Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S official press release
Samsung announced its first Windows Phone 8 device, the Samsung ATIV S, during a press conference ahead of the IFA trade show. The ATIV S features a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4.8-inch high-definition Super AMOLED display, 1GB of RAM, microSDHC support, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 2,300 mAh battery.
Interestingly, Samsung acknowledged in the press release that ATIV is the reverse of VITA, which means 'life' in Latin and is a name that is connected with a certain portable gaming console from another consumer electronics giant. We just hope they are not trying to pick a fight with someone else after the having the fruit company left them with a bloodied nose.
Here is the press release:
Samsung Ready to Go With Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8
August 29, 2012
Introduces ATIV[ati:v] family of Smart PCs, Tablets, and Smartphones with a true unified Windows experience
BERLIN, Germany - August 29, 2012 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced its brand-new ATIV devices based on the Windows 8 for Smart PCs, tablets and Windows Phone 8 for smartphones.
With the introduction of Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating systems, Samsung introduces "ATIV", the new brand for its Windows-based devices. ATIV, the reverse order of the word VITA, meaning "Life" in Latin, is a pledge by Samsung to make everyone's life extraordinary with excitement. The full range of Windows-powered devices will enable this goal. Today Samsung introduces ATIV SMART PC, ATIV Smart PC Pro, ATIV Tab, and ATIV S, a full range of ATIV devices. Samsung is one of very few companies that is capable of offering such a diverse product lineup and is committed to offering more choices based on the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms for consumers.
"Samsung is delighted to introduce a wide portfolio of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8-powered devices. With our leadership in design and technology and Microsoft's leadership in operating systems, together we are able to provide customers with a full range of ATIV devices for cross-category convergence," said Seong Woo Nam, Executive Vice President of IT Solutions Business at Samsung Electronics.
"Samsung is a highly valued partner and it's great to see this investment in a global brand for its Windows-based Smart PCs, tablets, and phones," said Nick Parker, corporate vice president, OEM, Microsoft. "This gives us an increased opportunity to inspire our customers with excitement and confidence as they enjoy Windows experiences across their beautiful Samsung devices, including entertainment scenarios, mobile productivity and cloud services."
Samsung's ATIV devices are simple, powerful, and beautiful. The Windows operating system is sleek, intuitive and compatible across devices. Together Samsung and Microsoft will provide users with an advanced, productive and creative experience with its ATIV devices. Its full lineup is designed for a simple user experience to share your work and ideas as well as enjoy consuming content.
Furthermore, Samsung's Windows devices are enhanced with Samsung's own unique services and content. Samsung Family Story provides fun and intuitive content sharing. Samsung's ChatON service complements Microsoft's popular People Hub to provide a wide range of social communication options across these versatile devices.
Samsung ATIV Smart PC & Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro
Combing revolutionary design, the power of a notebook PC and the convenience of a tablet PC, the 11.6-inch Samsung ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro are Samsung's next set of smart devices. These provide computing power with Windows 8 functionality as well as full Windows 7 compatibility. Each device features a detachable keyboard-docking system that allows users to easily switch between a clamshell notebook PC and a tablet PC form factor. These devices allow for great mobility with maximum productivity.
An advanced 10-finger multi-touch screen provides a technological leap in interactivity, surpassing the traditional two-finger touch features. Its enhanced sensitivity allows users to pinch-to-zoom, rotate images and scroll through pages with ease to enjoy the full capabilities of the latest entertainment applications.
In addition to commonly-provided input methods, the ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro are equipped with the renowned S Pen, delivering real writing and drawing experiences for maximum productivity, both on the desk and on-the-go. Just like using a pen or pencil, the Wacom digitizer pen is capable of meeting the demands of professional designers with its 1024-level pressure sensitivity. The pre-loaded S Note application accompanies the S Pen to make writing and drawing as simple and intuitive as possible.
While the S Camera fully exploits the performance of the integrated front and rear cameras, the S Player ensures seamless playback of images and videos in any format. This content is presented with Samsung's SuperBright 11.6-inch Full HD LCD display, producing the most vivid colors and sharpness with 400nit brightness.
Beautifully stylish and ultra-portable, the ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro are only 9.9mm and 11.9mm thick, respectively; and there are no compromises on performance. The ATIV Smart PC Pro's powerful Intel Core i5 processor can handle particularly demanding professional use and multimedia consumption; while the ATIV Smart PC's next generation Intel Atom processor is a solid match for everyday productivity tasks.
Despite their compact and portable form factor, the two devices feature USB 2.0(Smart PC), USB 3.0(Smart PC Pro), mHDMI, miniSD and two extra USB 2.0 ports on the keyboard. To get the experience going, the ATIV Smart PC has a battery life of up to 13.5 hours, whereas its stronger sister device, the ATIV Smart PC Pro, runs up to eight hours.
Samsung ATIV Tab: Windows RT Tablet with the optimization of PC experience and mobility
The new Samsung ATIV Tab is designed with a classy hairline finish, and delivers a full Windows 8-based PC experience with superior tablet mobility. Weighing 570g, featuring a 10.1" display, and measuring 8.9mm thick, the ATIV Tab is always ready to go. It instantly boots up without lagging and comes with Office Home and Student 2013 RT, offering the new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote to help transform the way people get things done at home, school or work. These applications are fully featured with complete document compatibility, meaning people can open and create any document, make edits on it and share it with others just like we do with PCs. An 8,200 mAh battery provides enough power to allow you to work on your projects and review or share them virtually anytime and anywhere. Moreover, the ATIV Tab is compatible with a range of Windows-based PC devices and accessories, including printers, keyboards, projectors, external monitors, and other peripherals, through its USB port and uHDMI, with no need to install extra software.
Samsung ATIV S: Smartphone with maximized PC experience
Samsung ATIV S is a new smartphone for both work and entertainment featuring Windows Phone 8.. ATIV S brings a stunning hairline design and high performance with a range of content-sharing and productivity options. Its impressive 1.5GHz dual-core processor and HSPA?42 connectivity enable great browsing performance and high responsiveness even for the most demanding gaming or work applications. Users can enjoy the brand new Windows Phone 8 experience on the ATIV S's stunning 4.8" HD Super AMOLED display.
Samsung ATIV devices will be on display at the Samsung booth #20 at IFA 2012 from Aug 31 through Sep 5.
Introducing the Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S
They say pictures paint a thousand words...
Apple vs Samsung ruling may see Windows Phone market share quadruple
Reuters reckon Apple's patent victory against Samsung may result in Windows Phone's market share rise to about 20%. However, to achieve this, Windows Phone handset designs will have to capture people's imagine. Have a look at the video to get the full story.
Windows Phone 8 device Nokia 'Phi' revealed in patent design
With the impending announcement of Nokia's Windows Phone 8 devices edging ever so close, proof of their existence can be found if one bothers to look. The only device that has been pictured so far is the Nokia "Phi" that was leaked via a Chinese forum. Since the image of the Nokia "Phi" emerge, debates have been raging in blogs and tech site, mainly regarding the size of the device among other things. LiveSide have managed to find a Nokia design patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office website, only recently granted two days ago on August 21 (pictured above). The patent design appears to resemble the Nokia Lumia 800 or 900 but closer inspection of details such as the location of the speaker and the width of the screen's edge reveals that this is actually the Nokia "Phi".
The Nokia Phi is expected to feature a 4.7" curved screen, polycarbonate design, a dual-core processor, SD card slot and NFC support. The device appears to share same design as the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900, which we don't think is a bad thing at all. What do you think? Let us know at the bottom.
