3 years ago
New Smoked by Windows Phone ads set to launch tomorrow
The web is about to get smoked by Windows Phone again.
Microsoft is scheduled to launch new ads on the web tomorrow that feature Ben Rudolph and his Smoked by Windows Phone Challenge. The challenge has Ben betting owners $100 that Windows Phone is faster at your typical, everyday tasks than other smartphones.
What started as an attraction at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show has grown into a rather promising ad campaign for Windows Phone. We've seen Smoked By Windows Phone Challenge hit Hong Kong, tour California, tackle a zip line and spawn an unofficial screen saver. We have already seen the first installment of web ads and these promise to continue Ben's winning streak.
We've lost track of Ben's official record but he has definitely smoked the competition more than he's shelled out the hundred dollar bills.
Source: Windows Team Blog
3 years ago
Nokia Transport escapes beta and released to the Lumia Marketplace
For those of you lucky enough to have a Nokia Lumia device and happen to live near an urban center around the world, you may want to take a peek at Nokia's latest software release, Nokia Transport (see our earlier hands on video)
Continuing with their geolocation focus for apps, Nokia Transport combines their location-finding abilities with Nokia Maps to deliver an app that helps you navigate around your city's public transit system. The app is simple enough: it detects your location, you enter your destination and it plans your route for you using trains, buses and walking. Those routes are then displayed in a time sequence for the next few hours, letting you better plan when you want to leave, how long your trip will be and when you will arrive.
With a strong, bold Metro look, the app is certainly very stylish and fast to use. Nokia Transport was demoed at Mobile World Congress last month and had been in beta since then with the final version being approved in the last few days for public release. While the app is nice, like other Nokia offerings e.g. Nokia Drive, it lacks contact-lookup which is really frustrating if you want to visit a friend or a saved establishment from your People Hub. In that regard, we still see some room for improvement.
Also, your accuracy of the travel plans may vary. A favorite pastime of New Yorkers is to debate the best ways to get some place since there are so many trains, subways, buses, streets and taxis around. In that regard, Transport falls short at times e.g. I live literally 3 minutes from a major LIRR train station but Transport all but ignores its existence, instead making me drive 15 minutes to Hicksville for the same train. From that perspective, Nokia Transport is literally useless for me to get to the city.
Still, the app is free and completely unique, making it a great offering from Nokia. We also really like the ability to pin routes for later use to your Start screen--a nice touch. Pick it up here for free in the Marketplace (only for Nokia devices).
3 years ago
iStunt 2 snowboarding to Xbox Live next week
You know what type of game we need on Xbox Live for Windows Phone? RPGs! Sigh. But another hole in the lineup is snowboarding games, which will soon be filled by iStunt 2 from Miniclip. It’s next week’s Xbox Live release.
iStunt 2 is a simple game in which players navigate a snowboarder around 2D courses, collecting stars and trying to earn high scores. The courses have crazy loops, buzzsaws, gravity portals, and stuff to make things interesting. Control should be a snap on Windows Phone. You just tilt to adjust the board rotation, and that’s it.
In addition to hunting down stars in the game’s 88 levels, players can unlock new boards and riders in the game’s shop. As this is a Miniclip game there will probably be optional PDLC to make things easier. The PDLC was sort of annoying in Gravity Guy but rather innocuous in Fragger, so it’ll likely be fine here.
iStunt 2 comes to Xbox Live on Wednesday, March 28 for $2.99. If you’d like to try it out before hand, the Flash version is free to play (and fun) on MiniClip’s website.
3 years ago
Pre-order the Lumia 710 and 800 on Mexico's Movistar
Although China seems to be grabbing all the headlines today for Windows Phone, the move into Latin America is also as important for the fledgling mobile OS.
We've mentioned in the past that Nokia would be bringing their Lumia series to Mexico this Spring and it looks like that schedule is being kept. Users can now pre-order the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 on Movistar.
