3 years ago
Official SmugMug app now available for Windows Phone
Looks like that push for more official apps on Microsoft's mobile OS is still rolling forth which is good news for all of us. SmugMug (www.smugmug.com) is where those too good for Flickr flock and is one of the biggest and most interesting photography sites on the 'net. Possibly only rivaled by 500PX, it's a spot where the more "serious" shutterbugs amongst us post their work (meaning our array of cat photos are probably not welcomed. Booo.).
Having an official app for Windows Phone is a welcomed gesture as many of our users will surely take advantage of the new app. So what do you get?
"Explore and be inspired by stunning images shot by passionate photographers around the world. Browse the day's most popular images on SmugMug's global photo community, or view the most beautiful photos of all time.
And if you already have a website on SmugMug, there's more: Log in to see your galleries and share your photos with anyone, anytime. You can even take pictures on your phone, edit and upload them on the go."
In other words for a version 1.0, SmugMug covered all the basics including that valuable upload ability. Combine your SmugMug account with our Lumia 710 photo contest and you have yourself an interesting combo!
Pick up the official SmugMug app for Windows Phone here in the Marketplace. Big thanks to Sabita M., for the heads up!
3 years ago
Microsoft: 90% of first gen phones sold were the Samsung Focus
On an interesting podcast over at Platform Biased, Daniel Smith who's a CX-XBLA Producer at Microsoft, reveals some interesting numbers about those first generation handsets. Out of the three that came out (putting the Dell Venue Pro to the side), the Samsung Focus (see our review) reportedly accounted for about 90% of the sales while the LG Quantum (review) had about 8% and the HTC Surround (review) only garnered a meager 2%.
Smith doesn't mention AT&T directly nor does AnythingbutiPhone (where we grabbed this story from) but obviously that can't be the whole tale. T-Mobile launched the HTC HD7, Sprint followed months later with the HTC Arrive and Verizon even later with the HTC Trophy. T-Mobile and AT&T also both had the Dell Venue Pro, though that was an unofficial as it was never available in stores. Likewise, AT&T eventually picked up the HD7s (review) late in the game.
So there weren't three Windows Phones but rather nine for the first generation and the three mentioned were AT&T specific.
Reported percentage of AT&T 1st Gen Windows Phone sales
Still, it was quite obvious that the Samsung Focus, which is getting a sequel this weekend, was always the big seller on the platform early on and for good reason. It also explains why we'll probably never see an HTC follow-up to the Surround and why LG became gun shy on Windows Phone.
Source: Platform Biased; via AnythingbutiPhone
3 years ago
Electronic music streaming app Beem gets a seriously cool update
Back in early April we reported on the new streaming music app Beem by Windows Phone Development MVP Den Delimarsky. The app taps into Digitally Imported (www.di.fm), the popular electronic dance music site which features everything from Techno to Trance to Chillout to Progressive making it quite the value. What's more, both the service and app are completely free and the app doesn't even have any ads. Did we mention it's pretty gorgeous too?
Version 1.1 just hit the Marketplace with a bunch of welcomed new features, some of which are extremely impressive:
A bug fix that now allows you to re-pin a tile even if it disappears (apparently an OS bug, but there is now a workaround).
Ability to search for played songs in the Zune Marketplace.
Ability to record the stream and store it locally for playback (consider this a DVR implementation for DI.FM).
Ability to set short recorded music as a ringtone.
There is now a "Now Playing” option that allows users to easily jump to the currently playing station.
Added the ability to clear the music player (in case you don’t want to see the last played content even though it is paused).
The ability to look the song up in Zune was something we asked for--after all, we want to make use of that Zune Pass--so it's great to see it here. The new feature works flawlessly allowing us to search for the song/artist that's currently playing and then download to our phone directly (something that's very awesome over AT&T's LTE).
But the ability to locally record whatever is playing is the most impressive. The music is saved within the app for later offline playback and is really quite useful. Not only does it record but it shows you how much space in KB it's taking up in real-time. Very cool stuff.
Finally, the rest of the changes are just icing on the cake. The new Tile layout of the stations is quite eye-catching and the app is a must-have for us as we're big fans of downtempo for our background tunes. If Beem sounds like something up your alley then you can grab it right here in the Windows Phone Marketplace (or check out Den's page on the update). The app is on our must-have list for a reason!
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 900 survives torture test
If there was any doubt how well built the Nokia Lumia 900 is, the above video should ease anyone's concerns over build quality. The unibody design coupled with Corning's Gorilla Glass make the Lumia 900 a very solid Windows Phone. Solid enough to drive nails.
The engineers who tested the durability of the Lumia 900 did the same test on the Lumia 710. The 710 held up just as nicely as the 900.
Now for the obligatory disclaimer. While the Lumia 900 clearly survives the torture test in the video, we don't recommend you using your Lumia 900 to build a deck, repair the back steps or deliberately abuse your Windows Phones. Such activity would likely void your warranty.
