He has a talent for app development, which was the reason we reviewed his app 10 min recipes here. I am talking about Malte Götz, a young app developer from D’Dorf, Germany. We agreed to meet in Cologne and we asked him a few questions about his work as a developer and about himself. Since developers are very important for a mobile OS’s ecosystem, young developers are even more so, as they have their while career to contribute, and Malte demonstrates well that being young does not mean you cannot have a lot of experience and skill already! Find the interview after the break!
Picsart, a not unpopular image editing app, is available for Windows Phone for some time already. Besides basic features like resizing and cropping images you even get Photoshop features like the clone tool. You can also draw inside pictures, use clipart or masks, add text or borders. In terms of features it is probably one of the most advanced photo editing software on Windows Phone, but it is also a fast growing social network.
The app has a nice look and works very fast. You can find it here for free.
German super market REAL is offering the Lumia 520 for only 95 Euro today only in all its stores.
The very popular low end windows phone already had a very good price point in relation to its features, which was the reason it became the best selling Windows Phone ever.
It sports a 4″ 480x800px screen, a five MPX camera without LED, Nokia HERE Drive navigation, supersensitive touch and a 1GHZ dual core processor with 512MB RAM. It is a great device for kids or people who don’t need a high end smartphone or are getting their first smartphone ever.
What about our readers? Will they be picking one up?
The Galaxy S5 claimed to be the first phone with a heart rate sensor when it was announced. However, this may be only true in terms of hardware, since every phone with a LED flash and a camera can measure your heart rate, too.
The LED lights through your finger and the camera detects you heart rate – simple as that. In the Windows Phone store there are apps for this too. One of them is Instant Heart Rate.
There are only a few things to say about it: It works, it works quickly, and it looks great. That is everything. There is a free trial available and if you want to buy it, you have to pay 1.99$, which is quite much for such an app, but not totally unfair.
Otherwise, if you want a free app, which works the same, only is a little slower and doesn’t look that good, you can check out Heart Rate.
Not so innovative anymore, what, Samesung?
Today the Lumia 720 laying next to me recieved the Lumia Black update with all the features also available on my 920. This means…
- App Folder
- Nokia Glance screen 2.0
- Bluetooth LE support
- Nokia Storyteller
- Nokia Camera
Did our German readers with a 720 also recieve the update today?
Many, many new Windows Phone 8.1 features have been leaked already but there is still much more to come – It was by far not everything! No one can argue Windows Phone 8.1 is not a step in the right direction and it will be a huge update which will boost the OS in so many ways.
Still, if Microsoft wants to succeed, it needs to do more – not with Windows, not with Windows Phone, not with Xbox – but with all of them.
Tom Warren, senior reporter at theverge.com, posted two new pictures of the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update on twitter. The first one does not show anything new; it is a screenshot of the notification center (‘action center’) we already know. The only thing new actually is the icon for the Microsoft account, which now is the icon of outlook.com instead of the old Hotmail icon.
The second screenshot displays the store settings we did not see before. Additionally to just let the store update your apps automatically, you can also chose to let it do so only via WiFi, which may come in handy if you have a limited data plan only.
Let’s see what will get leaked next. Are you already excited about the upcoming update? Let us know bellow!
After Microsoft announced to acquire Nokia’s devices line of business we all were curious what will happen to the guys working on positions like PR or marketing. While many employees will be transferred over to MS, the future of others has been unsure. We met Dennis Walter who works for Nokia Germany and asked him some questions. Now there is more clarity on things and the future does not look bad at all…
Mr. Walter is the man behind Nokia Germany’s Facebook and Twitter page and his team is responsible for images like these.
We’ve posted about it some time ago and a few days ago it was released: Poki, a new Pocket application for Windows Phone.
With many features and a great, fresh design Poki already earned many compliments and amazing ratings in the Windows Phone Store. We have been using the app for a while now and, of course, want to share our thoughts with you. Find them after the break.
Yesterday a screenshot of the actual Windows Phone 8.1 notification center leaked and The Verge confirmed its authenticity. Still, the notification center is not the only thing the screenshot is showing. Look a little closer and you will notice some more changes.
It was already said but maybe should be mentioned once more to make it a little clearer. The long awaited battery percentage indicator is finally there, and also well implemented. While simply adding it to the status bar would disturb the minimalistic Windows Phone design a little bit, it is added directly under the battery icon when you pull down the status bar to get to the notification center. Additionally now the date is also shown under the clock and the operator is also displayed.
The toggles could show a little redesign inside the OS as well. Continue reading
It was announced some weeks ago when Microsoft agreed to partner with German (and probably AT and CH too) video-on-demand service Maxdome and today we have the result of that partnership: The official Maxdome app.
With the app you can not only watch almost any movie on the go, but also newest TV series. The database is very current and even very new movies and series, which have been broadcasted only recently, are already accessible.
Unfortunately the app streams data only via WiFi and a download for offline watching is not available (yet), but hopefully that will come later. At the moment you need to have a hotspot when you are on the go.
Find the free app, which of course requires a subscription to their services, here.
Some months ago there was an official response from the 9GAG support that a Windows Phone app is in the works. Months are quite a long time for development of such an app and therefore we asked the support team about the app, and we got a good and a bad response.
First the bad: No release date was given.
Now the good, which you can already guess: The app is still planned to be released and development has not been canceled. While the initial response sounds a little like the app is not in the works yet and is only planned, the one above makes it sound nearly finished already. I hope the release is not in the too distant future from now, but you can bridge the time with Rudy Huyn’s 9GAG app which is already very good.
Same as I always say, while there are already good 3rd party alternatives available on Microsoft’s mobile phone platform, official stuff is always nice to have as it strengthens the eco system.
Are our readers already exited about the upcoming app? Let us know in the comments.
Ampya, a music streaming service in Germany owned by the TV channel Pro7/Sat1, has just confirmed on Twitter they are planning a Windows Phone app. With about 20,000,000 songs and 57,000 music videos it is not a service to ignore.
The service already has apps for iOS and Android and again it is nice to see more and more official apps coming to Windows Phone. Sure, developer like Rudy Huyn make great 3rd party apps for several services, but official things are something different and great to have on board.
I am curious about when the app will be published and how good it will be; unfortunately not all official apps on Windows Phone are very high quality. Especially music streaming services are not Windows Phone’s strength with Spotify lagging on some important functions, the Xbox Music pass app being buggy and the integrated music player, which has Xbox Music integrated, also lagging some basic features (e.g. editing playlists or adding songs to the sync library).
Nokia Mix Radio seems to be the only international music streaming service with a really usable application.
After I asked again, Ampya told me they do not have a release date so far. Still, it is good to know it is coming. We will keep you informed on this.