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Custom ROMs now possible for the Nokia Lumia 900, but its not for the fainthearted.

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WinPhoneViet reports that hackers have defeated Nokia’s Bootloader security, and just like with the Nokia Lumia 800, has now enabled custom ROMs for the handset, as can be seen in the screen shot right.

The process is currently not for the fainthearted, requiring the phone to be taken apart and the use of an ATF Box, but may eventually result in a simpler software-only method.

If you have the requisite hardware and the desire to make it work, read more at WinPhoneViet here.

Nokia City Lens and Camera Extras for WP 7.5 updated

Nokia has updated their their Camera Extras and City Lens Augmented reality app for Windows Phone 7.5.

WPWorld.pl reports the City Lens app mainly appears to be bug fixes, and also adds the HERE moniker to the app. Camera Extras on the other hand adds Smart Picture modes and also the ability to remove unwanted objects from pictures.

City Lens can be found here  and Camera Extras can be found here.

Nokia Cinemagraph now available for Windows Phone 7.5

qr-wp78-cinemaDespite the release of their Windows Phone 8 handsets Nokia has continued to support their Windows Phone 7.5 users with the release of their great apps on that platform also.

The latest is Cinemagraph, which allows users to create animated gifs from short clips of video recorded from your phone camera and post these on social networks.

Nokia notes Cinemagraph works on all Nokia Lumia phones, but performs best on the more powerful Nokia Lumia 710, 800 and 900.

Find the app in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via WP7Forum.ru

Angry Birds Star Wars update comes to Windows Phone 7.8 also

Plaffo.com reports that the Angry Birds Star Wars update, which recently delivered 40 new levels to the Windows Phone 8 app, has now come to Windows Phone 7.5.

The update brings the Planet Hoth with 40 new levels and is an add-on to the $0.99 Angry Birds Star Wars app, which can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

Popular twitter client Mehdoh now free

Mehdoh-500x529The popular client, Mehdoh, normally $0.99, is now free on the Windows Pone Store.

The app for hardcore twitter users, supports multiple accounts, and also integrates with Soundcloud and Instagram, and has features like inline media support, and support for voice commands and the lock screen on Windows Phone 8.QRCode

The app is free only for a limited time, so if you have ever been interested before it may be a good idea to nab the app now.

Find it in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via Plaffo.com.

Promise kept: Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars comes to the Nokia Lumia 610

WPArea.de reports that Rovio has kept its promise to bring their popular Angry Birds franchise to the Nokia Lumia 610 and other 256 MB devices.

The game was released in December for Windows Phone 7.5, but low RAM devices were excluded. Rovio and Nokia did however promise to bring the software to these devices eventually.

WPArea notes the games appear to be well optimised with smooth performance and no noticeable stuttering. Loading times are however noticeably longer.

Angry Birds Space can be found in the Windows Phone store here  and Angry Birds Star Wars here.

Nokia Camera Extras for Windows Phone 7.5 updated

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Nokia Camera Extras has been updated to version 1.1.0.160. The app brings variety of camera enhancements, including action shots, panoramas, self-timers and more.

Unfortunately as usual there is no changelog and users who review the app are still complaining of issues with the Panorama feature.

The app can be found in the Windows Phone store here.

Have our readers noticed any new features or improvements? Let us know below.

Thanks Mark for this tip.

Nokia Lumia 610 UK’s 4th most popular mobile phone this week according to USwitch Mobile Tracker

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We posted earlier about the increasing market share of Windows Phone in UK. Adduplex data has previously revealed that the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 610 are UK’s most popular Windows Phones, and this week’s data by USwitch has underscored the increasing popularity of the handset, with the Nokia Lumia 610 rising 5 places from the 9th spot last week to the 4th place in USwitch’s list of UK’s most popular mobile phones this week, ranked by deal popularity and sales.

The statistics are derived from uSwitch.com and their network of mobile phone comparison partners.

Hopefully the Nokia Lumia 610’s more competent successor, the Nokia Lumia 620, running Windows Phone 8 and with microSD card expansion, will have a similarly welcome reception in February 2012.

See the page at USwitch here.

Thanks Arun for the tip.

Adduplex: 43% of US WP users run Windows Phone 8

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Adduplex have tweeted the above slide showing the break down between Windows Phone 7.x and Windows Phone 8 on their ad network, interestingly corroborating our own stats which on Thursday showed 46.4% of our WP readers are using Windows Phone 8 handsets vs 53.6 Windows Phone 7.x handsets.

Adduplex, who run in-app ads in the main, and who therefore are a pretty good measure of what the general population is doing, found a very similar 43% of US Windows Phone users are using Windows Phone 8 handsets, vs 57% Windows Phone 7.x.

This suggests either half of Windows Phone 7.x users upgraded to Windows Phone 8 (which seems unlikely because most will still be locked into their two year contracts) or the Windows Phone population has nearly doubled over the last 2 months.

Adduplex will be releasing a full reports next week, and we hopefully let us know if it the change was associated also with a volume increase rather that simply changing the composition of the group.

Do our readers think Windows Phone 8 is attracting new users, or are WP7.5 users merely upgrading early? Let us know below.

Now Google is blocking Windows Phones from accessing maps.google.com

I guess we missed the declaration, but it seems the cold war between Microsoft and Google has really warmed up.

Google has previously already said they will not be making apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8, but now they have taking things a step further by blocking Windows Phones (both 7.5 and 8) from accessing maps.google.com.

If you try you are automatically redirected to Google’s mobile search page, even if your phone is in desktop mode, which of course does not give you access to Google Maps.

Strangely enough, for now, maps.google.co.uk works perfectly fine, indicating some switch somewhere did get flipped. 

I guess being given a pass by the FTC has made Google a bit more bold. That $25 million in lobbying sure went far…

Thanks pkm for the tip.

Latest PayPal for Windows Phone update brings it to Australia with PayPal Here support

The latest PayPal for Windows Phone update did not seem to bring too many changes, but for those down-under it was pretty important, as for the first time it brought support to Australian users.

Besides the normal functions however it also brought along PayPal Here support, according to 1800PocketPC.com.

The company has partnered with point of sale company ERPLY to allow one to buy goods in person at supporting stores.  The feature crucially needs one to add a profile picture, so the merchant will recognize you when you attempt to pay.

paypalqrThen when you wish to pay you check into the store and tell the merchant you want to pay via PayPal. He will then match you to the photo, and the funds will be instantly transferred from your PayPal account to the retailer’s account and you get an email with the proof of purchase.

The app of course remains free and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.

Via 1800Pocketpc.com

Exclusive Nokia Weather Channel app updated to version 2.6

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The Nokia Weather app, which is their custom Weather Channel App, has been updated from version 2.0 to 2.6.

qrweatherAs is often the case, there is no changelog, but Windows Phone Italy compared the old and new apps side by side, and found a number of UI tweaks, and also the ability to pin the weather of a specific city as a secondary live tile.

The app has been updated for both Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 and can be found for free in the Nokia Collection or via this link.

Via Windows Phone Italy.