We've got word at Nokia World conference that the Lumia 710 and 800 is set to be released in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK in the next few weeks with pre-ordering kicking off with immediate effect on Nokia's website. Apologies for lack of live coverage and the absence of news, the Nokia Press WiFi is as stable as an active volcano.
The pricing is as follows:
Nokia Lumia 800 (SeaRay) - €420
Nokia Lumia 710 (Sabre) - €270
Hong Kong, Russia, China, Singapore, India and Taiwan (to name just a few) are to see the above handsets later on this fall. The U.S. will expect to see Nokia's Windows Phone handsets early 2012, as previously reported. LTE and CDMA is to be supported too.
Nokia has introduced "The Amazing Everyday", which they plan to unleash to the world in showing off their new portfolio of Windows Phone handsets, while using humorous promotion. Stephen Overman presented two advertisements that show off the unique interface that Windows Phone features. check out a second one below.
Targeting the 25 year old demographic with Nokia's new marketing strategy will mean that the manufacturer can connect billions of people with up-to-date and relevant technology. Microsoft provides the socially optimised OS while Nokia expands connectivity and presentation through hardware. What a combination.
After months of testing, Zune Pass is heading to Australia. Along with voice control for Kinect, Microsoft announced the release of the Zune Pass subscription service during a press event in Sydney.
The Zune Music Pass in Australia will run $11.99 a month and give subscribers unlimited listening capacity on their Zune software, Xbox console and Windows Phones. The Zune Pass will give Australian users access to around 11 million songs at launch.
The Zune Pass is slated for availability in the Australian market on November 16th.
Like puzzle games? Bump Out is a neat little puzzle game for your Windows Phone that any puzzle aficionado will appreciate.
The goal is to bump or bounce soccer balls off the screen until you have only one remaining. The balls are placed on a grid and you slide one into another to bump them off the screen. Sounds easy, right? Bump on past the break to see just how easy Bump Out can be.
Feel the need to track your moods from day to day? Maybe even hour to hour? If so, there's a Windows Phone app out there that might be of help.
Mood Swing is a simple, straight forward, frustration free app that is designed to track your moods. Feel the need to share your joy? Mood Swing also has Facebook and Twitter integration to allow you to share how your feeling with your friends.
You choose your mood by the respective cartoon face and add what you have on your mind from a preset category list and optional text field. You can even attach a photo to your mood entry.
Once you save your mood, it is added to your mood history where you can see how you've felt over a period of time; view a pie chart of how your moods add up; and even read about what your moods may mean.
Settings allow you to choose an appropriate cartoon representation, add custom categories for the "What's on your mind?" entry and set your Facebook/Twitter integration.
Mood Swing could easily double as a diary and you could always use it to dispute your wife's/girlfriend's claims that you're always in a grumpy mood. The app is not recommended to illustrate how grumpy your wife/girlfriend can be though.
There are two versions of Mood Swing available over at the Marketplace. A free, ad supported version can be found here and a $.99 ad-free version that can be found here.
The Xbox Live releases keep a-coming, thank goodness. Following on the heels of completely realistic Australian racing simulator Jet Car Stunts is this week’s release, Orbital. Already a hit on other mobile platforms, Orbital comes from Swiss developer BitForge and publisher Microsoft Studios.
Orbital is a space-themed puzzle game in which players fire orbs out of a cannon that bounce around the screen. Each orb turns into a number when it stops moving. The object is to clear the orbs by reflecting subsequent shots off of them. Sounds complicated, but it’s simple to grasp when you play it. The Windows Phone version includes three different single-player modes in addition to a local multiplayer mode.
Orbital comes out Wednesday, October 26 and will cost $2.99. Can’t wait? Grab the two-song MP3 soundtrack for free right now.
Beards & Beaks is one of WPCentral’s favorite games to talk about – it’s got a couple of affordable paid DLC levels, it’s been updated for Mango, and our own Rich Edmonds has long-wished to grow a gnome-like beard. It’s also the Xbox Live Deal of the Week this week, on sale for the low price of $1.99.
