If you’ve ever stuck around Nokia’s “booth” at Mobile World Congress you’ll know it’s actually quite massive (we’ll have photos later). The area is open during the convention where analysts and weary journalists can relax, have some coffee and get work done.
As tradition, every few hours the Nokia ringtone will blare across the speakers and the Nokia employees working the floor will break out into song and dance. It’s hilarious. It’s entertaining and we kind of love Nokia for bringing levity to an otherwise unexciting day.
So tune in and sing along to Irene Cara’s “What A Feeling (Flashdance)”. You can just follow the giant Lumia in the back if you don’t know the lyrics. (And yes, this was recorded on a Lumia 920).
UK mobile operator O2 has confirmed pricing and availability of the Huawei Ascend W1. The Windows Phone was previously reported to be heading to the UK late next month, but the company has announced shipping will begin on March 7th. It's a mid-range Windows Phone 8 smartphone, which was unveiled earlier this year at CES.
One of the more interesting Windows 8 tablets we’ve see here at Mobile World Congress is Fujitsu’s Arrow Tab. Featuring a solid 10.1” IPS “Super Clear Panel” display, microUSB, SD card expansion, 2GB of RAM and 64GB SSD. It even sports “the world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet” title.
Quick reminder for all that the 'Spring into TEGRA' contest is ending real soon (March 1st at 11:59 PM EST)... so be sure to check out the contest details below and submit your entry for a chance to win one of TWO Tegra-powered tablets! Details after the jump...
Casual and hardcore (or ‘core’) games often appeal to one group of players while excluding the other. Aiming at just one slice of the gaming audience is well and good, but the holy grail of game development is bridging the gap by appealing to both audiences. Only one game developer has consistently managed to reach that lofty goal: PopCap. Now owned by EA, PopCap has finally returned to Windows Phone (7 and 8) with a port of its accessible yet challenging puzzle masterpiece Zuma’s Revenge.
As a Nokia exclusive, non-Nokia owners will have to wait six months to play Zuma’s Revenge. Read on to find out why it’s worth the wait.
Consumers who reside in the Philippines are still waiting for Nokia to launch the Lumia 920. We recently covered the manufacturer opening up reservations for stores in the country, but no pricing has been made available or a date of release. We've now learnt that the Windows Phone is available to order at a local mobile phone store. CMK Cellphones has the Lumia 920 listed for 25,750 PhP ($630).
We reported yesterday on Indigo, the new voice controlled personal assistant from Artificial Solutions and promised that we’d try and spend some time with the app here at MWC. Happily we have done just that and stopped by the Artificial Solutions booth a few hours ago to talk about their new service.
Indigo is just part of a larger system which Artificial Solutions are building, based around their own natural language engine and what they refer to as the ‘brain’, the Teneo Interaction Engine. It’s a smart looking service which we’re excited to see coming to Windows Phone, read on for more details on Teneo and a video hands on.
Online UK retailer Clove has announced on the company blog that pricing and availability for both the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 Windows Phones have been confirmed. Nokia unveiled both smartphones at Mobile World Congress on Monday, further pushing forward in the mid-range market. The Windows Phones will be priced aggressively and offer surprisingly strong specifications that'll make them rather popular indeed.
Life Trends is an odd little app for your Windows Phone 8 device. It was developed to evaluate your personality and diagram your life activity and trends.
The foundation is based on a group of experts in the field of mathematical prediction, numerology and astrology. It's a horoscope app of sorts but instead of giving you a daily prediction, it tackles your entire life span in one try. One could say it's a tool to give your life a little balance.
The Lazyworm team has released an update to the Tweetro+ app available for Windows. The client has been bumped to version 220.127.116.11 to fully support Twitter's 1.1 API, which will be a requirement for third-party developers from March onwards. We last covered the Twitter app being updated at the start of February, with the team promising API support in a follow-up release.
Valpak (www.valpak.com) is set to drag coupon deals and offers into the Windows Phone Wallet with a new release for the mobile platform, according to a recently published press release. The company sells itself as the leader in local print and digital coupons, providing consumers ample opportunities to save the pennies for a rainy day. An app for Windows Phone has been available for a while, but Wallet integration is set to be a new addition.
By Alex Dobie, Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm EST
We're winding down here in Barcelona, as the major announcements draw to a close and we finish up our hands-on coverage of the new devices at Mobile World Congress. In our final MWC podcast, we discuss TouchWiz on a TV, the difference between a Fonepad and a Padfone, and whether a Photosphere is really a Photosphere if no-one's around to see it fall.
We’re still trying to get to bed here in Barcelona, but that hasn’t stopped Nokia from releasing new apps to their Collection.
The latest is NFC Writer, which is exactly what it sounds like: a clever app to write to blank NFC tags specific functions or tasks. We’ve seen similar apps before, like the excellent NFC Launchit, but for some Nokia users they may prefer the more streamlined design of NFC Writer.
Windows Phone 8 users should rejoice as evidently the newly updated WhatsApp and Twitter apps are just the beginning. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore took to Twitter to react to the mostly positive news by teasing he has a “few more apps on my #WP8 phone that aren’t in the Store”.
Microsoft in the past has had headline grabbing “app pushes” where a near steady cadre of awaited apps were launched on Windows Phone. The last time this happened was soon after Windows Phone 7.5 was launched with nearly 50 high profile apps being released over a span of weeks.
While we’re certainly not anticipating that many apps this time (Microsoft did just hit 130K apps) there are a few big titles that we’re still missing...