Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Windows Phone Italy's Facebook page reveals WP7.8 features

The big Microsoft event came and went and there wasn’t even a word about Windows Phone 7.8. Joe Belfiore and co didn’t even announce a date when the update will be released, but it will probably be a while after WP8 hits the shelves (which is already happening).

Whoever is managing the Windows Phone Italia Facebook page was more talkative, however, and answered a question from a fan, revealing the new features that v7.8 will bring. The response has been deleted since.

The list includes the new homescreen (which we already knew), something called 'Club', which we guess is Rooms, Xbox Music and SmartGlass.

Facebook is hardly a reliable source of info, but the features listed seem quite probable - we already know about the homescreen, Rooms and SmartGlass are available for other OSes too, so it's unlikely they will be excluded from WP7.8 and Xbox Music will bring the existing user base to Microsoft's new music service.

In case you don't know yet, Windows Phone 7.8 will be released for 7 and 7.5 devices, as the old hardware won't get updated to WP8.

Source (in Italian) | Via

Admins's Note:
Here is the post translated to English
"The upgrade to 7.8 will be available for versions 7.0 and 7.5 shortly after the marketing of the devices Windows Phone 8.
Among the features are the new Start screen, the sharing of the calendar using the function Club and access to key Microsoft services and content, including Xbox Music Store library that can be enjoyed by Zune and Xbox SmartGlass.
Continue to follow us for all other news!"

Nokia Lumia 820 is now on sale in the UK

With Windows Phone 8 now officially released, everyone is looking at Microsoft's partner to unlock the potential of the new platform. We already know that we should expect to see the first WP8-powered smartphones in the next week, so it's time we learned pricing specifics.

Carphone Warehouse has released the info about the Nokia Lumia 820 in the UK. The smartphone outlet is offering the device SIM-free for £379.95.

Other major UK stores such as Expansys and Phones4UK have the Lumia 820 up for pre-order, but they haven't revealed the asking price just yet.

As you'd expect, the WP8-running handset it also offered with various plans for O2, Vodafone and Orange. The latter gives you the device for free with a £31/month plan including 750MB of data and unlimited texts.

The device is already on sale in Germany and has started shipping in Europe.

Source | Via

Nokia starts ‘Time to Switch’ ad campaign, has people telling you why they love their Lumia

Nokia’s future is riding on the success of its Windows Phone handsets and the Finnish company is sparing no effort to make them a success. Nokia has just started a new ad campaign called “Time to #Switch”, which wants to entice you into buying a Lumia phone (the Lumia 820 is already on sale in the UK and it and the Lumia 920 will soon hit US carriers too).
Here are the first two ads, which feature people answering the simple question “Why do you love your Lumia?”.
The second ad focuses a bit more on the Nokia-exclusive features, like Maps, Mix Radio and City Lens.

Those are not the most original ads in the world, but at least they don’t resort to name-calling like HTC did.


It will be a while before Windows Phone 7.8 update is released

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Windows Phone 8 might be officially out, but the Windows Phone 7.8 update is nowhere to be found. Microsoft even ignored the matter during the press conference yesterday.

Latest online rumor has it, the Windows Phone 7.8 will be released a few weeks after the first WP8 devices hit the shelves. Then we would have to wait for the first wave of cheap WP7.8 devices that will run the release out of the box and later all old-gen Windows Phone handsets will get the update as an OTA or via Zune.

We guess all of the previous Windows Phone owners would have to wait at least a month to get the goodies brought by the 7.8 update. Let's hope the update will be worth the wait.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are now shipping

Nokia announced that the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 duo of Windows Phone 8 smartphones is now shipping. The devices will be available in stores and carrier retail locations as early as this week.

France and the UK will be the first countries to receive the two Nokia handsets. Russia, Germany, and other select markets will follow throughout November.

AT&T will also launch the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in November. Verizon and T-Mobile on the other hand will begin offering Nokia Lumia 822 and Lumia 810 respectively during the same period.


Nokia Lumia 822 for Verizon goes official

Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 handset may be exclusive to AT&T for the first half year, but its Lumia 820 sibling is not - Nokia just announced the Lumia 822, Verizon's version of the device.

The phone comes fully loaded - it has the Nokia Drive+ offline navigation with US maps pre-installed, the City Lens and Transit apps and several camera apps (Smart Shoot, Cinemagraph, Panorama and Creative Studio).

The free, no-ads, no-log-in Nokia Music streaming service will be available on the phone too, to make use of that fast 4G LTE connectivity.

CDMA and LTE with Verizon bands aside, the Nokia Lumia 822 features the same specs as its GSM twin, including an 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens, 4.3" WVGA ClearBlack AMOLED display and dual-core Krait processor.

Different shells can be put on the back of the Lumia 822 to enhance its looks and functionality, including a shell that enables wireless charging.


Leaked press shot of the Lumia 822 reveals multiple colors

The Nokia Lumia 822 has leaked yet again. This time we got a press photo, revealing the color choices that'll be available for the Verizon-bound device.

The leaked photo reveals that the The Lumia 822 will be available in white, grey and black colors. The device, which is a carrier specific version of the Lumia 820 boasts very similar specs, but with added 4G LTE support and matte finish.

