Nokia today updated their Creative Studio app for Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices. This is a minor update with no new features but with bug fixes and stability improvements.
General stability improvements and storage related enhancements.
Make more of your pictures with this quick and easy photo editor. Exclusive to Nokia Lumia, simply swipe through a series of creative effects, add focus blur or create an impressive color pop effect. With Nokia Creative Studio, you can also create a beautiful collage, quickly adjust color balance and remove red eye. When you’re done, share your pictures directly with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Nokia Creative Studio is also a great partner app for Nokia’s other Lumia camera apps.
Download it here from the Windows Phone Store for free.
Nokia today released a minor update for both HERE Drive and HERE Drive+ apps in Windows Phone Store. This updated app v4.0.5410.0 includes bug fixes and stability improvements alone. Previous HERE Drive apps update included several new features such as real-time traffic, finding parked car using LiveSight and more.
New features in previous update:
-Real-time traffic feature tells you about traffic conditions on your route*
-Turn-by-turn directions list provides route overview
-Traffic-aware ETA gives you precise arrival times
-Traffic feature in all map views gives at-a-glance traffic overview for your area
-Find your parked car easily using maps or LiveSight
Microsoft today updated the Facebook beta for Windows Phone 8 devices to v184.108.40.206. 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.
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.
You must be aware of the recent promotional campaign from Microsoft Store in which they are selling some great deals on products for next 11 days starting today. In the leaked Microsoft Store information, it was revealed that Microsoft is planning to sell Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 1520 under such deals.
- On Wednesday, Microsoft will be selling Nokia Lumia 1020 for free for first 20 customers in all its Microsoft Retail Stores across the US. And throughout the day, the device will be available for $99 on contract.
- On 12/17, Microsoft will be selling Nokia Lumia 1520 along with $50 App card for free for first 20 customers in all its Microsoft Retail Stores across the US. And throughout the day, the device will be available for $99 on contract along with free $50 App card.
Spread the word among your friends and family to make use of these deals.
Nokia today released an update for its Accessories app for Lumia Windows Phone devices. Accessories app is a companion for your Nokia Accessories like Fatboy Pillow, PowerUp speakers that will allow you to manage battery life, control them, etc,. This new update brings the support for the newly announced Bluetooth Headset BH-121 and several other bug fixes.
Download the app update here from Windows Phone Store for free.
We already know that Nokia is working on dual-sim version of Lumia 720 to be released next year. Today, Evleaks posted a new information about this upcoming Lumia dual-sim device. First, the device will be running on Windows Phone Blue which will be marketed under Windows Phone 8.1 brand. Also the device is codenamed ‘Moneypenny’. Previously, it was leaked that two Lumia devices running WP 8.1 codenamed Goldfinger and Moneypenny are in the works at Nokia.
You will find number of Black Friday deals across the web in the next few days. Here is a deal from AT&T which will allow you to buy the popular AT&T GoPhone Lumia 520 for just $49, down from its regular price of $99. For $49, you will get a 4-inch Windows Phone 8 device with all exclusive Lumia features.
Nokia’s most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone delivers experiences normally only found in high-end smartphones, such as the same digital camera lenses found on the Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Music for free music out of the box and even offline, and the HERE location suite. The wallet-friendly, 4-inch phone is part of AT&T’s GoPhone lineup and at $49, is a savings of $50. Offer valid Nov. 28 – Dec. 2 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico only, subject to availability.
The deal will be available from tomorrow and it will last through Dec 2nd.
The Lumia range of devices running Windows Phone devices starts with Lumia 520 which costs $100. Nokia is selling another range of devices branded ‘Asha’ which runs on version of Symbian running Java based apps. Today, @evleaks posted a new render of device codenamed Nokia ‘Normandy’ which seems to be like the device which will bridge the Lumia range of devices with Asha range of devices. The leaked render almost looks like a smaller version of Lumia 520 in hardware design. The real difference will be in the operating system on which it runs and the pricing which will be below $100.
What do you think of such device in the market?
Last week, Nokia shareholders approved the sale of Devices and Services unit of Nokia to Microsoft. Even though many of us were happy to see the deal happening, many Finnish people were not feeling the same. Many Finland based analysts criticized that Nokia’s devices division is undervalued in Microsoft’s deal and they raised many questions.
In an interview, Nokia’s chairman Risto Siilasmaa commented the following on the criticism.
“On the board of directors, we understood that, as the decision-makers, we would also be heavily criticized . However, we are convinced that continuing with the old strategy would have most likely led to great difficulties for Nokia, its shareholders and employees,”
He defended former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on his work he did at Nokia.
“I have never met anyone who had done as much work as Stephen has done.”
He also revealed that Microsoft was forced to acquire Nokia’s business because the equation didn’t work for Microsoft, when Nokia paid Microsoft a US$10 licence fee to use Windows Phone OS, Microsoft paid Nokia US$20 to support its marketing efforts.
Read full interview from the link below.
