3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 610 and Lumia 900 heading to Australia in June
Last week, we told you about an upcoming media event that would be held in Australia today. At today's gathering, it was confirmed that the Nokia Lumia 610 and Lumia 900 will be coming to Australia next month, though no firm dates were revealed. The Lumia 900 will available on Optus in mid-to-late June for a $0 upfront $59 on a 2-year contract or for $699 unlocked and contract-free. Sadly, it looks as though Australia will not see the 4G LTE Lumia 900, as it is limited to AT&T in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada. The Australian 900 will, however, have HSDPA+, which should be faster than typical 3G. The 900 sports a 1.4Ghz chip, 4.3 AMOLED display and a 8MP rear camera with a 1MP front-facing camera.
As for the Lumia 610, it will be offered exclusively through Boost Mobile until July, when it will become available on Vodaphone. It is expected to fetch $329 on Boost Mobile and possibly cheaper once it hits Vodaphone. In another disappointing turn, the Aussie Lumia 610 will be without NFC, a feature that is evidently exclusive to the Orange France iteration. The economic Lumia 610 features an 800Mhz processor with 256MB RAM, 5MP camera and a 3.2 LCD display.
Source: Gizmodo; Via: Techin5; Thanks for the tip, Jubbin!
3 years ago
Reminder: UK Windows Phone Bar Camp developer event on May 19th
This is a reminder of the upcoming Windows Phone Bar Camp, a developer event hosted by the WPUG guys. It's happening on May 19th, at the Vibe Bar on Brick Lane. A number of platform developers are set to present their apps to the audience, and the event will prove to be a superb way to meet other Windows Phone enthusiasts.
Kicking off at 9am, there will be a light lunch provided, with tea and coffee. The bar will also be open for drinks of course. So be sure to pop on down by registering your place on EventBrite. Jay would appreciate the attendance while presenting his experiences developing for the platform as well as how we can help promote your app(s), and I will be there to discuss / arrange future Windows Phone Central coverage for your app(s).
3 years ago
AdDuplex launches referral program for Windows Phone developers
The AdDuplex team have announced on their blog today a new referral feature, which Windows Phone developers can now take advantage of. The advertising service is available for all developers on the platform and offers a more effective way to promote apps, while making use of any in-app advertisement positions.
We previously interviewed Alan Mendelevich, who heads up the network, and we were also fortunate enough to meet him at a previous WPUG meetup. Should you be interested in the presentation Mendelevich provided, we covered the slides used. Back to the newly announced referral feature. To say "thank you" to those who bring other developers to the network, AdDuplex now offers a small impression bonus when referring a friend.
As one can see from the above chart, the referrer receives 5% of the impressions served by apps developed by this user for the next 6 months. To incentivise the referral to actually sign-up using the link, they will also receive 5% more impressions, as opposed to using a normal link. Refer a number of people and you'll begin to see a substantial increase of impressions, which should help with promoting your Windows Phone app(s).
Read more about the new referral feature on the AdDuplex blog.
Source: AdDuplex Blog
3 years ago
Windows Phone into Live Session music event in London on May 30th
The Windows Phone UK team are set to host a memorable evening in London at the end of the month. The into Live Session is a planned music event, which will feature artist performances including the popular Noisettes. The evening is expected to be a fairly packed house at the Proud in Camden.
There will also be a number of surprises to be explored. Room-to-room Skype chats, the Nokia Amazing Collective room and getting dared by Windows Phone to name but a few. If that wasn't enough, the team will be supplying two free drinks on the night to attendees. If you remember Pepper, the live music social networking app / service, the team have partnered with Windows Phone UK to host a "Battle of the Bands" contest, where you get to decide which of the four available artists will kick-start the evening. Simply head to the YouTube playlist and "like" any one video.
The event will take place at Proud, Camden on 30th May. You can sign up for free entry at EventBrite (limited number of tickets available). Windows Phone Central will, as usual and as you'd expect by now, be showing our faces to cover the event should you not be able to attend it. If you do so happen to come along, be sure to keep an eye on my Twitter (@RichEdmonds) for info of our exact location on the night.
Source: Windows Phone UK, Into Live Session (Facebook)
3 years ago
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3 years ago
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3 years ago
A Metro Melody created on Windows Phone is music to our ears
There's no shortage of those with creativity in the Windows Phone universe but here's one that will surely blow you away.
Musical talent Matt Oglesby stitched together this 'Metro' song using nothing but his Nokia Lumia 800 and some free music apps found on the Marketplace. The result? After two hard days he cobbled together what you see and hear above. Color us impressed.
