Extreme Flight is an arcade styled game for your Windows Phone that brings Barnstorming to the small screen. With Extreme Flight you pilot a stunt plane through various obstacle courses. Obstacle courses full of hoops to fly through all the while avoiding dangers such as blimps, hot air balloons and other sundries.
Extreme Flight isn't the hardest game to pick up but it does take a sensitive touch to navigate your airplane safely through the obstacle course. It's a fun game for your Windows Phone and a decent way to pass short bits of time with.
No new Xbox games for Windows Phone appeared this week, not even a game from Nokia. This marks the fifth week without a new release – the longest in Windows Phone history. But Windows Phone 8 did gain a new playable title in the form of Shuffle Party (which was previously incompatible), and all Windows Phone users can look forward to the highly-anticipated Skulls of the Shogun next week.
It’s no secret that we consider the ball to have been dropped pretty far as Xbox games for Windows Phone go. You might even say the ball had rolled across the street and into the scary old neighbor’s yard. Throughout the release drought, Windows Phone Central has worked hard at getting an explanation from Microsoft themselves. At last we have official word and a bit of good news to go along with it.
This week the two biggest components of the Windows Phone ecosystem reported financial results. Microsoft and Nokia both printed decent numbers.
I won’t spend much time on Microsoft. It was a fairly boring quarter. The Redmond giant came in with results that were in line with analyst results. They’ve now sold a grand total of 60 million Windows 8 licenses, but this includes licenses sold to Dell and other manufacturers. So it’s hard to pin down exactly how many boxes consumers are actually buying with the latest and greatest Windows OS.
In the land of mobile, Microsoft won’t say how many Surface tablets they’ve sold. I can’t say I blame them. If they revealed numbers they’d just be compared to iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab sales. Why would Microsoft want to give people more reason to print negative headlines?
Today, Nokia Maps have received yet another update and once again, this applies to all Windows Phone 8 devices, not just Nokia. If you have downloaded maps on your phone, you should have already been prompted to update them for the latest batch of improvements. If you haven’t already, go to settings > applications > maps > check for updates.
The question you may be wondering is, what changed? We have the details.
There’s barely a day going by where Nokia isn't updating something on Windows Phone, so why should today be any different? We just got notifications for version 2.6 of their popular Cinemagraph Lens app for Windows Phone 8, which is now live in the Store, allowing you to continue making those hilarious animated GIFs. And the super creative PhotoBeamer has also been given a refresh.
The Nokia Lumia 822 has already hit the shelves at Verizon in the United States, but this time it's sporting a fancy new red shell just in time for Valentine’s Day. And it’s also available exclusively on their website for a new price - free, with a new two-year contract.
Before the holidays, Philips brought a new technology to market for those with disposable incomes and a knackering for ambient lighting. The Hue concept is simple (and reminds us of Philip’s earlier attempts at lighting for TVs): the bulbs have variable range of color support via LEDs and they’re network enabled, allowing you control the light level and color via your iPhone.
Sure, a set of three bulbs will set you back $280 (Amazon.com) but the effect is quite impressive, especially with the iOS support coming native to the system. But that’s just the problem as those on other platforms were left in the cold.
The Lumia 620 is hitting the shores of Singapore, thanks to a tip from a mobile phone specialist store Adix82 located in the country. As one can see from the photos we've been sent in, the Lumia 620 is looking rather good in pink. The device is priced at SGD 310 ($250), which is a steal for Windows Phone 8 hardware.
There are a handful of Windows Phone developers out there that offer a diverse portfolio of apps and games. XIMAD, Inc qualifies as such with offerings ranging from children's books to bible apps to games.
XIMAD has had a presence in the Windows Phone Store from early on (back when we called it a Marketplace) and for this week's roundup, we'll concentrate on the gaming aspects of their collection. Most of XIMAD's games are free but for those who want to drop the ad banners, there's often a paid premium version available.
The XIMAD collection of games are often on the simple side as far as game play is concerned but challenging and entertaining nonetheless and nice ways to pass the time with. There's even a few that will get you hooked into playing a little longer. We picked a handful that we think you might like and if we've missed your favorite XIMAD title, feel free to share in the comments.
Nokia is taking pre-orders online for the Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and Lumia 620 in Egypt. Announcing that there's only a limited number of units available, the manufacturer is providing consumers the opportunity to get in quick and snatch one of the Windows Phones before they go. The devices have proven to be popular in other markets, which the company is planning to look closely at in Egypt.
AT&T has said it's exploring the possibility on whether or not to support Microsoft's Data Sense service for Windows Phone 8 devices on the network. The service, unveiled by Microsoft last year helps consumers control and manage their data allowances to ensure limits aren't breached and high costs added to the account. Data Sense compresses users' data transmissions in order to reduce data consumption.
Microsoft has revealed that during Q2 of its 2013 financial year it has broken revenue records with a taking of $21.5 billion. $6.38 billion of that grand total was actual profit, providing shareholder's with $0.76 per-share. While EPS was down year-over-year, net income is reported to be up from $5.87 billion a year ago. It's looking good for the company.
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 at 6:02 pm EST
Here in the US, the only way to get a top notch Nokia device has always been with AT&T. That’s about to change with Verizon rumored to be getting two killer devices from Nokia. We’ve already covered some rumors in the past regarding Big Red and Espoo, but here’s another to get you stoked for the coming year.
AT&T's previous Nokia flagship, the Lumia 900, will be one of the first to sport the 7.8 OS upgrade
Nokia Lumia 900 users on AT&T can look forward to receiving the Windows Phone 7.8 OS update on Wednesday, January 30th—one day earlier than what we were anticipating. Windows Phone Central has learned (via an internal AT&T email) details of the update including that it was approved on January 7th by the carrier.
We’ve written extensively on the 7.8 update recently including giving a full video-tour of what the update will look like. That was accomplished by flashing our Lumia 900 with the Nokia-approved ROM files that were posted to Nokia’s servers. While this method works, it also wipes the phone and can be risky (in addition to frustrating if you don’t have the right drivers).
Nokia India launched an initiative in collaboration with NDTV, which saw consumers provided with the unique opportunity to submit their mobile app ideas that have potential to be developed for Windows Phone, so other owners can enjoy the experience. A reality TV show, "Nokia Lumia Your Wish Is My App" is set to be produced where app ideas will be pitched and judged by a panel of well-known faces in India.