With as close as Nokia is to Microsoft, it’s no surprise the company gets away with a little more than other Windows Phone partners. The latest example of that tight relationship is showing-up in the latest software to hit Nokia Lumia-series devices, featuring some re-branding for the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Users with Lumia phones running Tango have discovered that their phones now feature a Nokia logo for the Marketplace tile. Earlier, the extent of Nokia’s influence on the Marketplace was confined to the manufacturer’s exclusive Nokia Collection app [...]
The current version of Facebook for Windows Phone is a massive improvement over the initial versions which were available for quite some time after the platform launch. It not only looks better but has added functionality. However, the app is not perfect but the developers seem to listen to customer feedback.
There’s a Note on the official Facebook for Windows Phone Facebook page according to which version 2.5, improved, will be soon landing in the Marketplace. The fruit of the team’s hard word based on feedback will include some nice features: threaded messaging [...]
Owners of the Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800c (which is the Chinese version) will definitely get the Internet Sharing option — that is tethering — in the next update which seems to be Tango, aka Windows Phone 7.5 refresh.
According to reports, NaviFirm is now listing localized versions of the update for the aforementioned devices, meaning that the roll-out should start soon. In addition to the platform refresh and Internet Sharing there are also add-on apps like Sportstracker, News and Creative Studio. So far Belgium, the Netherlands and Vietnam seem to have the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The Smartphone Beta Test website, in case you had any doubts, does indeed belong to Nokia; actually it is the company’s ad campaign for the Lumia 900 on AT&T, an ad campaign according to which all smartphone users in the past five years were beta testers.
With the website now live, we understand from the commercials that all those moments when your smartphone lost reception or took bad pictures was just a beta test; its results are now here and Nokia wants you to believe that it’s the Lumia 900. Head over to the source link to find the videos as well as a map to [...]
For those of you who combine an Apple computer with a phone powered by Windows Phone, there’s a new version of the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac available to download from the Mac App Store.
The current version, 2.02, brings a lot of new features, improvements and bugfixes to the table. Find all of them below and download the latest version from the Mac App Store source link at the bottom.
Features: Full sync and import support for Apple Aperture software Drag and drop import of files from Browse Device Ringtone transfer support (for phones running [...]
There were debates, discussions and opinions regarding the upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform, codenamed Apollo, and whether software titles for the current Windows Phone 7.5 will run on the next-gen Redmond OS. While to some it was a no-brainer (those who don’t believe Microsoft would shoot itself in the foot), others considered otherwise.
According to the latest post on the Windows Phone Developer blog, the situation is crystal clear and should wave away all your doubts. “Today’s Windows Phone applications and games will run on the next major version of [...]
The debate is no longer only about hardware and platform, as in Windows Phones vs. iPhones vs. Android phones, but has recently included titles in the software market, since even Stephen Elop doesn’t miss an opportunity to talk about “ecosystems”. The number of applications in the catalog is equally important, giving users the power to choose. While the Apple iTunes Store has somewhere around 600,000 titles and Google’s Play Store is not far behind, the Windows Phone Marketplace has topped 70,000 (which is a good number considering the age of the platform but [...]
The screenshots above come from Russia and they are allegedly snapped off of Nokia’s upcoming TV application to soon grace Lumia Windows Phones. Nokia TV would nicely compliment an already interesting application offering that the Espoo-company is offering to its Windows Phone customers.
According to the report, Nokia TV will allow for video show streaming on WiFi and Data from a searchable database of local network offerings. The first country to see the app will allegedly be Finland, with local stations like YLE, MTV3 and Nelopen being supported. There’s no info on [...]
Over the weekend, we heard that AT&T might not be planning on delivering the Windows Phone 8107 update to phones in its stable. At the time, we still had some questions about whether or not this was an official decision from on-high at the carrier. Now, AT&T has confirmed that it will in fact not be bringing 8107 to its subscribers, as well as provided a bit more insight into why it’s making the decisions it does regarding updates, and when we might hope see one finally arrive.
