3 years ago
Windows Phone App Review: Phonos - A Sonos Controller
The Sonos multi-room streaming music system is probably my favourite piece of musical gadgetry right now. I listen to a lot of music and it's often a pain to keep plugging in my phone or mp3 player into a system in each room. It took me plenty of deliberation, but eventually I succumbed to buying a few bits of the Sonos kit. Now I could have music playing throughout my small apartment. "Wonderful," I thought, until I realised there isn’t an official Sonos app for Windows Phone. Luckily, I found Phonos in the marketplace. How well does it stack up against the competition and of course the official offering from Sonos? Read on to find out..
3 years ago
Windows Phone Tango can have a catastrophic web browser crash [Video]
Browsing Bild.de can be hazardous to Tango's health
With Windows Phone Tango rolling out it is perhaps not a surprise that some isolated bugs may be discovered along the way. So far, not too many have cropped up but there is one that is interesting though seemingly rare.
Users have found that navigating to the German news site Bild.de on their phone, with “Desktop” enabled can result in the browser locking up the device. The site Bild.de does default to a mobile WAP version and there is a Windows Phone app too but users are free to use their IE9 in desktop mode to view the site “as is”.
We’ve tested the scenario on our Tango phone (Focus 2) and sure enough, upon loading the page the second time it does lock up the device. Since Internet Explorer is a native app, native apps can crash the OS whereas third-party apps should not be able to do so.
Turn “Desktop” mode on in the browser
Navigate to Bild.de, it may load just fine
Navigate to another site then go back to Bild.de
Browser should crash when loading
The resulting crash means you would have to pull the battery (or hold the power button for 10 seconds) to reboot the phone. We tried this on a Windows Phone Mango device (HTC Titan) and could not replicate the crash. We also had no issues with a Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.1 meaning this most certainly seems correlated with Windows Phone “Tango”.
Is it a dire bug? Certainly not but it could be used as a browser-exploit by some nefarious people out there, even though that seems remote to us. Still, hopefully Microsoft will see this and patch it up for their next OS build.
Update: To make things even more confusing, it's not all devices. Our Lumia 900 with Tango is okay, but reports at XDA of the Radar, Omnia 7, Lumia 800 and our Focus 2 do have the crash.
Source: XDA; Thanks DerAusgewanderte, for the tip
3 years ago
Next gen Lumia 1001 for Windows Phone 8 shows up on Nokia's RDA tools?
Yesterday we reported that the Lumia 910 had popped up on Nokia’s own remote device access (RDA) system. The Lumia 910 was proposed to be a variant of the Lumia 900, possibly sporting a 12MP camera and at one time may have been destined for T-Mobile.
This morning another device showed up called Nokia Lumia 1001.
It is fair to speculate whereas the 910 was a Windows Phone 7.x device, the Lumia 1001 is a next-gen Windows Phone 8 one. (However, the 910 may have been re-categorized for WP8 since its initial rumor, making it a "follow up" to the 900). Clearly the “1000” mark is directly related to the series system that Nokia has in place where the higher the number (by 100’s) the more high-end e.g. compare the Lumia 610 to the Lumia 900.
Nokia’s RDA software lets developers try out and test software remotely via a web browser. Once in, you can send commands to allow you to pull down info from Nokia’s servers which is how TechCrunch was able to spot the device.
No information or details are listed about the Lumia 1001 which means it could be a spoof, albeit one internal to Nokia since users cannot create data. The timing, especially with the 910 incident yesterday, is suspicious. On the other hand, a “Lumia 1001” is not exactly out of the bounds of reality as presumably Nokia would have such a device label reserved for a super high, perhaps PureView Windows Phone.
In the end, we’ll just have to remember this and come back to it should any more information come forward.
3 years ago
Nokia drops below $2 a share, HTC also having a rough time
3 years ago
Nokia Music updated to version 3.0 and Play To bumped to 1.3
Nokia Music has been updated to version 3.0, and we've got some information regarding what's included in this release. According to the changelog provided in the Marketplace description, which we believe to be slightly off, the following has been included:
Download all types of mixes to listen to offline
'Pin to start' any mix so you can quickly play your favorites
See what mixes and songs you've previously listened to by tapping 'recent mixes'
Search for gigs by artist, venue and city
Share details of the song you are playing to social networks, over email and messaging
Fixed disappearing menu options
As well as the Music app update, Nokia also pushed out a new version of Play To, but no changelog has been published, though we have received word that connectivity within the app is much quicker. Both apps are well worth checking out, especially if you're either into music while on the go, or wish to make use of DLNA functionality.
You can download both Nokia Music and Play To from the Nokia Collection.
Thanks, TallPaul86, for the heads up!
3 years ago
Mobile Nations podcast 17: Tasty hardware profits
Kevin from CrackBerry.com, Phil from AndroidCentral.com, Daniel from WPCentral.com and Rene from iMore.com talk Google I/O, Windows Phone 8, WWDC, BlackBerry 10, 7-inch tablets, and media streamers. This is Mobile Nations!
