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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 advertised in Australian newspaper TeleChoice

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"The Nokia Lumia has arrived!" reads the bold headline in this Australian newspaper TeleChoice flyer. Celebrating the launch of the Lumia handsets, as well as the "Lumia Live" events that are being held this month around the country, it's good to see such exposure.

The Lumia 710 was also advertised in the MX newspaper yesterday, but these are all device specific promotions so we're still looking at Microsoft (or other OEMs) to pick up some of the weight that's holding down the platform.

Thanks Michael for sending in the photo!

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3 years ago

WPCentral 138: Justin Angel, Tango & Mobile World Congress [Video]

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We're back this week with special guest, Nokia's Justin Angel who joins Editor-in-chief Daniel Rubino and developer Jay Bennett for an interesting and exciting discussion of Windows Phone "Tango" and what it means both for fragmentation, developers and consumers. What's more crazy than that? The fact that Justin called in via his Lumia 610 on Skype.

We also go through some news, apps and take your questions.

Listen in or watch the HD video after the break!

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3 years ago

Custom Windows Phone Tango ROMs arrive for the HD2 and Omnia7

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Just a few weeks before it officially hits, Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh aka "Tango" (build 8773) has managed to be dumped onto XDA for the world to see (and use). Wasting no time, some chefs have already cooked up some custom ROMs for the HD2 (which will evidently live until the year 2031 with updates) and the Samsung Omnia7.

More ROMs will be expected to follow soon for first generation devices, notably HTC ones and the Samsung Focus. Since there are no custom ROMs for Gen 2 devices (due to a locked bootloader), we're not expecting this Tango ROM to help too much though perhaps some folks at XDA will find a way.

Tango is thought to a "refresh" of Windows Phone 7.5 with only minor, under the hood changes including support for lower-spec'd devices (256MB of RAM) as well as some MMS improvements and a fix for the SMS bug. Like all previous updates, this is expected to trickle out for current phones but only at the discretion of the carrier.

Source: HD2, Omnia 7; via XDA

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3 years ago

Update to Garmin Streetpilot adds FourSquare to the mix

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Garmin Streetpilot, the popular Windows Phone navigation app, has been updated to add a few new features to the mix. Most notably Foursquare, Facebook and Wikipedia integration.

While there isn't an official change log, here are some features we've noticed.

  • Create and save routes with multiple stops with Trip Planner
  • 3D building map layer
  • Public transportation is now displayed on the map as a layer
  • Wikipedia links map layer
  • Facebook and 4Square integration allowing you to check in/out of locations
  • Use of the compass (device dependent) 

We've also noticed the start-up time and overall speed of Garmin Streetpilot has improved as well.  Throw in a few cosmetic changes to the map view and the update covers a lot of territory.

Oh, speaking of cosmetic changes you have downloadable voices that includes a Yeti, Elfred the Elf and Dr. Nightmare voice.  You also have a healthy choice of automobile icons to download ranging from Star Wars to Sponge Bob icons.  While the update adds a lot to Garmin Streetpilot, I still wouldn't mind seeing downloadable apps come into play at some point.

There is a free trial version available for Garmin Streetpilot and the full version will run you $29.99. You can find Streetpilot here at the Windows Phone marketplace.  If you find something we've missed with this update, feel free to share in the comments.

Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Preview: Lock Screen Widgets for Windows Phone [Homebrew]

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We previously took a look at Windows Phone Hacker's Lock Screen Widgets concept, where enough interest from the homebrew community would spark development to turn it into reality. It would appear as though enough interest was received as in the above video, we can see a working preview of said concept in an app form.

Work is still ongoing to apply UI enhancements and tidying up. Adding, re-arranging and removing widgets is fairly straightforward and selecting the Bing wallpaper is also possible. Suggestions are welcome for new widgets or on the app itself. We look set to see a beta version released next week (depending on continued progress), so stay tuned.

Source: WindowsPhoneHacker, YouTube

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3 years ago

WPRemote for Roku adds YouTube video playback to Roku devices

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Back in September we reviewed a handy remote control app for the Roku video streaming devices called ROKUbox. It mostly provided a convenient substitute for a real Roku remote control, plus a few extra features. Fast forward to 2012 and ROKUbox has now become WPRemote for Roku. The name change is a result of the Roku company’s desire for keeping 3rd-party apps from being confused with official ones. Of course, there is no official Roku remote app for Windows Phone, but you know legal types are.

