3 years ago
Lock Widgets officially released [homebrew]
Windows Phone Hacker has released Lock Widgets for the homebrew community, just in time with the recent release of Root Tools 0.9. Lock Widgets enables users, who have access to a rooted Windows Phone, to use small tiles on their lock screens to act as glance widgets. Information which can be displayed include Twitter feeds, RSS feeds and weather reports, to name but a few.
Feature highlights of Lock Widgets:
Twitter @user widget
Puts widgets on your lockscreen. Pretty simple.
Daily Bing wallpaper
You can download Lock Widgets from Windows Phone Hacker's website, note that you'll need an unlocked and rooted handset to use this software.
Source: Windows Phone Hacker
3 years ago
AT&T makes Lumia 900 Gel Cases available for purchase
One down side of the AT&T Lumia 900 is it doesn't come with a Gel Case unlike the Lumia 800. On the other hand, this will allow you to buy a color you may prefer and Nokia gets to shave a few dollars off of the 900's price to hit that $99 price point.
We know that AT&T will have many accessories available in stores for the 900's release including 3rd party cases, screen protectors, Monster-Nokia Purity HD headsets and more. To kick that off, AT&T has already listed those super sweet Nokia Gel Cases on their site and you can buy them now.
Fetching for $20, they are certainly a bit pricey...heck, those are Apple prices. But, we have seen these cases in person and have a similar one for our Lumia 800 and they are fantastic. For one, you can change your device's color just by slipping one on (in this regard, the glossy-white 900 is your best bet). The other great thing is not only does it offer a global "bumper" for the device to protect against scratches, nicks and bumps, it's super thin and adds virtually no bulk to the phone.
They're exquisitely crafted to fit the Lumia 900 like a tight glove and come in three colors: black, magenta and cyan. Not a bad choice and we think you'll love 'em.
For more info, take a look on AT&T's site. Thanks, erzhik, for the tip
3 years ago
Acer exec confirms continued commitment to Windows Phone
Since the Acer Allegro showed itself to be a pretty solid phone for emerging markets and low-price point users at CES 2012, many have been wondering if Acer will continue manufacturing Windows Phone devices. In an exclusive interview with Windows Phone Italy, Acer Italy's Business Manager, Augusto Zumbo, revealed that their relationship with Windows Phone is neither a full-blown romance, nor a cheap fling. He confirmed that Acer will remain committed to both Windows Phone and Android, offering options to consumers with different needs.
Zumbo did not elaborate on the level of commitment and stopped short of giving details about future devices. Windows Phone Italy got the impression that the Mango-powered Allegro would remain Acer's only Windows Phone handset through 2012, but that 2013 would see more Acer offerings using both mobile platforms. While there may not be any ground-breaking news here, the fact that another manufacturer plans to continue producing Windows Phone devices is a positive sign for Microsoft. We can only hope to see such commitments from carriers (Ahem...Sprint and Verizon).
Source: Window Phone Italy
3 years ago
Half of all U.S. mobile subscribers are now smartphone owners
Nielsen has announced that half of all mobile subscribers in the U.S. now own a smartphone. Comparing February 2012, where the lines for both feature phones and smartphones meet in the above graph, with February last year we can clearly see a massive jump from just 38%. That's an average increase of smartphone owners by 1% per-month.
With low-end, affordable Android and Windows Phones, consumers are now able to hop onto the smartphone train without breaking the bank balance. As technology continuously evolves and social networking becomes more prominent in our lives, more mobile phone owners are looking at ways to stay in touch with friends and family that doesn't require either texting or calling.
"More than two-thirds of those who acquired a new mobile device in the last three months chose a smartphone over a feature phone."
According to Nielsen's marketshare data (for the U.S.), Android still runs the show with a 48% hold of the market. iOS is at a comfortable 32%, RIM struggles on with 12%, and Windows Phone is lost somewhere among the "other" 8%. While many could look at this negatively, this data is prior to Nokia and AT&T's upcoming marketing blitz for the Lumia 900, which is set to available on April 8th.
With the steady rate of consumers acquiring smartphones, now is the time for Nokia to push through the Lumia family of handsets to capture the market, and Microsoft needs to be behind them throwing surplus dosh away at every opportunity.
3 years ago
Flud for Windows Phone now available for free on the Marketplace
3 years ago
Windows Phone App Review: WeatherPro
3 years ago
HTC Locations updated with offline navigation
HTC has recently updated their Locations app for Windows Phone, which now sports handy offline navigation. Nokia beat the gun with implementing support for navigation not requiring data connectivity in their Drive app. Now HTC handset owners will be able to enjoy the same functionality as both Lumia and HTC Android owners.
HTC Locations enables the user to "share your favorite locations with photo, voice and note. Share your favorite locations to your friends", with downloadable maps as well as offline navigation. It's a pretty simple app with neat functionality.
