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Nokia Releases Counters Beta App For Lumia Windows Phone Devices…Except for the Lumia 900 – on AT&T

Nokia-Counters-Windows-PhoneNokia has released the Counters Beta App, which lets you manage your calls, messaging and data use each month.

The app however does not work on the “flagship” Lumia 900 via the “premier partner network” AT&T because AT&T continues sit on the Tango update.

Awesome Nokia and AT&T. Well done…

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Tango everywhere on Windows Phone, Unless You Are On AT&T Of Course

att-logoContinuing its apparent quest to become the worst U.S. mobile network carrier for a third [2010, 2011] straight year, AT&T continues to hold back updates for its lineup of Windows Phones – including the “premier” Nokia Lumia 900, giving credence to its top honors place in the list of America’s worst phone companies. Awesome…

Meanwhile: Tango everywhere on Windows Phone – A small list of carrier updates from the last few days

 

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Nokia Drive 3.0 Now Available

One of my most used apps for the Nokia Lumia 900 is the Nokia Drive app, which brings free [in addition to the built in Bing [tap for] turn-by-turn GPS navigation enabled in the Mango update] turn-by-turn voice guided navigation experience to the phone in an easy to use and intuitive interface.

Nokia recently mentioned that Nokia Drive will be offered to all Windows Phone 8 partners for built-in GPS and mapping software and I am happy that this update to Nokia Drive brings some of the Windows Phone 8 features to their existing [albeit somewhat paltry in numbers] users.

Make your commute smoother

Nokia Drive 3.0 Commute Feature

 

As shown in the video above, Nokia Drive with My Commute learns your driving preferences and uses information about the latest traffic conditions to help you choose between the different routes you usually take to get to the places you travel most. It even remembers when you usually leave, providing traffic updates along your route so you’ll know in advance whether there are delays or if you have time to stop by that new café on your way home.

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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Computing, Fun, Gadgets, Mobile Phones, Technology

 

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Nokia Navi: A Gorgeous Mapping and Navigation Concept Nokia Should Consider

Nokia Navigation Concept – Drive, Maps, Transit and City lens in one place via 1800pocketpc

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Currently there a lot of expensive navigation applications with bad and confusion interface and overloaded menus. Although I’m addicted, I think that Nokia Drive is the best navigation app in the market. It is quick, simple and does what it was designed. Nevertheless, I have some ideas that make it even better and I’ll show them in this concept.

Transform1Windows Phone needs a professional ideas and professional concepts for applications to increase the target potential users of OS’s. This is the second PRO concept, so it’s take me more time to complete and finish the whole idea. Nokia Navi is the ultimate navigation system concept for regular and professional users. There will be two major work modes – Basic for regular user and Advanced for special vehicles and route types.

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Nokia Lumia 900, AT&T Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh Available In Coming Weeks

via: AT&T Consumer Blog

No summer vacation for Nokia Lumia 900: AT&T launches new pink color and will make the Windows Phone 7.5 update available this summer.

Steve Conn

Steve Conn

July 09, 2012

Summer is normally the laid-back, quiet season for most folks but here at AT&T the summer is full of exciting news about our Windows Phone portfolio.  A couple of weeks ago, we confirmed we’d carry Windows Phone 8 devices beginning later this year.  Today we’re excited to announce that beginning July 15, the award-winning Nokia Lumia 900 will be available in a fun pink color via direct fulfillment in AT&T stores and online at http://www.att.com.  If you’re looking for a way to make a statement with your smartphone and stand out this summer, the pink Lumia 900 is definitely the way.  Of course, you still have the option to pick it up in cyan, black or white, as well.

Nokia is also bringing a lot of new enhancements to the Lumia 900. Nokia Lumia users will begin to see software updates for Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh in the coming weeks, which will add several new capabilities to their devices including flip-to-silence. In addition, new features – including camera extras and DLNA streaming have just gone live in the Marketplace.  A usage tracking counter and a new contact sharing feature are also coming in the near future. Nokia also announced that the hit Zynga titles Words with Friends and Draw Something will be coming to Windows Phone this fall – and exclusive to Lumia owners for the first 60 days.  

