The 2014 Winter Olympics kick off in two weeks. Can’t make it to Sochi, Russia to watch the games? You better get your Windows Phone ready to follow the action wherever you are. To keep up with the action and results make sure you download the official Sochi 2014 Results app from the Sochi Organizing Committee (SOC), the organization responsible for the games. Details below!
Beats Music launched for iOS and Android this last Tuesday. When the service was first announced it was implied that it would launch simultaneously on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Obviously that didn’t happen and today was the day that Beats Music said we’d get the app. Sadly, there’s apparently been a delay.
The first minor update heading to Windows 8.1, known as Update 1, is suspected to be bringing more unity between the legacy desktop and newer Windows 8 application environment. In recently leaked screenshots by hacker WZor, we were able to take a brief look at the ability to pin Windows Store applications to your taskbar. The update previously rumored to be coming out this March, has received more confirmation – including an exact date.
2013 was an amazing year for Windows Phone Central. We have witnessed the site and our community grow by leaps and bounds. Believe it or not, we actually get more visits to the homepage of WPCentral.com on a daily basis than any of our other Mobile Nations sites currently do (Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore). That's pretty crazy as they are all big destinations of their own. It shows just how much Windows Phone is taking off and how WPCentral is right in the middle of all of the Microsoft, Windows Phone and Nokia action.
We're already #1, but we want to do even more in 2014.
We've been growing our editorial team steadily this past year, and have been branching out beyond just killing it on the Windows Phone coverage on the blogs, and in the forums. We're covering Xbox, Windows 8 and more, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Before we get too far into 2014, we wanted to do a quick check-in with our readers — that's you —to get your feedback on how we're doing and what you want to see more (or less) of this year. It'll take a few minutes, and we'll love you for it!
Also, at the end of the survey, you'll be able to enter for your chance to win a Nokia DC-50 Wireless Charging Plate for your Lumia (or if you win and don't have a Lumia, we'll hook you up with something else that's awesome). Thanks for taking the survey, we appreciate it!
It’s pretty easy to paint a pretty picture for Microsoft. They beat the Street’s expectations on revenue and earnings, and things are going well in terms of enterprise sales. On the consumer front, you could focus on the doubling of Surface sales and decent showing in Xbox sales.
But I’d like to open up the discussion a bit more. Let’s talk about the long term potential for Microsoft’s business. To pre-frame the discussion, consider that when I say “long term” I really mean it. I’m talking about the next decade or more.
Microsoft is exposed to the enterprise business as well as the consumer business. I think that for the next few years (at least) it’s tough to argue that Microsoft is in any kind of trouble. They’re growing across the board whether it’s SQL Server or Azure or Office 365. All of these are recurring revenue businesses, which I think is wonderful.
Nextgen Reader is a popular feed manager with support for the Feedly web service. It's a beautiful app available for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone and today we're looking at version 5.4, which has been pushed to the store. The latest release is a rather large update with numerous new features and additions, so head past the break to see what's new.
Asphalt 7 and 8 are the best-known racers on Windows Phone 8, and deservedly so. But the series appeared on Windows Phone (and even Windows mobile) before. Asphalt 5 arrived as an Xbox Windows Phone 7 game way back in July 2012, more than a year after Gameloft first announced it.
Some Windows Phone 7 games have trouble running on low-end Windows Phone 8 devices with 512 MB of RAM, even though Windows Phone 7 itself tops out at 512 MB RAM. Asphalt 5 has long been one of those 512 MB-incompatible games. That changed this week when it finally became compatible, despite the lack of a title update. On the downside, both Asphalt 5 and 7 have inexplicably gone up in price. More details after the break.
Those of us who use email on a daily basis can find ourselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of mail found in the inbox. Filtering and folders can lend a hand, but that only masks the issue. The Outlook team over at Microsoft have unveiled a new feature that will be added to the Outlook Web App, available for business customers. This new People View will help you check for emails first and stay on top of messages from contacts the system selects as important to you.
While WhatsApp seems to be doing well for the SMS crowd, IM+ from SHAPE is still the de facto messaging app for all other services. IM+ is an all-in-one and includes support for Skype, VK, Facebook, Yahoo!, ICQ and more. Even better is the fact that SHAPE actively pays attention to their Windows Phone and Windows 8 base, giving them frequent updates with new features.
Today, version 3.0 for the free and Pro versions have landed on the Store. Even better, the Pro version, which normally runs for $4.99, is on sale for just the weekend, being knocked down to $1.99. So what’s new? We have the full changelog below.
Are you a sneakerhead? Stay up to date with upcoming sneakers by using the KicksOnFire application for Windows Phone. Don't ever miss a release date again! The app is backed by KicksOnFire.com, which is an online destination for sneaker news, release dates, and history. Over 2 million sneaker fans check out the site every month.
