Nokia has released a video showing off what happens inside the Lumia 1020 when you hit the shutter button to snap a photo. You may be thinking, "I've seen this before, Richy!" and you'd be correct in assuming as much. This is the same promo footage used last month when the Lumia 1020 was unveiled to the world. It's about time the video is available as a short clip.
If you're not familiar with ooVoo (www.oovoo.com), it's a popular proprietary video chat and messaging service (as if we haven't enough solutions already) that's already available on iOS and Android. Eric from the ooVoo team has revealed on the official forum that they're indeed working on supporting Windows Phone in the future.
There's nothing worse than purchasing a Windows Phone, but not able to rock the night away with apps and games from the store. The unique market that is China has been an interesting addition to the ecosystem with Xbox Live, social networks and even store content being affected by tight restrictions (The Great Firewall).
Luckily there's light at the end of the tunnel as LiveSino reports that it's now possible to alter your region and then download content from the store that's not published for China.
Apple has previously enjoyed kicking Microsoft down with the famous Mac versus PC advertisement campaign. It was a giggle to see Apple attempting to be trendy against Microsoft's "boring" OS and PCs in general. Now it's Microsoft's turn to hit back and the company is continuing its Apple-bashing run with the above advert, putting the Surface RT against the popular iPad.
The Lumia 925 is Nokia's first Windows Phone to make use of metal in the production process. The unique design and improved optics are a refreshing change from the Lumia 920, along with being slightly thinner and lighter. The new high-end smartphone is a must-have for many consumers. The issue is the product is still launching in numerous markets, including India.
While we still don’t have any firm confirmations on Nokia’s plans for the Lumia 925 on Canadian carriers, those itching to pick up the thin metal Windows Phone 8 device can now order it SIM unlocked.
The site Expansys has the device in limited stock for CDN $714.56, ready to ship and in white with 16GB of storage. On board bands include 3G (850/900/1900/2100 MHz) and GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), so make sure you check with your respective carrier for compatibility.
Audiocloud is a SoundCloud client app for our Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices. The app will let you explore a healthy community of artists, bands, podcasts and other audio content from the comfort of your Windows Phone.
Audiocloud was recently updated to version 2.5 which includes a handful of fixes and performance tweaks as well as the ability to repost sounds.
Looks like it's not just those Bing apps that are getting released today as the Wells Fargo banking app is now finally available for Windows Phone 8. Ever since Bank of America, Chase and numerous other financial institutions released their apps over the last two years, we’ve been hearing requests for Wells Fargo—now those wishes have been answered.
The Wells Fargo app is everything you’d expect from a modern banking institution - it allows you to check account balances, pay bills, send money, make balance transfers, deposit checks, and track investments.
Update: As of 7PM ET, all links are now working. Please try now to download the new Bing suite for Windows Phone 8. It's not restricted to the US.
Today, Microsoft has pulled the sheets off of a new suite of apps based around the Bing search engine. Simply called Bing Apps, the collection of four apps includes Sports, News, Weather and Finance, including Live Tile support for Windows Phone 8 devices.
Based off of the same suite of apps for its Windows 8 OS, the new applications bring all of the latest news right to the Start screen, continuing the “glance and go” usability that Windows Phone users have become accustomed to. Indeed, this is the first time we’ve seen some real parallels between the desktop and mobile OS drawn and it should make using the two systems more seamless than before for new customers.
Watch our first-look video of the new apps in action and enjoy the gallery of screenshots after the break.
It looks like those on Telecom, based in New Zealand, won’t be getting their hands on the excellent Nokia Lumia 925 as was planned. A source familiar with the carrier has informed us that the phone has evidently failed network testing and “won't be offered by Telecom”. What makes the matter worse is that the Lumia 920 was designated end-of-life (EOL) last month and indeed, that phone is no longer listed on Telecom’s website (though you can still purchase it in-store).
Earlier this week we viewed Microsoft's latest episode of "On The Whiteboard" about the new 3D printing drivers that will be shipping within Windows 8.1. Today we have learned that Microsoft retail stores across the country will offer the experience to see a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer first hand.
Customers will be able view a live 3D printing demonstration, as well as being able to purchase a home unit and the required filament in store. At this point in time, Microsoft Stores are the only stores outside of MakerBot’s NYC store where you can purchase one of these high-tech printers.
It looks like those in Poland will be getting a new Windows Phone to choose from come September as evidently the ATIV S from Samsung is headed to market. The phone, like the Sprint ATIV S Neo, is expected to be a minor refresh, possibly sporting a new chipset to support FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0 and OS build 10327 (GDR2).
The news comes via Samsung’s own Twitter account for the Polish market (Samsung Polska) and while pricing was not given, nor any updated specifications (if any), the time-frame of September 20th and the ATIV S model name was.
If you’re running Windows Phone you’ve got few choices for OEMs. HTC, Samsung, and Nokia are the big three that make devices, but Nokia easily controls both the marketshare and mindshare when it comes to Windows Phone. So there’s quite a few of you out there rocking Nokia devices and you might be curious where they get made. That place, Nokia’s headquarters in Finland, recently received a remodel. Let’s check out some pics and learn about the process.
