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3 years ago

Three UK now taking pre-orders for Lumia 800

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Three UK has started taking pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 800.  Prices start at £30 per month for 24 months, which includes the Lumia 800 with 500 minutes, 5000 text messages and 1GB of data.  For a measly £7 more monthly, you can choose the All-you-can-eat data package, complete with 2000 minutes and the 5000 texts.  If you are more of the pay-as-you-go type, the Lumia 800 can be yours for £399.99.  The handset itself will be available in a week, on November 16.

You can click the source link below to get all the details.

Source: Three UK (Thanks for the tip, Emran!)

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3 years ago

CREDO Mobile now stocking the HTC Arrive

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CREDO Mobile now stocking the HTC Arrive

CREDO Mobile, a reseller of Sprint and a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), have got hands on their first Windows Phone, the HTC Arrive. The Arrive features a 3.6" screen, a vertical slide-out physical keyboard, 16GB storage, Windows Phone Mango and is a decent first generation handset. New customers can get the device for $199.99 on a two year contract. Best of all, it'll have all the Mango improvements on-board.

Source: CREDO Mobile, thanks Mark for the tip!

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC Titan will be available on November 20th

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AT&T has announced the release date for the HTC Titan on their Facebook page - November 20th. It will be available for $199.99 on a 2-year contract with a minimum $15 per month data plan being required. The handset, boasting a massive 4.7 inch super LCD screen, was unveiled in the U.S. at the Microsoft event in New York. Be sure to check out our first impressions of the HTC Titan.

Source: AT&T Facebook, thanks Aaron for the tip!

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3 years ago

Server-side Marketplace encryption coming soon to prevent app piracy

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In an interesting article at Ars Technica, they discuss the brief history of Chevron WP7, homebrew and piracy with regards to Windows Phone 7. Most of it is par for our readers, with nothing to substantial as far as history.

But there was a real interesting section regarding piracy, encryption and what Microsoft is doing to prevent theft of developers' software:

"Those piracy concerns are still an issue. It's possible to download application packages from Microsoft's servers and install them onto a developer unlocked phone without actually buying them.

That will change. Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" includes support for a new kind of encrypted package that should rule out this kind of piracy. Microsoft is waiting to ensure that a high enough proportion of users have upgraded to Mango before throwing the switch and using these encrypted packages, however."

This is the first we heard of any XAP encryption that would seemingly prevent users from sideloading illegally downloaded XAPs from Microsoft's servers (something we first demonstrated back in December). The idea is certainly a welcome one and from that detail about Microsoft waiting to throw the switch, this seems to be all on their-end.  That means devs won't have to do anything different in their XAP preparation and submission to the Marketplace.

Of course devs could presumably still release their XAPs directly e.g. for the homebrew community without encryption, much like they do now. But for companies like Nokia, who may be a tad irritated that their Music and Maps apps have been ripped, this could be very welcome news.

Source: Ars Technica

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3 years ago

Nokia Music XAP ripped for Windows Phone but doesn't work in US

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Nokia Music, a solid alternative to Zune, especially where Microsoft's own music services are not offered, has been ripped by some folks at XDA. The file can be sideloaded on to any developer unlocked device and run just like any other app thereafter.

But for our US friends: don't bother. While the app launches, the whole music-streaming aspect aka the main point, is non-existent for our region. This probably has to do with Nokia and licensing, with the the Finnish company not-yet securing a deal here in the U.S.. And since there are no Nokia Windows Phones here just yet, that makes sense. It's a curious question though if/when Nokia does launch phones here whether we'll have access to Nokia Music--nothing is guaranteed in that regard.

And since we don't want to irk Nokia too much, we'll leave it to you to find the XAP file if you really want it.

via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

Canada taking time with Windows Phone 2nd gen?

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Is it possible that the entire country of Canada is doing away with Windows Phone? Doubtful. While that may be the case, we have gotten some news that Bell Canada has pulled its WP7 devices from its site.  Furthermore, there have been some reports that Canadian carriers are not providing any firmware updates for first generation WP7 phones to enable Wifi tethering or other Mango features. Rogers, however, is still holding on with the Samsung Focus being available, albeit heavily discounted.

We're not ready to claim that the sky is falling quite yet, but Canadian carriers have been a little quiet as of late on Windows Phone. Perhaps Bell Canada is simply pulling their gen-1 phones to make way for the new Mango lot.  After all, it was Microsoft Canada that had previously leaked the name of the Nokia "Sabre" in the terms and conditions one of their contests.  In addition, three other phones were named in the same contest (Samsung Yukon, Samsung Wembley, Nokia SeaRay) suggesting they will be getting some new devices after all. However, there have been no official announcements about new WP devices headed to Bell Canada, or any other carrier, for that matter, leaving a lot of customers hanging.

