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3 years ago

The Little Amazing Show ad-campaign: Episode 2

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Last week Nokia kicked off a new series of adverts that focused on life itself, rather than a mobile phone, and was shot in Berlin. Today we have episode two, which invites viewers on a trip around merry old London. With how impressive the Lumia 800 marketing campaigns have proved to be, these small clips are a breathe of fresh air.

Source: Nokia YouTube, via: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

AT&T has sold out the HTC Titan

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AT&T has sold out the HTC Titan

We had a feeling the HTC Titan would take off with a storm simply because it sports a massive screen and is well built (see our review), so it's good to see the AT&T website displaying a "SOLD OUT" notice for the Windows Phone. Unfortunately, this means you'll have to wait some time to get one yourself, but Best Buy currently has the Titan stocked for free, all that's required is a new two year contract to be taken out.

Source: AT&T, thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Change your Oil - Mango App Spotlight

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Change Your Oil is a Windows Phone apps (mango) from the indie developer webdad2 technologies that is a car maintenance reminder/tracker app. It is designed to replace that plastic reminder windshield sticker that is often ignored.

The layout is simple with the main page being your Garage that lists all your vehicles. With each vehicle you can add information such as mileage, tag number, oil and air filter information, oil weight, brand of oil, tire pressure information, and view your maintenance history for that vehicle.

You can edit the settings assigned to your vehicles that will enable toast notifications and your Live Tile to remind you when your next oil change is due. All in all, Change Your Oil is a simple way of keeping track of your routine car maintenance. It ran smoothly and was easy to navigate around.

There is a free trial version available for Change Your Oil that is limited to tracking one vehicle. The full version, that lets you track multiple vehicles, will run you $.99. You can find Change Your Oil here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Ocado releases Windows Phone app

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Ocado releases Windows Phone app

We're slightly late to the party, but Ocado (an online UK supermarket) has indeed released an app for Windows Phone. The advert found below, containing some humorous elements, walks you through not only a lamppost but the app itself. It looks awesome. Blowing the iOS, Blackberry, and Android counterparts out the water in terms of uniqueness and of course Metro UI.

As well as the functionality to shop, add items to your basket and arrange a delivery through checking out, the Ocado On The Go app features the following:

  • An entire supermarket at your fingertips. Shop for everything from food and drink to housewares, books, toys and much more.
  • Shop for groceries on the move. Place a brand new order or just add an item you've forgotten to your next order.
  • Works in complete harmony with ocado.com. Seamless syncing means you can start an order on one and complete it on the other.
  • Get your next order started in no time. Use Your Instant Shop to create a typical order for you, based on your previous deliveries.
  • Shop even if you're offline. Our catalogue of over 22,000 products is stored on your phone, so you can keep shopping even if you lose signal. As soon as your Internet connection returns, your order will update automatically. 

Should you have any questions about the app, Ocado have set up an FAQ on their website. You can download Ocado from the Marketplace.

Thanks hwangeruk for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: November 21-27, 2011

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Welcome to your weekly Windows Phone summary, where you're kept in the loop with all the top news this week. To kick us off is this week's interview, where we were joined by Chris Field, developer of Mehdoh. If you're not already, you should be tuning into our weekly podcast, with episode 131 being published this week. We've had version 1.7 of the WPCentral app approved, which brings hot fixes with website development. 

For the upcoming festive holiday, we have some gift ideas for automotive accessories and Windows Phones themselves. Right, let's get started, eh?

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3 years ago

SmartBot mini functionality demonstrations [video]

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We covered SmartBot mini last week, and how it's exciting to see the development evolve for both Windows Phone and Android. Find the above, a video that was promised by WPBots that will give you an idea as to how cool SmartBot really is. The above video illustrates general movement and mobility via the remote, but there are a few more which can be found after the break showing other intriguing functionality.

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC Titan 4G at Best Buy for free

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Should you have the HTC Titan jotted down on your Santa wish list (or simply desire one due to an ending contract), then perhaps you should check out this deal found at Best Buy. The HTC Titan 4G on AT&T is going for nothing at all, all that's required is a new two year contract to be taken out (or an upgrade), starting from just $39.99 for the cheapest plan. Taking the handset without a package will set you back $649.99.

Packing a massive 4.7" screen, the Titan (our review) truly is a beast of a Windows Phone. Powered by a 1.5GHz processor and shipping with 16GB worth of storage, this handset is a perfect choice for anyone who's searching for that extra oomph!

Source: Best Buy, thanks Figure 8 Dash for the tip!

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3 years ago

Unofficial Pandora app "Metro radio" for Windows Phone 7 in the works [Video]

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Should you be a Pandora user, this will be of great interest to you. We're already aware of the team getting cold feet last year when requests were in for a Windows Phone client, possibly due to no background audio. Now that Mango is here, some were hoping for any sign of progress with an app. To lighten things up slightly, we have an unofficial solution surfacing, which is being developed by Janabi Mustafa (see above demo).

Metro Radio will allow users to login with Pandora account credentials and display radio stations on the account with background streaming, album art, and liking options available. The app is set to be released next week, which will provide Windows Phone users with Pandora access.

