The latest mid-range smartphone from Microsoft is finally here in the comfort of our office. Meet the Lumia 730/735 and its unmistakable Finnish design. The phone carries all the traits we’ve come to know and love in the Lumia family. In fact, it does look like a shrunken Lumia 1520, and that’s not a bad thing at all.
The Lumia 730/735 is build around a 4.7″ ClearBlack AMOLED screen with 720p resolution. This puts it in the same arena as the excellent Motorola Moto G, so while our review is in the oven, we offer you a quick hands-on of the device. Read more »
Microsoft Lumia 535 has finally put the Nokia logo to rest. The smartphone is an excellent budget offer with a 5″ qHD display and Snapdragon 200 chip with a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Naturally, the Lumia 535 runs on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS with Lumia Denim enhancements. The Lumia 535 will come in a dual-SIM flavor, too.
So, the Lumia 535 should launch very soon and will set you back about €110 before taxes. And while you are waiting for the phone to hit the shelves, you can treat yourself with the official hands-on video. Read more »
Nokia Lumia 830 is surely one of the season’s highlights with flagship specs on affordable price, as Microsoft likes to advertise it. And this isn’t such an understatement – you get a 5″ IPS screen with ClearBlack tech and 294ppi, a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core processor and a 10MP camera with ZEISS optics and OIS.
We must not forget the highly valued features such as integrated wireless charging support, LTE connectivity, thin yet durable profile, plus the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 OS with Lumia Denim goodies. Read more »
Microsoft’s quest to rebrand anything Nokia continues and the latest one to change its name is the company’s Conversations blog. From now on, it’s called Lumia Conversations and lives on in Microsoft’s domain.
In addition to a slight redesign, the website will continue to serve a purpose on letting users know of the latest events, livestreams, product details and photos. Read more »
Microsoft is discontinuing the Nokia brand for its smartphones and is in the process of renaming Nokia-branded apps to “Lumia”. Some apps have already been rebadged but for some it’s a little harder – Nokia Cinemagraph used to host shared images on memories.nokia.com, but that’s shutting down and “memories” will be deleted come January.
Cinemagraphs stored on your phone will not be affected but if you have any on the Nokia site you’ll have to manually download a copy. Read more »
Now that all three major mobile platforms have their own personal assistants, we’re all wondering how well each of them performs at different tasks. The latest study doesn’t look good for Cortana, Microsoft’s attempt in this space.
This particular test is all about tough questions. Google Now, Siri, and Cortana were all asked difficult things, through a random question generator created by two developers. Read more »
Microsoft posted a picture via its Nokia USA Twitter account, which shows why a Lumia 635 is a better deal than an iPhone 6.
Instead of a $700 iPhone you can get a $100 LTE-enabled Lumia 635 plus a plethora of accessories and free services on a much lower price. Read more »
The freshly leaked Microsoft Band is now official and will work with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. Redmond’s wearable device is made for the right hand, packs ten sensors, and will cost $199 when it hits the shelves on October 30 online and in Microsoft stores in the United States.
Microsoft Band’s sensors allow it to measure heart rate, stress levels, and UV exposure among others. Read more »
HTC One (M8) for Windows turned out quite an interesting smartphone, a great alternative to the original HTC One (M8). Our in-depth review has been live for a few days, so it’s time we the complete results of our battery life test with you.
The Windows-powered HTC One (M8) features the same hardware and battery as its Android counterpart. The two operating systems are completely different, though and we hoped Microsoft’s OS will be able to match or beat the very good battery rating we achieved with the Android One (M8) flavor. Read more »
Microsoft has published a new update for Skype in the Windows Phone app store. The new version is 2.24, and it debuts an interesting feature: drawing.
It’s just as it sounds, basically. You can tap the “+” icon in any chat and then select “drawing” to, well, draw – a picture, or whatever else your talent level allows you to. There’s also the possibility of adding a “personal touch” to a photo, or to annotate a Bing map. Read more »
Microsoft and 343 Industries announced Halo Spartan Strike. The twin-stick shooter game will be available on Windows/Windows Phone devices and Steam on December 12 for $5.99.
The events in the successor of Halo: Spartan Assault take place during Halo 2. Read more »
The Nokia Refocus app for Windows Phone has been rebranded with a new name. The app is now called Lumia Refocus in the spirit of Microsoft’s recent changes, which saw almost everything drop the Finns’ brand.
Other than that, the app hasn’t been changed in any way. The Lumia Refocus lets you take a shot and choose what you want in focus later. Read more »
A small team at Skype went the startup route with the popular “send [arbitrary number] second videos!” formula. The new app is called Skype Qik (“quick”) and lets you record 42-second videos that you can send to one person or a whole group.
The app is available on Windows Phone, Android and iOS starting today. Read more »
Tear-downs offer a curious peek into what components go into a smartphone and now thanks to WidnowsMania.pl we have a detailed map of the Nokia Lumia 730.
Aside from the usual photo of the internals, there’s also a helpful disassembly schematic, which shows the components layer by layer with tooltips explaining what each component does. Read more »
Microsoft has added a new ability to Windows Phone’s virtual assistant skill set. Cortana is now capable of looking for song lyrics for you so you can sing along with your favorite artists.
It’s very easy – just ask “lyrics for song name by artist name“. You’ll get the lyrics momentarily. Read more »