Additionally, the app’s version 2.0 update added a handy YouTube video playback function. See, for some crazy reason the Roku company doesn’t want to pay Google for the rights to provide an official YouTube channel on the Roku. Never mind that the Xbox 360, Sony Blu-Ray players, and myriad other devices have such channels. Thankfully the folks at Localyf have created their own custom Roku channel that plays YouTube videos.

To enable the feature, you’ll need to follow the instructions provided in the WPRemote for Roku app. Basically it involves going to the Channel Store on the Roku device and inputting a code to download Localyf’s channel. Once you’ve done that, simply press the YouTube button at the bottom of the WPRemote app. The app’s YouTube section allows you to search for YouTube videos by name and view recently played videos. Once you choose a video, it immediately starts playing on the Roku and your HDTV. You can also pin a live tile for the YouTube search function to your phone.

YouTube playback is the one glaringly missing feature of Roku devices, so it’s awesome that Localyf has found a workaround. There are other Roku remote apps for Windows Phone, but WPRemote for Roku appears to be the only one with a YouTube feature. That should be enough to make it a must-buy for Roku owners.

WPRemote for Roku costs $1.99 and there is a free trial. Get it here on the Marketplace.

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3 years ago

Gameboy Pocket emulator for Windows Phone now available on the Marketplace [Video]

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We first broke the news that the developer behind Blue Tomato (aka Sonic's Jewels, the Sega Master emulator) was wrapping up work on Purple Cherry.

Purple Cherry, in keeping up with generic, non-copyright infringing names, is the re-working on Wario's Jewels (WJ7), a Gameboy Pocket emulator that came out last year but was only homebrew i.e. you had to sideload it to your device. That prevented many of you from using it as you need a developer unlocked device to enjoy that feature.

While WJ7 was nice, it also lacked the finesse that Blue Tomato had like Skydrive support and that beautiful new UI. So the developer, BeGood1 Soft, reworked various aspects including improving the core emulator, giving reportedly much better performance during game plays across devices.

Overall, this looks to be a killer purchase if you like playing old school games on your phone, so it seems well worth the price of $1.29 should you choose to buy it after using the free trial.

(Note: For initial release, there is no sound. But like Blue Tomato, Purple Cherry will be getting sound emulation in the near future. Stay tuned as we'll keep you posted.)

Pick it up here in the Marketplace and let us know in comments if you like it or not.

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3 years ago

Review your favourite must-have game and win a Nokia Lumia 800

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Windows Phone UK has announced an exciting competition that celebrates the must-have Xbox Live games of 2012 that have arrived onto the Marketplace - Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, BulletAsylum, Chickens Can’t Fly, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Toy Soldiers: Boot Camp.

The team have decided to give away a shiny new Lumia 800 (see our review) Windows Phone as the prize for the best review. To enter the competition and have a chance of winning the Lumia 800, you'll need to:

  1. Review one of the five must-have games listed above. Be sure to include details such as why it's your favourite, what you liked / disliked, etc.
  2. Publish the review on a blog (can be Tumblr, WordPress hosted, Blogger, etc.)
  3. Enter said review by commenting on the Windows Phone UK competition announcement article only (link below).

We're helping to judge this contest, so we'll be selecting the winning review which displays the most originality, relevancy and humour. So head on over to Windows Phone UK to read up on the T&Cs and put forward your entry. Remember that this is for UK residents only and you have until 5pm (GMT) on March 22nd.

Source: Windows Phone UK

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3 years ago

From the Forums...Barter Forum is live

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From the Forums...Barter Forum is live

We have seen many requests for a area in the forums to buy and trade devices. We love to abide so with no further delay come join us in the Windows Phone Central Barter Forum.

Note: you must have 50 posts to sell your wares. For a complete list of rules please see this thread: Rules for posting in the Barter Forum

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

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia Live augmented reality event in Sydney

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With the launch of the 800, we've been anticipating Nokia's upcoming marketing strategy in Australia with what the manufacturer can do to maintain the standards of promotion we've witnessed in other countries (think back to London with Deadmau5). With the recent announcement that will see Nokia holding Lumia "Live events" in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney this month, we now have more details surrounding the first one on the calendar - Sydney.

As one can probably guess from the above photo, the live event in Sydney sports Nokia's largest augmented reality experience. The public can step up on the Nokia mat to witness an interactive experience powered by an Xbox and Kinect. The video from the console is displayed on a massive 12 metre screen for everyone to enjoy.

