Over two years ago Sprint and Verizon were absent at the Windows Phone 7 launch. Since then the Windows Phone story hasn’t been too positive for folks of the red and yellow carriers hoping to get in on some Live Tile action. Since then Microsoft has had two major OS launches, the first for Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and the most recent for Windows Phone 8. While Verizon customers didn’t get any new hardware with Mango, they did pick up a handful of devices for Windows Phone 8. That means Sprint has been without any new Windows Phone hardware since they launched the HTC Arrive back in March 2011. Looks like Sprint is about to jump back into the game.
The Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 Windows Phones are slated for a mid-January launch, confirmed by a live chat session with a Nokia Care representative. January 11th was the date provided in the chat window, which solidifies the information handed out previously. It was said Lumia Windows Phone hardware would be heading to the market early 2012.
If you've been wondering if the Nokia wireless charging pad would make for a good car charger, take a gander at the above video. MakeIt Diy is offering a "do it yourself" guide to converting a charging pad into a car charger/cradle.
The charging pad is held into place with a Garmin Nuvi vent mount and hard wired into the car's fuse box using a "add-a-fuse" attachment that can be picked up at most automotive stores. You'll need to glue a mounting plate to the back of the charging pad to mount it to he vent mount.
To better hold the Windows Phone in place, neodymium magnets are taped to the charging pad and inside the skin case on the Nokia Lumia 920. It's not a bad solution to hold you over until Nokia releases a wireless charging cradle for the car.
Sleep is a Windows Phone sound generator app that has recently been bumped to Windows Phone 8. It generates soothing sounds designed to help you relax and eventually fall asleep. Version 1.4 adds silence and stream sounds to the mix and adds the option to buy a premium pack of six sounds for $1.29.
The premium pack for Sleep, which is an in-app purchase, includes airplane, snow, hot tub, light rain, rain on the roof and train sounds.
By Kane Gao, Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm EST
Hello everyone. We just spotted this story behind the very much postponed product from one of Microsoft's most reluctant OEM: Ascend W1 by the Chinese phone maker Huawei. Huawei is expected to be formally (and finally) announcing the W1 on the upcoming CES 2013. I'm not sure how many of you guys are actually waiting for it, but in case you are hot in anticipation indeed, the following story will probably explain all the quietness and terrible delay that paved a bumpy road for this phone.
By Sam Sabri, Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm EST
Here’s a fun game to check out. It’s called OMG! Aliens and is for both Windows Phone 7 and 8 users. Gameplay is similar to most other ‘Space Invader’ like games and I’m really digging the 8-bit retro feel, both in aesthetics and music. Browsing the Windows Phone Central forums is a great place to find all sorts of new apps and games you might not otherwise come across. Lurking in there, I found OMG! Aliens and decided to give it a shot. Glad I did.
By Sam Sabri, Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm EST
Yesterday the interwebs went crazy over Google blocking Windows Phone from using their Maps application the web browser. Instead users were redirected to the Google homepage, quite frustrating was that this appeared to be a conscious decision on half of Google. Turns out that was the case and a recent development has been made to rectify the situation for Windows Phone 8 users attempting to access Google Maps on their devices.
We've taken a look at two Windows Phone 8 camera apps, ProShot and CameraPro, that give you a decent amount of control over your Windows Phone 8 camera. ProShot has a little friendlier user interface but CameraPro has a few more features.
While both these apps can be appealing to those who are looking for more control over their Windows Phone, do they make a difference where the rubber meets the road? Is the image quality with these two apps better than what the native camera app can produce?
We loaded up CameraPro and ProShot on to the Nokia Lumia 920 to see how image quality shook out.
Accuweather for Windows Phone 8 is now available in the Windows Phone store. The Windows Phone 8 version adds lockscreen integration and customizable live tile sizing to the already impressive list of Accuweather features.
Lockscreen integration provides current conditions from your default location and an weather image illustrating the current conditions. While it would have been nice to have seen more options (e.g. extended forecast) it's a start.
Keeping up to date with things we want to read can be a constant challenge, thankfully there are services which allow you to save things for later. The premise is simple, notice something on the web that you want to read and you can save it to your reading list. One such service is Instapaper, it essentially allows for a stripped down mobile-friendly version of the article for reading later.Your reading list is stored in the cloud so can be easily accessed on your computer, smartphone and tablet.
Stacks for Instapaper has been around on Windows Phone for some time and consistently gets great reviews in the Windows Phone Store. Stacks is now available on Windows 8 and combined with an upcoming refresh of the phone app it might just make this the best Instapaper experience on both platforms. We review the Windows 8 version while taking a sneak peak at the coming update for the Windows Phone 8 app.
Microsoft has published a rather humorous advertisement on its YouTube channel, which illustrates just how simple Windows 8 is. Consumers are shown to be hovering around a Windows counter with a handful of demonstration PC units available.
An employee approaches said members of public to enquire if they require any assistance, which leads to a child to pop out with a stool to run the weary traveller through the delights of the new operating system. The video is recorded in Portugal and is in the native language with subtitles.
The Windows Phone team has published a new advertisement for the platform on its YouTube channel, showing three-time gold medallist in Beach Volleyball Kerri Walsh and her family. The commercial shows the Walsh household making use of Windows Phone, including Kid's Corner and Microsoft Office. Featuring major advantages of Windows Phone is proving to be an effective way to show off what Microsoft has to offer.
We’re not sure if this is just a temporary error or something more nefarious but Google appears to have changed something whereby Windows Phone users are now blocked when trying to access maps.google.com.
Granted, it’s not clear why you would want to use Google’s less-than-awesome mapping service through a browser, but humor us for a second. The move appears to be a continued approach to lockout all Google services from those who adopted Windows Phones. Or it’s just poor service.
We were able to verify on our Windows Phones that when going to maps.google.com we are redirected to www.google.com/m for mobile, regardless of IE10’s settings i.e. Desktop mode. Reports suggest that maps.google.co.uk still works for some folks but for us that too redirects, making this an in-motion change that is evidently occurring worldwide.
UK retailer Clove has announced on their blog that the Lumia 920 will be available once again on the company's website. The Windows Phone has been absent since late last year due to either high demand or lack of production on Nokia's part. We've been keeping close tabs on availability in a number of markets since the handset was announced back in September.
The other day we took at look at the Windows Phone 8 photography app HDR Camera. The app had potential for creating HDR images with your Windows Phone camera but was plagued by several bugs that messed up image alignment, had the app crash frequently and distorted the camera viewfinder.
An update was released today for HDR Camera, taking the app to version 1.02. The update changed the Exposure Compensation terminology from "steps" to "EV" and contained bug fixes. Not really sure what the pressing need to change "steps" to "EV" (which I assume is short for exposure value) but we were curious if the bug fixes addresses the alignment, stability and distortion issues we experienced with HDR Camera.