Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 7

Microsoft's latest mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7 was announced at Mobile World Congress in 2010. Windows Phone 7 features a clean and minimalistic interface known as Metro UI. The operating system features a start screen with "Live Tiles" that can display notifications and information at a glance and specific "hubs" where content from social networks and stored locally on the device is gathered. Expected in late 2011, a major update known as "Mango" will bring many more features such as Twitter integration, multitasking and a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9. Read on for the latest Windows Phone 7 news, reviews and videos:

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    The Nokia Lumia 900 seems to be among the most popular Windows Phones on the market at the moment and fans of the platform can grab the device from AT&T in white, black and cyan. Nokia is announcing the addition of another color, probably trending with the summer (or targeting female customers): pink. If you want to grab one and be different, you can pre-order it starting July 15 either in a brick-and-mortar AT&T store or online. Of course, Nokia can't stress it enough that the colors of the Lumia 900 (pink included) are not painted on top of a plastic but are deeply residing ...

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    Richard Kerris, Nokia's Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations, unveiled that "it wont be long" until Verizon fans will finally get the opportunity to use Nokia devices. Currently the Finnish phone maker has no offering on Big Red and future possible customers are either left waiting for a Nokia phone or have to leave for another carrier in order to grab one. Unfortunately, no exact time frame was made public. As far as the PureView technology is concerned, the one which debuted on the Symbian-powered 808 which is, as of now, available in the U.S., it will come to Windows ...

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    Some Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 devices are already getting the Windows Phone 8773 update -- dubbed Tango, which is running out-of-the-box on the Lumia 610 -- but it sure looks like the Finnish phone maker will not stop right here. A new update popped up on NaviFirm and it looks to be Windows Phone 8779. The update's regions are listed as being countries like Thailand, Pakistan, India, Lebanon, and Tunisia so it could only bring features which would improve the user experience in these markets. With many features already included in the Tango refresh -- like internet sharing, flip phone ...

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    Back when Windows Phone was first released in late 2010, of course there was a Twitter app available, but no one ever bothered to set up the server-side option for pushing live tiles or notifications for twitter activity like mentions, direct messages, or anything.  That made room for a whole host of 3rd party Twitter apps that were much more functional with all the Twitter functions you'd expect.  Today we finally see an update to the official Twitter app that finally brings push notifications for direct messages, mentions, new follows, favorited tweets, and retweets.  Above you ...

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    Those who were eagerly anticipating BlackBerry 10 devices will be deeply disappointed as Research In Motion has postponed the arrival of the gadgets until 2013 -- because development has "proven to be more time-consuming than anticipated". Unnamed sources said that the Canadian company is considering its options after admitting that the company might not survive with its current strategy. One of these options would be to follow Nokia's example and strike a strategic alliance with Microsoft to deliver BlackBerry handsets running on the Windows Phone platform. Such an option could also ...

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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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    A Windows Phone update should land shortly for Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 devices as promised earlier by the manufacturer. The targeted release date for these updates should be today as it is scheduled to go out "globally from June 27th in a phased update through Zune". You can check on the update to see the status by following the link below. It gives you detailed information pe region (and we checked, for the moment all the statuses are "waiting for approval" but this should change soon). As a reminder, the refresh should bring three important things to your Lumia 71- and Lumia 800: ...

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    With the shuttering of the ChevronWP7 Labs unlock project, Windows Phone continues to not seem like the most accessible platform for homebrew development. Some users turn to custom ROMs, fully unlocking their handsets, but that isn't an option for everyone. There's another solution, though, which is starting to look more and more attractive, letting users run native code on their phones through some digital signature trickery. Windows Phone verifies apps that Microsoft has approved for execution in such a native mode by checking a digital signature against the company's certificate, stored ...

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    Earlier this month we learned about a couple promotions Nokia was planning that centered around the release of this summer's Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. Part of those plans included the release of new Batman Xpress-on covers for the Lumia 710. We heard a few details about how these might be released, but were left with plenty of questions remaining, including if existing owners of the 710 would be able to pick one up. Now Nokia has published the full rundown on the offer, and it's even more generous than we were hoping. Better than giving existing 710 owners the chance to buy one ...