The Lumia 710, a budget-orientated smartphone with a 3.7" ClearBlack display and 5MP camera is perfect for those who are new to the smartphone game, while the Lumia 800 offers a more premium experience with its polycarbonate design, 8MP camera and AMOLED display. Both phones look to be competitively priced on Movistar with a $0 purchase for a 24 month contract (although the 800 has a higher-end contract to meet that requirement).
For more information, head to Movistar's page to sign up and learn more. Thanks, Victor H., for the heads up
3 years ago
Microsoft's Myerson and Nokia's McDowell named as Top Mobile Movers for 2012
Venture Beat has put out their list of "Top Mobile Movers for 2012" defined by them as "The kind of people who thrive in this world are disruptive individuals. Troublemakers. Shakers-up of the status quo" and perhaps not so surprisingly two folks from Microsoft and Nokia are named on the top-ten list.
First up is someone we haven't mentioned much around here, Mary T. McDowell, Vice President, Nokia. While Elop gets a lot of praise and the spotlight (he's does have great stage presence), McDowell is busy behind the scenes concentrating on the mobile phone business aka the Asha S40 line as opposed to the more attention-getting smartphone business. Although she plays little role within Windows Phone, Nokia's future strategy seems to eventually merge the mobile phone (aka "dumb phone") business with the smartphone one. After all, if an Asha phone can be cheap and run S40, why can't it run Windows Phone?
Next up is someone you should at least heard of: Terry Myerson. He took over as corporate vice president of Windows Phone division back in December when Andy Lees was reassigned by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Although he doesn't have the title of President of the Windows Phone division, he still oversees every aspect of the platform and where it's going. Venture Beat credits Myerson's "no-nonsense" approach for having reset Microsoft's mobile strategy a few years back i.e. when Microsoft threw out Windows Mobile 7 "Photon" and instead went with the more risky Windows Phone 7 OS.
Venture Beat goes on to note that "Windows Phone is early in its lifecycle, but it’s an attractive, responsive operating system that’s getting a lot of notice. You can count on it to make big waves in the mobile market this year." Indeed and Microsoft (and Nokia) seem to have the right people on board.
Source: Venture Beat; Power Man image via Shutterstock
3 years ago
Microsoft brings April's XBox Live Deal of the Week selection to the people
Microsoft has shaken things up a little for April's XBox Live Deal of the Week selections. Rather than just putting it out there, they want to know what games users want to see discounted by creating a poll of four games. The choices offered up for your consideration are: ZOMB1ES on teh ph0ne, Earthworm Jim, Doodle God, and Deer Hunter. To vote, simply head to the source link and click on your choice, then click "Vote." You can also find a link to the poll in your Windows Phone Games Hub. Once you've made your decision, you will see what game leads the pack.
There's no telling whether or not this will become the standard for Deal of the Week going forward, but it's pretty cool to see MS looking for users' input.
Source: Microsoft; Thanks for the tip, Natres!
3 years ago
Vote for WPCentral in the Nokia Conversations March Madness contest
If you're not aware of the positive news this week surrounding our Windows Phone app, we've been nominated for Nokia Conversations' March Madness contest. The WPCentral app is in the "news & entertainment" category, and you guys requested an update as to when you'll be able to vote. The time is now, fellow WPCentralites!
Be sure to head on over to the Nokia Conversations' article to vote for the WPCentral app, should you wish to do so, as we're up against All About Windows Phone. While we're flattered that our work has been considered for the contest, we do have a secret desire to win with flying colours. On a serious note - we thank our readers for continued support and wish every app the very best in this contest.
Source: Nokia Conversations
3 years ago
Windows Phone Accessory Review: Arkon Handlebar Mount and Holder
3 years ago
Cross-platform task manager Wunderlist now available for Windows Phone
Wunderlist, the popular cross-platform task manager, is now available on the Windows Phone Marketplace. We previously covered the news of the app being developed for Microsoft's mobile platform with 6Wunderkinder (the team behind Wunderlist) publishing a tease capture of the app in action.