While we don’t suspect many of you are users of the former cloud-service from Apple called MobileMe, which was cancelled last year and merged into iCloud, we suppose it couldn’t hurt to mention this offer.
Last year, Apple abandoned MobileMe, which had trouble from day one. Those users though did have 20GB of free online storage while Apple’s new iCloud only offered 5GB. Apple did however make up the 15GB difference for one year to those switching over, but alas, that one year ended within the last few days (though some have extensions until September 30th). As a result, Apple sent out “downgrade” notices to people notifying them that they are losing that 15GB. Users can either accept that or pay to keep the extra 15GB.
Nokia has completed the acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks, eliminating Siemens' stake in the then joint-venture. Nokia now owns the company and has altered the branding to Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN - www.nsn.com). As well as the name alteration, there have been a handful of changes on the board of directors, but NSN will continue to operate with and be consolidated by Nokia. The price? A previous Nokia statement reported it as 1.7 billion euros.
Some good news today for Windows Phone as the latest numbers, based on device shipments from earlier this year, have revealed a steady increase for the third place operating system.
According to the IDC’s latest numbers, Windows Phone has seen a surge of 77% year over year for device shipments (8.7M in 2013 versus 4.9M for 2012). With those numbers, Windows Phone has increased from 3.1% market share to a modest 3.7%. While iOS and Android still dominate with 13.2% and 79.3% market share respectively, Windows Phone maintains the largest year over year increase.
This is the second report from the IDC this year that has shown strong YoY growth for Windows Phone and the second report from the IDC to claim its third place ranking, globally. However, while that 77% year over year change is impressive, it is down from the 150% year over year growth measuring back in February. Some of that though can probably be attributed to a downswing in general sales of technology as the global economy continues to stagnate.
We've received multiple tips that ESPNcricinfo has been updated with a revamped interface. Instead of continuing to sport a rather dull and boring interface, the team behind the app has implemented a brand new design, better reflecting the modern UI that's utilised on Windows Phone and across the Microsoft ecosystem. What's more is the new look also brings the app up to speed with counterparts on iOS and Android.
Flipkart (www.flipkart.com), one of the largest online retailers in India, has launched an eBook service on Windows Phone 8. Titled Flipkart eBook, the app will enable you to enjoy a large collection of books while out and about. Offline storage is supported for commuters who head through dead spots in signal coverage, as well as those who enjoy long-haul flights.
Microsoft's Todd Brix announced yesterday new developer tools to further expand the opportunity for those who wish to produce content for Windows Phone. As well as new capabilities for developers, the official blog post also goes into detail about new payout markets, as well as expanded payment options and how the store is growing. If you're considering whether or not Windows Phone is worth it, these changes may sway your mind.
Those with Nest Learning Thermostats (www.nest.com) don't have an official app to control the device with their Windows Phone (the story of our lives). A third-party app was available, but has been pulled from the store. Fear not as we've got some good news as Sharkfist Software has released wpnest, a compatible app that allows you to manage the thermostat. There's more to it as the developer has made everything open source, enabling others to get involved to help shape the app for the future.
Today Microsoft made an announcement for users who use the messaging feature on Outlook.com; if you currently use the Outlook web interface to chat with your friends on Facebook, Google Talk, or Messenger, the site keeps a copy of your chat history in a folder. Starting this fall, the Messaging history folder will be removed.
App Highlights has been Nokia's way to show customers which content is worth checking out on the Windows Phone Store. Showcasing the best apps and games, not only from the manufacturer but also third party developers, it was a superb way to keep up-to-date with latest trends. Today we've been informed that Nokia has merged App Highlights with App Social, with the former being removed from existence.
Good news if you’re a fan of WhatsApp, the popular platform-agnostic messaging service that spans the world. The app, which has been receiving numerous updates in the last few months with the help of Nokia, has remotely enabled a new feature today: voice messages.
When users enter into a chat with a contact, to the left of the text window a microphone icon should now be present (see the photo above). Users can simply press and hold that icon to record a voice clip which is then sent instantly to the contact. The quality of the recording is excellent and it is certainly a welcome feature, especially with services like Voxer breathing down the necks of companies like WhatsApp.
Are you a Windows Phone Developer looking to win a Nokia Lumia 1020? Nokia is sponsoring the August Developer Registration Drive where established developers can have a shot at a new Lumia 1020.
To qualify for the contest you must live in the U.S. or Canada, you must be an existing Windows Phone developer with at least one published app currently in the Windows Phone Store, and you must be an active Windows Phone developer as of August 31, 2013. This means you must have either published a new Windows Phone application or have published an update to an existing Windows Phone application within a 180 day period (from August 31st that would be March 5th).
It was just yesterday that people in Canada on Bell, Telus or Rogers who also owned the under-rated (and underappreciated) Samsung ATIV S were greeted with a double OS and firmware update, bringing their phones up to the coveted GDR2 status (OS build 10327).
Of course it was later revealed that some features like FM Radio (which may not be supported by the hardware) and the ability to set a pre-defined camera app were missing. Still, the additional bug fixes in GDR2 are nothing to shy away from, including the reduction in the size of Other Storage or the .WAV file support in email.