Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)
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    When it comes to marketing tie-ins that seem just too big to resist, second only to the Olympics might be the summer Hollywood blockbuster. Just as we're seeing Olympic-themed phones going up for sale, there's also going to be a limited edition Lumia 900 released by Nokia just in time for The Dark Knight Rises. Nokia already had a very limited-edition Batman-themed Lumia 800 available, but with that one now gone, this 900 could be your only chance to snag an official Batman smartphone. Unfortunately for Batman fans in the US, the only markets we've heard of that are currently slated to see ...

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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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    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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    ZTE broke into the Windows Phone game with the release of its Tania handset earlier this year. We've already seen the phone arrive in some European markets, featuring a 4.3-inch WVGA display, 4GB of internal flash storage, a five-megapixel camera, and a 1GHz processor. That all made for a perfectly respectable Windows Phone handset, not even considering that this was ZTE's first foray onto the platform. As the Tania gets ready to make its debut in China, it seems that ZTE is already moving on to bigger and better hardware, stepping-up from 1GHz to a 1.4GHz SoC. Currently running a ...

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    The original Samsung Focus was a Windows Phone 7 "Series" launch device back in 2010, and it helped to set the pace for what has been a very warm reception of Microsoft's new mobile platform. The Focus was great because it was thin and light, had fantastic performance, and had a particularly high level of screen sensitivity, which made navigation super fluid. Overall, it did Windows Phone justice. When Samsung and AT&T announced the Focus 2, we had high expectations. While not the most impressively-spec'ed phones on the market, the Focus 2 has a capable 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU ...

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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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    A little over three weeks ago, Microsoft advised Windows Phone users about a few changes that were going to be coming to the Marketplace. Those included removing Windows Phone apps from the PC Zune client, making you do your searches on your phone or through your computer's browser, as well as new restrictions on accessing the Marketplace. Today, with those changes almost ready to go, Microsoft is giving users another heads-up on the steps they'll need to take to ensure continued Marketplace access. Once these changes go through, only phones that have been upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 ...

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    You know what we haven't had in a while? A good old-fashioned #firstworldproblems rant. So here's one. As Q might say, the world of smartphones has always been "wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross" (just making sure you're awake, Trek fans). That magical quality has grown over the years -in fact, Apple effectively co-opted the term "magical" for a while there- and today our portable devices are capable of incredible feats. Along the way, we've lost some things. Progress inevitably demands that certain features be obsoleted in favor of others. The jog dial, or ...

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    If you haven't noticed, AT&T has really turned up the heat in advertising its latest smartphone heavyweights. Now feeling the pressure from two other iPhone-carrying competitors, it's working hard to maintain a diversified smartphone portfolio, and it's doing a pretty good job of it, too. In line with that goal, AT&T has been heavily marketing its version of the HTC One X, as well as the Nokia Lumia 900. Of course, those of us who make the mobile industry our occupation, hobby, or obsession know the differences between these two high-end devices, but most people don't. So if you're ...

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    What makes a smartphone "smart"? The apps of course! Every week we will feature some of the best newest or updated apps for the three big names in the mobile industry; iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android. We have sifted through hundred of apps and have deemed these 12 the most noteworthy for you, the smartphone enthusiast. To download any of these apps to your respective platform just click on the name of the app to launch the AppStore, Windows Marketplace, or Google Play.   iPhone Kitchenator – A paid app that costs $0.99 Kitchenator is a unit convertor for nearly everything related ...

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    At the moment, the wireless world is dominated by three major players. Google, Apple, and Microsoft have all built arrays of services and features around their respective platforms: Apple's iTunes, Google Play, and Microsoft's Marketplace are the mainstays. Secondary offerings also play an important role, like Apple's iCloud and AppleTV integration, Google's comprehensive set of web-based productivity apps like Gmail, and Microsoft's Office and Xbox suites. The landscape is awash in brand names and service marks. These company-specific sets of features have come to be referred to as ...

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    It goes by model number GT-I8350 but the actual denomination of the phone is Samsung Omnia M. It is powered by Windows Phone and was just introduced by Samsung today, to be available first in Europe and later on in other regions. The Omnia M is marketed as a phone for "non stop entertainment". It packs a 1GHz processor and a four-inch Super AMOLED display of WVGA resolution. The rest of the specs include 384MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, five megapixel main camera with LED flash, VGA webcam, WiFi b/g/n, and a 1,500mAh battery. Samsung also throws in a couple of manufacturer specific ...

