Popular Windows Phone developer Morten Nielsen has posted the above video showing an app (running in the WP8.1 emulator) displaying a live GPS track while running as a lock screen replacement.
The demo uses the APIs which are still private to Microsoft and has not been released to all developers yet, so do not expect to see something like this soon, not to mention the massive battery drain it would cause, but it does show the potential for this new canvas for developers.
You can see Nielsen’s apps, which include the Peregrine twitter app, in the Windows Phone Store here.
Microsoft has posted a new video showing how to add interests to Cortana’s notebook.
The video shows that interests can be added manually, but also from searches, and that interests can have additional options, like having sport scores for your favourite team announced.
What has been the most interesting Interest out readers discovered? Let us know below.
8 months ago, in December 2013, Ubisoft said Assassins Creed Pirates was coming to Windows Phone “soon.”
Their definition of soon may be a bit different from ours, but either way, the date is now finally nearly here.
Posting on twitter, the company confirmed the game will be hitting Windows Phone and Windows 8 on the 14th August, ie Thursday next week.
The game will see the hero Alonzo Batilla do battle with enemies mainly in the form of naval clashes, will feature more than 50 missions and likely cost between 4 and 5 Euro.
See the trailer for the game after the break.
Live Lock Screens seems to be a rapidly evolving area of development, with the most recent idea popping up being Pattern Locks ala Android.
The video above was posted by developer Fela Ameghino and appears to work pretty well, but I suspect Live Lock screens can not replace the actual password screen, so the pattern lock would be in additional and not a replacement for a real passcode on your phone.
See another short video after the break.
Another video has slipped out of China of WP8.1 Update 1 in action, this time giving a somewhat better demo of the new Live Folders in action.
The video shows how the folders expand, and also the process of creating one by dropping one tile on another.
What do our readers think of the rather perky animations? Let us know below.
Via Windows Phone Lovers.
A video showing off Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 running on a Nokia Lumia 1520 has popped up on YouTube.
Unfortunately pretty low resolution, it does show the new start screen folders and Cortana doing its thing in Chinese.
Developer Preview users are expected to receive GDR1 as an update next week, which brings a much longer list of features. Read more about them here.
Chinese OEM eSense has shown off a new Windows Phone 8.1 handset, the eSense Q47.
The well specified Windows Phone, with a 4.7 inch HD screen and 8 megapixel camera is only 7.2 mm thick, making it thinner than an iPhone 5S (7.6 mm) and still sports a removable battery, all for only $110. It also has the full complement of sensors and supports dual-SIM.
See the full specs for the handset after the break.
Hot on the heels of the Nokia Lumia 1520, AT&T has started rolling out the Windows Phone 8.1 update to the Nokia Lumia 520 and 925.
AT&T Nokia Lumia 925 owners have also reported the update reaching their handsets.
AT&T has also posted the above video detailing what the new software holds for AT&T users.
Have our AT&T using readers received the software yet? Let us know below.
Via The AT&T blog
In UK it is pretty clear that Microsoft is making a strong marketing push for Windows Phone, with saturation TV ads for the Nokia Lumia 630 and now the Nokia Lumia 930.
The ads however sometimes leaves something to be desired in terms of appeal and message, which is why we often see fan-created ads such as the one above by Ohsneezeme.
His version is certainly dynamic, but I wonder if it really touches on selling points of Windows Phone compared to other operating systems. I would love to see an Apple-like explanatory ads actually clearly expounding on the selling points of the OS.
What do our readers think? Let us know below.
Thanks Scott for the tip.
Microsoft/Nokia has posted some new promotional videos for their new Windows Phone 8.1 handsets.
In the above somewhat low content video directed at professional users we have Nokia showing off the similarity in experience between the Nokia Lumia 930 and Windows Phone 8.1.
In the video after the break Microsoft is addressing a very different audience, showing that the Nokia Lumia 530 has all the cool apps which the youth expect on their smartphone.
The Windows Phone India Enthusiasts Facebook Group has brought us this video, which is a preview of #1Weather with Live Lock screen support.
The app is by the same team as #1 Toolkit and the video shows that the new Live Lock Screen API is much more powerful that we expected, and in the end may be a great contribution to Windows Phone.
See another demo of the great looking app after the break.
I have become increasingly frustrated by the hit and miss pinch and zoom on my Nokia Lumia 930, and by the look of my poll a few hours I am not alone, with 35% of owners complaining of the same issue.
Now reader Máté however delivered a really simple solution to the dogged issue – simple switch off Screen Magnifier in the Ease of Access settings.
Screen Magnifier is an Ease of Access setting which lets you zoom any screen, including the start menu, by double tapping the screen with two fingers. The feature obviously adds an extra step to pinch and zoom detection, which causes to missed multi-touch issue.
To switch it off, simply go to Settings -> Ease of access -> Screen Magnifier and enjoy the phone working like it should.
Thanks Máté for the tip.
Apple has an enormously strong brand name, and with their logo they could easily sell refrigerators to eskimos.
This was proven once again on a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, where Kimmel’s crew took to Hollywood Blvd. with what they claimed was Apple’s unreleased iTime smartwatch, but which was in fact a $20 Casio watch with an Apple logo stuck to the back.
One person freely admitted the most attractive piece of the iTime was the logo, and another said they would buy anything produced by Apple.
Microsoft does not command the same adoration from the general public, and with their recent moves more towards enterprise than consumer business may never, which is a real shame.