3 years ago
Orange UK rolling out updates for Lumia 800
We've been informed by a reader that Orange UK is currently rolling out a number of updates, including 8112, for the Lumia 800 Windows Phone. Included in this update is Internet tethering support, which has been absent from the device since launch late last year.
This follows the 8107 software update, which the UK carrier released back in March. 8112 is also the build that was being shipped with the AT&T Lumia 900. This is number one of three.
We were also informed that Windows Phone Tango build 8773 was then downloaded and installed. Following the Tango upgrade was a 12220 firmware notification.
Let us know if you've received any update notifications in the comments.
Thanks, James, for the heads up!
3 years ago
Xbox Live Developer Interview: Zen Studios, makers of Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball
Welcome to an Xbox Live Developer Interview long in the making! Seriously, we’ve been promising this one for a while, and at last it’s ready. Today we chat with Mel Kirk, Jack—of-all-trades at Zen Studios. Zen is hard at work porting their XBLA hit Pinball FX2 to Windows Phone. Thankfully they made the time to tell Windows Phone Central all about their love for pinball, potential licensed tables for the future, and of course, their plans for Microsoft's mobile phone platform.
Head past the break for the full interview, tons of behind the scenes photos, and wonderful Marvel concept art!
3 years ago
Windows Phone App Review - Baseball NOW
3 years ago
Co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak excited about Microsoft, sees a new company
Co-found of Apple Steve Wozniak thinks Windows Phone is a convergence of "art and technology"
Speaking at a press conference after his talk at the Entel Summit (Entel is Chile's leading telecommunications operator), co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak gave his thoughts on Microsoft, Surface and their new Metro UI. Having previously spoken positively of the Lumia 900 and what Microsoft was up to with their refocus on usability and visual appeal, "the Woz" continues to give praise to the company and what appears to be their new direction, noting that he wants a Surface tablet.
During the Q&A session, Wozniak gave his thoughts on how the Lumia line of smartphones and Windows Phone 7 have such a "...strikingly good visual appearance which is a lot of what Steve Jobs always looked for, the art and technology, the convergence of art and technology." Back in April, the technology guru famously heaped praise on the Lumia 900 and Windows Phone and evidently he continues to like it.
Regarding Surface, Wozniak says he wants to "own one, to use one" so he can see for himself how good it is and not have to rely on what he's read—a fair and respectable stance to have on an un-released product.
The video Q&A where Wozniak responds to a Microsoft question during the Entel Summit '12
As far as Microsoft, he had some interesting observations that seem to be aligning with a lot of people's thoughts today on the company: Microsoft has changed and are entering a new era.
"But I'm glad that Microsoft is starting to show maybe they're a different company than before, I don't remember this sort of thing happening in a long, long time with Microsoft, so I'm very happy."
Of course Wozniak has always been quite "technology neutral" and he used whatever device that he thought was the best, without any allegiances. This is why he's respected amongst many as he brings true insight from an engineer's perspective as opposed to a partisan with a product to sell. Either way, it's good press for Microsoft.
Source: TechNews; Thanks, Eric, for the tip!
3 years ago
The Windows Phone Bucket List Tour takes on the Boys of Summer
The latest Windows Phone campaign is taking on America's pasttime, one stadium at a time. The Windows Phone team is partnering with the two of the editors (John and Steve) from the lifestyle blog The Roosevelts for the Windows Phone Bucket List Tour.
The tour will visit eleven Major League Baseball stadiums to help spread all the goodness we know as Windows Phone. John and Steve's Windows Phone of choice is the HTC Titan II and plan on sharing apps and features on the Windows Phone as well as capturing some rather impressive panoramas using the Titan II's built in pano feature. The Tour has already visited six ball parks including Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, and Wrigley Field and has cover 37 of the 67 bucket list items.
Along the way John and Steve will be tweeting from their Windows Phone. You can share your bucket list items with the Tour on Twitter @rsvlts using the #wpbaseball hashtag. You can also follow along on the Roosevelts Facebook page if Twitter isn't your cup of tea. Who knows, maybe they'll have an impromptu "Smoked by Windows Phone" contests during the 7th Inning Stretch.
You can catch all the panorama's the duo capture here at the Roosevelts' Stadium Page and more videos of the tour here at the Windows Team Blog. It looks like a fun tour and definitely bucket list material.
I wonder if they'll make it to Turner Field and more importantly, will we see the Windows Phone Bucket List Tour t-shirts offered at the Microsoft Store?
Source: Windows Team Blog
3 years ago
Nokia announces post-Tango 8779 updates for Lumia 610, 710, and 900
Last night we revealed that Nokia had some 8779 OS updates with presumably some new firmware on their servers for the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800. At the time, we didn’t know what the updates included as 8779 is just slightly ahead of the just released 8773. Looks like we got Nokia's attention as they just gave out the details on the forthcoming update.
