A little over a month we showed you guys a really cool app for Windows Phone 8 called DivvyUp. It’s super useful, features beautiful UI, and is only on Windows Phone. That makes it an instant win for us. The latest update brings some handy new features. Let’s check it out.
Although Nokia has their Lumia 1020 to start global distribution in the coming weeks, their other new phone, the Lumia 625, is now rolling out worldwide.
The latest country to pick up the 4.7-inch 800x480 Windows Phone 8 device would be Qatar, through Consolidated Gulf Co. (CGC) who distributes for Nokia in the region. The phone is retailing for QR 999 ($275 USD) and is now available “across major electronic retail stores in a range of colours including orange, yellow, bright green, white and black”. The device is expected to help transition the region to 4G and should be a great choice for those looking for a compelling Windows Phone without committing to much money.
For those not familiar with Fhotoroom, it is a feature rich photo app that is part photo sharing network, part photo editor, and part camera app. The latest update, which only deals with the Windows Phone 8 version, gives Fhotoroom a new camera interface, a few security updates, an updated splashscreen, updates to the TiltShift Filter, and a few bug fixes.
Yesterday was a whirlwind day of news for Windows Phone and as such, a few items fell between the cracks. Sorry! But that’s what Thursday’s are for, evidently. So today we want to remind our friends up north in Canada who have an HTC 8X or HTC 8S that you should check for an OS and firmware update on your phone.
We received numerous tips from users noting that Bell Mobility and Rogers have both begun pushing out Windows Phone 8 1327 aka GDR2 OS updates along with the corresponding firmware to their 8X and 8S devices.
The Xbox 360 came out in November 2005, yes that 2005 from nearly 8 years ago. Over time, the Xbox 360 continued to improve with software updates and hardware refreshes that only changed the external look of the device. The Xbox One is coming sometime this November and with it the next generation. Microsoft has a cool sample showing the difference in voice quality between the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. Let’s check it out.
Rumour had it we'd be seeing the Xbox One launch in the US on November 8th. Unfortunately, this is not the case as Kotaku has now reported a source close to Microsoft states the console will not be released on the day, but will come at a later date. Still aiming for November, as promised by Microsoft, we can expect to see the next-gen machine hit stores sometime later in the month.
Hipstamatic is planning to bring photos back with a comeback this year. Instagram, 500px and other competitors are attempting to barge through and own as much of the mobile market as possible when it comes to photography. So what's on the cards for Hipstamatic? CEO Lucas Buick spoke to The Next Web, discussing plans as well as to talk about why the company is backing Windows Phone 8.
Last week we revealed that Gameloft, one of the largest mobile game publishers in the world would be bringing 15 new games to both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Since then, a scrappy little site has reported that “future [Gameloft] Windows Phone titles will be released day and date with iOS and Android ones.” Release date parity is something that Windows Phone gamers have long clamored for.
Well, I hate to take the wind out of anyone’s sails, but Gameloft has informed us that the “day and date” story is definitely incorrect. Read Gameloft’s official quote and our detailed analysis after the break!
Xbox, encienda… Xbox, accendere… Xbox, on.
Users in many foreign countries won’t be able to command their Xbox One via voice command this November when the console launches. Sources are beginning to report that the fine print on Microsoft’s website (you know, that little bit of text you never read) states that the voice command feature will be limited to only a few areas at launch.
The Lumia 925 has had its priced dropped slightly in Russia. The premium Windows Phone launched last month and pre-ordering set one back by 24,990 rubles ($750). Today you'll be able to pick one up for 21,990 rubles ($660) with the choice of white, grey and black. If you've been holding off for that perfect opportunity, now's your chance to act.
It’s another sad week with no new Xbox Windows Phone game release – Tetris Blitz never showed up yesterday. As such, the Xbox Red Stripe Deal must provide hungry Windows Phone gamers with sustenance. Well, this week’s deal game has gone on twice sale before, but more than a year ago and never for as cheap. Physics puzzler Implode from IUGO is now on sale for 99 cents, down from $2.99. Probably what it should cost all the time, but who are we to judge?
