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.
Nokia has updated it Windows Phone 7.5 usage tracking app.
The app, which helps users stay within their phone, SMS and data usage limits, has now added a Live Tile, which will update every 30 minutes with the latest usage information.
The app is a Nokia exclusive and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
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The app for hardcore twitter users,Â supportsÂ 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.
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.
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 noÂ noticeableÂ stuttering. Loading times are howeverÂ noticeablyÂ longer.
Nokia Camera Extras has been updated to version 188.8.131.52. 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.
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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 UKâ€™s most popular Windows Phones, and this weekâ€™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 USwitchâ€™s list of UKâ€™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 610â€™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.
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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.
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 Googleâ€™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 farâ€¦
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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.
Then 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 retailerâ€™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.
The Nokia Weather app, which is their custom Weather Channel App, has been updated from version 2.0 to 2.6.
As 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.
Two weeks ago a back-end change by Google caused much of the 3rd party YouTube apps on Windows Phone to break, resulting in LazyWormApps pulling their YouTube app from Marketplace.
They however rapidly identified the problem, and informed us today that the app has just passed certification and has been published to the Windows Phone Store.
They also used the time to back-port the video pre-loading feature from Windows Phone 8 to Windows Phone 7, leaving the two platforms with a very similar feature set now.
The app should be available to download within the next 24 hours, and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
WP7Forum.ru reports that the Nokia Lumia 510, Nokiaâ€™s new low-end Windows Phone 7.5 phone, has now become available in Russia.
Available from the online store of MTS, the handset is retailing for 8490 rubles (around $275), which is significantly more expensive than the Rs 9999 or 5800 rubles ($188) Nokia was charging in India where the device first appeared, but it may just be that Nokia is charging what the local market can bear.
- Windows Phone 7.5
- Processor – 800 MHz
- WVGA, 800 x 480, 4 `TFT capacitive touchscreen display
- RAM – 256 MB
- ROM – 4 GB
- 5-megapixel rear camera
- Battery – 1300 mAh
- Weight – 129 grams
The device is part of Nokia pursuing what has been a very successful low-end strategy which will hopefully see Windows Phones hitting the same low-end market as Nokia previously very successfully addressed with their Symbian handsets.
See some more pictures after the break.
Plaffo.com reports that Nokia’s Bluetooth File Transfer addition to their Nokia Lumia range has been ripped byÂ wp.it168.com and can now be installed on fully unlocked Lumia handsets.
The feature is demoed at around the 2:50 mark in the video above, and the XAP can be found atÂ wp.it168.com.
Plaffo noted that the XAP unfortunately does not work on non-Lumia handsets.Â Read more at that site here.
Nokia has not abandoned Windows Phone 7 (in fact we know they intend to keep selling handsets running that OS for a long time to come) and have just released a Nokia Drive update for the OS.
Nokia Drive 184.108.40.20606 adds â€œSmart Routing Optionsâ€, allowing one to exclude tolls roads for example from your routing preferences, which can be handy in some locations.
The Nokia Lumia exclusive can be found in the Nokia Collection or via the QR Code.
TCL have uploaded another promotional video for the Alcatel OneTouch. This time they do spend a bit more time on the Windows Pone 7.5 handset, which they bill as â€œbringing Windows Phone to the mass marketâ€ but the video can clearly do with a lot more production, using for example still the old Windows Phone logo from about 3 years ago.
Be that as it may, hopefully the cheap and cheerful Windows Phone will in fact draw in the customers and increase the size of the pie for developers, thereby helping us all out.
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UK does not have the most vibrant economy in the world at the minute, and I think this is clearly reflected in the popularity of older smartphones in uSwitchâ€™s top 10 list.
This also probably explains why the Nokia Lumia 800 is making a come back, rising to the 7th spot on their weekly list of â€œUK’s most popular mobile phones this week, ranked by deal popularity and salesâ€.
The other Nokia Windows Phone also doing well on the list is the Nokia Lumia 610, which rose 9 spots in total. Likely both handsets are benefiting from advertising for the Nokia Lumia 920, the more full featured but more expensive Windows Phone.
Amazon UK also has the handset listed as a Best Seller in Mobile Phones indicating that delivering a high quality handset at a low price may be a very good strategy for Microsoft after all.
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