Category Archives: Windows Phone 8

[Report]Microsoft Prepping Windows Blue for Unifying Windows OS and Windows Phone OS

This might not come as a surprise as Microsoft had already began their work of unifying their desktop and mobile operating system when they announced common kernel for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating system.

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Now as per recent reports coming from Digitimes,they are moving one step further into unifying Both the platforms with the upcoming release of Windows Blue.As per their sources Windows Blue is being developed by an independent team in an effort to merge Windows Desktop OS and Windows Phone OS to compete against Google Android and Chrome OS.
Tthe industry observers think that Microsoft is greatly concerned about PC Vendors involvement with Google Android based Notebooks due to its confidentiality to avoid pressure from Microsoft.

Though this move by Microsoft and Google would pose a great difficulty for the makers to integrate technologies to make them work together seamlessly.

Source[Digitimes]

Photosynth Finally available for Windows Phone

The highly popular Panorama App from Microsoft which was already available over iOS platform,but Microsoft’s own platform was missing from the release.

Finally the wait is over,The Photosynth app is now available for Windows Phones(Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5  devices).So now all the users can use the app to take panorama pictures on their Windows Phone Devices.

photosynth for windows phone

 

Here’s the Description,

Photosynth for Windows Phone is the panorama app that makes it easy and fun to capture and share interactive panoramas of the places, people, and events that are important to you. Using the latest in computer vision techniques, Photosynth is the acknowledged leader in mobile panorama creation. It is the only app available on Windows Phone that allows you to capture 360 degrees horizontally and vertically, making a perfect “sphere.”

Once you’ve created a Photosynth, you can share it as an interactive panoramic experience on Facebook and Twitter using the free Photosynth.net service. You can also publish your panoramas to Bing, where millions of people will see your panoramas on Bing Maps and in Bing search results. And check out our featured list, where we show off the best of what you and your fellow users create and share.

The app is now available over Windows Phone Store For Free.

Download Now[Photosynth for Windows Phone]

Facebook MAU Data Indicates a 10 Million Windows Phone Devies for Q42012!

We have been hearing a lot of  numbers these days,first we got the news about over 4 million licences for Windows 8 and then over a month of launch of Windows 8 we got the 40 million licenses sold update for Windows 8.

But all this time the one Microsoft product that was missing was their Windows Phone.Though Steve Ballmer indicated earlier that Windows Phones are selling 4 times faster than last year’s fourth quarter,there wasn’t any number sharing for the same.


Image Credits[WMPU]

Now according to the recent Facebook’s Monthly Active Users data gathered by WMPU,indicates that this might very well be the record breaking quarter for Windows Phones.According to the stats,there are over 627,000 monthly active users after October 1,2012,which is coincidently 4 times greater than last years figure of around 150,000 MAU.

According to last years Gartner Survey,Actually sold devices(not including shipments) were around 2.759 Million for the Q4 2011.This data suggests that there are already over 7 Million Windows Phones being sold as of now and by the end of the quarter the figures may reach 10 million count.

If these numbers do translate into reality,then this would be a record breaking quarter for Windows Phones and a sign of things to come.

Source[WMPU]

Nokia Announces Lumia 620,Most Affordable Windows Phone 8!

If you thought that you couldn’t buy a new Windows Phone 8 device below $300 and would have to pay a buck load of money to have one in your pocket? well not anymore.


Image Credits [Nokia]

Nokia has just revealed their latest Lumia entry level release and no it is not like those cheap Lumia 510′s and the 610′s .The Lumia 620 runs on a Qualcomm S4 1GhzDual core processor with a 3.8″ Clear Black WVGA display with 800 X480 resolution  and it runs Windows Phone 8, sports a 5 Megapixel rear shooter and a fromt facing VGA camera,8GB of memory(with a Micro SD slot).All this at a cost of $249 making it the most affordable Windows Phone 8 device till date.

The device will be available in 7 exchangable covers with matte and gloss finish.The device will start shipping in January in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East initially and then European Countries and other regions will be added to launch list.

Source [Nokia Press Release],Via [The Verge]

Windows Phone 8 Issues come up: Random Reboots and Battery Problems

Its been a couple of weeks since the launch of Windows Phone 8 and the users have already started reporting a few issues with the newly launched hardware!

As reported earlier by TheVerge,Many of the users over WPCentral forums have reported about their HTC 8X’s random reboot issues and the trend continues over the Microsoft Support forums with users reporting reboot issues .

The issues are not restricted to HTC hardware but some of the Nokia Lumia 920 users are also reporting Freezing issues and Battery issues reported in Nokia forums.

So there are definitely some initial issues which are needed to be sorted out by Microsoft,we will keep you posted about the future updates on that front.

Via[TheVerge]

Microsoft Employees Will Get a Free SurfaceTablet,Windows Phone 8 and New Work PCs

Microsoft will be launching a bunch of products this holiday season,with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch and of course the much awaited Windows RT based Surface Tablet launch.

Though the pricing details for Windows Phones and the Surface tablets are not out yet,People working at Microsoft will not have to worry aout buying those fancy products!In an internal meeting at KeyArena,Seattle Microsoft Announced a surprise package for its employees.

To start off with Free Windows RT based Surface tablets for all the full time employees for home and work use,not just that all the employees will get a Widows Phone 8 device for home and work use.Moreover all the employees work machines will be Moved to Windows 8  based machines Manufactured by their hardware partners,as reported earlier by GeekWire.

At this moment there are over 94,000 people working worldwide for the Software Giant.The company did a similar thing when they launched the Windows Phone 7 a couple of years ago,giving away the devices to all its employees.

