As the official Windows Phone 8.1 updates become available worldwide, Aerize Explorer is getting a maintenance refresh. This release doesn’t add any new functionality to the highly rated file manager. Performance has been improved and anomalies have been addressed.
As we have been hearing for the past few days, Cortana will hit the UK in the upcoming weeks. Marcus Ash, group program manager for Cortana, has confirmed that Cortana will arrive in the UK with a British Accent within the next 2 weeks. This region based specification is no surprise as we have seen Cortana singing in different languages.
Unfortunately, if you live in the UK and do not have WP8.1 Developer Preview, you will have to wait for the official 8.1 update.
Where do readers want to see Cortana next?
Lumia Cyan – WP 8.1 Update, the only full featured app with the option to check Lumia Cyan update availability globally and the information about latest and greatest features of Windows Phone 8.1 Update bundled with Nokia Firmware Update.
Windows Phone is the world’s most personal smartphone… and with Windows Phone 8.1, we’ve added a BUNCH of new features that make your smartphone even more a reflection of your personality and desires.
Windows Phone 8.1, is a milestone update to the Microsoft Windows Phone operating system. It is officially announced at Microsoft’s Build 2014 conference in 2nd April.
All current Windows Phone 8 devices will start receiving the update. Nokia Lumia 520, 520T, 521, 525, 526, 620, 625, 720, 720T, 810, 820, 822, 920, 920T, 925, 925T, 928, Icon, 1020, 1320 and 1520.
Download it here for Windows Phone
Since the Windows Phone 8.1 update, many complaints have come in regarding the Xbox Music App. The reviews complain about the app being slow, and music taking a while to load. So lets take a look at Pros/Cons of some of the top music apps that Windows Phone has to offer.
As per @evleaks, Microsoft is going to release three new Nokia mobile devices in the coming months. Evleaks posted an image of the internal schedule which shows that one device called RM-1017 is coming to the market in August-September time frame while other devices RM-984 and RM-1024 are coming in September to October time frame. We believe Microsoft is targeting this holiday season in the US with the upcoming flagship Windows Phone devices.
Release schedule for three upcoming Nokia devices; actual release is usually 3 to 4 weeks after the “Sales decision.”
Late last year, The Verge revealed that two Nokia Lumia handsets will feature “3D Touch”, which is believed to be a gesture-based system which would allow users to scroll the web browser or move to the next music track merely by moving their hand above the screen. Last month, we came to know about the device Microsoft has been working on with the codename ‘McLaren’ that will feature 3D Touch. Today, Neowin reported that Microsoft is working on a 6-inch device that will also feature 3D Touch similar to McLaren.
Both these devices are expected to be targeted for this holiday season in the US with the announcement coming in October. Neowin also reported that Microsoft is looking to make 3D Touch as one of the main differentiation for premium Windows Phone devices. Check out the demo of 3D Touch from MSR after the break.
Last week, Microsoft Store started taking pre-orders for both Nokia Lumia 635 on AT&T and T-Mobile for a brief period before taking the pages down. After the official announcement about T-Mobile from Lumia 635, they are now again taking pre-orders for T-Mobile Lumia 635 device. It will cost $129 without any contract.
- Quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- 512MB RAM, 8GB mass memory (Expandable up to 128GB)
- 4.5-inch, FWVGA 854 x 480 resolution (Nokia ClearBlack Technology, Corning Gorilla® Glass 3)
- 5MP Auto focus camera
- Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Cyan
Find the Microsoft Store listing below,
No Contract Nokia Lumia 635 for T-Mobile – $129
Today, a images of a new Nokia Lumia Windows Phone devices was leaked on Chinese social network Weibo. The design of the device looks very much similar to the latest Lumia devices with capacitive hardware buttons in the bottom. The device has a aluminum frame around it with polycarbonate in its back.
WPDang speculates that this device could be the mid-range WP8.1 device Lumia 830 that could act as the successor to Lumia 820. And they also expect this device to be launched in China soon. Even though there was no information about the specs, my guess is that it will have Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, HD ClearBlack display and 8MP camera. The pricing should be around $500 unlocked.
See higher resolution pictures after the break.
Atmosphere is an advanced weather app with a beautiful, user-friendly interface. It displays weather data in an extremely readable and modern interface by using graphs and typography to display the forecast. It also provides features such as ultra-responsive radar that does not require reloading, allowing the user to quickly and accurately view storms across the country without waiting for the radar to respond or load – it just works. Atmosphere’s data comes from Forecast.io, an extremely accurate and reputable data source known for it’s extremely accurate and down-to-the-minute forecasting.
- Weather Radar
- Beautiful Live Tile
- Simple interface with advanced features
- Weather graphs such as the sunrise and sunset indicators.
- Multiple locations
- Themes in settings
- HD Lockscreen Support
- Quick loading
- Down to the precent precipitation chances
- 7-Day weekly forecast, 7-hour hourly forecast
- Location services
- Minute-by-minute forecast during storms
Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 Compatible
Ceriboo releases Heart Beat Monitor
This application needs a Bluetooth SMART heart beat monitor (for example Polar H7) to give the accurate pulse, the calorie spent. Thus, this application allow to give objective to reach( max pulse to reach, max calorie to reach, time of effort to reach)
As this application need the Bluetooth SMART protocol, only devices with Windows Phone 8.1 NOT DEVELOPER PREVIEW can use this application.
At present this means the Nokia Lumia 630 and some Finnish and Argentinian Lumia 925 handsets already updated to Nokia Cyan, with the Nokia Lumia 930 to follow soon.
This application is universal. It is available on the Windows Store here and on the Windows Phone Store here
Like Prestigio, Miami based device maker YEXX also announced two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The YEZZ Billy 4.7 will be the world’s thinnest mobile device based on Windows Phone 8.1. This 7.2mm-slim device is protected by Gorilla Glass which covers a stunning 4.7-inch IPS screen with OGS technology and 1280×720 HD resolution. It is made of lightweight aluminum and features Dual-sim option as well. The Billy 4.7 is powered by Snapdragon quad-core processor, a 13.1 MP camera. It also supports 4G HSPA+ internet experience capable with HSDPA+ 42.2 Mbps data speed.
Find more info on pricing and availability after the break.
At Computex Taipei 2014, Prestigio revealed their first set of Windows Phone devices. The Prestigio MultiPhones 8400 DUO and 8500 DUO will run on Windows Phone 8.1 and will offer best hardware from Prestigio. The Prestigio MultiPhones 8400 DUO(seen above) comes with a Gorilla glass protected 5.0’’ IPS display (720×1280) and a quad core CPU 1.2 GHz with 1 GB RAM for grear performance. It also comes with 8MP Auto Focus ream camera and front camera is of 2 MP for a better quality of conference calls. The device also supports Dual Sim which will allow users to enjoy tow different networks on the same device.
The MultiPhone 8500 DUO will be available for sale in July 2014 at a price of 235 USD.
Find the details about Prestigio MultiPhone 8400 DUO after the break.