Latest Windows Phone XBOX LIVE Title Shoot 1UP now in Marketplace
This week's XBOX LIVE title is Shoot 1UP. As you would expect from a game developed by Microsoft Studios, it comes with decent graphics. Players can build up groups of ships to fight their advisories and extra ships as a bonus. The game costs $2.99 and a free trail is available should you want to give it a go before parting with your hard-earned.
- Command up to 30 ships at the SAME TIME!
- Contract your phalanx to dodge enemy fire, expand your ships to fire the PLASMA AUGER!
- WEAPONS UPGRADE as you collect more ships (Weapons downgrade when you lose ships, so stay sharp!)
- Campaign mode with multiple paths, and Score Tilt mode - HOW FAST will you go?
- Manic Shooting without all the wailing and gnashing of teeth - ALL GAMERS can actually enjoy this!
- Hardcore? Crank up the difficulty and gameplay speed for FINGER - TWISTING manoeuvres!
Want the game? Simply hit the download button or use Bing Vision to scan the QR Code with your Windows Phone.
Nokia Lumia range now makes up 59% of all Windows Phone devices
Not too long ago, it was reported that the "lumia" search term had eclipsed "Windows Phone" in search engines, which was quite amazing if you considered that Nokia only launched their first Windows Phone devices in November 2011. Nokia may have recently relinquished their crown as king of phone manufactures to Samsung but it's evident how they are working hard to get back to terms. Arguably, Nokia is now the most most visible Windows Phone OEM, all within 8 months of joining the party.
A new report has revealed that Nokia accounted for 59 percent of all active Windows Phone handsets worldwide, 32 percent in the US, last month. The data comes from mobile app measurement firm Localytics which shows that Nokia now dominates Windows Phone, having steadily increased its share from an initially modest presence at the start of 2012.
Globally, Nokia market share has leapt to 59 percent last month from 22 percent in January. Europe, in particular, saw good progress in July, according to Statcounter. Samsung, who have been a Windows Phone OEM since launch has is down from 23 percent to 13 percent, with troubled HTC shrinking to 21 percent from 44 percent in January.
In the US, Nokia now accounts for 32 percent of all Windows Phone devices (as seen above). That has to be seen as a big achievement considering that the US waited until January for the first Nokia Lumia device. However, HTC still has the largest share of Windows Phone devices in the US but we can bet out bottom dollar it's not going to last too long.
BBC iPlayer not coming to Windows Phone, Microsoft to blame
We have been here before haven't we? A while ago, The Inquirer reported that the BBC iPlayer was "coming to Windows Phone in weeks," only for Pocket-Lint to dash our hopes, telling us the BBC had no plans to launch an iPlayer app for Windows Phone. For the benefit of those outside the UK, the BBC iPlayer is an internet television and radio service and software application, developed by the BBC to extend its former RealPlayer-based and other streamed video clip content to include whole TV shows [Wiki]. Why is it such a big deal? Well, as we have mentioned in the past, official applications are usually an indicator of how much a platform is respected by big institutions in different markets and countries.
The recent iPlayer/ Windows Phone soap opera goes to show how Windows Phone is seen by a big - probably biggest - media player in the UK. A WPCentral reader emailed the BBC asking for information as to their reasons for not supporting Windows Phone and received this reply:
Thanks for your mail. I'm adding [Redacted] -- who is the Head of iPlayer on my team -- in case he has anything to add.
There are two ways we can go about bringing iPlayer to Windows Phone:
1. We can build a full app -- the kind you get in the Marketplace. This is completely bespoke to Windows Phone 7, and is the costliest option because Windows Phone uses technologies unlike those used on any other platform. While Android and Apple also use their own app technologies, the TV and radio programmes themselves can be created once and used across both, so much of the investment is reusable. Sadly this is not the case for Windows Phone. Unfortunately Microsoft have also announced that Windows Phone 8 apps will be different yet again, so any Windows Phone 7 app we make would have to be rebuilt from the ground up for the next version of Windows Phone.
2. We can encourage Windows Phone users to access our mobile web site by opening bbc.co.uk/iplayer from their phones. Unfortunately today there's a bug in Windows Phone that prevents our standards-based media from being played on those devices. Microsoft has been aware of the bug for over a year now, and we're hopeful they'll address it (on Windows Phone 7 as well as Windows Phone 8) so our Windows Phone audiences can access iPlayer.
As you can see, there's no easy answer. I'm optimistic that one or both of the options above will become possible in Windows Phone 8, but that's little help to people like you who are using Windows Phone 7. Nonetheless, hopefully this additional detail helps you understand our thought process.
Thanks again for reaching out.
Programmes & On Demand
Like it or not, the BBC iPlayer - and others such as the Sky Player - are a big deal in the UK. They in effect would afford Windows Phone a free massive advert and PR drive should they start supporting the platform. At present, most BBC and Sky adverts only mention iOS and Android when pitching access via mobile devices. Microsoft need to focus more on these small battles if they are to make some headway in the market share war.
SOURCE: WPCentral VIA: Engadget
Model numbers and pricing of Samsung Windows Phone 8 devices surface
The Windows Phone 8 device rumour train is in overdrive... Remember the two devices that were leaked through court documents - the Odyssey and the Marco? The latest rumour is consistent with the previous leak as it names two devices The two devices will be the I8370 (Marco) and the I8750 (Odyssey).
The Samsung I8370 will be the cheaper device, sporting a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED WVGA screen, a dual-core 1.5GHz Krait processor, a 5 MP rear shooter, a 1.9MP front camera and 8GB internal storage which will be expandable via a microSD slot. The Samsung I8570 specifications are identical to the Galaxy S III, featuring a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait, an 8MP rear and a 1.9MP front cameras. The I8750 comes with two options for the internal storage - 16 or 32 GB. Further expansion can be achieved via the microSD slot.
Both devices have Omnia model numbers which would suggest that they will be the "rest of the world" models. The I8370 will probably end up as the Samsung Omnia 8, with the I8750 being the Samsung Omnia S. We also expect both devices to find their way to America - under different guises with LTE.
Both devices should be released in Q4 this year with the I8370 price being somewhere between €350 and €450 while the I8570 should go for something between €500 and €600.
RIM pinches Windows Phone's People Hub concept for BlackBerry 10's contacts list
RIM claims BlackBerry 10 is going to be an innovative and cutting edge OS yet it appears they are already doing a Google (innovating by stealing). Information revealed by RIM last week shows that the Canadian based manufacturer will be "borrowing" a concept for a unified contacts listing that is found in the Windows Phone People Hub. Contacts in BlackBerry 10 will include the name, phone number and email address, etc. Users will also be able to read the individual's latest tweets, Facebook status, blogs and more.
The new contact management feature will be available on RIM's next generation of smartphones that are set to launch early next year. "BlackBerry has always had this heritage of productivity. We are just going to make it better yet again, when we launch BB10," said T.A. McCann, who is spearheading the development of the contacts and BlackBerry Messenger applications for the new platform.
Does the "innovative" idea sound familiar? Of course it does! Windows Phone's People Hub has a similar expanded contacts listing. When you hit the People tile, you see all your contacts' latest Facebook posts, tweets and Windows Live status updates. If you go ahead to choose a particular contact, you are met with even more information pulled up from the person Facebook, Windows Live and Twitter accounts. You can even send an email, chat on Windows Live Messenger/ Facebook IM or even write on the contact's Facebook wall on the person's listing. Swiping to the right brings more information such as the particular contact's social media activity in one page, pictures and recent call/messaging history. RIM will need to do more than copy Windows Phone if they want to catch up. We aren't even sure if they are going to do a good job replicating the People Hub.
With Samsung already disclosing that they rejected RIM's advances on being a BB10 OEM and given how RIM's market share is currently plummeting, one can only say the writing is on the wall...
