3 years ago
Rumor: Sony to make Windows Phone 8 devices later this year
Take this with a heaping cup of salt, but Tweakers.net is reporting from multiple sources that Sony is planning on joining the Windows Phone camp late in 2012.
Of course there are hurdles in the way such as Sony and that whole Playstation thing, but Sony is like any other massive corporation and its departments operate independently of each other, so we wouldn't actually cite that as a reason not to. Heck, we know that back in 2010 Sony-Ericcson seemed just fine with the whole notion even going so far as to make a few prototypes for early development. Obviously if SE had no problem with the Xbox system we don't see why Sony (sans Ericsson) would either.
Still, there's no hard evidence here for this just past experience so we'll just have to keep an ear out. Should Sony though decide to make some Windows Phones, especially with waiting for WP8 that could be a very good thing for customers.
Source: Tweakers.net;Sony render by Brian (Follow Brian here on Twitter and see his work with the LG Fantasy and Nokia 900.) Thanks, Jentse H., for the heads up!
3 years ago
Nokia and Rogers tease the Lumia 900 with "The Dark Knight" for a promotion
While we just learnt the base price of the Nokia Lumia 900 on Rogers it also now appears there will be a Batman "The Dark Knight" tie in as well. If you head over to their promo page, you'll see them advertising the ability to register to be notified when the pre-order is available--nothing unique there (though good tip if you're interested). But near the bottom of the ad there's a curious addition:
"When you pre-order a Lumia 900, Nokia and Rogers have a surprise for you. Hint: there's a hero rising out of the darkness."
No word on if that involves movies passes or maybe the big granddaddy of it all: a Dark Knight edition of the Lumia 900. Sound crazy? We steer you to the Dark Knight Lumia 800 that had a super limited run (so limited we don't even know where to have gotten one). We're sure more will come out eventually on this "surprise" so stay tuned.
Source: Rogers; Thanks, buggyglint, for the link!
3 years ago
Nokia releases official Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Sports App for Windows Phone
Great news if you're on a Nokia Windows Phone and happen to like sports, specifically basketball this time of year with March Madness afoot. Nokia has evidently teamed up with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) group to make an official app for their phones. The app snuck onto the Marketplace on the 28th and we just found it accidently. As you'd expect from Nokia, the app is top notch and well polished:
"The ACC Sports App is the official mobile source for the Atlantic Coast Conference sports on your Windows Phone. Watch Live ACC Network coverage of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament on your Windows Phone for FREE from March 8th-11th. Get other basketball and football game details such as play-by-play, schedules, standings, stats and more from your favorite ACC team. Don't miss any of the action with interactive scoreboards, ACC news feeds and schedules. The ACC Sports App also includes the latest insider video coverage including the daily video updates and highlights of all conference basketball and football games!"
Like we said, it's a nice app and we no reason why you would not get this if you're into those teams. Pick it up here in the Marketplace for free (only via your Nokia phone as the web Marketplace won't show it).
3 years ago
Screenshots emerge of 256MB app limit on Windows Phone "Tango"
With the upcoming "Tango" update to Windows Phone, OEMs will have the ability to make phones with just 256 MB of RAM, shaving off a few precious dollars from their bottom line. Of course in doing so, about 5% of the apps currently on the Marketplace (including ours) won't work unless the developer re-works aspects to make it more efficient on memory usage. Such phones include the Nokia Lumia 610 and possibly the ZTE Orbit. Those devices display a similar notification in their "About" section too:
Of course there are instances where developers may not want to adjust their app--either they don't want to compromise performance/esthetics or they use periodicTask or a ResourceIntensiveTask. In that case, developers can actually opt-out of making their app compatible and instead a message will appear alerting users that this app won't work on their phone.
Nokia has now published details on both how devs can enable this feature as well as what the user experience will be like. The latter part involves a message noting that the app cannot be installed and when tapped a pop-up window will notify them that they need a phone with more RAM.
Source: Nokia Developer; Thanks, anon, for the tip
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 900 gets priced at Rogers
When the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone goes global in a few months, Rogers Canada is likely going to be the 900's first stop. While the when of the Lumia 900 landing in Canada is still a little blurry, the pricing appears to be coming into focus.
One of our stealthy readers was able to grab a shot of the inventory screen for the Roger's Lumia 900 that indicates the pricing to be $499.99. Unfortunately, no date for release can be seen.
The Lumia is marked as discountable but that is something that Roger's will determine based on vendor agreements and other factors. More than likely the $499.99 will drop a bit once contractual discounts kick in. How low the contractual price will be is anyone's guess.
Hopefully, this is also a good indication of what AT&T's pricing might be.
