Showing posts with label Windows Phone 8. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Windows Phone 8. Show all posts

[GUIDE] How to downgrade your Nokia Lumia to Windows Phone 8.0 from Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview

How to downgrade your Nokia Lumia

Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows Phone 8.1 update to various devices. Unfortunately the update was halted for those handsets running the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview, because of a bug that affect a small subset of users. Fortunately the following guide will show you how to downgrade to Windows Phone 8.0 so you can get back to upgrading your device to Windows Phone 8.1.

Windows Phone 8 vs. Windows Phone 8.1 - Video Comparison

Windows Phone 8.1 vs Windows Phone 8

The Windows Phone 8.1 update brings several significant new features and improvements to Microsoft's mobile platform. Now that the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview is in the hands of early adopters and enthusiasts we get a chance to see how the newest version compares against Windows Phone 8

The final version of Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to be released to all Windows Phone 8 devices this summer. Leave us a comment and let us know which feature you are looking forward to the most.

source - WMPowerUser

[GUIDE] How to downgrade to Windows Phone 8 from Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview

The Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview is a pre-release update, and even though it brings several enhancements to the platform it still contains several bugs that need to be ironed out before its final release. Microsoft opened the Developer Preview to all Windows Phone 8 users, stating that there was no way back from the update, however a new video shows how you can downgrade back to Windows Phone 8 from Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8 vs. Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows Phone 8.1 at the Build 2014 conference in April this year. This is the first major update to Windows Phone 8 and we have gotten a peak of the update thanks to leaks from the Windows Phone 8.1 beta SDK.

In terms of design, it doesn't look like Microsoft is planning any drastic changes, but Windows Phone 8.1 will bring a few aesthetic differences. Lets check out a visual comparison between Windows Phone 8 and the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 and see some of those changes

Windows Phone 8 GDR3 Windows Phone 8.1
Background Tasks - The updated background tasks settings page. It’s interesting for telling users that you won’t be able to block all apps running in the background.
Data Plan - On a limited internet plan? You can now select the level of compression for web pages served up through Data Sense on Windows Phone 8.1.
Jump Lists - Not much has changed for the jump list in Windows Phone 8.1. The globe icon is colored though. 
Messaging - In messaging you’ll see ‘text’ dropped and an extra icon in the app bar.
Multitasking - The multitasking view hasn’t changed much. You’ll see the updated Word icon and you’ll be able to swipe the card down to close the app. This is a feature Windows Phone 8.1 has borrowed from Windows 8.1
People Hub - The people hub has some new options. In Windows Phone 8.1 you’ll be able to only show contacts with phone numbers.
People Hub Settings - Here’s a settings page for contacts. This is where you’ll toggle to only show contacts with phone numbers in Windows Phone 8.1. 
Photo+ Camera Settings - Settings for the photos+camera hub get updated. In Windows Phone 8.1 you can have the Start tile for the hub cycle through various photos. 

We should keep in mind that Microsoft is still in the process of refining Windows 8.1 before it is released the public. We should also keep in mind that not all features have likely been made available on this SDK in order to maintain privacy. If you have any questions or comments about the Windows Phone 8.1 update, please feel free to address them below.

source - WPCentral

Microsoft releases new SmartGlass app for Xbox One

Xbox One SmartglassWith the Xbox One due out on Friday, Microsoft has released a new SmartGlass app for their new console. The app is available across all platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows RT. Last week it was Sony who updated their PlayStation companion app for their PlayStation 4 release. Its good to see that Microsoft is not wasting any time ensuring that their console is readily welcome by the public.

You can download the app directly on your device through your respective App Store or by using the following links:

Android iOS Windows Windows Phone
Download Download from Google Play Download from Apple App Store Download from Windows Store for Windows 8 or Windows RT Download from Windows Phone Store
Price Free Free Free Free
Requirements 4.0 or newer iOS 6.0 or newer x86, x64, ARM WP 8 or newer

The Xbox One for SmartGlass app has similar functionality to the PlayStation companion app. For example you get a second screen options to "enhance" the games you play or movies you watch, you can use the app to navigate the system, and control media. A nice addition is the ability to use the app to surf the web on your TV.

Additionally you can also track achievements, message friends, watch game clips, and get help on your games. One of the most useful features is the ability to browse the content you have pinned on your Xbox dashboard directly on your mobile device, even when you are not home.