VIA: Phone Arena
National Australian Bank application now in Windows Phone Marketplace
Official applications from big institution are usually an indicator of how well a platform is doing in a particular country or market. The arrival of the National Australian Bank (NAB) official application goes to show how well Windows Phone is doing in Australia. The app comes in a nice metro UI and allows you to do most of the things you would do in internet banking.
- 4-digit passcode login for instant access to NAB Internet Banking
- Check your account balance and transaction history
- Transfer funds to linked accounts, saved payees, or other people
- Pay bills
- View your NAB Online Trading share portfolio
- Keep up with the @NAB Twitter feed and YouTube channel
- Find your nearest ATM and/or branch instantly and get directions from your current location
- Foreign exchange rate calculator
We have given you the option to use a 4-digit passcode to login to Internet Banking. It is just as secure as using your NAB ID and password, but much faster. Of course, you can continue to use your NAB ID and password, if you prefer. Either way, NAB Internet Banking on your mobile is always protected with 128-bit encryption, and if you're using a 4-digit passcode, additional fraud prevention measures are in place.
When using NAB Internet Banking via this mobile app, you are protected by similar security measures as those we use to protect the full version of NAB Internet Banking. The main difference is that you can't make payments that require an SMS Security code. For payments that do require SMS Security, please use the full version of NAB Internet Banking.
Your mobile device is your way of accessing NAB Internet Banking, so don't keep your NAB ID and password or 4-digit passcode with your mobile device. Get in touch with NAB immediately if you've lost your mobile device or feel that someone may know your login details. Make sure you logout when you're finished using NAB Internet Banking. Once you logout, no one else can login without your NAB ID and password or 4-digit passcode.
Want the free app? Simply hit the download button or use Bing Vision to scan the QR Code with your Windows Phone.
Announcing WPSuperfanboy partnership with UK's leading Windows Phone retailers Phones 4U and Dial-a-Phone
We are proud to announce that WPSuperfanboy has begun content partnership with the UK's leading Windows Phone retailers, Phones 4U and Dail-a-Phone. WPSuperfanboy will be publishing exclusive articles specially prepared by Phones 4U and Dail-a-Phone authors from time -to-time. The partnership will see WPSuperfanboy have access to exclusive content from Phones 4U and Dail-a-Phone, as well as accessory and device reviews.
Eager-eyed readers will have noticed our recent Samsung Omnia M article which was prepared by Phones 4U. With the impending Windows Phone 8 launch, the partnership means WPSuperfanboy will be the place to be for Windows Phone 8 device news, reviews and rumours. We will have access to Windows Phone 8 devices and naturally, we will be keen to bring you all the in-depth reviews and insights. We are excited. Are you?
A behind-the-scenes insight into the new Windows Phone Dev Center [video]
Channel 9's Inside Windows Phone's latest episode is a behind-the-scenes insight into the new Windows Phone Dev Center. Host Larry Lieberman speaks to Ash Wahi, program manager for the new portal, who gives an in-depth insight into some of the new features and explains a little of the thinking behind them. It's definitely worth a checkout. Top of the morning my fellow Supefanboys...
SOURCE: Windows Phone Dev Blog
Microsoft fixes Windows Phone Marketplace bug, now publishing apps
Microsoft has now fixed a bug which was affecting its Windows Phone store which stopped people from downloading and installing recently acquired apps.
Microsoft temporarily stopped new apps from being submitted and published into the store while it investigated the bug. Marketplace chief Todd Brix reported via their blog that problem was occurring on older handsets which had not been updated to Windows Phone 7.5 Tango. Older models still running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango did not have the correct digital certificate permitting them to download apps which had just been added to the Windows Phone store.
"We fixed the digital certificate problem and last evening resumed publishing new apps and updates," Brix wrote on the Windows Phone Developer Blog. "It will take a day or two for the repair to fully deploy and newly-published apps to begin appearing in Marketplace again."
SOURCE: Windows Phone Dev Blog
This is NOT the Windows Phone 8 Nokia RM 820
We were green with envy thinking that our friends over at WMPU had landed yet another device scoop with the supposed Nokia RM 820 (pictured above). Naturally, we question the authenticity of the image but as with all leaks, you just never know.
Sharp-eyed readers soon noticed that this was nothing but a 3D render by Jonas-Daehnert. You can't blame WMPU for being duped, the render is very convincing, coming with fingerprint smudges and all. We wouldn't be disappointed if one of the Windows Phone 8 devices looks something close to the render. What do you guys think?
Image Source: Deviantart
What's great about the Samsung Omnia M?
The Omnia M is the latest offering from Samsung to break cover from its range of Windows Phone-powered mobiles. To look at it may not be one of the flashiest smart phones on the market, but it certainly does have a lot to offer nestled beneath its hood. Here's our top reasons why the Omnia M is a great handset..
The Metro UI on the Windows Phone 7.5 platform really is a sight to behold, with its colourful live tiles that update in real time with the latest weather, news, social updates and more. Most notable of all the live tiles is the People Hub, which collects together all your contacts info on one place, pulling through loads of stuff including telephone numbers, email address, feeds from Facebook and Twitter, and photo galleries meaning you won't have to go clicking round to find the details you need. Xbox Live is another app highlight of the UI, with loads of games available to download from within, and the ability to create and customise your very own avatar. Cool eh?
4-inch Super AMOLED display
With high-end mobiles such as the Samsung Galaxy S III featuring amazing displays, it's not hard for other lower specced little mobiles to feel a little inferior. But the Omnia M's WVGA Super AMOLED screen shines, kicking out vivid and crisp visuals that are eye-catching and bright. Whether watching videos, flicking through photo galleries, playing games and using apps, or simply navigating menus, the colours are always clear and refined, making the display a strong point of the handset.
As the Omnia M only features a 1GHz single-core processor with 384MB RAM, you wouldn't expect it to be the nippiest smartphone out there. But surprisingly, the device copes extremely well with multitasking, with not even the slightest hint of lag when opening up multiple apps, gaming, and surfing the web. Even when apps were left running in the background the phone coped with tasks brilliantly, and the speed of navigation wasn't compromised.
Upgrade to 7.8 coming soon
Microsoft recently announced that handsets running Windows Phone 7.5 would be getting a cheeky upgrade to 7.8. The update will bridge the gap between Windows Phone 7 and 8, offering some of the great functionality that is said to be coming with the new Windows Phone 8 platform. This means the Omnia M will have a larger selection of apps available to download, and feature a Windows Phone 8-style homescreen with customisable live tiles that can be resized as desired.
So that's the highlights of the lovely Omnia M, we think you'll agree that the handset certainly has a lot going for it even though it may not be in the upper smartphone echelons. When you factor in the snazzy WP 7.5 OS (and imminent upgrade), combined with the colourful display and speedy navigation experience, the handset is actually pretty decent. Functional and reliable, the Omnia M may only be mid-ranger, but it's a pretty darned good one.
Written by Abbi Cox of Phones 4u, the number one destination for great mobile deals.
Microsoft and Nokia holding a joint press event in US on 5th of September
We all assumed the 5th of September was going to be the day Nokia unveled it's Windows Phone 8 device line-up on the opening day of Nokia World 2012, just like they did last year when they unveiled the Nokia Lumia 700 and the Lumia 800. Nothing is to say that is not going to happen still but it's rather confusing that Microsoft and Nokia are holding a joint press event in US on the 5th September, according to Engadget.
