It was yesterday that Daniel told you all about the imminent launch of Kaspersky Internet Security for Windows Phone. The announcement came from the Kaspersky Labs at Mobile World Congress. Since Windows Phone is a pretty secure mobile OS, we weren’t too sure what exactly the app would do. Now that it’s available in the Windows Phone Store we have a better idea of what their just released app, Kaspersky Safe Browser, does.
GSMA today unveiled winners of the 19th Annual Global Mobile awards, held at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The ceremony itself was hosted by British actor and comedian James Corden. It's news to us all as Nokia came away with multiple awards.
With the company announcing a new family of Android products, alongside a new plan of action to increase the adoption rate of Windows Phone, it's positive to see Nokia be named in the ceremony.
Microsoft hyped up its Xbox One announcement with Twitch TV integration, enabling players to stream their games online for free with little hassle - no requirement to add a capture card and the like. Unfortunately for early adopts of the video game console, Twitch has yet to launch on the platform, but today Microsoft revealed that the streaming service will be available for when Titanfall lands.
Last week, game-hungry Xbox One fans received two fine releases to tide them over: Rayman Legends and Strider. This week we get two more releases to drool over: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare from Electronic Arts/PopCap and Thief from Square-Enix/Eidos. Both games are now available on both Xbox One and Xbox 360, with Thief also appearing on non-Xbox platforms.
The Xbox 360 gets another couple of games to keep previous generation gamers busy: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 from Konami (now available) and the downloadable Pac-Man Museum from Namco Bandai games (which comes out tomorrow). Head past the break for a quick rundown on all of this week’s Xbox console releases!
Every now and again we run across a discussion over in the Windows Phone Central Forums that reminds us how creative our readers can be. WPCentral member TheKinkajou has created a stand for the Nokia Qi Wireless charger out of Legos.
It is the latest of such creations that we have seen over the past year or so in the forums and appears to fit the bill rather nicely.
The Nokia Lumia 620 is finally receiving the Lumia Black firmware update. The release has been rolling out to Windows Phones in supported regions for almost two months now, but Lumia 620 owners have had to wait in line. Thankfully, the wait is now over in certain markets, enabling consumers to enjoy features included in the update.
If there was any question today about what Microsoft thinks about the Nokia X and its Android phone, their public line is that they’re fine with it. During Nokia Developer Day, John Shewchuk, a Microsoft technical fellow responsible for “strategy for cloud platform services”, took to the stage to demonstrate Microsoft services running on the Nokia X, noting that they’re a ‘devices and services company’ first and don’t consider Nokia’s choice to be against their interests.
Barcelona, Spain – BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). While not many Windows Phone users are too familiar with the popular and secure messaging service, things will change later this year as a Windows Phone 8 client is launched (probably for 8.1).
This morning, BlackBerry held their press conference where the company is certainly far from the grave that some have proclaimed. Indeed, the company announced two new devices (Q20 and Z3) and mentioned they’re working on some new high-end devices for later this year. In addition, they announced BES 12 and more on enterprise services coming to, more of which you can read at CrackBerry.
We’re getting closer and closer to the closing of the Microsoft and Nokia deal. Besides buying Nokia’s handset division, one big change is that Nokia’s Stephen Elop will return to Microsoft as an executive vice president. He’ll take over the Devices and Services division, which Julie Larson-Green is currently in charge of. We haven’t known what’s next for Julie within Microsoft, but now we do. And it looks to be a bit of a demotion.
Mobile World Congress is in full-swing over in Barcelona. We’re not expecting big news on the Windows Phone front. Instead we’ll get smaller announcements. The big announcements for new smartphones are coming from the likes of Samsung and Sony. Devices that are running Android. Even though they’re running an OS most of you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot stick, they are compelling hardware. Which of the newly announced phones running Android would you take if they had Windows Phone instead?
Today, at the start of Mobile World Congress, Nokia made it official. They are building Android-powered phones . I’m not going to rehash all of the data or walk you through the basics of the phone since that’s already been covered in-depth quite well today.
While some at Microsoft may be embarrassed by what Nokia is doing, I can see how it’s a smart move that will help.
