Posts tagged with: Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)
  • by | May 8, 2012 1:13 PM

    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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  • by | May 8, 2012 8:27 AM

    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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  • by | May 8, 2012 5:18 AM

    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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  • by | May 7, 2012 4:11 PM

    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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  • by | May 7, 2012 1:27 PM

    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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  • by | May 7, 2012 9:47 AM

    This year's CES brought exciting Windows Phones to AT&T's 4G network: the powerful HTC Titan II and the new kid on the block, the Nokia Lumia 900. Now the same AT&T 4G LTE network is preparing for yet another refresh: the Samsung Focus 2. It will go for $49.99 with a two-year contract and will be available beginning May 20. Windows Phone 7.5 will be powering the device which sports a four-inch Super AMOLED screen (with of course WVGA resolution), five-megapixel camera with HD 720p video recording capability, and VGA webcam for video calls and Skype. With the above features, Samsung joins ...

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  • by | May 3, 2012 11:31 AM

    Before Nokia's Lumia 900 made its retail debut, we caught wind of another Windows Phone handset with some LTE support of its own, back when the Samsung SGH-i667 got its FCC certification in March. Known as codename Mandel, the smartphone appeared to be getting ready for service on AT&T's network. All we knew about the phone at the time was that it was supposed to be something like Samsung's earlier Focus S, but with a larger screen. Today we get what seems to be our first look at the handset, courtesy of both a photo of the phone's back as well as a press render of its front. From the ...

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  • by | May 2, 2012 8:09 PM

    Back at the end of March, we heard from Microsoft that it was adding support for a number of new countries to the Windows Phone Marketplace. While Zune support was going live nearly straight-away, at the time the company indicated that these countries would get access to the web-based version of the Marketplace within about a week. The entirety of April has passed in the time since then, and that web-based support never happened. Microsoft hasn't forgotten about things, though, and today announced that the Marketplace is now accessible in twenty-two new nations. All told, Windows Phone ...

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  • by | May 2, 2012 5:35 PM

    We just got a "Save the Date" email for a Windows Phone Developer Summit that will happen June 20-21 in San Francisco, CA. We can't help but wonder if this may be when Microsoft decides to announce Windows Phone 8 and of course detail all the new bits and API's that developers will need to know in order to make great apps for the next version of Windows Phone. The graphic in the email is obviously a mockup of a fake generic Windows Phone, but we definitely notice a heavier font treatment of the word "apps" in the screen image of the Windows Phone Marketplace there. That's about all we can ...

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  • by | May 1, 2012 10:24 PM

    This weeks new Xbox LIVE game has a very exciting new feature that hasn't yet seen much action on Windows Phone 7; real-time multiplayer! PAC-MAN Kart Rally is a racing game similar to any other racing game except you've got PAC-MAN characters along with some power-ups and booster features. The graphics aren't terrific, but I'm actually happy to see touch screen controls for this racing game instead of the usual tilt-controls that so many others tend to use. At first I thought the multiplayer feature would actually work online over Xbox LIVE with any other Xbox LIVE player on the internet. ...

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  • by | April 30, 2012 4:30 PM

    When Nokia released its 12070 update for the Lumia 800, it was attempting to fix a few outstanding bugs in its Windows Phone smartphone. The update addressed power management issues, fixed some phone lock-ups, and was supposed to improve audio performance. It seems that in tackling that last one, though, Nokia ended up introducing some brand new glitches, and users noticed erratic volume behavior. Not content to let those bugs stand unchecked, there's now a new Lumia 800 update starting to go out, bringing the phone up to firmware 12072. The primary component of 12072 is code that fixes ...

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  • by | April 30, 2012 7:03 AM

    If you look at user reviews for any Windows Phone available today you will be hard pressed to find any with less than a 4 star average rating. The majority of users who buy these phones rate them very highly. Only once in a while you'll find some one that returns a Windows Phone and rates it poorly because it doesn't do something esoteric like Bluetooth file transfer (which may have been useful in 2005) or because they didn't take enough time to learn how to do something. Even though sales of Windows Phones do not come close to other smartphone platforms, we still see an increase in ...

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  • by | April 29, 2012 3:59 AM

    The HTC Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 900 are the hottest Windows Phones on AT&T at the moment and they both support the carrier's 4G network and speeds. If you didn't grab one already you have a chance of winning a unit with Windows Phone and Skype. Since they're AT&T phones, this contest is U.S.-only but the good thing is that it ends on June 7, 2012 at 11:59PST. All you have to do to enter the contest and win one out of ten devices given away is to follow the source link below to Facebook, watch the video and enter in your details to submit your entry. The rules are simple: "We will only ...

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  • by | April 28, 2012 2:06 PM

    We heard a while back that the co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, was lining up for a Nokia Lumia back when it was originally released, and now he lets everyone know what he thinks about it in an interview from aNewDomain. Here are a few good quotes: Just for looks and beauty, I definitely favor the Windows 7 Phone over Android. I'm kinda shocked how every screen is much more beautiful than the same apps on Android and iPhone. I'm just shocked, I haven't seen anything yet that isn't more beautiful than the other platforms. It's more intuitive and beautiful. As far as eyes and visual, the ...

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  • by | April 26, 2012 2:26 PM

    Paul Thurrott is pretty darn plugged-in when it comes to Microsoft, and when he comments on current rumors, speaking with authority, it's likely because he's been privy to some insider information. Recently, we heard him discuss the possibility for currently-available Windows Phone handsets to receive software updates in the future which would upgrade them to Windows Phone 8. There had been rumors on both sides of the issue, but according to Thurrott, it just wasn't going to happen. Now, a rumor out of Russia attempts to second-guess Thurrott, claiming that Mango phones very much will be ...

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