Engadget reports that they just received an invite from Nokia and Microsoft to attend a "Windows Phone-centric" event on September 5th. The invites are said to come with a large reference to Nokia Maps. We suspect that this may be a press event to introduce the new Maps for Windows Phone, powered by Nokia. At present, Nokia Maps is exclusive to Nokia Lumia devices. Microsoft announced in June's Developer Summit that Nokia Maps will be available to all Windows Phone 8 devices. We also suspect Microsoft finally going detail all Windows Phone 8 features.
Less than 3 weeks to go but we can't wait!
Amazing! Microsoft Surface RT tablet to cost $199?
Engadget claim to have got wind of that the upcoming ARM-based Surface RT tablet are going to cost $199. Unbelievable isn't it? Engadget claims that Microsoft held a session at the recent TechReady15 conference in which all the launch details were laid out. If true, the Surface RT would squarely be in competition with the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 tablets. We can almost hear the sound of some people in Mountain View and Cupertino quacking in their boots.
Although $199 would be fabulous for users, it likely to enrage Microsoft's partners. The Windows RT license costs almost half of the rumoured price, leaving OEMs no room to compete. Another issue is that with this rumour circling the tech space, people are now going to expect a $199 Surface tablet and if it turns out not to be true, they are going to feel really disappointed. Microsoft should now move swiftly to quash the rumour if it's not true.
The Surface for Windows RT tablet is rumoured be launching October 26th, with the Pro version following on three months later. Will you be getting one? Let us know below...
Microsoft suspends new app publishing on Windows Phone Marketplace due to bug
You may have experienced issues with updating or downloading applications from Marketplace. This is because the Windows Phone team has been upgrading the App Hub and Marketplace, which in turn has created other issues.
The Windows Phone team - via the Windows Phone developer blog - has announces that they discovered an issue with their new digital certificates that has caused them to temporarily stop publishing new apps. The issue only impacts phones that upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5 from Windows Phone 7 and only apps published in the last couple of days.
Because of this, when trying to download a new app you may see an error message and when attempting to update an existing app, you might repeatedly be prompted to retry the update. The Windows Phone dev team don't recommend that people uninstall these apps because they might not be able to download and use them again until they deploy a fix.
This may explain why our readers have been complaining of not being able to download the revised WhatsApp application. So the message is clear guys - if you get an update prompt and the app fails to update, ignore it until you hear that Marketplace has been fixed.
SOURCE: Windows Phone Dev Blog
Missed us? We are back online...
For reasons beyond our control, we have been down for the last 10 hours at the very least. We haven't enjoyed not being able to bring you your daily fix of Windows Phone news and rumours. Hopefully, this will be a one-off.
We took the time to do a few nips and tucks around the site. Have a look at our new Devices section which now brings specifications of all Windows Phones - not yet finished. Also, you will notice that a fair few other things now work and look better - well, we hope so anyway. Should you encounter a bug, please let us know. If there is anything else you feel we can do better then don't hesitate to contact us and let us know. Cheers dudes!
Samsung Odyssey to be T-Mobile's first LTE Windows Phone 8 device?
Tmonews.com appear to have uncovered more Windows Phone 8 news for us - you know how we love the odd rumour here. The image above is a browser user agent string that shows an unknown Samsung SGH T899 model which Tmonews.com claims to be T-Mobile's first Windows Phone 8 device - with LTE. The user agent string indicates this device is running Internet Explorer 10, which suggests that this is a Windows Phone 8 device.
We already know that Samsung is readying two Windows Phone 8 devices; the high-end Odyssey and the mid-range Marco. The LTE Odyssey will feature a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with HD resolution, an 8MP main camera and a 2MP shooter at the front. The Odyssey is marked as an NFC device, suggesting it will support the Wallet Hub and the Tap & Send feature. It will be powered by Qualcomm's MSM8960 1.5GHz dual-core processor. We still think the Odyssey will be named the Samsung Focus S2 when it's launched.
This will obviously be great news to long suffering T-Mobile Windows Phone users who have not had a choice of a high-end Windows Phone device since the HTC HD7. Any T-Mobile customers planning to get this device?
Windows Phone 7.8 features leaked via internal Nokia document
Another case of... we told you so! Remember when we suggested that people should be grateful that Microsoft was offering the Windows Phone 7.8 update to current devices? At the time, most people were convinced that the only feature Windows Phone 7.8 was bringing was the Windows Phone 8 start screen. We always maintained that WP7.8 will be coming with more that just the start screen.
SmartphoneFrance managed to get their hands on an internal Nokia document (pictured right) which list the Windows Phone 8 features that will be coming to Windows Phone 7.8. Unfortunately, most of the features listed as coming to Window Phone 7.8 are either applications or features that are already in Windows Phone Tango. Features not coming to Windows Phone 7.8 include:
- Over-the-air updates
- Support for screen resolutions higher than WVGA
- Internet Explorer 10
- Multi-core processor support
- Wallet Hub
- Real multitasking
- MicroSD card support
- Device Management
- Company Hub
- Secure Boot and Encryption
- IE 10
What do you think? Were you hoping for more? Let us know below.
EA says Windows Phone 8 central to its mobile games strategy
Electronic Arts Inc. is in talks with Microsoft to bring mobile games to the Windows Phone 8 operating system. EA, the second- largest U.S. video-game maker sees the upcoming operating system as central to its handset strategy.
"We're working very closely with Microsoft to understand what their views on gaming navigation, Anything that allows more platforms to be adopted quickly that have a gaming element is good for Electronic Arts," EA Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore said.
Windows Phone currently trails iOS and android in application and games with are more than 100,000 in the Windows Phone Marketplace, compared with more than 600,000 each for Apple and Android. "It is important to attract the gamers and due to Windows Phone 8's relation to the classical Windows PC programs, it is a good platform for game developers. This is clearly a step forward for Microsoft's mobile operation system," said Robert Jakobsen, an analyst at Jyske Bank in Silkeborg, Denmark.
Electronic Arts plans to show a new version of city- building simulator "SimCity" as well as updates to its "FIFA," "Medal of Honor" and "Need for Speed" titles at the Gamescom conference this week. The company is on the lookout for more acquisitions after purchasing game makers including PopCap Games Inc. and Playfish Inc. EA already has a few title in Need for Speed, NFS Hot Pursuit, The Sims 3, Monopoly, etc.
SOURCE: Business Week
Windows Phone Deal: HTC Mozart going for £79.99 on pay-as-you-go at Phones 4U
Phones 4U, our favourite UK phone retailer is selling the HTC Mozart for only £79.99. The HTC Mozart becomes the first high-end to be made available on pay-as-you-go. At that price, the Mozart becomes the cheapest Windows Phone device out there, cheaper than lesser tango devices such as the Nokia Lumia 610 and the Samsung Omnia M. The Mozart is advertised at £99.95 on the Phones 4U website so if you want to get it for £79.99 you will have go in-store and opt to retain you current pay-as-you-go SIM to take advantage of the discount.
The Mozart features an excellent 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and xenon flash (only Windows Phone with xenox flash), a 3.7" SLCD screen, Dolby Mobile and SRS surround sound, 8GB internal storage and 576MB RAM. We would advise you move with a little urgency if you want to land yourself this bargain.
Crackle now in Marketplace, bringing free movies and TV shows to Windows Phone
Popular video application Crackle is finally in Windows Phone Marketplace. The ad-supported streaming service brings movies and popular TV series to your Windows Phone device for free.
