AT&T is introducing new, cheaper data plans for their smartphone users, but rather sneakily are not moving users to the new plans automatically, meaning if you do not pay attention you could lose out.
If you have a 2GB data plan with Microsoft’s Premier Windows Phone Partner, you can switch to the Mobile Share Value Plan, which costs $40 per month, $15 cheaper than previously.
All Mobile Share Value plans have unlimited talk and text, as well as free texts from the United States to international numbers.
You can also switch over to the lower $25-per-month smartphone device fee, saving up to total of $30 per handset, though the $25 will increase back up to $40 when you upgrade next.
The old $45 per month 1GB plan is being cancelled, but again AT&T is happy to let you continue to pay for it, paying more for less, so it is imperative that if you are on that plan, you call AT&T to switch you over to the now cheaper 2 GB plan.
The new data plans come into effect tomorrow. To check for catches, read more at AT&T here.
via The Verge.com
Online retailer Amazon is working on a Windows Phone app for their service in India.
The news come via their customer service department, who say “we have a dedicated team working towards it” and that it will be “launched at the earliest” convenience.
Amazon competitor Flipkart of course already has a pretty good app for Windows phone in the store, making it rather good news that these retail giants are also looking at catering to what is still a small platform in India.
Thanks Arvind for the tip and screen shot.
The days the App Gap is the biggest excuse we hear for not switching to Windows Phone, and today Nokia has posted a video indicating they will not be taking the criticism any more.
Nokia Canada posted the above 2 minute video making it very clear Windows Phone has all the apps that are used commonly and matter, and who needs 1000 flashlight apps in any case.
I believe that the fact is now being increasingly acknowledged, which is why we are now hearing a new term, the App Lag, which refers to the months or years Windows Phone users have to wait before an app inevitably end up on our platform. In the end what we are seeing however is the OS rapidly catching up, and the trend to parity is looking pretty clear.
What do our readers think? Let us know below.
Digitimes reports that Google is pressuring Asus to drop plans to release an Android tablet that runs both Android and Windows.
The search giant is supposedly unhappy that such tablets would disproportionately benefit Microsoft and Intel while cutting into Android market share.
While Digitimes does not mention them, we expect Google will be equally unhappy with dual-boot smartphones. We have recently heard that Karbonn is planning to release such a handset in around 3 months.
While Microsoft is trying to increase the penetrance of Windows phone by making it more available to consumers and OEMs it is not universally agreed that the dual-boot strategy is beneficial to Windows developers, due to the increased likelihood that users will use popular Android apps rather than exploring the growing Windows/ Windows Phone Store.
If true, do our readers think this may be a blessing in disguise? Let us know below.
CamScanner Windows Phone app just got updated to v188.8.131.52 in Windows Phone Store. CamScanner allows you to convert your camera images to PDF documents. It can auto detect and crop scanned images, smart enhance documents with 5 enhance modes, quickly covert to PDF files and manage documents with the ability to search texts in document images
- Supports scanning documents in batch mode
- Newly designed app icons and UI
- Improved experience to share document PDF via email (OneDrive is not required any more)
- Now you can save scanned images directly into the Photos Hub
- Adds the Russian language support
- Many other improvements and bug fixes.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store.
Microsoft has applied for patents for two key features in Windows Phone platform. The first one in the unified calling experience where any 3rd party app can use phone’s calling UX with its own branding. The second one is the Kids Corner feature that allows you to create a new section in your phone specifically for kids that is isolated from the actual phone contents.
UNIFIED USER EXPERIENCE FOR MOBILE CALLS
Well known Windows Phone developer Daniel Gary of Itsdagram fame latest project is a Windows Phone client for the massively popular QuizUp quiz app.
He has been running a campaign to get his app, QuizIt, made official, and it seems it has paid off to a degree, as he has made contact with Jökull Sólberg, the product manager of QuizUp at Plain Vanilla Games.
Hopefully this will work out better and faster than Rudy Huyn’s contact with Tinder, which is still to result in an official Windows Phone app.
Subway Surfers game got updated to v1.20 today in Windows Phone Store. This time the theme is New York City! You can enjoy the game in fresh visuals.
Help Jake, Tricky & Fresh escape from the grumpy Inspector and his dog.
- Join the Subway Surfers World Tour in New York City!
- Grind trains with your cool crew!
- Colorful and vivid HD graphics!
- Hoverboard Surfing!
- Paint powered jetpack!
- Lightning fast swipe acrobatics!
- Challenge and help your friends!
