We've been busy bees at Windows Phone Central HQ getting everything set up with the new website design, along with literally hundreds of backend tweaks and improvements being made to make the browsing experience that much more awesome.
Mobile Geeks were able to record Marko Ahtisaari, Head of Design at Nokia, when he sat down with bloggers and the like for thirty minutes while they threw across some questions surrounding the company's advanced Windows Phone and its relationship with Microsoft.
By Kane Gao, Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 at 10:44 am EDT
We have heard of a new low end unit in the Lumia family of Nokia's for a while. Lumia 510, the successor to the Lumia 610, with a curiously lower number for a name. Thanks to the timing of its debut, some might have expected it to be a Windows Phone 7.8 device. The Chinese folks just got a real unit and had a quick review. Overall, the Lumia 510 is a nice enough budget device, but totally lacks any real surprises.
By Kane Gao, Thursday, Nov 1, 2012 at 10:35 am EDT
Word's coming from China as the global roll out of the highly anticipated Lumia 920 draws nigh. On the official website of China Quality Certification Centre, sharp-eyed folks just spotted a new entry for Nokia Lumia 920T acquiring China Compulsory Certification (CCC). As to what is CCC, just imagine it as a Chinese version of FCC. This is a major milestone before a new gadget hits the country's legal market.
Rum Run is a new game for our Windows Phone and we have been able to get our hands on an advanced copy. Rum Run is a game that tests your skills as a Captain on the high seas as well as your skills as a trader.
The game premise is that you have to supply food to a village to help feed 100% of the population. You buy and trade food and rum to finance your operation and provide food to the hungry villagers. You have pirates roaming the waters who will raid your ships of rum and storm fronts that will destroy food shipments.
Rum Run may not be an action packed game but it does have a fast pace to it. You'll have to stay on your toes to keep the village fed and avoid running dry on funds.
Nextgen Reader for Windows 8 now available in the Microsoft Store
Windows Phone always leant itself to reading and apps designed around reading due to its foundation being built on those Metro design principles for typography and layout.
Nextgen Reader has been a popular favourite with us at wpcentral and with readers alike. We just had a note today from the developers to say they have rescued Windows 8 users by launching their app in the store.
You know, we’re never shy of a great deal and it looks like we just turned up a corker of an offer. How does a Lumia 710 unlocked and offline sound to you?
That’s a cool $141 saving on the list price which is normally $300.00.
The Lumia 710 was Nokia’s first budget handset and came out along with the Lumia 800 but was a little overshadowed by the polycarbonate hero phone. The Lumia 710 has tons going for it, often the photos of these devices does not do it justice, its actually quite distinctive. I have had plenty of time with the 710 and highly recommend it, it has the same internals as the 800 too. Want to know more....?
Microsoft has never been shy about supporting Apple users with their software and that is especially true with Windows Phone 8. For instance, Microsoft announced that importing iTunes DRM-free music will be much easier on PC now, not requiring a conversion/import process.
Tonight, Microsoft has released ‘Windows Phone’ for OSX. The software, previously known as ‘Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac’, has undergone a substantial rebranding and has received numerous new features. The naming may seem odd—Windows Phone—but it matches the Windows 8 sync app’s name and it actually makes sense. When you look at your PC or Mac and see the icon, it says Windows Phone because it is your Windows Phone. Microsoft has simplified syncing by making it very minimalist and barebones: just drag and drop whatever media you want...
File this under good news. The AT&T HTC 8X actually has less labeling than we have come to expect from the carrier.
Our international HTC 8X has the 'HTC' label on the front with the Beats Audio logo on the back (also with and embossed HTC logo). We assumed that the AT&T variant would be like the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920--with a HTC and AT&T blazoned on the front--but as it turns out, the 8X is quite conservative.
Nokia has published two videos on its UK YouTube account. The two videos are UK advertisements for the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 Windows Phones that were announced last month. Windows Phone 8 launched last Friday, and it's time for Microsoft, carriers, retailers and OEM partners to get cracking.
If you like sending text messages (SMS) on Windows Phone, you'll love the new emoticon system that Microsoft has put in place. Previously, Windows Phone allowed you to easily send some basic smileys and if you wanted some more advanced symbols, you had to dig out some codes or use a 3rd party app.
This time around, Microsoft put in a selector at the bottom with visible choices for each symbol. You even have categories like faces, food, symbols and more. If you use the same symbols repeatedly, they will show up in a frequently used area for quick access the next time you message.
We should also point out that they work in all apps. We used them in Kik messenger with no issues (they just don't have color). All in all, it's these small changes that make Windows Phone 8 quite an improvement.
Nokia has unveiled two new developer programs at this year's BUILD event. Microsoft's developer focused event saw the Finnish manufacturer give away a Lumia 920 Windows Phone to each attending developer to match Microsoft's free 100GB SkyDrive upgrade. So what are these two developer programs all about?
A Federal lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Maine claiming Microsoft's Windows Phone Live Tiles infringe on four patents. The patents in question are held by SurfCast and the litigation involves Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 devices.
SurfCast is asking the Court to declare Microsoft directly and indirectly (through encouraging app development) guilty of infringing on their patents. The want Microsoft to be responsible for financial damages to SurfCast for this infringement. No injunctive relief has been requestion preventing Microsoft from continuing to produce, sell or distribute the involved systems.