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3 years ago

Nokia claims "All smartphones don't have to look alike" in latest Beta Test ad for Lumia 900

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Nokia and AT&T have gone forward with another "Beta Test" commercial. The controversial ad campaign started off my mocking the iPhone (those videos have since been pulled) and have now moved on to teasing how all other smartphones look the same.

In their latest TV blip, a smarmy gentleman is seen proclaiming how his phone defines him as an individual. Moments later a nerdy girl runs up squawking how she has the same phone.

It certainly elicited a slight chuckle from us and it goes to the heart of how a lot of us feel about Android and iPhones, specifically that they're not unique anymore due to their domination in the market. Here in New York City having an iPhone is about as original as being a Yankee's fan, so pushing the line that Nokia's are "beautifully different" could work.

Heck, even we've been critical of the Black-Slab™ phenomena going back to 2009 which may be why we're so enamored with Nokia's Cyan and Glossy White Lumia 900's. (Bonus: the Glossy White Lumia 900 peeks out at the end of this new ad for the first time).

Of course attacking your opponent, even without naming them, can be risky. However, we do think this is one safe area for Nokia to spear their competition as the Finnish company has always been ahead on design. And this type of marketing works. Just look at Nokia's "blown away" campaign and the reaction from Samsung. The company is making waves, my friends and that is effective advertising.

By the way, we're not sure why those original Beta Test iPhone videos were pulled, though we imagine it was due to negative feedback. Luckily, you can still view them here, here and here.

Source: YouTube; Thanks, Travis for the new ad link and Yonkit for the old Beta Test commercials

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3 years ago

From the Forums: Hot threads & Not so well known WP7 functionality

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Do you have a Windows Phone in your hand? Do you think you know everything it can do? Wouldn't it be nice to get some helpful hints, some insight in to what functions are available in Windows Phone?

That is exactly what today's hot thread is all about. In his thread "Not so well known WP7 functionality" (started originally on Reddit), WPCentral Forum member saintforlife has summarized a thread for us that covers a lot of these points. With the help from other forum members contributions his thread is quickly filling up with a lot of helpful Windows Phone functionality tips.

Here are a few that forums member Jet Life added to the list.

 "I've got a couple for the Zune player: 

  • When a song is playing in the Zune app you can tap the artists name and go to their albums list. 
  • If your playing music in shuffle mode and add a song to now playing through a tap and hold, it will be the next song to play. Same thing for an album
  • On the now playing screen in Zune you can tap below the song playing and it will list upcoming songs.
  • If you pin an artist to the home screen, you get the double tile."

Do you listen to the FM Radio in your Windows Phone? Forum member Winterfang added this one to the list.

  • Holding down a blank space while listening to radio on the headphones, gives you the option to use the speakers instead.

Do you have a lot of contacts in your contacts list? Having any trouble keeping them organized? We have some tips to help you with just that  posted by forum member VizagDude.

In the address book view, if a person has multiple iterations of their info from Live, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Linkedin, etc. You can combine them all by using the 'Link' icon from within their profile view. WP actually gives you suggestions on the names from your address book. This way, there is only one iteration of their contact which combines all the different profiles of that person.

Within the address book, you can create groups and add add people within those groups. I have Family, Close Friends and Co-Workers. I can view all their social activity at one place. I can also pin these group/s as a home screen tile.

You will find all of these and many more hints in saintforlife's thread  "Not so well known WP7 functionality". This is simply a must read for even the most advanced Windows Phone user. We even learned a thing or two from this as well as just being reminded of a few tips we forgot.

Have a tip to share? Review the list in the original post in saintforlife's thread "Not so well known WP7 functionality"  and if you don't see your tip, post it in his thread and he will add your tip to the list

Remember, the forums are more fun when you register, so sign up today.

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3 years ago

Windows Phone trivia: Samsung Focus S was originally called Haden?

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Way back in September we reported on three new Windows Phones -- the HTC Ultimate, the HTC Radar and the Samsung Haden --  all appearing in the logs of the app "I'm a WP7!".

As it turns out, it was very accurate. The HTC Ultimate became the Titan (but for Brazil), the Radar of course is very well known today being on T-Mobile and in international markets but that Samsung Haden never really came forth.

For awhile, we thought maybe this was that rumored Samsung LTE device or perhaps something for Sprint. But as it turns out the 4G LTE Samsung phone is actually the "Mandel" (which we're starting to think has been nixed from AT&T's lineup) and of course there's nada from Sprint (or Verizon and T-Mobile.).

