comScore has released data for the three-month period ending January 2013, showing Windows Phone still battling hard against the popular iPhone in the US. Microsoft has a marathon to endure when it comes to consumers in North America, who are already set on either Android or iOS. Blackberry continued to fall at the end of 2012, but Windows Phone is hanging on (if not growing steadily looking at just how much the platform has dropped).
The popular food chain SUBWAY has released an official Windows Phone app for the UK. The franchise is a popular destination for the general public who rather enjoy fresh sandwiches with more choice than what's on offer at local supermarkets. Fancy ordering lunch without moving from your seat? Now you can with the SUBWAY app.
The app unfortunately only covers Greater London for the time being, but it's stated within the app that more regions will be added over time (we couldn't imagine the company limiting access to just a single city). The SUBWAY app is particularly useful for consumers who actively utilise the SUBWAY SUBCARD.
Fitness Month is over here at Mobile Nations for another year. Health and fitness should be a year-round commitment, and it's never too late to start so if you missed out during February be sure to check back through the blogs and forums for content you may have missed. Hopefully you found some apps or tips to help you meet your fitness goals, or maybe even found some moral support in the community to help keep you motivated.
All throughout the month each site was giving away prizes for participation. We announced some winners mid-month, and below are the final results from the remaining contests from across Mobile Nations. If you were participating in the forums or on the blog contests, be sure to look below and see if you're a winner!
Way back in early December we told you guys about a joint contest with design magazine core77 and Microsoft – App to the Future. The contest was simple, design an app that enables you to do, connect, or delight. The contest recently ended and below are the five winning designs. Go ogle the
Metro Microsoft Design Language goodness.
While the internet and electronic communication may have been a dent in the postcard business, it also seems it might have a bit of a revival thanks to technology. Nokia just announced Place Tag, an app to help create digital postcards from our Windows Phones. We had some hands on with Place Tag during the 2013 Mobile World Congress and was impressed.
Another company, Postcard on the Run, is also offering a postcards app for our Windows Phone that share's the same name. What’s unique with the Postcard on the Run app is that you actually send physical postcards. Postcard on the Run just got a little update bump and we decided to take a closer look.
Windows Phone Central's app support inbox has been flooded recently, by users complaining that news does not load correctly in the app. We've been kind of stumped on this one frankly because it's only been affecting certain users, so we've been digging.
It turns out that other apps were also running into problems (WeatherFlow is one example), and as we dug further we identified that most of the affected users were Italian, and that the issue had started on March 1st. Now, thanks to twitter user @SergioPedri and others in our forums, we've finally been able to replicate the problem. The good news is there's a workaround.
Social Scout is a Facebook Places app for our Windows Phone that is designed to help you explore what is nearby, find places, check-in to places, and find where your Facebook friends are. The app is from JDB Pocketware, developers of HandyScan, and was recently updated to version 1.1.
The Version 1.1 update of Social Scout brings a handful of notifications options to the table that include notifications when friends check-in close to you and notifications for likes/comments to your check-ins.
Nokia is still evidently on a roll this week as they have just published the super fun and popular Cinemgraph app for their non-Windows Phone 8 Lumias. Coming in as version 1.0 in the Nokia Collection, the app is essentially the same as the one for its Windows Phone 8 brethren except it obviously has no Lens feature.
Cinemagraph works by taking a short video of the scene and then lets the user animate certain areas. It creates a neat effect and is a great way to blend a photo with some video qualities. Using your Nokia Account you can of course upload and share your creations to your favorite social networks.
If you were following along with our coverage of MWC last week, you'll know that for Windows Phone it was pretty much the Nokia show. That's not to say that other manufacturers weren't present, simply that Nokia were without a doubt the most proactive in getting the most out of the annual mobile conference.
Now Nokia Developer have posted a very well produced video over on YouTube which gives you a great chance to see everything that Nokia were doing last week (primarily on the Monday). That includes the Nokia Apps Developer Conference (ADC) which we sorely wanted to cover, but were kept somewhat busy with everything else Nokia had to show.
Although a lot of folks in the Windows Phone ecosystem may opt for SkyDrive for their cloud storage, there’s no doubt Box (www.box.com) has a compelling service as well (especially if you nabbed those free 25 or 50GB of storage offers).
The company has pushed out dual updates today for both their Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps, bringing their new file-preview technology to both and allowing users to peek in their files without opening them. In addition, each app received some personal attention too for general improvements.
We gave you a sneak peek at Nokia’s Glam Me app a few weeks ago at Mobile World Congress and now the app is live the Store.
The app is a simple self-portrait app that uses the front-facing camera to take some adjusted photos of oneself, applying some filters and adjustments along the way. The app can smooth out your skin tone, whiten teeth, soften the image and adjust the eyes (makes them “more open”). Later, you can add one of 14 filters to it, including B&W, Lomo, fresh, violet, magazine and sketch.
The recent launch of Asphalt 7: Heat on Windows Phone 8 was just the shot of vitality that Microsoft’s newest mobile OS needed. Considering the rocky start that Xbox Live releases have had this year, we might have expected a puzzle game or no release at all. Well, we needn’t fear such a bleak scenario this week either. Hot off of Asphalt 7’s heels, Gameloft will follow up today with not one, but TWO new Xbox games for Windows Phone 8. And one of them is even free! Are your minds blown yet, mobile gamers?
