In little more than a week, on the 9th September, Windows Phone 7.8 will hit end of support, meaning the phones will no longer receive any security updates. We have also seen Skype, a Microsoft first-party app, drop support for the OS, and the next step would presumably be creating a modern app frame work which will not be compatible with these 2-4 year old handsets.
Electrodude is a collection of electronic tools containing important reference material, calculators and pin-out diagrams that are really useful for both students and professionals.
The app contains the following calculators:
- Resistor value (using color code)
- Resistor value (using SMD code)
- Inductor value (using color code)
- Ohm’s Law Calculator
- RC, LC and RL Filters
- Inductive and capacitive reactance
- Series-parallel resistance
- Battery life calculation
In addition to the above calculator it contains pin-out diagrams of:
- USB Port
- Parallel Port
- Midi Port
- S-Video Port
- VGA Port
- Serial Port
- Firewire Port
- PS/2 – AT Port
The app has both, a free and paid version. The free version has limitations, just an ad at the bottom.
Japanese bullet-hell game DODONPACHI MAXIMUM, which debuted last year for $4.99, is now available in the Windows Phone Store for only $0.99.
In our review we called the game’s visuals vibrant and possibly chaotic, but working really well. We felt the sound effects fit perfectly and the whole experience was extremely Japanese which is fun and unique . The only drawback was that the game often crashes when trying to open it.
The game, which is Windows Phone 7.5 and 7.8 only at this time, scored 5/5 for lasting value in our review next year.
Australian carrier Telstra has released some information about the near forgotten Windows Phone 7.8 update coming to WP 7.5 handsets.
On their page the company announced that testing of the update has been completed for the Samsung Omnia W and LG c900k, and that the update will be pushed out in around 2 weeks, on the 6th June.
Interestingly the HTC Titan, presumably with the same firmware, had its update retracted and is awaiting new firmware, suggesting Samsung and LG, who likely do not care much, is pushing out the old and buggy update and phones will be worse off after the update.
HTC Titan 4G owners on the other hand it seems will continue to wait a seeming indefinitely for their new firmware to finally be available.
Do our readers agree that the best bet may just be to buy a new handset? Let us know below.
Here is something at least a few hundred thousand Windows Phone users are waiting for. Nokia Care US has tweeted that the AT&T Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone 7.8 update is now available on Zune.
The software will update your phone to build 2175.2307.8862.13100 and deliver:
- New start screen experience with resizable tiles: to change the size, tap and hold the live tile
- Theme colors added
- Lock screen improvements: Bing photo of the day as wallpaper, and accidental input protection for the security code
- Operating system version 7.10.8862.144
- Fix for functionality issues with Live Tiles, such as Live Tiles not updating
- After the update, check out Nokia Collection in Marketplace for new or updated Nokia apps
If you have forgotten how to update your phone because it has been so long, read more here for further instructions.
Are any of our readers seeing the software? Let us know below.
WPDang reports on two unique Windows Phones that are showing up for sale in China.
Above is the TCL S606 3G, the only Windows Phone without a shutter button. The device is being sold in Russia and elsewhere under the Alcatel OneTouch brand, and is being sold at the Jingdong Mall for 799 Yuan ($129), which is of course pretty cheap. That will buy you a 1 Ghz handset running Windows Phone 7.8, with a 4 inch WVGA screen, 5 megapixel camera and VGA front camera, 4 GB storage and 512 MB RAM.
Plaffo.com reports that that Nokia has released new firmware for the Nokia Lumia 610 and 800 on Navifirm.
The Windows Phone 7.8 software remains unchanged, and has the fix for the Live tile bug, but the Nokia Lumia 800 firmware has been incremented to 1750.823.8862.13110 and the firmware for the Nokia Lumia 610 firmware to 1066.0.8862.13101.
Winp.cn reports that updated firmware has also popped up for the Nokia Lumia 505 and 510, and also a specific version for the Nokia Lumia 610 on China Unicom.
As of yet we do not know what is new, but hopefully this will be one to make the phones work better rather than worse.
“We’ve already looked at the phones that get accidentally damaged the most, but that tends to be down to the user,” said Jason Brockman, director at MobileInsurance.co.uk.
“Breakdowns and faults with the handset itself often can’t be avoided, so we wanted to let people know which phones most commonly experience faults so that they can avoid them.”