A spokesperson for AT&T has stated that even though 8107 won’t be coming [...]
It is March 28, and, as Stephen Elop himself hinted (promised), Nokia made its Windows Phone debut in China. The first CDMA Nokia Windows Phone on the market is the 800C, introduced with China Telecom.
It will become available in April in the two best-selling flavors: black and cyan. If you are looking for something else (cheaper), make sure to wait until the second quarter of the year (which is just around the corner) when a CDMA version of the Lumia 610 will also land on China Telecom’s line-up.
Future owners of the Lumia 800C on China Telecom will have access to [...]
Attention, Windows Phone Developers! Microsoft has released an updated Windows Phone SDK, wearing the 7.1.1 version numbering. There are two major additions to the update: first, it allows for app development for devices with 256 MB memory and second, it now supports the new Windows 8 platform.
There are now two images: one for 512 MB-enabled devices — which is now using build 8773 — and one which emulates the new devices that sport 256MB or memory. If you are a Windows Phone developer (or consider becoming one), you should head over to the source links below to find [...]
When Nokia and Microsoft agreed to collaborate last year in February it was not sure which company was the other one’s safety belt; truth is Nokia needed to regain a huge chunk of the market lost and Microsoft needed a strong hardware partner to build the buzz for Windows Phone.
After launching the first Windows Phones — the Lumia 800 together with the Lumia 710 — five months ago, Nokia is confident. “Our strategy is working. When we formed an alliance last year with Microsoft our intention was to regain lost share. After one year, it is still working. We [...]
Watch this week’s Windows Phone view as we wrap-up all that’s good and bad inside the world of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In today’s show we begin by talking about all the rumors that surround the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T. We later cover all the recent commitments that Nokia has made for the current Nokia Windows Phones in the market. We continue with our week’s coverage of the Nokia concept redesign for Windows Phone and Project Detroit. We later discuss the recent leaks of Windows Phone Tango’s multitasking capabilities [...]
Yesterday, Rovio’s latest and greatest, Angry Birds Space made its way to the Apple and Google online software markets and many of the Windows Phone users were wondering about their variant. Sadly, here it comes: there will be none!
“We’re the No. 1 app in the Windows Phone app store, but it’s a big undertaking to support it, and you have to completely rewrite the application”, said Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer at Rovio. You could look at this from three perspectives, really: 1. either Rovio is lazy and prefers to cash in from its [...]
Back in the day when we reviewed the LG Optimus 7, one of the Windows Phone 7 launch devices, we took a closer look at the “Play To” DLNA application which since has been renamed by the manufacturer to SmartShare.
However, Nokia is now releasing a Beta of a similar app, called “Play To”, for Lumia Windows Phones. The principle is the very same: you can display pictures and videos on DLNA-capable devices over WiFi, if you are on the same network. These can be TV sets, BlueRay players, or a computer running Windows 7 for instance. Future releases will most [...]
After seeing the first Windows Phone 7.5 (Tango) custom ROMs hit devices like the good old HTC HD2 and Samsung Omnia 7, reports are coming in from the community regarding features and additions to the new OS build.
Aside from the multimedia messaging confirmations for delivery, the new Windows Phone build now features not five, like previously in Mango, but the last eight applications recently used, which are kept in the memory. With such a multitasking limit users will be able to do more in less time (given that the memory used by apps doesn’t reach [...]
China is now the largest mobile market in the world and Microsoft, together with the hardware partners, are entering the game with high hopes, trying to sell some volumes. A Beijing event organized by Microsoft China marks the debut of the platform in the country, with support for simplified and traditional Chinese.
As far as the first Windows Phone handset on the Chinese market is concerned, we’ve heard of the HTC Triumph (aka Titan). According to the official wording, the first Windows Phone is indeed an HTC-made device but it is called the HTC Eternity, a name which [...]