With Windows Phone 8.1 now official, everyone is eager to try it out. Microsoft plans to make the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview available for registered developers on April 10 – eight days from today.
Everybody can register as a developer in the Developer Preview Program by downloading a special app on the Windows Phone Store and sign up for a free App Studio account. This will give you access to install Windows Phone 8.1 weeks before carriers and manufacturers start pushing it to Windows Phone 8 devices. Read more »
Microsoft introduced its new WP 8.1 mobile operating system at its BUILD conference in San Francisco. Jeo Belfiore, the head of Windows Phone group while demonstrating the Windows Phone 8.1 features with Cortana voice assistant also revealed that the Skype application for WP has been updated. The new version is not yet available for the general public, but it should launch in time for the WP 8.1 debut.
The latest version of Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 comes with support for Cortana voice commands. This means you can tell Cortana to Skype one of your contacts and the virtual assistant will launch the application and call whoever it is that you need without even having to touch your smartphone. Pretty cool indeed. Read more »
Microsoft at its on-going BUILD conference in San Francisco announced two new hardware partners in Micromax and Prestigio for its Windows Phone ecosystem. We even got a glimpse of two actual phones that are currently being developed by each of the companies, although no details were provided.
Both the OEMs are quite popular in their home countries and as a matter of fact, Micromax is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturer in India, which is the world’s second largest country by population. Read more »
Viber updated its eponymous app for Windows Phone 8 to version 4.1, which enables Viber Out – the service that allows users to place regular calls (as opposed to Viber VoIP calls) to many countries on the cheap.
“Viber Out has been a game changer for our users and allows them to rely on Viber for all their communication needs,” said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber. Read more »
Nokia announced earlier today its partnership with Spanish CaixaBank to deploy 30,000 Lumia smartphones to its employees. The deal includes the Lumia 925, after it was put under various testing programs.
CaixaBank employees will have the option to upgrade their Lumia 925 to newer Nokia devices in the future. The company also says its employees will be given the opportunity to acquire Nokia phones for their personal usage as well as for family and friends. Read more »
New leaked screenshots of what’s reportedly the upcoming Nokia Windows Phone 8.1 firmware have leaked. One of them suggests the firmware is going to be called Cherry Pink Blossom. Considering the previous two were also named after colors – Lumia and Black – that’s not too surprising.
There aren’t many details regarding what Nokia plans to include in the Cherry Pink Blossom update at this time. Luckily, despite being in Chinese, the leaked screenshots give us some idea of what to expect. Read more »
As expected, Microsoft announced the latest version of its proprietary graphics technology, DirectX 12, at the GDC last week. One thing that wasn’t expected was that it will be launched concurrently on Windows and Windows Phone devices, with special optimizations for the latter.
This includes releasing special APIs and libraries to provide greater performance with reduced power usage. Read more »
Our review of Nokia Lumia Icon is completed and live on our homepage. Naturally, it is now time we share the complete breakdown of our standardized battery test.
Nokia Lumia Icon runs on the Snapdragon 800 chipset and features a 5″ 1080p AMOLED display. We’ve already met with the Lumia 1520, which shares most of its internal and that one did amazing on our test – so we’ve kind of expected some great numbers from Icon too. Read more »
The Facebook Beta app for Windows Phone devices has received a slight update bringing it to version v220.127.116.11. The release brings some bug fixes and minor changes.
The company hasn’t specified what are the exact fixes, but we are sure they killed a bug or two. As WMPoweruser reports, many users have been complaining to bugs related to photos in the app. Read more »
With the Windows Phone 8.1 moniker being confirmed a couple of times already by Microsoft, Nokia has been quick to update its cool Glance app and make it support the upcoming update of the OS.
The update now lives in the Windows Phone store and the only thing that Nokia has added is “Support for Windows Phone 8.1″. We don’t know if Nokia had to do a lot of modifications to the app to make it work, but certainly the Finns have made Glance play nice with any new APIs that WP 8.1 might bring along. Read more »
Microsoft has almost spilled the beans on the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update. Recently it updated the Windows Phone store compatibility section with the Windows Phone 8.1 name thus confirming its official name.
Today Microsoft has updated its official Windows Phone website with “Windows Phone 8.1 Features” section. Read more »
Today Sony UK has tweeted its Xperia Z2 comes with “award-winning camera technology” and just an hour later Nokia UK has challenged itto a #Cameraduel.
Nokia’s picture includes the Finns’ best cameraphone to date – the Lumia 1020, of course. Read more »
Thinking about picking up a Nokia Lumia 1520? Well the Microsoft Store has a deal for you.
You can get a $100 bill credit and 50% off the phone’s flip cover. There are some stipulations, however. Read more »
Today Apple announced the availability of an 8GB iPhone 5c. The flavor is already available for purchase and costs €549 – just €50 less than its 16GB sibling. This is quite unattractive pricing considering the phone comes with year and a half old hardware and still costs good €100 more than the 32GB Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Anyway, we are not the only one to dislike the Apple’s overpriced gadget. Finnish manufacturer Nokia grabbed the opportunity and used it to make fun of the 8GB iPhone 5c over Twitter. Read more »
As you probably know Indian manufacturers Karbonn, Xolo, and Lava are all gearing up to create new Windows Phone handsets. Now, thanks to Times of India we also get to learn some details on what they’ll be about.
They’re all very competitively priced and we’ve got a bit of info on their specs, too. Read more »