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3 years ago

New video documentary by Nokia on the design and creation of Lumia 800

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The Nokia Lumia 800 (see review) is certainly one of the more interesting devices to come out this year. Nokia has now put out a video documenting the process of its creation, lending an inside look into some of the though process and careful considerations that Nokia puts into making a phone.

Some new terms are introduced too, like Nokia's "Fabula" design language, which seems to compliment Microsoft's "Metro" ideas well (it's always nice when companies have specific design philosophies).

You get the see the phone designed from wax, discussions about signal reception, how plastic was used, their machining skills, etc. On the surface, it may sound a bit droll but in reality, like a lot of things Nokia, it's extremely interesting (plus we're fans of the Canadian series "How it's made").

If after watching this you don't want to man-handle one of these phones, you may want to see a doctor.

Source and more discussion: Conversations by Nokia

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3 years ago

"...I'm a WP7!" updated to 3.5, brings Foursquare check in

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The popular Windows Phone social app "...I'm a WP7!" has been updated to version 3.5, which brings with it the functionality to "check in" on multiple social networks at once, including Foursquare. It has only been just over a week since 3.4 came out, the speed of development and implementation of improvements is impressive. 

What's new in this latest version?

  • "Über Check in" - check into all your social networks, including Foursquare and "...I’m a WP7!", at the same time
  • Threaded Messaging, use it as a true SMS alternative
  • A new mini-game "Yarbles"
  • In-app How To/Tips & Tricks Videos
  • The fix for the "French Saving" bug that was a major issue with some regions

You can download "...I'm a WP7!" from the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

WPCentral Podcast 129

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WPCentral Podcast 129


Big week as we discuss all the new hardware that was released for Windows Phone--we give our opinions and in depth discussion of what works and what doesn't. Plus we go over Monday's 'Big Phone' day, parties as well as new software releases. All while I fight my laryngitis (apologies for the voice though, seriously).

Fair warning: this is our longest show yet, clocking in in just under 2 hours. So feel free to take an intermission at some point. Regardless, we guarantee an exciting and entertaining discussion.

Show notes after the break!

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3 years ago

Unlocked HTC Titan (Europe/Asia) for sale on Amazon - $799.99

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The HTC Titan has made its way onto Amazon, unlocked and ready to go.  Anyone looking to get an one for use in Europe and/or Asia can pick one up for $799.99 with free shipping. Yowza that's pricey. This will work on AT&T and their 3G network with HSPA here in the US, in fact it's what we're rocking (too bad there's no 1900 WCDMA bands for HSPA+). On T-Mobile you'll just have Edge speeds though.

The handset is "Carbon Grey" and comes without a warranty, so caveat emptor.  Not sure about whether the Titan's for you or not?  Check out our first impressions for a look see.

Source: Amazon; Thanks for the tip, Alex!

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3 years ago

Battery meter with Live Tile is a life saver [Homebrew]

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We've seen some homebrew solutions for adding a battery meter on the today screen before, but now with Mango, devs have a lot more options to choose from, including local updates.

Over at XDA, member singularity0821 has come up with a new battery meter called Mango Battery Status and it just hit version 3.3. What makes this app much nicer than the previous noble attempt is it has a double-sided Live Tile, showing that battery percentage remaining on one side and the status (charging, discharging) on the other. Tapping it of course launches the mini-app showing your current battery level, acting as a tile refresh.

You can also record your battery history over time to see how well the battery holds up--great for doing some testing of hardware. The app only requires your device be unlocked and not interop-unlocked, meaning just about everyone can do this now with the ChevronWP7 Labs available. We approve!

Source: XDA; Thanks, Ryan, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Three UK now taking pre-orders for Lumia 800

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Three UK has started taking pre-orders for the Nokia Lumia 800.  Prices start at £30 per month for 24 months, which includes the Lumia 800 with 500 minutes, 5000 text messages and 1GB of data.  For a measly £7 more monthly, you can choose the All-you-can-eat data package, complete with 2000 minutes and the 5000 texts.  If you are more of the pay-as-you-go type, the Lumia 800 can be yours for £399.99.  The handset itself will be available in a week, on November 16.

