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.
NewsSpot is a Google Reader for your Windows Phone and we were able to get a sneak peak of the Windows Phone 8 version of the news reader. We were pleased with what we saw with NewsSpot and found it to be a capable reader. The Windows Phone 8 version has cleared certification and is now available in the Windows Phone Store.
For those not familiar with NewsSpot, it has a two-way synchronization for unread and starred articles that only synchronizes what needs to be delivered from your Google Reader account to your Windows Phone. Add article sharing with a ton of sources (Evernote, Instapaper, Pocket, etc.), a nice search engine, offline content and NewsSpot isn't a shabby Google Reader.
We haven’t talked much about the Verizon Lumia 822, the customized Nokia 820 that the massive US carrier picked up a few months ago. The phone seems to have done quite well as we even know a few previous Android users to pick one up. But with the impending launch of Samsung’s entry-level Odyssey, it looks like Nokia is trying to get ahead by cutting its price from $49 to free on contract.
Heading to Verizon’s website we can now see the lower price, which evidently dropped somewhat recently (or we missed it). By comparison, the HTC 8X with its high resolution display (and arguably nicer aesthetics) fetches for $99 on contract.
The other day we took a look at the Windows Phone 8 camera app CameraPro that gives Windows Phone users more control over their camera. We now turn our attention to another such app, ProShot.
Marketed as the first Windows Phone 8 lens specifically designed for the photography professional, ProShot adds a nice set of on-screen controls for your camera. As with CameraPro, there is some room for improvement with ProShot but it's a nice alternative to the native Windows Phone camera.
The Windows Phone Store is dead. Long live the Windows Phone Store! It would seem the store is inaccessible to many, with app listings returning the error 805a01f7 when a user attempts to view more information or download an app / update. Many are also receiving a "We can't search right now, be sure Internet is available and SkyNet hasn't been activated."
Nokia has been a busy bee indeed, and has begun rolling out a number of updates for its collection of apps and system apps available for Windows Phone hardware. Accessories, World of Redbull, Weather, Panorama and Ringtone Maker. We're not entirely sure what's new in the apps that have been bumped to a new version, and life is made that much more difficult with the Windows Phone Store being down.
Windows Phone puzzle games are a great way to pass the time with. Find the right puzzle game and you may lose track of time.
We've looked at puzzle games before in the Windows Phone Central Roundups and thought thought we'd take another glance at what's available in the Windows Phone Store. We've got a small collection of games that require you to solve the puzzles in a certain manner where you can move this way or that. However, one wrong move will end your chances at success and send you searching for the reset button.
Windows Phone has a little problem for those of us outside the USA, it will not allow subscribing and downloading podcasts from the handset. Like any problem it has spawned a solution, when it comes to podcasts ‘many’ solutions. One of the latest to tackle this issue is Podcatcher, it has been on the market for only a short while but since its release it has been the subject of many rapid fire updates.
As of yesterday the app had been bumped to version 2.0 and with it comes a long list of changes and improvements. We thought it was time we took a closer look at this podcasting newcomer to see how it stacks up. Could this be your ultimate podcasting solution? Read on..
Kevin, Phil, Daniel, and Rene talk about CES 2013, what they expect to see, and whether it's still relevant, then fight about ActiveSync, RIM vs. Microsoft, and what they want to see from Apple, Google, and everyone going forward! *Apologies for the video quality, we experienced severe technical problems during the recording of the show, and while we're providing it for those who really want it, we recommend sticking to audio for this episode.*
GPS Voice Navigation is a feature rich navigation app for your Windows Phone. The app was recently updated to version 4.1 to bring a few obligatory performance tweaks and Speed Cameras integration.
Speed Cameras is a stand alone app from the developer that alerts you whenever you approach a speed trap, radar or speed camera. With GPS Voice Navigation, Speed Cameras is now an optional map layer to mark and alert you of the traffic monitors.
We've seen plenty of impressive video footage captured by the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone and this time we see it used to make a music video.
Windows Phone Central reader Soundtweaker shared this video when commenting on the Fan Video on the Lumia 920 we posted earlier. Soundtweaker not only used the Lumia 920 to shoot the video but those magnetic lens attachments were used for the fish-eyed portions of the video.
Granted the movie out takes from Frogs wasn't shot with the Lumia 920 but the portions shot came out great. The wide angle lens attactment preformed well and Illogistical Resource Department's "The Attack of the Frogs" is a nice example of what the Nokia Lumia 920 is capable of.
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm EST
We’re starting to lose track of the number of apps that let you update your lockscreen, but one that has been a favorite among a lot of readers has been Locksider+, which just got an update today. The update brings a handful of fan requested features to this handy Windows Phone 8 app.
If there’s one thing our audience knows is that those with Nokia Lumias tend to be…loyal. It’s not hard to imagine why as there is something quite unique and satisfying when handling a Nokia phone, especially their high-end polycarbonate ones like the 800, 900 or their best yet the Lumia 920.
One of our forum members, Nisse Tuta, has gone ahead and made a gorgeous video review of his beloved 920 and it is hands down one of the nicest tributes we’ve seen. Nisse was also behind the other recent video showing off the 920’s wireless charging capability, a video that was also highly enjoyable and entertaining.
As the video notes, let’s cue the music and get the shallowest depth of field possible, because this is the Lumia 920. Not just a phone but art. Head into our forums for more to ask questions, learn new tricks or to just have fun.
BBC Podcast Lounge, now known as Podcast Lounge, has been updated for Windows Phone. The app, now bumped to version 1.4 is a well rated podcast player that enables users to stream and download shows from a number of sources, including the BBC.
The British corporation has long been shy of Microsoft's mobile platform with lack of iPlayer support, as well as podcast, radio and other media. Consumers have relied on third-party developers to bring support to the platform.
Speaking of which, Windows Phone itself lacks full podcast support for a number of markets, which this app helps address. Igneous has proven their worth by offering such functionality and opening up content for those who have no official means to do so.