Yes, Instagram beta app is now available for download from Windows Phone Store. This is just the first release of the app, so don’t expect all the features on other platforms in this app. The app offers all basic Instagram functionalities except video upload. You have explore, feeds, and profiles options along with all Instagram filters. There are few other things that are missing from this app such as tagging photos with people, geotagging, and in-app camera for photo capture.This app is being developed by Instagram team at Facebook, so expect updates often. Instagram commented the following on the app launch,
We wanted to make Instagram available to people with Windows Phones as quickly as possible, so we focused on creating an awesome experience with Instagram’s core features. We’re not finished, and our team will continue developing the Windows Phone app to keep releasing features and bringing you the best Instagram possible.
Over 150 million users love Instagram! It’s a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments on your Windows Phone.
Customize your photos with one of several gorgeous and custom built filter effects. Transform everyday moments into works of art you’ll want to share with friends and family.
Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.
• 100% free custom designed filters: XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.
• Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.
• Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Foursquare
• Unlimited uploads
• Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments
• And much much more…
Download the app here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Instagram for Windows Phone devices will be available for download from Windows Phone Store later today. The app link will go live at 11am Pacific. You can download Instagram for Windows Phone from Instagram.com/download/windows. Here is the direct store link to download when it becomes available.
We are just few days away from the launch of Instagram Windows Phone app. It seems Instagram app got already submitted to the Windows Phone Store and there is a Windows Phone Store link as well. The Windows Phone Store link page is not live yet, I guess they are waiting for the launch date. According to the people who tried this app for past few weeks, the app works pretty well without any hiccups.
You can download Instagram for Windows Phone from Instagram.com/download/windows. Here is the direct store link to download when it becomes available.
Nokia’s Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) will be held later today at 2 p.m. at Helsinki Ice Hall in Finland. This meeting will allow Nokia shareholders to consider and vote on a proposal to confirm and approve the transactions contemplated by the Stock and Asset Purchase Agreement between Nokia and Microsoft.
As part of the deal, Nokia will sell substantially all of its Devices & Services Business, including assets and liabilities to the extent primarily related thereto, to Microsoft for an aggregate purchase price of EUR 3.79 billion in cash, subject to certain adjustments, to be paid upon the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Purchase Agreement, which is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2014 (the transactions contemplated by the Purchase Agreement collectively the “Sale of the Devices & Services Business”).
Another important part of the Microsoft and Nokia deal is the patent agreement.
Apart from the Devices and Services division sale, Microsoft and Nokia will sign a mutual patent license agreement in which Nokia will grant Microsoft a 10-year license to certain of the Nokia’s patents upon consummation of the Sale of the Devices & Services Business, and Microsoft will grant the Company reciprocal rights to certain of Microsoft’s patents for use in Nokia’s HERE business and make a payment of EUR 1.55 billion in cash to the Nokia and, as consideration for the unilateral right to extend the term of the Patent License Agreement to perpetuity, an additional EUR 100 million payment to the Company. Additionally, Microsoft will become a strategic licensee of the HERE location platform, and will pay the Company separately for the services provided under this license. These licensing arrangements become effective upon consummation of the Sale of the Devices & Services Business.
Today’s voting at Nokia’s shareholders meeting is only for selling Devices & Services Business and it does not include for the approval of the Patent License Agreement or the HERE licensing arrangement.
What do you think will happen? I expect a smooth acquisition process for Microsoft.
Nokia US has confirmed via support pages that Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) will be coming to all Lumia WP8 devices via the upcoming Black software update. Bluetooth LE was enabled in Lumia 520, 620, 625, and 720 devices via Amber update. This confirmation should put an end to all the questions about support for Bluetooth LE in Lumia high-end devices like Lumia 920, Lumia 1020, etc.
Bluetooth LE allows you to connect your phone with special accessories like heart rate monitors. While doing that, thanks to Bluetooth LE connection, the accessory battery will last much longer, up to months.
It is already available for 520, 620, 625, and 720 with Amber. With Lumia Black software update, Bluetooth LE will be enabled across the full WP8 Lumia range.
Nokia today announced the release of Nokia Imaging SDK v1.0 with lots of improvements. Nokia Imaging SDK allows developers to take advantage of powerful library of image manipulation tools that already powers Nokia’s own imaging applications, such as Creative Studio. The imaging SDK makes use of Random Access JPEG (RAJPEG) format to offer great performance and a low memory footprint.
- Partial JPEG decoding
Using RAJPEG technology, access image data without decoding a whole JPEG image for blazingly fast previews, application of effects, rotation, and cropping of high resolution images.
- Updated, easy to use API
The Nokia Imaging SDK 1.0 delivers a WinPRT library, which has been updated to better follow Win RT conventions. The API is available from both managed (C# and VB) and native (C++) code, is really simple to use, and comes with a range of intuitive classes and methods.
- Over 50 filters, effects, and enhancements
The library comes packed with effects, filters, and enhancements for you to use; from the simple, such as auto-enhance, frame, and brightness to those with advanced capabilities such as adjusting RGB levels, hue, and saturation.
New filters in 1.0 include Chromakey which enables “green screen” magic, compositing images from background and cutoffs.
- Roll your own
With the new SDK release, it is now possible to create completely custom filters for your own unique effects.
- Crop, resize, rotate, and undo
Cropping, rotating, and resizing is supported; you can now crop and rotate in one step with the Reframing API. What’s more you can take advantage of the built-in unlimited undo functionality.
- Use the camera as a source
Use the Camera Helper API for easier access to camera functionality.
Nokia Imaging SDK is designed to support Windows Phone 8 apps.