Topic / Windows Phone

Telstra confirms GDR2 update for Lumia 920 is coming tomorrow

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Good news! If you’re a Lumia 920 user on the Telstra network then the GDR2 update will be available for you tomorrow. CraigR, a representative for Telstra’s Products & Services Team has posted on Telstra’s CrowdSupport page that the update was approved on the 5th of August and due to be released tomorrow. So, what can you look forward to? The GDR2 update includes improvements to Xbox Music and Internet Explorer, [...]

Official YouTube app for Windows Phone is here(ish)

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Earlier this year, Microsoft released an official YouTube application for Windows Phones, complete with account login and video downloading. During it’s initial release, it was thought that the rivalry been Microsoft and Google had finished (or at least, an agreement had been made). But this wasn’t the case as shortly after, Google had sent a letter to Microsoft asking for it’s removal due to breaking the terms of service. After [...]

Instagram restores uploading from third-party apps

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Stewart Wilson / TechGeek Over the past few days, Instagram have made several changes to their API which has restricted third-party applications such as Windows Phone 8 application, Instance from posting on the service. Initially, photos were uploaded onto the service and then almost immediately deleted. Daniel Gary, the developer of Instance, was puzzled by the change. The issue was made clear when an Instagram spokesperson said “applications accessing the API [...]

Nokia Lumia 620 coming to Australia on Feb 22 for $329

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Nokia’s cheap Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Lumia 620, has yesterday received an Australian release date. The Finnish mobile maker will release the phone on February 22 with a price tag of $329; and will be available through its normal retail channels including Dick Smith, Harvey NOrman and JB Hi Fi. The Lumia 620 was revealed late last year at LeWeb, and said that it was launching in the Asia [...]

Google extends Exchange ActiveSync support so Microsoft can update Windows Phone

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Good news Windows Phone users! Microsoft and Google have come to some sort of conclusion to a potential mess where users would not be able to sync to Google services via Exchange ActiveSync. Google will extend support til July 31; while Microsoft will update Windows Phone to support CalDAV and CardDAV. “We’re happy to share today that Google will extend their support for new Windows Phone connections via Google Sync [...]

Google Maps restored for Windows Phone devices

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Stewart Wilson / TECHGEEK.com.au Google have completely back flipped on their decision to block the use of Google Maps on Windows Phone devices after a huge uproar from the Internet community. Through a statement provided by Google to The Verge, Google say they are “working to remove the redirect” that they had put in place. The full statement from Google is: We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make [...]

OPINION: Google’s block of Maps on Windows Phone isn’t really a block

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Image: activefree/Flickr (Creative Commons). When was the last time you used a web-app on your phone more than once? Hmm, yeah, I can’t remember a time either, maybe apart from a link to a few blogs. Which is why the usual shit-storm that arises with any change to anything is pointless, especially in the case of Google Maps on Windows Phone. If you own a Windows Phone, Google Maps is [...]

YEAR IN REVIEW: Microsoft takes a chance

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2012 was a year of refinement from Google and Apple, opting to make small changes to their flagship platforms of Android and iOS, as well as their device portfolios. Yet, almost shockingly, the opposite can be said for Microsoft, who instead launched the biggest change to Windows since its inception, as well as brought core redesigns of Windows Phone to market and introduced a competitive tablet OS that works on [...]

Nokia Lumia 920, 820 now shipping – arriving in Australia in November

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Nokia Australia has confirmed when the Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones will coming to Australia. The first Windows Phone 8 smartphones from the Finnish phone maker will sold from the end of November, with the Lumia 820 sold through Optus and Vodafone, and the 920 sold through Telstra. The Lumia 920 will have a RRP of $829, and will coming in black, white, red and yellow – if you buy [...]

Xbox Music coming tomorrow to Xbox 360, later this month for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

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While Zune Pass had always been a great service, Microsoft lacked the marketshare to actually push it on devices. The Zune lineup, made to compete with Apple’s iPod, never caught on, and Windows Phone 7 has proven to lack a strong following. Xbox Music is set to change this, coming out tomorrow on Xbox 360′s and later this month on Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8, a mobile [...]

Telstra gets Nokia Lumia 920, Vodafone and Optus share Lumia 820

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Telstra has scored a major coup for their 4G network with the announcement that Nokia will be selling the Lumia 920 on its network. Also announced was that Optus and Vodafone will gain the rights to sell the lower-end Lumia 820. The Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 both support 4G LTE, so it is expected that Optus will sell this phone with its own 4G network that is slowly rolling [...]

HTC’s Thursday press event to show off new Windows Phone

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HTC have just shown a little sneak peak for their Thursday event. In a post to Twitter, Google+ and Facebook, the handset maker revealed the corner of a phone, which appears to be running Windows Phone 8. And don’t be confused, the 19.9 is referring to the date of the event (in the US), not the screen size. Although that wouldn’t be surprising, given the state of the smartphone industry. [...]

‘Metro’ UI renamed to ‘Windows-8 style’ UI – yes, the name is horrible

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‘Metro’ is no more. After a naming dispute with a European partner (which is also known by that name), Microsoft has decided to rename the codename user interface to “Windows-8 Style UI”. Yes, everything that uses it – from Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and even the Xbox 360, which doesn’t even share an 8 – will feature the new “Windows-8 Style UI”. It’s wordy, and it’s not a really [...]

REVIEW: Nokia Lumia 900

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Just more than a year since the pact was signed, Nokia’s Lumia 900 is the latest phone running Windows Phone 7. Revealed at this year’s CES, it has managed to capture America when it was released in April. But while it looks like the Lumia 800, it does have some differences, such as a bigger screen. However, does that make it a better phone than the 800? But the all [...]

RUMOUR: RIM considering Microsoft alliance, selling network business

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After announcing a larger-than-expected quarterly loss, delaying the release of its new smarphones and stock plunging 18 percent, Research in Motion is rumoured to be considering selling its network business (leaving it to manufacturer phones) or even considering an alliance with Microsoft and adopt Windows Phone 8. According to Reuters via anonymous sources, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer had approached RIM a couple of months ago and was looking for them [...]