What sets most apps apart from others is it’s design. Yes, we all want apps to do what they are created for, but why wouldn’t our phones also look good while doing it? There are many apps in the Store that you can use to toggle your connections. But none of them is like this one.
This is what sets Connectivity Tiles app apart from others:
unique design, a real eye candy
not just minor appearance customizations, a really different ways to express yourself
accent color aware tile skin that isn’t just a white icon on an accent color background
with a little help of a user Airplane mode tile also shows the current status
animated help for quick and easy learning
fast and fluid
There are 6 tile skins and 4 background options (that is the reason why this app is a bit larger then others), so you don’t have to be stuck with one design. All backgrounds are accent color aware. There is also an accent color aware tile skin which is more than just a white icon on a solid accent color background. It is simple yet attractive using the color of your choice.
What people are saying:
Brilliant little app. Works great and looks great!
I like it, beautiful and useful!
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for FREE.
With the support for Bluetooth LE/Smart in the upcoming Windows Phone GDR2/Amber update, Nokia is planning to release a range of Bluetooth 4.0 based accessories for its Lumia Windows Phone devices. Today, The Verge reported that Nokia is planning to release a Bluetooth 4.0/NFC accessory called “Treasure Tag” which will pair with Lumia Windows Phones via NFC and will come with a with a loop strap to attach it with other items. This accessory will allow Windows Phone users to track items with a special application.
The app will also display the location of the sensor on a map, complete with Nokia’s LiveSight augmented reality view. You’ll also be able to locate a phone that’s paired to the sensor by holding down a key on the device. The sensor will trigger a notification sound on a phone, but only if it’s within range.
Windows Phone still lacks support for Bluetooth 4.0 and Bluetooth Low Energy, and also protocols such as PAN and DUN, which are becoming increasingly important for gadgets such as smart watches. Even though Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 has Bluetooth 4.0 hardware capabilities, they are limited by the Windows Phone 8 support for Bluetooth 3.1. It seems Microsoft has something to share about Bluetooth Smart Ready capabilities at BUILD conference later this month.
Suke Jawanda is Chief Marketing Officer of the Bluetooth SIG blogged the following,
As “OS Season” continues, I’m looking forward to sharing more Bluetooth Smart Ready innovation from Microsoft Build later this month.
Windows 8 already has native integration of Bluetooth 4.0 which makes Windows 8 products Bluetooth Smart Ready. They connect to familiar Bluetooth devices like wireless speakers, keyboards, and mice, but they can also connect to the latest generation of super energy-efficient Bluetooth Smart products. I expect Microsoft to announce Bluetooth 4.0 support for Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 at BUILD conference. What do you think?
Rome IT 13/6/2013: It is freely available since today, on the WP8 store – Caledos Heart Mon: certainly the most accurate heart rate meter for Windows Phone. In fact, it does not use the classic phone camera to read the beat, but it is able to connect via bluetooth to the Zephyr’s HxM chest strap and plot a graph of the heart beat over time.
If you’re interested in buying a Zephyr HxM sensor:
Here is another in our a series of articles, offering tips and tricks for both beginners and experienced users, courtesy of How to Windows Phone.
In this how to we will discuss how to share file via Bluetooth from a PC. Windows phone 8 does offer you the option to connect to USB and share the file using storage but there might be infinite reason to use Bluetooth for file transfer.
Every Bluetooth device for communication has to be paired first. If you haven’t already paired your device with the phone, you might need to start with this.
Navigate to settings in your windows phone
Tap on “Bluetooth”.
Turn it on.
Ensure that the Bluetooth is turned on in your PC.
Navigate to “Devices and Printers” in your PC (Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Devices and Printers).
Click on “Add a device”.
Your phone will get listed in the devices list while search is in progress.
Select the phone and click next.
Your PC will display a pass code and so as will your phone.
If the pass code matches in both the PC and phone, accept the message in both the phone and the PC.
This confirms that you are the person who is using both the devices.
Your PC will automatically install the phone driver and add it as a device.
Your phone will also show PC in under the Bluetooth devices list.
Now that your phone and PC are paired, the devices will remain trusted until you remove the device either from PC or Phone.
The Nokia Lumia 925, which runs the updated version of Windows Phone 8 GDR2 has just passed through the Bluetooth SIG certification, and the entry reveals that the new version of the OS does not bring any Bluetooth subsystem improvements.
The handset still runs the same default Windows Phone 8 profile from August 2012 and Nokia’s Alpha engine controller subsystem from the same period.
That update finally brought Object push to Windows Phone and allowed developers to access the Bluetooth Serial port, which dramatically increased the ability of developers to access accessories ranging from Bluetooth powered toys to Bluetooth powered blood glucose monitors.
Windows Phone however still lacks support for Bluetooth 4.0 and Bluetooth Low Energy, and also protocols such as PAN and DUN, which are becoming increasingly important for gadgets such as smart watches.
Windows Phone is expected to get a further General Distribution Release later this year, and eventually a Windows Phone Blue update either late this year or also possibly next year, and Microsoft is also rumoured to be working on their own Smart Watch, so we hope to see further improvements in the Bluetooth support eventually.
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Windows Phone 8 now has an open Bluetooth API, which means developers can get really creative.
Probably the coolest demo so far is the above app by Justin Angel, which lets a user connect to the Mindwave Mobile Headset and literally read your mind, or at least the waves it generates.
Justin has also packages the components of the app into an open source SDK for connecting to the headset, which he calls MetroEEG, which can presumably be adapted by developers for all kinds of other Bluetooth gadgets, including for example Bluetooth Blood Sugar glucometers.
Windows Phone 8 has many great features, but most we know about already, leaving us somewhat deflated.
Here however is one that has not really been rumoured. We already know you can share documents and pictures, but Windows Phone 8 now also allows MP3 files to be shared via NFC/WIFI Direct, which is very fast, or simply Bluetooth, which is slower, but still works.
Currently in Windows Phone 7 a link to marketplace is shared instead of the actual file.
If is not yet know if this will work between an Android and Windows Phone for example, but it works flawlessly between two Windows Phone 8 handsets, with the files being added seamlessly to the music library.
With music being mainly distributed by Bluetooth Sharing in some parts of the world, I am sure this feature will cheer many up.
That HTC promotional video is a gift that keeps on giving. The latest teaser to pop up from the video appears to be the first HTC 8X-specific accessory for the device.
In the video around the 30 second mark HTC shows of a set of headphones to be sold separately, with the control pad of what appears to be a Bluetooth A2DP receiver which appears to be clipped to the backpack strap of the model in the second picture.
Accessories have become a new focus for Windows Phone OEMs trying to raise the revenue per customer for Windows Phone buyers, with Nokia especially going all out with headphones, radios and charging pillows for the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820. It is nice to see that HTC will also be providing ways for us to extend the features of our Windows Phones.