It's another weekend and another From the Forums. We'll be taking a gander at what's been happening through the weekend, presenting you with the latest and greatest discussions that our readers have been engaging in. So what's new in the world of Windows Phone here at Windows Phone Central?
The Lumia 920 has sold out at AT&T in the US. Both the black and exclusive cyan variants are reported as so on the online store, which further shows high levels of demand (or minimal amount of stock). We're still looking forward to reporting on just how many Lumia Windows Phones Nokia has managed to ship and sell to consumers in its next document release.
The Surface RT tablet was released last month, but Microsoft has remained tight-lipped about the support policy for Windows RT itself. The company has since released information detailing its declaration to support its initial Surface tablet for four years. ZDNet has taken a look at the new information provided to see what this means for consumers.
The Lumia 510 is available in the Philippines for PHP 7,290 (approx. $180) and can be picked up from Wellcom, Nokia Stores, and other supporting retail establishments. We recently looked at the Lumia 510 and upcoming Windows Phone 7.8 update, which the device will be powering once Microsoft rolls out the next release for 7.x hardware.
Yesterday we brought you some in depth information of what will be coming in the Windows Phone 7.8 update, expected to appear in China in a few weeks (presumably with the launch of the Nokia Lumia 510). New features such as a revamped Tile design, new Tile sizes and dynamic Lockscreen wallpaper (Bing) were revealed including the current build number.
Now a new video, presumably from Winp.cn, shows the current build of Windows Phone 7.8 (8858) in action. Actually, it’s less action and more of a nice, soothing stroll on some of the more superficial changes coming in the OS update. The new tiles are shown off and we even see the Bing lockscreen wallpaper working (we’re hoping that third-party apps can take advantage of it too like in Windows Phone 8).
Good news for those of you who live near a Macy's US store as they have released a shiny new app for the holidays just for Windows Phone (it says for it’s for Windows Phone 8 but will install on 7.x too).
The app has some nice features, which make it more than just window dressing for the store or company. Launching the app will treat you to holiday gift guides that remind us of eBay’s method by drilling down by gender and category for gift recommendations—not a bad idea for those who have no inkling of what presents to buy this year...
If you've purchased a new Nokia Windows Phone over the past few days, you can cash in on a free set of Nokia Monster Purity headsets (the in-ear models). Just head over to NokiaHolidayHeadset.com and fill in the blanks, print off the completed form, include a copy of the original sales receipt and UPC/barcode from your box and send it all into Nokia.
The latest crop of Windows Phones, the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X, bring together some of the latest technology with their cameras. Windows Phone cameras have progressed nicely through the years. We've seen new sensor technology to improve low-light performance, better software enhancements, and new stabilization mechanics come into play.
While the Nokia Lumia 920's Pureview camera has garnered a good bit of the Windows Phone 8 spotlight, the HTC 8X's camera has been lurking in the shadows. The 8X has a capable camera within its own right but how does it compare to the Lumia 920's heavy weight camera?
Nokia has yet to release a report detailing Lumia 920 sales, and until that time is upon us we can only speculate and estimate what said numbers will actually be. There's much anticipation to see whether Nokia has received such high levels of demand that the well established manufacturer simply cannot build enough Lumia 920s to throw at retailers and carriers, or we're simply seeing low levels of stock being produced at launch.
According to a report over at Yahoo China, pre-ordered (and purchased) Lumia 920 numbers have exceeded 2.5 million, slightly less than the total number of Lumia Windows Phones sold in the last quarter combined. If this is accurate, we are seeing massive demand for not only Nokia's flagship handset, but Windows Phone 8 as well.
We'll remain skeptical and believe that simply not enough stock is available, but there's always the possibility...
For those of us stuck with multiple phone numbers or who like free SMS messaging, Google Voice is a pretty great service (we do wish Microsoft had their own version though). Google of course can’t be bothered with making a Windows Phone client so instead we have to rely on our cadre of great third party app developers.
MetroTalk is one of those apps for Google Voice and we managed to spend some time with the upcoming Windows Phone 8 version. Windows Phone 8 messaging apps will benefit the most from the new APIs offered to developers and consumers will get a much better experience—faster apps, better notifications and many more options.
Weave is a popular news reader for your Windows Phone and it was recently updated to version 4.0. The update gives the news reader a re-design and a respectable amount of customizability.
The update also brings a few under the hood tweaks that gives the app faster performance. Weave is pre-loaded with thirty three categories including world, financial, deals, fashion, videogames, technology and more. From there you can edit and add to the Weave feeds to better match your needs.
The JBL Nokia PowerUp speaker, much like the Lumia 920, is hard to find these days with supplies running low from many retailers. In fact, cyan and white versions of the pricey accessory are quite rare with black being a lot easier to purchase.
