3 years ago
Understanding your Windows Phone Camera
Want to make the most of your Windows Phone camera? Read our guide on how to get the best shots possible and look like a pro!
While the camera on your Windows Phone may not have been a key factor in the past, with the HTC Titan II sporting a 16mp camera and the Nokia Lumia 900 using a Carl Zeiss lens these little cameras are being seen in a new light. Where in the past many saw the camera as a nice accessory or even a novelty, as technology improves the Windows Phone camera's performance it's becoming a more influential feature.
Additionally, as our Windows Phone camera evolves so does the software that drives it. You have more control over the camera these days along with special settings to use effects, adjust exposure settings, and program settings. From your children at play to a stunning sunset to your new pet the camera on your Windows Phone is a great tool for capturing and sharing memories.
With all the advancements we've recently seen with our Windows Phone cameras (along with a few suggestions from our readers) it's time to offer our guide to understanding the basics of your Windows Phone camera and a few tips on taking pictures. After the break, we'll cover the principles of photography, the terminology involved, what some of your Windows Phone settings will do, and a few tips to take better pictures with your Window Phone.
3 years ago
Windows Phone "Dare to Live" challenge hits UK streets
We recently put the question to you whether Microsoft is doing enough to promote and market Windows Phone, and now we've just caught wind of a new campaign kicking off from the software giant in the UK. The Windows Phone team will be touring the country (10 cities - 11 weeks) and challenging participants who believe their smartphone is faster than a Windows Phone.
Much like the Smoked by Windows Phone campaign, should contestants win the "Dare to Live" challenge, they'll pocket £20 there and then. But should they lose, and this is the exciting part, they'll not have to hold a sign up and announce their loss, oh no. Microsoft is taking things to the next level with actual fear driven activities instead.
Throughout each week the team will hold the challenges, but on every Saturday they will hold adrenaline intensive activities that will push yourself beyond comfortable limits. From tightrope walking to the Big Air, you're destined to get a buzz for losing to Windows Phone. Think of it as Smoked by Windows Phone with a twist for losing participants.
As well as the challenge and campaign, Microsoft is teaming up with O2 and Phones4U to provide a number of deals on Windows Phones throughout the duration of the event. Phones4U is currently featured with an up-to £100 cash back on the Lumia 800 when trading in your old phone. Be sure to check out the Dare to Live Facebook page for more details about locations, dates and -of course- the special offers.
Kicking off on April 21st, do you dare the live? The team is hitting London this week for the challenges. Should you be lucky (or unlucky) enough to lose you'll find yourself on a tightrope at the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherds Bush this coming Saturday. Be sure to pop along to see the action, WPCentral will be there to return with some photos of course.
Source: Dare to Live, Windows Phone UK; thanks Mark for the heads up!
3 years ago
Swedish retailer Elgiganten offering free Xbox 360 console with LG Optimus purchases
Elgiganten, a Swedish electronics retailer, currently has an intriguing offer for those who are looking to move to Windows Phone. Should you pick up your own first generation LG Optimus 7 for 2390kr (approx. $360), you'll also walk away with a brand new Xbox 360 console to make use of that Gold subscription while on the go as well as on the big screen.
The website states that there's over 100 in stock so it would be unwise not to take advantage should you still be on the fence of making a purchase.
Source: Elgiganten, via: WinGadget.se; thanks Peter for the heads up!
3 years ago
Nokia to launch Lumia 610 in Asian markets at the end of April
Nokia has today announced that the manufacturer will be kicking off the Lumia 610 Windows Phone "Tango" smartphone launch in Asian markets at the end of April. Philippines will be the first country to see the 610, with the following weeks taking the Windows Phone to China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.
The more affordable Windows Phone sports the low 256MB RAM, 8GB storage, 3.7" LCD screen, and 5MP camera. Running "Tango" the Lumia 610 features the improvements and fixes included in the update, as well as introduced limitations due to restricted resources.
Check out the full press release after the break. Source: Nokia
3 years ago
Good Technology's Enterprise app for Windows Phone releasing soon
We reported a few weeks ago that Good Technologies was planning on releasing their Secure Enterprise Messaging app for Windows Phone in a deal with Microsoft giving business users a new tool in their arsenal.
This morning Good is evidently alerting users that their app should be hitting the Marketplace in the next 24 hours:
"Good announce Good for WP Good for Enterprise™ Windows Phone® Available Tomorrow!
Good Technology is pleased to inform you that Good for Enterprise – Windows Phone will be available tomorrow for download from the Marketplace. This release will support Microsoft Exchange and will be available for Windows Phone with OS version 7.5. Most features require upgrading to the latest Good Mobile Control and Good Messaging servers for Exchange. To ensure that your users can take advantage of the new Good client features, we encourage you to upgrade your Good for Enterprise servers."
That's some good news (morning pun!).
