Microsoft’s Bing search engine keeps getting better, especially with all the little refinements and new features that keep getting tacked on. One of those we were alerted to today is the new interactive calculator.
It's a bit of a catch-22: Acer's not interested in releasing new Windows Phone 8 devices unless the marketshare of Windows Phone rises, but manufacturers like Acer joining in are part of the equation for increasing Windows Phone's marketshare. But, alas, here we are, with Acer saying that they "are having conversations with Microsoft, and if they index Windows Phone to 10 to 15 percent, we are interested."
Better late than never. Games from iOS and Android keep rolling into the Windows Phone Store. This time, it’s Level 22. Metal Gear Solid fans are going to love this game. You play as Gary, who wakes up late after partying hard the night before. This isn’t the first time Gary’s been late for work, and he could be fired if he’s spotted arriving at his desk after everyone else yet again.
We recently received reports that Microsoft would be slashing the costs of their Windows licensees by up to 70% in an effort to take on competitors in the lower end and tablet markets including Google’s Chrome OS and Apple’s iOS. The Redmond based company may take it a step further though, according to reports released today, Microsoft could be experimenting with a free version of Windows 8 and an alternative way of bringing in consumers.
When it comes to Mobile World Congress, there are always a few big stories that dictate the discussion. Whether they are flagship phones or company mergers or just new tech in general, someone steals the show.
For 2014's MWC, that would be Samsung. In research performed by social media listening platform Synthesio, they claim that Samsung was "mentioned 1,246,000 times, or in 44.2% of all online conversations". That number was only followed by Nokia, who were mentioned in 586,200 online conversations, or 20.8% of the time. That's second, but a distant one.
Heatmiser (www.heatmisershop.co.uk) deals in thermostats and other hardware for the home, which help consumers utilise today's technology, namely smartphones to control the climate indoors. Heatmiser currently does not have an app available for Windows Phone, but this is set to change with a beta stage kicking off.
The Nokia Lumia 630 (aka ‘Moneypenny’) is expected to be the follow up to the Lumia 620, but with some beefier specs. The reason? It will be one of the first Windows Phone 8.1 devices, so it will be getting a lot of attention.
Information about the device has now come forwarded from Nuoji it, a user on Baidu who leaked the information yesterday. In addition, a new, lower resolution product shot showing the Lumia 630, Lumia 1320 and Lumia 1520 all placed together has also been found.
Banks and insurance. You need them and for some odd reason, we’re seeing a large flux of official apps now land on the Windows Phone Store. That’s important for people who, like myself, don’t like doing the whole website-on-mobile thing to access my account. There’s just something satisfying about launching an app.
Today, it’s GEICO’s turn. The popular motorcycle and car insurance company with the jocular gecko, has put out a well-polished app, allowing full access to your account and more.
Recently we covered UnleashThePhones taking a good look at Internet Explorer 11 in the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK. The publication has now added more details, including InPrivate Browsing and the ability to have more than six tabs open at any given time. Pass the break for more information.
Chronos Calendar was already a feature rich Windows Phone calendar app and the latest update brings more features to the table. The version 184.108.40.206 update is riddled with customization options that helps Chronos Calendar better fit your needs and style.
The update impacts both the Windows Phone 8 and 7.x versions of Chronos Calendar and adds everything from more language support to more Live Tile options. It is a healthy change log that you can find after the break.
Time was we posted an article about a new Xbox Windows Phone game (or games!) every week like clockwork. Those days are long behind us, never to return again. But I do get to write about the weekly Xbox console releases, which is almost as fun. And this week we actually do have a new Xbox Windows Phone game, on the unusual day of Friday: FIFA 14 from Electronic Arts! We hear a last-minute bug kept it from releasing on Wednesday.
FIFA 14 is the latest in EA’s extremely popular football/soccer sports series. Last year’s FIFA 13 was originally a Nokia exclusive, and only just became available to all Windows Phone users a month ago. Now all of us (with phones that have 1 GB or more RAM) can enjoy this year’s rosters and new features. And unlike FIFA 13 – which sells for $4.99, this year’s game is free to play. More details and Store link after the break!
