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3 years ago

Fragger makes it to the Windows Phone Marketplace

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Better late than never, right?

The new Windows Phone Xbox Live game Fragger has finally made it on to the Marketplace. The Angry Birds like game includes 310 levels that span ten different worlds. Instead of tossing birds at your enemies, you toss grenades.

You will need to figure out angle, throwing power and make some creative bounce shots with your grenade to take out your enemy targets. The fewer grenades, the higher the score.  We're downloading the game as we type and will get a review up shortly on this latest Xbox Live title.

Fragger will run you $2.99 with a free trial version available. Fragger can be found here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone App Review: Fhotoroom

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Windows Phone App Review: Fhotoroom

There are plenty of photo apps for our Windows Phones but few will has as many features as Fhotoroom. The application not only lets you edit and share photos via Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and Tumblr but it also has its own camera app.

Fhotoroom offers a wide variety of modifications, adjustments, filters and effects for your photos.  At first launch, you are prompted to sign up for a free membership to the Fhotoroom website. Once signed up you can establish your user profile, send other members messages and enter your Twitter, Flickr, Facebook or Tumblr account information for easy sharing of photos.  You can use Fhotoroom without signing up for a membership but in signing up you get access to the Fhotoroom network where you can message other members and view their photos.

Fhotoroom is appealing not only for it's vast amount of editing tools but also for the relative ease of use.  Navigation around the app does take a little getting used to but not to the point it detracts from the app.

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3 years ago

Nokia reports quarterly loss that includes cash infusion from Microsoft

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Nokia has released its fourth quarter financial report for 2011. While the good news is that the company is reporting the shipment of over 1 million Windows Phones, the bad news is that Nokia has experienced the third straight quarterly loss.

Nokia's revenue dropped 21% from last year and profit dropped from €884 million (about $1.1 billion U.S) to €954 (about $1.25 billion U.S.) loss. While Nokia is pleased as punch about shipping over a million Windows Phones, overall smartphone revenue dropped 38% and overall smartphone shipments dropped 8%.

On the positive, Nokia reported an infusion of €180 million ($250 million U.S.) from Microsoft in the form of platform support payments. The strategic agreement with Microsoft covers both platform support from Microsoft and minimum software royalty payments from Nokia to Microsoft. The life of this strategic agreement is expected to measure in billions of US Dollars.

Overall, Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop was pleased with the performance of their mobile phones business citing the release of the Windows Phone Lumia series (Lumia 710 and 800), introducing the series to consumers in Europe, Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan.

With the third straight quarterly loss, Nokia's hopes are likely riding on the company's re-entry into the North American Market (with the T-Mobile Lumia 710 and AT&T Lumia 900) and the success of the Windows Phone line world wide. Additional expansion will see the Lumia Windows Phones to China and Latin American markets during the first half of 2012. Hopefully, the global distribution will stop the downhill slide and give Nokia a positive first quarter report in 2012.

You can find all the numbers and stats from Nokia's fourth quarter report of 2011 here at Nokia.com.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia Windows Phone launch event in Denmark [Video]

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Nokia has already proven to consumers that they've still got the magic to produce some incredible marketing efforts, like Deadmau5 in London, the Haunted House in Berlin, and flash mobs in India. Now we have Copenhagen in Denmark witnessing a football stadium (PARKEN) lay host to the Finnish manufacturer for a Lumia launch presentation.

As one can see in the video above, this wasn't just any presentation. Throw in fireworks, Master Chief (from the Halo video game series), a Ferrari, F.C. København, some music, and you have a spectacular event. The clip montage is only a few minutes long but we're sure it was more than mesmerising in person. Wonder if Nokia aims to continue to smash marketing expenditure records?

Source: YouTubethanks, Markus, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 30 to Launch challenge [Developers]

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Starting January 31, Microsoft's Windows Phone 30 to Launch challenge will see developers building creative and beautiful apps in just 30 days. Four winners of the competition will receive an awesome entertainment package prize sporting a 3D HDTV and Kinect.

Unfortunately, before you get all excited and prepare your best app ideas, this competition is open for U.S. residents only. The challenge will begin on January 31st when the official rules will be published. Head on over to the 30 to Launch website to sign up and be sure to check out app development events.