Rounding out this week’s Red Stripe Deals are Darts Arena Online from E-Bouma and Week View 8, a calendar app from Hannes Biribauer. Both are on sale for 99 cents. Descriptions, free candy, and store links after the break!
Microsoft has been facing a slew of battles with the announcement of its latest Xbox One console. The launch event was riddled with DRM woes, a required Kinect accessory and a higher price tag that Sony’s PlayStation 4. The company has backtracked on its original DRM mission, making players more comfortable with the idea of purchasing games for the unit, but questions about the Kinect sensor still remain.
It’s easy to forget that Nokia does more than just make smartphones. They actually have business units that do other things, like their excellent HERE location platform that powers the maps on your Windows Phone device. It also looks like your next car may have HERE services on board.
The UK is still catching up when it comes to 4G. Even though major operators are backing LTE with new plans and upgrades in the works, the process is slow and consumers are having to deal with a rather long wait. While EE continues to expand on its LTE lead, Vodafone and O2 have begun slowly rolling out upgrades across their networks. Three on the other hand are looking at December to unleash the high five kitty.
What better way to start off the morning than with an update for the official Facebook app? And we’re not talking about the beta one either, but the full-fledged version that usually lags behind the beta by a few weeks. Indeed, the last time it was updated was in July so it’s about due for its 30-day fix up.
Liquid Daffodil is quite the name within the Windows Phone community. We've covered the developer numerous times here with multiple apps, services and incredible deals and offers for both consumers and developers to get involved. Through receiving a number of requests from developers, today we'll be looking at App to App protocols and how simple it is to connect to Liquid Daffodil apps.
Terraria is a popular indie RPG (think 2D Minecraft with more focus on adventure) on its way to mobile platforms. Launching today on iOS (iPhone and iPad), the title is being ported by Codeglue who also plan to release the title on Android and Windows Phone. 505 Games (who developed the Xbox 360 version) has announced on fan website Terraria Online that both Google and Microsoft's platforms will see Terraria soon.
There isn’t a month that goes by without Nokia releasing a new handset. Just kidding, they do it every other month. The Lumia 625 from Nokia was announced just a little over a month ago. It packs a 4.7-inch display with 4G connectivity in a relatively affordable package. Here’s a pretty funny video from Nokia promoting the device.
What you’re about to see is pretty incredible when you think about it. These aren’t images from a DSRL, they’re from a smartphone. One that a lot of you are fairly familiar with. You either have it or you’ve seen us wax on about how awesome it. National Geographic’s Stephen Alvarez recently took the Nokia Lumia 1020 to the Southwestern United States. What happens when you give 41 million pixels to an award winning photographer from National Geographic? Incredible things.
The development community around Windows Phone may be small, but it is incredibly passionate and talented. There are times when an official app doesn’t exist on Windows Phone. And it’s those situations where developers rise to the occasion and create either killer alternatives or amazing unofficial versions of those apps. Audiocloud is an app that fits that description if you’re wanting to get your SoundCloud fix on Windows Phone. It also just picked up an update.
So AT&T has a service called FamilyMap. It’s available for Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry (and for the iPhone through the web browser). FamilyMap is a service basically aimed at parents to monitor their kids, the app/service allows parents to see where other members are on an interactive map. It’s been out on Windows Phone since launch in late 2010, but it’s finally moved to version 2. Let’s see what’s new.
The last time Best Buy updated their app for Windows Phone was at the tail end of June. That update brought a new user interface and voice integration to the app, an app that previously had not seen an update for quite some time. The latest update fixes an issue some users were having.
Guess what, Android and iOS may have official versions of Instagram, but they don’t have choices. On Windows Phone we have two solid apps to go with right now, 6tag and Instance. 6tag is the newcomer to the scene, while Instance has been around for quite a bit longer. Instance was the first app to bring direct uploads to Instagram on Windows Phone. Daniel Gary, the developer, has been hard at work on the next version of Instance. So let’s take a look at it.