On Channel 9 Microsoft has been discussing driver development using the Intel Sharks Cove development.
The small ATOM-powered PC can be used to develop drivers using Visual Studio, and Microsoft noted that the modern drivers developers create can be used for tablets, but also future Windows Phones.
Interestingly Microsoft does not have a similar solution available for ARM, and was not ready to announce one either.
Its been a pretty long wait, but Three UK has finally stepped up and delivered Lumia Cyan on most of their Windows Phones.
The OS update is now available on the Nokia Lumia 520, 920 and 925.
Nokia briefly experimented with Android with the Nokia X series, with hundreds of thousands of the devices being sold.
The handsets ran Android Open Source Project, meaning they could not access the Google Play Store.
The result is that users generally installed alternative app stores, many filled with malware and ad-ware, which resulted in the situation above. Around 20% of Android handsets run AOSP, and the percentage is just growing, due to the popularity of Android in less developed regions.
While switching to Windows Phone did not save Nokia’s handset division in the end, it certainly resulted in users having a lot better, safer user experience than these Android handsets ultimately delivered.
Image Credit: Chris Wright’s twitter
At this stage it is not clear of the Nokia Lumia 530 will meet with the same success as the incredibly popular Nokia Lumia 520, but at only £60 in UK the handset certainly sets a new affordability benchmark for Windows Phone.
The device comes with 4-inch 854 x 480 display powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU, 512 MB RAM and 4GB Internal memory and is available in bright orange, bright green, white, dark grey.
NokiaPowerUser has given the handset an unboxing and hands-on, which can be seen after the break.
A new marketing render of the Nokia Lumia 830 has leaked from China, comparing the handset directly to the Nokia Lumia 930.
From the front the styling influence is obvious, though one can also detect elements from the Nokia Lumia 925.
A few days ago we posted that, according to HTC and Verizon’s own tests, the HTC One for Windows had significantly better battery life than the Android version.
Windows Phone vs Android
Now a stress test by Slashgear has demonstrated the same fact in commercial devices.
There was a recent report complaining about the profusion of expensive fake apps in the Windows Store pretending to be big names from other platforms.
It turns out the issue is present in the Windows Phone Store also.
We have been expecting VideoLan’s video player VLC to hit the Windows Phone Store for some years now, and most recently by the end of August, according to a tip by ex-Microsoftie Nawzil.
We have even seen screen shots of the app (above) but it seems the app remains interminably Coming Soon.
Now Thomas Nigro, designer and developer for Videolan, has posted on twitter that there has been another delay in the development of the app.
With Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft has refocused on business, and introduced a number of features in support of this, including VPN support and a kiosk mode.
It seems AT&T is on board with the move, with the latest video from the service promoting their new data plans featuring a cameo of the Nokia Lumia 925 clutched by an eager accountant.
Hopefully Windows Phone, which has always struggled in the US, can gain some support as an enterprise solution from carrier sales staff, and help the OS makes some gains in the difficult US market.
See the video after the break.
Line messaging app has received an updated in Windows Phone Store today. This new update brings usability improvements to the sticker UI, database optimization and bug fixes and other performance improvements.
Find the full change log after the break.
Possible in response to the launch of the HTC One for Windows, two great Nokia Lumia handsets have seen big reductions on Amazon.
The Verizon Nokia Lumia Icon is now only 1c on contract, while the AT&T Nokia Lumia 1520 is now fully free on contract.
With the Windows Phone 8.1 update both Snapdragon 800 handsets are Miracast enabled, meaning unlike most Windows Phones they are able to mirror their display via WIFI to a suitable equipped Miracast receiver, and both of course feature stunning 20 megapixel cameras.
Find the Lumia Icon in our Amazon Store here, and the Lumia 1520 here.
With the increasing number of leaks recently, we all expect the Nokia Lumia 830 to hit the market pretty soon.
Another indicator has just popped up, in the form of Microsoft Mobile importing 6000 dummy units for store display into the Indian market.
The Prestigio 8500 Duo recently went on sale on Prestigio’s website (£149), and now the device has also become available via other retail channels.