What's that? The new iPhone 5C ships in multiple colours? That's cute, right? Microsoft thinks so too. We covered some humorous jabs yesterday, published by Nokia and Windows Phone UK on Twitter, but today we've been alerted to Microsoft Asia's attempt and we couldn't simply let this one slide on by without letting you guys know about it. It's pretty good.
Earlier today, Apple announced two new phones – the iPhone 5S and 5C. The iPhone 5C is aimed at the “budget” minded crowd and features flirty colors for the phone itself. Budget is very subjective over at Apple HQ since the 16GB variant clocks in at $549 for off-contract pricing. Compared to the Lumia 520 which you can get for under $100 off-contract you have no competition.
But what about the new flagship device at Apple? How does the iPhone 5S compare to the Nokia Lumia 1020, the flagship Windows Phone device? We don’t have an iPhone 5S in our hands, but we can compare the numbers after the break.
Samsung has released two updates for its apps located in the Samsung Zone section of the Windows Phone store. Mini Diary and Photo Editor have both been bumped to new versions, though we're not entirely sure what's new. It's good to see the OEM continuing to support its Windows Phone customers with further updates, even with the Microsoft and Nokia deal in the air.
Intel’s latest generation processors, codenamed Haswell, have promised to bring longer battery life and better heat management to Windows tablets and notebooks alike. What they forgot to mention besides the release of their regular processors is a special Core i3 processor with a power draw as little as 4.5 watts.
Space Weather. Name rings a bell, right? It should as the Windows Phone app has been with us since 2011, back when Windows Phone 7 was all the rage. The developer, Timothy Stewart has got in touch with us to reveal an update that has just been released. Version 3.0 of Space Weather is huge. Not only are we talking about a complete app rewrite, but there are some new additions worth mentioning.
Yesterday we wrote an entertaining fluff piece about the brand ‘Windows Phone’ and how, when compared to iPhone and Android, feedback from the internet was actually quite positive. We tied it into the exceptionally high customer satisfaction ratings that Windows Phone devices typically get on carrier websites or third party outlets like Amazon.
In related news, PCMag yesterday published results of their 2013 Business Choice Awards, a survey of “actual users of smartphones” and “those responsible for deploying and maintaining the devices”.
The conclusion for Nokia is that the company is doing very well with those customers. So much so that PCMag called Nokia “…the clear winner of the end-user Business Choice Award for smartphones.”
Aio Wireless is a prepaid wireless network in the United States. It’s also a subsidiary of AT&T and takes advantage of the same network footprint throughout the U.S. Aio Wireless is also the first carrier in the United States to carry the Nokia Lumia 620. A device that is now available throughout the country.
The future of Skype has landed on Microsoft’s latest pre-release version of Windows 8.1 and is giving us a look at how deeply the communication app will be tied into the future of the company. The official Skype Blog has published screenshots and details pertaining to the new version of Skype and its built-in integration.
The official launch of Windows 8.1 might not be till the 18th of October, but Microsoft is continually updating their own apps in preparation for the big day. One of those apps that’s been reimagined from the ground up is Xbox Music. When we first played with Xbox Music on Windows 8 last year it completely broke our experience and hearts as to the direction Microsoft was headed. But when we tried out Xbox Music for Windows 8.1 the spark was back. The latest update is minor, but does help round out the experience. Let’s check it out.
We’ve covered the Tile Me! application quite a bit in the past. The free (and paid) app allows you to create profile pictures based off of the Windows Phone Me Tile for use on other social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. It’s a simple concept but wildly popular, especially with our audience. If you ever wondered how everyone was doing this in our forums or on Twitter, here you go.
An update for both versions of the app just went out today and it builds in Twitter support. That means you can now create your new profile pic and directly change it on Twitter with a few simple clicks. Booya.
Microsoft has been known for distributing free software to business startups and college students through their BizSpark and DreamSpark campaigns. The programs offer a variety of software including the latest version of Windows, a fresh copy of Office 2013, and even access to development tools such as Visual Studio. Now, Microsoft wants to give even more free software away; this time, to nonprofits.
