Just yesterday, there was a new report confirming Notification Center in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update in 2014. Apart from Notification Center, Windows Phone users also miss the ability to quickly access the settings like Bluetooth On/Off, Wi-Fi On/Off in notification center. There is a new app in Windows Phone Store called Kirik Settings which allows you to quickly access settings like Wifi, cellular data, location, Bluetooth, etc, from anywhere via volume controls.
There are lots of other quick access apps in Windows Phone Store that requires you to pin them to Start screen to make use of it. But this app can be used anywhere from the OS. There is an important limitation when using this app, it stops working if you play music. You have to re-enable it to make it work again!
This app costs $1.99 with free trial that allows you to experience how it will work. Find the app here in Windows Phone Store.
Thanks to Arun for the heads up!
Facebook has updated the Instagram beta app for Windows Phone devices to v0.2. This is a minor update with features such as people tagging, photo maps and lots of bug fixes. It already features 100% free custom designed filters: XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others with support for Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.
Find the full change log below:
Instagram Beta V .2 update contains bug and crash fixes, UI improvements, and the following additional features:
- Tag people in photos
- Photo Maps
Download the app here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Hipstamatic Oggl and Oggl Pro devices got updated today to v184.108.40.206. This new update brings the Chinese language support and Sina Wiebo support to the app. The last update of Oggl brought in the long awaited support for low memory 512mb Windows Phone devices. So, the most sold Lumia 520 WP8 device owners can now download and enjoy this app.
New in v220.127.116.11
- Added support for Chinese Language
- Added support for Sina Wiebo
- Bug fixes
National Railroad Passenger Corporation operated under Amtrak brand has released their official app for Windows Phone devices. Using this app, you can get your train tickets on 30 plus train routes in the USA and Canada.
Discover the convenience of traveling with Amtrak on your Windows Phone. With the Amtrak app you can you can get simple and intuitive access to all the travel information you need, whenever you need it.
• Book one-way and roundtrip tickets
• Check train status
• Search for station information
• Show your eTicket while onboard
• Save your ticket to your phone calendar
• And so much more
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Yes, the patent battle between Microsoft and Google’s Motorola is still going on. Microsoft already won in the court that Motorola’s Android devices are infringing Microsoft’s patents. Motorola was trying to persuade the Federal Circuit to reverse lower court’s finding. However, The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today ruled against Motorola’s appeal of an import ban Microsoft won from the United States ITC in May 2012.
From FOSS Patents,
The appeals court found that the ITC’s related determinations were based on substantial evidence. This is a rather difficult standard of review for appellants to overcome. It doesn’t necessarily mean that the appellate judges would have decided the case the same way with the same set of facts before them. It merely means that there were facts based on which one can’t blame the ITC for arriving at its conclusions, but the appeals court might have upheld the opposite decision as well.
Read more from the link below.
Source: FOSS Patents
Microsoft today updated the Facebook beta for Windows Phone 8 devices to v18.104.22.168. This update does not include any new features, but it comes with lots of bug fixes and performance improvements. Last update v5.2 brought lots of new features to the beta.
• Faster and more reliable notifications
• Toasts for Facebook chat
• Redesigned primary tile
• Redesigned secondary tiles for chat, events, groups, pages, and photo albums
• Messaging improvements
• Performance improvements
• Support for additional languages
Find the updated app in the Windows Phone Store here.
As expected, Nokia India today officially announced the Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8 device. The device comes with a six-inch, full HD assertive display, Multi Directional Audio Capture with 4 Speakers, 20MP Pureview Camera and it is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM and Windows Phone 8 OS with Lumia black update pre-installed. It also has wireless charging built-in as opposed to AT&T variant. The device will be available in yellow, white, black and glossy red color variants. It is priced at Rs.46, 999 (755 USD). Nokia also revealed that the CP623 protective case for the Lumia 1520 will go on sale for Rs 2,999.
Flipkart is taking pre-orders for the device for Rs.45,999. Find the listing here.
Nokia today released a new beta app for Lumia 1520 devices called Nokia Motion Monitor. As the name suggests, this app tracks your physical activity based on your motion and steps. This app runs in background continuously consuming very little power and you can have updates on your lock screen, glance screen as well as on a live tile. There are also different views to browse your activity data.
The Timeline is where your daily activity is recorded. Here you can see when you were moving, how intense the activity was and your total step count. The Events view gives you insights into your motion and summaries of your day, while the Week and Month views will help you discover if there are any patterns to your movement. The more you keep your phone with you, the better the data will be.