Your tasks are stored in the cloud of wonders with your free Wunderlist account, that can be accessed on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and Blackberry. Tasks can contain notes for more detail to be added, and the user can also filter and prioritise (star) important tasks.
Some key features to take note of:
Email reminders to ensure your tasks never slip your mind
Send tasks to Wunderlist from your email inbox
Sort your tasks into lists and organise accordingly
Assign deadlines to your tasks
View a breakdown of your tasks with filtered views
Give your tasks further detail with detailed notes
Prioritise (star) important tasks
Personalise the app with included background wallpapers
Wunderlist is a pretty neat task manager and looks absolutely gorgeous on your Windows Phone. You can download Wunderlist from the Marketplace for free.
Thanks to everyone who tipped us!
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 610 coming to Netherlands soon
Those of you looking to pick up the Nokia Lumia 610 in the Netherlands, despite having some less functions than it's older 710, 800 and 900 siblings, will want to pay attention. That phone looks to be launching fairly soon as the site PDAShop.nl now has the phone with full specifications listed on the site.
The 610 with its 800MHz CPU, 3.7" TFT (non-ClearBlack) screen with GorillaGlass and 5MP camera runs Windows Phone 7.5.1 aka "Tango" and should be price aggressively. In this case, we hope that means cheaper than the Allegro which is fetching for € 269 currently.
Representing an effort to win over the lower-end of the smartphone market for first time buyers, teenagers and the like, the Lumia 610 looks to a fairly solid phone even with its more limited-hardware. See our hands on with the Lumia 610 here.
Source: PDAShop.nl; Thanks, LivinginaBox, for the tip
3 years ago
Follow up: Windows Phone Tango does not increase multitasking app limit to eight
As a follow up to Monday's story regarding Windows Phone Tango and the reported increase in the number of apps for fast-app switching, the story has proven to be false.
What was seen was a custom Tango ROM for an HD2 where the ROM-chef (HD2Owner) had increased the number of apps in the taskswitcher from five to eight -- but alas, in the official Tango ROM this is not the case and five, sadly is still the limit. From XDA:
"more tasks in taskswitcher is not a tango feature
it's just another useful tweak i implemented into my rom"
Certainly this explains why Microsoft did not convey this information earlier but at least on the bright side, it's one thing to be less excited about regarding Tango.
via: Windows Phone Daily
3 years ago
Australia's Nokia Lumia launch with giant augmented reality demo [Video]
We mentioned the other day that Australia was getting the Nokia "Amazing everyday" treatment with the impending launch of the Lumia 800. We then had a fan-made video of the event showing a dance-off using an Xbox Kinect and a giant screen and now Nokia has put up a proper video of the event, showing off exactly what they were doing on that sunny day.
With an augmented Angry Birds experience, dance off with Timomatic and something about helping a kangaroo finding its way home, Nokia sure did some creative marketing here. Looked fun at least and really, that's what it's all about for them.
Thanks, Johnny V., for the heads up
3 years ago
Microsoft officially launches Windows Phone in China [Photos]
Today is March 21st which means Microsoft took the big step in growing the Windows Phone ecosystem by releasing the mobile OS in mainland China.
Launching on numerous devices, including the HTC Triumph (aka TITAN), the Nokia Lumia 800c and offerings from ZTE (including the Orbit/Mimosa), Microsoft looks to regain some ground in the smartphone war by offering a variety of hardware running the refresh of Windows Phone 7.5 "Tango" (build 8773) in one of the largest emerging markets in the world.
The press conference was held in Beijing in a makeshift warehouse with HTC, Nokia, ZTE, Qualcomm and Samsung all in attendance. In addition, Simon Leung Corporate Vice President, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft Greater China Region was also there to introduce the operating system to the audience. The press conference involved a demonstration of the OS, new hardware, Skydrive, Office as well as mention the more than 2,000 Chinese applications already in the Marketplace, including 50 top tier apps.