The Lumia 822 is expected to make an appearance on today's Microsoft Windows Phone 8 event in San Francisco, so stay tuned for more.Via | Source

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Nokia Lumia 510 goes official, brings WP7.5 and a 4-inch screen

It's time for the Nokia Lumia 510 to get out of hiding and step into the light - it's an entry-level Windows Phone smartphone, which has some pretty decent specs. Starting with a 4" WVGA TFT screen, the Lumia 510 takes the lead on the Lumia 610, which has a 3.7" screen.

The Lumia 510 also features a 5MP autofocus camera with VGA video recording (matching the 610). Camera geeks might also want to know that the camera has an f/2.4 aperture and wide angle 28mm focal length (in 35mm equiv.).

So far, so good. The Lumia 510 is powered by a Snapdragon S1 processor, though we still don't know the exact specs (it's more than likely it uses the same Cortex-A5 CPU as the 610).

The phone has only 256MB of RAM, which will probably limit app compatibility as we've seen with the Lumia 610. The internal storage is also limited - 4GB, non-expandable - which is another limitation to consider. Every Windows Phone comes with 7GB of free cloud storage on SkyDrive though this can be of little help when your internal storage fills up.

The Nokia Lumia 510 comes with Nokia's proprietary GPS-navigation apps Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive.

On the connectivity side, there's 2G and 3G with HSDPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1.

There's no NFC on the Lumia 510, at least not on this model. The original 610 didn't have it at first too, but then Nokia launched the Orange-exclusive Lumia 610 NFC.

The Lumia 510 will run Windows Phone 7.5 at launch and will be updated to 7.8 as soon as it's ready.

Speaking of launch, the Nokia Lumia 510 will first go on sale in China and India in November, then move to the Asia-Pacific and South America. Nokia estimates the phone will cost $200 before taxes and subsidies.

At this price point, current Android smartphones will have a really hard time competing with the Lumia 510's winning combo of a 4-inch screen, 1GHz CPU, 5MP wide angle camera plus offline SatNav.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Photos of Nokia Lumia 920 version for China Mobile leak

It looks like Nokia is about land its flagship on the carrier with the largest subscriber base in the world. Images of Nokia 920T for China Mobile have leaked out, showing us a TD-SCDMA version of the Nokia Lumia 920.

There is no information on whether the Nokia 920T will also support China Mobile's soon to be developed LTE network. In any case, LTE on board or not, having its top smartphone available to so many potential users is surely a welcome piece of news for the Finnish company.

Source | Via

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 will hit Germany on November 1

It appears that the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 duo of Windows Phone smartphones will descend upon Germany on November 1 - only a few days after Windows Phone 8 becomes officially available. The country's largest retailer MediaMarkt has listed the launch date on its pre-order page for both devices.

The Nokia Lumia 920 flagship is priced at the hefty €649, while the mid-range Nokia Lumia 820 will set overly eager users back with a more bearable €449. Both prices include the applicable taxes and will secure the buyer a handset with no contract commitment.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nokia Belle FP2 update is now fixed, reseeded to users

Finally, the issues have been ironed out and Nokia has restarted the rollout of the Nokia Belle Feature Pack 2 firmware update.

The update is headed for Nokia OS devices including the Nokia 808 PureView, 701, 700 and 603. The PureView will also get some extra imaging and gallery features.

As for other changes - the user interface will get a new swipe to unlock, the camera UI will get a refresh, while the navigation bar, widgets and transition effects all get minor tweaks. The keyboard will now offer word completion and predictive text input. The web browser is also updated and comes with an improved JavaScript engine for better performance.

The update is available through Nokia Suite and owners of the eligible devices should be getting the update notification any moment now.Via

Nokia Lumia 822 for Verizon emerges in live photos

Following the press photo leak from a couple of days back, the Verizon bound Nokia smartphone has emerged in live photos. Dubbed Nokia Lumia 822, the Windows Phone 8 smartphone is (just like theNokia Lumia 810) yet another carrier specific version of the Lumia 820.

The specs of the Nokia Lumia 822 are quite similar to the 820's, save for the presence of Verizon 4G LTE bands and the matte finish. They include a dual-core CPU, WVGA display, and 8MP camera.

The Nokia Lumia 822 is expected to go official for Verizon any day now, so we'll be sure to keep a close eye on it.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nokia Lumia 810 will land exclusively on T-Mobile soon

T-Mobile announced that it will exclusively offer the Nokia Lumia 810 in the near future. The Windows Phone 8 smartphone is closely related to the Nokia Lumia 820, save for a slightly different looks and the presence of T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSDPA.

Nokia Lumia 810 official photos

The Nokia Lumia 810 will feature a 4.3" WVGA Clear Black display and 8MP main camera. A 1.2MP front-facing unit is on board as well. Interchangeable back covers and wireless charging will be available too. Nokia and T-Mobile have not revealed any further hardware specifics.

Software-wise, the Nokia Lumia 810 will boot Windows Phone 8. The usual set of Finnish tricks such as Nokia City Lens, Nokia Music, Nokia Drive, and Nokia Transit will be at your service as well.

