Guess what? We’re addicted to Foursquare. The location based social network is a fun way to see where your friends and family are at a quick glance. We’re not alone in this addiction, the Windows Phone community has always had some affection toward the service. Brilliant apps like 4th & Mayor have been favorites in the community for a long time, mostly because the official Foursquare app was lacking. By teaming up with Nokia, Foursquare managed to give the turn out a polishes and beautiful app. That app just received another update.
We’ve heard about the RM-941, a Nokia device with AT&T bands that just passed through the FCC recently. That device has a WVGA screen with some different bands, making it something of an oddity. Although it sounds an awful lot like a Lumia 520 (or Lumia 521), which lacks such high end comforts.
Persistent leaker @evleaks has now posted a picture with the simple text “It’s coming…” and no other info. The photo shows the back of a fairly plain looking Nokia Lumia phone, but notice how there is no flash? There’s only one Lumia that has that distinct look and it’s the 52x series.
Today at Build, Microsoft handed out a few thousand Iconia W3s to the attendees. For those of you don’t know, the Iconia W3 is Acer’s first attempt at an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet running with an Intel Atom processor.
Is it good, bad, somewhere in between? We’re not a 100% sure yet but we do like playing around with it a whole lot. Head past the break for our hands on video and some impressions!
We previously looked at ✿+☮=❥, or better referred to as "Liquify", an app that enables fans of Liquid Daffodil to download Windows and Windows Phone apps by the developer at a reduced cost. We're now pleased to announce the app is now available on the Windows and Windows Phone Stores.
The idea is to offer subscriptions that are one-time purchases and each unlock apps across Windows 8, Windows Phone or both. For those who don't know, Liquid Daffodil is the developer behind such titles as glƏƏk!, Add to Contacts, flyby! and JamTiles.
Earlier today at Build 2013 we briefly saw the new Windows app for Xbox Music. Now over on the official Xbox blog, Xbox Wire, we get slightly more info on the upcoming update to the Zune’s spiritual successor. Does it close the feature gap between Zune and Xbox Music? Let’s find out.
Today during one of the many Build 2013 sessions going on, Microsoft also publicized some Windows Phone Store numbers since Windows Phone 8 was launched.
By now, many of our readers have probably figured that Windows Phone 8 has quickly become the more popular OS (over 7.x) partially due to the new and exciting hardware and also because of it being more powerful.
Today was quite the day if you follow our feeds. Microsoft took the stage on day one at its Build 2013 conference to show off some products running Windows 8, as well as presenting Windows 8.1 and talking about the ecosystem in general. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer leaped on to the stage to kick the show off, but we were also blessed with the presence of Julie Larson-Green and co.
Don't worry if you somehow missed the keynote as we've got a summary right here for you.
The new Windows Phone 8 game Robo & Bobo hit the shelves today over in the Windows Phone Store. We shared a sneak peek yesterday on the new puzzle game and found it to be an entertaining addition to the Windows Phone gaming library.
You are tasked with programming moves that will guide Robo through a series of mazes so he can be re-united with his teddy bear Bobo.
Nokia has filed a trademark application with the European Union to protect the term "Nokia Zoom". The application was filed back on May 30, 2013 and is currently under examination by the trademark authorities.
Nokia lists smartphones as one of the associated goods and services related to "Nokia Zoom". Undoubtedly an obvious connection between "Nokia Zoom" and the pending announcement of the new Lumia 1020/EOS 41MP Windows Phone.
In a motivating “introductory” session today at Build, led by Principal Group Program Manager, Sam George, some details came out about where new Windows Phone users are coming from. With the choices ranging from other smartphones (BlackBerry, iOS and Android) to just feature phones, it’s an interesting question for those who follow smartphone trends.
According to Microsoft, their numbers reveal that 42% of users who come from Windows Phone are giving up their feature phone. That backs the hypothesis that the Windows Phone OS, with its seemingly approachable UI design and the lack of complexity, is a great step forward for those who are looking to upgrade to the smartphone world (but don’t want an iPhone and find Android too difficult).