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Nokia has published a case study of another UK company adopting their software and device solution, in this case UKDN Waterflow, a water and waste water infrastructure solution company.
The 600 person company with 19 bases through-out UK is involved in both domestic and large scale projects, were already using a Microsoft back-end infrastructure and a rugged PDA solution, and wanted to upgrade to a system which allowed greater communication between field and back-office workers.
In considering mobile solutions, they found iPhones too expensive and fragile for a working enviroment.
Back in January, we reported that Xbox game Throne Together beta is available for download in some Windows Phone markets. Microsoft Studios has today released the final version of the game in Windows Phone Store.
Place blocks to build castles for your royal clients and please the Castle Inspector in this addicting block-based puzzle game. Build wisely or risk being ‘overthrone’ as the kingdom’s premiere architect!
With your dragon assistant Fidget, place doors, windows, gargoyles and more as per your royal client’s specifications! But be careful – clumsy positioning and uneven weight will make your masterful castle crumble to the ground!
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Thanks hengxiang32401 for the tip.
Red Stripe Deals for this week is now live in Windows Phone Store. This week’s deals include 1 Xbox game, two indie games and three apps. Find the apps with store links and their deal prices in the list below.
- Real Racing 2 – $1.99: Test your racing prowess on a 16 car grid against highly skilled AI drivers – or battle it out against other racers over WiFi! Download it here from Windows Phone Store.
- Phototastic – $0.99: Create a collage using classic frame borders or choose from one of the film templates like Polaroid, photobooth or filmstrip or try out the new Facebook cover photo frames. Download it here from Windows Phone Store.
- Words By Post – $0.99: Words By Post is the only cross-platform online word game that keeps track of your skill level and always matches you against players of similar ability to your own. Download it here from Windows Phone Store.
- WeatherMaster – $0.99: World Weather Forecast. WeatherMaster is a powerful and easy to use weather application right in your hand. Download it here from Windows Phone Store.
- Askance – $0.99: Discover your character entering the alchemic world of Askance!! Askance is an addictive arcade/puzzle game! Download it here from Windows Phone Store.
- IM+ Pro – $2.49: Chat in Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, AIM, Yahoo!, ICQ, Jabber, VKontakte, Yandex IM, Mail.ru Agent, Odnoklassniki.ru, Mamba, Fetion, RenRen, Sina Weibo, Mig33, Gadu-Gadu, MeinVZ, Beep and MSN/Windows Live. Download it here from Windows Phone Store.
Source: Windows Phone Store
Mohamed Tariq, an eight year old kid has developed a Windows Phone app and his app has been downloaded almost 500 times since its release. He developed a Windows Phone app called Kids Zone that aggregates online videos from popular cartoons, like “Tom and Jerry” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” He used YouTube as the data source to make them into separate channels within his app.
Did he learn programming at his 3rd grade? The answer is ‘No’. Tariq went to Nokia DVLUP Day in Boston in November along with his father and he decided to join other novices in a class about App Studio. This result was his Kids Zone app.
Microsoft released Windows Phone App Studio Beta last year which allows hobbyists, enthusiasts and new developers to create content-based apps from end to end, all within a web UI in few easy steps. Microsoft recently revealed that 350,000 developers of all skill levels have used Windows Phone App Studio Beta, resulting in 300,000 projects and 20,000 apps published to Windows Phone Store.
Source: betaboston via: Windows team blog
F-Secure in their regular Threat Report report revealed that the load of mobile malware targeting Android has increased in 2013, from 79% in 2012 to 97% in 2013.
The percentage numbers hide the actual magnitude of the increase, with the malware rising from 238 threats in 2012 to 804 new families and variants in 2013.
The other 3% targeted Symbian, with 0% directed at iOS or Windows Phone.
Android threats are primarily a non-US problem — of the top 10 countries reporting Android malware detections to F-Secure’s systems in the second half of 2013, 75 per cent of the reports originated from Saudi Arabia and India.
Third-party app stores are the most likely sources of mobile malware. Around 10% of samples from leading Chinese Android stores were identified as malicious, and up to 33.3% in some stores.
Google Play was relatively secure, with only 0.1% of software infected, but not available in many markets.
Nokia’s X handsets of course also run Android and will be open to 3rd party markets, and will be targeting the exact same markets where malware is a major problem.
Of course China and India are both also markets where Microsoft is trying to make inroads with Windows Phone, and the message about the security concerns with the local Android app markets may be one that they should also be pushing there when explaining the benefits of their ecosystem and low-cost handsets.