Site reader Bailey S. recently had some problems with his Samsung Focus S so he sent it to Samsung for repairs. Evidently there was something wrong with the motherboard so Sammy replaced it and sent the phone back to Bailey. Case closed.

But upon booting up the device for the 1st time, he was greeted with the traditional welcome screen for Windows Phone but instead of SGH-i937 or Focus S it said "Welcome to your SAMSUNG Haden". Even more curious, it says as much in the About screen of the device as well.

So what are we to make of this? The AT&T "code name" for the Focus S was "Kupua" but we're starting to think Samsung's internal device name was, you guessed, "Haden". At least that's our hunch. But why does his phone say "Haden"? We actually have no idea, though if anyone wants to add anything in comments, we're all ears.

Another interesting side note is this phone is completely unbranded with no AT&T software on board. That lends credence to the idea that "Haden" was in case Samsung released this phone internationally (something which never happened) or that "Haden" was for internal testing.

Just some weekend trivia to chew on if you happen to track device names that pop up every once in awhile. Thanks, Bailey, for the email and photos!

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3 years ago

Lumia 900 out of stock at AT&T.com, due to callback?

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The Lumia 900 (both black and cyan) has gone out of stock according to the product listing at the online AT&T store. Nokia has recently confirmed a memory management issue with the Lumia 900 running on AT&T that would kill the data connection, rendering the Windows Phone almost useless for owners while on the go. 

Since the announcement was made Nokia has offered $100 on the bill of affected AT&T and Rogers customers and has also begun rolling out the firmware fix for the connectivity bug days early. There have been reports that the U.S. carrier has been pulling handsets from shelves in favour of models with the update already installed. We haven't heard anything official but this could explain why the handset is temporarily "out of stock".

 

The amount of Lumia 900s left for shipping could have been snatched up by a relatively high number of orders. Then again, AT&T has publicly stated that the Lumia 900 has been selling beyond expectations (even the cyan case was listed as out of stock). We'll not know the exact numbers, but for now it'll be an anxious wait for the second batch of handsets to be made available for orders to run through.

Let us know if you've been able to find any Lumia 900 devices locally or if you've seen that the Windows Phones were pulled due to the update issues.

Source: AT&T; thanks everyone who tipped us!

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: Free Renegade

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3 years ago

Trine's Hangman updated and gets a price reduction

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If you like playing word games on your Windows Phone, Trine's Hangman is one of the best out there. It's a simple game of hangman that is graphically well presented and you compete against other players around the world for global ranking. You have Wikipedia integration, achievements, and free ringtones. The game also has one of the best video trailers out there (see below).

The new version of Trine's Hangman, v1.20, is designed to make the game more user and budget friendly. The update makes the game more user friendly by making the ads less frequent, appearing after every eight words completed instead of after every three. Trine's is also more budget friendly for those who don't want ads with the price dropping down to $.99.

Along with updating Trine's Hangman, Gydar Industries is also focusing on a new game (no details as of yet) that will be both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 compatible. The new game will support seamless play between the PC and Windows Phone. So you can play on the go and continue where you left off on your computer when you get home.

Again, if you like word games you need to give Trine's Hangman a try. Trine's Hangman comes in two versions. You have Trine's Hangman with is a free, ad-supported version that you can find here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.  

You also have Trine's Hangman Pro which has a trial version that is identical to the full version but is ad supported. The ad free version of Trine's Hangman Pro is now running $.99 and well worth the buck investment. You can find Trine's Hangman Pro here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

              

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3 years ago

From the Forums: Beta testing your Windows Phone apps

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Did you know that in our Forums we have an area dedicated to Developer Beta testing? If you're holding that new Windows Phone and you're thinking, How can I help this operating system grow? Well how about beta testing some apps? Our Developers need your help to get their app right and to the Marketplace.

GPS Calculator PRO is one of the apps currently under beta testing in our forums. Developer and forum member kitya is asking for your help to test his app. From the app description:

"This app can be used to accurately calculate distances, get altitude information from digital elevation models, calculate areas, project locations and convert coordinates between several different formats, including UTM"

Insync is a Google Docs sync app and currently in beta testing here at WPCentral. If you use Google Docs this app has an extensive list of features. It is being developed by insynchq he describes his app and list all its features in his thread.

Chrync (beta) is used to sync Chrome to your Windows Phone. Developer dmehers is trying to get beta testers signed up now for the next version he will be testing. This is what he says about the current app.

