The IDC’s quarterly Appcelerator survey has found that in Q4 2014 Windows Phone developer interest has hit an all-time high of 37%. The number is near double the 2012 low of 22% brought on by the transition to Windows Phone 8.
Developer interest in the iPhone, iPad and HTML5 all saw a drop, as developers look to expand beyond iOS and HTML5 becomes increasingly fragmented.
As the Windows Phone installed base increase developers can expect to see a real return on their interest, which will hopefully result in a virtuous cycle of more apps and more users.
Appcelerator and IDC surveyed 6,698 mobile developers – the largest body ever – from November 14-30, 2013. See the full survey here (PDF).
WPCentral reports that the GD3/Update 3 update is now rolling out to the Nokia Lumia 925 on T-Mobile USA.
The update brings:
- Accessibility. We’ve made several improvements for customers who are visually impaired.
- Storage. Now you can easily free up storage space on your phone and manage temporary files. New categories show what’s taking up space.
- Driving Mode. Feeling distracted behind the wheel? Driving Mode allows you to minimize incoming calls and text messages to help you focus on the road.
- Screen. Reading emails in bed? You can lock your screen orientation so it doesn’t shift when you move your phone around.
- Wi-Fi. Start preserving cellular data on your phone right out of the box—you can now connect to Wi-Fi during set up.
- Internet sharing. Now you can use your phone’s cellular data connection from your Microsoft Windows 8.1 devices by pairing them over Bluetooth.
- Bluetooth. Several fixes were made to address known issues, and improvements were made to connection quality for Bluetooth accessories.
- Ringtones. Do more with ringtones now. Assign ringtones for text messages, so you’ll know who’s texting you without even looking. Use your custom ringtones for more things—text messages, instant messages, emails, voicemail, and reminders.
- App switcher. Don’t look back. Now you can use the App switcher to quickly close apps when you’re finished with them.
- Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.
To check if the software is available for your handset, go to Settings> Phone Update and click on Check for Updates.
Have any of our readers received the new software? Let us know below.
Nokia has updated their DLNA app to version 22.214.171.124. The app, which will stream media from your Lumia to a DLNA receiver such as many Smart TV’s or PCs, has been updated with improved Wi-Fi connectivity ensuring it continues working with future devices and firmware updates.
The app requires your phone to have the latest firmware update to install.
Find it in the Windows Phone Store here.
Thanks S.M.A.Sithick for the tip.
The update adds Bluetooth LE support, Nokia Camera and new imaging algorithms to the 41 megapixel handset. This is in addition to Microsoft’s improvements, which includes Driving Mode, the ability to close apps on the task switching screen, a rotation lock and other enhancements.
To see if the the update is available for your phone go to your Settings> Phone Update page and Check for Updates.
Maxthon, developer of the popular cross-platform browser with more than 120 million users, today announced the coming release of its newest Windows Phone browser. The latest update features enhanced performance and navigation functions such as quick tab recovery and customization options to make browsing on a Windows smartphone easier, faster and more enjoyable.
"Every platform has its own unique user-experience challenges, including Windows Phone," said Jeff Chen, CEO of Maxthon. "This latest release continues our longstanding history of solving platform-specific UX issues to offer the best web browsing experience for the specific platform."
Driven by user feedback from around the world, Maxthon’s enhanced mobile browsing for Windows Phones has been updated with the following new features:
- Tab Recovery: With just one click of a button, easily access and restore the last page visited
- Progress Bar: Conveniently monitor Maxthon’s impressively fast page load speeds
- Smooth Scrolling: Scroll through pages with ease for natural transitions
- Customizable UI Color: Choose a customized UI color for more personalization
- Optimized Memory Usage: The best for Windows Phone web browsers. Use multiple tabs at once without being impacted by slower speeds or the fear of crashing
"Conservatively speaking, approximately 2 billion smartphones will hit the market in 2014. Gartner analysts are predicting 15% of these to be Windows," said Karl Mattson, VP of Maxthon’s International Efforts. "We’re excited to be in a position to offer those potential customers a high performance web browser to really make that experience sing."
