[Update: We've heard from Nokia on this matter and we have their response after the break]
According to an interview with Stephen Elop, the Nokia CEO is apparently open to other platforms, namely Android. Previously, Elop has stood by Microsoft and has reiterated the company's focus on improving its Lumia line of smartphones, cloud-based services and its partnership with the software (and now hardware) giant. Is the future of Nokia still uncertain? Sure. Are they considering Android? Not right now.
T-Mobile Germany has been reported to be working on adding visual voicemail, a feature that enables smartphone owners to view available voicemail messages in list, removing the requirement to contact the audio voicemail service. Should a handset and mobile operator support such functionality, it can prove to be an efficient way of managing messages left by contacts.
And just like that with very little fanfare (or even a press event), Sprint has let us know that they will indeed bring at least two new Windows Phone 8 devices to market. The bad news is we don’t know what those devices are even worse, they won’t arrive until “summer”. That’s a heck of a long time if you ask us.
The presser mostly focuses on Sprint’s “unlimited” (but nascent) 4G LTE network, which when it finally reaches a decent size will be a competitive offering. What is lacking in the presser of course are details about the devices themselves, which is why we bet Sprint bypassed a formal press event as they would literally have nothing to show.
Will these be rebranded 8Xs and ATIV Ss or completely new and unique devices? We’ll have a few months to ponder such things as we wait for more from Sprint.
Well, it’s official. Verizon and Samsung today have announced the ATIV Odyssey Windows Phone coming to the CDMA carrier “in the coming weeks”. The 4” device is expected to fill in the entry-level range for Windows Phone 8 on Verizon and will also be a “global phone”.
The phone will be on display at Samsung’s booth during CES when the floor opens tomorrow, which means of course we’ll get some hands on time with it very soon (we may be even able to sneak in a peek later tonight at PepCom).
The Lumia 620 is now available at German retailer Media Markt. The Windows Phone is listed in a variety of colours, each selling for €269 when pre-ordered. The Lumia 620 was unveiled late last year to be running Windows Phone 8 and would be aggressively priced to compete with similar hardware on other platforms.
Microsoft has teased those who follow the Windows Phone Twitter account by announcing that some exciting news will be revealed later today at CES. With so much being unveiled and displayed at the massive event, what could Microsoft be hinting at when it comes to Windows Phone?
New Windows Phone usage data has been released from cross-platform developer network AdDuplex, which supports both Windows Phone and Windows 8. The data reveals Windows Phone 8 climbing up to 20 percent of the platform marketshare, with previous versions of Windows Phone taking the remaining chunk.
With most of the Mobile Nations team having arrived now in Las Vegas for CES there was no better time to get together for a video. Straying away from standard Monday Brief format, I managed to wrangle everyone into a room to find out their thoughts and expectations for CES 2013. You'll want to stay tuned to all the Mobile Nations sites for up to the minute coverage but for now, check out the video! Looking for WPCentral CES 2013 news? You'll find it all here.
Fantweestic! is a Windows 8 Twitter client with the sports fan in mind and it's about to go on sale.
Fantweestic! is from Liquid Daffodil, the developers of the Windows Phone apps glƏƏk!, Outsider and Locksider, and offers a sports themed take on Twitter.
Fantweestic! has the ability to easily add a Team or College Twitter feed directly to your views based on the theme you select. There's about forty themes available, including a Windows Phone Central theme! Oh... if you don't see your College or sports team listed in the theme, there's no need to panic. Shoot the developer an email and it should be on the list shortly thereafter. Fantweestic's goal is to have hundreds of themes available.
Windows Phone is blessed with some of the best Twitter apps on any platform, one of the heavyweights is undoubtedly Mehdoh. A sleek totally metro app that simply packs in tons of features for your social networking needs. The app has just got another update.
While Windows Phone has plenty of on-board social networking potential little can beat a dedicated app for folks who need that little bit more. We take a look at the latest version of mehdoh, join us.
Fitbit (www.fitbit.com), an online service that helps consumers stay in shape with exercising and more, has announced publicly on Twitter that the company has no immediate plans to support Windows Phone. The service is currently available for both iOS and Android through two apps, as well as Windows 8 / RT with Fitbit now listed on the Windows Store.
Windows Phone sports Xbox Live integration where consumers can download and interact with their avatar and account, which pulls down gamerscore, friends and more. It's a strong selling point for the platform since the Xbox Live service boasts over 40 million subscribers. If Microsoft can successfully tap into that pool of consumers, Windows Phone's marketshare would pose more of a threat to Apple and Google.
An MSDN member has published a quick look at a GLQuake port for Windows Phone 8. Jmarshall23 (Justin Marshall) has not only thrown together the above video showing off some gameplay on a Lumia Windows Phone, but has added D3D11 support. The project is currently available to download and run to test out what's being developed. It's a strong foundation, especially since work only too place over the festive period.
We’re here at the AT&T Developer Summit going on right now at CES 2013 where traditionally AT&T would reveal new devices to their lineup (even if just small additions). Unfortunately so far, that does not seem to be the case as they’re just teasing with “you haven’t seen anything yet” for new 2013 phones. That means they’re probably holding off until Mobile World Congress or CTIA in a few weeks...
The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is just now getting warmed up and we are already seeing a nice presence with Windows 8 tablets. While ASUS may not be offering any Windows Phones, they have announced three impressive Windows 8 tablets and a nifty looking Ultrabook.
The ASUS VivoTab (pictured above) is a 10.1" tablet that features an Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor. The tablet is 9.7mm thin and weighs in at 580g. The display offers a 1366x768 HD resolution. Other features of note includes NFC support, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front facing camera and ASUS SonicMaster Audio. The VivoTab does have a TranSleeve Keyboard accessory that can pull extra duty as a tablet cover and stand.
Indie developer Karios Games is known for updating its games numerous times based on customer and reviewer feedback. Case in point: after our MonsterUp Adventures review ran recently, the developer immediately set about fixing some of the review’s criticisms. That update went live over the weekend. It fixes quite a few of our complaints, making a fine jumping game even better.