Over the last couple of months, Windows Phone Central has been highly skeptical and/or critical of Microsoft’s dedication towards Xbox games for Windows Phone. As the weeks without a new Xbox release (excluding Nokia exclusives) have grown, so has our certainty in an underlying problem. This culminated with a game developer stepping forward to explain Microsoft’s reticence towards approving new Xbox projects, not to mention the conspicuous snubbing of Windows Phone in the announcement of the multiplatform WSOP: Full House Pro.
EE today announced a handful of new 4G plans that share the goal in offering customers with greater choice when it comes to 4G plans. Currently the UK mobile network operator is still the only provider of 4G in the UK, which is set to continue until spring 2013 when remaining UK operators will be able to launch respective upgrades. So what are the new plans at EE like?
Nokia is set to launch its budget smartphone, the Lumia 505 in Colombia, Chile and Peru on the mobile network Claro. The device was originally believed to be exclusive to Mexico's Telcel mobile network. With this move hitting light, we wouldn't be surprised if the Windows Phone moved to more markets where it would sell well.
Mugen Power is reported to be working on external casing for Windows Phones. Said cases would wrap around the handset to provide extra battery juice in emergencies when a power outlet is nowhere to be found. A jacket is to be produced for the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC 8X, while a different solution is planned for the Lumia 820 (since it sports interchangeable covers).
Need to renew your Xbox Live membership? Looking to start an Xbox Live membership? Just want to save some bucks on an Xbox Live membership? Buy.com is offering a 12 month Gold Membership subscription to Xbox Live for $34.99.
The twelve month subscription normally runs about $60 and even if you still have months left on your existing membership, this deal will save you money down the road.
Just make sure you choose "budget shipping" when you check out. This will save you the $3.99 shipping cost for the card. We aren't sure how long this deal will last but you can find all the fine print on the Xbox Live Gold Membership deal here at Buy.com.
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has stated on Twitter that a Windows Phone app is currently in development and should be available soon. The establishment is a popular choice for consumers in the UK and an app for the platform will surely be welcomed by those who enjoy mobile banking while on the go.
Armed Strike is an arcade styled, World War II combat game for your Windows Phone. You battle the Axis powers by air and sea, piloting a wide variety of aircraft and ships. Armed Strike has ten missions in a campaign mode, each with its own unique boss to defeat. Each mission can be replayed so you can try to better your score. The game also has OpenXLive support where you can log in and view an online leaderboard or access your OpenXLive Game Center.
Graphics are nice, game play challenging and if you like arcade styled combat games, Armed Strike is worth a try.
Igneous Software, the developer behind the collection of BBC Radio apps and Podcast Lounge is going through some rough times with the BBC. We've previously touched on how complications have arisen with the British corporation surrounding business licensing. This has led the developer to rename and alter apps available for Windows Phone to prevent the requirement for said solutions to be pulled.
We've now received further information detailing changes Igneous Software is required to make to its BBC Radio apps.
By Sam Sabri, Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 5:55 am EST
Growing up, ‘X’ always marked the spot, problem was my lack of treasure maps. Fast forward to 2013 and anyone with a GPS device can find buried treasure. Ladies and gentlemen, geocaching can make anyone of you a pirate for a day and we now have a great app for Windows Phone to live out those swashbuckling fantasies. But before you get your Captain Jack cosplay on, how about you read into Geocaching Live for Windows Phone.
Windows Phone developer, Ronny Gydar, is normally busy working on his various Windows Phone apps that includes Trine's Hangman and People Search. But this past weekend he and a few friends spent some time on the slopes.
Skiing on Sled Dogs snow skates, Ronny captured the footage using his Nokia Lumia 920 and not only is it impressive watching these guys fly downhill on such small skates but the 920's performance isn't too shabby either. Ronny said the biggest challenge may have been simply holding on to his Lumia 920 while skiing. He's using a silicone skin case that required both hands to maintain a firm grip on the Windows Phone. He's since vowed to find a more rugged case so he concentrate more on the skiing and get away with holding his Lumia 920 with one hand.
While the audio isn't the best (racing down hill does generate a little wind noise), you can barely notice any bounce with the Lumia 920's image stabilization. I'm guessing the flashes of light in the footage is snow reflecting off the Lumia 920's light as it impacts the lens.
All in all, the footage is yet more testimony to the benefit image stabilization gives the Lumia 920.
We recently covered the disappearance of iHeartRadio from the Windows Phone 8 Store. The app was suddenly pulled from listing, but remains available for those running Windows Phone 7.x. We found this to be slightly odd, but believed an updated version would be in the pipeline.
There's only just over a week left until Google flips the switch to drop Exchange ActiveSync support. Should you be an avid Google user and utilise Gmail (among other services) on your Windows Phone, you'll be left in the dark to an extent.
What the changes mean for consumers is from February onwards we'll no longer be able to synchronise calendars and contacts through a Gmail account (though email will still function normally) set up new Google accounts to take advantage of calendars and contacts using EAS (only email will function using IMAP). Those who already have accounts configured will be fine, according to Google.
Not all is lost, however. While you can take this as a golden opportunity to change over to Outlook, Microsoft is planning to support CardDAV and CalDAV in Windows Phone, according to sources familiar with company plans. The two protocols are actually Google's preferred route to synchronise content. Microsoft is attempting to work against Google's decisions of late to prevent consumers from being left out.
Nokia has launched its flagship Windows Phone in Chile, partnering with mobile operator Entel. The Lumia 920 is now available in the country with the Windows Phone available in packages, as well as SIM-free. The smartphone is still hitting markets across the globe and Chilean consumers can now pick up the device in black, white and red variants.
Specifications have been leaked for the 360's successor.
With E3 approaching closer as each day passes, there's going to be more and more salt being thrown at consumers from sources who wish to either leak valid details about Microsoft's next generation Xbox console, or stir up false rumour. The latest information comes from VGleaks, who doesn't have a significant track record, but has published detailed articles surrounding the Playstation 4, WiiU and Xbox.