You can click the source link below to get all the details.

Source: Three UK (Thanks for the tip, Emran!)

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3 years ago

CREDO Mobile now stocking the HTC Arrive

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CREDO Mobile now stocking the HTC Arrive

CREDO Mobile, a reseller of Sprint and a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), have got hands on their first Windows Phone, the HTC Arrive. The Arrive features a 3.6" screen, a vertical slide-out physical keyboard, 16GB storage, Windows Phone Mango and is a decent first generation handset. New customers can get the device for $199.99 on a two year contract. Best of all, it'll have all the Mango improvements on-board.

Source: CREDO Mobile, thanks Mark for the tip!

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3 years ago

AT&T HTC Titan will be available on November 20th

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AT&T has announced the release date for the HTC Titan on their Facebook page - November 20th. It will be available for $199.99 on a 2-year contract with a minimum $15 per month data plan being required. The handset, boasting a massive 4.7 inch super LCD screen, was unveiled in the U.S. at the Microsoft event in New York. Be sure to check out our first impressions of the HTC Titan.

Source: AT&T Facebook, thanks Aaron for the tip!

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3 years ago

Server-side Marketplace encryption coming soon to prevent app piracy

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In an interesting article at Ars Technica, they discuss the brief history of Chevron WP7, homebrew and piracy with regards to Windows Phone 7. Most of it is par for our readers, with nothing to substantial as far as history.

But there was a real interesting section regarding piracy, encryption and what Microsoft is doing to prevent theft of developers' software:

"Those piracy concerns are still an issue. It's possible to download application packages from Microsoft's servers and install them onto a developer unlocked phone without actually buying them.

That will change. Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" includes support for a new kind of encrypted package that should rule out this kind of piracy. Microsoft is waiting to ensure that a high enough proportion of users have upgraded to Mango before throwing the switch and using these encrypted packages, however."

This is the first we heard of any XAP encryption that would seemingly prevent users from sideloading illegally downloaded XAPs from Microsoft's servers (something we first demonstrated back in December). The idea is certainly a welcome one and from that detail about Microsoft waiting to throw the switch, this seems to be all on their-end.  That means devs won't have to do anything different in their XAP preparation and submission to the Marketplace.

Of course devs could presumably still release their XAPs directly e.g. for the homebrew community without encryption, much like they do now. But for companies like Nokia, who may be a tad irritated that their Music and Maps apps have been ripped, this could be very welcome news.

Source: Ars Technica

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3 years ago

Nokia Music XAP ripped for Windows Phone but doesn't work in US

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Nokia Music, a solid alternative to Zune, especially where Microsoft's own music services are not offered, has been ripped by some folks at XDA. The file can be sideloaded on to any developer unlocked device and run just like any other app thereafter.

But for our US friends: don't bother. While the app launches, the whole music-streaming aspect aka the main point, is non-existent for our region. This probably has to do with Nokia and licensing, with the the Finnish company not-yet securing a deal here in the U.S.. And since there are no Nokia Windows Phones here just yet, that makes sense. It's a curious question though if/when Nokia does launch phones here whether we'll have access to Nokia Music--nothing is guaranteed in that regard.

And since we don't want to irk Nokia too much, we'll leave it to you to find the XAP file if you really want it.

via: WPSauce

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3 years ago

Canada taking time with Windows Phone 2nd gen?

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Is it possible that the entire country of Canada is doing away with Windows Phone? Doubtful. While that may be the case, we have gotten some news that Bell Canada has pulled its WP7 devices from its site.  Furthermore, there have been some reports that Canadian carriers are not providing any firmware updates for first generation WP7 phones to enable Wifi tethering or other Mango features. Rogers, however, is still holding on with the Samsung Focus being available, albeit heavily discounted.

