The upcoming Nokia Amber update for Windows Phones is also set to include Bluetooth 4.0 support for Lumia 720, 620 and 520 Windows Phones. According to a leaked slide, Nokia will be explicitly introducing low energy capabilities and support for hardware and accessories. This information came to light from a press event in Hong Kong.
If you follow all things Windows Phone you’re no doubt aware that when it comes to premium accessories, it’s fairly slim pickings out there. Like all things for our beloved ecosystem though, one OEM is taking things seriously enough to push manufacturers for accessories designed to work perfectly with Windows Phone; Nokia. Through partnerships with JBL, Monster and Fatboy, the Finnish giant’s sponsored accessories are squarely aimed its own Lumia line of course, but as they’re designed to work best with Windows Phone you’ll still get a great experience from your HTC 8 series or Samsung Ativ phones.
All of which brings us nicely to today’s review, the Monster/Nokia Purity Pro headset. This isn’t Monster and Nokia’s first dance together, the ‘Purity’ brand has already been applied to another set of over-the-ear cups and also to a set of ear buds, and yet those forays into the brightly coloured accessory world have been met with some mixed reviews, and in my personal opinion the wired Purity HD earphones leave a lot to be desired. We initially went ‘ears on’ (last time I use that phrase I promise) with the headset at the Mobile World Congress this year, and came away impressed, but a little bewildered by the initial cost of entry. Now we’re lucky enough to say we own a pair and have spent a week using them out and about to gauge just whether or not you can justify the relatively high price point.
In case you needed another movie-finder app for your Windows Phone, moviefone (owned by AOL) has released an official and not-too-shabby app for Windows Phone 8 owners. The service, which has been around for years, allows users to find movies, start times, theaters and more based on their current location.
While the app is similar to Fandango and Flixster, moviefone (www.moviefone.com) does bring its own unique brand and style to your smartdevice. The app allows you to see top box office, trailers and clips, upcoming films, casting information (which you can use to drill down further, nice), what’s out on DVD this week and general film news, all in a Modern UI that is quite responsive to our input.
If you’ve never picked up a Time Out magazine (www.timeout.com) in a major metropolitan area, you’re missing out on all the cool and hip things you could be doing that day instead of lamenting being bored. The magazine is a collection of reviews, information on plays, museum events, local art installations, food and more—basically a list of interesting cultural happenings under your nose.
The company who owns Time Out last week released official apps on Windows Phone for a few major cities, including New York, London, Paris (English or French), Barcelona and Los Angeles. The apps themselves are quite nicely laid out with a Modern UI, social sharing and the ability to pin stories/events to your Start screen for quick reference. We wish there was a way to directly email or Tweet an article, but instead you’ll need to use the “open in IE” option and go from there.
Evernote has published an update for its native Windows app, introducing a UI refresh, business support and two-step verification. The company bills this update as a serious improvement for a true native experience on Windows hardware.
Bloatware just got a lot better on our Windows Phones or at least in China. Camera360 has announced a partnership with Nokia that will have the camera app pre-installed on the Nokia Lumia 925 sold in China.
Camera360 is a fantastic Windows Phone app that is part photo editor, photo organizer and camera app. There is no doubt that Camera360 will compliment the Lumia 925's camera very well.
It appears that U.S. Cellular will be offering a Windows Phone 8 device later this month. Or at least according to a recent tweet they will.
U.S. Cellular currently has one Windows Phone in their smartphone lineup, the ZTE Render, a Windows Phone 7.5 device. Which Windows Phone 8 device will find its way to U.S. Cellular is still a bit of a mystery. Last year it looked like the HTC 8S was headed to the wireless provider and more recently, the Samsung Odyssey seems to be the odds on favorite.
Howdy everyone, it's rumor time!
An unnamed source supposedly close to Nokia China just sent an interesting message to the outside world: the impending Nokia EOS will have a "camera shell" to go with that super mega awesome camera of modern technical wonder. According to the rumor, the accessory is a shell snapped on to the back of the phone, "raising the entire back side to level the camera hump, and providing better grip when using the phone as a digital camera". Additionally, the shell is said to have a shutter button built into it, further enhancing the photoshooting experience.
The official Lufthansa app for Windows Phone is now available on the store. We previously looked at the airline having an app for Microsoft's mobile platform in development, but it's now live and ready to go. From booking flights, viewing timetables, checking in and more, the app is a rich experience, providing tools and features and passengers require when heading to and from the airport.