Overall, it looks to have been a successful launch though of course, it remains to be seen how keen on Windows Phone China is in the next few months as these devices go on sale around the massive country.
See more photos and coverage at WinP.cn; Thanks, Lucas, for the tip!
3 years ago
Glow Artisan is the Xbox Live Deal of the Week; Tentacles gets a price drop
The new Deal of the Week is a repeat sale, but thankfully it's for a game that hasn't been on sale in a while: Glow Artisan. You can get it for just $1.99. If that's not savings enough, Tentacles has also received a permanent price drop to $2.99. What else do both games have in common? They're not easy!
Glow Artisan is a colorful puzzle game with an artistic bent. Players are tasked with recreating a pixelated picture by drawing colored lines and overlapping lines to make new colors. Achievement-wise it gets pretty tough due to some strict time limits, but if you’re just playing for fun, this title will give you a glowing smile. Check out our review for more info.
Tentacles is the story of Lemmy, a microscopic, artificially-created, tentacled creature. He journeys through 40 stages inside a mad scientist’s body, eating tons of eyes along the way. That’s the good part – the bad part is the countless unnecessary deaths due to poor design decisions like taking control away from the player when you’re getting hit and the occasional horrible currents that push Lemmy to his doom. For the full story, check out my review. But Tentacles has a lot of fans who don’t mind the whacked-out difficulty, so the sale price may be right up your alley. It also just received an 80 MS Point DLC expansion that adds 16 new levels but no extra Achievements.
Glow Artisan is on sale for $1.99 for one week only, down from $2.99. Marketplace link
Tentacles now permanently costs $2.99, down from $4.99. Marketplace Link
Thanks to Lucas for the clarification on Tentacles' price drop.
3 years ago
Xbox Live: PES 2012 runs onto the field ahead of schedule for Windows Phone
Last week Gerbil Physics went up on the Marketplace a bit early, and it’s happened again this week. Somebody at the big MS is on the ball! Anyway, you can now buy this week’s Xbox Live release, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012.
What’s new in PES 2012? Well, you can’t tell from the official description, which sounds just about identical. Here it is:
Unrivalled realism: Experience incredible gameplay and focus on tactics, goals and winning trophies while competing against the most advanced team and player AI on the market. Striking animations such as referee cut-scenes or goal celebrations and technical moves (diving header, bicycle kick, and more) will make you feel the beauty of the game.
Exclusive UEFA Club Competitions: PES 2012 includes many of the best European club teams in the officially licensed UEFA Champions League™ and UEFA Europa League™ modes.
Online connectivity: Prove your skills and unlock the various Xbox LIVE achievements, compare yourself to your friends, make it to the top of the leaderboards and become the world’s greatest PES player.
Outstanding Accessibility for Beginners and Experts: The uniquely designed true flow™ control system provides instant access for players of all levels by utilising the accelerometer and AI-supported touch controls. More advanced players are presented with unlimited freedom of play by being able to master classic console-style controls with virtual pad and buttons.
Stunning graphics: Detailed stadiums, pitches and weather effects provide the perfect visual environment for exciting matches
Avatar awards: These aren't listed in the official description, but we have it on good authority that they're coming in the near future.
Hmm... One of those bullet points doesn't add up. Having played both PES 2011 on Windows Phone and PES 2012 on Xbox 360, I can tell you without a doubt that this series is not accessible for beginners. It’s an extremely realistic and challenging depiction of soccer, which is great for people who’ve been playing it for years. Me, I just couldn’t get overcome the learning curve. You might also consider that the PES 2011 was delisted from the Marketplace without warning, which will likely happen to 2012 once next year’s version gets closer to release. Hopefully Microsoft starts allowing users to back up or redownload delisted games between now and then, but I’m not holding my breath.
Enough commentary! Football/soccer fans who want to play their sport on Windows Phone can’t do any better than Pro Evolution Soccer, and that’s what matters. PES 2012 costs $4.99 and there is a free trial. Get it here on the Marketplace.
Thanks to Natres for the tip!
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