Finally, watch FREE movies on your Windows Phone. PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, BIG DADDY, JOE DIRT, LAYER CAKE, MR. DEEDS, PANIC ROOM, S.W.A.T., SNATCH and hundreds more: full-length, uncut and FREE. Plus, top rated TV series like SEINFELD. "Crackle... gives you free movies to watch and great TV shows to remember." - Casey Chan, Gizmodo "...for free...That's right. Unlike Hulu Plus, you don't need to sign up and pay a fee to watch..." - Damien Scott, Complex Magazine "Sony has a real gem on their hands with this app..." - Jake Gaecke, Appletell * Watch full-length Hollywood movies and TV series * FREE to download app, FREE to watch * Unlimited, on demand viewing * 20 new movies and TV episodes added monthly * Genres including: action, comedy, crime, horror, thriller, sci-fi and anime * Build and manage your Watchlist for viewing on the app or online at Crackle.com. * Stream HQ video via 3G/4G or Wi-Fi * App works in US, Canada, UK and Australia CURRENT MOVIES AND TV*: MOVIES Hundreds of movies including: PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, BIG DADDY, JOE DIRT, LAYER CAKE, MR. DEEDS, PANIC ROOM, S.W.A.T., SNATCH, STRANGER THAN FICTION, SAVING SILVERMAN, QUARANTINE and more TV Thousands of full-length episodes; series include: SEINFELD, SPIDER-MAN, MARRIED... WITH CHILDREN, THE THREE STOOGES plus over 25 series and 1000+ episodes of Anime including BLUE EXORCIST, BLOOD +, FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, VIPER'S CREED, and DURARARA!! Data charges may apply (unlimited data plan recommended). ABOUT CRACKLE Crackle is one of the fastest growing digital entertainment networks, offering quality movies and TV series from Columbia Pictures, Tri-Star, Screen Gems, Sony Pictures Classics and more. Crackle is available via web, mobile, gaming systems and set-top boxes. For more information, visit www.crackle.com. * Movies and TV series updated monthly; titles subject to change. Current content list is available on the app or at www.crackle.com
Want the free app? Simply hit the download button or use Bing Vision to scan the QR Code with your Windows Phone.
Belts and Boxes: When Puzzles Meet Precision Timing
Belts and Boxes is an absolute essential for any fan of physics-based platformer games. It is packed with puzzles and lined with challenges that keep gamers glued to their screens, demanding more, for long hours.
Use player controller conveyor belts to deliver Boxy to the drop-off point, without destroying him, or dropping him out of the level's bounds. Sounds simple enough. But transporting Boxy soon becomes a tricky task. In the process, you will encounter various obstacles and hazards, such as moving platforms, fiery torches, icy ledges, powerful winds, and loaded springs. Dummy boxes are introduced in later levels that may both assist, and block Boxy. Belts and Boxes has a smooth and elegant design, along with simple tutorials, allowing players to quickly pick up on new aspects of the game.
Join Boxy on adventures across 4 worlds and acquire 10 achievements that increase in difficulty. Collect 3 stars and face unique challenges in each of the 60 levels.
- 60 Levels
- 4 Worlds
- A variety of creative physics objects
- 10 achievements
- Trial mode available
PUBLISHER: Return True Studios
SUBMITTED BY: Jordan Pitcher
WhatsApp back in Windows Phone Marketplace
Just like we told you a couple of days ago, WhatsApp, the popular multi-platform messaging application is finally back in Marketplace. Initial rumours suggested that the application was removed due to a security issue caused by an Android app called WhatsAppSniffer which allowed users to access messages sent using WhatsApp on a WiFi network. The were also rumours that the app would be back as a paid , most likely costing 99c.
Although we still cant confirm why the application was removed from Marketplace in the first place, we can confirm that it's still available for free. We haven't noticed any new features as of yet after re-installing the application.
Want the app? Simply hit the download button or use Bing Vision to scan the QR Code with your Windows Phone.
Apple demanded $9 patent fees for every Samsung Windows Phone device
Apple demanded Samsung to pay patent fees of $9 for every Windows Phone device in 2010. According to some court documents, the Cupertino-based company asked Samsung for royalty fees, stating that they "would have preferred that Samsung request a license in advance".
The patent-trolling-fruit-company wanted $30 for any touch-screen-enabled phone and $40 for each tablet. Discounts would see phones with QWERTY hardware keyboards would get a 20 percent discount; Apple patents that Microsoft had already licensed inside Windows Mobile would give another 40% off; cross-licensing on Samsung patents would generate 20%. That would have seen Windows Mobile devices such as the BlackJack II for instance get a discount of 80%.
Samsung wont have to worry about paying any royalty fees for Windows Phones any more as the have signed a cross patent agreement with Microsoft since.
Ongoing litigation proceedings obviously mean the royalty fee negotiations failed as the two companies are still at war inside courtrooms all around the world, with the latest round expected to be in a California courtroom later this month.
VIA: The Verge
Win 5 free accessories for your Windows Phone device with WPSuperfanboy Store
It's Friday! We are feeling pretty generous as a result and are giving away free accessories, courtesy of WPSuperfanboy Store.
WPSuperfanboy what? we hear you ask. Yes my fellow fanboys, WPSuperfanboy is launching an Accessory Store in the not-too-distant future (don't tell any one) and having received our first shipment we thought it would be a good idea to reward our enduring readers. There are three prizes to be won in all:
- First Prize: 5 accessories for your device; including a car charger, S-Line gel case, in-car holder, leather case and wall charger (three pin)
- Second Prize: 3 accessories for you device, chosen from the first prize list
- Third Prize: 1 accessory for you device, chosen from the first prize list
*UK winners can swap any one of the accessories on the list for a battery (Only UK winners)
Winners will be chosen from our Facebook page for communication sake so it might be a good idea to like us. The competition ends at midday (BST) on 13/08/12. Good luck...
WhatsApp expected back in Windows Phone Marketplace within 48 hours
WhatsApp is expected to be back in Windows Phone Marketplace within the next 48 hours, according to Nokia Netherlands. WhatsAppen.com claim to have recieved the information from an internal source.
This comes after the high profile disappearance act the WhatsApp client for Windows Phone pulled last week. The reason behind the withdrawal of the app is still unknown although there were rumours that it was due to a security issue caused by an Android app called WhatsAppSniffer which allowed users to access messages sent using WhatsApp on a WiFi network.
This should be good news to some of our readers who unwittingly deleted the application not knowing that it was no longer available in Marketplace.
HTC rumoured to be announcing their Windows Phone 8 devices in September
HTC will reportedly hold an event during the third week of September to unveil their Windows Phone 8 devices. This would mean that HTC will get to showcase their devices after Nokia who have also been rumoured to be unveiling their devices on the 5th of September.
HTC are thought to be readying three devices; the flagship "Zenith", the midrange "Accord" and the entry-level "Rio." The Low-end "Rio" will be no slouch though, boasting of an impressive (for a low end device)4-inch WVGA display, 14.4Mbps HSPA, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording, 512MB of RAM and a Qualcomm MSM8227 Processor. The mid-range "Accord" will feature a 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, an 8-megapixel Camera with 1080p recording, 42Mbps HSPA+, NFC support (Wallet Hub and Tap&Send), 1GB of RAM and will be powered by a dual-core MSM8260A Processor. The "Zenith" will come with a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, 42Mbps HSPA+ and an unnamed quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon.
All three devices are expected to ship this year, with Rio and Accord coming in October and the Zenith launching sometime in Q4
Latest Windows Phone XBOX LIVE Title: Sallys Spa
This week's XBOX LIVE title Sallys Spa is now in Marketplace. Probably suited to the fairer sex and those in touch with their feminine side, Sally Spa lets you take care of customers in your very own virtual shop.
