Nokia has updated their Network+ app to v188.8.131.52 in Windows Phone Store. This updated system app brings in support for Dual Sim. Nokia Lumia 630 will be the first Windows Phone device that will take advantage of the Dual Sim support in the system. This Network+ app also includes Smart Dual Sim feature that will allow you to forward calls to the available Sim if the intended Sim is unavailable.
Changes in network+ 2.1:
- Support for dual SIM
- Smart dual SIM feature
The updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Nokia announced last month about this neat little feature called Living Images. Nokia today detailed about this feature on its official blog. It allows consumers to enjoy the photos captured in a never before seen lively experience.
What is Living Images?
As part of our overall vision, we want to help people turn static pictures into living memories, and provide exciting new ways for people to capture and share their lives. Living images deepens the way you capture and relive your pictures, with added motion to every one of your shots, bringing your memories to life!
How does it work?
With the new developments we’re bringing to the Nokia Camera app on the Nokia Lumia 930, Living Images is integrated into every picture you take and view. It’s discreet enough to be a picture, but includes enough movement to really take me back to the moment.
While each Living Image is short, less than a second, it’s more than enough to make your photos come alive. It also works with the version of Storyteller announced at Build 2014, meaning the stories you export and share with friends on Facebook and other social networking sites all come to life.
Living Images requires an update to Nokia Camera and Nokia Storyteller apps. It will be available for Lumia 930 device when it is available and for some select existing Lumias in the coming months.
Any images you’ve taken using Nokia Cinemagraph and Nokia Refocus, including any videos, will also appear as Living Images in your Camera Roll and will be momentarily brought to life as you thumb your way through them using this Living Images update.
If you downloaded Windows Phone 8.1 yesterday, you can update your HERE Maps and HERE Drive+ apps from Windows Phone Store. HERE Maps is updated to v184.108.40.206 and HERE Drive is updated to v4.1.5598.0. In HERE Maps, you can now see the map the way you want by tilting and rotating it and it includes some bug fixes and stability improvements as well. In HERE Drive, you can now long tap on the map to set destination.
Nokia detailed the HERE Maps update for WP8.1 devices last week,
- In select countries you can see buildings in 3D, in addition to realistic 3D landmarks that help you orientate yourself in a city. We also have updated aerial images so that you can zoom in even more and see more details
- In HERE Maps you can now use two fingers gestures to rotate the map in the direction you prefer and tilt it to activate the 3D mode.
Update the HERE Drive+ here and HERE Maps here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Evleaks today revealed codenames of upcoming Nokia mobile devices. Totally, eight codenames were leaked, find them below.
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Nokia revealed Lumia 930 and Lumia 630 WP8.1 devices at Microsoft BUILD conference earlier this month. You should be happy to know that Nokia already has 8 other devices in the lineup to be released.
We posted yesterday on Nokia Germany’s video series on switching from Android, iOS and Symbian to Windows Phone.
Now Nokia UK has also gotten in on the act, and posted a number of Switch Easy videos describing how to switch your data and find apps when moving from the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and older Nokia handsets.
See the iPhone one above and the rest after the break.
Switching to a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone can be very easy if you know the right tools, but if you do not, it can also be a pain in the butt. Nokia Germany seems to have acknowledged this and put a site online which explains how to migrate you data from your old device to your new one and even how to find the apps which matter to you.
For BlackBerry, iPhones and Android devices the procedure is more or less the same: First you have to copy your files with Welcome Home to Windows Phone, then you need to use the app AppSwitch to find all your apps and last but not least you need to sync your data from your PC or Mac to your new device with Microsoft’s Windows Phone app – that is how Nokia describes the switch.
Nokia also explains how to switch from your old Nokia to your new smartphone.
The (German) site can be found here and may be helpful to people who are not quite techies yet.
Nokia’s continuing tussle with the Indian tax authorities has now finally started taking its toll on the workers at Nokia’s large Chennai plant, which employees more than 8000 workers.
In an article in the the HinduBusinessLine Nokia has announced a Voluntary Retirement Scheme for its workers which, according to Nokia, will allow them to leave and find alternate employment on a firm financial footing.
Nokia India recently indicated that manpower reduction would be likely at the plant due to uncertainty over continuing operations. The Income Tax Department had frozen the company’s assets last year over a tax dispute. The issue needs to be resolved soon to enable Nokia to transfer the same assets to Microsoft as part of a $7.4-billion global deal.
Nokia said it regularly reviews its manufacturing strategy to optimise and ensure the smooth and timely delivery of its products. This process considers many factors, including the predictability and stability of the regulatory environment in host countries. “Following such a review, we launched a VRS. Nokia is offering a clear financial option for interested factory employees. We feel this package offers staff the chance to seek new opportunities outside the company based on a firm financial footing,” the company said.
