The Verge reports that "Batman" is actually the internal codename for a new low-end Windows Phone from Nokia, not the Lumia 1320 / 929 as reported by @evleaks. It's believed to sport a large display, be an affordable smartphone and it may fall in the 6xx range. According to sources familiar with Nokia plans, the handset will be placed just above the Lumia 625, a low-cost Windows Phone with the largest display on any Lumia device.
Last month, the Windows 8 version of Rayman Jungle Run received a sizable update. Ubisoft added 20 new levels to their beautiful 2D platformer, and for free. New levels are all very well and good, but what about the Windows Phone 8 version of the game? We assumed it would receive the same update at some point, but Ubisoft couldn’t confirm it for us.
Looks like we assumed correctly! The Windows Phone 8 version of Rayman Jungle Run just got updated with 20 new levels. The update pushes the game’s download size from 49 MB to 78 MB, but that’s still not a bad size for a AAA downloadable title. Head past the break for details and screenshots of the new stages.
Microsoft has always been ready to help small businesses whether it be through their BizSpark program for entrepreneurs or through Bing Places for locals. The Bing Places for business service allows local business owners to efficiently create an online presence and “stand out from the competition” in Bing.
Updated 5 PM ET: While the core of this render is accurate, the screen itself was created by one Florin N. who tipped us that this is not a new "leak". Still, the 1320 vs 929 info is accurate.
A new render of the Nokia Lumia 929 has been leaked on the Chinese micro-blogging website, Weibo. The render is the same as we've seen previously from other accounts, but details have also emerged that we could well be looking at the Lumia 1320 for regions outside the US. Nokia is set to unveil numerous handsets and other hardware at its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi later this month.
Amazing Weather HD is one of our favorite weather apps for Windows Phone. The app is available for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices and was updated to version 220.127.116.11 earlier today to add a few new features and fix a few bugs.
The most notable fix corrects the bug that caused lockscreen updates to not match the weather information. You also have Simplified Chines and Hungarian languages added and a optional usage data setting.
Are you so excited for Microsoft’s launch of Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 that you wish you could lineup outside a Microsoft store and wait till 12:01 AM to get one? If the answer to that question is yes, then you just might be in luck! Ten Microsoft retail stores will be hosting midnight launch events – and one might be near you.
Vodafone has confirmed on its official blog that three new locations will be added to the list of cities supporting 4G here in the UK. Originally launched in London, the mobile operator expanded to Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield in September.
Microsoft guru Paul Thurrott is reporting on some new information regarding the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update aka ‘Blue’. He notes that the info comes from a single source, though he has confidence in the information revealed.
What’s discussed isn’t so much the superficial UI changes or new features but rather core user experience deviations that should cause a stir amongst the Windows Phone faithful.
We won’t recapitulate all of Thurrott’s revelations, but we will highlight a few of the more interesting ones.
Microsoft is looking to take full advantage of existing Windows infrastructure in schools and universities. ZDNet spoke with two education technology chiefs who went with Dell Windows 8 tablets and rolled them out to students. The overall response has been positive, especially from the IT departments who can easily integrate the tablets into existing networks and systems.
We were at a local Nokia developer event in London last night. The Developer Experience team decided to hold an informal session at the company's Paddington offices, inviting both bloggers and developers to mingle and show off some cool Windows Phone apps. There was more demand than spaces available, but fear not if you were unable to attend as Nokia plans to kick off similar events in the future.
Nokia World 2013 is soon approaching and is now only weeks away (October 22nd if you require reminding). Nokia has announced on its official blog that the press event taking place on the day over in Abu Dhabi will be streamed live on Nokia conversations for everyone to watch. Great news if you're unable to attend. So, what are the details?
Microsoft has awarded its first $100,000 bounty reward to a security researcher for discovering a bug in Windows 8.1. The company kicked off the bounty hunt for flaws and vulnerabilities in both Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 8.1, with bounties ranging up to $11,000 and $100,000 respectively.
Windows Phone and Windows 8 remain in the struggle to attract support from the major media broadcasters here in the UK, including the BBC and Sky (or BskyB – British Sky Broadcasting). The former has started to show signs of platform backing with the release of iPlayer, but there’s still room for improvement.
Sky on-the-other-hand has yet to produce the goods. You can help us change this by getting involved and making the company alter its view on Windows Phone.
It was in early August that Microsoft finally launched a suite of Bing apps for Windows Phone 8. Apps like Finance, News, Sports, and Weather had been on Windows 8 for months, but not on Windows Phone. The apps were very welcomed by the community. Now we’ve got some updates for a few of those apps. Details below.
