It’s time to play. Today is the 22nd and by far one of the busiest days of the year for product launches if you’re in the Microsoft ecosystem. We’ve got the Nokia Lumia 1520, Lumia 2520 and Xbox One all available today. The devices are impressive in their own categories, but we’re here to talk Xbox and play with you.
Nokia Share has hit the Windows Phone Store shelves that will allow you to connect your Lumia Windows Phone with your Lumia Windows Tablet and share photos via Nokia’s Storyteller app.
Just run Storyteller on your Lumia 2520 Tablet and open Nokia Share on your Lumia Windows Phone. The two connect over Wi-Fi and you will then be able to share your photos on the larger screen of the Lumia 2520.
Did you pick up an Xbox One? Microsoft just announced that they’ve sold more than one million consoles in the first 24 hours, so odds are you did. Microsoft is claiming this launch is their biggest in the history of Xbox, sales surpassed the same numbers for the Xbox 360 launch and set new records for Microsoft.
You can now add Amazon.com (U.S.) to the list of retailers carrying the AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520. The 6” screened Windows Phone is listed in the white, red, yellow and black models for only $99.99 (after contractual discounts).
It does not appear the AT&T Next plan pricing is available through Amazon.com and if you want to go without the contractual discounts, the Lumia 1520 will cost you $799.99. You do get a slight break with the black model that only costs $749.99 off contract.
6tag received a minor update that takes the app to version 2.2.1. There’s not a change log listed in the Windows Phone Store but, according to Rudy’s tweet, the update adds a hack to prevent your password from resetting while you are traveling. We will guess there are a few minor bug fixes thrown in for good measure too.
Apict is a rather handy Windows Phone photography app that dates back to the days of Windows Phone 7. Apict offers photo editing to give your pictures that retro Polaroid look. The app has been consistently through the years and remains a solid performer.
Apict received another update today, taking the app to version 4.6. The update mainly deals with fixing a few bugs but also comes with a temporary price reduction.
The festive season is well under way and what better way to keep the kids entertained than downloading free Disney games on their Windows Phones? The company has rounded up six Windows Phone games, making each one of them available for free. It's Disney's Season of Giving.
If there is one thing we can all agree on is that Windows Phone has some talented developers. Especially when it comes to design, which is heavily inspired by Microsoft’s Modern UI principals.
Today, I’m giving you an early look at a new calendar app headed to Windows Phone. Simply called ‘Cal’. The app is superbly clean and minimalist looking, really eye catching. Even though we already have some great calendar apps like Simple Calendar and Chronos Calendar, Cal ranks right up there in my opinion.
So head past the break to see my video tour and some early screenshots.
If you’re a Nokia Lumia owner, today is your day. Especially if you just bought a new device. It’s been known that if you bought a Lumia 1520 from AT&T, you also nabbed a $20 Microsoft Store card. If you pre-ordered thru the Microsoft Store, well you probably don’t even have your Lumia 1520 yet, but you did get a $70 voucher. So what to spend it on?
Nokia’s exclusive Xbox Live collection is pretty impressive and evidently, they want you to have it. That’s why they slashed prices on numerous titles and will be putting other titles on sale later in the month. So what are you getting?
Sozoom by Volevi is an exclusive app for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 that lets you add “zoom balloons” to your photos. It shows off how much you can really zoom with the special Pureview cameras featured in these two devices. It’s a very simple app, but it’s not perfect.
Head past the break to watch our walkthrough video.
Nokia has announced another exclusive app for their Lumia customers. Redbox Instant by Verizon is now live in the Nokia Collection and will allow users to stream movie content right to their Lumia Windows Phone. After 60 days, the app will go to all Windows Phone owners, so don’t fret.
The Redbox service (US only) has a free trial and normally runs for $8 a month (and a $1 for Blue ray access), which is similar to what Hulu or Netflix charge. But in addition to just streaming, you can also rent up to 4 DVDs per month. That’s kind of a really good deal, if you ask us. But it depends also on how many movies you watch (and how many on your phone).