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    The ChevronWP7 team has has been headed down a bumpy road since the outset of its official Windows Phone unlock program, facing issues with token availability, then running out altogether, and finally announcing the end of operations about two months back. At the time, it revealed that users who had taken advantage of the offer while it was available would be eligible for a free year of full AppHub membership. What it managed to gloss over, though, and what's coming to light now, is that Microsoft will be re-locking all phones currently unlocked via ChevronWP7 Labs, starting in August. ...

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    The Nokia Lumia 610 represents a new breed of Windows Phones, those running Windows Phone 7.5 (codenamed Tango). This version of the platform was designed by Microsoft with low specifications in mind and the Redmond-based company, together with its OEMs, like Nokia, are hoping that these low-end/budget phones will help the platform gain market share as well as enter emerging markets. Due to the lower specifications, the price-point of these devices is also on the low end, trying to compete with other similarly-priced smartphones running Android or the almost-abandoned Symbian. Windows ...

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    Windows Phone fans may make up only a small fraction of smartphone users out there, but as a minority they're certainly a vocal one. If you find yourself among their ranks, and want to proudly display your allegiance to the cause, Microsoft just announced the availability of a whole bunch of Windows Phone merchandise, just waiting for you to order it. We first saw Microsoft's I Love Windows Phone pictograph well over two years ago, and it's still going strong, adorning all the gear currently for sale in Microsoft's new storefront. CafePress does the fulfillment, but Microsoft's not making ...

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    Nokia has updated its Maps application bundled with Lumia Windows Phones to version 2.o.21.304. The new version of the application is more social and it allows you, for instance, to add a photo to a place description and leave a relevant review directly from your Nokia Lumia. You can also sync your favorite places with maps.nokia.com, which makes them available online or on other platforms in case you have an account (Windows Phone, Symbian, MeeGo). You can also pin stuff to the home screen so if you have a Nokia-made Windows Phone we advise you to update your Maps client. Source: Nokia

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    Nokia introduced the Lumia 610 with the occasion of this year's MWC in Barcelona as the company's budget Windows Phone solution for emerging markets. It is also aimed at competing with low-end Android phones which are cheap in Nokia and Microsoft's joint effort to bump of the marketshare of the platform. Low specs on the Nokia Lumia 610 and a cheap price point doesn't mean build quality and materials suffer. They're excellent as you would expect from a Nokia phone. However, the screen is a low-end screen itself so don't expect your ClearBlack AMOLED one on the 610. It is powered by a ...

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    In recent years, Microsoft's been adding more and more media content to what's available through the Xbox 360, positioning the console less as a video game system and more as a home entertainment hub. Its next venture to increase the 360's flexibility and solidify its role as a media center looks to bring mobile devices into the mix, using your smartphone or tablet to run the company's Xbox SmartGlass app. Depending on the context of how you're using it, SmartGlass will act as an additional display or an input device in its own right. When watching a TV show or a movie through your 360, ...

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    It's not a typo as many would have thought. O2 Germany confirmed it on Twitter that it is no mistake, the Nokia Lumia 900 with 32GB (the white variant) indeed exists and it will most probably land on the carrier soon. Still, there is a thin chance of this to be a mistake because if it turns out to be true, many owners of 16GB variants of the Lumia 900 across the globe (and especially on AT&T in the U.S.) will be disappointed. Instead, we should be happy for our fellow Windows Phone fans in Germany; still, they don't have an exact availability date and pricing yet. Those who passed on ...

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    3.7-inch WVGA screen, 256MB RAM, and 8GB of storage space, those are the specs of the Nokia Lumia 610 which was introduced at this year's MWC as the Finnish manufacturer's budget Windows Phone offering, though it should be even cheaper in order to compete with some low-end/mid-range/budget Android phones. If you live in the U.K. and you've got your eyes on either the cyan, magenta, white or black variants of the Lumia 610, you should prepare to welcome it in the first week of June. While there was no information made public about the contract-free (SIM-free) price, the phone should cost ...

