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Picturex – Exchanging pictures made easy.

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Picturex is a free Windows Phone app, which allows you to exchange pictures easily with your friends, family and acquaintances. Android, iOS and a web version will be released soon!

If you don’t want to read the text, you can now download Picturex here for free! ;)
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What is Picturex?
Have you ever waited days or weeks for others’ pictures after a party, company event or city trip? Picturex is the solution! Picturex is the easiest way to exchange pictures with friends, family and aquaintances.

Create a new album with just a few clicks, invite others into the album and upload a ton of pictures. Every invited person can also up- or download pictures. So, you can keep your best pictures and memories and easily enjoy them at any time.

• Use Picturex to exchange pictures with your friends, family or acquaintances in full quality.
• Anyone invited to a private PicEx can contribute.
• Exchange pictures for city trips, bike tours, barbecue parties, concerts, exhibitions, memories, business events, and all the other occasions you take pictures.
• All the pictures you take during an event are automatically suggested to be uploaded! (optional)
• Or you can manually upload pictures at any time to your PicEx or the ones you joined.
• Save the pictures you want to keep.
• You can still use your favourite camera and filter app.
• Early-adopter bonus: benefit from very competitive features
• And a lot more!

The Update
In the past two months we have had a private and public beta of Picturex and tried to incorporate all the feedback you gave us. This is why the new version now offers a notification system that shows you when new you have new pictures, new participants in your PicEx, when it starts/ends/is upgraded, etc. You can now also send secure private messages to all the participants of your PicEx. You can also like pictures! :) Picturex is integrated even better in all the windows phone’s features. You can upload pictures from the native picture album (via sharing) and open Picturex in the camera lenses app. This is not all, the update offers a lot more…

What will come?
The most important thing for the next weeks will be to release an iOS and Android client. Picturex will also be offered in Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and French. Additionally, we will constantly add new features, based on your feedback!

We always love feedback and suggestions to improve Picturex! Please contact us via [email protected]. You may find more information on www.picturex.ch.

You can download Picturex here for free!

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Huawei Backtracks, Says No Plans To Release A Dual OS Smartphone

Just last week we reported that Huawei is planning to sell dual OS smartphones in the coming months. Today, they denied their plans saying that at this stage there are no plans to launch a dual-OS smartphone in the near future.

Last week, Shao Yang, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer said, “With Windows Phone, one direction for us – and one that we are now following – is dual OS. Dual OS as in Android and Windows together.”

“If it is Windows only, maybe people will not find it as easy a decision to buy the phone. If they have the Android and Windows together, you can change it as you wish and it is much easier for people to choose Windows Phone.  We think the dual OS can be a new choice for the consumer. It will be on sale in the US in Q2.”

A Huawei spokeswoman has now confirmed to Fierce Wireless that the company’s plans have changed since Yang made the above comments. However, Microsoft is still a key global partner of Huawei Consumer Business Group and Huawei plans to release new Windows Phones in 2014. They said that as long as the consumers continue to demand Windows, they will continue to supply them.

Source: FW

Australian retailer KOGAN is launching a Windows Phone app soon

Popular Australia-based Online Shopping Website KOGAN.COM will launch a WP 8 app soon for consumers to enable easy shopping using their smartphones. Currently there are apps available for iOS and Android, but the official Facebook account has confirmed a Windows Phone client is well on the way.

Kogan is Australia’s largest online retailer and carry over 1 million products and serve not only  Australians  but buyers around the world.

Microsoft Announces Press Event On March 27th, Will Focus On Cloud And Mobile Computing

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Microsoft has just announced a press event that will be held in San Francisco on March 27th. Both the event timing and location is surprising given the fact that Microsoft’s annual developer conference BUILD is going to take place in the same city after few days of this event.

Microsoft is just describing the event as a “briefing and news focused on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing.”