Treat yourself to some fast fun with Sally in Sally's Spa! Sally's back and ready to relax in original spa locations around the world. Refresh your customers with saunas, manicures, massages, and more. Enhance your customers experience with upgrades for your rapidly growing business. Melt away the stress and pamper a wide variety of customers including blushing brides, demanding fashionistas, tranquil couples, and more! Sally's Spa features all of the fun of Sally's Salon, plus loads of new surprises! A wonderful escape for gamers of all ages, join Sally on her latest adventure today!
Want the Game? Simply hit the download button or use Bing Vision to scan the QR Code with your Windows Phone.
OneTouchDrawing: Best Free Windows Phone Puzzle+Trivia Game in Russia, Japan and Ukraine
OneTouchDrawing is great brain training game. The game has become #1 Free Puzzle+Trivia Game in Russia, Japan and Ukraine and Top 25 Free Puzzle+Trivia Games in another 20 countries (including USA, China, France and Germany). It has a impressive 4 1/2 stars after 65 ratings.
The game requires you to draw lines, connecting dots without raising your finger. Difficulty increases by level. If you get stuck on a level, you will be given hint after 10 tries. All you have to do is shake your phone to get a hint. The game is free, so why not give it a try!
PUBLISHER: BlowingNose Games
SUBMITTED BY: Michal Lupinak
Say hello to the new Windows Phone 8 logo
Registration for BUILD 2012 was commenced this morning as scheduled. Though costing a tidy sum, all the early bird offers were snapped up within hours. The registration process revealed new branding of Microsoft's products, including Windows Phone.
No prizes for guessing what it looks like as we all had a sneak peek at the Windows Phone 8 logo during the Windows Phone Summit in June. The logo follows Windows 8's Metro style logo, with the only difference being the colour. Well, what do you think?
SOURCE: BUILD 2012
Windows Phone 8 Nokia 'Phi' leaked; Could be Lumia 800 successor [images]
As the imminent launch of Windows Phone 8 edges closer, devices rumours have been coming out of the woodwork. The latest one is the previously mentioned Nokia Phi which has popped up a few times on the Windows Phone benchmarking site. The leak kicked off with Nokia Conversation's writer Izzi claiming that he had recieved a tip from one of his source about the Nokia Phi. He writes:
I can confirm to you that the Nokia Phi is the Lumia 800 successor. The success of the design of the N9/Lumia 900 impressed Stephen Elop so much so that he is not letting it go just yet.
Here is a detailed description of the Nokia Phi:
• It has the same curved screen but bigger screen size (cannot confirm if it will be bigger than the Lumia 900's 4.3inch or the same) hence it will be thicker and far heavier than the Lumia 800.
• It has the same form factor, that is, polycarbonate unibody with irreplaceable battery (just like the Lumia800)
• No physical buttons on the front
• 4 physical buttons on the right side: up/down vol keys, power button and camera
• It will run on a Qualcomm Dual Core CPU (First Nokia Dual Core WP8 phone)
• It will have external SD card slot
• NFC chip on board.
• LTE enabled
We seriously doubt the successor of the Lumia 800 would be that big. What do you guys think? Leave a comment at the bottom.
SOURCE: WPDang, WMPU, Nokia Innovation
Sprint Lukewarm on Windows Phone 8, not planning to carry any devices yet
It should not come as a surprise that the very company that did not believe in the iPhone at launch are showing the same unenthusiastic attitude towards the Windows Phone 8 launch. How ironic that now Sprint are placing all the proverbial eggs in one basket with the iPhone. Who knows, maybe they enjoy the thrill of running after the train when it has left the station...
In a recent interview with All-Things D, Sprint VP David Owens made clear the company's stance on Windows Phone:
The market impact of both Windows 8 and the next iPhone are also key factors that are a bit hard to predict. As for Windows 8, Sprint said it wants to be actively involved, but may not lead the charge. It sees some clear opportunities but is also mindful that its last Windows Phone, the HTC Arrive, was one of the more returned products in our recent history. Many buyers of that phone were coming from Android and found Windows Phone's unique operating system hard to get used to.So Sprint are planning to sit it out until Windows Phone 8 is showing promise? And that, coming from the carrier that was encouraging it's customers to return their Windows HTC Arrive devices in exchange for the iPhone, yet now they have the nerve to claim that it was one of the most returned device. Android is easier to use than Windows Phone... Really?
The message is clear here. If you a Sprint customer and you want yourself a mighty-fine Windows Phone 8 device, SWITCH!
SOURCE: All things D
WhatsApp for Windows Phone was removed from Marketplace due to security issues
A few days ago, we reported that the WhatsApp client for Windows Phone had been removed from Marketplace. In actaul fact, the app wasn't removed as it can still be accessed via it's deep link but is private, so you can't download or share it.
According to MonWindowsPhone, the app has a serious security flaw which required the developers to urgently pull it from Marketplace. This is all because fo an Android app called WhatsAppSniffer which allowed users to access messages sent using WhatsApp on a WiFi network. The developers are patching the app due to it sending messages via XMP protocol and in plain text.
We still do not know when the updated version will be made avavilble but the developers have confirmed that update is on its way. So again, if you are a heavy WhatsApp user you are best advised not to unistall the app or reset your phone until the revised version of the app shows up in Marketplace.
ESPN Radio app not a Lumia-exclusive after all - Now in Windows Phone Marketplace
A couple of days ago we reported that the ESPN Radio application was coming to Windows phone as a Nokia Lumia exclusive. The application is now live in Marketplace and is available for all Windows Phone, not just Nokia Lumias. ESPN Radio brings over 35 ESPN Radio Podcasts and customizable stations and allows you to listen to every game of the World Series, College Bowl Games, BCS Championship game, Wimbledon, US Open Golf and every college football game that ESPN Radio broadcasts.
- LISTEN LIVE to internet broadcasts of over 35 ESPN Radio stations around the country
- LISTEN to your favorite ESPN shows like Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, The Scott Van Pelt Show, The Michael Kay Show and many more!
- LISTEN to play-by-play from some of your favorite college and professional sports teams
- LISTEN to 35 ESPN Radio podcasts including The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons, Pardon The Interruption, Around The Horn, Fantasy Focus and Tony Kornheiser Show
- LISTEN OnDemand to SportsCenter - updated every 20 minutes!
- ** NEW ** Create custom stations and playlists with your favorite teams/topics/players/sports/shows
- ** NEW ** Download your playlists for 'offline' listening
WhatsApp for Windows Phone 8 screenshots revealed
While trying to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of the WhatsAppp official client for Windows Phone from Marketplace, Windows Phone Daily's Saad Hashmi got more that he bargained for.
What we have here are screenshots of what appears to be the Windows Phone 8 version of the application. Not much functionality or additional features can be seen on any of the screenshots besides the new tile sizes. The Windows Phone 8 WhatsApp will be able to utilise the three different tile sizes. Whats rather confusing is that the tile notification counter is still the same old Windows Phone 7 round black one instead the of a square one.
More screenshots can be found here.
One other thing, does this mean the WhatsApp developers have had access the upcoming SDK (Software development Kit) for Windows Phone 8?
Poll: Which Windows Phone 8 device are you getting?
None of these Windows Phone 8 devices beside the Huawei Ascend have been confirmed but we are pretty sure that most of them will turn out to be the real McCoy. Having received a lot of feed back on our Windows Phone 8 round up, we though it might be a good idea to see what our readers are looking forward to. In case you don't know what we are going on about, please see this before registering your vote.
Nokia working on a Windows Phone 8 Lumia X and Lumia N-Gage?
Here is another one of them that need a spoonful of the sodium stuff to help it to go down well. My Nokia Blog received an email from a "John" which reads:
New Nokia Windows phone 8 to be launched in September.
