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3 years ago

Nokia snags ex-webOS developer guru Richard Kerris as its new Global Head of Developer Relations

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T'was just a few days ago that our pals at PreCentral reported that Richard Kerris, beloved VP of Worldwide Developer Relations for webOS, was leaving the company after just nine months to "pursue an opportunity outside of the company." Looks like we now know where "outside" is.

Welcome to Nokia, Mr. Kerris.

It had been rumored that Kerris might be headed to Windows Phone's new best friend. And this morning, Marco Argenti, senior vice president of Developer and Marketplace for Nokia, tweeted that indeed Kerris is now Global Head of Developer Relations. To wit:

Great people are what makes the difference, always. I'm excited to welcome Richard Kerris in my team as Global Head of Developer Relations.

It's a pretty big pickup for Nokia, and in turn we assume Windows Phone.

Source: @marcoargenti; More: PreCentral; Thanks, Achill3s, for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia to give away 25,000 Lumia phones to devs starting today

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It was announced this morning, almost in passing, that Nokia would begin a program to put 25,000 Nokia Windows Phone in the hands of eager developers. The announcement came during a developer session this morning called "When bigger is better" and was revealed by Marco Argenti (pictured above), Senior Vice President, Developer Experience & Marketplace at Nokia.

We caught up with Argenti a little later to confirm the number and it's 100% accurate. In fact, he revealed that today at Nokia World there would be a developer after-party today where some folks from Nokia will be going around and giving away some Lumia phones. Details for how the rest of 24K+ phones will be given out has not yet been detailed.

Pretty exciting stuff and a huge initiative by Nokia to get developers from Symbian to take a serious look at Windows Phone.

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3 years ago

Deutsche Telekom sends the Omnia 7 Mango Update into scheduling

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We've seen the Omnia 7 in Australia get updated to allow for tethering and now Deutsche Telekom is getting into the action.  Microsoft has updated their "Where's My Phone Update?" page to show Deutsche Telekom's Samsung Omnia 7 is now being scheduled to receive the Mango update. 

Good news for the Omnia 7 and if all goes as planned, the update should start rolling out within the next few days (within 10 according to Microsoft). Unfortunately there is still no change with Telefonica and the Omnia 7. The Spanish carrier is still showing the Mango update in the testing phase.

Thanks goes out to everyone who tipped us on this!

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3 years ago

Lumia 800 coming to Three UK, staying with Windows Phone

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Three UK has announced on their blog that they're looking to stock the Nokia Lumia 800 as their next Windows Phone. This is fantastic news for those who are tied to the network and want to purchase the 800, and also for Windows Phone users as a whole. Three UK was in the news not so long ago with the possibility of pulling out on Microsoft's OS. 

Check out the above video for a quick run through, and be sure to also view our coverage.

Source: ThreeUK

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3 years ago

Nokia giving away 5 Lumia 800 handsets on Facebook

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Nokia is giving away a brand new Lumia 800 handset to five lucky winners, who will be selected at random in their Facebook competition. How can you enter? Simple! Just fill in some personal details and you're done. Winners will be announced on November 11th. Hurry with your entry as the competition closes on the 9th. You have to be at least 18 years old and reside in the UK.

Source: Nokia UK on Facebook, thanks Justin for the tip!

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Germany now taking pre-orders for Lumia 800

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And the carriers keep on coming. Now T-Mobile Germany has chimed in noting they too will be getting the super slick Nokia Lumia 800.

The device is expected to ship on November 15th meaning you'll want to get your pre-order in soon to beat the rush. Looks like they're also throwing in 50 € worth of credit towards some apps too, which isn't too shabby.

Head here to sign up and let us know in comments if you're getting one! Thanks, Malte S., for the heads up

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3 years ago

Focus S and Flash up on Samsung's US Website

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It's no secret that the Samsung Focus S and Flash are headed to AT&T and while their appearance on Samsung's website doesn't reveal anything new, it's a welcomed sight. The two new Windows Phones are now listed as "Coming Soon" over at Samsung's US website.

You can find the listing for the 4.3" Super AMOLED Focus S here and the smaller, 3.7" Super AMOLED Flash here.

No release date or pricing information are listed. Strangely though, when you click on the "Buy Now" button for the Flash you find an Amazon.com link. Unfortunately the link takes you to an Amazon listing for an ancient Samsung film camera with built in flash.

