In anticipation of T-Mobile's event tonight in NYC, Nokia has posted a press pamphlet for the T-Mobile-branded Lumia 710, which will be available on January 11. The packet includes a full spec sheet as well as some press shots. Nokia has also revealed that the Lumia 710 will sell for a downright steal of $49.99. It will be available in black or white, with the option to swap out the backplate for something flashier. There is also a wealth pre-loaded apps:
The Weather Channel
Despite the early spoiler from Nokia, we are looking forward to tonight's event and will be there in full force. Check back here to get the latest tidbits from NYC and hit the jump to read the full presser from Nokia.
Keeping up-to-date with health information, accessing medical records (for yourself and family members), and retrieving prescription history is now easier than ever while on the move. Microsoft has released HealthVault for Windows Phone, which ties into their HealthVault service. HealthVault account data is synchronized so users are able to track and manage chronic conditions, insert health information, and more while on the go.
How do you enter to win the Windows Phone? Just go to this WPCentral Forums discussion and post your version of a WPCentral lockscreen wallpaper. It could be a wallpaper filled with tiles displaying our logo. It could be a 3D version of our logo that jumps off the screen. It could be our logo done in tie die. To help you out, we're attaching a copy of our logo in the discussion.
You have to submit a wallpaper to be eligible and while comments on the submissions are welcomed, they won't be eligible. We can't make getting a free Windows Phone too easy.
We'll let this run up until 5:00pm CST on December 22, 2011 and we'll pick the best wallpaper of the bunch. One contributor will win the Samsung Focus S and we'll even select two runners up for WPCentral Accessory Store Gift Certificates. We can't say you'll get the Samsung Focus S by Christmas but we'll get it to the lucky winner shortly thereafter.
We would like to thank AT&T and the WPCentral Store for sponsoring this giveaway. Now get going and create that WPCentral wallpaper!
Newegg.com--it's a geek's dream. It's also where we all go to build our own PC. Between their fast shipping, low prices, individual parts and even being tax-free here in New York (they're in Jersey, ahem), what's not to love about this place? Well, up until this morning you could have said they don't have a Windows Phone app. But now, my nerd friends, they do and it's great--smooth, slick and smartly laid out.
The app is Mango-ready out the gate, allows you to access your account and all your shopping right from your phone. But really, you want it for the ease of browsing their daily deals, right? Other notable features:
Comprehensive product specifications.
1.7+ millions customer reviews.
Detailed item image gallery
Quick and simple shopping flow.
Simple and quick search function.
Search by category
Good for deal hunting: Shell Shockers, Daily Deals and Free Shipping.
All purchases made on Newegg Mobile are routed through Newegg's secure servers.
Sure, it has no Live Tile or pinnable subsections, so there's room for improvement. But as for the basics, we're giving it a thumbs up. Pick it up here for free in the Marketplace. Thanks, Ryan S., for the tip!
MonWindowsPhone has interviewed Olivier Lagréou, Product Marketing Manager at Nokia France, for some insightful answers into how the company is performing with their newly adopted platform - Windows Phone. Questions included why the Finnish manufacturer went with Microsoft's OS as opposed to the more established (and dominating) Android. Lagréou goes into explain that Android would have been almost suicidal for Nokia, who needs to push forward the brand and not be lost at sea in an ocean of OEMs and handsets. Windows Phone was the perfect match for the DNA of the manufacturer with simplicity among other strong features.
As well as talking about the company and its partnership with Microsoft, Lagréou also provided some details for when we can expect to see the magenta flavour of the Lumia 800.
"We should be able to provide Lumia 800 in magenta (pink) for Christmas. The color is also expected soon from Orange, available online only. As for the color cyan (blue), you can already find at The Phone House."