Should you own a HTC Windows Phone, you can download HTC Locations from the OEM collection of apps.
Via: Engadget; Thanks, SolunaKitty, for the tip!
3 years ago
Windows Phone Marketplace expanding to add 13 more countries
Looks like the Windows Phone Marketplace is still working its way around the globe.
Over the next few days Microsoft will be expanding the reach of the Windows Phone Marketplace to thirteen more countries. They include; Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Venezuela. The Marketplace storefronts won't open with each country overnight, but over the next few days things should be coming online with these thirteen new markets.
These thirteen new Marketplace storefronts join the launches earlier this year in Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines and China. All totaled, this will bring the total number of Windows Phone Marketplace storefronts to fifty-four world wide. And Microsoft isn't stopping there. Look for Windows Phone Marketplace storefronts in United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Israel, Thailand and Vietnam in the near future.
Oh, speaking of China, in less than three months Microsoft has added 20,000 apps and 15,000 registered developers to the new China Marketplace. If you're curious as to what's being offered in China, here's the link to the China Marketplace.
Microsoft's Marketplace expansion in such a short time, involving some challenging markets is impressive. It's nice to see the global growth the Windows Phone Marketplace is experiencing.
3 years ago
Nokia rolling out Lumia 800 firmware update early, includes battery improvements
It appears as though Nokia Germany are rolling out the 12070 update that addresses battery life issues and will prove to be a must-have for Lumia 800 owners. We previously looked at Singapore rolling out the Lumia 800 12070 update, and later confirmed that it tripled the battery life of our handset. As well as the juice improvements, bass has been improved and camera white balance has been tweaked.
The update, which was originally destined to be released on April 18th, will now be rolled out globally in stages / batches (starting today). April 4th, 11th, and 18th will be the three remaining steps until the update has been pushed out to every Lumia 800 (depending on networks). Note that this is not the WiFi tethering update. Be sure to keep an eye on the Nokia update section of their website to see when you'll be seeing the notification.
Source: Nokia, Nokia conversation
3 years ago
ARMED! updated with Mango support, new multiplayer features, and more
ARMED! is the best multiplayer strategy game on Windows Phone, hands-down. True, there is very little competition on that front, but the game would be impressive regardless. Even better, Sickhead Games has just published the massive ARMED! version 1.2 update. Among the changes are Fast App Switching support, a new multiplayer matchmaking lobby, Ranked correspondence matches, an in-game news ticker, more language translations, and lots more. Having spent some time with the update prior to its release, I must say that all of the additions and tweaks make for an incredibly deep and polished experience.
Head past the break for the full release notes.
3 years ago
AT&T to introduce the Lumia 900 with impressive marketing rivaling the iPhone
AT&T has revealed that Lumia 900 marketing plans (combined with Nokia and Microsoft) will best any product they've launched before - including the famous iPhone. In an interview with CNET, AT&T device head Jeff Bradley, said that it'll be a notch up on anything the company has attempted previously. We met with AT&T reps early today and have no doubt that AT&T's efforts to market the new Windows Phones should be a full court press.
But should we be surprised? The Lumia 900 on AT&T is Microsoft's (and Nokia's) best chance of survival in the competitive mobile market. Windows Phone has been performing arguably well with Nokia marketing the 710 and 800 on a global scale, but the Lumia 900 is the big gun for the U.S.
We previously covered how the Lumia 900 will be given "hero status" in the AT&T mobile arsenal. So how will they go about it? How will the stores convince people that Windows Phone is a solid choice against the iPhone and Android? AT&T has told us that we can expect to see banners in windows of AT&T stores and Windows Phone walls featuring the TITAN II and Lumia 900. In a nutshell, we were told AT&T stores are going to look like Nokia stores.
As well as the promotional material, we can confirm that we're likely to see demonstration tables, accessories (including skins, Monster Headsets, third-party cases, screen protectors, and more) and -of course- salestaff training. Nokia will be training employees to compliment the web training they'll receive from AT&T. This will hopefully result in more platform awareness internally as well as increasing the Windows Phone recommendation chance rate to customers.
Let's see what April 8th brings us, I would recommend we strap ourselves in. Then again, it could be a belly flop. Fingers crossed that it wont be and AT&T / Nokia / Microsoft get this right.
3 years ago
WP7 Root Tools 0.9 is here, with an SDK in tow
Windows Phone hacker Heathcliff74 is announcing the immediate availability WP7 Root Tools 0.9 today. 'Root Tools is a suite of tools for Windows Phone that we've been following since inception and already features a full blown registry registry editor, file system browser, and certificate injection capabilities. But the new version comes jammed pack full of additional new and exciting features that will no doubt re-energize the homebrew community. I'm talking about features such as:
True and unfettered root access
Increased device support
A new policy editor
A new software development kit
The more exciting news here, however, is the shiny new SDK (0.1) in tow, offering homebrew developers a set of APIs that tap into the same root-level features that the tool relies on. An application wishing to wield such power, however, must first seek permission from the user. That is, the users must explicity mark a particular app as "trusted". Grumble all you want, this gate is in place for obvious and serious security and privacy reasons. You don't want all those private photos on Twitter, right?
