Goodridge, a high end manufacturing company in UK, has posted a testimonial for their Nokia Lumia enterprise solution, after deciding to replace their current fleet of Blackberry handset with the new Windows Phones.
They were impressed with the Office integration, Nokia’s Drive maps, the great security and the high level of functionality in the smartphones in general.
Nokia currently claims 17% of the UK enterprise market, and are working towards reaching 20%. It certainly appears Windows Phones have found their niche in the UK.
Read more about Nokia’s enterprise ambitions at www.nokia.com/business.
In the most recent episode of the Tonight Show amongst a long list of things to be thankful for, one of the first was to thank Microsoft for creating a personal assistant for Windows Phones called Cortana.
Despite being met with quite a bit of fanfare at its introduction, Apple’s Siri is increasingly being seen as annoying and inaccurate. By sticking with a well known character from more than a decade of gaming already known to be helpful Microsoft won some goodwill from the start, which will hopefully lead to a good reception when the software does actually become available to the general public.
See the video after the break.
Unleashthephones have posted another instalment of their Windows Phone 8.1 reveal, this time of WIFI Sense.
WIFI Sense will let you join WIFI hotspots without having to manually accept the terms & conditions or enter your personal details like Name, Phone Number or Mail id.
Another major addition is the ability to share your WiFi Networks with your Outlook, Skype & Facebook friends allowing them access to the internet connection without having to share the password with them.
Read more at Unleashthephones here.
The days the App Gap is the biggest excuse we hear for not switching to Windows Phone, and today Nokia has posted a video indicating they will not be taking the criticism any more.
Nokia Canada posted the above 2 minute video making it very clear Windows Phone has all the apps that are used commonly and matter, and who needs 1000 flashlight apps in any case.
I believe that the fact is now being increasingly acknowledged, which is why we are now hearing a new term, the App Lag, which refers to the months or years Windows Phone users have to wait before an app inevitably end up on our platform. In the end what we are seeing however is the OS rapidly catching up, and the trend to parity is looking pretty clear.
What do our readers think? Let us know below.
TopGear is a universally popular car show, not just known for showing off the latest cars, but also for the crazy stunts they pull with the same cars.
BBC’s TopGear Race the Stig game is therefore pretty much in the vein of the show, allowing players to take on the mysterious Stig and drive a collection of crazy cars, dodging traffic, jumping caravans and speeding through famous Top Gear locations in an epic race that will push you to your limits.
The game features:
- Race in iconic vehicles from the TV show
- Customize yourself with a wide selection of helmets
- Soar over the traffic in the Rocket Robin or become invincible with the Indestructible Pickup
- Show off your high scores and challenge your friends via Facebook and Twitter
The free game, which was released simultaneously on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store here.
See the trailer after the break.
Unleashthephones have posted another instalment of their slow Windows Phone 8.1 reveal, this time of Cortana in action.
The screen shot above indicate that the service uses many more data sources than we expect, including:
One of our favourite smartphone review sites is Mobile tech Review, who usually post detailed, practical reviews of Windows Phone handsets without the institutional bias against the OS we often see from other sites.
On this occasion they have taken on the Nokia Lumia Icon, Nokia’s new 5 inch handset.
They note the handset addresses the biggest problem with the Nokia Lumia 1520, the size of the 6 inch handset, which is considered too big by many.
The handset has however got all the other great attributes of the other handset, including the great 20 megapixel camera and features like speed and battery life.
Like other sites, they do however complain about the looks, calling the handset “a little boxy and dull”, and call quality was just adequate.
They do however conclude it is “one of the nicest Windows Phones yet.” Read their full review here.
Unleashthephones have continued to tease us with short videos from their captive Windows Phone 8.1 handset.
On this occasion they are demonstrating new features in IE11, including Reading Mode, Password saving, and stop and refresh buttons in the address bar.
Reading mode is likely one of the best features, allowing users to only view the text without the ads and formatting, and allowing users to select between different styles like Bright, Light, Medium & Dark and even Justified mode.
Of course despite having a very capable browser Google still offers Windows Phone users their WAP page for GMail, but when we don’t expect anything less, do we?
Unleashthephones have posted another video of Windows Phone 8.1 running on the Nokia Lumia 920.
He notes the video demoes:
- Speed Dial
Another basic feature ticked off from the “Missing from Windows Phone” list. Nothing much to add here. Can be accessed from the phone log in a tab like History.
- Internet Explorer
Windows Phone 8.1 is bringing Internet Explorer 11, which will be covered in detail by us later on. Amongst the changes caught on camera here are:
* Data Sense for Internet Explorer can now be configured from the main Internet Explorer settings.
* There appears to be something called “Reading View. We will update the post tomorrow with more details on the same tomorrow.
* Password Manager for Web Sites
Took them long enough, but Calendar is finally getting a much needed feature bump with Week & Year views.
- Battery Power Sense
Another major addition for the Windows Phone platform, Battery Power Sense is a module which monitors detailed battery stats, including app wise battery usage. Hope this evolves into an informative live tile in time.
Looks like the first major update to Photos hub is here. Now, upon opening the Photos hub, you are directly taken to an All Photos view. Also, Facebook & SkyDrive (Now OneDrive) albums appear to have finally been nested under online albums, instead of being made visible by default along with your local albums.
- Storage Sense
The Storage settings module has now been renamed to Storage Sense and lets you configure where to store your new Music, Videos & Podcasts, Photos, Apps and Downloads from between your internal storage or SD card.
Windows Phone finally has a dedicated Podcasts app with music and video support. You can search and subscribe to Podcasts from a list curated by Bing.
- Project My Screen
Project your phone’s display to a TV, Monitor or Projector using either a Wiressless Device or USB connectivity.
- Sync Settings
Now you can sync your Theme, Passwords and Internet Explorer data along with App Settings online.
- Advertising ID
You can now reset your Advertising ID.
Can our readers spot any more? Let us know below.
Nokia has posted another teaser video in their Green Duck series, this time showing the ducks breaking through a wall of more conventional phones.
See the other three videos in the series after the break.
MetroTube by LazyWormApps has seen a significant update in version 4.1 with a newly improved UI with a “river” metaphor somewhat reminiscent of the official Facebook app.
The new UI also means faster navigation, and now different elements such as Liked Videos or Watch Later can be pinned independently to the start screen.
The improved UI also means easier access to long titles, and access to screen rotation even when the rotation lock is active.
MetroTube is $0.99 with an ever-lasting trial ala WinRar and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Nokia has posted the above teaser video teasing a presumed announcement at Mobile World Congress.
The device is likely to be the Nokia X A110, which will be living proof that what looks like a duck and quacks like a duck is not in fact a Windows Phone.
What do our readers think of the teaser? Let us know below.
Rayman Fiesta Run became available in India about a week ago, and now it seems the worldwide roll-out is finally starting, with the game available also in UK and USA.
The legendary platformer features 75 levels of running and jumping, 4 new festive worlds and 3 epic bosses.
To help him win the day he now also has amazing new powers, such as shrinking, flying and the Super Punch.
The visuals have also been improved, with more depth of field for greater immersion and improved lighting effects.
You can now also share your activities and high scores on Facebook and follow your friends on the world map.
Rayman Fiesta Run will be available in the Windows Phone Store here for $2.49 without a free trial.
See the launch trailer after the break.