Here at Build 2013 we just wrapped up our first session with Sam George. His session was an introduction for developing on Windows Phone. While there won’t be anything brand new in terms of actual development, we did learn some interesting stats about the growth of the Windows Phone Store and how it differs with payments methods compared to iOS and Android. Fascinating stats for your next flame war after the break.
We've previously looked at Viner for Windows Phone 8, a now popular unofficial Vine (www.vine.co) app. The developer of said app got in touch with us today to relay news that a version for Windows Phone 7 hardware has been submitted and is now available for download. Now everyone with a Windows Phone can enjoy more vines than before.
Go To is a navigation app for our Windows Phone 8 where you look up destinations and create voice commands to generate travel directions to that particular address. It makes retrieving saved destinations rather simple.
Go To was updated today to version 2.0 that includes a few new voice commands and a user interface makeover. New voice commands allows you to initiated searches by saying "Go to search" and loads all contacts into the app for voice commands.
Earlier this year, Windows Phone experienced an extended Xbox game release drought that actually began at the end of 2012. As the weeks stretched on, we became increasingly worried about the future of Xbox games on Windows Phone. The severity of the drought prompted me to write our seven-part “How Microsoft can save Xbox games for Windows Phone” series, which all Windows Phone gamers still need to read.
In February, Skulls of the Shogun basically broke the drought, though the following week there was no new release. But since then, we’ve seen a steady release of Xbox games for Windows Phone 7 and 8 from major publishers like Gameloft, Rovio, and Ubisoft. It looked like the days of drought were behind us.
Then last week we got no new Xbox release. It stung, but maybe this week would be different. Well, as far as we can tell, there is no new Xbox game this week either. Could this be the start of a new drought?
No, your eyes do not deceive you. Microsoft has indeed slashed the price of its annual Windows Phone Dev Center subscription, which is now available for just $19. The subscription enables developers (or those who are looking to start developing) to access to a personal dashboard, some handy tools and the ability to submit and publish apps and games to the Windows Phone Store. Sweet!
Twitter today has pushed out another update for their Windows Phone app, sort of making it "feature complete" from their view. That doesn't mean new features and bug fixes won't come along, just that the latest version completes their big re-write of the app that has been welcomed by many on our platform.
We recently covered the Sprint and Microsoft announcement of two new Windows Phones heading to the US network - the Samsung ATIV S Neo and HTC 8XT. What we failed to provide you guys with was the registration link as Sprint has allowed potential buyers to register their interest in either product for future details as to when the new hardware will be available.
Apparently Larson Green wasn't happy with the Acer Iconia W3 giveaway and wanted to make the day even sweeter. Developers who attend the Build 2013 conference will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro with Type Cover.
ING has released apps for Microsoft's platforms. Both Windows 8 and Windows Phone now sport an app that enables customers of the bank to log in and manage their account(s). Much like all other mobile banking applications, you can expect to see the usual list of features, including balance checking, transaction viewing and the transfer of money.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today unveiled at the company's Build event that all attendees will be walking away with an Acer Iconia tablet, which we believe to be the Iconia W3. This Windows 8.1 tablet will help developers and those interested in the platform get stuck in with new features on the latest hardware.
According to Chinese site WPDang, Microsoft had a small scale revealing of new features in Windows 8.1 earlier today in San Francisco.
The non-disclosure agreement they signed with Microsoft just expired a few minutes ago. With legal concern gone, they've decided to make a quick list of things, and save everyone some time mining into the system update looking for what's new when Windows 8.1 beta shows up in the Windows Store. Here is what you can expect from the system refreshment:
Microsoft has struck a deal with Telefónica to start a joint marketing effort to boost the sales of Windows Phone 8 hardware. Initially for a period lasting a year, the company will enhance marketing activities in support of stocked Windows Phones in the UK and Germany through O2, as well as Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Chile. Telefónica wishes to help develop a strong third choice for consumers to break the duopoly of Android and iOS.
Today Sprint and Microsoft outlined plans to launch two Windows Phone 8 handsets on the US network. The HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo will be packaged with Truly UnlimitedSM Sprint 4G LTE this coming summer. Both phones will be able to take full advantage of LTE speeds, offering consumers a rich experience when using the device while out and about.