3 years ago
Homebrew Windows Phone unlocking service comes to a permanent end
Back in January we reported that ChevronWP7 Labs, the officially-sanctioned "jailbreak" service for Windows Phone "homebrew", was coming to a halt. At the time, the reasons cited mostly revolved around the difficulties some users experienced in installing it and the following tech-support needed to help them out. The project was put on indefinite hiatus with more tokens possibly being bought in the future.
However, today it's official: the experiment is over.
Within 120 days, those who unlocked their phones via the ChevronWP7 Labs service will have their phones re-locked. The good news is all users who bought a token are eligible for a one-year Microsoft App Hub membership, a $99 value and allowing them to stay unlocked for 12 more months.
The jailbreak service is being permanently shut down for a few reasons, including those cited above but also because many of those who did unlock their phones so that they could "sideload" apps for experimentation, never moved on to actually publishing any apps to the Windows Phone Marketplace. That was one of the goals of the project -- to reduce the $99 barrier for devs who might not be able to afford the App Hub membership.
While ChevronWP7 Labs is gone, the ChevronWP7 team made up of Rafael Rivera, Long Zheng and Chris Walsh will continue tinkering around:
"Fear not, we will continue to explore other ideas with Microsoft. All sides are still very interested in the hobbyist and homebrew developer communities."
For more information on the closure of the service and for those looking to upgrade to that App Hub membership, head to the ChevronWP7 Labs site here.
3 years ago
Lumia 900 to be available at Clove UK on May 16th
3 years ago
Windows Phone Basics: The Pictures Hub
WPCentral's Guide to the Windows Phone Pictures Hub
With the release of the Nokia Lumia series (710, 800, 900) and the HTC Titan II Windows Phones, we are seeing new Windows Phone users picking up the new phones. We've touched on must have games and must have apps for your Windows Phone. We've also touch on some of the best free apps for your Windows Phones. Now we'll turn our attention more in-house to take a look at the various Hubs on your Windows Phone. First up, the Pictures Hub.
The Pictures Hub on your Windows Phone is the repository for your photographic albums, a central hub where you can share your photos and where you can back images up to your Skydrive account. The Pictures Hub is where you go to manage the moments you capture on video and photos. After the break we have a walk-through of the Pictures Hub for those new to Windows Phone and a refresher for those more familiar with things.
3 years ago
Official 7digital app released for Windows Phone
The 7digital team have released an official app for Windows Phone which joins the iPhone, Blackberry and Android. The 7digital app allows users to log into their account and synchronise purchased media to their device. The massive online store is integrated so purchases can be made while on the go enabling the discovery, purchasing and enjoyment of music when not at the PC.
With reportedly over 18 million songs for users to choose from, 7digital is a solid alternative to iTunes, Zune or other music store. Available worldwide and localised for Europe (including UK, Germany, France, Spain Italy, Ireland) and North America, users are able to enjoy offline playback from their purchase library.
As one can see from the screenshots, it's an extremely good looking client. The team have also taken advantage of live tiles in Windows Phone allowing artists, tracks and albums to be pinned to the home screen for convenient access.
You can download 7digital from the Marketplace for free. Thanks Bill for the tip!
3 years ago
Nokia releases Lumia Highlights app to help out the noobs
Although we take it for granted sometimes that everyone who buys a Lumia device (610, 710, 800 or 900) either knows Windows Phone or can figure things out, that is far from the case.
In turn, Nokia today has released a new app called Lumia Highlights and it's there to lend a helping hand to those who want to discover cool new things about their Lumia as well as the Windows Phone OS. The app features useful tips, tutorials, latest news on great apps and of course they hook you with the great accessories.
While by no means revolutionary, the app is nicely laid out and should give new and old users alike something to poke around to discover new things, so we like it.
Pick up Lumia Highlights here on your Nokia Lumia phone.
3 years ago
Carbon for Windows Phone updated bringing filters, landscape composition and more
The team behind Carbon for Windows Phone, the popular Twitter client which was born on webOS, has just released version 1.3 and the update has gone live on the Marketplace. This latest version is quite the update for those who were seeking landscape tweet composition, something our own Daniel Rubino also requested.
As well as the above feature, and numerous bug fixes and enhancements, the following is included in v1.3:
Timeline Filters/Mute for Users, Hashtags, and Services such as Foursquare, Getglue, etc…
Further Timeline scrolling & general performance enhancements
Read Later Enhancements: tap+hold on URLs in Tweet screen to save for reading later
Mark all Messages as Read by tap+hold on “.messages” pivot.
