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2 years ago

GPS Voice Navigation is back online and available in the Windows Phone Store

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The past few months have been a bit of a roller coaster ride for the Windows Phone navigation app GPS Voice Navigation.

Last month the app was recognized as the Best International App at the Mobile Excellence Awards. Then the app was pulled from the Windows Phone Store due to a dispute with Nokia Maps. And now, the app has been re-released with a few features missing and a few new ones added to the mix.

While we don't know the particulars of the issues that caused the app being de-listed, it's nice to see the developer being able to work around the restrictions and re-release a rather capable Windows Phone navigation app.

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2 years ago

Step inside the Microsoft Archives and see the past of your favorite company

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2 years ago

New policy for Google Voice means an end to MetroTalk for Windows Phone

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Google just can’t seem to make friends with Windows Phone. The latest crackdown will come in May 2014 when the search giant begins to enforce its terms-of-service for its Google Voice service, barring third-party companies from making apps.

Google Voice, which used to be Grand Central before it was bought, is a one-number-service that allows users to have a single phone number to ring all of their phones—landline or cellular. It also allows users to protect their real number by giving out their Google Voice digits instead as well as send “free” text messages, since the service utilizes data.

Up until recently, third party developers could tap into the service, releasing their own apps. On Android or iOS, the demand for such solutions is quite low due to both platforms having official options for users. However, since Google shuns everything that is Windows Phone, there is no official Google Voice app for Microsoft’s OS. As a result, developers have created solutions, including the top-rated MetroTalk app to fill in the gap.

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2 years ago

Deal alert: Zappos offering free, one-day shipping with their Windows 8 app (US only)

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Zappos launched way back in 1999. The Las Vegas company quickly grew to be the largest online shoe store and was acquired by Amazon in 2009. They’ve got a pretty good app for Windows 8 that allows you to browse their entire collection of footwear, clothing, bags, accessories, home, and more. They’ve also got a new incentive to get you to use their app – free shipping. Details below.

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2 years ago

1Shot Beta for Windows Phone 8, taking control of your high resolution images

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While we have access to the high resolution images captured on the Nokia Lumia 1020, you've got to connect your Windows Phone up to a computer and weed out the high-res files. 1Shot Beta hopes to change all that.

The Windows Phone 8 photography app captures images at the highest resolution and saves them as a viewable file in your camera roll. The end result, direct access to the high resolution images.

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2 years ago

Time Out updates its array of apps for Windows 8.1 with new features

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Time Out is a magazine (www.timeout.com) that helps you find out things to do in supported major metropolitan area. Reviews, information on events, activities, local art exhibitions, food and more are all included. Think of it as your guide for everything you should at least check out. The company who owns the publication has now updated its Windows apps for Windows 8.1 with an array of new features.

Currently, there are Time Out apps covering New York, London, Paris (both French and English), Barcelona and Los Angeles available on both Windows 8 and Windows Phone. They're free to download and we strongly urge you to check them out. But what about the Windows 8 apps, what's new in this latest version for each of the supported cities?

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2 years ago

New writers joining the Windows Phone Central ranks

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2013 has been an exciting year for Windows Phone. As Microsoft’s share of the smartphone market has grown, so has Windows Phone Central, as we now near 3 million unique visitors a month, making us by far the number one site for all Windows Phone news and information.

As such, we’re continuing to expand and refine how we do things. For instance, many of you asked us to re-cap app news on the weekend, which Sam Sabri has obliged you with. Likewise, we can’t ignore India and how much it matters to the Windows Phone ecosystem—so we’re addressing that too.

So. here’s what’s new at your favorite Windows Phone and Microsoft site.

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2 years ago

Deal Alert: Samsung ATIV S available for £199 at Expansys UK

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2 years ago

Green Jelly stretches onto Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

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Hey guys, did you miss me? I’ve been busy playing Green Jelly, which you mustn’t confuse with the band who performed ‘Three Little Pigs’ in the nineties.

This Green Jelly is actually the latest Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 game from Russian developer MaxNick. Xbox gamers should remember MaxNick’s highly enjoyable Spider Jack and the boring-but-easy Turn N Run. Their latest game unfortunately doesn’t have Xbox features (more on that after the break), but it is still a cute and approachable physics puzzler in the vein of Spider Jack.

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2 years ago

Nokia reportedly working on the 'Illusionist', an 8-inch Windows RT tablet

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Nokia finally unveiled a Windows tablet at its conference in Abu Dhabi last month, the Lumia 2520 (pictured above), but already rumours are starting to come out that Nokia is working on a follow-up. Codenamed the "Illusionist," trusted Twitter leakster @evleaks has revealed that an 8-inch device is well on the way. Unfortunately, not much else was teased in terms of specification or imagery. 

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2 years ago

Windows Phone sales explode in Europe, gain in the US, and pass the iPhone in Italy

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Strong sales for Windows Phone is seen across Europe, the United States and Australia, signaling strong momentum for Microsoft’s mobile platform

Kantar Worldpanel’s numbers for September 2013 show continued strong growth for Windows Phone, especially in Europe where double digit sales are seen in the Great Britain (11.4%), France (10.7%) and Italy (13.7%).  The data collected spans 3 months, up until September.

In terms of sales for September 2013, Windows Phone has claimed 10% for the “big five” European countries combined (UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain), representing a doubling in sales from 12 months ago, marking a substantial increase from 2012.

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2 years ago

Nokia 'Guru' Bluetooth headphones could be headed for December release

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Nokia's Bluetooth headphone setup, currently codenamed 'Guru,' looks like it might be released under the official name BH-121, according to FCC documents showing a device similar to a previously leaked rendering. Additionally, at least one retailer in the Czech Republic is already listing the BH-121 on their sites with an availability date of December 16 and a retail price of 1050 CZK (about $54.00).

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2 years ago

Nokia sends the Lumia 1020 for some airborne recording above Poland

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Nokia Poland has released a new video on its YouTube channel, showing the city of Kraków from above. The company has previously teased the "Nokia Copter" (see this video for the copter device itself) with numerous short films, but today viewers are able to see the end result. Recorded on a Lumia 1020, we're able to see sections of the city from unique angles.

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2 years ago

Revealed – The Nokia Lumia 929, Verizon’s 5 inch 1080P Windows Phone

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Although Nokia had a lot to announce a few weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, one of those devices not mentioned was the Nokia Lumia 929, destined for Verizon. That device is said to be in carrier testing right now and it could be released between Thanksgiving and the beginning of next year.

The Nokia Lumia 929 is a custom phone built for Verizon, featuring a 5-inch 1080P AMOLED display. It’s in many ways just a bigger, more powerful Lumia 928, as it features a Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 CPU and updated internals.

Now, high quality photos of this device have been revealed to Windows Phone Central and we have the inside scoop of Verizon’s flagship Lumia.

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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia 525 "Glee" passes certification in China with device renders

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The Nokia Lumia 525 is an interesting little device, creeping in and out of the spotlight recently. While the handset, codenamed "Glee," wasn't covered at Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi, the Chinese certification agency has passed the Lumia 525 through on its website. Images published on the website (no longer available) were quickly grabbed by LiveSide and are on display above.

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