Category: Windows Phone


A few days ago Lumia 800 owners got some exciting news. There were several reports of devices receiving the long awaited Windows Phone 7.8 update.

As it turns out though, this was merely a test run, rather than the real deal. While a limited group of users did indeed get the update, the Windows Phone 7.8 rollout for the general public will happen in early 2013 as planned.

Those who received the update actually own a pre-production units of Lumia 800, so they were eligible for the test version of WP 7.8. All this was confirmed by a Nokia official.

So, the update is not out, folks. Stop mashing that check for updates button, because you won’t have any luck with it. Not for now, at least.

There are surely ways to force the test update into your Lumia 800, but we’d advise against it. You can brick your device, void your warranty or be permanently banned from getting new software updates via the official channels.

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Nokia Lumia 800 users have a good reason to smile today. The Finnish company’s first Windows Phone flagship has begun receiving the much anticipated update to Windows Phone 7.8 Tango.

The upgrade includes four separate updates and can be accessed via the Zune desktop software. It brings a number of improvements, including new boot screens and resizable live tiles.

In case you are a Nokia Lumia 800 owner, go ahead and hook up your smartphone to the Zune desktop to see if the update is available in your region. Feel free to share your experience by dropping us a line in the comments section.

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The HTC Windows Phone 8S has arrived at the UK scene and is already available in several stores (both real and online). The phone aims to provide affordable entry into the tile-filled world of Windows Phone 8.

The best deal at the moment is offered by Three UK – you can grab the 8S for £180 off contract or free with a two-year contract starting from £17/month. This is for the Atlantic Blue model. Deliveries start Monday, December 10.

Clove UK also carry the HTC 8S but they have put a £225 price tag on it. Expansys UK and Amazon UK both have it at £240. That’s for the Blue model again, though Expansys has the other color options on pre-order. Argos has the phone too, but at £300. We’re just mentioning it in case they decide to start some promotion and cut the price significantly.

Anyway, if you prefer to get the Windows Phone 8S on contract but not on Three, you can head over to Phones4u, which has offers for Vodafone (£21/month), Orange (£28.50/month) and T-Mobile (£36/month). Carphone Warehouse also has deals for Vodafone.

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HTC just revealed its November revenues numbers, which show the company has halted its 4 month decline. That’s hardly surprising, though, as HTC released its first two the Windows Phone 8-running smartphones that month – HTC 8X and HTC 8S.

HTC also released its refreshed flagship, the One X+, but the availability of that one has been relatively limited, so we don’t know how much of an impact that one made.

The HTC DNA is another droid which could have also contributed to the positive result, but its November 21 release and Verizon-only availability have probably limited its influence.

These figures bode well for Windows Phone 8 and for Microsoft, who hope to get a significant return on the newest version of their mobile OS.

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The Mexican retailer Guerrero Móvil teased an upcoming Nokia smartphone, called Nokia Lumia 505. It will be exclusive (at least initially) to the network of local carrier Telcel and should become the cheapest Nokia WP device to date.

The Lumia 505 specs are mostly unknown for now – all the carrier’s Facebook account gave us was the 8 megapixel camera. We can also see that there’s not going to be a flash of any kind alongside the camera.

However, the Windows key at the front features the old WP logo, so it’s all but certain that the smartphone will be running some Windows Phone 7 version.

Now a closer look at its homescreen shows the support for resizable live tiles, so it’s obvious that the smartphone will be running Windows Phone 7.8 out of the box.

There are also rumors of a 4″ WVGA display, 800MHz CPU, 4GB of storage and 256MB of RAM, which make sense, but are yet to be confirmed. It would be a strange if Nokia invested too much effort in the design of a smartphone that is going to be exclusive to a Mexican carrier, so the Lumia 505 is most probably little more than a redesigned Lumia 510.

Guerrero Movil promised to reveal more information on the Nokia Lumia 505 in a week, so we won’t have to wait long to find out.

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Nokia has just introduced a new member of its Lumia family of WP8 smartphones. The Nokia Lumia 620 runs on the latest edition of the Microsoft mobile platform and hopes to impress you with a distinct youthful design, S4 Snapdragon chipset and an attractive price tag.

The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with a 3.8″ ClearBlack LCD display of WVGA resolution and is powered by a two Krait CPU cores clocked at 1GHz, the Adreno 305 GPU and 512MB of RAM. The internal storage is 8GB, and is expandable though the microSD card slot.

The Nokia Lumia 620 offers a 5 megapixel primary camera with LED flash at the back and a VGA front-facing shooter for video-chats. Video recording maxes out at 720p@30fps.

   
Nokia Lumia 620 official photos

Being a part of the Nokia Lumia lineup, the 620 has access to the exclusive Nokia Drive app, which provides free lifetime voice-guided navigation and offline access. The Nokia Music no log-in streaming service is also available. The smartphone will be relying heavily on those to help it in its battle with theHTC Windows Phone 8S, which has very similar hardware.

The Nokia Lumia 620 comes with the usual for WP8 smartphones set of connectivity options – Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, GPS, 2G and 3G with HSDPA support. There’s no LTE here, but given the handset’s mid-range status, that was to be expected.

The Nokia Lumia 620 will be available in a range of colors including, lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black. It’s estimated to cost $249, excluding taxes and subsidies and will begin selling in January 2013 in Asia, followed closely by Europe and the Middle East before expanding further.