New Glace Screen and Nokia Beamer from Lumia Black on Lumia 1020

The Nokia Lumia Windows Phone lineup will be receiving an additional Nokia Black update with (GDR3) Windows Phone 8 Update 3. This update is said to be bringing several new features and improvements to these devices alongside the general enhancement from GDR3.

Check out the following video demo, which shows the Nokia Lumia 1020 running the Lumia Black update.

Among the new features of the new Glance screen, you can now assign a Glance Background to further personalize your Glace screen experience. Additionally you can access up to five notifications on your quick glance.

Meanwhile Nokia Beamer allows you to share your device display with anyone in the world through email, SMS. You can also share whats been displayed on your device during a presentation. All you need to ensure is that both devices are connected to the internet.

The update will be preinstalled on the Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Nokia Lumia 1320 and will be released for other Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices in early 2014.

AT&T announces availability of Samsung ATIV S Neo on November 8, priced at $99 on contract

AT&T has announced that they will be offering the Samsung ATIV S Neo on their network for customers who are looking for a Windows Phone from another manufacturer besides Nokia. The Samsung ATIV S Neo is the first Samsung produced Windows Phone 8 model available from the nation's second largest carrier.

The phone will be priced for $99 with a signed two-year contract. Those signed up with AT&T Next, the service that allows an AT&T customer to upgrade to a new phone every year, will pay zero down and $21 monthly for the handset.

The Samsung ATIV S Neo features a 4.7 inch touch display with a 720 by 1280 pixel resolution, 16GB of native storage which can be expanded through microSD, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a secondary 1.9 megapixel camera for video calls, a 2000mAh battery and is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM.

The AT&T Locker with 5GB of free cloud storage will also be offered with your device purchase. You will also get Samsung apps like ATIV Beam, which lets you share files between compatible models and the ChatOn messaging service.

The ATIV S Neo also happens to be available on Sprint's network.

source - AT&T

Lumia Black update for Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices to arrive in early 2014

Lumia Black updateJust like the 'Amber' update which accompanied GDR2, Nokia has been working on a software release called 'Lumia Black' which is set to accompany Nokia Lumia Windows Phone devices with Windows Phone 8 Updated 3 (GDR3). The update is set to arrive on current generation Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices in early 2014.

A list of some of the new features which will be offered on Lumia Black for Windows Phone 8 Update 3 follows:

Nokia Lumia 521 - Review

Nokia Lumia 521 - Review

The Nokia Lumia 521 is an entry level Windows Phone 8 device and the T-Mobile variant of the popular Nokia Lumia 520. Its specs include a 4 inch display with a 480 by 800 pixel resolution, 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM.

Microsoft unveils Windows Phone Update 3 with support for 1080p displays and quad-core chips

Microsoft unveils Windows Phone Update 3 with support for 1080p displays and quad-core chipsMicrosoft has finally revealed the Windows Phone Update 3 which brings long awaited support for 1080p displays, quad-core processors and several other improvements and enhancements. Microsoft hopes to meet three main goals with the Windows Phone Update 3: “Enable a new generation of incredible Windows Phone 8 devices, enhance the platform with new capabilities for current users and partners, and improve overall quality.”

The Windows Phone Update 3 is in fact the General Distribution Release (GDR) 3 update we have been heard several rumors about. Luckily we now have a clear idea what to expect in terms of features on the next generation of Windows Phones.

[Windows Phone app] Nokia Music updated with new features

Nokia Music has been updated for Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices and brings some useful new features like concert alert, which updates you on the events taking place in your area. You can also 'Like' a particular artist or use the Nokia app to discover new artists you may like. 'Liking' an artist will allow you to get alerts on things like new album releases etc.

The Nokia Music app can be pinned to your start screen, which will allow you to see cover art from the album you're playing at the moment. The tile will also give you all the latest news from the music world.

The Nokia Music for Windows Phone update is available to all Nokia Lumia models running Windows Phone 8. The update will be available starting today and will roll-out to users through the Windows Phone Store.

