If you’re looking for a dictionary application made by Microsoft, the new Bing Dictionary is available to download for free in the Windows Phone Marketplace.
There are lots of useful features included, like the ability to use a local dictionary which contains 100,000 most-frequently-used English and Chinese words; you can always go online and use the dictionary there for more words, sentences as well as voice. The fact that it also supports Chinese will help Microsoft start its push in the market once Windows Phones — aside from the HTC Triumph — become [...]
About the Nokia Lumia 719 we know that it recently got certified in China by the SRRC, the Chinese radio management commission and that it is expected to be a localized version of the 710, hence being its twin, if we may.
The image above, posted on the Chinese social network Weibo, seems to show off just that, claiming that the device snapped is indeed the 719 for China Telecom. Aside from that, all we know is that there will be a 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED Display screen and a five-megapixel camera on the device, pretty much like on the Lumia 710. It is rumored for Asian, North [...]
After announcing 60% more potential customers for Windows Phone, Microsoft is now letting everyone know that the App Hub will start accepting submissions for the new Marketplaces in the next two weeks.
There are 23 new Marketplace additions; these include: Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam. That’s in addition to the five stores we opened earlier this year in Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, [...]
The Windows Phone 7.5 “refresh” is nearly upon us, with news of Tango coming to China next week. Of course, we wouldn’t expect a bunch of die-hard smartphone fans to wait until a formal release to start enjoying new software, and the crowd over at the XDA-Developers forums have already cooked-up a pair of custom Tango ROMs, now available for the HTC HD2 and the Samsung Omnia 7.
It seems only fitting that the HD2, the quintessential tinkerer’s smartphone, is among the first of the models to see these new ROMs. These releases build upon previous custom [...]
We can’t read Chinese, even though we wish we could, so we’ll have to trust those who can on this. The image above is apparently an official press invite to a March 21 even which will mark the debut of Windows Phone 7.5’s “Tango” update — on the Chinese market.
The HTC Triumph, known to others as the HTC Titan, is already launched in the country and the Taiwanese manufacturer became the first OEM to bring Windows Phone 7.5 (“Tango” version) to the market. However, Nokia is planning its presence too with Stephen Elop himself [...]
Apple and some others might disagree but you really can’t ignore the voice of the market! It sure looks like people want their smartphones to be as thin as possible with a screen size many would call “relatively large” or “beyond their sweet-spot”.
According to a recent Strategy Analytics survey, people in the U.K. and U.S. have spoken: they want screen sizes that measure anywhere between 4.0 and 4.5-inches in diagonal. This not only is contrary to Apple’s current trend of screen sizes but it also conflicts with a new direction: phablets. [...]
It’s that time of the year again, when we’re both happy and sad, excited and disappointed all at the same time. Last year’s Mobile World Congress was all about three things: Android, 3D and speed offered by emerging dual-core processors. This year’s show was not that much different at all, if you come to think of it.
It’s safe to assume that everyone who was there — or following our MWC coverage — understands that, again, Android was all over the place. With or without Ice Cream Sandwich on smartphones or tablets, the Google platform [...]
There seems to be a lot of hype over when “Tango” will be released with new features for current Windows Phones as well as new support for low-end emerging-market Windows Phones. Microsoft’s PR firm told us that these updates are still called “Windows Phone 7.5”. There is no new name. Yes it is an update that you could call a “refresh” and there will be higher build numbers, but it’s still going to be called “Windows Phone 7.5” The “Tango” name was just a code name for the engineering work that was contributed [...]
Windows Phone fans in China can already pre-order the HTC Triumph — the HTC Titan, really — and it looks like Nokia doesn’t want to let HTC get away with it, at least if Stephen Elop can do something about it.
According to the CEO, March 28 is the date to circle in your calendar if you are waiting for Nokia Windows Phones in China. There were no other details but given the recent rumors as well as documentation found on the Chinese Regulatory Authorities websites, the Lumia 800 as well as the Lumia 710 (in their GSM and CDMA variants) are possible candidates. [...]
The upcoming Windows Phone Tango update won’t deliver changes on the same scale we saw for Mango, but Microsoft is still managing to deliver a few tweaks alongside support for new hardware options. We’ve been talking about the update by its codename Tango, but how will Microsoft officially refer to the new OS build once we see it really start to arrive? One claim out of Italy says that the corporation will deliver Tango as “Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh”.
That’s not the most catchy name, sure, but it’s nice and to-the-point; ultimately, [...]
Windows Phone Tango — the platform iteration which should pave the way for lower-end, cheaper devices in markets and hopefully help Microsoft and its partners sell volumes — on phones is nowhere to be seen but applications slowly get Tango support.
The Microsoft weather app is a popular one and, according to Mike Battista, it has been built once again from ground up. In addition to newly added features, the main difference is that now it offers support for Windows Phone Tango and it complies with its limitations.
Source: Mike Battista, MarketplaceVia: [...]
The story of Microsoft, Windows Phone and Sony Ericsson (now Sony) looks to be like those “impossible love” dramas. The Japanese manufacturer is yet to announce a Windows Phone device even though we know there was at least one prototype (the Julie) which is up on eBay, by the way.
Initially, Sony Ericsson said they were open minded regarding Windows Phone. This was a little bit more than one year ago when the company also said that “we haven’t made any concrete announcement about when and how we would introduce Windows phone 7 into the portfolio”. [...]
