We have some good news from Verizon Lumia Icon owners, but its not the great news they have all been waiting for.
Verizon is pushing out a firmware update for the Nokia Lumia Icon, which brings many improvements, fully documented in a PDF from the company. It is however not the WP8.1 update we are all waiting for.
The main improvement is to WIFI connectivity, which suggests to us that the issue some NL 930 owners have complained of, of WIFI connections dropping, is also due for a fix.
The update also brings roaming enhancements when traveling internationally.
See the other new features after the break.
O2 has finally brought their My O2 app to Windows Phone, which will help take the mystery out of that last shocking phone bill.
For Pay Monthly customers the app gives access to a full itemised bill including your most expensive, longest and most frequent calls.
The app syncs with your phone book contacts so you can see who you’ve called and texted instead of seeing cryptic numbers, and the app offers fully itemised recent charges to your account since your last bill and up to six months detailed bill history.
The app also offers notifications to let you know when you’re running low on minutes, messages and data, and lets you know your allowances of minutes, messages and data.
Pay and Go customer can see their allowances of minutes, messages and data, tariff details and calling plan costs, Bolt Ons and Top Up using O2’s automated call services.
The My O2 app is unfortunately not available to O2 business and corporate customers.
Download the app for free from the Windows Phone Store here.
On the Windows Blog Microsoft has announced that Modern Combat 5: Blackout is coming to Windows and Windows Phone on the 24th July.
The game is expected to take players on a tour of the world, tracking a terrorist gang through numerous iconic location.
Gameloft, the developer has also announced that all of their Gameloft HD titles in 2014 will release simultaneously with iOS and Android on the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. This is a verification of the news we first posted in August 2013 from an interview with Gregory Wintgens .
See the trailer after the break.
This week’s Red Stripe Deals include the usual collection of apps and games discounted more 50% or more for a limited period.
The stand-out apps in the collection is the ever popular Mirror’s Edge and the currently hot DrawaStickman:Epic
The full list includes:
See the full collection here.
Amazon has launched a new service, Kindle Unlimited, today.
For $9.99 per month readers can choose from over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks ranging from mysteries and romance to sci-fi and more.
Kindle Unlimited books are accessible everywhere you shop for Kindle books, including of course the Windows Phone app. Subscribers merely need to look for the Kindle Unlimited icon throughout the Kindle Store and click on the "Read for Free" button on Kindle book pages to start reading.
Kindle Unlimited is currently available only to US customers but Amazon plan to expand this service to other countries.
Read more about the service at Amazon here.
GSMArena has run a massive shootout between some of the best smartphones currently available, looking particularly at camera quality.
Comparing the Nokia Lumia 1020, LG G3, Sony Xperia Z2, Oppo Find 7, Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 5S, the Windows Phone 8 handset did pretty well, even beating out the other handsets in the HDR shoot-out, despite not having built-in HDR, due to a very wide dynamic range.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 still has it – it performs amazing when it comes to still photography, regardless of the lighting conditions. Even shooting against the sun works out well with the sensor’s high dynamic range. Xenon flash, OIS and lossless digital zoom is a combo no other phone offers (unless we’re talking the Galaxy K zoom hybrid). Just make sure it has a good focus lock before fully pressing that shutter key – we did find it struggle in the dark.
The Lumia 1020 doesn’t do too hot for videos, largely limited by its hardware, which can’t handle 60fps videos or 2160p. The large sensor gave it a push in low-light video capture, where it scored on top of the scoreboard, not to mention OIS, which always comes in handy in video recording.
Read the full shoot-out at GSMArena here.
Microsoft has updated 40 older Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live titles, such as the iconic Z0MB1ES (on teh ph0ne) and many more, with support for Windows Phone 8 and also for 512 BM handsets.
This means users who had to leave many beloved games behind when they upgraded their device will be able to enjoy them all over again.
See the full list below.