"The current version of this app syncs down your Chrome Bookmarks, recently viewed URLs, and open browser sessions."

Developer and forum member Ronny Gydar posted his app "People search / Finn folk" in our forums and quickly filled up the 100 testers he needed. So if you're interested in beta testing some apps, be sure and keep an eye on the Beta test forums and join as soon as you can (or you might miss your chance).

Developers: this area is for you. We want to help you get those apps to market a soon as possible. If you are in need of volunteers, post up those trials as we have an army of beta testers ready to help out.

Remember, the forums are more fun when you register, so sign up today.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 get 1st custom ROM with interop unlock

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The presence of WP7 Root Tools demonstrates this Lumia 800 is interop-unlocked

It has certainly been a very exciting 24 hours for Nokia fans between the early release of the 900 data-fix, that hilarous video from India or the prospect that "the Woz" may pick up a Lumia. And now we can add one more.

Over at XDA they have successfully figured out how to get the Lumia devices into unlocked bootloader mode (or rather, to detect if your phone has an unlocked bootloader). In turn, you can install a custom ROM with build 12070 (RM819_059P453_1600.2487.8107.12070_002) on board plus an interop-unlock.

The interop-unlock method goes deeper than developer unlocked on Mango phones but not as deep as a full-unlock. However, it will allow users to install some more sophisticated homebrew apps (e.g. registry editors) as opposed to just sideloading signed apps.

Unfortunately a lot of Lumia 800's won't have an unlocked bootloader (you'll need to check your phone first) but biktor_gj and the rest of the crew over at XDA will surely get to devices with newer firmware on board and unlock their bootloaders eventually.

At time of this writing, biktor_gj is still uploading the custom ROM for the Lumia 710 with interop unlock, though it should be up shortly and use the same process.

Certainly this is a big day for Lumia owners and just the tip of the iceberg for the custom ROMs to follow on these devices.

Source: XDA Forums; via Nokia HD Blog; Thanks, niccolo, for the tip

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3 years ago

Unexpected reaction from losing "Blown away by Lumia" contestant's girlfriend

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Nokia has been aggressively marketing their Lumia Windows Phone family of devices, and it was only the other day that we reported on Samsung publicly announcing they believe the "Blown away by Lumia" challenges (much like Smoked by Windows Phone) being ran by the Finnish manufacturer in India are unethical.

Today we've come across another challenge recorded on film and the reaction of the losing contestant's girlfriend is particularly surprising (see below). Notice at the end when she asks both the host and her boyfriend if they can now leave where she throws in the closing comment that his smartphone is a "worthless Piece of s&^t". 

What do you make of the above video? Hats off to Nokia for not editing it, should it be real of course.

Source: Youtube, via: MyNokiaBlog; thanks Rohit for the heads up!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 900 update is now live

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The Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone update to address the data connectivity issues (and hopefully the battery issue) is now live. All you need to do is connect your Lumia 900 to your Zune Desktop and follow the steps in the Update Wizard.  The entire, ten step process takes about fifteen minutes and does involve a backup step.

When complete your Lumia 900 should be updated to the following:

  • OS Version: 7.10.8112.7
  • Firmware revision number 2175.1002.8112.12084
  • Hardware revision number: 112.1914.2.0
  • Radio software version: 2.1.75.10
  • Radio hardware version: 8055
  • Bootloader version 7.17.2.0
  • Chip SOC version: 0.85.2.1

While it was a bit of a downer to see the Lumia 900 have these issues, Nokia has done a great job of addressing them. Nokia acknowledged the issue, set a target date to correct the issues, compensated customers for their trouble and launched the fix three days ahead of schedule.  

All that is left is to see if the fix worked. My fingers are crossed that data connections are stable and the battery life returns to making it through the day without worries. Icing on the cake would be if the camera improved but that might be asking for too much in such a short period of time.

If you've updated your Lumia 900 and can tell a difference, sound off in the comments.

Thanks, everyone, for tipping us on this!

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3 years ago

WPCentral Poll: Lumia 900 and Titan II owners, what were you using before Windows Phone?

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What phone did you use prior to the Lumia 900/Titan II?

Is that brand new Nokia Lumia 900 or HTC Titan II your first Windows Phone? If so, what phone were you using before making the move to your Windows Phone?  And we won't limit it to those who have just purchased tier first Windows Phone. 

Feel free to sound off in the comments as to why you moved to Windows Phone. Was it the stylish tiles, stable operating system, or did the design of the particular phone jump out at you.

