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2 years ago

Nokia Lumia - The Little Amazing Show ad-campaign

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Nokia is at it again, creating a new people-centric ad that focuses more on life, people and enjoying the "everyday" than the phone itself. It's an odd campaign yet surprisingly effective as it certainly piques interest and causes you to focus on the brand as more identity/philosophy than just a phone.

In that sense, dare we say with their whimsical approach and music, it's almost Apple-like? And that's not a bad thing, in fact we like just everything about Nokia's Lumia ad-campaign so far. (See the recent and fantastic French commercial from this weekend).

So without further ado, here's the Little Amazing Show - Part 1.

Source: Nokia YouTube; via: MonWindows Phone

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2 years ago

Amazon Mobile app gets update for Mango and a barcode scanner

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We do like the Amazon.com app--it's well designed, sharp, fast and has that irresistible 1-click buying option. But the one thing it was missing was some Mango-love and that has now been resolved. Version 1.5 of the app was pushed out today bringing of course fast-app switching but in addition, Amazon threw in a few other fixes and new features as well:

  • Scan It: use your device camera to scan a barcode to check prices and availability.
  • Pin barcode scan to Live tile: From Start screen, click to instantly open barcode scan tool and search for products.
  • Fast application switching: switch from Amazon Mobile to other apps then return to where you left off.
  • We hate bugs as much as you do (so we fixed a bunch)

We've also noticed the name change: Amazon Mobile instead of just Amazon.com. We think the new title fits much better with the demographic. The "pin barcode" feature is real awesome but some users can't seem to find it. Well, here's your tip: Your Account --> "Pin barcode scan to start screen". Yeah, even we admit that's not the most ideal spot for that feature, but hopefully you can find it now. The barcode scanner will allow you to quickly launch the mini-app with 1-tap, scan the item and search for it on Amazon.com for the best price. Pretty awesome. Too bad you can't pin individual items though to your Start screen--seems like an obvious opportunity to us.

Pick up the Amazon Mobile app here in the Marketplace. Thanks, ShipWreck and pdawg17, for the tip!

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2 years ago

AT&T HTC Titan - Did you get yours? [Part Two]

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We're still guessing the answer is probably not.

The HTC Titan launched yesterday over at AT&T and it appears supply and shipping headaches are still present.  We tried to order an HTC Titan online and was informed that the Windows Phone was on backorder, not expected to ship for another 5-8 days.

There are about half a dozen AT&T retail stores in my area and all are still waiting to see if the new phones are on the UPS Truck.  One rep noted that the phones were due in stores last Friday but due to a shipping error, were not picked up at the warehouse.

And I don't think it's too far a stretch to expect the Titan to be in stock, even if the release date was on a Sunday, when the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash were launched on a Sunday and there were no reports of supply issues.  Hopefully shipping will catch up with demand over the next few days and we all can sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with a shiny new Windows Phone in our hands.

In the meantime, again, feel free to vent in our comments section and let us know if the Titan has arrived in your neck of the woods.

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2 years ago

Try the Lumia 800 for yourself on Facebook

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Nokia (as well as Microsoft with the huge Windows Phone) has literally kept to "The Amazing Everyday" tagline they have been using throughout the Lumia 800 marketing campaign. You can now witness the beauty of the platform on Nokia's Facebook in a demo that loads your profile details and inserts your photos, contacts and more. It creates a personalised experience, which reflects how it would be like to own and use the handset with your accounts synchronised. Once the video walkthrough is complete, you are then able to manipulate the screen and check out individual features.

Source: Nokia Facebook, thanks wp7.com.pl for the tip!

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2 years ago

Freda ebook reader in search of beta testers

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Freda ebook reader in search of beta testers

The new version of Freda, a free ebook reader, is almost nearing completion and the developers require some assistance with testing the app out. The update will include a number of new features:

  • Freda's front screen now shows a 'live tile' display of book sources
  • You can pin books to the phone's start screen
  • The display of book text is much faster and smoother (it now uses XNA graphics)

Should you be interested in signing your name up as a beta tester, email beta@turnipsoft.co.uk with your details (including Windows Live ID). For now, you can download Freda from the Marketplace.

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2 years ago

Top Trucks - Mango App Spotlight

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Top Trucks - Mango App Spotlight

The developers of Bike Mania is offering a car crushing Windows Phone game over at the Marketplace. Top Trucks places you in the driver's seat of various Monster Trucks with the goal of collecting tokens and crushing cars along the way.

The multi-level game offers four different trucks, ten re-playable levels and plenty of jumps and rock obstacles to negotiate around. There's even a crowd meter to measure how excited the crowd is about your performance.