Source: 30 to Launch

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3 years ago

New Nokia Lumia 930 and LG Windows Phone show up on WPBench [Updated]

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Two new Windows Phones have appeared in the app WPBench, used for testing device speed and performance. The first is the Nokia Lumia 930, seemingly a variant of the Lumia 900 with perhaps updated specs or for different radio technology i.e. CDMA. This could also be similar to the Lumia "910" which some sites have reported as being a 900 but with a 12MP camera instead of 8MP.

Likewise, the other device is from LG, who we have not heard much from lately in the last six months. That device is the LG W930, which is certainly coincidental to the Lumia 930 designation. Not much is known about that device nor what it could be packing in terms of specifications.

WPBench collects data from those testing their phone's speed and performance. Data is encrypted on both the device and server side and in theory, should be resistant to tampering. Likewise, "I'm a WP7!" pulls user data from Windows.Phone.Info.DeviceExtendedProperties and is not easily manipulated (though certainly not impossible).

Still, until we can corroborate this information, file it under rumor. Pick up WPBench here in the Marketplace.

Update: And looks like WPBench is not as impervious to spoofs as thought. 1800PocketPC has demonstrated (but not disclosed), DeviceID data can be spoofed, once again. They will be contacting the dev about the vulnerability which means until a fix, DeviceID data should not be trusted from that app. Thanks, Argenys H., for the tip

Source: WPBench; Thanks, Shinho, for the tip

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3 years ago

"Your App Here" Windows Phone and Nokia advertising campaign

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We previously covered the Windows Phone team preparing to launch a new advertising campaign for developers on the platform, titled "Your App Here". The team has partnered with Nokia to bring a more effective offer. Developers can submit their apps and should they be selected the apps will be showcased in Windows Phone and Nokia advertisement campaigns. These include banner ads, placement in Windows Phone Marketplace, public relations press outreach events, social activities, and more.

There were three listed campaigns (up until February), but the submission dates have since past. Fear not as more dates have been published on the website (campaign:submission close date):

  • March Campaign: January 31
  • April Campaign: February 29
  • May Campaign: March 31
  • June Campaign: April 30

Head on over to the advertising campaign website to enter your apps for approval (U.S. AppHub accounts/apps only; You just need an AppHub account and an app for the US market). Selections are based on the following criteria:

  • Newly published Windows 7.5 apps developed for the US Market
  • Originality & Innovation
  • Consumer Friendliness
  • Implementation of Key Windows Phone Features such as Live Tiles, Fast Apps Switching or App Connect

Source: YourAppHere, thanks TheWeeBear for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Orange France Lumia 710 Windows Phone pricing revealed

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A reader over at Smartphone France has tipped them details of pricing for the Lumia 710, which is heading to Orange FR. As is the case with Rogers in Canada, which we covered earlier today, the 710 will be aggressively priced and will be fairly cheap to purchase SIM-free (for the quality of the handset).

  • €1: packages from €49/mo
  • €49: packages from €39/mo
  • €89: packages from €29/mo
  • €109: M6 or smart packages from €21/mo
  • €149: any package for less than €21/mo
  • €229: SIM-free

While the handset is still not yet available, the above photo is proof of it circling around. If you're looking for the Lumia 800, take note that Orange France is running a deal where the carrier pays for the first 5 apps purchased from the Marketplace.

Source: Smartphone France (translate)

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3 years ago

Unlocked 4G Nokia Lumia 900 available on eBay, shipping in March

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An unlocked Nokia Lumia 900 is now available for purchase on eBay from All_Electronic_Store, which is also selling the Lumia 800 (unlocked) in cyan and magenta varieties. The estimation for delivery is March 9-15th, which would tie in with the exclusivity closing up for AT&T.

The price tag is $895, but more than worth it should you be after a 4G Windows Phone sporting a front facing camera and quality hardware. You never know with listings such as this so proceed at your own risk.  You can check out the auction and make your purchase by following the source link to the item listing.

Source: eBay (available in black and cyan); thanks, djohns505, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Vodacom's Nokia Lumia 800 launch party in South Africa

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Vodacom just held a really amazing launch party to welcome the Nokia Lumia 800 (and the 710 at a later stage) Windows Phone to South Africa. This particular event was the one we previously spoke about being held in Midrand.