Telefonica has announced a deal between Microsoft and its Spanish arm, Movistar. This partnership will enable consumers who use a Windows Phone on the network to pay for content on the Store with prepaid credit or a contract bill. The operator notes in a statement that this move will help reduce the number of steps required to make a purchase, providing an alternative to those who prefer going through their operator for billing.
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Nokia has published this promotional video on its YouTube account that shows off how the company has managed to construct the camera that's featured in the Lumia 925. The new flagship Windows Phone has a sixth lens when compared to the Lumia 920, but still sports the same OIS (optical image stabilisation) and improved apps and software tweaks.
If you enjoy chilling to your favourite hits on your Windows Phone, as well as playing the latest games (possibly at the same time?), you're going to love In Two. The game is developed by Scott Lovegrove, a well-known developer in the Windows Phone community here in the UK, and is a new title that's essentially "guess that tune," but with a slight twist. That twist being it's powered by Nokia Music.
A little change of pace with this week's Windows Phone Central roundup. This being the day after a holiday for many, we picked a more relaxing topic and week focus on television apps. Just in case anyone's in the mood for being a couch potato today or are stuck in the office and want to catch up on their favorite shows.
These are Windows Phone apps that deliver the network news to your Windows Phone, that streams programming to your device, and others that delivers schedules, episode information, and other tidbits about what's on the tube. There's a wide variety of television apps in the Windows Phone Store and we plucked a few out off the shelves that may come in handy.
The Nokia Lumia 925 launched with a slightly improved camera compared to the Nokia Lumia 920 and 928. That sixth lens does help, but it’s the software in the Lumia 925 that makes the biggest difference in improving the photo results. Don’t fret Lumia 920 and 928 owners, the Amber update from Nokia will help bring your camera up to par. Here’s a video of it on the Lumia 920.
One week from now we’ll have finished the Nokia Zoom event in NYC. We’ll have the complete picture of the Lumia “EOS” by then. Last night we shared the front of the device in an image leaked by @evleaks on Twitter. At the time he thought it would be called the Lumia 1020, but new information has crossed his path that suggests EOS/Elvis will be known at the Lumia 909. We’ve also got a new picture of the device, its backside.
It’s a decent week for Xbox gaming deals, with the EA July Special marking six Windows Phone games down and the Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale slashing prices like crazy. But we could still use an Xbox Windows Phone Red Stripe Deal, and that’s just what we get. Doodle God from JoyBits is the latest Xbox title to go on sale. Not the most exciting game, but you can get it for 99 cents and knock its Achievements out in no time.
As for the non-Xbox Red Stripe Deals, Rubicon’s excellent indie strategy title Great Big War Game rings up for 99 cents this week as well. Fabulously wealthy Windows Phone users will enjoy the Mobitee GPS Golf app, on sale for the humble price of $10.99. Descriptions and store links after the break!
Nokia will release the upcoming EOS (or just "Lumia 1020") Windows Phone in the UK, according to a report over on CNET. The website notes that a telecoms industry insider has confirmed as much and the handset will not be an exclusive product for the US. We're expecting to see some EOS action on July 11th. Images of the EOS have also been leaked online.
AT&T has released the AT&T Locker for their Windows Phone 8 devices. It is a cloud service for U.S. based AT&T customers that provides 5GB of cloud storage for free.
You can upload photos, videos, documents and music files to the AT&T Locker over Wi-Fi or AT&T's wireless network. The app comes with an Easy Upload feature that backs up your photos and videos automatically and images can be shared via email, Facebook or Twitter directly from the AT&T Locker.
Samsung is reportedly working on a new smartphone, running Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system.
According to a new app that has been published to the Windows Phone Store by Samsung, the manufacturer has a new phone on the horizon called the "Cronus", which could well be the next ATIV Windows Phone - Sprint is taking on the ATIV S Neo. That phone is due to hit shelves in the coming weeks.
We didn’t get a new Xbox Windows Phone game today, a fact that doesn’t hurt if you think about fluffy bunnies hard enough. Still, one thing that eases the pain of a release drought like this is a nice sale. At least, Microsoft and Electronic Arts sure think so. Six games from EA and its subsidiaries Chillingo and PopCap are on sale from now until Tuesday, July 9th – that’s the good news.
The less good news, some might say, is that every single one of these games was just discounted back during the EA publisher sale in March. In fact, that sale consisted of nine games and this one only boasts six. No discounted Mirror’s Edge, Monopoly, or Plants vs. Zombies discounts this time! Many consider Electronic Art’s early Windows Phone games to be boldly overpriced as well. These sale prices are essentially what the aging games should cost anyway.
Read on for the full sale list and descriptions!