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Windows 10 free for Windows Phone users

Windows 10 free for Windows Phone users

Goodbye Windows Phone and hello, er, Windows 10 Phone . In its slew of announcements today, Microsoft disclosed that it is trying to brand all its devices simple as Windows 10 – whether PC, tablet, phablet or phone. At its Windows 10 media briefing, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be offered as a free […]

Windows Phone 10 released this Wednesday?

Windows Phone 10 released this Wednesday?

Microsoft is scheduled to hold a major Windows event this Wednesday (21 January), where it is expected to unveil a preview of Windows 10 and Windows Phone 10 – Windows 10 running on phones. Rumours have been circulating as far back as November when Microsoft was said to have released builds of Windows Phone 10 […]

Minecraft to come to Windows Phone

Minecraft to come to Windows Phone

Less than a month after Microsoft bought them for $2.5 the Minecraft company Mojang says it is to launch a Pocket Edition of Minecraft for Windows Phone. According to the Polygon website, Jens Bergensten the game’s lead developer, and Tommaso Checchi, of the Pocket Edition development team, confirmed the game’s development on Twitter. yesterday. Bergensten […]

Windows 9 preview likely on 30/11

Windows 9 preview likely on 30/11

Windows 8 users who have been clamouring for the return of the Start Menu are likely to pop a cork or two on 30 September – the date that Microsoft has set for a major announcement and that most pundits expect to signal the launch of Windows 9. Microsoft itself has not publicly mentioned the […]

Access the company network via Windows Phone

Access the company network via Windows Phone

Company staff can now get secure access to corporate networks straight from their Windows Phone. Intercede has announce virtual smart card (VSC) management – a form of authentication that uses inbuilt security – for Windows Phone. Intercede is a software company specialising in identity and credential management. Companies need to verifying the identity of people attempt […]

Cortana versus Siri on Windows Phone

Cortana versus Siri on Windows Phone

Anick Jesdanun writing in The Guardian gives the thumbs up to Cortana, Siri’s competitor in Windows Phone 8.1 due to be released here shortly. For more information see this page http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/apr/14/cortana-microsofts-siri-like-assistant-fills-a-windows-phone-gap   There’s also a useful Youtube demonstration of Cortana in operation here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMPZ1KTCV54  

Microsoft pushes EMS

Microsoft pushes EMS

Microsoft’s has unveiled more about its Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). This package is aimed at companies and businesses who manage a number of devices in a network, such as IT professionals who manage installations. EMS enables IT divisions and administrators to create a bring your own device (BYOD) environment. Windows Intune, Microsoft Azure Active Directory […]

Now you can date on Windows Phone

Now you can date on Windows Phone

EHarmony has launched an app for Windows Phone. The app is free to download, but there is also a full feature version which costs at $19.99 a month. The app lets you create a new eHarmony account, complete your relationship questionnaire, and upload photos from your phone. You’ll also receive compatible matches every day for […]

Huawei backtracks on dual OS

Huawei backtracks on dual OS

Huawei says it has no plans to release a dual-OS smartphone running Windows Phone and Google’s Android, contradicting earlier statements from a Huawei executive. “Huawei Consumer Business Group adopts an open approach towards mobile operating systems to provide a range of choices for consumers,” the company said in a statement to FierceWireless. “However, most of […]

Office lens for Windows Phone

Office lens for Windows Phone

As part of a series of OneNote announcements, Microsoft has launched Office Lens for Windows Phone, which gives you a portable scanner that sends everything you take a picture of directly to OneNote. You can download the new app now from the Windows Phone Store. Using Office Lens you can capture pictures of whiteboards and […]

Microsoft offers Windows free to Indian makers

Microsoft offers Windows free to Indian makers

Microsoft is waiving the licence fee and offering it to at least two Indian phone makers for free, according to reports in the Times Of India. Last month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft announced that more phone makers, including two from India — Lava and Karbonn — will produce Windows Phone devices […]

Refocus app is available to Lumia users

Refocus app is available to Lumia users

Lumia smartphone users can now get Nokia’s Refocus—the app that lets users play with the focus after a picture has been taken. Nokia Refocus lets you take a photo and later choose what you want in focus by clicking on the image. There is also a Color Pop feature which will not only refocus part […]

Huawei looks to Windows plus Android

Huawei looks to Windows plus Android

Chinese phone maker Huawei will continue to support Microsoft’s Windows OS, but the company thinks Windows is even better when offered alongside Android as a part of a dual OS device, according to Trusted Reviews. “We are still committed to making Windows Phone devices,” Shao Yang, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer said. “Compared with Android, the […]

Spidey 2 for Windows Phone

Spidey 2 for Windows Phone

Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going to be launched in mobile format next month, according to gaming blog VG 24/7. The ganmes’ developer, Gameloft, is aiming for an April launch. The clip released in advance sees Spidey laying out goons, breaking Green Goblin’s hover-thingy, and preparing to get tough with Electro. The game is coming to […]

IBM thumbs up for Windows Phone

IBM thumbs up for Windows Phone

Jim Szafranski, senior vice president of Customer Platform Services at IBM has said many of its enterprise customers overwhelmingly prefer their employees to use Windows Phones. He says that enterprises like to see their workers using Windows Phone because to its integration with Microsoft systems. And it was this strong IT interest that caused IBM […]

More Asian WP partners for Microsoft

More Asian WP partners for Microsoft

Digitimes has reported that Microsoft has entered partnerships with a number of China- and India-based handset makers. Additions to Windows Phone handset manufacturers include Lava, Gionee, Lenovo, ZTE, Huawei, and Karbonn. Samsung, HTC, and Compal are companies that are already on board with the WP platform. According to Digitimes, hHandset makers will be allowed to […]

Kobo to launch Windows Phone reader

Kobo to launch Windows Phone reader

Kindle may be the top e-reader, but the alternative Kobo (it’s an anagram of book) is catching up. Kobo has relaunched its e-reading app for Windows 8 PCs and tablets, and is working on a version for Wndows Phone. Kobo for Windows 8 not only lets you purchase and read books in-app, but it also […]

Facebook Messenger now on Windows Phone

Facebook Messenger now on Windows Phone

Windows Phone users can now download Facebook Messenger. Already available for iOS and Android devices, the social network’s dedicated chat app is now on show in the Windows Phone Store. A spinoff of the full Facebook mobile app, Facebook Messenger lets you chat with one or more of your friends, share your location, and spice […]

Play FIFA football on Windows Phone

Play FIFA football on Windows Phone

A native version of FIFA 14 has been launched for Windows Phone 8. The football game lets you earn and trade or buy and sell FIFA players to create a fantasy football team. You can pick your play style, formation, kits, then compete in tournaments to earn coins, and spend those coins on new players. […]

Windows Phone holds 10% of Euro market

Windows Phone holds 10% of Euro market

Microsoft’s Windows Phone has managed to maintain a share over 10 per cent for the past six months aggregated across the “EU5” – the five largest EU countries, comprising Germany, the UK, Spain, France and Italy. However that average covers wide national variations: in Italy its share has been over 16 per cent, while in […]

