I don’t personally hold the Windows Phone App Studio in high regard, finding it both too complicated and not powerful enough at the same time.
In the above video however Microsoft shows that for some people the service may be just the answer to the question of how to quickly, easily and cheaply create a custom Windows Phone app for their home or business.
In the video they have Holly Shore, a former fashion model turned entrepreneur, looking to create an app for her fashion business.
“I just thought it was inaccessible for me to create my own app,” she says. “I hadn’t even considered doing it.”
Microsoft reports more than 200,000 people have used App Studio to create over 85,000 apps, presumably most not published to the Windows Phone Store.
Have our readers given the Windows Phone App Studio a try, and what have your results been? Let us know below.
Nokia has posted the above rather creepy but memorable ad on their YouTube channel attempting to explain how their new Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet is a bit like a mullet – all work in front and all party in the back.
While the actors did a great job creating atmosphere, I think they could have done a better job showing off the “work and party” element of the Windows tablet, to drive the message home.
Do our readers agree? Let us know below.
We have seen a number of camera comparisons in the past but they are mostly flawed by subjectively comparing the pictures to each other, rather than to a neutral gold standard.
TechCloud have uploaded the video above comparing the Nokia Lumia 1520 to the Sony Xperia Z1, both 20 megapixel handsets, by comparing pictures from both handsets to the 20 megapixel Canon EOS 6D, a £999 camera which is well recognized for taking excellent pictures.
TechCloud found the Nokia Lumia 1520 takes sharper images than Sony Xperia Z1 with more details, especially indoors and in low light. Even in daylight the Xperia Z1 overexposes produced pictures with poor contrast.
Importantly colour reproduction on the Lumia 1520 is closer to the Canon 6D compared to the Xperia Z1.
When taking video the Nokia Lumia 1520 took better video in the day light, but was let down by noisy, dark video at night, while the Xperia Z1 was a lot brighter and accurate at night.
What do our readers think of the comparison? Let us know below.
Looking to get into the Christmas spirit? Want to know how many days left until Santa arrives? Look no further! Entertain your children and yourselves with short Christmas stories and Christmas music, Christmas poems, and even Christmas recipes to create some delicious treats for your friends and family! There’s even a virtual mistletoe! On Christmas day, Santa arrives to deliver gifts so make sure you open it up on Christmas!
- Christmas countdown
- Christmas stories
- Christmas poems
- Christmas music videos
- Christmas recipes
- Virtual mistletoe
The app is free and with minimal ads; you can download it here directly from the Windows Phone Marketplace!
MobileBurn have posted the above video comparing the current generation phablets, including the Nokia Lumia 1520.
The devices compared include the 6.3? Galaxy Mega, 5.9? HTC One Max, and 6 inch Nokia’s Lumia 1520.
All of the devices feature significantly different styling, and have their own advantages and disadvantages, but the Nokia Lumia 1520 was found to have the superior build quality, best screen and of course best camera.
The other two devices did however have interesting features such as IR Blasters and the superior speakers on the HTC One Max.
The multi-window capability on the Samsung Galaxy Mega reminds me quite a bit of multi-tasking on Windows 8/RT, and I can image a future fused version of Windows Phone and Windows RT will make better use of the increasingly large screens on our phones.
The reviewer concludes:
Based on the camera, I have to say something crazy: the Lumia 1520 might actually be the best of this bunch of devices. I’ve made it no secret that I think Android is a better operating system than Windows Phone, and 9 times out of 10, I’d choose HTC or Samsung over Nokia. But among this set of huge phones, you can make an argument for the Lumia 1520 because of its superior camera, great screen, and Windows Phone not being as far behind today on apps. The Galaxy Mega is a distant third in the race, so if you’d like to get a large screen Samsung, sacrifice a few millimeters and get a Galaxy Note 3. In terms of this lot, it comes down to choosing between a One and a Lumia 1520. If you take a lot of pictures, get the Lumia 1520. If you tend to download a lot of apps and want them soon, grab the One Max.
