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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 coming to Bangladesh in February

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Even more good news for those emerging markets, Nokia Bangladesh has confirmed via Facebook that the Lumia 800 will be coming to that country in February 2012.

"Dear All the Nokia Fans: good news is that Nokia Lumia 800 will be available in Bangladesh starting from February,2012. Another good news is that this device will come with Windows Mango software not WP7.Lets wait for the device..Surely it will rock you.."

That's an interesting date because it's the first 2012 time-frame we've heard and could signal when Nokia plans to launch, in quantity, Nokia Windows Phones to the rest of the world--and yes we also mean the United States.

Fingers crossed.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, James A., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia's working on a flexible screen that you interact with [Video]

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One of the coolest things here at Nokia World is what the Finnish company is working on for the future. One such item that has caught everyone's attention in a flexible screen that you interact with. In short, bending it one way causes you to scroll, flexing it another enters and app, another way will zoom in on a photo, etc.

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It's at once odd and yet intuitive. Eventually that screen in the video will be touch-sensitive too, giving all sorts of new ways to interact with a device. It's also great for those in the cold who have to wear gloves, natch.

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3 years ago

Quick Tour: Nokia App Highlights app for Windows Phone 7 [Video]

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We talked about Nokia's App Highlights app (odd to say, no doubt) a little while ago. It's similar to other apps in the Marketplace that bring attention to certain, very popular apps or "must haves". It also showcases apps for local developers in certain regions, giving the spotlight to indie devs who may be lost by the big software houses.

The app itself is not too remarkable but it's not bad either. You can shake the phone to get a "surprise me" feature, similar to IMdB on Windows Phone. It also has push notifications and a Live Tile for app updates, with the former missing from Windows Phone currently. Overall kind of cool and great for people new to the platform, but old hands familiar with the OS will quickly grow bored.

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3 years ago

Xbox 360 Companion App for Windows Phone 7 coming this winter [Video]

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So day 2 here at Nokia World and we got to play around with the Xbox 360 Companion App for Windows Phone 7, featured here on a Nokia Lumia 710. The app is planned for "this winter" which is a little later than we were hoping and it also means what you're watching is still in beta.

Having said that it's pretty freakin' sweet. Think of it as an augmented remote. Sure it an control the Xbox for media, selecting movies and even using a virutal D-pad. But more importantly, it pulls down data about shows or moves you're watching, gives you general information and allows you to browse on the phone instead of the Xbox itself.

While not hologram material, it's certainly headed down the right road by providing deeper integration between the Xbox and Windows Phone and we know we'll be itching to get our hands on this ASAP.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 featured in Culture Geek on BMF TV [Video]

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The Nokia Lumia 800, which was announced yesterday at Nokia World, was seen featured on BMF TV in 'Geek Culture'. It's compared to the iPhone and is labelled as a "challenger" against Apple's handset by Anicet Mbida. It's good to see the 800 being featured on technology shows so soon after being officially announced with availability and pricing

Via: MonWindowsPhone (translation

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3 years ago

Fandango finally goes Mango with version 1.3

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It's been nearly a year since the Fandango app received an update (seriously, it was November 25th, 2010). So it's with great surprise and fanfare that they've finally updated the popular movie ticketing app for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

Unfortunately, there's no super great additions here, just some basics of fast-app switching and deep-linking, meaning Bing movie searches will make buying tickets that much easier, since you'll be taken to this app to purchase directly. We also notice it both loads and scrolls much faster, making it even nicer to use. Finally, there seem to be toast notifications on board, though we're unsure what for as of yet.

That's cool for us. So if you use Fandango or have thought about it, now may be a good time to grab it. Pick up v1.3 here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Jay, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Groupon hits v2.5 and gets deal in Europe now

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For those looking to get into Groupon, the popular deal finder, but had a little thing like the Atlantic Ocean preventing them from using it, we're hearing that version 2.5 adds support for Europe.