This application will only work on the Nokia Lumia 1520 because it uses dedicated core on Nokia Lumia 1520 to off-load sensor data processing from main processor, enabling algorithms to run using low power.
- Once the application is started it starts to track your physical activities
- Requires 10 days to learn your average day-to-day activity, then compares a day’s activity against your whole activity history
This is similar to the Apple M7 co-processor found on iPhone 5S. The M7 is accessible to applications through the Core Motion API in iOS 7. I expect Nokia and Microsoft to open up this motion processor in Lumia 1520 to the 3rd party developers to enable new range of fitness applications.
Download the beta app here from Windows Phone Store.
After nearly six months of its release on Android platform, Disney UTV India has finally released their official Chennai Express game for Windows Phone devices. Nowadays, every other big budget movie getting released in India is now releasing mobile games as part of their marketing campaign. This Chennai Express EFR game was released to promote the blockbuster Hindi movie Chennai Express. Add this to the list of endless runner games in Windows Phone Store.
A fast paced running game based on the movie Chennai Express, with an unique Indian flavour, where you take on the role of Rahul or Meena, two of the main protagonists of the movie and embark upon an exciting and colourful running adventure. Fight your way through an army of thugs dropped by helicopters while dodging obstacles like trucks, buses, cars, autos, coconut carts, manholes and more.
• Exciting fast paced unlimited 3D running action with simple controls and immense replayability. Smash enemies out of your way with a simple tap on the screen!
• Purchase Magical Urns (continue your scoring spree through magical resurrection) using the coins collected in-game. You can also upgrade the time duration for which all power-ups last, allowing you to enjoy their benefits more!
• Beautiful and eye catching 3D graphics featuring the picturesque town of Rameshwaram.
• A catchy unique Indian background music score that adds to the immersiveness.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Nokia officially announced Nokia Lumia 525 last month as a successor to its popular Lumia 520 device. Lumia 525 features 1GB RAM as opposed to 512MB RAM in Lumia 520 and it is the only significant difference between the both. Chinese network operator China Mobile is planning to sell a TD-SCDMA variant of Lumia 525 called Lumia 526. Online retailer JD.com has listed the device with a price tag of 999 Chinese Yuan (~160 USD).
•Operating System: Windows Phone 8.
•Networks: TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.
•Speed: 3G HSPA+ (21Mbps).
•Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB mass memory, support for microSD cards up to 64GB, 7GB free SkyDrive storage.
•Display: 4” IPS LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) 16M colors, 2D hardened glass, super sensitive touch for finger nail and glove use.
•Processor: 1 GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon™ 400.
•Camera: 5MP autofocus, video recording HD 720p 30fps.
•Size: 119.9 x 64 x 9.9mm.
•Connectivity: WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Integrated A-GPS, 3.5 mm audio connector, Micro USB with charging, USB 2.0 High Speed.
•Battery: 1430 mAh.
•Audio: single digital microphone, 3.5mm AV connector, MP3 player, Nokia BH-121 Bluetooth Stereo Headphone.
Last month, we reported that GTA: San Andreas Mobile is coming to Windows Phone 8 devices in December. Today, Rockstar games confirmed that GTA: San Andreas Mobile will be released in Windows Phone Store next week. Rockstar Games claims that the game features a vast open-world covering the state of San Andreas and its three major cities – Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas – with enhanced visual fidelity and over 70 hours of gameplay. This game will cost $6.99 and requires 1GB RAM devices to run.
Five years ago, Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas, a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where filmstars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers.
Now, it’s the early 90’s. Carl’s got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster.
On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets.
Nokia recently blogged about its Storyteller app for Lumia Windows Phone devices. Storyteller app is trying to bring back the emotional connection between people and the images they capture using their devices. Nokia Storyteller aims to turn pictures back into events again, to allow people to tell stories about important moments in their lives using their smartphone pictures, by helping to organise them and by providing more context.
Storyteller app organizes pictures automatically by using time and location allowing you to browse through your photos by events.
“Today’s phones have put good quality cameras into everyone’s hands, and we’re taking more pictures than ever before. But people feel there’s something missing,” continues Michiel. “There’s a lack of emotional connection with the pictures we take,” adds his colleague Annina Koskinen, who also worked on the user experience design of the app.
The app is available for download in beta for Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 2520 users and will be available for other devices in the near future. Read more from the link below.