 7 ...

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    Those who know my work know that I've been a big fan of Windows Phones since I first got my hands on a Samsung Taylor developer prototype.  There are a lot of reasons to love Windows Phone, but as you might expect with any technology there can also be some frustrations.  In this article we'll talk about a few annoyances about Windows Phone that I personally have been frustrated with, however if you're also a Windows Phone user, we'd love to hear about a few of your frustrations in the comments at the bottom of the page. The first big thing about Windows Phone that frustrates me every day ...

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