Additionally, Maxthon recently announced its latest Windows PC web browser with superior speed input that renders web pages and manages downloads faster than any other browser in the world.
The current version of Maxthon for Windows Phone can be found here, with the updated version expected shortly.
Today is the start of Round 2 of GSMArena’s Smartphone Championship, and we are lucky enough to have the Nokia Lumia 520 pitted against the LG Nexus 4.
As can be seen from the image above the most popular Windows Phone ever needs a little bit of help, but after the Nokia Lumia 1020 beat the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 by more than 3000 votes I dont think the 520 will be lacking in support.
Vote for your favourite Windows Phone at GSMArena here.
Thanks Darth Vader for the tip.
Deal Alert: AT&T selling Nokia’s wireless charging plate for only $12.25 and wireless charging stand for $25.88
AT&T is cutting some Nokia accessories to half-price, which means some irresistible deals on some of their Qi-powered wireless charging accessories.
The carrier is only charging $12.25 for the Nokia Wireless charging plate, and only $25.88 for the Wireless Charging Stand, and will deliver with free shipping.
To access the deal, navigate to the page by following the following instructions:
- Click here
- Select ‘Shop for accessories’
- Select ‘Nokia’
- Select one of the Nokia 920 devices
- Select the ‘Nokia Black Wireless Charging Plate’.
Get it while you can, because I am sure at these prices they will be going fast.
evLeaks has been dribbling out information slowly about Nokia’s Q1 2014 line-up, and in his latest revelation he has given the Nokia Moneypenny a real name – that of the Lumia 630 or 635.
The numbering scheme would place the handset in the same pricing bracket as the popular Nokia Lumia 620, ie cheap but very capable. evLeaks has previously confirmed the handset will have dual-SIM capability, but this will only be in some configurations.
The handset will run Windows Phone 8.1, which would mean features such as a notification manager and file manager. That could mean we would have to wait for Q2 2014 to see the devices hit the market.
evLeaks also confirmed the Nokia Spinnel is an ASHA handset, which means the only code-name still unaccounted for is the Nokia Phantom, which certainly sounds mysterious enough.
WhatsApp app in Windows Phone Store just got another updated to version 2.11.344. Unlike the rather momentous update from a few days ago the new version of the software mainly brings unspecified bug fixes.
The app recently gained the ability to access the video library and send pre-recorded video and also multiple pictures, both much anticipated features.
You can download the update from the Windows Phone Store here.
HTC 8X users a Vodafone Australia are finally getting the GD3 update pushed out to their handsets. The carrier famously in September decided to skip GDR2 in favour of jumping directly to GDR3, due to the GDR2 update causing a variety of issues with the HTC 8X.
The update is expected to enable the FM Radio, enable IMAP for email, CardDAV for contacts and CalDAV for calendar when setting up a Gmail account, the ability to close apps on the task switching screen and a variety of other improvements, and is expected to roll out over the next 10 days.
Thanks Chaitu for the tip.
Official NFL apps for the St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens arrive in the Windows Phone Store
Yinzcam has released a number of new official NFL apps for a variety of teams to the Windows Phone Store.
Apps for the St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens join the Seahawks, Cowboys, Packers, Chiefs, and Buccaneers already in the app store.
The apps are identical, but with localized content, and include:
- News: Real-time breaking news from the Seahawks, previews of upcoming matchups, post-game blogs
- Video: Video-on-demand clips of the Seahawks’ press conferences, coach and player interviews
- Photos: Gallery of game-time action
- Stats: Real-time statistics and scores from the official NFL stats engine, head-to-head stats of the matchup, player stats, drive-by-drive stats, box score, out-of-town scores around the league
- Standings: Division and conference standings
- Fantasy: Keep track of your favorite fantasy players
- Depth chart: Shown by offense, defense and special teams
- Social media: Aggregated twitter of the Seahawks’ official tweets, one-click tweet of all media items, one-click Facebook posting of all media items
- Schedule: Schedule of upcoming games, and scores/stats of previous games from the season, ticket purchase for games
- Evolving home-screen: Pre-game, in-game, post-game, off-season countdown, draft-day
All the official apps can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Regular readers will know we are not happy having any Windows phone in second place on a poll, except when its behind another Windows Phone.
