Nokia has released three new videos advertising its HERE products. They all feature HERE’s employee Alex Osaki and made in the style of the James Bond movies.
Nokia will soon become a service-focused company after selling its device business to Microsoft next year. HERE is one of Nokia’s key weapons on Windows Phone and one of the features that keep the mobile OS alive and attractive to users. HERE will continue to live after the changes at Nokia and those ads confirm company’s dedication to it. Read more »
Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update yesterday and many got excited over the news for the addition of a third column of Live Tiles on the Start screen. As it turns out, however, the third column will only be available for Windows Phone devices packing a display of full HD resolution.
As a result, all current WP8 smartphones, including the Lumia 1020 flagship, will be limited to a two-column Start menu only. Devices with lower resolution also follow suit. Read more »
Nokia has just published an awesome app that builds upon the popular Glance Screen feature. If the Glance screen was a bit too boring for your taste, you can now spice it up by adding a background to it.
Thanks to the Glance Background (still in beta), you can choose a set of backgrounds for your Glance Screen. Read more »
We’ve been hearing that Windows Phone and Windows RT might merge but a new rumor suggests it will be more like Phone displacing RT. Microsoft is working on a Windows Phone 8.1 update, which will allegedly add support for 7 to 10 inch screens to enable WP8.1-powered tablets and merge parts of the API so developers can easily create apps for both platforms.
Multitasking is reportedly the biggest issue ahead of this plan – the GDR3 update will let users close apps manually, but apps running in the background are still a no go. Not until the 8.1 update that is. Read more »
Twitter updated its Windows Phone app and along with some useful new features is a hidden surprise – a Vine app. The new Twitter app makes reading tweets easier – you can set it to show tweets on the lockscreen and also pin keyword searches to the homescreen.
The app can also notify you when your favorite accounts tweet. Read more »
After getting blocked a couple of months back, the official YouTube app for Windows Phone is now back in the Marketplace as version 3.2. The popular app however, has lost some functionality compared to last time it was available.
YouTube for Windows Phone has returned to simply being a shortcut for a web-player. Read more »
The Glance Screen is a really great feature of the Lumia range. It’s a tribute to the MeeGo lockscreen (and Symbian smartphones), where you can always see a clock and get any missed events listed right on the standby screen.
Until now the Glance Screen, which premiered with the Amber update, had two color options – the default white font and the optional night theme that paints the clock red. Read more »
Red Bull held a freerunning competition called Art of Motion in the picturesque Santorini island. That was in mid-September but if you missed it you can watch Claudiu Voicu’s video called free runtastic! that captured the highlights of the event and was shot entirely on a Nokia Lumia 1020.
Claudiu is no stranger to using a Lumia to shoot freerunners – he did it before with a Lumia 900. Read more »
Nokia teamed up with hospitality IT solutions company LOCATEL and is set to deliver various NFC-based services to various hotels around the globe.
The new NFC-driven solutions could be used for enhancing the hotel stay experience for Nokia customers by using tags in various locations in the hotel for calling a taxi, viewing mobile TV, downloading apps etc. Read more »
Windows Phone 8 devices have the ability to save maps for offline viewing, but until now when a map has been updated you’d need to delete the stored one and re-download.
Now WP8 smartphones have the functionality to update the maps saved for offline viewing on your device without wasting as much data. The new functionality is available for all Windows Phone 8 smartphones, not just Lumias. Read more »
Last month we reported that Nokia had scored a big deal with Delta Air Lines to supply its fleet with some 19,000 Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia 920 units.
Today, Delta’s love for Windows continues, as now all pilots will get equipped with the just-released Surface 2 tablets from Microsoft. Read more »
So, Apple gadgets are charged with Lightning cables? That’s cute – Nokia uses actual lightning. No really, Nokia has partnered with the University of Southampton for the craziest scientist implementation of wireless charging.
The team managed to get a Nokia Lumia 925 charging from a simulated lightning. Read more »
The latest Apple Maps flaw that resulted in several users driving onto the runway at Fairbanks airport has reignited the now infamous iOS 6 Apple Maps fiasco.
Nokia has taken to Twitter with a small dig at Cupertino, along with an image promoting its HERE Maps and Navigation suite. Read more »
There’s word of an upcoming accessory from Nokia that pairs with your phone via Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC and lets you locate anything it’s attached to.
Today, pictures of the accessory, called Treasure Tag, have surfaced, giving us a glimpse as to what it’ll look like. Read more »
The original Angry Birds Star Wars hit the app stores last year in November and came as a breath of fresh air. Although an Angry Birds game at heart, the game featured brand new birds modeled after Star Wars characters and had their own unique new powers that made the game more exciting than what you’d expect from an Angry Birds game.
Now, Rovio is back with a sequel, with the aptly named Angry Birds Star Wars II that is based on the prequel trilogy of Star Wars movies, and once again features several new characters and environments in dozens of new levels. But after four years and several similar games, is flinging birds at pigs still going to be entertaining? Let’s find out. Read more »