While I was traveling to Barcelona over the last weekend, I missed that the official LIC Mobile app hit the Windows Phone Store to the delight of Windows Phone users in India.
Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC – www.licindia.in) is an Indian state-owned insurance and investment group, and the largest insurance company in India with an estimated asset value of US$250 billion.
Windows Phone Central Roundup: Superhero Games and Apps
Superheroes can be great subject matter for Windows Phone apps and games. From comic book almanacs to superhero themed adventure games, these titles can appeal to a wide audience.
For this week’s Windows Phone Central roundup, we have searched the Windows Phone Store for a handful of gaming and app titles that center around an assortment of superheroes. We tried to keep to those apps and games that rank with at least four stars and if we have missed your favorite superhero title, sound off below in the comments.
Big college hoops fan? Then you’re going to be pretty stoked that March Madness is right around the corner. Since you’re reading this on Windows Phone Central you’ll be even more stoked to know that an official NCAA March Madness Live app is coming to Windows Phone and Windows 8. Let’s make it rain.
Samsung’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 device is going to be branded as the ATIV SE according to @evleaks. The notorious leaker is usually right when it comes to these things. We’ve seen a leaked render of the device a few weeks ago featuring a Verizon logo. What else do we know about it? Not much, really.
Earlier this month we highlighted a brand new Pocket client in the Windows Phone Store called Poki. It’s the first app from Austrian developer @artistandsocial and it’s absolutely stunning. It’s probably our favorite Pocket app available for Windows Phone. We’re not alone in that sentiment. The app currently holds a 5 star rating in the U.S. and is globally averaging 200-500 downloads a day. Let’s just out the recent update for Poki.
A month ago we covered a new app in the Windows Phone Store called SharkPhone. It’s a third-party client for online music streaming service Grooveshark. As you might remember, Grooveshark once said they had no plans for Windows Phone because Microsoft would not allow such an app in the Store. Fast forward to a month ago and SharkPhone came out.
The app was received well by the community and definitely filled a gap for those wanting Grooveshark on Windows Phone. Sadly, it might not last much longer. Grooveshark has requested that SharkPhone be removed from the Windows Phone Store.
Today, version 380 of the private beta landed and it brings with it, once again, some fantastic new features. A member of the beta program has given us the following screenshots, though we’ve been able to independently confirm their authenticity.
Meru, the largest radio cab service in India, has just released their official app on Windows Phone 8. The company operates around 7,000 cabs in six key cities of India: Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Jaipur, and Ahmedabad.
Meru serves more than 1.8 million passengers, so it’s great news that their official app is now available for Windows Phone users.
Last week Facebook bought messaging app WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion. That’s a huge win for the team at WhatsApp, but it’s also left a lot of loyal WhatsApps users feeling a little burned by the move. The fact that no major technology company controlled WhatsApp was appealing to some of its 400+ million users. Those wanting an experience similar to WhatsApp, but arguably better, have recently been flocking to Telegram.
Last Saturday when WhatsApp experienced downtime, Telegram picked up 4.9 million new users. It’s slowly been creeping up the most popular download lists on both Android and iOS, but the recent WhatsApp news have helped propel it even higher. We’re still waiting for an official Telegram app to hit Windows Phone. While we wait, let’s check out some unofficial apps available right now in the Windows Phone Store.
YouTube is one of those indispensable services on mobile these days, especially if you want to watch anything that is the current buzz. While Windows Phone users don’t have an official app any longer, there are some nifty third party ones out there that do it better. One of those is MyTube.
Today, version 1.5 has gone live in the store, a free update for the 99 cent app. It brings along with it a bunch of new features and even a new look. We have all the details from the developer, Christopher Blackman, so read on for the skinny.
Want to play a game that requires more thinking instead of furiously tapping on the screen? Well, check out Bridge Constructor for Windows Phone 8. Become a master bridge builder as you go through 40 different levels. You pass each level when cars or trucks can go across.
There are different materials available for you to create bridges, but can you stay within the budget? Head past the break to watch our hands on video and gameplay using the Nokia Lumia Icon.