3 years ago
White Lumia 900 joins the Cyan as being "Temporarily Out of Stock"
Released only a few days ago, the white Nokia Lumia 900 is now listed online as "Temporarily Out of Stock". The cyan Lumia 900 is also being listed as "Temporarily Out of Stock" and this is likely a case where demand with only the black model currently available online. As far as availability in-store, both the white and cyan model are hard, if not impossible, to find.
While it may sound impressive that the white Lumia 900 sold out in a matter of days, supplies were rather limited at launch. While demand was present, it may simply be a case that AT&T didn't stock their shelves enough. Still you have to wonder how brisk sales could have been if inventory was higher.
As far was when the cyan and white models will be in stock, Nokia had this to offer.
We are building and shipping devices constantly – so stores are receiving more units to fulfill demand on a regular basis.
Nokia has had an impressive launch with the Lumia 900 Windows Phones. Sales are strong, they promptly addressed the connectivity issue and clarified any confusion over the updates with the white model. Hopefully Nokia will keep the positive effort going by restocking the shelves quickly. That and have plenty of magenta Lumia 900s available whenever that model should launch.
If you've had any luck in finding the white or cyan models, sound off in the comments.
3 years ago
Huawei set to wait for Apollo and push out Windows Phone 8 hardware?
The handset maker Huawei, or "Who are we?" - no one seems to know when it comes to Windows Phone, was supposed to be revealing new Windows Phones for China with Microsoft's recent Windows Phone launch in the country, according to a report by Digitimes. Unfortunately this fruit never ripened and we were left wandering whether or not the company had dropped support for the platform.
Fast-forward a few months and WPDang is now attempting to shed some light on the situation of the OEM. According to the site's sources, Huawei has been distracted by their Android (go figure) expansion programme and has either had little motivation or man power to push forward with Windows Phone development. This would explain why they've been a no-show with the China platform launch.
Not all is doom and gloom though, as the Chinese website also reports that the manufacturer has since turned things around and now sports a Windows Phone development team consisting of over 70 engineers. Huawei is also allegedly working closely with Microsoft in the states that puts the manufacturer aiming for Windows Phone 8. But if "Apollo" wasn't enough, WPDang also highlights the possible Windows 8 tablet (with LTE support) which will surely please those Lumia 900 / TITAN II speed freaks.
Should this information hold out to be reality, and Huawei is actively developing Windows Phone 8 handsets / Windows 8 tablets, it'll be interesting to see the next step from the OEM.
Source: WPDang, via: WPSauce
3 years ago
Nokia now claiming Skype works on the Lumia 610 but we already knew that, right?
This whole Skype-256MB RAM situation is getting a little chaotic. First we all ran the beta, then came version 1.0 and the app requirements which strongly hinted that Tango phones (Lumia 610, ZTE Orbit, etc.) can't run the program due to only having half the required RAM. Heck, even Skype commented to us on the matter that they're working on improving the Skype app, etc.
Now, Nokia are claiming after "some challenges early on" Skype works just fine on the Lumia 610 and it'll be available for users in late April when the device launches.
Of course, we kind of knew that already as our trusty Jay Bennett remembered that a Nokia employee by the name of Justin Angel guested on our podcast a few weeks ago. What was remarkable about his appearance was how he was speaking to us -- via Skype on his Lumia 610.
At the time that was the beta version of Skype and who knows what transpired since that day. And even though Engadget's story sheds some light on the matter, we're still unsure if this means there will be a special version of the Skype app in the Nokia Collection or that version 1.0 (as is) will run on all Tango phones, making the whole "512MB of RAM" requirement a moot and pointless number.
Yes folks, we now have more questions than answers. Hopefully we'll sort all of this out soon.
3 years ago
The origin of the Metro UI design language
In a neat little historical post over at the site Project Metro, the origins of the Metro UI design language are given some detail. What makes it interesting is the information came from a Microsoft presentation on the topic at an early "Behind the Tiles" event.
We won't steal all of their thunder from the fun little read, so we'll just tease you with a bit of it:
"The whole idea started with the Swiss Movement in the 1960′s. They wanted a way to communicate to people through design, while being different yet direct. What was born from this movement was the font, Helvetica. It was the first simplistic yet sophisticated design font that delivered a clear and precise message. Microsoft knew with the rise of Apple and Android that they needed to make a change. They needed to be different but also wanted a clearer way to deliver its message..."
Very interesting stuff, especially about the use of Helvetica and Segoe fonts (Windows Phone uses a slight variation called Segoe WP). Personally, we'd like someday to see a detailed history of the evolution of Metro UI through Microsoft (we've seen some early iterations in Media Center, then through Zune to Windows Mobile 6.5 and up to Windows Phone 7).
