Nokia has updated their Nokia Chat app for Windows Phone devices. This new v1.3 update now features improved performance, offline support and more. Nokia Chat beta app already supports one to one messaging, push notifications, ability to share location, song samples, etc,.
Faster Startup – When you start Nokia Chat from a pinned tile or the app list, you’ll immediately see your contacts list and have access to past messages, while we simultaneously update both in the background after a network connection has been established. Previously, you had to wait for these updates to complete before being able to use Chat.
Improved Performance and Responsiveness – Your contacts list and conversation threads will now load faster, and scrolling through both will be much quicker.
Offline Mode – Starting Nokia Chat without a data connection? No problem! With our new offline mode, you’ll be able to read past messages and see a cached copy of your contacts list. If your data connection returns while you’re inside Chat, simply tap the connect button: we’ll re-enable message sending, retrieve new messages, and update your contacts list.
via: Nokia Beta Labs
Nokia has today released an update for Nokia Chat powered by Yahoo! beta app in Beta Labs. This v1.2 app introduces support for four more languages: Vietnamese (ti?ng Vi?t), Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia), Portuguese (Português), and Italian (Italiano). Along with language support, Nokia has also fixed no.of issues to make your messaging experience reliable. There is new cool feature which allows you to share Nokia Music tracks via this app. Read more about it below.
Share Nokia Music clips: Have a great song stuck in your head? Share a sample with your Chat contacts! If you live in a region where Nokia Music is available, tap the attach icon during a conversation and select music. You’ll see a list of top Nokia Music tracks and a search box where you can find others.
If your friend is also using Chat on a Lumia, they can play the sample you’ve shared directly in the app, as well as buy the entire track by tapping the album art. And if they’re using a Lumia with Windows Phone 8, they can tap on the radio button to start the Nokia Music artist-inspired mix. What if your friend isn’t using a Lumia? No worries! Your contact will see a link to the Nokia Music store where they can sample and see more about the song you’ve shared.
Download it here from Nokia Beta Labs
Yahoo recently offered to give all their employees free smartphones, with a choice between iPhones, Samsung Galaxy S3â€™s and Nokia Lumia 920s.
Now Marissa Mayer, Yahooâ€™s new CEO, has explained why, noting the company had an imperative to move their employees from Blackberries to â€œsmartphonesâ€, suggesting rather strongly and repeatedly that she did not consider those devices to be real smartphones.
During an interview with Fortune’s Patricia Sellers, she explained:
"We literally are moving the company from BlackBerrys to smartphones. One of the really important things for Yahoo’s strategy moving forward is mobile."
Presumably she is not alone, explaining why RIMâ€™s market share in US dropped to only 1.6%.
A leaked memo has revealed that Yahoo is dumping all their corporate Blackberry phones for brand new smartphones running iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8.
The move is to advance the mobile agenda at Yahoo and will see all 12,500 full-time and part time employees equipped with a brand new smartphone at company expense.
The memo reads:
â€œWe have a very exciting update to share with you today â€“ we are announcing Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun! As of today, Yahoo is moving off of blackberries as our corporate phones and on to smartphones in 22 countries. A few weeks ago, we said that we would look into smartphone penetration rates globally and take those rates into account when deciding on corporate phones. Ideally, weâ€™d like our employees to have devices similar to our users, so we can think and work as the majority of our users do.
Moving forward, weâ€™ll offer you a choice of devices as well as provide monthly plans for the data and phone.
The smartphone choices that we are including in the program are:
* Apple iPhone 5
- Samsung Galaxy S3
- HTC One X
- HTC EVO 4G LTE
* Windows Phone 8:
- Nokia Lumia 920
Weâ€™re getting started right away and taking orders starting nowâ€
In all likelihood the percentages will break down in the same way as the general smartphone market share, but with the high profile of the Nokia Lumia 920 at present I suspect that Windows Phone 8 may be relatively well represented.
The move is of course another blow for Blackberry, which has rapidly lost even corporate support and is even now being outsold by Windows Phone in the US and elsewhere.
Via Ventrurebeat.comThanks Guy for the tip.
Innovative Search App, with all the famous sites centralized. Get your results faster and see them collecting while typing. Itâ€™s the fastest way to find what you are looking for. Browse easy through the Image-Viewer and download images. Share images and websites via Facebook, Mail, SMS etc
* 17 Search-Providers: Amazon, Answers, AOL, Bing, eBay, ESPN, Facebook, Flickr, Google, IMDb, Picasa, SoundCloud, Twitter, Webbrowser, Wikipedia, Yahoo, YouTube
* Autocomplete-Search (Suggestions)
* Image-Viewer (Landscape and Portrait): Image description, save to phone, share
* Share features (Facebook, Mail, SMS etc.)
* Complies with your phoneâ€™s theme and accent color
* Integrated Webbrowser
* Browsing history
* Customization (Settings)
* Possibility to open websites in Internet Explorer
Central Search can be download from Marketplace here.
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It seems that little post on the 7th may have reminded Yahoo! that they still have not fixed their data sucking bug on their mail servers. Scarcely 4 days later, and via Raphael Riveraâ€™s hard work we can now report that the bug has seemingly been squashed.
Of course the truth is that there already exists many better alternatives than Yahoo! Mail, so a little tip we have heard in the comments is that if you want free POP access to your mail account, to allow other web mail services to download your email for example, one simply needs to change oneâ€™s region to Asia, with apparently no ill effect otherwise.
Read more at WithinWindows.com here.