Head past the break to watch our hands-on video and walkthrough.
That WhatsApp messaging service has been on a roll lately with updates, support and bringing the features people want. On the side, they also have their private beta, where they bring online new features (though most of the time it’s just non-disclosed bug fixes). It’s been quiet on the feature front lately, but this morning, we have a report that version 2.11.366 beta has been pushed out to testers with a new tool.
Under settings, users in the beta testing group will find a ‘media autodownload’ selector, pushing that number up to six, along with text size, lock screen, screen rotation, blocked contacts and backup. Media Autodownload is an extension of the app’s ability to automatically save videos and photos to the camera library. Up until this point, media was saved automatically, regardless of a user’s connection.
The official Huffington Post (www.huffingtonpost.com) app for Windows Phone 8 brings all your favourite articles, photos, videos and blogs from the popular resource and displays everything in a simple, intuitive user interface.
From politics to fashion, business and technology to entertainment, there's content covering the stories you wish to learn more about. Though this is the initial release of the app, The Huffington Post falls short on functionality and basic features we'd expect to see (and is highlighted on the store listing).
Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Top Rated Racing Games
Windows Phone racing games are a great way to pass the time with. These games have outstanding graphics, challenging game play and overall an entertaining venture. Games such as Asphalt 8, Dhoom:3 The Game, and even Angry Birds Go! are top choices in the Windows Phone Store.
For this week’s Windows Phone Central roundup, we turn our sites on four racing titles that have not received much exposure. They all are rated with four stars or higher and in tinkering with the games over the week, they each have their own level of appeal. A few of the games could stand for a little fine-tuning and bug fixes but overall, we can see why they are highly rated.
Flower Garden is a super popular game by Snappy Touch (www.snappytouch.com/flowergarden) and is already available on both iOS and Android. The developer has now released the nature inspired title to Windows Phone, enabling you to get creative with gardening, regardless as to whether you have green thumbs or not. It's a game, but you also have social features bundled with some stress relief and more. Sounds interesting? Pass the break for more details.
Making an app that’s successful enough to quit your day job is a dream most mobile devs at one point or another dream of. Eddie Kezeli is living that dream right now with Windows Phone and his ProShot camera app. The Windows Phone Developer Blog recently chatted with Eddie and has some really interesting information and insight on how he went from looking for a job to working solely on his apps and games.
Get the pen ready, because we’re about to check off another official app coming to Windows Phone. Rudy Huyn released 6tindr a little over a week ago. It was an unofficial Tinder client for Windows Phone that was quickly met with praise. It was pulled two days later after Tinder filed a complaint with Microsoft. How’s this good news? Because Rudy just got off the phone with the folks behind Tinder and will be working with them to bring an official app to Windows Phone.
When AT&T announced the 16 GB version of the Nokia Lumia 1520 many balked at the Windows Phone citing the lack of memory (among other things). Even with micro-SD expansion, many thought 16 GB of storage was just too limited.
Enter the 32GB version of the AT&T Lumia 1520 that hit store shelves just a short while ago. The new release is about $50 more than the 16 GB version and is only available in the matte black finish.
This new app we’re writing about is either really cool or really creepy. Alphega for Windows Phone shows the status updates and check-ins near you on a map. Updates from social networks that take place in your vicinity will appear in the real direction relative to you. The app is currently in open beta and it’s also available on Android devices.
Head past the break to watch our hands-on video and walkthrough.
Official apps are fun and all, but sometimes it’s the indie developers that really push the platform and make some amazing apps. 2flicka and Weather+ are two apps we’re happy with around here and they are definitely doing their part to push Windows Phone forward. Both also received some new updates, let’s check them out!
The Windows Phone app ecosystem is getting healthier and healthier with each passing week. A healthy platform has a good mix of official apps and strong, creative indie devs stepping their game up. Rudy Huyn and his apps are a great example of indie devs making some creative apps. His latest app to get updated is 6nsap, his Snapchat client. Let’s check out what’s new in version 2.4.
There’s no dearth of YouTube apps on the Windows Phone Store, but there are only a few good ones that also offer the ability to download all YouTube videos you desire on your smartphone to watch them when you are offline. Tube Download has been there since a while, and is quite popular for the purpose.
Lync 2013, the messaging client for enterprise customers on Lync Server or Office 365 subscribers, has just been updated. The Windows Phone app extends the power of Lync to your smartphone bringing voice and video over wireless, rich presence, instant messaging, conferencing, and calling features.
Microsoft’s quarterly reported ending in December 31 has been released today with the company reporting $24.52 billion in revenue. That’s up from last year’s record-breaking $21.5 billion, meaning Microsoft continues to deliver the goods to investors.
The devil’s in the details though, and Microsoft sheds a little light on where their money is coming in and where it’s declining.