The Nokia Lumia 1520 is the company's first of two "phablets" running Windows Phone 8. The handset itself is slowly launching in numerous markets worldwide, which now includes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India following tomorrow. If you've been waiting for this Windows Phone and reside in the UAE, you'll be able to pick one up from Nokia Stores starting today.
Twitter is an interesting social network. Since it began almost a decade ago, millions of tweets have been fired into cyberspace and many of us have carefully managed who we follow to prevent clutter on the timeline, which is inevitable as one becomes more popular and interacts with other Twitter profiles.
There's a free, easy solution to the above problem, in the name of a sweet little Windows Phone app called UnfollowSpy, enabling you to keep up-to-date with new followers, those who have unfollowed you, as well as inactive profiles you follow and those who don't return the favour.
Ever had a quick browse through your lists and thought, "Why am I following them?" With UnfollowSpy, you'll now be able to easily manage exactly who you're interacting with.
Moliplayer Pro, an awesome media player for Windows Phone 8 that can handle any video file has just received a noteworthy update. Version 126.96.36.199 brings controls for playback speeds such as slow motion and fast motion during playback. You can now also change subtitles during playback if the video has multiple subtitles available. There’s more, so read on for the full change log.
Following Singapore’s availability, the Nokia Lumia 525 goes on sale today in Vietnam. It’s the successor to the Lumia 520, Nokia’s most affordable and best-selling Windows Phone 8 device. The device costs 3,499,000 VND, which is approximately $164 USD. At that price, the Lumia 525 in Vietnam also comes with insurance worth 7,000,000 VND (approximately $329 USD).
It’s Saturday, so it’s time for another round of our weekly app highlights. This is the part of the week where we sit back and go over the big news around apps that you might have missed. We’ll look at new apps to the Windows Phone Store, big updates to some of your favorite apps, and any new betas worth checking out. Let’s jump in.
Pocket is one of our favorite services out there. It allows you to save web pages or articles to your Pocket queue. After saving it an article to Pocket you can read it on any Pocket app you want across all your devices. Windows Phone doesn’t have an official Pocket app yet, but we do have stellar third-party options. Pouch is one of those options and it was just updated, let’s check out what’s new in this latest version.
Reindeer Round-Up, a cool physics-based puzzle game, is now free at the Windows Phone Store. It’s probably free only for a limited time, so we recommend downloading it now. Reindeer Round-Up is normally $1.29 without a trial.
This game will get you in the holiday mood as you stack reindeers on top of each other to reach the presents above them without falling. Reindeer Round-Up has originally launched for iOS and Android, so we are really happy the game has released for Windows Phone 8, too.
Camera360 is an eye-catching camera app for Windows Phone 8 that features a Compass Tool that makes it easy to switch camera scenes/modes on the go.
The photography app was recently updated to version 1.7.0 which addresses a few bug fixes and performance improvements as well as adding a sexy lip effect and new instant preview feature.
The follow-up to Nokia’s best-selling Lumia 520 has arrived in Singapore. Upgraded with 1GB of RAM, the Nokia Lumia 525 is now available at Nokia Stores in Singapore for SGD 249 (approximately $198 USD).
More RAM in the Nokia Lumia 525 means more compatible games and apps compared to its predecessor with only 512MB. Other specifications include 4-inch IPS LCD display (800 x 480), dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 5-megapixel camera, and expandable storage with microSD slot.
Weave is one of the most popular RSS readers for Windows Phone. It has been universally loved since it first launched way back around the same period Windows Phone 7 launched in 2010. The Windows Phone version is made by Seles Games, but this past year they teamed up with Lazyworm Apps to bring the same app to Windows 8. The app was just updated on Windows 8, so let’s check out what’s new and improved in this latest recent.
Like Readit, the app Tweet It! gets my Editor’s Choice for best third-party Twitter client. It’s constantly being updated and improved with some seriously cool features. Recently, the developer Timur Khamidov has been cranking away at updates, and the latest version is truly a fascinating one.
Many in our audience are using the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 Developer Preview. That OS update allows custom notifications and more specifically, for developers to add the ability for their own sounds to their creations. Quite a few of you have requested developers do this and we’re happy to report that Tweet It! now has this as an option.
Head past the break to learn about the rest of the amazing new things in Tweet It! version 7.8!
Better late than never. Flitsmeister, a very popular traffic analysis service in the Netherlands has just been released on Windows Phone 8. It has been available for Android, iOS, and Blackberry, but now Dutch Windows Phone users can join the fun.