Also, Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella will be there at this event talking to the press. This event should not be related to Windows at all as Microsoft is planning to reveal it during BUILD keynote. It should be something else. Recode speculates that Microsoft may be announcing Office for iOS and Android. What’s your guess?

Nokia’s 1 million Chinese Nokia X pre-orders highly questionable


It turns out Nokia’s Weibo announcement of 1 million pre-orders for the Android Nokia X is pretty misleading.

LiveSide.net reports that the number was generated at retailer JD.com, and that the pre-orders, which unusually for China did not require any registration or money down, was part of a contest to win the handset with instant wins ie. Click the pre-order button and you can win a Nokia X. 

Entrants were also able to “pre-order” for each of the 4 colours, suggesting much less than 1 million Chinese were interested in the handset.

On the other hand LiveSide does note that at around $100 the handset is pretty cheap, even for an Android handset, so it may still do pretty well in the end.  However for now we should withhold judgement until much more information is available.

Thanks jaylyric for the tip.

Nokia X Android Device Pre-Orders Top 1 Million In China

Nokia X China pre-order

Nokia recently started the pre-orders for the Nokia X Android device in China. Nokia today announced their via Weibo account that they have already reached 1 million pre-orders for the device. This is a great number given the fact that Nokia X will be officially available in China only on March 25th.

Looking by the pre-order numbers, I guess Nokia has got a winner in their hands. Other Nokia X series devices Nokia XL and Nokia X+ will be available in the coming months. Apart from China, Nokia has also released Nokia X in countries like India and Malaysia. What do you think of this sales number?

Source: Nokia

Huawei also set to release a dual-OS Windows/Android phone very soon

We have heard recently that Karbonn will be offering a Dual-OS Windows Phone handset by June this year.

Now Hauwei has also come out and confirmed the rumour, and have said they will also have their own offering, and even sooner.

Speaking to TrustedReviews Shao Yang, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer said:

“With Windows Phone, one direction for us – and one that we are now following – is dual OS. Dual OS as in Android and Windows together.”

“If it is Windows only, maybe people will not find it as easy a decision to buy the phone. If they have the Android and Windows together, you can change it as you wish and it is much easier for people to choose Windows Phone.  We think the dual OS can be a new choice for the consumer. It will be on sale in the US in Q2.”

It is unfortunately still not clear if the handsets will dual-boot or if the user will only have one opportunity at purchase to choose between Android and Windows Phone.

He said the company was still committed to producing Windows Phone handsets, but that Android remained their main priority.

“We are still committed to making Windows Phone devices,” he said by “compared with Android, the priority of Windows Phone is much lower but is still one of our choices of OS. We are definitely using a multi OS strategy.”

Huawei is currently the world’s third largest smartphone and said they were always looking at how they can expand their market.

“We are definitely looking at other platforms,” Yang said. “For any new operating system we are open to. We need to watch every OS.” 

What do our readers think of this new reality, where Windows Phone and Android co-exist on the same handset? Let us know below.


Google could scupper Dual-booth Android / Windows device plans

dual boot android windows phoneDigitimes reports that Google is pressuring Asus to drop plans to release an Android tablet that runs both Android and Windows.

The search giant is supposedly unhappy that such tablets would disproportionately benefit Microsoft and Intel while cutting into Android market share.

While Digitimes does not mention them, we expect Google will be equally unhappy with dual-boot smartphones. We have recently heard that Karbonn is planning to release such a handset in around 3 months.

While Microsoft is trying to increase the penetrance of Windows phone by making it more available to consumers and OEMs it is not universally agreed that the dual-boot strategy is beneficial to Windows developers, due to the increased likelihood that users will use popular Android apps rather than exploring the growing Windows/ Windows Phone Store.

If true, do our readers think this may be a blessing in disguise? Let us know below.

97% of mobile malware in 2013 targeted Android


F-Secure in their regular Threat Report  report revealed that the load of mobile malware targeting Android has increased in 2013, from 79% in 2012 to 97% in 2013.