How do you back up your photos? On Windows Phone you have the option to automatically upload your images to SkyDrive. But you might be a fan of other services. For example you might be a user of SmugMug and enjoy sending photos there. And now we can add ImageShack to that list because there’s an official app on Windows Phone – SkyPath.
Apple today unveiled the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, the latter being a more affordable option for consumers. Known for rather expensive price tags, Apple is attempting to tackle the low-end of the smartphone market with the new iPhone 5C. As well as being cheaper than the high-end iPhone, consumers will also have numerous colours to choose from.
Unfortunately, these choices appeared to be vaguely familiar. Nokia UK took to Twitter today to unleash the above image, poking fun at Apple for not only injecting some colour into the iPhone product line, but utilising the similiar colours. As the Finish manufacturer rightfully pointed out: "Imitation is the best form of flattery."
Disney and Microsoft seem to be hitting it off well as every week we’re seeing more and more games arrive on Windows Phone and Windows 8 from the famous studio. Just last week Wreck it Ralph arrived for Windows Phone and Temple Run: Oz before that. This week it’s the more timely Monsters University.
Based off of the hit summer movie and weighing in at 82 MB, the 99 cent game looks to be quite a blast on Windows Phone. Featuring HD cut scenes right from the film, Monsters University features two “exciting mini games”, like “Catch Archie” (think Temple Run but at an angle and you ride a pig) and “Toxicity Challenge”. Each game has a tutorial, but if you played Temple Run before, you’ll pick it right up.
Check out what the game is all about after the break in our hands on video.
Developers have been complaining about issues with the Windows Phone Developer Center where download reporting has ceased to function normally. The problem being that download data simply isn't displayed with a "zero" in its place, offering no value to developers who may wish to monitor how their work is performing on the store front.
When it comes to reviews or opinion pieces, especially for gadgets, there’s some "science" involved but a lot of it comes down to the critic's biases. The notion that a journalist is impartial is derisory, though many still feign the notion that it exists. Just like how history can’t be objective since what the historian deems important (and not important) drives the narrative, the same applies to tech articles explaining devices and giving opinions.
At Windows Phone Central, we write from the perspective of people who are already on board with the Microsoft’s mobile OS—it’s more about the hardware and how it compares to other Windows Phones. That’s our audience. Are we biased? Of course, but at least you know where we’re coming from—we’re not pretending otherwise.
That’s what makes CNET’s latest video so frustrating. We don’t have a problem with people finding faults with the Lumia 1020, or even not preferring it. This is the predisposition thing rearing its head and if you like Android or iOS more than Windows Phone, then it will drive your opinion. But distorting facts or just getting things plain wrong is inexcusable.
Video game maker Ubisoft has announced that they will be releasing a follow up to their hit game Rayman Jungle Run this Fall on Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android. Rayman Fiesta Run will consist of 75 levels of running and jumping through a foody, fruity party-filled world. Along with the fast-paced running and jumping that we have come to expect, Rayman will also add the ability to swim, shrink and punch.
The Nokia Lumia 625, featuring a nicely sized 4.7-inch display and a 1.2GHz dual core CPU is certainly an interesting phone. Its budget priced and lacks a lot of the high end features of its Lumia brethren and yet it’s still in a category all its own due to that screen size, large battery, microSD expansion and premium Nokia feel.
Telstra began selling the Nokia Lumia 625 at the end of August, while some third-party retailers had it a few weeks earlier.
Reuters reports that at least three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft desire a quick turnaround with the departure of current CEO Steve Ballmer and his replacement - whoever that may be. The investors have urged the company to look at Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally and Computer Sciences CEO Mike Lawrie for the role, placing both on the shortlist.
Nokia UK has tweeted out a teaser that should please many UK Windows Phone users.
The message is simple. "Lumia1020 + UK = this Thursday".
Still not sure as to the where and how much but if you've been waiting for Lumia 1020 with its 41MP Pureview camera, the wait appears to be coming to an end. The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight so to speak.
Last Thursday, Microsoft celebrated the opening of their brand new Technology Center in Los Angeles. The building was officiated with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring local officials, non-profit partners, and consumers.