Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru reports that Russian OEM Fly is about to release the cheapest Windows Phone yet in Russia.
The Fly Era will only cost 3990 rubles ($112), even cheaper than the Nokia Lumia 530 (4990 rubles) and Prestigio MultiPhone DUO 8400 (4290 rubles).
The handset is a dual SIM design with a 4 inch WVGA IPS screen and quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 clocked at 1.2 GHz (Adreno 302 GPU), 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of internal memory, expandable using microSD.
Unlike the 530 the handset also features a VGA front-facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear camera. Like the 530 the camera does not have autofocus.
The Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone has a 125,5 x 65 x 10,7 mm plastic case with a metal finish and has a 1500 mAh battery.
The handset is expected to go on sale soon.
Thanks Freddie for the tip.
Russian newspaper Tass.com reports that Windows Phone 8.1 will feature VKontakte integration in Russia soon.
The news is the outcome of a deal between Microsoft and the massive Russian social network, similar to Facebook, and will enable the synchronization of contacts and the ability to see the social activities of their friends directly and receive interactive updates of the chosen contacts.A new VKontakte application will also be made available to support the integration.
The integration will debut with the Nokia Lumia 930, which will be launched in July in Russia, according to Tass.
Many of us are waiting to replace our Nokia Lumia 920s with shiny new Nokia Lumia 930 handsets.
The handset is expected to ship at the end of June or the first week of July, but now WP7forum.ru reports that the smartphone many take a bit longer to arrive.
According to their sources the handset will not be delayed at least until mid-July and possibly after. The news was confirmed by Nokia’s N-Store in Russia.
Hopefully the delay will only be affecting our Russian readers, and not everyone else.
Have any of our readers pre-ordered the device?
WP7Forum.ru reports that the Windows Phone 8.1 OEM community may just have gained another member.
According to their sources Russian smartphone OEM Fly is preparing to launch a Windows Phone 8.1 handset.
The handset will be competitive with the Nokia Lumia 630 and will also feature dual-SIM support, a vaguely iPhone 5C-type styling and a 5 megapixel camera with a flash.. The handset should hit the market between August and September and will be sold without a carrier or SIM lock.
WP7Phone.ru reports that Nokia’s official N-Store in Russia will start shipping Nokia Lumia 930 pre-orders on the 30th June.
The handset is retailing for 24 990 roubles ($733,50), which is pretty cheap for a high end smartphone in Russia, and will hopefully significantly boost sales in the region.
Put in your pre-order at the N-Store here.
VKontakte has received a minor update to version 3.2.
The app for the social network now offers to sync your contacts with the People Hub meaning users can now see updates, information about friends and more right in the People Hub.
It has also received the usual bug fixes and performance improvements and in addition the Tile is now transparent.
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone store here .
WP7forum.ru reports that the Russian tech press have been invited to a presentation on the 15th May which will introduce the Nokia Lumia 630, 930 and Windows Phone 8.1.
Russians can already pre-order the Nokia Lumia 630 price of 7990 rubles ($230) at the Official Nokia N-Store. The Nokia Lumia 630 Dual Sim cost 8490 rubles ($240).
The price for the Nokia Lumia 635 (which features LTE) and Nokia Lumia 930 have not been announced yet.
Russian publication Vedomosti reports on the latest smartphone sales number in Russia, which paints a variable picture of the OS there.
According to large retailer Euroset Windows Phone took 5% of smartphone sales in Q1 2014, down from 6% the same time last year.
In terms of value of sales, this also dropped from 7% to 5%. According to head of the procurement department at Euroset, Alexei Shirokov, this was due to the collapse of high end Windows Phone sales in the 15,000 rubles + ($430) range. The cheaper segment however remained stable.
In terms actual volume of sales however Windows Phone is up in Russia, with sales increasing 20% YoY, said Maria Zaikina, a spokesperson for Coherent.
Controversial Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin has tweeted that the Windows Phone 8.1 update will only be rolling out to Lumia devices in Russia at the end of June, while the new devices running the OS will be on sale from the start of May.
Of course this may have been troubling if a) this was not the way it has always been and even more importantly b) the Windows Phone Developer Preview will make sure those who really care will be able to get the update much, much earlier.
It seems to me Eldar may be the one that’s a bit out of touch at present…
The Nokia Lumia 630 Single and Dual-SIM handsets are now on pre-order in Russia’s official N-Store.
The Single SIM handset costs 7,990 rubles ($224) while the Dual-SIM device only costs a little more at 8,490 rubles ($238). This is close to the same price the Nokia Lumia 525 launched recently ($210), again showing the handset is likely to be a replacement for that range.
The handset will be the first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone on the market, and features such innovations as virtual navigation buttons.
The order page does not reveal when the handset will ship.
See the full specs at the Russian N-Store here.
The Russian Department of Transport and the City of Moscow has brought their Parking in Moscow app to Windows Phone.
The app centrally manages Moscow Parking, allowing residents and visitors to use the phone app to find and pay for parking spaces directly from their phone.
The Windows Phone app features:
- Find different types of parking;
- obtain additional information about parking (name, address, cost, capacity, etc.);
- manage parking (start, renew and complete the parking session);
- pay for parking;
- replenish personal parking account;
- to pay fines for breaking the rules of paid parking.
To register to use the app users simply need a PIN, which can be obtained by sending an SMS saying PIN to 7757 or by creating an account at http://parking.mos.ru.
Find the app in the Windows Phone Store here.
Popular cross-platform GPS navigation app GeoNET, which is available for Windows Mobile, Windows CE, iOS, Symbian, Android and Java, has now come to Windows Phone 8.
The app is differentiated by its ability to use data from a wide number of providers including:
- OSM (OpenstreetMap) the project that creates and distributes free geographic data for the world. GeoNet maps based on OSM data have worldwide coverage and stable updates
- HERE is a paid maps collection from NOKIA
- CityGuide Maps with "traffic jams" and regular updates
- Maps of National map vendors
The maps come with different pricing, usage conditions and updates, and the GeoNET user can select necessary maps themselves. All maps have star rating, short descriptions, and a trial period.
Despite having a number of sources GeoNET is offline navigation system, which do not require permanent internet connection.
Other GeoNET features are:
- Smooth operation and high speed route calculation
- Daily maps updates
- Patented route calculation using traffic jam information
- Dynamic POI (Warning of road events)
- Speedcams and radars
- Service "Friends" and "Comments"
- Service «SOS»
The app costs $2.99 unfortunately without a free trial, and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Nokia’s mid-range phablet, the Nokia Lumia 1320, is now available for pre-order at Nokia’s official Russian store N-store.ru.
The 6 inch handset is on sale for 14,999 rubles ($427) which is considered a relatively good price there.
The handset sports a 720P screen, dual-core processor, 5 megapixel camera and 8 GB of expandable storage, and is designed for those who mainly want to enjoy their media on a very large screen without breaking the bank.
Find the handset at N-Store.ru here.