If there was on market the affordable and adored Lumia 620 could make a large impact on it would be India, so it’s great to see that the phone is officially now available there for purchase. We reported a few days ago that the 620 was available from Flipkart for preorder at 15199 rupees, but now users can get it right from Nokia too.
The phone can be bought direct for 14999 rupees ($275 USD) and comes in all six colors, including white, matte black, magenta, cyan, yellow and green.
It's unfortunate that we have to break the run of banking apps being released for Windows Phone with news of the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) app being pulled. The app has been available on the platform for quite some time, but will not be updated for Windows Phone 8 and will no longer be supported. So what's happened?
Newegg.com, the one-stop place for all computer geeks and nerds, is one of our top official apps on the platform. It’s always been well designed and even has some unique features, like the ‘time machine’ feature added to the last update.
Version 1.4 is now live in the Store, and although it’s not a huge update, it’s important enough for HTC 8X and ATIV S users out there, as you can now finally take advantage of the full-resolution support it brings. The latest update also brings some more “bug fixes” but the main take away here is the WP8 support.
Nokia has rolled out an update for its HERE Transit (or Transport) app, available on Lumia Windows Phones. Pushing up the build number, the company has added a number of minor improvements, including the ability to show nearby stations / stops on the map as well as accessing favourites from HERE Maps and Drive.
In the video, we catch a glimpse of Rudy working on his apps, learn why he loves Windows Phone (and Nokia support) and how he helps the developers in France through his meet-up group. We even see his famous Bi(n)g Maps (errr, HERE Maps) which involved linking 28 Windows Phones together for one big map. He’s quite the impressive guy and luckily Jay Bennett and I were able to finally meet him in person during Mobile World Congress.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Huyn’s work, you’re encouraged to try out his various apps including TVShow (keeps track of what you’re watching), Wikipedia (the de-facto Wiki app for Windows Phone), GContacts (Gmail contact syncing), Fuse (RSS news reader) and more.
There have been a number of updates pushed out recently. While none of the apps we've caught have received major upgrades, it's still worth noting exactly what's been bumped and what's included in the latest release. So which apps have received an update? For Windows Phone, we're looking at Flyby!, glƏƏk!, Stacks for Instapaper and Fantweestic for Windows 8.
Now that Fitness Month has passed, we'll return to our regularly scheduled roundups for the other various games and apps available in the Windows Phone Store. This week we revisit platformer games.
We grabbed a handful from the "Top Free" platformer section of the Windows Phone Store that includes a bouncing ball, a lost space traveler and a hedge hog. As with all our roundups, if you've got a favorite platformer game sound off below in the comments with your recommendation.
Trader Media Group (TMG), parent of UK Auto Trader, is set to replace its iPhone arsenal with Windows Phones. It's said that Android will not be considered as it has too many security vulnerabilities. In an interview with Computing, TMG CIO Tim Jones revealed that the company has operated in an iOS ecosystem for the last five years, because the iPhone was the more mature smartphone available on the market. But now the group is looking at alternatives.
You might be interested in checking out TouchPal if you’re running Windows 8 on an Intel based machine. TouchPal is a brand new keyboard for your touchscreen monitors that adds a little variety to your onscreen keyboard options.
Quiz time. What makes me and the rest of the crew at Windows Phone Central happy? Hint. It probably makes you ecstatic too. The answer? Any single time we get a new app on the platform or an app gets an update. It’s a situation that you can’t help but channel your inner Sheen and shout ‘winning’. Today we win by getting E*TRADE to update and support a few features of Windows Phone 8.
If you’re rocking a Windows Phone 8 handset from Nokia you’ll want to check out the beta version of their Place Tag app. We first showed you guys a hands on of Place Tag at Mobile World Congress, where Nokia announced the lens app. It’s now available in the Windows Phone Store for you to use.
Last month we were excited to learn that Ubisoft’s Rayman Jungle Run would be coming to Windows Phone at some point in the future. The combination of endless runner with actual levels and the lovable Rayman is just what our favorite smartphone platform needs. What we didn’t know is that Jungle Run would also be coming to PC and tablet via Windows 8 and RT. Happy surprise - it’s out now and Xbox Live-enabled! Plus it gives us a great idea of what to expect when the phone game comes along.
By Sam Sabri, Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 8:21 pm EST
In the blink of an eye the technology landscape can change. Friends become enemies and enemies become friends. A company that’s dominating the market for a few years can become complacent and in turn need to fight for relevancy. So today we’ve got Nokia sticking up for Apple in the courtroom.
Ever since Microsoft has been a bit more candid about some of the problems with the 7.8 update, specifically Tiles that either don’t update or suck down too much data, there have been reports of Microsoft halting the update in some countries. Germany has been pretty much confirmed at this point as throwing the brakes and now Russia is evidently joining the crowd.
We're back for our post-Mobile World Congress catchup as well as covering all the week's news so far in Windows Phone. Join Jay Bennett and Daniel Rubino for another 90 minutes of chatter and answering your questions!
We're also joined this week by special guest Rob Greenlee, Content Manager, Podcasts at Microsoft for some Windows Phone info on the podcast front.
Stream the audio above or the HD video after the break or use our app, your pick.