Bing Health & Fitness app

Bing Health & Fitness app

Microsoft has launched Bing Health & Fitness Windows Phone app. Released as a beta through the Windows Phone app store, the app ‘is a pre-release, Beta version of the application meant for Microsoft testing purposes only,’ explains the listing. ‘As a result, the application may have limited functionality or have known issues. Do not download […]

Microsoft launches rebranded OneDrive

Microsoft launches rebranded OneDrive

Microsoft has launched its newly-named OneDrive, (you used to know it as SkyDrive) saying the updated service is its most advanced cloud storage solution to date. The updated OneDrive has aleady begun rolling out on all platforms. Microsoft says existing SkyDrive customers should be automatically updated to get the new services, but warned it may […]

Lumia Icon is new Nokia flagship

Lumia Icon is new Nokia flagship

The new Nokia Lumia Icon runs on Windows Phone 8. It has a full metal body, a 20MP PureView camera with Zeiss optics, and four built-in microphones that are said to capture clearer audio than other smartphones. There is a 5-inch 1080p OLED screen , 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 32GB of storage (plus 7GB of free […]

Biggest market share boost for Windows Phone

Biggest market share boost for Windows Phone

IDC has revealed that Microsoft’s Windows Phone has posted its largest share increase during the fourth quarter of 2013. In addition, Nokia continues to dominate the Windows Phone market with a 89.3 per cent market share. ‘Windows Phone posted the largest increase for both the quarter (46.7 per cent) and the year (90.9 per cent), […]

Readit for Windows Phone updated

Readit for Windows Phone updated

Readit for Windows Phone brings the popular Reddit social network to your smart phone. Now, the app has been updated to version 1.5, and comes with new features, enhancements and bug fixes. The latest update introduces a number of enhancements, along with some new settings and media upgrades. Users can now view GIF in albums […]

Windows Phone gets NaviComputer app

Windows Phone gets NaviComputer app

The Windows Phone-based NaviComputer, a GPS offline map and tracking app designed for hiking, biking and other outdoor activities and adventures, has been updated with a brand new feature called ‘live tracking.’ Users activating live tracking can share their location in real-time with friends or family and can also share a link with other people […]

Flappy Bird comes to Windows Phone

Flappy Bird comes to Windows Phone

Flappy Bird, the popular screen-tap game for mobile devices, has appeared on the Windows Phone website, despite the developer saying he has not built a version for the platform. The official version, created by Vietnam-based creator Dong Nguyen, is currently only available for Apple and Android devices. But the publisher of the Windows Phone version […]

Microsoft names new CEO

Microsoft names new CEO

Microsoft has appointed Satya Nadella as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. Nadella was previously Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” says Bill Gates, Microsoft’s Founder and Member of the Board of […]

100 per cent growth for Windows Phone

100 per cent growth for Windows Phone

The latest report from ABI Research says that Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system saw a steady growth of 19 percent from the third to the fourth quarter in 2013 in terms of the handsets shipped, and a 104 percent growth year on year from Q4 2012. The report shows Windows Phone market share remaining the […]

Rudy Huyn launches 6Studio

Rudy Huyn launches 6Studio

If you use apps like Instagram, Snapchat or Vine on your Windows Phone then you have to thank Rudy Huyn, one of the most prolific and dedicated developers of Windows Phone apps. Now Rudy Huyn, has launched his own company ‘6Studio’. Rudy says that having a company will provide more credibility to his apps. Rudy’s […]

Music Drop app for Windows Phone

Music Drop app for Windows Phone

Music Drop is a free app for Windows Phone that lets you copy music from a PC to your phone via a web browser. Once your devices are connected to the same network, launch the app on your phone and enter the URL visible under “Enter this URL on your PC to drop music” text […]

Bing food & drink app for Windows Phone

Bing food & drink app for Windows Phone

Microsoft has published a Beta version of the Bing Food & Drink app for Windows Phone. As well as looking up recipes, you can also use the app to search for ingredients and create shopping lists. The phone app is very much like the existing desktop version in function as well as syncing selections with […]

Will Motorola make Windows Phones?

Will Motorola make Windows Phones?

Google has sold Motorola to Lenovo  for $2.91bn. Amongst other things this could mean that, Motorola is now free to make Windows Phones. The sale has yet to be approved in China and the US but Google CEO, Larry Page, has said on the official Google blog, that his purchase of Motorola in 2012 was […]

Viber updates for Windows Phone

Viber updates for Windows Phone

Messaging platform Viber has updated its Windows Phone app to give new features and performance improvements. Viber 4.0 for Windows Phone adds ‘Seen’ status that lets users know their messages have been viewed, and a ‘Last online’ timestamp that lets users know when contacts were last seen on Viber. Photo handling has been improved to […]

Beat the NSA and GCHQ – use Windows Phone

Beat the NSA and GCHQ – use Windows Phone

If you don’t want the out-of-control cyber-criminals at GCHQ and the NSA to spy on your mobile phone, then stick to a Windows Phone – the intelligence agencies are gathering information from apps leaking from iOS and Android phones. The revelations about the NSA and GCHQ tapping into data leaking from smartphone apps was published […]

Have fun boosting cars on Windows Phone

Have fun boosting cars on Windows Phone

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, one of the most popular titles in the franchise series, has come to Windows Phone. Rockstar Games launched GTA: San Andreas to Windows Phone on Monday for $7. The game follows the same storyline as the console versions that launched some time ago. In addition to downloading the game, players […]

HuffPost app for Windows Phone

HuffPost app for Windows Phone

Another big hole in the Windows Phone app store has been filled – the official Huffington Post app for Windows Phone 8 has been launched. The Huffington Post is a widely-used news aggregator website covering politics, sports, entertainment, technology, and lifestyle. The app displays this content in a simple interface that users can browse and […]

Microsoft and Nokia profits up

Microsoft and Nokia profits up

Microsoft has announced record revenue and profits for Q2 2014 (calendar Q4 2013). On the back of strong Xbox One and 360 sales, and good growth by its commercial licensing divisions, Microsoft made $8 billion profit  on $24.5 billion revenue. While Windows stayed strong in the commercial  and business sector, the consumer sector continues to […]

Microsoft updates Lync 2013

Microsoft updates Lync 2013

Microsoft has updated its Lync 2013 app on the Windows. The update adds a number of new handy features to the application, including the ability to view shared PowerPoint presentation during a Lync meeting. Microsoft Lync 2013 lets users communicate with their colleagues and co-workers, and schedule meetings. The application also allows users to view […]

Windows phone leads in 24 countries

Windows phone leads in 24 countries

Microsoft has broken down its sales areas country by country and said exactly where Windows Phone is outselling the iPhone. The list reads as follows: Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam. […]

SnapPlay now comes to Windows Phone

SnapPlay now comes to Windows Phone

SnapOne has launched its music streaming application, Snap Play, for Windows Phone 8. Users can listen to the music saved on all their devices, from anywhere. Snap Play streams a user’s synced music from the cloud to any device, at any time. The application organizes music by song, album, genre, playlists and favourites, and users […]

Saving battery on your Windows Phone

Saving battery on your Windows Phone

Tips to enhance battery life on Windows Phone devices have been published by International Business Times. 1) Set your phone to save power automatically when the battery level is low. Head over to Settings>> battery saver and turn it on. It turns off some services while in standby mode to save power; however, you will […]

