It's been a little while now since we last updated our official app for Windows Phone, but fear not as version 4.0 was submitted to the store earlier this week and is right now undergoing certification. Of course we know that just waiting is never as fun as seeing the changes for yourself so we've put together a quick video to demonstrate the headline features this time around.
So, keep reading past that break to see voice commands, new live tile options and Unification support in all their glory. We expect the app to be published next week and will of course post an article as soon as that happens reminding you to grab the update.
Chinese designer KuanGaa Chen has created something magical, which we somehow missed under our radar. It's a Windows Phone Surface concept, which would be the end result of a Microsoft venture into the mobile space to match its Windows 8 tablets. The video above runs through some of the features of both the hardware and advanced software Chen has managed to pack into the concept.
We recently looked at Nokia’s double tap to awake and on-screen clock, features that are coming to the Lumia 920 (PR2.0). But what if you happen to be using a Windows Phone from HTC, Samsung or other Lumia phones? An app is available on the Windows Phone Store that emulates the on-screen clock and while it's not the full solution, it's a cool effect to see how the clock looks.
RedLaser is a price finder app for your Windows Phone that scans barcodes and QR Codes of merchandise then scours the internet for the best online and local prices. The Windows Phone 8 version was updated to version 3.0 and delivers a slightly new interface along with the ability to store your merchant loyalty cards.
The user interface offers a home page with tiles to initiate the bar code scan as well as tiles to view your recent searches, recommendations, popular searches, deals from various merchants, and top deals from merchants.
How do you track your finances? We’ve got some killer official apps like Fidelity Investments and Markets & Me. But you can never really have too many choices right? So today I want to show you guys the Windows Phone version of one of my favorite apps for Windows 8 – SigFig Portfolio.
We've been saying for a while now that the Nokia Lumia 928 is essentially a slightly-retooled Lumia 920 for Verizon. And sure enough, now that 928's been formally announced, we can compare the spec sheets and say, "Yes, they're just about the same phone." But there are some differences - let's see just what they are.
Zinio is a popular digital newsstand service and a Windows Phone 8 app has been in the works. A few days ago, Zinio snuck in under the radar as an exclusive for the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices.
Zinio connects you to stories on current events, politics, technology, style and more. Plus it gives you an app to file under the "Z" alpha-tab.
Expansys UK has provided us with a red Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone, a wireless charging pillow, and a set of Bluetooth Monster headphones to give away to one lucky reader in the United Kingdom.
All our United Kingdom readers needed to do to enter is toss out a recommendation for a local retailer, business, bank or other local app. We received hundreds of suggestions with banking apps seeming to the popular request (Barclays, Lloyds, Ulster, etc.).
But alas, we could only have one winner selected at random from all the comments.
Today’s a big day for Windows 8 games, what with Temple: Run Brave finally releasing (not to mention Dr. Pickaxe’s indie pinball action). On top of that, it also happens to be a great day for Angry Birds on Windows 8 AND Windows Phone. Why? First of all, I heard some pigs got knocked over and crushed by blocks. You know how Angry Birds love that.
More to the point: on Windows Phone 8, both Angry Birds Classic (still free till next Tuesday!) and Angry Birds Star Wars just got updated. On Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7, Angry Birds Star Wars got its long-delayed update too. That’s four Angry Birds games caught up!
Head past the break to find out what’s been fixed or added in each game.
An official Vyclone (www.vyclone.com) app has been released for Windows Phone 8. The app enables consumers to mix footage captured on a Windows Phone with film taken by other people at the same event. The service synchronises and edits each clip to create a single movie with all angles cut together. Raw footage is also available too, opening up custom remixes. It's quite the app.
Way back in March, Microsoft announced a big batch of Windows 8 games that would be launching the following weekend. These mostly included Xbox-enabled games, but they mixed some indies in there too. And all of those games did launch that weekend but one: Temple Run: Brave from Disney and Imangi.
We never learned what caused the holdup, but the important thing is Temple Run: Brave has launched for Windows 8 and RT at last! In our previous article I said it might not have Xbox Live features, and unfortunately that has proven to be the case. At least Windows tablet and PC users can now enjoy an installment of the popular Temple Run series… No word on a Windows Phone port of this one, unfortunately.
Head past the break for a hands-on video and our full impressions!
Colour us surprised, but not so. Nokia has announced the Lumia 928, which will be heading to Verizon and will be available May 16th. According to a post over on Nokia Conversations, we're looking at a new flagship Windows Phone from Nokia that confirms previous rumoured specifications. Pricing for the Lumia 928 will be $99.99 after a $50 main-in-rebate, when taken out with a two-year contract.
Nokia has seemingly launched its Nokia Music service and app in Canada, ahead of the set announcement on May 15th in Toronto. A Windows Phone Central reader has been able to confirm on an unlocked Lumia 920 that Nokia Music is now available with the optional commercial upgrade. Good news if you're in Canada and had to go through workarounds to tune into the available mixes.
Any aspiring pinball wizards in the house? If so, we've there are a handful of pinball games available for our Windows Phone. These games are fast paced, full of detail, a fun way to pass the time and the focus of this week's roundup.
For those who cut their teeth on buttons, flipper, bells and lights of an arcade pinball machine, these games might be a decent substitute. Granted you can't bump the game with your hip or bounce the pinball off the glass but these games can hold their own.