Source: Project Metro
3 years ago
Windows Phone developers: Take a moment and fill out this survey
We got word from some Nokia folks that if you make apps for Windows Phone, you'll want to take a short moment to fill out a nice little developer survey that's evaluating the smartphone ecosystem i.e. dev interest in making apps for various platforms.
This is one of those surveys from Strategy Analytics that will end up in a report showing how much devs love or hate their OS and more specifically, registering interest (or disinterest) in Windows Phone directly. That translates into "We need you to fill this out otherwise Windows Phone gets a bad rap, ya dig?".
According to the survey's front page:
"The following questions will help us and key players in the apps ecosystem understand the current thinking of mobile app developers. This information will only be used in aggregate to present a picture of how developers feel about the apps market today and its future.
Developers that complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win either a BlackBerry PlayBook, iPad or Kindle Fire. The drawing will be held in early May. Developers that refer others to this survey will receieve (sic) additional entries into the drawing.
Please note that all individual responses will be kept confidential and results will be presented in aggregate. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes. Thank you for your time."
That sounds like a pretty fair request and we think as developers, you'll want to register your experience with these folks. If so, just head here, grab a cuppa joe and get started here: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/803120/Nok
Original Flowchart image via Shutterstock
3 years ago
Windows Phone Facebook team taking feedback seriously, detail upcoming version 2.5
Fantastic news for all of you users who use the official (and sometimes panned) Facebook app for Windows Phone: Version 2.5 is nearly complete and getting ready for release.
What's more, the Facebook team has been listening to all of your feedback, taking it to heart and to their software devs. As a result, version 2.5 looks to be a fairly rich update with lots of new features, such as:
Threaded messaging - Full Facebook threaded messaging including group messaging, all in a beautiful Metro style design.
Tagging - Now you can tag friends and locations in your posts in the ‘with’ and ‘at’ format.
Delete posts and comments - Use the tap and hold context menu to delete posts and comments from your wall.
Active links in posts - Tap on links in posts to go directly to the content.
Updates to the photo comments and likes page - The photo comments and likes page has been updated to match the posts comments and likes page. You can see a hint of the image at the top of the page, pull down and you can see the whole thing.
And finally, by popular demand...you can now ‘like’ comments!
We're not huge Facebook users but even we want some of those features ASAP, especially liking comments.
As far as to when the release is coming, the team noted "We’re just going through our final rounds of testing and sign off then we’ll be able to share it with the world." which sounds quite close to us. Hopefully this will make some of you happier with that app and Microsoft, eh?
Source: Facebook; Thanks, Daniel P., for the tip!
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 900 trounces dual-core HTC One X in HTML5 Speed Reading
Okay, we'll be the first to admit that a simple, single browser test does not make or break a device. We'll also admit that the Android-based HTC One X (review) is an interesting little number with some very impressive hardware (quad-core dual 1.5Ghz CPU, with a dual-core Qualcomm Krait processor plus a 720x1280 screen. Holla!).
Still, all that fancy hardware doesn't do much if your OS is dragging it all down. Even with the latest Android OS, 4.0.3 aka Ice Cream sandwich, the HTC One X still lags behind the single-core 1.4GHz Nokia Lumia 900 when it comes to the HTML5 Speed Reading test: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/mobile/performance/speedreading/default.html
One of our AT&T ninjas has their hands on a One X and he decided to see how it performed. Results (combined with our Windows Phone ones):
HTC One X - 24 FPS, average draw 41ms
Nokia Lumia 900 - 45 FPS, average draw 22ms
HTC Titan II - 60 FPS, average draw 13ms
And if we throw the 1.5GHz HTC Titan II into the mix you can see it trounces the Lumia 900. Like we said earlier, there's more to device performance than just a single HTML5 browser test, so yeah, call this unfair/biased/silly, it's cool, we can take it. But we think it is an interesting result nonetheless, as you wouldn't expect such a high-end device to be so mediocre with all that firepower on board.
It also raises this interesting thought experiment: What if the One X ran Windows Phone 7 instead? Of course the joke's on us since we can't support dual core, let alone quad, so we'll never know. But we think it's safe to say, it'd be very fast.
Related: See the One X get "smoked" by Windows Phone.
3 years ago
Nokia clarifies firmware issue on Glossy-white Lumia 900s
Saturday when we picked up our Glossy-white Lumia 900, we were surprised to see that it did not have the latest firmware installed, despite having the green-dot on the box indicating that the data-issue had been resolved.
This afternoon we received an email directly from Nokia PR (and a follow up that went to numerous media outlets) clarifying the situation a bit. It's a tad confusing but we'll try to keep it simple. Basically the 2175.1000.8112.12082 firmware with the green-dot on the box is the fixed firmware. Did we just blow your minds? Hold on...
So why were we prompted for a software update? Nokia basically fixed the 12082 firmware at the factory directly with a patch but in order for Zune Desktop to push out the update for the phones people didn't return, they had to change the firmware build, which is why 12084 exists.