Thanks to our stealthy reader for the tip and the pic!
3 years ago
Chromatic updated, adds an online tournament
Chromatic is a fast paced, 2D shooter game for your Windows Phone. In a nutshell, you defend against wave upon wave of enemy ships. As you progress through the game, you unlock a wide variety of weapon types that will help you defend against the armada. We liked the game in our review and found it to be an entertaining, addictive game for your Windows Phone.
Chromatic was updated today to version 2.0. Along with a few performance tweaks, the update adds an online tournament mode to the game.
In the online tournament you play against other Chromatic players to see who can score the highest within a two minute round. Every competes with the same weapons types, which appear to be selected at random. At the end of each round, your scores are tallied and a ranking summary is displayed. You'll have sixty seconds in between rounds to catch your breath.
The tournament or Play Online mode of Chromatic is a nice touch. I like the randomness of the weapons. It levels the playing field and adds a bit of challenge to the match.
Chromatic comes in two versions. There is an free, ad supported version of Chromatic that you can find here at the Marketplace. Chromatic Pro is an ad free version that will run you $.99 that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
After the break, catch a demo video from the developer showing the online tournament in action. And feel free to join in on the discussion about the new tournament mode here in the WPCentral Forums.
3 years ago
Windows Phone marketshare on a continued steady increase
NetMarketShare has published marketshare data for the month for February and we've got some positive news for those who have missed the above image somehow. According to the data provided, Windows Phone is still on the rise - and it's a fairly steady climb from 0.29% up to 0.41%.
While this is still fairly small when compared to the continued growth of both Android and iOS, it's good news that Nokia is having an impact on brand awareness. With the announcement (and public preview release) of Windows 8, which sports Metro UI elements, we can only expect the situation to improve for Microsoft's mobile platform.
Source: NetMarketShare, via: StreetInsider, thanks Mustafa for the tip!
3 years ago
Siri-like app for Windows Phone gets a big makeover [Video]
It's been awhie since we've talked about Ask Ziggy, the Siri-like app from developer Shai Leib. Powered by Nuance for voice-search and some backend tweaks to customize how things work, the app is a great example of developer ingenuity.
Since the app went viral, Leib has gone back to the drawing board and reworked a lot of the app in response to user feedback. For instance in the new version expected in a few days, it's much more Metro influenced with the SMS chat bubble. But more importantly, the feature list has greatly expanded to include using your geo-location ability to pinpoint weather/time/search requests. You can even set reminders (it will create a Live Tile and alarm), call people, pull up calendar information for any day upon request and much more. (You can see some more screenshots here)
The app should be hitting the Marketplace in a few days and it is still free as far as we know. This is also just the beginning as Leib has much more planned for new and unique features. For now, you can watch out video though to get an idea of what's coming and you can download the old verison here in the Marketplace.
We'll keep you posted when version 2.0 goes live probably next week, so stay tuned.
3 years ago
Xbox Live - Marvel at these Sonic 4: Episode II Screenshots and Concept Art
Now that SEGA has revealed Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II to the world via a gameplay footage trailer, they’ve releasing more and more information and assets for the game. But these details are spread out all over the place online, and who has time to find them all? I do, of course!
First up, the Sonic 4 website has been updated to provide story, character, and background info about the new game. The official Episode II story:
"The fierce battle from Episode I was only an overture…
What was Dr. Eggman searching for in the Lost Labyrinth?
What was Mad Gear built for?
They were all a mere puzzle piece of a grandiose project schemed by Dr. Eggman.
As Little Planet, where “Sonic CD” took place, approaches Sonic’s world once again, Dr. Eggman’s whole scheme will be revealed!"
I love how it ties both Episode I (which had no in-game story) and Sonic CD into Episode II’s events (which Ken Balough mentioned in our interview last year). The site also reveals what happened to Metal Sonic after his defeat in Sonic CD, details about several of Episode II’s new robotic enemies, and descriptions of two of the game’s expected four zones, Sylvania Castle and White Park Zone.
The SEGA blog is also a great source of Episode II news. They’ve posted a ton of shiny new screenshots. Remember, the screenshots are from the Xbox 360 version of the game; SEGA is playing the mobile versions close to its chest for the time being. Concept art is shared across all versions though. The aforementioned blog has a few bits of artwork here and here. Want more concept art? The Sonic Facebook page has seven more pieces, mostly depicting Sonic’s enemies.
Sonic 4: Episode II has no official release date yet, but the XBLA and PSN versions will likely launch in May. We expect the Windows Phone version to arrive several months later. In the meantime, SEGA will surely keep pumping out more Episode II art and details. WPCentral will keep you posted!
