Earlier today at the Slush 2013, one of the top start-up conferences in the world, Nokia announced the latest version of its Imaging SDK (v1.0) to give Windows Phone developers the tools they need to create sophisticated new imaging apps for Nokia Lumia Windows Phones.
We first caught wind of Nokia Refocus during Nokia World 2013. It is a creative photography app allows you to take a picture and then manipulate the focus point of the photograph. Nokia Refocus has just gone live in the Windows Phone Store and is available exclusively for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone sporting a PureView Camera and the Amber update.
When you email photos from your Windows Phone device, it is downsized for faster transfer. What if you want to share full resolution photos taken with the 41-megapixel sensor on the Nokia Lumia 1020? What if you want to send the high-resolution photos to your computer without using the USB cable? Read on to find out how to do it by using the Phriz.be application. We also have video to show you how it’s done.
AwesomeLock is a Windows Phone 8 lockscreen app that allows you to customize your lockscreen wallpaper with weather information, stock activities and news feeds. You can also minimize your next calendar appointment to run across the bottom of the screen in ticker tape fashion.
The app was recently updated to version 2.3 which addresses a few minor bugs and improves support for Windows Phones with 512MB of RAM memory. Additionally, AwesomeLock now has six different sets of weather icons to choose from, support for XGA, 720P and HD devices, plus a gallery feature for your background images.
Microsoft has released a rather major upgrade to the Bing search engine. The company details a new way to explore, discover and browse music videos with a new experience. Whether you're seeking videos of favourited songs or looking to see what else is out there to discover, it's a pretty sure bet you'll find something on Bing. That's the claim, but is it worth using?
Windows Phone moved 9.3 million handsets in the third quarter of 2013, according to a report from the IDC. That’s an increase of 156% for the same period year-over-year. Nokia was responsbile for 93.2% of those shipped.
The current status of Windows Phone’s market share is always interesting. We’ve never really received solid numbers from Microsoft, instead we rely on third-party data from market researchers and analysts. We’ve seen some recent data from comScore, Kantar, and Strategy Analytics. Now we’re getting some new data from IDC. The big takeaway? Windows Phone saw shipments grow 156% year-over-year for the third quarter. Details below.
If you’ve been part of the Windows Phone community you’ve probably seen Joe Belfiore take the stage a handful of times the past few years. He’s more or less been the face of the Windows Phone team at Microsoft. However, his roles are changing within Microsoft. He’ll now be taking over app development for Internet Explorer.
If you're looking for an action packed, battle riddled, monster filled, see-how-long-you-can-survive type game for your Windows Phone, take a look at Dark Lands.
Dark Lands is one of the many products being generated from the Microsoft/Nokia sponsored AppCampus. It is an infinite-runner styled game with RPG combat elements. We've been tinkering with the Beta version for some time now and are happy to report that the game has finally been unleashed to the Store.
It’s the second Tuesday of the month, which means it’s Patch Tuesday for all of us in the Windows ecosystem. Head to the settings on your PC and you’ll see things like security updates for Internet Explorer and firmware updates for your Surface devices. Let’s check out what’s new for your Surface today.
We know you're all excited to soon be able to pick up the Xbox One, power on the beast and smash some skulls in Ryze or net some superb shots in Fifa 14. Until the launch date comes around (November 22nd, should you require the friendly reminder), we've got some videos to keep us occupied, courtesy of owners who received their Xbox One units prematurely from retailers.
One of our favorite apps at events, like this past Nokia World 2013 or //Build/, is GroupMe for Windows Phone. The app allows those of us covering the event to stay in communication with the rest of the Windows Phone Central team. It’s great because it works on nearly every phone, either via push notifications in the app or SMS. GroupMe was also just updated for Windows Phone. Let’s see what’s new in this latest update.
For those pre-ordering an AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520, if you want to enjoy wireless charging you'll need to pick up a wireless charging case. That's the bad news. The good news is that Incipio is now listing a wireless charging case for the Lumia 1520 on their website. The bad news part two is that the case is out of stock.
