Right now in your pocket (or hand) you have the power of a personal computer at your disposal. The gap between what your laptop/desktop can do versus your phone narrows every time an OS update or new app comes out. But there’s one thing we haven’t really been able to do on Windows Phone – torrent. A new app called wpTorrent happens to let you do just that. Let’s check it out.
Hey Sprint friends, some good news is coming your way.
You can finally now purchase a new device with Windows Phone 8 – the HTC 8XT. But if you’re not too keen on the low screen DPI on the 8XT you might be waiting for the Samsung ATIV S Neo for Sprint. Thankfully you don’t have to wait much longer, the device should be out within the month.
Details after the break.
Sweet mother-of-savings. This is quite the deal from the Microsoft Store if you want some new headphones. The Nokia Purity by Monster Premium on-ear headset (whew!) has been cut by $150 over at the Microsoft Store. Grab the link below and save big!
The Nokia CR-200 Wireless Car Charger is a car cradle that features wireless charging for compatible Lumia Windows Phones. The charger has been available overseas for just over a month and has now been sighted over at Expansys.com and Amazon.com for the U.S. Market.
The CR-200 is being offered at Expansys.com for $109.99 with shipping cost at $3.99. The CR-200 is listed as "usually ships in four days". Amazon.com is selling the wireless car charger through a third party vendor, Sunny Savers, for $95 plus $4.99 shipping.
There’s been a common complaint from the Windows Phone community the past few months around a seemingly lack of urgency with Microsoft to release updates. Windows Phone 8 launched at the end of last October and since then we haven’t had much in terms of OS updates. Right now GDR2 is beginning to roll out for a few of you, but other than that not much. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore recently took to the Windows Phone UserVoice to address some of that criticism.
This is a great week for Windows 8 game development. First the full version of Unity 4.2 arrived with Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 support. Now Autodesk, makers of Autodesk Scaleform and many more middleware solutions, has just released their latest development tool: Autodesk FBX Review. The application will allow developers to view 3D characters and animations from a variety of devices, including Windows 8. Not only is FBX Review built specifically for Windows 8, but it’s free!
It was back in 2011 when Nokia and Microsoft formed a partnership to have the Finish manufacturer focus solely on Windows Phone. But did you know that the decision to use "Lumia" as the branding for its family of Windows Phones was made in just one day?
Although we have yet to confirm that HTC and T-Mobile have begun to roll out the GDR2 OS update along with new corresponding firmware, we can tell you that it is imminent. HTC have now updated their support page for the device, specifically the US T-Mobile version, with information about the new update.
The Lumia 625 was today announced by Nokia, sporting a generous 4.7-inch IPS display and 4G connectivity. While it's an affordale smartphone, the Lumia 625 is really a diamond in the rough, especially if you're looking at a large device with a smooth Windows Phone 8 experience. There are numerous little elements to the device that make it stand out from the rest of the Lumia family.
Nokia Conversations caught up with Kyeyoung Kang and Jenny Cui from the design team to find out what's exactly new in the product.
Have questions about the Lumia 625? Want to discuss the pros and cons of the product and whether or not your mobile operator will be stocking the Windows Phone? Want to talk about how Nokia has nailed the low-end demand? You'll want to head to our new Lumia 625 sub-forum to get your discussion on. If you're already not a member of the largest Windows Phone site in the world, why not register today? We have cookies!
As well as launching the new Windows Phone today, Nokia also kicked off the marketing train with the above video published on the company's YouTube account. Running through what's new in the Lumia 625, we can confirm that the product looks that good in person. We also caught a glimpse of the new headsets that are being developed in partnership with Zound.
Nokia today announced the Lumia 625, a Windows Phone sporting a massive 4.7-inch display. But don't let size cloud your judgement. This isn't a high-end smartphone by any means. What we're looking at here is Nokia's continued attempts to reach out to multiple groups of consumers - today's announcement is for those who seek displays much like the Samsung ATIV S and HTC TITAN.
If you're an avid fan of the array of music apps already available on the Windows Phone Store, but are seeking a unique experience with gesture-based controls, you may wish to check out Swipe Tunes. As the name implies, this is an app for Windows Phone 8 that enables consumers to manipulate playback through the use of gestures, instead of having to locate and select the desired icon or menu.