Chime in below in the comments if you're Nokia Lumia 900 has survived near death experiences.
Source: Conversations Nokia
3 years ago
Bridgestone Australia picks Windows Phone as their fleet smartphone
Windows Phone and Nokia received another vote of confidence. This time from Bridgestone Australia who has chosen the Nokia Lumia 800 to replace the company's smartphone fleet.
The Nokia 800 won out over the iPhone and Blackberry in part due to the Windows Phone support for Outlook, Work and Excel. Bridgestone's workforce was a little divided in their needs with Sales needing easy email access and managers needing better integration with business apps. Then there was the desire for a device that bridged employees work and personal lives. Scott Baxter, Group IT Manager for Bridgestone commented,
"There was a strong business case for the Nokia Lumia 800. It gives us the best of both worlds - seamless integration with familiar business tools, such as Outlook, Internet Explorer, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as exceptional design and build quality."
Baxter also commented that Nokia Drive and Maps were two appealing apps that will allow staff to dispense with separate GPS devices.
Source: ITWire; Thanks, Hassan, for the tip!
3 years ago
Windows Phone Central Contest - Win a Nokia Lumia 710 with Mobilicity
Windows Phone Central, with the help of Mobilicity, is having another Photo Contest to win a Windows Phone -- the Nokia Lumia 710 (review) which just arrived on the Canadian carrier. This time around, we've scaled things down a bit and instead of a black/white theme, we are going with the Great Outdoors. It doesn't have to be a picture of the Grand Canyon and a picturesque shot of your front yard will do. It can be a sunset, a photo of the lake, the mountains, a garden, just anything outdoorsy that is eye appealing.
Here's the fine print...
Photos must be taken with a Windows Phone.
Only one entry per reader.
Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, May 21, 2012 at 5:00pm EST.
Due to carrier limitations, only residents in the Mobilicity coverage are eligible for the first prize.
Entries can be submitted in this Windows Phone Central forums area.
We will announce the winners by Thursday, May 24, 2012. First prize is a Nokia Lumia 710 with six months of service from Mobilicity. Second prize is $100 gift card to the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store. Third Prize is a $50 gift card from the Windows Phone Central Accessory Store.
Remember in order to post in the forums, you will need to register with Windows Phone Central. You can find that easy process here.
Good luck everyone and happy shooting.
3 years ago
geoDefense Mango update adds Live tiles and more
geoDefense Swarm is out now and doing quite well, if reader comments and my own enjoyment are any indication. But the original geoDefense, which also happened to be the first good tower defense game on Xbox Live for Windows Phone, is still loved by many. As such, Critical Thought Games recently released an update to make geoDefense even better for current and future consumers.
geoDefense version 1.4 release notes:
60fps on devices that support it (previous cap was 30fps)
Live Tile (pin the game tile to the home screen, will flip to show progress)
Live Secondary Tile (hold down on level in list and it'll make a quick-jump live tile on home screen)
Supports Fast Application Switching
Fixed a bug with the targeting logic of locked laser towers (This was a big deal on some levels.)
Mango features are the standout additions. Many of us swear by Fast App Switching, so it’s great to see another popular Live game add that support. If only they would all follow suit (*cough, Plants vs. Zombies, cough*). Can’t go wrong with Live Tiles, either.
geoDefense is an easy-to-learn and addictive tower defense game. See our full review for details. The game costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Get it here on the Marketplace.
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 900 approved for China and reportedly arriving in June
Nokia is moving closer to its China launch of the Lumia 900, according to dates reported by Chinese news website Sina Tech. The Lumia 900 was approved for use on GSM and WCDMA networks by State Radio Regulation Committee (SRRC) on April 18, and the website is pointing to a June release for the Windows Phone. The younger brother, the Lumia 800c, was launched in the country back in March.
AT&T has been witnessing expectation surpassing results with the 4G version of Nokia's flagship Windows Phone since its launch earlier this year. Let's not forget the news of the platform market share overtaking the iPhone in China, which should continue to capture more of the market with the introduction of this high-end device. The Lumia 900 sports a 4.3" ClearBlack AMOLED display, 1.4GHz chip, 512MB RAM, and 16GB of storage.
Source: Sina Tech, The Next Web
3 years ago
Tips and tricks for using SkyDrive on Windows Phone
In our latest how-to guide, we show you how to make the most of your Windows Phone and SkyDrive cloud storage
We've touched on the basics with Microsoft's SkyDrive services and the SkyDrive App for your Windows Phone. But how does all that translate into every day use?
The obvious every day use for SkyDrive and your Windows Phone is to free up storage space and make content easily available. Why bog down your Windows Phone with documents, pictures, and music files when you can store them in the Cloud and access them at your leisure? But did you know that several quality apps utilize SkyDrive? Of course you did... and we'll try to cover a few along the way as we look at every day uses for your SkyDrive account.