The Trade Union at the facility are apposing the news, but of course if Indian tax authorities make the location non-viable there is not much anyone can do.
Nokia MixRadio website and Mix sharing was previously not available for Indian users even though they can enjoy this service via Nokia devices. Today, Nokia finally fixed this issue and both Nokia MixRadio Website and Mix Sharing are now available to Indian users.
How to use this feature?
1) Go to Nokia MixRadio on your Nokia device.
2) Listen to some mixes.
3) There is share button on the top right, tap it.
4) Share that link to friends on Twitter, Facebook, etc,.
5) When your friend click it, the Mix will be opened in a beautiful web UI and he can even listen to a preview of the tracks.
Windows Phone is always known for performance and it comes as a result of strict memory requirements for apps. Developers have to plan in advance on how to utilize the resources allocated for their apps. In Windows Phone 8, developers had a 150mb memory limit even on a 2GB RAM device for their background tasks. But with WP8.1, Microsoft has increased it to over 300mb. Also, a foreground App can use up to 825mb of memory on a 2GB RAM. Check the above and below images for comparison.
Anyone can build a simple app, but a complex app requires more thought. Building a serious app on a device with significant memory and CPU constraints can pose some interesting technical challenges. You also have choices about the breadth of markets you want to address with your app. In this session, we’ll look at your choices, and how you can work within the resource constraints to build compelling, resilient apps. We’ll also deep-dive into the platform Resource Manager, examine what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1, and explain the rationale behind the resource management policies.
Watch the session after the break.
Nokia today announced a new feature phone called Nokia 225 and Nokia claims it is the slimmest affordable Internet phone yet. This device comes with 2.8” display with a dust and splash proof keymat. The battery life is just incredible with standby times of up to 36 days for single SIM and 27 days for Dual SIM variant.
The device features 2MP camera, Bluetooth for filesharing, FM Radio, Music player with playback time of up to 51 hours. It also comes with five pre-loaded games; Block Breaker 3, Asphalt 6, Assassins Creed 3, The Avengers and Real Football 2012.
It will be available in five bold colours – red, yellow, green, black and white and will cost $55 USD. It will be available in select markets in Q2 2014. If you are looking for a spare/backup mobile, look no further.
Find full specs after the break.
Earlier today, we reported that Chinese Ministry of Commerce has approved Nokia’s sale of Devices and Services division to Microsoft. Nokia specifically mentioned that Chinese Ministry of Commerce didn’t approve the deal on any specific conditions. On the other side, Microsoft today revealed that they have made set of commitments the Chinese Ministry of Commerce regarding patents. During the investigation to approve this deal, MOFCOM concluded that Microsoft holds approximately 200 patent families that are necessary to build an Android smartphone. Basically, Microsoft has committed that they will license all standard essential patents to others on FRAND terms.
MOFCOM’s approval is based on a set of commitments which we’ve discussed with MOFCOM during the past few months. There was an important principle with which MOFCOM approached these discussions from the beginning: any commitments should be focused on how our future conduct might change after we own the Nokia Devices and Services business, and should not impact our licenses signed in the past or historical practices. It has never been our intent to change our practices after we acquire the Nokia business, so while we disagreed with the premise that our incentives might change in the future, we were happy to discuss commitments on this basis.
You can read the English version of the commitments is here.
Nokia today announced that Chinese Ministry of Commerce has approved their Devices and Services division sale to Microsoft. More importantly, there were no conditions on patent licensing to Nokia which they highlighted in the below press release.
Espoo, Finland - Nokia announced that the planned transaction whereby Nokia plans to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft has today received regulatory approval from the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China.
As previously communicated, the closing of the transaction, which was announced on September 3, 2013, is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Nokia and Microsoft have now received regulatory approvals from the People’s Republic of China, the European Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and numerous other jurisdictions. Nokia and Microsoft continue to expect the transaction to close during April 2014, as communicated in our press release from March 24, 2014.
The regulatory approval process has involved a thorough review of Nokia’s patent licensing practices by several competition authorities around the world. During that process, no authority has challenged Nokia’s compliance with its FRAND undertakings related to standard-essential patents (licensing on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms) or requested that Nokia make changes to its licensing program or royalty terms.
In a rather whacky video Nokia’s Sustainability Operations team has shown off a rather cool concept – what if we could use wearable solar cells to charge our phones from ambient, even indoor light, rather than needing to be outside to enjoy the benefits of solar power.
That obviously needs a rather large surface area, but it turns out if you just about cover every square inch of your body with flexible solar cells it is possible.
While Nokia’s solution is based on the Nokia DC-40 solar charging accessory which is not exactly fashionable, we can imagine a near future where much better solutions exist and where worrying about your battery life is a thing of the past.