Both second generation Windows Phones look really good and AT&T customers will have a tough choice deciding between these two Samsung phones and the HTC Titan. Hopefully we'll see these phones listed over at AT&T soon!

via: 1800PocketPC

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 coming soon to T-Mobile UK

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Boom! Here it is, folks. Those of you who are with T-Mobile in the UK and desire the Nokia 800 can rejoice as the carrier has put up a coming soon page for the handset. Should you wish to register your interest and be notified when it becomes available for order, simply fill in the form and should you be with another carrier with a soon-to-expire contract, perhaps T-Mobile will work up a deal?

Source: T-Mobile, thanks Barnaby for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia Windows Phone featured in Metro newspaper

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This image says a thousand words, or just two: "We're back!" Nokia has been hard at work with this year's World conference in London. Yesterday we witnessed the unveiling of the Nokia 710 and 800 along with pricing and availability. While many may be unimpressed and somewhat disappointed by what Nokia has brought to the table, there's no denying that the handsets are of good quality.

Thanks @hshalil for sending the image in!

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 coming to Bangladesh in February

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Even more good news for those emerging markets, Nokia Bangladesh has confirmed via Facebook that the Lumia 800 will be coming to that country in February 2012.

"Dear All the Nokia Fans: good news is that Nokia Lumia 800 will be available in Bangladesh starting from February,2012. Another good news is that this device will come with Windows Mango software not WP7.Lets wait for the device..Surely it will rock you.."

That's an interesting date because it's the first 2012 time-frame we've heard and could signal when Nokia plans to launch, in quantity, Nokia Windows Phones to the rest of the world--and yes we also mean the United States.

Fingers crossed.

Source: Facebook; Thanks, James A., for the tip!

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3 years ago

Nokia's working on a flexible screen that you interact with [Video]

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One of the coolest things here at Nokia World is what the Finnish company is working on for the future. One such item that has caught everyone's attention in a flexible screen that you interact with. In short, bending it one way causes you to scroll, flexing it another enters and app, another way will zoom in on a photo, etc.

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It's at once odd and yet intuitive. Eventually that screen in the video will be touch-sensitive too, giving all sorts of new ways to interact with a device. It's also great for those in the cold who have to wear gloves, natch.

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3 years ago

Quick Tour: Nokia App Highlights app for Windows Phone 7 [Video]

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We talked about Nokia's App Highlights app (odd to say, no doubt) a little while ago. It's similar to other apps in the Marketplace that bring attention to certain, very popular apps or "must haves". It also showcases apps for local developers in certain regions, giving the spotlight to indie devs who may be lost by the big software houses.

The app itself is not too remarkable but it's not bad either. You can shake the phone to get a "surprise me" feature, similar to IMdB on Windows Phone. It also has push notifications and a Live Tile for app updates, with the former missing from Windows Phone currently. Overall kind of cool and great for people new to the platform, but old hands familiar with the OS will quickly grow bored.

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3 years ago

Xbox 360 Companion App for Windows Phone 7 coming this winter [Video]

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So day 2 here at Nokia World and we got to play around with the Xbox 360 Companion App for Windows Phone 7, featured here on a Nokia Lumia 710. The app is planned for "this winter" which is a little later than we were hoping and it also means what you're watching is still in beta.

Having said that it's pretty freakin' sweet. Think of it as an augmented remote. Sure it an control the Xbox for media, selecting movies and even using a virutal D-pad. But more importantly, it pulls down data about shows or moves you're watching, gives you general information and allows you to browse on the phone instead of the Xbox itself.

While not hologram material, it's certainly headed down the right road by providing deeper integration between the Xbox and Windows Phone and we know we'll be itching to get our hands on this ASAP.

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3 years ago

Nokia Lumia 800 featured in Culture Geek on BMF TV [Video]

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The Nokia Lumia 800, which was announced yesterday at Nokia World, was seen featured on BMF TV in 'Geek Culture'. It's compared to the iPhone and is labelled as a "challenger" against Apple's handset by Anicet Mbida. It's good to see the 800 being featured on technology shows so soon after being officially announced with availability and pricing

Via: MonWindowsPhone (translation

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3 years ago

Fandango finally goes Mango with version 1.3

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It's been nearly a year since the Fandango app received an update (seriously, it was November 25th, 2010). So it's with great surprise and fanfare that they've finally updated the popular movie ticketing app for Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

Unfortunately, there's no super great additions here, just some basics of fast-app switching and deep-linking, meaning Bing movie searches will make buying tickets that much easier, since you'll be taken to this app to purchase directly. We also notice it both loads and scrolls much faster, making it even nicer to use. Finally, there seem to be toast notifications on board, though we're unsure what for as of yet.

That's cool for us. So if you use Fandango or have thought about it, now may be a good time to grab it. Pick up v1.3 here in the Marketplace. Thanks, Jay, for the heads up!

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