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    Goggle's not the only game in town with an update for a social networking app today. Windows Phone users can now check out the latest edition of their platform's Facebook app, with Microsoft just releasing version 2.5. There are quite a few changes waiting for you in Facebook 2.5. Keeping track of Facebook messages should get a whole lot easier, upon the introduction of full-threaded conversations. That will work with both one-on-one and group messaging. Tagging options give you new ways to include your friends in posts and status updates, and you'll now have the ability to "like" comments ...

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    A heck of a lot factors in to what makes up a good camera, from the lens, to the sensor size, sensor type, and digital post-processing. We try not to over-simplify things and look only at raw megapixel count, but there's no denying that the figure has a substantial effect on how we view cameras. We're thinking about these issues today because of some news to come out of Nokia, suggesting that follow-up PureView phones won't have the 808's same massive 41-megapixel image sensor. Even before we knew that the 808 would eventually see U.S. sales, we knew that PureView technology would be ...

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    The latest IDC numbers are in and they seem to further confirm the trends not just only for those who closely follow the numbers but also for those who follow the industry and what happens in this fast-moving world. Not much has changed at the top of the mobile world, in terms of top six smartphone Operating Systems; Android and iOS are sitting comfortably in the highest positions. Google and Apple have both consolidated their position. Android has a market share of 59.0% in 2012 Q1 (growing from 2011 Q1's 36.1%, with increased shipments from 36.1 million units to a whopping 89.9) while ...

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    If you have a Windows Phone and you like to be always connected to what's going on in the world, even while you're mobile, head over to the Marketplace and grab the official Wall Street Journal application -- that is if you have updated to Windows Phone 7.5 in order to continue accessing the Marketplace. With the application you'll get live news and on-demand video directly from 2,000 reporters across the globe. Instead of having text versions of the articles you will be able to watch video clips and select from a large list of topics. There are also Programs you can enjoy as well as a ...

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    You really shouldn't be surprised! It's not that there were no warning signs along the way. Microsoft made it very clear that you will not be able to use the Windows Phone Marketplace once the changes are in place and your phone is still running a version of Windows Phone below 7.5. So, as of recently, if you can't download, buy, update, or review apps in Marketplace -- both on the phone and on the web-- it's because you didn't update to Windows Phone 7.5. Of course, you might be running an earlier build of the platform and still be able to access the Marketplace; this will soon change as ...

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    Samsung announced the Focus 2 Windows Phone on May 7 and promised to make it available starting May 20 so if you want to start your week off by getting a new device you should really look into this one. There's a four-inch Super AMOLED screen with WVGA resolution, five-megapixel camera with HD 720p video recording capability, and VGA webcam for video calls and Skype but the most important bit is that the phone supports 4G LTE connectivity. You can get all this for $49.99 given that you sign a two-year contract with AT&T if you somehow don't fancy the Nokia Lumia 900 or the HTC Titan ...

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    Sorry folks, it's not available in the U.S.! With that one now out of the way we will remind you that Nokia Reading is the Finnish manufacturer's digital reading app and library for Windows Phone with e-book reading feature as well as RSS reader functionality which even allows you to pin publications to the home screen. Russia, U.K., Germany, Italy, France and Spain were rumored to be among the first regions to get the application and it is now available in the Marketplace's Nokia Collection section on Lumia 900, 800, 710, and 610 Windows Phones. If you have one of the aforementioned ...

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    Microsoft and its OEM partners (especially Nokia, but not only) knew that China is a market to aim for, not just because of the fact that it is now the world's largest mobile market, but because of the specifics of the country. Windows Phone was launched in China on March 21 this year and it is already, according to reports, outselling Apple and its iPhone. Of course we need to be fair and consider that this might have less to do with the platform itself and more (everything) to do with the difference in price between Windows Phones and iPhones. However, Microsoft's platform is now ...

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