With no shortage of gullible install-everything phone users out there (see Android) policing root-required homebrew applications, Heathcliff74 admits, "will be tough." At this stage, we'll have to rely on the attentive homebrew development community to continue sniffing out crapware. In the future, however, a more centralized model complete with app certification may be in order.
All that serious stuff aside, Heathcliff74 was kind enough to let me play with the SDK prior to release and let me tell you: it's easy to use and full of awesome. Working with Delphi aficionado [ed -- *snicker*] David Golden (@GoldenTao), of MetroTwit fame, we decided to retry the implementation of my grandiose hackathon idea -- to create a complete backup the phone, including Marketplace apps. And succeed we did.
Screenshots of the upcoming Complete Backup
While the app isn't quite ready yet -- we still need to button up some networking code, resolve app guids to names, create a restoration app, etc. -- it will support the complete backup (and eventual restore) of Windows Phone application data to the PC via native sockets. And better yet, it'll be completely open-source and available on GitHub.
So at this point, you're probably thinking: "Where do I get this spoonful of delicious?" Simple. Head over to Heathcliff74's new home on the Internet, where he will blog about and host the WP7 Root Tools XAP. But be warned: The software drills deep into the phone. I can't recommend enough that you use Zune to backup your device prior to install. Oh, and you need to have a device that's "Interop Unlocked" (or flashed with a custom hacked ROM). Sorry.
3 years ago
Civilization Revolution brings strategy to Xbox Live for Windows Phone next week
When Microsoft announced that Civilization Revolution would be coming to Windows Phone, strategy fans were understandably excited. They won’t have to wait much longer, as Civilization Revolution from 2K Games is next week’s Xbox Live game.
In the Civilization games, players start at the dawn of humanity and lead their civilization through the ages, including modern times and even the future. You’ll need to gather resources, build new cities, research technologies, and either war against or form alliances with neighboring countries. The mobile version of Civilization Revolution includes 16 countries to choose from, and four possible victory conditions: Technology, Economic, Cultural, and Domination (war). Like the iPhone version, this one won’t have multiplayer, but the single-player game truly has endless replay potential.
We’re still investigating whether Civilization Revolution will sport any Windows Phone-specific improvements; enhanced visuals over the iPhone version (pictured) would be nice. But we do know about its Xbox Live Achievements thanks to our friends at Xbox360Achievements.org.
Civilization Revolution comes to Windows Phone on Wednesday, April 4. It will cost $2.99 (!).
3 years ago
Windows Phone was not supposed to get LTE support until Apollo
In late 2011, one of the sticking points for Verizon Wireless in broadly adopting Windows Phone was the lack of 4G LTE support. AT&T also took issue with this missing feature as strategically they are looking to offload network congestion to their new high-speed spectrum.
There was just one problem: the Windows Phone OS was not set to get LTE support till Windows Phone 8 aka "Apollo" in late in 2012. That's a long wait as six to nine months in smartphones is an eternity these days, especially when you're in a distant third in the smartphone race.
So how are we on the cusp of not one but two LTE Windows Phones in early 2012? We're told AT&T approached and asked them if they could bump up that feature set earlier. Microsoft in turn was receptive to such a request, much like how Microsoft Corporate VP Joe Belfiore or Brandon Watson take great strides to carefully listen to you, the customer.
To get support into the OS, Microsoft reportedly took members off of Apollo and re-appointed them to work on LTE for Mango Refresh (RC2) in order to meet market demands. Throw in Qualcomm, who has worked hard with Microsoft on chipset compatibility and Nokia, HTC and Samsung who were all eager to get more high end devices in the US and you have AT&T's new 4G Windows Phone lineup launching earlier than planned.
3 years ago
Pre-order your AT&T Lumia 900 and you'll probably get it early
Just a little FYI for you folks: On March 30th, AT&T will begin taking pre-orders for the Black and Cyan Nokia Lumia 900. What you may not know is that you face a real good chance of getting that highly anticipated Windows Phone before the official Sunday release on April 8th if you do that pre-order. That's right, they're shipping them before Sunday.
So says AT&T, who told us as much this morning.
However, if you want the joy of buying it in person, some AT&T stores will be open on Sunday allowing you to purchase it that very day. You'll need to check your local AT&T outlet to see if they'll be there to take your business but if they are, you'll have yourself a special Easter gift.
Oh and one more thing, the "glossy-white" Lumia 900 will be available in stores only, starting on the 22nd.
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