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Microsoft is facing a lot of headwind when it comes to Windows Phone adoption, and in a bid to deal with a bit of that, the company is launching a new Web-based tool. The Windows Phone App Studio is launching today in beta, which is a free app creation tool designed to help anyone quickly bring an idea to life by applying text, web content, imagery, and design concepts to any one of a rich set of customizable templates. Users need only create a Microsoft account, choose your template, and begin adding content. When you’re app is ready to go, you can download the app to your own phone, or share it with others by publishing it to the Windows Phone Store. Of course, Microsoft has historically... Read more...
You should always practice caution when connection to an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot, but Windows Phone users need to be extra careful due to a newly discovered vulnerability in Microsoft's mobile operating system. If a Windows Phone user connects to the 'wrong' hotspot, a hacker could sniff out and steal their domain username and password. "Microsoft is aware of a public report that describes a known weakness in the Wi-Fi authentication protocol known as PEAP-MS-CHAPv2 (Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol with Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol version 2), used by Windows Phones for WPA2 wireless authentication. In vulnerable scenarios, an attacker who successfully exploited... Read more...
Well, that didn't take long. Nokia's latest flagship smartphone, the Lumia 1020, has just experienced a $30 price-drop, settling at $269 (with contract). This move comes HOT on the heels of our review that we posted earlier today, and given the overall thoughts on the device, a price-drop does help the phone to look a bit more attractive. In his exhaustive look, Ray found that the Lumia 1020 performed no different than last year's Lumia 920/925, which does put a damper on things. We're talking about a phone that's $269.99 under contract, after all. No contract = $699. Apart from that, the 1020 can boast the unique feature of having a mammoth 41-megapixel camera, which was found to deliver quite... Read more...
Nokia's battle in the global smartphone race is an intriguing one, and those who follow technology have long wondered if the company's decision to hitch its wagon to Microsoft was a wise one. When Stephen Elop came in as CEO, Nokia was in a rare position: it could choose which platform it wanted to support for the foreseeable future. Of course, choosing Windows Phone was a polarizing choice. Android loyalists yearned to see Nokia hardware running Google's mobile OS, while early fans of Windows Phone were thrilled to have such a well-regarded hardware maker on-board. Since the Windows Phone OS alone probably isn't enough to sway many smartphone consumers to try a Lumia device, Nokia has resorted... Read more...
Nokia's battle in the global smartphone race is an intriguing one, and those who follow technology have long wondered if the company's decision to hitch its wagon to Microsoft was a wise one. When Stephen Elop came in as CEO, Nokia was in a rare position: it could choose which platform it wanted to support for the foreseeable future. Of course, choosing Windows Phone was a polarizing choice. Android loyalists yearned to see Nokia hardware running Google's mobile OS, while early fans of Windows Phone were thrilled to have such a well-regarded hardware maker on-board. Over the past couple of years, Windows Phone as a whole has struggled to gain mass acceptance. Meanwhile, iOS and Android have... Read more...
Nokia, perhaps more-so than any other smartphone manufacturer in the game right now, needed to find a way to make something special. The new Nokia Lumia 1020, though it sports essentially the same internals and display as Nokia's Lumia 920, most definitely is different, and perhaps even a very attractive alternative, depending on your specific needs. 41 megapixels of resolution, floating image stabilization and a powerful camera app to back it up, will make the Lumia 1020 pretty "special" to a lot of people, some of whom might be considering a Windows Phone for the first time as a result.  We're quickly working up a detailed review on Nokia's new Lumia 1020 but wanted to give you our initial... Read more...
Nokia has been trying hard to play catch-up in the smartphone race for a long time now, and as Microsoft's strategic partner with the Windows Phone operating system and ecosystem, they've got their work cut out for them, with a gridiron full of Android and iOS devices offering compelling and powerful solutions.  And so, Nokia, perhaps more-so than any other smartphone manufacturer in the game right now, needed to find a way to make something special. The new Nokia Lumia 1020, though it sports essentially the same internals and display as Nokia's Lumia 920, most definitely is different, and perhaps even a very attractive alternative, depending on your specific needs. 41 megapixels of resolution,... Read more...