Trucks are controlled by directional arrows and your balance can be controlled one of two ways. You can use the phone's accelerometer or by an on-screen slider. In using the accelerometer you simply tilt your phone to the right or left to lean forwards or backwards. The on-screen slider appears to the lower left corner while the directional arrows line up along the lower right. In playing Top Trucks, I found the accelerometer is the best way to control balance but others may see things differently.

All in all Top Trucks is an entertaining, fun pass-the-time-with game for your Windows Phone.  The only downside to Top Trucks is that it needs more levels.  Top Trucks comes in two versions in the Windows Phone Marketplace; a free ad-supported version that you can find here and a $.99 ad-free version that you can find here.  Keep in mind, Top Trucks is a Mango app so you'll need to update your Windows Phone.

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2 years ago

Windows Phone Summary of the Week: November 14-20, 2011

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Welcome to a belated weekly summary, apologies for the absence of one last week. Kicking us off is episode 129 and episode 130 (with video) of the WPCentral podcast and our weekly developer interview where we're joined by Long Zheng. We're going through some radical changes (as well as the entire Mobile Nations network), which will bring some outage and site issues, but will be worth the trouble with more features and functionality.

Moving onto this weeks highlights, we have a report from Appcelerator, which pins Windows Phone as the third most interesting platform for developers. Brandon Watson, the chosen one in the eyes of developers, has written up an insightful article on his personal blog covering lessons learned by the team with how the platform has evolved in the past year. For Australians, they will be able to enjoy unlimited access to music and more with the Zune Pass now available in the region.

After the ChevronWP7 Labs was opened to the public, the team had to quickly iron out some issues that arose. Now the service is back online and Windows Phone owners are able to unlock their handsets for a minute fee. Nokia is continuing marketing efforts with more Lumia 800s being given away on Facebook for free, nice! Steve Ballmer took the stage to talk about Windows 8, Windows Phone and other Microsoft products and how visual integration is key.

The platform has not only been nominated for the TechFlash Flashie award, but the Nokia Lumia 800 has been awarded the title "phone of the year" at the What Mobile Awards 2011 at London’s Whisky Mist. A friendly reminder for those who are eligible for the prepaid app card program that you'll want to purchase a Windows Phone now if you haven't done so already to receive a $50 card, which can be spent on the Marketplace. Lastly, it would appear as though AT&T has not learned lessons from previous reports and complaints about how the carrier retail stores downplay Windows Phone.

Kicking us off for the games section of this summary is this week's Xbox Live Deal of the Week, which is Enigmo. OSR: Unhinged is a new indie Xbox Live game to be hitting the Marketplace soon. According to the CEO of Unity Technologies, the company will not be bringing their game engine to the platform and will be "skipping" it due to the closed ecosystem. The popular puzzle arcade game, ilomilo, has received a Mango update, but unfortunately doesn't bring any new content or features.

Three Xbox Live titles have been put on sale including: Full House Poker, Somic the Hedgehog, and Assassin's Creed. Halo Waypoint has been Mango updated in time for the anniversary and falls nothing short of being the slickest looking app available. Our Paul Acevedo walks us through the integration that's available with Fusion: Sentient and Fusions: Genesis. Survivalcraft, a Minecraft clone (drumroll), has entered the Marketplace and is proving to be extremely popular. A horror game that's scheduled to arrive later this month, Ghostscape, has been attacked by the camera and we can witness some action in screenshots.

There have been a few updates this week, software wise. We'll kick off with myAT&T being bumped to version 2.0, and is now an actual app (which is more than what can be said for the Three UK app) that doesn't rely on IE! Tango version 1.1 has been released which now ensures the service works on the Samsung Omnia 7 and Focus. The Official Twitter app gets minor update but is now Mango ready with little else being added. We want live tiles!

Nokia Music, the OEM app that was leaked for all to use, is now at 1.6 with both performance and functionality being improved. Good news for those who are able to use the service, WiMP is now available for Windows Phone, with a 30 day free trial available for new accounts. Microsoft is delivering updates to Samsung Focus 1.4 owners and details the mysterious 7740 OS patch. 4th & Mayor is now Mango optimised with being updated to version 3.0

There's word on the street that Nokia Drive, the free OEM GPS turn-by-turn navigation app, will be receiving an update for offline navigation/route updates - handy for those on tight data plans or are abroad. If you remember the days of ICQ then you'll rejoice as a client is on its way to Windows Phone. IM+ is the last update of this summary with adding numerous improvements and features in version 1.9.

