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.
Today, Huawei announced the new Ascend P2 Android smartphone. We won’t go into too much detail, for that you have Android Central. But we will say that Huawei, in terms of hardware, are starting to do some impressive things.
That Android device features numerous “firsts” including the first Cat4 LTE phone, a 2422mAh battery, and some advanced power saving features that on paper sound exciting. Their new display also uses Super Sensitive Touch (probably licensed from Synaptics, Nokia didn’t invent it) making them the first Android phone with that technology. Whether or not it is good as an actual phone remains to be seen.
The Qimini (pronounced "Chee-mini") is a new wireless charging concept that would see consumers carry around a small charging station with their laptops for use with a compatible smartphone - the Lumia 920 or Lumia 820 (with supported shell) in our case. Acting just like the Nokia (or equivalent) wireless charging station that's plugged into the wall, the Qimini will power a smartphone without any wires.
Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough of certain game types on Windows Phone, such as RPGs and strategy games. Sure, we have a few of each to choose from, but it’s still slim pickings for the avid gamer. You know one portable platform that had an unabashedly great library? The GameBoy Advance, a color portable handheld console released back in the innocent year 2001.
Now ‘m.k’ – the developer of the Snes8x emulator, has brought the excellence of the GBA library to Windows Phone with a new emulator: VBA8. Like Snes8x before it, VBA8 uses the power of Windows Phone 8 (not 7) to accurately recreate a classic gaming experience.
The Lumia 920 is listed for pre-order on the Noovi Store website in Germany. What's more is that the rare grey version is listed alongside cyan, providing superb choice for German consumers who would rather head down the unique route with these uncommon colours.
Yes folks, Windows Phone Central is here in Barcelona for the annual Mobile World Congress, considered to be the largest trade show on all things, well, mobile. With an expected attendance of nearly 60K visitors, this year will be the biggest ever (and at a new location).
Myself along with our app developer and podcast co-host Jay Bennett will be here throughout the week bringing the latest and greatest news that comes out of here. So what on deck?
Evernote is a solid choice and it’s a good alternative to OneNote. Plus if you’ve been using it for a few years on other platforms you’ll probably not be quite ready to make the jump completely to OneNote. The little app with an elephant has just gotten a bump to fix a few issues.
Every single one of us dislikes the branding that carriers will do to a smartphone. Putting all those logos… well it just feels sacrilegious when you have devices that push the envelope on industrial design like the HTC 8X and Lumia 920. And while AT&T may not have completely rid the Lumia 920 of their mark, they did sort of start.