The first smartphone to run Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box – Nokia Lumia 630 – was released officially on May 14. Today we finally managed to grab a retail unit and we are ready to take it for a spin.
Nokia Lumia 630 is not only the first WP8.1 device, it is also the first ever released Windows Phone headset with dual-SIM support. The single-SIM Lumia 630 is super cheap at about €140, while its dual-SIM flavor goes for €20 more. Read more »
The Nokia Lumia 930 is coming soon and while there have been preliminary reviews out there there hasn’t really been too much focus on its camera performance.
As we all know, Nokia puts good camera optics and performance high on its priority list. Judging by the Nokia Lumia Icon’s review we can look forward to the Nokia Lumia 930 as the two are practically identical, hardware-wise. The difference is that the Lumia 930 sports Windows Phone 8.1 from the get-go. Does the latest software make a difference in terms of optical performance – let’s find out. Read more »
Windows Phone 8.1 Developer’s Preview has been out for weeks and it brought so many new features that even today we keep discovering new ones. The latest one making the rounds is the option to backup 16MP, 18MP, 34MP and 38MP Lumia HD pictures to OneDrive.
This feature has been there since the release of the WP 8.1 Developer’s Preview as ours first backed up high-res pictures date April 30. Read more »
If you find yourself searching for the popular messaging app WhatsApp on the Windows Phone store, you will notice that it is no longer available.
According to WhatsApp, there were some technical issues with the app, due to which it had to be pulled from the store. WhatsApp is now working with Microsoft to resolve these issues before the app can be submitted again. Read more »
Nokia Camera Beta for Windows Phone got treated to a major update. Version 126.96.36.199 of the imaging app brings new features to Nokia Lumia users who are running it.
The latest version of the app features support for Living Images. Read more »
The Nokia 1020 is at the center of a new photographic project, dubbed RedBull photography. As the name suggests it involves both RedBull and its photographer Ray Demski and Nokia’s acclaimed 41 MP shooter Lumia 1020.
The photoshoot takes place on location in the Norwegian Alps and makes the Lumia 1020 face vast and bright landscapes and a contrast between golden sun and deep blue ice. Read more »
The Windows Phone 8.1 Xbox Music application has received a much needed update.
Perhaps the biggest (and most basic feature) that the update brings is audio scrubbing- that is, the ability to jump to a specific point in a song just by dragging its progress bar. Read more »
Nokia’s 6-second teaser has been expanded to a full video and it’s a trip down memory lane. It shows iconic products from Nokia’s past but also Microsoft’s – this video celebrates the two companies’ long history and plays up their future together.
The video shows a Rube Goldberg machine incorporating plenty of gadgets. Be warned though, the Nokia 3310 isn’t the only nostalgia-inducing product in the video. Read more »
Bing Rewards has been around for iOS and Android phones for a little while now, and Windows Phones have oddly been left out in the cold.
Until now. Windows Phone users can now start redeeming their Bing Rewards. Read more »
OK so you like Windows Phones, but don’t necessarily want to shell out any money for them. This is a pretty high demand to make, however, you may get lucky this weekend if you visit a Microsoft Store.
Microsoft Stores across across the US will be giving away 8 free Windows Phones handsets per day. Read more »
Nokia joined Microsoft last Friday officially but since today is the first working day after the agreement was done Microsoft has issued an ad on YouTube that portrays the big happy family as Not Like Everybody Else.
In the ad Microsoft is the colorful person out of a crowd of black and white street-dwellers in a black and white murky world. As he moves along, being cool and different he sees another colorful person (naturally using a Nokia slate) and finally at the end of the ad we see the colorful protagonist through our own point of view (suggesting perhaps we’re black and white as well). Read more »
It’s been a long time coming but the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft was expected and was finalized today. And Microsoft isn’t wasting any time with publicly showing the change.
Images from Harri Kiljander (Director of F-Secure Lokki) show what appears to be Nokia House in Finland with a crane truck up front, preparing to take down Nokia’s logo and another photo showing the S and F from Microsoft’s logo, reportedly being prepared for mounting. The “On The Move” sign under the Nokia logo adds an air of irony to the otherwise saddening image. Read more »
Microsoft released a Remote Desktop Preview app for Windows Phone 8.1. If you are among the many early adopters of the new OS, you can head to the Windows Phone Marketplace (where the app enjoys quite a few good reviews already) and try it out.
The application supports multi-touch and Windows OS gestures thanks to Remote Desktop Protocol and Remote FX. Read more »
It appears that Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 is hotter beyond anyone’s expectations. Only three days after going live, the developer version of the newly-launched OS runs on 3.1% of all WP devices.
The data you see above comes from AdDuplex – the largest cross promotion network for both WP and Windows 8 apps. Read more »
We already said in our Windows Phone 8.1 review that the OS feels smoother than its predecessor, but is it really? Well we’ve decided to run some benchmark tests and see how the new OS performs under pressure. Microsoft has done quite a few optimizations for sure, so we are eager to see how the update is handled by different phones.
We had three Lumia phones around for our tests – Lumia 720, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. We rаn each benchmark on Windows Phone 8 with GDR3 and Nokia Black updates, and then we’ve updated all three devices to the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Developer’s Preview. Read more »