Its been more than a month after Yahoo has been fingered as the culprit behind much of the mysterious excessive data usage on some Windows phone 7 handsets. It turned out the problem was also not confined just to Windows Phone devices, but affected iPhones too.
One would have thought fixing this issue which could cost consumers actual money on data overage charges would be a priority, but Rafael Rivera, who was able to lay the blame at Yahooâ€™s door, reports that the issue is still persisting.
The easy solution is of course to pipe oneâ€™s Yahoo account into an alternate service such as Windows Live or Gmail, all of whom I am sure would be happy for the ad traffic that Yahoo would miss out on.
Continuus has just released Answer me! a Yahoo! Answers powered client for windows phone 7.Â If you ever get tired of trying to locate the answers to your questions on the web then Answer me! is for you. You can browse millions of questions submitted by users everyday from all around the world.
The application employs the standard metro design principles which makes navigate easy and finding the information you were looking for a breeze. The application supports saving of interesting questions and searches so you can come back to them later.
As Answer me! is powered by Yahoo! you have the ability to set the region that is appropriate to you, whether it be Australia, USA, UK, Spain etc you can find what you are looking for.
The application supports trial version which is fully functional except you cannot bookmark questions or save your searches. The application is priced at $1.29Â
You can check it out here
Maybe Yahoo should have done their homework a little bit more before accusing Microsoft for the data leakage problems on Windows Phone 7. Upon reading the accusations, Rafael Rivera took it upon himself to prove that it did occur on other platforms, the iPhone in this case.
â€¦and respond he did. He ran a similar test with the help of a friendâ€™s iPhone and got a similar result whereby the Yahoo servers returned more data than requested. The whole process is quite technical, so head over to his site to read the entire process.
So much for it being a WP7 problem only. I wonder if any iPhone users have noticed their data usage being higher normal if they have Yahoo Mail configured. The Android Phone, to its credit, returned the desired results, but Rafael says he didnâ€™t have the time to dig deeper for any other issues that may exist.
Yahoo, whose mail system has been named as the culprit of the the “phantom data” issue plaguing WP7 handsets, has claimed that the issue is a result of the Windows Phone Mail app mishandling their data, rather than their own servers.
In a statement released yesterday, Yahoo said that the way WP7 handles Yahoo’s IMAP servers was “nonstandard,” and pointed out that users of other smartphone operating systems were having no such issues.
â€œTens of millions of people check their Yahoo! Mail from their mobile device each day and we know they want their mobile mail experience to be fast, rich, and real-time. While our default settings on all mobile platforms realize this approach, we have determined that an inefficiency exists in the synchronization of email between Windows Phone Mail clients and Yahoo! Mail which can result in larger than expected data usage for some users. Microsoft and Yahoo! have worked together to identify a fix, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Windows Phone 7 customers can mitigate this issue by changing their settings to reduce the frequency of Yahoo! Mail updates. This does not impact any other phones, and we apologize for any inconvenience this is causing to users.â€
Provide the following as supporting information:
On the Start screen of Windows Phone 7, click on the arrow at the top right
Choose â€œSettingsâ€ from the app list
Choose â€œEmail & Accountsâ€
Choose â€œYahoo! Mailâ€
Click on the setting under â€œDownload new contentâ€
Select a less frequent setting. If you are using the default setting (every 2 hours), change this setting to â€˜manuallyâ€™
Click on the setting under â€œDownload email fromâ€
Select a shorter time range. If you are using the default setting (the last 2 weeks), change this setting to â€˜the last 7 daysâ€™
We still do not have a definitive cause for the â€œphantom dataâ€ problem on a small minority of Windows phone 7 handsets, but Rafael Rivera has been another to point a finger at Yahoo for at least part of it, and he has proof.
He managed to intercept packets traveling between his smartphone and the yahoo servers dedicated to Windows phones, and discovered the connection uses 25 times more data than it should.
What I discovered was shocking, although not surprising. Yahooâ€™s IMAP server (winmo.imap.mail.yahoo.com) does not respond to FETCH requests correctly.
Now, that may not look like much but sandwich the extra bytes with encryption and multiply the size of each chunk by the number of emails in your inbox (or folder)... yeah. Scary.Yahoo is sending ~25 times as much data as it needs to. (This can also be read as: Your phone is downloading ~25 times as much data as it normally would, had you sided with another email provider.)
He suggests as a solution either disable 3G access for mail (Settings â€“> Cellular â€“> Data roaming options) or set their yahoo account to download new content only (Yahoo Mail â€“> Settings â€“> Sync Settings).
Paul Thurrot is confirming that Microsoft has formally acknowledged that Yahoo Mail was indeed the culprit. From the blog
We have determined that an inefficiency exists in the synchronization of email between the Windows Phone Mail client and Yahoo! Mail.
This inefficiency can result in larger than expected data usage for a very small percentage of users.
Read the rest of the blog for instructions on how to mitigate the issue. Microsoft has also identified another issueÂ Â with their Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) email synchronization that may affect a small number of users. The blog has the temporary fix, as well as a statement from Microsoft promising a fix in a “near-term end user update.”
Read more detail at WithinWindows.com here.
Thanks Chad for the tip. Brianna for the update.
The Yahoo! Mobile team has released an update to their OneSearch client, featuring including an auto-locate feature that uses cell tower triangulation and Wi-Fi to detect the userâ€™s location, enhanced Search Assist that incorporates the userâ€™s recent search history and integrated voice search so you can speak or type your query directly from the home screen of the devices.
The client is currently only designed for the US market, but may be available on some handsets in Australia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
To download the client visit http://m.yahoo.com/ from their mobile device.
Read more about the service at the associated Yahoo web page here.