Using Cisco WebEx Meetings a lot? Then you’ll want to pick up the new update for the app in the Windows Phone Store. Cisco WebEx Meetings first launched for Windows Phone 8 in early December and was very welcomed by the community. The app allows you to join any web conference with your Windows Phone 8 handset. Let’s check out what’s new in version 1.5 of the app.
Panasonic returns to the smartphone market with a new device running Windows Embedded 8 Handheld. The announcement comes from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We don’t cover Windows Embedded too much, because these are devices that are more oriented towards enterprise users. Plus it was only just last month that we first learned Panasonic was working with Microsoft to build a new handheld device for enterprise, the FZ-E1 is it. Specs and more info below.
The client currently supports Outlook, Gmail, Office 365, and any IMAP provider you can throw at it. A super friendly touch user interface, color coded messages, and beautiful animations are just the surface of this app. To check out the recent changes, read after the break.
Every year, Product of the Year, awards numerous consumer products across a variety of categories to inform shoppers of the most innovative items on the market. Started twenty-six years ago in France, the program continues to serve as an exceptional achievement for those who make the list. This year for the Product of the Year in the home entertainment category, Microsoft brought home the gold with their Xbox One entertainment console.
Besides the Nokia X, you don’t find much news on here related to Android. But we couldn’t pass up on this jab that Nokia made towards Samsung’s new flagship device – the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 is Samsung’s newest model running Android 4.4.2 on a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor. It has a 5.1-inch display and a 1920 x 1080 resolution. It also has a fairly uninspiring design and is being lamented for not being too much better than the Galaxy S4, its predecessor. Which made it the perfect target for Nokia to take poke at. Check the image they tweeted out below.
The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the past three months to January 2014, show Android almost snatching 70 percent market share across Europe. what's interesting to note from this report is Samsung's dominance of the market is starting to erode and Windows Phone has yet again been labeled as the fastest growing European mobile operating system.
Microsoft is soon to seal the deal and acquire Nokia's hardware division, which will include Lumia, Asha and X family of mobile devices. During today's keynote, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop focused fairly heavily on Microsoft and its services. Skype, OneDrive, Outlook, Skype, OneDrive – you get the idea. But just how many times did Elop and co. talk about Microsoft during the presentation?
Nokia’s Lumia Black firmware update has slowly been rolling out to handsets and carriers for over a month now. The Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 1020 on AT&T picked it up, the Lumia 928 on Verizon picked it up, but T-Mobile’s flagship handset has been waiting and waiting. Today’s the day, Lumia Black is now available for the Lumia 925 on T-Mobile.
BlackBerry followed up shortly after with their own announcement, clarifying that BBM will be coming to the larger manufacturer / brand base of Windows Phones as well as Nokia X devices, and that the rollout of BBM for Windows Phone would occur this summer.
Shortly after the announcements hit, I had the opportunity to sit down with BlackBerry's David Proulx, who is the Sr. Director of BBM Business Development, where I peppered him with questions, including a couple related to today's BBM on Windows Phone news.
We love the Nokia Lumia Icon. It has everything that is great about the Lumia 1520, tucked away in a more agile body. The Icon is currently exclusive to Verizon Wireless in the United States, but a recent report from TechnoBuffalo claims that it will launch globally around the world later this year under the Lumia 929 brand.
HERE Maps is the solid mapping experience from Nokia, which was only available on the Lumia 2520 when it came to Windows Phone 8.1 tablets and PCs. We recently covered plans for the app to be pushed out to all hardware, ending the Lumia 2520 exclusivity. Nokia has today made the popular solution available for all consumers to download, no matter which Windows device you're using.
Another Monday liveblog from Mobile World Congress is taking place and this time around, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to give a keynote address. Zuckerberg is always an interesting one to catch as he's generally a fairly compelling speaker, so this should be good and if nothing else, at least interesting.
We don't really expect too much, if any, Facebook news but instead look for broader topics that have to do with the Internet, social connectivity and the world in general.
We're liveblogging this one starting at 6 p.m. CET — that's noon in New York and 9 a.m. on the West Coast. Join us!