Should you choose the Nokia Music tile, you'll be able to compete with Australia’s Got Talent and now local recording star Timomatic in a dance-off. But if that's not your cup of tea, and you're feeling slightly adventurous, then the Nokia Drive tile will produce a random character next to you on-screen; be it an Angry Bird or kangaroo.

Timomatic said the following when asked about his experience working with Nokia on this stunt:

"I was pumped about working with Nokia on this project.  I loved the idea of combining cutting-edge technology like Augmented Reality with my passion for music and dance. The footage was filmed in a studio and we experimented with a range of dance moves, both free-style and choreographed.  It's pretty amazing to see it all come together like that on the big screen."

Are you interested in giving this event a looking? Be sure to head on down to Martin Place between 7am - 7pm (16th March). 

Source: WPDownUnder

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3 years ago

First images of Audible app for Windows Phone appear [Updated]

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Windows Phone users have been yearning for an official Audible app for Windows Phone for quite some time now. Recently, our own Rafael Rivera showed how it's very possible to make an app for Windows Phone using some aspects of the ancient Windows Mobile app of yore. Around the same time, we heard rumblings of a limited beta for an Audible starting to circulate, which gave us hope.

Now, some images of said app have appeared on Reddit by a poster who is reportedly in the closed beta program. He notes that the beta program will be going open in a few weeks and that he won't post the XAP file, so no hope there.

While we can't verify that these images are legit, we have reason to believe that these are indeed real. Hopefully we'll be hearing more in a few weeks.

Update: Confirmed. Paul Thurrott has just posted more screenshots, moving this from rumor to news.

Source: Reddit; via 1800PocketPC, Go Windows Go

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3 years ago

Strategic Analytics: Consumers want larger handset displays

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There are those of us who believe 4.3" screens are too big, but it seems as though there are more who believe they're just the right size (or not big enough). According to a survey by Strategic Analytics, almost 90% of existing smartphone owners look at prototype / newer devices that sport larger screens, specifically 4.0" - 4.5" being the 'sweet spot'.

Kevin Nolan, Vice-President for the User Experience Practice at Strategy Analytics, added to the report:

"In order for smartphone owners to adopt larger devices, it is important for handset manufacturers to ensure that mobile devices are not too heavy and that the devices remain thin enough for purses and pockets."

Windows Phone has been keeping up with this new like for big things with the HTC TITAN and Samsung Focus S, as well as the Lumia 800 and 900 from Nokia. What size screen do you believe is the perfect size for a smartphone? Should we be hitting 5"?

Source: Strategic Analytics, via: BGR

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3 years ago

Windows Phone Game Review: BlastCannon

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Here's a fun Windows Phone game to pass the with. BlastCannon is a simple, yet challenging game that has you defending your base from falling asteroids.  

BlastCannon has a simple, minimalistic design and game play but as you progress through the various gaming levels, the pace of the game picks up. It may not have flashy graphics or complex controls but BlastCannon is a challenging, entertaining game for your Windows Phone.

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3 years ago

Nokia working on Windows 8 tablet says Design Chief

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According to Marko Ahtisaari, Design Chief at Nokia, the company is looking at the possibility of introducing a tablet running Windows 8. Ahtisaari has said in an interview with Finnish magazine Kauppalehti Optio that he spends a third of his time at the company on tablet development and that they "are working on it". Though a spokesperson is less publicly optimistic (as usual):

"We continue to eye the tablet space with interest, but have made no specific announcements."

In other words: they have some ideas, but nothing to show the world just yet. For now we'll have plod along with the Lumia family of Windows Phones and keep hopes up that the Finnish manufacturer brings something to the table when Microsoft launches the next version of Windows.

What would you like to see from a Nokia Windows 8 tablet?

Via: Reuters

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3 years ago

New TELUS ad puts the Lumia 800 front and center [Video]

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Nice to see a non-Nokia commercial showing off the Lumia 800 for once, or rather a carrier actually having a little faith in the hit phone.

TELUS is having a sale till the end of the month (we mentioned it earlier) and the 800 is one of those qualifying for said discount. While the song is unforgivable we do rather like the commercial and find it effective.

The Canadian teleco started selling the phone March 2nd and so far the response seems to have been strong.

Thanks, BugZau, for the tip!

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