Path app comes to Windows Phone

Path app comes to Windows Phone

Path has launched an app for Windows Phone. The app is in beta form and is available from the Windows Phone Store. Path says that ‘Windows Phone 8 has been our most requested platform’ and that the app was built in collaboration with a joint team from Nokia and Microsoft. The beta app has the […]

Microsoft says no billions for WP makers

Microsoft says no billions for WP makers

Microsoft has denied a report that it plans to pay out billions of dollars in 2014 to ensure that top smartphone vendors launch phones powered by Windows Phone. According to Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft has plans to dole out more than $2.5 billion this year to Samsung, Sony, Huawei and several other smartphone makers […]

Disney games for Windows Phone

Disney games for Windows Phone

Disney has released some Windows Phone 8 games ranging in price from $0.99 to $4.99. At the same time, the company has announced a special promotion under which several popular titles are available free in the Windows Phone Store for a limited time. The promo includes popular titles such as Where’s my Water, a physics-based […]

Windows Phone development in India

Windows Phone development in India

In an interview with Indian magazine Economic Times, Viral Oza, Director-Marketing at Nokia India, has talked about the entry of new smartphone players in the Windows Phone market, App ecosystem and marketing strategies for Lumia and Asha portfolios. ‘Presently’,says Oza, ‘Windows Phone platform is the second largest OS in the country and Nokia, so far, […]

Trial Xtreme 3 now on Windows Phone

Trial Xtreme 3 now on Windows Phone

The popular racing game Trial Xtreme 3 is now available for Windows Phone users. The game claims over 50 million downloads on iOS and Android. Trial Xtreme 3 for Windows Phone comes with 112 challenging levels. 32 of them are free, while users have to pay to play the remaining ones. You can customise your […]

Lumia Black update from Nokia

Lumia Black update from Nokia

Nokia has announced the availability of its Lumia Black update for Windows Phone 8 Lumia phones. The company first mentioned the name Lumia Black at Nokia World 2013 as the working name for an update to its Windows Phone 8 line. The update was promised to bring a variety of features that were found on […]

App Annie adds Windows Phone database

App Annie adds Windows Phone database

Analytics company App Annie has updated its mobile game data tracking platform, adding support for Windows Phone and a new tool that allows users to chart an app’s performance across multiple global markets simultaneously. The company’s new Windows Phone Store database is currently in beta and only includes sales data on the top 500 Windows […]

Windows still fastest growing smart phone

Windows still fastest growing smart phone

According to IDC, Windows Phone reinforced its position as a top three smartphone operating system and was the fastest-growing platform in Q3 among the leading operating systems with 156 per cent year-over-year gain. Windows Phone is the number two smartphone operating system in 14 markets, and shipped more units than iPhone in 24 markets in […]

Spy hunter app for Windows Phone

Spy hunter app for Windows Phone

Spy Hunter is a new Windows Phone app that offers you the ability to secretly capture pictures and record sound, allowing you to see if anyone is messing around with your Windows Phone 8 device. Is someone trying to guess your PIN? Install Spy Hunter, run the app, and lock the screen to activate a […]

“New Huawei Windows Phone” in Las Vegas

“New Huawei Windows Phone” in Las Vegas

Chinese website ZOL has reported that China’s biggest phone maker, Huawei, may announce its Ascend W3 Windows Phone at the upcoming trade fair, CES 2014, in Las Vegas next week. The Ascend W3 has been described as having an ultra-thin aluminum body, with some design elements in common with Huawei’s Android-based smartphones like the Ascend […]

Fhotoroom updates app for Windows Phone

Fhotoroom updates app for Windows Phone

Fhotoroom is an app for Windows Phone that comes with a professional level mobile editor. The app has been updated to version 9.8.0.0 to incorporate new features and improvements. According to the app description, “Fhotoroom is a pro camera, photo sharing network and professional mobile photo editor. Our Pro Camera is focused on achieving the […]

PicsArt app available for Windows Phone

PicsArt app available for Windows Phone

Mobile photo-editing app PicsArt is now available for Windows Phone. Claimining around 100 users installs worldwide, PicsArt says it is the top downloaded photo-editing and drawing app on Google Play. According to Artavazd Mehrabyan, PicsArt’s Co-Founder and COO. ‘We value our users greatly, and strive to give everyone the tool to become a great artist. […]

Solitaire comes to Windows Phone

Solitaire comes to Windows Phone

Anyone who has used a Windows PC in the past 20 years has passed a few enjoyable but pointless minutes playing solitaire, minesweeper, mah jong or one of the other games that make up the classic Windows games package – and now the package has come to Windows Phone. The games, which have been a […]

Microsoft’s Guardian app for Windows Phone

Microsoft’s Guardian app for Windows Phone

Microsoft has announced a new Windows Phone app named Guardian – aimed aimed at protecting women in India. The Guardian allows users to call for help by just tapping an ‘SOS’ alert button. The app enables users to connect to police, and emergency services like hospitals. Users can also enable a ‘track me’ feature that […]

Conquer the world on Windows Phone

Conquer the world on Windows Phone

Gameloft, the company that brought you games like Asphalt, Assassin’s Creed, and Minion Rush, has launched Total Conquest for Windows Phone, and it’s free of charge. According to the company “Total Conquest is an exciting and strategic social game where you are a Roman governor developing your own city-state and army. But with Caesar dead, […]

New Facebook app for Windows Phone

New Facebook app for Windows Phone

Microsoft’s official Facebook app for Windows Phone 8 has had a major update and is now available for download. Microsoft says, “Facebook for Windows Phone v5 has been completely overhauled, with faster performance, a new user interface, improved navigation, support for multiple resolutions and tile sizes, and more.” In more detail, the new features that […]

Temple Run 2 on Windows Phone

Temple Run 2 on Windows Phone

After a long wait, Temple Run 2 has arrived at the Windows Phone Store. The game is now available to download free of charge on devices running Windows Phone 8 with at least 1GB of RAM. Temple Run 2 is the sequel to the highly successful original Temple Run that started the endless running genre […]

Windows Phone top in Italy

Windows Phone top in Italy

Kantar has released the preliminary smartphone OS market share numbers for November. Windows Phone continues to show a strong presence in Italy, where it held 15.6 per cent of the sales for the month, outselling iOS which only had 10.6 per cent of the market. The iPhone 5s and 5c brought some fresh blood to […]

Subway Surfers comes to Windows Phone

Subway Surfers comes to Windows Phone

Subway Surfers, the hit game, has been launched for Windows Phone 8 devices and is available free or charge. For those of you who have been living on Mars, Subway Surfers is an endless runner game that has been available on Android and iOS for a long time now. As in games like Temple Run, […]

Xbox video for Windows Phone 8

Xbox video for Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has launched Xbox Video for Windows Phone 8 enabling users to watch films and TV shows. It’s now possible to get the latest TV shows the day after they are broadcast, see ratings and reviews, and rent or buy the latest blockbuster films. You can also resume watching from where you left off or […]

India’s Xolo to make Windows Phones

India’s Xolo to make Windows Phones

Vikas Sehgal, co-founder and director of Indian phone manufacturer XOLO, has told The Economic Times of India that his company is working on Windows Phone 8.1 handsets and Windows tablets, with the first devices set to go on sale next year. Sehgal expects expects its WP handsets to be affordable and priced similarly to its […]

Will Microsoft pay $1Bn to Samsung to make Windows Phones?

