We’re still a week away from Titanfall and the ability to stream to Twitch from the Xbox One, but today is the day that Microsoft is beginning to roll out the March system update. As you’ll recall, this update is notable for improving the matchmaking system, party chat and friends feature. Full changelog after the break.
Facebook Messenger (www.facebook.com/messenger) has today launched on Windows Phone, just as announced back at Mobile World Congress. The joint venture between Microsoft and Facebook brings the familiar messaging experience from the popular social network to Windows Phone. Before you assume this app to be dead weight with Facebook integration in Windows Phone already present, think again as this expands on functionality. Head past the break for details and store links.
Every now and then we come across an app so ridiculous in the Windows Phone Store we can’t help but love it. We recently covered an app called Warp Photo Booth that produces hilarious selfies on Windows Phone. Ready for another zany app? Of course you are. Let’s check out Animal Face for Windows Phone.
Math games can be really fun. Take a look at Save the Hamsters, for example. This Windows Phone game has cute hamsters that are lost and need to find their way home. Pass each level by solving the math problems and going though obstacles such as boxes and ropes. Watch out for the cutters!
Head past the break to watch our hands on video and gameplay.
We’re big fans of the Surface 2. Everything about the hardware is gorgeous. And the internals of the Surface 2 can actually run Windows decently, unlike the first-generation Surface. Which is why we’re stoked to learn that Microsoft is bringing a new accessory for the Surface family. Recent FCC filings reveal a wireless display dongle that will be coming soon.
Justdial is a leading Indian local search service available over the phone, Web, mobile, and SMS. After being available on Android on iOS for long, the app is now available for Windows Phone 8 devices as well.
The Justdial app works as a one stop solution for all your search queries about movies in your area, restaurant next door, or the ATM or petrol pump near you. The app gives you access to millions of ratings and reviews by other Justdial users to make an informed choice.
Need some official apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8 to find local business and services? Then you’ll want to grab Superpages for your smartphone, tablet and PC. The app focuses on local search for those living in the United States. It’s a good way to find services like local veterinarians and more. Let’s check out what Superpages Local Search offers for Windows Phone and Windows 8 users.
Microsoft has launched UK AppChallenge for consumers in the region to win prizes by downloading and enjoying apps from both the Windows and Windows Phone app stores. Hundreds of thousands of apps are available on both platforms, but highlighted ones from participating developers will bag consumers points to put towards weekly prizes. Not only that, but this provides developers with free promotion.
GPS Voice Navigation is one of the more popular navigation apps available for our Windows Phone. While GPS Voice Navigation has its popularity, as we see with other navigation apps, battery consumption can be an issue. It is easy to see these apps suck the life out of a battery making a car charger a necessity when using Windows Phone navigation apps.
An update was recently pushed out for GPS Voice Navigation that hopes to noticeable improve battery performance. The version 7.0 update adds Eco and Background modes that are designed to save up to fifty-percent of your Windows Phone battery life.
Microsoft’s is introducing Cortana in Windows Phone 8.1. Out of all the new features in Windows Phone 8.1 it’s the one we’re most excited about. As you probably know, Cortana is the forthcoming intelligent personal assistant that will debut in Windows Phone 8.1, but probably seep into other Microsoft products like Windows 8 and Xbox One. We’ve seen screenshots of the UI before, but the video below is the first time the public is seeing it for the first time.
A few days ago, we reported that Microsoft is looking to create an open-source framework for bringing Xbox Live features to games for all mobile platforms. An additional report from The Verge has since added additional fuel to the fire, giving us a slightly clearer picture of what that means for Xbox Live on Windows Phone and other mobile devices.
Xbox Windows Phone has long been in dire need of a change. Read on to find out what went wrong, and how likely it is that the upcoming open-source framework will set mobile Xbox Live games back on track.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 was launched with a $299 price tag with contract back in July. You can get it now at Amazon for just $49. To make this deal even sweeter, AT&T is also offering a $100 bill credit. It almost feels like they’re paying you to get this phone.