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The Nokia Lumia 920T is, reportedly, the first Windows Phone 8 smartphone to reach China and that’s a thing to take pride in. But with a customer base of over 700 million, China Mobile is also the world’s biggest carrier so the launch of the Lumia 920T there may also be a life-saver for the ailing Nokia.

Specs-wise, the Nokia 920T is identical to the international version, but it’s specifically made to work on China’s TD-CDMA network and comes with a handful of software customizations for the Chinese market.

The Chinese Windows Marketplace has some 50K apps on tap, but customers will also have access to the Mobile Market, China Mobile’s own app store.

Also Lumia 920T customers will get access to special deals from the location-based service Jiepang by tapping the NFC-enabled device on tags, available in multiple outlets in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Air China will also offer wireless charging pads in their VIP lounges.

In the same time Apple is yet to make the iPhone 5 available for the carrier’s customers.

“Technology [the TD-SCDMA network] is a problem, but that’s not all, there is also the business model and the revenue sharing.” – commented the delayed iPhone 5 launch Li Yue, CEO of China Mobile Communications Corporation, in response to a recent press inquiry. Apple and China Mobile are yet to settle the terms of their iPhone 5 deal, but it will be happening sooner or later.

Unfortunately, the Nokia Lumia 920T won’t be coming out in the all-popular cyan color. It will only be available in black, white, yellow and red. The smartphone should launch by the end of the year.

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The marketing intelligence and analysis company IDC has revisited its smartphone market predictions for the following four years. It’s become quite a tradition for IDC to post different numbers in each report, which serves to show just how impossible task it is trying to achieve, predicting a market as dynamic as this one.

Nevertheless, the company suggests that Anrdoid will lose some of its market share and will slip from this year’s 68.3% to 63.8% in 2016. IDC believes that despite the slide, Google’s mobile OS will continue to be the market leader thanks to various low-end and mid-range offerings from LG, Sony, and Samsung.

IDC’s previous predictions that Windows Phone will overtake iOS by 2016 have been altered and now Microsoft’s smartphone OS is predicted to take just 11.4% of the market (as opposed to 19.1% from six months ago). HTC and Nokia are going to drive the OS forward, but Samsung, ZTE and Huawei will also help grow Microsoft’s share.

iOS on the other hand will continue to take second place in the heated mobile OS battle. The Apple platform held 18.8% of the market share in 2012 and according to IDC its share will remain relatively stable – 19.1% in 2016.

RIM will continue to fight for its survival and is betting all in on the soon-to-come BlackBerry 10 OS. IDC reckons RIM will be dependent on “channel advocacy” and “sales associates who can effectively tell the BlackBerry story”. As a result, the company’s 2016 market share is expected to stand at 4.1% from 4.7% in 2012.

Rather unsurprisingly, platforms with suspended development like MeeGo, Bada OS and Symbian will го virtually еxtinct by 2016 with an aggregated market share of 0.1%. However, up and rising mobile OSes like Samsung’s Tizen and Jolla’s SailFish which are based on Linux will still struggle to break ground. IDC predicts they’ll manage to get 1.5% of the market share combined.

Ultimately, these predictions are bothering on pure speculations as seen before. An industry like the smartphone market is developing at fast rates and it’s next to impossible to make such long term predictions accurately.

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Nokia made a pretty big deal of the stabilization feature of its Lumia 920 flagship smartphone. The handset comes with the Floating lens technology, which is real optical image stabilization, as opposed to the digital solution of its competitors.

Naturally, everyone was curious to find out how big a difference the new technology makes, so we decided to pin the Nokia Lumia 920 against the Apple iPhone 5 (which has the most efficient digital video stabilization we have seen so far).

The results were somewhat surprising – see for yourselves in the video below. Don’t forget to go fullscreen and select the 1080p option.

Update: We saw there’s some confusion so we felt we should clear this out. The two smartphone were attached to a stand, rather than being held in two hands as that puts them on equal footing. The test itself starts with some casual panning, which is followed by walking in place and jumping.

At first glance the difference isn’t really major – each of the two contenders has its moments of superiority in the video. If we hadn’t named the two halves, you’d probably have a hard time telling which one uses optical stabilization and which one is simply employing a cleverly designed software algorithm.

However, for its stabilization to work so well, the iPhone 5 is forced to use only the central part of its sensor, while the Lumia 920 can use the whole thing, which gives it both a wider viewing angle and the option to do pixel binning, which helps fight digital noise.

So the Nokia Lumia 920 takes this round, even if the margin of its victory is smaller than we anticipated.
Of course, this is just one scenario and the optical image stabilization might turn out to be more beneficial on other occasions. We’ll be doing some more tests before the review is complete so we’ll know how good Floating lens actually is.

Nokia’s Scalado acquisition continues to pay off as the company just announced the PhotoBeamer app. The software is exclusive app to the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 and allows you to stream photos quite easily.

You can stream your gallery to any device with a web browser and internet connection. What you need to do is open the PhotoBeamer website on the target device, scan a QR code with your phone’s PhotoBeamer app and your gallery will be shared immediately.

As you can see it’s quite simple and does not limit the gadgets you can stream on. Whether it’s a smartphone, a tablet, PC or Mac, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or even a smart TV – you can show off your awesome pictures everywhere.

If you own a Lumia 920 or 820, just head over to the Windows Store and download the PhotoBeamer. It’s free and works both via Wi-Fi and 3G/4G connection.

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