By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm EST
In the blink of an eye the technology landscape can change. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends. A company that’s dominating the market for a few years can become complacent and in turn need to fight for relevancy. So today we’ve got Nokia sticking up for Apple in the courtroom.
Ever since Microsoft has been a bit more candid about some of the problems with the 7.8 update, specifically Tiles that either don’t update or suck down too much data, there have been reports of Microsoft halting the update in some countries. Germany has been pretty much confirmed at this point as throwing the brakes and now Russia is evidently joining the crowd.
We're back for our post-Mobile World Congress catchup as well as covering all the week's news so far in Windows Phone. Join Jay Bennett and Daniel Rubino for another 90 minutes of chatter and answering your questions!
We're also joined this week by special guest Rob Greenlee, Content Manager, Podcasts at Microsoft for some Windows Phone info on the podcast front.
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The late January release of Skulls of the Shogun for Windows Phone 7 and 8 might have quenched some players’ thirst for a mobile strategy game. But you can never have too many strategy titles, and besides, Skulls (while not a casual game) is not the most hardcore strategy game in the world. Windows Phone still needed a true strategy role-playing game like Final Fantasy Tactics or Disgaea that could keep a player busy pretty much forever.
Japanese developer HyperDevbox recognized that need, and now they’ve published the very first strategy RPG for Windows Phone 8: Spectral Souls. Originally a retail Playstation 2 release, Spectral Souls promises hundreds of hours of role-playing goodness for dedicated players.
GPS Voice Navigation is a turn-by-turn navigation app for your Windows Phone and it recently received a hefty update. The version 5.1 update for Windows Phone 7.x devices gets a map autozoom and search in contacts feature along with a few bug fixes.
The version 6 update for Windows Phone 8 devices also adds the map autozoom and search in contacts features but also adds 2D/3D map modes, full voice directions, night mode and offline maps through Nokia Maps.
The Windows Phone community forum is the best place to discuss the platform as a whole with other consumers. There can be times where you miss the latest threads published on the boards, so we bring you across a handful of discussions that are well worth checking out. So what's been happening as of late?
Nokia has bumped the Camera Extras app for their Windows Phone 7.x devices to version 2.0. We haven't been ignoring the update. It's just that we aren't exactly sure what the update brings to the table.
There's not a change log available, which doesn't help, but we did notice that the "Smart Group Shot" feature is now labeled "Smart Shoot". We've also received tips that you can now remove unwanted items with the Smart Shoot feature but wasn't that always there?
A Taiwanese company by the name of Polytron Technologies has built a device seemingly from the future, or our dreams. Their creation is an almost completely transparent smartphone made up of smart glass with liquid crystal molecules that can display images. The result is a see-through phone, with the exception of the batteries, MicroSD card and some electronic components.
The Lumia 900 has revealed itself on 1 Sale A Day numerous times now, but we're here yet again with another deal. Available in both cyan and white, the Windows Phone 7 smartphone can be picked up (in reportedly "new" condition) for $220. That's not a bad deal at all, especially when it's unlocked and sporting 4G capabilities.
There's nothing we love more than to see consumers create their own media to promote the platform and smartphones they use. There have been a number of Lumia Switch Pitch videos created, but one that caught our attention is by the YouTube account benurfi. Titled "Benji_SwitchPitch," the video goes into some detail as to why the Lumia 920 is a good choice for consumers.
Today Nokia released its financial Form 20-F to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission which outlines its long-term business targets and outlines their relationship with Microsoft. Amongst the dense financial lingo and obvious goals to grow their sales ahead of the market, while keeping costs down, came an interesting tidbit. In 2013, Nokia stands to receive more money from its partner Microsoft than it will pay out in royalties to them.
The Unity team (behind the Unity video game engine that powers a number of popular titles) has announced on the official blog that the Windows Store apps early access programme is kicking off. With Unity 4.2, developers will be able to create games for computers and tablets running Windows 8 and RT, publishing them on the Windows Store.
This opens up the floodgates for both developers and consumers to connect with Unity-powered content, but what about Windows Phone?
American coffee chain The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (www.coffeebean.com) has released an app for Windows Phone. The official app enables consumers to create custom beverages, including all of the signature beverages offered by the coffeehouse. As well as the customisation of drinks, the app provides a number of features that makes it a must-have for those who love coffee.
A "waterproof cover" for the Lumia 620 Windows Phone is on its way according to a tweet published by Sander Teunissen, sales manager at Nokia Netherlands. Think back to the waterproof Fujitsu IS12T Windows Phone, but potentially sporting the Nokia brand and ability to take a cover off when it's not required.
We mentioned the release of Maluuba for Windows Phone 8 the other day and had the opportunity to tinker with the voice controlled personal assistant over the past few days. Maluuba is a "Siri"-like app that lets you initiate searches, set alarms, check your schedules, and other core functions with your voice.
While Maluuba is a nice first step there is still room for improvement. If you're looking for a voice command app for your Windows Phone, Maluuba is worth trying.