Will Microsoft pay $1Bn to Samsung to make Windows Phones?

We don’t usually print rumours on Windows Phone News, preferring to leave speculation to others, but this one is too intriguing not to pass on to our readers. According to Eldar Murtazin, editor in chief of Russian technoblog Mobile-review.com, Microsoft has offered Samsung $1 billion to start making Windows Phones. His Twitter message (https://twitter.com/eldarmurtazin/status/411001284956016640) reads, […]

Share photos across platforms with Phriz.be

Share photos across platforms with Phriz.be

phriz.be is a mobile sharing platform that allows you to find other users nearby and share photos, including Hi-Res photos taken with your Nokia Lumia 1020. With phriz.be you can share seamlessly with users on all major platforms, as well as email addresses just by choosing and clicking to share. phriz.be allows you to exchange […]

Update for Skype app for Windows Phone

Update for Skype app for Windows Phone

Skype has announced another update to its Windows Phone app that adds some much-requested features. Skype version 2.13 is live now on the Windows Phone store and it includes the ability to copy and paste Instant Messages, as well as faster start up. According to Skype’s Lara Kingwell, ‘We’ve focused this release of Skype for […]

A first glimpse of Windows Phone 9?

A first glimpse of Windows Phone 9?

No, you’re not seeing things. This is Windows Phone 9 – but not the official WP9. The images are the work of talented Indonesian designer Ghani Pradita, currently on show at Behance. Ghani Pradita created his concept of how Windows Phone 9 smartphone might look with the emphasis on the User Interface and the User […]

iSwarm monitoring app for Windows Phone

iSwarm monitoring app for Windows Phone

Ceiba Solutions has launched iSwarm for Windows Phone 8, a cloud-based social monitoring platform. The iSwarm app gives users a centralized app for monitoring a specific online presence. The app searches across all social channels, including app stores. User-generated watchlists allow iSwarm users to filter and receive desired content. ‘Social media has become a part […]

Instagram is top free Windows Phone app

Instagram is top free Windows Phone app

Instagram, Facebook, Kik Messenger, Pandora, and Vine. These are the five most popular free apps currently in the Windows Phone Store, says WinBeta. In the top paid-app category are GPS Voice Navigation, Switch to iOS, MoliPlayer Pro, ArchiTech, and Readit. Instagram, which launched a Beta version of its Windows Phone 8 app, is still the […]

Battle space pirates on your Windows Phone

Battle space pirates on your Windows Phone

Previously released on PC, Mac, iOS and Android Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World is now available now on Windows Phone 8, Cateia Games has announced. Kaptain Brawe, a space police officer embarks on a journey filled with quests, conspiracies and general chaos, as he follows the lead of two kidnapped alien scientists. Read more […]

Global debut for Sky Go on Windows Phone

Global debut for Sky Go on Windows Phone

Sky Italia, Nokia and Microsoft have collaborated to bring Sky Go, the service that lets users view 30 pay-TV channels on their mobile, to Windows Phone. But so far the service has only been announced for Italy. The service will be launched for the Nokia Lumia family from the middle of December. ‘Sky Go on […]

Order a takeaway with your Windows Phone

Order a takeaway with your Windows Phone

If you don’t feel like cooking and you can’t be bothered to go out to eat, then you can load the delivery.com app onto your Windows Phones and order a takeaway. This free app enables U.S. users to find local restaurants that offer a food delivery service. At present there’s support for dozens of cities […]

Mint finance app comes to Windows Phone

Mint finance app comes to Windows Phone

Mint, the personal finance app, has been launched for Windows Phone 8. Mint syncs with personal banking accounts and provide up-to-date information to users such as approaching deadlines for paying bills as well as giving financial advice. Group Product Manager Vince Maniago says he is particularly proud of the “Goals” feature. This part of the […]

Kantar says Windows Phone tops 10 per cent

Kantar says Windows Phone tops 10 per cent

Market analysts Kantar Worldpanel says Windows Phone climbed past the 10 per cent market share mark in Europe in the three months to October . This is double what the OS had for the same period of 2012. Then Microsoft’s mobile operating system had a 4.7 per cent market share. According to Kantar, most of […]

Turn Windows Phone into a scanner

Turn Windows Phone into a scanner

Windows Phone users can now use their phones as a scanner using the latest version of CamScanner. You can scan, sync, and share documents. The app has been updated to version 2.0.0.21 and includes bug fixes, stability improvements, and support for Japanese and Korean languages. According to the app description “Turn any Smartphone into a […]

‘Top Ten Windows Phone app developers’ claims list

‘Top Ten Windows Phone app developers’ claims list

A list of the ten best Windows Phone app developers for November 2013 has been published by bestwebdesignagencies.com. The company says that ‘Businesses looking for compelling Windows phone apps services turn to the ratings supplied online in order to identify Windows phone apps services which have been judged by an independent third party. The ratings […]

Verizon users get Redbox streaming video app

Verizon users get Redbox streaming video app

U.S. users of Verizon can now get the Redbox streaming video app for their Windows Phones. By downloading the Redbox app, you can see the latest releases at the Redbox kiosk and start streaming movies instantly. With Redbox Instant by Verizon, you can browse and watch movies immediately, reserve new releases at your local Redbox, […]

More app developers target Windows Phone

More app developers target Windows Phone

More than 32 per cent of 1,600 active mobile app developers say they will support Windows Phone in 2014 according to the latest survey by Strategy Analytics – double the number who created apps for the Microsoft platform in 2013. David MacQueen, Executive Director, Apps and Media Research, says “Naturally Android and iOS were the […]

Waze comes to Windows Phone

Waze comes to Windows Phone

In all the excitement over Instagram finally coming to Windows Phone, an app has been overlooked that is potentially even more significant – Waze, the real-time navigation system. Google bought the crowd-sourced app some months ago, so it is surprising to most observers that Google has permitted the Windows Phone app to go ahead. Waze […]

At last – Instagram for Windows Phone

At last – Instagram for Windows Phone

It’s been the longest-awaited app – now finally Instagram has come to Windows Phone. The Windows Phone version is not quite as capable as those for Android and iPhone. You cannot upload and share videos, for instance. However  the app can take regular photos. Instagram’s support website claims that “currently, people with Windows Phones can’t […]

Use your Windows Phone as a remote control

Use your Windows Phone as a remote control

Anyone who has ever mislaid their PowerPoint remote control clicker will welcome Microsoft’s new, free Office Remote app which works on Windows Phone.  It does everything your clicker does and even gives you a laser pointer. Office Remote works with PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, with app-specific functions for all three. First you download the the app, and […]

New My Server app for Windows Phone

New My Server app for Windows Phone

My Server for Windows Phone is an app designed to enable you to stay seamlessly connected to your server resources through your Windows smart phone. The app enables users to manage devices, alerts, and access shared files in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. The announcement follows the release earlier this year of My Server app […]