Head to Matt's site to get the full skinny on how he mixed everything. Let's see if anyone else can match him and maybe we can get a Metro Holiday album started. For those curious, here is what he used for Windows Phone apps found in the Marketplace:
Source: mjomusic.co.uk; via 1800PocketPC
3 years ago
Fast Company names Design Lead for Windows Phone as one of the most creative people 2012
One of the main reasons so many of us like Windows Phone is because the UI design is not only unique but equally mesmerizing. From Windows Media Center to Zune HD to Windows Phone, the Metro UI lineage is as clear as the subway signs it's based on.
The popular and influential business magazine Fast Company has named the Design Lead for Windows Phone, Jeff Fong, #81 in their 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2012. Not only is that a heck of an honor it's a telltale sign of the continued influence Metro is having on the mainstream, something that we'll see a lot more of when Windows 8 drops this fall. From the Fast Company entry for Fong:
"Airports may be frustrating, but give them this: "The signage is so clean, pure, and direct, it helps you navigate a very complicated environment," Jeff Fong says. "I wondered, Can we apply that same approach to designing our user interface?" His team culled photos from London's Heathrow and designed the smartphone's software--with its animated, colored tiles, and straightforward imagery--based on the signs' typography and simplicity."
Over at the Windows Phone Blog, they get behind the scenes with Fong and ask quite a few questions on design and what he sees as the future. Quite the interesting read both for his insight and for the fact that we get to put a face on one of the team that has brought us the fresh UI experience to our mobile phones.
A hearty congratulations to Mr. Fong!
Source: Fast Company and the Windows Phone Blog
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 710 now available on Mobilicity
Canada has sort of been slow on getting into Windows Phone not due of course to the consumers but rather carrier reluctance. While the Lumia 900 is available on Rogers there hasn't been too much love for Nokia on Mobilicity until today.
The Lumia 710 (also on WIND), one of our favorite Windows Phones, is now available for $249.99 which seems to be a fairly good deal to us (though we'll let you weigh in in comments).
The Lumia 710 (see our review) features a 3.7" ClearBlack LCD screen, 5MP camera and physical front keys making it quite the unique bird amongst Windows Phones these days. It also features 8GB of storage, a zippy 1.4GHz CPU and a moderate 1300mAh battery.
While many think the 710 is not as fancy as the 800 or 900 (a fair point) it still has amazing ergonomics, great audio and is quite stylish with swappable back covers. In short, we often use it over the just as solid HTC Radar.
Read the full presser after the break or head to Mobilicity to check it out.
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 719c and Samsung Minuet reportedly heading to China Telecom
China is a big, vast country ripe for the smartphone market with its growing economy and access to new technology. So it's with keen interest that we focus on how well Windows Phone performs there over the next few months.
According to some leaked internal roadmaps for China Telecom, the nation's 3rd largest carrier, Windows Phone is a big hit with the folks who oversee operations. Reportedly they are planning on getting the Nokia Lumia 719c as well as the Samsung Minuet sometime this summer, augmenting the Lumia 610c and 800c which are already on sale.
For those who don't remember, the Lumia 719c is a device that so far has not yet been announced and bares a slight resemblance to the Lumia 710. Instead of physical keys though the 719c has capacitive buttons and what looks to be the same 3.7" screen and 5MP camera. Likewise, the Samsung Minuet is thought to be a variant of the recently announced Omnia M line, making both of these devices low to mid range offerings.
Finally, though the ZTE Mimosa (aka Orbit) is not listed on the roadmap it reportedly is still planned and should be released soon as well.
Source: WPDang (Translated); via Windows Phone Daily
3 years ago
Not everyone is getting the $100 credit for their Lumia 900. Here's why.
We've heard from a few folks that their $100 credit for their Lumia 900 has not been applied to their AT&T account and now we may have an answer. While rare, there seems to be a reason that WinSource has stumbled upon.
In essence, if you bought the phone at full price and didn't use an upgrade (or new activation) then the credit won't be applied to your account. The reason being Nokia doesn't "know" that you bought and activated the phone on your account. While odd it sort of makes sense because for all they know, you bought the phone and sold it on eBay or sent it overseas.
The problem seems to be easily resolved by simply calling AT&T and double checking. In this instance AT&T verified the phone was on the account and applied the $100 credit which was a nice gesture.
The $100 credit was offered by Nokia (via AT&T) to those who purchased their Lumia 900s before April 21st due to a connectivity issues with a small number of devices.
Anyone else having problems getting the credit applied to their account?