We saw in v2.0 Mango support added with a more robust Live Tile and better deal alerts. We also heard some users had bugs and issues with that one as well, something we hope v2.5 will go a long way in addressing. Plus with this Europe addition, the service can greatly expand as users take more advantage of the app.

Grab Groupon here in the Marketplace. Let us know if it's working for you and what country in comments! Thanks, deeper2k, for the heads up!

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3 years ago

NYT's David Pogue reviews Windows Phone: gorgeous, classy, satisfying, fast and coherent

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Ever since Mango hit the review stands, Windows Phone has been receiving postiive press from just about everyone--even those publications where the iPhone had been previously hailed as the be-all, end-all device.

David Pogue of the New York Times, one of the most influential pop-culture tech writers, has finally taken on Windows Phone and dare we say, seems to gush with enthusiasm and praise?

"Windows Phone 7.5 is gorgeous, classy, satisfying, fast and coherent. The design is intelligent, clean and uncluttered. Never in a million years would you guess that it came from the same company that cooked up the bloated spaghetti that is Windows and Office."

"Most impressively, Windows Phone is not a feeble-minded copycat. Microsoft came up with completely fresh metaphors that generally steer clear of the iPhone/Android design (grid-spaced icons that scroll across home pages)."

Indeed. And while Pogue notes a few shortcomings, which are well known, he points out that the good things and changes in Mango far outweigh any negatives. In fact at one point he asks the rhetorical question that we're sure many of you have asked: "This is amazing, amazing stuff — why aren’t people cheering in the streets?" and finally notes "Now, if this phone had arrived before the iPhone, people would have been sacrificing small animals to it."

Preach it, brother!

Check out the rest of the review at the New York Times. It's refreshing, informative and we agree pretty much with all of it. Hopefully such positive press, in combination with Nokia's new devices, will spurn wide adoption of our favorite mobile OS.

Source: The New York Times

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3 years ago

Nokia making-of video for N9 shows the detail and precision in the Lumia 800

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It's no secret that the Lumia 800 is a Nokia N9 with a different OS flashed on it, some capacitive buttons and a camera key--in fact we've seen both devices side by side here and they're the same device in every which way.

So it's kind of cool to see just how the N9's body is precision tooled in Nokia's factory in this above video. In it you see how some parts are drilled, honed and then put together by hand, reinforcing the notion that Nokia means quality.

via Steve Clayton

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3 years ago

Optus Omnia 7 gets tethering addition in update

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We're getting word that users in Australia on the Optus Network who are using Samsung Omnia 7's are getting a software update that brings WiFi tethering to their devices.

Reader Sri lets us know that his firmware, radio and even bootloader were all just updated, meaning there could also be a few other tweaks on board that add some features:

Firmware Revision - 2424.11.9.2 (from 11.8.2)

Radio Software - 2424.11.9.1 (from 11.7.2)

Bootloader Version - 5.9.0.6 (from 5.8.0.8)

What makes this interesting is the HD7, also in Australia, received an update but no word on if that brought tehtering to the table.

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3 years ago

Lumia 710 shows up on US Nokia site as coming soon

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We're not sure if this reflects an impending launch announcement, wishful thinking or just a mistake, but the Lumia 710 is shown as "coming soon" on the US Nokia site.

Nokia is not expected to launch anything in the US till 2012 and even then, it's unclear if that "portfolio" of devices will included the 710 and the 800 or something completely new. Of course perhaps this 710 is simple an unlocked device as we were told both the 710 and 800 would have unlocked versions sold through Nokia's website directly.

Hopefully more will info will come forth today as we finish up Nokia World here in London.

Source: Nokia; Thanks, Jim H., for the heads up

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3 years ago

From the WPCentral Forums...Nokia edition!