Saving to Instapaper & Read It Later now adds tweet details to saved URLs
Detect Images from URLs ending with .jpg .png .gif
Enhanced error handling with error messages along with option to Report Errors back to us
Added retweets to Lists timeline
Support for Japanese & Korean typefaces
You can download Carbon from the Marketplace for $1.99 with a free trial available.
Source: CarbonWP; thanks HD7guy for the tip!
3 years ago
Magenta Nokia Lumia 900 pictured for AT&T
We posted a little while ago that there may be a Magenta Lumia 900 for AT&T in the works, specifically a tie-in with Mother's Day which falls on Sunday, May 13th. Sunday's are also AT&T release days.
In a Microsoft store, one of our readers Clyde V. noticed this Lumia 900 emblazoned with the AT&T logo displayed on one of the demo screens advertising the new Nokia phone. Now at first we were cautious as tossing on one of Nokia's skin tight Magenta cases can also cause any 900 to look like that bold red color. But upon closer inspection this really does not seem to sporting a case (we'll let you decide though).
We know the Lumia 800 came in white and a glossy white 900 followed soon thereafter (coming to AT&T on April 22nd). And we know the Lumia 800 comes in Magenta, so a red-pink Lumia 900 seems hardly a stretch for them. Anyone waiting to see what happens?
Thanks, Anon, for the image!
3 years ago
Windows Phone Xbox Live Review: TextTwist 2
There are plenty of excellent indie word games for Windows Phone (Words by Post, AlphaJax, and Spell It, to name a few). Even Wordament is available as an indie title, though it will shortly be jumping ship to Xbox Live land. But for now, there is a single Xbox Live game that involves finding words from an assortment of letters (i.e. anagrams): TextTwist 2 from Game House. Does it scratch the word game itch as well as the other games I mentioned? Well, Text Twist 2 honestly does contain both text and twisting, but unfortunately it lacks the polish and magic of other Game House titles or even its indie competitors.
3 years ago
WPCentral 140: Nokia Lumia 900 vs HTC Titan II
Jay Bennett and Daniel Rubino are joined by George Ponder this week to hash out those two big Windows Phone releases, the HTC Titan II and the Nokia Lumia 900 both on AT&T. Tune into our discussion of the pros and cons plus other Windows Phone news happening this week.
Full show notes after the break and HD Video as well...
3 years ago
Microsoft details plans for dealing with Marketplace publishing slowdowns
We reported a few days ago that Microsoft was experiencing a unique problem: the Windows Phone Marketplace has grown so much, so fast that their servers and backend getting hammered, resulting in app-publishing slowdowns. Everything from submissions, to certifications to the App Hub itself was getting slower.
Today, Microsoft's Todd Brix addressed the problem in a blog post noting that they have an immediate method for addressing these problems and a more long term one. The addition of all those new markets over the last few months has taken its toll on the App Hub experience, more than they had anticipated. As a result they will be re-working their backend, which will take some time:
"We’re already in the process of developing a more robust and scalable Marketplace service that will address current problems and pave the way for the even more rapid growth we’re expecting in the years ahead. But engineering work this significant doesn’t happen overnight. Our plan is to have it complete by late summer."
For the short term, they already have started to work on these two areas:
Adding more server capacity to better handle the increased load.
Streamlining our processes to accelerate the rate at which apps can be ingested, certified, and published.
As a result, developers are now seeing shorter turnarounds from their submission to publication dates, which is a good thing. However, the more substantial changes won't be felt until later this summer.
So once again, good news and bad news as Microsoft is adjusts to the sudden influx of new developers and markets for Windows Phone.
Source: Windows Phone Blog
3 years ago
Mix Megapol for Windows Phone released on the Marketplace
The Swedish radio station Mix Megapol has released an official Windows Phone app on the Marketplace. The app enables users to listen to programmes that may have been missed, as well as stream live radio of course. The ability to read up on latest news and updates, as well as sporting an appealing UI makes Mix Megapol a must-have for any station fan.
You can download Mix Megapol from the Marketplace for free.
Via: WinGadget.se; thanks Peter for the heads up!
3 years ago
Rogers also offering Lumia 900 customers $100 on their bill for their troubles
Good news for those with Lumia 900s on Canadian carrier Rogers as an employee has confirmed that affected customers will see $100 credit on their bill, much like what AT&T is currently offering. The Lumia 900 has been troubled with a "memory management issue was discovered that could, in some cases, lead to loss of data connectivity", which has affected a number of owners.