I got it from my friend. He worked at Nokia Design Studio (not mention name).He talks about how the new equipment, both of LUMIA more interesting than Samsung, HTC and Huawei. In addition, he said LUMIA X has a screen resolution HD Amoled Clear Black, Windows phone 8 OS, powered by Snapdragon S4, 8 millionpixel resolution camera carl zeiss lens, that can rotate the camera itself. There are dedicated keys for playing games on the top & can be twisted to access music quickly. He also tells of the N-GAGE is back again. Data is designed to stay in the lab. I was excited to try this. Not sure if it is true that much. If the information is incorrect. Apologize for any inconvenience that this.
ESPN Radio app for Lumia devices coming to Windows Phone
Nokia has announced that ESPN Radio will soon be available for Lumia range. The app, a must have for sports fans should be in the Windows Phone Marketplace in the next 48 hours.
ESPN Radio brings over 35 ESPN Radio Podcasts and customizable stations to your Lumia. You can listen to every game of the World Series, College Bowl Games, BCS Championship game, Wimbledon, US Open Golf and every college football game that ESPN Radio broadcasts
You can mark your favorite ESPN station, and for each station, you can view what's on live, what's being discussed on Twitter and even view the upcoming schedule. ESPN Radio even allows you to listen to shows offline as you can download on-demand audio content.
You can now listen on-demand as the industry-leading sports program is updated every 20 minutes. ESPN Radio also brings live broadcasts of all ESPN Radio stations, ESPN Radio Network and ESPN Deportes.
If you are a Lumia owner, let us know when the app is available and your first inpressions.
SOURCE: Nokia Conversartions
SuitApp: Learn how to tie a tie with familiar metro design
Not all applications have to be have sophisticated graphics! The simplest of apps sometimes can be the most helpful. Have you ever found yourself in the pickle that you don't remember how to tie a tie correctly? I have, and that's the reason I choose to create SuitApp; a simple, metro designed, "teach-yourself" app, exclusively for Windows Phone. Download it while you still remember what it's called and you will be glad you did. This is not a app you will use daily, but it's extremely useful to have at hand when you need it.
- Four in Hand
- Half Windsor
- Pratt Knot
- Bow Tie
SUBMITTED BY: Kristoffer Lervik
Windows Phone grows 277% in a year, now has 3.2% global marketshare
The latest smartphone data from Canalys shows that Windows Phone jumped nearly 2% in the last year and has 3.2% of the global market share. Global shipments of Windows Phone devices also grew to 5.1 million units in the second quarter of the year. On a yearly basis, Windows Phone showed growth of 277.3 percent
Android on the other hand saw a huge rise of 110.4% from 47.6% of the market share to a huge lead of 68.1%. iOS is at 16.4% and Symbian is at 4.1%.
At this rate, Windows Phone will soon overtake BlackBerry, whose marketshare currently stands at 5.4% before the end of the year when Windows Phone 8 devices hit the market.
Latest Windows Phone XBOX LIVE Title Pool Pro Online now live in Marketplace
This week's latest XBOB Live title Pool Pro Online is now in Marketplace. The game shows a lot of promise and could be the best pool game on Windows Phone if the developers don't abandon it. The game appears to take ages to resume when you hit the dreaded search button. Above all, at $2.99, it might be worth you time.
View online lobbies of available players then hustle your way online through 8 Ball, 9 Ball and Snooker games. Play head-to-head while chatting with opponents in real-time, or play offline in single-player Mode and pass-and-play Hot Seat Mode.
Enter the virtual pool hall with your friends across the world to win fame and in-game ""scratch"". Put your money where your mouth is and challenge wannabee players wagering in-game cash. Customize your game by spending your winnings on table felts, cue sticks, and new pool halls! See how you rank against the elite pool sharks on the global leader board. Play for keeps world-wide with Pool Pro Online 3.
- FANTASTIC CONTROLS: Simple, intuitive controls allow you to set up your shots quickly, easily and precisely.
- SUPERB PHYSICS: Advanced physics allow you to play with a new level of realism. From simple bank shots to complicated spin and jump shots, everything plays the way it should.
- BEAUTIFUL ENVIRONMENTS: Fully 3D environments, with multi-touch camera controls that let you pan, tilt and zoom to see all of the action both on and off the table.
- PRO SHOP: Extend and customize your play experience by visiting the Pro Shop. New cues, felts and even entire rooms are available for you to choose. Shoot pool by the beach in the Microsoft exclusive beach locale.
- LEADERBOARDS: Compete online and compare your scores with everyone, everywhere around the world.
- CHAT: Group chat in the lobby or trade barbs with your opponent during a match.
- ACHIEVEMENTS: Unlock and track your achievements.
Samsung-exclusive Family Story app for Windows Phone now in Marketplace
Samsung have released Family Story for their Windows Phone devices. Usually, the only manufacturer-exclusive application worthwhile to write about are usually from Nokia so it's refreshing to see a different manufacturer release a useful exclusive app. Don't get too excited though, Family Story is not to the level of Nokia's Drive, Transport, Reading, etc. but remains useful to those interested keeping close ties with their family members.
An exclusive sharing space for your family. Strengthen family bonding by creating your own family story. Family Story is a tighter and more private social network services that you can connect, communicate and share memories with your family members or close friends.
- Enjoy family photos: Upload photos and leave comments that family members can view from anywhere via the phone, tablet, PC or TV
- Share message: Enhance communication by writing a message and showing it to all family members
- Manage family events: strengthen family bonding by sharing family events/reminders earlier with family
- Photos, memos and events can be shared only with Group Members who've already accepted Group Invitation (Group Invitation can be sent to Samsung Account or Mobile Phone number by Group Members
Whatsapp for Windows Phone no longer available from Marketplace
It appears as though the official Windows Phone multi-platform messaging client Whatsapp has been removed from the Windows Phone Marketplace. Well, maybe the app hasn't been removed from Marketplace as such, because when we tried to access the app via it's deep-link using a Windows Phone, it appeared - minus the download and share option, along side a message that says:
This application is not available for you device. This might be because your phone needs to be updated, the application is exclusive to a different mobile provider, or the app is not available in your region.Whatsapp for Windows Phone has been regularly updated since in introduction and is probably the best multi-platform messaging application. If you are a regular user of the application we suggest you don't uninstall it for whatever reason and avoid resetting your phone until the app reappears.
We are not aware of the reason why the apps has been taken down at the moment. We have reached out the to developers for an explanation and will update you in due course.
Samsung Windows Phone 8 devices leaked, bringing NFC and 4.65' SAMOLED HD display [Update]
A couple of Samsung Windows Phone 8 devices appear to have been revealed in court documents submitted by Samsung in their patent case against Apple. The documents show that Samsung is planning the "Odyssey" and "Marco" Windows Phone 8 handsets.
The LTE "Odyssey" appears to be the flagship, boasting of a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with HD resolution, an 8MP main camera and a 2MP shooter at the front. The Odyssey is marked as an NFC device, suggesting it will support the Wallet Hub and the Tap & Send feature. It will be powered by Qualcomm's MSM8960 1.5GHz dual-core processor. We suspect this will turn out to be the Samsung Focus S2.
Although the lesser "Marco" appears to be a solid mid-range devices, its still packs a mean punch hardware-wise. Just like big-bro "Odyssey," the Marco will be LTE enabled but lacks NFC. It will feature a 4-inch S-AMOLED display with WVGA resolution, a 5MP main camera and a 2MP front-facing one. It will also be powered by Qualcomm's MSM8960 1.5GHz dual-core processor. We suspect this will be the Samsung Focus 3 when it's launched.
The documents suggest that both devices will be launched in Q4 this year, which is about the same time Windows Phone 8 will launch. Given how Samsung has distributed their Windows Phone devices in the past, we wouldn't be surprised if these two never leave the American shores.
