Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has released figures for the three months leading up to October, comparing sales against 2012 data. Apple has experienced share boosts thanks to the iPhone 5c, but Windows Phone continues to grow and takes 10 percent of EU5 (top five European markets).
Going into Monday morning and the world is aflutter with talk of Microsoft’s User Voice feedback forum. Specifically, some user-requested features like a file manager, swipe to close an app (like on Windows 8) and storing apps on the SD card have been relisted as being ‘completed’. The requests, submitted and voted by consumers, can only be closed by an administrator, in this case someone named ‘Mobile Guru’.
One of the requested features is “Add File Manager to Windows Phone”, which has had over 77,000 votes, another is “Allow a flick down to close applications like you can on Windows 8” while a third that is now closed falls under “Store apps & attachments on external storage and improve/provide micro SD support”. All three are now listed as complete and are “available for Windows Phone 8”, though of course that is not true.
NewsSpot is a popular news reader app available for both Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices. It originally was developed as a means to synchronize your Windows Phone with your Google Reader account. However, since Google killed off that service the developer has turned to other news services to synchronize with.
The app has been updated to version 188.8.131.52 and adds three new sync services along with a few additional tweaks to improve performance. The update adds a good bit of gusto to what was already an impressive Windows Phone app.
It's common knowledge that Nokia has rebranded its popular music streaming service to MixRadio, but what's behind the new icon, called Ike? Design Studio worked with Nokia to produce the new logo, which is a "negative space headphone-shaped smiley face device." The goal was to create something youthful and fun, while sporting an authentic look.
Shopping market research firm InfoScout reports that Microsoft's Xbox One was the most popular video game console on this year's Black Friday, beating Sony's PlayStation 4 in the US. According to collected data, the Xbox One dominated the charts with 31 percent of sales at Walmart and Target. Fire on past the break for more details.
If you want weather forecasts and daily quotes on your lock screen, check out Today Widgets for Windows Phone 8. It uses the Bing Image of the Day as the lock screen background and adds widgets over it. There are only a couple of widgets right now. Weather and quotes are currently supported, but more should be coming.
CamScanner, an app that turns your Windows Phone 8 device into a scanner, has just added Japanese and Korean support in its latest update. Version 184.108.40.206 also includes bug fixes and stability improvements. CamScanner arrived to the Windows Phone platform last month, but their app has already been available on Android and iOS. According to the store listing, they have 60 million people using their service for document scanning worldwide.
Here we are on another Saturday taking a look at the past week of new apps, app updates, and more for the world of Windows Phone. It was a relatively calm and quiet week compared to the last two weeks. That can maybe be attributed to the holidays here in the US, but nonetheless let’s check out the happenings from the last seven days.
If you enjoy watching videos on your Windows Phone, but don’t want to waste time transcoding, then you should check out MoliPlayer Pro. It plays anything you throw at it such as MP4, WMV, RMVB, AVI, MKV, FLV, FLAC, APE, and more. Have the new Nokia Lumia 1520 with 1080p display? Yes... this app plays 1080p movies and TV shows.
Head past the break to watch our video walkthrough.
Mega (www.mega.co.nz) is a cloud-based storage service and successor to MegaUpload. Launched earlier this year, the web service has released apps for Android and iOS, but the company has now confirmed that a Windows Phone solution is well on the way. The only problem is you won't be able to download it until 2014.
Nokia has once again announced winners from its Create contest. Should you not be familiar with the developer contest, said folk are tasked to create apps for Windows Phone, following certain missions and including desired features - these Mini Missions can be focused on certain features of the operating system or Nokia Lumia handset.
This approach by the company ensures that different types of apps are included in the submissions, with the goal to bring more choice to consumers with high quality apps and filling any holes in the catalogue of content on the Windows Phone Store. Head on past the break to check out which apps won designated missions.
Vector is our cross-platform, cross-site podcast where we talk about the technology that matters to all of us. In this episode, Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, deep-dives into his non-browser-based passions: Blu-Ray, transcoding video, H.264, and managing massive amounts of media. Bottom line, if you want to get your videos onto your devices, and you're not afraid of command-lines or codecs, you're in for one hell of a ride. But, yeah: Warning: Contains extreme nerdery.
