Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)
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    Microsoft CFO Peter Klein recently had a chat with Reuters while attending the annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. During this chat he mentioned that Microsoft was “very focused on continuing the success we have with PCs and taking that to tablets and phones." When asked, citing Microsoft’s relatively unimpressive 3% market share, if there was a ‘Plan B’ to their mobile strategy, Klein’s response was just as corporate mouthpiece-ish. "It's less 'Plan B' than how you execute on the current plan," said Klein. "We aim to evolve this generation of Windows to make ...

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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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    One of our Pocketnow fans and frequent readers named Ryan Gadz just released a new game for Windows Phone called Bonsai Golf Coral.  He's really proud of it and we thought it would be nice to show him some support and show you what he's been up to.  His new game is kind of a sequel to his first game called Bonsai Golf and basicaly each level is an interesting 3D mini-golf course where you have to aim the ball into the hole and also pick up a few extra starbursts along the way to get a higher score.  There are all sorts of coral shapes, ramps, and turns to roll through, along with ...

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    One of the trials between Apple and Samsung is coming to an end and, before the jury deliberates, the two companies gave their closing arguments, final statements. Apple is accusing Samsung of copying the iPhone's design and even showed the court slides with Samsung devices before and after the iPhone hit the market. Part of Apple's final statement was this sentence: "not every smartphone needs to look like an iPhone". At that point Apple showed a Nokia-made Lumia and a Sony (Ericsson)-made Xperia Arc, emphasizing on these two examples that, according to their beliefs, managed to become ...

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    There's some news today that the in-app purchasing feature for Windows Phone will only work with Windows Phone 8. CNET, The Verge, and others are reporting that in-app purchasing will not be available in the Windows Phone 7.8 update for existing devices. If you're a current Windows Phone user, you might be confused since many of the Xbox LIVE games available already support in-app purchasing.  The feature first appeared when the Xbox LIVE Game called "Beards and Beaks" was released in September of 2011.  Since then many other games have supported in-app purchasing of additional game ...

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    Microsoft's SkyDrive is a great resource for Windows Phone users to backup their documents and photos, saving them to the company's cloud servers for safekeeping. If you were able to take advantage of the free 25GB accounts while they were available, it probably seems like an even more useful tool. It's not without its limitations, though, and while Microsoft has been pretty consistent with its message, not all users are aware of how the company's policies shape the system's use. Just why can you use SkyDrive to store your docs, but not to backup app data? Company representatives give ...

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    We've talked about it briefly on our Pocketnow Weekly Podcast -- and we occasionally touch on it whenever Nokia's and Microsoft's share of the market comes in discussion -- but now it appears that the speculations can end. The Finnish company made its financial records for the second quarter of the year public, and with the numbers, we find out details about Lumia sales. It appears that Nokia sold four million Lumia devices in the second quarter -- compared with one million reported for the last quarter of 2011 and two million in the first quarter of this year -- managing to double its ...

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    In Microsoft's Smoked By Windows Phone campaign you'll see a lot of informal speed tests that make Windows Phone out to be faster than other platforms. Most of those things are due to Windows Phone being designed to have less steps required to perform certain tasks, but what about very basic tasks like launching an app or getting to the home screen? Can Windows Phone on an ancient processor really be faster at those simple things when compared to the latest dual core Android phone? It turns out Windows Phone employs a few little tricks that make it seem faster to the user even if the ...

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    Pull up the official Windows Phone update history website, and you might notice some inconsistencies with just how much information Microsoft chooses to share. Back when NoDo arrived, the company highlighted all the new features in some detail. That's a stark contrast with Tango, where Microsoft's description of the update only touches on messaging features in any depth, lumping all the rest together under "includes many other improvements to Windows Phone". Why isn't Microsoft providing detailed changelogs of the features in recent updates? According to a new report, this is an ...

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    Between April 27, 2012 and May 18, 2012, leading market researchers, Nielsen, surveyed 810 Nokia Lumia owners who had bought the Lumia 900 within 45 days. The results look very positive. Of course, the survey was conducted before we found out that the Lumia 900 would not see an update to Windows Phone 8, but still that shouldn't stop anyone from enjoying the phone as it is right now. Meanwhile, the survey results are very impressive. 96 per cent of owners are extremely satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their Lumia 900 95 per cent of owners are willing to recommend the Lumia 900 83 ...

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    Way back at the start of 2012, we heard some rumors about a Nokia Lumia 910. At the time, the prevailing theory was that this was essentially just another 900, but one intended either for release in Europe or another US carrier while AT&T enjoyed exclusive access to the original 900. Well, that didn't exactly work out as expected, and we've since seen the 900 arrive internationally while nothing's yet popped-up on the likes of T-Mobile. After keeping a low profile for several months, the Lumia 910 is coming back to our attention now, once again raising question about just what it is. ...

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    I just got an exciting tweet from Lazyworm Apps linking to their website with a big "MetroTube is Back" headline which I am very excited about.  MetroTube had been pulled from the Windows Phone Marketplace a while back because YouTube wasn't really cooperating with high quality streaming video APIs and Lazyworm couldn't ensure the future of the app by resorting to unofficial hacks to get the good stuff working.  Google could change the way the apps access the rich content at any time they want without warning.  The developers have spent months trying to work with official channels in ...

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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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    When we learn about smartphone bugs, they usually fall into just one of a few categories. There might issues with wireless connectivity, or maybe the phone seems to not be managing its battery life very well. The Lumia 900, though, is starting to get a reputation for bugs that are a bit outside the ordinary, if not downright weird. First we had the phone's display going all purple when users dialed-down the brightness; Nokia managed to fix that one in a software update. The latest head-scratcher of a bug has users discovering that their phones seem convinced they're in Akron, Ohio. It's ...

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    We just reviewed Nokia's Lumia 610, which included taking a look at the capabilities of the phone's camera. While it wasn't up to the quality of the 800 or 900, we were pleasantly surprised with how it performed (flash notwithstanding). Could the Lumia 610 be feeling a little jealousy towards its brethren, wishing it too had an eight-megapixel sensor and Carl Zeiss optics? It sure seems like that might be the case, upon the discovery that the 610 is misreporting itself as the 800 in camera EXIF data. Open up any of the sample images from our review in an image editor supporting EXIF ...

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