The percentage numbers hide the actual magnitude of the increase, with the malware rising from 238 threats in 2012 to 804 new families and variants in 2013.

The other 3% targeted Symbian, with 0% directed at iOS or Windows Phone.

Android threats are primarily a non-US problem — of the top 10 countries reporting Android malware detections to F-Secure’s systems in the second half of 2013, 75 per cent of the reports originated from Saudi Arabia and India.

Third-party app stores are the most likely sources of mobile malware. Around 10% of samples from leading Chinese Android stores were identified as malicious, and up to 33.3% in some stores.

Google Play was relatively secure, with only 0.1% of software infected, but not available in many markets.

Nokia’s X handsets of course also run Android and will be open to 3rd party markets, and will be targeting the exact same markets where malware is a major problem.

Of course China and India are both also markets where Microsoft is trying to make inroads with Windows Phone, and the message about the security concerns with the local Android app markets may be one that they should also be pushing there when explaining the benefits of their ecosystem and low-cost handsets.


Well, that did not take long–Nokia MixRadio pirated to other Android handsets

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Nokia has said their MixRadio service is an essential promotional service for their handsets, so it comes as no surprise that their Nokia X handsets supported the app, which is in fact the Windows Phone app with a Xamarin porting layer. The service is expected to come to Microsoft with the handset deal.

What should also come as no surprise is that the app has been ripped out of the Nokia X, and is now available to download from XDA-Developers for any other Android handset.

Given that the service does not need any sign-in, Nokia will be finding it quite difficult to eradicate the piracy problem, and with piracy so widespread on Android I would not be surprised if the number of Nokia MixRadio users on other Android handsets outnumber legitimate users on Windows Phone and the Nokia X soon.

See a video of the app running in the LG G2 after the break.

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HTC HD2 Booted With Nokia X Android OS

HTC HD2 Nokia XHTC HD2, which was the flagship device during Windows Mobile days is still alive and kicking. The folks over at XDA-Developers forums have ported various Operating Systems on HTC HD2. The list includes various versions of Android, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, Windows RT, Firefox, MeeGo and more.

At MWC last week, Nokia announced Nokia X series of devices running a customized version of Android based on AOSP. This custom Android OS from Nokia X was also flashed on HTC HD2 and it booted fine as you can see in the image above. Read more about it from the link below.

Source: XDA Developers

Interesting: Nokia discouraging Metro-style apps on the Nokia X


According to Nokia, the Nokia X Android handset, which mimics the Windows Phone Start screen, is meant to be a feeder system for Windows Phone.

Nokia’s own style guide for developers suggest this may not exactly be the case.

Their style guide suggests:

  • Do not mimic different platforms. People are not used to the interaction paradigms of the other platform; for example, they might consider the Windows Phone panoramic view as uneffective since it does not work satisfyingly in landscape orientation.
  • Read more about Android style.

Do I detect some distain for Windows phone there from that writer?

While Nokia’s story is that the Nokia X was designed to be good for both Microsoft and Nokia, I suspect the move was ultimately designed to get some of that Android volume Samsung has been enjoying, and more about Nokia and less about Microsoft and Windows Phone.

The Nokia X developer guide can be seen here.

What do our readers think? Let us know below.


Karbonn: Dual-OS Android and Windows Phones coming by June

dual boot android windows phoneToday Karbonn chairman Sudhir Hasija confirmed to the Times of India that the company was set to release Dual-OS phones running Windows Phone and Android in about 6 months.

“Microsoft has eased the regulations and is opening up its platform for other players. We signed the agreement two days ago and will launch a range of Windows phones in about three months,” Hasija said.

He also said the dual-OS phones will be out by June, and will target office-going professionals and ‘techies’.

Such handsets have been rumoured but it is not clear it the devices Karbonn plans to make are dual-boot handsets or if they will be identical, and come in a choice of Windows Phone or Android.

Karbonn has not decided on pricing yet.

Do our readers think Dual-boot handsets are on their way? Let us know below.