Facebook login for Windows Phone apps

Facebook login for Windows Phone apps

Windows Phone 8 developers can now integrate a Facebook  system into their applications so users don’t have to bother to complete a sign up. Called Facebook Login,  the service enables people to enter their access codes once for Facebook and then use the service to log into third-party apps. The application programming interface for Windows […]

Belfiore takes over Internet Explorer

Belfiore takes over Internet Explorer

Joe Belfiore, who has headed Microsoft’s Windows Phone design team for the past three years, is taking over the Internet Explorer group. Belfiore confirmed the move on his Twitter account, saying that  he’s adding Internet Explorer to his portfolio but will still be working on the company’s phone and  tablet business. Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft’s former […]

Refocus Lumia pictures after taking

Refocus Lumia pictures after taking

Nokia Refocus is an app that runs on Lumia Windows Phones with the Amber software update. It lets you take a photo and later choose what you want in focus. It’s specially useful when shooting close-ups because it allows you to show depth in your photos, and then change focal point if you want. You […]

Vine is now free on the WP App Store

Vine is now free on the WP App Store

The video-clip app Vine is now available for free download from the Windows Phone app store. Vine is an applications that enables you to create short, looping videos of anything you see and shoot and then share with your friends and family. The app enables Free, unlimited uploads and allows you to post videos on […]

Windows Phone climbs in Europe markets

Windows Phone climbs in Europe markets

Windows Phone now accounts for one in 10 smartphone sales across the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, according to the latest data from market analysts Kantar WorldPanel. Android still remains the number one system in most countries, but Windows Phone is gaining fast. In the UK it now accounts for 11.4 per cent of […]

UC Browser upgraded for Windows Phone

UC Browser upgraded for Windows Phone

UCWeb has upgraded UC Browser for Windows Phone with background download, enhanced download management, and a branded cloud storage service. You can now keep downloading files even after you exit UC Browser. The download process will also automatically resume if the download is interrupted for some reason, again, in the background. The new download management […]

Become a burger chef on your Windows Phone

Become a burger chef on your Windows Phone

Ever fancied trying your hand at being a short-order burger chef? Now’s your chance with this free Burger game for Windows Phone. Your new job is to serve customers as fast as possible to earn money and even tips for yourself. Take orders from your customers and make up meals – sandwiches, garnishes, desserts and […]

Turn your Windows Phone into a scanner

Turn your Windows Phone into a scanner

You can turn your Windows Phone into a Scanner with CamScanner . With CamScanner, any documents can be digitized and saved with your Windows Phone. You simply use the camera to take a photo, and CamScanner enables you to turn it into a PDF. You can scan any kind of document in seconds, texts or […]

Windows Phone tops iOS in Italy

Windows Phone tops iOS in Italy

Windows Phone now accounts for 10 per cent of smartphone sales in Europe’s five biggest markets, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel. Windows Phone has performed so well in Italy that it is now more popular in that country than Apple’s iOS. ‘Windows Phone, driven almost entirely by Nokia sales, continues to make rapid progress […]

Windows Phone tops 10 million sales in last quarter

Windows Phone tops 10 million sales in last quarter

According to data published by Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments reached 251 million units during the third quarter of 2013. Microsoft’s Windows Phone has doubled in market share and is currently the world’s fastest growing smartphone platform, as of Q3 2013. According to the data, Microsoft has shipped more than 10 million Windows Phone devices […]

Lloyds bank app for Windows Phone

Lloyds bank app for Windows Phone

Lloyds bank has launched an online banking app for its customers in the UK . The app allows users to log on with their Internet Banking details, view balances and transaction history, check credit card limit and pay a bill. You can also mke transfers between your Lloyds Bank UK personal current and savings accounts, […]

Microsoft App Studio upgraded

Microsoft App Studio upgraded

Since it was launched in August Windows Phone App Studio, the web based development tool, has been used by developers to build 65,000 apps, says Microsoft. Microsoft intends to launch further App Studio upgrades designed to make fast-track apps even more powerful. Beta users can now integrate other phone functions into their apps with menu-driven […]

Microsoft signs Corona Labs as new app dev partner

Microsoft signs Corona Labs as new app dev partner

Microsoft has signed up another cross-platform application-development vendor in its bid to get more applications built for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. The new partner is Corona Labs, which makes a software development kit for building 2D apps across platforms. Corona says it has 300,000 developers worldwide using its SDK to publish apps to […]

Easier calls with new Viber for Windows Phone

Easier calls with new Viber for Windows Phone

Viber has released an upgraded version of its free phone call app for Windows Phone 8 that provides improved integration with Viber Desktop and other enhancements. The improved integration with Viber Desktop, says the company, give users seamless call transfers between Windows Phone 8 and the Desktop (PC and Mac computers running Viber). The new […]

Maxthon launches browser for Windows Phone

Maxthon launches browser for Windows Phone

Software company Maxthon has released a version of its Cloud Browser for Windows Phones. The Maxthon Cloud Browser has features that include cloud services with multi-device support, meaning users can sign in with a free Maxthon Passport account and sync their favorites online, and to other devices using the Maxthon Cloud Browser. Maxthon for Windows […]

Lumia 929 Windows Phone for Verizon

Nokia is going to announce a second aluminium-framed Windows Phone for Verizon users, designated the Lumia 929. The new phone is designed to be a replacement for the Lumia 928. A new video shows the device in black, complete with a 5-inch 1080p display and support for the new three columns of Live Tiles. According […]

Windows Phone to get Flipboard app soon

Windows Phone to get Flipboard app soon

Apart from Instagram, one of the apps most often specified as a ‘must have’ by Windows Phone users in Flipboard and now Microsoft has announced that the app is finally coming to Nokia devices. Flipboard will appear first on the Windows RT tablet, the Lumia 2520, before it is rolled out to Windows Phone 8 […]

Lumia 1520 is the Windows Phone phablet

Lumia 1520 is the Windows Phone phablet

Nokia has unveiled its biggest Windows Phone, the Lumia 1520. The phone has a 6-inch display and its 1080p resolution is the first in a series of high resolution Windows Phone handsets. The 6-inch screen makes the 1520 more of a phablet than a phone . Like Nokia’s existing Lumia range, the 1520 has a […]

Now Instagram finally comes to Windows Phone

Now Instagram finally comes to Windows Phone

At last Windows Phone will get an official Instagram app. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has confirmed that an official client will be made available to Windows Phone users soon. “Our ultimate goal is to bring Instagram to everyone who wants to use it,” says Systrom. “We’re looking forward to watching the Windows Phone community use […]

At last a Nokia tablet

At last a Nokia tablet

At Nokia World in Abu Dhabi, the Finnish company unveiled several Windows devices. Nokia introduced its long-awaited Windows tablet, the Nokia Lumia 2520, and launched large screen Lumia smartphones: the Lumia 1520 and 1320. Nokia’s first Windows tablet, the Lumia 2520, has a 10.1-inch HD display that is designed to provide outdoor and indoor readability. […]

