Microsoft recently collaborated with We Are Juxt, a group of dedicated mobile photographers, to show off a collection of pictures taken with the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 1020 at the Artifact art gallery on the Lower East Side.
The exhibit showed work by Bridgette Shima, Josh St. Germain, Mike Hill, Richard Koci Hernandez, Joel Aversing, Matt Coch, Brad Puet, Andre Hermann, and Jean-Brice Lemal.
The art exhibit also included a display showing the devices, allowing guests to test them out. The artists note that key factors that differentiate these devices include a high level of performance, how easy it is navigate between programs and apps, and the high quality of the camera along with its editing features.
We are Juxt have posted a tutorial by Josh St. Germain for Nokia Lumia 1020 owners to show them how to get the best from their handsets, which can be seen here.
More pictures of the collection can be seen at Examiner.com.
Rayman Fiesta Run has taken a brief hiatus from the Windows Phone Store, but is back with an update to version 220.127.116.11.
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, and is now also available in the Windows Store.
See the launch trailer after the break.
BADLAND is an multiple award-winning atmospheric side-scrolling action adventure located in a gorgeous forest full of various inhabitants, trees and flowers. Although the forest looks like it’s from some beautiful fairy-tale it is filled with an astonishing amount of imaginative traps and obstacles.
The game features innovative physics based gameplay combined with the extremely beautiful atmospheric graphics and audio. It also features highly-addicting local multiplayer with up to four players playing with the same device.
The game, which was first released on iOS in 2012, has only recently comes to Android, and now, according to the Teemu Maki-Patola, COO of Frogmines, the game will be coming to Windows Phone in only two months.
See the trailer after the atmospheric game after the break.
We have seen a succession of great features being leaked for the beta version of the Windows phone WhatsApp app, but so far we have seen very little reach the official app.
Now ex-Microsoftie Nawzil has posted on twitter that we can expect to see the update “coming soon!”
Features expected include UI updates, Chat Backgrounds, Improved privacy features, Broadcast List management, Custom Notification Sounds and better control over data usage.
Do our readers agree these long-awaited improvements could not come fast enough, or are you happy with the app as it is? Let us know below.
Thanks Mista Smash for the tip.
UC Browser, with more than 400 million cross-platform users worldwide, had finally delivered the updates which they have been beta testing for so long.
Version 18.104.22.1684 delivers the ability to share downloaded files via Bluetooth or QR Code, and the ability to export downloaded files to SD Card or a Public Folder.
The app now also has a brand new menu which makes it easier to access Speed Mode, and also has other general improvements and optimizations, including a choice of fonts in Speed Mode, Improved bookmarks and a Bing search bug fix.
The updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Via Nazwil on twitter
Nokia’s rising star, the Nokia Lumia 625, is coming to carrier Three Ireland next week.
The news was reported by Nokia News Ireland, who noticed the handset showing up on the carrier’s Coming Soon pages.
The handset should be available at the end of the week, around the 14th, and will be 229 Euro on pre-pay and free on a 24 month contract starting at 30.50 Euro per month.
The Nokia Lumia 625 is rapidly becoming the second most popular Windows Phone, offering a similar low entry price as the 520 while also offering a much bigger screen.
See the handset at Three’s COMING SOON page here.
Blackberry is rapidly retreating from the world stage, with the OS estimated to have only 0.6% worldwide market share in Q4 2013 by the IDC.
There are some countries where the OS still reigned supreme until recently however such as Indonesia, where 17% of worldwide Blackberries was said to be in use early last year; the company’s biggest market.
Times they are a changing however, and with the rise of Android we have also seen Windows phone moving into the same arena, displacing the Canadian fruit phone.
Our readers may remember Bryan Biniak, Nokia’s Vice President and General Manager of Developer Experience, from July last year, when he accused Microsoft of a lack of urgency, and complained:
"We are releasing new devices frequently and for every new device, if there is an app that somebody cares about that’s not there that’s a missed opportunity of a sale."
In line with Nokia’s new marketing, what a difference 6 months makes it seems. Speaking to Trusted Reviews recently, he now said:
“I don’t think (lack of high profile apps) is getting in our way of selling phones right now. f you look at the gaps – and we just announced Adobe, we announced BBM – there is only a few of those top developers that are missing.”
Nokia launched a new campaign yesterday where they specifically address the app gap, and make the claim that all of the apps people actually use are either on the platform, or have viable alternatives available.
This does however ring somewhat hollow given the recent release of the Nokia X range, which is felt by many to be an attempt to tap into the app catalogue of the Google Play store.
Do our readers think Biniak is right, and apps are no longer a sales issue, or is it all marketing? Let us know below.
Telecompaper reports that SingTel will be the first Singaporean carrier to offer direct carrier billing for Windows Phone handsets.
The carrier billing can be used to pay for music, apps and in-app purchases and allows users to use the store without having a credit or debit card.
Microsoft now supports carrier billing in more than 53 countries, triple the 2012 number. Carrier billing is very effective at boosting sales, with revenue per user increasing 3 times in developed markets and 6 times in emerging markets.
While there has not been any big changes in the regular WhatsApp app for Windows Phone, the beta app has been anything but static.
The latest in what appears to be a weekly update cycle, version ver2.11.392, are new buttons which appear at the beginning and end of a conversation which makes it easy to scroll to the top or bottom of a long list.
Another useful feature is the ability to clear broadcast list history.
Hopefully all the many beta improvements will finally come to the mainstream app sooner rather than later.
NewEgg is offering the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 925 for an astounding $249.99 contract-free.
The deal is available via their NewEggFlash pages and will only be available for another 12 hours.
The Nokia Lumia 925 is the much sleeker brother of the Nokia Lumia 920, with much of the advantages of that handset, including a great 8.7 megapixel camera and 4.5 inch HD screen, but without the weight and bulk.
To take advantage of this great deal, see the page here.
According to the latest data from Comscore, Windows Phones are now used by more subscribers than Blackberry handsets in USA.
3.2% of 159.8 million US smartphone owners use Windows Phones, or 5.11 million people, vs 4.95 million Blackberry owners.
This is up around 330,000 people from 3 months ago, indicating the effect of the Christmas season on sales, likely due to great Nokia Lumia 520/521 sales.
Blackberry is down another 0.5%, after losing 0.7% 3 months earlier, which is unsurprising when the operating system only holds 0.5% of the US smartphone sales. A recent promotion by T-Mobile saw 94% of Blackberry users taking part upgrading to handsets running other operating systems, despite a $50 incentive to stay Blackberry by T-Mobile.
Of course 3.2% is still well in the range of irrelevance, so we hope for actual growth in the market, which I think we will only see if Microsoft release a low-cost handset on Verizon.
See the full report at Comscore here.
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.