When the Nokia Lumia 719 surfaced in Bluetooth certification documents ahead of the MWC, everyone expected it to be a new device from the Finnish manufacturer. We suspected it to be a variant of some sort for the Lumia 710 and it turns out that it is just that. SRRC, the Chinese radio management commission has listed the Lumia 719C, as per the screenshot above, which means that the phone will be heading to China Telecom’s CDMA2000 network. This falls nicely into place with previous rumors, but this time concerning a certain 800C to arrive on the carrier sometime this month. Which [...]
Last year the smartphone world saw quite a few shake-ups regarding misuse of location data, with first iOS, then Android, and finally Windows Phone going under the magnifying glass. All too often, by the time things resolved it became clear that the initial panic of phone software tracking users, or otherwise sharing location data without consent, was somewhat overblown. Nevertheless, the publicity these incidents generated has been reminding companies that plenty of users take these kind of concerns very seriously. Microsoft may have been thinking back on these events when it decided [...]
We’ve already heard quite a bit about the limitations that new budget-priced Windows Phone Tango hardware with 256MB of RAM will face. Microsoft recently revealed a bit about compatibility issues existing apps might have when trying to cram-in to the newly-reduced memory space. We’ve also seen some leaked screenshots that attempted to highlight broader changes to the platform that Microsoft is making in order to keep Tango running smoothly on these handsets. Today, Microsoft acknowledges those rumors, updating its Windows Phone support pages to describe some of these [...]
Of course, the Lumia 610 announced together with the Lumia 900, is a cheap Windows Phone made by the Espoo-based company. However, Nokia still needs to work on the pricing for its Windows Phones in order to compete with Android.
$250 is a great price for the Lumia 610 but there are many Android phones out there that are even cheaper. Plus, Google’s platform is already a leading and most popular one so why should someone pick up a Lumia 610?
“We are competing with Android”, Niklas Savander, executive vice-president at Nokia said. “We have a lot [...]
Windows Phone has been a long time coming to China, with rumors about its launch there stemming back to 2010. Recently, we’ve been seeing the situation start to make some movement, starting with rumors last fall that things were starting to come together for the introduction of the OS there. Even more recently, we saw some Chinese retailers start taking pre-orders for Windows Phone handsets, and then heard that we would likely be looking at the first one arriving sometime in March. It’s looking like that moment is nearly upon us, with the first Windows Phone for China [...]
First there was the ZTE Tania Windows Phone and then came the ZTE Orbit, the Chinese company’s second smartphone powered by the Microsoft platform, this time in its Tango iteration. Same as with the Tania, the Orbit is aimed towards those who don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on a device.
The specs are modest with a four-inch WVGA screen, five-megapixel camera with LED flash, 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage with no front-facing webcam (sorry future possible Skype users). Whether you will want to buy one largely depends on your location and you [...]
With phones like Nokia’s Lumia 610 and ZTE’s Orbit being announced today, the era of Windows Phone Tango and its reduced-spec hardware is upon us. We already got a bit of a look into the changes that Tango will deliver, including how it might handle hardware limitations. Microsoft recently addressed this change, talking about how it will affect developers, as well as touching on additional changes to the scope of the Windows Phone community.
The good news is that Microsoft expects the vast majority of existing apps to play nicely with 256MB RAM handsets. Software [...]
We already knew that ZTE had some big plans for the Mobile World Congress; it seemed like the manufacturer could barely contain its excitement, announcing a few models in the past week leading up to the show. We also knew that the company was planning to lift the curtain on an additional eight devices at the MWC, including both Android and Windows Phone models. Today we finally have a chance to get a look at what ZTE has to offer.
The two most interesting models from ZTE’s new lineup have got to be the quad-core Era (above) and the Windows Phone ZTE Orbit. The Era gets our [...]
Watch this week’s Windows Phone View as we wrap up all that was good and bad inside the world of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. In today’s show we begin by talking about all the Nokia devices that have been leaked during the week, and which ones we consider fake. We later talk about the LG Miracle, which sadly doesn’t seem to be such a miraculous solution for LG. We then go through our week’s coverage and end the Good section talking about Windows Phone Tango, even though it fit best in the Bad section.
In the Bad section we talk about [...]
We started-off the week by bringing you news of Nokia’s expected lineup of new devices for the Mobile World Congress. Among the handsets we learned were in Nokia’s plans were two Windows Phone models. The Lumia 900 is one we’re familiar with thanks to CES, and the only difference we expect to see at the MWC is a new global cellular radio. The other model is quite a bit more mysterious; we know it as the Lumia 610. While we still have plenty of questions about this handset, we’re now starting to see signs confirming the handset’s existence, as well as [...]
According to a recent Financial Times report, Fujitsu is planning on entering the European market this year with a number of Android-powered smartphones and tablets to go with its Windows Phones.
The hardware maker is allegedly already in talks with network operators but it is yet unknown whether its line-up will be unveiled at the upcoming MWC or not. Following the same market policy as Panasonic — which is planning on entering the European market this March — Fujitsu will bring its devices to Europe while maintaining some of the features specific to the Japanese [...]
Hot on the heels of the CDMA Nokia Lumia 800 headed to China in March — alongside other Windows Phones — comes a report according to which Microsoft’s upcoming platform refresh, codenamed Tango, will be launching in China during the next month.
After an MWC unveiling, Windows Phones from Nokia, HTC, LG and ZTE will be available with Tango — an update which could basically run on any current WP7 hardware — which is said to have some of its services removed. Twitter and Facebook will be replaced with market-specific applications for social networking [...]