Coming Soon:Windows Phone Store With a New Site and Online Store

In the build up to making Windows Phone 8 a huge success, Microsoft is leaving no stone unturned by firstly, opening up registration for Windows phone 8 SDK and now revamping the marketplace into the Store. According to the latest post on the official Windows phone blog, Microsoft is in all readiness to attract more users for its upcoming product.According to Mazar Mahmood, Microsoft employee who authored this post, Microsoft will be rolling out these changes beginning with Australia and New Zealand, and in the weeks ahead,  gradually around the world.

He shows us some improvements which are meant to be in the new Store.Firstly,starting today Microsoft will be retiring the name Marketplace and renaming it to Windows Phone Store.

In addition to its new name, the Window Phone Store also has a few improvements designed to make finding great apps and games for your phone even easier. The Search box is better, since it now relies on the Bing search engine to supply results.The cool thing about relying on Bing search algorithm is that it’s designed to learn from all the searches people do and will actually get smarter over time, returning more relevant search results.The online Windows Phone Store not only clarifies labels such as, New, Free, Top Apps and adds some new browsing options to make finding apps even easier. The renamed and improved New+Rising list is not only refreshed more frequently, but takes into consideration how quickly an app is being downloaded. A new addition to the lineup is “Best Rated” that ranks apps based on customer ratings and actual usage patterns.

The Spotlight area of the Windows Phone Store, meanwhile, showcases a mosaic of recently-published apps chosen by Microsoft’s  in-house experts.

Along-with these, other improvements include apps with overtly sexual content to be a little less prominent on your virtual shelves. Also, Microsoft will be adding a mechanism for reporting apps that concern you.

Microsoft is trying very hard to improve the user experience and will continue to add such innovative methods to make the Store an easier and fun place to search for apps for your Phone.

Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview Registrations Begin

 

 Microsoft has started accepting  registration for the Windows phone 8 SDK and has asked developers from across the globe to participate and create quality apps for the the Windows  phone 8 which is scheduled to release later this year. Microsoft’s Todd Brix has authored a post on the Windows phone blog in which he has urged developers to come join in for Windows phone app development.

Microsoft has limited the SDK, by not releasing the the entire SDK   to the development community and it states the reason:

The reason is that not all Windows Phone 8 features have been announced and our SDK includes comprehensive emulators that allow developers to test apps against a wide range of Windows Phone features. We recognize that this is a different approach to delivering tools than we’ve taken in the past. Our goal is to generate as much Windows Phone 8 excitement as possible to attract new customers when phones go on sale. This is one of many steps we’re taking to help give you what you (and we) want most.

The Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is built on top of Visual Studio 2012, and will give you the ability to build applications and games that target both Windows Phone 8 as well as Windows Phone 7.5. Windows Phone SDK 7.1 can be installed side-by-side with Visual Studio 2012 and runs on Windows 8.

To apply, please visit the Microsoft Connect site and complete a short application. Be sure to have your Developer ID and Application’s Product ID on hand, as well as the name of your local Phone Champ (if you don’t know your local Phone Champ, you can always get in touch via theFind My Champ app). Microsoft be taking applications until Monday, September 17 at 5pm PDT.

 

Windows 8 Companion App For Windows Phone Spotted

For what we all know that with the introduction of XBox Music Services,it was just a matter of  time for the end of Zune branding by Microsoft.Which also mean that Zune desktop client which is used for Syncing Windows Phone,will soon be replaced by an alternative app come Windows Phone 8.

Recently,Windows 8 Companion app for Windows Phone was spotted by TheVerge.This app will sync the  Windows Phone devices,it will also provide quick access to photos, documents, music, and video on Windows Phone devices, allowing users to import or export data to handsets,as a replacement to the Zune App.The companion app will be automatically installed for Windows Phone 8 users on a Windows 8 based system whenever  a device is connected.

As far as the Windows 7 users are concerned,they will get an equivalent desktop app to manage their Windows Phone devices.The app is expected to be released over Windows Store on the launch of Windows 8 which is scheduled for 26th October.

Source:[TheVerge]

HTC To Reveal Their Windows Phone 8 Devices Next Month ?

As we inch closer to the Windows Phone 8 release we are getting some interesting tidbits about the upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices from various manufacturers.

According to the latest reports from WPDang [Translated Page],HTC is all set to reveal their Windows Phone 8 offerings in 3rd week of September.Apparently there will be 3 devices will be revealed,namely Rio,Accord and Zenith.

The Rio Windows Phone 8 device which seems to be a lower end offering from HTC will feature a 4″ display with WVGA resolution (800 * 480),14.4Mbps HSPA support,it will sport  a 5 Megapixel Camera with 720P video recording,it will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor family, the MSM8227,to go with 512MB memory.

Talking about the other 2 devices slated for mid and high range,The Accord device will feature a 720p resolution 4.3-inch Super LCD2 display, 42Mbps HSPA + network support.The device will support 1080P video recording courtesy the 8 Megapixel camera,NFC support,1GB Memory and will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor i.e MSM8260A.

While the Zenith device will feature 720p resolution 4.7-inch Super LCD2 display,42Mbps HSPA + network support,1080P Video recording again with the 8 Megapixel camera.The processor for this device is unknown at the moment but it is said to be a quad core processor from the snapdragon family.

The article also suggests that the displays of Zenith and Accord will have a pixel density of 300 ppi nearing the retina display of the iPhone 4s.Talking about the release dates the Rio and Accord will be released in October time frame,while the Zenith will be released some time in the last quarter of the year.

Source:[WPDang]