The Chinese government recently lifted its decade-long ban on the selling of gaming consoles within the country, which has been in place since 2000. Console makers are expected to seize the opportunity and extend their war to another huge new market. According to reports, Microsoft will be the one to make the first move, bringing Xbox to China in September 2014.
Microsoft is heading into day four of their 12 Days of Deals promotion highlighting a popular fitness accessory, the FitBit Flex. They are bundling the fitness monitor with either a pair of Yurbuds or Klipsch earbud headsets.
The first twenty customers at each participating Microsoft Store can pick up the bundle for $99.99 along with a $25 Microsoft Gift Card. The deal is also available for the first 100 online customers. After which, the bundle will still be $99.99 (while supplies last) minus the Gift Card.
A few people complain whenever we talk about apps that aren’t free or apps that don’t include free trials. One of those apps is Diptic, a collage creator that has been available on Android and iOS devices, and just made its way to the Windows Phone Store. If you haven't already downloaded it, now is a good time to check it out because it just turned free!
Verisure is the consumer branch of Securitas Direct, a company in Europe that specializes in safety and security solutions for homes and businesses. Home owners can install a Verisure system to help protect their assets. There’s also now an official Verisure app for Windows Phone so you can control and monitor your home when you’re on the go. Details below.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is Rockstar Games’ biggest release to mobile yet with a vast open-world covering the state of San Andreas and its three major cities – Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas. While it has just released for iOS devices, Windows Phone users don’t have to wait long. According to Engadget:
Rockstar Games tells us that the promised Android and Windows Phone versions will hit next week.
With the holidays right around the corner, we thought it would be nice to spread some joy and give away some accessories to our awesome readers! Whether you're looking for a case to protect your phone or tablet, some new headphones so you can keep rocking into the new year, or some extra power to see you through long winter nights, we've got you covered!
So, how do you enter to win a free accessory? That part is easy. Head over to the Windows Phone Central store and look around. Pick out what accessory you would like to have if you were chosen as a winner, and then come back here and post the link in the comments below. We will pick five winners and send their picks out to them! Please, only one entry per person, and anyone caught breaking that rule will be disqualified. The contest is open worldwide! We will announce next week who the winners are. Good luck!
The winners are:
- Dipal Gandhi
- Mladen Mikovic
Nokia has kicked off its Pimp My Reindeer contest, which was teased a few days ago. Starting on December 10th, the contest will run through December 23rd, offering consumers the chance to win some neat prizes. Head on past the break to see how you can get involved and what prizes are available.
Streaming your live video game session is all the rage right now. Twitch is by far the most popular destination on the web for gamers to stream their games to followers. The Xbox One has a Twitch app that allows you to view streams and a later update to the Xbox One will allow you to stream directly from your console. On Windows Phone we don’t have an official Twitch app for viewing streams yet, but we’ve got some solid third-party offerings.
LiveGaming is another unofficial app for Twitch on Windows Phone. It’s also really good, so let’s check it out.
Temple Run 2 has been a highly anticipated game for Windows Phone 8. It was finally announced (along with a few other apps and games) at Nokia World 2013, but sadly didn’t include a release date for the platform. A new video has leaked showing off the game on Windows Phone and with a little surprise in tow – Xbox Live support.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype may be seen as a positive move by many users within the ecosystem, as it brings modern communication to Windows, Xbox, and Windows Phone, but not everyone is keen to the idea. Cisco recently challenged Microsoft’s takeover of Skype Technologies. The challenge though, has been thrown out of the European General Court.
If you are a Windows developer, you would’ve noticed the Explore Store Trends section of the Windows Store Dashboard. The trends section includes user demographics and catalog information. Since few developers can draw useful interpretation from those numbers, Windows App Builder Blog has shared interesting statistics about the most popular app categories.
If you have been waiting for Amazon to sell the Nokia Lumia 2520, the wait stops now. You can now pick it up from the online retailer. They have it in black or red for Verizon and the black one for AT&T. There are no discounts available, so the price is $399 with a new contract or $499 outright. Stock appears to be limited for the Verizon variants, but Amazon states more are on the way.
There are a handful of exchanges out there if you’re looking to trade your local currency with an electronic currency like Bitcoin. Coinbase and MtGox are two of the most popular Bitcoin exchanges, but there are a quite a few others if you want choice. Kraken (www.kraken.com) is one of those exchanges and there’s a new app by the same name in the Windows Phone Store to keep you posted to current rates for various cryptocurrencies.
