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An update on Windows Phone 7.8 Via Windows Phone Blog Team

Allow me to summarize what you will read via the Microsoft Windows Phone Team blog:

  1. As we said some six months ago, Windows Phone 7.8 update is coming. The features we are “announcing” right now are all of the features you already know about.
  2. We are still not giving you a solid release date, other than “early 2013.”
  3. The “hugely popular” games Words with Friends [two star rating] and Draw Something [three star rating], games [that lost their popularity a while back when EVERYONE was playing them…except Windows Phone 7.5 users due to a lack of availability] are “already available,” while Angry Birds Space and Angry Birds Star Wars are [still] on the way.

So there you go. It is stunning how slow and clueless Microsoft is at generating hype. This only to end in a sad and lethargic fizzle. Slow golf clap…

P.S. Thank you for your support of Windows Phone.

-Terry

Corporate Vice President, Windows Phone

P.P.S. I do love my Windows Phone 8 Lumia 920.

-Christopher

 

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Microsoft Wants YOUR Vote on Which Windows Phone 8 Feature to Add to Windows Phone 7.8 [updated]

Let your voice be heard here.

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Updated:

We are truly floored over the excitement about future Windows Phone releases. Unfortunately our earlier response on this post was not well worded. We really do care about your feedback. This forum is intended to seek suggestions on future product features but it is not set up to take requests for specific product versions. We apologize for the confusion.

We would like to reinforce that for sthis forum to work optimally we would need users to create unique suggestions each with a single idea. This particular suggestion item has many varied ideas and because of that we aren’t able to infer what is the most important to this forum. Please reallocate your votes to other suggestions that have a single idea.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Computing, Gadgets, Mobile Phones, Technology

 

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Windows Phone 7.5: Nokia Lumia 900 Tango Update Now Live

via Nokia Converstaions: As part of our ongoing commitment to our Lumia owners, today we’ve announced the availability of a software update that brings numerous enhancements to the Nokia Lumia 900 in the United States and Canada.

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Update 7.10.8773.98

  • Messaging. Adds new messaging capabilities to your phone. You can now attach multiple pictures, videos, audio notes, and ringtones to text messages.
  • Other quality improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.

This update is not available in all markets or for all phones.

Update 7.10.8107.79

  • On-screen keyboard. Fixes an issue to prevent the keyboard from disappearing during typing.
  • Email. Fixes a Google mail syncing issue.
  • Location. Fixes a location access issue. With this fix, the Me feature in the People Hub sends anonymous information about nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers to Microsoft only if you agree to allow the Check In function to access and use location information.
  • Security. Revokes digital certificates from DigiCert Sdn Bhd to address an encryption issue.
  • Email threads. Fixes an email issue related to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. With this fix, when you reply to or forward a message, the original message is now included in your response.
  • Voicemail. Fixes a voicemail notification display issue that occurs on some European and Asian networks under certain conditions.

NOKIA Update for Windows Phone

  • Flip-to-silence feature
  • Camera performance enhancements
  • Battery performance enhancements
  • Startup sequence performance enhancements
 
 

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Nokia Drive 3.0–Are We There Yet?

Released on July 21st [initially for Nokia’s Lumia devices], I have had a few opportunities to try out the latest app, Drive 3.0 offering from Nokia.

Over the past two years I have repeatedly used Google’s brilliant built in turn-by-turn navigation powered by the Android based Google Maps app, and was amazed at how well it was executed. Other than occasional GPS signal loss issues, I came to rely on it like a good old friend.

I was hoping for the same “WOW” factor with the Nokia app for Windows Phone 7.5 too. So how does it work? Well, unfortunately in some very critical ways, not well at all…

Nokia Drive 3.0

In two of my three GPS guided trips using the app, Drive 3.0 took me to the wrong address.

In the first instance, I was Courtyardattempting to get to the Courtyard Marriot in San Jose [denoted by the “A” marker in the Google map] and the app directed me past my target location and into the roundabout that rings the airport. Fun.

My second instance was no better when it directed me to “enter the highway” without stating which direction [North or South] to “enter the highway.” Even the listed exit/entrance name on top of the map just stated a rather unhelpful “Hwy 280 Junipero Serra”.

The third guided attempt however was successful.

What I found disconcerting is that the app requires you to constantly peek at your phone to figure out where it is telling you to go, and even then the information displayed is a bit spotty. There are no exit names spoken. Generic spoken terms like “take the exit” and “turn right ahead” are all the spoken part of the app offers. So if you have multiple or closely spaced streets or exits, you can find yourself in a bind to figure out which one to take, necessitating the need to have your eyes fixed on the phone rather than on the road where they should be.

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Computing, Gadgets, Technology

 

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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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