3 years ago
Windows Phone 8 next month with Nokia Apollo hardware by the end of 2012?
While we're expecting Windows Phone 8 to be available later this year, Israeli technology website Techit has reported that Nokia are planning to release "Apollo" smartphones before 2012 is up, and the next major update for Windows Phone is slated for a June rollout. The website is citing a Nokia representative, who is also quoted to have mentioned full Hebrew support in the next version of Microsoft's mobile operating system.
As well as the release of Nokia hardware, and the support for Hebrew, the Nokia rep also reaffirmed June as the month for Windows Phone 8, but we should take these quotes with a grain of salt. The burning question on consumer minds is whether or not their current hardware will be upgradable to the next version of the OS. Unfortunately, we're still unable to confirm either way, but we expect concrete information to be released soon enough.
Samsung has also been reported to be looking at "Apollo" to release a number of devices to tackle Nokia, and even Acer has been thrown into the light with the rumours of the manufacturer working on a Windows Phone 8 QWERTY slider. We expect to hear more details unwrap as time goes on, especially with upcoming June Windows Phone Developer Summit and Nokia World 2012, which we will certainly be covering.
What do you guys think? June too soon for Apollo?
Edit: A more likely and conservative reading of the source would suggest June is ripe for the beta and SDK but not a proper, formal release of the entire OS. That still looks likely for late fall.
Source: Techit.co.il (Bing translate)
3 years ago
Complete Nielsen Lumia 900 survey for a chance at an Amazon gift card
Own a Lumia 900 and have a spare 15 minutes? Why not fill out a Nielsen web survey for Lumia 900 Windows Phone customers, which could pocket you a $200 Amazon gift card. The 4G Windows Phone has been taking the states by storm, surpassing all expectations and selling faster than Nokia could produce which led to a number of delays, not just within the U.S. but around the world too.
Have you been happy with your Nokia Windows Phone, or have all the problems taken their toll? Be sure to check the survey out, but note that Facebook connectivity is required.
Source: Nielsen (Lumia 900 survey), via: @TheRomit; thanks @aharpaz for the heads up!
3 years ago
ProntoForms by TrueContext Mobile now available for Windows Phone
TrueContext Mobile has announced that its ProntoForms (website) mobile business service now supports Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. The app, which is now available on the Marketplace, enables business employees to do away with paperwork and use smartphones to fill out forms while on the move and not in the office. Major platforms are already supported, including Android, BlackBerry, iOS and webOS.
TrueContext’s CEO Alvaro Pombo had the following to comment on the platform launch:
"ProntoForms from AT&T is one of our most popular mobile applications for businesses," said VP of advanced mobility solutions at AT&T, Chris Hill. The easy to use, yet highly scalable functionality of the application has been of interest to many different types of companies, from one person in operations using it for construction project cost estimates to large enterprises using it for facility management inspections, merchandising audits and insurance adjustments."
Text and numeric inputs include the following:
Drop downs and data source lookups
Date/Time Selection & Stamps
YouTube Video links
Service online portal feature list:
Organise FormSpaces by project, region, and department
Upload CSV data sources
Manage user form permissions
Configure Form E-mail Notifications
Plot Form Submissions on Google Maps
Chart your data questions and submission history
Export Form data into CSV data
Manage Users and Groups
Produce advanced activity reports
The features listed above are backed by further integration with Microsoft Office, cloud and management services including SharePoint and SkyDrive. The service as a whole improves productivity for employees, especially on Windows Phone with Microsoft's cloud infrastructure. Working while on the move is now that one step more convenient.
You can download ProntoForms from the Marketplace for free. Pricing for the server starts at $24/mo per user.
via: ProactiveInvestors; thanks Gopalan for the tip!
3 years ago
Nokia TV app hits Finland's Marketplace (but available everywhere)
It would appear that the Nokia TV app has been released in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Finland's Windows Phone Marketplace that is.
Based on earlier information the Nokia TV app will tie into local television channels, have the ability to stream shows over wifi or data connection, and videos can be downloaded to the device for offline viewing.
Not having any hands on with the app, we'll defer to any of our reader's who have had a chance to download and try Nokia TV. It is our understanding the app isn't listed in the Nokia Collection just yet. You'll need to search by keyword, scroll down the list of New Apps or you could try this link to the Marketplace. Again, Nokia TV is only available in Finland is available everywhere but features only Finnish TV.
After the break, check out a video walkthrough of Nokia TV that one of our readers tipped us on. Sound off in the comments if you've tried Nokia TV and let us know what you think.
Via: Plaffo; Thanks, Dario and Danil, for the tips!
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