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3 years ago

Samsung waiting on Windows Phone 8 to introduce new high-end handsets

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Samsung is set to hold off on releasing new Windows Phones until Windows Phone 8 "Apollo" is released. According to reports, Samsung Taiwan has stated that they'll be launching a new handset running the next version of Windows Phone in the second half of 2012 (October at the earliest). It's a potential loop of a situation with Nokia pushing hard for consumers to adopt Windows Phone.

Samsung, like most OEMs, are waiting for the marketshare to increase and for higher demand to be present for handsets using Microsoft's operating system. Problem being consumers require a certain degree of choice to become interested in the platform. Cue Nokia just six months ago with the launch of the Lumia 800 in the UK.

With the Finnish manufacturer pushing Windows Phone left, right and centre, more demand will provide Samsung with the motivation to produce more devices to compete within the system. The complaint from a number of potential buyers (particularly from Android) is specifications, or lack of. Majority of smartphone users are now accustomed to dual-core with high resolution displays and removable storage.

We're still waiting for more news on the mysterious SGH i667 "Mandel", which is reportedly one of three AT&T LTE Windows Phones. It'll be interesting to see what Samsung can produce with the upcoming update, but for them to actually launch an effective marketing campaign is another story. For now they'll have to stick to being relatively grumpy at Nokia for their aggressive "Blown away by Lumia" marketing.

Source: ePrice.tw, via: WMPU

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3 years ago

The Amazing Nokia Lift: the Russian approach to Windows Phone marketing

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What do you get when you pack a lift full of Russians, paid for by the Nokia Lumia marketing budget? Well, it's fairly difficult to describe so we'll let the three videos do the explaining of some superb marketing stunts.

The first video shows unsuspected members of the public in the "Amazing Nokia Lift" when a horde of what appears to be police officers charge into the small space and stare that person down. Once they've completely freaked out, the headwear is removed and a superbly executed version of "I Will Survive" is performed. 

Next up, we've got the Amazing Nokia Lift - Girls (pretty self-explanatory):

Not to mention the Amazing Nokia Lift - Angry Birds, which is a rampaging onslaught of character costumes being flung at the lift as it halts at each floor:

What's amazing about Nokia is how diverse their campaigns are. From 4D projection music events all the way to blowing away the competition with Lumia handsets, there seems to be no limit to the imagination of those involved. In the end we all now know that Russians win, at basically everything.

Sources: Youtube (Police, Girls, Angry birds); thanks everyone who tipped us!

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3 years ago

Acer rumored to be working on Windows Phone 8 QWERTY slider

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Over at Russian forum Acer-Club, a rumor has surfaced that Acer is working on a Windows Phone  8 device with sliding QWERTY keyboard.  Despite a dearth of evidence or details, the phone will reportedly be called the W11 and will be a lower-end offering. The post says that the W11 is slotted for an October 2012 release, with an official announcement coming in September. 

If true, the W11 join the Dell Venue Pro, the LG Quantum (aka, Optimus 7Q and C900) and the HTC Arrive (Sprint's only Windows Phone offering) as one of the few Windows Phone sliders out there.  Acer once manufactured the M900, a Windows Mobile phone with a sliding QWERTY keyboard, so it would fit their M.O and they currently have the Allegro on the market. 

The timing of an October release would also fall in line with the expected release of Windows Phone 8, commonly referred to as Apollo.  And although it's already been said, please be sure to take this as nothing more than a rumor at this point.  We will be sure to keep you posted as we catch word of more details. 

So what do you think?  With the slim and sleek Lumias and iPhones of the world, is there still a strong demand for QWERTY sliders?

Source: Acer-Club; Via: Neowin, WMPU

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3 years ago

Amazing Weather v3.0 in the works, translators needed

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Amazing Weather is wonderful weather app for your Windows Phone. The weather app brings everything from current conditions to weekly forecasts to weather radar to your Windows Phone.

The Amazing Weather developers are hard at work on version 3.0 of Amazing Weather that will bring themes, weather alerts, offline mode, auto location detection, and a refined user interface to the mix. But they need your help.

Amazing Weather v3's new "Metro" look

Amazing Weather needs translators for as many languages as they can find. If you care to translate weather terms into the various languages you know, just shoot Eizsoft an email at amazingweather@eizsoft.com with TRANSLATION as the subject line. In return for your help, you'll get a thanks in the About Screen of Amazing Weather and a free Beta copy.

If you're not familiar with Amazing Weather, there is a free trial version available and the full version is running $1.29.  You can find it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

source: XDA Developers

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