AT&T and Nokia are allowing customers to exchange their affected 900 for a new one with the upcoming firmware update already installed, or you can sit tight for April 16th when the update is expected to be pushed out. There's certainly a win-win here with purchasing a Lumia 900 before April 21st, as you'll have a high-end LTE Windows Phone as well as $100 credit. So, really you're being paid to own one.
Those who are on Rogers, you have the exact same deal. You'll be given $100 credit on your bill should you purchase a Lumia 900 before April 21st, and if you're already affected you can either exchange your device for a new one with the firmware installed or sit it out until Monday when the update will hit Zune / Mac Connector.
Source: CBC News, Malik Meghani, via: WMPU
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 900 owners, how's your battery life?
There's a discussion going on in the WPCentral Discussions Forums about the Nokia Lumia 900's battery life. It appears that some Lumia 900 owners aren't experiencing the greatest of battery life from their new Windows Phone.
Tweetwp7 reports that their HTC Titan's battery would be around the 60% level at the end of the day while the Lumia 900 is at 45%. Red Grenadine, on the other hand, reports fantastic battery life.
Personally, I had stellar battery life on my Lumia 900 for the first five days and that's with heavy use trying to compare the Lumia 900 with the HTC Titan II. Then the other day the connectivity issues struck and my battery life dropped like a rock. I'm seeing about 40% left after eight hours of use where the Titan II is in the 55-60% range. In the time it took to write this article (about twenty minutes) I saw the Lumia 900's battery drop 3%.
In checking out the battery performance using Nokia's Diagnostic Tools (you can install them by dialing ##634#) my battery discharge rate ranges from 100mA to 500mA while the Lumia 900 is sitting idle (no wifi, BT, no live tiles, no apps running in the background, etc). Now I'm no electrical engineer but that doesn't seem right.
There could be a direct correlation between the connectivity issues and the battery drain or it could be a separate issue all together. We'll have to wait and see when the fix rolls out in the next few days to see if the battery performance improves as well as the data connections. Our fingers will be crossed that it does the trick.
If you've seen a change in your battery performance on the Lumia 900, feel free to sound off in the comments or over in this WPCentral Forums discussion.
Thanks, everyone, for the tip!
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 900 sales still going strong
The other day we made note that the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 was selling strong based on the rankings over at Amazon.com. Today, it appears the strong sales numbers are based on the availability or un-availability of the Lumia 900 in AT&T's retail stores.
We've received several tips that the cyan Lumia 900 is completely sold out at various AT&T Retail Stores. WPCentral.com reader MaulerX reports that you can't find a cyan Lumia 900 at any of the AT&T Retail Stores in New York City. Even Wichita, Kansas stores are sold out (thanks Seth!) of all Lumia 900 models.
Even Paul Roth, AT&T's President of Retail Sales and Service, in a WSJ.com interview recognized the sales of the Lumia 900 has exceeded AT&T's expectations and that some AT&T stores had sold out of the Windows Phone, particularly the cyan model.
And it's not only the devices that appear to be selling well. Nokia accessories are becoming harder to find. For example, the cyan case for the Lumia 900 is listed as "Out of Stock" over at AT&T's website. Sounds like blue is the color of choice for a lot of Windows Phone users.
While the Lumia 900's launch did have a slight stumble with the connectivity issues, which Nokia is promptly responding to and stepping up to the plate to make right,, from a sales perspective the launch appears to be a success. Sound off in the comments if you're having trouble finding the Lumia 900 or if you've found a store with plenty of cyan models.
Thanks, everyone, for the tips!
3 years ago
Verizon starts rolling out latest OS update for Windows Phone
We broke the news the other night that Verizon Wireless was set to roll out the latest (or nearly the latest) Windows Phone OS update, version 8107, to HTC Trophy users on its network. That update not only fixes security issues but addresses the disappearing keyboard bug that has driven many mad for the last few months.
We've now received a flood of tips that the update is currently live and if you plug in your Trophy to Zune Desktop you'll be greeted with an update notification. Actually, you'll eventually have three updates to install as it's cumulative:
So sit tight as the backup process will vary from device device and will depend on how much "stuff" you have on your phone. Let us know in comments if all has gone well.
Thanks to all who tipped us! Thanks, Vance, for the image.
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