Nokia South Africa recently announced that the Lumia 800 would be available from the 7th February. However yesterday we learned of a promotion starting tomorrow for the phone. The latter turns out to be correct and will most probably mark the start of the rollout to stores nationwide.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone 8107 update rolling out for TELUS in Canada and Sweden's Tele2

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TELUS has announced that they now have the 8107 (7.10.8107) update available for the HTC 7 Surround and LG Optimus 7.  The update, as you may recall, fixes the "vanishing keyboard" bug, as well as some other issues.  Bell Mobility recently started addressing the issue, so it's good to see TELUS following suit.

Sweden's Tele2 has also reportedly been rolling 8107 out to their Optimus 7 users.

What's the word out there?  Anyone else getting 8107?

Source: TELUS; Via: WMPU; Thanks for the tip on Sweden, Lars-Erik!

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3 years ago

HTC Titan II coming to AT&T on March 18 for $200?

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It looks like BGR isn't quite done with the leaks just yet.  After reporting that the Nokia Lumia 900 would be coming to AT&T on March 18 at a price of $99, the tech site now sharing that HTC's Titan II will also be arriving the same day.  However, don't expect the same alluring $99 price tag as the Lumia 900.  Rumor has it that the mammoth HTC handset will run you double that, $200, with a 2-year contract.  There's no mention of where this info came from, so as always, treat it as a rumor, and not set in stone.

The Titan II, which recently made an appearance in Entertainment Weekly, has the same 4.7" screen as its predecessor, but comes along with a whopping 16MP camera.  It also packs a 1.5GHz CPU, 16GB of storage, and of course 4G LTE.

Source: BGR

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3 years ago

Xbox Live: Must Have Games 2012 schedule and prices announced

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Last year’s Must Have Games promotion kicked off in May, but this year it’s coming in February. Since Microsoft announced the February lineup at CES, we’ve been left wondering over the specific release date and price of each game. Wonder no more, Windows Phone gamers, as Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) spilled the remaining beans on his blog today.

  • Need For Speed Hot Pursuit – 02/01 - $4.99
  • Bullet Asylum – 02/8 - $2.99
  • Chickens Can't Fly – 02/15 - $2.99
  • Splinter Cell Conviction – 02/22 - $4.99
  • Toy Soldiers Boot Camp – 02/29 - $2.99

No real surprises there. The two more technically impressive games will cost $4.99, not unlike last year’s Hydro Thunder Go. I’m slightly saddened that my most-wanted game, Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp is coming last, but they all look like fine games. If you need a refresher on the portable Toy Soldiers entry, check out our interview with the game’s developers.

Which game(s) are you most looking forward to, dear readers?

Source: Major Nelson; Thanks for the tip, everybody!

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3 years ago

Roger's Nokia Lumia 710 to launch on Feb 6th for $255

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Attention all Canadians who are still after a second generation Windows Phone. The Nokia Lumia 710, which is coming to Rogers, is set to launch on February 6th (or there about) - just two weeks away. So what's the pricing like for the contract and SIM-free options?

  • $49.99: 3-Year contract
  • $99.99: 2-Year contract
  • $149.99: 1-Year contract
  • $254:99: SIM-free

Not bad for a second generation handset with the listed specifications. Be sure to read up on our review as well.

Source: MobileSyrup

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3 years ago

2012 to be the "Year of Nokia" for Windows Phone

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Marios Karagiannis, the developing superpower behind the title MonsterUp, has published an interesting article on his blog detailing how 2012 is going to be the "Year of Nokia" for Windows Phone. Looking at the above charts, on the left we have the total breakdown of Windows Phone OEMs since early 2011 and on the right we have the representation of the month of January 2012 only (data is extracted from devices playing his games).

There's a clear trend that is noticeable when comparing both charts. Nokia is on the rise (within the Windows Phone market anyway), helped by the quality of the handsets manufactured and the sheer scale of marketing. HTC is still the clear giant, but with the 900 uprising, as well as the probability of the monster Lumia handset being available on a global scale, we should see a further increase to the chunk Nokia owns.

While we have no exact figure for the amount of handsets Nokia has sold, apart from the 1 million shipped estimation by analysts, this is an indicator that the Lumia family is selling. Especially with the 11% jump in Windows Phone OEM shares in just under a month.

Source: Marios Karagiannis

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