Thanks Mustafa for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac updated but still has issues

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It would seem there's some lag with the Apple App Store as we've only just been notified of an update to the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac this morning, even though the update dates back two days ago. 2.01 (tallied at just under 6MB) features a new "custom ringtones" category and brings the following to the table: 

  • Full sync and import support for Apple Aperture software
  • Drag and drop import of files from Browse Device
  • Ringtone transfer support (for phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or later)
  • Improved video conversion process with user configuration options
  • Support for Windows Phone Marketplace (for phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or later)
  • Localization support for 13 additional languages
  • Improvements to backup and restore operations
  • Improved configuration for podcast sync and photo import
  • Improved iTunes import support in certain languages
  • Improved metadata support for videos

As well as the above improvements, some fixes were also included:

  • Added additional error codes and help references for device update
  • Resolved connectivity issues with certain devices
  • Resolved album art display issues for certain devices

Resolved connectivity issues is huge for us as we've been experiencing problems with using the client to even connect to our handsets. But unfortunately, as can be seen in the above screen capture, the issue still remains to be present and the app rendered useless (we've attempted re-installations, resets, etc. but still no joy). I can't remember the last time the app actually worked. Luckily, Zune is prepped and ready on the desktop. Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac can be found in the App Store.

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3 years ago

HTC Radar advertisement in the Gujarat Samachar

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We've received word that HTC are kicking off a marketing campaign in India. An HTC Radar advertisement was spotted (see above) in a recent edition of the Gujarat Samachar, a popular Gujarati newspaper. The country recently launched Windows Phone 7.5 with a storm, unveiling the HTC Radar, Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro. It's good to see advertising reaching out to all regions.

Thanks Urvansh for sending in the photo!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 shows strength by surviving drop test

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Over at the XDA Developers forum, member z33dev33l has created a thread where he explains that a Nokia Lumia 800 (our review) survived an accidental drop test carried out by his one year old offspring. Before you ask, yes the one year old is a Windows Phone owner. Staying at a hotel (two stories up), the child dropped his Lumia 800 from the balcony where the handset hit the concrete floor below, just inches from the pool edge.

The device itself took the fall graciously with its polycarbonate casing. The only issue is a loose power button, which is still functional. z33dev33l has stated that he can't locate any scratches or marks and the loose button is the only outcome of the two story fall and concrete landing. See the photo above for a blurry look at the loose button, note it's difficult to see as it's flush with the body. Should this test be real then it's an achievement for the Lumia 800 and it's strong encasing. Remember that when purchasing the handset, included in the box is a protective cover too - just in case you happen to hand it to a one year old.

Source: XDA Developers forum, via: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

Big Windows Phone display heading to Paris

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It looks like the big phone that was erected in New York earlier this month is heading for Paris, according to a report over at Smartphune.fr. The proposed 10 meter-plus mammoth of a Windows Phone is set to be constructed at the intersection of Champs-Elysées and Avenue Dutuit and will remain standing from December 9th to the 18th. 

While the report is still awaiting confirmation, many sources are pointing to a Zune Santa Clause playlist being played, the ability to send SMS and mail (via terminals) to Santa,  and children will be able to provide Santa with their wishes. Gregory Olivier, Director of Marketing and Consumer Communications at Microsoft, had the following to say about the coming holiday season:

"In this holiday season, we wanted to allow the public to discover the new features offered by Windows Phone 7.5 in offering an original and creative, with an iconic character."

Source: Smartphune.fr, via: MonWindowsPhone

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3 years ago

Germany overtakes UK for 2nd most popular country for Windows Phone

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Looking at the popular app ...I'm a WP7!, we can see from the 152,000+ users of the app that Germany has overtaken the UK for second place with number of Windows Phone 7 users. Of course, the United States remains well ahead with three times the users (30%)--not a surprise with the size of the country nor being Microsoft's home turf. Still, Germany (10%) overtaking the UK (8%) is noteworthy as it shows a growing trend of where the phones are going and where Windows Phone is gaining traction.

However, it will be very interesting to see how this trend continues for two reasons:

  1. In the UK, Nokia is pushing pretty hard with the Lumia 800 in a lot of its shops, mall kiosks, billboards and even taking over entire buildings for promotion. What effect that has on Windows Phone users 60 days from now will be very interesting to see.
  2. Germany faces a particularly unique problem: HTC Windows Phones could soon be banned there and removed from shelves before the holiday season is complete. The problem stems from a ruling by a German court granting an injunction against HTC for a single patent claimed by IPCom (Press Release, PDF). We'll save the analysis of another day (you can read Florian Mueller in the mean time), but with the HTC Titan and Radar being the flagship devices this year, not to mention the near universal praise they have received, this could have a substantial impact on future growth in Germany until this HTC-IPCom patent issue is resolved.

We think with those combined issues, Germany's second place may be short lived here. Needless to say, it will be fascinating to see how these trends continue. Pick up ...I'm a WP! here in the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Stephen Elop wins "Mobile Personality of the Year" award

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It was a busy time at the 2011 Know Your Mobile awards for both Nokia and Microsoft. Windows Phone received the award for "Operating System of the Year" and Stephen Elop has received honors for "Mobile Personality of the Year". The judging panel stated that 2011 was a great year for mobile, Nokia believes 2012 will be even better.

Stephen Elop has been at Nokia since migrating over from Microsoft in September last year and has been tasked with building (and implementing) a new strategy for the Finnish manufacturer, which was (and still is to a degree) losing the battle in the mobile phone market. 

Source: Nokia Conversations

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