Pricing and availability of the Nokia Lumia 810 are yet to be revealed. We doubt it will be a long wait though.

Source 1 | Source 2

Nokia Lumia 'Atlas' for Verizon leaked

A new Nokia Lumia phone, codenamed 'Atlas', with the Verizon logo has surfaced. The image was posted by @evleaks on their Twitter account.

The phone looks like it could be a variant of the Lumia 820, with similar specifications but meant forVerizon's network. Just a few hours ago, we saw Nokia pull this same trick with the Lumia 810, a variant of the Lumia 820 for T-Mobile.

Not much can be said looking at the solitary photo that was posted, other than the phone has more pronounced rounded corners than the 820 or the 810, a front facing camera and a Verizon logo that looks like it was added at the last moment and pasted on the only place that was available.

If true, Verizon should be making an announcement for it shortly.


Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 pricing in Europe confirmed

The recently unveiled Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are shaping up to be two of the hottest smartphones of the season, but until now we didn't know much on their availability and pricing. Now, that questions finally got its their answers.

In Germany, the Lumia 920 will retail for €649 ($836), while the Lumia 820 will go for €499 ($645). However, if you are living in Italy, you can grab the Lumia 920 for €50 less at €599 ($771). The pricing there for the Lumia 820 remains unchanged.

The smartphones are also up for pre-order in Russia, where eager customers will have to chunk in 24,990 rubles ($801) for the Lumia 920 and 19,990 rubles ($640) for the Lumia 820.

Expect both Lumia devices to start shipping some time in November. In Italy, information is a bit more specific and indicates a November 12 launch from carrier TeliaSonera.

Source | Via

Nokia announces Asha 308 and 309 budget touchscreen phones

Nokia has announced two new budget phones called the Asha 308 and the Asha 309, their cheapest with a capacitive touchscreen.

Both are 2G-enabled handsets with a 3.0-inch, WQVGA capacitive touchscreen display,2 megapixel camera, multiple homescreens, stereo loudspeaker, FM radio and have up to 32GB microSD card support. The phones come with the usual social networking applications, YouTube as well as free 40 games from EA.

The difference between the two is that the Asha 308 is a dual SIM phone whereas the Asha 309 is a single SIM phone with built-in Wi-Fi.

The phones are expected to cost around $99 plus taxes and will start shipping some time in the fourth quarter of this year. You can watch the promo videos for the phones here.


Nokia Belle FP2 update pulled, users report issues

Yesterday, Nokia started the rollout of the Belle FP2 update for the last crop of Nokia OS (formerly Symbian) phones including the 603, 700, 701 and 808 PureView (with the PureView getting extra imaging and gallery features). Shortly after, though, the update was pulled from Nokia's servers.

The reason is that while for some the update process went fine and everything worked smoothly after it, others experienced various issues ranging from unable to install the update to problems with different parts of the updated software.

You can check out this thread in the Nokia Discussions forum to see what kind of problems people are experiencing and also thecomment thread under our news article.

Nokia is investigating the issues and will put the update back up once they've been resolved. You can keep an eye on the Discussions thread for updates or wait on the Software Update app to notify you of a new update.

Thanks to sss for the tip!


Nokia Lumia 510 pictured, pricing and specs confirmed

We first heard about the Lumia 510 last month, in a leak that revealed that the low-end smartphone would sport a 4-inch display, have 4 GB of internal memory, and run on just 256 MB of RAM.

Those specs have just been confirmed by our own source, who also sent us the picture above and hinted that the initial price will be $150.

The Lumia 510 is aimed at targeting the entry-level smartphone market, and will likely start in China where smartphone ownership has nearly tripled since 2010.

The device will likely be available there in time for the holidays, and should hopefully see a global release in early 2013.

Nokia 808 PureView gets Belle FP2, imaging updates in tow

Starting today, Nokia is rolling out the Belle FP2 update its last generation of Nokia OS phones. The Nokia 808 PureView is getting a good deal of exclusive imaging and gallery features, while the 701, 700 and 603 are getting the same update sans those extras.

Nokia 808 PureView got updated to Belle FP2

Here's the change log for Nokia 808 PureView's camera and gallery features:
More information about your images, such as image resolution, ISO value, white balance setting, and file size, and the location. When you are connected online, one click will show you on Nokia Maps where the photo was taken.
New reset button in Creative mode to change all the settings back to default with a single touch
Gallery Grid view when you have the phone in landscape
Select and delete multiple photos in Gallery Grid
Access to more functions when you open your images from the Gallery widget on your home screen – swipe through other images, zoom, share, edit, and send images faster.

A video editing app called Video Pro is also included in the FP2 update.

The rest of the new features, which will be shared by the808 and the other three, include an updated browser (version 8.3) with better HTML5 support, a "new and significantly faster keyboard" and Nokia Car Mode.

The update is rolling worldwide, but as usual there might be delays specific to a given country and the different carriers. To check if the update for your country/operator is ready, you can use the phone'sSoftware Update app or you can hook up your phone to your computer and use Nokia Suite.

Source | Via