Beards & Beaks is a casual real-time strategy game in which players control an army of gnomes by flicking the guys around the screen. With lots of different types of levels, gnomes, and enemy crows, the gameplay is surprisingly diverse. Plus it has easy Achievements, which some folks like even better than ice cream. Since I’ve already earned them all, I think I’ll go get some ice cream now. Oh, but if you want to know more about the game, check out our full review and our interview with the game’s producer.
The Beards & Beaks sale starts this Wednesday and lasts for one week only. Get the game here on the Marketplace.
Our good friends over at WinRumors have received some juicy, exclusive captures from a reader of the Nokia Lumia 710 (Sabre) and 800 (SeaRay). We're expecting these two devices to be announced tomorrow at Nokia World, and we're excited to see how the devices feel in the hand. The 800 is obviously taking the look from the N9, which is by no means a flaw.
We're going to be amidst the action tomorrow so stay tuned for video coverage of hands on and more details. Check out the Lumia 710 below, it's great to see Nokia pumping out alternative designs and we'll have yet another white Windows Phone to choose from, but there's no SD card slot available for additional storage.
The Nokia Blog has posted the specs of the Nokia 900, one of the new handsets expected to be unveiled tomorrow at Nokia World in London. The 900, looks to be the "Nokia Ace," sporting the same size screen and specs that were previously reported:
Windows Phone 7.5
16 or 32 GB inbuilt memory
1800 mAh battery
It's interesting to see that both 16GB and 32GB models seem to be available, offering hi performance at a couple of different price points. In addition to what's on the leaked spec sheet, we also heard that the 900 has an 8MP auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and HSPA+ support for AT&T/T-Mobile. The "Ace" will be the flagship phone of Nokia's new fleet, and with specs like this, it's no wonder.
UPDATE: There have been some questions raised as to whether this is a fake, based on Project #3 here. Having compared the pics on that site with the one from the pamphlet above, and the one below that we left out of the original article, it just might be. And of course, this is always one of the risks with reporting "leaks." What say you, real or fake?
Sprint has hit a snag in their civil suit to prevent the merger of rivals AT&T and T-Mobile on the grounds that such a deal would kill competition, stifle innovation and result in higher prices for consumers . A US District judge has denied Sprint's request to obtain internal AT&T documents, which are a vital part of the discovery phase of the lawsuit. While Judge Ellen Huvelle stopped short of AT&T's request of dismissing the case, it dealt a huge blow to Sprint's hopes of suing the merger away.
Explaining the decision, Huvelle said that Sprint does not "stand in the shoes of the consumer or the Department of Justice," and therefore, access to internal documents would not be "efficient or fair." The Department of Justice is also suing to prevent the merger and may stand a better chance of obtaining the information that Sprint is after. Judge Huvelle is presiding over both cases and still has yet to make a decision on whether or not to dismiss them all together.
According to a report over at AdAge, Nokia is set to skip the U.S. and focus solely on Europe for the 2011 holiday season. We expect to see what the manufacturer has to offer consumers tomorrow with the unveiling of the Nokia 800 (Sea Ray), among possible other handsets. The above chart shows the amount of advertising investment manufacturers have made in the U.S.
We covered Nokia's plans a while ago where targeting Europe for 2011, early 2012, with their first handset is top priority. We suspect the U.S. will come soon after when volume rolls out with Russia being covered too. This is a logical plan of action with Windows Phone being the last life line for the manufacturer. Time to get the device and marketing perfect for one audience before targeting another.
Source: AdAge, via: DailyTech Thanks goes out to Lesley for the tip!
Scott Davies has created a mix'n'mash Windows Phone fan advert that takes all the best bits from multiple samples of official videos. A more up beat attempt at promoting the OS, good job. If this approach isn't your cup of tea, then perhaps we can excite you with the official Mango video?
The Nokia 800 (codename SeaRay) has been in the news recently with press shots being released, secret teaser advertising on TV, and being listed elsewhere. We're expecting to see this handset be officially announced at Nokia World tomorrow, and we'll be at the forefront of the action so be sure to tune in to WPCentral for the latest gossip/news.
With the secret advertising witnessed on some channels, we can see that Nokia is going to have a field time promoting this phone with the £80 million they're set to spend in the UK alone. The N9 is a beautiful design so it's going to shine with Windows Phone installed.