All posts by mifkys

Navitel updates Navitel Navigator with Windows Phone 8 support

Navitel has announced an update for their GPS navigation app to version which adds Windows Phone 8 support to the app.

The app, which is very popular in the east, features:

  • Maps with high detail;
  • Free interactive service Navitel.Friends;
  • Instant routing;
  • Free service “Navitel.Traffic” – information about traffi? jams all over the country;
  • Traffic situation is taken into account when routing;
  • Free services "Navitel.Traffic", Navitel.Friends", "Navitel.Events", "Navitel.SMS", "Navitel.Weather", Dynamic POI;
  • 3D roads and 3D intersections;
  • Automatic maps update (free!);
  • Extensive POI database;
  • Easy, clear and handy interface;
  • Notification system of places with high attention – SPEEDCAMs (dangerous road segments, radars, etc.);
  • Precise and timely sound prompts;
  • Easy-to-use types of objects searching;
  • Configurable interface.

navitelqrThe app features maps for Albania, Argentina, Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Danmark, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Moldova, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Poland, Romania, Russia, Salvador, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela.

The app is  absolutely free for 30 days and is available for Windows Phone 7, and 8, in the Windows Phone Store here.


TeamViewer for Windows Phone 8 is now official

Popular Remote Desktop Application Teamviewer is now available for Windows Phone 8.

The app features:teamviewerqr

  • Windows, Mac or Linux — Remotely control any computer within seconds
  • Highest security standard — 256 Bit AES Session Encoding and 1024 Bit RSA Key Exchange
  • Integrated computers & contacts list — See the online status of your partners and connect to them via quick access
  • No configuration — Effortless access to remote computers even behind firewalls and proxy servers
  • Simple reboot — Reboot remote computers or servers from anywhere
  • Multi monitor —- Switch between multiple screens easily

TeamViewer is used by more than 100 million users and and can be used to access both your own computers and to provide tech support for relatives and friends.

The app is free and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.


Nokia has lowered the official price of Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 720 and Lumia 620 in Russia

price-cut reports that Nokia has slightly lowered the official price of Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 720 and Nokia Lumia 620!

Prices on smartphones lined up for next level:
Nokia Lumia 920 – 19 990 rubles ($634) (-2 000 rubles)
Nokia Lumia 720 – 13 990 rubles ($439) (-1 000 rubles)
Nokia Lumia 620 – 9 990 rubles ($313) (-500 rubles).

The Nokia Lumia 920 after 8 months has finally caught up with the cost of Nokia Lumia 820 at launch in Russia.

The smartphones above can be purchased at the official online store of Nokia and in the mobile phone stores of "Euroset" and "Svyaznoy".

Nokia Lumia 720 now on sale in Russia

nokia-lumia-720-start-sale reports that the Nokia Lumia 720 has now gone on sale in Russia.

The handset is available at Svyaznoy for 14 990 rubles ($485), and according to the manager of “Svyaznoy”, the handset  is available for purchase until only through online stores.

The Nokia Lumia 720 is of course also available to order and through Nokia’s online store, but only for pre-order, but WinPhoneLive has been told by a manager that you can easily make out the order, and after a few minutes you will be called back to clarify regarding payment and delivery.

Contrary to official data posted on the pre-order page, Nokia Lumia 720 went on sale in Russia on one day earlier and is available in four colors: yellow, white, black and red.  Delivery is available in most cities in Russia (at the order through the “Svyaznoy”).

Read more at WinPhoneLive here.

The price of Samsung ATIV S in Russia drops again, now cheaper than a NL 820

ccs-1-0-43676700-1363147215_thumb reports that the Samsung ATIV S must be selling very poorly in Russia, as the price of the handset has dropped once again.

We posted a week ago that the price has dropped by $100 to  $720 or 21,990 rubles. Now it has dropped another 2 000 rubbles to 19,990 ($650).