Good news for those who are excited to match the pink handset with other valuables and accessories from your dress code. We might not be stuck with just three colours, though. The Nokia employee went on to explain that should demand and projected sale figures for more colours be strong, the company will look to produce more accents. He mentioned yellow, green, and white as examples (check the above image for more "potential" colours). Should any new colours be decided on, 2012 will be the year where the Lumia 800 gets a nice refresh.
The big question is, as always, how is the handset selling?
Gameloft is a true heavy hitter in the mobile games arena. They’ve made a business of creating mobile equivalents of popular console games. Halo, Final Fantasy, and even World of Warcraft have received the sincerely flattering clone treatment – though sadly not for Windows Phone. Gameloft has finally thrown us a bone, though, with Let’s Golf 2. Based on Sony’s long-running Hot Shots Golf series, Let’s Golf 2 has just about everything you could want in a golf game (except for multiplayer).
Jeff Wilcox, developer of 4th&Mayor and who was behind the Metro design guide, has released a new slick looking Windows Phone emulator theme for developers to install (taking a new chassis mock-up without branding from the MSDN Windows Phone Marketing resources site). The modern look and feel of the theme better reflects what the software is emulating and looks more realistic than the default. We've also previously had a Nokia N9 theme made available, as well as a Samsung Focus skin by Wilcox.
The other day we mentioned an SMS Bug that your Windows Phone is vulnerable to. Basically someone sends you a certain text message and it reboots your Windows Phone and disables your Messaging Hub. Microsoft has confirmed that such exists and is diligently working on a solution.
Senior Product Manager for Windows Phone, Greg Sullivan states,
"We are aware of the issue and our engineering teams are examining it now. Once we have more details, we will take appropriate action to help ensure customers are protected."
Should you see your Windows Phone mysteriously re-boot and then loose the ability to launch the Messaging Hub, your only remedy is to perform a hard reset. We'll keep our fingers crossed that Microsoft finds and distributes a fix soon.
Details are sketchy at this point but it looks like there is or will be or might be a limited edition Nokia Lumia 800 -- The Dark Knight Edition. We find it odd, only because that movie won't be out till July, 2012. Either way, there's only 40 of these babies, which means we probably won't be getting one. Doh!
Still, the all-black with Batman logo, subtly placed on the back is pretty amazing looking, as is the box. It even has special themed lock-screen wallpaper with Bane on board and Batman Start tiles. Very awesome and we're jealous.
Joining the free game Breeze on Xbox Live this week are two paid titles, Battlewagon and Doodle God. Both games are now available on the Marketplace.
Battlewagon is a curious and very British game that takes place during medieval times. The object is to retake your lands from four evil barons. Battlewagon’s 68 levels encompass a variety of gameplay styles: firing a catapult from a stationary wagon, winding up the wagon just the right amount to stop it within a designated zone, jumping over or barreling through obstacles and enemies, and tossing bombs at specific parts of enemy castles.
While the gameplay is creative and the art charmingly retro, Battlewagon shows a few rough spots out of the gate. The slingshot mechanic could work better as you don’t have much room to aim without hitting the edge of the screen; it’s easy to fire accidentally too. The game seriously needs a retry option from the pause menu and after failing levels as well.
Doodle God is a popular indie game that has been upgraded to Xbox Live status. It’s a hard game to describe, but think of it as an alchemy simulator. You start out with only four elements to mix and match, each combination creating a new element. The object is simply to make them all, which requires tons of experimentation and thought. What makes glass in real life? Fire plus sand. Combine those ingredients in-game and you’ve just unlocked glass, which can then be mixed with many other elements.
Doodle God may look simple in screenshots, but it’s bolstered by terrific British voice acting and a sharp UI. The interface is actually optimized for Windows Phone (swiping left and right to switch pages, etcetera), something you don’t see in many iPhone ports. It also includes several minigames to unlock and a Windows Phone-exclusive quest.
Battlewagon costs $2.99 and you can get it here on the Marketplace. Doodle God is also $2.99. Pick it up here, chemistry enthusiasts.