Ours just showed up today so we figured we would give you a quick unboxing and our initial thoughts on the experience. The JBL Nokia PowerUP packs two 10W 2.5” full range drivers, Qi wireless charging, NFC for instant pairing and of course Bluetooth 2.1 streaming all for $250-299, depending on where you go.
Damian Dinning, Head of Cameras and Imaging at Nokia, has decided to leave the company, effective November 30th, 2012. It comes as a blow to the Finnish manufacturer as Dinning joined Nokia back in 2004 and brought with him years of experience in cameras and photography, with the likes of Minolta UK and Eastman Kodak under his belt.
In a case of good news/bad news, we’ll start with how Amazon Wireless today is offering the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 in matte black for just $0.01. That penny deal is only as good as the contract you sign though, so you’ll need to enlist for 2 years as a new customer to get that offer—but that’s still a darn fine one...
UK online video game retailer ShopTo (www.shopto.net) has released an app for Windows Phone, accompanying its Android and iOS apps already available on the market. The Windows Phone app enables users to browse, search, pre-order, purchase and set notifications for the catalogue of stock available at the retailer.
The Michelin Travel Guide gives you access to more than 30,000 tourist attractions world wide and it's now available as a Lumia Windows Phone 8 exclusive in the Nokia Collection.
The Michelin Travel Guide allows you to search for attractions that are nearby, by name, near an address and from the map view. You can also download travel books to your Windows Phone for easy reference while on the go.
Although Microsoft has yet to reveal anything official about the upcoming Windows Phone 7.8 update (besides the new Start screen) more and more information is coming out. Part of the reason may be because the update is rumored to be have been finalized and is now in OEM partner hands. Now the process of customization and testing by the likes of Nokia, Samsung and HTC will take place.
We have a few reports tied into one massive write up for your reading ease. We’ll start with the simple and work our way up to the more detailed information about what's new in Windows Phone 7.8.
If you want to add a little something something to your contacts, we ran across a way to add emoticons to your contact's name over in the Windows Phone Central Forums. All you need to do is start a text message and add the emoticon of your choice.
From there, highlight and copy that emoticon. Leave the text message and go to your Peoples Hub, find the contact and choose to edit the name. Add a space at the end of the last name and paste the emoticon. It's a neat way to add a little customization to your contacts.
Edit: As noted in comments by hopmedic, to prevent it from breaking voice dialling, put the emoticons in the last name field, but put a hyphen after the last name, and then the emoticons.
Thanks, danclyons, for the tip!
HTC Singapore has published an enticing Windows Phone 8X deal on its Facebook page. The Windows Phone is stated to be on sale from tomorrow onwards, and will be available at just SGD $828 ($778 when taking into account the deal). Not only that but the manufacturer is offering the first 25 customers to purchase a HTC 8X from Challenger Funan will receive a SGD $50 off the retail price and take home a Microsoft Premium gift.
Last year’s Windows Phone Xbox Live Black Friday Week Sale wasn’t terribly exciting, but it did put three games on sale at once, a quantity only equaled in the Countdown to 2012 Sale a month later. A lot has happened between then and now, and today Microsoft has really upped the ante. The 2012 Black Friday Week Sale is live and includes a whopping six discounted Xbox Windows Phone games!
Head past the break for sale details, game impressions, and Xbox 360 Black Friday news too.
If you're out and about this Black Friday looking for Windows Phone deals and happen by your local Wal-Mart, have they got a deal for you.
Wal-Mart is offering $100 gift cards for any new and qualified upgrades on their Windows Phones (Android phones are also included). The offer is valid through December 1st and there is a maximum of five gift cards per order.
Okay... so yesterday was Thanksgiving and many of you are dining on leftovers for the next week (or longer). The last Windows Phone Central App Roundup some may want to see if one on cooking. Still this roundup may give you a few ideas on what to do with all those leftovers or help you get a jump on cooking for the upcoming Holiday dinners.
Regardless of the Holidays, you can always find a reason to prepare a great home cooked meal. The apps in today's roundup will help you find recipes, walk you through preparing the meal, find an appropriate beverage and even help you when you really don't feel like cooking.
We picked five apps from the Windows Phone Store that stood out but realize that we might have missed one or two worth mentioning. If so, feel free to share your favorite cooking app in the comments.
We're not ones to publicly announce birthdays for each and every company in our industry, but today's a slightly special day. Clove (www.clove.co.uk), a UK mobile phone retailer has turned 20 year old. The company started up back in 1992 and as-of-today continues to provide a top notch service for those seeking unlocked mobile devices and / or accessories.