As we previously mentioned, Windows Phone has not been the strongest contender for enterprise even with Exchange support. Giving companies the additional option of having Good Technology on board in combination with the extremely popular Nokia Lumia 900 seems like a win-win for Microsoft in getting their mobile OS the attention it deserves and a nod to enterprise.
The full feature set for the Good for Enterprise™ Windows Phone® app is listed after the break. We'll keep you posted when it goes live in the Marketplace.
Thanks, WPMan, for the heads up
3 years ago
BandWidth app gets cease and desist from Speedtest.net
Bad news for those of you who use the free app BandWidth for testing your internet speeds on your Windows Phone, the site SpeedTest.net has sent the developer a cease and desist letter.
Even though BandWidth doesn't advertise itself as a SpeedTest.net app nor uses their logo or name, it does use their servers for testing. Evidently the company decided to exercise their rights and they asked the developer Blake (aka 'microhaxo') to pull the app from the Marketplace. Blake has informed us that he'll do just that noting
"It was a great run, and I'm glad I was able to help so many people."
Indeed sir, it was a mighty fine app that we used regularly for our Windows Phone device reviews. The app was well designed, updated frequently, had no ads and was free -- what more could you ask from a developer? (We've of course grabbed a XAP from the Marketplace for safe-keeping).
We could almost forgive SpeedTest.net if they were ready to roll out a Windows Phone app but so far we don't hear anything official coming our way.
Pickup Bandwidth v4.2 here in the Marketplace while you still can (ironically, it was just updated today) and check our the rest of Blake's apps here.
3 years ago
Microsoft reportedly briefing partners on Windows Phone Apollo during summit
Despite all of us not knowing much about Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" we're sure discussing a lot about it this week.
Netbook News ran a story today about a supposed summit meeting between Microsoft and its partners happening in Reading, UK with the delicious details of the agenda. While no specifics were given, we can of course garner some information from the list itself, presented below:
Windows Phone Schedules and release plans/processes
Customization & Differentiation opportunities
New Windows Phone 8 application development capabilities
What’s new feature review of Apollo
Connectivity and APN management
Better together with Windows 8
Some sites have spun the part about "Customization & Differentiation opportunities" as Microsoft giving more leeway to carriers and OEMs. To that we say "perhaps" but that's certainly an assumption. For all we know, it could be the same Accent color changes and some un-installable carrier software as with Windows Phone 7. But it is very possible that Microsoft is now loosening the reigns a tad to garner more favorable cooperation with carriers and OEMs.
It's a known fact that carriers and device manufacturers adore Google's Android because they can do so much with it, giving them greater incentive to sell the device, whereas Windows Phone is basically always the same. If Microsoft is shifting this a bit with Windows Phone 8, it could give carriers and companies like HTC or Samsung greater motivation to adopt and support Windows Phone 8. The devil is in the details though and we're lacking those.
The rest is just a list of things we're dying to know about, much like you. Too bad we're probably weeks if not months from getting the whole story on the next generation of Windows Phone.
Source: Netbook News
3 years ago
Behind the Tiles with Windows Phone events are coming to Best Buy
Just a quick reminder that Behind the Tiles with Windows Phone is heading to Best Buy. Well, twelve Best Buy locations to be more precise. The events will be held through mid-May in the following locations (and yes, Birmingham is left out again).
Chicago, IL (Yorkshire Plaza)
Dallas, TX (Farmer's Branch location)
Houston, TX (Galleria Mall)
Costa Mesa, CA
New York, NY (Union Square)
Seattle, WA (Lynnwood location)
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
What is Behind the Tiles with Windows Phone you ask? It's an opportunity to spend some quality time with Windows Phone and learn more about the system. There will be free food and drink along with training sessions such as,
Hands-on deep dive with the Nokia Lumia 900
Windows Phone for IT and Developers
Metro UI and the Future with Windows Phone
Plus you'll have a chance to play with different Windows Phone devices. Rumor has it that there might even be a few Nokia Lumia 900s given away.
The events are invitation only with a limited number of open seats still available. You'll need to register here to be eligible for an invite and use mscust as the RSVP code.
It's nice to see Best Buy getting on board with Windows Phones. Let us know if you get an invite and how it goes. Good luck everyone!
Source: Windows Team Blog
3 years ago
Windows Phone Game Review: Line Runner
3 years ago
Dell likes Windows 8 but is still opting out of the smartphone business
For those hoping for a sequel to the Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone, the stars don't seem to be in your favor. In a recent interview with Forbes, Michael Dell re-affirmed his companies position discontinue smartphone sales and development.
But what would it take to get Dell back into the smartphone business? When asked, Dell's response was,
"If the market changes so that a vendor like Dell can compete with smartphones more successfully we’ll likely reenter but, until then, our focus is going to be on managing, securing, and keeping these devices fed."
While conditions may develop to see Dell re-enter the smartphone market, there's no telling what OS they would choose. On the plus side, Dell thinks Windows 8 is exciting and we can expect to see a lot of activity when Windows 8 becomes available.