Every relationship has its nuances, and usually, every relationship has its fair share of bickering. Even if you love someone unconditionally, there will typically be scenarios where you just can't agree or see eye-to-eye. One had to expect something similar when looking at Microsoft and Nokia, which tied each other to the hip years ago with Windows Phone. Nokia simply hitched its wagon to Microsoft's mobile OS for the future of its smartphone range, and now it's having to live with the decision of selecting an operating system that is having a terrible time gaining ground in the market. One of the biggest gripes from would-be users is the dearth of apps. The world's most popular apps just aren't... Read more...
Since the introduction of iOS, and then Android, it's proven extremely difficult for any mobile vendor to make a real impact. BlackBerry at least did taste sweet success at one point (how things have changed since then!), but Microsoft... that's an entirely different story. While there have always been fans of the platform, Microsoft has failed to deliver any recipe that's been able to coax people en masse to adopt it, and as time goes on, the company's goals are only becoming even more difficult to achieve. Its most recent mobile OS, Windows Phone 8, was well-received overall, but it's impact has again been minimal. In some ways, this is a little surprising. While I could barely find anyone... Read more...
Slowly but surely, Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system is getting some serious love. Instead of being left behind as Android and iOS counterparts see routine updates, WP8 is starting to see lockstep updates on some fairly major applications. Take Evernote, for example, which just updates its WP app with a new look and a handful of useful new features. The update apps a new hub page upon launch, with new note options, shorcuts, recent activity, notebooks, tags, and support for Evernote Business. This update also brings three important improvements to the note view. First, if you have a note that you need to go to frequently, create a shortcut. This will place the note onto the hub page... Read more...
Goodbye, Symbian, and thanks for the pie. That's the message Nokia is sending to the once popular mobile operating system as its preps one final shipment of Symbian smartphones this summer before investing its efforts entirely into its relationship with Microsoft and the Windows Phone platform. It's a bit of a bittersweet parting. On one hand, Symbian for a long while was the smartphone platform to beat in terms of market share, sitting at top up through late 2010. By then, Android and iOS were well on their way to becoming the mobile platforms to beat, and today the two rival OSes account for 9 out of every 10 smartphones sold. The 808 Pureview will go down in history as Nokia's last Symbian... Read more...
Small victories are victories nonetheless, and if Microsoft is in a celebratory mood, it can pop the top on a bottle of champagne and toast having jumped ahead of BlackBerry in smartphone platform penetration. According to newly published data by International Data Corporation (IDC), Windows Phone wiggled its way onto 7 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, giving the platform a 3.2 percent share of the market. That doesn't sound like much, but it's enough to come in third behind Android and iOS. "Windows Phone claiming the third spot is a first and helps validate the direction taken by Microsoft and key partner Nokia," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide... Read more...
The rumor mill can stop spinning its wheels this morning following the launch of Nokia's Lumia 925 smartphone, the Finnish phone maker's second handset to make a debut this week. Like the Lumia 928 that preceded it, the 925 has been the topic of speculation, and as previously rumored, it sports an aluminum body, making it the first Lumia device to feature metal construction. Nokia says the Lumia 925 is a new interpretation of the popular 920. In addition to a metal body, it also features "the most advanced lens technology and next generation imaging software" that, among other things, promises exceptional low-light performance. "The Nokia Lumia 925 also introduces the new Nokia Smart Camera mode,... Read more...
Microsoft continues to flesh out is Windows Phone Store with new apps, though momentum has slowed a bit in recent months. Mentioned as an aside in announcing the Nokia Lumia 928 for Verizon, the Redmond outfit revealed that there are now 145,000 apps and games in the Windows Phone Store, which is about 25,000 more than it had in October. Most of the big names are present and accounted for, including Pandora, Facebook, YouTube (a recent addition), Hulu Plus, Netflix, Skype, and several others, though the Windows Phone platform still has a long way to go before it catches up with the likes of iOS (over 800,000 apps) and Google Play (over 700,000 apps). Microsoft will, for the time being, point... Read more...
Microsoft is still playing a game of catch-up when it comes to providing users with top-tier apps that iOS and Android users have had access to for months, but it's more than just availability. It's about app quality, and Microsoft is trying to bolster that by working with its major partners. Foursquare is a huge app name, and while the company's app has long since been around on Windows Phone, it's a pretty poor version. Until now. The newest build was just unleashed this week, with version 3.0 adding a lot of new features. Users can now pin people and venues to the Start screen, see notifications on the Lock Screen, and check-in via NFC. In this version, you can also use your voice to search,... Read more...