Eagerly awaiting more details to emerge of the Lumia 929? Leakster 'Falorin' has you covered over on our community forum. A new photo of the unannounced Windows Phone in white has been leaked (see above for previously released render), as well as some information on the size of the battery. You're looking at an impressive 2510mAh power plant.
There are little gems available on the Windows Phone Store that are worth your time to check out. One of these is Foundbite, developed by James Mundy and published through the AppCampus program. The app enables you to record the ambience of any given location, accompanied by a photography or gallery of shots.
Foundbite 220.127.116.11 has been pushed to the store, introducing a number of improvements. Snap on past the break to see what's new.
Phonly, a great third-party Feedly app for Windows Phone 8 has just been updated. Bug fixes are to be expected, but there’s one new feature for Phonly Pro users. Version 18.104.22.168 adds a battery-saver theme for the Pro users who paid $1.99. Phonly Pro users also have an ad-free experience.
Take a look at the screenshots after the break so you can see if it’s worth paying $1.99.
Thanksgiving just passed here in the United States and we’ve got plenty of things to be thankful for. Like the new Nokia Video Director app for Windows Phone that just hit the Store. This is a companion app on Windows Phone that goes with the Windows 8 app by the same name. Let’s check out some of the features and things you can do with Nokia Video Director for Windows Phone 8.
The Nokia JBL Powerup charging Bluetooth speaker is on sale this weekend at AT&T. You can pick it up online for just $119. While the retail price is $300, many places sell it now for around $150. At $119, it’s a great deal for an awesome accessory.
The Nokia JBL PowerUp wireless charging speaker features NFC and Bluetooth, so you don’t need wires to connect it with your phone. There’s also wireless charging built in, so you can just place your Qi-enabled phone on top of it.
There's certainly an abundance of photography apps available on the Windows platform - we're talking about both Windows 8 and Windows Phone. One of said offerings is PhotoFunia, a cloud-based photo editing suite which provides you tools and options to let you enjoy photography with some interesting and fun results. The team have updated their app to work with Windows 8.1.
Nokia is a special company. There's no disputing this fact and even those who follow other companies within the same, competitive industry agree that the Finnish manufacturer has brought a great deal of innovation to the table.
To celebrate what the company has achieved, Nokia has published the above video taking a quick look at nearly 150 years of business.
Windows Phone emulation fans might have noticed that three classic game system emulators have disappeared from the Store: SNES8x (a Super Nintendo emulator), VBA8 (a GameBoy Advance emulator), and VGBC8 (a Gameboy Color emulator). As of press time, the Windows 8 versions of the same apps are still available.
All three emulators came from a developer named M.k who publicly retired from mobile Windows development in August. M.k’s emulators previously vanished from the Store only to reappear shortly thereafter. Why have they gone away once more, and will they return once again? Windows Phone Central has the full scoop on the future of SNES8x, VBA8, and VGBC8. Head past the break for all the details!
Windows Phone Central Gaming Roundup: Billiards
Last week’s Windows Phone Central roundup dealt with bowling games for our Windows Phones. At the suggestion of one of our readers (thanks newVariable), this week we turn our focus on another indoor sporting activity – billiards.
Billiards or pool games can be a fun way to pass the time with. The challenge of the game will keep things interested and the genre is well suited for multi-player action. We pulled four billiard games from the Windows Phone Store for this week’s roundup based on their Store ratings. All three had merit and have their own level of appeal.
If we have missed your favorite Pool game, feel free to sound off in the comments below.
Nokia has released a new promo video for the Nokia Lumia 1320 on their Youtube channel. The video shows off the device with 360-degree views. The big 6-inch display is definitely the highlight. As we go around the device, we see glimpses of Storyteller, camera roll, and Temple Run. We're also liking the background music!
Head past the break to watch the new video.
Following on the heels of yesterday’s momentous update for the Facebook beta app for Windows Phone 8, its Windows 8.1 counterpart has also been bumped with some significant changes.
Last updated on November 13, this new version will sure to make many happy as there are slew of new changes and fixes for the popular social networking app. Let’s see what’s new!