We love the live tile for Today’s Word on Windows Phone 8. It lets us increase our vocabulary by displaying a new word with its definition every day. Today, the app has received an update to version 1.1. The new features appear to be in direct response to your feedbacks! Let’s take a look at the change log after the break. We also have video.
The Lumia 520 from Nokia is a superb Windows Phone 8 handset. You're looking at a dual-core CPU setup, decent display, standard rear shooter and 8GB storage, it's essentially a entry-level Windows Phone but without the sluggish performance you may expect from such a low price point on competitor platforms. The Carphone Warehouse in the UK have the Lumia 520 on sale for just £59.95 on PAYG.
If you’re a fan of AccuWeather’s app for Windows Phone, you’ll want to grab the latest version, which has just gone live in the Store.
What’s new? We have the full details of the latest update to grace Windows Phone this month.
There’s no denying the massive market share that Android currently has in the mobile landscape. Android is basically crushing the competition globally. For example, 81.0% of all handsets shipped were running Android in Q3 2013. Compare that to iOS at 12.9% and Windows Phone at 3.6% for the same period.
Why is Android so dominant? Is it the number of apps in the Google Play store? Maybe it’s the “openness” of the platform and the ability to customize every aspect of the phone? Or could it be the licensing costs that OEMs pay Google to use Android (aka nil)? It could very well be those licensing costs since Microsoft is considering doing the same with both Windows Phone and Windows RT in the future.
Microsoft has published a new post on the official Outlook blog, detailing some upcoming changes to the service that make it even easier to switch from Gmail. It's no secret that many consumers have switched from Google's email service to Outlook.com and Microsoft is looking to further push tools and services available to make the switch as seamless as possible.
These are said to be rolling out in the coming weeks, so sync on past the break to read up what's new.
Speaking of Nokia going on the offensive, a new highly stylized ad has been posted on their Germany YouTube page, daring people to think differently by switching to Lumia.
The ad, an offshoot of one from last year that targeted the iPhone 5, uses modern animation design to tell the tale of a boring life of sameness. Set in a school, the video shows students placing apples on a teacher’s desk, one after the other, in a dreary, repetitive motion. The sequence repeats numerous times but there is one child growing oranges, who finally gives one to the teacher. The teacher’s eyes light up and the children rejoice as ‘sameness’ is pushed to the side.
One of the big selling points in buying a Lumia Windows Phone, besides the unique and excellent design, is the customer support that Nokia offers. Whether they have had issues with firmware, a defective unit or just general feedback, the Finnish company has always treated their customers with respect. That hands-on sincerity has not gone unnoticed by many and it’s something that Samsung could learn a thing or two about.
Recently, an owner of a Galaxy S4 claimed that his phone caught fire during the battery charging process. The video was posted on YouTube and it quickly went viral. To be fair to Samsung, such events are super rare and are always plausible with electronics. There’s no indication that this is widespread event. Rather, it looks to be an isolated case of some defective hardware.
Xbox One is Microsoft's next-generation video console, which launched just shy of three weeks ago. The company has today announced that more than 2 million consoles have been sold to consumers worldwide, reportedly averaging over 111,111 (see what they did there?) units per day.
Microsoft previously unveiled some humorous, albeit rather pointless figures that included how many zombies have been slain in Dead Rising 3, as well as how many miles have been driven in Forza 5. We now have official numbers to play with when talking about the Xbox One launch and it's looking rather positive.
Doodle Kingdom, a fantasy brain-teaser where you can create your own kingdom with castles, knights, warlocks and dragons, has just made its way to the Windows Store. From the makers of the award winning puzzle games Doodle God & Doodle Devil, this game has also launched for Windows Phone 8 a couple of weeks ago.
Last week we announced our partnership with Geek Beat and the rest of the Mobile Nations crew to cover the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. CES is known as the largest electronics event in the world and it happens every year in Vegas. Also every year, we cover it as individual sites but this time around we’re going big.
Microsoft is firing up deal number 3 in the 12 Days of Deals promotion. Today we'll see the Nokia Lumia 1020 on AT&T have its price tag slashed. If you're not familiar with the deals, the company is offering numerous products at discounted prices over the course of the next 12 days.
Update: Lumia 1020 is out of stock online. They went super quick.