Go ahead and consider the impending launch of Nokia's rumored Lumia 928 device as confirmed. The Finnish phone maker let the cat out of the bag today, if ever so slightly, by posting the first official image of the Lumia 928 on a teaser website named after the device. Beyond the single shot, the site is woefully short on details, but at least now we know for sure the thing exists. There's no mention of the Lumia 928 in the actual photo, which depicts a handset snapping a photo of a mother and two children playing in the ocean, but it is mentioned in the site's URL (https://nokia.com/us-en/lumia928). If that's not a confirmation, then it's the worst-timed typo in the history of Nokia. Even though... Read more...
Nokia previously sent out invitations to a press event in London scheduled for May 14, 2013, telling recipients on the invitations that "The Nokia Lumia story continues." There's also a section of faded text that reads, "See what's next." Nokia's teaser led some to speculate that the big reveal will be for its rumored Catwalk smartphone, and according to a Chinese Windows Phone blog, that's exactly what it will be. Catwalk is actually the codename for the device; it will be marketed and sold as the Lumia 925. Compared to its predecessor, the Lumia 920, the updated model will be thinner and lighter courtesy of its aluminum construction. It will also feature a xenon flash rather than dual LEDs.... Read more...
Microsoft is pushing hard to get as many top-tier apps as possible ported to Windows Phone, and sure enough, Rovio is playing nice. One of the world's most popular mobile games is coming back to Windows Phone in a major way. Rovio is re-launching the original Angry Birds for Windows Phone, adding over 400 levels and being free to download through 5/15. The Windows Phone 8 version will also have Xbox Live integration with new achievements and leaderboards. This will be a completely separate download from the original Angry Birds title that some of you may already own; the reason the company is re-releasing it is to make it "technically easier for Rovio to support in the future." In other words,... Read more...
Nokia shipped 5.6 million Lumia smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, up 27 percent compared to the previous quarter and reflective of "increasing momentum," the Finnish phone maker said. Its overall smart device shipments totaled 6.1 million units, a point that underscores how heavily invested Nokia is in Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. It's a gamble Nokia willingly took, and so far it has yet to pay off in a big way. Nokia's net sales fell 20 percent year-over-year to 5.9 billion euros, or $7.7 billion. That translates into a net loss of 339 million euros ($442.6 million), which if there's a silver lining is much better than the 1.57 billion euro ($2 billion) loss it posted in the same... Read more...
Let us preface the rest of this article by saying Android is top mobile platform in the world with a monstrous share of the market, followed by iOS, the two of which combine to account for around 80-90 percent of the world's smartphones (depending on the source data). That leaves all the other mobile players fighting for scraps, and it looks like Windows Phone is winning. According to the latest data by Kantar Worldpanel, Windows Phone gained a bit of ground in the three months leading up to the end of February 2013, which is especially good for Nokia. At the same time, demand for BlackBerry fell flat globally last quarter, particularly in the U.K, and took a few steps in the U.S. market. Source:... Read more...
If you're of the opinion that it's better to show up late than the never, then kudos to the Windows Phone platform for finally getting Temple Run, an endless running game that falls into the "Just one more time..." category. Before you know it, you've wasted half the day trying to unlock characters, special powers, and knock out various objectives. Temple Run was supposed to launch in time for the holidays in 2012, so it's a few months late in that regard, too. Whatever, it's here now, or at least soon will be. Microsoft actually announced half a dozen indie games for Windows Phone 8 today, including the aforementioned Temple Run title, 6th Planet ($0.99), Fling Theory (free), Orcs Must Survive... Read more...
At last week's MWC, Nokia showed-off four brand-new phones, two of which fall into the Lumia line (720 and 520). It was a little striking that the company wasn't showing off a new flagship, but on account of the fact that the Lumia 920 released only four months ago, the omission was understandable. However, as we see now, the company did show off a 920 successor at the show, but only to select individuals. One of those individuals is Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, who has written a post about it. According to him, Nokia's "Catwalk", which we first learned about at CES, will feature a slimmer, all-aluminum body, a thinner version of the 920's PureView Phase 2 camera and... that's it. If this... Read more...
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