New Angry Birds Go for Windows Phone

New Angry Birds Go for Windows Phone

Rovio, creator of Angry Birds, has announced that its all-new Angry Birds Go! game will be available on Windows Phone from December 11th. Angry Birds Go! invites players to join the birds as they race downhill in karts. The Angry Birds Go! game will feature Hasbro’s Telepods, which players can use to “teleport” new karts […]

New WordPress app for Windows Phone

New WordPress app for Windows Phone

A new native WordPress client for your Windows Phone enables you to enjoy WordPress on your Windows Phone. The app enables you to get the latest “Freshly Pressed” posts, and contains a WordPress Reader so you can get posts from blogs you follow. You sign in to manage all your blogs from your phone, and […]

Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8 update 3

Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8 update 3

Microsoft has updated Windows Phone 8. The update will roll out to existing phones over the next few months. Windows Phone 8 Update 3 includes a bigger Start screen, a new customisable Driving Mode and better accessibility options. In addition, there is a new preview programme to help developers keep their apps running smoothly on […]

Now get the Weather in HD

Now get the Weather in HD

Amazing Weather HD claims to be the fastest and most informative weather app, with dynamic lock screens and mix and match live tiles. It’s and aesthetically pleasing app with live HD animations to give you the most weather details in addition to quick 7 days overview, hourly data, charts, warnings, satellite images, detailed forecasts, GPS […]

Twitter update for Windows Phone

Twitter update for Windows Phone

Twitter has updated its Windows Phone app to include today, Twitter photos on the lock screen, more languages, and quicker search. It now also offers automatic translation of tweets in 54 languages. The new Twitter for Windows Phone enables both tweets and photos from people you follow on Twitter to appear on the phone’s lock […]

Nokia’s rewards scheme for app developers

Nokia’s rewards scheme for app developers

Nokia has launched a rewards program for Windows Phone developers in 21 countries. Called DVLUP, the initiative is designed to help developers to increase the success of their projects. The program, which is free to Windows Phone developers, users gamification gimmicks like winning badges, earning points, and completing quizzes on app development. Developers can also […]

Super Calendar for Windows Phone

Super Calendar for Windows Phone

The calendar that comes built-in to Windows Phone is a great app, but it does have a few niggling little drawbacks. Now comes a new app, Super Calendar, which has a amazingly high level of functionality. It integrates with Live, Hotmail and Google calendars. It displays your appointments by day, month of year and also […]

Microsoft updates Facebook app for Windows Phone

Microsoft updates Facebook app for Windows Phone

Microsoft has updated the Facebook app for Windows Phone with new features for the social network users. Facebook users who like posting pictures can now attach multiple images to a single post; and people who get offended can de-friend contacts and unlike content. There are also some global improvements, such as inline @ tagging and […]

Android and Windows on HTC phones?

Android and Windows on HTC phones?

Microsoft is reported to have talked to HTC about adding its Windows operating system to HTC’s Android-based smartphones at little or no additional cost, as part of its drive to increase market share in the mobile market. Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s operating systems unit, asked HTC last month to load Windows Phone as a […]

Microsoft updates Skype for Windows Phone

Microsoft updates Skype for Windows Phone

Microsoft has rolled out an update to the Skype for Windows Phone 8 app. This update has bumped the version number to 2.11 and offers users the ability to hide a conversation with ease. This update is part of Microsoft’s continued focus on addressing consumer feedback. “Today we’re pleased to release an update to Skype […]

BBC’s kids app for Windows Phone

BBC’s kids app for Windows Phone

The BBC has launched its scholastic game-based CBeebies Playtime for Windows Phone 8. Patrick Healy, head of product for children’s at BBC Future Media, says ‘Children’s media consumption habits are changing rapidly and it’s important for us to be able to reach them wherever they are.’ The app uses all device features, such as touchscreen […]

Songza app for Windows Phone

Songza app for Windows Phone

Songza, the free music streaming service has announced an app for Windows Phone 8, making activity-themed and mood-themed available to Windows Phone users. Previously, the company had launched a native app for Windows 8/RT computers and tablets, making Windows smartphone a logical next step. Songza’s Windows Phone 8 app is similar in look and feels […]

Windows Phone double Euro market share

Windows Phone double Euro market share

Windows Phone has almost doubled its market share in Europe according to the latest figures from Kantar World Panel for the 3 months ending September 2013. Windows Phone has posted its highest ever sales share of 9.2 per cent across the five major European markets Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Windows Phone is […]

UK Govt approves Windows Phone for BYOD use

UK Govt approves Windows Phone for BYOD use

The UK government has published security approval for public sector organisations to offer bring your own device (BYOD) schemes for employees to access data and applications using Windows Phone and tablets. The new End User Devices Security and Configuration Guidance policy was issued by CESG, the information security arm of GCHQ. It follows requests by […]

Microsoft updates App Studio

Microsoft updates App Studio

Microsoft has updated its App Studio beta, incorporating features that developers have requested. According to Emilio Salvador Prieto, who heads Microsoft’s Windows Phone developer experience team, ‘We improved usability and performance, and updated the quality of the code generated.’ Chief improvement in App Studio is that the menu bar now makes it easier to navigate. […]

Now Windows Phone is No 2 in Taiwan

Now Windows Phone is No 2 in Taiwan

The latest figures from IDC on the Asia-Pacific region in Q2, show that Windows Phone has taken second place in Taiwan. The figures follow closely on the news that Windows Phone is now the second most popular smartphone in India. Windows Phone beat Apple into second place, taking a 2 per cent market share, leaving […]

Top Ten Windows Phone apps firms named

Top Ten Windows Phone apps firms named

Independent web design and development site, bestwebdesignagencies.co.uk, has announced what it thinks are the top ten Windows Phone apps agencies in the UK. According to the site, businesses hunting for reputable Windows Phone apps agencies can access the ratings at bestwebdesignagencies.co.uk. They say that each Windows Phone apps service featured in the ratings has ‘been […]

Latest Angry Birds exclusive to Windows Phone

Latest Angry Birds exclusive to Windows Phone

Windows Phone users were the first to get the next installment of the Angry Birds franchise exclusively. According to Microsoft, only Windows Phone users were able to purchase the game from today. Meaning users of iOS and Android devices had to wait a little longer before they can cause mayhem and complete levels with special […]

Windows Phone now No 2 in India

Windows Phone now No 2 in India

The IDC Asia Pacific Mobile Phone Tracker has shown that for the third consecutive quarter, Windows Phone is the second most widely used smartphone platform in India. With a market share of 5.4 per cent, Windows Phone has maintained its lead over its competitors, Apple iOS and Blackberry. According to Manasi Yadav, senior market analyst, […]

Ballmer tells analysts he is optimistic

Ballmer tells analysts he is optimistic

Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer says he is optimistic about Windows Phone. Speaking at the company’s 2013 Financial Analyst Meeting, Ballmer commented on the Nokia deal and talked about the Windows Phone market share, and how he felt that by having a small market share was actually an opportunity for Microsoft. He said, “Mobile devices. We […]

Free short course in Windows Phone  app development

Free short course in Windows Phone app development

To coincide with the release of Microsoft Windows Phone 8, Australia’s Charles Sturt University and IT Masters have put together a free short course on developing Windows Phone 8 applications. All facets of the course are available online, says the Uni, with recorded lectures delivered by one of the industry’s leading experts in Mobile Applications […]