Seeing that Dell is enthusiastic about Windows 8, could we eventually see a Windows Phone 8 device from Dell? Or should Dell concentrate on computers and tables, leaving the Windows Phones to others?
Source: Forbes; Thanks, Tryggr, for the tip!
3 years ago
More signs that Nokia's Lumia 900 is doing well
While we've already seen signs that the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 is doing well. The Windows Phone has reached the top of Amazon.com's Best Seller list and finding the Lumia 900 in-stock has been a bit of a challenge. Even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was out shopping for the Lumia 900.
Even with the connectivity glitch, sales seem brisk and Nokia is scrambling to keep up with demand. Nokia spokesperson Karen Lachtanski states,
"We are producing more devices to satisfy demand as quickly as possible.”
To help Nokia keep pace with inventory demands, Nokia is seeing more customers opt to update their Lumia 900's to address the connectivity issues than exchanging them.
“The inventory situation is primarily a function of demand because we are seeing that most customers are opting to keep their units and simply update via Zune."
We are already seeing inventory of the black Lumia 900 being replenished and based on comments and AT&T retail store reps, the cyan model should be back in stock any day.
So far, it would appear that Nokia's re-entry into the North American market has gone well. And expect the momentum to continue when the white Lumia 900 launches this weekend. Let us hope that they have plenty of the white models on hand.
source: AllThingsD; Thanks, VaultBoy, for the tip!
3 years ago
Report: Windows Phone Tango aiming for a June release by Microsoft and carriers
Speaking of Windows Phone updates and rumors, our friends over at Mi Movil Windows have confirmed with two sources that Windows Phone Tango (finalized as OS build 8773) will be released officially at the beginning of June. (We've been told who the sources are but have been asked to not name them).
Even though ROMs of Tango have been floating around for awhile (and we've seen some for the Lumia 710 as of late) Microsoft reportedly pushed the April time-frame for release back to June so that more operators could finish testing and Microsoft could target a more universal roll-out, much like Mango. This becomes self-evident when you realize that no Tango updates have happened yet, even though the ROM has been finalized.
Of course if true, this won't mean we'll all get Tango the same day, let alone the same week. Instead what we could be seeing here is a rolling update where various regions and carriers will release over an extended time-frame. This sounds a lot like the Mango-update which took roughly two-months to reach nearly 90% of devices. The difference here is the fact that Tango is a far cry from those 500-new features we saw last year.
Windows Phone Tango is expected to be optimized for 256 MB devices for emerging markets, feature enhanced MMS capability and other under the hood optimizations.
It will be interesting to see if AT&T, who have gone on the record twice now, will be taking advantage of this extension to also roll out this Tango update for current devices. The timing seems about right.
Source: Mi Movil Windows
3 years ago
Windows Phone dev making over $1000 per day with adverts on Taptitude
Last time we touched on Taptitude they had just hit 100'000 download, and were doing pretty well for themselves. And it's only gotten better from there.
Taptitude is a game made by four brothers, which is a collection of mini-games. As you play through the games you gain points, which you can use to unlock more games. In total there are now over 60 mini-games, and more are added each update.
Over on their blog, they have detailed what the last year has been like for their game, as well as how much revenue they have made through Microsoft PubCenter ads in the game. So how much have they actually made? As of yesterday, they have pulled in slightly over $100'000 through ads.
And from the graph below (ad impressions), it's pretty obvious that it is not slowing down - in fact, in the comments on the article, one of the developers mentions that over the last few days they have been pulling in around $1400 per day.
They also give lots of other stats about the ads, impressions, and download so we recommend you go check out the source below.
One final thing that we found interesting was the device usages. It might be obvious given how much Nokia is pushing their Lumia range, but it's good to see that other developers are also seeing the Lumias taking top spot.
3 years ago
Warnygo for Windows Phone released to the Marketplace
Warnygo, a social alert system-type app, has been released for Windows Phone. We previously looked at Warnygo back in 2010 where we explained the idea behind the app and what users can achieve with included functionality. So what is Warnygo all about? In a nutshell it's an alert app, which allows you to publish alerts for other users to receive, as well as read up on subscribed zones.
From road incidents to weather alerts, and spotted celebrities to someone who requires medical attention, Warnygo covers a wide variety of categories to choose from. Zones can be created when announcing "warnies" to limit who can see your posting depending on their location - you might not be interested in road incident alerts for another county.
As mentioned above, users are able to subscribe to certain zones (for example: New York) to filter through alerts for more relevant results. As well as using the app, "warnies" can also be viewed on the Warnygo website with an interactive map available. It's an interesting concept for a social network and it'll be interesting to see how this takes off.
You can download Warnygo for free from the Marketplace. A premium version is mentioned in the app description but doesn't appear to be available as-of-yet. Note that this is currently in public beta, so features present and the version itself does not reflect the gold product.
3 years ago
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