Overall, we have a lot of fun things coming down the pipeline with Windows Phone in the coming months and hope you’ll stop by to check them out.  Stay tuned!  

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Gadgets, Mobile Phones, Technology

 

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Windows Phone 7.8 Update News Via Microsoft Windows Phone Site

Microsoft has created a “Windows Phone 7.5 news” page, one can only assume to counter the growing wishful speculation of what Windows Phone 7.8 will HOPEFULLY have, with a listing of features that will ACTUALLY be coming to Windows Phone 7.8, along with a brief video showing the new start screen. No date for the update is listed.

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Meet the new Start

With more great apps and a fabulous new Start screen on the way, Windows Phone 7.5 just keeps getting better.

wp78_aquastartscrnA bigger, more flexible Start screen

Dress it up in new colors and choose from three sizes of Live Tiles, easily resized and rearranged with a tap.

 

wp78_aquashoppingbag100,000 apps and counting

Audible just joined the party. PayPal, Draw Something, Words with Friends, and plenty more are on the way.

 

howtohome-site-nokia-logo-blueMore love for Lumias

Nokia is providing Lumia owners awesome new features including camera enhancements and a new way to share contacts and track data usage.

 

Hands on with the new Windows Phone 7.8 Start Screen.

Poll results – Majority of Windows Phone users happy with proposed 7.8 update via WPCentral

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Certainly we can say the results are mixed but a majority of you (54%) are okay with Microsoft choosing this path for current Windows Phone users. The clear "no" category had 19.61%  thinking Microsoft could and should do more while another 20% were on the fence, perhaps waiting to see how it actually looks and feel. A tiny percentage (6%) claimed they are finished with Microsoft and are leaving the platform.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in Computing, Gadgets, Mobile Phones

 

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The Seedy Side of Nokia?

Nokia and Microsoft have finally publically addressed consumers questions as to whether current generation phones [such as the “premier” Nokia Lumia 900 released some two months ago to great fanfare] will be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8 or not. While Microsoft has been publicly silent about this [presumably to preserve current device sales] Nokia has more than a few times teased that the device will continue to receive updates going forward. While technically true, it is however not an emphatic and clear, “no they will not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8.”

Nonetheless, Nokia apparently does feel that they are doing “more than enough” for their customers. All current 7 and 7.5 Windows Phones will be getting what amounts to a cosmetic upgrade called Windows Phone 7.8 in the distant and as yet undetermined future.

Source: Winsupersite

  1. Start screen. The Windows Phone 7.8 Starts screen will be changed to look like that of Windows Phone 8. It will fill the entry screen with tiles, and not leave a strange “white space” gutter on the right side, as does Windows Phone 7.x. (This was apparently the source of some great number of user complaints, the theme being that Windows Phone doesn’t completely take advantage of its onscreen real estate. Commoners.)
  2. Tile customization. Windows Phone 7.8 will now support three tile sizes, just like Windows Phone 8, and not two like the current version. And apps can be written to support any of the three sizes, giving the user the ability to choose between them (as is done with Windows 8’s live tiles). In addition to the current Small (square) and Large (rectangular) sizes, Windows Phone 7.8 and 8 will also support a new Smaller size, which is a fingertip-sized square that is one-fourth the size of a small Tile. Mix and match as you please.
  3. Windows Update. Windows Phone 7.8 will be delivered directly to all Windows Phone users, bypassing the carriers. You will be able to download and install Windows Phone 7.8 over Wi-Fi, at home or wherever else, and install this update. This type of updating will be made available in Windows Phone 8, as well, as given my long, loud, and lengthy complaining about the lack of such updating in Windows Phone 7.x, you won’t be surprised, maybe, to discover that Microsoft jokingly calls this “the Paul Thurrott feature” internally.

The Verge sat with Nokia’s Kevin Shields to find out if the company is doing enough for its existing Lumia users.

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