In tech media, it’s always the big, whizz-bang devices that tend to garner the most attention from enthusiasts. After all, they tend to have a disposable income and they are at the forefront of mobile technology. They're also the loudest for complaints or praise, dominating the conversation.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a perfect example, coming in at nearly $700 without a subsidy and $299 with—most people can’t afford it, but it reaps the headlines. And people still want it to have better, more expensive specs. Meanwhile, mid to low range devices are met with derision and scorn as people who are in well financed, established markets chime in on a device not aimed at them. We even see it here on this site, where people just want quad-cores, 1080P displays and envelope-pushing gizmos, yet they lament devices like the Lumia 625.
But the reality of the market is that smartphone prices are dropping favoring devices like the Lumia 52x and Lumia 62x or Huawei with their Ascend W1 and W2. According to the IDC, the average smartphone price has plummeted from $450 to just $375 in the last year. That trend is expected to continue with the average price headed to $350 and lower in 2013 and that directly cuts into the profit margins of Apple and Samsung, who often bet on high-end smartphones like the iPhone 5 or Galaxy S4 (neither of which are cheap).
How’s that work? You oppose technological advances but you’re using Windows 8? Anyways, if you’re a fan of picking up a DVD or Blu-ray from your nearest Redbox location you’ll be happy to know there’s a Windows 8 app. Let’s take a quick look at this app.
The Twitter leaker @evleaks has just posted this press render of the soon-to-be announced Lumia 625, showing it off in its various colors including red, yellow, white, black and a super bright green.
After officially announcing the Lumia 1020 in New York City, Nokia is back in front of the mainstream news. From local news stations to major networks, it’s going to be hard to ignore 41 megapixels in a smartphone. But when it comes to anything Windows Phone related news there’s only one authority. You’re reading it right now. So who better for local NYC radio station WCBS 880 to talk to than our very own Daniel Rubino?
Papirus (papirus.net) is a cloud-based team collaboration service and we've just been notified that they've released a Windows Phone 8 client. As one would expect to see in such an app, you can coordinate with a team, assign tasks, monitor progress and control workflow. If you're in a working environment, Papirus is definitely something worth checking out.
Microsoft has released Where's My App? for Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices, a utility designed to help you find Windows Phone apps and games. Where's My App? will show you the app availability and if what you are looking for isn't available, Where's My App? will suggest alternatives to consider.
Where's My App? isn't intended to replace the Windows Phone Store but rather highlight popular apps that are available on other platforms as well as offering alternatives for those apps that haven't found their way to the Windows Phone Store.
If you want to “unleash your inner artist” then you will want to grab the amazing Fresh Paint app for Windows Phone 8. The popular app was released awhile back for Windows 8 and it brings the ability to basically paint and create original artwork right from your phone or tablet.
The app itself is relatively easy to use and straightforward, making it a simple choice for those of you want to paint on-the-go. Likewise, with the phone version you can take advantage of your phone’s camera to snap a pic and then hand color it in. Paint your cat, paint a statue, paint your boss...whichever floats your boat, we suppose.
If you have a Nokia Lumia 925 (or someone with a Lumia 1020, we suppose) you may want to check to see if your Smart Cam app has an update. Today, version 18.104.22.168 came out, a bump up from 22.214.171.124 a few weeks back.
The update has no changelog, or rather, it’s the same as the previous one meaning this is most likely some last minute compatibility updates for the upcoming Lumia 1020 or other bug fixes.
WeChat is a popular communication and social networking app that is available for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8 users. The platform is most popular in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and India boasting over 300 million users spread around the globe. The company started in China, but has recently been working hard to expand its international membership using brand ambassadors like Lionel Messi. The latest update for Windows Phone helps close the feature gap compared to Android and iOS. Let’s check it out.
Zound Industries, the company behind Marshall Headphones, Molami and Urbanears, is working with Nokia to bring consumers a range of affordable headsets, under the "Coloud" brand. Three new headsets have been customised for Nokia, including Boom, Knock and Pop, each with a unique design for those who wish to have a more personalised accessory for their Windows Phone.
Just a few days ago we saw Sprint finally jump on the Windows Phone 8 bandwagon with the mid-range HTC 8XT, featuring a 4.3” WVGA display and a 1.4GHz dual core CPU. But if you were waiting for the more high-end (and awkwardly named) ATIV S Neo, then you’re closer to your dream as that device passed through the FCC a few days ago under the SPH-i800 name.
The documents don’t reveal anything we don’t know about the device, including that it will sport Sprint’s newborn LTE network, but it’s still nice to know it has the nod from the FCC.