A few weeks ago we told you about Readit, a new Reddit (reddit.com) app for Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices. We liked it so much, we gave it our editor’s choice for Reddit clients. Even though its 1.0 debut was one of the best we’ve seen for any app, there was room for improvement. As a few of you noted in comments, memory usage and performance could be better.
Luckily, the developers agreed with you as version 1.2 just went live in the Store. Its changelog is either the most detailed we’ve ever seen, or it’s just so massive that the developers should be commended for their hard work. In fact, it’s so big it’s not listed in the app or the Store.
But you’re at Windows Phone Central, so we have all the details…
Today, the AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 hit the store shelves but at the last minute, many received emails last night from AT&T and Microsoft’s Online Store informing them of shipping delays.
Citing overwhelming demand, pre-orders for the new Windows Phone would not ship as first planned. When we first reported this, we were not sure how this delay would affect in-store inventory.
Today, the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet, running Windows RT 8.1 is available in the US on AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Fetching for $399 on contract ($499 without), the tablet won some high praise from us (with only a few criticisms) in our review.
The Nokia Power Keyboard is an optional accessory for the tablet that packs quite a punch. It has a built-in battery to offer a claimed 50% more power (5 hours), two-full USB ports, the keyboard, and it acts like a cover for the device as well. In other words, it turns a high performing tablet into a reasonable work station, with nearly 15 hours of total power.
It's certainly no secret that Xbox One has launched in a number of markets, one being the UK. We went along to the launch event at Leicester Square, London last night to enjoy some live music and video game demos. We were also able to grab a day one unit from GAME at the indoor section of the evening (thank goodness as it was bitterly cold outside).
Head on past the break for some images and details from the evening as it progressed.
Style Jukebox (www.stylejukebox.com) has been available on the Windows Phone Store for some time. The team behind the apps and service has partnered with ourselves to give away 10 premium accounts. If you're using the service, but haven't yet upgraded, this special November giveaway will be right up your street.
Are you picking up the Xbox One today with Call of Duty: Ghosts or Battlefield 4? If you’re into first-person shooter games, then there’s an interesting accessory you might want to check out. It’s called HipShotDot, and we’ve got a demo to show you.
Head past the break to watch the video walkthrough with its creator, Tim Murphy.
Good news for those on Verizon and yearning for the official version of Update 3 aka GDR3. Verizon is now pushing out that update (3 for the OS, 1 for firmware) to all HTC 8X Windows Phones now, though of course you could manually force-check the update. We hear nearly 1 GB of spare storage may be needed to install the update, which should be done over Wi-Fi.
Update 3 brings a cluster of new features to Windows Phone, including Driving Mode, Bluetooth fixes, enabled Wi-Fi during device setup and of course, screen orientation lock. You can read the full changes in our Update 3 article to learn more.
Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Bowling Games
Sports games for our Windows Phones can have great entertainment value. These games can help you pass short bits of time or handle the longer gaming sessions when you plenty of time to kill. Bowling games fit that bill and are are the subject of this week’s Windows Phone Central Roundup.
Bowling may not appeal to everyone but they are simple games to pick up but challenging to master. You often have customizations to make the game reflect more of your personal tastes and just when you think you have game play down pat, you roll a gutter ball.
These Windows Phone games may not turn you into the Big Lebowski but they are entertaining, all are free and well worth the try. We will focus on four of the more popular bowling titles in the Windows Phone Store and if we've missed your favorite bowling game, let us know in the comments.
It's been fairly quiet in terms of updates to our own official app for Windows Phone in the last couple of months, other things tend to get in the way especially when the big focus is something for bigger screens. That said we have some good news today in that version 4.4 of our app has just gone live and is available for you to download to your Windows Phone 7 or 8 device right now from the marketplace.
You'll likely only notice a few of the changes straight away so as usual you can read all about them after the break, as well as an important announcement about our Windows Phone 7 support from here on in.