In 2014, there are a lot of cool things. One of those, is not batteries. In fact, they’re downright ancient by comparison to the explosion of mobile tech. To put it another way, there really hasn’t been any new tech in batteries in years, although Qi 1.2 with its resonance charging is a nice step forward.
Nokia has posted a video today, slightly humorous, highlighting the issue. Shot entirely on a Lumia 1020, the video demonstrates how Nokia is working on various technologies to help charge your phone when you’re not near an outlet. The main one featured is a system using kinetic energy that transfers into electricity to charge a battery. It’s a neat idea, but as noted at the end, it still takes some time to charge.
The Skype team today announced worldwide availability of Skype for Outlook.com. Previously, the feature was only available in select regions as the team trialled Outlook.com functionality, but now we're pleased to report that Outlook.com users will now be able to easily connect with Skype contacts while checking through emails. To make the announcement that much sweeter, the Skype team has also included HD video calls.
Microsoft has finalised the development stage of the first major update for Windows 8.1. According to a report over on the The Verge, Redmond has recently completed and signed off on a final version of Update 1, releasing the upgrade to manufacturing partners (RTM - release to manufacturing). What this means is Microsoft has begun sharing Windows 8. Update 8.1 with PC vendors ahead of next month's expected release after the company's Build conference.
The Nokia Lumia 625 is the most affordable Windows Phone with 4G LTE capabilities, although the Lumia 1320 is priced competitively. Here in the UK, should you be a part of a business and be actively seeking a new deal for smartphones, O2 has a sweet deal which includes the Lumia 625 from Nokia and the Asus Vivo Tab Smart Windows 8 tablet.
Hallo Deutschland! Here’s an app you’re probably going to love if you’re a sports fan. Sport1.fm is now officially in the Windows Phone Store and in the Windows Store. That’s right, you can now officially listen to sports radio from Sport1.fm on your Windows-based smartphone, tablet, and PC. The app is a perfect way to stay up current with Premier League, DKB Handball Bundesliga, Beko Basketball Bundeslia and other sports.
Over messaging apps? Probably not. There are dozens of them and you’re probably using whichever one your network of friends is on. Line is a messaging app that’s really popular in Japan. Today we’re looking at an update to the app for Windows Phone.
Flickr has no plans and no love for Windows Phone. Which is a shame, but at least we have solid third-party Flickr clients like 2Flicka. The app just picked up a pretty massive update. Speaking of updates, we’re also seeing an update for Simple Calendar in the Windows Phone Store. Let’s check out what’s new in these two apps.
The official Facebook app for Windows Phone received an update today. The latest release address crash bugs that have affected some consumers due to the months switching to March. If you haven't yet updated your Facebook app and have been experiencing issues, we urge you to check the store. Pass the break for store links.
We like it when popular iOS or Android apps make it to Windows Phone. Today we’re getting InstaPlace Pro joining the Windows Phone Store. It’s a location based photo app that helps you create images that share your location. We’ve seen similar apps on Windows Phone already. Apps like Ciel and InstaWeather do something similar. In fact, InstaPlace comes to us from the same InstaWeather developer. Let’s check it out.
Microsoft made it official a few weeks ago during the 2014 Mobile World Congress and relaxed the hardware requirements for future Windows Phones; namely removing the mandate for the three front facing buttons and camera button (the front buttons will be virtual, instead).
This will make some manufacturers happy in that they could use existing designs to run the Windows Phone OS without the need for re-design. Instead of hardware buttons, we could be relegated to on-screen buttons from some Windows Phone makers. While Samsung and HTC may be happy with this announcement, will consumers be happy with on-screen buttons and no camera button?
As the title states, everyone loves a great deal, especially when it comes to apps for smartphones. There are a number of deals we have covered on our main publication, but there are offers that pass our watchful eyes but are caught on our forums. If you're looking to add to your app arsenal, be sure to check our community for some irresistible app deals.