3 years ago
Microsoft to expand "Smoked by Windows Phone" campaign to TV
AndroidCentral's Phil Nickinson feels the burn
What we thought may be a one-off contest has seemingly turned into a viral campaign by Microsoft. The "Smoked by Windows Phone" contest was started back in CES in January and has since gone to the road with tours and most recently showed up at Mobile World Congress in 2012 and Hong Kong.
Now Microsoft is looking to the expand the coverage and even pushing it to TV--that's right, soon we'll all be able to see Microsoft "picking a fight" with Android and iOS broadcast everywhere. In an interview with Bloomberg, Aaron Woodman, director of Windows Phone revealed as much:
“It doesn’t feel like we’re really pushing apart from the competition,” Woodman said. “We need to go pick a fight.
We’ll do TV spots, the question is where. Microsoft is patient and willing to use deep pockets, but we’re also respectful of shareholder value so we want to pick appropriate countries and spend levels.”
Hopefully we won't be waiting too long as we think this is an effective strategy and would certainly like to see more.
Source: Bloomberg; Thanks, Stephen M., for the heads up
3 years ago
Release dates for UK Nokia Lumia 900 and Lumia 610 revealed?
Good news for those of you in the UK, tech site Mobile Fun is reporting that they have the dates for your new Nokia phones, the Lumia 900 and the Lumia 610, representing both the high and low ends of Nokia's new beachhead strategy.
The 900 featuring a 4.3" screen and front facing camera will reportedly land on April 9th--a date that's not too far off and seemingly in line with recent rumors.
Likewise, the Lumia 610 will is rumored to be available June 11th when it will launch with Windows Phone "Tango" to better support low-end specs such as 256 MB of RAM. That makes sense as it'll give developers a few months to re-structure their apps to meet those new low memory requirements as well as time for Microsoft/Nokia to finish any last minute touches to the OS.
By June, Windows Phone users should have quite the array of Nokia devices to choose from.
Source: MobileFun; Thanks, hipporama, for the heads up
3 years ago
TELUS Lumia 800 Windows Phone now available from just $49 with contract
The Canadian carrier TELUS has an interesting deal currently active for the Lumia 800 Windows Phone, which is priced at $49.99 (dropped from $249) when purchased accompanied by a $50 (three year term) plan. The Nokia handset is present in black, cyan and magenta.
The device has been anticipated by those who have been awaiting for the carrier to launch the Windows Phone, but should a contract not be up your street, a no term option is available for $529.99.
Source: TELUS, thanks Ryles for the tip!
3 years ago
Mobile Nations Fitness Month Winners!
First, WPCentral and Mobile Nations would like to thank everyone who participated in the February Fitness Month event. We set out to show how your Windows Phone could help with your fitness goals and discovered some nice apps along the way. The WPCentral Forums discussion was full of comments on everyone's efforts to get and stay fit.
While fitness was the focus, there were a few incentives along the way. Three winners won gift certificates to the WPCentral Store as the month of February rolled along. Late last night, we randomly drew for our Grand Prize winner and two runner-up prize winners from all the comments posted in the Fitness Month discussions.
Our Grand Prize winner, who walks away with an Xbox 360 and Kinect, is onix7cv!
Our Nokia Luna Bluetooth Headset runner-up winner is willied and vincentw56 is the other runner-up winner who will receive a gift certificate to the WPCentral Store!
While February Fitness Month has drawn to a close, the challenge now becomes to keep up the fitness efforts. Good luck with it and again, thanks for participating in the Mobile Nations Fitness Month!
3 years ago
Windows Phone App Review: MyWalk
3 years ago
New Lumia 800 Windows Phone firmware addresses more issues
The brains over at the XDA Developers community forum have been playing around with a leaked Vodafone branded Lumia 800 ROM, which MobileTechWorld has been testing against bug reports and what previous software updates addressed. 1600.2487.8107.12070 is set to be the next step from the previous major firmware release (1600.2483.8106.11500) for the Lumia 800 that addressed battery and WiFi connectivity issues.
The following is a compilation of all known fixes / improvements in 12070:
Battery drain issue has been fixed
Lack of audio Bass when listening through headsets has been addressed
Auto-white balance issue with the camera has been fixed
Hardware buttons backlights are now always illuminated at all available screen brightness levels
Diagnostics app has been updated to prevent users from receiving misleading technical readouts about their device
MobileTechWorld has noted that we should expect to see this update to be rolled out soon. We've reached out to Nokia for more details. Should you be an owner of the Lumia 800, fear not as it would appear the manufacturer is working hard to fix all user-reported problems.
Source: XDA Developers forum, MobileTechWorld
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