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Nokia Announces HERE Maps For Samsung Galaxy Android Devices

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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?

 

 

 

 

HERE Maps data updated again

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HERE has released another update for their maps data on Windows Phone.

Their last update was a week ago on the 7th August and then offered more comprehensive mapping in smaller countries, better quality 3D landmarks in some more-established cities, and point address rendering in several new territories.

That update only delivered the changes, and was therefore only a small download, but today’s data seems to offer a full refresh of the maps.

To update the maps, grab your Windows Phone and open the Settings app, then tap applications > maps > check for updates.

Microsoft Annoucnes New Home For Beta Trials For Lumia Apps, Nokia Beta Labs Website To Be Discontinued

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Microsoft today announced that the Nokia Beta Labs site that is now available at http://betalabs.nokia.com will be discontinued on September 5, 2014. Also the content hosted at the Nokia Beta Labs site will no longer be available after the site is discontinued. Microsoft is moving the projects to the new UserVoice website which will start hosting all new beta trials for Lumia apps from now on.

That site will be the new home for beta trials for Lumia apps.  There you will find info about ongoing trials, instructions to install beta apps, and notes about app features and known issues.  And for each beta app there is a feedback forum where you can give feedback about the apps, vote on others’ feedback, and interact with the teams developing the apps.

Trialing beta apps with our most passionate lead users remains a key phase of our product development and helps us to build better products.  By switching to a new site built on the UserVoice service we focus on what’s most important – gathering feedback and interacting with people testing our apps – while at the same time simplify the end-to-end experience of participating in beta trials.

Check out the new website at https://lumiabetaapps.uservoice.com/.

Nokia Cyan Update Rolling Out To Lumia 520 And Lumia 720 Users In India

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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.

Nokia Lumia 530 Goes On Sale In India, Available For Rs.7199

Nokia-Lumia-530-hero-jpg_thumb.jpg Nokia Lumia 530, the cheapest Windows Phone 8.1 device is now available for order in India. Nokia’s official online store has listed it for the price of Rs.7199($117 USD). It comes with Windows Phone 8.1 OS, 5 MP primary camera, 4-inch touchscreen and Dual sim (gsm + gsm) support.

It is available in Green, White, Orange and Dark grey colors. Find the listing here.

via: NPU

Microsoft Devices Group Inviting The Press For An Event At IFA On September 4, Expect New Lumia Devices

Microsoft IFAMicrosoft 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.

via: NPU

Local Smartphone Vendors Are The Key To Windows Phone Ecosystem’s Growth

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Today, IDC released their preliminary data from the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. The smartphone shipments growth was fueled by abundance of low-cost smartphones and the total shipments crossed 300 million units for the first time ever in a single quarter in 3Q14. The most interesting part of the report was the top smartphone vendors. Even though Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo and LG were on top of the list, more than a dozen vendors that are capable of landing in the top 5 next quarter. Most of those vendors are now operating in one or two countries.

Emerging markets supported by local vendors are continuing to act as the main catalyst for smartphone growth. Among the top vendors in the market, a wide range of Chinese OEMs more than outpaced the market in 2Q14

In the case of Windows Phone eco-system, it is all about Nokia(now owned by Microsoft) for shipment volumes. In fact, Microsoft ships about 95% of the Windows Phone devices. This trend clearly needs to change. Microsoft needs more local vendors to step up their Windows Phone game to grow the ecosystem further.

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Another Report Claims That Selfie Focused Mid-range Lumia WP8.1 Device Is Coming Soon

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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.

Source: NPU

Nokia MD-12 Portable Wireless Speaker Now Available For Order From Microsoft Store

Nokia-Portable-Wireless-Speaker MD12Nokia MD-12 Portable Wireless Speaker is now available for order from Microsoft Store. It is available in yellow, green, orange and white colors and priced at $49.

Product Description:

Don’t let its size fool you—this little guy packs a punch. Engineered with the latest technology, the MD-12 has an actuator built in, creating a big bass effect when you set on nearly any surface.

With NFC (Near Field Communication) included, just tap your NFC-enabled phone to the speaker and the music starts flowing. Or use Bluetooth and stream your tunes wirelessly and dance the night away with a guaranteed 15 hours of music play on the rechargeable battery. All this in a speaker that’s just 1.5 inches high and weighs only 6.3 ounces.

Order it here from Microsoft Store today.

Thanks Mahil for the heads up.

Microsoft Compares Lumia 530 With Other Competing Sub-€100 Smartphones(Video)

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Microsoft today posted a video to promote Lumia 530 Windows Phone 8.1 device. In the video, Microsoft directly compared Lumia 530 with several other competing sub-€100 smartphones in the market.

Microsoft compared the Qualcomm Snapdragon Quadcore chip, internal memory, RAM, built-in Office, MixRadio, ability to run latest OS, etc, to claim that Lumia 530 is the best of its class. What do you think of this ad?

Watch the comparison video after the break.
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Official Lumia shipment numbers confirms a disastrous Q2 2014

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Microsoft has (unexpectedly) released their Q2 2014 Lumia shipment numbers, confirming only 5.8 million Windows Phones were sold, less than 2 million per month, leading to a $692 million loss for the division.

That’s even worse than the $452 million loss of Q1 2014, and given that Nadella has not been stingy with the knife it make us wonder if Windows Phone is next for the cutting board.

A loss of nearly $120 per handset makes us wonder if Microsoft would not have more success simply giving away Windows Phones for free, and actually save money in the process.

Now of course the poor performance in the quarter was predictable – Microsoft/Nokia’s product line was stale, and not very relevant or exciting to the market.

However the release of the NL 630, a terribly underspecced and uncompetitive handset, is hardly going to help, and the Lumia 930 is too little too late.

With the Nokia McLaren being cancelled, and the Surface Mini confirmed also, and Nokia’s ASHA, X and feature phone business also heading to the recycling bin, we have to wonder what’s next.

Update: According to the Verge the period of sales were just for 65, not 90 days, from April 25 to June 30th, meaning sales would be closer to 8 million per quarter, not just 5.8 million.

Not amazing, but at least not as disastrous as it first appeared.

MixRadio to become standalone Music Service

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Due to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices & services business, we have seen many changes take place around the Windows Phone world. Many of those changes have affected Nokia MixRadio, which recently dropped the Nokia Branding.

The recent layoffs at Microsoft have also affected MixRadio for better or for worse. Jyrki Rosenberg, Vice President of Entertainment at Nokia has announced plans of “spinning off” MixRadio to other platforms. This means that you may see more iOS and Android friends using this service on their phones mixradioQRas well. It will continue to come preloaded to Lumia devices, as it has since the first Nokia Windows Phone device as “Nokia Music”.

You can download MixRadio here.

What do our readers think about MixRadio becoming a standalone service?

Microsoft Removes Nokia Lumia 930 Product Page On Its Indian Website

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Nokia India’s website listed Nokia Lumia 930 product as coming soon few months back. But recently, this product page was completely removed from the website. Even after so many years, Nokia is struggling to bring the devices on time to the market. In India where the smartphone market is booming these days, you expect a company like Nokia to release new devices regularly to address various parts of the market. But, Microsoft along with its OEM partners have failed to do so. Even when they launch Lumia 930 next month or so, the device will find it very difficult to compete in the market where Samsung Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, LG G3(announced today), Xiaomi Mi3(it has almost similar specs as Lumia 930 for 1/3rd of the price) and many others are already available in retail with huge marketing effort from each of their owners.

I hope Microsoft Mobile will move fast with their product launches in the future. We have reached out to Microsoft regarding this and will update you accordingly.