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It's been a busy day, so in response the “Nokia” forums are up as we know you want to talk about the great new hardware that has hit the streets today at Nokia world. Join us in the “Nokia Lumia 710 forums” and the “Nokia Lumia 800 forums” respectively as we are all sharing the uniqueness that is Nokia. 

Buy there's lots of new hardware coming out for Windows Phone, so if you get tired of talking Nokia, stop in at the “HTC Titan and Radar” forums. And don’t forget the new “Samsung Focus and Samsung Flash” for AT&T, as we have forums up for those as well!

Just remember to get registered. We want you to join the fun.

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3 years ago

Dilbert Hub - App Spotlight

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Dilbert Hub - App Spotlight

We were tipped about a highly recommended Dilbert app over at the Windows Phone Marketplace and decided to take a gander. The Dilbert Hub is your one stop for over twenty years of daily comic strips.

The app is designed nicely, taking full advantage of the Windows Phone hub. Pages include:

  • Menu Page: links to the latest strips, pull up strips at random, and access the apps settings.
  • Archive Page: The Archive page displays a months worth of comic strips. By default this page will display the current month's strips but you can change the month displayed from the date field.
  • Search Page: Here you will find a keyword search field.
  • Featured Page: The Featured Page highlights eight comic strips.

Comic strips are displayed by thumbnail images of one frame of the strip. To view the full comic strip, just tap on the thumbnail.  Dilbert Hub supports vertical and landscape orientation. The only downside to the Dilbert Hub is that the comic strip view is not zoomable.  Some of us old-timers may have trouble reading the fine print.

When you find a comic strip that needs to be shared amongst friends, you can tap the three-dot menu to share the strip via Facebook, email or SMS. The app does use your location services (can be turned off in the settings) to localize the ad banners.

All in all, the Dilbert Hub is a nice looking app that brings all the Dilbert you could want to your Windows Phone. Dilbert Hub is a free, ad-supported app that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Thanks goes out to Mark for the tip!

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3 years ago

WPCentral and Nokia's Stephen Elop are like...this.

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3 years ago

So why Nokia Music? We explain.

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So why Nokia Music? We explain.

A question we had (and we know some of you have had) regards why Nokia Music? Or rather, how does it work, why is it better than Zune and what do you get with it?

We spoke with Nokia on the matter and got some answers and to be honest, they make sense and we went from befuddled to intrigued very quickly.

In short, Nokia Music is Nokia's answer to Zune not being available in many countries/regions. For instance, Nokia Music will be available in 38 territories on launch whereas Zune Music is only available in six. Likewise, the service offers a catalog of 50 million song tracks, meaning its comprehensive and it is finely tuned toward each region, culturally speaking. Hits in China will be offered/featured in China and likewise for England. Pretty smart.

So how is this self-described "progressive download service" made for free? Nokia is paying radio royalties for the songs with specific license deals in place for an undisclosed amount. And it truly is free, the only time you are charged is if you want to buy a track. But what can you do with it, as a service?

You can stream unlimited music, like many services, but more importantly, it is customized towards your tastes based on song choices and also something called "Music DNA". Music DNA is the ability for Nokia to scan your PC's music catalog for music and then recommend further music selections based on your possessions. So, it's like Zune's Smart DJ. What's cool about this is both the ability to do it and the fact that it is completely optional (for those concerned with privacy). What's more, you can do "playlist" channels based on genres you like and download up to four channels for off-line listening. Each channel equals about 3 1/2 hours of music, meaning you can get nearly 14 hours of offline music stored on the device for playback, all for free. Very cool.

What can we say other than this is a pretty astonishing and an enticing feature that Nokia phones will offer. It's free, non-committal and looks to bring "progressive downloading" to many more devices than Zune does, making Nokia Windows Phone that more tempting for emerging markets. The app itself is nice and yes, it all ties into your Zune library, meaning tracks are shared between the services and are not mutually exclusive.

Well, we're pretty happy with all of that. Check our video tour of Nokia Music to see it in action...

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