In this week’s episode of the Android Guy Weekly we’ll talk about technology, politics, and animal husbandry. No, really! Somehow me manage to tie it all together into a common thread, but you’ll just have to watch the video to see what I mean.
Operating systems and brand-names aside, when someone goes to buy a new smartphone or tablet, or install a new app, they fall into one of two groups: those who buy the product because it’s what they’ve been told to get, and those who are more fully-informed about what they’re getting and why.
Skype for Windows Phone was available as a Beta since February 27 and those of you who were using the application on your Windows Phones since day one can now update to build 1.0, as the app has reached its final version.
You may need to uninstall your current Beta in order to install the final version which brings a couple of new features and improvements but, as reported, it is still not able to receive calls while in the background. However, you can search the Marketplace for “Skype” or follow the source link below to grab the application.
One word of note: [...]
Even though we told you that you shouldn’t care about the Windows Phone 8 Apollo update right now, probably the most discussed and irritating subject of the moment — for Windows Phone 7 fans — is the possibility of receiving an official update to Windows Phone 8.
Paul Thurrott is weighing in on the matter, acting as a messenger. Without tweaking the contents, here it is: “Allow me to set the record straight. No. It won’t happen. Not for the Lumia 900, and not for any other existing phone. It won’t happen partially, through an update that will [...]
If you have a Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone then you’re not a stranger to the company’s own “Where’s My Update?” page where you can find detailed info about past and present updates by region, country and operator.
Looks like the page is also hinting future updates as Lumia 800 devices on Vodafone are listed with “Software under creation” status. This means that there will be a refresh coming up which can either be rolled out later to all devices (in which case it could be the WiFi tethering update) or only limited to Vodafone and fixing [...]
Lately everyone has been up in arms over all sorts of rumors as to wether the next version of Windows Phone codenamed Apollo will be coming to existing Windows Phones or not. Now we’re seeing rumors that it is being tested on the latest Nokia devices and may be available for the Lumia 800, 710, 610, and 900 as an upgrade, but at this point we really can’t say. So let’s just step back and get some perspective on this.
Most people buy new phones every 18-24 months. You usually have a 2 year contract where you get a huge discount on the new phone while paying a [...]
Last week we asked ourselves what was Verizon’s beef with Windows Phone (you know, because there’s only one and very lonely device running on the Microsoft platform, the HTC Trophy).
However, the carrier seems to be ready to commit (finally), or at least that’s what Fran Shammo, Chief Financial Officer at Verizon, hinted while speaking on a recent conference call. After talking about the importance of a third ecosystem, he said he was “fully supportive” of Microsoft.
Android and iOS are dominating the market and the majority of phones [...]
QWERTY keyboards are much easier to use than on-screen keyboards regardless of how good these SIPs have become over time — and their swiping alternatives. However, HTC thinks it’s time to move away from the slide-out keyboard-enabled concept.
Speaking at an event in Seattle HTC creative director Claude Zellweger said that while there’s still demand for physical QWERTY keyboards, they don’t allow HTC to move forward with its design principles, thus the company decided to move away from the sliders. “We feel that putting too much effort into that [...]
We’ve talked before about notifications being the essence of a mobile device. Half the reason for the existence of cellphones -and to a lesser extent, tablets- is to inform you of incoming comm traffic.
To that end, mobile devices are fitted with a variety of alert mechanisms. Ringtones have evolved from monotone beeps to polyphonic MIDIs to custom mp3s. The vibrating alert, that old veteran of the silent pocket prod, has remained largely the same. These two annunciators are common to most phones; with the exception of the occasional custom vibe schemes or extra-loud [...]
The Nokia Lumia 610 — not the one equipped with NFC — which saw its manual being leaked on the internet thanks to FCC is the Finnish manufacturer’s most affordable Windows Phone.
Those in the Philippines will be the first ones to see the Lumia 610 in the last week of April. Future owners in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam will have to wait a couple of more weeks with more regions following this quarter.
Black, cyan, magenta and white are the color options and for the estimated retail price of EUR189 (around $250) [...]
In a recent article on PC Pro, a UK technology website, an executive for a mobile operator had some pretty harsh words for Nokia handsets running Windows Phone.
“No one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone. Nokia have given itself a double challenge: to restore its credibility in terms of making hardware smartphones and succeed with the Microsoft Windows operating system, which lags in the market.”
What’s ironic is that these two companies, Nokia and Microsoft, used to lead in their respective markets. “Nokia” was all but [...]
Microsoft evangelist Nuno Silva shared his thoughts regarding a possible upgrade to the next major Windows Phone release (codenamed Apollo) for all Windows Phone devices. Now reports are coming in claiming the exact contrary of those stated by the developer evangelist.
According to reports, there will be no upgrade path from Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) to Apollo. The information comes from “a trusted source close to Microsoft” who unveiled to The Verge that users currently rocking a Windows Phone will be left in the dark once the next iteration of the platform lands. [...]
We’ve heard how Nokia is allegedly preparing an exclusive phone for every U.S. carrier and we’re positive you remember the post about a certain “improved” Lumia 900 purportedly coming to other carriers — as AT&T’s exclusivity on the phone is, according to rumors, lasting only 45 days.