The charging case is listed as being made of rigid Plextonium (high density plastic) and has all your customary cut-outs for the 1520's buttons, ports and microphones. However, based on the pictures, it looks as though you'll have to remove the case to access the Lumia 1520's expansion card slot.
It’s finally here. Silently announced back in July and mentioned again at Nokia World, the official Vine app is now available at the Windows Phone store. We’ve been using third-party apps like 6sec and Viner for a while now, but it feels great to finally have the official app at the store. We go hands-on with the new app to show you how it looks on Windows Phone.
Head past the break to watch our walkthrough video.
Back in August, we learned about a special edition white model of the Xbox One console that was going to be given to employees working in Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business division as part of a gift package. Now Microsoft is offering one lucky (and financially well-off) eBay bidder a chance to own the only white Xbox One unit to be offered to the general public. The auction will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity geared toward helping wounded service members and their families.
Stack Ranking is a system that companies like Microsoft use to measure and rate the performance of their employees. Amazon, Facebook, and Yahoo all have their own versions of stack ranking. It’s a pretty controversial system for those involved, both currently and previously with the company. And it’s also no more. Microsoft has sent out an internal memo to employees letting them know that the system will cease to exist, starting from now.
Microsoft has released a new video to show off some of the multitasking capabilities of the next-generation video game console. The Xbox One sports the Snap feature, enabling you to do more at once. Fancy playing a game while looking at what friends are playing, or even watching live TV? It's all possible and is a handy feature that saves time from switching between inputs or firing up a second screen.
Nokia announced a new photography-focused app called "StoryTeller" in Abu Dhabi last month. The new tool offers a way to organize image and video files on Lumia Windows Phones, according to the time or location they are taken. We knew the software will be released in the near future, but weren't entirely sure when. Now a beta version of StoryTeller is available on the Windows Phone Store.
Updated 11:30 AM ET: The Official Vine app is now live in the Store. Link below.
Vine has today announced on the official blog that their Windows Phone app will be released today. Fans of the service have been left with little choice but rely on third-party solutions (6sec and Viner to name a few) while Vine looked at developing an official app for Microsoft's mobile platform. We covered an unveiling of the official Vine app at Nokia World 2013, but soon you'll be able to download the app and create some awesome short clips.
Look around at the four walls you're currently located within. Check out some of the dated gadgets that lay around. Would you like to have said room refreshed with new hardware and a general makeover? Nokia is offering exactly this with the #NOKIAHOOKUP contest. The company will select 3 lucky winners who will be hooked up with a $10,000 room makeover. Sound good? Read on for the details.
UC Browser, the flagship product of UCWeb, claims to have over 400 million users in more than 150 countries around the world. The popular Windows Phone alternative to the default Internet Explorer has just been updated to version 3.2 with key enhancements like background downloads, enhanced download management, and UDisk branded cloud storage service.
If you have an unlocked Windows Phone device that you want to bring over to T-Mobile’s network in the U.S., you can get a SIM card for free with a coupon. That’s with free shipping, too. Just wait for the SIM card in the mail, choose a plan, and put the SIM card in your phone.
T-Mobile’s SIM cards are usually sold for $10. Head over to their online store and enter coupon code: NOVSIM. There appears to be a limit of two cards per customer.
Rudy doesn’t sleep and neither do we. He’s been working full-time on developing for Windows Phone the past few weeks, which is why you’ve seen a steady update cycle with his app. 6tag for example, just received another update tonight. Let’s check out what’s new in the latest version.
We’ve got nearly every major messaging platform on Windows Phone. Outside of iMessage, BBM, and whatever chat app Google is pushing we’ve got them all. WhatsApp and Skype are arguably the most popular, based on anecdotal evidence from you all in comments. But LINE Messenger is pretty popular too. In fact, the service boasts some 280 million users in over 231 countries. It’s also just been updated on Windows Phone. Let’s check out what’s new.
We’re big fans of apps that chose to launch exclusive on Windows Phone first before going cross-platform. We’re also big fans when those apps revolve around a unique idea. Youmigo is an app that’s currently in beta for Windows Phone 8 users that is not only exclusive to Windows Phone, but pretty unique. Let’s check it out and give you details on joining this beta.