One of the key differentiation feature available on Nokia Lumia devices was the HERE location apps. After Microsoft acquired Nokia Devices and Services division, HERE team operated independently under Nokia. Recently, they revealed their interest in releasing apps for many other platforms. Today, they made it official that HERE Location apps are coming to Samsung Galaxy Android devices for free, thanks to licensing deal with Samsung. Just like how HERE apps works on Windows Phone devices, Galaxy users can now enjoy free offline maps and turn-by-turn navigation in over 200 countries. Also, advanced features like live traffic, real-time transit schedule are also present in this app.
HERE for Samsung’s Galaxy phones can pair with the Samsung Gear S to sync routes with the smartwatch. Additionally, it works with Glympse and with Samsung’s Car Mode. As Lumia devices has lost one of its key exclusive apps, Microsoft should step up its game to differentiate Windows Phone platform with more compelling apps like HERE Location suite. What do you think?
As Microsoft announced earlier, they have started the roll-out of Lumia Cyan update for Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 users in India. Many of our readers have already updated their devices with this latest firmware. The Lumia Cyan update gives you new Windows Phone 8.1 features like a more personal Start screen, Action Center and the Word Flow keyboard. It also includes improved favourite Nokia imaging apps like Nokia Camera, Nokia Storyteller and Creative Studio.
If you have Lumia 620, Lumia 820, or Lumia 920 devices, expect the update for your devices next month.
More images of the upcoming Nokia Lumia 830 device got leaked online via a Weibo account. Earlier today we reported that in addition to the earlier leaked Verizon version, Lumia 830 variants will be coming to T-Mobile and AT&T as well. These devices are expected to have lots of similarities with minor differences in cameras. Also, the AT&T version of the device will not have wireless charging supported in it.
The Verizon device is rumored to have the following spec:
- 4.5 inch 720p display
- 20.1 MP PureView Camera
- microSD card support
- Windows Phone 8.1
Find more images after the break.
Microsoft Devices Group(formerly Nokia) is sending out press invites for their event at IFA in Berlin on September 4. As you can see in the image above, they are teasing a camera device and ‘join us for more face time’ hints us that they will be revealing the much rumored selfie smartphone Lumia 730. Lumia 730 Windows Phone 8.1 device will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear cam and 5MP front camera.
The device is expected to go on sale next month with a price tag around $250.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is an incredibly unique device, and a year after its release it is still unmatched.
It was never however a massive seller, and according to AdDuplex data is not even a top 10 Windows Phone.
With price reductions as the device aged however, and no obvious successor on the horizon, the handset may finally be hitting its stride.
On Nokia Germany’s homepage it now says the Lumia 1020 (and also the 820) is a best selling Windows Phone.
Considering all the mostly good PR the phone received and the 376 Euro price tag this does not seem that much of a surprise; not only that, Nokia also seems to have found a so far undiscovered market and may therefore have found a surprise hit.
Still, I personally think the 1020 is, just like the 1520 more a niche product compared to e.g. the 920 or 930. Also I’ve seen way more Lumia 920s in public than 1020s, but this probably also depends on the region (in my case the very west of Germany).
The Nokia Lumia 820 (277 Euro) is also being labelled a best seller which was somewhat surprising to read. I am not sure what to think about all that – but like the 1020 the device may just be hitting clearance prices and may be finally moving.
Are any of our readers planning to take advantage of these lower prices to snap up this unique handset? Let us know below.
On the world wide web everything can be found, so now an unboying of the Nokia Lumia 530 appeared on YouTube.
The Lumia 530 is Nokia’s newest attempt to aggressively take over the low budged market and therefore it comes as no surprise there are not many accessories in the box; e.g. same as in the 630’s in the 530’s box is no USB cable but just a charger. Find the video after the break.
Thanks, Chris, for the tip; via themetro.de
This contest is only applicable for UK users. If you want to own a Wireless Charging Shell (CC-3065) for your Nokia Lumia 925 device, NokNoki.tv is giving 10 away as part of their Lumia Cyan summer giveaway. You have to just comment on their post on what you’re looking forward to most with Lumia Cyan and your name will be added into the draw.
Nokia Lumia 925 Wireless Charging Shell (CC-3065) comes in four different colours, Black, White, Red and Yellow and is a slim and stylish shell that clips over the corners of the phone. With cut-outs on the rear for the PureView camera and Flash you’ll find the jacket doesn’t happen your using of the phone in any way.
Check out the contest here.
Back in April, we reported that Microsoft is working on a selfie focused Windows Phone 8.1 device that will be released later this year. The device which is being developed under the codename ‘Superman’ will feature a 5MP front cam will be a 4.7-inch mid-range Windows Phone device that will be released during the release of second update for Windows Phone 8.1 in later part of 2014.
Today, NokiaPowerUser reported that this device will be Lumia 720′s successor with product codes RM-983, RM-984 and RM-985. The device is expected to be revealed at the end of August and will be initially coming to Verizon and AT&T in the US followed by global roll-out.
NPU claims that this device may have 5-inch, 720p display, Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 8 MP Carl-Zeiss rear camera with low-light improvements, a “big selfie cam” in front and it will run Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 out of the box.
Earlier this month, we posted images of the upcoming Nokia Lumia 530 device. Today, a Vietnamese retailer posted the listing of the device confirming the earlier leaked specs.
- Dual Sim capability
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
- 5MP fixed focus camera
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB Internal Memory
- 4-inch, 854 x 480 resolution display
- 129gms weight
- Support for MicroSD card.
- 1430 mAh battery.
I expect the price of the device to be around $100 – $120 USD.
At Microsoft Faculty Research Summit 2014, Microsoft discussed about developing the Cortana digital assitant for Windows Phone devices. Mike Calcagno, General Manager, Bing Experiences, Microsoft, and Larry Heck, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft Research discussed the evolution of Cortana and building a better digital assistant on stage. Watch the video above.
During the launch of Lumia 2520, Nokia and Dreamworks partnered for an exclusive game called Dragons Adventure: World Explorer. This game is now available for Lumia Windows Phone devices. This game takes advantage of real time data from sources like HERE Maps, FourSquare and The Weather Channel to create a unique world of possibilities.
Dragons Adventure: World Explorer is an innovative gaming experience which transforms the real world into the fantastic world of How to Train Your Dragon 2. Help Hiccup and Toothless rescue captured dragons from evil dragon trappers by completing quests around the globe, then soar over familiar landmarks and roads in your own neighborhood by taking the game on the go. Intuitive gyro controls let you experience the thrill of flight. Will you learn how to train YOUR dragon?
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free. Watch the game demo after the break.
Microsoft today surprised everyone by announcing the new Video Tuner app for its Lumia Windows Phones. Video Tuner is the video editing app you have been waiting for your Lumia devices since its release. It makes video editing process as simple as possible. It includes all the basic features you expect from a video editing app such as trim, crop, rotate, flip, mirror, and speed change. In addition to that, you can even adjust exposure / contrast / saturation / volume in the video.
And once you are done with editing, you can share them to Instagram, Vine and others with few touches! Download this free app from Microsoft here.
In the last few weeks, we have seen many reports about the upcoming Lumia 530 Windows Phone device. Today, Nokia Lumia 530 images were leaked on Chinese social media. This device is expected to be launched in the coming months with the price tag around $179 for an unlocked device.
The main difference from Lumia 520 is that this device will support Dual Sim and it is expected to feature Snapdragon 200 processor along with 512MB RAM. Find another image after the break.