HTC was working with US mobile operator Sprint to introduce a colour customisation tool for the HTC 8XT, according to The Verge's sources. The online personalisation service would enable consumers to add and change colours on the HTC Windows Phone, offering more options that help make the purchase that much more unique. HTC Design Studio, as it was known, was dropped due to cost and complexity.
Yesterday we saw two app updates from Nokia including HERE Drive+ and HERE Maps. Today they’re bumping some system apps. But no need to rush as these are for the more benign Feedback to Nokia and Extras + Info sections, not bringing anything too new or exciting to the table as far as we can tell.
First up is Feedback to Nokia. This little guy allows you to rate your phone and send your thoughts about your Lumia right to Nokia for their consideration. With version 18.104.22.168 of the app, we noticed that when compared to our older iteration it now has a pivot for the Nokia Improvement Program and the option to opt in or out along with an explanation of what it is (you can find more info on their website).
The Xbox One was originally announced to be launching in 21 markets in November, but Microsoft has now revealed that eight European countries will see the launch of the next-gen console pushed back to 2014. The company has stated that it's committed to getting the Xbox One to affected markets "as soon as possible" next year. So which countries are affected?
The Nokia Lumia 1020 has already started shipping in the US, but other markets around the world are still waiting for the manufacturer to launch the new flagship. The latest market to see the handset released is China. Priced at 5,999 CNY (about $980), a fairly steep price point as we've come to expect. Retailer Suning has a promotion running for the Lumia 1020 with owners walking away with a free camera grip and 200 CNY Suning gift card.
It’s been 24-hours since the surprise return of the Microsoft engineered YouTube app, thought to be complacent with Google’s terms of service (TOS). The app, as we reported extensively, is essentially the same as the one originally removed but now with pre-roll ads, no video downloads, voice and upload support.
While reviews and feedback from the app have been tremendously high, one of the core features of an “official” app is stability. The idea here is that since Microsoft is theoretically abiding by Google’s API requirements, the app should ideally never stop working (unlike third party apps). However, tonight it seems to be a fairly wide spread outage of the app on Windows Phone.
We tested the YouTube app on our Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020, on both Wi-Fi and cellular, and we were constantly met with the somewhat befuddling “Something happened and we’re not sure what” error message (see below). Nothing from YouTube would load and the app is basically dead in the water.
It seems Nokia is always making some videos when they aren’t busy making new devices, adding exclusive apps to their Nokia Collection, or other general Finnish stuff. But usually those videos they make to promote their handsets and accessories are fun to watch, so we’ll keep sharing them. Here’s another one to pimp the Camera Grip for the Lumia 1020.
It’s been weeks in the waiting but it looks like Amazon.com has officially received stock of the all black Nokia wireless charging cover (CC-3066) for the Lumia 1020. In fact, according to users in our forums the item has started shipping already, so a few of you will have this handy accessory in the coming days (even faster if you have Prime).
Last year, Adrian Peterson was selected as the 2012 MVP for the NFL. While his team, the Minnesota Vikings, didn’t make it far in the playoffs, he still set some pretty awesome records for his rushing efforts.
Right now he’s getting ready for the 2013 season, but he’s doing it with flair. He’s doing it with a Nokia Lumia 1020.
Inka Madness is an awesome little platformer for Windows Phone, which is free for the time being. The player is tasked with taking Atuq, the favourite son of the ruler Inca Tupac Qhari and a great and fearless warrior who the gods have chosen, on the important mission to free his siblings from an awful curse and remove chaos from the Inca Empire.
Nokia has announced and launched the Lumia 625, a new Windows Phone that packs the largest display found on any Nokia Windows Phone. So following on from that mid-range device, rumours have begun circling around that the manufacturer will be looking at releasing a Lumia 825, which is said to be raising the bar by supporting quad-core and a 5.2-inch display. Now, before we begin, take this rumour with a pinch of salt, folks.
Samsung has been an extremely odd egg in the Windows Phone basket. The company appears to be fighting an internal struggle between two sides - one wishes to drop Windows Phone while the other becomes mildly excited when Live Tiles are in sight. Now rumours are floating around the Internet that Samsung is indeed making another Windows Phone, codenamed the SGH-I187.