Their data revealed the Samsung Galaxy S3 is most prone to breaking with Apple’s iPhone 3GS the most reliable. Not far from the top (or bottom) of the list however is the Nokia Lumia 610, Nokia’s cheapest Windows Phone from last year and a reasonably good seller in UK.
This list features:
1. Samsung Galaxy S III
2. HTC Desire S
3. Nokia Lumia 610
4. iPhone 4
5. BlackBerry Bold 9900
6. iPhone 4S
7. Sony Xperia S
8. BlackBerry Curve 9220
9. Samsung Tocco Lite 2
10. LG Nexus 4
The data also revealed that users with white-coloured handsets were more likely to experience handset breakdowns or faults than those with black or silver phones – but could not explain why.
“If you have a phone that’s prone to faults, like one of those 10 in the list, be sure to get your handset a decent insurance policy. We cover handsets up to 12 months old and, as part of that cover, we insure against phone fault and handsets breaking down, effectively picking up where the manufacturer’s warranty ends!”
Of course the above sentence may reveal why MobileInsurance’s list is filled with the most popular handsets in UK.
On the other hand our recent poll did show more than a quarter of Nokia Lumia 920 owners had to send their phone back for repair, suggesting while Nokia’s build quality is good their quality control may be slipping.
Do our Nokia Lumia 610 using readers find the device fault-prone? Let us know below.
Windows Phone 7.8 users rejoice; a new version of Amazing Weather with beautiful wide live tiles is released as promised !
Mix and Match live tiles is a fantastic feature which gives you the ultimate choice of live tiles, you can choose any theme or style for any size both for the front and the back, for each city.
Other enhancements include bug fixes and new awesome realistic tiles pictures instead of the awful black sun (thanks for telling us!) for both WP7.8 and WP8 users.
P.S. pinning multiple tiles on WP7.8 might delay their update, we recommend only two.
P.S #2: have you voted for Amazing Weather in the contest? If not Please do! We really need your help to win the Next App Star! Please visit http://nas.newwp.it (From the desktop version on your phone, or a PC/Mac) and vote for us, the first round ends 22 March 11:59 pm PT.
P.S #3 you know that voters enter the chance to win a shiny Lumia 920 daily right? Please vote for us
On their Conversations Blog Nokia announced that Windows Phone 7.5 and 7.8 Nokia Lumia handsets will now be able to download and use Nokia’s latest camera software innovations.
Nokia Lumia 900, 800, 710, 610 and 510 owners will be able to download Nokia Cinemagraph and Nokia Camera Extras.
Cinemagraph allows users to create animated Gifs using their camera, and is now available for Nokia Lumia 900, 800, and 710 smartphones, and will be arriving for the Nokia Lumia 610 and 510 in the coming weeks.
Camera Extras app offers Smart Shoot, Panorama, Action Shot and a self-timer, and in the updated version uses burst mode to take a sequence of photos so you can choose your favourite shot and then remove unwanted moving objects.
The apps can be found by in the Nokia Collection or using the QR codes below:
Plaffo.com reports on the life cycle support dates of Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8.
According to the table Windows Phone 7.8 will receive security updates until 9 September 2014, while Windows Phone 8 will sunset on the 8th July 2014.
The date relates to how long Microsoft will make updates, including security updates available for the operating system, and it is of note that the date is not from when the phone is sold but when the cycle started.
This means for example a Windows Phone 8 handset sold in July 2013 will have only one year of guaranteed support.
In addition Microsoft notes:
Distribution of the updates may be controlled by the mobile operator or the phone manufacturer from which you purchased your phone. Update availability will also vary by country, region, and hardware capabilities.
On the other hand the OS support date is reset with any never version of the OS, so a Windows Phone 8.5 or 9 update in November 2013 would bring along its own 18 month of security updates. Microsoft has already promised all current Windows Phone 8 handsets will receive the next major version of the operating system.
See the table at Microsoft here.
Google is disabling Exchange ActiveSync from Google’s Contacts and Calendar service, but this will only affect new users. If you happen to hard reset your newly upgraded Windows Phone 7.8 handset however you will find Microsoft has removed the option to sync with Google’s contacts and calendar service (somewhat sensible for a service which is going away) but leaving users unable to access their calendar and contacts well before Google’s 31st July deadline.
It seems life is getting increasingly complicated for Windows Phone users who are also using Google’s services, suggesting it may be a good idea to move your data over to Outlook.com as soon as you can.
Via Reddit.com, screen shot by blorgon.