Nokia has kicked off 2013 with a new challenge where two selected winners will bag a pair of Purity HD headphones by Monster. Sounds tempting, right? All that's required is for owners of new Lumia Windows Phones to match the colour of their device with an object or surrounding and snap a photo. They emphasise the cooler, more out there, the better. A few examples were provided by the team to get the idea engine started (see above).
The official GAME Reward app for Windows Phone has been bumped to version 2.0, which introduces a number of features and addresses a few bugs. We previously looked at the app when it was made available for Windows Phone 8, but were stunned to see just how limited the experience was - if one managed to get the thing working.
The developer has managed to sort through some of the issues and what we now have is a usable client. So what's new in 2.0?
Richard Yu, head of Huawei's mobile division, said that the company will be presenting their flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the Ascend W2, at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress in February. The comment came via Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter. We got a taste of Huawei's Windows Phone expertise at CES with their Ascend W1, but the W2 promises to be a bit more intriguing, as it looks to be the thinnest Windows Phone 8 device yet.
Prepare yourselves, ladies and gentlemen. WhatsApp has announced a number of releases are in the pipeline for its Windows Phone client, which are said to contain improvements for the overall user experience.
While some people debate the aesthetic value of Windows Phone 8, with some noting it’s “boring” compared to Android, most people do take notice of its unique design in the mobile world. We’ve seen nominations and awards in the past so it should be of no surprise to see The Design Museum in London giving a nod to Microsoft’s mobile solution.
Travel deals site Priceline.com has put out a hotel booking app for Windows Phone 7 and 8.
The app lets you search for hotels based on location and star level and then book rooms without the need to bid on them. That is because Priceline.com chooses the best deals based on your search and displays them for you, making booking quick and easy. If you're not looking for a specific hotel, you can also check out their daily deals for even bigger discounts.
Private Hub is a Windows Phone app designed to keep prying eyes away from your pictures, passwords account numbers, and private contacts.
Private Hub also lets you import videos from your computer or Skydrive account, import photos from your Pictures Hub or capture new images to secure, and back up your data (contacts, notes, account information) to your Skydrive. Private Hub is a nice option to consider if you need to keep your pictures, videos and sensitive information secure.
Augmented reality is both fun and a useful way for software to interact with what's presently visible in the real world. It's advanced technology that really brings hardware to life. A perfect example of use is Nokia's own City Lens app that enables users to look up POI (points of interest) while walking down any given street. All locations are displayed on-screen as the camera is panned across. But where has augmented span from?
We're heading past CES and into 2013 where a lot is planned in the near future. Not just Microsoft either. We've got BlackBerry 10 on the horizon, but also a strong start of the year for Windows Phone marketing and hardware being pushed in multiple markets. The Lumia family of hardware will prove to be valuable assets in the struggle for marketshare, while HTC and Samsung devices compliment Nokia's investment. Let's not forget Huawei too!
With all this action, there must be some hot threads on the forum, right? Correct! We'll be rounding up a handful for you to check out today.
It looks like AT&T want to really put some Windows Phones in customers hands as a new offer evidently has gone live. We just got word that AT&T is offering a new deal to help push Windows Phone 8 devices starting…well yesterday and going through February 21st (the same date as the free wireless charger offer).
The new deal is simple: buy one Windows Phone 8 device and get $100 off of the same type of Windows Phone e.g. if you buy a Lumia 920, you can get $100 off of a second Lumia 920. Likewise if you buy an HTC 8X you can get the discount for $100 off of a second 8x.
Of course there are the usual qualifiers but still, that’s a good incentive to push some Windows Phones out the door for at least a few weeks. No word if this will be offered online or only in-store. Check out the full details from an internal AT&T email after the break...
Good news if you haven’t yet bought a Lumia 920 as AT&T and Nokia have extended the free wireless charging plate bargain, which was supposed to end at the beginning of January. The free deal for the $49 item is now extended through February 21st, which is a nice addition of 6 weeks.
By Sam Sabri, Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 7:25 pm EST
We get it, you get it, and everyone gets it, the camera on the Lumia 920 kicks ass. Whether devouring photons in low-light situations or reproducing great audio in videos, the 920 can handle it all with aplomb.
So here is another one of those videos showing off a killer feature unique to Nokia and their PureView technology, specifically the optical image stabilization. The video puts a Lumia 920 and a competitor on a hexacopter at the Nokia Lumia 920 launch event in India.
The Nokia Lumia 505 has been featured in an unboxing video on YouTube. Mexican mobile operator Telcel is the company behind the video and shows off what consumers can purchase for use on the network. The Windows Phone is exclusively targeted to Mexico and Telcel in particular. It's the sister to the Lumia 510, both are low-end hardware.