March 2, 2013 at 03:17 | By Darlington Moyo
It looks like Rovio are on a major Windows Phone offensive as they continue to bring all their titles to the platform. Angry Birds Star Wars was officially launched in November by Rovio and Lucasfilm and landed on Windows Phone 8 at the same time as Android and iOS, and was subsequently updated, bringing the Planet Hoth with 40 new levels. Now, the same updated has been made available to the ever-diminishing Windows Phone 7.x devices.
March 1, 2013 at 11:55 | By Darlington Moyo
Although not considered to be the de facto standard in stats, StatCounter is still a great tool for watching how markets evolve and how mobile platforms are doing in general. I suppose it can be said it's a case of reading and believing what you want to.
Well, that's the case with Windows Phone market share in Finland since the introduction of the Nokia Lumia 800 in February of 2012. It is absolutely incredible that the Windows Phone market share now stands at 18.88% after only being launched a year ago in Finland. These are of course special circumstances as Finland is the home of Nokia.
February 27, 2013 at 10:31 | By Darlington Moyo
Twitter yesterday updated its Windows Phone app, adding a tonne of features that had been available in iOS and Android apps for some time. In a blog post, Twitter said that it had redesigned the Windows Phone version of its app to be "in line with other Twitter apps."
That structure is built around the Home, Connect, Discovery, and Me tabs that have been used for Twitter's iOS and Android apps for a while. Whilst we welcome the additional features the update brings, sadly, the new interface is less metro.
February 23, 2013 at 11:57 | By Darlington Moyo
Prolific leaksters @evleaks have done it again! If you are a regular patron of tech blogs then you will know that the @evleaks Twitter handle has leaked several devices renders prior to their unveiling, including the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920. In the past, leaked images sometimes turned out to be way off the mark but @evleaks has changed that, with almost 100% of their leaked images turning out to be the real deal. So when we saw images of what's supposed to be the rumoured Nokia 720 and Lumia 510, we knew they were right.
February 21, 2013 at 17:09 | By Darlington Moyo
Now that Windows Phone 8 devices are available in more-or-less every corner of the world, It was only a matter of time before we saw some Windows Phone 7.x devices hit a low price point that rivals cheap Android devices. The runt of the Windows Phone 7.5 Nokia Lumia family, the 610, is the first Windows Phone device to be sold for as little as £62.
February 21, 2013 at 12:08 | By Darlington Moyo
Concept designs are what keeps us Windows Phone Super Fanboys dreaming of the hardware and features we would love to see come to the platform. While some may be plain and simple bonkers, and never going to see the light of day, some leave us wondering "why the hell no one at Microsoft is thinking of that." 1800PocketPC's Yanko Andeev has come up with his own version of what he would like to see the rumoured Microsoft's own smartphone become. He also cites "the lack of unique hardware and features" as the detriment to Windows Phone growing and taking a healthy chunk of the smartphone market-share.
February 20, 2013 at 23:09 | By Darlington Moyo
File this one under "Sooner than Expected." On Monday we mentioned that the arrival of the official Royal Bank of Scotland was immenent, after the NatWest version found it's way to the Windows Phone Store. The RBS application is a dead ringer for the NatWest version but that is to be expected given that latter part of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc since 2000.
February 20, 2013 at 17:52 | By Darlington Moyo
Nokia has launched it's entire Windows Phone 8 range in Pakistan. The South Asian country becomes one of the first emerging markets to have the flagship Lumia 920, the mid-range Lumia 820 and entry-level Lumia 620 available. All three devices will be available from the Moblink network, which is Pakistan's leading cellular operator with a subscriber base of 31.5m and market share of 31%.
February 20, 2013 at 14:44 | By Darlington Moyo
When Orange and T-Mobile merged in the UK, there were a few raised eyebrows after the companies settled for the "Everything Everywhere" moniker. Eyebrows were raised even further when EE announced pricing of their super-speed 4G LTE plans, having being the successful tender for the first round of the 4G spectrum auction. We assumed that the 4G hype would create booming business for the newly network, but it now turns out that the UK smartphone users aren't in a hurry to jump into the 4G LTE world as recent figures reaveal that EE activations are dwindling, compared to the past two years.
February 18, 2013 at 15:45 | By Darlington Moyo
VimpelCom, the global telecoms operator, has signed an agreement with Microsoft and Nokia that will allow its customers using Windows Phone devices to purchase applications, games and other content from the Windows Phone store and be billed from their pre-paid credit or monthly accounts. VimpelCom is one of the world's largest integrated telecommunications services operators - sixth to be precise - providing voice and data services through a range of traditional and broadband mobile and fixed technologies in Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic and Canada.