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 [...]
A couple days ago, we took a look at a video interview featuring Microsoft evangelist Nuno Silva, in which he responded to a question about the move to Windows Phone 8 Apollo by explaining that Microsoft had confirmed that all existing Windows Phone 7 handsets would be seeing software updates to WP8. That was interesting to hear, especially since it hadn’t been seeming like that would be the case. It wasn’t long though, before other sources started speaking out in denial of Silva’s claims. Just how did the story get so tangled-up? Silva’s now setting the record [...]
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) [...]
Windows Phone 7.5 Tango is now a reality, with the first handsets running the latest OS build arriving for the Chinese market. What we’ve been more curious about, though, is how the update might find its way to existing Windows Phone devices. The latest rumor says that after a short delay to allow for more carrier testing, we’ll see Tango start going-out en masse in early June.
While owners of existing Windows Phone models won’t care about Tango features like support for new 256MB devices, there are still some changes worth looking forward to; improvements to [...]
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. [...]
The HTC Titan II came out the same day as the Nokia Lumia 900, but hasn’t seen as much press coverage — or sales, for that matter. Still, it has some great features that are worth taking a look at, especially that 16 megapixel camera HTC has included. This is the first time HTC has included a 16 megapixel camera on any of their phones, Android included. Is it worth the extra price compared to the Nokia Lumia 900? Read on for our full review.BOX CONTENTS
The HTC Titan II comes in your usual orange AT&T-branded box. Inside the box you’ve got a [...]
This week’s Xbox LIVE game for Windows Phone is Monster Island. This is another port from Miniclips.com with a few extra Xbox LIVE features. You’ve got a store built into the game where you can spend the coins that you earn in the normal levels on new monsters, unlocking levels, level skips, or solutions. You can even buy extra coins with Microsoft Points in case you really want to make the game easier.
The game play itself is a lot of fun. It’s very similar to Fragger where as you touch the screen and drag left or right to set the strength of your throw [...]
Just about all of Apple’s latest iPhone commercials have been advertising their speech interface called “Siri”. Windows Phone has a speech interface built into the operating system as well, but it’s more limiting and commands-based and certainly not as conversational or as fun as Siri. The Boston Herald took a spin with a new Windows Phone speech interface in the form of a third party app called “Ask Ziggy”. The app was made by just one guy, Shai Leib, and has some definite advantages over Siri and certainly is an improvement to the default [...]
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 [...]
For as connected as smartphones have made us, making it easier than ever to reach out and contact people across all corners of the globe, those connections don’t have much value if we’re unable to communicate with each other. That’s what makes apps like Microsoft’s Bing Translator so valuable, helping to knock down some of the walls between different groups of people. Windows Phone users should now find it easier than ever to reach out to the world around them thanks to the release of a new version of Translator, bringing with it a whole mess of [...]
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 [...]
We had some pretty high expectations for Nokia’s Lumia 900, and much to the manufacturer’s credit, the phone largely delivered. That said, things weren’t perfect, and a pretty embarrassing problem with the phone quickly came to light. Nokia had shipped the phone with some software in place that was creating a problem with the handset’s memory management, a problem that would manifest itself as a loss of data connectivity. A couple days ago, we heard from Nokia that it was fast-tracking an update to fix this issue, and users could hope to see it arrive sometime [...]
Many Americans who follow the smartphone world were disappointed last year when Nokia released the Lumia 800. They were disappointed that it wasn’t available in North America but also because it didn’t have things like a front-facing camera, LTE high speed internet access, or a larger screen. This week, Nokia aims to remedy these complaints by releasing the Lumia 900 on AT&T. The Lumia 900 is a big upgrade to the Lumia 800, but it keeps the great hardware design and feel along with a slightly updated version of Windows Phone 7.5 that brings support for [...]
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 [...]
We started-off the week hearing about the forthcoming software update for the HTC Trophy on Verizon. According to the release notes Verizon had published in advance of the update’s distribution, it looked like Trophy owners were about to see their phones get the platform’s 8107 update, including the fix for the keyboard issues that had been plaguing the OS. At the time, we weren’t quite sure when Verizon would actually flip the switch and start getting the update into the hands of users; it now appears that moment has happened, and the update is now on its way [...]
Both the HTC Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 900 were released this week on AT&T. Both have many similarities as well. You’ve got high speed AT&T LTE data connections, Windows Phone 7.5, non-removable batteries, large screen sizes, 480×800 pixel screen resolutions, front facing cameras, 16Gb of storage, 512Mb of RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. But how do they differ and is that worth the price?
The Titan II has a slightly faster 1.5Ghz processor versus the Lumia 900’s 1.4Ghz processor and this shows in the benchmarks and HTML5 speed [...]
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 [...]