In other words there are sort of two 12082 firmwares out there -- one broke, the other fixed -- and 12084 is the same as the fixed-12082. Get that?
The short of it is this: if you get a Lumia 900 (Matte-black, Cyan or Glossy White) and it has the green dot, it's a-okay and will have zero data issues. You can still update to 12084 but in reality, you're just bumping the firmware number as it is not "fixing" anything at this point.
So Nokia, you're still doing a good job and consumers, there is nothing to worry about.
3 years ago
Windows Phone Summary of the Week: April 16 - 22 2012
Welcome to the summary of the week where we wrap up the Windows Phone news of the last six days. Before we crack on with the summary itself, WPCentral has been continuing with the Windows Phone tutorials covering the platform basics. We've taken a look at the People Hub, Windows Phone camera, and the best weather apps available on the Marketplace. This week we've also had the pleasure of being joined by Pratik Kothari, developer of Social Mints, for an insightful developer interview.
Our forums have continued to be the location for all discussions Windows Phone, this includes the story of a member managing to damage the Lumia 800 screen, which features Gorilla Glass. But enough of all things WPCentral, let's get straight into the summary.
3 years ago
Skype for Windows Phone can't run on Tango devices and Skype responds
Yesterday, Skype and Microsoft took Skype for Windows Phone out of beta and gave it the v1.0 designation, adding new functionality along with a more reliable connection.
Windows Phone Daily noticed that Skype app needs 512MB of RAM, which is fine for current handsets on the market but rules out so-called Tango phones like the Lumia 610 and ZTE Orbit which only have 256MB of RAM. So the question naturally comes up: What's the deal?
A Skype spokesperson got back to us on the matter and while it confirms the limitation, it appears that it is something that they are well aware of and are looking to address with future updates:
“As outlined in our Skype Garage blog, we are aware of various issues on the Skype for Windows Phone app, including minimum memory support requirement. This is our first version of the Skype for Windows Phone app. To ensure our customers have the best Skype experience possible today, the Skype for Windows Phone app currently requires devices with Windows Phone 7.5 and higher 512 MB of memory. We’re invest (sic) in improving the Skype for Windows Phone app to deliver a great experience and plan to resolve issues and build new features on an ongoing basis.”
If we were to read between the lines, we would have guess that Microsoft and Skype were pressed to get this app to the Marketplace and working with what they got on the backend (which we hear ain't pretty), hence the limitations. But it does sound like the Skype team is working hard on bringing updates to the Windows Phone app and we can hope that optimization of the code will allow a more streamlined experience for the Tango phones in the future.
Seeing as Tango phones are just getting ready to launch and the bulk of Windows Phones can run Skype mobile now, we're not too concerned. But it will be interesting to see how this goes forward in the future.
On another note, we'll have more this week on Skype and why background calls and notifications are actually a tricky thing to implement on Windows Phone. It should be an interesting read as our own Rafael Rivera will be doing the explaining. Stay tuned.
3 years ago
Free Books lands in the Windows Phone Marketplace
Here's another iPhone app that's landed in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Free Books delivers 23,469 classic e-books to your Windows Phone. With Free Books you don't have to pay per download for the books you want to read. The price of the app gives you full access to the complete library of titles.
Free Books sorts the titles across three main pages.
Featured Page highlights popular titles from the book collection
Collections Page that offers title categories such as adventure, classics, drama, etc.
Authors Page that lists all the authors (Abraham Lincoln to Thoreau to Shakespeare)
My Library is where your downloaded books will appear
In addition you can search for titles by keyword using the magnifying glass button that appears throughout the app.
Once you find a title, you can view a brief description of the title, read any reviews from other readers, and view a list of any related titles. From there all you do is tap the download button, choose the book from your My Library page and start reading.
Free Books has support for night mode reading, adjustable font sizes, and the reader will save your stopping point automatically.
The only downside is that the book collection may not appeal to everyone. You may not find the current best sellers but the selection isn't too shabby. Especially if you're a fan of the classics.
There is a free trial version available for Free Books to let you try before you buy. The full version will run you $1.99 and you can find it all here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 900 update being pushed out for Rogers
We just received a tip that Rogers Canada is pushing out the Nokia Lumia 900 update. The update is designed to address the loss of data connectivity that was a thorn in the side of many Lumia 900 owners.
We aren't sure how wide spread the availability of the update is but you should get a notification on your Lumia 900 informing you the update is available. Otherwise you can check by connecting your Lumia 900 to your Zune desktop app.
In addition, as a gesture of goodwill, if you purchased your Lumia 900 on or before April 21st, Nokia will credit your Rogers wireless bill $100.
Feel free to let us know in the comments if you're seeing the update, how the update process goes and most importantly if you see any difference in performance.
Thanks, Aaron, for the tip!