Nokia and Microsoft are slowly (but surely) looking to roll the GDR2 + Amber update out to consumers with a Lumia Windows Phone. Those with a Lumia 928 and who are anxious to get the update will be able to get dirty by manually applying it to their device. Windows Phone Central member tungha has published some links on the forum that contain files for the Nokia Amber update.
Fancy some flashing? You can now update your Lumia 928 manually, should you know what you're doing of course.
Phototastic is a feature rich photo editor for your Windows Phone that is primarily focused on collages but has some rather nifty effects filters and editing tools to help make your photos stand out.
The Windows Phone photography app was recently updated to version 2.4 and gets a refresh on the user interface, changeable collage aspect ratios, text options and a ton of new collage templates.
While PC users might be familiar with their machines under-clocking themselves to save energy, reduce heat, and prevent damage, the idea is new for Microsoft’s Xbox console. According to an interview Gizmodo had with Xbox’s General Manager of Console Development, Leo Del Castillo, the new Xbox One will be able to cool itself down in a multitude of ways, including "dialing it back to a lower power state."
MTV has come to Xbox Live with an app launching on the Xbox 360. If you're a huge fan of Teen Wolf, Catfish and other popular shows, this app is now your bestfriend. Offering full episodes, bonus content from said shows and additional video series from MTV, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to enjoy episodes both past and present.
Nokia Windows Phone owners will have used Lumia Pusher in the past to see if the plethora of apps and system apps installed require updating. The app has unfortunately been pulled for some reason, but fear not as another developer has picked up the baton and launched NOKIA COLLECTION.
The new app shares similar functionality to Lumia Pusher in that you can hit multiple entries to be beamed to the store. It's a solid replacement.
Although it may be the slow weeks of August, Nokia is not braking at all in keeping their Collection up to date. Today, they have pushed out updates for their HERE Drive+ and HERE Maps, giving users some satisfaction in knowing where they are (and going).
First up is HERE Drive+ which is bumped to version 3.0.4121.0 and brings some “bug fixes and stability improvement” aka the usual tidying up. We’ve had some performance issues when using the app in New York City, so we’ll be curious if it has improved at all with this update, though the changes could be small.
Nokia's Video Trimmer app enables you to trim and easily edit videos recorded on your Lumia Windows Phone. Launched alongside the Lumia 1020, Video Trimmer was previously unavailable on hardware other than the latest flagship Windows Phone. This has since changed as it's now possible to download Video Trimmer if you're running GDR2 and rocking a Lumia 920 or above.
There has been plenty of information that we presented recently leading up to August 16th as the release date for Sprint and the ATIV S Neo. Now the CDMA carrier has come forth with an official announcement on the device and have confirmed that date.
According to the press statement, the Samsung ATIV S Neo will go on sale Friday, Aug. 16, in direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1, for $149.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card, confirming what we reported earlier.
The rest of the specifications are also in line with what we previously reported, including a dual core 1.4GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (and up to 64GB expandable), a 4.8-inch TFT LCD display (1280x720) and a removable 2000 mAh battery.
Full press release below…
So far the Nokia Lumia 520 has been a sleeper hit. It’s the cheapest Windows Phone to date and it is constantly topping charts for in emerging markets. It seems we hear stories weekly on how the device is selling well in market after market. Here in the United States it’s available for AT&T as a GoPhone and T-Mobile sells a variant called the Lumia 521.
So how’s it going to fare against further attacks in the low-end smartphone market against competitors like Samsung and Apple?
Over at Forbes, Tero Kuittinen outlines a brinkmanship scenario where Nokia comes out on top. Don’t worry, I wasn’t familiar with the term either. Brinkmanship is the situation where you push dangerous events to the verge of disaster in the hopes that your opponents will have to make concessions and/or back down. In this case, Nokia is in a position to own the low-end smartphone market because companies like HTC, Blackberry, and Apple won’t be able to make appealing devices at low prices.
Pepper is a popular Windows Phone app here in the UK (www.pepper.so). The service is essentially a music social network that helps you check out live events and gigs across the country with friends you know and share interests with. Venues and events are listed with times, artists and other details that make it that much easier to get down and enjoy local music.