We’ve got some good news and some bad news to those of you owning or planning to purchase a Windows Phone smartphone without a Nokia logo on it. The good news is that the Finns will be making their Nokia Maps service available to all WP devices, no matter the manufacturer.
The bad news is that the voice-guided navigation will remain an exclusive feature of the Nokia Lumia lineup at least for the time being. The voice-guided navigation is available through a separate app (Nokia Drive) on Windows Phone, instead of being integrated into the Maps and that separate app won’t be making its way to the Windows Marketplace. Read more »
The Android version of the Google+ app just got an update, bringing a redesigned UI, several new features and the usual for such releases batch of bugfixes. The latest version of Google+ is already available in the Android Market for most regions and as you can see it brings an Ice Cream Sandwich-inspired UI.
Along with the new looks, Google+ should bring improvements to battery life, better notifications, a sign out option and several more minor improvements like the option to add people to a circle from the circle profiles screen. Read more »
When Microsoft started rolling out the Mango update back in September they started out slow and promised to get it out to every device that is eligible for the Mango update.
Well today, they have achieved their target and Mango is now available on 100% of the eligible Windows Phone 7 devices around the world. Read more »
NFC is gaining more ground and here at Nokia World, we caught a glimpse of something quite intriguing – an NFC Tag writer application for Symbian.
It allows you to quickly transfer various information and even actions to a blank, writable NFC tag. Read more »
Nokia has just announced the Lumia 800 and 710 Windows Phone-based smartphones. As usual, Nokia has prepared extensive marketing materials on their new devices and video will obviously be an important part of the Lumia advertising campaign.
We are preparing our hands-on articles right now, meanwhile you may enjoy the first Lumia 800 ads. Read more »
After Siri was successfully brought to the iPhone 4, now another talented developer managed to introduce Siri to a larger home, a jailbroken iPad 1.
Unfortunately, just like in the iPhone 4 case, Siri doesn’t feel quite at home on the iPad for now. Read more »
If you’re an iPhone 4 user who was contemplating upgrading to the iPhone 4S after watching the impressive Siri demo then you might want to hold on to your current phone a little longer. Because as it turns out you can make Siri work on the iPhone 4, sort of.
The hack you see below was performed by developer Steven Troughton-Smith who has been working for 9to5Mac to get Siri working on the iPhone 4. This was accomplished by copying the iPhone 4S Siri and Springboard files on to the iPhone 4. Read more »
The iPhone’s Voice Control feature is present for quite some time in the iOS. If you’ve ever used a passcode on your lockscreen for protection, you should be already familiar you should disable the Voice Dial from the settings otherwise everyone can call anyone he likes.
Well, enter the much more capable iPhone 4S Siri. Guess what, it would still work from your lockscreen by default even if you’ve set a passcode for your iPhone 4S. You can already imagine how someone who gets access to your locked phone can perform all these clever tasks you’ve seen on the demos like extract all sorts of info about you, your regime and they can even call whoever they like. Ouch! Read more »
As all Android fans should be familiar by now, every Android release is marked with a beautiful mascot in the Google headquarters’ backyard. The Ice Cream Sandwich is also nearing its release (October 19, anyone?), so it makes sense we see its statue already standing among its siblings.
Following the tradition, Google has released a 30s. video dedicated to setting up the Ice Cream Sandwich statue. Here it is: Read more »
The title seems to say it all. If you didn’t try any of the beta releases of iOS 5 so far, then we guess you’re in for some serious upgrade tonight. The update brings lots of new features including the Notification center, the location-aware Reminders, iCloud and iMessage to the iOS compatible devices such as the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 4, the iPod Touches (3rd and 4th gen) and of course, the two iPads.
For a fairly complete list of what’s new and our in-depth coverage, you are welcome to check out our iOS5 review while you wait for that download. Read more »
The app Find My Friends that was announced a week ago at the Let’s Talk iPhone event, has just become available into the Apple App Store. It is free and compatible with both the iPhone/iPod and the iPad – given any of these run the latest iOS 5.
The app allows you to share your current location always with trusted friends or temporary with not-so-trusted ones. It works both ways – you can see your friends’ location too. Think Google LAtitude, but hopefully, less of a power hog. Read more »
Apple has finally opened its iCloud service to the public. Till now it was only available to those who had a developer accounts but now anyone with an Apple ID can log in. Having said that the service is still not usable.
The reason for that is it requires iOS 5 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and 10.7.2 update on the Mac before you can start using it and neither have been released yet. Read more »
Opera has just announced that it has released updated versions of its two Android-compatible mobile browsers. Opera Mini 6.5 and Opera Mobile 11.5 are already available for download in the Android market, allowing users to experience the latest goodies brought by the Norwegians.
The first change you will notice when you start the Opera Mini 6.5 or Opera Mobile 11.5 is the newly added screen, which shows you exactly how much data you have spent and saved using the two browsers. Read more »
Nokia announced back in May that they will be renaming their Ovi services such as the Ovi Store to Nokia Store. The process was supposed to happen later in 2012 and it finally has. The Ovi Store is now officially known as the Nokia Store.
But the name is not the only thing that’s changed. There is a whole new app for it as well. Read more »
NFC is finally starting to gain popularity among smartphones and cool applications for it were bound to start popping up sooner rather than later. RIM itself stepped on stage to kick off the NFC party on BlackBerry OS by introducing the BlackBerry Tag.
BlackBerry Tag uses the NFC radios in the recently launched BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370 smartphones to allow you to share date between them with a simple tap. Read more »