We're not ready to claim that the sky is falling quite yet, but Canadian carriers have been a little quiet as of late on Windows Phone. Perhaps Bell Canada is simply pulling their gen-1 phones to make way for the new Mango lot.  After all, it was Microsoft Canada that had previously leaked the name of the Nokia "Sabre" in the terms and conditions one of their contests.  In addition, three other phones were named in the same contest (Samsung Yukon, Samsung Wembley, Nokia SeaRay) suggesting they will be getting some new devices after all. However, there have been no official announcements about new WP devices headed to Bell Canada, or any other carrier, for that matter, leaving a lot of customers hanging.

Frankly, we're not sure what to make of this, so if any of our Canadian readers have anything to add, we would love to hear it.

Source: Bell Canada Mobility (Thanks for the tip, Kal!)

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3 years ago

Zune ToS issue creating endless loop

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Zune ToS issue creating endless loop

Seems as though some users are experiencing some issues with Zune, with regards to agreeing to the ToS (Terms of Service). It's been widely reported on Twitter and other social networks with many users feeling frustrated with not being able to login to their account due to an endless loop being present when attempting to sign into an account. In the above image we can see the three screens that are in a constant loop.

While local playback and Windows Phone synchronisation can be achieved, streaming and Marketplace downloading is a flop without the ability to sign into an account. Neowin reports that Microsoft has put up a KB article to help users who are experiencing this problem. Are you experiencing this problem, and has the KB helped you find a solution? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: WPSauce, Neowin

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3 years ago

Poynt growth moves past 11 million users

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Poynt is a popular search engine for your Windows Phone and the company announced today that the application has surpassed 11 million users and over 2.1 billion interactions globally. The stats represent a collective between the companies Windows Phone, Android, Nokia, Blackberry and iPhone apps. The growth also represents a 158% boost in overall growth in it's user base since March of 2011.

For those not familiar with Poynt, it's a localized search application that points you in the right direction for what your searching for. Search features include quick search tiles for restaurants and businesses, weather information, turn by turn mapping, and live tile support.

Poynt is a free, Mango app and is available in India, Canada, the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and the United Kingdom. You can find Poynt here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Source: Poynt

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3 years ago

Microsoft's Andy Lees and the Windows Phone re-launch on Reuters [Video]

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There's little doubt in our mind that Microsoft is treating Windows Phone "Mango" and the four new phones here in the U.S. as a re-launch of sort. Between Monday's "Big Phone" event and the ensuing after-parties, Microsoft is finally getting some much due attention from the public and media.

In this Reuters piece, Microsoft's attempt to get back into the mobile market is described along in addition to Windows Phone Division President Andy Lees, who talks us through some of the OS features and benefits. While the inevitable Android/iPhone references were made, including the uphill battle Microsoft faces, the phones and OS come off as looking like capable under-dog--not a bad position to be in.

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3 years ago

Adobe to quit development of mobile Flash player for browsers

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Although we still hear the occasional clamor for Flash on IE9 for Windows Phone 7, the masses have pretty much moved on. Good thing for us too as Adobe is expected to announce later today that they will no longer be porting or making Flash for any mobile OS or browser going forward. Some rudimentary support for Android is expected to remain e.g. security fixes, but if Android changes in a significant way (which it usually does), there will be no new support for those devices. From ZDNet's source:

"Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates."

Of course it was way back to February 2010, we heard Microsoft and Adobe were working on Flash for Windows Phone 7. There was further mention in June of that year including promises of Adobe AIR support,  but by February 2011, Microsoft had clearly moved on, betting it all on HTML5 and IE9. In the end, this seemed like a good decision by Microsoft (removing a feature is never received as well as adding one, even if it is janky). But now we know, we'll never have the frustration of watching Flash bring our devices to a crawl.

Well, we're not sad in the least.

Source: ZDNet; via Android Central

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