WinPhoneLive notes that means you can get a 4.8 inch HD Windows Phone now for the same price as the Nokia Lumia 820 and that such a rapid fall in price is unprecedented, with the price falling more than 5000 rubles in less than a month.

We also posted a few days ago of similar steep price drops in Germany, where the handset can be secured now for as little as 330 Euro.

Overall I think this is evidence that buyers are showing a clear preference for Nokia’s Windows Phones, and understand the value proposition its exclusive software brings.

Do our readers agree? Let us know below.

Huawei CEO Ascend W1 “sales are good”, now on sale in Russia

Huawei CEO Wan Biao - Windows Phones "sales are good."

Huawei CEO Wan Biao – Windows Phones “sales are good.”

Huawei promises to be an important Windows Phone OEM, especially in China, Russia, Africa and eventually even Europe.

Speaking to Business Insider Wan Biao, CEO of the company explained why they were supporting the OS.

“For us all the focus is on Android, but we will also try Windows. Right now, the sales are good, but it’s pretty hard to predict Windows Phone. For one OS [operating system] – Android – the consumers have spent time and their money to like it. We developed Windows 8 because we do believe some consumers will like it.”

Huawei’s first Windows Phone, the Ascend W1, has just one on sale in Russia. reports  that online store The Messenger is currently shipping out pre-orders for the handset, and will only serve new customers if there are any left over, with a second shipment expected in a week.

The device is on sale for only 8990 rubles, which is around $290, and is available in black, white and blue.

While we tend to devote most of our attention to high end Windows Phones, one of the OS’s strengths is providing a premium experience even at the low-end, and that is where sales have also been concentrated. It could very well be that handsets like the Huawei Ascend W1 could be one of the keys to Windows Phone success in 2013.

Grey Nokia Lumia 920 now being shipped in Russia

A few of days ago pre-orders opened for the elusive Grey Nokia Lumia 920, and today, according to the official Nokia Conversations Russia blog, the handsets will be shipping to future owners.

According the Nokia Russia, the  the thrill of single shade of gray is quite different:

The Matt machine is very pleasant to the touch and calm in appearance. It is striking how the texture and colour transforms the device, when it is still the the the same Nokia Lumia 920, with the same weight, the same size, and the feeling of others.

In China Nokia is charging a premium for the Cyan handset.  Maybe Nokia should consider charging a little more for the Grey version.  I know I would certainly add a little more for the very unique colour.


Official information on the sales date and cost of Huawei Ascend W1 in Russia

The Huawei Ascend W1 was expected to arrive in January in Russia, but it appears to have been delayed.  The official Huawei  Russia twitter account has now confirmed the handset is still on its way, and will hit the market in February.

They tweeted:

@HuaweiDeviceRus stirred up this morning, those looking for an inexpensive smartphone, the official announcement of the Huawei Ascend W1 in Russia – the first smartphone on Windows Phone 8. Home sales scheduled for February. The recommended price of Huawei Ascend W1 - 8990 rubles

8990 rubles is around $300, which is a pretty good price for a Windows Phone 8 handset. The smartphone will be available in blue, black and white casing.


Parallels Mobile coming to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

parralelsA few days ago on the online resource site  for job search and recruitment site HeadHunter posted an ad for  Parallels, a company well known for specializing in the areas of virtualization, particularly running Windows on Mac, looking for a Developer for the Windows Phone languages. Net / C + +. It appears the company wants to port its Parallels Mobile for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch product, which allows remote access to virtual machines, to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

The ad notes:

Besides a number of side tasks to the developer to:
Developing the Client for Parallels Mobile for Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 (Metro UI) for the phone, tablet and PC

Parallels Mobile currently offers:

Access and use your Mac applications and Windows programs running in Parallels Desktop for Mac while you’re on the go. Parallels Mobile is all new! (Access to Mac applications requires Parallels Desktop 7.)