3 years ago
Microsoft updates Live on Windows Phone. Now integrates Twitter profile into People Hub.
New Twitter integration with Live and the People Hub. Left (New) and Right (Old).
Microsoft has evidently updated how Twitter interacts with Live services on Windows Phone by automatically pulling down a contact's Twitter profile an merging it into "Notes".
We're not sure when the change occurred but reader Kaush noticed the difference today which evidently happened when Windows Phone auto-syncs back to the server for contact updates. We managed to break out our international Titan (which we last used a few months ago) to quickly compare for a "before and after".
As an example, under Jay Bennett you can now see his Twitter profile integrated into Notes whereas the device on the right does not have that information.
While this is a small and subtle change, it is certainly good use of the Notes area which often goes unused. So to our readers: is this something really new or have we just missed it?
Thanks, Kaush, for the tip!
3 years ago
Microsoft planning to patent cross-platform app migration service?
Microsoft is developing a cross-platform service that will enable users to migrate from competitor platforms (or Windows Phone) to Windows Phone, according to a patent filed back in 2010. The service will allow apps to be detected on the legacy handset, which will then be listed on the new Windows Phone for convenient downloading, providing users with peace of mind when it comes to installed apps.
According to the filed patent, the company is planning to provide functionality within the service that would analyse installed apps on the legacy handset (eg.: Android). The service would then search for identical or similar apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The user would be presented with popular third-party suggestions should official apps not be available.
If there's no third-party app present on the Marketplace, the service will notify the user in the future once a similar app is published. Is that more than enough? Not according to the company. Microsoft is reported to be wanting to take things further with actually creating a complete solution where app data would be stored and transferred across to new Windows Phones or from other platforms, preventing data loss. Of course, little detail is available and we're yet to see how this service could work with the likes of Android and iOS.
Another question on mind is if apps will have to be repurchased for Windows Phone when migrating from another platform, or would the software giant subsidize the costs? Microsoft has clearly been serious about Windows Phone since the off, and this reaffirms the company's commitment to take part in the smartphone marathon. How would you like to see such a service implemented?
Source: Unwired View
3 years ago
Nokia Lumia 900 finally coming to Singapore on May 26th
Around here at WPCentral, we get a lot of international users asking "When is X coming to my country?". The Lumia 900 is one of those frequently asked about and specifically in Singapore.
So we're glad to report that it's officially launching there on May 26th, fetching for S$849 (US$ 670) and available in three colors: matte-black, glossy-white and of course, cyan.
The pricing may seem a bit high, especially since in the US it can be had for $450 (off-contract). However pricing is relative and from what we understand high-end devices like HTC and Samsung often sell for S$900 or higher. In that sense the Lumia 900 is not cutthroat cheap but it's fair. Reportedly three carries will have the device available to consumers within a few weeks.
How well will Nokia and Windows Phone fair in Singapore remains to be seen. They already ave the Lumia 710 and 800 (in fact they had the 800 way back in December). Will the 900 grab that upper echelon of the market? We hope so.
Source: CNet (Asia); Thanks, Corraine, for the tip
3 years ago
Australian HTC TITAN II 4G Windows Phone pricing and availability details revealed
WPDownUnder has received insider information detailing pricing of the upcoming HTC TITAN II 4G. As well as cost, the Australian website is also able to report a date for when the Windows Phone will be available in Telstra stores. May 29th is the date set for Australia's first 4G Windows Phone, should source information be trustworthy.
Apparently, the carrier has already had the device in-stock at selected stores for some time but it's not confirmed what has caused the delay. We were previously looking at an early April release. Check out WPDownUnder's graphic illustrating the plan pricing, which has been previously confirmed by the website from documentation.
Note that no official announcement has been made from Telstra, so it's still a waiting game but at least we have some light at the end of the tunnel.
3 years ago
Nokia unleashes the ground troops with the official Nokia Army app for Windows Phone
It looks like Nokia is taking the competition seriously as they have evidently formed their own military, aptly called the Nokia Army.
And what good is a military force if it doesn't have its own app, amirite? So it shouldn't be too surprising to find the official Nokia Army app sitting proudly in the Nokia Collection, awaiting your orders.
Now some caveats: civilians are not welcomed for this app. You need to have proper ID to get in and that includes having a nokia.com, team-nokia.com, team-nokia.net, navteq.com or marketsource.com email address. Should you possess one of these, head to www.nokiaarmy.com and get yourself registered and enlisted.
So what's the app for? Details are murky ("fog of war" stuff) but we can say that it's a "Nokia Tool for Nokia Army Team members to use when visiting and supporting retail in North America.". There should be little doubt folks, this is for Nokia's troops on the ground during Operation Rolling Thunder.
Download Nokia Army, should you qualify, here in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Over and out. Thanks, Jose, for the tip!
3 years ago
Windows Phone Game Review: 3D Akranoid
Show More Headlines