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3 years ago

Germany overtakes UK for 2nd most popular country for Windows Phone

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Looking at the popular app ...I'm a WP7!, we can see from the 152,000+ users of the app that Germany has overtaken the UK for second place with number of Windows Phone 7 users. Of course, the United States remains well ahead with three times the users (30%)--not a surprise with the size of the country nor being Microsoft's home turf. Still, Germany (10%) overtaking the UK (8%) is noteworthy as it shows a growing trend of where the phones are going and where Windows Phone is gaining traction.

However, it will be very interesting to see how this trend continues for two reasons:

  1. In the UK, Nokia is pushing pretty hard with the Lumia 800 in a lot of its shops, mall kiosks, billboards and even taking over entire buildings for promotion. What effect that has on Windows Phone users 60 days from now will be very interesting to see.
  2. Germany faces a particularly unique problem: HTC Windows Phones could soon be banned there and removed from shelves before the holiday season is complete. The problem stems from a ruling by a German court granting an injunction against HTC for a single patent claimed by IPCom (Press Release, PDF). We'll save the analysis of another day (you can read Florian Mueller in the mean time), but with the HTC Titan and Radar being the flagship devices this year, not to mention the near universal praise they have received, this could have a substantial impact on future growth in Germany until this HTC-IPCom patent issue is resolved.

We think with those combined issues, Germany's second place may be short lived here. Needless to say, it will be fascinating to see how these trends continue. Pick up ...I'm a WP! here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Stephen Elop wins "Mobile Personality of the Year" award

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It was a busy time at the 2011 Know Your Mobile awards for both Nokia and Microsoft. Windows Phone received the award for "Operating System of the Year" and Stephen Elop has received honors for "Mobile Personality of the Year". The judging panel stated that 2011 was a great year for mobile, Nokia believes 2012 will be even better.

Stephen Elop has been at Nokia since migrating over from Microsoft in September last year and has been tasked with building (and implementing) a new strategy for the Finnish manufacturer, which was (and still is to a degree) losing the battle in the mobile phone market. 

Source: Nokia Conversations

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3 years ago

Optus believes Samsung Omnia 7 runs Symbian?

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This is certainly an odd observation, but yes it appears Optus, an Australian carrier, has got their Samsung Omnia 7 packing Symbian according to promotional material (see above). Obviously this is a simple error when creating the sheet, but it's amusing to see the Metro UI being displayed with Microsoft Office and Xbox functionality, powered by Symbian. We bet the folks at Optus are having some giggles behind the scenes.

Source: WinPhoneXAP, thanks Gaille for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Navigon on sale in the Marketplace [Updated]

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Navigon is on sale in the Windows Phone Marketplace. For how long we're not sure but the U.S. maps version has dropped from $49.99 to $24.99 and the European version has dropped from $84.00 Euros to $72.99 Euros.

Navigon, a Garmin Company, is a navigation app for your Windows Phone that stores all your maps on your Windows Phone to avoid the need for data. The downside to all this is that the U.S. version requires 1.6GB of storage and the European version takes up 2.3GB of storage.

Navigon is a feature rich navigation app for your Windows Phone (here's our review). If you've been on the fence because of the price, now's your chance to take advantage of an unexpectant Holiday sale. Navigon is a mango app so you'll need to be running Windows Phone 7.5.

You can find Navigon U.S. here and Navigon Europe here at the Windows Phone Marketplace. Again, while we're glad to see the drop in price we have no clue as to how long the savings will last.

Thanks goes out to Naruto Fan for the tip!

Update:  Well the $24.99 price didn't last for long.  Apparently over the past hour the price has returned to $49.99.  A Black Friday special perhaps?

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3 years ago

Developer Interview: Chris Field

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 receives "operating system of the year" award

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There's been some beautiful headlines lately with the Windows Phone OS taking awards, winning polls, and more. Adding to the trophy cabinet is "Operating System of the Year", judged at the 2011 Know Your Mobile Awards. The Metro interface was the main focus, which differentiates the OS from the likes of both iOS and Android. Xbox Live, Bing, Windows Live and Office integration were also highlights.

Runners up were Samsung's Bada and Blackberry 7. A selection of comments from judges on Microsoft's winning OS:

"It has the most potential, with a unique interface and a rapidly growing apps selection. It has a great looking UI and doesn't look like Android or iOS."

"A massive move from the previous OS. Huge growth in apps and the system looks heaps better than the competition."

"Innovative interface, with more success to come."

"A refreshing OS that doesn't try and copy other operating systems. Has attracted a large number of developers too."

Source: Know Your Mobile, thanks Ahmed for the tip!

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3 years ago

Screen Comparison: Samsung Focus S and HTC Titan

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So we put up the review on the AT&T HTC Titan and received a few comments asking for more thoughts on comparing the screen quality between the Titan and the Samsung Focus S. Something more than just a comparison of the Start Screen. We'll keep the auto-brightness issue on the Focus S and the graphics lag on the Titan out of the conversation because they are secondary issues to screen quality.

Two issues were mentioned dealing with the Titan's screen; pixelation (or is it pixilation?) and jaggedness with fonts when viewing web pages or documents.  Neither Dan nor I have experienced any issues of the sort with the Titan.  So we took a look at both screens running a music video, still images, web pages, documents and the game Lets Golf 2.  Both screens performed well but we'll stick with our initial thought that the Titan's screen has an edge over the Focus S screen.

More after the break.

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3 years ago

Out and About this season? Share your location with Glympse

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If you're traveling his Holiday Season (or any other time) and need to share your location with friends and family, give Glympse a try. Glympse is a free app for your Windows Phone that sends a link with your ongoing location to anyone via email or text message.