Earlier we showed another video from Nokia Russia about using your Lumia 1020 for underwater photography.
In case you actually did this without placing your phone in a waterproof case Nokia Russia also posted the above video demonstrating how to dry your phone in case it is accidentally immersed.
The video is in Russian, but I am sure if we stare long enough can get the intended message…
While its pretty cold in the Northern hemisphere at present, some of us will be taking a break to warmer climes soon, and its good to know, with the right case, your Nokia Lumia 1020 makes a pretty good underwater camera.
Nokia Russia has posted the above video comparing performance of the handset against a GoPro, and while the Lumia 1020 appears to have slightly less depth of field than the GoPro, it produces equally bright and clear results, and also also much more stable video.
See another video taken in less murky water after the break.
Gameloft has brought their licensed title Despicable Me: Minion Rush, to the Windows Phone Store.
In the endless runner with hundreds of missions you have to run through iconic locations full of surprises, secrets and tricky obstacles including Gru’s Lab, Gru’s Residential Area, and El Macho’s Lair, collecting unique costumes, weapons, and power-ups and battle Vector and an all-new villain exclusively created for the game
The game features custom animation, voiceovers, and state-of-the-art 3D graphics, multiple dynamic camera angles and various bonus gameplay modes, including Destroy things as Mega Minion, Collect bananas while riding the Fluffy Unicorn and Hang on to Gru’s Rocket.
The game also lets you see the best scores of your friends and send them funny Minion taunts and challenges.
The free game can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
See the launch trailer after the break.
PhoneArena has pitted the Nokia Lumia 1520 against LG G2, which surprisingly looks pretty tiny compared to the 6 inch handset, despite its larger than average 5.2 inch screen.
In specs the devices are pretty evenly matched, with both using the same processor, RAM and GPU. The LG G2 however makes better use of the multi-tasking power of the devices, with the ability to watch video in a floating window for example, but I suspect this will eventually create a rather less predictable experience.
The Nokia handset wins with a better camera UI and still photos, but once again the Nokia’s video experience lets it down compared to the LG G2, suggesting Nokia needs to address this software issue.
The Nokia handset had significantly better battery life than the LG G2, but the G2 won when it came to extra features such as an IR blaster and video out.
In the end the infinitely customizable LG G2 was judged the better device for the power user, while the Nokia handset clearly offered the bigger screen for the least money.
What do the readers think of the comparison? Let us know below.
Online retailer Clove.co.uk have uploaded the above unboxing video of the Nokia Lumia 1520.
They are currently offering unlocked UK stock of the 6 inch handset for £458.33 ($750) excluding or £550.00 including VAT.
Currently only a Black version of the handset is available, with White available in a few weeks.
See the handset at Clove here.
Box10’s Angry Gran Run, with more than 10 million downloads on Android, is coming to Windows Phone, courtesy of a fully licensed version developed by Aceviral.com.
In the endless runner you have to run, jump, dash and slide over and around tons of different and WACKY obstacles, wearing a variety of equally whacky costumes.
The free app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
See a video demo of the game after the break.
This spellbinding app stitches second-long snippets from your life into a compelling, personal movie. With a simple and gorgeous design, 1 Second Diary is everything you need to put together your own thought-provoking narrative. After creating the movie, share your life with your loved ones through Facebook or SkyDrive. Check out an example of life movie after the break.
1 Second Diary is an unofficial port for the highly popular iOS and Android 1 Second Everyday app.
See that app demoed after the break.
Windowsteca have posted a video demo of the Sky Go app for Windows Phone for the Italian Sky Italia service.
The app features a live tile with a TV Guide showing your upcoming programming, and on opening will immediately load your favourite channel.
Windowsteca notes the audio quality and video quality are both very good, and that the app uses an adaptive bit-rate that takes your bandwidth into account.
The app works well on both high end and low end 512 MB Windows Phone 8 handsets, and Windowsteca expects it to spread to Sky TV services in other countries also.