Unleashthephones have posted another video of Windows Phone 8.1 running on the Nokia Lumia 920.
He notes the video demoes:
- Speed Dial
Another basic feature ticked off from the “Missing from Windows Phone” list. Nothing much to add here. Can be accessed from the phone log in a tab like History.
- Internet Explorer
Windows Phone 8.1 is bringing Internet Explorer 11, which will be covered in detail by us later on. Amongst the changes caught on camera here are:
* Data Sense for Internet Explorer can now be configured from the main Internet Explorer settings.
* There appears to be something called “Reading View. We will update the post tomorrow with more details on the same tomorrow.
* Password Manager for Web Sites
Took them long enough, but Calendar is finally getting a much needed feature bump with Week & Year views.
- Battery Power Sense
Another major addition for the Windows Phone platform, Battery Power Sense is a module which monitors detailed battery stats, including app wise battery usage. Hope this evolves into an informative live tile in time.
Looks like the first major update to Photos hub is here. Now, upon opening the Photos hub, you are directly taken to an All Photos view. Also, Facebook & SkyDrive (Now OneDrive) albums appear to have finally been nested under online albums, instead of being made visible by default along with your local albums.
- Storage Sense
The Storage settings module has now been renamed to Storage Sense and lets you configure where to store your new Music, Videos & Podcasts, Photos, Apps and Downloads from between your internal storage or SD card.
Windows Phone finally has a dedicated Podcasts app with music and video support. You can search and subscribe to Podcasts from a list curated by Bing.
- Project My Screen
Project your phone’s display to a TV, Monitor or Projector using either a Wiressless Device or USB connectivity.
- Sync Settings
Now you can sync your Theme, Passwords and Internet Explorer data along with App Settings online.
- Advertising ID
You can now reset your Advertising ID.
Can our readers spot any more? Let us know below.
I had a rather bad experience on Friday, while driving to an unfamiliar area and using Nokia Drive, and finding my handset getting incredibly hot and the battery draining rapidly, even while being charged by my Nokia wireless cradle.
The end result was suddenly seeing the Goodbye screen where I expected to see the directions to my destination, and having to spend the next hour using very atrophied skills (ie reading road, signs dead reckoning, luck and hoping and praying) to finally get to my destination.
The massive battery drainage GPS navigation causes on my Nokia Lumia 920 and also my Nokia Lumia 925 is of course a long standing issue, but is also one which 3 firmware updates later should have been well sorted. Until then GPS Navigation on those handsets are only useful for short journeys where you start with a full battery.
Are our readers running into the same issue, and with which handset, and has it ever let you down mid-journey? Let us know below.
It seems once the leak starts, soon the floodgates open.
Another shot of the new Windows Phone 8.1 notification centre has popped up on the internet, this time in China.
The picture was posted on Baidu by user Lumia920it and this time once again shows the Settings Page of the Notification Centre, which allows users to deselect services from showing up in the centre.
It also shows that the quick action toggles for WIFI and Bluetooth and so forth are selectable, which might help assuage those who feel screen space is used up by elements infrequently used.
The picture is essentially similar to the one leaked earlier here and I think mainly serves to show that the updated OS is in testing worldwide, and can not be too far from the market.
Via WinP.cn, thanks hengxiang32401 for the tip.
Here is an amazing deal for UK readers. Last year’s most desirable Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 920, and still my personal phone, is now on sale for only £169 contract-free on Tesco Mobile.
Readers should be warned however that while contract-free the handsets are usually locked to Tesco Mobile, which uses the O2 Network, which may present a problem if you want to use it on other carriers.
With 32 GB of storage at such a low price the deal remains very attractive. See it at Tesco here.
At the end of last year we heard of the Chinese hackers POUANDSOUL having jailbroken the Nokia Lumia 920.
Now the team has shown off a tweak tool for the handset which allows users to activate features such as the 3 column start screen, and also activate region-specific features such as DataSense and even replace the system font.
Their tool allows full side-loading, and POANDSOULD have previously expressed reluctance to release the hack for fear it would lead to widespread piracy, and of course it is quite likely that will be the case.
Do our readers think the consequence is worth is to get full control over our handsets? Let us know below.
Thanks WPBar for the tip.
Nokia promised that that nearly all Windows Phone 8 Lumias will be updated to GDR3/Lumia Black before the end of the month, and they are keeping to their promise by rolling out the update to the AT&T Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 today.
We have had multiple reports from readers of the software being available and if you have not received the notification check for the update by going to Settings > Phone Update and tap on Check for Updates.
Thanks Anderson, Bruno, DALAMAR and everyone else for the tip.
It seems Nokia is rolling out Lumia Black update throughout the world faster than we expected. My Nokia Lumia 920 unlocked device in India just got the update and my installation is in progress. Also, I had Windows Phone Update 3 preview installed on my device. Usually, unlocked devices gets update faster due to lack of carrier intervention. If you have an unlocked Lumia 920 or Lumia 820, better check for updates now.
Windows Blog Italia also report the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 were receiving the update from WIND, Vodafone and also the unbranded version, while the Black update has also come to the Nokia Lumia 920 in India.