GSMArena is running what they call a Smartphone Champion’s League and in the first round they are pitting the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 against the Nokia Lumia 1020.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is running a bit behind the Note 3, but I am sure our readers know which handset we prefer to be in the lead.
Vote for your preference at GSMArena here.
Thanks John for the tip.
Fosspatents reports that after Nokia has succeeded in obtaining an injunction against HTC’s smartphones in UK (which was largely stayed pending an appeal) Nokia was bringing the same case with the same patent library to court in France.
In a statement Nokia said:
"Nokia was pleased that the UK High Court imposed an injunction on certain HTC products which it found in October to infringe a Nokia patent. The UK Court of Appeal has stayed the injunction until a full appeal hearing next year and Nokia welcomes the Court’s invitation for the parties to expedite this. It is unfortunate that the stay means that HTC can continue to benefit from its unauthorized and uncompensated use of Nokia innovations. We look forward to the Court of Appeal confirming that the patent is valid and infringed, lifting the stay on the injunction and awarding Nokia financial compensation for HTC’s infringement.
The same patent comes to trial in Dusseldorf, Germany next month and is also in suit in Paris, France; Rome, Italy[;] and its US counterpart is in Nokia’s second complaint against HTC at the US International Trade Commission. Nokia began its actions against HTC in 2012, with the aim of ending HTC’s unauthorised use of Nokia’s proprietary innovations and has asserted more than 50 patents against HTC in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, UK and US. During 2013, HTC has been found to infringe Nokia patents in venues including the Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, the UK High Court and the US International Trade Commission."
Nokia is currently suing HTC in 7 countries, as the Taiwanese company continues to refuse to take out a royalty-bearing license for Nokia’s non-standard-essential patents.
I don’t personally hold the Windows Phone App Studio in high regard, finding it both too complicated and not powerful enough at the same time.
In the above video however Microsoft shows that for some people the service may be just the answer to the question of how to quickly, easily and cheaply create a custom Windows Phone app for their home or business.
In the video they have Holly Shore, a former fashion model turned entrepreneur, looking to create an app for her fashion business.
“I just thought it was inaccessible for me to create my own app,” she says. “I hadn’t even considered doing it.”
Microsoft reports more than 200,000 people have used App Studio to create over 85,000 apps, presumably most not published to the Windows Phone Store.
Have our readers given the Windows Phone App Studio a try, and what have your results been? Let us know below.
Today’s Microsoft 12 days of Deals offer is a great deal on a no-contract Nokia Lumia 1520, ideal for a Nokia Lumia 920 owner itching to upgrade early.
The Microsoft Store is offering the handset for $449, $100 off the usual $549 price.
The handset is the AT&T version, meaning it is only 16 GB and lacks Qi charging, but it is still a stonking price on the very high end handset.
The handset comes with free next-day delivery, to make sure it gets to you before Christmas and Includes $50 app card and free Halo Spartan Assault download.
See the deal, which has less than 5 hours to run, at Microsoft here.
The official Sky Go app for Windows Phone is now available in Italy.
The app is available free for Sky customers and will stream up to 30 channels to subscribers.
The app works over both WIFI and 3G and includes channels like Football with the Series A, UEFA Champions League, the Europa League and the best of international soccer, the great sport of Sky with all the Formula 1, Tennis, Rugby, Golf, Cycling and much more 24 hours 24 news and insights Sky TG24 the FOX TV series, and FoxLife FoxCrime and entertainment for Sky One, children’s programming from Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Kids Goddess documentaries for the History Channel and National Geographic Channel
The app also allows users to switch languages in supported programming, select different camera angles in UEFA Champions League and Europa League, and set reminders and also supports Parental Ratings.
It also allows users to share the program they are watching on Facebook and Twitter and engage in polls on the news and sports programs.
Lastly the app lets you set programs to record on your Sky HD box.
Nokia has said they are working to bring the app to Windows Phone users in other Sky markets also.
The app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.