They say copying is the best form of flattery, but we're not ones to mess around with petty arguments about who copied who when it comes to smartphones. That said, we will sometimes dive into the pool of humor to rock around and troll slightly.
Today, we're looking at Apple hosting an event on the same day as Nokia. Coincidence?
This morning we reported on a list of unofficial (and incomplete) changes coming in the double punch GDR3/Bittersweet shimmer update later this year. One of those new features, noted over the weekend by leakster Nawzil, were optional color choices for Nokia’s ever-evolving Glance screen.
Tonight on the Chinese social-network Sina Weibo, a low resolution (but clear as day) photo has leaked showing what Glance looks like in green. We have to admit, it certainly looks sharp. In the lower part of the display you can also see a pending notification, something which has been confirmed multiple times now.
We might not get an official YouTube app anytime soon that isn’t more than a web player, but we’ve got some solid third-party alternatives. The two that contend for a spot on your Start screen are myTube and Metrotube. It’s hard to pick one as a clear winner since they approach YouTube on Windows Phone slightly different and therefore both rock. Let’s check what’s new in the latest myTube update in the meantime.
We’re a few weeks away from Nokia World in Abu Dhabi. We expect to see a handful of new smartphones running Windows Phone and even a tablet running Windows RT. We’ll have a pair of boots on the ground bringing you the latest from the event, but it’s always fun to see news trickle out ahead of the event.
We suspect we’ll be seeing a lot of devices taking advantage of some Bluetooth magic, like the Nokia Treasure Tag. But the Bluetooth fun doesn’t stop there with Nokia, read on to learn about some changes coming to the platform.
Rudy Huyn might be part machine, his apps are constantly getting new features and updates faster than we can keep track of. He’s the developer behind some of the more popular apps in the Windows Phone community like 6tag, 6sec, Wikipedia, TVShow, Fuse and more. His Instagram app, 6tag, has been especially well received and an app we see updated more than others. Let’s check out what’s new in the latest version.
There’s not much to go on here…actually, there’s nothing to go on here, but leakster Twitter account evleaks has posted that there is a ‘Lumia 1320’ on the way and it evidently has the codename ‘Batman’.
What to make of it? The ‘1320’ designation suggests a new class of Lumia, positioned somewhere between the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020, perhaps something along the line of a not-so-big device i.e. less than 6-inches.
The DVLUP (www.dvlup.com) team have announced two changes that are occurring at the Nokia rewards program for Windows Phone developers. If you’ve never heard of DVLUP, the program (launched back in 2012 in the US and Canada) enables those who publish content to the stores to take full advantage of some unique challenges that lead to exciting opportunities and rewards being earned.
Version 3.0 of the Official Twitter app for Windows Phone brings a handful of new features
The official Twitter app for Windows Phone was last updated back in June and that was after its major overhaul in February of this year. Today version 18.104.22.168 has landed on the store and if that should ring a bell, it means a major version change and not just a few fixes or enhancements.
Loading up the app and heading into settings we find a surfeit of new and welcomed changes, including the much coveted “dark” theme. While the default light theme was always sharp looking, dark (along with that Twitter category bar at the top) looks especially elegant.
But besides that new theme, there are a few other changes, let’s take a look.
News this morning has come out regarding some more changes coming to Windows Phone 8 General Distribution Release 3 and Nokia's Bittersweet shimmer. Most of these features we have been aware of for some time, in fact we re-capped them on Saturday with the Glance screen information, but there are a few new tidbits to give a clearer idea of the big picture.
The info comes by way of Nawzil, who has been posting quite a bit of information regarding Microsoft and Nokia’s plans for the upcoming OS and firmware update. We have heard that GDR3’s features have been briefed by Microsoft with various people recently, so we’re not too surprised to hear information is now coming forward—leaks are leaks.
So what’s new? Let’s take a look.
While we wait for the approaching Nokia world event in Abu Dhabi (which we're attending, by the way) more leaks of the Lumia 1520 are surfacing on the Internet. New images have been published on Chinese micro-blogging service, Sina Weibo showing the large Windows Phone in all its glory. We're also provided some more evidence of its size.
Kevin of CrackBerry, Phil of Android Central, Daniel of Windows Phone Central, Derek of Mobile Nations, and Rene of iMore talk about the state of mobile. How many platforms is Android, what's happening with BlackBerry, can Microsoft deliver, and what's next for Apple?