Samsung didn’t forget their Windows Phone users yet. Occasionally, they surprise them by releasing exclusive new apps for their Windows Phone users. Today, they have released ATIV BizCard app which allows users users to easily save any business card to device by taking a photo of business card. It is a simple app and doesn’t offer any advanced features of a Biz card app such as text recognition in the business cards.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Thanks to TR for the heads up!
Nokia’s own Nokia Camera software is pretty iconic, but Samsung is no slouch when it comes to camera features either, especially on their Android handsets.
The company has now released into a Windows Phone Store an exclusive ATIV Camera app for Windows Phone 8.1, presumably both for their new rumoured WP 8.1 handsets and also once their current devices are upgraded.
The app supports various shooting modes with an intuitive user interface.
We have known Nokia for its innovative marketing approaches to promote their devices in the past. The Lumia devices marketing team now part of Microsoft is continuing their amazing work. Recently, Samsung took over the Heathrow’s Terminal 5 to promote the Galaxy S5 device. They even renamed the terminal with their branding. Microsoft Devices team trolled Samsung’s attempt by sending Lumianauts to Europe’s busiest airport.
Read the story below,
Microsoft Devices gathered the excited Luminauts early in the morning to head to the airport in their brand new space-buggy. With one small step out of the moon-lander and a leap through the doors of Terminal 5, the Lumianauts set out to find the gate that would shoot them out of the world’s gravitational atmosphere and into the Milky Way.
Once the brave Lumianauts stepped foot in to the brand new terminal, though, they quickly learned that there was no such thing as a flights to ‘the Galaxy’. Rather, the terminal had taken over by advertising for another mobile phone company. With constellation map in-hand they bowed their heads in disappointment and rang HQ, “Microsoft…we have a problem.”
While our Lumianauts sadly didn’t make it into orbit this weekend, we can all console ourselves with the knowledge that the Lumia we have in our pockets is always out of this world.
Find more images after the break.
Samsung’s ChatOn app, with more than 70 million users in 63 languages and 237 countries , has seen its Windows Phone version updated to version 2.27.
ChatOn supports phones, tablets and PCs, and offers 1:1 and group chats.
Version 2.27 of the app offers:
- You can receive ‘Recent story’ notifications about your friends. (When a friend joins ChatON or when someone adds you as a ChatON buddy, you will immediately receive a notification.)
- The ChatON Team will let you know about new ChatON features and special events.
- ChatON now supports Spanish.
- Hyperlinks are now supported in ChatON.
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Few hours back, we reported that Samsung has updated their App Folder app for Windows Phone devices. Now, Nokia has updated their App Folder app to v126.96.36.199 for Lumia Windows Phone devices. This v1.2 only includes minor improvements. The change log mentions that it includes general performance improvements.
Tidy up your Start screen and make things easier to find with App Folder. You can gather similar apps together or keep your most used settings in one place — it’s up to you. Simply create and name a folder, add the apps and settings you want, and then pin it to your Start screen. You can create as many app folders as you need and edit them as you go.
Find the app in the Windows Phone Store here.
Samsung has updated their App Folder app, which is exclusive to their handsets, to version v188.8.131.52.
New in this version is support for Windows Phone 8.1 and changing the default option for displaying app titles for each folder.
Find Samsung’s App Folders in the Windows Phone Store here.
Samsung has updated their App Folder app, which is exclusive to their handsets, to version v184.108.40.206.
New in this version is the ability toggle the display app titles for each folder separately.
Find Samsung’s App Folders in the Windows Phone Store here.
evLeaks have posted another image of the Samsung ATIV SE, a new Verizon-exclusive Windows Phone 8 handset.
The render shows the handset has the same faux brushed metal look as the original Samsung ATIV S, but more worryingly confirms that the handset lacks a camera button.
The Windows Phone camera button is somewhat iconic of the operating system, allowing users to completely bypass the lock screen to take a picture, all without fumbling with the touch screen.
The button is also somewhat special, requiring a two stage design – a half press for focussing and a full press to take a picture.
One can see why low-cost OEMs would be eager to drop this special hardware requirement, but it is much less excusable for high end devices such as this ATIV SE handset is likely to be.
It seems in the race to win OEM support Microsoft is dropping some of what makes Windows Phone special, and that of course is a pity.
Last year we reported that Microsoft-Nokia deal is in the second-phase of anti-trust investigation in China, as Chinese OEMs and regulators fear that Nokia’s patent fees for the China’s domestic handset vendors might go up after this deal gets over. Bloomberg then reported that local Chinese OEMs have asked regulators to make sure Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business doesn’t result in higher patent fees on wireless technology.
Today, Bloomberg today reported that Google and Samsung have joined the Chinese OEM in expressing their concern about Microsoft-Nokia deal. They want to make sure this deal doesn’t result in higher fees on wireless technology patents that will remain with Nokia. The report also claimed that Google and Samsung fear that Microsoft will gain more power over the smartphone market and may abuse its patents.
Contrary to Samsung and Google’s concerns, Microsoft is always open to license their patents to other smartphone vendors under very reasonable terms. In fact, they have signed patent licensing deals with more than 20 Android OEMs and ODMs so far.
China’s Ministry of Commerce is conducting an anti-monopoly review and is likely to approve the deal, the officials said. The question is whether the ministry will demand the companies guarantee that the agreement doesn’t result in higher patent fees, the officials said.
Samsung has pushed out a minor update for their Video Trimmer app for their Windows Phone 8 handsets.
The app has been updated to version 220.127.116.11, which likely indicates only minor bug fixes and performance improvements. No changelog has been provided.
The updated app, now (but not previously it seems) exclusive to Samsung owners, can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
The Galaxy S5 claimed to be the first phone with a heart rate sensor when it was announced. However, this may be only true in terms of hardware, since every phone with a LED flash and a camera can measure your heart rate, too.
The LED lights through your finger and the camera detects you heart rate – simple as that. In the Windows Phone store there are apps for this too. One of them is Instant Heart Rate.
There are only a few things to say about it: It works, it works quickly, and it looks great. That is everything. There is a free trial available and if you want to buy it, you have to pay 1.99$, which is quite much for such an app, but not totally unfair.
Otherwise, if you want a free app, which works the same, only is a little slower and doesn’t look that good, you can check out Heart Rate.
Not so innovative anymore, what, Samesung?
Samsung has released a new photo organizing app for Windows Phone.
The app, which is exclusive to ATIV owners, allows users to organize their photos by event or time, present it with various themes and add captions and other text.
The app description reads:
Create albums of your daily events. Keep your special moments in one place using your timeline. Your treasured memories will always be with you.
The free app can be downloaded by ATIV owners here.
At Mobile World Congress, Samsung yesterday announced their next flagship device Galaxy S5. Samsung’s main competitors Nokia and HTC mocked Samsung’s announcement on Twitter.
HTC’s Twitter account tweeted: “Buyer’s remorse: Coming soon to S5 owners. March 25.” pointing to HTC’s upcoming flagship announcement next month.
Nokia on its part tweeted, “Stand out from the crowd! #MWC14 #UNPACKED. NOT THE SAMESUNG ;)” pointing to the Lumia/Windows Phone differentiation among the crowd.
Even though both these are pretty decent attempts in making fun on Galaxy S5, I liked something else. Find it out after the break.