Goodbye Siri – hello Cortana

Goodbye Siri – hello Cortana

In its most inspired pre-launch leak so far, Microsoft has let slip that Windows 8.1 will have an intelligent voice-activated digital helper to compete with iPhone’s Siri. Windows Phone is to get Cortana, the beautiful blue helper from the Halo series of video games. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote earlier this year, ‘Our machine-learning infrastructure […]

New HTC Windows Phone flagship soon

New HTC Windows Phone flagship soon

HTC will launch a new Windows Phone flagship this Autumn, according to reports in Windows Phone Blogging. The device is reported to on schedule for release in the October-November, will have a 4.7″ Super LCD3 1080p display, 2 GB of memory, 32 GB of storage and Windows Phone 8 GDR3. As yet the processor type […]

Oslo orders 3000 Windows Phones

Oslo orders 3000 Windows Phones

The City of Oslo has invited tenders for the supply of 3,000 smartphones, for the agency responsible for care of the elderly. And Oslo has stipulated that all 3,000 have to be Windows Phones, reports ZDNet. The reason for demanding Windows Phones is that the back-office services the nurses use while nursing the elderly at […]

Huawei will still make Windows Phones

Huawei will still make Windows Phones

Huawei Technologies, China’s biggest phone maker, will continue to make Windows Phones even though Microsoft has bought Nokia’s phone business, says the company. ‘We will continue to develop devices running Windows Phone, and launch more products,’ Richard Ren, Huawei executive who heads the company’s consumer unit in Europe, told reporters in Stockholm. ‘We remain one […]

What buying Nokia means for Windows Phone

Windows Phone development guru Nick Landry of Infragistics has recently been speaking at the Heartland DevCon (#HDC13) in Omaha. Nick spoke on mobile development again at the session ‘The Great Mobile Debate: Native vs. Hybrid App Development’. Nick was also interviewed by Jim Collison from GALLUP for a live YouTube videocast. In the interview Nick […]

Video messaging for Skype app

Video messaging for Skype app

Skype has upgraded its Windows Phone app to bring video messaging to the platform. This feature allows users to record a short video message and share it with a Skype contact. Recording a video message is easy, says Skype. All you have to do is open a conversation and tap + to record a message. […]

Microsoft $250m datacentre for Finland

Microsoft $250m datacentre for Finland

Microsoft is to design and build its next datacentre in Finland. The new facility, costing more than $250m (£161m), will serve Microsoft customers in Europe. The Windows Phone company revealed it had chosen Finland as the home for its next datacentre on when it announced plans to acquire Finnish telecommunications company Nokia in a $7.2bn […]

Accellion’s Windows Phone app for BYOD working

Accellion’s Windows Phone app for BYOD working

Accellion has launched a mobile app for Windows Phone 8, starting with a private beta program. The app enables secure mobile file sharing and collaboration for users of Windows Phone 8, helping IT departments keep their organizational data secure in the BYOD era. Rama Kolappan, director of mobile product marketing at Accellion says that ‘the […]

New version UC Browser for Windows Phone

New version UC Browser for Windows Phone

UCWeb has released UC Browser 3.1 for Windows Phone. UC Browser is the most popular alternative to default IE browser on Windows Phones, the app has more than 400 million users and is the number 1 browser on the Windows app store. The latest update comes with multiple additions including greater sharing, the ability to […]

Windows Phone has 9 per cent of UK market

Windows Phone has 9 per cent of UK market

Microsoft’s Windows Phone has hit a record 9.2 per cent market share in the UK. According to the latest statistics from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, which show that Microsoft’s mobile operating system market share has increased five percent over the past year. This sees Windows Phone accounting for 9.2 per cent of the UK smartphone market […]

Microsoft buys Nokia’s Windows Phone business

Microsoft buys Nokia’s Windows Phone business

Microsoft is to buy Nokia’s Phone business in a deal worth $7.2 billion. The acquisition is a logical move by Microsoft in transforming itself into what CEO Steve Ballmer calls a devices and services company, rather than a software company. Microsoft will pay $5 billion for Nokia’s Devices and Services Business. In addition, it is […]

Microsoft makes lower app fee permanent

Microsoft makes lower app fee permanent

Microsoft has now permanently lowered the annual fee for Windows Phone development. During the summer, developers had been offered a cut down price of $19 to sign up to the Windows Phone Dev Centre. The cost for UK developers is £15. Microsoft says the promotion was successful and so the team will be making the […]

Train times app coming to Windows Phone

Train times app coming to Windows Phone

National rail enquiries has confirmed that it will be launching an app for Windows Phone next year. Chris Scoggins, chief executive of the online timetables and tickets service confirmed this to Windows Phone News in his blog, saying, ‘I’m now able to confirm that we will be producing an app for Windows Phone which will […]

Now Nokia Music alerts you to new releases

The latest version of Nokia Music is out now for your downloading pleasure. The Music team have been busy creating even more ways to enhance your listening experience, this time adding notifications and favourite artists to the mix. Nokia’s Martin Banham says, ‘The latest features are designed to take you closer to the music you […]

You can vote for missing Windows Phone apps

You can vote for missing Windows Phone apps

Which apps missing from the Windows Phone app store are the most urgent or the most wanted by users? One approach was that of app developer Nick Landry who compared the Windows Phone app store with the 100 most popular iPhone apps. Leaving aside banks and national TV broadcasters (who tend to be specific to […]

Windows Phone tops list of IPv6 users

Windows Phone tops list of IPv6 users

It’s a pleasant surprise to find Windows Phone topping a list but an unexpected one to find that it is way ahead of everyone else in adopting the IPv6 standard. It seems that Windows Phone 8 has the largest percentage of users of the new IPv6 standard, which is surprising given that the OS shipped […]

Windows Phone second in Latin America

Windows Phone second in Latin America

IDC has released its Mobile Phone Tracker report, showing that in the second quarter of 2013, Windows Phone is the second most widely used operating system in the Latin American region. There are more than 20 countries in Latin America where the Windows Phone range of devices is available. The report shows that Windows Phone […]

Delta uses Windows Phones for in-flight buys

Delta uses Windows Phones for in-flight buys

More than 19,000 flight attendants of Delta Airlines will start using Windows Phones to streamline on-board purchasing. The attendants will use Nokia Lumia 820 smartphones. The app that will be used by attendants was developed by Avanade and will operate over WiFi and AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Delta flight attendants will use the smartphones to […]

At last – Instagram app for Windows Phone

At last – Instagram app for Windows Phone

Windows Phone has at last acquired an Instagram app – but it’s from French app developer Rudy Huyn, not from Instagram itself. The app was originally named 6tagram but has been renamed 6tag for Windows Phone because Instagram told users of its API not to use the words insta or gram. 6tag includes most of […]

Gameloft  names new games for Windows Phone

Gameloft names new games for Windows Phone

Gameloft has announced that it plans to bring a total of 15 games to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 in the next year. The first game titles announced by Gameloft will be,“Asphalt 8: Airborne” and “Dungeon Hunter 4″ both released simultaneously for the Windows platforms this autumn. Other Gameloft titles scheduled for release on […]