Parallels Mobile allows you to remotely access all the applications on your Mac – both Mac applications and Windows programs – from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Parallels Mobile lets you:
- Use any of your Windows applications, from Internet Explorer to Outlook
- Remotely start, stop any of your applications.
- Stay connected via WiFi or 3G networks
- Control your Mac just like you control Windows (Parallels Desktop 7 only)
- Play back music and audio files remotely – see and hear Flash video on your iPad or iPhone (Parallels Desktop 7 only)
- Copy and paste text between your mobile device and Windows programs (Parallels Desktop 7 only)


Nokia Lumia 620 goes on sale officially in Russia


Much sooner than usually the case, Nokia’s latest, the Nokia Lumia 620 has gone on sale in Russia.

The handset is currently on sale from Nokia’s online store for 11 990 rubles ($396).

The handset is also available via Euroset for the same price with free shipping for next day delivery in Moscow, and two weeks elsewhere in Russia.

Nokia is said to have sold 15,000 Nokia Lumia 920’s last December, a reasonable number for the small market, but also likely tempered by stock shortages and the high price.  The cheaper and simpler Nokia Lumia 620 will likely achieve much higher volume in the region.


Only 6500 Nokia Lumia 920′s sold in Russia in the first week

A few hours ago, the Russian twitter community heard an alarming statement Lukanina Victor, vice president of the company “Euroset”, regarding the number of Nokia Lumia 920s sold in the first week of sales. The wording of his statement was somewhat vague, which has led to misinterpretations of many journalists. decided to put an end to speculation and contacted the PR-department “Euroset”. Here’s what they found out.

Ulyana Smolskaya, head of PR-service, in a telephone conversation clarified that 4500 Nokia Lumia 920 units were sold in Russia by large retail chains (Euroset, Svyaznoy and MTS) in the first week! This represents about 70% of all sales (for the first week) for this model in Russia, meaning in total about  only about 6500 Nokia Lumia 920 handsets were sold.

Of course on Euroset the handset is not in fact available for sale, suggesting these low numbers are really a problem related to supply rather than demand. Hopefully Nokia can correct the issue very soon and satisfy holiday demand before it fades. It does raise caution however that sold out does not necessarily means tens or hundreds of thousands sold.


Xbox Music service will not become available in Russia before 2013

When Microsoft announced Xbox Music they pointedly excluded Russia. They then briefly teased the service on the Russian Xbox website, giving some hope, before pulling it, and nothing has been heard since.

Team phoned Xbox Support and asked about the availability of the service in Russia.
From support they learned that the launch of Xbox Music in Russia has been postponed indefinitely, and presumably will not happen before 2013.

Unfortunately the reasons for the decision could not be wheedled from the support staff.

Hopefully other services will step up and fill the gap, with Opera recently announcing Windows Phone support for their Russian Unlimited Music service.


Yandex apps will be integrated into the Windows Phone 8 in Russia

Sources report that  smartphones running Windows Phone 8 will have applications from the Russian company “Yandex” integrated in the system.  This integration will only be included in phones being sold in Russia.

At present Yandex Apps, of which at least 6 apps are in Marketplace, such as Search, Maps, Metro, Market, Money, are only  available for separate download at the Windows Phone Store (Marketplace), although Russian phones do have the option of setting Yandex as their default search engine. (picture right)

Currently in Russia the Search button opens up a tab in Internet Explorer and loads the Yandex page, but in Windows Phone 8 there will be a seperate Yandex Search App.

The reason for the move is the low quality of search results by Microsoft Bing in the Russian market. Our Russian readers may be able to attest to this themselves.

Representatives of “Yandex” and Microsoft have officially declined to comment, according to Izvestia.

Below is a comment on these rumors from Mforum analyst Alexei Boiko:

The “Yandex” has a program for partners that are pre-assigned to search services on their devices, according to the program “Yandex” shares with them a profit. However, given the inability of search and Microsoft Bing maps for the Russian market, it is unlikely Microsoft or producers want to “Yandex” money. There is mutual interest here

Windows Phone 8 will be launched officially on  October 29th, and in early November the first smartphone running the operating system is expected to hit the market.