** You can now select to have a Live Tile with a transparent background or the original red in the settings page. **
I decided to develop this app after a co-worker had a heart attack at our office. When the paramedics showed up to take over performing CPR, we tried to get information from his phone for the paramedics, but it was locked. Luckily, his manager was available, and we were able to provide the paramedics with some recent health history as well as contact information. I realized that if this had not happened at work or with a stranger, we would not have been able to provide that possibly life-saving information. Emergency Lock solves this problem by letting you add important information to your phone’s lock screen in case of an emergency.
Please feel free to submit feedback and suggestions via the in-app links.
For more screenshots and a link to download the free (no-ads) version, please click here or scan the QRCode.
Wunderlist has announced version 3 of their new cloud-based task management app/service.
The popular Germany-based service allows users to create lists to manage their to-dos which can be shared with other Wunderlist users.
So far the app has not been available on Windows Phone, though 3rd party clients do exist.
On their blog however company representatives said they are working on a Windows 8 version of the app, and expect to publish a Windows Phone version based on that code-base.
Is this an app our users have been missing? Let us know below.
evLeaks has posted the unsurprising news that the Nokia Lumia 1020 is reading End of Life, presumably on AT&T, on the 14th September 2014.
What would be interesting however if this is an indication of a replacement being in the works.
According to an earlier leak by evLeaks also, two new Windows Phones are coming to AT&T this year – the Nokia Tesla, which is a mid-range handset, and the Nokia McLaren, which is a flagship device coming to most US carriers.
We have not heard that the McLaren will have a high megapixel camera, but I suspect one of these devices could be the replacement for the outgoing 1020.
If the handset is not replaced with another high megapixel device it would certainly be a loss of a really unique feature, not just for Windows Phone but all smartphones.
Home automation is a rapidly growing trend, and fortunately for Windows Phone users it seems the apps are coming to enable us to take part in this new area.
Netatmo has just released apps for two of their products – the weather station and for their smart thermostat, into the Windows Phone Store.
The thermostat lets you control your heating system directly from your Windows Phone and also lets you monitor and observe your home temperature and energy use over an extended period to spot trends and can help you save up to 25% on your energy bills.
The Netatmo Thermostat app can be found at in the Windows Phone Store here.
The Netatmo Weather Station is Personal Weather Station that you can monitor directly from your Windows Phone.
The app lets you access your station’s measurements (temperature, humidity, barometer, felt-like temperature, CO2 and air quality) directly from your Windows Phone and also lets you do long term observations by uploading reading directly to your Netatmo account.
It also offers 7 days of forecast, available at your exact Netatmo Weather Station location.
The Netatmo Weather Station app is free and can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
The Netatmo thermostat is 179 Euro while the Weather station is 169 Euro. Find both devices at Netatmo’s online shop here.
RSS reader Nextgen Reader has seen a major update to version 6 which elevates the app from simple a Windows Phone app to a Universal app, which will work both on Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.
The Universal app, which costs $2.99, will now work on the desktop, tablet and Windows Phone and roam your settings securely using the Windows Credential Locker.
The update features:
• Brand new logo for universal app.
• Login/purchase once and run on multiple devices (Windows or Windows Phone).
• New live tiles with smaller text size for headlines.
• Easily configure individual tiles i.e. display only unread count, headlines or images.
• Support for large screen devices (Lumia 1520).
• Share articles via OS e.g. save to reading list app.
• Discover new feeds or browse categories via ‘add feeds’ hub.
• Optimized for low memory devices (Lumia 520).
• Redesigned login page and fixed login errors.
• Improved OneNote login (if you use 2-factor authentication).
• Many other changes and improvements.
The updated app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
The Monty Python crew has released a Ministry of Silly Walks themed game, and apparently due to “silly demand” the team are bringing it to Windows Phone also.
However John Cleese has not been happy with the response to his announcement and threatened:
If you want what looks like a pretty fun app to show up on Windows Phone I suggest you add your voices to the 300-odd other Monty Python fans and demand delivery here.