Frankly, we're not sure what to make of this, so if any of our Canadian readers have anything to add, we would love to hear it.

Source: Bell Canada Mobility (Thanks for the tip, Kal!)

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3 years ago

Zune ToS issue creating endless loop

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Zune ToS issue creating endless loop

Seems as though some users are experiencing some issues with Zune, with regards to agreeing to the ToS (Terms of Service). It's been widely reported on Twitter and other social networks with many users feeling frustrated with not being able to login to their account due to an endless loop being present when attempting to sign into an account. In the above image we can see the three screens that are in a constant loop.

While local playback and Windows Phone synchronisation can be achieved, streaming and Marketplace downloading is a flop without the ability to sign into an account. Neowin reports that Microsoft has put up a KB article to help users who are experiencing this problem. Are you experiencing this problem, and has the KB helped you find a solution? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: WPSauce, Neowin

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3 years ago

Poynt growth moves past 11 million users

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Poynt is a popular search engine for your Windows Phone and the company announced today that the application has surpassed 11 million users and over 2.1 billion interactions globally. The stats represent a collective between the companies Windows Phone, Android, Nokia, Blackberry and iPhone apps. The growth also represents a 158% boost in overall growth in it's user base since March of 2011.

For those not familiar with Poynt, it's a localized search application that points you in the right direction for what your searching for. Search features include quick search tiles for restaurants and businesses, weather information, turn by turn mapping, and live tile support.

Poynt is a free, Mango app and is available in India, Canada, the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and the United Kingdom. You can find Poynt here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Source: Poynt

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Andy Lees and the Windows Phone re-launch on Reuters [Video]

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There's little doubt in our mind that Microsoft is treating Windows Phone "Mango" and the four new phones here in the U.S. as a re-launch of sort. Between Monday's "Big Phone" event and the ensuing after-parties, Microsoft is finally getting some much due attention from the public and media.

In this Reuters piece, Microsoft's attempt to get back into the mobile market is described along in addition to Windows Phone Division President Andy Lees, who talks us through some of the OS features and benefits. While the inevitable Android/iPhone references were made, including the uphill battle Microsoft faces, the phones and OS come off as looking like capable under-dog--not a bad position to be in.

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3 years ago

Adobe to quit development of mobile Flash player for browsers

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Although we still hear the occasional clamor for Flash on IE9 for Windows Phone 7, the masses have pretty much moved on. Good thing for us too as Adobe is expected to announce later today that they will no longer be porting or making Flash for any mobile OS or browser going forward. Some rudimentary support for Android is expected to remain e.g. security fixes, but if Android changes in a significant way (which it usually does), there will be no new support for those devices. From ZDNet's source:

"Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates."

Of course it was way back to February 2010, we heard Microsoft and Adobe were working on Flash for Windows Phone 7. There was further mention in June of that year including promises of Adobe AIR support,  but by February 2011, Microsoft had clearly moved on, betting it all on HTML5 and IE9. In the end, this seemed like a good decision by Microsoft (removing a feature is never received as well as adding one, even if it is janky). But now we know, we'll never have the frustration of watching Flash bring our devices to a crawl.

Well, we're not sad in the least.

Source: ZDNet; via Android Central

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3 years ago

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night returns as the Xbox Live Deal of the Week

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If you’ll pardon the pun, Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night is a hidden gem in the mobile Xbox Live lineup. The $6.99 price has kept many gamers from entering Dracula’s labyrinthine castle… Until now! Castlevania Puzzle is finally on sale for $4.99 this week. Encore of the Night reworks Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the most beloved entry in the Castlevania franchise, as a puzzle RPG. It offers 15-20 hours of adventuring, a fine story, and some of the best music of any Windows Phone game, hands down. Puzzle Quest 2 fans will find Castlevania’s puzzle battles are much more frantic and challenging since here your pieces never stop dropping, nor do the enemy’s. For an in-depth look at the puzzle and RPG mechanics, check out our full review. Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night is on sale for one week only. Grab it here on the Marketplace

If you’ll pardon the pun, Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night is a hidden gem in the mobile Xbox Live lineup. The $6.99 price has kept many gamers from entering Dracula’s labyrinthine castle… Until now! Castlevania Puzzle is finally on sale for $4.99 this week.

Encore of the Night reworks Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, the most beloved entry in the Castlevania franchise, as a puzzle RPG. It offers 15-20 hours of adventuring, a fine story, and some of the best music of any Windows Phone game, hands down. Puzzle Quest 2 fans will find Castlevania’s puzzle battles are much more frantic and challenging since here your pieces never stop dropping, nor do the enemy’s. For an in-depth look at the puzzle and RPG mechanics, check out our full review.

Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night is on sale for one week only. Grab it here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Fusion Sentient for Xbox is alive and self-aware on the Marketplace

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Fusion: Sentient, the mobile tie-in game to new XBLA release Fusion: Sentient is now available. For those keeping score, this marks two weeks in a row of Windows Phone-exclusive games that feature connectivity with an Xbox 360 title. Not too shabby!

After spending an hour or so with Fusion: Sentient, I can tell it's going to be addictive. It plays like a real-time strategy game, as players direct up to five units around each map. But you can also pause and issue orders at any time, making it a bit less hectic and more mobile-friendly. The graphics (excluding the general darkness from the black fog of war) are great, with highly detailed mechs, AKA Sentients. An interesting story told through digital comic panels captures some of the console game's witty humor and promises to expand on the origin of the cybernetic Sentients. With five planets worth of missions and the Ghost Fleet, an endless encounter area built for grinding, Sentient will keep strategy fans busy for a long time.

I only have two gripes so far. First, the pre-mission load times are excessive, ranging from 30-60 seconds in some cases. Not ideal for a mobile game, especially since Fusion: Sentient isn't Mango-compatible out of the gate (just like Kinectimals). Fast App Switching will hopefully cut down on the wait when resuming after visting the Home screen, etc.

Also, the game appears to have tons of choice loot to win after completing missions. But you can't tell what anything does without selecting a Sentient and finding whatever items in your inventory might be compatible with it. An auto-equip feature and a way to browse your entire inventory would make item management much easier.

As I mentione before, Fusion: Sentient connects to Fusion: Genesis on Xbox 360 in a unique way. Phone-grown Sentients can be sold or traded from the Auction House, where they then become useful AI partners in the MMO-like console game. It's a promising feature which we'll explore in greater detail after we've sunk a few more hours into both games.

Fusion: Sentient costs only $2.99 and there is a free trial. Score it here on the Marketplace. Fusion: Genesis launches today at 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

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3 years ago

Tango video chat app now live in the Marketplace

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Well, it's a day late, but Tango, the video-chat app for Windows Phone, is finally here. So for all of those folks with a Samsung Focus S, Flash, HTC Radar or Titan, you'll want to pick this little guy up and give it a go. From the app description:

Tango allows you to make free phone calls and free video calls over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi. Make calls to any other person who has Tango installed on their smartphone, tablet or PC. Start a Tango call with just voice, and easily move into a video call when you have something to share. It’s easy to use, it’s fun, and it works.

Tango Features:

  • Free calls between Windows Phone, Android and iOS phones and tablets, and PCs
  • Save money with free international calls to other Tango members
  • Start a phone call with Tango and switch to a video call when you have something to show by tapping the camera icon
  • We automatically find the friends that already have Tango
  • No log in and password - create an account in less than five seconds
  • Invite your friends by Text and Email
  • Simple and easy to use

Cute girls in image are not included with app, nor will they be calling you. Grab the app here in the Marketplace; Thanks, Ryan R/@volvoshine, for the link!

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral forums...

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From the WPCentral forums...

We are talking hardware this week in the WPCentral Forums and Sunday we got our first taste of the next generation hardware in the US with the release of the Samsung Focus S 4G and the Samsung Focus Flash 4G on AT&T. We have been discussing the releases all week. Come read all the before-and-after reactions in this thread: "Can't wait for Sunday?

Can’t decide if the Focus S is the device for you?  Check out all the available reviews of the Focus S in this thread: "Samsung Focus S hands on and reviews combined". Forum member baseballburt says "S must stand for "snooozer" in reaction to the Focus S and its 16 GB of storage memory. What do you think? Is 16 GB enough for you?

We got news the official Chevron WP7 Labs is available this week. Forum member Figure 8 Dash wants to know "Are you gonna use the official MS/Chevron WP7 Labs unlocker?" In other fun, baseballburt wants to know "What's your ringtone?"

We hope that was enough interesting news to get you in to the forums, but if you need a little more incentive, stop in at our Applications Spotlight and Games Spotlight forums and see what our Windows Phone developers have been up to. Here are a few of the titles posted this week:

Applications Spotlight

Games Spotlight

So come join the largest Windows Phone community around and join the conversation!

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3 years ago

Deal Alert: Samsung Focus S and Flash for $149 and a penny

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Looking for a good deal on the new Samsung Focus Flash or Focus S? Got a penny? If so, head on over to AmazonWireless where not only can you find the Focus S for $149.99 and the Flash for $0.01.

The prices do require the two year service contract and the out of contract price for the Flash will run you $339.99 (not too shabby) or $589.99 for the Focus S. The not-so-good news about all this is that according to the listing, the Samsung Focus S is on back order but Amazon expects it to ship 8 to 9 days.

You can find the Samsung Focus S here at AmazonWireless and the Focus Flash here.

We're still working on full reviews of both new Windows Phones but in the mean time you can check out our first impressions videos on the Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash to give you a feel for these new phone.

Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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