3 years ago
Microsoft releases new SkyDrive clients for PC and Mac, introduces additional storage-plan pricing
Microsoft takes on Dropbox and Google Drive with the latest version of their SkyDrive service
Today Microsoft has announced new SkyDrive storage plans for their cloud service as well as new native sync apps for Windows PC and Apple OSX. Combined with official apps for Windows Phone and iOS that were recently updated, Microsoft looks to undercut the market leader Dropbox and block Google from cutting in on their territory.
Clearly the cloud-storage service SkyDrive will be a center piece between Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox 360 going forward. Best of all, Microsoft has extended this offer to Mac users who can also benefit from the new SkyDrive functionality.
We reported on the news yesterday that the SkyDrive app for Windows Phone had been updated, but we can now rejoice with Windows, Mac and iPhone support now being available. Both PC and Mac preview clients work in similar ways. SkyDrive sits comfortably as a central folder in Windows Explorer and Mac Finder, much like Dropbox, and files (up to 2GB) can be transferred between computers (and supported devices).
With the revamp of the SkyDrive service and new clients being released, Microsoft has also lowered the freely available storage from 25GB to 7GB, noting in the MSDN blog post that 99.94% of SkyDrive users currently use 7GB or less. Even at 7GB for free, Microsoft has given a solid left-hook to rival Dropbox who offer a mere 2GB of free storage.
New SkyDrive clients and apps in action
Note, however, should you be an existing SkyDrive user, Microsoft is offering the opportunity to keep the 25GB (or upgrade in this case) for free so be sure to check out the offer on your SkyDrive account (login via the skydrive.live.com). An alert will be displayed announcing "SkyDrive's free storage is changing."
If 25GB (or 7GB if you're a new user or miss out on the free upgrade) isn't enough for your needs, Microsoft is offering three upgrade options for the SkyDrive service:
Additional 20GB - £6/yr ($10)
Addition 50GB - £16/yr ($25)
Additional 100GB - £32/yr ($50)
The above plans and native clients were all first reported by Brazilian website Gemind, back in February. It's interesting to note that Microsoft has unleashed the updates to their service now, just before Google are set to unveil Google Drive as a cloud-based storage solution for their ecosystem. The features present in SkyDrive however are more appealing, minus the Android support for owners of green robotic devices.
3 years ago
More evidence for Magenta Lumia 900 appears from Nokia themselves
We first reported that a Magenta Lumia 900 may be headed to AT&T for a Mother's Day release back on March 27th. Since then we had a sighting of what looks to a bare reddish pink Lumia 900 in a Microsoft Store on April 13th via in-screen advertising (interestingly, we're told that image was replaced with a glossy-white since we ran that story).
Now Nokia themselves seem to be getting in on the Magenta Lumia 900 action as they have it listed as a color option for the device right ont their Facebook page.
Eagle-eyed reader Michael L. noticed it on the social-network's Lumia 900 demo page, which allows you to toy play with a virtual Windows Phone OS. On that page, you have your Matte-Black, Cyan and Glossy-White color choices but low and behold, there is also mysterious and alluring Magenta.
While a reddish hued Lumia 900 would not be an earth-shattering decision, after all the Lumia 800 has that choice, up till now there has not been an announced Magenta variant for the 900-series.
Seeing as AT&T is the premier launch partner for this device and our earlier tip that a Mother's Day version was planned for release (it also falls on a release-day for the carrier), we're liking the odds of this happening come May.
Would you get a magenta Lumia 900 for yourself or a loved one? Hit us up on comments.
Source: Facebook (Nokia); Thanks, Michael, for the tip
3 years ago
Latest Tango ROM for Nokia Lumia 710 has internet sharing on-board
We've reported twice on Nokia getting ready to serve up some Tango ROM updates along with new firmware for the Lumia 710. First was a planned update for China and it was followed by an update for the carrier Proximus in Belgium.
Both ROMs contained OS 8773 which is known as Windows Phone Consumer Refresh 3 (CR3) or just "Tango" and will have either 12111 or 12120 firmware on board to coincide with the pushed update. But what a lot of folks were wondering is if the firmware enabled Internet Sharing aka Tethering, a feature long missing from the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800.
Indeed we can now report that at least some of these software updates will have this on board as site WP7.nl has installed and verified that this feature in present. Of course, we don't necessarily expect all updates to contain these as it will technically be up to the carriers but a good portion will opt for the pay-in service of wireless tethering.
We expect Nokia to begin pushing these update for both regions and more in a few weeks presumably June, if an earlier report is correct. In the meantime, Nokia will probably begin to populate their servers with more updates for other carriers for the big OS refresh. We'll keep you posted.
Update: Interestingly, Nokia has pulled the 8773 ROMs from their servers. Thanks, Francesco
Source: WP7.nl; Thanks, Niels, for the tip
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