Flitsmeister has advanced tracking and alert systems with a large community of over 400,000 active users. Drivers get an overview of traffic radars and congestion in the Netherlands.
Plex is a popular app for Home Theater PC users that was became available last year for Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices. The paid app connected your Windows Phone to the Plex Media Server where you can manage and stream your personal media to your phone.
A new version of the Plex app has landed in the Windows Phone Store that is a free app but only available for Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia devices. In just reading the Store descriptions, the paid and free version appear to be similar. However, comments in the WPCentral Forums indicate the free version resolves a few issues the paid version has and you have more options with regards to video quality.
If you go way back to the start of Instagram apps on Windows Phone, Instance (previously known as Itsdagram) was one of the first apps to link straight to the service for direct photo uploads. It was a huge win at the time for Windows Phone as it gave the first, native like experience for the service. Later, 6tag came onto the scene and Instance faded.
Although beta 2.0 was previewed on this site way back in August, that update never came to fruition. Call it life catching up and other things, but that project was put on the back burner. Today though, that app has finally been polished and prepped for release.
Here’s what is new.
Readit is a sweet unofficial Reddit app for Windows Phone hardware, which we've covered in the past and even gave it our editor's choice for Reddit clients. While the 1.2 update released late November was a fairly sizeable update, the developer has published version 1.3 and has continued the trend of releasing rather long lists of changes.
Just like before, we've had to snatch the change log from Reddit since it's not posted within the app or Store (possibly due to length issues). Slide on past the break to check out what's new.
Fhotolens is a new Windows Phone 8 photography app that is currently in the early stages of development. It is the creation of the developers who bring us Fhotoroom and is a camera app that has an interactive, fish-eye lens effect. Fhotolens’ results go beyond the bubble effects filter by using very accurate coding that reflects curvature to the lens, giving things a more realistic fish-eye effect.
We have gotten a sneak peak at an early beta version of Fhotolens and while there are some bugs still to be ironed out and a few additional features to be added to the mix, it makes a nice first impression.
Who uses Yahoo! messenger? We don’t know as Yahoo! brings back memories of AOL and the 1990’s (Pearl Jam, anyone?) but regardless, it’s an important service for many and Nokia Chat Beta is actually a pretty nice app.
Nokia has released an update for its Network+ system app on Lumia Windows Phones. If you're not familiar with what Network+ brings in terms of functionality, the app deals with some cell network settings and is considered pretty important. We've today received a bunch of tips surrounding a 188.8.131.52 release.
WhatsApp has been plowing through feature updates in the private beta series. The latest version, beta 332, went out late last night/early this morning and continues to add new functions to the app. Those functions, including the coveted add pre-recorded videos and saving of sent videos, should be coming down the pike in a big update relatively soon.
Today’s update brings with it one big new feature: account data migration. By heading into Settings > Account, users will find a new addition near the bottom: Change My Number. Tapping that button brings you to an information screen, detailing the process. The next screen allows you to enter in your old and new phone numbers to begin the process.
6snap, the popular unofficial Snapchat app for Windows Phone has just received a noteworthy update. Version 1.3 brings new languages, better quality of picture capture, and more. If you haven’t heard of Snapchat, it’s a photo and video messaging service that lets users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their ‘Snaps.’ Read on for the change log.
The Twitter account @evleaks, which has proved to be a reliable source in the past, has today tweeted am alleged leaked screenshot of Windows Phone 8.1 "Blue." This screenshot shows virtual, on-screen capacitive buttons with the familiar back, Windows and search setup. Just like Android, you're looking at a black bar at the bottom of the screen with all three buttons present.
If you have a Slingbox at home, we have good news. The SlingPlayer app is now available for Windows 8 tablets or PC. It lets you watch and control your cable or satellite TV from anywhere in the world. You can try it for free for 24 hours.
The SlingPlayer features a Program Guide that makes it easy to browse content choices while watching TV. The Gallery view also helps you find your favorite shows, sports events or movies.
If you are still on the hunt for Microsoft’s latest gaming console, the Xbox One, and you live in the United States, then you might want to check out GameStop this weekend. It is being reported that the brick and mortar retailer will have the consoles in (along with Sony’s PS4) starting today and continuing into the weekend.
You can’t go wrong with myTube when it comes to picking out a stellar YouTube app for Windows Phone. The app is powered by Christopher Blackman, a lone star developer who’s wrapping up school at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He spends his free time working on myTube for Windows Phone when he’s not busy wrapping up school. Let’s check out the latest update to one of our favorite apps.