Lumia Black will bring the following improvements to your Lumia WP8 device.
- App Folder. This brand new feature makes your Lumia experience even more fluid by giving you an option to further personalize and organize your Start screen. With App folders you can group similar apps and settings into one folder, a tile, on your Start screen.
- Nokia Glance screen 2.0. Helps you keep track of information in real time, making all your most important notifications including: phone, messages, email, outlook, calendar, or any apps that use notifications such as Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, or games; always visible at a glance on your screen. It saves time and energy.
- Bluetooth LE. Will now be enabled across the full Windows Phone 8 Lumia range for compatible gadgets like the Adidas MiCoach smart run watch.
- Nokia Refocus. The amazing Nokia Refocus comes to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia smartphones with 1GB of RAM and upwards.
- Nokia Beamer. Sharing what’s on your phone is easier than ever with Nokia Beamer. You can now beam documents, presentations, anything you like, to any HTML5-enabled screen by simply scanning a QR code on the screen. It’s coming to all of the phones with 1GB RAM upwards.
- Nokia Storyteller. The app arranges your photos for you, by date and by place, making it easier to tell the stories behind your pictures, and give extra context through the close integration of interactive maps.
- Nokia Camera. Combines Nokia Pro Camera and Smart Camera to simplify the photo-taking experience, and ensure you get the perfect shot every time. The app has been available for Lumia PureView smartphones since last year, but it’s now coming to the rest of the WP8 Lumia range. The latest Nokia Camera update also brings raw DNG support for Lumia 1020 owners.
- Latest generation of imaging algorithms. The Lumia Black update further improves the image quality, especially in Lumia 1020. Among others, the improvements include a new oversampling algorithm, making your images more natural looking with reduced noise, while ensuring your photos remain wonderfully sharp
You can check our Lumia Black update availability here, though it seems to be running a bit behind the actual updates.
Have our readers been updated anywhere else? Let us know below.
Chinese security company Silenstd claims to have been notified of a jailbreak for the Nokia Lumia 920, and have posted the above video as proof.
The hack by POANDSOUL is apparently with the main of creating a Cydia-like app store in WP platform and not to encourage piracy, but if true this is of course an inevitable consequence.
The hack apparently works via the micro-USB port, and does not require any physical modification to the device.
The instructions for the jailbreak has not been release yet, but the video does show several settings being changed on the Lumia 920, including the 3 column start screen, leaving little doubt it is real.
If real, do our readers think this will be good or bad for Windows Phone adoption? Let us know below.
Via XDA-Developers and Windowsmania.pl
AT&T is cutting some Nokia accessories to half-price, which means some irresistible deals on some of their Qi-powered wireless charging accessories.
The carrier is only charging $12.25 for the Nokia Wireless charging plate, and only $25.88 for the Wireless Charging Stand, and will deliver with free shipping.
To access the deal, navigate to the page by following the following instructions:
- Click here
- Select ‘Shop for accessories’
- Select ‘Nokia’
- Select one of the Nokia 920 devices
- Select the ‘Nokia Black Wireless Charging Plate’.
Get it while you can, because I am sure at these prices they will be going fast.
In what is believed to be a world first , 15 year old South African students Gerhard de Clercq and Pieter Scholtz managed to 3D print a Nokia Lumia 820 case from a Nokia Lumia 920 using a home-built RepRap 3D printer.
The commands are sent via Bluetooth using their own app, which is able to take a 3D model and do the slicing directly on the phone.
The intend is to bring down the cost of 3D printing by reducing the need for a PC or other specialist equipment. The project won a gold medal at the Northern Gauteng Science Expo.
Are our readers impressed? Let us know below.
With the Nokia Lumia 520 now well under 10,000 INR the handset is still proving very popular in India, topping the charts at Flipkart, the popular online marketplace.
The newly reduced Nokia Lumia 920, which is now selling for 25,999 INR ($420) has also brought the handset back into the top 10, showing that the venerable handset still remains very much in demand, with the only barrier being price.
Hopefully the news bodes well for Windows Phone’s Q4, with the OS having pretty high expectations to fill at present.
See the page at Flipkart here.
Thanks Arun for the tip.
Nokia is working hard at moving their excess Nokia Lumia 920 inventory, and have marked the Nokia Lumia 920 down to only 22,999 INR ($375).
While not the newest handset, the price is still unbeatable for a 32 GB device, and until the release of GDR3 devices most of the specs remain on par with current high-end Windows Phones.
See the deal at Flipkart here.
Thanks Arun for the tip.
The AT&T Nokia Lumia 920 is now available on AT&T’s website for only $0.99. While the device has been only $0.01 on contract via Amazon, this is the first time the handset has hit this new low on AT&T.
The handset is $439.99 off contract, which is interestingly still more than the Nokia Lumia 925 on AT&T, which costs $429.99 off contract and $99.99 on contract.
The pricing leaves AT&T customers with an interesting choice – the older, heavier handset with double the storage and wireless charging built-in, or the sleeker, lighter device for $98 more.
Which handset would our readers choose? Let us know below.