The news has followed the Nokia Lumia 800 everywhere, and now it's headed to Orange France. The 800 will be joining its brother, the 710, in December when Nokia will be launching the handsets in India (and Hong Kong) to hit the Eastern market. SFR appears to be stocking a white label ZTE Windows Phone, which resembles the ZTE Tania. Back onto Nokia news, the long-awaited 800 has been successfully launched in the UK (as well as a few other European countries) and is taking the lines of people by storm.

Once the Finnish manufacturer has finished (pun intended) with Europe and India, we will be seeing a strong attack on the U.S. market to combat the iPhone and Android. If this wasn't enough, Virgin will also be stocking the 800. A number of handsets have been receiving updates, some enabling Internet sharing and others not, what have you received? Also, in Canada the Samsung Focus 1.3 is receiving updates. Dell has confirmed that there will be no compass support for the poor Venue Pro. 

If you're a massive Star Wars fan then you'll love to deploy some minimalistic wallpapers to your lock screen. Nokia has teamed up with Deadmau5 for a public 4D promotion on November 28th, should be a bash. Closing us off, should you enjoy the Nokia marketing campaign then you'll love an opportunity to waste some time and play a classic game (or two) of Snake. 

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2 years ago

Reminder: HTC Titan in the WPCentral Forums

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2 years ago

AT&T Titan - Did you get yours?

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AT&T Titan - Did you get yours?

We ask the question even though we think we know the answer: probably not!

Yes, the HTC Titan on AT&T "launched" today (see our first impressions video) but from our experience and yours, supply seems to be might-t tight on the mammoth phone. We had to hit three AT&T stores to get one. And we mean one. The phone we bought was the only HTC Titan within 30 miles of us and we're in Long Island (metro NYC). From Texas to Alabama to Eastern Virginia to Indiana, we've heard most stores don't have them in stock. Our local AT&T store told us they were expecting some tomorrow (Monday), which is plausible.

So why the hold up? It's clear HTC missed the BIG New York City launch a couple of weeks ago. Remember the six-story Windows Phone thing? Granted, the Titan was technically there (the unbranded international version). But the AT&T one clearly was missing and our hunch tells us that AT&T and Microsoft would have preferred to launch three phones on AT&T instead of just two (Focus S and Flash).  That tells us that HTC is probably having trouble either meeting demand or fulfilling their order to AT&T--whatever the reason, it is clearly having an effect on supply.

Your best bet if you don't want to order online? Call your store, give them your name. Store reps will personally call you to make the sale, so if you let them know you're interested, they'll most likely give you a ring as soon as some arrive. We also hear that Microsoft Stores do have them in stock and available--so if you're near one, that's a safe bet.

In the meantime, feel free to vent in comments and let us know if you got one!

Missing Titan image credit: Nick S., taken in NYC

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2 years ago

First Impressions - AT&T HTC TITAN 4G [Video]

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The TITAN has finally landed on AT&T! Possibly one of the most talked about and anticipated second-generation Windows Phones, the HTC Titan (we're not capitalizing it every time, sorry) lives up to its name. It's also hard to find in stores.  But the massive 4.7" inch device with a 1.5GHz CPU, 8MP rear camera (arguably the best of the lot), a 1.3MP front camera and 16GB of storage (12.5GB available) is certainly worthy of your time to hunt down.

We managed to get our grubby hands on it and we go over it in the video after the break, comparing it to the int'l version.

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2 years ago

Nokia Drive patched to work on other Windows Phones

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Nokia Drive, their mostly-offline navigation system for the Lumia series, has been hacked off the 800 and patched to work on other Windows Phones. We loaded it up on the HTC Titan to see if this was all legit and sure enough, it is.

Coming from a Chinese forum (which we're not linking), the XAP comes in at 7.35MB but of course grows dramatically once you choose and download maps. In fact, the maps are quite massive here for the States, where it weights in at 1.9GB and took nearly an hour to download and install. It's certainly not a bad piece of software but it's also nothing to go out of your way for either.

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2 years ago

Achievement lists reveal upcoming Xbox Live titles, including two free games!

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2 years ago

Mehdoh Twitter client updated to version 1.5

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2 years ago

HTC Titan listed at Att.com

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HTC Titan listed at Att.com

We're expecting the HTC Titan to hit the shelves over at AT&T tomorrow but to wet your whistle, it's now being listed over at AT&T.com with the other Windows Phones.

As we know, the Titan sports the 4.7" WVGA screen, is .39" thin, comes with an 8mp rear camera, front facing VGA camera and 16GB of storage. Pricing for the Titan is at $199.99 with the two year discounts and $549.99 off contract.

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