The link will show your real-time position, your speed (optional so you won't get in trouble with the parents), a brief message, your destination and time of arrival. Glympse will only share your location for a time period that you establish.

Glympse is a mango app that has fast app switching and Live Tile support. The application has pages for your Glympse History and Favorite destinations. We think Glympse will be an easy way to let your family know how far away you are from Grandma's House or help guide out of town friends to your location.

Glympse is a free mango app that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

IM+ Pro and Surfcube 3D get Black Friday sale prices

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In case you needed some apps today, especially ones that are on sale, we have two to mention for you.

IM+ Pro, the all inclusive instant messaging app with push notifications and Mango-optimizations, is 50% off from its usual $4.99 to a more reasonable $2.49. The app just hit v1.9 recently, adding more improvements. There is of course a free version of the app with ads, but with the Pro you get a less cluttered, more streamlined look--which is what we personally opt for. Seems like a good deal though, so grab it here in the Marketplace if interested.

Likewise, Surfcube 3D browser, which sets the standard for a great UI while browsing, is also on sale for $0.99. Surfcube 3D is a great tabbed browsing experience that allows you use gestures to "rotate" the screen around for quick access to the address bar, tabs and options. You also get full-screen browsing and some great share features as well. The app recently under went some Mango-upgrades itself and if you surf a lot, you'll want to give this great app a trial run too. Pick that up here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

SIM unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 also available at Expansys USA and Phones4U

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Yesterday, we mentioned that Clove UK was going to begin offering the Nokia Lumia 800, unlocked and SIM free in December. Now we got word that Expansys USA and Phones4U are both offering the same deal--one cheaper, one more expensive.

First, Expansys USA is offering the black Lumia 800 for a whopping $789. So, you should probably start saving now if you want it by Christmas and we doubt anyone will be picking it up as a gift. The phone will work on AT&T's 3G network but lacks the HSPA+ bands, so keep that in mind--you may want to wait a few months for an "official" offering from the Death Star, especially since you'll not only get HSPA+ but rumored LTE as well.

Next up is Phones4U. They too have the black, unlocked Lumia 800 that you can buy now, so forget that pre-order. The price there is £399.95, which isn't half bad--heck, at $618 it is cheaper for Americans to order it overseas than locally (too bad Phones4U doens't ship overseas). Plus, they also have the Cyan version available, which is a bit of a rarity and we think gives Phones4U the edge here.

Source: Expansys USA; Phones4U (and Cyan); Thanks, c03105780, for the tip in comments

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 diagnostic tools get detailed

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Now this is pretty exciting (unless you couldn't give two hoots about diagnostic reporting). Nanapho.jp has come across the Nokia Lumia 800 On-Device Diagnostic Tool, which will enable the user to perform tests and receive readouts for the accelerometer, battery, gyroscope (if supported), and more.

What's semi-interesting is the Gyroscope test reports that the Lumia 800 doesn't have support, which we're already aware of, but the tools are still an insight should you be into this kind of access. To access the tools, simply enter "##634#" on the call screen and it'll load up. 

Source: nanpho.jp (translate)

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Apps Magazine #2 is now out

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Back in May, the Windows Phone UK Blog launched an "Apps Magazine" which was a digital periodical for getting info on some of the latest offerings from the Marketplace. It was a done extremely well and many had positive things to say of the project.

Now, Edition #2 is out and it has a ton of new info that's great for those new to the platform. For instance, some of the early pages discuss the new features in Mango, customizing your phone and general usage tips. Later chapters deal with specific app selections, like movies, travelers, folk music fans and more. It's certainly a fun read and very nicely laid out, so we recommend a quick peruse as maybe you'll discover something for yourself. And if not for you, you can share it on Facebook for others that are perhaps unfamiliar or not convinced yet of Windows Phone.

Source: Windows Phone UK; Thanks, theWeeBear, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

The Onion 7 Mango updated

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The Onion 7 Mango updated

The Onion 7 (see our review) is an unofficial client for the news website that covers news, sports, politics, and more with a humorous twist. The stories, including Russian hackers targeting a water pump in Illinois, are guaranteed to lighten up your mood, or simply make you giggle on the train to yourself. The app has recently been Mango updated (version 2.0) and brings the following to the table:

  • Updated for Mango (fast-app switching, etc.)
  • Correctly shows apostrophe's that used to look garbled
  • Article images post correctly on Facebook in more cases now

It's well worth the download and is an interesting take on news reporting. Should the water pump story not catch you, how about a robot warning you when someone's about to walk in on you pulling Peter?

You can download The Onion 7 from the Marketplace for free (or £1.49 for ad-free version).

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3 years ago

Nokia deadmau5 event details and live stream

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Nokia's Lumia Live event planned for November 28th is drawing closer and details have now been published on Facebook with an RSVP event listing. The one-off night, starting at 21:00 and finishing at 21:30, will see deadmau5 performing live with a 4D visual presentation being run on the Millbank Tower.

Should you not be able to attend the event, fear not as there will be a live stream available. We'll be there taking photos and mingling with everyone so if you're down be sure to pop by.

Source: Facebook (Nokia)

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3 years ago

Interop unlock found for the Lumia 800, intervened by Nokia

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Over at the XDA Develop forum, HeathCliff has located a vulnerability in the Nokia Network Setup app, which would allow interop unlock and provide full root access to a developer/Chevron unlocked Lumia 800. Unfortunately, because of the publicity this hack has received, nanapho.jp reports that Nokia has unpublished the Network Setup app and that it's no longer downloadable from the Marketplace, though access to the xap appears to be still available but comes with installation issues.

Should you be interested in checking out the hack, head on over to the thread at the XDA Developer forum (link below) to keep up with the latest developments.

Source: XDA Developer Forum, nanapho.jp, via: WPSauce

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