Following up on all the above reports and rumors, an in-store T-Mobile rep allegedly said the “Lumia 900 will be coming to T-Mobile this summer”. We could be looking at some real inside information here or just an overzealous sales rep. However, [...]
After a crucial decision to turn to Windows Phone as principal smartphone strategy, Nokia’s Windows Phones have been on sale in Europe since the end of last year. “No one comes into the store and asks for a Windows phone,” a European carrier’s executive in charge of mobile devices said.
This is a huge problem Nokia is facing and European carriers believe Nokia has failed to challenge the dominating competitors, Google and Apple. “If the Lumia with the same hardware came with Android in it and not Windows, it would be much easier to sell”, said [...]
A select few Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 units were shipped with unlocked Qualcomm bootloaders instead of the locked Nokia versions, according to reports.
When a device with such an unlocked bootloader was connected to a Linux computer a Qualcomm storage device popped up, basically allowing full reads and writes to the NAND. “That means you can actually write data to the device, allowing custom ROMs and more”, like interop unlocked ones. Of course, there are risks of bricking your phone which would not be covered by warranty. However, if you are interested in the [...]
If you want to purchase a Nokia Lumia 900 phone online at AT&T you will run into a small speed bump. As you can see in the screenshot above (or by going to the AT&T source link below), the phone is out of stock for both the black and cyan versions. The situation seems to be the same at brick-and-mortar stores but speculation is that the units have been sent back for reflashing with the latest data connectivity fix. If you still need to grab a unit pronto then head over to Amazon.
On a related note, a magenta flavored Nokia Lumia 900 is possible, as hinted by a screen [...]
The ChevronWP7 Labs project came into being last year as a way to offer users of the locked-down Windows Phone platform a chance to enable sideloading without joining Microsoft’s costly developer’s programs. After only a few short months of existence, though, the team announced around New Year’s that it had already run out of unlock tokens, and wasn’t likely to be getting more from Microsoft. Today, ChevronWP7 Labs is finally making its shutdown official.
It’s interesting to hear the team’s explanation of why it made this decision. It says [...]
We’ve been used to referring to Nokia as the world’s leader of the global cellphone market in the past 14 years but the situation seems to have turned with Samsung taking over the top spot in the first quarter of the year.
According to a Reuters poll of analysts, Samsung outsold the Finnish phone maker for the first time in history; numbers for the Korean manufacturer are expected to be around the 88 million cellphone mark in the first quarter while Nokia’s expected to land in second with its 83 million. Still, in order to get a confirmation on Samsung’s [...]
Before the Nokia Lumia 900 ever made it to AT&T, we had heard that the carrier was planning to spend somewhere around $150M to promote this first Windows Phone LTE handset. We’ve since learned that the actual amount AT&T is putting into Lumia 900 marketing is quite a bit lower, but is it still managing to effectively stir-up interest in the phone? Based on a recent report, it seems that AT&T may be making at least one misstep in its promotion and sales chains, and it’s one that could seek to undermine much of the impact of the carrier’s advertising [...]
At the ongoing WiMA NFC in Monaco (Global NFC Applications Products and Service Congress) Nokia announced an NFC-enabled variant of the recently launched (at MWC) Nokia Lumia 610. Orange will be the carrier of choice which will bring the Lumia 610 NFC to the market, early in the third quarter of 2012.
The NFC inside the new Lumia 610 will allow for seamless connection with NFC accessories; additionally, it will also be able to read NFC tags. NFC payments and ticketing solutions are also in; furthermore, the phone is “certified for contactless payments both with MasterCard [...]
The Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T is probably the Windows Phone that enjoyed the most exposure. It is often regarded as Nokia’s (and Microsoft’s) chance to do something big on the U.S. market and the initial feedback from customers is good — the phone is topping sale charts.
In an official blog post today Nokia acknowledged “a memory management issue” which “could, in some cases, lead to loss of data connectivity”. It is reassuring to find out that the issue is due to software and is not hardware or network related. That being the case, [...]
The Nokia Lumia 900, put on store shelves just two days ago, is one of this week’s hottest topics. It may even be the most-talked-about device in the history of Windows Phone. But while it and its less-buzzworthy cousins, the HTC Titan II and Lumia 710, do their part to grow the platform on two of America’s wireless carriers, elsewhere the platform is stagnating. The other two companies offer a single Windows Phone apiece, each one seeming like an aging, ineffectual ambassador of a forgotten country. So I’m wondering, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel: what’s [...]
Verizon’s one and only Windows Phone, the HTC Trophy, is set to receive a new update soon as the information related to the last update was removed and replaced with information you can see above and at the source link.
The info regarding the new software update, 2305.13.20402.605, doesn’t say exactly what build is coming to the device but one bit from the changelog hints towards the latest, 8107 build: improvements in keyboard performance prevent keyboard from disappearing while typing. Other than that, there will be improved Voice Mail notifications when traveling [...]
Last time we looked, Nokia Music was updated to version 2.0 with UI and audio improvements. This time around, the application has been updated to version 2.1.
The changelog includes general improvements in performance and responsiveness, Nokia Music Unlimited (only available in selected countries and on certain devices) as well as controls for shuffle and repeat in the music player. If you have a Nokia Windows Phone and you use the application you might want to consult your Marketplace on the device for the refresh.
Source: WindowsPhoneITAVia: WMPowerUser