This morning Nokia announced 4 new devices to their handset line-up, 2 Asha devices, and 2 Windows Phone devices.
Nokia’s sights did not seem set on the US market though, where the carriers heavily subsidize even higher end devices to bring them into consumer’s hands. Instead we saw indications that Nokia is continuing to drive into markets where upfront cost is everything. Stephen Elop was also clear that Nokia are pushing aggressively into the enterprise market, highlighting Windows Phone's integration with Microsoft Office services as well as the full device encryption available on every handset.
There’s no arguing against the fact that the two Asha phones, selling at less than the price of your average video game or dinner for two, will sell in their target markets. So we’ll focus on the Lumia 720 and the Lumia 520.
Stretch your memory muscle way back to November, that’s when we told you about Nokia rebranding their mapping platform to HERE (sigh, do I always have to type it like that?). At the time they also announced LiveSight, an enhanced version of their augmented reality experience.
Today at Mobile World Congress, that rebranding effort is taking shape on their offerings for Windows Phone. Nokia has reintroduced some of our olds friends, we have HERE Maps, HERE Drive (with regional navigation), HERE Drive + (with global navigation), HERE Transit and HERE City Lens. Basically killer updates to the apps you’ve already been enjoying.
The Lumia 520 looks good on paper and in photos, but what about recorded footage? We decided to take a closer look at the Windows Phone, which was unveiled to the world earlier today, and while it's targeting emerging markets we weren't left feeling disappointed. The model we managed to play with is the matte white variant.
You know the drill by now, folks. New Windows Phone is announced. We take some photos of the thing posing nude, only to then return home, pull up a chair and play some Halo - if only it was that easy. The Lumia 520 was also announced today by Nokia, alongside the Lumia 720. While we're on the floor, barging other crews out the way, we managed to get familiar with the new low-end smartphone.
Nokia today announced the Lumia 720 Windows Phone at Mobile World Congress. Sporting an intriguing design (it lightly resembles a HTC 8X - or is that just me?), the mid-range smartphone packs some serious heat at an affordable price. Since we're down at Mobile World Congress, we figured it would only be right if we marked the demo units with some Windows Phone Central fingerprints.
Nokia has unveiled and officially announced the Lumia 720 today at Mobile World Congress. The previously rumoured handset is now heading to markets, particularly to those who have no LTE access, and will be priced at €249. While considered mid-range, Nokia has managed to pack some serious features into the smartphone.
While you may want high-end phone, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for entry-level phones. Nokia has just announced such a phone, their cheapest Lumia yet, the Lumia 520. The phone will be running Windows Phone 8 and put up a fight against cheaper Android devices.
Note: The event begins at 8:30am Barcelona time (2:30am if you're on the East coast in the US).
We’re here live at the Fira Gran Via for Nokia’s big Mobile World Congress announcement! The room is packed, the anticipation is high and the world is watching. Expected on deck is the Lumia 520 entry level phone along with the new Lumia 720, a 920-esque device but for those on a budget. We may also get news on services updates, including Nokia Maps going to HERE Maps.
Will there be more? Join our Live Blog and watch the Nokia stream after the break!
We've asked a number of Windows Phone Twitter apps to strip down and reveal their timeline views, but fear not as we'll pixel out any secret areas. Rene Ritchie over at iMore recently compared some Twitter apps as a response to Phil Nickinson's AndroidCentral round-up of Android bird apps, both looking at how timeline views are different (if at all).
Not ones to feel left out, we decided to get involved and tag along, so here's our look at 10 Twitter apps for Windows Phone.
As promising as the Wallet feature in Windows Phone 8 sounded back in June, we really haven’t seen many apps leverage the platform. For those lucky enough to be at Mobile World Congress you might want to check out a couponing app called MWC Coupon that integrates the wallet and NFC technology to save you some cash this week.
LG has informed CNET the company has no immediate plans to support Windows Phone 8 with new hardware. While the company remains open to using Microsoft's platform in the future, it doesn't see high enough demand for another smartphone to be released. This sounds odd since Samsung (also arguably a rather conservative OEM partner) is pushing its ATIV S and Odyssey Windows Phones.
Liquid Daffodil has unveiled to Windows Phone Central a new notification system that will provide developers on all Microsoft platforms the ability to tap into services offered by the team. What we're looking at here is an encrypted, cross-platform notification service for Windows and Windows Phone, hosted on the Azure cloud. So what could this mean for consumers should developers hop on and implement the system into apps?
Think unified Notification Center and you've got the idea.
The WhatsApp team has released another update for their Windows Phone app. This is becoming regular news, so much so that we're tempted to set up a new website dedicated to the app and its frequent releases. Versions 2.9.2 and .3 both included more improvements and features, so what has 2.9.4 got to offer consumers?
Nokia is planning on renaming their Nokia Maps to HERE Maps on their Lumia line of Windows Phone. The announcement will coincide with the revealing of the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 Windows Phone tomorrow, here in Barcelona, during their 8:30am (local time) press conference.
The HERE Maps will be an update for existing Nokia Maps users and will start at version 3.2. The exact release of the software and any enhancements to the mapping system is currently unknown, though 3D detailed mapping via earthmine (acquired by Nokia) and routing via LiveSight may be on the list.
As we promised earlier, we have a hands on demo of the new CoPilot Navigation app coming soon to Windows Phone 8.
The version you see here is in “demo mode” but we checked out ourselves and the software is quite nice. There’s not a Live Tile yet but CoPilot seemed jazzed about what they could do with it, meaning you can expect that feature to come in a later update.
Head past the break to see the video and read our earlier article on CoPilot’s history and their exciting return to the Microsoft ecosystem.