While we’ve seen several repeat Xbox Live Deals of the Week lately, this week’s special is something fresh. Tentacles, the Windows Phone-exclusive title from Press Play, is now on sale for $2.99.
Tentacles is a game that you’re bound to fall in love with, at least early on. Pulling protagonist Lemmy around one-tentacle at a time is different and fun. The stellar graphics, sound, and humorous story sequences instantly appeal. Unfortunately, later in the game the level design goes way downhill, creating lots of frustration from repeated deaths. It’s annoying and unfitting a game that would otherwise have huge mass appeal. I discuss the issue more fully in our review. Not everybody has a problem with the difficulty though, so many of you will likely enjoy it anyway.
Tentacles is on sale for $2.99 for one week only. To buy it, use the appendage of your choice to head over here on the Marketplace.
The series of free, ad-supported Xbox Live games that began with Minesweeper and Sudoku now continues with Breeze. The new game comes from the same Microsoft producer as previous titles (Kirby Leung) and developer Rob Hutchinson at Null City Software. For more details about the game’s development (and original Xbox 360 version), check out our exclusive preview.
Breeze is basically a maze navigation name. In each level, players must blow the flower from the start to the goal, sometimes collecting Sunshine orbs in order to unlock the goal. Touch anything – a wall or moving obstacle – and you’ll have to retry the level. As such, managing the flower’s momentum plays an important role in keeping it safe.
I’ve enjoyed my short playtime with Breeze so far. Its 50 GamerScore of Achievements are seriously easy as they don’t even require playing on the Hardcore difficulty. I found the tilt controls actually work much better than touch. The problem with touch is that the flower moves in the opposite direction of where you touch the screen, making you have to think in reverse. Thankfully tilt just moves the flower in the direction of the phone’s tilt – not sure why touch couldn’t have worked the same way.
Breeze is now available in English speaking countries and will come to other regions at a later date worldwide. You can grab it here on the Marketplace.
If you're looking for a solid navigation app for your Windows Phone, NAVIGON (here's our review) will definitely fit the bill. While it's a feature rich app that downloads its maps to your Windows Phone, it required 1.6gb of storage and costs $49.99 (US version). Yes, I did say required.
NAVIGON has released an updated version (version 4.1) that adds a few features, most notably, MyMaps. MyMaps is a map manager that now allows you to install only the maps you need. If you only need maps for Hawaii, you'll only need 7.6mb of storage. There is an initial download about 300mb in size for system files.
Still, the update can save you a lot of memory. Adding Alabama and Florida (my more commonly used maps) reduced my storage need from 1.6gp to just under 400mb. Along with MyMaps, two additional features are included with the NAVIGON update.
Active Lane Assistant: Displayed in the lower right corner of the map view, the animation reflects the current lane configuration and allows drivers to see ahead. An orange line indicates the way the driver should follow.
Live Weather: Updates and reports current weather conditions along the route and at the destination in real-time. Temperature and weather condition icons appear in the route overview screen before navigation, and three-day forecast is available.
You also have some internal tweaks that optimized positioning performance. All in all the update makes NAVIGON a more attractive choice for your Windows Phone navigation app.
Oh and as an added bonus, NAVIGON is having a Holiday Promotion. From December 15th to January 5th the US version's pricing drops from $49.99 to $29.99 and the European version drops from 84.99€ to 59.99€.
You can find the US version of NAVIGON here and the European version here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Now here's some mainstream advertising that should catch people's attention--the Samsung Focus Flash, a great mid-range Windows Phone on AT&T, is being pushed hard on YouTube right now.
Heading to the main site and you are greeted with a banner ad and the popular commercial for the device. One thing is for certain, of all the new Windows Phones, AT&T and Samsung are sure pushing the Flash, even more so than the Focus S or HTC Titan which is a bit odd. But hey, we'll take any Windows Phone exposure we can get and the Focus Flash is a slick little device (see review).