Remember that you can always download Nokia Music for your Windows Phone using the following link

Price Free
Requirements Windows Phone 8.0 or above

Nokia Music+ is also available for the uber music fans at $3.99 a month. This allows you to have unlimited downloads and skipped songs, see lyrics displayed in karaoke, scrolling or swiped style, and listen to a higher quality stream so that you can truly enjoy the music you love.

source - Nokia

Windows Phone 8 GDR3 (alleged) feature list leaked

Windows Phone 8 GDR3 (alleged) feature list leakedSome new information on the new features which will be available with Windows Phone GDR3 has been leaked out, and it gives us some insight on what we can expect from the next big version of Windows.

The GDR3 update will be introduced alongside a new lineup of Windows Phone 8 devices sometime in September and with the GDR2 update just around the corner, we see Microsoft is strongly focused on Windows Phone. With Nokia presumably having plans to launch a new large screen device later this year, the pressure is on Microsoft to ready their software to match the needs of their partners.

Nokia working on seven new products according to leaked codenames

Nokia working on seven new products according to leaked codenamesWe know that Nokia is working on a Windows RT tablet and a Phablet. Now some new leaked informed has unveiled seven different product code names which means Nokia has a busy few months planned ahead of them.

HTC 8X for AT&T receives GDR2 software update

The Windows Phone 8 GDR2 software update has reportedly started reolling out to HTC 8X devices on the AT&T network starting Thursday. The update which is being offered over-the-air (OTA) is around 207MB in size and brings the 8.0.10327.77 software version.

The GDR2 update brings support for LTE bands 2 and 5 along with enabling the FM radio on your Windows Phone 8 device. You will have to plugin your earphones in order to make use of the FM radio. You

You also get access to the Data Sense application which keeps track of your monthly data usage. You can monitor how many days remain on your billing cycle and even find out which apps are consuming the most of your monthly allowance.

Other new features include Sync support for Google Contacts (CardDav) and Google Calendar (CalDav) along with additional enhancements to Bluetooth, music and battery performance.

AT&T refers to the GDR2 update as a staggered at the begining which means that it maybe a few days before it reaches out to all devices. If you have set updates to download automatically you should receive a notification once the update is ready to be installed on your device. You can also manually check for the update availability by heading to Settings > Phone Update > Check for Updates.

source - AT&T

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Video Review

Nokia Lumia 1020 - Video ReviewThe Nokia Lumia 1020 is an all round smartphone, but it has been built primarily with one thing in mind - Photography. Following in the footsteps of the Nokia 808 PureView, the Lumia 1020 features a massive 41 megapixel camera, which is undoubtedly the best smartphone camera in the market. Nokia has added their own custom camera app to the lackluster offering on Windows Phone 8 to make the Lumia 1020 an easy replacement of your regular point and shoot, especially when combined with the Nokia Camera grip.

Despite being a device that should easily fly out of the shelves, its exclusivity to AT&T and its somewhat expensive $300 price-tag will surely slow down its momentum. While we wish Nokia had offered its flagship through a wider selection of carriers, we can only hope an unlocked version won't be too far around the corner. If this is your first venture into the Windows Phone world, there is no better place to start at the moment other than with the Lumia 1020.

The Nokia Lumia 625 is Nokia's 'BIG' announcement

It turns out that Nokia's 'BIG' announcement was nothing other than the Nokia Lumia 625 which has been making its round in the rumor mills over the last few days. Its biggest feature is its 4.7 inch touch display with a 480 by 800 pixel resolution and features like direct sunlight legibility and the the super-sensitive touch technology for operation with gloves or nails

You also have 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD, a 5 megaixel camera capable of 1080p HD video capture, a secondary camera for video calls, 4G LTE connectivity and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM.

 Nokia has also includes a range of integrated camera applications found on the recently announced Nokia Lumia 1020 like Nokia Smart Camera, offering handy features like removing unwanted objects from pictures, and Nokia Cinemagraph, which lets you bring your photos to life with animations. You will also get the Nokia HERE navigation suite and the Nokia Music service.

The Lumia 625 continues Nokia's trend of bright colors with exchangeable layered polycarbonate shells which go with your preferred Windows Phone 8 personalization. The device will be available in a range of colors including orange, yellow, bright green, white and black.

The Nokia Lumia 625 will begin selling in China, Europe, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East, Africa and Latin America in Q3 2013 and will cost around 220 Euros (290 USD). There is no news of U.S. availability at this time.

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