Yes, two of the 12 Gameloft games announced last year have popped up today: The Amazing Spider-Man and Real Soccer 2013/Real Football 2013. We haven’t put them through their paces just yet, but we do have plenty of details, screens, and pricing! Note that both titles require 1GB of RAM, so they won’t work on the Lumia 620, HTC 8S, and other low-memory devices.
The Lumia 920 has been added to the catalogue of Windows Phones available at Canadian mobile operator Rogers. The unique colour is one of the rare variants, along with the grey and red versions. Priced at the same points as other Lumia 920s listed on the company's website, the $49.99 on a 3-year contract isn't a bad deal (though it is for anyone who's used to 1-year and 2-year plans).
The Viber team has revealed on Twitter that an update is well on the way for Windows Phone, which is speculated to bring VOIP support. The app is currently only enabling consumers to communicate with contacts via messages, leaving alternatives as solutions for VOIP. So when can we all expect to see said update delivered to Windows Phones? It's "coming very soon."
With Nokia making a large deal to sell numerous Lumia Windows Phones on China Mobile, starting with the Lumia 920 and including the popular Lumia 620, speculation and curiosity about sales numbers have piqued interest from observers.
This morning, a questionable story on WinP.cn started to make the rounds complete with photos, that reportedly showed the Nokia team “celebrating 2 million sales (or activations)” in that massive country. We’ve been in indirect contact with Nokia China and are hearing that the story is in fact not accurate.
UK video game retailer GAME has bumped its Windows Phone app to version 3, introducing a new interface and features to help enhance the loyalty card experience. So what's new in the latest release? Well, the team has managed to implement a brand new layout, which looks much better. As well as this, the app now supports Wallet integration.
Nokia and La Blogotheque, a team of bloggers and videographers infamous for helping kick start careers of musicians globally, have teamed up to showcase hot new UK music talent at a series of free gigs across the country. Much like the Lumia Live events we've seen (and enjoyed) in the past, Nokia will be hosting yet more free parties for consumers to get the Windows Phone treatment.
Tango, the popular VoIP and messaging app has quite a cult following in the Windows Phone community. There are a handful of you out there that prefer the app over Skype. And that’s ok, we’re about choice for the consumers. However, Tango has been absent from the Windows Phone 8 Store for quite some time and it doesn’t look like that’s about to change.
Nothing can stimulate your tech glands like some silky renders of a concept phone. Here’s one from a senior industrial designer at Alcatel Mobile. The device is unique, Concept Unicorn shows off a Windows Phone device with a vertical flip cover. Check out some of the renders and a little video of the device.
Windows Phone customers on O2 Germany have had the option to pay for Windows Phone Store purchases with a credit card or through their PayPal account. But direct billing to their wireless account wasn't possible.
O2 will now let customers bill their app and game purchases from the Windows Phone Store to their O2 wireless account. When purchasing an item from the Windows Phone Store, just choose the "Add or switch payment methods" option before confirming the purchase and you should see the option to bill your O2 account.
Source: wparea; Thanks, Olaf and WPfreak8, for the tip!
OMG: Our Manic Game didn’t exactly set the gaming world on fire, but it did hold the distinction of being the only shoot-em-up available when Windows Phone 7 launched back in 2010. Its best feature is its neon-colored vector art, a style later seen in games like geoDefense and BulletAsylum. OMG has two major strikes against it though. One is a control bug that prevents the player’s ship from staying at the bottom of the screen. Worst of all, it’s not compatible with Windows Phone 8.
Unfortunately, it looks like neither of those problems will ever be fixed. Arkedo Studio, the French studio behind Our Manic Game, has ceased game development. Read on to learn what the future has in store for both the developer and their Xbox Windows Phone game.
The Nokia Lumia 720 has passed through the FCC, teasing the US and showing off its bits. The Windows Phone, which was announced by Nokia at Mobile World Congress, will be heading to a number of markets, but has not been announced for the US. We've already witnessed some retailers revealing finalised pricing and availability, pinning the Lumia 720 to be available come April.
Looks like Windows Phone today has scored one today as we’re the first to get a new, official app from Disqus (disqus.com).
For those of you who don’t know, Disqus powers the commenting system on many websites and blogs, offering users a single-way to sign in through social networks, etc. Users can maintain accounts so that their Disqus “history” goes with them, regardless of the site they are commenting on.
The official Windows Phone version is now live in the store and truth be told, it’s a solid little app. The goal of the app is to help facilitate conversation, so instead of going to sites and then engaging in some debate, you can just go to your Disqus app and continue the conversation there.
As if this Instagram-filled day needs to get even weirder, it looks like Nokia is re-releasing a Lens app for Windows Phone 8 under their name. In addition, they’ve knocked off the $1.29 price and made it for free.
The app is called SophieLens Pro and we looked at it previously at the beginning of February, noting that it was a solid Instagram clone with only a few minor criticisms.
The app features 5 lenses, including Cinematic, Flare, Mayfair, Roid and XPro. In addition, Lumia users can now download for free the Lomo pack, which includes another 9 filters to help get that right look for your photo. If however you want to get the Vintage and Life in Mono packs, you will have to “upgrade” to the PRO version of the app to unlock.
Windows Phone developer Ascendo has released four language dictionaries for our Windows Phone 8 devices. The dictionaries include Spanish, German, Italian and French.
Each dictionary includes a keyword search field to allow you to look up your words. Find the word you need and you can pull up the translation, conjugations, and an audio sampling of the word.