Technically speaking, we still don’t know what it’s in the OS as far as changes go (they're expected to be minor) but we now know what is coming with the bundled firmware. What’s more, it looks like the Lumia 900 will be getting the update too (although no word about AT&T, specifically). In fact, we’ve heard that the Lumia 900 in Germany already had 8779 on board so this is probably ready to rollout. Also, instead of the Lumia 800 we have info on the Lumia 610 instead.
On the Nokia Connects blog, details about the forthcoming updates were posted and it looks to be quite solid:
Lumia 900 version 2175.2101.8779.12201: Enhanced sensitivity for proximity sensor performance and improvement to your phone’s screen colours in low light conditions
Lumia 710 version 1600.3031.8779.12180: Internet sharing (Wi-Fi Hotspot) — Share your phone’s internet connection over Wi-Fi with up to five other devices or computers and Flip to silence — Silence incoming calls by turning your phone face down.
Lumia 610 version 1066.0000.8779.12201: Enhanced sensitivity for proximity sensor performance and improved sound level for alarm tone during voice calls.
From the sounds of it, these updates are very close to being releases so you’ll have to check for availability (or just watch our site). You can get more info when it’s made available at http://www.nokia.com/support. You do have to give Nokia some credit though, they're on top of these updates.
There was no mention of the post-Tango 8779 for the Lumia 800 though, which is curious because we did see those on Nokia's NaviFirm servers. Perhaps they're not ready for prime time just yet. We'll keep you posted.
Edit: As some users are pointing out, Nokia Connects may have the firmware numbers wrong. The latest firmware looks to be 12221 and not 12201 and some of those 710 new features came out with the 8773 update. So this is still a bit murky.
Thanks, Giovanni, for the heads up and Mark T. for the Germany info
3 years ago
T-Mobile pleased with Windows Phone, sees a climb in sales and a bright future
File this under old news but good news but T-Mobile is pleased as punch with the companies selection of Windows Phone. Since adding the HTC Radar 4G and Nokia Lumia 710, T-Mobile has seen sales of Windows Phone double in the past eight months.
Brad Duea, Senior Vice President of Product Development at T-Mobile, comments,
"We continue to see strong sales and adoption of the platform with the Nokia Lumia 710 consistently being one of our top five selling smartphones since it launched in January 2012. Not only that but, as expected, we’ve seen a large number of first-time smartphone users select a Windows Phone as their device of choice with 55% of all upgrades to the Lumia 710 coming from a messaging or feature phone."
According to T-Mobile the Lumia 710 has some of the highest handset satisfaction scores and feedback from customers has been very positive on Windows Phone software. With regards to the future of Windows Phones at T-Mobile Duea notes,
"We’re bullish on the future of Windows Phone. In fact, IDC’s report out earlier this month predicts Windows Phone will surpass iOS by 2016 – and we expect Windows Phone to continue to play a prominent role in our product portfolio and marketing efforts."
T-Mobile is slated to be a launch partner for Windows Phone 8 later this fall. Maybe we'll see more of Carly carrying a Windows Phone in the future.
Source: T-Mobile Blog
3 years ago
WPUG back on with upcoming Apollo event on July 16th
The Windows Phone User Group is back, and the next event is set for July 16th. The Vibe Bar on Brick Lane is the venue where platform developers and enthusiasts will be gathering to talk everything Windows Phone 8 ("Apollo"). App demonstrations, presentations, and talks are listed for the evening with drinks available from the bar. Note that this is not the BarCamp, so the event will be kicking off at 7pm.
Be sure to check out the WPUG EventBrite page for more information, location details and to register your spot at the event. Myself and Rob Brand will be attending from Windows Phone Central. Do come say hello if you find yourself in town. We can help attendees out with website coverage, ideas and feedback on platform projects.
3 years ago
Nokia sponsoring two Windows Phone Developer workshops
Last month Nokia sponsored a Windows Phone developer workshop in St. Louis that was very successful. On the heels of that success, Nokia is sponsoring two more developer workshops. One in Orlando, Florida and another in Nashville, Tennessee.
According to Nokia Ambassador Rich Dunbar,
This workshop will be focused on the tools and resources you have available as a developer/potential developer for Windows Phone development from Nokia and Microsoft. The event will begin with a brief presentation from Nokia and will then focus on ensuring all the proper tools are introduced. We will review some of the tutorials and quick start projects and then allow time for the attendees to work on the projects they choose and ask questions along the way. The goal of the workshop is to help developers get started on their first Windows Phone app.
The Nashville event is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 2012 from 8:00am until noon at the Microsoft Offices. The Orlando event will be held on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Inn. There is a possibility the Nashville event will be pushed up to the evening of Friday, July 27th if space becomes available.
Each event have food provide along with Nokia swag to be given away including at least one Windows Phone. You'll need to register to attend (so Nokia will know how much food to order).
You can register for the Nashville event here and the Orlando event here. If you are close to either location and are interested in Windows Phone development, this will be a great opportunity to network with other developers and get a jump on your app development.
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