What do you guys think, are these the sort of devices that will make you think twice about getting Windows Phone 8 Lumia device?
We reached out to Samsung for an official comment and they sent us this generic statement:
Samsung is in collaboration with Microsoft to bring new mobile devices to our customers. However, at this time we cannot comment on the product release schedule. We will be able to update you more in the future. Samsung provides a variety of choices to consumers by offering mobile devices on various platforms.
SOURCE: The Verge
Engadget: Nokia Drive is the best offline navigational tool on the market
Now here is a collectors item! An Engadget editor making a fair assessment of a product related to Microsoft and Nokia? That's a first for us and I'm pretty sure for many of you. Darren Murph, Engadget Managing Editor spent some time with the indomitable Nokia Lumia 900 for the purpose of putting Nokia Drive through its paces.
To prove the point that most of that most of these tech writers like to bash Windows Phone without using it, Darren confesses that he was "downright shocked at just how fast everything operated." This is what we've been saying all this time.
Darren took his Nokia Lumia 900 on a road-trip, maily focusing on the navigation app's off-line capabilities. He concludes:
All in all, however, I can confidently say that Nokia Drive is the best purely offline navigational tool on the market, on any mobile platform. If you count yourself a Lumia owner already, there's no reason to not take advantage of the power within - it's a free download, after all.Read the full review here.
HTC Evangelist: You'll be pleased if you hold out for our Windows Phone 8 handsets
Leigh Momii, an HTC Developer Evangelist reckons waiting for their Windows Phone 8 devices is the way to go. Responding to a question posed by a reader that indicated that they were still holding out for Windows Phone 8 before upgrading, Momii responded by saying the reader wont be "disappointed if they held out for an HTC Windows Phone 8 device."
Responding to another reader who said they "wanted to see HTC bring some quality Windows Phone 8 devices," Leigh Momii responded buy saying the reader was "in for a treat."
HTC's first generation Windows Phones were somewhat lacklustre. Despite releasing more devices than other manufactures, most tended to be recycled Android designs with average specs. Leigh Momii might be saying what any HTC-paid evangelist should be saying but we suspect their Windows Phone 8 devices will be impressive. HTC is rumoured to be readying three devices; a low-end, mid-range and high-end device. The high-end is rumoured to feature a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, 42Mbps HSPA+ and a quad-core Snapdragon processor. Now those specs would be a "treat" to any Windows Phone user. We hope the industrial design will match the specs that they wont be HTC One recycled designs.
Are you holding out for a Windows Phone 8 device? If so, what are you hoping for?
SOURCE: HTC Blog
Skype for Windows Phone receives minor update for bug fixes
The official Skype application for Windows Phone has been updated, bringing it up to version 1.3. If you are hoping that the update brings more features then you will be disappointed.
The changelog only mentions bug "fixes," meaning you are unlikely to find any noticeable changes. We've examined the application post-update and haven't noticed any changes. In case you do, let us know.
The Samsung Omnia M debacle: More expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S3
Regular readers will know how we have been critical of Samsung's Windows Phone strategy. For a while now, Samsung has treated Windows Phone like an ugly step-child, fed leftovers from the Android banquet table and clothed with second-hand hardware from Android and Bada devices.
The Samsung Omnia M makes it's debut today in the UK and is exclusive to Phones4u for a few weeks. The Omnia M is a Tango release, making it a low to mid range device at best. You can land a free Omnia M from Vodafone with a £26 a month 2 year contract. Orange are asking for £28.50 a month. Not bad you think? Not until you learn that it would cost you less to get a Samsung Galaxy S3 from the same retailer at £26 a month with a 2 year contract!
For the benefit of those that don't quite know how phone contracts work in the UK: You can get any phone for free on contract. Your monthly payment is determined by how much you are willing to pay upfront and how long your contract is, Free phones usually attract a minimum contract of 2 years.
We understand that the Samsung Omnia M is a new device and therefore the pricing will reflect that but more is it really worth more than the best Android device? Give us a break Samsung! We love Windows Phone but we are not stupid. The Omnia M comes with a 1GHz processor, 4GB storage, 384MB of RAM and a 4" Super AMOLED display. The Nokia Lumia 710 has far better specifications but only costs £7.50 a month on contract or £89 for an unlocked device. The Nokia Lumia 710 comes with Nokia exclusive apps such as Nokia Drive and Nokia Transport which you wont get with the Omnia M.
In India, the Omnia M will retails at around 17,990 INR ($320), while the Nokia Lumia 710 is priced at 13,999 INR (around $250).
WPCentral noted that the Omnia M, which just went on sale in Brazil is priced at R$ 799 ($389 US) while the Nokia Lumia 710, arguably a better device with its ClearBlack display (though smaller), 4GB more storage and superior design and build quality goes for R$100 less than the Omnia M, priced at R$700 ($341 US). WPCentral's headline simply reads: Samsung Omnia M Windows Phone priced to fail. I could not have put it better myself.
Windows Phone Marketplace Deal of the Week: Need For Speed Undercover
This week's discounted Windows Phone XBOX Live title is Need For Speed Undercover. The games has received a over 1,300 user reviews and still maintains a respectable 4 out of 5 stars. The 40% price reduction sees the app now available for $2.99 from a steep $4.99.
REAL CARS! REAL FAST! DESIGNED JUST FOR WINDOWS PHONE 7. Enabled for Xbox LIVE, earn achievements and track leaderboards as you power 20 of the world's hottest high-performance cars through 24 undercover missions and 8 challenging modes of hot-pursuit action! XBOX LIVE ENABLED! SEE WHO'S THE REAL DEAL Use your existing Xbox LIVE Gamertag or create a new one via the Windows Phone 7 main menu to track achievements and access leaderboards for this Need for Speed Undercover game. TRACK UP TO 10 ACHIEVEMENTS. Acquire cars, unlock tracks, snag a bounty over $1,000, and more. Reach milestones, complete goals, and get up to 200 Gamerscore points! ACCESS DOZENS OF WEEKLY, MONTHLY, AND LIFETIME LEADERBOARDS - See where your driving skills rank you against friends and racers around the world. See who's got the fastest times, the best style scores, and the biggest accumulation of bounty. SHOWCASE YOUR AVATAR - Proudly display your Xbox LIVE avatar next to your high scores. FACE CHALLENGING RACE MODES AND MISSIONS
Race through Head-to-Head action, Highway Battle, and Cop Takeout. Go undercover in 24 covert missions at the wheels of some of the most awesome automobiles imaginable. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN EYE-POPPING RACING ENVIRONMENTS The maxed out 800x480 resolution for Windows Phone 7 will put your senses into overdrive. Push yourself to the limit as you burn through exhilarating cityscapes, snaking countrysides, and gritty seaside docks. Sweeping camera angles and gnarly impact-crash sound effects heighten the adrenaline-fueled intensity. TRICK OUT YOUR RIDE Customize your vehicle with aftermarket spoilers, multiple wheel options, cool body kits, and paint schemes. Earn performance upgrades and kick in extras like Boost, Speed, Acceleration, and Handling.
Want the game? Simply hit the download button or scan the QR Code with your Windows Phone.
MetroTube for Windows Phone updated to v3.3, reaches 100,000 downloads
MetroTube, the best YouTube client for Windows Phone has been updated to version 3.3. The app, arguably the best Windows Phone app has just passed a 100,000 downloads according to the developers, Lazyworm.
- Added 'Watch Later' support where users can access and add videos to their Watch Later list.
- Fixed nasty bug where videos would occasionally get stuck on loading screen
- Various minor bug fixes and optimizations
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