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    Before the release of Apple's newest tablet, when we were all still calling it the "iPad 3," there was the usual tempest of rumor and speculation regarding the new device. Some of this scuttlebutt, like the Retina display, proved to be true. Other unverified claims, like quad-core processors and an 8MP camera, didn't. My favorite rumor at the time, because I didn't care much about either tablet cameras or CPU core count, was that Apple would be eliminating the home button on its new iPad, leaving a clean uninterrupted bezel all the way around the screen. It wasn't the first time we'd heard ...

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    When HTC updated its Locations app to support offline navigation with voice prompts, we were pretty impressed with its offering, which compared favorably against Nokia Drive. While we praised features like its lane-change notifications, it seems like the app is about to get quite a bit less attractive, upon the arrival of news that users will have to shell-out some cash to continue using turn-by-turn voice navigation. Just what it will cost you to continue using voice nav depends on what geographical range you;d like covered and how long you'd like the license to last. An unlimited ...

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    The mobile phone industry, like everything, goes through phases. For a while the dominating trend was the race to the smallest design possible, but recently that's been changing. The "big slab" is the new mainstream, and that poses a big problem for manufacturers: how to avoid blending in. In corporate-speak, it's called "differentiation," but really what we're talking about is the drive to stand out. That used to be a bit easier when there were more variables involved. There was the race to replace the extendable aerial with the nub antenna, then finally the advance to invisible ...

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    Before we dive too deep (after all, love is such a strong word) people like Android. About 51% of smartphone users are running Android on their device. By February 2012 there were over 300 million Android phones (not including tablets) in the hands of consumers, with an additional 850,000 phones and tablets being activated every day. Obviously Android is doing something right. But that's just people who like Android. Some of them may not even know they're running Android, but it gets the job done and they're not at all worried about the nuts and bolts of what make their gadgets tick. Why ...

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    Say what you will about Nokia's recurring struggles to rid its Lumia series of Windows Phone handsets of some annoying bugs, but there's little denying the amount of effort the company's put in to raising the platform's profile and stirring-up interest from new users. Part of Nokia's plan to drive attention to its Lumia phones centers on bringing its users the latest and greatest apps; to that end, the company just announced a number of partnerships with developers, some bringing exclusive content to Lumia models. The apps Nokia discussed include a mix of new titles and updates to existing ...

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    A tatoo artist company in the UK called "I Ain't No Saint" has started working on some custom paint jobs for the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900. They currently have custom painted battery covers available for the Nokia Lumia 710, but it looks like they're testing some designs for the Lumia 800 and 900 as well. Above you'll see a test of a custom painted Nokia Lumia 900 and below you'll see a Lumia 800. Both are just preliminary designs made as a test for training purposes, but if you really want a custom painted Nokia Windows Phone, you can contact "I Ain't No Saint Paint" through their website. ...

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    If neither cyan or black is the color of your choice when it comes to the Lumia 900 on AT&T and you're interested in the white version you can go ahead and purchase one from AT&T for $99.99 on a two-year contract. However, if you want to grab the same phone in the same color for $49.99, you'll need to be a little patient. The device is indeed listed on Amazon with the price mentioned but it currently has a "backordered" status. This could either mean that it sold out like hot cookies or that the listing is already there but there are no phones in stock. If the lower price is important for ...

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    Everybody loves a bargain, right? Especially when it comes to smartphones, it doesn't get much better than inexpensive handsets -- or does it? From the consumer's perspective, low-priced hardware can be seen two ways: either it represents a good deal or, sometimes, simply a cheap and low-quality product. Certain brands go out of their way to avoid the appearance of being cheap and mass market, even if it means lower sales on higher margins: think Nokia sub-brand Vertu. Other companies, however, embrace the low-cost model, hoping to make their money on volume -- although perhaps at the ...

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    Users of Nokia's Lumia series of Windows Phone handsets are no strangers to putting up with a few bugs. It seems that ever since these phones arrived last fall, they've been plagued by a run of glitchy behavior, with problems ranging from battery life issues, to data connectivity, to audio problems. One we heard about recently was supposedly affecting certain Lumia 900 models, causing their displays to appear cast with a purple tint when screen brightness was turned down. Now Nokia has publicly announced that it's figured out what's causing this problem, and plans to see it corrected with ...

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