Huawei launches Windows Phone under $200

Huawei launches Windows Phone under $200

Following news that the low-end Nokia Lumia 520 is currently the best selling Windows Phone comes news that Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has launched a sub $200 phone – the Ascend W2. Yesterday, reports unwiredview.com, Huawei started selling their Ascend W2 Windows Phone for 999 Yuan ($163) in China. The Ascend W2 comes with 4.3 […]

Talygen launches Windows Phone version

Talygen launches Windows Phone version

Talygen has introduced a Windows Phone app that is fully integrated with its Cloud based Software as a Service (SaaS) application. Companies and their Employees can use this as an integrated solution to track billable time accurately. Whether someone is on the web, or using a tablet or a smartphone, they can use Talygen’s functionality […]

Deezer now on Windows Phone

Deezer now on Windows Phone

Deezer is a new global music service, available in 182 countries. It enables users to listen without limits to over 25 million tracks. You can Sync your music to your phone for offline listening and you can access your music on all your devices: PC, mobile, tablet. There are thousands of themed and artist radio […]

Oops! Google pulls YouTube app again

Oops! Google pulls YouTube app again

Just when we thought it was at last safe to view YouTube videos on our Windows Phones, Google has pulled the plug on Microsoft’s new app – for a second time. The app was first launched in May but removed from the app store when Google threatened legal action, because it blocked their ads and […]

YouTube app back on Windows Phone

YouTube app back on Windows Phone

After its legal tussle with Google back in May, Microsoft has now returned its YouTube app to the Windows Phone store. Micrsoft issued a statement saying ‘We’ve released an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of […]

HTC signs up ‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey

HTC signs up ‘Iron Man’ Robert Downey

HTC has signed up the star of Iron Man movies, Robert Downey Jr, as its global brand ambassador, with the Hollywood actor making his debut in a multimedia campaign breaking this week. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has confirmed the two-year deal with the actor following a teaser Vine video which appeared on the internet last […]

Do smartphones spell the end for news media?

Do smartphones spell the end for news media?

The rise in popularity of smartphones and tablets seems to suggest that traditional news media are on their way out – especially newspapers. But a new study by web app analytics company Localytics contradicts this idea. Localytics studied the behaviour of users of more than 500 mobile news apps over a 12 months period. Their […]

Bing gives you news on Windows Phone

Bing gives you news on Windows Phone

Microsoft has launched a new suite of apps for its Bing search engine. They include Sports, News, Weather and Finance, and they come with Live Tile support on Windows Phone, so you can park them on your home screen. Probably most important of the four for many users is Bing News which enables you to […]

Windows Phone catches up with iPhone in Russia

Windows Phone catches up with iPhone in Russia

Russia’s largest carrier, OAO Mobile TeleSystems – known in the high street as MTS – has announced success in Windows Phone sales. Windows Phone handsets accounted for 8.2 per cent of all smartphones sold in Russia in the first quarter resulting in sales of 315,000 units up from 5.1 per cent of all units sold […]

Develop your Windows Phone app online

Develop your Windows Phone app online

Microsoft has launched a new online tool that it claims anyone can use to build their own app for Windows Phones. Called Windows Phone App Studio, the software is a web-based wizard that lets you create your own HTML-based mobile apps in your web browser, either by starting from scratch or by working from a […]

Microsoft upgrades Bing for Windows Phone

Microsoft upgrades Bing for Windows Phone

Bing is rolling out a set of upgrades for Windows Phone. The update streamlines the interface and adds some new features. It will show up automatically on US phones in the coming weeks, with the UK and other markets following later. Cosmetically, the biggest change is that Bing has abandoned the previous four different search […]

Now you can paint on your Windows Phone

Now you can paint on your Windows Phone

Microsoft’s Fresh Paint app is now available on the Nokia Lumia Windows Phone. This really is an amazingly realistic app. You get a palette where it is easy to change colours and shades, a choice of brushes, and a textured canvas on which to paint. You can opt either to start with a blank canvas […]

Microsoft  increases Windows Phone sales by $1.2 billion

Microsoft increases Windows Phone sales by $1.2 billion

Microsoft has reported significant growth in Windows Phone revenue in its annual report to the US Securities Exchange Commission. Its report says, ‘Windows Phone revenue increased $1.2 billion, including an increase in patent licensing revenue and sales of Windows Phone licenses.’ Microsoft did not report Windows Phone revenues separately in its last year’s report, so […]

Britvic replaces Blackberry with Windows Phones

Britvic replaces Blackberry with Windows Phones

Britvic Soft Drinks, whose brands include Tango, Pepsi and 7UP in the UK, has replaced Blackberry for the business smartphone for its employees with Nokia Lumia Windows Phones. Britvic is now halfway through a rollout of 800 Nokia Lumia 720 smartphones. A key factor in Britvic’s switch to Lumia is the Windows Phone 8 platform […]

Find the best flight on Windows Phone

Find the best flight on Windows Phone

There’s an easy way to find the best flight on your Windows Phone, with the Whichairline app. You can search all airlines – including the low cost ones – as well as all major travel agents to find the one that best suits your travel plans. The app enables you to search more than 100,000 […]

Fill in the blanks with Emoji Pop

Fill in the blanks with Emoji Pop

Emoji Pop is an educational and fun game. It’s a picture trivia game that invites you to fill in the blanks with the picture clues provided and try and work out the words. Your friends can join in the fun too with different challenges and there are lots of levels to conquer. This fun game […]

Lenovo to join Windows Phone makers?

Lenovo to join Windows Phone makers?

According to the Chinese language WPDang, Lenovo is set to release a high end Windows Phone later in 2013. The handset, which may have the code name Lenovo Aupres (or Lenovo Snoopy – according to evLeaks) is said to have a Quad-core processor, 1080P screen which is 4.7 inch or 5 inch, and will be […]

New Nokia China head calls for app developers

New Nokia China head calls for app developers

Nokia China, together with China’s biggest telecom operator – China Mobile Ltd – has launched a campaign challenging Windows Phone app developers in China to come up more than 1,000 ideas for new apps, reports China Daily. Nokia’s newly appointed general manager in China, Erik Bertman, launched the scheme which has a four month deadline. […]

Why Nokia chose Windows Phone over Android

Why Nokia chose Windows Phone over Android

Why did Nokia choose Windows for its smartphones when it killed off Symbian? It held talks with Google about choosing Android, but in the end elected to sign a deal with Microsoft. We now know the answer thanks an interview with Nokia chief Stephen Elop in The Guardian. ‘I’m very happy with the decision we […]

Spartan Assault available on Verizon first

Spartan Assault available on Verizon first

Microsoft has released Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, but the Windows Phone version in the US will be available exclusively on Verizon for the first month. A Microsoft blog post describes the game as ‘available worldwide except in the U.S., where Verizon Wireless customers get first dibs until August 16.’ […]

Now Mickey is on Windows Phone

Now Mickey is on Windows Phone

If you’re a fan of comedic rodents then this new app from Disney is for you. Where’s My Mickey? Has a whole new world of physics-based gameplay with stimulating weather mechanics involving the perennial Mickey Mouse. There are five original episodes, based on brand new weather mechanics – using wind, clouds and rain to enables […]